2021-01-13: News Headlines

Anya Parampil (2021-01-13). Stop the Steal takeover exposes fragility of U.S. empire. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Brian Becker, host of The Socialist Program, about the implications of the recent Stop the Steal riot in Washington D.C. By Anya Parampil Becker analyzes direct coordination between rioters and the police and explains why he believes the Biden Era could be one of political instability in the United States. He also discusses the launch of his new podcast, The Socialist Program.

Tom Anderson (2021-01-13). 'People need to be prepared for the worst' as fake eviction ban weakens renters' rights. thecanary.co Last week, many UK mainstream media outlets toed the government line and But campaigners have called the ban a 'hoax'.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2021-01-13). US Unemployed Rising, Evictions, Mortgages Crisis Brewing, Small Business Collapsing: Economic Consequences of a 2nd 'Mitigation' Bill. globalresearch.ca As of mid-December 2020 the US economy has begun showing increasing signs of an exceptionally weak 4th quarter, October-December, growth. After having collapsed -10.5% in the March-June 2020 period, followed by a partial 'rebound' (not sustained recovery) in the 3rd …

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

RT (2021-01-13). Australian scientists urge pause on deployment of AstraZeneca vaccine over efficacy concerns, suggest Pfizer or Moderna instead. rt.com Scientists in Australia have called for a halt to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming recent data has cast doubt on the inoculation's ability to create herd immunity. | The scientists pointed to data from a study A larg…

WSWS (2021-01-13). Before it begins, COVID-19 vaccination in Turkey already a fiasco. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous ruling class "herd immunity" policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.

Makia Freeman (2021-01-13). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Experimental COVID Vaccines | are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This next phase of the COVID scamdemic is an incredibly dangerous one — the phase where authorities take their sovereignty-violating …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-13). Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians. dissidentvoice.org Israel's decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel's poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous. Amnesty International, among many organizations, condemned the Israeli government's decision to bar Palestinians from receiving the vaccine. The rights group described the Israeli action as evidence …

Martha Grevatt (2021-01-14). Canadian autoworkers blockade minivan plant. workers.org Members of Unifor Local 444, at FCA's Windsor, Ontario, minivan assembly plant, blockade gates to oppose threats to cut members' jobs. Since Jan. 5, Unifor Local 444 has blockaded the FCA minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Plant workers normally build 830 Chrysler Pacifica vans per day. The blockade of . . . |

Devin C (2021-01-14). Pensacola fights anti-abortion terror. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek land — Pensacola, Fla. A group of activists, organizers and those in support of reproductive justice held Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 demonstrations at American Family Planning, a reproductive health clinic that provides abortion. The community gathered to oppose anti-abortion reactionaries, who have been terrorizing clinic workers, . . . |

The Conversation (2021-01-14). Is impeaching President Trump 'pointless revenge'? Not if it sends a message to future presidents. juancole.com By Michael Blake | — A House majority, including 10 Republicans, voted on Jan. 13 to impeach President Trump for "incitement of insurrection." The vote will initiate a trial in the Senate — but that trial will likely not be finished before Trump's term of office comes to an end on Jan. 20. There is …

Nathaniel Chase (2021-01-14). Lessons from Charlottesville: How to fight fascism in 2021. workers.org San Francisco, Jan. 9. The large demonstration of fascist, white-supremacist forces in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6 brought back memories for this writer of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., over three years ago. Aug. 12, 2017, was filled with the most horrible racism and violence and the . . . |

Gloria Rubac (2021-01-14). Prison officials' crimes mount at Ramsey Unit in Texas. workers.org Houston "I just can't take it anymore," Michael Beck told other prisoners at the W. F. Ramsey Unit state prison, in Rosharon, Texas, 33 miles south of Houston. Then during the first week of January, he wrapped a fan cord around his neck and tied the other end of it . . . |

Workers World Party (2021-01-14). PDF of January 14 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Special Coverage: Resisting White Supremacy No fascist coup! Fight back with workers' power Georgia grassroots victory; Marcy on violence and the state; Threat of fascism remains; Black Lives Matter and 'democracy'; 'Fraudulent' elections; as imperialist ploy; Charlottesville's how-to lessons; Fascists, the FBI — and legislators; Capitol . . . |

Michael T. Hertz (2021-01-14). How to have a happy humanity. nationofchange.org I am sure that we could solve worldwide issues of poverty, climate change, and health. Our efforts involving happiness should be made with respect to all peoples everywhere.

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-13). How a lawbreaking international coalition failed to overthrow Venezuela's government. mronline.org On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela's capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). China's trade deals to the east and west rewrite the rules. peoplesdispatch.org Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and John Ross, Senior Fellow Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, discuss the RCEP and EU-China trade deals…

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2021-01-13). Sunday 1/17: Pin@y Power: Building Multi-Racial Working-Class Movements. indybay.org Zoom (Registration link in description)…

Max Blumenthal (2021-01-13). Chaos agent: Right-wing blames US Capitol riot on notorious instigator banished by Black Lives Matter. thegrayzone.com John Sullivan was at the front of the Trumpist mob in the Capitol, egging it on as he recorded the rampage. The far-right is pointing to him as proof of Antifa's role in the riot. But leftist activists call him a dangerous provocateur and have banished him. The most dramatic footage to emerge from the far-right storming of the US Capitol on January 6 depicted the lethal shooting of Ashli Babbit, a pro-Trump activist and military veteran, by a Capitol …

_____ (2021-01-13). On His Way To Prison, Activist Advocates For COVID-19 Prisoner Release. popularresistance.org On Thursday (Jan. 14), Patrick O'Neill will report to the Federal Correctional Institution near Elkton, Ohio, to serve a 14-month sentence for breaking into a nuclear submarine base as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action he took up with six other Catholic pacifists more than two years ago. | But on his way to prison, O'Neill has taken up a new cause: protecting inmates from COVID-19. | Some 329,298 prisoners across the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus and about 2,020 have died, according to the Marshall Project, the online journalism organization focused on criminal justice. | Pris…

_____ (2021-01-13). DSA's Moment Of Truth. popularresistance.org Now that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency, expectations have been raised around covid relief, rent relief, a Green New Deal, cancelling student debt and Medicare For All. | Covid has especially elevated the demand of Medicare For All: the trillion dollar healthcare industry that annually leaves tens of thousands of uninsured dying unnecessary deaths — while bankrupting hundreds of thousands more — has proven a historic failure in the face of the pandemic, while pushing millions more into the realm of the uninsured. The totality of the disaster is similar to a poorer nation in th…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-13). The most dangerous law of our time continues to be pushed through parliament. thecanary.co While most of the public are still distracted by coronavirus (Covid-19) headlines, the disgraceful The spycops bill authorises covert agents, such as police officers, MI5 agents, or military personnel, to legally carry out what would usually be considered criminal conduct. | Why is the bill so…

