2021-01-08: News Headlines

Hannah Gais and Freddy Cruz (2021-01-08). Far-Right Insurrectionists Organized Capitol Siege on Parler. splcenter.org Parler, a conservative alternative to Twitter that has become a haven for far-right extremism of all stripes, proved to be a haven for recruitment and promotion for the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol building.

Staff (2021-01-08). Betsy DeVos Resigns, Dodging 25th Amendment Push. truthout.org Education Secretary Betsy DeVos late Thursday became the

Alan Macleod (2021-01-08). "This Will Be Remembered as a Turning Point": Snowden Warns Against Trump Social Media Ban. mintpressnews.com While many breathed a collective sigh of relief when Trump's social media bans were announced, Edward Snowden and other internet freedom advocates warned that the move sets a dangerous precedent.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-01-08). Dorothee Benz on January 6 Insurrection, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on Police Responsibility. fair.org Military Times' This week on CounterSpin: As we recorded on January 7, the Washington Post was

David Sirota (2021-01-08). The Insurrection Was Predictable. zcomm.org Wednesday's events were the expression of a dangerous authoritarian movement that has been long in the making…

RR (2021-01-08). 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.

Iliana Hagenah (2021-01-08). White Rioters Are Treated Differently than BLM Protesters. progressive.org On January 6, MAGA insurrectionists overtook the Capitol. Meanwhile, states are criminalizing nonviolent Black Lives Matter protests.

Staff (2021-01-08). Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 8. therealnews.com Local leaders react to the insurrection that happened just 45 minutes away in Washington. D.C.; why a move to end home detention fees might not go far enough; and a "spy plane" that has been flying in Baltimore (ostensibly to solve crime) is headed for St. Louis.

William rivers Pitt (2021-01-08). A Snap Impeachment Should Be Done Within 24 Hours. zcomm.org Today, I add January 6, 2021, to the long hall of bleak murals that have decorated my passage through this lethally erratic thing called the future. We were supposed to have flying cars by now. Instead, we have this…

AFSCME en Español (2021-01-08). El miércoles fue uno de los días más oscuros en la historia de Estados Unidos. peoplesworld.org El Presidente de AFSCME Lee Saunders emitió la siguiente declaración condenando los eventos del miércoles en Washington: "Ayer fue uno de los días más oscuros en la historia de los Estados Unidos. Lo que vimos en el Capitolio fue una insurrección, una sedición y un acto de terror posibilitado por el presidente de los Estados …

Danny Haiphong (2021-01-08). Capitalism on a Ventilator: A new book analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. and China. mronline.org While China contained COVID-19 and preserved its economy, the U.S. spins lies while hundreds of thousands of its people die for lack of even a semblance of a national health system.

Rob Urie (2021-01-08). Austerity, Democrats and the State. counterpunch.org The cynical D.C. farce around $600 versus $2,000 'stimulus' checks 1) ties in American history back to the pre-Revolutionary practice of delivering the least that will prevent the burning down of key government buildings, 2) serves as cover for the delivery of exponentially larger sums to connected insiders, and 3) illuminates the key impediments to recovering a government that functions for any but the oligarchs. What will be represented by officialdom in coming months as the natural challenges of managing a complex, multilayered and resource-strapped empire, will in fact be the purposeful ordering of political…

_____ (2021-01-08). Biden Appoints Chief Ukraine Coup-Plotter Victoria Nuland. popularresistance.org Describing it as "one of the darkest days in American history," President-elect Joe Biden denounced Wednesday's spectacular assault on the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. as a coup attempt fomented by Donald Trump. | "I wish we could say we couldn't see it coming, but that isn't true. We could see it coming," the 78-year-old Delawarean said. | The last four years we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our Constitution, the rule of law, clear in everything he has done. He unleashed an all-out assault on the institutions of our democracy from the outset, and yesterday was but a culmin…

_____ (2021-01-08). Open Society Tries To Stage A Counterrevolution In Cuba. popularresistance.org On November 28, 2020 Cuban Television abruptly ended the Cuban State media's reluctance to publicly expose the U.S. attempts to fund and organize a new counterrevolution to bring about a soft coup in the island nation. The TV special was followed by episodes on Mesa Redonda, segments on NTV, news programs, articles in Granma and Cubadebate, as well as follow-up in various government-run media outlets. The ins and outs of this new counterrevolution, including the use of social media and digital outlets, acts of terrorist vandalism carried out to destabilize Cuban society, and the web of connections behind it, had…

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2021-01-08). Saturday 1/9: Car Caravan — No Fascist Coup! indybay.org Starts at City Hall‚Ä¢ 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102 | then follows a route through the Castro and Mission districts. Lasts about 1.5 hours but you don't have to do the entire route.

WSWS Repost (2021-01-08). The fascist coup of January 6. indybay.org David North, Chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, makes sense of the the chaos that engulfed Washington D.C. this Wednesday.

_____ (2021-01-08). Violence In The Capitol, Dangers In The Aftermath. popularresistance.org In the days and weeks after the 9/11 attack, Americans were largely united in emotional horror at what had been done to their country as well as in their willingness to endorse repression and violence in response. As a result, there was little room to raise concerns about the possible excesses or dangers of the American reaction, let alone to dissent from what political leaders were proposing in the name of vengeance and security. The psychological trauma from the carnage and the wreckage at the country's most cherished symbols swamped rational faculties and thus rendered futile any attempts to urge restraint or…

Pip Hinman (2021-01-08). Don't sweep the ugly truth about US 'democracy' under the carpet. greenleft.org.au As the Capitol Hill 'invasion' by MAGA goes sour and Australian MPs rush to get their stories straight, let's not sweep the ugly truth about US 'democracy' under the carpet, writes Pip Hinman.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-01-08). Roaming Charges: White Riot, I Wanna Riot of My Own. counterpunch.org Mark my words, the legislative response to the sacking of the nation's capitol will be a bipartisanship push for more money for police and more restrictions on civil liberties, to be imposed most devastatingly on BLM and anti-war protesters, tribal activists and environmentalists.

splcenter (2021-01-08). Capitol siege underscores need for bold action to create truly just and equitable nation. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Pete Dolack (2021-01-08). The Threat of Fascism Rears its Head in Washington. counterpunch.org Let's not mince words: Wednesday's storming of the United States Capitol building was the work of fascism. That it didn't and couldn't succeed, and that Donald Trump is days from being out of the White House, should not blind us to the reality of larger social forces at work. The Orange Menace possibly finished off

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-08). Capitol Hill Violence: America's Reichstag Fire? globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | With regard to the coverage of the Wednesday Capitol Event, Global Research will be publishing opposing and contradictory points of view by several of our authors. | We are dealing with a complex and far-reaching political process. We …

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-08). Censorship in America: The New Abnormal. President Trump Censored by Twitter. globalresearch.ca Speech, media and academic freedoms are too precious to lose. | Without them, all other rights are threatened — totalitarian rule replacing them, enforced by police state harshness. | What happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday has clear earmarks of an orchestrated false …

Nathaniel St. Clair (2021-01-08). The Pointless Putsch. counterpunch.org If the people who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and eventually overtook the Capitol, quite easily by the way, with police literally opening gates for them, snapping some selfies, and participating in a few friendly shoving matches before ceding the building completely. If those people stormed the Capitol because their government had abandoned them

Matthew Stevenson (2021-01-08). Hangman's Bluff: Trump on the Run. counterpunch.org Am I the only American who didn't see yesterday's Capitol invasion as a threat to the republic? (I know what you're thinking, "What republic?") But was it as horrific as is being played up by this morning's editorials? By the way, where was that new member of Congress authorized to carry her burner into the

