2021-02-19: Social Media Postees

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Biden Spent Black History Month Deporting Black Immigrants
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
In the days it took to pull together this Q&A with two leaders in the immigrant rights movement–Haitian Bridge Alliance's Guerline Jozef and the UndocuBlack Network's Patrice Lawrence–the federal government deported more than 70 asylum-seekers to Haiti, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other children. Haiti is in the midst of political turmoil and advocates are calling these deportations "death flights." Soon, hundreds more Black immigrants are expected to be deported, including 135 Haitian immigrants. Most of them are families. | While the coverage of these deportations hasn't been extensiv…
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Biden Spent Black History Month Deporting Black Immigrants
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
In the days it took to pull together this Q&A with two leaders in the immigrant rights movement–Haitian Bridge Alliance's Guerline Jozef and the UndocuBlack Network's Patrice Lawrence–the federal government deported more than 70 asylum-seekers to Haiti, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other children. Haiti is in the midst of political turmoil and advocates are calling these deportations "death flights." Soon, hundreds more Black immigrants are expected to be deported, including 135 Haitian immigrants. Most of them are families. | While the coverage of these deportations hasn't been extensiv…
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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
Portuguese teachers strike against unsafe return to schools order; national strike planned against South Africa's ANC government over the erosion of workers' rights, unemployment, corruption, inequality and poverty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/wkrs…

Trailblazing former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis dies at 68
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
CHICAGO (PAI)–If you're looking for who started "Red for Ed," figuratively if not literally, you'll find Karen Lewis. Because it could arguably be said that Lewis, the former President of the Chicago Teachers Union/AFT Local 1, who died in early February at 68 after a long battle with cancer, originated the combination of teacher activism …
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Monday 2/22: San Francisco Speakout & Digitial Rally: $15 Fair Wage & COVID Relief Now! w/ PPC
Poor People's Campaign and union partners | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
SF: sidewalk outside office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein @ 1 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 | Masks & Social Distancing Required at All Times | Online: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream/
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Over 200 Small Business Restaurant Owners And Employers Endorse Raise The Wage Act
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
As the small restaurant sector reels from the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a report published Thursday by advocates for tipped workers and a $15 minimum wage revealed that phasing out subminimum wages for such workers–which can be as low as a little over $2 an hour–does not cause businesses to close. | In fact, the report–published by the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley and One Fair Wage–found that the five states with the greatest rate of decline in open hospitality businesses during the pandemic are all states with a submi…
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No Evictions For 30+ Families In Philadelphia Takeover Houses
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
The National Lawyers Guild stands in solidarity with the Poor People's Army and all of the 30+ families that are sheltered in homes that are reclaimed, abandoned properties in Philadelphia. Three families in Philadelphia, residing in homes owned by the Department of Housing & Urban Development, have received notices or threats of eviction within the last 2 months, and could be thrown out into the freezing cold at any moment. Poor People's Army / Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign has filed 3 pro se federal injunctions for these properties and are likely to go to court any day. The families should n…
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No Evictions For 30+ Families In Philadelphia Takeover Houses
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
The National Lawyers Guild stands in solidarity with the Poor People's Army and all of the 30+ families that are sheltered in homes that are reclaimed, abandoned properties in Philadelphia. Three families in Philadelphia, residing in homes owned by the Department of Housing & Urban Development, have received notices or threats of eviction within the last 2 months, and could be thrown out into the freezing cold at any moment. Poor People's Army / Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign has filed 3 pro se federal injunctions for these properties and are likely to go to court any day. The families should n…
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Facebook's news censorship in Australia: A battle between monopolies
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Facebook's sweeping ban on news content has also affected non-news websites. Apart from blocking crucial public information websites, left-wing parties, trade unions and progressive movements have also been censored…
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Ecuador Elections: Arauz and Lasso To Second Round, CNE Says
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Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) confirmed on Friday that Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso would face the first-round winner Andres Arauz on the second round of the presidential elections on April 11. | RELATED: | Will Andres Arauz Be the Next President of Ecuador? | With 100 percent of the ballot records processed, the electoral body reported that the Union for Hope (UNES) Andres Arauz won with 32.72 percent of the votes while Lasso received 19.74 percent.
Ecuador Elections: Arauz and Lasso To Second Round, CNE Says

Sometimes Marx's Capital is a pillow, sometimes it obliges us to deepen our struggles
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2021-02-19
In 1911, a young Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) arrived in France, which had colonised his homeland of Vietnam. Though he had been raised with a patriotic spirit committed to anti-colonialism, Ho Chi Minh's temperament did not allow him to retreat into a backward-looking romanticism.
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Haitian crafts entrepreneur looking to spread success
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
By Maria Montecelos Port-au-Prince, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Haitian artisans produce handicrafts of remarkable quality and variety but struggle to make a living due to the lack of a domestic market for their creations. But they now have a key ally and ambassador in Magalie Dresse, an entrepreneur and papier mache artist who is determined to …
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Why Haitians are angry at the UN
Yves Engler | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
The case of Haiti reveals how the UN can be part of the problem rather than the solution…
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UN human rights office alarmed by 'attacks' on judicial independence in Haiti
news.un.org | 2021-02-19
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) is "very concerned" over recent attacks against judicial independence in Haiti, as the country is gripped by political and institutional instability, a spokesperson said on Friday.
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"The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario"
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…
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Life Lies of the Islands of Prosperity
Stephan Lessenich | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
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.
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Syria Resurrects Proposed Pipeline for Iranian Gas to Reach European Markets
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
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 Nord, Blue, Turk, Yamal and South Streams, as well as | …
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'This is the Way We Rise': Hawaiian poetry in motion
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
The Tidal Wave of Indigenous Cinema continues to swell with Hawaiian filmmaker Ciara Lacy's stirring This is the Way We Rise, a poetic short about Polynesian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio that recently screened as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Jamaica is the daughter of Jon Osorio, Dean of Hawai ªinuiƒÅkea School of Hawaiian Knowledge …
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Colombian Scientists and Indigenous People to Census Condors
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-19
Biologists and over 300 Kokonucos Indigenous People are conducting the first Colombian condor census to help conserve this endangered species. | RELATED: | Bolivia Investigates Killing of 35 Condors | "Counting the emblematic national bird will allow us to create policies focused on its preservation given its importance in our ecosystem," Neotropical Foundation Scientific Director Fausto Saenz assured. | The Andean condor, one of the largest birds in the world, is considered a sa…
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Facebook: Genocide is Cool but Don't Threaten our Profits
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-19
"Facebook's willingness to block credible news sources also stands in sharp distinction to the company's poor track record in addressing the spread of hateful content and disinformation on the platform." — Tim O'Connor, Amnesty International Australia…
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Biden's First Month Marked by Broken Promises
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-19
Biden kicked off his campaign by telling wealthy donors that "nothing would fundamentally change" under his presidency. After one month in office, it appears as if that is one campaign promise he is likely to keep.
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US State Department accusation of China 'genocide' relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-19
The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their "genocide" accusation against China. A close review of Zenz's research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of "genocide" against the Muslim Uyghur population in China's Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on …
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US State Department accusation of China 'genocide' relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-19
The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their "genocide" accusation against China. A close review of Zenz's research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of Chinese "genocide" against the Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on …
thegrayzone.com/2021/02/18/us-media-repo…

