Daily Archives: January 18, 2021

2021-01-18: News Headlines

Staff (2021-01-18). MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Staff (2021-01-18). Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a Fierce Critic of US Foreign Policy. truthout.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" spe…

Wim Laven (2021-01-18). Misusing King's Message. counterpunch.org Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was profoundly moved by injustice and inequality ubiquitous throughout the US. The question he asked about injustice in 1967, "Where do we go from here?" was answered with two options: community or chaos. The question is profoundly important in 2021. On the holiday to celebrate King's birth the whitewashing of

Juan Cole (2021-01-18). Israel is increasingly an Apartheid State: What Martin Luther King Jr. Would have thought of that. juancole.com Revised Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose activism we honor today, took stands far beyond Selma and Montgomery, and called on other capitals than Washington, D.C., to ensure a dignified life for human beings. Dr. King was an early and vigorous opponent of the white South African Apartheid (segregationist) …

Yohuru Williams (2021-01-18). Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Us in this Moment. progressive.org The civil-rights leader's words can help us build a democracy that reflects our ideals, not our ugly history.

Liz Theoharis (2021-01-18). MLK Marched nonviolently on DC with the Disadvantaged for the Vote: Trump's armed militia Flew First Class with Privilege to suppress the vote. juancole.com By Liz Theoharis | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — 2020 will go down as the deadliest year in American history, significantly due to the devastation delivered by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, count in nearly two trillion dollars in damage from climate events (many caused by, or heightened by, intensifying global warming), a surge of incidents …

J.P. Linstroth (2021-01-18). After MLK, Unlearning Hate. counterpunch.org Based upon events over the last couple of weeks, it is clear we need a "federal re-education program" of "anti-hate", especially for those many arrested after the Capitol riot. Why should the country be held hostage to white supremacy? Moreover, the behavior of President Donald J. Trump after the 2020 presidential election has been appalling

Saskia Hostetler Lippy (2021-01-18). Honoring Dr. King. zcomm.org I know we can finish the work of Dr. King, together. We must if we are to survive this terrible hate. The choice lies within each of our hearts.

Human Rights Watch (2021-01-18). Israel must Provide Vaccines to Occupied Palestinians: HRW says Over 4.5 Million in West Bank, Gaza Excluded From Vaccination Push. juancole.com ( Human Rights Watch) — (Jerusalem) — Israeli authorities should provide Covid-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said today. While Israel has already vaccinated more than 20 percent of its citizens, including Jewish settlers in the West Bank, it has not …

Rohit Anand (2021-01-18). It's Time to End Abhorrent Medical Debt That Consumes Families. commondreams.org With the current challenges of millions of people losing their jobs, losing their source of income, and becoming ill with COVID-19, medical debt will increase even further from the 56% of adults who struggle with it prior to the pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-01-18). US deaths from COVID-19 lead to a more than one-year decline in life expectancy. wsws.org Life expectancy in the US has declined dramatically, by more than one year, due to deaths associated with COVID-19 infections. Adding to the catastrophe of the pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected across more than 12 states, threatening to further exacerbate the crisis.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-18). US Never Ending Wars: Thirty Years Ago, America's "First War" against Iraq. globalresearch.ca Thirty years ago. The so-called "Gulf War" (Iraq War I) was launched against Iraq on January 17, 1991. | Extensive crimes against humanity have been committed. | On January 16, President George H. Walker Bush announced the start of what was called …

Children's Health Defense (2021-01-18). 'Perfectly Healthy' Florida Doctor Dies Weeks After Getting Pfizer COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Miami medical examiner is investigating the death of 56-year-old Dr. Gregory Michael who reportedly died from a rare autoimmune disease 15 days after being vaccinated. Michael's wife wants her husband's death to serve as a warning to others. | *** | The …

James Corbett (2021-01-18). Video: How Bill Gates Monopolized Global Health. The Vaccine. globalresearch.ca First posted in May 2020, James Corbett documents the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 vaccine | *** | Who is Bill Gates? A software developer? A businessman? A philanthropist? A global health expert? | This question, once merely academic, is becoming a very …

Barbara Loe Fisher (2021-01-18). WHO: No Guarantee COVID Vaccines Will Prevent People from Being Infected. globalresearch.ca At a virtual press conference held by the World Health Organization officials warned there is no clear evidence COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing asymptomatic infection and transmission. | *** | At a

Hannah McCarthy (2021-01-18). Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh Remains Fragile, With Key Issues Unresolved. counterpunch.org As Armenia ends its annual two-week holiday period, the mood in the country is sombre. The former Soviet state is continuing to reckon with its losses from the six-week war it waged last year with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Nagorno-Karabakh region, or Artsakh to Armenians, lies within Azerbaijan's international border. However, up until last year,

Pip Hinman (2021-01-18). Refugee supporters call on Victorian premier to act against cruelty. greenleft.org.au Chris Slee reports that a petition calling on Victorian Premier Dan Andrews to stop the cruelty towards refugees was handed over to his office. The protests to free the refugees are growing.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-01-18). The Great Evasion. zcomm.org The new nuclear weapons are designed to not only win the arms race, but to intimidate other nations and even "win" a nuclear war…

Rod Driver (2021-01-18). Toxic Sludge is Good for You — Corporate Propaganda and Public Relations. zcomm.org Most people are simply unaware of the scale of the manipulation, and the extent to which businesses influence governments and their citizens…

Paul Edwards (2021-01-18). Coup, Coup, Kachoo. counterpunch.org Contrary to the bleatings of rabid Never Trumpers, Democrat drum majors, and neurasthenic pundits, the Butthead Circus of camo wanks, Halloweening morons, and feeble-minded Q Anon dead-enders, the bumbling vandalism and imbecile thuggery at the Capitol had no resemblance whatever to an actual coup. See Websters, Coup d'Etat: "A sudden, decisive action in politics effecting a

Fight Back (2021-01-18). Philippines: Threats to kill labor leaders. fightbacknews.org The militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Workers Movement) condemned the harassment, threats and intimidation towards known labor leaders in Cebu, January 18. | The group expressed deep concern over the safety of progressive individuals and their organizations after an unknown number blasted text messages containing outright threats to the activists' lives and safety. | In the morning of January 17, labor leader Jaime Paglinawan, chairperson of Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo (AMA SUGBO KMU) received texts that he, along with other Cebu leaders and organizers, are targets for the week, most pro…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-01-18). Yemen's Leningrad: The Unforeseen Consequences of the State Department's Houthi Designation. mintpressnews.com The recent US designation of Yemen's Houthis all but guarantees a resurgence of Saudi-backed extremists in the region and could serve to galvanize the group as a stalwart against US-Israeli designs for the Middle East, reports Ahmed Abdulkareem from Yemen.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-18). Guatemalan security forces repress Honduran migrant caravan heading towards the US. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of Hondurans, who have set off for the US, seek to escape the deepening crisis within the country, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastation caused by the Eta and Iota hurricanes in November 2020…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Chile Records 23 Wildfires So Far This Month. telesurenglish.net Chile's National Warning Center (NWC) Sunday informed that 23 wildfires have been recorded nationwide, 12 of which are active and 11 are under control. | RELATED: | Valparaiso, Maule, and àëuble are the regions where the four main wildfires were registered. On Sunday, 4,200 hectares of land were affected in the Quilpue community where the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve became a fire hotspot. | No human losses have been…

The Conversation (2021-01-18). Climate Crisis: what would 7.1 ∞ F. ( 4 ∞C) of global warming feel like? juancole.com By Robert Wilby | — Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean — known as La Niña — began to emerge in the second half of the year. The Earth's mean …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-18). By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? mintpressnews.com The storming of the US Capitol has global repercussions, not least among them is the weakening of the self-serving definition of democracy, especially when it comes to justifying war.

Stephen Sefton (2021-01-18). Western Society in Crisis: Repression and Impoverishment of Their Own People. globalresearch.ca Ever since at least the Iraq War of 2003, the fundamental alternatives facing North American and European elites have been constant. One alternative might have been to accept a certain loss of global power so as to share global influence …

Ernst Wolff (2021-01-18). The Digital-Financial Complex is the True Center of Power: "Is the Goal to Ignite Massive Civil Unrest?" globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, the U.S. Army General Staff issued a memorandum strongly condemning the violent riots in Washington on January 6 and announcing that the U.S. military will "obey lawful orders of civilian leadership" and "defend the U.S. Constitution against all …

WSWS (2021-01-18). This week in history: January 18-24. wsws.org 25 years ago: Arafat wins Palestinian voteOn January 20, 1996, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and his al-Fatah party won the election held among residents of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The electoral triumph confirmed Arafat's role as the chief enforcer of Israeli dictates in the territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Arafat won 88 percent of the vote for president of the Palestinian Council while his nominees took more than half the seats on the legislative body.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Spanish hospitals on brink of collapse as COVID-19 cases explode. wsws.org As COVID-19 infections reach new highs, medical professionals in Spain warn that hospitals will soon be overwhelmed by admissions to intensive care units.

Thomas Stephens (2021-01-18). Moving Forward with Accountability and Justice. counterpunch.org The deep and multifaceted social/biological/political crises that characterize the 21st century are primed to intensify in the coming days, weeks, months and years. Deadly social catastrophes and explosions in train of the frankly incompetent public health response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and the right wing mob's deadly storming of the US Capitol on

Jasmine Norden (2021-01-18). Pressure is mounting on the government to 'do the right thing' and keep the Universal Credit uplift. thecanary.co Calls have According to new research by the Resolution Foundation, removing the uplift could push thousands of households into poverty as the UK continues to deal with the economic effects of coronavirus (Covid-19). | Karl Handscomb, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: The living standards outlook for 2021 looks bleak at present — but the G…

Adam Chamseddine (2021-01-18). Covid-19: The two weeks that led to Lebanon's virus disaster. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: The two weeks that led to Lebanon's virus disaster | A series of decisions taken by the Lebanese government are being blamed for the soaring rate of infections | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 08: 59 | Empty roads in Beirut, as Lebanon tightened lockdown and introduced a 24-hour curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus, 14 January 2021 | In April, when much of the world was struggling to cont…

Marco Cáceres (2021-01-18). No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Will Block Spread of Coronavirus. globalresearch.ca On Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer, Inc. announced that the experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 vaccine for COVID-19 it developed in partnership with Germany's BioNTech SE had an efficacy rate of 90 percent, based on the results of human clinical trials …

Adam Dick (2021-01-18). Drawing Lots with Coronavirus Vaccination. globalresearch.ca There were delays and some people were turned away at San Diego's new "Vaccination Super Station" near PetCo Park on Wednesday after, in a short time period, six people had allergic reactions after receiving their experimental coronavirus vaccine shots. | In …

WSWS (2021-01-18). After COVID-19 kills tram driver in Berlin, transit workers in Germany demand more security. wsws.org Every day, the 15,000 employees of the Berlin transport association BVG and tens of thousands of passengers risk infection with the coronavirus.

Eds. (2021-01-18). COVID-19: How the world fought in 2020. mronline.org In December 2019, China's Wuhan city witnessed an abnormal rise of what was initially thought to be cases of pneumonia, as identified by the Wuhan Municipality Health Commission. However, upon further investigation by Chinese officials, a novel coronavirus was identified. By then the city's health system was already dealing with dozens of cases of coronavirus.

Staff (2021-01-18). Palestine Refugees Are Forced to the Back of the COVID Vaccine Line. truthout.org As the world races to vaccinate against COVID-19, Israel has been touted for having one of the fastest response rates. The country has, as of January 1, 2021, already vaccinated 10 percent of its 9 million citizens and predicts another 2 million will be vaccinated by the end of the month. While these are laudable statistics, Palestinians living in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and in the Gaza Strip have been explicitly excluded, including health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Mexico to Cut Pfizer Vaccine Imports to Supply Poor Countries. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Sunday informed his government will reduce the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine imports so that poorer countries have greater access to it. | RELATED: | "We agree that Pfizer doses should be reduced so that the United Nations (UN) can distribute them equally to poor countries," AMLO said. | Despite this decision, the government's vaccination plan does not stop. Me…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Argentina Begins To Distribute the Second Dose of Sputnik V. telesurenglish.net Argentina began on Monday the distribution of 300,000 Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines to complete the vaccination of those who received the first dose on December 29. | RELATED: | As of Friday, this South American nation had applied 200,759 out of 300,000 doses of the Russian vaccine it received last year. | The national vaccination campaign's first stage is focused on citizens between the ages of 18 and 59 who work in hospitals,…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Brazil To Use Sinovac and Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) unanimously approved on Sunday the emergency use of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine. | RELATED: | The decision will allow the Brazilian government to start its vaccination plan with 6 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, which was developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and the Butantan Institute of Sao Paulo. | "The…

Steve Watson (2021-01-18). Microsoft, Big Tech Coalition Developing Rockefeller Funded COVID Vaccine Passports. globalresearch.ca A coalition of big tech companies, including Microsoft is The group is calling …

teleSUR (2021-01-18). The U.S. Opposed National Dialogues in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Opposition lawmaker Timoteo Zambrano on Sunday affirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump hampered all dialogue processes between the Venezuelan opposition and President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | He recalled the meetings held under the auspices of the Dominican Republic's former President D…

Anya Parampil (2021-01-18). Biden inaugural guest is Venezuelan coup leader charged with inciting violent assault on gov't building. thegrayzone.com After condemning the pro-Trump invasion of the Capitol, the incoming Biden administration invited Carlos Vecchio — a coup leader charged in the 2014 torching of the Venezuelan Attorney General's office — to its inaugural ceremony As Washington recovered from shock and outrage caused by pro-Trump hooligans storming the United States Congress — breaking windows, smashing doors, and intimidating police officers in order to push their way inside — a sense of pre-inaugural excitement began to sweep the nation's capital. Who …

commondreams (2021-01-18). Public Citizen Statement on Biden's Nomination of Rohit Chopra as CFPB Director. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-18). 350.Org on News That Biden Will Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline on First Day in Office. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2021-01-18). Charter Schools Movement Sees a Growth Opportunity in Public School Funding Cuts. truthout.org A promotional message on the In the span of just a few years, the school has built up significant enrollment numbers. Currently, more than 500 kids attend MMSA, according to the school's

Staff (2021-01-18). Fixating on Pandemic "Learning Loss" Undermines the Need to Transform Education. truthout.org Nationally, COVID-19 is further exposing

WSWS (2021-01-18). United Kingdom COVID-19 variant reaches New Zealand. wsws.org The arrival of the more contagious UK and South African strains underscores the global nature of the virus, which cannot be contained within national borders.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones! wsws.org Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state's policy of prematurely reopening schools.

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Venezuela Inaugurates Ozone Science Center. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday inaugurated the National Ozone Science Center (CENAOZ), a modern facility that aims to promote health strategies based on ozone therapy. | RELATED: | "Today we inaugurate the CENAOZ headquarters. The ozone therapy will contribute to the medical protocols that have been established for the cure of COVID-19," Maduro said. | "The ozone therapy will be present in all the count…

Julian Rose (2021-01-18). Fighting a Corona Phantom. globalresearch.ca The Great Covid Hoax | Covid 19 is a phantom. Slaying a phantom is what the mythic Spanish hero Don Quijote attempted to do by 'tilting at windmills' he imagined to be monsters. But now almost everybody has got into the …

WSWS (2021-01-18). Philippines records first case of new COVID-19 strain. wsws.org The authorities have ruled out introducing more stringent lockdown measures and travel bans, with government officials declaring that they "want to balance health with the economy."

WSWS (2021-01-18). Podemos obeys Spanish fascist Vox party's demand for no shelter-at-home. wsws.org The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government immediately accepted Vox leader Santiago Abascal's demand that no shelter-at-home be adopted against COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Indiana lawmakers propose new law shielding businesses from COVID-19 liabilities. wsws.org The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Canadian educators must mount a political struggle to oppose school reopenings and save lives. wsws.org Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach (2021-01-18). Lessons From the 6 January Insurrection. counterpunch.org While the majority of Americans deplored the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, it was troubling to see a YouGov poll indicating that 1 in 5 voters approved of the assault. Their attitudes were buttressed by a significant number of House and Senate Republicans who have egged on the matter by continuing to call into question the legitimacy of last November's election result. This is a sign that the rot in the American political system goes deep.

