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2020-01-26: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-26). 'Pakistan has far better minds than India': Pak government minister's peculiar pitch to Netflix unleashes slew of criticism. rt.com Pakistan's minister for science and technology is under fire for a bizarre pitch to Netflix and Amazon which claimed that Pakistan has "far better minds" than its neighbor India. | In a tweet congratulating a Pakistani TV channel for airing a drama he enjoyed, Fawad Chaudhry called on the streaming giants to invest in the Islamic republic. | "I yet again ask @amazon and @Netflix invest in Pak drama n film #Pakistan has far better minds than India our music is far superior, you guys wont regret" he wrote. | Must congretulate

RT (2020-01-26). 'Bad Farsi? Try English': Iran's Zarif mocks Trump for comments based on Fox headlines & shabby translation. rt.com Tehran's top diplomat has suggested the US president stop sourcing news from either Fox or his hapless Farsi translators, after Trump rejected negotiating with Iran, apparently missing a crucial nuance in a Der Spiegel interview. | President Donald Trump on Sunday told his Twitter subscribers that "Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed." He tagged Fox News and One America News and issued a resounding "No Thanks!" To hammer home the message, the commander-in-chief posted the same words in Farsi, the official language of Iran. Trump had earlier tweeted, also in Farsi, his su…

San Mateo Protests (2020-01-26). Raging Grannies Remember Kent State at J25 No War With Iran Rally. indybay.org Old enough to remember, members of the Raging Grannies tuned up their voices to sing a classic anti-war song from the Vietnam war era.

Curt Wechsler (2020-01-26). Trump/Pence #OutNOW: No War on Iran! No War on Women! indybay.org Bring #OUTNOW into mass protests against U.S. war on Iran — join up with the Refuse Fascism contingent for Saturday's Global Day of Protest. | We will STAY in the streets into the afternoon, to protest this year's Christian fundamentalist "Walk for Life" attack on women's abortion rights.

Leon Kunstenaar (2020-01-26). "No to War on Iran" Demonstration in Downtown SF. indybay.org March from Market Street to Union Square against War, Trump, and Assassination.

yenisafak (2020-01-26). Oman's foreign minister meets Iranian counterpart Zarif. yenisafak.com Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah will meet Iran's Foreign Ninister Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday to discuss maritime security in the Hormuz strait, Oman's foreign ministry tweeted.Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been a go-between for the two countries, which severed diplomatic ties after the 1979 Iranian revolution.

yenisafak (2020-01-26). Gunfight in Kashmir kills 3 militants. yenisafak.com At least three militants were killed in a gunfight with Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the army and police said Saturday.Vijay Kumar, a senior police officer, told reporters that the gunfight broke out during a search operation in Ariparigam village of Pulwama district, a militancy stronghold in southern Kashmir.He said among the slain militants was Qari Yasir, the regional chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit, who was allegedly involved in an attack in Pulwama last February that killed 39 Indian soldiers and brought the South Asian rivals on the brink of a nuclear war. KJS Dillon, an Indian army…

WSWS (2020-01-25). Iranian student deported from Boston by Customs and Border Protection despite court order. wsws.org At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor's degree at Northeastern University in Boston.

Staff (2020-01-25). Global Protests Say "No War With Iran." Can They Inspire a New Antiwar Movement? truthout.org Today, people around the world are taking to the streets for an

Telesur (2020-01-25). Over 4 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq. 24 January 2020. globalresearch.ca At least four million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three weeks after the murder of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | . | At the country's …

teleSUR (2020-01-25). US Confirms 34 Troops With Brain Injury After Iran Strike. telesurenglish.net The United States Department of Defense confirmed Friday that 34 soldiers had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack which targeted Ain al-Assad and Erbil airbases where U.S. forces were stationed. | RELATED: | Despite initially saying no service members were hurt, last week the U.S. military said 11 U.S. troops had been treated and transferred out of Iraq for concussion symptoms. However, the ne…

teleSUR (2020-01-25). Doomsday Clock Closer Than Ever to All-Out Global Annihilation. telesurenglish.net The Doomsday Clock was reset Thursday to just 100 seconds before midnight, marking the closest humankind has ever been to total nuclear annihilation and extinction of life due to climate change, according to the researchers who set the metaphorical time. | RELATED: | "It is 100 seconds to midnight. We are now expressing how close the world is to catastrophe in seconds

Olivia Rosane (2020-01-25). Doomsday clock moves to 100 seconds before midnight due to threats of nuclear war and climate change. nationofchange.org "We ask world leaders to join us in 2020 as we work to pull humanity back from the brink."

pip.hinman (2020-01-25). Protesters say no war on Iran. greenleft.org.au The protest took…

Eds. (2020-01-25). Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight. mronline.org Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society's ability to respond. |

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-01-24). Houthis Anticipate US Assassination Attempts, Warn US Troops Will Be Targeted in Retaliation. mintpressnews.com The U.S. recently admitted that it tried and failed to kill an Iranian commander in Yemen, sparking both fear and mobilization among Yemen's Houthis.

