2021-01-05: News Headlines

Fight Back (2021-01-05). Kenosha, WI: Rally, march demands justice for Jacob Blake 1 day before DA's verdict. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – Activists from multiple southeastern Wisconsin organizations gathered Monday, January 4, blocks from downtown Kenosha, to hear from Jacob Blake's family and demand justice. The gathering came together in response to the upcoming decision from Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley on whether Rusten Sheskey will be charged with any kind of crime. Sheskey is the officer who shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times in August, which sparked a week of protest in Kenosha and surrounding areas. | Protesters stopped along the way to hand out handwarmers to fight the cold and hear from Jacob Blake's fami…

Staff (2021-01-05). Proud Boys Leader Arrested for Burning BLM Banner at Black Church. truthout.org As thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., to join far right protests over the election results Wednesday, the leader of the Proud Boys hate group, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested on property destruction charges for burning a Black Lives Matter banner off a historically Black church during similar protests last month. Many churches have requested extra protection, and the Metropolitan AME Church is suing the Proud Boys. "Sadly, our nation has a very dark and sordid history of targeting historic…

Staff (2021-01-05). "Medical Apartheid": Israeli Vaccine Drive Excludes Millions of Palestinians in Occupied Territories. democracynow.org Israel has administered COVID-19 vaccines faster than any country in the world, with more than 14% of Israelis receiving vaccines so far. Despite the fast rollout, human rights groups are expressing alarm over Israel's decision not to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, where about 1,500 people have died during the pandemic. Israel has defended its actions citing the Oslo Peace Accords, which put Palestinian authorities in charge of healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian officials are facing a number of hurdles in launching their own vaccine campaign, including a shortage of mone…

Gloria La Riva (2021-01-05). Julian Assange wins victory as extradition denied. liberationnews.org The U.S. government has pursued Assange since at least 2012, for his work exposing hundreds of thousands of U.S. military and intelligence documents and video that show outright war crimes, included targeted murders of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Julian Assange verdict: Good day for human rights, bad day for journalism. peoplesdispatch.org Renata Avila talks about the verdict in the Julian Assange extradition trial. She says that while it was historic in being the first positive verdict from UK courts in 10 years, the implications for journalism are dangerous due to the statements the judge made…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-05). Dietro il verdetto di Londra su Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Da un processo ingiusto — quello di Londra a Julian Assange, fondatore di WikiLeaks — è scaturita una sentenza che a prima vista appare giusta: la non-estradizione del giornalista negli Stati uniti, dove lo attende una condanna a 175 anni …

_____ (2021-01-05). Assange Wins. The Cost: Press Freedom Is Crushed. popularresistance.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 Assange's case in the spotlight, even as the US and UK corporate media worked so strenuously to keep it in darkness, are the heroes of the day. They made the price too steep for Baraitser or the British establishment to agree to lock Assange away indefinitely in the US for exposing its war crimes and its…

Pablo Navarrete (2021-01-05). #TheCanaryLive — Julian Assange extradition hearing decision: what next? thecanary.co On the day a UK court ruled that Julian Assange will

RT (2021-01-05). Journalists Angered by Assange Ruling. dissidentvoice.org A London court has ruled against those seeking Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's extradition to the US. Assange is charged with 17 counts of espionage as well as hacking.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-05). The Julian Assange Extradition Verdict. globalresearch.ca The barrister-brewed

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-05). "It's not as bad as Iwo Jima, I suppose": The Julian Assange Extradition Verdict. dissidentvoice.org The barrister-brewed humour of Edward Fitzgerald QC, one of the solid and stout figures defending a certain Julian Assange of WikiLeaks at the Old Bailey in London, was understandable. Time had worn and wearied the parties, none more so than his client. Fitzgerald had asked for water, but then mused that its absence could hardly …

Norman Solomon (2021-01-05). In 2021, the best way to fight Neofascist Republicans is to fight Neoliberal Democrats. nationofchange.org What's imperative for progressives is not to "speak truth to power" but to speak truth about power — and to drastically change an economic system that provides humongous wealth to a very few and worsening misery to the countless many.

Norman Solomon (2021-01-05). In 2021, to Fight Neofascist Republicans, Fight Neoliberal Democrats. indybay.org Stop the economic wrecking crews…

Alison Bodine (2021-01-05). Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America. globalresearch.ca The people of Venezuela have dealt another decisive blow against U.S. domination in Latin America. On December 6, 2020, more than 6.2 million Venezuelans voted for a new National Assembly in what was Venezuela's 25 election in the 21 …

Carla Stea (2021-01-05). Full Spectrum Dominance: UN General Assembly Voting Reveals the Truth. globalresearch.ca The final most important UN General Assembly resolutions were just voted on in December, and, the voting is incredibly significant. The United States (and Israel or Ukraine) opposed almost every constructive resolution just adopted. It is truly shameful, and although …

_____ (2021-01-05). I Observed Venezuela's Elections Firsthand. popularresistance.org On election day, Sunday, December 6, we began a tour of election sites. Typically, the voting takes place at a school, with five to ten classrooms designated as "mesas," and each voter goes to his or her designated mesa." | The voting process was quick and efficient, with bio-safety sanitation at each step. Voters first showed their identity cards and confirmed their identity with fingerprint recognition. Step two was to cast a ballot on a touchscreen computer and receive a paper receipt. Step three was to verify that the receipt matches the voting choice and deposit the receipt in a ballot box. Finally, voters w…

Staff (2021-01-05). "This Is Voter Suppression": 198,000 Georgia Residents Were Illegally Purged from Voter Rolls. democracynow.org As voters in Georgia cast their ballots in two key runoff races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, voting rights activists fear many eligible voters will be turned away at the polls. Georgia has been called "ground zero" for Republican voter suppression efforts in the U.S., and in September the ACLU of Georgia revealed 198,000 voters had been wrongly purged from the voting rolls. We air a report into voting in Georgia by investigative journalist Greg Palast, narrated by the actress Debra Messing, and speak with voting rights activist LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. "I think…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Iran's decision to raise uranium enrichment level is expected, say Russia, China. peoplesdispatch.org Iran announced on Monday that it has started enriching uranium to up to 20% as per the law passed by its parliament in November and according to the provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal…

Elizabeth Perry (2021-01-05). Debating Maoism in Contemporary China. globalresearch.ca Xi Jinping's frequent references to Mao Zedong, along with Xi's own claims to ideological originality, have fueled debate over the significance of Maoism in the PRC today. | The discussion recalls an earlier debate, at the height of the Cold War, …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran pursuing active resistance strategy stronger than before. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Referring to the failure of Trump's maximum pressure policy, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that Iran is pursuing a strategy of active resistance stronger than before.

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2021-01-05). Why the Biden Administration Must Abolish the Death Penalty. progressive.org Trump's increase in federal executions exposes the racism, classism, inability to deter crime, and high cost of capital punishment.

Paige Fernandez (2021-01-05). Black Life Deserves More Than Meaningless Commissions. aclu.org This weekend the Trump administration released

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Democrats will not take the White House: Trump. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — US President Donald Trump, in continuation of his baseless election claims, insisted that he and his allies will keep fighting, saying that Democrats will not take the White House.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). 'Hands on trigger': Iran ready to counter any threat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Reacting to Trump's adventurism in the region, a top Iranian commander said the country's armed forces are ready to counter any external threat that aims to undermine the Islamic Republic's peace and security.

