2021-02-18: News Headlines

Aaron Maté (2021-02-18). 'No to Dictatorship': Why Haitians are protesting US-backed MoàØse. thegrayzone.com As tens of thousands of Haitians defy repression to protest Jovenel MoàØse's power grab, the Biden administration's support for MoàØse continues a long US tradition of backing right-wing autocrats and undermining Haiti's popular movements. Haitian president Jovenel MoàØse has cracked down on a wave of popular protest as he tries to cling to power. While tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets in the face of government repression, the Biden administration is backing MoàØse's effort to remain …

_____ (2021-02-18). Haiti: Black Despots And White Rulers. popularresistance.org The past week has seen growing protests against the contested presidency of Haiti's Jovenel MoàØse. An unpopular figure who has ruled without a mandate, and, increasingly, by decree , MoàØse refused to relinquish power when his presidential term expired on February 7, 2021. While claiming that his term ends in February 2022, MoàØse has lashed out against his political rivals, arresting his critics, members of opposition political parties, and supreme court judges, all the while consolidating his draconian, some would say dictatorial, rule over Haiti. | How Haiti arrived at this moment is pred…

_____ (2021-02-18). Haiti: 'No To Dictatorship'. popularresistance.org Haitian president Jovenel MoàØse has cracked down on a wave of popular protest as he tries to cling to power. While tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets in the face of government repression, the Biden administration is backing MoàØse's effort to remain in office for at least another year. | Haitian activist and radio host Daoud Andre discusses the background to MoàØse's power grab; the continued US deportations to Haiti; how the US coerced Haiti into betraying longtime ally Venezuela; the enduring popularity of Jean-Bertrand Aristide — twice overthrown in US-backed co…

WSWS (2021-02-18). Teachers in US state of Georgia herded back into unsafe classrooms. wsws.org In spite of four teacher deaths and strident opposition, the state of Georgia is denying educators vaccinations and sending them back to unsafe schools.

WSWS (2021-02-18). Sà£o Paulo's municipal teachers strike grows despite union sabotage. wsws.org A survey by rank-and-file teachers indicates that the strike has spread to hundreds of schools in the city, preventing many of them from reopening.

WSWS (2021-02-18). Philadelphia postpones public school reopenings to March 1. wsws.org The decision to push back reopening is an indication that both the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and the school district recognize they need more time to bring the opposition of teachers under control.

John W. Whitehead (2021-02-18). Techno-Censorship: The Slippery Slope from Censoring 'Disinformation' to Silencing Truth. 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). | *** | "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-18). Video: The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers, the English version of this PANGEA TV program which was broadcast live in several regions of Italy. | Maya Nogradi of PANGEA TV interviews Prof. Michel Chossudovsky pertaining to his E-Book entitled: | |

Andres Arauz (2021-02-18). COVID, Austerity & Ending U.S. Interference. zcomm.org Left-wing economist Andrés Arauz 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…

_____ (2021-02-18). Will Andrés Arauz Be The Next President Of Ecuador? popularresistance.org In Ecuador's presidential election held on February 7, 2021, Andrés Arauz won the largest number of votes but could not prevail in the first round against 15 other candidates; he won 32.71 percent of the vote, short of the 40 percent needed to win the election outright (a winner also requires a 10 percent lead over the second-place candidate, which Arauz did achieve). More than a week after that first round, it remains unclear which of the two candidates who most closely trailed Arauz will go head-to-head against him in the second round on April 11. Both of these candidates—Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Pérez[md…

Staff (2021-02-18). COVID Deaths in the US Lead to Biggest Drop in Life Expectancy Since WWII. truthout.org Life expectancy in the United States has dropped by a full year, according to new figures released on Thursday. | The current life expectancy of an individual in the U.S. While there have been drops in life expectancy in recent years due to increases in drug overdoses, the decline over the past year, in large part due to the coronavirus pandemic, is the biggest drop i…

Stephan Lessenich (2021-02-18). Life Lies of the Islands of Prosperity. indybay.org The embarrassing secret of the 'Western' model of society and development is that it only works under very specific political and economic, ecological and social conditions. Preconditions that lie essentially outside this model and are hidden or made invisible by the social actors of its glorifying preservation. 'Our' prosperity, 'our' democracy & 'our' peace are based on poverty & disenfranchisement.

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis (2021-02-18). Freedom From Poverty Should Be a Human Right. thenation.com Freedom From Poverty Should Be a Human Right…

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). N. Zelanda to provide free feminine hygiene products in schools. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- New Zealand announced Thursday it would provide free feminine hygiene products in all schools in the country from June with the aim of tackling "menstrual poverty." The measure continues and expands on a national scale the successful pilot program implemented last year in 15 schools in the Waikato region, on …

_____ (2021-02-18). How the Gates Foundation seeded America's COVID-19 policy catastrophes. strategic-culture.org The nursing home death warrants were signed by panicked governors using Gates-funded forecasting. | By Jordan SCHACHTEL | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is finally facing the heat for his botched and criminally negligent coronavirus response policies, yet no one seems to be asking why Cuomo and select governors made the fateful decisions that led to the excess deaths — and the coverup campaigns — of tens of thousands of senior citizens in New York and elsewhere across the United States. | After being awarded an Emmy and writing a book on his supposedly heroic response to the pandemic, Cuomo is finally…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). US initial jobless claims rise more than expectation. yenisafak.com Analysts expected 765,000 for the week ending Feb. 13, while the previous week was revised up 55,000 from 793,000 to 848,000.Despite the fall in claims, there are 10.1 million jobless Americans since the coronavirus pandemic-hit US economy shed 22 million positions in March and April.President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan, which includes $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals and aid for vaccine distribution efforts, still faces opposition from Republicans.The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives plans to pass the bill before the end of the month but are likely to try to push it through the Senat…

Nicholas Johnson (2021-02-18). Schools Need More Help to Reopen Safely. progressive.org Though the next stimulus bill would increase federal funding for schools, it's still not enough to prepare schools for in-person classes.

Staff (2021-02-18). Stop blaming the Green New Deal for Texas blackouts. therealnews.com Republican politicians like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have cynically used overblown and patently false claims that renewable energy failures are responsible for millions losing power and heat during deadly Winter Storm Uri. Critics around the country are calling "BS."

John Nichols (2021-02-18). While Texans Freeze, Governor Greg Abbott Lies About the Green New Deal. thenation.com While Texans Freeze, Governor Greg Abbott Lies About the Green New Deal…

Workers World Party (2021-02-18). PDF of February 18 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Alabama — Roll the union on! Solidarity with Amazon organizing; Class struggle then and now. BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Tribute to George Jackson L.D. Barkley, martyred in Attica uprising A fighting union leader: Karen Lewis ALSO: Care workers dare to strike; $1K per hour union busters; Electric vehicles . . . |

Andrea Weber (2021-02-18). Saturday 2/20: Solidarity with Bamazon Workers! indybay.org 2200 Hilltop Mall Drive in Richmond…

supportamazonworkers (2021-02-18). Saturday 2/20: Richmond Car Caravan: Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers Unionizing. indybay.org Gather at Walmart at Richmond Hilltop Mall Parking Lot, 1400 Hilltop Mall Rd, | Richmond, CA 94806 | MASKS and SAFE-DISTANCING…

RT (2021-02-18). Amazon changes timing of TRAFFIC LIGHTS in Alabama town to derail unionization drive. rt.com Online retail giant Amazon was so desperate to scuttle a unionization drive among warehouse workers in Alabama that it actually had traffic light times changed. A pro-union publication says it confirmed the rumors with the county. | Amazon actually reached out to Jefferson County to change the timing of the traffic lights near its Bessemer warehouse, the pro-worker publication More Perfect Union reported on Tuesday, citing a public official from the county who said the company had complained about "traffic delays during shift changes" in order to secure the light change. | Organizers had claimed for weeks that…

Philip Giraldi (2021-02-18). The Decline of the West: American Education Surrenders to 'Equity'. globalresearch.ca It will be difficult or even impossible to go back to a system where learning is actually a discipline that requires hard work and dedication. | Public education in the United States, if measured by results, has been producing graduates that …

Marjorie Cohn (2021-02-18). Trump's Frivolous First Amendment Defense Won't Shield Him in a Criminal Case. zcomm.org Trump created a powder keg and lit the match…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-18). Sexual Assault in Canberra. counterpunch.org Who knew what? In many cases of sexual assault in politics, events take place behind bolted doors, the perpetrator and victim bound by ties of power, seediness and suppression. The victim is left with an odious and onerous task: to report the event. The risks can be considerable. Careers can be ruined. Retaliation from the

Eds. (2021-02-18). 'Only the strong will survive': Texas city mayor resigns for lashing out at residents asking for help during deadly storm. mronline.org The now former mayor of Colorado City, Texas, Tim Boyd, has resigned after two Facebook posts telling people needing help and without electricity that they are on their own.

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-18). Leonard Peltier Defense Committee urgently needs support. workers.org The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee has launched an urgent appeal for funds to support legal efforts to free this Native political prisoner, who has been held in U.S. dungeons for nearly 45 years. Peltier is a leader of the American Indian Movement, who was framed and jailed for the . . . |

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-18). "Leaving Aside" International Law: Why Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine. dissidentvoice.org Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have rashly painted a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will …

Staff (2021-02-18). Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Pt.2) — The Black Church. therealnews.com In the second part of our conversation, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. further explores his new documentary "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song." The new series reveals the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the front lines of hope and change.

