2019-01-17: News Headlines

John G. Russell (2019-01-17). Just Another Brick in the Wall of Lies. counterpunch.org It's time to bring back the original Nightline. For those of you too young to remember, Nightline was born almost 40 years ago during the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." Each nightly broadcast began with the words "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage" that would eventually be followed by the numbers of days that had elapsed since their More

aljazeera (2019-01-17). Lebanon summit reveals Arab divisions over Syria, Iran. aljazeera.com Several heads of state have pulled out of an Arab economic summit in Beirut this weekend.

Paul Cochrane (2019-01-17). Europe's Strategic Humanitarian Aid: Yemen vs. Syria. counterpunch.org The Syrian conflict will soon be into its ninth year, and the Yemen conflict into its fifth year. Both are major humanitarian disasters, with millions displaced amid unimaginable suffering. An estimated half a million have been killed in Syria, and over 100,000 in Yemen. The West is deeply involved in both conflicts — supporting the More

Jesse Jackson (2019-01-17). Trump's Flailing will get More Desperate and More Dangerous. counterpunch.org Since the striking victories of Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018, President Donald Trump has been flailing more and more wildly. He's setting new records for the length of the government shutdown, watched his defense secretary resign after suddenly announcing the withdrawal of troops from Syria, forced his attorney general to resign, found More

STAFF (2019-01-17). Iran Newspapers, Minister Criticize U.S. Arrest of Newscaster. truthdig.com DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran kept up its criticism Thursday of the FBI's apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran's state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying "she's done nothing but journalism." | The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz paper criticized the detention of Press TV's Marzieh Hashemi as "Saudi-style behavior with a critical journalist." That's a reference to the Oct. 2 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. | Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Press TV that "we have a right to…

Zero Hedge (2019-01-17). Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets of "Invisible War" in Syria. globalresearch.ca For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and more often military officials responded "no comment" even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked …

Democracy Now! (2019-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2019. democracynow.org Speaker Pelosi to Trump: Cancel or Postpone State of the Union, Federal Employees and Contractors Demand End to Government Shutdown, Trump to Propose Biggest Space-Based Missile Program Since "Star Wars", Andrew Wheeler, at EPA Confirmation Hearing, Downplays Climate Risks, Climate Study Finds Ocean Temperatures Hit Record High in 2018, Syria: Four Americans Among 19 Killed in ISIS Suicide Attack, Zimbabwe: Five Killed as Government Attacks Fuel Hike Protesters, Kenya: Death Toll in al-Shabab Attack on Nairobi Hotel Rises to 21, British PM Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote, NYT: Trump Inaugural Committee To…

Fight Back (2019-01-17). Prominent Iranian jailed by FBI: Demand her freedom. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — A well-known Iranian journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, has been jailed by the FBI. Hashemi is an anchor on Iran's English language Press TV and has interviewed many progressive U.S. activists. According to credible reports, Hashemi was taken into custody at the Saint Louis, Missouri area's Louis Lambert International Airport on January 13. The FBI has since moved her to a detention facility near Washington DC. | There is no indication that Hashemi has been charged with anything. | Hashemi, who was born in the United States but resides in Iran, was on a visit to family members, including a broth…

John Feffer (2019-01-17). Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over. mintpressnews.com With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily and he'll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

teleSUR (2019-01-17). US Helms Burton Act is a Violation of International Law: Cuba. telesurenglish.net Cuba rejects U.S. President Trump's decision to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Law for 45 days as the newest threat to Cuba's economic, commercial, financial stability. | RELATED: | Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations | "We strongly reject this new interventionist provocation, threatening, arrogant, violating international law. The US government shows its contempt for the rest of the world…Political blackmail and irresponsible hostility just to harden a blockad…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-01-17). Final Steps in Syria's Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib …

teleSUR (2019-01-17). Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations. telesurenglish.net Cuba and Iran signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MOUs) Wednesday as pledges to collaborate in the areas including trade, sports, agriculture, health and biotechnology. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Mohsen Asadi Lari, and Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, inked the MOUs at the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation,…

JP Massar (2019-01-17). Stopping Urban Shield Is One Step Closer. indybay.org "A set of recommendations to be presented to the Supervisors that would radically transform Urban Shield from a militarized SWAT Team and weapons extravaganza into a true emergency preparedness conclave and suite of field exercises relevant to the Bay Area."

