2021-01-16: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-17). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Editor (2021-01-16). Chris Hedges : America Has the Tinder to Ignite Social Uprising. scheerpost.com The ScheerPost columnist and Pulitzer winning journalist speaks to the host of "The Jimmy Dore Show" about the storming of the Capitol and what it says about American culture.

_____ (2021-01-16). Black Lives Matter Protestors Charged As A Gang. popularresistance.org Maricopa County, AZ – In Washington, D.C., members of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol and killed a police officer are so far being charged mainly with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. The man photographed with his feet on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk faces three charges that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison. After the violent siege, some members of the mob simply returned to their hotel. | Many were quick to point out an apparent double standard when compared to the way police in D.C. treated Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer—like when they tear gassed protesters to cl…

Juan Cole (2021-01-16). America now has its own Green Zone, as Trumpian Fascism erects Racist Red Zone. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — America now has its own Green Zone in downtown Washington, D.C., where the Mall is closed, the city is locked down, and protective fencing has gone up around the Capitol. You only need a Green Zone, a safe small space completely under the control of the government, if the rest …

Mary Elizabeth Williams (2021-01-16). Andrew Yang "can't imagine" my New York City pandemic life. salon.com The mayoral candidate doesn't know that I'm the "lucky" one, though…

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Syrian refugee makes cheese to survive the pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

MEE correspondent (2021-01-16). Yemen: UN condemnation of Houthi terror designation sparks campaign against envoy. middleeasteye.net Yemen: UN condemnation of Houthi terror designation sparks campaign against envoy | UN special envoy to Yemen accused by government supporters of taking sides, while others warn of humanitarian issues at stake | Sat, 01/16/2021 – 16: 24 | Martin Griffiths, centre, the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on 11 February 2019 (AFP) | The reaction of Martin Gr…

news.un (2021-01-16). Peacekeepers under attack again in Mali, as one Egyptian blue helmet dies, another seriously injured. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned another fatal attack carried out against a peacekeeping convoy that left a 'blue helmet' from Egypt dead, and another seriously injured on Friday.

Lee Camp (2021-01-16). America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another. zcomm.org Where is the corporate media's disgust for the courtesans of corporate destruction that wreak violence on Americans daily?

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-16). Tech Giants' Power Is Scary. zcomm.org Silicon Valley corporations are far from neutral moral arbiters, and have a history of abusing their power…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-01-16). Sunday 1/17: The Farmer's Movement in India. indybay.org Log-info available on our website; | ICSSMARX.ORG LINK: OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE…

Liberation Staff (2021-01-16). AUDIO: The Fascist Assault and the Ruling Class Response. liberationnews.org This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The profound political crisis gripping the United States continues to deepen and take new twists and turns …

_____ (2021-01-16). The US Economy Could Use Some 'Overheating'. popularresistance.org Recent proposals for large-scale fiscal relief and recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19 have drawn criticism that they could lead to "overheating" of the U.S. economy. These criticisms should be ignored. Proposals under discussion—including Biden's economic plan introduced tonight—are highly unlikely to lead to any durable uptick in inflation or interest rates (the normal indicators of "overheating") and even if they did, these higher interest rates and inflation would be a welcome sign of economic healing, not something to worry about. | Warnings about economic "overheating" normally mean t…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-16). Sunday 1/17: MLK Beloved Community Action & Prayer Gathering in Midst of COVID & Chaos w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Sam Mellins (2021-01-16). New York Coalition Pushes 'Tax the Rich' to Raise State Revenue. zcomm.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…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Network Meeting of the Action Committees for Safe Education: Pupils, workers and students discuss perspectives for a European-wide general strike. wsws.org In introducing the meeting, Gregor Link of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality referred to the now almost 400,000 confirmed COVID deaths in the European Union.

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2021-01-16). Prepare for a surge in Global inequality. mronline.org The evidence clearly is that the Covid-crisis has upended the fiscal conservatism that has been the hallmark of the neoliberal era since the 1980s.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). COVID-19 cases in Africa exceed 3.1 million. peoplesdispatch.org The total number of COVID-19 cases in Africa exceeded 3.1 million on January 15. According to data from the Over the last two weeks alone, almost 10,000 new deaths have been recorded on the continent and the total number of cases has risen by 447,967 from the

Martha Grevatt (2021-01-16). "Justice for Tamir Rice" workers.org On January 15 close to 100 activists from Cleveland and around the country gathered at a downtown park to demand "Justice for Tamir Rice." Tamir, a Black youth, was 12 years old when, on Nov. 22, 2014, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann murdered him while he was playing with a . . . |

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-16). The Heat: Social media controversy. america.cgtn.com Blocking U.S. President Trump from social media…. Was it a valid move to prevent violence or was it an assault on free speech?>

Global Research News (2021-01-16). Selected Articles: Martin Luther King Day 2021. globalresearch.ca By January 15 is the day on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, in Atlanta, Georgia, …

Staff (2021-01-16). Republicans Are Using Capitol Breach as Excuse to Promote Anti-Protest Bills. truthout.org On the heels of the U.S. Capitol breach, Republican lawmakers in five states are capitalizing on unrest and anxiety about

Staff (2021-01-16). NRA Files for Bankruptcy Months After Suit Revealed Internal Culture of Fraud. truthout.org "Thoughts and prayers." | That is what many opponents of the National Rifle Association wryly stated in response to news that the pro-gun lobby group had In a

Kaamil Ahmed (2021-01-16). Iraqi protest leaders launch political bloc ahead of elections. middleeasteye.net Iraqi protest leaders launch political bloc ahead of elections | New party to push for demands made by protesters in 'October Revolution' upcoming in parliamentary elections | Sat, 01/16/2021 – 11: 30 | An Iraqi protester holds up a photo of Alaa al-Rikabi, who became a face of Iraq's protest movement (AFP) | A new party aimed at challenging Iraq's political class and representing the country's youth…

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2021-01-16). The U.S. recovery on pause, December brings new job losses. mronline.org A meaningful working-class recovery from the recession seems far away.

The Conversation (2021-01-16). White Supremacist Trump Backers to Storm state capitols on Jan. 20: How Defenseless are We? juancole.com By Jennifer Earl | — Americans witnessed an alarming and deadly failure in planning and policing at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI failed to sound intelligence alarms, including about dozens of targets on the terrorist watch list traveling to Washington, D.C. U.S. Park Police, D.C. police and the National Guard, who collectively …

Sasank (2021-01-16). The ugly truth of WhatsApp's user data privacy. peoplesdispatch.org Facebook's meteoric rise as one of the biggest global monopolies has been accompanied by continuous weakening of its user privacy. With WhatsApp users voting with their feet, has Facebook's past finally caught up with it?

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-16). Engels on the Peasant War in Germany. mronline.org At a time when peasant masses in the country are engaged in a valiant struggle for the repeal of the Central government's three infamous laws, and have laid peaceful siege to Delhi, braving rains and bitter cold, it is worth recalling Friedrich Engels' study of the peasant war in Germany in 1525, that also celebrated …

Andrew Bankson (2021-01-16). Pittsburgh mayor and DA clamp down on anti-racist activists. liberationnews.org Last week, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, Jr. refiled charges against 24 anti-racist activists.