Dennis Broe (2021-02-18). 'The Mandalorian' season two: Not cancel but carnivore culture. peoplesworld.org One of the surprise hits of the contemporary streaming era is The Mandalorian, the first original series on Disney+. A surprise not because it was a hit—any Star Wars spinoff is guaranteed to have a wide audience—but because of the magnitude of its popularity and the way it has penetrated the culture. This space Western …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-18). 'Leaving Aside' International Law: Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to Peace in Palestine. mintpressnews.com It's easy to discredit the foreign policy agenda of Trump, Pompeo, and other Republicans as their aggressive, dismissive language and action are unmistakably objectionable. The Democratic discourse, however, cannot be as easily censured,…

IMEMC News (2021-02-18). Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinian In Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday night after midnight, two young Palestinian men in Shu'fat town, in the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem. Local sources said the two young men were walking near the main road of Shu'fat when the soldiers stopped them and took them to an interrogation facility in Neve Yaakov illegal colony. They added …

Tim Wheeler (2021-02-18). Famed Black journalist Joe Walker's fateful meeting with Malcolm X. peoplesworld.org Joe Walker was already a widely admired African-American journalist when he got a surprising invitation and an offer to become the New York editor of Muhammad Speaks, the Nation of Islam's newspaper. He was summoned to the Harlem Mosque of the Black Muslims for a private meeting. And who was the meeting with? Malcolm X. …

Norman Solomon (2021-02-18). Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats and the Dire Need for Progressive Populism. counterpunch.org The governors of New York and California — the most populous states led by Democrats — now symbolize how slick liberal images are no substitute for genuinely progressive priorities. After 10 years as New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo is facing an uproar over revelations that his administration intentionally and drastically undercounted the deaths from COVID in nursing homes. Meanwhile,

Melvin Goodman (2021-02-18). George Shultz's Character Study of Robert Gates. counterpunch.org In January 1986, Shultz told Gates that he had no "confidence in the intelligence community" and that he "wouldn't trust anything you guys said about Iran no matter what." Shultz charged Gates with "trying to manipulate me" and accused him of trying to create an "alternate State Department with its own strong policy views." Shultz conceded that his department made mistakes, but that Gates' "assaults are almost joyful."

Joe Piette (2021-02-18). 'Release Mumia NOW!' was the cry in Philadelphia. workers.org Pam Africa (right), speaking at rally, Feb. 15. Philadelphia On less than 24 hours' notice, more than 40 people came out on Feb. 15 to show their opposition to a Feb. 3 legal brief by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a so-called "progressive." It denies Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to . . . |

PAI (2021-02-18). Fast food workers forced to walk out again for $15 and a union. peoplesworld.org ST. LOUIS (PAI)—For 40 years as a Black pastor in St. Louis, the Rev. Darryl Gray has seen the impact of low-wage jobs not just on his congregants, but on their kids. That's why he and a wide-ranging ministers' coalition support the Fight for $15 and a Union movement—and raising the federal minimum wage to …

Eds. (2021-02-18). Taxes on the rich: One-sixth of what they used to be. mronline.org A new IPS briefing paper highlights the unique role of tax policy in wealth concentration.

Media Lens (2021-02-18). "Our Indifference To Ourselves": Beyond The "Virtue" Of Self-Sacrifice (Part 2). dissidentvoice.org As we saw in Part 1, in 1914 and again in 1939, millions of men and women welcomed war. Arnold Ridley and his pals did make this choice, but in reality the choice had been made for them by decades and centuries of the relentless 'patriotic' propaganda described by Tolstoy, which most people were powerless …

Jim Soliz, Antonio García (2021-02-18). California Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Mike Garcia face opposition. peoplesworld.org SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—From the 'burbs of Los Angeles County to the sandy hills of Antelope Valley to Bakersfield, the fightback against the Congressional Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of the 23rd Congressional District and his colleague Mike Garcia, Representative from California's 25th C.D., continues to escalate. Fed by the refusal of McCarthy and Garcia to meet …

PAI (2021-02-18). West Virginia workers keep pressure on Manchin for $15 wage. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, W. VA. (PAI)—Pam Garrison, of Fayette County, W. Va., has toiled at minimum wage jobs her whole life. She calls it "getting us for slave wages." The minimum wage is "the only thing that hasn't doubled and tripled" since she first started working years ago, says Garrison, co-chair of the New Poor People's Campaign …

IMEMC News (2021-02-18). Palestinian Woman Dies Of Heart Attack After Soldiers Stormed Her Home. imemc.org A Palestinian woman suffered a fatal heart attack, on Wednesday at dawn, when Israeli soldiers stormed into her home in Abu Njeim village, east of Bethlehem, south of occupied Jerusalem in the West Bank. Medical sources said the woman, identified as Rahma Khalil Abu 'Ahour, 67, suffered a heart attack when the soldiers invaded her …

Raúl Zibechi (2021-02-18). China avanza desde el mar de Sur hasta Medio Oriente y Europa. globalizacion.ca La disputa por el Mar del Sur de China se sigue intensificando, pero el Dragón va colocando sus fichas de forma gradual, implacable e incontenible, como lo muestran los recientes desarrollos de una estrategia largamente diseñada, que parece estar poniendo…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Colombian students demand free higher-education for 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Students from different public universities of Colombia have been demonstrating to demand that the national and municipal governments guarantee free tuition for all students across the country this year…

Jim Soliz, Antonio García (2021-02-18). Proponen manifestaciones en Santa Clarita, Lancaster, Bakersfield contra Trumpistas en Congreso. peoplesworld.org Se escala la oposición contra el dirigente Republicano congresista Kevin McCarthy del Distrito Congressional 23 y su co-representante Mike Garcia en el Distrito 25. Esto viene a consecuencia en que estos representantes se oponen a denunciar a Donald Trump por el atentado golpe de estado contra el electo presidente Joe Biden y la violencia ocurrida …

The Socialist Program (2021-02-18). Capitalism in Crisis: An Absurd & Deadly System. liberationnews.org This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Brian and Prof. Wolff discuss how deeply dependent big banks and corporations are on government assistance, the …

Monica Moorehead (2021-02-18). L.D. Barkley — A leader in the Attica uprising. workers.org L.D. Barkley, second from the right, and other Attica rebellion leaders negotiating with prison officials, Sept. 1971. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising. The following slightly edited excerpt is from the book "A Time To Die: The Attica Prison Revolt" by the late New York . . . |

thelancet (2021-02-20). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Baas P, Scherpereel A, Nowak AK, et al. First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab in unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma (CheckMate 743): a multicentre, randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial. Lancet 2021; 397: 375—86—The appendix for this Article has been corrected as of Feb 18, 2021.

Juan Cole (2021-02-18). Biden's Saudi Game of Thrones: Is he trying to Sideline crown prince Bin Salman? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — BBC Arabic reports that Saudi Twitter has gone wild with responses to the apparent sidelining by President Biden of Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, with many Saudis considering it a humiliation. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said this week that Biden wishes to "recalibrate" the U.S. relationship with Saudi …

Thomas Klikauer — Norman Simms (2021-02-18). What is Digital Fascism? counterpunch.org At least since the great Italian author Umberto Eco's description of the fourteen points that define classical fascism, many readers know what fascism is — at least in theory. New research describes Italo-German fascism (1920s—1940s) as classical fascism. It contrasts classical fascism with a new variant, digital fascism.

Raul Diego (2021-02-18). Prisons Prime Testing Ground for Dehumanizing Hi-Tech "Advances" mintpressnews.com A new form of exploitation, known as "stakeholder capitalism," is already being tested in many places around the world and prisons are among the main targets for its implementation, as they provide an ideal and literally captive market for its proof of concept.

Kenya Elliott (2021-02-18). COVID + Capitalism: Life expectancy plunges and unemployment surges. liberationnews.org Data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that following that report, life expectancy had dropped by a full year by June of 2020…

The Conversation (2021-02-18). Nonviolent Noncooperation: Why Indian farmers' protests are being called a 'satyagraha' — which means 'embracing the truth'. juancole.com By Sumit Ganguly | — For the past few months, farmers protesting in India's capital, New Delhi, have been demanding the repeal of three farm laws that were passed last year. These largely peaceful protests have been referred to as a "satyagraha" by many in the Indian media, politicians and activists. As a political scientist …

Eds. (2021-02-18). Role of NGOs in promoting neo-Colonialism. mronline.org There are literally thousands of NGOs, the better known being Oxfam, Greenpeace, and Amnesty International.

Melvin Goodman (2021-02-18). George Schultz's Character Study of Robert Gates. counterpunch.org In January 1986, Shultz told Gates that he had no "confidence in the intelligence community" and that he "wouldn't trust anything you guys said about Iran no matter what." Shultz charged Gates with "trying to manipulate me" and accused him of trying to create an "alternate State Department with its own strong policy views." Shultz conceded that his department made mistakes, but that Gates' "assaults are almost joyful."