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-24). When will the Winter come to an end? mronline.org On 17 January, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led the Friday prayers for the first time in eight years. He mocked the 'American clowns' who threatened Iran and said that Iran's response to the U.S. assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani was a 'slap in the face' of U.S. power. |

Alan Macleod (2020-01-24). Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva: Obama, Hillary Ordered Me Not to Negotiate with Iran. mintpressnews.com "I remember that Hilary Clinton worked hard against my idea to go to Iran. She even called the Emir of Qatar and asked him to convince me not to go. When I arrived in Moscow and met with [Dmitry] Medvedev, I found out Obama had called and asked him to help convince me not to go."

Yves Engler (2020-01-24). Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran. dissidentvoice.org While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …

Jim Kavanagh (2020-01-24). Aftermath: The Iran War After the Soleimani Assassination. counterpunch.org The thing that is so sad and so infuriating and so centrally symptomatic of everything wrong with American political culture, is that, with painfully few exceptions, Americans have no idea of what their government has done. They have no idea who Qassem Soleimani was, what he has accomplished, the web of relationships, action, and respect he has built, what his assassination means and will bring. The last person who has any clue about this, of course, is Donald Trump, who called Soleimani "a total monster." His act of killing Soleimani is the apotheosis of the abysmal, arrogant ignorance of U.S. political culture.

teleSUR (2020-01-24). Over 1 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq. telesurenglish.net According to estimates of the Iraqi police commander Jaafar Al-Batat, over 1 million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three weeks after the murder of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | RELATED: | At the country's capital, streets were filled with an endless column of people who paraded to express their repudiation of the U.S. military prese…

WSWS (2020-01-24). Pence, Netanyahu use Holocaust event in Israel to rail against Iran. wsws.org The slander of Iranian "anti-Semitism" and unfounded claims that Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons are propaganda to justify a steady buildup toward war.

Tyler Durden (2020-01-24). Pentagon Now Says 34 US Soldiers Suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries in Iran Attack. theantimedia.com (ZH) — In the latest major revelation contradicting the White House and Pentagon significantly downplayed casualty count regarding the Jan.8 Iranian ballistic missile attack on Ayn al-Asad airbase in Iraq, The New York Times is reporting that a total of 34 American soldiers have been diagnosed with serious head injuries ranging from concussion to traumatic brain injury. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman confirmed …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2020-01-24). Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq. counterpunch.org Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (2020-01-24). Closer than Ever: It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight. The Dangers of Nuclear War. globalresearch.ca To: Leaders and citizens of the world | Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society's ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, …

Chuck Churchill (2020-01-24). The Long History of Elite Rule: What Will It Take To End It? counterpunch.org Elites have ruled over people and commanded the surplus produced by their labor for many millennia. It is this long history we have to contend with in today's crisis of capitalism that has produced endless wars and environmental catastrophes as corporate billionaire rulers continue to promote business as usual while preparing to fight each other with armed forces and nuclear weapons. This has all been "normalized."

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-01-24). 'We Apologize' for Trump's Reckless Aggression, US Peace Advocates Say in Open Letter to Iranian People. commondreams.org The letter, from activist group CodePink, comes ahead of peace demonstrations scheduled Saturday in 200 cities around the world. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cp_senate.jpg_1718483346_0.jpg

Susan Price (2020-01-24). US war threat against Iran remains. greenleft.org.au

Janine Jackson (2020-01-23). 'This Is Already a Hot War the US Is Prosecuting Against Iran' – CounterSpin interview with Gregory Shupak about. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed media scholar Gregory Shupak about the Soleimani assassination for the Media…

