2021-02-12: News Headlines

Staff (2021-02-12). Biden Indicates Americans May Need to Wear Masks Throughout 2021. truthout.org In remarks he made on Thursday while visiting the National Institutes of Health, President Joe Biden indicated that Americans may need to wear masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus for the remainder of 2021. | In his statement, Biden mentioned how he continued to wear his mask

Ted Kelly (2021-02-12). 'Progressive' prosecutors put thousands of lives at risk. workers.org Philadelphia The novel coronavirus has claimed an unlikely victim in the United States: the Sixth Amendment. The right to a "speedy trial" is in critical condition. Philadelphia's county jail population has risen to 4,500 and is growing steadily. Half of those behind bars have "detainers," meaning they aren't eligible for . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-12). Panel to Congress: Transportation workers at higher risk of coronavirus. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Mark Gruenberg, Roberta Wood (2021-02-12). Some children to return to Chicago classrooms next week. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO — Some school children here will be returning to classrooms next week after nearly one year away from their teachers and classmates as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. By a 2-to-1 vote, Chicago Teachers Union members accepted the school board's re-opening proposal in results announced Feb. 10. The vote among CTU's 25,637 members …

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-12). The three apartheids of our times (money, medicine, food). mronline.org In the early months after the World Health Organisation announced the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian novelist Arundhati Roy wrote of her hope that the pandemic would be a 'portal, a gateway between one world and the next'.

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). CDC Study Finds Two Masks Are Better Than One Vs. COVID-19. laprensalatina.com NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, February 10, reported the results of a lab experiment that spaced two artificial heads 6 feet …

Rob Urie (2021-02-12). Neoliberalism and Its Discontents. counterpunch.org While the recent election provides brief respite from the non-stop antagonism of the prior four years, few of the background problems that currently plague the West are likely to be addressed through existing political channels. In contrast to the American tendency, this isn't a matter of the character defects of elected officials.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-12). The Dynamic of Revolutionary Struggle in Turkey. dissidentvoice.org Since January 4, 2021, student protests have been going on in Turkey. At Bogazici University in Istanbul, rectors are elected through free and fair elections by faculties. The only time in the institution's history when these democratic processes were suspended was in the aftermath of the 1980 coup d'état. In today's time, it is again …

Joe Bernick (2021-02-12). On big lies and insurgencies: Comparing Capitol attacks. peoplesworld.org Cable TV and other media commentators keep comparing the Jan. 6th attack on the Capitol to the British attack during the War of 1812, but there is an historical event that bears a better comparison. On March 1, 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists, who had entered the building peacefully, unfurled a Puerto Rican flag and then …

Michelle Power, Meagan Dewar (2021-02-12). COVID hits Antarctica, scientists extremely concerned for its wildlife. peoplesworld.org In December, Antarctica lost its status as the last continent free of COVID-19 when 36 people at the Chilean Bernardo O'Higgins research station tested positive. The station's isolation from other bases and fewer researchers in the continent means the outbreak is now likely contained. However, we know all too well how unpredictable — and pervasive — …

Ron Jacobs (2021-02-12). Lying Lawyers and Butt-kissing Senators: The First Days of Trump's Second Impeachment Trial. counterpunch.org The week began with the death of George Shultz. It reminded me of the 1980s when ol' Shultzie was the face of Reagan's murderous wars against the people of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. A friend who just finished a career in the foreign service reminded me that Shultz was a true diplomat. He's right,

Brian Terrell (2021-02-12). Ending the Other War in Yemen. counterpunch.org On February 4, in his first major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden announced, "we are ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arms sales." Speaking of the Saudi-led coalition that has been at war in Yemen since 2015, creating what he called "a humanitarian and strategic catastrophe," Biden declared "This war has to end."

Adam Khalil (2021-02-12). As Israel decries ICC investigation, Hamas readies its defence. middleeasteye.net As Israel decries ICC investigation, Hamas readies its defence | International Criminal Court's prosecutor has warned that Palestinian factions will be probed for war crimes and abuses | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 11: 30 | The Iron Dome anti-missile system fires an interceptor missile as rockets are launched from Gaza towards Israel near the southern city of Sderot (Reuters) | In stark contrast to Israel, the Pal…

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-12). The Heat: Chinese New Year. america.cgtn.com China celebrates its New Year and looks forward to the Year of the Ox.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-02-12). Ending the Forever Wars: Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan, Hyun Lee on Korea. fair.org Wall Street Journal ( This week on CounterSpin: Media are soberly

Staff (2021-02-12). V-Day: Poet Aja Monet & V (Eve Ensler) on the Movement to End Violence Against Women & Girls. democracynow.org Amid a global rise in domestic violence during the pandemic, we speak with the founder of V-Day, a day of action to fight violence against women. V, the award-winning playwright of "The Vagina Monologues," formerly known as Eve Ensler, says organizers around the globe are finding ways to fight back. "I'm so moved to see our grassroots women movements around the world finding ways to rise in spite of people being locked in and shut in and in spite of COVID," she says. We also speak with blues poet and organizer Aja Monet, V-Day's artistic creative director, who says Black women are particularly at risk. "For every…

Staff (2021-02-12). Impeachment Trial: Democrats Warn That Trump Would Use Political Violence Again If Not Convicted. democracynow.org Democratic House impeachment managers have wrapped up their case against Donald Trump, saying the former president remains a threat and should be convicted of inciting the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The trial now moves ahead to Trump's legal team presenting their defense. We air highlights from the third day of the impeachment trial, including lead House impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin's reiteration of Trump's long history of inciting violence prior to January 6. "Is there any political leader in this room who believes that if he is ever allowed by the Senate to get back into the Oval Office,…

M. G. Piety (2021-02-12). Should We Kill "the Classics"? counterpunch.org Classical thinkers, what do they have to teach us? Their societies were brutal, marked by social and economic inequities that dwarf those that characterize even our own, increasingly unequal society. Add to that the fact that they've provided grist for the mill of white supremacist thought since at least the seventeenth century, if not even longer than that, and you've got what appears to be a legitimate reason for eliminating the classics as an academic discipline. That's the position, in any case, of Princeton classics professor, Dan-el Padilla Peralta. Padilla argues in a recent piece in The New York Times Mag…

Raul Diego (2021-02-12). Atlantic Council Braces for Opportunities of Potential Bioterror Attack. mintpressnews.com Bill Gates' prediction that the next threat to humanity will come from a bioterror attack is giving war hawks and corporate America a reason to get excited.

_____ (2021-02-12). Border Agents Can Search Phones Freely Under New Circuit Court Ruling. popularresistance.org A US appeals court has ruled that Customs and Border Protection agents can conduct in-depth searches of phones and laptops, overturning an earlier legal victory for civil liberties groups. First Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch declared that both basic and "advanced" searches, which include reviewing and copying data without a warrant, fall within "permissible constitutional grounds" at the American border. | Lynch ruled against a group of US citizens and residents objecting to invasive searches of their electronic devices. The group includes Sidd Bikkannavar, a NASA scientist who was detained and pressured to unlock a…

WSWS (2021-02-12). Wisconsin judge sides with fascists and denies motion for rearrest and bail increase for killer Rittenhouse. wsws.org In a virtual hearing in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday, Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled against the request by prosecutors to issue a warrant for the rearrest of fascist shooter Kyle Rittenhouse after he violated the terms of his bail conditions.

_____ (2021-02-12). Biden Announces Pentagon Task Force To Review China Policy. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, President Biden announced a new Pentagon task force that will be reviewing the US military's policy towards China, another sign that the new administration is prioritizing confronting Beijing. | Pentagon officials said the task force is a "sprint effort" that will examine things like US troop presence in the region, intelligence, and the role of US allies and partners in countering China. Leading the task force is Ely Ratner, a China hawk who Biden appointed as a special advisor to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. | Before his new position at the Pentagon, Rather worked at the interventionist Cent…

Rebecca Gordon (2021-02-12). Climate Change Isn't the Only Fire We Should Be Worried About. thenation.com Climate Change Isn't the Only Fire We Should Be Worried About…

Change For The Better (2021-02-12). 15 Of Many Things We Can Learn From the European Union. indybay.org fewer wars, no executions, free health care, lower drug costs, better animal rights and environment legislation, less censorship etc…

ACLU NorCal SCU Law Club (2021-02-12). The Racial Justice Act & Addressing Bias in our Criminal Justice System. indybay.org Join the ACLU NorCal Club and BLSA on Feb. 23rd from 12-1pm PST (Zoom) to learn from experts about racial bias in our criminal justice system and the recently enacted California Racial Justice Act. | The CA RJA prohibits the state from seeking or obtaining a conviction or imposing a sentence "on the basis of race, ethnicity, or national origin." How successful should we expect the Act to be in its mission to address racial bias? Where does it fall short? What more can we do to work toward a truly equitable criminal justice system devoid of racial bias? | Register here to be entered in a raffle where you can win o…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-12). Coles declare indefinite lock-out of warehouse workers. greenleft.org.au After locking out its warehouse workers since November, Coles has just announced it is locking out workers at the Smeaton Grange warehouse indefinitely, reports Jim McIlroy.

