Daily Archives: January 2, 2021

2021-01-02: News Headlines

Cancel the Rents Boston (2021-01-02). Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston. zcomm.org The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-01-02). Paygo Exemptions in House Rules Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All, Progressives Say. commondreams.org "Paygo's the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael Knipper, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Johanna Offe, Miriam Orcutt (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Germany's new global health strategy: leaving migrants behind. thelancet.com After 3 years of consultation involving various ministries, academia, youth, civil society, private sector organisations, and an international advisory board, the German Federal Government issued its new global health strategy on Oct 7, 2020.1 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing nationalism, and declining support for WHO by some of its member states, Germany emphasises multilateralism and a global health in all policies approach. This statement is strong and timely, underpinned by unequivocal commitments to health as a human right and universal health coverage free of all forms of discrimination.

Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Legalisation of undocumented immigrants in the USA. thelancet.com In November, 2020, Joseph R Biden Junior was elected to become president of the USA. During his presidential campaign, Biden placed great emphasis on immigration and vowed to reverse many of the existing policies that were enacted under the leadership of President Donald Trump.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-02). Seven bodies of migrants found on Algeria coast. middleeasteye.net Seven bodies of migrants found on Algeria coast | Algerian ports witness an upsurge in attempted illegal crossings of the Mediterranean in recent weeks | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 13: 39 | The body of a migrant recovered from a similar incident on the Tunisian coast (AFP/FILE) | The bodies of seven people washed up on an Algerian beach on Saturday and are thought to have been migrants who were try…

Jon Miltimore (2021-01-02). Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, That's less

John Wojcik (2021-01-02). December was pandemic's deadliest month; vaccination campaign crawls along. peoplesworld.org The year 2020 ended with December as the deadliest and most infectious month of the entire coronavirus pandemic, with the U.S. surpassing 20 million confirmed cases and almost certainly far more. Over 77,000 people died of COVID-19 in the United States in December, with at least 6.4 million new infections, complicated by the emergence of …

Marc Norton (2021-01-02). Prisons and Jails are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders. dissidentvoice.org San Quentin Inmates in federal prisons, state prisons and local jails should be in the first cohort of people to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, …

The Grayzone (2021-01-02). Top 12 The Grayzone stories of 2020: From Julian Assange persecution to Bolivia coup defeat, corporate war on free speech to OPCW cover-up. thegrayzone.com 2020 was a chaotic year for the planet. While the Covid-19 pandemic dominated global politics, The Grayzone continued shining a light on the machinations of empire, from the persecution of imprisoned journalist Julian Assange to the defeat of a US-backed coup regime in Bolivia, from the growing corporate war on free speech to the OPCW's scandalous Syria cover-up. Throughout the year, The Grayzone's website had more than 5.24 million views and 2.48 million unique visitors. Our small, independently funded team …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Rouhani urges Iranians to be careful about UK Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranian people to be careful about UK Covid-19 variant.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran COVID-19 update: 6,045 new cases, 101 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,045 COVID-19 infections and 101 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.

Peter Koenig (2021-01-02). The World Economic Forum (WEF) Knows Best — The Post-Covid "Great Global Reset" globalresearch.ca First published on July 28, 2020 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just made a grandiose discovery and declared (21 July 2020) under the alarming title "This is now the world's greatest threat — and it's not coronavirus". The superb …

The Lancet (2021-01-02). [Editorial] Health as a foundation for society. thelancet.com In 2020, a virus that thrived on chronic disease and inequality became the great revealer. COVID-19 revealed the fragility of civilisations built on social injustices, short-term policies, and a dangerous disregard for the environment. The need to become more resilient to crises of all kinds is almost universally agreed on. But to construct that resilience, a philosophical change in how we care for each other and our environment must be made. Health improvement is the guiding principle to lead a recovery away from regressive policies that harm the most vulnerable (and will result in future catastrophes) and point…

_____ (2021-01-02). Family Faces Eviction By Agency Meant To Help Them. popularresistance.org Philadelphia, PA – Imagine being a parent, hustling "gig economy" jobs, without a home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Jasmine and Ariel, this has been the reality since May. They are a couple in their 30s, both with children from previous relationships, and navigating the minefields of poverty and pandemic. They had an apartment, but when Jasmine missed a check-in with her probation officer, she was sent to prison, leaving Ariel with no way to pay the rent and without a home. | According to a recent study conducted by geographers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there are 10 abandoned properties for eve…

_____ (2021-01-02). Alabama Prisons Are On Strike. popularresistance.org Occupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw land – As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31. | The inhumane conditions of Alabama Department of Corrections, their negligence around COVID-19, and their implementation of video visitation equipment in prisons that ADOC claims is "due to COVID," but is really a front for eliminating in-person visitation, has contributed furt…

Paul Farmer (2021-01-02). Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation. zcomm.org "All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics"

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-02). Erika Farías on strengthening the Bolivarian Revolution amid the blockade. peoplesdispatch.org Erika Farías, mayor of Caracas, Venezuela, spoke to Peoples Dispatch about the challenges of sustaining the Bolivarian process amid the blockade and the efforts by the Venezuelan government to further build the revolution…

teleSUR, CE (2021-01-02). Taekwondo or Ballot Box: President Maduro Ready to Battle Opposition. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela is opting for prudence as the transition of power prepares to take place in the United States and as lobbying by extremists aims to continue the policies of hate and genocide towards Venezuela, namely the cruel economic sanctions (unilateral coercive measures) affecting all of the Venezuelan people in many areas of daily life. | RELATED: | President Nicolas Maduro joined Spanish journalist and professor, Ignacio Ramonet for…

Abhijan Choudhury (2021-01-02). Palestine's children bear the brunt of Israeli occupation. peoplesdispatch.org Last month's murder of 15-year-old Ali Ayman Abu Aliya in the village of Al-Mughayyir was yet another instance of the brutality shown by Israeli occupation forces towards the children of Palestine…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran, Cuba to co-produce COVID-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iran is cooperating with Cuba in producing a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a senior official at the Iranian Health Ministry.

Fight Back (2021-01-02). Wisconsin pharmacist arrested for sabotaging COVID-19 vaccines. fightbacknews.org Grafton, WI — Near the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Grafton – a small rural town just outside the Milwaukee metropolitan area – entered the headlines when the Wisconsin National Guard sent medics to a senior care facility experiencing an outbreak and staff shortages. Since then, thousands of Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19. | Grafton is back in the news this week, and not for a good reason. On December 31, the Grafton police arrested a pharmacist who confessed to tampering with 570 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Aurora Hospital there. The person is being held at the Ozaukee…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Police shut down illegal raves; Dutch, Germans face vaccine issues. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Police in France and Spain have shut down large illegal New Year's parties that lasted for days and which flouted regulations in place to fight coronavirus, while authorities in the Netherlands and Germany are facing mounting pressure over delays and issues related to the rollout of their Covid-19 vaccine programs. …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Mexican doctor in intensive care after getting Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- A physician with a history of allergic reactions remains in intensive care after going into convulsions within 30 minutes of her being injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the Mexican government said Saturday. The 32-year-old doctor is suffering from encephalomyelitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, according to …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). India trials national Covid-19 vaccination program. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- India began a nationwide trial of its Covid-19 vaccination program on Saturday, while it awaits approval of the emergency license for the candidate vaccine developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The first national trial is being conducted in 116 districts in the country — home to some …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-01-02). One year of COVID-19: The known and the unknown. peoplesdispatch.org The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of developing a vaccine has been unprecedented. However, there is still a lot to be understood about the disease and the virus which causes…

Richard Horton (2021-01-02). [Comment] Offline: The age of universal history. thelancet.com At the beginning of 2021, with communities exhausted and shattered, what do we have to look forward to? One scientist, deeply engaged in modelling the pandemic, believes that a vaccine, together with mounting levels of natural immunity, will bring the worst to an end by the summer. I am less confident than him. But I do see an opportunity that is there to be seized. 60 years ago, one of France's leading public intellectuals, Raymond Aron, wrote that "I believe the dawn of universal history is on the point of breaking".

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-02). 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 as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Greater Sydney residents in New South Wales of Australia will have to wear masks or pay AU$200 fine for non-compliance as part of the Covid-19 tightened restrictions announced by the government on Saturday. The new set of guidelines, including the closure of night clubs, to curb the virus spread in …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). South Korea extends Covid-19 restrictions until Jan 17. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday extended the current level of coronavirus restrictions, which includes a ban on gatherings of more than four people, until at least Jan.17 to contain the spread of the virus in the country. The government has enforced Level 2.5 distancing measures — the second-highest in the country's five-tier …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Píllaro's devils dance in virtual challenge to the pandemic. laprensalatina.com Quito, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- The devils of Píllaro, an Ecuadorian city nestled in the heart of the country's Andes mountains, stepped out on Friday to dance, in a virtual challenge to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also threatened the traditional New Year's celebration. The celebration, which involves people wearing giant devil masks dancing in the …

MEE staff (2021-01-02). Palestinian news platform QNN banned by TikTok. middleeasteye.net Palestinian news platform QNN banned by TikTok | Quds News Network slammed the move by the social media giant as politically motivated | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 10: 55 | Popular social media app Tik Tok removed Quds News Network without warning (AFP) | A popular Palestinian news platform said that it was removed from popular social media app TikTok without any notice, in a move it claimed to be connected to news con…

Editor (2021-01-02). Julian Assange's Imprisonment Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom. scheerpost.com Assemblea Nacional Catalana / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Glenn Greenwald / SubStack Persecution is not typically doled out to those who recite mainstream pieties, or refrain from posing meaningful threats to those who wield institutional power, or obediently stay within the lines of permissible speech and activism imposed by the ruling class. Those who render themselves acquiescent and harmless that way… |

Eric van de Beek (2021-01-02). US govt-sponsored website Bellingcat disrupts MH17 trial in Netherlands. thegrayzone.com Bellingcat has attacked defense attorneys and smeared witnesses in the trial over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Is it being used by Western intelligence services to steer the case in a particular direction? (This report was originally published at Eric van de Beek's personal website.) For six years the British website Bellingcat has promoted Ukraine's narrative that Russia shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). With the start of the MH17 trial in March 2020, the self-proclaimed "collective …

David Swanson (2021-01-02). Drone Murder Has Been Normalized. zcomm.org I'm old enough to remember when drone murders were shocking. Heck, I even recall a few people calling them murders…

Nozomi Hayase (2021-01-02). Prosecution of Assange Is an Attack on Our Own Humanity. commondreams.org "The verdict will not only determine the life of Assange, but also the future of journalism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-01-02). The Julian Assange Pardon Drive. popularresistance.org The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to marshal an impressive, even astonishing array of sources and witnesses demolishing the prosecution's case for extradition to the United States, power can be blindly vengeful. | Such blindness is much in evidence in a co-authored contribution to The Daily Signal from th…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). 50 Taliban members killed in Afghanistan's Helmand. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense announced that Mullah Abdul Salam, a key Taliban commander, was killed along with 50 of his men in Nad-e- Ali in Helmand Province.

Jay Janson (2021-01-02). Suckered into Stupid Wars. dissidentvoice.org "Unknown to most Americans, the US 'totally destroyed' North Korea once before" — Irish Times Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later that someone of high notoriety would blurt out the truth about the American genocide in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and lift for a moment the curtain of imbecility that keeps why-me-worry …

MEE and agencies (2021-01-02). Algeria clears Bouteflika's brother of conspiracy. middleeasteye.net Algeria clears Bouteflika's brother of conspiracy | While Said Bouteflika remains in detention pending corruption charges, military court frees former spy chief | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 14: 09 | In 19 May 2012 file photo, Said Bouteflika attends the Algiers funeral of the late singer Warda Al-Jazairia (AFP) | An Algerian court cleared former president Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika's once powerful broth…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-02). Five women killed in Yemen wedding blast. middleeasteye.net Five women killed in Yemen wedding blast | Government and Houthis blame each other for the deaths, which came a day after attacks in Aden killed 26 people | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 10: 13 | The aftermath of an explosion in Yemen (AFP/FILE) | Five women were killed when a shell hit a wedding venue in Yemen's Hodeidah city on New Year's Day, officials said on Saturday. | The government and the Ho…

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2021-01-02). The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming. globalresearch.ca Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.

Sharmila Devi (2021-01-02). [World Report] 2021: a year of humanitarian need. thelancet.com Sharmila Devi looks ahead to the most overlooked humanitarian issues that will arise in 2021.

Anish R (2021-01-02). Indian farmers plan to march into New Delhi if government refuses to heed their demands. peoplesdispatch.org The farmers, who are camped on the outskirts of the capital Delhi, have warned that they will hold a parade in the city on January 26, Republic Day, if the government does not address their key demands…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-02). American Capitalism's Endless Military Drive. dissidentvoice.org The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that weapons exports have risen by 2.8% to $175 billion in 2020. In their annual briefing on US arms sales, the Pentagon and State Department cold-bloodedly described this increase as an "accomplishment". The Permanent Crisis of Capitalism The growth in arms sales is structurally driven by the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-02). Progressives denounce Turkey's persecution of Turkish Cypriot publisher Sener Levent. peoplesdispatch.org The Progressive Party of Working People and Members of the European Parliament from Cyprus expressed solidarity with Turkish Cypriot publisher ≈ûener Levent who is being persecuted for defaming Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

Bryce Covert (2021-01-02). When 'the American Way' Met the Coronavirus. zcomm.org "If you want people to do the right thing you have to make it easy, and we've made it hard."

