Iraq: Associated Press Sees “Hundreds” Where Pictures Show Millions

25 January 2020 — Moon of Alabama

Fake News in Action

At 10:01 UTC today the Associated Press tweeted that “hundreds” gather in central Baghdad to demand that American troops leave the country.

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Thirty eight minutes earlier CNN had already reported that “hundreds of thousands” are protesting in Baghdad against the U.S. troop presence in Iraq.
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US Clearing Anti-War Voices Off Social Media in Vast Censorship Operation

14 January 2020 — The Mind Unleashed

The Trump administration is ramping up its information war by suspending accounts and removing content.

Social Media Censorship

(TMU) — Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN.

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Syria News Links 24-25 January 2020

26 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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Today’s links 25 January 2020
http://mikewhitneysgraspingatstraws.blogspot.com/2020/01/todays-links_25.html

Pentagon aggravates situation around interaction in Syria – Russian Defense Ministry
https://tass.com/defense/1112963

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Housmans Books Newsletter February 2020

26 January 2020 — Housmans Books

HOUSMANS NEWSLETTER – FEBRUARY 2020

NEWS 
1. Our Power Is Real – Saturday 28th March
2. London Bookshop Crawl 2020

INSTORE EVENTS
3. ‘Journey Through Utopia’ with Matthew S. Adams, Rhiannon Firth, and Tim Waterman
4. Poetry Against Homelessness
5. ‘The Clamour of Nationalism: Race and the Nation in Twenty-First Century Britain’
6. Radixal Love Zine V Day Takeover
7. ‘In and Against the State: Lessons from our recent past’ with Rosemary Grennan and Seth Wheeler
8.’So We Live: The Novels of Alexander Baron’ with Susie Thomas, Nadia Valman, and Ken Worpole
9. Autonomy Now presents: ‘Occult Features of Anarchism’ with Erica Lagalisse and Carl Levy
10. ‘Feminism for the 99%’ with Sara Farris and Susan Pashkoff

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Brazil Aims to Criminalize Glenn Greenwald’s Journalism

25 January 2020 — Defend Wikileaks

New York Times: “Federal prosecutors in Brazil have brought charges against US journalist Glenn Greenwald for reporting on leaked cellphone messages showing widespread corruption of Brazilian public officials. Greenwald is accused of being part of a “criminal organization” that hacked into the cellphones of several prosecutors and other officials to obtain the messages.”

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Julian Assange News Links 23-25 January 2020

25 January 2020 • 18:00 — The New Dark Age

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Belmarsh Prison Inmates Prove More Ethical Than Entire Western Empire
https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2020/01/25/belmarsh-prison-inmates-prove-more-ethical-than-entire-western-empire/

Exclusive: In-depth Interview with Investigative Journalist Stefania Maurizi on Assange Countdown to Freedom

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Iran News Links 24-25 January 2020

25 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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The Troubling Decline of International Law
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2020/01/25/the-troubling-decline-of-international-law/

Zarif: person who downed Ukrainian airliner by mistake is in prison
https://tass.com/world/1112935

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Coronavirus Update: Following the money

25 January 2020 — Off Guardian

Kit Knightly

Wuhan outbreak crowd image 2000x900

The Coronavirus is still the big-ticket news item, with confirmed cases now covering 11 countries. ELEVEN!

Most of the mainstream media are doing that, saying the number of countries rather than the number of people. I suppose because it carries the implication that, somehow, everyone in all those 11 countries is under some kind of imminent threat.

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Split Hearings: The Assange Extradition Case Drags On

25 January 2020 — Counter Currents

It is being increasingly larded with heavy twists and turns, a form of state oppression in slow motion, but the Julian Assange extradition case now looks like it may well move into the middle of the year, dragged out, ironically enough, by the prosecution.  Curiously, this is a point that both the prosecutors, fronted by the US imperium, and the WikiLeaks defence team, seem to have found some inadvertent agreement with. This is the biggest case of its kind, and will determine, for an era, how journalism and the publication of nationally classified information is treated.  Neither wish to misstep in this regard.

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US plotting return of ‘strongman’ in Iraq By M.K. Bhadrakumar

23 January 2020 — Indian Punchline

Iraq

Anti-government protesters set fire and close streets in central Baghdad, Iraq (File photo)

The departure of the former Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani is beginning to be felt in Iraq. The two meetings that the US President Donald Trump had with the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani and the president of Iraq Barhem Saleh in Switzerland on Wednesday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum are symptomatic of Washington’s agenda to press ahead with the rollback of Iranian influence in Iraq.

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5G News Links 25 January 2020

25 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

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January 25 is Stop 5G Global Protest Day! 240 Events in 36 Countries! Find Out Where You Can Participate
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ActivistPost/~3/S-oEyRv9VvA/january-25-is-stop-5g-global-protest-day-240-events-in-36-countries-find-out-where-you-can-participate.html

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2020 is hot, and it’s going to get much hotter

24 January 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Climate crisis

Emissions are rising. Each decade is warmer than the last. The oceans are heating up. Australia is burning. And that’s just January.


by Tim Radford, Climate News Network

(London: January 24, 2020) The year is less than four weeks old, but scientists already know that carbon dioxide emissions will continue to head upwards – as they have every year since measurements began – leading to a continuation of the Earth’s rising heat. And they warn that the rise will be steeper than usual, partly because of the devastating bush fires in Australia.

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The NHS is opening up to US business – the reassurances are demonstrably false

8 December 2019 — OurNHS

British officials dodged invitations to exclude the NHS from a US-UK trade deal. Not surprising, given how much public money already goes to the US healthcare industry.

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump meeting in Watford in December 2019
Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA Images

Facing opposition claims that it will ‘sell off the NHS to the Americans’ after Brexit, the Conservatives have been eager to reassure us. Quizzed on the threat to the NHS of a US-UK trade deal, and on Labour’s publication of leaked notes of the trade talks so far, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the ‘Today’ programme earlier this week:
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