2021-02-16: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Israel blocks delivery of coronavirus vaccines to Gaza. peoplesdispatch.org Continuing with the oppressive and discriminatory policies towards Palestinians in the occupied territories, Israeli authorities have now blocked coronavirus vaccine transfers to Gaza. In a press statement issued on Monday, February 15, Palestinian health minister Mai Alkaila said that "Israeli occupation authority is responsible for this arbitrary procedure which is contrary to all customs, laws and international agreements," Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. | Israeli officials responsible for the decision said that permission to transfer vaccine doses to Gaza has been held pending a "political decision" f…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-02-16). Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement? counterpunch.org As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on America's new president and his foreign policy, after successive U.S. administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international system. Cautious international optimism toward Biden is very much based on his

Medea Benjamin and Nicholas J.S. Davies (2021-02-16). Is Biden risking new conflict with Iran by yielding to Dem Hawks and Neoconservatives? juancole.com ( Code Pink) — As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on America's new president and his foreign policy, after successive U.S. administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international system. Cautious international optimism toward Biden is very …

John Bachtell (2021-02-16). Bill Davis—beloved labor and peace activist, Communist leader—lost to COVID. peoplesworld.org Bill Davis, a long-time trade union and peace activist and Communist Party USA leader, died Jan. 23 in New York while in hospice with COVID-19. He was 78 years old. Davis was a caseworker for the New York City Department of Welfare (later Social Services) and a fixture in the trade union movement. As an …

Alethea Redfern (2021-02-16). The Weekly Round-up: Phase 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the News: Having been temporarily suspended in early January as a result of an increase in COVID-19 cases, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry hearings resumed on 8 February 2021. The fire killed 72 people. The hearings are being conducted remotely using a Zoom-based video platform, which the Inquiry describes as "a temporary measure to be …

Joe Piette (2021-02-16). Philadelphians demand COVID safety. workers.org Several dozen teachers, parents and community activists protested outside Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny's home on Feb 12. They were demanding city officials not reopen schools for in-person teaching — until all teachers are vaccinated and all schools are properly ventilated. Educators continue to teach virtually until an arbitrator rules on . . . |

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-02-16). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-16). The Dubious COVID Models, The Tests and Now the Consequences. globalresearch.ca This article by F. William Engdahl first published on April 29, 2020 focusses on the dubious Covid models used to justify the lockdowns and closure of economic activity Worldwide. | The architects of these models were generously funded by the Gates …

WSWS (2021-02-16). South African government puts vaccination programme on hold. wsws.org Ramaphosa's government faces a mounting public health crisis, widespread criticisms of its handling of the pandemic and the vaccination rollout, allegations of corruption over Covid-19 spending, near-daily electricity blackouts and soaring debt amid shrinking coffers.

Marc Norton (2021-02-16). Super Bowl for Sports Team Billionaires: SF Giants owner rakes in $815 million during the pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Oracle Park The assets of Charles Johnson, the controversial chief owner of the San Francisco Giants, increased by $815 million during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, his net worth was a mere $4.2 billion dollars. By January 2021 he commanded a fortune of $5.015 billion, an increase just short of 20%. Workers at Oracle …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). Zionists preventing COVID-19 vaccine from entering Gaza. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Fawzi Barhoum said that prevention of Zionists from entry of coronavirus, COVID-19, vaccine to Gaza Strip is a crime against humanity.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-16). Protesters in Algeria defy Covid-19 ban to mark second anniversary of uprising. middleeasteye.net Protesters in Algeria defy Covid-19 ban to mark second anniversary of uprising | Demonstrators marched in the town of Kherrata, which activists view as the birthplace of the Hirak movement | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 13: 28 | Protestors chanted anti-government slogans and held Algerian and Berber flags as they marked the second anniversary of the Hirak movement (AFP) | Hundreds of Algerians defied…

_____ (2021-02-16). Global South Urges Rich Countries To Lift Monopolies On Covid19 Medical Products. popularresistance.org This landmark proposal to temporarily suspend the application and enforcement of certain intellectual property obligations under the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement), or the "TRIPS waiver" is to facilitate the effective prevention, containment, and treatment of COVID-19. | Developing countries have stressed that the "TRIPS waiver" is an essential starting point for countries to ramp up and diversify the production of therapeutics, vaccines and other medical products needed to address the global pandemic. | However, a handful of countries — mostly those…

RT (2021-02-16). Russian-made Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines are effective against UK variant of coronavirus — watchdog. rt.com Russia's Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines have been proven to be effective against the UK variant of the coronavirus, a government agency has said. | Serum obtained from people who took the Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines and had antibodies to the novel coronavirus, demonstrated a "protective effect" against the UK variant, Russia's consumer protection agency, Rospotrebnadzor, said in a statement to the media. | It added that the vaccines have shown to be just as good against the British strain as they are against the ordinary SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19. | The research was carried out by th…

Nadda Osman (2021-02-16). Egypt: Student anger over in-person exams despite Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Student anger over in-person exams despite Covid-19 | Calls for Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar to be dismissed over his comments | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 12: 41 | Many have used the minister's comments to highlight the crowded nature of university education and the threat it could pose to the health of students (Screengrab/Social media) | Egypt's Minister of Higher Education Khaled A…

Staff (2021-02-16). Andrés Arauz: Ecuador's Presidential Front-Runner on COVID, Austerity & Ending U.S. Interference. democracynow.org Ecuador's presidential front-runner says the country is facing a "double crisis" of COVID-19 and austerity. "We need a renewal in our politics," Andrés Arauz tells Democracy Now! The left-wing economist secured nearly 33% of the vote in the first round of Ecuador's presidential election on February 7 but fell short of the 40% needed to win outright. He will face right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso or Indigenous candidate Yaku Pérez in a runoff election on April 11, depending on the results of a recount after both candidates secured just over 19% of the vote. Arauz has pledged to end austerity measures imposed by Ec…

Mary Bassett (2021-02-16). Lancet Report: 40% of U.S. COVID Deaths Were Preventable. zcomm.org The Country Needs Universal Healthcare Now…

Jasmine Norden (2021-02-16). Reopening schools: experts urge caution as government aims for March return. thecanary.co Conservative MPs have A group of MPs, calling themselves the COVID Recovery Group, have written to the prime minister to call for schools to open in March, as well as for hospitality venues to open by Easter. | The letter, signed by

Global Research News (2021-02-16). Selected Articles: The Reshaping of Global Agriculture. globalresearch.ca By Western countries, including Canada, are using experimental mRNA injections in nursing homes, on the most vulnerable of people. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-16). Palestinians wait as Israel debates permission of Covid-19 vaccines for Gaza. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 16 (efe-epa).- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip continued Tuesday to wait for the arrival of the first Covid-19 vaccines from the West Bank, as Israel is yet to authorize permission for the shipment to enter the coastal enclave. Israeli security officials told Efe that the National Security Council, a body that belongs to …

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-16). What is happening in Latin America with vaccine roll-out? peoplesdispatch.org In Latin American and the Carribean region, so far, nine countries have begun inoculating their populations against COVID-19 and all of them are providing free vaccination to all citizens…

Kuehn BM. (2021-02-16). High-Income Countries Have Secured the Bulk of COVID-19 Vaccines. jamanetwork.com High-income countries have reserved more than half of the world's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine doses despite representing just 14% of the world's population, according to an analysis of publicly available data on premarket purchase agreements.

Will Weissert, Alexandra Jaffe (2021-02-16). Workers press Biden to fight for $15 minimum wage. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP)—Union activist Terrence Wise recalls being laughed at when he began pushing for a national $15 per hour minimum wage almost a decade ago. Nearly a year into the pandemic, the idea isn't so funny. The coronavirus has renewed focus on challenges facing hourly employees who have continued working in grocery stores, gas stations, …

TOTO (2021-02-16). Tokyo Olympinck with coronavirus 2021 What are your comments? indybay.org Tokyo Olympinck with coronavirus 2021 What are your comments?>

Juan Cole (2021-02-16). Israel stops Palestinians of Gaza from getting 2K doses of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — According to AFP Arabic, Palestinian Minister of Health Dr. Mai Al-Kilah announced Monday that Israeli authorities halted a shipment of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine sent to the Palestinian Gaza Strip by the Palestine Authority that is based in Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank. Israel has subjected the …

