2021-03-06: News Headlines

Margaret Flowers (2021-03-06). Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress. zcomm.org Examples of the tremendous power people have to force changes and create support networks in their communities when they organize together…

Lee Siu Hin (2021-03-06). Vaccine imperialism: China vs. the Western world. workers.org Vaccine Racism: How wealthy nations stockpile life-saving vaccines while poor countries and poor people within these countries are ignored. How Western countries criticize China, despite China's success in containing the virus and providing vaccines to the world. Feb. 23 China and Russia are among the first countries in the world . . . |

Lee Fang (2021-03-06). Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Foreign Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines. zcomm.org

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Urban Sun, the ultraviolet light that 'cleans' public spaces of Covid. laprensalatina.com Imane Rachidi Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Vaccines against Covid-19 are the light at the end of the tunnel, but a mix of scientific and artistic creativity can lend a helping hand in times of pandemic. That's where Urban Sun, a project by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, has stepped in, promising to reduce the …

Kenny Stancil (2021-03-06). 'Shameful': Millionaire senators vote against popular minimum wage raise that would lift millions out of poverty. nationofchange.org "It is baffling that any member of the U.S. Senate could look at the crisis this country is enduring and decide that tens of millions of low-income workers should not get a raise."

_____ (2021-03-06). Tenant Organizers Protest The Re-opening Of Housing Court. popularresistance.org New York City – Eviction proceedings resumed Monday at the NYC Housing Courts. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have been unable to cover rent due to the pandemic and the economic crisis it has caused. Members of a variety of tenants' organizations — including Crown Heights Tenant Union, Brooklyn Eviction Defense, Cosecha, DSA Housing Working Group, Met Council on Housing and and the PSL — rallied at Brooklyn Housing Court calling for cancellation of the rents. | Although the demonstrators tried to enter both Brooklyn Housing Court and Brooklyn Borough Hall, they were barred from doing so by a phalanx…

_____ (2021-03-06). Iraqi Resistance Groups Announce Confrontation With US Occupiers Until Liberation. popularresistance.org "The resistance sees confrontation as the only option that guarantees the freedom, dignity of this country after exhausting all the means that others have bet on with the occupation," the coordinating body for the Iraqi resistance factions said in a statement on Thursday, according to the Iraqi media. | "We are facing a new page from the pages of the resistance, in which the weapons of the resistance will reach all the occupation forces and its bases in any part of the homeland," they said. | Hailing the recent attacks against the "occupation forces", the statement added that "the resistance has the legal and nat…

Reese Erlich (2021-03-06). How Biden is already being drawn into unwinnable Tit for Tat with Iraqi Militias. juancole.com ( 48hills.org ) — For the first time, the Biden Administration ordered a cross-border military attack in the Middle East. On February 26, seven US missiles slammed into a facility used by Iranian-backed militias in Syria. Washington was retaliating for the February 15 attack on a US base in northern Iraq. Biden is siding with …

Gary Leupp (2021-03-06). Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria). zcomm.org On 2/25 Biden attacked three countries simultaneously to remind them that the U.S. "does not distinguish" between its Muslim foes but conflates Persians with Arabs, Sunnis and Shiites, terrorists and anti-terrorist militia…

Andrew Korybko (2021-03-06). Towards a "New Iron Curtain"? Senator Cotton's Anti-China Containment Strategy. globalresearch.ca The office of Republican Senator Tom Cotton published a comprehensive containment …

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Biden to call Erdogan 'at some point,' US says. yenisafak.com US President Joe Biden will call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "at some point," the White House said Friday.The announcement comes after Biden spoke with several world leaders in his first month-and-a-half in office, including those of Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, China, Russia, the UK and France.Speculation has mounted as to when Turkey will join that list."Certainly the president has many world leaders he still needs to call, and he will venture to do that in the coming weeks and months," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

WSWS (2021-03-06). "Wuhan Lab" theory promoted by New York Times, Wall Street Journal. wsws.org The corollary of the claim is that China is thus directly responsible for the pandemic and the deaths of more than 2.5 million human beings.

Rachael Boothroyd (2021-03-06). Venezuela Identifies Brazil Covid-19 Variant as China Donates 500,000 Vaccines. venezuelanalysis.com At least ten cases of the highly contagious strain have been recorded in Venezuela according to authorities.

Anand Naidoo (2021-03-06). The Heat: China's Two Sessions. america.cgtn.com China's Two Sessions continues as Premier Li Keqiang announces plans for the country's economic growth and development.

RT (2021-03-06). Pentagon 'assessing systems' after TENS OF THOUSANDS of servers compromised in global Microsoft hack… blamed on 'Chinese hackers'. rt.com The US military is reviewing its networks following a hacking spree linked to a vulnerability that gave backdoor access to tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange servers, in a massive attack the company has blamed on China. | "We are aware of the Microsoft threat intelligence center's report. We are currently assessing our networks right now for any evidence of impact," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a Friday presser. "We're also taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to the situation." | Joint Force headquarters… is coordinating with the Nationa…

Middle East Monitor (2021-03-06). Is it still possible to prevent the collapse of Syria? juancole.com By Marwan Kabalan | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — Syrian intellectuals and activists from across political and intellectual spheres are busy searching for a way out of the disastrous situation their country has reached after ten years of violent conflict. The issue is not straightforward, and the exit is unclear, with everyone trying …

teleSUR Desk (2021-03-06). U.S. to continue using Guaido to rob Venezuelan assets abroad. mronline.org The continuation of the Trump administration's aggressive policies toward Venezuela by the Biden administration is reflected in the recent meeting between the new U.S. Secretary of State and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

_____ (2021-03-06). Women Lead, Resist And Thrive — Even In The Midst Of Crises. popularresistance.org The past decade, particularly 2020 with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, has shone a light on the full extent of existing inequalities in the world. Ahead of this International Women's Day, we would like to draw attention to ways that women — whether Indigenous, rural workers or those enduring an occupation — resist and mobilise in the face of multiple, long-term crises. Existing patriarchal systems, structural inequalities and discriminatory laws have long stalled meaningful progress towards gender equality and women's rights. For women living in crises such as conflicts, facing recurrent envir…

Juan Cole (2021-03-06). Pope Francis Preaches Tolerance in War Torn Iraq, and Even Militias Welcome Him. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Al Jazeera reports that Pope Francis began his unprecedented trip to Iraq on Friday, his first visit abroad since the beginning of the pandemic. No pope had ever visited Iraq, though the country once had a significant Christian population. Part of the reason for the pope's visit is to give …

Stephen Lendman (2021-03-06). Biden Continues US War on Venezuelan Social Democracy. globalresearch.ca Let's not mince words. | Biden and hardliners around him are like …

_____ (2021-03-06). Washington Has Been Asking The Wrong Question On North Korea. popularresistance.org Despite its devastating destructive toll, the Korean War has been dubbed the "Forgotten War," for the lack of public awareness or understanding in the US. Many Americans might be surprised to hear calls for peace on the Korean Peninsula, because we're rarely made aware that the conflict there is ongoing, much less the US role in it. | And, then again, we don't very often hear the phrase "Korean Peninsula." We're more accustomed to seeing North and South Korea presented as natural antagonists, and North Korea as a virtual cartoon of an official enemy, about whom no claim is too grandiose. | Into this context of my…

_____ (2021-03-06). All Of Humanity's Problems Are Caused By A Lack Of Awareness. popularresistance.org I write about humanity's problems as a species in all sorts of ways in this space, but really if you want to get straightforward about things all we're ever actually talking about here is a lack of awareness of what's true and the need to eliminate that lack. | A lack of awareness is the source of all our major problems, whether we're talking about war, poverty, ecocide, corruption, exploitation, authoritarianism, prejudice, or even much smaller-scale problems like abusive family dynamics or the psychological suffering of the individual. | If there were sufficiently widespread and penetrating awareness of the con…

Fight Back (2021-03-06). Jacksonville travels to state capitol to fight repressive legislation on first day of session. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On March 2, the first day of Florida legislative session, over 30 cars from Jacksonville joined with hundreds of protesters from around the state to rally against House Bill 1/Senate Bill 484, the repressive, anti-speech and racist legislation proposed by Governor Ron DeSantis and the right-wing Florida legislature. | Activists and groups under the banner of the "Florida Alliance" from the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Sound Miami, Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County, Pensacola Community Action…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). Imposing sanctions against Iran ineffective: Jahangiri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President said that the US government must follow the path of logic and rationality towards Iran.

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Scores killed in Yemen's Marib over 24 hours. middleeasteye.net Scores killed in Yemen's Marib over 24 hours | The UN warned of a humanitarian crisis as thousands are displaced by Houthi offensive | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 09: 47 | Armed Houthis at the funeral of another fighter killed during recent fighting in Marib (Reuters) | At least 90 combatants have been killed in fighting around Yemen's Marib governorate over a single day, government sources said.

yenisafak (2021-03-06). President rejects transitional gov't talk in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com Afghanistan's president on Saturday categorically rejected rumors of plans to set up an extraconstitutional interim or transitional government in the country.Addressing a joint parliament session, Ashraf Ghani said the constitutional transfer of power through elections remains an "uncompromisable principle.""We are ready to talk about free and transparent countrywide elections under the supervision of the international community. We can discuss and agree on a date," he said, describing the rejuvenated Afghan peace process as an "unprecedented" achievement."Afghans are tired of war, but they do not want the peace…

The Canary (2021-03-06). Leaked document shows the UK 'plans to cut aid to war-torn countries'. thecanary.co The UK plans to cut aid to some of the world's most conflict-ridden countries by up to two thirds, according to a leaked document. | Aid to Syria would be cut by 67%, Libya by 63%, Somalia by 60% and South Sudan by 59%. This according to the Foreign Office report obtained by the openDemocracy website. | "Devastating": | Labour said the reported cuts would "cause devastation" to some of the world's most vulnerable people. | Preet Kaur Gill, shadow secretary for international development, said: This is a devastating reminder of the real world impact the Government's politically motivated decision to abandon…

Anthony R Mato, Nirav N Shah, Wojciech Jurczak, Chan Y Cheah, John M Pagel, Jennifer A Woyach, Bita Fakhri, Toby A Eyre, Nicole Lamanna, Manish R Patel, Alvaro Alencar, Ewa Lech-Maranda, William G Wierda, Catherine C Coombs, James N Gerson, Paolo Ghia, Steven Le Gouill, David John Lewis, Suchitra Sundaram, Jonathon B Cohen, Ian W Flinn, Constantine S Tam, Minal A Barve, Bryone Kuss, Justin Taylor, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Stephen J Schuster, M Lia Palomba, Katharine L Lewis, Lindsey E Roeker, Matthew S Davids, Xuan Ni Tan, Timothy S Fenske, Johan Wallin, Donald E Tsai, Nora C Ku, Edward Zhu, Jessica Chen, Ming Yin, Binoj Nair, Kevin Ebata, Narasimha Marella, Jennifer R Brown, Michael Wang (2021-03-06). [Articles] Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study. thelancet.com Pirtobrutinib was safe and active in multiple B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with covalent BTK inhibitors. Pirtobrutinib might address a growing unmet need for alternative therapies for these patients.