Historic win: Trade unions celebrate UK top court's ruling on Uber drivers
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
The UK Supreme Court upheld multiple lower court rulings that held that Uber drivers are workers and not "self-employed" as the raid-hailing corporate argued…
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UK Top Court Gives Uber Drivers Benefits In Landmark Ruling
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
London – Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as "workers" and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Friday, in a decision that threatens the company's business model and holds broader implications for the so-called gig economy. | The ruling paves the way for Uber drivers to get benefits such as paid holidays and the minimum wage, handing defeat to the ride-hailing giant in the culmination of a long-running legal battle. | The Supreme Court's seven judges unanimously rejected Uber's appeal against an employment tribunal ruling, which had found that two Uber drivers were "workers" under British law.
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UK Top Court Gives Uber Drivers Benefits In Landmark Ruling
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
London – Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as "workers" and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Friday, in a decision that threatens the company's business model and holds broader implications for the so-called gig economy. | The ruling paves the way for Uber drivers to get benefits such as paid holidays and the minimum wage, handing defeat to the ride-hailing giant in the culmination of a long-running legal battle. | The Supreme Court's seven judges unanimously rejected Uber's appeal against an employment tribunal ruling, which had found that two Uber drivers were "workers" under British law.
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Shamima Begum to find out next week if she can potentially return to the UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-19
Shamima Begum will find out if she can potentially return to the UK to pursue an appeal against the removal of her British citizenship when the Supreme Court gives a ruling on her case next week. | Stateless: | Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in February 2015. Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. | Begum, now 21, is challenging the Home Office's decision to remove her British citizenship and w…
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Massive victory for workers as Uber loses Supreme Court battle
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-19
Supreme Court justices have ruled against Uber and said that drivers should be classed as workers. | Seven justices ruled on the latest round of a long-running fight between Uber operating companies and drivers on Friday, after a hearing in July. | Uber operating companies, who said drivers were contractors not workers, appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the fight. | "Historic": | Justices dismissed Uber's appeal in a decision the GMB union said was "historic". | BREAKING: It's the end of the road for Uber's mistreatment of drivers. | This landmark Supreme Court ruling puts…
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'Leaving Aside' International Law: Why Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
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…
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Ted Cruz vacationing in Cancun while millions freeze is par for the Course for the US Filthy Rich and their G.O.P Lapdogs
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-19
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Sen. Ted Cruz abandoning Texas to its fate, with millions suffering without power, to go off on a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, is the perfect metaphor for America in the age of monopoly capital. After all, many American corporations have taken a prolonged tax holiday in the Caribbean. Some 18 …
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Juan Cole on the Clearest Example of Israeli Apartheid Yet
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-02-19
Israel Defense Forces / CC BY-NC 2.0] Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play As Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program got underway in recent months, reports in Western media, including the New York Times, lauded the country's speedy inoculation efforts to vaccinate every Israeli over the age of 16. What many news reports failed to immediately note in detail, however, was that as the… | Source…
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[Research Paper] "We needed this": perspectives of parents and healthcare professionals involved in a pilot newborn screening program for spinal muscular atrophy
Didu S.T. Kariyawasam, Arlene M. D'Silva, Janine Vetsch, Claire E. Wakefield, Veronica Wiley, Michelle A. Farrar | thelancet.com | 2021-02-19
Newborn screening (NBS) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a recognised model through which health outcomes can be improved. However, perspectives of parents and healthcare professionals (HCPs) involved in such programs are largely unknown. Methods: A pilot program for SMA ran from August 2018-July 2020. Using a mixed-methods convergent methodology, we used a self-administered questionnaire to understand parents' perceptions and psychological impact of the program from diagnosis to treatment. We thematically analysed successes/challenges encountered by HCPs and recommendations for service improvement from both…
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Venezuela launches Covid vaccination program
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-19
TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (MNA) — Venezuela on Thursday began immunizing healthcare workers against the coronavirus with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, with the government announcing plans to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of the year.
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Venezuela launches vaccination drive against COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Despite the harsh economic sanctions and commercial blockade against Venezuela imposed by the US and supported by the EU, the government of President Nicolás Maduro is making every possible effort to secure anti-COVID-19 vaccines…
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'Essential' Workers Still Endangered by COVID-19
Christopher D. Cook | progressive.org | 2021-02-19
Biden and Congress must boost OSHA standards and enforcement to stifle the pandemic.
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Layoffs rise as pandemic subsides
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
San José, CA – Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to subside during mid-February, layoffs were on the rise, showing that we are nowhere near the end of the tunnel for workers in this country. For the week ending February 13, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that there were 861,000 new applications for regular state unemployment insurance, an increase of 13,000 over the previous week. Applications for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for gig workers and the self-employed rose by a much larger 174,427 the same week, to 516,299 new claims. Together, this meant that almost 190,000 workin…
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The Culture Wars Continue: Biden Takes on Abortion
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Joe Biden is moving aggressively to redress many of the conditions left by Donald Trump's administration, notably the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic recession and white nationalism. However, the most intractable challenge that he will face may be the resistance of the culture wars, particularly a woman's right to an abortion. The culture wars long anchored…
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Layoffs rise as pandemic subsides
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
San José, CA – Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to subside during mid-February, layoffs were on the rise, showing that we are nowhere near the end of the tunnel for workers in this country. For the week ending February 13, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that there were 861,000 new applications for regular state unemployment insurance, an increase of 13,000 over the previous week. Applications for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program for gig workers and the self-employed rose by a much larger 174,427 the same week, to 516,299 new claims. Together, this meant that almost 190,000 workin…
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Portland, OR power outages affect 300K residents after ice storm
Mariah Denman and Caleb Kennedy | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-19
In a pandemic winter, when the risk of spreading COVID-19 between households is high, neighbors have had to take the risk to help each other by sharing generators, firewood, food, cooking equipment, clean water and…
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Pandemic's 1-2 punch: Unemployment up, life expectancy down
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
WASHINGTON (PAI)–The ongoing coronavirus pandemic packed a one-two punch against the nation's workers, federal agencies reported, as almost 1.38 million more people sought federal or state jobless aid in the week ending Feb. 13. Meanwhile, U.S. life expectancy dropped by a year in the first half of 2020, another federal report showed. And that second …
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ALBA Members Review Food Access Strategies Amidst COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-19
Ministers of Agriculture of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) analyzed on Thursday actions to guarantee food to their populations in the coronavirus context pandemic. | Venezuelan Minister of Agriculture, Wilmar Castro, explained in a message on his Twitter account that in the meeting, developed virtually, the impacts on the agri-food sector of the COVID-19 pandemic were analyzed. | RELATED: | ALBA-TCP Celebrates XVIII Summitt Virtually | The o…
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Over 90 Grassroots Health Care and Labor Groups Urge Senate to Immediately Confirm Xavier Becerra to HHS
Johanna Kichton | peoplesaction.org | 2021-02-19
Groups Push Senators for Swift Action on Historic Confirmation Amid Pandemic in New Letter Led by People's Action Contact: Johanna Kichton, 240.206.1145, press@peoplesaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C.–Over 90 grassroots health care and labor groups today wrote to Senate leadership urging them to immediately confirm Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the Secretary of the Department of Health and …
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The Case For The Financial Transaction Tax
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
For most Americans, what threatens health also threatens wealth. The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the worst economic crisis in nearly a century, with millions suddenly facing hunger, unemployment, or eviction. But Wall Street doesn't represent most Americans. In the parallel universe of the financial industry, stock indices soared to historic peaks as Americans wished good riddance to the deadliest year in our history. Detached from the daily lives of most Americans, the stock market surge almost exclusively benefited the disproportionately wealthy, and the pandemic once again lived up to its distinction as "the g…
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Latin America Finds Its Own Answers To Produce COVID-19 Vaccines
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
In a world harmed by the severe COVID-19 pandemic, the access to vaccines is being distorted by the rules of the open market and the deep gap between rich and poor nations. As the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently said, "the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure — and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries." In a formal declaration the WHO warns that "in the majority of low and middle-income countries, vaccination has not even started which is a catastrophe as hospitals fill…
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Latin America Finds Its Own Answers To Produce COVID-19 Vaccines
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
In a world harmed by the severe COVID-19 pandemic, the access to vaccines is being distorted by the rules of the open market and the deep gap between rich and poor nations. As the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently said, "the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure — and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries." In a formal declaration the WHO warns that "in the majority of low and middle-income countries, vaccination has not even started which is a catastrophe as hospitals fill…
popularresistance.org/latin-america-find…

Iran marks one year of pandemic amid fears over fourth wave
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Tehran, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- One year after the first cases of Covid-19 were detected in Iran, authorities are concerned about the so-called British strain and the arrival of a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic, as the government tries to boost its vaccination campaign. The first official announcement of the presence of the new coronavirus …
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A report just slammed the Universal Credit £20 uplift as 'inadequate'
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2021-02-19
The Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) Universal Credit is under the microscope again. This time, a survey of claimants found the benefit left them in chaos. It called the £20 uplift "inadequate". But the problem is that this isn't exactly news to the countless people who've been struggling on it for years. | The DWP: here we go again: | The Canary has been covering Universal Credit during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. A lot of debate has been about the £20 a week uplift. In April 2020, the DW…
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Left & right alike fume over Dems' bill to ban 'twice-impeached presidents' from burial at Arlington, any honoring of their names
rt.com | 2021-02-19
House Democrats have apparently found time to plot more ways to punish Donald Trump — even as a pandemic and other troubles devastate their constituents — angering Americans of virtually all political persuasions. | The ' No Glory for Hate Act', sponsored by Representative Linda Sanchez (D-California) and co-sponsored by 13 other Democrats, calls for banning any "twice-impeached president" from being buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The ashes of such a president couldn't be inurne…
rt.com/usa/515995-trump-arlington-cemeta…

