2021-03-07: News Headlines

Gary Olson (2021-03-07). Will Neoliberalism Morph Into Fascism in the United States? dissidentvoice.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. — Chris Maisano, "Liberalism, Austerity, and the Global Crisis of Legitimacy," The Activist, 7/19/2011. [W]hat's becoming increasingly clear to many …

The Tricontinental (2021-03-07). Dossier No. 38: Uncovering the crisis: Care work in the time of Coronavirus. mronline.org The pandemic has sharpened and transformed pre-existing inequalities, reconfiguring the processes that sustain and guarantee life.

RT (2021-03-07). 'Biden showers money on Americans'?! WaPo mocked for 'Dear Leader' vibes in Covid stimulus story. rt.com Washington Post has been mocked for an overly enthusiastic headline that called the coronavirus relief bill a "defining move" of Joe Biden's presidency, poised to "sharply" cut poverty by "showering money" on Americans. | After the Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Saturday, and President Joe Biden promised that eligible Americans will start receiving their $1,400 stimulus checks from this month onwards, the Washington Post tried to explain that the massive rescue package is more than just about this modest handout. | t.co/pAsCyogPJv

_____ (2021-03-07). VIDEO: Cuba — a Solitary Voice Against Global Inequality. strategic-culture.org The coronavirus pandemic has catapulted Cuba onto the world stage. Watch the video and read more in the

yenisafak (2021-03-07). UK: Person who contracted Brazilian variant found. yenisafak.com The person who contracted the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus and evaded authorities for weeks has finally been located by UK authorities, according to a government statement.The person was found on Friday in the south London borough of Croydon after contacting test and trace teams who were dispatched to the area by the National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England (PHE)."Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace teams have successfully located the third individual in England who tested positive for the P.1 Variant of Concern that originated in Manaus, Brazil," said the statement. "NHS Tes…

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Turkey's female health workers demand safety. yenisafak.com Women healthcare workers in Turkey, who have been on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus, are demanding a safe work environment.Female medical staff has been on the ground since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Turkey on March 11, 2020.Staff at the Ankara City Hospital shared with Anadolu Agency their role in combatting the pandemic.Emergency Clinic Training Officer Dr. Gulhan Kurtoglu Celik said she trains interns and residents at the hospital on how to examine patients."On the one hand, we tried to protect our family, on the other, we tried to take care of our children. We have never had s…

Lynda Carson (2021-03-07). Oakland A's and the invasion of the democracy snatchers. indybay.org Invasion of the democracy snatchers in the midst of the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic!

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). US Senate passes $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- The United States Senate approved on Saturday a $1.9 trillion package aimed at alleviating the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, marking the first legislative victory for Democratic President Joe Biden since he took office Jan. 20. Besides another round of direct payments to individual, the package includes extended unemployment …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). South Korea, US to conduct joint military drills this week. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- South Korea and the United States will conduct their annual springtime joint military exercises this week, the South Korean military said on Sunday. This year's drills will be scaled back on account of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "South Korea and the US decided to conduct the springtime combined exercise from Mar.8 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Paraguay's president rejigs cabinet, protesters demand ouster. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Paraguay's president announced a cabinet reshuffle on Saturday amid a political crisis sparked by protests over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Police again on Saturday midnight used force to disperse a group of people who had gathered in front of the presidential residence to break through the perimeter security …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). West Bank reports over 2,000 fresh Covid-19 cases amid spike in infections. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- The West Bank on Sunday reported over 2,000 fresh coronavirus infections amid a spike in cases that has forced the authorities to impose lockdown in some areas. A total of 2,095 new cases have been detected over the past 24 hours, the health ministry announced. It is one of the highest …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Israel reopens cafes, bars, restaurants for vaccinated 'green pass' holders. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- Israel took the most significant step in its post-vaccination relaxation of coronavirus restrictions on Sunday as cafes, bars and restaurants reopened, travel rules were eased and university students were allowed back in classrooms, among other measures, which prioritize those who are immunized against the coronavirus. With more than 50% of the …

Frank Scott (2021-03-07). Ring Out The Old: Ring In The Old. dissidentvoice.org While our sacred democracy was allegedly being served by a stupid attempt to unsuccessfully impeach an ex-president for the second time and essentially tell more than 70 million Americans that they might as well vote for Pavlov, FDR, Hitler or Oprah Winfrey since any alleged exercise of supposed freedom on their part would be meaningless …

RT (2021-03-07). 'Used & betrayed': Pro-life Biden backers say he broke promise to hear them, ramrodded Covid bill with taxpayer-funded abortion. rt.com Pro-life Christians who chose to support Democrat Joe Biden in last November's election said they're feeling "betrayed" after the new president rammed through Covid-19 relief legislation that includes taxpayer-funded abortion. | The $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was passed on Saturday in a party-line vote by the US Senate would allow for billions of dollars to be spent on abortion. Democrats rejected a Republican effort to include the Hyde Amendment, as in previous Covid-19 relief bills, breaking with a 44-year-old policy of giving pro-life taxpayers the solace of knowing their tax dollars weren't spent…

