2021-01-04: News Headlines

Staff (2021-01-04). Decision Is Good News for Assange But Sets Grave Precedent for Other Journalists. truthout.org In a stunning decision, a British judge has blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, saying he would not be safe in a U.S. prison due to his deteriorated mental state. In 2019, Assange was indicted in the United States on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The United States has already announced plans to appeal the ruling. Press freedo…

Staff (2021-01-04). "Victory for Julian": U.K. Blocks WikiLeaks Founder Assange Extradition to U.S. on Espionage Charges. democracynow.org In a stunning decision, a British judge has blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, saying he would not be safe in a U.S. prison due to his deteriorated mental state. In 2019, Assange was indicted in the United States on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The United States has already announced plans to appeal the ruling. Press freedom advocates have campaigned against Assange's prosecution for years, arguing it would set a dangerous precedent for prosecut…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-04). Judge turns down plea to extradite Julian Assange to US; bail hearing on Wednesday. peoplesdispatch.org Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused the plea to extradite WikiLeaks founder to the US on the grounds that there was a high chance of his committing suicide due to the brutal prison conditions there. She accepted most of the other contentions of the prosecution…

Dr. Leon Tressell (2021-01-04). US Imperialism Defeated: UK Court Blocks Extradition of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Today at the Old Bailey in London

Editor (2021-01-04). Chris Hedges: The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost Shortly after WikiLeaks released the Iraq War Logs in October 2010, which documented numerous U.S. war crimes — including video images of the gunning down of two Reuters journalists and 10 other unarmed civilians in the Collateral Murder video, the routine torture of Iraqi prisoners, the covering up of thousands of civilian deaths and the killing of nearly… |

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Mexico: AMLO Offers Political Asylum to Julian Assange. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Monday offered political asylum to Australian journalist Julian Assange after Britain's Crime Court refused to extradite him to the U.S. | RELATED: | "Our Foreign Affairs Ministry will ask the U.K. government to release Assange so that Mexico can offer him political asylum," AMLO said. | "The court's verdict is a triumph of justice. Assange is a journalist who compli…

Alan Macleod (2021-01-04). "No Victory for Press Freedom" — Assange Wins Case but Judge Sets Worrying Precedent. mintpressnews.com Julian Assange will not be extradited to the United States as many feared, but his fate still hangs in the balance as it was the integrity of his mental health, not the right to a free press, that saved him.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-04). A victory for Assange but long battle ahead. peoplesdispatch.org Hundreds of people, who had gathered outside the London Central Criminal Court, celebrated the denial of the US plea to extradite Julian Assange. The verdict was a relief to Assange's family and supporters There were also voices of caution due to the judge accepting most of the prosecution's arguments.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-04). Mexico's Lopez Obrador Wants to Give Asylum to Julian Assange. commondreams.org "Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance," the Mexican president said Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-01-04). UK Judge Blocks Extradition of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange. truthout.org A judge in the United Kingdom has blocked an extradition request from the U.S. to transport Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to face espionage charges. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser of the Westminster Magistrates' Court U.S. authorities are seeking to charge Assange over his role i…

_____ (2021-01-04). Protesters Gather In DC In Solidarity With Assange. popularresistance.org Press freedom activists and independent journalists endured the cold and rain outside the British Embassy in Washington D.C. on Sunday Jan. 3. With less than 24 hours until a potential blow to the future of press freedom, the crowd of free speech advocates was there to make as much noise as possible. | On Monday, Jan. 4, U.K. judge Vanessa Baraitser will announce if the U.K. government will extradite Australian journalist and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison for charges under the Espionage Act. Leading press freedom and human rights groups have acknowl…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). UK Judge Rules Against Extradition of Assange To US. telesurenglish.net British Judge Vanessa Baraitser on Monday ruled that Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face charges of espionage and hacking government computers, as reported by The Guardian. | RELATED: | In making her decision, the British judge argued that the U.S. prison system has terrible and repressive characteristics, which puts Assange at risk of suicide. | "The rejection by the U.K. court of the US Govt's request…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Worldwide Activists Back UK Verdict Against Assange's Extradition. telesurenglish.net Human rights defenders, social activists, and political figures worldwide Monday reacted with joy to the United Kingdom Criminal Court's refusal to extradite Australian journalist Julian Assange to the U.S. | RELATED: | Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who denied the extradition on health grounds and high risk of Assange committing suicide, "accepted all the U.S. persecution motives," Former Consul of Ecuador in the U.K. Fidel Narvaez condemne…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom. counterpunch.org The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped by larger lessons that should disturb us deeply.

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange wins. The cost: Press freedom is crushed, and dissent labelled mental illness. dissidentvoice.org The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped by larger lessons that should disturb us deeply. Those who campaigned so vigorously to keep …

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom, The Labelling of Dissent as Mental Illness. globalresearch.ca The unexpected decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser to deny a US demand to extradite Julian Assange, foiling efforts to send him to a US super-max jail for the rest of his life, is a welcome legal victory, but one swamped …

_____ (2021-01-04). Father Takes Assange's Fight To New York. popularresistance.org The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has turned his focus from the UK to the US where he hopes a change of president could advantage his son. | Assange is being held at London's Belmarsh Prison, pending a court decision on a warrant for his extradition to the US to face charges. | A judgment is due to be handed down at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, but Assange's father John Shipton won't be there. | Mr Shipton says there's too much uncertainty about his ability to travel amid a series of border closures in the UK due to a mutant strand of coronavirus. | "It's all up in the air like it is for everybody…

Areeb Ullah (2021-01-04). Julian Assange should not be extradited to US, UK court rules. middleeasteye.net Julian Assange should not be extradited to US, UK court rules | Judge rules that Wikileaks founder was suicide risk if convicted in the US, where he faces up to 175 years in prison on espionage charges | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 08: 56 | Witnesses told the UK court that Assange could commit suicide if imprisoned in the United States (AFP) | A UK court has ruled that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange should not b…

commondreams (2021-01-04). CPJ Welcomes UK Decision Not to Extradite Julian Assange, Urges DOJ to Drop Charges. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2021-01-04). Stella Moris: If British Court Sends Julian Assange To The United States. popularresistance.org London – A month ago, I would wake up in the middle of the night seized by a recurring nightmare: my little boys, Max, 22 months, and Gabriel, who is three, had been orphaned. I was still here but their father was not. | Their father is Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks. Today, that terrible nightmare is all too close to becoming a reality. | Julian has been on remand in Belmarsh prison in South-East London for almost two years. | He is fighting a political extradition to the United States, where he risks being buried in the deepest, darkest corner of the US prison system for the rest of his life. Julian…

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). UK judge blocks WikiLeaks founder Assange's extradition to US. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- A British court on Monday rejected a request by the United States to extradite the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, on the grounds that it would be detrimental to his mental health and that he would be a suicide risk. Assange, an Australian citizen, is accused by the US …

Julia Conley (2021-01-04). Paygo Exemptions Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All. zcomm.org "Paygo's the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives."