Sunitha Vimalesvaran, Jillian Ireland, Minesh Khashu (2021-03-06). [Comment] Mind your language: respectful language within maternity services. thelancet.com Attentive communication and use of respectful language are important aspects of good quality clinical care in the intrapartum period, a particularly vulnerable time for women.1 Knowledge of the sociological aspects of childbirth has contributed to the development of a more person-centred and evidence-based approach in the care of childbearing women.2 However, negative attitudes towards women and childbirth persist. In some socio-political contexts, women may still be treated as baby-making machines.

Matt Spick, Katherine Longman, Cecile Frampas, Holly Lewis, Catia Costa, Deborah Dunn Walters, Alex Stewart, Michael Wilde, Danni Greener, George Evetts, Drupad Trivedi, Perdita Barran, Andy Pitt, Melanie Bailey (2021-03-06). [Research Paper] Changes to the sebum lipidome upon COVID-19 infection observed via rapid sampling from the skin. thelancet.com COVID-19 dysregulates many areas of metabolism; in this work we show that the skin lipidome can be added to the list. Given that samples can be provided quickly and painlessly, we conclude that sebum is worthy of future consideration for clinical sampling.

Sam Levin (2021-03-06). Rodney King: 30 Years After Brutal Beating, LAPD 'Still Corrupt and Violent'. zcomm.org Advocates who lived through the riots are now fighting to defund the police and dismantle unions that thwart accountability…

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Arsenal frustrated by Xhaka error, VAR in 1-1 draw at Burnley. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Arsenal on Saturday had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Burnley after a Granit Xhaka howler gifted the hosts an equalizer and two second half incidents involving the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) went against the Gunners. The visitors started strongly, taking the lead in the sixth minute when forward …

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Pope Francis holds inter-religious prayer after al-Sistani meeting. laprensalatina.com Ur, Iraq, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis met with several Iraqi religious leaders, including one of Iraq's most senior Shia clerics, on Saturday, the second day of the first ever papal visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. After landing in the capital Baghdad on Friday, the pontiff traveled to the southern city of Ur, …

RT (2021-03-06). Covid vaccine-induced swelling can lead to false cancer diagnosis, doctors warn. rt.com Cancer experts and radiologists in the US are warning Covid-19 vaccine recipients that an otherwise normal immune response can be mistaken for cancer if it appears on a mammogram or other cancer screening. | Prior to major offensives against infections and unwanted intruders, some of the body's defense forces, the white blood cells, gather in lymph nodes. However, lymph nodes, especially in the armpit, can swell up following Covid-19 vaccinations. | As cancer screenings continue parallel to vaccination drives across the world, a scan conducted soon after vaccination may yield a false positive and cause unneces…

RT (2021-03-06). Biden says first stimulus checks will be mailed this month, after Senate passes bumper virus bill. rt.com President Joe Biden has promised that eligible Americans will receive their $1,400 stimulus checks from this month onwards, after the Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. | Speaking after the Senate passed the bill in a 50-49 party lines vote on Saturday, Biden boasted that the bill "puts us on a path to beating the virus." While the bill does provide funds for hospitals, vaccines and testing, most Americans are likely awaiting their $1,400 cash payments first and foremost. | The president said that the first checks will start to go out this month, but that timeframe depends on the H…

RT (2021-03-06). Looney Tunes: Cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew contributed to 'RAPE CULTURE', says New York Times columnist. rt.com NYT columnist Charles Blow and his critics are trading rhetorical blows after the writer made Looney Tunes character Pepe Le Pew the latest target of the cancel mob, arguing that the skunk "normalized rape culture." | "Right-wing blogs are mad because I said Pepe Le Pew added to rape culture," Blow wrote Saturday, tweeting a scene from the Warner Bros. classic cartoon series. "Let's see, he grabs/kisses a girl/stranger repeatedly, without consent and against her will. She struggles mightily to get away from him, but he won't release her. He locks a door to prevent her from escaping." | RW blogs are mad bc I sa…

Eds. (2021-03-06). Who signed the pro-testing appeals? mronline.org Education Trust, led by former Secretary of Education John King, sent two letters to the Biden administration, urging the administration not to allow states to receive waivers from the mandated federal testing.

Geraldina Colotti (2021-03-06). También para Biden, Venezuela es una "emergencia nacional" globalizacion.ca Como buen mayordomo, la Unión Europea abrió la puerta al terrateniente norteamericano, anunciando su llegada a través de la segunda ronda de medidas coercitivas unilaterales contra Venezuela, aplicada la semana pasada. Y ahora aquí vienen las de Biden, que prorroga…

Anya Parampil (2021-03-06). El "embajador virtual" de Estados Unidos tiene una cumbre de golpistas antes del reconocimiento a Guaidó de Biden. thegrayzone.com Una cumbre a puertas cerrada de venezolanos insurrectos en Bogotá realza el papel de James Story como el administrador de Washington de la oposición radical. Entonces, øquién es el "embajador virtual" de los Estados Unidos ante Venezuela? James "Jimmy" Story, el embajador virtual de los Estados Unidos para Venezuela, prometió responder una serie de preguntas enviadas por The Grayzone el 24 de febrero. Pero luego de un intercambio por Whatsapp con esta periodista en la que Story ofreció explicar por …

RT (2021-03-06). ICE to allow detainees to appeal arrest if they feel their detention does not 'align' with Biden's immigration policy. rt.com The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has created an appeals process that will permit migrants to challenge arrests and deportations if they feel their treatment does not reflect the Biden administration's own policies. | Overseen by a senior official in Washington, DC, the ICE Case Review Process is part of the White House's wide-ranging immigration reforms. | In a statement, the agency said that the appeals process could be used by individuals who believe that their case does not "align with ICE's enforcement, detention, and removal priorities." | Shifting away from Donald Trump's strict enforceme…

RT (2021-03-06). Tough night shift: Senate passes an amendment to Covid bill… just to vote on an almost identical one later. rt.com As Senators pulled an all-nighter to pass Joe Biden's Covid-19 relief bill, they apparently didn't care about time, as they voted on an amendment to extend unemployment pay, an hour after voting on an almost identical amendment. | The Senate voted on Friday night against adjourning business until Saturday morning, ensuring that senators would stay on Capitol Hill overnight voting on a flood of amendments to President Biden's long-anticipated Covid-19 relief bill, a $1.9 trillion package that includes $1,400 stimulus checks for eligible Americans and bailouts for state and local governments. | Some of these ame…

Shiney Varghese (2021-03-06). Calls for the Biden Administration to Prioritize Our Water Infrastructure. commondreams.org Newly introduced legislation would help counteract decades of underinvestment in water infrastructure that's been plaguing America's drinking water systems. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Conversation (2021-03-06). Women in Afghanistan worry peace accord with Taliban extremists could cost them hard-won rights. juancole.com Mona Tajali and Homa Hoodfar | — Three Afghan women who worked at a media company were gunned down in Jalalabad in early March. In January, unidentified gunmen killed two female Supreme Court judges in Kabul. These are the latest victims on a long list of assassinations and attempted assassinations of female politicians and women's …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). Venezuelan Armed Forces launch drills to bolster defense. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — Venezuelan Armed Forces on Friday launched military exercises to bolster Venezuela's defenses.

Max Elbaum (2021-03-06). GOP Embraces Trump and His Steal Elections Strategy. zcomm.org The Trump-provoked, Confederate-flag-waving assault on the Capitol Jan. 6 didn't split the GOP. Rather, it revealed that from bottom to top the Republican Party has become even more Trumpified than it was while Trump was President…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-06). Ready to Work with Netanyahu: Mansour Abbas Splinters Arab Vote in Israel. dissidentvoice.org At a glance, it may appear that the split of Arab political parties in Israel is consistent with a typical pattern of political and ideological divisions which have afflicted the Arab body politic for many years. This time, however, the reasons behind the split are quite different. As Israel readies for its fourth general elections …

RT (2021-03-06). BLM backfire? US public opinion shifts on George Floyd's death, law & order, as racial divide widens after summer of riots — poll. rt.com US public opinion on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody has shifted since the early days of last year's Black Lives Matter protests, with trust in law enforcement growing after violent unrest in the streets. | Just 36 percent of respondents in a USA Today/Ipsos

_____ (2021-03-06). Rooftop Solar Forms An Alternative To Monopoly Utility Models. popularresistance.org Since rooftop solar became possible, electric utilities have struggled to incorporate it into their outdated business model. In recent years, this lag in utility recognition has become increasingly problematic, risking the health, environmental, and financial impacts of over-investment in large fossil fuel power plants. In over 30 states, monopoly utilities submit plans for new power plants to public regulators without adequately considering how customers will serve themselves. | However, a new modeling approach from Vote Solar and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) might finally put distributed solar o…

RT (2021-03-06). Senate passes $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill after marathon session. rt.com The US Senate has passed a coronavirus relief bill worth a whopping $1.9 trillion. The bill passed after more than 24 hours of debate and amendments, in a narrow party-lines vote. | The bill passed by 50 votes to 49 on Saturday, wrapping up a day-long session of amendments and debate. Every Democrat present voted in favor of the bill, and every Republican against. Republican Dan Sullivan (Alaska) was absent, which meant that Democrats did not have to bring in Vice President Kamala Harris to break the Senate's 50-50 tie. | BREAKING: Senate Democrats just passed the American Rescue Plan and big, bold COVID relie…

Anthony R Mato, Nirav N Shah, Wojciech Jurczak, Chan Y Cheah, John M Pagel, Jennifer A Woyach, Bita Fakhri, Toby A Eyre, Nicole Lamanna, Manish R Patel, Alvaro Alencar, Ewa Lech-Maranda, William G Wierda, Catherine C Coombs, James N Gerson, Paolo Ghia, Steven Le Gouill, David John Lewis, Suchitra Sundaram, Jonathon B Cohen, Ian W Flinn, Constantine S Tam, Minal A Barve, Bryone Kuss, Justin Taylor, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Stephen J Schuster, M Lia Palomba, Katharine L Lewis, Lindsey E Roeker, Matthew S Davids, Xuan Ni Tan, Timothy S Fenske, Johan Wallin, Donald E Tsai, Nora C Ku, Edward Zhu, Jessica Chen, Ming Yin, Binoj Nair, Kevin Ebata, Narasimha Marella, Jennifer R Brown, Michael Wang (2021-03-06). [Articles] Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study. thelancet.com Pirtobrutinib was safe and active in multiple B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with covalent BTK inhibitors. Pirtobrutinib might address a growing unmet need for alternative therapies for these patients.