RT (2021-03-07). Democrats turn on Arizona Sen. Sinema after her office frames criticism of her vote against $15 minimum wage as 'sexist'. rt.com Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) has been raked over the Twitter coals after her spokesperson argued that it was sexist to ridicule her theatrical 'no' vote against hiking the minimum wage. | The lawmaker came under fire after she and seven of her Democratic colleagues voted with Republicans to shoot down an amendment to the recently-passed Covid-19 relief bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $15 an hour. | Sinema claimed she voted against the measure because she thought the issue should be more thoroughly debated in the Senate before being put to a vote. However, the way in which she voted dow…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-03-07). As Biden Unveils Order to Boost Voting Access, Dems Urged to Beat Back GOP Voter Suppression. commondreams.org "Government, at all levels, should tear down barriers to the ballot, not build them as we are seeing in far too many places," said Wade Henderson of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-03-07). This Is Who Democrats Are. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | * | This is who the Democrats are. It's who they always will be. They let you have your Bernies and AOCs to create the illusion that progressives can win if they just vote a little harder, but the corporate elites will always have enough of a congressional majority to kill progress. Don't let them spin this as some sort of freakish anomaly, as the result of not having the right kind of Democrats in office. This is the only way the Democratic Party will ever operate. It's not broken, it's working exactly as it's meant to. | * | Left-wing Democrats who give the party the illusion of legitimac…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa or niqab in public spaces. middleeasteye.net Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa or niqab in public spaces | Referendum denounced by rights group as 'needlessly fueling division and fear', after Swiss right-wing party had framed it as verdict on the role of Islam in public life | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 19: 27 | People protest in Bern, Switzerland, after a narrow majority of Swiss voted in favour of the so-called 'burqa ban', whe…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa and niqab in public spaces. middleeasteye.net Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa and niqab in public spaces | Referendum denounced by rights group as 'needlessly fueling division and fear', after Swiss right-wing party had framed it as verdict on the role of Islam in public life | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 19: 27 | People protest in Bern, Switzerland, after a narrow majority of Swiss voted in favour of the so-called 'burqa ban', wh…

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Messi votes in Barcelona presidential elections. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- Lionel Messi on Sunday cast his ballot in Barcelona's presidential elections, the first to be held mid-season in decades. Club members are electing a successor for Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stepped down in October under intense pressure from fans and players after he fell out with club captain Messi. The Argentine …

Sam Pizzigati (2021-03-07). Why the Amazon Worker Vote in Bessemer Means So Much. commondreams.org Unions don't just raise worker wages. They help flatten grand private plutocratic fortunes. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

International Workers Committee (2021-03-07). Mumia's COVID-19 infection has been confirmed by prison doctors after initial denial. mronline.org Mumia Abu-Jamal must be hospitalized. He has tested positive for COVID-19 and isbeingwarehoused in a completely inadequate prison infirmary. Given his age, 67, his liver disease, and his blood-pressure challenges, Mumia's life is seriously in danger.

Eds. (2021-03-07). COVID-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant. mronline.org Murder is an emotive word. In law, it requires premeditation. Death must be deemed to be unlawful. How could "murder" apply to failures of a pandemic response? Perhaps it can't, and never will, but it is worth considering.

teleSUR (2021-03-07). Mexico Surpasses 190,000 Deaths from COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Mexico on Saturday surpassed 190,000 COVID-19 deaths despite government efforts and the steady pace of the vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | The country's epidemiological situation is still complicated; however, there is a visible tendency to recovery, as daily infections have steadily decreased since Feb. 11. | Likewise, the country's intensive care units have a 31 percent occupancy, except for Mexico City, where…

John Stone (2021-03-07). UK Data Show 402 Reports of Deaths Following COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Government data show that, compared with the Pfizer vaccine, there have …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-07). Iran COVID-19 update: 8,010 cases, 93 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 8,010 COVID-19 infections and 93 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

news.un (2021-03-07). Kyoto Crime Congress opens with declaration to tackle growing crime threats, promote inclusive COVID-19 recovery. news.un.org Held in an innovative hybrid format amid COVID-19 restrictions, the 14th UN Congress on criminal justice opened on Sunday in Kyoto with calls for renewing global cooperation against crime to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recover from the pandemic.

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Covid-19: Israel begins loosening restrictions with 40 percent of country vaccinated. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel begins loosening restrictions with 40 percent of country vaccinated | Restaurants, bars and cafes are set to open to vaccinated 'green pass' holders | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 11: 30 | Attendees prepare to present their "green passes" (proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19) on arriving at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on 5 March 2021 (AFP) | Israel began loosening Cov…

Katherine Hearst (2021-03-07). Covid-19: Britain's Muslims in the eye of the pandemic storm once again. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Britain's Muslims in the eye of the pandemic storm once again | Muslim institutions in the UK struggle to survive a disproportionate death toll and lockdown-induced financial troubles | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 08: 06 | A member of mosque staff prays in the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque on the day before Ramadan commences in the UK, in Bury, Greater Manchester (AFP) | On the firs…

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Turkey releases provincial statistics of COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Turkey's health minister on Saturday announced COVID-19 infection rates on a provincial basis between Feb. 27 and March 5 as part of a new weekly initiative."The high-risk provinces should be more cautious to reduce their risk. Normalization should be realized in a controlled manner," Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, sharing the statistics.The number of cases per 100,000 people is around 112 in the metropolis Istanbul, 55 in the capital Ankara, and 66 in the western Izmir province.According to the data, Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun has the highest number of cases with 348 cases per 100,000 people.The sout…

Angela Klein (2021-03-07). 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.