Gloria La Riva (2021-02-18). In Texas disaster, low-income people hit hardest. liberationnews.org Eyewitness: In the midst of the massive Texas storm, last night I was fortunate to stay in a shelter in Sealy, Texas, one hour west of Houston.

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-02-18). Surge of Anti-Asian hate crimes spurs communities to action. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—As the start of the Lunar New Year approached last week, concern was growing over a surge in hate crimes being experienced by Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area, including several victims who were over 60 years of age. One attack last month in San Francisco was widely publicized when a local …

John Perry (2021-02-18). If It Were a Narco Lab, It Would be Working. counterpunch.org On the day he was inaugurated, Joe Biden halted the construction of Trump's Mexican border wall. A few days earlier, 1500 miles to the south, a new 'caravan' of at least eight thousand Honduran migrants had set off northwards, partly in the hope that by the time they tried to cross into Texas, Biden's promised softening of immigration policy might have taken effect.

Sara Flounders (2021-02-18). Alexei Navalny: Why is Biden supporting a Russian fascist? workers.org At the very time Democrats in Congress were attempting to impeach Trump for the Jan. 6 fascist rampage, President Joe Biden expressed support for a Russian political leader allied with a gang comparable to the Proud Boys. In his first contact with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as U.S. president, Biden . . . |

RT (2021-02-18). Protests rock Spain for 3rd night in a row after rapper jailed for tweets insulting king & praising terrorist groups (VIDEOS). rt.com Rallies protesting the arrest of a rapper convicted of insulting the monarchy have continued across Spain for a third straight night. One woman reportedly lost an eye and more than 50 people were detained at demos a day earlier. | Valencia saw some of the worst violence on Thursday, where demonstrators could be seen clashing with riot police in footage posted to social media, while a üî¥Cà rregues policials a la concentració…

RT (2021-02-18). Jailed journalists who livestreamed mass protests against embattled Belarusian leader Lukashenko given 2 years behind bars. rt.com Two journalists detained in Minsk on charges that they took part in opposition rallies were given prison sentences on Thursday, becoming the first reporters convicted of organizing protests despite pleas from rights groups. | Katerina Bakhvalova, a presenter for Warsaw-based Belsat TV, and Daria Chultsova, a camerawoman for the network, were sentenced to two years behind bars after a three-day trial. They had been found guilty of "organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them." | Belsat, which is bankrolled by the government of neighboring Poland, cl…

Berry Craig (2021-02-18). Profiles in cowardice: Mitch McConnell. peoplesworld.org Mitch McConnell and 42 fellow Republicans who acquitted Donald Trump Saturday earned their niche in history, right next to Georg Neithardt and his four fellow jurists. Georg who? Neithardt headed the five-judge panel that twisted the law into a Bavarian pretzel and all-but exonerated Adolf Hitler over the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler and his armed …

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-18). The Heat: South Africa's Challenges. america.cgtn.com As South Africa battles COVID-19, it is also dealing with a series of challenges on several fronts including the economy and jobs.

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-18). A transgender incarcerated activist speaks out. workers.org Lisa Strawn is a transgender woman who spent more than 35 years in California prisons due to that state's draconian "Three Strikes" law. At the age of 19, she was locked up for petty offenses like prostitution, and on her third "strike," Lisa was sentenced to 50-to-life for burglary. She . . . |

RT (2021-02-18). 'Mission creep?' Police 'recommend' keeping razor-wired fencing around Capitol until September, cite 'threats against lawmakers'. rt.com Washington, DC, police are calling for razor-wire-topped fencing around the US Capitol to be kept in place until at least September because they continue to hear of threats against lawmakers in the aftermath of the January 6 riot. | US Capitol Police have notified congressional leaders of their fencing recommendation, the Associated Press

RT (2021-02-18). Texas halts natural gas exports as states scrambles to end power outages. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered energy companies to temporarily suspend out-of-state sales of natural gas, amid ongoing power outages triggered by a deadly winter storm. | Read more | | The governor announced during a media briefing on Wednesday that he had issued a decree forbidding gas producers from selling to clients outside the state through February 21. | Citing the current weather crisis that has crippled the sta…

RT (2021-02-18). Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry triggers rage after suggesting Texans would endure even LONGER blackouts to avoid federal meddling. rt.com Ex-Governor Rick Perry stoked outrage after saying Texans would willingly tolerate further blackouts just to keep the feds "out of their business," as critics blamed his preference for deregulation for the state's power woes. | Perry — who also served as Energy Secretary under former President Donald Trump — was featured in a

RT (2021-02-18). 'My family freezing, my senator is in Cancun': Twitter explodes as Ted Cruz accused of traveling out of storm-hit Texas. rt.com Anger has been spilling on Twitter over photos that purportedly show Texas Senator Ted Cruz boarding a plane to Cancun, Mexico. People criticized him for "fleeing" when his state has been badly hit with extreme cold. | Several photos that have been circulating on social media since Wednesday appear to show Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his family arriving at the airport and then boarding a flight — allegedly heading to Cancun, Mexico. | It appears in the middle of the worst energy crisis in the history of Texas,

RT (2021-02-18). Stomachs churn after Portland police face-off with crowd picking through mountain of food… tossed during power outage (PHOTOS). rt.com Portland, Oregon has made headlines after police were called in to stop people from rummaging through a dumpster full of food that allegedly spoiled due to a power outage. Social media users found the incident hard to stomach. | A power outage caused by a winter storm that has wreaked havoc on multiple US states prompted a supermarket to discard perishable items deemed unsafe due to lack of proper refrigeration. After two dumpsters were filled with meat, dairy and other items, a small group of people began to form in the store's parking lot, apparently angry that so much food was being discarded. Photographs s…

RT (2021-02-18). Senator Ted Cruz ripped for change of flight (& story) after he's caught heading to Cancun amid massive snowstorm in home state. rt.com Texas Republican Ted Cruz is being ripped to shreds on social media for apparently covering up a trip to Cancun by recasting it as an overnight and changing his flight — all while his Texas constituents froze in the dark at home.

RT (2021-02-18). Bill Gates says Trump should be allowed back on social media 'at some point'. rt.com Microsoft founder and synthetic meat enthusiast Bill Gates has said former President Donald Trump should be let back on social media "at some point." Trump himself thinks that social media has "become very boring" without him. | "I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on," Gates told CNBC on Thursday, more than a month after Twitter and multiple other social media outlets booted Trump from their platforms, with Twitter's reasoning being that the president's calls to protest the 2020 election results presented a "risk of…violence." | Gates is considered b…

Not the Bee (2021-02-18). The Empire's Navy Has a Task Force With a Cute Pledge. anti-empire.com "I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy.": | Don't believe me? Doesn't matter. It's there. | See That is part of the Task Force One Navy pledge. |

Staff (2021-02-18). How to Wear a Mask & When to Wear Two to Reduce COVID Transmission & Increase Vaccine Effectiveness. democracynow.org While COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations appear to be waning, the United States has a long way to go before people can safely return to everyday life without masks. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, says it's vital to stay vigilant even as vaccinations ramp up. "If we can get our transmission down as low as possible, that is actually going to make the vaccines more effective."

Staff (2021-02-18). "Not Doing This Is a Choice": Biden Drags His Feet on Canceling Student Debt Despite Campaign Pledge. democracynow.org Students, campaigners and top Democrats have been pushing President Joe Biden to use executive authority to cancel at least $50,000 in student loan debt per person. Student loan debt in the U.S. stands at $1.7 trillion, with some 45 million people owing money. Filmmaker and organizer Astra Taylor, an author, documentary director and organizer with the Debt Collective, says Biden has clear legal authority to cancel student debt. "Not doing this is a choice," she says. We also speak with Braxton Brewington, a digital strategist with the Debt Collective, who says student debt cancellation is also politically smart.

Staff (2021-02-18). "No Hate! No Fear!" Democracy Now! Co-Host Nermeen Shaikh Celebrates 10 Years Covering War & Peace. democracynow.org As Democracy Now! prepares to mark 25 years on air, we celebrate Nermeen Shaikh's 10th anniversary as a Democracy Now! co-host and feature a report she filed from protests at New York's JFK Airport against the Trump administration's Muslim ban, one of the many highlights from her time on the program.