Nicolas J S Davies (2021-02-12). The U.S. War Machine: Now Under New Management. progressive.org Electing Joe Biden is not enough to ensure a saner and less belligerent foreign policy.

natashahz (2021-02-12). Fisher Stevens: Is Hollywood Finally Breaking Free of Toxic Gender Stereotypes? scheerpost.com Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play " Palmer," a new film starring Justin Timberlake and directed by filmmaker and actor Fisher Stevens, challenges harmful ideas about masculinity and serves as an example of how far Hollywood and much of the U.S. has come towards creating spaces for gender nonconformity. The movie, released globally by the streaming service Apple+ on January 29… |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-12). Renewed global pressure to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE. peoplesdispatch.org More than 90 human rights and anti-war organizations wrote a letter to the US president demanding cancellation of billions of dollars of arms sales to the two countries on the day that the European Parliament adopted a resolution asking member countries to do the same…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-02-12). This Is Yemen After Biden Declared an End To American Support for the War. mintpressnews.com The Biden administration sparked a sense of hope around the world that the war on Yemen could finally be over. For those on the ground though, the bombs keep falling, food is scarce and hope is in short supply.

Mary L Wentworth, Yoav Elinevsky (2021-02-12). Biden's Half Measures to End the War in Yemen are Not Enough. counterpunch.org The Saudis decided to enter an ongoing civil war in Yemen in 2015 for several reasons. The two countries share a long border at the southern end of their peninsula. This length of this border is matched by Yemen's coastline on the Arabian Sea, an access to ocean waters that Saudi Arabia does not have.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-12). Coles declares indefinite lock-out of warehouse workers. greenleft.org.au After locking out its warehouse workers since November, Coles has just announced it is locking out workers at the Smeaton Grange warehouse indefinitely, reports Jim McIlroy.

_____ (2021-02-12). Is Hollywood Finally Breaking Free Of Toxic Gender Stereotypes? popularresistance.org "Palmer," a new film starring Justin Timberlake and directed by filmmaker and actor Fisher Stevens, challenges harmful ideas about masculinity and serves as an example of how far Hollywood and much of the U.S. has come towards creating spaces for gender nonconformity. The movie, released globally by the streaming service Apple+ on January 29, is set in small town America and centers on the story of a child, played by Ryder Allen, who defies ideas about what boys should and should not look and act like. The film ultimately becomes about the child's unlikely kinship with Palmer (Timberlake), who is struggling to re…

Paddy Colligan and G. Dunkel (2021-02-12). Two new books on a people's response to COVID-19 'Planète Malade' and 'Capitalism on a Ventilator'. workers.org COVID-19 is an evolving catastrophe for the world's working class. You may think you have read all that can be said about the virus and can't bear to read one more thing — even though you follow it closely every day. So it will surprise you to learn that there . . . |

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-02-12). Intellectual property cause of death, genocide. mronline.org Refusal to temporarily suspend several World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) provisions to enable much faster and broader progress in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic should be grounds for International Criminal Court prosecution for genocide.

Doug Johnson Hatlem (2021-02-12). The City of Toronto's Dangerous Game and the Covid-19 Outbreak at Seaton House Shelter. counterpunch.org In spite of a Covid-19 outbreak affecting dozens of residents and staff at what was once Canada's largest homeless shelter, Seaton House, the City of Toronto's Public Health unit and Shelter administration say they have no plans to change policies, procedures, or reporting practices. In April 2020, Brian Cleary (pictured above) developed symptoms consistent with

Staff (2021-02-12). Fauci Says There Could Be "Open Season" for COVID Vaccines by April. truthout.org On Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered hopeful news about vaccine availability and the country's lagging roll-out. "By the time we get to April, t…

Staff (2021-02-12). Teachers Are Fighting Back Against Bipartisan Push to Reopen Schools. truthout.org On Christmas Day, Georgia Elementary School teacher

Makia Freeman (2021-02-12). Do Mandatory Masks and Vaccines Break the 10 Points of the Nuremburg Code? dissidentvoice.org Mandatory masks continue to be the standard operating procedure for many counties, regions, districts, states and nations worldwide, as the COVID cult agenda progresses. In many places, while COVID vaccines are not yet mandatory, authorities are rushing to prepare to make them so, by setting up schemes like immunity passports, vaccine certificates and mandatory tracking …

The Conversation (2021-02-12). Public option in Biden plan could change the face of US health care. juancole.com By Michael Williams | — President Joe Biden issued 10 executive orders to fight COVID-19 on his first day in office on Jan. 20, 2021. Among those orders: Speed up vaccine production, expand testing, support the safe reopening of schools and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care and treatment. As a physician and health …

Shimbun Akahata (2021-02-12). As COVID drags on, Japanese Communists demand relief to save jobs. peoplesworld.org TOKYO—Japanese Communist Party Secretariat Head Koike Akira is demanding that the government of Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide provide up-to-date information and stronger financial support in order to alleviate people's anxieties caused by the prolonged pandemic situation. Koike made remarks at a Feb. 2 press conference in the building of the Diet, Japan's parliament, when asked …

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). Cazateatro's Afro Latino Event to Be Virtual This Year. laprensalatina.com Vivian Fernández-de-Adamson — LPL MEMPHIS, TN (LPL) — Cazateatro's popular "Afro-Latino Week" presentation will be virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the concept remains the same, which is to celebrate "Black History Month." The virtual event will last 4 days, from February 24 to February 27, and will feature the participation of …

Nikayla Jefferson (2021-02-12). Come Dream With Me: Environmental Justice, Colorized, 2021. thenation.com Come Dream With Me: Environmental Justice, Colorized, 2021…

Zach Conti (2021-02-12). Global Economic Recovery, Debt, Climate, Vaccines Top G7 Finance Agenda. indybay.org Japan Says Accessing Global Reserve Funds Discussed…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-12). Hearings continue against anti-terror law in the Philippines. peoplesdispatch.org On Tuesday, February 9, the second day of the hearings on Philippines' controversial Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), the Supreme Court continued to receive oral arguments from the petitioners. Lawyers representing 37 petitioners against the law focused their attack on the new law's potential to do away with protections that were earlier afforded to prisoners and the accused. | According to

Margaret Kimberley (2021-02-12). Freedom Rider: Forced labor in the U.S. mronline.org Forced labor of Uyghurs in China is questionable, but there is absolute proof that incarcerated people in this country are forced to work for little or no pay.

Alan Macleod (2021-02-12). CNN Declares BBC 'Banned' but CGTN 'Withdrawn' as UK and China Fire off in Propaganda Battle. mintpressnews.com While this was clearly a tit-for-tat decision, many in the media still managed to frame it as a chilling blow for free speech in China, ignoring decades of media repression in the West.

Staff (2021-02-12). Biden's EPA Nominee Must Act on Forests to Be an Environmental Justice Champion. truthout.org The

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-12). The Russian Alternative: How Moscow is Capitalizing on US Retreat in Palestine, Israel. counterpunch.org Israeli anxiety was palpable when it was reported that Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not contacted by the new American President, Joe Biden, for days after the latter's inauguration. While much is being read into Biden's decision, including Washington's lack of enthusiasm to return to the 'peace process', Moscow is generating much attention as

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-02-12). U.S. reboots Quad in unseemly hurry. mronline.org The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported from Washington Sunday quoting "a source" that the Biden Administration had proposed to New Delhi, Tokyo and Canberra the idea of holding an online summit meeting of the leaders of the "Quad".

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-12). Biden and Harris won't help prisoners. workers.org The following are lightly edited remarks from a Workers World Party webinar on January 21. It's actually been a very painful time for those of us who are involved in supporting incarcerated workers. And people behind the walls are incarcerated workers, and they're part of our working class. They're part . . . |

MEE staff (2021-02-12). Biden's refusal to call Israeli PM Netanyahu sparks questions over leaders' relationship. middleeasteye.net Biden's refusal to call Israeli PM Netanyahu sparks questions over leaders' relationship | In a break from past presidential procedures, Joe Biden has yet to reach out to Israel's prime minister, more than three weeks into his presidency | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 19: 04 | Then-Vice President Joe Biden next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during joint statements in the prime minister's office in Jerusale…

Editor (2021-02-12). Holding Trump and His Rioters Accountable Can — and Must — Be Done Constitutionally. scheerpost.com "The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer." Joe Biden, 1/20/2021 "They say time heals everything. But I'm still waiting." Natalie Maines (The Chicks), Not Ready to Make Nice By Dan Siegel / Original to ScheerPost President Biden wants to unify the country while extending justice to all. Some of the newly cooperative Trump enablers are eager for reconciliation and a return to… |

Jeremy Ross (2021-02-12). Dozens of Prominent Organizations and Academics Press Biden on Human Rights in Brazil. counterpunch.org Last week, the US Network for Democracy in Brazil (USNDB) delivered a white paper to the Biden White House, its "Recommendations on Brazil to President Biden and the New Administration." The wide-ranging document, covering issues such as the environment, human rights, and the rule of law, urges the new administration to make a fundamental break

Patrick Bond (2021-02-12). Will the Biden Plan Prevent Climate Catastrophe? zcomm.org The Biden climate plan has important reforms, but can't reach the stated targets with market mechanisms and carbon capture high tech…

Dan Bacher (2021-02-12). Kern Co. Planning Commission to vote on proposed ordinance to allow 67,000 new oil wells! indybay.org The Kern County Planning Commission tonight will vote on a proposed ordinance to allow 67,000 new oil and gas wells to be drilled in Kern County over the next 20 years. This will nearly double the number of wells already there.