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-13). The UK's Brexit-and-Covid Languors. counterpunch.org The UK has been in a protracted capitalist crisis since the collapse of…

news.un (2021-01-13). Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era. news.un.org The UN's labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up vigil for emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in LA, Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life and Culture. truthout.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in L.A., Hard-Hit Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life, Culture & Language. democracynow.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero also laments "the loss of knowledge" that comes with the devastation of COVID-19. "Some of the elders have passed away, and…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Stay at home': Portuguese PM announces new lockdown after record Covid-19 death and infection rates. rt.com Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa urged people to stay at home as he announced on Wednesday that the country would enter another national lockdown following record rates of Covid-19 deaths and new cases. | "We are at the most dangerous moment [of the pandemic]. The rule is simple: all of us should stay home," Costa told reporters during a briefing at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. | On Wednesday, the Portuguese authorities reported a record daily increase of 156 deaths, taking total fatalities to 8,236, which Costa said was "not acceptable." | The country also recorded a further 10,556 new Covid-19 infectio…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Perfect storm': WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be 'even tougher' than the first. rt.com Ongoing transmission dynamics show the world needs to brace for an even tougher year of fighting Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, while the disease has turned into the "perfect storm" in Europe and the US. | "We are going into a second year of this, it could even be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some of the issues that we are seeing," WHO's Health Emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, said during a Q&A session broadcast Following a drop in new cases reported over the…

Jens Martens (2021-01-13). 8 points for a global agenda of structural change in the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org "We can have democracy or concentration of wealth, not both," said Justice Louis Brandeis, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice,…

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-13). Hunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail. indybay.org Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. | The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration.

Dr. Patrick Phillips (2021-01-13). Video: "Lockdown" Public Health Policies in Ontario: Dr. Naomi Wolf Talks to Courageous Physician Dr. Patrick Phillips. globalresearch.ca Dr. Patrick Phillips, a family physician and front liner in health care in Ontario, talks with Dr. Naomi Wolf of Daily Clout on the devastating impacts of COVID-19 lockdown. | He firmly believes that the consequences outweigh the benefits and …

WSWS (2021-01-13). London Mayor declares "major incident" as UK capital devastated by COVID-19. wsws.org The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.

teleSUR (2021-01-13). China's Heilongjiang Reports 43 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province reported 43 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 68 asymptomatic infections on Wednesday, local health authorities said on Thursday. | RELATED: | All the new cases were close contacts or secondary close contacts of earlier COVID-19 infections in Huiqi Village, Wangkui County. | All the new confirmed and asymptomatic cases have been rushed to designated medical institutions, their close contacts and…

teleSUR (2021-01-13). PAHO: Latam Reports Highest Contagion Figures Since March. telesurenglish.net The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) revealed on Wednesday that the region is facing the highest contagion rate since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as 2.5 million cases were reported last week alone. | RELATED: | "Virtually every country in the Americas is seeing an acceleration in the virus's spread," the organization warned in a statement. This, as the new COVID-19 mutation, has been identified in six cou…

WSWS (2021-01-13). Global COVID-19 death toll nears 2 million. wsws.org It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-01-13). German hospital group terminates nurse after criticism of situation in ICUs. wsws.org As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-13). Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. globalresearch.ca Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that …

Alexander Rubinstein (2021-01-13). Saint Anthony Fauci: The Hidden History. mintpressnews.com Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top scientist on the Coronavirus taskforce, is being reproached after it was revealed last month that he was "moving the goalposts" on coronavirus herd immunity. But his long history of misleading the American public, or getting things completely wrong, remains unscrutinized — until now. | Before I get started on Dr. Fauci's handling of the coronavirus and his handling of the HIV/AIDS crisis and other major outbreaks of infectious diseases, I want to be clear that the point of this article is not to push covid-denialism. I can already envision some mainstream media hack, foaming at…

Sam Mellins (2021-01-13). 'Enough Is Enough': How a New York Coalition Is Pushing Lawmakers to Raise the State's Revenue. progressive.org The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession.

teleSUR (2021-01-13). IlO Urges Governments To Protect Homeworkers. telesurenglish.net The International Labor Organization (ILO) urged governments on Thursday to protect homeworkers as figures have risen alarmingly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that one in five people has had to work from home worldwide during the first half of 2020. | RELATED: | The ILO points out that homeworkers "are usually worse off than those who work outside the home, even in higher-skilled professions" as they have…

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-13). Britain to Issue Vaccine Passports. globalresearch.ca According to the London Telegraph, UK vaccine passports "could be rolled out across the UK" if Boris Johnson's "trial" run goes as planned. | Biometrics firm iProov and cybersecurity firm Mvine developed a digital passport for the trial in two …

South Front (2021-01-13). Video: Mysterious Aircraft Pound Turkish Oil Smugglers in Syria. US Supply Convoys Are Blown Up in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The first month of 2021 was marked by a new round of violence in Syria. The situation was especially complicated in Greater Idlib, northern Aleppo and in the central desert. | On January 8, ISIS terrorists launched a large attack on …

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-13). The Heat: U.S. & whistleblowers. america.cgtn.com Julian Assange's extradition to the U.S. was denied by a British judge, but his legal ordeal is far from over. We will take a look at how governments are dealing with whistleblowers.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-13). Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity. globalresearch.ca Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-13). Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity. dissidentvoice.org Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the statement from her department, which was a good thing, as it might have been dangerously useful. The finding of a UK court on whether Julian Assange would be extradited to the United States was made "on the grounds of his mental health and consequent suicide risk." …

Lee Camp (2021-01-13). Lee Camp: America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another. mintpressnews.com Washington DC (

Fight Back (2021-01-13). Marx, the Civil War and the U.S. today. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Karl Marx observed over a 150 years ago that "the biggest thing happening in the world today are on the one hand the movement of the slaves in America started by the death of John Brown and on the other the movement of the serfs in Russia." | According to Marx, the defining event leading up to the Civil War was not the Slaveholders' Rebellion announced by the cannon fire on Fort Sumter but the raid on Harpers Ferry led by John Brown and Shields Green – a Black and white band of abolitionists. In other words, the movement of the slaves inspired by Harpers Ferry, and the election of a president – Linc…

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-13). What's the Future of Afghanistan After Trump? US Troops Replaced by Private Military Contractors? globalresearch.ca Biden's Foreign Policy | Many questions are swirling about President-Elect Biden's foreign policy upon his impending inauguration next week, but one of the most relevant for all of Eurasia is what his stance will be towards the US' seemingly never-ending War …

Alan Macleod (2021-01-13). A Record of Hawkish Intervention: Biden Picks Samantha Power to Head USAID. mintpressnews.com Samantha Power has been an outspoken advocate of US humanitarian intervention, promoting the Iraq war and defending human rights abusers like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Alan Macleod (2021-01-13). Rumors Spread of a 2024 Presidential Run as Pompeo Paves Way for Future Wars. mintpressnews.com In what are likely his final few days in office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been taking a number of increasingly outlandish and aggressive policy steps.