_____ (2021-03-07). Third Parties In The US Are More Important Than You Think. popularresistance.org Donald Trump put the kibosh on the idea of a new right-wing party at last weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Trump's followers will remain in the Republican Party, where they've established themselves as the biggest and most influential faction. Even so, the mere fact that the possibility of a new "MAGA" or "Patriot Party" was discussed reflects the ongoing desire for more clearly defined political parties in the United States. | Americans across a range of political persuasions yearn for three or more parties. Recent polls showed 63 percent of Republicans think a third party is necessary,…

Othering & Belonging Institute atUC Berkeley (2021-03-07). Friday 3/12: "Trumpism and its Discontents": Consequences of Trumpism on U.S. Society and World. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Trump to return to New York first time after leaving White House. laprensalatina.com New York, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Former United States President Donald Trump is returning to New York on Sunday for the first time since he left the White House in January. Trump will fly down from Florida and stay in the Big Apple, the city of his birth and where he has much of his business, …

Jack Delaney (2021-03-07). Civil War 2.0. counterpunch.org On May 29, 2020, in the wake of the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, a Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstration marched about a half-mile from Oakland's Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. Around ten o'clock at night outside the federal building, as the protest continued close by, bullets spewed from a moving vehicle

_____ (2021-03-07). #BlackLivesMatter — But to Whom? strategic-culture.org Western "big pharma" profit imperative and patent controls inevitably mean that poor countries will always be last on the list to receive supplies of vaccines on a consumer-commodity basis. The wealthier nations are as usual taking the lion's share. Some estimate that at present rate, it won't be until 2024 when African nations will be fully inoculated.

RT (2021-03-07). New York Times falsely claims last year's BLM violence was 'misinformation'. rt.com The New York Times has been lambasted online for bizarrely claiming that violence surrounding Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 was merely "misinformation" and likening it to Deep State conspiracy theories. | The Gray Lady's Jennifer Medina sought to unravel the mystery behind Latinos in the US voting Republican, in a Friday Medina teased out the motivations of Latino Republicans through a series of interviews, before attempting…

RT (2021-03-07). New York Times mocked for attempting to downplay 2020 BLM protest violence as 'misinformation'. rt.com The New York Times has been lambasted online for bizarrely claiming that violence surrounding Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 was merely "misinformation" and likening it to Deep State conspiracy theories. | The Gray Lady's Jennifer Medina sought to unravel the mystery behind Latinos in the US voting Republican, in a Friday Medina teased out the motivations of Latino Republicans through a series of interviews, before attempting…

Telesur (2021-03-08). US to Continue Using Guaido to Rob Venezuelan Assets Abroad. globalresearch.ca The conversation held by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with …

Joe Emersberger (2021-03-07). Maria Páez de Victor: Eight Years Without President Chávez. zcomm.org This superb speech by Venezuelan-Canadian scholar Maria Páez de Victor should soon be up on www.NoSanctions.org , but I decided to post it here so I can spreading it around right away. **** Talk given in Webinar: US/Canada: HANDS OFF VENEZUELA, END SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA NOW! March 5th 2021 Today is the 8th anniversary of the untimely

Julio A. Muriente Pérez (2021-03-07). Venezuela y la prepotencia de una Europa pusilánime. globalizacion.ca Es evidente el afán obsesivo de la Unión Europea (UE) de imponer su manera de pensar y decidir cómo deben hacerse las cosas en América Latina y el Caribe; como si todavía estuviéramos en la época de los grandes imperios…

Richard Becker (2021-03-07). Top Pentagon Commander Requests Astronomical Sum of Money to Prepare for War with China. globalresearch.ca The commander of U.S. military forces in the Pacific region submitted …

teleSUR (2021-03-07). Globalink | Experts Upbeat About China's Economic Prospects. telesurenglish.net China has unveiled a draft blueprint for economic and social development over the next five years, and clarified the long-range objectives through the year 2035. What do experts say about China's economic prospects?>

Joseph Thomas (2021-03-07). France Joins America's South China Sea Adventurism. "Provoking China" globalresearch.ca France has recently sent one of its nuclear attack submarines over …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-07). China criticizes US for advocating 'pseudo-multilateralism'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (MNA) — Selective multilateralism is basically pseudo-multilateralism advocated by Americans who have been shouting about returning to multilateralism but are actually still sticking to unilateralism in nature, Chinese Diplomat noted.

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Stop making baseless allegations that create new obstacles: China tells US. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- China on Sunday urged the United States to stop making "groundless allegations" that create "new obstacles" in repairing the battered ties between the two countries. "China will never accept groundless allegation and vilification and will never allow its core interests to be violated," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters on the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). China's foreign trade grows over 32% year-on-year in Jan-Feb. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- China's trade with the rest of the world increased by 32.2 percent year-on-year in January and February, the official data published on Sunday showed. The General Administration of Customs said the volume of China's foreign trade during the first two months of the year reached 5.44 trillion yuan ($837.34 billion). The …

teleSUR (2021-03-07). Bolivia: Regional Elections Begin Despite Minor Issues. telesurenglish.net The President of Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Salvador Romero, inaugurated the regional elections early Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Bolivians must elect 9 governors, 270 departmental assembly members, 337 mayors, and over 2,000 municipal councilors. A total of 20,337 candidates representing 221 organizations were registered; however, the Movement for Socialism – Political Instrument for People's Sovereignty (MAS-I…

Fight Back (2021-03-08). Dallas Anti War Committee protests Biden airstrikes. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – About 30 protesters from the Dallas Anti War Committee assembled in downtown Dallas on March 6, to denounce President Joe Biden's strikes on allegedly Iran-backed groups in Syria and demand no war on Iran. Protesters set up on the Akard Street Bridge over Interstate 30, holding signs and a large banner that read "No war on Iran." The Dallas Anti War Committee (DAWC) called the event, and protesters were mostly from DAWC-affiliated groups, including Democratic Socialists of America, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the Dallas Peace and Justice Center.

