2021-01-06: News Headlines

Workers World Party (2021-01-07). Fascist coup NO! Workers power YES! workers.org Workers World Party statement Wednesday, Jan. 6 — The coup attempt today in Washington, D.C., and the mobilization of a fascist mob numbering in the tens of thousands, must be viewed with the utmost seriousness. While the attack took the form of an assault on the U.S. Capitol building, Congress . . . |

Staff (2021-01-06). "Miscarriage of Justice": No Charges Against White Kenosha Officer Who Shot & Paralyzed Jacob Blake. democracynow.org In Kenosha, Wisconsin, District Attorney Michael Graveley has announced that no charges will be filed against the white police officer who fired seven shots at Jacob Blake, paralyzing the 29-year-old Black man in August. Officer Rusten Sheskey fired the shots at point-blank range into Blake's back as he leaned into his car, with his three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, inside the vehicle. Prosecutors maintain the shooting was in self-defense because Blake had a small knife in the car. Video of Blake's shooting sparked an uprising in Kenosha in August against systemic racism and police brutality. Blake's family denoun…

Staff (2021-01-06). No Charges Filed Against White Officer Who Shot and Paralyzed Jacob Blake. truthout.org In Kenosha, Wisconsin, District Attorney Michael Graveley has announced that no charges will be filed against the white police officer who fired seven shots at Jacob Blake, paralyzing the 29-year-old Black man in August. Officer Rusten Sheskey fired the shots at point-blank range into Blake's back as he leaned into his car, with his three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, inside the vehicle. Prosecutors maintain the shooting was in self-defense because Blake had a small knife in the car. Video of Blake's…

Fight Back (2021-01-06). Wisconsin FRSO condemns the DA's no-charges verdict in the attempted murder of Jacob Blake. fightbacknews.org On January 5, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that there would be no charges against police officer Rusten Sheskey, who attempted to execute Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, by shooting him seven times in the back at point blank range on August 23, 2020. Blake was shot while his children watched in horror from the back seat of his vehicle. The other two officers who assisted Sheskey in his crime will also face no charges. | While this ruling is a gross miscarriage of justice, it was not unexpected. Since the beginning of the new year, stories have been circulating out of Kenosha a…

Fight Back (2021-01-06). Wisconsin FRSO condemns the DA's no-charges verdict in the attempted murder of Jacob Blake. fightbacknews.org On January 5, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that there would be no charges against police officer Rusten Sheskey, who attempted to execute Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, by shooting him seven times in the back at point blank range on August 23, 2020. Blake was shot while his children watched in horror from the back seat of his vehicle. The other two officers who assisted Sheskey in his crime will also face no charges. | While this ruling is a gross miscarriage of justice, it was not unexpected. Since the beginning of the new year, stories have been circulating out of Kenosha a…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2021-01-06). Assange Extradition Denial Indicts US Prison System But Imperils Journalism. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange's legal victory this week was bittersweet. In a stunning decision, British judge Vanessa Baraitser denied Donald Trump's request for extradition of Assange to the United States, ruling that he was at high risk of suicide if he were …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail by UK judge. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday after British judge Vanessa Baraitser deemed him a flight risk, despite having blocked his extradition to the United States on health grounds earlier this week. Baraitser ruled that Assange — who was born in Queensland, Australia — cannot be extradited to the …

_____ (2021-01-06). Julian Assange Is Denied Bail By London Court. popularresistance.org "I am satisfied there are substantial grounds for believing that if Mr Assange is released today he would fail to surrender to court to face the appeal proceedings," Judge Vanessa Baraitser said. | "As far as Mr Assange is concerned this case has not yet been won… the outcome of this appeal is not yet known." | She was referring to the fact that Assange after failing in his battle against extradition to Sweden, breached bail and took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in London in June 2012. He was granted asylum by Ecuador on the grounds of political persecution, with the presumption that if he was extradited to…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). Julian Assange's bail plea denied. peoplesdispatch.org A British judge denied Julian Assange's plea for bail on Wednesday, January 6. Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected the bail request filed by Assange's legal team on the grounds that he still has "incentive" to abscond. Assange will continue to remain in the high security prison in Belmarsh pending the appeal filed by the United States on his extradition. The same judge on Monday had The judge, on Wednesday, stated that…

Ben Norton (2021-01-06). UK judge justifies CIA spying on Assange citing debunked CNN report based on… CIA spying. thegrayzone.com UK judge Vanessa Baraitser justified CIA spying on Julian Assange by citing a falsehood-filled CNN report. Her judgment highlighted corporate media's enthusiastic role in a state-sponsored assault on press freedom. The British judge ruling in the US government's extradition case against journalist Julian Assange justified a CIA spying operation targeting both the WikiLeaks publisher and the Ecuadorian government by pointing to debunked accusations published by CNN. Yet in a self-referential loop, the American media outlet's dubious claims about Assange themselves …

The Canary (2021-01-06). WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must be released after 'inhumane' bail refusal. thecanary.co WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's hopes for freedom have been dashed after a judge refused him bail despite a decision to block his extradition to the United States. | District judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected an application for Assange's release with strict conditionals over concern he would abscond. | It follows a decision that he should not be extradited to the US on mental health grounds due to the risk of suicide. | Assange will have to remain in custody as the US government is appealing against Monday's extradition ruling. | Announcing her bail decision at Westminster Magistrates' Court, Baraitser said: "A…

RT (2021-01-06). Stanford researchers developing single-dose nanoparticle Covid-19 vaccine that doesn't need cold storage. rt.com Researchers have successfully tested a nanoparticle Covid-19 vaccine which, as yet, doesn't appear to have any of the side effects or distribution issues plaguing the current generation of vaccines in use. | The scientists at the lab of Stanford University biochemist Peter S. Kim were already working on vaccines for the likes of Ebola, HIV and pandemic influenza when the coronavirus pandemic hit, and they quickly channeled all of their efforts into fighting the new scourge. | The team has already produced and tested a promising new vaccine which could provide the solution to many of the issues frustrating glob…

Adam Khalil (2021-01-06). Covid-19: Palestinians left in limbo as Israel vaccinates. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinians left in limbo as Israel vaccinates | As Israelis tout record numbers of jabs, the occupied territories are still scrambling to obtain the coronavirus vaccine | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 12: 48 | A Palestinian youth wearing a face mask rides his bicycle past a mural painting of a nurse injecting a vaccine to a COVID-19 virus in Gaza City, on 31 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel has boasted that…

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Record Covid infection numbers in Japan ahead of state of emergency. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Japan reported more than 5,000 new daily Covid-19 infections for the first time on Wednesday, the majority of which were in Tokyo, which is also seeing record levels of infections. The central government is finalizing the declaration of a new state of health emergency amid the spiralling contagion. The number of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Radiofrequency treatment offers hope for Covid-19 patients in Peru. laprensalatina.com By Fernando Gimeno Lima, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Radiofrequency is showing unexpected promise in the treatment of Covid-19 patients in Peru, helping with the recovery of people who have suffered collapsed lungs as a result of that potentially fatal respiratory disease. Already used as a cancer therapy, the technique has demonstrated an ability to drain fluid, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). India's Covid-19 death toll crosses 150,000. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- India had by Wednesday registered 150,114 deaths due to the new coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, including 226 within the last 24 hours, although the rate of mortalities and fresh infections has been steadily declining in the country of over 1.3 billion people. India, which has registered over …

