Via almasdaarnews.com, Jan. 14, 2020:
“Arrests have been made in connection with the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran, Iran’s judiciary has announced, following President Hassan Rouhani’s call for a special probe into the deadly accident.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told Iranian state media on Tuesday that individuals had been detained as part of “extensive investigations” into the incident. He did not disclose how many people had been arrested.
Please consider this as a PSA; I won’t even be able to participate in the comments thread until tomorrow. Please bring what you glean from it or b’s commentary on the report.)
From b at moonofalabama.org, Jan. 12, 2019: ‘Was The Shootdown Of The Ukrainian Airplane Near Tehran Intended, A Screw-Up Or A ‘Mistake’?
“An analysis of the circumstances under which the incident took place unfortunately shows that nothing went wrong. The strategic and tactical decisions that were made were all rational and made sense. But unfortunately shit happens even when everything else works as it is supposed to work.
The Iran Front Page has now published a full English language transcript of the press conference by IRGC Aerospace commander Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh. It also provides a video with English subtitles of the talk. The narration he gives is highly plausible and has no contradictions within it.”
Opinions abound, including ‘inside sources’; a bit of a Round-Up.
‘Iran sent ‘multiple messages’ to US that its attacks were done’, Pamela Brown and Paul LeBlanc, CNN, 12 hours ago
“Iran initiated contact through at least three back channels starting late Tuesday, including through Switzerland and other countries. There were “multiple messages and they were all the same,” a person familiar with the matter said. Iran wanted to convey their retaliatory action had ended — and was waiting to see how the US would respond.” [snip]
From RT.com, Jan.3, 2019:
“The head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has been killed in a strike near Baghdad International Airport, along with senior leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has confirmed.
especially the poor and those struggling just to get by in this nation, including the estimated million homeless, some of whom die on the street nightly. blessings on those being killed slowly by egregious sanctions (war by other means) or killed outright by Amerikan capitalist imperialism.
‘A defiant Evo Morales has said he’ll return to Bolivia by next Christmas, and predicted victory for his Movement for Socialism party in upcoming elections. Morales is in exile after a “coup” and has been accused of “terrorism.”
“For reasons of security I can’t go into detail about the plan we have for returning to Bolivia. But one has to go back to one’s country,” Morales told Reuters in Buenos Aires, Argentina.’
Including conflicting sources and narratives of news as well as often compromised human rights organizations. Please feel free to weigh in with suggestions further questions. It’s longish, but needs must; it’s a large puzzle with many pieces.
First up: ‘An Outrageous Proposal: Peace Boats to Iran’, REZA FIYOUZAT, Dec. 13, 2019, counterpunch.org
One might have imagined from the title his suggestion might have been akin to ‘Flotillas to aid Gaza’, but no; a few bits and bobs:
…mainly by Tweet, because: images and captions, not always text. Oddly, Mission Verdad English on Twitter hasn’t posted since Dec.6.
You’ll remember that Evo had gone to Cuba to attend to some medical issues on Dec. 7, and was quoted as saying that it was only a temporary visit. El Pais had reported that Cuba was not Morales’ final destination. They claimed the politician is looking forward to settling down in Argentina once the nation’s newly elected President Alberto Fernandez is sworn into office next Tuesday.