Gary Olson (2021-03-07). Will Neoliberalism Morph Into Fascism in the United States? dissidentvoice.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. — Chris Maisano, "Liberalism, Austerity, and the Global Crisis of Legitimacy," The Activist, 7/19/2011. [W]hat's becoming increasingly clear to many …

Andrew Stewart (2021-03-07). Biden's Commerce Secretary is Pure Clintonism. counterpunch.org Last Sunday, Marie Franco stood at the rear of a Rhode Island state prison building, cradling the portrait of her son Jose, who died needlessly while incarcerated due to contracting COVID-19. As we consider the well-manicured, PR-friendly profile of the subject at hand, keep in mind that Franco's death was caused by this politician's decisions,

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-03-07). This SNP claim may be electioneering, but it highlights the deplorable state of UK pensions. thecanary.co Believe in Scotland ( t.co/QZf1iAUoFg

Jyoti Mann (2021-03-07). 'Uber is not above the law': MEP slams UK government over failure to protect gig economy workers. thecanary.co Member of the European Parliament (MEP) LeàØla Chaibi is "astonished" that the UK government is no longer reviewing gig economy workers' rights following the Supreme Court decision to classify drivers as workers. The French politician, a member of the European Parliament's committee on employment and social affairs, said: Uber is not above the law and must respect Lord Leggatt's judgement. | The UK Government should now legislate and enforce the ruling made by the Supreme Court. It is important that the ruling is upheld in practice. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is now panicking and has wrongfully claimed that…

John W. Whitehead, Nisha Whitehead (2021-03-07). Home Invasions: All the Ways the Government Can Lay Siege to Your Property. dissidentvoice.org "How 'secure' do our homes remain if police, armed with no warrant, can pound on doors at will and … foricibly enter?" — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the lone dissenter in Kentucky v. King Americans are not safe in their homes. Not anymore, at least. This present menace comes from the government and …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-07). Yemeni official urges intl. community to condemn Saudi attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (MNA) — Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi Member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council called on the international community to condemn Saudi's bombing of Yemeni civilians.

_____ (2021-03-07). Don't Cross This Virtual Picket Line. popularresistance.org Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama have been voting on joining RWDSU for the last month. If they are successful, they would be the first Amazon employees in the United States to join a union. | Their campaign has garnered support from across the country. UCOMM previously reported on Teamsters driving from Boston to support the effort. The NFLPA has released a video supporting the organizing effort, actor Danny Glover came down to Bessemer to meet with the workers, and even President Joe Biden has weighed in. Josh Brewer, the lead organizer on the campaign, told the Prospect that many people in th…

_____ (2021-03-07). Ending Private Prisons Is Not Enough. popularresistance.org President Joe Biden, by executive order, directed the Department of Justice to end its private prison use. It's a step in the right direction and a symbolic moment for this administration to say they are going to take criminal justice reform seriously. While this step decouples the federal government's relationship with private prisons, let's remember that such institutions hold just about 9% of the federal prison population — a little more than 14,000 people. | Profit from incarcerated people doesn't meet the moral standards of justice. However, private prisons aren't even where the biggest profits exist.

Mouris Salloum George (2021-03-07). México — El coletazo económico que viene. globalizacion.ca Por lo que vislumbran los analistas internacionales, el ambiente de tranquilidad democrática en los Estados Unidos por la llegada al poder de los profesionales de Joe Biden, está para asustar a cualquiera: el producto interno bruto apunta para crecer este…

Ashley Curtin (2021-03-07). Chlorpyrifos 'has no place on food': 100 organizations urge EPA to ban brain-harming pesticide. nationofchange.org "It is time for the Biden administration to demonstrate its commitment to science, children, and farmworkers and finish the job."

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). US says it will do what is necessary to defend itself after attack in Iraq. middleeasteye.net US says it will do what is necessary to defend itself after attack in Iraq | Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said his country would act to counter attacks on American interests | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 15: 28 | US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during President Biden's visit at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (Reuters) | The US has said it will do what "we need to do" to protect its i…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-07). Brawling over Vaccines: Export Bans and the EU's Bungled Rollout. globalresearch.ca The European Union has been keeping up appearances in encouraging the …

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-07). Immunity passports: Does social solidarity only count when it gets us back to the pub? zcomm.org The ethics of immunity passports, or vaccine apartheid, depends on a wider debate about what our societies mean — and what they obscure — when they discuss issues of trust, the public good and social solidarity…

Tina Ngo, Wai Lee Chin Feman, Bethie Wang (2021-03-07). Why are hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise? liberationnews.org Over the past year, we have seen an alarming surge in racist violence directed toward Asian Americans.

_____ (2021-03-07). On Contact: America's Endless War. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Erik Edstrom, combat veteran and former platoon commander, about America's endless war. Edstrom is a decorated soldier who led combat missions in Afghanistan. His memoir is 'Un-American: A Soldier's Reckoning Of Our Longest War'.

