Wednesday’s news links – Jan. 8, 2020

Emergency Declared as Deadly New Quake Terrifies Puerto Rico NYTimes

Mourners at the funeral procession for Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Kerman, his hometown in Iran.

U.S. war drive

Iran’s Missile Launch Against Two U.S. Bases in Iraq Calls Trump’s Bluff Moon of Alabama

The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents the U.S., was warned at least one hour before the attack happened. … 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.

US Army Sustains Heavy Casualties in Iran Missile Attacks FARS (report from Iran)

The real target of the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani – China South China Morning Post

Fox Host Stuart Varney Slobbers Over Defense Stock Prices After Soleimani Airstrike Daily Beast

Reps. Ilhan Omar and Barbara Lee Announce War Powers Resolution To Prevent War With Iran

There’s No Evidence Iran Is Responsible for the Deaths of Hundreds of Americans The Progressive

Blowback From The Soleimani Assassination Increases As Iraq Reveals How Trump Tried To Steal Its Oil Moon of Alabama

‘We’re going to war, bro’: Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne deploys to the Middle East Reuters

The Real Reason The U.S. Is Interested In Iran OilPrice

The American obsession with Iran is about oil and natural gas. If these two resources had been absent, it is hard to imagine such an intense American focus on the country from the time of a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-backed coup of Iran’s elected government in 1953 to today.

What Explains Trump Pulling the Trigger on Suleimani? It’s the Economics, Stupid. Foreign Policy

Ilhan Omar just pointed out one really f**ked up detail about Trump’s war on Iran The Canary

Israel had advance notice of U.S. plan to kill Iranian general Suleimani, report says LATimes

The War Nerd: Iran’s Qassam Soleimani Was a Great General, One of the Very Few Our Era Will See Gary Brecher, Anti-Empire

Indigenous Peoples

Work must stop on Trans Mountain, Site C, LNG pipeline until First Nations approval, UN committee says CBC

Davidica Little Spotted Horse wants Christian missionaries off the Pine Ridge Reservation OZY

Capitalist crisis

Manufacturing Is the Weakest Since the Financial Crisis. Economists Thought It Would Stabilize by Now. Barron’s

Federal Reserve Admits It Pumped More than $6 Trillion to Wall Street in Recent Six Week Period Rigged Game

Economists ‘Surprised Americans Aren’t Revolting’ Over $8,000 Tax They Pay Each Year Due to For-Profit Healthcare System Common Dreams

Labor

Major union launches campaign to organize video game and tech workers LATimes

Workers at Columbia Sportswear’s Portland Warehouse Launch Union Drive

Australia burning

Ross Garnaut’s climate change prediction is coming true and it’s going to cost Australia billions, experts warn ABC Australia

Australia’s leaders unmoved on climate action after devastating bushfires Reuters

Australia fires: How do we know how many animals have died? BBC


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