Thomas Klikauer — Norman Simms (2021-01-18). An Ordinary German Neo-Nazi. counterpunch.org In 2017, a new German political party semi Neo-Nazi called AfD — Alternative for Germany — swept into Germany's federal parliament winning 12.6% of the popular vote. By the end of 2020, the AfD entered all sixteen state parliaments, even though its support declined to 9% in recent months. Among the state legislatures in which

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Uganda: Opposition Candidate Wine Rejects Election Result. telesurenglish.net The National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday stressed that the January 14 elections were the most fraudulent in Uganda's history and called on citizens and the international community to reject the victory of President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power since 1986. | RELATED: | "General Museveni took control of these elections. The numbers that are being shared by authorities are not real," the NUP lead…

Aline Maciel (2021-01-18). Brazil Elections Boost Environmental Violators to High Office in Amazon. globalresearch.ca More than a hundred candidates who ran in municipal elections last November in cities across Brazil's Amazonian states are on the environmental regulator's "dirty list" for violations committed over the past decade. | That's the finding from an analysis by Agência …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-18). Tunisians protest over growing economic crisis and oppressive state actions. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters were opposing increasing police brutality and the announcement of fresh lockdown measures on Thursday. Protests took place in at least 10 cities across the country…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-18). Encircling China and Praising India: The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific. counterpunch.org The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder. "The US government," he wrote in The Strategist, "has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents — its 2018 strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, which was formally classified SECRET and not for release to foreign nationals." Washington's

Prof Michael Hudson (2021-01-18). America versus China: The Consequences of Moving from Industrial to Financial Capitalism. globalresearch.ca Michael Hudson: Well, I'm honored to be here on the same show with Pepe and discuss our mutual concern. And I think you have to frame the whole issue that China is thriving, and the West has reached the end …

The Canary (2021-01-18). Jeremy Corbyn's legal battle with Labour reaches the High Court. thecanary.co The first stage of Jeremy Corbyn's legal battle with Labour over his suspension from the parliamentary party will be heard by the High Court.Lawyers for the former opposition leader are applying for the disclosure of documents ahead of a possible legal challenge over his suspension.At a remote hearing on Monday afternoon, judge Lisa Sullivan will consider an application for "pre-action disclosure" by Corbyn's legal team.His case is expected to relate to the Islington North MP's original suspension and the negotiation with the leader of the opposition's office over the terms of his reinstatement.Labour Party leade…

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-18). Time to Trash the Terrorist Watch List, a Police-State Frankenstein Gone Off the Rails. counterpunch.org I have something in common with some of the brownshirt thugs who assaulted the Capitol, some reportedly intent on kidnapping and/or killing congressional leaders and members like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader and presumptive Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vice President Mike Pence.

MEE staff (2021-01-18). Israel bans schools from hosting rights groups critical of occupation. middleeasteye.net Israel bans schools from hosting rights groups critical of occupation | The announcement came after Likud complained about the director of rights group B'Tselem who was scheduled to give a talk at a school in Haifa | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 14: 48 | Despite the order on Sunday, the director of B'Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, gave a scheduled lecture to students in the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa (AFP) | Israel's Education M…

Rayhan Uddin (2021-01-18). UN urged to take action against France over 'entrenching Islamophobia'. middleeasteye.net UN urged to take action against France over 'entrenching Islamophobia' | Coalition of 36 organisations submits complaint to UN Human Rights Council, accusing France of violating international law over treatment of Muslims | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 12: 59 | French police outside the Great Mosque in Paris amid a heightened risk of terror attacks on places of worship, October 2020 (AFP/File photo) | A coalitio…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-18). Saudi executions at record low as five convicted as minors still on death row. middleeasteye.net Saudi executions at record low as five convicted as minors still on death row | Rights groups fear that five people convicted as juveniles could still face the death penalty despite changes in law

| Mon, 01/18/2021 – 12: 06 | Supporters in Greece protesting the execution of prominent Saudi Shiite cleric and activist Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration near Saudi Arabia's embassy i…

CP Editor (2021-01-18). Jackson Browne — The Waiting. counterpunch.org

Eds. (2021-01-18). Illicit Financial Flows: Africa is the world's main creditor. mronline.org Contrary to the dominant discourse, it is actually the case that the 54 African states finance developed countries and not the other way round.

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2021-01-18). Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For. thenation.com Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For…

Christian Kliver and Nils Melzer (2021-01-18). Mr. Assange never published false information. indybay.org Mr. Assange did not hack or steal any of the information he released. Whether we may agree or disagree with his publications, they can in no way be considered a crime. Prosecuting Mr. Assange would amount to "shooting the ambassador" rather than correcting the problem he exposed.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Australian workers and youth demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org "It has to be a grassroots movement from below to save Assange. A mass movement or mass support for him, rather than trying to appeal to the goodness of Australian politicians' hearts."

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-18). Fortress Washington Occupied and Militarized. globalresearch.ca What's going on in the nation's capital is unprecedented. | Around 25,000 troops, unknown numbers of secret service agents, other federal security forces, and local police turned the city into a blockaded armed camp ahead of illegitimate transition of power on …

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-01-18). Sunday 1/17: The Farmer's Movement in India. indybay.org Log-info available on our website; | ICSSMARX.ORG LINK: OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-01-18). Meeting Between Moldovan and Ukrainian Leaders Was to Coordinate Actions Against Russia. globalresearch.ca The visit of Moldovan President Maia Sandu to Ukraine last week is the first interaction between the two neighboring countries at the highest level in recent years. For Sandu, this trip became her foreign policy premiere since she became president …

WSWS (2021-01-18). Massive rise in unemployment in Germany during the pandemic. wsws.org The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Ontario teacher denounces unions' "feckless response" to government's ruinous handling of the pandemic. wsws.org "What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!"

Steve Topple (2021-01-18). The 'Corbyn Project' is promising. But can it deliver on its goals? thecanary.co After much buzz on social media, Jeremy Corbyn's Peace and Justice Project finally launched on Sunday 17 January. And while everyone involved managed to 'talk the talk' — will they, and it, be able to 'walk the walk'? Overall, the launch left me concerned — but the project itself leaves me more hopeful. | Brilliant and superb…: | Let's start with the project itself. There is a lot of good content on the website. For example, its

Gerry Condon (2021-01-18). Veteran Celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty. commondreams.org The United States can be a leader in the peace race, but only if our leaders hear a loud message from the people: nuclear weapons are an unacceptable threat to all of humanity and they are also now illegal. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-18). Muslim Advocates Hails End of Muslim Ban on Wednesday. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-18). Watchdog Group Releases New Report Highlighting Hypocrisy of Republican Senators Who Once Urged the Speedy Confirmation of Cabinet Members for National Security. commondreams.org ______________________________…

news.un (2021-01-18). UN chief calls for protection of civilians as violence spikes in Sudan's West Darfur. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General has voiced deep concern over escalating violence in West Darfur and called on the Sudanese authorities to "expend all efforts" to end the fighting and protect civilians.

End Terre Haute Murder (2021-01-18). Thoughts About The Government Murder Known As Execution. indybay.org 3/5 of the US, 60%, support abolition of the death penalty.

Gratitude (2021-01-18). Favorite Brief Lines Of Poetry or Prose. indybay.org memorable lines memorable paragraphs…

INFORUM program at The Commonwealth Club (2021-01-18). Thursday 1/21: Black and White: The Double Standard in the Capitol Hill Siege w/ Alicia Garza & Rep. Lee. indybay.org Online event via livestream…

Akemi Imai-Chan (2021-01-18). Friday 2/12: Welcome the Year of the Ox with Oakland Asian Cultural Center! indybay.org Virtual Event on YouTube Live…

Ecumenical Peace Institute (2021-01-18). Friday 1/22: Vigil Opposing Nuclear Weapons. indybay.org UC Berkeley West Gate lawn, Oxford & Addison…

Fred Fuentes (2021-01-18). Invasion Day 2021: Here's a list of protests and events happening on January 26. greenleft.org.au Here is a list of Invasion Day protests and events happening across Australia on January 26 and how you can participate.

Joel Lexchin (2021-01-18). Big Pharma Is Fighting to Deny Canadians Access to Treatment. zcomm.org It's time to stand up big pharma bullying and implement universal pharmacare so everyone can get the treatment they need…

Collective 20 (2021-01-18). Overcoming Our Suicidal Tendencies. zcomm.org From Defensive Traits to Participatory Ego States…

Leanna First-Arai (2021-01-18). Republicans Are Using Capitol Breach as Excuse to Promote Anti-Protest Bills. zcomm.org Legal advocates say the proposed laws will do nothing to curb white supremacist violence, and will instead grant law enforcement increasing discretion and pressure to crack down on and harshly sentence progressive activists…

WSWS (2021-01-18). Louis van Beethoven: A German film biography of the great composer. wsws.org The movie introduces many important themes of the revolutionary epoch that shaped Beethoven as a composer and thinker, but barely develops them.

Joanna Frew (2021-01-18). Drone Proliferation Update, January 2021. globalresearch.ca Over the last few months have seen a number of significant developments in relation to the increasing proliferation of armed drones. The most significant of these have been the use of Turkish Bayraktar TB-2's in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh which …

Carey Gillam (2021-01-18). A Death and a Settlement as Bayer Continues Trying to End Roundup Litigation. globalresearch.ca Seven months after Bayer AG

Robert Koehler (2021-01-18). Lynching Political Correctness. counterpunch.org I still see the noose in front of the capitol building, dangling oh so metaphorically. "No matter how all this plays out, it's only the beginning," wrote a user on The Donald message board, according to the Associated Press. Actually, it's anything but the beginning — though I get what the writer means, that there's more to

Jack Dresser (2021-01-18). The Corona Crisis: The Conspiracy Is Obvious. Here Are Facts to Construct a Theory. globalresearch.ca "We just want the facts, please." —Detective Joe Friday, Dragnet | "You notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?" The question boomed by Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may have never …

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Close to Half of Peruvians Disapprove of President Sagasti. telesurenglish.net Local outlet El Comercio on Monday published a poll revealing that 47 percent of Peruvians disapprove of President Francisco Sagasti's government, while only 34 percent approve it. | RELATED: | The rejection rate against him increased by 10 percent compared with the results of a survey conducted in December. | "Two months into his term, the dissatisfaction against Sagasti's administration increased by 12 points," El Comer…

Megan Sherman (2021-01-18). "Leaking": Digital Activism Is Today's New Radicalism. globalresearch.ca A new radicalism is rocking the foundations of modern politics, rapidly destroying venerated but defunct notions about our political systems and replacing them with new activism and political configurations of astonishing sophistication and power. Though there remain unresolved problems and …

Carlos Zorrilla (2021-01-18). If the Frogs Should Win. globalresearch.ca Two frogs no more than four centimetres in length: they seem so insignificant. But much is riding on them, namely a constitutional court case that could stop mining development in most of Ecuador. | The Long Nose Harlequin Frog, last seen …

Peace Now (2021-01-18). 780 West Bank Settlement Housing Units In Palestinian Lands, Approved Ahead of US Presidential Transition. globalresearch.ca 780 housing units in settlements, most of them deep in the West Bank (714 units (92%) in settlements that Israel will have to evacuate under a …

S. M. Smyth (2021-01-18). The Politics of Insanity: Sick or Sinful? globalresearch.ca [T]his view rests on … mistaking or confusing what is real with what is imitation; literal meaning with metaphorical meaning; medicine with morals… — Thomas Szaz | Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to …

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-01-17). This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's not whitewash what he stood for. thecanary.co As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day on 18 January, it's important to challenge the dominant narratives that surround him. His history as a radical, anti-racist, anti-war, anti-capitalist leftist has been whitewashed to produce something more palatable for the mainstream. However, the iconic civil rights leader posed a legitimate threat to America's white supremacist, militaristic, imperialist, materialistic status quo. | King stood firm

_____ (2021-01-17). Martin Luther King's Revolutionary Dream Deferred. popularresistance.org We kill the most beautiful among us—anyone, it seems, who reveals the nastier, brutish elements of American society and has the audacity to imagine, demand even, a better path: peace, unity and tolerance. Abraham Lincoln, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and so many others. | This year marks the 50th anniversary of King's tragic assassination, and though countless publications will brim with commemorations and retrospectives of this misunderstood icon, most will miss the mark. Long ago co-opted and sanitized by mainstream political figures, the King of memory bears little resemblance to the radical, comple…

_____ (2021-01-17). Mariame Kaba Talks Abolition, Mutual Aid And Campus Police. popularresistance.org Activist and prison-industrial complex abolitionist Mariame Kaba celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by praising NU Community Not Cops and speaking to the importance of mutual aid and political organizing in Wednesday's MLK Dream Week virtual keynote. | The keynote, which was broadcast to over 1,000 attendees, began with a virtual performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Northwestern Community Ensemble members and alumni. Kaba then delivered her speech in which she laid out core tenets of abolitionist practice, tying the current movement to King's principles. | "Abolitionists have a lot to le…

Governor Newsom (2021-01-17). 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in California. indybay.org May 2021 closes out the 50th Anniversary Year of MLK Library in an underserved area of the Capitol of the Great State of California. MLK 50, Golden Anniversary will carry his prophetic message throughout Sacramento County and beyond year round. Apathetic slumber is over and genuine equality on the short horizon, Spring 2021.

Fight Back (2021-01-17). New Orleans FRSO announces MLK Day Virtual Rally. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA – Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) will host a Martin Luther King Day Virtual Rally this Monday, January 18. In support of a call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, New Orleans FRSO demands a mass release from prisons during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The rally will also demand justice for Jacob Blake and an end to police crimes everywhere. The gathering will take place over Zoom, as the city recently transitioned to stricter COVID safety measures. | After a long holiday season, this will be an opportunity for the community to regroup. "I'm just excite…

_____ (2021-01-17). Disenfranchisement: An American Tradition. popularresistance.org During the 2020 election, liberal pundits and politicians repeatedly warned that democracy was "on the line," "at stake," "in peril," and facing "an existential threat." There was occasion for the hyperbolic language: Donald Trump and his Republican allies orchestrated an unprecedented assault on the integrity of U.S. elections by, to list just a few examples, promulgating ludicrous lies about voter fraud, obstructing early mail-in voting, encouraging vigilante voter intimidation, and constricting access to polls. But critics risk succumbing to a liberal version of "Make America Great Again" nostalgia if they ass…

_____ (2021-01-17). Migrant Caravan Heads To United States From Honduras. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow. | A migrant caravan of reportedly thousands is heading to the United States from Honduras, asking the incoming Biden administration to "honor its commitments", apparently referring to the president-elect's pledges to reverse most of Trump's immigration policies, according to media reports. | According to a statement issued by the migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras ["People Without Borders"], and…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-17). Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge. middleeasteye.net Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge | Advocacy group says the two men, one a professor who had been on Doha's Covid-19 task force, were secretly detained and tortured | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 09: 59 | Professor Lukman Thalib (right) received a teaching award at Qatar University in 2018. He is a public health expert and helped Qatar with its Covid-19 re…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-17). Thirty Years Ago: The Gulf War. globalresearch.ca Thirty years ago, in the early hours of January 17, 1991, Operation "Desert Storm" began in the Persian Gulf, this war against Iraq opened the sequence of wars after the Cold War. The USA and its allies launched it at …

RT (2021-01-17). Guardian columnist implies his heart attack was CAUSED by Jeremy Corbyn's politics, gets mercilessly mocked. rt.com Guardian columnist Rafael Behr wants readers to spare a thought for him, after implying that covering the Brexit melee and worrying about Jeremy Corbyn's alleged anti-Semitism gave him a literal heart attack. Ridicule ensued. | In the hierarchy of journalists, there are none hardier than war correspondents. They risk life and limb to report from the world's most dangerous conflict zones, yet the Guardian's Rafael Behr

RT (2021-01-17). 'Absolute nonsense': Iranian FM rejects French claim that Tehran is building up nuclear weapons capacity. rt.com Iran's FM Javad Zarif has blasted France for its continuous support of "Saudi war criminals," dismissing French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian's claims that Tehran is building up nuclear weapons capacity as "absolute nonsense." | The top Iranian diplomat took to Twitter on Sunday, sending an angry message to France's foreign minister. Zarif signaled that Paris is in no position to lecture Tehran on anything, pointing fingers at French arms sales to Saudi Arabia — and getting quite personal with Le Drian as well. | Dear colleague: You kick-started your cabinet career with arms sales to Saudi war criminals.

