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Haves or Have-nots: New US House bill undermines Obama, JCPOA

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Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi
A senior Iranian lawmaker says possible adoption of new sanctions against Iran by the US will harm a nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries last July.

The US is creating obstacles in the way of implementing the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to express its dissatisfaction with its absence in Iran's markets, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said on Friday. The US sought to advance its own economic interests in the JCPOA but we are witnessing in practice that the United States has been denied the chance for presence in Iran's markets, Boroujerdi added.

In a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on October 21, 2015, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei enumerated certain points on the implementation of the JCPOA and issued directives to be heeded in that regard, among them the government's duty to check the imports of goods from the US.

Congress to vote on fresh new sanctions

The Foreign Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would limit President Barack Obama's ability to lift anti-Iran sanctions as stipulated in the JCPOA. The bill is designed to prevent the removal of certain Iranian individuals and financial institutions from the US Treasury Department's sanctions list, until Obama assures Congress that they were not involved in Iran's ballistic missiles program or alleged terrorist activities.

Comment: According to the US House of Reprehensibles: Iran is guilty until proven innocent.

See also: Russia: Iran's missile program no basis for new US sanctions


Snakes in Suits

Britain is complicit in U.S. and Saudi's high crimes against Yemen

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Make no mistake. Yemen is Obama's war, planned, orchestrated and initiated in Washington, using Riyadh and other rogue regional states to do his dirty work.

On January 7, Britain's Sky News headlined "Exclusive: UK Helping Saudi's Yemen Campaign" - allied with Washington, complicit in high crimes against peace.

Yemenis are being mass slaughtered, civilians harmed most, indiscriminately targeted.

Britain already supplies Riyadh with terror weapons. "Sky sources confirmed that six (UK) experts are working with Saudi targeteers who select locations for attack" - including residential areas, schools, hospitals, refugee camps, food storage areas, mosques and other nonmilitary sites.

Comment: For more examples of this blatant criminality, see:


Bomb

US flouts international law (again), supplies Saudia Arabia with cluster bombs to use in Yemen

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The Gulf Affairs Institute Director comments on the United States supplying cluster bombs to the Saudi armed forces.

The United States has inflicted thousands of deaths and other casualties in Yemen through its supply of cluster bombs to the Saudi armed forces in violation of the laws of war, Gulf Affairs Institute Director Ali al-Ahmed told Sputnik.
"The US role in Yemen is making a sham of international law. It is an exercise in hypocrisy," al-Ahmed said on Friday. "It was clear from the beginning that the United States was involved in the war in Yemen. They haven't found any way to justify this role."
US policymakers had claimed that they we replaying a restraining role on Saudi military operations against its much smaller neighbor, but this was the opposite of the truth, al-Ahmed insisted.
"They claim the US involvement is justified by reducing casualties, but instead US empowerment and support of Saudi Arabia is allowing Riyadh to inflict more civilian casualties in Yemen, not less. In other words, you throw fire and claim you are doing so to minimize the fire."
.The role of the United States in supplying weapons such as cluster bombs that are being used against a civilian population is a clear violation of international law, the professor pointed out.

Comment: A regime as ruthless as Saudi Arabia would have no problem employing such hideous weapons against a civilian population


Radar

Russia's military delivers nearly 14,000 tons of cargo to Syria's Hmeimim airbase

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Russia's military transport aviation has carried out over 280 sorties to prepare infrastructure of Syria's Hmeimim airbase and has transferred there almost 14,000 metric tons of cargo, a Russian Aerospace Forces spokesman said Saturday.

"In preparation for the Hmeimim airfield's infrastructure on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic crews of IL-76 and AN-124 Ruslan [aircraft] have carried out over 280 sorties and transported 13,750 tons of cargo," Col. Igor Klimov told reporters.

Moscow has been carrying out a military campaign against the Daesh, also known as ISIL/The Islamic State terrorist group, which is outlawed in Russia and a number of other countries, since September 30, at the request of the Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Take 2

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' caught because he was attempting to make biographical film

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Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the hangar belonging to the office of the Attorney General in Mexico City, Mexico January 8, 2016.
The infamous Mexican drug kingpin wanted to make a biopic, and this helped authorities to track him down, officials said after Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's arrest on Friday.

An "important aspect that allowed us to locate him was that we discovered Guzman's intention to make a biographical film, for which he established contact with actresses and producers," Attorney General Arely Gomez said, as cited by AFP.

Jet5

Germany flies first anti-Daesh 'intelligence extraction' mission from Turkey

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Germany has carried out its first reconnaissance mission from a Turkish air base as part of the US-led coalition against Islamic State. The first flights took place more than a month after Berlin approved its largest foreign military mission abroad.

