Daily Archives: January 23, 2021

2021-01-23: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2021-01-23). Biden's own Moderates and Hardliners Battle it Out on reviving Iran Nuclear Deal. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Two and a half days into the Biden administration, it is already clear that the Problem of Iran is going to loom large over its foreign policy. There are already hard liners and moderates in the Biden team, just as there are in Iran. The first few Biden appointments, Antony …

Reese Erlich (2021-01-23). Can Biden roll back Trump's escalation and end catastrophic Yemen War? juancole.com The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace. ( 48hills.org) — One day before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration added Yemen's Houthi movement to a list of foreign terrorist organizations. It was just the latest, desperate attempt to hamstring President Joe Biden's promise to end the …

Manlio Dinucci (2021-01-23). 30 years ago/U.S. imperialism provoked war with Iraq. workers.org Published Jan. 15 in Il Manifesto. Translation: John Catalinotto. At 2: 20 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1991 (Gulf time), U.S. helicopters penetrated Iraqi territory, destroying two radar stations with Hellfire missiles. Immediately afterwards, Tomahawk cruise missiles and F-117A stealth fighters struck other nerve centers, blinding the air defenses of the capital. . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-23). For a full, immediate investigation into death threats against Kshama Sawant! wsws.org The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.

The Conversation (2021-01-23). Despite Uneventful Inauguration, US could face a simmering, chronic domestic terror problem. juancole.com By Luis De la Calle | — After President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021 without any violent incidents, many in the United States and worldwide breathed a sigh of relief. The respite may be brief. The ingredients that led an incensed pro-Trump mob to break into the Capitol and plant pipe bombs …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-24). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Spain's rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines. wsws.org The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-01-23). [World Report] CEPI criticised for lack of transparency. thelancet.com The publicly funded epidemic response agency CEPI has been criticised for the lack of transparency in its grant agreements with COVID-19 vaccine developers. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-23). Immortal Wins: India Defeats Fortress Australia. dissidentvoice.org It was never meant to be like this. After the Indian cricketing team met misery and disaster in the first test match at Adelaide, registering a paltry 36 in its second innings, little hope was had for the touring side. Australia threatened rout and massacre. The Border-Gavaskar trophy seemed within the home side's grasp. And …

Danielle Ofri (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] COVID duets. thelancet.com It was a Saturday afternoon in March, 2020. COVID-19 cases had started to trickle into our hospital, but I had a different sort of acute case on my hands. Thanks to the sweltering heat in New York City apartments, two seams on my cello had splayed open. If I didn't get them sutured, stat, the entire instrument could eviscerate.

Andrew Green (2021-01-23). [Obituary] Suhaila Siddiq. thelancet.com Afghan Public Health Minister, surgeon, and lieutenant general. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, she died there on Dec 4, 2020, after reportedly contracting COVID-19. She was believed to be in her early 80s.

Raymond M Agius, Denise Kendrick, Herb F Sewell, Marcia Stewart, John FR Robertson (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Reaffirming health and safety precautionary principles for COVID-19 in the UK. thelancet.com In their case for a sustainable UK strategy for COVID-19, Deepti Gurdasani and colleagues1 recommend "restoration of an adequate health and safety inspectorate". We do not believe that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) should, like Public Health England, be made a scapegoat for lack of ministerial direction2 but rather that the HSE should be restored the wherewithal to fulfil its mandate.

Kristof Egervari, Christian Thomas, Johannes A Lobrinus, Tanja Kuhlmann, Wolfgang Bràºck, Seth Love, John F Crary, Christine Stadelmann, Werner Paulus, Doron Merkler (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. thelancet.com We believe that many of the key findings described in the Correspondence by Claus Hann von Weyhern and colleagues1 should be interpreted differently. The exact nature of CNS involvement in COVID-19 is not only of fundamental importance for our understanding of the disease, but might have substantial consequences in directing clinical efforts to achieve better patient management in the future. Thus, observations about CNS inflammation as described by von Weyhern and colleagues will cause a great stir among biomedical scientists and clinicians if proven to be correct.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-01-23). [World Report] India begins COVID-19 vaccination amid trial allegations. thelancet.com Trial participants in Bhopal say that they could not read consent forms and have not been able to report adverse events. Anoo Bhuyan reports from Bhopal.

The Lancet (2021-01-23). [Editorial] COVID-19: the intersection of education and health. thelancet.com What lessons does the COVID-19 syndemic offer when considering the convergence between health and education? The International Day of Education, on Jan 24, provides an opportunity to reflect on the weaknesses of the education system before COVID-19, and on the impact of school closures and education disruptions on children and adolescents. Since March, 2020, more than 1 ∑5 billion students worldwide—an unprecedented number—have been affected by school or university closures. The implications of these closures are enormous.

sputniknews (2021-01-23). 'Overpromise and Under Deliver': Netizens Rap Biden for Saying COVID Trajectory 'Cannot be Changed'. sputniknews.com Democrat Joe Biden, who campaigned ahead of the 2020 presidential election on a vow to make COVID-19 relief a top priority ostensibly in divergence from the Trump administration's pandemic response, which he had slammed as ineffectual, signed a slew of executive orders on his first day in office as POTUS to combat the ongoing health crisis.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections. wsws.org The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government's policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.

Fight Back (2021-01-23). Hunts Point strike: A victory for NYC Teamsters. fightbacknews.org New York City – Today, January 23, over 1400 dock workers and truck drivers at Hunts Point Produce Market ended their strike after six days of militant picketing. The tentative agreement was approved by 97% of the membership, with the largest wage increase in their history. | Known as the largest produce market in the world, the Bronx-based Hunts Point provides over 60% of the produce for New York City. As essential workers, the Teamsters at Hunts Point worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, barely earning enough money to afford the city's cost of living. They never received hazard pay from their employer.

WSWS (2021-01-23). Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19. wsws.org In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

WSWS (2021-01-23). #ZeroCovid petition: The campaign for a European lockdown requires a socialist perspective. wsws.org The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.

John W. Whitehead (2021-01-23). Keep Swinging for Justice and Freedom: The Legacy of Hammerin' Hank Aaron. dissidentvoice.org "My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." — Hank Aaron My father, a rabid St. Louis Cardinals fan, listened to virtually all their ball games on the radio from our home in …

IMEMC News (2021-01-23). Israeli Army Injures Fifteen Palestinians Near Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the nonviolent procession in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured sixteen Palestinians, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The Palestinians marched from the village heading towards their lands, where illegal Israeli colonists installed an outpost, three months …

Ali Salam (2021-01-23). Israeli Military Attacks Palestinian Protesters in Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly Friday protest in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank. The soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to attack the demonstrators. One teen was shot in the hand by a rubber-coated steel bullet and had to be taken to a nearby …

Don Fitz (2021-01-23). Do You Remember Cuba's Dedication to Angola? dissidentvoice.org Cuban blood left its stamp on the conscience of the world after the Angolan Wars of 1975-1988. Corporate politicians are united in their desire for us to ignore this reality. ***** Fed up with foreign wars, Portuguese officers overthrew Prime Minister Marcello Caetano on April 25, 1974. Many former colonies had the opportunity to define …

IMEMC News (2021-01-23). Several Palestinians Injured In Beit Hanoun Explosion. imemc.org The Interior Ministry in Gaza has reported that many Palestinians were injured, on Saturday morning, in an explosion, east of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. The Ministry said the causes of the explosion are still under investigation and added that the medics moved eight Palestinians to the Indonesian Hospital, in northern Gaza. The explosion caused …

Alon Ben-Meir (2021-01-23). Israel Shows No Moral Tenet: Justice for Mohammed El-Halabi. dissidentvoice.org Israel's continued treatment of Palestinian political prisoners is unconscionable. Mohammed El Halabi, an aid worker from Gaza, has been in prison for four years while he awaits his trial; this is nothing short of cruel absurdity. He has been forced before the court over 150 times, many of those appearances secret, without word of when …

Ed Childs (2021-01-23). 'We neutralized the fascists,' says veteran union organizer. workers.org Excerpts taken from the Jan. 14 webinar,"Workers Can Defeat Fascism and Racism," sponsored by Workers World Party, moderated by Ted Kelly. Ed Childs spoke from the WWP Boston branch. To view the entire panel discussion, go to youtu.be/d9_NDIKT0vw. Ted Kelly: What are the root causes of these neo-fascist insurgencies that . . . |

Tania Siddiqi (2021-01-23). To fight fascism: 'Political education is crucial for people'. workers.org Excerpts taken from the Jan. 14 webinar,"Workers Can Defeat Fascism and Racism," sponsored by Workers World Party, moderated by Ted Kelly. Tania Siddiqui spoke from the WWP Houston branch. To view the entire panel discussion, go to youtu.be/d9_NDIKT0vw. Ted Kelly: Comrades, I wanted to talk about why the bourgeoisie needs . . . |

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2021-01-23). Police Killings in America: Eric Garner's Mother Says We Must Push for Justice that Her Son Didn't Receive. globalresearch.ca The mother of Eric Garner, who was brutally murdered by New York City police officers applying a chokehold as he pleaded "I can't breathe," testified this week before the

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-01-23). Tuesday 2/16: Rashid Khalidi & Nora Barrows-Friedman: Hundred Years War on Palestine. indybay.org Online webinar…

Al-Masdar News (2021-01-23). Video: Sen. Rand Paul Challenges New Sec. of State over Regime Change in Syria. globalresearch.ca U.S. Senator (Kentucky) Rand Paul recently challenged the new Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken on his history of pushing regime change in the Middle East and North Africa. | Sen. Paul began his argument by questioning Blinken's role in the …

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-01-23). Sunday 1/24: The US Capitol Building Riot and Its Blowback: Scarier than QAnon? indybay.org ZOOM meeting, Log-in info at ICSSMARX.ORG

Richard Horton (2021-01-23). [Comment] Offline: The danger of unreliable narrators. thelancet.com "We can see the way out", ran the headline in last week's Sunday Express. Governments across Europe are increasingly optimistic. Ministers are looking visibly more relaxed. US President Joe Biden is now in the White House and he is serious about science, unlike his predecessor. Vaccines are being delivered at scale. Claims are now being confidently made that all adults in the UK will have been vaccinated by June or September, 2021. Although other countries have been slower to start, they will catch up.

sputniknews (2021-01-23). Some 140,000 Chickens to Be Culled in Japan's Toyama Prefecture Over Bird Flu — Reports. sputniknews.com TOKYO (Sputnik) — Some 140,000 chickens will be exterminated in the western Japanese prefecture of Toyama over an outbreak of bird flu, Japanese media reported on Saturday.

Munyaradzi Makoni (2021-01-23). [World Report] South Africa responds to new SARS-CoV-2 variant. thelancet.com Land borders have been closed and restrictions continue as a new variant stresses the health system. Munyaradzi Makoni reports.

Muthiah Vaduganathan, Gregg C Fonarow, John J V McMurray, Scott D Solomon (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Considering dose in pharmacological therapies for heart failure — Authors' reply. thelancet.com The contemporary trials in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) included in our analysis1 tested a strategy of titrating therapies to a target dose (as tolerated) and many participants did not reach this target. Among those who did, a subset of participants required dose reduction (or even temporary or permanent discontinuation) during the trials because of issues related to haemodynamics, kidney function, electrolytes, symptoms, or intervening clinical events.

Claus Hann von Weyhern, Ines Kaufmann, Frauke Neff, Marcus Kremer (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We welcome the opportunity to respond to the comments about our Correspondence.1 To increase the availability of data, we reported our findings, which were produced by a team that included an experienced neuropathologist and was subjected to the The Lancet's peer-review process. The three responses are similar as they all challenge our interpretation of the findings presented. Striking is the fact that the three responses disagree among themselves, with each offering yet another interpretation.

Salim Yusuf, Shofiqul Islam, Philip Joseph, Shrikant Bangdiwala (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Causal ordering among risk factors in the PURE study — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Tony Blakely and colleagues for their comments on our work1 and appreciate their interest in exploring population-attributable fractions (PAFs) using different approaches.

Tony Blakely, Neil Pearce, John Lynch, Shyamali Dharmage, Melissa Russell, Deborah Lawlor, Rebecca Bentley (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Causal ordering among risk factors in the PURE study. thelancet.com Salim Yusuf and colleagues'1 findings on the heterogeneity of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease in low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries are important. However, hazard ratios (HRs) and population-attributable fractions (PAFs) need to account for causal ordering among risk factors.2,3 PAFs calculated by use of HRs from regression models that include all risk factors simultaneously violate the principle that causation occurs in sequential steps. The calculated HR is what is left over after adjusting for risk factors that are, at least partly, on the causal pathway leading to cardiov…

Zed Seedat, Kevin Itty (2021-01-23). [Correspondence] Considering dose in pharmacological therapies for heart failure. thelancet.com Muthiah Vaduganathan and colleagues'1 analysis was insightful in contextualising the potential benefits observed in trials for the medical treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). A noted shortcoming of the analysis was not accounting for the role of the dose of disease-modifying medication in the disease course of HFrEF. Vaduganathan and colleagues1 correctly identified the CHAMP-HF,2 QUALIFY,3 and CHECK-HF4 registries as evidence of the underuse of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) and angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors, but they also attributed the stagnation in HF…

Daniel Marchalik, Andrew Lipsky (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] Transformative experiences and A Young Doctor's Notebook. thelancet.com Can the decision to become a physician ever be a truly rational choice? According to philosopher L A Paul, the answer is more complicated than it may seem. In her book Transformative Experience, Paul argues that when we make consequential decisions, we are limited by our inability to know what that experience will be like in advance. For Paul, a transformative experience is one that has this characteristic and is also likely to radically reshape our future point of view. The decision to undergo a transformative experience amounts to a philosopher's dilemma, because the person choosing the experience and the perso…

Margaret McCartney (2021-01-23). [Perspectives] Poverty and love. thelancet.com "Whit a funny wee bastard ye are." Shuggie Bain is often subjected to such pointed observation: he is an outsider, jutting against the grain of his surroundings, even as he tries, heartbreakingly hard, to fit in. He is the child of Agnes and Shug Bain. Agnes is a glamorous, proud woman who can be funny, charming, and beautiful; and she is an alcoholic. Shug is a violent, belligerent womaniser who rapes and beats Agnes regularly. Agnes is trapped in her relationships—as is Shuggie. By the time Agnes dies, sinking, drunk in a chair "like a melted candle", Shuggie is starving, the benefits of money having gone…

Paul Haeder (2021-01-23). Rumble Inside the Chaos of Capitalism. dissidentvoice.org The tables were turned — David Rovics interviewed me in a wide-ranging, tangentially themed hour a few days ago. Here is what one Dissident Voice article has to say about Portland, OR-based Rovics He is not one to wait for his turn to talk. He listens intently and when I'm finished asks another question. After …

Marsha Feinland (2021-01-23). Saturday 2/6: Racism and Policing in the U.S.A. indybay.org This event will be held online…

Museum of Craft and Design (2021-01-23). Wednesday 1/27: 'Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure' MCD Virtual Event. indybay.org Museum of Craft and Design | 2569 Third Street | San Francisco, CA 94107…

FFWEEC (2021-01-23). Wednesday 1/27: The Equal Rights Amendment & the Disability Community Town Hall. indybay.org Online panel discussion…

Robert Norse (2021-01-23). Two Victories on January 20th: San Lorenzo Park Residents and RV Dwellers on Riverside. indybay.org Joint community direct action and legal pressure prompted two victories this last week for unhoused folks in Santa Cruz. In-person physical support on Riverside St. and at San Lorenzo temporarily thwarted the standard "move out and hide out" strategy of both the Public Works Department and City Manager Martin Bernal.