Workers World Party (2021-01-16). 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 . . . |

_____ (2021-01-16). Water Protectors Chain Themselves Inside Enbridge Line 3 Pipe. popularresistance.org Minnesota – Water protectors were arrested Thursday after halting construction at a Minnesota worksite for Enbridge's Line 3 project by locking themselves together inside a pipe segment. | "After moving to Minnesota to attend college and study environmental science, I was excited to be in a place where people valued protecting the Earth and finding a viable future. What I found, however, was a state that had formed 'ambitious' climate goals yet endorsed one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, tar sands oil," water protector Abby Hornberger said in a statement. "I realized that Indigenous ways of knowing and practicing…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). A new migrant caravan leaves from Honduras for the US. peoplesdispatch.org Over 3,000 Hondurans have embarked on a perilous journey to the US in the absence of a response from the far-right government of President Juan Orlando Hernández to the socio-economic crisis in the country…

_____ (2021-01-16). The Capitol Was Stormed Long Ago. popularresistance.org There are key flashpoints that define the Trump years. The escalator speech. The "total and complete shutdown." Charlottesville. But these were not qualitatively dissimilar from the bulk of his Presidential term, during which racism and violence became ubiquitous. These forces were the water we swam in—which was already the case for BIPOC and marginalized communities. But the Trump era saw these social dynamics doused in accelerant. | The aggressive war on the border, the pathological cruelty of social service cuts, or the police siege against social movements are not the only defining facets of the Trump p…

_____ (2021-01-16). Ecuador's Election Promises Advance For Socialism In Latin America. popularresistance.org Four years after turncoat Lenin Moreno claimed the presidency and turned the country inside out, Ecuador will elect a new president on February 7, 2021. Moreno betrayed the citizen's revolution he had promised to continue, and with his approval rating somewhere between 7 percent (CEDATOS, September 2020) and 16 percent (Atlas Intel, December 2020), Moreno will not be seeking re-election. | After winning the presidency in 2017, Moreno turned his back on his predecessor and nominator Rafael Correa and double-crossed the PAIS Alliance party they both belonged to. Moreno is widely despised as a result, and the PAIS A…

_____ (2021-01-16). UN Expert: End US Sanctions On Syria. popularresistance.org An independent United Nations expert is calling on the US to lift its crippling sanctions on Syria. | Under the Caesar Act, US sanctions explicitly target Syria's reconstruction in the aftermath of a catastrophic 10-year war. Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the impact of sanctions, says that the US sanctions are illegal and depriving Syrian civilians of their basic needs. | "People shouldn't die, people shouldn't suffer, and people shouldn't fear whether they can survive after tomorrow, because they have neither medicine or food, because of the sanctions applied," Douhan says.

_____ (2021-01-16). Hot Again: 2020 Sets Yet Another Global Temperature Record. popularresistance.org Earth's rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. | While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, said last year came in a close second or third. The differences in rankings mostly turned on how scientists accounted for data gaps in the Arctic, which is warming faster than the rest of the globe. | "It's like the film 'Groundhog Day.' Another year, same story — record global warmth," said Penns…

Article Writer (2021-01-16). Issues Involving Current And Other Vaccines. indybay.org Why does 50% of the population want to be avoid vaccination injections.

WSWS (2021-01-16). British government rejected visa-free EU touring for musicians to bolster hostile immigration policy. wsws.org Musicians and promoters made it clear that the devastating impact of this move will not only be felt by current performers, but also be an obstacle to emerging performers in the future.

teleSUR (2021-01-16). After User Feedback, WhatsApp Delays Changing Service Standards. telesurenglish.net "We are postponing the date when people will be asked to review and accept the new terms," Facebook's Whatsapp said in a blog post. | The company cancelled the February 8 deadline for users to accept the new rules, which include sharing their information with Facebook servers. | RELATED: | The change will be thoroughly reviewed and was delayed until May 15. The new terms were rejected by users outside of Europe who do not accept that a d…

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-16). Monday 1/18: Call to Action: MLK Moral Monday Interfaith Service of Light, Love and Leadership w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-01-16). Human breeding of cats has made them look like they are always in pain. salon.com What if cute grumpy-faced cats are really a Cronenberg-esque eldritch horror of human genetic manipulation?>

Ashlie D. Stevens (2021-01-16). I made the cake from "Dickinson," an underrated feat of domestic labor. salon.com The poet's blue ribbon-winning cake tells us a lot about the intersection between gender roles and respect…

Joseph Neese (2021-01-16). The ultimate guide to achieving roast chicken greatness, with tips from three of America's top chefs. salon.com "A roast chicken dinner is a complete explanation of why we cook," according to The New York Times food editor…

David Masciotra (2021-01-16). Longtime GOP insider Mike Lofgren on his former party: "Going easy on these people will not work" salon.com Lofgren spent 28 years on Capitol Hill. Now he says Republican zealots should be crushed, banished and ostracized…

news.un (2021-01-16). FROM THE FIELD: The Myanmar child workers risking their lives for stones. news.un.org Thirteen-year-old Min Min scavenges day and night for precious stones in a quarry in Hpakant, northern Myanmar, where perilous conditions have led to the deaths of many workers. With more than a million children working in the country, the UN is fighting to end child labour worldwide.

news.un (2021-01-16). Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as 'crucial step' towards unity. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Friday's announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.

Transmitter (2021-01-16). Cardiologist Bob Ostfeld And Others Criticize Paleo Diet. indybay.org Paleo diets cause diseases to humans, suffering to animals, deforestation, low food yield per acre, energy waste, etc.

Sunshine Behavioral Health (2021-01-16). Mental Health Issues Facing the Asian American Community. indybay.org

Governor Newsom (2021-01-16). 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in California. indybay.org May 2021 closes out the 50th Anniversary Year of MLK Library in an underserved area of the Capitol of the Great State of California. MLK 50, Golden Anniversary will carry his prophetic message throughout Sacramento County and beyond year round. Apathetic slumber is over and genuine equality on the short horizon, Spring 2021.

