2021-02-21: News Headlines

_____ (2021-02-21). As Farmers Expand Their Agitation, Indian Government Intensifies Repression. popularresistance.org Pushed on the back foot by the popular support for the farmers' agitation against its pro-agribusiness farm laws, India's right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is systematically intensifying state repression against protesters and their supporters. | Since late November, tens of thousands of protesting farmers, principally from the nearby states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been encamped on the outskirts of the Delhi National Capital Territory. Their Delhi Chalo (Let's go to Delhi) protest, which is demanding the repeal of all three recently-enacted farm laws, was prevented from enterin…

Nilofar Suhrawardy (2021-02-21). Indian Farmers' Protest: A Strong Democratic Test? zcomm.org History is taking a new turn in India with farmers' protests showing no sign of yielding to the government's rigid stand…

Santa Cruz News (2021-02-21). Keith McHenry: "Outdoor Living" Proposal will do Nothing to Address Crisis. indybay.org Keith McHenry, co-founder of the global movement Food Not Bombs, has written to the Santa Cruz City Council in opposition to the proposed homeless encampment ordinance to be heard by council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23. McHenry wrrote that it is, "clear that the people who are proposing this ordinance are clueless about the struggle to survive on the streets and blind to the fact that as the economy collapses that our community will have hundreds of additional people living outside, on peoples couches and seeking shelter in their vehicles." McHenry added, "We need to prepare for this crushing crisis."

Santa Cruz News (2021-02-21). Alicia Kuhl: Homeless Encampment Ordinance is a Ban on Homeless People's Right to Exist. indybay.org Alicia Kuhl, the President of The Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Homeless Union, has written to the Santa Cruz City Council in opposition to the proposed homeless encampment ordinance to be heard by council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23. "Ordinances such as the ones being proposed on Tuesday do nothing but hurt our already most vulnerable community members and would criminalize them with citations when they have nowhere to go, nowhere to rest or be warm.," Kuhl stated. Read Alicia Kuhl's full letter below.

Astra Taylor (2021-02-21). "Not Doing This Is a Choice" zcomm.org Biden Drags His Feet on Canceling Student Debt Despite Campaign Pledge…

Juan Cole (2021-02-21). We can do this: Americans put in massive 17 Gigawatts of Wind Power in 2020 despite Pandemic, Recession, and Neanderthal Conservatives. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — While conservatives like Texas governor Greg Abbott and Tucker Carlson have been busy putting down wind turbines as unreliable, America has been voting with its pocketbook. The verdict? We want more wind-powered electricity, precisely because it is inexpensive and reliable. So we may conclude from the Sustainable Energy in America …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-21). Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos. dissidentvoice.org Creepy and ruthless Facebook has again impressed with its steely indifference to civic responsibility, as if a company established by a sociopath could ever be a model of human improvement. On February 18, Mark Zuckerberg's antisocial company took aim at Australia by blocking those in that country from sharing local and international content. As the …

Paul Jay (2021-02-21). Google Bans theAnalysis.news from Advertising on YouTube. zcomm.org YouTube has censored and suppressed my report on the events of January 6th. I'd like to know why, but Google doesn't owe me an answer. They can promote or suppress whatever they please…

Janine Jackson (2021-02-21). 'The U.S. has been obstructionist in chief in Global climate talks'. mronline.org CounterSpin interview with Basav Sen on rejoining the Paris accords.

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-02-21). India's forever wars and forever warriors. mronline.org Looking ahead, pre-conditions now exist for a positive turn to the India-China bilateral relationship.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Lifting of all sanctions Iran's firm stance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Complete lifting of all sanctions is Iran's final and firm stance against American bullying toward JCPOA, Chairman of the Security Committee of Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission stressed.

Raul Diego (2021-02-21). Prisons prime testing ground for dehumanizing hi-tech "advances" mronline.org A new form of exploitation, known as "stakeholder capitalism," is already being tested in many places around the world and prisons are among the main targets for its implementation, as they provide an ideal and literally captive market for its proof of concept.

John McDevitt (2021-02-21). Angola inmates on hunger strike against unlawful extension of solitary confinement. liberationnews.org "The reason [for the strike is]…EVERYONE over here is between one month to six months past their initial disciplinary detention," according to communications from the inmates carrying out the hunger strike.

The Conversation (2021-02-21). How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold. juancole.com By Theodore J. Kury | — Americans often take electricity for granted — until the lights go out. The recent cold wave and storm in Texas have placed considerable focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the nonprofit corporation that manages the flow of electricity to more than 26 million Texans. Together, …

William Camacaro (2021-02-21). Lawfare threatens to derail the presidential election in Ecuador. mronline.org On February 7, the progressive presidential candidate for the Union of Hope Alliance (UNES) party, Andrés Arauz, won first place in Ecuador's presidential election; this is uncontested.

The Canary (2021-02-21). Nearly £100bn in stimulus needed in Budget, says SNP. thecanary.co An economic stimulus of nearly £100bn is needed in the chancellor's forthcoming Budget, the SNP's Westminster leader has said. | Stimulating: | Ian Blackford said a £98bn investment, equal to 5% of the UK's GDP, would be needed to secure an economic recovery. He urged Rishi Sunak to extend the furlough scheme and provide further support. | In an article for Scotland on Sunday, Blackford said a "repeat of the Thatcher years" should be avoided. | He said: We know Covid restrictions will still be with us for some time, so it is crucial that the Chancellor extends the furlough scheme and plugs the…

Greg Palast (2021-02-21). Texas Gets Lay'd: How the Bush Family turned off the lights. zcomm.org The privateers of Portland and of Houston can now pocket the savings from letting their systems decay. And they have…

Asa Winstanley (2021-02-21). Could Israel Target the Hague over ICC Prosecution? juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor) — It has been a long time coming. Earlier this month, a panel of judges ruled that the International Criminal Court (ICC) could investigate Israel for war crimes in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. A coalition of Palestinian human rights lawyers celebrated the "landmark" ruling as "a critically important …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Israel's beaches blackened by tar after offshore oil spill. middleeasteye.net Israel's beaches blackened by tar after offshore oil spill | Cleanup effort could take months or years, officials say, as slick hits Israel's 160km-long Mediterranean coast from Gaza to Lebanon | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 21: 20 | A sea turtle gets clean up at a rescue centre in Mikhmoret, north of Tel Aviv, after being discovered in tar washed ashore on an Israeli beach earlier this week (AFP)…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Covid-19: Palestinian vaccine plan faces large funding gap, says World Bank. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinian vaccine plan faces large funding gap, says World Bank | Israel could consider donating surplus doses to the Palestinians to help accelerate a vaccine roll-out in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a new World Bank report says | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 23: 02 | Palestinian health workers unload the first shipment of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at the Kerem Shalom borde…

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). 20,000 doses of UAE-donated coronavirus vaccine enter Gaza. laprensalatina.com Gaza, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Gaza received 20,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine donated by the United Arab Emirates on Sunday that, alongside 2,000 doses transferred from the West Bank, will allow local authorities to start immunizing healthcare workers and patients, the Strip's health ministry said. The delivery of the Russian vaccine, which entered the zone through …

_____ (2021-02-21). Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat Participated in Covert UK Foreign Office-funded Programs to "Weaken Russia," leaked docs reveal. strategic-culture.org New leaked documents show Reuters' and the BBC's involvement in covert UK FCO programs to effect "attitudinal change" and "weaken the Russian state's influence," alongside intel contractors and Bellingcat. | By Max BLUMENTHAL | The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have sponsored Reuters and the BBC to conduct a series of covert programs aimed at promoting regime change inside Russia and undermining its government across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a series of The leak…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-02-21). Power Plays: the Bipartisan Origins of Energy Deregulation. counterpunch.org Shortly after Sen. John Kerry sewed up the delegates needed to seize the Democratic nomination for president in the spring of 2004, he huddled for two hours with James Hoffa, Jr., the boss of the Teamsters union. The topic was oil. The Teamsters wanted more of it at cheaper prices. They had suspicions about Kerry.

news.un (2021-02-21). Lifeline for vulnerable Cambodians as poverty doubles during COVID-19 pandemic. news.un.org In Cambodia, the shrinking economy, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, has affected all population groups, but particularly the most vulnerable. A first-of-its-kind government scheme, managed with digital tools supplied by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), is ensuring that the poorest receive a level of social protection.