Sunitha Vimalesvaran, Jillian Ireland, Minesh Khashu (2021-03-06). [Comment] Mind your language: respectful language within maternity services. thelancet.com Attentive communication and use of respectful language are important aspects of good quality clinical care in the intrapartum period, a particularly vulnerable time for women.1 Knowledge of the sociological aspects of childbirth has contributed to the development of a more person-centred and evidence-based approach in the care of childbearing women.2 However, negative attitudes towards women and childbirth persist. In some socio-political contexts, women may still be treated as baby-making machines.

Matt Spick, Katherine Longman, Cecile Frampas, Holly Lewis, Catia Costa, Deborah Dunn Walters, Alex Stewart, Michael Wilde, Danni Greener, George Evetts, Drupad Trivedi, Perdita Barran, Andy Pitt, Melanie Bailey (2021-03-06). [Research Paper] Changes to the sebum lipidome upon COVID-19 infection observed via rapid sampling from the skin. thelancet.com COVID-19 dysregulates many areas of metabolism; in this work we show that the skin lipidome can be added to the list. Given that samples can be provided quickly and painlessly, we conclude that sebum is worthy of future consideration for clinical sampling.

South Front (2021-03-06). Video: Biden's Quest to Middle East Domination? "Promises to Send More Troops to the Region" globalresearch.ca The new leadership of the United States is attempting to position …

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Pakistan's Imran Khan wins confidence vote from parliament. yenisafak.com Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday won a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament, the speaker said.Khan won 178 votes in the 341-seat National Assembly, well above the 172 votes he needed to survive.On Wednesday, Khan announced to seek a vote of confidence from Parliament after his party's unexpected defeat on a key Senate, upper house, seat from the capital Islamabad.Yousaf Raza Gilani, a joint candidate of the opposition alliance, won the seat in an embarrassing upset.The ruling party candidate, Hafeez Shaikh, lost despite having majority in the National Assembly — which indicates the…

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). PM Khan wins vote of confidence vote from Pakistan parliament. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence in the lower of parliament on Saturday in a session boycotted by the opposition. Khan, who came to power in mid-2018, secured 178 votes, six more than needed to win the confidence of the 342-member house, according to National Assembly speaker …

RT (2021-03-06). 'No new directives, period': New York lawmakers vote to strip Governor Cuomo of emergency Covid powers with veto-proof majority. rt.com Legislators in New York have sent a bill to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk seeking to eliminate his "temporary" emergency pandemic powers, securing a veto-proof majority to impose stricter limits on the state government. | Both chambers of the state legislature approved the bill on Friday in a largely party-line vote, with most Republicans opposing the measure on the grounds that it does not go far enough in curbing Cuomo's authorities. With sizable Democrat majorities in the State Assembly and Senate, however, the law passed with ease. | "Today, under this new legislation the governor will no longer be able to…

Udani Samarasekera (2021-03-06). [Perspectives] Robin Shattock: novel vaccine developer. thelancet.com Robin Shattock took an "unconventional route" into science. "Unlike most people who set off and went to university and did a PhD, I set off to the university of life and was more interested in being an actor or a rock star…A little bit later in life, I realised I actually needed to earn a living", he admits. That realisation in the late 1980s led to laboratory work, including HIV diagnostics, at the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service and further part-time study. In 1990, he joined St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, as a research assistant and did a part-time PhD, kick-starting a caree…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Lebanon's caretaker prime minister threatens to resign his duties over economic crisis. middleeasteye.net Lebanon's caretaker prime minister threatens to resign his duties over economic crisis | Hassan Diab said he would stop performing his duties in order to pressure the formation of a new government | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 15: 03 | Lebanon's caretaker premier Hassan Diab (3rd R) watches as actor Salah Tizani (aka Abu Salim al-Tabl) receives a dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the R…

Byorn Radke, J Bischoff, B Mueller (2021-03-06). Corona vaccines-nothing would work without public funding. indybay.org "The Covid 19 crisis is a perfect test of whether a more public health approach to innovation and production will prevail in the years ahead. Although recent vaccine news has raised hopes, it has also exposed the broken business model of the pharmaceutical industry and cast doubt on the prospects of getting a vaccine to people and achieving the concept of 'health for all.'" (Ms. Mazzucato)…

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Malawi receives first batch of coronavirus vaccine. yenisafak.com Malawi received its first batch of 360,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UN COVAX facility."The vaccines will be distributed to all the 28 districts across the country to first support frontline health and social workers," said Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda.She said the administration of the vaccines is expected to start on March 15.Malawi already received 360,000 syringes from UNICEF and 3,625 safety boxes that will be used for vaccinations."After a year of discruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 32,000 Malawians infected with the virus and 1,000 lives lost, the path for recovery fo…

The Editors of The Lancet (2021-03-06). [Comment] Thank you to The Lancet's reviewers of 2020. thelancet.com In 2021, many of us are still looking back to 2020 and trying to make sense of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those working in medicine and science, 2020 was unusual and difficult. The rapid research advances made to understand SARS-CoV-2, to describe the clinical course and long-term consequences of COVID-19, and to develop treatments and vaccines are incomparable. This incredible progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of countless researchers and clinicians worldwide.

Ivan F N Hung, Gregory A Poland (2021-03-06). [Comment] Single-dose Oxford—AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine followed by a 12-week booster. thelancet.com Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection are crucial for an effective global pandemic response. In The Lancet, Merryn Voysey and colleagues1 report the updated primary efficacy results for the Oxford—AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine from three single-blind, randomised controlled trials in the UK and Brazil and one double-blind study in South Africa.2—4 The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation in adults by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency5 in December, 2020.

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Dalai Lama receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, 85, received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday in India and urged the rest of the population to have the "courage" to do the same. The Dalai Lama was administered the vaccine at a hospital in the city of Dharamshala, in the …

F. William Engdahl (2021-03-06). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-06). "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" which Is "Permitted for Use" globalresearch.ca Pfizer Inc, is currently involved in marketing its experimental mRNA vaccine …

Newsclick (2021-03-06). Covaxin trials: What 81% "interim efficacy" means. peoplesdispatch.org Bharat Biotech has claimed in a press release that its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Covaxin, showed 81% efficacy in the "first interim analysis" of phase-3 trials. Scientist Satyajit Rath here simplifies the science and process involved in clinical trials of vaccines.

_____ (2021-03-06). Cuba — a Solitary Voice Against Global Inequality. strategic-culture.org The inability of capitalist countries to provide equal access to healthcare is being challenged by Cuba — under blockade, boasting one of the best and most accessible healthcare systems. | There is no denying that the coronavirus pandemic has catapulted Cuba onto the world stage. A comprehensive approach at home, based upon the country's emphasis upon education and healthcare access, has ensured nationwide care for Cubans while clinical trials are underway for the country's production of vaccines — the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean to accomplish such a feat. | Meanwhile, Cuba has…

Rosemary Frei (2021-03-06). Video: The Antibody Deception. globalresearch.ca The world has been fixated for months on novel-coronavirus PCR testing, …

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Should the state tax the rich for the common good? yenisafak.com A sense that some people are amassing more and more wealth while not doing their fair share to counter the issues facing society offends many people's sense of justice.Figures recently released by international bodies paint a stark figure of ever-worsening inequality worldwide.A report by Oxfam International showed since coronavirus first appeared, it took just nine months for the fortunes of the top 1,000 billionaires to return to their pre-pandemic heights.Globally, amid the pandemic, billionaires' wealth rose by a staggering $3.9 trillion."Their total wealth now stands at $11.95 trillion, which is equivalent t…

The Canary (2021-03-06). Even Tories are now sh*tting on the government's 'wrong' 1% NHS payrise. thecanary.co A former Conservative health minister has said that it's the "wrong time" to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone "above and beyond" during the pandemic. | The "wrong time": | In a sign that a Conservative rebellion over the government's 1% pay rise recommendation may be brewing, MP Dr Dan Poulter has called for a rethink on the proposal. | Poulter has been assisting on the NHS front line during the pandemic. He said it's "very valid" for ministers to turn their attention to paying back the £400bn borrowed during the coronavirus crisis — but it is the "wrong time to be making th…

Richard Horton (2021-03-06). [Comment] Offline: It's time to ask questions and learn lessons. thelancet.com 1 year on from WHO's assessment, on March 11, 2020, that its Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) had evolved into a full blown coronavirus pandemic, what can we conclude? Many governments have decided not to conclude anything. They argue that it is still too soon to learn lessons. With over 2 ∑5 million deaths worldwide, and 1 million more predicted by June 1, this political deflection is no longer sustainable. Indeed, it is unconscionable. While governments resist accountability, countries are seeing unofficial inquiries spring up to fill the vacuum.

