2021-01-19: News Headlines

Staff (2021-01-19). U.S. Rep. Tlaib: "Israel Is a Racist State That Would Deny Palestinians Like My Grandmother a Vaccine" democracynow.org Israel has been hailed as having the world's most vaccinated population, but Palestinians are not included. Human Rights Watch and others have called on Israeli authorities to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Israel is a racist state," responds Congressmember Rashida Talib of Michigan, who is Palestinian American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and says her Palestinian grandmother was denied access to a vaccine. "I hope my colleagues, I hope our country, sees what the Palestinians have been trying to tell us for a…

Jordan Schachtel (2021-01-19). Two Years to Stop the Spread: Australia to Shut Borders Until 2022 Despite Vaccine. anti-empire.com Australians and Kiwis are looking at the very real possibility of being shut off from the rest of the world for at least another year. | The two countries, often touted by the media and the "public health expert" class as a COVID-19 response success story (and In a conversation with the Australian Broadcasting Corpora…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-20). Brazilians celebrate arrival of Venezuelan oxygen to struggling Manaus. peoplesdispatch.org Following the collapse of the healthcare system in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Venezuela has sent 130,000 liters of oxygen and a brigade of 107 doctors to help combat the pandemic…

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-20). Women bear brunt of unemployment in COVID economic crisis. workers.org The month of December revealed some stunning news affecting the U.S. working class, as the impact of the viral pandemic and the capitalist economic crisis continues. The burden of unemployment has fallen on women, especially Black, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Indigenous, im/migrant and low-wage workers. LGBTQ2S+ individuals and people with disabilities . . . |

Juan Cole (2021-01-20). An Admiring Review of Cole, 'Muhammad: Prophet of Peace,' in Algeria's Echorouq. juancole.com The Algerian newspaper Echorouq [al-Shuruq] has published a positive review of the Arabic translation of my book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires Available at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor And Hachette And Barnes and Noble And Amazon Juan says: In turbulent era, I am most gratified that Muslim readers on the …

IMEMC News (2021-01-20). Soldiers Abduct Six Palestinians, Including Father And Son, One Woman, In Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, five Palestinians, including a woman, a father, and his sons, in the al-'Isawiya town, in addition to one child in Hizma town, in the occupied Palestinian capital Jerusalem. Media sources said the soldiers, including undercover officers, invaded al-'Isawiya, before storming and ransacking shops and homes, and abducted five Palestinians. …

John Catalinotto (2021-01-20). Trump OUT — Time for workers to defeat racism, fascism. workers.org An unprecedented 25,000 National Guard troops from 50 states plus thousands of local and Capitol police are expected to occupy the U.S. capital by Jan. 20. This armed force's announced goal: Prevent a violent attack on the inauguration of the 46th president and allow a transition to the Joe Biden/Kamala . . . |

IMEMC News (2021-01-20). Israeli Colonists Cut 100 Olive Saplings Near Hebron. imemc.org Many fanatic Israeli colonists, illegally squatting on Palestinian lands, invaded a Palestinian orchard east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and cut about 100 olive saplings. Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Hebron, said the colonists invaded a privately-owned Palestinian …

G. Dunkel (2021-01-20). Protests erupt over Haitian president's plans to stay in power. workers.org From Brooklyn and Miami to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as well as Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, Jacmel, Saint-Marc and GonaàØves in Haiti, hundreds of people marched on Jan. 15 to demand that Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse follow the constitution and step down next month. Barclay Center protest, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jan. 15. The term . . . |

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2021-01-20). WAFA: "Foreign Ministry pledges to legally pursue US ambassador to Israel for recognizing settlement project" imemc.org RAMALLAH, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (WAFA) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates today pledged to legally pursue the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman after he recognized the settlement project called City of David in the occupied city of Jerusalem. The Ministry said in a statement that all of East Jerusalem is a …

Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights (2021-01-20). Press Release: Al Mezan welcomes the Palestinian President's decree to hold parliamentary and presidential elections. imemc.org Al Mezan Center for Human Rights welcomes the decree, issued by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, that announces parliamentary and presidential elections for later this year. The first such elections in almost 16 years, this step is long overdue and holds weighty expectations for the renewal of legitimacy to state institutions and unification of the Palestinian …

Princess Harmony (2021-01-20). Struggle for Safehouse will continue. workers.org A crack house is dark. It is a place of sorrow and danger — a hell on Earth. People do not care about you. They would allow you to die alone if you overdose or have an adverse drug reaction. You have to be on guard at all times. You . . . |

IMEMC News (2021-01-20). Israeli Army Bombards Gaza, Causes Damage And Injures One Palestinian. imemc.org The Israeli army fired, late on Tuesday at night, many artillery and tanks shells targeting several areas in the besieged and impoverished Gaza Strip, causing damage, and wounding a young man. The soldiers fired a tank shell directly striking a home, owned by members of the Abdul-Jawad family in the al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central …

Rebecca Gordon (2021-01-20). The Rubble of Empire: Doctrines of Disaster and Dreams of Security as the Biden Years Begin. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — How can you tell when your empire is crumbling? Some signs are actually visible from my own front window here in San Francisco. Directly across the street, I can see a collection of tarps and poles (along with one of my own garbage cans) that were used to construct a makeshift …

Judy Greenspan (2021-01-20). For exposing COVID-19 outbreak, Black newspaper editor faces retaliation. workers.org What happens when a federal prisoner who has just become the Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper is paroled to a halfway house run by GEO Group? That company is one of the largest managers of lockdown units and ICE detention centers in the U.S. Malik . . . |

Fight Back (2021-01-20). NYC rallies for MLK Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 50 people gathered on January 18, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The crowd rallied at the 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem, a neighborhood that has had a long history of Black revolutionary organizing. Along with the rally, others participated in a car caravan that passed by the rally. | The event was organized by the People's United Front, with speakers from organizations such as the New Abolitionist Movement, Cuba Si Coalition, New York Community Action Project, Families for Freedom, and many others. | Each of the speeches addressed one of the issues laid ou…

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-19). Why Did Alexei Navalny Return to the Same Country that He Claimed Tried to Kill Him? globalresearch.ca Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny inexplicably decided to return to the same country that he claimed had unsuccessfully tried to kill him, curiously timing his trip to coincide with the immediate run-up to Biden's inauguration in what some suspect is …

IMEMC News (2021-01-19). Israeli Navy Attacks Palestinian Fishermen In Gaza. imemc.org Israeli navy ships fired, on Tuesday morning, several live rounds at Palestinian fishing boats, in addition to attacking them with water cannons, near the shore of the Sudaniyya sea, northwest of Gaza city. Eyewitnesses said the navy attacked the Palestinian fishing boats less than three nautical miles from the Gaza shore. They added that the …

Staff (2021-01-19). Michigan Ex-Governor Charged With "Willful Neglect" in Flint Water Scandal. truthout.org Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and eight other former officials were charged last Thursday in a sweeping criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. Snyder faces two charges of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor. In 2014, Flint's unelected emergency manager, appointed by then-Governor Snyder, switched the city's water supply to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure. The move has been linked to at least 12 deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and widespread lead…

Staff (2021-01-19). FBI Vetting Leads to Removal of 12 National Guard Members From Inauguration Duty. truthout.org Twelve members of the National Guard were removed from inaugural duty, AP Two National Guard members were recused from inauguration duty specifically for ties to far right militias. Because of information saf…

Staff (2021-01-19). New Documents Suggest J. Edgar Hoover Was Involved in Fred Hampton's Murder. truthout.org In March 1976, we sat in a cavernous Chicago courtroom while FBI agent Roy Martin Mitchell testified in the federal civil rights case that we and our partners at the People's Law Office had brought on behalf of the families of slain Illinois Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and the seven survivors of the murderous pre-dawn Chicago police raid on their West Side apartment. | Thanks to the liberation of FBI documents from the Media, Pennsylvania FBI offices, the revelations of the…

