Monthly Archives: December 2020

2020-12-31: News Headlines

The Jimmy Dore Show (2020-12-31). #ForceTheVote Pressure Growing from Inside. dissidentvoice.org Force The Vote! We demand that every progressive in Congress refuse to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote in January: forcethevote.org/

Philip Giraldi (2020-12-31). A New War in the New Year? Trump Again Takes Aim at Iran. globalresearch.ca One of the most perplexing narratives presented during the waning days of the administration of President Donald J. Trump is his apparent disengagement from dealing seriously or providing leadership regarding the surging Coronavirus while at the same time continuing an …

George Ochenski (2020-12-31). Good Riddance to 2020 and Mad King Trump. counterpunch.org You won't find much disagreement that 2020 was one of the worst years in memory for hundreds of millions of Americans. The red flags of a virulent and lethal pandemic went up early and the country shut down by March in an attempt to "flatten the curve" of infections. But actions by a hare-brained president

WSWS (2020-12-31). Best films and television of the year and the devastation of cultural life. wsws.org It is not possible to discuss any aspect of artistic life, or life in general, in 2020 without central reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the various ruling elites have permitted to ravage the world's population.

WSWS (2020-12-31). Spain to cut pensions as billions go to super-rich in EU pandemic bailout. wsws.org While handing out €140 billion in COVID-19 bailouts to the banks, the "left populist" Podemos party is moving to slash workers' pensions.

Greta Thunberg (2020-12-31). Greta Thunberg dismisses 'empty words' in new climate crisis appeal — video. zcomm.org There is hope … we are the hope — we, the people'.

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Officials from Bolivia's Coup Regime Will Be Put on Trial. telesurenglish.net Bolivian authorities will investigate members of Jeanine àÅñez's executive, involved in these acts of corruption in the middle of the quarantine against the pandemic, Minister of Justice Iván Lima assured. | RELATED: | The official pointed out there is no documentation to withstand such acquisitions, about which some processes remain open, such as one referring to the purchase of some 300 defective respirators.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). Under the cover of the pandemic, states cracked down even harder. peoplesdispatch.org Despite promises to focus all efforts towards combating the pandemic, many states used the pretext of the lockdown to intensify repression of people's movements and dissenting voices…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-12-31). The year the unions kept us strong. peoplesdispatch.org Amid the devastation and misery brought by the pandemic, the working class across the world was the core of the resistance, calling to account governments and standing in solidarity with the most oppressed…

_____ (2020-12-31). Federal Judge Blocks Strike By Union Pacific Railroad Workers. popularresistance.org A federal judge in Nebraska issued a temporary restraining order last week to block a December 28 strike by thousands of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) workers over unsafe conditions, the lack of protective gear and the failure to pay workers who are quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | A strike by 8,000 members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED)—a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters—would have quickly disrupted the operations of the second largest railroad in the US, which employs a total of 32,000 workers. The judge's restriction lasts until January 8 a…

Staff (2020-12-31). The Year of COVID, Elections and Police Brutality Also Saw LGBTQ Activism. truthout.org For the past five years, Truthout has looked back at the queer and trans news you might've missed because corporate news outlets decided not to cover it. This year, almost all of us were tangled up with the biggest news stories — queer and trans people felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the feuds between the rich and powerful in Washington; the anti-racist uprisings; and the global warming-fueled hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. | This year has reaffirmed what many of us have kn…

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-31). You don't want to imagine an ocean without coral reefs—but you might have to. nationofchange.org Scientists call the coral reefs the "rainforests of the sea," because coral reefs—like rainforests—are highly diverse ecosystems; their destruction would lead to the extinction of a large number of species.

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-31). The Future Will Only Contain What We Put into It Now. dissidentvoice.org Image in homage of Bolivian people's resistance by Tings Chak (China) Towards the end of November, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres addressed the German Bundestag to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN). At the heart of the UN is its Charter, the treaty that binds nations together in a global project, …

news.un (2020-12-31). United Nations, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country's Darfur region ends its operations on Thursday.

Staff (2020-12-31). "America's Moment of Reckoning": Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Cornel West on Uprising Against Racism. democracynow.org Scholars Cornel West and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor respond to the global uprising against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We're seeing the convergence of a class rebellion with racism and racial terrorism at the center of it," said Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "And in many ways, we are in uncharted territory in the United States."

Staff (2020-12-31). US Has Entered Uncharted Territory in Uprising Against Racism. truthout.org Scholars Cornel West and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor respond to the global uprising against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We're seeing the convergence of a class rebellion with racism and racial terrorism at the center of it," said Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "And in many ways, we are in uncharted territory in the United States." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). 2020: Unprecedented struggles, renewed hope for victories. peoplesdispatch.org 2020 brought unexpected and unforeseen challenges. It tore away the fantasies of the capitalist regimes who amid the worst global healthcare crisis in history, still put profits over people. People's movements and socialist governments showed that a different world is possible, and that we must fight for it.

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones (2020-12-31). "Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore" zcomm.org Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-12-31). New Year's Eve Celebrations Tamped Down as Officials Caution Large Gatherings Could Be 'Catastrophic' for Healthcare Systems. commondreams.org With the number of new Covid-19 cases growing faster than ever around the world, and more than a dozen countries reporting cases of the new, highly contagious coronavirus variant that was first detected in the U.K., major New Year's events have been canceled in large cities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-12-31). Victories For Palestine Continued On US Campuses In 2020. popularresistance.org Despite the challenges of online/remote learning, campus activism has not stopped over the past year. National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) is currently planning their 2021 conference, celebrating 10 years of this annual reunion of SJP chapters from around the nation. And many student chapters have passed significant resolutions around some major issues, from censorship, to the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, to divestment and, most recently, the training of campus police by the Israeli military. As we wrap up 2020, here is a representative sample of…

Staff (2020-12-31). 2020 Was a Record Year for Far Right Violence in the US. truthout.org This year was quite active for the far right in the United States, especially after its relative downturn in 2019 as an active street movement compared to the recent past. Although the far right may not have committed as many high-profile massacres as previous years, 2020 saw more murders and car attacks at demonstrations than any year in recent memory. | While the openly fascist wing of the "alt-right" continued to implode over the past year, some on the far right picked up steam: the Boogaloo movement — a…

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-31). The Great 2020 Seasonal Flu/Influenza Disappearing Act. globalresearch.ca According to the WHO, seasonal flu/influenza practically disappeared this year in the southern hemisphere. | "In tropical South America, there were no influenza detections…" | "Globally… influenza activity remained at lower levels than expected for this time of the year." | Lower …

Eds. (2020-12-31). When Bolivians defeated U.S. imperialism with democracy. mronline.org The resounding victory of the MAS presidential ticket in the elections held on October 18 came after a year of struggle against the U.S.-backed coup regime.

Workers World New York bureau (2020-12-31). 'Cuba sí, blockade no!'. workers.org Workers World Party joined with Cuba solidarity groups on Dec. 27 in a car caravan through the streets of midtown Manhattan, N.Y., demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba and an end to the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo. The event culminated in a rally at the statue of . . . |

Tony Norfield (2020-12-31). Airbnb's A's and B's. mronline.org This is most clearly shown in what is allowed by the powers that run the financial system.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). Iran expresses concerns over US military activities in the Persian Gulf. peoplesdispatch.org After increasing its military presence in the region in the last few weeks the US flew two of its B-52 bombers above the Persian Gulf on Tuesday…

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-31). The 2020s Bring The Crises We Face Into Clear Focus. dissidentvoice.org The year 2020 is coming to an end, and that is cause for celebration, in COVID-19-safe ways, of course. The 2020s is the beginning of an era in which the roots of the crises we face are coming into clear focus. The Trump administration openly exposed these crises through its candid disdain for the well-being …

David Swanson (2020-12-31). Top 10 Questions for Antony Blinken. dissidentvoice.org Before Antony Blinken can become Secretary of State, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask. 1. Second to the war on Iraq, which of the disasters you've helped facilitate do you most regret, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, or something else? And what have you …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Covid-19 vaccination still weeks away in hard-hit Brazil. laprensalatina.com By Alba Santandreu Sao Paulo, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Brazil, which is second only to the United States in deaths from Covid-19, is entering 2021 without a firm date for the arrival of vaccines amid numbers indicating that the dreaded second wave of the pandemic has arrived. Mass vaccination is already underway in several Latin American …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Released Taliban militants behind journalist's killing, Kabul says. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Two of the 5,000 Taliban fighters who were released earlier this year after an agreement with the United States — as a precondition for intra-Afghan peace negotiations — were behind the recent assassination of Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Nikzad, Afghanistan's principal intelligence agency claimed on Thursday. The alleged perpetrators of the killing …

Eds. (2020-12-31). Palestinian rights have always been secondary to the 'national interest' of Arab regimes. mronline.org Normalisation with Israel is just the latest example of Arab rulers advancing their own interests at the expense of Palestinians.

Thomas Knapp (2020-12-31). Yes, Americans are Fat. The US Military is Fatter. counterpunch.org "Military leaders are worried about the shrinking pool of young people who qualify for military service," Gina Harkins reports at Military.com. "More than 70% of young Americans remain unable to join the military due to obesity, education problems, or crime and drug records." Mission: Readiness, a group of retired military officers, wants the US Department of

A Guest Author (2020-12-31). Buffalo, N.Y., press conference demands COVID relief. workers.org By Hadley Willow WW PHOTO: Lydian Deford Buffalo, N.Y. While the U.S. government has comfortably resigned itself to a criminally negligent stasis regarding any effective long-term COVID-19 response, Workers World Party, Queen City Workers Center, and the Green Party hosted a live-streamed press conference in downtown Buffalo on Dec. 28, . . . |

RT (2020-12-31). Black man tests positive for Covid-19 after being wrongfully detained by maskless Virginia police officer in viral video. rt.com A black man has tested positive for Covid-19 soon after a maskless white officer mistakenly detained him at a mall in Virginia, his fiancee has said. Police previously apologized and admitted the officer had broken Covid-19 rules. | Jamar Mackey got tested three days after the altercation with a maskless officer, and the positive result arrived on Christmas Eve, the man's fiancee, Shantel Covil, told local news channel WAVY-TV. | "I'm very angry that they put my family at risk. Me and Jamar, that's one thing. But our kids, that's what upsets me the most," Covil said. | They arrested him, of course, no gloves,…

Staff (2020-12-31). The Freedom Struggle in 2020: Angela Davis on Protests, Defunding Police & Toppling Racist Statues. democracynow.org In a Democracy Now! special, we revisit our June 2020 interview with the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis about the uprising against police brutality and racism launched in May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protests have helped dramatically shift public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" became a rallying cry of the movement. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For half a century, she has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States and an icon of the Black liberation mov…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-12-31). Booked Up: the 25 Best Books of 2020. counterpunch.org Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act Nicholson Baker (Penguin Press) The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World Vincent Bevins (Public Affairs Books) Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World Lesley M.M. Blume (Simon

MEE correspondent (2020-12-31). Aden's terrified residents fear more attacks after return of Yemeni government. middleeasteye.net Aden's terrified residents fear more attacks after return of Yemeni government | Many express pessimism about future following deadly attacks that killed 25 and wounded more than 100 | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 18: 11 | Many Aden residents say they cannot promises made by government (AFP) | Many residents of Aden city woke up to a sense of dread on Thursday morning. | Military checkpoints had…

Richard Norton-Taylor (2020-12-31). British diplomats probed Kissinger on possible use of force against Saudis. middleeasteye.net British diplomats probed Kissinger on possible use of force against Saudis | UK government believed Washington had drawn up plans including 'deposing existing regimes' in response to 1973 oil crisis, documents show | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 00: 01 | US secretary of state Henry Kissinger with Saudi Arabia's King Faisal in Riyadh in 1973 (Library of C…

Rayhan Uddin (2020-12-31). Saudi preacher Yousef al-Ahmad sentenced to four years in prison. middleeasteye.net Saudi preacher Yousef al-Ahmad sentenced to four years in prison | Charges against the Islamic scholar and academic said to include attending a book fair and visiting detainees in jail | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 13: 50 | Ahmad was detained by Saudi authorities in September 2017 as a part of a widespread crackdown on scholars and intellectuals (Screengrab/Twitter) | Saudi preacher Yousef al-Ahmad has been sen…

MEE staff (2020-12-31). More than 10 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef. middleeasteye.net More than 10 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef | Millions of parents in Yemen in particular 'are being left to make the gut-wrenching choice between food and medical care for their children', UN body warns | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 22 | Man and children seek refuge in cave amid poverty and lack of housing near Taiz, Yemen, on 2 December (AFP/File photo) | Almost 1o.4 million children will suffer…

MEE staff (2020-12-31). Israelis protesting settler's death in police chase arrested in West Bank. middleeasteye.net Israelis protesting settler's death in police chase arrested in West Bank | Tensions between extremist settlers and the police have risen sharply following the death of 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 13: 58 | Israeli protesters stand next to an image of Ahuvia Sandak, who died during a police chase when his car rolled over and crashed near a junction in the West Bank (Screengrab) | Hundreds of I…

MEE staff (2020-12-31). Nearly 10.4 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef. middleeasteye.net Nearly 10.4 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef | Millions of parents in Yemen in particular 'are being left to make the gut-wrenching choice between food and medical care for their children', UN body warns | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 22 | A man and children seek refuge in a cave due to poverty and lack of housing near Taiz on 2 December (AFP/File photo) | Nearly 1o.4 million children will suffer fr…

MEE staff (2020-12-31). 'Unacceptable': Italy slams Egypt decision to clear police of Giulio Regeni's murder. middleeasteye.net 'Unacceptable': Italy slams Egypt decision to clear police of Giulio Regeni's murder | Rome says it will work at all levels to find truth after Egyptian prosecutor clears five officers and criticises Italian accusations | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 41 | Italian authorities say they plan to charge four senior Egyptian security officials in murder of Regeni (AFP) | Italy called Egypt's decision to clear five police o…

Stephen F. Eisenman (2020-12-31). It Could Always Be Worse. counterpunch.org Past and Future I've probably received a dozen New Year's greeting like the following: "Good riddance 2020. Here's to better days." "Happy 2021. It's got to be better than last year!" "2020 — a Year to forget. Let's make 2021 a year to remember! So naturally, I'm reminded of the joke: Two old Jews are

WSWS (2020-12-31). Australian youth speak on their experiences during COVID-19. wsws.org One health agency reported a 72 percent increase in serious self-harm and suicidal-ideation cases in youth under 18 years during last weeks of Melbourne's lockdown.

Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury, Gabrielle Powell and Wilson Chan (2020-12-31). Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020. zcomm.org 2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic — and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that…

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Mexico Is Set to Receive Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine in March. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Wednesday informed that his country will receive the first doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine made by the United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca company and the Oxford University. | RELATED: | On Tuesday, the U.K. approved Mexico and Argentina to use the vaccine to immunize their people. Four months ago, British authorities also allowed both countries to produce the drug and distribute it in…

teleSUR, CE (2020-12-31). President Arce Encourages Use of Traditional Indigenous Medicine. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's government is encouraging the use of traditional medicine, in addition to more orthodox approaches, as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the country prepares for the arrival of the Sputnik V vaccine acquired from Russia. | RELATED: | President Luis Arce noted the benefits reported by Bolivians in rural areas, many of which experienced no major COVID-19 outbreak, in contrast with the city of Santa…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). China approves commercial use of indigenous Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- China on Thursday greenlighted the commercial use of a homegrown coronavirus vaccine after an interim analysis of clinical trial results showed it is more than 79 percent effective against Covid-19. State-run Xinhua news agency reported that the government granted "conditional marketing authorization for a self-developed Covid-19 vaccine." A unit of …

news.un (2020-12-31). The virus that shut down the world: the path to a vaccine. news.un.org Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 have been developed in record time over the year but, amid fears that people from poorer countries may miss out, the UN has consistently insisted on global solidarity, to ensure that all are protected. In the final part of our series on the ways that the virus has changed the world, we trace the evolution of the COVID-19 vaccines, and how protected we are likely to be in 2021.

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Brazil suffers 1,194 Covid deaths, largest one-day toll in 4 months. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Over the past 24 hours, Brazil has registered 1,194 deaths from Covid-19, the highest one-day death toll from the coronavirus since Sept. 1, when 1,215 people died. The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the South American giant is now approaching 194,000, according to figures released Wednesday by the …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Tokyo registers over 1,000 daily Covid cases for the first time. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, dec 31 (efe-epa).- The number of daily Covid-19 infections in the Tokyo region has crossed the 1,000 mark for the first time, authorities announced on Thursday even as they contemplate fresh measures to check the spread of the disease. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike told reporters that cases registered within the past 24 hours had …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Indian capital imposes night curfew to restrict New Year mass celebrations. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The government on Thursday imposed a night curfew in the Indian capital to restrict mass New Year celebrations after detecting an increasing number of cases of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus in the second-worst country affected by Covid-19. "Night curfew will be in force (not more than five …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions on New Year's Eve. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The Australian authorities tightened social distancing measures on Thursday ahead of the New Year holidays after eight local infections in Melbourne. The city, which is the capital of Victoria state, had been without local infections for 61 days after being the epicenter of the second wave of Covid-19 in Australia. …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-31). New COVID-19 variant growing rapidly in England. imperial.ac.uk The new SARS-CoV-2 variant is growing rapidly, is more transmissible than other variants, and affecting a greater proportion of under 20s.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-12-31). Horror as Hedge Fund Alden, Accused of 'Bloodless Strip-Mining of American Newspapers,' Moves to Buy Tribune Publishing. commondreams.org "If you're a shareholder and you have any concern for the future of this institution or the common good, please don't sell to Alden Global Capital." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-31). National Park Ranger Condemned for Attacking Unarmed Indigenous Man on Sacred Native Land. commondreams.org "Public lands are stolen lands," asserted Red Nation. "Indigenous people have the right to practice their culture and spiritual ways on Indigenous land without fear of repression, discrimination, or violence." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Rights group says Philippine forces shot dead 9 indigenous community leaders. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Philippines security forces have killed nine suspected members of a leftist guerrilla group on Panay Island, sparking an allegation that the deceased were civilians and indigenous community leaders. Another 17 people were arrested during a joint police and military operation on Wednesday. According to Karapatan, a network of human rights organizations, …

David Swanson (2020-12-31). Top 10 Questions for Neera Tanden. counterpunch.org Before Neera Tanden can become Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask. 1. You supported an attack on Libya that proved fraudulently marketed, illegal, and catastrophic in results, after which you argued in an email to your colleagues

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Venezuela: Top Court Supports New Parliament's Inauguration. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Supreme Court (TSJ) Wednesday ruled to void a legislative reform submitted by opposition lawmakers of the outgoing Parliament, which sought to prevent the inauguration of a new legislative period set to begin on January 5. | RELATED: | The TSJ ruling responds to an appeal requesting a mandate extension of the 2015 Parliament which is currently in contempt and is set to end with the installation in…

_____ (2020-12-31). The Death Of Democracy In Brazil. popularresistance.org The dismantling of Brazil's democracy, which culminated in the jailing of former president Lula Da Silva as he looked certain to be reelected, is the subject of a new English-language investigative podcast. | Cícero Ezequiel Filho lay beneath the sweltering sun of Brazil's capital, Brasilia. He wore khaki shorts, John Lennon glasses and a long white beard, which stretched far below his chin and over a red long-sleeved shirt with the face of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the front. | When I met him in August 2018, Cícero had been outside Brazil's Supreme Court for two weeks. He refused to eat until…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Refugee agencies call for provision of shelter to 900 migrants in Bosnia. laprensalatina.com Sarajevo, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- International refugee agencies have called on authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide shelter to 900 migrants forced to survive in freezing temperatures without proper accommodation for over a week after their camp burned to the ground. The International Organization for Migration and the UN's refugee office ACNUR said in a …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-31). Same Procedure as Every Year: The Story of Dinner for One. dissidentvoice.org Memories are thick of this: the respectful, even reverential German introduction of a comedy sketch; the scratchy string orchestral music that adds a layering of anticipation. Black-and-white film. Dining room, white tablecloth, silver chandeliers. The names Freddy Frinton and May Warden. An English show broadcast on German public TV networks without subtitles. Family members, perched, …

Luke Eastwood (2020-12-31). The Machine Age: Is It Progress, or is It an Anomaly? dissidentvoice.org When one questions current trends, especially for those beyond their twenties, it is quite common to be thought of as 'out of touch', 'outdated', 'reactionary' or various other negative descriptions for those who might be resistant to the inevitable process of change. Change is perhaps the only constant in known existence, on both a micro …

Amanda Mills (2020-12-31). Eco-advocacy group urges Biden to reverse Trump environmental rollbacks. nationofchange.org "By undoing the Trump administration's rollbacks of environmental protections, the Biden administration will be able to protect our natural landscapes and give Americans cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate."

teleSUR (2020-12-31). President Duque Authorizes First Fracking Project in Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Association Against Fracking in Colombia rejected a US$ 76 million contract signed between the National Hydrocarbons Agency (NHA) and the Colombian oil company Ecopetrol to start fracking practices in the country. | RELATED: | Once the environmental licenses are obtained, Ecopetrol will launch the Kale project which will use the hydraulic fracking technique in Puerto Wilches, in the Santander department. | Drilling wil…

Brianna Bilter (2020-12-31). The Potential (and Peril) of Legalizing Psychedelics. progressive.org Allowing use for research and treatment is a step forward, but it leaves out some of those it might help.

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Dominican Congress Passes Law Banning Child Marriage. telesurenglish.net Dominican Republic's Congress Wednesday passed a bill to prohibit child marriage in the Caribbean nation. | RELATED: | The document catalogs early marriage as "a harmful practice that limits children's s opportunities for development and access to education." | The Executive Branch will discuss the norm that states that "a man or woman may not marry before reaching the age of 18." President Luis Abinader will be in ch…

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Ecuador: 799 Observers to Monitor the 2021 Elections. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) approved 799 people who will participate as national observers to the elections set to take place on Feb. 7. | RELATED: | CNE officials noted that 789 citizens, two foreigners residing in the country, and eight Ecuadorians residing abroad, were selected as observers, while 139 media were qualified as electoral promotion providers. | A plan was also approved for the "out-of-country voting…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2020-12-31). Why Lockdowns Don't Work and Hurt the Most Vulnerable. Bankruptcies, Poverty, Despair. globalresearch.ca In a December 9, 2020, Twitter thread,1 Michael P. Senger, an attorney and author of the September 2020 article,2 "China's Global Lockdown Propaganda Campaign," reviewed the largely hidden impacts of global lockdowns. Ivor Cummins' video also reviews …

Paul Gilk (2020-12-31). Homemade End Times and Our Charismatic Trance. counterpunch.org There's a mystery buried inside an analysis. We might start this exploration by saying the Left doesn't have a Rush Limbaugh or a Sean Hannity on its propaganda squad. (And propaganda may be less about taking over one's thought process—slogans endlessly repeated can achieve that end—than it is the fine tuning of emotional tensions.) Or,

Karl Grossman (2020-12-31). NRC considers extending nuclear power plant operating licenses to 100 years. nationofchange.org The nuclear industry and nuclear power advocates in government are "desperately trying to hold on."

Fight Back (2020-12-31). Mayor Lightfoot refused to join public forum on justice for Anjanette Young. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL — On December 28, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to participate in a public forum organized by Anjanette Young and her attorney, Keenan Saulter, to discuss transparency, accountability and justice for Young in the wake of the botched police raid and coverup perpetrated against her. | Previously, Mayor Lightfoot told press that she'd asked for a direct meeting with Young, saying, "I'd like to have that conversation with her in person, and I will see whether or not my request is granted." | According to attorney Saulter, Young sought a private meeting and public forum with Lightfoot, Police…

StudentNation (2020-12-31). Give the Students a Round of Applause. thenation.com Give the Students a Round of Applause…

Michael J. Moore (2020-12-31). What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture. thenation.com What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture…

Thomas Mountain (2020-12-31). The Final Hours of Ethiopia's TPLF Regime. counterpunch.org With their army destroyed and their last, best troops wiped out in one morning on the outskirts of their capital Mekele the last remnants of the leadership of Ethiopia's TPLF regime were forced to retreat to the secret Hagarasalam underground bunkers near the capital. Built by the notoriously paranoid and cowardly TPLF godfather Meles Zenawi,

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-12-31). Critics Warn Repeal of Section 230 'Would Be Devastating for Human Rights, Social Movements, and Marginalized People'. commondreams.org Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Gershon Baskin (2020-12-31). Israel needs to form a Jewish-Arab party to change the game. zcomm.org It is indeed clear that what is left of the Left is not only small, it is very fragmented…

Jeremy Corbyn (2020-12-31). Jeremy Corbyn: Why I'm Launching a Project for Peace and Justice. zcomm.org Interview on his hopes for the initiative — and why he refuses to be cowed by the attacks he has endured…

Michael Shane (2020-12-31). "We're Part of the Reproduction of the Working Class" zcomm.org Interview on what the district is doing to try and get teachers back in the classroom, how his union and others around California are responding, and why capitalism wants and needs the schools open…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Assassins of Soleimani should await 'harder slaps'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A former Iranian foreign minister says Tehran will continue measures to take Lt. Gen. Soleimani's revenge.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Iran's trade value with Eurasia hits $1.4bn in eight months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — According to the statistics, Islamic Republic of Iran's trade value with Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) hit $1.4 billion in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (from March 21 to Nov. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Tehran's first reaction to Aden Airport attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned violent attacks on civilians, calling on all Yemeni sides to return to the negotiating table.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 'Fear of revenge not leaving US alone'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Army's first-in-command says the revenge for the US's assassination of General Soleimani is not over yet.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Armed Forces to continue 'Resistance' School with high spirit. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue the School of "Resistance" with high motivation inspired by Martyr Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Assassination of Gen. Soleimani cannot be ignored: Rezaei. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Secretary of Expediency Council said that US assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani cannot be ignored.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). One ISIL terrorist arrested in Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The Lebanese security forces managed to arrest an ISIL terrorist in Beirut while he was monitoring one of the military posts in the area.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 6,390 new COIVD cases detected in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The country's Health Ministry has announced the detection of 6,390 new infections in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). New anti-US motion to be discussed in Parl. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A member of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission elaborated on the details of a plan entitled "Reciprocal Action against US, as Main Culprit of Assassination of Martyr Soleimani".

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Yemen sets condition for freeing Saudi pilots. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs Abdulqadir Al-Murtadha in the Salvation Government said that Saudi pilots will not be released from prison except in exchange for the Palestinian prisoners.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Trump admin. suffers another defeat at end of 2020: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeedinejad said that the Trump administration sustained another setback at the end of the year 2020.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Defense min. inaugurates electronics, telecom production line. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Production line of strategic electronic and telecommunication products was inaugurated at Electronic Industries of the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Militias settling scores through Aden airport attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The attack that targeted Aden airport on Wednesday came as part of a series of settling of scores between Saudi-sponsored and UAE-backed militants, causing chaos and destruction in the southern provinces, Aden governor says.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Rouhani congratulates Cuba on Liberation Day. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitates Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on the country's Liberation Day, hoping for further expansion of relations between the two nations.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Zarif hopes for ending era of contempt for multilateralism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — On the eve of New Christian Year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wishes the ending insane era of contempt for law and multilateralism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). History-making events that have happened in 2020. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — 2020 was a year of great and influential events and developments in the political, social, economic and sports scene of the world.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). "Our region lost a real peace hero": Iran Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a tweet on Thu. wrote that the region lost a real peace hero, referring to the 1st anniversary of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Nations of region not to forget sacrifice of martyr Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Embassy to Croatia said that regional countries will not forget the bravery and sacrifices of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani who played a key role in the fight against terrorism.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Nasrallah to deliver speech on Soleimani's anniv. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — On the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Secretary-General of Lebanon's Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah will deliver a speech on Sunday, Jan. 3.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Another US convoy attacked near Kuwait-Iraq border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A US coalition logistics convoy was reportedly targeted by a roadside bomb near Kuwait-Iraq border.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). US failed miserably in reviving sanctions: Iran UN envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that the United States sustained heavy defeat miserably in the revival of international sanctions against Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). 'Plots underway to fabricate pretext for war'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the US that Iran is fully prepared to defend its people and security.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Ceremony to honor winners of 1st memorial of Soleimani Order. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The ceremony of honoring winners of the First Memorial of Martyr Soleimani Order was held at the Garden Museum of Sacred Defense on Thu. in presence of Brigadier General Bahman Kargar and Ali Bakhshizadeh.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). Defense industry telecom products at cutting-edge technology. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that telecommunications products of defense industry of the country are in tandem with world's cutting-edge technology.