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-08). Evidence Mounts of a Capitol Hill False Flag. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | With regard to the coverage of the Wednesday Capitol Event, Global Research will be publishing opposing and contradictory points of view by several of our authors. | We are dealing with a complex and far-reaching political process. We …

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-08). Censorship in America: The New Abnormal. POTUS Censored by Twitter. globalresearch.ca Speech, media and academic freedoms are too precious to lose. | Without them, all other rights are threatened — totalitarian rule replacing them, enforced by police state harshness. | What happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday has clear earmarks of an orchestrated false …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-01-08). Georgia Twin Runoff Election Results Fuel Right-wing Unrest. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | With regard to the coverage of the Wednesday Capitol Event, Global Research will be publishing opposing and contradictory points of view by several of our authors. | We are dealing with a complex and far-reaching political process. We …

Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh (2021-01-08). "Forbidden Weapons" Used Against Gaza Strip Palestinians. Israel Deliberately Targets Palestinian Civilians. globalresearch.ca The following research article will explore three forbidden weapons that were and are still being used against the Palestinian civilians of the besieged Gaza Strip. These weapons are the DIME, the Flechette Shells and the Vacuum Bomb. Furthermore, this research …

MEE and agencies (2021-01-08). Israel: Netanyahu hearing postponed amid Covid-19 lockdown. middleeasteye.net Israel: Netanyahu hearing postponed amid Covid-19 lockdown | The attorney-general also announces he intends to file criminal charges over tax offences against Interior Minister Aryeh Deri | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 11: 18 | Deri, left, was appointed as interior minister in Netanyahu's, right, cabinet in January 2016 (AFP) | A planned court appearance next week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N…

Staff (2021-01-08). COVID Scientist Rebekah Jones Condemns Armed Police Raid on Her Home & Florida's Pandemic Response. democracynow.org As Florida sets new records for daily coronavirus cases, we speak with a whistleblower who was fired in May from the Florida Department of Health after she refused to censor information about the state's COVID-19 outbreak. Rebekah Jones is a data scientist who helped build Florida's coronavirus tracking dashboard, and she says her termination came after she refused to manipulate data to support the state's reopening. In December, police raided Jones's home in Tallahassee, seizing her computer and phone and holding her family at gunpoint, as part of an alleged investigation into a hacking of the Florida Health Dep…

Staff (2021-01-08). Survival of the Fittest? Florida Seniors Forced to Camp Overnight in Cars, Hoping for Vaccine. democracynow.org As the United States reports record COVID-19 deaths, Florida broke the record for the highest single-day increase in new cases Thursday. Across the state, long lines to get vaccinations against COVID-19 left senior citizens camping in their cars overnight in cold weather, after Governor Ron DeSantis lowered the priority age to 65, 10 years below the CDC recommended age of 75. Those aged 79 and older are reportedly four times as likely to die from COVID. We speak with John and Maria Luisa Schoch, aged 79 and 80, as they enter their second day in line waiting for shots.

_____ (2021-01-08). Patriarchy And The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it agonizingly clear that the systems under which we are living were already broken. The pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis of the capitalist system and removed any illusions about this reality. However, the impact of the crisis has not been uniform. The neoliberal capitalist model, which survives and profits by exploiting the vulnerable, again fell back on its same old ways. As a result, it has been the workers, the migrants, the women, and others, whose unpaid and underpaid labor serves as the basis for capitalists to profit, who have suffered the most. | In this conversatio…

Staff (2021-01-08). Florida Seniors Forced to Camp Overnight in Cars in Hope of Vaccine. truthout.org As the United States reports record COVID-19 deaths, Florida broke the record for the highest single-day increase in new cases Thursday. Across the state, long lines to get vaccinations against COVID-19 left senior citizens camping in their cars overnight in cold weather, after Governor Ron DeSantis lowered the priority age to 65, 10 years below the CDC recommended age of 75. Those aged 79 and older are reportedly four times as likely to die from COVID. We speak with John and Maria Luisa Schoch, aged 79…

Staff (2021-01-08). The COVID-19 Pandemic Shows the Dangers of For-Profit Housing. truthout.org A recently published article in The Atlantic titled " As white-collar workers have left expensive urban cores in droves, apartments have emptied and rents have fallen, just as your average economist would predict.

Staff (2021-01-08). Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Due to COVID Leads to First Job Loss Since April. truthout.org The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. | The resurgence of the pandemic further heightened the two-track nature of this recession. Construction and manufacturing, two sectors normally hard…

news.un (2021-01-08). Vaccinating equitably 'saves lives, stabilizes health systems' — WHO chief. news.un.org Two billion doses of "safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines" have been secured by the international equitable vaccine alliance COVAX, and they will be ready for distribution as soon they are delivered, the UN health agency chief said on Friday.

Ariel Gold (2021-01-08). Is Israel Practicing Vaccine Leadership or Medical Apartheid? counterpunch.org Israel has a population of around 9 million. About 20 percent of Israel's population are Palestinian citizens of Israel. These people can vote in elections, have representation in the Knesset, and are being vaccinated against COVID-19. But, there are another around 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli rule, without rights, and like the rest of the world, are suffering from the pandemic.

Jackie Fox (2021-01-08). How to Make a COVID-19 Vaccine @Home. realprogressives.org This is a script of the video embedded below. | Hello Internet, I'm Jackie Fox and I have a new idea I want to bring you in the final hours of a dark year. This may be a very bright light at the end of the tunnel. It combines video games, community, scientific research, and even vaccines and medical treatments. In some ways it's a follow up to cover new info about vaccines in general I learned since the last series, but the core concept is about this project called Folding@Home. | See, back in 2007, I bought a PlayStation 3, and after a few updates, there was a mysterious app added called "Folding@Home" and I…

RT (2021-01-08). 'F***ing hell, this isn't a parody account': UK police backtrack after being mocked for threatening Covid fines over SNOWBALLS. rt.com Police in England have deleted an angry Twitter message and issued a clarification, apparently trying to save face after being ridiculed for seemingly threatening to impose fines for throwing snowballs amid a Covid-19 lockdown. | "We were trying (to) highlight that leaving your home to carry out acts of antisocial behaviour could be considered a breach of the Covid-19 regulations," West Mercia Police tweeted on Friday. "On reflection, we really didn't word this very well. Sorry." | Obviously, this isn't the case. | We were trying highlight that leaving your home to carry out acts of antisocial behaviour could…

Makasi Motema (2021-01-08). Comentario: øEnfrenta EE.UU. una situación revolucionaria? workers.org El deber ineludible de un socialista revolucionario es percibir los cambios que se están produciendo en la sociedad y que agudizan la lucha de clases y actuar sobre esos cambios sin vacilar. Cualquier organización socialista o persona socialista que no lo haga no puede ser considerada una defensora del proletariado . . . |

Michael Welch (2021-01-08). 2020 Year in Review: COVID, Collapsing America and the Most Censored Stories of the Year. globalresearch.ca "Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life….

Sara Flounders (2021-01-08). Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons. workers.org The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-08). Ontario care worker denounces political establishment over disastrous conditions in care homes. wsws.org Five workers at Canada's long-term—care facilities have died from COVID-19 within little more than a week.

WSWS (2021-01-08). Vaccine distribution mired in delays across Europe. wsws.org As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread out of control throughout the European continent, the program of vaccination organized by the European Union is already widely recognized to be a debacle.