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Iran: Unrelenting Repression . hrw.org | | Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. | © 2017 Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and so…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-17). Libya: Civilians Under Threat from Militias. hrw.org | | Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018. | © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters | (Geneva) — Unaccountable and violent armed groups maintain a stranglehold on Libya, while civilians pay the price in the divided country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Libyan authorities should prioritize ju…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-01-17). War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means US Troops Must Remain. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — A suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria has reportedly killed 19 people including four Americans, two of whom were US soldiers and two of whom worked with the US military. ISIS, which has an extensive history of falsely claiming responsibility for attacks it had nothing to do with, has claimed responsibilityfor the attack. Despite the fact that ISIS would claim …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-17). Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don't play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, …

Tyler Durden (2019-01-17). American CEO Who Worked at Building 7 on 9/11 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack. theantimedia.com (ZH) — In a shocking new development regarding Tuesday's brazen terror attack on an upscale hotel in Kenya's capital of Nairobi which left 15 dead as Somali-based al-Shabab militants stormed through the complex with automatic weapons, the lone American citizen identified among the dead was a 9/11 survivor. The victim, Jason Spindler, was confirmed by family members to have …

WSWS (2019-01-17). Killing of US troops in Syria feeds furor over withdrawal. wsws.org The suicide bomb attack took place in Manbij, the flashpoint in the multi-sided conflict created by the US intervention in Syria.

Whitney Webb (2019-01-16). Trump's Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind 'Inhumane' Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi. mintpressnews.com The government's failure to comment on Hashemi's detention makes it difficult to analyze specifically what her arrest means. However, her detainment should serve as a chilling wake-up call for journalists, Muslim Americans, and all U.S. citizens.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-16). The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba. zcomm.org For Israel to be seeking compensation from Arab countries and Iran is a moral travesty, especially as Palestinians refugees continue to languish in refugee camps across Palestine and the Middle East…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-16). Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record. consortiumnews.com Sam Husseini writes that the news agency ignored the nominee's link to a major U.S. scandal broken by its own investigative reporter at the time, the late Robert Parry, founder of Consortium News. By SamHusseini FAIR A president facing a… Read more →

Binoy Kampmark (2019-01-16). Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion. counterpunch.org It's a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment. Members of the military industrial complex were none too pleased. The President had seemingly made his case clear: US blood and More

Jeff Mackler (2019-01-16). Trump's Syria Exit Tweet Provokes Washington Panic. counterpunch.org President Trump's unexpected December 19 twitter announcement ordering a 30-day timetable for the withdrawal of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan provoked a bipartisan panic in Washington. Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" James Mattis, "the butcher of Fallujah," resigned in protest stating, according to the New York Times, that More

Democracy Now! (2019-01-16). Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'

RT (2019-01-16). Iranian PressTV journalist held by FBI, denied halal food, hijab removed against her will — network. rt.com A PressTV journalist has been mysteriously detained for over 48 hours by the FBI after she was apprehended at St. Louis Lambert International Airport while traveling to visit family, the network has learned.

Middle East Eye (2019-01-16). 4 US Soldiers Killed by ISIS-Claimed Bombing in Syria. theantimedia.com (MEE) — A deadly suicide attack, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), has hit US-led coalition troops in a restaurant in north Syria's Manbij. Four US servicemen were killed and three more wounded, the Reuters news agency reported a US official as saying. Fourteen others died in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human …

Middle East Eye (2019-01-16). Iran's Press TV Reporter Arrested in US for No Specific Reason. theantimedia.com (MEE) — US officials have arrested a journalist who works for the Iranian government-backed English-language channel Press TV. She is being held without charge, the broadcaster said on Wednesday. No formal charges have been brought against her. Marzieh Hashemi, described by Press TV as "US-born", has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim convert, according to …