Dianne Mathiowetz (2021-01-07). Georgia: Big voter turnout ousts wealthy Republican senators. workers.org Atlanta Jan. 6 — Georgia voters made history on Jan. 5 by voting into the U.S. Senate Rev. Raphael Warnock, the first ever Black senator from Georgia. Warnock is senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the famed church of Rev. Martin Luther King's family, esteemed for its long . . . |

Frank Scott (2021-01-07). Defund the Pentagon: Refund the People. dissidentvoice.org When profit determines every outcome of social and economic life, the minority politics of lesser evil wins again, and again, and again. — Anonymous The pandemic has heightened public awareness of the injustice of a political economic system that profits private wealth at massive loss to the public good. All talk of change that simply …

Martha Grevatt (2021-01-07). Racist police killings:Year ends on a note of outrage. workers.org Peoples Conference, Dec. 23, Columbus. Cleveland — Three days before Christmas, Andre Hill visited the home of a family friend on Dec. 22 to drop off some holiday cash. Police, called to the neighborhood for an unrelated situation, shot and killed the 47-year-old Black father and grandfather. Hill, whose family . . . |

Joe Hirsch (2021-01-07). Film review: "Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in the Post Office" workers.org Postal workers wildcat, 1978. "Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in…

Steve Lalla (2021-01-07). Resistance is not Futile. dissidentvoice.org Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has inspired fear within the Empire through both armed struggle and its success in electoral politics. For effectively wielding this double-edged sword, the "Party of God" has been vilified by countless politicians and media outlets. From its birth as an armed resistance to Israeli attacks on Lebanon over 35 years ago, …

Workers World Party (2021-01-07). Long live the DPRK! Long live socialism! workers.org Workers World Party sent the following message to the Eighth Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, taking place this month. Monument to the Workers' Party of Korea, Pyongyang January 1, 2021 Comrade Kim Jong Un Chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of . . . |

Jackie Fox (2021-01-07). The Nickelodean Problem. realprogressives.org Hello internet, I'm Jackie Fox. In my last While the issues I mentioned are, no doubt quite bad, there is a bigger propaganda issue that's shaped my entire life; and that's the issue of the proliferation of advertising to children which really kicked off before I was born. | In this video,…

Editor (2021-01-07). Under New Mismanagement. scheerpost.com Mr. Fish Dwayne Booth (a.k.a., Mr. Fish) is a cartoonist, freelance writer, and ScheerPost's artistic director, and he has been published in many reputable and prestigious magazines, journals and newspapers. In addition to Harper's Magazine, his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones Magazine, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader, Slate.com… |

Editor (2021-01-07). And in the End. scheerpost.com Mr. Fish Dwayne Booth (a.k.a., Mr. Fish) is a cartoonist, freelance writer, and ScheerPost's artistic director, and he has been published in many reputable and prestigious magazines, journals and newspapers. In addition to Harper's Magazine, his work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones Magazine, the Advocate, Z Magazine, the Utne Reader, Slate.com… |

Philip Bittihn, Lukas Hupe, Jonas Isensee, Ramin Golestanian (2021-01-06). [Research Paper] Local measures enable COVID-19 containment with fewer restrictions due to cooperative effects. thelancet.com The leakiness, i.e. the proportion of cross-regional contacts, and the regional structure itself were crucial parameters for the performance of the regional strategy. Therefore, regional strategies could offer an adaptive way to contain the epidemic with fewer overall restrictions, if cross-regional infections can be kept below the critical level, which could be achieved without affecting local socioeconomic freedom. Maintaining general hygiene and contact tracing, testing should be intensified to ensure regional measures can be initiated at low infection thresholds, preventing the spread of the disease to other…

Narendra Kumar, Shafeeq K. Shahul Hameed, Giridhara R. Babu, Manjunatha M. Venkataswamy, Prameela Dinesh, Prakash Kumar BG, Daisy A. John, Anita Desai, Vasanthapuram Ravi (2021-01-06). [Research Paper] Descriptive epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Karnataka state, South India: Transmission dynamics of symptomatic vs. asymptomatic infections. thelancet.com Our findings indicate that both asymptomatic and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 cases transmit the infection, although symptomatic cases were the main driving force within the state during the beginning of the pandemic. Considering the large proportion of asymptomatic cases, their ability to spread infection cannot be overlooked. Notwithstanding the limitations and bias in identifying asymptomatic cases, the findings have major implications for testing policies. Active search, early testing and treatment of symptomatic elderly patients with comorbidities should be prioritized for containing the spread of COVID-19 and red…

The Canary (2021-01-06). Welsh NHS chief warns Covid-19 patient numbers could double from first wave. thecanary.co The number of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in Welsh hospitals could soon be double that seen during the first wave of the pandemic, the country's NHS chief executive has warned.Dr Andrew Goodall said Wales's health system was under "immense pressure", with critical care units operating at 140% of normal capacity. Two health boards are dedicating almost half their beds to patients with the virus.Almost 2,800 people are in Welsh hospitals with Covid-19-related illness. That's an increase of 4% in just a week, and the highest number on record following a surge in transmissions over the last fortnight.More dif…

A Guest Author (2021-01-06). Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak. workers.org The following press release was issued Jan. 5 by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners CHOWCHILLA, Calif. There is a life-threatening massive outbreak of COVID-19 at the Central California Women's Facility, California's largest women's prison. In the past two weeks, there have been 500 new COVID-19 cases, representing 25% . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-01-06). Advocates demand action as largest women's prison experiences COVID-19 outbreak. workers.org The following press release was issued Jan. 5 by the California Coalition for Women Prisoners CHOWCHILLA, Calif. There is a life-threatening massive outbreak of COVID-19 at the Central California Women's Facility, California's largest women's prison. In the past two weeks, there have been 500 new COVID-19 cases, representing 25% . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Indonesia to enforce fresh restrictions amid surge in Covid-19 cases. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Indonesia on Wednesday announced fresh physical distancing measures and other restrictions for two weeks on the island of Java — the most populated in the archipelago — and Bali, a popular tourist destination, amid a surge in cases of the new coronavirus. Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that between Jan. …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-06). Neil Ferguson: UK's Covid situation is 'bleak' as control measures may not work. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Professor Neil Ferguson says the UK's Covid situation is 'bleak' as existing control measures may not contain the new variant of the virus.

news.un (2021-01-06). 'An unwanted prison sentence' for seafarers stuck at home and stranded at sea. news.un.org Hundreds of thousands of seafarers have been on board for many months longer than planned, stranded at sea due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Six months after the problem was first revealed, many of them are still struggling to cope with the ongoing uncertainty.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). COVID-19 vaccines: Differences, costs, and challenges. peoplesdispatch.org The beginning of the new year has brought with it some hope as different countries have started administering vaccinations against COVID-19. This has been the fastest development of a vaccine ever, with a number of research collaborations to make this feat possible. But many challenges also remain.