'Idea of Sacrifice a complete nonstarter in US culture before Covid': Pandemic spurred major shift in American values, study finds
rt.com | 2021-02-19
Researchers from UCLA and Harvard University analyzed internet activity, namely online searches and social media posts, and found a significant return to more traditional, rural American values emerged as the pandemic took hold. | The team studied online activity during the two 10-week periods either side of March 13, 2020, the date Covid-19 was declared a national emergency in the US. | In their analysis, they used Google searches as one metric to reflect societal mood and attitudes w…
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Will leftist Andrés Arauz be the next president of Ecuador?
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-19
In the first round of Ecuador's presidential elections held on February 7, Alliance for Hope's candidate Andrés Arauz won the largest number of votes but fell just short winning the elections outright, write Vijay Prashad and Pilar Troya…
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'What is this, 1998?' Twitter users astonished that Tony Blair is opining on Covid roadmap… and MEDIA COVERS IT as 'news'
rt.com | 2021-02-19
Brits may have wondered if they woke up in the right century after seeing ex-prime minister Tony Blair giving his policy prescription for the Covid-19 pandemic — and being cited as an authority on the topic by major media outlets. | The former Labour Party leader on Friday published his own "roadmap" out of the UK's Covid-19 lockdown, complete with a "traffic light system" dictating data-based parameters for opening and closing decisions. Mainstream media outlets jumped on the report as big news, with some portraying it as influential in setting the current government's policy. | We believe a credible lo…
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Pandemic put US back on track to meet Paris climate goals, report finds, but at huge human cost
rt.com | 2021-02-19
In what researchers have dubbed a "remarkable" reversal of fortunes, pandemic-induced lockdowns across the US have brought the country back on track to meet targets in the Paris climate accord, but at a grim human cost. | According to an independent report released Thursday, US renewable energy capacity broke new deployment records in 2020, thanks to numerous tax incentives and initiatives, while coal consumption dropped concurrently. | The proportion of electricity generated by renewables hit a record 20 percent of overall capacity, eclipsing coal, which dipped to 19 percent. Emissions from electricity use al…
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Amid G7 Meeting, Pressure Mounts for Biden to Remove Global Barriers to Vaccines
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-19
President Joe Biden is meeting with the G7 leaders of other wealthy nations Friday to discuss global plans to defeat COVID. Meanwhile, the United States is under growing international pressure to reverse course from the Trump administration and lead the world toward ending massive global disparities in vaccine and treatment access that threaten to stretch the deadly pandemic out for years. | Hanging in the balance are an untold number of human lives — and the profit margins of privat…
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The Covid Deception Serves An Undeclared Agenda
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
There is no scientific basis for the measures in place to deal with the alleged Covid Pandemic. Among experts the support for these measures are largely limited to those with financial links with pharmaceutical corporations. Public health bureaucrats, such as …
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Selected Articles: The Covid Deception Serves An Undeclared Agenda
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
The Covid Deception Serves An Undeclared Agenda | By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, February 19 2021 | There is no scientific basis for the measures in place to deal with the alleged Covid Pandemic. Among experts the support for these measures | …
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Politics & Science: Rahm Emanuel, Mike Pence, Homosexuality, Pandemics, Masks, Vaccines
Bruce E. Levine | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Aside from their icy-mobster visages, Rahm Emanuel and Mike Pence have something else in common. Both, as members of presidential administrations, tried to rewrite Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pandemic guidance for political purposes. The reason why one was successful and the other was not has nothing to do with courageous CDC scientists threatening to resign in protest; instead, the different outcomes had to do with politics.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/politics-sci…

COVID-19 disruptions to HIV prevention could increase new infections amongst men
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-19
Disruptions to HIV prevention and treatment strategies due to the pandemic could increase new HIV infections amongst men who have sex with men.
imperial.ac.uk/news/215297/covid-19-disruptions-hiv-prevention-could-increase

UN chief to security meeting: '2021 must be the year to get back on track'
news.un.org | 2021-02-19
By exposing deep fissures and fragilities, "COVID-19 has x-rayed the world", the UN chief told the Munich Security Conference on Friday, while acknowledging that today's vulnerabilities go "well beyond" pandemics and public health.
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World leaders attend virtual Munich Security Conference
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
The Munich Security Conference kicked off Friday with world leaders attending the annual event virtually amid the pandemic.The conference, also called the 'Davos for Defense', provides a platform to discuss transatlantic, foreign and security policies.This year, the fight against the pandemic and climate change will also be on the agenda.US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among the participants.UN chief Antonio Guterres, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council Presi…
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Vaccine nationalism and profiteering: How capitalism captured a pandemic
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-19
Right from the start, agreements and plans for the development of COVID-19 vaccines, were going to privilege a profit-generating and market-based approach, writes Dale McKinley.
greenleft.org.au/content/vaccine-nationa…

Democracy Now! Turns 25: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Independent News on the Frontlines
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-19
Democracy Now! first aired on nine community radio stations on February 19, 1996, on the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary. In the 25 years since that initial broadcast, the program has greatly expanded, airing today on more than 1,500 television and radio stations around the globe and reaching millions of people online. We celebrate 25 years of the War and Peace Report with an hour-long retrospective, including highlights from the show's early years, some of the most controversial interviews, and groundbreaking reports from East Timor, Standing Rock, Western Sahara and…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/19/democracy…

The Atrocious Prosecution of Julian Assange
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
What do Biden and Trump have in common? (Aside from jerking Iran around over the nuclear treaty, proclaiming support for a phony, unelected pretender to the Venezuelan presidency, Juan Guaido, and posturing aggressively toward China?) Both Biden and Trump support the utterly baseless Espionage Act case against journalist and publisher Julian Assange. Make no mistake,…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/the-atrociou…

Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
"Radical solutions require radical solutions," I wrote in my 2010 book "The Anti-American Manifesto," a polemic that calls upon us to save ourselves from imminent social, economic and political collapse by overthrowing the system and rebuilding society from the ground up. We currently face several radical problems. But we're not likely to rise to the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/biden-offers…

Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
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Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
The dire need for progressive populism…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/17/1884011…

Spanish activists rescue 148 migrants in Mediterranean
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Rome, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- A baby was among the 148 migrants rescued Friday by the crew of a ship belonging to the Spanish NGO Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario (SMH) in two separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The Aita Mari is the only humanitarian vessel currently plying the waters of the central Mediterranean. Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario …
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The Biden administration has spent Black History Month deporting Black immigrants
Guerline Jozef | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
Why aren't people in the streets?
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-biden-administ…

Immigration Activists Welcome Reform Bill But Warn of Long Fight Ahead
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-19
Migrant justice activists and organizations welcomed the introduction of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 this week but are warning that the bill faces a long and uphill battle before becoming law. | At the center of the comprehensive bill, which was introduced by Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Linda Sánchez, is a path to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. The bill also includes key provisions that migrant justice activists have been demanding for dec…
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AOC Raised $1 Million for Struggling Texans as Cruz Handled Post-Cancún PR Mess
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-19
While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was dealing with an embarrassing public relations disaster of his own making — flying to Cancún, Mexico, with his family while his home state was reeling from blackouts and water shutdowns amid frigid temperatures — his political adversary Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) was spearheading an effort to raise funds for those in dire need. | Ocasio-Cortez announced on Thursday…
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The Twilight Zone: Covid, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and Eugenics
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
These horrible times, from lockdowns to lockdowns to coerced vaccinations, to social distancing, to masking and masking and more masking — when we all know, and science has proven it — that none of this helps — don't they make …
globalresearch.ca/the-twilight-zone-covi…

Foreign Correspondent: What's Really Going on with China's Uighurs?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2021-02-19
Experts say U.S. officials are seeking enemies, not the truth.
progressive.org/dispatches/whats-going-o…

Have Your Spine and Eat It Too
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2021-02-19
Whatever happened to the Republican Party's strict textual reading of our nation's founding document?
progressive.org/dispatches/have-your-spi…

"Interesting" Times: Capitalism Kills Everything
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Yes, it's terrible that Joe Biden has refused to forgive more than a pittance of student debt. But do we not recall him telling a Los Angeles Times host that he had "no empathy, give me a break" for the plight of Millennials in the savagely unequal and environmentally unsustainable world he'd helped create over decades of Congressional service to corporate and financial America? No surprise.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/interesting-…

Scheer Intelligence: The Clearest Example Of Israeli Apartheid Yet
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
As Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program got underway in recent months, reports in Western media, including the New York Times, lauded the country's speedy inoculation efforts to vaccinate every Israeli over the age of 16. What many news reports failed to immediately note in detail, however, was that as the Middle Eastern nation was rapidly vaccinating its citizens against the deadly virus that turned the whole world upside down, it showed no signs of inoculating the approximately 5 million Palestinians whose land Israel occupies in the Gaza strip and the West Bank. After a global outcry ensued over the immoralit…
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Scheer Intelligence: The Clearest Example Of Israeli Apartheid Yet
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
As Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program got underway in recent months, reports in Western media, including the New York Times, lauded the country's speedy inoculation efforts to vaccinate every Israeli over the age of 16. What many news reports failed to immediately note in detail, however, was that as the Middle Eastern nation was rapidly vaccinating its citizens against the deadly virus that turned the whole world upside down, it showed no signs of inoculating the approximately 5 million Palestinians whose land Israel occupies in the Gaza strip and the West Bank. After a global outcry ensued over the immoralit…
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Killing Revolution in Bahrain, U.S.-UK Plotted Regime Change in Libya, Syria
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-19
The legacy from events a decade ago still reverberate to this day. Several members of the current Biden administration bear responsibility for the destruction, including the present Secretary of State Antony Blinken. | Ten years ago this month, the Middle East and North Africa were convulsed by uprisings and subterfuges. The Arab Spring is generally thought of as a single wave of pro-democracy movements that swept the vast region. Far from it, however, the events were a mixed bag in which Western powers were not on the right side of history, as Western media would portray. Indeed, these powers played a nefarious…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/19/ki…

UN report slams U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
Editor's Note: A group of 27 U.S. senators and representatives on Feb. 11 urged President Joe Biden to "consider the humanitarian impacts of sanctions." They did not name specific countries, but at the top of the list of countries currently on the receiving end of U.S. sanctions is Venezuela. The country was the target of …
peoplesworld.org/article/un-report-slams…

Man-made disaster: Capitalism and Republicans failed the people of Texas
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
Winter storms, freezing temperatures, and a failed power grid have left millions of Texans fighting for their lives this week. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz being caught attempting a family vacation to the warmth of Cancun, Mexico, while his constituents faced a humanitarian disaster is the epitome of an unequal system at work. The tragedy in …
peoplesworld.org/article/man-made-disast…

Activists Warn Resumption Of Armed Conflict In Western Sahara
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
The collective of the Sahrawi Human Rights Defenders in Western Sahara (CODESA) has called for global support to save the lives of Sahrawis as occupying Morocco resumed its oppression in the region fighting for self-determination. Last week, CODESA appealed to international organizations including the International Committee of the Red Cross for solidarity and action in "saving lives and humanity in Western Sahara." | CODESA appealed to the Red Cross to immediately establish a permanent mission for humanitarian operations in Western Sahara. It also asked other international organizations and individuals to sign a…
popularresistance.org/activists-warn-res…