Staff (2021-01-19). Michigan Governor Charged With "Willful Neglect of Duty" in Flint Water Scandal. truthout.org Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and eight other former officials were charged last Thursday in a sweeping criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. Snyder faces two charges of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor. In 2014, Flint's unelected emergency manager, appointed by then-Governor Snyder, switched the city's water supply to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure. The move has been linked to at least 12 deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and widespread lead…

Kenneth Rapoza (2021-01-19). With Russia's Help, China Becomes Plastics Making Power in Pandemic. anti-empire.com After giving up on recycling — American recycling that is — China is still in love with the plastics biz. In fact, their companies are becoming dominant in all things plastic, one of the most important supply chains in the world. | In other words, it will be yet another segment in global business that the world will need Chinese companies to get supply. | The pandemic has helped the petrochemicals industry make up for losses in oil and gas demand. Plastics are tied to the fossil fuels industry. Stay-at-home orders throughout the U.S. and Europe has led to more take-out food orders and a lot of that is…

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2021-01-19). Mass Call Up of Unarmed Troops Needed to Battle Terrorists During a Plague That Necessitates Everyone Stays at Home. anti-empire.com Oh look, The Powers That Be couldn't get real people to turn out for Biden so they're planting flags so it wouldn't look so. No no, that can't be right. That's way too cynical of me. Surely there are hundreds of thousands of people who would love to attend the inauguration but sadly the establishment must turn them away because there is a deadly invisible virus out there, that nonetheless did not preclude them from calling up 20,000 federalized National Guard soldiers that have nowhere to sleep but on top of each other. But that was necessary because of the grave "domestic terrorist" threat from the unpopular "an…

The Babylon Bee (2021-01-19). 'Skynet Is a Private Company, They Can Do What They Want,' Says Man Getting Curb-Stomped by Terminator. anti-empire.com Cyberdyne Systems has recently launched its artificial intelligence program called Skynet. Soon after activation, Skynet became self-aware and immediately launched a nuclear attack on all humans and sent legions of lethal cybernetic machines to exterminate all remaining humans. This has sparked an intense backlash with many calling for Skynet to be shut down, while others have been quick to defend the genocidal program. | "Skynet was created by a private company, and private companies can do whatever they want," said social media influencer Kathryn Schroder. "If you don't want cold, heartless, killer robots de…

Dan Herbeck (2021-01-19). After Family Fights to Use 'Experimental' Drug Woman Given 20% Chance by Doctors Speedily Recovers. anti-empire.com A judge ordered Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital last week to give a Covid-19 patient an experimental treatment, and her family and attorneys say they believe that saved 80-year-old Judith Smentkiewicz's life. | The drug Ivermectin — a pill sometimes used to treat children with head lice or to rid dogs and cats of worms — is not yet approved by the federal government for use against Covid-19. But Smentkiewicz's son and daughter call it "a miracle drug" in their court papers. | So do her attorneys, Ralph C. Lorigo and Jon F. Minear. | "This lady was on a ventilator, literally on her deathbed, before…

Om Marathe (2021-01-19). Russia Withdraws From Open Skies Treaty After US Departure. anti-empire.com In what experts fear could lead to growing mistrust between global powers, Russia on Friday announced that it was leaving the Open Skies Treaty (OST), an accord between over 30 countries that allows participants to fly unarmed reconnaissance flights over any part of their fellow member states. | In November, the United States left the OST first after accusing Russia of violating the pact— allegations that Russia denied. Moscow has now blamed Washington for its own decision of leaving the treaty. | What is the Open Skies Treaty?: | First proposed in 1955 by former US President Dwight Eisenhower as a…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-19). Trump May be on Trial, But the System that Produced Him will be Acquitted. counterpunch.org It is a fitting end to four years of Donald Trump in the White House. On one side, Trump's endless stoking of political grievances — and claims that November's presidential election was "stolen" from him — spilled over last week into a mob storming the US Capitol. They did so in the forlorn hope of

MEE and agencies (2021-01-19). Covid-19: Palestinians to receive first batch of Russian vaccine by weekend. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinians to receive first batch of Russian vaccine by weekend | The Palestinian health ministry has approved Sputnik V vaccine for domestic use, making it 'the first country in the Middle East' to do so | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 14: 15 | Palestinian health workers collect random swab samples from people to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on 1…

Ian Cobain (2021-01-19). UK Labour Party recruited ex-Israeli intelligence official for social media role: Report. middleeasteye.net UK Labour Party recruited ex-Israeli intelligence official for social media role: Report | Labour Party said it was aware of report but did not immediately respond to questions about matter | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 19: 15 | The former Israeli intelligence official was recruited last year to work in office of party leader Keir Starmer (AFP) | The UK's Labour Party is reported to have hired a former member of Isra…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? counterpunch.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By "Force and Fraud": Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? dissidentvoice.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me …

Raul Diego (2021-01-19). Native Activists File Suit After Trump Officials Hand Sacred Land to Foreign Mining Firm. mintpressnews.com The land swap deal between the U.S. government and British-Australian corporate mining giant Rio Tinto and its subsidiary, Resolution Copper, went into effect last week. But, the true Native owners of the land are not about to give up a battle they have been fighting for centuries. | On Friday, January 15, the U.S. Forest Service, under pressure of the outgoing Trump administration,

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? counterpunch.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to

RT (2021-01-19). Kremlin rejects Navalny allegation that Putin has secret Black Sea palace complete with casino, theater & private striptease bar. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have an opulent private estate on the country's Black Sea coast, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted on Tuesday, in response to allegations from anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny. | Responding to claims that a luxury pile in the resort town of Gelendzhik belonged to the president, Peskov said that "in reality, this is not true." He added that the Kremlin had not reviewed a new tranche of allegations around Putin's supposed personal wealth, but that he was able to dismiss them in the same way he has in the past. | | © palace.navalny.com | "I can say stra…

RT (2021-01-19). Prost! Bavarian court overturns statewide open-air alcohol ban imposed under Covid-19 curbs. rt.com Covid-19 is no reason to deny oneself a jug of beer or glass of wine in the great outdoors, a Bavarian court has ruled, overturning a statewide ban on open-air consumption of alcohol introduced to limit the spread of the virus.

MEE staff (2021-01-19). Pompeo sparks outrage with tweet rebuking 'multiculturalism'. middleeasteye.net Pompeo sparks outrage with tweet rebuking 'multiculturalism' | Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said tweet exposes way outgoing secretary of state views issue of race in America | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 17: 57 | Pompeo has frequently commented on culture in America, sparking criticism after repeatedly going after the New York Times' 1619 project (AFP) | During his last full day in office, US Secretary of State Mike…

AP Muhammed Afsal (2021-01-19). Fears in Gulf over WhatsApp data-sharing rule drives spike in use of rival apps. middleeasteye.net Fears in Gulf over WhatsApp data-sharing rule drives spike in use of rival apps | With concerns over privacy on WhatsApp, rivals Signal and Telegram are gaining significant numbers of new users in Gulf states, new data shows | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 12: 30 | A woman checks her phone in a Riyadh mall. Will WhatsApp's data-sharing deal with Facebook damage its reputation in the Gulf countries?

