Monthly Archives: January 2021

2021-01-31: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-02-01). Commerzbank cuts 10,000 jobs in Germany, with union support. wsws.org The trade union Verdi supports the jobs massacre at Commerzbank, which will destroy 10,000 posts and close half its branches.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Triple shock of US sanctions, oil price collapse and the pandemic decimates Iranian living standards. wsws.org The "hardline" faction around the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is attacking the faction around President Hassan Rouhani who negotiated the nuclear agreement with the Obama administration, amid indications that the Biden administration intends to continue enforcing the "maximum pressure" campaign of draconian sanctions and military provocations against Iran.

Leah Douglas (2021-02-01). After Enduring "Complete Hell" During Pandemic, Food Workers Face Obstacles Getting Covid-19 Vaccinations. commondreams.org There are still unanswered questions about how and whether the vaccines will actually get to a workforce that ranks among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-02-01). Strikes mount in Turkey against austerity and herd immunity policies. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous response to the pandemic and the collapse of social conditions for millions are increasingly driving workers into struggle.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Emmy Butlin and Maxine Walker of the UK Committee to Defend Julian Assange oppose Facebook censorship of the Socialist Equality Party/IYSSE. wsws.org The WSWS has been sent letters from Emmy Butlin and Maxine Walker, of the Committee to Defend Julian Assange (JADC) in opposition to the censorship of the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Parties by Facebook.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-01). White House Briefings for Children: Jen Psaki Circles Back. dissidentvoice.org The Biden administration's first White House press secretary is keen that things will be done differently under her guidance. The jaw dropping, sniping essions between the press and government that were characteristic of the Trump administration were going to cease. "When the President asked me to serve in this role," Jen Psaki outlined in her …

J.D. ALT (2021-02-01). Shooting Down Deficit Hawks. realprogressives.org Deficit hawks, like dive-bombing kamikazes, are out now again, circling the battleship of our collective efforts to save ourselves. Can we pay ourselves to produce, distribute, and administer the Covid vaccine to every American in six months? No! say the dive-bombing Kamikazes—we cannot collect enough taxes to pay for that. It would require the government to borrow hundreds of billions more, increasing our "deficit" and the national "debt." Can we pay ourselves to design and build a low-carbon infrastructure that will help put a cap on global warming? No and No! say the circling deficit hawks—and h…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-02-01). Why Phoenix may be uninhabitable by the end of this century. salon.com Factors like climate change and the destruction of urban foliage are causing cities like Phoenix to overheat…

Kenneth Ladenburg (2021-02-01). Strange costumes of Capitol rioters echo the early days of the KKK — before the white sheets. salon.com Fringe groups have long understood that capturing the public's attention is the best way to spread their views…

Fight Back (2021-02-01). Philippines: Mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune. fightbacknews.org Fight Back New Service is circulating the following February 1 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune, a 9-day uprising of the students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The Diliman Commune was part of the widespread strikes and protest actions against oil price increases, imperialist control of the economy and police brutality under the Marcos regime. | The student uprising was part of the continuum of the surging national democratic mass movement of students and workers from the previous decade. It broke out…

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Barcelona moves into No. 2 La Liga spot with 2-1 win over Athletic Club. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- A goal by Lionel Messi in the first half and another by Antoine Griezmann after the break enabled Barcelona to chalk up a win over Athletic Club at Camp Nou on Sunday, with the visitors' lone tally coming on an own goal by Jordi Alba. The match was played before empty …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-01). Inauguration of projects at Mehrabad Airport. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 01 (MNA) — The ceremony to inaugurate a number of projects at Mehrabad Airport projects was held on Sunday morning in the presence of Iranian Road Minister Mohammad Eslami at Mehrabad Airport.

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Navalny supporters keep the pressure on Putin in new wave of protests. laprensalatina.com By Celine Aemisegger Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Supporters of Alexei Navalny on Sunday kept the pressure on President Vladimir Putin by turning out for large protests all across Russia to demand the release from jail of the opposition leader and to express their indignation with the country's economic and social situation, and they did so …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Atletico de Madrid downs Cadiz 4-2 in road win. laprensalatina.com Cadiz, Spain, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Atletico de Madrid on Sunday notched a well-deserved 4-2 road win over Cadiz with two goals by Luis Suarez and one each from Saul àëiguez and Koke Resurreccion to strengthen its lead atop the Spanish First Division soccer table with its eighth straight La Liga win, now sitting pretty with …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-01). 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.

WSWS (2021-02-01). 15,000 students involved in rent strikes in 55 UK universities. wsws.org Facing mass opposition, universities and private student accommodation providers have offered a patchwork of rebates and single payments of varying sizes.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Eighty years since John Huston's The Maltese Falcon. wsws.org John Huston (1906-1987) was a major American filmmaker. His body of work from the early 1940s to the early 1950s is especially notable.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Leading German columnist Heribert Prantl denounces coronavirus lockdown measures. wsws.org Prantl's current invocation of basic rights has degenerated into mendacious hollow phrases that serve to protect the privileges of a rich minority and are directed against the democratic rights of the working class.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Spanish fascists vote to save Podemos party's bank and corporate bailouts. wsws.org The vote exposes that the EU bailout policy, as well as the health and financial policies of the Podemos-social democrat government, enjoys the full support of the fascists.

Staff (2021-01-31). Biden's Hawkish Foreign Policy Could Derail Moves to Fight Austerity. truthout.org In his first days in office, President Joe Biden has signaled a willingness to disavow austerity policies and expand public benefits, sparking cautious optimism about whether his administration could succeed in minimizing damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. | But Biden is at risk of repeating similar mistakes made by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who promised more relief to the poor than he could deliver because of his decision to escalate conflict in Vietnam. | In 1964, Johnson won the presidenti…

Staff (2021-01-31). Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners. truthout.org The next generation of farmers in the United States might not be whom we expect. If the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the importance of farmworkers in our food system, the story left out a rising class of farmworkers who now own their craft with the help of incubator programs across the country. Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice and offer new hope in the future of sustainable farming in the U.S. | Latinx farmers bring a wealth of historic knowledge to our food…

_____ (2021-01-31). The People Of Ecuador Are Fighting To Recover Their Popular Sovereignty. popularresistance.org On 7 February, the citizens of Ecuador will express their constitutional right to popular sovereignty, electing a new president and National Assembly to carry the country out of its most severe crisis in a generation. Between violent crackdowns on IMF protests in 2019 to persistent threats to cancel next month's election, Ecuador's democracy is on the brink. The vigilance of the world will be critical to preserve it — and help restore democracy to a region in the midst of an authoritarian backslide. | Ecuador has been hit harder by the Covid-19 pandemic than almost any country in the world. The country has…

Grace Blakeley and Thomas Frank (2021-01-31). Pandemic leads to massive concentration in the marketplace. indybay.org "We need a much more democratic system, we need to democratize all bits of the state — we need collective power theface.com/culture/the-corona-crash-gra…

Editor (2021-01-31). Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism. scheerpost.com Roo Reynolds / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Basav Sen | OtherWords The year 2020 will be remembered in history for a deadly pandemic and a deep economic crisis that touched almost every country on earth. Hopes for a brighter 2021 were one of the few things most people could agree on. But just six days into the new year, these hopes were rudely shattered by images of far-right white supremacists… |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-31). Eradicating the inequality virus calls for more than just slogans. peoplesdispatch.org The Oxfam inequality report highlights that the impact of COVID-19 has been different across different sections of society. Government policies across the world have enabled the rich and powerful to increase their wealth during the pandemic…

_____ (2021-01-31). '100 Seconds To Midnight'. popularresistance.org One hundred seconds to midnight. That's how close humanity is to the apocalypse, and it's as close as the world has ever been, according to Wednesday's annual announcement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group that has been running its "Doomsday Clock" since the early years of the nuclear age in 1947. | Although the scientists cite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed 1.7 million people around the world and has "revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly," they acknowledge that the coronavirus does not pose an existe…

WSWS repost (2021-01-31). Nine arrested in San Jose, California anti-eviction protest. indybay.org In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.

Chuck Collins (2021-01-31). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency…

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Ecuador: A Court Admits Claim Against Pollution in the Amazon. telesurenglish.net The Sucumbios Supreme Court accepted an appeal filed by nine indigenous girls who demanded the elimination of over 400 gas flares linked to crude oil production in the Ecuadorean Amazon. | RELATED: | The plaintiffs demanded actions by the State to eliminate the oil industry burners in the Amazon, including the non-authorization of new installations of this kind. | Noting the State's negligence "by not providing or promoting the use of envi…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-31). 'We Should All Be Water Protectors': Ilhan Omar Visits #StopLine3 Organizers Day After Activists Block Enbridge Worksites. commondreams.org "We owe it to future generations, to the Indigenous communities we've signed treaties with, and to every living being on this planet to stop building fossil fuel infrastructure." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (2021-01-31). Wednesday 2/10: Protect Sacred Water: Digital Rally to #StopLine3 w/ Indigenous Frontline Water Protectors. indybay.org Virtual protest…

Jack Rasmus (2021-01-31). Gamestop—And the Game That Never Stops! zcomm.org We should be less concerned about day traders getting burned, and more about the tens of millions of Americans families going hungry, jobless, being evicted from their rents, and dying in the hundreds of thousands due to a failed health care system and gross government mismanagement…

Juan Cole (2021-01-31). Israeli Scientists make Strides toward Recyclable Perovskite Solar Panels. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Solar panels have plummeted 80% in price during the past decade, but they are still relatively expensive and depend on mined silicon. They are also a big waste challenge, since they aren't recyclable and they have toxic chemicals in them. Silicon panels last up to 30 years, but gradually lose …

_____ (2021-01-31). On Contact: Radical As Reality Itself. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Michael Smith about civil rights attorney Michael Ratner's recently published memoir, "Moving the Bar — My Life as A Radical Lawyer". Smith was a close friend and collaborator of Ratner's for over three decades. | Michael Ratner was one of the most important civil rights attorneys in our era. He spent his life fighting on behalf of those who state and empire sought to crush, from the leaders of the prison uprising at Attica to Muslim prisoners held in Guantanamo, to Julian Assange.

Jack Delaney (2021-01-31). On The Green New Deal, Nationalization, & Class Politics. counterpunch.org Humanity has precious time to drastically and uniformly act to reduce carbon emissions and eliminate carbon-intensive economic activity before ecological collapse materializes. However, the struggle presented is not that simple. The challenge also requires providing economic relief for workers and recognizing contradictions in the prevailing economic model that created the climate crisis when undertaking a

Robert Hunziker (2021-01-31). Doughnut Economics Boots Capitalism Out. counterpunch.org The rapid rise of Covid-19 has spawned a renaissance in socio-economic thinking about the best way to face the future, as mayors of cities throughout the world search for answers in the face of declining revenues while society demands more urgent help. Eureka! Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, discovers doughnut economics. With a click

Staff (2021-01-31). Dog Factory Farms in the United States? Consumers Can End It. truthout.org Trapped inside a laboratory,

MEE staff (2021-01-31). Young boy referred to Prevent after talking about Fortnite game. middleeasteye.net Young boy referred to Prevent after talking about Fortnite game | More than 2,000 children under nine were referred to Prevent in three years | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 17: 10 | A child was reported to Prevent for a conversation about the game Fortnite (AFP) | More than 600 children under the age of six were reported to the British government's controversial Prevent programme over a three-year period, including a fou…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-31). Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations. middleeasteye.net Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations | Israel's defence ministry says it agreed to transfer 5,000 vaccines to Palestinian medical workers | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 11: 46 | A Maccabi Health vaccination centre worker administers the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in the Givatayim mall parking lot, Tel Aviv, on 26 January 2021 (AFP) | Israel said on S…

MEE staff (2021-01-31). Israeli soldiers kill young Palestinian near West Bank settlement. middleeasteye.net Israeli soldiers kill young Palestinian near West Bank settlement | Man shot dead after allegedly attempting to use 'a stick with three knives' to attack officers near a West Bank settlement | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 10: 18 | The Israeli settlement of Efrata, on the southern outskirts of Bethlehem, with a sign on the Rd60 highway indicating the route to the settlement block of Gush Etzion, in the occupied West Bank,…

Andrew Freeman (2021-01-31). Grocery workers demand hazard pay in Washington state. liberationnews.org On Jan 25, the Seattle City Council voted in 8 to 0 in favor of an ordinance requiring grocery companies with more than 500 employees worldwide and grocery stores larger than 10,000 square feet pay their employees $4 an hour on top of the pay they currently.

The Conversation (2021-01-31). All Hands on Deck: Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before. juancole.com By Bill Ritter Jr. | — Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before — by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way. The strategy is evident in the people Biden has chosen for his …

Liberation Staff (2021-01-31). Tacoma activists clean encampments, dump trash at city manager's doorstep. liberationnews.org The message: Provide services like trash pickup and housing to our houseless community. Pay for it by firing her and killer cops!

Associated Press (2021-01-31). Famosos elogian a la pionera Cicely Tyson. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson fue una actriz negra que abrió puertas para que otras mujeres de color pasaran por ellas. Tyson seleccionaba estratégicamente papeles poderosos con la intención de elevar la forma en la que son percibidos los actores negros. Con gracia y dignidad, protagonizó películas como "Sounder" y producciones de TV como …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-31). The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy. globalresearch.ca We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second …

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2021-01-31). Monday 2/1: Interfaith Vigil for Domestic Workers' Rights & Lives Lost During COVID w/ NDWA. indybay.org Online event…

Mohga Kamal-Yanni (2021-01-31). We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price. zcomm.org An interview on sharing technology so more companies in more countries can produce the vaccines…

Michael Baker (2021-01-31). All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy. zcomm.org Countries trying to eliminate the virus have been far more successful and economically better off than those that have tried to suppress it…

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Easing Lockdown Has To Be Done "Very Cautiously", UK Expert. telesurenglish.net Susan Hopkins, chief of COVID strategy at Public Health England, said lessons have to be learned from the past. | "We have learned, as we did on the first occasion, we have to relax things really quite slowly, so that if cases start to increase we can clamp down quite fast," she told the BBC.

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Delegation from Yemen separatists flies to Russia. yenisafak.com A high-level delegation from the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen flew to Moscow on Sunday for talks with Russian officials.The delegation, led by STC chairman Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, will hold talks with government officials and members of the Russian parliament on a host of files, the STC said in a statement, without elaborating.The STC, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said the visit comes upon an invitation from the Russian government.Formed in 2017, the STC controls large areas of southern Yemen, including the temporary capital Aden and Socotra province.However, the Yeme…

RT (2021-01-31). #BidenLied tops Twitter trends as president's loyalists try to hijack hashtag to switch conversation from disappointment to Trump. rt.com Joe Biden has been slammed from both left and right for not fulfilling at least one campaign promise, getting #BidenLied trending, triggering his supporters to try and hijack the hashtag to distract from the criticism. | After decades in politics, Biden being accused of lying to the public by critics is nothing new, but his first days as president have even some supporters questioning his honesty. | As numerous liberals called out Biden for his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan offering $1400 direct payments to Americans when he actually promised $2000 "immediately" after taking office (though he's attempte…

David Soll (2021-01-31). Democrats, You PROMISED Survival Checks NOW! realprogressives.org On January 5 there was a special election held in Georgia where the two running Democrats ultimately won. How were they able to pull it off? No, the election was not stolen by Russia, China, Venezuela, or little green men. It was won because the Democrats promised the American people relief in the form of immediate distribution of $2000 survival checks! | These words were verbatim, by then Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, during an interview just days before the election,"We will be able to pass $2,000 dollar stimulus checks for the people next week when we win these races in Georgia and get economic relief direct…

sputniknews (2021-01-31). #BidenLied: Netizens Blame POTUS for Deception Over $2,000 Stimulus Checks. sputniknews.com Despite continued debate over the coronavirus relief package in the US, the only thing that the former Republican president, Donald Trump, and the incumbent Democrat, Joe Biden, appear to agree on was that the $600 one-time stimulus payments are not enough.