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). China authorizes clinical trials of new vaccine based on mRNA technology. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Chinese pharma major Tibet Rhodiola on Tuesday said the anti-coronavirus vaccine it is developing with Stemirna Therapeutics has got approval from China's drug regulator for clinical trials. The company said in a statement that the National Medical Products Administration has allowed it to carry the tests "as planned." However, the company …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Georgia official accuses Trump of undermining faith in elections. laprensalatina.com Washington DC, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Poll authorities in Georgia have accused outgoing President Donald Trump of "undermining" the faith of voters in the electoral system ahead of a key election in the state. One of the top election officials directed harsh criticism at the president on Monday, two days after Trump asked Georgia's Secretary of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). US Senate control up for grabs in Georgia runoffs. laprensalatina.com Washington, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Voters in Georgia are heading to the polls on Tuesday in two pivotal Senate elections, a pair of runoff contests that will determine control of the upper chamber of the United States Congress in the first two years of President-elect Joe Biden's administration. Both outgoing President Donald Trump, a Republican, and …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). China vaccinates thousands before Lunar New Year festivities. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- China is vaccinating thousands of people every day ahead of the Lunar New Year on 12 February as part of a nationwide scheme to vaccinate 50 million people before the holiday, considered the busiest annual travel period in the world. Beijing, which continues to see small outbreaks of the virus, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Valentino art show draws visitors in Shanghai. laprensalatina.com Italian fashion brand Valentino has an art installation on display at Shanghai's Power Station of Art museum until 17 January. The exhibit in China titled 'Re-Signify Part One Shanghai' features pieces from current Maison Valentino collections as well as its archives. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer Alex Plaveski…

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Pakistan's top court orders reconstruction of Hindu temple razed by Islamists. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered the reconstruction of a temple of the marginalized Hindu minority that had been destroyed by an Islamist mob last week, after which more than a hundred people have been arrested and 92 police officers suspended over the incident. "The Chief Justice (Gulzar Ahmed) …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). 'Red Notice' request against Trump submitted to Interpol. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The request to issue a 'Red Notice' against Trump and some other criminals was submitted to Interpol.

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Trump repeats election fraud claims in Georgia rally for crucial Senate races. laprensalatina.com By Lucia Leal Washington, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump turned a campaign rally for two critical Senate runoffs in Georgia into an act of defense as he reiterated his debunked claims of fraud in the Nov.3 presidential election and veiled threats on the peaceful transfer of power in the United States. Both Trump and …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Democrats ask FBI to investigate Trump for trying to manipulate poll results. laprensalatina.com Washington DC, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Two Democratic lawmakers asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday to open an investigation against outgoing President Donald Trump for pressuring the top election official in Georgia to reverse the outcome of the state's elections in his favor. In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Ted …

Jaklevic M. (2021-01-05). Surgeon Fills COVID-19 Testing Gap in Philadelphia's Black Neighborhoods. jamanetwork.com In this Medical News article, Ala Stanford, MD, founder of Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium, explains how she established COVID-19 testing sites for the city's Black residents.

Campo R, New E. (2021-01-05). The Art of Losing—3 Poems for the COVID-19 Pandemic. jamanetwork.com This Arts and Medicine essay features 3 poems—Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," Marilyn Chin's "Hospital in Oregon," and Edward Hirsch's "What the Last Evening Will Be Like"—as sources of wisdom and insight in the turmoil and pain of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philip Giraldi (2021-01-05). A New Year's Wish: Let's Remove Israel from American politics. globalresearch.ca There has been one good thing about the COVID-19 virus — for the first time many among the general public are beginning to ask why a rich country like Israel should be getting billions of dollars from the United States …

Global Research News (2021-01-05). Video: Ontario Death Count includes People who didn't die of COVID-19. globalresearch.ca The following report (excerpts) was published in early October 6, 2020 by the Toronto Sun. The report confronts the legitimacy of the policies which are now being enforced in the province. | Below are excerpts of the Toronto Sun report by …

Bill Meyer (2021-01-05). The best films of DOC NYC 2020. peoplesworld.org It's been a strange and difficult year for film festivals, let alone for everything else! The excitement of gathering together to celebrate the awe and wonder of cinema along with the directors, actors, and crew—is not happening this year. But there is at least one benefit to the COVID quarantine: You can now attend many …

Fight Back (2021-01-05). Chandler educators win demands: "Organizing for power works!" fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – As the state of Arizona reached the highest rate in the world of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, hundreds of Arizona educators prepared a sick-out to demand two weeks of virtual learning. In the Chandler School District, the educator's union's consistent organizing efforts achieved big wins. | To start, in late December they demanded the school board hold an emergency meeting January 4 to discuss updated COVID numbers and plan for virtual learning options. That was the first win as the board met that night and heard concerns from community and educators. The power of the union and…

Beau Peters (2021-01-05). Social Issues and Homeownership for All. dissidentvoice.org Image source Homeownership is the traditional cornerstone of the American Dream. Yet for millions of people across the nation, who may have poor credit scores and earn less than a living wage, the possibility of homeownership has long been out of reach, even before the COVID pandemic. Today, with COVID serving as yet another barrier …

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-05). Draconian NY Police State Assembly Bill: Indefinite Detainment of "Disease Carriers" globalresearch.ca Draconian NY State Assembly Bill A416 calls for indefinitely detainment of residents considered to be "disease carriers (sic)." | It's aimed at seasonal flu/influenza, diabolically disguised as covid. | It's all-about wanting to eliminate fundamental freedoms on the phony pretext of …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Daily deaths turned two-digit after some 6 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry reported double-digit Covid-19 deaths in the country, confirming 6,113 COVID-19 infections and 98 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran detects first UK variant of COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran has registered its first case of a highly contagious coronavirus variant that emerged in Britain.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran ready to test advanced generation of COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Virology Research Director of Pasteur Institute of Iran said the the country is ready to enter human test in advanced generation of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine.

Nadda Osman (2021-01-05). Covid-19: Egypt health minister under fire for attending wedding amid pandemic. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Egypt health minister under fire for attending wedding amid pandemic | Social media users have contrasted the minister violating lockdown measures with the dire state of Egypt's overwhelmed hospitals | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 11: 47 | The large wedding was compared to scenes of hospitals and medical staff facing shortages in Egypt (Screengrab/Twitter) | Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed has come und…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-01-05). The UK is Out of the EU, But the Balance of Power in Europe has Tipped Permanently Against It. counterpunch.org The view from the top of the Western Heights, the great fortified hill overlooking Dover, has the advantage of taking in many of the key features shaping life in Britain in the age of Brexit and Covid-19. The most important of these is the proximity of the French coast, glittering on the horizon 22 miles away, a fact of geography that will continue to determine what happens in Britain more than any trade deal or withdrawal agreement with the EU.

