Democratically elected US President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike inside the perimeter of Iraq's Baghdad International Airport, and through doing so assassinated Iranian Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani while inflicting other casualties. Arrivals and departures from the airport have been disrupted by the attack. The attack is being presented by USG sources as retaliation for the recent seige of the US "Embassy" in Iraq by Iraqis who eventually dispersed when ordered to do so by Iraqi police and military forces. Continue reading
After the USG conducted bombing raids inside Iraq's borders, a number of Iraqis have beseiged the USG "embassy" and have entered the "green zone" (archived). Despite Dubya Bush declaring "mission accomplished" and Hussein Bahamas "withdrawing US troops", the USG's insistence on continuing to conduct combat and bombing operations inside Iraq doesn't sit well with Iraqis. It doesn't seem to sit well with the "democratic" government the USG insisted on installing in Iraq either. They seem to increasingly view Iran as a more important regional partner than the USG ever was. Continue reading
Unrest in South America appear to be picking up the pace with Bolivian President Evo Morales announcing new elections with no apparent palliative effect on the popular, military supported revolt against the leftist leader (archived). Similarly, rebellion in Chile has persisted long after the local USG aligned government there walked away from the transit fare hikes which triggered that civil unrest. Other governments on the continent, USG alligned and USG hostile alike, seem to have either some level of active civil unrest ongoing or ready conditions that will trigger unrest in the near future set.
Update: Evo Morales Resigned +/- a few minutes of this piece's original publication.
8chan was briefly returned to the Internet before falling back offline. It appears they received service from a so-called "bulletproof" hosting provider that advertised BGP routes for IP addresses unallocated within the RIPE regional registery's range (archived). Allegedly a version of the site remains accessible on the USG's Tor network.
An operation in Mexico provoked by US meddling over concerns that fentanyl was being produced in the country lead to the defeat of Mexican police and military forces during a clusterfuck in which one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons was briefly detained (archived, archived). Mexican President Obrador claims to not want to be forced into a drug war, a position likely informed by increasingly decisive and embarrasing defeats in the field suffered by Government forces repeatedly breaking informal ceasefires in aggression against superior Commercial forces.
The US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that victims of the local police's destruction of their home are entitled to no compensation at all for their home's reckless destruction by police. An alleged shoplifter unrelated to the home's owners attempted to use the structure as shelter to evade police after he allegedly shoplifted two belts and a t-shirt from a Walmart. With their quarry cornered, the local police spent 19 hours assaulting the structure with repeated strikes from an armoured vehicle and expended more than 72 chemical weapons and smoke munitions ultimately leaving the structure a ruin.
The Court's decision is reproduced in full below: Continue reading
USG surveillance contractor and social engineering organ Google has banned politcal discussion among employees just as the firm is throwing its support behind an apparent USG backed "color revolution" in Hong Kong (archived, archived). The substantial language and cultural differences between the Mandarin speaking mainland and Cantonese speaking former British rent-a-port have been a reliable source of tensions between the two while the structural barriers between the Chinese languages and European languages make any publication claiming to outline the substance of the disputes fueling Hong Kong's present unrest for you suspect.
Then again, if one looks at the trends and compares the incredible development the mainland is experiencing versus the relative stagnation of Hong Kong's modern democracy with the "One Country, Two Systems" experiment, one could suspect some jealousy or resentment are at play.
Six police officers in Philadelphia attempting to raid a local home were shot by a lone defender (archived). After repelling the initial assault, 36 year old Black American Patriot Maurice Hill maintained a standoff for 7 hours before surrendering. During the standoff neighborhood residents taunted USG forces and pelted them with thrown objects as the police were being fired upon by the defender. The terms of Maurice Hill's surrender obligate the USG to pay his food, board, and medical costs until his release.
The aggressor force claims to have had a narcotics related warrant issued by local courts whose self proclaimed authority neither Mister Hill nor his neighbors recognized.
The Office of NATO's "Resolute Support" mission today announced the deaths of two members of the US Military in Afghanistan (archived). Details of circumstances surrounding the deaths beyond these being numbers 10 and 11 on the year have not been released. Despite the US war in Afghanistan approaching its 19th birthday and Osama bin Laden having been killed more than 8 years ago on May 2nd, 2011, the USG shows no sign suggesting an end to its bleeding of lives and treasure into this particular hole. This war has also survived the loss of the Taliban's Mullah Omar, with the late Mullah living out his last days a mere 3 mile walk from a US military outpost.
Native worms and snails in Spain are finding themselves falling prey to the invasive Obama flatworm from Brazil (archived). The Obama flatworm presents two traits that make it a truly destructive invader. It's a generalist predator happy to eat whatever invertebrates present themselves in the local environment, and the Obama worm itself has an awful taste which discourages native potential predators from hunting it.