Staff (2021-02-18). Failed State: Texas Power Grid Collapse Impacts Millions. Black & Brown Communities Are Worst Hit. democracynow.org Millions of people in Texas were plunged into freezing cold and darkness as a major winter storm overwhelmed the state's power grid. More than 12 million Texans face water disruptions and have been ordered to boil tap water for safe consumption, and some parts of the state have no running water at all. The state is also running out of food as the storms disrupt key supply chains. Leading Republicans, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, falsely blamed renewable energy sources for the state's blackouts, warning against a shift to more green energy, but the state's own energy department said the outages were prima…

RT (2021-02-18). Pfizer, BioNTech launch global trials of their Covid-19 vaccine in pregnant women. rt.com US pharma giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have kicked off an international study into the safety and effectiveness of their coronavirus vaccine in pregnant women, with 4,000 volunteers from nine countries taking part. | Healthy pregnant women in the US have already received their first shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab as part of the research, the companies announced on Thursday. They'll soon be joined by fellow test subjects in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mozambique, South Africa, the UK and Spain. | Women aged 18 and older are to be inoculated during weeks 24-34 of gestation, the later stag…

RT (2021-02-18). Asking Russia for Sputnik and getting ANAL SWABS in China: US diplomats vent over State Department's Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. rt.com Even though the State Department received almost enough US-made Covid-19 vaccines for every employee, some diplomats have had to ask host countries for jabs and suffered indignities such as anal tests in China, a new report says. | The State Department has received "roughly" 73,000 doses of the US-made Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but "declined to say" how many of its estimated 75,000 employees it has vaccinated, the Washington Post reported. | Some of the diplomats stationed in Moscow have asked Russia for its Sputnik V vaccine, after Foggy Bottom "could not promise delivery" of American vaccines "in the near…

Global Research News (2021-02-18). Selected Articles: Pandemic Revelations. globalresearch.ca By We bring to the attention of our readers, this important international statement by health professionals, medical doctors and scientists,…

MEE staff (2021-02-18). Senators urge Biden to undo US recognition of Morocco's claim to Western Sahara. middleeasteye.net Senators urge Biden to undo US recognition of Morocco's claim to Western Sahara | US lawmakers say new administration should reverse 'misguided decision' which came as part of Morocco's normalisation deal with Israel | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 16: 28 | Sahrawis hold a Polisario Front's flag at Sahrawi refugee camp of Dakhla, 27 February 2016 (AFP/File photo) | More than two dozen US senators from both major parties h…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-18). Egyptian student at Austrian university detained without charge in Cairo. middleeasteye.net Egyptian student at Austrian university detained without charge in Cairo | Ahmed Samer said police had beaten him and asked questions about his research on reproductive rights and Islam | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 13: 30 | Samer's family said the 29-year-old student was charged with spreading fake news and affiliation to a terrorist group – claims his family deny and describe as baseless (Supplied) | An Egyptian…

Ragip Soylu (2021-02-18). REVEALED: Turkey plans spaceport in Somalia for $1bn moon mission. middleeasteye.net REVEALED: Turkey plans spaceport in Somalia for $1bn moon mission | MEE source provides details of plan to put Turks on the moon, as opposition says there's not enough money | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 14: 00 | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed an ambitious timetable with the aim of making contact with the moon on unmanned missions (Turkish Space Agency TUA) | Turkey's recently announced space programme, w…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-02-18). The untold tragedy of Iraq's Shia Turkmen women abducted by Islamic State. middleeasteye.net The untold tragedy of Iraq's Shia Turkmen women abducted by Islamic State | Like the Yazidis, hundreds were captured and killed by the militant group in 2014. But families, community leaders and officials have turned a blind eye | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 10: 01 | A Yazidi woman and her children who were captured by IS but escaped. Unlike with the Yazidis, no major efforts have been made to free Shi…

MEE staff (2021-02-18). Israel-Syria prisoner swap: Two Syrian shepherds to be repatriated. middleeasteye.net Israel-Syria prisoner swap: Two Syrian shepherds to be repatriated | Israeli attempts to secure release of a female citizen have been complicated by the Syrian Druze to be swapped wanting to remain in the Golan | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 13: 01 | Signs pointing out distances to different cities is seen on Mount Bental, an observation point in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Qu…

MEE staff (2021-02-18). European powers, US warn Iran against further breaches of nuclear deal. middleeasteye.net European powers, US warn Iran against further breaches of nuclear deal | Iran's Zarif hit back at joint Western statement, saying violations were a result of US withdrawal from the agreement | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 21: 04 | Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is the country's only nuclear power station and is currently running on imported fuel from Russia (AFP/File photo) | The United States and major European powe…

MEE staff (2021-02-18). Nato increases troop numbers in Iraq to combat threat from Islamic State. middleeasteye.net Nato increases troop numbers in Iraq to combat threat from Islamic State | Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the increase, from 500 to 4,000, is being organised alongside Iraqi government | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 17: 24 | Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attends a defence ministers meeting in Brussels on 13 February to address key issues (AFP/File photo) | Nato is preparing to significantly increase tr…

MEE correspondent (2021-02-18). Iranian press review: Iran plans to export Covid-19 vaccine to the world. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Iran plans to export Covid-19 vaccine to the world | Meanwhile, Tehran indicates readiness for Qatar to play mediator role in nuclear talks, and, as the pandemic spreads, the number of Iranians working without a contract rises to seven million | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 10: 58 | A member of the Imam Khomeini Hospital medical personnel receives a dose of Russia's Sputnik V…

MEE staff (2021-02-18). US lawmakers press military over data purchases from Muslim apps. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers press military over data purchases from Muslim apps | Military and intelligence chiefs asked to disclose whether any US citizens were surveilled when military bought user information from popular apps | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 19: 08 | The effort was led by Congressman Mark Pocan, with representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ro Khanna signing on to it (AFP) | US lawmakers…

Akram Al-Waara (2021-02-18). Palestinian cancer patient on deathbed after release from Israeli prison. middleeasteye.net Palestinian cancer patient on deathbed after release from Israeli prison | Hussein Masalmeh lies in critical condition in hospital, as family accuses Israel of medical negligence | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 12: 01 | Hussein Masalmeh's family say he was gravely ill for two years before being released from Israeli prison (Twitter) | When Bilal Masalmeh, 34, dreamt of the day his older brother Hussein woul…

_____ (2021-02-18). Seven Facts and Figures About WWII You Need to Know. strategic-culture.org In the final days of the World War II in Europe, the German command pursued a deliberate policy of successive partial capitulations in the West to bring as many as possible of the eastern military formations westwards and surrender them intact to the British and Americans. It was General Eisenhower how dashed German hopes for a separate peace with the West and facilitated the signing of the final instrument of surrender at the seat of government from where the German aggression sprang: Berlin, captured by the Red Army.

MEE staff (2021-02-18). Biden downplays Uighur persecution as part of China's 'different norms'. middleeasteye.net Biden downplays Uighur persecution as part of China's 'different norms' | US president said he would not speak out on China's treatment of Uighurs, which the previous Trump administration declared a genocide | Thu, 02/18/2021 – 15: 20 | Rights groups say more than one million Uighurs and other Muslim Turkic-speaking people in China have been rounded up and held in detention camps (AFP) | US President Joe Biden…

RT (2021-02-18). US reintroduces bill to ban goods from Xinjiang over China's 'genocide' of Uighur Muslims in mass camps. rt.com The US House of Representatives has reintroduced a bill to ban imports from China's northwestern Xinjiang region unless the products coming in can be verified as being produced without forced labor. | The revamped bill, which previously passed the House by 406-3 votes, is designed to clamp down on the Chinese government, which the US has accused of committing "genocide" against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. | Under the legislation, US President Biden would be able to impose sanctions against people trafficking Uighurs in Xinjiang. The region is a major exporter of cotton and tomatoes to the US. | Also on rt.com

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-18). Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid. counterpunch.org It is probably not a good idea to write while in the grip of anger. But I am struggling to suppress my emotions about a wasted year, during which politicians and many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence suggesting that Vitamin D can play a critically important role in the prevention and treatment

Staff (2021-02-18). Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Previously Worked for Department of Homeland Security. truthout.org The Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Wednesday that the neo-Nazi leader of The Base, a white nationalist and accelerationist paramilitary group recently designated a terror group by the Canadian government, worked within their ranks for several years, coordinating efforts to combat terrorism. | According to a

Staff (2021-02-18). Biden Has the Power to Cancel Student Loan Debt Now. What's Stopping Him? truthout.org Image Credit: Facebook: Debt Collective | Students, campaigners and top Democrats have been pushing President Joe Biden to use executive authority to cancel at least $50,000 in student loan debt per person. Student loan debt in the U.S. stands at $1.7 trillion, with some 45 million people owing money. Filmmaker and organizer Astra Taylor, an author, documentary director and organizer with the Debt Collective, says Biden has clear legal authority to cancel student debt. "Not doing this is a choice," sh…

Staff (2021-02-18). Biden Plans to Use "Inclusive" Language in Future Discussions on Immigration. truthout.org The Biden administration announced this week that federal agencies will use "more inclusive" language when it comes to discussing issues relating to immigration. | A memo from Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Tracy Renaud

Staff (2021-02-18). Black Revolutionary Love Reimagines Democracy. truthout.org Given the long history of U.S. volatility and racist violence, those attentive to white supremacist and fascistic ideologies were dismayed but not surprised at the January 6 breach of the Capitol. A militarized mob endeavored to block the certification of the Biden/Harris election and harm, if not kill, elected officials seeking to uphold constitutional norms. The following month, the Senate acquitted Donald Trump for inciting sedition that inflicted trauma, injuries and the loss of life. | I never consi…

Staff (2021-02-18). Ted Cruz Jets Off for Mexican Vacation While Texas Endures Unprecedented Crisis. truthout.org This week, while millions of his constituents in Texas suffered under conditions that some have likened to Hurricane Katrina, Sen. Ted Cruz decided to fly to Cancun with his family for a vacation. | After pictures appeared on social media Wednesday night showing Cruz

Staff (2021-02-18). Billionaire Dallas Cowboys Owner and Oil Man Cashes in on Texas Blackout Crisis. truthout.org While citizens of Texas are facing a crisis of massive proportions brought on largely by the failures of natural gas companies to Demand for what little natural gas the state can access has soared amid the crisis as mil…