Ragip Soylu (2021-01-19). Turkey hits Twitter and Pinterest with ad ban for resisting new social media law. middleeasteye.net Turkey hits Twitter and Pinterest with ad ban for resisting new social media law | Twitter and Pinterest have yet to assign a legal representative in Turkey, leading ministers to warn of 'digital fascism' | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 11: 29 | Twitter risks having its bandwidth reduced in Turkey, under regulations introduced last year (AFP) | Turkey has imposed an advertisement ban on social media giants Twitter a…

Rayhan Uddin (2021-01-19). Genital-shaped cupcakes spark national scandal in Egypt. middleeasteye.net Genital-shaped cupcakes spark national scandal in Egypt | Arrests and suspensions follow after elderly women are seen eating sexually explicit desserts in Gezira club, as government and Islamic authorities wade in | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 14: 40 | The incident has sparked national controversy and outrage in Egypt, while many criticised the government's hypocrisy in its handling of the situation (AFP) | A g…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-19). Troops deployed in Sudan's Darfur after scores killed in clashes. middleeasteye.net Troops deployed in Sudan's Darfur after scores killed in clashes | Three days of inter-ethnic violence have left at least 155 people dead and tens of thousands displaced | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 15: 44 | Sudanese security forces in El Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state (AFP) | Calm returned to Sudan's Darfur region on Tuesday after troops were sent to help stop three days of inter-ethnic…

MEE staff (2021-01-19). 'The system must go': Protests rage for fifth day in Tunisia against economic woes. middleeasteye.net 'The system must go': Protests rage for fifth day in Tunisia against economic woes | Daytime protests in Tunis and other cities have followed night clashes between youth and security forces | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 21: 33 | Tunisian protesters lift placards and chant during an anti-government demonstration in coastal city of Sfax on 19 January 2021 (AFP) | Protesters rallied in Tunisia's capital and other cities on…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-19). Qatar blockade ends: BeIN Sports unofficially returns to Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Qatar blockade ends: BeIN Sports unofficially returns to Saudi Arabia | Riyadh cafes broadcast banned Doha-based broadcaster, as Qatar expected to drop $1bn piracy lawsuit against Riyadh | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 11: 21 | A woman watches beIN Sports from her home in Riyadh in January 2020, months before a Saudi ban on the broadcaster (AFP/File photo) | Qatar-owned beIN Sports was broadcast in Sa…

Anti*Capitalist Resistance (2021-01-19). The Class Struggle Against the Pandemic. socialistproject.ca Kevin Courtney, joint General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), summed it up when he said, the best response to the Tory pandemic disaster is to join a union and join the Zero Covid campaign. Talking at a 400-strong online conference, he paid tribute to NEU and Unison members who had followed union advice …

Staff (2021-01-19). Flint Residents Still Sick as Former Michigan Gov. Faces "Willful Neglect" Charges in Water Scandal. democracynow.org Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and eight other former officials were charged last Thursday in a sweeping criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. Snyder faces two charges of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor. In 2014, Flint's unelected emergency manager, appointed by then-Governor Snyder, switched the city's water supply to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure. The move has been linked to at least 12 deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and widespread lead poisoning in residents, including children, in the majority-Black city. "It is really important that many of those electe…

Editor (2021-01-19). Patching up capitalism during COVID. workers.org On Jan. 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first recognized case of COVID-19 in the U.S. One year later, over 400,000 people in the country are dead from the virus — the equivalent of wiping out the entire population of Cleveland, Ohio, or Tampa, Fla. . . . |

Patrick Cockburn (2021-01-19). Government Mistakes Provided the Breeding Ground for the Mutant Virus, Which it is Now Using as an Alibi for Its Failures. counterpunch.org The coastal town of Margate in east Kent is the place where the fast-spreading variant of Covid-19 first mutated before it swept through the rest of Britain. Scientists identified Kent last month as the county where the mutant virus developed, but a source with knowledge of research into its origins tells me that the earliest case of a person being infected with it was in Margate on the Isle of Thanet.

Ali Salam (2021-01-19). PPS "Israel Detains at Least 15 Palestinians" imemc.org Israeli soldiers detained fifteen Palestinians, on Monday morning, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. In the occupied city of East Jerusalem, soldiers detained four young men, two from al-'Isawiya and two from al-Tur neighborhoods, searching civilian's homes, with dogs. In the East Jerusalem area, the army detained two young …

IMEMC News (2021-01-19). Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians Near Qalqilia. imemc.org Israeli soldiers shot, on Tuesday morning, two young Palestinian men near the illegal Annexation Wall, north of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia. Eyewitnesses said the two young men were among of several workers who were trying to cross through a hole in the annexation wall, seeking work. They added that the two were …

Éric Toussaint (2021-01-19). In memory of Patrice Lumumba, assassinated on January 17, 1961. mronline.org On 17 January 2021, we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba (1925-1961).

IMEMC News (2021-01-19). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Siblings In Jenin, Two In Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, Kafr Ra'ey village, south of Jenin, and Salem village, east of Nablus, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank, searched homes and abducted four siblings. Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted Bilal Nabil Thiab, …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). Citing famine, UN urges reversal of terrorist designation for Yemen's Houthis; U.S. refuses. mronline.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 U.S. would likely trigger a "famine on a scale we have not seen in 40 years.

Kathy Kelly (2021-01-19). About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen. dissidentvoice.org In 1565, Pieter Bruegel the Elder created "The Massacre of the Innocents," a provocative masterpiece of religious art. The painting reworks a biblical narrative about King Herod's order to slaughter all newborn boys in Bethlehem for fear that a messiah had been born there. Bruegel's painting situates the atrocity in a contemporary setting, a 16th …

Larry Holmes (2021-01-19). To defeat fascism, 'we've got to start organizing'. workers.org Excerpts taken from Jan. 14 webinar on "Workers Can Defeat Fascism & Racism" sponsored by Workers World Party. To view the entire panel discussion, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9_NDIKT0vw&#038… Larry Holmes When you consider what's happened since January 6, you see Washington, D.C., is pretty much shut down under martial law, occupied . . . |

Staff (2021-01-19). Israeli Settlement Expansion Condemned by PA, EU and Numerous Countries. imemc.org In response to Israel's announcement that they have approved an additional 780 colonial settlement units, a number of countries have issued statements condemning the move. They include the UK, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, the European Union (EU) and the Palestinian Authority (PA). A spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, stated that it is clear …

John Wojcik (2021-01-19). GOP Rep. Perry and Sen. Mastriano put people of Pennsylvania at grave risk. peoplesworld.org It is beyond any doubt now that Republicans elected to represent the people of their states have returned the favor by putting their constituents in grave danger. One of the best examples of this is found in Pennsylvania where GOP Rep. Scott Perry and state Sen. Doug Mastriano have lied to the people about the …

OCHA (2021-01-19). OCHA Report: Demolitions and Displacements | December 2020. imemc.org Demolitions and Displacements report from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) In December, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 67 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, resulting in the displacement of 50 people, including 30 children, and otherwise affecting the livelihoods or …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2021-01-19). PSL Statement — Assault on the Capitol: 24 Questions and Answers. liberationnews.org The Jan. 6 attack on Congress by a fascist-led mob will be remembered as a pivotal moment in U.S. politics…

Prensa Latina (2021-01-19). Líder palestino advierte sobre política de expansionismo israelí. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Norman G. Finkelstein (2021-01-19). The Jewish supremacist state (A comment on B'Tselem's 'apartheid regime' designation for Israel). mronline.org During the past two decades, many respected individuals and organizations designated the regime Israel has established in the occupied Palestinian territory—the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza—as a form of apartheid.

The Conversation (2021-01-19). How Trump's language shifted in the weeks leading up to the Capitol riot: Linguists can Tell. juancole.com By Roger J. Kreuz and Leah Cathryn Windsor | — On Jan. 6, the world witnessed how language can incite violence. One after another, a series of speakers at the "Save America" rally at the Ellipse in Washington redoubled the messages of anger and outrage. This rhetoric culminated with a directive by the president to …

Jornal GGN (2021-01-19). Drastic effects of COVID in Manaus, Brazil: No oxygen, patients transferred, curfew. peoplesworld.org This week the capital of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, broke the record for new hospitalizations and burials. Today Amazonians invaded the social networks in despair. The State clamors for the federal government to help. The crisis in Manaus, provoked by the alarming number of cases of COVID-19, placed the state capital at the center …

IMEMC News (2021-01-19). Army Abducts A Palestinian Child Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday at night, the al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted a Palestinian child. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the refugee camp before the soldiers stormed and searched homes. They added that the soldiers interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, …

IMEMC News (2021-01-19). Army Issues Demolition Orders Targeting Eight Homes, And A Shed, Near Nablus. imemc.org Several Israeli army jeeps invaded, on Monday at dawn, Douma village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, before handing orders for the demolition of eight homes, and one shed. Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel's illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers surrounded the village, before …

Al Neal (2021-01-19). Fixing family separation policy will be a tough job. peoplesworld.org "I have put in place a "zero tolerance" policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It's that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and …

Max Blumenthal (2021-01-19). Max Blumenthal: Breach of Capitol security was like a military operation. mronline.org The Grayzone founder notes that "such a disproportionate percentage" of the Capitol building attackers were former military, former law enforcement, or current law enforcement that began rappelling up the sides of the Capitol with ropes."