Lynda Carson (2021-02-21). In opposition to PG&E's Time-Of-Use rate plans during the covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org Corporate Mobsters Attacking Us In The Age Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

_____ (2021-02-21). The Failure Of Trump's 'Coup': A Victory For The US Empire. popularresistance.org The Democrats' second trial of Trump ends like the first: the outcome known in advance, the entire process designed to sell to the anti-Trump masses that the Democrats were leading some progressive counter-attack. Both impeachments enabled these politicians to present a national diversion to avoid addressing real issues the US people suffer from: the pandemic, lack of vaccines, no national health care program, increasing homelessness, closed schools. | The Democrats' first impeachment over Trump's phone call to Ukraine aimed to sully his name for the benefit of the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. hey purpo…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). WHO urges Tanzania to release data on COVID-19. yenisafak.com The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on Tanzanian authorities to release COVID-19 data and implement public health measures to break the chain of transmission of the deadly virus.A statement by WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus late Saturday said Tanzania has not yet released information on measures it is taking to respond to the pandemic."The situation remains very concerning. I renew my call for Tanzania to start reporting Covid-19 cases and share data," the statement said.The East African country, which last released data on COVID-19 cases and deaths back in May 2020, when President John Magufuli…

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Australia starts its Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- With the inoculation of an 84-year-old World War II survivor, Australia kicked off Sunday its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison among the first to get the jab. "The vaccination program propels us on the way out of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021," Morrison said in a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). If you want to forget about Covid-19, visit Haiti. laprensalatina.com Port-au-Prince, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- A year into the coronavirus pandemic, it is impossible to get away from the constant inflow of information about Covid-19 and the virus is in everyone's thoughts almost constantly, but if someone really wants to forget about the whole thing they can go to Haiti. To start with, the incidence of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Rise in coronavirus cases in several states worries India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- The Indian government on Sunday issued alerts for several states amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, which has sparked fears of another wave in the country. India is the world's second-most affected country by the pandemic in absolute terms with almost 11 million infections and 156,000 deaths. …

Fight Back (2021-02-21). Justice Coalition fights for Chicago Transit Authority workers. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has waged a one-sided class war against municipal transit workers. This has gone on for decades. These workers include bus operators, mechanics, bus cleaners, clerks, supervisors, flagwomen and flagmen, customer service representatives, and train operators. Their jobs are thankless. These workers have been on the receiving end of pay cuts, garbage healthcare options, and worsening workplace safety issues. They are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union Locals 308 (trains) and 241 (buses). | The CTA executives at treat our union sisters and brothers as if the…

Staff (2021-02-21). How Malcolm Little became Malcolm X. therealnews.com On the 56th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, we talk with Tamara Payne, co-author of "The Dead Are Arising," an award-winning biography—thirty years in the making—that offers a never-before-seen look into what molded Malcolm Little into Malcolm X.

Eds. (2021-02-21). Cold truth: The Texas freeze is a catastrophe of the Free Market. mronline.org Texas's electricity market "reforms" made the current crisis inevitable.

Intan Suwandi (2021-02-21). Neoliberalism and Imperialism: Interview with Intan Suwandi. mronline.org Recent cases of U.S. imperialism in Latin America, such as what happened in Bolivia, can serve as a striking example. International trade and financial institutions such as the Unholy Trinity (largely controlled by the North) also still play a major role in perpetuating imperialist relations between the South and the North.

Gideon Polya (2021-02-21). Murdoch's Australia Censors Google, Facebook, Science and Freedom of Speech. dissidentvoice.org The mendacious Australian Mainstream media, Coalition Government and Labor Opposition demand via a news media Bargaining Code that Google and Facebook pay Murdoch and Nine media huge sums for quoting Links to their "information" for free. Google seems to have surrendered to this Australian blackmail and negotiated a private deal to avoid damaging its core …

Eve Ottenberg (2021-02-21). Better News on the Climate. counterpunch.org The good news is the president takes the climate crisis seriously. The bad news is it's worse than ever. The climate catastrophe didn't stop because Trump ignored it. Forests didn't stop burning because he said it was a raking problem. The polar ice caps didn't stop melting because the U.S. acted as if that didn't

Staff (2021-02-21). Prominent Trump Ally Illegally Supplied Libyan Warlord With Armed Mercenaries. truthout.org Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of the mercenary firm Blackwater and a close ally of former President Donald Trump, sent weapons to a Libyan warlord in violation of a United Nations arms embargo, according to a confidential U.N. document The U.N. report, which investigators sent to the Security Council on Thursday, reportedly details how Prince sen…

Staff (2021-02-21). US Workers Cried Out for More Masks. The Government Allowed N95 Exports Anyway. truthout.org In the midst of a national shortage of N95 masks, the U.S. government quietly granted an exception to its export ban on protective gear, allowing as many as 5 million of the masks per month to be shipped overseas. | The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the waiver in the final moments of Donald Trump's presidency last month, allowing a Texas company to export its products after it failed to secure U.S. customers, according to the FEMA letter obtained by KHN. | National Nurses United…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). White House says US in talks with Iran over detained Americans. middleeasteye.net White House says US in talks with Iran over detained Americans | Biden's security adviser calls Iran's detention of US citizens a 'complete outrage'. Meanwhile, IAEA says deal struck to continue 'necessary' atomic monitoring activities in Iran | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 20: 36 | Biden's security adviser Jake Sullivan: 'We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to hold America…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Iran says plans to end snap UN nuclear inspections reversible if US lifts sanctions. middleeasteye.net Iran says plans to end snap UN nuclear inspections reversible if US lifts sanctions | Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says ending inspections will not mean it has abandoned 2015 nuclear deal | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 09: 36 | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspects nuclear technology (AFP) | Iran's plans to end snap nuclear inspections by UN inspectors next week are reversible if the Uni…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Iran: Plan to end UN nuclear inspections reversible if US lifts sanctions. middleeasteye.net Iran: Plan to end UN nuclear inspections reversible if US lifts sanctions | Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says ending inspections will not mean it has abandoned 2015 nuclear deal | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 09: 36 | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspects nuclear technology (AFP) | Iran's plans to end snap nuclear inspections by UN inspectors next week are reversible if the United States…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Turkey-backed Libyan interior minister survives assassination attempt in Tripoli. middleeasteye.net Turkey-backed Libyan interior minister survives assassination attempt in Tripoli | Fathi Bashagha, one of Libya's most influential politicians, escaped unhurt after his motorcade was attacked by gunmen | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 15: 07 | Fathi Bashagha is credited with playing a key role as the capital came under attack from eastern Libya-based commander Khalifa Haftar's forces in 2019 (AFP) | On…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Covid-19: Israel begins reopening economy after vaccinating nearly half its population. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel begins reopening economy after vaccinating nearly half its population | Move comes as criticism of government continues over its failure to vaccinate Palestinians living under its control | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 10: 53 | Israel has administered at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine to more than 46 percent of its nine million population, the health ministry says (Reuters) | I…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Turkish authorities launch probe against pro-Kurdish MP over militant links. middleeasteye.net Turkish authorities launch probe against pro-Kurdish MP over militant links | Peoples' Democratic Party's Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir says she will prove accusations against her are a 'giant lie and slander' | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 12: 46 | The move comes after a minister said Tasdemir had visited an area in northern Iraq where 13 Turks were killed earlier this month (Facebook) | Turkish authoritie…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-21). Sudan risks high prices and angry backlash with radical currency change. middleeasteye.net Sudan risks high prices and angry backlash with radical currency change | Government to abandon longstanding fixed exchange rate in favour of a managed float as part of IMF reform programme | Sun, 02/21/2021 – 12: 17 | The prospect of higher prices comes as citizens are already grappling with an inflation rate that topped 300 percent last month (AFP) | Sudan announced radical changes to it…

Steve Topple (2021-02-21). Keir Starmer just rallied to protect snivelling Matt Hancock. thecanary.co Matt Hancock needn't have worried about the Labour leader savaging him on Sunday 21 February's political TV programmes. Because Keir Starmer completely let the embattled health secretary off the hook. | Hancock: flouting his 'legal obligations': | The Canary

RT (2021-02-21). 'Are you here to apologize?' Gina Carano convicted of crimes against wokeness on SNL — where she can't fight back. rt.com Fresh from watching Gina Carano beat the cancel mob by landing a movie deal after being fired from 'The Mandalorian' TV series, leftists took solace in condemning a make-believe version of the actress on 'Saturday Night Live'. | The straw-man version of Carano was featured in a skit in which guests of a fictional talk show were brought on to apologize for wrongdoing. In this case, the alleged sin was one of the politically incorrect social media posts that got Carano fired from her Disney+ series — a warning likening the current demonization of Americans with conservative political views to the way German…

RT (2021-02-21). Biden's press secretary ripped for sidestepping questions on Cuomo nursing home scandal — says WH to 'continue' working with him. rt.com White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has been accused by critics of blatantly dodging questions about NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's controversies, including a probe into whether nursing home deaths from Covid-19 were underreported. | On top of the accusations the New York governor underreported nursing home deaths for political purposes, he has also been accused by a state lawmaker of threatening to "destroy" him if he did not release a public statement supporting the governor. Recent months have also seen a sexual harassment allegation come forth. Cuomo has denied wrongdoing in all of these cases. | Before nume…

RT (2021-02-21). Keep that mask on: Fauci says face coverings could be needed even in 2022, as he defines new 'normality'. rt.com White House health adviser Anthony Fauci has triggered a fresh round of rage online by saying people in the US may be required to wear face masks to protect themselves and others from Covid-19 even in 2022. | Appearing on CNN, Fauci was asked on Sunday to define the "normality" he and President Joe Biden have promised towards the end of this year as more and more people are vaccinated. Pressed specifically as to whether masks would be an everyday part of life next year, Fauci declared himself open to the possibility. | "It is possible that that's the case," he said, "and it depends on what you mean by normalit…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). At least 2 killed, 5 wounded in Kabul blast (+VIDEO). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — At least two people were killed and five more were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Kabul on Sunday afternoon, police said.

