Archive for January 7th, 2020


Trump’s Ordered Assassinations: Cruel and Inhumane Breach of International Law

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate | The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

On 3rd January 2020, Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and up to top six others were assassinated by a US military drone and missile attack at Baghdad airport.


Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The cruel assassinations were directly ordered by President Trump and were illegal, immoral and a breach of international law.

This is a serious action that has already increased the fear of escalating violence and potential for war against Iran.

Trump has also ordered an additional 3,000 troops be sent to Iraq (where the US has the largest of its 800 bases in the world).


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Israel Approves 1,900 New Illegal Settlement Units in Occupied West Bank

About 89 percent will be erected in “settlements that Israel may have to evacuate under a future peace agreement with the Palestinians.”

Israel has built some 140 settlements in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the 1967 six-day war.Israel has built some 140 settlements in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the 1967 six-day war. | Photo: Reuters (Photo posted here from teleSUR).

6 January 2020 (teleSUR)* — Israel’s Higher Planning Committee (HPC) approved Sunday and Monday the construction of 1,936 illegal housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli NGO Peace Now.

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US Deploys 6 B-52 Strategic Bombers to Indian Ocean Base amid Drastic Spike in Tensions with Iran – Report


The Top UN Official in Libya Urges Other Nations to Stop Intervening in the Country’s Ongoing Crisis

The top UN official in Libya has delivered a stern message urging other nations to stop intervening in the country’s ongoing crisis. (*).

UN Libya | On 3 January, four schools came under attack in the Soug al Jum’aa locality, east of Tripoli, causing extensive damage and affecting nearly 3000 students.
Ghassam Salamé, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), was speaking to reporters in New York on Monday [6 January 2020], following a closed-door meeting of the Security Council.

Stop Escalation, Urges UN Chief, as Geopolitical Tensions Reach ‘Highest Level this Century’

UN Photo/Mark Garten | The UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the media at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The New Year has begun with our world in turmoil. We are living in dangerous times”, said the UN chief, noting that turbulence is only escalating.

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