Archive for January 12th, 2020

12/01/2020

Trump’s Iran ‘Punching Bag’: US Provocations to Continue

By: Jack Rasmus*

Iran knows it is Trump’s foreign policy punching bag. It has been since Trump came to office. More blows against Iran are yet to come in this election year.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S., December 18, 2019.U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S., December 18, 2019. | Photo: Reuters (Photo posted here from teleSUR).

11 January 2020 (teleSUR)* —  Trump’s assassination of Iran’s general and senior diplomat, Soleimani, was a clear provocation by the U.S., designed to produce a further escalated military response by Iran. That did not happen. Iran did not take the bait. It responded minimally and appears to have done so in a way to avoid US deaths or even major U.S. asset destruction.
12/01/2020

Iraq’s Security 2003-2019: Death and Neoliberal Destruction Par Excellence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Lily Hamourtziadou and Bulent Gokay*

Between 2003 and 2020 the only constants have been the following: communal violence, terrorism, poverty, weapons proliferation, crime, political instability, social breakdown, riots, disorder and economic failure.

7 January 2020 (openDemocracy)* — After nearly two decades of war, Iraq has experienced its most peaceful year: 17 years after the invasion, during 2019 over 2,300 civilian deaths were recorded by Iraq Body Count. In its worst year, 2006, Iraq had witnessed the violent deaths of more than 29,500 civilians.

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