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Protesters in Paraguay call for president's resignation. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Protesters, most of them young, clashed with police in the heart of Paraguay's capital Asunción and demanded the resignation of President Mario Abdo Benitez over his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The protests late on Friday were triggered after medical personnel and relatives of patients demonstrated this week against the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Movie theaters reopen in New York City amid tight safety measures. laprensalatina.com New York City, US, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Movie theaters in New York City reopened on Friday with tight safety measures and restrictions in place, almost a year after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed that brought the entire entertainment sector to a halt. Although most cinemas in New York state were granted permission to start operating …

RT (2021-03-06). California gives green light for Disneyland reopening after Covid restrictions shutter theme park for 1 year. rt.com Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is preparing to welcome visitors for the first time in over a year after the iconic theme park was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. | California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced on Friday that the state's amusement parks will be permitted to reopen with limited capacity starting on April 1. | Read more | | "We feel like now is the appropriate time to begin t…

teleSUR (2021-03-06). WHO: COVID-19 Situation in Brazil "Extremely Risky" telesurenglish.net World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom on Friday called for "aggressive" measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil due to the exponential increase in cases over the past few weeks. | RELATED: | "If Brazil is not serious, it will continue to affect the whole world," said Adhanom, who also declared that the situation in the South American country is "extremely risky" and that it was nece…

Franklin Frederick (2021-03-06). The Cuban Revolution's Commitment and Contribution to Worldwide Public Health Care. globalresearch.ca 'They have discovered smart weapons. We have discovered something more important: …

Michael Welch (2021-03-06). Unmasking COVID: What Purpose does it serve? And for Whom? globalresearch.ca "If they're going to take the next step on their plan to re-engineer both the financial system and global governance with it, you needed all sorts of actions in the economy that would be very difficult to justify politically …

Stephen Lendman (2021-03-06). Texas Opens 100%. Mississippi Ends Mask Mandate and More. globalresearch.ca Covid related restrictions put in place since early 2020 caused infinitely …

Zoe PC (2021-03-06). Mass protests in Paraguay demand the resignation of President Mario Abdo Benítez. peoplesdispatch.org The streets of Asunción were ablaze with indignation on the night of March 5. Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Plaza de Armas in the capital of Paraguay to demand the resignation of far-right president Mario Abdo Benítez over his poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the deepening economic crisis. | Protests raged on for hours and were met with heavy police repression. Paraguayan security forces shot protesters with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. According to local media reports, one protester, 32-year-old Alejandro Daniel Florentín, was killed and eight were injured who are currently see…

Umberto Mazzei (2021-03-06). Privilegios de las vacunas de la OTAN. globalizacion.ca La Unión Europea, como es bien sabido, tiene un gran problema por la lenta fabricación de las vacunas contra la pandemia Covid-19. Tres vacunas aprobadas hasta ahora por el bloque se ven afectadas por el déficit de producción. Entonces, øpor…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-03-06). Sanders Praises Passage of Covid Relief Bill to Address 'The Myriad Crises That We Face'. commondreams.org Following a lengthy overnight session, the U.S. Senate passed the rescue bill 50-49 with no Republican support. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Zach Conti (2021-03-06). Pope Visits Iraq Amidst COVID Crisis, Conflict, Soaring Poverty and Struggling Economy. indybay.org Shia Muslim Leader and Pope to Meet…

UCSC Mumia Abu-Jamal Support Collective (2021-03-06). Friday 3/5: Emergency Action: Mumia has Covid-19! indybay.org Santa Cruz Clocktower (corner of Water St. and Pacific Ave.)…

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-06). Mumia Health Update / March 6 Global Virtual Street Meeting. indybay.org On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized. When he put in a sick call slip and was seen by the SCI Mahanoy medical staff he was taken immediately to the hospital suffering chest pain and shortness of breath. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure he was given a battery of tests…At the hospital his seriology blood test was positive for Covid-19.

Angela Klein (2021-03-06). Corona and state. The winner is the one who defeats the pandemic. indybay.org Societies in Europe have accumulated enormous wealth, but a few wealthy people have appropriated it. With this wealth, the comprehensive work break and all solidarity measures can be financed without any problems. That is why we demand the introduction of a Europe-wide Covid solidarity levy on high wealth.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-03-06). [World Report] Medical oxygen crisis: a belated COVID-19 response. thelancet.com More than a year into the pandemic, global health agencies have set up a taskforce to address the vast unmet demand for medical oxygen. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Andrew Green (2021-03-06). [Obituary] Charles Kiggundu. thelancet.com Obstetrician and gynaecologist who advocated for reproductive health and rights. He was born on April 17, 1965, in Uganda's Luwero District, and died from COVID-19 complications on Dec 29, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, aged 55 years.

The Lancet (2021-03-06). [Editorial] Do we care about who cares? thelancet.com International Women's Day, on March 8, provides an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women around the world and reflect on the gains in gender equity that have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a harmful effect on women, especially those who were already disadvantaged, and has widened health and social inequities. Rises in gender-based violence, child marriage, and school dropouts of girls, reduced access to sexual and reproductive health services, and economic insecurities due to job loss, withdrawal from the workforce, and stalled career progression are a blow to gender eq…

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). SouthAm World Cup qualifiers postponed as clubs refuse to release players. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- The South American Soccer Confederation (Conmebol) announced Saturday that it was postponing World Cup qualifiers set for this month in the face of European clubs' unwillingness to release players due to Covid-19. Conmebol shared the news after its top officials had their second video-conference in three days with FIFA head Gianni …

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Non-essential businesses in Sao Paulo state close amid infection spike. laprensalatina.com Sà£o Paulo, Brazil, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- All non-essential shops and businesses in Sao Paulo, Brazil's richest and most populous state, closed down on Saturday for the next few weeks due to a serious spike in cases and deaths from Covid-19, which have pushed the healthcare system to the verge of collapsing. With 46 million inhabitants, …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). Iran COVID-19 update: 8,212 cases, 82 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 8,212 COVID-19 infections and 82 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

_____ (2021-03-06). US Border Imperialism Is A Bipartisan Affair. popularresistance.org The images of kids in cages will be one the more enduring legacies of the Trump administration. However, it is also the case that Democrat and Republican administrations both contributed to the militarization of the border and amped up deportation mechanisms of the state for the last several decades. | While, for example, former President Obama is widely known as the "deporter in chief" for deporting 3 million undocumented persons, there is a false sense among many that former President Trump and his administration is solely responsible for migration injustices. Part of this has to do with branding and image: Oba…

Paul Rosenberg (2021-03-06). The dark truth about conspiracy theories: They're everywhere! Can they be stopped?>. salon.com German scholar Michael Butter on how Trump and the Capitol riot leveraged an entire universe of conspiracy theory…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). Blinken discusses 'Karabakh conflict' with Armenian PM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation with the Armenian Prime Minister, the US Secretary of State discussed the importance of the "bilateral partnership" between Washington and Yerevan as well as the Karabakh issue.

Eds. (2021-03-06). Rosa Luxemburg at 150: a revolutionary legacy. mronline.org Rosa Luxemburg, one of the great leaders in the history of the socialist movement, was born in Poland (then a province of the Russian empire) 150 years ago this month, on 5 March 1871.

Jackie Fox (2021-03-06). American Socialism in the Mid 20th Century. realprogressives.org The year prior to Upton Sinclair's loss in California, the US elected Franklin D. Roosevelt into office. For American socialists at the time, this was both a blessing and a curse. Roosevelt co-opted many socialist demands, halting any momentum the Socialist Party of America, or American socialists more broadly, had gained since the turn of the century. The Democratic Party also offered to let socialists to run for their party, like the aforementioned Sinclair. | Roosevelt was not a socialist in either the current definition or by the standards of the time. He reacted to a situation that unfettered capitalis…

Fight Back (2021-03-06). FRSO to hold International Women's Day celebration. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Freedom Road Socialist Organization will hold an online International Women's Day celebration on March 6. | Tracy Molm, a leading member of FRSO, will be among the speakers. Molm states, "International Women's Day s a day to celebrate our struggle. Women, including trans and non-binary people, play a vital role in fighting for revolutionary change. We are demanding and will fight for the liberation of women, and we want an end to all oppression and exploitation. We need political power. We need socialism." | The event will take place Saturday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time. It can…

World Socialist Web Site (2021-03-06). Sunday 3/7: 150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg. indybay.org International online streamed event.

(2021-03-06). Support Rojava Libertarian Socialist territory in Syria. indybay.org Support Rojava a Libertarian Socialist territory involving millions of people in Syria that is happening NOW. Rojava is based on real grassroots democracy and a social ecological society influenced by Murray Bookchin's Social Ecology.

The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (2021-03-06). The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan. globalresearch.ca First published in December 2016, this article is of relevance to an understanding of the ongoing debate on Climate Change as well the Green New Deal, largely controlled by the financial establishment. The Rockefellers also play a key role in …

Bruce Lerro (2021-03-06). Anti-Communist Political Science: Propaganda for the Yankee Capitalist State. dissidentvoice.org Orientation I returned to college 20 years after dropping out in the late 1960s. After a couple of weeks in the political science class I was taking, I challenged the instructor by asking: "Where are the Marxists and anarchists in your presentation of political science?" Here is what I was told. "Marxists and anarchists are …

Editor (2021-03-06). Todo el mundo está mirando. workers.org "Un ataque contra uno es un ataque contra todxs." Este famoso lema laboral, popularizado por los Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo hace más de un siglo, es más significativo hoy que nunca. Pero tiene un doble significado para los trabajadores de Amazon, donde la tasa de lesiones en el lugar de . . . |

Alex MacDonald (2021-03-06). Turkey: Erdogan's human rights initiative raises eyebrows of beleaguered activists. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Erdogan's human rights initiative raises eyebrows of beleaguered activists | Despite Ankara announcing the new initiative, the co-chair of Turkey's Human Rights Association says the situation is worse than ever | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 10: 00 | President of the Human Right Association (IHD) Eren Keskin speaks to journalists during a demonstration in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Syrian Kurds hand 12 children fathered by IS members back to Iraqi Yazidi mothers. middleeasteye.net Syrian Kurds hand 12 children fathered by IS members back to Iraqi Yazidi mothers | Official says that the children, aged between two and five, are the first to be born to Islamic State members to be returned to their mothers | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 18: 09 | Women burn incense during a mass funeral for Yazidi victims of the Islamic State group in the northern Iraqi village of Kojo in Sinjar di…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Tunisians protest for LGBT rights activist's release. middleeasteye.net Tunisians protest for LGBT rights activist's release | Rania Amdouni had been repeatedly targeted since protests began against police repression | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 15: 59 | Tunisian activist Rania Amdouni at a protest in January (AFP) | Hundreds of Tunisians demanded the release of an activist sentenced to six months in prison for allegedly insulting a police officer. | The incident for…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Egypt's President Sisi in Sudan with Ethiopia's dam on agenda. middleeasteye.net Egypt's President Sisi in Sudan with Ethiopia's dam on agenda | Egyptian leader's visit continues diplomatic push for support and renewed talks on controversial mega-project | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 11: 14 | Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with the head of Sudan's Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Burhan, in Egypt in October (FILE/AFP) | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has arrived in S…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Pope Francis meets Iraq's top cleric Ali Sistani in 'historic' meeting. middleeasteye.net Pope Francis meets Iraq's top cleric Ali Sistani in 'historic' meeting | Leaders of Catholic Church and Shia Islam call for religious tolerance in unprecedented meeting | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 09: 25 | A handout picture provided by the Vatican media office shows Pope Francis meeting top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the Iraqi shrine city of Najaf (AFP) | Iraqis have hailed a "