RT (2021-02-21). 'It won't simply be sanctions': Biden adviser threatens to punish Russia with 'tools seen & unseen' for SolarWinds hack. rt.com The Biden administration will soon deliver a sweeping response to SolarWinds breach, so that the usual suspect, Russia, understands where Washington draws the line on cyberattacks, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said. | During his The adv…

RT (2021-02-21). Deer developed HAIRY EYEBALLS due to rare, baffling condition. rt.com Residents in Farragut, Tennessee were utterly bemused when they witnessed a whitetail deer nonchalantly strutting through their town. Upon closer inspection, they discovered the animal had hair growing out of its eyeballs. | As confused townsfolk tried to capture the bold buck, they couldn't help but notice it had thick hair protruding from discs of flesh which had grown and covered over the buck's eyeballs. | As it turns out, the condition is known as corneal dermoids and has only been documented in one other whitetail deer, also in Tennessee. | www.facebook.com/deerassociation/posts/3…

RT (2021-02-21). Harry Potter video game designer outed as 'far right YouTuber,' but cancel culture calls met with pushback. rt.com A lead designer for the Harry Potter video game 'Hogwarts Legacy' has found himself embroiled in controversy as past right-leaning videos have been uncovered by social justice warriors. | The designer, Troy Leavitt, is currently working with development studio Avalanche Software on the high anticipated video game, but many on social media appear to want him nowhere near the project now that his past has been put under the spotlight. | Leavitt's YouTube videos have included titles like "The Injustice of Social Justice," "In Praise of Cultural Appropriation," and "Are Thoughtcrimes Becoming Real?" First highligh…

RT (2021-02-21). FIGHT TRAINING clip of kids sees journo lament Russians are being trained as 'YOUNG HOCKEY BEASTS' as Americans play video games. rt.com A controversial video of Russian youth hockey players being instructed in how to brawl was seemingly held up by a US outlet as an example of children learning toughness and competitiveness while American kids play video games. | Daily Caller writer David Hookstead posted an article about the viral video on Saturday, showing children in protective hockey gear trading heavy-gloved punches to the helmet as a coach yells instructions. At one point, the coach holds a student by the shirt and throws a slow-motion punch to the facemask to demonstrate the proper technique to the team. | – –æ—&A…

RT (2021-02-21). 'I'll die of dehydration before I drink Dasani': Americans mock Coca-Cola for sending unpopular bottled water to Texas amid crisis. rt.com The Coca-Cola company donated several trucks worth of Dasani-branded water to Texans in need last week. Americans were quick to mock the move, however, as the water is often named one of the worst-tasting brands in the country. | According to

RT (2021-02-21). Biden AG nominee Merrick Garland vows to use terror-fighting skills to prosecute Capitol rioters, ahead of confirmation hearing. rt.com Merrick Garland, Joe Biden's Attorney General nominee, wants to aggressively prosecute the pro-Trump crowd who stormed the Capitol, and the media is amplifying his description of the MAGA mob as "white supremacist" extremists. | Garland's hearing kicks off on Monday, and according to the opening statement he plans to deliver to the Senate, Garland will gladly help President Biden crack down on "domestic terrorism" and "white supremacy." | "From 1995 to 1997, I supervised the prosecution of the perpetrators of the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building, who sought to spark a revolution that would topple…

Jennifer Matsui (2021-02-21). Truth Telling or True Confessions? counterpunch.org Relating your own personal trauma to strengthen or expand existing laws dealing with sexual violence achieves little towards systemic change. As only individual perpetrators are targeted in these subjective and moralizing first person narratives of good vs evil, more pertinent factors addressing the material conditions underlying these situations are overlooked, while the causes of collectively

_____ (2021-02-21). How A Black And Latinx Coalition Turned Utilities Back On In LaGrange. popularresistance.org Anton Flores thought it would be simple to help someone get their water turned back on. | "I had a single mom, who was undocumentable, whose utilities had been cut off, and she came to me," Flores, an immigration activist in the small Georgia city of LaGrange, said. He helped new immigrants navigate unfamiliar systems frequently. | He figured all they had to do was come up with the money—so they did. Together, they went down to the municipal utility office. But it turned out, getting utilities turned on in LaGrange was a lot more complicated than having the money to pay. | In fact, for the undocumented woma…

teleSUR (2021-02-21). Chancellor Arreaza Rejects Attack on Venezuelan Embassy in Lima. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Sunday condemned the attack by dozens of protesters against his country's embassy in Peru. | RELATED: | "We demand Peru's authorities comply with the Vienna Convention and protect our diplomatic and consular mission in Lima. We demand respect for Venezuelan migrants in Peru, just as we do with the hundreds of thousands of Peruvians living in Venezuela," Arreaza stated on his offic…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-21). Video: The 2021 Worldwide Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers this Global Research Video documentary produced by Ariel Noyola Rodriguez, featuring Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. | We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in World history. | We are living …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-21). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Larry Chin (2021-02-21). Planetary Hysteria: Manufactured COVID-19 "Health Crisis" Pushes Humanity, Global Society to Total Shutdown. globalresearch.ca This incisive article by Larry Chin written with foresight was first published shortly after the implementation of the March 18, 2020 lockdown in the United States. | *** | The COVID-19 charade is the biggest single disruption of human society in modern …

teleSUR (2021-02-21). Peru: Seven Senior Officials Arrested Due To "Vacunagate" Case. telesurenglish.net Peru's anti-corruption prosecutor Yudith Villegas Espinoza on Sunday called for the arrest of seven former members of the Executive Multi-sectorial Commission, involved in the scandal over COVID-19 secret vaccination "Vacunagate." | RELATED: | Espinoza requested the arrest of the rector of Major National University of San Marcos' Rector Orestes Cachay Boza; Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) former Research Vice-Rector…

Climate Action Campaign and allies (2021-02-21). Wednesday 2/24: #TimeToAct on Climate: New Day Digital Rally for Climate, Economic & COVID Justice. indybay.org Virtual rally…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-21). COVID-19 vaccines: How soon will life become normal? peoplesdispatch.org Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about the progress of different vaccination campaigns and how the vaccines are faring against the different COVID variants. He also talks about the efforts required for life to return to normal.

NAACP (2021-02-21). Thursday 2/25: COVID-19 Vaccines & African American Communities Town Hall w/ NAACP. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Israel eases coronavirus curbs after vaccine success. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Israel on Sunday allowed businesses to reopen and introduced incentives for citizens who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, in a further step to slowly ease nationwide restrictions. This step comes as 45 percent of the Israeli population have taken at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Israel has been the …

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-02-21). Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes. indybay.org Log-in info is posted on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-21). Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on 'The Communist Manifesto'. peoplesdispatch.org As part of the international celebration of Red Books Day, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro discusses the importance of the document today and reads excerpts from the groundbreaking text…

T.P. Wilkinson (2021-02-21). Is there a remedy for the PCR disease? (Part 1). dissidentvoice.org Bremen is a small city-state in the Federal Republic of Germany. It is one of two cities from the medieval Hanseatic League that have retained their political identity and autonomy over several centuries. The other is Hamburg. Such historical autonomy has also produced idiosyncratic personalities and unconventional or non-conformist policies. For instance, Bremen's constitution was …

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-02-21). What's behind the internet workers' protest in Serbia? peoplesdispatch.org Miran Pogaƒçar, president of the Association of Workers on the Internet in Serbia, talks about the mobilization by online workers against the harsh tax rules imposed by the government recently…

_____ (2021-02-21). Charter Schools Invaded Our Neighborhoods Without Public Input. popularresistance.org East Los Angeles is a community rich in culture and a strong history of activism. Our youth led the student walkouts in the '60s fought against the Vietnam war during the Chicano Moratorium and have since filled the streets protesting the racist policies by the Trump administration. Still, we have been vastly left behind by our local, state, and federal leaders. Policies to protect our local environment, improve access to health care and make sure that our children are well educated have been inadequate. Charter schools swooped in claiming they could fill this void, but their promises were empty. Their presence b…

teleSUR (2021-02-21). Ecuador: Arauz Says Electoral Second Round in Danger. telesurenglish.net The candidate for the Presidency of Ecuador for the Union for Hope (Unes) coalition denounced this Sunday that the second electoral round in the South American country, scheduled for April 11, is in danger due to State entities' interference in the electoral process. | RELATED: | At a press conference, Arauz, winner of the first electoral round, rejected the "interference and grotesque meddling by other State institutions in t…