Staff (2021-02-18). More Policing Is Not the Solution to Anti-Asian Violence. truthout.org Asian Americans are crying out against an escalation of anti-Asian attacks in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, and all across the United States. In light of the scant media coverage,

Sam Pizzigati (2021-02-18). Rising Inequality: the 'Pre-Existing Condition' That Doomed the U.S. COVID Response. counterpunch.org Back in April 2017, only a few months after Donald Trump's inauguration, one of world's most prestigious medical journals, the London-based Lancet, established a special commission to keep tabs on "Public Policy and Health in the Trump Era." The panel's 33 commissioners — medical professionals of all sorts, along with assorted notables in legal and

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-18). Black Lives Matter UK just took a vital step in building a mass movement. thecanary.co Black Lives Matter UK has

RT (2021-02-18). NASA says Moon by 2024 'no longer realistic,' but keeping Artemis program despite lack of funding. rt.com Landing on the Moon by 2024 is no longer a realistic goal, the US space agency quietly admitted. While the Biden administration said it would keep the Trump-era Artemis program, there was no hint of Congress actually funding it. | "The 2024 lunar landing goal may no longer be a realistic target due to the last two years of appropriations, which did not provide enough funding to make 2024 achievable," acting NASA administrator Steve Jurczyk told Ars Technica on Wednesday evening. | The agency was "reviewing the program for the most efficient path forward," he added. | Notable: The Artemis Program will become NA…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-18). Politico's Defense News, Brought to You by Northrop Grumman. mintpressnews.com Does taking Northrop Grumman's money make Politico less likely to call out the Pentagon's enormous and bloated military budget, war crimes committed overseas, or the gross wastage of public funds?

Alan Macleod (2021-02-18). As Macron Courts the Far-Right, France Launches Crackdown on "Islamo-Leftism" mintpressnews.com Islamo-leftism is a label coined by the far-right, with many pointing out the distinct similarities between it and "Judeo-Bolshevism," a term created by German Nazis linking religion with a set of political beliefs. Yet it has quickly been taken up by many in France's political center.

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-02-18). Atlantic Council Urges Biden to Enforce Regime Change in Belarus. 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). | *** | A recent

Alex McDonald (2021-02-18). Israel: Election of New ICC Prosecutor Raises Questions for War Crimes Probe. 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). | *** | The election of Karim Khan, a British lawyer, as chief prosecutor …

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Sri Lanka stifles dissent to block justice for war crimes, Amnesty says. laprensalatina.com Colombo Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Sri Lanka has launched a new crackdown to stifle dissent and hinder justice for the crimes committed during the nation's civil war, says an Amnesty International report released Thursday. The report alleges that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa government's concerted effort to target human rights bodies, media, lawyers, political opponents, and law enforcement …

claudia (2021-02-18). Your National Political Committee newsletter — reflections on Black socialists and revolutionaries. dsausa.org Enjoy your February National Political Committee (NPC) newsletter! Our NPC is an elected eighteen-person body (including two YDSA members who share a vote) which functions as the board of directors of DSA. Make sure to check out the NPC's updated national priorities, including attracting, retaining, and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) organizers…

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-18). Stratfor's Decade-Old Geopolitical Map Provoking Russian-Turkish Distrust? globalresearch.ca The recent viral sharing of the speculative map of Turkey's future regional influence that was first published by Stratfor founder George Friedman in his 2010 book about "The Next 100 Years: A Forecast For The 21st Century" is provoking distrust …

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Climate change bigger threat than pandemic: EU official. yenisafak.com Climate change is a "bigger" threat than the COVID-19 pandemic in the long run, and it requires immediate and collective action, said the head of the EU delegation to Turkey."Climate change is not only a risk in itself, but it is also a risk multiplier for all of our societies," Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut told the meeting held with the theme of "Tackling Climate Change" in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday.The global community, he said, has passed the stage of questioning the causes of climate change, however, it still has an advantage as it knows a way to address the problem: the decarbonization of countries'

The Canary (2021-02-18). The NHS and care workers who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. thecanary.co At least 244 frontline health and care workers have been identified after dying with coronavirus (Covid-19). | This chronological list contains people who were working in roles shortly before their deaths where they were likely to come into contact with patients. | The figure is likely to be lower than the true number of workers who have died, as the names of some victims will not yet be in the public domain. | Through tributes from loved ones and confirmation through sources such as local NHS trusts and other authorities, the names of health and social care workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 since…

_____ (2021-02-18). An Improbable Vanguard Of Poor People Is 'Reclaiming' Vacant Homes. popularresistance.org On the night before Thanksgiving last year, Sasha Atkins, a 31-year-old hair stylist and single mom, hauled a few carefully chosen belongings — her phone, blankets, pillows and a laptop — into a vacant duplex on Shelley Street in Los Angeles' El Sereno neighborhood and held her breath. Busting into an empty house was a last resort, but the pandemic has turned her precarious housing situation into an emergency. For three years, she and her son couch surfed or occasionally landed a motel room. But work had become scarce, and friends and family feared COVID-19 if they let new people into their homes. So,…

_____ (2021-02-18). Real Unemployment Is Three Times What They're Telling Us. popularresistance.org Southwest Harbor, Maine — 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, for a little cautionary austerity. However politically efficacious this line may be, rosy portraits of an expanding economy hide the chronic weakness of the US economy and especially the burdens imposed on poor and minority communities. | Fear of inflation on the part of Republicans is insincere…

news.un (2021-02-18). UN chief calls for 'new social contract' as part of post-pandemic recovery. news.un.org With the COVID-19 pandemic exposing social and economic inequalities rooted in racism, discrimination and xenophobia, recovery must lead to more inclusive societies, the UN Secretary-General told Member States on Thursday.

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Italian lawmakers ratify new gov't led by Draghi. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The lower house of Italy's parliament voted overwhelmingly Thursday to ratify former European Central Bank (ECB) head Mario Draghi as prime minister amid the dual challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and the worst economic slump since World War II. A day after getting the nod from the Senate, the 73-year-old economist …

Editor (2021-02-18). The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Substack What took place at the Capitol on January 6 was undoubtedly a politically motivated riot. As such, it should not be controversial to regard it as a dangerous episode. Any time force or violence is introduced into what ought to be the peaceful resolution of political conflicts, it should be lamented and condemned. But none of that justifies lying about what happened… |

Middle East Monitor (2021-02-18). As Israel aims for 1 mn. Squatters on Palestinian Territory, Settler Violence against Indigenous Palestinians Spikes. juancole.com By Osama Othman | — ( Middle East Monitor) — Terrorist attacks by Israeli settlers have become more frequent in the occupied West Bank. One of the latest victims was Bilal Shehadeh Bawatna, 52, from Al-Bireh, who was killed last Friday when he and his companions were run over by a car driven by a …

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-02-18). Bayer and US officials pressure Mexico to overturn glyphosate ban. nationofchange.org "Will they continue the pattern of doing the bidding of global biotech/seed firms like Monsanto? Or, will the USTR respect other countries' rights to protect the environment and indigenous crops?"

_____ (2021-02-18). Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Is Happening In Plain Sight. popularresistance.org It's been just over one year since the RCMP raided Wet'suwet'en camps along the route of the Coastal Gas Link (CGL) LNG pipeline in Northern B.C. Brandishing guns and tactical gear, the RCMP arrested dozens of Indigenous land defenders and supporters who defied an injunction obtained by CGL to not impede the construction right of way. | The raids evoked outrage that saw supporters across Canada erect railway blockades and highway shutdowns. Demonstrators gathered by the thousands in the streets demanding governments, police and industry to uphold Indigenous rights and stop construction of the pipeline.

news.un (2021-02-18). 'Put Syrians first…finally', UN rights investigators urge after deadly decade of conflict. news.un.org Along with an end to the "instrumentalization" of humanitarian aid, victims of Syria's decade-long civil war and their families need justice to help rebuild their lives, Human Rights Council-appointed investigators said on Thursday.