Jeff Ross (2021-01-16). Thursday 2/4: The 23rd IndieFest Opening Night Film: The Book of Vision. indybay.org *VIRTUAL EVENT* | Click Link: sfindiefest2021.eventive.org/welcome

The Representation Project (2021-01-16). Tuesday 1/19: "Miss Representation": Screening & Panel on Women's Representation in Media & Leadership. indybay.org FREE virtual screening…

INFORUM program at The Commonwealth Club (2021-01-16). Thursday 1/21: Black and White: The Double Standard in the Capitol Hill Siege w/ Alicia Garza & Rep. Lee. indybay.org Online event via livestream…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Committee (2021-01-16). 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…

Question Unjust Authority (2021-01-16). 5 Of The Issues In Which The Mayor is On The Wrong Side. indybay.org Shutdown of restaurants, denial of 1st amendment rights of assembly and of worship, coverup of Hunters Point radiation, CCSF… 5 issues in which the mayor seems to be on the wrong side…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-16). ECOlonialismo en Centroamèrica. indybay.org ECOlonialismo: Economà¨a Verde y reconfiguracià≤n de territorialidad en Centroamèrica…

Alleen Brown (2021-01-16). Oil Industry Reconsiders Donations to Election Deniers — but Has Its Own Big Lie. zcomm.org The fossil fuel industry pioneered massive political disinformation with climate denial. It also fed the "Stop the Steal" movement…

Belinda Barnet (2021-01-16). Google's 'experiment' hiding Australian news just shows its inordinate power. zcomm.org By just tinkering with that power, by conducting little 'experiments', it can make or break news businesses…

Kate Aronoff (2021-01-16). How to Fight Climate Change and Fascists at the Same Time. zcomm.org Democracy reform is the first step toward a sustainable future…

Albena Azmanova (2021-01-16). Lessons From the 6 January Insurrection. zcomm.org The forces that led to the evisceration of working-class security is now extending to those ensconced in historically well-paid jobs, from lawyers to IT engineers…

Jon Queally (2021-01-16). 'Thoughts and prayers to the NRA': Reviled gun lobby group files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. nationofchange.org "The NRA's claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt."

WSWS (2021-01-16). Fed chief pledges massive support for Wall Street will not cease. wsws.org In an interview on Thursday, Powell said there was "real sensitivity" among investors about asset purchases and the Fed did not talk about an "exit" because "markets are listening."

Michael Welch (2021-01-16). Wednesday, January 6, 2021: The Siege on Capitol Hill. The Impeachment of Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca "The purpose of impeachment is to get somebody out of office. If they're already out of office what's the purpose? It's all a political act, and the Establishment getting rid of a non-establishment figure who was seen as a treat …

teleSUR (2021-01-16). Yoweri Museveni Re-Elected for Sixth Term in Uganda. telesurenglish.net Uganda's electoral court declared on Saturday President Yoweri Museveni as the winner of the January 14 parliamentary election, securing the continuity of his mandate which started in 1986. | RELATED: | According to the Electoral Commission Museveni won over 58.6 percent of the votes with 5.85 million while the main opponent Bobi Wine collected about 3.48 million votes, representing 34.8 percent. | Wine has refused to acce…

teleSUR (2021-01-16). US Places Sanctions on Cuba's Minister & Ministry of Interior. telesurenglish.net Without presenting any evidence, the pretext for this action is the alleged responsibility of the minister of that ministry, General Lázaro àÅlvarez Casas, in alleged violations of human rights, a pretext that the US government repeatedly uses to justify its actions against countries that do not surrender to its dictates. | RELATED: | According to an official statement by the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the measure is ad…

Jon Queally (2021-01-16). Youth climate movement demands immediate action after 'empty promises,' announces next global strike. nationofchange.org "If we don't act now, we won't even have the chance to deliver on those 2030, 2050 targets that world leaders keep on talking about."

Karl Grossman (2021-01-16). Trump and his key enablers. nationofchange.org Is the Trump nightmare finally ending?>

WSWS (2021-01-16). Justice Department proposes internal investigation to cover up state involvement in January 6 coup attempt. wsws.org Although the January 6 attempt failed at seizing power, the entire political establishment is now lurching further to the right.

Maria J. Stephan (2021-01-16). We need to prepare for ongoing insurrectionary violence and address its root causes. nationofchange.org Toxic polarization, in which the other side is seen as a monolithic enemy and an existential threat, is dangerous and cripples our ability to solve serious problems.

ProPublica (2021-01-16). "No One Took Us Seriously": Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years. juancole.com By Joshua Kaplan and Joaquin Sapien Allegations of racism against the Capitol Police are nothing new: Over 250 Black cops have sued the department since 2001. Some of those former officers now say it's no surprise white nationalists were able to storm the building. ( ProPublica) — When Kim Dine took over as the new …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). As Dutch government resigns, left calls for parliamentary inquiry. peoplesdispatch.org The Dutch government resigned two months ahead of the general election over a child care subsidy scandal in which thousands of parents were wrongly accused of fraud…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-15). Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity. counterpunch.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."

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-15). Encircling China and Praising India: The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific. asia-pacificresearch.com

South Front (2021-01-15). Video: Israel and US Efforts in Large-scale Strikes on Iranian Infrastructure in Syria. globalresearch.ca The first two weeks of 2021 have, so far, been marked by an incredible increase in Israeli activity in the skies over Syria. | The most intense strike took place on January 13 morning hitting multiple Syrian and Iranian-affiliated targets in …

_____ (2021-01-15). National Day Of Action For Eviction Moratorium. popularresistance.org Boston, MA – As part of the National Day of Action to Prevent Evictions, City Life/Vida Urbana organized a rally called "Housing Is The Cure!" on January 13. Protesters gathered outside of the Boston Housing Court on New Chardon Street and marched to the JFK Building. Speakers included frontline residents and faith leaders. | The housing crisis has been exacerbated by the coronavirus, leaving many who have lost their jobs unable to pay rent. According to City Life, a new study from UCLA estimates that states that allowed evictions to continue this summer led to almost 11,000 preventable pandemic-related deaths.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-15). Global vaccine apartheid. mronline.org A vaccine alone will not be enough to end the pandemic as it must also be made available at an affordable price and allocated in a way that achieves equity. It follows that suspending intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 is the most appropriate solution to our current situation of global vaccine apartheid.

news.un (2021-01-15). COVID-19 committee stresses need for equitable vaccine access, more data sharing. news.un.org As COVID-19 cases spike in parts of Europe, Africa and the Americas, and new variants of the virus emerge in some countries, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday called for greater global collaboration in ending the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-01-15). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Around 55,000 Swedish care workers to begin industrial action today over pay, conditions and increased workload during pandemic; British gas workers plan further strikes to defend pay and conditions as Telecom workers in strike ballot.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-15). Sunrise Movement to Rally in NYC, Chicago, Calling on Senate Dems to Tackle Pandemic and Unemployment Crises. commondreams.org The youth-led climate action group called on Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin to use their new majority "to deliver on the needs of the people who backed their victory." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2021-01-15). Pandemic curbs trend towards ever-increasing migration. news.un.org Travel restrictions and other curbs to movement put in place in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, have put a significant dent in migration figures, but the overall trend shows 100 million more people living outside their countries of origin in 2020, compared to the year 2000, a new UN report revealed on Friday.

news.un (2021-01-15). As COVID deaths pass two million worldwide, Guterres warns against self-defeating 'vaccinationalism'. news.un.org With more than two million lives now lost worldwide to COVID-19, the UN Secretary-General appealed on Friday for countries to work together and help each other to end the pandemic and save lives. In a video statement, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that the absence of a global coordinated effort has worsened the pandemic's deadly impact.