Staff (2021-02-16). Headlines for February 16, 2021. democracynow.org Speaker Pelosi Authorizes Independent Commission to Investigate Jan. 6 Insurrection, Deadly U.S. Cold Snap Leaves Millions Without Power, New Orleans Cancels Mardi Gras Parade One Year After It Became Coronavirus Superspreader Event, Gov. Cuomo Acknowledges Not Reporting Nursing Home Deaths But Stops Short of Apology, New World Trade Organization Chief Warns Against Vaccine Nationalism, One Killed, 9 Injured in Missile Attack on U.S. Military Base in Northern Iraq, As Taliban Fighters Surround Afghan Cities, Biden Weighs U.S. Withdrawal Plans, U.S. Removes Houthis from Terror List as Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis W…

yenisafak (2021-02-16). Palestine condemns Israel's blocking of vaccine to Gaza. yenisafak.com The Palestinian government on Tuesday condemned Israel's blocking of coronavirus vaccines into the blockaded Gaza Strip. | "Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the WHO to stand by its obligations and work towards the entry of the vaccines into the Gaza Strip," government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem told a press conference. | Health Minister Mai al-Kaila, for her part, said her ministry sent 2,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine to Gaza. | "The [Israeli] occupation, however, refused to let the vaccines into the coastal enclave," al-Kaila said in statements cited by the official Wafa news agency. | Al-Ka…

yenisafak (2021-02-16). Netherlands court orders government to lift curfew. yenisafak.com A Dutch court on Tuesday ordered that a nationwide coronavirus curfew "must be lifted immediately" since it violates the freedom of movement and privacy.Reminding that the government used a special act for "very urgent and exceptional circumstances" to implement the curfew, the court in The Hague said: "The introduction of the curfew did not imply the particular urgency required."It said that using such an act to impose curfew is "not legitimate," requires an "extremely careful decision-making process," and that the parliament should have been consulted.The case was brought by campaign group Viruswaarheid (Virus…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-16). Trouble in Vaccine Land: The Wiliness of South Africa's Coronavirus Variant. counterpunch.org It began as a shudder through the scientific and public health establishments. A new variant of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 had been found, mutating in South African climes, potentially outwitting human responses to it. Vaccines such as Oxford-AstraZeneca's would have to be brushed up. Rollouts would have to be reconsidered. The South African variant has been

Len Yannielli (2021-02-16). Naugatuck, Conn. students keep Black Lives Matter fight going. peoplesworld.org NAUGATUCK, Conn.—What do the police killing of George Floyd and Naugatuck, Conn., have in common? Plenty. In June 2020, there was a March of 1,100 people in Naugatuck in solidarity with the many George Floyd protests and Black Lives Matter (BLM) marches across the country. It gave birth to the peace and solidarity group Naugatuck …

Gary Leupp (2021-02-16). The Trump Cult and Its Future. counterpunch.org I am quite sure the majority of Trump supporters do not embrace the "theory" that the Democratic leaders are pedophile cannibal satanists whom Trump sought to destroy, to protect the children. An amazing minority do, constituting a robust and vital idiot stratum within the Trump coalition. (It is not clear however what QAnon will play

Walter Smolarek (2021-02-16). Impeachment fiasco: Trumpism gets new lease on life. liberationnews.org Because of the approach adopted by the Democratic Party in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack, Trump's acquittal was essentially a forgone conclusion.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-16). Europe Will Redefine Itself Despite Political Shift in the US. dissidentvoice.org Despite the long-awaited political change in Washington as Democratic President, Joe Biden, has officially become the 46th President of the United States, Europe is unlikely to resume its previously unhindered reliance on its trans-Atlantic partner. The four years of Donald Trump were rife with tension and strife between the US and Europe — in fact, …

Anya Parampil (2021-02-16). Rania Khalek slams phony impeachment "soap opera" thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Rania Khalek of Soapbox about the drama surrounding the Trump impeachment trial. They reflect on the arguments made by democrats and republicans, the trial's impact on the reputation of US empire abroad, and its implications for free speech.

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-16). The Heat: U.S. Congress acquits Donald Trump. america.cgtn.com The U.S. Senate acquits Donald Trump of inciting the mob that stormed the U. S. Capitol last month. What does it mean for his political future and beyond?

_____ (2021-02-16). Married Americans Are Different. strategic-culture.org Polling shows a strong relationship between marriage status and political outlook. | By Samuel J. ABRAMS | As political scientists, pundits, and historians try to make sense of the November 2020 election, a marriage divide in the electorate has emerged. Married Americans were appreciably more likely to vote for Trump than those who were either unmarried and cohabiting or single. As reported last week in TAC,

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Gideon Saar suspends Lincoln Project advisors amid sexual harassment scandal. middleeasteye.net Gideon Saar suspends Lincoln Project advisors amid sexual harassment scandal | Netanyahu rival's polling has flagged since anti-Trump campaigners came on board | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 15: 42 | Israeli politician Gideon Saar talks to reporters during a visit to an outdoor shopping centre in city of Raanana near Tel Aviv, 8 February 2021 (AFP) | Gideon Saar, one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief r…

sputniknews (2021-02-16). US Will Look at Other Ways to Advance Strategic Stability With Russia, State Department Says. sputniknews.com Moscow's deputy foreign minister for non-proliferation and arms control, Sergei Ryabkov, recently said Russia may be able to return to some of the many treaties shredded by the Trump administration – but not all of them.

sputniknews (2021-02-16). Giuliani Does Not Represent Trump in Legal Matters, Trump Aide Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Donald Trump's long-time lawyer Rudy Giuliani does not represent the former US President anymore, Trump's adviser Jason Miller said.

sputniknews (2021-02-16). Blinken Says US Will Look at Other Ways to Advance Strategic Stability With Russia. sputniknews.com Moscow's deputy foreign minister for non-proliferation and arms control, Sergei Ryabkov, recently said Russia may be able to return to some of the many treaties shredded by the Trump administration – but not all of them.

Staff (2021-02-16). The Case for Prosecuting Trump: Elie Mystal on Why Criminal Charges Are Still Possible — and Needed. democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has authorized a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the January 6 insurrection and the actions that led up to it, as calls grow for the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump after his acquittal in his second Senate impeachment trial. The Nation's justice correspondent Elie Mystal says House impeachment managers presented "a fairly compelling case for criminal liability" for Donald Trump over the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. "I think there's a case for indictment. I think we should at least try," he says.

RT (2021-02-16). E-mail reveals ex-FBI chief Comey signed FISA warrant despite KNOWING he couldn't verify Steele Dossier on Trump/Russia. rt.com Former FBI Director James Comey is under scrutiny after a newly released email showed he may have signed a warrant based on the Steele Dossier while being unable to verify any of the information in it. | Comey signed a FISA surveillance warrant in January 2017 based on the Steele Dossier, which contained allegations of cooperation and misconduct between Donald Trump and the Russian government, on the same day he reportedly sent an email to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper saying he could not verify the information in the document. | "We are not able to sufficiently corroborate the reporting…

RT (2021-02-16). Trump declares war on Senate GOP leader McConnell, calls him 'dour, unsmiling hack' & vows to back 'America First' primary rivals. rt.com Former US President Donald Trump has launched a blistering attack on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, calling him a "third rate" leader and pledging to support those challenging establishment candidates in GOP primaries. | "The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," the lengthy statement begins. "McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get…

RT (2021-02-16). Biden supports 9/11-style commission to 'investigate' US Capitol riot, as suggested by Pelosi, Graham, & others. rt.com White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said President Joe Biden "would support" Congress creating a 9/11-style commission panel to investigate the January 6 US Capitol riot, as numerous lawmakers have suggested. | A commission has been recommended by both Democrats and Republicans in the wake of the Senate acquitting Donald Trump on the article of impeachment that accused him of "inciting an insurrection" and directly inspiring the storming of the Capitol. | "We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again, and I want to make sure that the Capitol footprint can be be…

RT (2021-02-16). Trump remains unchallenged frontrunner among potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates – poll. rt.com Despite the former US president's tumultuous exit from the Oval Office as the first to be impeached – and acquitted – twice, Donald Trump remains the top pick of the majority of Republican voters for president in 2024. | Trump would be a clear favorite to win the Republican primary were it held today, according to a Politico-Morning Consult poll published on Tuesday. Nearly three fifths — 59 percent — of Republican voters want Trump to play a major role in the party going forward, and 54 percent would vote for the ex-president in the primary, the survey revealed. | The former president was acquitted…

Jesse Jackson (2021-02-16). 43 Republican Senators Chose To Stand With the Seditionists Rather Than Defend the Republic. commondreams.org What we saw Saturday was a profile in cowardice. Had there been a secret ballot, the Senate vote to convict Donald Trump likely would have been overwhelming. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tom Tomorrow (2021-02-16). Excuses for Acquittal: The Sequel. thenation.com Excuses for Acquittal: The Sequel…

R. Sikoryak (2021-02-16). The Impeachable Trump. thenation.com The Impeachable Trump…

John Nichols (2021-02-16). The 43 Senators of the Republican Sedition Caucus Are Every Bit As Guilty as Donald Trump. thenation.com The 43 Senators of the Republican Sedition Caucus Are Every Bit As Guilty as Donald Trump…

WSWS (2021-02-16). As infections surge, highly contagious strain of COVID-19 confirmed in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Doctors and medical experts have warned that the country could face a health catastrophe due to inadequate health facilities and an acceleration of the pandemic's spread.

Eds. (2021-02-16). Biden's first directive to the war machine. mronline.org In his first presidential visit to the Pentagon yesterday, Joe Biden announced the creation of an anti-China task force.

repost (2021-02-16). Petition For Reinstatement Of Fired Namibian Mineworkers Union Rossing Leaders. indybay.org An international petition has been launched to call on the reinstatement of the leaders of the Namibia Mineworkers Union Rossing branch who were illegally fired by the China National Nuclear Corporation CNNC.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-16). Overcoming company hurdles, 6,000 Amazon workers start union recognition vote. peoplesworld.org BESSEMER, Ala. (PAI)—Overcoming one final company-crafted hurdle, almost 6,000 workers—most of them Black in a 70% Black city—at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are now voting by mail on whether to unionize. Final results of the balloting, on whether the workers will join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), a sector of …

Baum A, Siu AL, Schwartz MD. (2021-02-16). Geographic Differences in Uncontrolled Chronic Medical Conditions—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Dr Tompkins and colleagues suggest additional analyses to clarify the relationship between moving and chronic medical conditions in reference to our recent publication. We would first emphasize that our study does not argue that there is a relationship between moving itself and the prevalence of uncontrolled chronic conditions. Rather, our study sought to estimate the association between changes in individuals' likelihood of an uncontrolled chronic condition after moving and the difference in the prevalence of the uncontrolled chronic condition between movers' destination vs origin zip code. Conceptually…

WSWS (2021-02-16). Britain's queen shields her "embarrassing" wealth from public scrutiny. wsws.org Correspondence between the queen's private lawyer and civil servants responsible to Edward Heath's Conservative government in 1973 documents how the monarch objected to anything that might reveal her private investments in listed companies.