WSWS (2020-12-31). Vaccine distribution fiasco continues in the United States. wsws.org Less than one-fifth of the vaccine doses distributed in the United States have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). China approves first homegrown coronavirus vaccine for general public. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- China has approved for general public distribution a homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned pharma giant Sinopharm, moving a step closer towards a massive inoculation campaign, officials said on Thursday. The approval came after the developer on Wednesday said it had filed for conditional marketing authorization from the National Medical …

news.un (2020-12-31). Iran execution of child offender breaks international law: UN rights office. news.un.org The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial.

news.un (2020-12-31). General Assembly approves $3.2 billion UN budget for 2021. news.un.org United Nations Member States, on Thursday, approved $3.231 billion to fund the global Organization's regular budget for 2021.

news.un (2020-12-31). Guinea-Bissau: UN chief commits to continued support as peacebuilding office closes. news.un.org United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reaffirmed the Organization's commitment to the people of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, the final day of operations for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the West African country (UNIOGBIS).

news.un (2020-12-31). Argentina: 'Ground-breaking' new abortion law crucial to ending gender discrimination — UN experts. news.un.org The year drew to a close in Argentina with "a ground-breaking law" that legalizes abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a move that independent UN rights experts called on Thursday, "a crucial step in eliminating discrimination against women and girls".

John Malkin (2020-12-31). Stop The Sweeps in Santa Cruz: Activists Resist Closing San Lorenzo Park. indybay.org Interviews with human rights activist Abbi Samuels and unhoused activist Hannah, who lives in a homeless encampment in San Lorenzo Park in downtown Santa Cruz.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2020-12-31). 2020 California State Capitol – Racism in the Farm to Fork Capitol. indybay.org Our 22nd Annual, 2020 California State Capitol Kwanzaa continues a special tradition in the seat of authority of our Great State of California, Farm to Fork Capitol of America, where "Racism" is officially a Public Health Crisis throughout the Capitol Region.

WorkWeek (2020-12-31). WorkWeek Exposes Racist & Corrupt SF City Health Service System Boss Mitch Griggs. indybay.org WorkWeek on Thursday 12/31/20 at 12 noon on San Francisco's KPOO 94.1 FM www.kpoo.com will have guests who expose the systemic racism and corruption at the San Francisco City Health Service System run by Mitch Griggs and also at the Department of Public Health. Joining the show will be the new editor of the SF Bay View Malik Washington who broke the story of the racist terrorism against SF City Health Service worker Malika Alima. Also joining the show will be SFCC Department of Public Health nurse and whistleblower W.D. Flient.

Sathyagraha (2020-12-31). Superior Brain Function In Fruitarians, Vegans, And Vegetarians. indybay.org Diets without animal or fish flesh, eggs or dairy are free of many neurotoxins…

Al-Thawra (2020-12-31). Yazidi survivors of ISIS want to go back to school. indybay.org Young people who survived Islamic State (ISIS) captivity say they have not been able to resume their formal education for years while living at camps for the internally displaced in the Kurdistan Region.

Direct Action Everywhere (2020-12-31). Tuesday 1/12: Together Against Factory Farming – January Day of Action. indybay.org Capitol Mall & 9th St Sacramento, CA 95814…

Michael Klundt (2020-12-31). Corona Measures: When children are the ones who suffer (I and II). indybay.org The government seems to be abdicating its responsibility by 1) not supplying the population with masks, 2) not compensating people so they can stay away from workplaces, 3) eliminating school meals for hundreds of millions of children and 5) not including children in decision-making.

Robert Norse (2020-12-31). Working on a History of Protest Power Around Shelter and Sweeps in Santa Cruz. indybay.org In light of the current community support for the San Lorenzo Survival Campers, I thought it might be helpful to post a partial history of the changes and services created by protest and direct action in the past. I distributed this flyer at the Park today. If Chief Mills word is to be believed, the protests Monday have already extended the Final Sweep "Solution" deadline to late January.

Mandy Terc (2020-12-31). Why Americans Should Demand Better Us Middle East Policy. commondreams.org Americans need to support policies that help mitigate the disastrous effects of American armed invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ethan Winter (2020-12-31). Republican Voters Don't Know Anything About Their Party. That's Very Bad for American Democracy. commondreams.org For politics to rebalance at a healthier outcome where voters are actually able to assign the correct positions to the parties, we will need a new kind of reporting, one that doesn't flinch from assigning policy views to the parties or drawing out the implications of these ideas in clear and materially-grounded terms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-31). Reproductive Rights Advocates Slam 'Unconstitutional and Medically Unnecessary' Fetal Remains Law Signed by Ohio Governor. commondreams.org The ACLU called Senate Bill 27 "just one more transparent attempt to obstruct Ohioans from exercising their constitutionally protected reproductive rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Boris Johnson's father applying for French citzenship. laprensalatina.com Paris, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The father of United Kingdom Prime Minister and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said he is applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told French broadcaster RTL that he "will always be European." "It's not a question of becoming French. If I understand correctly, I already am. My mother was born in France, …

_____ (2020-12-31). A View On Health Care From 2028. popularresistance.org I just had my third heart attack. | Let me tell you about my previous two. | The first was 16 years ago in 2012. After wasting 15-20 minutes with an ER admitting clerk demanding my "insurance information" before I was allowed access to care, a triage nurse hustled me 'backstage'. I was diagnosed with a "minor" MI stopped by doses of nitroglycerin. | The following day the artery that had closed up was stented. The day after that I was kicked loose to the street. The 'retail' cost for my two day stay in the hospital and the procedure was around $250,000. My insurance "negotiated" that down to $22,000, co-pay was $2…

_____ (2020-12-31). The Art Of The Legal Hack. popularresistance.org In our legal system — designed to protect private property, individual rights, and market exchange — it can actually be very difficult to share things legally. Attorney Janelle Orsi found this out the hard way as she worked with co-housing groups, worker cooperatives, and community gardens. "Our clients kept running up against legal barriers that make no sense: employment laws for co-ops in which people are both employer and employee. Landlord-tenant law for cohousing projects in which people are both landlords and tenants." | Such frustrations led Orsi to co-found (with Jenny Kassan) the Sustainable Econo…

_____ (2020-12-31). In A Crisis, A Compromise Solution Is Worse Than No Solution At All. popularresistance.org The raging argument on the left between progressives who argue for radical change and centrists who advocate incrementalism is hardly new. Nearly a century ago, progressive titan and Wisconsin governor Robert La Follette and FDR were often at loggerheads over the same question. | Roosevelt, La Follette complained, was too quick to compromise with reactionaries. FDR insisted that "half a loaf is better than no bread." While that might seem intuitively obvious, La Follette had a ready reply. "Half a loaf, as a rule, dulls the appetite, and destroys the keenness of interest in attaining the full loaf." That can be d…

_____ (2020-12-31). US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Funding COVAX. popularresistance.org Venezuela's Health Minister Carlos Alvarado on Sunday said that the economic blockade imposed by the United States is preventing his country from funding the COVAX initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | He recalled that his country offered to place US$18 million into the COVAX fund, but as a result of the U.S. blockade, Venezuela has not "been able to free those resources to pay the fund." | Alvarado added that the U.S. sanctions have affected other vaccination programs previously conducted through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revolving fund. | "We have not been able to pay the re…

_____ (2020-12-31). Activist Groups Earn One-Week Stay On Evictions. popularresistance.org Santa Cruz, CA – Local advocacy groups turned to the federal court system this week in the latest effort to prevent dispersal of a homeless encampment that swelled to an estimated 150 people this month. | In response, U.S. District Court of Northern California Judge Susan van Keulen granted an emergency temporary restraining order against the City of Santa Cruz, through Jan. 6, preventing it from shuttering San Lorenzo Park. | "The Court finds that Plaintiffs have shown that immediate and irreparable injury, loss, and/or damage will result to the movant before the adverse party can be heard in opposition," van Ke…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Spain, UK reach draft deal on Gibraltar after Brexit. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and the United Kingdom on Thursday came to a draft agreement to avoid a hard border in Gibraltar after Brexit. Arancha González Laya, the Spanish foreign minister, announced the draft deal just hours before the UK is due to begin life outside the European Union. "We are knocking down barriers …

teleSUR (2020-12-31). The United Kingdom Detaches From the European Union Today. telesurenglish.net On the night of December 31, the UK will end the regulatory ties that have bound it to the European Union (EU) for nearly half a century. | RELATED: | While the last-minute agreement with the EU avoided immediate commercial and financial chaos, the deal reached will not prevent the full consequences of Brexit from being discovered in the coming months. | In addition to the fact that companies have made their calculations to avoid possible collap…

Staff (2020-12-31). Months of Chaos and Systemic Failure Are Wearing Down Health Care Workers. truthout.org Nurse Kristen Cline was working a 12-hour shift in October at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a code blue rang through the halls. A patient in an isolation room was dying of a coronavirus that had raged for eight months across the country before it made the state the brightest red dot in a nation of hot spots. | In her post-death report, Cline described how the patient fell victim to a hospital in chaos. The crash cart and breathing bag that sho…

Staff (2020-12-31). 2020 Turned Our Worlds Inside Out. Here's What We Learned. truthout.org 2020 was a year of catastrophe and collective struggle. Now, we have a new era of organizing and action to gear up for. In this special New Year's episode of Movement Memos, Kelly Hayes revisits some of the lessons we learned this year from guests like Mariame Kaba, Shane Burley, Brant Rosen and L.A. Kauffman. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | Kelly Hayes: Welcome to "Movement Memos," a Truthout podcast about things you…

John W. Whitehead (2020-12-31). 2020: The Year the Tree of Liberty Was Torched. dissidentvoice.org The people are unaware. They're not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government. — John Lennon No doubt about it: 2020—a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year for freedom—was the culmination of a terrible, horrible, no good, …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Thai authorities detain 14 suspected pro-democracy protesters. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Thai authorities on Thursday arrested 14 suspected members of the pro-democracy movement that in recent months has staged a wave of mass protests calling for political and royal reforms. The NGO Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Twitter that the detainees were accused of breaching the emergency law banning street …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Lopez Obrador proposes consultation on abortion to avoid taking position. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday proposed holding a popular consultation on whether or not to legalize abortion to avoid personally taking a stance on the matter after the Argentine legislature approved legalizing it in that country. "It's a decision for women. My posture is that on these …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). China's manufacturing continues growth but at slower pace. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The manufacturing sector in China has expanded in December, albeit at a slower pace than the last month. The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) slid to 51.9 in December from 52.1 recorded in November, according to the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) published on Thursday. A …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Wuhan bids farewell to 2020 without looking back. laprensalatina.com By Jesús Centeno Wuhan, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Life has returned to normal in Wuhan one year after the Chinese government informed the World Health Organization of mysterious cases of pneumonia in the city, whose residents now want to turn the page on one of their darkest periods. In the final hours of 2020, a …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Democrats relying on Latino vote in key Georgia Senate elections. laprensalatina.com By Marcelo G. Wheelock Atlanta, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Democrats want to repeat the formula that led them to victory in the Nov. 3 presidential election in Georgia and they are relying on the local Hispanic vote in the crucial runoffs for the state's two US Senate seats in early January, races that will decide which …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Argentinian government expects rapid implementation of abortion law. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Argentina will rapidly implement the newly approved law to legalize abortion to ensure greater reproductive rights reach women in the Latin American country, a top government official has said. Vilma Ibarra, the legal and technical secretary of the Argentinian government, said the preparatory stage for the amendment of the law …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Sociedad emerge from slump with win over Athletic. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Portu's goal on the counter just five minutes after kickoff was enough Thursday for Real Sociedad to prevail 1-0 over Athletic and solidify their hold on third place in LaLiga. Sociedad were winless in their last nine matches — six of them in LaLiga — coming into the Basque derby …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Atletico Madrid extend lead in LaLiga. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid maintained their grip on the top spot in LaLiga with a 1-0 victory Wednesday against Getafe. Atleti won for the 10th time in 11 matches thanks to Luis Suarez, who now has eight goals in 11 appearances since coming over from Barcelona just before the start of the …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). US imposes new tariffs on German, French wines amid trade dispute with EU. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- The US government Wednesday announced increased tariffs on some European Union (EU) products, including French and German wines amid a long-running dispute over subsidies involving civil aircraft manufacturers. The products on which additional tariffs were imposed also include aircraft manufacturing parts, non-sparking wines and cognac and other grape brandies from France …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy back in jail again. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong's top court on Thursday remanded pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai in custody again after allowing prosecutors to appeal against his bail in a national security law case. The Court of Final Appeal granted an interim order to detain the 73-year-old founder of Apple Daily until a hearing on …

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-31). Economist Carol Propper made a Dame in New Year's Honours. imperial.ac.uk Professor Carol Propper has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours for her contribution to economics and public health.

Cancel the Rents Boston (2020-12-30). Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston. liberationnews.org The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury. An estimated 337,900 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Boston has 38,872 confirmed COVID cases …

Dan Cohen (2020-12-30). Meet the pseudo-left imperialists fighting against universal healthcare. mronline.org Since comedian Jimmy Dore called on progressive members of Congress to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor vote on Medicare For All, a collection of media personalities have launched vicious attacks against him while deflecting from his overwhelmingly popular argument.

teleSUR (2020-12-30). US Backs Guaido's Farce Extending Protection on CITGO. telesurenglish.net New York Court Tuesday accepted a request from the Venezuelan opposition to protect Citgo Petroleum Corporation, a decision that shows Washington's support for Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | Citgo is a subsidiary of the state-owned Oil of Venezuela (PDVSA) and the leading supplier of gasoline, lubricants, and petrochemicals in the U.S. | U.S. Judge Katherine Polk Failla ruled in favor of the measure that bars Bono PDVSA…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-30). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. dissidentvoice.org On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-30). The American Money Tree: The Untold Story of US Aid to Israel. mintpressnews.com Congress quietly wedged billions of dollars of aid to Israel even as it debated for months over a measly $600 to help Americans endure the COVID downturn.

WSWS (2020-12-30). Detroit schools chief Vitti gets boondoogle, as unions initial unsafe reopenings and poverty pay for staff. wsws.org Detroit schools are presently set to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks, threatening countless lives as the pandemic continues to deepen in the region.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-12-30). 2020 Was Year Like Few in History. Social Isolation, Unemployment, Poverty. globalresearch.ca 2020 is coming to an end and entering history as one of the most troubled years in recent decades, having caused structural changes in the global geopolitical balance. The "pandemic" of the new coronavirus brought a series of changes in …

Eds. (2020-12-30). Native Youth provide for community and elders during COVID pandemic. mronline.org 2020 has been a year of many trials across Indian Country. Across our many Nations, rural, city and everywhere in between, we are all coping with the catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 virus.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2020-12-30). Gunshots, Motorcycle Deaths Count as COVID Casualties. globalresearch.ca Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, families have been separated, businesses have been shuttered and schools have been closed down. Many people are living their lives shrouded in fear of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 — a direct response …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-12-30). Economic Matters in Ukraine Are at Standstill. globalresearch.ca It was a quiet year for Ukraine and its many issues compared to previous years, or at least in the eyes of most Westerners. Other global issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and elections in Belarus, took greater precedence and …

WSWS (2020-12-30). Quebec government documents expose its disastrous mishandling of initial pandemic response. wsws.org More than 2,000 pages of communications, directives and emails from Quebec authorities at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic reveal a staggering, even criminal, level of indifference and inaction.