D. Watkins (2021-01-17). The selective restraint of American police on display at the Capitol riot amazed me. salon.com We ran from police, even when we were innocent. White people freely walk towards cops even while committing crimes…

Staff (2021-01-17). Bernie Sanders Is About to Become the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee. truthout.org The long-held Republican nightmare that a champion of working-class people and the common good — one who has dedicated his political career to curbing poverty and injustice while denouncing corporate greed, endless war, and the cruelty of a for-profit health system that leaves millions upon millions uninsured or without affordable access to care — would assume the powerful position of chairing the Senate Budget Committee is about to become reality. | "Time to face the harsh reality,…

Fight Back (2021-01-17). Unemployment insurance claims make biggest jump since March. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The U.S. economy showed more signs of weakness as the COVID-19 pandemic rages and Trump's "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine rollout crashes and burns amid finger-pointing, lies and incompetence. New claims for regular state unemployment rose by more than 20% in the week ending January 9, the biggest gain since the dark days of March when the economy hit a brick wall. | The number of people actually collecting benefits also rose by 200,000 for the week ending January 2, despite more and more people being timed out of the regular state unemployment insurance programs which only pay out for six months. T…

sputniknews (2021-01-17). South Carolina Senator Warns Against Using Impeachment Power to 'Vindicate Political Grievances'. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Republican Senator Lindsey Graham sent a letter to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer claiming that the process of impeaching outgoing US President Donald Trump a second time is unconstitutional.

Waging Nonviolence (2021-01-17). Why We need to prepare for ongoing insurrectionary violence and address its root causes. juancole.com By Maria J. Stephan | — ( Waging Nonviolence ) — Following the Jan. 6 insurrectionary attack on the U.S. Capitol and on the country, the FBI has warned of violent actions being planned in all 50 states and D.C. nationwide next week. Last week's assault, which was incited by Donald Trump, enabled by GOP …

Ed Grystar (2021-01-17). Single Payer: Which Way Forward? dissidentvoice.org To say that there's a political disconnect in the fight for a national single payer health care delivery system is to state the obvious. The struggle for M4ALL has grown due to decades of grassroots organizing alongside the gradual worsening of Americans' health insurance coverage, with support now reaching 70% in the general public as …

Joyce Chediac (2021-01-17). Thirty years Ago. The 1991 Gulf War: The Massacre of Withdrawing Soldiers on "The Highway of Death" globalresearch.ca I want to give testimony on what are called the "highways of death." These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies of tens of thousands of …

teleSUR (2021-01-17). US California Coronavirus Cases Close To 3 Mln. telesurenglish.net U.S. California counties reported 32,904 new cases of COVID-19 and 418 new deaths Saturday for a total of 2,951,682 cases and 33,391 deaths in the state, according to a report by Bay Area News Group on Sunday. | The total number of cases stood at 334,505 in the Bay Area and 3,342 people have died from the virus, the report said. | RELATED: | Santa Clara County has reported 1,060 deaths and a total of 91,466 cases. In San Francisco…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Evo Morales Remembers Congolese Revolutionary Patrice Lumumba. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former President Evo Morales (2006-2019) Sunday reminisced on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba who was murdered by Katanga region's separatists and Belgian mercenaries on 17 January 1961. | RELATED: | "On a day like today in 1961, Congolese leader Patricio Lumumba, who fought for the liberation and independence of his people, was tortured and killed. Our homage…

Zero Hedge (2021-01-17). Health Experts Call for Suspension of Pfizer Vaccination Among Elderly After Norway Deaths. globalresearch.ca Update (1630ET): In what can only be described as a somewhat concerning turn of events, health experts from Wuhan, China, called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines produced by companies such as …

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2021-01-17). Vaccines: "Death by Coincidence". Robert F. Kennedy Jr. globalresearch.ca Declarations by health officials and vaccine makers that deaths and injuries following COVID vaccinations are unrelated coincidences are becoming a pattern. | They're also depriving people of the information they need to make informed decisions. | The official handling last week of …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-17). Lindsey Graham Excoriated for Arguing Accountability for Trump Would Be Divisive and Vengeful. commondreams.org "How do you lecture about 'unity' and 'healing' after seeking to end American democracy?"asked one Democratic member of Congress in response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-17). Lindsey Graham Excoriated for Equating Trump Accountability With Divisive 'Vengeance'. commondreams.org "How do you lecture about 'unity' and 'healing' after seeking to end American democracy?" asked one Democratic member of Congress in response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-17). Trump May be on Trial, but the System that Produced Him Will be Acquitted. dissidentvoice.org It is a fitting end to four years of Donald Trump in the White House. On one side, Trump's endless stoking of political grievances — and claims that November's presidential election was "stolen" from him — spilled over last week into a mob storming the US Capitol. They did so in the forlorn hope of …

sputniknews (2021-01-17). Zakharova Calls For Respecting International Law After Sullivan Comments on Navalny. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In response to comments on the detention of Russian opposition vlogger Alexey Navalny made by Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor for US President-elect Joe Biden, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised foreign officials to respect international law and focus on domestic issues.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-01-17). Preview of Biden's Foreign Policy Shifts. globalresearch.ca In his first media

The Canary (2021-01-17). Ambulance workers 'at breaking point', union survey suggests. thecanary.co Three out of four ambulance staff are at "breaking point", suffering low morale, and calling for better protective equipment, a new study suggests."Scary": The GMB union said almost two out of three of 2,000 of its members surveyed said they believed their PPE should be upgraded.Three out of four respondents said ambulance workers were at "breaking point", with the crisis much worse than when the lockdown first started last March.The responses included: — "People are dying waiting for ambulances whilst crews are stuck at hospital with Covid-confirmed patients".— "We had a taxi pull up in an ambula…

MEE staff (2021-01-17). Qatar blockade ends: Egypt to resume flights to Doha, opening economic doors. middleeasteye.net Qatar blockade ends: Egypt to resume flights to Doha, opening economic doors | Resumption of flights brings economic opportunities for both countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 15: 12 | An Egypt Air Embraer 170 aircraft on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport, while another plane takes off, on 15 January 2021 (AFP) | Egyptian national carrier EgyptAir says it will start operating direc…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Pots and Pans Against President Bolsonaro Heard Loud in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people made their pots and pan ring out to demand Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's resignation due to his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The protest was driven by the chaotic situation in the state of Amazonas, where its capital Manaus experienced a serious lack of hospital beds and oxygen to treat patients. | Shouting "Genocide" and "Get out Bolsonaro," loud protests were seen in the largest citie…

Kaamil Ahmed (2021-01-17). Sudan: Scores killed in militia raid in Darfur. middleeasteye.net Sudan: Scores killed in militia raid in Darfur | The attack on an IDP camp reportedly killed at least 48 people, weeks after UN voted to withdraw peacekeeping mission | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 10: 41 | Sudanese forces stationed in El-Geneina in 2016 (AFP/File photo) | At least 48 people have been killed in ongoing militia attacks around a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur's El-Geneina cit…

Kaamil Ahmed (2021-01-17). Scores killed in militia raid in Sudan's Darfur. middleeasteye.net Scores killed in militia raid in Sudan's Darfur | The attack on an IDP camp reportedly killed at least 48 people, weeks after UN voted to withdraw peacekeeping mission | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 10: 41 | Sudanese forces stationed in El-Geneina in 2016 (AFP/File photo) | At least 48 people have been killed in ongoing militia attacks around a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur's El-Geneina ci…

Chris Gilbert (2021-01-17). How the Left Got Where It Is in Venezuela. counterpunch.org By the end of Hugo Chávez's presidency, a vague social contract had come to exist in Venezuela. It was not unlike the social contract which sustained real socialism for many decades, as described by Michael Lebowitz in his book Contradictions of Real Socialism. Both situations involved a vanguard that guaranteed a certain level of welfare

The Canary (2021-01-17). Survivors of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region face threat of starvation. thecanary.co Starvation is threatening the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people there need emergency food."The population is dying": The first humanitarian workers to arrive, after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access, describe weakened children dying from diarrhea, empty shops and refugees begging for something to eat. One new report says parts of Tigray are likely a step below famine.Mari Carmen Vinoles is the head of the emergency unit for Doctors Without Borders. She said "There is an extreme urgent need" to scale up the…

Staff (2021-01-17). After the Pandemic Subsides, We May See a Third Wave of the Arab Spring. truthout.org We are in the midst of the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring. While most of the revolts suffered terrible defeats, the revolutionary process in the region did not come to an end, as waves of struggle exploded in country after country even amid today's pandemic and global recession. | Gilbert Achcar is a professor of development studies and international relations at SOAS University of London. His most recent books are Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (2013), The People Want: A Radical E…

RT (2021-01-17). WATCH Russian opposition figure Navalny leave plane in Moscow before being detained. rt.com Alexey Navalny has arrived in Moscow after spending several months recuperating in Berlin. He was detained at the airport for violating probation terms. | The plane carrying Navalny was due to land in Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, but it was instead diverted to the capital's Sheremetyevo Airport. The airliner told the media that the last-minute change happened due to "technical issues" on the ground. | The activist left the plane and entered the airport via shuttle bus. He was then detained by police during documents check at the arrivals terminal. | The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) confirmed to the medi…

RT (2021-01-17). Russian opposition figure Navalny detained at passport control after returning to Moscow following almost five months in Germany. rt.com Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been detained by police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering following an alleged poisoning attempt last summer. | Navalny and his wife Yulia left the plane together on Sunday evening with the rest of the passengers and drove to the terminal in a bus. The activist was arrested at the immigration desk. | Russia's prison authority has confirmed the detention. Navalny, who was wanted for breaching the terms of his probation from a previous criminal case, will remain in custody until the court rules on pre-trial res…

RT (2021-01-17). Massive caravan of Honduran migrants fights Guatemalan troops on journey to US border (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Hundreds of migrants from Honduras have clashed with Guatemala's stick-wielding soldiers after a large caravan breached the country's border en route to the US. | Video from the scene shows migrants desperately attempting to push through a thick formation of soldiers blocking a road near the village of Vado Hondo in eastern Guatemala. A large group manages to break through the ranks, however, stick-wielding soldiers quickly intercept the majority of them and beat them back. | Blocking caravan: Guatemalan soldiers clash with migrants from Honduras

RT (2021-01-17). Austrians must wear FFP2 respirators in malls & on public transport, govt says amid lockdown extension. rt.com Austria has introduced tighter rules on social distancing and mask-wearing, with a nationwide lockdown extended until February 7. Life will hopefully return to normal in the summer, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said. | The new rules "don't make anyone happy and are anything but popular, yet they are necessary, even if everyone is already fed up," Kurz said on Sunday. | Beginning January 25, Austrians will have to wear respirator-type FFP2 masks in supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, and on public transport. The FFP2s offer better protection against airborne infections than cheaper, single-use surgical mas…

RT (2021-01-17). Russia's FM spokeswoman urges US & other countries decrying Navalny's detention 'not to interfere' with Russian law. rt.com Instead of rushing to condemn the detention of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny upon his return to Moscow, foreign politicians should focus on domestic issues at hand and respect the Russian law, Maria Zakharova has said. | In a Facebook

Ben Terrall (2021-01-17). Revisiting the Indonesian Massacres of 1965-1966. counterpunch.org Of all the tragic events of the 20th Century, the 1965-1966 campaign of mass killing in Indonesia is among the least known in the U.S. Researchers estimate that the Washington-backed Indonesian military and its civilian militias killed up to one million people. Around a million others were arbitrarily imprisoned with little to no legal process,

Chaman Lal (2021-01-17). Farmers in protest: Learning from the past and creating history with a real definition of nationalism. mronline.org "The nationalists to be effective must harness the nation into action, into revolt…. The nation will stir itself to action only on assurance of nationalization. i.e…. Freedom from slavery of Imperialist—capitalists." —Bhagat Singh…

The Conversation (2021-01-17). What is the 'boogaloo' and who are the rioters who stormed the Capitol? juancole.com By Jeff Inglis | — In the wake of the insurrection on Jan. 6, the U.S. is bracing for the possibility of additional violent demonstrations and potential riots at the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings around the nation. While many were in Washington, D.C., ostensibly to protest what they wrongly saw as a stolen …

T.P. Wilkinson (2021-01-17). Stop Press: I'm Converted. dissidentvoice.org Mass celebration after a year of coronation (Ihoto credit: Pedro K) As those who have followed my published remarks in these pages might remember, I have always been sceptical about what one or more insistent author here and everywhere has told us about the immanent end of life as we know on the planet, Earth …

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Guatemala Prevents Honduran Migrants From Heading To US Border. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Military forces Sunday prevented the passage of more than 6,000 Honduran migrants who were trying to continue their way to the Mexico-U.S. border. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Migration Institute (GIM) Director Guillermo Diaz reported that between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants had crossed the border since Friday, highlighting that 992 migrants were deported, 163 of which were minors. | Violent clashes were seen b…

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-17). Brave New Dystopian World Order Unfolding. Silencing Dissent. globalresearch.ca Brave new world dystopia is unfolding in plain sight, freedoms as once known fast eroding. | Are they heading for elimination altogether in the West and elsewhere? | Is totalitarian rule enforced by police state harshness becoming the new abnormal? | Is the …

Michael Sainato (2021-01-17). Billionaires add $1tn to net worth during pandemic as their workers struggle. zcomm.org Companies' attempts at hazard pay have been paltry and fleeting as employees are threatened for protesting working conditions…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-17). 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.

The Canary (2021-01-17). Customers are taking legal action against BT for alleged overcharging. thecanary.co A law firm is launching action on behalf of BT customers claiming the company overcharged them for landlines. | Mishcon de Reya has filed claims at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The firm says these claims could result in payments of up to £500 each for 2.3 million BT customers. | Compensation: | The claim is being made on behalf of Justin Le Patourel, the Claimant Representative. Patourle is also founder of Call (Collective Action on Land Lines). | He said: Ofcom made it very clear that BT had spent years overcharging landline customers but did not order it to repay the money it made from this.