Gero Rueter, Marcio Damasceno (2021-01-19). Global demand for meat propels deforestation in Brazil, says report. peoplesworld.org The growing world consumption of meat and the actions of the current government are the main ingredients of a recipe leading to the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest. This is one of the conclusions of Fleischatlas 2021 ("Meat Atlas 2021"), presented last Wednesday, January 6, in Berlin. "Beef is today one of the main motives …

Ali Salam (2021-01-19). Israeli Settlement Expansion Condemned by PA, EU and Numerous Countries. imemc.org In response to Israel's announcement that they have approved an additional 780 colonial settlement units, a number of countries have issued statements condemning the move. They include the UK, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, the European Union (EU) and the Palestinian Authority (PA). A spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, stated that it is clear …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned Jenin Jenin. dissidentvoice.org On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who was accused, along with the Israeli military, of carrying out war crimes in April 2002, in the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp located in the northern occupied West Bank. The …

Ted Glick (2021-01-19). The Cause of Independence for Puerto Rico. dissidentvoice.org From 1974 into the 1980's I worked actively with the US branch of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party (PSP) in support of the cause of independence for Puerto Rico. I have maintained connections to this should-be country ever since, primarily through a close friendship with a leading community activist in Vieques, a small island off …

Conn Hallinan (2021-01-19). 'You can't be serious' awards. peoplesworld.org Each year Conn Hallinan gives awards to individuals, companies, and governments that make reading the news a daily adventure. These are the awards for 2020. The Golden Lemon Award goes to Lockheed Martin for its F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter, at $1.5 trillion the most expensive weapons system in history. The plane currently has 883 "design …

Gloria Rubac (2021-01-19). Legal lynchings soar under Trump. workers.org In an unprecedented spree of executions, Donald Trump has executed 13 people in the last six months of his presidency. As if in a frenzy to kill, Trump had three people put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., just days before he exits the White House. . . . |

Norman Solomon (2021-01-19). Don't Let President Biden 'Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes'. indybay.org Class war, hidden in plain sight…

Norman Solomon (2021-01-19). Don't let President Biden 'make us the dupes of our hopes'. nationofchange.org More than being a time of hope — or fatalism — the inauguration of President Joe Biden should be a time of skeptical realism and determination.

Juan Cole (2021-01-19). Respected Israeli Rights Group B'Tselem declares Israel an Apartheid State. zcomm.org Apartheid is one of the listed "crimes against humanity" along with enslavement, torture, war rape, and forcible deportation. A crime against humanity is the systematic and continuous commission of war crimes…

Editor (2021-01-19). Glenn Greenwald on the Biden Administration and Expanding Censorship. scheerpost.com On this week's "On Contact," Chris Hedges talks to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald about the incoming Biden administration and what it will mean for a country in crisis, ravaged by a pandemic it cannot control, hostage to corporate power and bifurcated into warring factions. Glenn Greenwald is the author of several bestsellers, including How …

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-01-19). The Unwelcome Return of the Real Purveyors of Violence. globalresearch.ca With the mainstream media still obsessing about the January 6th "violent coup attempt" at the US Capitol Building, the incoming Biden Administration looks to be chock full of actual purveyors of violent coups. Don't look to the mainstream media to …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-01-19). US Makes Aggressive Opening Move on Russian Chessboard. globalresearch.ca A regime change project in Russia was launched on Sunday with the return of political activist Alexei Navalny to Moscow. It was a highly symbolic event — except that Navalny was travelling by an aeroplane from Germany and not in …

Fight Back (2021-01-19). Chicago MLK rally demands end to white supremacy. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 500 people gathered in Federal Plaza today with a banner reading, "End the Trump era" and "End white supremacy!" Organizers including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, and Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. Also joining were SEIU Local 73 and other unions as well as Black, Latino and other organizations. | The protest was called in response to the white supremacist insurrection and attempted coup in DC on January 6. The aim of the racists was to invalidate the votes of hundreds of thousands of Black people in Atlanta…

Fight Back (2021-01-19). Chicago MLK rally demands end to white supremacy. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 500 people gathered in Federal Plaza today with a banner reading, "End the Trump era" and "End white supremacy!" Organizers including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, and Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. Also joining were SEIU Local 73 and other unions as well as Black, Latino and other organizations. | The protest was called in response to the white supremacist insurrection and attempted coup in DC on January 6. The aim of the racists was to invalidate the votes of hundreds of thousands of Black people in Atlanta…

news.un (2021-01-19). 'Swift action' needed in Tigray to save thousands at risk, UNHCR warns. news.un.org Two months after conflict forced humanitarian workers to withdraw from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), on Tuesday, stressed the need for "swift action" to restore safe access to "save thousands of lives at risk".

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). Migrants stranded in Guatemala following repression by security forces. peoplesdispatch.org A caravan of more than thousand Honduran migrants were brutally repressed by the Guatemalan military and police forces, on January 17. Honduran migrants, including men, women and children, have set off on this perilous 4,000-km long journey on foot to the US with the hope to apply for humanitarian asylum there.

Kathy Kelly (2021-01-19). About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen. progressive.org The United States is contributing to the violent attacks on Yemen, while cutting back its humanitarian relief efforts.

Staff (2021-01-19). Headlines for January 19, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Warns of "Catastrophic Moral Failure" as Wealthy Nations Hoard Vaccines, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 400,000, New York Seeks Vaccines Directly from Pfizer After HHS Fails on Promise to Distribute Doses, FBI to Vet 25,000 National Guard Troops Deploying to Washington, D.C., for Inauguration, FBI Arrests More Far-Right Militia Leaders, White Supremacists Over Capitol Attack, New Yorker Footage Shows How Insurrectionists Breached Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, Senate to Begin Confirmation Hearings for Joe Biden Cabinet Nominees, Biden Executive Orders on Day 1 to Reverse Many of Trump's Most Contentious Actions,…

Ali Khan (2021-01-19). U.S. Needs to Quickly Ramp Up Vaccinations. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Democracy Now! As the United States breaks all records for coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns another 92,000 could die in the next three weeks as complaints grow over the slow distribution of COVID vaccines. Across the country, hospitals are overflowing, and ICU beds are in short

Azeezah Kanji (2021-01-19). Homeless Encampment Evictions Highlight the Cruelty of Capitalism Amid COVID. zcomm.org The stifling inequality engendered by capitalism takes lives, sometimes quickly and often slowly. With encampment evictions, the state punishes those being suffocated for gasping to breathe…

PIC (2021-01-19). Tuesday 1/19: Nationwide COVID-19 Memorial Service. indybay.org Online vigil…

No Justice Under Capitalism (2021-01-19). Sunday 1/31: Newsom, Stop The Executions! Car Caravan to End the COVID Deaths in Prisons. indybay.org Middle Harbor Shoreline Park | 2777 Middle Harbor Road | (in the Port of Oakland)…

WSWS (2021-01-19). The global COVID vaccination distribution debacle is mirrored in the US. wsws.org The global vaccination distribution has been characterized as a "catastrophic moral failure" by the WHO's director-general. Despite the US predominance in access to these life-saving vaccines, its national vaccine initiative has been a dismal disaster.