Winslow Myers (2021-02-16). A Second Civil War? counterpunch.org I believe the Second Amendment, whatever the Founders meant by it, was never meant to result in a nation with more guns than there are people, and that it is common sense to license gun ownership in the same way we require a license to drive. You may believe that the Second Amendment is a

Edward Hunt (2021-02-16). Will the War in Afghanistan Ever End? progressive.org President Biden, who pledged to end the war, is being pressured to maintain a U.S. troop presence.

_____ (2021-02-16). Washington's Energetic Generals and the Emphasis on Preparation for Nuclear War. strategic-culture.org The Pentagon's energetic generals are beating their war drums and the President has as yet done nothing to rein them in, Brian Cloughley writes. | Some senior generals and admirals in and around Washington have been very busy recently, and their activities, while aggressive, have not been associated with directing current combat operations. Rather, they have been directed at attempting to influence the Administration of newly-elected President Joe Biden to restructure military forces, expand the nuclear arsenal and magnify specific warfighting capabilities. All of this is what might be expected of those whose bu…

_____ (2021-02-16). For Peace With North Korea, End The US-South Korea Military Exercises. popularresistance.org One of the thorniest foreign policy challenges the Biden administration will need to face is a nuclear-armed North Korea. Talks between the U.S. and North Korea have been stalled since 2019, and North Korea has continued to develop its weapons arsenal, recently unveiling what appears to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile. | As a retired U.S. Army Colonel and U.S. diplomat with 40 years of experience, I know all too well how actions by the U.S. military can exacerbate tensions that lead to war. That's why the organization I am a member of, Veterans for Peace, is one of several hundred civil society…

Susan Price (2021-02-16). Turkey's dirty war gets dirtier. greenleft.org.au The Turkish state has escalated its war on the Kurds, attacking Garê in Iraqi Kurdistan with airstrikes, writes Sarah Glynn. In Turkey, more Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) representatives and members have been detained in raids around the country.

Jon Schwarz (2021-02-16). The "For the People Act" Would Make the U.S. a Democracy. zcomm.org The bill is the most crucial legislation considered by Congress in decades and would change the core structure of U.S. politics…

RT (2021-02-16). Lincoln Project leadership knew about harassment accusations against co-founder since March — media. rt.com Despite denying knowledge of allegations that colleague John Weaver was sexually harassing young men, a new report suggests Lincoln Project co-founders Steve Schmidt and Reed Galen were aware for nearly a year. | Schmidt, who stepped away from the group on Monday, said he was not aware of any wrongdoings by Weaver until the first public reports began surfacing in January. | According to a report from The 19th, however, multiple sources have now revealed that Schmidt is among the leadership in the organization to have known about allegations against Weaver for months. In Schmidt and Galen's case, they could hav…

RT (2021-02-16). 'I am going to be MMA's biggest star': Bellator brawler Valerie Loureda shares snap with 50 Cent as she promises to dominate sport. rt.com Bellator newcomer Valerie Loureda, whose reputation for scantily-clad snaps and regular updates has seen her amass more than 754,000 followers on Instagram, has said she will be "the most respected and honored woman of all time". | Describing her debut win over Colby Fletcher on a Bellator card in the US in 2019 as "the moment my life changed", the hugely popular flyweight shared photos of her locker room, walking into the octagon with her name and face in lights and posing with superstar rapper and celebrity 50 Cent having "quickly transformed back to myself" by donning a dress afterwards. | Demonstrating the…

Media Lens (2021-02-16). "Our Indifference To Ourselves": Beyond The "Virtue" Of Self-Sacrifice (Part 1). dissidentvoice.org The name Arnold Ridley will be familiar to many viewers of 'Dad's Army', one of Britain's best-loved TV comedies, which ran a long time ago (1968-1977) but is still shown on prime time BBC TV. Ridley played Private Godfrey, the loveable, most doddery member of a Second World War platoon of elderly Home Guard troops tasked with …

Tim Schwab (2021-02-16). Bill Gates, Climate Warrior. And Super Emitter. thenation.com Bill Gates, Climate Warrior. And Super Emitter.

Online News Editor (2021-02-16). Militias remain Libya's main problem one decade after Gaddafi toppling. laprensalatina.com Tripoli, Feb 16 (efe-epa).- Ten years after the uprising broke out to oust Muammar Gaddafi, Libya still struggles with armed groups, impunity and foreign militias, the Amnesty International has said. "A decade after the overthrow of Muammar al-Gaddafi, justice has yet to be delivered to victims of war crimes and serious human rights violations including …

Kim Petersen (2021-02-16). Why are Effective and Inexpensive Chinese and Russian Vaccines Unavailable in Much of the West? dissidentvoice.org In 2016, I attended an information session about First Nations in Lax Kxeen (colonial designation Prince Rupert),1 "BC." During a break, I conversed with some fellow attendees. They expressed skepticism to colonial provincial authorities being behind the intentional spreading of smallpox among First Nations people2 and that a vaccine was withheld from infected Indigenous individuals. …

WSWS (2021-02-16). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org The 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts voted February 10 by an 89 percent margin to strike over unsafe staffing ratios. The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) is seeking to reduce the ratio of nurses to patients from the current one-to-five to a one-to-four ratio.

_____ (2021-02-16). Lawfare Threatens To Derail Presidential Election In Ecuador. popularresistance.org On February 7, the progressive presidential candidate for the Union of Hope Alliance (UNES) party, Andrés Arauz, won first place in Ecuador's presidential election; this is uncontested. Arauz garnered 32.71% of the vote; right-wing former banker Guillermo Lasso 19.74%; and the "Indigenous" candidate, Yaku Pérez 19.38%. Since Arauz's margin of victory was less than the required 40% plus at least ten points more than the closest competitor, a runoff is scheduled for April 11th. With the UN calling for transparency and Pérez contesting the outcome, Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) has agreed to conduct a p…

_____ (2021-02-16). US, OAS, Colombia Try To Steal Ecuador's election. popularresistance.org Guayaquil, Ecuador – A popular socialist candidate, Andrés Arauz, won the first round of Ecuador's historic presidential election by a landslide on February 7. The leftist's overwhelming victory prompted the US State Department, the right-wing government of neighboring Colombia, and the Organization of American States (OAS) to mobilize to prevent him from entering office. | Arauz won the first round of the election with 33 percent of the vote, a full 13 percent greater than the second-place candidate, conservative banker Guillermo Lasso. His opponents are now seeking to force a vote recount under the supervision…

Jake Johnson (2021-02-16). 'A Clarion Call for Eliminating the Filibuster'. zcomm.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…

Miriam Lang (2021-02-16). Ecuador's pro-mining politics dealt a blow by Indigenous, green movement. zcomm.org In a historic referendum, more than 80% of the electorate in Cuenca, Ecuador's third-largest city, voted to ban mining in the area…

commondreams (2021-02-16). Voting Rights Groups Condemn Massive Voter Suppression Push Currently Underway In Arizona. commondreams.org ______________________________…

yenisafak (2021-02-16). Azerbaijani veteran receives treatment in Turkey. yenisafak.com Shot by a sniper during fighting against Armenian forces in recently liberated Nagorno-Karabakh, a volunteer Azerbaijani soldier is receiving treatment in Turkey.Valeh Isayev, 22, a history student in Azerbaijan's Ganja State University, was wounded by a sniper bullet fired by Armenian forces on Oct. 20 last year after he joined the Azerbaijani army voluntarily.Following his treatment at his hometown for a long time, Isayev came to Turkey through the YASAT Fund, which was established to support wounded soldiers and families of martyrs in Azerbaijan.Currently, under treatment in the northwestern Bursa province, I…

Mark Engler, Paul Engler (2021-02-16). It's a Myth that Presidents Welcome Movement Pressure — and Biden is No Different. counterpunch.org In early 2009, as Barack Obama prepared to move into the White House, a particular historical anecdote rapidly gained in popularity, repeated in dozens of talks and articles as a parable for how supporters should respond to the new president taking office. The story related a New Deal-era encounter between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a group of activists, usually said to have been led by A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. In the meeting, the advocates laid out a vision of bold action for change that the president could advance with his bully pulpit and his executive power. FDR listen…

Ariel Dorfman (2021-02-16). How Spanish Can Help Us Survive Viral Times. counterpunch.org "Una nación bajo Diós, indivisible, con libertad y justicia para todos." When Jennifer López shouted out that last line of the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish during Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, like so many Spanish-speaking Latinos in the United States I felt a sense of pride, a sense of arrival. It was a joy to hear my

Venkataramani AS, O'Brien R, Tsai AC. (2021-02-16). Declining Life Expectancy in the United States—The Need for Social Policy as Health Policy. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint reviews the social and economic drivers of declines in longevity in the US, especially among lower socioeconomic status groups, and proposes policy options for the Biden-Harris administration to mitigate the trend, including an increase in the federally mandated minimum wage.