Steve Topple (2021-01-17). DWP chaos around Universal Credit reaches breaking point. thecanary.co There's a crescendo in the chaos around the Department for Work and Pensions ( DWP and Universal Credit — chaos looming?: | In April 2020, the DWP

_____ (2021-01-17). New York Bans Glyphosate Use On Public Property. popularresistance.org The move is an important recognition by the nation's fourth most populous state that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not adequately protecting people and the environment from hazardous pesticides (pesticide is an umbrella term that includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc). However, the law's ability to improve these protections will depend significantly upon the management approach that replaces glyphosate use. | "A transition away from Roundup and other glyphosate-based pesticides must reject the use of regrettable substitutes, and embrace sound organic principles and practices," said Jay…

_____ (2021-01-17). Apache Stronghold Lawsuit Over Oak Flat Halts Transfer To Mining Company. popularresistance.org Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, placed a lien on Oak Flat on Wednesday, January 13, with the Pinal County Recorder's Office. The lien prevents the planned transfer of Oak Flat, or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, to a foreign mining company until the recently filed ongoing Apache Stronghold lawsuit is finalized. | The lien and one of the lawsuit claims are based on the Treaty of Santa Fe of 1852 between the United States and the Apache which promises that Apache lands, at the center of which lies Chi'chil Bildagoteel, are to remain in Apache ownership. The Treaty of Santa F…

_____ (2021-01-17). The FCC And States Must Ban Digital Redlining. popularresistance.org The rollout of fiber broadband will never make it to many communities in the US. That's because large, national ISPs are currently laying fiber primarily focused on high-income users to the detriment of the rest of their users. The absence of regulators has created a situation where wealthy end users are getting fiber, but predominantly low-income users are not being transitioned off legacy infrastructure. The result being "digital redlining" of broadband, where wealthy broadband users are getting the benefits of cheaper and faster Internet access through fiber, and low-income broadband users are being left behin…

_____ (2021-01-17). The Jewish Supremacist State. popularresistance.org The respected Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem, has now officially reached this conclusion: "[T]he entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River is organized under a single principle: advancing and cementing the supremacy of one group—Jews—over another—Palestinians"; "A regime that uses laws, practices and organized violence to cement the supremacy of one group over another is an apartheid regime." | The B'Tselem position paper focuses on four aspects of Israeli apartheid. Two aspects—Jewish-only immigration and Jewish-only land development—operate in the…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-17). 'A Jim Crow Relic That Must Be Abolished': Demand to End Filibuster Grows. commondreams.org "Do Senate Democrats want to keep the filibuster or do they want to pass comprehensive democracy, anti-corruption, and voting rights legislation to realize the promise of a multi-racial democracy?" said one progressive organizer. "I don't see a way they can do both." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-17). From Paul Ryan to Nikki Haley: GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True. commondreams.org "When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations," said Sanders on Saturday. "We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Zolt√°n Grossman (2021-01-17). Denial of American Fascism Has Cost Us Dearly. commondreams.org The inconvenient truths about fascism, like learning about the climate and health crises, could lead us to actually shift our beliefs and lives. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-17). International Support Continues for Protesting Farmers in India. dissidentvoice.org On 5 January, British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to convey to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "heartfelt anxieties" of MPs' constituents (many emanating from Punjab) regarding the treatment of protesting farmers in India. The letter was signed by more than 100 MPs and Lords and had …

Question Unjust Authority (2021-01-17). 5 Of The Issues In Which The Mayor is On The Wrong Side. indybay.org Shutdown of restaurants, denial of 1st amendment rights of assembly and of worship, coverup of Hunters Point radiation, CCSF… 5 issues in which the mayor seems to be on the wrong side…

The Representation Project (2021-01-17). Tuesday 1/19: "Miss Representation": Screening & Panel on Women's Representation in Media & Leadership. indybay.org FREE virtual screening…

Ashlie D. Stevens (2021-01-17). The story of mambo (or mumbo) sauce, the condiment that likely fueled the civil rights movement. salon.com In this edition of "Saucy," we dive into the sticky red sauce that launched a multi-state trademark dispute…

Melanie McFarland (2021-01-17). The most exciting thing about "Miss Scarlet & The Duke" is its title. salon.com How disappointing it is to introduce a feminist crime-solver in a deadly dull story…

Michele Kirichanskaya (2021-01-17). What's so "unsexy" about asexuality?>. salon.com As the ace community gains more visibility, a persistent and insulting attitude lingers about the orientation…

Andrew O'Hehir (2021-01-17). History's bunk — but it still rhymes: From the Bastille to the Winter Palace to the Capitol. salon.com Will history judge the Capitol riot as an absurd footnote, or a turning point? Don't assume we know the answer…

sputniknews (2021-01-17). European Council President Calls on Russia to Release Opposition Vlogger Navalny. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The European Council president, Charles Michel, on Sunday urged Russian authorities to release Russian political opposition vlogger Alexey Navalny.

Isaac Scher (2021-01-17). Illinois Will End Cash Bail — and Limit Use of High-Tech Incarceration. zcomm.org Reformers typically propose predictive algorithms and electronic monitoring as alternatives to money bail. Illinois is different…

Douglas Todd (2021-01-17). 'Deaths of despair' point to working-class calamity. zcomm.org Many working-class Americans, and Canadians, are falling rapidly to 'deaths of despair,' characterized by suicide and chronic drug and alcohol use…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Peru: Ex-President Vizcarra Barred From Run for Congress. telesurenglish.net Lima's Special Electoral Jury (JEE) excluded Peru's former President Martin Vizcarra's (2018-2020) candidacy for Congress over the omission of information about his personal incomes. | RELATED: | The JEE concluded that Vizcarra did not specify all the information about the incomes received from the company Agrotecnica Estuquiña SA, of which he has 30 percent of the share. | Ex-Congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma made the banning…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-01-17). Aleppo: Industrial Capital of Syria Rises from the Ashes. globalresearch.ca Saint Simeon, on the outskirts of Aleppo, was the largest church in the world in the fifth century. After Islam arrived in Syria, the country has remained a dense mixture of cultures and faiths, living in tolerance and cooperation until …

Subodh Varma (2021-01-17). India faces grim jobs crisis: 17 million jobs lost in past year. peoplesdispatch.org In the three months from September 2020 alone, 9 million people lost their jobs. A breakdown of job losses shows that younger people and women have borne the brunt…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). The Economy Took Center Stage in Ecuador's Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net On Saturday night, 16 presidential candidates attended a mandatory debate organized by the National Electoral Council (CNE). | RELATED: | Their debate is scheduled to take place over two days and will cover four topics: health, education, and vulnerable groups; economy and employment; corruption and democratic institutions; and international relations and human rights. | The candidates were divided into two groups of e…

Shawgi Tell (2021-01-17). Cyber Charter Schools: Neoliberals Determined to Commodify More Students. dissidentvoice.org The parasitic seizure of social wealth by the rich has intensified in recent years and promises to increase in 2021. While the stock market soars to artificial new heights, the productive sector of the economy continues to steadily disintegrate, leaving the financial oligarchy with fewer options to maximize profit over time. This in turn is …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-01-17). Call for Action: The Necessary Struggle of the Personal Conscience Against "The New World Order" globalresearch.ca What could be more natural than to enjoy and draw strength from the wisdom of great European poets and thinkers such as Goethe, Schiller, Rolland or Camus? Are we not all — every single one! — urgently called upon to …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-17). Dispatches from the Congo: Lumumba lives! peoplesdispatch.org In the first episode of our new show, Dispatches from the Congo, we take a look the life and legacy of the iconic Patrice Lumumba on the anniversary of his martyrdom…

Clean Energy Wire (2021-01-17). 7 Million more Germans resolve to power Homes with Wind, Solar in 2021: 15% already Do. juancole.com By Kerstine Appunn | — Many Germans are starting the new year with "climate resolutions" — around 24 percent of them want to make more use of environmentally-friendly means of transport, 13 percent want to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet and 9 percent plan to switch to green electricity in 2021, a poll …

Max Parry (2021-01-17). The Russian Revolution: Separating Truth From Myth. dissidentvoice.org There is a deceitful and ahistorical myth that frequently resurfaces in right-wing circles seeking to discredit socialism with lies about the Russian Revolution. No matter how many times it has been invalidated as fabrication, the reactionary mythos endures. As might be expected, the author is referring to the preposterous claim that American capitalists — or …

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Death Toll of Indonesia's Earthquake Rises To 73. telesurenglish.net The death toll of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province has risen to 73, with over 27,000 people taking shelters, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Sunday. | RELATED: | A total of 67 bodies were retrieved in Mamuju city. The rest were in Majene district, the agency's spokesman Raditya Jati said, adding that the jolts forced 27,850 residents to flee home and take shelters in 25 evac…

Global Research News (2021-01-16). Selected Articles: Martin Luther King Day 2021. globalresearch.ca By January 15 is the day on which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born, in Atlanta, Georgia, …

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Committee (2021-01-16). Friday 1/15: Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday. indybay.org Online Zoom conference | Register here for Zoom link: http: //bit.ly/MLK2021sjpl…

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-16). Monday 1/18: Call to Action: MLK Moral Monday Interfaith Service of Light, Love and Leadership w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Poor People's Campaign (2021-01-16). Sunday 1/17: MLK Beloved Community Action & Prayer Gathering in Midst of COVID & Chaos w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

_____ (2021-01-16). Black Lives Matter Protestors Charged As A Gang. popularresistance.org Maricopa County, AZ – In Washington, D.C., members of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol and killed a police officer are so far being charged mainly with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. The man photographed with his feet on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk faces three charges that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison. After the violent siege, some members of the mob simply returned to their hotel. | Many were quick to point out an apparent double standard when compared to the way police in D.C. treated Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer—like when they tear gassed protesters to cl…

Workers World Party (2021-01-16). PDF of January 14 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Special Coverage: Resisting White Supremacy No fascist coup! Fight back with workers' power Georgia grassroots victory; Marcy on violence and the state; Threat of fascism remains; Black Lives Matter and 'democracy'; 'Fraudulent' elections; as imperialist ploy; Charlottesville's how-to lessons; Fascists, the FBI — and legislators; Capitol . . . |

The Canary (2021-01-16). Public warned over coronavirus cons amid rising vaccine fraud reports. thecanary.co Doctors and police are warning the public not to fall for fraudsters trying to sell fake coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, affirming that the jab will always be free. | Scams rising: | Reports to Action Fraud have been rising in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages, as con artists seek to gain from the pandemic. City of London Police are investigating one case in which a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and administered a fake vaccine before charging £160 and claiming it would be reimbursed by the NHS. | Suspicious text messages reported by members of the public u…

MEE correspondent (2021-01-16). Yemen: UN condemnation of Houthi terror designation sparks campaign against envoy. middleeasteye.net Yemen: UN condemnation of Houthi terror designation sparks campaign against envoy | UN special envoy to Yemen accused by government supporters of taking sides, while others warn of humanitarian issues at stake | Sat, 01/16/2021 – 16: 24 | Martin Griffiths, centre, the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on 11 February 2019 (AFP) | The reaction of Martin Gr…

_____ (2021-01-16). Hot Again: 2020 Sets Yet Another Global Temperature Record. popularresistance.org Earth's rising fever hit or neared record hot temperature levels in 2020, global weather groups reported Thursday. | While NASA and a couple of other measurement groups said 2020 passed or essentially tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, more agencies, including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, said last year came in a close second or third. The differences in rankings mostly turned on how scientists accounted for data gaps in the Arctic, which is warming faster than the rest of the globe. | "It's like the film 'Groundhog Day.' Another year, same story — record global warmth," said Penns…

_____ (2021-01-16). UN Expert: End US Sanctions On Syria. popularresistance.org An independent United Nations expert is calling on the US to lift its crippling sanctions on Syria. | Under the Caesar Act, US sanctions explicitly target Syria's reconstruction in the aftermath of a catastrophic 10-year war. Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the impact of sanctions, says that the US sanctions are illegal and depriving Syrian civilians of their basic needs. | "People shouldn't die, people shouldn't suffer, and people shouldn't fear whether they can survive after tomorrow, because they have neither medicine or food, because of the sanctions applied," Douhan says.

_____ (2021-01-16). The US Economy Could Use Some 'Overheating'. popularresistance.org Recent proposals for large-scale fiscal relief and recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19 have drawn criticism that they could lead to "overheating" of the U.S. economy. These criticisms should be ignored. Proposals under discussion—including Biden's economic plan introduced tonight—are highly unlikely to lead to any durable uptick in inflation or interest rates (the normal indicators of "overheating") and even if they did, these higher interest rates and inflation would be a welcome sign of economic healing, not something to worry about. | Warnings about economic "overheating" normally mean t…

_____ (2021-01-16). The Capitol Was Stormed Long Ago. popularresistance.org There are key flashpoints that define the Trump years. The escalator speech. The "total and complete shutdown." Charlottesville. But these were not qualitatively dissimilar from the bulk of his Presidential term, during which racism and violence became ubiquitous. These forces were the water we swam in—which was already the case for BIPOC and marginalized communities. But the Trump era saw these social dynamics doused in accelerant. | The aggressive war on the border, the pathological cruelty of social service cuts, or the police siege against social movements are not the only defining facets of the Trump p…

news.un (2021-01-16). Guterres welcomes Palestinian announcement of elections as 'crucial step' towards unity. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has welcomed Friday's announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of the first full parliamentary and presidential elections in 15 years, scheduled to begin in May.

RT (2021-01-16). Belarus risks angering US over order of advanced Russian S-400 missile system that has sparked worries for NATO warplanes. rt.com The Ministry of Defense in Belarus announced on Thursday that it is at an advanced stage of negotiations with Russia to obtain one of the world's most sophisticated anti-aircraft missile systems. | Igor Golub, the commander of the country's Air Force, told reporters that "we are continuing pre-contract work to equip our missile units that are currently using the S-300 systems with the new S-400," its more modern successor. He added that "we have already signed contracts [with Russia] for the supply of Mi-35 multifunctional attack helicopters and the second batch of Su-30SM fighter jets." | Commenting on recent…

sputniknews (2021-01-16). Migrant Caravan Heads to US From Honduras, Calls on Biden Administration to 'Honor Its Commitments'. sputniknews.com On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow.

sputniknews (2021-01-16). Federal Police Say Frankfurt Airport Partially Closed After Man Yelled 'Allahu Akbar'. sputniknews.com BERLIN (Sputnik) – The Frankfurt Airport was partially closed on Saturday after a 38-year-old Slovenian national yelled "I will kill you all, Allahu Akbar" toward law enforcement officers in Terminal 1, the German Federal Police said.

Kate Aronoff (2021-01-16). How to Fight Climate Change and Fascists at the Same Time. zcomm.org Democracy reform is the first step toward a sustainable future…

ProPublica (2021-01-16). "No One Took Us Seriously": Black Cops Warned About Racist Capitol Police Officers for Years. juancole.com By Joshua Kaplan and Joaquin Sapien Allegations of racism against the Capitol Police are nothing new: Over 250 Black cops have sued the department since 2001. Some of those former officers now say it's no surprise white nationalists were able to storm the building. ( ProPublica) — When Kim Dine took over as the new …

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-16). Engels on the Peasant War in Germany. mronline.org At a time when peasant masses in the country are engaged in a valiant struggle for the repeal of the Central government's three infamous laws, and have laid peaceful siege to Delhi, braving rains and bitter cold, it is worth recalling Friedrich Engels' study of the peasant war in Germany in 1525, that also celebrated …

WSWS (2021-01-16). Killeen, Texas police officer shot and killed unarmed man during mental health call. wsws.org Patrick Warren, Sr. was shot multiple times in the front yard of his home as his family watched in horror.

The Canary (2021-01-16). Medics call for temporary laws to protect health workers from coronavirus legal action. thecanary.co Emergency legislation is needed to protect doctors and nurses from "inappropriate" legal action over coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment decisions made amid the pressures of the pandemic, health organisations have argued.A coalition of health bodies has written to the government urging it to update the law. This would be to ensure medical workers don't feel "vulnerable to the risk of prosecution for unlawful killing" when treating coronavirus patients "in circumstances beyond their control"."Very substantial" risk of ICUs being overwhelmed: Health groups argued that there's no legal protection for coronavirus…

The Canary (2021-01-16). UK to face short-term delay in delivery of the Pfizer vaccine. thecanary.co The UK is set to face short-term delays in delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine as the pharmaceutical company upgrades its production capacity.Delays: Pfizer is upscaling production at its plant in Puurs, Belgium. This is in an to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021 — temporarily reducing deliveries to all European countries. Shipments of the vaccine, produced in partnership with Germany's BioNTech, to the UK are set to be affected during January. But the overall number of doses due to be delivered between January and March will remain the same, according to the US fir…

RT (2021-01-16). If you want the jab, raise your Hans: German vaccine officials left with no choice but to guess people's ages from their names. rt.com German privacy law is rigorous. Forced to improvise, officials in one state sent letters to people with old-sounding names, in the hopes of inviting them to get vaccinated. | The German state of Lower Saxony began vaccinating citizens against Covid-19 at the end of December, with priority given to the elderly and vulnerable. People over the age of 80 have been sent invitations urging them to make a vaccination appointment, but the state's strict privacy laws have hampered this effort. | So, guessing based on the names' popularity, those named Hans, Klaus, or Ilse may have received invitations to get vaccinated…

RT (2021-01-16). Argentina receives second batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 (VIDEO). rt.com A plane carrying 300,000 more doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus has landed in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires to allow the country to complete immunization of its frontline medics. | The refrigerated containers with the vaccine were delivered on Saturday from Moscow by a special flight of the Latin American country's flagship carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas. | "Those new doses represent the second component needed to conclude the vaccination after the first stage," Gines Gonzalez Garcia, Argentina's health minister, wrote on Twitter. | Llegaron al país 300.000 nuevas dosis de vacun…

sputniknews (2021-01-16). Chinese Authorities Trace Coronavirus-Infected Ice Cream. sputniknews.com A number of local residents in the northeastern Chinese port of Tianjin previously bought the contaminated ice cream that had not been refrigerated at a low-enough temperature which resulted in the treat's fat content becoming a fertile environment for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

RT (2021-01-16). 13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab, amid influx of reports detailing adverse effects. rt.com At least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren't linked to the jab. | Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of the country's population since the drive For a handful of Israelis, however, the initiative has led to some unexpected health scares. At least 13 people have…

Article Writer (2021-01-16). Issues Involving Current And Other Vaccines. indybay.org Why does 50% of the population want to be avoid vaccination injections.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-16). 'Talk About a Super Spreader': Analysis Finds Online Election Misinformation Fell by 73% After Trump Barred. commondreams.org After Trump's lies disappeared from Twitter and Facebook, the dissemination of falsehoods and the conversations based on them fell dramatically. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-16). The Heat: Social media controversy. america.cgtn.com Blocking U.S. President Trump from social media…. Was it a valid move to prevent violence or was it an assault on free speech?>

Karl Grossman (2021-01-16). Trump and his key enablers. nationofchange.org Is the Trump nightmare finally ending?>

Michael Welch (2021-01-16). Wednesday, January 6, 2021: The Siege on Capitol Hill. The Impeachment of Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca "The purpose of impeachment is to get somebody out of office. If they're already out of office what's the purpose? It's all a political act, and the Establishment getting rid of a non-establishment figure who was seen as a treat …

The Conversation (2021-01-16). White Supremacist Trump Backers to Storm state capitols on Jan. 20: How Defenseless are We? juancole.com By Jennifer Earl | — Americans witnessed an alarming and deadly failure in planning and policing at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI failed to sound intelligence alarms, including about dozens of targets on the terrorist watch list traveling to Washington, D.C. U.S. Park Police, D.C. police and the National Guard, who collectively …

Juan Cole (2021-01-16). America now has its own Green Zone, as Trumpian Fascism erects Racist Red Zone. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — America now has its own Green Zone in downtown Washington, D.C., where the Mall is closed, the city is locked down, and protective fencing has gone up around the Capitol. You only need a Green Zone, a safe small space completely under the control of the government, if the rest …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-16). After Biden Unveils Covid-19 Relief Plan, Tlaib Doubles Down on Demand for $2,000 Monthly Payments. commondreams.org "Stop compromising the working class, and our most vulnerable neighbors," said the Michigan congresswoman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Sri Lankan education safety committee holds well-attended online meeting. wsws.org Participants discussed the need to build a network of education action committees to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Syrian refugee makes cheese to survive the pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

news.un (2021-01-16). First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic. news.un.org Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.