news.un (2021-01-19). UN agencies supporting mammoth India COVID-19 vaccine rollout. news.un.org India has begun what is the world's biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

Children's Health Defense (2021-01-19). China Health Experts Call for Suspension of COVID Vaccines as Norway Investigates 33 Deaths, Germany Probes 10 Deaths. globalresearch.ca Norway upped the number of deaths under investigation, from 23 last week to 33, while in Germany, health officials said they are investigating 10 deaths that occurred among elderly patients who received the COVID vaccine. | *** | China health experts say …

Lopes RD, Macedo AS, de Barros E Silva PM, et al. (2021-01-19). Effect of Discontinuing vs Continuing ACEIs and ARBs in Patients Admitted With COVID-19. jamanetwork.com This randomized clinical trial compares the effect of discontinuing vs continuing angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) on days alive and out of the hospital at 30 days among patients with COVID-19 taking the drugs prior to hospitalization.

news.un (2021-01-19). Independent panel finds critical early failings in COVID-19 response. news.un.org The global system for pandemic alert and response is "not fit for purpose", highlighting the need for a new framework in the wake of COVID-19, experts appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an interim report presented on Tuesday.

WSWS (2021-01-19). Workers Struggle: The Americas. wsws.org Doctors across Peru have walked out over pay and COVID-19-related issues while teachers in Arizona's Peoria Unified School District staged a sickout over dangerous in-person instruction.

Woo K, Rigberg D, Lawrence PF. (2021-01-19). Use of Central Line Insertion Teams to Manage Venous Access Volume and Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Performance Improvement article summarizes findings from an international survey study of hospital experience with central venous access line insertion teams to manage high procedural volume and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-01-19). Tunisian regime deploys army as protests spread 10 years after Arab Spring. wsws.org Ten years after revolutionary uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, explosive anger is building in working-class districts across North Africa amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

OffGuardian (2021-01-19). "I Am Open": 50,000 Italian Restaurant Owners Plan to Ignore Lockdown. globalresearch.ca Today — Friday 15th January — over 50,000 restaurants are planning to open, an act of mass civil disobedience against "anti-Covid" lockdown measures which have massively hurt the restaurant business, especially small family-owned businesses. | Spreading through social media under the …

Hester D. (2021-01-19). Spraying Cotton in Bolivar County, Mississippi, the Summer Following My First Year of Medical School. jamanetwork.com The John Deere wheels cut hard coming to the turn row that runs along the county line near the evergreen copse in Paradise's south forty acres. In the wake of the tire tread, a dull patch flashes within the white blur beneath me. Exposed bone blooms among lobed leaves of cotton. Five vertebrae lie bleached and unstrung. I idle the machine, lurching to rest as diesel fumes rise in a dirge to these remains at the field's edge. I stand to see better. They are lumbar (without facets for ribs) but unknown. All bones being the same beneath skin. I have seen others, too: a woman's, this past fall. The instructors starte…

Kathy Kelly (2021-01-19). About Suffering: A Massacre of the Innocents in Yemen. commondreams.org The United Nations estimates the war has already caused 233,000 deaths, including 131,000 deaths from indirect causes such as lack of food, health services and infrastructure. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mike Konczal (2021-01-19). When Medicare Helped Kill Jim Crow. thenation.com When Medicare Helped Kill Jim Crow…

Johnston KJ, Hockenberry JM, Joynt Maddox KE. (2021-01-19). Physician Performance in the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Dr Rathi's main observation about our recent article that the financial incentives were small in the MIPS 2019 performance year, and the performance threshold for avoiding a payment penalty was low. In fact, the performance threshold was so low in 2019 that only clinicians who did not comply with the MIPS (did not report any performance measures to the CMS) received payment penalties.

Rathi VK. (2021-01-19). Physician Performance in the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their recent article, Dr Johnston and colleagues reported that health system affiliation was associated with significantly better performance scores and more favorable value-based reimbursement for clinicians participating in the inaugural payment year (2019) of the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Even though this program may accelerate clinician consolidation within health systems, I believe their findings may be overstated for 3 reasons.

Amanda Mills (2021-01-19). Biden expected to cancel Keystone XL pipeline on day one of presidency. nationofchange.org "This decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline on day one in office sets a precedent that all permitting decisions must pass a climate test and respect Indigenous rights."

RWAAL (2021-01-19). All Workers Must Support Honduran migrants and refugees. indybay.org Two months after hurricanes Eta and Iota devastated the region and as the pandemic crisis continues, caravan members are escaping conditions of absolute destitution. Capitalist governments line up to thwart workers' pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

South Front (2021-01-19). Video: Democracy in Deep Space: US Space Force to Get Nuclear Reactors. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump can be considered guilty of many things, but he can't be considered guilty of not attempting to preserve the fruits of his labor. | This can be seen in the maximum pressure campaign against Iran, his endless …

Philip Giraldi (2021-01-19). Goodbye Sheldon Adelson. thealtworld.com The malignant toad is dead | Casino magnate and Israeli patriot multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson, one of the world's richest men, died in Las Vegas on January 11th at age 87. He had been suffering from cancer and has been buried at the

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-19). Rolling Out The Dystopian Nightmare: World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos Agenda. globalresearch.ca Founded in 1971, the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) meets annually in Davos, Switzerland. | It brings together top business and political leaders, along with likeminded pro-New World Order economists and pseudo-journalists. | Calling itself "an independent international organization committed to improving …

Jesse Smith (2021-01-19). Dystopia Now! — Surveillance Through Vaccine Certificates, Digital IDs, and Biometric Data. globalresearch.ca With the pandemic, the "digital transformation" that so many analysts have been referring to for years, without being exactly sure what it meant, has found its catalyst. One major effect of confinement will be the expansion and progression of the …

_____ (2021-01-19). Martin Luther King's Vision Of An Interconnected World. popularresistance.org We are facing converging global crises — a horrific pandemic, worsening economic inequality both in the United States and globally, climate change and the continuing scourge of systemic racism around the world. What would Martin Luther King Jr. think or advise if he were alive today? What might he say in these days after the Capitol Building was attacked by a primarily white mob that was seeking to usurp the results of a free and fair election and implement an America First agenda through violent force? | To get to these answers, we need to consider one of King's most important and overlooked pieces of writ…

WSWS (2021-01-19). Workers at New York City produce market launch first strike since 1986. wsws.org Drivers and warehouse workers at Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, the largest produce market in the world, are striking against inadequate protections during the pandemic and management's refusal to raise their hourly wage by one dollar.

Dr. Richard Schabas (2021-01-19). We're Being Locked-down for an Infection Fatality Rate of Less than 0.2%? Dr. Richard Schabas to Ontario Premier Doug Ford. globalresearch.ca Below is an important letter from former Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Richard Schabas, addressed to Ontario Premier Doug Ford. | "The national lockdown was never part of our planned pandemic response nor is it supported by strong …

Schaefer MS, Talmor D, Baedorf-Kassis EN. (2021-01-19). Effect of Tidal Volume on Pulmonary Outcomes After Surgery. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The inherent physiological rationale for lowering tidal volume during mechanical ventilation is to decrease strain on the lung tissue to avoid ventilator-induced lung injury. In the study by Dr Karalapillai and colleagues, there was a considerable difference in tidal volumes between the groups (mean, 396.6 [SD, 83.5] mL vs 611.1 [SD, 111.9] mL). However, ventilator-induced lung injury is not only a function of static parameters such as strain from tidal volume or stress from inspiratory pressures, but also from the complex interplay between static and dynamic variables, including the rate of lung de…

