2021-02-26: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-02-26). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. counterpunch.org The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing "Iranian-backed militias" who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this is about

Jordan Woll (2021-02-26). Biden bombs Syria: "Self-defense" or an act of war? liberationnews.org President Joe Biden engaged in his first high-profile military operation yesterday, launching an airstrike on Syria that left as many as 22 dead. This attack appears to have targeted facilities, equipment and fighters of Iraqi resistance organizations affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces, one of the main groups responsible for liberating much of Iraq from …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-26). US strike on several locations inside Syria draws global criticism. peoplesdispatch.org US president Joe Biden authorized the airstrikes as a response to the recent attacks on US military bases in Iraq. The move is being criticized by anti-war and progressive sections as a sign of continuation of Trump-era policies in the region…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-26). Another Step Back for Biden: Attack on Syria Draws Establishment Cheers. mintpressnews.com "This is basically the polar opposite of getting back in the peace agreement, which was what [Biden] promised to do." — Political commentator Kyle Kulinski…

C.J. Atkins (2021-02-26). Mismatch: Biden bombs Syria while pushing progressive economic bill at home. peoplesworld.org An old dichotomy that's haunted many Democratic administrations—pushing ostensibly progressive economic and social policies at home in the U.S. while pursuing imperialist aims abroad—has returned. In airstrikes characterized as "retaliatory action," the U.S. military on Feb. 25 bombed buildings in Syria near the Iraq border that were reportedly being used by Islamist militia groups for …

_____ (2021-02-26). Tell Biden: Stop Bombing Syria! popularresistance.org It has taken only 36 days in office for the Biden administration to show the world, through a bombing attack on Syria, that it is belligerent, aggressive and hell-bent on war. There was only a short respite from Trump's vile words and actions. Now we have to face Biden's vile deeds and resist them. | Even the excuse U.S. imperialism gave for bombing Syria was feeble. A rocket attack some weeks ago killed a mercenary in Iraq. Excuses like that open the door to new U.S. wars and interventions all over countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America where Washington has replaced official U.S. troops with soldiers of for…

Fight Back (2021-02-26). No More Endless War! Hands Off Syria! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 25 statement from the Twin Cites based Anti-War Committee. | On February 25, the Biden administration launched a bombing strike in Syria. The Anti-War Committee denounces this blatant violation of Syrian sovereignty, as well as the escalation against Iran it represents, with U.S. officials claiming the target was an Iraqi militia they called "Iran-backed". With this airstrike, Biden is continuing Trump's aggressive foreign policy against Syria and Iran, now cloaked in tones of supposed reasonability. | The Pentagon claimed that bombing Syria "aims to d…

Azad Essa (2021-02-26). US lawmakers question legality of Biden's air strikes in Syria. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers question legality of Biden's air strikes in Syria | Prominent Democratic lawmakers seek justification from Biden administration over US air strikes, with some complaining of overreach | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 16: 17 | "> | US lawmakers have asked the administration of President Joe Biden to provide legal justification for its decision to launch air strikes on military targe…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-26). Shamima Begum not allowed to return to UK, Supreme Court rules. middleeasteye.net Shamima Begum not allowed to return to UK, Supreme Court rules | Londoner who travelled to Syria to join Islamic State as a teenager argued she should be able to appeal stripping of citizenship in UK | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 09: 45 | Shamima Begum, photographed in her tent at the al-Roj camp in northeastern Syria in February 2020 (Screenshot) | The UK's Supreme Court has ruled that Shamima Begum, a British wo…

MEE staff (2021-02-26). Biden launches deadly air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria. middleeasteye.net Biden launches deadly air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria | At least 17 pro-Iran fighters reported dead in strikes made in response to rocket attacks against US-led coalition forces in Iraq | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 02: 10 | Biden had vowed to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, but the two countries remain at a diplomatic impasse (AFP/File photo) | Deadly US air raids targeted the positions of Iran-backe…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-02-26). Iran-backed Iraqi factions seeking de-escalation after US attack. middleeasteye.net Iran-backed Iraqi factions seeking de-escalation after US attack | Despite Kataeb Hezbollah's attempts to drum up outrage, most Shia armed groups want to move on from Syria strike as soon as possible | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 15: 57 | Iraqis attend a funeral procession in Baghdad of Hashed al-Shaabi fighters, who were killed in US air strikes on the border with Syria in 2019 (AFP) | Most Iran-backe…

Staff (2021-02-26). Biden's Syria Airstrike Prompts Demands for Answers From Social Media, Lawmakers. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers and anti-war activists have slammed the Biden administration for carrying out illegal airstrikes in Syria while abandoning progressive policy priorities. | The United States carried out an airstrike in Syria on Thursday, claiming it was targeting militias allegedly backed by Iran in what is the first known military action by President Joe Biden since he was sworn into office. | "We didn't flip Georgia Blue for Biden to air strike Syria. We flipped Georgia Blue for our $…

The Conversation (2021-02-27). Gulf War: As Biden bombs Iraqis, 30 years on the consequences of Desert Storm are still with us. juancole.com By Lorena De Vita and Amir Taha | — It was a short message to end a short war. On February 26 1991, Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz put his signature to a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council: I have the honour to notify you that the Iraqi Government reaffirms its agreement …

Shabbir Manjee (2021-02-27). Chicago City Council passes unanimous resolution to end the blockade on Cuba. liberationnews.org All 50 aldermen voted to oppose the blockade, adding that normalizing relations can benefit the economic conditions of both Cubans and Chicagoans.

Juan Cole (2021-02-27). Biden's Double Standards: Iranian Civilians under severe US Sanctions but not accused Saudi Murderer Bin Salman. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Biden administration on Friday declassified and released a CIA assessment that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman bears responsibility for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 3, 2018. CBC: "U.S. intelligence report blames Saudi crown prince for murder of …

Joe Parkin Daniels (2021-02-27). [World Report] Colombia grants protected status to 1 ∑7 million migrants. thelancet.com The decision will enable 950‚Äà000 undocumented Venezuelans to access the health system in Colombia. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

Reem Zubaidi (2021-02-27). Exposing Israel's vaccine apartheid in West Bank & Gaza. liberationnews.org Five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza are excluded from vaccine rollouts while Israeli citizens, even those living in illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories, are prioritized.

Lucien Chauvin (2021-02-27). [World Report] Peruvian COVID-19 vaccine scandal spreads. thelancet.com Several politicians have resigned and a university has been suspended from doing clinical trials. Lucien Chauvin reports from Lima.

Rajaie Batniji (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Historical evidence to inform COVID-19 vaccine mandates. thelancet.com The best comparison to the massive global vaccination effort that is now starting might be the smallpox vaccination campaigns that culminated in the eradication of the disease, as detailed by Richard Horton.1 With smallpox, vaccine mandates played a pivotal role in reducing mortality and case rates.

Brian Whitaker (2021-02-27). Yemen: a war with no military solution … and perhaps no political solution either. juancole.com ( Al-Bab.com) — The Yemeni city of Marib lies 120 km to the east of the capital, Sana'a, with mountainous territory in between. It was from Marib, in the early stages of the six-year war, that pro-government forces hoped to launch an assault against the Houthi rebels who had seized Sana'a. Since then, though, the …

Stewart W Mercer, John Patterson, John P Robson, Susan M Smith, Elizabeth Walton, Graham Watt (2021-02-27). [Comment] The inverse care law and the potential of primary care in deprived areas. thelancet.com The inverse care law, whereby health care favours more assertive interests and in doing so compounds the disadvantage of patients and communities with the poorest health,1 exists in most health systems. 50 years after Julian Tudor Hart's landmark paper in which he first described the inverse care law in England and Wales,1 it is still going strong.2,3 In The Lancet, Richard Cookson and colleagues4 provide a global re-examination of the inverse care law.