Eds. (2021-01-04). Colonial injustice: the pardoning of the Blackwater killers. mronline.org Along with a motley collection of wealthy swindlers and fraudsters, President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 pardoned four former Blackwater private contractors (mercenaries) convicted in the infamous Sept. 16, 2007, Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad.

W. T. Whitney (2021-01-04). Indonesia was a Model for Anticommunist Massacres and the US Was Complicit. counterpunch.org In a plot of obscure origin, six Indonesian Army generals were murdered on September 30, 1965. Blame fell on the PKI and soon soldiers, paramilitaries, and thugs were killing or disappearing members of the PKI and its affiliates. Army General Suharto assumed dictatorial powers which he retained until 1998. President Sukarno was sidelined. Deaths approached one million; a million more people ended up in concentration camps. Torture was rampant.

MEE staff (2021-01-04). Palestinian says he 'miraculously survived' attack in Jerusalem by Israeli mob. middleeasteye.net Palestinian says he 'miraculously survived' attack in Jerusalem by Israeli mob | Two brothers from East Jerusalem were mobbed in an attack caught on camera, as Israeli police says they are 'losing control' after death of teen settler | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 13: 01 | A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli settler during a demonstration against the expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank town of S…

Brian Berletic (2021-01-04). COVID-19: The Emergence of the Pandemic Industrial Complex. globalresearch.ca : | If official numbers are to be believed, the United States is one of the worst hit countries in terms of COVID-19 infections and deaths. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of writing, …

Brian Dolinar (2021-01-04). COVID-19: Coming to a Jail Near You. progressive.org Illinois jails have become hotspots for the coronavirus, and county officials haven't done much to stop the spread.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Over 2,900 US health care workers have died from COVID-19. wsws.org A new report by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News published last week estimates that over 2,900 health care workers have died in the United States due to COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Strikes spread across Spain as anger mounts at COVID-19 herd immunity policy. wsws.org Workers' struggles erupted in Spain in December, anticipating an intensification of the class struggle across Europe as a winter of death opens in the new year.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Illinois high school student dies of COVID-19. wsws.org A senior at Lincoln Way East High School in Frankfort, Illinois, Sarah Simental was just a few months from graduating in the spring.

Wyatt Skinner (2021-01-04). Texas prisons: Scene of negligence toward COVID-19. liberationnews.org In Texas prisons, the class nature of COVID-19 spread is being exposed as infection rates surge.

WSWS (2021-01-04). A tale of two pandemics: Ontario's finance minister holidays in the sun while workers get infected and die. wsws.org During the 18 days Rod Phillips was living it up with his family at an ultra-exclusive Caribbean resort, 2,237 Canadians died from COVID-19.

Paul Dobson (2021-01-04). US Blockade Reportedly Hampers Venezuela's Covid-19 Vaccination. venezuelanalysis.com The country will maintain its week-on-week-off lockdown until vaccination begins around April.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Hospitals overwhelmed and bodies loaded into semi-trailers as California reaches breaking point with COVID-19. wsws.org The flood of coronavirus cases has exposed the underfunded and unprepared health care system in the richest state in the US.

WSWS (2021-01-04). UK teaching unions call for no work in "unsafe schools" as opposition among educators mounts. wsws.org Schools have been a major vector for the spread of COVID-19, worsened by a new and more contagious variant of the disease.

Fight Back (2021-01-04). Arizona educators planning sick-out in several school districts. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – As COVID-19 rates and deaths continue to rise in Arizona, as many as 750 educators in the districts of Chandler, Dysart, Peoria and Deer Valley are planning a sick-out to resist the order to return to in-person instruction. | The event is called "Blackout for the Benchmarks" using the hashtag #RIPMetrics in order to highlight the neglect of state and county COVID-19 health benchmarks and safety metrics demonstrated by these school districts. State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Hoffman recommended at least two weeks of virtual learning as students return from winter break. Reactionary Governor Doug…

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Europe considers extending restrictions amid rising covid-19 infection rates. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic continues to peak in several European countries, such as Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy, although experts warn that the true impact of social gatherings during the holiday period is yet to be truly felt. BELGIUM Belgian authorities will convene on Friday to …

The Canary (2021-01-04). Nationwide May elections to give voters first chance for say on coronavirus and Brexit. thecanary.co As well as voting on regional matters, millions of voters will this year get their first chance to have a say on how politicians have handled coronavirus (Covid-19) and Brexit.Devolved and local: A bumper set of elections are to be held across Great Britain on 6 May, including a number of contests postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic.Voters in Scotland and Wales will be choosing new parliaments. In London there will be elections for the mayor and assembly, which were originally due to take place last year. And across the rest of England voters will be choosing a mixture of councillors, local mayors,…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). COVID-19 claims 55,650 lives across Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The coronavirus has infected 6,073 people and claimed 110 lives in Iran in the past 24 hours, according to the Iranian Health Ministry.

_____ (2021-01-04). The Political Lessons Of The Pandemic. popularresistance.org 1. As the New Year begins, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the globe. This is a world crisis of vast historical significance. The pandemic is a "trigger event" that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of the world capitalist system and is unleashing long-suppressed forces of social transformation. | 2. The pandemic cannot be described as merely a medical crisis. In the course of the past year, the thoroughly reactionary character of world capitalism has been exposed. The interaction of the drive for profit regardless of social cost, the lust of the oligarchs for obscene leve…

Yasmina Allouche (2021-01-04). Egypt: Man who filmed chaos in Covid-hit hospital questioned by police. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Man who filmed chaos in Covid-hit hospital questioned by police | Footage from the al-Husseiniya hospital shows patients struggling to breathe and medical staff collapsed on the floor, as oxygen allegedly runs out | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 11: 53 | "> | The image of this nurse collapsed on the floor has raised concern over the situation in Egypt, which is stru…

Sovereignty (2021-01-04). Pfizer VP Calls For Vaccine Withdrawal, Flu Shots Down, Nobel Prize Winner Warns. indybay.org Why have flu shots dropped 98%? | Why does a retired Pfizer VP petition EU health agency to withdraw vaccine? Why are not just pregnant women but all women who want ever to conceive warned against vaccine? Nobel Prize winner and creator of PCR test says it should not be used in covid 19 tests. Why?>

Santa Cruz News (2021-01-04). Police Chief Mills says New Homeless Camping Ordinance will go to City Council this Month. indybay.org In the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has the local homeless population scrambling for places to camp and shelter in place, Santa Cruz Police Chief Andrew Mills is soliciting support from the public for a new camping ordinance that he says will go before the City Council for approval in January. "It will need our support," Mills said. "We Have not had an ordinance to enforce due to a SCOTUS decision and council suspending our ordinance," he added. (Photo: Correspondence between Police Chief Mills and a member of the public concerning the homeless.)…

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Japan considers declaring state of emergency in Tokyo area. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday that the government was considering declaring another state of emergency in Tokyo and the surrounding areas due to the continued rise of Covid-19 cases that have piled up the pressure on the country's healthcare system. The emergency declaration, if announced, would affect the capital …