Eds. (2021-01-06). It wasn't 2020, it was the ruling class trying to kill you. mronline.org Reflections on COVID-19, capitalism, empire, and the worst year ever from the Hood Communist editorial staff.

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-06). Is Forever Mass-Vaxxing the "New Abnormal"? globalresearch.ca You've been diabolically lied to and deceived by a tyranny-supporting troika of Western regimes, Big Pharma, and their media press agents. | Covid is seasonal flu/influenza by another name, worlds apart from how it's portrayed. [That assessment is broadly confirmed by …

Editor (2021-01-06). Why is the world's richest country so unprepared? workers.org The big question one must ask about the COVID-19 epidemic — which as of Jan. 2 has killed more than 1,850,000 people around the globe — is "Why was the United States so unprepared?" This is a highly developed and rich country. It has more than 600 billionaires, according to . . . |

Helen Buyniski (2021-01-06). Civil War, Medical Discrimination, Spy Satellites and Cyborgs! How 2021 Could Make Us Yearn for 2020. globalresearch.ca People everywhere are eager to bid farewell to 2020, a year in which our lives were turned upside down by power-mad elites who seized the Covid-19 pandemic as a chance to go full police state. But be careful what you …

Dr. David Halpin (2021-01-06). COVID-19 and Induced Insanity in the UK, the Global Lab Rat. globalresearch.ca There were several events typical of predictive programming. | The World Economic Forum October 21st 2020 meeting and the Great Reset was one (1). | Here in Britain the orchestration of central, NHS and local responses to a respiratory disease suggested …

Evans Aggelissopoulos (2021-01-06). Greece: From A Covid Coup To A Covid Junta. globalresearch.ca In the end, only a Grand Coalition of all Covidian parties will become inevitable, either as a consequence of a rebellion or prior to one… | The Greek government is trying to excel in its imposition of totalitarian rules for a …

Eds. (2021-01-06). The war on China. mronline.org The propaganda surrounding COVID-19 and China's response is only the latest escalation in a long term geopolitical strategy by U.S. imperialism to destroy it. Few people on the left or the socialist movement in the imperial core have been paying attention to the historic breakup of the U.S.-China relationship.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-01-06). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Fight Back (2021-01-06). Chicago teachers confronting serious health risks refuse to work in-person. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Thousands of rank-and-file educators, clinicians and support staff want the right to continue working remotely because they or a family member are at higher risk of illness and death should they contract COVID-19. Chicago Public Schools' response has been to refuse to allow educators to ask for an accommodation if family members at risk and to deny members with serious personal health risks like brain cancer the right to work remotely. | Half of the pre-K and special education cluster teachers in elementary and high schools scheduled to start teaching from school buildings refused to work in-person…

_____ (2021-01-06). Eldercide In The United States. popularresistance.org Contrary to what many believe, the tens of thousands of deaths of those living in long-term care (LTC) were no inevitable biological catastrophe. Their grieving, angry family members know better: they know the conditions that prematurely deprived their loved ones of the remainder of their lives. By December, just as vaccine distribution started, nearly 110,000 residents and staffers had died. The extra deaths among our elders constitute an appalling percentage of the 1.4 million Americans who were living in nursing homes before the pandemic. These older adults were of all races, genders, ethnicities, religions, a…

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). EU approves Moderna vaccine; France, Germany criticised for slow rollouts. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the US Moderna vaccine in the EU on Wednesday, a welcome boost for Germany and France who have faced criticism for the pace of their respective vaccine rollouts. The British prime minister, meanwhile, warned that stricter lockdown measures applied across the …

Sacha Stone (2021-01-06). Video: Focus on Fauci. "This is Not A Vaccine" globalresearch.ca Clarion Call Outlining the Crimes Against Humanity with host Sacha Stone | and guests Dr Judy Mikovits, David Martin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr and Rocco Galati. … | TRANSCRIPT | The bombshell revelation: | " Let's make sure we are clear… This is not …

Latosha Brown (2021-01-06). "This Is Voter Suppression" zcomm.org 198,000 Georgia Residents Were Illegally Purged from Voter Rolls…

G. Dunkel (2021-01-06). Brexit: Britain leaves the EU, and workers bear the burden. workers.org Brexit — the rupture between Britain and the European Union — was completed at midnight, Dec. 31. In a 2016 referendum, in a xenophobic, racist vote fueled by dreams of a withered and long-passed imperial glory, British voters narrowly supported a proposal to leave the European Union. Only 51.9% of . . . |

Eds. (2021-01-06). 21-year-old college student elected Mayor of Kerala Capital. mronline.org Ms Rajendran had won from the Mudavanmughal ward of the city corporation, bagging 2,872 votes, 549 more than the rival Congress candidate.

Alison Colette Bodine (2021-01-06). Venezuela Elections: A key victory for anti-Imperialist Movement in Latin America. mronline.org The people of Venezuela have dealt another decisive blow against U.S. domination in Latin America. The successful continuity of two decades of Venezuelan Bolivarian revolutionary process has turned Venezuela into the backbone of the Latin American anti-imperialist and revolutionary movement.

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Sales of Mexico's Epiphany pastry remain strong despite pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Monica Rubalcava Mexico City, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Although sales have fallen somewhat this year due to economic uncertainty and workplace changes stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico's traditional "Rosca de Reyes" (King Cake) Epiphany pastry is still pulling in customers at bakeries nationwide. One of the master bakers tasked with serving up this traditional …

Project Censored (2021-01-06). Aaron Good and Adam Bessie. projectcensored.org In the first half of the program, scholar Aaron Good summarizes a recent article he co-authored with Peter Dale Scott about the September 9, 2001 murder of Afghan militia leader Ahmed Shah Massoud, its connection to the subsequent September 11th attacks, and the ongoing US occupation of Afghanistan. Then English professor and author Adam Bessie examines the implications of the massive change from in-person to remote instruction at community colleges, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. | Notes: | Aaron Good earned his Ph.D. from Temple University and is a history instructor in the Philadelphia area. His arti…

Udi Ofer (2021-01-06). 50 Years Into the War on Drugs, Biden-Harris can Fix the Harm It Created. aclu.org An earlier version of this blog appeared in

Juan Cole (2021-01-06). Raphael Warnock ran for the Senate from Ebenezer Baptist Church. zcomm.org What that means to American History…

Peter Koenig (2021-01-06). We Are at War. globalresearch.ca We, the common people, are at war against an ever more authoritarian and tyrannical elitist Globalist system, reigned by a small group of multi-billionaires, that planned already decades ago to take power over the people, to control them. That's why vaccination is needed to inject us with transgenic substances that may change our DNA…

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Kim admits North Korea struggling with economic hardships. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Includes Kim's speech, edits throughout) By Andrés Sánchez Braun Seoul, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned that the country was facing economic hardships as he admitted during a congress of the ruling Workers' Party that the five-year plan had fallen "way short of the set objectives." In his address …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-06). Environmental Capitalism and Climate Change Wars: Australia in 2000. counterpunch.org The Australian was convinced. "Australia could have avoided two decades of climate change wars had the Howard government pushed ahead with its majority view of an emissions trading scheme (ETS), newly released documents reveal." Historian Chris Wallace is not as unequivocal in this assertion, but nonetheless observes in The Conversation that "a working consensus among

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). Chavismo back in Venezuela's National Assembly, Guaidó further weakened. peoplesdispatch.org The 277 members of Venezuela's National Assembly were sworn in yesterday January 5. The body has vowed to take swift measures to address the deepening economic crisis in the country, fight back against the economic and financial blockade imposed on the country and work towards reconciliation. The swearing in of the legislators also officially put an end to Juan Guaidó's mandate as deputy, which prompted the European Union to withdraw their recognition of Guaidó as interim president.