Jeyaraj D Pandian, Yogeshwar Kalkonde, Ivy Anne Sebastian, Jackie Bosch (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Recognising HIV infection in systems of care for stroke — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Laura Benjamin and colleagues raise an important consideration. There are several risk factors for stroke which are locally prevalent in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Endemic infections such as HIV, rheumatic heart disease, malaria, tuberculosis, syphilis, schistosomiasis, gnathostomiasis, sickle cell disease, snake bite, scorpion stings, Chagas disease, and Takayasu's arteritis1 can trigger intracranial vessel disease and thromboembolic complications.. However, the prevalence of these risk factors is declining in most LMICs, including those in Africa,2 as a result of gradual improvement in awar…

Joe Piette (2021-02-27). Mental health effects of COVID lockdown in prison: Interview from inside SCI Albion. workers.org This telephone interview with Demitrius Grant, imprisoned at SCI Albion near Erie, Pa., was conducted by Joe Piette for Workers World newspaper on Feb. 16. Demetrius Grant: We're going to be covering the issue of COVID-19 today, as to how it impacts prisoners' mental health. About a week ago, a . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-27). $15 wage dropped from COVID relief plan in US Senate, progressives vow to continue fight. peoplesdispatch.org The Democratic Party's move to insert the USD 15 per hour wage was judged by the Senate rules arbiter to not be in line with the rules. In the meanwhile pressure is on Democratic Party legislators and leadership to ensure that the wage bill is passed…

John Zarocostas (2021-02-27). [World Report] New WTO leader faces COVID-19 challenges. thelancet.com Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization. She already faces scrutiny over intellectual property rights in the pandemic. John Zarocostas reports.

Richard Horton (2021-02-27). [Comment] Offline: Thinking the pandemic. thelancet.com The talk is now about data, not dates. But this pandemic has always been driven by facts. A rapid accumulation of evidence about the virus and the disease it causes. Layer upon layer of new information, repeatedly revising and reformulating our understanding. A steady stream of numbers, rates, and risks. Scientists and statisticians catapulted into the media to explain, expound, and explicate. Facts should indeed illuminate interpretations, guide responses, and optimise outcomes. But an emergency such as COVID-19 demands more—moments to think about what this pandemic means for us, to ask questions about its…

Andrew Green (2021-02-27). [Obituary] James Gita Hakim. thelancet.com Cardiologist and HIV researcher. Born in what is now South Sudan on May 14, 1954, he died of complications from COVID-19 on Jan 25, 2021, in Harare, Zimbabwe, aged 66 years.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Bolsonaro criticizes distancing measures despite worsening of pandemic. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world leaders who has been most skeptical about the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Friday criticized the social distancing measures that regional governments once again are imposing to deal with the crisis amid the worsening of the emergency in the South …

John Catalinotto (2021-02-27). 'Rubin never lost a case' — Rubin Kanowitz, 1931-2021. workers.org Some younger Workers World Party members met Rubin Kanowitz for the first time when he was a communist elder, still confronting cops on recent demonstrations chanting, "Black Lives Matter." Older ones knew him from when he first joined the party in 1965. All grieved as they learned he died this . . . |

Marisa Peyre, Gwenaà´l Vourc'h, Thierry Lefranàßois, Yves Martin-Prevel, Jean-Franàßois Soussana, Benjamin Roche (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] PREZODE: preventing zoonotic disease emergence. thelancet.com As of mid February, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has killed approximately 2 million people worldwide and caused profound economic damage, with a global growth reduction of 4 ∑4% in 2020.1 The ultimate consequences of this crisis are difficult to predict but, from sanitary, economic, sociological, and ecological perspectives, the toll is already substantial. Nevertheless, this threat is not new. Concerns over a global pandemic have arisen many times before, so most countries already had emergency preparedness plans in place.

Soheil Asefi (2021-02-27). The Human-Rightization of the Anti-Imperialist Revolutionaries' Massacre in Iran. mronline.org Originally published: Counterpunch (February 19, 2021) Mohajer, Nasser. Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran 1988. New York: Oneworld Publications, 2020. 416 pp., hardcover ‚Ǩ28.70, electronic version available. As we marked the 32nd anniversary of mass political executions of 1988 in Iran, and the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 …

Michael Kowalchuk (2021-02-27). Sojourner Truth's Massachusetts days. liberationnews.org Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in New York as "Isabella Baumfree" in 1797, was one of the most important abolitionists and feminists of the nineteenth century.

Clean Energy Wire (2021-02-27). By the End of the Year, Germany will have a Million Electric Cars on the Road out of 4.7 mn Total. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — Germany will probably reach its target of having one million fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars on the road this year, government advisors have said. The head of the country's National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), Henning Kagermann, told business daily Handelsblatt he was pleased "that it appears we will …

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise for Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise of Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

Paul Adepoju (2021-02-27). [World Report] Ebola returns to Guinea and DR Congo. thelancet.com Experts hope that the capacity and infrastructure put in place for previous epidemics will help to control the new outbreaks. Paul Adepoju reports.

Eric J Topol (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] What's lurking in your electrocardiogram? thelancet.com For decades one of my favourite tasks in medicine has been reading 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs). I've always thought the wealth of information provided was impressive—eg, conduction and heart rhythm abnormalities, lack of blood supply or damage to the heart, chamber enlargement or hypertrophy, and inflammation of the pericardium. In the 1980s, when I did emergency coronary angiograms for patients with acute myocardial infarction, I marvelled at how the ECG accurately predicted the infarct-related artery and whether the occlusion was proximal or distal.

Nick Freemantle, Domenico Pagano (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Concerns with the new SYNTAX score. thelancet.com Kuniaki Takahashi and colleagues1 attempt to revitalise the SYNTAX score and argue that it has a place in clinical practice. Unfortunately, flaws and weaknesses in the derivation of the score predicate against such use.

Michelle S Hsiang, Davis Mumbengegwi, John Chimumbwa (2021-02-27). [Comment] Mini-outbreak response for malaria using indoor residual spraying. thelancet.com In malaria-endemic settings, vector control is a key public health intervention and accounts for the majority of global spending on malaria.1 Indoor residual spraying (IRS) of insecticide before peak malaria seasons is one widely used and effective approach.2 In southern Africa, IRS reduced clinical cases by 74—95% between 2000 and 2005, bringing the region to near elimination.3,4 In other parts of Africa, similarly dramatic effects have been observed in previously high-transmission settings.5 However, as transmission declines, the difficulty of widescale application for this resource-intensive intervention…

Deirdre Cooper Owens (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] Listening to Black women saves Black lives. thelancet.com I am one of two African American women who are endowed professors in the history of medicine in the USA. I am the only African American woman directing a traditional medical humanities programme in the USA. When I accepted my position in 2019 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I did not know I would step into a position that would make me a historical first. Since this time, I have become preoccupied with learning about Black women who are "firsts" within the annals of US histories of medicine.

Eleanore D Sternberg, Jackie Cook, Ludovic P Ahoua Alou, Serge Brice Assi, Alphonsine A Koffi, Dimi T Doudou, Carine J Aoura, Rosine Z Wolie, Welbeck A Oumbouke, Eve Worrall, Immo Kleinschmidt, Raphael N'Guessan, Matthew B Thomas (2021-02-27). [Articles] Impact and cost-effectiveness of a lethal house lure against malaria transmission in central Cà¥te d'Ivoire: a two-arm, cluster-randomised controlled trial. thelancet.com Screening plus Eave Tubes can provide protection against malaria in addition to the effects of insecticide-treated nets, offering potential for a new, cost-effective strategy to supplement existing vector control tools. Additional trials are needed to confirm these initial results and further optimise Eave Tubes and the lethal house lure concept to facilitate adoption.

Andy Haines, Mayara Floss (2021-02-27). [Comment] The inverse care law in the Anthropocene epoch. thelancet.com Julian Tudor Hart described the inverse relationship between the need for effective health care and its provision in compelling terms. During his career in primary care in a former coal mining community in south Wales, UK, he showed how, by integrating clinical care with an epidemiological approach, much can be done to improve health in disadvantaged populations.1 He wrote the inverse care law2 based on an analysis of the UK National Health Service (NHS) 50 years ago and yet its importance has transcended that historical period and its national context.

Graham Watt (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] Julian Tudor Hart: medical pioneer and social advocate. thelancet.com Julian Tudor Hart is seen variously as a researcher, an expert on high blood pressure, an epidemiologist, scientist, writer, political commentator, and social advocate. But at heart he was always a practising family doctor. Few physicians manage to be expert in so many fields and none while also looking after the primary care needs of some 2100 people, which Tudor Hart did at Glyncorrwg, a former colliery village in south Wales, UK. His dedication to general practice meant his work was relevant and valued by fellow general practitioners (GPs).