Rod Driver (2021-01-02). Selling Weapons Part 2: The Military-Industrial Complex. zcomm.org Over a quarter of US senators and congress members have investments in weapons corporations…

Daniel Finn (2021-01-02). Jeremy Corbyn's Opponents Burned the House Down to Stop Him. zcomm.org Keir Starmer has set the seal on a drastic shift to the right for the British Labour Party…

Michael Bueckert (2021-01-02). Yes, the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is intended to censor political expression. zcomm.org 11 examples showing how the IHRA definition poses a threat to free speech and aims to silence Palestinian solidarity…

Kelly Hayes (2021-01-02). 2020 Turned Our Worlds Inside Out. Here's What We Learned. zcomm.org Interview on activist lessons learned in 2020…

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-02). Facebook and the Street. zcomm.org The fact of Facebook has created a situation where the Left often seems to have forgotten how to organize…

Staff (2021-01-02). Climate Justice Advisory Groups Are in Vogue. But Are State Agencies Listening? truthout.org As hurricanes In an a…

Staff (2021-01-02). Activists Say Wealthy Universities' Property Tax Exemptions Hurt Public Schools. truthout.org When the University of Pennsylvania said it would pay $10 million a year for 10 years to address environmental hazards in Philadelphia's public schools, Gerald Campano's reaction was complicated. | "Of course it's important that Penn at least recognizes the profound challenges that the School District of Philadelphia faces with things like lead poisoning and asbestos," Campano, a professor at Penn's Graduate School of Education, said. "But charity is not the same as social and racial justic…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran's plan to start 20% uranium enrichment predictable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said that Iran's decision to initiate 20% uranium enrichment was predictable.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Hezbollah offers condolence over demise of Ayat. Mesbah-Yazdi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Issuing a statement on Saturday, Lebanese Hezbollah expressed condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution over the demise of senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Car bomb blasts in northern Syria (+VIDEO). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Syrian sources say a car bomb had exploded in northern Syria, killing and injuring several.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). VIDEO: Rouhani unveils commemorative stamp of Gen. Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — On the occasion of the first martyrdom anniversary of the Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the commemorative stamp of the Martyr.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran, Iraq seeking to expand academic cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The cultural advisor of the Iraqi Embassy in Iran said that the Iraqi Ministry of Science seeks to expand academic cooperation with Qom University.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Gen. Soleimani shattered all US calculations in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense in a note on the occasion of 1st martyrdom anniversary of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani wrote that martyr Soleimani was a hero who shattered all US calculations in region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Jan. 02. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Saturday, January 02.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Names of defendants of Soleimani assassin. to be publicized. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The head of Hash al-Shaabi PR department announced that the names of those who are accused of having a hand in the assassination of IRGC cmdr. Soleimani and his comrade Abu-Muhandis are to be publicized.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). US has crucial role in rise of terrorism in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — In a tweet on Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry named the US as one of the main reasons for the rise of terrorism in the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran to respond any of enemy's actions with reciprocal blow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — IRGC Chief Commander Major general Hossein Salami warned that Iran will respond to any of the enemy's actions with a reciprocal blow.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). 'Presence of aliens in region must end ASAP'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral said that the presence of aliens in the region, which is detrimental to security and causes sedition, must end as soon as possible…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Commemrating Gen. Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Syria. en.mehrnews.com DAMASCUS, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A ceremony to commemorate General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis was held in the Holy Shrine of Hazrat Ruqayya(S.A) in Damascus.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Vehicle parade on martyr Soleimani's 1st anniv. in Shiraz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A vehicle parade went on in Shiraz, Fars province, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani and Second-in-Command of Iraq's PMU Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Armenia to import 2,250 goods from Iran instead of Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — An official from the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization announced that Armenia has announced that it is to replace 2,250 Turkish products with Iranian goods.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Video-mapping projection on Azadi Tower on Soleimani's anniv. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A 3D lighting (video-mapping) was projected on Tehran's Azadi Tower on the occasion of 1st martyrdom anniversary of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and martyrs of resistance on Fri.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Martyr Soleimani 'hero Cmdr.' of fight against ISIL terrorism. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A member of Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly said,"General Soleimani was a heroic commander in the fight against ISIL terrorism whose measures foiled all the dangerous plots of the US, Zionist Regime, and their allies in West Asia."

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Top Iranian, Omani medical universities sign MoU. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Tehran University of Medical Sciences and National University of Science and Technology of Oman have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in different academic fields.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Armed militants abduct passenger bus in western Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Armed militants abducted a passenger bus in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Saturday, local official Lal Mohammad Omarzai said.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). VIDEO: 'Hard Revenge' animation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — On the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the assassination of Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, 'Ayeh media group' has released an animation about the resistance heroes and the promised 'hard revenge'.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). 140 Republicans to vote to bolster Trump, stop biden. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — To disrupt Congress, bolster Trump, and avoid Biden to become the next US President, around 140 Republicans are expected to vote against the counting of Electoral College votes.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Police seize over 2 tons of illicit drugs in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have confiscated over two tons of narcotics in the province.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Explosion in Somalia kills 3, injures 10. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Local media outlets in Somalia reported on Saturday that an explosion in Mogadishu has left 3 people killed and 10 others injured.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). US withdrawal from region response to Soleimani assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said Iran considers the complete withdrawal of the US forces from the region as a response to martyr Soleimani's assassination.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). US drillers add most oil and gas rigs in 6th weeks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — US energy firms have added oil and natural gas rigs for a sixth week in a row in the best quarter for boosting the rig count since the second quarter of 2017.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Semnan province exports top $216mn in 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A total of 188,430 tons of goods worth $216.42 million were exported form central Semnan province during the nine calendar months to December 20.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iranian President appoints new ambassador to UNESCO. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian president appointed Ahmad Pakatchi as the new ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic to UNESCO.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Four terrorists killed in Algeria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Algerian army on Saturday announced that it has killed four terrorists in an operation at 90 km west of capital Algiers.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran to support anyone confronting Zionist regime: Hajizadeh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force said that Islamic Republic of Iran will throw its weight behind anyone and/or any country that confront the Zionist regime wholeheartedly.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Goods transit via Bashmaq Border hits nearly $3bn in 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Observer of Kordestan Customs Office said that $2,843,416,000 worth of goods was transited via Bashmaq Border Crossing in the first nine months of current Iranian calendar year (from Mar. 21 to Dec. 22).

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Zionists plotting attack against Americans: Zarif to Trump. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — In a tweet on Sat. Iranian FM Zarif warned the outgoing US President that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iranian 'Gabriel' to vie at Beirut Shorts Intl. Film fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The short film "Gabriel" has managed to enter the international competition section of the 14th Beirut Shorts International Film Festival in Lebanon.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Iran to start 20% uranium enrichment soon: Salehi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is planning to start 20% uranium enrichment in the near future, says the organization's chief.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Syrian army launches extensive operations against ISIL. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Syrian army, with support of Russian air force, has launched a large-scale operation in country's deserts against remnants of ISIL.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). A mosque attacked twice in 2 weeks in Germany: Report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Fatih Mosque in Germany's southwestern Baden-Wurttemberg city was attacked for the second time in two weeks on Friday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Trans-regional powers seeking to weaken Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Minister of Defense said that trans-regional powers are seeking to weaken the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). Funeral procession of Ayat. Mesbah-Yazdi in Rey. en.mehrnews.com REY, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The funeral procession of prominent Iranian cleric and jurist Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi was held on Saturday in Shah Abdol-Azim Shrine in Rey.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-02). US expulsion from region to be revenge for Gen. Soleimani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Secretary of the Expediency Council said, "Our tough revenge over the assassination of General Soleimani is the struggle to expel the US from the region so as to rescue the regional countries from state terrorists forever."

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2021-01-02). 2020 Be Gone. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-01-02). Black Agriculture vs. Black Farmer: Remembering George Washington Carver Recognition Day. indybay.org The National Holiday Recognizing George Washington Carver remains cloaked in mystery. Hint: It not USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack the problem, few "Black Farm Leaders" will even will say George Washington Carvers's name or share his journey.

March for Our Lives San Jose (2021-01-02). Saturday 1/16: Redefining Safety: How Gun Violence Disproportionately Impacts Racial Minorities. indybay.org Online Zoom Workshop…

Holy Names University in Oakland (2021-01-02). Thursday 1/14: The Cost of Racism for Everyone: Conversation w/ Racial Justice Advocate, Heather McGhee. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Labor Video Project (2021-01-02). The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (NUN) Rossing Branch & The Struggle of Namibian Workers. indybay.org Namibian labor lawyer Hewat Beukes who represents the the Miners Union of Namibia Rossing branch leaders talks about their case.

SPLDYMS (2021-01-02). Wednesday 1/6: Revelations: Art from the African American South. indybay.org Online via livestream…

David Giesen (2021-01-02). Wednesday 1/20: Good Rodents Day. indybay.org ZOOM meeting: zoom.us/j/92995190119?pwd=dlQrYS82aGdGcn…

Bernd Druecke (2021-01-02). The US election as a turning point. indybay.org The goal of anarchism is to interrupt the continued reproduction of domination. Therefore, we seek emancipatory methods of decision-making that organize social life without leaders, command and obedience. We need enlightenment, a free press critical of domination, counter-publics, and social movements that fight for the dignity of all people. | We will write history from below…

Paul Webster (2021-01-02). [World Report] Canada's municipalities push for health-based climate action. thelancet.com Canada's cities are leading the efforts to stem the harmful effects of the climate emergency on human health. Paul Webster reports from Toronto.

Maxime Guillaume, Agnes Lahary, Linda Zourdani, Edouard Malandain, Ozlem Ozkul-Wermester (2021-01-02). [Clinical Picture] A painless, sudden loss of vision in sickle cell anaemia: central retinal artery occlusion. thelancet.com A 61-year-old woman attended our hospital reporting a painless, sudden loss of vision in her left eye.

Geoff Watts (2021-01-02). [Obituary] John Michael Lane. thelancet.com Field epidemiologist who helped to eradicate smallpox. He was born in Boston, MA, USA, on Feb 14, 1936, and died of colon cancer in Atlanta, GA, USA, on Oct 21, 2020, aged 84 years.

Dorothy E Roberts (2021-01-02). [Perspectives] Abolish race correction. thelancet.com Several years ago my daughter sent me an alarming text. She copied the results of her routine blood work and wrote, "Look at eGFR!". Under the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were listed two numbers—one for non-African Americans and a higher one for African Americans. I was floored. Did this automatic adjustment mean the doctor interpreted my daughter's eGFR differently based simply on her racial identity? The test's categories themselves made no biological sense. "African American", like all racialised populations, is a socially constructed grouping.

Hilary O D Critchley, Malcolm G Munro, Haleema Shakur-Still, Ian Roberts (2021-01-02). [Correspondence] Menstruation should not be overlooked in control of anaemia. thelancet.com The 2020 WHO report on global reduction efforts for anaemia in women of reproductive age1 (15—49 years) shows clearly that without new approaches the global target of a 50% reduction in the percentage of women with anaemia by 2025 will not be met. In most countries, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age has increased and, even in countries where there has been some reduction, no country is on target for a 50% reduction by 2025. To date, global health efforts to reduce anaemia focus largely on nutrition.

_____ (2021-01-02). The Revolutionary Promise Of New Year's Day. popularresistance.org The celebration of New Year's Day as a moment to contemplate renewal, usually personal renewal, follows the calendar adopted by Julius Caesar in 46BC. Designed by Greek mathematicians and astrologers, its sole purpose was to attain greater mathematical accuracy in the alignment of dates to the solar year. | In recent years, Antonio Gramsci's column that was published on 1 January 1916 in the Turin issue of Avanti! has been circulated in progressive circles on New Year's Day. In the column, Gramsci rejected the idea that New Year's Day should be an annual day of renewal and insisted that "I want every morning to b…

_____ (2021-01-02). The Future Will Only Contain What We Put Into It Now. popularresistance.org At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, we take the UN Charter as the foundation of our work. To advance its goals is an essential step for the construction of humanity, which is a concept of aspiration rather than a concept of fact; we are not yet human beings, but we strive to become human. Imagine if we lived in a world without war and with respect for international law, if we lived in a world that honoured fundamental human rights and tried to promote the widest social progress? This would a be a world where the productive resources would no longer be used for military hardware but would be used to…

_____ (2021-01-02). Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop. popularresistance.org The current rationale for Washington's South China Sea policy continues to reference history and law as a justification for reinforcing U.S. military presence in the region. Further, Washington's reliance on a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, not only circumvents normative interpretations of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but uses this ruling to build cooperation among partner States to overlook the details of both China's claim and the U.S. policy that originally recognized China's maritime boundary. | This article refutes Washington's version of history as well as the legal claims it as…

Peter Kuper (2021-01-02). Final Stages of White House Employment. thenation.com Final Stages of White House Employment…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). One year after Soleimani's assassination, Iraq remains in cross fire. laprensalatina.com By Nawar Alrikabi and Francesca Cicardi Baghdad/Cairo, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- A year after the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani by the United States in Baghdad, Iraq remains caught in crossfire between the US and Iran. Similar attacks could still play out, although the arrival of the more moderate Joe Biden in the White …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Kabul University attack mastermind sentenced to death. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- An Afghan special court has sentenced to death the mastermind behind the worst attack on Kabul University in two decades that left 22 people dead and 40 injured. "In a special Primary Court, Muhamad Adil, the main mastermind and planner of the terrorist attack on Kabul University was sentenced to death …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Life returns to normal in Wuhan. laprensalatina.com A year after becoming the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuhan is returning to normal. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer ROMAN PILIPEY…

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Tokyo urges Japan government to declare state of emergency. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- The local authorities in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Saturday asked Japan's central government to declare a state of emergency due to the record levels of coronavirus infections that these regions have been seeing. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Governors of Saitama (Motohiro Ono), Chiba (Kensaku Morita) and Kanagawa …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Iran says it will enrich uranium up to 20 percent. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20 percent purity, a level it reached before the historic 2015 nuclear agreement it signed with six world powers. "Iran has informed the agency that in order to comply with a legal act …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). Spurs see off ambitious Leeds; Sheffield winless run continues at Palace. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 3-0 win against Leeds United in Saturday's early kickoff thanks to first half goals from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Ezgjan Alioski clumsily brought down Steven Bergwijn. The England striker then turned provider when he drifted into …

Online News Editor (2021-01-02). PSG confirm Pochettino as coach after Tuchel dismissal. laprensalatina.com Paris, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint Germain confirmed the signing of Argentinean Mauricio Pochettino as the team's new coach on Saturday, four days after German Thomas Tuchel officially left the club. In a statement, PSG said it was "pleased" to announce the appointment of the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, who has signed a contract until …

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-01). Fingers point to U.S.-backed Gov't in Colombia's ninetieth massacre of the Year. mronline.org "The Trump administration waged a full scale campaign to undermine Colombia's peace accords. We must not waste our time hoping the Biden administration might reverse course, we must demand it." — James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice…

Brett Wilkins (2021-01-01). National park ranger condemned for attacking unarmed Indigenous man on sacred Native land. nationofchange.org "Public lands are stolen lands," asserted Red Nation. "Indigenous people have the right to practice their culture and spiritual ways on Indigenous land without fear of repression, discrimination, or violence."

Eds. (2021-01-01). These indigenous women are leading a land struggle against the wealthiest people in the U.S. mronline.org While the United States shudders in the shambles of another election year, whether from a collective sigh of relief or fear of what's to come, a different system of governance blooms in a swath of woodlands jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.