Staff (2021-01-05). "Last Responders" Are Bracing for a Surge in COVID Deaths Across US. truthout.org Funeral director Kevin Spitzer has been overwhelmed with covid-related deaths in the small city of Aberdeen, South Dakota. | He and his two colleagues at the Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home have been working 12-15 hours a day, seven days a week, to keep up with the demand in the community of 26,000. The funerals are sparsely attended, which would have been unthinkable before the pandemic. | "We had a funeral for a younger man one recent Saturday, and not 20 people came, because most everyone was just afraid…

The Canary (2021-01-05). Foodbanks at risk of closure due to new coronavirus strain. thecanary.co Independent foodbanks are at risk of closure due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant and are calling on the government to provide cash to hungry families to "protect public health". | The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) has written to the prime minister calling on him to give struggling families money to reduce food bank reliance over the new year lockdown. | The letter says that distribution of emergency parcels "cannot address worsening poverty" and with the number of infections rising "could well contribute to the spread of Covid-19". | Meanwhile, the need to self-isolate could mean services reduc…

RT (2021-01-05). Conspiracy theorist pharmacist who sabotaged Covid-19 vaccines claims they're 'not safe for people' and could 'change their DNA'. rt.com Wisconsin pharmacist Stephen Brandenburg is a self-confessed "conspiracy theorist" who destroyed over 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine as he thought they would change people's DNA, according to both the police and his wife. | Brandenburg was arrested on December 31 for allegedly sabotaging more than 500 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, stored at the Advocate Aurora Health Hospital, believing they were unsafe for humans. | There is no evidence to suggest the vaccine alters human DNA in any way. Many vaccines use altered forms of viruses to train the immune system to fight off the real-life pathogens but d…

Stowe J, Smith H, Thurland K, et al. (2021-01-05). Stillbirths During the COVID-19 Pandemic in England, April-June 2020. jamanetwork.com This study uses National Health Service data to compare the stillbirth rate overall and regionally during the initial April-June 2020 coronavirus lockdown vs the same period in 2019.

_____ (2021-01-05). Polarization, Then A Crash: Michael Hudson On The Rentier Economy. popularresistance.org I'm delighted to have Michael Hudson join us today. He'll be discussing how under a neoliberal shift from industrial to finance capitalism, today's most pressing economic conflict is not simply between labor and employers. It's a conflict in which rentier interests have the upper hand over labor, industry and government together. This is the political economy in which the COVID-19 economic shock is playing out with dire consequences. Michael Hudson is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. Michael Huds…

Peter J Hotez (2021-01-05). [Commentary] Vaccinating cassandra. thelancet.com Receiving the first of two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was a more emotional experience than I anticipated. I'm a vaccinologist co-leading a team of scientists developing a potential recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine for global health [1]. Vaccine production, manufacture, and distribution is led by Biological E (BioE) in India where it is being widely tested, with the aspirational goal that it might fill an urgently needed gap in low-cost COVID-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries [2].

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-05). The GSK — Pfizer Multibillion Dollar Global Vaccine Monopoly. globalresearch.ca It's Big Pharma, It's Big Money. It's the multibillion dollar global vaccine market. | In August 2019, five months before the onslaught of the Covid-19 crisis, two of the largest Worldwide Pharma conglomerates decided to join hands in a strategic relationship …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Mexico receives 1st Pfizer vaccine shipment of 2021. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The year's first shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech anti-Covid vaccine arrived in Mexico on Tuesday, 53,605 doses earmarked to immunize healthcare personnel in Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila. "This brief ceremony, the first of the year, keeps us united with everyone, and I remind you: everyone will get …

Santa Cruz News (2021-01-05). 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.)…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-01-05). Covid Is an Orchestration for Serving an Agenda: The Destruction of Freedom, The Imposition of Digital Money. globalresearch.ca The accumulated evidence is overwhelming that Covid is an orchestration the purpose of which is to eliminate human autonomy and make the concept of freedom a dirty word that will bring you Covid illness and death. | As physical currency is …

news.un (2021-01-05). WHO chief begins 2021 with plea for 'less politicking' over health. news.un.org In a race to "save lives, livelihoods and end this pandemic", the head of the UN heath agency said on Tuesday that it was important to remember COVID-19 was just one of a number of major disease outbreaks facing communities across the world.

news.un (2021-01-05). FROM THE FIELD: Weathering a tourist downturn in Kyrgyzstan. news.un.org The residents of a small traditional village high in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, which once attracted a steady stream of visitors, are learning how to adapt to the reality of a world where the COVID-19 pandemic has all but frozen out the opportunities provided by tourism.

Rick Sterling (2021-01-05). Who to Believe about Venezuela's Election? US Meddling. globalresearch.ca In early December I travelled to Venezuela to be an election observer at their national assembly election. I was part of a group of eight persons from Canada and US organized by CodePink. There were about two hundred international observers …

Derrick Broze (2021-01-05). Video: The Darkest Winter (2020). globalresearch.ca This text was originally published on October 28, 2020 shortly before the US November elections. | This message is for anyone who has concerns about the upcoming U.S. elections, the potential for chaos and civil unrest, or those who fear what …

Rick Sterling (2021-01-05). Who to believe about Venezuela's election? Firsthand observation or PBS Newshour? dissidentvoice.org In early December I travelled to Venezuela to be an election observer at their national assembly election. I was part of a group of eight persons from Canada and US organized by CodePink. There were about two hundred international observers in total, including the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts. I have previously been an official …

Global Research News (2021-01-05). Selected Articles: Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America. globalresearch.ca By On election day, Sunday December 6, we visited many different elections sites. Typically, the election voting takes place at a school, with five or ten …

news.un (2021-01-05). Central African Republic: Respect final results of the election, UN and partners urge. news.un.org Senior officials from the United Nations and regional organizations have called on all political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to respect the final results of the recent presidential elections, and to settle any disputes peacefully and in accordance with the country's laws.

Karen Conner (2021-01-05). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the December Jobs Report. cepr.net (The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, January 8th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) Soaring coronavirus infection rates are likely to be the main story in the employment report in December. Fear of the pandemic, coupled with new state and local restrictions, has led to a fall in …

Al Neal (2021-01-05). People's World dispatch from the coronavirus lockdown in the UK. peoplesworld.org Editor's note: People's World's Al Neal is on lockdown now in the UK from where he will be covering life, work, and politics in England's pandemic era. This is the first of his dispatches. EAST SUSSEX, England—The early morning light greets with a burst of frigid sea air and sodden rooftops dotted across East Sussex. …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-05). Chicago coronavirus conflict: Parents vs. the school board. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—The continuing nationwide conflict over reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic is pitting Chicago's parents, teachers, and students, who don't want to reopen for in-person learning until it's safe to do so, against the school system's big boss, Chancellor Janice Jackson, the Chicago Public Schools board and city Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who appointed both. But …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Armenian economic, trade delegation to visit Iran next month. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A high-level delegation from the public and private sectors, headed by the Armenian Minister of Economy, will travel to Tehran early next month to advance trade and economic goals, announced an Iranian official at TPO.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-05). Google workers organize innovative new type of union with CWA. peoplesworld.org Using innovations to attract their colleagues—everyone from software engineers to outside "contractors"—a committed group of Google workers has taken on the task, aided and encouraged by the Communications Workers of America, of organizing the high-tech behemoth. And its size and reach means they're working around the restrictions U.S. labor law puts on organizing drives, Chewy …

Yancy CW, Bauchner H. (2021-01-05). Diversity in Medical Schools—Need for a New Bold Approach. jamanetwork.com In this issue of JAMA, Montgomery Rice details the wrenching history of Black men and women and medical education and the many challenges still thwarting the long-standing goal of increasing diversity in US medical schools. From her purview as dean at Morehouse School of Medicine, she offers unique insights and specifically illuminates the failure to increase the enrollment of Black medical students, especially at new medical schools, many of which have explicitly adopted diversity as a foundational pillar of contemporary mission statements. As a consequence, the medical schools serving historically Black college…

Negin Farsad (2021-01-05). Hemming and Hawing: Our Exceptionally Unexceptional Future. progressive.org Looking forward to 2021 . . . when politics are boring again.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). 'Be ready for war at any second': Chinese president to Army. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — In his first order of the new year to the country's armed forces, Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the need for "full-time combat readiness".