Telematic Media Arts (2021-01-23). Wednesday 2/3: Screening of Labyrinths: The Films of Peter Burr (2012 — 2020). indybay.org Streaming On-Line…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2021-01-23). Thursday 2/11: Elizabeth Kolbert & Mark Hertsgaard: Under a White Sky. indybay.org Online webinar…

Telematic Media Arts (2021-01-23). Friday 1/22: Responsive Eye. indybay.org 323 10th Street @ Folsom, San Francisco…

Lothar Galow-Bergemann and Ernst Lohoff (2021-01-23). Why capitalism compels renunciation and we could work less. indybay.org The corona and climate crises demonstrate how 'our economy' is failing before the existential challenges of the time. Eternal growth, maximum profit and rising share prices are the lifeblood of the economy. Without them, it immediately begins to crumble. The climate crisis reveals that growth programmed for infinity will amount to the destruction of the planet in the medium rather than the long term.

Telematic Media Arts (2021-01-23). Wednesday 2/17: Dirtscraper. indybay.org Streaming On-Line…

Admirer (2021-01-23). Hank Aaron who surpassed Babe Ruth in homeruns has gone on. indybay.org Early pioneer of sports integration, home run king, who inspired fans for 30 years, Hank Aaron has gone on at the age of 86.

Sierra Club (2021-01-23). Monday 1/25: It's Our Time: Protect Our Communities and the Environment Town Hall w/ Sierra Club. indybay.org Online event…

sputniknews (2021-01-23). Prince Harry Blames 'Barrage of Mistruths' on Social Media for Capitol Riots, Urges 'Accountability'. sputniknews.com The Duke of Sussex weighed in on the recent Capitol riots in the US that resulted in five people dead and then-president Donald Trump being impeached a second time by the House of Representatives.

sputniknews (2021-01-23). Saudi-Led Coalition Repels Attack Launched by Houthis, Reports Say. sputniknews.com The attack comes just a day after the Saudi-led forces destroyed an explosive-laden boat and a drone launched by Houthis. This comes after former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who left…

sputniknews (2021-01-23). Mysterious Full-Scale Prototype of Brand-New Fighter Jet Reportedly Flown by US Air Force. sputniknews.com Addressing the US Air Force Association's main annual symposium at the end of 2020, acquisition chief Will Roper touted a new era where rapid design and experimentation of new aircraft, including the 'manufacturing' and 'flight testing' of them will take place primarily in the digital realm.

Jacob G. Hornberger (2021-01-23). The Pentagon Speaks. globalresearch.ca The Joint Chiefs of Staff have spoken. Issuing a remarkable

Pip Hinman (2021-01-23). WA shows solidarity with Indian farmers' movement. greenleft.org.au The Sikh community in Western Australia is spearheading a solidarity campaign with Indian farmers protesting the BJP government's anti-farmer laws, reports Alex Salmon.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-23). Kenyan health professionals continue strike after governors refuse to sign agreement. peoplesdispatch.org Kenya's nurses and clinical officers continue to be on strike as the second tier of government – the Council of Governors – has not signed the return to work formula agreed upon by the unions and the country's health ministry…

John Feffer (2021-01-23). Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about "Democracy Promotion" juancole.com Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should "democracy promotion" be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon? ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — On Inauguration Day 2021, the nation's capital looks like it has just experienced a coup, not successfully survived one. Streets are blocked off, barricades are up, …

Fight Back (2021-01-23). Teamsters at Marathon Refinery begin strike. fightbacknews.org St. Paul Park, MN – On January 21, nearly 200 members of Teamsters Local 120 who work at Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Saint Paul Park walked off the job, beginning an unfair labor practice strike. | In the lead-up to this strike, bargaining broke down when Marathon management refused to continue bargaining in good faith. | Management is trying to outsource some parts of the work that these union workers do. Additionally, they want to further increase the workloads of the union members who are overworked already. This will mean they will need to cut corners and put themselves and their coworkers in danger just s…

Franklin Frederick (2021-01-23). O Senhor presidente. "Mensagem de Miguel àÅngel Asturias" para o Brasil de Bolsonaro. globalresearch.ca Alumbra, lumbre de alumbre, Luzbel de piedralumbre! | Assim comeàßa O Senhor Presidente, obra fundamental da literatura latino americana, da qual procedem ao mesmo tempo o realismo mágico e os grandes romances políticos sobre as ditaduras que causaram tanto sofrimento e …

John C. A. Manley (2021-01-23). Twenty Reasons Mandatory Face Masks are Unsafe, Ineffective and Immoral. globalresearch.ca Nine Potential and Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself: | 1. Cavities: New York dentists are reporting that half their patients are suffering decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath from wearing masks. "We're seeing inflammation in people's gums that …

Abdel Bari Atwan (2021-01-23). Iraq, Syria and the new US administration. thealtworld.com Terrible as Trump was for both countries, neither can expect much better with Biden at the helm | Two murderous attacks in succession: a double suicide bombing in Baghdad which killed 32 innocent Iraqis and injured more than one hundred; and a missile strike launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace on Syria's Homs province in which a family of four perished. | Is it a coincidence that both took place just as Joe Biden was taking office as US president? The Israeli attack was nothing new. But the suicide bombing in Baghdad was the first for three years — during which Iraq's leaders thought they w…

Pam Martens (2021-01-23). The Stock Market Is Broken as a Bellwether; Here's How to Fix It. globalresearch.ca I sat behind a trading terminal at two Wall Street firms from 1986 to 2006. I can assure you that if the President of the United States was refusing to accept the outcome of a presidential election and urging a …

Lee Camp (2021-01-22). What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't). counterpunch.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Case of the South African SARS-CoV-2 Strain Detected in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Based on the border protocols for the pandemic's surveillance and control, the variant was detected in an asymptomatic traveler, the scientist confirmed. | Guzmán specified that the patient and his contacts were isolated and showed no symptoms of the infectious disease. | RELATED: | According to Guzman, it cannot be assured, nor discarded, that the increase of COVID-19 cases in the country is due to the establishmen…

Jon Queally (2021-01-22). GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True. zcomm.org "When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor."

Reese Erlich (2021-01-22). Foreign Correspondent: Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War. progressive.org The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace.

oneworld.press (2021-01-22). CNN Dishonestly Claims That The West Is Victimized By Chinese Anti-Vaxx Disinfo. oneworld.press The Global Times is doing a global service by raising awareness about fatal medical incidents associated with foreign vaccines which many in the West might not have been aware of until they read those articles. Although Griffiths proves that the deaths in question "were reported on by CNN, among numerous US media outlets", those platforms don't have an exclusive monopoly on reporting and shouldn't claim that their Chinese counterparts reporting on the same is akin to "disinformation".

Dean Baker (2021-01-22). Trump Crazy and Intellectual Crazy. counterpunch.org It's hard not to be appalled and scared by the reality denial of Donald Trump's followers. Their willingness to insist an election was stolen, with no evidence whatsoever, is difficult to understand for those of us who like to think that people respond to facts and logic. I don't have any easy answers to get

Max Blumenthal (2021-01-22). Venezuelan VP Delcy Rodriguez details new measures to break the US blockade. thegrayzone.com In a wide-ranging interview with The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez details her government's new Anti-Blockade Law and explains how it counteracts the impact of the US economic war imposed on her country VP Rodriguez also answered left-wing criticism of the Anti-Blockade Law and discussed her family's history of leftist activism dating back to Venezuela's dirty war, when her father was disappeared by the old neoliberal regime. She placed the ongoing attacks by the US-backed right-wing opposition …

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Paraguay's Govt. Admits Guaido Offered to Reduce PDVSA Debt. telesurenglish.net Paraguay's government on Thursday confirmed Venezuela's opposition politician Juan Guaido approved to cancel the Paraguayan debt to the state-owned Venezuelan oil company (PDVSA). | RELATED: | Cabinet Chief Juan Villamayor assured Guaido intended to halve the US$273 million Paraguayan debt accumulated since 2009 and also remove 100 percent of the interests. | The official confessed after The Washington Post revealed informatio…

Staff (2021-01-22). As Pandemic Rips Through Indian Country, Indigenous Communities Work to Save Elders & Languages. democracynow.org We look at the fight to save tribal elders and Native language speakers as the pandemic rips through Indian Country, with Indigenous communities facing woefully inadequate healthcare, lack of governmental support, and the living legacy of centuries of colonialism. Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S. To combat this crisis, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has prioritized elders who speak the Dakota and Lakota languages to receive vaccines. "Knowing that there were a lot of elders who were at really, really high risk, this was a concern from the very beginning," s…

WSWS (2021-01-22). Corporatization of Canada's virtual health services part of broader privatization drive. wsws.org Telecommunications giant Telus is exploiting desperate patients who lack timely access to healthcare services, the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising chronic illness to significantly expand its presence in the health care sector.

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-22). Can US Workers Be Dismissed for Refusing to Be Vaxxed? globalresearch.ca According to Law Professor Dorit Reiss: | "Requiring a vaccine is a health and safety work rule, and employers can" fire noncompliant staff. | Attorney David Betras explained that "workplace vaccination requirements aren't new, and they passed constitutional muster long ago," …

Stephen Lendman (2021-01-22). Biden's Mask-Wearing Mandate. globalresearch.ca Biden and his press agent media won't explain what's vital for everyone to know. | On his first day in office as selected, not elected, president, he signed a blizzard of executive orders. | Among them was mandatory wearing of face masks …

teleSUR (2021-01-22). The Brazilian COVID-19 Strain Might Be Present in Peru. telesurenglish.net Peru's Regional Health Director Carlos Calampa reported the identification of suspected cases of the COVID-19 strain originated in Manaos (Brazil). The new strain is independent of those recorded in the United Kingdom and South Africa. | RELATED: | Calampa pointed out that there were no doubts in terms of clinical diagnose due to the accelerated increase in COVID-19 cases with similar characteristics to those report…

news.un (2021-01-22). Pandemic will not end for anyone, 'until it ends for everyone'. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic "will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone", an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Over 1,200 Adverse Events in US From Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Over 1,200 adverse events were reported after receipt of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 10, with 10 cases determined to be anaphylaxis, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. | RELATED: | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020, administered in 2 doses, one month apart, to prevent COVI…

The Canary (2021-01-22). Boris Johnson faces 'mother of all arguments' over Covid restrictions next month. thecanary.co Boris Johnson faces the "mother of all arguments" next month when he comes under pressure to loosen the lockdown while the NHS remains seriously stretched, a government adviser has predicted.Professor David Spiegelhalter, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), warned that intensive care units will still be strained even as deaths drop significantly.A large number of Tory backbenchers are likely to be among those heaping pressure on the Prime Minister at that point to ease England's third national lockdown.(PA Graphics)Spiegelhalter said "the benefits of the vaccine" will begin being see…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Mali To Start COVID-19 Vaccination With Support From COVAX. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Mali's Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign begins in April as the government plans to acquire 8.4 million doses. | RELATED: | The authorities explained that health workers, the elderly, and those with comorbidities would be prioritized. The government will carry out the immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which will arrive in the country by the end of March. | We're proud to release a report…

RT (2021-01-22). Swedish health agency investigates after 1,000 people receive Moderna vaccine kept at too low a temperature. rt.com Around 1,000 Swedes have received Moderna Covid-19 shots that were kept too cold while being transported, the company in charge of deliveries, Apoteket AB, said on Friday. | A total of 2,100 doses of the US-made vaccine that were kept too cold in transit have been delivered to the regions of Gävleborg, Halland, Värmland, Dalarna, and Östergötland, a government spokesperson said. | The Swedish Public Health Agency has said there is no risk to those given the Moderna vaccine, but it has halted the rollout and is investigating whether keeping doses too cold may affect the vaccine's efficacy.