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

The Canary (2020-01-23). The Doomsday Clock is closer to midnight than ever before, amid worsening global factors. thecanary.co The Doomsday Clock, an indicator of how close the world is to total destruction, is now just The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) highlights three worsening factors in its Doomsday Clock statement. These are: | 1) Nuclear weapons: | The BAS says that national leaders have "ended or undermined" several major arms control treaties and negotiations in the last year. | They argue this has created an environment conducive to a renewed nuclear arms race, the proliferati…

Eds. (2020-01-23). U.S. clearing anti-war voices off social media in vast censorship operation. mronline.org Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN. |

RT (2020-01-22). Muddle-Eastern diplomacy: White House confuses Iran and Iraq in YouTube blunder. rt.com As President Donald Trump sat down with the world's movers and shakers at Davos, White House staff clearly weren't paying much attention, mistaking Iraqi President Barham Salih for his Iranian counterpart. | "President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the Republic of Iran," the title of a YouTube video published by the White House on Wednesday proclaimed. | Hell had not frozen over, however, and Trump had not secretly met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unbeknownst to the world's media. Instead, the video clearly showed Trump meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih. | Ira…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Denver students say: No war on Iran! fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus
| January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S.
| occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump
| regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add
| sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted
| in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Opening plenary kicks off World Anti-Imperialist Congress. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – On January 22, hundreds of international delegates from 52 countries heard from leaders from Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil to kick off the World Anti-Imperialist Congress. | Starting with a professor from Syria who remarked that U.S. imperialism assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani because the U.S. fears it is losing its grip on the Middle East, the crowd shouted "Viva Soleimani!" He added that, with the help requested by Syria from Russia, Iran and others, the Syrians have bravely declared "No pasarán!" | After the Syrian professor, an official from the Cuban Communist Party sha…

Brian Mier (2020-01-21). Netflix, Iran and the Documentary as Geopolitical Weapon. fair.org Netflix's Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy | Like The Mechanism before it, Netflix's new series Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy is an entertainment product that advances US interests through character assassination of a popular left-wing Latin American leader. | "Try saying this," the director said: "'In the '80s, Rio de Janeiro was a land of the haves and the have nots. I was a have not.'" In 2016, I was working as a fixer on an episode of a Netflix documentary crime series, and the main character was not cooperating with the script. | He was Afro-Brazilian, but he was not the…

Carol Rose (2020-01-21). CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order. aclu.org Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…

Middle East Eye (2020-01-21). Iran Confirms Two Missiles Were Fired at Downed Ukrainian Airliner. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Iran has confirmed that two surface-to-air missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down outside of Tehran earlier this month, killing all 176 people on board. In a second preliminary report posted on its website late on Monday, Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation confirmed investigators discovered that "two Tor-M1 missiles" had been fired at the aircraft. Its …

Peter Koenig (2020-01-21). Iran: The EU-three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in Iran Nuclear Deal. dissidentvoice.org Why, after so many assurances to the contrary, have the three European Iran's Nuclear Deal Partner's — Germany, France, the UK — decided to go after Iran, to follow the US dictate again? The short answer is because they're cowards. They have zero backbone to stand up against the US hegemony, because they are afraid …

Gregory Shupak (2020-01-21). The US's Inalienable Right to Violence. fair.org This Washington Post headline ( Even when critical of US actions, media commentary on recent

Jason Ditz (2020-01-20). Iran Denies Claims They Were Sending Black Boxes to Ukraine. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Iran has denied claims that began to emerge Saturday that they were going to send the black boxes from the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 to Ukraine, saying that they are still in the process of reading them and have made no decision yet on sending them elsewhere. The previous report had said Iran had decided that …

Staff (2020-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Impeachment Trial Opens as Accountability Office Says Trump Broke Law by Withholding Aid, Pentagon Contradicts Trump and Says 11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iranian Strikes, Senate Votes to Approve USMCA, Report: Six Banks Reaped $18 Billion Last Year from Trump Tax Cuts, Guatemalan Protesters Demand Outgoing President Be Arrested for Corruption, Deported Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Sues U.S. Government, FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Virginia, Florida Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions, Harvard Law Students Prote…

CounterSpin (2020-01-10). Gregory Shupak on Iran Assassination, Brett Hartl on Biodiversity Loss. fair.org Media…