Carla Stea (2021-02-21). India and the Weaponization of Human Rights. globalresearch.ca First published in September 2020 | China's Communist "Dictatorship" Lifts 700 Million Chinese Citizens Out Of Poverty: Yet India is Adored by Western Pundits, While China is Demonized and Sanctioned | *** | "The first human right is the right to life." Wang …

teleSUR (2021-02-21). Ecuador's Comptroller to Audit Electoral Computer System. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Ecuador's presidential candidates Andres Arauz and Guillermo Lasso rejected the inspection on the National Electoral Council (CNE) computer system announced by Comptroller General Pablo Celi. | RELATED: | "Taking copies of the count and recount files is something normal, but taking the computer equipment and impeding the ballot is an attack on democracy," assured the candidate for the Movement for Hope (UNES)…

teleSUR (2021-02-21). Texas Crisis Exposes US Vulnerability to Climate Change: Media. telesurenglish.net As the southern U.S. state of Texas struggled to restore electricity and water over the past week, signs of the risks posed by increasingly extreme weather to America's aging infrastructure were cropping up across the country, reported The New York Times on Sunday. | The week's continent-spanning winter storms triggered blackouts in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and several other states. One-third of oil production in the nation was halted. Drinking-water systems in Ohio were knocked offline. Road networks nationwide were paralyzed and vaccination efforts in 20 states were disrupted, said the report. | The cris…

Waging Nonviolence (2021-02-21). Harlem Ashram: The roots of revolutionary nonviolence in the United States are in the Black community. juancole.com By Joanne Sheehan | — ( Waging Nonviolence) — Many are wondering how to respond to the current white supremacist threat. We only have to look to history — to those who organized against the brutal culture and laws of segregation in this country — for inspiration on the importance of relationship building, creative strategies …

Michael Welch (2021-02-21). A Beacon in an Ocean of Mass Disinformation? Support and Endorse Independent Radio Media. globalresearch.ca "To have the ability to hear different perspectives, and the Global Research News Hour absolutely does that through the host of Michael and of course all his amazing guests on a weekly basis." | — Michael Stoparczyk, CIXX (the …

_____ (2021-02-21). How An NYPD Anti-Terror Squad Became A Tool For Repression. popularresistance.org On a Thursday night in November, two days after the presidential election, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered outside the Stonewall Inn for a march against police brutality. The event was one in a series of Black Trans Liberation marches, a recurring protest and pride parade held each week since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Unlike the previous iterations, which had proceeded without incident, this one was accompanied by scores of heavily armored officers with the NYPD's Strategic Response Group. | The conflict began almost immediately. As the march moved downtown, members of the SRG — eq…

_____ (2021-02-21). Ecuador Election Vote Offers Hope Across Latin America. strategic-culture.org The hope of sunlight in Ecuador appears frail indeed, but let us be thankful for small mercies rather than none at all, Martin Sieff writes. | A shaft of still weak and vulnerable sunlight is piercing through the gloom that the new Biden administration in Washington has already spread over hopes for a revival of democracy across Latin America. | The first round of voting in Ecuador's elections on February 7 left the social democratic candidate as the clear frontrunner with 32 percent of the vote, guaranteeing that the vast fake-democratic U.S. liberal-Wall Street consensus pull out all the stops to prevent him wi…

_____ (2021-02-21). The Arab Spring — A Personal Story. strategic-culture.org The Bahraini people's struggle continues in spite of the lying, conniving Western governments and their media lackeys, Finian Cunningham writes. | This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring uprisings. Two previous commentaries this week have dealt with the geopolitics of those momentous events. This third part below is a personal reflection by the author who found himself unexpectedly embroiled in the maelstrom. It was life-changing… | I had been living in Bahrain for two years before the tumultuous events of the Arab Spring exploded in early 2011. Before that turmoil ignited, I was working as an e…

_____ (2021-02-21). How Corrupt Is America? David Sirota Reports, but Will America's Media Stop Covering-Up? strategic-culture.org By Eric ZUESSE | On February 19th, The Hill headlined

news.un (2021-02-21). Secretary-General condemns deadly violence against protestors in Myanmar. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the lethal use of force against peaceful protestors in Myanmar, where demonstrations against the military takeover of the Government have been growing.

news.un (2021-02-21). Nuclear energy agency reaches temporary inspection solution with Iran. news.un.org The UN-backed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reached a temporary deal with Iran so that monitoring of the country's nuclear programme can continue, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi announced at a press conference in Vienna on Sunday.

news.un (2021-02-21). International Mother Language Day celebrates inclusion at school and in society. news.un.org The UN educational and cultural agency, UNESCO, has encouraged people everywhere to celebrate the world's diversity by supporting multilingualism at school and in everyday life: the theme for International Mother Language Day, observed on Sunday.

California Academy of Sciences (2021-02-21). Thursday 3/4: International Women's Day: Women in Science w/ CalAcademy. indybay.org Online event; FREE and no registration required…

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (2021-02-21). Tuesday 2/23: Working through the Past: German Efforts to Face Their Nazi History. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (2021-02-21). Thursday 4/8: Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Program 2021. indybay.org Online commemoration program…

San Francisco Public Library & NPS (2021-02-21). Sunday 3/7: Women's History Month: Historic & Preservation Role of Women in the Marin Headlands. indybay.org Online via YouTube livestream…

Marsha Feinland (2021-02-21). Saturday 3/6: Celebrating International Women's Day. indybay.org This is a virtual event…

WSWS Repost (2021-02-21). Rush Limbaugh dead at 70: A media blowhard for American capitalism. indybay.org An odious presence on American radio for more than three decades, Limbaugh specialized in bullying women, gays, blacks and other minorities, while glorifying American imperialism.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2021-02-21). Wednesday 2/24: "A Dangerous Idea": Eugenics in America Discussion w/ Filmmaker & Bioethics Scholars. indybay.org Online event…

Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles (2021-02-21). Thursday 2/25: Holocaust Survivor Talk Hosted by Holocaust Museum LA. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

National Women's History Musuem & partners (2021-02-21). Thursday 3/11: Women's History Month: Smithsonian Objects of Women Activists Pioneering Social Justice. indybay.org Online event via Zoom (FREE)…

Women's Museum of California (2021-02-21). Wednesday 2/24: Lorde, Help Us: Viewing Audre Lorde w/ Lens of Self-Care, Self-Love & Self-Determination. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

HotHouse & Haymarket Books (2021-02-21). Sunday 3/7: °ACTIVISTA! International Women's Day Concert and Roundtable. indybay.org Online event…

The Jamal Journal (2021-02-21). The Jamal Journal issue #1 is now published online, Please help us print it! indybay.org We are excited to release issue #1 of our newly restarted newspaper. The Jamal Journal was last published in the mid-1990s by the uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ). The lead story is our petition demanding that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner stop defending Mumia Abu-Jamal's conviction.

Youth Art Exchange (2021-02-21). Thursday 4/15: Virtual Opening Celebration: (415) Public Gallery, a crowdsourced art show. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Andy Piascik (2021-02-21). Trouble in the Connecticut Suburbs: Revolutionary Road. zcomm.org What distinguishes Revolutionary Road is that it's an unsparing story that ends in tragedy and defeat…

Vicko Alvarez (2021-02-21). How Mutual Aid Can Build Working-Class Power. zcomm.org Mutual aid builds the collective people power we need to take on the state…

Marianela D'Aprile (2021-02-21). Desperate Times Call for Mutual Aid. zcomm.org But it's not a substitute for organizing…

Barbara Madeloni (2021-02-21). Despite Slow Vaccine Rollout, Teachers Are Being Pushed Back Inside. zcomm.org "We need to stop training members to look up, and instead learn to look over their shoulder, toward each other."