Azza Rojbi (2021-01-06). Yemen, a Quagmire for Saudi Coalition and Imperialists. globalresearch.ca "I was still awake. I was sitting in a chair because I was afraid of the planes flying overhead and making a very loud noise. Then they dropped a bomb near us and afterwards they hit our neighbourhood with three …

Rick Baum (2021-01-06). Wealth Inequality Virus Spikes During the Last Days of 2020. counterpunch.org As of December 23, the combined wealth of the ten wealthiest was needed to reach the "magic" sum of one trillion dollars. As of December 31, the combined wealth of the nine wealthiest is now more than a trillion. This change was helped by Warren Buffet's loss for the year shrinking during the last eight days of the year from $4.62 billion to $1.62 billion, and Musk's wealth increasing another $15 billion.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). Democrats set to secure historic win in Georgia's senate run-offs. peoplesdispatch.org While Democratic candidates leading by a significant margins over the Republican incumbents, the two seats will tilt the balance of power in the US Senate towards the Democrats…

South Front (2021-01-06). Iran Uses Its Grip on Strait of Hormuz to Fight Back US-Imposed Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Iran has found an original way of dealing with sanctions and limitations imposed on it by the so-called "maximum pressure" campaign launched by the Trump administration. | On January 4, the Navy of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps detained a …

Fight Back (2021-01-06). 14 million Americans' stimulus checks are delayed through TurboTax and H&R Block. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – If you are like me, you have probably checked your bank account dozens of times throughout the day waiting for the recent round of $600 stimulus checks. | If you are like me, then you have searched online through Google for "stimulus check," "delay" or anything else that can explain the holdup of much needed financial relief. | This second round of stimulus checks is a complete insult to the millions of workers who pay way too much in taxes and yet are constantly disregarded and disrespected by the ruling class. | Just last week, in a stunning position, Donald Trump urged Congress to give Amer…

Tom H. Hastings (2021-01-06). Exit in disgrace. nationofchange.org Trump has taken shame to a new low, a depth only achievable by someone with zero sense of shame and thus no behavior brakes.

Manuela Solé (2021-01-06). Venezuela: New National Assembly Takes Office as Guaido Loses EU Recognition. venezuelanalysis.com Washington doubled down on its support for the opposition leader.

teleSUR (2021-01-06). The EU Avoids Treating Guaido as 'President' of Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The European Union avoided referring to the opposition politician Juan Guaido as Venezuela's "acting president" once the mandate of the National Assembly over which he presided expired on Tuesday. | RELATED: | "Venezuela urgently needs a political solution to end the current impasse through an inclusive process of dialogue and negotiation leading to credible, inclusive, and democratic processes," said Josep Borrell,…

RR (2021-01-06). Caravan Counter-Protest in San Francisco Reacts to MAGA Insurrectionists in DC. indybay.org Activists from a coalition of groups are calling for people to wake up to the reality of the unprecedented behavior of a sitting president who has legitimized the lie of a stolen election in the eyes of many millions of his supporters and mobilized white supremacist MAGA mobs to rampage, terrorize, and intimidate anyone who stands in their way.

Santa Cruz News (2021-01-06). Bookshop Santa Cruz Union Election Starts Tomorrow. indybay.org Bookshop Santa Cruz workers will be voting tomorrow to get their union legally recognized, and are seeking the community's support.

_____ (2021-01-06). Iowa Farm Bankruptcies Continue To Rise, Despite Aid. popularresistance.org There were 27 farm bankruptcies in Iowa in 2019 — more than double the 13 bankruptcies in 2018, the American Farm Bureau Federation reported. This was despite the $1.58 billion the federal government paid Iowa farmers in Market Facilitation Program payments to ease losses because of the trade dispute with China. | Later this month, we'll know how many Iowa farms went bankrupt in 2020, but Iowa State University economics professor and crop markets specialist Chad Hart said to expect another increase. | "The government has provided a lot of short-term funding to help farmers get through the year," Hart said,…

Noam Chomsky (2021-01-06). Chomsky and Prashad: Three major threats to life on Earth that we must address in 2021. mronline.org Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments.

Noam Chomsky (2021-01-06). Chomsky and Prashad: Three major threats to life on earth that we must address in 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Large parts of the world—outside of China and a few other countries—face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic scientific protocols

MEE staff (2021-01-06). New House Foreign Affairs chair backs resuming US aid to Palestinians. middleeasteye.net New House Foreign Affairs chair backs resuming US aid to Palestinians | Representative Gregory Meeks backs resumption of humanitarian aid to Palestinians, but will not support calls to condition US military aid to Israel | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 17: 11 | Representative Gregory Meeks is first Black American to lead House Foreign Affairs Committee (Reuters/File photo) | The new chairman of the House Foreign Affairs C…

news.un (2021-01-06). Deadly car bomb attacks 'tragic reminder' of price civilians pay in Syria. news.un.org The killing of civilians in separate car bomb attacks in northern Syria on Saturday has been condemned by top UN humanitarian officials for the country.

Chris Hedges (2021-01-06). The Empire is Not Done with Julian Assange. zcomm.org 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…

Eds. (2021-01-06). Chris Hedges: The Empire is not done with Julian Assange. mronline.org 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.

_____ (2021-01-06). 40% Of Chicago Teachers And Staff Didn't Report To Schools As Ordered. popularresistance.org About 40% of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff who were expected to report to schools Monday for the first time during the pandemic didn't show up for in-person work, officials said Tuesday, accusing the Chicago Teachers Union of pressuring its members to defy the district's orders. | In all, about half of teachers and three-quarters of school-based support staff in preschool and special education cluster programs returned to classrooms as expected, accounting for 60% of those 4,400 employees scheduled to go back to specific schools, the district announced. Officials didn't immediately provide data on ano…

Hector Rios-Jara (2021-01-06). Lessons from a decade of student activism in the UK. zcomm.org The pandemic has exposed the disgraceful failures of market reforms in the British higher education sector. But the resistance of students continues…

WSWS (2021-01-06). Turkish government sets minimum wage at hunger level. wsws.org While big business rakes in billions in profits during the pandemic, the Erdogan government has slashed living standards, with millions left unemployed.