RT (2021-01-16). Divine vaccination: Covid-19 jabs administered at Salisbury Cathedral to the sounds of ancient organ. rt.com The iconic Anglican cathedral in Salisbury has become Britain's most picturesque temporary vaccination center, with shots at the 763-year-old religious site accompanied by music from an ancient organ. | On Saturday, the cathedral opened its doors to people over 80 years old, specially selected to receive the shot by the NHS. Each of the patients has been assigned their own time slot and asked to only arrive five minutes before the appointment. | A special musical program, performed on the 19th-century Father Willis organ, was put together for the occasion. The music and surroundings not only made the injection…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan. wsws.org At least three Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can't contain.

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Pressure is mounting on the government to 'do the right thing' and keep the Universal Credit uplift
Jasmine Norden | thecanary.co | 2021-01-18
Calls have increased to keep the uplift in Universal Credit, amid predictions of a downturn in living standards during 2021. | According to new research by the Resolution Foundation, removing the uplift could push thousands of households into poverty as the UK continues to deal with the economic effects of coronavirus (Covid-19). | Karl Handscomb, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: The living standards outlook for 2021 looks bleak at present — but the G…
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Mexico to Cut Pfizer Vaccine Imports to Supply Poor Countries
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Sunday informed his government will reduce the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine imports so that poorer countries have greater access to it. | RELATED: | Honduras: 2nd Migrant Caravan of 2021 Heads to US-Mexico Border | "We agree that Pfizer doses should be reduced so that the United Nations (UN) can distribute them equally to poor countries," AMLO said. | Despite this decision, the government's vaccination plan does not stop. Me…
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Palestine Refugees Are Forced to the Back of the COVID Vaccine Line
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-18
As the world races to vaccinate against COVID-19, Israel has been touted for having one of the fastest response rates. The country has, as of January 1, 2021, already vaccinated 10 percent of its 9 million citizens and predicts another 2 million will be vaccinated by the end of the month. While these are laudable statistics, Palestinians living in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and in the Gaza Strip have been explicitly excluded, including health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-…
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No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Will Block Spread of Coronavirus
Marco Cáceres | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
On Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer, Inc. announced that the experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 vaccine for COVID-19 it developed in partnership with Germany's BioNTech SE had an efficacy rate of 90 percent, based on the results of human clinical trials …
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WHO: No Guarantee COVID Vaccines Will Prevent People from Being Infected
Barbara Loe Fisher | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
At a virtual press conference held by the World Health Organization officials warned there is no clear evidence COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing asymptomatic infection and transmission. | *** | At a virtual press conference held by the WHO Dec. 28, …
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'Perfectly Healthy' Florida Doctor Dies Weeks After Getting Pfizer COVID Vaccine
Children's Health Defense | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Miami medical examiner is investigating the death of 56-year-old Dr. Gregory Michael who reportedly died from a rare autoimmune disease 15 days after being vaccinated. Michael's wife wants her husband's death to serve as a warning to others. | *** | The …
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Argentina Begins To Distribute the Second Dose of Sputnik V
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Argentina began on Monday the distribution of 300,000 Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines to complete the vaccination of those who received the first dose on December 29. | RELATED: | Argentina Detects Dengue Fever Cases Amid COVID-19 Surge | As of Friday, this South American nation had applied 200,759 out of 300,000 doses of the Russian vaccine it received last year. | The national vaccination campaign's first stage is focused on citizens between the ages of 18 and 59 who work in hospitals,…
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Microsoft, Big Tech Coalition Developing Rockefeller Funded COVID Vaccine Passports
Steve Watson | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
A coalition of big tech companies, including Microsoft is developing a COVID passport, with the expectation that a digital document linked to vaccination status will be required to travel and get access to basic services. | The group is calling …
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Brazil To Use Sinovac and Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccines
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Brazil's Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) unanimously approved on Sunday the emergency use of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine. | RELATED: | Pots and Pans Against President Bolsonaro Heard Loud in Brazil | The decision will allow the Brazilian government to start its vaccination plan with 6 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, which was developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and the Butantan Institute of Sao Paulo. | "The…
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Israel must Provide Vaccines to Occupied Palestinians: HRW says Over 4.5 Million in West Bank, Gaza Excluded From Vaccination Push
Human Rights Watch | juancole.com | 2021-01-18
( Human Rights Watch) — (Jerusalem) — Israeli authorities should provide Covid-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, Human Rights Watch said today. While Israel has already vaccinated more than 20 percent of its citizens, including Jewish settlers in the West Bank, it has not …
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Encircling China and Praising India: The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder. "The US government," he wrote in The Strategist, "has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents — its 2018 strategic framework for the Indo-Pacific, which was formally classified SECRET and not for release to foreign nationals." Washington's…
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It's Time to End Abhorrent Medical Debt That Consumes Families
Rohit Anand | commondreams.org | 2021-01-18
With the current challenges of millions of people losing their jobs, losing their source of income, and becoming ill with COVID-19, medical debt will increase even further from the 56% of adults who struggle with it prior to the pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The U.S. Opposed National Dialogues in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Opposition lawmaker Timoteo Zambrano on Sunday affirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump hampered all dialogue processes between the Venezuelan opposition and President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Rejects the Appropriation of CITGO by US | He recalled the meetings held under the auspices of the Dominican Republic's former President D…
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Venezuela Inaugurates Ozone Science Center
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday inaugurated the National Ozone Science Center (CENAOZ), a modern facility that aims to promote health strategies based on ozone therapy. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Government Rejects the Appropriation of CITGO by US | "Today we inaugurate the CENAOZ headquarters. The ozone therapy will contribute to the medical protocols that have been established for the cure of COVID-19," Maduro said. | "The ozone therapy will be present in all the count…
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Sunday 1/17: The Farmer's Movement in India
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
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Podemos obeys Spanish fascist Vox party's demand for no shelter-at-home
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government immediately accepted Vox leader Santiago Abascal's demand that no shelter-at-home be adopted against COVID-19.
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By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine?
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2021-01-18
Unquestionably, the storming of US Congress will have global repercussions, not least among them the weakening of US hegemonic and self-serving definition of what constitutes a democracy…
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Israel is increasingly an Apartheid State: What Martin Luther King Jr. Would have thought of that
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-18
Revised Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose activism we honor today, took stands far beyond Selma and Montgomery, and called on other capitals than Washington, D.C., to ensure a dignified life for human beings. Dr. King was an early and vigorous opponent of the white South African Apartheid (segregationist) …
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Biden inaugural guest is Venezuelan coup leader charged with inciting violent assault on gov't building
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-18
After condemning the pro-Trump invasion of the Capitol, the incoming Biden administration invited Carlos Vecchio — a coup leader charged in the 2014 torching of the Venezuelan Attorney General's office — to its inaugural ceremony As Washington recovered from shock and outrage caused by pro-Trump hooligans storming the United States Congress — breaking windows, smashing doors, and intimidating police officers in order to push their way inside — a sense of pre-inaugural excitement began to sweep the nation's capital. Who …
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Time to Trash the Terrorist Watch List, a Police-State Frankenstein Gone Off the Rails
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
I have something in common with some of the brownshirt thugs who assaulted the Capitol, some reportedly intent on kidnapping and/or killing congressional leaders and members like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader and presumptive Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vice President Mike Pence.
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Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2021-01-18
Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For…
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MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-18
Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…
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Fixating on Pandemic "Learning Loss" Undermines the Need to Transform Education
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-18
Nationally, COVID-19 is further exposing deep racial and economic inequities and long-ignored educational crises: the school-prison nexus, underfunding, and narrow, test-centric curriculum…
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Charter Schools Movement Sees a Growth Opportunity in Public School Funding Cuts
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-18
A promotional message on the website of the Minnesota Math and Science Academy (MMSA), a K-12 charter school in Saint Paul, Minnesota, boasts that since the school was founded in 2014, it has been "growing exponentially." | In the span of just a few years, the school has built up significant enrollment numbers. Currently, more than 500 kids attend MMSA, according to the school's website — where the school…
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Covid-19: The two weeks that led to Lebanon's virus disaster
Adam Chamseddine | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-18
Covid-19: The two weeks that led to Lebanon's virus disaster | A series of decisions taken by the Lebanese government are being blamed for the soaring rate of infections | Adam Chamseddine | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 08: 59 | Empty roads in Beirut, as Lebanon tightened lockdown and introduced a 24-hour curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus, 14 January 2021 | In April, when much of the world was struggling to cont…
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United Kingdom COVID-19 variant reaches New Zealand
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
The arrival of the more contagious UK and South African strains underscores the global nature of the virus, which cannot be contained within national borders.
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Fighting a Corona Phantom
Julian Rose | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
The Great Covid Hoax | Covid 19 is a phantom. Slaying a phantom is what the mythic Spanish hero Don Quijote attempted to do by 'tilting at windmills' he imagined to be monsters. But now almost everybody has got into the …
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Indiana lawmakers propose new law shielding businesses from COVID-19 liabilities
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.
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COVID-19: How the world fought in 2020
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-18
In December 2019, China's Wuhan city witnessed an abnormal rise of what was initially thought to be cases of pneumonia, as identified by the Wuhan Municipality Health Commission. However, upon further investigation by Chinese officials, a novel coronavirus was identified. By then the city's health system was already dealing with dozens of cases of coronavirus.
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After COVID-19 kills tram driver in Berlin, transit workers in Germany demand more security
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
Every day, the 15,000 employees of the Berlin transport association BVG and tens of thousands of passengers risk infection with the coronavirus.
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US deaths from COVID-19 lead to a more than one-year decline in life expectancy
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
Life expectancy in the US has declined dramatically, by more than one year, due to deaths associated with COVID-19 infections. Adding to the catastrophe of the pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected across more than 12 states, threatening to further exacerbate the crisis.
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Spanish hospitals on brink of collapse as COVID-19 cases explode
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
As COVID-19 infections reach new highs, medical professionals in Spain warn that hospitals will soon be overwhelmed by admissions to intensive care units.
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Canadian educators must mount a political struggle to oppose school reopenings and save lives
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.
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Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state's policy of prematurely reopening schools.
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Philippines records first case of new COVID-19 strain
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
The authorities have ruled out introducing more stringent lockdown measures and travel bans, with government officials declaring that they "want to balance health with the economy."
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Israel bans schools from hosting rights groups critical of occupation
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-18
Israel bans schools from hosting rights groups critical of occupation | The announcement came after Likud complained about the director of rights group B'Tselem who was scheduled to give a talk at a school in Haifa | MEE staff | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 14: 48 | Despite the order on Sunday, the director of B'Tselem, Hagai El-Ad, gave a scheduled lecture to students in the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa (AFP) | Israel's Education M…
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Brazil Elections Boost Environmental Violators to High Office in Amazon
Aline Maciel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
More than a hundred candidates who ran in municipal elections last November in cities across Brazil's Amazonian states are on the environmental regulator's "dirty list" for violations committed over the past decade. | That's the finding from an analysis by Agência …
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Mr. Assange never published false information
Christian Kliver and Nils Melzer | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
Mr. Assange did not hack or steal any of the information he released. Whether we may agree or disagree with his publications, they can in no way be considered a crime. Prosecuting Mr. Assange would amount to "shooting the ambassador" rather than correcting the problem he exposed.
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Australian workers and youth demand freedom for Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
"It has to be a grassroots movement from below to save Assange. A mass movement or mass support for him, rather than trying to appeal to the goodness of Australian politicians' hearts."
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The Great Evasion
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2021-01-18
The new nuclear weapons are designed to not only win the arms race, but to intimidate other nations and even "win" a nuclear war…
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Fortress Washington Occupied and Militarized
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
What's going on in the nation's capital is unprecedented. | Around 25,000 troops, unknown numbers of secret service agents, other federal security forces, and local police turned the city into a blockaded armed camp ahead of illegitimate transition of power on …
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Meeting Between Moldovan and Ukrainian Leaders Was to Coordinate Actions Against Russia
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
The visit of Moldovan President Maia Sandu to Ukraine last week is the first interaction between the two neighboring countries at the highest level in recent years. For Sandu, this trip became her foreign policy premiere since she became president …
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Moving Forward with Accountability and Justice
Thomas Stephens | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
The deep and multifaceted social/biological/political crises that characterize the 21st century are primed to intensify in the coming days, weeks, months and years. Deadly social catastrophes and explosions in train of the frankly incompetent public health response to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, and the right wing mob's deadly storming of the US Capitol on…
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MLK Marched nonviolently on DC with the Disadvantaged for the Vote: Trump's armed militia Flew First Class with Privilege to suppress the vote
Liz Theoharis | juancole.com | 2021-01-18
By Liz Theoharis | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — 2020 will go down as the deadliest year in American history, significantly due to the devastation delivered by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, count in nearly two trillion dollars in damage from climate events (many caused by, or heightened by, intensifying global warming), a surge of incidents …
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Ontario teacher denounces unions' "feckless response" to government's ruinous handling of the pandemic
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
"What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource–that is ourselves!"
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Massive rise in unemployment in Germany during the pandemic
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.
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This week in history: January 18-24
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
25 years ago: Arafat wins Palestinian voteOn January 20, 1996, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and his al-Fatah party won the election held among residents of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The electoral triumph confirmed Arafat's role as the chief enforcer of Israeli dictates in the territories occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. Arafat won 88 percent of the vote for president of the Palestinian Council while his nominees took more than half the seats on the legislative body.
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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a Fierce Critic of US Foreign Policy
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-18
Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" spe…
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Drawing Lots with Coronavirus Vaccination
Adam Dick | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
There were delays and some people were turned away at San Diego's new "Vaccination Super Station" near PetCo Park on Wednesday after, in a short time period, six people had allergic reactions after receiving their experimental coronavirus vaccine shots. | In …
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Uganda: Opposition Candidate Wine Rejects Election Result
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
The National Unity Platform (NUP) Presidential candidate Bobi Wine on Monday stressed that the January 14 elections were the most fraudulent in Uganda's history and called on citizens and the international community to reject the victory of President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power since 1986. | RELATED: | Yoweri Museveni Re-Elected for Sixth Term in Uganda | "General Museveni took control of these elections. The numbers that are being shared by authorities are not real," the NUP lead…
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Invasion Day 2021: Here's a list of protests and events happening on January 26
Fred Fuentes | greenleft.org.au | 2021-01-18
Here is a list of Invasion Day protests and events happening across Australia on January 26 and how you can participate.
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Refugee supporters call on Victorian premier to act against cruelty
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-01-18
Chris Slee reports that a petition calling on Victorian Premier Dan Andrews to stop the cruelty towards refugees was handed over to his office. The protests to free the refugees are growing.
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Public Citizen Statement on Biden's Nomination of Rohit Chopra as CFPB Director
commondreams.org | 2021-01-18
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Jeremy Corbyn's legal battle with Labour reaches the High Court
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-18