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Sisi says Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian Nile dam 'fait accompli'. middleeasteye.net Sisi says Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian Nile dam 'fait accompli' | On visit to Sudan, Egyptian president rejects Ethiopian policy of 'unilateral measures without taking Sudan's and Egypt's interests into account' over Blue Nile dam project | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 18: 51 | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (L) is received by Sudan's head of state General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan upon the fo…

Yves Engler (2021-03-06). Broadbent Institute Head smears Ashton, Robinson and Internationalism. dissidentvoice.org Broadbent Institute head Rick Smith should just be frank and say he hates Palestinians and doesn't care about internationalism. On Tuesday Smith tweeted that it was disturbing that NDP MP Niki Ashton was doing an upcoming fundraiser for the Progressive International with former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. In response to former NDP MP …

The Canary (2021-03-06). Government accused of 'snatching away' promised NHS pay rise as the outrage grows. thecanary.co The organisation representing NHS Trusts in England is challenging the government over its defence of a controversial 1% pay offer to health workers. | Growing controversy: | NHS Providers said the NHS has conducted detailed work around implementing a long-term plan. It claimed that in this plan the government assumed an NHS pay rise in 2021/22 of 2.1%, not 1%. | It comes amid growing anger at the pay offer, with the main nurses' union setting up a £35m industrial action fund. And another union is urging the public to support a slow hand clap next week as protest against the proposals. | Deputy chie…

RT (2021-03-06). 'At least hold the pictures up': House GOP leader receives poor reviews for Dr. Seuss reading amid censorship controversy. rt.com House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been accused of playing childish political games after he shared a video of himself reading Dr. Seuss, apparently as a protest against the 'cancelation' of the late author's books. | Days after Dr. Seuss' estate announced that six of the author's books would no longer be published due to racially insensitive imagery, McCarthy took to Twitter to show solidarity with the late children's author. | "I still like Dr. Seuss, so I decided to read Green Eggs and Ham," he wrote, adding: "RT if you still like him too!" | I still like Dr. Seuss, so I decided to read Green E…

RT (2021-03-06). Texas high school cancels 'Rules of Chivalry Day' assignment after outrage over girls being told to OBEY male classmates. rt.com A Lubbock, Texas high school has apparently taken a lesson from unwoke history too far, causing public outrage by instructing girls to "obey any reasonable request" by male classmates to learn about medieval "rules for chivalry." | The 'Rules of Chivalry Day' assignment at Shallowater High School has been cancelled after a review determined that, despite its historical context, "it does not reflect our district and community values," superintendent Anita Herbert said in a statement. The matter has been addressed with the offending teacher, who wasn't identified. | According to copies of the assignment that wer…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). 7 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — Seven Afghan army forces have been killed and four others injured in Balkh province on Saturday.

_____ (2021-03-06). If Davos Man Views Lockdowns as 'Quietly Improving Cities,' Then Klaus Schwab and His Great Reset Cannot Be Trusted. strategic-culture.org Schwab's happy talk about the lockdown regime is at the very least plain stupid and at the worst pure sinister, Robert Bridge writes. | As millions of citizens around the world are suffering the loss of employment, together with mental and physical breakdown due to the debilitating effects of pandemic lockdowns, the World Economic Forum celebrated by pointing to the environmental benefits the moment has created, like more accuracy in predicting earthquakes. | In a tweet that resonated with all the subtlety of an empty beer can being kicked down the road, the World Economic Forum (WEF) informed its 3.9 million fol…

Ali Abunimah (2021-03-06). EU backs ICC after Netanyahu's "anti-Semitism" smear. zcomm.org After years-long delays and decades of waiting for justice, Palestinians are at last seeing their quest to hold Israel accountable and check its crimes bearing fruit…

_____ (2021-03-06). 'Disintegration' Of Political System Helps Explain Rising Censorship. popularresistance.org Increased social media and tech censorship must be understood in the wider context of the establishment desperately seeking to hold on to what used to be called "the vital centre", a US-based author and economist tells Sputnik. | Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, author, and founder of the non-profit Democracy At Work. Recent Facebook posts made by Democracy at Work were blocked from being shared via the social media platform, adding to the growing list of censorship and quasi-censorship that has become commonplace online. | Professor Wolff's weekly s…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-06). 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.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-06). Video: The 2021 Worldwide Corona Crisis. "The Worst Crisis in Modern History" globalresearch.ca First released on February 22, 2021 | 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 …

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-03-05). 'Shameful': Millionaire Senators Vote Against Popular Minimum Wage Raise That Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty. commondreams.org "It is despicable and unacceptable that there is not unanimous support among Democrats in Congress for a $15 minimum wage," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-03-05). Here Are the 8 Democrats Who Just Joined GOP to Vote Down Sanders' $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. commondreams.org "Every single Dem who voted against a $15 minimum wage should be primaried." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson (2021-03-05). Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. zcomm.org "I regard it as absurd that the parliamentarian, a Senate staffer elected by no one, can prevent a wage increase for 32 million workers."

Jon Skolnik (2021-03-05). Bernie Sanders sticks Senate colleagues in the hot seat, promptly sees $15 minimum wage defeated. salon.com Sanders is standing his ground on the wage hike even after many of his colleagues retreat…

RT (2021-03-05). Democrats crush Bernie Sanders' push for $15 minimum wage insert into Covid relief bill, despite most Americans supporting it. rt.com Senator Sanders (I-Vermont) has failed to insert a minimum wage hike into a mammoth $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The attempt was a long shot, and members of his own party decisively voted against it. | As the US Senate debated amendments to President Joe Biden's long-anticipated Covid-19 relief bill, Sanders stuck to his progressive guns on Friday and attempted to insert an amendment to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. The amendment was already ruled out by the Senate parliamentarian — an official who functions as a sort of referee in the chamber — last week, as inserting it would bre…

commondreams (2021-03-05). "No Excuse" for Senate Democrats Who Voted No on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-05). Sanders Statement on Minimum Wage Vote. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Liberation Staff (2021-03-05). Video: Cancel the Rents caravan in Oakland, California. liberationnews.org On Feb 27, people from around the San Francisco Bay Area gathered for a rally and caravan in Berkeley and Oakland to demand cancellation of rents and mortgages, an end to evictions, and housing for the homeless. Over 20 organizations were represented, including the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, Do No Harm Coalition, AFSCME 3299, …

Staff (2021-03-05). Rev. William Barber to Democrats: "Stick Together" and Pass the $15 Minimum Wage. truthout.org Image Credit: Facebook: Fightfor15LA | The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal mini…

Staff (2021-03-05). Rev. William Barber to Democrats: Overrule the Senate Parliamentarian & Pass the $15 Minimum Wage. democracynow.org The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, the Fight for 15 continues, with the Senate considering an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders to raise the minimum wage fro…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Man Utd legend tackling homelessness with Covid-safe pods. laprensalatina.com By Clà udia Sacrest Stoke-on-Trent (UK), Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Dignified housing pods set up in a large industrial warehouse in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent offer homeless people an opportunity to take the first step away from life on the street. Former Manchester United legend and Scotland international Lou Macari founded the initiative four years ago …

RT (2021-03-05). Practically impossible: Russian NGOs plead for Putin's help as new law demands they declare foreign funding sources of EVERY donor. rt.com More than fifty Russian NGOs that help orphans, the homeless and other vulnerable groups have asked President Vladimir Putin to help resolve disputes with the Ministry of Justice over the declaration of foreign funding. | That's according to Moscow daily Kommersant, which explained that the law obliges such organizations to declare any foreign sources of funding in their annual financial reports, including information about international income streams of their Russian donors. | In recent years, the government has increased the reporting requirement of organizations in several fields, with an increased focus o…

_____ (2021-03-05). Purging Inconvenient Facts In Coverage Of Biden's 'First' Air Attacks. popularresistance.org When the Biden administration bombed Syria on February 25, the attack killed "at least 22," most of them members of Iraqi militias, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring organization opposed to the Syrian government. The US said the bombing was retaliation for three rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq that it claims were carried out by groups allied with Iran (NBC, 2/25/21). In one of the attacks, rockets fired at Erbil airport killed a military contractor and an Iraqi civilian. | The US does not say that its airstrike on Syria was aimed at the group that carried out the E…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-03-05). Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars. counterpunch.org On February 25, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over a year ago. The

Medea Benjamin, Nicholas J.S. Davies (2021-03-05). The US has dropped 326,000 bombs on people in other countries since 2001, Most Recently in Syria. juancole.com ( Code Pink) — On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over …

MEE staff (2021-03-05). US Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after missile strikes in Iraq. middleeasteye.net US Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after missile strikes in Iraq | Two senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying US must prevent 'Iran from selling its weapons abroad' | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 20: 02 | Senators Joni Ernst, left, and Bill Hagerty, right, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week (AFP) | Two Senate Republicans are calling on the State Depart…

Gary Leupp (2021-03-05). Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria). counterpunch.org Recall the broad context. In March 2003, in the worst crime of the 21st century, a war-based-on-lies led by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the U.S. invaded and destroyed the modern country of Iraq, generating mass flight and civil war. Half a million people were killed and the suffering continues. Too

Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach (2021-03-05). Bad Stimulus: the Problems with Biden's COVID Relief Package. counterpunch.org The new Democratic administration is poised to make its first proud step in delivering on its electoral promise to build back (America) better: the successful adoption of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the main components of which are a third round of stimulus checks, a renewal of federal unemployment benefits, and a boost to the

Richard Becker (2021-03-05). Top Pentagon commander requests astronomical sum of money to prepare for war with China. liberationnews.org The funding increase that Davidson is seeking for his command — not the total allocation — is greater than the entire budget of the whole armed forces of Brazil.

John Feffer (2021-03-05). The Odyssey of An Wei, the Forest Gump of China. counterpunch.org The story of An Wei overlaps almost perfectly with the story of Communist China. Born in a small village some distance from the northwestern city of Xian, An Wei was seven years old when Mao took control of the country in 1949. As the son of peasants, he was part of the first generation of

Editor (2021-03-05). Amelia Pang on the Human Cost of America's Addiction to Cheap Goods. scheerpost.com Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play As mass consumerism took hold in the United States over the past several decades, Americans became increasingly expectant that the goods available to them would be cheaper than previously imaginable. One of the costs of this phenomenon has been off-shored to factories primarily in China, where factory labor conditions are well known to be… |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-05). China achieves goal of eradicating absolute poverty. peoplesdispatch.org On February 25, President Xi Jinping declared end of absolute poverty in China. He stated that all remaining regions that had been afflicted with absolute poverty have now successfully defeated it. Over the last eight years, China has lifted a total of 98.99 million poor out of poverty.