_____ (2021-03-07). Withdrawing US Troops From Afghanistan Is Only A Start. popularresistance.org In recent months talk of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has increased once again. It's not the first time during the course of the nearly two-decades-long war that we've heard this, and at several points since the war began in 2001, some troops have actually been withdrawn. But somehow, almost 20 years in, there still isn't very much talk about what it will actually take to end US actions that kill civilians. We hear talk about the "forever wars," of which Afghanistan is of course the longest, but not much about what their first perpetrator, President George W. Bush, named the "Global War on Terror" (GWOT)[m…

RT (2021-03-07). TWO MORE former aides accuse New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct. rt.com Two more women have come forward with allegations of inappropriate workplace treatment by Governor Andrew Cuomo, bringing the total number of accusers in the escalating sexual misconduct scandal to five. | Ana Liss, 35, who served as Cuomo's policy and operations aide between 2013 and 2015,

RT (2021-03-07). New York State legislative leaders say Cuomo 'MUST RESIGN' after embattled governor brands such demands 'ANTI-DEMOCRATIC'. rt.com Leaders of New York's Assembly and Senate called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign just hours after he said stepping down because of rising sexual-harassment allegations by former staffers would be "anti-Democratic." | New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who like Cuomo is a Democrat, said Sunday that with new accusers of Cuomo stepping forward seemingly every day and the governor embroiled in multiple scandals, focus is being drawn away from the business of government. "We need to govern without daily distraction," she said. "For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign." | NEW: B…

RT (2021-03-07). New York State legislative leaders say Cuomo 'MUST RESIGN' after embattled governor brands such demands 'ANTI-DEMOCRATIC'. rt.com Leaders of New York's Assembly and Senate called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign just hours after he said stepping down because of rising sexual-harassment allegations by former staffers would be "anti-democratic." | New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who like Cuomo is a Democrat, said on Sunday that with new accusers stepping forward seemingly every day and the governor embroiled in multiple scandals, focus is being drawn away from the business of government. "We need to govern without daily distraction," she said. "For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign." | NEW: Bombshe…

RT (2021-03-07). Mumford & Sons banjo player deemed a 'Nazi sh**bag' for praising book condemning Antifa. rt.com The battle lines of the culture war get redrawn every day. In the latest development, Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall has now been deemed a "nazi," because he read, and enjoyed, a book critical of 'Antifa.' | Famed for their radio-friendly folk, Mumford & Sons seem a long way from jackbooted Nazis, but a tweet from banjo player Winston Marshall on Saturday changed that, at least in the minds of online leftists. Posting a photo of Portland journalist Andy Ngo's book 'Unmasked,' Marshall congratulated Ngo on his "important book," and called the independent reporter "a brave man." | Congratulations <...

RT (2021-03-07). Ex-Republican Senate candidate Witzke banned from Twitter after calling trans activist 'DEMONIC'. rt.com Lauren Witzke, a hardline right-winger who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2020, has been banned from Twitter. Her ban came after she called a trans activist "demonic" for suggesting that "little girls" can be "kinky." | Witzke's account was suspended on Sunday evening, and in a post to Telegram shortly afterwards, the former Senate candidate from Delaware revealed that her account had violated Twitter's rules against "hateful conduct." | Witzke's last tweet before her suspension was only one word long. Retweeting a post by an anti-trans feminist group that contained a quote by self-described "gender n…

teleSUR (2021-03-07). Pope Francis Ends His Visit To Iraq With a Public Mass in Erbil. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis visited the cities of Mosul, Qaraqosh, and Erbil on Sunday, where he will offer a mass as the final event of his three-day state visit to Iraq. | RELATED: | In Mosul, the Pope saw the destruction caused by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists. He visited the square where the then ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed his caliphate in 2014 and prayed for all war victims. | "Here in Mosul, the tra…

Jon Schwarz (2021-03-07). Forget $15 an Hour — the Minimum Wage Should Be $24. zcomm.org The minimum wage once went up hand in hand with the productivity of the U.S. economy. It should again…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-07). Aggressors do not care about Yemeni crisis: Envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Yemen said that the countries that waged a war against Yemen do not care about the humanitarian crisis in the country.

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Pope Francis calls for peace amid ruins of Iraq's Mosul. yenisafak.com Pope Francis on Sunday led a prayer service for the victims of war in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, once held by the Daesh/ISIS terror group."How cruel it is that this country, the cradle of civilization, should have been afflicted by so barbarous a blow, with ancient places of worship destroyed and many thousands of people — Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and others — forcibly displaced or killed," Pope Francis told the crowd."Today, however, we reaffirm our conviction that fraternity is more durable than fratricide, that hope is more powerful than hatred, that peace more powerful than war."The pontiff called o…

Inequality (2021-03-07). If We Want to Renew Democracy, We Need to Tax the Ultra-Wealthy. juancole.com By Madeleine Johnsson | — ( Inequality.org ) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act of 2021, introduced March 1, could not be a more timely reminder that the United States needs serious policy changes to address massive wealth and income inequality. While eight million Americans slipped into poverty and half …

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-03-07). Wednesday 4/7: Greg Grandin & Edwards-Tiekert: Empire's Workshop. indybay.org Online webinar…

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Pope prays for victims in Iraq's devastated Mosul. laprensalatina.com Qaraqosh, Iraq, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis on Sunday prayed for all victims of the war against the Islamic State in the terror organization's one-time bastion in northern Iraq, as part of his historic trip to the country. Francis' visit to Mosul that was seized by the Islamic State from 2014-2017 comes on the last …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Real Madrid snatch 1-1 draw in clash with Atletico Madrid. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- French forward Karim Benzema on Sunday scored a last-minute goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid against La Liga leader and crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, keeping his team in the running for Spain's First Division title. Atletico Madrid got off to a good start, putting Real Madrid under pressure …