Liz Kimbrough (2021-01-01). Top Positive Environmental Stories From 2020. commondreams.org This year, species were brought back from the edge of extinction, interest in renewable energy surged, environmental monitoring technology improved, new protected areas were created, and a few Indigenous women leaders got some long-overdue credit and recognition. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Peruvians look to dispel negative energy of pandemic-plagued 2020. laprensalatina.com By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Hoping to leave behind the evils of 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic that has claimed nearly 38,000 lives, Peruvians faithful to the ways of their indigenous ancesters are flocking to this capital's Wishes Fair to cleanse their auras and petition the gods for good fortune in 2021. …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Migrant workers, the weak link in Southeast Asia's pandemic response. laprensalatina.com Gaspar Ruiz-Canela Bangkok, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- Pyaw Sone brought in the new year confined to a dormitory — fenced off with barbed wire — along with 4,000 other mostly migrant workers, amidst the largest Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand since the start of the pandemic. Migrant workers have been particularly affected by outbreaks in Southeast Asian …

Paul Street (2021-01-01). Petit-Bourgeois "Normalcy" Pining at The New York Times. counterpunch.org Few things nauseate quite so much as "liberal" professional class pining for "normalcy" — a return to the supposedly good way things were — after Trump and COVID-19. Look at last Sunday's New York Times' Sunday Review section. It begins by asking readers what they would give to be standing at a bar in a

Karen Conner (2021-01-01). Surprise Medical Billing Legislation is Good News for Patients, CEPR Co-Director Says. cepr.net Washington DC — In response to Surprise Medical Billing legislation inserted into the omnibus spending and COVID relief bill introduced December 21st (passing on December 22nd), CEPR Co-Director Eileen Appelbaum issued the following statement: "We commend Congressional leaders for passing a spending and relief package that includes legislation to end surprise medical billing. That is …

Cesar Chelala (2021-01-01). Girls' Education is Another Casualty of the Coronavirus Pandemic. counterpunch.org Girls' education, particularly in developing countries, is being hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. Drawing on lessons from the Ebola outbreak, the Malala Fund (Girl's education and COVID-19) estimates that approximately 20 million more secondary school-aged girls could be out of school after the end of the pandemic, only exacerbating the serious educational inequality between girls

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-01). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. counterpunch.org On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result

Tony Murphy (2021-01-01). Capitalism's COVID relief shell game. workers.org

Karen Conner (2021-01-01). Here's What You Helped CEPR Accomplish in 2020. Where Do You Want To Go In 2021? cepr.net What we accomplished in 2020, and why we need your support heading into 2021.. CEPR News for December 23, 2020 Subscribe to the CEPR News by signing up here. As 2020 Draws to a Close, Let's Review What We Accomplished This Year CEPR sprang into action this year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning …

teleSUR (2021-01-01). Over 52% of Ecuadoreans Fell Into Poverty in 2020. telesurenglish.net United Nations Children's Fund Office (UNICEF) in Ecuador warned of the increase in poverty indicators as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting a total of 3.2 million new poor people in 2020. | RELATED: | The UN agency noted that 1.8 million people lived in poverty while extreme poverty conditions reached 1.4 million people. Low-income families with children were impacted the most by the pandemic. | Between Dec.

sputniknews (2021-01-01). Wisconsin Pharmacist Jailed After Purposely Spoiling Hundreds of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses. sputniknews.com In mid-December 2020, Americans began receiving vaccines against COVID-19, after the country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized two jabs — the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, developed in cooperation between the US-based Pfizer and the German-based BioNTech SE companies, and a second vaccine from US-based Moderna.

Staff (2021-01-01). US Barely Kept Track of the Nearly 3,000 Health Care Workers That Died in 2020. truthout.org This story also ran on More than 2,900 U.S. health care workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic since March, a far higher number than that reported by the government, according to a new anal…

Brian Cloughley (2021-01-01). Covid, Brexit and Dreadnought : the UK Slides Into Economic And Social Turmoil. counterpunch.org Covid-19 is familiar to us as the virus causing a worldwide pandemic that has killed millions. Brexit is withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which, although calamitous for Britain, is not a matter for wide international concern. And thirdly, as the excellent researchers of the House of Commons note, "the Dreadnought program is about the design,

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). 114 deaths, 6,286 infections in past 24h: Health Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) —Spokesperson for Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Lari said on Fri. that in the past 24 hours, 114 patients have lost their lives to Covid-19, while 6,286 new coronavirus cases have been detected in the nationwide.

RT (2021-01-01). Hundreds of Israelis get infected with Covid-19 after receiving Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — reports. rt.com With the vaccine not providing immediate immunity to the coronavirus, over two hundred Israeli citizens have been diagnosed with the disease days after getting the Pfizer/BioNTech jabs, local media reported. | The number of those who got Covid-19 despite being vaccinated was at around 240 people, according to data from Channel 13 News. | The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which the Israeli health authorities rely on, doesn't contain the coronavirus and can't infect the recipient. But time is needed for the genetic code in the drug to train the immune system to recognize and attack the disease. | The course of the US…

teleSUR (2021-01-01). World Welcomes 2021 With Low-Key Celebrations Due to Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The world welcomed 2021 with over 83 million COVID-19 cases and over 1.8 million deaths. In most major cities, celebrations were discreet, amid strict health restrictions, and no mass festivities or street gatherings. | Latin America closes 2020 as the region most affected by COVID-19, with Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico among the nations with the highest number of cases. | However, people look to 2021 with hope. Although the pandemic continues to cause harm, confidence is growing as vaccines come into use. |

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Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-01-01). Chronic Fatigue Syndromes and the Gardasil Scandal: POTS and the Dangers of Aluminum-Adjuvanted Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the ongoing debate on the Covid vaccine, this incisive article by Dr. Gary Kohls was first published by Global Research on May 3, 2017. | *** | "The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: …

teleSUR (2021-01-01). 1.8 Mln Doses of Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Arrive in Indonesia. telesurenglish.net A total of 1.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech on Thursday arrived in Indonesia. | RELATED: | Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said this is the second batch of the Sinovac vaccine delivery for Indonesia, and that the first batch of 1.2 million doses arrived on Dec. 6. | "With this arrival, it means that there are already 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccin…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-01). Canada: The 2009 Killer H1N1 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the current debate on the Covid19 vaccine, this article on the H1N1 vaccine was first published on November 20, 2009. | In 2009, the Canadian media provided us with detailed coverage on the adverse health impacts of the …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-01). Canada: The Killer H1N1 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the current debate on the Covid19 vaccine, this article on the H1N1 vaccine was first published on November 20, 2009. | In 2009, the Canadian media provided us with detailed coverage on the adverse health impacts of the …

teleSUR (2021-01-01). WHO Authorizes Universal Access for Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine. telesurenglish.net We have given the emergency approval in favor of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will facilitate its use in countries that have not yet validated it. | This is a very positive step to guarantee universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, said Mariangela Simao, director in charge of access to medicines at the World Health Organization (WHO). | RELATED: | For the specialist, an even greater effort is needed to ensure that…

Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury (2021-01-01). Overshadowed by COVID: The Deadly Extreme Weather of 2020. commondreams.org 2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic—and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2021-01-01). Venezuela Announces Return of 7+7 Quarantine. telesurenglish.net Venezuelans are resuming, as of this Monday, the conscious and voluntary quarantine under the 7+7 scheme, according to an announcement from today by Vice President Delcy Rodriguez. | RELATED: | A total of 437 new cases of COVID-19, all of which were community transmitted, were detected in the last 24 hours of 2020 by Venezuelan health authorities, bringing the total number of infections to 113,558, while the rate…

_____ (2021-01-01). Prisons And Jails Are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders. popularresistance.org One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer at New York's Rikers Island jail complex. | If compassion for prisoners does not move policy makers or the general public, then eyes should turn to a pair of recent studies, one by the Prison Policy Initiative and the other by the Marshall Project, focused on prisons and jails in the U.S. According to data in these two reports: | Prisons and jails are "super-spreaders" of the virus, not only among prisoners,…

_____ (2021-01-01). Equity Is More Than Words. popularresistance.org On behalf of Physician Women SOAR, an antiracist physician group, we wish to respond to the Indiana University Health (IU Health) statement regarding the medical treatment provided to the late Dr. Susan Moore, a Black physician who was admitted to IU Health in early December for COVID-19. | Twelve hours after she was discharged from IU Health, Dr. Moore was readmitted to another hospital in respiratory failure, where she was quickly transferred to the ICU. Dr. Moore remained in critical condition for over two more weeks and died on December 20th. While admitted to IU Health, Dr. Moore was treated so poorly that s…

RT (2021-01-01). Norway to lift UK travel ban but will keep special quarantine & testing rules amid concerns over new Covid-19 strain. rt.com Norway has announced it will end travel restrictions placed on the UK aimed at stopping the spread of a coronavirus mutation. It said that special rules pertaining to travelers from the country will remain in place, however. | The Norweigan government

RT (2021-01-01). WATCH Piers Corbyn FIRE-BREATHING as he stages anti-lockdown 'party' in London. rt.com Piers Corbyn, a prominent anti-lockdown activist and brother of Labour's ex-leader, has violated anti-coronavirus measures again and taken part in a restriction-defying party in London, announcing his bid for the city's mayor. | Multiple gatherings in violation of the UK's strict anti-coronavirus rules took place across the English capital overnight. While some were merely New Year celebrations, other 'parties' carried quite a political charge as well. | A massive gathering, dubbed the NYE Party of Parties, was staged by Piers Corbyn along the South Bank. The event attracted over 1,000 people, united in defyin…

RT (2021-01-01). Portugal promises 'fair, green & digital' Covid recovery for EU as it assumes European Council presidency. rt.com Portugal has taken the reins of the European Council, vowing in its role as president of the group to implement a sustainable economic recovery for the bloc and act as a fair negotiator between the UK and the EU. | Lisbon was handed the rotating presidency by Germany, and will lead the council until June. The leadership role, which is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers, changes hands between EU member states every six months. Portugal's term officially began on January 1, 2021. | A website dedicated to Portugal's new role explained that the country was committed to pursuing "a fair, green and dig…

Laurel Mellin (2021-01-01). How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021. salon.com Emotional brain training can help people who get stuck experiencing high stress and negative emotions…

Staff (2021-01-01). Dr. Paul Farmer: Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation. democracynow.org As the United States sets records for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations, we speak with one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases, Dr. Paul Farmer, who says the devastating death toll in the U.S. reflects decades of underinvestment in public health and centuries of social inequality. "All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics," says Dr. Farmer, a professor of medicine at Harvard University, chair of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health.

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). US ends 2020 with record hospitalizations, black Covid forecasts. laprensalatina.com By Lucia Leal Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The United States on Thursday closes out 2020 with a record number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 and with discouraging forecasts for the first months of 2021 after the arrival of the mutated and much more infectious British strain of the coronavirus and the slowness of the vaccination …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Pandemic casts pall over New Year's in Brazil. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- Brazilians welcomed 2021 on Friday without the typical raucous celebrations, ruled out by authorities as Covid-19 deaths continue to mount at a rate of more a thousand a day. Rio de Janeiro scrapped the world-renowned seaborne fireworks extravaganza that in previous years drew more than 2 million people to …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). US senator from Georgia enters 14-day quarantine before key runoff race. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Republican Senator from Georgia David Perdue on Thursday began a 14-day quarantine after having contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19, a situation that complicates his party's campaign to retain his Senate seat five days before key runoff elections in his state. Perdue is one of two GOP senators …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). 'We have the right to enjoy ourselves': Wuhan celebrates end of 2020. laprensalatina.com Jesus Centeno Wuhan, China, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- A couple walked along a crowded pedestrian street and could not believe their eyes: Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 began to spread and the one that experienced the first lockdown, was celebrating en masse the arrival of the new year, almost as if nothing had happened. From early …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Muted New Year's celebrations bid farewell to 2020. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Jan 1 (EPA-EFE).- The coronavirus pandemic has forced traditional New Year's Eve celebrations to be cancelled as millions of people around the world said goodbye to 2020 from behind closed doors, away from large crowds. With most of the world's population under some form of restrictions to fight Covid-19, including lockdowns and bans …

MEE correspondent (2021-01-01). Egypt's healthcare system pushed to brink as Covid-19 cases escalate. middleeasteye.net Egypt's healthcare system pushed to brink as Covid-19 cases escalate | The government has banned wedding and funeral gatherings in bid to stem rapid rise in infection and deaths | Fri, 01/01/2021 – 12: 19 | Health officials warn that the true figure of fatalities from Covid-19 in Egypt may be far higher than reported (AFP) | Rapidly rising Covid-19 infections are setting off alarm bells…

MEE staff (2021-01-01). 'Think of the children': Pope Francis shares worries for Yemen in New Year message. middleeasteye.net 'Think of the children': Pope Francis shares worries for Yemen in New Year message | Catholic pope says six-year conflict, which shows no signs of easing, has 'numerous innocent victims' | Fri, 01/01/2021 – 20: 15 | Pope's blessing was moved indoors to limit spread of Covid-19 (AFP) | Pope Francis delivered an appeal for world peace on Friday and highlighed his worries about Yemen, a country that has been plag…

teleSUR (2021-01-01). New Yorkers Celebrate 2021 Virtually Amid Raging Pandemic. telesurenglish.net New Yorkers stuck to the century-old tradition of celebrating New Year in Times Square on Thursday with a live performance but no massive live audience. | RELATED: | Most revelers who would have flocked to Times Square joined people from other places to virtually celebrate the advent of New Year 2021. Viewers were enabled to enjoy a commercial-free webcast coverage of the celebrations via mobile streaming or on so…

Ted Glick (2021-01-01). Thinking Beyond the Pandemic. zcomm.org Let's make a commitment on this new year's day that we will do all we can in the coming weeks and months to come out of this pandemic clearly pointed down this hopeful road…

J. David McSwane (2021-01-01). "Those of Us Who Don't Die Are Going to Quit" zcomm.org Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over…

sputniknews (2021-01-01). From Largest Communal Dispute to an End to Colonial Baggage: Top 10 India Events in 2020. sputniknews.com From a pandemic-induced migration crisis to a Supreme Court judgement in favour of Ram Mandir, 2020 has been an eventful year for India. Here is a recap of 10 major developments in the nation that have made the boldest headlines.

sputniknews (2021-01-01). Pop Icon Elton John Says Zoom Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Have Been 'Lifesaver' During Pandemic. sputniknews.com In July 2020, the British-born singer and songwriter, whose past was full of struggles with drugs and alcohol, commemorated the three-decade milestone of his "sobriety birthday", admitting, "If I hadn't finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I'd be dead".