WSWS (2021-03-05). Biden doubles down on "great power" conflict with China. wsws.org To an extent even greater than its predecessor, the Biden administration is singling out China as the greatest US adversary and target for conflict.

teleSUR (2021-03-05). China Rejects US Sanctions Against Cuba and Other Countries. telesurenglish.net China today reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, after denouncing the socio-economic impact of these measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Wang Wenbin, Foreign Ministry spokesman, urged Washington to listen to the international community's call in this regard and immediately lift the coercive policies imposed under the pretext of human rights. | "Such moves are widely critici…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). NATO Calls for Europe and North America to Face 'China's Rise'. telesurenglish.net NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg declared that Europe and North America must work together to effectively address old and emerging global challenges, including the rise of China, cyber-attacks, and cutting-edge technologies. | "Today, NATO has 30 strong allies and ensures security for nearly 1 billion people. But our Alliance continues to change as the world around us changes. And we must continue to adapt while addressing challenges, both old and new," Stoltenberg said in his speech to students at The College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. | The NATO chief adds that while China is not an "adversary" to…

WSWS (2021-03-05). UK Labour Party outlines its agenda for nuclear warfare targeting Russia. wsws.org Shadow Secretary of State for Defence John Healey in a speech to military think-tank gave naked expression to Labour's insane warmongering—outlining a de facto plan for military aggression against Russia and China, up to and including nuclear weapons.

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). China sets a 2021 growth target above 6%, hardens Hong Kong stance. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds Hong Kong policy plans, updates headline Beijing, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- China established a 2021 growth target for "above 6 percent," according to the government's work report, to which EFE had access, delivered to the National People's Assembly, which began Friday. The document said the objective is set taking into account "the recovery …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). China sets a 2021 growth target above 6%. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- China established a 2021 growth target for "above 6 percent," according to the government's work report, to which EFE had access, delivered to the National People's Assembly, which began Friday. The document said the objective is set taking into account "the recovery of economic activity" — GDP grew by 2.3 percent …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Boom to gloom in China's Super League. laprensalatina.com By Víctor Escribano Shanghai, China, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Just five years ago the Chinese Super League was making a name for itself with high-profile signings and eye-watering salaries but now it is mired in financial woes. Alarm bells started to ring in February when the company that owns the league's defending champion Jiangsu Suning announced …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Beijing boosts defense budget, sets growth above 6%, hardens HK stance. laprensalatina.com Update 2: Adds defense budget increase, changes slug, headline, lede, minor edits Beijing, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- China will increase its 2021 defense budget by 6.8 percent, according to the government's preliminary report presented at the National People's Congress (NPC), which began Friday. The defense spending of the Asian power this year is expected to total …

sputniknews (2021-03-05). China Returns to Form With 'Conservative' Economic Growth Target of 'Above 6%' for 2021. sputniknews.com From 5G internet to artificial intelligence, China's storming of the global technology markets in recent years has provoked a defensive response by the United States, which has heavily targeted Chinese firms with tariffs, sanctions and trade blacklists.

RT (2021-03-05). European Union agrees that member states can purchase Russian & Chinese vaccines outside of bloc's collective purchase program. rt.com EU countries have the right to acquire vaccines independently if the jabs concerned aren't part of the bloc's centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said when asked about Russian and Chinese formulas. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the 27-member collective have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization from China. | When ask…

RT (2021-03-05). European Union says member states are allowed to purchase Russian & Chinese vaccines on their own. rt.com EU countries have the right to acquire vaccines independently if jabs aren't part of the bloc's centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said when asked about the Russian and Chinese shots. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the bloc have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization with China. | When asked about those developments,…

RT (2021-03-05). European Union agrees member states can purchase Russian & Chinese Covid-19 vaccines outside of bloc's collective purchase program. rt.com European Union member states have the right to acquire Covid-19 vaccines independently if the jabs concerned aren't part of the bloc's under-fire centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said on Friday. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the 27-member collective have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization from China. | When ask…

Vijay Prashad (2021-03-05). The right to live in peace. mronline.org On a warm late February day in Santiago, I went to the grave of Victor Jara to pay homage to the man who was brutally killed on 16 September 1973.

Vijay Prashad (2021-03-05). Victor Jara's song returns as an anthem of our time. peoplesworld.org On a warm late February day in Santiago, I went to the grave of Victor Jara to pay homage to the man who was brutally killed on Sept. 16, 1973. A theatre director, songwriter, and communist, Jara was arrested after the coup d'état against the socialist government of Salvador Allende. He was tortured and then …

William J. Astore (2021-03-05). Failing Upward: Pentagon's more and more Expensive Boondoggles (that don't even work). juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Cancel culture is a common, almost viral, term in political and social discourse these days. Basically, somebody expresses views considered to be outrageous or vile or racist or otherwise insensitive and inappropriate. In response, that person is "canceled," perhaps losing a job or otherwise sidelined and silenced. In being deplatformed by Twitter, …

Alan Macleod (2021-03-05). US, Allies Drop 46 Bombs Per Day for 20 Years, New CODEPINK Research Reveals. mintpressnews.com The United States has been at war for nearly every year of its existence as an independent nation, fighting in 227 years of its 244-year history.

Liberation Staff (2021-03-05). The Real Story: A Socialist Look at Syria and US Intervention. liberationnews.org Brian Becker dissects the reasons for the US military occupation in Syria and analyzes the objectives and strategies of U.S. imperialism in Syria, and its wars against Iraq and Libya.

WSWS (2021-03-05). Amazon workers speak about stressful working conditions after suicide at Las Vegas warehouse. wsws.org Two workers from the LAS7 and surrounding facilities spoke with the International Amazon Workers Voice (IAWV) to share their thoughts in the aftermath of the tragic death of 48-year-old Paul Vilscek.

Shane Quinn (2021-03-05). 76 Years Ago: Nazi Germany Launches Its "Final Great Offensive" of World War II. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on GR in March 2020. | Seventy-five …

Aaron Maté (2021-03-05). Tulsi Gabbard calls out the US dirty war on Syria that Biden, aides admit to. thegrayzone.com As Tulsi Gabbard criticizes former Congressional colleagues for ignoring the ongoing US dirty war and sanctions on Syria, a look at the comments of Joe Biden and top aides show that they have admitted to the same underlying, horrific facts. Gabbard only stands apart — and is even vilified — for being willing to call it out. While Joe Biden has faced some mild Congressional pushback for bombing the Iraq-Syria border, Tulsi Gabbard says her former colleagues are ignoring the …

Medea Benjamin (2021-03-05). End Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars. progressive.org The United States and its allies have dropped more than 326,000 bombs and missiles on people in other countries since 2001.

_____ (2021-03-05). College Students Hold Statewide Day Of Action To Stop Line 3. popularresistance.org Minnesota – Today, hundreds of Minnesota college and university students are staging demonstrations on their campuses to raise awareness of the Line 3 pipeline, and to call on their institutions to divest from fossil fuel industry projects. Students from the University of Minnesota Morris, UMD, UMN Twin Cities, Carleton College, St Olaf College, The College of St Benedict's, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Macalester College have been collaborating to plan this day of action for months. | Emily Wittkop, a junior at the University of Minnesota Morris said, "I'm fighting Line 3 for several reasons – the danger to ou…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-05). Week-long boycott of Amazon planned over union-busting attempts in Alabama. peoplesdispatch.org The boycott campaign comes after multiple reports of Amazon trying to thwart organizing attempts by workers in its Bessemer warehouse in Alabama, where a unionization vote is underway…

Editor (2021-03-05). 'Scheer Intelligence' Nabs 4 NAEJ Nominations. scheerpost.com "Scheer Intelligence," the weekly award-winning podcast hosted by legendary journalist Robert Scheer and executive produced by Joshua Scheer, has been nominated for 4 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. The KCRW-hosted show features thoughtful, provocative conversations with "American Originals"—people who, through a lifetime of public engagement, offer unique, often surprising perspectives on the day's most …

Gary Olson (2021-03-05). Will Neoliberalism Morph into Fascism in the United States? counterpunch.org Neoliberalism, at its heart, is class war waged from above under the guise of rational, technocratic management of an economy that must — as neoliberals claim —be shielded from the corrosive influence of democratic politics.[1] — Chris Maisano [W]hat's becoming increasingly clear to many scholars and intellectuals is that there is a new morphology of

MISH (2021-03-05). Bipartisan Senators Seek to Strip Biden of War Powers. globalresearch.ca Senators Go After Endless Wars | In a long overdue effort

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Congress Member Rejects US Interference in ICC Probe of Israel. telesurenglish.net Michigan's U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib denounced through her Twitter account on Thursday the U.S. Government's attempts to interfere and derail a probe by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into Israeli war crimes committed against the Palestinian people. | RELATED: | "No one is above the law. The ICC has the authority and duty to independently and impartially investigate and bring justice to the victims of h…

Kathy Kelly (2021-03-05). Blood for Oil. counterpunch.org Amid the ongoing horror, it's important to find ways to atone for war crimes —including reparations. Thirty years ago, when the United States launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq, I was a member of the Gulf Peace Team. We were 73 people from 15 different countries, aged 22 to 76, living in a tent camp close to

WSWS (2021-03-05). Another 745,000 jobless claims filed as Senate takes up Biden's COVID-19 relief bill. wsws.org Historically unprecedented jobless claims continued as Biden and the Democrats move forward with an inadequate "relief" bill…

Shane Quinn (2021-03-05). 75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany's Launch Final Major Attacks of the Second World War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on GR in March 2020. | Seventy-five …

World Beyond War (2021-03-05). A Global Demand to 35 Governments: Get Your Troops Out of Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca The governments of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, …

Prof. Juan Cole (2021-03-05). Why the Biden Administration Is Dead Wrong to Oppose International Criminal Court War Crimes Inquiry in Occupied Palestine: A Betrayal of the Rule of Law. globalresearch.ca

