2021-02-27: News Headlines

MBNJSD (2021-02-27). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. dissidentvoice.org Photo: CODEPINK 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 …

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-02-27). U.S. bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defense. mronline.org On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming "a handful" of people were killed.

Mike Walter (2021-02-27). The Heat: U.S. intelligence report on Khashoggi's death. america.cgtn.com A U.S. intelligence report concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation to murder a prominent journalist. And U.S. President Biden orders airstrikes in Syria targeting Iranian-backed militias.

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 …

Where is the Protest? (2021-02-27). 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.

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 . . . |

_____ (2021-02-27). Privacy, Immigrant Rights Groups Slam Biden's 'Smart Wall'. popularresistance.org A coalition of privacy and immigrant rights groups are pushing back on the Biden administration's proposal to deploy a "smart" wall on the southern border. | In a statement released Thursday, first obtained by The Hill, the 40 groups slam the legislation introduced in Congress last week as a "continuation of the Trump administration's racist border policies, not a break from it." | The letter pans the proposed use of "smart technology" at the border as "Trump's wall by another name." | The mammoth immigration bill, which is being spearheaded by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), authori…

sputniknews (2021-02-27). South Carolina Lawmaker to Introduce Bill Allowing Trump to Be Buried on State Capitol Grounds. sputniknews.com The 6 January Capitol siege in Washington caused even more individuals to take a stand against now ex-President Donald Trump as many of his political opponents would like to see him barred from the political arena.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report | US intelligence report blames Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 10: 19 | Protesters in London demonstrate against former president Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (MEE/Kaamil Ahmed) | Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stoo…

_____ (2021-02-27). Ecuador's Elections Are Being Undermined By Foreign And Domestic Interference. popularresistance.org Before the votes were fully counted in Ecuador's latest elections, one candidate received a phone call from the US embassy assuring him that he would be in the second round. Fidel Narvaez, a Ecuadorian diplomat, tells Sputnik that this is only part of what appears to be a concerted effort to undermine the election results. | Ecuador is due to have its second round of elections in April. Although the progressive candidate, Andrés Arauz, won by a large margin, he did not win by enough to avoid a runoff. However, the parliamentary results via the National Assembly are final, with the progressive candidates winning m…

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Police disperse indigenous protest outside Quito's Electoral Council. laprensalatina.com Quito, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Ecuadorian police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of indigenous protesters on Friday who were demanding a recount of votes of the Feb. 7 election at a rally at the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Eyewitnesses told EFE that the protesters, who hours before had participated …

James A. Lucas (2021-02-28). US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 "Victim Nations" Since World War II. globalresearch.ca Among Global Research's most popular 2020 articles | . | First published in November 2015 | GR Editor's Note | Let us put this in historical perspective: the commemoration of the War to End All Wars acknowledges that 15 million lives were lost in …

Joyce Chediac (2021-02-28). Thirty years Ago. The 1991 Gulf War: The Massacre of Withdrawing Soldiers on "The Highway of Death" globalresearch.ca First published in July 2004 | *** | I want to give testimony on what are called the "highways of death." These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies …

David Perez (2021-02-27). The Working Class Backbone of Hi Tech. dissidentvoice.org In his comprehensive and educational book, Coders (2019 Penguin Press), tech writer Clive Thompson tells the story of computer programmers, a workforce that is undoubtedly one of the "most quietly influential on the planet." Thompson writes: You use software nearly every instant you're awake. There's the obvious stuff, like your phone, your laptop, email and …

_____ (2021-02-27). Dr. Osterholm's Warning: COVID Hurricane On The Horizon. popularresistance.org Twelve months ago, Dr. Michael Osterholm was interviewed on the Joe Rogan Program. At the time, he warned that anywhere from 400,000 to 1.5 million Americans would die of COVID and that the pandemic would last for many years and significantly impact our lives. So far, his predictions have been eerily accurate. | Today, Dr. Osterholm is warning that a "Category 5 COVID-hurricane" is on the horizon, with the B117/UK Variant posing the greatest threat. As positive cases and deaths decline, he warns that the media has been negligent in their overly positive reporting. | Indeed, the scientific community is engaged in…

