Watch how Canadian police threaten a journalist that if he called assassinated Iranian General Qasem Soleimani a terrorist, he would be arrested. Rebel Media reporter David Menzies was covering the pro- and anti-Soleimani demonstrations in Toronto over the weekend.
The shocking video shows how police — as well as pro-Iranian demonstrators — are virtually willing to deny this polite journalist his right to free speech and press under Canadian law.
Tehran or Toronto? You decide:
Meanwhile in Iraq, the fallout continues from the U.S. hit on arch terrorist Soleimani, who directed the elite Quds force of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps:
- After the Iraqi parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from Iraq, President Trump said, “We’ve spent a lot of money in Iraq. We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. … We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”The decision ultimately falls on the prime minister and his cabinet. But who can make that decision? Current Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi al-Muntafiki resigned last November following weeks of protests about the Iranian presence in Iraq as well as governmental corruption and the dire economic situation in Iraq. A replacement has yet to be chosen.
Trump continued to warn that such a move would not end well for Iraq. “We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever,” the president said. “It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”
- Meanwhile in Iraq, demonstrations against the Iranian presence in Iraq continued, as well as demonstrations against all foreign involvement in Iraq.
- When Fox News reporter Chris Wallace asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if the impeachment of President Trump has “emboldened enemies like Iran and North Korea — is this president more vulnerable because of the impeachment effort?” Pompeo replied, “You should ask Mr. Soleimani.”
- On Sunday night, rockets continued to be fired into the “Green Zone,” a supposedly protected area which houses Iraqi government buildings and foreign embassies, including the American embassy. One rocket hit a family home, injuring four people.
- Iran announced it would no longer honor its commitment to limit its enrichment of uranium as required by the 2015 pact it made with the world powers.In a statement, Iran declared, “The Islamic Republic of Iran, in the fifth step in reducing its commitments, discards the last key component of its operational limitations in the JCPOA, which is the ‘limit on the number of centrifuges.’ As such, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program no longer faces any operational restrictions, including enrichment capacity, percentage of enrichment, amount of enriched material, and research and development. From here on, Iran’s nuclear program will be developed solely based on its technical needs.”
- Soleimani’s successor, Esmail Ghaani, 62, who served as Soleimani’s deputy commander of the Quds force since 1979, promised “to continue martyr Soleimani’s path with the same force and the only compensation for us would be to remove America from the region.”