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Singapore's GDP posts worst-ever contraction of 5.8 percent. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Singapore's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 5.8 percent during 2020, its worst contraction since independence from Malaysia in 1965, weighed down by the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the fourth straight quarter of decline of the GDP of the city-state, whose economy is in recession. The last …

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Mexico: 32,824 Health Workers Have Been Vaccinated So Far. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Sunday announced that 53,625 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been received in the country, 32,824 of which have been applied to health personnel. | RELATED: | He added that 50,000 more doses will arrive on Tuesday to continue the vaccination in the healthcare sector , which has at least 750,000 workers. | The elderly population will be vaccinated with the…

WSWS (2021-01-04). COVID-19: Global vaccination stymied by nationalism and profit gouging. wsws.org The race to procure vaccines against a fast-spreading virus that travels unimpeded by border controls has set in motion a ferocious national competition that threatens to prolong and intensify the pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Venezuela Denounces Obstacles To Access COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday denounced the blocking of resources by international banks and western nations against the country to prevent the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines, noting the moves are in line with the U.S. unilateral sanctions. | RELATED: | The Venezuelan assets to buy COVID-19 vaccines "have been stolen and frozen by the U.K, Portugal, Spain, and the U.S.," Maduro pointed out, recalling that his administration has ma…

Alan Macleod (2021-01-04). Media Praise of Israel's COVID Vaccination Drive a Form of "Medical Apartheid" mintpressnews.com Completely missing from media accounts of the Israeli vaccine drive was mention of the millions of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, none of whom have received the vaccine.

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Egypt Licenses Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use. telesurenglish.net Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed said that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese drugmaker Sinopharm has been officially licensed for emergency use in Egypt. | RELATED: | "The Egyptian Drug Authority (EDA) will send us the official license early in the morning, which it has already issued today," he announced. | Egypt received the first batch of Sinopharm vaccines on Dec. 10. The minister said that the batch…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-01-04). "An Israeli Blitzkrieg" Signs Point to Imminent Israeli Military Action in Yemen. mintpressnews.com ADEN, YEMEN — Saudi Arabia has rung in the new year in a familiar way, with an airstrike targeting a large gathering of civilians at a wedding ceremony in Yemen. On new year's night, at least five civilians were killed when Saudi-backed militants launched artillery rounds at a wedding ceremony in the populated al-Hawk area in the strategic port city of Hodeida. | Developments taking place across the Middle East are driving the reality home in Yemen that 2021 is unlikely to bring about an end to Saudi Arabia's nearly six-year-long war on their country. Signs of escalation are beginning to surface gradually i…

AFSCME en Español (2021-01-04). Debemos involucrarnos en la segunda vuelta de las elecciones al Senado en Georgia. peoplesworld.org Una razón crucial que está motivando a la gente obrera a hacer todo lo posible por ayudar a Jon Ossoff y al Rvdo. Raphael Warnock a ganar la segunda vuelta electoral por el Senado que se realizará en Georgia en enero es la ayuda federal a estados, ciudades, localidades y escuelas. Si Ossoff y Warnock …

Michael Berkowitz (2021-01-04). 'American Utopia': Still making sense. peoplesworld.org David Byrne and The Talking Heads' 1984 film Stop Making Sense was arguably the best and most consequential rock concert film of all time. His 2020 follow up, American Utopia, is even better. Byrne and director Spike Lee have combined to reexamine themes they both have explored individually over the years. They use music, movement, …

Utsa Patnaik (2021-01-04). The Global angle to the Farmer protests. mronline.org The farmers' movement for the repeal of the three farm laws which affect them closely but have been rammed through without consulting them, has now entered its second month.

Elliot Sperber (2021-01-04). The Invisible Shepherd. counterpunch.org The Invisible Shepherd Happy Twenty Twenty-one We need to hit the pharmacy and pick up some free calendars — the word you know's from Latin calendarium, account book that's a book of debts and book's from beech the tree of death — but, seriously Economy, the Nomos, springs Instead from trees of dogma All of

AEAWRWA (2021-01-04). The Messiah Awaits Our Coming…to the Realization That no Messiah is Coming to Save Us. counterpunch.org The Messiah awaits our coming to the realization that no Messiah is coming to save us. The Messiah is already here. Rather, they are already here. In fact countless Messiahs are everywhere, in every country. They are our children. But in the Christian world, one child, alone, is deemed special. In fact, he was recorded

Jonah Raskin (2021-01-04). The Real Chicago 8 Movie: R.G. Davis Gets it Right. counterpunch.org In January 1970, R.G. Davis, the founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and one of the fathers of guerrilla theater, filmed a 60-minute video with seven of the defendants in the Chicago Conspiracy Trial. Long buried, the film, titled "Chicago Conspiracy Eight," recently surfaced thanks to the Media Burn Archive. Unedited and uninterrupted, it can be viewed on Vimeo.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-04). Candidates wrap up campaigns today in Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Eds. (2021-01-04). American Imperialism: Crash Course U.S. History #28. mronline.org John Green teaches us about Imperialism.

José Tirado (2021-01-04). Like Falling Flowers. counterpunch.org While technically we have just begun winter, autumn is the season which presages decline. It is certainly why we also call it "the fall". The air begins to get chills, the leaves dry up, wither, and drop off trees. The flowers, too, fall and lay in jumbled heaps around once stirring little vistas which jolted

Peter Lownds (2021-01-04). A new year poem for Latin America, 'La Paciente'. peoplesworld.org Latin America lies on a hospital gurney after yet another amputation She trembles in shock from her Brazilian breast to her Andean rump The Mexican Gulf traces the profile of her head, thrown back in agony Her "Indian" hair has shaken loose from its mountainous comb of bone So that the thick braid of Central …

David Rovics (2021-01-04). An Open Letter to Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys (CC: ANTIFA). counterpunch.org Have you ever found yourself surrounded by masked rioters being chased by flag-waving patriots and thought, I've seen this movie before? I woke up this morning dreaming that I was speaking at one of your rallies. I thought then, well, if I probably won't be getting an invitation to speak at one of them, what

Eds. (2021-01-04). D-Econ's 2020 Alternative Reading List. mronline.org Here's a list of the top 12 books of the year to help us understand and address the economic, social, and ecological challenges the world is facing at the end of 2020, from the dynamic group of young economists at Diversifying and Decolonizing Economics (D-Econ, d-econ.org).