MEE staff (2021-01-15). Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israeli man arrested for tricking ex into quarantine four times | Police said the suspect, a health ministry employee, sent messages on four separate occasions to his ex-girlfriend telling her she needed to isolate | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 13: 48 | An Israeli woman wearing a protective mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic sits on a park bench by feeding pigeons in Jerusalem on 16 April 2020 (2020) | An Israe…

Dean Baker (2021-01-15). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. zcomm.org The pain from the recession is heavily concentrated among the long-term unemployed…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Honduras: 2nd Migrant Caravan of 2021 Heads to US-Mexico Border. telesurenglish.net Over 3,000 Hondurans Friday departed from San Pedro Sula to the border with Guatemala. It is the second migrant caravan to leave the country this week, hoping to reach the U.S. | RELATED: | The caravan left due to the extreme poverty and the crisis left by the pandemic and the passage of two hurricanes in November 2020. | In early Friday, the Hondurans started the walk towards the border with Guatemala, 100 kilomet…

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-15). Global warming emergency: 2020 joins 2016 as hottest year ever. peoplesdispatch.org The rise in temperature in 2020 was recorded despite a fall in global emissions due to the pandemic-induced lockdown and the absence of El Niño, which leads to a rise in temperature, that occurred in 2016…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). 6.2 Earthquake Hits Indonesia Island, at Least 42 Dead. telesurenglish.net At least 42 people died and 600 injured during a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the Sulawesi island, Indonesia, on Friday. | RELATED: | According to the Disaster Management Agency, the natural disaster displaced over 2000 people, although the authorities carry out the damage assessment as dozens of buildings are partially or destroy. | A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit West Sulawesi, Indonesia. | In the middle of the pandemic, team…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-15). Coronavirus causes 35% weekly hike in jobless claim applications. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—More closures due to the fight against community spread of the coronavirus led to a 35% increase in combined applications for state and federal jobless aid in the week ending Jan. 9, compared to the week before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. BLS said 1.435 million workers sought state (1,151,015 claims) and federal pandemic …

Michael T. Klare (2021-01-15). Biden's China Conundrum. counterpunch.org Soon-to-be President Joe Biden will instantly face a set of extraordinary domestic crises — a runaway pandemic, a stalled economy, and raw political wounds, especially from the recent Trumpian assault on the Capitol — but few challenges are likely to prove more severe than managing U.S. relations with China. While generally viewed as a distant

WSWS (2021-01-15). How Germany's Left Party promotes herd immunity. wsws.org As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party's only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

Editor (2021-01-15). Silicon Valley Destroys Parler in a Show of Monopolistic Force. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Reposted with author permission from Substack Critics of Silicon Valley censorship for years heard the same refrain: tech platforms like Facebook, Google and Twitter are private corporations and can host or ban whoever they want. If you don't like what they are doing, the solution is not to complain or to regulate them. Instead, go create your own social media platform that… |

RT (2021-01-15). Microsoft, Oracle & Co full speed ahead on Covid-19 vaccine passports, citing incipient government demand. rt.com US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. | Along with healthcare nonprofit Mayo Clinic, health and tech companies including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle have united to form the Vaccination Credential Initiative, aimed at devising a secure "health passport" that tracks the bearer's vaccination status across borders. | In a press release on Thursday, the CEO of VCI member the Commons Project Foundation argued such passports were necessary to "safely…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-01-15). Roaming Charges: Do Me Two Times, I'm Goin' Away. counterpunch.org I fully support the right of the People to overthrow their own government. I draw the line at the government currently in power overthrowing the next government before it takes office, thus denying the People the privilege to overthrow it when it, inevitably, betrays them.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities declared on Friday a curfew in the Amazonian city of Manaus after a COVID-19 health crisis that has killed 4000 people while 94,000 contagions cases are reported, many of them without oxygen tanks. | RELATED: | teleSUR correspondent in Brazil Nacho Lemus reports that over 750 people will be transferred from Manaus to other cities due to the sanitary crisis. The local media outlet reported that in…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

news.un (2021-01-15). Deadly earthquake hits Indonesia: Dozens killed, hundreds injured. news.un.org At least 35 people have been killed and hundreds of others injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the West Sulawesi Province of Indonesia on Friday morning, according to the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA).

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Citing famine, UN urges reversal of terrorist designation for Yemen's Houthis; US refuses. peoplesdispatch.org Mark Lowcock of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs warned that recent labeling of Houthis as a terrorist organization by the US would likely trigger a "famine on a scale we have not seen in 40 years…

Charles Pierson (2021-01-15). A Yemeni Famine Made in Washington and Riyadh. counterpunch.org Ending months of speculation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on January 10 that the Trump Administration would designate Yemen's Houthi rebels (Ansar Allah) as a "Foreign Terrorist Organization" (FTO). Branding the Houthis as terrorists will make it vastly more difficult for humanitarian groups to deliver desperately needed food, fuel, and medicine to 24 million

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-15). The country where liberty is a statue. mronline.org On 6 January, the world witnessed an interesting spectacle, an assortment of what appeared to be characters from fantasy television shows taking possession of the U.S. Capitol, where the legislature sits.

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Trump coup attempt: U.S. war comes home. workers.org A caustic commentary on U.S. policy that circulated on social media worldwide within 24 hours of the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol was: "Due to travel restrictions this year, the U.S. had to organize the coup at home." A domestic coup on the U.S. government was indeed attempted . . . |

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Huelgas de hambre en tres cárceles de Nueva Jersey. workers.org Las sucias condiciones, el encarcelamiento indefinido y la escalada de infecciones por COVID han desencadenado huelgas de hambre desesperadas en tres cárceles del condado de Nueva Jersey. Cada cárcel funciona como una prisión con fines de lucro, alquilando un espacio a $120 por día para que ICE encarcele a migrantes . . . |

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-01-15). Germany draws another line in the sand for the U.S. mronline.org Maas underscored that Berlin "does not need to talk about European sovereignty if that is understood as us (Germany) doing everything in future the way Washington wants."

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-15). What's the Point of Impeaching Trump Twice? globalresearch.ca Despite Trump agreeing to leave the White House next Wednesday after losing the election under contentious circumstances, the Democrats and their "Republican In Name Only" (RINO) allies pushed Trump's historic second impeachment through the House on allegations that he "incited …

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-15). Omar and Ocasio-Cortez Tell Josh Hawley to 'Resign'—And Poll Shows Majority of Missouri Voters Agree. commondreams.org "While you may politically regret what you've revealed about yourself, you still have no place in public office," Ocasio-Cortez said of Hawley. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Meaghan Ellis (2021-01-15). Tucker Carlson faces backlash after mocking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's fears during Capitol riot. salon.com "Fox's Tucker Carlson has moved on to mocking lawmakers for fears of a mob howling for blood on their corridors"

Lee Camp (2021-01-15). America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another. counterpunch.org Most rational Americans have correctly criticized and denounced the violent insurrection in the Capitol last week. Those moments of attack by a racist, disgusting mob have not lacked for condemnation and denunciation. They were violent. They were reprehensible. They called for the killing of lawmakers, demanded the hanging of Congress members. The liberal media and

Alan Macleod (2021-01-15). China Tech Ban Mirrors 1980s Attempts To Destroy Japanese Competition. mintpressnews.com In the 1980s, the US imposed a 100% tariff on virtually all Japanese electronics and forced Tokyo to sign a one-sided trade deal that reserved much of its domestic semiconductor sector for American companies.