RT (2021-01-31). 'He doesn't care': 10 Republicans praise Biden's call for 'unity', want to work 'in good faith' on new Covid-19 relief bill. rt.com Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, sent a letter to Joe Biden on Sunday, requesting a meeting to discuss Covid-19 economic relief — but the attempt at bipartisanship is being eviscerated on social media. | The Republicans' specific plan will be unveiled on Monday, but they say it aligns with the president's "stated priorities" and could win "bipartisan support." | Biden's Covid-19 relief package is worth $1.9 trillion, a cost some critics have argued is too high. The plan also includes $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals. | Specifics for the Republican plan were not given in…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Iran's Zarif meets Taliban, calls for inclusive gov't. yenisafak.com Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Sunday called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, during talks with a visiting Taliban delegation in Tehran.Speaking during the meeting, Zarif said the formation of an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan must see the participation of all ethnic and political groups in the war-ravaged country."Political decisions cannot be made in a vacuum, and the formation of an all-inclusive government must take place in a participatory process and by taking into account fundamental structures, institutions and laws, such as the Constitution (of Afghanistan),"

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Afghan forces kill 36 Taliban in 'preemptive attacks'. yenisafak.com At least 36 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others injured in air and ground offensives by Afghan forces, officials said on Sunday.According to the Afghan National Army, the Taliban were planning attacks in the restive Kandahar province, prompting security forces to target them through air raids and ground offensives on Saturday evening.It claimed in a statement that insurgents from various parts of the province had gathered in Joy-e-Lahore, Dasht-e-Bolan, and Kohak areas of Arghandaab district to stage assaults on government forces.While the Taliban are yet to comment, Mohammad Akbar Nagahani, a Kan…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Two civilians killed, 14 others injured in Afghanistan Faryab. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — A spokesman for Faryab Police Command in Afghanistan said that two civilians were killed and 14 others were wounded in a Taliban mortar attack in this province.

RT (2021-01-31). Robinhood execs' contributions to House Financial Services panel leaders under scrutiny as hearing over GameStop saga announced. rt.com Robinhood's co-founders channeled the maximum amount allowed to the campaigns of the House Financial Services Committee heads last year, it has been revealed. The panel is set to investigate the GameStop craze. | Federal records dug up by the media in light of the continuing massacre of hedge funds by retail investors using trading apps like Robinhood and Webull show that Robinhood CEO Vlad

_____ (2021-01-31). UN Sex Crimes: Guterres' Draconian Cover-Ups Might Be Soon Over. strategic-culture.org The UN's answer to cover them up and punish journalists might be coming to an end as there are signs that member states have had enough. Will the British government lead a new cause? | It's practically impossible these days to google the word 'UN' without being hit with the wave of articles about its sexual harassment cases, which in recent years under Antonio Guterres, appears to have mushroomed into something of a pandemic. Even faithful supporters of the UN will ask themselves how can a global organisation which serenades itself on the world stage as an arbiter of human rights, be the worst offender? When does…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Pandemic claims 35 lives in Libya. yenisafak.com The coronavirus pandemic claimed 35 lives in Libya and caused one fatality in Bahrain on Sunday.Libya's National Center for Disease Control said in a statement that the COVID-19 sickened 981 people over the past 24 hours, while 1,349 patients recovered.The country's count now rose to 118,631 cases, including 1,877 deaths, and 98,706 recoveries.In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the Gulf state's death tally rose to 373 after one patient had died from the virus, while 655 new infections were registered.The country's nationwide count now stood at 102,626 cases and 98,160 recoveries.Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). India expected to increase public spending in post-pandemic budget. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Economists and experts expect the Union Budget of India, set to be presented by the government on Monday, to include greater public spending with a special emphasis on the health sector in order to rescue the country's economy. In its annual economic survey released on Friday, the Indian finance ministry …

RT (2021-01-31). 'You got conned': Regretful Democrat volunteers cope with disappointment after Biden turns out to have misled about $2,000 checks. rt.com Americans who voted for President Biden in the November US presidential election expressed their regret at having volunteered for the Democrats, after the administration revealed it would not be giving out $2,000 relief checks. | The Democratic Party announced on Saturday that Americans would receive $1,400 coronavirus relief checks instead of the $2,000 promised by the party and Biden during their presidential campaign. | "I worked my ass off and knocked on well over 1000 doors promising ppl for $2000 checks. Where are they? You promised them. I hate lying to ppl," complained one self-proclaimed socialist on…

Staff (2021-01-31). Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Follow End of Keystone With End of Enbridge Line 3. truthout.org Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota traveled to the northern part of her state on Saturday to "We owe it to future generations, to the Indigenous communities we've signed treaties with, and to every living being on this pla…

_____ (2021-01-31). Cellebrite: Israel's Good Cyber Cop Is Big Tech's Backdoor to Breaching Your Privacy. strategic-culture.org Israeli digital forensics company Cellebrite has been quietly providing law enforcement agencies with the tools to retrieve data from any device for years, but they want you to know they're on the right side of the law. | By Raul DIEGO | Privacy and security have long-been one of the top selling points for iOS devices in the interminable marketing fracas between Apple and its competitors, with fancy additions to their suite of protection features like fingerprint scanning and facial recognition. Android devices, by contrast, always seemed to lag behind in the personal encryption space, but have caught up fairly r…

Ramona Wadi (2021-01-31). A return to the two-state politics without a historical reckoning spells loss for Palestinians. juancole.com (Middle East Monitor ) — US President Joe Biden announced the restoring of diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority and the resumption of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people, in a bid to bring the country back to international consensus after the Trump administration pursued a different form of diplomatic relations which culminated in the …

_____ (2021-01-31). Leaders in Coronavirus Vaccination. strategic-culture.org Vaccination against COVID-19 has already become the largest vaccination campaign in history. As of January 25, 2021, more than‚ÄØ65.7 million‚ÄØdoses‚ÄØin‚ÄØ56‚ÄØcountries have been administered. Which countries are leading in terms of vaccination?

RT (2021-01-31). NY charity Robin Hood receives undue flak from people angry at Robinhood trading app, finds 'silver lining' in new supporters. rt.com Wes Moore has spent some time patiently explaining online how the charity he heads has nothing to do with a certain stock trading app now hated by many. But there is a happy ending to this case of mistaken identity. | The Robin Hood Foundation has a proud history of fighting poverty in New York City for more than three decades. Recently, however, it found itself on the receiving end of public ire for no good reason at all. The name of the legendary folk hero who robbed the rich and gave to the poor has had some really bad publicity this week. | The anger was actually directed at Robinhood app, which landed in…

RT (2021-01-31). Nation's 'largest vaccination site' in LA briefly shut down amid protest against Covid-19 immunization campaign (VIDEOS). rt.com Access to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, called the nation's largest mass vaccination site, was halted for an hour after a small group of protesters showed up to decry the immunization drive. | The entrance to the stadium, which has been serving as a mass vaccination site since mid-January, was sealed at around 2pm local time after a sparse crowd of protesters staged a rally near the gate. | Footage on social media

RT (2021-01-31). Massachusetts congressman tests positive for Covid-19 after getting 2 shots of Pfizer vaccine. rt.com Representative Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said. The lawmaker received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine before Joe Biden's inauguration. | The 65-year-old tested positive on Friday, his office said. A staff member in his Boston office tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, spokesperson Molly Rose Tarpey added. | Lynch "had received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and subsequently received a negative Covid-19 test prior to attending President Biden's Inauguration," on January 20, the statement added, without specifying the date. Lynch has no…

RT (2021-01-31). Anti-Trump Lincoln Project turns on 'predator' co-founder after he's accused of harassing 21 men, offering jobs for sex. rt.com Longtime GOP operative and co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project John Weaver has been accused of sending unsolicited, sexually charged messages to over 20 men, including one who was only 14 when he first made contact. | Weaver had previously acknowledged sending inappropriate messages to men after multiple accusers came forward in recent weeks. The Republican, who has worked with John McCain, John Kasich, and numerous other conservatives, admitted to sending some of the messages and came out as gay in a statement, despite having a wife and two children. | "The truth is that I'm gay," he said. "And that…

RT (2021-01-31). 'There will be no full withdrawal': Troops to remain in Afghanistan past Trump-set deadline — report. rt.com According to a new report citing senior North American Treaty Organization (NATO) commanders, coalition forces will not be leaving Afghanistan by May, a deadline Donald Trump hoped to meet as president. | "There will be no full withdrawal by allies by April-end," one NATO official told Reuters. | According to the source, "conditions have not been met" to justify a full-scale withdrawal, and the new administration will likely present "tweaks in policy." | "With the new US administration, there will be tweaks in the policy, the sense of hasty withdrawal which was prevalent will be addressed and we could see a mu…

Staff (2021-01-31). Congress Has a Constitutional Path to Bar Trump From Office If the Trial Fails. truthout.org Until recently, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was an obscure part of the U.S. Constitution. | The amendment is better known for its first section, which It prohibits current or former military officers, along with many current and…

Harun al-Aswad (2021-01-31). String of car bombs kills 20 people in Turkish-held north Syria. middleeasteye.net String of car bombs kills 20 people in Turkish-held north Syria | The attacks left at least 14 civilians dead, including four children, and scores wounded | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 14: 18 | Rescue workers extinguish a fire caused by an explosion in the town of Azaz, in rebel-controlled northern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province, on 31 January 2021 (AFP) | Three car bombs killed at least 20 people…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Should governments use cash incentives to nudge people to get vaccinated? yenisafak.com In the healthcare sector, money incentives to steer the public into making better choices have grown more and more popular. Insurers and companies have been dishing out dollars to nudge people to take their meds, give up bad habits, and hit the gym.But if such incentives are championed in normal times, might the same strategy be sound for promoting the use of vaccines against coronavirus, the largest healthcare crisis of the modern era?For some time now, a majority of US companies have offered financial incentives to employees who take part in programs beneficial to their health, or alternately penalize those wh…

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Ireland Could Have 'Picked up the Batphone to Biden' to Force EU to U-Turn in COVID Jab Row With UK. sputniknews.com The European Union, which has been far outpaced by the UK in its race to inoculate its population, threatened to invoke Northern Ireland Brexit emergency powers to control the flow of COVID-19 vaccines into Britain on Friday, but was forced to backtrack on part of the announcement after an immediate backlash from London, Dublin and Belfast.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). 'Focus on Collaboration': Britain Ready to Assist EU Amid Bloc's COVID Jab Shortfalls. sputniknews.com The UK and the European Union have been locked in a dispute over the distribution of a vaccine manufactured by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as Britain has been ramping up its sweeping inoculation programme, while the EU bloc deals with shortages and setbacks in its anti-COVID roll-out.

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Spain, Portugal restore border checks as Covid cases soar. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and Portugal have temporarily restored checks along their shared border until at least 10 February as authorities in Lisbon scramble to bring surging Covid-19 cases under control. The new measures, introduced Sunday after Portugal voted to extend its state of emergency, only allow people to cross the border for work …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Mexican president sick with Covid, Mexico sick of disinformation. laprensalatina.com By Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spent the past week sick with Covid-19, his health status being kept largely secret by the government in the country with the world's third-largest death toll from the disease. "The government has not handled the information about the president's health …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Thousands break Israel's Covid rules to attend ultra-Orthodox rabbi's funeral. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people broke Israel's coronavirus rules on mass gatherings Sunday to attend the funeral of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died overnight of Covid-19. The funeral for Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, who died aged 99, took place in western Jerusalem. Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox mourners, many without protective facemasks, gathered around …

_____ (2021-01-31). Julian Assange Deserves A Nobel Peace Prize. popularresistance.org Julian Assange has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. We think he deserves to win. There is an incredibly long list of actions that Julian has taken toward a more peaceful world. As Julian has said, "If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth." | More than one individual can nominate Assange; he's already been nominated this year by people including former Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire and French politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Maguire and four other Peace Prize winners wrote a letter to then-President Trump recounting Assange's contributions toward peace.

_____ (2021-01-31). Biden Day One: Nothing Changed, Nothing Ever Will. strategic-culture.org The Liberal Sleepwalkers are not dealing with the passive, stupid thuggish, unthinking herd that they believe half the American people to be. | The Doom of the Biden Administration and within the next eight years of the entire supposedly great and mighty Democratic Party has been written in deeds on the very first full day of Joe Biden's presidency. | There were absolutely no surprises whatsoever in it. Biden did what he said he was going to do. He nominated exactly the people he said he was going to nominate. The US Liberal Mainstream Media with their usual Courage and Character slavishly applauded with unanimou…

_____ (2021-01-31). VIDEO: In first week as president, Joe Biden tosses women, unions and the American people under the globalist bus. strategic-culture.org Biden has come out strong with a massive number of executive orders after years of the Democrats criticising Trump for doing so. Did Biden make the right moves coming into office? Or maybe Trump's gruff populism wasn't so bad?

_____ (2021-01-31). Lessons From Wall Street: Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix. strategic-culture.org You can't expose how rigged the system really is without pushing against its power structures according to its own rules. When the entire system pushes back and boots you out in front of everyone, more people are made more aware that it is rigged. This can only be a good thing.

Steve Topple (2021-01-31). Keir Starmer's done it again. He's just out-Toried the Tories. thecanary.co Keir Starmer never seems to miss a chance to ape the Conservative Party. And Sunday 31 January was no exception to this. | Flag-waving once again: | The Labour leader has written an

sputniknews (2021-01-31). India's Ruling Party Called Out for Sharing 'Doctored' Video on Benefits of New Farm Laws. sputniknews.com The "doctored" video shared by Sambit Patra, a spokesperson of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gives the impression that an opposition leader backs Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new farm laws, which have triggered massive protests across the country. Twitter has flagged the video as a result.

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-01-31). IMF and big business for universal vaccination: Better red than dead. peoplesdispatch.org The me-first policy on vaccine sharing will bring losses of $203 billion to $5 trillion to rich countries, while the returns are the highest if they support global universal vaccination…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). VP inaugurates Chlorine company in Khuzestan. en.mehrnews.com SHUSHTAR, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri inaugurated a Chlorine company in Shushtar County, southwestern Khuzestan Province.

WSWS repost (2021-01-31). The far-right attempts to seize opening from the 1619 Project. indybay.org The authors of the 1619 Project and the 1776 Report have more in common than they may care to admit. Both replace class struggle in history with forms of nationalist mythmaking—right-wing black nationalism in the former, and far-right "America First" nationalism in the latter. Both falsify America's revolutionary history in service of the present-day political needs of factions of the ruling class—the 1619 Project for the Democratic Party and its satellites; the 1776 Report for Trump and the Republicans. Neither the 1619 Project nor the 1776 Report can tell much of the actual history of the United Sta…

_____ (2021-01-31). Students Continue To Pressure Northwestern University To Abolish The Police. popularresistance.org After several months of continuous pressure on Northwestern administration to abolish University Police and divest from policing and other militarized entities, NUCNC is continuing their work into the new quarter. | Since their campaign of more than 30 days of consecutive actions, the group has not held any mass protests or demonstrations, but they continue to pressure the University and practice mutual aid — a core tenet of prison-industrial complex abolition. | "Prisons are the biggest social service we have," NUCNC member Eliza Gonring said. "So poor people, homeless people, Black people are just getting…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Ten people killed in terror attacks in N.Syria. yenisafak.com A bomb mounted on a vehicle was detonated in Azaz town.Four people were killed and 20 others wounded in the attack.Shortly after, another explosion in a checkpoint five kilometers (3.1 miles) east of al-Bab town killed six and wounded four people.It is feared that the number of casualties may increase.* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Israeli forces kill Palestinian in occupied West Bank. yenisafak.com Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Israeli army.A military statement said a Palestinian armed with three knives connected to a stick allegedly attempted to stab soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction south of Bethlehem.The army said the attacker was neutralized. No injuries were reported among Israeli soldiers.The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that a Palestinian was martyred by Israeli fire south of Bethlehem.Local residents said the Palestinian was injured and left bleeding to death.On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot dea…

Tom Valovic (2021-01-31). A Closer Look at the AI Hype Machine: Who Really Benefits? commondreams.org In a second "Gilded Age" where the power of billionaires and elites over our lives is now being widely questioned, what do we do about their ability to radically and undemocratically alter the landscape of our daily lives using the almighty algorithm? | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eric Levitz (2021-01-31). Democrats' Internal Conflict Over the Filibuster Is Just Getting Started. commondreams.org Joe Manchin doesn't necessarily have an interest in the institutional health of the Democratic Party, but the party's leaders have a vital interest in passing sweeping reforms that gratify its base and mitigate its structural disadvantages. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-31). 'We Have Got to Act Now': As GOP Introduces Weak Relief Bill, Sanders Says Dems Already Have Enough Votes to Pass Stronger Package. commondreams.org "We made promises to the American people. We're going to keep those promises." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shelley Inglis (2021-01-31). Death Threats Against Public Officials Reflect Trump's Autocratic Legacy. Reversing GOP's Authoritarian Turn Difficult But Essential. commondreams.org The heightened risk of widespread political violence symbolizes the depth of deterioration of democracy in the U.S. What happens next with the Republican Party, and its financial backers and supporters, will remake or break America's democracy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Baràßa to take legal action against paper that published costly Messi contract. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- FC Barcelona on Sunday said it would take legal action against a Spanish newspaper that obtained and published a copy of Lionel Messi's contract. The leaked contract showed that Baràßa had agreed to pay the Argentine superstar 555,237,619 euros ($673,919,105) over four seasons if he met all the conditions of …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Iran to rebuild Al-Biruni tomb in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage ordered for necessary coordination with Afghanistan for the reconstruction of the tomb of Abu Rayhan Al-Biruni, an Iranian scientist and mathematician, in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan longer than expected. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — International troops reportedly plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Islamic Revolution disrupted world's bipolar system. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said that Islamic Revolution disrupted the structure of bipolar system in the world.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Enemy's threats turned into chances for Revelution's progress. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami said the threats of the enemies have been turned into opportunities for the progress of the Islamic Revolution.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Explosion hits Mogadishu airport checkpoint. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Media outlets reported a terrible explosion hitting a checkpoint of Mogadishu airport in the Somalian capital on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). French police attack protesters in Paris on new security law. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — French police clashed with demonstrators in Paris who were chanting slogan to show their protest to the country's new security law. French police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Not to back off any sanctions, cast new deal as a treaty. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank in Washington, DC which has a significant influence on US public policymaking.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Lawmakers to renew allegiance with ideals of Imam Khomeini. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Concurrent with glorious victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies, a number of lawmakers will renew their allegiance with the late founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (RA) on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Iran reports to IAEA on Strategic Action Plan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that the reasons for adopting the "Strategic Action Plan" has been reported to the IAEA and member states.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Iran-Iraq relations to be further developed. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for International Affairs said that relations between Iran and Iraq will be further developed.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). US military convoy targeted in Babil province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported that a US logistics convoy has been targeted in Babil province on Sunday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-31). Italian Cefalù Film Fest to host 3 Iranian short films. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Three Iranian short films "The Blackout", "My Father" and "Mostafa" will participate in the Italian Cefalù Film Festival.