_____ (2021-02-27). Hunger Strike, Activists Take Fight Against Scrapper To City Hall. popularresistance.org Chicago – Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) announced Tuesday he will join 10 hunger strikers fighting to block another polluter from receiving the city's approval to operate on the Southeast Side. | As the Pilsen alderman joined the strike, United Neighbors of the 10th Ward member Breanna Bertacchi, Southeast Youth Alliance founder Oscar Sanchez and George Washington High School teacher Chuck Stark wrapped up their 20th day without food. They'll complete their third week Wednesday. | The three initial strikers and eight others who have joined the fast in recent weeks are demanding the Chicago Department of Public H…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-27). Joe Biden and the Pentagon's "Ides of March 2021": Best Month to Go to War? globalresearch.ca or the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked "the time to start new military campaigns." As in the heyday of the Roman Empire, the Pentagon has a mandate to plan and implement a precise "timeline" of military operations.

_____ (2021-02-27). 'Pipe Dream': Enbridge Escalates Local Tensions. popularresistance.org Palisade, Minnesota — Even in the bitter cold, the pretty little park along the Mississippi River is inviting, a typical gathering spot for community events with its broad trees and public pavilion. | But Berglund Park stood empty recently as families and community members huddled around warming fires in an open field nearby, listening to music and eating Indian tacos as they learned about the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline cutting through their community. | A group of pipeline opponents known as water protectors from the nearby Honor the Earth camp organized the small winter carnival to provide information about…

Brian Berletic (2021-02-27). Biden's First Foreign Policy Speech Vows "Forever Wars" globalresearch.ca US foreign policy has clearly continued in the same direction, without missing a beat. Unlike in previous transitions in the White House, this time US President Joe Biden has not even really tried to promise even the faintest hope that …

Lars Schall (2021-02-27). Defining the Modern Monetary Theory. realprogressives.org [ The US-economist Warren Mosler belongs to the protagonists of the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). What MMT means? In the following exclusive interview he gives an answer to this as well as to the Fed's quantative easing, how money comes actually into existence, and the crisis of the euro. | By Lars Schall | Warren Mosler, who earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1971, is afinancier, hedge fund manager and maker of some of…

_____ (2021-02-27). Atlantic Ocean Current At Weakest State In 'Over A Millennium'. popularresistance.org The Atlantic Ocean current that plays a major role in the world's weather is at its weakest state in "over a millennium", researchers have found. | The research combines various lines of evidence to create a "consistent picture" of how the ocean current system, which is known as the "Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation" (AMOC), has changed over the past 1,600 years. | Sometimes called the Atlantic's "conveyer belt", the AMOC is a vast ocean current system that moves warm, salty water from the tropics to regions further north, such as the UK. The gulf stream is part of the AMOC. | As the AMOC carries warm…

Roger Gest (2021-02-27). Wicked Western Wandering. realprogressives.org

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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 …

RT (2021-02-27). 'Safely recovered': Lady Gaga's stolen bulldogs brought to LA police after pop star offers $500k reward with no strings attached. rt.com Two French bulldogs have been safely returned to pop star Lady Gaga after robbers stole the animals at gunpoint from her dog walker, who was shot in the struggle, according to LA police. | The pups were brought to an LAPD station north of downtown on Friday evening by a woman believed to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the theft and shooting earlier this week, police captain Jonathan Tippett Both of Lady Gaga's dogs have been…

Steven Greenhouse (2021-02-27). 'We Deserve More': an Amazon Warehouse's High-Stakes Union Drive. zcomm.org Workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are pushing for a union — and experts say if they triumph, it could pave the way to organizing fulfillment centers in other states…

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Lady Gaga's Dogs Recovered Unharmed. sputniknews.com The dramatic story of Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs being stolen from her dog walker after the latter was shot in the chest has rocked the internet in recent days. The singer, who is currently in Rome, offered a $500,000 reward for the return of her dogs.