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Biden Supports Limiting Presidential War Powers. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden agrees with limiting presidential war powers, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. | RELATED: | Biden wants to "ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars," the official said in a statement to…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Canada: Braided Warriors Calls for Release of Stacy Gallagher. telesurenglish.net Canadian citizens on Thursday took to the street in Vancouver to demand the release of environmental activist Stacy Gallagher who was sentenced to 90 days in jail for protesting against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. | RELATED: | The rally was organized by Braided Warriors, an Indigenous organization that promotes the respect of Indigenous rights and sovereignty in the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish,…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-05). Biden, Afghanistan and Forever Wars. counterpunch.org The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe Biden should do about his country's seemingly perennial involvement in Afghanistan. None are particularly useful, in that they ignore the central premise that a nation state long mauled, molested and savaged should finally be left alone. Nonsense, say the media and political cognoscenti. The Guardian

The Canary (2021-03-05). Industrial action threat amid anger over 1% pay rise for NHS workers. thecanary.co A leading union has warned of industrial action amid mounting anger over the Government's recommendation of a 1% pay rise for nurses and other health workers. | Unite, which represents tens of thousands of health service staff, said it will now be considering all its options, including holding an industrial action ballot, as part of its campaign for a decent pay rise. | The government sparked fresh anger on Friday when it defended its call for pay to be pegged at 1%. | Health Minister Nadine Dorries said the Government could not afford to give NHS staff in England a pay rise of more than 1% following the revelati…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Extending products' useful life a coveted service in crisis-hit Cuba. laprensalatina.com By Lorena Canto Havana, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Cigarette lighter refiller, cookware cleaner and umbrella and eyeglass repairer are some of the jobs that provide a living to entrepreneurial-minded people in Cuba, where replacing items that are broken or in disrepair is not an option due to the Caribbean nation's chronic shortages. Ubiquitous on any street …

Phyllis Bennis (2021-03-05). Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too. thenation.com Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too.

_____ (2021-03-05). U.S., EU Sanctions on Russia a Reckless Triumph of Absurdity. strategic-culture.org The cynical, bankrupt basis for sanctioning Russia makes the Western states' words and actions a reckless provocation. | The United States and European Union this week imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in a coordinated move. The move is a reckless provocation and was condemned by Moscow as a "hostile act". It is a further retrograde step towards increasing Cold War-style tensions and the danger of confrontation. | Russia's foreign ministry excoriated the Western sanctions as "triumph of absurdity over reason". | Washington and Brussels both invoked the case of opposition figure Alexei Navalny as the basi…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-03-05). 'We Need to Be on a War Footing': Head of WHO Calls for Vaccine Patent Waivers to Halt Pandemic. commondreams.org "Dr. Tedros is right," said Oxfam International. "It's time to end vaccine monopolies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

MEE staff (2021-03-05). Israel has list of Iran-backed targets ready to strike, defence minister warns. middleeasteye.net Israel has list of Iran-backed targets ready to strike, defence minister warns | Benny Gantz says Iran's nuclear programme 'must be stalled' and warns Israel is prepared to 'stand independently' against Tehran | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 17: 26 | Israeli Defence Minister and alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz says Israel is dedicated to stalling Iranian nuclear escalation (AFP/File photo) | Israel is updating its co…

Areeb Ullah (2021-03-05). UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims. middleeasteye.net UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims | UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said Islamophobia has reached 'epidemic proportions' across the world | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 16: 21 | UN expert Ahmed Shaheed said Muslim women face the triple threat of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, and religion (AFP) | A United Nations expert has warned that counter-ter…

MEE staff (2021-03-05). Biden open to repealing US laws that enable 'forever wars'. middleeasteye.net Biden open to repealing US laws that enable 'forever wars' | US president will work with Congress to revoke decades-old measures that allow military action without congressional approval, White House says | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 17: 38 | American soldiers taking position around the US embassy in Baghdad, on 31 December 2019 (AFP/US embassy handout) | US President Joe Biden has signalled willingness to repeal laws…

Chloe de Silva (2021-03-05). Anti-war coalition condemns Biden for bombing Iraq. greenleft.org.au Sydney Stop the War condemned US President Joe Biden's bombing raid on northern Iraq and called for the removal of all occupying troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports Kerry Smith.

GRACE (2021-03-05). Do "Billion-dollar Events Help Level the 'Playing' Field"? indybay.org Powerful earthquake clusters strike off the coast of NZ: Tsunami threat triggers evacuation in Northland | Multiple powerful earthquakes including magnitudes 8.1, 7.4 and 7.3 near New Zealand earlier triggered tsunami warnings across NZ's northern region.

Steve Zeltzer (2021-03-05). "Elephant In the Room" SF Board Of Supervisor's Hearing On Health Crisis At TI. indybay.org At an San Francisco Board of Supervisors special hearing on February 8, 2021 residents and whistleblowers from Treasure Island reported on the massive contamination, health problems and over-up by the City, State and Federal government of the Superfund nuclear radioactive dump site. It was used as a nuclear war training facility for sailor and the Island is now a major contraction zone for 8,000 condos despite the dangers according to residents and inspectors. | City officials from DPH said they can't help the residents and the Navy was a no show.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-03-05). Roaming Charges: No Neanderthal Ever Bombed Syria. counterpunch.org + There were many reasons to vote against Trump, starting with the fact that he was the incumbent running for reelection. All incumbent presidents should be voted against as matter of principle, because they almost certainly started committing war crimes within weeks of taking office, a truism Biden has now reconfirmed with his bombing of

yenisafak (2021-03-05). Turkey issues arrest warrants for 53 FETàñ suspects. yenisafak.com Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total of 53 suspects on Friday for alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in the country.According to a statement by prosecutors in the capital Ankara, authorities ordered the arrest of 40 suspects affiliated with the terror group within the Naval Forces. It was found that the suspects were in contact with FETO members via payphone, the statement added.Among the suspects were 30 dismissed military students, as well as army officers and sergeants.Anti-terror police operations are ongoing in seven Turkish…

yenisafak (2021-03-05). Turkish Central Bank to continue firm steps for price stability. yenisafak.com The Turkish Central Bank is focusing on ensuring permanent price stability while implementing a steady monetary policy, the bank's Governor Naci Agbal said on Friday."We will continue to take firm steps towards achieving price stability through a confidence-oriented monetary policy in the upcoming period," Agbal wrote on the bank's blog.Stressing the importance of confidence in the economy, Agbal said this makes monetary policy more effective and boosts its power to enhance expectations."In this context, the first step a central bank should take to achieve its goal is to make economic actors trust in monetary pol…

The Canary (2021-03-05). Meghan just beat the Mail on Sunday so bad they have to announce it on their front page. thecanary.co The Mail On Sunday must publish a front-page statement about Meghan Markle's victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper over the publication of a "personal and private" letter to her estranged father, the High Court has ruled. | Read all about it: | Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) — the publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline — has also been ordered to print a notice on page three of the paper stating it "infringed her copyright" by publishing parts of the letter sent to Thomas Markle. | In a ruling on 5 March, lord justice Warby also granted Markle a declaration that ANL…

The Canary (2021-03-05). Damning court verdict finds failure to declare hundreds of contracts and that Johnson 'misled Parliament'. thecanary.co The government unlawfully failed to publish details of more than 500 coronavirus-related contracts within the required time, the High Court has said. | Failures: | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing last month, the Good Law Project argued there h…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-03-05). 'We Need to Make Sure It's Done Right': Peace Advocates Welcome Biden Move to Limit War Powers. commondreams.org The president and Congress, said one leading anti-war campaigner, "must work together to actually end the decades long fighting, killing, dying, and spending that is on automatic pilot." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

A Guest Author (2021-03-05). #LettersToBessemer: Black Workers Matter. workers.org From People's Power Assembly NYC and Workers Assembly Against Racism: Since early February 2021, a Black women-led unionizing struggle has been happening in a Bessemer, Ala., Amazon warehouse. They've organized in response to dangerous working conditions including: 1) dangerously inadequate COVID-19 protocols; 2) no hazard pay, even as essential workers . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Pope calls for end to violence on first ever visit to Iraq. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: updates headline, lead, adds detail) Baghdad, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis, who began the first ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday, called for an end to violence and extremism in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. The pontiff arrived on Friday morning for a three-day trip to Iraq, his first foreign trip since …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Traditional javelin throwing becomes a tourist attraction in Turkey. laprensalatina.com Mounted javelin throwing, a traditional equestrian sport which is known as the war game of the Turks and has been played since their time in Central Asia, has become the main tourist attraction in Erzurum, in eastern Anatolia. A visual story by EFE/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN…

Staff (2021-03-05). "We Do This 'Til We Free Us": Mariame Kaba on Abolishing Police, Prisons & Moving Toward Justice. democracynow.org Outrage over police brutality and the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people has generated calls to defund and abolish the police. Longtime organizer Mariame Kaba's new book, titled "We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice," brings together collected essays, interviews and other writings that she and numerous collaborators produced between 2014 — the year of the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of Michael Brown — and today. Kaba says the book grapples with "the fact that so many people around the country recognize the complete and utte…

RT (2021-03-05). 'I don't know what prime minister meant': Israel's virus czar shoots down Netanyahu's suggestion country is through pandemic. rt.com Israeli coronavirus response chief, Nachman Ash, doesn't share PM Benjamin Netanyahu's optimism regarding the Covid situation in the country, warning that it could well go into a fourth lockdown due to a rising transmission rate. | Israel is "the first country in the world to emerge from corona," Netanyahu insisted in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. "Look, I don't think we're coming out completely. We're going to have to wear a mask for some time. But we're behind it." | When asked on Friday to comment on Netanyahu's remarks, Ash responded: "I don't know what the prime minister meant." | Israel has bee…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Guinea, Kenya, and Nigeria Start COVID-19 Vaccination via COVAX. telesurenglish.net Guinea, Kenia, and Nigeria, three of Africa's lowest-income countries, kicked off on Friday the COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the support of the COVAX facility led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | RELATED: | On Tuesday night, Kenya received the first million COVID-19 vaccine doses, allocated to frontline workers. The vaccines will be stored in a brand new warehouse built with the support of the United Nations Children Fund(…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). 'Stop Whining' Bolsonaro Says as Thousands of Brazilians Die. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated his political handling of the pandemic through contradictory actions related to epidemiological restrictions. | RELATED: | Besides arguing that physical distancing is a "cowardly" measure, the far-right Capitan asked Brazilians to stop complaining about COVID-19 and called those calling on him to buy more vaccines "idiots." | "You have to face the problems. Enough of wh…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-03-05). The Dangerous US/NATO Strategy in Europe. globalresearch.ca The NATO Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise took place in the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-05). UN official warns of increasing violence, famine in Tigray region in Ethiopia. peoplesdispatch.org The UN Security Council discussed the crisis in the Tigray region amid increasing reports of atrocities. UN officials Michelle Bachelet and Mark Lowcock also called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region…