WorkWeek (2021-01-06). WorkWeek On Labor & The Threat Of A Coup & Fascism, Racism At CCSF & Julian Assange. indybay.org WorkWeek looks at the threat of a coup and also the role of labor with the David Van Deusen. His Vermont Labor AFL-CIO had called for a general strike to prevent a coup. WorkWeek also looks at the systemic racism in San Francisco and an action at the British Consulate in San Francisco to demand the freedom of journalist Julian Assange.

news.un (2021-01-06). UN human rights expert 'cautiously' welcomes UK court's refusal to extradite Julian Assange. news.un.org An independent UN human rights expert has welcomed a British court's refusal to extradite Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States on the basis that he would be exposed to oppressive conditions of imprisonment.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-06). Assange decision welcome but sullied by legal chicanery. greenleft.org.au The ruling that Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States is welcome, but it comes after the charade in which British authorities held an unconvicted person in a top security prison and made his defence as difficult as possible, argues Stuart Rees.

Alan Macleod (2021-01-06). Journalists, Activists Condemn UK Decision to Keep Assange Locked Up without Charge. mintpressnews.com "To us, that is nothing more than a pretext to keep him detained. This seems unnecessarily punitive and adding insult to injury after the 10 years of hell that he has endured" — Rebecca Vincent, Reporters Without Borders…

Noam Chomsky (2021-01-06). Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021. zcomm.org Global problems of this scale require global cooperation…

Noam Chomsky — Vijay Prashad (2021-01-06). Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021. counterpunch.org A scientific paper published in 2018 came with a startling headline: "Most atolls will be uninhabitable by the mid-21st century because of sea-level rise exacerbating wave-driven flooding." The authors found that atolls from the Seychelles to the Marshall Islands are liable to vanish. A 2019 United Nations (UN) report estimated that 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. Add to this the catastrophic wildfires and the severe bleaching of the coral reefs and it is clear that we no longer need to linger over clichés about one thing or another being a canary in the coal mine of climate cat…

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-06). You don't want to imagine an ocean without coral reefs—but you might have to. mronline.org The reefs will die. That seems certain. The UNEP report will not circulate. That seems equally certain. The Marshall Islands and Rwanda will file their updates. That has already happened. Meanwhile, the United States and its allies will sit on the sidelines, expanding fracking with a "who cares" attitude.

RT (2021-01-06). Syrian air defenses respond to 'Israeli aggression' around Damascus (VIDEOS). rt.com Syria's air defenses were activated to repel an Israeli rocket attack near a town south of Damascus, Syrian state media reported, sharing footage of the assault in progress. | The strikes came early on Thursday morning in the area around the Syrian capital, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency, reportedly targeting military sites near the town of al-Kisweh, located some 18 miles (30km) south of Damascus. | "At exactly 11: 10pm, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression through bursts of missiles from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan on some targets in the southern region," a military source…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-06). The Heat: What Brexit deal means for the United Kingdom. america.cgtn.com After 48 years together, the United Kingdom and the European Union are officially apart. So how's it going so far?

Jasmine Norden (2021-01-06). People are outraged at Keir Starmer's lockdown response. thecanary.co Members of the public have expressed their frustration with Keir Starmer's failure to advocate for increased safety net measures in the new lockdown. | On the evening of 4 January, the Labour leader appeared on BBC News and was

MEE and agencies (2021-01-06). Sudan signs agreement normalising ties with Israel. middleeasteye.net Sudan signs agreement normalising ties with Israel | The Abraham Accords were signed as US treasury secretary inked a deal with Khartoum to access $1bn in financing from the World Bank | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 15: 36 | US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin with Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok during a visit to Khartoum (Supplied) | Sudan signed the Abraham Accords with the United States o…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-01-06). Arabic press review: Regional media reacts to end of Qatar blockade. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Regional media reacts to end of Qatar blockade | How has Middle East media interpreted Tuesday's deal ending Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE's embargo on Doha? | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 12: 01 | GCC secretary general Abdullatif al-Zayani and Bahraini diplomat Hamad Al-Amer, right, at a press conference in 2013 (AFP) | Bahraini diplomat attacks Gulf reconciliation:…

Akram Al-Waara (2021-01-06). Palestinian activist Issa Amro defiant over 'baseless' conviction by Israeli court. middleeasteye.net Palestinian activist Issa Amro defiant over 'baseless' conviction by Israeli court | An Israeli military court convicted Amro on charges dating back to 2010, which the activist says is an attempt to silence all resistance against the occupation | Wed, 01/06/2021 – 14: 47 | Palestinian activist Issa Amro speaks to journalists after he was released on bail by a Palestinian court, in the West Bank…

The Tricontinental (2021-01-06). Dossier no. 36: Twilight: The erosion of U.S. control and the multipolar future. mronline.org If there was one revolution that marked the beginning of the end of the colonial epoch and that inaugurated a new worker-led civilisation, it was the Haitian Revolution of 1804. Enslaved Africans defeated the four major European powers of the day, won their freedom, and declared an independent republic.

Monica Moorehead (2021-01-06). A tale of two classes. workers.org The second stimulus package finally passed in both houses of Congress Dec. 27, accompanied by much controversy. It woefully fails to provide any meaningful support for the millions of workers and their families teetering on the edge of economic disaster. Dec. 27 protest, Brooklyn, N.Y. WW Photo: Toni Arenstein The . . . |

Devin C (2021-01-06). EMERGENCY TWITTER/PHONE CALL ALERT! Alabama prison hunger striker beaten. workers.org On the morning of Jan. 4, a prisoner participating in the #Alabama11 hunger strike was beaten and bloodied by a guard, Officer Landrum, at the instructions of Sgt. Williams, for his participation in the hunger strike. The prisoner's name is Ronnie Miller, #244648. He is out of the infirmary, but . . . |

Alexis Moncada (2021-01-06). Women's movement wins legal abortion in Argentina. liberationnews.org This progressive legislation makes Argentina the largest country to legalize abortion in Latin America, sending ripples throughout the continent.

Paul Wilcox and Joyce Chediac (2021-01-06). NYC politician's 'Working Group' backs privatizing Fulton Houses over tenant objections. liberationnews.org Tenant organizers at the Fulton New York City Housing Authority complex have been fighting privatization plans for 18 months.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-01-06). 'We Structure the Market to Create Inequality'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed CEPR's Dean Baker about trickle-down economics for the Janine Jackson: A recent rash of headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-06). Activists ask UK government to ensure safety for migrants crossing English Channel. peoplesdispatch.org According to reports, 8,400 migrants risked their lives crossing the English Channel to reach the UK in 2020, four times the number recorded in 2019…

_____ (2021-01-06). Vons, Pavilions To Fire 'Essential Workers'. popularresistance.org When Dylan's grocery delivery arrived a few days before New Years, it came with some bad news. The delivery driver who brought his groceries from Vons mentioned that drivers across the state are getting fired by Vons, Pavilions, and other California stores owned by Albertsons Companies in late February. Stores will instead turn to a third-party delivery service using independent contractors. | "I was disturbed and disappointed that Vons would eliminate these jobs. I felt like they were the only remaining company that treated delivery drivers ethically but no longer," said Dylan. | After publication, an Albertsons…