The first stage of Jeremy Corbyn's legal battle with Labour over his suspension from the parliamentary party will be heard by the High Court.Lawyers for the former opposition leader are applying for the disclosure of documents ahead of a possible legal challenge over his suspension.At a remote hearing on Monday afternoon, judge Lisa Sullivan will consider an application for "pre-action disclosure" by Corbyn's legal team.His case is expected to relate to the Islington North MP's original suspension and the negotiation with the leader of the opposition's office over the terms of his reinstatement.Labour Party leade…
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UN urged to take action against France over 'entrenching Islamophobia'
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-18
UN urged to take action against France over 'entrenching Islamophobia' | Coalition of 36 organisations submits complaint to UN Human Rights Council, accusing France of violating international law over treatment of Muslims | Rayhan Uddin | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 12: 59 | French police outside the Great Mosque in Paris amid a heightened risk of terror attacks on places of worship, October 2020 (AFP/File photo) | A coalitio…
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Saudi executions at record low as five convicted as minors still on death row
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-18
Saudi executions at record low as five convicted as minors still on death row | Rights groups fear that five people convicted as juveniles could still face the death penalty despite changes in law | | MEE and agencies | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 12: 06 | Supporters in Greece protesting the execution of prominent Saudi Shiite cleric and activist Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration near Saudi Arabia's embassy i…
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Friday 1/22: Vigil Opposing Nuclear Weapons
Ecumenical Peace Institute | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
UC Berkeley West Gate lawn, Oxford & Addison…
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Favorite Brief Lines Of Poetry or Prose
Gratitude | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
memorable lines memorable paragraphs…
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Thursday 1/21: Black and White: The Double Standard in the Capitol Hill Siege w/ Alicia Garza & Rep. Lee
INFORUM program at The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
Online event via livestream…
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Friday 2/12: Welcome the Year of the Ox with Oakland Asian Cultural Center!
Akemi Imai-Chan | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
Virtual Event on YouTube Live…
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Thoughts About The Government Murder Known As Execution
End Terre Haute Murder | indybay.org | 2021-01-18
3/5 of the US, 60%, support abolition of the death penalty.
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Honoring Dr. King
Saskia Hostetler Lippy | zcomm.org | 2021-01-18
I know we can finish the work of Dr. King, together. We must if we are to survive this terrible hate. The choice lies within each of our hearts.
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Republicans Are Using Capitol Breach as Excuse to Promote Anti-Protest Bills
Leanna First-Arai | zcomm.org | 2021-01-18
Legal advocates say the proposed laws will do nothing to curb white supremacist violence, and will instead grant law enforcement increasing discretion and pressure to crack down on and harshly sentence progressive activists…
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Toxic Sludge is Good for You — Corporate Propaganda and Public Relations
Rod Driver | zcomm.org | 2021-01-18
Most people are simply unaware of the scale of the manipulation, and the extent to which businesses influence governments and their citizens…
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Overcoming Our Suicidal Tendencies
Collective 20 | zcomm.org | 2021-01-18
From Defensive Traits to Participatory Ego States…
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US Never Ending Wars: Thirty Years Ago, America's "First War" against Iraq
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Thirty years ago. The so-called "Gulf War" (Iraq War I) was launched against Iraq on January 17, 1991. | Extensive crimes against humanity have been committed. | On January 16, President George H. Walker Bush announced the start of what was called …
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America versus China: The Consequences of Moving from Industrial to Financial Capitalism
Prof Michael Hudson | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Michael Hudson: Well, I'm honored to be here on the same show with Pepe and discuss our mutual concern. And I think you have to frame the whole issue that China is thriving, and the West has reached the end …
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Close to Half of Peruvians Disapprove of President Sagasti
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Local outlet El Comercio on Monday published a poll revealing that 47 percent of Peruvians disapprove of President Francisco Sagasti's government, while only 34 percent approve it. | RELATED: | Hospitals in Ecuador and Peru Collapse Due to Lack of Beds | The rejection rate against him increased by 10 percent compared with the results of a survey conducted in December. | "Two months into his term, the dissatisfaction against Sagasti's administration increased by 12 points," El Comer…
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Tunisians protest over growing economic crisis and oppressive state actions
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-18
The protesters were opposing increasing police brutality and the announcement of fresh lockdown measures on Thursday. Protests took place in at least 10 cities across the country…
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If the Frogs Should Win
Carlos Zorrilla | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Two frogs no more than four centimetres in length: they seem so insignificant. But much is riding on them, namely a constitutional court case that could stop mining development in most of Ecuador. | The Long Nose Harlequin Frog, last seen …
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An Ordinary German Neo-Nazi
Thomas Klikauer — Norman Simms | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
In 2017, a new German political party semi Neo-Nazi called AfD — Alternative for Germany — swept into Germany's federal parliament winning 12.6% of the popular vote. By the end of 2020, the AfD entered all sixteen state parliaments, even though its support declined to 9% in recent months. Among the state legislatures in which…
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Misusing King's Message
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was profoundly moved by injustice and inequality ubiquitous throughout the US. The question he asked about injustice in 1967, "Where do we go from here?" was answered with two options: community or chaos. The question is profoundly important in 2021. On the holiday to celebrate King's birth the whitewashing of…
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Toxic Sludge Is Good for You — Corporate Propaganda and Public Relations
Rod Driver | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
This is the second in a series of 4 posts about propaganda. The title of the previous post is 'You are Surrounded by Propaganda'. The title of this post is taken from the book of the same name by John …
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Honoring Dr. King
Saskia Hostetler Lippy | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
Today our American family dysfunction is on display for all the world to see. As a keeper of secrets, my work as a psychiatrist and healer told me that our culture was sick long ago. The stories I have heard of grandfathers, brothers, fathers, lovers, priests who rape and abuse and then manage to coerce…
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Chile Records 23 Wildfires So Far This Month
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-18
Chile's National Warning Center (NWC) Sunday informed that 23 wildfires have been recorded nationwide, 12 of which are active and 11 are under control. | RELATED: | Chile: Children Office Asks Protection for a Mapuche Girl | Valparaiso, Maule, and àëuble are the regions where the four main wildfires were registered. On Sunday, 4,200 hectares of land were affected in the Quilpue community where the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve became a fire hotspot. | No human losses have been…
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Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh Remains Fragile, With Key Issues Unresolved
Hannah McCarthy | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
As Armenia ends its annual two-week holiday period, the mood in the country is sombre. The former Soviet state is continuing to reckon with its losses from the six-week war it waged last year with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh. The Nagorno-Karabakh region, or Artsakh to Armenians, lies within Azerbaijan's international border. However, up until last year,…
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Lynching Political Correctness
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
I still see the noose in front of the capitol building, dangling oh so metaphorically. "No matter how all this plays out, it's only the beginning," wrote a user on The Donald message board, according to the Associated Press. Actually, it's anything but the beginning — though I get what the writer means, that there's more to…
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Western Society in Crisis: Repression and Impoverishment of Their Own People
Stephen Sefton | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Ever since at least the Iraq War of 2003, the fundamental alternatives facing North American and European elites have been constant. One alternative might have been to accept a certain loss of global power so as to share global influence …
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Philippines: Threats to kill labor leaders
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-18
The militant labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Workers Movement) condemned the harassment, threats and intimidation towards known labor leaders in Cebu, January 18. | The group expressed deep concern over the safety of progressive individuals and their organizations after an unknown number blasted text messages containing outright threats to the activists' lives and safety. | In the morning of January 17, labor leader Jaime Paglinawan, chairperson of Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo (AMA SUGBO KMU) received texts that he, along with other Cebu leaders and organizers, are targets for the week, most pro…
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Drone Proliferation Update, January 2021
Joanna Frew | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Over the last few months have seen a number of significant developments in relation to the increasing proliferation of armed drones. The most significant of these have been the use of Turkish Bayraktar TB-2's in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh which …
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A Death and a Settlement as Bayer Continues Trying to End Roundup Litigation
Carey Gillam | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
Seven months after Bayer AG announced plans for a sweeping settlement of U.S. Roundup cancer litigation, the German owner of Monsanto Co. continues to work to settle tens of thousands of claims brought by people suffering from cancer they say …
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Climate Crisis: what would 7.1 ∞ F. ( 4 ∞C) of global warming feel like?
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-01-18
By Robert Wilby | — Another year, another climate record broken. Globally, 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year ever recorded. This was all the more remarkable given that cool conditions in the Pacific Ocean — known as La Niña — began to emerge in the second half of the year. The Earth's mean …
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"Leaking": Digital Activism Is Today's New Radicalism
Megan Sherman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
A new radicalism is rocking the foundations of modern politics, rapidly destroying venerated but defunct notions about our political systems and replacing them with new activism and political configurations of astonishing sophistication and power. Though there remain unresolved problems and …
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780 West Bank Settlement Housing Units In Palestinian Lands, Approved Ahead of US Presidential Transition
Peace Now | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
780 housing units in settlements, most of them deep in the West Bank (714 units (92%) in settlements that Israel will have to evacuate under a …
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Louis van Beethoven: A German film biography of the great composer
wsws.org | 2021-01-18
The movie introduces many important themes of the revolutionary epoch that shaped Beethoven as a composer and thinker, but barely develops them.
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The Politics of Insanity: Sick or Sinful?
S. M. Smyth | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
[T]his view rests on … mistaking or confusing what is real with what is imitation; literal meaning with metaphorical meaning; medicine with morals… — Thomas Szaz | Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to …
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The Digital-Financial Complex is the True Center of Power: "Is the Goal to Ignite Massive Civil Unrest?"
Ernst Wolff | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
On Tuesday, the U.S. Army General Staff issued a memorandum strongly condemning the violent riots in Washington on January 6 and announcing that the U.S. military will "obey lawful orders of civilian leadership" and "defend the U.S. Constitution against all …
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Illicit Financial Flows: Africa is the world's main creditor
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-18
Contrary to the dominant discourse, it is actually the case that the 54 African states finance developed countries and not the other way round.
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Lessons From the 6 January Insurrection
Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
While the majority of Americans deplored the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, it was troubling to see a YouGov poll indicating that 1 in 5 voters approved of the assault. Their attitudes were buttressed by a significant number of House and Senate Republicans who have egged on the matter by continuing to call into question the legitimacy of last November's election result. This is a sign that the rot in the American political system goes deep.
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The Corona Crisis: The Conspiracy Is Obvious. Here Are Facts to Construct a Theory
Jack Dresser | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-18
"We just want the facts, please." –Detective Joe Friday, Dragnet | "You notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?" The question boomed by Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may have never …
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Coup, Coup, Kachoo
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-18
Contrary to the bleatings of rabid Never Trumpers, Democrat drum majors, and neurasthenic pundits, the Butthead Circus of camo wanks, Halloweening morons, and feeble-minded Q Anon dead-enders, the bumbling vandalism and imbecile thuggery at the Capitol had no resemblance whatever to an actual coup. See Websters, Coup d'Etat:…
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Survivors of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region face threat of starvation
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-17
Starvation is threatening the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people there need emergency food."The population is dying": The first humanitarian workers to arrive, after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access, describe weakened children dying from diarrhea, empty shops and refugees begging for something to eat. One new report says parts of Tigray are likely a step below famine.Mari Carmen Vinoles is the head of the emergency unit for Doctors Without Borders. She said "There is an extreme urgent need" to scale up the…
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Single Payer: Which Way Forward?
Ed Grystar | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-17
To say that there's a political disconnect in the fight for a national single payer health care delivery system is to state the obvious. The struggle for M4ALL has grown due to decades of grassroots organizing alongside the gradual worsening of Americans' health insurance coverage, with support now reaching 70% in the general public as …
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Preview of Biden's Foreign Policy Shifts
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
In his first media interview, the incoming US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has given a preview of Joe Biden administration's foreign policy directions in regard of Russia, Iran and China. Major shifts can be expected in the policies …
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The Sheep Syndrome
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
Today and during the last few days new "measures" — restrictions of freedom imposed by governments for reasons of "public health security", i. e. preventing the spread of covid infections — have been tightened throughout Europe. Literally, these treacherous governments …
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After the Pandemic Subsides, We May See a Third Wave of the Arab Spring
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-17
We are in the midst of the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Arab Spring. While most of the revolts suffered terrible defeats, the revolutionary process in the region did not come to an end, as waves of struggle exploded in country after country even amid today's pandemic and global recession. | Gilbert Achcar is a professor of development studies and international relations at SOAS University of London. His most recent books are Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism (2013), The People Want: A Radical E…
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Sunday 1/17: The Farmer's Movement in India
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
Log-info available on our website; | ICSSMARX.ORG LINK: OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE…
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New Orleans FRSO announces MLK Day Virtual Rally
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-17
New Orleans, LA – Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) will host a Martin Luther King Day Virtual Rally this Monday, January 18. In support of a call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, New Orleans FRSO demands a mass release from prisons during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The rally will also demand justice for Jacob Blake and an end to police crimes everywhere. The gathering will take place over Zoom, as the city recently transitioned to stricter COVID safety measures. | After a long holiday season, this will be an opportunity for the community to regroup. "I'm just excite…
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Migrant Caravan Heads To United States From Honduras
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow. | A migrant caravan of reportedly thousands is heading to the United States from Honduras, asking the incoming Biden administration to "honor its commitments", apparently referring to the president-elect's pledges to reverse most of Trump's immigration policies, according to media reports. | According to a statement issued by the migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras ["People Without Borders"], and…
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Massive caravan of Honduran migrants fights Guatemalan troops on journey to US border (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2021-01-17
Hundreds of migrants from Honduras have clashed with Guatemala's stick-wielding soldiers after a large caravan breached the country's border en route to the US. | Video from the scene shows migrants desperately attempting to push through a thick formation of soldiers blocking a road near the village of Vado Hondo in eastern Guatemala. A large group manages to break through the ranks, however, stick-wielding soldiers quickly intercept the majority of them and beat them back. | Blocking caravan: Guatemalan soldiers clash with migrants from Honduras pic.twitter.com/Wcg0afmPYB…
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Guatemala Prevents Honduran Migrants From Heading To US Border
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
Guatemala's Military forces Sunday prevented the passage of more than 6,000 Honduran migrants who were trying to continue their way to the Mexico-U.S. border. | RELATED: | El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico Sign Immigration Deal | Guatemala's Migration Institute (GIM) Director Guillermo Diaz reported that between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants had crossed the border since Friday, highlighting that 992 migrants were deported, 163 of which were minors. | Violent clashes were seen b…
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Revisiting the Indonesian Massacres of 1965-1966
Ben Terrall | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-17
Of all the tragic events of the 20th Century, the 1965-1966 campaign of mass killing in Indonesia is among the least known in the U.S. Researchers estimate that the Washington-backed Indonesian military and its civilian militias killed up to one million people. Around a million others were arbitrarily imprisoned with little to no legal process,…
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Thirty years Ago. The 1991 Gulf War: The Massacre of Withdrawing Soldiers on "The Highway of Death"
Joyce Chediac | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
I want to give testimony on what are called the "highways of death." These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies of tens of thousands of …
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The Indonesian Massacres of 1965-1966
Ben Terrall | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-17
Of all the tragic events of the 20th Century, the 1965-1966 campaign of mass killing in Indonesia is among the least known in the U.S. Researchers estimate that the Washington-backed Indonesian military and its civilian militias killed up to one million people. Around a million others were arbitrarily imprisoned with little to no legal process,…
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Unemployment insurance claims make biggest jump since March
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-17
San José, CA – The U.S. economy showed more signs of weakness as the COVID-19 pandemic rages and Trump's "Operation Warp Speed" vaccine rollout crashes and burns amid finger-pointing, lies and incompetence. New claims for regular state unemployment rose by more than 20% in the week ending January 9, the biggest gain since the dark days of March when the economy hit a brick wall. | The number of people actually collecting benefits also rose by 200,000 for the week ending January 2, despite more and more people being timed out of the regular state unemployment insurance programs which only pay out for six months. T…