John Buell (2021-02-16). Yes we need the $1.9 Trillion Stimulus: Real Unemployment is 3 times what they're telling us. juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — As Congress gets set to debate the Biden Pandemic relief package, one of the favorite Republican lines is the contention that an economic recovery is already well underway. Pouring more money into an accelerating economy is likely to induce seventies style inflation. It is time, they argue, …

Zach Conti (2021-02-16). Puerto Rico and US Religious Leaders Urge Biden on Jobs, Disaster Aid and SSI. indybay.org Administration Legal Move Could Release $2.3 Billion for Vulnerable Puerto Ricans, Say Faith Leaders…

Rebecca Long (2021-02-16). Giving Power to the People Most Affected by Climate Change. progressive.org In her new book, Shalanda Baker, President Biden's choice for Deputy Director of Energy Justice, emphasizes the need for an urgent and equitable response.

ProPublica (2021-02-16). "I Don't Trust the People Above Me": Riot Squad Cops Open Up About Disastrous Response to Capitol Insurrection. juancole.com By Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan | — The Insurrection ( ProPublica) — The Effort to Overturn the Election The riot squad defending the embattled entrance to the west side of the U.S. Capitol was surrounded by violence. Rioters had clambered up the scaffolding by the stage erected for the inauguration of President Joseph Biden. …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-16). The "Return" of America: Biden's Maiden Foreign Policy Speech. dissidentvoice.org Few could have been slack-jawed at the first significant foreign policy speech of US President Joe Biden. It can easily be filed under the "America is back" label. Back as well, as if the previous administration had been incapable of it, was a promise for that practice unflatteringly called jaw-jaw. "Diplomacy," the President states from …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). Netanyahu confesses disagreement between Washington, Tel Aviv. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) — Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged that he disagrees with US President Joe Biden over Iran and the Palestinian issues.

_____ (2021-02-16). Biden's Betrayal of the Western Hemisphere. strategic-culture.org Biden, showing exactly the same legendary independence of mind and intellect that has characterized him since he first became a United States Senator 48 years ago, is boldly going exactly where Bolton insisted on treading. | At my age, I should have known better: Expecting the worst from idealistic American liberal Democrats will always prove you prescient and wise. But giving them the benefit of the doubt or expecting any decision from them that is decent, humane or simple common sense will blow up in your face every time. | On December 10, I suggested in these columns that President-elect Joe Biden might at lea…

_____ (2021-02-16). Firsthand Report On The Crisis In Haiti: 'The People Are Screaming For Help'. popularresistance.org Jovenel MoàØse's term as president in Haiti ended on Sunday, February 7, but he is refusing to leave office with the support of the Biden administration, the United Nations and other western imperialist countries and institutions. MoàØse was placed in power by the United States and is ruling unilaterally by decree. He is violently repressing anyone who challenges his power. Clearing the FOG speaks with Wilkenson Bruna, a filmmaker and political activist in Haiti, about the dire situation, the events surrounding MoàØse's refusal to step down and what people in the United States can do to suppo…

_____ (2021-02-16). Scientists Demand Stop To Tree Burning As A Climate Solution. popularresistance.org A group of over 500 international scientists on Thursday urged world leaders to end policies that prop up the burning of trees for energy because it poses "a double climate problem" that threatens forests' biodiversity and efforts to stem the planet's ecological emergency. | The demand came in a letter addressed to European Commission President Urusla Von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The signatories—including renowned botanist Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of the Missouri…

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Israel threatens to forge own path on Iran if US revives nuclear deal. middleeasteye.net Israel threatens to forge own path on Iran if US revives nuclear deal | Ambassador Gilad Erdan says if US were to lift 'crippling' sanctions, Iran will have 'no real incentive to negotiate' | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 15: 23 | Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan (R) stressed that without sanctions and a 'credible military threat', Iran will have no motive to negotiate over its nuclear programme (AFP/File photo) | The Israe…

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Biden to communicate with Saudi Arabia via King Salman, bypassing MBS. middleeasteye.net Biden to communicate with Saudi Arabia via King Salman, bypassing MBS | White House press secretary says move represents return to 'counterpart to counterpart' diplomacy, regarding King Salman as rightful Saudi leader | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 20: 49 | Since taking office, the Biden administration has been pressuring Saudi Arabia to improve its human rights record (AFP/File photo) | President Joe Biden plans to shif…

Brian Gilmore (2021-02-16). First-Person Singular: Biden's Challenge on Race. progressive.org With Joe Biden in office and Kamala Harris, the nation's first Black woman Vice President, at his side, there is reason to hope—and reason to doubt—that they are up for the challenge.

RT (2021-02-16). Kamala Harris, not Joe Biden, makes some of the latest calls to world leaders, White House readouts reveal. rt.com While US President Joe Biden was taking a break at Camp David to play video games with his grandchildren, his VP Kamala Harris phoned the president of France to discuss bilateral relations, in a somewhat unusual turn of events. | According to the White House

yenisafak (2021-02-16). Iranians expect Biden to lift sanctions on Tehran. yenisafak.com Suffering for years under tough economic conditions, the Iranian people hope to see the US sanctions against their country lifted by the Joe Biden administration, while appealing to the Tehran government to take a step for the resolution of the problem. | The dispute between Washington and Tehran about the sanctions, Iran's missile program, the 2015 nuclear agreement and regional issues have not subsided. | Biden ruled out on Feb.7 the prospects of lifting sanctions on Iran until Tehran stops enriching uranium. | In his first interview since taking office last month, Biden said his administration would not ease s…

Eric Hansen (2021-02-16). A Message to Joe Biden: Stop Line 3. commondreams.org Isn't it time to stop creating dangerous crude oil infrastructure? | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Katrina vanden Heuvel, Robert L. Borosage (2021-02-16). The Head of Every Table: Joe Biden's Impossible Foreign Policy Aspirations. thenation.com Katrina vanden Heuvel, Robert L. Borosage The Head of Every Table: Joe Biden's Impossible Foreign Policy Aspirations…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Andrés Arauz and the progressive bloc are a threat to Ecuador's right wing. peoplesdispatch.org David Adler of the Progressive International who was observing the Ecuadorian elections discusses the recent fraud accusations as well as the right-wing's dirty campaign against Andrés Arauz…

Wen Stephenson (2021-02-16). How a Climate-Justice Champion Won Office in Rural, Working-Class Maine. thenation.com How a Climate-Justice Champion Won Office in Rural, Working-Class Maine…

Venezuela Analysis (2021-02-16). UN Special Rapporteur blasts 'devastating' and 'illegal' US and EU sanctions against Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights has visited Venezuela and blasted Washington's sanctions regime. | Alena Douhan, who was in Venezuela from February 1-12, published her

WDPGWR (2021-02-16). Wednesday 2/17: San Francisco Car Caravan Protest for Gig Drivers' Pandemic Health & Safety. indybay.org Meet at SAFEWAY, 2300 16th St, San Francisco 94103; then we'll car caravan to Uber Headquarters at 1455 Market St. | MASKS AND SAFETY-DISTANCING REQUIRED…

Lynda Carson (2021-02-16). New Music Releases By Lynda Carson Includes The Pandemic Blues, And 7 Other Songs. indybay.org The music being posted here was recorded recently on a wonderful 13 year old iMac computer seen in the photo, with an old wood carving overhead of the winged goddess Dadari, which is a wood carving that is well over 100 years old from the island of Bali.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-16). Animal research during a pandemic: new podcast episode goes live. imperial.ac.uk What's it like to work in animal research during these unprecedented times? A new podcast series explores.

Norman Solomon (2021-02-16). Cuomo and Newsom symbolize the rot of corporate democrats — and the dire need for progressive populism. nationofchange.org Progressive activism and shifts in public opinion have strengthened movements that are recruiting, supporting and sometimes electing candidates who offer far better alternatives.

Norman Solomon (2021-02-16). Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats — and the Dire Need for Progressive Populism. zcomm.org Progressive activism and shifts in public opinion have strengthened movements that are recruiting, supporting and sometimes electing candidates who offer far better alternatives…

Nick Pemberton (2021-02-16). The Consonance Of Proyect and Street. counterpunch.org I feel compelled to write a brief defense of two Marxists recently under attack. Who are they? Louis Proyect, the self-described unrepentant Marxist (according to his website, louisproyect.org). and Paul Street who also has a website (paulstreet.org) with his self-description on Twitter being Scary Radical Left Marxist writer. Immanuel Kant has the following quote we

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Israeli cabinet holds urgent, unscheduled meeting on Syria: Reports. middleeasteye.net Israeli cabinet holds urgent, unscheduled meeting on Syria: Reports | Details of meeting were banned from publication at request of Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 19: 02 | An Israeli flag is seen placed on Mount Bental in the occupied Golan Heights on 10 May 2018 (AFP/File photo) | Israel's cabinet convened for an unscheduled meeting on Tuesday for urgent discussions regarding a human…

yenisafak (2021-02-16). 'Turkish operations in N.Iraq are due to terror harassment'. yenisafak.com Citing regions in northern Iraq near the Turkish border, Suleyman Soylu told parliament: "What do we have to do in Gara? Why do we enter Hakurk and Haftanin? 70% of the terrorist harassment came from those regions in 2019."Speaking in the wake of the terrorist PKK massacring 13 Turkish citizens held captive in Gara, Soylu said the PKK works to abuse both young people and their families."After our children were martyred, they tried to abuse their families in their deaths, just as they abused their families for five years after they massacred them," he said."The PKK will not gain a victory over our families; our fa…