Ethiopia: Tigray TPLF Sets Peace Talks Conditions With Gov't
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-19
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) set on Friday a group of conditions for holding peace talks with the Ethiopian government. | RELATED: | Tigray: UN Pushes Gov't To Offer Humanitarian Help | In a statement shared on Facebook by the TPLF TV station Dimtsi Weyane, the opposition demands an international mediator's appointment and unrestricted access to humanitarian aid. | During our virtual meeting with regional presidents and city administrators, we agreed to mobilise support for th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ethiopia-Tigrays…

'A Humanitarian Crisis' in Texas: Cold and Snow Put Millions in Danger. 38 Dead
Counter Current News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
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). | *** | Texas's freeze entered a sixth day on Thursday. At least 31 …
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New York sues Amazon for not protecting workers against COVID, firing whistleblowers
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
NEW YORK (PAI)–Donald Trump isn't Letitia "Tish" James's only big legal target. Neither is the notorious radical right-wing U.S. gun lobby. Now she's taking on Amazon. James, New York state's Attorney General, is probing Trump's financial crimes committed through his private foundation. Last year, she sued the National Rifle Association and its top officers for …
peoplesworld.org/article/new-york-sues-a…

The Global Cry for Change
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Change is in the air, it's been hovering for some time, but thanks to Covid-19 festering social issues and inequalities have been highlighted, intensifying the need for a new approach. Talk of environmental action and reimagining how we live and work fills the airwaves; catchphrases abound, spilling from the lips of duplicitous politicians who claim…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/the-global-c…

Wednesday 2/24: #TimeToAct on Climate: New Day Digital Rally for Climate, Economic & COVID Justice
Climate Action Campaign and allies | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Virtual rally…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884016…

CDC report: Biggest drop in US life expectancy since World War II
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the first half of 2020, life expectancy dropped by more than one year as COVID-19 ripped through the population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/pers…

How the Gates Foundation Seeded America's COVID-19 Policy Catastrophes
Jordan Schachtel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is finally facing the heat for his botched and 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 …
globalresearch.ca/how-the-gates-foundati…

Whitehaven COVID-19 Vaccination Site Open This Weekend by Appointment Only
Rafael Figueroa | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
SHELBY COUNTY, TN (SCHD) — The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) in partnership with Southwest Tennessee Community College (SWTCC), will provide vaccinations at the SWTCC Whitehaven Center at 1234 Finley Drive, Memphis, TN 38116, on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st from 9: 00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m. In order to make up appointments missed …
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COVID vaccines are big business and a political weapon
a guest author | workers.org | 2021-02-19
By Manuel Raposo Manuel Raposo is editor of jornalmudardevida.net in Portugal, where this article was published Feb. 14. Translation: John Catalinotto. It has often been said that so-called "natural" disasters, including unforeseeable catastrophes, lay bare the weaknesses of the societies they strike. The health, social and economic crisis the coronavirus . . . | Continue reading COVID vaccines are big business and a political weapon at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54560/?utm_source=rs…

COVID vaccines are big business and a political weapon
| workers.org | 2021-02-19
By Manuel Raposo Manuel Raposo is editor of jornalmudardevida.net in Portugal, where this article was published Feb. 14. Translation: John Catalinotto. It has often been said that so-called "natural" disasters, including unforeseeable catastrophes, lay bare the weaknesses of the societies they strike. The health, social and economic crisis the coronavirus . . . | Continue reading COVID vaccines are big business and a political weapon at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54560/?utm_source=rs…

Battleground Baltimore: The battle continues for more COVID-19 vaccine doses
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-19
In this week's round-up of Baltimore news: Leaders examine the way doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed, Mayor Brandon Scott releases his administration's transition report, remembering musician Jimmy Jones, and…
therealnews.com/battleground-baltimore-t…

Venezuela inoculates health care workers at start of vaccine rollout
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Caracas, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Venezuela launched the first stage of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Thursday, administering doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine to front-line health care workers. They were selected as a means of recognizing them for their efforts to combat this potentially fatal respiratory illness, which has killed nearly 1,300 people in the …
laprensalatina.com/venezuela-inoculates-…

Unprotected African Health Workers Die As Rich Countries Buy Up COVID-19 Vaccines
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
On 6 January, gastroenterologist Leolin Katsidzira received a troubling message from his colleague James Gita Hakim, a heart specialist and noted HIV/AIDS researcher. Hakim, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, had fallen sick and had tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to a hospital in Harare 10 days later and moved to an intensive care unit (ICU) after his condition deteriorated. He died on 26 January. | It is a crushing loss to Zimbabwean medicine, Katsidzira says. "Don't forget: We have had a huge brain drain. So people like James are people who keep the system going,"
popularresistance.org/unprotected-africa…

Look at Pharma's Recent Record Before Bestowing a Crown
Martha Rosenberg | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
The vaccine "halo" that drug makers are currently wearing obscures their track record of selling addictive drugs, overpriced drugs and drugs with dangerous side effects hidden from the public. Lest drug makers become Covid heroes let us remember: * Opioid makers deliberately created the opioid addiction epidemic for profit, assuring patients and clinicians the narcotics…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/look-at-phar…

The 'Pre-Existing Condition' That Doomed the U.S. Covid Response?
Sam Pizzigati | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
The answer from a blue-ribbon medical commission on the Trump years: decades of rising inequality…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-pre-existing-c…

Dutch curfew extended by emergency bill as government shuns court ruling of Covid lockdown 'illegality'
rt.com | 2021-02-19
Dutch senators have voted overwhelmingly to pass an emergency act to continue a nationwide curfew, disregarding a judge's ruling this week that the restriction violates the law as well as the rights of citizens. | The emergency bill passed in a 45-13 vote on Friday evening, according to local media, upholding the nightly curfew in the face of an ongoing legal challenge to the restrictions, intended to stem the spread of Covid-19. | While a lower court
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Essential Farmworkers Deserve Protections From Pesticide Exposure
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-19
COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation's two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and…
truthout.org/articles/essential-farmwork…

Spanish cuisine in UK faces Brexit reality
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
London, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- In a cosmopolitan capital like London, diners can opt for tortilla and Iberico ham tapas just as easily as the British staple of fish and chips, but that could be changing, as Spanish restaurants and shops that are already struggling amid Covid lockdown are facing even more bureaucratic hurdles because of …
laprensalatina.com/spanish-cuisine-in-uk…

Why the Alabama Amazon struggle matters to workers everywhere
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
Sometimes a fight at one particular workplace can be so important that workers and their allies everywhere need to take notice. The struggle going on right now at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, is one of those fights. From now until March 29, nearly 6,000 employees at the Amazon order fulfillment and processing center …
peoplesworld.org/article/why-the-alabama…

Saturday 2/20: Richmond Car Caravan: Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers Unionizing
supportamazonworkers | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Gather at Walmart at Richmond Hilltop Mall Parking Lot, 1400 Hilltop Mall Rd, | Richmond, CA 94806 | MASKS and SAFE-DISTANCING…
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Saturday 2/20: Monterey Picket Protest in Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers Unionizing
SupportAmazonWorkers | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Whole Foods: Gather in front of Del Monte Shopping Center on Munras @ 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940 | MASKS & SAFE-DISTANCING…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

Britain's Double Standards in International Affairs
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
On February 12 it was announced by the UN that a British lawyer had been elected as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. No matter what one might think of the ICC, it is taking steps to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan and Yemen, so it can't be all bad. But a major point…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/britains-dou…

Prime Minister Johnson backed by Scottish and Welsh governments in deadly school reopenings
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
The Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee calls on workers who recognise the grave danger posed by the school reopenings to attend our online meeting on Saturday to discuss the fightback…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/uksc…

The Legacy of Baek Ki Wan: a South Korean Icon for Democracy and Reunification
K.J. Noh | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Baek Ki Wan, the quiet, thoughtful, progressive conscience of South Korea, and its most impassioned, idealistic voice for reunification, passsed away yesterday, Feb 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 the fired labor organizer, Kim Jin Suk.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/the-legacy-o…

New economic study 'demolishes' myth about student debt parroted by Joe Biden
Brett Wilkins | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-19
"The vast majority of borrowers that benefit from forgiveness hail from low- and lower-income communities," the study's authors affirmed.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/19/new-econom…

Why Democrats Need to Encourage Trump to Run Again
Guy T. Saperstein | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Guy T. Saperstein is a retired attorney who founded the largest private plaintiff civil rights law firm in America and successfully prosecuted the largest sex, race and age discrimination class actions in American history.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/why-democrat…

'Black Freedom Fighters in Steel' — a book review
Marie Kelly | workers.org | 2021-02-19
Ruth Needleman's "Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: The Struggle for Democratic Unionism," tells of five Black union activists who took on the steel industry of Indiana's Calumet Region along Lake Michigan at Youngstown Sheet and Tube, Inland Steel and U.S. Steel. (Cornell University Press, 2003) Needleman's rich narrative contains interviews . . . | Continue reading 'Black Freedom Fighters in Steel' — a book review at Workers.org
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In Challenge to U.S., Putin's Eurasian Union seeks to Incorporate Iran
Nikola Mikovic | juancole.com | 2021-02-19
Belgrade (Special to Informed Comment) — Iran is hoping to join Russia-dominated Eurasian Union by the end of February. The Islamic Republic could also soon get a new rail connection with the Russian Federation, and such an action would additionally strengthen economic and political ties between the two countries. Such a major infrastructural project would …
juancole.com/2021/02/challenge-eurasian-…

