Monthly Archives: January 2020

2020-01-31: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-31). Afghanistan will need 'billions in foreign aid,' US agency warns. rt.com A US agency warned on Friday that Afghanistan will need vast amounts of foreign funding to keep its government afloat through 2024. International money pays for roughly 75 percent of all of Afghanistan's costs, while government revenue covers barely a quarter of Afghan public expenditures. | The warning comes as foreign donors become increasingly angry over the cost of corruption and the US seeks a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw its troops from the country. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which issues reports quarterly to US Congress, monitors all US spending relating…

RT (2020-01-31). Turkey 'will not hesitate to use military force' if attacks by Syrian govt forces don't stop in Idlib — Erdogan. rt.com Ankara will not sit idly by as the Syrian Army carries out an offensive in northeastern Idlib province, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned, saying all options, including the most extreme ones, are on the table. | "We will not watch the situation in Syria… We will not hesitate to do whatever it takes, including using military force," Erdogan said on Friday in Ankara. He

Agha Hussain (2020-01-31). Wealthy Gulf States Plan to Spend Big to Coax Syria Away from Iran. mintpressnews.com In the first of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates efforts by wealthy Gulf Arab countries to ply post-war Syria away from Iran by investing heavily in its post-war reconstruction.

RT (2020-01-31). Top cleric Sistani condemns use of force to disperse Iraq protest camps, calls for elections. rt.com Iraq's leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has condemned the use of force to disperse protest camps across the country. | He also renewed calls for early elections to be held in a free and fair manner. | Sistani, who delivered his message through a representative at Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, also "heavily condemned" US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, Reuters reported. | Earlier this month, Sistani condemned the US-Iranian military confrontation taking place on Iraqi soil, saying it risked plunging the war-ravaged country and the wider Middle East into deepe…

Eds. (2020-01-31). Palestinians around the world reject Trump's 'fraud of the century'. mronline.org Palestinians have responded to US President Donald Trump's peace plan with a resounding "no," expressing their frustrations with what they have dubbed as the "fraud of the century." From social media to the streets, Palestinians in the occupied territory and in the diaspora have rejected Trump's vision for the region, criticizing the plan for granting […] |

Miko Peled (2020-01-31). Dead on Arrival: Dissecting Trump's Vision for the Future of Palestine. mintpressnews.com What used to be an idea expressed by only the most extreme right-wing Zionists, namely ridding Israel of its Palestinian citizens, is now part of a "peace" plan and has been given the rubber stamp of the United States government, writes Miko Peled.

RT (2020-01-31). Tehran says US sanctions on chief of nuclear energy organization was 'unwise move'. rt.com Iran's nuclear energy organization has described recent sanctions on the head of the agency by the US an "unwise move." Washington announced new sanctions on Thursday against the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and its director, Ali Akbar Salehi. The sanctions freeze any assets that Salehi has within US jurisdiction. | The organization tweeted on Friday that "the unwise move" by President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Salehi and AEOI "will not in any way interrupt [Iran's] peaceful nuclear activities and policies." | "Such cruel sanctions will further enhance the nuclear scientist's motives in…

CounterSpin (2020-01-31). Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution. fair.org MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …

RT (2020-01-31). Erdogan blasts Arab states for backing Trump's Middle East plan. rt.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted a number of Arab nations on Friday for backing a Middle East peace plan unveiled by the US, condemning it as "treason." | "Some Arab countries that support such a plan commit treason against Jerusalem, as well as against their own people, and more importantly against all humanity," Erdogan told his party's provincial heads in Ankara. | Erdogan, a strong advocate of Palestinian rights, singled out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan, AFP reports. "Saudi Arabia in particular, you are silent. When will you break your silence? You look at Amman,…

Staff (2020-01-31). Senate May Delay Final Trump Trial Vote. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Senate is considering pushing off final acquittal in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial until next week under a proposal being negotiated Friday by party leaders. | The situation remained fluid, but senators have indicated they want more time to publicly debate the charges and air their positions on the coming vote, according to a Republican familiar with the proposal but unauthorized to discuss it. The person was granted anonymity. | The shift in timing ahead of Trump's all but certain acquittal shows the significance of the moment to senators in voting that would bring to a close…

Staff (2020-01-31). Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal. democracynow.org The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…

Staff (2020-01-31). GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate'. truthdig.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday The Senate is widely expected as early as Friday evening to oppose permitting witnesses, given swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.)