Jake Johnson (2021-01-31). Sanders Hits Back as Billionaire Investor Whines About Potential Tax Hikes Amid GameStop Fiasco. zcomm.org "Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street."

Steven Sherman (2021-01-31). The Left is Positioned to Win More Under Biden Than Any President in Decades. zcomm.org The progressive grassroots is much stronger than it was 12 years ago when Obama took office. If it stays focused, it can make real progress in advancing its agenda…

Hamilton Nolan (2021-01-31). The Fight for $15 Vows Bigger Things to Come. zcomm.org Leaders are setting their sights on a national collective bargaining agreement…

Kim Kelly (2021-01-31). What Is the National Labor Relations Board and How Does It Affect Unions? zcomm.org Though the NLRB keeps a lower profile than many other government agencies, it holds a great deal of power over the country's workers and labor movement…

Will Sommer (2021-01-31). Everything You Always Wanted to Know about QAnon But Were Too Weirded Out to Ask. zcomm.org Interview on QAnon's origins and evolution…

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Indian PM Modi Breaks Silence on Republic Day Farmer Violence: Shocked at 'Insult' to National Flag. sputniknews.com The very claim that the Indian tricolour was "insulted" for being removed from a flagpole at New Delhi's Red Fort and replaced with a Sikh religious flag has been disputed by Indian fact-checkers.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Heavy Police Presence as Shooting Reported at Wisconsin's Appleton Fox River Mall. sputniknews.com Residents of the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, on Sunday reported that they heard gunfire at the local mall. News outlets report that people are sheltering inside and that police officers have cordoned off the building.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Iranian Official Quashes Rumour That Israeli F-35s Set Off Air Raid Sirens in Tehran. sputniknews.com Air raid sirens were heard wailing in Tehran on Friday night, spooking local residents and prompting the spread of a number of theories online about what could have caused the incident. The last time sirens were activated was during the Iran-Iraq War, which saw Iraqi forces lobbing missiles, some armed with chemical munitions, into Iranian cities.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Some 600 Firebombs, 16 Grenades Used During Tripoli Riots – Lebanese Interior Ministry. sputniknews.com BEIRUT (Sputnik) – Protesters in Tripoli, Lebonon, have used 16 grenades and 600 petrol bombs against police this week, the Lebanese Interior Ministry stated Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Iran Slams Macron's Proposal to Revise Nuke Deal, Says Agreement, Parties Not Up for Renegotiation. sputniknews.com This week, the French president proposed including Riyadh in the nuclear deal, suggesting that negotiators had made a mistake by not including regional powers in the nuclear talks, and warning that time was running out to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Tehran maintains it has no ambitions in that direction.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Political Persecution? How US Dems Are Cracking Down on Trump & His Conservative Supporters. sputniknews.com Having taken control over the White House, the House of Representatives and even the Senate in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Democratic politicians appear to still be after private citizen Donald Trump and conservative social media users. A US lawyer known by his nom de plume Techno Fog on Twitter has shed light on Dems' apparent strategy.

news.un (2021-01-31). Hopes of fresh momentum in fight against leprosy, but stigmatization persists. news.un.org Progress is being made in the fight against leprosy, but millions are still affected by the disease, and many sufferers have to contend with social exclusion. On World Leprosy Day, marked annually on 31 January, experts are calling for an end to ongoing discrimination and stigmatization.

news.un (2021-01-31). FROM THE FIELD: Celebrating the power of centuries-old farming techniques. news.un.org Sustainability is not new: communities have been living in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds, if not thousands of years. As the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration begins, the UN is celebrating some of the most remarkable agricultural systems found around the world.

news.un (2021-01-31). Fair Finance: The women entrepreneurs lifting communities out of poverty. news.un.org Helping women start and grow businesses in the world's poorest countries is a path to lifting them and their families out of poverty, the high-profile businesswoman, and new UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Goodwill Ambassador Sonia Gardner, has told UN News, in the second of our two part series this weekend, on the role the financial sector can play in reducing inequality.

news.un (2021-01-31). Children among dead following bomb attacks in northern Syria. news.un.org Several people, including four children, are reported dead, with many more injured, following a weekend of deadly bomb attacks in towns in northern rural Aleppo, Syria.

_____ (2021-01-31). 'Real Theory Is In What You Do And How You Do It'. popularresistance.org When I first put forward "wages for housework" in March 1972, I was unsure of the implications. I knew that wages for housework was qualitatively different from wages for housewives, which I had been considering; it spoke about the work and didn't identify necessarily with women, which I thought—and others did too—was crucial. | I had recently studied volume one of Capital in a reading group—without a teacher. l realized that women reproduce labor power, the basic capitalist commodity, unwaged. That was a new idea then. | A year later, I went on a lecture tour of North America with Mariarosa Dal…

_____ (2021-01-31). Chicago Teachers' Struggle At A Crossroads. popularresistance.org The drive to reopen Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third largest school district in the country, has become a pitched battle between educators and the state apparatus, the latter backed up by the corporate media and the unions. The fight by Chicago educators to prevent the reopening of schools is the focal point of the class struggle in the United States, with every other major district in the country looking to Chicago to set a precedent. | In this context, it is of the utmost importance for teachers and other educators to organize independently of the unions and join the Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safet…

_____ (2021-01-31). Policing And Punishment In Minneapolis' 'SafeZone'. popularresistance.org The criminal "justice" apparatus faces increasing criticism for emphasizing punishment, violent abuse and incarceration of criminals rather than rehabilitation. However, few observers recognize the active role community "justice" programs and businesses play in this displacement. The public/private SafeZone initiative launched in downtown Minneapolis in 2004 serves as an instructive example of how programs lauded as reforms can still impose punitive "law and order" tactics onto targeted populations. | "A month ago I was driving down Nicollet going to pick up my girl, somebody shot at me, twice!" Demetri (whose re…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Hundreds detained in Russia ahead of fresh pro-Navalny protests. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Russian police detained hundreds of protesters across the country on Sunday ahead of demonstrations in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained after he returned to Russia earlier this month from Germany, where he had been recovering from a poisoning. OVD-Info, which specializes in tracking police detentions in Russia, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Thousands detained in Russia amid fresh pro-Navalny protests. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds detail) Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Russian police detained thousands of protesters across the country on Sunday amid demonstrations in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained after he returned to Russia earlier this month from Germany, where he had been recovering from a poisoning. OVD-Info, which specializes in tracking police …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Azpilicueta, Alonso provide Tuchel first Chelsea win. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Goals from Spaniards César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso handed Chelsea its first win since Thomas Tuchel took over as head coach of the London club. Captain Azpilicueta opened the scoring against Burnley in the 40th minute, collecting an assist from English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. Alonso scored a skillful goal in …

Dean Baker (2021-01-31). The Robinhood/GameStop "Scandal" cepr.net As I understand it, there are many folks out there who think that we saw some major sleaze by the Wall Street big boys, screwing the little guy, when Robinhood stopped taking buy orders on GameStop, as the stock was soaring to record highs. They resumed taking buy order after a pause of a day …

Faramarz Farbod (2021-01-31). Late Capitalism and Its Runaway Inequality Problem. dissidentvoice.org One of the great unexamined questions of our times is why there is so much suffering, despair, misery and rage in the midst of unimaginable wealth. Naturally, pundits and politicians wish to avoid this question because an open public discussion of the widening wealth gap can impart critical insights into the nature and logic of …

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Cuba To Apply Mandatory Quarantine for International Travels. telesurenglish.net Cuba's National Epidemiology director Francisco Duran announced that institutional isolation would be applied to all international travelers starting February 6 in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. | RELATED: | The isolation of Cuban residents will be carried out in authorized centers by the Health Ministry. Fees will not be charged for transportation to the centers and bac…

Anonymous (2021-01-31). VVPD Targets Mutual Aid Event, Arrests and Assaults Activists. indybay.org Vacaville Police Department targeted a local mutual aid event, and made a targeted arrest of the same Black woman they have targeted for months. Four arrests were made, leading to several injured. Three short videos are attached that depict these violent arrests.

Derrick Miles (2021-01-31). MMT and the Green Party: A GPWA Member Perspective. realprogressives.org Please join me in this exploration into the complicated relationship between Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the Green Party of the United States (GPUS), from my perspective as a member of the Green Party of Washington State. We will be investigating the contrasts between MMT and the current GPUS monetary reform platform position of "Greening the Dollar"; why MMT should be embraced in the GP platform in its place; and the importance for the framework of MMT to be understood by Green Party members. | To begin, it is of the utmost importance to understand that MMT is not an economic policy to be "implemented."

OtherWords (2021-01-31). Preventing Future Election Violence: Peacebuilding to avoid becoming a failed state. juancole.com By Kerri Kennedy | — ( Otherwords.org ) — I have spent my entire career working to end election-related conflicts, mostly overseas. Unfortunately, this experience is now increasingly relevant at home. Ahead of the Capitol insurrection, the U.S. met several criteria that increased the likelihood of election violence: pay-to-pay politics, weak electoral management bodies, ongoing …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-31). Research shows humans began consuming milk even before evolving to digest it. peoplesdispatch.org A study that appeared in the scientific journal Nature shows that people in today's Kenya and Sudan were consuming milk products at least 6000 years ago…

Grace Blakeley (2021-01-31). So how exactly can we fix this economic mess? indybay.org "It's the conditions that generate pessimism, which are also the conditions that are likely to generate the resistance, which is a source of optimism," says Blakeley.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-31). Italian workers and students stage countrywide protests. peoplesdispatch.org Trade unionists and students took part in a general strike demanding safety and rights at their workplaces and educational institutions. The protesting workers also sought an end to layoffs and dismissals and guaranteed wages for the unemployed…

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2021-01-31). Is Materialism Destroying Society? Philosophical Materialism vs Destructive Materialism. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Material World and the Formation of Human Society | The foundation …

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Huge Blast Targets Hotel in Mogadishu. telesurenglish.net Casualties are feared as a huge bomb exploded at a popular hotel located along the main airport road in Mogadishu on Sunday, witnesses and police confirmed. | The police near the scene said suspected al-Shabab fighters breached the Afrik Hotel's barrier and stormed the facility's grounds, prompting a fierce gunfight. | "Our forces are exchanging fire with the attackers, we are trying to subdue them," the officer who did not want to be named told Xinhua on the phone. | Witnesses said they heard several blasts near the hotel. | They said the blast, which happened some minutes past 5 p.m., caused massive damage t…

Abhishek Saha (2021-01-31). The Politics of an Assassination: Who Killed Gandhi and Why? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | January 30th 2020. Commemoration of the assassination o Mahatama Gandhi. 73 years …

Ron Forthofer (2021-01-31). A New U.S. Foreign Policy. dissidentvoice.org President Biden has inherited a terribly flawed US foreign policy. For the past few decades, the pro-corporate US foreign policy has been a catastrophic failure, especially in the Middle East. Our criminal military interventions there have resulted in the devastation of much of that area, impoverished millions, created millions of refugees, and injured or killed …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-31). Filipino activist groups prepare for judicial hearings on draconian anti-terror law. peoplesdispatch.org On Friday, activist groups held a 'send-off' event for the legal team which has faced threats from a military official. The event was held at the University of the Philippines – Diliman which has borne the brunt of red-tagging by the Duterte government…

UUSF Forum (2021-01-31). Sunday 2/7: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom & conversation with producer, Constanza Romero. indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/2200241232?pwd=aCt1dWI0OGxUdUx… | Meeting ID: 220 024 1232 | Passcode: 328697 | One tap mobile | +16699006833,,2200241232#,,,,*328697# US (San Jose) | +12532158782,,2200241232#,,,,*328697# US (Tacoma) | Dial by your location | +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) | +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) | +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) | +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) | +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) | +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) | Meeting ID: 220 024 1232 | Passcode: 328697 | Find your local number: zoom.us/u/aewRgNxSvl

Equity (2021-01-31). 27 National, State And Municipal Priorities. indybay.org Each has his or her own list of priorities. Here is one such…

_____ (2021-01-30). Snipers, Landmines, Death: Life On Yemen's Frontline. popularresistance.org Almost every building is damaged. Dogs bark at anyone walking down the empty streets, and in the distance the sound of children playing in alleyways is interrupted by occasional gunfire. | Carpets are hung between buildings – not to dry, but to protect passersby from snipers. | These are the frontlines of Taiz, a war-wracked city in southern Yemen where terror follows its long-suffering residents. | Most Yemenis have fled the homes that now lie between the pro-government forces and Houthi fighters. But some remain – either refusing to abandon their houses and live in displacement, or simply lacking any alternativ…

Jon Queally (2021-01-30). As World Demands Peace and Aid for Yemen, Biden Told to 'End Every Aspect of This War'. indybay.org Over 385 groups from across the globe are calling for an immediate halt to the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's relentless attack—an armed conflict that is only intensifying the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe. | Photo: In San Francisco, speakers addressed a rally on January 25 in front of the Federal Building. Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

R.R. (2021-01-30). Large "No War on Yemen" Car Caravan and Rallies in San Francisco. indybay.org Joining in a worldwide week of action, on January 25 activists in San Francisco demonstrated for an immediate halt to the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's attack on Yemen. | Photos: Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

Mark Fiore (2021-01-30). Kevin McCarthy's United Irresponsible States of America. progressive.org Kevin McCarthy's United Irresponsible States of America – a sure sign that the Republican Party still hasn't learned its lesson after a violent insurrection and losing the White House.

Ben Norton (2021-01-30). US and Colombian govts supported botched invasion of Venezuela: Bombshell testimony from coup-plotter. thegrayzone.com A key coup-plotter in the May 2020 botched invasion of Venezuela said she met with FBI and DEA officials. She admitted Colombia's intelligence services were aiding them and "knew everything," adding that President Iván Duque and far-right political kingpin àÅlvaro Uribe helped. A witness at the heart of the botched invasion of Venezuela in May 2020 has stated that the US and Colombian governments were involved in the regime-change operation. Coup-plotter Yacsy àÅlvarez said she met with officials from the …

Adam Khalil (2021-01-30). After 15-year wait, Palestinian elections face new obstacles following law amendments. middleeasteye.net After 15-year wait, Palestinian elections face new obstacles following law amendments | Doubt cast on objective behind recent presidential decrees that might threaten first elections since 2006 | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 11: 22 | Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh (C, front row) and representatives of Palestinian factions gather at the Palestinian embassy in Beirut on 3 September 2020 for video conference talks with Pa…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-30). Colombia's JEP warns that this January is most violent since 2016. peoplesdispatch.org As of January 29, 2021, 17 social leaders and 5 ex-combatants of the FARC have been assassinated in Colombia. Additionally, over 21 people have been killed in 8 massacres registered this month…

Jasmin Zine (2021-01-30). Remembering the Islamophobic Attack on Qu√©bec City Mosque: Why Have So Many Canadians Forgotten? commondreams.org The willful denial of anti-Muslim racism secures and maintains this national amnesia surrounding the 2017 Qu√©bec mosque massacre. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2021-01-30). Ranks of workers receiving unemployment insurance grows in January. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The broadest measure of unemployment insurance, which includes the regular state unemployment insurance or UI, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC, as well as the state Extended Benefits or EB rose in the first week of January by 2.3 million people to a total of 18.3 million people. While down from its peak in April, it is still nine times as high as it was a year ago before the recession began, according to the weekly report by the U.S. Department of Labor released on Thursday, January 28. | Part of the bounce in une…

Staff (2021-01-30). Congress Took on Vital Health Issues in Last Month's Massive Spending Bill. truthout.org This story also ran on Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Negotiations stall in Chicago amid nationwide campaign to open schools. wsws.org Every effort is being made by the political and media establishment to vilify Chicago educators and wear down their opposition, to pave the way for profit-driven school reopenings at the most dangerous stage of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-01-30). A letter from a frontline nurse at Royal Bournemouth Hospital "We are in a perilous situation" wsws.org "We saw this coming from the first wave of the pandemic and colleagues sounded the alarm by speaking out. But these warnings have fallen on deaf ears."