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Three Americans dead in Louisiana gun store shooting. yenisafak.com At least three people were killed in a shooting at a gun store in the US state of Louisiana, according to police Saturday.Deputies were dispatched to the Jefferson gun outlet in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie at around 2.50 p.m. (1850GMT), where they found several victims with gunshot injuries, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopingto said in a statement.‚Ä™"Three individuals were pronounced dead on the scene, and two more were transported to a local hospital for treatment" where they are in stable condition, said Lopingto.The suspect shot two victims inside the store before being fatally sh…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Algeria denies joining French-led coalition in Sahel. yenisafak.com A ministry statement described the reports as "false", saying this news "aims to promote chaos and destabilize the country".Earlier reports suggested that Algeria had signed an agreement with France to contribute troops to a French-led coalition that includes other G-5 Sahel members.The G5 Sahel — or G5S — is an institutional framework for regional cooperation in development policies and security matters in West Africa. It was formed on Feb. 16, 2014, in Nouakchott, Mauritania at a summit of five Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.France and several of its European allies have troo…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Egypt petroleum minister visits Israel for energy talks. yenisafak.com Egypt's Petroleum Minister Tariq al-Mulla arrived in Israel on Sunday for talks on bolstering bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, the Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper reported.Al-Mulla's visit is the first by an Egyptian minister to Israel in the last five years.The Egyptian minister will discuss with Israeli energy officials and representatives of energy companies ways of enhancing cooperation, especially in the field of natural gas excavation.Al-Mulla is expected to meet with top Israeli officials during his visit, including President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Ga…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). From cooperation to competition: Saudi economic plan. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia plans to end contracts with foreign companies whose regional headquarters are not located in the Kingdom, effective January 2024, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said in a statement."The cessation will include agencies, institutions and funds owned by the government," it said. "The decision aims to create more jobs, limit economic leakage, increase spending efficiency and guarantee that the main goods and services purchased by the different government agencies are made in the Kingdom," according to the SPA.Saudi Arabia, the region's largest economy and the world's largest oil exporter, is attempting to…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Rival parties to approve unified budget of Libya. yenisafak.com Ahmed Maiteeq, deputy chairman of Libya's Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), and Finance Minister Faraj Boumtari arrived in the eastern city of Al-Bayda on Saturday to participate in ceremony for approval of a unified budget for Libya, Maiteeq posted on his Facebook account.Maiteeq said that he will also meet with Aguila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based parliament, without providing further details.This is the first visit by a delegation representing the Tripoli-based government to the east, which is controlled by warlord Khalifa Haftar.On Feb. 8, the United Nations Support Mission i…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Afghan dry port ravaged by huge blaze reopens. yenisafak.com Cross-border trade between Afghanistan and Iran resumed on Saturday from a dry port in the western Herat province that was shut down after a massive fire last week.The blaze at a customs post at the Islam Qala dry port caused losses worth over $100 million to Afghanistan, according to government estimates.The halt in operations at the port led to a shortage of commodities, mainly petroleum products, and hike in prices in Afghanistan.The Commerce and Industry Ministry said cargo trucks stranded at the facility for a week have been allowed to move out, with vehicles carrying perishable items cleared by customs on a…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Somalia accuses UAE of encouraging unrest. yenisafak.com A Saturday UAE statement on recent clashes in the country also violates bilateral fellowship, Osman Dubbe, Somalia's information minister, told a press conference in the capital Mogadishu."The UAE statement is inconsistent with international diplomacy, brotherly relations between the two countries, and Arab culture," said Dubbe."The United Arab Emirates wants Somalia to be like Yemen and Libya and wants to create in Somalia displacement, violence, and backwardness, and that is something the Somali people are wary of," he added.Commenting on recent clashes between Somali government forces and opposition groups, th…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Myanmar protests continue day after killings. yenisafak.com Massive protests erupted in major cities and towns in Myanmar on Sunday to condemn the killing of two protesters at the hands of security forces, and to demonstrate their outrage against the Feb. 1 military coup.Police and security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city, on Saturday, killing two protesters, including a teenage boy who volunteered to help the injured.A volunteer medic told Anadolu Agency that tens of thousands of people have joined a protest sit-in, blocking major intersections in Mandalay. "It is like a sea of people," he said on the condition of anony…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). PKK terrorist surrenders to Turkish security forces. yenisafak.com Another PKK terrorist surrendered in Turkey as a result of persuasion efforts by security forces, an official statement said on Sunday.The terrorist left the terror group after efforts of gendarmerie teams and police, the police department of eastern Van province said.Identified only by the initials F.O., the terrorist had joined the terror group in 2014, and was on the list of wanted terrorists.In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and EU — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people including women, children, and infan…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Turkey, Pakistan joint military exercise ends. yenisafak.com A three-week joint military exercise involving Turkish and Pakistani special forces ended on Saturday.The closing ceremony of the drill ATATURK-XI 2021 was held at the Pakistani military's Special Service headquarters in Tarbela, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, which borders neighboring Afghanistan, said a statement from the Pakistan Army.The Pakistan Army's Inspector General Training and Evaluation Lt. Gen. Syed Muhammad Adnan and a high-level military delegation from Turkey headed by Maj. Gen. Emre Tayanc attended the closing ceremony.Turkish Special Forces and troops of Pakistani military's elite Spec…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Germans march to honor Hanau attack victims. yenisafak.com – Thousands of demonstrators in Berlin marched Saturday to commemorate victims of a 2020 racist attack in Hanau, Germany.Protestors marched from the Hermannstrasse Train Station to Kreuzberg district while carrying photographs of the victims. They also carried banners that read: "Hanau is everywhere," "Stop the arsonists" and "Never forget, Hanau, 19.02.2020."The crowd observed one minute of silence for the victims and read the names of those who were killed in the attack.Police estimated 6,000 demonstrators attended the march but organizers put the number at 20,000.Nine people, including four of Turkish origin,…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Top Turkish diplomat to address UN Human Rights Council. yenisafak.com Turkey's foreign minister will address a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council on Monday, according to an official announcement.Mevlut Cavusoglu will attend via video link the council's 46th session in Geneva, which will last for three days, said a Foreign Ministry statement on Sunday.In his address, said the statement, "Cavusoglu will point out the recent global issues concerning human rights and emphasize Turkey's strong commitment to protecting and promoting fundamental rights and freedoms."The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 states responsible for the pro…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Turkey probing HDP lawmaker over terrorist allegations. yenisafak.com Turkish prosecutors on Sunday filed an investigation into a lawmaker from the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) for being a member of an armed terrorist group.Prosecutors in the capital Ankara said in a statement that in a Feb. 20 television appearance, Dirayet Dilan Tasdemir said that she traveled to Gara, a region of northern Iraq where PKK members are present and Turkey recently carried out an anti-terror operation.The statement said that in light of her remarks, an investigation was launched over allegations that she is a member of an armed terrorist group.Last Sunday, the bodies of 13 Turkish citize…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Ancient critters threaten food supply in Kenya. yenisafak.com Isabel Mberia points to maize plants on her farm in Tigania in eastern Kenya's Meru county.The early morning air is filled with a muffled, buzzing cracking sound.Instead of the usual green that one expects to see, her plants are filled with the yellow-brownish color of locusts that are munching on leaves and cobs of the growing maize."When Kenya was hit by locusts last year, we were spared. They didn't reach here, but this year-round we woke up one morning and one could barely see the sun," Mberia, 61, told Anadolu Agency. "There were millions of locusts everywhere. Some people in the market said they were just…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Turkey is a model for its region: Interior minister. yenisafak.com Turkey became a model country whose policies give hope to millions of people in its region, according to the nation's interior minister.Speaking to private news channel A Haber on Saturday night, Suleyman Soylu said Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership, mapped out its own path in the face of the challenges and uncertainties of the new world order.On Turkey's fight against the terrorist group PKK , Soylu underlined the significant contributions made by Turkish-made defense products such as unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and ATAK combat helicopters.In its more than 35-year terror campaign agains…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Turkey, UNESCO work to introduce wise men from Anatolia. yenisafak.com Turkey and UNESCO are working together in a bid to introduce the wise men from Anatolia, with various activities planned both in Turkey and abroad.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Selahattin Ekicioglu, the mayor of central Kirsehir province, praised UNESCO's cooperation to introduce the philosophers from Anatolia."We are very happy that UNESCO declared 2021 as the year of Ahi Evran, Yunus Emre and Haci Bektas … We will hold meetings, panel discussions and symposiums in Turkey and abroad. We will make our best in 2021 to introduce these three wise men," he said.In 2019, UNESCO included Ahi Evran Veli, a Turkish philo…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Djokovic wins Australian Open, 9th crown in Melbourne. yenisafak.com Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open title on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 men's singles final.Top-seeded Djokovic beat his Russian opponent Medvedev (4) in 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 sets in the final in Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena, which lasted for one hour and 53 minutes."@DjokerNole does it again," the Australian Open said on Twitter.Before this year, Djokovic, 33, had won the Australian title in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, and 2020.This was his 18th Grand Slam title in total, drawing closer to the records of Spain's Rafael Nadal and Swiss Roger…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Turkish FM to attend Africa Regional Review Meeting. yenisafak.com The Turkish foreign minister will attend via videoconference on Monday the Africa Regional Review Meeting in preparation of the 5th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5).Mevlut Cavusoglu will deliver a speech at the high-level opening session, "From Istanbul to Doha-towards a new decade of partnerships for least developed countries."Convened every 10 years in accordance with UN General Assembly resolutions, the LDC5 determines the steps to be taken as part of the global sustainable development agenda for least developed countries.The LDC-IV, where the Istanbul Program of Action (IPoA) was adopted,…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Turkish president mourns over death of Islamic scholar. yenisafak.com Turkey's president has expressed his condolences over the death of prominent Islamic scholar Muhammed Emin Sarac, who passed away on Friday.In his condolence message on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was "deeply saddened.""We will always remember with respect, benevolence, and prayer our esteemed teacher, who raised hundreds of students in the country and abroad throughout his life, which he devoted to the correct explanation and living of Islam," he said.The president also conveyed his condolences to the 92-year-old Hadith scholar's family members, students and loved ones.On Friday, Erdogan said…