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Would You Patent the Sun?
Peter Salk | zcomm.org | 2021-01-17
Polio Vaccine Inventor Jonas Salk's Son Urges More Access to COVID Vaccine…
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Vaccines: "Death by Coincidence". Robert F. Kennedy Jr
Robert F. Kennedy Jr | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
Declarations by health officials and vaccine makers that deaths and injuries following COVID vaccinations are unrelated coincidences are becoming a pattern. | They're also depriving people of the information they need to make informed decisions. | The official handling last week of | …
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Health Experts Call for Suspension of Pfizer Vaccination Among Elderly After Norway Deaths
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
Update (1630ET): In what can only be described as a somewhat concerning turn of events, health experts from Wuhan, China, called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines produced by companies such as …
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Evo Morales Remembers Congolese Revolutionary Patrice Lumumba
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
Bolivia's former President Evo Morales (2006-2019) Sunday reminisced on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba who was murdered by Katanga region's separatists and Belgian mercenaries on 17 January 1961. | RELATED: | The African Union Reserves 270 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses | "On a day like today in 1961, Congolese leader Patricio Lumumba, who fought for the liberation and independence of his people, was tortured and killed. Our homage…
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Ambulance workers 'at breaking point', union survey suggests
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-17
Three out of four ambulance staff are at "breaking point", suffering low morale, and calling for better protective equipment, a new study suggests."Scary": The GMB union said almost two out of three of 2,000 of its members surveyed said they believed their PPE should be upgraded.Three out of four respondents said ambulance workers were at "breaking point", with the crisis much worse than when the lockdown first started last March.The responses included: — "People are dying waiting for ambulances whilst crews are stuck at hospital with Covid-confirmed patients".– "We had a taxi pull up in an ambula…
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Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-17
Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge | Advocacy group says the two men, one a professor who had been on Doha's Covid-19 task force, were secretly detained and tortured | MEE and agencies | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 09: 59 | Professor Lukman Thalib (right) received a teaching award at Qatar University in 2018. He is a public health expert and helped Qatar with its Covid-19 re…
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Qatar blockade ends: Egypt to resume flights to Doha, opening economic doors
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-17
Qatar blockade ends: Egypt to resume flights to Doha, opening economic doors | Resumption of flights brings economic opportunities for both countries amid the Covid-19 pandemic | MEE staff | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 15: 12 | An Egypt Air Embraer 170 aircraft on the tarmac at Cairo International Airport, while another plane takes off, on 15 January 2021 (AFP) | Egyptian national carrier EgyptAir says it will start operating direc…
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Pots and Pans Against President Bolsonaro Heard Loud in Brazil
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
Hundreds of people made their pots and pan ring out to demand Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's resignation due to his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis | The protest was driven by the chaotic situation in the state of Amazonas, where its capital Manaus experienced a serious lack of hospital beds and oxygen to treat patients. | Shouting "Genocide" and "Get out Bolsonaro," loud protests were seen in the largest citie…
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US California Coronavirus Cases Close To 3 Mln
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
U.S. California counties reported 32,904 new cases of COVID-19 and 418 new deaths Saturday for a total of 2,951,682 cases and 33,391 deaths in the state, according to a report by Bay Area News Group on Sunday. | The total number of cases stood at 334,505 in the Bay Area and 3,342 people have died from the virus, the report said. | RELATED: | Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis | Santa Clara County has reported 1,060 deaths and a total of 91,466 cases. In San Francisco…
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Scores killed in militia raid in Sudan's Darfur
Kaamil Ahmed | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-17
Scores killed in militia raid in Sudan's Darfur | The attack on an IDP camp reportedly killed at least 48 people, weeks after UN voted to withdraw peacekeeping mission | Kaamil Ahmed | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 10: 41 | Sudanese forces stationed in El-Geneina in 2016 (AFP/File photo) | At least 48 people have been killed in ongoing militia attacks around a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur's El-Geneina ci…
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Sudan: Scores killed in militia raid in Darfur
Kaamil Ahmed | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-17
Sudan: Scores killed in militia raid in Darfur | The attack on an IDP camp reportedly killed at least 48 people, weeks after UN voted to withdraw peacekeeping mission | Kaamil Ahmed | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 10: 41 | Sudanese forces stationed in El-Geneina in 2016 (AFP/File photo) | At least 48 people have been killed in ongoing militia attacks around a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur's El-Geneina cit…
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This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's not whitewash what he stood for
Sophia Purdy-Moore | thecanary.co | 2021-01-17
As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day on 18 January, it's important to challenge the dominant narratives that surround him. His history as a radical, anti-racist, anti-war, anti-capitalist leftist has been whitewashed to produce something more palatable for the mainstream. However, the iconic civil rights leader posed a legitimate threat to America's white supremacist, militaristic, imperialist, materialistic status quo. | King stood firm against the "Three Evils of Society": militarism, mate…
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Mr. Assange never published false information
Christian Kliver and Nils Melzer | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
Mr. Assange did not hack or steal any of the information he released. Whether we may agree or disagree with his publications, they can in no way be considered a crime. Prosecuting Mr. Assange would amount to "shooting the ambassador" rather than correcting the problem he exposed.
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The Great Evasion
Lawrence Wittner | zcomm.org | 2021-01-17
Two related events–the 75th anniversary of the January 24, 1946 UN General Assembly Resolution 1 (which established a commission to plan for the abolition of nuclear weapons) and the January 22, 2021 entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (designed to finally implement that goal)–should be a cause for Read…
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Billionaires add $1tn to net worth during pandemic as their workers struggle
Michael Sainato | zcomm.org | 2021-01-17
Companies' attempts at hazard pay have been paltry and fleeting as employees are threatened for protesting working conditions…
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Bernie Sanders Is About to Become the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-17
The long-held Republican nightmare that a champion of working-class people and the common good — one who has dedicated his political career to curbing poverty and injustice while denouncing corporate greed, endless war, and the cruelty of a for-profit health system that leaves millions upon millions uninsured or without affordable access to care — would assume the powerful position of chairing the Senate Budget Committee is about to become reality. | "Time to face the harsh reality,…
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WATCH Russian opposition figure Navalny leave plane in Moscow before being detained
rt.com | 2021-01-17
Alexey Navalny has arrived in Moscow after spending several months recuperating in Berlin. He was detained at the airport for violating probation terms. | The plane carrying Navalny was due to land in Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, but it was instead diverted to the capital's Sheremetyevo Airport. The airliner told the media that the last-minute change happened due to "technical issues" on the ground. | The activist left the plane and entered the airport via shuttle bus. He was then detained by police during documents check at the arrivals terminal. | The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) confirmed to the medi…
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Thirty Years Ago: The Gulf War
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
Thirty years ago, in the early hours of January 17, 1991, Operation "Desert Storm" began in the Persian Gulf, this war against Iraq opened the sequence of wars after the Cold War. The USA and its allies launched it at …
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'A Jim Crow Relic That Must Be Abolished': Demand to End Filibuster Grows
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-17
"Do Senate Democrats want to keep the filibuster or do they want to pass comprehensive democracy, anti-corruption, and voting rights legislation to realize the promise of a multi-racial democracy?" said one progressive organizer. "I don't see a way they can do both." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lindsey Graham Excoriated for Equating Trump Accountability With Divisive 'Vengeance'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-17
"How do you lecture about 'unity' and 'healing' after seeking to end American democracy?" asked one Democratic member of Congress in response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Lindsey Graham Excoriated for Arguing Accountability for Trump Would Be Divisive and Vengeful
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-17
"How do you lecture about 'unity' and 'healing' after seeking to end American democracy?"asked one Democratic member of Congress in response. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Denial of American Fascism Has Cost Us Dearly
Zolt√°n Grossman | commondreams.org | 2021-01-17
The inconvenient truths about fascism, like learning about the climate and health crises, could lead us to actually shift our beliefs and lives. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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From Paul Ryan to Nikki Haley: GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-17
"When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations," said Sanders on Saturday. "We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Customers are taking legal action against BT for alleged overcharging
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-17
A law firm is launching action on behalf of BT customers claiming the company overcharged them for landlines. | Mishcon de Reya has filed claims at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The firm says these claims could result in payments of up to £500 each for 2.3 million BT customers. | Compensation: | The claim is being made on behalf of Justin Le Patourel, the Claimant Representative. Patourle is also founder of Call (Collective Action on Land Lines). | He said: Ofcom made it very clear that BT had spent years overcharging landline customers but did not order it to repay the money it made from this.
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The Jewish Supremacist State
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
The respected Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem, has now officially reached this conclusion: "[T]he entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River is organized under a single principle: advancing and cementing the supremacy of one group–Jews–over another–Palestinians"; "A regime that uses laws, practices and organized violence to cement the supremacy of one group over another is an apartheid regime." | The B'Tselem position paper focuses on four aspects of Israeli apartheid. Two aspects–Jewish-only immigration and Jewish-only land development–operate in the…
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New York Bans Glyphosate Use On Public Property
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
The move is an important recognition by the nation's fourth most populous state that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not adequately protecting people and the environment from hazardous pesticides (pesticide is an umbrella term that includes insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc). However, the law's ability to improve these protections will depend significantly upon the management approach that replaces glyphosate use. | "A transition away from Roundup and other glyphosate-based pesticides must reject the use of regrettable substitutes, and embrace sound organic principles and practices," said Jay…
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Martin Luther King's Revolutionary Dream Deferred
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
We kill the most beautiful among us–anyone, it seems, who reveals the nastier, brutish elements of American society and has the audacity to imagine, demand even, a better path: peace, unity and tolerance. Abraham Lincoln, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and so many others. | This year marks the 50th anniversary of King's tragic assassination, and though countless publications will brim with commemorations and retrospectives of this misunderstood icon, most will miss the mark. Long ago co-opted and sanitized by mainstream political figures, the King of memory bears little resemblance to the radical, comple…
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The FCC And States Must Ban Digital Redlining
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
The rollout of fiber broadband will never make it to many communities in the US. That's because large, national ISPs are currently laying fiber primarily focused on high-income users to the detriment of the rest of their users. The absence of regulators has created a situation where wealthy end users are getting fiber, but predominantly low-income users are not being transitioned off legacy infrastructure. The result being "digital redlining" of broadband, where wealthy broadband users are getting the benefits of cheaper and faster Internet access through fiber, and low-income broadband users are being left behin…
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Apache Stronghold Lawsuit Over Oak Flat Halts Transfer To Mining Company
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, placed a lien on Oak Flat on Wednesday, January 13, with the Pinal County Recorder's Office. The lien prevents the planned transfer of Oak Flat, or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, to a foreign mining company until the recently filed ongoing Apache Stronghold lawsuit is finalized. | The lien and one of the lawsuit claims are based on the Treaty of Santa Fe of 1852 between the United States and the Apache which promises that Apache lands, at the center of which lies Chi'chil Bildagoteel, are to remain in Apache ownership. The Treaty of Santa F…
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Disenfranchisement: An American Tradition
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
During the 2020 election, liberal pundits and politicians repeatedly warned that democracy was "on the line," "at stake," "in peril," and facing "an existential threat." There was occasion for the hyperbolic language: Donald Trump and his Republican allies orchestrated an unprecedented assault on the integrity of U.S. elections by, to list just a few examples, promulgating ludicrous lies about voter fraud, obstructing early mail-in voting, encouraging vigilante voter intimidation, and constricting access to polls. But critics risk succumbing to a liberal version of "Make America Great Again" nostalgia if they ass…
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Mariame Kaba Talks Abolition, Mutual Aid And Campus Police
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-17
Activist and prison-industrial complex abolitionist Mariame Kaba celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by praising NU Community Not Cops and speaking to the importance of mutual aid and political organizing in Wednesday's MLK Dream Week virtual keynote. | The keynote, which was broadcast to over 1,000 attendees, began with a virtual performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Northwestern Community Ensemble members and alumni. Kaba then delivered her speech in which she laid out core tenets of abolitionist practice, tying the current movement to King's principles. | "Abolitionists have a lot to le…
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International Support Continues for Protesting Farmers in India
Colin Todhunter | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-17
On 5 January, British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to convey to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "heartfelt anxieties" of MPs' constituents (many emanating from Punjab) regarding the treatment of protesting farmers in India. The letter was signed by more than 100 MPs and Lords and had …
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Trump May be on Trial, but the System that Produced Him Will be Acquitted
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-17
It is a fitting end to four years of Donald Trump in the White House. On one side, Trump's endless stoking of political grievances — and claims that November's presidential election was "stolen" from him — spilled over last week into a mob storming the US Capitol. They did so in the forlorn hope of …
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Tuesday 1/19: "Miss Representation": Screening & Panel on Women's Representation in Media & Leadership
The Representation Project | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
FREE virtual screening…
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2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in California
Governor Newsom | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
May 2021 closes out the 50th Anniversary Year of MLK Library in an underserved area of the Capitol of the Great State of California. MLK 50, Golden Anniversary will carry his prophetic message throughout Sacramento County and beyond year round. Apathetic slumber is over and genuine equality on the short horizon, Spring 2021.
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5 Of The Issues In Which The Mayor is On The Wrong Side
Question Unjust Authority | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
Shutdown of restaurants, denial of 1st amendment rights of assembly and of worship, coverup of Hunters Point radiation, CCSF… 5 issues in which the mayor seems to be on the wrong side…
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Thoughts About The Government Murder Known As Execution
End Terre Haute Murder | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
3/5 of the US, 60%, support abolition of the death penalty.
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Friday 1/22: Vigil Opposing Nuclear Weapons
Ecumenical Peace Institute | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
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Thursday 1/21: Black and White: The Double Standard in the Capitol Hill Siege w/ Alicia Garza & Rep. Lee
INFORUM program at The Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2021-01-17
Online event via livestream…
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Guardian columnist implies his heart attack was CAUSED by Jeremy Corbyn's politics, gets mercilessly mocked
rt.com | 2021-01-17
Guardian columnist Rafael Behr wants readers to spare a thought for him, after implying that covering the Brexit melee and worrying about Jeremy Corbyn's alleged anti-Semitism gave him a literal heart attack. Ridicule ensued. | In the hierarchy of journalists, there are none hardier than war correspondents. They risk life and limb to report from the world's most dangerous conflict zones, yet the Guardian's Rafael Behr appears to believe th…
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Russian opposition figure Navalny detained at passport control after returning to Moscow following almost five months in Germany
rt.com | 2021-01-17
Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been detained by police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering following an alleged poisoning attempt last summer. | Navalny and his wife Yulia left the plane together on Sunday evening with the rest of the passengers and drove to the terminal in a bus. The activist was arrested at the immigration desk. | Russia's prison authority has confirmed the detention. Navalny, who was wanted for breaching the terms of his probation from a previous criminal case, will remain in custody until the court rules on pre-trial res…
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'Absolute nonsense': Iranian FM rejects French claim that Tehran is building up nuclear weapons capacity
rt.com | 2021-01-17
Iran's FM Javad Zarif has blasted France for its continuous support of "Saudi war criminals," dismissing French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian's claims that Tehran is building up nuclear weapons capacity as "absolute nonsense." | The top Iranian diplomat took to Twitter on Sunday, sending an angry message to France's foreign minister. Zarif signaled that Paris is in no position to lecture Tehran on anything, pointing fingers at French arms sales to Saudi Arabia — and getting quite personal with Le Drian as well. | Dear colleague: You kick-started your cabinet career with arms sales to Saudi war criminals.
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Austrians must wear FFP2 respirators in malls & on public transport, govt says amid lockdown extension
rt.com | 2021-01-17
Austria has introduced tighter rules on social distancing and mask-wearing, with a nationwide lockdown extended until February 7. Life will hopefully return to normal in the summer, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said. | The new rules "don't make anyone happy and are anything but popular, yet they are necessary, even if everyone is already fed up," Kurz said on Sunday. | Beginning January 25, Austrians will have to wear respirator-type FFP2 masks in supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, and on public transport. The FFP2s offer better protection against airborne infections than cheaper, single-use surgical mas…
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Illinois Will End Cash Bail — and Limit Use of High-Tech Incarceration
Isaac Scher | zcomm.org | 2021-01-17
Reformers typically propose predictive algorithms and electronic monitoring as alternatives to money bail. Illinois is different…