_____ (2021-02-16). Chris Hedges: Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes To Die. popularresistance.org The Rev. Will Campbell was forced out of his position as director of religious life at the University of Mississippi in 1956 because of his calls for integration. He escorted Black children through a hostile mob in 1957 to integrate Little Rock's Central High School. He was the only white person that was invited to be part of the group that founded Martin Luther King Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He helped integrate Nashville's lunch counters and organize the Freedom Rides. | But Campbell was also, despite a slew of death threats he received from white segregationists, an unofficial chaplain to…

_____ (2021-02-16). Surveillance, Stress, And No Bathrooms. popularresistance.org The Amazonification of logistics has created a new group of highly exploited workers: delivery drivers. Amazon itself increasingly relies on an expanding network of subcontracted drivers and independent contractors to deliver packages to customers' doors. | The working conditions facing Amazon's last-mile drivers are defined by a frantic pace, low wages, and relentless pressure to meet tight delivery deadlines. Workers of color and immigrants are overrepresented, as they are in all the lowest-paying segments of last-mile logistics. | When an Amazon Prime member orders an item, the first step in the delivery proce…

Jeff Abbott (2021-02-16). Guatemala Takes a Hard Line Against Migrants—With US Support. thenation.com Guatemala Takes a Hard Line Against Migrants—With US Support…

Butler SM. (2021-02-16). The Advantages of Medicare Advantage—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Even though I agree with Dr Metz that a key criterion of health care reform is to provide "better care to more people for less money," this should not be the only factor considered when choosing a reform strategy. In the US, many people value choice and the avoidance of disruption of familiar forms of health care coverage.

Metz S. (2021-02-16). The Advantages of Medicare Advantage. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In a recent JAMA Forum, Dr Butler considered the political appeal of Medicare Advantage expansion, including growing enrollment, promotion of managed care, and lower federal spending. However, this appeal misses the purpose of health care reform, succinctly summarized by William Kissick, MD, as the simultaneous achievement of increased access, decreased costs, and improved outcomes. A simpler description is better care to more people for less money.

Eds. (2021-02-16). States have no inherent 'right to exist'—but it's a media fixation on Israel/Palestine. mronline.org No state has an intrinsic "right to exist." As international relations scholar Scott Burchill points out, there is no abstract "right to exist" in international law, or in "any serious theory of international relations."

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Israel court rules to expel six Palestinian families from East Jerusalem homes. middleeasteye.net Israel court rules to expel six Palestinian families from East Jerusalem homes | The eviction affects 27 people, in a decision NGO Peace Now says is aimed at dispossessing the Palestinian community of Sheikh Jarrah in favour of settlers | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 14: 04 | Protesters near the house of a Palestinian family, which an Israeli court had ordered to be evicted while declaring Israeli settlers to be the lega…

G. Dunkel (2021-02-16). Haiti: The masses are still in the streets. workers.org A twitter post showed hundreds of students taking to the streets of Delmas, near Port-au-Prince, on the morning of Feb. 13, some carrying pictures of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They were demanding President Jovenel MoàØse, a U.S. puppet, leave office, especially since his term was over Feb. 7. A much . . . |

Bernard Nicolas (2021-02-16). We Need to Talk About Judas. counterpunch.org The new film, Judas and the Black Messiah, is worth seeing, talking about and analyzing with a variety of historical lenses. The historical lenses include the history of Black Cinema, revolutionary cinema, African American history and the history of political repression in the US in general. Every once in a while, an important political film

Phelan Acheson (2021-02-16). Catastrophe Capitalism in America. realprogressives.org What is the meaning of "catastrophic" anyways? The sheer amount of death, suffering and misery caused by the neoliberal world order serving the whims of transnational capital is unending. It's so normalized that most people don't even consider the depravity; most people can't, since it's too much to handle. But is It catastrophic? | We're told, "communism killed 100,000,000 in a century" whenever the conversation about making things remotely better or changing our system comes up. Even if that claim, which comes from thinkers and historians diametrically opposed to communism, were true, capitalism kills 20,000…

Moira Casados Cassidy (2021-02-16). Karen Lewis and the class-conscious union. liberationnews.org In a moment of crisis, Karen Lewis and the CORE caucus reinvigorated class consciousness in teachers' unions.

Eds. (2021-02-16). Immigration enforcement and the afterlife of the slave ship. mronline.org Coast Guard techniques for blocking Haitian asylum seekers have their roots in the slave trade. Understanding these connections can help us disentangle immigration policy from white nationalism.

Jill Marlowe (2021-02-16). Gulf Coast faces high eviction rates, despite CDC moratorium. liberationnews.org Eviction rates in the Southeast region are exceeding national levels.

Lyn Neeley (2021-02-16). Oregon care workers dare to strike. workers.org In Springfield, Ore., essential health workers at The Rawlin at Riverbend Memory Care facility have set a Feb. 16 strike deadline to demand union recognition in order to improve staffing, training and turnover — and save residents' lives. They are leading the way for workers throughout their community and the . . . |

Otis Grotewohl (2021-02-16). Karen Lewis, 1953-2021: Lessons from a teacher, leader and courageous fighter. workers.org The global working-class, Black liberation and labor movements lost a courageous fighter when Karen Lewis — former president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), who famously led a militant, seven-day strike in 2012 — passed away Feb. 7 after a long battle with cancer. Karen Lewis. Credit: John W. Iwanski . . . |

Jeremiah Smith (2021-02-16). Mississippi laws threaten protesters with jail. liberationnews.org In Mississippi, the first of these anti-protest laws was passed in June. The law threatens individuals who protest oil and gas pipelines or other "critical infrastructure" projects with up to 7 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Olivia Rosane (2021-02-16). Child slavery lawsuit targets Hershey, Nestlé, Mars and other chocolate giants. peoplesworld.org Many people give chocolates as a symbol of love on Valentine's Day, but for some, the popular candy is more bitter than sweet. A human rights group filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of eight Malian men who say they were trafficked across the border to the Cote D'Ivoire and forced to harvest cocoa for …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Police arrest Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel. peoplesdispatch.org The Spanish national court served a notice to rapper Pablo Hasel in January asking him to surrender within ten days to face imprisonment. Hasel was convicted on charges of "glorifying terrorism, insulting the crown and state institutions" and faces a two-year prison term.

Karl Grossman (2021-02-16). Nuclear Rockets to Mars? counterpunch.org A report advocating rocket propulsion by nuclear power for U.S. missions to Mars, written by a committee packed with individuals deeply involved in nuclear power, was issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. | The 104-page report also lays out "synergies" in space nuclear activities between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. military, something not advanced explicitly since the founding of NASA as a civilian agency supposedly in 1958.

Steve Sweeney (2021-02-16). Scientists on WHO mission to Wuhan accuse media of biased reportage. mronline.org The U.S. government and many media outlets have queried WHO findings that do not corroborate theories promoted by Washington, such as the virus escaping from a Chinese laboratory.

Eric A. Gordon (2021-02-16). 'Agent Sonya,' a biography of intrepid antifa spy Ursula Kuczynski. peoplesworld.org Ben MacIntyre, a British writer for The London Times, is known to spy thriller fans as the author of meticulously researched biographies of famous 20th-century spies. The latest in his series is a comprehensive biography of Jewish German-born Ursula Kuczynski, later also known as Ursula Hamburger, Ursula Beurton, and Ruth Werner. Born in 1907, Ursula …

CP Editor (2021-02-16). Is Solitary Confinement a Form of Torture? Q&A with journalist James Ridgeway. counterpunch.org

Simon Hooper (2021-02-16). UK rights groups to boycott Prevent review over Shawcross appointment. middleeasteye.net UK rights groups to boycott Prevent review over Shawcross appointment | Organisations including Amnesty, Liberty and Cage say government has 'no interest in conducting an objective and impartial review' | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 15: 59 | William Shawcross is a former director of the Henry Jackson Society (UK government) | Leading human rights and civil liberties organisations in the UK are to boycott a long…

Dana Taib Menmy (2021-02-16). Iraq: US forces hit in rocket attack that kills contractor. middleeasteye.net Iraq: US forces hit in rocket attack that kills contractor | US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was outraged by the deadly raid | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 08: 59 | A man lies in a hospital bed after being injured during Monday's rocket attack on US-led forces at Erbil international airport (Reuters) | A rocket attack in northern Iraq killed a contractor and wounded several others, includi…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-16). Arabic press review: Bahrain formed anti-revolution lobby in Washington in 2011. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Bahrain formed anti-revolution lobby in Washington in 2011 | Meanwhile, UK holds talks with Yemen's Houthis, Sudan plans handing over Bashir to ICC and a cash-strapped Jordanian writer sells personal library | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 11: 52 | Bahrain registered its anti-revolution lobby on 15 March 2011, a day after the GCC agreed to deploy troops to counter mass protests (Reuters…

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Egypt arrests relatives of US-based rights advocate Mohamed Soltan. middleeasteye.net Egypt arrests relatives of US-based rights advocate Mohamed Soltan | Egyptian authorities are arresting Soltan's relatives to 'intimidate him into silence', his lawyer says | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 16: 58 | This is not the first time Egyptian security forces have targeted Soltan's family members (MEE/File photo) | Egyptian security forces arrested several members of Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan's famil…

