8:21 [TASS] (E)
The United States has imposed sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia and Turkey for violating the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement released on Tuesday. "The United States is sanctioning 13 foreign entities and individuals in China, Iraq, Russia, and Turkey pursuant to the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA). This action includes new sanctions against five entities/individuals in China and Turkey for supporting Iran`s missile program," the statement said.
13:55 [Tass] (E)
Russia and Ukraine should come together, US President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House on Sunday. When asked to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words that cooperation between Russia and Ukraine irks some countries as it produces a global competitor for them. "I`d like to see them come together. If they came together in the sense that they got along with each other, that would be a great thing for the world," Trump said before leaving for India on a visit. "If Ukraine and Russia could work out some agreement, when they get along, that would be very good."
8:21 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Philip Giraldi - The inept course of what passes for United States Foreign Policy continues, with the Trump Administration now going after the nation’s second oldest friend, Great Britain. With Trump having serially insulted America’s oldest ally France last year, it should only have been expected that the Brits would be next on the list, joining the other key European ally Germany, which is being threatened with sanctions over buying gas from Russia.
14:43 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours.
12:46 [Global Research] (E)
By Mark Taliano - We’re living in times of war psychosis. Regime Change wars have no basis in international law. They are entirely illegal, and they are all based on lies. We have seen the results, which are always catastrophic for all but certain vested interests and the oligarch ruling classes. Yet, despite the lies, despite the revelations, public consent is successfully fabricated for each new war.
12:36 [German Foreign Policy] (E)
The Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger, is focusing the debate of the coming weekend`s conference on the incipient decline of the West. Whereas, in the post-Cold War era western powers enjoyed "almost uncontested freedom of military movement," this is no longer the case today, according to this year`s "Munich Security Report," which Ischinger presented to the public yesterday. Even the "nearly unrivaled global superiority in military technology" NATO had enjoyed for decades, is now endangered. The report quotes French President Emmanuel Macron`s comment: "We were used to an international order that had been based on Western hegemony since the 18th century. Things change."
13:46 [Counterpunch] (E)
For the last half-century, US and UK capitalisms led the way in undoing the parallel legacies of the New Deal and Europe’s social democracies. From its ascending Thatcher-Reagan couple to its descending Trump-Johnson imitation, neoliberal capitalism replaced Keynesian capitalism. Private corporate capitalists funded effective campaigns to celebrate neo-liberalism. The US and UK institutionalized it by de-regulating and privatizing further and faster than anywhere else
7:42 [youtube/The Last American Vagabond] (E)
This is an excerpt of The Daily Wrap Up 2/7.
14:22 [Stalker Zone] (E)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was on an official visit to Kiev in late January, said Ukraine has lost Crimea for good. The diplomat added that all leading countries of the world understand this, reports “Novoye Vremya.”
14:21 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The deputy from the presidential faction “Servants of the People” Evgeny Bragar created a meme live on one of the Ukrainian TV channels: “Sold the dog – paid for gas”. He suggested to the pensioner who called into the studio to “sell the elite dog running around her yard and pay her bills, in particular, the gas bill”.
10:07 [Tass] (E)
The European Union has decided to expand its blacklists on Ukraine by seven more Russian nationals deemed responsible for holding an election in Crimea in September 2019, a representative of the European Union Council told TASS on Tuesday. "Yes, I can confirm that the EU Council approved this decision," he said...The EU approved additional sanctions against Russia right before holding an EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Ukrainian Prime Minister Alexei Goncharuk is scheduled to attend the meeting.
7:39 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Eric Zuesse - Without enforced suppression of truth, there would be no way that the U.S. and its allied regimes could continue hiding the lies that were behind their invasions of Iraq in 2003, and of Syria since 2012, and their coup against Ukraine in 2014, and also of their takeovers and attempted takeovers of other countries that had refused to be bullied by the U.S. regime into complying with its obsessive anti-Russian demands — America’s subterranean continuation of the Cold War, even after Russia had quit the Cold War in 1991. All of the lies are still being propounded by the U.S. regime and remain fully enforced by suppression of the truth about these matters. That’s being done in all news-media except a few of the non-mainstream ones.
20:22 [AmericanRebel] (E)
Britain and the USA have had close ties, echoes and parallels from our start, some very good, others nasty. One of the latter may now be threatening.
13:09 [Viable Opposition] (E)
With the Trump Administration and chief warrior Michael Pompeo imposing even more intense sanctions on Iran`s leadership, thanks largely to the American`s assassination of Qassem Soleimani:...one has to question what four decades of economic restrictions on Iran have actually accomplished. As you will see in this posting, the sanctions have accomplished one thing; jeopardizing the lives of ordinary Iranians who need to access Iran`s health care system. Let`s open this posting by looking at a list of sanctions against Iran. Here is a list of Executive Orders regarding sanctions on Iran from the Department of State website: Note that the first sanctions were imposed during the Clinton Administration back in 1995.