Staff (2021-01-01). 2020's Legislative Attacks on Gig Workers Will Change Labor Forever. truthout.org In 2020, we saw perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history, a presidential election whose outcome could have changed the nature of U.S. democracy, a global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands and has completely transformed everyday life, and a recession that has left millions unemployed. | Buried in all of these momentous events, something happened which could take labor laws in the United States down a dangerous road. California's Proposition 22 was the most expensive ballot initi…

Editor (2021-01-01). Best of 'Scheer Intelligence' 2020: Chomsky, Abdullah, Prins, and More. scheerpost.com Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and the 2020 general election, Robert Scheer and the "Scheer Intelligence" team made sure to bring you progressive perspectives from a wide range of distinguished voices including Noam Chomsky, Melina Abdullah, Nomi Prins, Oliver Stone, and many more, to grapple with a crisis-ridden year and offer hopeful …

J. David McSwane (2021-01-01). "Those of Us Who Don't Die Are Going to Quit": A Crush of Patients, Dwindling Supplies and the Nurse Who Lost Hope. commondreams.org Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-01-01). Biden Predicts Surge In Deaths. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden gave what was billed as a "major speech" on the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke following a meeting with his coronavirus advisory panel. | In perfunctory remarks that lasted barely 15 minutes, Biden provided a grim description of the mass death already occurring and predicted that things would get only worse in the coming months. "We will lose tens of thousands more lives in the months to come," he said. "Hospitals are being stretched beyond capacity. That is data before the impact of cases coming from the holidays and this coming holiday of New Year's Eve. | "We ha…

RT (2021-01-01). It can't get any worse! Russians say 2021 will be a better year in new poll, although one in four anxious about future. rt.com Pandemics, wars and rampaging wildfires. The news from 2020 read more like a script for a Hollywood disaster film. But, now it's over, the majority of Russians think that things can only get better, according to a new poll. | A study of more than 1,600 people in the world's largest country However, one in four of those surveyed said they were looking to the new year with a…

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Ford, Mahindra cancel joint venture plan citing pandemic. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Ford Motor and Indian automaker Mahindra on Thursday said they had canceled joint venture plans to co-develop vehicles, citing economic conditions caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the companies, the decision "was driven by fundamental changes in global economic and business conditions — caused, in part, by the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Times Square deserted as New York welcomes 2021 amid pandemic. laprensalatina.com New York, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- Breaking almost a century-old tradition of raucous celebrations, New York welcomed New Year at midnight on Thursday with the Times Square practically deserted. There were a handful of essential workers and the police officers deployed in the area, who were the only ones to witness the dropping of the iconic …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-01). The Julian Assange Pardon Drive. counterpunch.org The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to

teleSUR, CE (2021-01-01). Colombia Ends the Year 2020 with 91st Massacre. telesurenglish.net Seven people were killed and one person was injured in the Colombian city of Buenaventura, the Valle del Cauca department, on the night of the 30th/morning of the 31st of December, in the 91st massacre of the year 2020. | RELATED: | According to authorities, this was a case of settling of accounts by criminal gangs that are disputing the territory. The mayor of Buenaventura, Mauricio Aguirre Obando, stated that…

teleSUR (2021-01-01). Venezuela: Opposition-Controlled Parliament To Fade Next Week. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's new Parliament will elect its Board of Directors on January 5, thus renewing the Legislative branch that has promoted foreign aggression and economic sanctions against the country over the last five years. | RELATED: | Since its installation in Jan. 2016, the outgoing opposition-controlled National Assembly advanced an agenda aimed at delegitimizing President Nicolas Maduro's administration and supporting for…

Sam Bahour (2021-01-01). Jews of the World, Disunite…in Israel! counterpunch.org Stop loving Israel to death. If you are Jewish and living outside of Israel, what are you waiting for? Israel awaits you. What's taking you so long? Uncle Bibi wants YOU! As a Palestinian living in Palestine, I anxiously await your arrival. I have spoken directly to thousands of you over decades about Israel and

Staff (2021-01-01). People's Vaccine: Calls Grow for Equal Access to Coronavirus Vaccine as Rich Countries Hoard Supply. democracynow.org While the United States, Britain and other wealthy countries race to vaccinate their populations against the coronavirus, a new report finds that as much as 90% of the population in dozens of poorer countries could be forced to wait until at least 2022 because wealthy countries are hoarding so much of the vaccine supply. A growing movement is calling for the development of a people's vaccine and the suspension of intellectual property rights to expand access. We speak with Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, a policy adviser to the People's Vaccine Alliance, and Achal Prabhala, a public health advocate and coordinator of the…

Staff (2021-01-01). Colonization Fueled Ebola: Dr. Paul Farmer on "Fevers, Feuds & Diamonds" & Lessons from West Africa. democracynow.org We continue our conversation with medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer, whose new book, "Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds," tells the story of his efforts to fight Ebola in 2014 and how the history of slavery, colonialism and violence in West Africa exacerbated the outbreak. "Care for Ebola is not rocket science," says Dr. Farmer, who notes that doctors know how to treat sick patients. But the public health response was overwhelmingly focused not on care but containment, Dr. Farmer says, which "generated very painful echoes from colonial rule."

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-01-01). Roaming Charges: It is What It is, But is That All There is? counterpunch.org In order to understand the sometimes perplexing nuances of the US political economy, you first have to realize that the people who manage it believe as an article of faith that the poor have too much money and the rich not enough.

F. William Engdahl (2021-01-01). Flying Pigs Saga Continued: WHO admits no Deadly Mutation of the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu. globalresearch.ca Alleged Mutation of the H1N1 virus, then in 2009 and now in 2020-2021 with the SARS-2-CoV virus. | This article was first published on September 29, 2009. | *** | The World Health Organization, the UN agency (ir-)responsible for declaring a Phase …

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-01). You don't want to imagine an ocean without coral reefs — but you might have to. peoplesdispatch.org Coral reefs across the world may disappear by the 2040s, according to a new report. While it's tempting to blame 'humanity' for this crisis, the truth is that it is the social formation called capitalism that is central to global warming…

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-01). You Don't Want to Imagine an Ocean Without Coral Reefs, But You Might Have to. counterpunch.org The average temperature in oceans has increased by 0.1 degrees Celsius (32.18 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past century as a result—among other factors—of increased use of fossil fuels. This increase in atmospheric warming, combined with phenomenon such as the 1997-98 and 2010 El Niño, have resulted in catastrophic coral reef degradation. But these earlier episodes do not compare to the impact of the long period of coral reef bleaching from 2014 to 2017; for example, the 1997-98 period saw the death of 16 percent of coral reefs, while the 2014-2017 warming saw 80 percent of the Great Barrier Reef suffer…

David Swanson (2021-01-01). Drone Murder Has Been Normalized. counterpunch.org If I search on Google for the words "drones" and "morality" most of the results are from 2012 through 2016. If I search for "drones" and "ethics" I get a bunch of articles from 2017 to 2020. Reading the various websites confirms the obvious hypothesis that (as a rule, with plenty of exceptions) "morality" is

_____ (2021-01-01). What We Learned In Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing. popularresistance.org The prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange would be a landmark test of the First Amendment right to publish if he were brought to trial in the United States, as press freedom groups, constitutional lawyers, and newsrooms across the board have sounded the alarm about the ways in which the U.S. indictment intends to silence investigative journalism around the world. | But Assange would first have to be extradited from the United Kingdom, where he has been imprisoned in HMP Belmarsh for over a year and a half. At Assange's extradition hearing in London, comprising one week of oral arguments in February an…

Devin C (2021-01-01). Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE! workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek/Cherokee/Yuchi/Choctaw/Shawnee/Chickasaw land As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31. The . . . |

Devin C (2021-01-01). Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE! workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw land As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused . . . |

Patrick Bond (2021-01-01). As South African climate justice veterans fall, consciousness begins reviving, from below and across. mronline.org On three days last week—December 23-25—South Africa's east coast province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) lost three of its clearest voices for social justice and environmental sanity: rural women's leader Sizani Ngubane (74), trade unionist Patrick Mkhize (60) and progressive activist Faith ka-Manzi (52).

Andrew Levine (2021-01-01). Donald the Culpable. counterpunch.org To the best of my knowledge, Donald Trump has never actually shot anybody on Fifth Avenue, not yet anyway, though the thought of acting out that famous boast of his must surely have crossed his mind. The man is amoral and sadistic, and always looking for ways to show off what he can get away

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-01-01). Best of CounterSpin 2020. fair.org (photo: Daniel Arauz/Wikimedia) | As we start a new year, longtime CounterSpin listeners will know, we revisit a few of our weekly looks behind the headlines. We call it "the best of," but it's just a reflection of the sorts of conversations we hope have offered some voice or context or information that you might not have heard elsewhere, or that might help you assess the news you are hearing. We're thankful to all of the activists, researchers, reporters and advocates who appear on the show to help us understand the world and how we can change it.

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-01). Facebook and the Street. counterpunch.org Ever since I signed onto Facebook twelve years ago, I've learned some interesting things about music, art, and sport. I've also engaged in intelligent and informative conversations with people about politics and the aforementioned topics. My original reason for signing up had to do with being able to see photos posted by family and friends.

Eds. (2021-01-01). Five radical films to watch this holiday. mronline.org In this powerful new documentary, filmmaker James Erskine utilises journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl's interviews with Billie Holiday's associates to illustrate how the singer overcame adversity to become one of the greatest artists in American music.

Nancy Krieger (2021-01-01). Queen of the Bolsheviks. mronline.org Now forgotten, Dr. Marie Equi (1872—1952) was a physician for working-class women and children, a lesbian, and a dynamic and flamboyant political activist. She was a "firebrand in the causes of suffrage, labor and peace, in Portland in the 'teens, '20s, and '30s." A reformer turned revolutionary, Equi earned the nickname "Queen of the Bolsheviks," …

Jenn Beverly (2021-01-01). City of Denver 2021 budget cuts pay for workers, gives future raises to Denver Police. liberationnews.org It's staggering to know that even the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression won't stop the City of Denver from spending millions on cops.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-01). The Aftermath of the George Floyd Rebellion. counterpunch.org The media may not cover them much anymore, but Black Lives Matter protests have not died out completely. At their height, last summer, multiple cities convulsed in protest simultaneously. Smaller gatherings still trickle into public parks in cities like Washington, D.C., they have not stopped totally; nor, at all, have the police killings that prompted

Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell (2021-01-01). In the Fabric of the Cuban Revolution. dissidentvoice.org Image from the Plaza of the Revolution by Bill Hackwell Time is starting to distance itself from that dramatic moment, 6 years ago today, when the final 3 members of the Cuban Five were freed from the prisons of the Empire after 16 years. Never the less, because of a healthy distrust of the US …

Eds. (2021-01-01). Don't You Mess With Cuba — video. mronline.org World Premiere!!!..üòâüòâüòâ…subtitled version of the video clip "Don't You Mess With Cuba"

Desiree Hellegers (2021-01-01). Victor Jara's Hands: An Anti-Fascist Memoir-festo and Brief Personal History of Neoliberalism. counterpunch.org You can easily carbon date your friends on Facebook based on where they were during any major milestone in U.S. history. As a university professor teaching now for decades at what we euphemistically call a "land grant" university, many of my students these days were born after 9-11—into the U.S.'s seemingly endless "War on Terror." It's a war that some of their family members died in, but one that few of them seem to know much about.

Peter Coyote — Terry Bisson (2021-01-01). The Grinnell 14 Go to Washington. counterpunch.org It was autumn in Iowa, it was 1961. It was fifty years ago. The sanitized 1950s, its Men in Grey Flannel Suits, and the Military-Industrial complex President Eisenhower warned about, were the dominant voices. Bob Dylan had just released his first record, and the folk music movement was emerging, but the old order maintained cultural

Erik Molvar (2021-01-01). The Times Call for a Bold Conservation Agenda, Will Biden Seize the Moment? counterpunch.org For four long years, Donald Trump and his industry cronies have waged war on lands, wildlife, climate, and science itself. They leave behind a legacy of shattered agencies, broken regulations, and demoralized public servants. At the same time, America's awareness of environmental justice disparities — and the moral imperative to alleviate the burdens of pollution

Patrick Bond (2021-01-01). As South African Climate Justice Veterans Fall, Consciousness Begins Reviving, From Below and Across. counterpunch.org As South African climate justice veterans fall, consciousness begins reviving, from below and across Deaths of four frontline KwaZulu-Natal activists — and latest Durban oil refinery explosion — define 2021 battlegrounds On three days last week — December 23-25 — South Africa's east coast province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) lost three of its clearest voices for

Joseph Natoli (2021-01-01). Right Now: The New Year. counterpunch.org "[S]ocial media had provided a breeding ground for fanaticism, authoritarianism, and nihilism. It had also proved to be easily manipulated, not least by foreign agents." — Jill LePore, These Truths President-elect Biden may succeed in forming an administration that represents differences of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, and gender identity but the disruptive differences regarding truth, reality,

Scott Ferguson (2021-01-01). Money as a Constitutional Project with Christine Desan. mronline.org In this episode we are joined by Christine Desan, Leo Goettlieb professor of law at Harvard Law School to discuss her excellent book, Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism.

Charlotte Dennett (2021-01-01). The Georgia Fraud Story You Haven't Heard: Sec of State Raffensperger Speaks With a Forked Tongue. counterpunch.org In recent weeks, the news filling American living rooms is that Georgia's Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, bravely stood up to President Trump's claim of voter fraud in the November 2020 elections and continues to do so now that Georgians are heading to the polls next week to decide a crucial runoff election that

Gloria La Riva (2021-01-01). Cuba welcomes 2021 in victory, introduces new monetary policy. liberationnews.org Today, January 1, the 62nd anniversary of Cuba's revolutionary victory, the government is implementing a sweeping economic policy with reorganization of the monetary system to promote more efficiency and greater production.