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iraqi army thwarts ISIL attacks on north of Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iraqi army forces thwarted an operation by ISIL takfiri terrorists to attack Tarmiyah in the north of Baghdad.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). 'Better than Neil Armstrong' wins at Italian filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Better than Neil Armstrong' has won two awards at the sixth edition of Via Dei Corti film festival in Italy.

Qassam Muaddi (2021-01-05). Jerusalem's Orthodox church accused of selling off land for 'settlement belt'. middleeasteye.net Jerusalem's Orthodox church accused of selling off land for 'settlement belt' | If sold, the land would connect Bethlehem-area Gilo settlement to Jerusalem, a leading Palestinian Christian grassroots group warns | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 15: 56 | Jerusalem's Patriarch Theophilos III leads Christmas midnight mass for the Greek Orthodox in Bethlehem on 7 January 2018 (AFP/File photo) | The Orthodox patriar…

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2021-01-05). How an Austrian and British Malthusian Brainwashed a Generation of Americans. globalresearch.ca The creation of false opposites has been a long-standing obstacle to human progress. | From the ancient pleasure-seeking Epicureans who argued against the logic-heavy Stoics of ancient Rome to the war of "salvation through faith vs works" that schismed western Christianity, …

Jacob Hornberger (2021-01-05). My Recent Experience with Immigration Control Tyranny. counterpunch.org Over Christmas, I visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas, which is situated on the U.S.-Mexico border. As I was leaving the city and driving north on IH35 toward San Antonio, I was reminded of the tyranny that comes with a system of immigration controls. The tyranny came in the form of a domestic—i.e., inside the

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Venezuela's new National Assembly takes office today. peoplesdispatch.org The inauguration of the new congress marks the end of the body's submission to the US imperialism and the return of the revolutionary legacy of Simón Bolívar and Hugo Chávez…

Nicolas Maduro (2021-01-05). "I intend to reconcile the Venezuelans" zcomm.org Interview on domestic policy, economics, and international policy…

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). New speaker of Venezuela's congress vows to promote "great national dialogue" laprensalatina.com Caracas, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The new head of Venezuela's unicameral legislature said Tuesday he will promote a "great national dialogue" that includes all sectors of the crisis-ridden South American nation. Jorge Rodriguez said the goal is to achieve reconciliation in a country where the US-aligned opposition has long refused to accept the legitimacy of its …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Filipino lawmakers and activists demand inquiry into recent killings of Indigenous leaders. peoplesdispatch.org Legislators of the left-wing Makabayan bloc have called for an investigation by the Philippines House of Representatives into the recent mass killings of Tumandok community leaders on December 30…

Defend the Sacred Alaska (2021-01-05). Wednesday 1/6: Arctic is Not For Sale! Day of Solidarity to Protect Arctic Refuge & Indigenous Cultures. indybay.org Virtual action on social media…

Ariel Dorfman (2021-01-05). America Can't Hide From This Drastic Reckoning. counterpunch.org What happens to a nation incapable of healing itself? I ask as an American citizen concerned about our damaged democracy but also as someone with roots in Chile, which after many years of dictatorship suffered the harmful consequences of failing to fully complete its democratic transition.

Nicholas Stender (2021-01-05). Chicago mayor orders teachers back to schools under threat of termination. liberationnews.org In this climate of intimidation, political winds might be shifting.

Seiji Yamada (2021-01-05). The Racism That Undergirds Global Public Health. counterpunch.org With his thin volume (143 pages of text, with 46 pages of notes) Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health, Eugene Richardson takes to task the discipline of epidemiology, and with it, global public health. Utilizing the West Africa Ebola epidemic of 2013-2016 as his canvas, Richardson paints a picture that highlights the racism

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). 2021 begins with more assassinations in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The humanitarian tragedy in Colombia continues into 2021. In the first four days of this year, two social leaders, two former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and a family member of an ex-combatant have been assassinated in the country. | The Common Alternative Revolutionary Forces (FARC) political party

Parth M.N. (2021-01-05). India's Farm Crisis: "Farming is Our Religion, We Love to Feed People'. counterpunch.org "Gharo jao rajj ke, kaam hoga gajj ke [If you leave the house with a stomach full of food, you will ace your mission]." That's Bilawal Singh's simple philosophy of running a langar for protesting farmers at Shahjahanpur. "This government is used to dealing with hungry protestors," he continues, speaking in Punjabi. "Let's see how

Zohreh Kharazmi (2021-01-05). The Legacy of General Qassem Soleimani: A Woman's Perspective. mintpressnews.com Zohreh Kharazmi interviews the wives of Quds Force soldiers killed fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria on what Qassem Soleimani means to them and what his death represents for Iranians.

Jamal Rich (2021-01-05). Renewed calls for community control of the police come to D.C. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON——Community control of the police (CCOP)— a concept once brought to fruition by the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense by the likes of Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Fred Hampton in the 1960s as a result of continued police terror in predominantly Black communities—is back. And in the nation's capital, it's a chapter of the …

Eds. (2021-01-05). More important than gold, water should not be traded on Wall Street. mronline.org Water is essential for life, access to fresh water is a human right, and most importantly, water is sacred. Water is life.

Eds. (2021-01-05). The environment movement we have, and the one we need. mronline.org The ecological crisis—the disasters of earth, water, air and fire that are afflicting the global environment and the human society that depends on it—is a crisis of capitalism's making. Karl Marx famously described capital as coming into the world "dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt".

Stephanie Kenefic (2021-01-05). Historic hearings on Hyde Amendment renew optimism for its repeal. liberationnews.org The Hyde Amendment, an infamous and far-reaching restriction on access to abortion, has prevented Medicaid recipients and working-class people from accessing abortion services for the last four decades.