WSWS (2020-12-30). Federal judge blocks strike by Union Pacific railroad workers over lack of pandemic protections. wsws.org Workers at the country's second largest railroad are threatening to strike after hundreds of railway workers across the industry have contracted COVID-19 and at least 10 have died.

WSWS (2020-12-30). Detroit schools chief Vitti gets pay raise, as unions initial unsafe reopenings and poverty pay for staff. wsws.org Detroit schools are presently set to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks, threatening countless lives as the pandemic continues to deepen in the region.

Susie Day (2020-12-30). COVID-19, Prison and Another Pandemic Clare Grady Made Me Remember. counterpunch.org Clare Grady is going to prison. On February 10, this nice Irish Catholic lady of 62, who lives with her family in Ithaca, New York will enter Alderson Prison, West Virginia, to begin a one-year-and-one-day sentence. That's because, on April 4, 2018, Clare and six cohorts, also white and Catholic, broke into the world's largest

WSWS (2020-12-30). Nine months after devastating flooding, Central Michigan residents are left abandoned. wsws.org After flooding caused by dam failures in May inundated large sections of Midland County, residents face economic and ecological disaster at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-12-30). California hospitals overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases hit 2 million. wsws.org The state is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, with zero percent ICU capacity at many of its regions' hospitals.

WSWS (2020-12-30). Worker opposition grows as US manufacturers ramp up production amid pandemic upsurge. wsws.org With COVID-19 deaths nearing 350,000, US manufacturing companies, led by the auto companies, have achieved near pre-pandemic output levels with the help of the unions.

Peter Koenig (2020-12-30). The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.

commondreams (2020-12-30). McConnell's Sham Election Commission Addition to Pandemic Relief Is Disgraceful. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Left Voice (2020-12-30). "It's Now or Never": A Call for Organizing Against Managerial Class. zcomm.org Left Voice speaks with a caseworker* who works in an inpatient psychiatry unit about the situation that healthcare and essential workers are facing amidst a peak in the pandemic in Florida, now with over half a million cases…

Staff (2020-12-30). "This Is How Black People Get Killed": Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care. democracynow.org ‚Ä®As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg to receive pain medication and the antiviral drug remdesivir, and accuses a doctor a…

WSWS (2020-12-30). Hands off COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones! wsws.org Sri Lankan health workers denounce the persecution of data scientist Rebekah Jones and hail her determination to protect lives by exposing the real extent of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.

Ashlie D. Stevens (2020-12-30). Here are the kitchen tools and appliances that made our year of pandemic cooking better. salon.com From dutch ovens to dough hooks, these were the items that made being in our 2020 kitchens feel more tolerable…

news.un (2020-12-30). Looking back at 2020, In Case You Missed It. news.un.org At UN News, 2020 started with a hope that the year would be one of peace for Syria's children. However, in the weeks that followed, the news cycle was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, that not only changed what we covered, but also how we covered UN-related news around the world.

news.un (2020-12-30). We all have a role to play for a better tomorrow, UN Assembly President says in New Year message. news.un.org The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged everyone around the world "to continue to work together" to end the coronavirus pandemic, and to build an inclusive and sustainable future.

Mechthild Schrooten and Michael Klundt (2020-12-30). Invitation to New Thinking. indybay.org One virus changed everything. Covid-19 has managed to do what all the discussions about climate change and justice in recent years have failed to do. Phenomena that threaten humanity are no longer a theory. The pandemic has made the risk of our extensive lifestyle tangible. For this global crisis is not an exogenous shock. Rather, crass, profit-oriented globalization has fueled its spread.

_____ (2020-12-30). 'We Demand Tomorrow': Marxist Documentary On The Climate Crisis. popularresistance.org Kudos to Patreon for this brilliant production, well worth seeing, with its deep analysis of capitalism though I have some reservations to be noted below. I particularly applaud the presentation of Cuba's socialist solutions in this current pandemic, in contrast to capitalist Britain, with Cuba being on the cutting edge of global ecosocialism. "We Demand Tomorrow" should trigger a lot of debate, and be a useful resource for wide-ranging discussion. I agree with the video's support for a two-stage path out of capitalism. I have long argued that socialism in our epoch must confront the climate/ecological crisis wit…

_____ (2020-12-30). Harvard Workers Left Out In The Cold. popularresistance.org Harvard University's campus has been dormant since last spring, and as COVID-19 cases rise through the winter, it's unclear when normal classes will resume. The administration recently announced that the majority of the university's staff would continue to work remotely through June 2021. For the janitorial staff, however, work never ended. Roughly 700 janitorial workers have held onto their jobs through the pandemic, maintaining their full union wages, even though in some cases they are working on a reduced schedule. But for hundreds of subcontracted frontline workers, next year may bring a round of layoffs at t…

_____ (2020-12-30). Killer Cops: Police Killed Over 1,000 Americans In 2020. popularresistance.org American law enforcement officers have killed well over 1,000 people in 2020. Between January 1 and December 15 of this year, the Mapping Police Violence project has recorded 1,066 people nationwide killed at the hands of the police, an average of around three killings per day. Despite the fact that 2020 has brought with it a pandemic forcing Americans to stay off the streets (and, presumably, out of trouble) as much as possible, there have only been 17 days recorded this year where the police did not kill someone. | The project also compiled statistics on the racial backgrounds of the victims. Black people are t…

Staff (2020-12-30). Dr. Susan Moore Died of COVID 2 Weeks After Recording Video Decrying Racist Care. truthout.org As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg…

Staff (2020-12-30). Ecosystem Destruction Fueled the Pandemic. Pollution Has Made It Worse. truthout.org On December 30, 2019, an

Surangya (2020-12-30). Patriarchy and the pandemic: Disentangling the web of oppression. peoplesdispatch.org We discuss Coronashock and Patriarchy, a study done by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, with Renata Porto Bugni to understand the impact of the pandemic on women and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Rafael Figueroa (2020-12-30). Memphis Zoo Seeking Donations, Will Temporarily Close. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (FOX 13) — The ongoing pandemic has hit businesses hard this year, and the Memphis Zoo is asking for donations. The Zoo is temporarily closing in accordance with the Shelby County Health Directive 16. The closure will go into effect Dec. 30. According to a Facebook post from the Zoo, the safety of …

Anya Parampil (2020-12-30). An exclusive look inside Iran's supermarket in Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil visits Megasis, an Iranian supermarket which recently opened in Caracas, Venezuela, and explores cooperation between Tehran and Caracas against the US economic blockade. The Grayzone's Anya Parampil provides an exclusive look inside a superstore which the US government and corporate media have condemned and attempted to link to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. She also speaks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza about how increased cooperation between Tehran and Caracas is improving the material …

Aaron Maté (2020-12-30). Stephen F. Cohen on Russia's democratization and how US meddling undermines it. thegrayzone.com Pushback rounds out 2020 by airing an unpublished interview with Stephen F. Cohen, the eminent Russia historian and scholar who passed away in September at the age of 81. In an interview recorded one year before his death, Stephen F. Cohen discusses local elections and protests in Russia; opposition leader Alexei Navalny; as well as the state of Russia's post-Soviet democratization and how US meddling undermines it. Guest: Stephen F. Cohen. Professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University …

news.un (2020-12-30). First Person: family tragedy and the UN as 'saviour' in Darfur. news.un.org The people of the restive region of Darfur in Sudan have seen the joint United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) as a "saviour" according to a writer for UN News who grew up in Darfur.

news.un (2020-12-30). UN confirms closure of Darfur peacekeeping mission. news.un.org The joint United Nations-African Union mission in the Darfur region of Sudan (UNAMID) will officially end operations on Thursday, when the Government of Sudan will take over responsibility for the protection of civilians in the area.

Staff (2020-12-30). "Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore." Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare. democracynow.org When Black doctor Susan Moore died from COVID-19 after posting a video from her hospital bed describing racist treatment by medical staff, her chilling message was compared to the video of George Floyd begging for his life as he was killed by Minneapolis police. We speak to two leading Black women doctors fighting racial disparities in healthcare who wrote The Washington Post opinion piece, "Say her name: Dr. Susan Moore." "It is a typical and ongoing devaluation of our lives and distrust of our word," says Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a family physician and former president of the American Public Health Association…

Online News Editor (2020-12-30). UK approves Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine. laprensalatina.com London, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's government on Wednesday accepted the medicines and health regulatory body's recommendation to authorize the use of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, the health ministry said. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gave the green light for the vaccine to be used on people 18 years and …

Akram Al-Waara (2020-12-30). A rave, a DJ and a debate: Palestinians outraged over techno party at holy site. middleeasteye.net A rave, a DJ and a debate: Palestinians outraged over techno party at holy site | Despite issuing an event permit, the Palestinian government arrests renowned DJ Sama Abdulhadi and extend her detention for 15 days | Wed, 12/30/2020 – 12: 26 | Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi poses outside her Parisian flat during a photo session on 7 December 2017 (AFP) | A dance party on Saturday has caused contro…

Akram Al-Waara (2020-12-30). A rave, a DJ and a debate. Palestinians outraged over techno party at holy site. middleeasteye.net A rave, a DJ and a debate. Palestinians outraged over techno party at holy site | Despite issuing an event permit, the Palestinian government arrests renowned Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi and extend her detention for 15 days | Wed, 12/30/2020 – 12: 26 | Palestinian DJ Sama Abdulhadi poses outside her Parisian flat during a photo session on 7 December 2017 (AFP) | A dance party on Saturday has c…

Alan Macleod (2020-12-30). Fingers Point to US-Backed Gov't in Colombia's Ninetieth Massacre of the Year. mintpressnews.com "The Trump administration waged a full scale campaign to undermine Colombia's peace accords. We must not waste our time hoping the Biden administration might reverse course, we must demand it." — James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice…

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-30). Mass-Vaxxing of US Military Forces for COVID. globalresearch.ca On December 9, the US war department announced its "distribution plan" for covid mass-vaxxing. | Service members to be vaxxed include active duty personnel — including National Guard troops — their family members, war department civilian personnel and their families. | "Distribution …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-30). The Julian Assange Pardon Drive. dissidentvoice.org The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-30). The Julian Assange Pardon Drive. globalresearch.ca The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey …

Zero Hedge (2020-12-30). Spain Plans a "Registry" for Those Who Refuse COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca As Europe begins vaccinating the first wave of high-priority patients, A similar phenomenon has played out in the …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-30). To reflect, to breathe, to hope and to stay human: Review of Hybrid War poster exhibition. peoplesdispatch.org The Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and International Week of Anti-Imperialist Struggle organized four poster exhibitions over the last year on different themes related to imperialism…

Eds. (2020-12-30). Engels was a bro! mronline.org A tribute to Friedrich Engels' "The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State" and the groundwork for feminism by the jubilarian.

Prabhat Patnaik (2020-12-30). A matter of survival of the peasantry. mronline.org The kisans gathered around the Delhi border have unerringly put their fingers on the real issue confronting them, namely their very survival as peasants.

Keegan Quinn and Liberation Staff-Albany, NY (2020-12-30). Remington workers terminated without severance, billionaire owners not held accountable. liberationnews.org Bankruptcy laws favor the bosses, leave workers in the cold.

Karl Grossman (2020-12-30). Inviting Nuclear Disaster. counterpunch.org Nuclear power plants when they began being constructed were not seen as running for more than 40 years because of radioactivity embrittling metal parts and otherwise causing safety problems. But in recent decades, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has extended the operating licenses of nuclear power plants from 40 years to 60 years and then 80 years, and is now considering 100 years.

Camila Valle (2020-12-30). Black Women, mothers, workers: The frontlines of the MTST. mronline.org The reason the MTST is overwhelmingly made up of Black women is precisely because of their role in society. Women are primarily responsible for home life.

Keegan Quinn and Liberation Staff-Albany, NY (2020-12-30). Remington workers terminated without severance, billionaire owners not accountable. liberationnews.org Bankruptcy laws favor the bosses, leave workers in the cold.