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Turkey threatens northeast Syria. greenleft.org.au US president Donald Trump announced by tweet on December 19 his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had often stated his intention to invade north-eastern Syria. | Trump's announcement was widely seen as giving a green light for the planned Turkish invasion. Trump's decision caused dissension within the US government. Defence secretary James Mattis resigned, as did some other prominent officials. | Later Trump backtracked. There have been contradictory statements by Trump and his advisors. It is now unclear if, and w…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-15). Media Whitewashing the Blood-Soaked US Military-Industrial Complex. therealnews.com Arms manufacturers are trying to rebrand as progressive and feminist, while the corporate media does PR for the military-industrial complex. CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin warns this pro-arms manufacturer campaign is infiltrating our schools.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-01-15). John Bolton Wants to Bomb Iran — and He May Get What He Wants. theintercept.com Bolton has outlasted James Mattis and John Kelly, and the Trump administration is now filled with hard-liners who want to attack Iran.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). Headlines for January 14, 2019. democracynow.org Gov't Shutdown Now Longest in U.S. History, Trump Admin Considered Disaster Relief Funds to Build Border Wall, Interior Dept. Pushes Ahead Plans for New Arctic Drilling Leases, Texas: Tornillo Immigrant Prison Camp Shuts Down, Los Angeles: Public Teachers Go on Strike, Dems Vow to Investigate After 2 New Reports on Trump's Relationship with Russia, WSJ: Nat'l Sec. Council Asked About Possible Military Strike on Iran in 2018, Trump Threatens to "Devastate Turkey Economically" If Syrian Kurds Targeted, Saudi Arabia: Sec. of State Pompeo Meets with Crown Prince 3 Months After Khashoggi Killing, Canada Grants Asylum…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-13). The Memo That Helped Kill a Half Million People in Syria. consortiumnews.com The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-01-11). Headlines for January 11, 2019. democracynow.org Protests Target Shutdown as Federal Employees Miss First Paycheck, Trump May Raid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Funds for Border Wall, Protesters Gather on Both Sides of U.S.-Mexico Border as Trump Visits, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Blocks Vote on Bill to Fund Government, Study Finds Oceans Are Absorbing Far More Heat Than Previously Known, Pentagon Says It's Withdrawing from Syria as Turkey Readies Invasion, In Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State Rebukes Obama and Threatens Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Calls Jamal Khashoggi Murder an "Atrocity", Protests Outside Supreme Court Demand Closure of Guantánamo Prison…

Gregory Shupak (2019-01-11). Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever. fair.org by Gregory Shupak | In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump's claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat's shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washingto…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). Headlines for January 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Out of Shutdown Negotiations After "Temper Tantrum", Unions for Federal Workers to Protest as Shutdown Enters 20th Day, Donald Trump Jr. Compares Immigrants to Zoo Animals, Trump Nominates Ex-Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as Permanent EPA Head, Congo: Felix Tshisekedi Declared Provisional President-Elect, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Meets Egyptian Leader el-Sisi, Campaigners Mark 100 Days Since Jamal Khashoggi's Assassination, After Weeks Stranded at Sea, Asylum Seekers Granted Access to Malta, Lebanon: Winter Storms Bring Death and Misery to Syrian Refugees, Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Ex-Manag…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). William Arkin on Homeland Security's Creeping Fascism and Why the CIA & FBI Won't Save Us from Trump. democracynow.org Longtime NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin announced he was leaving the network last week in a blistering letter that took aim at the mainstream media for encouraging perpetual warfare and bolstering the national security state. In his letter, Arkin writes of Trump, "Of course he is an ignorant and incompetent impostor. And yet I'm alarmed at how quick NBC is to mechanically argue the contrary, to be in favor of policies that just spell more conflict and more war. Really? We shouldn't get out Syria? We shouldn't go for the bold move of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula? Even on Russia, though we should be…

PEDRO (2018-12-06). Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance. bdsmovement.net Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli weaponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle agains…

Max Blumenthal (2018-12-04). "Pistachio Wars": How the Resnicks' Snack Food Fortune is Fueling the Assault on Iran. grayzoneproject.com A highly original documentary project reveals how a couple of Beverly Hills billionaires "are willing to risk war in Iran…