John Wojcik (2020-01-31). Senate "trial" with no documents or witnesses — a national embarrassment. peoplesworld.org President Donald Trump's acquittal was a certainty well before Sen. Lamar Alexander's decision last night to hang tight with his long-time pal Mitch McConnell and oppose efforts by the Dems to call more witnesses and keep the trial going an extra week. The 51-member GOP majority was never expected to put principle before party. Their …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-01-31). Erdogan's Outburst Against Russia Reveals Frustration. globalresearch.ca Back in November 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M near the Syria—Turkey border on the allegations that the Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds — an interesting casus belli considering that …

Staff (2020-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Poised to Acquit President Trump in Impeachment Trial, World Health Organization Declares International Public Health Emergency, U.S. Special Envoy Warns of International Crisis in Idlib, Syria, Britain Formally Withdrawing from European Union Tonight, Pentagon Deploys 1st Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead-Armed Submarine, Trump Admin Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Use of Landmines, Human Rights Groups Condemn Mexico for Crackdown on Central American Migrants, Mexican Butterfly Conservationist Found Dead, Bolivia's Movement for Socialism Candidate Luis Arce Returns to Bolivia, U.S. Pushes EU to End Ban on Chemic…

Paul Street (2020-01-31). Two Wings, Four Despotisms. counterpunch.org Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently conducting a tasteless tutorial in

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-31). Trump's Annexation Scheme: A Stake in the Heart of the Moribund Two-State Solution and Peace. globalresearch.ca Since no-peace/peace plans first surfaced in the 1970s, the US and Israel supported Palestinian self-determination in name only. | Both countries opposed the idea since Israel seized Palestinian territory not stolen in 1948. | A two-state solution was theoretically possible years earlier, …

Rob Urie (2020-01-31). The Open Letter and the DNC. counterpunch.org Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and

Kathleen Wallace (2020-01-31). Do Not Light That Fuse DNC. counterpunch.org Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the

Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma (2020-01-31). Why is the U.S. Always at War? Is Peace Possible? indybay.org A'Roma Roasters Coffee and Tea | 95 5th St, Santa Rosa, California 95401…

J.B. Gerald (2020-01-31). To Keep the Rohingya Alive. dissidentvoice.org The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish. — Article 1. The Genocide Convention On November 11, 2019 The Gambia filed at the International Court of Justice an Application of proceedings against Myanmar, …

WSWS (2020-01-31). War tensions mount between NATO powers over Libya, Mediterranean. wsws.org The Berlin conference has set the stage not for peace, but only for stepped-up imperialist interventions to divide up the profits to be extracted from Libya and the entire region.

Tom Anderson (2020-01-31). Trump's 'peace plan' gives the go-ahead to Israel's biggest land grab in decades. thecanary.co Donald Trump's ' The Jordan Valley, which

Richard Eskow (2020-01-31). "Balfouristans" for Bibi: "Apartheid" Isn't an Insult, It's a Blueprint. counterpunch.org The image on the left is from a map Donald Trump tweeted out with the label, "Vision For Peace: Conceptual Map/The Future of Palestine." The one on the right shows the "Bantustans" created by apartheid-era South Africa in 1970, a move designed to pen the country's black citizens into impoverished "homelands." Any questions? These maps

Staff (2020-01-31). The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King. truthout.org Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…

Staff (2020-01-31). Senator Clears Way for Acquittal, Says Trump's Actions Were Only "Inappropriate" truthout.org The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitut…