Paul Street (2021-02-12). On Some Bad House Manager Language. counterpunch.org The House Managers' presentation in the second Senate impeachment trial of the malignant fascist reptile (MFR) Donald Trump has been, to put it mildly, a slam dunk. With great skill and abundant proof, they have demonstrated beyond all reasonable doubt that the orange monstrosity fueled and sparked a mass violent and fascistic assault on the

Shaan Sachdev (2021-02-12). Trump's Global Grim Reaper, Mike Pompeo. progressive.org The real reasons he was a shameful Secretary of State, and how Antony Blinken can do better.

Amanda Marcotte (2021-02-12). Why bother? Trump's lawyers don't even offer an impeachment defense because Republicans don't care. salon.com Trump's lawyers know they're not there to persuade — just to give GOP senators cheap rationalizations to acquit…

Nino Pagliccia (2021-02-12). Venezuela: an Example of Struggle for Food Sovereignty and Food Security. counterpunch.org In our daily political struggle we demand our independence from the invader, from the occupier, from imperialism. All of those demands are in essence struggles to assert our sovereignty as a nation and as a people. A nation is truly sovereign when its people are protagonists in shaping their own destiny, when they are the

The Socialist Program (2021-02-12). The Real Story: Blood on the Tracks — A Vietnam Veteran's Battle Against Empire. liberationnews.org On this episode TSP is joined by Brian Willson, a Vietnam veteran, writer, lawyer and a peace activist.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-12). Information Interruptus: Bing, Google and the News Media Bargaining Code. counterpunch.org It's looking a touch quixotic, but the News Media Bargaining Code has become Australia's weapon of choice in attempting to redistribute proceeds from big tech into the coffers of a withering fourth estate. It has now reached a point of sufficient concern for Google as to become threatening, winding its way to a Senate Committee

Alan Macleod (2021-02-12). American Tech Giants Are Partnering with India's Strongman Leader to Crackdown on Dissent. mintpressnews.com Twitter's actions are quite a departure from 2019 when it delayed a network upgrade in Iran at the behest of the US government for fear that it could interfere with anti-government demonstrations.

Jonathan Rosenblum (2021-02-12). Big Business Goes Up Against Democracy in Seattle. zcomm.org Local corporate interests are trying to recall elected City Council member Kshama Sawant…

Medicare for All Resolutions (2021-02-12). Wednesday 2/17: Medicare for All Resolutions Webinar: Take Health Care Action in Your Community. indybay.org Online…

MEE staff (2021-02-12). Palestinian citizens of Israel protest against police failure to tackle gun violence. middleeasteye.net Palestinian citizens of Israel protest against police failure to tackle gun violence | Protests broke out across Israel as Palestinians decried the lack of action on the spread of illegal weapons and gang crime in Arab communities | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 12: 31 | Palestinian citizens of Israel protested in Umm al-Fahm against Israel Police inaction to tackle crime for the fifth consecutive week, 5 February (Social…

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-12). Saturday 2/20: National Day of Solidarity: Support Alabama Amazon Workers! indybay.org Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Place, Oakland, CA…

Southern Workers Assembly (2021-02-12). Saturday 2/20: February 20: National Day of Solidarity with Alabama Amazon Workers building BAmazonUnion. indybay.org All Amazon and Whole Food Stores In The US…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-12). Police repress youth demonstration demanding jobs in India. peoplesdispatch.org Leftist youth who were demanding employment were brutally repressed in India's West Bengal on February 11. A state-wide shutdown was organized condemning the crackdown on February 12 by Left parties.

_____ (2021-02-12). One Year Anniversary Of Wet'suwet'en Protests, Blockades. popularresistance.org The protests were a result of the BC NDP's decision to press ahead with the Coastal GasLink pipeline through the Wet'suwet'en territory using militarized RCMP to enforce their decision. | I had just returned from a visit to the territory. I was invited by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to witness firsthand their beautiful lands and the violence delivered by the BC NDP government. | As the protestors pulsed with anger, solidarity blockades popped up on rail lines and other infrastructure across the country. Just a few short weeks after passing the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act in November…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-02-12). Roaming Charges: Scene of the Crimes. counterpunch.org The US Senate is one of the few juries in America where the presumption of innocence is actually institutionalized, to the point where many of the jurors have publicly announced their intention to acquit before the trial even began. Contrast with this with death penalty cases, where citizens who have a moral or religious objection to the death penalty can be automatically evicted from the jury pool. If all trials where conducted according to senate rules, we'd be much closer to decarcerating America.

Ragip Soylu (2021-02-12). 'An anti-Turkey alliance': Ankara slams Greece for hosting 'hostile' meeting with regional countries. middleeasteye.net 'An anti-Turkey alliance': Ankara slams Greece for hosting 'hostile' meeting with regional countries | Turkey brands Athens meeting between Greece and six other nations an attempt to form an alliance against it | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 10: 28 | Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L), speaks with Emirati minister Reem Ebrahim Al-Hashimy (R) and Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud (C) on 21 F…

MEE staff (2021-02-12). 'We want real justice': Loujain al-Hathloul's family slams conditions of release. middleeasteye.net 'We want real justice': Loujain al-Hathloul's family slams conditions of release | Since Loujain's sentence was only suspended, not pardoned, Saudi Arabia retains right to return her to prison for any perceived criminal activity | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 16: 27 | A woman viewing a tweet posted by sister of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul, Lina, in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on 10 February (AFP/File photo) | Af…

Ben Railton (2021-02-12). Black History Month is American History Month. peoplesworld.org This article is reprinted from Feb. 13, 2015. W.E.B. Du Bois's magisterial book The Souls of Black Folk (1907) has left one particularly clear imprint on American conversations: its description, in the opening chapter "Of Our Spiritual Strivings," of African Americans' "double consciousness," their sense of being both within and without American identity, insiders yet …

Robert Hunziker (2021-02-12). What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal? counterpunch.org If Oumuamua is the real deal, meaning an alien craft, then Earthlings are doing some really weird stuff on the scale of alien intelligence. Think about it, If it's an alien craft or drone there's no way it entered the sun's solar system, swooping within 15M miles of Earth, powered by fossil fuels. Just imagine

MEE and agencies (2021-02-12). Yemen: UN expects over two million children to go hungry or starve in 2021. middleeasteye.net Yemen: UN expects over two million children to go hungry or starve in 2021 | Over a million pregnant or breastfeeding women also expected to suffer from extreme malnutrition this year | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 10: 30 | millions of Yemenis are on the brink of famine with the economy destroyed, schools and hospitals barely functioning, and tens of thousands killed (AFP) | About 400,000 children un…

Rosa Astra (2021-02-12). Make Our Schools and Communities Safe caravan takes to streets of San Francisco. liberationnews.org More than 100 cars bearing signs saying "More resources, less lawsuits"; "Fund our schools"; and "Fund our communities" traveled through San Francisco Feb. 10. The Make Our Schools and Communities Safe caravan was called in response to City Attorney Dennis Herrera's announcement that the City would sue the school district to reopen schools. Over 100 …

Eve Ottenberg (2021-02-12). Bernie on the Budget Committee. counterpunch.org Those discouraged that Bernie Sanders was not appointed labor secretary can take solace in his role as chair of the senate budget committee. There he can accomplish far more for working people than he ever could at the labor department. The proof is staring us in the face — Sanders just shepherded the $1.9 trillion

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-12). The Guardian Revealed Its True Face in Sacking a Columnist for Criticising US Military Aid to Israel. counterpunch.org The revelation that a leftwing journalist, Nathan J Robinson, has been sacked as a Guardian US columnist for criticising Israel on Twitter — and that he was pressured to keep quiet about it by Guardian editors — should come as no surprise. He is only the latest in a long line of journalists, myself included,

Staff (2021-02-12). She was arrested for trying to fight opioid addiction with legal medication. therealnews.com PAR continues its investigation into small-town overpolicing by examining the case of Dawn Williams, who endured a three-year prosecution nightmare over her medically prescribed addiction treatment.

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-12). Arabic press review: Egypt's opposition establishes new coalition. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt's opposition establishes new coalition | Also threats against Hezbollah's opponents in Lebanon have been escalating and a Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home in Jerusalem | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 11: 33 | A new opposition coalition has been launched 10 years after Egyptians launched their uprising on 25 January 2011 and ousted President Hosni Mubarak (AFP)…

Zoe PC (2021-02-12). Protests continue in Honduras following femicide of nursing student in police station. peoplesdispatch.org Protests have been taking place in several cities across Honduras following the femicide of 26-year-old nursing student Keyla Martínez in police custody. Martínez had been arrested by the police in the city of La Esperanza in the northwestern department of Intibucá for allegedly violating curfew on the night of February 6. | Police had detained her in a cell in the police station, but in the early hours of February 7, they brought her to the hospital, alleging that she had attempted to commit suicide. According to local media reports, she died before reaching the hospital. The National Police released a statement…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-12). Sudan cracks down on supporters of former ruler Omar al-Bashir after protests. middleeasteye.net Sudan cracks down on supporters of former ruler Omar al-Bashir after protests | Committee issues order for arrest of National Congress Party members following days of unrest and looting | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 09: 01 | Supporters of Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir rally in front of a court in the capital Khartoum during the former leader's trial on 14 December 2019 (AFP) | A committee…

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Crowds banned at Australian Open amid Covid-19 outbreak in Melbourne. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The Australian Open will not allow spectators from Saturday after the premier of Victoria state declared new restrictions following the detection of a new outbreak of the highly contagious UK coronavirus strain in a quarantine hotel in the state's capital, Melbourne. The tournament will continue as scheduled as the new …

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Over 3.5M people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Turkey. yenisafak.com The number of people in Turkey who were vaccinated against the coronavirus crossed the 3.5 million mark, the country's health minister said on Friday.Vaccination for people over 65 years started as of Friday, Fahrettin Koca added on Twitter.Turkey began its mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Jan. 14, starting with healthcare workers along with top officials to encourage public confidence in the vaccines.Since last December, Turkey has also been implementing curfew on weeknights and a full weekend curfew to curb the spread of the virus.As of Thursday, Turkey registered a total of 27,187 deaths from COVID-19, wh…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkey reports over 7,500 new coronavirus cases. yenisafak.com Turkey on Thursday reported 7,590 additional coronavirus cases, including 660 symptomatic patients, according to the Health Ministry.The country's case tally is over 2.5 million, while the nationwide death toll has reached 27,187, with 94 fatalities over the past day.As many as 7,811 more patients in the country won the battle against the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to over 2.45 million.More than 31.1 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in Turkey to date, with 130,313 since Wednesday.The latest figures show that the number of COVID-19 patients in critical condition stands at 1,256.On…

news.un (2021-02-12). COVID fuelling risk of recruitment and use of children in conflict, UN and EU warn on International Day. news.un.org More children could be pushed into the joining armed forces and armed groups due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, senior United Nations and European Union (EU) officials said on International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, observed on Thursday.