2019-01-17: Social Media Postees

US Helms Burton Act is a Violation of International Law: Cuba
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
Cuba rejects U.S. President Trump's decision to activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Law for 45 days as the newest threat to Cuba's economic, commercial, financial stability. | RELATED: | Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations | "We strongly reject this new interventionist provocation, threatening, arrogant, violating international law. The US government shows its contempt for the rest of the world…Political blackmail and irresponsible hostility just to harden a blockad…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Helms-Burton-Act-is-a-Violation-of-International-Law-Cuba-20190117-0015.html

Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over
John Feffer | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-17
With Bolton and Pompeo by his side and Mattis departed, Trump may well go with his gut and attack Iran militarily and he'll be encouraged in this delusion by Israel and Saudi Arabia. | The post Trump Punts on Syria: The Forever War in the Middle East is Far From Over appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/trump-punts-on-syria-the-forever-war-in-the-middle-east-is-far-from-over/253967/

Europe's Strategic Humanitarian Aid: Yemen vs. Syria
Paul Cochrane | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
The Syrian conflict will soon be into its ninth year, and the Yemen conflict into its fifth year. Both are major humanitarian disasters, with millions displaced amid unimaginable suffering. An estimated half a million have been killed in Syria, and over 100,000 in Yemen. The West is deeply involved in both conflicts — supporting the…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/europes-strategic-humanitarian-aid-yemen-vs-syria/

Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets of "Invisible War" in Syria
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
For years Israel denied allegations that it had a role in funding and weaponizing the anti-Assad insurgency in Syria, and more often military officials responded "no comment" even when confronted with overwhelming evidence of Israeli weapons documented in al-Qaeda linked … | The post Israel's Top Commander Finally Spills Secrets of "Invisible War" in Syria appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/israels-top-commander-finally-spills-secrets-of-invisible-war-in-syria/5665721

Lebanon summit reveals Arab divisions over Syria, Iran
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-17
Several heads of state have pulled out of an Arab economic summit in Beirut this weekend.
aljazeera.com/indepth/features/lebanon-summit-reveals-arab-divisions-syria-iran-190117092010924.html

Cuba, Iran Sign Multiple MOUs to Strengthen Relations
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-17
Cuba and Iran signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MOUs) Wednesday as pledges to collaborate in the areas including trade, sports, agriculture, health and biotechnology. | RELATED: | Venezuela Welcomes 2,500 Cuban Doctors Leaving Brazil | Iran's Deputy Minister of Health, Mohsen Asadi Lari, and Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, inked the MOUs at the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Commission for Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation,…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Iran-Sign-Multiple-MOUs-to-Strengthen-Relations-20190117-0005.html

Just Another Brick in the Wall of Lies
John G. Russell | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
It's time to bring back the original Nightline. For those of you too young to remember, Nightline was born almost 40 years ago during the "Iranian Hostage Crisis." Each nightly broadcast began with the words "The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage" that would eventually be followed by the numbers of days that had elapsed since their…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/just-another-brick-in-the-wall-of-lies/

Iran Newspapers, Minister Criticize U.S. Arrest of Newscaster
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-17
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran kept up its criticism Thursday of the FBI's apparent arrest of an American anchorwoman from Iran's state-run English-language TV channel, with its foreign minister saying "she's done nothing but journalism." | The hard-line Vatan-e Emrooz paper criticized the detention of Press TV's Marzieh Hashemi as "Saudi-style behavior with a critical journalist." That's a reference to the Oct. 2 assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. | Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Press TV that "we have a right to…
truthdig.com/articles/iran-newspapers-minister-criticize-u-s-arrest-of-newscaster/

Prominent Iranian jailed by FBI: Demand her freedom
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-17
Minneapolis, MN — A well-known Iranian journalist, Marzieh Hashemi, has been jailed by the FBI. Hashemi is an anchor on Iran's English language Press TV and has interviewed many progressive U.S. activists. According to credible reports, Hashemi was taken into custody at the Saint Louis, Missouri area's Louis Lambert International Airport on January 13. The FBI has since moved her to a detention facility near Washington DC. | There is no indication that Hashemi has been charged with anything. | Hashemi, who was born in the United States but resides in Iran, was on a visit to family members, including a broth…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/1…