Chien-Te Tseng (2021-01-08). Immunization with SARS [1] Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in April 2012. | It pertains to Severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS-CoV (2002) which has, according to the WHO and the CDC similar features to SARS-CoV-2. | A vaccine was envisaged in relation to SARS-1. | This article …

Ariel Gold (2021-01-08). Is Israel practicing vaccine leadership or medical apartheid? peoplesdispatch.org The media is abuzz these days with

Chien-Te Tseng (2021-01-08). Immunization with SARS [1] Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge with the SARS Virus. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in April 2012. | It pertains to Severe acute respiratory syndrome, SARS-CoV (2002) which has, according to the WHO and the CDC similar features to SARS-CoV-2. | It is of relevance to the current debate on the …

news.un (2021-01-08). Uganda: 'Deteriorating' human rights situation in run-up to elections next week. news.un.org The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is urging authorities in Uganda to ensure elections next week are free and peaceful, noting that the arrest of opposition candidates and their supporters are among several "worrying" developments ahead of the vote.

news.un (2021-01-08). Central African Republic: Post-election violence triggers mass displacement. news.un.org Amidst post-election violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), more than 200,000 people have fled for their own safety, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Democracy (2021-01-08). 137 Types Of Republican Vote Fraud, Election Theft In 2020 And For 200 Yrs Before. indybay.org Republicans this year falsely projected onto Democrats categories of crimes which the GOP has commited for 220 Years…

Richard Seymour (2021-01-08). No future: the English Left in retrospect. zcomm.org What is next for the English Left after Corbyn-led Labour's crushing electoral defeat in last year's election?>

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Haiti To Hold Elections and Constitutional Referendum This Year. telesurenglish.net Provisional Electoral Committee (CEP) President Guylande Mesadieu on Thursday announced the dates for a constitutional referendum and general elections to take place in Haiti this year. | RELATED: | The referendum on the Constitution is scheduled for April 25, while the first round of presidential and legislative elections will be held on September 19. Subnational elections will be also held on November 21. | "I wan…

_____ (2021-01-08). New Venezuelan Parliament: Those Responsible For Political Instability And Looting Should Be Behind Bars. popularresistance.org Caracas, Venezuela – Today, the first Vice President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Iris Varela, requested the creation of a special commission so that within 48 hours an arrest warrant could be issued for those who attacked the political stability of the country over the last two years. | However, she stated that by virtue of the nature of the parliament, agreed to by the Board of Directors, within a period of one month the special parliamentary commission must present the draft exhortation to the Judiciary to issue arrest warrants against deputies and members of the previous board of directors for damages…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Venezuela Reaffirms Its Sovereign Rights Over the Essequibo. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday signed a presidential decree setting the country's maritime and territorial borders in order to protect national jurisdiction rights, especially on the disputed Essequibo territory. | RELATED: | He informed that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified about his government rejections over the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling…

_____ (2021-01-08). Will They Ever Be Over? popularresistance.org "This is a different kind of war, which we will wage aggressively and methodically to disrupt and destroy terrorist activity," President George W. Bush announced a little more than two weeks after the 9/11 attacks. "Some victories will be won outside of public view, in tragedies avoided and threats eliminated. Other victories will be clear to all." | This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the war on terror, including America's undeclared conflict in Afghanistan. After that war's original moniker, Operation Infinite Justice, was nixed for offending Muslim sensibilities, the Pentagon rebranded it Operation End…

_____ (2021-01-08). Telling War Stories. popularresistance.org I don't have any personal war stories to tell. In my twenty years in the U.S. Air Force, I never saw combat. I started as a developmental engineer, working mainly on computer software, and morphed into a historian of science and technology who taught for six years at the USAF Academy. I worked on software projects that helped pilots plan their missions and helped the world to keep track of objects in Earth orbit. I taught military cadets who did see combat and served as the dean of students at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, where I saw plenty of young troops cross the graduation stage…

Editor (2021-01-08). The Climate Crisis Sets Another Grim Record. scheerpost.com NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY 2.0] By Andrea Germanos / Common Dreams Highlighting global campaigners' demands for urgent and bold climate action, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service announced Friday that despite coronavirus-related lockdowns, 2020 tied with 2016 for being the warmest year on record and closed out the warmest decade on the books. "It is notable that… |

The Canary (2021-01-08). Personal use of all recreational drugs should be decriminalised, experts argue. thecanary.co Non-violent criminals serving time for drug use or possession should be freed and personal use of recreational drugs decriminalised, experts have said, arguing that the 'war on drugs' is fuelling racism. | "Costly and ineffective": | Personal use of all recreational drugs should be decriminalised immediately, followed by legalisation, regulation, and restrictions on age, advertising and licensing, according to more than 60 international experts. | The group — including bioethicists, drug experts, criminal justice researchers, and psychologists — say prohibition and criminalisation has been "co…

Nick Turse (2021-01-08). Will They Ever Be Over? zcomm.org The 20th Anniversary of the War on Terror Arrives…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-08). Space plasma and exoplanet experts receive Royal Astronomical Society awards. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Dr Julia Stawarz and Dr James Owen have received honours in the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) annual awards.

Terry Bisson (2021-01-08). The Black Patch War. counterpunch.org On a cold December night in 1907, some 300 to 500 men, armed and mounted in columns of twos, all wearing masks and white sashes, rode into the small Kentucky city of Hopkinsville. They disarmed the local police, occupied the telegraph and telephone offices, and dynamited two warehouses filled with tobacco belonging to James Duke's

Jack Lee (2021-01-08). Why so many young people go vegan. nationofchange.org Millennials are driving the shift towards food that is plant-based. They are likely to check the source of food, the issues surrounding animal welfare, and the impacts on the environment that get implied when they decide to purchase the product.

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-08). Chile intensifies its war against the Mapuche people. peoplesdispatch.org On the day the verdict was announced regarding the assassination of Mapuche leader Camilo Catrillanca, police carried out a violent raid of 6 Mapuche communites and violently detained members of Catrillanca's family to stop them from attending court…

Azza Rojbi (2021-01-08). Yemen, a Quagmire for Saudi Coalition and Imperialists. counterpunch.org "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 bombs. After that, I lost consciousness." These are the word of Yemeni child Ahmad Mansour,

James Corbett (2021-01-08). Video: "The Thick Red Line": Law Enforcement, the "Plandemic"and the Unlawful Orders of Politicians. globalresearch.ca Howard Lichtman joins us today to introduce ThickRedLine seeks to upend the narrative that keeps the public afraid of breaking the unlawful orders of the politicians …

Philip Giraldi (2021-01-08). More War by Other Means: Sanctioning the Wife of Syria's President Makes No Sense to Anyone. globalresearch.ca I am a recipient of regular, usual weekly, emails from the Department of the Treasury providing an "Update to OFAC's list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons." OFAC is the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is tasked …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-08). South Korean court orders Japan to compensate survivors of sexual violence during World War II. peoplesdispatch.org A lower court in Seoul ordered Japan to compensate 12 Korean women, who were forced to serve as "comfort women" for its military during the Second World War. The verdict is expected to pave the way for more such judgments…

Nick Turse (2021-01-08). Will They Ever Be Over? 20 Years of the War on Terror. counterpunch.org "This is a different kind of war, which we will wage aggressively and methodically to disrupt and destroy terrorist activity," President George W. Bush announced a little more than two weeks after the 9/11 attacks. "Some victories will be won outside of public view, in tragedies avoided and threats eliminated. Other victories will be clear

The Canary (2021-01-08). Unison leader retires with blast against Boris Johnson and the government. thecanary.co The outgoing head of the country's biggest trade union has criticised the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and their treatment of public sector workers. | "Reckoning": | Dave Prentis, who has been general secretary of Unison for 20 years, said ministers had been behind the curve on procuring enough safety equipment at the start of the pandemic, made promises they hadn't kept, and were now denying a pay rise to workers who had heroically served their communities. | He called for a public inquiry into how the government had handled the crisis, saying there has to be a "day of reckoning". | He…

Peter Mertens (2021-01-08). This Pandemic Shows How Elites Have Forgotten Us. zcomm.org Belgium has suffered the world's worst rate of coronavirus deaths…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-08). Coronavirus hits jobs again, 140k jobs lost in December. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The national coronavirus pandemic has hit workers' jobs again. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Jan. 8 that companies shed a net of 140,000 jobs in December. The U.S. ended 2020 with a 6.7% jobless rate, compared to 3.6% in Dec. 2019. But those jobs numbers actually understate the virus's impact. And the day …

Bill Ballas (2021-01-08). Trump and the Organ Grinder's Monkey. progressive.org One can't be a leader without followers.