Global Research News (2021-01-04). Selected Articles: The Emergence of the Pandemic Industrial Complex. globalresearch.ca By This sit down interview with Catherine Austin Fitts covers the spectrum of the current situation we find ourselves in. It was conducted as …

The Canary (2021-01-04). 'Batch testing' is reportedly limiting how fast we can roll the coronavirus vaccine out. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has suggested the limiting factor in expanding the UK's coronavirus vaccine rollout is waiting for batches of the jab to be tested.Batch testing: Ministers have said the NHS has the capacity to deliver two million doses a week of the Oxford vaccine once it receives supplies from the manufacturers. The prime minister claims the issue is not supply or staff but waiting for batch approval.He said: We have the capacity, the issue is to do with supply of the vaccine. It's not so much a manufacturing issue although that's part of it. Each batch needs to be properly approved and quality controlled.(P…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-04). Education union defies the government as Matt Hancock is accused of gaslighting. thecanary.co The government's incompetence in dealing with the pandemic has reached new levels, as it continues to ignore unions and teachers and insists on keeping schools open. If the government has its way, millions of children are set to mix in schools over the coming days. | But headteachers are beginning to

Jasmine Norden (2021-01-04). Argentina legalises abortion in historic victory for reproductive rights. thecanary.co Argentina has The new law will allow abortions until the 14th week of pregnancy, where they were previously only allowed if the mother's health was at risk or if she had been raped. | The Argentine Senate voted in favour of the bill at the end of December, after the lower house did the

Daniel Hilton (2021-01-04). Tripoli academy still reeling a year after UAE attack in Libya. middleeasteye.net Tripoli academy still reeling a year after UAE attack in Libya | Survivors call for justice and relive painful memories of the drone strike on a military college that killed 26 unarmed youths | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 10: 39 | Brigadier General Khaled Ali Ahmed bin Omar stands at the site of the drone strike in a military academy in Tripoli (MEE/Daniel Hilton) | The blast hole has been filled in, the con…

MEE staff (2021-01-04). Saudi Arabia agrees to end blockade on Qatar, open airspace and land border. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia agrees to end blockade on Qatar, open airspace and land border | Kuwait's foreign minister announces preliminary agreement in a major step towards resolving the Gulf crisis | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 18: 45 | Saudi Arabia has lifted its land and air blockade on Qatar in a major step towards ending a Gulf rift that started more than three years ago when Riyadh and its allies imposed a siege on Doha. | Ku…

Ragip Soylu (2021-01-04). Top Turkish university scandalised by Erdogan's pick of new president. middleeasteye.net Top Turkish university scandalised by Erdogan's pick of new president | Appointment of a pro-government head of Bogazici University sparks widespread condemnation and clashes with the police | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 14: 49 | Bogazici University students hold a banner which reads 'We don't want a [government appointed] president' in a protest held on 4 January 2020 in Istanbul (MEE/Ragip Soylu) | A row over Tu…

John Foster (2021-01-04). Boris Johnson and the EU strike deal on a bosses' Brexit. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-04). 2020: Annus Horribilis, The Worst Is Yet to Come? Poverty, Unemployment, Despair. globalresearch.ca | For most Americans, 2020 was disastrous for their safety, well-being and future. | Unprecedented numbers of people lost jobs — a greater percent of working-age Americans than in the 1930s Great Depression. | Millions more became way underemployed earning poverty wages with …

Margaret Kimberley (2021-01-04). Master Biden Speaks. globalresearch.ca The civil rights groups' rather basic requests for voting rights protections and the need for federal intervention to address police brutality were minimized and dismissed by the president-elect. | Joe Biden is nothing if not consistent. He has always been an …

WSWS (2021-01-04). Curator of Earth Felt the Wound, site tracking US educators' deaths, speaks to the WSWS. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site interviewed the administrator of a new website tracking educator deaths since the return to school last fall.

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Open Arms Lands Eritrean Migrants in Sicily. telesurenglish.net The Italian authorities on Monday allowed the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms to dock in Porto Empedocle in Sicily to disembark the 265 sub-Saharan migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea a few days ago. | RELATED: | Among those saved are 63 minors, six babies under three years of age, and 14 women, one of whom is in the ninth month of pregnancy. | Doctors from the Office of Maritime Health (USMA…

Jack Rasmus (2021-01-04). What Happens January 6th, 20th & After? zcomm.org America's Continuing Crisis of Democracy…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-04). Assange Wins. The Cost: The Crushing of Press Freedom. commondreams.org The labeling of dissent as mental illness cannot be seen as a victory. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-01-04). Minneapolis police terrorize family after murdering their son. wsws.org In the first documented killing by Minneapolis police since the murder of George Floyd, 23-year-old Somali-American immigrant Dolal Idd was killed in a barrage of gunfire under murky circumstances.

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Taliban, US accuse each other of violating Doha peace deal. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The Taliban and the United States Monday accused each other of breaching the peace agreement signed between them last year in the Qatari capital. The Taliban said the US forces in the country were carrying out airstrikes in non-combat zones in the insurgent-controlled areas. The military forces returned the accusation, saying …

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Taliban trying to move leadership from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Kabul says. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The Taliban are looking to transfer its top leadership from Pakistan to Afghanistan, a strategy which has led to the insurgent group increasing its attacks in the country's south in order to increase the area under its control, Afghan intelligence claimed on Monday. Zia Sara, the director of the National Directorate …

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-01-04). Perfect storm gathers in Persian Gulf. peoplesdispatch.org On the first anniversary of the killing of the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in a targeted drone strike on January 3, 2020 that was approved by President Donald Trump, something was bound to happen. Tehran has regularly insisted that the killing has not yet been avenged. | And US officials have been especially nervous lately. The US flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf twice in December, in a show of force meant to deter Iran from attacking American or allied targets in the Middle East. | A senior US military official confirmed that the second flight last Wednesday by two Air Fo…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-04). Same Procedure as Every Year: The Story of "Dinner for One" counterpunch.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,

Norman Solomon (2021-01-04). In 2021, to Fight Neofascist Republicans, Fight Neoliberal Democrats. indybay.org Stop the economic wrecking crews…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Venezuela's New Assembly: the People's Hope for Economic Upturn. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's new National Assembly (AN) on Tuesday will be settled with the aim of promoting laws to confront the U.S. administration's hostile policy towards the Venezuelan government and people. | RELATED: | "The new lawmakers are our country's hope to begin a new cycle of dialogue and reconciliation," President Nicolas Maduro said as he called "disastrous" the outgoing Assembly. | The main challenges of the AN will be…

Dean Baker (2021-01-04). All in for $2K. counterpunch.org A few weeks ago I had exchanges with people on Twitter in which I argued against across the board payments to individuals. I was concerned that these were likely to come out of other provisions (most importantly unemployment insurance) in the pandemic relief package. Since most people have actually not seen their income cut from

WSWS (2021-01-04). Macron government refuses calls to cancel school reopenings as pandemic surges. wsws.org The Macron government has refused calls by medical specialists and teacher and parent groups for the cancellation or postponement of in-person classes.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Three-quarters of infected Memphis workers remained on the job after testing positive for coronavirus. wsws.org While the study by county health officials does not attempt to explain why so many people continued to work, the fact is that major corporations have continued to operate at close to full capacity during the height of the pandemic, resorting to lies and threats to keep workers on the job under unsafe conditions.

WSWS (2021-01-04). The political lessons of the pandemic and the fight for socialism in 2021. wsws.org The pandemic is a "trigger event" that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of the global capitalist system and is unleashing long-suppressed forces of social transformation.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education lays off educators, closes schools. wsws.org As with hundreds of other colleges and universities around the country, at PASSHE the pandemic has prompted massive shortfalls in revenue, compelling school officials to lay off faculty and staff and reduce educational opportunities for students.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-04). Christmas: a time for taking. greenleft.org.au The pandemic has thrown up many challenges for employers and employees, backpackers and farmers, writes Chris McCoomb.