Jon Rainwater (2020-01-08). In the ongoing crisis, Congress must rein in Trump's war powers. peaceaction.org As we feared, President Trump's reckless assassination of Iran's Gen. Soleimani resulted in escalation — direct Iranian missile attacks on two military bases in Iraq. It's painful to watch more violence in a country that has already suffered far too much from endless war. All parties in the US/Iran conflict must cease military action and …

splcenter (2020-01-06). SPLC Statement on the Detainment of Iranians and Iranian Americans. splcenter.org The following statement is by Southern Poverty Law Center Interim President and CEO Karen Baynes-Dunning following reports that Iranians and Iranian Americans are being detained and questioned at U.S. ports of entry:…

Lawrence Wittner (2019-12-22). Americans Are Ready for a Different Approach to Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org Although today's public protests against nuclear weapons can't compare to the major antinuclear upheavals of past decades, there are clear indications that most Americans reject the Trump administration's nuclear weapons policies. Since entering office in 2017, the Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement with Iran, scrapped the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces

Jon Rainwater (2019-11-07). Take Action — Some actual, SANE legislation. peaceaction.org Trump has plans to spend nearly $2 TRILLION over the next 30 years on unneeded and unnecessary nuclear weapons and delivery systems. This makes no sense. This is insane. That's nearly $100 million wasted every day for thirty years on weapons we are supposed to be getting rid of. To put that amount in perspective, …

Jon Rainwater (2019-09-25). Take Action to Avoid War with Iran. peaceaction.org photo credit Dear Groundswell Readers, We have to keep pushing Congress this week if we want to avoid war with Iran. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said recently that the U.K. might join a U.S.-led military effort in the Gulf. When other nations step up to join the "coalition of the willing" it's often a bad sign. …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-07-18). Diplomacy Instead of a Disaster in Iran. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — July 18, 2019 — In response to reports of the U.S. shooting down an Iranian drone, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because of the Trump administration's policy of maximum provocation towards Iran, America stands on the precipice of another blunderous …

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

2020-01-26: Social Media Postees

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Raging Grannies Remember Kent State at J25 No War With Iran Rally
San Mateo Protests | indybay.org | 2020-01-26
Old enough to remember, members of the Raging Grannies tuned up their voices to sing a classic anti-war song from the Vietnam war era.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/26/18830102.php

Trump/Pence #OutNOW: No War on Iran! No War on Women!
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2020-01-26
Bring #OUTNOW into mass protests against U.S. war on Iran

'Pakistan has far better minds than India': Pak government minister's peculiar pitch to Netflix unleashes slew of criticism
rt.com | 2020-01-26
Pakistan's minister for science and technology is under fire for a bizarre pitch to Netflix and Amazon which claimed that Pakistan has "far better minds" than its neighbor India. | In a tweet congratulating a Pakistani TV channel for airing a drama he enjoyed, Fawad Chaudhry called on the streaming giants to invest in the Islamic republic. | "I yet again ask @amazon and @Netflix invest in Pak drama n film #Pakistan has far better minds than India our music is far superior, you guys wont regret" he wrote. | Must congretulate @ARYVideos for showing…
rt.com/news/479212-pakistan-politician-chaudhry-netflix-india/

'Bad Farsi? Try English': Iran's Zarif mocks Trump for comments based on Fox headlines & shabby translation
rt.com | 2020-01-26
Tehran's top diplomat has suggested the US president stop sourcing news from either Fox or his hapless Farsi translators, after Trump rejected negotiating with Iran, apparently missing a crucial nuance in a Der Spiegel interview. | President Donald Trump on Sunday told his Twitter subscribers that "Iran wants to negotiate with The United States, but wants sanctions removed." He tagged Fox News and One America News and issued a resounding "No Thanks!" To hammer home the message, the commander-in-chief posted the same words in Farsi, the official language of Iran. Trump had earlier tweeted, also in Farsi, his su…
rt.com/news/479210-zarif-mocks-trump-twitter/

"No to War on Iran" Demonstration in Downtown SF
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-01-26
March from Market Street to Union Square against War, Trump, and Assassination.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/25/18830077.php

Oman's foreign minister meets Iranian counterpart Zarif
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-26
Oman's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah will meet Iran's Foreign Ninister Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday to discuss maritime security in the Hormuz strait, Oman's foreign ministry tweeted.Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been a go-between for the two countries, which severed diplomatic ties after the 1979 Iranian revolution.
yenisafak.com/en/world/omans-foreign-minister-meets-iranian-counterpart-zarif-3510508