Michael Payne (2021-01-08). The good, the bad and the ugly: Medical heroes, anti-maskers, and rotten politicians. nationofchange.org We know who the Good are, they are exemplary, the very best of Americans. We know that the bad and ugly are personified by one Donald. J. Trump, someone who bends or breaks any law that stands in his way.

Liberation Staff (2021-01-08). The Real Story: Fascist Takeover in DC Isolates Trump. liberationnews.org The following discussion was broadcast Jan. 7 on The Socialist Program podcast.

Liberation Staff (2021-01-08). The real story: Fascist takeover in D.C. isolates Trump. liberationnews.org The following discussion was broadcast Jan. 7 on The Socialist Program podcast.

Joshua Sperber (2021-01-08). Trump, the American Dream and the Frontier. counterpunch.org David Graeber once postulated that the reason conservatives hate Hollywood is not just because of the film industry's sanctimonious liberalism but because this liberalism is disseminated by an industry that is profoundly nepotistic. From the Coppolas to the Barrymores to the Fondas to the Gyllenhaals to Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew Broderick, Daniel Radcliffe, and Jaden Smith,

Nadda Osman (2021-01-08). 'Horrifying beyond words': China embassy tweet on Uighur women rebuked online. middleeasteye.net 'Horrifying beyond words': China embassy tweet on Uighur women rebuked online | A tweet from Beijing's embassy in the US saying detained Uighur women were now 'emancipated' condemned as misrepresenting 'genocide' and 'forced sterilisation' | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 12: 26 | A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the East Turkestan flag and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag in a pr…

Pacifica Fightback (2021-01-08). Saturday 1/9: Fightback Town Hall Meeting On Palestine & The Attacks On Pacifica. indybay.org Meeting Registration | us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtc-i…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-08). 2021: Palestine's Chance of Fighting Back. counterpunch.org 2020 will go down in history as the year that terminated the American-sponsored 'peace process'. While 2021 will not reverse the monumental change in the US attitude and objectives in Palestine, Israel and the Middle East, the new year presents Palestinians with the opportunity to think outside the American box. The previous year began with

WSWS (2021-01-08). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Employees at British Gas walk out to defend pay and conditions; UK University students rent strike across 31 universities; Kenyan healthcare workers' strike continues despite union sending doctors back…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-08). Por trás do veredicto de Londres sobre Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca De um processo injusto — o de Londres referente a Julian Assange, fundador do WikiLeaks — resultou numa sentenàßa que, à primeira vista, parece justa: a nà£o extradiàßà£o do jornalista para os Estados Unidos, onde o aguarda uma sentenàßa de …

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-08). The US and UK may not will Assange's death, but everything they are doing makes it more likely. zcomm.org Washington has wanted Assange permanently silenced and made an example of — by demonstrating to other journalists its terrifying reach and powers of retaliation…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-08). The US and UK May Not Will Assange's Death, but Everything They Are Doing Makes It More Likely. globalresearch.ca There was a hope in some quarters after Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled on Monday against an application to extradite Julian Assange to the US, where he faced being locked away for the rest of his life, that she might finally …

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-08). How the left is being manipulated into colluding in its own character assassination. dissidentvoice.org There was a fascinating online panel discussion on Wednesday night on the Julian Assange case that I recommend everyone watch. The video is at the bottom of the page. But from all the outstanding contributions, I want to highlight a very important point made by Yanis Varoufakis that has significance for understanding current events well …

Pepe Escobar (2021-01-08). The Assange Saga: Practicing Real Journalism Is Criminally Insane. globalresearch.ca Synchronicity is definitely fond of mirror wonderwalls. The Julian Assange saga seemed to have entered a new chapter as he was, in thesis, on his way to — conditional — freedom this past Monday, only one day after the first …

PANGEA (2021-01-08). VIDEO — ASSANGE: La Nostra Democrazia Dietro Le Sbarre. globalresearch.ca SERVIZIO DA LONDRA DELL'INVIATA DI PANGEA BERENICE GALLI | STASERA 8 GENNAIO SU DAVVERO TV | Mentre il Tribunale di Londra negava il 6 gennaio a Julian Assange il rilascio su cauzione, rimandandolo nel carcere di Belmarsh — la "Guantanamo britannica", la …

Reese Erlich (2021-01-08). Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Hypocrisy on Cuba Continues. progressive.org State Department "terror list" includes countries that aren't terrorists and excludes those who are.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-08). The Pearl Harbor Hack and Other Media Fables. counterpunch.org Journalistic fatuity soared into the stratosphere last month with tales of Chinese bounties on U.S. soldiers (the Russians, I guess, got tired of doing that and delegated to the Chinese), and breathless reports that the U.S. supposedly experienced its third or fourth Pearl Harbor. This one was in cyberspace, when Russia allegedly hacked into some

Ian Cobain (2021-01-08). 'An honorary Muslim': The police spy who monitored London's mosques in plain sight. middleeasteye.net 'An honorary Muslim': The police spy who monitored London's mosques in plain sight | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 12: 13 | As undercover officers, Bob Lambert and his fellow detectives adopted the identities of dead children and had relationships with women they spied on. Then they turned their attention to British Muslims | One morning shortly after 9/11, with the remains of the Twin Towers still smouldering, thousan…

MEE staff (2021-01-08). UK minister criticised for demanding universities adopt IHRA antisemitism definition. middleeasteye.net UK minister criticised for demanding universities adopt IHRA antisemitism definition | Group of lawyers and retired judges say Secretary Gavin Williamson's initiative to require universities adopt resolution is 'legally and morally wrong' | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 19: 52 | Britain's Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said if majority of universities fail to adopt IHRA definition by December, he may start cutting f…

MEE correspondent (2021-01-08). Hotel diplomacy: Qatari hotel opens in Cairo as economic ties take centre stage. middleeasteye.net Hotel diplomacy: Qatari hotel opens in Cairo as economic ties take centre stage | While Qatari investment projects in Egypt have not stopped during a three-year rift, the opening of the Qatari-funded luxury St Regis hotel in Cairo is seen as official sign of thawing relations | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 14: 04 | The St Regis overlooks the Nile and is located in downtown Cairo (Marriott hotel we…

Liberation staff, Mississippi (2021-01-08). Jackson, Miss., schools 'Smart Restart' pushed by capitalism, not families. liberationnews.org JPS leaders are making the decision to reopen campus because our racist capitalist system refuses to prioritize public health and safety, even during a global pandemic.

Liberation staff, Mississippi (2021-01-08). Jackson, Miss. schools 'Smart Restart' pushed by capitalism, not families. liberationnews.org JPS leaders are making the decision to reopen campus because our racist capitalist system refuses to prioritize public health and safety, even during a global pandemic.

Eds. (2021-01-08). 2021: Year of living dangerously? mronline.org Goodbye 2020, but unfortunately, not good riddance, as we all have to live with its legacy. It has been a disastrous year for much of the world for various reasons, Elizabeth II's annus horribilis. The crisis has exposed previously unacknowledged realities, including frailties and vulnerabilities.