Andrew Latham (2021-01-04). How 3 prior pandemics triggered massive societal shifts. zcomm.org Will the bumbling efforts of the open societies of the West to come to grips with the virus shattering already-wavering faith in liberal democracy, creating a space for other ideologies to evolve and metastasize?>

Repost from IGD, Not The Author (2021-01-04). SF: Claim Of Responsibility For Vandalism Of Pelosi Mansion. indybay.org Repost from It's Going Down:…

Cesar Chelala (2021-01-04). Donald Trump is Not Hungry. counterpunch.org Of one thing we can be sure. Donald Trump is not hungry. This is what the popular press -the occasional purveyor of fake news- tells us. And there is no reason not to believe it now, when it tells us that the EIC (Emperor-in-Chief) feasts on cheeseburgers and ice cream in his mansion of Mar-a-Lago.

Tara Lohan (2021-01-04). Midnight rush: 6 ways Trump trashed the environment during the holidays. nationofchange.org Trump's team continued its unprecedented onslaught on environmental regulations, with nearly a dozen new rollbacks or threats to public health, wildlife, clean air, public lands and the climate.

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Another Ex-Guerrilla Member Shot to Death in Caqueta, Colombia. telesurenglish.net A former member of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was shot to death by a group of armed men in Cartagena del Chaira municipality, Caqueta Department. | RELATED: | Duvan Arled, 34, was killed on Saturday night, minutes after he left a public establishment in the Antioquia neighborhood. The perpetrators fled after the attack. | The victim was taken to the municipality's hospital, where he later died due to the sev…

Rick Sterling (2021-01-04). I Observed Venezuela's Elections Firsthand: Here's What the US Media Got Wrong. mintpressnews.com Rick Sterling traveled to Venezuela in early December as part of a group of international election observers and says that some in the US media have gotten the story seriously wrong.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Opening of schools in Germany based on deliberate lies and deception. wsws.org The criminality with which the campaign to open schools has been conducted was recently demonstrated by the deliberate suppression of a study from Hamburg showing massive outbreaks were taking place within schools in Germany.

Alicia Ostriker (2021-01-04). Poems: 'Saving It' and 'Is This Real'. progressive.org

Pepe Escobar (2021-01-04). The Raging 2020s. Soleimani Geopolitics, One Year On. globalresearch.ca One year ago, The assassination of Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq's …

teleSUR (2021-01-04). India: Citizens Block Road To Protest Roof Collapse. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people on Monday protested against the Ghaziabad municipality, which they blame for the collapse of a roof at a crematorium that caused 24 deaths and 18 people injured. | RELATED: | The accident occurred in Muradnagar town, Uttar Pradesh state, on Sunday when dozens of people were sheltering from the rain under a shed. The roof collapse appears to have been caused by the negligence of municipal officials…

WSWS (2021-01-04). Autoworker crushed to death at Marion Stamping Plant in Indiana. wsws.org Mark McKnight, a highly skilled and careful worker, was 57 years old. Everybody liked him, a co-worker commented, "the nicest guy you could ever meet."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-04). Iraqis demand withdrawal of US troops on anniversary of killing of Soleimani, al-Muhandis. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of protesters gathered at Tahrir square in Baghdad after marching to the highway leading to the airport where Soleimani and Muhandis were killed last year. They demanded the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq…

The Global Research Team (2021-01-04). Global Research: The Power of Research and Analysis to Bring About Far-Reaching Change. We Need Your Support. globalresearch.ca For 2021, we encourage our readers to make research a priority and to spread word of their findings to others; to ask questions and not to settle for unsatisfactory answers; to make decisions based on what's proven rather than what's …

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Bolivia: Political Refugees Can Contest Subnational Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Constitutional Court ruled that candidates with asylum or political refugee status abroad may not be disqualified from competing in Feb. 7 sub-national elections, until a final decision is taken by relevant authorities on each case. | RELATED: | The ruling was approved taking into account a request submitted by Cochabamba lawmaker Freddy Gonzales on December 28, 2020. | He requested precautionary measure…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). China and Argentina To Strengthen 'Belt and Road' Cooperation. telesurenglish.net China's President Xi Jinping said that his country stands ready to work with Argentina to promote the development of the "Belt and Road" Initiative. | RELATED: | "Argentina could become the biggest economy in Latin America to join the Belt and Road Initiative," Buenos Aires Times commented, adding that such action that would allow President Alberto Fernandez to "deepen trade and investment ties with China even further."

Catherine Austin Fitts (2021-01-04). Planet Lockdown and US Dollar Hegemony: Catherine Austin Fitts. globalresearch.ca This sit down interview with Catherine Austin Fitts covers the spectrum of the current situation we find ourselves in. | It was conducted as apart of the full length documentary. | We are releasing the full interview for the betterment of public …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-04). Algerian court acquits three former Bouteflika regime officials, including his brother. peoplesdispatch.org In a setback to the popular Hirak resistance movement in Algeria, a court acquitted three officials of the erstwhile regime of ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, including his brother Said Bouteflika, multiple news outlets reported on January 2, Saturday. Bouteflika's regime was toppled by a popular revolution in 2019. Apart from the ex-president's brother, two powerful former spy chiefs, Mohamed Mediene and Bachir Tartag, were acquitted by the military appeals court on Saturday after a retrial cleared them of conspiracy charges. | The three had been sentenced to 15 years in prison in September 2019 after being c…

WSWS (2021-01-04). This week in history: January 4-10. wsws.org 25 years ago: First atoms of antimatter created On January 4, 1996, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) announced that a team of German and Italian scientists created the first complete atoms of antimatter, in an experiment carried out the previous September. Results were not made public until an independent check confirmed the findings. Professor Walter Oelert and an international team from Jàºlich IKP-KFA, Erlangen-Nuernberg University, GSI Darmstadt and Genoa University succeeded for the first time in history in synthesizing atoms of antimatter from their constituent antiparticles.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Australian Grosvenor Mine disaster inquiry further exposed as an official cover-up. wsws.org The judge heading the government's inquiry described the process as "compromised" and said that it may never establish the cause of the disaster.

Dean A. Strang (2021-01-04). Don't Abuse Clemency. Use it. progressive.org We are a weaker, meaner, less majestic nation when clemency and the values that inspire it wither.