13:08 [Mint Press News] (E)
Despite the fact that the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East, lacking strategy and future vision, lawmakers are congratulating themselves on passing yet another generous aid package to Israel. Billions of US tax-payers’ money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achieved just that, passing a bill aimed at providing Israel with $3.3 billion in annual aid.
13:04 [Club Orlov] (E)
Decadal boundaries are arbitrary things untethered to any physical phenomena other than the usual boring changing of the seasons. But just two weeks into the new decade the atmosphere seems different from the past decade, and it has been difficult for me just to keep up with the sweeping changes that are taking place, never mind analyze them.
8:16 [New Eastern Outlook] (E)
“The US government is no stranger to the dark arts of political assassinations. Over the decades it has deployed elaborate techniques against its foes, from dispatching a chemist armed with lethal poison to try to take out Congo’s Patrice Lumumba in the 1960s to planting poison pills (equally unsuccessfully) in the Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s food,” writes The Guardian....
Former employee of the U.S. Department of State William Blum, the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II, exposed a number of sins committed by Americans as a result of invasions, bombs, overthrows of governments, assassinations and actions of death squads. According to William Blum, Washington was behind regime changes in at least 50 nations and the same number of attempts to eliminate “inconvenient” leaders.
7:53 [Dissident Voice] (E)
The United States is relying more heavily on illegal unilateral coercive measures (also known as economic sanctions) in place of war or as part of its build-up to war. In fact, economic sanctions are an act of war that kills tens of thousands of people each year through financial strangulation. An economic blockade places a country under siege...The United States uses sanctions against countries that resist the US’ agenda. US sanctions are designed to kill by destroying an economy through denial of access to finance, causing hyperinflation and shortages and blocking basic necessities such as food and medicine.
7:52 [State of the Nation] (E)
President Trump has always wanted to steal Iraq’s oil (see tweet above). Well, now we have proof from the Iraqi Prime Minister’s own testimony that Trump wanted the oil and much more. And that Trump was willing to do whatever he had to to successfully coerce the courageous PM including assassination. See: Repugnant U.S. Presidential Perogative: Declare Enemy Leaders Terrorists, Assassinate Them via Predator Drones. The back story to Trump’s transparent war crimes actually goes much deeper than multiple illegal assassinations; it actually concerns the complete decapitation of the entire military field leadership of Iran and Iraq responsible for the neutralization of ISIS.
14:04 [RT] (E)
Washington has managed to "cut off probably over 95 percent of the oil revenues" of Iran, according to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
19:50 [Global Research] (E)
By Peter Koenig - Why doesn’t the U.S. respect the decision made by the Iraqi Parliament and move out of Iraqi territory? – The short answer is, because the US doesn’t respect anybody’s – any country’s – decision or sovereignty, as long as it doesn’t meet their objectives. Now, the US is steadfast and will not leave the region. Already President Assad has requested that the US leave Syrian territory. They didn’t. The stakes are too immense for the US. It has all to do with their move towards world hegemony by territory and by finance – meaning by the US dollar. The conflict with Iran is not over. By any means.
19:45 [Zero Hedge] (E)
...The Fed is not political... it`s geopolitical!
19:45 [Zero Hedge] (E)
...empires tend to end through the gradual elimination of the free-market system, the metamorphosis to a welfare state, and, finally, through the destruction of wealth through costly warfare...
11:43 [Zero Hedge] (E)
As was previewed by Trump two days earlier, moments ago Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran, specifically targeting the country`s metals exports and eight senior leaders. The Treasury said the actions Friday target the 13 largest steel and iron manufacturers in Iran and top copper and aluminum producers.
11:33 [State of the Nation/SOTN] (E)
Soleimanigate Blown Wide Open
Firsthand Testimony Proves Trump
Outright Lied About Soleimani—But
It’s Much, Much Worse Than That
Here’s The Well-Hidden Back Story That Totally Destroys Trump’s False Narrative
21:09 [Tehran Times] (E)
The former American Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry are both former army officers, who participated in wars in the past. They describe America as a country made for wars, not for peace. Up until 1947, American Department of Defense was called as the Department of War.
21:07 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The assassination of Iranian General Soleimani and the group of Iraqis who met him drew the fervent approval of Ukrainian Internet patriots – although many of these people are certain to confuse Iran and Iraq among themselves, and will not immediately find these countries on a geographical map.