RT (2021-01-01). 'Keep the light on' Sturgeon tells EU, suggesting Scotland might SECEDE from post-Brexit UK 'soon'. rt.com Within minutes of Brexit taking effect, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted a message to Brussels that Scotland might be rejoining the EU "soon," following up on a recent demand for another independence referendum. | "Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on," Sturgeon said as clocks struck midnight in Brussels and the UK's exit from the European Union became official on Friday. | | Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on üè¥Û ÅßÛ Å¢&Uci…

RT (2021-01-01). Independent Britain's first day: Channel traffic smooth on French & UK sides as new post-Brexit era begins. rt.com Despite fears of a transport collapse, freight traffic across the Channel continued without major hold-ups and complications in the first hours of Friday after the UK officially quit the EU customs union. | Hundreds of lorries have already travelled between France and Britain in both directions through the Channel Tunnel, while dozens more have been transported by ferries. | "The traffic was strong enough for an exceptional and historic night," a spokesman for Getlink, the Channel Tunnel's operator, told AFP, adding that "everything went well." | Due to Britain no longer being part of the EU customs union, the…

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Cancel the Rents builds people power to stop evictions in Boston
Cancel the Rents Boston | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
The following is a guest statement by Cancel the Rents Boston, a collective of activists and residents organizing to fight against housing displacement exacerbated by COVID-19, anchored in the heart of Roxbury…
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Paygo Exemptions in House Rules Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All, Progressives Say
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-02
"Paygo's the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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50 Taliban members killed in Afghanistan's Helmand
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense announced that Mullah Abdul Salam, a key Taliban commander, was killed along with 50 of his men in Nad-e- Ali in Helmand Province.
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Top 12 The Grayzone stories of 2020: From Julian Assange persecution to Bolivia coup defeat, corporate war on free speech to OPCW cover-up
The Grayzone | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-02
2020 was a chaotic year for the planet. While the Covid-19 pandemic dominated global politics, The Grayzone continued shining a light on the machinations of empire, from the persecution of imprisoned journalist Julian Assange to the defeat of a US-backed coup regime in Bolivia, from the growing corporate war on free speech to the OPCW's scandalous Syria cover-up. Throughout the year, The Grayzone's website had more than 5.24 million views and 2.48 million unique visitors. Our small, independently funded team …
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December was pandemic's deadliest month; vaccination campaign crawls along
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-02
The year 2020 ended with December as the deadliest and most infectious month of the entire coronavirus pandemic, with the U.S. surpassing 20 million confirmed cases and almost certainly far more. Over 77,000 people died of COVID-19 in the United States in December, with at least 6.4 million new infections, complicated by the emergence of …
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Family Faces Eviction By Agency Meant To Help Them
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-02
Philadelphia, PA – Imagine being a parent, hustling "gig economy" jobs, without a home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For Jasmine and Ariel, this has been the reality since May. They are a couple in their 30s, both with children from previous relationships, and navigating the minefields of poverty and pandemic. They had an apartment, but when Jasmine missed a check-in with her probation officer, she was sent to prison, leaving Ariel with no way to pay the rent and without a home. | According to a recent study conducted by geographers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, there are 10 abandoned properties for eve…
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[Correspondence] Germany's new global health strategy: leaving migrants behind
Michael Knipper, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Johanna Offe, Miriam Orcutt | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
After 3 years of consultation involving various ministries, academia, youth, civil society, private sector organisations, and an international advisory board, the German Federal Government issued its new global health strategy on Oct 7, 2020.1 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, growing nationalism, and declining support for WHO by some of its member states, Germany emphasises multilateralism and a global health in all policies approach. This statement is strong and timely, underpinned by unequivocal commitments to health as a human right and universal health coverage free of all forms of discrimination.
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Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation
Paul Farmer | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
"All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics"
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Julian Assange's Imprisonment Exposes U.S. Myths About Freedom
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-01-02
Assemblea Nacional Catalana / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Glenn Greenwald / SubStack Persecution is not typically doled out to those who recite mainstream pieties, or refrain from posing meaningful threats to those who wield institutional power, or obediently stay within the lines of permissible speech and activism imposed by the ruling class. Those who render themselves acquiescent and harmless that way… | Source…
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The Julian Assange Pardon Drive
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-02
The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to marshal an impressive, even astonishing array of sources and witnesses demolishing the prosecution's case for extradition to the United States, power can be blindly vengeful. | Such blindness is much in evidence in a co-authored contribution to The Daily Signal from th…
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Prosecution of Assange Is an Attack on Our Own Humanity
Nozomi Hayase | commondreams.org | 2021-01-02
"The verdict will not only determine the life of Assange, but also the future of journalism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The World Economic Forum (WEF) Knows Best — The Post-Covid "Great Global Reset"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-02
First published on July 28, 2020 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) has just made a grandiose discovery and declared (21 July 2020) under the alarming title "This is now the world's greatest threat — and it's not coronavirus". The superb …
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Taekwondo or Ballot Box: President Maduro Ready to Battle Opposition
teleSUR, CE | telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-02
The President of Venezuela is opting for prudence as the transition of power prepares to take place in the United States and as lobbying by extremists aims to continue the policies of hate and genocide towards Venezuela, namely the cruel economic sanctions (unilateral coercive measures) affecting all of the Venezuelan people in many areas of daily life. | RELATED: | Venezuela Announces Return of 7+7 Quarantine | President Nicolas Maduro joined Spanish journalist and professor, Ignacio Ramonet for…
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Drone Murder Has Been Normalized
David Swanson | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
I'm old enough to remember when drone murders were shocking. Heck, I even recall a few people calling them murders…
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US govt-sponsored website Bellingcat disrupts MH17 trial in Netherlands
Eric van de Beek | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-02
Bellingcat has attacked defense attorneys and smeared witnesses in the trial over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Is it being used by Western intelligence services to steer the case in a particular direction? (This report was originally published at Eric van de Beek's personal website.) For six years the British website Bellingcat has promoted Ukraine's narrative that Russia shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). With the start of the MH17 trial in March 2020, the self-proclaimed "collective …
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[Correspondence] Legalisation of undocumented immigrants in the USA
Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
In November, 2020, Joseph R Biden Junior was elected to become president of the USA. During his presidential campaign, Biden placed great emphasis on immigration and vowed to reverse many of the existing policies that were enacted under the leadership of President Donald Trump.
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Seven bodies of migrants found on Algeria coast
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-02
Seven bodies of migrants found on Algeria coast | Algerian ports witness an upsurge in attempted illegal crossings of the Mediterranean in recent weeks | MEE and agencies | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 13: 39 | The body of a migrant recovered from a similar incident on the Tunisian coast (AFP/FILE) | The bodies of seven people washed up on an Algerian beach on Saturday and are thought to have been migrants who were try…
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Prisons and Jails are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders
Marc Norton | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-02
San Quentin Inmates in federal prisons, state prisons and local jails should be in the first cohort of people to be offered COVID-19 vaccinations. One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, …
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Masks Aren't Helpful in Beating COVID-19: Europe's Top Health Officials
Jon Miltimore | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-02
This article was first crossposted in August. | Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. | That's less than …
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Alabama Prisons Are On Strike
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-02
Occupied Muscogee Creek / Cherokee / Yuchi / Choctaw / Shawnee / Chickasaw land – As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31. | The inhumane conditions of Alabama Department of Corrections, their negligence around COVID-19, and their implementation of video visitation equipment in prisons that ADOC claims is "due to COVID," but is really a front for eliminating in-person visitation, has contributed furt…
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Iran COVID-19 update: 6,045 new cases, 101 deaths
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 6,045 COVID-19 infections and 101 deaths due to respiratory disease in the past 24 hours.
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Rouhani urges Iranians to be careful about UK Covid-19
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Iranian people to be careful about UK Covid-19 variant.
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[Editorial] Health as a foundation for society
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
In 2020, a virus that thrived on chronic disease and inequality became the great revealer. COVID-19 revealed the fragility of civilisations built on social injustices, short-term policies, and a dangerous disregard for the environment. The need to become more resilient to crises of all kinds is almost universally agreed on. But to construct that resilience, a philosophical change in how we care for each other and our environment must be made. Health improvement is the guiding principle to lead a recovery away from regressive policies that harm the most vulnerable (and will result in future catastrophes) and point…
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[Comment] Offline: The age of universal history
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
At the beginning of 2021, with communities exhausted and shattered, what do we have to look forward to? One scientist, deeply engaged in modelling the pandemic, believes that a vaccine, together with mounting levels of natural immunity, will bring the worst to an end by the summer. I am less confident than him. But I do see an opportunity that is there to be seized. 60 years ago, one of France's leading public intellectuals, Raymond Aron, wrote that "I believe the dawn of universal history is on the point of breaking".
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Wisconsin pharmacist arrested for sabotaging COVID-19 vaccines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-02
Grafton, WI — Near the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Grafton – a small rural town just outside the Milwaukee metropolitan area – entered the headlines when the Wisconsin National Guard sent medics to a senior care facility experiencing an outbreak and staff shortages. Since then, thousands of Wisconsinites have died from COVID-19. | Grafton is back in the news this week, and not for a good reason. On December 31, the Grafton police arrested a pharmacist who confessed to tampering with 570 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Aurora Hospital there. The person is being held at the Ozaukee…
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One year of COVID-19: The known and the unknown
Sandipan Talukdar | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-02
The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of developing a vaccine has been unprecedented. However, there is still a lot to be understood about the disease and the virus which causes…
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Iran, Cuba to co-produce COVID-19 vaccine
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iran is cooperating with Cuba in producing a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a senior official at the Iranian Health Ministry.
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Police shut down illegal raves; Dutch, Germans face vaccine issues
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Madrid Desk, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Police in France and Spain have shut down large illegal New Year's parties that lasted for days and which flouted regulations in place to fight coronavirus, while authorities in the Netherlands and Germany are facing mounting pressure over delays and issues related to the rollout of their Covid-19 vaccine programs. …
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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 | 2021-01-02
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 as to the causes and devastating consequences of the Covid-19 "pandemic".
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Píllaro's devils dance in virtual challenge to the pandemic
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Quito, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- The devils of Píllaro, an Ecuadorian city nestled in the heart of the country's Andes mountains, stepped out on Friday to dance, in a virtual challenge to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also threatened the traditional New Year's celebration. The celebration, which involves people wearing giant devil masks dancing in the …
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Mexican doctor in intensive care after getting Covid-19 vaccine
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Mexico City, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- A physician with a history of allergic reactions remains in intensive care after going into convulsions within 30 minutes of her being injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, the Mexican government said Saturday. The 32-year-old doctor is suffering from encephalomyelitis, an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, according to …
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India trials national Covid-19 vaccination program
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
New Delhi, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- India began a nationwide trial of its Covid-19 vaccination program on Saturday, while it awaits approval of the emergency license for the candidate vaccine developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The first national trial is being conducted in 116 districts in the country — home to some …
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Australia tightens Covid-19 restrictions in Greater Sydney
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Sydney, Australia, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Greater Sydney residents in New South Wales of Australia will have to wear masks or pay AU$200 fine for non-compliance as part of the Covid-19 tightened restrictions announced by the government on Saturday. The new set of guidelines, including the closure of night clubs, to curb the virus spread in …
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South Korea extends Covid-19 restrictions until Jan 17
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Seoul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- South Korea on Saturday extended the current level of coronavirus restrictions, which includes a ban on gatherings of more than four people, until at least Jan.17 to contain the spread of the virus in the country. The government has enforced Level 2.5 distancing measures — the second-highest in the country's five-tier …
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Erika Farías on strengthening the Bolivarian Revolution amid the blockade
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-02
Erika Farías, mayor of Caracas, Venezuela, spoke to Peoples Dispatch about the challenges of sustaining the Bolivarian process amid the blockade and the efforts by the Venezuelan government to further build the revolution…
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Palestine's children bear the brunt of Israeli occupation
Abhijan Choudhury | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-02
Last month's murder of 15-year-old Ali Ayman Abu Aliya in the village of Al-Mughayyir was yet another instance of the brutality shown by Israeli occupation forces towards the children of Palestine…
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Palestinian news platform QNN banned by TikTok
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-02
Palestinian news platform QNN banned by TikTok | Quds News Network slammed the move by the social media giant as politically motivated | MEE staff | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 10: 55 | Popular social media app Tik Tok removed Quds News Network without warning (AFP) | A popular Palestinian news platform said that it was removed from popular social media app TikTok without any notice, in a move it claimed to be connected to news con…
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[World Report] 2021: a year of humanitarian need
Sharmila Devi | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
Sharmila Devi looks ahead to the most overlooked humanitarian issues that will arise in 2021.
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The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming
Dr. Vandana Shiva | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-02
Control over seed is the first link in the food chain because seed is the source of life. When a corporation controls seed, it controls life, especially the life of farmers.
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American Capitalism's Endless Military Drive
Yanis Iqbal | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-02
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that weapons exports have risen by 2.8% to $175 billion in 2020. In their annual briefing on US arms sales, the Pentagon and State Department cold-bloodedly described this increase as an "accomplishment". The Permanent Crisis of Capitalism The growth in arms sales is structurally driven by the …
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Indian farmers plan to march into New Delhi if government refuses to heed their demands
Anish R | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-02
The farmers, who are camped on the outskirts of the capital Delhi, have warned that they will hold a parade in the city on January 26, Republic Day, if the government does not address their key demands…
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Suckered into Stupid Wars
Jay Janson | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-02
"Unknown to most Americans, the US 'totally destroyed' North Korea once before" — Irish Times Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later that someone of high notoriety would blurt out the truth about the American genocide in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and lift for a moment the curtain of imbecility that keeps why-me-worry …
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The Future Will Only Contain What We Put Into It Now
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-02
At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, we take the UN Charter as the foundation of our work. To advance its goals is an essential step for the construction of humanity, which is a concept of aspiration rather than a concept of fact; we are not yet human beings, but we strive to become human. Imagine if we lived in a world without war and with respect for international law, if we lived in a world that honoured fundamental human rights and tried to promote the widest social progress? This would a be a world where the productive resources would no longer be used for military hardware but would be used to…
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The Revolutionary Promise Of New Year's Day
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-02
The celebration of New Year's Day as a moment to contemplate renewal, usually personal renewal, follows the calendar adopted by Julius Caesar in 46BC. Designed by Greek mathematicians and astrologers, its sole purpose was to attain greater mathematical accuracy in the alignment of dates to the solar year. | In recent years, Antonio Gramsci's column that was published on 1 January 1916 in the Turin issue of Avanti! has been circulated in progressive circles on New Year's Day. In the column, Gramsci rejected the idea that New Year's Day should be an annual day of renewal and insisted that "I want every morning to b…
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Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-02
The current rationale for Washington's South China Sea policy continues to reference history and law as a justification for reinforcing U.S. military presence in the region. Further, Washington's reliance on a decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, not only circumvents normative interpretations of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but uses this ruling to build cooperation among partner States to overlook the details of both China's claim and the U.S. policy that originally recognized China's maritime boundary. | This article refutes Washington's version of history as well as the legal claims it as…
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2020 Be Gone
Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-02
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Jeremy Corbyn's Opponents Burned the House Down to Stop Him
Daniel Finn | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
Keir Starmer has set the seal on a drastic shift to the right for the British Labour Party…
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US has crucial role in rise of terrorism in region
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — In a tweet on Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry named the US as one of the main reasons for the rise of terrorism in the region.
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Syrian army launches extensive operations against ISIL
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Syrian army, with support of Russian air force, has launched a large-scale operation in country's deserts against remnants of ISIL.
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Commemrating Gen. Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Syria
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
DAMASCUS, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A ceremony to commemorate General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis was held in the Holy Shrine of Hazrat Ruqayya(S.A) in Damascus.
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Martyr Soleimani 'hero Cmdr.' of fight against ISIL terrorism
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A member of Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly said,"General Soleimani was a heroic commander in the fight against ISIL terrorism whose measures foiled all the dangerous plots of the US, Zionist Regime, and their allies in West Asia."
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US expulsion from region to be revenge for Gen. Soleimani
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Secretary of the Expediency Council said, "Our tough revenge over the assassination of General Soleimani is the struggle to expel the US from the region so as to rescue the regional countries from state terrorists forever."