Race Forward (2021-02-27). Wednesday 3/3: Organizing for Racial Justice After the Inauguration Town Hall w/ Race Forward. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Peter Wahl (2021-02-27). Remembrance culture and the Cold War. indybay.org "No to racism, anti-Semitism, the production of images of the enemy, and the slandering of history!" | Russia is once again declared the enemy, but at a rapid pace now so is China. The new Cold War seems unstoppable. Enemy images are marked by a simple binary world view. The enemy is portrayed as completely evil, and we are the good guys."

Christine Johnston, Elizabeth R. Brown, Jenell Stewart, Helen C.Stankiewicz Karita, Patricia J. Kissinger, John Dwyer, Sybil Hosek, Temitope Oyedele, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Kristopher Paolino, Kate B. Heller, Hannah Leingang, Harald S. Haugen, Tracy Q. Dong, Anna Bershteyn, Arun R. Sridhar, Jeanne Poole, Peter A. Noseworthy, Michael J. Ackerman, Susan Morrison, Alexander L. Greninger, Meei-Li Huang, Keith R. Jerome, Mark H. Wener, Anna Wald, Joshua T. Schiffer, Connie Celum, Helen Y. Chu, Ruanne V. Barnabas, Jared M. Baeten, for the COVID-19 Early Treatment Study Team (2021-02-27). [Research Paper] Hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin for treatment of early SARS-CoV-2 infection among high-risk outpatient adults: A randomized clinical trial. thelancet.com Neither HCQ nor HCQ/AZ shortened the clinical course of outpatients with COVID-19, and HCQ, but not HCQ/AZ, had only a modest effect on SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding. HCQ and HCQ/AZ are not effective therapies for outpatient treatment of SARV-CoV-2 infection.

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…

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Funeral held for WW2 veteran, NHS fundraiser Captain Tom. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- A private funeral for British World War II veteran and fundraiser Sir Captain Tom Moore was held Saturday in Bedford, England. Moore, known affectionately as Captain Tom, became a national treasure in the United Kingdom when he raised over 30 million pounds for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-27). "The Snow Calls" wins at Big Sky Filmfest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (MNA) — Iranian documentary 'The Snow Calls' directed by Marjan Khosravi has been awarded at Big Sky Film Festival in the US.

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.

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.

RT (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package narrowly passes US House, $1,400 stimulus checks included. rt.com The US House of Representatives has narrowly passed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The package is now headed to the Senate, where the bill is expected to be stripped of its minimum wage hike provision. | President Joe Biden's relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, was passed by the House early on Saturday in narrow 219-212 vote. No Republicans have voted for the legislation, while two Democrats broke ranks and voted against it. | The legislation includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, as well as billions for state and local governments, schools and businesses. The package wou…

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Myanmar's Ambassador to United Nations Reportedly Sacked. sputniknews.com In a Friday speech to the United Nations, the top diplomat called for the restoration of democracy and action against the Myanmar military by any means necessary. The military ousted the elected government earlier this month, citing alleged voter fraud.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan passes House of Representatives. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The United States House of Representatives on Saturday approved President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Lawmakers in the lower house voted 219 to 212 to pass the emergency pandemic funds, with two Democrats siding with Republican attempts to block the measure. It now heads to the Senate. It was …

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 . . . |

_____ (2021-02-27). Medicare-For-All Is Good For Our Towns. popularresistance.org Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 30 million people in the U.S. had no health insurance, and about 50 million were underinsured. The pandemic has caused millions more to lose coverage because of losing their jobs. Indeed the pandemic has given us perspective on an array of injustices in our health care delivery system — including the lack of an adequate public health infrastructure, the racial disparities in access to care, the rationing of care based on ability to pay, and hospitals' concentration on lucrative cardiac and orthopedic services rather than mental health and primary care. | The U.S. spends tw…

John C. A. Manley (2021-02-27). Emergency Room (ER) Sees Surge of Seniors After COVID-19 Vaccination, Says Nurse Whistleblower. globalresearch.ca We're seeing a surge of patients come to the hospital from the nursing homes after getting vaxed. These poor folks, in their 80s and 90s with chronic heart and lung disease, can't handle the metabolic stimulation caused by the COVID vax.