20:12 [youtube/The Grayzone] (E)
The threat of an immediate US-Iran military conflict has been averted, but President Donald Trump has vowed to continue his "maximum pressure" campaign with new sanctions on Tehran. Meanwhile, the Iraqi Prime Minister`s claim that Qassem Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission in Iraq when the U.S. assassinated him is raising new questions about Trump`s motives.
13:18 [youtube/the Duran] (E)
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss U.S. President Trump`s statement signaling an end to military hostilities between the United States and Iran, following, what has been confirmed to be, a symbolic Iranian missile strike on American military targets within Iraq.
7:43 [RT] (E)
The US State Department has issued a not-so-thinly veiled warning to New Delhi, urging Indian officials to reconsider purchasing Russia’s S-400 missile defense systems or face the wrath of American sanctions.
21:20 [Mint Press News] (E)
By killing top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, American and Israeli leaders demonstrated the idiom ‘out of the frying pan into the fire.’ US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are both politically and legally embattled – the former has just been impeached and the latter is dogged by an Attorney General indictment and investigation into major corruption cases. Despairing, out of options and united by a common cause, both leaders were on the lookout for a major disruption – that would situate them in a positive light within their countries’ respective media – and they found it.
21:17 [Mint Press News] (E)
UNESCO recognizes 24 sites in Iran, more than almost any other country in the world, that are of such critical cultural and historical importance that they belong to all of humanity. On Saturday U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a not so cryptic threat that he was planning to attack over 50 important Iranian cultural sites if Iran continued to threaten to retaliate for the U.S. assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Solemani. “Let this serve as a WARNING” he wrote, that if Iran struck any American “assets” in retaliation for the assassination of its top General Qasem Soleimani, “we have targeted 52 Iranian sites” of historic and cultural importance, that will “BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” in his signature mix of upper and lower case text.
21:17 [Stalker Zone] (E)
The “NTV” TV channel presented to the public the documentary “The Bloody Empire of Mikhail Khodorkovsky“, which describes how the oligarch stole from the state the “Yukos” oil company, as well as other crimes he committed, including the organisation of murders. The Federal News Agency presents its readers with a transcript of the film and complements it with its own information. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is a former owner of the “Yukos” oil company. He served ten years in prison for the non-payment of taxes and fraud. On December 20th 2013 he was released and immediately left Russia.
17:10 [Caitlin Johnstone] (E)
Following a vote by the Iraqi parliament to remove foreign troops from the nation, the US president threatened to destroy Iraq’s economy in retaliation and to refuse to leave unless an expensive military base worth billions of dollars was paid for. “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis,” Trump told the press on Sunday. “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame. If there’s any hostility, that they do anything we think is inappropriate, we are going to put sanctions on Iraq, very big sanctions on Iraq.” “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time,” Trump also said. “We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”
17:10 [Caitlin Johnstone] (E)
Over the last 48 hours I’ve been splitting my free time between (A) learning as much as I possibly can about the US assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and (B) arguing with people online who are uncritically swallowing US government claims about why that assassination was necessary. I always engage such political debates because they’re a valuable source of information on what propaganda narratives people are buying into, and therefore which propaganda narratives need to be addressed.
19:23 [youtube/the Duran] (E)
While the world awaits to see how the Soleimani murder will escalate tensions between the USA and Iran, the legalities surrounding his murder and US troop presence in Iraq, are now being argued.
17:12 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Today the U.S. declared war on Iran and Iraq. War is what it will get. Earlier today a U.S. drone or helicopter killed Major General Qassim Soleimani, the famous commander of the Iranian Quds (`Jerusalem`) force, while he left the airport of Baghdad where he had just arrived. He had planned to attend the funeral of the 31 Iraqi soldiers the U.S. had killed on December 29 at the Syrian-Iraqi border near Al-Qaim....Soleimani will be replaced by Brigadier General Ismail Ghani, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war who has for decades been active in the Quds Force and has fought against ISIS in Syria. He is an officer of equal stature and capability.
16:44 [Zero Hedge] (E)
"...those 52 targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!"
14:07 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
US foreign policies are a vast sales-promotion scheme, for America’s billionaires, who crave to control Russia, above all. Trump won’t buck them. Instead, he’s continuing Obama’s policy on Ukraine.
9:36 [Mint Press News] (E)
Behind the official yet dubious justifications for the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general on Friday lies a confluence of factors — some decades in the making, others more recent — that are pushing the U.S. towards yet another catastrophic war in the Middle East....Notably, the assassination of Soleimani comes just a few months after an alleged Israeli attempt to kill the Iranian general failed and amid a well-documented and decades-long push by U.S. neoconservatives and Israeli officials for a U.S.-led war with Iran.