RT (2021-03-05). 'It's the Cuomo way': MORE aides describe 'cult' workplace as top NY Democrat says governor should quit if new accusers speak out. rt.com Numerous former staffers for Andrew Cuomo have described the toxic and cult-like work environment they worked under amidst the governor's multiple worsening scandals, including three accusations of sexual harassment. | "There's no right or wrong way. It's the Cuomo way," one staffer told the Gothamist about a warning she received when interviewing for a job in the Cuomo administration. "He wants people who are literally going to fall on the sword for him, and they all will." | Another described being told to wear stiletto heels because she was blonde and the governor "likes blondes" in stiletto heels. Her desk…

RT (2021-03-05). Covid-19 has been 'really good' for CNN's ratings, WarnerMedia CEO says at Morgan Stanley conference. rt.com While Covid-19 has claimed more than 2.5 million lives worldwide, the chief executive at CNN's parent firm is looking on the bright side, telling a virtual audience the pandemic has been "really good" for the outlet's ratings. | Jason Kilar — the CEO of WarnerMedia, which owns the cable network — appeared at Morgan Stanley's 'Technology, Media and Telecom' virtual conference on Thursday, where he was asked about CNN and whether it could keep up its current momentum. | "I'd say that it turns out that pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle, and that's not going away anytime soon," he replied,…

RT (2021-03-05). Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency landing after one engine shut down over suspected mechanical issue, American Airlines says. rt.com A Boeing 737 MAX headed to New Jersey was forced to make an emergency touch-down after its captain cut one of its engines due to a suspected malfunction with the troublesome plane, which was ungrounded only two months ago. | American Airlines said the plane's captain declared an emergency as it approached New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport from Miami on Friday, successfully reaching the airport and landing with just one engine online. | The issue was not linked to the MCAS flight control system behind two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that prompted the plane's 20-month grounding, but rather rel…

news.un (2021-03-05). Hopes for UN Security Council action against Myanmar military coup 'waning' fast, warns Special Envoy. news.un.org Hopes placed in the UN and the Member States that serve on the Security Council to take action against leaders of Myanmar's military coup, are waning fast, the UN Special Envoy for the country warned on Friday.

Tina Smith (2021-03-05). I've Made Up My Mind: The US Senate Must Abolish the Filibuster. commondreams.org The filibuster has long been the enemy of progress. In fact, it's been a highly effective tool to thwart the will of the people. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-03-05). Time to Repeal, Not Replace War Authorizations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Reese Erlich (2021-03-05). Biden's Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward. commondreams.org Latest military attack shows that the new President hasn't broken from the failed policies of the past. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Common Dreams staff (2021-03-05). Award-Winning Playwright, Longtime Common Dreams Contributor Bill C. Davis Dies at 69. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-03-05). Software guru John McAfee and his top cryptocurrency adviser charged with fraud and money laundering by US federal prosecutors. rt.com Antivirus pioneer John McAfee has been charged with fraud and money laundering by prosecutors in New York. The businessman and one-time presidential candidate is accused of fraudulently promoting cryptocurrency on social media. | An indictment against McAfee was unsealed on Friday, and names both him and Jimmy Gale Watson — an adviser to McAfee — as defendants in a fraud and money laundering case. The pair are accused of using McAfee's social media accounts to publicize various cryptocurrencies, inflating their value and allegedly netting McAfee more than $13 million. Another member of the McAfee tea…

RT (2021-03-05). 20 killed in Somali capital after suicide car bomb detonates outside restaurant. rt.com At least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a suicide car bombing in Mogadishu. The incident occured on the same day Somali Islamist militants stormed a jail in the semi-atonomus Puntland state. | The blast struck outside the Luul Yemeni restaurant on Friday evening, with eyewitness footage of the scene showing the scale of devastation as locals and first responders bearing torches searched through the debris in the dark for other victims. | No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and local medics have warned that the death toll may rise. Local reports say the scale of the blast br…

Staff (2021-03-05). Detroit Will Use $200,000 in Taxpayer Money to Fund Claim Against BLM Group. truthout.org Detroit Will Breathe was formed days after the mass uprising following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Despite the hyper-militarized tools and tactics used by Detroit Police on anti-racist protesters in an attempt to stop the movement, activists kept mobilizing against police brutality. Instead of trying to meet the demands that Detroit Will Breathe developed with the community, DPD continued to use excessive force and brutality. Following a summer of state violen…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-03-05). What the Ecuadoran Elections Mean for the U.S. counterpunch.org The pink tide is coming back in — much to the chagrin of many in the U.S. government. With leftist governments in Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico and Cuba, the prospect of yet another, this time in Ecuador, doubtless keeps regime changers, right-wing think tankers and other assorted Washington imperialists up at night. All those leftists the U.S. had murdered over the years, all the death squads the U.S. gave the nod to, all those dictators the North American empire supported — for what? After generations of slaughter, the victims' heirs keep taking over. The U.S. sponsored the exterm…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Bolivia Arrests Organizers of Fatal University Rally in El Alto. telesurenglish.net A Bolivian court on Friday ordered the preventive detention of seven university leaders for the death of a group of students who fell almost 17 meters after the collapse of a railing at the El Alto Public University (UPEA). | RELATED: | The Prosecutor's Office stated that the detainees face culpable homicide and culpable injuries charges committed against 11 students, 7 of whom passed away on Tuesday. | The student leaders call…

Caleb Granger (2021-03-05). Houston demonstration demands, "Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!" liberationnews.org Texans were told to drink pool water while Biden prioritized bombing Syria.

John Wojcik (2021-03-05). What's really behind Republican obstructionism? peoplesworld.org Later Thursday, before senators could even begin debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion rescue plan, they had to sit through a nearly 11-hour reading by the clerks of the entire 620-page bill. It was only the first step in Republican moves to delay a vote on an economic package that millions of Americans so …

Caleb Granger (2021-03-05). Houston demonstration demands, 'Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!'. liberationnews.org Texans were told to drink pool water while Biden prioritized bombing Syria.

Mark Fiore (2021-03-05). Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 8.38.24 AM.png. progressive.org Biden is definitely doing more than Donald Trump did to punish Saudi Arabia, but he is letting the the main culprit off the hook.

Anya Parampil (2021-03-05). US 'Virtual Ambassador' to Venezuela Hosts Insurrectionist Summit Ahead of Biden's Guaidó Recognition. globalresearch.ca A closed-door Bogotá summit of fugitive Venezuelan insurrectionists highlighted James Story's …

James O'Neill (2021-03-05). The Biden Administration Proving to Be More of the Same Old Discredited Policies as its Predecessor. dissidentvoice.org There were a number of political commentators who urged us to give newly elected United States president Joe Biden a chance to show that he would offer a new approach to the multiple problems facing the United States alliance. Well, he had an opportunity to do so. But the speech that Biden gave on 19th …

WSWS (2021-03-05). Biden renews US "state of emergency" against Venezuela. wsws.org The Biden administration is continuing the policy of its predecessors, maintaining a draconian sanctions regime and recognizing the right-wing puppet Guaidó as "interim president."

RT (2021-03-05). No-show Joe? VP Harris continues high-level talks without Biden, speaks to Israeli PM Netanyahu. rt.com Vice President Kamala Harris has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without President Joe Biden being present, the latest in a series of calls to world leaders usually conducted by the president. | Harris spoke to Netanyahu on Thursday, with a White House readout of the call saying she "underscored the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to the US-Israel partnership," and affirmed her opposition to the International Criminal Court prosecuting Israeli soldiers for alleged

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-03-05). Arabic press review: Palestine slams Washington's 'lack of understanding' of ICC jurisdiction. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestine slams Washington's 'lack of understanding' of ICC jurisdiction | Meanwhile, British ambassador in Jordan says her country is committed to the two-state solution, and Iraq imposes curfew during Pope's visit | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 17: 07 | US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks about priorities for administration of President Joe Biden in the Ben Franklin…

Global Research News (2021-03-05). Selected Articles: Why the Biden Administration Is Dead Wrong to Oppose ICC Inquiry in Occupied Palestine. globalresearch.ca By Since Palestine…

Staff (2021-03-05). GOP Goes All In to Obstruct Relief Bill Nine Days Before Jobless Benefits Expire. truthout.org Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, are attempting to grind the Senate to a halt to delay passage of a sprawling $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Democrats race to get the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk before March 14, when millions of jobless Americans will begin losing their unemployment lifelines. | After the Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a procedural motion to begin consideration of the aid bill — with all 50 Republicans vot…

WSWS Repost (2021-03-05). US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread. indybay.org While the federal CDC has criticized Texas for ending all COVID-19 restrictions, the Biden administration policy of reopening all schools will have the same effect of spreading the pandemic.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-03-05). ACLU to Biden: Do Not 'Review' Drone Killing Program—End It Once and for All. commondreams.org "Tinkering with the bureaucracy of this extrajudicial killing program will only entrench American abuses," said the group's national security expert. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Maurice Mitchell (2021-03-05). Organizing the Multiracial Working Class. zcomm.org If working people fail to see real material distinctions between life under Trump and life under Biden, they'll look for an alternative to the party in power…

Staff (2021-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2021. democracynow.org Republican Senators Work to Derail $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, White House Defends Biden's Remark That "Neanderthal Thinking" GOP Governors Ended Mask Mandates, New York Gov. Cuomo's Aides Doctored Nursing Home Death Data in July Report on COVID-19, Charlotte Bennett Describes Sexual Harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in TV Interview, Florida Democrats Demand FBI Probe of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Who Prioritized Donors for Vaccination, India, South Africa Ask WTO for Patent Waiver to Allow Generic COVID-19 Drugs & Vaccines, Former Trump Admin Official Charged with Assaulting Cop at January 6 Capitol Riot, Senat…

Sara Jamshidi (2021-03-05). For the Sake of Preventing More Journalists' Murders, Biden Must Punish Saudi Arabia's MBS (And I Should Know). juancole.com Seattle (Special to Informed Comment) — The horrific outcome of Jamal Khashoggi's story is not dissimilar to the tales of many journalists, including my own, who decide to fight against tyranny using words instead of violence. Fear, terror, and horror cannot begin to describe the common situations in which we find ourselves. Back in Tehran, …