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…

RT (2021-02-27). Boston halts advanced school program over 'equity' concerns after study finds it has too many 'white and Asian' students. rt.com Public schools in Boston, Massachusetts are suspending new enrollment in an advanced study program citing concerns over "inequities" that supposedly emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to be more "anti-racist." | Fourth-graders hoping to get into the Advanced Work Classes (AWC) program are out of luck, after Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius called for a one-year hiatus for the program this week. The district's

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-28). One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination. 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). | *** | According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 …

2020 news (2021-02-28). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca First published on December 25, 2020 | On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

Adam Dick (2021-02-28). President Biden Says the Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Are Safe. The Vaccines' Fact Sheets Say Something Very Different. 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). | *** | Via a Monday

AIER (2021-02-28). Lockdowns Do Not Control the Coronavirus: Peer Reviewed Reports. 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 use of universal lockdowns in the event of the appearance …

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2021-02-28). Epidemiological Evidence: The "Pandemic" is Over. No "Second Wave" will Follow. 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). | *** | This text, crossposted on GR was first published in October 2020…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-28). Video: The 2021 Worldwide Corona Crisis. "The Worst Crisis in Modern History" 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 …

Edward Curtin (2021-02-28). Opening the CIA's Can of Worms. 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 CIA and the media are part of the same criminal …

RT (2021-02-27). Biden admin to charge White House reporters $170 per Covid test amid concerns smaller outlets will be squeezed out — reports. rt.com The Joe Biden administration is reportedly set to charge White House correspondents $170 a pop for daily coronavirus tests, stoking anger among reporters, some noting the move could cost struggling newsrooms thousands per week. | The White House press office will begin charging for the tests next week, the Washington Post

sputniknews (2021-02-27). US Regulator Set to Approve J&J COVID-19 Jab Despite Severe Reactions in Patients. sputniknews.com South Africa, where two severe allergic reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine came to light on Friday, received a second batch of 80,000 doses from Belgium on Saturday morning for use in a mass clinical trial of up to half-a-million healthcare workers.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

news.un (2021-02-27). FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world's attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). First batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrive in Hong Kong. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday, a day after authorities kicked off a mass vaccination campaign. According to a statement issued by the local government, the former British colony on Saturday received 585,000 of the 1 million doses as a part of the …

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 …

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.

Peter Koenig (2021-02-27). The Coronavirus Vaccine: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020". Vaccination as a Platform for "Digital Identity" globalresearch.ca What is the infamous ID2020? It's an electronic ID program that uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity. The program harnesses existing birth registration and vaccination operations to provide newborns with a portable and persistent biometrically-linked digital identity.

Maryam Jameela (2021-02-27). Mainstream media says there's 'BAME vaccine hesitancy', but the experts tell a different story. thecanary.co The last few months has seen a As the vaccine rollout continues, there hav…

WSWS (2021-02-27). WISAG airport workers on hunger strike in Frankfurt, Germany: "We will not give up" wsws.org Two dozen workers are fighting at Frankfurt airport against sackings, wage theft and coronavirus insecurity.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Dems Will Seek Other Ways to Achieve Minimum Wage Boost, Will Still Support Relief Bill, Prof Says. sputniknews.com The proposal to raise the minimum wage in the US to $15 an hour, put forth by US President Joe Biden, has not been included in the country's coronavirus relief bill, as was initially promised by the Democratic Party. House Democrats passed a bill including it, but it will be left on the cutting room floor when it gets to the Senate.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Russian Border Control Not Surprised: Diplomat Reveals Details of Crossing From N Korea by Handcar. sputniknews.com Eight embassy staffers used a rail vehicle to safely ferry their children and luggage across the Tumen River that separates North Korea from Russia, while air travel is still frozen between the two due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zach Conti (2021-02-27). G20 Discusses Stimulus, Climate and Aid for Developing Countries. indybay.org G20 finance ministers met Friday to discuss global coronavirus response.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Fresh restrictions in West Bank to control coronavirus spike. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The Palestinian government on Saturday tightened restrictions in the West Bank in a bid to contain a spike in coronavirus cases. Universities and schools will be shut down as of Sunday and classes are to continue virtually, Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayeh announced. Travel between regions in the West Bank is "strictly …