Kuniaki Takahashi, David van Klaveren, Ewout W Steyerberg, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W Serruys (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Concerns with the new SYNTAX score — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We welcome the comments by Nick Freemantle and Domenico Pagano in response to our publication on the redevelopment and external valida ≠tion of the SYNTAX score II 2020 (SS II 2020) for individualised decision making in patients with de-novo three-vessel or left main coronary artery disease, or both.1…

Emmanuel Chanda (2021-02-27). [Comment] Averting malaria transmission with lethal house lure intervention. thelancet.com In 2019, malaria accounted for 229 million cases and 409‚Äà000 deaths globally, with 94% of the burden occurring in sub-Saharan Africa.1 Despite determined efforts to combat malaria through definitive diagnoses, case management, and preventive interventions, the huge disease burden persists. Although effective vector control unequivocally curtails malaria transmission, integrated vector management has faced numerous challenges,2 including diminished effectiveness and uncertain sustainability of interventions, partly caused by insecticide resistance and residual transmission.

The Lancet (2021-02-27). [Editorial] 50 years of the inverse care law. thelancet.com "The availability of good medical care tends to vary with the need for it in the population served. This inverse care law operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced."

Laura A Benjamin, Tamara Phiri, Robert Simister, Tom Solomon, Victor Mwapasa (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Recognising HIV infection in systems of care for stroke. thelancet.com When it comes to making a case for the growing burden of stroke in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infection has consistently been neglected. We read with interest the Lancet Series on systems of care and rehabilitation for stroke, particularly the two papers relating to LMICs. However, we were disappointed to see that HIV was overlooked again. According to statistics from WHO, 36 ∑7 million people are living with HIV and 1 ∑8 million become infected each year.

Donald R Hopkins, Kashef Ijaz, Adam J Weiss, Sharon L Roy (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Certifying Guinea worm eradication in humans and animals. thelancet.com The Viewpoint by David Molyneux and colleagues,1 members of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication, notes the special challenges they face in preparing to certify that there are no Guinea worms remaining in humans or animals in the final seven countries that have not yet been certified as free of transmission, since eradication programmes detected the sustained transmission of Dracunculus medinensis among domestic dogs in Chad, Ethiopia, and Mali. We believe a comprehensive approach to evidence for certification might include a range of actions.

Jean-Yves Blay, Pierre Fenaux, Ruth Ladenstein, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Continue rare cancers collaboration with European Reference Networks after Brexit. thelancet.com We read the Correspondence by Marc Tischkowitz and colleagues,1 signed by UK participants in the European Reference Networks (ERNs) programme and related to the risk of Brexit on patients with rare diseases.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Migrants stranded on Mexican border crossing into US from 3 cities. laprensalatina.com Ciudad Juarez/Matamoros/Tijuana, Mexico, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Tijuana, Matamoros and starting Friday, Ciudad Juarez, are the three Mexican border cities where migrants are crossing into the United States to have immigration courts review their asylum requests. On Feb. 12, the US administration of Joe Biden announced the reopening — starting on the 19th — of the …

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Biden to Provide Congress Classified Briefing on Syria Strikes Early Next Week, Reports Suggest. sputniknews.com The US carried out an airstrike against Iran-backed militias in Syria on Thursday, marking the first military action taken by the US President Joe Biden's administration thus far. According to the Pentagon, the strike destroyed "multiple facilities."

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country. sputniknews.com During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil." On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied militia groups in eastern Syria following a spate of attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Netizens Spotlight Psaki's Old 'Sovereign Country' Tweet After US Airstrikes in Syria. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, the Pentagon confirmed that the United States had carried out airstrikes targeting "Iranian-backed" militia assets on Syrian territory, on the order of President Joe Biden, asserting that the purpose of the strikes was to "de-escalate" the situation in Eastern Syria and Iraq.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-26). Syria strongly condemns US aggression on its sovereignty. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (MNA) — Syria condemned in the strongest terms the US aggression on areas in Deir Ezzor near the Syrian-Iraqi border yesterday, stressing it gives a negative indication to the policies of the new American administration.

MEE staff (2021-02-26). US launches air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria. middleeasteye.net US launches air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria | Pentagon says raids were authorised by President Biden in response to rocket attacks against US-led coalition forces in Iraq | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 02: 10 | President Biden had vowed to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, but the two countries remain at a diplomatic impasse (AFP/File photo) | US air raids targeted the positions of Iran-backed armed grou…

Where is the Protest? (2021-02-26). Democrat Biden Bombs Syria. indybay.org Democrat Biden just bombed Syria. The one month of silence on Democrat Biden being just as much a warmonger as Republican Trump has been ended. We can and must do a protest, with masks and social distancing, on the streets of San Francisco.

Staff (2021-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2021. democracynow.org President Biden Orders Airstrikes on Syria, Killing 17 Iran-Backed Militia Members, Biden Calls Saudi King Salman, Doesn't Raise Crown Prince's Involvement in Khashoggi's Murder, Brazil's COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000, "Long Covid": 1 in 10 COVID-19 Survivors Face Lingering and Debilitating Symptoms, WHO Warns, Biden Warns it's "Not a Time to Relax" as U.S. Records Another 2,400 COVID-19 Deaths, Senate Parliamentarian Advises Against Including Minimum Wage Hike in Coronavirus Relief Bill, Police Chief Warns Pro-Trump Militia Members Are Plotting to Blow up the Capitol, Hundreds of Nigerian School Girls Feare…

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Moscow Condemns US Airstrikes on Syria, Demands Respect for Arab Republic's Sovereignty. sputniknews.com On Thursday night, the Pentagon confirmed reports that it had carried out strikes against "Iran-backed" militia assets in eastern Syria, and claimed that the strikes were conducted in response to recent attacks on US forces in Iraq. President Joe Biden is said to have personally ordered the strikes.

Matt Sedlar (2021-02-26). Ecuador: La democracia no debe ser descarrilada por falsas denuncias de fraude. cepr.net La Opinión MarketWatch, 25 de febrero de 2021 Ver artículo en el sitio original In English Cuando Donald Trump comenzó su última campaña para convencer al pueblo estadounidense y al mundo, o al menos a sus partidarios, de que le robaron la victoria en las elecciones, no recibió apoyo de la mayoría de los medios …

Dean Baker (2021-02-26). To Prevent the Resurgence of the Pandemic, Can We Talk About Open-Source Research? cepr.net As the vaccination campaign picks up steam, we have many public health experts warning us about a possible resurgence of the pandemic due to the spread of new vaccine-resistant strains. The logic is that, as more people are protected against the predominant strain for which the vaccines were designed, it will allow room for mutations …

Tony Pecinovsky (2021-02-26). Alphaeus Hunton: A life devoted to equality, liberation, and internationalism. peoplesworld.org In a November 1950 article in Paul Robeson's newspaper Freedom, the scholar-activist Alphaeus Hunton noted that "the most reactionary minority of the American people," the U.S. ruling class, "has advanced from its role of silent partner of the Western European imperialist powers." No longer "content with arming and financing their wars against the colonial revolutionaries," …

WSWS (2021-02-26). Australia: Vote "no" in ballot on Coles Smeaton Grange sell-out! wsws.org A continued rejection of the sell-out must be linked to the fight for a broader movement of the working class, outside the straitjacket of the unions.