WSWS (2021-01-30). London's Wigmore Hall leads the way in live-streaming music during the pandemic. wsws.org For more the six months, live chamber music has attracted a growing international audience.

news.un (2021-01-30). FROM THE FIELD: COVID crisis creates new wave of self-reliance for Tonga. news.un.org Although Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific, has so far avoided COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has hit the economy hard along with the entire region, and helped Tongans become more resilient and less reliant on expensive food imports.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-30). Health workers, students and teachers rise up for their rights in Greece. peoplesdispatch.org Health workers demanded fresh investment in the sector to combat the pandemic while students and teachers opposed the deployment of security forces on university campuses…

KQED (2021-01-30). Tuesday 2/9: Pandemic & Civil Unrest Impact on Bay Area Black Churches w/ "The Black Church" Sneak Peek. indybay.org Online event…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Lethal crackdown on protests as Lebanon's economy collapses amid pandemic surge. wsws.org The lockdown was implemented without any economic support under conditions where at least 55 percent of the population are living in poverty and 25 percent in extreme poverty following the country's economic and financial collapse and the pandemic restrictions.

WSWS (2021-01-30). Shut down schools and businesses to stop the spread of new COVID-19 strains! wsws.org The more than 102 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide have provided ample opportunity for the virus to mutate and become even more dangerous.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-01-30). The COVID-19 Pandemic Can't Be Managed—It Has to Be Eradicated. zcomm.org Americans are unlikely to return to the pre-pandemic normal that Chinese residents now enjoy simply because we are not trying to eliminate the virus like China did…

Frida Berrigan (2021-01-30). 'I Ain't Marching Anymore'. zcomm.org Chris Lombardi's new book chronicles 260 years of war resistance and conscientious objection…

_____ (2021-01-30). Victimized Teacher Speaks Out Against Deadly School Reopening. popularresistance.org Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) ordered 5,800 teachers to return for in-person instruction at the beginning of January. Teachers who refused to return to in-person learning as the deadly COVID-19 virus raged through Chicago were labeled by the district as "absent without leave." Their pay was docked, and their computer access locked. | The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jake, one of nearly 150 locked-out educators. Jake was a physical education (PE) teacher at a CPS elementary school for five and a half years until recently. He quit the profession after bein…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Facebook CEO Zuckerberg says company will "depoliticize" its News Feed. wsws.org Facebook is working on plans to permanently reduce "the amount of political content in News Feed" as part of an ongoing effort to purge socialist and left-wing organizations from its platform.

WSWS (2021-01-30). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Tina Gerhardt (2021-01-30). Stopping Keystone Pipeline Is First Step Toward Environmental Justice. zcomm.org Indigenous groups and environmental activists are also calling on President Biden to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-01-30). George Floyd "narrated his death," says attorney at International Inquiry. mronline.org George Floyd, who was publicly tortured and lynched by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, narrated his own death, legendary civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump told the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States at its January 25 hearing.

Juan Cole (2021-01-30). Israeli Archeologists find 7th Century Mosque and Evidence of Tolerance in Early Islam at Tiberias. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Israeli archeologists have made two extremely important finds recently that have implications for our image of early Islam. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, an Israeli archeologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has concluded that the remains of a mosque in Tiberias, on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee, is seventh …

Eds. (2021-01-30). Ontario's long-term care sector is in a Grave Humanitarian Crisis. mronline.org We are a group of physicians, researchers, and advocates who have come together to express our grave concern for the safety and well-being of Ontarians who reside and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. We call upon the Ontario government to immediately end the violations of peoples' human rights and control the spread of COVID-19 …

Staff (2021-01-30). New Surge of COVID Is Spreading "Like Wildfire" in Illinois Prisons. truthout.org With COVID-19 raging throughout the United States, there is a growing sense of desperation among people in prison. Pablo Mendoza, who recently got out of prison, said that those inside "are tired of the lockdown." They spend 23.5 hours a day in their cells. They have not had visits from their loved ones for almost a year. | Those who have caught COVID and are believed to be immune get out for yard time. Others are "weighing options," according to Mendoza: "Stay safe, or get the virus so they can get som…

The Conversation (2021-01-30). Islamophobia and Amnesia: Why are Major White Supremacist attacks on Mosques quickly Forgotten? juancole.com By Jasmin Zine | — On Jan. 29, 2017, six Muslim men were shot dead in a Québec City mosque. An armed white nationalist terrorist went on a shooting rampage in the Islamic Cultural Centre in Sainte-Foy, Québec, just after evening prayers. It remains the worst mass murder in a house of worship in Canada's …

MEE and agencies (2021-01-30). Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations with Israel on 1 February. middleeasteye.net Kosovo to establish diplomatic relations with Israel on 1 February | Move may pave way to becoming first Muslim-majority country to open an embassy in Jerusalem | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 10: 55 | Kosovo's Minister of Foreign Relations Meliza Haradinaj Stubla described the move as "historic" (Screengrab) | Kosovo and Israel will formally establish diplomatic relations via a virtual ceremony on Mo…

Chris Garramone, Housing Advocate, and Liberation Staff, Albany (2021-01-30). Top 10 things to know about the New York State eviction and foreclosure moratorium. liberationnews.org On December 28, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo signed an eviction and foreclosure moratorium into law, in response to the pressure from large coalitions of tenants, demanding the State use its authority to prevent widespread evictions.

Clean Energy Wire (2021-01-30). In Turnaround, New Onshore Wind jumps 50% in Germany adding 1.4 Gigs; Sector generates 20% of country's Electricity. juancole.com By Kerstine Appunn Benjamin Wehrmann | — ( Clean Energy Wire ) — Onshore wind power — the cornerstone of Germany's decarbonisation plans — has suffered from chronically low additional installations in the past years. The industry seems to have achieved a turnaround in 2020, connecting almost 50 percent more turbines to the grid than …

RT (2021-01-30). Creating conditions for 'lasting peace': Joint Russian-Turkish peace monitoring center starts work in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh. rt.com A joint monitoring center has been opened by Russia and Turkey in the Nagorno-Karabakh region disputed by Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is tasked with recording all truce violations and contacting both sides if necessary. | The center has been established in the eastern part of the disputed Karabakh region, control over which as been handed over to Baku under the terms of the Moscow-brokered armistice signed in November 2020. Both Russia and Turkey would send 60 soldiers each to serve at the center. | The opening ceremony was attended by the Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov as well Russian and Turkish d…

RT (2021-01-30). French police bust giant 'orgy' inside warehouse, fine 90+ people for breaking Covid-19 curfew — media. rt.com Police have reportedly raided a wild party inside a remote warehouse near Paris, issuing dozens of fines for violating Covid-19 restrictions. The event was described by the media as an "orgy." | According to the France Info radio station, the residents of the town of Collegien, near Paris, had begun suspecting that something was about to go down when they spotted cars driving to a warehouse at the edge of the A4 motorway on Friday evening. They alerted the police, who arrived at the site around 9pm. | The outlet cited police sources describing the event as "clearly an orgy." The officers reportedly fined 11 pe…

Mallory Wournos (2021-01-30). The Situation is Hopeless, Just Hopeless. dissidentvoice.org Soon people will be coming here to make documentaries about how we've been forgotten, about how nothing has been done. — survivor of the Brumadinho dam collapse Some call them 'mountains of doom.' Dotting the landscape of once-green Wales to this day are the stygian slag heaps resulting from centuries-old collieries, mammoth piles of debris …

MEE and agencies (2021-01-30). Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine. middleeasteye.net Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine | Algeria says it is trying to get enough vaccines to cover the whole country | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 22: 18 | An Algerian health worker holds up a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Algeria launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Saturday with the newly arrived first shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. | The campaign…

RT (2021-01-30). 'Not a trivial offense': Austrian police discover dozens of foreign revelers flouting lockdown to get to top ski resort. rt.com Austria's police have found almost 100 people from Europe and beyond, who found a way to circumvent the nation's strict Covid-19 lockdown and relax at one of its top ski resorts despite a ban on foreign tourist activities. | A Friday police raid in the town of St. Anton am Arlberg — one of Austria's most popular alpine ski resorts — has ended up with law enforcement officers discovering 96 foreign ski lovers in breach of the existing Covid-19 lockdown regulations. Now, the festive revelers could face a fine of up to €2,180 ($2,650) in addition to getting PCR tests and staying in quarantine for s…

RT (2021-01-30). Scottish alternative pop musician Sophie dies at 34 following an 'accident' in Greece. rt.com Music news publications announced the artist's early Saturday morning death in Athens, where she had been living, following an unspecified "sudden accident." | "At this time respect and privacy for the family is our priority. We would also ask for respect for her fanbase, and to treat the private nature of this news with sensitivity," Sophie's UK record label, Tr…

Staff (2021-01-30). Little-Known Federal Volunteer Unit Remains Underutilized for Mass Vaccinations. truthout.org In theory, Alice Weisz retired in 2016. But in practice, the retired endocrinologist in Virginia Beach has had a busy year. Last January, as Covid-19 reached the U.S., Weisz volunteered to help the local health department field phone calls. By late spring, she was sliding swabs up people's nostrils at drive-through Covid-19 testing sites. | In the fall, Weisz administered flu shots. And earlier this month, she found herself in the vacant ambulance bay of a Virginia Beach emergency medical…

Jeremiah Smith (2021-01-30). Pipeline through Memphis part of long history of Black exploitation. liberationnews.org Just as previous generations fought back against plantation owners and the racist ruling class of Memphis, Black youth and families are once again getting organized to fight environmental racism.

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-30). The Heat: Leaders address climate and COVID-19 at Davos. america.cgtn.com Climate change, COVID-19 and the impact on the global economy topped this week's agenda at the World Economic Forum. We'll bring you the highlights…

Claudia Andrade and Monica Johnson (2021-01-30). Liquid nitrogen leak kills six poultry workers in Gainesville, Georgia. liberationnews.org An hour drive north of Atlanta, Gainesville is home to the poultry packing capital of the U.S.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-30). UAE to grant citizenship to select professional expats in rare Gulf policy. middleeasteye.net UAE to grant citizenship to select professional expats in rare Gulf policy | Government says change aims at 'appreciating the talents and competencies' in UAE and 'attracting more bright minds' | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 09: 34 | The UAE is home to at least 9.9 million people, with the vast majority being expatriate workers and only 1.4 million Emirati citizens (Reuters) | The United Arab Emirate…

Richard D. Wolff (2021-01-30). The U.S. Economy Excels at One Thing: Producing Massive Inequality. zcomm.org Deepening U.S. inequality flows directly from this capitalist organization of production—its class system…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Brazilian Workers Party, pseudo-lefts use COVID-19 vaccination disputes to cover up herd immunity policy. wsws.org Brazil's vaccination debacle has fueled ruling class divisions regarding the attitude towards US imperialism and China as all factions rally behind a herd immunity policy.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-30). Austrian left demands free availability of mandatory FFP2 masks. peoplesdispatch.org In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 infections, the Austrian government made it mandatory for people to wear medical-grade FFP2 masks in public transport, hospitals, shops and other establishments from January 25…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Two dead after 26-year-old mother jumps off Tennessee overpass holding infant. wsws.org Tonisha Lashay Barker, who leapt to her death from a Tennessee overpass holding her infant son on January 4, had recently been laid off from her job at a state-run COVID-19 testing site.

WSWS (2021-01-30). New Zealand: COVID-19 cases highlight risk of new outbreak. wsws.org Three cases of the highly-contagious South African variant of COVID-19 point to serious shortcomings in New Zealand's managed isolation and quarantine system for returned travellers.

Nicole Karlis (2021-01-30). Doctors puzzled as to why coronavirus is affecting some women's menstrual cycles. salon.com "I got nervous because I thought I was actually miscarrying," one COVID-positive woman said…

WSWS (2021-01-30). NPA calls to reopen French universities as COVID-19 deaths mount. wsws.org As deaths mount, the petty-bourgeois New Anti-capitalist Party is aligning itself on the murderous "herd immunity" policy of President Emmanuel Macron.

teleSUR (2021-01-30). Canadian Government Cancels Flights to Mexico and the Caribbean. telesurenglish.net Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday at a press conference that major Canadian airlines AirCanada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat will cancel travel to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico until Friday, April 30. | RELATED: | According to the president, the government increased restrictions and testing of Covid-19, while Canadian airlines have agreed to cancel all flights to sunbelt destinations. | Trudeau al…

_____ (2021-01-30). Biden Administration Halts Arms Deals Over Yemen… What's Really Going On? strategic-culture.org The bigger concern of Biden and Blinken seems to be damage limitation to America's bloody image, and also doing a big favor for Israel. | Antony Blinken, the newly-appointed US top diplomat, has announced a pause in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates out of apparent concern over American weapons being used in prosecuting the horrendous war in Yemen. | Blinken was confirmed by the Senate for…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Amnesty slams Houthi ban on Yemeni women. yenisafak.com Amnesty International has condemned a Houthi decision banning Yemeni women from working in restaurants, calling it "shameful and discriminatory".In a thread on its Twitter account, the human rights organization said it stands with all Yemeni women "in their fight for their rights"."Institutionalizing discrimination increases oppression on women and impedes the foundation for sustainable and gender-equitable recovery and reconstruction in Yemen," it said.Amnesty stressed that UN efforts to achieve a "peaceful reconciliation" in Yemen are impossible "without safeguarding and protecting women's rights".There was no…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Rebels invite UN envoys to assess famine in Yemen. yenisafak.com Yemen's Houthi group on Saturday invited envoys of the UN Security Council members to visit the war-torn country to assess the exacerbating humanitarian situation."We call on representatives of the Security Council member-states to visit Yemen to see the catastrophic situation, which has been termed as the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe," Mohammed al-Houthi, a member of the group's Supreme Political Council, said on Twitter.He called on the Council members to "play their humanitarian role to address the famine and the blockade imposed on Yemen".The Houthis blame the Saudi-led coalition for the humanitaria…

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Houthis hail Italy's block of arms sales to Saudi, UAE. yenisafak.com Yemen's Houthi rebels have welcomed an Italian decision to suspend the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)."Italy's announcement of halting arms sales to the countries that are engaged in an aggression on Yemen is a positive move," rebel spokesman Mohamed Abdel-Salam said on Twitter.He said the move would "contribute to protecting [Yemeni] civilians and support the peace process".On Friday, Italy's Foreign Ministry announced blocking exports of arms to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, following warnings by activists and lawmakers about the use of weapons in violation of human rights in Yemen…

2021-01-31: Social Media Postees

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Commerzbank cuts 10,000 jobs in Germany, with union support
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
The trade union Verdi supports the jobs massacre at Commerzbank, which will destroy 10,000 posts and close half its branches.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/comm…

Emmy Butlin and Maxine Walker of the UK Committee to Defend Julian Assange oppose Facebook censorship of the Socialist Equality Party/IYSSE
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
The WSWS has been sent letters from Emmy Butlin and Maxine Walker, of the Committee to Defend Julian Assange (JADC) in opposition to the censorship of the World Socialist Web Site and Socialist Equality Parties by Facebook.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/jadc…