David Schultz (2020-01-31). It's Not Just Trump: Why the Next President Should Pledge to Weaken the Presidency. counterpunch.org The American presidency is too powerful. That is what the Senate impeachment trial and the 2020 presidential election should be about. Instead, masking this deeper constitutional problem is Donald Trump and his personal abuses of power. Yet these abuses of power are not simply the product of one errant person, but part of a longer

sputniknews (2020-01-31). Ex-US Rep. for Maryland John Delaney Withdraws From 2020 Presidential Race. sputniknews.com The time is already ticking for the 2020 US presidential election which is scheduled for 3 November.

sputniknews (2020-01-31). 'She Was So Easy': Trump Asks Supporters if He Should 'Take Another Crack' at 'Crazy' Hillary. sputniknews.com US President Donald Trump taunted Democrats at a major rally in Iowa on Thursday night on the eve of key events in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial against him, and just days before the nation's first presidential caucuses there.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-01-31). Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century. counterpunch.org An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a "peace plan." Is there a more precise image for the current state of our political condition?

yenisafak (2020-01-31). Russia fully complying with deal on Idlib: Kremlin. yenisafak.com As the international community raises louder objections to civilian deaths in Idlib, northwestern Syria, Moscow on Friday declared it is in full compliance with its obligations under the 2018 Sochi agreements on the embattled province."Russia is fully fulfilling all obligations under the Sochi agreements with regard to the Idlib zone," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are prohibited.Admitting that "the situation there leaves much to be desired," he added that Russia's "deepest concern" is "the large number of terrorists who constantly carry out…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-30). D.C. anti-Trump protests: Silent vigil demands Senate witnesses. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—When it comes to campaigning for Senate conviction of GOP President Donald Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, demonstrators in D.C. had two separate objectives. Demonstrators staged a silent protest in the atrium of the largest senatorial office building. That group included busloads of people from Chicago and elsewhere, as well as …

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RT (2020-01-30). Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice. rt.com Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-01-30). Trump's 'peace plan' for Israel and the Palestinians is neither. peoplesworld.org GOP President Donald Trump's "peace plan" for Israel and the Palestinians, unveiled with support from the leaders of both big Jewish Israeli political parties, is "imperialistic" and would lead to resumed and continued military occupation of the entire West Bank for the foreseeable future, the Israeli Communist Party says. And since Trump unveiled his plan …

Steve Sweeney (2020-01-30). General strike in Gaza, protests rage against Trump's 'deal of the century'. peoplesworld.org Palestinians waged a general strike in the besieged Gaza Strip Jan. 29 as protests continued to rage against the "dismal" Middle East peace plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. His so-called "deal of the century" has been met by global condemnation with international governments and progressives branding it as "shameful" and unworkable. …

South Front (2020-01-30). Video: Syria Army Advance on Saraqib. Liberated Areas held by Al Qaeda (Hayat Tahir al Sham). globalresearch.ca Idlib militants seem to be in disarray amid the developing advance of the Syrian Army. Since the liberation of Maarat al-Numan, government forces have achieved several important breakthroughs on the frontline in southeastern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo. | The army has …

Almasdar News (2020-01-30). Russian Delegation Reminds US that Occupied Golan Heights Is Syrian Territory. globalresearch.ca Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, mentioned to the authors of the "Deal of the Century" that the occupied Golan Heights is Syrian territory. | "Yesterday, Washington's vision of a settlement in the Middle East was …

teleSUR (2020-01-30). Syrian Forces Advance Inside Idlib and Aleppo Provinces. telesurenglish.net The Syrian military began a wide-scale operation inside the Idlib and Aleppo provinces this week amid collapsed peace talks between the government and opposition. | READ ALSO: | The Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, have seized a large portion of the Idlib province after capturing the large city of Maarat Al-Numan and several towns and villages nearby. | In addition to Maarat Al-Numan, the Syrian military is also closing in on the ne…