Sarah Volpenhein (2021-01-22). Wisconsin Nursing Home Staff Laid Off for Declining COVID-19 Vaccine. anti-empire.com Employees at a Janesville nursing home risk losing their job if they do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, a policy that has caused outrage among many staff members. | Officials at Rock Haven, a Rock County-owned facility, issued a memo in December telling employees that the vaccine was "a requirement for all staff" and that employees who failed to get the vaccine would be laid off. A copy of the memo was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request. | According to the memo, a laid-off employee will not be eligible to return to work until they complete the two-dose vaccine regimen. | Roc…

Anthony Cartalucci (2021-01-22). Why is Thanathorn Complaining about Affordable Medicine? thealtworld.com US-backed opposition leader and billionaire Thanathorn has attacked the Thai government's response to COVID-19 and its hesitation to rush into a vaccine campaign.

news.un (2021-01-22). Healthier world means 'safer America' Tedros stresses, as UN-led vaccine initiative announces deal for 40 million doses. news.un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced the signing of an advance purchase agreement securing up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine, under the UN-led COVAX equitable vaccine supply programme.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Vaccination of Politicians Sparks Outrage in Spain. telesurenglish.net Although Spanish politicians and high-ranking officials are not part of the groups with a preference to receive COVID-19 vaccines, some of them have been vaccinated by dodging the order of precedence. This discovery has sparked a growing controversy in Spain about the ethics of its leaders. | RELATED: | "In less than 48 hours, three public officials have resigned for 'jumping the queue' for vaccines," the local outlet…

RT (2021-01-22). WHO vaccine chief says 'crushing transmission' of Covid-19 is vital to avoid further mutations amid global vaccine roll-out. rt.com The global transmission of Covid-19 must be drastically curbed to ensure that the virus does not mutate further, potentially undermining the current deployment of vaccines, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Friday. | The agency's immunization and vaccines chief, Professor Katherine O'Brien, said she wanted to emphasize the "importance of really crushing transmission" of the virus in order to guarantee the "maximum impact" of vaccines. | "The risk of variants relative to the vaccines is ever greater when the transmission is very high in communities," she told a WHO media briefing on Friday. | Not…

Eds. (2021-01-22). Media Elevate Eugenicists, sideline disabled voices in discussions of Covid rationing. mronline.org In the sticky conversations around rationing life-saving treatments and vaccines during the Covid pandemic, corporate media have elevated some experts without disclosing their troubling views on disability, aging and the value of human life. Meanwhile, media outlets have largely sidelined the voices of disabled activists and others who could speak on behalf of those most …

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-01-22). 'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine. commondreams.org "This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-01-22). EU Commission, member states 'deeply dissatisfied' with AstraZeneca after revelation of delayed vaccine delivery. rt.com AstraZeneca has warned the EU's executive that there will be delays to its delivery of Covid-19 vaccines in the first three months of the year, prompting the bloc's health commissioner to express "deep dissatisfaction." | In a series of tweets late Friday, EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides said the delays had been revealed by representatives for the British-Swedish pharma firm earlier that day "compared to the forecast for the first quarter of this year." | "The EU Commission and Member States expressed deep dissatisfaction with this," she added. | We insisted on a precise delivery schedule on the b…

Steve Topple (2021-01-22). A Tory MP exposed himself and his party live on Question Time. thecanary.co A Tory minister's response to a Labour MP's criticism of his government's handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was damning. Because he inadvertently exposed the problem at the heart of his government's approach over the last ten months. And he did it on BBC Question Time. | Question Time: flailing?: | The programme

The Canary (2021-01-22). Lockdown loneliness led to an increase in anxiety and depression in people over 50. thecanary.co Older people's mental health declined during the Covid-19 lockdowns as their loneliness contributed to a rise in anxiety and depression, according to a study. | Researchers at the University of Exeter and King's College London studied data from more than 3,000 people aged over 50. | They said loneliness emerged as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. | And a decrease in physical activity since the start of the pandemic was also associated with worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. Women were also more likely to be struggling with their mental health, as were retired people.

WorkWeek (2021-01-22). SF Bay View Editor Has Cell Phone Seized & Google Fires Black Scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the effort to stop SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington from doing his work. The for profit halfway house run by the Geo Group ordered that his cell phone be seized to stop him from doing his work after the facility in the Terderloin was exposed for having a Covid outbreak. We interview his lawyer Richard Tan. | Also WorkWeek looks at the firing of Google top AI scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru. WorkWeek looks at the reason she was fired.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). Blood thinners may improve outcomes in 'moderately ill' COVID patients. imperial.ac.uk Treating less seriously ill COVID-19 patients with blood thinning drugs may help to reduce the need for vital organ support, a study has found.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-22). Imperial scientists conduct COVID-19 testing on London's transport network. imperial.ac.uk Researchers from Imperial are working with Transport for London to regularly test the city's transport network for the virus which causes COVID-19.

_____ (2021-01-22). Britain — The political future looks grim. truepublica.org.uk Brexit and Covid have done bad things to our country. The former was a deliberate stoking of built-up anger against a politically and economically flawed system. The latter has bagged a world-beating record — of killing more people per million than any country on earth. Contrary to many commentators, that the Brexit debate is over, …

RT (2021-01-22). 'Some evidence' new UK Covid-19 variant kills more people — PM Boris Johnson. rt.com The UK's new Covid-19 variant may be linked to higher mortality, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned in a press conference, citing early analysis of the mutated strain which was discovered late last year. | "We've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant — the variant that was first discovered in London and the south east (of England) — may be associated with a higher degree of mortality," Johnson said. | The PM said that the number of deaths is expected to "continue to be high for a little while to come"

WSWS (2021-01-22). UK records over 21,000 deaths and a million new COVID infections in first three weeks of 2021. wsws.org Boris Johnson's government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.

Nadda Osman (2021-01-22). Egypt: $32m 'Cairo Eye' landmark plans denounced as hospitals suffer. middleeasteye.net Egypt: $32m 'Cairo Eye' landmark plans denounced as hospitals suffer | Many have said the money could be better spent on the country's Covid-19 response, as hospitals are overwhelmed | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 12: 34 | The new project is planned for construction in the congested upscale Zamalek neighbourhood (Screengrab/Twitter) | The announcement of Egypt's plans to build a "Cairo Eye" landmark in the heart of…

commondreams (2021-01-22). NIAC Applauds Biden for Plan to Review Impact of U.S. Sanctions on International COVID Response. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Noam Chomsky — Vijay Prashad (2021-01-22). Why Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Their Countries From COVID-19 Must Be Investigated. counterpunch.org Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state—such as Brazil—should have to admit that it did nothing when these warnings came in and simply allowed its own citizens to die for no reason.

Manuel García, Jr. (2021-01-22). COVID vs. World War II. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a murderous crime committed against the American people. [1] The perpetrators of that crime should be prosecuted for it. Let us compare the sacrifices in lives paid by the American people during WWII, and during YEAR ONE of COVID-19. WWII (for the U.S.A.): 7 December 1941

WSWS (2021-01-22). Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness exposes stark global inequalities in COVID-19 reponse. wsws.org The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Brazil: Social Movements March to Urge Bolsonaro's Impeachment. telesurenglish.net Brazil's left-wing and right-wing movements called for a massive caravan throughout the country this weekend to put pressure on Congress over President Jair Bolsonaro's impeachment. | RELATED: | "For the first time in Brazilian history, the movements are united for a common purpose," journalist Mariana Schreiber reported and assured that choosing the caravan as a way of protest will reduce the risk of COVID-19 contagio…

WSWS (2021-01-22). Chaotic vaccination rollout leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19 surge. wsws.org Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Biden Unveils National Strategy To Fight the Pandemic. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his national strategy for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as the country endures record levels of infections and deaths. | RELATED: | "Our national strategy is comprehensive, it's based on science, not politics. It's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed," he said | The U.S. president also signed several orders aimed at improving supply chains for the pandemic, kee…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-01-22). WHO Finally Admits COVID-19 PCR Test Has a 'Problem'. globalresearch.ca In an "inauguration" of its own while Joe Biden was being sworn into office, the World Health Organization (WHO) Even though they've been widely used across the U.S. …

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Argentina Extends Ban on Layoffs for Another 90 Days. telesurenglish.net The Argentine government will extend for another 90 days a ban that prohibits layoffs and establishes the payment of a double compensation if a contract is ended for 2021. | RELATED: | The measure aims at preventing private companies from dismissing staff under the pretext of low economic activity. In 2020 the government extended the measure three times in response to the financial crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 p…

Mike Kuhlenbeck (2021-01-22). Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.19.41 AM.png. progressive.org A new report reveals unsafe working conditions for food production, distribution, and logistics workers in Illinois.

teleSUR (2021-01-22). China Provides Donation To Iraq To Fight COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Chinese Embassy in Iraq on Thursday delivered donations to Iraq, helping the Iraqi government confront the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the livelihood of the Iraqi people. | RELATED: | The Chinese donation includes 56 ambulances with their spare parts, 266 generators, and motorcycles, computers, laptops, printers, etc. | "We hope that ambulances will help the Iraqi people in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and that the…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Brazil's Lula Thanks Venezuela for Sending Oxygen to Manaus. telesurenglish.net Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday thanked the Venezuelan government for sending medical oxygen to Manaus, an Amazonian city that is severely hit by the COVID-19 second wave. | RELATED: | "I want to thank President Nicolas Maduro for his political greatness in the face of Manaus' health emergency," Lula wrote in a letter addressed to the Venezuelan government. | "The Brazilian people will not forget this gesture of s…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). ECLAC: Latam's Foreign Trade at Its Worse, Women Hardest Hit. telesurenglish.net The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reported on Friday that the region's foreign trade experienced in 2020 its lowest performance since the economic crisis of 2008-2009. The organization estimates that exports decreased by 13 percent, and imports fell by 20 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "The region has been 'disintegrating' in terms of trade and production since the…

Luis De Jesus (2021-01-22). Cuba: crisis, blockade and changes in 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Cuba began the year 2021 in the midst of one of the most difficult economic scenarios that it has had to go through in recent years. On one hand Cuba has not been excluded from the international economic crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. And the island continues to suffer multi-fold impacts from the intensification of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade of the United States against the island during the tumultuous administration of Donald Trump. | The year 2020, which is now past yet still lingers painfully, was meant to be Cuba's year of an economic rebound, after having suffered a slight co…

New Unions (2021-01-22). Palestinian Striking Workers Triumph. socialistproject.ca After 19 days of an open-ended strike demanding their human and labour rights, Palestinian workers at Yamit have suspended their strike on January 20. The workers' committee has reached this decision following an agreement with the company to meet their demands. The agreement, which still needs to go through legal procedures in Israeli courts, states …

WSWS (2021-01-22). Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt. wsws.org The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party's demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.

WSWS (2021-01-22). More workers and youth speak on the life and political legacy of Australian Trotskyist Barry Jobson. wsws.org Jobson, a railway worker, joined the Trotskyist movement in 1974 and dedicated his adult life to the struggle for socialist internationalism in the working class.

news.un (2021-01-22). Mali in transition: UN peacekeeping chief takes stock of political and security developments. news.un.org Against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Mali and the wider Sahel region, the UN peacekeeping chief concluded a visit to the restive northwest African nation on Thursday.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-22). Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned 'Jenin Jenin'. counterpunch.org On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who was accused, along with the Israeli military, of carrying out war crimes in April 2002, in the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp located in the northern occupied West Bank. The

_____ (2021-01-22). Indigenous Land Grab On The Horizon. popularresistance.org BHP and Rio Tinto, two of the world's largest resource extraction companies, have earned themselves a solid reputation for obliterating native lands and communities throughout the world. Leaders in the international mining market, the British-Australian companies are globally condemned for their labor, environmental and human rights abuses. Today, they're hard at work to expand that reputation to Arizona, where their jointly-owned company Resolution Copper advances toward the destruction of ancestral Apache land Oak Flat. | Following the outcry caused by Rio Tinto's deliberate gutting of 46,000-year-old Aborigina…

Staff (2021-01-22). Joe Biden Canceled Keystone XL. Indigenous Leaders Demand the Same for the Dakota Access Pipeline. democracynow.org After President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, pressure is growing from Indigenous leaders and environmental groups for the new administration to do the same with the Dakota Access pipeline, the controversial project that sparked the historic Standing Rock uprising in 2016. "The pipeline is illegal," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American affairs. "The best thing that he can do is drop the appeals to this and stop the oil from flowing now." We als…

Staff (2021-01-22). From Standing Rock and J20 to the US Capitol: Who gets treated like the enemy? therealnews.com When police roll out the red carpet for far-right insurgents and reserve tear gas and rubber bullets for Black, Indigenous, and social justice protestors, what is to be done?

Rayhan Uddin (2021-01-22). Khashoggi murder film 'The Dissident' targeted by suspicious negative reviews. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder film 'The Dissident' targeted by suspicious negative reviews | Users flood Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb with negative comments about documentary, in apparent troll campaign | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 12: 57 | The film investigates the brutal murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October 2018 (The Dissident official website) | A critically acclaimed docum…

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-22). Enough of the T***p! End the White House Trumpery! counterpunch.org Trump is gone, but not forgotten. The damage he's done, the 25,000 or more lies he spewed out that led so many people to begin living in an alternative fact-free universe for the last five years, will stay with us for years unless his legacy is trashed and his millions of deluded followers wake up to

The Canary (2021-01-22). Thousands call for refugee camps at military barracks to be shut down. thecanary.co Thousands of people are calling for controversial military barracks where refugees are being housed to be shut down.A People are sleeping in dormitory style blocks with bunk beds and are unable…

The Canary (2021-01-22). Statues to be removed in London over links to slavery. thecanary.co Statues of two politicians in central London will be removed over their links to the slave trade.The City of London Corporation voted on Thursday to re-site monuments to William Beckford and Sir John Cass in Guildhall because they accrued wealth through the slave trade and symbolise "a stain on our history".This comes days after communities secretary Robert Jenrick said Britain should not try to edit its past, as new legal protections meaning historic statues will be removed only in "the most exceptional circumstances", came into force on Monday.Under the new legislation, if a council intends to grant permission…

Matthew Stevenson (2021-01-22). America Installs a Pope. counterpunch.org Can someone explain to me why, when a mob carrying spears and wearing Davy Crockett hats breaks into the Capitol, "our democracy is under assault" by insurrectionists and seditionists, while when another group takes over the Capitol with the likes of A-Rod and Bill Clinton, and lines the streets of Washington with storm troops, our democracy has suddenly been "restored"?