After Enduring "Complete Hell" During Pandemic, Food Workers Face Obstacles Getting Covid-19 Vaccinations
Leah Douglas | commondreams.org | 2021-02-01
There are still unanswered questions about how and whether the vaccines will actually get to a workforce that ranks among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Shooting Down Deficit Hawks
J.D. ALT | realprogressives.org | 2021-02-01
Deficit hawks, like dive-bombing kamikazes, are out now again, circling the battleship of our collective efforts to save ourselves. Can we pay ourselves to produce, distribute, and administer the Covid vaccine to every American in six months? No! say the dive-bombing Kamikazes–we cannot collect enough taxes to pay for that. It would require the government to borrow hundreds of billions more, increasing our "deficit" and the national "debt." Can we pay ourselves to design and build a low-carbon infrastructure that will help put a cap on global warming? No and No! say the circling deficit hawks–and h…
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White House Briefings for Children: Jen Psaki Circles Back
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-01
The Biden administration's first White House press secretary is keen that things will be done differently under her guidance. The jaw dropping, sniping essions between the press and government that were characteristic of the Trump administration were going to cease. "When the President asked me to serve in this role," Jen Psaki outlined in her …
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Strikes mount in Turkey against austerity and herd immunity policies
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
The Turkish government's murderous response to the pandemic and the collapse of social conditions for millions are increasingly driving workers into struggle.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/turk…

Triple shock of US sanctions, oil price collapse and the pandemic decimates Iranian living standards
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
The "hardline" faction around the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is attacking the faction around President Hassan Rouhani who negotiated the nuclear agreement with the Obama administration, amid indications that the Biden administration intends to continue enforcing the "maximum pressure" campaign of draconian sanctions and military provocations against Iran.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/iran…

Inauguration of projects at Mehrabad Airport
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-01
TEHRAN, Feb. 01 (MNA) — The ceremony to inaugurate a number of projects at Mehrabad Airport projects was held on Sunday morning in the presence of Iranian Road Minister Mohammad Eslami at Mehrabad Airport.
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Barcelona moves into No. 2 La Liga spot with 2-1 win over Athletic Club
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-01
Barcelona, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- A goal by Lionel Messi in the first half and another by Antoine Griezmann after the break enabled Barcelona to chalk up a win over Athletic Club at Camp Nou on Sunday, with the visitors' lone tally coming on an own goal by Jordi Alba. The match was played before empty …
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Navalny supporters keep the pressure on Putin in new wave of protests
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-01
By Celine Aemisegger Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Supporters of Alexei Navalny on Sunday kept the pressure on President Vladimir Putin by turning out for large protests all across Russia to demand the release from jail of the opposition leader and to express their indignation with the country's economic and social situation, and they did so …
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Atletico de Madrid downs Cadiz 4-2 in road win
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-01
Cadiz, Spain, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Atletico de Madrid on Sunday notched a well-deserved 4-2 road win over Cadiz with two goals by Luis Suarez and one each from Saul àëiguez and Koke Resurreccion to strengthen its lead atop the Spanish First Division soccer table with its eighth straight La Liga win, now sitting pretty with …
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Why Phoenix may be uninhabitable by the end of this century
Matthew Rozsa | salon.com | 2021-02-01
Factors like climate change and the destruction of urban foliage are causing cities like Phoenix to overheat…
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Strange costumes of Capitol rioters echo the early days of the KKK — before the white sheets
Kenneth Ladenburg | salon.com | 2021-02-01
Fringe groups have long understood that capturing the public's attention is the best way to spread their views…
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Philippines: Mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-01
Fight Back New Service is circulating the following February 1 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune, a 9-day uprising of the students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The Diliman Commune was part of the widespread strikes and protest actions against oil price increases, imperialist control of the economy and police brutality under the Marcos regime. | The student uprising was part of the continuum of the surging national democratic mass movement of students and workers from the previous decade. It broke out…
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The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-01
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.
globalresearch.ca/the-2020-worldwide-cor…

15,000 students involved in rent strikes in 55 UK universities
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
Facing mass opposition, universities and private student accommodation providers have offered a patchwork of rebates and single payments of varying sizes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/rent…

Leading German columnist Heribert Prantl denounces coronavirus lockdown measures
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
Prantl's current invocation of basic rights has degenerated into mendacious hollow phrases that serve to protect the privileges of a rich minority and are directed against the democratic rights of the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/pran…

Eighty years since John Huston's The Maltese Falcon
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
John Huston (1906-1987) was a major American filmmaker. His body of work from the early 1940s to the early 1950s is especially notable.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/malt…

Spanish fascists vote to save Podemos party's bank and corporate bailouts
wsws.org | 2021-02-01
The vote exposes that the EU bailout policy, as well as the health and financial policies of the Podemos-social democrat government, enjoys the full support of the fascists.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/01/spai…

Biden's Hawkish Foreign Policy Could Derail Moves to Fight Austerity
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-31
In his first days in office, President Joe Biden has signaled a willingness to disavow austerity policies and expand public benefits, sparking cautious optimism about whether his administration could succeed in minimizing damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. | But Biden is at risk of repeating similar mistakes made by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who promised more relief to the poor than he could deliver because of his decision to escalate conflict in Vietnam. | In 1964, Johnson won the presidenti…
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On Contact: Radical As Reality Itself
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Michael Smith about civil rights attorney Michael Ratner's recently published memoir, "Moving the Bar — My Life as A Radical Lawyer". Smith was a close friend and collaborator of Ratner's for over three decades. | Michael Ratner was one of the most important civil rights attorneys in our era. He spent his life fighting on behalf of those who state and empire sought to crush, from the leaders of the prison uprising at Attica to Muslim prisoners held in Guantanamo, to Julian Assange.
popularresistance.org/on-contact-radical…

'We Should All Be Water Protectors': Ilhan Omar Visits #StopLine3 Organizers Day After Activists Block Enbridge Worksites
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-31
"We owe it to future generations, to the Indigenous communities we've signed treaties with, and to every living being on this planet to stop building fossil fuel infrastructure." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Wednesday 2/10: Protect Sacred Water: Digital Rally to #StopLine3 w/ Indigenous Frontline Water Protectors
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
Virtual protest…
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Ecuador: A Court Admits Claim Against Pollution in the Amazon
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-31
The Sucumbios Supreme Court accepted an appeal filed by nine indigenous girls who demanded the elimination of over 400 gas flares linked to crude oil production in the Ecuadorean Amazon. | RELATED: | Fears of US Interference in Ecuadorean Elections | The plaintiffs demanded actions by the State to eliminate the oil industry burners in the Amazon, including the non-authorization of new installations of this kind. | Noting the State's negligence "by not providing or promoting the use of envi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuador-A-Court-…

On The Green New Deal, Nationalization, & Class Politics
Jack Delaney | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-31
Humanity has precious time to drastically and uniformly act to reduce carbon emissions and eliminate carbon-intensive economic activity before ecological collapse materializes. However, the struggle presented is not that simple. The challenge also requires providing economic relief for workers and recognizing contradictions in the prevailing economic model that created the climate crisis when undertaking a…
counterpunch.org/2021/01/31/on-the-green…

The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-31
We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second | …
globalresearch.ca/the-pcr-test-does-not-…

Doughnut Economics Boots Capitalism Out
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-31
The rapid rise of Covid-19 has spawned a renaissance in socio-economic thinking about the best way to face the future, as mayors of cities throughout the world search for answers in the face of declining revenues while society demands more urgent help. Eureka! Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, discovers doughnut economics. With a click…
counterpunch.org/2021/01/31/doughnut-eco…

Easing Lockdown Has To Be Done "Very Cautiously", UK Expert
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-31
Susan Hopkins, chief of COVID strategy at Public Health England, said lessons have to be learned from the past. | "We have learned, as we did on the first occasion, we have to relax things really quite slowly, so that if cases start to increase we can clamp down quite fast," she told the BBC.
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'100 Seconds To Midnight'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
One hundred seconds to midnight. That's how close humanity is to the apocalypse, and it's as close as the world has ever been, according to Wednesday's annual announcement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group that has been running its "Doomsday Clock" since the early years of the nuclear age in 1947. | Although the scientists cite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed 1.7 million people around the world and has "revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly," they acknowledge that the coronavirus does not pose an existe…
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Doughnut Economics Boots Capitalism Out
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-31
The rapid rise of Covid-19 has spawned a renaissance in socio-economic thinking about the best way to face the future, as mayors of cities throughout the world search for answers in the face of declining revenues while society demands more urgent help. Eureka! Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, discovers doughnut economics. With a click…
counterpunch.org/2021/01/31/doughnut-eco…

Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-31
Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations | Israel's defence ministry says it agreed to transfer 5,000 vaccines to Palestinian medical workers | MEE and agencies | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 11: 46 | A Maccabi Health vaccination centre worker administers the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in the Givatayim mall parking lot, Tel Aviv, on 26 January 2021 (AFP) | Israel said on S…
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All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy
Michael Baker | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
Countries trying to eliminate the virus have been far more successful and economically better off than those that have tried to suppress it…
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Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-31
The next generation of farmers in the United States might not be whom we expect. If the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the importance of farmworkers in our food system, the story left out a rising class of farmworkers who now own their craft with the help of incubator programs across the country. Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice and offer new hope in the future of sustainable farming in the U.S. | Latinx farmers bring a wealth of historic knowledge to our food…
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Eradicating the inequality virus calls for more than just slogans
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-31
The Oxfam inequality report highlights that the impact of COVID-19 has been different across different sections of society. Government policies across the world have enabled the rich and powerful to increase their wealth during the pandemic…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/31/eradicati…

The People Of Ecuador Are Fighting To Recover Their Popular Sovereignty
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
On 7 February, the citizens of Ecuador will express their constitutional right to popular sovereignty, electing a new president and National Assembly to carry the country out of its most severe crisis in a generation. Between violent crackdowns on IMF protests in 2019 to persistent threats to cancel next month's election, Ecuador's democracy is on the brink. The vigilance of the world will be critical to preserve it — and help restore democracy to a region in the midst of an authoritarian backslide. | Ecuador has been hit harder by the Covid-19 pandemic than almost any country in the world. The country has…
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Monday 2/1: Interfaith Vigil for Domestic Workers' Rights & Lives Lost During COVID w/ NDWA
National Domestic Workers Alliance | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
Online event…
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We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price
Mohga Kamal-Yanni | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
An interview on sharing technology so more companies in more countries can produce the vaccines…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/we-must-end-big-ph…

Israeli Scientists make Strides toward Recyclable Perovskite Solar Panels
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-31
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Solar panels have plummeted 80% in price during the past decade, but they are still relatively expensive and depend on mined silicon. They are also a big waste challenge, since they aren't recyclable and they have toxic chemicals in them. Silicon panels last up to 30 years, but gradually lose …
juancole.com/2021/01/scientists-recyclab…

Gamestop–And the Game That Never Stops!
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
We should be less concerned about day traders getting burned, and more about the tens of millions of Americans families going hungry, jobless, being evicted from their rents, and dying in the hundreds of thousands due to a failed health care system and gross government mismanagement…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/gamestop-and-the-g…

Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-01-31
Roo Reynolds / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Basav Sen | OtherWords The year 2020 will be remembered in history for a deadly pandemic and a deep economic crisis that touched almost every country on earth. Hopes for a brighter 2021 were one of the few things most people could agree on. But just six days into the new year, these hopes were rudely shattered by images of far-right white supremacists… | Source…
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Pandemic leads to massive concentration in the marketplace
Grace Blakeley and Thomas Frank | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
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Nine arrested in San Jose, California anti-eviction protest
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/30/1883967…

Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers
Chuck Collins | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/billionaire-wealth…

Delegation from Yemen separatists flies to Russia
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
A high-level delegation from the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Yemen flew to Moscow on Sunday for talks with Russian officials.The delegation, led by STC chairman Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, will hold talks with government officials and members of the Russian parliament on a host of files, the STC said in a statement, without elaborating.The STC, which is backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said the visit comes upon an invitation from the Russian government.Formed in 2017, the STC controls large areas of southern Yemen, including the temporary capital Aden and Socotra province.However, the Yeme…
yenisafak.com/en/news/delegation-from-ye…

#BidenLied: Netizens Blame POTUS for Deception Over $2,000 Stimulus Checks
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
Despite continued debate over the coronavirus relief package in the US, the only thing that the former Republican president, Donald Trump, and the incumbent Democrat, Joe Biden, appear to agree on was that the $600 one-time stimulus payments are not enough.
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#BidenLied tops Twitter trends as president's loyalists try to hijack hashtag to switch conversation from disappointment to Trump
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Joe Biden has been slammed from both left and right for not fulfilling at least one campaign promise, getting #BidenLied trending, triggering his supporters to try and hijack the hashtag to distract from the criticism. | After decades in politics, Biden being accused of lying to the public by critics is nothing new, but his first days as president have even some supporters questioning his honesty. | As numerous liberals called out Biden for his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan offering $1400 direct payments to Americans when he actually promised $2000 "immediately" after taking office (though he's attempte…
rt.com/usa/514213-biden-lied-twitter/

'He doesn't care': 10 Republicans praise Biden's call for 'unity', want to work 'in good faith' on new Covid-19 relief bill
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, sent a letter to Joe Biden on Sunday, requesting a meeting to discuss Covid-19 economic relief — but the attempt at bipartisanship is being eviscerated on social media. | The Republicans' specific plan will be unveiled on Monday, but they say it aligns with the president's "stated priorities" and could win "bipartisan support." | Biden's Covid-19 relief package is worth $1.9 trillion, a cost some critics have argued is too high. The plan also includes $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals. | Specifics for the Republican plan were not given in…
rt.com/usa/514201-covid19-stimulus-repub…

Democrats, You PROMISED Survival Checks NOW!
David Soll | realprogressives.org | 2021-01-31
On January 5 there was a special election held in Georgia where the two running Democrats ultimately won. How were they able to pull it off? No, the election was not stolen by Russia, China, Venezuela, or little green men. It was won because the Democrats promised the American people relief in the form of immediate distribution of $2000 survival checks! | These words were verbatim, by then Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, during an interview just days before the election,"We will be able to pass $2,000 dollar stimulus checks for the people next week when we win these races in Georgia and get economic relief direct…
realprogressives.org/democrats-survival-…

Robinhood execs' contributions to House Financial Services panel leaders under scrutiny as hearing over GameStop saga announced
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Robinhood's co-founders channeled the maximum amount allowed to the campaigns of the House Financial Services Committee heads last year, it has been revealed. The panel is set to investigate the GameStop craze. | Federal records dug up by the media in light of the continuing massacre of hedge funds by retail investors using trading apps like Robinhood and Webull show that Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and co-f…
rt.com/usa/514156-robinhood-waters-finan…

Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden to Follow End of Keystone With End of Enbridge Line 3
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-31
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota traveled to the northern part of her state on Saturday to meet with Indigenous leaders and environmental justice advocates who are organizing opposition to Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline project. | "We owe it to future generations, to the Indigenous communities we've signed treaties with, and to every living being on this pla…
truthout.org/articles/ilhan-omar-calls-o…

Cellebrite: Israel's Good Cyber Cop Is Big Tech's Backdoor to Breaching Your Privacy
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-31
Israeli digital forensics company Cellebrite has been quietly providing law enforcement agencies with the tools to retrieve data from any device for years, but they want you to know they're on the right side of the law. | By Raul DIEGO | Privacy and security have long-been one of the top selling points for iOS devices in the interminable marketing fracas between Apple and its competitors, with fancy additions to their suite of protection features like fingerprint scanning and facial recognition. Android devices, by contrast, always seemed to lag behind in the personal encryption space, but have caught up fairly r…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/01/31/ce…

A return to the two-state politics without a historical reckoning spells loss for Palestinians
Ramona Wadi | juancole.com | 2021-01-31
(Middle East Monitor ) — US President Joe Biden announced the restoring of diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority and the resumption of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people, in a bid to bring the country back to international consensus after the Trump administration pursued a different form of diplomatic relations which culminated in the …
juancole.com/2021/01/historical-reckonin…

Julian Assange Deserves A Nobel Peace Prize
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
Julian Assange has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. We think he deserves to win. There is an incredibly long list of actions that Julian has taken toward a more peaceful world. As Julian has said, "If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth." | More than one individual can nominate Assange; he's already been nominated this year by people including former Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire and French politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Maguire and four other Peace Prize winners wrote a letter to then-President Trump recounting Assange's contributions toward peace.
popularresistance.org/julian-assange-des…

'Focus on Collaboration': Britain Ready to Assist EU Amid Bloc's COVID Jab Shortfalls
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
The UK and the European Union have been locked in a dispute over the distribution of a vaccine manufactured by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as Britain has been ramping up its sweeping inoculation programme, while the EU bloc deals with shortages and setbacks in its anti-COVID roll-out.
sputniknews.com/europe/20210131108193401…

Massachusetts congressman tests positive for Covid-19 after getting 2 shots of Pfizer vaccine
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Representative Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said. The lawmaker received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine before Joe Biden's inauguration. | The 65-year-old tested positive on Friday, his office said. A staff member in his Boston office tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, spokesperson Molly Rose Tarpey added. | Lynch "had received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and subsequently received a negative Covid-19 test prior to attending President Biden's Inauguration," on January 20, the statement added, without specifying the date. Lynch has no…
rt.com/usa/514168-vaccinated-congressman…