Hysteria in Suburbia
Thomas Frank | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Our leading scholars are disciples of post-structuralism; our best college graduates are recruited by the CIA; our best newspapers blur the line between reporting and opinion; our most influential political actors are the spin doctors whose job is to bend the facts this way and that.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

Millions of Texans without water, hospitals closed as power outages continue
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
Republican Senator and coup conspirator Ted Cruz, in an act of complete indifference, flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family for a vacation while a disaster unfolds across Texas, leaving dozens dead.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/texa…

Google This: Algorithmic Oppression
aclu.org | 2021-02-19
Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of "gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up. | Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it? | "These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. "The logic is racist an…
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/google-…

Thursday 3/4: International Women's Day: Women in Science w/ CalAcademy
California Academy of Sciences | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Online event; FREE and no registration required…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884016…

A Framework to Defeat the White Power Movement: Organizing vs. Punditry, State Power, and How the Left Relates to the Police and Military
Vincent Emanuele | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
In a previous article, I examined the modern white power movement and broader political landscape in the United States. That essay's aim wasn't a comprehensive overview but a summary of who we're fighting and the enemy's defining characteristics. Equally important, what is the broader social and political landscape in the U.S.? And what about our…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/a-framework-…

Comments on RIN 1235-AA34: Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Delay of Effective Date
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2021-02-19
February 13, 2021 Comments of Eileen Appelbaum, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC. Submitted on FederalRegister.gov on February 13, 2021 Amy DeBisschop Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation Wage and Hour Division U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502 200 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20210 Dear Ms. DeBisschop: The Center for Economic …
cepr.net/comments-on-rin-1235-aa34-indep…

Idiocy in Theory and Practice
Martin Billheimer | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Idiocy is as complex as genius. In fact, we like to think them indistinguishable, joined by the ruthless common denominator of an innocence which makes both conditions holy. The lives of geniuses are bestsellers because everyone wants to see themselves in there, which nourishes our profound self-interest and even more profound masochism. Read about the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/idiocy-in-th…

And then there was X: Malcom's life and legacy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-19
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, marks the 56th anniversary of the assassination of freedom fighter Malcolm X. To honor Malcolm's life and legacy, we revisit this powerful 2015 documentary, "X: Malcolm's Final Years," produced by The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/and-then-there-was-x-mal…

Reasons for optimism? President Biden's first month
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-19
Considering what we might have expected from his long and often troubling record in government, Biden's tone and actions so far should give American progressives some reason for cautious optimism during this very difficult time.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/19/reasons-fo…

Luxembourg's housing policy has widened inequality
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Garry Diderich of Dei Lenk analyzes the steep rise in housing prices and rents in Luxembourg in the context of decades of failed policies which have left nearly 30% of the population in deep distress…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/19/luxembour…

The Guardian shuts down criticism of Israel
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-19
Nathan Robinson's column at The Guardian US was shut down after a tweet criticizing US-Israel relations. Then, Tamara Payne explains how Malcolm Little became Malcolm X.
therealnews.com/the-guardian-shuts-down-…

40,000 BC: Earth's magnetic field flipped, causing massive sudden climate change and Extinction of Neanderthals
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-19
By Chris Fogwill, Alan Hogg, Chris Turney, and Zoà´ Thomas | — The world experienced a few centuries of apocalyptic conditions 42,000 years ago, triggered by a reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles combined with changes in the Sun's behaviour. That's the key finding of our new multidisciplinary study, published in Science. This last major …
juancole.com/2021/02/magnetic-extinction…

Saturday 3/6: Onward To Equity: Building Community and Equity for All w/ Women's March
Women's March Foundation | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Virtual event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884013…

The Nepal Street
B. Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Boisterous, almost frivolous rallies and counter-demonstrations representing Nepal's numerous political factions have become commonplace across the country for 2 months now. They continue with neither a clear aim nor signs of a resolution. Last Friday, partisan rallies were eclipsed by more earnest protests from another quarter. These were women-led marches over negligence, insults and threats…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/the-nepal-st…

Oceanic Sharks and Rays Have Declined by 71% since 1970 — A Global Solution Is Needed
The Conversation | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-19
Oceanic sharks and rays live so far from land that the average person is unlikely to ever see them. But these species, which live in the vast open ocean, are also among the most revered, and include the great white …
globalresearch.ca/oceanic-sharks-and-ray…

Donation match: Will you meet my challenge for People's World?
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
Dear readers, I recently posted on social media Marilyn Bechtel's story in People's World headlined, "U.S. and Russia Extend New START Nuclear Treaty for Five Years." Bechtel's article was the first I read about this hugely significant step by President Joe Biden reversing former President Trump's attempt to wreck the New START treaty. The people's …
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How corporations try to divide and exploit America's workers
Tom Conway | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-19
"These companies are not going to give you everything out of the goodness of their hearts. They start sweating when they see you standing together."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/19/how-corpor…

Illegal checkpoint arrest tied to a controversial shooting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-19
In the small town of Talking Rock, Georgia, a man was supposedly stopped for avoiding a roadblock, had his car searched without consent, and was arrested for having balding tires. But residents say the story of gross overpolicing in their area goes much deeper.
therealnews.com/illegal-checkpoint-arres…

Protests greet Biden outside the Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
Milwaukee, WI – Despite bitter cold, on February 16 protesters demanding a people's agenda gathered outside the Pabst Theater where President Joe Biden was hosting his first event outside Washington, DC since being inaugurated. | In total, more than 100 people were present, with that number dwindling as the cold crept in. Closer to 40 stuck it out until the end, listening to all the speakers from the organizations that came together to sponsor the planned event. | "It's so important for us to be out here tonight, standing in solidarity with one another to call for a people's agenda. United front organizing and k…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/protests…

Snowstorm + capitalism = disaster for more than 100K in Mississippi
Bezaleel Jupiter and Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-19
The unpreparedness of the utility giants, and the pathetic response of the capitalist government at the local and federal level, is nothing short of criminal neglect by those motivated solely by profit making.
liberationnews.org/snowstorm-capitalism-…

Why Education Won't Stop Conspiracy Theories
Jill Richardson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Conspiracy theories like QAnon are outlandish, dangerous, and often absurd. So why do people believe them? Some say it's a lack of education. "They can do QAnon, or they can do college-educated voters," Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said about Republicans. "They cannot do both." I disagree. As Osita Nwanevu argued recently, the belief that…
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Merrick Garland Can Transform the Department of Justice. Will He?
Cecillia Wang | aclu.org | 2021-02-19
When President Biden's nominee for U.S. attorney general Merrick Garland begins his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, the U.S. government will reach a critical inflection point. Following four years of failed policies at the Department of Justice under the leadership of Jeff Sessions and William Barr, Garland has the opportunity — and the mandate — to restore civil rights and civil liberties left in tatters by the Trump administration. | But reversing Trump's policies is not enough. Garland must use the massive power of the Justice Department to show America that n…
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Saturday 3/6: "Flint: Who Can you Trust?" Film & Discussion: Impact of Flint Water Crisis on Poor & POC
One Earth Film Festival | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Virtual film screening (FREE)…
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Vulnerability in the Moment
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Pardon me while I break the fourth wall. I'm in the human stew right now, you might say: drowning in politics, technology, the weather and my own crazy ego. I'm trying to write a column. What makes this one different . . .well, I've been forced today to set aside my certainties, norms and expectations…
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Algerian president to dissolve parliament, calls for early elections
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Algeria's president Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced on Thursday, February 18, that he will dissolve the country's national assembly — the lower house of parliament — and call for early legislative elections, Al Jazeera reported. He also said that he will issue pardons to many of the Hirak protesters, including those currently in the country's prisons. Media reports suggest that Tebboune is aiming to hold elections as early as June this year or by September by the latest. The legislative elections were originally scheduled to be held next year. | In the televised speech, he also talked about wanting to…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/19/algerian-…

How Will Our Children Know They Face a Crushing Debt Burden?
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
That may seem like a silly question. Of course they will know because there are a number of well-funded policy shops that will be spewing out endless papers and columns telling them that they are facing a crushing debt burden. And, because these policy shops are well-funded and well-connected we can be sure that major…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/how-will-our…

Boycott Alibaba Group
Caroline D. | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Global Alert: Chinese Communist Party (CCP) now fully controls the Alibaba Group of companies, substantially profiting from the group's business activities. If you have any dealing with Alibaba Group or buy on-line from their companies, you're enabling an evil, genocidal regime to continue its mass murder, rape and torture of China's Uighur minority.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884012…

Voice from behind the walls: 'I'm not imprisoned, I'm enslaved'
| workers.org | 2021-02-19
One of the main reasons I send this letter is because I have been reading Workers World for approximately the last four years, and I'm not sure if journalists at WW are aware that certain words/phrases may be misleading and/or unknowingly aid in keeping "prisoners" uninformed. Prime example: The overseers . . . | Continue reading Voice from behind the walls: 'I'm not imprisoned, I'm enslaved' at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54569/?utm_source=rs…

Haywood County, North Carolina car protest: 'Fund services, not jails'
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-19
In North Carolina's Haywood County a car protest was organized on Feb. 1 by the Party for Socialism and Liberation to oppose Haywood County's plan to expand the existing jail in Waynesville, North Carolina.
liberationnews.org/haywood-county-north-…