_____ (2021-01-06). In 2021, Let's Ring A Global Alarm On Inequality That Everyone Can Hear. popularresistance.org Remember that old joke they used to tell — and maybe still do — in luxury retail circles? The customer, precious product in hand, walks over to a haughty sales clerk at a high-end emporium and timidly asks: "How much does this cost." | "If you have to ask," the sales clerk smiles back, "you can't afford it." | How much more unequal have we become in 2020? This question demands that we turn that old joke inside-out: We have to ask because we can't afford not to know. And we can't afford not to know because inequality is killing us. We have to know exactly what we're facing. | And what we're facing, the…

_____ (2021-01-06). Free Grocery Store Opens In District With High Number Of Poor Students. popularresistance.org This month, the principal of Linda Tutt High School in the small town of Sanger, Texas, said he was approached by an eighth grader eager to share that he had bought a three-in-one men's shampoo, conditioner and body wash. | "The first thing he did was he said: 'Hey. Look in my hair,'" the principal, Anthony Love, recalled in an interview Tuesday. | "And so I looked at it, and it looked clean," Love said. "But he was excited about it because it was the first time he's ever had his own shampoo." | The student, who lives with his mother and sister, said he had avoided using their shampoo because of the smell, Love s…

Zach Conti (2021-01-06). White House Announces Puerto Rico Disaster Rebuilding Aid. indybay.org Washington DC — The White House announced a $3.7 billion disaster grant for Puerto Rico to rebuild reservoirs, dams and wastewater facilities.

Stop the Sweeps (2021-01-06). Tuesday 1/5: Stop the Sweeps in Watsonville. indybay.org Linear Park | 100 E Front St., Watsonville…

The Frontline, United We Dream, M4BL, WPF (2021-01-06). Wednesday 1/6: Cancel Rent: On The Frontline of Evictions & The Economy Town Hall. indybay.org Online/virtual town hall…

Stop the Sweeps (2021-01-06). Wednesday 1/6: Protest to Stop the Sweeps. indybay.org Town Clock, Pacific Ave and Water St, Santa Cruz…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-06). Saturday 1/23: This is an Emergency: Divest From Animal Agriculture. indybay.org Berkeley, California…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-06). Saturday 1/23: Meetup: Building a Strong Community for a Strong Movement. indybay.org Online Zoom…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-01-06). Sunday 1/10: Community Park Clean Up. indybay.org Lincoln Way & 9th Ave San Francisco, CA 94122…

Brett Wilkins (2021-01-06). 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.

Refuse Fascism (2021-01-06). Wednesday 1/6: MAGA Insurrectionists Have Violently Breeched Capitol in DC, Caravan Counter-Protest in SF. indybay.org In front of San Francisco City Hall, Polk St. side | Press conference for about 15 to 30 minutes then caravan takes off on a route that may last as long as 2 hours.

Renée Rhodes (2021-01-06). 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…

Badri Raina (2021-01-06). The Onus Is Now on the SC to Protect Constitutional Rights to Privacy and Free Choice. zcomm.org While the apex court on January 6 will take up pleas for anti-conversion laws, two views of citizen's rights will be in direct contention — one propagated by the right-wing and the other enshrined in the constitution…

Saskia Hostetler Lippy (2021-01-06). Security Culture and a New Day in Portland. zcomm.org For there to be true peace we need an end to secrecy, to toxic security culture, to violence. Come out of the shadows and let's speak face to face, as humans do…

Nick Corbishley (2021-01-06). Wall Street Mega-Landlord Blackstone Prepares to Reap the Spoils of Another Crisis. zcomm.org Blackstone was a big winner of the last crisis. Now, it hopes to repeat the feat, albeit using a somewhat different playbook…

Samuel Zipp (2021-01-06). The Ethical Commitment to Be a Punk. thenation.com The Ethical Commitment to Be a Punk…

Victoria Law (2021-01-06). How the System Kept Failing the Only Woman on Federal Death Row. thenation.com How the System Kept Failing the Only Woman on Federal Death Row…

John W. Whitehead (2021-01-06). What to Expect in 2021: Madness, Mayhem, Manipulation and More Tyranny. dissidentvoice.org Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. ‚Äï George Orwell, …

John W. Whitehead (2021-01-06). What to Expect in 2021: Madness, Mayhem, Manipulation and More Tyranny. globalresearch.ca "Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to …

Charlotte Hamel, Sjors Coppus, Joyce van den Berg, Esther Hink, Jacoba van Seeters, Paul van Kesteren, Ashley Merién, Bas Torrenga, Rafli van de Laar, Josien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Ingrid Gaugler-Senden, Peppino Graziosi, Minouche van Rumste, Ewka Nelissen, Frank Vandenbussche, Marcus Snijders (2021-01-06). [Research Paper] Mifepristone followed by misoprostol compared with placebo followed by misoprostol as medical treatment for early pregnancy loss (the Triple M trial): A double-blind placebo-controlled randomised trial. thelancet.com Pre-treatment with mifepristone prior to misoprostol was more effective than misoprostol alone in managing EPL.

Philip.R Harvey, Nigel.J Trudgill (2021-01-06). The association between physician staff numbers and mortality in English hospitals. thelancet.com Acute hospital providers with fewer beds per medical staff of all grades are associated with lower than expected mortality.

Zhilin Zeng, Juan Zhan, Liyuan Chen, Huilong Chen, Sheng Cheng (2021-01-06). [Research Paper] Global, regional, and national dengue burden from 1990 to 2017: A systematic analysis based on the global burden of disease study 2017. thelancet.com Dengue is a major public health challenge worldwide. While there is remarkable international variation in its incidence, the dengue burden is increasing globally. The results of this study could be useful for policy makers to implement cost-effective interventions and reduce the dengue burden, particularly in countries with high incidence or increasing burden.

Steve Topple (2021-01-06). A whole CLP executive committee has quit over the ongoing Labour purge. thecanary.co The growing CLP: 'current Labour purge': | reporting on the growing number of people the party machinery is suspending. In the south west, it has

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Hong Kong police arrests dozens of opposition politicians, activists. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Jan 6 (efe-epa) — Hong Kong's police on Wednesday arrested several pro-democracy lawmakers and and dozens of other politicians and activists for their alleged violation of the contentious national security law, public broadcaster RHTK reported. Many of the opposition politicians, including several former lawmakers, were arrested for their participation in primaries in July ahead …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Kim Jong-un calls for better self-reliance at start of N Korean congress. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Tuesday at the beginning of the country's congress that strengthening its own capacities is the way to overcome economic "difficulties" facing the impoverished nation, state media reported. In an unusual gesture for the regime, Kim said in a speech published by KCNA agency and the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Powerful in Americas following "stay home" orders by going on vacation. laprensalatina.com By Claudia Polanco Yermanos International Desk, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Although numerous politicians, famous people and opinion leaders across the Americas in 2020 promoted "staying at home" in speeches and on the social networks, some of them now are relaxing that stance to go on vacation, despite the fact that the Western Hemisphere is in the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). YouTube blocks rap video in Thailand referencing the monarchy. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- YouTube on Wednesday had blocked the music video of a song by the Thai group Rap Against Dictatorship in Thailand. The song has references to the monarchy, which is protected by the country's laws with harsh jail sentences. "We're still confused why (our music video) was hidden, since the government agencies …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Indonesia's Merapi volcano expels rivers of incandescent lava. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- The Mount Merapi volcano, located in the central region of the Indonesian island of Java, expelled rivers of incandescent lava late Tuesday and recorded an increase in activity that has prompted local authorities to raise the volcano's alert level. The eruption, accompanied by small earthquakes lasting more than two minutes, caused …