The Babylon Bee (2021-01-22). Nation's Liberals Point Out Conservatives Could Always Leave Earth, Make Free Society on Some Other Planet. anti-empire.com After a week in which four corporations demonstrated their ability to crush all dissenting voices and silence the most powerful human on the planet, liberals of the nation remain unsure why conservatives seem so worried. | "We've heard this song and dance before," said local liberal Janet Bobinski. "They whine and whine about us systematically eliminating their voices and ruining their livelihoods, blah blah blah. This whole time, they have always been free to create their own little conservative media, university, whatever they want – just so long as it's not on this planet. There's no room on Earth for free spe…

Norman Lewis (2021-01-22). 2020 Has Been the Year of the Living Dead. The Tyranny of Expertise Has Anaesthetised Society. anti-empire.com Death was unavoidable in 2020. The grim statistical body-count dominated the media, including social media, day and night. Death overshadowed life. | That death generated by the The fact that death tolls rather than recovery rates have dominated t…

Ian Cobain (2021-01-22). Anger grows within Labour over role of ex-Israeli military intelligence official. middleeasteye.net Anger grows within Labour over role of ex-Israeli military intelligence official | Senior figures raise concerns over appointment of Assaf Kaplan, who formerly served in unit accused of blackmailing Palestinian civilians | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 11: 45 | Keir Starmer, pictured at a party hustings event in Liverpool in January 2020 prior to his election as Labour leader (AFP) | Senior UK Labour Party figures have…

Akram Al-Waara (2021-01-22). Israeli settlers leave Palestinian children bloody and bruised in latest attack. middleeasteye.net Israeli settlers leave Palestinian children bloody and bruised in latest attack | Alaa Sawafta's sons, aged six and three, wounded as unchecked violence against Palestinians in the West Bank escalates | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 13: 00 | Majd, six, was hit in the face by a rock thrown by Israeli settlers (Social media) | A six-year-old Palestinian boy and his three-year-old brother were wounded on Thurs…

MEE correspondent (2021-01-22). Egypt: In shuttering a national icon, the government has unleashed rare public anger. middleeasteye.net Egypt: In shuttering a national icon, the government has unleashed rare public anger | Founded by Nasser and involved in the construction of the Aswan Dam, the Egyptian Steel and Iron Company has a proud history. Now its days are numbered | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 10: 58 | Picture dated November 1964 showing the construction of the Aswan high dam in Egypt. Egyptian Steel and Iron Company's me…

MEE staff (2021-01-22). Huge trench dug by Russia's Wagner Group may derail Libya peace process: Report. middleeasteye.net Huge trench dug by Russia's Wagner Group may derail Libya peace process: Report | Russian mercenary group accused of digging fortified trenches near Sirte, raising fears that foreign fighters will not withdraw ahead of Saturday deadline | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 17: 16 | Libya entered 2020 in midst of full-blown war between rival GNA and Haftar's National Libyan Army (AFP/File photo) | Russia-backed Wagner Group mer…

MEE staff (2021-01-22). UN expert condemns Egypt's detention of journalists, human rights defenders. middleeasteye.net UN expert condemns Egypt's detention of journalists, human rights defenders | Special rapporteur calls on authorities to stop silencing dissent and shrinking civic space in country | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 21: 23 | Egypt has embarked on brutal crackdown on dissent since 2013, jailing more than 60,000 activists (AFP) | A UN rights expert condemned Egypt for targeting journalists, human rights defenders and their fam…

Alex MacDonald (2021-01-22). Turkey: Doctor's map labelling Alevi villages outrages minority. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Doctor's map labelling Alevi villages outrages minority | An investigation was launched into the map identifying Alevi-majority villages, amid outcry over sectarian discrimination | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 15: 30 | Members of Turkey's Alevi community hold pictures of victims as they march in Ankara on 2 July 2019 to mark the 26th anniversary of an arson attack on Madimak Hotel that killed 37 p…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-22). Baghdad suicide bombing: Islamic State claim responsibility for deadly attack in Iraq. middleeasteye.net Baghdad suicide bombing: Islamic State claim responsibility for deadly attack in Iraq | At least 32 people killed and 110 wounded after two men blew themselves up in a crowded market in the Iraqi capital | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 09: 46 | An injured man receives visitors at a hospital following the twin suicide bombing in the bustling commercial street in the heart of Baghdad (AFP) | Islamic Sta…

Elie Mystal (2021-01-22). Twitter and Facebook Just Proved That Deplatforming Works. thenation.com refuse to let white supremacists use them to organize and incite violence.

Staff (2021-01-22). Yemen Crisis Linked to Weapons Maker Raytheon's Influence on US Foreign Policy. truthout.org Since 2015, the U.S.-backed Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and devastated the country, creating

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-22). The Heat: What's next for China-U.S. relations? america.cgtn.com With a new president in the White House, what's next for China-U.S. relations?>

RT (2021-01-22). Czech Republic reports 2nd outbreak of highly infectious H5N8 bird flu in a week. rt.com The Czech Republic has reported its second H5N8 bird flu outbreak in as many days after not seeing any for nearly a year, its State Veterinary Administration said on Friday. | Around half of a flock of 30 birds died in the outbreak at a poultry farm in the Tabor region, 99 kilometers south of the capital Prague, which officials said was probably contracted from wild ducks at a nearby pond. | All poultry at the farm will be slaughtered, while vets have set up three- and 10-kilometer exclusion zones within which a series of health measures will be imposed, including banning poultry exports. | The infection follo…

RT (2021-01-22). 'Blackout challenge': Death of child participating in TikTok game prompts investigation by Italian authorities. rt.com Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the death of a 10-year-old girl who reportedly took part in the 'blackout challenge', a viral game that has gained popularity on TikTok. | The girl passed away in Palermo, Italy on Wednesday. She was found by her younger sister after the viral challenge she was reportedly attempting to recreate went tragically wrong. | The 'blackout challenge' has been criticized and discouraged by medical officials after young people started choking themselves on camera in an attempt to get a temporary high from restricting oxygen to the brain. | Licia Ronzulli, the president of I…

RT (2021-01-22). HUGE BLAST rocks market in southern Russia, killing at least one (VIDEO). rt.com A powerful explosion has hit a market in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. At least one person died in the blast and two were injured. | A small shop located in the so-called Krasnodar flower market caught fire on Friday evening. Videos published on social media show the building already engulfed by huge spurts of flames when a powerful blast sends the blaze into the sky. | –ù–∞ —Ü–≤–µ—Ç–æ—á–Ω–æ–º —Ä—ã–Ω–∫–µ –&le…

Richard D. Wolff (2021-01-22). How Capitalism's Dogged Defenders and Propagandists Defend It From Criticism. counterpunch.org The more victims and critics of capitalism coalesce and thereby strengthen one another, the more that economic system is questioned and challenged. That in turn provokes capitalism's defenders. They increasingly resort to attaching qualifying adjectives to capitalism and deflecting criticisms onto them. They say that the capitalism they support is a particular kind of capitalism. Their support depends on whether or not certain adjectives are attached to capitalism.

Dianne Mathiowetz (2021-01-22). Developing working-class resistance to fascism. workers.org These excerpts were taken from the Jan. 14 webinar, "Workers Can Defeat Fascism & Racism," sponsored by Workers World Party. To view the entire panel discussion, go to tinyurl.com/y25tapr2. Like most people, I had been very much aware that this fascist rally was going to take place in Washington[, D.C.,] . . . |

Eds. (2021-01-22). Biden's 'Secretary of State for regime change' indicates no change in U.S. foreign policy. mronline.org The new secretary of state served as a senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration—a period marked by increased global conflict and wars in the Middle East.

Staff (2021-01-22). Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 22. therealnews.com One reason why The Real News Network calls Baltimore home is because we know that the struggles the people in this majority-minority city face (unequitable access to resources like education, clean air, and transportation, for example) are the struggles people face all over the globe. This is the third installment of our weekly news roundup from the Baltimore trenches, which we hope will help keep our friends and neighbors abreast of what's going on in our city, but we also hope these stories will resonate with people united in the struggle everywhere. | The Life and Death of Dante Barksdale : | On Sun…

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-22). My wish is that you win this fight for truth. mronline.org On 26 January, India's Republic Day, thousands of farmers and agricultural workers will drive their tractors and walk into the heart of the capital, New Delhi, to bring their fight to the doors of the government.

Erik Molvar (2021-01-22). Why the Hammonds' Livestock Shouldn't be Allowed on Public Land. counterpunch.org On the Trump administration's last full day in office, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt reached down into the Bureau of Land Management, seized control of the decision-making process for four Oregon grazing allotments, and issued new permits to Hammond Ranches, Inc., the same family that lost their grazing privileges to these allotments in 2014 for violating

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Palestinian PM Condemns "Organized Settler Terrorism" in West Bank. imemc.org Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh denounced, on Thursday at night, the seriously escalating attacks, carried out by the illegal Israeli colonialist settlers against the Palestinians in the West Bank, and described them as organized terrorism. Shtayyeh said the colonists attacked and injured many Palestinians, including women and children, after hurling stones and Molotov cocktails at …

Staff (2021-01-22). The Eric Brandt story: How a controversial cop watcher became one of the most successful police reformers in the US. therealnews.com Known for his role in the Occupy Denver movement and his controversial, even profane, manner of exercising his First Amendment rights, Eric Brandt has been arrested roughly 200 times while protesting police brutality and advocating for reform. But he's also quietly racked up key victories in court.

OCHA (2021-01-22). OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report. imemc.org The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Protection of Civilians Report for January 5-18, 2021 Two Palestinians reportedly attacked Israelis in two separate incidents and were subsequently shot; one was killed and the other injured. On 5 January, at the Gush Etzion junction (Hebron), a 25-year-old …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-22). Coronavirus hits labor movement: Union numbers down, density up. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The galloping spread of the coronavirus plague took its toll on U.S. unions in 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. But in a paradox, while union membership declined in its annual report, union density rose by 0.5%, to 10.8% in 2020. That's because as the economy tanked to try to prevent the disease's spread, …

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Farmers In Southern Gaza. imemc.org Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday morning, many rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers, on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers, stationed on military towers across the fence, fired sporadic rounds …

Robert Hunziker (2021-01-22). Complex Life Threatened. counterpunch.org Throughout the world, scientists are speaking out like never before. They're talking about an emergency situation of the health of the planet threatening "complex life," including, by default, human life. It's scary stuff. On this subject, America's green NGOs prefer to address the danger by sticking to a middle ground, don't scare people, too much

Paul Lauter (2021-01-22). Moving Past Hate: Lessons from the 1960s. counterpunch.org "Wasn't that a time." Some of you, ancient like me, might remember a song by that title, sung by Pete Seeger back in the fifties, by the Weavers, and also by Peter, Paul, and Mary. It contains a verse quite apropos today: The wars are long, the peace is frail The madmen come again There

Richard Sanders (2021-01-22). Defunding the Myths and Cults of Cold War Canada. dissidentvoice.org For decades the Canadian government has been supporting East European émigré associations whose much-revered founders, leaders and war heroes include veterans of Waffen SS divisions and other fascist military formations, perpetrators of the Holocaust and other ethnic-cleansing campaigns, officials from and apologists for Nazi puppet regimes, postwar CIA propaganda assets, proponents of Cold War terrorist …

Staff (2021-01-22). Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 22. therealnews.com One reason why The Real News Network calls Baltimore home is because we know that the struggles the people in this majority-minority city face (unequitable access to resources like education, clean air, and transportation, for example) are the struggles people face all over the globe. This is the second installment of our weekly news roundup from the Baltimore trenches, which we hope will help keep our friends and neighbors abreast of what's going on in our city, but we also hope these stories will resonate with people united in the struggle everywhere. | The Life and Death of Dante Barksdale | On Sunday morn…

Ted Kelly (2021-01-22). 2021 is the Year of the Political Prisoner. workers.org The U.S. "justice" system, like every institution of a capitalist state, is a weapon designed and wielded by the billionaires to beat workers into submission. Special bodies of armed troops, deputized by the ruling class, round up workers by the millions and contrive laws to justify locking them in dangerously . . . |

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Israeli Colonists Injure Child Near Ramallah. imemc.org Several fanatic illegal Israeli colonists attacked, on Thursday evening, many Palestinian cars near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, causing damage and injuring a child in the face. Media sources said the colonists injured Jad Ala' Sawafta, 3, in the face after hurling stones at the family's car while his father was driving near …

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Israeli Colonists Close Many Roads In Northern West Bank. imemc.org Groups of fanatic illegal Israeli colonialist settlers closed, on Thursday evening, many roads and junctions, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and attacked homes, before the soldiers abducted a young Palestinian man. Eyewitnesses said the colonists gathered at Huwwara junction, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and closed it. …

Michael Berkowitz (2021-01-22). 'Goin' Back to T- Town': Lessons from the Tulsa Race Massacre. peoplesworld.org Producer Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI) and Narrator Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing) use the infamous Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, also known as the Tulsa Race Riot, as a focal point for exploring the perils and pitfalls not only of segregation, but of integration, as well. PBS is commemorating the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre …

Pete Dolack (2021-01-22). Private Sector is "Efficient" Only at Extracting Money From Public. counterpunch.org There is nothing that capitalists won't grab if they see a possibility to score a profit. Not even the most basic needs for human life, such as water, are exempt. A favorite tactic for grabbing what had once been in the public domain and converting it into private profit is the "public-private partnership." A tactic

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Four More Detainees Diagnosed With Coronavirus In Ramon Prison. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that four additional detainees, held in the Ramon Israeli prison, have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, raising the number of infected political prisoners to seventy-three this month. In a statement released Friday, the PPS said the detainees who have been officially diagnosed with the virus are held in …

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Israeli Colonists Attack, Displace, Palestinian Family Near Hebron. imemc.org Several fanatic Illegal Israeli colonists attacked, on Thursday at night, a Palestinian family and forced them out of a cave they were using as a residence in Khirbat Tawamin, east of Susiya village in Masafer Yatta, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Fuad al-'Amour, the coordinator of the Protection and Steadfastness Committees, …

Qiao Collective (2021-01-22). Raising their banner high: Fascism, imperialism, and anti-communism at the Capitol Hill riots. mronline.org This multicultural dimension of an overtly white supremacist demonstration is not a contradiction: rather, it reflects the convergence between imperialism abroad and fascism at home. Liberal commentators expressed self-righteous dismay at the vandalizing of "our" "iconic symbol of democracy," worrying about what the events would do to the U.S.' hallowed image as the shining "city …

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Ongoing Escalation: Israeli Colonists Hurled Molotov Cocktails At Homes Near Nablus. imemc.org Israeli colonists hurled Molotov cocktails, on Thursday evening, at two Palestinian homes in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Local sources in the village said the colonists invaded the southern area of Burin, and hurled Molotov cocktails at two homes. They added that the residents rushed to help the family …

IMEMC News (2021-01-22). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Eighteen Palestinians In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, eighteen Palestinians from their homes in several parts of the occupied West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has confirmed. The PPS office in Hebron, in southern West Bank, said the soldiers abducted Mohammad Bader, a former member of the Palestinian …

Matt Bruenig (2021-01-22). Comparing Three Types of Child Benefit Designs. peoplespolicyproject.org Since the 1990s, America has had a very specific goal when it comes to cash benefits for families with children: keep them away from very poor people. I find this goal to be quite cruel, but the logic of it was clear enough. By making lives unspeakably miserable for the very poor while providing decent benefits for those a rung above them, we incentivize the very poor to work and ensure only the virtuous receive social benefits. | The Child Tax Credit (CTC) was reasonably well designed to achieve this goal. By delivering the benefit at the end of each year through the tax system, we can identify who the poor a…