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Ex-President Manuel Zelaya Decries Social Situation in Honduras. telesurenglish.net The Freedom and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) Coordinator and former Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya published a report on the social and economic situation in the country, which highlights the high levels of indebtedness to foreign institutions and the prevailing corruption. | RELATED: | Noting a three-year period of sustained output decline, the report pointed out that Gross Domestic Product (GDP) experienced a shar…

Shawgi Tell (2021-01-04). Charter Schools Have Fewer Nurses and More Inexperienced Teachers than Public Schools. dissidentvoice.org According to two recent U.S. government reports, private businesses like segregated charter schools have far fewer nurses and more inexperienced teachers than public schools: School Nurses in U.S. Public Schools (April 2020) and Characteristics of Public and Private Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States (April 2020). Both reports cover many years of …

Newsclick (2021-01-04). Life sciences in the last 20 years. peoplesdispatch.org Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the major developments in the last two decades in the field of life sciences, especially on the question of the origin of life…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-01-04). Video: Children of the Great Reset: If You Thought 2020 was a Bad Year, 2021 is Going to be FAR Worse! globalresearch.ca Sure, I could have written my last article for Health Impact News for the year 2020 with a look back on how terrible the year was, but looking forward to better times in 2021. Undoubtedly, that would have been a …

James O'Neill (2021-01-04). A Changing World, But the West Remains Locked in a Time Warp. dissidentvoice.org Western politicians in general, and the American and Australian versions are not exempted, are fond of using phrases such as "the rules-based international order." What they unfailingly really mean is the Western version of a rules-based order. The classic definition was set out in Wikipedia when it said: The rules based international order describes the …

Michael Hàºter (2021-01-04). Generation Betrayed. The Corona Regime in Schools. The Future of Our Children. globalresearch.ca "Protecting children from all dangers is my damned father's duty," sang Reinhard Mey. Our offspring currently need protection from the rigid corona regime in schools. | Serious damage is done to our sons and daughters through masking and social distance rules, …

WSWS (2021-01-04). German cultural institutions oppose government's anti—BDS resolution aimed at quashing criticism of Israel. wsws.org On December 9, 30 German cultural institutions issued a statement opposing a resolution passed by the Bundestag seeking to silence the BDS movement.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-01-04). Living in Dark Times: I Revolt, Therefore I Am! globalresearch.ca "Really, I live in dark times! The guileless word is foolish. (…) The laughing man has only not yet received the terrible news." This is how Bertolt Brecht's poem "An die Nachgeborenen" (To those born later) begins; published …

WSWS (2021-01-04). Opposition mounts in US over deadly rush to restart in-person schooling. wsws.org Tens of thousands of students are returning to schools in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida, and many other districts today, provoking widespread concern and opposition from teachers, support staff and parents.

Fight Back (2021-01-04). Political prisoner Facundo Molares wins freedom! fightbacknews.org Political prisoner Facundo Molares, an Argentinian photojournalist who was incarcerated by the Bolivian Añez regime, is now safely home in his native Argentina. | Molares was arrested during a violent incident between armed forces backing the coup d'etat and protests for democracy in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 19, 2019, two days after the unelected Añez government took over. Molares was documenting the confrontation for the magazine Centenario, but during this incident he had a health crisis and was rushed to the hospital. | The Añez coup regime arrested Facundo in his hospital bed. It is widely…

WSWS (2021-01-04). Popular music and the social crisis in 2020. wsws.org An examination of some of the most popular music in 2020 and its social backdrop.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-04). Google Workers Form Union to 'Promote Solidarity, Democracy, and Social and Economic Justice'. commondreams.org The tech titan "has a responsibility to its thousands of workers and billions of users to make the world a better place," two of the union's leaders wrote. "We can help build that world." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-04). Chicago Teachers Union Members Take Stand Against Unsafe School Conditions. commondreams.org "We're afraid for our lives. We don't want to lose our jobs. The fear of losing our jobs is real," said one teacher. "But the fear of this virus is greater than that fear." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-01-04). Sanders, Other Critics Denounce GOP Senators' Attempt to Undermine Election. truthout.org Eleven Republican senators and senators-elect drew accusations of "sedition" and "treason" on Saturday and Sunday when they released a statement Sen. Ted Cruz…

Staff (2021-01-04). Wall Street Mega-Landlord Blackstone Plans to Benefit From Another Crisis. truthout.org orBack in 2008, Blackstone emerged as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the subprime crisis, becoming a trailblazer in financializing rents. As that crisis went global, so too did Blackstone's property empire. By the time the dust had settled, it was the biggest commercial real estate company on the planet, Now, Blackstone wan…

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Shelter offers hope for homeless, at-risk members of Mexico's LGBT community. laprensalatina.com By Monica Rubalcava Mexico City, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Before discovering Casa Frida, Alex Navarro thought of shelters as uniformly hostile places. But three months after his arrival at that Mexico City-based refuge for at-risk members of the LGBTIQ+ community, he is deeply grateful to that civil association that sprung up during the health emergency and …

Rod Driver (2021-01-04). The Irrelevance of Human Rights in US and British Foreign Policy. globalresearch.ca "We have to reserve the right to bomb N…" (British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, 1932(1)) | Historical human rights abuses are not explained well in most school textbooks or by the mainstream media. They celebrate Columbus as an explorer, …

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Brazil to Import 2 Million Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) Sunday authorized the "exceptional import" of 2 million doses of the vaccine produced by Oxford University and the United Kingdom-based laboratory AstraZeneca. | RELATED: | The doses that will arrive in the country in the next days will not be supplied to the entire population. The immunizer will be used in emergencies, such as patients at high risk of dying due to the disease. | "More doses will…

Alexander Atanasov (2021-01-04). BREXIT: What Was Really Negotiated? counterpunch.org The United Kingdom has failed to sign a beneficial new trade agreement with the European Union. The future trade and political relations between the two sides will not serve any of the goals of the UK that are either rational or that fulfill the populist policies that exiting the EU was supposed to achieve. The

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-04). Imperial academic delivers Royal Institution Christmas Lecture. imperial.ac.uk Professor Chris Jackson's lecture took audiences back into deep geological time, charting how carbon dioxide controls the Earth's climate.

The Canary (2021-01-04). Stay-at-home lockdown — and school closures — announced for Scotland for January. thecanary.co Most of Scotland will be placed in lockdown from 5 January for the whole of January to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. | Lockdown 3: | The first minister said a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order will apply from 5 January to areas currently under Level 4 — mainland Scotland and Skye — with exemptions in place for carers, essential shopping, unlimited outdoor exercise, and being part of an extended household. | Schools and nurseries will remain closed to most pupils until February, meaning an additional two weeks of home learning for mos…