Jonah Raskin (2021-01-08). I Slept with Bill Ayres: Memories of My Life and Times with the Weather Underground. counterpunch.org Forty-years ago, in January 1971, on my first visit to California as a guest of the Weather Underground, Jeff Jones picked me up at the Hippo, the legendary San Francisco hamburger joint on Van Ness Avenue, drove me across the Golden Gate Bridge, and brought me to a cozy two-bedroom cottage in the hills above

Jude Wagner (2021-01-08). Crude-by-rail endangers communities: Washington state derailment latest in BNSF history. liberationnews.org BNSF has a history with risky choices ending in ecological disaster. They continue to use unsafe practices in pursuit of profit.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-01-08). Cuba's revolution continues during the pandemic. workers.org During the first week of January, Cubans celebrated the 61st anniversary of their great Revolution, marking the day when Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and the revolutionary forces entered Havana and ousted the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Since the victory in 1959, Cuba has resisted attack after attack by . . . |

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-01-08). A Manufactured Crisis: How Saudi Arabia Uses Oil to Bring Yemen to its Knees. mintpressnews.com By manufacturing an oil crisis in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is able to foment political chaos in the country and stir up popular discontent against domestic oil companies, many of which are run by the Houthi-led resistance…

IndustriALL (2021-01-08). Korean workers say POSCO steel company guilty of manslaughter. peoplesworld.org SEOUL—A pattern of fatal accidents at facilities in South Korea belonging to the global steel company POSCO will only be resolved when workers' have the right to organize freely and participate in safety systems, says the Korean Metal Workers' Union (KMWU). Accidents in November and December at POSCO's Gwangyang steelworks in Korea resulted in the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-08). Peruvian authorities confirm police responsibility in murder of agricultural worker amid strike. peoplesdispatch.org Since the beginning of December, hundreds of agricultural workers have been carrying out a strike demanding labor rights and better working conditions. Since then, 3 agricultural workers have been killed in various incidents of police repression…

Devin Cole (2021-01-08). Long live the Haitian Revolution! workers.org January 1 marked the 217th year of independence for the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution was led by formerly enslaved Black revolutionary Franàßois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture and later by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. A majority of Louverture's army had been born in Africa. The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 after a Vodou . . . |

Morning Star (2021-01-08). Compelling account of inspirational Black activist Claudia Jones in new booklet. peoplesworld.org Claudia Jones (1915-1964) is hardly unsung, given the growing number of books and film documentaries on the woman who, on indisputable merit, is interred immediately to the left of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery. In this account of an extraordinary Caribbean communist, David Horsley's focus is on Jones's life in advancing class, race, and gender …

Bruce Lerro (2021-01-08). Spirals of Becoming: The Search for a Dialectical Spiral in the Individual Life Cycle. dissidentvoice.org A specter is haunting western psychology, the specter of dialectics. The scaffold of the academic world is shaking. The time for its transformation is near… Dialectical psychologists unite! You have nothing to lose but the respect of vulgar mechanisms and pretentious mentalists. You will win a world, a changing world created by ever-changing human beings. …

Jude Wagner (2021-01-08). Oil trains endanger communities; Washington state derailment latest in BNSF history. liberationnews.org BNSF has a history with risky choices ending in ecological disaster. They continue to use unsafe practices in pursuit of profit.

Matt Sedlar (2021-01-08). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. cepr.net The pain from the recession is heavily concentrated among the long-term unemployed. The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) …

_____ (2021-01-08). 60 High School Seniors Refuse To Serve In The Israeli Army. popularresistance.org Sixty Israelis of eligible draft age have signed a letter declaring their refusal to serve in the military because of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories. | Departing from previous letters of this kind, the signatories call out the country's education system for various issues, such as encouraging enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces and emphasizing the Jewish narrative in Bible and history classes. | They also draw attention to issues they say the curriculum ignores, such as the expulsion of Arabs in 1948 and the current violation of human rights in the occupied territories. | In a letter sent…

_____ (2021-01-08). Will US Farmers Follow India's Lead? popularresistance.org Thousands of farmers in India are braving cold winter temperatures in the outskirts of New Delhi, their tractors and tents blocking traffic along three main roads leading to the capital city, in protest of new agricultural laws that farmers say leave them at the mercy of multinational corporations. The protests, which began in August, morphed into a general strike of 250 million workers on November 26, which has been called the largest-ever global demonstration. | The ongoing demonstrations have struck a chord with agricultural communities in North America, where solidarity protests were held throughout December,…

The Canary (2021-01-08). Five police officers in specialist unit sacked for 'abhorrent' conduct. thecanary.co Five out of six members of a "toxic" specialist police unit have been sacked for their "shameful" discriminatory language. | The officers from the Serious Organised Crime Unit (Socu) in Basingstoke, Hampshire, were recorded making racist, sexist, ableist and other inappropriate comments. | An anonymous complaint about their behaviour prompted Hampshire Constabulary to launch an investigation and the unit's office was bugged. | A disciplinary tribunal found the six officers had committed gross misconduct with their "abhorrent" comments. | Detective sergeant Oliver Lage, detective sergeant Gregory Willcox and Pc Ja…

Wilfred Chan (2021-01-08). In Hong Kong, We Thought We Had More Time. thenation.com In Hong Kong, We Thought We Had More Time…

Steve Brodner (2021-01-08). Bills Come Due. thenation.com Bills Come Due…

news.un (2021-01-08). Viet Nam: UN rights office denounces 'increasing clampdown' on freedom of expression. news.un.org The UN human rights office (OHCHR), on Friday, voiced concerns over the use of "vaguely defined laws" in Viet Nam, to arbitrarily detain an increasing number of journalists, bloggers, commentators and rights defenders, amidst what appears to be part of an "increasing clampdown" on the freedom of expression in the country.

news.un (2021-01-08). Citizens globally affirm belief in international cooperation to overcome challenges. news.un.org People worldwide have overwhelmingly highlighted their faith in multilateralism to address global challenges, the results of a year-long survey by the United Nations have shown.

news.un (2021-01-08). Citizens globally affirm belief in international cooperation. news.un.org People worldwide have overwhelmingly highlighted their faith in multilateralism to address global challenges, the results of a year-long survey by the United Nations have shown.

Coalition for Proptery Tax Justice (2021-01-08). Wednesday 1/13: #Black Homes Matter Speak Out: Most Detroit Home Foreclosures Since the Great Depression. indybay.org Virtual speak out…

MLK Jr. Institute Stanford University (2021-01-08). Saturday 1/16: MLK Jr. Holiday 2021: Where Do We Go From Here? Documentary Film Festival (1/16). indybay.org Online/virtual event w/ on demand streaming…

Christoph Spehr (2021-01-08). For a borderless pragmatism. Outline of a Progressive Migration Policy. indybay.org Immigration leads to stronger economic growth, which in turn creates jobs, Without migration, we would all be sitting in Olduvia in East Africa, as we were 100,000 years ago. About 3% of the world's population, about 215 million people, live in a state other than the one in which they were born. Migration has always existed. Not everything has become more right-wing in the last 50 years.

MLK Jr. Institute Stanford University (2021-01-08). Friday 1/15: MLK Jr. Holiday 2021: Where Do We Go From Here? Documentary Film Festival (1/15). indybay.org Online/virtual event w/ on demand streaming…

FSTPPC (2021-01-08). Friday 1/8: "Democracy on the Brink" w/ guest Rev. William Barber II of Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org Online program…

Alex Bustillos (2021-01-08). One in Six US Restaurants Have Closed Down — Moms-and-Pops Suffer Much Worse than Chains. indybay.org The US restaurant industry is undergoing an earthquake.