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Spain's Catalonia region poised for elections. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Two weeks of rancorous political campaigning for the elections in Spain's Catalonia region came to a close on Friday, two days before the electorate chooses a new parliament and local president. There are nine candidates vying for the Catalan regional presidency but polls are predicting that no party will walk …

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Catalan election campaign draws to an end in Spain. yenisafak.com Another tense election campaign is wrapping up in the Spanish region of Catalonia on Friday, though political divisions and the separatist drive are expected to endure long after Sunday's vote.Spain's Socialist Party and its Catalan chapter, the PSC, have been hoping to lead a change in the region that has been ruled by governments vowing to separate from Spain since 2012.To draw on momentum, and perhaps a certain amount of voter fatigue around the issue of independence, the Socialists brought in one of their most high-profile leaders. Salvador Illa, who acted as Spanish health minister throughout the pandemic, s…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkish-American group slams US Senate letter on Turkey. yenisafak.com The US-based Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) said Thursday it is "appalled" by a letter by 50 US senators that characterizes the Turkish government as "authoritarian administration and violators of Human Rights.""Turkey's government was determined by a free and fair election by all citizens regardless of their background," senior names of the committee said in a statement. "The Turkish people made it clear that no one can temper with their future when they took to streets and resisted a coup attempt on July 15th, 2016. The Turkish people made it clear to the world that they value their democra…

Juan Cole (2021-02-12). America's Transition Away from Democracy and the World's Wave of De-Democratization. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The twentieth century was in the eyes of some observers an uneven but steady march to democracy. Those who study transitions from authoritarian governments to democracy have defined a successful transition as characterized by two elections in a row, where all parties agree on the rules of the game, and …

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-02-12). Biden Should Stop Payment on U.S. Funds to Sisi's Egypt. counterpunch.org Under Donald Trump's presidency, Egypt, as well as Saudi Arabia, Israel, the UAE, and other repressive regimes, had virtually free reign to commit unchecked human rights abuses without worry that they might be chastised or lose U.S. diplomatic and financial support. But when Joe Biden won the 2020 election, President Sisi of Egypt started to

Susan Price (2021-02-12). NATO again goes to war against Kurdistan. greenleft.org.au Turkey has opened a new front in its ongoing war of annihilation against the Kurdish liberation movement, writes Marcel Cartier.

Staff (2021-02-12). Biden Plans to Rescind Trump-Era Medicaid Work Requirements. truthout.org The Biden administration on Friday is expected to begin the process of rescinding a Trump policy allowing states to impose punitive work requirements on Medicaid recipients, a move celebrated as a crucial step toward reversing one of the former president's most vicious attacks on the poor and vulnerable. |

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Navalny in court to face charges of slandering WW2 veteran. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was back in court Friday to face charges of slandering a World War II veteran who appeared in a video last year in support of constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Navalny tweeted that those who appeared in …

_____ (2021-02-12). NATO's Road To Perdition With Ukraine. strategic-culture.org The US-led NATO military alliance is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. | Despite repeated and long-standing warnings by Russia, the US-led NATO military alliance has indicated it is moving ever closer to accepting Ukraine as a new member. This is an incredibly incendiary step towards war that could escalate into a nuclear conflagration. And, risibly, this reckless initiative is being driven by an alliance which proclaims to be about upholding peace and security. | This week NATO secretary gen…

_____ (2021-02-12). The Ethno-Territorial Separation of Bosnia Was the Key to Ending the War and Keeping Peace. strategic-culture.org The Dayton system has kept the peace for twenty-five years. Why destabilize Sarajevo now? | By Robert HAYDEN | As befits a successful peace agreement, the November 1995 Dayton accords that ended

_____ (2021-02-12). Jettison the Johnson: Transwomen Athletes Crashing Female Sports Will Only Hurt the Game. strategic-culture.org As the Biden administration moves to make it illegal to deny the participation of birth males in female sport, a number of courageous athletes and academics are beginning to speak out on the issue, warning that the presidential orders will have disastrous consequences on their profession, and possibly their lives. | On the very same day of his locked-down inauguration, Joe Biden signed off on dozens of executive orders, including one gem entitled, 'Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation'. The controversial legislation, which has never been the subject of seri…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Biden says China will 'eat our lunch' sans infrastructure. yenisafak.com China is poised to defeat the US amid a great power competition unless the country can come together on a plan to bolster its heavily deteriorated infrastructure, President Joe Biden warned Thursday.Biden's cautionary note comes after he held his first telephone call Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a conversation the US president said lasted two hours.The US president called on Congress to forge ahead with a massive infrastructure revitalization plan, saying that without it China is "going to eat our lunch.""They have major, major new initiatives on rail, and they already have rail that goes 225 mi…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). At least 12 Iran-backed terrorists killed in airstrike in Syria. yenisafak.com At least 12 Iranian-backed terrorists fighting with the Bashar al-Assad regime were killed in an airstrike conducted by US-led anti-Daesh coalition forces in eastern Syria, sources said Thursday.Warplanes targeted a convoy of terrorist groups in Deir ez-Zor province.Pipelines and trade routes from Iraq and Jordan pass through the province.The terrorists are under the command of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.With the help of Russia and Iranian-backed militias, the central and the western areas of Deir ez-Zor fell to the regime after Daesh terrorists retreated from the region.The majority of Iranian-back…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Journalist wins award for exposing corruption in Zimbabwe. yenisafak.com Hopewell Chin'ono, a top Zimbabwean journalist, has been honored with a media award following his reporting last year which unearthed a corruption scandal concerning the government's procurement of COVID-19 material.Chin'ono's story led to the firing of the southern African country's then Health Minister Obadiah Moyo who was implicated in the scandal.Notifying Chin'ono about the good news in an email, the Greenfield People Journalism Prize for Africa, which awarded the prize, said the scribe was winning the award jointly with Nigerian journalist David Hundeyin.The prize is dubbed the People Journalist for Informe…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkish museum exhibits 2,600-year-old perfume bottles. yenisafak.com A collection of 2,600-year-old perfume bottles is on display in Izmir, on the Aegean coast of Turkey, through February.The Izmir Archaeology Museum showcases priceless artifacts being preserved in its warehouse every month as part of a project called You Will See What You Can't See.With a 2,800-year-old princess belt from the Urartian age exhibited in January, February hosts storage vessels known as Attic red-figure squat lekythos.The potteries which were produced by the red-figure technique in the ancient Greece and used as oil and perfume containers, were found to be processed in the Potters Bazaar in Athens 2,…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). 'Russia ready for breakup with EU if sanctions imposed'. yenisafak.com Moscow is ready to break ties with the European Union if it follows through on its plan to impose sanctions, Russia's foreign minister said on Friday.In an interview on the Soloviev Live YouTube channel, Sergey Lavrov said Russia has no desire to be isolated from the world but needs to be prepared for any eventuality.To a question on whether Russia is heading towards a breakup with the bloc, Lavrov said: "We believe that we are ready; if we see once again, as we already have more than once, that sanctions are being imposed in some areas that create risks for our economy, including the most sensitive areas.""We do…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Dutch experts warn of mental health issues amid virus. yenisafak.com Psychologist Jean-Pierre van de Ven said the young people and couples are most affected by the pandemic, adding: "Young people feel lonely and fear that the epidemic will never end."Van De Ven said the pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in the consumption of alcohol and drugs, while some people are suffering from anxiety, depression and loneliness. He warned that this trend may continue even after the pandemic.Psychologist Sarah Craig said the pandemic has also caused an increase in domestic violence, adding the second wave of the virus has further affected the mental health of couples.She urged peop…

Elie Mystal (2021-02-12). Republicans Won't Convict Trump—Because They Won't Convict Themselves. thenation.com Republicans Won't Convict Trump—Because They Won't Convict Themselves…

RT (2021-02-12). Bon App-retreat: Magazine bows to woke mob and says sorry for 6-year-old 'disgusting' article about Jewish cookies. rt.com Love them or hate them, Hamantaschen are a staple of the Jewish holiday of Purim. But when a non-Jew said that these cookies left her unimpressed, a woke war of biblical scale broke out, and her magazine apologized to the mob.