Online News Editor (2021-01-06). Hazaras protest in Pakistan over killing of 11 miners of the community. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Jan 6 (efe-epa).- Thousands of members of Pakistan's minority Hazara Shia community on Wednesday continued their protests for the fourth consecutive day demanding justice over the killing of 11 members of the community in southwestern parts of the country on Sunday, claimed by the Islamic State terror group. Around 4,500 protesters have blocked a …

news.un (2021-01-06). FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which 'burnt hearts' of Beirut residents. news.un.org Five months on from the devastating port explosion that killed over 200 people, and injured thousands more, the UN has invited Beirut residents to share their hopes and fears for the future of the city, and for Lebanon, which remains in crisis.

news.un (2021-01-06). UN chief welcomes declaration on resolving the 'Gulf rift'. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed the al Ula declaration on "solidarity and stability", announced at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit on Tuesday, aimed at strengthening peace and prosperity in the region.

news.un (2021-01-06). Security Council has critical role in addressing fragility and conflict: UN chief. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underlined the critical role of the Security Council in addressing links between fragility and conflict, two of the greatest obstacles to achieving sustainable development across the world.

WSWS (2021-01-06). Quebec nurses need independent organizations of rank-and-file workers' power, not another pro-capitalist trade union. wsws.org Outraged by their union's latest sellout agreement, some nurses have voiced support for building a new, more "militant" union.

Isiah Holmes (2021-01-06). Jacob Blake's Pursuit of Justice Will Not End with the DA's Decision. progressive.org Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey is not facing any charges for shooting Blake seven times in the back—but the demands for justice are far from over.

WSWS (2021-01-06). Once Upon a River: A Native American girl wanders the waterways. wsws.org The movie follows a Native American teenager through various trials and tribulations. Set in western Michigan in the 1970s, Once Upon a River recounts the adolescent's supposed emotional education.

Michael T. Hertz (2021-01-06). Dear Heather Cox Richardson. nationofchange.org "In America, the twenty years since 2000 have seen the end game of the Reagan Revolution, begun in 1980."

Robert Freeman (2021-01-06). The Republican party and victimhood as ideology. nationofchange.org They are victims of themselves for having backed decades of Republican economic policies explicitly designed to shift vast amounts of national income and wealth to those who were already the most-wealthy.

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2021-01-06). 'Miscarriage of justice': No charges against white Kenosha officer who shot & paralyzed Jacob Blake. nationofchange.org "In this situation, again, we see a miscarriage of justice."

teleSUR (2021-01-06). Ecuador: Court Lifts Ex-President Bucaram's House Arrest. telesurenglish.net Guayas' Court on Tuesday lifted the house arrest imposed on ex-President Abdala Bucaram (1996-1997) who is accused of patrimonial object trafficking, illegal possession of weapons, among other criminal charges. | RELATED: | A habeas corpus petition was filed by Bucaram who was subject to an investigation in August 2020 due to his alleged involvement in the irregular sale of medical supplies and illegal possession of pat…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-01-06). Trade union coalition in Sudan launches campaign to dissolve government-backed militia. peoplesdispatch.org The Sudanese Professionals Association launched the campaign following the torture and killing of a young activist, Bahaeldin Nouri, who was abducted by the intelligence wing of the government-backed Rapid Support Forces on December 21…

Andrew Emett (2021-01-06). Former police officer charged with falsifying arrest report. nationofchange.org "The La Mesa Police Department holds each and every member of the Department to the highest standards of integrity in order to protect and serve our community and keep its trust."

Tom Engelhardt (2021-01-06). Saying goodbye to the con-man-in-chief. nationofchange.org It's going to be quite a task in a world that needs so much else just to demine the American system after he leaves the White House.

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…

_____ (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…

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…

_____ (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…

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…

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.)…

teleSUR (2021-01-05). Brazil Detects Its First Two Cases of the UK Coronavirus Strain. telesurenglish.net Brazil's health authorities Monday confirmed in Sao Paulo the first two cases of patients infected by the new British COVID-19 strain. | RELATED: | The state-owned Adolfo Lutz Institute's Strategic Laboratory confirmed the cases after performing the genetic sequencing of samples sent by Sao Paulo's DASA private laboratory. | A 25-year-old woman is one patient affected by the new strain. She was infected after having contact wi…

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…

RT (2021-01-05). 'Sooner than expected & DIFFERENT vaccine': Dutch PM explains Netherlands caught off guard by Pfizer jab approval amid criticism. rt.com Dutch premier Mark Rutte has admitted his government wasn't ready to work with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine "so soon" and was preparing for an entirely "different" jab as he comes under fire over a delayed vaccination campaign. | Two weeks after the start of the EU-wide vaccination campaign, not a single person has received the jab in the Netherlands, the last EU state to launch its immunization effort. The first Dutch national is expected to receive a vaccine on Wednesday. | Some 288,000 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Dutch central storage site as of Tuesday. Unlike neighboring Germany, the Netherlan…

RT (2021-01-05). Investigation launched as 2 people die in Norway nursing home days after receiving Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. rt.com The Norwegian Medicines Agency has announced that two nursing home residents passed away days after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, and that an investigation has been launched into the deaths. | "We have to assess whether the vaccine is the cause of death, or if it is a coincidence that it happened soon after vaccination," Medical Director Steiner Madsen said in a He also noted that, because people of advanced age are receiving the vacci…

RT (2021-01-05). WHO chief 'disappointed' China still hasn't approved entry of Covid-19 experts investigating pandemic origins. rt.com The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) spoke on Tuesday of his disappointment that China had not yet authorized the entry of an international team of WHO scientists in order to trace the origins of coronavirus in Wuhan. | "Today, we learned that Chinese officials have not yet finalized the necessary permissions for the team's arrival in China. I am very disappointed with this news," Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news briefing. | The WHO chief said two experts had already embarked on traveling to China, adding that he had spoken to senior Chinese officials and "once again m…

RT (2021-01-05). 'Restrict contact to absolute minimum': Merkel extends German national lockdown until at least end January. rt.com Germans will have to limit contacts to a "minimum," Chancellor Angela Merkel said, as she announced that the national Covid-19 lockdown is being both toughened and extended until the end of January, amid soaring infection numbers. | "We need to restrict contact more strictly… We ask all citizens to restrict contact to the absolute minimum," Merkel told journalists on Tuesday. | Shops, bars, and restaurants in Germany, as well as schools, will remain shut at least until the end of January, Merkel announced, following a video conference with the leaders of the country's 16 federal states. The government is aim…