Derek Royden (2021-01-15). Assange extradition: Justice denied or just delayed? nationofchange.org "The American public needed urgently to know what was being done routinely in their name, and there was no other way for them to learn it than by unauthorized disclosure."

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

Staff (2021-01-15). Would You Patent the Sun? Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVD Vaccine. democracynow.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. Jonas Salk, developed the first polio vaccine and famously declined to patent his invention. "The rest of the world and th…

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2021-01-15). Sunday 1/17: Pin@y Power: Building Multi-Racial Working-Class Movements. indybay.org Zoom (Registration link in description)…

Judy Greenspan (2021-01-15). Bay Area anti-fascist protest. workers.org WW Photo: Marcello Severo Jan. 9—A rally against fascism organized by the United Front Committee for a Labor Party drew a small but enthusiastic crowd in front of the San Francisco Federal Building. Speakers included members of the United Front Committee, the Alliance for Independent Workers, Freedom Socialist Party and . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-15). Fascist coup in Washington accelerates Spanish army's coup plotting. wsws.org Spain's conservative Popular Party, the main parliamentary opposition to the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, is debating whether to endorse the campaign waged by army officers and the fascist Vox party for a coup d'état.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-15). The Heat: U.S. battles COVID-19 Crisis. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 rages across the United States as the number of people who have died from the virus in the country closes in on 400,000. While the last week here in Washington has been dominated by the attack on the U.S. Capitol and the impeachment of …

_____ (2021-01-15). Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium Will Administer Vaccines. popularresistance.org Philadelphia's Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium will be playing a much more hands-on role in the city's vaccine distribution efforts. | Consortium founder Dr. Ala Stanford shared on Instagram that the group — which has provided COVID-19 testing to more than 20,000 people — will be administering the vaccine to Philly's Black communities. | People can sign up through a contact form or can reach out via email at info@blackdoctorsconsortium.com. Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis. | The consortium will begin administering the vaccines when Philadelphia enters Phase 1B of its…

Staff (2021-01-15). Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccination. truthout.org The total number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is set to top 400,000 before Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, but rollout of coronavirus vaccines has been slow, with many describing a vexing amount of red tape standing between them and the shot. We look at the development and distribution of another vaccine during the polio epidemic in the 1950s with Dr. Peter Salk, a physician and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh, whose father, Dr. J…

RT (2021-01-15). 'Unacceptable': 6 EU countries urge bloc to address Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine delays, as Canada also flags supply issues. rt.com Six EU governments have written to the bloc's executive to call for action as deliveries of Covid-19 vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech are being delayed, while supply issues have also been reported in Canada. | The health ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia called on the EU Commission to ensure the "stability and transparency of timely deliveries" of the Pfizer jab in a letter on Friday. | "This situation is unacceptable. Not only does it impact the planned vaccination schedules, it also decreases the credibility of the vaccination process," the letter reads, according to Reute…

Makia Freeman (2021-01-15). The mRNA COVID Vaccine Is Not a Vaccine. globalresearch.ca It's NOT a vaccine. The mRNA COVID vaccine now being militarily deployed in many nations around the world, is NOT a vaccine. I repeat: it is not a vaccine. It is many things indeed, but a vaccine is not one …

RT (2021-01-15). EC president von der Leyen dares European nations to call her bluff with announcement of (mandatory?) vaccine certificates. rt.com Europeans must carry certificates proving they've been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel, EC president Ursula von der Leyen told Portuguese media – likely shocking Europeans who'd never heard of such a rule. | Von der Leyen sprung the idea of a "mutually recognized vaccination certificate" as a "medical requirement" for travel on Thursday in the course of praising a similar plan outlined to her in a letter from Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. | "It is a medical requirement to have a certificate proving that you have been vaccinated," von der Leyen told Portuguese reporters. | While Mitsotakis' plan was not m…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

RT (2021-01-15). Covid clampdown: UK closing ALL travel corridors in bid to block new virus variants arriving from overseas. rt.com The UK will shut all of its remaining international travel corridors from 4am GMT on Monday until at least February 15, in a bid to shield the country from new coronavirus variants, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday. | The decision means that from next week, any UK-bound arrivals will have to self-isolate for 10 days as soon as they enter the country, unless they can provide a negative test result after five days in quarantine. | Passengers must also be able to provide a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before leaving their country of origin, and a completed Passenger Locator Form, which airline staff…

WSWS (2021-01-15). Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan. wsws.org At least four Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can't contain.

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-15). 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.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). U.S. Weekly Jobless Claims Soar To Nearly 1 Million. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Labor Department on Thursday reported that initial jobless claims in the United States soared to 965,000 last week, showing severe disruption to the labor market recovery by COVID-19 spikes. | RELATED: | In the week ending Jan. 9, the number of citizens filing for unemployment benefits jumped by 181,000 from the previous week's downwardly revised level of 784,000, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Editor (2021-01-15). EDITORIAL øPor qué el país más rico del mundo no está tan preparado? workers.org La gran pregunta que uno debe hacerse sobre la epidemia de COVID-19, —que hasta el 2 de enero ha matado a más de 1.850.000 personas en todo el mundo,— es, " øPor qué Estados Unidos no estaba preparado?" Larga fila en la despensa de alimentos de Chelsea, Massachusetts. Este es un . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-15). Reimagining the World: Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. dissidentvoice.org 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 has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised …

WSWS (2021-01-15). As COVID cases surge: Sharp rise in new US unemployment claims. wsws.org The adjusted number of new jobless claims rose to 965,000 for the week ending January 9 as the US Federal Reserve reports 20 percent of low-income workers are unemployed.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Detects Dengue Fever Cases Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Misiones Province's Health Secretary Oscar Alarcon Thursday confirmed the first cases of dengue fever amid the COVID-19-related health emergency in Argentina. | RELATED: | "We are in an inter-breeding phase where the notifications of new cases are minimal. We are working hard on patients who tested positive," Alarcon said. | Argentina's Health Ministry announced a comprehensive prevention plan that includes training to local governments to reduce dengue's impa…

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

WSWS (2021-01-15). UK passes 100,000 COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The staggering loss of life was underscored, Wednesday with the Office for National Statistics confirming that 2020 saw the largest increase in excess deaths since the Second World War…

Staff (2021-01-15). Neo-fascists found their voice in Trump. Where will the left's voice come from? therealnews.com With COVID-19 still raging and Biden's inauguration around the corner, Warnock and Ossoff win big in Georgia, Trumpist insurgents storm the U.S. Capitol, and Democrats and Republicans seethe with internal strife. What's next?

Mark Fiore (2021-01-15). Screen Shot 2021-01-14 at 8.41.25 AM.png. progressive.org Now that Trump is the first President to be impeached twice, we'll surely see more of his Republican allies slink away.