ACLU (2021-02-26). Organizer LaTosha Brown on Building the New South. aclu.org In November and January, voters across the country watched as the people of Georgia helped deliver both the presidency and the Senate to the Democrats this past election cycle, defying the perception of the state as a Republican stronghold. After One of the activists responsible for thi…

Matthew Collado (2021-02-26). The Course of Chile's Revolt, Seen from the Streets: Interview with Victoria Garcés López. counterpunch.org Amidst the catastrophes of 2020, events in Chile are among the precious few institutional openings for the left globally. On October 25th, the population overwhelming voted in favor of replacing the country's current constitution, which dates from the years of Augusto Pinochet's US-backed military dictatorship. This break with the country's unreformed authoritarian legacy was provoked

Staff (2021-02-26). "The Whole System Needs to be Indicted": Attorney Benjamin Crump on Overhauling U.S. Policing. democracynow.org The Democratic-led House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on a sweeping police reform bill that would ban chokeholds, prohibit federal no-knock warrants, establish a National Police Misconduct Registry and other measures. The legislation, known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, is in response to a series of high-profile killings of Black people in 2020 and the nationwide racial justice uprising they sparked. Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who has represented the families of Floyd, Daniel Prude, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other victims of police and racial viol…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-02-26). The Mass Deception Machine of Computational Propaganda. zcomm.org The US Republican Party, for example, finds it increasingly hard to win the popular vote. Consequently, it becomes ever more important for the right to win key areas to conjure up a narrow majority in the electoral college…

Jesse Jackson (2021-02-26). Our Fundamental Right to Vote Is Under Attack. zcomm.org In state after state, Republicans want to suppress voting because they know they are a minority party. It took decades to overcome the Jim Crow laws imposed at the end of Reconstruction. We can't wait decades this time…

Staff (2021-02-26). Big Tech Shouldn't Be the Arbiter of Our Free Speech Rights. truthout.org Business corporations don't need free speech rights. Nor should they have the power to deny free speech to others. But leading up to and following the 2020 election, we saw both undemocratic realities on display. | The 2020 election was largely "democratic." Due to the pandemic, more voters had more ways to cast their ballots than ever, and the elections were overall free and fair. H…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-02-26). How Real Nazis Came to the Americas: the Recruitment of Klaus Barbie. counterpunch.org By the time Klaus Barbie went on the payroll of an American intelligence organization in 1947, Klaus Barbie had lived several lifetimes of human vileness. Barbie sought out opponents of the Nazis in Holland, chasing them down with dogs. He had worked for the Nazi mobile death squads on the Eastern Front, massacring Slavs and Jews. He'd put in two years heading the Gestapo in Lyons, France, torturing to death Jews and French Resistance fighters (among them the head of the Resistance, Jean Moulin. ) After the liberation of France, Barbie participated in the final Nazi killing frenzy before Allies moved into Germany…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-26). Yemeni official calls on US, UK to end arms supply to SA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (MNA) — The chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen stressed the need to end British arms support to Saudi Arabia, adding "if Biden seeks peace, he must stop the activities of his military experts in Marib."

Joe Glenton (2021-02-26). Tories investigating councillor for 'life time criminal, high on drugs' comments disparaging Black Lives Matter. thecanary.co A Tory councillor is being investigated by his party over his comments on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. | Portsmouth's The News Smith is said to have posted a comment in relations to athletes taking a knee during a recent England Vs Scotland Rugby match. The Conservative politician posted: Why are all the Scottish player…

Michael T. Klare (2021-02-26). A New Cold War on a Scalding Planet: Biden, Climate Change, and China. counterpunch.org Slowing the pace of climate change and getting "tough" on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its cooperation in areas of concern

Michael T. Klare (2021-02-26). Biden, Climate Change, and China: A New Cold War equals A Scalding Planet. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Slowing the pace of climate change and getting "tough" on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its …

Kim Petersen (2021-02-26). North Korea Steadfastly Resisting US Hegemony. dissidentvoice.org I learned a while back to be especially skeptical of western mass media and their governments.1 My experience of life in China is nothing like how western demonization portrays it to be. Therefore, I looked forward to the chance to experience North Korea first hand. I traveled there with a Chinese group departing China. Starting …

Tom Clifford (2021-02-26). China's Big New Market…in China. counterpunch.org Beijing. It's over. The China threat. No Thucydides trap of rising power threatening established power. Still scope for misunderstandings, a naval clash in the South China Sea, an exchange at the border war with India, fighter jets taking matters into their hands. But the economic race with the United States is over. China has new

_____ (2021-02-26). Biden's CIA Nominee Identifies China As Top 'Adversary'. popularresistance.org William Burns, Biden's pick for CIA chief, had tough words for China during his Senate confirmation hearing and identified countering Beijing as a top priority. | "Adversarial, predatory Chinese leadership poses our biggest geopolitical test," Burns told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. He described China as "a formidable, authoritarian adversary." | "Out-competing China will be key to our national security in the days ahead," Burns said. For the CIA, he said this means "intensified focus and urgency, continually strengthening its already impressive cadre of China specialists, expanding its languag…

_____ (2021-02-26). America Condemns Putin & Xi but Supports Gangsters. strategic-culture.org If U.S. weapons are to be sold to a foreign country, then it's an 'ally' and there is no investigation into any of that leader's crimes. But if the weapons are to be used against a country, then whatever the person does is condemned-in-advance. | The U.S. regime condemns and threatens the Governments of Russia, China, and Iran, and pretends to be not a regime itself, though it is one, and so are most of its 'allies'. (Whether any of those three targeted nations of the U.S. regime — Russia, China, and Iran — is or is not a regime will not be a topic here, but my personal judgment on that would be no, b…

Michael T. Klare (2021-02-26). Heating the Planet Through a New Cold War. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Introduction | It began with fire. It ended with ice. In between, …

Andrew Levine (2021-02-26). "America is Back": Make the Best of It. counterpunch.org America is back; Joe Biden says so. Therefore, it must be true. He seems as pleased as can be about it too. So is the entire political class, except for the miscreants wedded to Donald Trump or to rightwing views, distinguished mainly by their vileness and stupidity. There are alarmingly many Americans who hold those

Staff (2021-02-26). Biden's team won't end the forever wars. therealnews.com From Afghanistan to Niger, the "new normal" of American warfare shows no signs of changing course under President Biden and his hawkish national security team. In this episode of "The Marc Steiner Show," combat veteran and writer Danny Sjursen issues a dire warning about American military policy. Tune in for new episodes of The Marc Steiner …

John Bachtell (2021-02-26). Haaland on track to make history as first Native American cabinet secretary. peoplesworld.org "This is all of our country, this is our mother. You've heard the Earth referred to as Mother Earth. It's difficult to not feel obligated to protect this land, and I feel that every Indigenous person in this country understands that," said Rep. Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be Secretary of Interior. "It's …

Ted Kelly (2021-02-26). Biden sends B-1 bombers to Norway, threatens Russia. workers.org The U.S. Air Force announced during February that it is sending four B-1 bombers and at least 200 personnel to Orland Air Base on the central coast of Norway. Pentagon officials made no secret of the fact that the deployment is meant as a threat to Russia, which is well . . . |

Mark Gruenberg, C.J. Atkins (2021-02-26). Biden's economic rescue plan advances, but minimum wage hike more uncertain. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—Congressional supporters of a $15 minimum wage are not backing down, despite a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian Thursday night that the hike cannot be part of a reconciliation package in the upper chamber. The reconciliation procedure—which lets tax and budget legislation proceed with a simple majority—would have allowed the wage hike to pass …

WSWS (2021-02-26). Amanda Gorman at the Biden inauguration: "O sing, sweet lucre," or, The poet wore Prada. wsws.org Gorman rose from almost total obscurity to the cover of Time magazine in the space of a single month.

Roger D. Harris (2021-02-26). "America is Back": Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy. dissidentvoice.org US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, "American is back," in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum. No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush's former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 …

Brian Tashman (2021-02-26). The Time Is Now: Congress Must Pass Citizenship Legislation. aclu.org Congress and President Biden have a mandate from the American people to fix our broken immigration system: It's time to pass legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship and legal residency for the millions of people in this country who are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and loved ones — yet are denied the ability to live freely as citizens and legal residents. The American people soundly rejected the hateful and divisive anti-immigrant policies pursued by the Trump administration. Now it's imperative for Biden and Congress to seize on this momentum to finally get citizenship legislation done.

Fight Back (2021-02-26). FRSO condemns Biden's military strike on Syria. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns in the strongest possible terms the February 25 attack launched by the Biden administration on Syria. There is nothing that can justify this cowardly move and it will be opposed by all who stand for peace with justice. | President Biden has been telling the world "America is back." We can now see exactly what he means. The empire of the dollar wants to control the land, labor and resources of others, and is more than willing to use military means to do so. | The cold reality is that the U.S. is the aggressor in the Middle East, and Washington is trampling on the right…

Roger D. Harris (2021-02-26). Joe Biden Tells the World "America Is Back" — Not That It Ever Really Went Anywhere. mintpressnews.com Biden's "shifting global dynamics" are what Obama's Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel referred to as "challenging the world order that American leadership helped build after World War II." In other words, the world's sole superpower is averse to an emerging multipolar world.

Diane Ravitch (2021-02-26). Twenty Years of Failing the Schools. progressive.org To fix education, Biden must not only undo Trump's legacy but reverse two decades of | a disastrous 'reform' movement.