Nadda Osman (2021-01-05). Qatar blockade: Saudi deal raises questions about prisoners, flight paths and bots. middleeasteye.net Qatar blockade: Saudi deal raises questions about prisoners, flight paths and bots | As Saudi Arabia declares the lifting of the three-year land and air blockade on its Gulf neighbour, many issues remain to be resolved | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 14: 05 | Many people have raised questions on what the end of the Saudi blockade will mean for prisoners, flight paths and the Saudi bot network (Screengrab/social medi…

The Canary (2021-01-05). Sage member says decision to keep nurseries open may be 'political' but is 'not scientific'. thecanary.co The decision to keep nurseries open and close schools and universities may be a political one rather than a scientific one, an expert has suggested. | The comments come as nursery leaders say there is fear and confusion over how safe the settings are, and called on the government for reassurance on the evidence behind the decision to keep nurseries open. | Sage member Professor Calum Semple said that under the current circumstances, every opportunity to remove social mixing and work mixing of human beings is "vitally important". | The virologist told BBC Breakfast: "So if a political decision has been made here t…

Sam Bahour (2021-01-05). An Israeli Settler I Want to Live Beside. counterpunch.org Imagine, God forbid, that you and a friend are being rushed into a hospital emergency room by a life-support ambulance team. One of you is still living; the other died at the scene. The horrific event that brought you both to this point was perpetrated in broad daylight, creating a public and angry outcry. The

Repost from IGD, Not The Author (2021-01-05). SF: Claim Of Responsibility For Vandalism Of Pelosi Mansion. indybay.org Repost from It's Going Down:…

Dave Zirin (2021-01-05). A Women's Boxing Team Grows in Gaza. thenation.com A Women's Boxing Team Grows in Gaza…

_____ (2021-01-05). A Critique Of The Rank-And-File Strategy. popularresistance.org Kim Moody first gave a systematic statement of the "rank-file strategy" in a working paper for the socialist organization Solidarity in 2000. Since then he has kept on refining it, such as in 2017's On New Terrain and in more recent essays. The DSA adopted a version of it as its official position on labor organizing, and Jacobin constantly discusses it. Labor Notes, influential among union militants, is built around some of its basic ideas. And it has been a regular point of debate for leftists. Most recently, Kate Doyle Griffiths wrote an important set of articles in Spectre about its strengths and limitations.

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Afghan negotiators leave for 2nd round of talks in Doha. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The Afghan government negotiators on Tuesday left for Doha where they will hold the second round of peace talks with Taliban leaders after a three-week pause. The two sides are expected to discuss a nationwide ceasefire among other topics during the parleys in Qatar to broker an end to two decades …

The Canary (2021-01-05). 'Exhausted' university student in tears over 'lack of support' during pandemic. thecanary.co An "exhausted" university student has gone viral after sharing an emotional post about the lack of support she says students have received during the pandemic.Kiera Murrell, who studies psychology at the University of Bournemouth, shared a photo of herself in tears and wrote: "In case anybody wondered how it looked or felt to be a university student in a pandemic."I am so exhausted and drained. I have spent my afternoon crying into a Terry's chocolate orange because I have received not a single bit of support since university moved online in March, just like everybody else on my course." | A university student in…

_____ (2021-01-05). People In Debt Have Formed A Union To Fight Back. popularresistance.org In November, Pennsylvania permitted the resumption of utility shutoffs during the pandemic. In advance, the local Debt Collective, which helps people dispute their debts and fight back against predatory fees, protested. The group helped organize a gathering of between 20 and 30 protesters in Philadelphia to demand the moratorium continue. "We are tired of this," Pennsylvania Debt Collective organizer Lauren Horner told CBS. "We are tired of the greed displayed by these organizations." Horner was referring to the Philadelphia Gas Works, the PECO Energy Company, and to what some in the Debt Collective regard as the…

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-01-05). UK judge denies US request to extradite Assange. nationofchange.org "I find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America."

Amy Goodman (2021-01-05). 'Victory for Julian": UK blocks WikiLeaks founder Assange extradition to US on espionage charges. nationofchange.org While the decision is a "very significant victory" for Assange, the judge has largely sided with the U.S. prosecution.

Charles Glass (2021-01-05). Ruling Assange Can't Be Extradited Is an Indictment of US Prisons. thenation.com Ruling Assange Can't Be Extradited Is an Indictment of US Prisons…

jamanetwork (2021-01-05). Incorrect Data in Table and in Results Section. jamanetwork.com In the Research Letter entitled "Incidence of Malformations After Early Pregnancy Exposure to Modafinil in Sweden and Norway," published in the September 1, 2020, issue of JAMA, there were incorrect data in the Table and in the Results section. In the Table, third row from the bottom, "Psychoanaleptics (ATC code N06)h," the data should be "41 (30.9)" in the "Exposed to modafinil" column. In the last row, same column, the data should be "3 (2.3)." In the Results section, second paragraph, second sentence, the last part of the sentence should be "resulting in a prevalence rate of 2.3% and a crude risk ratio of 1.06…

Ensrud KE. (2021-01-05). Patient Information: Bisphosphonates for Postmenopausal Osteoporosis. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes the benefits and possible harms of taking bisphosphonates for postmenopausal osteoporosis (age-related thinning of bones).

Rod Driver (2021-01-05). Brutal Human Rights Abuses: Torture, Sanctions and Failure to Address "Economic Rights" globalresearch.ca "Wrong things are done in the name of Islam, worse things are being done in the name of democracy and human rights" (Dr. Mohamed Mahathir, former Malaysian Prime Minister(1)) | Torture — Legal Black Holes | Some philosophers have suggested that …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-05). Google and Alphabet workers form the first ever union in US. peoplesdispatch.org Over 200 workers, largely from Google's San Francisco Bay Area offices, have come together to form the company's first ever due-paying union in the US…

Voelker R. (2021-01-05). New Tool Offers Faster Notice of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks. jamanetwork.com The FDA has created a new way to inform the public about foodborne illness outbreaks before health advisories or product recalls are issued.

Montgomery Rice V. (2021-01-05). Diversity in Medical Schools—A Much-Needed New Beginning. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint reviews the many factors contributing to underrepresentation of Black physicians in US medical training pipelines and the health care workforce, and urges actions to dismantle structural barriers to Black medical school enrollment and achieve racial parity in the profession.

Mahé G, Lanéelle D, Le Faucheur A. (2021-01-05). Postexercise Ankle-Brachial Index Testing to Diagnose Peripheral Artery Disease. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Mehta and colleagues presented the advantages and drawbacks of postexercise ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing based on a clinical case. However, several concerns about…

Dia A, Cifu AS, Shah AP. (2021-01-05). Management of Patients With a Patent Foramen Ovale With History of Stroke or TIA. jamanetwork.com This Clinical Guidelines Synopsis summarizes the American Academy of Neurology's practice advisory update on management of patients with a patent foramen ovale who have a history of stroke or transient ischemic attack.

Couturaud F, Bertoletti L, Pastre J, et al. (2021-01-05). Pulmonary Embolism Prevalence Among Patients With COPD With Acutely Worsening Respiratory Symptoms. jamanetwork.com This cross-sectional study characterizes the prevalence of pulmonary embolism defined by a uniform diagnostic algorithm in patients in France with COPD hospitalized with acutely worsening respiratory symptoms.

Fight Back (2021-01-05). Google workers launching union with Communications Workers of America. fightbacknews.org San Francisco, CA — On January 4 workers at Google and other Alphabet companies announced the creation of the Alphabet Workers Union with support from the Communications Workers of America (CWA). It will be the first union open to all employees and contractors at any Alphabet company, with dues-paying members, an elected board of directors, and paid organizing staff. | The new union is part of CWA's CODE-CWA (Coalition to Organize Digital Employees) project, and the workers will be members of CWA Local 1400. It follows successful union drives by other Google workers – like HCL contract workers in Pittsburgh…

Cushing K, Higgins PR. (2021-01-05). Management of Crohn Disease. jamanetwork.com This review discusses the diagnosis and management of Crohn disease, including the importance of disease severity and risk stratification when determining a treatment strategy, the importance of maintenance therapy, and the adverse effects of treatment options.

