Iran News Links 28-29 January 2020

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

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U.S. Demands Iraq Either Join U.S. War Against Iran or Be Destroyed

Today’s Links 29 January 2020

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Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will not bring peace – that was the plan for the US and Israel

29 January 2020 — Jonathan Cook

The proposal deliberately includes a host of unrealisable preconditions before what remains of Palestine can be recognised

The National – 29 January 2020

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 government has publicly adopted the long-running consensus in Israel: that it is entitled to keep permanently the swaths of territory it seized illegally over the past half-century that deny the Palestinians any hope of a state.

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China’s New Coronavirus: An Examination of the Facts 29 January 2020

25 January 2020 — Global Research

The Western mass media have discussed the new corona virus that began in the city of Wuhan in Central China but, apart from repetitive small details and the inevitable China-bashing, not much light has been shed on the circumstances. My initial commentary here is composed from a medley of nearly 100 Western news reports, primarily ABC, CBS, CNN, AFP, and from some Chinese media. Officially called the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the contagion is a respiratory illness, a new type of viral pneumonia, in the same family of infections as SARS and MERS.  

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Trump’s “win-win” plan hands everything to Israel

29 January 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Omar Karmi

A man walks past a mural depicting US president Donald Trump with a footprint across his face

Graffiti in Gaza shows what Palestinians have come to think of US President Donald Trump’s peacemaking. Mahmoud Issa SIPA USA

After much anticipation and with great ceremony, on Tuesday US President Donald Trump presented his plan for Middle East peace.

It’s “a great plan,” Trump had already said a few days ago, though he may just have been humoring his son-in-law Jared Kushner, its chief architect.

On Tuesday, he called the plan “win-win,” though to whom the second win goes is hard to say.

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Moscow pips Pompeo at the Syrian post

29 January 2020 — Indian Punchline

A street in Maarat al-Numan town in Idlib captured by Syrian forces after heavy fighting with al-Qaeda affiliates

The capture of the town of Maarat al-Numan in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib bordering Turkey on Wednesday by the government forces must be counted as the first ‘new facts on the ground’ since the murder of Qassem Soleimani twenty-five days ago. The salience is that the military operation against the al-Qaeda affiliates went ahead and actually met with stunning success.

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