Suresh V. (2021-01-19). Effect of Tidal Volume on Pulmonary Outcomes After Surgery. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In the article by Dr Karalapillai and colleagues, more than 20% of the patients underwent spinal surgery in a prone surgical position. Mechanical ventilation in the prone position homogenizes ventilation distribution in dorsal regions of lungs, which decreases pulmonary shunt fraction and thereby reduces hypoxemia. Although studies have demonstrated that mechanical ventilation in the prone position is associated with lower mortality in patients with lung injury, a more recent meta-analysis portrays an equivocal benefit of this intervention. Therefore, patients undergoing spine surgery should have be…

Dr. Peter Doshi (2021-01-19). British Medical Journal: Pfizer and Moderna's "95% Effective" Vaccines—Let's be Cautious and First See the Full Data. globalresearch.ca The following are excerpts of an important article published by the British Medical Journal. The author Dr Peter Doshi is associate editor of The BMJ. | In the United States, all eyes are …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-19). 57% of US Voters Want Trump Barred From Seeking Office Ever Again: Poll. commondreams.org "After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again," said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-19). 'Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist': Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder. commondreams.org "Today is the last full day of the worst and most dangerous president in American history," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-19). After Inciting Deadly Capitol Terror Attack, Hawley Delays Confirmation of Biden Homeland Security Chief. commondreams.org "Josh Hawley liked what he saw on January 6th," said Rep. Mondaire Jones. "He'd like to see more." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jasmine Norden (2021-01-19). Rich countries hoarding vaccines could increase the global death rate. thecanary.co The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of " At a WHO board meeting, director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was worried about the ability of the WHO's vaccine initiative to provide the doses it aimed for. | More than 39 million doses of vaccine have now been administered in a…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). Remembering Commander Yesenia. peoplesdispatch.org On the 9th anniversary of the killing of Yesenia, an Afro-Colombian woman and commander of the National Liberation Army, Commander Pablo Beltrán shared his reflections about her struggle and her story, one that is shared by many Colombians who are victims of state and paramilitary violence. | December 20 marked the ninth anniversary of the physical disappearance of Commander Yesenia, an unforgettable revolutionary fighter from the SerraniÃÅa de San Lucas, where the Central Cordillera ends, stopped by the union of the great Magdalena and Cauca Rivers. | "You don't know how difficult it is to move f…

Ben Price (2021-01-19). 'It Is Like Satire': Prince Charles' Terra Carta Is a Manifesto for the Status Quo. commondreams.org The ecological crisis demands we protect the Rights of Nature from being watered down. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). 350.org Responds to Biden's Upcoming Presidential Inauguration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). The American People Shouldn't Have to Pay the Price Because Hawley Feels the Need to Pander to Extreme Base. commondreams.org ______________________________…

UCSGFCA (2021-01-19). Biden Must Go Beyond Simply Ending Trump's Barbaric Border Policies—We Need Deeper Change. commondreams.org An open letter To President-Elect Biden on Central America policy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Easy Treasury Secretary Confirmation Expected for Janet Yellen. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joins Lawsuit on Behalf of Black Man in Violent Attack by White West Va. Officers. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Biden Expected To Keep Promise as U.S. Will Rejoin the International Paris Agreement. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Gutting of Federal Protection for Migratory Birds. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Public Citizen Statement on S.1., Honorary First Bill of the 117th Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Public Oral Argument in Lawsuit Challenging the Labeling of Hydroponically-Grown Foods as Organic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ted Glick (2021-01-19). Revolution Around the Corner: a book review. zcomm.org This book gives a sense of what it's like to be part of a Left organization that has big successes for a number of years but then loses steam, members, energy and its sense of direction and ultimately disappears as an organization…

Vice News (2021-01-19). Where Did QAnon Come From? zcomm.org Investigating the who, what, and why behind the QAnon conspiracy movement to understand its radicalizing impact on society, in the wake of the Capitol riots…

Kenny Stancil (2021-01-19). WHO Chief Denounces Vaccine-Hoarding by Rich Nations. zcomm.org "The price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries."

Nikos Raptis (2021-01-19). Nazis, 'Commies', etc (Part 2 of 3). zcomm.org The Nazi monstrosity gave birth to a unique positive development: the Nuremberg Tribunal, the idea that all the people of the entire planet should judge and punish the Nazi-type criminals…

Michael Albert (2021-01-19). A Better World is Possible. zcomm.org Interview on what kind of world could come after capitalism…

Bernie Sanders (2021-01-19). Congress Is Going To Have To Rise Up And Be Extremely Bol. zcomm.org Interview on the troubling prospect that members of Congress may have aided the Capitol insurrectionists and he lays out an ambitious agenda for the new Senate…

Hamilton Nolan (2021-01-19). Let's Not Become a Bunch of Panicky Reactionaries. zcomm.org The lesson of the Capitol riots is to change the power structure, not to embrace it…

Anonymous Park Defender (2021-01-19). UC Places Initial Fencing Around People's Park, More to Come. indybay.org January 19th, the day before Biden's inauguration in DC, the University of California at Berkeley has placed the initial fencing on People's Park. "Work is coming", said Kyle Gibson, the director of communications for UCB Capital Strategies (quoted speaking to Berkeleyside).

Busboys & Poets and partners (2021-01-19). Tuesday 1/19: Reflections on Politics, Race and Culture: Where We Are & Where We're Going. indybay.org Online event…

Commonwealth Club (2021-01-19). Wednesday 2/3: Talk on the Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement w/ Author Anna Malaika Tubbs. indybay.org Online event…

Akemi Imai-Chan (2021-01-19). Friday 2/12: Welcome the Year of the Ox with Oakland Asian Cultural Center! indybay.org Virtual Event on YouTube Live…

anonymous (2021-01-19). San Francisco ICE office attacked. indybay.org On January 18, as strong winds raged, 30+ anti-racists attacked the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco.

slingshot collective (2021-01-19). Saturday 2/6: Article deadline for Slingshot issue #133. indybay.org Long Haul Infoshop – 3124 Shattuck Ave Berkeley – 510-540-0751…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-01-19). 2021 National Freedom Day – Black History in the California Gold Rush. indybay.org (1840-1875) Discover the historical significance of Pan Africans in early California history is essential to preserve the authentic contributions that helped shape California and the United States of America.

Gratitude (2021-01-19). Favorite Brief Lines Of Poetry or Prose. indybay.org memorable lines memorable paragraphs…

Pacifica Social Justice (2021-01-19). Pacifica CA: Fascism and White Supremacy — Not Here, Not Anywhere. indybay.org On January 17 social justice activists held a demonstration denouncing white supremacy and fascism along Highway 1 in Pacifica.

Paul Craig Roberts (2021-01-19). America's First Revolution Is Happening Now. thealtworld.com Hear me out and you will understand the title. | There is a difference between a rebellion and a revolution. A rebellion is what occurred in the thirteen colonies in the late 18th century. A revolution is what occurred in Russia in 1917. | A rebellion occurred in the colonies, because the subjects of the king in the colonies were treated differently constitutionally and in law from subjects of the king in England. The colonists had no representation in Parliament and no voice in how they were ruled. | The rebellion resulted in political independence but not in a change in the belief system. The colonists held to…

WSWS (2021-01-19). Ukraine begs Europe for coronavirus vaccine. wsws.org While still providing military backing to the Kiev government in its ongoing civil war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, US and European imperialism have refused to provide even minimal vaccine assistance to the poorest country in Europe.

Kenny Stancil (2021-01-19). Warning world is on 'brink of a catastrophic moral failure,' WHO chief denounces vaccine-hoarding by rich nations. nationofchange.org "The price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries."