Ashley Curtin (2021-01-05). #DontFundEvil: Google workers form a union to combat workplace concerns. nationofchange.org "The future of tech is stronger with the power of a union."

Bauchner H. (2021-01-05). A Medical and Scientific New Year's Wish List. jamanetwork.com The last 4 years have been difficult for science and medicine. The relentless attack by members of the executive and legislative branches of government on science and federal agencies that conduct science has shaken the fundamental pillars of great US institutions such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and in some regards the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although the 2020 NIH budget increased to almost $42 billion, more individuals are uninsured, and although health care costs have not increased substantially over the past 4 y…

Voelker R. (2021-01-05). Antiviral Drug Approved for Postexposure Flu Prevention. jamanetwork.com The approved indication for baloxavir marboxil has been expanded to include postexposure influenza prevention for patients 12 years or older.

Fight Back (2021-01-05). Minnesota: More than 1200 march demanding justice for Dolal Idd. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On January 3, over 1200 people marched in South Minneapolis to demand justice for Dolal Idd, who was killed by the Minneapolis police department on December 30. | The lead organization was the Minnesota Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), supported by the rest of the anti-police terror movement. The rally started at the spot where Dolal Idd was killed, at the Holiday gas station at 36th Street and Cedar Avenue. The large crowd heard speakers, including Dolal's father, then went on a spirited march to Lake Street and looped back to the starting point. This is the third protest since Idd was…

Voelker R. (2021-01-05). First Progeria Drug Is Approved. jamanetwork.com A new medication intended to reduce the risk of death from a genetic disease that causes premature aging has been approved for patients 1 year or older.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Pakistan vows strong counter-narcotics coop. with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Pakistan's Minister for Narcotics Control Ijaz Ahmed Shah welcomed Iran's bilateral and regional initiatives to combat drug trafficking and pledged to further strengthen Islamabad's cooperation with Tehran.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran opted for JCPOA-free economy: Araghchi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A senior Iranian diplomat urged Western countries to stop the delusion that they can set conditions for the lifting of sanctions as Iran has opted for a JCPOA-free economy.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Attacking distant targets main goal of drone combat exercise. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Deputy Chief of Operations of Iran's Army said that attacking faraway targets is one of the main goals of large-scale drone combat exercise drill.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). US renews waiver for Iraq to import Iranian gas, electricity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — An Iraqi official said that Washington has extended a waiver for Baghdad to resume importing Iran's electricity and gas for three more months.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Start of 20% enrichment to restore Iran's strong position. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker said the start of 20% uranium enrichment will restore Iran's strong position in the face of lawbreakers.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). IRIAF to announce good news of Iranian drones progress soon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said there will be good news about the development of Iran's knowledge of drones in the near future.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Pakistan committed to cooperating with Iran on border issues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Pakistan's Minister of Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that Islamabad is committed to cooperating closely with Iran on border issues and the fight against drug trafficking.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). S. Korean delegation to negotiate release of ship in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A South Korean delegation is to pay a visit to Iran to negotiate the release of a Korean oil tanker seized by the IRGC.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran's nuclear steps reversible if all implement commitments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations said that nuclear steps will be reversed upon full implementation of JCPOA commitments by all.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). S.Korea seeking release of tanker through diplomatic efforts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — In reaction to the seizure of a South Korean flagged tanker in the Persian Gulf, the country's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that she seeks the release of the tanker and its crew through diplomatic efforts.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). 'Think of your noncommitment instead of expressing concern'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The government spokesman said that the EU, instead of expressing concern over Iran's use of its own rights, should do sth about its noncommitments under JCPOA.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). FM Zarif congratulates end of diplomatic crisis in Qatar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed the end of the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four besieging countries.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Beijing reacts to 20% uranium enrichment by Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman called on all JCPOA parties to remain exercise restraint after Iran's announcement over the start of 20% uranium enrichment.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). European Commission reacts to increase of Iran enrichment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The European Commission has reacted to Iran uranium enrichment, saying that it believes that the nuclear deal was worth saving.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). S. Korea puts Iranain frozen assets at $9.2bn. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iranian funds frozen at South Korean banks under US sanctions hovers around 10 trillion won (US$9.2 billion), South Korea says.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Time for E3 to issue vacuous announcements over: Entessar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Political scientist says resuming 20% enrichment of uranium is Iran's strongest signal to EU and US that the JCPOA cannot survive unless the West decides to start abiding by its obligations in a serious and meaningful way.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). US moves 60 ISIL forces to base on Syrian-Jordanian border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The US occupation forces moved scores of ISIL terrorists from several prisons in Hasaka governorate to their illegal base in al-Tanf on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Japan expresses concern over Iran moves on uranium enrichment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Japan's top government spokesman on Tuesday said the country was deeply concerned about Iran's latest announcement of a resumption of 20% uranium enrichment.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran, Pakistan to open third border crossing soon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran and Pakistan are set to open a third terminal in their borders in the near future in a bid to boost trade between the two neighbors.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Seoul reviewing diplomat visit to Tehran after tanker seizure. en.mehrnews.com Tehran, Jan. 05 (MNA) — A South Korean official said the Foreign Ministry of the country is reviewing its diplomat's visit to Tehran following the seizure of its tanker by Iran due to repeated violations of environmental laws.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran's 20% uranium enrichment not a violation of NPT: Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Russian Foreign Ministry showed a reaction to Iran's enrichment of uranium up to 20 percent, stating that Iran's 20% enrichment of uranium is not a violation of Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). VIDEO: Iran Army's 1st large-scale drone combat drill. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) —The first large-scale drone combat exercise of Iran's Army kicked off in Semnan on Tue. with the participation of hundreds of UAVs used by Army's Ground Force, Air Force and Navy.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Ali Karimi joins Qatar's Al Duhail on loan. en.mehrnews.com Tehran, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iranian midfielder Ali Karimi has joined Al Duhail on loan till the season end.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). US imposes sanctions on Iranian mining, steel companies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The US Treasury said that it has added to the Iran-related sanctions lists as many as 16 companies, most of which are involved with mining and the production of steel.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran envoy, Korean FM official meet to discuss tanker seizure. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran's ambassador in Seoul met with a South Korean foreign ministry official on Tuesday to address the seizure of an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf waters.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Jan. 05. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Tuesday, January 5.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran's Army 1st large-scale drone combat exercise kicks off. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The first large-scale drone combat exercise of Iran's Army kicked off in Semnan on Tue. with the participation of hundreds of UAVs used by Army's Ground Force, Air Force and Navy.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). '20% enrichment no violation of Iran's intl. obligations'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The Chairman of the Russian Friendship Society with Arab Countries believes that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not violated any of its international obligations by achieving 20% uranium enrichment.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran inks contract with Afghanistan on rail export. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Islamic Republic of Iran signed an agreement for export of rail to neighboring Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). 1000 centrifuges being installed: AEOI chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran will enrich 8 to 9 kg of 20% uranium monthly adding 1000 centrifuges are being installed.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Late Ayat. Mesbah Yazdi also famous among Sunnis: Zakzaki. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaki, Leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), hailed salient characteristics of senior Iranian cleric late Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, saying the Ayatollah was famous not only among Shias but also Sunnis.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Oil, gas industry suffered most pressure under US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran's First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri said the Iranian oil and gas industry suffered the most pressure under the US embargo period.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). US creates chaos in international relations: Russia. en.mehrnews.com Tehran, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the United States has created chaos in international relations by its norm-breaking actions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Tehran ahead of Tel Aviv in missile production: Ex-Zionist PM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Acknowledging Iran's capabilities, Former Zionist regime Prime Minister Ehud Barak said that Iran is ahead of Israel in producing missiles and enriching uranium.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Israelis, Saudis plotting for creating crisis in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Deputy Commander of IRGC Quds Force said that Zionist regime and Saudi Arabia are plotting to create crisis in the region in order to take revenge on Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran Army's large-scale drone drill. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The Iranian Army launched a large-scale drone drill in Semnan province on Tuesday. The drill is attended by Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri and Army Chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran must be safe haven for investors. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — President Rouhani said on Tue. that Ira must be safe haven for legal investors.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Headlines of Iranian Persian dailies on January 5. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Mehr News takes a look at the headlines of Iran's Persian-language dailies on Tuesday, January 5.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). Iran capable of enriching uranium up to 60 percent. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the Islamic Republic is capable of enriching uranium up to 40 or 60 percent.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). EU says Nuclear Deal still in place. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — EU announced on Tuesday that despite Iran's decision to enrich uranium by 20 percent, other commitments under the JCPOA are still in place.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-05). US coalition convoy attacked in Iraq's Saladin again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Another US coalition logistics convoy was targeted by a roadside bomb on Tuesday morning in Saladin province.