MEE staff (2021-02-16). UAE: Secret recordings emerge of 'hostage' Princess Latifa. middleeasteye.net UAE: Secret recordings emerge of 'hostage' Princess Latifa | The BBC has obtained new videos of the princess, who claims she is being held captive by her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 16: 36 | Dubai's Princess Latifa al-Maktoum said in a video published in March 2018 that she had run away (Screengrab) | Footage made public by the BBC on Tuesday showed Dubai's Princess Latifa…

MEE staff (2021-02-16). Saudi Arabia issues ultimatum to foreign companies to move regional HQs to kingdom. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia issues ultimatum to foreign companies to move regional HQs to kingdom | The announcement, which comes amid an economic slump in the kingdom, could create friction with UAE | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 12: 56 | Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in the Saudi capital Riyadh on 18 December 2018 (Reuters) | Saudi Arabia is to stop signing contracts with companies whose regional headquarters a…

MEE staff (2021-02-16). US urges Yemen's Houthis to join peace talks, stop assault on government stronghold. middleeasteye.net US urges Yemen's Houthis to join peace talks, stop assault on government stronghold | State Department strongly urges Houthi movement to stop its attacks on oil-rich Marib, where deadly offensive threatens lives of millions of civilians | Tue, 02/16/2021 – 16: 31 | Forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government get into position during clashes with Houthi rebel fighters, northwest of Marib in central Yemen on…

Staff (2021-02-16). Sex workers are held to an impossible standard. therealnews.com Do we talk about any other job the way we talk about sex work? Do you ask cashiers or dishwashers if their work is "empowering"?

RT (2021-02-16). Robinhood CEO claims to be hiding in 'undisclosed location,' supposedly facing DEATH THREATS over restricting 'meme stock' trading. rt.com Vlad Tenev, CEO of now-infamous stock-trading app Robinhood, is supposedly hiding out in an "undisclosed location" avoiding what he claims are threats to his life as he prepares to testify at Congress. | Tenev is awaiting a Thursday hearing on the GameStop upset, apparently hiding out in a hotel out of fear of going home due to what he insisted to Bloomberg are "angry client mobs" making death threats against him. | The Robinhood co-founder incurred massive loathing from the internet after his trading platform began imposing seemingly arbitrary one-stock purchase limits on GameStop ($GME) and nearly 50 other s…

RT (2021-02-16). Spanish police fire rubber bullets after Barcelona protest demanding rapper's release descends into riots (VIDEOS). rt.com Clashes erupted between protesters and riot police during demonstrations in Catalonia against the arrest of rapper Pablo Hasel, convicted for calling the former Spanish king a thief, with cops in Barcelona firing rubber bullets. | Hasel, whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla Duro, was

RT (2021-02-16). Sicily's Mount Etna ejects lava & massive ash column in another stunning eruption (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Mount Etna in Sicily, Europe's tallest volcano and one of its most active, has erupted for the second time in as many days, with a stream of molten rock and a massive ash cloud tinged red by the sun captured in remarkable footage.

RT (2021-02-16). After being cancelled, Gina Carano's 'Mandalorian' figure sells for big bucks as thousands demand she be rehired by Disney. rt.com Following her firing from Disney's 'The Mandalorian' over conservative social media posts, Gina Carano's support appears to only be growing as her character's action figure is going for hundreds now that it has been discontinued. | Hasbro has announced it will no longer produce figures for Carano's Cara Dune character from the popular Disney Plus series and even revealed this week plans for another production run were scrapped in the wake of her firing. | "Due to recent events, Hasbro was no longer approved to produce any more of this figure," a rep for retailer BigBadToyStore told The Hollywood Reporter. Hasb…

RT (2021-02-16). Iran informs UN nuclear watchdog of end to surprise nuclear site inspections this month to enforce act of parliament. rt.com Tehran has notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its parliamentary-approved plan to limit inspections of its nuclear sites from February 23, despite some vocal government opposition to the move. | "Iran informed the IAEA on 15 February that the country will stop implementing voluntary transparency measures under the JCPOA as of 23 February, including the Additional Protocol," the IAEA said in a statement on Tuesday. | At the time the legislation was passed, the government said they did not support the parliamentary decision to terminate surprise inspections and boost enrichment, and called…

RT (2021-02-16). 'New language': School asks parents to rate their 'whiteness' & become 'white traitors' or 'abolitionists'. rt.com A New York City public school has sent a graphic to parents, encouraging them to become "white traitors" or "abolitionists," detailing the eight supposed stages of "whiteness." | The graphic was sent out by the principal of East Side Community School in New York City, according to a report from City Journal's Christopher Rufo, but its author is Northwestern University associate professor Barnor Hesse. | According to Hesse's theory, there are eight "white identities." In the graphic, they are color-coded from green to red in terms of whether they are good or bad. The most green or best version of a white person…

RT (2021-02-16). Charges dropped against Amy Cooper, aka 'Central Park Karen', after she was made to attend 'racial equality psychoeducation'. rt.com Amy Cooper, the New Yorker branded 'Central Park Karen' by the media following a dispute with a black birdwatcher, has had misdemeanor charges against her dropped after being made to attend "psychoeducation" for "racial equality." | Cooper had been charged with making a false police report after she dramatically called 911 on birdwatcher Christian Cooper and claimed he was "threatening" her "life" during a heated dispute, after he had told her to leash her dog in Central Park's Ramble area — where dogs are required to be leashed — on May 25 last year. | A judge on Tuesday "granted Manhattan prosecuto…

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-16). The Reshaping of Global Agriculture: The WEF Agenda Behind India's Modi Government's "Farm Reform" globalresearch.ca For more than 12 years the WEF has pushed a corporate model in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The "big target" has been India, where resistance to corporate takeover of agriculture has been fierce ever since the failed 1960's Green Revolution of the Rockefeller Foundation.

UFCLP (2021-02-16). Saturday 2/20: SF Solidarity Action: Victory To Bessemer Amazon Workers-Stop Bezos Union Busting. indybay.org Whole Foods 24th St. Store | 3950 24th St. | San Francisco…

Aleta Toure (2021-02-16). Saturday 2/20: February 20: National Day of Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers. indybay.org Assemble at the Walmart Hilltop Mall Parking lot by 3: 45 pm (1400 Hilltop Mall Rd, Richmond, CA 94806) | (Please decorate your cars with posters and signage that state any combination of words: | Bessemer * Amazon * Solidarity * Unions * #CAstandswithBamazon * | We will then drive at 4: 00 pm together around to the other side of the Mall which Amazon now occupies. We will circle the mall in solidarity with Bessemer Amazon Union! | Support Alabama Amazon Workers – Richmond stands in solidarity with the Amazon workers in Alabama! | This Black History Month, join the national day of solidarity with Alabama Amazon wor…

Anish R M (2021-02-16). Outrage in Philippines over mass arrest in a sanctuary school for indigenous children. peoplesdispatch.org 26 indigenous persons, including 19 children, were taken from a sanctuary school in Cebu City by the police in a supposed rescue operation with child welfare authorities and the military…

CA Dept of Education (2021-02-16). Tuesday 2/16: Black History Month: Conversation w/ Dr. Shirley Weber, 1st Black Woman CA Sec. of State. indybay.org Online…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Italian left opposes the new government led by Mario Draghi. peoplesdispatch.org Ex-European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has formed a new cabinet in Italy comprising of technocrats and politicians from parties ranging from the social democrat Demorcatic party (PD) to the far-right Lega Nord (LN)…

Haymarket Books & Spectre Journal (2021-02-16). Tuesday 2/16: Race, Class & Policing: The Economics of Mass Incarceration. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Fight Back (2021-02-16). California protest demands 'Don't tax unemployment benefits!'. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On February 13, the Northern California Unemployed Committee (NCUC) held its first protest in San José. The protest was called for the day after the IRS began accepting 2020 tax returns, to demand that the federal government stop taxing benefits for the unemployed. The protest also called for the restoration of the $600 weekly unemployment supplement. | The protest began at a branch of Bank of America in downtown San Jose. Mike Paradela, of the Unemployed Committee, introduced the protest, saying that Bank of America profits from running the debit card program through which California unemployment…

Tompkins EL, Maciuba JM, Andrews MA. (2021-02-16). Geographic Differences in Uncontrolled Chronic Medical Conditions. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Using Veterans Health Administration records, Dr Baum and colleagues estimated the differences in the prevalence of uncontrolled chronic conditions across the population of veterans who moved and the likelihood of uncontrolled chronic conditions after moving. They also provided an E-value estimating the strength of association that an unknown confounder must explain the observed association. However, this article did not provide a measure of the original strength of the association. It would have been illustrative if the authors had provided an original odds ratio or relative risk of disease for com…

The Climate Center (2021-02-16). Tuesday 2/23: Phasing Out Fossil Fuels: A Just Transition in the Oil & Gas Sectors. indybay.org Online event / webinar…

Nager CW. (2021-02-16). Database Updates and Resulting Changes in Data in Study of Vaginal Mesh Hysteropexy vs Vaginal Hysterectomy. jamanetwork.com To the Editor My coauthors and I report some database updates and resulting changes in our Original Investigation titled "Effect of Vaginal Mesh Hysteropexy vs Vaginal Hysterectomy With Uterosacral Ligament Suspension on Treatment Failure in Women With Uterovaginal Prolapse: A Randomized Clinical Trial," published in the September 17, 2019, issue of JAMA. During the final database cleaning for the final 5-year study database lock, a biannual study-wide audit review of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse Quantification (POPQ) examination data identified some updates that influenced the value of the primary outcome (treatmen…

John R. Hall (2021-02-16). A Time for Love and Civil Disobedience. dissidentvoice.org As the doctor approached with his scalpel and began performing ritual genital mutilation, I complained as loudly as an eight pound body is able, but my cries fell upon deaf and unsympathetic ears. Then They destroyed my first line of defense against disease-causing toxins by ripping out my tonsils and adenoids, and once again no …

John Buell (2021-02-16). Yes we need the $1.9 trillion stimulus: Real unemployment is 3 times what they're telling us. nationofchange.org Reliance on part-timers, erosion of the minimum wage, attacks on unions all have served to depress working class wages.