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Russia-EU break possible but unwanted: Analyst. yenisafak.com Pressures in relations between Russia and the West have recently become so strained that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned of the possibility of a complete break in ties.In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Andrey Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a Moscow-based academic and diplomatic think tank established upon a presidential decree, assessed how real the threat is and what consequences it could lead to.It is necessary to make it clear what "a possible break with the EU" means — whether cutting relations with individual European countries or with European Union structures, s…

No Nukes Action (2021-02-21). Thursday 3/11: Rally-Speak Out Thursday On Tenth Anniversary of Fukushima NUKE Meltdowns. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-21). 'Justice Rooted in Compassion': Asian, Black Progressives Stress Unity and Understanding Amid Attacks on Asian Americans. commondreams.org "The ideas that fuel anti-Asian prejudice really come from our nation's white supremacist history and can't be separated from that history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2021-02-21). FROM THE FIELD: The Indian women weaving a digital web. news.un.org Hundreds of thousands of Indian women are learning to market themselves and sell products online, with the support of a digital literacy project managed by the World Bank.

yenisafak (2021-02-21). Iran shuts border with Iraq over UK variant spread. yenisafak.com Iran on Saturday shut its border crossings with Iraq and barred travel to provinces bordering the neighboring country over spread of the UK variant of coronavirus.The western province of Khuzestan, which borders Iraq, has been worst hit by the coronavirus mutant, with majority of new cases reported from there.According to local media reports, two children died in the province this week after contracting the UK variant, which was first reported in Iran last month.Iran's Health Ministry had earlier reported the death of two people due to the UK variant of coronavirus in central Qazvin and Alborz provinces, pointing…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-21). Tax big media to fund public interest journalism. greenleft.org.au The government's media bargaining code bill aims to help in the transfer of profits from one section of big capital to another. It will make public interest journalism even more precarious, argues Zebedee Parkes.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-21). Tax the big media companies to fund public interest journalism. greenleft.org.au The government's media bargaining code bill aims to help in the transfer of profits from one section of big capital to another. It will make public interest journalism even more precarious, argues Zebedee Parkes.

Susan Price (2021-02-21). Texas — a failed state with blackouts, but high-tech border walls. greenleft.org.au The Texas electricity grid breakdown, and the confluence of disastrous consequences, is a window into a climate-change future, writes Rupen Savoulian.

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Thousands protest in Myanmar following police killings. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Thousands took to the streets Sunday in Mandalay, where two protesters were killed by police a day earlier during a protest against the military junta that took power through a coup earlier this month. Carrying banners rejecting the military regime, protesters took to some of the central streets of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Barcelona slump continues with 1-1 home draw with Cadiz. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Barcelona on Sunday were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Cadiz, who left the Camp Nou with a point for the first time in decades. Although the Catalan team dominated possession, their only goal came from the penalty spot 31 minutes into the game, after Spanish midfielder Pedri was fouled …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). West Ham survive Spurs fight back to complete 2-1 win. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- West Ham United on Sunday clinched a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Premier League action, thanks to early goals at the start of both halves and a luckless Spurs side that squandered several good chances to equalize in the closing stages. Tottenham, desperate to end an awful recent run of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Supreme Djokovic trounces Medvedev to win 9th Aussie Open. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- A dominant Novak Djokovic won his ninth Australian Open title on Sunday after a straight sets win over Russian Daniil Medvedev. The reigning champion in Melbourne beat the fourth-seed 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 thanks to an utterly ruthless showing, as well as an error-strewn performance from Medvedev. "He's definitely one of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Feminism powers Algeria's Hirak for democracy, equality. laprensalatina.com By Nacera Ouabou Algiers, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- Women, protagonists of the "Hirak" popular opposition movement, are still one of its main spearheads two years on and remain convinced that equality is key for true transformation and full democracy in Algeria. The movement broke out on 22 February 2019 against plans of the entourage of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-21). Dozens arrested in Catalonia as protests against Hasel imprisonment continue. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 21 (efe-epa).- More than 30 people were arrested and charged with public disorder and looting after protests against the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasel on Saturday turned violent in the center of Barcelona. Other protests also broke out in smaller cities, mostly in the Catalonia region where Hasel is from. It was …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Final of Iran's taekwondo league. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Final match of the 19th edition of the Iranian taekwondo league was held on Saturday in Tehran where Shahrdari Varamin defeated Can 6-2.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Envoy terms Iran-IAEA meeting 'fruitful'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi says today's meeting between Iranian nuclear chief and IAEA head has been fruitful.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Meeting of Zarif, Grossi in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi in Tehran on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Unity only way to counter US' illegal sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that establishing unity, amity, and empathy among countries is the only way to confront unilateral and illegal US actions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Prospect of the US-Iran relations beyond manufactured scare. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Professor Fan Hongda believes that Biden administration is changing Trump's Iran policy by accepting an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Tehran hosts 5th day of 36th Fajr Music Festival. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 18 (MNA) — The fifth day of the 36th edition of the Fajr Music Festival was held on Saturday, during which, Iranian and foreign singers and bands performed on different online platforms.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Shooting in Pennsylvania leaves one dead three others injured. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — One person was killed and three others were injured in an armed attack in the US state of Pennsylvania.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Iran's 71st naval flotilla returns home. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — The 71st fleet of warships of the Iranian Navy returned to the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday after a 77-day mission in the international waters.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Third Iranian gasoline tanker arrives in Venezuela. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — TankerTrackers, monitoring the movement of tankers and oil shipments, has announced in a Twitter post that Iran has delivered its fuel consignment to Venezuela.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Tehran dismisses Sullivan claim on Iran-US talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh rejected the claims made by US National Security Advisor regarding direct talks between Tehran and Washington.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). UAE seeking to create instability in Somalia: Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Somalian Minister of information slammed UAE's stance against the country, underlining that UAE intends to create insecurity in Somalia.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Israeli regime warned of dangerous move against Bab al-Rahma. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Palestinian religious figures have warned of the Zionist regime's decision to force the closure of Bab al-Rahma prayer chamber.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Parliament open session on Sunday. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iranian lawmakers held an open session on Sunday to address the amended version of the proposed bill for the next fiscal year's Budget Bill (2021 Budget Bill).

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). VIDEO: Building ship with world's largest 3D printer. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — New technologies are advancing so rapidly that the world's largest 3D printer has now been designed to build ships.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Unity among nations only way to counter US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that establishing unity, amity, and empathy among countries is the only way to confront unilateral and illegal US actions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Iranian FM, IAEA chief discuss bilateral coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister held a meeting with Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-21). Saudi officials concerned over US stance against Bin Salman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) — Sources reported that the Saudi king is deeply worried about the US government's stance against crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Brett Wilkins (2021-02-20). US farmers and food justice groups declare 'solidarity' with Indian farmer protests. nationofchange.org "India's farmers have mobilized to create one of the world's most vibrant protests in history."

Staff (2021-02-20). Cities Are Razing Homeless Encampments Despite Record Cold Weather and COVID. truthout.org The deadly spate of winter storms and frigid temperatures that swept across the country this week threw into relief the inhumane treatment of unhoused populations in the United States. In defiance of pandemic guidelines, city agencies and police across the country have refused to suspend the practice of demolishing encampments and driving out those who have sought to make shelter, potentially exposing vulnerable people to dangerous temperatures and worsening viral spread. | Municipalities inc…

Margaret Flowers (2021-02-20). Urgent Solidarity with Haiti is Needed. dissidentvoice.org A long-brewing crisis in Haiti, created through intervention by the United States, United Nations and allied western imperialist countries, has now come to a head. The Biden administration is openly backing a violent, corrupt and fraudulent leader, Jovenel MoàØse, and maintaining the policies of previous presidents, including Donald Trump, in Haiti. Activists in Haiti have …

Staff (2021-02-20). Ocasio-Cortez Backs Probe of Cuomo's Mishandling of Nursing Home COVID Deaths. truthout.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday joined a "I… stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration's handling of nursing homes during Covid-19," the prominent Democratic lawmaker, who represents New Yo…

_____ (2021-02-20). The Global South Faces A 'Vaccine Apartheid'. popularresistance.org The coronavirus crisis in South Africa is far from over despite falling case numbers in recent weeks. The virus has claimed more than of 50,000 lives, and many health experts predict a devastating third wave. Complicating matters is a new coronavirus mutation known as n501, which threatens to upend South Africa's vaccination plans. | Unprecedented scientific collaboration has expedited the development of the new vaccine candidates, but patents protecting the bottom lines of the pharmaceutical companies have hampered efforts to manufacture vaccines at scale. Meanwhile, the United States and Western Europe have hoa…

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-20). Here's The 20-Point Plan For How Russia Could Contain The US. thealtworld.com Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's dramatic declaration that his country "will pursue the policy of active containment of the US on all fronts" if American pressure on Russia doesn't soon end inspired a unique 20-point plan for what this could look like in practice. | Russia's Anti-American Containment Policy | Russia finally appears to be serious about "decoupling" from the West after over half a decade of its well-intended and passionate efforts to enter into a rapprochement with it following the onset of the Ukrainian Crisis. As I wrote last week after the scandal that erupted upon EU foreign pol…

_____ (2021-02-20). Sometimes Marx's Capital Is A Pillow… popularresistance.org 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. He understood that the people of Vietnam needed to draw from their own history and traditions as well as from the democratic currents set loose by the revolutionary movements around the world. In France, he became involved in the socialist movement, which taught him about working-class struggles in Europe, although the French socialists cou…

WSWS (2021-02-20). Protests mount against Socialist Party-Podemos persecution of Spanish rapper Pablo Hasél. wsws.org The Lleida High Court has provocatively upheld another conviction, adding an additional two-and-a-half years to Hasél's nine-month prison sentence.