Walter Smolarek (2021-02-27). Deciphering Biden's excuse to abandon the Fight for $15. liberationnews.org President Biden received a major political gift from an obscure, unelected official called the Senate parliamentarian Feb. 25 when she ruled that the provision in the administration's stimulus plan that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour must be removed from the bill. Unless this maneuver is defeated, millions of workers who could have …

sputniknews (2021-02-27). President's Trip to Lone Star: Why Texans Don't Buy Into Narrative of Biden Being Consoler-in-Chief. sputniknews.com On 26 February, Joe Biden visited Texas, vowing to help the state recover after a blizzard disaster. The Lone Star State was severely hit by winter storms sweeping across the country between 10 and 17 February 2021, which led to power outages, food shortages, and problems with the water supply.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Golden 'Idols', 'Darth Biden' and 'TPAC': Main Gags of Key Conservative US Event of 2021 So Far. sputniknews.com Despite the event focusing mostly on serious political issues like "how Democrats are going to ruin the US" and "how the GOP will win back the country in 2022/2024", its speakers managed to liven up their addresses with jokes, colourful parallels, and edgy humour. Here is how CPAC has entertained its visitors (and netizens) so far.

Ramona du Houx (2021-02-27). 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.

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 …

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 …

_____ (2021-02-27). 'No one cares if we die': Ex-Syrian rebels recount Nagorno-Karabakh nightmare as 'disposable force for Turkey'. strategic-culture.org 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. | By Lindsey SNELL | 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 unleashed a bout of heavy bombardment on the mountains, the Azerbaijani soldiers who had been positioned behind…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-27). China declares end of absolute poverty in the country a decade ahead of the UN schedule. peoplesdispatch.org Through state-led initiatives it has lifted more than 770 million people out of poverty since 1979, which accounts for more than 70% of total global poverty reduction…

Eds. (2021-02-27). We have to change our suicidal ways and reconcile with nature to tackle climate crises and pandemics. mronline.org Every day, entrepreneurs in Brazil cut down more of the Amazon to produce cheap soybeans for animals in Europe and America. Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia tear up their forests to produce cheap coffee and palm oil for the world.

United We Dream and partners (2021-02-27). Friday 3/26: Protect Immigrants & Stop Deportations Now! Digital Rally. indybay.org Online event…

United We Dream and partners (2021-02-27). Wednesday 3/3: Protect Immigrants & Stop Deportations Now! Virtual Rally. indybay.org Online event…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-27). Republican Hypocrisy Is No Reason to Support Neera Tanden. indybay.org Enablers of corporate Democrats are dangerous…

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 …

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.

Eds. (2021-02-27). FBI, NYPD exposed: Deathbed confession shines new light on assassination of Malcolm X. mronline.org Without any training, Wood's job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations and encourage leaders and members to commit felonious acts. He was also tasked with ensuring that Malcolm X's security detail was arrested days prior to the assassination, guaranteeing Malcolm X didn't have door security while at the Audubon Ballroom.

Jason Hickel (2021-02-27). Is the world poor, or unjust? mronline.org Social media has been ablaze with this question recently. We know we face a crisis of mass poverty: the global economy is organized in such a way that nearly 60% of humanity is left unable to meet basic needs. But the question at stake this time is different.

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

RT (2021-02-27). Virginia school district says Dr.Seuss demoted as focus of reading event due to 'RACIAL UNDERTONES', denies complete ban. rt.com Facing public backlash over its alleged cancellation of Dr. Seuss on concern that his stories and illustrations are racist, a Virginia school district denied it banned the author but said it deprioritized his books. | The Loudon County Public Schools system near Washington, DC, clarified on Saturday that it merely downgraded

RT (2021-02-27). As FBI touts 'unprecedented' speed of Capitol 'insurrection' probe, police still don't know what caused officer's death. rt.com Seven weeks on from the Capitol riot, police say a toxicology report on the officer who was allegedly killed isn't done, raising questions over whether investigators are sitting on facts that don't fit a murder-mayhem narrative. | The medical examiner's report on Officer Brian Sicknick's death following the January 6 riot hasn't been completed, as toxicology results are still pending, the Capitol Police Department said Friday in a statement. More than 50 days after the Capitol attack — and even as other aspects of the "insurrection" investigation race ahead — the department offered no explanation for…