Medea Benjamin (2021-01-15). Biden's Pick: Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland? globalresearch.ca Who is Victoria Nuland? Most Americans have never heard of her because the U.S. corporate media's foreign policy coverage is a wasteland. Most Americans have no idea that President-elect Biden's pick for Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies, Marcy Winograd (2021-01-15). Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Nuland? counterpunch.org Who is Victoria Nuland? Most Americans have never heard of her because the U.S. corporate media's foreign policy coverage is a wasteland. Most Americans have no idea that President-elect Biden's pick for Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs is stuck in the quicksand of 1950s U.S.-Russia Cold War politics and dreams of continued NATO

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Uruguay's Gender Violence Courts Have No Funding. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) announced that it did not have the financial resources to create three gender-based violence courts, although the 2020-2024 Budget Law allocated funds for their establishment. | RELATED: | "This was already decided and we had a hard time getting it through Parliament," National Women's Institute (INMUJERES) director Monica Bottero said, stressing that "these courts must be created. | S…

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-01-15). Keri Leigh Merritt on the New Lost Cause, Elisabeth Rosenthal on Troubled Vaccine Rollout. fair.org Historians are shaking their heads as media talk about January 6 as "unprecedented"; while shocking and dispiriting, it has layers and layers of precedent that need to be learned and engaged, if we are ever to actually have the racial reckoning that corporate media are forever insisting we've already had.

CP Editor (2021-01-15). An End to Austerity Economics with Mark Blyth. counterpunch.org

MEE staff (2021-01-15). BBC chair donated to Quilliam because he was 'impressed' by Maajid Nawaz. middleeasteye.net BBC chair donated to Quilliam because he was 'impressed' by Maajid Nawaz | Richard Sharp told parliamentary committee he wanted to support controversial radio host's 'personal efforts to combat radicalism and extremism' | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 14: 31 | Sharp said he donated to Quilliam after he was left impressed by Maajid Nawaz after hearing him on LBC radio (AFP) | The incoming chair of the BBC has told a parlia…

Staff (2021-01-15). 2020 Is Tied for the Hottest Year on Record, NASA Says. truthout.org 2020 tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record, signaling a dangerous trend in the ongoing climate crisis, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Thursday. | The year's global temperature average very narrowly exceeded that of 2016, but not by a statistically significant amount,

MEE and agencies (2021-01-15). Algeria: Five civilians killed in bomb blast in Tebessa region. middleeasteye.net Algeria: Five civilians killed in bomb blast in Tebessa region | Homemade explosive detonates as car drives by in the deadliest attack targeting civilians in recent years | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 08: 52 | General Said Chengriha, the army's chief of staff, urged Algerians to be 'vigilant' and to avoid going to regions considered unsafe (File pic- AFP) | A homemade bomb killed five people and wou…

Laila Al-Arian (2021-01-15). Caliphate: How the New York Times' Islamic State scoop unravelled. middleeasteye.net Caliphate: How the New York Times' Islamic State scoop unravelled | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 22: 21 | The Caliphate podcast has revealed again that the paper needs to confront unpleasant truths about how it handles stories at the nexus of Islam, the Middle East and terrorism | One of the most consequential US media scandals in recent years ultimately ended with a whimper. After a two-month internal inv…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-15). Abbas announces first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years. middleeasteye.net Abbas announces first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years | Parliamentary elections will be held on 22 May, followed by presidential vote on 31 July, according to office of President Mahmoud Abbas | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 21: 32 | Mahmoud Abbas, 85, has been Palestinian president since 2005 (AFP) | Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the first parliamentary and presidential el…

Alex MacDonald (2021-01-15). Iraq: Bird flu blamed for deaths of tens of thousands of chickens. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Bird flu blamed for deaths of tens of thousands of chickens | Local authorities said a buffer zone was being imposed on the infected region | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 16: 04 | Iraqi vets check chickens that entered Iraq from Turkey at a market in the southern port city of Basra (AFP) | An outbreak of bird flu was responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of chickens in central Iraq, officia…

MEE staff (2021-01-15). Egyptian group Hasm designated 'terrorist organisation' by US. middleeasteye.net Egyptian group Hasm designated 'terrorist organisation' by US | State Department says sanctions 'seek to deny [Hasm] and its leadership the resources to plan and carry out terrorist attacks' | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 16: 27 | Cairo's counterterrorism operation against Hasm and other militants has been criticised for rights abuses against country's citizens (AFP/File photo) | The United States has designated the Egyp…

Ragip Soylu (2021-01-15). 'Dear Tayyip': Erdogan and Macron exchanged letters to repair ties. middleeasteye.net 'Dear Tayyip': Erdogan and Macron exchanged letters to repair ties | Turkish president made the first move, with the two leaders seeking to meet in person soon | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 14: 01 | France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on 28 June 2019. (AFP) | The presidents of Turkey and France have…

Amr Emam (2021-01-15). Egypt expands oil refining capacity as it aims for self-sufficiency. middleeasteye.net Egypt expands oil refining capacity as it aims for self-sufficiency | Meanwhile, experts say that Egypt's growing natural gas production will contribute to less dependence on petroleum | Fri, 01/15/2021 – 10: 32 | A female petrol station worker operates a fuel pump at a petrol station in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on 21 November, 2016 (AFP) | Egypt is moving down the road toward its goal of achieving self-suffi…

RT (2021-01-15). Authorities at former Nazi German concentration camp Buchenwald warn revelers against sledding over MASS GRAVES. rt.com The German memorial at former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald had to issue a bizarre warning, telling people to respect the dead, as some apparently went for sled rides over the mass graves. | In a It appealed to people to behave in a way that preserves the dignity of t…

W. T. Whitney (2021-01-15). The Shortage of Black Physicians is a Legacy of Racism and Class-Based Discrimination. counterpunch.org "Nobody wants to be an emergency at Harlem Hospital but if the Negro surgeon is visiting, pride cuts down the pain." Author Toni Morrison was alluding to the scarcity of Black physicians in 1926 (Jazz, 1992). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took similar note almost 100 years later. The basketball legend pointed out that, "Black babies survive more

David Yearsley (2021-01-15). Conan and the Vandals. counterpunch.org It took another Barbarian to deliver the toughest talk to the Vandals and Goths who sacked the American Capitol last week. Whether any from these bearded, fur-clad tribes were listening to Conan the Californian seems unlikely since his campfireside chat was issued on YouTube, a forum from which the Germanic marauders' orange-haired chieftain had been

Anthony DiMaggio (2021-01-15). A (Not-So-New) Profile of the American Right: On the Authoritarian-Fascist Crisis. counterpunch.org Following the January 6th neofascistic attacks on Capitol Hill, Americans are quickly waking up to the realities of growing extremism on the right. There is now a large share of reactionaries in this country who are drawing false equivalencies between Antifa and Black Lives Matter on the left, and the neofascists on the right. What