RT (2021-01-05). One in 50 people in England has Covid-19, health chief reveals, also warning of further restrictions NEXT winter. rt.com An average of one in 50 people in England has Covid-19, the government said on Tuesday, the country's first day of its new national lockdown in response to the rapidly spreading new virus variant driving record infection rates. | England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty revealed the grim data, as he warned that the new form of the virus discovered in London and the south of England is now "taking off" across the country, saying "one in 50 is really quite a large number indeed." | The figure is equivalent to about one million people. | In London, as many as one in 30 had the virus between December 27 and Ja…

RT (2021-01-05). Calls for PROBE as Germany's apparent failure to pre-order enough vaccines sparks rift within Merkel's govt coalition. rt.com The bumpy start of Germany's vaccination campaign against Covid has sowed discord within Angela Merkel's coalition, as her party partners demand answers from her health minister and call for a special investigative commission. | Germany's mass vaccination against Covid-19 began just days ago but is already marred by Berlin's and the EU's failures, according to its critics. Of all issues with the Pfizer jab's distribution, the apparent lack of doses at hand has raised the most questions. | On Monday, the German Health Minister Jens Spahn was confronted with a four-page questionnaire on the vaccination campaign…

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].

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…

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.

WSWS (2021-01-05). Brazilian state governments push to reopen schools as COVID-19 deaths approach 200,000. wsws.org Brazil's ruling elite is declaring education an essential service in order to reopen schools, even as the pandemic spirals out of control.

WSWS (2021-01-05). COVID-19 spreads at Allison Transmission auto parts plant in Indiana. wsws.org New cases of COVID-19 have been accelerating in recent weeks at the Indianapolis, Indiana plant, according to data shared by workers.

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 …

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…

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 …

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.

WSWS (2021-01-05). The COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the US are proving to be a massive debacle. wsws.org Despite the media hype that has accompanied the release of the COVID-19 vaccines, barely three million of the 20 million doses were administered by the end of the year.

teleSUR (2021-01-05). Panama To Receive First Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccines in January. telesurenglish.net Panama's Foreign Affairs Minister Erika Mouynes on Monday informed that the first 40,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech will arrive in the country in the second half of January. | RELATED: | During the first quarter of this year, Pfizer committed to delivering 450,000 doses, which will be applied to elderly people in nursing homes, health personnel, and other vulnerable groups.

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 …

sputniknews (2021-01-05). Scottish FM Says Trump Can't Come Play Golf on Inauguration Day Due to COVID-19 Restrictions. sputniknews.com US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is slated to take place on January 20, while US media has suggested incumbent President Trump was allegedly planning to play golf abroad on that day.

sputniknews (2021-01-05). Highly Transmissible UK COVID-19 Variant Affecting More People Under 20, Study Finds. sputniknews.com A new variant of COVID-19 known as B.1.1.7 was identified in Britain last month in Kent, a county in South East England. The variant is believed to be more contagious but not deadlier than previous COVID-19 variants and has already been found in at least 33 countries and at least five US states.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

WSWS (2021-01-05). Hundreds of Arizona teachers stage sickouts to prevent in-person learning as cases skyrocket. wsws.org At least 750 Phoenix-area teachers are expected to participate in sickouts Tuesday in opposition to schools reopening to in-person instruction this week amid record surges in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona.

teleSUR (2021-01-05). Jair Bolsonaro on Brazil Crisis: "I Can't Do Anything" telesurenglish.net Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro acknowledged that the country is bankrupt and that he cannot create solutions for the economic crisis, which was worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "Brazil is bankrupt. I can't do anything. I wanted to modify the income tax table, but I couldn't," Bolsonaro said to a group of followers outside of his residency in Alvorada Palace, in the capital Brasilia. | The far-ri…

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 …

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…

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 …

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.

WSWS (2021-01-05). COVID-19 cases rise sharply in China. wsws.org An examination of the chain of infections in three major Chinese cities further underscores the highly contagious nature of the COVID-19 virus.

teleSUR (2021-01-05). El Salvador: Classes To Resume in February If COVID-19 Allows. telesurenglish.net El Salvador's Education Minister Carla Hanania Monday announced that classes will resume on a semi-presential basis around the first half of February. | RELATED: | She explained that it is mandatory that parents register their children so they can have access to educational platforms, which include broadcast on radio, television, school guides, and Google Classroom. | The registration process will begin on January…

WSWS (2021-01-05). Beloved El Paso, Texas teacher dies from COVID-19 as Governor presses schools to reopen. wsws.org The reopening of schools across Texas, enforced by Republican Governor Greg Abbott has been a major factor behind the surge of the pandemic in El Paso and throughout the state since August.

RT (2021-01-05). Tory minister takes heat after praising £170 champagne… calling the bubbly an 'alternative' vaccine to forget 'rotten' 2020. rt.com UK Housing Minister Christopher Pincher wrote a magazine review lauding Krug champagne… but critics have denounced him as being "out of touch with reality" and say he should focus on his day job instead. | Pincher had written the review of the pricey bubbly in British monthly magazine The Critic, where he runs a column commenting on wines and restaurants. The official suggested that the drink is the best way to usher out "the most risible and rotten year." | He went on to suggest that, even though it's a little cheaper than Dom Perignon, Krug is "ideal for lifting the spirit" and "will brighten your family b…

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 …

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…

George Wuerthner (2021-01-05). Scientists Critique the BLM's Tri-State Fuel Breaks Proposal. counterpunch.org A week ago, eight prominent scientists sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) declaring that the agency's proposed Tri-State Fuel Break (TSFB) is flawed and will endanger sagebrush ecosystems. The Final Environmental Impact Statement ("FEIS") and other project documents are available on the agency's website. To quote the scientists: "If implemented as

teleSUR (2021-01-05). Bolivia Suspends TSE Member who Reported Electoral Fraud to OAS. telesurenglish.net The Plenary Hall of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Bolivia has informed this Monday of the beginning of "a disciplinary process and the temporary suspension" against Rosario Baptista, a member of this entity who in November made observations to the electoral process of October 18 of this year. | RELATED: | According to the information shared by journalist Tuffi Aré, through his social networks, the measure…

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) …

_____ (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…

Igor Derysh (2021-01-05). USPS delays could disenfranchise thousands of Atlanta voters in critical Georgia runoffs. salon.com Thousands of mail voters were already disenfranchised in November — and this time the margins could be even closer…

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…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-05). 'Shameful Power Grab': Pennsylvania GOP State Senators Slammed for Refusing to Seat Certified Election Winner. commondreams.org "Voters, not Harrisburg politicians, decided this election," asserted Gov. Tom Wolf, "and Sen. Brewster is the rightful winner." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 …

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 …

WSWS (2021-01-05). UK in third national lockdown as coronavirus surges out of control. wsws.org The lockdown is not as stringent as that imposed last March, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisting that people should go to work if they cannot work at home to keep profits rolling in for the major corporations.

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 …