Gunfight in Kashmir kills 3 militants
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-26
At least three militants were killed in a gunfight with Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the army and police said Saturday.Vijay Kumar, a senior police officer, told reporters that the gunfight broke out during a search operation in Ariparigam village of Pulwama district, a militancy stronghold in southern Kashmir.He said among the slain militants was Qari Yasir, the regional chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit, who was allegedly involved in an attack in Pulwama last February that killed 39 Indian soldiers and brought the South Asian rivals on the brink of a nuclear war. KJS Dillon, an Indian army…
yenisafak.com/en/world/gunfight-in-kashmir-kills-3-militants-3510495

Iranian student deported from Boston by Customs and Border Protection despite court order
wsws.org | 2020-01-25
At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor's degree at Northeastern University in Boston.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/25/stud-j25.html

Global Protests Say "No War With Iran." Can They Inspire a New Antiwar Movement?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-25
Today, people around the world are taking to the streets for an International Day of Action against war with Iran. The protests are in response to the Trump administration's dangerous warmongering with Iran and offer an opportunity for the U.S. left to revive antiwar organizing. As we do so, we cannot overlook the renewed wave of uprisings that have spread across the Middle East and North Africa. We must build solidarity with these movements and…
truthout.org/articles/global-protests-say-no-war-with-iran-can-they-inspire-a-new-antiwar-movement/

US Confirms 34 Troops With Brain Injury After Iran Strike
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-25
The United States Department of Defense confirmed Friday that 34 soldiers had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack which targeted Ain al-Assad and Erbil airbases where U.S. forces were stationed. | RELATED: | Trump Downplays US Casualties from Iranian Attack | Despite initially saying no service members were hurt, last week the U.S. military said 11 U.S. troops had been treated and transferred out of Iraq for concussion symptoms. However, the ne…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Confirms-34-Troops-With-Traumatic-Brain-Injury-After-Iran-Strike-20200125-0008.html

Doomsday Clock Closer Than Ever to All-Out Global Annihilation
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-25
The Doomsday Clock was reset Thursday to just 100 seconds before midnight, marking the closest humankind has ever been to total nuclear annihilation and extinction of life due to climate change, according to the researchers who set the metaphorical time. | RELATED: | UK, France Reiterate Commitment to Maintain Iran Nuclear Deal | "It is 100 seconds to midnight. We are now expressing how close the world is to catastrophe in seconds

Over 4 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq. 24 January 2020
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-25
At least four million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three weeks after the murder of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | . | At the country's | …
globalresearch.ca/over-4-million-people-join-march-against-us-presence-in-iraq-24-january-2020/5701679

Doomsday clock moves to 100 seconds before midnight due to threats of nuclear war and climate change
Olivia Rosane | nationofchange.org | 2020-01-25
"We ask world leaders to join us in 2020 as we work to pull humanity back from the brink."
nationofchange.org/2020/01/25/doomsday-clock-moves-to-100-seconds-before-midnight-due-to-threats-of-nuclear-war-and-climate-change/

Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-25
Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers–nuclear war and climate change–that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society's ability to respond. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/25/closer-than-ever-it-is-100-seconds-to-midnight/

Protesters say no war on Iran
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-25
anti-war Kerry SmithIssue 1251 Australia No war on IranJanuary 25, 2020Activists joined in a global day of action against war in Iran, initiated in the United States by United National Antiwar Coalition. One hundred people took part in Sydney on January 25. | The protest took…
greenleft.org.au/content/protesters-say-no-war-iran

When Will the Winter Come to an End?
Vijay Prashad | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-24
Hangameh Golestan, Witness 1979, 1979 On 17 January, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led the Friday prayers for the first time in eight years. He mocked the 'American clowns' who threatened Iran and said that Iran's response to the US assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani was a 'slap in the face' of US …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/when-will-the-winter-come-to-an-end/

When will the Winter come to an end?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-24
On 17 January, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led the Friday prayers for the first time in eight years. He mocked the 'American clowns' who threatened Iran and said that Iran's response to the U.S. assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani was a 'slap in the face' of U.S. power. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/24/when-will-the-winter-come-to-an-end/

Canada's Justin Trudeau Toes the Imperial Line on Iran
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-24
While the current Liberal government claims to be progressive and in favour of a rules-based international order, promotion of democracy and world peace, its actions regarding Iran demonstrate that the primary drivers of Canadian foreign policy remain US geo-political interests and the interests of the rich and powerful. (This previous article argues this has long been the …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/canadas-justin-trudeau-toes-the-imperial-line-on-iran/