Nicole Karlis (2021-01-22). Cardiac arrest deaths are rising — and the culprit may be "stealth" opioid overdoses. salon.com The opioid crisis and the pandemic are at least psychologically linked, as isolated people turn to drugs to cope…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). 'Unity To Overcome the Crisis', Bolivia's President Demands. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce on Friday called on the population to remain united to overcome the multiple crises facing their country. | RELATED: | "Bolivian families are going through very difficult times because of the pandemic and the economic crisis. We are working tirelessly to overcome these multiple crises and now more than ever we need the unity of the Bolivian people," he said. | Given the seriousness…

WSWS (2021-01-22). Metalworkers carry out wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico, for higher wages. wsws.org The workers at a maquiladora factory owned by the Texas-based multinational Cypress Industries struck to demand a 15 percent wage increase, following wildcat strikes by workers in the city last April against unsafe conditions caused by the pandemic.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-01-22). Boris Johnson Has Done Modi a Favour. asia-pacificresearch.com

Len Yannielli (2021-01-22). A Love/Hate Tango — Science and Ruling Classes. peoplesworld.org and in particular, to its technology side. | What was Ben's adult "friend" really pushing? Was it a message to get into science, chemistry, and technology to help humanity? No again. His unwanted advisor with that heavy arm had a clear message — get into financialization boy. He meant stocks and other investments to ride a booming war economy stimulated by the Cold War. Plastics — read fossil fuels —…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-22). As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks. commondreams.org "We're going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently," said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-22). Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'. commondreams.org The expected executive action comes as "families are struggling with food insecurity like never before." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-01-22). Eric Garner's Mother Says We Must Push for Justice That Her Son Didn't Receive. zcomm.org The mother of Eric Garner, who was brutally murdered by New York City police officers applying a chokehold as he pleaded "I can't breathe," testified before the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Children in Caravan Were Injured and Traumatized, UNICEF Warns. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Thursday warned that most of the Honduran children who were in the caravan that left for Guatemala last week returned to their country injured, extremely tired, or with psychological trauma. | RELATED: | Until January 20, about 3,854 adults and 108 children from the 7,000 caravan migrants returned to Honduras after Guatemala blocked their advance towards the U.S.-Mexico…

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Ecuadoreans Denounce Impediment to Voting From Caracas. telesurenglish.net Leading up to the elections this upcoming February 7 in Ecuador, Ecuadorean migrants have denounced a delay in installing polling stations. | In Caracas, the Ecuadorean community delivered this Friday a letter of protest to the consular authorities of the Government of Lenín Moreno for what they consider impediments to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming presidential elections on February 7. | RELATED: | Protesters denoun…

John Clamp (2021-01-22). The Lies that Bind. counterpunch.org 'It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.' -Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, speaking in the UK in 1969 'One nation solemnly promised to a second nation

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-22). Pivot to Asia: China Tech Ban Mirrors 1980s Attempts to Destroy Japanese Competition. globalresearch.ca In the 1980s, the US imposed a 100% tariff on virtually all Japanese electronics and forced Tokyo to sign a one-sided trade deal that reserved much of its domestic semiconductor sector for American companies. | *** | With just days left in …

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-22). "Here Are the Superheroes To Come and Save Us": Media Waste No Time Fawning Over Biden. thealtworld.com The same media that behaved as attack dogs against Trump for four years (unless he was carrying out aggressive actions abroad) are likely to turn into lap dogs now that there is a Democrat in the White House. | MPN- We rely on the media to hold the powerful to account. But in its first hours in office, the corporate press has celebrated, rather than challenged, the new Biden administration. | It began immediately during the 78-year-old Delawarean's inauguration, with senior figures in the media barely able to contain their emotions watching what they saw. "As Lady Gaga sang the national anthem, the sky opened up…

Alan Macleod (2021-01-22). Teachers Union Berated Trump for Reopening Schools, Now It's Praising Biden For Doing the Same. mintpressnews.com Biden has made the reopening of schools, colleges, and universities a key priority and made clear that his decision was based on the same "save the economy" logic as Trump's.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-22). Sunk before Service: Australia's Disastrous Submarine Project. dissidentvoice.org One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia's SEA 1000 Future Submarine program, won by France's DCNS, now Naval Group, in 2016. From the start, this seemed an audaciously peculiar choice. Australia …

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-01-22). You Counter Trumpism By Ending The Conditions Which Created It, Not With Authoritarian Policies. thealtworld.com The US political/media class have been

Ben Norton (2021-01-22). US Backs Al-Qaeda in Yemen while Dubbing Its Houthi Enemies 'Terrorists'. globalresearch.ca The US State Department designated Yemen's Houthi movement — the most effective force in fighting al-Qaeda — as a "terrorist" organization. Meanwhile Washington and Saudi Arabia have supported al-Qaeda. | *** | The United States government has designated the main enemy of …

teleSUR (2021-01-22). Andres Arauz Favorite to Become Ecuador's Next President. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Comunicaliza polling company Friday released the results of a survey showing that the Leftist candidate Andres Arauz is the favorite to win the upcoming February 7 election. | RELATED: | According to the poll, 49.4 percent of Ecuadorian voters have already decided their intention to vote. Twenty-three percent of them assured they will choose the Union for Hope (UNES) candidate. | The Creo – Social Christian P…

Ray McGovern (2021-01-22). Round Up the Usual Suspects; Don't Forget Putin. globalresearch.ca Interviewed by Mrs. Clinton Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi eagerly rose to the bait when Clinton spoke of "her concerns that the outgoing commander-in-chief was compromised by the Kremlin". Setting the stage, Clinton expressed the hope that "we'll find out who …

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-22). The US's idea of diplomacy with Ecuador is a multibillion-dollar loan trap. peoplesdispatch.org On January 14, the US International Development Finance Corporation provided Ecuador with a loan of $2.8 billion. This move was part of the US strategy to remove Chinese businesses and political influence from Latin America…

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-22). The SolarWinds Hack, The Takeover Of The US & The Final Stage Of The War On You. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/22/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

sputniknews (2021-01-22). Hungary, Russia Sign Agreement on Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Deliveries, Foreign Minister Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Hungary and Russia have signed an agreement on Russia's coronavirus vaccine deliveries, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on Friday.

grants.gov (2021-01-22). National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative — Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers. grants.gov SM-21-009 | Funding Opportunity ID: | 330775 | Opportunity Number: | SM-21-009 | Opportunity Title: | National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative — Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers | Opportunity Category: | Discretionary | Opportunity Category Explanation: | Funding Instrument Type: | Grant | Category of Funding Activity: | Health | Category Explanation: | CFDA Number(s): | 93.243 | Eligible Applicants: | Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification) | Additional Information on Eligibility: | Eligib…

_____ (2021-01-22). Forest Service: Cutting Snags To Eliminate Endangered Species Habitat. popularresistance.org It is an intentional act to seek out and cut large diameter dead trees to prevent them from becoming spotted owl and other endanger species habitat. Annual census of known spotted owl trees are conducted. Owls must be seen living in the trees. If the owls are scared off by nearby clear-cutting, road building, or the tree is downed, the habitat is delisted as critical and may now be clear-cut. If there are no potential habitat trees, owls are prevented from moving into an area. | This is an intentional act. Cutting large diameter dead trees is being conducted on gated locked Forest Service and BLM lands. Only staf…

_____ (2021-01-22). Local Activists Call Attention To Housing Rights. popularresistance.org Graham, North Carolina – Amy Cooper said she and a handful of other activists came together at Court Square in Graham on Wednesday for an event touting tenants' rights while decrying evictions. | "A lot of landlords take advantage of people not knowing their rights, so one of the things we want to do is push tenants' rights so people know what they can and can't do as a tenant," Cooper said. | Cooper's thoughts echo criticism from housing advocates across the country. Last Wednesday, housing rights advocates held simultaneous nationwide demonstrations in the hopes of sparking a paradigm shift away from the curren…

_____ (2021-01-22). International Commission Of Inquiry On Systemic Racist Police Violence In The US. popularresistance.org The International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States launched its activities on January 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, opening with a meaningful introduction from Kerry McLean. In the four days that have followed, Commissioners have heard powerful testimony from family members directly impacted by systemic racist police violence against people of African descent in the United States, as well as from lawyers supporting their fight for justice.

_____ (2021-01-22). Hunts Point Produce Workers Continue Their Strike. popularresistance.org Bronx, New York – Essential workers who distribute 60% of the city's fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and restaurants have entered day three of a work strike—the first in 35 years—at Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, where NYPD officers were dispatched to break up a picket line on Monday night. | If workers and company representatives do not arrive at a speedy agreement, New Yorkers could see a significant decrease in the amount of produce that lands at grocery stores and supermarkets by the end of this week, a union spokesman warned. | 1,400 workers walked off the job at the Hunts Point P…

_____ (2021-01-22). The Treaty To Ban The Bomb Takes Effect. popularresistance.org Three and a half years ago, on July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly approved the language of this treaty by a vote of 122 to 1. | The vote was a clear expression of the will of the world's people and the treaty has now been ratified by 51 nations. | Under international law, nuclear weapons will join chemical weapons, biological weapons, cluster bombs and land mines as illegal weapons of mass destruction. | The Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat arrived in Hawaii on July 31, 2019 from San Diego, California. The 34-foot ketch, a project of Veterans For Peace, has now sailed to the islands of Hawaii, Mau…

sputniknews (2021-01-22). McConnell Pans Biden's 'Big Steps in Wrong Direction', Warns Over 'Failed Approach' to Immigration. sputniknews.com On his first full day in office, US President Joe Biden acted upon his campaign promises to reverse a spate of policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump, signing executive orders to tear up the the Keystone XL oil pipeline permit, rejoining the World Health Organisation and bringing the US back to the fold of the Paris Climate Accord.

The Canary (2021-01-22). High Court rules DWP childcare costs policy unlawfully discriminates against women. thecanary.co A single mother has called on the government to urgently change a policy which forces parents to pay upfront for childcare costs after a High Court judge ruled that it unlawfully discriminates against women. | Nichola Salvato, who fell into debt trying to pay her childcare costs after she returned to work, brought a legal challenge against the "proof of payment" policy of only reimbursing the money to parents once it has been spent. | Currently the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will only refund parents and carers 85% of their childcare costs through their Universal Credit payments once it has received pr…

Isis Feral (2021-01-22). Friday Deadline: Defend Oakland's Pesticide Ban! indybay.org The City of Oakland is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that threatens to roll back a local law that restricts pesticide use on public lands. The herbicides glyphosate, triclopyr, and imazapyr would be exempted for use in the Oakland hills, as part of a plan to remove large numbers of trees. Public comments on the Draft EIR are DUE FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021 AT 5PM…