Roger Harris (2021-02-26). Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy: Return to the Old Normal? counterpunch.org US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, "American is back," in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum. No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush's former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 odd Republican national security officials, who wrote an open letter endorsing Biden out of fear that Trump would upset the bipartisan foreign policy consensus of regime change, forever wars, and the NATO alliance. Republican neo-cons now shelter in the Democrat's big…

_____ (2021-02-26). 'America Is Back' — Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy. popularresistance.org US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, "American is back," in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum. | No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush's former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 odd Republican national security officials, who wrote an open letter endorsing Biden out of fear that Trump would upset the bipartisan foreign policy consensus of regime change, forever wars, and the NATO alliance. Republican neo-cons now shelter in the Democrat's b…

Workers World Party (2021-02-26). Tell Biden: Stop bombing Syria! workers.org It has taken only 36 days in office for the Biden administration to show the world, through a bombing attack on Syria, that it is belligerent, aggressive and hell-bent on war. There was only a short respite from Trump's vile words and actions. Now we have to face Biden's vile . . . |

_____ (2021-02-26). What Future For Farmworker Families In The United States? popularresistance.org Oakland, CA — As the Biden administration begins dismantling Trump's anti-immigrant legacy and contemplates reforms to US immigration policy, it will have to take the crucial decision of whether to continue or terminate the H-2A "guest worker" program. | A new report by the Oakland Institute, Dignity or Exploitation — What Future for Farmworker Families in the United States?, documents the systematic abuse of workers in the H-2A program and its impact on the resident farmworker communities, confronted with a race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (2021-02-26). Now That Biden Is President… It's Still Time to Abolish ICE. thenation.com Now That Biden Is President… It's Still Time to Abolish ICE…

Sasha Abramsky (2021-02-26). Why Xavier Becerra Is a Smart Pick to Run HHS. thenation.com Why Xavier Becerra Is a Smart Pick to Run HHS…

MEE staff (2021-02-26). Read the US intelligence report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. middleeasteye.net Read the US intelligence report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi | Four-page executive summary says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 killing of Middle East Eye and Washington Post columnist | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 18: 21 | Saudi journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi government agents in Istanbul in 2018 (Reuters/File photo) | The Biden administration released a l…

Ramona du Houx (2021-02-26). Elected Officials to Protect America see Biden's clean car plan can help health outcomes. indybay.org EOPA, as part of President Biden's overall climate agenda, supports Majority Leader Sen. Schumer's clean car plan and urges President Biden to initiate the process of making it law right after his American Rescue Plan is passed. Toxic pollution from cars and trucks are cutting lives short in communities of color and low-income communities across the U.S. Decades of vehicle emissions and other ambient pollution have created disproportionate negative impacts on the economic vitality, health, and quality of life in these frontline communities.

WSWS (2021-02-26). Ukrainian government sanctions pro-Russian oligarch and opposition leader. wsws.org The move comes amidst a deep crisis of the Zelensky government and was fully backed by the Biden administration in Washington.

RT (2021-02-26). FBI looking into potential POLITICAL MOTIVE behind violent dognapping of Lady Gaga's bulldogs — reports. rt.com The FBI is reportedly probing potential political motives behind the recent dognapping of Lady Gaga's French bulldogs. Two of her three bulldogs were snatched during an armed robbery, while her dog walker was shot. | The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has deployed a team specializing in kidnappings and ransom cases to assist the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with the case, the Sun reported. The investigators, among other things, are looking into potential political motives behind the incident. | "Lady Gaga is high profile, of course, but she sang at President Biden's inauguration, which takes thi…

RT (2021-02-26). Bill demanding $15 minimum wage from corporate giants surprisingly comes from pro-Trump Senator Hawley. rt.com US Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) has announced a bill requiring large employers to pay a $15 minimum wage, seemingly aligning him more with left-wing Democrats than his conservative colleagues on the issue. | Hawley, who was demonized by Democrats for challenging the validity of President Joe Biden's election victory, said Friday that his new legislation would require companies with annual revenue of $1 billion or more to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. Smaller companies would be spared the mandate, but Hawley's plan also would provide tax credits to US citizens who make less than $15 an hour, bas…

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Iran's Zarif Uses State Department's Own Rhetoric to Shred Biden's 'Stop Enrichment First' Stance. sputniknews.com Tehran's hopes that the new administration in Washington would live up to Joe Biden's campaign pledge to get the US back into the nuclear deal have slowly soured over the past month. The White House now says its return to the deal hinges on Iran scaling back uranium enrichment activities. Tehran says no deal unless US sanctions are scrapped first.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Is Biden's Khashoggi Report an Attempt to 'Blackmail' Crown Prince Into Accepting Iran Nuclear Deal? sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden has been increasing the pressure on the Saudi kingdom and its royal family over human rights issues and the death of Jamal Khashoggi. On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden vowed to make Riyadh a "pariah" unless they changed their policies. Middle East experts discuss Washington's new strategy toward the kingdom.

Juan Cole (2021-02-26). Why the US needs to get out of Syria: Biden orders Bombing that kills 17 in Proxy dance with Iran. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Al-Quds al-`Arabi [Arab Jerusalem]' reports that at least seventeen fighters were killed in U.S. air strikes on Thursday night on small bases on the Syrian border with Iraq. The bases south of Al-Bu-Kamal belong to the Brigades of the Party of God [Kataeb Hezbollah] and the Brigades of the Prince …

Site Administrator (2021-02-26). Path to Citizenship in New Democratic Immigration Bill. laprensalatina.com WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a major immigration overhaul on Thursday, February 18, that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation reflects the broad priorities for immigration changes that Biden laid out on his first day in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden: US has administered 50 mn anti-Covid vaccine doses. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Thursday hailed the fact that the US has now administered 50 million doses of the vaccines against Covid-19, an achievement he said was an enormous milestone in defeating the virus. "In five weeks, America's administered the most shots of any country in the world, with among the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden asked not to repeat Trump's immigrant minors policy. laprensalatina.com Homestead, United States, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- With signs of frustration and disgust, activist groups asked President Joe Biden's government Thursday not to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump, and reject reopening the Homestead detention center for undocumented minors in southeast Florida. In front of the city's municipality headquarters, activists acknowledged their disbelief in repeating …

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-26). Biden's Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Alt-Media Community is suspiciously silent about the S-300s' no-show following …

Johanna Ross (2021-02-26). Why Joe Biden Will Continue the US War on Nord Stream 2 till the Bitter End. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Any doubts as to whether Joe Biden will continue Donald Trump…

Eds. (2021-02-26). The Pandemic: Half a million lives lost in U.S., more than the two World Wars and Vietnam War combined. mronline.org Over half a million people have died of coronavirus in the U.S. Grasping the enormity—half a million people gone—is difficult to visualize.

Henry Tufnell (2021-02-26). High Court: Covid self-employed support scheme does not unlawfully discriminate against women. ukhumanrightsblog.com R (The Motherhood Plan and Anor) v HM Treasury [2021] EWHC 309 (Admin) — read judgment In a judgment handed down on 17 February 2021, the High Court has ruled that the Self Employment Income Support Scheme ("the Scheme") introduced during the coronavirus pandemic does not indirectly discriminate against self-employed women who have taken a …

Zach Conti (2021-02-26). G20 Discusses Stimulus, Climate and Aid for Developing Countries. indybay.org G20 finance ministers met Friday to discuss global coronavirus response.

news.un (2021-02-26). UN chief returns to the Bronx for second coronavirus shot. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres received his second COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies in the Bronx, New York, on Friday.

news.un (2021-02-26). USA: Rights experts call for reforms to end police brutality, systemic racism. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts appealed on Friday for the new United States Government to adopt wide ranging reforms to end police violence and address systemic racism and racial discrimination.

