2021-02-14: News Headlines

Pete Dolack (2021-02-14). Class War Intensifies During the Pandemic. counterpunch.org We will soon be a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Are you rolling in new wealth? No? Too bad you are not a billionaire. With millions of deaths, unemployment soaring, millions threatened with losing their homes and economies struggling around the world, the world's billionaires are doing fine. More than fine. So fine that they

Staff (2021-02-14). The Growing Vaccine Corps of Medical Students Could Aid Underserved Areas. truthout.org The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to get shots into the arms of people who cannot easily navigate getting vaccinated on their own. | Time is of the essence. As new, potentially more

Staff (2021-02-14). Antitrust Legislation Is Essential to Racial and Economic Justice in Agriculture. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that how we grow, process and distribute our food needs to change. | From dairy farmers forced to

_____ (2021-02-14). How One Tiny Country Is Beating The Pandemic And Climate Change. popularresistance.org The small Himalayan country of Bhutan, mainly known for measuring national happiness instead of GDP, is the only carbon-negative country on the planet. Believe it or not, it has only had one single death from COVID-19. Is that a coincidence? | Madeline Drexler's new article in the Atlantic, "The Unlikeliest Pandemic Success Story," dives into the reasons that Bhutan has managed to fare so well against the novel coronavirus while rich countries and middle-income have struggled to keep it in check. The tiny developing country, landlocked between India and Tibet, wasn't exactly set up for success. It began 2020 with…

WSWS repost (2021-02-14). California study highlights dangers of COVID-19 pandemic to the working class. indybay.org According to a recent report by a UCSF research team, essential workers experienced a 22 percent higher mortality rate than they did in the four years before the pandemic.

WSWS repost (2021-02-14). California nursing home workers strike as state surpasses New York for most COVID deaths. indybay.org Workers at a Burlingame Skilled Nursing Facility are on strike in protest against understaffing and unsafe conditions. 207 residents at the Burlingame facility have contracted Covid-19 and 34 have died. At least 65 workers have also been infected.

Logician (2021-02-14). Farm animals and birds catch covid Slaughterhouse workers have very high rates of infection. indybay.org The 2 way street between infected farm animals and | birds.. and infected workers has been established. | If covid can remain on surfaces it can remain on the flesh of living or killed animals.

_____ (2021-02-14). Formerly Incarcerated Organizer On February 6 St. Louis Jail Protest. popularresistance.org EXPO is an organization of formerly incarcerated individuals and other people involved with the criminal justice system. We are a voice for people adversely affected by this system. We are an offshoot of EXPO Wisconsin, which started in 2014. In just a few years, we have made tremendous strides to address issues that reduce the quality of life for people transitioning after being incarcerated. | We are leading a few campaigns now. One is Unlock the Vote, which is a fight to restore voting rights for individuals convicted of a felony and who are now on probation or parole. We hope to restore these rights because p…

_____ (2021-02-14). UN Special Rapporteur Urges US To Lift The Blockade Against Venezuela. popularresistance.org The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) on the effects of sanctions on human rights, Alena Douhan, held a press conference today before leaving Venezuela. Douhan detailed the impact of the United States' unilateral coercive measures on the Venezuelan people. | Douhan reported that the unilateral "sanctions" violate International Law. The conclusion followed Douhan's comprehensive report on damages caused by coercive measures implemented by Washington and its European partners against Venezuela, and specified that the final report will be presented to the UN in September 2021. Douhan urged the interlocut…

_____ (2021-02-14). Damning UN Report Urges The UK To Unfreeze Venezuelan Gold. popularresistance.org Alena Douhan is the United Nations' special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. Douhan visited Venezuela on 1 February "to assess the impact of unilateral sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights by people living in Venezuela and any other affected people". | On 12 February, Douhan published her preliminary findings based on "extensive consultations with a wide range of interlocutors". The UN independent expert recognised the negative impact of coercive sanctions on human rights and urged European banks to "unfreeze assets of the Venezuela Central…

_____ (2021-02-14). For Biden Administration, Black Lives Don't Matter In Haiti! popularresistance.org The people of Haiti have been demanding freedom from the succession of U.S.-imposed dictators for decades. One such dictator, Jovenel MoàØse, refused to leave office February 7, which marked the end of his term five years after an illegal election. This move catapulted yet another intense episode in the historic struggle of the Haitian masses against colonial intervention. Tens of thousands of Haitians went to the streets demanding democracy and an end to dictatorship. And what was the response from the U.S. puppet regime? Bullets, paramilitary terror, curfews, house raids, beatings and the imprisonment of…

_____ (2021-02-14). US Meddling In Ecuador's Historic Election And Fake NGO 'Left'. popularresistance.org Max Blumenthal speaks with Ben Norton, who is reporting from Ecuador, on the historic February 7 election, and how the US government, regime-change networks, and wealthy oligarchs are trying to prevent the return of the socialist Citizens' Revolution movement of former President Rafael Correa. We discuss the fake NGO "left," represented by coup-supporting pseudo-environmentalist candidate Yaku Pérez, and how a victory of leftist Andrés Arauz could help bring back the progressive, anti-imperialist Pink Tide in Latin America.

Felicity Arbuthnot (2021-02-14). Iraq and the "Gulf War": Remembering the 1991 Al-Amiriyah Bombing by the US Air Force. globalresearch.ca First published on GR on March 21, 2018. | Listen to the interview with Felicity Arbuthnot on the 1991 bombing of Al-Amiriyah shelter in Iraq by the US Air Force. | According to Arbuthnot, the nuclear shelter was built during the Iran-Iraq …

Andrew Stewart (2021-02-14). Science Fiction Since 1970. counterpunch.org This article was originally submitted for consideration by a forthcoming encyclopedia. Owing to format and length concerns, the editors requested a substantial revision but acceded to this draft's publication in another venue. As a short survey as opposed to a substantive history, it is impossible to deny that there are gaps, including the absence of

Staff (2021-02-14). This Valentine's Day, Celebrate Love as Growth and Liberation. truthout.org In her book, All About Love, bell hooks borrows a definition of love from Scott Peck: Love is "the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth." | I love this definition. It is so active. It is about gardening the self and another, tending to growth, extending the self — the time, care, skill, the irretrievably precious moments of life — to the work of growth. | I love that it recognizes love as the same act whether toward the self or toward anoth…

Editor (2021-02-14). Will Biden Finally Bring Our Troops Home From Afghanistan? scheerpost.com U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua T. Jasper] By Maj. Danny Sjursen / AntiWar Real talk: Joe Biden hasn't had too many finest hours in his 47 years plus years on the national scene. To be fair, he's had his moments — like a powerful, earthy, and impassioned 1986 speech he delivered to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opposing the Reagan administration's apologism for the "repulsive… |

_____ (2021-02-14). Fossil Fuels Kill Nearly Nine Million Annually. popularresistance.org Burning fossil fuels kills nearly 9 million people worldwide and an estimated 350,000 in the U.S. every year, according to a new study by scientists from Harvard and three British universities. | The staggering death toll is more than double the WHO's 2017 estimate of deaths caused by air pollution. "There's a perception in the United States that we have this under control, but that's a mistake," Joel Schwartz, a Harvard professor and one of the study's authors, told the Boston Globe. | Based on data from 2018, the scientists found nearly one-in-five deaths that year — and nearly a third of deaths in easter…

Fight Back (2021-02-14). Rally for People's Agenda planned for Biden's Milwaukee visit. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – President Joe Biden will be traveling to the Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on the evening of February 16 for a CNN Town Hall. The trip will mark one of the new president's first times away from Washington, D.C. While Biden is speaking to an invite-only crowd inside the confines of the Pabst, a coalition of various organizations in the city will be rallying across the street outside city hall. | "While we're all glad to see Trump out of the White House, none of the problems that existed during his four years are resolved. In fact, Biden has already done some backsliding on campaign…

Mark Engler (2021-02-14). It's a myth that presidents welcome movement pressure — and Biden is no different. zcomm.org Politicians fear the disruptive power of a mobilized base, even when it helps them succeed.

Dee Knight (2021-02-14). NYC cops Keep Rioting; Protesters Resist. zcomm.org In contrast to January 6 in Washington, DC, police in New York on Martin Luther King Jr. Day reverted to type. At least 29 people were arrested and multiple protesters were hospitalized when NYPD broke up a Black Lives Matter march held in honor of MLK Day…

Staff (2021-02-14). Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Plans to Roll Out Slower Mail, Higher Prices. truthout.org Undeterred by the backlash and widespread

MEE and agencies (2021-02-14). Sailors abducted by pirates off Nigeria coast return to Turkey. middleeasteye.net Sailors abducted by pirates off Nigeria coast return to Turkey | Fifteen Turkish sailors had been kidnapped in January in the Gulf of Guinea | Sun, 02/14/2021 – 13: 32 | A Turkish sailor who was kidnapped by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea is greeted by his family at Istanbul international airport on 14 February 2021 (Reuters/Handout) | Fifteen Turkish sailors who were kidnapped by pirates o…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-14). Iraq: In first, four arrested over killing of anti-government protesters. middleeasteye.net Iraq: In first, four arrested over killing of anti-government protesters | Demonstrators have decried longstanding impunity regarding death of some 600 Iraqi protesters since October 2019 uprising | Sun, 02/14/2021 – 15: 40 | An Iraqi protester chants slogans as she waves the national flag during an anti-government demonstration in the southern city of Basra on 7 February 2020 (AFP) | Iraq…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-02-14). Left organizations in Delhi launch campaign to declare work as a fundamental right. peoplesdispatch.org Delegates from the CITU, DYFI and the SFI took the decision at the Delhi state-convention on unemployment to launch militant struggles for an urban employment guarantee act, guaranteeing 200 days of employment, at no less than Rs. 21K per month.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-14). Dozens of Houthis and pro-government troops killed in Yemen's Marib. middleeasteye.net Dozens of Houthis and pro-government troops killed in Yemen's Marib | Military officials say at least 16 pro-government forces were killed, 21 wounded, in past 24 hours in the strategic area | Sun, 02/14/2021 – 12: 42 | A Russian-built BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle belonging to forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government gets into position during clashes with Houthi fighters northwes…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-14). Turkey: 13 hostages executed in northern Iraq, 48 PKK militants killed. middleeasteye.net Turkey: 13 hostages executed in northern Iraq, 48 PKK militants killed | Ankara says Turks were shot by PKK captors as Turkish troops about to stage rescue operation in Gara region | Sun, 02/14/2021 – 10: 52 | The funeral of three Turkish military personnel killed in action at the Ahmet Hamdi Akseki Mosque in Ankara on 12 February 2021 (AFP) | Ankara said on Sunday that 13 Turkish civilian…

Tahnee Stair (2021-02-14). Family, supporters mark fourth anniversary of police killing. liberationnews.org On Feb. 8, the family of Michael Barrera and their supporters gathered to mark the four-year anniversary of Michael's death in 2017 at the hands of the Woodland, California, police.