South Front (2020-01-30). Video: Syria Army Develops Momentum in Idlib and Aleppo. Turkish Military Convoy Enters Syria. globalresearch.ca On January 28, units of the Syrian Army, led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, liberated the town of Maarat al-Numan, the Wadi Al-Deif military base and nearby villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked groups. | Earlier on …

Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-30). Alan Dershowitz Is Insulting Everybody's Intelligence. truthdig.com This article originally appeared on Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is s…

Marjorie Cohn (2020-01-30). Dershowitz Is Wrong — Abuse of Power Is Grounds for Impeachment. zcomm.org Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office…

commondreams (2020-01-30). After Nearly 18 Years, the House Passes Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Bill to Repeal the 2002 AUMF. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2020-01-30). Maduro on Merlano Case: Duque Does Not Want the Truth Out There. telesurenglish.net The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said Thursday that his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, has not followed the due process for the extradition of former congresswoman Aída Merlano. Merlano, who arrested last Monday in the city of Maracaibo, Zulia state, after running away from her country, seems not interested in knowing the truth, according to the head of state. | RELATED: | During a nationwide broadcast,…

Donald Monaco (2020-01-30). Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency. globalresearch.ca Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …

commondreams (2020-01-30). Trump Administration's Landmine Policy Reversal a Dangerous Mistake, Requires Congressional Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jonathan Cook (2020-01-30). Trump's 'Deal of the Century' Won't Bring Peace — That Was the Plan. globalresearch.ca Much of Donald Trump's long-trailed "deal of the century" came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details. | The so-called "Vision for Peace" unveiled on Tuesday simply confirmed that the US …

Afro News (2020-01-30). What You Need to Know About Trump's Annexation Plan. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump finally unveiled his 'Middle East Peace Plan' on Tuesday, 28 January 2020, during a media conference in Washington, as the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stood by his side. | The entire document, called 'Peace to …

teleSUR (2020-01-30). Palestinian Leaders Taking Steps to Topple Trump's 'Peace Plan'. telesurenglish.net The Palestinian Authority has prepared a series of plans to topple the announced U.S. Middle East peace plan, also known as the Deal of the Century, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told reporters in Ramallah that one of the first steps "is to hold a meeting for the Arab League's foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday." | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wi…

news.un (2020-01-30). Find unity 'to halt Libya's senseless unraveling', UN envoy urges Security Council. news.un.org The top UN official in Libya on Thursday expressed his "deep anger and disappointment" over intensifying conflict in Libya despite a high-level summit held in the German capital of Berlin earlier this month, that set out measures to de-escalate fighting and put the divided country back on a path towards peace.

2020-01-31: Social Media Postees

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Wealthy Gulf States Plan to Spend Big to Coax Syria Away from Iran
Agha Hussain | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-31
In the first of a three-part series, Agha Hussein investigates efforts by wealthy Gulf Arab countries to ply post-war Syria away from Iran by investing heavily in its post-war reconstruction.
mintpressnews.com/wealthy-gcc-gulf-state…

Erdogan's Outburst Against Russia Reveals Frustration
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-31
Back in November 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M near the Syria–Turkey border on the allegations that the Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace for 17 seconds

Two Wings, Four Despotisms
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently been conducting a tasteless tutorial…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/two-wings-fo…

Two Wings, Four Despotisms
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Republican Tyranny, Orange Menace Democracy is trumped in the United States by multiple, overlapping, interrelated and mutually reinforcing forms of despotism. The Trump administration and the Trumpified Republican Party, backed by a cult-like base, embody a creepy, neofascistic variant of the disease. The Republican White House and Senate are currently conducting a tasteless tutorial in…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/two-wings-fo…

Trump's Annexation Scheme: A Stake in the Heart of the Moribund Two-State Solution and Peace
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-31
Since no-peace/peace plans first surfaced in the 1970s, the US and Israel supported Palestinian self-determination in name only. | Both countries opposed the idea since Israel seized Palestinian territory not stolen in 1948. | A two-state solution was theoretically possible years earlier, …
globalresearch.ca/trump-annexation-scheme-stake-heart-moribund-two-state-solution-peace/5702445