Robert Reich (2021-01-05). Defeating McConnell: The real stakes of the Georgia runoffs. nationofchange.org Mitch McConnell cares about only one thing: Power.

Staff (2021-01-05). Kelly Loeffler Officially Becomes a Billionaire Days Before Georgia Runoff. truthout.org Jeff Sprecher, husband of unelected Sen.

Staff (2021-01-05). Graphic Biography Highlights the Life of Actor and Activist Paul Robeson. truthout.org Paul Robeson, born in 1898 to a father who understood the pains of slavery firsthand, rapidly developed into a renaissance man the likes of which this nation had rarely imagined. Scholar, vocalist, athlete, actor and fearless activist, he was practically disappeared by his own government in the decades leading to his death when he was all but neutralized at age 76. This story has been told before, but never in such a visceral manner. With the latest graphic biography in the Paul Buhle pantheon, <...

Staff (2021-01-05). Kelly Loeffler Officially Became a Billionaire Days Before Georgia Runoff. truthout.org Jeff Sprecher, husband of unelected Sen.

Meerabelle Jesuthasan (2021-01-05). What We Can Learn About Activism Today in the Archives of Queer History. thenation.com What We Can Learn About Activism Today in the Archives of Queer History…

Rod Driver (2021-01-05). The Irrelevance of Human Rights in US and British Foreign Policy. zcomm.org Historical human rights abuses are not explained well in most school textbooks or by the mainstream media…

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Germany to extend lockdown; UK announces aid package; Belgium rates fall. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- German authorities on Tuesday will extend current lockdown measures until the end of the month, while the British finance minister unveiled a multi-billion pound scheme to help ailing businesses following the prime minister's announcement of a return to a national lockdown. As rates continue to rise in several neighboring countries, …

Amanda Marcotte (2021-01-05). Georgia runoffs reveal the total putrefaction of the GOP: Republicans are now openly anti-democratic. salon.com Democrats ran a normal campaign — but Republicans competed with each other to see who could be the most repugnant…

_____ (2021-01-05). Minnesota Is Changing The Way It Teaches Social Studies. popularresistance.org Minnesota's K-12 social studies standards are undergoing extensive revisions in search of a more inclusive approach that teaches about people previously left out of the discussion. | A diverse committee's first draft, now open for public comment, gives greater consideration to the Dakota and Anishinaabe tribes and covers for the first time the civil rights struggles of LGBTQ people. | The draft standards, according to Doug Paulson, the state education department's academic standards director, are "more inclusive" and "culturally affirming." | Still, some committee members think the first draft doesn't go far enou…

_____ (2021-01-05). Defying CPS, Some Chicago Teachers Union Members Won't Return To Schools. popularresistance.org The Chicago Teachers Union says some of its members are choosing not to return to school buildings on Monday, in defiance of Chicago Public Schools' reopening plans. | The union said Sunday it is "rejecting CPS' effort to force thousands more back into unsafe buildings beginning this Monday" and that teachers intend to continue providing their lessons remotely "until buildings are safe" for them and for students. | Additionally, more than 30 aldermen signed on to a letter sent Sunday to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, saying they were "deeply concerned" that the reopening plan…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-01-05). Saying Goodbye to the Con-Man-in-Chief. zcomm.org Demining America After The Donald…

Michael J. Moore (2021-01-05). What an Ex-Cop Learned in Prison About Police Culture. zcomm.org "If your anger is getting out of control, your work life is perfect, but marriage is a mess, or you think of harming yourself, deal with it now, so you don't end up as the next cop making headlines."

David Giesen (2021-01-05). Friday 1/8: Murder in the Cathedral. indybay.org zoom.us/j/95613504135?pwd=VUZicnpGMXlMOS…

Michael Harris (2021-01-05). Friday 1/15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2021 Birthday Celebration. indybay.org MLK Library | 24th Street Bypass | Sacramento, CA…

Brett Wilkins (2021-01-05). Google Workers Form Union. indybay.org Google workers have formed a union to promote solidarity, democracy, and social and economic justice. Reprinted here from Common Dreams under Creative Commons License. Photo by Ruth Robertson.

repost (2021-01-05). No Shame at KPFA!Falling In Line Supporting Receivership Like Republicans-Save KPFA & Comp. indybay.org The majority of the KPFA Local Station Board who are supporters the board chair Christina Huggins who sued Pacifica to put it in Receivership included supporters of Save KPFA, New Day Pacifica, Rescue Pacifica, Pacifica Protectors & Community For Independent Radio…

Stop the Sweeps (2021-01-05). Tuesday 1/5: Stop the Sweeps in Watsonville! indybay.org Linear Park | 100 E Front St., Watsonville…

Renée Rhodes (2021-01-05). Saturday 2/13: Root Division Presents: Diasporic Futurism Part II: The Future Futures. indybay.org Virtual Reception and Viewing: rootdivisiontalk.wpcomstaging.com/ | In-person viewings by appointment only: | 1131 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103…

Lisa Becker, Alex Demirivic & Horst Kahrs (2021-01-05). 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.