Patty Hoyt (2021-02-16). Saturday 2/20: No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato/Marin Rally. indybay.org Starts at Rowland Blvd. Park & Ride (108 Rowland Blvd). March to Costco and the threatened marshlands.

Jaklevic M. (2021-02-16). More Scrutiny for Laparoscopic Power Morcellator Procedures. jamanetwork.com In an updated safety communication, the FDA recommended that clinicians who perform laparoscopic power morcellation for gynecologic procedures should do so with a legally marketed containment system to prevent unsuspected cancer from spreading within the abdomen and pelvis.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Social movements and organizations condemn arrest of 21-year-old Indian climate activist. peoplesdispatch.org 21-year-old Disha Ravi was arrested on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for her involvement with a 'toolkit' which contained campaign material in support of the the ongoing farmers' agitation in the country. Two other activists also face arrest…

Gee RE, Shulkin D, Romm I. (2021-02-16). A Blueprint for Comprehensive Medicaid Reform. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes broad principles to guide Medicaid reform as a means to advance health equity, including stabilization of its funding and coverage; coordination of its infrastructure; alignment of health care and social spending at the point of care; and a value-based approach to benefits.

Lu Y, Kwaan MR, Lin AY. (2021-02-16). Diagnosis and Treatment of Anal Fissures in 2021. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Insights Clinical Update reviews the diagnosis and management of anal fissures, including use of supportive, topical, injection, and surgical treatment options.

Kuehn BM. (2021-02-16). Global Partnership Aims to Improve Infant HIV Care. jamanetwork.com After stakeholders secured lower prices for a recently approved pediatric HIV medication, an international partnership has urged low- and middle-income countries to procure the drug and make it widely available.

Joseph Buddenberg (2021-02-16). Federal Prison Primer. indybay.org In 2015, I was charged and ultimately sent to prison for the Orwellian charge of "Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act" for freeing thousands of mink from fur farms. I served a two year sentence in federal prison. I wrote this for others facing repression so that they may prepare for prison life.

Messier SP, Mihalko SL, Beavers DP, et al. (2021-02-16). Effect of High-Intensity Strength Training on Pain From Knee Osteoarthritis. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial compares the effects of high- vs low-intensity strength training vs control on 18-mo knee pain and knee joint compressive force among adults with knee pain and radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis.

Dan Williams (2021-02-16). GABE ABRAHAMS: HARVARD UTILIZA SUS HERRAMIENTAS EN MàÅS DE 500 CURSOS. indybay.org

Michael Welch (2021-02-16). Did The Virus Trigger the 2020 Worldwide Economic Crisis? Bankruptcy and Global Enrichment. globalresearch.ca "You lose your job. Small and medium sized enterprises go bankrupt. Even the whole tourist industry is paralyzed. There's no air transport. There's no public transport, in some cases. And then they make us believe that this is required …

Yadav K, Lewis RJ. (2021-02-16). Immortal Time Bias in Observational Studies. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Guide to Statistics and Medicine explains immortal time bias, an error in estimating the association between an exposure and an outcome that results from misclassification or exclusion of time intervals; explains how this misclassification or exclusion can occur; and presents approaches to minimize or avoid immortal time bias.

WSWS (2021-02-16). Severe winter weather leaves millions without electricity during record cold temperatures across the US. wsws.org Texas, in particular, has faced some of the most severe fallout from the storm. Governor Greg Abbott called the storm "unprecedented" and remarked that snow and ice would make travel in the coming days "virtually impossible."

ERA Coaliton (2021-02-16). Monday 2/22: Passing the Equal Rights Amendment & the Role of Faith Communities Town Hall. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Vo UG, Richards T. (2021-02-16). Wound Dressings for Obese Women After Cesarean Delivery. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In their recent article, Dr Tuuli and colleagues found no difference in the rates of superficial or deep surgical site infection between obese women randomized to prophylactic negative pressure wound therapy vs standard wound dressing after cesarean delivery. We have some concerns, however, about how the standard wound dressings were managed in this study. Negative pressure dressings are designed to be kept intact for a relatively long period on closed incisions, while typical surgical dressings are changed more frequently. In this study, the dressings in the control group were removed after 24 hour…

splcenter (2021-02-16). Year In Hate: New SPLC analysis shows extremists leveraging little-known and encrypted technology to spread dangerous messages, plot violence. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Perak AM, Lancki N, Kuang A, et al. (2021-02-16). Associations of Maternal Cardiovascular Health in Pregnancy With Offspring Cardiovascular Health in Early Adolescence. jamanetwork.com This international cohort study examines associations between the cardiovascular (CV) health of pregnant women (defined by 5 CV risk factors) and CV health of their offspring at ages 10 to 14 years.

Carl S. Mumm (2021-02-16). You Don't Deserve Anything… counterpunch.org At least, that's what's our "representatives" and their corporate owners believe at their very core. If they thought the vast number of Americans deserved shelter, food, medicine, a tertiary education, or even drinkable water, everyone would have these things. (We are the richest country in the history of humanity, after all.) The one percent that

WSWS (2021-02-16). Over 700 detained after Turkish invasion of Iraq targets PKK. wsws.org The Turkish Interior Ministry has announced that 718 people have been detained as part of "terror operations" in 40 different cities across the country.

Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today (2021-02-16). 60 Past Animal And Plants Rights Victories. indybay.org The consciousness of the world is reaching critical mass.

The Global Research Team (2021-02-16). Unprecedented Threat to the Independent Media: Support Global Research. globalresearch.ca Dear readers, | Running an independent counter-current news media in 2021 is no easy feat. We are currently facing an unprecedented threat to the independent media and freedom on the Internet. The ultimate goal is the silencing of any voice of …

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-02-16). No rhinos were poached in Kenya last year thanks to better policies. nationofchange.org What a huge victory for rhinos!

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Four arrested in Iraq over targeted killings of anti-government protesters. peoplesdispatch.org Protesters, activists and human rights groups have urged successive Iraqi governments to investigate the targeted killings of protesters, opposition activists and critics since the anti-government protests began in the country in October 2019…

Commonwealth Club (2021-02-16). Friday 2/26: Anti-Racist Classrooom: Building an Inclusive & Anti-Racist Educational Student Experience. indybay.org Online event / webinar…

Kuehn BM. (2021-02-16). Clinical Trials Overlook Diseases of Low-Income Countries. jamanetwork.com Conditions like respiratory infections, tuberculosis, and enteric infections that disproportionately affect low-income countries are consistently understudied in clinical trials, according to a recent study.

Poor People's Campaign (2021-02-16). Wednesday 2/17: State of the Poor: Who & What is Hurting Poor and Low-income Americans w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream or Zoom…

David Giesen (2021-02-16). Saturday 2/20: Black History Month educators' roundtable: Karen Hunter and Greg Carr. indybay.org ZOOM link supplied upon request | (the link camouflaged to frustrate "bombers")…

Editor (2021-02-16). The Basic Right 140 Million Americans Are Denied Daily. scheerpost.com Neil Moralee / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Liz Theoharis / TomDispatch In June 1990, future South African President Nelson Mandela addressed a joint session of Congress only months after being released from 27 years in a South African apartheid prison. He reminded the political leadership of the United States that "to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a… |

Biller LH, Schrag D. (2021-02-16). Diagnosis and Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer. jamanetwork.com This narrative review summarizes treatment options for patients with unresectable metastatic colorectal cancer, focusing on the importance of genomic profiling to identify KRAS/NRAS/BRAF variants to guide immunotherapy.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-16). Haitians march demanding a return to constitutional order. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of people took to the streets of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince on February 14 for a "March against Dictatorship." The protests were organized in rejection of the illegitimate government of president Jovenel MoàØse.

Poor People's Campaign (2021-02-16). Friday 2/19: State of the Poor: Who & What is Hurting Poor and Low-income Americans w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream or Zoom…

March for Science (2021-02-16). Friday 2/19: SC1.5NCE Not Silence Forum as U.S. Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement. indybay.org Online via livestream: www.facebook.com/marchforscience/

Richmond City Council (2021-02-16). Tuesday 2/16: Testify & Push Back against Dangerous Chevron Pollution at Richmond Virtual Council Meeting. indybay.org Online: Richmond City Council Virtual Meeting…

Lu Y, Lin A. (2021-02-16). Patient Information: Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page explains lateral internal sphincterotomy, a surgical procedure used for treatment of anal fissures unresponsive to supportive or medical therapy.