The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-open-let…

The Open Letter and the DNC
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Strange times, strange times. Within days of the leading lights of the American left penning an open letter arguing that the political imperative of removing Donald Trump from office is so great that 'any blue will do' Tom Perez, the head of the DNC, was caught stacking Democratic Convention committees with the same centrists and…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-open-let…

Do Not Light That Fuse DNC
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/do-not-light…

Do Not Light That Fuse DNC
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
Recent leaked audio indicates that Donald Trump feared Hillary Clinton opting for Bernie Sanders as her VP choice in the last election cycle. This alone should create a situation that would cause the DNC to realize the viability of a Sanders candidacy this time around, but obviously a win for their "team" is not the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/do-not-light…

Afghanistan will need 'billions in foreign aid,' US agency warns
rt.com | 2020-01-31
A US agency warned on Friday that Afghanistan will need vast amounts of foreign funding to keep its government afloat through 2024. International money pays for roughly 75 percent of all of Afghanistan's costs, while government revenue covers barely a quarter of Afghan public expenditures. | The warning comes as foreign donors become increasingly angry over the cost of corruption and the US seeks a peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw its troops from the country. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which issues reports quarterly to US Congress, monitors all US spending relating…
rt.com/newsline/479669-afghanistan-forei…

Trump's 'peace plan' gives the go-ahead to Israel's biggest land grab in decades
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2020-01-31
Donald Trump's ' plan for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict' is catastrophic for Palestinians. One major problem is that it gives the green-light to Israeli politicians' long-held plans to annex the Jordan Valley. | The Jordan Valley, which includes the Dead Sea region, makes up a third of the occupie…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/01/31/trumps-peace-plan-gives-the-go-ahead-to-israels-biggest-land-grab-in-decades/

Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'Peace' Plan, Rainey Reitman on Greenwald Persecution
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-01-31
MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: It is strange to think that you could create a plan to shape the relationship between two entities, in consultation with one but not the other, and then not just declare it, yourself, a "win-win," but also say to the unconsulted party, "You better take it, or else." Yet …
fair.org/home/omar-baddar-on-israel-pale…

Massive Rejection of Trump's Plan in Palestine, Jordan, Yemen
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-31
Thousands of Palestinians held numerous demonstrations on the first Friday following the announcement of the so-called "Deal of the Century" promoted by the U.S. President Donald Trump. | RELATED: | Palestinian Leaders Taking Steps to Topple Trump's 'Peace Plan' | From Gaza to the West Bank, people protested energetically against what they called "an aparthei…
telesurenglish.net/news/Massive-Rejectio…

Palestinians around the world reject Trump's 'fraud of the century'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-31
Palestinians have responded to US President Donald Trump's peace plan with a resounding "no," expressing their frustrations with what they have dubbed as the "fraud of the century." From social media to the streets, Palestinians in the occupied territory and in the diaspora have rejected Trump's vision for the region, criticizing the plan for granting […] | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/31/palestinians-aro…

Erdogan blasts Arab states for backing Trump's Middle East plan
rt.com | 2020-01-31
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted a number of Arab nations on Friday for backing a Middle East peace plan unveiled by the US, condemning it as "treason." | "Some Arab countries that support such a plan commit treason against Jerusalem, as well as against their own people, and more importantly against all humanity," Erdogan told his party's provincial heads in Ankara. | Erdogan, a strong advocate of Palestinian rights, singled out Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Jordan, AFP reports. "Saudi Arabia in particular, you are silent. When will you break your silence? You look at Amman,…
rt.com/newsline/479696-erdogan-arabs-tru…