_____ (2021-02-14). Israel's Arrest Campaign Aims To Destroy A New Palestinian Movement. popularresistance.org Since late 2019, Israeli forces have been waging a campaign of mass arrests, targeting hundreds of young women and men in Palestine. They have been brutally arrested, their homes stormed at dawn, their belongings searched and confiscated. | Detainees have been interrogated for weeks on end and prevented from meeting with lawyers, with their files and charges concealed. Families have been intimidated with pressure and threats, while detainees have undergone horrific physical and psychological torture, as documented by human rights groups. Many of these ordeals have ended in the release of the detainees, without ch…

Fight Back (2021-02-14). Layoffs continue at high rate. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – During the week ending February 6, almost 800,000 (793,000) people filed for new claims for regular state unemployment insurance. More than 330,000 others applied for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA that covers the self-employed and gig workers. This comes to a total of more than 1.1 million people who have lost their jobs in the past week. | Beginning the week ending March 21, 2020, more than a million Americans each and every week have had to file for unemployment insurance benefits. As of the latest data for the week ending January 23, there were still more than 20 million pe…

_____ (2021-02-14). Vulture Funds To Use Pandemic To Pillage The Global Economy. popularresistance.org There's a new app with a tagline that promises that you, too, can 'profit like a landlord from just £1 with no effort'. | Proptee, set to launch this year (subject to approval from the UK's Financial Conduct Authority) allows anyone with, say, five grand to buy shares in a buy-to-let flat in London worth half a million. In return, you receive a slice of its tenants' monthly rent—here about one percent—with the promise you can cash-out your investment as the value rises. | 'We're building a stock exchange for properties that lives on your smartphone and combines the high yields and low risk of pr…

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-02-14). 'The Communist Party of Finland offers a radical, class-conscious alternative'. peoplesdispatch.org JP Và§isà§nen, chairman of the Communist Party of Finland, speaks to Peoples Dispatch about the efforts of the party to mobilize and grow under the pandemic and its strategic vision for achieving structural change in the country…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Ex-Istanbul mayor dies at 76. yenisafak.com Kadir Topbas, the former mayor of Istanbul, passed away on Saturday at the age of 76.He was hospitalized last November after he contracted COVID-19.Topbas was elected mayor of Istanbul in 2004 as candidate of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, and maintained his position until 2017 when he resigned.In 2004, he became the head of Istanbul-based United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Regional Government, and vice president of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He became UCLG co-chair in 2007.Topbas was the first politician to have won three consecutive local election…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Voters head to polls in Catalonia amid pandemic. yenisafak.com Election day has kicked off with no major incidents in the Spanish region of Catalonia, where voters cast their ballots on Sunday to determine the new makeup of the Catalan parliament.Fears that not enough people would show up to work at the polling stations were dispelled, as officials reported that more than 99% of the polling stations were operating by 11 a.m. (1000GMT).During the last hour of voting, thousands of citizens with active COVID-19 infections and others in quarantine will be able to cast their ballots in-person.Poll workers will wear full personal protective equipment, nearly identical to that of f…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Lebanon starts COVID-19 vaccine rollout. yenisafak.com Lebanon's national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic began Sunday.Mahmoud Hasson, the head of the intensive care unit at the Rafik Hariri Hospital in Beirut, and actor Salah Tizani, 93, received the first shots.Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Health Minister Hamad Hassan were present during the inoculation."I will not be receiving the vaccine today," Diab told reporters. "Priority will be given to the medical staff, who have made great sacrifices and they must be given full protection in order to do their message."The medical staff and people over 75 will be the first to be vaccinated…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Peru's health minister resigns amid vaccine row. yenisafak.com Peru's Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti stepped down from her post after it was revealed that the former president received the COVID-19 vaccine before it became widely available in the country, according to local media on Saturday.Following the news that Martin Vizcarra got the vaccine shot in October 2020, months ago the vaccine reached Peru, Mazzetti was criticized by Congress and she submitted her resignation to President Francisco Sagasti Friday night.Speaking on the issue, Sagasti thanked Mazzetti for her fight against the pandemic and said she was treated unjustly.Last week, the first batch of vaccines, cont…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Bangladesh extends closure of education institutions. yenisafak.com Bangladesh has announced that it will extend the closure of educational institutions for a further 14-day stretch, a straight 11-month shutdown of in-person education after the first COVID-19 case was registered in the country in March last year, a senior official confirmed on Sunday.The Education Ministry has decided to close all educational institutions until Feb. 28, except for Islamic seminaries due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mohammad Abul Khayer, a communication officer at the ministry confirmed to Anadolu Agency.The ministry is taking all important steps to keep students safe from the deadly virus, Khaye…

The Canary (2021-02-14). Catalans set to vote in an election that could be a test for the separatist movement. thecanary.co Voting has started in Spain's north-eastern Catalonia as 5.3 million voters are called to cast their ballots. It's an election that will test the region's secessionist movement. | Salvador Illa will lead the ticket of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia. Until January, he was in charge of Spain's coronavirus (Covid-19) response as its health minister. | A tight race: | Illa is hoping to end the hold that pro-independence politicians have held in the regional parliament for the past decade. | Polls, however, predict a tight race. The Socialists will compete for votes with the two leading pro-secession parti…

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). 1 Year of Covid in Africa: 4 million cases, limited vaccinations. laprensalatina.com By Nerea González Johannesburg, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- A year after the first coronavirus case was detected in Africa, the total number of infections in the continent stands at nearly four million and only a few countries have started vaccination campaigns. Since Egypt became the first African country to report a coronavirus case on 14 February …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Japan okays use of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Japan on Sunday formally approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for domestic use, marking an important step to immunize most of its people in the run-up to the Summer Olympics that begin on July 23 in Tokyo. The immunization drive will start on Wednesday as the government targets to inoculate its entire population …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Voting underway in Catalonia despite pandemic concerns. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Voters in Spain's Catalonia region headed to the polls for regional elections on Sunday despite an ongoing third wave of Covid-19 cases. Anxieties were evidenced by the fact some 33,000 polling station workers, 38% of the overall total, formally asked to be recused from their duties, which are allocated by …

_____ (2021-02-14). Atlantic Council Braces for Opportunities of Potential Bioterror Attack. strategic-culture.org Less than a month away from the one-year anniversary of the pandemic's official declaration, policy wonks at the Atlantic Council together with former and current government officials are dissecting the "lessons" of the Covid-19 epidemic to advise the Biden administration on the steps to take in order to avert the next disaster.

RT (2021-02-14). 'That's what someone microchipped would say,' Twitter jokes after jabbed Bill Gates' daughter mocks Covid-19 vax conspiracy theory. rt.com Jennifer K. Gates, daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, tried mocking the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding her "genius" father after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, only to face a wave of ridicule herself. | "Sadly the vaccine did NOT implant my genius father into my brain — if only mRNA had that power…..!" Jennifer Gates wrote on Instagram, adding a winky face emoji. The statement accompanied an image of her after she had received a Covid-19 vaccine. | There have been numerous conspiracy theories floating on social media about Bill Gates and his foundation's involvement in the development of…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-14). Quebec: Falsification of Mortality Data Pertaining to Covid-19. globalresearch.ca According to a "If the presumed cause of death is Covid-19 (with or without a positive test) an autopsy should be avoided [emphasis in original document] and death should be attributed to Covid-19 …

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Voters head to polls to elect new government in Kosovo. yenisafak.com Kosovars headed to the polls Sunday to choose new members of the country's 120-seat parliament.The election is the sixth parliamentary poll for Europe's youngest country since 2008 when it declared independence from Serbia.It comes after the Constitutional Court ruled the parliamentary vote that saw Avdulah Hoti installed as prime minister was invalid because a lawmaker who made the new government's majority possible, Etem Arifi, was convicted of fraud.The government elected by 61 deputies in parliament fell after the ruling of the court.The court asked acting-President Vjosa Osmani to announce the date of early…

Juan Cole (2021-02-14). Who were the Republican Senators afraid of when they Acquitted their own attempted murderer? zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Informed Comment Photo by Gallagher Photography/Shutterstock The odious Trump once smugly observed that "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." When it comes to the Republican base, he was clearly correct. The opinion polling shows that registered Republicans