David Swanson (2021-01-13). Restoring the Threat of Impeachment for Future Office Holders. zcomm.org It matters because a precedent has to be set for presidents who try to overturn elections through fraudulent actions, dishonest demagoguery, and the instigation of violence…

Manuela Solé (2021-01-13). Venezuela: Maduro Blasts Sanctions, Sets Sights on Economic Recovery. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presented his annual address to the new National Assembly…

MEE staff (2021-01-13). Rights group calls on US Muslims to be 'extra vigilant' in wake of Capitol riot. middleeasteye.net Rights group calls on US Muslims to be 'extra vigilant' in wake of Capitol riot | Council on American-Islamic Relations says threat posed by far-right white supremacist violence is high and Muslims may be targets | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 21: 17 | CAIR urges mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures outlined in its safety booklet (AFP) | A leading Muslim-American civil rights and advocacy group urged M…

Zecharias Zelalem (2021-01-13). Ethiopia conflict: Outrage over damage to Tigray mosque. middleeasteye.net Ethiopia conflict: Outrage over damage to Tigray mosque | Details of the damage inflicted on the al-Nejashi mosque – believed to be one of the oldest mosques in Africa – took weeks to emerge | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 48 | Images emerged on 1 January showing damage reportedly inflicted on the seventh-century al-Nejashi mosque in November in Ethiopia's Tigray region (Supplied) | The conflic…

Yasmina Allouche (2021-01-13). Tunisian MPs begin hunger strike over violence in parliament. middleeasteye.net Tunisian MPs begin hunger strike over violence in parliament | Brawl during session on women's issues left MP Samia Abbou unconscious | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 12: 03 | Samia Abbou was allegedly attacked by members of the al-Karama coalition during the parliamentary brawl (AFP) | Four Tunisian MPs have begun a hunger strike in protest against a brawl in parliament that left one of them unconscio…

Aseel Jundi (2021-01-13). Palestinians of Jerusalem protect their land against Israel's bulldozers and arbitrary laws. middleeasteye.net Palestinians of Jerusalem protect their land against Israel's bulldozers and arbitrary laws | Residents of Wadi al-Rababa say they have papers proving ownership dating back to Ottoman days, as they clash with Israeli forces called in to support crews razing their land | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 09: 59 | Shadi al-Samrin surveys the damage done to his family's land (MEE/Aseel Jundi) | The Palestinians of Wa…

Aseel Jundi (2021-01-13). 'Until my last breath': Palestinians of Jerusalem defend land against Israel's bulldozers. middleeasteye.net 'Until my last breath': Palestinians of Jerusalem defend land against Israel's bulldozers | Residents of Wadi al-Rababa say they have papers proving ownership dating back to Ottoman days, as they clash with Israeli forces called in to support crews razing their land | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 09: 59 | Shadi al-Samrin surveys the damage done to his family's land (MEE/Aseel Jundi) | The Palestinians of Wadi…

MEE staff (2021-01-13). Progressive Jewish groups oppose codifying IHRA antisemitism definition into US law. middleeasteye.net Progressive Jewish groups oppose codifying IHRA antisemitism definition into US law | Ten groups warn that IHRA definition is being wrongly used against those who 'oppose the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory' | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 17: 58 | Protesters from multiple Palestinian rights organisations demonstrate outside White House on 15 September in Washington (AFP/File photo) | Nearly a dozen pro-Israel…

The Canary (2021-01-13). Refugee describes 'unbearable' conditions at Kent military barracks. thecanary.co A refugee living at a military barracks in Kent has said conditions are "unbearable", with 34 people sharing one shower.There have been reports of suicide attempts at Napier Barracks, near Folkestone, which the Home Office is using to house asylum seekers including people who have crossed the Channel in small boats.Dozens of residents gathered outside the barbed wire-topped fence on Tuesday chanting "freedom" and waving banners.Many are on hunger strike and sleeping outside despite the cold nights in protest at conditions in the camp.The Government said it takes the wellbeing of asylum seekers "extremely seriousl…

Steve Topple (2021-01-13). There's a backlash against posties. We need to support them. thecanary.co Postal workers are facing a backlash from some members of the public. This is because people's post has been delayed. But is it the fault of Royal Mail staff? Umm, no. | Postal problems: | The Guardian

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2021-01-13). 'One State is a Game Changer': A Conversation with Ilan Pappe and Awad Abdelfattah on the One Democratic State Campaign. counterpunch.org As the US ruling elites have fully succumbed to Israel's political discourse on Palestine, the Israeli government of right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may feel that it, alone, is capable of determining the future of the Palestinian people. This conclusion is, perhaps, gleaned from Israel's behavior in recent years and months. The expansion of illegal

Staff (2021-01-13). "Empowering Law Enforcement Is Not the Solution" Says Former FBI Agent. truthout.org In their first press briefing since the deadly fascist mob attack on the Capitol on January 6, FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials The FBI's Washington Bureau field office assistant director, Steve D'Antuono, said at a news conference that his office has opened 170 case files, and that agents have…

Staff (2021-01-13). McConnell Urged to Confirm His Support for Impeachment by Starting Senate Trial. truthout.org In the wake of "If the reports are true,…

Staff (2021-01-13). "American Abyss": Fascism Historian Tim Snyder on Trump's Coup Attempt, Impeachment & What's Next. democracynow.org As the House votes to impeach President Trump, the FBI warns there could be a repeat of the violent insurrection he encouraged on January 6, with Trump loyalists planning to hold armed protests nationwide ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration. We speak with Timothy Snyder, a historian of fascism, who says the riot at the U.S. Capitol was "completely and utterly predictable" given President Trump's record of stoking extremism and undermining democratic institutions. "The American republic is hanging by a thread because the president of the United States has sought to use violence to stay in power and essentially to ov…

RT (2021-01-13). No mask, no money? HSBC warns UK customers they could FORFEIT their accounts if they don't obey pandemic rules. rt.com UK customers who refuse to wear masks inside HSBC branches will be refused service and may have their accounts closed, the bank says. The threat was not well-received, particularly given HSBC's criminal history. | HSBC customers who enter a branch bare-faced without a medical exemption could forfeit their money, a spokesperson told UK tabloid

RT (2021-01-13). 'High protein content': Insects set to crawl their way onto Europeans' plates as EU regulator rules MEALWORMS are SAFE to eat. rt.com Europeans are a step closer to finding all sorts of creepy crawlies on the menu as the EU Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has officially deemed the first such species — a yellow mealworm, to be specific — safe to eat. | The development means that people buying pasta, burgers and even biscuits in a store somewhere in Europe might soon find out that their food is made of mealworms, thoroughly dried and ground into powder, while those of a more adventurous nature may be able to buy a baggie of whole dried insects as a snack. | Such possibilities are about to open up following the decision by the European fo…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-13). American capitalism's endless military drive. mronline.org The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that weapons exports have risen by 2.8% to $175 billion in 2020. In their annual briefing on U.S. arms sales, the Pentagon and State Department cold-bloodedly described this increase as an "accomplishment."