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Trans-regional powers seeking to weaken Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iran's Minister of Defense said that trans-regional powers are seeking to weaken the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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Vehicle parade on martyr Soleimani's 1st anniv. in Shiraz
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A vehicle parade went on in Shiraz, Fars province, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani and Second-in-Command of Iraq's PMU Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
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Iran to support anyone confronting Zionist regime: Hajizadeh
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force said that Islamic Republic of Iran will throw its weight behind anyone and/or any country that confront the Zionist regime wholeheartedly.
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Gen. Soleimani shattered all US calculations in region
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Minister of Defense in a note on the occasion of 1st martyrdom anniversary of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani wrote that martyr Soleimani was a hero who shattered all US calculations in region.
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140 Republicans to vote to bolster Trump, stop biden
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — To disrupt Congress, bolster Trump, and avoid Biden to become the next US President, around 140 Republicans are expected to vote against the counting of Electoral College votes.
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Iran's plan to start 20% uranium enrichment predictable
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said that Iran's decision to initiate 20% uranium enrichment was predictable.
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Armed militants abduct passenger bus in western Afghanistan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Armed militants abducted a passenger bus in Afghanistan's western province of Herat on Saturday, local official Lal Mohammad Omarzai said.
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VIDEO: Rouhani unveils commemorative stamp of Gen. Soleimani
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — On the occasion of the first martyrdom anniversary of the Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the commemorative stamp of the Martyr.
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US withdrawal from region response to Soleimani assassination
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi said Iran considers the complete withdrawal of the US forces from the region as a response to martyr Soleimani's assassination.
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Iranian President appoints new ambassador to UNESCO
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Iranian president appointed Ahmad Pakatchi as the new ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic to UNESCO.
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Top Iranian, Omani medical universities sign MoU
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Tehran University of Medical Sciences and National University of Science and Technology of Oman have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in different academic fields.
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A mosque attacked twice in 2 weeks in Germany: Report
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Fatih Mosque in Germany's southwestern Baden-Wurttemberg city was attacked for the second time in two weeks on Friday.
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Goods transit via Bashmaq Border hits nearly $3bn in 9 months
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Observer of Kordestan Customs Office said that $2,843,416,000 worth of goods was transited via Bashmaq Border Crossing in the first nine months of current Iranian calendar year (from Mar. 21 to Dec. 22).
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Iranian 'Gabriel' to vie at Beirut Shorts Intl. Film fest
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The short film "Gabriel" has managed to enter the international competition section of the 14th Beirut Shorts International Film Festival in Lebanon.
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Iran to start 20% uranium enrichment soon: Salehi
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is planning to start 20% uranium enrichment in the near future, says the organization's chief.
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Hezbollah offers condolence over demise of Ayat. Mesbah-Yazdi
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Issuing a statement on Saturday, Lebanese Hezbollah expressed condolences to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution over the demise of senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi.
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Iran to respond any of enemy's actions with reciprocal blow
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — IRGC Chief Commander Major general Hossein Salami warned that Iran will respond to any of the enemy's actions with a reciprocal blow.
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Zionists plotting attack against Americans: Zarif to Trump
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — In a tweet on Sat. Iranian FM Zarif warned the outgoing US President that Israeli agent-provocateurs are plotting attacks against Americans.
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VIDEO: 'Hard Revenge' animation
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — On the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the assassination of Gen. Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, 'Ayeh media group' has released an animation about the resistance heroes and the promised 'hard revenge'.
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Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Jan. 02
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Saturday, January 02.
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Video-mapping projection on Azadi Tower on Soleimani's anniv
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A 3D lighting (video-mapping) was projected on Tehran's Azadi Tower on the occasion of 1st martyrdom anniversary of Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and martyrs of resistance on Fri.
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Armenia to import 2,250 goods from Iran instead of Turkey
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — An official from the Iranian Trade Promotion Organization announced that Armenia has announced that it is to replace 2,250 Turkish products with Iranian goods.
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'Presence of aliens in region must end ASAP'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral said that the presence of aliens in the region, which is detrimental to security and causes sedition, must end as soon as possible…
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US drillers add most oil and gas rigs in 6th weeks
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — US energy firms have added oil and natural gas rigs for a sixth week in a row in the best quarter for boosting the rig count since the second quarter of 2017.
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Explosion in Somalia kills 3, injures 10
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Local media outlets in Somalia reported on Saturday that an explosion in Mogadishu has left 3 people killed and 10 others injured.
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Names of defendants of Soleimani assassin. to be publicized
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The head of Hash al-Shaabi PR department announced that the names of those who are accused of having a hand in the assassination of IRGC cmdr. Soleimani and his comrade Abu-Muhandis are to be publicized.
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Four terrorists killed in Algeria
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Algerian army on Saturday announced that it has killed four terrorists in an operation at 90 km west of capital Algiers.
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Funeral procession of Ayat. Mesbah-Yazdi in Rey
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
REY, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The funeral procession of prominent Iranian cleric and jurist Ayatollah Mohammad-Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi was held on Saturday in Shah Abdol-Azim Shrine in Rey.
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Car bomb blasts in northern Syria (+VIDEO)
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Syrian sources say a car bomb had exploded in northern Syria, killing and injuring several.
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Semnan province exports top $216mn in 9 months
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — A total of 188,430 tons of goods worth $216.42 million were exported form central Semnan province during the nine calendar months to December 20.
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Police seize over 2 tons of illicit drugs in SE Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — Police forces of the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeastern Iran, have confiscated over two tons of narcotics in the province.
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Iran, Iraq seeking to expand academic cooperation
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-02
TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The cultural advisor of the Iraqi Embassy in Iran said that the Iraqi Ministry of Science seeks to expand academic cooperation with Qom University.
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[Clinical Picture] A painless, sudden loss of vision in sickle cell anaemia: central retinal artery occlusion
Maxime Guillaume, Agnes Lahary, Linda Zourdani, Edouard Malandain, Ozlem Ozkul-Wermester | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
A 61-year-old woman attended our hospital reporting a painless, sudden loss of vision in her left eye.
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[Correspondence] Menstruation should not be overlooked in control of anaemia
Hilary O D Critchley, Malcolm G Munro, Haleema Shakur-Still, Ian Roberts | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
The 2020 WHO report on global reduction efforts for anaemia in women of reproductive age1 (15–49 years) shows clearly that without new approaches the global target of a 50% reduction in the percentage of women with anaemia by 2025 will not be met. In most countries, the prevalence of anaemia in women of reproductive age has increased and, even in countries where there has been some reduction, no country is on target for a 50% reduction by 2025. To date, global health efforts to reduce anaemia focus largely on nutrition.
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[World Report] Canada's municipalities push for health-based climate action
Paul Webster | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
Canada's cities are leading the efforts to stem the harmful effects of the climate emergency on human health. Paul Webster reports from Toronto.
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[Obituary] John Michael Lane
Geoff Watts | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
Field epidemiologist who helped to eradicate smallpox. He was born in Boston, MA, USA, on Feb 14, 1936, and died of colon cancer in Atlanta, GA, USA, on Oct 21, 2020, aged 84 years.
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[Perspectives] Abolish race correction
Dorothy E Roberts | thelancet.com | 2021-01-02
Several years ago my daughter sent me an alarming text. She copied the results of her routine blood work and wrote, "Look at eGFR!". Under the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were listed two numbers–one for non-African Americans and a higher one for African Americans. I was floored. Did this automatic adjustment mean the doctor interpreted my daughter's eGFR differently based simply on her racial identity? The test's categories themselves made no biological sense. "African American", like all racialised populations, is a socially constructed grouping.
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Climate Justice Advisory Groups Are in Vogue. But Are State Agencies Listening?
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-02
As hurricanes flood superfund sites and prompt chemical leaks at oil refineries, corporations and governments can no longer hide the fact that low-income communities of color are disproportionately exposed to industrial toxins and particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. | In an a…
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Activists Say Wealthy Universities' Property Tax Exemptions Hurt Public Schools
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-02
When the University of Pennsylvania said it would pay $10 million a year for 10 years to address environmental hazards in Philadelphia's public schools, Gerald Campano's reaction was complicated. | "Of course it's important that Penn at least recognizes the profound challenges that the School District of Philadelphia faces with things like lead poisoning and asbestos," Campano, a professor at Penn's Graduate School of Education, said. "But charity is not the same as social and racial justic…
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Five women killed in Yemen wedding blast
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-02
Five women killed in Yemen wedding blast | Government and Houthis blame each other for the deaths, which came a day after attacks in Aden killed 26 people | MEE and agencies | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 10: 13 | The aftermath of an explosion in Yemen (AFP/FILE) | Five women were killed when a shell hit a wedding venue in Yemen's Hodeidah city on New Year's Day, officials said on Saturday. | The government and the Ho…
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Algeria clears Bouteflika's brother of conspiracy
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-02
Algeria clears Bouteflika's brother of conspiracy | While Said Bouteflika remains in detention pending corruption charges, military court frees former spy chief | MEE and agencies | Sat, 01/02/2021 – 14: 09 | In 19 May 2012 file photo, Said Bouteflika attends the Algiers funeral of the late singer Warda Al-Jazairia (AFP) | An Algerian court cleared former president Abdel-Aziz Bouteflika's once powerful broth…
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Kabul University attack mastermind sentenced to death
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Kabul, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- An Afghan special court has sentenced to death the mastermind behind the worst attack on Kabul University in two decades that left 22 people dead and 40 injured. "In a special Primary Court, Muhamad Adil, the main mastermind and planner of the terrorist attack on Kabul University was sentenced to death …
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Life returns to normal in Wuhan
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
A year after becoming the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuhan is returning to normal. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer ROMAN PILIPEY…
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Tokyo urges Japan government to declare state of emergency
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Tokyo, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- The local authorities in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Saturday asked Japan's central government to declare a state of emergency due to the record levels of coronavirus infections that these regions have been seeing. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Governors of Saitama (Motohiro Ono), Chiba (Kensaku Morita) and Kanagawa …
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PSG confirm Pochettino as coach after Tuchel dismissal
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
Paris, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint Germain confirmed the signing of Argentinean Mauricio Pochettino as the team's new coach on Saturday, four days after German Thomas Tuchel officially left the club. In a statement, PSG said it was "pleased" to announce the appointment of the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, who has signed a contract until …
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One year after Soleimani's assassination, Iraq remains in cross fire
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
By Nawar Alrikabi and Francesca Cicardi Baghdad/Cairo, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- A year after the assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani by the United States in Baghdad, Iraq remains caught in crossfire between the US and Iran. Similar attacks could still play out, although the arrival of the more moderate Joe Biden in the White …
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Spurs see off ambitious Leeds; Sheffield winless run continues at Palace
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-02
London, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Tottenham Hotspur eased to a 3-0 win against Leeds United in Saturday's early kickoff thanks to first half goals from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son. Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Ezgjan Alioski clumsily brought down Steven Bergwijn. The England striker then turned provider when he drifted into …
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Wednesday 1/6: Revelations: Art from the African American South
SPLDYMS | indybay.org | 2021-01-02
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Wednesday 1/20: Good Rodents Day
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2021-01-02
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The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (NUN) Rossing Branch & The Struggle of Namibian Workers
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2021-01-02
Namibian labor lawyer Hewat Beukes who represents the the Miners Union of Namibia Rossing branch leaders talks about their case.
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Thursday 1/14: The Cost of Racism for Everyone: Conversation w/ Racial Justice Advocate, Heather McGhee
Holy Names University in Oakland | indybay.org | 2021-01-02
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Black Agriculture vs. Black Farmer: Remembering George Washington Carver Recognition Day
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2021-01-02
The National Holiday Recognizing George Washington Carver remains cloaked in mystery. Hint: It not USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack the problem, few "Black Farm Leaders" will even will say George Washington Carvers's name or share his journey.
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Saturday 1/16: Redefining Safety: How Gun Violence Disproportionately Impacts Racial Minorities
March for Our Lives San Jose | indybay.org | 2021-01-02
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When 'the American Way' Met the Coronavirus
Bryce Covert | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
"If you want people to do the right thing you have to make it easy, and we've made it hard."
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2020 Turned Our Worlds Inside Out. Here's What We Learned
Kelly Hayes | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
Interview on activist lessons learned in 2020…
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Selling Weapons Part 2: The Military-Industrial Complex
Rod Driver | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
Over a quarter of US senators and congress members have investments in weapons corporations…
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Facebook and the Street
Ron Jacobs | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
The fact of Facebook has created a situation where the Left often seems to have forgotten how to organize…
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Yes, the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism is intended to censor political expression
Michael Bueckert | zcomm.org | 2021-01-02
11 examples showing how the IHRA definition poses a threat to free speech and aims to silence Palestinian solidarity…
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Over 52% of Ecuadoreans Fell Into Poverty in 2020
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
United Nations Children's Fund Office (UNICEF) in Ecuador warned of the increase in poverty indicators as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting a total of 3.2 million new poor people in 2020. | RELATED: | Ecuador: 799 Observers to Monitor the 2021 Elections | The UN agency noted that 1.8 million people lived in poverty while extreme poverty conditions reached 1.4 million people. Low-income families with children were impacted the most by the pandemic. | Between Dec.
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Here's What You Helped CEPR Accomplish in 2020. Where Do You Want To Go In 2021?
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2021-01-01
What we accomplished in 2020, and why we need your support heading into 2021.. CEPR News for December 23, 2020 Subscribe to the CEPR News by signing up here. As 2020 Draws to a Close, Let's Review What We Accomplished This Year CEPR sprang into action this year to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning …
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Panama Commemorates 21 Years of Self-Administration of the Canal
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Panama's President Laurentino Cortizo Thursday welcomed the 21st anniversary of the handing over by the U.S. of the administrations' right of the Panama Canal. | RELATED: | 220 Cuban Doctors To Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic in Panama | "Twenty-one years ago we made a dream come true: the transfer of the Canal into Panamanian hands. Today, we continue to demonstrate to the world the ability to maintain an efficient administration," Cortizo twitted. | Panama Canal Administration (ACP)…
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Girls' Education is Another Casualty of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
Girls' education, particularly in developing countries, is being hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. Drawing on lessons from the Ebola outbreak, the Malala Fund (Girl's education and COVID-19) estimates that approximately 20 million more secondary school-aged girls could be out of school after the end of the pandemic, only exacerbating the serious educational inequality between girls…
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Biden Predicts Surge In Deaths
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-01
On Tuesday, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden gave what was billed as a "major speech" on the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke following a meeting with his coronavirus advisory panel. | In perfunctory remarks that lasted barely 15 minutes, Biden provided a grim description of the mass death already occurring and predicted that things would get only worse in the coming months. "We will lose tens of thousands more lives in the months to come," he said. "Hospitals are being stretched beyond capacity. That is data before the impact of cases coming from the holidays and this coming holiday of New Year's Eve. | "We ha…
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Best of 'Scheer Intelligence' 2020: Chomsky, Abdullah, Prins, and More
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-01-01
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and the 2020 general election, Robert Scheer and the "Scheer Intelligence" team made sure to bring you progressive perspectives from a wide range of distinguished voices including Noam Chomsky, Melina Abdullah, Nomi Prins, Oliver Stone, and many more, to grapple with a crisis-ridden year and offer hopeful …
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US Barely Kept Track of the Nearly 3,000 Health Care Workers That Died in 2020
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-01
This story also ran on The Guardian. It can be republished for free. | More than 2,900 U.S. health care workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic since March, a far higher number than that reported by the government, according to a new anal…
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2020's Legislative Attacks on Gig Workers Will Change Labor Forever
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-01
In 2020, we saw perhaps the largest protest movement in U.S. history, a presidential election whose outcome could have changed the nature of U.S. democracy, a global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands and has completely transformed everyday life, and a recession that has left millions unemployed. | Buried in all of these momentous events, something happened which could take labor laws in the United States down a dangerous road. California's Proposition 22 was the most expensive ballot initi…
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World Welcomes 2021 With Low-Key Celebrations Due to Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
The world welcomed 2021 with over 83 million COVID-19 cases and over 1.8 million deaths. In most major cities, celebrations were discreet, amid strict health restrictions, and no mass festivities or street gatherings. | Latin America closes 2020 as the region most affected by COVID-19, with Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico among the nations with the highest number of cases. | However, people look to 2021 with hope. Although the pandemic continues to cause harm, confidence is growing as vaccines come into use. |