"Balfouristans" for Bibi: "Apartheid" Isn't an Insult, It's a Blueprint
Richard Eskow | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
The image on the left is from a map Donald Trump tweeted out with the label, "Vision For Peace: Conceptual Map/The Future of Palestine." The one on the right shows the "Bantustans" created by apartheid-era South Africa in 1970, a move designed to pen the country's black citizens into impoverished "homelands." Any questions? These maps…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/balfouristan…

Dead on Arrival: Dissecting Trump's Vision for the Future of Palestine
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-31
What used to be an idea expressed by only the most extreme right-wing Zionists, namely ridding Israel of its Palestinian citizens, is now part of a "peace" plan and has been given the rubber stamp of the United States government, writes Miko Peled.
mintpressnews.com/dissecting-trump-israe…

Why is the U.S. Always at War? Is Peace Possible?
Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma | indybay.org | 2020-01-31
A'Roma Roasters Coffee and Tea | 95 5th St, Santa Rosa, California 95401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/01/28/1883014…

War tensions mount between NATO powers over Libya, Mediterranean
wsws.org | 2020-01-31
The Berlin conference has set the stage not for peace, but only for stepped-up imperialist interventions to divide up the profits to be extracted from Libya and the entire region.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/31/fran…

Tehran says US sanctions on chief of nuclear energy organization was 'unwise move'
rt.com | 2020-01-31
Iran's nuclear energy organization has described recent sanctions on the head of the agency by the US an "unwise move." Washington announced new sanctions on Thursday against the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and its director, Ali Akbar Salehi. The sanctions freeze any assets that Salehi has within US jurisdiction. | The organization tweeted on Friday that "the unwise move" by President Donald Trump to impose sanctions on Salehi and AEOI "will not in any way interrupt [Iran's] peaceful nuclear activities and policies." | "Such cruel sanctions will further enhance the nuclear scientist's motives in…
rt.com/newsline/479745-iran-us-sanctions…

To Keep the Rohingya Alive
J.B. Gerald | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-31
The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.

Top cleric Sistani condemns use of force to disperse Iraq protest camps, calls for elections
rt.com | 2020-01-31
Iraq's leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has condemned the use of force to disperse protest camps across the country. | He also renewed calls for early elections to be held in a free and fair manner. | Sistani, who delivered his message through a representative at Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, also "heavily condemned" US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, Reuters reported. | Earlier this month, Sistani condemned the US-Iranian military confrontation taking place on Iraqi soil, saying it risked plunging the war-ravaged country and the wider Middle East into deepe…
rt.com/newsline/479714-sistani-force-ira…

It's Not Just Trump: Why the Next President Should Pledge to Weaken the Presidency
David Schultz | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
The American presidency is too powerful. That is what the Senate impeachment trial and the 2020 presidential election should be about. Instead, masking this deeper constitutional problem is Donald Trump and his personal abuses of power. Yet these abuses of power are not simply the product of one errant person, but part of a longer…
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Inappropriate, Not Impeachable: Key GOP Senator's "Astonishing" Statement Clears Way for Acquittal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say "there is no need for more evidence to prove something that has already been proven and that does not meet the United States Constitution's high bar for an impeachable offense." Democrats need four Republican senators to support calling for witnesses, bu…
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Senate May Delay Final Trump Trial Vote
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
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GOP Accused of 'Greatest Cover-Up Since Watergate'
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-01-31
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday accused the Republican Party of orchestrating the "greatest cover-up since Watergate" as the Senate prepared to debate and vote on whether to allow witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. | The Senate is widely expected as early as Friday evening to oppose permitting witnesses, given swing vote Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-Tenn.) announcement late Thursday tha…
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Senator Clears Way for Acquittal, Says Trump's Actions Were Only "Inappropriate"
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
The Republican-led Senate appears poised to acquit President Trump as early as today in his historic impeachment trial. On Thursday night, Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee announced he would vote against calling witnesses. Alexander said it was "inappropriate" for Trump to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, but he went on to say…
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The Expected No-Witness Vote Shouldn't Surprise Us. Conservatives Want a King
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-31
Senate Republicans on Friday lined up behind President Trump, poised to protect him from witness testimony in his impeachment trial, a development that is neither surprising nor particularly difficult to understand. Most of the popular explanations, though, fail to explore the underlying dynamics of conservativism. As a result, the Senate's apparent willingness to engage in a cover-up is seen as an aberration or low point for the Republican Party, rather than as a coherent expression of their…
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Ex-US Rep. for Maryland John Delaney Withdraws From 2020 Presidential Race
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-31
The time is already ticking for the 2020 US presidential election which is scheduled for 3 November.
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'She Was So Easy': Trump Asks Supporters if He Should 'Take Another Crack' at 'Crazy' Hillary
sputniknews.com | 2020-01-31
US President Donald Trump taunted Democrats at a major rally in Iowa on Thursday night on the eve of key events in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial against him, and just days before the nation's first presidential caucuses there.
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Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a "peace plan." Is there a more precise image for the current state of our political condition?
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Roaming Charges: The Steal of the Century
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-31
An impeached president meeting in the White House with a Prime Minister indicted for corruption and bribery to pitch a giant land swindle in the Middle East, which they market to a gullible press as a "peace plan." Is there a more precise image for the current state of our political condition?
counterpunch.org/2020/01/31/the-steal-of…