Editor (2021-01-13). No fascist coup! Fight back with workers' power. workers.org Workers World Party makes this statement on the events of Jan. 6. The coup attempt on January 6 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 . . . |

Michael Biesecker, Michael Kunzelman (2021-01-13). Who was behind the invasion of the Capitol? peoplesworld.org Editor's note: The AP report that follows shows that it was well-off businessmen, longtime GOP donors, and people with money who formed the backbone of the fascist invasion of the Capitol last week. They worked hand in hand with the white supremacists and far-right militants attacking democracy that day. WASHINGTON — They came from across …

Editor (2021-01-13). Declaración del Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero. workers.org Miércoles 6 de enero — El intento de golpe de Estado hoy en Washington, D.C., y la movilización de una turba fascista de decenas de miles, deben ser vistos con la mayor seriedad. Si bien el ataque tomó la forma de un asalto al edificio del Capitolio de EE. UU., . . . |

Linn Washington Jr. (2021-01-13). Africans See U.S. Ugly That America Ignores. counterpunch.org Like many across the African continent and around the world, noted author Patrick Gathara had "an epiphany" about America after President Donald Trump delivered an incendiary speech on January 6, 2021 that incited a violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. When that mob invaded the Capitol building members of the Congress, the Senate and

Roger Harris (2021-01-13). The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It. counterpunch.org The right-wing demonstration turned violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. The Venezuelan government stated: "With this unfortunate episode, the United States is experiencing what it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression." Some half

David Rosen (2021-01-13). Sen. Josh Hawley: The Face of New American Fascism? counterpunch.org "No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday's [January 6th] coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley, the 41-year-old junior senator from Missouri, who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway." So opens the Kansas City Star's coverage of January 6th storming of

Eds. (2021-01-13). The Rosenberg Orphans and the power of radical history. mronline.org Orphaned after their parents were executed for espionage, the story of the Rosenberg boys is one all Americans should know.

Ian Sinclair (2021-01-13). How advertising fuels the climate crisis. peoplesworld.org With the climate crisis likely to be high on the political agenda this year — Britain is hosting the next round of United Nations climate talks in November — a new publication from the New Weather Institute think tank and the climate action charity Possible is well timed. The report, Advertising's Role in Climate and …

John Marciano (2021-01-13). A renaissance fighter for freedom, justice, and peace. mronline.org Released in 2019 on the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson's graduation from Rutgers University, Ballad of an American, brings Robeson's creative and powerful historical presence to life through a striking graphic text and excellent afterword.

Mirinda Crissman (2021-01-13). Pro-Palestine teenagers defy Israeli military. workers.org Sixty Israeli teenagers signed an open letter on Jan. 5 explaining their refusal to be conscripted into the Israeli Defense Force. They were rejecting the violent occupation and destruction of Palestinian lives and land by the state of Israel. Conscientious objectors to Israeli military duty at an anti-annexation protest in . . . |

William J. Astore (2021-01-13). We're all POWs Now: When Will America Free Itself From War? juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — "POWs Never Have A Nice Day." That sentiment was captured on a button a friend of mine wore for our fourth grade class photo in 1972. That prisoners of war could never have such a day was reinforced by the sad face on that button. Soon after, American POWs would indeed be …

Vincent Emanuele (2021-01-13). Building Global Labor Solidarity. counterpunch.org I'm not a labor historian, but I grew up in a long-time union household that instilled a strong sense of working-class values. For most of my adult life, I've thought about labor unions, how they could better organize, and how those of us not organizing on the shop floor could aid such efforts. Indeed, there's

Devin Cole (2021-01-13). Building an Inside-led prison abolition movement. workers.org On Jan. 5, Devin Cole spoke with Free Alabama Movement co-founder and freedom fighter Bennu Hannibal Ra Sun about the economic side of the ongoing 30-day Economic Blackout and Alabama prison strike in January, the growth of social media and prison abolition, and what it will take to build a . . . |

Mike Garrity (2021-01-13). Alliance for the Wild Rockies Sues Over Impacts on Grizzlies from Widespread Illegal Motorized Use on National Forests. counterpunch.org The Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed a lawsuit in federal district court on Friday over impacts to threatened grizzly bears from widespread illegal road use across the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest in Montana. Illegal motorized use includes motorized use on "closed" roads by driving around gates or barriers or ripping them out, as

Bill Quigley (2021-01-13). Past Time to Remember Thousands Displaced and Left Behind by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. counterpunch.org Four and a half months after two hurricanes ripped apart Louisiana, tens of thousands of people are still suffering. While the national election has absorbed the attention of the nation, thousands of people are still not back in their homes. Many have had to move a half dozen times. Some are living in tents. It

_____ (2021-01-13). War Of The (Financial) Worlds. popularresistance.org Sometimes things only make sense when seen through a magnifying lens. As it happens, I'm thinking about reality, the very American and global reality clearly repeating itself as 2021 begins. | We all know, of course, that we're living through a once-in-a-century-style pandemic; that millions of people have lost their jobs, a portion of which will never return; that the poorest among us, who can withstand such acute economic hardship the least, have been slammed the hardest; and that the global economy has been kneecapped, thanks to a battery of lockdowns, shutdowns, restrictions of various sorts, and health-relat…

WSWS (2021-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown. wsws.org The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Dr. Jeff Masters (2021-01-13). The Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of a Record-setting Year. globalresearch.ca Calendar year 2020 was an extreme and abnormal year, in so many ways. The global coronavirus pandemic altered people's lives around the world, as did extreme weather and climate events. Let's review the year's top 10 such events. | . ….

Karen Conner (2021-01-13). A Big Jump In Gas Prices Pushes Overall CPI Up 0.4 Percent In December. cepr.net (This is a compilation of Dean Baker's quick-take analysis over Twitter. Follow @DeanBaker13 on Twitter to get his quick-take analysis of government data immediately upon release.) The pandemic has led to a real flip in price trends. Rent, medical care, and education had been sectors with higher inflation. This is no longer the case; now food and cars …

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-01-13). Saudi-led Embargoes Against Qatar Failed. globalresearch.ca 2021 began with a historic decision in the Middle East as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt decided to end their diplomatic and economic embargo against Qatar. The decision to end the embargo, that has been …

news.un (2021-01-13). Insecurity and bureaucracy hampering aid to Ethiopia's Tigray region. news.un.org Nearly three months after the start of conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, hundreds of thousands of people have yet to receive assistance, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, citing information from its humanitarian coordination agency, OCHA.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). US indigenous group files lawsuit to stop approval for planned copper mine. peoplesdispatch.org The Apache people in the state of Arizona have been fighting against a planned copper mine in Oak Flat by the controversial company Rio Tinto…

_____ (2021-01-13). An Apology For A Massacre. popularresistance.org Greensborough, NC – Public accountability for their actions often awaits evildoers who hurt people. For many who spilled onto the streets in a mood of relief, jubilation and celebration at the election news of a soon-to-be outgoing president, a day of reckoning for the nation had come. Only weeks earlier, a Southern city cautiously enacted its overdue moral reckoning with an apology for a massacre. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's famous proclamation, "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice," is an applicable lens for these events. | On November 3, 1979, in Greensboro, North Carolina…

Pip Hinman (2021-01-13). Sri Lankan state demolishes genocide monument. greenleft.org.au Sri Lankan soldiers and police demolished a monument at Jaffna University to mark the massacre of Tamils at Mullivaikkal in 2009, reports Chris Slee.