Tracy Keeling (2021-02-18). Explosive study shows the wildlife trade plays a major role in the rapid loss of the world's species. thecanary.co The biodiversity crisis, aka the rapid disappearance of essential diverse life on earth, is — alongside the climate crisis — one of the most pressing issues on the planet right now. The rich tapestry of life on earth is responsible for the ecosystems that humans, and all living beings,

Scott Remer (2021-02-18). "Let Them Eat Ice Cream" counterpunch.org Nancy Pelosi, Marie Antoinette, Donald Trump, and hypocrisy I "know" things I'd rather not consciously acknowledge. We all do. To be a human being is to implicate oneself in some degree of hypocrisy; existence is acquiescence to imperfection. If we want to live with a minimum of contentment, we have no alternative. But there is

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Lebanon announces plan to vaccinate thousands of migrant workers. laprensalatina.com Beirut, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The Lebanese government on Thursday announced a plan to vaccinate migrant workers in the country, many of whom are there illegally and are often the victims of abuse by their employers. Following a meeting of government representatives, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and NGOs, the chairman of the National Committee …

Staff (2021-02-18). Headlines for February 18, 2021. democracynow.org Texans Face Deadly Winter Storm with Ongoing Power Outages, Water Shortages, U.S. Life Expectancy Falls by 1 Year in 2020, Drops Nearly 3 Years for Black Americans, Florida Gov. DeSantis Prioritizes Vaccines for Rich White Residents, Then Threatens Critics, Mexico Denounces Vaccine Hoarding as U.N. Warns 130 Nations Have Yet to Receive Any Vaccines, Top Executives at Vaccine Manufacturers Sold $500 Million in Stocks Last Year, FBI Probes Cuomo over Nursing Home COVID Deaths; Cuomo Threatens to "Destroy" Critic, White House Unveils Immigration Bill with 8-Year Path to Citizenship, Burmese Anti-Coup Protests Contin…

Soraya Fernández (2021-02-18). Andalucía: Un brote en una residencia de Los Barrios provoca 46 muertes por coronavirus. globalizacion.ca El Covid-19 no da tregua. El inicio de la campaña de vacunación en las residencias de mayores no está evitando un reguero de muertes. En Los Barrios (Cádiz) lo saben bien. Desgraciadamente, la residencia Nuestra Señora del Rosario sumaba ayer …

United Health Professionals (2021-02-18). International Alert Message about COVID-19. United Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers, this important international statement by health professionals, medical doctors and scientists, which Below is the complete text which was sent to the governments. …

United Health Professionals (2021-02-18). International Alert Message about COVID-19. United Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We are more than 1,500 members (including professors of medicine, intensive care physicians and infectious disease specialists) from more than 30 countries. The lockdown has not only killed people, it has destroyed physical and mental health, economy, education and other aspects of social life.

Arvind Dilawar (2021-02-18). More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid. thenation.com More Than Half of All Inmates in Wisconsin Prisons Have Tested Positive for Covid…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Antonio Guterres criticizes unequal global access to COVID-19 vaccines, calls it 'wildly unfair'. peoplesdispatch.org The UN secretary general pointed out that 75% of all vaccinations so far have been administered in just 10 rich countries, whereas 130 mostly poor countries have not received a single dose of vaccine…

Kit Knightly (2021-02-18). 5 Questions To Ask Your Friends Who Plan To Get The Covid Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Many of us have friends or family who plan on getting the vaccine. Maybe they truly believe they are in danger. Maybe they think it's better safe than sorry. Maybe they just want to be able to go to the …

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Firms allowed to buy vaccines for employees in Indonesia. yenisafak.com Indonesia on Thursday gave the nod for a private COVID-19 vaccination scheme in the country, allowing companies to purchase jabs for workers.More than 5,000 firms have registered for the campaign, according to a statement by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Rosan Roeslani, head of the trade body, said the scheme will speed up Indonesia's inoculation drive as companies can directly provide vaccines to their employees without having to wait for the government.A majority of the companies that have applied to join the program are from labor-intensive industries such as textile, which have been hit hard…

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-18). Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid. globalresearch.ca It is probably not a good idea to write while in the grip of anger. But I am struggling to suppress my emotions about a wasted year, during which politicians and many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence …

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-18). Huge Victory: Under Pressure, New York Ends Mandatory COVID Testing in Schools. 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). | *** | The New York State Education Department

_____ (2021-02-18). Fast Food Workers Went On Strike For $15 An Hour In 15 Cities. popularresistance.org Fast food workers in 15 cities across the country went on a one-day strike on February 16, to demand that their employers—including McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's—pay them $15 an hour and give them union rights. | The effort, which is part of the nationwide Fight for 15 movement, comes as lawmakers in Washington debate enacting a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage as part of President Biden's first COVID-19 relief package. | The strikes also honor Black History Month by emphasizing the generations of low pay and lacking workplace protections among Black workers, historical inequities that have bee…

news.un (2021-02-18). Make 'every effort' to save COVID-19 response from corruption, UN Assembly President urges. news.un.org Every effort must be taken to ensure that corrupt and unscrupulous practices do not prevent or impede the equitable availability and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-02-18). WHO seeks $1.96 billion for 2021 Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Response. news.un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking nearly $2 billion to fund its 2021 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for COVID-19 response which, was launched on Thursday in Geneva.

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Hong Kong to kick off citywide vaccination program. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong is set to roll out a citywide Covid-19 vaccination program, with the government approving the use of China's Sinovac vaccine Thursday. Health authority confirmed Thursday morning their approval of the CoronaVac vaccine, developed by mainland Chinese bio-pharmaceutical firm Sinovac for emergency use. The decision came after a panel …

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Russia admits to lacking capacity to meet Sputnik V vaccine demand abroad. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Russia does not have the capacity to meet international demand for the Sputnik V Covid vaccine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. "The demand for the Russian vaccine abroad is very high. It is so high that it considerably exceeds production capacity," he said at his daily press conference. The Russian …

Online News Editor (2021-02-18). Mexico out front in pressuring UN to guarantee anti-Covid vaccine access. laprensalatina.com By Cristina Sanchez Reyes Mexico City, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Mexico has positioned itself as one of the countries exerting the most pressure on the United Nations to guarantee universal access to anti-Covid-19 vaccines, denouncing vaccine hoarding and/or monopolization by the richest nations and creating links with other Latin American nations like Argentina. "What was raised …

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-18). It's Not A Political Problem, It's A Propaganda Problem: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com While we all fixate on electoral political solutions, the powerful focus on narrative control, because that's where real power is at. The people who pose an actual threat to the machine are those who disrupt its narratives and narrative control agendas. Everyone else is harmless. | If the majority of a troubled population believes their political system is operating in a way that is demonstrably very different from the way it actually operates, then that population doesn't have a political problem, it has a propaganda problem. | Berners watched the mass media actively sabotage the Sanders campaign day after day i…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-18). Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats. indybay.org The dire need for progressive populism…

Mariana Carbajal (2021-02-18). Argentina — øNo se puede o no se quiere prevenir los femicidios? globalizacion.ca øNo se puede o no se quiere prevenir los femicidios? La pregunta suena boba. øCómo no se va a querer? Entonces…. øNo se puede? Estamos cansadas de hacer diagnósticos, de señalar lo que falta, lo que hace mal la justicia…

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-02-18). Cuba y Estados Unidos: El ataque que no ocurrió. globalizacion.ca Le llamaron "ataques sónicos", "incidentes de salud", "síndrome de La Habana". En nombre de unos supuestos ruidos inexplicables cuyas causas eran difusas, el gobierno de Estados Unidos decidió retirar en septiembre de 2017 a todo el personal no esencial y…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Implementation of IMF and World Bank policies continues in Sudan. peoplesdispatch.org In the second part of the interview with Peoples Dispatch, Dr. Fathi Elfad of the Sudanese Communist Party talks about the legislative council that will soon be formed, the role of the military in foreign affairs and the need for solidarity with people's movements…

Emerson Sykes (2021-02-18). The Weeknd's Music is Safe Enough for the Super Bowl, but Contraband in Prison. aclu.org Incarcerated people do not lose their First Amendment rights while locked up. Yet correctional facilities across the country routinely restrict materials that prisoners can access using unconstitutional, arbitrary rules governing everything from the item's

Bill Hatch (2021-02-18). Absurd Journalism: The Washington Post on California Wildfires. counterpunch.org To anyone who knows something about a topic, any topic, the national press coverage of that topic often appears absurd. One cause is that the article might be animated by the ideologies of all the right people rather than anything as lowly as an ordinary question. The Feb. 9 Washington Post article, "California's rainy season

Mike Ervin (2021-02-18). Smart Ass Cripple: My Bad Case of Vaccination Envy. progressive.org I'm not trying to crash the line. I'm just trying to claim my rightful place in it.

Katie S. Martin (2021-02-18). Conquering Hunger in the U.S. progressive.org Millions of Americans are hungry because they lack the means to pay for food.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-02-18). The American century ends early. nationofchange.org How the USS Enterprise was transformed into the USS Roach…

Oakland Privacy (2021-02-18). Wednesday 3/17: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org Online. | Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Pablo Ruiz (2021-02-18). Biden: øDiplomacia o más militarización? globalizacion.ca Si es verdad que el Presidente Biden viene con un nuevo espíritu debería poner fin al "destino manifiesto" y dejar de intervenir en América Latina. El nuevo presidente de los Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, tendrá una difícil misión la que…

WSWS (2021-02-18). Australian government overturns university research grants as part of anti-China campaign. wsws.org Funding vetoes and a witch-hunting inquiry by the Australian parliament are bound up with the US-instigated confrontation with China, now being intensified by the Biden administration.

Michael Lupa Jr. (2021-02-18). State Of Mayhem: The Not So Perfect Days. indybay.org This material was taken from the book " Memories Of Oblivion", written by Michael Lupa Jr.

Women's March Foundation (2021-02-18). Saturday 3/6: Onward To Equity: Building Community and Equity for All w/ Women's March. indybay.org Virtual event…

WSWS (2021-02-18). Quebec's #MeToo movement denounces the presumption of innocence. wsws.org In attacking the presumption of innocence, the proponents of #MeToo are helping lay the ideological groundwork for an expanded ruling-class assault on democratic rights.

Emir Sader (2021-02-18). Brasil — Bolsonaro es favorito, Trump también lo fue. globalizacion.ca Hace un año Trump era uno de los favoritos para ser reelegido presidente de Estados Unidos. Reinaba en lo más alto de las encuestas, mientras sus oponentes luchaban por saber quién lo enfrentaría, divididos, con bajos porcentajes, para poder desafiarlo….