The Conversation (2021-03-07). The Byzantine Empire was Multicultural, So why are QAnon and White Supremacists Idolizing it? juancole.com By Roland Betancourt | — From Charlottesville to the Capitol, medieval imagery has been repeatedly on show at far-right rallies and riots in recent years. Displays of Crusader shields and tattoos derived from Norse and Celtic symbols are of little surprise to medieval historians like me who have long documented the appropriation of the Middle …

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran, says lawyer. middleeasteye.net British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran, says lawyer | Aid worker has electronic ankle tag removed after end of five-year sentence as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demands she 'be released permanently' | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 12: 01 | An undated handout image released by the Free Nazanin campaign in London on 10 June 2016 shows Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe posing f…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran. middleeasteye.net British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran | Lawyer for aid worker says she walked free after end of five-year sentence | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 12: 01 | Iran released British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told Iranian website Emtedad on Sunday, after her five years sentence for plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. | "

RT (2021-03-07). 3 Alabama professors suspended amid probe into their 'racially insensitive' 2014 Halloween costumes with NOOSE & WHIP. rt.com The University of South Alabama has placed three professors on leave and appointed a former federal prosecutor to investigate their wearing of allegedly racist costumes to a 2014 Halloween party on campus. | University President Tony Waldrop The three…

RT (2021-03-07). US will strike 'at a time and place of our choosing' after rocket attacks on bases in Iraq, Defense Secretary Austin says. rt.com US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin won't say who was behind a recent rocket attack on an American airbase in Iraq, but his eyes are on Iran, and he says the US will strike again "at a time and place of our own choosing."

RT (2021-03-07). Fraternity hazing victim's organs are being donated after extreme incident at Ohio university. rt.com The family of a 20-year-old Ohio university student has begun the process of donating his organs after an alleged hazing incident involving alcohol forced the young man onto life support. | The student has been identified as 20-year Stone Foltz who was hospitalized after an off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha event Thursday near Bowling Green State University. Foltz remains in critical condition and on life support having been airlifted to ProMedica Toledo Hospital. | "Not all the facts are out yet, the investigation is obviously ongoing. I'm sure the university and police are doing their investigations which takes time…

Steve Topple (2021-03-07). Marr just witnessed a car crash. It was a Tory minister on NHS pay. thecanary.co The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 7 March An insult?: | BBC News

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Iraq: Pope Francis celebrates largest mass of historic trip. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Pope Francis celebrates largest mass of historic trip | In the final event of his visit, in Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Erbil, Francis tells worshippers that 'Iraq will always remain in my heart' | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 18: 19 | Pope Francis blesses worshippers as he arrives to conduct mass at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, 7 March 2021 (Handout/AFP) | Pope Francis vo…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Yemen's Houthis target Saudi oil facilities in new escalation. middleeasteye.net Yemen's Houthis target Saudi oil facilities in new escalation | Houthis claim to have fired drones and missiles at Ras Tanura, one of the world's biggest oil ports, and military targets in the eastern area of Dammam | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 22: 49 | Smoke rises over Sanaa after air strikes 'on military targets' by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen (AFP) | A missile and drone attack targeted the…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Saudi-led coalition bombards Yemeni capital after Houthi drone attacks. middleeasteye.net Saudi-led coalition bombards Yemeni capital after Houthi drone attacks | Coalition backing recognised government said it intercepted 12 drones launched by Houthis | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 14: 16 | Smoke rises over Sanaa after air strikes "on military targets" by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen (AFP) | Explosions rocked the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, as the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebel…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-07). Three Palestinian fishermen martyred in Gaza. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (MNA) — Israeli regime forces opened fire on Palestinian fishermen in "Khan Yunis" Sea in Gaza Strip in which three Palestinian fishermen were killed.

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Missile kills 3 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast. yenisafak.com Three Palestinian fishermen were killed on Sunday after a missile struck their boat off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a union official told Anadolu Agency."The three men were martyred when a missile fell on their boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the shores of the southern Gaza Strip," Nizar Ayyash, the head of the Palestinian Union of Fishermen, said.Ayyash said the source of the missile remains unknown.There has been no comment so far from the Palestinian authorities on the incident.

Ralph Nader (2021-03-07). Reporters' Alert: Launching a New Website. zcomm.org From time to time we will use Reporter's Alert to present suggestions for important reporting on topics that are either not covered or not covered thoroughly…

(2021-03-07). 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.