John Wojcik (2021-02-26). Shocking reversal: McConnell says he'd back Trump for president in 2024. peoplesworld.org In a shocking reversal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he would "absolutely" back Donald Trump for president in 2024 if he is the Republican nominee. He made those remarks on the same day that he joined other Republicans in Washington and around the country in minimizing the Jan. 6 attack on …

RT (2021-02-26). McConnell says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee, as poll shows 46% of Republicans would ditch party for ex-POTUS. rt.com Senator Mitch McConnell said he would "absolutely" support Donald Trump as his party's next presidential pick, taking a more friendly tone after a recent poll found nearly half of the GOP would dump the party for the former POTUS. | Asked whether he would support Trump as the Republican presidential nominee in 2024 during a Thursday interview, the Kentucky senator answered readily in the affirmative. | "The nominee of the party? Absolutely," McConnell

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Trump Donor May Shed Light on Hillary's Pay-to-Play Plot, but DoJ Appears Uninterested, Analyst Says. sputniknews.com On 18 February 2021, Imaad Zuberi, a Pakistani-American venture capitalist and political fundraiser, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for falsifying records to conceal his work as a foreign agent while lobbying top-level American government officials and former presidential candidates, among other charges.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-26). Trump supporters want to 'blow up' Congress: Police chief. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 26 (MNA) — Acting chief of the Capitol Police warned on Thursday that Donald Trump supporters have indicated they want to "blow up" the building of the US Congress and kill the members.

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-26). UN Report Condemns US Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela. counterpunch.org Belarusian lawyer and academician Alena Douhan, who in 2020 became the United Nations "Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures," visited Venezuela on February 1-12. She was there "to assess the impact of unilateral [U. S.] sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights." At her press conference on the last day,

Alan Macleod (2021-02-26). Media Completely Ignore American Secret Agent's Trial for Terrorism in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com One might think that a supposedly innocent American citizen on trial for terrorism inside a hostile enemy country, facing decades behind bars in Venezuela's notorious prisons, would spark a nationwide media furor.

Steve Ellner (2021-02-26). Maduro's Decision To Expell European Union's Ambassador To Venezuela Was Justified. zcomm.org Maduro's expelling of the EU's ambassador in Caracas was a response to the EU's decision to sanction 19 Venezuelans for "undermining democracy" and alleged human rights abuse…

Steve Early (2021-02-26). A Firefighter Election: Can Veteran of Wisconsin Uprising Rescue the IAFF? counterpunch.org A rare contested race for president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has given its members a clear choice between a union traditionalist from Boston and a progressive activist who backed massive labor protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker a decade ago—and then joined electoral efforts to oust the anti-union Republican. In mail

WSWS (2021-02-26). Spain's fascistic Vox party surges in Catalan regional elections. wsws.org Amid mass abstention, the far-right Vox party entered the Catalan parliament for the first time, while the social democrats took the most seats.

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-26). Arabic press review: UN official says Libya has 20,000 mercenaries. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: UN official says Libya has 20,000 mercenaries | Meanwhile, Kuwait sends letter to Qatar as part of continued effort to end Gulf tensions, and a Kuwaiti minister says country's treasury 'lacks liquidity' | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 12: 26 | UN official Stephanie Williams speaks in Geneva on 5 February following the election of a new interim government for Libya (AFP) | Libya has…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2021-02-26). Thursday 2/25: Elections, Elections: Who is the Fairest One of All? indybay.org Register to get the Zoom link: | tinyurl.com/Sharat-G-Lin-2-25-21…

Swing Left San Francisco (2021-02-26). Tuesday 3/2: Swing Left SF The 2020 Election: Trends, Observations, & Where We're Headed. indybay.org Online Event…

news.un (2021-02-26). Palestinian elections raise hopes for two-State solution, Middle East Coordinator tells Security Council. news.un.org The holding of free and fair elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territory will help "clear the path" for restoring a legitimate political horizon to realize a long sought two-State solution, the leading UN diplomat for the region told the Security Council on Friday.

_____ (2021-02-26). U.S.-Backed Ecuador Government Tries Stopping Socialist Electoral Victory. strategic-culture.org If Arauz wins the presidency, he may appoint an important economist and ideologist of the "Citizens Revolution" to a government post, Ron Ridenour writes. | U.S.-backed Lenin Moreno government is trying to stop the new socialistic UNES political party candidate, Andres Arauz, from winning the national elections underway. | Andres Arauz, won first place, 32.7%, on the first round of national elections, February 7. Arauz is the first presidential candidate of UNES, Union of Hope. | Former president Rafael Correa led the formation of this party, Union of Hope (UNES) after he had backed Moreno for president in 2017.

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Myanmar military junta annuls November poll results. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta-appointed poll body on Friday invalidated the results of general elections held in November. Deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had won the elections by a landslide. "The National League for Democracy's 2020 election result is no longer valid," Election Commission chief Thein …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-26). Covid-19: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny | Bid to garner international goodwill suspended after attorney general said to be seeking clarification about its legality | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 10: 32 | Palestinians have accused Israel of ignoring its duties as an occupying power by not including the Palestinians in its inoculation programme (AFP) | Israel has…

Lubna Masarwa (2021-02-26). Israel's closure of Covid clinic leaves 50,000 people at high risk. middleeasteye.net Israel's closure of Covid clinic leaves 50,000 people at high risk | Termination of vaccine programme for those living in Israel without legal status may be legally challenged by rights groups
| Fri, 02/26/2021 – 13: 50 | A paramedic with Israel's Magen David Adom medical services prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for a Palestinian man in a mobile clinic on 26 February 202…

Rep. Barbara Lee (2021-02-26). Friday 2/26: Virtual Town Hall: Vaccines & the Impact of COVID-19 on the Black Community. indybay.org Virtual town hall via FB livestream…

Global Research News (2021-02-26). Selected Articles: Haiti Betrayed. globalresearch.ca By There's a big mystery that needs to be solved. It's how many people are getting sick and dying from the Covid vaccines. …

news.un (2021-02-26). UN Security Council demands COVID-19 vaccine ceasefires; WHO pushes for more action to speed up inoculations. news.un.org The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling on all Member States to support a "sustained humanitarian pause" to local conflicts, in order to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations. Briefing journalists afterwards, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that more could be done.

news.un (2021-02-26). Cà¥te d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa. news.un.org Cà¥te d'Ivoire received 504,000 doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine on Friday making it the second African nation in a week to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

Nicole Karlis (2021-02-26). Vaccine "scavengers" are waiting outside clinics for leftover doses — and their strategy often works. salon.com People are lining up at vaccination sites hoping to get a leftover dose that would otherwise go in the trash…

Mustaqeem De Gama (2021-02-26). 100+ Countries Push to Loosen WTO Rules on Vaccine Patents. zcomm.org Why Is the U.S. Still Blocking the Way?>

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). South Korea starts its vaccination campaign against COVID-19. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- South Korea began Friday its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 more than a year after detecting its first case in the country and with the aim of having immunized the majority of its population by November and thus achieve herd immunity. The first person to be inoculated with the vaccine developed by …

Site Administrator (2021-02-26). What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine? laprensalatina.com COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects: On the arm where you got the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Serbia embraces Chinese Covid jab as rollout leads continental Europe. laprensalatina.com Belgrade, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Serbia is leading continental Europe's Covid-19 vaccine drive thanks to its decision to purchase millions of Chinese-produced jabs combined with a well-planned rollout strategy. The Balkan nation's health authorities on Friday said they had administered a total of 1.37 million doses to a population of around seven million, which means almost …

21st Century Wire (2021-02-26). UK and Greece Collude to Push New 'Vaccine Passport' on Holiday Travelers. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | As 21WIRE

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-02-26). The Issue of Vaccines: Open Letter to Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal President of Germany. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Sir, | Today, 25 February 2021, the German media reported that you …

Rosemary Frei (2021-02-26). Video: The Stats on COVID-Vaccine Injury and Death Don't Add Up. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | There's a big mystery that needs to be solved. | It's how …

Lindsey Snell (2021-02-26). 'No one cares if we die': Ex-Syrian rebels recount Nagorno-Karabakh nightmare as 'disposable force for Turkey'. thegrayzone.com Repurposed into a mercenary force by Erdogan's Turkey, the remnants of Syria's armed opposition were sent off to fight for Azerbaijan with promises of sweet paychecks. They met abuse, humiliation, and death instead. In the first week of October 2020, Ahmad Hadad* and more than 20 other fighters from the Hamza Division faction of the so-called Syrian National Army stood in the middle of a mountain range in Azerbaijan near the Iranian border. They were lost. After the Armenian army …