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Biden's own Moderates and Hardliners Battle it Out on reviving Iran Nuclear Deal
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-23
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Two and a half days into the Biden administration, it is already clear that the Problem of Iran is going to loom large over its foreign policy. There are already hard liners and moderates in the Biden team, just as there are in Iran. The first few Biden appointments, Antony …
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Can Biden roll back Trump's escalation and end catastrophic Yemen War?
Reese Erlich | juancole.com | 2021-01-23
The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace. ( 48hills.org) — One day before the Inauguration, the Trump Administration added Yemen's Houthi movement to a list of foreign terrorist organizations. It was just the latest, desperate attempt to hamstring President Joe Biden's promise to end the …
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30 years ago/U.S. imperialism provoked war with Iraq
Manlio Dinucci | workers.org | 2021-01-23
Published Jan. 15 in Il Manifesto. Translation: John Catalinotto. At 2: 20 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1991 (Gulf time), U.S. helicopters penetrated Iraqi territory, destroying two radar stations with Hellfire missiles. Immediately afterwards, Tomahawk cruise missiles and F-117A stealth fighters struck other nerve centers, blinding the air defenses of the capital. . . . | Continue reading 30 years ago/U.S. imperialism provoked war with Iraq at Workers.org
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For a full, immediate investigation into death threats against Kshama Sawant!
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.
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For a full, immediate investigation into death threats against Kshama Sawant!
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.
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Despite Uneventful Inauguration, US could face a simmering, chronic domestic terror problem
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-01-23
By Luis De la Calle | — After President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021 without any violent incidents, many in the United States and worldwide breathed a sigh of relief. The respite may be brief. The ingredients that led an incensed pro-Trump mob to break into the Capitol and plant pipe bombs …
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[World Report] CEPI criticised for lack of transparency
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
The publicly funded epidemic response agency CEPI has been criticised for the lack of transparency in its grant agreements with COVID-19 vaccine developers. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
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Spain's rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.
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Spain's rich and powerful secretly monopolised COVID-19 vaccines
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The ruling class orders workers and youth back to work and school, knowing thousands will get sick and die, knowing they can illegally obtain the vaccine for themselves.
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Immortal Wins: India Defeats Fortress Australia
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-23
It was never meant to be like this. After the Indian cricketing team met misery and disaster in the first test match at Adelaide, registering a paltry 36 in its second innings, little hope was had for the touring side. Australia threatened rout and massacre. The Border-Gavaskar trophy seemed within the home side's grasp. And …
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Tuesday 2/16: Rashid Khalidi & Nora Barrows-Friedman: Hundred Years War on Palestine
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
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Police Killings in America: Eric Garner's Mother Says We Must Push for Justice that Her Son Didn't Receive
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-23
The mother of Eric Garner, who was brutally murdered by New York City police officers applying a chokehold as he pleaded "I can't breathe," testified this week before the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People …
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Israel Shows No Moral Tenet: Justice for Mohammed El-Halabi
Alon Ben-Meir | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-23
Israel's continued treatment of Palestinian political prisoners is unconscionable. Mohammed El Halabi, an aid worker from Gaza, has been in prison for four years while he awaits his trial; this is nothing short of cruel absurdity. He has been forced before the court over 150 times, many of those appearances secret, without word of when …
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Several Palestinians Injured In Beit Hanoun Explosion
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-01-23
The Interior Ministry in Gaza has reported that many Palestinians were injured, on Saturday morning, in an explosion, east of Beit Hanoun, in northern Gaza. The Ministry said the causes of the explosion are still under investigation and added that the medics moved eight Palestinians to the Indonesian Hospital, in northern Gaza. The explosion caused …
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'Overpromise and Under Deliver': Netizens Rap Biden for Saying COVID Trajectory 'Cannot be Changed'
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-23
Democrat Joe Biden, who campaigned ahead of the 2020 presidential election on a vow to make COVID-19 relief a top priority ostensibly in divergence from the Trump administration's pandemic response, which he had slammed as ineffectual, signed a slew of executive orders on his first day in office as POTUS to combat the ongoing health crisis.
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Hunts Point strike: A victory for NYC Teamsters
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-23
New York City – Today, January 23, over 1400 dock workers and truck drivers at Hunts Point Produce Market ended their strike after six days of militant picketing. The tentative agreement was approved by 97% of the membership, with the largest wage increase in their history. | Known as the largest produce market in the world, the Bronx-based Hunts Point provides over 60% of the produce for New York City. As essential workers, the Teamsters at Hunts Point worked throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, barely earning enough money to afford the city's cost of living. They never received hazard pay from their employer.
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#ZeroCovid petition: The campaign for a European lockdown requires a socialist perspective
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.
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#ZeroCovid petition: The campaign for a European lockdown requires a socialist perspective
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The large support for the #ZeroCovid petition is an expression of the growing opposition to official government policy that puts the profits of big business above saving human lives. A consistent struggle against the pandemic, however, requires a socialist programme and the building of independent action committees.
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Sunday 1/24: The US Capitol Building Riot and Its Blowback: Scarier than QAnon?
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
ZOOM meeting, Log-in info at ICSSMARX.ORG
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Video: Sen. Rand Paul Challenges New Sec. of State over Regime Change in Syria
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-23
U.S. Senator (Kentucky) Rand Paul recently challenged the new Secretary of State nominee Anthony Blinken on his history of pushing regime change in the Middle East and North Africa. | Sen. Paul began his argument by questioning Blinken's role in the …
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[Editorial] COVID-19: the intersection of education and health
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
What lessons does the COVID-19 syndemic offer when considering the convergence between health and education? The International Day of Education, on Jan 24, provides an opportunity to reflect on the weaknesses of the education system before COVID-19, and on the impact of school closures and education disruptions on children and adolescents. Since March, 2020, more than 1 ∑5 billion students worldwide–an unprecedented number–have been affected by school or university closures. The implications of these closures are enormous.
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[Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection
MacLean P Nasrallah, Zissimos Mourelatos, Edward B Lee | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
Claus Hann von Weyhern and colleagues1 describe autopsy findings of six patients who died of COVID-19. Better understanding of the central effects of COVID-19 is crucial, and we read with great interest their findings that included pan-encephalitis and meningitis in all six patients, regardless of whether cause of death was due to cardiorespiratory failure, pulmonary embolism, or intracranial haemorrhage. However, the images provided in the appendix of the Correspondence1 do not clearly show meningitis or encephalitis.
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[Obituary] Suhaila Siddiq
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
Afghan Public Health Minister, surgeon, and lieutenant general. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, she died there on Dec 4, 2020, after reportedly contracting COVID-19. She was believed to be in her early 80s.
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[World Report] India begins COVID-19 vaccination amid trial allegations
Anoo Bhuyan | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
Trial participants in Bhopal say that they could not read consent forms and have not been able to report adverse events. Anoo Bhuyan reports from Bhopal.
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[Perspectives] COVID duets
Danielle Ofri | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
It was a Saturday afternoon in March, 2020. COVID-19 cases had started to trickle into our hospital, but I had a different sort of acute case on my hands. Thanks to the sweltering heat in New York City apartments, two seams on my cello had splayed open. If I didn't get them sutured, stat, the entire instrument could eviscerate.
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[Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection
Kristof Egervari, Christian Thomas, Johannes A Lobrinus, Tanja Kuhlmann, Wolfgang Bràºck, Seth Love, John F Crary, Christine Stadelmann, Werner Paulus, Doron Merkler | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
We believe that many of the key findings described in the Correspondence by Claus Hann von Weyhern and colleagues1 should be interpreted differently. The exact nature of CNS involvement in COVID-19 is not only of fundamental importance for our understanding of the disease, but might have substantial consequences in directing clinical efforts to achieve better patient management in the future. Thus, observations about CNS inflammation as described by von Weyhern and colleagues will cause a great stir among biomedical scientists and clinicians if proven to be correct.
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[Correspondence] Reaffirming health and safety precautionary principles for COVID-19 in the UK
Raymond M Agius, Denise Kendrick, Herb F Sewell, Marcia Stewart, John FR Robertson | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
In their case for a sustainable UK strategy for COVID-19, Deepti Gurdasani and colleagues1 recommend "restoration of an adequate health and safety inspectorate". We do not believe that the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) should, like Public Health England, be made a scapegoat for lack of ministerial direction2 but rather that the HSE should be restored the wherewithal to fulfil its mandate.
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Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government's policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.
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Government statistics reveal vast scale of UK school teacher and staff COVID-19 infections
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
The statistics are a devastating indictment of the Conservative government's policy of forcing schools to stay open, supported by the Labour Party and the trade unions.
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Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.
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Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-01-23
In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.
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Prince Harry Blames 'Barrage of Mistruths' on Social Media for Capitol Riots, Urges 'Accountability'
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-23
The Duke of Sussex weighed in on the recent Capitol riots in the US that resulted in five people dead and then-president Donald Trump being impeached a second time by the House of Representatives.
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Keep Swinging for Justice and Freedom: The Legacy of Hammerin' Hank Aaron
John W. Whitehead | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-23
"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." — Hank Aaron My father, a rabid St. Louis Cardinals fan, listened to virtually all their ball games on the radio from our home in …
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The Pentagon Speaks
Jacob G. Hornberger | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-23
The Joint Chiefs of Staff have spoken. Issuing a remarkable memorandum to all members of the Armed Forces, the JCS have declared that Joe Biden will be the new president of the United States. The memo may have been not …
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Hank Aaron who surpassed Babe Ruth in homeruns has gone on
Admirer | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
Early pioneer of sports integration, home run king, who inspired fans for 30 years, Hank Aaron has gone on at the age of 86.
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Friday 1/22: Responsive Eye
Telematic Media Arts | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
323 10th Street @ Folsom, San Francisco…
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Wednesday 2/3: Screening of Labyrinths: The Films of Peter Burr (2012 — 2020)
Telematic Media Arts | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
Streaming On-Line…
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Wednesday 2/17: Dirtscraper
Telematic Media Arts | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
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Two Victories on January 20th: San Lorenzo Park Residents and RV Dwellers on Riverside
Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
Joint community direct action and legal pressure prompted two victories this last week for unhoused folks in Santa Cruz. In-person physical support on Riverside St. and at San Lorenzo temporarily thwarted the standard "move out and hide out" strategy of both the Public Works Department and City Manager Martin Bernal.
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Wednesday 1/27: The Equal Rights Amendment & the Disability Community Town Hall
FFWEEC | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
Online panel discussion…
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Saturday 2/6: Racism and Policing in the U.S.A
Marsha Feinland | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
This event will be held online…
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Thursday 2/11: Elizabeth Kolbert & Mark Hertsgaard: Under a White Sky
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
Online webinar…
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Monday 1/25: It's Our Time: Protect Our Communities and the Environment Town Hall w/ Sierra Club
Sierra Club | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
Online event…
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Why capitalism compels renunciation and we could work less
Lothar Galow-Bergemann and Ernst Lohoff | indybay.org | 2021-01-23
The corona and climate crises demonstrate how 'our economy' is failing before the existential challenges of the time. Eternal growth, maximum profit and rising share prices are the lifeblood of the economy. Without them, it immediately begins to crumble. The climate crisis reveals that growth programmed for infinity will amount to the destruction of the planet in the medium rather than the long term.
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[Correspondence] Considering dose in pharmacological therapies for heart failure
Zed Seedat, Kevin Itty | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
Muthiah Vaduganathan and colleagues'1 analysis was insightful in contextualising the potential benefits observed in trials for the medical treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). A noted shortcoming of the analysis was not accounting for the role of the dose of disease-modifying medication in the disease course of HFrEF. Vaduganathan and colleagues1 correctly identified the CHAMP-HF,2 QUALIFY,3 and CHECK-HF4 registries as evidence of the underuse of mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) and angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitors, but they also attributed the stagnation in HF…
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[Correspondence] Causal ordering among risk factors in the PURE study — Authors' reply
Salim Yusuf, Shofiqul Islam, Philip Joseph, Shrikant Bangdiwala | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
We thank Tony Blakely and colleagues for their comments on our work1 and appreciate their interest in exploring population-attributable fractions (PAFs) using different approaches.
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[Perspectives] Transformative experiences and A Young Doctor's Notebook
Daniel Marchalik, Andrew Lipsky | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
Can the decision to become a physician ever be a truly rational choice? According to philosopher L A Paul, the answer is more complicated than it may seem. In her book Transformative Experience, Paul argues that when we make consequential decisions, we are limited by our inability to know what that experience will be like in advance. For Paul, a transformative experience is one that has this characteristic and is also likely to radically reshape our future point of view. The decision to undergo a transformative experience amounts to a philosopher's dilemma, because the person choosing the experience and the perso…
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[Correspondence] Considering dose in pharmacological therapies for heart failure — Authors' reply
Muthiah Vaduganathan, Gregg C Fonarow, John J V McMurray, Scott D Solomon | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
The contemporary trials in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) included in our analysis1 tested a strategy of titrating therapies to a target dose (as tolerated) and many participants did not reach this target. Among those who did, a subset of participants required dose reduction (or even temporary or permanent discontinuation) during the trials because of issues related to haemodynamics, kidney function, electrolytes, symptoms, or intervening clinical events.
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[Correspondence] Neuropathology associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection — Authors' reply
Claus Hann von Weyhern, Ines Kaufmann, Frauke Neff, Marcus Kremer | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
We welcome the opportunity to respond to the comments about our Correspondence.1 To increase the availability of data, we reported our findings, which were produced by a team that included an experienced neuropathologist and was subjected to the The Lancet's peer-review process. The three responses are similar as they all challenge our interpretation of the findings presented. Striking is the fact that the three responses disagree among themselves, with each offering yet another interpretation.
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[Perspectives] Poverty and love
Margaret McCartney | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
"Whit a funny wee bastard ye are." Shuggie Bain is often subjected to such pointed observation: he is an outsider, jutting against the grain of his surroundings, even as he tries, heartbreakingly hard, to fit in. He is the child of Agnes and Shug Bain. Agnes is a glamorous, proud woman who can be funny, charming, and beautiful; and she is an alcoholic. Shug is a violent, belligerent womaniser who rapes and beats Agnes regularly. Agnes is trapped in her relationships–as is Shuggie. By the time Agnes dies, sinking, drunk in a chair "like a melted candle", Shuggie is starving, the benefits of money having gone…
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[Correspondence] Causal ordering among risk factors in the PURE study
Tony Blakely, Neil Pearce, John Lynch, Shyamali Dharmage, Melissa Russell, Deborah Lawlor, Rebecca Bentley | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
Salim Yusuf and colleagues'1 findings on the heterogeneity of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease in low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries are important. However, hazard ratios (HRs) and population-attributable fractions (PAFs) need to account for causal ordering among risk factors.2,3 PAFs calculated by use of HRs from regression models that include all risk factors simultaneously violate the principle that causation occurs in sequential steps. The calculated HR is what is left over after adjusting for risk factors that are, at least partly, on the causal pathway leading to cardiov…
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[Comment] Offline: The danger of unreliable narrators
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-01-23
"We can see the way out", ran the headline in last week's Sunday Express. Governments across Europe are increasingly optimistic. Ministers are looking visibly more relaxed. US President Joe Biden is now in the White House and he is serious about science, unlike his predecessor. Vaccines are being delivered at scale. Claims are now being confidently made that all adults in the UK will have been vaccinated by June or September, 2021. Although other countries have been slower to start, they will catch up.
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Rumble Inside the Chaos of Capitalism
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-23
The tables were turned — David Rovics interviewed me in a wide-ranging, tangentially themed hour a few days ago. Here is what one Dissident Voice article has to say about Portland, OR-based Rovics He is not one to wait for his turn to talk. He listens intently and when I'm finished asks another question. After …
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Saudi-Led Coalition Repels Attack Launched by Houthis, Reports Say
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-23
The attack comes just a day after the Saudi-led forces destroyed an explosive-laden boat and a drone launched by Houthis. This comes after former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who left…
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Some 140,000 Chickens to Be Culled in Japan's Toyama Prefecture Over Bird Flu — Reports
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-23