RT (2021-02-12). People looking forward to stimulus checks 'already screwed,' financial guru Dave Ramsey tells Fox, kicking up storm online. rt.com Radio host and financial pundit Dave Ramsey set off a bout of controversy after arguing that those relying on stimulus checks amid the Covid-19 pandemic were "already screwed" and may suffer from mental issues. | "I don't believe in a stimulus check," Ramsey told Fox News' Bill Hemmer during a Thursday interview when asked how much the government should devote to relief payments, comparing the checks to "peeing on a forest fire." | Because if $600 or $1,400 changes your life, you were pretty much screwed already. You've got other issues going on. You have a career problem, you have a debt problem, you have a r…

RT (2021-02-12). 'Disgusted' Nikki Haley throws Trump under the bus, but conservatives & #Resistance are having none of her 'flip-flop'. rt.com Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has joined the growing parade of Republicans eager to publicly distance themselves from former president Donald Trump amid his second impeachment proceedings. | "We need to acknowledge he let us down," Haley told Politico in an interview published Friday, making an effort to create palpable space between herself — an upwardly-mobile young politician apparently determined to run for president in 2024 — and the former commander-in-chief whose own party couldn't wait to stick the knives in. | "He went down a path he shouldn't have, and we shouldn't have followe…

news.un (2021-02-12). Yemen: 'Toxic mix' imperils lives of under-fives with acute malnutrition. news.un.org Since the escalation of conflict in 2015, severe acute malnutrition is among its highest levels in Yemen, threating the lives of half of the country's children under the age of five, four UN agencies warned on Friday.

Ted Rall (2021-02-12). It's Not That Biden Is Too Slow. It's That He's Going Too Small. counterpunch.org In the intraparty Democratic war between progressive leftists and corporate centrists, each side speaks a different language. The two factions' takes on Joe Biden's first weeks as president starkly demonstrate that inability to communicate. Biden's base is his centrist supporters, those who backed him against Bernie Sanders during the primaries on the grounds that his

Matt Sedlar (2021-02-12). Resignation of Trump-Appointed US Attorneys Is Just The Start Of DOJ's De-Trumpification. cepr.net Talking Points Memo See article on original site In the Reconstruction era following the Civil War, the Department of Justice was created in part to deliver and oversee equal rights to formerly enslaved Black men and women. This corrective institution was a major step toward building a federal government that protects the civil rights of all …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Australia imposes 5-day lockdown in Victoria state amid Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The government of Victoria state in southeast Australia declared a five-day lockdown Friday amid a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a hotel where overseas travelers undergo mandatory quarantine. The measure, announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, comes into effect from midnight Friday. Under the lockdown, the 6.7 million inhabitants of Victoria, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Indigenous Covid field hospital set up in crisis-riddled Manaus. laprensalatina.com Manaus, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Amid an oxygen crisis and the collapse of healthcare systems in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, residents of an indigenous neighborhood of Manaus, the regional capital, have set up a field hospital exclusively for the treatment of indigenous people with Covid-19. Because they live in an urban area, the native …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Pakistan approves emergency use of Chinese Covid vaccine CanSino. laprensalatina.com Islamabad,Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Pakistan has authorized the emergency use of the anti-Covid vaccine developed by Chinese pharma company CanSino, an official told EFE on Friday, weeks after authorities began a vaccination campaign using the vaccine produced by another Chinese company Sinopharm. The Prime Minister's special assistant on national health, Faisal Sultan, confirmed to EFE that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Asia celebrates Lunar New Year, among slightly somber celebrations over Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Millions of people celebrated the coming of the Lunar New Year on Friday in Asia, as festivities were underway to welcome the year of the Ox. Celebrations this year were slightly more subdued, but not as muted as 2020, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has also halted the millions of habitual travel …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Chile stands tall as Latin America's vaccination rollout leader. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- More than 1.5 million people have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose in Chile since a mass rollout began on Feb. 3. Those inoculation efforts make that country the undisputed leader in that category in Latin America and have earned it widespread praise globally. "Mass vaccination is the hope for …

yenisafak (2021-02-12). European regulator begins review of CureVac jab. yenisafak.com The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Friday announced it has started a rolling review of German company CureVac's COVID-19 vaccine.The CHMP, the EMA's human medicines committee, decided to begin the review of the CVnCoV vaccine "based on preliminary results from laboratory studies (non-clinical data) and early clinical studies in adults," the agency said."These studies suggest that the vaccine triggers the production of antibodies and immune cells that target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID‚Äë19," read a statement."The rolling review will continue until enough evidence is available for a…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). EU recovery package signed amid pandemic crisis. yenisafak.com The European Union's €672.5 billion ($814 billion) recovery package was signed on Friday.The largest stimulus package in the bloc's history aims at relaunching the European economy after the COVID-19 crisis by channeling EU funds to preserve jobs, to maintain social security systems and to invest in health care.The act was signed by Portuguese premier Antonio Costa on behalf of the EU member countries, as the chair of rotating presidency of the Council of European Union, and European Parliament President David Sassoli.The recovery package is "vaccine to save lives, vitamin to boost the economy"

Staff (2021-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2021. democracynow.org House Managers Rest Their Case in Donald Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial, Biden Blasts Trump's Failures to Prepare for Vaccinations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 475,000, As U.S. Secures 200 Million More Doses, Concern Grows Over Vaccine Inequity, NYTimes: Trump Was Far Sicker from COVID-19 Than Previously Reported, Five Killed in Attack on U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan's Capital, Lawmakers Plead With President Biden to End "Catastrophic Impact" of U.S. Sanctions, U.S. Has Sold Over a Million Barrels of Iranian Oil Seized As Part of Sanctions, China Bans BBC's World News Channel, Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Progr…

RT (2021-02-12). NY AG brands Amazon 'corporate bully' after tech giant sues to block lawsuit on alleged Covid worker negligence. rt.com New York state's attorney general has dismissed Amazon's move to preemptively sue the office over its inquiries into the e-commerce retailer's alleged neglect of employee safety amid the pandemic as a "sad attempt" at distraction. | On Friday, Amazon sued NY Attorney General Letitia James, accusing her of legally threatening the company and overstepping her remit. The suit also said that an unannounced city inspection of Amazon's Staten Island facility on March 30 — the first day of worker protests over conditions at the site — found that complaints about safety were "completely baseless". | Respondi…

news.un (2021-02-12). 'Constellation' of post-COVID symptoms will impact global healthcare, says WHO. news.un.org Far more research is needed into the "constellation" of sometimes debilitating symptoms among people who've recovered from COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, adding that it "will impact" global health systems.

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). China blocks BBC over claims it is biased and untruthful. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Chinese authorities blocked national broadcasts of British channel BBC World News for over claims it is not impartial and truthful, the National Administration of Radio and Television said in a Friday statement on its website. It said the network violated the regulations in force concerning broadcasts about China and "violated the …

yenisafak (2021-02-12). China bans British broadcaster BBC. yenisafak.com China on Thursday night announced a ban on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) from airing in the country over alleged bias.BBC World News is now barred from broadcasting in the country, the China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported, citing the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA).Some of the BBC's reports on China infringed on the "principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism," said the Chinese broadcaster.This appeared to be a tit-for-tat move as earlier this month, the UK's broadcast regulator revoked the license of the state-affiliated CGTN.A statement from Ofcom said…

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader: Biden Must Hold Boeing Accountable for Deaths Due to Faulty Planes. truthout.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and…

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. democracynow.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and hold Boeing fully accountable. "This is just another example of giant companies getting away with their corporate criminal…

MEE staff (2021-02-12). US lawmakers urge Biden to press Iran on human rights, state-sponsored 'terrorism'. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers urge Biden to press Iran on human rights, state-sponsored 'terrorism' | More than 100 lawmakers call on President Joe Biden to 'remain firm' and hold Iranian government accountable for rights violations and regional destabilisation | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 19: 59 | A bipartisan group of US legislators has urged US President Joe Biden to pressure Iran on its human rights violations while working to nego…

James Goodman (2021-02-12). Biden Must Not Let the Trump Legacy and 'Reviews' Frustrate Reform. progressive.org The President has been off to a fast start on immigration reform, but his reluctance to repeal Trump's border closures is contributing to the cruelty.

Teresa Gutierrez (2021-02-12). Immigration changes: What has Biden done so far? workers.org Duke university student Anthony Salgado said it best in an editorial for his university paper: "We need immigration revolution, not immigration reform." (tinyurl.com/y695qdw9) Unfortunately, the Democratic Party establishment is not able to grasp this concept. But immigrants have had enough of false promises. A caravan of thousands of migrants from . . . |

Staff (2021-02-12). Even If He's Acquitted, History Isn't on Trump's Side. truthout.org When former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial wraps up in the coming days, it's entirely possible that a large majority of Republican senators will vote to acquit him of inciting an insurrection. | If they do so, it will not be because of lack of evidence but because of a stunning lack of moral fortitude. They will acquit not because the House managers didn't prove their case, but because by and large, GOP senators — with a few exceptions — regard their oath to deliver impartial justice abou…

Staff (2021-02-12). If Democrats don't deliver now, voters will (rightly) turn on them. therealnews.com No Excuses PAC is raising money to run ads and recruit primary challengers against centrist Democrats in an attempt to pressure them into supporting progressive changes in the Senate.