RT (2021-02-14). 'We've opened Pandora's Box': Graham floats idea of impeaching Kamala Harris if Republicans retake House. rt.com US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) may have voted against impeaching Donald Trump, but he seems open to holding Vice President Kamala Harris to the same standard after the 2022 midterms. | Appearing on 'Fox News Sunday,' Graham railed against the impeachment trial in the Senate, which ultimately failed, with the 53-47 vote not enough to reach a 'guilty' ruling. He called it an "affront to the law" and "unconstitutional." | Despite its failure, however, the Trump-supporting Republican says Democrats have "opened Pandora's Box" and leaders like Harris could pay the price. | "We've opened Pandora's Box…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-14). GOP Refusal to Convict Trump Is 'A Clarion Call for Eliminating the Filibuster,' Says Ro Khanna. commondreams.org "Dear centrist Democrats, you couldn't even get 10 GOP votes to convict the guy who sent a mob to kill you all. You think you can get them to vote on issues like immigration/climate? Come on," said one progressive activist. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-02-14). GOP censures Sen. Cassidy for voting to impeach Trump, as more Republicans face retribution from party faithful at home. rt.com Senator Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) became the first lawmaker censured by party officials back home for voting to convict in former president Donald Trump's impeachment trial, but he is unlikely to be the last to be rebuked. | The Louisiana GOP's executive committee announced its censure of Cassidy just hours after the Senate vote. Trump was acquitted because House impeachment managers failed to win the two-thirds Senate majority needed to convict, but Cassidy was among seven Republicans who agreed with the prosecution's argument that the former president incited the January 6 Capitol riot, joining Democrats in…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-14). Impeachment: 57-43 Senate majority—but not enough—votes to convict Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—A bipartisan 57-43 margin, the biggest bipartisan majority ever, voted to convict the impeached former president, Donald Trump, of inciting insurrection. But conviction needed 67 votes, so the former president escaped conviction on that sole impeachment count. The vote came after the House members, acting as prosecutors—impeachment managers—warned that non-conviction could open the way to …

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Expectations from START as US, Russia recommit. yenisafak.com Russia and the US announced Feb. 3 the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for five years until Feb. 5, 2026.Once part of a larger group of agreements on arms control between the US and the USSR, and later Russia, the New Start is the last pillar that prevents the two countries from relapsing to a new Cold War and unleashing a full-fledged arms race.The first Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, START I, signed in 1991, took effect in 1994."It was seen as a ground-breaking event, and along with achieving other agreements — on limitation of deployed anti-ballistic missiles (ABM Treaty), ban…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Israelis to face tough response if cross red lines in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Iranian foreign minister's senior assistant on special political affairs, Ali-Asghar Khaji, warned the Israeli regime against crossing red lines in Syria, in a reference to the Zionists' alleged air raids on Syrian soil.

yenisafak (2021-02-14). UK premier 'optimistic' about easing lockdown. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is "optimistic" about the prospects of easing the lockdown despite warnings from scientists that any premature measures would result in a surge of coronavirus cases and deaths.In a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plant in northeastern England on Saturday, Johnson said the government's main priority was to reopen schools from March 8 with the possibility of other sectors following suit."I'm optimistic, I won't hide it from you. I'm optimistic, but we have to be cautious. Our children's education is our number one priority, but then working forward, ge…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Turkish officials decry execution of 13 citizens by PKK. yenisafak.com Turkish officials on Sunday decried the execution of 13 Turkish citizens in a cave in northern Iraq and reiterated their determination in the fight against terrorism."PKK, a designated terrorist organization in Turkey, the United States and the European Union, murdered 13 Turkish citizens who were held in northern Iraq. They were brave sons of Turkey, a key NATO ally and a key contributor to the global war on terror," Turkey's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Twitter.Noting that Turkey will continue its counter-terrorism efforts with "unwavering determination until the terror threat is completely a…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). German travel vlogger embraces Islam after spending a year in Pakistan. yenisafak.com Popular German travel vlogger and content creator Christian Betzmann shocked his fans on social media when he announced that he has embraced Islam after spending a year in Pakistan.Taking to Instagram, Betzmann posted a photo of himself holding a certificate from the Islamic School of Miami accompanied by a caption saying that he "accepted Islam.""I started this channel last December and spend almost 1 year in Pakistan. During this time I met so many incredible people and learned a lot about the religion and the lifestyle. Growing up in Europe, the word Islam was always connected with negativity, war, terrorism,"

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Greener | pastures for Pakistan: PM shares stunning before and after photos of | tree scheme. yenisafak.com The world has been scrambling to find new strategies in a bid to fend off the novel coronavirus, however, another calamity, which might bring more destructive consequences than the virus itself, seems to be lurking just around the corner.For many years now, thousands of scientists and environmentalists have been giving humanity stark warnings about the risks of climate change, urging authorities and the global community to take concrete steps to protect our world.Following intensifying warnings, some countries have launched new green schemes and climate adaptation plans.Pakistan, which suffers from smog pollution…

The Canary (2021-02-14). Salmond accuser feels 'let down' by Scottish government and exploited by Holyrood inquiry. thecanary.co A woman who came forward with allegations of sexual harassment by Alex Salmond has found the Holyrood committee's investigation "more traumatic" than the High Court trial of the former first minister. | "Let down": | The woman, speaking anonymously on the BBC's The Sunday Show, said the Scottish government "let down" women who complained because of its unlawful investigation. She also said the committee inquiry set up to look into the botched investigation of Salmond had turned the issue into a "political fight" and suggested any conclusions it reaches will be "utterly useless". | She also denied claims t…

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Lapland town goes viral with Summer Olympics bid to raise climate awareness. laprensalatina.com Helsinki, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- The remote town of Salla in Finland's northernmost Lapland region has gone viral with a fake bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, a comical gag with a serious message on the perils of the climate crisis. The video campaign titled "Save Salva. Save the Planet" has garnered over 250 …

_____ (2021-02-14). New American Regime = Exact Same Challenges for Russia. strategic-culture.org The next 8 years will be a time for Russia to look inwards in order to project outwards, Tim Kirby writes. | As a country that has seen total systemic collapse twice during the 20th century, Russia was watching the leadup to the U.S. presidential inauguration with just as much anticipation as the most ardent Trump/Biden supporters and fervent conspiracy theorists. It looked from Moscow, like Trump, after having been blatantly cheated out of the presidency, might just decide to flip the rigged game table over consequences be damned. Whatever chaos would ensue from such a move would surely give the Russians the fre…

Support Peace Hero (2021-02-14). Biden Wants to Extradite Peace Hero Assange. indybay.org Proud Democrat Pres Biden's "Justice" Dept is appealing a British decision to not allow extradition of Julian Assange who exposed American war crimes in Iraq. See consortiumnews.com/2021/02/12/biden-doj-…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2021-02-14). Now Is the Time to Really Prosecute the Case Against Trump—By Pivoting to Real Democratic Reform. commondreams.org Any approach to moving forward must reckon with the fact that one of this country's two major parties is no longer committed to multiracial democracy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-02-14). Biden asks Congress to ban 'weapons of war on our streets' as he uses 3rd anniversary of Parkland shooting to demand gun control. rt.com President Joe Biden has released a statement allowing a closer look at what his "commonsense" policy on gun laws will be, demanding, among other things, that Congress pass universal background checks and ban "assault weapons." | "Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms," Biden said in his Sunday statement. The timing matched the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting, which saw a gunman open fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 and wounding another 17. | Biden has long promised to put his weight behind stricter gun laws if he were electe…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Yemen rebels offer to halt attacks on Saudi Arabia. yenisafak.com Yemen's Houthi rebels have offered to stop attacks against Saudi Arabia in return for halting airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition."We are the ones who call for peace and have offered many solutions for it, but the outcome so far is that the American, British and European bombing continues and the battles continue," Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, a member of the group's Supreme Political Council, said on Twitter.Al-Houthi said his group is ready to take the initiative of halting attacks on Saudi Arabia provided "there is seriousness" from the Saudi-led coalition to end its "aggression" on Yemen.There was no comment fro…

Yves Engler (2021-02-14). Will any MPs criticize Ottawa's Support for Dictatorship in Haiti? dissidentvoice.org The Liberals' commitment to a neo-Duvalierist dictatorship in Haiti is being tested. Hopefully Black History Month offers opposition parties an opportunity to finally echo growing grassroots criticism of Canadian policy in the hemisphere's poorest country. Since Monday a squatter has been occupying the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. On Sunday evening Supreme Court Justice Joseph Mecene …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-14). 'Fire DeJoy Before He Burns Down USPS': Postmaster General Pushes Plan for Slower Mail, Higher Prices. commondreams.org "Biden should fire the governors of the USPS who appointed DeJoy, install new ones, and have them fire DeJoy. He should not be allowed to continue destroying…

Naureen Shah (2021-02-14). This Is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses—For Good. commondreams.org The systemic abuses of ICE make communities less safe—especially when they act in tandem with law enforcement through programs like 287(g), ICE detainers, and Secure Communities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-02-14). Climate Activists Nationwide Take "Polar Bear Plunge" to Push Congress to Adopt President Biden's Plan for 100% Clean Electricity By 2035. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2021-02-14). Urgent Solidarity With Haiti Is Needed. popularresistance.org A long-brewing crisis in Haiti, created through intervention by the United States, United Nations and allied western imperialist countries, has now come to a head. The Biden administration is openly backing a violent, corrupt and fraudulent leader, Jovenel MoàØse, and maintaining the policies of previous presidents, including Donald Trump, in Haiti. | Activists in Haiti have reached out to the Haitian diaspora in the United States and to organizations that support respect for self-determination and human rights for their solidarity. Listen to my interview with filmmaker and political activist Wilkenson Bru…

The Canary (2021-02-14). Trump acquitted in historic impeachment trial. thecanary.co Donald Trump was acquitted on 13 February of inciting the horrific attack on the US Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the first-ever conviction of a current or former US president. | The trial also, however, exposed the fragility of America's democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. | 57-43: | Barely a month since the deadly January 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their…