19:35 [Zerohedge] (E)
...The following comes from correspondence of the Hungarian-born billionaire, now naturalized American speculator, George Soros. The hacker group CyberBerkut has published online letters allegedly written by Soros that reveal him not only as puppet master of the US-backed Ukraine regime.
3:17 [Global Research] (E)
On December 23rd, the Washington Post ran a piece exploring the possible motivations behind US president Donald Trump’s decision to pause US military aid to Ukraine on July 12th last year.
2:11 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Despite over a century passing since the U.S. led a counterinsurgency war against the Islamic Moros in the southernmost island of the Philippines, its similarities with the Afghanistan war are incredibly noteworthy, to say the least...
2:08 [American Herald Tribune] (E)
Christians in the Gaza Strip are not allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year. Israel says so. Gisha, an Israeli rights group, said the ban points “to the intensifying of access restrictions between the two parts of the Palestinian territory,” calling it “a deepening of Israel’s separation policy” for the West Bank and Gaza. Christian leaders in Jerusalem complain: “Other people around the world are allowed to travel to Bethlehem. We think Gaza’s Christians should have that right, too.”
7:35 [TASS] (E)
Western states are concerned by the development of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, thinking that it "would alter Europe’s balance of power," the Wall Street Journal daily informed on Tuesday, noting that the West aims to carefully establish cooperation with Minsk.
3:17 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Brexit may cause hardship. It may be difficult. But so what? The patronizing and condescending campaign waged by the Remain crowd was so distasteful it hardened those that voted in the 2016 referendum to defy it again...
3:12 [Voltaire Network] (E)
No one stops the Pentagon. While the military deployment project around China mentioned by Hillary Clinton in 2011 had officially been abandoned, NATO had just had it endorsed by the London Summit. The process has been launched and is expected to start with Australia’s accession in 2026. The international press only remembered the bursts of voices that preceded it and the giggles that punctuated it at the NATO 70th Anniversary Summit in London. The important thing was obviously elsewhere.
3:04 [youtube/Blackstone Intelligence Network] (E)
Why are thousands and thousands of Jews standing up in strong opposition to President Trump`s new executive order that defines criticism of Israel with "antisemitism"? Watch this video to find out!
19:46 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Finian Cunningham - After Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky finished multilateral peace talks in Paris, the emphatic media message was that “no red lines had been crossed” in negotiations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin....Peace will only come to Ukraine when Washington stops kicking Kiev around like a political football to gratify its Cold War hostility towards Russia. That’s unlikely to happen in the near future. When Zelensky seeks to reassure that “no red lines” have been crossed, his mind is not on genuine peace negotiations. Rather, he is seeking to placate Ukraine’s hostage-takers in Washington.
4:41 [Press TV] (E)
The panel voted by 18-4 on Wednesday to send the “Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act of 2019” to the full Senate for the final vote, despite the objections both from Turkish and the US governments.
4:38 [Corey`s Digs] (E)
Welcome to the jungle of elites, criminals, and Pope Francis who all seem to have their eyes set on South Africa, while Russia and China run naval drills off the coast. It’s an interesting intersection of events and individuals. What’s more interesting is the timetable of recently indicted George Nader and Andy Khawaja, along with the Clintons and Pope Francis, that leads to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who also have a big interest in South Africa.
10:39 [Stalker Zone] (E)
On December 6th US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani left Ukraine. He met with former officials of the Prosecutor-General’s Office as part of the shooting of a documentary that could help Trump in the impeachment case. And he also went on to collect kompromat on one of his main competitors in the 2020 election, Joe Biden. Giuliani has previously stated that he has a dossier on the family of former US Vice President Joe Biden, who oversaw relations with Ukraine under Barack Obama.
9:57 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Donald Trump is in a painful bind...
18:40 [zerohedge] (E)
"This is going to sound insane," Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett introduces during a social media message on Iran published Saturday. He explains that Iran blocked internet access after mass anti-government and economic grievance-driven protests spread to some 100 cities over the past weeks.
17:55 [Caitlin Johnstone] (E)
If you’re skeptical of western power structures and you’ve ever engaged in online political debate for any length of time, the following has definitely happened to you. You find yourself going back and forth with one of those high-confidence, low-information establishment types who’s promulgating a dubious mainstream narrative, whether that be about politics, war, Julian Assange, or whatever. At some point they make an assertion which you know to be false–publicly available information invalidates the claim they’re making.
3:23 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Although you may not see it, millions of lives are disrupted by violence everyday. War, homicide, terrorism, suicide, and sexual assault can be found across the world in various degrees; but, as Visual Capitalist`s Katie Jones details below, while certain types of violence can incur costs that result in personal traumas, violence can also create significant economic disruptions.