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

MEE and agencies (2021-02-27). Tunisia's Ennahda holds large street protest, fuelling government crisis. middleeasteye.net Tunisia's Ennahda holds large street protest, fuelling government crisis | The protest is seen as an attempt to mobilise popular backing against President Kais Saied | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 12: 15 | Supporters of Tunisia's biggest political party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, march during a rally in opposition to President Kais Saied in Tunis on 27 February (Reuters) | Tunisia's biggest poli…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-27). Former Ofsted chief calls on teachers to 'sacrifice their lives', but the teachers are having none of it. thecanary.co During an Wilshaw told Emily Maitlis: You have to compare this with the medical emergency over the last year and the commitment on the part of medical professionals, and nurses, and doctors. They've gone the extra mile at great cost to themselves, and their families, their…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Oxfam calls on Britain to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Oxfam calls on Britain to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia | Demand follows release of report in which CIA determines that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind murder of Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 13: 49 | Britain is the second-largest seller of weapons to Saudi Arabia (AFP) | The release of a CIA report blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering th…

Chuck Collins (2021-02-27). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org Another update on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency…

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.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Pokémon turns 25 with virtual celebrations. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- It has been 25 years since the debut of Pokémon, one of the most successful and global video game franchises, which has focused on its online games due to the pandemic and on Saturday is also taking its birthday celebrations virtual. On Feb. 27, 1996, "Pokémon Red" and "Pokémon Green" were …

Pip Hinman (2021-02-27). 'Enough is enough', says Julian Assange's father. greenleft.org.au John Shipton has started an eight-city speaking tour in defence of his son Julian Assange who is still languishing in Belmarsh Prison, reports Kerry Smith.

_____ (2021-02-27). Students At Fordham University Fight For Their Right To Support Palestine. popularresistance.org Veer Shetty wants what hundreds of other college students have: a school club that speaks out for Palestine on campus. | Shetty grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a close Palestinian friend who told him horror stories about the Israeli occupation. So when he started school at New York's Fordham University, he was determined to get active in the struggle for Palestinian rights. | For the past year and a half, the college senior has had the chance to do so. As vice-president of Fordham's Students for Justice in Palestine club, Shetty has helped to organize various Palestine-related cultural and political events f…

Soheil Asefi (2021-02-27). The Human-Rightization of the Anti-Imperialist Revolutionaries' Massacre in Iran. mronline.org Originally published: Counterpunch (February 19, 2021) As we marked the 32nd anniversary of mass political executions of 1988 in Iran, and the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, the publication of Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran 1988 as one of the first extensive scholarly books in English …

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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-27). Culpability and Recalibration: MBS and the Killing of Jamal Khashoggi. dissidentvoice.org It was a brutal way to go, and it had the paw prints of the highest authorities. On October 2, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian insider turned outsider, was murdered by a squad of 15 men from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was dismembered and quite literally cancelled in the Saudi consulate in …

Lars Schall (2021-02-27). The Great Global Bank Robbery, Part 1. realprogressives.org [ When it comes to White-Collar Crime and Control Fraud, the Roosevelt Institute Braintruster William K. Black is surely the leading expert to ask. In an exclusive interview in two parts, he answers questions related to major causes for the financial / economic crisis,…

_____ (2021-02-27). Activists Who Forced Elijah McClain Investigation Face Retaliation. popularresistance.org People all over the country are learning about the explosive new report just out in Aurora, CO which concluded that the Aurora Police's entire encounter with Elijah McClain which ended in his death was unjustified. What is not being talked about in most media coverage is that the organizers who led the massive peaceful protests which forced this report to be commissioned are still facing as many as 48 years in prison. | The city of Aurora commissioned the independent investigation that produced the report on July 20, 2020 under the pressure of massive peaceful protests demanding accountability for the murder of E…