TOKYO (Sputnik) — Some 140,000 chickens will be exterminated in the western Japanese prefecture of Toyama over an outbreak of bird flu, Japanese media reported on Saturday.
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Mysterious Full-Scale Prototype of Brand-New Fighter Jet Reportedly Flown by US Air Force
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-23
Addressing the US Air Force Association's main annual symposium at the end of 2020, acquisition chief Will Roper touted a new era where rapid design and experimentation of new aircraft, including the 'manufacturing' and 'flight testing' of them will take place primarily in the digital realm.
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Twenty Reasons Mandatory Face Masks are Unsafe, Ineffective and Immoral
John C. A. Manley | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-23
Nine Potential and Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself: | 1. Cavities: New York dentists are reporting that half their patients are suffering decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath from wearing masks. "We're seeing inflammation in people's gums that …
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Do You Remember Cuba's Dedication to Angola?
Don Fitz | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-23
Cuban blood left its stamp on the conscience of the world after the Angolan Wars of 1975-1988. Corporate politicians are united in their desire for us to ignore this reality. ***** Fed up with foreign wars, Portuguese officers overthrew Prime Minister Marcello Caetano on April 25, 1974. Many former colonies had the opportunity to define …
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Who Watches the Watchmen?
Jackie Fox | realprogressives.org | 2021-01-23
"Only a killer can hunt a killer," Dave Grossman — Creator of the field of "Killology" and Full-Time Police Trainer | Hello internet, I'm Jackie Fox and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say Tin Star is the Breaking Bad of "loose cannon" cop dramas — or, at least, it wants to be. The tension is balanced between the actions of the police chief as he spirals into an alcohol-fueled revenge rampage and the audience's feelings that his actions are justified. Out of context, the things he does throughout seaso…
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'We neutralized the fascists,' says veteran union organizer
Ed Childs | workers.org | 2021-01-23
Excerpts taken from the Jan. 14 webinar,"Workers Can Defeat Fascism and Racism," sponsored by Workers World Party, moderated by Ted Kelly. Ed Childs spoke from the WWP Boston branch. To view the entire panel discussion, go to youtu.be/d9_NDIKT0vw. Ted Kelly: What are the root causes of these neo-fascist insurgencies that . . . | Continue reading 'We neutralized the fascists,' says veteran union organizer at Workers.org
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Teamsters at Marathon Refinery begin strike
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-23
St. Paul Park, MN – On January 21, nearly 200 members of Teamsters Local 120 who work at Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Saint Paul Park walked off the job, beginning an unfair labor practice strike. | In the lead-up to this strike, bargaining broke down when Marathon management refused to continue bargaining in good faith. | Management is trying to outsource some parts of the work that these union workers do. Additionally, they want to further increase the workloads of the union members who are overworked already. This will mean they will need to cut corners and put themselves and their coworkers in danger just s…
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Teamsters at Marathon Refinery begin strike
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-23
St. Paul Park, MN – On January 21, nearly 200 members of Teamsters Local 120 who work at Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Saint Paul Park walked off the job, beginning an unfair labor practice strike. | In the lead-up to this strike, bargaining broke down when Marathon management refused to continue bargaining in good faith. | Management is trying to outsource some parts of the work that these union workers do. Additionally, they want to further increase the workloads of the union members who are overworked already. This will mean they will need to cut corners and put themselves and their coworkers in danger just s…
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Israeli Military Attacks Palestinian Protesters in Kufur Qaddoum
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2021-01-23
Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly Friday protest in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern part of the West Bank. The soldiers used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to attack the demonstrators. One teen was shot in the hand by a rubber-coated steel bullet and had to be taken to a nearby …
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Iraq, Syria and the new US administration
Abdel Bari Atwan | thealtworld.com | 2021-01-23
Terrible as Trump was for both countries, neither can expect much better with Biden at the helm | Two murderous attacks in succession: a double suicide bombing in Baghdad which killed 32 innocent Iraqis and injured more than one hundred; and a missile strike launched by Israeli warplanes from Lebanese airspace on Syria's Homs province in which a family of four perished. | Is it a coincidence that both took place just as Joe Biden was taking office as US president? The Israeli attack was nothing new. But the suicide bombing in Baghdad was the first for three years — during which Iraq's leaders thought they w…
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To fight fascism: 'Political education is crucial for people'
Tania Siddiqi | workers.org | 2021-01-23
Excerpts taken from the Jan. 14 webinar,"Workers Can Defeat Fascism and Racism," sponsored by Workers World Party, moderated by Ted Kelly. Tania Siddiqui spoke from the WWP Houston branch. To view the entire panel discussion, go to youtu.be/d9_NDIKT0vw. Ted Kelly: Comrades, I wanted to talk about why the bourgeoisie needs . . . | Continue reading To fight fascism: 'Political education is crucial for people' at Workers.org
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Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about "Democracy Promotion"
John Feffer | juancole.com | 2021-01-23
Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should "democracy promotion" be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon? ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — On Inauguration Day 2021, the nation's capital looks like it has just experienced a coup, not successfully survived one. Streets are blocked off, barricades are up, …
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The Stock Market Is Broken as a Bellwether; Here's How to Fix It
Pam Martens | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-23
I sat behind a trading terminal at two Wall Street firms from 1986 to 2006. I can assure you that if the President of the United States was refusing to accept the outcome of a presidential election and urging a …
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Israeli Army Injures Fifteen Palestinians Near Nablus
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-01-23
Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, the nonviolent procession in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured sixteen Palestinians, in addition to causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. The Palestinians marched from the village heading towards their lands, where illegal Israeli colonists installed an outpost, three months …
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What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't)
Lee Camp | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse…
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Case of the South African SARS-CoV-2 Strain Detected in Cuba
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Based on the border protocols for the pandemic's surveillance and control, the variant was detected in an asymptomatic traveler, the scientist confirmed. | Guzmán specified that the patient and his contacts were isolated and showed no symptoms of the infectious disease. | RELATED: | Cuba Reports Record Number of COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours | According to Guzman, it cannot be assured, nor discarded, that the increase of COVID-19 cases in the country is due to the establishmen…
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GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True
Jon Queally | zcomm.org | 2021-01-22
"When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor."
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Foreign Correspondent: Battle Lines Drawn on Ending Yemen War
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2021-01-22
The Biden Administration has a chance to undo a disastrous label and open the door for peace.
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Mob v. Crowd: the Mass Psychology of Madness
Jonah Raskin | zcomm.org | 2021-01-22
The fact that the inauguration has had to take place in a city protected by men with guns seems to prove the right wing point that we live in a police state…
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CNN Dishonestly Claims That The West Is Victimized By Chinese Anti-Vaxx Disinfo
oneworld.press | 2021-01-22
The Global Times is doing a global service by raising awareness about fatal medical incidents associated with foreign vaccines which many in the West might not have been aware of until they read those articles. Although Griffiths proves that the deaths in question "were reported on by CNN, among numerous US media outlets", those platforms don't have an exclusive monopoly on reporting and shouldn't claim that their Chinese counterparts reporting on the same is akin to "disinformation".
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CNN Dishonestly Claims That The West Is Victimized By Chinese Anti-Vaxx Disinfo
oneworld.press | 2021-01-22
The Global Times is doing a global service by raising awareness about fatal medical incidents associated with foreign vaccines which many in the West might not have been aware of until they read those articles. Although Griffiths proves that the deaths in question "were reported on by CNN, among numerous US media outlets", those platforms don't have an exclusive monopoly on reporting and shouldn't claim that their Chinese counterparts reporting on the same is akin to "disinformation".
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Trump Crazy and Intellectual Crazy
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
It's hard not to be appalled and scared by the reality denial of Donald Trump's followers. Their willingness to insist an election was stolen, with no evidence whatsoever, is difficult to understand for those of us who like to think that people respond to facts and logic. I don't have any easy answers to get…
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Can US Workers Be Dismissed for Refusing to Be Vaxxed?
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
According to Law Professor Dorit Reiss: | "Requiring a vaccine is a health and safety work rule, and employers can" fire noncompliant staff. | Attorney David Betras explained that "workplace vaccination requirements aren't new, and they passed constitutional muster long ago," …
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Biden's Mask-Wearing Mandate
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
Biden and his press agent media won't explain what's vital for everyone to know. | On his first day in office as selected, not elected, president, he signed a blizzard of executive orders. | Among them was mandatory wearing of face masks …
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Israeli settlers leave Palestinian children bloody and bruised in latest attack
Akram Al-Waara | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-22
Israeli settlers leave Palestinian children bloody and bruised in latest attack | Alaa Sawafta's sons, aged six and three, wounded as unchecked violence against Palestinians in the West Bank escalates | Akram Al-Waara | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 13: 00 | Majd, six, was hit in the face by a rock thrown by Israeli settlers (Social media) | A six-year-old Palestinian boy and his three-year-old brother were wounded on Thurs…
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The Lies that Bind
John Clamp | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
'It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist.' -Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, speaking in the UK in 1969 'One nation solemnly promised to a second nation…
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Eric Garner's Mother Says We Must Push for Justice That Her Son Didn't Receive
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2021-01-22
The mother of Eric Garner, who was brutally murdered by New York City police officers applying a chokehold as he pleaded "I can't breathe," testified before the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States…
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Boredom is a Treat
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2021-01-22
Joe Biden's 'unity' is going to be a very tall order.
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Mali in transition: UN peacekeeping chief takes stock of political and security developments
news.un.org | 2021-01-22
Against the backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Mali and the wider Sahel region, the UN peacekeeping chief concluded a visit to the restive northwest African nation on Thursday.
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Soldiers Fire Live Rounds At Farmers In Southern Gaza
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-01-22
Israeli soldiers fired, on Friday morning, many rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian farmers, on their lands near the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA) has reported that the soldiers, stationed on military towers across the fence, fired sporadic rounds …
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You Counter Trumpism By Ending The Conditions Which Created It, Not With Authoritarian Policies
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-01-22
The US political/media class have been pushing hard for more authoritarian policies to stave off the threat of "domestic terrorism" in the wake of the Capitol riot. President Biden, who was already working on rolling out new domestic terror policies well before January sixth, confirmed after the riot that he is making these new measures a priority.
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As Pandemic Rips Through Indian Country, Indigenous Communities Work to Save Elders & Languages
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-22
We look at the fight to save tribal elders and Native language speakers as the pandemic rips through Indian Country, with Indigenous communities facing woefully inadequate healthcare, lack of governmental support, and the living legacy of centuries of colonialism. Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S. To combat this crisis, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has prioritized elders who speak the Dakota and Lakota languages to receive vaccines. "Knowing that there were a lot of elders who were at really, really high risk, this was a concern from the very beginning," s…
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Cardiac arrest deaths are rising — and the culprit may be "stealth" opioid overdoses
Nicole Karlis | salon.com | 2021-01-22
The opioid crisis and the pandemic are at least psychologically linked, as isolated people turn to drugs to cope…
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A Tory MP exposed himself and his party live on Question Time
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2021-01-22
A Tory minister's response to a Labour MP's criticism of his government's handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic was damning. Because he inadvertently exposed the problem at the heart of his government's approach over the last ten months. And he did it on BBC Question Time. | Question Time: flailing?: | The programme saw its viewing figures plummet last year. But even so, there are sometimes important moments that Question Time throws up. Parliam…
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Pandemic will not end for anyone, 'until it ends for everyone'
news.un.org | 2021-01-22
The COVID-19 pandemic "will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone", an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday, advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme.
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Lockdown loneliness led to an increase in anxiety and depression in people over 50
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-22
Older people's mental health declined during the Covid-19 lockdowns as their loneliness contributed to a rise in anxiety and depression, according to a study. | Researchers at the University of Exeter and King's College London studied data from more than 3,000 people aged over 50. | They said loneliness emerged as a key factor linked to worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. | And a decrease in physical activity since the start of the pandemic was also associated with worsening symptoms of depression and anxiety. Women were also more likely to be struggling with their mental health, as were retired people.
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Media Elevate Eugenicists, sideline disabled voices in discussions of Covid rationing
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-22
In the sticky conversations around rationing life-saving treatments and vaccines during the Covid pandemic, corporate media have elevated some experts without disclosing their troubling views on disability, aging and the value of human life. Meanwhile, media outlets have largely sidelined the voices of disabled activists and others who could speak on behalf of those most …
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'Unity To Overcome the Crisis', Bolivia's President Demands
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Bolivia's President Luis Arce on Friday called on the population to remain united to overcome the multiple crises facing their country. | RELATED: | Bolivia Will Acquire 5.2 Million Doses of the Sputnik V Vaccine | "Bolivian families are going through very difficult times because of the pandemic and the economic crisis. We are working tirelessly to overcome these multiple crises and now more than ever we need the unity of the Bolivian people," he said. | Given the seriousness…
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2020 Has Been the Year of the Living Dead. The Tyranny of Expertise Has Anaesthetised Society
Norman Lewis | anti-empire.com | 2021-01-22
Death was unavoidable in 2020. The grim statistical body-count dominated the media, including social media, day and night. Death overshadowed life. | That death generated by the coronavirus pandemic has monopolised our attention was inevitable in one respect. All societies have to deal with the reality of death as part of normal life. But the expert diktats, supposedly made in the name of avoiding death, took over our lives, redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century. | The fact that death tolls rather than recovery rates have dominated t…
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Metalworkers carry out wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico, for higher wages
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
The workers at a maquiladora factory owned by the Texas-based multinational Cypress Industries struck to demand a 15 percent wage increase, following wildcat strikes by workers in the city last April against unsafe conditions caused by the pandemic.
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China Provides Donation To Iraq To Fight COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
The Chinese Embassy in Iraq on Thursday delivered donations to Iraq, helping the Iraqi government confront the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the livelihood of the Iraqi people. | RELATED: | China's Heilongjiang Reports 43 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases | The Chinese donation includes 56 ambulances with their spare parts, 266 generators, and motorcycles, computers, laptops, printers, etc. | "We hope that ambulances will help the Iraqi people in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and that the…
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Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness exposes stark global inequalities in COVID-19 reponse
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID vs. World War II
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
The Trump Administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a murderous crime committed against the American people. [1] The perpetrators of that crime should be prosecuted for it. Let us compare the sacrifices in lives paid by the American people during WWII, and during YEAR ONE of COVID-19. WWII (for the U.S.A.): 7 December 1941…
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Corporatization of Canada's virtual health services part of broader privatization drive
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Telecommunications giant Telus is exploiting desperate patients who lack timely access to healthcare services, the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising chronic illness to significantly expand its presence in the health care sector.
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Corporatization of Canada's virtual health services part of broader privatization drive
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Telecommunications giant Telus is exploiting desperate patients who lack timely access to healthcare services, the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising chronic illness to significantly expand its presence in the health care sector.
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Biden Unveils National Strategy To Fight the Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled his national strategy for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic as the country endures record levels of infections and deaths. | RELATED: | Biden Reverses US Withdrawal From World Health Organization | "Our national strategy is comprehensive, it's based on science, not politics. It's based on truth, not denial, and it's detailed," he said | The U.S. president also signed several orders aimed at improving supply chains for the pandemic, kee…
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Cuba: crisis, blockade and changes in 2021
Luis De Jesus | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-22
Cuba began the year 2021 in the midst of one of the most difficult economic scenarios that it has had to go through in recent years. On one hand Cuba has not been excluded from the international economic crisis provoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. And the island continues to suffer multi-fold impacts from the intensification of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade of the United States against the island during the tumultuous administration of Donald Trump. | The year 2020, which is now past yet still lingers painfully, was meant to be Cuba's year of an economic rebound, after having suffered a slight co…
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ECLAC: Latam's Foreign Trade at Its Worse, Women Hardest Hit