Two of the 30-year old German Tornado jets armed with surveillance equipment took off from NATO's airbase in Incirlik at 9:32am Central European Time for a three hour long mission over Iraq and Syria.

Comment: Question is will Germany share this intelligence data with Russia?


Rocket

More military flexing: North Korea demonstrates new submarine ballistic missile test

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North Korea has released a video showing what the country claims to be a successful submarine-launched ballistic missile test last month. It comes two days after Pyongyang claimed to have tested its newly developed miniaturized hydrogen bomb.

As part of an almost an hour long package into N. Korean military preparedness, the Korean Central Television showcased a segment of a ballistic missile launch carried out from a submarine on December 21. The video showed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observing the launch, as the missile cleared the clouds.

Comment: Meanwhile Seoul claims this missile launch was faked:
South Korean military believes Pyongyang fabricated a new video showing a test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), local media reported Saturday.

On Friday, North Korea's Central Television network broadcast the video of the launch, allegedly conducted in December.

"We consider a video published by North Korea of a SLBM launch fabricated," a South Korean Defense Ministry representative said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.



Vader

Killary's latest batch of emails: Benghazi, the White House and private accounts

While the US public may be bored of Hillary Clinton's "damn emails," as her rival Bernie Sanders put it, the latest batch of messages - released in the dead of night - offers tantalizing glimpses into what the former secretary of state knew, and when.

In a second breach of a court-mandated deadline, the State Department published the most recent collection of Clinton's emails at 1:39 a.m. ET (06:39 GMT) on Friday. The approximately 2,900 pages, representing 1,262 messages, were released in the same format as the New Year's Eve release, with none of the documents searchable by sender, recipient or subject.

Foggy Bottom offered no explanation as to why the release was delayed from Thursday evening, as originally scheduled, to the dead of night on Friday.

While the previous releases contained unintentionally humorous material about printing all emails and struggles with the fax machine, this round of messages revealed how Clinton dealt with mistakes by her staff, policy suggestions and family members contacting her during the Benghazi crisis.

Light Saber

My distant cousin Serpico: the man who took a bullet to expose police corruption


Photo by Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News
While growing up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, just a short train ride away from New York City, I always heard tales of my distant cousin, Frank Serpico "the Cop", from my father, my aunt, and my grandmother. From what I understood, he is my grandmother's third cousin, and all I knew as a kid was that he stood up to corruption among police and got shot in the face for it.


Poster for "Serpico" (1973) starring Al Pacino
As a kid I didn't quite understand his importance yet, but when I grew up and started questioning the world around me, particularly my religious upbringing and then the government, I began to see all of the evil and corruption at the heart of society - I soon realized what a great man Frank truly is. I eventually became more interested in Frank after seeing the movie "Serpico" (1973) starring Al Pacino (based on a biography also titled Serpico written by Peter Maas) and it dawned on me how questioning authority and exposing corruption might just run in my blood. Although semi-famous, I found that hardly anyone of my generation knew who he was, let alone what he did and how important it is. I've never actually met Frank, although I would certainly like to - so if you're reading this, Serpico, don't hesitate to reach out!

With the increasing militarization of police departments, rampant police brutality across the country, the sparking of the Black Lives Matter movement, and roughly 1000 people killed by police officers in 2015 alone (well over 1000 according to killedbypolice.net), we are dealing with something serious in this country. I feel now is more important than ever for more people (particularly those of my generation) to be aware of who Frank Serpico is, what he did at great risk to his own life, and why it's important. We must all speak out about militarization of police, police brutality, and other instances of corruption in law enforcement, and it is especially important for the few remaining good cops, those who truly want to change the oppressive atmosphere within the police force that Serpico endured, to also speak out.

Jet5

Saudi Arabia fires British bombs from American jets at daycare centre for blind children in Yemen

Saudi Arabia continues to shock the world with its crimes against civilians in Yemen. On this occasion, the Saudi-led coalition attacked the day-care centre for blind children, located in the Yemeni capital city of Sana'a.

Whilst exact information about the victims of the air raid are not confirmed, it has been reported at least 3 are dead. The blow to the Yemeni civilians was inflicted at a time when they were all sleeping. This explains the complete lack of reaction to a war crime by the USA, European countries, as well as the so-called "human rights" organizations who like to talk about non-existent victims of the Russia, Syria and other undesirables to the West countries.

Comment: Leaders of the UN human rights council, head-chopper extraordinaires, supporters of terrorism and pushers of your barbaric "religion", well done. The US has trained you well.