Dan Corjescu (2021-01-05). Enter the Alien: UFOs as the New American Religion. counterpunch.org Perhaps the most interesting and telling fact about UFO sightings is that they have overwhelmingly occurred in the United States. This might mean that either extraterrestrials are specifically observing the United States or that the United States is peculiarly rich in those cultural characteristics that stimulate eyewitness reports concerning alleged extraterrestrial encounters. I believe there

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Gordon Ramsay: "Cooking is like sports and not everyone gets to the top" laprensalatina.com By David Villafranca Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Controversial, brazen and with an explosive personality, but also successful and very popular. That is Gordon Ramsay, one of the best-known chefs on the planet and who, before the debut of the new season of "Hell's Kitchen," told EFE that to triumph in the elite circles …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Arab quartet restores relations with Qatar after years-long blockade. laprensalatina.com Riyadh, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt fully restored diplomatic relations with Qatar as of Tuesday following a three-and-a-half-year blockade after they had accused Doha of sponsoring terror. "What happened today is a complete end to the disputes and the complete recovery of diplomatic relations, which will apply to …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Al-Attiyah, Price win 3rd stage of Dakar Rally. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Qatar's Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota Gazoo Racing) and Australia's Toby Price (Red Bull KTM) in cars and motorbikes, respectively, won the third stage of the Dakar Rally, but even with two victories under their wheels they failed to lead the general standings, on a bad day for Spain's Carlos Sainz, who …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-01-05). Family of Slain Memphis Woman Files Suit Against Law Enforcement Agencies. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WREG) — A year after her death, a family has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. The family of Sabrina Nguyen alleges the agencies didn't do enough to protect her from her ex-boyfriend, and they believe she would still be here today had …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Saudi Arabia thanks Kuwait, US for bridging gap with Qatar as summit begins. laprensalatina.com Riyadh, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on Tuesday said he was grateful to Kuwait and the United States for their role in the recent reconciliation between several Gulf nations and Qatar. The Crown Prince made the remarks as he inaugurated the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh. "We express great …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-01-05). Stolen: $11,000 in Artifacts Taken from Mud Island Museum. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (The Daily Memphian) — Since October, Memphis Police have been investigating the theft of about $11,000 worth of artifacts from the Mud Island River Museum. "There is nothing as frustrating for those of us who manage public places as dealing with vandalism of the public's property," George Abbott, director of the Memphis River …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Iran denies seizing South Korean tanker as hostage but decries blocked funds. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: adds Iranian reaction) Tehran/Seoul, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The government of Iran said on Tuesday that a South Korean oil tanker under its custody was not taken hostage but seized for allegedly causing environmental pollution, although simultaneously accusing Seoul of freezing Iranian funds. Government spokesperson Ali Rabiei said Tehran was "used to such allegations," …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). Miami zoo euthanizes giraffe that was unable to walk. laprensalatina.com Miami, US, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Pongo, a male giraffe that was among the main attractions at Zoo Miami, was euthanized on Monday, the zoo announced. "It is with great sadness that Zoo Miami officials had to make the difficult decision this morning to euthanize Pongo, a nearly 12 year old male giraffe," the zoo in …

Online News Editor (2021-01-05). South Korea calls for immediate release of oil tanker seized by Iran. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- The South Korean government has urged Iranian authorities to immediately release a South Korea-flagged oil tanker and its crew after the vessel was seized by Revolutionary Guards Corps in the waters of the Persian Gulf. The MT Hankuk Chemi vessel was seized and its crew detained on Monday by the Iranian …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-01-05). Woman, Child Killed After Fall From Tennessee Interstate Overpass. laprensalatina.com MADISON COUNTY, TN (WKRN) — A 26-year-old Memphis woman and a child are dead after falling from an interstate overpass in Madison County early Monday morning. The Madison County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded just after midnight to a crash at the Shell Station on Law Road, just south of exit 93 on Interstate 40 …

news.un (2021-01-05). World Bank expects global economy to expand by 4% in 2021. news.un.org The World Bank Group on Tuesday issued a guarded growth forecast for the global economy this year, saying that a four per cent overall expansion was likely, although the recovery will likely be a "subdued" one.

news.un (2021-01-05). Syria: 'Identified gaps, inconsistencies' raise questions over elimination of chemical weapons. news.un.org "Identified gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies" that remain unresolved, have brought into question the true extent of the elimination of chemical weapons during Syria's bloody conflict, the UN disarmament chief told the Security Council in her briefing on Tuesday.

Lily Russell-Jones (2021-01-05). New Year's resolutions: Here's why I'll be joining a Trade Union in 2021. thecanary.co I think it's fair to say that the UK is glad to see the back of 2020. While exercising more, eating healthier, or quitting smoking might seem like more typical resolutions to put on the list for lockdown in 2021, this year I plan to join a Trade Union. | Exit stage right: | In the unlikely event that, like me, you have spent the past week pouring over the 1,200-page trade deal that the UK has agreed with the EU, then you may share my concern that it contains scant protection for workers' rights. | If there's one thing that's clear from the mammoth document, its that the trade and cooperation agreement wil…

G. Dunkel (2021-01-04). Black Lives Matter y la ley de seguridad global de Francia. workers.org A veces es difícil darse cuenta del impacto mundial del movimiento Black Lives Matter. La indiferencia del idioma, la cultura y los medios de comunicación pueden entorpecer. Algunos países simplemente no tienen el tipo de eventos (protestas, marchas, mítines) por una variedad de razones, donde aparecería la influencia de BLM. . . . |

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-04). Proud Boys Sued by Historic Black Church After Leader Admits to Burning Black Lives Matter Sign During DC Rally. commondreams.org Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said the December 12 "hate crime" was meant to "terrorize Black people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Staff (2021-01-04). Non-extradition ruling a win for Assange, not for press freedom. therealnews.com A U.K. judge's ruling has spared Julian Assange for now, but advocates warn the court's rejection of Assange's free speech defense could stifle investigative journalism.

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.

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…

Chris Hedges (2021-01-04). Chris Hedges: The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com As is clear from the memoir of one of his attorneys, Michael Ratner, the ends have always justified the means for those demanding his global persecution.

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 . However, there were also voices of caution due to the judge accepting most of the prosecution's arguments.

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

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…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

_____ (2021-01-04). Assange: Judge Denies United States' Extradition Request. popularresistance.org Citing harsh federal prison conditions in the United States, a British district court judge rejected the United States government's extradition request against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | Judge Vanessa Baraitser accepted that Assange was diagnosed with a "recurrent depressive disorder." Although he functions at a high level, she accepted he was diagnosed with autism as well. | She accepted that he would likely be imprisoned at a supermax prison in the U.S. under special administrative measures (SAMs) and would find a way to commit suicide. | "I am satisfied that, in these harsh conditions, Mr. Assange's m…

RT (2021-01-04). 'We'll give him protection': Mexican president promises asylum for Julian Assange. rt.com Mexico's president has offered asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, hours after a British judge refused to extradite Assange to the US to face espionage charges. | "Assange is a journalist and deserves a chance, I am in favor of pardoning him," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters on Monday, saying "we'll give him protection." | "Our tradition is protection," Obrador added. | Also on rt.com | | Earlier on Monday, Judge…

_____ (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…

_____ (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…

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 …

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…

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…

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

sputniknews (2021-01-04). UK Court Ruling Against Assange's Extradition Victory for All Journalists, Lawyer Says. sputniknews.com MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – The decision of a UK court to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition to the United States is a victory for all journalists, the whistleblower's Ecuadorean lawyer, Carlos Poveda, told Sputnik on Monday.