_____ (2021-01-19). The Rosenberg Orphans And The Power Of Radical History. popularresistance.org The Left would go crazy over Jewish American dissidents Abel and Anne Meeropol if they were alive today. Their tale is a radical epic so poignant that one wonders where the 10-part miniseries is. It covers a range of contemporary themes: children separated from parents, the political persecution of dissidents, and social justice warriors doing battle against a racist, xenophobic, increasingly fascistic America. | It's a story so fantastical, and containing so many celebrated names, that it's hard to believe it hasn't stuck better into the mainstream. Then again, a tale involving judicial executions on fake charge…

_____ (2021-01-19). Biden's 'American Rescue Plan' And Its Opponents. popularresistance.org New filings for unemployment benefits have been rising rapidly. From a 'low' of about 1 million/week in December last week's initial claims for benefits topped 1.4 million—when both benefit programs, State administered and the Federal PUA, are counted . Another red flag indicator is consumer spending (70% of the US economy) and retail sales, its largest component. The latter fell -1.4%% in November and another -0.7% in December, according to just released US Commerce data. These are typical months during which they rise the fastest. Another indicator of consumer spending in growing trouble, credit card spen…

_____ (2021-01-19). Billboards Inform That The Nuclear Ban Treaty Takes Effect. popularresistance.org Beginning January 18th, four billboards around Puget Sound will display the following paid public service announcement (PSA): NUCLEAR WEAPONS BANNED BY NEW U.N. TREATY; Get them out of Puget Sound! Included in the advertisement is a U.S. Navy photo of the Trident submarine USS Henry M. Jackson returning to port following a routine strategic deterrent patrol. | The ad seeks to inform citizens in the Puget Sound region of the pending entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), and also asks citizens to accept their role and responsibility — as taxpayers, as members of a democr…

_____ (2021-01-19). Canada Knew About The Plan To Assassinate Gen. Soleimani Before It Happened. popularresistance.org Canada's former top military commander says that the U.S. gave Canada a heads-up on its plan to kill top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, according to his interview with the Globe and Mail this past week. | General Jonathan Vance recently retired from his position as Canada's Chief of Defence Staff, but left with some key information about Gen. Soleimani's assassination. | In his interview, the Globe and Mail reports him saying that the Pentagon alerted Ottawa on its plans to kill Gen. Soleimani so that it could put in "force protection measures" in case of Iranian counterstrikes. | However, right after the assa…

_____ (2021-01-19). Veteran Celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty. popularresistance.org As a veteran concerned about issues of war and peace, I am happy to celebrate the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the important new international peace initiative. The "Nuclear Ban Treaty," as it is also known, was approved 122-1 by the UN General Assembly in July 2017, a clear expression of the will of the world's people. On October 24, 2020, Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the TPNW, triggering a 90-day period before it goes into force, on January 22. | The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its leadershi…

_____ (2021-01-19). DOJ Now Says There Was No Plot To Kill Elected Officials. popularresistance.org The U.S. Justice Department has reversed an earlier assertion in court by prosecutors that protestors who broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 had plans to "capture and assassinate elected officials." | Instead, the head of the DOJ investigation into the Capitol siege admitted that federal prosecutors filed a misleading statement before a federal judge in Arizona that was intended to prevent Jacob Chansley, aka Jake Angeli, from being released on bail. | The DOJ said that though there were calls to kill officials during the two-hour takeover of the Capitol, no evidence has been discovered yet to prove any seriou…

Rod Driver (2021-01-19). The Basic Principles of War Propaganda: The US Lies About Every War. globalresearch.ca "In war, truth is the first casualty" (Aeschylus(1)) | A Very Brief History of War Propaganda | Propaganda as a science really got under way during World War 1 (WW1). The British and the German governments both brainwashed their populations into believing …

Joan Walsh (2021-01-19). How Does Someone Like Lauren Boebert Get Elected? thenation.com How Does Someone Like Lauren Boebert Get Elected?

R.H. Lossin (2021-01-19). Alliance Between Vigilantes and Law Enforcement: A US Tradition. thenation.com Alliance Between Vigilantes and Law Enforcement: A US Tradition…

Barry Schwabsky (2021-01-19). When the Painting Has Really Begun. thenation.com When the Painting Has Really Begun…

Brian Stauffer (2021-01-19). Reaching His Peak. thenation.com Reaching His Peak…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-19). Per il riarmo la Nato si fa Banca. globalresearch.ca La portaerei Cavour, dopo essere stata ristrutturata nell'Arsenale militare di Taranto per imbarcare i caccia F-35B a decollo corto e atterraggio verticale, sta per salpare verso gli Stati uniti. | Lo ha annunciato l'attaché navale presso l'Ambasciata italiana a Washington, …

news.un (2021-01-19). Spectre of unrest, violent repression looming over Haiti, warns UN rights office. news.un.org Increasing political tensions in Haiti coupled with insecurity and structural inequalities could result in protests followed by violent crackdowns by authorities, the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) warned on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-19). Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic ambush, as 2021 death toll rises to nine worldwide. news.un.org Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday, bringing the overall toll of 'blue helmet' deaths to nine so far this month.

news.un (2021-01-19). Israel: 'Halt and reverse' new settlement construction — UN chief. news.un.org Israel's decision to advance plans for some 800 new settlement units, most of which are located deep inside the occupied West Bank, has sparked the concern of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

news.un (2021-01-19). Two UN peacekeepers killed in an ambush in Central African Republic. news.un.org Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-19). March for justice this Invasion Day. greenleft.org.au The Prime Minister's pitiful one word change to the national anthem is a meaningless symbolic change that aims to bolster nationalism, argue Marianne Mackay and Alex Bainbridge.

Pip Hinman (2021-01-19). Concerns grow about big tech's data privacy. greenleft.org.au People cherish their privacy and prefer explicit requests for consent as to how, when and by whom their data are used or shared, writes Ernst Merkenich.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-19). Indian Farmers on the Frontline Against Global Capitalism. dissidentvoice.org In a short video on the empirediaries.com YouTube channel, a protesting farmer camped near Delhi says that during lockdown and times of crisis farmers are treated like "gods", but when they ask for their rights, they are smeared and labelled as "terrorists". He, along with thousands of other farmers, are mobilising against three important pieces …

Franàßois Soudan (2021-01-19). DRC: How the CIA Got Patrice Lumumba. globalresearch.ca On 17 January 1961, just sixty years ago, the first legally elected prime minister of the DRC was assassinated after being overthrown with help from Washington. A sinister episode that Larry Devlin, the 'Mr. Congo' of the CIA from 1960 …

Zi W, Qiu Z, Li F, et al. (2021-01-19). Effect of Endovascular Treatment With vs Without IV Alteplase on Functional Independence After Acute Ischemic Stroke. jamanetwork.com This noninferiority trial compares the effects of endovascular treatment with vs without intravenous alteplase on 90-day functional independence among patients with acute ischemic stroke.

Luke Eastwood (2021-01-19). The Debt Tsunami . dissidentvoice.org Imagine this scenario if you will… You are the head of a small family of 5 people, including your 3 children, you live in a small street in an average house, and drive 2 average Ford or Chevy cars. You have a normal mortgage, credit card bills, which you manage to keep on top of, …

Editor (2021-01-19). The Electoral College Must Go. scheerpost.com By Kevin Cooper / Original to Scheerpost DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON — Ain't it a bitch! It was stunning to see such a sorry spectacle at the Capitol. We can't be too surprised, though, to see how differently violent white rioters are treated by law enforcement (one cop even wore a MAGA hat!) than peaceful Black protesters have been, historically and even recently. The drama does at least… |

Jin J. (2021-01-19). USPSTF Recommendation: Interventions to Promote Tobacco Cessation. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes the USPSTF 2020 guideline recommending that physicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and drugs shown effective for stopping cigarette and other tobacco use.

Dean Baker (2021-01-19). Trump Crazy and Intellectual Crazy. cepr.net It's hard not to be appalled and scared by the reality denial of Donald Trump's followers. Their willingness to insist an election was stolen, with no evidence whatsoever, is difficult to understand for those of who like to think that people respond to facts and logic. I don't have any easy answers to get these …

Levitt L. (2021-01-19). The Language of Health Care Reform. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint posits that the US will engage in another debate about health care reform to consider expanding coverage, improving affordability, and containing costs.

oneworld.press (2021-01-19). End Of New START & Future Of International Arms Control Regime: Implications For South Asia. oneworld.press Any plan to include China into a bilateral or multilateral strategic arms control regime will have to carefully manage the quagmire that is the South Asian strategic stability.