Monday 2/22: Black History Month: Judges, U.S. Courts, & Issues Critical to Black Communities w/ AFJ
Alliance for Justice | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Online event: www.facebook.com/AllianceforJustic
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

The Usual Culprit
Steve Carlson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
"Mao's decrees, faithfully amplified by the People's Daily, which exhorted readers to 'sweep away the monsters and demons,' gave people license to unleash their id." Pankaj Mishra, "Struggle Sessions," in The New Yorker (February 1, 2021), page 62 In his essay on Mao ("Struggle Sessions")–well, it's not only on Mao–Pankaj Mishra commits the conventional orthodox…
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America's Sick Metamorphosis: Have we Awoken to find our Country a Trump Roach Hotel?
Tom Engelhardt | juancole.com | 2021-02-19
( Tomdispatch.com) — Like Gregor Samsa, the never-to-be-forgotten character in Franz Kafka's story "The Metamorphosis," we awoke on January 7th to discover that we, too, were "a giant insect" with "a domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments" and numerous "pitifully thin" legs that "waved helplessly" before our eyes. If you prefer, though, you …
juancole.com/2021/02/americas-metamorpho…

Go St. Pauli! Beat Fascism!
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Most sports teams have a dedicated fan base. Most often, that fan base is mostly composed of people who live or lived in the region the team is located. Many of these fans grew up with their favorite team, watching players come and go, championships missed and won; they have opinions on the players, the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/go-st-pauli-…

The Windy Sky Music Release & Other Songs By Lynda Carson
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Handmade guitar built by Lynda Carson in the guitar workshop of Ervin Somogyi many years ago.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884014…

Serbian online workers protest against taxation
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Online workers across Serbia are continuing with their agitation against the new law against their payments from abroad. The ongoing protest is against the government's decision to charge them taxes for the past six years and they demand for the collection of the taxes be suspended and negotiations opened with the online workers Association of Internet Workers (URI).
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/19/serbian-o…

Millions of Texans without water, hospitals closed as power outages continue
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
Republican Senator and coup conspirator Ted Cruz, in an act of complete indifference, flew to Cancun, Mexico with his family for a vacation while a disaster unfolded across Texas, leaving dozens dead.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/texa…

US withdraws Trump era letters to UNSC claiming re-imposition of international sanctions against Iran
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
The withdrawal of the letters is being seen as a positive move towards the revival of the Iran nuclear deal. However, Iran wants the US to take firm action and lift all unilateral sanctions before it reverts back to full adherence to the provisions of the deal…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/19/us-withdr…

Vision for a Next Generation Security Approach
Ryan R. Swan | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
The Challenges The next generation of practitioners in geopolitics and global security is set to inherit some serious challenges from the current one. Major power relations have significantly deteriorated over the past decade with attendant reinvigoration of competitive tendencies. The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review bluntly proclaims the "return of great power competition," but this time…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/vision-for-a…

Protests greet Biden outside the Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
Milwaukee, WI – Despite bitter cold, on February 16 protesters demanding a people's agenda gathered outside the Pabst Theater where President Joe Biden was hosting his first event outside Washington, DC since being inaugurated. | In total, more than 100 people were present, with that number dwindling as the cold crept in. Closer to 40 stuck it out until the end, listening to all the speakers from the organizations that came together to sponsor the planned event. | "It's so important for us to be out here tonight, standing in solidarity with one another to call for a people's agenda. United front organizing and k…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/protests-gre…

George Jackson on the role of prisons, 50 years after his death
Monica Moorehead | workers.org | 2021-02-19
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of George Jackson, an African American prison leader sentenced to a life sentence as a teenager for "stealing" $40 from a gas station. His 11 years behind the walls were spent in California's Soledad and San Quentin prisons. Jackson became . . . | Continue reading George Jackson on the role of prisons, 50 years after his death at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54573/?utm_source=rs…

'The Mauritanian' rekindles debate over Gitmo detainees' torture–with 40 still held there
Lisa Hajjar | mronline.org | 2021-02-19
"The Mauritanian," directed by Kevin Macdonald, is the first feature film to dramatize how the war on terror became a war in court.
mronline.org/2021/02/19/the-mauritanian-…

Youth climate activists will not stop fighting their climate case — even after 9th Circuit Court second rejection
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-19
"The 9th Circuit has deprived people in that Circuit the ability to seek a resolution of a real controversy with their government."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/19/youth-clim…

And then there was X: Malcolm's life and legacy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-19
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, marks the 56th anniversary of the assassination of freedom fighter Malcolm X. To honor Malcolm's life and legacy, we revisit this powerful 2015 documentary, "X: Malcolm's Final Years," produced by The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/and-then-there-was-x-mal…

Bogazici resistance is about more than liberal notions of academic freedom, it is a fight against the whole system of oppression
Steve Sweeney | mronline.org | 2021-02-19
TURKEY'S revolutionary forces said today that protests centered on Bogazici University must remain a fight against fascism and oppression–not for "liberal ideas of academic freedom."
mronline.org/2021/02/19/121431/?utm_sour…

Workers across US strike demanding hike in minimum wage
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Workers in major cities across the United States, participated in a nationwide strike action to raise the federal minimum wage to USD 15 per hour, on February 16…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/19/workers-a…

Minnesota demands Biden do more on climate change
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
St. Paul, MN – On February 17, members of the Climate Justice Committee (CJC) held banners over Interstate 94 and held a banner and signs to drivers on the Snelling bridge in Saint Paul as a part of their week of action targeting President Biden. The banners said things like "2050 is too late! Climate justice now!" "The U.S. military is the #1 polluter" and "Climate justice now, not 2050." | Earlier in the week the CJC had its supporters contact the White House to pressure Biden to shut down the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline in Minnesota and to set emission reduction goals for the U.S. military. The U.S. military…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/minnesota-de…

NATO summit stresses anti-China strategy as wars in Middle East, Afghanistan continue
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
The most urgent issue confronting NATO, a May 1 deadline for withdrawing 10,000 troops from the two-decades-old war in Afghanistan, was left undecided.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/nato…

Canada: USW members at Fenner Dunlop locked out after rejecting contract concessions
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
Bracebridge, ON, Canada — Workers at mining supplier Fenner Dunlop have been locked out of their jobs after turning down a final contract offer, which included drastic changes to sick day provisions. | Fenner Dunlop unilaterally broke off talks to request a Ministry of Labor-sponsored contract vote. It was later turned down by 79%. The 60 workers are represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7949 and make conveyor belts for mining operations. | Contract talks have been ongoing since late last year for a new collective agreement. In January, USW members voted 95% in favor of strike action if necessary,…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/canada-usw-m…

Limbaugh's Legacy: Normalizing Hate for Profit
Anthony DiMaggio | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Rush Limbaugh's death represents a moment for reflection on the state of American politics. Limbaugh amassed a fortune of more than $600 million over 32 years in the talk radio business, in the process building up more than 15 million regular listeners. It was no exaggeration when CNN referred to him as a "pioneer of AM talk-radio." He made possible the rise of propagandistic partisan media, demonstrating that this format could be incredibly profitable for news channels looking for low-budget programming filled by pundits who tell audiences what they want to hear, while strengthening their prior beliefs and value…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/limbaughs-le…

Indian Farmers' Protest: A Strong Democratic Test?
Nilofar Suhrawardy | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
History is taking a new turn in India with farmers' protests showing no sign of yielding to the government's rigid stand. More than six months have passed since the protest began against several agricultural laws. So far, several rounds of talks between the two sides have only come to a dead end with neither willing…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/indian-farme…

George Jackson on the role of prisons, 50 years after his death
G. Dunkel | workers.org | 2021-02-19
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of George Jackson, an African American prison leader sentenced to a life sentence as a teenager for "stealing" $40 from a gas station. His 11 years behind the walls were spent in California's Soledad and San Quentin prisons. Jackson became . . . | Continue reading George Jackson on the role of prisons, 50 years after his death at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54573/?utm_source=rs…

Tuesday 2/23: Oppose the Camping Ban Amendments at the Santa Cruz City Council Meeting
Homes Not Handcuffs | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Online meeting. Instructions on how to participate: | ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnli…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884013…

Opposition mounts to unsafe opening of schools in Spain
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
There are growing calls by educators and parents to close schools, and strikes have broken out among students as infection rates in education centres soar.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/spai…

Yes, Victoria, There is a Berkeley Tenants Union
Anon Author | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
YIMBY lobbyist Victoria Fierce is claiming that there not a Berkeley Tenants Union. There is one. Victoria is lying (again).
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884014…

Limbaugh and the Echoes of Hatred
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
When I was attending a Christian college in the States in the 90s, I remember hearing the broadcasts of Rush Limbaugh blasting from some of the rooms of the dormitory where I was housed. At the time I remember feeling astonished that anyone could listen to this man for any length of time. Beyond his…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/limbaugh-and…

Social movements and organizations condemn arrest of 21-year-old Indian climate activist
Peoples Dispatch | mronline.org | 2021-02-19
21-year-old Disha Ravi was arrested on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for her involvement with a 'toolkit' which contained campaign material in support of the the ongoing farmers' agitation in the country. Two other activists also face arrest.
mronline.org/2021/02/19/social-movements…