Pence, Netanyahu use Holocaust event in Israel to rail against Iran
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
The slander of Iranian "anti-Semitism" and unfounded claims that Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons are propaganda to justify a steady buildup toward war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/holo-j24.html

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva: Obama, Hillary Ordered Me Not to Negotiate with Iran
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-24
"I remember that Hilary Clinton worked hard against my idea to go to Iran. She even called the Emir of Qatar and asked him to convince me not to go. When I arrived in Moscow and met with [Dmitry] Medvedev, I found out Obama had called and asked him to help convince me not to go."
mintpressnews.com/brazil-president-lula-da-silva-obama-hillary-ordered-not-negotiate-iran/264315/

Pakistan Is Cleaning Up Trump's Mideast Mess
Zubeida Mustafa | truthdig.com | 2020-01-24
The Middle East has always been a difficult region for the West, especially for the United States. During the Cold War era, America's efforts to establish its hold over the region's key oil-producing countries backfired, resulting in anger and resentment in those countries. Be it the CIA-backed coup to overthrow the Mossadegh government in Iran for nationalizing the oil industry in 1953 or Charlie Wilson's war to oust the Soviets from Afghanista…
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Houthis Anticipate US Assassination Attempts, Warn US Troops Will Be Targeted in Retaliation
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-24
The U.S. recently admitted that it tried and failed to kill an Iranian commander in Yemen, sparking both fear and mobilization among Yemen's Houthis.
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Pentagon Now Says 34 US Soldiers Suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries in Iran Attack
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-24
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Aftermath: The Iran War After the Soleimani Assassination
Jim Kavanagh | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
The thing that is so sad and so infuriating and so centrally symptomatic of everything wrong with American political culture, is that, with painfully few exceptions, Americans have no idea of what their government has done. They have no idea who Qassem Soleimani was, what he has accomplished, the web of relationships, action, and respect he has built, what his assassination means and will bring. The last person who has any clue about this, of course, is Donald Trump, who called Soleimani "a total monster." His act of killing Soleimani is the apotheosis of the abysmal, arrogant ignorance of U.S. political culture.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/aftermath-the-iran-war-after-the-soleimani-assassination/

Over 1 Million People Join March Against US Presence in Iraq
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-24
According to estimates of the Iraqi police commander Jaafar Al-Batat, over 1 million people Thursday demanded the departure of U.S. troops from Iraq with a march in Baghdad, which was convened by cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr three weeks after the murder of Iran's General Qasem Soleimani. | RELATED: | Trump Downplays US Casualties from Iranian Attack | At the country's capital, streets were filled with an endless column of people who paraded to express their repudiation of the U.S. military prese…
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Biden's Shameful Foreign Policy Record Extends Well Beyond Iraq
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Presidential contender Joe Biden has come under fire for his support for the 2003 Iraq War, but continues to tout his foreign policy experience as a key selling point for his candidacy. His foreign policy record is shameful, though, extending well beyond his Iraq War vote. After opposing the Vietnam and first Persian Gulf Wars,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/bidens-shameful-foreign-policy-record-extends-well-beyond-iraq/

Closer than Ever: It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight. The Dangers of Nuclear War
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-24
To: Leaders and citizens of the world | Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers–nuclear war and climate change–that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society's ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, | …
globalresearch.ca/closer-100-seconds-midnight/5701635

The Long History of Elite Rule: What Will It Take To End It?
Chuck Churchill | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Elites have ruled over people and commanded the surplus produced by their labor for many millennia. It is this long history we have to contend with in today's crisis of capitalism that has produced endless wars and environmental catastrophes as corporate billionaire rulers continue to promote business as usual while preparing to fight each other with armed forces and nuclear weapons. This has all been "normalized."
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/the-long-history-of-elite-rule-what-will-it-take-to-end-it/

'We Apologize' for Trump's Reckless Aggression, US Peace Advocates Say in Open Letter to Iranian People
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
The letter, from activist group CodePink, comes ahead of peace demonstrations scheduled Saturday in 200 cities around the world. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cp_senate.jpg_1718483346_0.jpg
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US war threat against Iran remains
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-24
anti-war Barry SheppardIssue 1250 United States US aggression against Iran San FranciscoJanuary 24, 2020The decision by United States President Donald Trump not to bomb Iran in retal…
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"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