WSWS (2021-02-16). Oregon and other US states prioritize vaccinating educators in order to boost profits. wsws.org Numerous US states plan to vaccinate teachers in the first phase of vaccinations as a means to reopen schools, regardless of the extent of community spread.

UFCFLP (2021-02-16). 1,000 Cal/OSHA Inspectors NOW! Workers Over Profits Rally At Oakland OSHA Office. indybay.org Trade unionists and workers rallied at the Oakland State Building to demand that OSHA hire 1,000 OSHA safety inspectors to enforce health and safety regulations in California work places.There are less than 200 inspectors for 18 million workers.

Weiner JS. (2021-02-16). Enjoy the Vase—Everything Changes. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a psychiatrist finally at peace after his wife's death to cancer learns that his prostate-specific antigen levels have begun to rise, reminding him to embrace uncertainty, a loss of control, and change.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). Renegotiating on JCPOA is 'impossible': Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that renegotiation on Iran's nuclear deal, JCPOA, is 'impossible', stating that the ball is in the US court.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). US revoked terror designation of Yemen's Ansarullah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) — The US Department of Treasury announced that it has removed Ansarullah of Yemen from the list of list of terrorist groups.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). Iran has become great regional power: Nasrallah. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) —Nasrallah pointed to the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and noted that the Iran has showed resistance during the past 42 years and the country has made progress in various fields and has become a great regional power.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). Khaji meets with Putin's special envoy for syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) — Iranian foreign minister's senior assistant on special political affairs held a meeting with the Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-16). Parl. open session on Tuesday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 16 (MNA) — Iranian lawmakers held an open session on Tuesday to address the amended version of the proposed bill for the next fiscal year's (starts March 19) budget.

_____ (2021-02-16). Tim Kirby, Joaquin Flores — The Strategy Session, Episode 5. strategic-culture.org Tim and Joaquin discuss The New York Times article "Marjorie Taylor Greene and the Republican Perversion of 'Freedom'" by Frank Bruni.

_____ (2021-02-16). Nuclear Rockets to Mars? strategic-culture.org By Karl GROSSMAN | A report advocating rocket propulsion by nuclear power for U.S. missions to Mars, written by a committee packed with individuals deeply involved in nuclear power, was issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. | The 104-page report also lays out "synergies" in space nuclear activities between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the U.S. military, something not advanced explicitly since the founding of NASA as a civilian agency supposedly in 1958. | The report states: "Space nuclear propulsion and power systems have the potential to provid…

_____ (2021-02-16). The Strategy Session, Episode 5. strategic-culture.org Tim and Joaquin discuss the New York Times article "Marjorie Taylor Greene and the Republican Perversion of 'Freedom'" by Frank Bruni.

_____ (2021-02-16). Local Resolution Campaign To Shift Money From Military To Human Needs. popularresistance.org Passing local resolutions in favor of moving funding from militarism to human and environmental needs is useful each and every year for the forseeable future. The template below has been used to pass variations on a resolution in numerous locations each year since 2017. It can be varied by country and locality. In 2017, together with our allies, including U.S. Peace Council, Code Pink, and others, we passed resolutions in numerous localities. Then we got resolutions that had been passed by Ithaca and New Haven as well as a third focusing on nuclear weapons to also be passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Jun…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-02-16). Governo Draghi, per chi suona la campanella. globalresearch.ca Con la tradizionale cerimonia della campanella, è avvenuto a Palazzo Chigi il passaggio di consegne tra Giuseppe Conte e Mario Draghi. In attesa di verificare quale sarà il programma politico del nuovo governo multipartisan, sostenuto da quasi l'intero …

Manlio Dinucci (2021-02-16). Governo Draghi, por quem os sinos dobram. globalresearch.ca Com a cerimónia tradicional do sino, teve lugar no Palazzo Chigi a transferência de poderes entre Giuseppe Conte e Mario Draghi. Ao esperamos para ver qual será o programa político do novo governo multipartidário, apoiado por quase todo o arco …

Pip Hinman (2021-02-16). Study finds more needs to be done for young LGBTI people. greenleft.org.au Sarah Hathway reports on Australia's largest ever study of young LGBTI people which finds that while progress had been made, more needs to be done.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-16). TJ Hickey remembered as the struggle for justice continues. greenleft.org.au Gail Hickey, the mother of TJ Hickey, led a march through the streets of Redfern to mark 17 years since her son's death on February 14, reports Isaac Nellist.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-16). Nationals don't speak for farmers on climate change action. greenleft.org.au Alan Broughton and Elena Garcia argue that the Nationals' campaign to exclude agriculture from the 2030 emissions' cuts is not supported by farmers.

Fight Back (2021-02-16). Philippines: Oppressors of the Lumads will be made to pay. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 15 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | The Party adds its voice to the widespread denunciation of the horrific police raid earlier today against the Lumad bakwit school in the University of San Carlos (USC) Talamban Campus in Cebu City where 21 Lumad students, two Lumad elders and two teachers were manhandled and forcibly taken by the Duterte regime's fascist thugs. | The CPP condemns Philippines National Police (PNP) P for trampling on the Lumad children's rights with utter contempt of the sanctuary provided them by the…

Tuuli MG, Harper L. (2021-02-16). Wound Dressings for Obese Women After Cesarean Delivery—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Drs Vo and Richards express concerns about the difference in duration of the prophylactic negative pressure wound therapy device vs standard wound dressing in our recent study involving obese women after cesarean delivery. As a pragmatic trial, our study compared effects of typical use of prophylactic negative pressure wound therapy and standard wound dressing. The average duration of use of prophylactic negative pressure wound therapy was 4 days, which is within the 2 to 7 days recommended by the manufacturer. Similarly, consistent with practice in most clinical settings in the US, the duration of stand…

Jaklevic M. (2021-02-16). Advice for n-of-1 Drug Developers. jamanetwork.com The FDA has issued draft recommendations to help developers of antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapies for rare, debilitating genetic diseases to conduct human trials with a single participant, known as n-of-1 trials.

Craig Collins (2021-02-16). Can We Exit This Road to Ruin? zcomm.org The recent decades of stagnation, debt-driven bubbles, and government bailouts are reaching their limit. Capitalism's future is becoming catabolic…

Sam Pizzigati (2021-02-16). The Rich and Those Who Serve Them, Then and Now. zcomm.org We've already rejected the servant state once. We certainly can once again…

Moira Casados Cassidy (2021-02-16). Karen Lewis and the class-conscious union. zcomm.org During her tenure as CTU president, Lewis and other CORE leaders dedicated years to reshaping the organizational structure of the CTU to prioritize organizing, rank-and-file engagement, and relationships with parents and community school councils…

Ted Glick (2021-02-16). How We Keep the Neo-Fascists and White Supremacists Down. zcomm.org What the progressive Left must be about is actually very simple: a justice-oriented government of the people, by the people and for the people, and not of, by and for the corporate elite…

yenisafak (2021-02-16). Bitcoin surpasses $50K with $925B market cap. yenisafak.com Bitcoin went above the $50,000 mark Tuesday for the first time, giving it a market capitalization of nearly $925 billion.It passed $50,000 at 7.30 a.m. EDT (1230GMT) before retreating to $49,400 with a sell-off.The world's biggest coin market value saw its price rise 72.8% since Jan. 1, when it was $28,933. It had increased 593% since the beginning of 2020 when it was just $7,208.The recent price surge looks different than a rally in 2017 when Bitcoin hit $20,000 before plummeting 80% the following year when most investors saw it as a bubble.The latest feat comes as major US companies have recently announced shif…

yenisafak (2021-02-16). Bitter cold weather triggers energy squeeze in US. yenisafak.com Bitter cold across the US has caused an energy crisis unlike anything seen in years in the world's largest energy-consuming country.Almost 154 million people — half of the US population — were under some type of a weather alert as of Monday, according to the National Weather Service.More than 5 million customers across the US had no electricity on Monday due to severe cold and snow in such states as Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas — most of them Southern states unaccustomed to such cold.At least 15 people lost their lives since last week due to wea…

Alex Kotch (2021-02-16). Parler Is Now in the Hands of a Right-Wing Extremist Seeking a Radical Rewrite of the Constitution. commondreams.org Mark Meckler has a long history of creating organizations to mobilize far-right activists. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-16). 'Is Our Blood Worth Less?' Afghan Anguish After European Court Sides With Germany Over Airstrike That Killed 90 Civilians. commondreams.org "I wanted the court to provide justice, to have mercy on us," the lead plaintiff in the case said following the ruling. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Reich (2021-02-16). The GOP Is a Dangerous Cult That Democrats Should Not Negotiate With. commondreams.org We either have a future based on lies, violence, and authoritarianism—or on unyielding truth, unshakeable civility, and democracy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miko Peled (2021-02-16). Israel: How a Trifecta of Court Cases Could Cement King Bibi's 12-Year Reign. mintpressnews.com Three separate court cases have converged in Israel to provide Netanyahu the cover he needs to maintain power amid an endless stream of controversies.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2021-02-16). How to Hold Senate Republicans Accountable. thenation.com How to Hold Senate Republicans Accountable…

Robert Greene II (2021-02-16). The Long History of the FBI's Surveillance of Martin Luther King. thenation.com The Long History of the FBI's Surveillance of Martin Luther King…

Brenda Norrell (2021-02-16). Slamdance Premiere: End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock. indybay.org Slamdance Film Festival online features "End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock." The film chronicles the courage and resilience of Native women.