Trump's Flailing will get More Desperate and More Dangerous
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-17
Since the striking victories of Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018, President Donald Trump has been flailing more and more wildly. He's setting new records for the length of the government shutdown, watched his defense secretary resign after suddenly announcing the withdrawal of troops from Syria, forced his attorney general to resign, found…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/17/trumps-flailing-will-get-more-desperate-and-more-dangerous/

Final Steps in Syria's Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-17
The situation in Syria evolves daily and sees two situations very closely linked to each other, with the US withdrawal from Syria and the consequent expansionist ambitions of Erdogan in Syria and the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) takeover in Idlib … | The post Final Steps in Syria's Successful Struggle for Peace and Sovereignty appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/final-steps-in-syrias-successful-struggle-for-peace-and-sovereignty/5665705

Stopping Urban Shield Is One Step Closer
JP Massar | indybay.org | 2019-01-17
"A set of recommendations to be presented to the Supervisors that would radically transform Urban Shield from a militarized SWAT Team and weapons extravaganza into a true emergency preparedness conclave and suite of field exercises relevant to the Bay Area."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/16/18820409.php

Iran: Unrelenting Repression
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. | © 2017 Getty Images | (Beirut) — Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and so…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/iran-unrelenting-repression

Libya: Civilians Under Threat from Militias
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-17
Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018. | © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters | (Geneva) — Unaccountable and violent armed groups maintain a stranglehold on Libya, while civilians pay the price in the divided country, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. Libyan authorities should prioritize ju…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/17/libya-civilians-under-threat-militias

War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means US Troops Must Remain
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(CJ Opinion) — A suicide bombing in Manbij, Syria has reportedly killed 19 people including four Americans, two of whom were US soldiers and two of whom worked with the US military. ISIS, which has an extensive history of falsely claiming responsibility for attacks it had nothing to do with, has claimed responsibilityfor the attack. Despite the fact that ISIS would claim …

War Whores Scramble to Say Syria Attack Means US Troops Must Remain

Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(MPN) — Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don't play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, …

Amnesty International’s Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence

American CEO Who Worked at Building 7 on 9/11 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(ZH) — In a shocking new development regarding Tuesday's brazen terror attack on an upscale hotel in Kenya's capital of Nairobi which left 15 dead as Somali-based al-Shabab militants stormed through the complex with automatic weapons, the lone American citizen identified among the dead was a 9/11 survivor. The victim, Jason Spindler, was confirmed by family members to have …

American CEO Who Worked at Building 7 on 9/11 Killed in Nairobi Terror Attack

Killing of US troops in Syria feeds furor over withdrawal
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-17
The suicide bomb attack took place in Manbij, the flashpoint in the multi-sided conflict created by the US intervention in Syria.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/…

Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
It's a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath were registered through the Washington establishment. Members of the military industrial complex were none too pleased. The President had seemingly made his case clear: US blood and…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/trump-bolton-and-the-syrian-confusion/

Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-16
Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/16…

Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-16
Sam Husseini writes that the news agency ignored the nominee's link to a major U.S. scandal broken by its own investigative reporter at the time, the late Robert Parry, founder of Consortium News. By SamHusseini FAIR A president facing a… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/16/triumph-of-conventional-wisdom-ap-expunges-iran-contra-pardons-from-barrs-record/

Trump's Syria Exit Tweet Provokes Washington Panic
Jeff Mackler | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-16
President Trump's unexpected December 19 twitter announcement ordering a 30-day timetable for the withdrawal of the 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria and 7,000 of the 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan provoked a bipartisan panic in Washington. Defense Secretary "Mad Dog" James Mattis, "the butcher of Fallujah," resigned in protest stating, according to the New York Times, that…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/16/trumps-syria-exit-tweet-provokes-washington-panic/

Trump's Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind 'Inhumane' Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
The government's failure to comment on Hashemi's detention makes it difficult to analyze specifically what her arrest means. However, her detainment should serve as a chilling wake-up call for journalists, Muslim Americans, and all U.S. citizens. | The post Trump's Anti-Iran Campaign & NDAA Clause Behind 'Inhumane' Detention of PressTV Anchor Marzieh Hashemi appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/presstv-american-citizen-detained/253904/