Gareth Porter (2021-02-20). US State Department Accusation of China "Genocide" Is Garbage Reliant on Data Abuse and Fraudulent Claims. anti-empire.com Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of The US government's accusation of genocide against China stems from a single sour…

_____ (2021-02-20). Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan? strategic-culture.org By Patrick BUCHANAN | Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? | For that may be what's at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1 — just two months from now. | Consider. If the 2,500 American troops remaining in Afghanistan are pulled out, the entire 10,000-troop NATO contingent departs. | This would write an end to the Western military commitment. | And the likelihood the Kabul government could then survive the constant and increasing attacks from th…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-20). They Don't Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream. realprogressives.org One of the most consequential collective delusions circulating in our society is the belief that our society is free. Our society is exactly free enough to create the illusion that we have freedom; from that line onwards it's just totalitarianism veiled in propaganda. | I get comments from people every day wagging their fingers at my criticisms of western imperialist agendas against nations like China or Iran saying "If you lived over there you wouldn't be allowed to criticize the government the way you criticize western governments!" | It is true that dissidents are permitted to criticize the government syste…

Ralph Nader (2021-02-20). Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses? commondreams.org As Republican strategist Kevin Philips noted years ago, the Republicans go for the jugular while the Democrats go for the capillaries. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-02-20). Biden's Health Plan Shifts Even More Public Dollars Into Private Hands. popularresistance.org As the American Rescue Plan (ARP) winds its way through Congress, some progressives are hailing its health provisions as the greatest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 10 years, while conservatives are claiming that it is a slippery slope to a national Medicare for All system. Democrats have decided to forego seeking Republican support for President Biden's $1.9 trillion promise of relief to those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession by using the budget reconciliation process. This has Republicans worried the legislation will be used to advance the progressive agenda to expand government…

Juan Cole (2021-02-20). Dear Texas Gov. Abbott: Wind Turbines work fine in Antarctica and Alaska, you're just too Cheap to Winterize them. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Texas governor Greg Abbott alleged that the massive power outages in his state demonstrated the unwisdom of moving to renewable energy, attempting to blame the crisis on the state's wind turbines. Like most of the things Republican politicians say publicly, this allegation was a lie. Here's a wind turbine working …

Juan Cole (2021-02-20). Number of residential solar batteries increases by 50% in Germany. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — The number of battery storage systems linked to a residential solar pv array rose by around 50 percent in Germany in 2020 for the third year in a row. The country's solar association BSW estimates there were 88,000 new residential installations, taking the total number of solar batteries in Germany …

John Stanton (2021-02-20). Post-Pandemic American Society Must Not Return to its Industrial Capitalist Roots. dissidentvoice.org Our mace shaped COVID-19 enemy and its mutations merrily popping up around the United States, ironically has opened up new possibilities for inching beyond the grimy confines of industrial capitalism to new modes of work, learning and being that were initially promised by technocrats at the dawn of the Internet/World Wide Web. Indeed, the Pandemic …

WSWS (2021-02-20). World governments exploit pandemic depression to recruit youth into their militaries. wsws.org Economic crises are notoriously fertile grounds for militaries to recruit applicants who would otherwise study or work.

WSWS (2021-02-20). Ontario reopens all schools, delays March break ignoring warnings of a third COVID-19 wave. wsws.org The growing opposition among teachers must find independent political expression in a struggle to shut down all in-class learning until the pandemic is brought under control.

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Brazilians Back to the Streets Against Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net Brazilians backed the streets on Saturday demanding impeachment for President Jair Bolsonaro as well as the COVID-19 immunization campaign. | RELATED: | Demonstrators mobilized in at least 70 cities holding rallies to demand an immediate and free COVID-19 vaccination for the entire population. The far-right president has dismissed the scope of the pandemic since its beginning as the death toll rises to over 244 00…

WSWS (2021-02-20). Stop the deadly reopening of Philadelphia Schools! wsws.org Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-20). Michigan officials confirm 121 cases of COVID-19 variant at state prison in Ionia. wsws.org The sudden discovery of a large number of cases of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant in the Michigan prison system is a warning that the pandemic is moving into a new, more infectious and lethal stage.

_____ (2021-02-20). FCC Must Expand The E-Rate Program To Connect Students During Pandemic. popularresistance.org Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined Access Humboldt, Benton Institute for Broadband and Society, Consumer Reports, and New America's Open Technology Institute in filing comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Public Notice on the use of E-Rate funds to enable remote learning. Public Knowledge supports "off-campus" use of E-Rate funds to help students studying at home access the broadband they need to stay connected to classes, student services, and their families during the pandemic. | The following can be attributed to Greg Guice, Director of Government Affairs at Public Knowledge: | "As t…

WSWS (2021-02-20). The Lancet reveals impact of COVID-19 on health care workers. wsws.org The British medical journal describes how frontline workers have had to face higher than average rates of burnout, anxiety, depression and isolation during the global pandemic.

_____ (2021-02-20). Covid Karma: U.S. Lockdown Kings Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo Suffer Political Fallout. strategic-culture.org The draconian lockdowns imposed by dozens of Democratic leaders, did very little to halt the outbreak of Covid, Robert Bridge writes. | Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo, the governors of California and New York, respectively, appear to be struggling for their political lives over their bungled handling of the pandemic. Is the tide finally turning against the lockdown mentality? | The groundswell of public animosity currently being directed at the Democratic state leaders disproves the adage that 'all publicity is good publicity'. Just ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Despite a fawning media that only shows its fa…

Richard Horton (2021-02-20). [Comment] Offline: What is the UK for? thelancet.com The UK Government this year hosts two important events—the G7 (June 11—13) and COP26 (Nov 1—12). The priorities set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his G7 presidency are four-fold: fighting against and recovering from COVID-19; climate action; free and fair trade; and shared values as open societies. Global health will indeed be a concern for the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy. Some G7 countries have performed poorly in responding to the pandemic. What should be the UK's approach to global health? Last week, Lord Nigel Crisp convened the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gl…

Brian Wakamo (2021-02-20). The Pandemic is Sparking a Wave of Union Drives on College Campuses. zcomm.org In Arizona, two universities are spearheading an effort to unionize the entire state's higher education workforce…

The Canary (2021-02-20). High Court rules the Government acted unlawfully by failing to disclose Covid contracts. thecanary.co The Government unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds' worth of coronavirus-related contracts, the High Court has ruled. | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic. | The Government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing earlier this month, the Good Law Project and three MPs — Labour's Debbie Abrahams, t…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Tanzanian president tells public to 'pray away' coronavirus. yenisafak.com Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who fueled confusion and conspiracies by denying the very existence of the coronavirus pandemic, urged the country's 56 million citizens to pray for three days to defeat unnamed "respiratory diseases," once again disregarding the warnings of scientists and experts.Tanzanians mourned the death of two authority figures who died on Thursday, Chief Secretary John Kijazi and Zanzibar's First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad."Maybe we have wronged God somewhere… let us all repent," the populist Covid-19-denying leader told mourners on Friday at a funeral for his chief secretary, acc…

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). New Zealand rolls out Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- New Zealand, one of the best countries worldwide in terms of managing the new coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday officially kicked off its anti-Covid vaccination campaign by administering the vaccine developed by American pharma company Pfizer to its frontline workers. "And our COVID 19 vaccination programme begins! We're starting with our …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). New York's pharaonic Hudson Yards struggles in pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Jairo Mejia New York, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- The $25 billion Hudson Yards housing, office and retail complex was supposed to spur economic development in New York, but the promise of a bright future has given way to a bleak present dominated by the impact of Covid-19. Last month, the site's main tourist attraction, a …

Devin Cole (2021-02-20). Pensacola State College faculty demand protection. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek land On Feb. 16, over 30 drivers circled the Pensacola State College-Warrington Campus buildings for half an hour, laying on their horns. Signs saying "High Risk" and "Betrayal" were taped to their vehicles. This action was led by the Pensacola State College Faculty Association, a chapter of . . . |

Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez (2021-02-20). Estados Unidos contra Cuba: El bloqueo es un crimen de lesa humanidad. globalizacion.ca Según la ONU, son crímenes contra la humanidad los que constituyen ataques generalizados o sistemáticos a la población civil. Son "crímenes de lesa humanidad" los exterminios, la esclavitud, la deportación o expulsión forzosa, la privación de la libertad física e…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-20). Madagascar: A Nation of Hunger. dissidentvoice.org Madagascar is in great pain. Theodore Mbainaissem, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Ambovombe, southern Madagascar, says: "Seeing the physical condition of people extremely affected by hunger who can no longer stand…children who are completely emaciated, the elderly who are skin and bone…these images are unbearable… People are eating white clay …

Ali Salam (2021-02-20). Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent Palestinian Rallies in Kufur Qaddoum, Beit Dajan. imemc.org Israeli forces attacked the weekly non-violent protest marches and rallies in several parts of the West Bank Friday, injuring three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. In Kufur Qaddoum, in the northern West Bank, two Palestinian protesters were taken to the hospital with severe injuries …

A Guest Author (2021-02-20). Letter from an incarcerated worker on the struggle in Alabama. workers.org The following letter from an incarcerated worker in the Pennsylvania prison system was sent by email on Feb. 17 to Joe Piette, a member of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. From SCI Pine Grove: Nina Simone famously said: "Alabama got me so upset; Tennessee made me lose . . . |

RT (2021-02-20). 'He landed a KO from the chicken dance stance!': Fans enthralled by Russian MMA fighter's STUNNING comeback knockout (VIDEO). rt.com Russian light heavyweight Evgeniy Poskotin snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at Saturday's MMA Series 26 event in Voronezh, starching his opponent with a Hail Mary left hand seconds after it seemed he was about to be KO'd. | Poskotin improved his young record to 2-0 with his stunning overhand strike in the 205lbs contest with Kyrgyzstan's Nurel Amanov but things could have been very different after Amanov capitalized on Poskotin's apparently porous striking defence, catching the Russian slugger with a right hand which sent him sprawling across the ring. | My god. Light-Heavyweight madness at MMA Series.

RT (2021-02-20). 'Honeymoon's over': Chelsea boss Tuchel labeled 'BRUTAL' after he hauls off substitute Hudson-Odoi as Blues toil. rt.com Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi endured one of football's worst ignominies as he was dragged off just 30 minutes after coming on as a substitute as Blues manager Thomas Tuchel showed his ruthless streak in a draw at Southampton. | Hudson-Odoi was introduced by Tuchel at half-time at St Mary's in a bid to bring Chelsea back into the game as they found themselves 1-0 down after Takumi Minamino's 33rd-minute finish. | But the 20-year-old evidently failed to make the impact expected as he was hooked after 76 minutes, being replaced by Moroccan Hakim Ziyech. | A double substitution. | üò&aacut…

RT (2021-02-20). Khabib insists Conor McGregor will NEVER return to his fighting best despite Irishman's renewed quest for UFC title. rt.com Conor McGregor will never recapture the past glories that saw him crowned a two-weight UFC champion, according to Russian foe Khabib Nurmagomedov. | McGregor became the first man to hold UFC titles concurrently when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 to add the lightweight belt to his featherweight crown. | That capped an exhilarating run for 'The Notorious' after exploding onto the octagon scene in 2013, as he won nine of his first 10 fights in the promotion — his only defeat coming to Nate Diaz, which he avenged five months later. | | McGregor captured a second UFC title by beating Alvarez.

RT (2021-02-20). US deports 95-year-old Nazi guard to Germany… where he won't be prosecuted. rt.com The US has deported a 95-year-old Tennessee man who served as a concentration camp guard. But despite the efforts of Nazi hunters, he won't be prosecuted in Germany, which has been paying him a pension for "wartime service." | Friedrich Karl Berger was deported to his native Germany on Saturday, a year after an immigration judge in Tennessee ordered him removed due to his "willing service as an armed guard of prisoners at a concentration camp where persecution took place." Berger had lived in Tennessee since 1959, but served in 1945 as an armed guard of concentration camp prisoners in the Neuengamme Concentrat…

RT (2021-02-20). NASA shares more incredible PHOTOS from Martian surface as Perseverance mission begins in earnest. rt.com After successfully lowering to the Martian surface via what NASA dubbed its "jetpack," the Perseverance rover has beamed back some truly incredible images from the Red Planet. | The six-wheeled robot beamed back several high-resolution images taken during the rover's landing. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter also captured the spacecraft sailing into the landing site within the Jezero Crater, with parachute in tow. | | © NASA/ JPL Caltech | The snapshots were sent via several spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet but they're just a teaser of what's to come. | Video of the touchdown is still being relayed…

RT (2021-02-20). Global Covid-19 cases plummet by 50% since January peak despite colder temperatures boosting transmission rates. rt.com According to a new tally, there has been a steep decline in new Covid-19 cases worldwide — a somewhat precipitous drop of 50 percent from the January peak, despite research indicating cooler temperatures improve transmissibility. | New global case numbers have reached their lowest levels in four months, dropping below 400,000 to roughly 362,000 new cases, according to the latest AFP tally, which noted that new infections worldwide are down 12 percent over the past week, from a high of 743,000 in January. | This constitutes the sharpest and most prolonged drop in new infections since the start of the pand…

RT (2021-02-20). Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny handed $11,500 fine after being found guilty of defaming elderly WWII veteran in tweet. rt.com A Moscow court has ruled that activist Alexey Navalny must pay a 850,000 ruble ($11,500) fine after finding that he libelled a 94-year-old World War II veteran last summer by smearing him as a "corrupt lackey" and a "traitor." | The judge opted to give Navalny less than the maximum fine allowed by law, which is 950,000 rubles ($13,000). | Saturday's decision came just hours after a previous conviction for embezzlement was upheld, during a hearing which took place in the exact same courtroom, and resulted in the opposition figure facing a two and a half year jail term. | The judge agreed with the prosecutor tha…

RT (2021-02-20). Ireland says cluster of more contagious Brazilian Covid variant 'completely contained'. rt.com A cluster of three cases of Brazilian coronavirus variant in Ireland, which provoked alarming headlines in the Irish media, has been contained, a top medical official announced on Saturday. | The three infected individuals were recent arrivals from Brazil, the head of National Virus Reference Laboratory, Cillian de Gascun, told RTE radio. | The mutated virus was discovered in the three during a 14-day quarantine after their return to Ireland. | The cluster has now been "completely contained," de Gascun said. | The infections, which were announced by health officials on Friday, became the first cases of the Bra…

RT (2021-02-20). 'I had intensive care for five days': Khabib shows SWOLLEN FACE as he details disaster-hit preparations for Gaethje fight (VIDEO). rt.com UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he came close to pulling out of what proved to be his final MMA bout last year after contracting mumps and dealing with a broken toe ahead of his title defense against Justin Gaethje. | No one outside of Nurmagomedov himself knew that when he made his walk to the cage in Abu Dhabi for the UFC 254 main event last October that it would be likely the final time that the undefeated Russian would compete in his glittering career. | An emotional Khabib confirmed soon after his second-round submission of the American star that he was stepping away from the sport as an undefeated…

RT (2021-02-20). France's health minister considering new restrictions & regional lockdowns as Covid-19 spread continues. rt.com France's accelerating spread of Covid-19 is likely to prompt it to impose new restrictions, including regional lockdowns, the country's health minister has said. The situation is especially bad in the southern resort city of Nice. | Health Minister Olivier Veran visited that city on Saturday, inspecting a local health center. Nice has experienced a major surge in coronavirus lately, becoming the worst-affected city in the country, with an infection rate of 751 cases per 100,000 people. | "There are a few cities and areas in France where the virus is circulating much more quickly than elsewhere and this may req…

RT (2021-02-20). Irresistible force vs immovable object: What you need to know as Medvedev eyes history against Djokovic in Australian Open final. rt.com The battle for the Australian Open title between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev is almost upon us, with the Russian hoping to make history by beating the Serbian legend in Melbourne on Sunday. | Before the showdown at the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park, here are some of the pertinent facts you need to know. | Medvedev, 25, is bidding to become the first player to defeat Djokovic in an Australian Open final, with the Serb enjoying a winning sequence that spans an incredible eight finals. | Djokovic's previous beaten opponents in finals in Melbourne include Rafael Nadal (twice), Andy Murray (four times),…

RT (2021-02-20). What happens if you don't consent: WhatsApp won't allow users to READ or SEND messages if they reject new privacy rules. rt.com WhatsApp has confirmed that users won't be able to read or send messages unless they agree to its rules on sharing personal data with Facebook. The new T&Cs have sparked backlash and led to a surge in popularity of rival apps.

RT (2021-02-20). Over 120 UK-based charities that paid for 'implicit bias' courses just 'tip of the iceberg' in lucrative woke industry — media. rt.com Some of the donations for charitable causes made by Britons have reportedly gone to fund scientifically questionable courses meant to teach employees to resist unconscious biases. The UK government ditched such training last year. | At least 122 UK-based charities, from large multinationals to small community groups, have spent money on "unconscious bias training" for employees, according to a report by the Telegraph