Michael Berkowitz (2021-01-15). 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' and 'Ham on Rye': Odds and ends. peoplesworld.org In I'm Thinking of Ending Things (134 minutes), Jake (Jesse Plemons) drives Louisa (Jesse Buckley) through snow-covered country roads to meet his parents at their remote farm. Both are extremely uncomfortable. Louisa thinks repeatedly about terminating their seven-week relationship. Jake seems intent on displaying his shaky self-worth. They need to prove something to themselves. Discomfort …

Roberta Wood (2021-01-15). Communists like my uncle were sent to prison because they fought for democracy. peoplesworld.org My late uncle, LeRoy H. Wood, spent years in a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., for what he did in Washington, D.C. Roy was convicted of "conspiring to teach the advocacy of the overthrow of the U.S. government by force and violence." No, Uncle Roy was not a billionaire who incited a mob to storm …

Staff (2021-01-15). Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 15. therealnews.com One reason why The Real News Network calls Baltimore home is because we know that the struggles that the people in this majority-minority city face (unequitable access to resources like education, clean air, and transportation, for example) are the struggles people face all over the globe. This is the second installment of our weekly news roundup from the Baltimore trenches, which we hope will help keep our friends and neighbors abreast of what's going on in our city, but we also hope these stories will resonate with people united in the struggle everywhere. | Baltimore Police/D.C. Insurrection | We are all st…

Staff (2021-01-15). One frightening story reveals the true cost of rural overpolicing. therealnews.com A single dad goes camping with his kids and ends up in handcuffs; Then, PAR talks with Otto the Watchdog, a cop watcher who says he has been targeted for harassment for his First Amendment activities.

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-01-15). Pressure grows to charge 2nd officer in shooting of Oscar Grant. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif. — The family of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old unarmed African American man killed by a transit police officer on New Year's Day 2009, was joined by supporters including elected officials this week as they vowed to step up their fight for justice after a district attorney declined to charge a second officer involved …

B. Prasant (2021-01-15). India's farmers dig in for long haul against Modi's neoliberalism. peoplesworld.org DELHI—As I move away from the massive kisan (farmers and peasants) assemblage at the Singhu border between the province of Haryana and Delhi, a heavy drizzle starts to add to my misery in the bone-chilling cold of late Indian winter. I plan to drive along several narrow link roads to gain access to the otherwise …

G. Dunkel (2021-01-15). Imperialist manipulation meets popular resistance in Haiti. workers.org Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it has a glorious history as the first independent Black republic and the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. Also, the Haitian people militantly resisted U.S. occupation from 1915 to 1934 and carried out a . . . |

Michael T. Klare (2021-01-15). With Trump Gone, Can the U.S. and China Cooperate on a Failing Planet? juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — For just a moment, let me try to look on the bright side of the storming of the Capitol last week by a mob incited and dispatched by President Trump. When George W. Bush, the president who launched the Global War on Terror and then invaded Saddam Hussein's Iraq, referred to what …

The Conversation (2021-01-15). The Confederate battle flag, which rioters flew inside the US Capitol, has long been a symbol of white insurrection. juancole.com By Jordan Brasher | — Confederate soldiers never reached the Capitol during the Civil War. But the Confederate battle flag was flown by rioters in the U.S. Capitol building for the first time ever on Jan. 6. The flag's prominence in the Capitol riot comes as no surprise to those who, like me, know its …

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Condena firme y absoluta a la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo. liberationnews.org El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores condena en los términos más firmes y absolutos la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo, anunciada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos en acto cínico e hipócrita. Desde hace meses, se viene especulando sobre la posibilidad de incluir a Cuba en la lista unilateral del Departamento …

Robert Penner (2021-01-15). No charges for cop who shot Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. liberationnews.org The Blake family and Kenosha activists have vowed to continue demonstrations demanding justice.

Patricia Gorky (2021-01-15). Mastermind of Flint mass poisoning Gov. Rick Snyder criminally charged. liberationnews.org Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was charged yesterday for "willful neglect of duty" following the lead poisoning of tens of thousands of people in the city of Flint.

Jeremy Nichols (2021-01-15). Last Trump Sale of Public Lands for Fracking Prompts Outrage and Hope. counterpunch.org Trump has made it a goal to sell as much public land as possible for fracking over the last four years, but thankfully after today, the administration's pro-fossil fuel, climate and science denying, anti-public agenda will finally come to an end. That's because today marks the last federal oil and gas lease sale to be

Tamara Pearson (2021-01-15). Absence of Abortion Rights is Depriving Latin America of Agency and the Right to Thrive. counterpunch.org I can't mention her name, because she is a child. Twelve at the time, she was too young to legally work, but not too young to be forced to be a parent. She was a student of mine, and I remember, just a few years ago, playing the bridge game with her. She laughed with

Eds. (2021-01-15). Bifo: "What abyss are we talking about?" mronline.org The essay published by Timothy Snyder in the New York Times Magazine on January 9 has a beautiful title, even if it is not very original.

Eds. (2021-01-15). "What abyss are we talking about?" mronline.org The essay published by Timothy Snyder in the New York Times Magazine on January 9 has a beautiful title, even if it is not very original.

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Firm, absolute condemnation of fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. liberationnews.org The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Cuba condemns in the strongest and most absolute terms the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, announced by the United States government in a cynical and hypocritical act. For months now, there has been speculation about the possibility of including Cuba in the State Department's …

Monica Moorehead (2021-01-15). Comentario de WW/MO: Un cuento de dos clases. workers.org El segundo paquete de estímulo finalmente se aprobó en ambas cámaras del Congreso el 27 de diciembre, acompañado de mucha controversia. Lamentablemente, no brinda ningún apoyo significativo a los millones de trabajadores y sus familias que se tambalean al borde del desastre económico. Protesta del 27 de diciembre, Brooklyn, N.Y. . . . |

Jack Z. Bratich (2021-01-15). QAnon's Afterlife: A Holy Civil War. counterpunch.org The role of QAnon in the January 6 MAGAist insurrection is becoming clearer by the day. Most readers are familiar by now with its unofficial mascot, be-horned "supersoldier" (and perhaps future WWE Trump tag-team member) Q Shaman. In addition, at least two of the five dead were QAnon adherents. Even the killed police officer followed QAnon influencers on Parler.

Caleb Granger (2021-01-15). La Marque, Texas protest demands jailing of cop who killed Joshua Feast. liberationnews.org On January 9, exactly one month after Joshua Feast was killed by officer Jose Santos in La Marque, Texas, over 100 people turned to march on La Marque City Hall to let officials know that Feast's murder will not be forgotten.