Keir Starmer's done it again. He's just out-Toried the Tories
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2021-01-31
Keir Starmer never seems to miss a chance to ape the Conservative Party. And Sunday 31 January was no exception to this. | Flag-waving once again: | The Labour leader has written an article (don't click the link!) for the Mail on Sunday. It's about the reopening of schools amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Needless to say, it does little more than pander to the right. OK, so Starmer probably didn't write the headline. But it's typical Mail, flag-waving dross: Let's harn…
thecanary.co/trending/2021/01/31/keir-st…

Ireland Could Have 'Picked up the Batphone to Biden' to Force EU to U-Turn in COVID Jab Row With UK
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
The European Union, which has been far outpaced by the UK in its race to inoculate its population, threatened to invoke Northern Ireland Brexit emergency powers to control the flow of COVID-19 vaccines into Britain on Friday, but was forced to backtrack on part of the announcement after an immediate backlash from London, Dublin and Belfast.
sputniknews.com/europe/20210131108193434…

Nation's 'largest vaccination site' in LA briefly shut down amid protest against Covid-19 immunization campaign (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Access to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, called the nation's largest mass vaccination site, was halted for an hour after a small group of protesters showed up to decry the immunization drive. | The entrance to the stadium, which has been serving as a mass vaccination site since mid-January, was sealed at around 2pm local time after a sparse crowd of protesters staged a rally near the gate. | Footage on social media shows several dozen protesters with signs reading "Covid is a Scam," "End the Lockdown," "99 percent survival rate…
rt.com/usa/514157-dodger-stadium-vaccina…

Pandemic claims 35 lives in Libya
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
The coronavirus pandemic claimed 35 lives in Libya and caused one fatality in Bahrain on Sunday.Libya's National Center for Disease Control said in a statement that the COVID-19 sickened 981 people over the past 24 hours, while 1,349 patients recovered.The country's count now rose to 118,631 cases, including 1,877 deaths, and 98,706 recoveries.In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the Gulf state's death tally rose to 373 after one patient had died from the virus, while 655 new infections were registered.The country's nationwide count now stood at 102,626 cases and 98,160 recoveries.Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic…
yenisafak.com/en/world/pandemic-claims-3…

Spain, Portugal restore border checks as Covid cases soar
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
Madrid, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and Portugal have temporarily restored checks along their shared border until at least 10 February as authorities in Lisbon scramble to bring surging Covid-19 cases under control. The new measures, introduced Sunday after Portugal voted to extend its state of emergency, only allow people to cross the border for work …
laprensalatina.com/spain-portugal-restor…

Mexican president sick with Covid, Mexico sick of disinformation
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
By Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spent the past week sick with Covid-19, his health status being kept largely secret by the government in the country with the world's third-largest death toll from the disease. "The government has not handled the information about the president's health …
laprensalatina.com/mexican-president-sic…

Thousands break Israel's Covid rules to attend ultra-Orthodox rabbi's funeral
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
Jerusalem, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people broke Israel's coronavirus rules on mass gatherings Sunday to attend the funeral of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died overnight of Covid-19. The funeral for Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, who died aged 99, took place in western Jerusalem. Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox mourners, many without protective facemasks, gathered around …
laprensalatina.com/thousands-break-israe…

Leaders in Coronavirus Vaccination
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-31
Vaccination against COVID-19 has already become the largest vaccination campaign in history. As of January 25, 2021, more than‚ÄØ65.7 million‚ÄØdoses‚ÄØin‚ÄØ56‚ÄØcountries have been administered. Which countries are leading in terms of vaccination?
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The Virus Changed
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
Are you tired of COVID? | I fucking am. | But as a longtime science writer and the author of two books on pandemics, I have to report what you probably don't want to hear. We have entered the grimmest phase of this pandemic. | And contrary to what our politicians say, there is only one way to deal with a rapidly mutating virus that demonstrates the real power of exponential growth: Go hard. Act early. And go to zero. | Last January, one strain of this novel virus began its assured global conquest, and since then our leaders have hardly learned a goddamn thing. | So yes, I am angry, and I will not disguise my frus…
popularresistance.org/the-virus-changed/

Two civilians killed, 14 others injured in Afghanistan Faryab
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — A spokesman for Faryab Police Command in Afghanistan said that two civilians were killed and 14 others were wounded in a Taliban mortar attack in this province.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169322/Two-civilian…

Afghan forces kill 36 Taliban in 'preemptive attacks'
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
At least 36 Taliban insurgents have been killed and five others injured in air and ground offensives by Afghan forces, officials said on Sunday.According to the Afghan National Army, the Taliban were planning attacks in the restive Kandahar province, prompting security forces to target them through air raids and ground offensives on Saturday evening.It claimed in a statement that insurgents from various parts of the province had gathered in Joy-e-Lahore, Dasht-e-Bolan, and Kohak areas of Arghandaab district to stage assaults on government forces.While the Taliban are yet to comment, Mohammad Akbar Nagahani, a Kan…
yenisafak.com/en/news/afghan-forces-kill…

Iran's Zarif meets Taliban, calls for inclusive gov't
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Sunday called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, during talks with a visiting Taliban delegation in Tehran.Speaking during the meeting, Zarif said the formation of an all-inclusive government in Afghanistan must see the participation of all ethnic and political groups in the war-ravaged country."Political decisions cannot be made in a vacuum, and the formation of an all-inclusive government must take place in a participatory process and by taking into account fundamental structures, institutions and laws, such as the Constitution (of Afghanistan),"
yenisafak.com/en/world/irans-zarif-meets…

'You got conned': Regretful Democrat volunteers cope with disappointment after Biden turns out to have misled about $2,000 checks
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Americans who voted for President Biden in the November US presidential election expressed their regret at having volunteered for the Democrats, after the administration revealed it would not be giving out $2,000 relief checks. | The Democratic Party announced on Saturday that Americans would receive $1,400 coronavirus relief checks instead of the $2,000 promised by the party and Biden during their presidential campaign. | "I worked my ass off and knocked on well over 1000 doors promising ppl for $2000 checks. Where are they? You promised them. I hate lying to ppl," complained one self-proclaimed socialist on…
rt.com/usa/514202-regretful-democrats-co…

UN Sex Crimes: Guterres' Draconian Cover-Ups Might Be Soon Over
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-31
The UN's answer to cover them up and punish journalists might be coming to an end as there are signs that member states have had enough. Will the British government lead a new cause? | It's practically impossible these days to google the word 'UN' without being hit with the wave of articles about its sexual harassment cases, which in recent years under Antonio Guterres, appears to have mushroomed into something of a pandemic. Even faithful supporters of the UN will ask themselves how can a global organisation which serenades itself on the world stage as an arbiter of human rights, be the worst offender? When does…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/01/31/un…

India expected to increase public spending in post-pandemic budget
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
New Delhi, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Economists and experts expect the Union Budget of India, set to be presented by the government on Monday, to include greater public spending with a special emphasis on the health sector in order to rescue the country's economy. In its annual economic survey released on Friday, the Indian finance ministry …
laprensalatina.com/india-expected-to-inc…

Should governments use cash incentives to nudge people to get vaccinated?
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
In the healthcare sector, money incentives to steer the public into making better choices have grown more and more popular. Insurers and companies have been dishing out dollars to nudge people to take their meds, give up bad habits, and hit the gym.But if such incentives are championed in normal times, might the same strategy be sound for promoting the use of vaccines against coronavirus, the largest healthcare crisis of the modern era?For some time now, a majority of US companies have offered financial incentives to employees who take part in programs beneficial to their health, or alternately penalize those wh…
yenisafak.com/en/life/should-governments…

Young boy referred to Prevent after talking about Fortnite game
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-31
Young boy referred to Prevent after talking about Fortnite game | More than 2,000 children under nine were referred to Prevent in three years | MEE staff | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 17: 10 | A child was reported to Prevent for a conversation about the game Fortnite (AFP) | More than 600 children under the age of six were reported to the British government's controversial Prevent programme over a three-year period, including a fou…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/young-boy-ref…

Dog Factory Farms in the United States? Consumers Can End It
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-31
Trapped inside a laboratory, Echo's future looked grim. For six years, this lovable beagle suffered isolation, neglect and painful procedures. A product tested on Echo's eyes left her blind. Then, a miraculous twist of fate changed Echo's life forever. Beagle Freedom Project, a nonprofit that rescues and rehomes animals used in experimental research, saved Echo and found her a family. At her new home, Echo stepped out into the sunlight and paw…
truthout.org/articles/dog-factory-farms-…

Congress Has a Constitutional Path to Bar Trump From Office If the Trial Fails
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-31
Until recently, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was an obscure part of the U.S. Constitution. | The amendment is better known for its first section, which guaranteed individual rights and equality following the abolition of slavery. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was created to tackle a different problem related to the Civil War: insurrection. | It prohibits current or former military officers, along with many current and…
truthout.org/articles/congress-has-a-con…

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about QAnon But Were Too Weirded Out to Ask
Will Sommer | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
Interview on QAnon's origins and evolution…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/everything-you-alw…

The Fight for $15 Vows Bigger Things to Come
Hamilton Nolan | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
Leaders are setting their sights on a national collective bargaining agreement…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-fight-for-15-v…

The Militarized Academy: Knowledge for What?
Joan Roelofs | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
Examining the underbelly of the military industrial complex…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-militarized-ac…

What Is the National Labor Relations Board and How Does It Affect Unions?
Kim Kelly | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
Though the NLRB keeps a lower profile than many other government agencies, it holds a great deal of power over the country's workers and labor movement…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/what-is-the-nation…

The Left is Positioned to Win More Under Biden Than Any President in Decades
Steven Sherman | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
The progressive grassroots is much stronger than it was 12 years ago when Obama took office. If it stays focused, it can make real progress in advancing its agenda…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-left-is-positi…

Sanders Hits Back as Billionaire Investor Whines About Potential Tax Hikes Amid GameStop Fiasco
Jake Johnson | zcomm.org | 2021-01-31
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French police attack protesters in Paris on new security law
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — French police clashed with demonstrators in Paris who were chanting slogan to show their protest to the country's new security law. French police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169285/French-polic…

Iran-Iraq relations to be further developed
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for International Affairs said that relations between Iran and Iraq will be further developed.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169319/Iran-Iraq-re…

Iran to rebuild Al-Biruni tomb in Afghanistan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Feb. 01 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage ordered for necessary coordination with Afghanistan for the reconstruction of the tomb of Abu Rayhan Al-Biruni, an Iranian scientist and mathematician, in Ghazni, Afghanistan.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169312/Iran-to-rebu…

Not to back off any sanctions, cast new deal as a treaty
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — The Heritage Foundation is an American conservative think tank in Washington, DC which has a significant influence on US public policymaking.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169314/Not-to-back-…

US military convoy targeted in Babil province
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported that a US logistics convoy has been targeted in Babil province on Sunday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169320/US-military-…

Italian Cefalù Film Fest to host 3 Iranian short films
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Three Iranian short films "The Blackout", "My Father" and "Mostafa" will participate in the Italian Cefalù Film Festival.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169305/Italian-Cefa…

VP inaugurates Chlorine company in Khuzestan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
SHUSHTAR, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri inaugurated a Chlorine company in Shushtar County, southwestern Khuzestan Province.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/169307/VP-inaugura…

Explosion hits Mogadishu airport checkpoint
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Media outlets reported a terrible explosion hitting a checkpoint of Mogadishu airport in the Somalian capital on Sunday.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169316/Explosion-hi…

Islamic Revolution disrupted world's bipolar system
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said that Islamic Revolution disrupted the structure of bipolar system in the world.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169321/Islamic-Revo…

Foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan longer than expected
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — International troops reportedly plan to stay in Afghanistan beyond the May deadline.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169310/Foreign-troo…

Lawmakers to renew allegiance with ideals of Imam Khomeini
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Concurrent with glorious victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies, a number of lawmakers will renew their allegiance with the late founder of Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini (RA) on Monday.
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Enemy's threats turned into chances for Revelution's progress
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — IRGC Chief Commander Major General Hossein Salami said the threats of the enemies have been turned into opportunities for the progress of the Islamic Revolution.
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Iran reports to IAEA on Strategic Action Plan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-31
TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna said that the reasons for adopting the "Strategic Action Plan" has been reported to the IAEA and member states.
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Baràßa to take legal action against paper that published costly Messi contract
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
Barcelona, Spain, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- FC Barcelona on Sunday said it would take legal action against a Spanish newspaper that obtained and published a copy of Lionel Messi's contract. The leaked contract showed that Baràßa had agreed to pay the Argentine superstar 555,237,619 euros ($673,919,105) over four seasons if he met all the conditions of …
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IMF and big business for universal vaccination: Better red than dead
Prabir Purkayastha | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-31
The me-first policy on vaccine sharing will bring losses of $203 billion to $5 trillion to rich countries, while the returns are the highest if they support global universal vaccination…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/31/imf-and-b…

Anti-Trump Lincoln Project turns on 'predator' co-founder after he's accused of harassing 21 men, offering jobs for sex
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Longtime GOP operative and co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project John Weaver has been accused of sending unsolicited, sexually charged messages to over 20 men, including one who was only 14 when he first made contact. | Weaver had previously acknowledged sending inappropriate messages to men after multiple accusers came forward in recent weeks. The Republican, who has worked with John McCain, John Kasich, and numerous other conservatives, admitted to sending some of the messages and came out as gay in a statement, despite having a wife and two children. | "The truth is that I'm gay," he said. "And that…
rt.com/usa/514207-lincoln-project-john-w…

'There will be no full withdrawal': Troops to remain in Afghanistan past Trump-set deadline — report
rt.com | 2021-01-31
According to a new report citing senior North American Treaty Organization (NATO) commanders, coalition forces will not be leaving Afghanistan by May, a deadline Donald Trump hoped to meet as president. | "There will be no full withdrawal by allies by April-end," one NATO official told Reuters. | According to the source, "conditions have not been met" to justify a full-scale withdrawal, and the new administration will likely present "tweaks in policy." | "With the new US administration, there will be tweaks in the policy, the sense of hasty withdrawal which was prevalent will be addressed and we could see a mu…
rt.com/usa/514210-afghanistan-withdrawal…

NY charity Robin Hood receives undue flak from people angry at Robinhood trading app, finds 'silver lining' in new supporters
rt.com | 2021-01-31
Wes Moore has spent some time patiently explaining online how the charity he heads has nothing to do with a certain stock trading app now hated by many. But there is a happy ending to this case of mistaken identity. | The Robin Hood Foundation has a proud history of fighting poverty in New York City for more than three decades. Recently, however, it found itself on the receiving end of public ire for no good reason at all. The name of the legendary folk hero who robbed the rich and gave to the poor has had some really bad publicity this week. | The anger was actually directed at Robinhood app, which landed in…
rt.com/usa/514197-robin-hood-charity-con…

Ten people killed in terror attacks in N.Syria
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
A bomb mounted on a vehicle was detonated in Azaz town.Four people were killed and 20 others wounded in the attack.Shortly after, another explosion in a checkpoint five kilometers (3.1 miles) east of al-Bab town killed six and wounded four people.It is feared that the number of casualties may increase.* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara…
yenisafak.com/en/news/ten-people-killed-…

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in occupied West Bank
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-31
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Israeli army.A military statement said a Palestinian armed with three knives connected to a stick allegedly attempted to stab soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction south of Bethlehem.The army said the attacker was neutralized. No injuries were reported among Israeli soldiers.The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that a Palestinian was martyred by Israeli fire south of Bethlehem.Local residents said the Palestinian was injured and left bleeding to death.On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot dea…
yenisafak.com/en/world/israeli-forces-ki…

Thousands detained in Russia amid fresh pro-Navalny protests
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
(Update 1: Adds detail) Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Russian police detained thousands of protesters across the country on Sunday amid demonstrations in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained after he returned to Russia earlier this month from Germany, where he had been recovering from a poisoning. OVD-Info, which specializes in tracking police …
laprensalatina.com/thousands-detained-in…

Azpilicueta, Alonso provide Tuchel first Chelsea win
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
Sports Desk, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Goals from Spaniards César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso handed Chelsea its first win since Thomas Tuchel took over as head coach of the London club. Captain Azpilicueta opened the scoring against Burnley in the 40th minute, collecting an assist from English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. Alonso scored a skillful goal in …
laprensalatina.com/azpilicueta-alonso-pr…