Shaan Sachdev (2021-02-14). Trump's Global Grim Reaper, Mike Pompeo. commondreams.org The real reasons he was a shameful Secretary of State, and how Antony Blinken can do better. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-02-14). Dem Congresswoman wants 'truth commission' to target 'white supremacy' and rein in 'far-right media' over US Capitol riot. rt.com Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-California) has suggested a "truth commission" to tackle "racial injustice" and "white supremacy" in the US, as well as holding "far-right media" and others accountable for the US Capitol riot. | Jacobs floated her idea while appearing on CNN's 'Reliable Sources' on Sunday and said the reason for this "truth commission" proposal is because "we haven't really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past that we need to do." | Donald Trump's impeachment trial, according to Jacobs, was "just the start" and more people who "incited, encouraged, or committed acts…

Sasha Abramsky (2021-02-14). Hey, Prosecutors, It's Your Turn to Try to Hold the Mobster Ex-President Accountable. thenation.com Hey, Prosecutors, It's Your Turn to Try to Hold the Mobster Ex-President Accountable…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Saudi Arabia extends virus restrictions for 20 days. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia on Sunday extended precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic for additional 20 days, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.The extension of the restrictions will be effective as of Sunday 10: 00 pm (19: 00 GMT), the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency.On Feb. 3, the kingdom ordered precautionary measures to stem the spread of the pandemic upon recommendations from health authorities.Under the measures, social gatherings should not exceed 20 people and the suspension of all events and parties, including weddings, and corporate meetings a…

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Germany closes borders with Austria, Czechia amid coronavirus variant fears. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Germany on Sunday closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria to non-German nationals and residents in an effort to control the spread of new, virulent variants of coronavirus. People traveling for family reasons, those who cross the border for work, truckers and healthcare staff will be exempted from the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Real Madrid blanks Valencia 2-0. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid blanked Valencia at home on Thursday, two first-half tallies telling the story during the match, which was played in the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium to empty stands due to coronavirus gathering restrictions. It was the third consecutive win for Zinedine Zidane's capital squad and the loss leaves Valencia just …

_____ (2021-02-14). Why More and More Countries Are Choosing the Russian Vaccine. strategic-culture.org On January 29, 2021, the Russian Direct Investment Fund applied for registration of the Sputnik V vaccine in the European Union. In January, Hungary became the first EU country to register the Russian vaccine joining dozens of other states across the world.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-14). Syria Kurds hand Iraq 100 alleged Islamic State fighters: Reports. middleeasteye.net Syria Kurds hand Iraq 100 alleged Islamic State fighters: Reports | Around 1,600 Iraqis were still detained in northeast Syria at the end of last year over allegedly fighting for IS | Sun, 02/14/2021 – 15: 14 | A member of the Syrian Kurdish internal security services stands guard during the release of people suspected of being related to Islamic State group fighters from the Kurdish-run a…

_____ (2021-02-14). The Guardian Revealed Its True Face in Sacking a Columnist for Criticising U.S. Military Aid to Israel. strategic-culture.org By Jonathan COOK | The revelation that a leftwing journalist, Nathan J Robinson, has been In the tweet below, I have listed a few of the mor…

RT (2021-02-14). 'Creepy': CIA trolled over baffling Valentine's Day poem on Twitter. rt.com The Central Intelligence Agency left social media users feeling slightly uncomfortable on Valentine's Day with a bizarre bit of poetry in celebration of the romantic holiday. | "Roses are red. Violets are blue. Happy Valentine's Day from the CIA to you!" the controversial government agency tweeted on Sunday. | Creepy ‚ò Ô∏è The tweet was a follow-up to a previous coded message…

RT (2021-02-14). 'He would've killed us all': 12yo hailed after he shoots intruder during botched robbery attempt, that left his grandma wounded. rt.com A 12-year-old boy has been praised for his quick wits after he shot an intruder who broke into his home in North Carolina and fired at his grandma. Police said the boy acted in self-defence and is not facing any charges.

RT (2021-02-14). As fears rise over San Francisco-area attacks on elderly Asians by black assailants, leftists find the real culprit: WHITE PEOPLE. rt.com The Lunar New Year passed in the San Francisco Bay area with fears rising over a series of unprovoked attacks on elderly Asians by black men, but leftists may have found some solace by finding the real perpetrators: white people. | As Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen explained, Asians shouldn't respond to the horrific attacks with "knee-jerk" calls for more policing but must instead recognize the violence as "part of a pattern of white supremacy." Even if the assailants are "people of color," he added, "the solution is not to fall back on racist assumptions of our own but to hold the system of…

Andrew Freeman (2021-02-14). Greedy grocery giants sue to stop Seattle hazard pay for essential workers. liberationnews.org "We see this kind of employer pushback every time we pass workers-rights laws, but it's especially unfortunate in the middle of a pandemic that these grocery employers are going to such great lengths to avoid paying workers," Anna Minard, a spokesperson for UFCW Local 21. (The Hill)…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Palestine welcomes Turkey's industrial zone in W. Bank. yenisafak.com Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Palestinian Economy Minister Khaled Al-Osaily said the Turkish support amounts to $10 million and is meant for the internal structure of the industrial zone."There is a plan for Turkish factories to operate in the [industrial] zone," Al-Osaily said.According to the Palestinian minister, the industrial zone will be implemented in two phases: The first is financed by Germany at a cost of about 24 million euros, and includes all external infrastructure and is likely to be completed by mid-2021.The second phase, which targets the internal infrastructure, is financed by Turkey and will cost…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Taliban denies reports over death of 'Taliban leader'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — A senior Taliban member denied the controversial news over the death of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada in an explosion in Quetta of Pakistan.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). VIDEO: Snowfall disrupts Moscow air travel. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Airports in Moscow have been disrupted due to heavy snowfall that has blanketed the Russian capital.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Stabbing against homeless in NY leaves two people dead. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — New York City police deployed hundreds more officers to the subway system on Saturday after a string of stabbing attacks apparently targeting the homeless left two people dead.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Bomb blast leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — One person has been killed and another injured in an explosion in the central province of Uruzgan in Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Afghan FM appreciates Iran's aid in containing tanker blast. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Afghanistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his sincere appreciation for the timely action and cooperation of Iranian authorities in controlling the fire, preventing further damage and opening border caused by blast.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Persepolis 1-0 Paykan: IPL. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 15 (MNA) — In a match held on Sunday at Azadi Stadium, Persepolis defeated Paykan 1-0 in the 15th week of the Iran Professional League.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). FAO, Iran start joint plan to reinvigorate agri. innovation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — FAO supports the establishment of an agricultural innovation lab in Iran to enhance the national capacity in generating novel approaches for tackling growing food and nutrition security challenges.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Rural serenity of winter days in Mazandaran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Emaft, a village in the central district of Savadkuh County, Mazandaran province, is among the thousands of Iranian villages that bring visitors a deep feeling of serenity, which is considered a virtue in the modern world.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Yemeni army launch drone attack on Saudi airport. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — The Yemeni army has targeted Abha International Airport in southern Saudi Arabia in a drone strike on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Iran counts on purchasing arms from Russia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Iran hopes it will be able to procure arms from Russia to ensure security in the region, Senior Assistant to Iranian Foreign Minister in Special Political Affairs Ali-Asghar Khaji told Sputnik.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). London, Washington discuss Iran nuclear program in phone call. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — The British Foreign Secretary said that he had discussed Iran's nuclear program in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Army launches military drill in west Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — The Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran staged a military drill in Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah Province.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Russia says partners in EU need Nord Stream 2 project. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister said that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline does not face the risk of being unused as EU countries are interested in the project.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). VIDEO: Hirom lake hosting Eurasian cranes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — These days, the Hirom Lake, located in Larestan, Fars province, south of Iran, hosts a large population of Eurasian cranes that landed there on their way back to their northern habitats.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Iran, Iraq's KRG emphasize removing problems on joint borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) – Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stressed the need for removing problems on joint borders.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Iran urges IAEA to ensure confidentiality of information. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that Tehran has urged the IAEA to ensure the confidentiality of information regarding its nuclear program.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). Systematic human rights violations ongoing in Bahrain. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — Today the continuous violation of human rights, suppression of people seeking their own minimalist demands along with al-Khalifa alliance with Zionism can be witnessed in Bahrain, a senior Iranian Parliamentary advisor said.

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). The Kirkella, jewel of UK fishing faces uncertainty after Brexit. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 14 (EFE).- Before Brexit, the Kirkella fishing vessel was one of the crowning jewels of the United Kingdom's fleet — the freezer trawler one provided some 10% of all the cod and haddock served in the country's ever-popular fish and chip shops. One of the country's distant seas vessels, the Kirkella spends much …

news.un (2021-02-14). 'Unacceptable' violence, intimidation and harassment in Myanmar — UN chief. news.un.org An increased use of force and the reported deployment of armoured vehicles to major cities throughout Myanmar have sparked the deep concern of UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

news.un (2021-02-14). Living and loving with HIV: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org To mark Valentine's Day, the annual 14 February celebration of love and affection, Gita Sabharwal, UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, and Patchara Benjarattanaporn, Thailand Country Director for UNAIDS, call for an end to discrimination against people living with HIV, and recognition of the contribution they make to Thai society.

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Turkish auto industry produces 106,000 vehicles in Jan. yenisafak.com Turkey's auto production fell 3% on a yearly basis, said the Automotive Manufacturers Association.Some 73% of the manufactured vehicles were exported, marking a 14% annual decline to 77,569 units last month.The country's earnings from automotive exports totaled $2.3 billion in January, down 6% from a year ago.The association also said Turkey's overall auto sales market grew 61% year-on-year to 45,230 vehicles in the month.Top international automakers — including Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes, Renault, and Toyota — have factories in Turkey, one of the world's top auto sale markets.