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-15). Trump Hardliners Poisoning US-China Relations. Pompeo "Spreads Political Viruses" globalresearch.ca In its waning days in power, Trump regime hardliners are going all-out to more greatly deteriorate US relations with China than already — Pompeo leading the assault. | Mindful of what's going on with more coming, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao …

commondreams (2021-01-15). Trump Approves Sacred Land Swap for Foreign-Owned Mining Corporation—Silences Indigenous Voices. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-15). Capitalism's Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. counterpunch.org Before Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, right winger Stephen Harper held the position. A loud-mouthed, somewhat boorish right-winger, he attacked immigrants, the indigenous nations of Canada, working people, the environment and everyone to his left. Millions of Canadians breathed a huge sigh of relief when Harper was defeated in the 2012 elections. The overall

Fight Back (2021-01-15). MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People's Agenda. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People's Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities. | Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions a…

Laura S. Washington (2021-01-15). What's Happening to 'The Chicago Reporter'? thenation.com What's Happening to 'The Chicago Reporter'?

John Nichols (2021-01-15). These Progressives Helped Keep Hope Alive in 2020—and Prepare Us for 2021. thenation.com These Progressives Helped Keep Hope Alive in 2020—and Prepare Us for 2021…

_____ (2021-01-15). Right-Wing Blames US Capitol Riot On Notorious Instigator. popularresistance.org 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 Police officer. The man responsible for capturing that video was John Sullivan, a self-styled activist who has operated under aliases "Activist X," "Activist John," and "Jayden X." Since an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, who described him as a "left-wing activist," Sullivan has become Exhibit A in the right-wing's conspiratorial case claiming Antifa was responsible for the violence in the Capitol. | Through inter…

_____ (2021-01-15). Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers For Years. popularresistance.org When Kim Dine took over as the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police in 2012, he knew he had a serious problem. | Since 2001, hundreds of Black officers had sued the department for racial discrimination. They alleged that white officers called Black colleagues slurs like the N-word and that one officer found a hangman's noose on his locker. White officers were called "huk lovers" or "FOGs" — short for "friends of gangsters" — if they were friendly with their Black colleagues. Black officers faced "unprovoked traffic stops" from fellow Capitol Police officers. One Black officer claimed he heard a collea…

_____ (2021-01-15). Against A Domestic Terrorism Law. popularresistance.org On Monday, Opposite Office, an "activistic architecture studio" based in Munich, released design materials for what it called "Capitol Castle," a plan that would encircle the entire U.S. Capitol with 36-feet-thick brick walls. The concept was not serious—or, at least, it was "serious" but not intended to be built. It was, depending on how charitable you feel about "activistic architecture studios," a design meant to spark a debate on democracy and division, or one meant to get written up by the architecture press and shared widely on social media. | But even if these German architects don't sincerely propos…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Awaits Its Second Batch of Sputnik V Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez Thursday sent a second plane to Russia to transport the second batch of Sputnik V vaccines which will be used in a nationwide vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | The flight AR-1060 departed from Ezeiza International airport at 21.14 local time in a direct route to Moscow where it will load 300,000 doses of the vaccine. | The plane is expected to land on Argentine soil on Saturday morni…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Paraguay Approves Emergency Use of Russian Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Friday that Paraguay's Ministry of Health authorized the Sputnik V vaccine's emergency use. | RELATED: | "Registration of Sputnik V vaccine in Paraguay proves the increasing interest of Latin American countries in a safe and effective Russian vaccine against coronavirus," said the CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund Kirill Dmitriev. | El anuncio de esta mañana del Fondo S…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-15). Promised Vaccine Stockpile Doesn't Even Exist? Governors Demand Trump 'Answer Immediately for This Deception'. commondreams.org States "thought they were getting more doses and they planned for more doses and opened up to 65 and up, thinking they were getting more." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-15). Bush: ´Inizia la nuova era della speranza ª. globalresearch.ca Alle 2: 20 del 17 gennaio 1991 (ora del Golfo), elicotteri Usa penetrano in territorio iracheno, distruggendo con missili Hellfire due stazioni radar. Subito dopo missili da crociera Tomahawk e caccia Stealth F-117A colpiscono altri centri nevralgici, accecando le difese aeree …

Fight Back (2021-01-15). SEIU Local 73: Statement of support for Human Rights Day 7 in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. | | On International Human Rights Day, December 10, the Philippine National Police raided the homes and jailed Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines; Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila; Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila; Jaymie Gregorio Jr. of KMU-Metro Manila; Joel Demate of Solidarity of Labor Rights and Welfare (SOLAR); Rodrigo Esparago of Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and journalist Lady Ann…

Homeless Garden Project (2021-01-15). Monday 1/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Day of Service at Homeless Garden Project. indybay.org This online event is free and open to the public. Be sure to register here in advance to receive the link: http: //bit.ly/HGPMLKday2021…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-15). US Fast Food Workers Strike, Demanding Congress #RaiseTheWage to $15 an Hour and Union Rights. commondreams.org "As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office," said one McDonald's worker, "we're urging the nation's leaders to pass a $15 minimum wage in the first 100 days of the new administration." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-15). 'Thoughts and Prayers to the NRA': Reviled Gun Lobby Group Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. commondreams.org "The world will be a better place when the NRA is finally destroyed. Looks like that day is closer." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

James Holt, Sr. (2021-01-15). Mismanagement and the Domestication of Yellowstone Bison. counterpunch.org For 24 years Buffalo Field Campaign has been on the frontlines in the Yellowstone ecosystem advocating for the protection of the only continuously wild bison herds in the United States. During that time, the State of Montana has captured management control of Yellowstone National Park and the Custer Gallatin National Forest via the Interagency Bison

Pip Hinman (2021-01-15). Coles workers say 'no' to the non-union agreement. greenleft.org.au Workers locked out of Coles' Smeaton Grange warehouse in Western Sydney are campaigning strongly for a "no" vote on the company's non-union agreement, reports Jim McIlroy.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-15). Racism in sport and why the media misses the point. greenleft.org.au When Indian cricketers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj reported racist abuse during the recent Sydney test match, Australia's ugly racism hit the headlines again. Sue Bull argues that the big media has an interest in muddying the connection between capitalism and racism.

Dan Froomkin (2021-01-15). One big mystery remains unsolved: Why was the Capitol left unguarded?>. salon.com The Capitol Police have more than 2,000 officers and a $500 million budget. Who prevented them from stopping this?>

Paul Bruski (2021-01-15). Yellow Gadsden flag, prominent in Capitol takeover, carries a long and shifting history. salon.com We may think of flags as having a specific meaning, but there are few symbols whose significance is truly permanent…

Roger Sollenberger (2021-01-15). In the search for answers on Capitol riots, officials and Congress begin looking in the mirror. salon.com Justice Dept. announces investigation into its own agencies, while members of Congress accuse each other…

Jon Skolnik (2021-01-15). Rudy Giuliani's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. salon.com Treasury Dep. slaps sanctions on Giuliani's cronies, NY Bar considers expelling him and Trump won't pay his bills…

Nicole Karlis (2021-01-15). Why physicist Avi Loeb thinks there's a "serious possibility" that 'Oumuamua was an alien spacecraft. salon.com It's a "serious possibility that we should contemplate," Loeb says in his new book on the bizarre space object…

Melanie McFarland (2021-01-15). "WandaVision" is a bewitching, bizarre marriage between classic TV and Marvel superhero movies. salon.com The two-episode launch on Disney+ feels like a worthy bridge between the past and the MCU's future…