MLK Jr. Institute Stanford University (2021-01-08). Sunday 1/17: MLK Jr. Holiday 2021: Where Do We Go From Here? Documentary Film Festival (1/17). indybay.org Online/virtual event w/ on demand streaming…

Museum of African Diaspora San Francisco (2021-01-08). Monday 1/18: Virtual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday w/ MoAD. indybay.org Online via livestream (FREE & all ages welcome)…

MLK Jr. Institute Stanford University (2021-01-08). Monday 1/18: MLK Jr. Holiday 2021: Where Do We Go From Here? Documentary Film Festival (1/18). indybay.org Online/virtual event w/ on demand streaming…

EARTHDAY (2021-01-08). Thursday 1/14: We Throw It All Away: Food Waste & Loss and Changing to Responsible Practices. indybay.org Online event via Zoom or direct livestream…

Gershon Baskin (2021-01-08). What's the difference between modern Zionism and white supremacy? zcomm.org I no longer call myself a Zionist. I don't know what it means to be a Zionist anymore. Is building settlements in the West Bank Zionism? Is building more homes in settlements a Zionist response to Palestinian violence?>

Michael Albert (2021-01-08). Does Parecon Escape the Logic of Capitalism? zcomm.org An interview on participatory economics…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-08). Rare quadruple-helix DNA found in living human cells with glowing probes. imperial.ac.uk New probes allow scientists to see four-stranded DNA interacting with molecules inside living human cells, unravelling its role in cellular processes.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-08). Workers of British Gas strike against restructuring of contracts and 'fire and rehire' threats. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of British Gas workers under the leadership of GMB union started a five day strike from January 7 against the management's plan to restructure workers' contracts and threats of 'fire and rehire'

Ria Tabacco Mar (2021-01-08). Requiring Men but not Women to Register for the Draft is Sex Discrimination. aclu.org The requirement that only men — but not women — register for the draft is one of the last examples of overt sex discrimination written into our federal law. Today, we joined two young men and the National Coalition For Men (NCFM) to

Too Black (2021-01-08). The Myth of the Perfect Victim. counterpunch.org The denial of Black humanity is essential to the order of racial capitalism, and dictates that Blacks deserve whatever treatment they get. "Cop talk conditions us to see each 'officer-involved shooting' through the eyes of the police." "The victims were Black, and the reports are so written as to make it appear that the helpless

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-01-08). Is the Virus Real? Has It Been Photographed? What About Koch's Postulates? globalresearch.ca Even though I thought I had answered these questions, smart people whom I respect keep asking if the virus is real. So here is another stab at answering this. | Yes, the virus is real. A misleading CDC/FDA document originally written …

WSWS (2021-01-08). Shippensburg faculty member demands action to save jobs and university education for working-class students. wsws.org Layoffs, the closing of schools, and academic cuts are being pushed by the new chancellor at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Derek Royden (2021-01-08). The short, scary MAGA cosplay 'revolution'. nationofchange.org Without consequences for those who encouraged what happened on Wednesday, up to and including the outgoing president, such lawlessness could become a normal feature of American political life.

Saskia Hostetler Lippy (2021-01-08). Security Culture and a New Day in Portland. counterpunch.org Truth be told, I should not be writing this to you now. It was part of the code I signed in order to do the behind-the-scenes protest mental health work that I would never contact "the media." Anarchists, I've learned, like most humans, are on a continuum of extremes. The anarchists I admire most would

WSWS (2021-01-08). Student protests continue in Turkey in defiance of police-state measures. wsws.org The mass student protests in Istanbul that started to oppose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appointment of a new rector to Boƒüaziàßi University, continued yesterday in defiance of police-state measures to suppress the movement.

ACLU (2021-01-08). For Muslims, Even Prayers Aren't Private. aclu.org We generate droves of personal data every time we use the apps on our phones, make a call, or make an online purchase. While we might hope that our data is kept private, hidden away from people or entities that may want to surveil our usage or capitalize on these private choices, it often isn't., , In November, news reports revealed that the federal government had purchased location data mined from apps used by Muslims. One of those apps is Muslim Pro, a GPS-reliant app that signals prayer times to its users, which has been downloaded by millions. It's not yet clear exactly how the data is being used, bu…

WSWS (2021-01-08). Obit: Poet Victoria Chang's meditation on loss. wsws.org In her latest volume of poetry, Chang confronts her mother's death and seeks to understand the nature of grief while grappling with the inadequacy of language.

Louis Yako (2021-01-08). When the Left Side is the Only Hope Left: The Destruction of Mosul. counterpunch.org I wrote recently about the field research I conducted in the early months of 2020 for an international organization supporting Iraqi youth. The research focused on young boys and girls attending sessions in different parts of Iraq to engage in dialogues and conversations about pressing issues in Iraqi society such as citizenship, gender, culture and heritage, media,

Fight Back (2021-01-08). Chicago educators returning to buildings find substandard conditions days before reopening to students. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Thousands of Chicago Public Schools teachers, clinicians and staff returning to school buildings last Monday found conditions far below the standards and promises touted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools in preparation for opening doors to students on January 11. Throughout the week, educators submitted photos, video and detailed reports of their findings, which included no masks available upon arrival, empty hand sanitizer dispensers, hallways filled with debris from locker installation and brown water in bathroom sinks. | Many classrooms appeared as if they had not been cleaned si…

WSWS (2021-01-08). Indian Toyota workers continue strike in defiance of company-government repression. wsws.org Striking Toyota workers also face mounting pressure from the Congress and Janata Dal opposition parties, and the isolation of their struggle by the Stalinist-dominated unions.

Robert Fantina (2021-01-08). The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) Intrusion in Albania, Threatens Regional Stability in Middle East and Balkans. globalresearch.ca One can only imagine the risk when some citizens of a small country conceal hundreds of thousands of weapons and explosives. The nation becomes a powder keg, awaiting one small mistake to spark a deadly explosion. | This is the situation …

Global Research News (2021-01-08). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

commondreams (2021-01-07). Public Citizen Letter to Cabinet Secretaries: Don't Resign, Invoke the 25th Amendment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

sputniknews (2021-01-07). RSVP? Pence's Press Sec Says VP Never Received Formal Invite to Biden Inauguration. sputniknews.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday called for US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the US Constitution's 25th Amendment, which permits the VP to declare a sitting president unfit for office. Under the provision, Congress can also remove the president from office, granting presidential powers to the VP.

Staff (2021-01-07). "Americans Are Now Getting a Mild Taste of Their Own Medicine" of Disrupting Democracy Elsewhere. democracynow.org World leaders reacted in horror over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, with the U.N. secretary-general calling on political leaders to demand their followers refrain from violence. Leaders of the U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Canada, India, Japan, France, Germany, NATO and the European Council called for a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden. Investigative journalist Allan Nairn looks at what steps Trump may take next, and says despite protestations from President-elect Joe Biden and others that the insurrection was "not who we are," the U.S. has a long track record of disrupting democratic processes elsewher…

Refuse Fascism (2021-01-07). 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.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-07). Biden Attorney General Pick Merrick Garland Urged to Establish DOJ Task Force to Probe Trump Crimes. commondreams.org "Donald Trump, and his aides and associates, have engaged in a flurry of unethical, unconstitutional, and often criminal activity, culminating yesterday with the seditious insurrection on the United States Capitol." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-01-07). The fascist coup of January 6. wsws.org The fascist insurrection in Washington DC is a turning point in the political history of the United States.