The Canary (2021-01-04). Hopes and sacrifices: Refugees share why they risked everything to reach the UK. thecanary.co People who have risked their lives by trying to cross from France to Britain have told the PA news agency how they faced violence, enslavement and were threatened at gunpoint. | Men, women and children have been charged thousands of pounds for spaces aboard tiny boats that are often unseaworthy and dangerous while others have stowed away in lorries. | Many have fled warzones and have experienced violence and torture as they travelled thousands of miles from their home countries in search of safety. | Over the course of 2020, the PA news agency sought to give voice to people who have crossed the English Channel in…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). EU reacts to increase of uranium enrichment level in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The European Union (EU) has reacted to Iran's decision to increase its uranium enrichment level, which was recently reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran, Russia preparing meeting on coronavirus vaccines: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Kazem Jalali said that Iran and Russia are preparing a personal meeting on cooperation in producing vaccines against the coronavirus.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Seizure of S. Korean tanker technical issue. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The spokesperson of the Iranian foreign ministry announced that the seizure of the South Korean tanker by Iran has only been based on technical issues.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Gen. Soleimani flag-bearer of fight against terrorism: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Brazil pointed to sacrifice and braveries of Iran's top commander martyr Lt. Gen. Soleimani and said that he stood firmly in the face of a global threat against international peace and security.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Russian official warns increased ISIL movements in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A Russian official noted that ISIL movements in east of Euphrates in Syria have increased significantly and termed areas outside control of Damascus as "tense" regions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran calls on Pakistan for increased anti-narcotics coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Anti-Narcotics Police said further strengthening of cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad is on the agenda, while Iran emphasizes stronger actions of the Pakistani side to combat narcotics.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Bushehr province exports near $2 billion in Q3. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A total of 7.32 million tons of non-oil goods worth $1.9 billion were exported from the ports of southern Bushehr province during the third quarter of the current Iranian current year (Sept. 21 to Dec. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran produces 20% enriched uranium in 12 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the Islamic Republic has produced 20% enriched uranium in 12 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran's measures reversible upon compliance by JCPOA members. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran's measures are fully reversible upon full compliance by all JCPOA participants.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran not to negotiate on missile, defense capabilities. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Stating that Iran will not negotiate on missile and defense capabilities, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the US should bear the responsibility for any adventurism in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). 9 dead, 4 wounded in terror attack on bus in Syria's Hama. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A terrorist attack on a bus in Hama, Syria, killed at least 9 civilians and wounded several others.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Presser of Iran' Foreign Ministry spox. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Spokesperson of the Iranian ministry of foreign affairs Saeed Khatibzadeh held a press conference on Monday morning, where he answered questions on a wide range of topics.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). 'Resistance stronger after Soleimani assassination'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Iranian Judiciary chief says the assassination of top anti-terror commander, Lt. General Ghasem Soleimani, made the resistance movement stronger than ever.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Jan. 04. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Monday, January 4.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). IAEA to report to Board of Governors on Iran's 20% enrichment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A spokesman for IAEA said that Rafael Grossi is expected to present a report on Iran's 20 percent uranium enrichment to members of the Board of Governors.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). KRG rep. says Gen. Soleimani helped Kurdistan to fight ISIL. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) representative in Tehran says that martyr. Gen. Qassem Soleimani helped Iraqi Kurdistan by sending weapons and military advisers to defeat ISIL.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). US reacts to seizure of S. Korean tanker by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A spokesman for the US Department of Defense reacted to the seizure of a South Korean tanker by Iranian forces and noted that Pentagon is aware of this issue.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). S. Korea demands immediate release of tanker seized by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — South Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Monday that a South Korean chemical tanker had been seized by Iranian authorities in the waters off Oman, and demanded its immediate release.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iranian 'Am I a Wolf?' joins 2021 Oscar Academy Awards list. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Iranian animation "Am I a Wolf? " directed by Amir Hoshang Moeen has managed to enter the final list of 2021 Oscar Academy Awards animated short films.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). 'Resistance groups in region ready for revenge'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — One of Hashd al-Shaabi's commanders announced on Mon. that all resistance groups in the region are ready for revenge.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Politician says Assad rejected US offer on Golan Heights. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A senior Lebanese politician says that the United States and the Zionist regime had made an offer to the Syrian president to renounce the occupied Golan, but he rejected it.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Martyrdom anniv. of martyrs of Resistance marked in Nigeria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Supporters of Nigerian Muslim Leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky marked 1st martyrdom anniversary of Iran's top commander Gen. Soleimani and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Nigeria on Mon.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Tehran ready to negotiate with Riyadh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Stating that Iran welcomes any attempt to bridge the gap among regional neighbors, the Iranian envoy to Kuwait expressed Iran's readiness to discuss any disputes and crises with Riyadh via peaceful and formal negotiations.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran seizes S. Korean-flagged tanker in Persian Gulf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran has seized a South Korean flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). West refusing to unfreeze Caracas funds for vaccine purchase. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Venezuelan President says the EU nations and the United States have refused Venezuela's request to unfreeze its assets so that the sanctions-hit country could purchase a coronavirus vaccine.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Army to hold large-scale drone exercise. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The first joint and large drone combat exercise of the Army with the participation of hundreds of operational drones of the different sections of the force will be held in Semnan for two days.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). US seeks disintegration of regional countries. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the disintegration of regional countries is the main purpose of the US.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Soleimani assassination unlawful under human rights law. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions Agnes Callamard | believes martyrdom of the IRGC Cmdr. Lt. Gen Soleimani by the US has been unlawful under human rights law.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Soleimani tactics thwarts US, Zionist Regime plots in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A military advisor to the Leader said that General Soleimani had a crucial role in the US failure in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Zionist Regime defeat in the 33-Day War against Lebanese Hezbollah.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran missile program must be 'on the table' for JCPOA talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Jake Sullivan, Biden's incoming national security adviser, says Iran's missile program should be on the table when talking about probable US's return to the nuclear deal.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment at Fordow facility. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran has started the process of producing uranium with 20% enrichment at Fordow facility, said the government spokesman.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Netanyahu reacts to resumption of 20% enrichment by Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — In his latest baseless claim, Zionists' Netanyahu said Iran's resumption of 20 percent uranium enrichment is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). US presence in West Asia has come to its ending days: IMN. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) issued a statement on the occasion of 1st martyrdom anniversary of Gen. Soleimani, stating that US presence in West Asia has reached its ending days.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). 200 US military vehicles arrived at Ain al-Asad Airbase. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — An Iraqi security source reported the arrival of 200 US military vehicles and trucks with the support of the US Air Force at the Ain al-Asad Airbase in Iraq's Al-Anbar Governorate.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran embassy in Japan to hold seminar on Gen. Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — On the occasion of the first martyrdom anniversary of Lt. Gen. Soleimani, the Cultural Counselor of the Iranian Embassy in Japan will hold a virtual seminar of "Introduction of the national hero of Iran, Gen. Qasem Soleimani".

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). A bomb explodes on route of a US-coalition convoy in N Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Some Iraqi sources reported that a bomb has exploded on the path of a convoy belonging to the so-called International Coalition against ISIL in northern Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Police confiscate over 1 ton of narcotics in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have seized over one ton of illicit drugs in a single operation.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). IAEA confirms start of enriching uranium up to 20%: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed the start of enriching uranium up to 20%.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). New explosion near Saudi forces HQ in S. Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Two successive explosions, followed by gunfire, rocked the vicinity of the Saudi force's headquarters in the Yemeni governorate of Abyan on Monday, hours after a similar explosion yesterday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran, Russia & Turkey cooperating to push US aside. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — A Zionist newspaper wrote in a report that Iran, Turkey, and Russia are cooperating with one another against the influence and presence of the US in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-04). Iran's nuclear program fully transparent, verifiable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna noted that Iran's nuclear program is fully transparent and verifiable.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Sri Lanka online lecture: "Two hundred years since the birth of Friedrich Engels" wsws.org The lecture is based on the WSWS article on the 200th anniversary of birth of Friedrich Engels.