John Wojcik (2020-12-30). Republican Sen. Hawley to tie up Jan. 6 Electoral College certification. peoplesworld.org In yet another attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri announced Wednesday he will object on Jan. 6 to the certification of the Electoral College vote. Both houses of Congress meet that day to carry out their constitutional duty of certifying the Electoral College results …

RT (2020-12-30). 'Eliminate contact with others now': Irish PM confirms toughest Level 5 Covid restrictions after infections surge. rt.com The Republic of Ireland will be placed under its most severe Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions until January 31 amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Micheal Martin said on Wednesday. | The tougher measures will force the closure of pubs, gyms and non-essential retail, as well as imposing a ban on all household visits and a 5km limit on travel. | The Irish government has also pushed back the return of primary and secondary school pupils by five days, to January 11. | "We must protect the lives of those we love; the actions we are taking are saving lives… right now, this is what we must do…

RT (2020-12-30). Siberian Instagram model who performed cosmetic procedures without qualifications banned from leaving city after botching lip job. rt.com A Russian Instagram model, who moonlighted as a cosmetologist, has been banned from leaving her city for two and a half years after she was found to be performing lip jobs without a license, leaving one of her clients disfigured. | Anastasia Fokina, known to her followers as Anastasia Boyarskaya, ran a beauty clinic in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, 3,000km east of Moscow. The fake beautician turned her apartment into a medical practice, performing lip injections on her clients — all without medical education and without a license. | Following a lip procedure gone wrong, in which a woman had to visit h…

RT (2020-12-30). 'Great difficulties': Pfizer vaccine delivery to Berlin CANCELLED for 1st week of January due to logistical problems. rt.com The German capital will not receive its batch of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in the first week of January, the city's health chief has said, blaming it on federal government mishaps. | "We have just received a message from the Federal Ministry of Health that the [vaccine] delivery will be cancelled in the first calendar week [of 2021]," Berlin Health Minister Dilek Kalayci told dpa news agency, adding that the news will be "causing great difficulties" for the city. | The unfortunate development risks jeopardizing Berlin's vaccination plan, since the city was scheduled to receive 29,250 additional Pfizer vaccin…