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Anti-terror operation held in southeast Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces seized ammunition, equipment and organizational documents in a counter-terrorism operation in the eastern Sirnak province, the governor's office said on Saturday.According to a statement, a joint team of gendarmerie commandos and police held the operation in the vicinity of Mt. Gabar and targeted over a dozen shelter and caves in which weapons and equipment were buried under ground.Among the items found during the operation — dubbed EREN-10 Martyr Lieutenant Mustafa Erdal — were sniper rifles, guns, flame thrower, rockets, hand grenades and grenade throwers, improvised explosive devices,…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Bodies of 13 Turkish civilians found in N.Iraq terror cave. yenisafak.com Bodies of 13 Turkish civilians were found during Turkey's anti-terror operation in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish defense chief on Sunday."While our activities in the Operation Claw-Eagle 2 zone were continuing, the mortal remains of 13 citizens were found in a cave," said Hulusi Akar at the operations center on the border in southeastern Sirnak province.He said the innocent and unarmed Turks were shot dead — one in the shoulder, and the rest in their heads."According to the information by two terrorists who were captured alive, our citizens were martyred by the 'cave manager' before the start of the an…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). World condoles with Turkey over terrorist PKK execution. yenisafak.com Turkey received condolences from around the world over a terror attack where 13 Turkish citizens were found martyred by the PKK terrorist organizations in the Gara region of northern Iraq.Bodies of 13 Turkish citizens were found during Turkey's anti-terror operation in northern Iraq, according to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on Sunday.Turkey launched Operation Claw-Eagle 2 on Feb. 10 to prevent the PKK/KCK and other terror groups from re-establishing positions used to carry out cross-border terror attacks.Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle were initiated last June to ensure the safety of Turks, and Turk…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Over 100 injured in powerful Japan earthquake. yenisafak.com Over 100 injuries were reported after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit northeastern Japan on Saturday, according to local media Sunday."Injuries were reported in Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures and six others, including Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama, all neighboring Tokyo. The quake was felt in several other areas including the capital," the Kyodo News Agency said, adding that there have been no deaths attributed to the earthquake.It also said there was no tsunami following the disaster.The Japan Meteorological Agency said the powerful tremor off Fukushima occurred at 11.07 p.m. local time (1407GMT) 60 kilometers (3…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Three PKK terrorists killed in northern Iraq. yenisafak.com Three PKK terrorists in northern Iraq were neutralized by Turkish drones, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry on Sunday."3 PKK terrorists spotted in the Gara region in northern Iraq… trying to escape with a paramotor were neutralized by our UAVs," the ministry said on Twitter.The total number of terrorists neutralized in the region has reached 53, it added.Turkey launched Operation Claw-Eagle 2 on Feb. 10 to prevent the PKK/KCK and other terror groups from re-establishing positions used to carry out cross-border terror attacks. The operation was completed on Sunday.Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Gundogan shines as Man City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0. yenisafak.com Manchester City shutout Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Saturday with a sensational performance by Ilkay Gundogan at Etihad Stadium.The 30-year-old midfielder scored twice and Rodri converted a penalty shot to seal the sixteenth consecutive victory for the home side.Gundogan, who was named English Premier League Player of the Month in January, has netted more league goals, eight, than any other player in 2021.Manchester City extended their lead in the league to 53 points and a game in hand, seven points ahead of second-place Leicester City.

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Top Ethiopian diplomat due in Turkey on Monday. yenisafak.com Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen will pay a two-day visit to Turkey starting from Monday, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday."During the talks, bilateral relations will be discussed, also exchange of views concerning regional and international issues will take place," the ministry said in a written statement.The visit comes on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the first diplomatic contacts between Turkey and Ethiopia, it noted.The ministry added that the official inauguration ceremony of Ethiopia's new embassy building in the Turkish capital Ankara will be held with the particip…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Turkey neutralizes 3 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq. yenisafak.com Three PKK terrorists in northern Iraq were neutralized by Turkish drones, according to the Turkish National Defense Ministry on Sunday."3 PKK terrorists spotted in the Gara region in northern Iraq… trying to escape with a paramotor were neutralized by our UAVs," the ministry said on Twitter.The total number of terrorists neutralized in the region has reached 53, it added.Turkey launched Operation Claw-Eagle 2 on Feb. 10 to prevent the PKK/KCK and other terror groups from re-establishing positions used to carry out cross-border terror attacks. The operation was completed on Sunday.Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Terror attack kills one, injures 4 in Syria's Afrin. yenisafak.com The terrorists attacked the Jinderes town of Afrin which was cleared of terrorists in Turkey's Operation Olive Branch in March 2018.The wounded people were transferred to hospitals in the region, the sources said, asking not to be named due to fear of reprisal.Security officials at the blast site said the attack may have been carried out by the YPG/PKK terror group.

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Another family to reunite with child abducted by PKK in Turkey. yenisafak.com One family is preparing to reunite with a child as many more continue a sit-in against the PKK terror group which is accused of forcibly abducting sons and daughters, including minors.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said the twenty-fourth family was going to embrace a child and that the PKK would be eradicated as more members surrendered to security forces through persuasion.The ministry announced that two PKK affiliates fled the terror group and surrendered to Turkish authorities.In Turkey, offenders linked to terror groups, who surrender, are eligible for possible sentence reductions under a repentance law.Pro…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Myanmar coup opponents face charges, army hunt. yenisafak.com Seven people supporting the ongoing anti-coup protests have been charged for comments on social media and are being hunted by Myanmar's military junta, authorities said on Saturday.The seven individuals include Min Ko Naing and Kyaw Min Yu, known as Jimmy, both prominent leaders during the mass demonstrations of 1988, and Htwe Lynn Ko, known as Lynn Lynn, a famous singer and Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist.All seven have been charged under section 505 (b) of the penal code for allegedly defaming the state and threatening "public tranquility" through their social media posts, the National Administrative Council said in…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Death toll at 41 in India glacier break. yenisafak.com The death toll stands at 41 on Sunday from a glacier break in northern India with more bodies recovered during rescue operations, according to the Press Information Bureau (PIB).The number of missing people is still more than 160 one week after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier, India's second-highest mountain, broke off in the Tapovan area of Chamoli district in northern Uttarakhand state, triggering flooding and damage to the Rishiganga hydropower project.Shortly after the accident, a massive operation was launched last Sunday and authorities pressed military and additional disaster response teams in rescue e…

Dominic Rushe (2021-02-14). Fast Food Workers Hold Black History Month Strikes to Demand $15 an Hour. zcomm.org Workers mark Black History Month by calling for McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's to increase pay as Congress prepares to debate federal minimum wage…

Rod Driver (2021-02-14). There is No Such Thing as a Free Market. zcomm.org The mainstream media's use of the term 'free markets' is propaganda…

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Myanmar military rolls back freedom laws to curb pro-democracy protests. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta has rolled back security and freedom laws to curb growing protests against the coup it staged on Feb.1. The authorities suspended articles 5, 7, and 8 of the Protection of the Citizens for the Personal Freedom and Personal Security Law, the military's True News unit reported late …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Valentine's Day celebrations around the world. laprensalatina.com Countries around the world celebrated Valentine's Day with different traditions: from giving flowers and cards to mass wedding ceremonies. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographers…

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Online shopping for Valentine's Day jumped 321% over past decade. laprensalatina.com Miami, United States, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Online shopping around Valentine's Day has increased by 321 percent since 2011 and even posted a four-digit growth in the case of some Latin American countries, according to a study by global payments and technology company Mastercard. The so-called emotional or sentimental spending around Valentine's Day, which includes the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). At least 100 injured after strong earthquake rattles northeast Japan. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- At least 100 people were injured after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck northeast Japan, local news agency Kyodo reported Sunday. However, no serious injuries have been reported. Most of those hurt were from the Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and sustained their injuries due to falling objects, landslides and fires. The epicenter of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Russian women hold human chain protests in support of Yulia Navalnaya. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Some 300 women formed a human chain in Moscow on Sunday in solidarity with Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. The protest, which was unauthorized, doubled up as a call to release all political prisoners and came after several large protests were met by a police …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Argentina's former President Carlos Menem dies aged 90. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Argentina's former president Carlos Menem, in office from 1989 to 1999, died on Sunday aged 90, sources inside Buenos Aires' Los Arcos hospital, where he was admitted on 15 December, confirmed to Efe. Menem was initially hospitalized for a prostate check but was diagnosed with a urinary infection that complicated …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Argentine president decrees 3 days of mourning for Menem. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Sunday expressed his "deep sorrow" over the death, and his "respect for (the) opposing opinion," of former President Carlos Menem, who died earlier in the day at age 90, going on to decree three days of national mourning. "It was with deep sorrow that I …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Djokovic advances to Aussie Open last-8 after 300th Grand Slam win. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Top-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sunday found a way through discomfort to seal his 300th Grand Slam victory with Australian Open fourth round win against Canada's Milos Raonic. The abdominal injury Djokovic suffered during his five-set win over US' Taylor Fritz in the previous round weighed on the eight-time …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Dimitrov, Karatsev, Zverev off to Australian Open quarterfinals. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday thrashed Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets to book an Australian Open last-eight clash against Russian Aslan Karatsev, who became the seventh man in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals on his slam debut. Later, German Alexander Zverev also made it to the tournament's …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). More than 30 injured in Thai anti-monarchy protests. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- At least 31 people were injured in a clash between police and protesters during demonstrations against lèse majesté law in Thailand a day ago, officials said on Sunday. The injured include 11 protesters and 20 police officers in the protests by students and pro-democracy activists, Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported, citing …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Druze mark 1982 strike against Israel's annexation laws in Golan Heights. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Members of the Druze community in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday staged a protest to commemorate the 1982 strike against the annexation of the territory from Syria. Several hundred took part in marches and some of the protesters in the Druze town of Majdal Shams held aloft portraits of Syrian …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). West Brom holds Manchester United to 1-1 draw. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- West Bromwich Albion on Sunday held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw, forcing the Red Devils to lose ground to their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the race for the Premier League. Having walked out of their previous two Premier League encounters empty-handed, West Brom started strong against United, taking …