Russia fully complying with deal on Idlib: Kremlin
yenisafak.com | 2020-01-31
As the international community raises louder objections to civilian deaths in Idlib, northwestern Syria, Moscow on Friday declared it is in full compliance with its obligations under the 2018 Sochi agreements on the embattled province."Russia is fully fulfilling all obligations under the Sochi agreements with regard to the Idlib zone," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, referring to the de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are prohibited.Admitting that "the situation there leaves much to be desired," he added that Russia's "deepest concern" is "the large number of terrorists who constantly carry out…
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Hillary Clinton dodges attempt to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard's defamation lawsuit…twice
rt.com | 2020-01-30
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has twice rebuffed efforts to serve her with Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard's "Russian asset" defamation lawsuit, even using the Secret Service to fend off the paperwork. | Secret Service agents first barred the process server from Clinton's Chappaqua, New York home on Tuesday, directing them to her lawyer, David Kendall, in Washington, DC, Gabbard's own attorney Brian Dunne told the New York Post on Wednesday. When they attempted to serve the lawsuit the following day at Kendall's firm, Williams & Connolly, however, the lawyer insisted he was unable…
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Syrian Forces Advance Inside Idlib and Aleppo Provinces
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
The Syrian military began a wide-scale operation inside the Idlib and Aleppo provinces this week amid collapsed peace talks between the government and opposition. | READ ALSO: | Ceasefire Deal Reached in Syria's Idlib: Russia | The Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, have seized a large portion of the Idlib province after capturing the large city of Maarat Al-Numan and several towns and villages nearby. | In addition to Maarat Al-Numan, the Syrian military is also closing in on the ne…
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Two Books for One Price: Special Offers from Global Research Publishers
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Global Research Publishers bring you a number of special offers on two-book combined purchases. Click on a link below for more info or to order the combined book offer of your choice: | . | . | | | *SPECIAL OFFER: The Dirty War on : | …
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Video: Syria Army Advance on Saraqib. Liberated Areas held by Al Qaeda (Hayat Tahir al Sham)
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Idlib militants seem to be in disarray amid the developing advance of the Syrian Army. Since the liberation of Maarat al-Numan, government forces have achieved several important breakthroughs on the frontline in southeastern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo. | The army has …
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Video: Syria Army Develops Momentum in Idlib and Aleppo. Turkish Military Convoy Enters Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
On January 28, units of the Syrian Army, led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, liberated the town of Maarat al-Numan, the Wadi Al-Deif military base and nearby villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other al-Qaeda-linked groups. | Earlier on …
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Russian Delegation Reminds US that Occupied Golan Heights Is Syrian Territory
Almasdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzia, mentioned to the authors of the "Deal of the Century" that the occupied Golan Heights is Syrian territory. | "Yesterday, Washington's vision of a settlement in the Middle East was | …
globalresearch.ca/russian-delegation-reminds-us-occupied-golan-heights-syrian-territory/5702310