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#ForceTheVote Pressure Growing from Inside
The Jimmy Dore Show | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
Force The Vote! We demand that every progressive in Congress refuse to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote in January: forcethevote.org/
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A New War in the New Year? Trump Again Takes Aim at Iran
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-31
One of the most perplexing narratives presented during the waning days of the administration of President Donald J. Trump is his apparent disengagement from dealing seriously or providing leadership regarding the surging Coronavirus while at the same time continuing an …
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A New War in the New Year? Trump Again Takes Aim at Iran
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-31
One of the most perplexing narratives presented during the waning days of the administration of President Donald J. Trump is his apparent disengagement from dealing seriously or providing leadership regarding the surging Coronavirus while at the same time continuing an | …
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Good Riddance to 2020 and Mad King Trump
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
You won't find much disagreement that 2020 was one of the worst years in memory for hundreds of millions of Americans. The red flags of a virulent and lethal pandemic went up early and the country shut down by March in an attempt to "flatten the curve" of infections. But actions by a hare-brained president…
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Best films and television of the year and the devastation of cultural life
wsws.org | 2020-12-31
It is not possible to discuss any aspect of artistic life, or life in general, in 2020 without central reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, which the various ruling elites have permitted to ravage the world's population.
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Spain to cut pensions as billions go to super-rich in EU pandemic bailout
wsws.org | 2020-12-31
While handing out €140 billion in COVID-19 bailouts to the banks, the "left populist" Podemos party is moving to slash workers' pensions.
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Greta Thunberg dismisses 'empty words' in new climate crisis appeal — video
Greta Thunberg | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
There is hope … we are the hope — we, the people'.
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Same Procedure as Every Year: The Story of Dinner for One
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
Memories are thick of this: the respectful, even reverential German introduction of a comedy sketch; the scratchy string orchestral music that adds a layering of anticipation. Black-and-white film. Dining room, white tablecloth, silver chandeliers. The names Freddy Frinton and May Warden. An English show broadcast on German public TV networks without subtitles. Family members, perched, …
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United Nations, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations
news.un.org | 2020-12-31
The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country's Darfur region ends its operations on Thursday.
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National Park Ranger Condemned for Attacking Unarmed Indigenous Man on Sacred Native Land
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
"Public lands are stolen lands," asserted Red Nation. "Indigenous people have the right to practice their culture and spiritual ways on Indigenous land without fear of repression, discrimination, or violence." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Future Will Only Contain What We Put into It Now
Vijay Prashad | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
Image in homage of Bolivian people's resistance by Tings Chak (China) Towards the end of November, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres addressed the German Bundestag to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN). At the heart of the UN is its Charter, the treaty that binds nations together in a global project, …
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You don't want to imagine an ocean without coral reefs–but you might have to
Vijay Prashad | nationofchange.org | 2020-12-31
Scientists call the coral reefs the "rainforests of the sea," because coral reefs–like rainforests–are highly diverse ecosystems; their destruction would lead to the extinction of a large number of species.
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2020 Was a Record Year for Far Right Violence in the US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-31
This year was quite active for the far right in the United States, especially after its relative downturn in 2019 as a violent street movement compared to the recent past. Although the far right may not have committed as many high-profile massacres as previous years, 2020 saw more murders and car attacks at demonstrations than any year in recent memory. | While the openly fascist wing of the "alt-right" continued to implode over the past year, some on the far right picked up steam: the Boogaloo movement — a…
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2020 Was a Record Year for Far Right Violence in the US
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-31
This year was quite active for the far right in the United States, especially after its relative downturn in 2019 as an active street movement compared to the recent past. Although the far right may not have committed as many high-profile massacres as previous years, 2020 saw more murders and car attacks at demonstrations than any year in recent memory. | While the openly fascist wing of the "alt-right" continued to implode over the past year, some on the far right picked up steam: the Boogaloo movement — a…
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The 2020s Bring The Crises We Face Into Clear Focus
Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
The year 2020 is coming to an end, and that is cause for celebration, in COVID-19-safe ways, of course. The 2020s is the beginning of an era in which the roots of the crises we face are coming into clear focus. The Trump administration openly exposed these crises through its candid disdain for the well-being …
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The year the unions kept us strong
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-12-31
Amid the devastation and misery brought by the pandemic, the working class across the world was the core of the resistance, calling to account governments and standing in solidarity with the most oppressed…
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Under the cover of the pandemic, states cracked down even harder
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-12-31
Despite promises to focus all efforts towards combating the pandemic, many states used the pretext of the lockdown to intensify repression of people's movements and dissenting voices…
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Officials from Bolivia's Coup Regime Will Be Put on Trial
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
Bolivian authorities will investigate members of Jeanine àÅñez's executive, involved in these acts of corruption in the middle of the quarantine against the pandemic, Minister of Justice Iván Lima assured. | RELATED: | Bolivia To Repair Human Damages Caused by the Añez Regime | The official pointed out there is no documentation to withstand such acquisitions, about which some processes remain open, such as one referring to the purchase of some 300 defective respirators.
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The Year of COVID, Elections and Police Brutality Also Saw LGBTQ Activism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-31
For the past five years, Truthout has looked back at the queer and trans news you might've missed because corporate news outlets decided not to cover it. This year, almost all of us were tangled up with the biggest news stories — queer and trans people felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the feuds between the rich and powerful in Washington; the anti-racist uprisings; and the global warming-fueled hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. | This year has reaffirmed what many of us have kn…
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Federal Judge Blocks Strike By Union Pacific Railroad Workers
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
A federal judge in Nebraska issued a temporary restraining order last week to block a December 28 strike by thousands of Union Pacific Railroad (UP) workers over unsafe conditions, the lack of protective gear and the failure to pay workers who are quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | A strike by 8,000 members of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWED)–a division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters–would have quickly disrupted the operations of the second largest railroad in the US, which employs a total of 32,000 workers. The judge's restriction lasts until January 8 a…
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Venezuela: Top Court Supports New Parliament's Inauguration
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
Venezuela's Supreme Court (TSJ) Wednesday ruled to void a legislative reform submitted by opposition lawmakers of the outgoing Parliament, which sought to prevent the inauguration of a new legislative period set to begin on January 5. | RELATED: | US Backs Guaido's Farce Extending Protection on CITGO | The TSJ ruling responds to an appeal requesting a mandate extension of the 2015 Parliament which is currently in contempt and is set to end with the installation in…
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The Death Of Democracy In Brazil
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
The dismantling of Brazil's democracy, which culminated in the jailing of former president Lula Da Silva as he looked certain to be reelected, is the subject of a new English-language investigative podcast. | Cícero Ezequiel Filho lay beneath the sweltering sun of Brazil's capital, Brasilia. He wore khaki shorts, John Lennon glasses and a long white beard, which stretched far below his chin and over a red long-sleeved shirt with the face of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the front. | When I met him in August 2018, Cícero had been outside Brazil's Supreme Court for two weeks. He refused to eat until…
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The Death Of Democracy In Brazil
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
The dismantling of Brazil's democracy, which culminated in the jailing of former president Lula Da Silva as he looked certain to be reelected, is the subject of a new English-language investigative podcast. | Cícero Ezequiel Filho lay beneath the sweltering sun of Brazil's capital, Brasilia. He wore khaki shorts, John Lennon glasses and a long white beard, which stretched far below his chin and over a red long-sleeved shirt with the face of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the front. | When I met him in August 2018, Cícero had been outside Brazil's Supreme Court for two weeks. He refused to eat until…
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Horror as Hedge Fund Alden, Accused of 'Bloodless Strip-Mining of American Newspapers,' Moves to Buy Tribune Publishing
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
"If you're a shareholder and you have any concern for the future of this institution or the common good, please don't sell to Alden Global Capital." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Great 2020 Seasonal Flu/Influenza Disappearing Act
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-31
According to the WHO, seasonal flu/influenza practically disappeared this year in the southern hemisphere. | "In tropical South America, there were no influenza detections…" | "Globally… influenza activity remained at lower levels than expected for this time of the year." | Lower …
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President Arce Encourages Use of Traditional Indigenous Medicine
teleSUR, CE | telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
Bolivia's government is encouraging the use of traditional medicine, in addition to more orthodox approaches, as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the country prepares for the arrival of the Sputnik V vaccine acquired from Russia. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Marks Christmas With Families of the Sacaba Massacre | President Luis Arce noted the benefits reported by Bolivians in rural areas, many of which experienced no major COVID-19 outbreak, in contrast with the city of Santa…
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China approves commercial use of indigenous Covid-19 vaccine
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- China on Thursday greenlighted the commercial use of a homegrown coronavirus vaccine after an interim analysis of clinical trial results showed it is more than 79 percent effective against Covid-19. State-run Xinhua news agency reported that the government granted "conditional marketing authorization for a self-developed Covid-19 vaccine." A unit of …
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Covid-19 vaccination still weeks away in hard-hit Brazil
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
By Alba Santandreu Sao Paulo, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Brazil, which is second only to the United States in deaths from Covid-19, is entering 2021 without a firm date for the arrival of vaccines amid numbers indicating that the dreaded second wave of the pandemic has arrived. Mass vaccination is already underway in several Latin American …
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Released Taliban militants behind journalist's killing, Kabul says
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Kabul, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Two of the 5,000 Taliban fighters who were released earlier this year after an agreement with the United States — as a precondition for intra-Afghan peace negotiations — were behind the recent assassination of Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Nikzad, Afghanistan's principal intelligence agency claimed on Thursday. The alleged perpetrators of the killing …
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Rights group says Philippine forces shot dead 9 indigenous community leaders
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Bangkok, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Philippines security forces have killed nine suspected members of a leftist guerrilla group on Panay Island, sparking an allegation that the deceased were civilians and indigenous community leaders. Another 17 people were arrested during a joint police and military operation on Wednesday. According to Karapatan, a network of human rights organizations, …
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2020: Unprecedented struggles, renewed hope for victories
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-12-31
2020 brought unexpected and unforeseen challenges. It tore away the fantasies of the capitalist regimes who amid the worst global healthcare crisis in history, still put profits over people. People's movements and socialist governments showed that a different world is possible, and that we must fight for it.
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US Has Entered Uncharted Territory in Uprising Against Racism
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-31
Scholars Cornel West and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor respond to the global uprising against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We're seeing the convergence of a class rebellion with racism and racial terrorism at the center of it," said Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "And in many ways, we are in uncharted territory in the United States." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy…
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"America's Moment of Reckoning": Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor & Cornel West on Uprising Against Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-12-31
Scholars Cornel West and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor respond to the global uprising against racism and police violence following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "We're seeing the convergence of a class rebellion with racism and racial terrorism at the center of it," said Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. "And in many ways, we are in uncharted territory in the United States."
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Booked Up: the 25 Best Books of 2020
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act Nicholson Baker (Penguin Press) The Jakarta Method: Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World Vincent Bevins (Public Affairs Books) Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World Lesley M.M. Blume (Simon…
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Australian youth speak on their experiences during COVID-19
wsws.org | 2020-12-31
One health agency reported a 72 percent increase in serious self-harm and suicidal-ideation cases in youth under 18 years during last weeks of Melbourne's lockdown.
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Buffalo, N.Y., press conference demands COVID relief
| workers.org | 2020-12-31
By Hadley Willow WW PHOTO: Lydian Deford Buffalo, N.Y. While the U.S. government has comfortably resigned itself to a criminally negligent stasis regarding any effective long-term COVID-19 response, Workers World Party, Queen City Workers Center, and the Green Party hosted a live-streamed press conference in downtown Buffalo on Dec. 28, . . . | Continue reading Buffalo, N.Y., press conference demands COVID relief at Workers.org
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Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020
Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury, Gabrielle Powell and Wilson Chan | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic — and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that…
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The virus that shut down the world: the path to a vaccine
news.un.org | 2020-12-31
Vaccines that protect against COVID-19 have been developed in record time over the year but, amid fears that people from poorer countries may miss out, the UN has consistently insisted on global solidarity, to ensure that all are protected. In the final part of our series on the ways that the virus has changed the world, we trace the evolution of the COVID-19 vaccines, and how protected we are likely to be in 2021.
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Mexico Is Set to Receive Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine in March
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Wednesday informed that his country will receive the first doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine made by the United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca company and the Oxford University. | RELATED: | First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipment Arrives in Mexico | On Tuesday, the U.K. approved Mexico and Argentina to use the vaccine to immunize their people. Four months ago, British authorities also allowed both countries to produce the drug and distribute it in…
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Months of Chaos and Systemic Failure Are Wearing Down Health Care Workers
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-31
Nurse Kristen Cline was working a 12-hour shift in October at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a code blue rang through the halls. A patient in an isolation room was dying of a coronavirus that had raged for eight months across the country before it made the state the brightest red dot in a nation of hot spots. | In her post-death report, Cline described how the patient fell victim to a hospital in chaos. The crash cart and breathing bag that sho…
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Black man tests positive for Covid-19 after being wrongfully detained by maskless Virginia police officer in viral video
rt.com | 2020-12-31
A black man has tested positive for Covid-19 soon after a maskless white officer mistakenly detained him at a mall in Virginia, his fiancee has said. Police previously apologized and admitted the officer had broken Covid-19 rules. | Jamar Mackey got tested three days after the altercation with a maskless officer, and the positive result arrived on Christmas Eve, the man's fiancee, Shantel Covil, told local news channel WAVY-TV. | "I'm very angry that they put my family at risk. Me and Jamar, that's one thing. But our kids, that's what upsets me the most," Covil said. | They arrested him, of course, no gloves,…
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Tokyo registers over 1,000 daily Covid cases for the first time
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Tokyo, dec 31 (efe-epa).- The number of daily Covid-19 infections in the Tokyo region has crossed the 1,000 mark for the first time, authorities announced on Thursday even as they contemplate fresh measures to check the spread of the disease. Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike told reporters that cases registered within the past 24 hours had …
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Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions on New Year's Eve
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Sydney, Australia, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The Australian authorities tightened social distancing measures on Thursday ahead of the New Year holidays after eight local infections in Melbourne. The city, which is the capital of Victoria state, had been without local infections for 61 days after being the epicenter of the second wave of Covid-19 in Australia. …
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Brazil suffers 1,194 Covid deaths, largest one-day toll in 4 months
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Rio de Janeiro, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Over the past 24 hours, Brazil has registered 1,194 deaths from Covid-19, the highest one-day death toll from the coronavirus since Sept. 1, when 1,215 people died. The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the South American giant is now approaching 194,000, according to figures released Wednesday by the …
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Indian capital imposes night curfew to restrict New Year mass celebrations
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
New Delhi, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The government on Thursday imposed a night curfew in the Indian capital to restrict mass New Year celebrations after detecting an increasing number of cases of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus in the second-worst country affected by Covid-19.
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New Year's Eve Celebrations Tamped Down as Officials Caution Large Gatherings Could Be 'Catastrophic' for Healthcare Systems
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
With the number of new Covid-19 cases growing faster than ever around the world, and more than a dozen countries reporting cases of the new, highly contagious coronavirus variant that was first detected in the U.K., major New Year's events have been canceled in large cities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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New COVID-19 variant growing rapidly in England
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-12-31
The new SARS-CoV-2 variant is growing rapidly, is more transmissible than other variants, and affecting a greater proportion of under 20s.
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"Say Her Name: Dr. Susan Moore"
Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
Black Female Doctors Condemn Racial Disparities in Healthcare…
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The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel
Ramzy Baroud | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
Expecting the US to play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Palestine does not only reflect indefensible naivety but willful ignorance as well. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Top 10 Questions for Neera Tanden
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
Before Neera Tanden can become Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask. 1. You supported an attack on Libya that proved fraudulently marketed, illegal, and catastrophic in results, after which you argued in an email to your colleagues…
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Top 10 Questions for Antony Blinken
David Swanson | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
Before Antony Blinken can become Secretary of State, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask. 1. Second to the war on Iraq, which of the disasters you've helped facilitate do you most regret, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, or something else? And what have you …
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Top 10 Questions for Neera Tanden
David Swanson | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
Before Neera Tanden can become Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask…
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Refugee agencies call for provision of shelter to 900 migrants in Bosnia
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Sarajevo, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- International refugee agencies have called on authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide shelter to 900 migrants forced to survive in freezing temperatures without proper accommodation for over a week after their camp burned to the ground. The International Organization for Migration and the UN's refugee office ACNUR said in a …
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The Freedom Struggle in 2020: Angela Davis on Protests, Defunding Police & Toppling Racist Statues
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-12-31
In a Democracy Now! special, we revisit our June 2020 interview with the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis about the uprising against police brutality and racism launched in May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protests have helped dramatically shift public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" became a rallying cry of the movement. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For half a century, she has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States and an icon of the Black liberation mov…
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Victories For Palestine Continued On US Campuses In 2020
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
Despite the challenges of online/remote learning, campus activism has not stopped over the past year. National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) is currently planning their 2021 conference, celebrating 10 years of this annual reunion of SJP chapters from around the nation. And many student chapters have passed significant resolutions around some major issues, from censorship, to the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, to divestment and, most recently, the training of campus police by the Israeli military. As we wrap up 2020, here is a representative sample of…
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Dominican Congress Passes Law Banning Child Marriage
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
Dominican Republic's Congress Wednesday passed a bill to prohibit child marriage in the Caribbean nation. | RELATED: | The Dominican Republic To Terminate Contracts With Odebretch | The document catalogs early marriage as "a harmful practice that limits children's s opportunities for development and access to education." | The Executive Branch will discuss the norm that states that "a man or woman may not marry before reaching the age of 18." President Luis Abinader will be in ch…
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Airbnb's A's and B's
Tony Norfield | mronline.org | 2020-12-31
This is most clearly shown in what is allowed by the powers that run the financial system.
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It Could Always Be Worse
Stephen F. Eisenman | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
Past and Future I've probably received a dozen New Year's greeting like the following: "Good riddance 2020. Here's to better days." "Happy 2021. It's got to be better than last year!"
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The Potential (and Peril) of Legalizing Psychedelics
Brianna Bilter | progressive.org | 2020-12-31
Allowing use for research and treatment is a step forward, but it leaves out some of those it might help.
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When Bolivians defeated U.S. imperialism with democracy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-12-31
The resounding victory of the MAS presidential ticket in the elections held on October 18 came after a year of struggle against the U.S.-backed coup regime.
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Palestinian rights have always been secondary to the 'national interest' of Arab regimes
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-12-31
Normalisation with Israel is just the latest example of Arab rulers advancing their own interests at the expense of Palestinians.
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A Dalit and a Brahmin
Sophie Michel | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
"I hear the lower castes are finding this lack of monsoons rather difficult for their crops," droned Aashka's father at their lavish supper (as usual), in the midst of her father's normal dull conversing with the other Brahmins. The table was long and elegant and filled every night with rich Brahmins, such as Aashka's family. …
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Yes, Americans are Fat. The US Military is Fatter
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
"Military leaders are worried about the shrinking pool of young people who qualify for military service," Gina Harkins reports at Military.com. "More than 70% of young Americans remain unable to join the military due to obesity, education problems, or crime and drug records." Mission: Readiness, a group of retired military officers, wants the US Department of…
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Homemade End Times and Our Charismatic Trance
Paul Gilk | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
There's a mystery buried inside an analysis. We might start this exploration by saying the Left doesn't have a Rush Limbaugh or a Sean Hannity on its propaganda squad. (And propaganda may be less about taking over one's thought process–slogans endlessly repeated can achieve that end–than it is the fine tuning of emotional tensions.) Or,…
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NRC considers extending nuclear power plant operating licenses to 100 years
Karl Grossman | nationofchange.org | 2020-12-31
The nuclear industry and nuclear power advocates in government are "desperately trying to hold on."
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'Cuba sí, blockade no!'
Workers World New York bureau | workers.org | 2020-12-31
Workers World Party joined with Cuba solidarity groups on Dec. 27 in a car caravan through the streets of midtown Manhattan, N.Y., demanding an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba and an end to the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo. The event culminated in a rally at the statue of . . . | Continue reading 'Cuba sí, blockade no!' at Workers.org
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Ecuador: 799 Observers to Monitor the 2021 Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) approved 799 people who will participate as national observers to the elections set to take place on Feb. 7. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Authorities Ratify February 7 as Election Day | CNE officials noted that 789 citizens, two foreigners residing in the country, and eight Ecuadorians residing abroad, were selected as observers, while 139 media were qualified as electoral promotion providers. | A plan was also approved for the "out-of-country voting…
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The Machine Age: Is It Progress, or is It an Anomaly?
Luke Eastwood | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
When one questions current trends, especially for those beyond their twenties, it is quite common to be thought of as 'out of touch', 'outdated', 'reactionary' or various other negative descriptions for those who might be resistant to the inevitable process of change. Change is perhaps the only constant in known existence, on both a micro …
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Eco-advocacy group urges Biden to reverse Trump environmental rollbacks
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2020-12-31
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Why Lockdowns Don't Work and Hurt the Most Vulnerable. Bankruptcies, Poverty, Despair
Dr. Joseph Mercola | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-31
In a December 9, 2020, Twitter thread,1 Michael P. Senger, an attorney and author of the September 2020 article,2 "China's Global Lockdown Propaganda Campaign," reviewed the largely hidden impacts of global lockdowns. Ivor Cummins' video also reviews …
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Mayor Lightfoot refused to join public forum on justice for Anjanette Young
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-12-31
Chicago, IL — On December 28, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to participate in a public forum organized by Anjanette Young and her attorney, Keenan Saulter, to discuss transparency, accountability and justice for Young in the wake of the botched police raid and coverup perpetrated against her. | Previously, Mayor Lightfoot told press that she'd asked for a direct meeting with Young, saying, "I'd like to have that conversation with her in person, and I will see whether or not my request is granted." | According to attorney Saulter, Young sought a private meeting and public forum with Lightfoot, Police…
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President Duque Authorizes First Fracking Project in Colombia
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
The Association Against Fracking in Colombia rejected a US$ 76 million contract signed between the National Hydrocarbons Agency (NHA) and the Colombian oil company Ecopetrol to start fracking practices in the country. | RELATED: | Colombia: Another Social Leader Assassinated, #308 in 2020 | Once the environmental licenses are obtained, Ecopetrol will launch the Kale project which will use the hydraulic fracking technique in Puerto Wilches, in the Santander department. | Drilling wil…
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Iran expresses concerns over US military activities in the Persian Gulf
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-12-31
After increasing its military presence in the region in the last few weeks the US flew two of its B-52 bombers above the Persian Gulf on Tuesday…
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Boris Johnson's father applying for French citzenship
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Paris, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The father of United Kingdom Prime Minister and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson said he is applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told French broadcaster RTL that he "will always be European." "It's not a question of becoming French. If I understand correctly, I already am. My mother was born in France, …
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2020: The Year the Tree of Liberty Was Torched
John W. Whitehead | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-31
The people are unaware. They're not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government. — John Lennon No doubt about it: 2020–a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year for freedom–was the culmination of a terrible, horrible, no good, …
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WorkWeek Exposes Racist & Corrupt SF City Health Service System Boss Mitch Griggs
WorkWeek | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
WorkWeek on Thursday 12/31/20 at 12 noon on San Francisco's KPOO 94.1 FM www.kpoo.com will have guests who expose the systemic racism and corruption at the San Francisco City Health Service System run by Mitch Griggs and also at the Department of Public Health. Joining the show will be the new editor of the SF Bay View Malik Washington who broke the story of the racist terrorism against SF City Health Service worker Malika Alima. Also joining the show will be SFCC Department of Public Health nurse and whistleblower W.D. Flient.
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"We're Part of the Reproduction of the Working Class"
Michael Shane | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
Interview on what the district is doing to try and get teachers back in the classroom, how his union and others around California are responding, and why capitalism wants and needs the schools open…
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Jeremy Corbyn: Why I'm Launching a Project for Peace and Justice
Jeremy Corbyn | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
Interview on his hopes for the initiative — and why he refuses to be cowed by the attacks he has endured…
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Israel needs to form a Jewish-Arab party to change the game
Gershon Baskin | zcomm.org | 2020-12-31
It is indeed clear that what is left of the Left is not only small, it is very fragmented…
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Argentina: 'Ground-breaking' new abortion law crucial to ending gender discrimination — UN experts
news.un.org | 2020-12-31
The year drew to a close in Argentina with "a ground-breaking law" that legalizes abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a move that independent UN rights experts called on Thursday, "a crucial step in eliminating discrimination against women and girls".
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China approves first homegrown coronavirus vaccine for general public
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- China has approved for general public distribution a homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned pharma giant Sinopharm, moving a step closer towards a massive inoculation campaign, officials said on Thursday. The approval came after the developer on Wednesday said it had filed for conditional marketing authorization from the National Medical …
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Vaccine distribution fiasco continues in the United States
wsws.org | 2020-12-31
Less than one-fifth of the vaccine doses distributed in the United States have been administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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A View On Health Care From 2028
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
I just had my third heart attack. | Let me tell you about my previous two. | The first was 16 years ago in 2012. After wasting 15-20 minutes with an ER admitting clerk demanding my "insurance information" before I was allowed access to care, a triage nurse hustled me 'backstage'. I was diagnosed with a "minor" MI stopped by doses of nitroglycerin. | The following day the artery that had closed up was stented. The day after that I was kicked loose to the street. The 'retail' cost for my two day stay in the hospital and the procedure was around $250,000. My insurance "negotiated" that down to $22,000, co-pay was $2…
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Activist Groups Earn One-Week Stay On Evictions
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
Santa Cruz, CA – Local advocacy groups turned to the federal court system this week in the latest effort to prevent dispersal of a homeless encampment that swelled to an estimated 150 people this month. | In response, U.S. District Court of Northern California Judge Susan van Keulen granted an emergency temporary restraining order against the City of Santa Cruz, through Jan. 6, preventing it from shuttering San Lorenzo Park. | "The Court finds that Plaintiffs have shown that immediate and irreparable injury, loss, and/or damage will result to the movant before the adverse party can be heard in opposition," van Ke…
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The Art Of The Legal Hack
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
In our legal system — designed to protect private property, individual rights, and market exchange — it can actually be very difficult to share things legally. Attorney Janelle Orsi found this out the hard way as she worked with co-housing groups, worker cooperatives, and community gardens. "Our clients kept running up against legal barriers that make no sense: employment laws for co-ops in which people are both employer and employee. Landlord-tenant law for cohousing projects in which people are both landlords and tenants." | Such frustrations led Orsi to co-found (with Jenny Kassan) the Sustainable Econo…
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In A Crisis, A Compromise Solution Is Worse Than No Solution At All
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
The raging argument on the left between progressives who argue for radical change and centrists who advocate incrementalism is hardly new. Nearly a century ago, progressive titan and Wisconsin governor Robert La Follette and FDR were often at loggerheads over the same question. | Roosevelt, La Follette complained, was too quick to compromise with reactionaries. FDR insisted that "half a loaf is better than no bread." While that might seem intuitively obvious, La Follette had a ready reply. "Half a loaf, as a rule, dulls the appetite, and destroys the keenness of interest in attaining the full loaf." That can be d…
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US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Funding COVAX
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-31
Venezuela's Health Minister Carlos Alvarado on Sunday said that the economic blockade imposed by the United States is preventing his country from funding the COVAX initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | He recalled that his country offered to place US$18 million into the COVAX fund, but as a result of the U.S. blockade, Venezuela has not "been able to free those resources to pay the fund." | Alvarado added that the U.S. sanctions have affected other vaccination programs previously conducted through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revolving fund. | "We have not been able to pay the re…
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The Final Hours of Ethiopia's TPLF Regime
Thomas Mountain | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-31
With their army destroyed and their last, best troops wiped out in one morning on the outskirts of their capital Mekele the last remnants of the leadership of Ethiopia's TPLF regime were forced to retreat to the secret Hagarasalam underground bunkers near the capital. Built by the notoriously paranoid and cowardly TPLF godfather Meles Zenawi,…
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2020 Turned Our Worlds Inside Out. Here's What We Learned
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-31
2020 was a year of catastrophe and collective struggle. Now, we have a new era of organizing and action to gear up for. In this special New Year's episode of Movement Memos, Kelly Hayes revisits some of the lessons we learned this year from guests like Mariame Kaba, Shane Burley, Brant Rosen and L.A. Kauffman. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | Kelly Hayes: Welcome to "Movement Memos," a Truthout podcast about things you…
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Iran's trade value with Eurasia hits $1.4bn in eight months
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — According to the statistics, Islamic Republic of Iran's trade value with Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) hit $1.4 billion in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year (from March 21 to Nov. 22).
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Yemen sets condition for freeing Saudi pilots
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs Abdulqadir Al-Murtadha in the Salvation Government said that Saudi pilots will not be released from prison except in exchange for the Palestinian prisoners.
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"Our region lost a real peace hero": Iran Foreign Ministry
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a tweet on Thu. wrote that the region lost a real peace hero, referring to the 1st anniversary of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
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Defense industry telecom products at cutting-edge technology
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that telecommunications products of defense industry of the country are in tandem with world's cutting-edge technology.
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6,390 new COIVD cases detected in Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The country's Health Ministry has announced the detection of 6,390 new infections in the past 24 hours.
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'Plots underway to fabricate pretext for war'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned the US that Iran is fully prepared to defend its people and security.
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Rouhani congratulates Cuba on Liberation Day
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani felicitates Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on the country's Liberation Day, hoping for further expansion of relations between the two nations.
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Assassins of Soleimani should await 'harder slaps'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A former Iranian foreign minister says Tehran will continue measures to take Lt. Gen. Soleimani's revenge.
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Nations of region not to forget sacrifice of martyr Soleimani
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Embassy to Croatia said that regional countries will not forget the bravery and sacrifices of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani who played a key role in the fight against terrorism.
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Trump admin. suffers another defeat at end of 2020: Envoy
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to UK Hamid Baeedinejad said that the Trump administration sustained another setback at the end of the year 2020.
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Militias settling scores through Aden airport attack
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The attack that targeted Aden airport on Wednesday came as part of a series of settling of scores between Saudi-sponsored and UAE-backed militants, causing chaos and destruction in the southern provinces, Aden governor says.
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History-making events that have happened in 2020
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — 2020 was a year of great and influential events and developments in the political, social, economic and sports scene of the world.
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'Fear of revenge not leaving US alone'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Army's first-in-command says the revenge for the US's assassination of General Soleimani is not over yet.
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Ceremony to honor winners of 1st memorial of Soleimani Order
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The ceremony of honoring winners of the First Memorial of Martyr Soleimani Order was held at the Garden Museum of Sacred Defense on Thu. in presence of Brigadier General Bahman Kargar and Ali Bakhshizadeh.
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Another US convoy attacked near Kuwait-Iraq border
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A US coalition logistics convoy was reportedly targeted by a roadside bomb near Kuwait-Iraq border.
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One ISIL terrorist arrested in Beirut
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The Lebanese security forces managed to arrest an ISIL terrorist in Beirut while he was monitoring one of the military posts in the area.
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Zarif hopes for ending era of contempt for multilateralism
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — On the eve of New Christian Year, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wishes the ending insane era of contempt for law and multilateralism.
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Armed Forces to continue 'Resistance' School with high spirit
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said that Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue the School of "Resistance" with high motivation inspired by Martyr Soleimani.
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Nasrallah to deliver speech on Soleimani's anniv
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — On the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Secretary-General of Lebanon's Hezbollah Resistance Movement Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah will deliver a speech on Sunday, Jan. 3.
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Defense min. inaugurates electronics, telecom production line
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Production line of strategic electronic and telecommunication products was inaugurated at Electronic Industries of the Ministry of Defense on Thursday.
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US failed miserably in reviving sanctions: Iran UN envoy
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations said that the United States sustained heavy defeat miserably in the revival of international sanctions against Tehran.
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Tehran's first reaction to Aden Airport attack
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned violent attacks on civilians, calling on all Yemeni sides to return to the negotiating table.
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Assassination of Gen. Soleimani cannot be ignored: Rezaei
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Secretary of Expediency Council said that US assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani cannot be ignored.
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New anti-US motion to be discussed in Parl
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2020-12-31
TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — A member of Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission elaborated on the details of a plan entitled "Reciprocal Action against US, as Main Culprit of Assassination of Martyr Soleimani".
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Iran execution of child offender breaks international law: UN rights office
news.un.org | 2020-12-31
The execution of an Iranian man for a crime allegedly committed when he was 16 years old has been condemned by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and raised concerns over violations of his right to a fair trial.
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Guinea-Bissau: UN chief commits to continued support as peacebuilding office closes
news.un.org | 2020-12-31
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reaffirmed the Organization's commitment to the people of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, the final day of operations for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the West African country (UNIOGBIS).
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General Assembly approves $3.2 billion UN budget for 2021
news.un.org | 2020-12-31
United Nations Member States, on Thursday, approved $3.231 billion to fund the global Organization's regular budget for 2021.
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Thai authorities detain 14 suspected pro-democracy protesters
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Bangkok, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Thai authorities on Thursday arrested 14 suspected members of the pro-democracy movement that in recent months has staged a wave of mass protests calling for political and royal reforms. The NGO Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Twitter that the detainees were accused of breaching the emergency law banning street …
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Lopez Obrador proposes consultation on abortion to avoid taking position
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Mexico City, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday proposed holding a popular consultation on whether or not to legalize abortion to avoid personally taking a stance on the matter after the Argentine legislature approved legalizing it in that country. "It's a decision for women. My posture is that on these …
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Argentinian government expects rapid implementation of abortion law
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Buenos Aires, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Argentina will rapidly implement the newly approved law to legalize abortion to ensure greater reproductive rights reach women in the Latin American country, a top government official has said. Vilma Ibarra, the legal and technical secretary of the Argentinian government, said the preparatory stage for the amendment of the law …
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Democrats relying on Latino vote in key Georgia Senate elections
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
By Marcelo G. Wheelock Atlanta, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Democrats want to repeat the formula that led them to victory in the Nov. 3 presidential election in Georgia and they are relying on the local Hispanic vote in the crucial runoffs for the state's two US Senate seats in early January, races that will decide which …
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Mexicans say bye to 2020 at jammed hospitals waiting for news of relatives
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
By Cristina Sanchez Reyes Mexico City, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Many families are spending the last day of 2020 at the doors of hospitals in Mexico City, which are on the verge of overflowing, waiting for any encouraging news about the health situation of their loved ones both inside and waiting to be admitted. Veronica Rojas …
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Spain, UK reach draft deal on Gibraltar after Brexit
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Madrid, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and the United Kingdom on Thursday came to a draft agreement to avoid a hard border in Gibraltar after Brexit. Arancha González Laya, the Spanish foreign minister, announced the draft deal just hours before the UK is due to begin life outside the European Union. "We are knocking down barriers …
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US imposes new tariffs on German, French wines amid trade dispute with EU
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Washington, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- The US government Wednesday announced increased tariffs on some European Union (EU) products, including French and German wines amid a long-running dispute over subsidies involving civil aircraft manufacturers. The products on which additional tariffs were imposed also include aircraft manufacturing parts, non-sparking wines and cognac and other grape brandies from France …
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Atletico Madrid extend lead in LaLiga
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Sports Desk, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Atletico Madrid maintained their grip on the top spot in LaLiga with a 1-0 victory Wednesday against Getafe. Atleti won for the 10th time in 11 matches thanks to Luis Suarez, who now has eight goals in 11 appearances since coming over from Barcelona just before the start of the …
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Sociedad emerge from slump with win over Athletic
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Sports Desk, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Portu's goal on the counter just five minutes after kickoff was enough Thursday for Real Sociedad to prevail 1-0 over Athletic and solidify their hold on third place in LaLiga. Sociedad were winless in their last nine matches — six of them in LaLiga — coming into the Basque derby …
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Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy back in jail again
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Hong Kong, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong's top court on Thursday remanded pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai in custody again after allowing prosecutors to appeal against his bail in a national security law case. The Court of Final Appeal granted an interim order to detain the 73-year-old founder of Apple Daily until a hearing on …
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China's manufacturing continues growth but at slower pace
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
Shanghai, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The manufacturing sector in China has expanded in December, albeit at a slower pace than the last month. The official manufacturing Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) slid to 51.9 in December from 52.1 recorded in November, according to the data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) published on Thursday. A …
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Wuhan bids farewell to 2020 without looking back
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-31
By Jesús Centeno Wuhan, China, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Life has returned to normal in Wuhan one year after the Chinese government informed the World Health Organization of mysterious cases of pneumonia in the city, whose residents now want to turn the page on one of their darkest periods. In the final hours of 2020, a …
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The United Kingdom Detaches From the European Union Today
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-31
On the night of December 31, the UK will end the regulatory ties that have bound it to the European Union (EU) for nearly half a century. | RELATED: | EU Leaders Sign Post-Brexit Trade Deal With UK | While the last-minute agreement with the EU avoided immediate commercial and financial chaos, the deal reached will not prevent the full consequences of Brexit from being discovered in the coming months. | In addition to the fact that companies have made their calculations to avoid possible collap…
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Critics Warn Repeal of Section 230 'Would Be Devastating for Human Rights, Social Movements, and Marginalized People'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Reproductive Rights Advocates Slam 'Unconstitutional and Medically Unnecessary' Fetal Remains Law Signed by Ohio Governor
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
The ACLU called Senate Bill 27 "just one more transparent attempt to obstruct Ohioans from exercising their constitutionally protected reproductive rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Why Americans Should Demand Better Us Middle East Policy
Mandy Terc | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
Americans need to support policies that help mitigate the disastrous effects of American armed invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Republican Voters Don't Know Anything About Their Party. That's Very Bad for American Democracy
Ethan Winter | commondreams.org | 2020-12-31
For politics to rebalance at a healthier outcome where voters are actually able to assign the correct positions to the parties, we will need a new kind of reporting, one that doesn't flinch from assigning policy views to the parties or drawing out the implications of these ideas in clear and materially-grounded terms. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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2020 California State Capitol – Racism in the Farm to Fork Capitol
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Our 22nd Annual, 2020 California State Capitol Kwanzaa continues a special tradition in the seat of authority of our Great State of California, Farm to Fork Capitol of America, where "Racism" is officially a Public Health Crisis throughout the Capitol Region.
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Yazidi survivors of ISIS want to go back to school
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Young people who survived Islamic State (ISIS) captivity say they have not been able to resume their formal education for years while living at camps for the internally displaced in the Kurdistan Region.
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Tuesday 1/12: Together Against Factory Farming – January Day of Action
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Capitol Mall & 9th St Sacramento, CA 95814…
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Working on a History of Protest Power Around Shelter and Sweeps in Santa Cruz
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
In light of the current community support for the San Lorenzo Survival Campers, I thought it might be helpful to post a partial history of the changes and services created by protest and direct action in the past. I distributed this flyer at the Park today. If Chief Mills word is to be believed, the protests Monday have already extended the Final Sweep "Solution" deadline to late January.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/29/1883912…