_____ (2021-01-13). Lessons From A Decade Of Student Activism In The UK. popularresistance.org Ten years ago, tens of thousands of students flooded the streets of London protesting against fees, cuts and demanding free public education in the biggest student demonstration in British history. They took over the Conservative Party headquarters, hanging red and black flags from the rooftop and surrounding the building with barricades. The demonstration marked the rebirth of the British student movement and the beginning of a new generation of activists that would confront marketization and austerity over the coming decade. | Though students could not stop the further commodification of higher education, they…

_____ (2021-01-13). Building Class Power By Fighting For The Common Good. popularresistance.org As activists orient to…

_____ (2021-01-13). New Mexican Economists Warn: Change Course Now. popularresistance.org Later this month, New Mexico lawmakers will have another chance to fix an economic problem that has plagued the state for decades. | "For at least 40 years people in the state government and the Legislature have known that they are overly dependent on oil and gas for state revenue," says Jim Peach, regents professor of economics at New Mexico State University. | Right now, more than 40% of the state's income relies on the boom-and-bust fortunes of oil and gas. Now, according to a trio of New Mexico's leading economists, the time has come to change course. | "Like it or not, we're at the tail end of the fossil fue…

Dean Obeidallah (2021-01-13). Trump has been impeached (again) with a week to go: What the hell happens now?>. salon.com Legal scholar Corey Brettschneider on why another impeachment was necessary: "This presidency is a loaded gun"

John Whitehead (2021-01-13). A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law. mintpressnews.com This is what we have been reduced to: A violent mob. A nation on the brink of martial law. A populace under house arrest. A techno-corporate state wielding its power to immobilize huge swaths of the country. And a Constitution in tatters.

sputniknews (2021-01-13). Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Add Statue of Dolly Parton to State Capitol Grounds. sputniknews.com Dolly Parton, 74, is an American singer and songwriter best known for her country music. Parton made her debut in 1967 with her album "Hello, I'm Dolly," which propelled her successful career. She was born in Sevierville, Tennessee in 1946.

sputniknews (2021-01-13). Photos: China Rolls Out 'Super Bullet Maglev Train' That Uses New High-Temperature Superconductor. sputniknews.com China announced plans for two new maglev train routes as part of its vast expansion of high-speed rail travel: one from Shanghai to Hangzhou and one from Guangzhou to Shenzhen.

sputniknews (2021-01-13). Video: Massive Unrest Rocks Brussels Amid Death of Black Man in Police Custody. sputniknews.com According to reports by local media, the Belgian capital city saw protests following the death of a young man in police custody. The man reportedly tried to escape from officers when they asked for his documents.

sputniknews (2021-01-13). Schumer Says if Trump Convicted Senate to Hold Vote to Bar Him From Running Again. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate will vote on whether to bar US President Donald Trump from running for the White House in the future if he is convicted of impeachment charges, the presumptive Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, said in a statement.

John W. Whitehead (2021-01-13). A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law. globalresearch.ca "In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. [Y]ou can be filled with bitterness, with …

news.un (2021-01-13). Mali transition presents opportunity to break 'vicious circle of political crises'. news.un.org The current political transition period in Mali offers an opportunity to "break out of the vicious circle of political crises followed by coups d'état", the UN envoy in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Peacekeeper killed in 'heinous attacks' in Central African Republic. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for action to ensure accountability for "heinous attacks" in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday that left a Rwandan peacekeeper dead and another wounded.

news.un (2021-01-13). Uganda: UN chief calls for 'inclusive, transparent and peaceful' elections. news.un.org The UN chief on Wednesday issued a call for an "inclusive, transparent and peaceful" election process across Uganda, a day ahead of the polls opening.

news.un (2021-01-13). UN reports major progress towards eradicating sheep and goat plague. news.un.org The world is moving closer to stamping out a highly contagious disease that affects sheep and goats, but also the livelihoods of millions of families who depend on these animals for food and income, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-13). Refugee rights activist contests 'incitement' charge. greenleft.org.au Chris Slee reports that refugee rights supporters will rally on January 27 outside the Melbourne Magistrates Court to support activists who have been charged for organising safe protests.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-13). David Shoebridge: 'End racial profiling, a lead cause in Black deaths in custody'. greenleft.org.au NSW MLC David Shoebridge told Suzanne James that until systemic racial profiling ends, Black deaths in custody will continue while the 1991 royal commission's recommendations are not implemented.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). £7.2m quantum network will develop technology to probe Universe's mysteries. imperial.ac.uk The Atom Interferometry Observatory and Network (AION), led by Imperial researchers, will accelerate searches for dark matter and gravitational waves.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). Non-invasive brain stimulation helps to ease tremors. imperial.ac.uk UK researchers have used electrical pulses to help suppress the tremors typically found in conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). New digital finance platform launches for Imperial students. imperial.ac.uk The new platform, Blackbullion, is being provided to students for free and hosts features intended to support good financial health.

Dale Maharidge (2021-01-13). How the United States Chose to Become a Country of Homelessness. thenation.com How the United States Chose to Become a Country of Homelessness…

Victoria Law (2021-01-13). The Execution of Lisa Montgomery and 'the Craven Bloodlust of a Failed Administration'. thenation.com The Execution of Lisa Montgomery and 'the Craven Bloodlust of a Failed Administration'

Bijan Stephen (2021-01-13). A Soundtrack for the American Subconscious. thenation.com A Soundtrack for the American Subconscious…

Zach Conti (2021-01-13). Biden Names Transparency Advocate to Top Regulatory Post. indybay.org Gary Gensler, former Wall Street regulator will be President-elect Biden's nominee to head the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to Reuters. Gensler will lead the agency created after the 1920's stock market crash to protect investors and enforce stability in the banking system.

Keith Wilson (2021-01-13). Wednesday 1/20: I Get Results! Frank Moore for President 2008. indybay.org Cushion Works | 3320 18th Street | San Francisco, CA…

Revolution Books (2021-01-13). Sunday 1/17: Andy Worthington on America's Torture Colony: 19 Years of Guantanamo Online Event. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs (2021-01-13). Monday 1/18: Martin Luther King Jr Day Concert. indybay.org 301 Front St, Santa Cruz…

ANMBEC (2021-01-13). Thursday 1/21: Biden Day One: What's Next For Muslim Communities? indybay.org Online event…

Anti Police-Terror Project (2021-01-13). Reclaiming the Radical Legacy of Dr. King: APTP to Lead 7th ÔªøÔªøAnnual Weekend of Action. indybay.org Weekend Culminates with King Day Car Caravan from the Port of Oakland to Eastmont Mall to #REfundREstoreREimagine our Communities…

Speak Out Now (2021-01-13). Saturday 1/23: 2021: What Lies Ahead – Their Plans and Ours. indybay.org Online meeting, see website for details…

One Person One Vote (2021-01-13). How Did Gore Receive At Least 114,000 More Votes Than Bush In Florida In 2000. indybay.org Jeb Bush's voter roll purging, the criminal deceit of the Florida Times Union, police intimidation, barring of precincts etc robbed the American people of our choice in 2000. The disastrous results remain with us at this time.