Lindsey Snell (2021-02-26). 'No one cares if we die': Ex-Syrian rebels recount Nagorno-Karabakh nightmare as 'disposable force for Turkey'. thegrayzone.com Repurposed into a mercenary force by Erdogan's Turkey, the remnants of Syria's armed opposition were sent off to fight for Azerbaijan with promises of sweet paychecks. They met abuse, humiliation and death instead. In the first week of October 2020, Ahmad Hadad* and more than 20 other fighters from the Hamza Division faction of the so-called Syrian National Army stood in the middle of a mountain range in Azerbaijan near the Iranian border. They were lost. After the Armenian army …

Jeremy Levine (2021-02-26). Massive thousand-car caravan protests unsafe reopening of Montgomery County schools in Maryland. liberationnews.org Photo: Car that participated in the caravan On Feb. 23, the parking lot at the Montgomery County Public Schools central office in Maryland swarmed with car horns, brightly colored signs, and shouts as thousands rallied outside a closed session meeting of the Board of Education (BOE). Among the participants were residents, parents and teachers' union …

Viviana Weinstein (2021-02-26). Denver protest: 'No war on Iran!'. workers.org Feb. 20, Denver.Denver Students for a Democratic Society, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Denver Peace Council held a demonstration Feb. 20 at the state capital, in cooperation with the national call to prevent Washington from instigating a war against Iran. Threats the U.S. warships would move into the Persian/Arabian . . . |

Eds. (2021-02-26). Hundreds of law students announce boycott of Chevron law firm Seward & Kissel for "unethical" private prosecution of human rights attorney Steven Donziger. mronline.org Students from over 50 leading U.S. law schools—including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and New York University—have announced a recruiting boycott of a prominent Chevron law firm to protest its "unethical" private prosecution of U.S. human rights lawyer Steven Donziger after he helped win a $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron.

WSWS (2021-02-26). Former Australian treasurer warns of market "clean out" wsws.org Peter Costello, now head of Australia's $135 billion Future Fund, said that rock-bottom interest rates and bond-buying programs by central banks had left both economies and markets vulnerable to a shock.

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-26). Cost of War: US 'counterterrorism' activities in 85 countries. nationofchange.org "If the U.S. is truly to end…

WSWS (2021-02-26). Germany: Left Party congress paving way for government participation and war. wsws.org Germany's Left Party congress will set an even more direct course towards government participation and support for war.

Robin Scher (2021-02-26). Pandemic may have left over 250 million people with acute food shortages in 2020. nationofchange.org As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries.

_____ (2021-02-26). Scheer Intelligence: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. popularresistance.org Ninety-seven-year-old Lawrence Ferlinghetti was one of the founders of the paperback bookstore City Lights in San Francisco, as well as publisher and champion of beat poets and writers including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. In their conversation, Ferlinghetti tells Robert Scheer how his experience as a naval officer in Japan during World War II made him an "instant pacifist." Ferlinghetti discusses many in the Beat movement's surprising sympathy for Fidel Castro and Cuba in spite of their socially progressive views. Despite his lifetime of work with the Beats, Ferlinghetti never considered himself one.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-26). Academics appeal to Australian historian Alison Bashford to reject Israeli award. peoplesdispatch.org In an open letter, close to 250 academics from around the world have called on Bashford to refuse the Israeli Dan David prize in accordance with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement's international campaign to pressure Israel to end its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories…

Raul Diego (2021-02-26). Microchips and the Macro World: Semiconductor Shortage Ushers in East-West Tech War. mintpressnews.com If Taiwan were no longer the center of the semiconductor manufacturing universe, would the U.S. relinquish its influence over the island or would it continue to use it as a pawn against the country that is increasingly being cast as the next global nemesis of the "free world"?

Editor (2021-02-26). All Risk, No Reward: The Perils and Absurdity of Iraq War 4.0. scheerpost.com By Maj. Danny Sjursen / Reposted with permission from AntiWar Secretary of State Anthony Blinken might have been " outraged" by a rocket attack on a U.S. base in northern Iraq — that killed a foreign contractor and wounded an American service member and several other contractors — but he shouldn't have been surprised. After all, it's the muddled US military mission and ongoing troop presence… |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-26). Nobel laureate discusses science and ethics of genome engineering in lecture. imperial.ac.uk Dr Jennifer Doudna, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, gave Imperial's Schrà∂dinger lecture.

Race Forward (2021-02-26). Wednesday 3/3: Organizing for Racial Justice After the Inauguration Town Hall w/ Race Forward. indybay.org Online via livestream…

news.un (2021-02-26). Pandemic pushing people 'even further behind', UN rights chief warns. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic gathers pace, people worldwide are "being left behind — or pushed even further behind", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Friday.

news.un (2021-02-26). Myanmar Ambassador to UN denounces military coup, as envoy warns democratic processes have been 'pushed aside'. news.un.org As the democratically elected leader of Myanmar, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is still in detention following the military takeover that triggered country-wide protests, violence and arrests, the UN envoy for the country observed on Friday, declaring that "democratic processes have been pushed aside".

news.un (2021-02-26). UN climate report a 'red alert' for the planet: Guterres. news.un.org Nations are "nowhere close" to the level of action needed to fight global warming, a UN climate action report said on Friday, urging countries to adopt stronger and more ambitious plans to reach the Paris Agreement goals, and limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-02-26). A Rapidly Globalizing World Needs Strengthened Global Governance. zcomm.org The world is currently engulfed in crises—most prominently, a disease pandemic, a climate catastrophe, and the prevalence of war—while individual nations are encountering enormous difficulties in coping with them. These difficulties result from the global nature of the problems. An individual nation is unable to institute adequate measures to safeguard public health because diseases spread

_____ (2021-02-26). On February 4th, the greatest investigative news report that has ever been done was issued. Will it win any awards? strategic-culture.org By Eric ZUESSE | On February 4th was anonymously published online at

_____ (2021-02-26). Western Powers Can Save Iran Nuclear Deal — By Honoring It. strategic-culture.org Castigating Iran for alleged breaches is a cowardly distraction from the real problem. If the United States does not take the morally and legally honorable steps then the suspicion of an ulterior agenda will be fatal for resolving the impasse. | The international signatories to the nuclear accord with Iran have now a three-month window to salvage that landmark deal. The onus is on the United States to return to the Joint Comprehension Plan of Action (JCPOA) — as the accord is formally titled. Washington must do this unconditionally, beginning with lifting its economic sanctions from Iran. The European state…

Sarah Anderson (2021-02-26). Danny Glover: Why I'm in Alabama with Amazon Workers. zcomm.org The Hollywood actor is mobilizing support for warehouse workers who are making their mark on the long history of southern organizing…

Edward Curtin (2021-02-26). The Pine-eyed Boy Escapes from the Belly of the Dark Night in the Fish's Tale. dissidentvoice.org It's hard to say where things begin, but they do, as do we, and we are somehow in them and they in us, and a story begins. Then the story gets silently disclosed as we live it, even though most of us don't tell it until later, if we can find our tongues. But when …

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Sweden Sees 'Very Sharp' Increase in Grooming Cases Amid Judiciary Overload. sputniknews.com While the police had warned that grooming activity tends to intensify in times of crises, the Prosecutor's Office said it is so far impossible to say whether the spike is linked to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-26). Texas 'Deep Freeze': Urgent Climate Warning but "Not What You Think" globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | In the unfolding extreme winter tragedy in Texas as well as …

Stanford Environmental Law Society (2021-02-26). Hundreds of Law Students Announce Boycott of Chevron Law Firm Seward & Kissel for "Unethical" Private Prosecution of Human Rights Attorney Steven Donziger. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Students from over 50 leading U.S. law schools — including Stanford, …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-26). War Mongering for Artificial Intelligence. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The ghost of Edward Teller must have been doing the rounds …

Brett Wilkins (2021-02-26). Counter-Terrorism'?: Two Decades after 9/11, New Interactive Map Details Footprint of US War Machine in 85 Countries. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | "The map raises a number of questions. Why is the United …

Greg Kearney (2021-02-26). When it comes to COVID, why aren't Republicans 'pro-life' anymore? peoplesworld.org Read:

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-02-26). Calif. essential workers and supporters call for extended COVID-related sick leave. peoplesworld.org Essential workers, labor advocates, and legislators are joining together to urge the California legislature and Gov. Gavin Newsom to act immediately to expand emergency paid sick days and paid family and medical leave protection for workers in the state's 2021-2022 early action budget. Both federal and California emergency paid sick leave mandates on employers expired …