Saturday 2/27: Health Justice Dialogue
Joan Simon | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Webinar Online…
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Organizing White Workers When the Klan is in the Shop
Richard Moser | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
With the rise of the extreme right, the Klan and its modern descendants are definitely "in the shop." Here's a story from a long time ago but it could have happened only yesterday. This is not a heroic tale just a memory of day-to-day struggle and the lessons learned. As a young organizer in the mid-1970s, I went to work for District 65, an independent radical union. Martin Luther King called District 65 "The Conscience of the Labor Movement" after their early and staunch support for the civil rights movement. Our dress pin was a black hand and a white hand working both ends of an old fashioned two-man tree- saw…
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Wednesday 3/17: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State
Oakland Privacy | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Online. | Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to obtain Zoom meeting access info.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884012…

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Trump Impeachment and Swiss Burqa/Niqab Vote
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Despite riveting and compelling presentations by the House of Representative Lead Managers in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, the Senate voted 57-43, not enough to find him guilty, just as they had voted not to find him guilty in the previous impeachment trial in 2020. Despite the fact that researchers say there…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/deja-vu-all-…

Who Won the Impeachment?
Matthew Stevenson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
If you're Donald Trump, watching the last act of your impeached presidency, you don't need a Weatherman to tell you which way the wind is blowing, which is in the direction of a District of Columbia courtroom, where you will either be convicted as an accessory to second-degree murder ("an extreme indifference to human life…") or a runaway jury will award plaintiffs (the Capitol police injured or killed in the riot) $1.8 billion in damages (which by the way Deutsche Bank will not cover with another overdraft).
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/who-won-the-…

The 30 x 30 Protection Plan and the George Washington National Forest Ark
Steven Krichbaum | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
The Biden administration's recent announcement of the 30 by 30 conservation initiative was a welcome ray of light in the dark of winter. The goal is to have 30% of America's lands "protected" by 2030. But what exactly is meant by and would qualify as "protected"? In this age of ecological meltdown and mass extinction/extermination,…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/the-30-x-30-…

Communist Alphaeus Hunton drew together anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-colonial struggles
People's World | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
People's World is happy to reprint below an article from the Feb. 15, 1945 issue of the Daily Worker by W. Alphaeus Hunton, then the educational director of the Council on African Affairs (CAA). Hunton, considered "one of the most neglected African American intellectuals" in U.S. history, partly due to his membership in the Communist …
peoplesworld.org/article/communist-alpha…

Settlement Reached in Groundbreaking Martin v. Boise case
National Homelessness Law Center | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Parties reach historic agreement that prevents people experiencing homelessness from being cited or arrested for sleeping outdoors when no shelter is available…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884012…

'41st & Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers' to be screened Feb. 20
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
The 29th Pan African Film Festival has moved online, taking place Feb. 28–March 14. This year's PAFF is screening at least three Black Panther Party-related films: The documentary Truth to Power: Barbara Lee Speaks for Me and Judas and the Black Messiah, probably Hollywood's best political feature in years. The third is a reprise of …
peoplesworld.org/article/41st-central-th…

America's Future: Trillionaire Trust Fund Babies?
Bob Lord | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
History doesn't repeat itself, but sometimes, as the old saw goes, it rhymes. Take this year's Forbes 400. If you listen close enough, you can hear echoes of the first Forbes list back in 1982 — you just have to turn it up about 100 notches. Back in 1982, with Reaganomics in its infancy, the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/americas-fut…

Canada: USW members at Fenner Dunlop locked out after rejecting contract concessions
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
Bracebridge, ON, Canada — Workers at mining supplier Fenner Dunlop have been locked out of their jobs after turning down a final contract offer, which included drastic changes to sick day provisions. | Fenner Dunlop unilaterally broke off talks to request a Ministry of Labor-sponsored contract vote. It was later turned down by 79%. The 60 workers are represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7949 and make conveyor belts for mining operations. | Contract talks have been ongoing since late last year for a new collective agreement. In January, USW members voted 95% in favor of strike action if necessary,…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/canada-u…

Minnesota demands Biden do more on climate change
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
St. Paul, MN – On February 17, members of the Climate Justice Committee (CJC) held banners over Interstate 94 and held a banner and signs to drivers on the Snelling bridge in Saint Paul as a part of their week of action targeting President Biden. The banners said things like "2050 is too late! Climate justice now!" "The U.S. military is the #1 polluter" and "Climate justice now, not 2050." | Earlier in the week the CJC had its supporters contact the White House to pressure Biden to shut down the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline in Minnesota and to set emission reduction goals for the U.S. military. The U.S. military…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/minnesot…

UAW and Stellantis set April 5 start date for 12-hour, seven-day schedule at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
The new schedule, based on four rotating crews alternating over two weeks, represents a further major assault on the eight-hour day.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/shap…

My Genderless ID Makes Me Feel Safe
Spencer Garcia | aclu.org | 2021-02-19
I have never had an ID that accurately reflects my gender. The closest I have come to achieving this was when I received my New York City municipal ID ( IDNYC). Unlike my state ID, my city ID does not have any gender listed. When applying for my city ID there were four options: M, F, X, and not designated. I was given the autonomy to choose the gender marker that was best for me, and I did not have to provide a reason or any medical documentation for my choice. As a non-binary person, being able to remove gender entirely from an ID gave me a sense of safety…
aclu.org/news/lgbt-rights/my-genderless-…

"Day of Remembrance" of one of America's most vile chapters
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
Los Angeles, CA – February 19 is known as the "Day of Remembrance" and 2021 marks its 79th anniversary. This day also commemorates the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed and issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 – a day when the U.S. government executed a legal act of racism. Executive Order 9066 forced the removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of who were born American citizens, to internment camps throughout the U.S. Half of them were children and many were from the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. | As a result of Executive Order 9066, which was bo…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/day-reme…

Tokyo Olympinck with coronavirus 2021 What are your comments?
Khazar | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Please comment to the Japanese government about the Coronavirus Tokyo Olympics 2021 .
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884014…

"Day of Remembrance" of one of America's most vile chapters
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-19
Los Angeles, CA – February 19 is known as the "Day of Remembrance" and 2021 marks its 79th anniversary. This day also commemorates the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, signed and issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942 – a day when the U.S. government executed a legal act of racism. Executive Order 9066 forced the removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of who were born American citizens, to internment camps throughout the U.S. Half of them were children and many were from the Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights. | As a result of Executive Order 9066, which was bo…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/day-remembra…

Lights Come Back On in Texas as Water Woes Rise in the South
Rafael Figueroa | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
AUSTIN, TX (AP) — Many of the millions of Texans who lost power for days after a deadly winter blast overwhelmed the electric grid now have it back, but the crisis was far from over in parts of the South, with many people lacking safe drinking water. Nearly 185,000 homes and businesses remained without power …
laprensalatina.com/lights-come-back-on-i…

Biden: 'America is back'
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Berlin, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The transatlantic alliance between the United States and Europe "is back" after four years of tensions, the US President Joe Biden said on Friday during his speech at the Munich Security Conference. "I speak today as President of the United States, at the beginning of my Administration, and I am sending …
laprensalatina.com/biden-america-is-back…

Zipliner's shoe removed from stomach of huge crocodile in Florida
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Miami, United States, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- A huge female Nile crocodile from a zoo in St. Augustine, Florida, had to undergo surgery to have a zipliner's shoe removed from her stomach. Anuket, measuring 3.2 meters (10.5 feet) long and weighing 154 kilograms (341 pounds), is recovering at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park from surgery performed …
laprensalatina.com/zipliners-shoe-remove…

Bangladeshi Islamist group demands release of convicts in blogger killing
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Dhaka, Feb 19 (efe-epa)- Bangladesh's hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam on Friday demanded the release of extremists convicted earlier this week of killing liberal writer and blogger Avijit Roy, calling their trial "flawed." A local court had on Tuesday handed death sentence to five members of a banned Islamist outfit, linked to the Al Qaeda terror …
laprensalatina.com/bangladeshi-islamist-…

Health Department Orders Restaurants That Can't Comply With Boil Water Advisory to Close
Rafael Figueroa | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Health Department Orders Restaurants That Can't Comply With Boil Water Advisory to Close El Departamento de Salud ordena cerrar a restaurantes que no cumplan con el aviso de hervir el agua MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) — The Shelby County Health Department issued a new health order Friday closing any restaurant that uses MLGW water but can't …
laprensalatina.com/health-department-ord…

Venezuelans must work 4,000 years to buy a house
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
By Ron Gonzalez Caracas, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Carmen Hurtado's hopes rise every time a potential customer approaches the makeshift stand in the Venezuelan capital where she sells puppets, as each sale brings her closer to her dream of having a home of her own, a seemingly impossible goal in an oil-rich nation where someone earning …
laprensalatina.com/venezuelans-must-work…

Perseverance robot rover touches down safely on Martian surface
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Miami, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The Perseverance space probe has landed safely on Mars after successfully passing through the expected "seven minutes of terror" during which it temporarily went out of radio contact with Earth upon entering the thin atmosphere of the Red Planet and descending to the surface, parachuting onto the rocky terrain inside a …
laprensalatina.com/perseverance-robot-ro…

OSCE defends its role as forum for dialogue and conflict prevention
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Nur-Sultan, Feb 19 (EFE).- OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid on Friday defended the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's role as a forum for dialogue, confidence-building and conflict prevention and resolution as the region faces fragility and challenges. Schmid said from Vienna during a forum to mark the 2010 Astana Summit — the last …
laprensalatina.com/osce-defends-its-role…