People for the American Way (2021-01-13). Thursday 1/14: Unpacking the Insurrection w/ People for the American Way. indybay.org Online event…

American Indian Resource Center at UCSC (2021-01-13). Friday 1/22: Indigemedia: Navigating Native American Representation in Film and Media. indybay.org Online, register here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7y2ST…

Lucine Kasbarian (2021-01-13). This & That. indybay.org Satirical cartoon…

Democracy (2021-01-13). Rep. Jim Jordan Projects His Own Vote Fraud Onto Democrats. indybay.org As Trump in 2020 once again hired Nathan Sproul, vote fraudster whose operatives have gone to jail for throwing away Demcratic voter registrations, Jim Jordan, sitting in the nation's perhaps most gerrymandered district, projected vote crimes onto Democrats.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Committee (2021-01-13). Friday 1/15: Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday. indybay.org Online Zoom conference | Register here for Zoom link: http: //bit.ly/MLK2021sjpl…

Norse, Condotti, and van Keulen (2021-01-13). TRO Extended Another Week; Homeless Removal Squad Seeks More Pretexts. indybay.org Federal Magistrate Susan van Keulen granted a last minute motion from City Attorney Condotti delaying any decision and/or hearing on the San Lorenzo Campground until January 20th, allowing both the SC Homeless Union Survival Supporters and "Save the Grass; Screw the Homeless" attorneys to present more evidence and argument to sweep the park.

Environment America & 26 partners (2021-01-13). Wednesday 1/13: Climate Emergency: Mass Virtual Town Hall w/ Eco Change Makers from Across USA. indybay.org Online via Zoom or livestream…

Poor People's Campaign & Morehouse College (2021-01-13). Thursday 1/28: King 2021 Lecture & Conversation on Racism, Poverty, Militarism & More w/ Justice Leaders. indybay.org Online event…

David Giesen (2021-01-13). Saturday 1/16: Black History Month educators' roundtable: James Baldwin. indybay.org Email info(at)TheCommonsSF.org for a secure conference link.

Vincent Emanuele (2021-01-13). Reviewing Kim Scipes' Building Global Labor Solidarity. zcomm.org Workers in South Africa and the Philippines were able to accomplish the unimaginable under circumstances far worse than the ones we encounter in the U.S. For me, this is a source of great inspiration…

Rann Miller (2021-01-13). Closing Public Schools Isn't the Answer. progressive.org In Camden, New Jersey, an effort to replace public schools with charter academies highlights the state's failure to educate Black and Latinx students.

Fight Back (2021-01-13). FRSO online event to mark Martin Luther King Day. fightbacknews.org The The program will draw lessons from the rebellion and offer direction for the peoples' struggle in the year to come. It will feature Frank Chapman, speaking for the Central Committee of the FRSO and Aislinn Pulley, of Black Lives Matter-Chicago. The program will be moderated by Michael Sampson of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression or NAARPR, from Jackso…

Mongabay (2021-01-13). California-sized area of forest lost in just 14 years. nationofchange.org These include nine forest areas in Latin America, eight in Africa, and seven in Asia and Oceania.

Max Parry (2021-01-13). History of the Russian Revolution: Separating Truth from Myth. globalresearch.ca There is a deceitful and ahistorical myth that frequently resurfaces in right-wing circles seeking to discredit socialism with lies about the Russian Revolution. No matter how many times it has been invalidated as fabrication, the reactionary mythos endures. As might …

Rainer Shea (2021-01-13). Biden's Patriot Act 2.0: Exploiting the Chaos to Impose More Surveillance and Censorship. 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 …

Ashley Curtin (2021-01-13). Former Michigan governor and others in his administration face charges in Flint water crisis. nationofchange.org While the nature of the charges are unknown, charges were brought against former governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, Nick Lyon, former health department director, and other officials in his administration.

WSWS (2021-01-13). George Clooney's The Midnight Sky: Not doing a good job of looking after the planet. wsws.org The Midnight Sky, a post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by George Clooney, is done with some care and sensitivity, but ends up primarily as an exercise in resignation.

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2021-01-13). Dangerous Curves Ahead. counterpunch.org The last few days I've been reminded of the period immediately after 9/11. That too was a media spectacle that fired up fevered emotions and over-heated rhetoric. With the word "spectacle" I am not questioning the reality or the gravity of either event; I am emphasizing that each featured a mediated aspect that itself instigated

Philip Farruggio (2021-01-13). Amerikan Republic: Without the banana! nationofchange.org As this new Biden administration will reveal, just like with Obama before him, little will be done to counteract the super rich who run this empire.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). Ford's departure from Brazil could leave thousands jobless. peoplesdispatch.org Ford has announced that it will stop all activities in Brazil, two factories with 3700 workers will close immediately, a third will remain in operation until the 4th quarter of 2021…

Michael Blake (2021-01-13). Is impeaching President Trump 'pointless revenge'? Not if it sends a message to future presidents. nationofchange.org If Congress chooses to impeach President Trump, it is because there is a need to mark out, through a definitive statement, what no president ought to do.

Pep Canadell (2021-01-13). New Research: Nitrous Oxide Emissions 300 Times More Powerful than CO‚ÇÇ Are Jeopardising Earth's Future. globalresearch.ca Nitrous oxide from agriculture and other sources is accumulating in the atmosphere so quickly it puts Earth on track for a dangerous 3‚ÑÉ warming this century, Each year,

WSWS (2021-01-13). Pakistan: Eleven miners killed in sectarian attack buried following week of protests. wsws.org Although Pakistan's military has turned much of Balochistan into an armed camp, Islamist forces continue to mount deadly attacks on the Shiite Hazara minority with impunity.

Fight Back (2021-01-13). CWA, supporters urge Lumen Technologies CEO to honor MLK Day. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – A delegation of African American workers from the Communications Workers of America sent a letter to Lumen Technologies CEO Jeff Storey, January 11, asking that he designate the federal Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday for all Lumen workers. | In November, Lumen, formerly known as CenturyLink, announced that the company would, for the first time, be giving non-union workers the holiday in an effort to make Lumen more "diverse and inclusive." | "We are deeply disappointed by Lumen's recently announced decision to give the MLK Holiday to everyone except union members," the letter reads.

J.D. ALT (2021-01-13). Rethinking Fiat Money. realprogressives.org I recently stumbled upon an essay by an architecture and design critic, Jordan Hruska, which illuminates what I believe is the essential mission of Modern Money Theory. The title of the essay is "

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). Israel an "apartheid regime" according to B'Tselem report. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli human rights group B'Tselem published a position paper in which it details various laws and policies implemented by the Israeli government which are designed to further Jewish supremacy vis-à -vis Palestinians…

Philip J. Cunningham (2021-01-13). Twisting the Truth about a Beautiful Sight: Some Beijing Press is using the Capitol Insurrection to Condemn Homegrown Pro-Democracy Demonstrators. juancole.com Ithaca, NY (Special to Informed Comment) — Given the mutual recriminations that characterize the sorry state of US-China relations as of late, it is hardly surprising that China's state media should pounce on the humiliating optics of US democracy under siege. Indeed, one need only retransmit US mainstream media reports about a demented US president …

WSWS (2021-01-13). Video shows Modesto, California police officer gunned down unarmed man with hands up. wsws.org A body camera recording released by the Modesto Police Department in California shows an unarmed man gunned down, and then shot a second time while trying to surrender with his hands raised.