Tuesday 1/12: Together Against Factory Farming – January Day of Action
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Capitol Mall & 9th St Sacramento, CA 95814…
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Corona Measures: When children are the ones who suffer (I and II)
Michael Klundt | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
The government seems to be abdicating its responsibility by 1) not supplying the population with masks, 2) not compensating people so they can stay away from workplaces, 3) eliminating school meals for hundreds of millions of children and 5) not including children in decision-making.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/31/1883913…

Working on a History of Protest Power Around Shelter and Sweeps in Santa Cruz
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
In light of the current community support for the San Lorenzo Survival Campers, I thought it might be helpful to post a partial history of the changes and services created by protest and direct action in the past. I distributed this flyer at the Park today. If Chief Mills word is to be believed, the protests Monday have already extended the Final Sweep "Solution" deadline to late January.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/29/1883912…

Corona Measures: When children are the ones who suffer (I and II)
Michael Klundt | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
The government seems to be abdicating its responsibility by 1) not supplying the population with masks, 2) not compensating people so they can stay away from workplaces, 3) eliminating school meals for hundreds of millions of children and 5) not including children in decision-making.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/31/1883913…

Yazidi survivors of ISIS want to go back to school
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Young people who survived Islamic State (ISIS) captivity say they have not been able to resume their formal education for years while living at camps for the internally displaced in the Kurdistan Region.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/30/1883913…

2020 California State Capitol – Racism in the Farm to Fork Capitol
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Our 22nd Annual, 2020 California State Capitol Kwanzaa continues a special tradition in the seat of authority of our Great State of California, Farm to Fork Capitol of America, where "Racism" is officially a Public Health Crisis throughout the Capitol Region.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/31/1883913…

Stop The Sweeps in Santa Cruz: Activists Resist Closing San Lorenzo Park
John Malkin | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Interviews with human rights activist Abbi Samuels and unhoused activist Hannah, who lives in a homeless encampment in San Lorenzo Park in downtown Santa Cruz.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/31/1883913…

Stop The Sweeps in Santa Cruz: Activists Resist Closing San Lorenzo Park
John Malkin | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Interviews with human rights activist Abbi Samuels and unhoused activist Hannah, who lives in a homeless encampment in San Lorenzo Park in downtown Santa Cruz.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/12/31/1883913…