John Nichols (2021-02-12). If Impeachment Managers Want Witnesses to Trump's High Crimes, Start With Lindsey Graham. thenation.com If Impeachment Managers Want Witnesses to Trump's High Crimes, Start With Lindsey Graham…

Jeet Heer (2021-02-12). To Republican Senators, Donald Trump Is Still the Boogeyman. thenation.com To Republican Senators, Donald Trump Is Still the Boogeyman…

Tom Tomorrow (2021-02-12). Cancel Culture's Latest Victims. thenation.com Cancel Culture's Latest Victims…

Staff (2021-02-12). Where Are the Witnesses? Ralph Nader Says Democrats' Impeachment Case Is "Prescription for Defeat" democracynow.org As the historic Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues, we speak with longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who says Democrats have set themselves up for defeat by rushing proceedings and failing to call witnesses — including Trump himself. "The narrow approach of the articles of impeachment keep the Democrats from having a full hand," says Nader. "They have like 10 arrows in their quiver and they're using one or two."

RT (2021-02-12). Will Twitter ban CNN? O'Keefe rips Twitter hypocrisy after Project Veritas 'doxxing' suspension. rt.com The founder of Project Veritas has fired shots at Twitter for letting CNN get away with a 2018 ambushing of a Trump supporter in her home, but taking down the watchdog's account for allegedly violating its 'anti-doxxing' policy. | The conservative watchdog group's account was permanently suspended on Thursday over "repeated violations of the companies [sic] anti-doxxing policies," founder James O'Keefe said, while he himself was also temporarily locked out of his account. All that after posting a video of a Facebook official being confronted on the platform's alleged hate speech policies, apparently outside th…

RT (2021-02-12). Former Lincoln Project staff seek release from non-disclosure agreements as group accused of posting ex-member's private messages. rt.com Ex-employees of the 'Never Trump' Lincoln Project have reportedly asked to be released from nondisclosure agreements so they can speak openly about allegations that the group's co-founder is a serial sexual harasser. | Six people who worked for the high-profile political group have now written to the organization asking to be freed of legal agreements preventing them from discussing John Weaver, who is accused of sending unsolicited, sexually suggestive messages to over 20 men, including one who was only 14 when they first made contact. In some cases, he purportedly shared explicit photographs with the individ…

Greg Palast (2021-02-12). Smoking Gun for Impeachment. zcomm.org Proof Trump's Call to March on Capitol was a Crime…

Special to People's World (2021-02-12). Historians say CNN wrong to compare Communists to Trump's coup plotters. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—Dozens of historians and academics, including Angela Davis, Gerald Horne, and Michael Honey, have signed a statement to CNN challenging an article published on the news corporation's website on Feb. 3 that equated the Communist Party USA with the coup plotters who perpetrated the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. The article placed the …

Andrew Bacevich (2021-02-12). When Poisons Curdle: Beyond Donald Trump. counterpunch.org When Martin Luther King preached his famous sermon "Beyond Vietnam" at Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967, I don't recall giving his words a second thought. Although at the time I was just up the Hudson River attending West Point, his call for a "radical revolution in values" did not resonate with

Andrew J. Bacevich (2021-02-12). America after Trump must Confront MLK's 'Giant Triplets of Racism, Extreme Materialism, and Militarism'. juancole.com By Andrew Bacevich | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — When Martin Luther King preached his famous sermon "Beyond Vietnam" at Riverside Church in New York City in April 1967, I don't recall giving his words a second thought. Although at the time I was just up the Hudson River attending West Point, his call for a …

Michael Payne (2021-02-12). Republicans: "see no evil, hear no evil," even when it is right in front of their eyes. nationofchange.org The Republicans in Congress saw exactly what Trump was doing and should have strongly objected to such an action but they saw no evil, heard no evil on his part.

Andrew Levine (2021-02-12). Trump: How is He Possible? counterpunch.org How can someone of Trump's caliber have become president? And now that he no longer is president, how is it possible that he is still able to have his will be done in the Republican Party? How is he able, out of office and with his Twitter account blocked, to make everything even worse than it already is — for example, by making a certifiable nut case, Marjorie Taylor Greene, a rising star in what remains of the Party of Lincoln?

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-12). Congressional prosecutors: Trump's, insurrectionists' words prove he incited Capitol invasion. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The congressional managers—prosecutors—of the impeachment case against former Oval Office occupant Donald Trump used Trump's and the invaders' own words to show why and how Trump incited the Jan. 6 insurrection in the Capitol, and argue forcefully for his conviction. The managers repeatedly pounded away at Trump's words on Jan. 6 before pointing the invaders …

news.un (2021-02-12). Independent UN rights expert calls for unilateral sanctions to be dropped against Venezuela. news.un.org At the end of a two-week visit to Venezuela, an independent UN human rights expert noted on Friday that unilateral sanctions imposed on the country have exacerbated pre-existing crises, calling for them to be dropped.

_____ (2021-02-12). Facebook Hires ex-NATO Press Officer and Social Media Censor Ben Nimmo as Intel Strategist. strategic-culture.org Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices. | By Alan MACLEOD | Ben Nimmo, a former NATO

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Modi hardens nationalist stance amid pressure on Twitter over criticism. laprensalatina.com By David Asta Alares New Delhi, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The recent support offered by celebrities like Rihanna and Greta Thunberg on Twitter to the Indian farmers' months-long protests against liberalization of agriculture has raised the heckles of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which has alleged that there is an international conspiracy to defame the country. …

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkey's Cappadocia region hotspot for Valentine's Day. yenisafak.com Couples are flocking to Turkey's picturesque Cappadocia region for Valentine's Day getaways, with occupancy rates at local accommodation topping 80% for this weekend, including the big day, Feb. 14.Cappadocia offers guests fabulous holiday opportunities with its unique natural, historical and cultural richness, tailor made for special couples' weekends.Abdullah Inal, a local tourism official, told Anadolu Agency that after quiet months due to the pandemic, the increased bookings for Valentine's Day have been welcome, and stressed the steps taken for guests' safety.Cappadocia uses Turkey's groundbreaking Safe Tour…

news.un (2021-02-12). Ethiopia: 'Incomplete but troubling picture' reveals impact of Tigray crisis on children. news.un.org Humanitarians are learning more about the dire situation of children in Ethiopia's Tigray region, where fighting continues between Government troops and regional forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

_____ (2021-02-12). The Globalist Dilemma: How to Implement a 4th Industrial Revolution Without Losing Power. strategic-culture.org The changes underway are a revolutionary change from one historic epoch to another, Joaquin Flores writes. | Ephesians 6: 10 — 12 — 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. | The sci-fi horror film we are now living in, being presented as the 4th Industrial Revolution, is only one possible…

RT (2021-02-12). Charges DISMISSED against two Buffalo cops for 'assault' on 75-year-old protester who broke his skull in fall. rt.com Two Buffalo, New York police officers escaped criminal charges for shoving an elderly man during last year's George Floyd protests. Their indictment for breaking his skull prompted the resignation of the city's riot police unit. | Second-degree assault charges against officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe were dismissed, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced on Thursday. They remain on suspension and still face an internal disciplinary investigation, however. | | NEW: Charges against the two Buffalo Police officers who…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-12). Syrian militants urged to release US journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem. middleeasteye.net Syrian militants urged to release US journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem | Idlib-based reporter was arrested six months ago after raising concerns about alleged torture of prisoners by HTS | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 15: 55 | Bilal Abdul Kareem has reported from opposition-held Syria since 2014 (Screengrab) | A leading media freedom monitor has called for the release of US journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem, six months aft…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-12). Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says. middleeasteye.net Oman content with current Israel relationship, foreign minister says | Badr al-Busaidi also says Muscat is ready to help with rescuing Iran's 2015 nuclear deal | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 08: 24 | Busaidi was appointed as foreign minister in August after Oman's new Sultan Haitham delegated the position away from his own portfolio (AFP) | Oman is satisfied with its current relationship with Israel,…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-12). UCL academic board urges university to 'replace' IHRA antisemitism definition. middleeasteye.net UCL academic board urges university to 'replace' IHRA antisemitism definition | Year-long study from London university ruled that the IHRA definition breached freedom of speech and academic freedom | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 14: 11 | UCL was one of the first institutions to adopt the contentious definition on antisemitism (Supplied) | An internal governing body at a leading London university believes it should…

Harun al-Aswad (2021-02-12). Damascus threatens to seize property from displaced Syrians over conscription fees. middleeasteye.net Damascus threatens to seize property from displaced Syrians over conscription fees | Government has introduced legal amendments to seize assets of Syrian refugees who fail to pay large sums for skipping conscription | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 10: 01 | A Syrian army soldier uses a detector to find and clear landmines in a field at a pistachio orchard in the village of Maan, north of Hama (AFP) | The Syr…

Special to People's World (2021-02-12). Poor People's Campaign targets Manchin in drive for $15 minimum wage. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, W.V.—The Moral Monday fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage is going to the streets next week as Rev. Dr. William Barber II will lead a large group of poor and low-income people to march on the office of Sen. Joe Manchin. Manchin, a conservative Democrat representing West Virginia, opposes including a $15 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Djokovic battles injury, Thiem prevails in Aussie Open marathon. laprensalatina.com By Lobsang DS Subirana Bangkok Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).-Serbia's Novak Djokovic battled through an injury to his oblique muscle Friday to beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the Australian Open but there will be doubts as to how long he will last in the competition. "This is …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-12). Student startups go head-to-head in flagship entrepreneurship competition. imperial.ac.uk Imperial students will turn their ideas into new technologies, products and businesses in the Venture Catalyst Challenge.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-12). Saturn waves and depression link: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-12). Two Black trans women have been murdered. Where's the outrage? thecanary.co Two Black transgender women —

Nick Pemberton (2021-02-12). Thank You Ingrid Seyer-Ochi. counterpunch.org A San Francisco teacher named Ingrid Seyer-Ochi explored with her class the way people react differently to the appearance of women and men in power. To me, it seemed like a productive conversation and a progressive one. For the anti-woke establishment, there was no greater sin. Take this brilliant subversion of the popular narrative by

Susan Price (2021-02-12). Is Russia waking up? Behind January's protests. greenleft.org.au Last month's protests in Russia may have been sparked by the arrest of opposition figure Aleksey Navalny, writes Aleksandr Buzgalin, but they were mostly a mass response to the social and economic suffering of the people.