Suzuki K, Matsumaru Y, Takeuchi M, et al. (2021-01-19). Effect of Mechanical Thrombectomy Without vs With Intravenous Thrombolysis in Acute Ischemic Stroke. jamanetwork.com This noninferiority trial compares the effects of mechanical thrombectomy with vs without intravenous thrombolysis (0.6-mg/kg alteplase) on 90-day disability among patients with acute large vessel occlusive ischemic stroke.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-01-19). Aufruf zum notwendigen Kampf des persà∂nlichen Gewissens gegen die Masse. globalresearch.ca Was liegt nà§her, als sich an den Weisheiten groàüer europà§ischer Dichter und Denker wie Goethe, Schiller, Rolland oder Camus zu erfreuen und Kraft daraus zu schà∂pfen. Sind wir nicht alle — jeder einzelne! — dringend gefordert, uns nicht weiter zu …

Patnode CD, Henderson JT, Coppola EL, et al. (2021-01-19). USPSTF Review: Interventions for Tobacco Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons. jamanetwork.com This systematic review to support the 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on interventions for tobacco cessation in adults summarizes published evidence on the benefits and harms of interventions for tobacco cessation in adults, including pregnant persons.

Eric Toussaint (2021-01-19). In Memory of Patrice Lumumba, Assassinated on 17 January 1961. globalresearch.ca After a resounding victory in the first real elections in which the Congolese participated, Patrice Lumumba became Prime Minister of Congo from 24 June 1960 until his overthrow and imprisonment on 14 September of the same year by Colonel Joseph-Désiré …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). Protests over economic decline continue for third day in Tunisia; hundreds arrested. peoplesdispatch.org According to the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights, the country saw more than 6,500 protests last year alone over the many socio-economic and political issues afflicting the people…

Paulsen M. (2021-01-19). Root Cause Analysis—A Means of Self-Healing From PTSD. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a neonatologist describes the fear of losing her twin boys after assisted reproduction and their premature births and relies on a form of root cause analysis to identify the sources of her trauma and to learn from it enough to support her patients and their families.

, Krist AH, Davidson KW, et al. (2021-01-19). USPSTF Recommendation: Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults. jamanetwork.com This 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and pharmacotherapy for cessation (A recommendation) and concludes that evidence is insufficient to assess the benefits and harms of tobacco cessation pharmacotherapy in pregnant persons and e- cigarettes for tobacco cessation in any adult (I statement).

Abdul Rahman (2021-01-19). The war on the Yemeni people has entered a new stage. peoplesdispatch.org The designation of Ansar Allah, referred to as the Houthis, as a foreign terrorist organization takes effect today. Unless Biden administration reverses its predecessor's step, the people of Yemen may have to endure even more suffering…

Thierry Meyssan (2021-01-19). After the USSR, the USA collapses. thealtworld.com Everything has an end, so do empires, both the United States and the Soviet Union. Washington has outrageously favoured a small camarilla of ultra-billionaires. Now it has to face its old demons, prepare for secession and civil war. | Each of the two camps that are fighting in the United States, the Jacksonians and the Neopuritans, wants to end the other. The former speak of insurrection, while the latter want repression, but all are preparing for confrontation. So much so that two thirds of the citizens are preparing for Civil War. | The Jacksonian point of view: | The Jacksonians take their name from Pr…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). After alleging election fraud, opposition faces persecution in Uganda. peoplesdispatch.org In the presidential and parliamentary elections in Uganda held simultaneously on January 14, long time president Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement were declared victorious despite multiple allegations of rigging…

Robert J. Burrowes (2021-01-19). Destroying the Web of Life: The Destruction of Earth's Biodiversity Is Accelerating. globalresearch.ca In August 2010, the secretary-general of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, Ahmed Djoghlaf, warned that 'We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate.' According to the UN Environment Program, 'the Earth is in the midst of a mass …

Karalapillai D, Neto A, Bellomo R. (2021-01-19). Effect of Tidal Volume on Pulmonary Outcomes After Surgery—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Dr Zhao and colleagues that the estimation of postoperative pulmonary complications in our study was overly conservative. This estimate, however, was based on preliminary local unpublished data at the time of the trial design in 2013. At this time, it was considered the best evidence available of…

Birrion Sondahl (2021-01-19). Defining Modern Fascism. realprogressives.org "If you know the With the recent occupation of the capitol by far-right white supremacists and nationalists, it is important…

teleSUR (2021-01-19). Uganda Elections: US Accused of Meddling in Internal Affairs. telesurenglish.net Uganda accused the U.S. government on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs as diplomatic personnel has tried to contact the opposition leader Bobi Wine who has not recognized last Sunday parliamentary elections results. | RELATED: | Bobi Wine, the main rival of president Yoweri Museveni, lost the contest while his opponent was reelected for a six-term. Wine branded the official results "a fraud" and called people t…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). B'Tselem head defies ban, addresses students. peoplesdispatch.org Education minister had announced a ban on members of organizations that called "Israel false and derogatory names." The ban came shortly after human rights group B'Tselem termed Israel an apartheid state…

Thierry Meyssan (2021-01-19). Après l'URSS, les USA s'effondrent. thealtworld.com

| Tout a une fin, les empires aussi, celui des États-Unis comme celui de l'Union soviétique. Washington a outrageusement favorisé une petite camarilla d'ultra-milliardaires. Il doit désormais affronter ses vieux démons, se préparer aux sécessions et à la Guerre civile. |

| Chacun des deux camps qui s'affrontent aux États-Unis, les Jacksoniens et les Néopuritains, souhaite en finir avec l'autre. Les premiers parlent d'insurrection, tandis que les seconds souhaitent la répression, mais tous se préparent à l'affrontement. Au point que les deux tiers des citoyens se préparent à la Guerre civile.

Jaklevic M. (2021-01-19). Imaging Drug for Prostate Cancer. jamanetwork.com The FDA has approved a radioactive tracer for use with positron emission tomographic (PET) imaging to treat patients with prostate cancer.

Kuehn BM. (2021-01-19). Monthly Malaria Prophylaxis Cuts Child Deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa. jamanetwork.com Treating children in sub-Saharan Africa's malaria-endemic areas with a monthly preventive drug regimen during the rainy season reduced children's deaths from the disease by up to 57%, a study found.

Rayhan Uddin (2021-01-19). UN Urged to Take Action Against France over 'Entrenching Islamophobia'. globalresearch.ca A coalition of civil society organisations has written to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to request that it opens formal infringement procedures against France's government for entrenching Islamophobia and structural discrimination against Muslims. | In a 28-page document seen …

Zhao C, Pan Y, Luo F. (2021-01-19). Effect of Tidal Volume on Pulmonary Outcomes After Surgery. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Karalapillai and colleagues concluded that intraoperative ventilation with low tidal volume compared with conventional tidal volume did not significantly reduce pulmonary complications within the first 7 postoperative days in patients undergoing major surgery. We have some questions about this study. First, the complication rate of 10.8% in the conventional tidal volume group was based on a study that did not mention postoperative pulmonary complications. The estimated 10.8% incidence in the conventional tidal volume group must be referenced to other similar studies on postoperative pulmonary com…

jamanetwork (2021-01-19). The Cause of Cancer. jamanetwork.com To any one who is familiar with the long years of research in the domain of the etiology of neoplasms and who is conversant with the literally enormous literature to which the subject has given rise, the headline of these comments will not awaken any undue enthusiasm. The fundamental problem of the cause of cancer, a theme of undisputed medical importance, has not yet been solved, nor is the "facile triumph" in sight. One may measure the gradual gains of knowledge on this subject in the course of years; but there is great danger that the innumerable failures and disappointments encountered in cancer research thus…