Editor (2021-01-07). We Have Our Call to Arms. scheerpost.com By Mike Siegel / Original to ScheerPost On January 6, White nationalists sacked the U.S. Capitol at the command of our treasonous President. The same President who on Election Day in November won Texas easily — while dragging multiple Congressional Republicans to victory. There are countless lessons to learn from the Trump insurrection, as well as from the legendary Georgia Senate victories of Rev. |

Richard C. Gross (2021-01-07). Pro-Trump Insurrectionists Seize Capitol. counterpunch.org Extremist Republican congressional conservatives began debating the electoral votes that secured President-elect Joe Biden's victory as a Donald Trump-incited mob unleashed real "American carnage" by storming the Capitol building to protest his lost election. Hundreds of demonstrators swarmed past a ring of police and pushed into the Capitol, busting through doors and windows, ransacking offices.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-07). Omar Trump Impeachment Resolution Charges 'Attempted Coup Against Our Country'. commondreams.org "The urgency of this moment is real," said the Minnesota Democrat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-07). Rep. Omar Unveils Privileged Impeachment Resolution Against President Donald J. Trump. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-07). Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement's Statement on Coup Attempt. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2021-01-07). A New Book Analyzes The Impact Of COVID-19 On The US And China. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has placed China and the United States on the opposite ends of human progress. In the U.S., massive casualties of the pandemic have been coupled with the worst capitalist crash since the Great Depression. The story is much different in China. China began re-opening its economy as early as April of 2020. Deaths due to COVID-19 are virtually non-existent, and economists now predict that China's economy will surpass the U.S. economy in GDP terms two years ahead of schedule. Capitalism on a Ventilator: The Impact of COVID-19 in China and the U.S. is an anthology comprised of more than fifty cont…

WorkWeek (2021-01-07). 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.

commondreams (2021-01-07). Nurses Join Calls for Trump to be Removed 'Sanctions, Accountability Needed for Failed Coup'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-01-07). Ted Cruz tried to defend Trump's coup. He then praised the white supremacist Compromise of 1877. salon.com Cruz praised the compromise that ended the 1876 election even though it involved imposing white supremacy…

Anthony DiMaggio (2021-01-07). The Coup in Washington: Why is Anyone Surprised by Trump's Fascist Politics? counterpunch.org As I write this, pro-Trump protesters have stormed the U.S. Capitol building seeking to impose Trump's attempted coup on America. Trump's hand in stoking the coup is apparent on multiple fronts. He's been disseminating and mainstreaming baseless electoral fraud conspiracies for months — years really. He encouraged these protesters to head over to Capitol Hill. Once the attacks on and invasion of the Capitol began, he refused to condemn them. And then in his first address to the nation, he poured more fuel on the fire by continuing to traffic in electoral fraud conspiracies. To be perfectly clear, this is no…

Dean Baker (2021-01-07). What to Look for in the December Jobs Report. counterpunch.org 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

_____ (2021-01-07). Police Reform Advocates Press Minnesota Legislature For More. popularresistance.org Civil rights organizers were back at Minnesota's Capitol as a new legislative session got underway Tuesday, ready to mount another push for changes to police accountability laws less than a week after another fatal police shooting in Minneapolis. | "We know that George Floyd is not an anomaly," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "George Floyd represents the history of state violence against people of color in this country and particularly against Black people." | Floyd's death last May in the custody of Minneapolis police officers made M…

Ken Klippenstein (2021-01-07). A Police Bulletin Instructs Officers to Look for Explosives. thenation.com A Police Bulletin Instructs Officers to Look for Explosives…

Brendan O'Connor (2021-01-07). A Preview of What's to Come. thenation.com A Preview of What's to Come…

Dan Froomkin (2021-01-07). It took thugs roaming the halls of Congress for media to speak the truth. salon.com Wednesday's dramatic Capitol attack finally captured the media's attention. But this outrage was far from the worst…

sputniknews (2021-01-07). Who Took Part in 'Stop the Steal' US Capitol Storming? Lawmakers, Right-Wing Figures IDed in Footage. sputniknews.com Several dozen people have been arrested by Washington, DC, police in the hours after the storming of the US Capitol building on Wednesday, and federal investigators say their probe of the chaos is likely to last the rest of 2021.

sputniknews (2021-01-07). World Leaders Stunned as Violent Protesters Storm US Capitol. sputniknews.com UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reflected the sentiment of many world leaders as his spokesman said he was "saddened" by the events at the US Capitol.

Laurent Ross (2021-01-07). The D.C. terrorist attacks: September 11th and January 6th. peoplesworld.org On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a political appointee of D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, running a $17 million scholarship program. My office was just blocks from the Capitol, and I had a great view of the dome from my 10th story window. A member of my leadership team, Ken Howard, came into my office to …

teleSUR (2021-01-07). UN Rights Chief Slams US Capitol Attack. telesurenglish.net UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said that her office is deeply troubled by Wednesday's assault on the U.S. Capitol, noting that the violence showed the destructive impact of hatred by political leaders. | RELATED: | "We are deeply troubled by Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol, which demonstrated clearly the destructive impact of sustained, deliberate distortion of facts, and incitement to…

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Bolsonaro Seeks Another "Capitol Riot" in Brazil. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro forecast a storm similar to the Capitol riots that occurred in Washington on Wednesday afternoon. This, as the far-right leader tried to discredit the mail-voting system, an option widely recommended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "In the U.S., people voted by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, people voted three or four times, even dead people v…

Joe Glenton (2021-01-07). 'Irresponsible and inhumane' Home Office continuing with deportations despite lockdown. thecanary.co The Home Office plans to press forward with the deportation of up to 60 people despite a full national lockdown and a massive spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the UK. | The Independent newspaper "Irresponsible and inhumane": | New lockdown rules say that people cannot leave their homes or travel abroad except wh…

The Canary (2021-01-07). 'There's only so much you can see' — heartbreaking words from hospital staff on the pandemic frontline. thecanary.co Hospital staff on the coronavirus frontline have described how there is "very little joy" in the job during the second wave, with some in intensive care units resigning and managers concerned over the long-term mental health impact on employees.Tori Cooper, head of nursing in the Emergency Department at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, said the usually good staff morale had been chipped away during the Covid-19 pandemic.Cooper told the PA news agency: "There is very little joy in our work at the moment."It's hard to find that joy when you come into work — you're scared for your colleagues,…

RT (2021-01-07). Not believing in God 'as dangerous' as Covid-19 denialism says Head of Russian Church, asking followers to trust the experts. rt.com Coronavirus isn't the only pandemic sweeping through society, the Russian Orthodox Church's top cleric has said. According to Patriarch Kirill, disbelief is public health enemy number one, ahead of purely biological threats. | In a sermon to mark the start of Christmas in Russia on Wednesday, the bishop told worshippers that "there are people who do not believe in anything at all — not in disease or in danger, and neglect medical advice." | "But we believers know that these stupid people exist. There are also many people who do not believe in God… which is very dangerous, even deadly," he added. "Just a…

Katha Pollitt (2021-01-07). Covid-19 Has Been Hardest on Women. thenation.com Covid-19 Has Been Hardest on Women…

news.un (2021-01-07). WHO warns of COVID-19 'tipping point' as cases rise across Europe. news.un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a "tipping point" in the fight against COVID-19, amid surging cases in Europe and the fresh challenge of a mutating virus.

news.un (2021-01-07). Food for Mozambicans struggling amidst violence and COVID-19, 'will be compromised' without more funding: WFP. news.un.org Despite increased insecurity and limited funding, the UN food relief agency is continuing to supply food for hundreds of thousands of people affected by conflict in northern Mozambique.

WSWS (2021-01-07). As the pandemic death toll mounts, governments delay administration of second vaccine dose. wsws.org With the death toll from COVID-19 projected to accelerate over the next several weeks, some governments are attempting to compensate for problems in the production and distribution of vaccines by delaying the second dose, despite a lack of data proving the efficacy of a prolonged dose regimen.

