10:42 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
Iran Shot It Down But There May Be More to the Story
13:03 [Mint Press News] (E)
The root cause of oppression and violence that Palestinians experience is not “the occupation” of 1967 as many people claim it to be. It is something much older and seemingly more benign. The occupation. A phrase commonly used when speaking about the injustices taking place in Palestine. It is a phrase that limits the discussion to a small part of Palestine and to only a portion of the Palestinian people.
7:59 [Mint Press News] (E)
Throughout the 1970s, the Israeli military declared roughly 18% of the West Bank as “firing zones,” effectively wresting control from the local Palestinian population. Aseemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians living inside an Israeli military firing zone in the West Bank,” according to Haaretz. The Palestinian community that was denied its only access to medical services is Masafer Yatta, a tiny Palestinian village located in the South Hebron hills.
20:39 [21stcenturywire] (E)
According to a recent report released by the Times of Israel, it was officials in Tel Aviv who provided the White House with the key intelligence details leading to the targeted double assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader, General Qasem Soleimani, and senior Iraqi PMU commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, on January 3rd.
8:00 [youtube/the Duran] (E)
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how the Trump White House worked through the Swiss Embassy, immediately following the death of Soleimani, to de-escalate the crisis with Iran.
11:47 [State of the Nation] (E)
Video Captures Moment Missile Strikes Boeing 737 Over Tehran
Update: The New York Times has verified the video which shows an Iranian missile hitting a plane above Parand, near Tehran’s airport, the area where a Ukrainian airliner stopped transmitting its signal before it crashed on Wednesday.
20:09 [youtube/The Grayzone] (E)
As millions of Iranians mourn the US murder of Qassem Soleimani, ex-Bush administration official Col. Lawrence Wilkerson discuses the parallels between Bush`s war on Iraq and Trump`s campaign against Iran; the history of US shunning diplomacy with Tehran; and how an addiction to war drives US foreign policy.
7:41 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Last night Iran fired 22 Qiam missiles towards two U.S. bases in Iraq. Between 1:45 and 2:15 local time (~22:00 UTC) seventeen missiles hit the Ain al Assad airbase west of Ramadi. Five missiles were aimed at Erbil airport in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. There were no casualties. The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents the U.S., was warned at least one hour before the attack happened. Around 0:00 UTC the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) which prohibited civil U.S. flights over Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. This attack was the "open" and "proportional" response for the U.S. assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani which Iran`s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had promised. It will certainly not be the only response but represents the opening shot of a long and much more silent campaign to kick the U.S. out of the Middle East.
21:16 [Craig Murray] (E)
In one of the series of blatant lies the USA has told to justify the assassination of Soleimani, Mike Pompeo said that Soleimani was killed because he was planning “Imminent attacks” on US citizens. It is a careful choice of word. Pompeo is specifically referring to the Bethlehem Doctrine of Pre-Emptive Self Defence. Developed by Daniel Bethlehem when Legal Adviser to first Netanyahu’s government and then Blair’s, the Bethlehem Doctrine is that states have a right of “pre-emptive self-defence” against “imminent” attack.
13:12 [Zero Hedge] (E)
In the post-2003 Iraq invasion world based on fake WMD claims, any US official claims based on unspecified "intelligence assessments" should be treated with deep skepticism if not outright rejection.
17:09 [RT] (E)
The adoption of a resolution urging the expulsion of the US military from Iraq marks a very important step for the country, but actually making them leave will likely take more than that, analysts told RT.
16:49 [Moon Of Alabama] (E)
The Trump administration is telling fairytales about its murder of Major General Qassem Soleimani. He was not planing any "imminent attacks" on the U.S. or its interests in Iraq. Reports which claim that while calling Katyusha rockets "sophisticated weapons" can obviously be ignored. In no way was Soleimani a legitimate target for a U.S. attack. No Orwellian State Department briefing can change that.
21:25 [Sic Semper Tyrannis] (E)
I could never fully comprehend the logic behind our modern monument to imperialistic hubris that is our outsized Embassy in Baghdad. One would have to be a true believer in our God ordained manifest destiny to admire that monstrosity. Those types do exist. At one time the management coven at Defense HUMINT planned on establishing a massive operating base in that Embassy to control operations throughout the region. It was going to be Defense HUMINT forward... an outpost of the empire.
21:44 [The Canary] (E)
Without a media revolution, the ultra-rich will continue to dominate - Our electoral system giving the Tories a majority of MPs even though it got a minority of votes.
11:10 [The Corbett Report/YouTube] (E)
As whistleblowers and documents continue to destroy the narrative surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year, it is becoming increasingly apparent that this false flag event has been exposed. This week on The Corbett Report podcast, James goes through the remarkable timeline of the Douma hoax and breaks the spell that the propagandists have sought to cast on the public.
15:20 [Stalker Zone] (E)
In the office of the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky simultaneously approved five scenarios for the reintegration of Donbass, but their content has not yet been published. At the same time, it is stressed that Zelensky firmly declared the inadmissibility of a forceful solution to the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine, calling for taking action via exclusively political and diplomatic methods.
11:47 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
Christopher Black 2018 - The cruel assassination of Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the Donetsk Republic, in Donetsk on August 31 by elements of the Kiev regime’s forces backed by NATO, and the wounding of many others in the bomb blast that took his life, confirms what I wrote three years ago, that the Minsk 2 agreement signed in February 2015 to try to establish peace in Ukraine was a rotting corpse...Indeed we see in Ukraine the expression of the Anglo-American-German political purpose: the desire to force Russia to submit to their will. They failed in World War I. The attempt failed again in World War II. The so–called Cold War succeeded in bankrupting the socialist state but the capitalist state that rose from that sad decline is gathering its strength once again and refuses to submit to any one’s diktats.
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