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'Deaths of despair' point to working-class calamity
Douglas Todd | zcomm.org | 2021-01-17
Many working-class Americans, and Canadians, are falling rapidly to 'deaths of despair,' characterized by suicide and chronic drug and alcohol use…
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Learn From Georgia
Laura Flanders | zcomm.org | 2021-01-17
Over slow generations, they built a broad enough "we" and an effective bottom up force that formed not just a victorious voting block this year, but a caring community dedicated explicitly to dismantling white supremacy…
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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 | 2021-01-17
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.
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South Carolina Senator Warns Against Using Impeachment Power to 'Vindicate Political Grievances'
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-17
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Republican Senator Lindsey Graham sent a letter to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer claiming that the process of impeaching outgoing US President Donald Trump a second time is unconstitutional.
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European Council President Calls on Russia to Release Opposition Vlogger Navalny
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-17
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The European Council president, Charles Michel, on Sunday urged Russian authorities to release Russian political opposition vlogger Alexey Navalny.
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Zakharova Calls For Respecting International Law After Sullivan Comments on Navalny
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-17
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In response to comments on the detention of Russian opposition vlogger Alexey Navalny made by Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor for US President-elect Joe Biden, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised foreign officials to respect international law and focus on domestic issues.
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Call for Action: The Necessary Struggle of the Personal Conscience Against "The New World Order"
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
What could be more natural than to enjoy and draw strength from the wisdom of great European poets and thinkers such as Goethe, Schiller, Rolland or Camus? Are we not all — every single one! — urgently called upon to …
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The Russian Revolution: Separating Truth From Myth
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-17
There is a deceitful and ahistorical myth that frequently resurfaces in right-wing circles seeking to discredit socialism with lies about the Russian Revolution. No matter how many times it has been invalidated as fabrication, the reactionary mythos endures. As might be expected, the author is referring to the preposterous claim that American capitalists — or …
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Aleppo: Industrial Capital of Syria Rises from the Ashes
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-17
Saint Simeon, on the outskirts of Aleppo, was the largest church in the world in the fifth century. After Islam arrived in Syria, the country has remained a dense mixture of cultures and faiths, living in tolerance and cooperation until …
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Death Toll of Indonesia's Earthquake Rises To 73
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
The death toll of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sulawesi province has risen to 73, with over 27,000 people taking shelters, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Sunday. | RELATED: | 6.2 Earthquake Hits Indonesia Island, at Least 42 Dead | A total of 67 bodies were retrieved in Mamuju city. The rest were in Majene district, the agency's spokesman Raditya Jati said, adding that the jolts forced 27,850 residents to flee home and take shelters in 25 evac…
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Peru: Ex-President Vizcarra Barred From Run for Congress
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
Lima's Special Electoral Jury (JEE) excluded Peru's former President Martin Vizcarra's (2018-2020) candidacy for Congress over the omission of information about his personal incomes. | RELATED: | Peru's Police Exercised an Excessive Use of Force, UN Says | The JEE concluded that Vizcarra did not specify all the information about the incomes received from the company Agrotecnica Estuquiña SA, of which he has 30 percent of the share. | Ex-Congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma made the banning…
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How the Left Got Where It Is in Venezuela
Chris Gilbert | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-17
By the end of Hugo Chávez's presidency, a vague social contract had come to exist in Venezuela. It was not unlike the social contract which sustained real socialism for many decades, as described by Michael Lebowitz in his book Contradictions of Real Socialism. Both situations involved a vanguard that guaranteed a certain level of welfare…
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Dispatches from the Congo: Lumumba lives!
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-17
In the first episode of our new show, Dispatches from the Congo, we take a look the life and legacy of the iconic Patrice Lumumba on the anniversary of his martyrdom…
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What is the 'boogaloo' and who are the rioters who stormed the Capitol?
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-01-17
By Jeff Inglis | — In the wake of the insurrection on Jan. 6, the U.S. is bracing for the possibility of additional violent demonstrations and potential riots at the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings around the nation. While many were in Washington, D.C., ostensibly to protest what they wrongly saw as a stolen …
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Why We need to prepare for ongoing insurrectionary violence and address its root causes
Waging Nonviolence | juancole.com | 2021-01-17
By Maria J. Stephan | — ( Waging Nonviolence ) — Following the Jan. 6 insurrectionary attack on the U.S. Capitol and on the country, the FBI has warned of violent actions being planned in all 50 states and D.C. nationwide next week. Last week's assault, which was incited by Donald Trump, enabled by GOP …
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Cyber Charter Schools: Neoliberals Determined to Commodify More Students
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-17
The parasitic seizure of social wealth by the rich has intensified in recent years and promises to increase in 2021. While the stock market soars to artificial new heights, the productive sector of the economy continues to steadily disintegrate, leaving the financial oligarchy with fewer options to maximize profit over time. This in turn is …
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Stop Press: I'm Converted
T.P. Wilkinson | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-17
Mass celebration after a year of coronation (Ihoto credit: Pedro K) As those who have followed my published remarks in these pages might remember, I have always been sceptical about what one or more insistent author here and everywhere has told us about the immanent end of life as we know on the planet, Earth …
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The Economy Took Center Stage in Ecuador's Presidential Debate
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-17
On Saturday night, 16 presidential candidates attended a mandatory debate organized by the National Electoral Council (CNE). | RELATED: | Meet the Main Candidates in Ecuador's Presidential Elections | Their debate is scheduled to take place over two days and will cover four topics: health, education, and vulnerable groups; economy and employment; corruption and democratic institutions; and international relations and human rights. | The candidates were divided into two groups of e…
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Farmers in protest: Learning from the past and creating history with a real definition of nationalism
Chaman Lal | mronline.org | 2021-01-17
"The nationalists to be effective must harness the nation into action, into revolt…. The nation will stir itself to action only on assurance of nationalization. i.e…. Freedom from slavery of Imperialist–capitalists." –Bhagat Singh…
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India faces grim jobs crisis: 17 million jobs lost in past year
Subodh Varma | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-17
In the three months from September 2020 alone, 9 million people lost their jobs. A breakdown of job losses shows that younger people and women have borne the brunt…
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7 Million more Germans resolve to power Homes with Wind, Solar in 2021: 15% already Do
Clean Energy Wire | juancole.com | 2021-01-17
By Kerstine Appunn | — Many Germans are starting the new year with "climate resolutions" — around 24 percent of them want to make more use of environmentally-friendly means of transport, 13 percent want to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet and 9 percent plan to switch to green electricity in 2021, a poll …
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Chris Hedges : America Has the Tinder to Ignite Social Uprising
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-01-16
The ScheerPost columnist and Pulitzer winning journalist speaks to the host of "The Jimmy Dore Show" about the storming of the Capitol and what it says about American culture.
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Yemen: UN condemnation of Houthi terror designation sparks campaign against envoy
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-16
Yemen: UN condemnation of Houthi terror designation sparks campaign against envoy | UN special envoy to Yemen accused by government supporters of taking sides, while others warn of humanitarian issues at stake | MEE correspondent | Sat, 01/16/2021 – 16: 24 | Martin Griffiths, centre, the UN special envoy for Yemen, arrives at Sanaa international airport on 11 February 2019 (AFP) | The reaction of Martin Gr…
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US government executes intellectually disabled death row prisoner Corey Johnson
wsws.org | 2021-01-16
Johnson's execution was the second time in less than five weeks that the federal government executed a likely intellectually disabled death row prisoner. The US Supreme Court denied his emergency application for a stay to permit him to present evidence of his disability.
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Water Protectors Chain Themselves Inside Enbridge Line 3 Pipe
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-16
Minnesota – Water protectors were arrested Thursday after halting construction at a Minnesota worksite for Enbridge's Line 3 project by locking themselves together inside a pipe segment. | "After moving to Minnesota to attend college and study environmental science, I was excited to be in a place where people valued protecting the Earth and finding a viable future. What I found, however, was a state that had formed 'ambitious' climate goals yet endorsed one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, tar sands oil," water protector Abby Hornberger said in a statement. "I realized that Indigenous ways of knowing and practicing…
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Activists Demand Justice for Indigenous Leader Milagro Sala
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-16
Social movements mobilized in Jujuy province, Argentina on Saturday to demand freedom for the Indigenous activist Milagro Salas as January 16 marks the fifth anniversary of her illegal imprisonment. | RELATED: | Argentina: Sala Turns 4 Years as Prisoner of the System | Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader, gained nationwide notoriety for her fight against powerful conservative politicians in Jujuy province. The activist spent over three years in jail under inhumane conditions until the authori…
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Sunday 1/17: The Farmer's Movement in India
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-01-16
Log-info available on our website; | ICSSMARX.ORG LINK: OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE…
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AUDIO: The Fascist Assault and the Ruling Class Response
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-16
This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The profound political crisis gripping the United States continues to deepen and take new twists and turns …
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Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
wsws.org | 2021-01-16
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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America now has its own Green Zone, as Trumpian Fascism erects Racist Red Zone
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-16
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — America now has its own Green Zone in downtown Washington, D.C., where the Mall is closed, the city is locked down, and protective fencing has gone up around the Capitol. You only need a Green Zone, a safe small space completely under the control of the government, if the rest …
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America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another
Lee Camp | zcomm.org | 2021-01-16
Where is the corporate media's disgust for the courtesans of corporate destruction that wreak violence on Americans daily?
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Migrant Caravan Heads to US From Honduras, Calls on Biden Administration to 'Honor Its Commitments'
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-16
On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow.
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A new migrant caravan leaves from Honduras for the US
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-16
Over 3,000 Hondurans have embarked on a perilous journey to the US in the absence of a response from the far-right government of President Juan Orlando Hernández to the socio-economic crisis in the country…
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Black Lives Matter Protestors Charged As A Gang
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-16
Maricopa County, AZ – In Washington, D.C., members of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol and killed a police officer are so far being charged mainly with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. The man photographed with his feet on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk faces three charges that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison. After the violent siege, some members of the mob simply returned to their hotel. | Many were quick to point out an apparent double standard when compared to the way police in D.C. treated Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer–like when they tear gassed protesters to cl…
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"Justice for Tamir Rice"
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2021-01-16
On January 15 close to 100 activists from Cleveland and around the country gathered at a downtown park to demand "Justice for Tamir Rice." Tamir, a Black youth, was 12 years old when, on Nov. 22, 2014, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann murdered him while he was playing with a . . . | Continue reading "Justice for Tamir Rice" at Workers.org
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First Person: Cheese proves key to survival for Syrian refugee family amid pandemic
news.un.org | 2021-01-16
Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.
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First Person: Syrian refugee makes cheese to survive the pandemic
news.un.org | 2021-01-16
Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad, a mother of four, lives on a farm with 50 other workers in Sahba, Jordan. COVID-19 travel restrictions meant that didn't work for two months in 2020, and feeding her family became a daily struggle.
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Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-16
In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.
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If you want the jab, raise your Hans: German vaccine officials left with no choice but to guess people's ages from their names
rt.com | 2021-01-16
German privacy law is rigorous. Forced to improvise, officials in one state sent letters to people with old-sounding names, in the hopes of inviting them to get vaccinated. | The German state of Lower Saxony began vaccinating citizens against Covid-19 at the end of December, with priority given to the elderly and vulnerable. People over the age of 80 have been sent invitations urging them to make a vaccination appointment, but the state's strict privacy laws have hampered this effort. | So, guessing based on the names' popularity, those named Hans, Klaus, or Ilse may have received invitations to get vaccinated…
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UK to face short-term delay in delivery of the Pfizer vaccine
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-16
The UK is set to face short-term delays in delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine as the pharmaceutical company upgrades its production capacity.Delays: Pfizer is upscaling production at its plant in Puurs, Belgium. This is in an to produce more doses than originally planned for 2021 — temporarily reducing deliveries to all European countries. Shipments of the vaccine, produced in partnership with Germany's BioNTech, to the UK are set to be affected during January. But the overall number of doses due to be delivered between January and March will remain the same, according to the US fir…
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Argentina receives second batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2021-01-16
A plane carrying 300,000 more doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus has landed in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires to allow the country to complete immunization of its frontline medics. | The refrigerated containers with the vaccine were delivered on Saturday from Moscow by a special flight of the Latin American country's flagship carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas. | "Those new doses represent the second component needed to conclude the vaccination after the first stage," Gines Gonzalez Garcia, Argentina's health minister, wrote on Twitter. | Llegaron al país 300.000 nuevas dosis de vacun…
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13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab, amid influx of reports detailing adverse effects
rt.com | 2021-01-16
At least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren't linked to the jab. | Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of the country's population since the drive began at the end of December. | For a handful of Israelis, however, the initiative has led to some unexpected health scares. At least 13 people have…
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Public warned over coronavirus cons amid rising vaccine fraud reports
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-16
Doctors and police are warning the public not to fall for fraudsters trying to sell fake coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, affirming that the jab will always be free. | Scams rising: | Reports to Action Fraud have been rising in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages, as con artists seek to gain from the pandemic. City of London Police are investigating one case in which a man knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and administered a fake vaccine before charging £160 and claiming it would be reimbursed by the NHS. | Suspicious text messages reported by members of the public u…
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Sri Lankan education safety committee holds well-attended online meeting
wsws.org | 2021-01-16
Participants discussed the need to build a network of education action committees to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
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Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-01-16
Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.
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After Biden Unveils Covid-19 Relief Plan, Tlaib Doubles Down on Demand for $2,000 Monthly Payments
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-16
"Stop compromising the working class, and our most vulnerable neighbors," said the Michigan congresswoman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Medics call for temporary laws to protect health workers from coronavirus legal action
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-16
Emergency legislation is needed to protect doctors and nurses from "inappropriate" legal action over coronavirus (Covid-19) treatment decisions made amid the pressures of the pandemic, health organisations have argued.A coalition of health bodies has written to the government urging it to update the law. This would be to ensure medical workers don't feel "vulnerable to the risk of prosecution for unlawful killing" when treating coronavirus patients "in circumstances beyond their control"."Very substantial" risk of ICUs being overwhelmed: Health groups argued that there's no legal protection for coronavirus…
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The US Economy Could Use Some 'Overheating'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-16
Recent proposals for large-scale fiscal relief and recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19 have drawn criticism that they could lead to "overheating" of the U.S. economy. These criticisms should be ignored. Proposals under discussion–including Biden's economic plan introduced tonight–are highly unlikely to lead to any durable uptick in inflation or interest rates (the normal indicators of "overheating") and even if they did, these higher interest rates and inflation would be a welcome sign of economic healing, not something to worry about. | Warnings about economic "overheating" normally mean t…
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Sunday 1/17: MLK Beloved Community Action & Prayer Gathering in Midst of COVID & Chaos w/ PPC
Poor People's Campaign | indybay.org | 2021-01-16
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Divine vaccination: Covid-19 jabs administered at Salisbury Cathedral to the sounds of ancient organ
rt.com | 2021-01-16
The iconic Anglican cathedral in Salisbury has become Britain's most picturesque temporary vaccination center, with shots at the 763-year-old religious site accompanied by music from an ancient organ. | On Saturday, the cathedral opened its doors to people over 80 years old, specially selected to receive the shot by the NHS. Each of the patients has been assigned their own time slot and asked to only arrive five minutes before the appointment. | A special musical program, performed on the 19th-century Father Willis organ, was put together for the occasion. The music and surroundings not only made the injection…
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New York Coalition Pushes 'Tax the Rich' to Raise State Revenue
Sam Mellins | zcomm.org | 2021-01-16
The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession…
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