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Unions demands investigation after death of three workers following explosion at ArcelorMittal plant in South Africa. peoplesdispatch.org For 12 hours after the incident, the management of ArcelorMittal, the largest steel producer on the African continent, did not bring in specialists, but used about 10 of its ordinary employees to conduct the search and rescue operation, NUMSA reported…

Dean Baker (2021-02-18). The Failure of the Media in Responding to the Lying Right. counterpunch.org I posted this Twitter thread this morning. It should be self-explanatory, but it is more than a little infuriating to see the media (not just Thomas Edsall) act like they are innocent bystanders in the rise of an anti-democratic right-wing movement that constantly lies to advance its agenda. The media have agency, but have thus

WSWS (2021-02-18). Adopting "anti-separatist" law, Macron moves to censor French universities. wsws.org The state has ordered the National Center for Scientific Research to ideologically evaluate all university research in France for Islamist influence.

Planned Parenthood Action (2021-02-18). Thursday 2/25: We've Decided, Now What? Black Community, Equity Accountability & the New Administration. indybay.org Online event…

Norman Stockwell (2021-02-18). 'Go to Where the Silence Is'. progressive.org An interview with Amy Goodman on the twenty-fifth anniversary of Democracy Now!

John Feffer (2021-02-18). 'An Obstructive Body' and 'menace to liberties': How the U.S. Senate is a Global Problem. juancole.com ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — The acquittal of Trump was bad, but the Senate's approach to foreign affairs over the years has been even worse. By John Feffer | February 17, 2021 Watching the Senate conduct the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump brought back a flood of memories from high school. I distinctly …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-02-18). Struggling for Gender Equality in East Africa: Researches and Experiences. globalresearch.ca For over two decades, the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) has been fighting for gender equality, the empowerment of women and improvement of women's rights in Kenya and broadly in East Africa. Established in 1999, CREAW has used …

WSWS (2021-02-18). Bitcoin over $50,000 as Wall Street surges. wsws.org The bitcoin speculation mania is only the most egregious example of what is taking place throughout the financial system.

oneworld.press (2021-02-18). Stratfor's Decade-Old Speculative Map Is Provoking Russian-Turkish Distrust. oneworld.press The recent viral sharing of the speculative map of Turkey's future regional influence that was first published by Stratfor founder George Friedman in his 2010 book about "The Next 100 Years: A Forecast For The 21st Century" is provoking distrust between the Russian and Turkish societies since this image predicts that Ankara will eventually exert sway over Crimea and all of southern Russia by 2050.

K.J. Noh (2021-02-18). South Korean Icon for Democracy and Reunification Passes Away. dissidentvoice.org Baek Ki Wan, the quiet, thoughtful, progressive conscience of South Korea, and its most impassioned, idealistic voice for reunification, passsed away on February 15th, from pneumonia at the age of 89. His last words were a message of support for a grieving mother fasting for the passing of Labor Rights Legislation and words of encouragement for …

ERA Coaliton (2021-02-18). Monday 2/22: Passing the Equal Rights Amendment & the Role of Faith Communities Town Hall. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Homes Not Handcuffs (2021-02-18). Tuesday 2/23: Oppose the Camping Ban Amendments at the Santa Cruz City Council Meeting. indybay.org Online meeting. Instructions on how to participate: | ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnli…

Commonwealth Club (2021-02-18). Friday 2/26: Anti-Racist Classrooom: Building an Inclusive & Anti-Racist Educational Student Experience. indybay.org Online event / webinar…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Palestinian human rights group seeks investigation into violence from illegal Yitzhar settlement. peoplesdispatch.org The Palestinian human rights group Al Haq appealed to the United Nations Special Procedures to look into violence by settlers from the illegal Yitzhar settlement, including shooting at villagers with live ammunition and torching agricultural lands…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-02-18). Call to Resist Tyranny: There is Only One Thing to Do: Say NO! The Legacy of Wolfgang Borchert. globalresearch.ca In a manifesto written in 1947, "Then there is only one thing!", the German regime critic and writer Wolfgang Borchert calls on fellow human beings to refuse to participate in future wars. Shortly afterwards, the 26-year-old died as a result …

March for Science (2021-02-18). Friday 2/19: SC1.5NCE Not Silence Forum as U.S. Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement. indybay.org Online via livestream: www.facebook.com/marchforscience/

Christopher Fons (2021-02-18). Limbaugh: the Crash of the Dirigible. counterpunch.org Alex Cockburn once called Rush the "dirigible of drivel." Indeed. I worked as a truck driver for years for Roadway (RPS), UPS and FedEx (a job I really enjoyed btw-people of all stripes are genuinely very respectful to package delivery folk, and I loved the uniform, particularly the shorts), but I digress. My truck always

Andrew Emett (2021-02-18). Former prison officials plead guilty to bribery scheme. nationofchange.org "Our Office will continue to seek equal justice under the law and hold accountable government officials who corrupt their oaths and betray the public's trust."

WSWS (2021-02-18). President Macron rejects troop draw-down in French military intervention in the Sahel. wsws.org The French army has waged the neo-colonial war under the cynical banner of the fight against terrorism and the defence of the local population.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Proposed French anti-radicalism law runs into controversy. peoplesdispatch.org Critics have said that the proposed law will stigmatize Muslims and that the existing laws are enough to cover the issues sought to be addressed by the new legislation.

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-18). Psychedelic drug in clinical trial to help stroke victims recover by rewiring brain. nationofchange.org Algernon Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian-based company, began its study this week in which stroke participants will be given a microdose of DMT with the hope of minimizing damage and maximizing recovery.

David Giesen (2021-02-18). 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")…

WSWS (2021-02-18). Australia: Peters Ice Cream workers reject wage-cutting drive. wsws.org Workers have rejected a management proposal to slash the wages of casual workers by nearly 30 percent, and are enforcing an indefinite overtime ban.

National Homelessness Law Center (2021-02-18). Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case. indybay.org Parties reach historic agreement that prevents people experiencing homelessness from being cited or arrested for sleeping outdoors when no shelter is available…

Jorge Alemán (2021-02-18). En la democracia del Neoliberalismo: Las buenas críticas. globalizacion.ca Hay un círculo vicioso que se repite en distintos escenarios. Durante años un gobierno neoliberal realiza una apropiación y destrucción del aparato productivo, del tejido social, de los legados históricos, capturando a través de distintos dispositivos el sentido común y…

J.D. ALT (2021-02-18). The Aerodynamics of Chartalism. realprogressives.org Critics of MMT often say, "but it's only 'chartalism'"—as if chartalism, itself, were a discredited explanation of reality that inherently discredits Modern Money Theory. (This sleight of hand is reinforced, I think, by the fact that "chartalism" sounds like "charlatanism" which, in fact, means bearing a false pretense of knowledge.) | Dismissing MMT as mere "chartalism," however, is like dismissing the fact that airplanes fly as being merely "aerodynamics"—as if there were something fishy about aerodynamics which, in turn, made it fishy that airplanes fly. The simple fact of the matter is that air…

UFCFLP (2021-02-18). 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.

oneworld.press (2021-02-18). Chinese President Xi Shared His Vision Of Win-Win Ties With America. oneworld.press There are two main arguments in favor of President Biden responding positively to his Chinese counterpart's suggestions other than the most obvious one that it's simply the right thing to do in the interests of global stability.

WSWS (2021-02-18). Facebook blocks all news content in Australia. wsws.org Facebook has responded to a conflict with the Australian authorities and media corporations over advertising revenue, with what could be described as a declaration of online martial law.

One Earth Film Festival (2021-02-18). Saturday 3/6: "Flint: Who Can you Trust?" Film & Discussion: Impact of Flint Water Crisis on Poor & POC. indybay.org Virtual film screening (FREE)…

WSWS (2021-02-18). Corporate profit, electricity deregulation and the disaster in Texas. wsws.org Millions have been without power for days in the state that produces more electricity than any other in the United States.

Xulio Ríos (2021-02-18). El Buey que tira de China. globalizacion.ca China recibe estos días el año del Buey y, como siempre, son muchas las expectativas que despierta. Sin duda, será este un ejercicio marcado por las celebraciones del centenario del PCCh. Esto implica que la estabilidad será un asunto más…

Chris Cole (2021-02-18). 'All The Warfare Of The Future': Drones, New Technology and the Integrated Review. globalresearch.ca At the beginning of March, the government will publish its long-awaited Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, known (thankfully) as

Leadership Conference Civil & Human Rights (2021-02-18). Friday 2/19: Vision For Justice Virtual Summit: Building a New, Non-Carceral Paradigm for Public Safety. indybay.org Online summit (FREE & open to the public)…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-18). Besieged population in Ethiopia's Tigray region faces starvation, rights violations. peoplesdispatch.org "Living in crowded camps, children and families urgently need food, shelter and clean water…Immunizations have ground to a halt, health and water facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and essential supplies looted," says UNICEF…

Nicole Sealey (2021-02-18). "Pages 9-14," an excerpt from The Ferguson Report: An Erasure. thenation.com

Meerabelle Jesuthasan (2021-02-18). The Fight Against France's Global Security Law Is Far From Over. thenation.com The Fight Against France's Global Security Law Is Far From Over…

Maia Hibbett (2021-02-18). In Okinawa, the US Military Seeks a Base Built on the Bones of the War Dead. thenation.com In Okinawa, the US Military Seeks a Base Built on the Bones of the War Dead…

Zachary Siegel (2021-02-18). What Popular Culture Misunderstands About Addiction. thenation.com What Popular Culture Misunderstands About Addiction…

Joan Walsh (2021-02-18). What Was Rush Limbaugh So Afraid Of? thenation.com What Was Rush Limbaugh So Afraid Of?