Hundreds detained in Russia ahead of fresh pro-Navalny protests
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-31
Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Russian police detained hundreds of protesters across the country on Sunday ahead of demonstrations in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was detained after he returned to Russia earlier this month from Germany, where he had been recovering from a poisoning. OVD-Info, which specializes in tracking police detentions in Russia, …
laprensalatina.com/hundreds-detained-in-…

Who Is Alexei Navalny?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
Compressed into a two-minute soundbite, the story of Alexei Navalny and the recent protests that have erupted across Russia seems simple enough. The Russian opposition figure who recently survived an attempt on his life — an alleged poisoning delivered via Novichok-laced pants — was arrested and convicted of breaching his bail conditions in a process that can be fairly described as unjust. In response, his supporters took to the streets across the country in protest. | Ask a Russian, like Katya Kazbek, and they will tell you something different: things are way more complicated than they seem.
popularresistance.org/who-is-alexei-nava…

India's Ruling Party Called Out for Sharing 'Doctored' Video on Benefits of New Farm Laws
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
The "doctored" video shared by Sambit Patra, a spokesperson of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), gives the impression that an opposition leader backs Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new farm laws, which have triggered massive protests across the country. Twitter has flagged the video as a result.
sputniknews.com/india/202101311081935390…

Biden Day One: Nothing Changed, Nothing Ever Will
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-31
The Liberal Sleepwalkers are not dealing with the passive, stupid thuggish, unthinking herd that they believe half the American people to be. | The Doom of the Biden Administration and within the next eight years of the entire supposedly great and mighty Democratic Party has been written in deeds on the very first full day of Joe Biden's presidency. | There were absolutely no surprises whatsoever in it. Biden did what he said he was going to do. He nominated exactly the people he said he was going to nominate. The US Liberal Mainstream Media with their usual Courage and Character slavishly applauded with unanimou…
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VIDEO: In first week as president, Joe Biden tosses women, unions and the American people under the globalist bus
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-31
Biden has come out strong with a massive number of executive orders after years of the Democrats criticising Trump for doing so. Did Biden make the right moves coming into office? Or maybe Trump's gruff populism wasn't so bad?
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Lessons From Wall Street: Notes from the Edge of the Narrative Matrix
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-31
You can't expose how rigged the system really is without pushing against its power structures according to its own rules. When the entire system pushes back and boots you out in front of everyone, more people are made more aware that it is rigged. This can only be a good thing.
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/01/31/le…

String of car bombs kills 20 people in Turkish-held north Syria
Harun al-Aswad | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-31
String of car bombs kills 20 people in Turkish-held north Syria | The attacks left at least 14 civilians dead, including four children, and scores wounded | Harun al-Aswad | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 14: 18 | Rescue workers extinguish a fire caused by an explosion in the town of Azaz, in rebel-controlled northern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province, on 31 January 2021 (AFP) | Three car bombs killed at least 20 people…
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Israeli soldiers kill young Palestinian near West Bank settlement
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-31
Israeli soldiers kill young Palestinian near West Bank settlement | Man shot dead after allegedly attempting to use 'a stick with three knives' to attack officers near a West Bank settlement | MEE staff | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 10: 18 | The Israeli settlement of Efrata, on the southern outskirts of Bethlehem, with a sign on the Rd60 highway indicating the route to the settlement block of Gush Etzion, in the occupied West Bank,…
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Iranian Official Quashes Rumour That Israeli F-35s Set Off Air Raid Sirens in Tehran
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
Air raid sirens were heard wailing in Tehran on Friday night, spooking local residents and prompting the spread of a number of theories online about what could have caused the incident. The last time sirens were activated was during the Iran-Iraq War, which saw Iraqi forces lobbing missiles, some armed with chemical munitions, into Iranian cities.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2021013110819…

Political Persecution? How US Dems Are Cracking Down on Trump & His Conservative Supporters
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
Having taken control over the White House, the House of Representatives and even the Senate in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Democratic politicians appear to still be after private citizen Donald Trump and conservative social media users. A US lawyer known by his nom de plume Techno Fog on Twitter has shed light on Dems' apparent strategy.
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Heavy Police Presence as Shooting Reported at Wisconsin's Appleton Fox River Mall
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
Residents of the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, on Sunday reported that they heard gunfire at the local mall. News outlets report that people are sheltering inside and that police officers have cordoned off the building.
sputniknews.com/us/202101311081939839-he…

Indian PM Modi Breaks Silence on Republic Day Farmer Violence: Shocked at 'Insult' to National Flag
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
The very claim that the Indian tricolour was "insulted" for being removed from a flagpole at New Delhi's Red Fort and replaced with a Sikh religious flag has been disputed by Indian fact-checkers.
sputniknews.com/india/202101311081934297…

Some 600 Firebombs, 16 Grenades Used During Tripoli Riots – Lebanese Interior Ministry
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
BEIRUT (Sputnik) – Protesters in Tripoli, Lebonon, have used 16 grenades and 600 petrol bombs against police this week, the Lebanese Interior Ministry stated Sunday.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2021013110819…

Iran Slams Macron's Proposal to Revise Nuke Deal, Says Agreement, Parties Not Up for Renegotiation
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-31
This week, the French president proposed including Riyadh in the nuclear deal, suggesting that negotiators had made a mistake by not including regional powers in the nuclear talks, and warning that time was running out to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Tehran maintains it has no ambitions in that direction.
sputniknews.com/world/202101311081937962…

Policing And Punishment In Minneapolis' 'SafeZone'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
The criminal "justice" apparatus faces increasing criticism for emphasizing punishment, violent abuse and incarceration of criminals rather than rehabilitation. However, few observers recognize the active role community "justice" programs and businesses play in this displacement. The public/private SafeZone initiative launched in downtown Minneapolis in 2004 serves as an instructive example of how programs lauded as reforms can still impose punitive "law and order" tactics onto targeted populations. | "A month ago I was driving down Nicollet going to pick up my girl, somebody shot at me, twice!" Demetri (whose re…
popularresistance.org/policing-and-punis…

Students Continue To Pressure Northwestern University To Abolish The Police
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
After several months of continuous pressure on Northwestern administration to abolish University Police and divest from policing and other militarized entities, NUCNC is continuing their work into the new quarter. | Since their campaign of more than 30 days of consecutive actions, the group has not held any mass protests or demonstrations, but they continue to pressure the University and practice mutual aid — a core tenet of prison-industrial complex abolition. | "Prisons are the biggest social service we have," NUCNC member Eliza Gonring said. "So poor people, homeless people, Black people are just getting…
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'Real Theory Is In What You Do And How You Do It'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
When I first put forward "wages for housework" in March 1972, I was unsure of the implications. I knew that wages for housework was qualitatively different from wages for housewives, which I had been considering; it spoke about the work and didn't identify necessarily with women, which I thought–and others did too–was crucial. | I had recently studied volume one of Capital in a reading group–without a teacher. l realized that women reproduce labor power, the basic capitalist commodity, unwaged. That was a new idea then. | A year later, I went on a lecture tour of North America with Mariarosa Dal…
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Chicago Teachers' Struggle At A Crossroads
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-31
The drive to reopen Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third largest school district in the country, has become a pitched battle between educators and the state apparatus, the latter backed up by the corporate media and the unions. The fight by Chicago educators to prevent the reopening of schools is the focal point of the class struggle in the United States, with every other major district in the country looking to Chicago to set a precedent. | In this context, it is of the utmost importance for teachers and other educators to organize independently of the unions and join the Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safet…
popularresistance.org/chicago-teachers-s…

Children among dead following bomb attacks in northern Syria
news.un.org | 2021-01-31
Several people, including four children, are reported dead, with many more injured, following a weekend of deadly bomb attacks in towns in northern rural Aleppo, Syria.
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Hopes of fresh momentum in fight against leprosy, but stigmatization persists
news.un.org | 2021-01-31
Progress is being made in the fight against leprosy, but millions are still affected by the disease, and many sufferers have to contend with social exclusion. On World Leprosy Day, marked annually on 31 January, experts are calling for an end to ongoing discrimination and stigmatization.
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FROM THE FIELD: Celebrating the power of centuries-old farming techniques
news.un.org | 2021-01-31
Sustainability is not new: communities have been living in harmony with their surroundings for hundreds, if not thousands of years. As the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration begins, the UN is celebrating some of the most remarkable agricultural systems found around the world.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/01/1…

Fair Finance: The women entrepreneurs lifting communities out of poverty
news.un.org | 2021-01-31
Helping women start and grow businesses in the world's poorest countries is a path to lifting them and their families out of poverty, the high-profile businesswoman, and new UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Goodwill Ambassador Sonia Gardner, has told UN News, in the second of our two part series this weekend, on the role the financial sector can play in reducing inequality.
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'We Have Got to Act Now': As GOP Introduces Weak Relief Bill, Sanders Says Dems Already Have Enough Votes to Pass Stronger Package
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-31
"We made promises to the American people. We're going to keep those promises." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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A Closer Look at the AI Hype Machine: Who Really Benefits?
Tom Valovic | commondreams.org | 2021-01-31
In a second "Gilded Age" where the power of billionaires and elites over our lives is now being widely questioned, what do we do about their ability to radically and undemocratically alter the landscape of our daily lives using the almighty algorithm? | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2021/01/31/closer…

Democrats' Internal Conflict Over the Filibuster Is Just Getting Started
Eric Levitz | commondreams.org | 2021-01-31
Joe Manchin doesn't necessarily have an interest in the institutional health of the Democratic Party, but the party's leaders have a vital interest in passing sweeping reforms that gratify its base and mitigate its structural disadvantages. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2021/01/31/democr…

Death Threats Against Public Officials Reflect Trump's Autocratic Legacy. Reversing GOP's Authoritarian Turn Difficult But Essential
Shelley Inglis | commondreams.org | 2021-01-31
The heightened risk of widespread political violence symbolizes the depth of deterioration of democracy in the U.S. What happens next with the Republican Party, and its financial backers and supporters, will remake or break America's democracy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2021/01/30/death-…

The far-right attempts to seize opening from the 1619 Project
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
The authors of the 1619 Project and the 1776 Report have more in common than they may care to admit. Both replace class struggle in history with forms of nationalist mythmaking–right-wing black nationalism in the former, and far-right "America First" nationalism in the latter. Both falsify America's revolutionary history in service of the present-day political needs of factions of the ruling class–the 1619 Project for the Democratic Party and its satellites; the 1776 Report for Trump and the Republicans. Neither the 1619 Project nor the 1776 Report can tell much of the actual history of the United Sta…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/30/1883967…

The Robinhood/GameStop "Scandal"
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2021-01-31
As I understand it, there are many folks out there who think that we saw some major sleaze by the Wall Street big boys, screwing the little guy, when Robinhood stopped taking buy orders on GameStop, as the stock was soaring to record highs. They resumed taking buy order after a pause of a day …
cepr.net/the-robinhood-gamestop-scandal/

Late Capitalism and Its Runaway Inequality Problem
Faramarz Farbod | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-31
One of the great unexamined questions of our times is why there is so much suffering, despair, misery and rage in the midst of unimaginable wealth. Naturally, pundits and politicians wish to avoid this question because an open public discussion of the widening wealth gap can impart critical insights into the nature and logic of …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/01/late-capitali…

VVPD Targets Mutual Aid Event, Arrests and Assaults Activists
Anonymous | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
Vacaville Police Department targeted a local mutual aid event, and made a targeted arrest of the same Black woman they have targeted for months. Four arrests were made, leading to several injured. Three short videos are attached that depict these violent arrests.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/31/1883968…

MMT and the Green Party: A GPWA Member Perspective
Derrick Miles | realprogressives.org | 2021-01-31
Please join me in this exploration into the complicated relationship between Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and the Green Party of the United States (GPUS), from my perspective as a member of the Green Party of Washington State. We will be investigating the contrasts between MMT and the current GPUS monetary reform platform position of "Greening the Dollar"; why MMT should be embraced in the GP platform in its place; and the importance for the framework of MMT to be understood by Green Party members. | To begin, it is of the utmost importance to understand that MMT is not an economic policy to be "implemented."
realprogressives.org/mmt-green-party/

Research shows humans began consuming milk even before evolving to digest it
Sandipan Talukdar | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-31
A study that appeared in the scientific journal Nature shows that people in today's Kenya and Sudan were consuming milk products at least 6000 years ago…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/31/research-…

Is Materialism Destroying Society? Philosophical Materialism vs Destructive Materialism
Prof. Ruel F. Pepa | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-31
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Material World and the Formation of Human Society | The foundation …
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Famosos elogian a la pionera Cicely Tyson
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-31
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cicely Tyson fue una actriz negra que abrió puertas para que otras mujeres de color pasaran por ellas. Tyson seleccionaba estratégicamente papeles poderosos con la intención de elevar la forma en la que son percibidos los actores negros. Con gracia y dignidad, protagonizó películas como "Sounder" y producciones de TV como …
peoplesworld.org/article/famosos-elogian…

Sunday 2/7: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom & conversation with producer, Constanza Romero
UUSF Forum | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
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VVPD Targets Mutual Aid Event, Arrests and Assaults Activists
Anonymous | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
Vacaville Police Department targeted a local mutual aid event, and made a targeted arrest of the same Black woman they have targeted for months. Four arrests were made, leading to several injured. Three short videos are attached that depict these violent arrests.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/31/1883968…

Grocery workers demand hazard pay in Washington state
Andrew Freeman | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-31
On Jan 25, the Seattle City Council voted in 8 to 0 in favor of an ordinance requiring grocery companies with more than 500 employees worldwide and grocery stores larger than 10,000 square feet pay their employees $4 an hour on top of the pay they currently.
liberationnews.org/grocery-workers-deman…

So how exactly can we fix this economic mess?
Grace Blakeley | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
"It's the conditions that generate pessimism, which are also the conditions that are likely to generate the resistance, which is a source of optimism," says Blakeley.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/30/1883968…

Preventing Future Election Violence: Peacebuilding to avoid becoming a failed state
OtherWords | juancole.com | 2021-01-31
By Kerri Kennedy | — ( Otherwords.org ) — I have spent my entire career working to end election-related conflicts, mostly overseas. Unfortunately, this experience is now increasingly relevant at home. Ahead of the Capitol insurrection, the U.S. met several criteria that increased the likelihood of election violence: pay-to-pay politics, weak electoral management bodies, ongoing …
juancole.com/2021/01/preventing-election…

All Hands on Deck: Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-01-31
By Bill Ritter Jr. | — Joe Biden is preparing to deal with climate change in a way no U.S. president has done before — by mobilizing his entire administration to take on the challenge from every angle in a strategic, integrated way. The strategy is evident in the people Biden has chosen for his …
juancole.com/2021/01/climate-president-b…

27 National, State And Municipal Priorities
Equity | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
Each has his or her own list of priorities. Here is one such…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/29/1883966…

Italian workers and students stage countrywide protests
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-31
Trade unionists and students took part in a general strike demanding safety and rights at their workplaces and educational institutions. The protesting workers also sought an end to layoffs and dismissals and guaranteed wages for the unemployed…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/31/italian-w…

Theodore Funguy Crashed!
Karen Kaplan | indybay.org | 2021-01-31
Theodore Lorek died from electric bike accident.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/29/1883966…

A New U.S. Foreign Policy
Ron Forthofer | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-31
President Biden has inherited a terribly flawed US foreign policy. For the past few decades, the pro-corporate US foreign policy has been a catastrophic failure, especially in the Middle East. Our criminal military interventions there have resulted in the devastation of much of that area, impoverished millions, created millions of refugees, and injured or killed …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/01/a-new-u-s-for…

Filipino activist groups prepare for judicial hearings on draconian anti-terror law
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-31
On Friday, activist groups held a 'send-off' event for the legal team which has faced threats from a military official. The event was held at the University of the Philippines – Diliman which has borne the brunt of red-tagging by the Duterte government…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/31/filipino-…

The Politics of an Assassination: Who Killed Gandhi and Why?
Abhishek Saha | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-31
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | January 30th 2020. Commemoration of the assassination o Mahatama Gandhi. 73 years …
globalresearch.ca/politics-assassination…

Cuba To Apply Mandatory Quarantine for International Travels
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-31
Cuba's National Epidemiology director Francisco Duran announced that institutional isolation would be applied to all international travelers starting February 6 in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. | RELATED: | Canada To Help Cuba Develop and Export Its Biofertilizer NEREA Æ | The isolation of Cuban residents will be carried out in authorized centers by the Health Ministry. Fees will not be charged for transportation to the centers and bac…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-To-Apply-Ma…

Tacoma activists clean encampments, dump trash at city manager's doorstep
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-31
The message: Provide services like trash pickup and housing to our houseless community. Pay for it by firing her and killer cops!
liberationnews.org/tacoma-activists-clea…