Susan Price (2021-02-12). West Papua's highway of blood. greenleft.org.au David Robie reviews Australian journalist John Martinkus's new book about the Trans-Papua Highway, which is bringing military occupation, exploitation, environmental destruction and colonisation to West Papua.

_____ (2021-02-12). Study Finds Increase In Anti-Zionism At US Universities. popularresistance.org The past few years have witnessed a significant rise in anti-Zionism across colleges and universities in the United States, a new study has found. | Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Miriam Elman, said in a study published by the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University that a majority of universities in the United States have turned into incubators of anti-Zionism, which contributes to creating a negative atmosphere against Jews on campus. | Elman claimed that university and college officials respond to this by vie…

Mike Ludwig (2021-02-12). Bernie Sanders Clears Path in Congress to Raise Minimum Wage. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Truthout Photo by Marie Kanger Born/Shutterstock Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders said on Monday that findings in a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report provide Democrats with a clear path for bypassing Republican obstruction in the Senate and raising the federal minimum wage to $15

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Thiem prevails in Aussie Open marathon, Zverev cruises to 4th round. laprensalatina.com By Lobsang DS Subirana Bangkok Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Austria's Dominic Thiem produced a plethora of box office tennis to beat home crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios in an enthralling match Friday night at the Australian Open. The No. 3 seed prevailed 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and marched onto the tournament's fourth round before an …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Osaka, Halep cruise to Aussie Open 4th round, Williams edges through. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Japan's Naomi Osaka beat Tunisia's Ons Jabeur to make the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday in Melbourne, as No. 2 seed Simona Halep breezed past Veronika Kudermetova in under an hour and 20 minutes. Osaka won her 17th match in a row in what was often an …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Caskets for life's end in Czech town called 'Beginnings'. laprensalatina.com Pocatky, Czech Republic, Feb 12 (epa-efe).- The town of Pocatky (Czech for 'Beginnings') is, perhaps ironically, home to the country's largest manufacturer of coffins, Setora, which in 1991 took over Lisek, a former cooperative that had been building wooden caskets since 1949. Last year, death rates in the central European country jumped by 14 percent …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). North Korea announces foreign minister as a politburo member. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- North Korea's foreign minister Ri Son-gwon has been appointed a member of the powerful politburo of the Workers Party, the country's highest governing body, state media reported on Friday. Ri was elected to the body during a plenary session of the North Korea's only party, which lasted for four days until …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Ander Herrera: Without Neymar, we lose a natural leader. laprensalatina.com Paris, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Before confirming Neymar's absence for the Champions League Round of 16 game, Paris Saint-Germain's Ander Herrera wouldn't dare to say the French team was the favourite against Barcelona. But now, with the Brazilian star sidelined with an injury, Herrera acknowledges in an interview with Efe that PSG is missing "a leader." …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Fernando Alonso undergoes jaw surgery after cycling accident. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has undergone surgery on his upper jaw after a cycling accident and is expected to restart training after few days of recovery, the Alpine F1 team said Friday. "Following his cycling accident yesterday, Alonso was kept under observation in a hospital in Switzerland. Doctors …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Student injured by rubber bullet on day of mass Myanmar protests. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- At least one person was shot with a rubber bullet and arrests were reported as Myanmar on Friday witnessed possibly its largest protests since the Feb. 1 military coup. On the public Union Day holiday at a peaceful demonstration at Mawlamyine University in Mon state, about 300 kilometers southeast of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Protests over teenager's rape-murder, travel permit law rock Nepal. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of protesters, most of them women, on Friday took to the streets of Kathmandu to protest the recent rape and murder of an adolescent girl alongside demonstrations against a bill that seeks to make it obligatory for Nepali women under the age of 40 to produce special permits for traveling …

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). Moka Mera Educational App Helps Preschoolers Learn Languages. laprensalatina.com Por/By Verónica V. Herrera (Ramírez Pisani), M.Ed. Language & Research Skills Teacher Public Speaking Coach www.culturephilanthropy.org @workcommunity It is free, and you do not need to be connected to the Internet to use it. This educational application created by Finnish educators is the cultural contribution of a non-profit organization in this Nordic country. The education …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Italy's Draghi presents new gov't. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Italy's new prime minister, Mario Draghi, presented Friday a government including representatives of all but one of the main parties along with several technocrats in key positions. The former head of the European Central Bank submitted the list of perspective Cabinet ministers to President Sergio Mattarella for his approval ahead of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Tokyo 2020 chief resigns over sexist comments. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced his resignation on Friday after a controversy sparked by sexist comments he made last week. Former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, 83, announced his resignation from the president's position at a joint session of the committee's executives and the board of councilors in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Historic Buenos Aires café loses iconic plaque to theft. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Café Tortoni is an indelible feature of Buenos Aires, a historic haunt of international intellectuals and a local establishment since its founding in 1958 but now its frequenters are in mourning over the robbery of the oldest plaque from its facade. A person whose identity has yet to be tracked …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Britney Spears' father loses court bid over estate control. laprensalatina.com Los Angeles, US, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Britney Spears' father on Thursday lost his bid in a Los Angeles court to retain some of his rights over the pop star's estate. The hearing in the Los Angeles Superior Court marks the latest chapter in a protracted legal battle the 39-year-old singer's lawyers are fighting over Jamie …

Human Rights Watch (2021-02-12). Saudi Arabia releases Women's Rights Activist Loujain al-Hathloul but Bans her Travel. juancole.com (Beirut) — Saudi authorities released from prison the prominent women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul on February 10, 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. However, she is banned from travel and has a suspended sentence, which allows the authorities to return her to prison at any time for any perceived criminal activity. In late December 2020, …

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkish cemetery in Sofia to be restored. yenisafak.com The Turkish Embassy in Bulgaria and the grand mufti's office in the country will launch a joint initiative to restore a historical Turkish cemetery in the capital Sofia.Turkey's Ambassador in Sofia Aylin Sekizkok and the Grand Mufti of Bulgaria Muslims Mustafa Alis Haci visited the cemetery, also known as "Turkish plot (No. 42)," in the Orlandovtsi district of Sofia.The "Turkish plot (No. 42)" is part of the central cemetery in Sofia, according to the grand mufti's office.Sekizkok and Haci agreed that the cemetery, where Ottoman Sultan Murat V's daughter Fatma Sultan is also buried, need renovation.Speaking to An…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkey's specialized free zones to attract investments. yenisafak.com "More RD activities will be carried out, a significant level of intra-sector interaction will be ensured, and there will be a concentration of qualified human resources in those zones," Ruhsar Pekcan told a meeting in the capital Ankara touting the zones.Noting that the share of high-tech products in Turkey's total exports is 3.4% while the figure in free zones is nearly three times that, at 9%, Pekcan said specialized free zones aim to boost those rates. ÔªøThe groundwork for Turkey's next-generation specialized free zone model was laid in a January 2020 presidential decree."With this model, we…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkey's December industrial output growth beats G20 countries. yenisafak.com With posting the largest rise in industrial production in December 2020, Turkey left behind all G20 countries, the country's industry and technology minister said on Friday."Solid rise in industrial output in the last quarter of 2020 proves that Turkey will be one of the few countries to close out the year with a positive gross domestic product (GDP) growth," Mustafa Varank said on Twitter.His comments came after the Turkish Statistical Institute released figures on the country's industrial output.The industrial production index in December 2020 increased 1.3% on a monthly basis and 9% on an annual basis.The figu…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). At least 38 PKK terror suspects arrested across Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces arrested 38 people over their alleged links to the PKK terror group, officials said on Friday.Some 13 of the suspects were arrested when police conducted raids at different addresses in the northwestern Kocaeli province.Organizational documents and digital materials related to the terror group were seized in the operation.Also, commando teams of Turkish gendarmerie forces in the southern Osmaniye province seized a cache of ammunition belonging to the PKK terror group in a shelter in Mt. Amanos.Meanwhile, provincial gendarmerie forces in the southeastern Mardin province seized arms, ammunit…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). Turkish Cbank may keep interest rates unchanged: Survey. yenisafak.com The Turkish Central Bank is likely to keep interest rates unchanged at 17%, according to a panel of economists surveyed by Anadolu Agency on Friday.The second Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the year will be held next Thursday to announce the bank's decision on interest rates.Among 21 economists, just six economists expect a rise in interest rates, ranging between 0.75 percentage points and 1.00 percentage points, while the rest foresee no change in interest rates.In its last meeting on Jan. 21, the Central Bank kept its one-week repo rate — also known as the bank's policy rate — constant a…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). ANALYSIS: Albania, Greece taking issue of maritime jurisdiction zones to The Hague. yenisafak.com The Greek move to double its waters, which drew criticism and sparked debates in Albania in recent months, raised questions about exclusive economic zones on Albania's continental shelf and determining the maritime jurisdiction zones between the two countries.- History of disputeThe first document establishing borders between Albania and Greece goes back to the 1912-1913 London Conference of Ambassadors. Later, on Jan. 25, 1925, a protocol establishing maritime borders was signed. The final judgment concerning Albanian maritime borders was drafted on July 30, 1926, at the Paris Conference of Ambassadors, signed b…

yenisafak (2021-02-12). EU Parliament calls for ban on arms sale to Saudi, UAE. yenisafak.com The European Parliament on Thursday called on EU member states to ban arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over violations of human rights in Yemen.A joint motion adopted by the European Parliament recalled Germany's arms sale ban to Saudi Arabia and Italy's ban to UAE and Saudi Arabia. Lawmakers said some EU countries are also planning to join the ban while others continue arms sale to these countries and violate the common stance of the EU Council.The European Parliament also welcomed the US decision to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia and to suspend the transfer of F-35 jets to the UAE.Lawmakers also called on…