_____ (2021-02-27). How To Unlearn Capitalism Through Cooperative Ownership. popularresistance.org In the context of user-generated content platforms, the coop model is just such a natural fit. One of the principle questions that made a cooperative model feel relevant is this idea of, "Who's generating value, and who's capturing it?" Under capitalism, it's people with ownership who end up capturing most of the value. So at a base level, sharing ownership with a company's users and creators can align incentives. And that can dramatically affect the decisions that a platform makes, and steer it in a way that is to the benefit of the people who actually use it and rely on it. | What's Spotify valued at, a billion…

_____ (2021-02-27). I'm On Hunger Strike In Guantánamo. popularresistance.org There are very few freedoms at Guantánamo Bay prison, where I have been held without charge or trial — referred to as Guantánamo ISN 1461 — for over 16 years. The right to starve myself is one of them, but even then, they force-feed me, to spare themselves the embarrassment of my death. | Back in Pakistan, before I was kidnapped and tortured and flown halfway around the world in chains, I loved cooking. There is nothing more satisfying than preparing a hot meal for your family and sharing it with them. Here, I am allowed to cook for my fellow prisoners, but only in a microwave, and the guards could ta…

Lars Schall (2021-02-27). The Great Global Bank Robbery, Part 2. realprogressives.org [ When it comes to White-Collar Crime and Control Fraud, the Roosevelt Institute Braintruster William K. Black is surely the leading expert to ask. In an exclusive interview in two parts, he answers questions related to major causes for the financial / economic crisis,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-27). Around the World in 8 Minutes: Workers mobilize for rights in South Africa, the US and the UK. peoplesdispatch.org In this week's episode, we will look at three strikes organized by essential workers in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Andrea Sandor (2021-02-27). Why planning is political. zcomm.org Andrea Sandor explores how community-led developments are putting democracy at the heart of the planning process…

Ella Fassler (2021-02-27). 10 Largest US Cities Will Spend More on Police Than Public Health This Year. zcomm.org Combined, these 10 cities' policing budgets are 3.6 times greater than public health department budgets…

Naomi Klein (2021-02-27). India Targets Climate Activists With the Help of Big Tech. zcomm.org Tech giants like Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian climate activists…

Global Voices South East Asia (2021-02-27). Myanmar's 'civil disobedience movement'. zcomm.org Myanmar's activists have produced many inventive ways of protesting…

Andreas àñnnerfors (2021-02-27). How radical Right conspiracy theories drive populist mobilisation. zcomm.org There is little doubt now that conspiracy theories have the potential to radicalize their believers to translate ideas into action…

Unmasking the Anti-Maskers (2021-02-27). One of the Anti-Maskers who Stormed Trader Joe's Said She Carries a Knife. indybay.org Staci Lares, who is one of the anti-mask protesters who stormed Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz on February 13, has stated that she carries a knife. "Mask nazis @ Tar J Know me & my knife now," Lares stated on social media in December, referring to a previous anti-mask protest she helped organize at a Trader Joe's in Santa Clara County. Lares' post about carrying a knife was made to David Rodriguez's Santa Cruz Voluntaryists Facebook group, where the protest at Trader Joe's in Santa Cruz was informally discussed and then organized among members. One of the Santa Cruz Voluntaryists asked on the group post for clarifica…

LCCHR (2021-02-27). Thursday 3/4: Tackling the White Nationalist Threat w/o Harming Black, Brown, & Muslim Communities. indybay.org Online via Livestream…

Ramona du Houx (2021-02-27). Rep. Haaland's record shows bi-partisnship, justice and equality. indybay.org Elected Officials to Protect America say Rep. Haaland's record of working across the aisle to protect our land while promoting justice and equality makes her an excellent choice for Interior Secretary…

Corinne Fuller (2021-02-27). Urban Royalty releases debut album 'Urban Royalty Volume 1: Price Going Up'. indybay.org Urban Royalty is the new collective from the California Bay Area. 'Urban Royalty Volume 1: Price Going Up' will be their first compilation.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2021-02-27). Monday 3/1: Make Care Count Town Hall: Worker Rights of Caregivers & Reinventing the Care Economy. indybay.org Online event…

Women's Equality National Monument in D.C. (2021-02-27). Thursday 3/4: Beyond the 19th: History of Continuing Movement to Pass the Equal Rights Amdendment. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

WSWS repost (2021-02-27). San Francisco Bay Area school districts push to reopen schools. indybay.org The ruling class and its political representatives are pushing to reopen schools before it is safe. Teachers and their earnest supporters in the Bay Area need to organize to oppose this.