Huge Blast Targets Hotel in Mogadishu
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-31
Casualties are feared as a huge bomb exploded at a popular hotel located along the main airport road in Mogadishu on Sunday, witnesses and police confirmed. | The police near the scene said suspected al-Shabab fighters breached the Afrik Hotel's barrier and stormed the facility's grounds, prompting a fierce gunfight. | "Our forces are exchanging fire with the attackers, we are trying to subdue them," the officer who did not want to be named told Xinhua on the phone. | Witnesses said they heard several blasts near the hotel. | They said the blast, which happened some minutes past 5 p.m., caused massive damage t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Huge-Blast-Targe…

Snipers, Landmines, Death: Life On Yemen's Frontline
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-30
Almost every building is damaged. Dogs bark at anyone walking down the empty streets, and in the distance the sound of children playing in alleyways is interrupted by occasional gunfire. | Carpets are hung between buildings – not to dry, but to protect passersby from snipers. | These are the frontlines of Taiz, a war-wracked city in southern Yemen where terror follows its long-suffering residents. | Most Yemenis have fled the homes that now lie between the pro-government forces and Houthi fighters. But some remain – either refusing to abandon their houses and live in displacement, or simply lacking any alternativ…
popularresistance.org/snipers-landmines-…

Large "No War on Yemen" Car Caravan and Rallies in San Francisco
R.R. | indybay.org | 2021-01-30
Joining in a worldwide week of action, on January 25 activists in San Francisco demonstrated for an immediate halt to the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's attack on Yemen. | Photos: Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/29/1883964…

As World Demands Peace and Aid for Yemen, Biden Told to 'End Every Aspect of This War'
Jon Queally | indybay.org | 2021-01-30
Over 385 groups from across the globe are calling for an immediate halt to the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's relentless attack–an armed conflict that is only intensifying the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe. | Photo: In San Francisco, speakers addressed a rally on January 25 in front of the Federal Building. Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/28/1883963…

Colombia's JEP warns that this January is most violent since 2016
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-30
As of January 29, 2021, 17 social leaders and 5 ex-combatants of the FARC have been assassinated in Colombia. Additionally, over 21 people have been killed in 8 massacres registered this month…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/30/colombias…

Remembering the Islamophobic Attack on Québec City Mosque: Why Have So Many Canadians Forgotten?
Jasmin Zine | commondreams.org | 2021-01-30
The willful denial of anti-Muslim racism secures and maintains this national amnesia surrounding the 2017 Qu√©bec mosque massacre. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2021/01/30/rememb…

Stopping Keystone Pipeline Is First Step Toward Environmental Justice
Tina Gerhardt | zcomm.org | 2021-01-30
Indigenous groups and environmental activists are also calling on President Biden to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline and Enbridge Line 3…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/stopping-keystone-…

Ontario's long-term care sector is in a Grave Humanitarian Crisis
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-30
We are a group of physicians, researchers, and advocates who have come together to express our grave concern for the safety and well-being of Ontarians who reside and work in long-term care (LTC) homes. We call upon the Ontario government to immediately end the violations of peoples' human rights and control the spread of COVID-19 …
mronline.org/2021/01/30/ontarios-long-te…

George Floyd "narrated his death," says attorney at International Inquiry
Marjorie Cohn | mronline.org | 2021-01-30
George Floyd, who was publicly tortured and lynched by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, narrated his own death, legendary civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump told the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States at its January 25 hearing.
mronline.org/2021/01/30/george-floyd-nar…

US and Colombian govts supported botched invasion of Venezuela: Bombshell testimony from coup-plotter
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-30
A key coup-plotter in the May 2020 botched invasion of Venezuela said she met with FBI and DEA officials. She admitted Colombia's intelligence services were aiding them and "knew everything," adding that President Iván Duque and far-right political kingpin àÅlvaro Uribe helped. A witness at the heart of the botched invasion of Venezuela in May 2020 has stated that the US and Colombian governments were involved in the regime-change operation. Coup-plotter Yacsy àÅlvarez said she met with officials from the …
thegrayzone.com/2021/01/30/us-colombia-i…

US and Colombian govts supported botched invasion of Venezuela: Bombshell testimony from coup-plotter
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-30
A key coup-plotter in the May 2020 botched invasion of Venezuela said she met with FBI and DEA officials. She admitted Colombia's intelligence services were aiding them and "knew everything," adding that President Iván Duque and far-right political kingpin àÅlvaro Uribe helped. A witness at the heart of the botched invasion of Venezuela in May 2020 has stated that the US and Colombian governments were involved in the regime-change operation. Coup-plotter Yacsy àÅlvarez said she met with officials from the …
thegrayzone.com/2021/01/30/us-colombia-i…

Brazilian Workers Party, pseudo-lefts use COVID-19 vaccination disputes to cover up herd immunity policy
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
Brazil's vaccination debacle has fueled ruling class divisions regarding the attitude towards US imperialism and China as all factions rally behind a herd immunity policy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/brpt…

Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-30
Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine | Algeria says it is trying to get enough vaccines to cover the whole country | MEE and agencies | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 22: 18 | An Algerian health worker holds up a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Algeria launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Saturday with the newly arrived first shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. | The campaign…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/algeria-begin…

Victimized Teacher Speaks Out Against Deadly School Reopening
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-30
Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) ordered 5,800 teachers to return for in-person instruction at the beginning of January. Teachers who refused to return to in-person learning as the deadly COVID-19 virus raged through Chicago were labeled by the district as "absent without leave." Their pay was docked, and their computer access locked. | The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jake, one of nearly 150 locked-out educators. Jake was a physical education (PE) teacher at a CPS elementary school for five and a half years until recently. He quit the profession after bein…
popularresistance.org/victimized-teacher…

Two dead after 26-year-old mother jumps off Tennessee overpass holding infant
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
Tonisha Lashay Barker, who leapt to her death from a Tennessee overpass holding her infant son on January 4, had recently been laid off from her job at a state-run COVID-19 testing site.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/tenn…

The COVID-19 Pandemic Can't Be Managed–It Has to Be Eradicated
Sonali Kolhatkar | zcomm.org | 2021-01-30
Americans are unlikely to return to the pre-pandemic normal that Chinese residents now enjoy simply because we are not trying to eliminate the virus like China did…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-covid-19-pande…

Doctors puzzled as to why coronavirus is affecting some women's menstrual cycles
Nicole Karlis | salon.com | 2021-01-30
"I got nervous because I thought I was actually miscarrying," one COVID-positive woman said…
salon.com/2021/01/30/doctors-puzzled-as-…

Little-Known Federal Volunteer Unit Remains Underutilized for Mass Vaccinations
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-30
In theory, Alice Weisz retired in 2016. But in practice, the retired endocrinologist in Virginia Beach has had a busy year. Last January, as Covid-19 reached the U.S., Weisz volunteered to help the local health department field phone calls. By late spring, she was sliding swabs up people's nostrils at drive-through Covid-19 testing sites. | In the fall, Weisz administered flu shots. And earlier this month, she found herself in the vacant ambulance bay of a Virginia Beach emergency medical…
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New Surge of COVID Is Spreading "Like Wildfire" in Illinois Prisons
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-30
With COVID-19 raging throughout the United States, there is a growing sense of desperation among people in prison. Pablo Mendoza, who recently got out of prison, said that those inside "are tired of the lockdown." They spend 23.5 hours a day in their cells. They have not had visits from their loved ones for almost a year. | Those who have caught COVID and are believed to be immune get out for yard time. Others are "weighing options," according to Mendoza: "Stay safe, or get the virus so they can get som…
truthout.org/articles/new-surge-of-covid…

Canadian Government Cancels Flights to Mexico and the Caribbean
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-30
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday at a press conference that major Canadian airlines AirCanada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat will cancel travel to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico until Friday, April 30. | RELATED: | Canadian Tourism Operators Resume Operations in Cuba | According to the president, the government increased restrictions and testing of Covid-19, while Canadian airlines have agreed to cancel all flights to sunbelt destinations. | Trudeau al…
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FROM THE FIELD: COVID crisis creates new wave of self-reliance for Tonga
news.un.org | 2021-01-30
Although Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific, has so far avoided COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has hit the economy hard along with the entire region, and helped Tongans become more resilient and less reliant on expensive food imports.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/01/1…

French police bust giant 'orgy' inside warehouse, fine 90+ people for breaking Covid-19 curfew — media
rt.com | 2021-01-30
Police have reportedly raided a wild party inside a remote warehouse near Paris, issuing dozens of fines for violating Covid-19 restrictions. The event was described by the media as an "orgy." | According to the France Info radio station, the residents of the town of Collegien, near Paris, had begun suspecting that something was about to go down when they spotted cars driving to a warehouse at the edge of the A4 motorway on Friday evening. They alerted the police, who arrived at the site around 9pm. | The outlet cited police sources describing the event as "clearly an orgy." The officers reportedly fined 11 pe…
rt.com/news/514129-french-police-raid-or…

Shut down schools and businesses to stop the spread of new COVID-19 strains!
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
The more than 102 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide have provided ample opportunity for the virus to mutate and become even more dangerous.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/pers…

NPA calls to reopen French universities as COVID-19 deaths mount
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
As deaths mount, the petty-bourgeois New Anti-capitalist Party is aligning itself on the murderous "herd immunity" policy of President Emmanuel Macron.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/npau…

Austrian left demands free availability of mandatory FFP2 masks
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-30
In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 infections, the Austrian government made it mandatory for people to wear medical-grade FFP2 masks in public transport, hospitals, shops and other establishments from January 25…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/30/austrian-…

New Zealand: COVID-19 cases highlight risk of new outbreak
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
Three cases of the highly-contagious South African variant of COVID-19 point to serious shortcomings in New Zealand's managed isolation and quarantine system for returned travellers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/nzco…

The Heat: Leaders address climate and COVID-19 at Davos
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2021-01-30
Climate change, COVID-19 and the impact on the global economy topped this week's agenda at the World Economic Forum. We'll bring you the highlights…
america.cgtn.com/2021/01/30/the-heat-lea…

'Not a trivial offense': Austrian police discover dozens of foreign revelers flouting lockdown to get to top ski resort
rt.com | 2021-01-30
Austria's police have found almost 100 people from Europe and beyond, who found a way to circumvent the nation's strict Covid-19 lockdown and relax at one of its top ski resorts despite a ban on foreign tourist activities. | A Friday police raid in the town of St. Anton am Arlberg — one of Austria's most popular alpine ski resorts — has ended up with law enforcement officers discovering 96 foreign ski lovers in breach of the existing Covid-19 lockdown regulations. Now, the festive revelers could face a fine of up to €2,180 ($2,650) in addition to getting PCR tests and staying in quarantine for s…
rt.com/news/514144-austria-ski-resort-lo…

Israeli Archeologists find 7th Century Mosque and Evidence of Tolerance in Early Islam at Tiberias
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-30
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Israeli archeologists have made two extremely important finds recently that have implications for our image of early Islam. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, an Israeli archeologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has concluded that the remains of a mosque in Tiberias, on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee, is seventh …
juancole.com/2021/01/archeologists-evide…

In Turnaround, New Onshore Wind jumps 50% in Germany adding 1.4 Gigs; Sector generates 20% of country's Electricity
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-30
By Kerstine Appunn Benjamin Wehrmann | — ( Clean Energy Wire ) — Onshore wind power — the cornerstone of Germany's decarbonisation plans — has suffered from chronically low additional installations in the past years. The industry seems to have achieved a turnaround in 2020, connecting almost 50 percent more turbines to the grid than …
juancole.com/2021/01/turnaround-generate…

B'Tselem's Historic Declaration: Israel's Open War on Its Own Civil Society
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2021-01-30
As B'Tselem has succinctly worded it, Israel is a regime of Jewish supremacy "from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/btselems-historic-…

The U.S. Economy Excels at One Thing: Producing Massive Inequality
Richard D. Wolff | zcomm.org | 2021-01-30
Deepening U.S. inequality flows directly from this capitalist organization of production–its class system…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-u-s-economy-ex…

Kevin McCarthy's United Irresponsible States of America
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2021-01-30
Kevin McCarthy's United Irresponsible States of America – a sure sign that the Republican Party still hasn't learned its lesson after a violent insurrection and losing the White House.
progressive.org/dispatches/kevin-mccarth…

The Vaccines, The Plunder, and the Arrival of the Great Reset
Michael Welch | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-30
"Rebuilding trust and increasing global cooperation are crucial to fostering innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery." | — Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum [1] | "I don't consider the …
globalresearch.ca/the-vaccines-the-plund…

Ranks of workers receiving unemployment insurance grows in January
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-30
San José, CA – The broadest measure of unemployment insurance, which includes the regular state unemployment insurance or UI, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC, as well as the state Extended Benefits or EB rose in the first week of January by 2.3 million people to a total of 18.3 million people. While down from its peak in April, it is still nine times as high as it was a year ago before the recession began, according to the weekly report by the U.S. Department of Labor released on Thursday, January 28. | Part of the bounce in une…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/1/30/ranks-wo…

Nine arrested in San Jose, California anti-eviction protest
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2021-01-30
In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/30/1883967…

Ranks of workers receiving unemployment insurance grows in January
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-30
San José, CA – The broadest measure of unemployment insurance, which includes the regular state unemployment insurance or UI, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC, as well as the state Extended Benefits or EB rose in the first week of January by 2.3 million people to a total of 18.3 million people. While down from its peak in April, it is still nine times as high as it was a year ago before the recession began, according to the weekly report by the U.S. Department of Labor released on Thursday, January 28. | Part of the bounce in une…
fightbacknews.org/2021/1/30/ranks-worker…

Tuesday 2/9: Pandemic & Civil Unrest Impact on Bay Area Black Churches w/ "The Black Church" Sneak Peek
KQED | indybay.org | 2021-01-30
Online event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/29/1883966…

Negotiations stall in Chicago amid nationwide campaign to open schools
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
Every effort is being made by the political and media establishment to vilify Chicago educators and wear down their opposition, to pave the way for profit-driven school reopenings at the most dangerous stage of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/chic…

Health workers, students and teachers rise up for their rights in Greece
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-30
Health workers demanded fresh investment in the sector to combat the pandemic while students and teachers opposed the deployment of security forces on university campuses…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/30/health-wo…

Congress Took on Vital Health Issues in Last Month's Massive Spending Bill
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-30
This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. | Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative…
truthout.org/articles/congress-took-on-v…

A letter from a frontline nurse at Royal Bournemouth Hospital "We are in a perilous situation"
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
"We saw this coming from the first wave of the pandemic and colleagues sounded the alarm by speaking out. But these warnings have fallen on deaf ears."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/bour…

Lethal crackdown on protests as Lebanon's economy collapses amid pandemic surge
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
The lockdown was implemented without any economic support under conditions where at least 55 percent of the population are living in poverty and 25 percent in extreme poverty following the country's economic and financial collapse and the pandemic restrictions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/leba…

London's Wigmore Hall leads the way in live-streaming music during the pandemic
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
For more the six months, live chamber music has attracted a growing international audience.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/wigm…

Ranks of workers receiving unemployment insurance grows in January
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-30
San José, CA – The broadest measure of unemployment insurance, which includes the regular state unemployment insurance or UI, the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA, the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC, as well as the state Extended Benefits or EB rose in the first week of January by 2.3 million people to a total of 18.3 million people. While down from its peak in April, it is still nine times as high as it was a year ago before the recession began, according to the weekly report by the U.S. Department of Labor released on Thursday, January 28. | Part of the bounce in une…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/1/30/ranks-wo…

Pandemic leads to massive concentration in the marketplace
Grace Blakeley and Thomas Frank | indybay.org | 2021-01-30
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/30/1883967…

'I Ain't Marching Anymore'
Frida Berrigan | zcomm.org | 2021-01-30
Chris Lombardi's new book chronicles 260 years of war resistance and conscientious objection…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/i-aint-marching-an…

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg says company will "depoliticize" its News Feed
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
Facebook is working on plans to permanently reduce "the amount of political content in News Feed" as part of an ongoing effort to purge socialist and left-wing organizations from its platform.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/face…

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
wsws.org | 2021-01-30
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/30/labo…

After 15-year wait, Palestinian elections face new obstacles following law amendments
Adam Khalil | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-30
After 15-year wait, Palestinian elections face new obstacles following law amendments | Palestinians cast doubt on objective behind recent presidential decrees that might threaten first elections since 2006 | Adam Khalil | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 11: 22 | Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh (C, front row) and representatives of Palestinian factions gather at the Palestinian embassy in Beirut on 3 September 2020 for video conference…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-ele…