National WWII Museum (2021-02-14). Friday 2/19: Setsuko's Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration. indybay.org Online event…

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2021-02-14). "Love Is Dead"? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | "Love is Dead" is the title of British singer-songwriter Brett Anderson's …

Elaheh Farmand (2021-02-14). We Must Fight the System, Not Each Other. commondreams.org Once I saw the connection between domestic and international injustices of our societies and capitalism, I found myself awoken after years of sleeping in the belly of the beast. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tim Koechlin (2021-02-14). A Reminder of What Is Possible. commondreams.org There is still a lot of work to do, of course. There is a lot of pain out there. But it feels so good to be hopeful. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-02-14). Government Secrecy Causes Conspiracy Theories. popularresistance.org The DC Circuit has ruled that the CIA is under no obligation to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests pertaining to its involvement with insurgent militias in Syria, overturning a lower court's previous ruling in favor of a Buzzfeed News reporter seeking such documents. | As Sputnik's Morgan Artyukhina clearly outlines, this ruling comes despite the fact that mainstream news outlets have been reporting on the Central Intelligence Agency's activities in Syria for years, and despite a US president having openly tweeted about those activities. | "In other words, the CIA will not be required to admit to act…

_____ (2021-02-14). Forced Labor In The United States. popularresistance.org By any measure, the United States has the worst human rights record among the nations called democratic or developed or advanced or "free world" or any of the other labels that rich capitalist countries use to describe themselves. The U.S. has the worst health care system in that group, the worst benefits for workers, and the worst income inequality. It also has the dubious distinction of being the world's biggest jailer, with some 2.3 million people behind bars. This country which treats its people so terribly is also the one most likely to project its evil doing on to others. | There is a method to the madness.

_____ (2021-02-14). Baltimore Is Democratizing The Economy, One Pint At A Time. popularresistance.org On your first day working at Taharka Brothers, a majority-Black-owned ice cream maker in Baltimore, you can join the flavor committee and help create flavors like the limited holiday edition Sweet Potato Crumble. Or you can join the social justice committee and vet local organizations to support through ice cream sales, like the Baltimore Action Legal Team. If none of those are to your liking, there are other committees you can join. | If you work there for at least 15 months and earn top marks on your most recent performance review, you can become a part-owner of Taharka Brothers, and have not just a say but als…

St. James Infirmary, Author: Scarlot Harlot (2021-02-14). Sunday 2/14: Dear Sex Workers, We Love You: Valentines Day declared Margo St. James Day. indybay.org Zoom event: zoom.us/j/91492523187?pwd=TGFra1BId1NNdD…

The Fight for $15 (2021-02-14). Tuesday 2/16: Car Caravan for Workers' Rights: Lack of PPE & Sick Leave at McDonald's Great Mall. indybay.org McDonald's at Great Mall, 1249 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, 95035…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-14). Protests in Honduras against police killing of Keyla Martínez. peoplesdispatch.org Protests broke out in several cities across Honduras after nursing student Keyla Martínez was killed in police custody. She was 26-years-old. Honduras has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the region.

Steven Hail (2021-02-14). Four Purposes of Federal Taxes. realprogressives.org Federal taxes have four very important functions. | The first one I am going to list is to change the distribution of income and wealth. | Taxes that take a higher share of the income of those with higher incomes are called progressive. | Most of us would return to a far more progressive tax system than exists now — something more like what existed in the 1960s. | So we would 'tax the rich'. | But we don't like it when people say we should tax the rich to 'pay for' federal spending. | We don't like it because it is factually incorrect, gives the wealthy too much power, is misleading and biases the policy…

Daniel Nuebold (2021-02-14). How the economic doctrine of salvation is changing education. indybay.org Economy always takes place in social contexts – even more: It is itself a result of social contexts. In this respect, a discussion in the context of sociology, culture or politics is essential. However, this insight is already missing in academic economics.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2021-02-14). Selected Quotes from Courageous Big Pharma Whistle-blower Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Collated by Dr. Gary G. Kohls | "In 1986, Congress—awash in Pharma …

Michael Lyon (2021-02-14). Tuesday 2/16: "Paul Robeson" and " ILWU's Radical History Fighting White Supremacy" indybay.org us02web.zoom.us/j/84146059421; ID: 841 4605 9421; phone 669-900-9128…

Poor People's Campaign (2021-02-14). Monday 2/15: $15 Fair Wage Now! Digital Rally & March on Sen. Manchin w/ Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org Online digital rally…

Lynda Carson (2021-02-14). Six New Music Releases By Lynda Carson. indybay.org The original music of mine was recently recorded on a 13 year old iMac computer that can be seen in the photo beneath a carved Hindu goddess with wings named Dadari, who is over 100 years old, and from the island of Bali.

Rod Driver (2021-02-14). There Is No Such Thing as a "Free Market" globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | "There isn't one grain of anything in the world that is …

Magnifying Glass (2021-02-14). The Centers For Disease Control (CDC). indybay.org The CDC began as yet another federal agency like the NIH and FDA, controlling access to pharmaceuticals. Its unelected officials have gradually turned an agency which should defer to the legislature into a dictatorship.

Michael Welch (2021-02-14). Defying the Monolith of Global Propaganda! The 2021 CKUW Fundrive Special. globalresearch.ca "The ways that we've had to adapt this year, and what it means to come together as a community in order to be able to do that, and how we are rethinking the importance of what it means to be …

Stephanie Lew (2021-02-14). Storyslam 2021: Recipes for Resilience. indybay.org Join storytelling non-profit Real Food Real Stories on March 25th for their fourth annual Storyslam, taking place in living rooms across the country. Featuring live stories from food all-stars and unsung heroes alike, go beyond the headlines to hear the personal stories of this year in food and celebrate the resilience found in community.

UUSF Forum (2021-02-14). Sunday 2/21: How to Achieve a Complete, Inclusive Immigration Reform: Moral and Economic Foundation. indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/2200241232?pwd=aCt1dWI0OGxUdUx… | Meeting ID: 220 024 1232 | Passcode: 328697 | One tap mobile | +16699006833,,2200241232#,,,,*328697# US (San Jose) | +12532158782,,2200241232#,,,,*328697# US (Tacoma) | Dial by your location | +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) | +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) | +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) | +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) | +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) | +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) | Meeting ID: 220 024 1232 | Passcode: 328697 | Find your local number: zoom.us/u/aewRgNxSvl

Revolution Books (2021-02-14). Sunday 2/28: Harriet A. Washington, acclaimed author of Medical Apartheid will be debuting her new book. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Robin Philpot (2021-02-14). Washington's Man Navalny; Kagame Crimes. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Montreal-based publisher Robin Philpot joins the program to discuss two subjects: …

RT (2021-02-13). Ho-ho-hiss: Chinese troops in EXOSKELETONS deliver New Year presents to Himalayan outpost (VIDEO). rt.com The Chinese military has shown off its recently delivered exoskeletons, using them to deliver Lunar New Year supplies to a remote border outpost in Tibet. Beijing is rapidly adopting the pioneering technology. | A report on Saturday by the state broadcaster CCTV showed the new passive exoskeletons in use, helping to bring some festivity to Friday's celebrations. The troops strapped on the smart-braces to get an extra oomph for the last leg of a supply run in China's Ngari Prefecture. | The area is noted for including some parts of the Chinese-Indian border territory that is a matter of dispute between the t…

Eyck Freymann (2021-02-13). How Chinese infrastructure is reshaping the planet. salon.com China's massive One Belt One Road project is being touted as a modern Silk Road. Is America's global hegemony over?>

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-13). The complex politics, geopolitics of the Myanmar coup. zcomm.org The 'new cold war' between the US and China has deepened the instability that has marked Myanmar's history since 1962…

Global Research News (2021-02-13). Selected Articles: The Corona Virus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Global Research brings to the attention the attention of our readers a selection of articles on the coronavirus vaccine. | "The Second Wave of the pandemic commenced in October 2020. The Pfizer Moderna corona vaccine was launched in early November 2020. …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-13). Lebanon receives first Covid-19 vaccine shipment. middleeasteye.net Lebanon receives first Covid-19 vaccine shipment | The vaccines have been sponsored by the World Bank, as Lebanon struggles with a financial crisis and a devastated healthcare system | Sat, 02/13/2021 – 15: 47 | Hospitals in Lebanon, including St George Hospital devastated by the 4 August Beirut blast, have been struggling to care for the influx of Covid-19 patients (MEE/Elizabeth Fitt)…

RT (2021-02-13). 'Zombie mink' to hit Poland next? Transmissible Covid-19 strain found in Polish region, officials mull response. rt.com Poland said that the coronavirus found in local mink can be transmitted to humans and vice versa. Millions of animals were previously culled and buried in Denmark, which prompted fears of groundwater contamination. | The research "clearly shows" that "this virus can spread from mink to humans and vice versa," the country's agriculture ministry said in a statement on Saturday. | Officials said the new data came from a genetic study on minks from a farm in the Kartuzy district of northern Poland. The presence of the coronavirus in the animals was confirmed last month. | The ministry added that the virus found in…

WSWS (2021-02-13). Boston Teachers Union signs sellout "side letter" to force teachers back into unsafe schools. wsws.org The deal sends teachers and students back into schools regardless of the city's COVID test positivity rate, forcing teachers to choose between teaching in-person or taking a leave of absence.

Logician (2021-02-13). Farm animals and birds catch covid Slaughterhouse workers have very high rates of inf. indybay.org The 2 way street between infected farm animals and | birds.. and infected workers has been established. | If covid can remain on surfaces it can remain on the flesh of living or killed animals.