Superior Brain Function In Fruitarians, Vegans, And Vegetarians
Sathyagraha | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Diets without animal or fish flesh, eggs or dairy are free of many neurotoxins…
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Superior Brain Function In Fruitarians, Vegans, And Vegetarians
Sathyagraha | indybay.org | 2020-12-31
Diets without animal or fish flesh, eggs or dairy are free of many neurotoxins…
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British diplomats probed Kissinger on possible use of force against Saudis
Richard Norton-Taylor | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
British diplomats probed Kissinger on possible use of force against Saudis | UK government believed Washington had drawn up plans including 'deposing existing regimes' in response to 1973 oil crisis, documents show | Richard Norton-Taylor | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 00: 01 | US secretary of state Henry Kissinger with Saudi Arabia's King Faisal in Riyadh in 1973 (Library of C…
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Give the Students a Round of Applause
StudentNation | thenation.com | 2020-12-31
Give the Students a Round of Applause…
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What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture
Michael J. Moore | thenation.com | 2020-12-31
What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture…
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Israelis protesting settler's death in police chase arrested in West Bank
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
Israelis protesting settler's death in police chase arrested in West Bank | Tensions between extremist settlers and the police have risen sharply following the death of 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak | MEE staff | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 13: 58 | Israeli protesters stand next to an image of Ahuvia Sandak, who died during a police chase when his car rolled over and crashed near a junction in the West Bank (Screengrab) | Hundreds of I…
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More than 10 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
More than 10 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef | Millions of parents in Yemen in particular 'are being left to make the gut-wrenching choice between food and medical care for their children', UN body warns | MEE staff | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 22 | Man and children seek refuge in cave amid poverty and lack of housing near Taiz, Yemen, on 2 December (AFP/File photo) | Almost 1o.4 million children will suffer…
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Nearly 10.4 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
Nearly 10.4 million children at risk of famine in 2021: Unicef | Millions of parents in Yemen in particular 'are being left to make the gut-wrenching choice between food and medical care for their children', UN body warns | MEE staff | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 22 | A man and children seek refuge in a cave due to poverty and lack of housing near Taiz on 2 December (AFP/File photo) | Nearly 1o.4 million children will suffer fr…
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Saudi preacher Yousef al-Ahmad sentenced to four years in prison
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
Saudi preacher Yousef al-Ahmad sentenced to four years in prison | Charges against the Islamic scholar and academic said to include attending a book fair and visiting detainees in jail | Rayhan Uddin | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 13: 50 | Ahmad was detained by Saudi authorities in September 2017 as a part of a widespread crackdown on scholars and intellectuals (Screengrab/Twitter) | Saudi preacher Yousef al-Ahmad has been sen…
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'Unacceptable': Italy slams Egypt decision to clear police of Giulio Regeni's murder
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
'Unacceptable': Italy slams Egypt decision to clear police of Giulio Regeni's murder | Rome said it would work at all levels to find the truth after Egyptian prosecutor cleared five officers and criticised Italian accusations | MEE staff | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 41 | Italian authorities said they plan to charge four senior Egyptian security officials in the murder of Regeni (AFP) | Italy has called Egypt's decision to clea…
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'Unacceptable': Italy slams Egypt decision to clear police of Giulio Regeni's murder
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2020-12-31
'Unacceptable': Italy slams Egypt decision to clear police of Giulio Regeni's murder | Rome says it will work at all levels to find truth after Egyptian prosecutor clears five officers and criticises Italian accusations | MEE staff | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 17: 41 | Italian authorities say they plan to charge four senior Egyptian security officials in murder of Regeni (AFP) | Italy called Egypt's decision to clear five police o…
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Economist Carol Propper made a Dame in New Year's Honours
imperial.ac.uk | 2020-12-31
Professor Carol Propper has been made a Dame in the New Year's Honours for her contribution to economics and public health.
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Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston
Cancel the Rents Boston | liberationnews.org | 2020-12-30
The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury. An estimated 337,900 jobs have been lost in Massachusetts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Boston has 38,872 confirmed COVID cases …
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'We Demand Tomorrow': Marxist Documentary On The Climate Crisis
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-30
Kudos to Patreon for this brilliant production, well worth seeing, with its deep analysis of capitalism though I have some reservations to be noted below. I particularly applaud the presentation of Cuba's socialist solutions in this current pandemic, in contrast to capitalist Britain, with Cuba being on the cutting edge of global ecosocialism. "We Demand Tomorrow" should trigger a lot of debate, and be a useful resource for wide-ranging discussion. I agree with the video's support for a two-stage path out of capitalism. I have long argued that socialism in our epoch must confront the climate/ecological crisis wit…
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Meet the pseudo-left imperialists fighting against universal healthcare
Dan Cohen | mronline.org | 2020-12-30
Since comedian Jimmy Dore called on progressive members of Congress to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor vote on Medicare For All, a collection of media personalities have launched vicious attacks against him while deflecting from his overwhelmingly popular argument.
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Legislator Nicolas Maduro Guerra Receives Second Sputnik V Dose
teleSUR, CE | telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-30
Deputy-elect to the National Assembly, and legislator of the National Constituent Assembly Nicolas Ernesto Maduro Guerra, received his second dose of the Russian vaccine against COVID-19, Sputnik V on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Puebla Group's Plea to US & EU: Release Venezuela's Funds | The son of the Venezuelan President was one of the first citizens in his country to be administered the initial doses of Sputnik V as part of the third phase of the clinical trial, which has hundreds of vol…
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Puebla Group's Plea to US & EU: Release Venezuela's Funds
teleSUR, CE | telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-30
The Puebla Group (Grupo de Puebla) has penned a statement demanding the release of Venezuela's financial resources by the U.S., EU and European countries to ensure that citizens have access to the vaccine against COVID-19. | RELATED: | Venezuela: All Residents To Be Vaccinated for Free, Maduro Says | The statement signed by 32 progressive political leaders of Latin America and Spain notes the retention of billions of dollars in assets belonging to the Venezuelan people. While th…
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Never Belonging: George Blake's Spy Exploits
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-30
Filling the espionage ranks with legions of the non-belonging comes with its share of risk. The process is counter-intuitive, putting stock in skill and aptitude above the potential compromise of loyalty and divergence. Eventually, such a recruit might find a set of closely guarded principles. The son of a Sephardic Jew and Dutch Protestant might…
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The Julian Assange Pardon Drive
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-30
The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey …
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The Julian Assange Pardon Drive
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-12-30
The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to …
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St. Vincent: Orange Alert After Magma Expulsion From Volcano
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-30
Authorities in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines set an "orange alert" after La Soufriere volcano began releasing magma on Tuesday. | RELATED: | 'Investigate US for War Crimes' in Venezuela: Saint Vincent PM | Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves warned the inhabitants of the north of the Caribbean island to prepare for an eventual evacuation in areas ranging from Georgetown to Fancy. | The Seismic Research Unit (SRU) of the University of the East Indies (UWI) requested to avoid tourist…
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UN confirms closure of Darfur peacekeeping mission
news.un.org | 2020-12-30
The joint United Nations-African Union mission in the Darfur region of Sudan (UNAMID) will officially end operations on Thursday, when the Government of Sudan will take over responsibility for the protection of civilians in the area.
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First Person: family tragedy and the UN as 'saviour' in Darfur
news.un.org | 2020-12-30
The people of the restive region of Darfur in Sudan have seen the joint United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) as a "saviour" according to a writer for UN News who grew up in Darfur.
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Another Indigenous Environmental Defender Killed in Honduras
telesurenglish.net | 2020-12-30
Honduras' authorities Tuesday reported the killing of Tolupan Indigenous leader Adan Mejia, who was attacked in Candelaria community, Yoro Department. | RELATED: | Honduras: Activists Demand the Release of Water Protectors | Mejia was shot down to death by hooded individuals while he was working in the municipality of Morazan. | The violent incident took place three days after the murder of Lenca farmer leader and pre-candidate for Congress, Felix Vazquez. | After the shooting, the…
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Fingers Point to US-Backed Gov't in Colombia's Ninetieth Massacre of the Year
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-12-30
"The Trump administration waged a full scale campaign to undermine Colombia's peace accords. We must not waste our time hoping the Biden administration might reverse course, we must demand it." — James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice…
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Nine months after devastating flooding, Central Michigan residents are left abandoned
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
After flooding caused by dam failures in May inundated large sections of Midland County, residents face economic and ecological disaster at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Economic Matters in Ukraine Are at Standstill
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-30
It was a quiet year for Ukraine and its many issues compared to previous years, or at least in the eyes of most Westerners. Other global issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and elections in Belarus, took greater precedence and …
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California hospitals overwhelmed as COVID-19 cases hit 2 million
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
The state is now the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, with zero percent ICU capacity at many of its regions' hospitals.
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Detroit schools chief Vitti gets pay raise, as unions initial unsafe reopenings and poverty pay for staff
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
Detroit schools are presently set to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks, threatening countless lives as the pandemic continues to deepen in the region.
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Worker opposition grows as US manufacturers ramp up production amid pandemic upsurge
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
With COVID-19 deaths nearing 350,000, US manufacturing companies, led by the auto companies, have achieved near pre-pandemic output levels with the help of the unions.
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Detroit schools chief Vitti gets boondoogle, as unions initial unsafe reopenings and poverty pay for staff
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
Detroit schools are presently set to reopen for face-to-face instruction in the coming weeks, threatening countless lives as the pandemic continues to deepen in the region.
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Gunshots, Motorcycle Deaths Count as COVID Casualties
Dr. Joseph Mercola | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-30
Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, families have been separated, businesses have been shuttered and schools have been closed down. Many people are living their lives shrouded in fear of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 — a direct response …
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Native Youth provide for community and elders during COVID pandemic
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-12-30
2020 has been a year of many trials across Indian Country. Across our many Nations, rural, city and everywhere in between, we are all coping with the catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 virus.
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Federal judge blocks strike by Union Pacific railroad workers over lack of pandemic protections
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
Workers at the country's second largest railroad are threatening to strike after hundreds of railway workers across the industry have contracted COVID-19 and at least 10 have died.
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2020 Was Year Like Few in History. Social Isolation, Unemployment, Poverty
Lucas Leiroz de Almeida | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-30
2020 is coming to an end and entering history as one of the most troubled years in recent decades, having caused structural changes in the global geopolitical balance. The "pandemic" of the new coronavirus brought a series of changes in …
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COVID-19, Prison and Another Pandemic Clare Grady Made Me Remember
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2020-12-30
Clare Grady is going to prison. On February 10, this nice Irish Catholic lady of 62, who lives with her family in Ithaca, New York will enter Alderson Prison, West Virginia, to begin a one-year-and-one-day sentence. That's because, on April 4, 2018, Clare and six cohorts, also white and Catholic, broke into the world's largest…
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Quebec government documents expose its disastrous mishandling of initial pandemic response
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
More than 2,000 pages of communications, directives and emails from Quebec authorities at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic reveal a staggering, even criminal, level of indifference and inaction.
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Here are the kitchen tools and appliances that made our year of pandemic cooking better
Ashlie D. Stevens | salon.com | 2020-12-30
From dutch ovens to dough hooks, these were the items that made being in our 2020 kitchens feel more tolerable…
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"It's Now or Never": A Call for Organizing Against Managerial Class
Left Voice | zcomm.org | 2020-12-30
Left Voice speaks with a caseworker* who works in an inpatient psychiatry unit about the situation that healthcare and essential workers are facing amidst a peak in the pandemic in Florida, now with over half a million cases…
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Harvard Workers Left Out In The Cold
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-30
Harvard University's campus has been dormant since last spring, and as COVID-19 cases rise through the winter, it's unclear when normal classes will resume. The administration recently announced that the majority of the university's staff would continue to work remotely through June 2021. For the janitorial staff, however, work never ended. Roughly 700 janitorial workers have held onto their jobs through the pandemic, maintaining their full union wages, even though in some cases they are working on a reduced schedule. But for hundreds of subcontracted frontline workers, next year may bring a round of layoffs at t…
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Killer Cops: Police Killed Over 1,000 Americans In 2020
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-12-30
American law enforcement officers have killed well over 1,000 people in 2020. Between January 1 and December 15 of this year, the Mapping Police Violence project has recorded 1,066 people nationwide killed at the hands of the police, an average of around three killings per day. Despite the fact that 2020 has brought with it a pandemic forcing Americans to stay off the streets (and, presumably, out of trouble) as much as possible, there have only been 17 days recorded this year where the police did not kill someone. | The project also compiled statistics on the racial backgrounds of the victims. Black people are t…
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Ecosystem Destruction Fueled the Pandemic. Pollution Has Made It Worse
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-30
On December 30, 2019, an urgent email circulated on the internet, in which the Wuhan Municipal Health Committee noted the treatment of multiple patients with "pneumonia of unknown cause." Since then, researchers have identified antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in blood and spit samples in the United Sta…
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Dr. Susan Moore Died of COVID 2 Weeks After Recording Video Decrying Racist Care
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-12-30
As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg…
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"This Is How Black People Get Killed": Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-12-30
‚Ä®As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg to receive pain medication and the antiviral drug remdesivir, and accuses a doctor a…
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We all have a role to play for a better tomorrow, UN Assembly President says in New Year message
news.un.org | 2020-12-30
The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged everyone around the world "to continue to work together" to end the coronavirus pandemic, and to build an inclusive and sustainable future.
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Looking back at 2020, In Case You Missed It
news.un.org | 2020-12-30
At UN News, 2020 started with a hope that the year would be one of peace for Syria's children. However, in the weeks that followed, the news cycle was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, that not only changed what we covered, but also how we covered UN-related news around the world.
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Memphis Zoo Seeking Donations, Will Temporarily Close
Rafael Figueroa | laprensalatina.com | 2020-12-30
MEMPHIS, TN (FOX 13) — The ongoing pandemic has hit businesses hard this year, and the Memphis Zoo is asking for donations. The Zoo is temporarily closing in accordance with the Shelby County Health Directive 16. The closure will go into effect Dec. 30. According to a Facebook post from the Zoo, the safety of …
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McConnell's Sham Election Commission Addition to Pandemic Relief Is Disgraceful
commondreams.org | 2020-12-30
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The Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-30
WHO has most likely received orders from "above", from those people who also manage Trump and the "leaders" (sic) of the EU, European Union. The final decision to go ahead NOW with COVID-19 pandemic, was taken in January 2020 at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos – behind very much closed doors.
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Hands off COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!
wsws.org | 2020-12-30
Sri Lankan health workers denounce the persecution of data scientist Rebekah Jones and hail her determination to protect lives by exposing the real extent of the coronavirus pandemic in the US.
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Invitation to New Thinking
Mechthild Schrooten and Michael Klundt | indybay.org | 2020-12-30
One virus changed everything. Covid-19 has managed to do what all the discussions about climate change and justice in recent years have failed to do. Phenomena that threaten humanity are no longer a theory. The pandemic has made the risk of our extensive lifestyle tangible. For this global crisis is not an exogenous shock. Rather, crass, profit-oriented globalization has fueled its spread.
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Patriarchy and the pandemic: Disentangling the web of oppression
Surangya | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-12-30
We discuss Coronashock and Patriarchy, a study done by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, with Renata Porto Bugni to understand the impact of the pandemic on women and the LGBTQIA+ community.
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An exclusive look inside Iran's supermarket in Venezuela
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2020-12-30
Red Lines host Anya Parampil visits Megasis, an Iranian supermarket which recently opened in Caracas, Venezuela, and explores cooperation between Tehran and Caracas against the US economic blockade. The Grayzone's Anya Parampil provides an exclusive look inside a superstore which the US government and corporate media have condemned and attempted to link to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. She also speaks with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza about how increased cooperation between Tehran and Caracas is improving the material …
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Stephen F. Cohen on Russia's democratization and how US meddling undermines it
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-12-30
Pushback rounds out 2020 by airing an unpublished interview with Stephen F. Cohen, the eminent Russia historian and scholar who passed away in September at the age of 81. In an interview recorded one year before his death, Stephen F. Cohen discusses local elections and protests in Russia; opposition leader Alexei Navalny; as well as the state of Russia's post-Soviet democratization and how US meddling undermines it. Guest: Stephen F. Cohen. Professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University …
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Video: Russia Suffers Casualties in Greater Idlib. Israeli Air Force Strikes Damascus Countryside
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-12-30
On the morning of December 30th, warplanes of the Israeli Air Force once again carried out strikes on alleged Iranian targets in the countryside of Damascus. According to reports one person was killed and 3 others injured in the attack….
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