RT (2021-01-07). UK may need to 'revaccinate' every 6 MONTHS and Covid testing will still be needed next year, health secretary warns. rt.com The UK may need to revaccinate people for immunisation to coronavirus every six months, while Covid-19 testing will still be required in 2022, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said during a select committee hearing on Thursday. | "I anticipate that we will probably need to revaccinate because we don't know the longevity of the protection from these vaccines," Hancock said in response to an MP's question. "It might need to be every six months, it might need to be every year." | Hancock added that "yes" he did think that England's current national lockdown would be the country's last, but said: "There's absolutely…

WSWS (2021-01-07). Nebraska governor says undocumented meatpacking workers will not receive vaccine. wsws.org Governor Ricketts said during a press conference that undocumented immigrants in the meat processing industry will not receive the COVID-19 vaccine and his spokesman said its distribution will be prioritized by citizenship status.

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Ecuador To Receive 50,000 Doses of Pfizer Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's authorities Wednesday announced the country bought 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech. | RELATED: | The doses will arrive in the country on January 18. The vaccination campaign will start with health workers who assist COVID-19 patients. | The military, police, the elderly who are in public nursing homes, and their workers will also receive Pfizer doses as part of the vaccinatio…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-07). Bolivia approves emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. peoplesdispatch.org Bolivia hopes to vaccinate up to 20% of its population in the first quarter of this year. The health ministry has endorsed Russia's Sputnik V and China's CoronaVac vaccines against COVID-19…

Workers World Party (2021-01-07). PDF of January 7 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE! 'Relief' bill offers little; Outrage at year's end; Workers as 'contractors'; Massive hack; Historic postal strike; Editorial: COVID unpreparedness. GLOBAL: Cuban and Haitian revolutions; Brexit crisis; Long live DPRK; Argentina: abortion rights victory. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS: Exonerate Mumia! Letter from Pennsylvania . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-07). Arthritis drugs may reduce mortality and time in ICU for sickest COVID patients. imperial.ac.uk Treating critically ill COVID-19 patients with drugs typically used for arthritis may significantly improve survival, a landmark study has found.

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Possible Presence of UK Strain Puts Bogota on Red Alert. telesurenglish.net Bogota's Major Claudia Lopez on Thursday announced that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases has caused an occupation of 85 percent of the city's Intensive Care Units (ICU), which made her declare a red alert. | RELATED: | "British strain is already circulating in the capital city," she said and attributed that presence to the people who arrived in the country from abroad since mid-December. | Lopez acknowledged that local health authorities…

RT (2021-01-07). 'Life-saving drugs': Treating critically ill Covid-19 patients with Roche or Sanofi arthritis meds reduces death rate, trial finds. rt.com Survival rates for critically ill Covid patients could be significantly improved and the time they spend in intensive care cut by up to 10 days with the use of existing arthritis drugs, clinical trial results showed on Thursday. | Roche's Actemra (tocilizumab) and Sanofi's Kevzara (sarilumab) — both immunosuppressive drugs — slashed the death rates of the sickest Covid patients by 8.5 percentage points, according to the findings, which are yet to be peer-reviewed. | In response to the apparent breakthrough, the UK government is making the drugs immediately available to doctors, with a spokesperson sa…

WSWS (2021-01-07). New year begins with record COVID-19 deaths in Germany. wsws.org The beginning of the year in Germany was characterised by overcrowded crematoria, hospitals on the brink of collapse and mass death.

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Latin America Celebrates 'Three Kings Day'. telesurenglish.net Latin American countries on Wednesday marked the Three Kings Day, which is a religious festivity that worships the Child Jesus. | Every January 6, as part of a tradition inherited from the Spanish Colony, families praise the arrival of Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar in Belem. | On the Three Kings Day, thousands of people go to churches to pray for their families' health. It is also a tradition to give gifts to children, make artistic presentations in the streets, and bake a roll. | This 2021, however, the celebration was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Churches were not as crowded as they were in previ…

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Cuba: Infant Mortality Stayed Low in 2020. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Health Ministry (MINSAP) reported an infant mortality rate of 4.9 per 1,000 live births in 2020 despite the pressures put by the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. sanctions on the health system. | RELATED: | The Medical Records and Statistics Division informed that 105,030 children were born on the island, which represents 4,686 fewer births than in 2019. | Experiencing a reduction in the under-five years' mortality rate, the Carib…

Eds. (2021-01-07). Incarcerated people and corrections staff should be prioritized in COVID-19 vaccination plans. mronline.org Some states are including correctional facilities in their rollout plans. All states and the BOP should do so-and put incarcerated people near the top of the list.

Mwangi Githahu (2021-01-07). Invermectin: South Africa Bans 'Miracle' COVID-19 Treatment as "Unsafe" globalresearch.ca The import into South Africa of ivermectin, a drug that has made international headlines recently as a so-called "miracle cure" for Covid-19, has been declared illegal by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra). | Ivermectin, which has been used …

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-01-07). First Country Bans Ivermectin, a Lifesaver for COVID — Will the US be Next? globalresearch.ca Ivermectin, a cheap generic drug used for hookworm, heartworm and scabies, with a half life causing it to remain in your system for months, is used as a "worming" medicine in children, dogs, horses. Due to its tremendous value as …

Mwangi Githahu (2021-01-07). Ivermectin: South Africa Bans 'Miracle' COVID-19 Treatment as "Unsafe" globalresearch.ca The import into South Africa of ivermectin, a drug that has made international headlines recently as a so-called "miracle cure" for Covid-19, has been declared illegal by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra). | Ivermectin, which has been used …

WSWS (2021-01-07). Five Canadian health care workers die within a week as COVID-19 infections rise sharply nationwide. wsws.org Canada's health and senior's care systems are buckling under a second wave of the pandemic for which the entire political establishment is responsible.

WSWS (2021-01-07). German teachers' union backs in-person learning as COVID-19 deaths soar. wsws.org In enforcing their inhumane pandemic policies, the federal and state governments, consisting of a broad range of political coalitions, can rely on the close cooperation of Germany's trade unions.

Tracy Rosenberg (2021-01-07). COVID-19 Contact Tracing and State Surveillance. globalresearch.ca The US remains wholly incapable of tracing Covid-19 contagion, but if it tried, we might wind up with "the worst of both worlds" — a horror of coercion and confusion that still failed to stop the epidemic. | "Low income communities, …

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Brazil: Bolsonaro Cancels Purchase of Syringes for Vaccination. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro suspended the purchase of syringes destined for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign "due to a price increase." | RELATED: | "The syringes' cost increased absurdly. The Ministry of Health suspended the purchase until their value returns to normal," Bolsonaro said. | During a broadcast message, the far-right-wing president minimized the pandemic's impact on the country and the need for syringe…

Dr. Saeed A. Qureshi (2021-01-07). COVID-19: "Virus Isolation". Does the Virus Exist? globalresearch.ca Editor's Note | This is a controversial issue which has been raised by several prominent scientists. | On January 7, 2020 the Chinese authorities "identify a new type of virus" which was "isolated". The CDC also confirmed that the virus had been …

John C. A. Manley (2021-01-07). Satire: Alien Invasion Dwarfs COVID-19 Hysteria. globalresearch.ca Note to our readers. This is a satire focussing on the "mysterious monoliths" which according to NASA is "paving the way for a full scale Alien invasion." | *** | A recent CBC article, reported that another one of those mysterious monoliths …

Matthew Rozsa (2021-01-07). Why vaccines are being wasted in the United States. salon.com The US needs to vaccinate 9 million people a week to end the pandemic by July 1. We're very far from that goal…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-07). Vaccine collaboration could overcome cold chain issues for RNA-based vaccines. imperial.ac.uk Imperial vaccine researchers are collaborating with industry partners to develop RNA vaccines stable at temperatures up to 40C.

Antonietta Gatti (2021-01-07). The Side Effects of Vaccines. 2017 Study in the International Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in January 2017 by the International Journal of Vaccines and Vaccination | Abstract | Vaccines are being under investigation for the possible side effects they can cause. In order to supply new information, an electron-microscopy investigation method …

Santa Cruz News (2021-01-07). 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.