The Moral Travesty of Israel Seeking Arab, Iranian Money for its Alleged Nakba
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2019-01-16
For Israel to be seeking compensation from Arab countries and Iran is a moral travesty, especially as Palestinians refugees continue to languish in refugee camps across Palestine and the Middle East…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-moral-travesty-of-israel-seeking-arab-iranian-money-for-its-alleged-nakba/

Iranian PressTV journalist held by FBI, denied halal food, hijab removed against her will — network
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-16
A PressTV journalist has been mysteriously detained for over 48 hours by the FBI after she was apprehended at St. Louis Lambert International Airport while traveling to visit family, the network has learned. | …
rt.com/usa/448912-presstv-journalist-arrested-kafkaesque/

4 US Soldiers Killed by ISIS-Claimed Bombing in Syria
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(MEE) — A deadly suicide attack, claimed by the Islamic State group (IS), has hit US-led coalition troops in a restaurant in north Syria's Manbij. Four US servicemen were killed and three more wounded, the Reuters news agency reported a US official as saying. Fourteen others died in the attack, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human …

4 US Soldiers Killed by ISIS-Claimed Bombing in Syria

Iran's Press TV Reporter Arrested in US for No Specific Reason
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-16
(MEE) — US officials have arrested a journalist who works for the Iranian government-backed English-language channel Press TV. She is being held without charge, the broadcaster said on Wednesday. No formal charges have been brought against her. Marzieh Hashemi, described by Press TV as "US-born", has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim convert, according to …

Iran's Press TV Reporter Arrested in US for No Specific Reason

Turkey threatens northeast Syria
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
US president Donald Trump announced by tweet on December 19 his intention to withdraw US troops from Syria. This followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had often stated his intention to invade north-eastern Syria. | Trump's announcement was widely seen as giving a green light for the planned Turkish invasion. Trump's decision caused dissension within the US government. Defence secretary James Mattis resigned, as did some other prominent officials. | Later Trump backtracked. There have been contradictory statements by Trump and his advisors. It is now unclear if, and w…
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Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-15
Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu…
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Triumph of Conventional Wisdom: AP Expunges Iran/Contra Pardons from Barr's Record
Sam Husseini | fair.org | 2019-01-15
Lame duck President George Bush Sr. gave a Christmas present to Iran/Contra co-conspirators like Caspar Weinberger–and to himself (New York Times, 12/25/92). | A president facing a major scandal, just as the highest-profile trial is about to begin, pardons the indicted or convicted officials around him to effectively stop the investigation that's closing in on his own illegal conduct. | Trump soon? We'll see. But this actually describes what President George H.W. Bush did in 1992. | The Iran/Contra scandal revealed, among other things, that the Reagan/Bush White House had secretly sold missiles to Iran in…
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Media Whitewashing the Blood-Soaked US Military-Industrial Complex
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-15
Arms manufacturers are trying to rebrand as progressive and feminist, while the corporate media does PR for the military-industrial complex. CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin warns this pro-arms manufacturer campaign is infiltrating our schools. | The post Media Whitewashing the Blood-Soaked US Military-Industrial Complex appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/media-whitewashing-the-blood-soaked-us-military-industrial-complex

John Bolton Wants to Bomb Iran — and He May Get What He Wants
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-01-15
Bolton has outlasted James Mattis and John Kelly, and the Trump administration is now filled with hard-liners who want to attack Iran. | The post John Bolton Wants to Bomb Iran — and He May Get What He Wants appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/15/john-bolton-wants-to-bomb-iran-and-he-may-get-what-he-wants/

The Memo That Helped Kill a Half Million People in Syria
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-13
The memo shows the advice Hillary Clinton was getting to plunge the U.S. deeper into the Syrian war. As Trump seeks to extricate the U.S. the memo has again become relevant, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/01/13/the-memo-that-helped-kill-a-half-million-people-in-syria/

Media Worried US Won't Occupy Syria Forever
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-01-11
by Gregory Shupak | In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump's claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat's shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washingto…
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