Poor People's Campaign & PPC CA (2021-02-27). Monday 3/1: Heal the Earth, Heal the Nation Digital Protest Rally w/ Poor People's Campaign. indybay.org Online via livestream…

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).

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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 …

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…

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…

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…

RT (2021-02-26). Syria condemns 'cowardly aggression' by US as Biden says he wanted to send Iran message about 'impunity'. rt.com The Syrian government has denounced a US airstrike on its border with Iraq as an act of aggression contrary to international law, as President Joe Biden told reporters he ordered the strike as a warning to Iran. | "The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the US aggression against its sovereignty," the Foreign Ministry in Damascus Also on rt.c…

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.

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."

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-02-26). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. commondreams.org Biden must recognize that the best way to protect U.S. personnel in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region is to take them out of the Middle East. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Phyllis Bennis, Khury Petersen-Smith (2021-02-26). Dangerous US Bombing of Syria Worsens Regional Instability and Threatens Iran Nuclear Deal. commondreams.org Regardless of who is giving orders to US bombers, we know that deploying US troops, drones, and warplanes across the region does not provide safety or security for anyone. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-26). Sanders Warns Biden Attack on Syria Puts US on 'Path of Continuing the Forever War Instead of Ending It'. commondreams.org "Our Constitution is clear that it is Congress, not the president, who has the authority to declare war," the senator asserted. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 $…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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). 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.

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

RT (2021-02-26). 'A real American samurai': Bizarre video featuring Japanese 'futurologist' shown at CPAC hails Trump as communist-fighting hero. rt.com Attendees at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference were treated to a bizarre video featuring a Japanese "samurai futurologist" praising Donald Trump's communist-fighting prowess, two days before Trump's own speech. | A one-stop-shop for all things Republican, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) serves as a barometer of sorts for the direction of the GOP. From the list of pro-Trump speakers to a Sunday night appearance from the former president himself, this year's conference is all about Donald Trump. | Aside from the usual cast of Trump-friendly lawmakers and conservative…

Heather Digby Parton (2021-02-26). Debunked: Republicans are not beholden to GOP voters. salon.com The Biden administration's Covid relief plan is backed by wide majorities of Americans — including Trump voters…

Dan Froomkin (2021-02-26). Fox News is stoking anti-immigration hysteria again. Are we ready to defeat it this time?>. salon.com Mainstream media keeps getting suckered by Trump-style rhetoric on immigration. But there's a better way…

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.

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 …

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…

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…

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

teleSUR (2021-02-26). Venezuela To Change The 2021 Subnational Election Calendar. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Parliament on Thursday agreed to debate a bill that seeks the repeal the law that regulates sub-national bodies' legislative periods in order to allow modifications of the 2021 electoral chronogram. | RELATED: | The electoral chronogram contemplates the holding of subnational elections for local assemblies, mayors, and governors' office posts in 2021. | Lawmakers proposed the holding of a joint elec…

teleSUR (2021-02-26). Over 3,000 Observers To Monitor Elections in El Salvador. telesurenglish.net El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) informed that over 3,000 observers will monitor the subnational and parliamentary elections to take place on February 28. | RELATED: | These observers will come from institutions such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union (EU), the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (UNIORE), and the World Association of Electoral Bodies (A-W…

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…

_____ (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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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…

MEE correspondent (2021-02-26). Coptic Egyptian's killing in Minya stokes fury over police brutality and impunity. middleeasteye.net Coptic Egyptian's killing in Minya stokes fury over police brutality and impunity | The victim's family and friends worry the police officer will be acquitted | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 15: 29 | Lotfi's mother during Wednesday's mass at the Minya Catholic Church in Upper Egypt (supplied) | When family, friends and members of Minya's Coptic community gathered in church on Friday, tensions and g…

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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," …

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 …

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

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.

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 . . . |

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.