WSWS (2021-01-04). Sri Lanka webinar: Education safety committee to discuss the fight against unsafe school reopenings. wsws.org Urgent action must be taken to save lives, and secure the right to education, against the Rajapakse government's hazardous return-to-work policies.

Timothy Pratt (2021-01-04). Latino Voters Show How Far Georgia Has Come. thenation.com Latino Voters Show How Far Georgia Has Come…

Joan Walsh (2021-01-04). The Georgia Senate Runoff Races Are Too Wild to Call. thenation.com The Georgia Senate Runoff Races Are Too Wild to Call…

teleSUR (2021-01-04). Chile: Piñera Seeks To Redeem Himself With Victims of Crime. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Sunday signed a bill that seeks to implement a new institutional framework to strengthen victims' access to justice in case of human rights violations. | RELATED: | The project creates the National Service for Access to Justice (SNAJ) and an Ombudsman's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), thus unifying other existing legal defense public organizations and specialized aid programs such as "My Lawyer" (fo…

_____ (2021-01-04). Black Inmates Begin 2021 With Uprising In Saint Louis Justice Center. popularresistance.org Saint Louis, MO – It is a custom in the City of Saint Louis and other predominantly New Afrikan cities to welcome a new year by firing into the air. The coming of the New Year 2021 saw the most oppressed of our people improve on this popular custom by initiating a struggle against atrocious conditions at the Saint Louis "Justice" Center. This justice center downtown is directly across from the hideous faux-gothic, soot stained monstrosity of City Hall, and it is not lost on many who enter the doors of either building that one feeds the other. The City needs Black people incarcerated because, as Huey P. Newton and…

_____ (2021-01-04). This Book Turns Everything You Thought You Knew About North Korea Upside Down. popularresistance.org In the United States today, North Korea is the standard reference point for modern-day totalitarianism: a land of darkness that is considered a dangerous security threat because of the development of nuclear missiles capable of striking the U.S. | A.B. Abrams' new book, Immovable Object: North Korea's 70 Years at War with American Power (Clarity Press, 2020), shows that the common perceptions in the U.S. of North Korea are mostly wrong. | Though the Kim dynasty has ruled through autocratic methods, it has also adopted rational and at times intelligent policies, which have enabled North Korea to weather unpreceden…

_____ (2021-01-04). The ABC's Of Google's New Union. popularresistance.org Google workers have organized for pay equity, opposed unethical uses of machine learning, protested sexual assault, and more. Our small team at Collective Action in Tech has been archiving these organizing events for years. Now the workers of Google's parent company, Alphabet, are building worker power through a non-contract union they've named The Alphabet Workers Union. | This isn't the first time Google workers are unionizing. In 2017, Security guards at Google and Facebook had their union recognized and fought through a long contract negotiation. In 2019, Google cafeteria staff employed by vendor Bon Appetit…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-04). Sunday 1/24: How to Change the World in One Generation – DxE Intro Workshop. indybay.org Online Zoom at us02web.zoom.us/j/84012361059

David Giesen (2021-01-04). Friday 1/8: Murder in the Cathedral. indybay.org zoom.us/j/95613504135?pwd=VUZicnpGMXlMOS…

Michael Harris (2021-01-04). Friday 1/15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2021 Birthday Celebration. indybay.org MLK Library | 24th Street Bypass | Sacramento, CA…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-01-04). Thursday 1/28: Jerald Walker & Kevin Cartwright: Zoom Event: How to Make a Slave and Other Essays. indybay.org Online webinar…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-01-04). Monday 1/25: Claire Wasserman & Her Father, Steve Wasserman: 'Ladies Get Paid'. indybay.org Online webinar…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-04). Saturday 1/16: Meetup: What's Next for the Right to Rescue. indybay.org Online Zoom at dxe.io/meetupzoom…

Lisa Becker, Alex Demirivic & Horst Kahrs (2021-01-04). Easing into a New Normality of the Crisis. indybay.org With the intertwining of the Corona and economic crises, massive distribution struggles are already looming. Society, in a collective effort to prevent illness, has downsized its economic activity. This collective decision must not serve to enrich a few. The radical taxation of the great fortunes is an indispensable moment to face the Corona crisis.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-01-04). Thursday 2/4: Daina Ramey Berry & Kali Nicole Gross: Black Women's History of the US. indybay.org Online webinar…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-04). Tuesday 1/12: Together Against Factory Farming – January Day of Action. indybay.org Capitol Mall & 9th St Sacramento, CA 95814…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-04). Saturday 1/30: Meetup: Stories from the Community. indybay.org Online Zoom at dxe.io/meetupzoom…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-01-04). Tuesday 1/19: Poets Martin Espada & Dennis Bernstein: A Zoom Event: Floaters. indybay.org Online webinar…

Hunter (2021-01-04). All living former defense secretaries condemn GOP attempts to overturn election, involve military. zcomm.org That is was felt to be necessary, by all signatories, is a shocking reflection of how close even top past military officials believe the nation to be to a potentially violent coup…

Robert R. Raymond (2021-01-04). 2020's Legislative Attacks on Gig Workers Will Change Labor Forever. zcomm.org The nature of gig-work is often quite atomizing, but the coming together of these workers to join in a collective struggle demonstrates that they aren't going to take it sitting down.

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Sudan warns of spike in Ethiopian refugees as Tigray conflict renewed. laprensalatina.com Khartoum, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The flow of Ethiopian refugees fleeing an armed conflict in Tigray into Sudan has increased over the past few days as the violence has flared up, Sudanese authorities said on Monday. Ethiopian government forces have been fighting the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in the region bordering Eritrea since 4 November. …

news.un (2021-01-04). World Braille Day highlights importance of accessible information. news.un.org The United Nations is commemorating World Braille Day on Monday, highlighting the importance of the universal touch-based communication system for the full realization of human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Malaysian coroner rules that Irish teen Nora Quoirin died by 'misadventure'. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The judicial investigation into the death of Nora Quoirin, a French-Irish teenager who died in Malaysia last year after going missing on a family holiday, ruled on Monday that she died by "misadventure" without the involvement of others. The coroner, Maimoonah Aid, ruled out homicide, natural death, and suicide at the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Protests held in Indian city after roof collapse at funeral kills 24. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of people on Monday held a protest in the Indian city of Muradnagar, situated in the northern Uttar Pradesh province, demanding action a day after at least 24 people were killed and 18 injured when the roof of a crematorium collapsed during a funeral. The accident has been linked …

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Coronavirus found on auto parts from Daimler factory in China. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Authorities have found coronavirus on auto parts shipped from an accessories department of a subsidiary of the German firm Daimler in Beijing, according to a media report published on Monday. The virus had survived on the parts for a long time due to the cold weather. It was detected when …

Online News Editor (2021-01-04). Coronavirus vaccines roll out across EU, although too slowly for some. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Coronavirus vaccines were being rolled out across the European Union, although some countries are facing criticism that the distribution and administration of the jabs is taking too long. FRANCE French President, Emmanuel Macron, will lead a special government meeting on Monday to assess delays in the coronavirus vaccination campaign and …