WSWS (2021-01-13). Global food prices rise could spark social unrest, UN warns. wsws.org Such is the anarchy of the market and the indifference of the financial oligarchs to anything other than their own interests that governments that have been able to do so have been shoring up their food supplies, setting in motion a ferocious national competition, adding to demand and fuelling price rises.

Horace G. Campbell (2021-01-13). The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) and the Future of the US Dollar. counterpunch.org "The dollar is our currency, but it's your problem." — John Connally, former US Treasury Secretary Introduction After several years of negotiations, a regional trade and economic agreement—the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)—was signed by 15 Asia-Pacific nations on November 16, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and all 10 members of the

David Rovics (2021-01-13). Questions In the Wake of the Beer Belly Putsch. dissidentvoice.org After seeing some very strange, amnesiac discussion threads on social media, I have a few words to consign to the screen. Naturally, social media and the media media are all going nuts since the more or less successful far right siege of the Capitol. There are a variety of talking points that I've been hearing …

WSWS (2021-01-13). Staggering growth of super-rich in China. wsws.org Some of China's wealthiest capitalist entrepreneurs are members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), have been delegates to the National People's Congress, or are members of the associated People's Political Consultative Conference.

Rhett A. Butler (2021-01-13). How much rainforest is being destroyed? globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in June 2020 by Mongabay. | Primary forests in the tropics are declining at an accelerating rate according to analysis of

Prof Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-13). Why Are People Going Hungry in India Despite a Massive Grain Surplus? asia-pacificresearch.com

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). On eve of Ugandan elections, presidential contender Bobi Wine faces renewed persecution. peoplesdispatch.org Bobi Wine, the leading opposition candidate, has continuously faced attacks and repression in his attempt to unseat long-term president Yoweri Museveni in the elections that will be held on January 14…

Eleanor J. Bader (2021-01-13). Pregnant People of Color are Bearing the Brunt of the War on Drugs. progressive.org 'Fetal protection' laws are criminalizing pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, rather than approaching this as a public-health issue.

SMC Tenant Council, JDW Tenant Union, others (2021-01-12). Monday 1/18: ZAP-ATHON Online Action to Cancel Rent and Ban Evictions! indybay.org Virtual!

Sandra Park (2021-01-12). Tenants' Right to Counsel is Critical to Fight Mass Evictions and Advance Race Equity During the Pandemic and Beyond. aclu.org As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and worsens, people across the country face the devastation left in its wake. The public health and economic consequences of the pandemic have cost millions of people their jobs and the ability to pay rent — leaving far too many renters facing the added threat of eviction and losing their homes., , The patchwork of responses has yet to slow down the eviction crisis thus far. Congress first responded through the CARES Act by putting a halt on evictions with a moratorium for a fraction of tenants across the country, but this expired in July 2020. In September, the Cent…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). Palestinians oppose announcement of fresh illegal Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, faced with elections in March and prospects of a less friendly Biden administration, announced expedited construction of 800 new illegal Jewish homes inside the West Bank…

Black Alliance for Peace (2021-01-12). January 6th at Capitol Hill: Blowback and the Ongoing Crisis of Legitimacy. globalresearch.ca Two Januarys ago, an obscure politician from a minor political party named Juan Guaido assumed a one-month chairmanship of the Venezuelan National Assembly. Then he promptly declared himself the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | The bizarre declaration …

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-12). Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan: Decivilizing the Coalition Troops. dissidentvoice.org The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry — released in late 2020 — serves as a barometer for the level of savagery imbibed by imperialist countries in their unending reign of terror against the Global South. The document is the outcome of a four-year investigation, initiated by the military in 2016 and headed by retired …

Peter Koenig (2021-01-12). The Global Reset — Unplugged. "The Deep State" globalresearch.ca Imagine, you are living in a world that you are told is a democracy — and you may even believe it — but in fact your life and fate is in the hands of a few ultra-rich, ultra-powerful and ultra-inhuman oligarchs. They may be called Deep State, or simply the Beast, …

Peter Koenig (2021-01-12). The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the "Jobs Reset Summit"- A New Outrage in Disguise. globalresearch.ca The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Jobs Reset Summit report (October 2020) starts out with some flowery wording. You have to give it to them. | They have a way with meaningless niceties, hardly anybody beats them. | Here we go for the …

WSWS repost (2021-01-12). Google engineers form CWA-affiliated union. indybay.org Kevin Reed at the World Socialist Web Site reads the fine print behind the creation of the new Google employee union. | He explains why Google employees and other tech workers should organize independently and refuse being manipulated by ruling class interests.

John Riddell (2021-01-12). How Socialists Resist Rightist Coups: Lessons from the Early Communist International. socialistproject.ca Parliaments and elections are no guarantee of democratic rights and fair treatment for working people. Capitalist forces displeased with an electoral outcome are all too likely to take direct action to impose their will, whether by financial manipulations, economic blockades, or military coups. Even apparently stable parliamentary regimes in dominant countries can be challenged in …

_____ (2021-01-12). Transit Unions Join Forces To Win Safety Protections And Beat Back Layoffs. popularresistance.org Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19. | Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all. | That unity forced reluctant politicians to make Covid safety a priority. It also set the stage for the unions and riders to team up again to stave…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-12). Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar | Health officials have warned that Lebanon is quickly running out of beds as coronavirus spread intensifies | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 07: 59 | People wait to get tested for coronavirus at the Covid-19 department of the Nabih Berri university hospital, in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh, on 9 January 2021 (AFP) | Lebanon has imposed a…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-12). The mainstream media shows its usual racial bias around Covid policing. thecanary.co You will have probably seen the recent news Derbyshire police sent seven officers to confront two women on a walk at a reservoir. | Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore were read their rights and fined £200 each…

Betsey Piette (2021-01-12). Free Maroon! Jan. 18 day of actions. workers.org Prison abolitionists in several Northeast cities are organizing "Justice Is Dead" car caravans on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to demand an end of "Death by COVID" in prisons. The Jan. 18 actions will target governors in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, who have allowed genocidal prison neglect to . . . |

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic. news.un.org In southern Madagascar, "famine-like conditions" have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan. news.un.org The UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the added impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

RT (2021-01-12). London re-opens Nightingale field hospital as number of Covid-19 patients in capital doubles since Christmas. rt.com The Nightingale hospital in London has been reopened in an urgent bid to ease patient pressure on the capital's health system amid rising Covid-19 cases. However, the capital's health chief has warned the move may not be enough. | The number of people hospitalised with Covid in London is nearly at 8,000 — almost double what it was on Christmas Day, NHS England's Regional Medical Director for London Vin Diwakar said during a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday. | In response to the caseload, he said the Nightingale field hospital in East London had been re-opened on Monday in an effort to ease some of…

RT (2021-01-12). Spain pushes to vaccinate all nursing home residents within a week. rt.com All nursing home residents in Spain are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 this week, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Tuesday after the government's weekly cabinet meeting. | The country launched its mass vaccination program shortly after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab in December. | As of Monday, Spain has successfully inoculated 406,000 with the first dose of the two-part vaccine, and health officials are expected to begin the second round of doses from January 18 for patients who fall into the most vulnerable and elderly group. | A…