U.S. clearing anti-war voices off social media in vast censorship operation
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-23
Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/23/u-s-clearing-anti-war-voices-off-social-media-in-vast-censorship-operation/

'This Is Already a Hot War the US Is Prosecuting Against Iran' – CounterSpin interview with Gregory Shupak about
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2020-01-23
Janine Jackson interviewed media scholar Gregory Shupak about the Soleimani assassination for the January 10, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/this-is-already-a-hot-war-the-us-is-prosecuting-against-iran/

The Doomsday Clock is closer to midnight than ever before, amid worsening global factors
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-23
The Doomsday Clock, an indicator of how close the world is to total destruction, is now just 100 seconds off midnight. This is closer than it has ever been before. | The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) highlights three worsening factors in its Doomsday Clock statement. These are: | 1) Nuclear weapons: | The BAS says that national leaders have "ended or undermined" several major arms control treaties and negotiations in the last year. | They argue this has created an environment conducive to a renewed nuclear arms race, the proliferati…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/01/23/the-doomsday-clock-is-closer-to-midnight-than-ever-before-amid-worsening-global-factors/

Denver students say: No war on Iran!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus | January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S. | occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump | regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add | sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted | in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/denver-students-say-no-war-iran

Muddle-Eastern diplomacy: White House confuses Iran and Iraq in YouTube blunder
rt.com | 2020-01-22
As President Donald Trump sat down with the world's movers and shakers at Davos, White House staff clearly weren't paying much attention, mistaking Iraqi President Barham Salih for his Iranian counterpart. | "President Trump Participates in a Bilateral Meeting with the President of the Republic of Iran," the title of a YouTube video published by the White House on Wednesday proclaimed. | Hell had not frozen over, however, and Trump had not secretly met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unbeknownst to the world's media. Instead, the video clearly showed Trump meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih. | Ira…
rt.com/usa/478894-white-house-iran-iraq/

Opening plenary kicks off World Anti-Imperialist Congress
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Caracas, Venezuela – On January 22, hundreds of international delegates from 52 countries heard from leaders from Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil to kick off the World Anti-Imperialist Congress. | Starting with a professor from Syria who remarked that U.S. imperialism assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani because the U.S. fears it is losing its grip on the Middle East, the crowd shouted "Viva Soleimani!" He added that, with the help requested by Syria from Russia, Iran and others, the Syrians have bravely declared "No pasarán!" | After the Syrian professor, an official from the Cuban Communist Party sha…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/opening-plenary-kicks-world-anti-imperialist-congress

CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order
Carol Rose | aclu.org | 2020-01-21
Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/cbp-deported-an-iranian-student-with-valid-visa-defying-court-order

Iran: The EU-three Trigger Dispute Mechanism in Iran Nuclear Deal
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-21
Why, after so many assurances to the contrary, have the three European Iran's Nuclear Deal Partner's

Iran Confirms Two Missiles Were Fired at Downed Ukrainian Airliner
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-21
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Netflix, Iran and the Documentary as Geopolitical Weapon
Brian Mier | fair.org | 2020-01-21
Netflix's Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy | Like The Mechanism before it, Netflix's new series Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy is an entertainment product that advances US interests through character assassination of a popular left-wing Latin American leader. | "Try saying this," the director said: "'In the '80s, Rio de Janeiro was a land of the haves and the have nots. I was a have not.'" In 2016, I was working as a fixer on an episode of a Netflix documentary crime series, and the main character was not cooperating with the script. | He was Afro-Brazilian, but he was not the…
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Iran Denies Claims They Were Sending Black Boxes to Ukraine
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-20
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Gregory Shupak on Iran Assassination, Brett Hartl on Biodiversity Loss
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-01-10
Media…
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In the ongoing crisis, Congress must rein in Trump's war powers
Jon Rainwater | peaceaction.org | 2020-01-08
As we feared, President Trump's reckless assassination of Iran's Gen. Soleimani resulted in escalation

SPLC Statement on the Detainment of Iranians and Iranian Americans
splcenter.org | 2020-01-06
The following statement is by Southern Poverty Law Center Interim President and CEO Karen Baynes-Dunning following reports that Iranians and Iranian Americans are being detained and questioned at U.S. ports of entry:…
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/06/splc-statement-detainment-iranians-and-iranian-americans

Sanders Remarks on Iran
Bernie Sanders | zcomm.org | 2020-01-04
Sanders remarks on Iran Escalation…
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