WSWS (2021-02-13). Australian state government institutes five-day lockdown due to spread of new COVID-19 strain. wsws.org This outbreak exposes the fact that the failures of the system of quarantine hotels and contact tracing during the outbreak in mid-2020, when some 800 people died in Victoria, have not been addressed.

teleSUR (2021-02-13). Peru: Health Minister Resigns After Vizcarra's Vaccination. telesurenglish.net According to the local newspaper La República, Mazzetti decided to resign due to the constant criticism from parliamentarians after it became known that the former president Manuel Vizcarra (2018-2020) was vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the cause of COVID-19, before the vaccine became available to the general public. | RELATED; | Similarly, Mazzetti announced her resignation due to the criticism of the management…

WSWS (2021-02-13). German federal and state leaders opens the floodgates for a third wave of COVID-19. wsws.org In a few days, many schools and day-care centres in Germany will reopen despite the fact that new, highly contagious virus variants are spreading.

WSWS (2021-02-13). Five public Los Angeles vaccination sites forced to close due to lack of doses. wsws.org Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that five vaccination sites must close for at least two days due to an inadequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine, leaving thousands in the lurch.

Robert Koehler (2021-02-13). Stealing the Vote, Building A Wall. zcomm.org One recent and shocking — but hardly surprising — piece of news is the huge scramble in legislatures, especially the Republican-controlled ones, all across the country to draft and pass legislation restricting the ability of Americans (some of them, anyway) to vote…

_____ (2021-02-13). Ecuador: Electoral Council Announces Partial Recount Of Votes. popularresistance.org The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador informed this Friday that in 17 of the 24 provinces of the country there will be a partial recount of the votes cast in the presidential elections held last February 7, won by the Correa-backed candidate Andres Arauz. | This Friday, CNE magistrates, in the presence of electoral observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), held a meeting with presidential hopefuls Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Perez, who are in a technical tie for second place in the electoral process. | At the end of the meeting, the CNE issued a statement to inform of the agreements reached…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-13). Crucial vote to decide unionization of Amazon workers in Alabama. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of workers at Amazon's Bessemer warehouse in the US state of Alabama to decide whether or not to unionize. Amazon warehouses in the United States and has come after years of efforts by trade union movements to organize delivery workers in the country.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-02-13). Why Amazon Is Fighting So Hard to Stop Warehouse Workers From Unionizing. zcomm.org Workers at one of Amazon's warehouses are deciding whether or not to join a union. Amazon's union-busting efforts indicate just how important the vote is…

Stephanie Nakajima (2021-02-13). The Path to Winning a Floor Vote for Medicare for All in Congress. zcomm.org The #ForceTheVote debate is about how to hold members of Congress accountable — not whether to do so…

Dan Bacher (2021-02-13). 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.

Dougal Macdonald (2021-02-13). 76 Years Ago, The February 1945 Dresden Fire Bombing: Allied War Crime Prelude to the Cold War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2016. | On the night of February 13-14, 1945, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber command carried out two devastating attacks on the German city of Dresden. At the time, Dresden's pre-war population of …

Felicity Arbuthnot (2021-02-13). Iraq: Forty Years Ago. The St. Valentine's Day Massacres: Still Ongoing. globalresearch.ca Initially published on Valentine's Day 2010. | Veteran War Correspondent and Associate Editor of Global Research Felicity Arbuthnot reminds us of the crimes against humanity committed against the Iraqi people at the height of Iraq War I, euphemistically described as …

Dr. Vladislav B. Sotirović (2021-02-13). The Unspoken Crimes of World War II: The Dresden Massacre of 1945. globalresearch.ca 76 Years Ago: "The 1945 Dresden Raid was surely one of the most destructive air-raids during the WWII but in the world history of massive military destructions and the war crimes against humanity too.

RT (2021-02-13). Deforestation actually COOLS parts of the US, says bombshell new report from NASA. rt.com Startling new NASA-funded research indicates that, contrary to popular wisdom, deforestation in the US does not always cause planetary warming and may, in fact, cool the climate, depending on the area involved. | The bombshell The peer-reviewed study will likely have far-reaching implications for policy and land management efforts across the US and beyond. | Using state-of-the-art…

Hi'Keem Mobley (2021-02-13). $3 billion to spare? Alabama's governor spends on prisons. liberationnews.org Alabama is making one of the largest public expenditures in the state's history—on building new prisons. Governor Ivey should put $3 billion dollars towards making Alabamians' lives better, and not towards justifying mass incarceration.

_____ (2021-02-13). US And NATO Moving Against Russia's Last Buffers. popularresistance.org When in 1990 U.S. Secretary of State James Baker assured Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would not expand one inch eastward after German reunification, he was not alone in making that commitment. Documents declassified a few years ago establish that the same pledge was also made by President George H.W. Bush, West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, CIA Director Robert Gates, French President Francois Mitterrand, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, British Prime Minister Jo…

_____ (2021-02-13). Lessons From Down Under: Supporting Indigenous Stewardship. popularresistance.org Indigenous Guardians across the country are managing lands and waters, protecting important animals like salmon and caribou and ensuring development occurs responsibly. We are caring for lands and waters we love on behalf of our Nations. | This work is good for the land, and it's good for people too. Guardians programs provide local jobs rooted in culture and connections between youth and Elders. They transform people's lives and strengthen our communities. | Investment in Indigenous-led conservation helps create these positive results—and with more investment we can expand them. Canada can look to Australi…

Change For The Better (2021-02-13). 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…

Peter Eisenstadt (2021-02-13). Howard Thurman's "Fascist Masquerade": The Black thinker who saw this coming, 75 years ago. salon.com At the end of World War II, pioneering religious thinker Howard Thurman saw fascism coming to Christian America…

WSWS (2021-02-13). German government registers record military budget and gears up for war. wsws.org A Defence Ministry position paper reveals that, behind the backs of the population, the German ruling class is preparing the biggest arms offensive since Hitler's build-up of the Wehrmacht in the 1930s.

WSWS (2021-02-13). Guardian refuses to publish former children's laureate Michael Rosen's letter denouncing UK government's "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org By not publishing Rosen's letter, the Guardian are forwarding an agenda they wholly agree with.

Editor (2021-02-13). Will the ICC Finally Put an End to Israel's War Crimes? scheerpost.com By Juan Cole / Informed Comment On February 5, the International Criminal Court found that it had jurisdiction to consider war crimes and crimes against humanity and the crime of Apartheid in the Palestinian territories. Israeli politician Abba Eban once quipped that Palestinians never lost the opportunity to lose an opportunity. But Palestinians have carefully… |

WSWS (2021-02-13). Video: SEP (Australia) responds to Coles' denunciation of "extremist socialists" wsws.org Coles revealed the real line-up in the Smeaton Grange warehouse dispute: the company and the union on one side, and the workers on the other.

Eds. (2021-02-13). Lula's arrest is "a gift from the CIA", mocked Lava Jato prosecutor. mronline.org A petition filed with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) by the defence of ex-president Lula presents such new evidence that ex-judge Sergio Moro colluded with foreign authorities in conducting the process which led to the arrest of the Workers Party leader, and his subsequent barring from a run for the presidency in 2018.

teleSUR (2021-02-13). Bolivia and Cuba To Resume Pre-Coup Political and Trade Agenda. telesurenglish.net The authority informed the program 180, of Patria Nueva radio, that he recently held a virtual meeting with the Minister of Commerce of Cuba, with whom he agreed to invigorate bilateral ties. | RELATED: | "We are resuming the economic and commercial agenda and obviously the political relations are becoming quite dynamic again," informed the Vice Minister. | Viceministro

Rick Sterling (2021-02-13). Why Victoria Nuland is Dangerous and Should Not be Confirmed. dissidentvoice.org Victoria Nuland exemplifies the neocons who have led US foreign policy from one disaster to another for the past 30 years while evading accountability. It is a bad sign that President Joe Biden has nominated Victoria Nuland for the third highest position at the State Department, Under Secretary for Political Affairs. As a top-level appointee, …

Staff (2021-02-13). Legalizing All Drugs Is Just the Beginning of a Compassionate Drug Policy. truthout.org President Joe Biden has shifted some of his positions on drug policy in recent years: He's now against However, peer a bit closer, and you'll see that Biden's drug policy approach still assumes there is something inherently wrong with illicit drugs and…

Tatiana Cozzarelli (2021-02-13). Joe Biden is Leading The Battle to Reopen Schools, But Teachers Are Fighting Back. zcomm.org There is bipartisan unity around reopening schools thanks to the alliance between Joe Biden, local officials, and national union leadership. It's time for teachers to fight…

_____ (2021-02-13). Victoria Nuland Had A Hand In Every US Intervention In The Past 30 Years. popularresistance.org President Joe Biden's nomination of Victoria Nuland for Under Secretary for Political Affairs, the third-highest position at the State Department, is a dangerous sign. Nuland exemplifies the neoconservatives who have led American foreign policy from one disaster to another for the past 30 years, all while evading any shred of accountability. | As a top-level appointee, Nuland must still be confirmed by the Senate. And while pro-peace groups have waged a campaign to stop her confirmation, reflecting on her career in public service makes clear why she is incompetent, highly dangerous, and should not be confirmed.