Cecilia Zamudio (2021-03-07). 8 de marzo: Por un feminismo revolucionario, que no es foto de portada sino lucha contra toda explotación. globalizacion.ca El 8 de marzo se conmemora a la mujer trabajadora, revolucionaria. La comunista Clara Zetkin propuso la conmemoración en la conferencia de mujeres socialistas de 1910, para homenajear la lucha de las mujeres contra la explotación capitalista. Se recuerda el…

Jim Miles (2021-03-07). Decolonizing Palestine: Hamas Between the Anti-colonial and the Post-colonial. globalresearch.ca A book that has a very narrowly defined title often fails …

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Saudi-led coalition destroys 8 rebel drones from Yemen. yenisafak.com In a statement, coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki accused the Houthi rebels of "deliberately and systematically targeting civilians and civilian areas in the kingdom", according to the Saudi SPA News Agency.He said the Saudi-led coalition "is enforcing procedures to protect civilians and civilian areas in accordance with international humanitarian law".There was no comment from the Houthi group on the statement.Despite calls by the US administration for the Houthi group to suspend military operations and return to negotiations, the rebels have intensified their drone attacks on Saudi Arabia.On Tuesday, the…

Gerald E. Scorse (2021-03-07). Congress's Soft Spot for Rich Retirees. dissidentvoice.org More than a generation ago, a bipartisan Congress added a clever new twist to tax breaks for the rich. It created a long, drawn-out tax break for rich retirees—and these days it's getting even longer. Not even the pandemic could interfere. On the contrary, it gave lawmakers an extra opportunity to tip the scale in …

Comp. Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law UCB (2021-03-07). Tuesday 3/30: Climate Displacement: Intersection of Climate Emergency and Immigrant & Refugee Justice. indybay.org Online event via Zoom…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-03-07). 'We Must Deliver on This Issue': Jayapal Vows to Fight for $15 Minimum Wage. commondreams.org The Congressional Progressive Caucus chair said that despite the Senate failing to include the wage boost in the relief bill, the fight for $15 must go on. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robin D.G. Kelley (2021-03-07). Why Cornel West's Tenure Fight Matters. zcomm.org When Harvard's administrators tell Professor West that they cannot bring him up for tenure because it's "too risky" and he's "too controversial," they completely undermine the point of tenure: to protect his freedom to speak truth to power…

Stephen Sefton (2021-03-07). Nicaragua's Indigenous People: Neocolonial Lies, Autonomous Reality. globalresearch.ca Between November 11 and 16, 2020, between the passing of Hurricane …

Ari Paul (2021-03-07). Fear and Celebration of Substack Are Both Misplaced. zcomm.org Corporate media certainly need disruption. But it has to happen at scale, not with a few writers here and there on an open microphone…

Juan Cole (2021-03-07). Ayatollah Sistani Affirms Religious Freedom to Pope Francis in HIstoric Iraq Meeting. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — On Saturday, Pope Francis met in the holy city of Najaf with Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the spiritual leader of most of the world's Shiite Muslims outside Iran. Back in 2004 when US Marines were fighting young Shiite militiamen in Najaf (quite against Sistani's will), I tried to signal to …

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

WSWS (2021-03-06). More virulent strains of COVID-19 threaten spring surge. wsws.org The CDC director raised concerns that mitigation measures' rapid relaxation could lead to a spring surge as more virulent strains of the coronavirus are detected.

_____ (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…

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…

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…

_____ (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…

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.

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.

RT (2021-03-06). Health workers 'angry' after pandemic & government deserves STRIKE for offering 1 percent pay raise — British nurse. rt.com By offering health workers just one percent pay rise, the UK government missed out on an opportunity to restore faith in the NHS, a British nurse told RT, adding that the medics have all the grounds to go on strike now.

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…

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…

RT (2021-03-06). Saudi Arabia to lift most Covid-19 restrictions on Sunday — state media. rt.com Restaurants, shopping centers, and gyms will reopen in Saudi Arabia on Sunday in a major easing of coronavirus restrictions by the Gulf nation, a government source told state-run SPA news agency. | The decision on lifting the suspension will be implemented starting from March 7, an official source in the Interior Ministry This means that cinemas, indoor entertainment centers, restaurants, shopping malls, and gyms will reopen in the country after remaining shut down for more than a month. | However, some curbs, including the limitati…

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…

Staff (2021-03-06). Eight Democrats Joined GOP to Vote Down Sanders's $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders's last-ditch effort to reattach a $15 minimum wage provision to the Senate coronavirus relief package failed Friday morning after 8 members of the Democratic caucus joined all 50 Republicans in voting down the Vermont senator's amendment. | Those who voted against advancing Sanders's amendment were Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Magg…

Staff (2021-03-06). Manchin Wins Cuts to Unemployment Benefits as COVID Relief Bill Passes Senate. truthout.org The U.S. Senate is on track to approve a coronavirus relief package as early as Saturday after a session that extended late night Friday into Saturday morning and that included conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia ensuring the package is less generous for economically struggling Americans. | As of this writing, senators were "By d…

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…

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 …

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 …

_____ (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…

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."

Staff (2021-03-06). Millions of Unpaid Caregivers Are Currently Ineligible for COVID Vaccine. truthout.org This story also ran on Before her stretched a line of people waiting to get covid-19 vaccines. "It was agonizing to know that I couldn't get in that line," said Davidson, 50, who is devoted to her father a…

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…

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…

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 …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-03-06). Covid Relief Bill Nears Vote After Manchin Works to Further Limit Aid. commondreams.org "To be clear, Senator Manchin is choosing to vote against his constituents, but clearly support his donors," said Democratic Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Skolnik (2021-03-06). Sen. Kyrsten Sinema complains criticism of her vote against $15 minimum wage hike is sexist. salon.com The Arizona Democrat walked in with a cake, shot down the $15 minimum wage provision and struck a pose…

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 …

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…

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 …

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: …

WSWS (2021-03-06). As public health organizations call for lockdown, Turkish government removes COVID-19 restrictions. wsws.org The state's moves are part of a universal back-to-work and back-to-school drive in the interests of the ruling elites at the expense of workers' health and lives.