Alan Dershowitz Is Insulting Everybody's Intelligence
Marjorie Cohn | truthdig.com | 2020-01-30
This article originally appeared on Truthout. | Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard emeritus law professor who is serving as a hired gun for Team Trump, is arguing that even if John Bolton testifies that Trump admitted the quid pro quo with Ukraine to him, the Senate could not remove the president from office. Dershowitz has gone so far as to say that even if Trump told Bolton he was withholding the congressionally authorized military aid to Ukraine until it helped him with an investigation of the Bidens, that is s…
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D.C. anti-Trump protests: Silent vigil demands Senate witnesses
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-30
WASHINGTON–When it comes to campaigning for Senate conviction of GOP President Donald Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, demonstrators in D.C. had two separate objectives. Demonstrators staged a silent protest in the atrium of the largest senatorial office building. That group included busloads of people from Chicago and elsewhere, as well as …
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After Nearly 18 Years, the House Passes Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Bill to Repeal the 2002 AUMF
commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
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Impeachment and the Imperial Presidency
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Donald J. Trump is the third president in American history to face an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. He stands accused by Democratic members in the House of Representatives of abusing power and obstructing Congress. | In reality, Trump …
globalresearch.ca/impeachment-imperial-presidency/5702279

Trump Administration's Landmine Policy Reversal a Dangerous Mistake, Requires Congressional Action
commondreams.org | 2020-01-30
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Maduro on Merlano Case: Duque Does Not Want the Truth Out There
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said Thursday that his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, has not followed the due process for the extradition of former congresswoman Aída Merlano. Merlano, who arrested last Monday in the city of Maracaibo, Zulia state, after running away from her country, seems not interested in knowing the truth, according to the head of state. | RELATED: | 'Plan to Exterminate Former Guerrillas Is Underway' FARC Says | During a nationwide broadcast,…
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US Bernie Sanders Top Presidential Pick Among Deported Dreamers
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-30
United States Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is the Dreamers' top pick to beat President Donald Trump in the upcoming November election, in order to put an end to the hostility in the U.S. against migrants. | RELATED: | US Congress Committee to Investigate Death of Detained Migrants | Although they no longer live in the U.S., Dreamers who have returned to Mexico are closely following the presidential race, given that a second term for the Republican president w…
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General strike in Gaza, protests rage against Trump's 'deal of the century'
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-30
Palestinians waged a general strike in the besieged Gaza Strip Jan. 29 as protests continued to rage against the "dismal" Middle East peace plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. His so-called "deal of the century" has been met by global condemnation with international governments and progressives branding it as "shameful" and unworkable. …
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What's New About Trump's Mideast 'Peace' Plan? Only the Blunt Crudity of Its Racism
Saree Makdisi | thenation.com | 2020-01-30
What's New About Trump's Mideast 'Peace' Plan? Only the Blunt Crudity of Its Racism.
thenation.com/article/world/israel-pales…

General strike in Gaza, protests rage against Trump's 'deal of the century'
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-30
Palestinians waged a general strike in the besieged Gaza Strip Jan. 29 as protests continued to rage against the "dismal" Middle East peace plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday. His so-called "deal of the century" has been met by global condemnation with international governments and progressives branding it as "shameful" and unworkable. …
peoplesworld.org/article/general-strike-…

Trump's Skewed Vision Gives Israel Everything It Wants
Michael Jansen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-30
Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century", his "vision" of an Arab-Israeli peace settlement, is, as expected, a boon for Israel and a trap for the Palestinians. Everyone knew this would be the case. His deal could never have been …
globalresearch.ca/trump-skewed-vision-gives-israel-everything-wants/5702326