Fight Back (2021-02-26). Black prisoners don't matter to Leon County jails. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – You are just a worthless Black prisoner, and we don't care about you. | That is the message that the white power structure in Leon County is sending to the prisoners in the Leon County jail. Your lives simply don't matter. | If you die from COVID-19, good riddance. It will save the public the expense involved in taking care of you. | Neither Tallahassee Mayor John Daily, County Commission Chair Rick Minor, County Administrator Vince Long, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) CEO Mark O'Bryant, the Leon County Health Department Director Claudia Blackburn, nor any lobbyist or membe…

Johanna Kichton (2021-02-26). Majority Leader Schumer and Sen. Sanders Join People's Action Town Hall to Call for Real COVID Relief. peoplesaction.org As COVID Deaths Pass Half a Million, People's Action Calls On Congress to Deliver Immediate, Just, and Comprehensive COVID Relief for All Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Congress works through the reconciliation process and the nation passes 500,000 COVID deaths, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders joined People's Action …

WSWS (2021-02-26). San Francisco school board pauses reactionary school renaming campaign to focus on forcing schools open. wsws.org Despite widespread transmission of COVID-19 and news of more infectious and deadly variants of the virus within San Francisco, the school district alongside the educator and school worker unions are pushing ahead with reopening plans.

Johanna Kichton (2021-02-26). People's Action Statement on Senate Parliamentarian Decision to Block Minimum Wage Hike in COVID Relief Bill. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today released the following statement by Campaign Director Sondra Youdelman in response to the Senate Parliamentarian blocking a minimum wage increase from being included in the COVID relief package moving through Congress: "Republicans will stop at nothing to do the bidding of corporate America and the ultra …

Raúl Zibechi (2021-02-26). Estallidos o levantamientos frente a la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Un reciente informe del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) revela que las clases dominantes, a las que el organismo sirve, esperan estallidos sociales en todo el mundo como consecuencia de la pandemia. El trabajo Repercusiones sociales de la pandemia, publicado en…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-26). Iraq: Protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Nasiriyah. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Nasiriyah | At least five demonstrators have been killed over the past week as activists defied a Covid-19 lockdown to take to the streets | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 16: 00 | Iraqi protesters are pictured next to burning tyres during clashes with police during anti-government demonstrations in the city of Nasiriyah in the Dhi Qar province…

Jeet Heer (2021-02-26). Reckoning With a Year of Shared Isolation, Pandemic, and Protest. thenation.com Reckoning With a Year of Shared Isolation, Pandemic, and Protest…

Rajan Menon (2021-02-26). The Pandemic Tested Our Social Safety Net. It Failed. thenation.com The Pandemic Tested Our Social Safety Net. It Failed.

Zach Conti (2021-02-26). International Cooperation Can Fight Corruption and Stop Tax Evasion, Say UN Experts. indybay.org Report Asserts Trillions Available to Address Poverty, COVID and Climate Change…

Staff (2021-02-26). Sanders Blasts Parliamentarian's Ruling Dropping Wage Hike From COVID Bill. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and several other Democratic lawmakers are lambasting a decision by the Senate parliamentarian, a nonpartisan referee in that legislative body, who determined on Thursday that a provision to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the COVID economic relief package does not align with the rules for the reconciliation process. | But while Democrats appear upset over the decision, the party may be disunited on what path they should take next to raise the minimum wag…

UKSLNU (2021-02-26). Thursday 2/25: This Is Not My First Pandemic: LGBT+ Community Response to AIDS & COVID-19. indybay.org Online event…

sputniknews (2021-02-26). 'Stealth Tax' Raid on Pensioners Reportedly in Pipeline as UK Treasury Faces Soaring COVID-19 Debts. sputniknews.com On 3 March the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will deliver the Spring Budget in the House of Commons, aimed to focus on "the next stage" of the COVID-19 while looking further ahead to secure…

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Oxford University COVID-19 Lab Reportedly Hacked by Cyber Gang. sputniknews.com Researchers have been scrambling to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. So far, the deadly virus has infected more than 113 million people worldwide and killed more than 2.5 million others.

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). A year of Covid pandemic has pushed Mexicans into dire economic straits. laprensalatina.com By Miquel Muñoz Mexico City, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- The losses of many hundreds of thousands of jobs, a spike in informal work and businesses on the verge of collapse are hallmarks of the Covid-19 pandemic in Mexico, a country that has seen millions of its citizens pushed into dire economic straits over the past year. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Saving restaurants to feed New York's health workers. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 26 (EFE).- Luis and Alex work from the Addictive Wine and Tapas Bar in New York preparing 250 trays of bolognese for health workers at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. It is part of an initiative by Spanish chef Jose Andrés that provides a service for medical workers during the Covid-19 …

Bill Sardi (2021-02-26). Politicians Shouldn't be Managing Pandemics They Will Bend Science to Fit Their Political Objectives. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been overlooked in …

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-26). Your privileges are not Universal. mronline.org Stencilled in red on the walls of Santiago, Chile is a statement of fact: 'your privileges are not universal' (tus privilegios no son universales).

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-26). US Sponsored Coup d'État: The Destabilization of Haiti. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to recent developments in Haiti: | This article was written in the last days of February 2004 in response to the barrage of disinformation in the mainstream media. | It was completed and published on February 29th, the day of …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-26). 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.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-26). Imagining Palestine: On Barghouti, Darwish, Kanafani and the Language of Exile. counterpunch.org For Palestinians, exile is not simply the physical act of being removed from their homes and their inability to return. It is not a casual topic pertaining to politics and international law, either. Nor is it an ethereal notion, a sentiment, a poetic verse. It is all of this, combined. The death in Amman of

Staff (2021-02-26). Battleground Baltimore: Maryland shows solidarity with unionizing Amazon workers. therealnews.com Amazon workers rally in Baltimore County, the LEOBR could survive attempts to weaken it, City Councilperson Ryan Dorsey feuds with the FOP, and more.

RT (2021-02-26). Amazon-owned Twitch removes anti-union ads pushed by parent company after media and users complain. rt.com Ads urging workers in Alabama not to unionize "shouldn't have been allowed," the streaming platform Twitch said, bucking its parent company Amazon after a pro-union outlet published a story complaining about the videos. | "Twitch does not allow political advertising, and these ads should never have been allowed to run on our service," the company said in a statement on Wednesday, thanking the "community" for bringing them to attention. | new: Twitch says they have removed these ads from the platform "Twitch does not allow political advertising, and these ads should never have been allowed to run on our service…

WSWS (2021-02-26). Bus drivers speak on London strikes: "This is just the spark of a broader fight" wsws.org "The pandemic has created a gaping hole between the companies and management on one side and the workers who have lost their lives and wages. This is the same around the world."

WSWS (2021-02-26). No to school reopenings in Turkey before the pandemic is contained! wsws.org We call on all educators, parents and students who support this initiative to contact us to establish rank-and-file committees for safe education and to expand this struggle, which is vital for public health.

_____ (2021-02-26). Your Privileges Are Not Universal. popularresistance.org Stencilled in red on the walls of Santiago, Chile is a statement of fact: 'your privileges are not universal' (tus privilegios no son universales). This is a factual declaration because the privileges of power and property are not shared across the gaping class divide. Consider the fact that before the pandemic struck last year, over 3 billion people — or half the world's population — had no access to health care. This data appears in a 2017 World Health Organisation (WHO) report that tracks important matters such as access to basic household sanitation (lacked by 2.3 billion people) and medical care…

Derek Royden (2021-02-26). The disaster of Andrew Cuomo and New York's pandemic response. nationofchange.org If the failures of this pandemic have taught us anything, it's that when we finally come out of it we need a new normal.

WSWS (2021-02-26). US universities have cut 650,000 jobs, a 13 percent workforce reduction, since the onset of the pandemic. wsws.org Thousands of adjunct faculty members have seen their courses canceled and their paychecks eliminated as programs are consolidated and courses move online.

Mike Walter (2021-02-26). The Heat: One scientist's fight against disease & Racism against Asian-Americans. america.cgtn.com As the pandemic continues to take its toll, we'll talk to one of America's leading science pioneers. Plus — what's behind the alarming rise in violence against Asian Americans?>