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 …

WSWS (2021-03-06). Colleges and universities in the US once again emerge as COVID-19 hotspots. wsws.org Campuses across the United States are seeing COVID-19 outbreaks in the tens of thousands as students return to campus for the spring semester.

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…

teleSUR (2021-03-06). Paraguayans Demand Abdo's Resignation as Protests Continue. telesurenglish.net Paraguayans returned to the streets on Saturday to demand the resignation of President Mario Abdo due to his mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic crisis. | RELATED: | teleSUR's correspondent in Paraguay Ovaldo Zayas reports that "a group of demonstrators prevented policed forces from entering the Zodiac building in Asunción. According to the citizens, the security forces were placing snipers o…

RT (2021-03-06). South Korean government investigates 7 deaths that followed Covid-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca's jab. rt.com South Korea finished its first week of rolling out long-awaited Covid-19 inoculations in the country with thousands of suspected adverse reactions to AstraZeneca's vaccine, seven of which resulted in deaths. | The number who died after the jab rose by four in the past two days, according to a report on Saturday by South

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…

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)…

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 …

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

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.

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.

teleSUR (2021-03-06). Venezuela: Nicolás Maduro Gets Vaccinated With Spuntnik V. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro received the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday after all Venezuelan health and frontline personnel was vaccinated in the country. | RELATED: | "We already carry 60 percent of the Russian vaccines and on Monday we started with the Chinese ones," the president said. "Worldwide, all the studies say that the Russian vaccine is a vaccine with great power to generate immunity," Madu…

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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…

Staff (2021-03-06). Punitive Attendance Policies Fueled COVID-19 Outbreaks in Meatpacking Plants. truthout.org Working in meatpacking plants has This analysis, published in December 2020, estimates that

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.

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…

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.

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.)…

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, …

Juan Cole (2021-03-06). Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's Lifting of Covid Restrictions. commondreams.org Abbott's policy is in accord with the general Conservative principle that property is more important than human life. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 . . . |

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.

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). 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…

WSWS (2021-03-06). China's National People's Congress starts amid rising geo-political tensions. wsws.org The NPC discussion is shaped by fears that Biden will continue Trump's trade war measures, naval provocations close to the Chinese mainland and a broader military build-up in preparation for war.

WSWS (2021-03-06). Trump-appointed State Department official arrested for attacking police in siege of US Capitol. wsws.org Federico Klein, 42, is the first known Trump appointee to face charges in the January 6 fascist attack on the US Capitol.

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…

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…

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…

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

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

Anya Parampil (2021-03-06). El 'embajador virtual' de EEUU tiene una cumbre de golpistas venezolanos 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 …

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 …

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…

RT (2021-03-06). China sets goal of sending 12 astronauts to space by 2023, opening of space station by 2022. rt.com Hot on the heels of its recent successes reaching the Red Planet, China's space agency has announced the lofty goal of executing 11 launch missions and sending a dozen astronauts to space within the next two years. | Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut and now a member of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) broke the news on Saturday, explaining that the tightly packed spaceflight schedule was to facilitate the speedy construction of a new Chinese orbital station. | The upcoming missions are set to include the launch of the space station's main module into orbit…

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.

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.

sputniknews (2021-03-06). Anti-Government Protests Intensify in Israel as Parliamentary Election Nears – Videos. sputniknews.com Demonstrations demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been ongoing since July last year, as he faces allegations of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust in two criminal cases. Netanyahu denies wrongdoing and says the indictments are part of a campaign to oust him from power.

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…

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…

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 …

WSWS (2021-03-06). Political turmoil in Nepal intensifies as Supreme Court orders reinstatement of parliament. wsws.org The Supreme Court verdict indicates that key sections of the ruling elite are hostile to Oli's actions and fear the growing discontent towards his corrupt and autocratic rule.

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.

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 …

WSWS (2021-03-06). Biden, Democrats agree to cut weekly jobless benefit by $100. wsws.org In the latest in a series of concessions to the right wing, Senate Democrats agreed Friday to cut supplemental unemployment payments from $400 to $300.

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 …

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…

Staff (2021-03-06). Biden's Plan to End Long-Term Migrant Detention Does Not End Family Detention. truthout.org The Biden administration's plan to rebrand family detention facilities as "reception centers" as part of sweeping changes to the United States immigration system is drawing a mixed response. Migrant justice organizations welcomed the efforts to end long-term detention but warned that without making the policy permanent, a shift in political winds could mean the eventual return of family detention. | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the agency's intention to end long-te…

sputniknews (2021-03-06). Biden's Airstrikes Against Facilities in Syria Is a Gift to Daesh, Report Says. sputniknews.com The attack – which was ordered by the US president without Damascus' consent – targeted facilities operated by "Iranian-backed militia", with the Pentagon saying that it was in retaliation for rocket strikes against US and allies' facilities in Iraq.

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…

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.

RT (2021-03-06). 'I'm not a killer': Slovakia's PM says he won't give up on 'quality' Sputnik V vaccine only because it's made in Russia. rt.com Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic has rejected the possibility of returning Sputnik V supplies to Russia, saying that the effective jab will be used to save lives in the country no matter the split in the government. | "Sputnik is not going back to Russia," Matovic wrote in a The PM recalled how he was branded "Putin's sidekick" who deserve a place in the "hall of shame" after the first batch of Sputnik V arrived in the country earlier this week, while the vaccine its…