RT (2021-01-12). A Russian Strain: Covid-19 found to have mutated 18 different times in one person, with some never seen before. rt.com A Russian woman with a malignant lymphoma, who battled Covid-19 for five months, was found to have 18 different mutations of the virus inside her body. She first caught it in April and last tested positive in September. | The revelation was made last week, when Russian scientists published their research on Virological, a discussion forum for analysis and interpretation of virus molecular evolution and epidemiology. Contributors from four universities and one hospital analyzed the woman's genome and found two of the Danish 'mink mutations,' as well as one recently discovered in the UK. | With so many changes,…

RT (2021-01-12). Symbolic moment as Russian cosmonauts get jabs of Sputnik V — named for first space satellite — ahead of latest ISS mission. rt.com Cosmonauts traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) in April have been inoculated against Covid-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine, named after the world's first artificial Earth satellite, which was launched by the USSR. | The first shots of the pioneering jab were administered to members of both the main and substitute crews on Tuesday, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said. The course of Sputnik V requires two injections, with the follow-up administered around 21 days after the initial one. | The men who received the vaccine were Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov, Anton Shkaplerov and Dmitry Peteli…

VINS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Vaccine Producers Seek Liability Immunity. projectcensored.org Hyun Jung Kim reported in a November 2020 report for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that adopting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to speed development of a vaccine for COVID-19 entails…

Raul Diego (2021-01-12). Africa to Become Testing Ground for "Trust Stamp" Vaccine Record and Biometric Digital Payment System. globalresearch.ca First published on July 10, 2020, this article reviews the biometric vaccine project sponsored by GAVI. | "A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, …

WSWS (2021-01-12). Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs. wsws.org Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

Art Carden (2021-01-12). COVID Lesson: Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others. anti-empire.com After they successfully take over Manor Farm, the animals in George Orwell's Whatever goes upon two legs is an enemy. | Whatever goes upon four legs, or has wings, is a friend. | No animal shall wear clothes. | No animal shall sleep in a bed. | No animal shall drink alcohol. | No anima…

David Bacon (2021-01-12). Housing Is a Right. During a Pandemic, It's Also a Fight. thenation.com Housing Is a Right. During a Pandemic, It's Also a Fight.

Rebekah Jones (2021-01-12). COVID Scientist Condemns Armed Police Raid on Her Home. zcomm.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…

David DeGraw (2021-01-12). COVID Tests Scientifically Fraudulent, Epidemic of "False Positives" globalresearch.ca First published by GR on August 5, 2020 | Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests are used worldwide to "diagnose" Sars-Cov-2 infection. An in-depth investigation reveals clear scientific evidence proving that these tests are not accurate and create a statistically significant …

David DeGraw (2021-01-12). National Security Alert: COVID Tests Scientifically Fraudulent, Epidemic of False Positives. globalresearch.ca First published by GR on August 5, 2020 | Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests are used worldwide to "diagnose" Sars-Cov-2 infection. An in-depth investigation reveals clear scientific evidence proving that these tests are not accurate and create a statistically significant …

VINS (2021-01-12). Online Monitoring of Students During Pandemic Raises Concerns. projectcensored.org As students across the nation attend school online via video sharing programs due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person education, government officials are "being allowed carte blanche visual access" to students'…

WSWS (2021-01-12). New COVID-19 variant fuels surge in UK and Ireland. wsws.org Deaths from COVID-19 as measured by the government have passed the grim milestone of 80,000, but the true number of deaths in Britain from the disease is almost 100,000.

Al Neal (2021-01-12). In the UK too, teachers lead the way on Covid safety. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Chile's President, First Lady Quarantine After COVID Contact. telesurenglish.net Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel are to begin "preventive quarantine" after coming into close contact with a person later diagnosed to have COVID-19, the president's press office said on Tuesday. | Both Pinera and the first lady tested negative for COVID-19, according to the statement. | RELATED: | The two will nevertheless quarantine for 14 days starting Tuesday as a preventive measure,…

Jaklevic M. (2021-01-12). Pandemic Spotlights In-home Colon Cancer Screening Tests. jamanetwork.com This article describes efforts to increase the use of in-home stool-based colon cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly in China. wsws.org Despite large-scale testing and contact tracing, the highly-contagious virus has still spread, especially among workers in the most exposed industries.

VINS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Rise in Hidden Foster Care. projectcensored.org The COVID-19 pandemic has "put roadblocks in the way of approval of family members as foster parents," Angie Schwartz and Cathy Krebs reported for the American Bar Association in June…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Peru Collapses Due to Lack of Beds Amid COVID-19 Second Wave. telesurenglish.net Peru's Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SPMI) on Monday warned that intensive care units (ICU) are collapsing nationwide due to the increase in severe cases amid the second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | In Lima and Callao provinces, there are only six ICU beds with ventilators left, according to the latest report from the Health Ministry (Minsa). | In the capital city, 37 severe patients are waiting to be admi…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Tourism To Philippines Plunge Over 83 Percent in 2020. telesurenglish.net The number of foreign visitors that visited the Philippines fell 83.97 percent in 2020 due to travel restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. | RELATED: | The Department of Tourism (DOT) said 1,323,956 foreign visitors entered the country from January to December 2020, or 83.97 percent lower than the 8,260,913 recorded in the same period in 2019. | Total receipts generated from inbound tourism for 2020 registered an estimated US$1.69 billion,…

Kuehn BM. (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Precautions Hamper Breastfeeding Support. jamanetwork.com Nearly 1 in 5 hospitals reduced in-person lactation support and nearly three-quarters discharged new mothers in less than 48 hours to lessen the risk of contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, according to a CDC report.

Shamus Cooke (2021-01-12). DSA's Moment of Truth. counterpunch.org Now that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency, expectations have been raised around covid relief, rent relief, a Green New Deal, cancelling student debt and Medicare For All. Covid has especially elevated the demand of Medicare For All: the trillion dollar healthcare industry that annually leaves tens of thousands of uninsured dying unnecessary

teleSUR (2021-01-12). El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico Sign Immigration Deal. telesurenglish.net Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras agreed to strengthen their cooperation given the increasing migratory flow from Central America to the U.S. border amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "We are concerned about these populations' exposure to high-risk health and living conditions, especially amid a pandemic," the Central American countries' governments stated in a joint declaration issued on Monday. | In 2020, 397,000 mi…

Cronkite News Arizona PBS (2021-01-12). The other pandemic: Loneliness widespread with the loss of social connections. juancole.com By Chloe Jones | Special for Cronkite News | — PHOENIX — The pandemic has affected different people in different ways, causing financial stress due to job loss, sliding grades, relationship pressures and worries that vulnerable loved ones could contract COVID-19. But one factor that has affected Americans across the country is the loss of …

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Mexico and US Will Extend Border Restriction Until February 21. telesurenglish.net Mexican authorities asked their U.S. counterparts to extend restrictions until February 21 to limit land crossings through the border due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The Secretariat issued a press release. It noted that several federal bodies are under orange epidemiological alert due to the spread of COVID-19, so the extension for another month o…