_____ (2021-02-12). The Mechanics Behind The Egyptian Revolution. popularresistance.org The Egyptian revolution, which flared from early 2011 to mid-2013, is usually presented in the media (and some academic circles) as a "Facebook Revolution" or at least as one gigantic event that was ignited and organized online. The truth is slightly different. | The 2011 uprising was the product of a decade-long complicated political process, in which dissent was accumulating, organizing skills were honed, small victories were achieved and fear of the regime's repressive apparatus was gradually eroding. | One central element in this process that would in 2011 culminate in a full-blown revolution was the visualiz…

_____ (2021-02-12). Black Citizenship Forum: Black Citizenship And The Problem Of 'Coloniality'. popularresistance.org For this edition of The Black Agenda Review's Black Citizenship Forum, political scientist Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni writes on the impact of the ongoing legacy of colonialism — through the idea and practice of "coloniality" — on present-day citizenship in Africa. Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni argues that coloniality provides the basis and justification for European exploitation of the world and that this was done through colonial legal orders, territorial boundaries, racial hierarchies, ethnic and tribal categorizations, and class identifications. Meanwhile, formal decolonization enshrined a neocolonial A…

_____ (2021-02-12). The Witch Hunt Has Come For Ken Loach. popularresistance.org First, the media and political opportunists tried to convince us life-long anti-racist Jeremy Corbyn was Hitler-in-waiting. Now, life-long anti-racist Ken Loach is being attacked by the same witch hunt. But after several years of the fraudulent weaponisation of antisemitism to achieve political objectives, the left is done. You come for one of us, you come for all of us. And that includes Ken. The witch hunt has a standard play after it picks a target. First, a person's social media and public history is combed. Then a fabricated 'controversy' is constructed. This is amplified by the press in order to create a se…

Sasha Abramsky (2021-02-12). Introducing My New Column: 'From the Left Coast'. thenation.com Introducing My New Column: 'From the Left Coast'

David Scott Mathieson (2021-02-12). Myanmar's Army of Darkness. thenation.com Myanmar's Army of Darkness…

Carole Concha Bell (2021-02-12). Chile police shoot dead unarmed street artist in broad daylight sparking riots. thecanary.co Chile's militarised police force carabineros Point blank: | Francisco Martínez Romero was approached by police who asked him for his ID card. When he resisted, he was

Steve Topple (2021-02-12). Lib Dem leader caught-up in racism 'cover up' scandal. thecanary.co The Lib Dem leader Ed Davey is at the centre of a growing

Tom Anderson (2021-02-12). Israeli army repeatedly destroys Palestinian Bedouin village. thecanary.co On This was the third time in just one week that soldiers had come to demolish homes in Humsa. The de…

Philip Weiss (2021-02-12). If Navalny deserves support, why not Issa Amro? zcomm.org Where is the U.S. government on a Palestinian activist at a time when it has highlighted the freedom of other groups to protest (notably the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Russia)…

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-12). The Guardian revealed its true face in sacking a columnist for criticizing US military aid to Israel. zcomm.org We must fight back. We need to understand that old corporate media like the Guardian are not an ally to the left, they are the enemy…

news.un (2021-02-12). Myanmar crisis: 'All options should be on the table', UN Human Rights Council hears. news.un.org The UN deputy human rights chief and the independent expert on Myanmar have called for targeted sanctions against the leaders of what they both described as the coup that took place in the country last week, as the Human Rights Council met in special session on Friday to discuss the ongoing crisis.

Rod Driver (2021-02-12). Really Existing Capitalism is Crony Capitalism. zcomm.org It is estimated that the US government spends at least $800 billion dollars subsidizing the biggest US corporations each year…

Brian Shuffler (2021-02-12). Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly. zcomm.org In Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly, Peter Cole illuminates the historical relatively unknown life of Ben Fletcher and his involvement with the Industrial Workers of the World…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-02-12). How Digital Fascism Works. zcomm.org Digital fascism is no longer a top-down organisation with a Fàºhrer on the top and serried ranks of followers on the bottom, but a flattened one-dimensional affair consisting of a patchwork of different right-wing ideologies…

Barry Healy (2021-02-12). Truth to Power Cafe — People power theatre. greenleft.org.au Barry Healy talks to the creator of Truth to Power Café, a theatrical experience where audience members are invited to respond to the question: "Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?"

Pip Hinman (2021-02-12). Green Left: more than a media project. greenleft.org.au Green Left is celebrating its 30th birthday. Peter Boyle takes a look at the idea behind this unique publication and what has sustained this people-powered project.

IASUP (2021-02-12). Tuesday 2/23: Abolitionist Feminisms: Feminist-Queer, Anti-Capitalist, & WOC Grassroots Organizing. indybay.org Online event…

UC Berkeley & Stanford University (2021-02-12). Monday 2/15: Reaping What We Sow: A Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Alice Walker. indybay.org YouTube livestream (FREE)…

KQED (2021-02-12). Friday 2/19: Waging Change Premiere on KQED. indybay.org Broadcasted on KQED on February 19th, 2021 at 8: 00pm.

The Arc San Francisco (2021-02-12). Thursday 3/11: The Arc San Francisco 19th Annual Arc Breakfast: Let's Keep Going. indybay.org Online event…

Santa Cruz Vigilante Watch (2021-02-12). Live Oak Clothing Owner Stands by Violent Threats Directed at Homeless People. indybay.org Troy Swanner, the owner of Live Oak Clothing on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, is standing by comments he made on social media threatening vigilante violence against the homeless people who have been allowed under a federal judge's order to legally camp and shelter in place nearby in San Lorenzo Park. When confronted on social media on February 11, Swanner said: "I know exactly what I wrote so I really don't care if you screenshot it […] I stand behind what I say." Troy Swanner made the violent and bigoted comments about the homeless people staying in the park on December 30, stating: "Me and the commun…

Kenny Stancil (2021-02-12). Outrage and disgust as charges dropped for Buffalo police officers who fractured skull of 75-year-old peaceful protester. nationofchange.org Despite the video evidence of the officers' misconduct, a grand jury has dismissed the charges.

DXE (2021-02-12). Sunday 2/28: Open Rescue Training Part 2: The Basics and Animal Caregiver. indybay.org online…

Derek Royden (2021-02-12). Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and the future of the Republican Party. nationofchange.org With a still small but growing number of progressive voices within the Democratic party, there is for the first time in decades an opportunity to truly move that party to the left and counter the threat represented by radicals like Boebert and Taylor Greene.

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-02-12). Thursday 3/11: Poets Martin Espada & Dennis Bernstein: A Zoom Event: Floaters. indybay.org Online webinar…

IASUP (2021-02-12). Tuesday 3/9: Visualizing Abolition: Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary. indybay.org Online event…

Agents of Change 831 (2021-02-12). Friday 2/19: Stop Killing Black People: Vigil & Ceremony. indybay.org Watsonville City Plaza, Watsonville…

WSWS Repost (2021-02-12). Democrats seek to whitewash Republican Party role in January 6 coup. indybay.org As a party of Wall Street and the military and intelligence agencies, the Democrats are opposed to any real exposure of the social and political forces behind the January 6 coup.

David D'Amato (2021-02-12). GameStop, Capitalism and Freedom. counterpunch.org Wall Street strategists have called it one of the most extreme of the "sharp short squeezes" in recent decades: at the end of January, shares of video game retailer GameStop skyrocketed, as users of Reddit's WallStreetBets forum rallied around the stock, which had been a target of short-sellers, including many hedge funds. In general, short-sellers

Lynda Carson (2021-02-12). More New Music Releases: Blue Thursday plus 3 other original songs. indybay.org The original music of mine was recorded on the 13 year old iMac computer in the photo, using an M-Audio, Uber Mic, below the winged goddess Dadari, an over 100 year old wood carving from the island of Bali.

UFCFLPU (2021-02-12). Monday 2/15: Oakland Rally To Demand 1,000 Ca-OSHA Inspectors, PPE & Health and Safety On The Job. indybay.org Oakland State Building | OSHA Office | 1515 Clay St. | San Francisco…

Abolitionist (2021-02-12). 3 States With "Prolife" Governors Have Scheduled Executions For 2021. indybay.org Execution removes the ability to redress a wrongful sentence.

Mary Gatta (2021-02-12). Rescue Our Cities and Towns. progressive.org Politicians must support more progressive housing initiatives over incentives to big developers.

The Frontline coalition (2021-02-12). Wednesday 2/17: On the Frontline: The Housing & Economy Crisis and Pushing #CancelRent Legislation. indybay.org Online event…

DRCSSS (2021-02-12). Tuesday 2/16: Stop the Stigma: Mental Health and the Black Community. indybay.org Online event…