OtherWords (2021-02-13). Undocumented Americans need a Pathway to Citizenship; Biden's Plan is promising but needs swift implementation by Congress. juancole.com By Vanessa Meraz " — ( Otherwords.org) — Years of advocacy have made DACA the floor of what's possible, not the ceiling. By Vanessa Meraz | February 10, 2021 My father's tired eyes lit up in a way that I had not seen since my sister was born. "Esto nos podría cambiar la vida," he …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-02-13). Will the Nuclear Powers Ever Be Willing to Forgo Their Nuclear Weapons? zcomm.org Supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons remains conspicuously absent from the Biden administration's agenda, as it is from the agendas of all the other nuclear powers…

Jamie Metzl (2021-02-13). Miraculous mRNA Vaccines Are Only the Beginning. zcomm.org The radical future unleashed by the genetics and biotechnology revolutions has already begun. It's up to us to start shaping it…

Zach Conti (2021-02-13). Global Economic Recovery, Debt, Climate, Vaccines Top G7 Finance Agenda. indybay.org Japan Says Accessing Global Reserve Funds Discussed…

350 Español (2021-02-13). La justicia ecuatoriana exigió eliminar la quema de gas de la actividad petrolera en la Amazonía. peoplesworld.org El 26 de enero pasado, en una sentencia histórica, la justicia ecuatoriana falló a favor de nueve niñas que exigían que se apagaran los mecheros que queman gas de la industria petrolera en la Amazonía, principalmente en las provincias de Sucumbíos y Orellana. La Corte Provincial de Justicia de Sucumbíos declaró que el estado ecuatoriano …

Eds. (2021-02-13). The biopolitics of nursing homes. mronline.org Historically, the châteaux of the Loire Valley were assessed by their windows. 'A fifty-windowed castle', an onlooker might surmise to suggest its worth. Russian boyars quantified their properties in souls—whether dead or alive, according to Gogol's Dead Souls.

RT (2021-02-13). NASA's TESS discovers new 'Earth-sized' exoplanets floating in a 'river of stars'. rt.com NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has confirmed the presence of three so-called 'hot worlds' that may prove to be useful specimens to teach humanity how atmospheres form and develop over time. | The three hot worlds, each slightly larger than our own, were detected orbiting a much younger version of our sun called TOI 451, located some 400 light-years away in the constellation Eridanus. | The star boasts 95 percent of our Sun's mass, despite being 12 percent smaller and emitting 35 percent less energy. It also rotates five times faster than our Sun, making for a much more intense environment…

Staff (2021-02-13). New Study Says Appalachian Fracking Boom Has Done Little for Local Economies. truthout.org Appalachia's fracking boom has failed to deliver on promises of jobs and benefits to local economies, according to a new study. | The

Ryan Hamby (2021-02-13). Interview: Formerly incarcerated organizer on Feb. 6 St. Louis jail protest. liberationnews.org On February 10, Liberation News interviewed Ronnie Amiyn, an organizer with EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing) St. Louis about the organization, the conditions in St. Louis jails, the protests and organizing of incarcerated people and the responses of jail officials and the media.

Robert Hunziker (2021-02-13). What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal? dissidentvoice.org Solar system.nasa.gov 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. …

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-13). Why Suu Kyi is Incapable of Defeating the Military. dissidentvoice.org On 12 February, 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution in which it criticized the removal of Myanmar's democratically elected government by the military, locally known as Tatmadaw. The Council also called urgently for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons arbitrarily detained, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi …

Gabriela Silva (2021-02-13). Wrongly jailed Queens youth organized own defense from prison: Free Prakash Churaman! liberationnews.org The Free Prakash Alliance continues to demand that the Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz drop all charges against Prakash Churaman.

RT (2021-02-13). VIDEOS show mountains of snow, collapsed roofs & sliding trucks as Moscow gets hit by record-breaking snowfall. rt.com The Russian capital has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in Moscow Region. | The adverse weather befell the city and its surrounding region on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A snowfall this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973. | –ú–æ—Å–∫–≤–∞.12.02.21.–°–Ω–µ–&ge…

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-13). The Heat: U.S. Black History Month. america.cgtn.com It's Black History Month here in the United States, a time to commemorate the trials and triumphs of African-Americans. February marks a special time in the U.S with Black History Month being a celebration of African-American history and heritage. But in 2020, it was an …

RT (2021-02-13). 'Snow apocalypse': VIDEOS show Moscow blanketed by flurries, with collapsed roofs & sliding trucks in record-breaking snowfall. rt.com Moscow has been hit with the worst snowfall in decades, with freak weather disrupting air travel and bringing traffic to a halt. Several people have been injured as a result of roofs collapsing in the region surrounding the city | The adverse weather struck the Russian capital and its wider metropolitan area on Friday, and snow continued falling for two straight days. A volley of the white stuff this intense hasn't been registered in the city for some 50 years, with the current record dating back to 1973. | –ú–æ—Å–∫–≤–∞.12.02.21.–°&n…

Juan Cole (2021-02-13). Federal Court strikes down Arkansas' attempt to Punish proponents of Boycotting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Andrew DeMillo at the Associated Press reports that a 3-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis has struck down an Arkansas law requiring contractors with the state to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel. The alternative print monthly the Arkansas Times carried advertising …

Global Research News (2021-02-13). Corona Fake Pandemic: Italy Subjected to a Holy Inquisition of False Science. globalresearch.ca Italian Transcript below | Thank you, Mr President. | We have been spied on, subjugated, treated like criminals by a government that in two months has destroyed our fundamental, natural and constitutional rights. Parliament has been replaced by the various task forces …

WSWS (2021-02-13). Amid deadly pandemic, Canada deported record number of refugees in 2020. wsws.org The working class must reject the nationalist poison of the ruling elite and defend the right of workers of all origins to work and live in the country of their choice, without fear of discrimination or deportation.

_____ (2021-02-13). #DefundLine3: Stopping This Pipeline Is A Matter Of Justice. popularresistance.org The fight to stop the Line 3 tar sands pipeline is about justice for the land. It's about justice for the water. Justice for Anishinaabe people whose culture and way of life it threatens. Justice for people all over the world who are being impacted by the climate crisis. | That's why I am excited to announce that, this week, we launched a major new campaign: #DefundLine3. You can click here to take the first action as part of this campaign. | Back in 2016, I helped to launch #DefundDAPL. As Indigenous Water Protectors were being brutalized by racist, militarized police‚Äïshot with rubber bullets,…

WSWS (2021-02-13). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). China's Mars probe captures stunning video of red planet. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- China has released the first video footage of Mars captured by its spacecraft circling the red planet, days after the Tianwen-1 probe successfully entered the orbit after nearly a seven-month journey from Earth. China National Space Administration (CNSA) released two stunning videos of less than a minute each captured when the …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). Rouhani warns Iranians of fourth wave of Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — Iranian President, called on Iranians to be careful not to enter the fourth wave of the Covid-19, saying that people must observe health protocols even after vaccination.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). Iran seeking to vaccinate 10,000 athletes: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — A high-ranking sports official says the country aims to vaccinate some 10,000 athletes against the COVID-19.

yenisafak (2021-02-13). Yemeni scientist in Turkish team developing COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Even as Yemen continues shocking the world, with its images of deaths, destruction, and starvation, one of its citizens Ali Azzawri is part of a Turkish scientific team rolling out a vaccine against the COVID-19.Azzawri, 39, was selected by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey known as TUBITAK in May 2020 to be part of a team of 13 scientists to indigenously develop Messenger RNA vaccines — also called mRNA vaccines to combat the pandemic.According to experts, these are new types of vaccines, who direct cells to make a particular protein to trigger an immune response. Other vaccines, inst…

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Cake-away: Austrian café adds spice to Valentines despite Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Having a traditional Austrian chocolate cake delivered to your door by a bellhop worthy of a Wes Anderson movie is an ideal way to kick off Valentine's Day celebrations but it is also a unique initiative one traditional purveyor has undertaking in a bid to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Rio de Janeiro's empty Sambadrome lights up in tribute to Covid victims. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome will remain quiet and deserted between Friday and Ash Wednesday due to the cancellation of the world's most famous carnival parade amid the Covid-19 pandemic but will light up at night in tribute to the victims of the coronavirus. The light show, simulating a …

Geoff Watts (2021-02-13). [Obituary] Donal Joseph O'Donoghue. thelancet.com Leading nephrologist in the UK. He was born in Droylsden, UK, on Aug 15, 1956, and died of COVID-19 in Stockport, UK, on Jan 3, 2021, aged 64 years.

Rafael Dall'Alba, Cristianne Famer Rocha, Roberta de Pinho Silveira, Liciane da Silva Costa Dresch, Luciana Araújo Vieira, Marco André Germanà≤ (2021-02-13). [Correspondence] COVID-19 in Brazil: far beyond biopolitics. thelancet.com Richard Horton1 proposed the importance of Foucault's biopolitics as a concept for understanding COVID-19. While praising his commentary, we would add that in countries like Brazil, COVID-19 is not only about the politics of the body, but about the politics of death.

Carlos K.H. Wong, Eric Y.F. Wan, Sihui Luo, Yu Ding, Eric H.Y. Lau, Ping Ling, Xiaowen Hu, Edward C.H. Lau, Jerry Wong, Xueying Zheng, Benjamin J. Cowling, Jianping Weng, Gabriel M. Leung (2021-02-13). [Research Paper] Clinical outcomes of different therapeutic options for COVID-19 in two Chinese case cohorts: A propensity-score analysis. thelancet.com Our findings support the early administration of interferon-beta-1b alone or in combination with oral ribavirin for COVID-19 patients.

Munyaradzi Makoni (2021-02-13). [World Report] Tanzania refuses COVID-19 vaccines. thelancet.com Government officials have dismissed COVID-19 vaccines and promoted unfounded remedies. Munyaradzi Makoni reports.

The Lancet (2021-02-13). [Editorial] Improving prisoner health for stronger public health. thelancet.com COVID-19 vaccine policy for prisoners has been in the headlines across the USA and the UK. Discordant strategies exist, ranging from no vaccination, to vaccination equivalent to people in the community, to higher prioritisation for people in prison. Prisons are dangerous hotspots for acquiring SARS-CoV-2, and individuals who return to the community could unwittingly transmit the virus. In the USA alone, 372‚Äà583 prisoners have had COVID-19, with 2359 deaths, according to the Marshall Project. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to address racial and social inequalities globally, but…