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Pop Icon Elton John Says Zoom Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings Have Been 'Lifesaver' During Pandemic
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-01
In July 2020, the British-born singer and songwriter, whose past was full of struggles with drugs and alcohol, commemorated the three-decade milestone of his "sobriety birthday", admitting, "If I hadn't finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I'd be dead".
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It can't get any worse! Russians say 2021 will be a better year in new poll, although one in four anxious about future
rt.com | 2021-01-01
Pandemics, wars and rampaging wildfires. The news from 2020 read more like a script for a Hollywood disaster film. But, now it's over, the majority of Russians think that things can only get better, according to a new poll. | A study of more than 1,600 people in the world's largest country found that six in ten are hopeful that the coming year will be better than the last, and only nine percent think things will get worse. | However, one in four of those surveyed said they were looking to the new year with a…
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From Largest Communal Dispute to an End to Colonial Baggage: Top 10 India Events in 2020
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-01
From a pandemic-induced migration crisis to a Supreme Court judgement in favour of Ram Mandir, 2020 has been an eventful year for India. Here is a recap of 10 major developments in the nation that have made the boldest headlines.
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Pandemic casts pall over New Year's in Brazil
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- Brazilians welcomed 2021 on Friday without the typical raucous celebrations, ruled out by authorities as Covid-19 deaths continue to mount at a rate of more a thousand a day. Rio de Janeiro scrapped the world-renowned seaborne fireworks extravaganza that in previous years drew more than 2 million people to …
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Muted New Year's celebrations bid farewell to 2020
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
Madrid Desk, Jan 1 (EPA-EFE).- The coronavirus pandemic has forced traditional New Year's Eve celebrations to be cancelled as millions of people around the world said goodbye to 2020 from behind closed doors, away from large crowds. With most of the world's population under some form of restrictions to fight Covid-19, including lockdowns and bans …
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Peruvians look to dispel negative energy of pandemic-plagued 2020
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Hoping to leave behind the evils of 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic that has claimed nearly 38,000 lives, Peruvians faithful to the ways of their indigenous ancesters are flocking to this capital's Wishes Fair to cleanse their auras and petition the gods for good fortune in 2021. …
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Ford, Mahindra cancel joint venture plan citing pandemic
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Ford Motor and Indian automaker Mahindra on Thursday said they had canceled joint venture plans to co-develop vehicles, citing economic conditions caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the companies, the decision "was driven by fundamental changes in global economic and business conditions — caused, in part, by the …
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Migrant workers, the weak link in Southeast Asia's pandemic response
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
Gaspar Ruiz-Canela Bangkok, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- Pyaw Sone brought in the new year confined to a dormitory — fenced off with barbed wire — along with 4,000 other mostly migrant workers, amidst the largest Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand since the start of the pandemic. Migrant workers have been particularly affected by outbreaks in Southeast Asian …
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Times Square deserted as New York welcomes 2021 amid pandemic
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
New York, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- Breaking almost a century-old tradition of raucous celebrations, New York welcomed New Year at midnight on Thursday with the Times Square practically deserted. There were a handful of essential workers and the police officers deployed in the area, who were the only ones to witness the dropping of the iconic …
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Covid, Brexit and Dreadnought : the UK Slides Into Economic And Social Turmoil
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
Covid-19 is familiar to us as the virus causing a worldwide pandemic that has killed millions. Brexit is withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, which, although calamitous for Britain, is not a matter for wide international concern. And thirdly, as the excellent researchers of the House of Commons note,…
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Dr. Paul Farmer: Centuries of Inequality in the U.S. Laid Groundwork for Pandemic Devastation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-01
As the United States sets records for COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations, we speak with one of the world's leading experts on infectious diseases, Dr. Paul Farmer, who says the devastating death toll in the U.S. reflects decades of underinvestment in public health and centuries of social inequality. "All the social pathologies of our nation come to the fore during epidemics," says Dr. Farmer, a professor of medicine at Harvard University, chair of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health.
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"Those of Us Who Don't Die Are Going to Quit": A Crush of Patients, Dwindling Supplies and the Nurse Who Lost Hope
J. David McSwane | commondreams.org | 2021-01-01
Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Thinking Beyond the Pandemic
Ted Glick | zcomm.org | 2021-01-01
Let's make a commitment on this new year's day that we will do all we can in the coming weeks and months to come out of this pandemic clearly pointed down this hopeful road…
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"Those of Us Who Don't Die Are Going to Quit"
J. David McSwane | zcomm.org | 2021-01-01
Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over…
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Mexico's President Proposes Plebiscite on Safe Abortion Bill
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) proposed to hold a plebiscite on safe abortion so "women can decide what is best for them." | RELATED: | Mexico: Free Healthcare for People Without Social Security | "Such a measure should not be taken by an authority, nor the Church. Women must be heard. It is in their hands whether a Safe Abortion bill is drafted," he assured. | AMLO made the statements one day after Argentina passed the Safe Abortion Law. On a broadcast messa…
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Egypt's healthcare system pushed to brink as Covid-19 cases escalate
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-01
Egypt's healthcare system pushed to brink as Covid-19 cases escalate | The government has banned wedding and funeral gatherings in bid to stem rapid rise in infection and deaths | MEE correspondent | Fri, 01/01/2021 – 12: 19 | Health officials warn that the true figure of fatalities from Covid-19 in Egypt may be far higher than reported (AFP) | Rapidly rising Covid-19 infections are setting off alarm bells…
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You Don't Want to Imagine an Ocean Without Coral Reefs, But You Might Have to
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
The average temperature in oceans has increased by 0.1 degrees Celsius (32.18 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past century as a result–among other factors–of increased use of fossil fuels. This increase in atmospheric warming, combined with phenomenon such as the 1997-98 and 2010 El Niño, have resulted in catastrophic coral reef degradation. But these earlier episodes do not compare to the impact of the long period of coral reef bleaching from 2014 to 2017; for example, the 1997-98 period saw the death of 16 percent of coral reefs, while the 2014-2017 warming saw 80 percent of the Great Barrier Reef suffer…
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You don't want to imagine an ocean without coral reefs — but you might have to
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-01
Coral reefs across the world may disappear by the 2040s, according to a new report. While it's tempting to blame 'humanity' for this crisis, the truth is that it is the social formation called capitalism that is central to global warming…
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The Julian Assange Pardon Drive
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
The odds are stacked against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher who faces the grimmest of prospects come January 4. On that day, the unsympathetic judicial head of District Judge Vanessa Baraitser will reveal her decision on the Old Bailey proceedings that took place between September and October this year. Despite Assange's team being able to…
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What We Learned In Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-01
The prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange would be a landmark test of the First Amendment right to publish if he were brought to trial in the United States, as press freedom groups, constitutional lawyers, and newsrooms across the board have sounded the alarm about the ways in which the U.S. indictment intends to silence investigative journalism around the world. | But Assange would first have to be extradited from the United Kingdom, where he has been imprisoned in HMP Belmarsh for over a year and a half. At Assange's extradition hearing in London, comprising one week of oral arguments in February an…
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Fingers point to U.S.-backed Gov't in Colombia's ninetieth massacre of the Year
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2021-01-01
"The Trump administration waged a full scale campaign to undermine Colombia's peace accords. We must not waste our time hoping the Biden administration might reverse course, we must demand it." — James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice…
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Colombia Ends the Year 2020 with 91st Massacre
teleSUR, CE | telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Seven people were killed and one person was injured in the Colombian city of Buenaventura, the Valle del Cauca department, on the night of the 30th/morning of the 31st of December, in the 91st massacre of the year 2020. | RELATED: | Colombia: First Ex-Combatant Killed in 2021, Yolanda Zabala Mazo | According to authorities, this was a case of settling of accounts by criminal gangs that are disputing the territory. The mayor of Buenaventura, Mauricio Aguirre Obando, stated that…
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Colombia: First Ex-Combatant Killed in 2021, Yolanda Zabala Mazo
teleSUR, CE | telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
The year begins in Colombia with the painful news of the killing of Peace Accords signer Yolanda Zabala Mazo and her sister Reina Zabala Mazo, in Briceño, Antioquia. Yolanda was carrying out her reincorporation process at the Territorial Spaces for Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) of Plancha, Anorí, Antioquia. | RELATED: | Antioquia: Colombia Counts 83rd Massacre of 2020 | Yolanda and Reina, 22 and 17 years old respectively, were murdered in the early morning Friday, January 1st, making Yola…
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Youth Activists Ring In 2021 With Renewed Demand That World 'Wake Up to the Climate Crisis'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-01
"It must be the year we take real action instead of continuing to repeat meaningless words and empty promises." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Roaming Charges: It is What It is, But is That All There is?
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
In order to understand the sometimes perplexing nuances of the US political economy, you first have to realize that the people who manage it believe as an article of faith that the poor have too much money and the rich not enough.
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Venezuela: Opposition-Controlled Parliament To Fade Next Week
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Venezuela's new Parliament will elect its Board of Directors on January 5, thus renewing the Legislative branch that has promoted foreign aggression and economic sanctions against the country over the last five years. | RELATED: | Venezuela: Top Court Supports New Parliament's Inauguration | Since its installation in Jan. 2016, the outgoing opposition-controlled National Assembly advanced an agenda aimed at delegitimizing President Nicolas Maduro's administration and supporting for…
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Venezuela Announces Return of 7+7 Quarantine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Venezuelans are resuming, as of this Monday, the conscious and voluntary quarantine under the 7+7 scheme, according to an announcement from today by Vice President Delcy Rodriguez. | RELATED: | Venezuela: All Residents to Be Vaccinated for Free, Maduro Says | A total of 437 new cases of COVID-19, all of which were community transmitted, were detected in the last 24 hours of 2020 by Venezuelan health authorities, bringing the total number of infections to 113,558, while the rate…
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Drone Murder Has Been Normalized
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
If I search on Google for the words "drones" and "morality" most of the results are from 2012 through 2016. If I search for "drones" and "ethics" I get a bunch of articles from 2017 to 2020. Reading the various websites confirms the obvious hypothesis that (as a rule, with plenty of exceptions) "morality" is…
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Petit-Bourgeois "Normalcy" Pining at The New York Times
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
Few things nauseate quite so much as "liberal" professional class pining for "normalcy" — a return to the supposedly good way things were — after Trump and COVID-19. Look at last Sunday's New York Times' Sunday Review section. It begins by asking readers what they would give to be standing at a bar in a…
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Flying Pigs Saga Continued: WHO admits no Deadly Mutation of the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-01
Alleged Mutation of the H1N1 virus, then in 2009 and now in 2020-2021 with the SARS-2-CoV virus. | This article was first published on September 29, 2009. | *** | The World Health Organization, the UN agency (ir-)responsible for declaring a Phase …
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People's Vaccine: Calls Grow for Equal Access to Coronavirus Vaccine as Rich Countries Hoard Supply
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-01
While the United States, Britain and other wealthy countries race to vaccinate their populations against the coronavirus, a new report finds that as much as 90% of the population in dozens of poorer countries could be forced to wait until at least 2022 because wealthy countries are hoarding so much of the vaccine supply. A growing movement is calling for the development of a people's vaccine and the suspension of intellectual property rights to expand access. We speak with Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, a policy adviser to the People's Vaccine Alliance, and Achal Prabhala, a public health advocate and coordinator of the…
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Colonization Fueled Ebola: Dr. Paul Farmer on "Fevers, Feuds & Diamonds" & Lessons from West Africa
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-01
We continue our conversation with medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer, whose new book, "Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds," tells the story of his efforts to fight Ebola in 2014 and how the history of slavery, colonialism and violence in West Africa exacerbated the outbreak. "Care for Ebola is not rocket science," says Dr. Farmer, who notes that doctors know how to treat sick patients. But the public health response was overwhelmingly focused not on care but containment, Dr. Farmer says, which "generated very painful echoes from colonial rule."
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These indigenous women are leading a land struggle against the wealthiest people in the U.S
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-01
While the United States shudders in the shambles of another election year, whether from a collective sigh of relief or fear of what's to come, a different system of governance blooms in a swath of woodlands jutting into the Atlantic Ocean.
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National park ranger condemned for attacking unarmed Indigenous man on sacred Native land
Brett Wilkins | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-01
"Public lands are stolen lands," asserted Red Nation. "Indigenous people have the right to practice their culture and spiritual ways on Indigenous land without fear of repression, discrimination, or violence."
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Top Positive Environmental Stories From 2020
Liz Kimbrough | commondreams.org | 2021-01-01
This year, species were brought back from the edge of extinction, interest in renewable energy surged, environmental monitoring technology improved, new protected areas were created, and a few Indigenous women leaders got some long-overdue credit and recognition. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The African Continental Free Trade Area Is in Effect From Today
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) went into operation on January 1 with the aspiration of becoming the world's largest single market. | RELATED: | South Africa: COVID-19 Second Wave Hits Harder Than The First | "The African Continental Free Trade Area will change the economic fortunes of our continent," said South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the leader of the African Union (AU). | At the virtual launch ceremony, the AfCFTA Secretary Wamkele Mene…
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The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result…
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Capitalism's COVID relief shell game
Tony Murphy | workers.org | 2021-01-01
Continue reading Capitalism's COVID relief shell game at Workers.org
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Surprise Medical Billing Legislation is Good News for Patients, CEPR Co-Director Says
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2021-01-01
Washington DC — In response to Surprise Medical Billing legislation inserted into the omnibus spending and COVID relief bill introduced December 21st (passing on December 22nd), CEPR Co-Director Eileen Appelbaum issued the following statement: "We commend Congressional leaders for passing a spending and relief package that includes legislation to end surprise medical billing. That is …
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Equity Is More Than Words
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-01
On behalf of Physician Women SOAR, an antiracist physician group, we wish to respond to the Indiana University Health (IU Health) statement regarding the medical treatment provided to the late Dr. Susan Moore, a Black physician who was admitted to IU Health in early December for COVID-19. | Twelve hours after she was discharged from IU Health, Dr. Moore was readmitted to another hospital in respiratory failure, where she was quickly transferred to the ICU. Dr. Moore remained in critical condition for over two more weeks and died on December 20th. While admitted to IU Health, Dr. Moore was treated so poorly that s…
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Prisons And Jails Are COVID-19 Super-Spreaders
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One in five prisoners in the U.S. has been reported to have had COVID-19. That's 20% of people behind bars. And that is likely a "vast undercount," according to Homer Venters, the former chief medical officer at New York's Rikers Island jail complex. | If compassion for prisoners does not move policy makers or the general public, then eyes should turn to a pair of recent studies, one by the Prison Policy Initiative and the other by the Marshall Project, focused on prisons and jails in the U.S. According to data in these two reports: | Prisons and jails are "super-spreaders" of the virus, not only among prisoners,…