Amanda Marcotte (2021-02-18). Rush Limbaugh captivated dads like mine and created America's modern fascist aesthetic. salon.com Limbaugh co-opted rock-and-roll to sell authoritarianism…

Jeff Mackler (2021-02-18). As Biden Returns "Civilization" to Washington, It's More Obvious Than Ever That Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed. counterpunch.org Capitalist "civilization" returned to the nation's capitol on Jan. 20, Joseph Biden's Inauguration Day. Replete with 25,000 troops forming an iron ring around the few thousand establishment dignitaries gathered to pay homage to the new president, with deep roots in America's racist, warmongering past and present, the event aimed at reassuring the world that Trump-era

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Khashoggi's fiancee pins hope on Biden to solve murder. yenisafak.com Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said she was hopeful that the new US administration will solve the murder case.Speaking to the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK and the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Cengiz said she trusts that the new director of US national intelligence, Avril Haines, will release the CIA's report on the Khashoggi murder.While admitting the complex relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia, she said she is optimistic that US President Joe Biden will stand by its goal of "promoting human rights and American values"."Those who know the truth should tell the tr…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). 'Guided tour': Foreign envoys visit disputed Kashmir. yenisafak.com As diplomats from nearly two dozen countries continue their two-day visit in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, commentators and politicians say that another "guided tour" would not change ground realities in the disputed region.This is the third visit of foreign envoys to Kashmir since Aug. 5, 2019 when New Delhi scrapped the Himalayan valley's autonomous status, and imposed a security and communications lockdown.While parts of the capital Srinagar still remain shut in a sign of protest, on Wednesday the dignitaries were taken to a government college in Budgam district, as well as a holy Muslim shrine in Haz…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). 'NATO must respect security concerns of each ally'. yenisafak.com Turkey's permanent representative to NATO Thursday said allies should handle the differences of opinion and respect the security concerns of one another.Speaking to Anadolu Agency on the 69th anniversary of Turkey's NATO membership, Basat Ozturk said Turkey has been a valuable and important country for the alliance, adding: "Although we have different opinions with some allies, in the end, NATO is a platform to address these differences."NATO should be the main consultation platform on all matters concerning the security and defense issues of all allies as also required by the Washington Agreement, Ozturk said, n…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Netanyahu to discuss possible US return to Iran deal. yenisafak.com The meeting will be attended by Defense Minister Benny Gantz Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi.On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden and Netanyahu held their first phone talk for about an hour. The two leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on security issues in the Middle East, including Iran, according to a statement by the White House.An Israeli premier's office statement highlighted that both have "discussed the future advancement of the peace accords, the Iranian threat and regional challenges, and agreed to continue their dialogue".Netanyahu strongly opposed the US' possible return to…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). US congratulates Pakistani students after they best MIT, Stanford in aeronautics contest. yenisafak.com A team of brilliant Pakistani students won second prize in an international aeronautics and astronautics contest, outclassing their peers from the world's top ranking universities.The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad praised the Pakistani youths in a tweet, saying: "Congrats to Team Invictus, a group of Pakistani students from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) for winning 2nd place in the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Design, Build and Fly) competition, beating MIT & Stanford!"Congrats to Team Invictus, a group of Pakistani students from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute for winning 2nd place in th…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan to bolster strategic partnership. yenisafak.com Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on Thursday discussed ways to strengthen strategic partnership between the two countries.As part of his official visit, Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov met with his Kazakh counterpart Muhtar Tleuberdi in the capital Nur-Sultan, said a statement by Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry.‚Ä®Discussing global issues, the two also underscored the importance of expanding bilateral relations.Kamilov was also received by Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, according to a presidential office statement. ‚Ä®They discussed current status of bilateral r…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). 'Greek Cypriot admin intends to harm 5 1 Cyprus talks'. yenisafak.com The president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on Wednesday criticized his Greek counterpart's statements on the Cyprus issue and Eastern Mediterranean.Eyes have turned to an informal 5 1 meeting led by the UN on the Cyprus issue, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks with the participation of guarantor countries, said TRNC President Ersin Tatar in a written statement.He stressed that the incitement and unacceptable demands by the Greek side have also intensified.Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades' statements that "the UN parameters should not change, the Turkish side's plans…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia trilateral meeting postponed. yenisafak.com The trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia has been postponed, which was previously scheduled to be held on Friday, according to Turkish diplomatic sources Thursday.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's two-day visit to Azerbaijan's capital Baku for official talks has been postponed as well.According to Georgian authorities, the meeting was postponed as Georgia's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani decided not to attend the meeting following the resignation of the country's premier amid the political turmoil.Early Thursday, Georgian Prime Minister G…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Turkey concerned over raids on homes of Crimean Tatars. yenisafak.com Turkey on Thursday voiced concern over Wednesday's raids on the homes of Crimean Tatars."We are concerned over the raids on the homes of our kin Crimean Tatar Turks and the detention orders issued in the morning hours of yesterday (February 17) in Crimea," said a Foreign Ministry statement."We call for an end to such practices against the Crimean Tatars, who are the fundamental constituents of the Crimean Peninsula," the statement added.It reiterated that Turkey does not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea, and vowed to continue to stand by Crimean Tatars.On Wednesday, Lyudmila Denisova, the Ukrainian parl…

_____ (2021-02-18). Why Can't Inner-Ring Democrats Just Say 'No' to Billionaires? strategic-culture.org By Sam PIZZIGATI | Have you heard the latest about the strategic political genius of billionaire Michael Bloomberg? | The political brilliance, you might skeptically ask, of Michael Bloomberg? | The same Michael Bloomberg who The same Michael Bloomberg who sunk over $900 million into a bid for the 2020 Democrati…

_____ (2021-02-18). Tim Kirby, Joaquin Flores — The Strategy Session, Episode 6. strategic-culture.org The prize for the truly awful story of last week goes to the appointment of a monster daughter of AIPAC to head Pentagon planning for the Middle East, joining a sterling cast of characters at State Department and in the intelligence community,

_____ (2021-02-18). A Tale Told by an Idiot: The Second Impeachment of Donald Trump. strategic-culture.org What we have just seen is another example of the compulsion of America's liberal ruling elite to make a sick, discredited joke of what is left of their own collapsing and totally bankrupt political system. | The first impeachment of Donald Trump in 2019 was no tragedy. It was always a farce. The second impeachment, in which Trump was acquitted on the night of Saturday, February 13 did not even rise to that. It was a hiccup, a non-event. The most solemn procedure in the sacred constitutional process of the United States did not even rise to the entertainment value of a bout of naked mud wrestling. | Washington dur…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-18). Touchdown! Life-searching Perseverance rover to land today on Mars. imperial.ac.uk Was there ever life on Mars? Now that Perseverance is landing, Imperial scientists working with NASA's Mars 2020 mission might soon find out.

Robert Mackey (2021-02-18). Fossil Fuel Apologists Crafted Lies Now Heard on Fox, Blaming Wind Power for Texas Blackouts. zcomm.org Republicans failed to ensure that the Texas power grid could withstand a cold snap, so the party's broadcast arm recycled lies about wind energy to deflect blame on to Democrats…

John Feffer (2021-02-18). The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem. zcomm.org The acquittal of Trump was bad, but the Senate's approach to foreign affairs over the years has been even worse…

John Buell (2021-02-18). Real Unemployment is 3 times what they're telling us. zcomm.org Rosy portraits of an expanding economy hide the chronic weakness of the US economy and especially the burdens imposed on poor and minority communities…

Abby Zimet (2021-02-18). Biko: And the Eyes of the World Are Watching Now. zcomm.org A gifted medical student and charismatic organizer, Bantu Steve Biko was arguably the most famous martyr of the struggle against South African apartheid…

Barbara G. Ellis (2021-02-18). Shouldn't Big Business Be Paying for Pentagon Wars? zcomm.org Congress and the president must stop subsidizing Big Business' exploitive efforts and profits with our tax dollars…

yenisafak (2021-02-18). Donald Trump says he will continue to be in US politics. yenisafak.com Former US President Donald Trump has indicated he will continue to be in American political life, according to three different interviews he gave on Wednesday.Trump left the White House last month amid Capitol riot, for which he was blamed for inciting. Although he went down in history as the only US president that was impeached twice by the House of Representatives, the Senate acquitted him.After the Jan. 6 riot in Capitol building, Trump's Twitter account was suspended indefinitely. While the social media service provider was his foremost choice of communication with the masses, he said he "won't be back on Twi…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-18). Iranian army experts overhaul Mirage military aircraft. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (MNA) — Experts in the Martyr Habibi Zaham Air Force Base in Mashhad have successfully overhauled a Mirage military aircraft.