New Profiles in Courage
Christopher Brauchli | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. — Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Whitney vs. California (1927) For profiles in courage, two of the 43 Republican senators who opposed impeachment stood out-Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy. One other Senator stood out for his apparent ignorance of how…
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The Real Reasons Texas's Power Grid Is So Vulnerable
Zoà´ Carpenter | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
The Real Reasons Texas's Power Grid Is So Vulnerable…
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What Joe Biden Gets Totally Wrong About Student Debt
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
What Joe Biden Gets Totally Wrong About Student Debt…
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The US Returns to the Paris Agreement Today–With Lots of Work Ahead for the World
Tom Athanasiou | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
The US Returns to the Paris Agreement Today–With Lots of Work Ahead for the World…
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West Coast States' Failure to Reopen Schools Is a Disaster
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
West Coast States' Failure to Reopen Schools Is a Disaster…
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Plundering Our Natural Resources
Henrik Drescher | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
Plundering Our Natural Resources…
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My Selective High School Looks Nothing Like America
Aruna Das | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
As the nation addresses systemic racism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, it's time to ask: Who is being represented in selective high schools?
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When Rush Limbaugh Was Too Racist for The NFL
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
When Rush Limbaugh Was Too Racist for The NFL…
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Canuck Cruz Cuts and Runs to Cancún
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
Canuck Cruz Cuts and Runs to Cancún…
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How Public Schools Became America's Social Safety Net
Karina Piser | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
How Public Schools Became America's Social Safety Net…
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Calls to Disqualify Trump Using the 14th Amendment Grow Louder
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
Calls to Disqualify Trump Using the 14th Amendment Grow Louder…
thenation.com/article/politics/14th-amen…

The Heat: Extreme weather pummels United States
Mike Walter | america.cgtn.com | 2021-02-19
Hundreds of thousands of Americans still without power in the state of Texas, as yet another storm bears down on the United States. How much is global warming to blame?
america.cgtn.com/2021/02/19/the-heat-ext…

How Can We Revive Herd Immunity to Fascism?
Gilbert Achcar | thenation.com | 2021-02-19
How Can We Revive Herd Immunity to Fascism?
thenation.com/article/world/fascism-trum…

The Eye of the Wolf: Measuring Myself through Death
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-19
If I were asked what I want to accomplish as a writer, I would say it's to contribute to the literature of hope. — Barry Lopez, About This Life A passing. A death. Moving on. Back to earth. A new journey. He filled the air with lyrical words and ideas grafted to our role as …
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Concerns rise amid rights violations in Myanmar
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
International rights defenders, journalists, and analysts expressed concerns over the worsening human rights situation in Myanmar following the Feb. 1 military coup overthrowing the democratically elected government.Condemning the military junta's "widespread crackdown" on civilians, human rights activists, and journalists of the Southeast Asian state, rights defenders have called on the international community to take immediate action against the Myanmar army.Comparing the current situation of Myanmar with "the Soviet-style repressive measures," Maung Zarni, an exiled rights activist and scholar, said the Myanma…
yenisafak.com/en/world/concerns-rise-ami…

US officially rejoins Paris climate pact: State Dept
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
The US officially rejoined the Paris Climate Accord, the State Department announced Friday, saying climate change and science can "never" again be "add-ons" in Washington's foreign policy.President Joe Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the agreement during his first day in office, Jan. 20. The landmark agreement aimed at rolling back carbon emissions that former President Donald Trump chose to unilaterally exit from in a process that was finalized on Nov. 4. The accord seeks to limit global warming and achieve a carbon-neutral world by 2050."The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented framework for global act…
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China admits 4 troops killed in Galwan clash with India
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
Almost nine months after the deadly military clash with India, China revealed losses on its side on Friday.The revelation comes when China's Central Military Commission posthumously awarded four soldiers killed in a clash with the Indian army, state-run Xinhua news reported.At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed during the "fistfight" with China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) in mid-June last year along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the two countries' de facto border in the Ladakh area of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.Beijing had refused to reveal details of any losses on their side until now. | Th…
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Somali premier condemns clashes in Mogadishu
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
Somalia's prime minister condemned clashes on Friday between government forces and opposition protesters in the capital Mogadishu, underlining that the presence of armed demonstrators was "unacceptable"."Every person in this country has a constitutional right to protest peacefully but my government will not tolerate any armed protesters and it is unacceptable," Mohamed Hussein Roble said in a televised speech.Calling on residents of the capital to reject the prospect of conflict in the city and destruction of their property, Roble said his government was committed to hold peaceful, transparent and inclusive elect…
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Nuclear deal talks between US, Iran 'possible': EU
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
A meeting between the US, Iran and other parties of the nuclear deal is "possible," an EU official said on Friday."But there is no date yet," Peter Stano, the European Commission's chief spokesperson on foreign affairs, said at a daily news conference.‚Ä®Stano said EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell was "working very hard to get JCPOA back on track which includes bringing Iran back to the full compliance and to see how we can bring the US to the table."‚Ä®The spokesman also assured that the EU was "prepared to convene informal talks" between the parties of the nuclear deal.&sbquo…
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ANALYSIS — 'Quo Vadis, Aida?': Srebrenica survivors finally telling their own story
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-19
The central focus of the film is on the events which took place within the confines of the Dutch compound, where thousands of refugees from Srebrenica sought shelter, including some of the family members of the UN and Dutchbat staff. It is a story of both betrayal and brutality. It could have happened to any one of us. The story is loosely based on what did happen to Hasan Nuhanovic, someone I know and deeply respect. But it is a fictional story that takes into account the factual framework of the events and projects the image of a large, premeditated genocidal operation on the orders of Radovan Karadzic and Ratk…
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Global experts debate Biden climate outlook
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-19
An expert panel discussed what to expect from the Biden administration's climate policies over the next four years.
imperial.ac.uk/news/215295/global-experts-debate-biden-climate-outlook

How mouse brains reorganise old memories when new ones are laid down
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-19
Oxford and Imperial researchers have mapped how the structure of existing memories is reorganised as new experiences are committed to memory in mice.
imperial.ac.uk/news/215433/how-mouse-brains-reorganise-memories-when

Taxes On The Rich: One-Sixth Of What They Used To Be
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
According to a new IPS briefing paper, the richest .01 percent of Americans, about 33,000 lucky souls today, now pay just one-sixth of what they used to pay in tax, when measured as a percentage of their total wealth. | The top .01 percent in America is a phenomenally wealthy group. Even during America's most egalitarian periods, the average member of the top .01% held over 200 times the wealth of the average American. Today, the wealth of the average top .01 percenter is nearly 1,000 times that of the average American and is closing in on one billion dollars. | Hence, it doesn't matter to the top .01 percent wha…
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How To Write About Iran
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
Whether you are working from your DC office or your home in LA or New York, here's all you need to know to become an expert on Iran. | 1. Always refer to Iran as the "Islamic Republic" and its government as "the regime" or, better yet, "the Mullahs." | 2. Never refer to Iran's foreign policy. The correct terminology is its "behavior." When U.S. officials say Iran "must change its behavior" and "behave like a normal country," write those quotes down word for word. Everyone knows that Iran is a delinquent kid that always instigates trouble and must be disciplined. | 3. Omit that Iran has a population of 80 million…
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Taxes On The Rich: One-Sixth Of What They Used To Be
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
According to a new IPS briefing paper, the richest .01 percent of Americans, about 33,000 lucky souls today, now pay just one-sixth of what they used to pay in tax, when measured as a percentage of their total wealth. | The top .01 percent in America is a phenomenally wealthy group. Even during America's most egalitarian periods, the average member of the top .01% held over 200 times the wealth of the average American. Today, the wealth of the average top .01 percenter is nearly 1,000 times that of the average American and is closing in on one billion dollars. | Hence, it doesn't matter to the top .01 percent wha…
popularresistance.org/taxes-on-the-rich-…

WHO lauds new commitments from US, EU countries on vaccine equity
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Geneva, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday praised countries such as the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom after they announced new commitments to the COVAX program for the global delivery of antiviral vaccines, bringing the organisation closer to the goal of getting them to the entire planet. "There …
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G7 Discusses Vaccines, Debt Relief, Tax Plans and Climate Change
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Biden Commits $4 Billion for Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries…
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Harry, Meghan will not return as working royals, Palace confirms
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
London, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, have told Queen Elizabeth II that they will not return as working members of the British royal family, Buckingham Palace said Friday. Prince Harry, the grandson of Elizabeth II, and his wife decided a year ago to step away from the monarchy …
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US formally offers to restart talks with Iran, Washington media report
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
Washington, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- The Joe Biden administration has formally offered to restart nuclear talks with Iran, according to US media reports on Thursday. Citing a statement issued by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CNN and The New York Times reported that the official spoke with the British, French and German foreign ministers and …
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Biden to heavily indebted students: Tough luck
Kaleigh O'Keefe | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
By not forgiving student loans, Biden is only proving that he believes education is a luxury…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/1043543/

"Work Won't Love You Back"
Sarah Jaffe | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
Sarah Jaffe on Toxic U.S. Work Culture & the Fight Against Inequality…
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Biden's Civilian Climate Corps Comes Straight Out of the New Deal
Kate Yoder | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
One of the most popular programs from the New Deal is making a comeback, nearly 90 years later…
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