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"Those Of Us Who Don't Die Are Going To Quit"
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Nurse Kristen Cline was working a 12-hour shift in October at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a code blue rang through the halls. A patient in an isolation room was dying of a coronavirus that had raged for eight months across the country before it made the state the brightest red dot in a nation of hot spots. | Cline knew she needed to protect herself before entering the room, where a second COVID-19 patient was trembling under the covers, sobbing. She reached for the crinkled and dirty N95 mask she had reused for days. | In her post-death report, Cline describe…
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How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in 2021
Laurel Mellin | salon.com | 2021-01-01
Emotional brain training can help people who get stuck experiencing high stress and negative emotions…
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114 deaths, 6,286 infections in past 24h: Health Ministry
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-01
TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) –Spokesperson for Ministry of Health and Medical Education Sima Lari said on Fri. that in the past 24 hours, 114 patients have lost their lives to Covid-19, while 6,286 new coronavirus cases have been detected in the nationwide.
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'Think of the children': Pope Francis shares worries for Yemen in New Year message
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-01
'Think of the children': Pope Francis shares worries for Yemen in New Year message | Catholic pope says six-year conflict, which shows no signs of easing, has 'numerous innocent victims' | MEE staff | Fri, 01/01/2021 – 20: 15 | Pope's blessing was moved indoors to limit spread of Covid-19 (AFP) | Pope Francis delivered an appeal for world peace on Friday and highlighed his worries about Yemen, a country that has been plag…
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Canada: The Killer H1N1 Vaccine
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-01
Of relevance to the current debate on the Covid19 vaccine, this article on the H1N1 vaccine was first published on November 20, 2009. | In 2009, the Canadian media provided us with detailed coverage on the adverse health impacts of the …
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Canada: The 2009 Killer H1N1 Vaccine
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-01
Of relevance to the current debate on the Covid19 vaccine, this article on the H1N1 vaccine was first published on November 20, 2009. | In 2009, the Canadian media provided us with detailed coverage on the adverse health impacts of the …
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1.8 Mln Doses of Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Arrive in Indonesia
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
A total of 1.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech on Thursday arrived in Indonesia. | RELATED: | Science Magazine Report Praises China's COVID-19 Vaccine | Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said this is the second batch of the Sinovac vaccine delivery for Indonesia, and that the first batch of 1.2 million doses arrived on Dec. 6. | "With this arrival, it means that there are already 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccin…
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WHO Authorizes Universal Access for Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
We have given the emergency approval in favor of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which will facilitate its use in countries that have not yet validated it. | This is a very positive step to guarantee universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, said Mariangela Simao, director in charge of access to medicines at the World Health Organization (WHO). | RELATED: | Pfizer, BioNTech Ask EU Authorities to Approve Their Vaccine | For the specialist, an even greater effort is needed to ensure that…
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Wisconsin Pharmacist Jailed After Purposely Spoiling Hundreds of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-01
In mid-December 2020, Americans began receiving vaccines against COVID-19, after the country's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized two jabs — the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, developed in cooperation between the US-based Pfizer and the German-based BioNTech SE companies, and a second vaccine from US-based Moderna.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndromes and the Gardasil Scandal: POTS and the Dangers of Aluminum-Adjuvanted Vaccines
Dr. Gary G. Kohls | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-01
Of relevance to the ongoing debate on the Covid vaccine, this incisive article by Dr. Gary Kohls was first published by Global Research on May 3, 2017. | *** | "The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: …
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Hundreds of Israelis get infected with Covid-19 after receiving Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine — reports
rt.com | 2021-01-01
With the vaccine not providing immediate immunity to the coronavirus, over two hundred Israeli citizens have been diagnosed with the disease days after getting the Pfizer/BioNTech jabs, local media reported. | The number of those who got Covid-19 despite being vaccinated was at around 240 people, according to data from Channel 13 News. | The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which the Israeli health authorities rely on, doesn't contain the coronavirus and can't infect the recipient. But time is needed for the genetic code in the drug to train the immune system to recognize and attack the disease. | The course of the US…
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US ends 2020 with record hospitalizations, black Covid forecasts
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
By Lucia Leal Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The United States on Thursday closes out 2020 with a record number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 and with discouraging forecasts for the first months of 2021 after the arrival of the mutated and much more infectious British strain of the coronavirus and the slowness of the vaccination …
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WATCH Piers Corbyn FIRE-BREATHING as he stages anti-lockdown 'party' in London
rt.com | 2021-01-01
Piers Corbyn, a prominent anti-lockdown activist and brother of Labour's ex-leader, has violated anti-coronavirus measures again and taken part in a restriction-defying party in London, announcing his bid for the city's mayor. | Multiple gatherings in violation of the UK's strict anti-coronavirus rules took place across the English capital overnight. While some were merely New Year celebrations, other 'parties' carried quite a political charge as well. | A massive gathering, dubbed the NYE Party of Parties, was staged by Piers Corbyn along the South Bank. The event attracted over 1,000 people, united in defyin…
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Portugal promises 'fair, green & digital' Covid recovery for EU as it assumes European Council presidency
rt.com | 2021-01-01
Portugal has taken the reins of the European Council, vowing in its role as president of the group to implement a sustainable economic recovery for the bloc and act as a fair negotiator between the UK and the EU. | Lisbon was handed the rotating presidency by Germany, and will lead the council until June. The leadership role, which is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers, changes hands between EU member states every six months. Portugal's term officially began on January 1, 2021. | A website dedicated to Portugal's new role explained that the country was committed to pursuing "a fair, green and dig…
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Norway to lift UK travel ban but will keep special quarantine & testing rules amid concerns over new Covid-19 strain
rt.com | 2021-01-01
Norway has announced it will end travel restrictions placed on the UK aimed at stopping the spread of a coronavirus mutation. It said that special rules pertaining to travelers from the country will remain in place, however. | The Norweigan government released a statement on Friday in which it explained that the decision to bar direct flights from the United Kingdom will be lifted, starting on Saturday at 17: 00 local time (16: 00 GMT), but that strict health guidelines for…
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US senator from Georgia enters 14-day quarantine before key runoff race
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Republican Senator from Georgia David Perdue on Thursday began a 14-day quarantine after having contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19, a situation that complicates his party's campaign to retain his Senate seat five days before key runoff elections in his state. Perdue is one of two GOP senators …
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'We have the right to enjoy ourselves': Wuhan celebrates end of 2020
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-01
Jesus Centeno Wuhan, China, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- A couple walked along a crowded pedestrian street and could not believe their eyes: Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 began to spread and the one that experienced the first lockdown, was celebrating en masse the arrival of the new year, almost as if nothing had happened. From early …
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Overshadowed by COVID: The Deadly Extreme Weather of 2020
Chloe Brimicombe, Elliott Sainsbury | commondreams.org | 2021-01-01
2020 was alarming, unforgettable and traumatic—and not only because of COVID-19. Lethal natural hazards are increasing in frequency under our changing climate, and 2020 is a testament to that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Jews of the World, Disunite…in Israel!
Sam Bahour | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
Stop loving Israel to death. If you are Jewish and living outside of Israel, what are you waiting for? Israel awaits you. What's taking you so long? Uncle Bibi wants YOU! As a Palestinian living in Palestine, I anxiously await your arrival. I have spoken directly to thousands of you over decades about Israel and…
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The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2021-01-01
Expecting the US to play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Palestine does not only reflect indefensible naivety but willful ignorance as well…
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Two Dormant Volcanoes Raise Eruption Alarms in the Caribbean
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Two Caribbean volcanoes that had been dormant for decades in suddenly awoke, triggering eruption alerts in Martinique and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. | RELATED: | Climate Change: Industrial Slowdown Has Not Curbed CO2 Rise | Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency informed that La Soufriere volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines could erupt within 24 hours. | "People living nearby should leave their homes immediately," authorities urged as they asked inhabitants to ke…
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Biden/Harris and the progressive case against a 'return to normal'
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-01
Come January 20th, the American left will need to be ready to fight for a seat at the table in an incoming administration that seems less and less inclined to woo them the closer he gets to taking office.
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Right Now: The New Year
Joseph Natoli | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
"[S]ocial media had provided a breeding ground for fanaticism, authoritarianism, and nihilism. It had also proved to be easily manipulated, not least by foreign agents." — Jill LePore, These Truths President-elect Biden may succeed in forming an administration that represents differences of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, and gender identity but the disruptive differences regarding truth, reality,…
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Best of CounterSpin 2020
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting | fair.org | 2021-01-01
(photo: Daniel Arauz/Wikimedia) | As we start a new year, longtime CounterSpin listeners will know, we revisit a few of our weekly looks behind the headlines. We call it "the best of," but it's just a reflection of the sorts of conversations we hope have offered some voice or context or information that you might not have heard elsewhere, or that might help you assess the news you are hearing. We're thankful to all of the activists, researchers, reporters and advocates who appear on the show to help us understand the world and how we can change it.
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The Times Call for a Bold Conservation Agenda, Will Biden Seize the Moment?
Erik Molvar | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
For four long years, Donald Trump and his industry cronies have waged war on lands, wildlife, climate, and science itself. They leave behind a legacy of shattered agencies, broken regulations, and demoralized public servants. At the same time, America's awareness of environmental justice disparities — and the moral imperative to alleviate the burdens of pollution…
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The 62nd Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: An Unprecedented Chapter in World History
Dr. Birsen Filip | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-01
January 2019: Cubans are commemorating the 60th anniversary of their independence. On this day in 1959, the Cuban Revolution was successfully conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement[i] and became an enduring symbol of resistance to neo-colonialism, capitalism, and hegemony.
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Cuba welcomes 2021 in victory, introduces new monetary policy
Gloria La Riva | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-01
Today, January 1, the 62nd anniversary of Cuba's revolutionary victory, the government is implementing a sweeping economic policy with reorganization of the monetary system to promote more efficiency and greater production.
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The Grinnell 14 Go to Washington
Peter Coyote — Terry Bisson | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
It was autumn in Iowa, it was 1961. It was fifty years ago. The sanitized 1950s, its Men in Grey Flannel Suits, and the Military-Industrial complex President Eisenhower warned about, were the dominant voices. Bob Dylan had just released his first record, and the folk music movement was emerging, but the old order maintained cultural…
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In the Fabric of the Cuban Revolution
Alicia Jrapko and Bill Hackwell | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-01
Image from the Plaza of the Revolution by Bill Hackwell Time is starting to distance itself from that dramatic moment, 6 years ago today, when the final 3 members of the Cuban Five were freed from the prisons of the Empire after 16 years. Never the less, because of a healthy distrust of the US …
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Cuban Revolution Marks 62 Years of Heroic Resistance
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
The Cuban Revolution Friday marked 62nd years of resistance to the U.S. blockade, which was intensified during President Donald Trump's administration. | RELATED: | Cuba: Assembly Passes 2021 Budget, Prioritizes Free Services | On New Year's Eve, President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated the people and called for unity, the only possible way for the Revolution to keep moving forward. | "We went through a year of challenges, tensions, and aggressions. I extend my gratitude to the Cu…
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Court Orders Veterans Affairs Department to Replace Flawed Science in Plutonium Disaster Case
John Laforge | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
In a major class action ruling issued December 17, the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC has ordered the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to re-examine how it evaluates disability claims from veterans exposed to deadly alpha radiation during cleanup operations following a disastrous nuclear weapons accident at Palomares, Spain. The…
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Implementation of New Monetary System Begins in Cuba
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
The so-called Restructuring Task, promoted by the government, implies unifying the current exchange rates, the cessation of the circulation of the convertible peso, and a general reform of salaries and prices, with the gradual elimination of excessive subsidies and undue gratuities. | RELATED: | Cuba Will Unify Its Currency and Exchange Rates on January 1st | These procedures find legal backing in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba in its extraordinary edition number…
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Russia: Putin Voices Confidence in Overcoming 2020 Challenges
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-01
Russia's President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual New Year speech on Thursday, during which he expressed the belief that his nation will be able to overcome existing challenges and restore normalcy. | RELATED: | Putin Highlights Strategic Partnership with Venezuela in 2020 | "I am convinced that together we will overcome everything, establish and restore normal life and with renewed vigor continue to solve the tasks facing Russia in the coming third decade of the 21st centu…
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Facebook and the Street
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
Ever since I signed onto Facebook twelve years ago, I've learned some interesting things about music, art, and sport. I've also engaged in intelligent and informative conversations with people about politics and the aforementioned topics. My original reason for signing up had to do with being able to see photos posted by family and friends.
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The Aftermath of the George Floyd Rebellion
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
The media may not cover them much anymore, but Black Lives Matter protests have not died out completely. At their height, last summer, multiple cities convulsed in protest simultaneously. Smaller gatherings still trickle into public parks in cities like Washington, D.C., they have not stopped totally; nor, at all, have the police killings that prompted…
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Don't You Mess With Cuba — video
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-01
World Premiere!!!..üòâüòâüòâ…subtitled version of the video clip "Don't You Mess With Cuba"
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Migration and Racism: Lessons From Antonio Gramsci
Peter Mayo, Paolo Vittoria | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
Italian political theorist and activist Antonio Gramsci, who died eighty-four years ago, in an Italy that was a far cry from the multiethnic country it is today, provides much grist for the mill when it comes to a complex analysis of migration and racism. He underscores the need to interpret migratory movements through complex analyses.
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Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE!
Devin C | workers.org | 2021-01-01
Occupied Muscogee Creek/Cherokee/Yuchi/Choctaw/Shawnee/Chickasaw land As of Jan. 1, 2021, incarcerated workers in Alabama's odious prison system are on strike! Led by the Free Alabama Movement, incarcerated workers throughout the state of Alabama have put down their work tools and refused to go to work from now until Jan. 31. The . . . | Continue reading Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE! at Workers.org
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City of Denver 2021 budget cuts pay for workers, gives future raises to Denver Police
Jenn Beverly | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-01
It's staggering to know that even the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression won't stop the City of Denver from spending millions on cops.
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Donald the Culpable
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-01
To the best of my knowledge, Donald Trump has never actually shot anybody on Fifth Avenue, not yet anyway, though the thought of acting out that famous boast of his must surely have crossed his mind. The man is amoral and sadistic, and always looking for ways to show off what he can get away…
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