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) reported on Friday that the region's foreign trade experienced in 2020 its lowest performance since the economic crisis of 2008-2009. The organization estimates that exports decreased by 13 percent, and imports fell by 20 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Latam To Live the Worst Economic Crisis in the Last 120 Years | "The region has been 'disintegrating' in terms of trade and production since the…
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Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness exposes stark global inequalities in COVID-19 reponse
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
The second report from the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is a thorough indictment of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Boris Johnson Has Done Modi a Favour
M. K. Bhadrakumar | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2021-01-22
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How Capitalism's Dogged Defenders and Propagandists Defend It From Criticism
Richard D. Wolff | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
The more victims and critics of capitalism coalesce and thereby strengthen one another, the more that economic system is questioned and challenged. That in turn provokes capitalism's defenders. They increasingly resort to attaching qualifying adjectives to capitalism and deflecting criticisms onto them. They say that the capitalism they support is a particular kind of capitalism. Their support depends on whether or not certain adjectives are attached to capitalism.
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As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
"We're going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently," said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As Economic Suffering Grips Regular Americans, Wall Street Behemoths Ready Feast of Stock Buybacks
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
"We're going to be aggressively buying back, and consistently," said Morgan Stanley chief executive James Gorman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
The expected executive action comes as "families are struggling with food insecurity like never before." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Biden Orders on Food Aid Heralded as 'Most Significant Anti-Hunger Actions in Modern Times'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
The expected executive action comes as "families are struggling with food insecurity like never before." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Pivot to Asia: China Tech Ban Mirrors 1980s Attempts to Destroy Japanese Competition
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
In the 1980s, the US imposed a 100% tariff on virtually all Japanese electronics and forced Tokyo to sign a one-sided trade deal that reserved much of its domestic semiconductor sector for American companies. | *** | With just days left in …
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"Here Are the Superheroes To Come and Save Us": Media Waste No Time Fawning Over Biden
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-22
The same media that behaved as attack dogs against Trump for four years (unless he was carrying out aggressive actions abroad) are likely to turn into lap dogs now that there is a Democrat in the White House.
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Teachers Union Berated Trump for Reopening Schools, Now It's Praising Biden For Doing the Same
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-22
Biden has made the reopening of schools, colleges, and universities a key priority and made clear that his decision was based on the same "save the economy" logic as Trump's.
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"Here Are the Superheroes To Come and Save Us": Media Waste No Time Fawning Over Biden
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2021-01-22
The same media that behaved as attack dogs against Trump for four years (unless he was carrying out aggressive actions abroad) are likely to turn into lap dogs now that there is a Democrat in the White House. | MPN- We rely on the media to hold the powerful to account. But in its first hours in office, the corporate press has celebrated, rather than challenged, the new Biden administration. | It began immediately during the 78-year-old Delawarean's inauguration, with senior figures in the media barely able to contain their emotions watching what they saw. "As Lady Gaga sang the national anthem, the sky opened up…
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Joe Biden Canceled Keystone XL. Indigenous Leaders Demand the Same for the Dakota Access Pipeline
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-22
After President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, pressure is growing from Indigenous leaders and environmental groups for the new administration to do the same with the Dakota Access pipeline, the controversial project that sparked the historic Standing Rock uprising in 2016. "The pipeline is illegal," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American affairs. "The best thing that he can do is drop the appeals to this and stop the oil from flowing now." We als…
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Brazil's Lula Thanks Venezuela for Sending Oxygen to Manaus
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday thanked the Venezuelan government for sending medical oxygen to Manaus, an Amazonian city that is severely hit by the COVID-19 second wave. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Donated Oxygen Arrives in Manaus, Brazil | "I want to thank President Nicolas Maduro for his political greatness in the face of Manaus' health emergency," Lula wrote in a letter addressed to the Venezuelan government. | "The Brazilian people will not forget this gesture of s…
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Biden's 'Secretary of State for regime change' indicates no change in U.S. foreign policy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-22
The new secretary of state served as a senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration–a period marked by increased global conflict and wars in the Middle East.
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Enough of the T***p! End the White House Trumpery!
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
Trump is gone, but not forgotten. The damage he's done, the 25,000 or more lies he spewed out that led so many people to begin living in an alternative fact-free universe for the last five years, will stay with us for years unless his legacy is trashed and his millions of deluded followers wake up to…
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'Goin' Back to T- Town': Lessons from the Tulsa Race Massacre
Michael Berkowitz | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-22
Producer Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI) and Narrator Ossie Davis (Do The Right Thing) use the infamous Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, also known as the Tulsa Race Riot, as a focal point for exploring the perils and pitfalls not only of segregation, but of integration, as well. PBS is commemorating the centennial of the Tulsa Massacre …
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Venezuelan VP Delcy Rodriguez details new measures to break the US blockade
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-22
In a wide-ranging interview with The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez details her government's new Anti-Blockade Law and explains how it counteracts the impact of the US economic war imposed on her country VP Rodriguez also answered left-wing criticism of the Anti-Blockade Law and discussed her family's history of leftist activism dating back to Venezuela's dirty war, when her father was disappeared by the old neoliberal regime. She placed the ongoing attacks by the US-backed right-wing opposition …
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Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party's demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.
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Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party's demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.
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Sunk before Service: Australia's Disastrous Submarine Project
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-22
One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia's SEA 1000 Future Submarine program, won by France's DCNS, now Naval Group, in 2016. From the start, this seemed an audaciously peculiar choice. Australia …
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A Love/Hate Tango — Science and Ruling Classes
Len Yannielli | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-22
and in particular, to its technology side. | What was Ben's adult "friend" really pushing? Was it a message to get into science, chemistry, and technology to help humanity? No again. His unwanted advisor with that heavy arm had a clear message — get into financialization boy. He meant stocks and other investments to ride a booming war economy stimulated by the Cold War. Plastics — read fossil fuels –…
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Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned 'Jenin Jenin'
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who was accused, along with the Israeli military, of carrying out war crimes in April 2002, in the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp located in the northern occupied West Bank. The…
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Healthier world means 'safer America' Tedros stresses, as UN-led vaccine initiative announces deal for 40 million doses
news.un.org | 2021-01-22
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced the signing of an advance purchase agreement securing up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine, under the UN-led COVAX equitable vaccine supply programme.
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Imperial scientists conduct COVID-19 testing on London's transport network
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
Researchers from Imperial are working with Transport for London to regularly test the city's transport network for the virus which causes COVID-19.
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Imperial scientists conduct COVID-19 testing on London's transport network
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
Researchers from Imperial are working with Transport for London to regularly test the city's transport network for the virus which causes COVID-19.
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Blood thinners may improve outcomes in 'moderately ill' COVID patients
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
Treating less seriously ill COVID-19 patients with blood thinning drugs may help to reduce the need for vital organ support, a study has found.
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'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
"This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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NIAC Applauds Biden for Plan to Review Impact of U.S. Sanctions on International COVID Response
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'Deeply Alarming': AstraZeneca Charging South Africa More Than Double What Europeans Pay for Covid-19 Vaccine
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
"This is the problem when you have essential medicines in the hands of big business, with almost no transparency as to pricing." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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NIAC Applauds Biden for Plan to Review Impact of U.S. Sanctions on International COVID Response
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Boris Johnson faces 'mother of all arguments' over Covid restrictions next month
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-22
Boris Johnson faces the "mother of all arguments" next month when he comes under pressure to loosen the lockdown while the NHS remains seriously stretched, a government adviser has predicted.Professor David Spiegelhalter, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), warned that intensive care units will still be strained even as deaths drop significantly.A large number of Tory backbenchers are likely to be among those heaping pressure on the Prime Minister at that point to ease England's third national lockdown.(PA Graphics)Spiegelhalter said "the benefits of the vaccine" will begin being see…
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UK records over 21,000 deaths and a million new COVID infections in first three weeks of 2021
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Boris Johnson's government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.
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UK records over 21,000 deaths and a million new COVID infections in first three weeks of 2021
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Boris Johnson's government is having to adapt to a public mood strongly opposed to ending lockdown, with many demanding it is made more restrictive.
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'Some evidence' new UK Covid-19 variant kills more people — PM Boris Johnson
rt.com | 2021-01-22
The UK's new Covid-19 variant may be linked to higher mortality, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned in a press conference, citing early analysis of the mutated strain which was discovered late last year. | "We've been informed today that in addition to spreading more quickly, it also now appears that there is some evidence that the new variant — the variant that was first discovered in London and the south east (of England) — may be associated with a higher degree of mortality," Johnson said. | The PM said that the number of deaths is expected to "continue to be high for a little while to come"
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Swedish health agency investigates after 1,000 people receive Moderna vaccine kept at too low a temperature
rt.com | 2021-01-22
Around 1,000 Swedes have received Moderna Covid-19 shots that were kept too cold while being transported, the company in charge of deliveries, Apoteket AB, said on Friday. | A total of 2,100 doses of the US-made vaccine that were kept too cold in transit have been delivered to the regions of Gävleborg, Halland, Värmland, Dalarna, and Östergötland, a government spokesperson said. | The Swedish Public Health Agency has said there is no risk to those given the Moderna vaccine, but it has halted the rollout and is investigating whether keeping doses too cold may affect the vaccine's efficacy.
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WHO vaccine chief says 'crushing transmission' of Covid-19 is vital to avoid further mutations amid global vaccine roll-out
rt.com | 2021-01-22
The global transmission of Covid-19 must be drastically curbed to ensure that the virus does not mutate further, potentially undermining the current deployment of vaccines, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Friday. | The agency's immunization and vaccines chief, Professor Katherine O'Brien, said she wanted to emphasize the "importance of really crushing transmission" of the virus in order to guarantee the "maximum impact" of vaccines. | "The risk of variants relative to the vaccines is ever greater when the transmission is very high in communities," she told a WHO media briefing on Friday. | Not…
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EU Commission, member states 'deeply dissatisfied' with AstraZeneca after revelation of delayed vaccine delivery
rt.com | 2021-01-22
AstraZeneca has warned the EU's executive that there will be delays to its delivery of Covid-19 vaccines in the first three months of the year, prompting the bloc's health commissioner to express "deep dissatisfaction." | In a series of tweets late Friday, EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides said the delays had been revealed by representatives for the British-Swedish pharma firm earlier that day "compared to the forecast for the first quarter of this year." | "The EU Commission and Member States expressed deep dissatisfaction with this," she added. | We insisted on a precise delivery schedule on the b…
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SF Bay View Editor Has Cell Phone Seized & Google Fires Black Scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru
WorkWeek | indybay.org | 2021-01-22
WorkWeek covers the effort to stop SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington from doing his work. The for profit halfway house run by the Geo Group ordered that his cell phone be seized to stop him from doing his work after the facility in the Terderloin was exposed for having a Covid outbreak. We interview his lawyer Richard Tan. | Also WorkWeek looks at the firing of Google top AI scientist Dr. Timnit Gebru. WorkWeek looks at the reason she was fired.
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Egypt: $32m 'Cairo Eye' landmark plans denounced as hospitals suffer
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-22
Egypt: $32m 'Cairo Eye' landmark plans denounced as hospitals suffer | Many have said the money could be better spent on the country's Covid-19 response, as hospitals are overwhelmed | Nadda Osman | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 12: 34 | The new project is planned for construction in the congested upscale Zamalek neighbourhood (Screengrab/Twitter) | The announcement of Egypt's plans to build a "Cairo Eye" landmark in the heart of…
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Britain — The political future looks grim
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-01-22
Brexit and Covid have done bad things to our country. The former was a deliberate stoking of built-up anger against a politically and economically flawed system. The latter has bagged a world-beating record — of killing more people per million than any country on earth. Contrary to many commentators, that the Brexit debate is over, …
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The Brazilian COVID-19 Strain Might Be Present in Peru
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Peru's Regional Health Director Carlos Calampa reported the identification of suspected cases of the COVID-19 strain originated in Manaos (Brazil). The new strain is independent of those recorded in the United Kingdom and South Africa. | RELATED: | Peru Rules Out Delaying Elections Despite Second COVID-19 Wave | Calampa pointed out that there were no doubts in terms of clinical diagnose due to the accelerated increase in COVID-19 cases with similar characteristics to those report…
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Why Neoliberal Leaders Who Failed to Protect Their Countries From COVID-19 Must Be Investigated
Noam Chomsky — Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-22
Warnings that the oxygen supply was running out in the city of Manaus, Brazil, came to local and federal government officials a week before the calamity led to the deaths by asphyxiation of patients afflicted with COVID-19. No modern state–such as Brazil–should have to admit that it did nothing when these warnings came in and simply allowed its own citizens to die for no reason.
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Wisconsin Nursing Home Staff Laid Off for Declining COVID-19 Vaccine
Sarah Volpenhein | anti-empire.com | 2021-01-22
Employees at a Janesville nursing home risk losing their job if they do not take the COVID-19 vaccine, a policy that has caused outrage among many staff members. | Officials at Rock Haven, a Rock County-owned facility, issued a memo in December telling employees that the vaccine was "a requirement for all staff" and that employees who failed to get the vaccine would be laid off. A copy of the memo was obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request. | According to the memo, a laid-off employee will not be eligible to return to work until they complete the two-dose vaccine regimen. | Roc…
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Argentina Extends Ban on Layoffs for Another 90 Days
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
The Argentine government will extend for another 90 days a ban that prohibits layoffs and establishes the payment of a double compensation if a contract is ended for 2021. | RELATED: | Argentina's President Gets Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine | The measure aims at preventing private companies from dismissing staff under the pretext of low economic activity. In 2020 the government extended the measure three times in response to the financial crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 p…
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Over 1,200 Adverse Events in US From Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Over 1,200 adverse events were reported after receipt of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 10, with 10 cases determined to be anaphylaxis, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday. | RELATED: | Vaccination of Politicians Sparks Outrage in Spain | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 18, 2020, administered in 2 doses, one month apart, to prevent COVI…
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Vaccination of Politicians Sparks Outrage in Spain
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Although Spanish politicians and high-ranking officials are not part of the groups with a preference to receive COVID-19 vaccines, some of them have been vaccinated by dodging the order of precedence. This discovery has sparked a growing controversy in Spain about the ethics of its leaders. | RELATED: | Spain Reports Weekend Record of 84,287 New Coronavirus Cases | "In less than 48 hours, three public officials have resigned for 'jumping the queue' for vaccines," the local outlet…
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Mali To Start COVID-19 Vaccination With Support From COVAX
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
On Friday, Mali's Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 vaccination campaign begins in April as the government plans to acquire 8.4 million doses. | RELATED: | Mali: Bah Ndaw Sworn in as Interim President | The authorities explained that health workers, the elderly, and those with comorbidities would be prioritized. The government will carry out the immunization with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which will arrive in the country by the end of March. | We're proud to release a report…
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Why is Thanathorn Complaining about Affordable Medicine?
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2021-01-22
US-backed opposition leader and billionaire Thanathorn has attacked the Thai government's response to COVID-19 and its hesitation to rush into a vaccine campaign.
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Chaotic vaccination rollout leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19 surge
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.
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Chaotic vaccination rollout leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19 surge
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.
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WHO Finally Admits COVID-19 PCR Test Has a 'Problem'
Dr. Joseph Mercola | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
In an "inauguration" of its own while Joe Biden was being sworn into office, the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated new rules regarding the PCR assays used for testing for COVID-19. | Even though they've been widely used across the U.S. …
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Mike Kuhlenbeck | progressive.org | 2021-01-22
A new report reveals unsafe working conditions for food production, distribution, and logistics workers in Illinois.
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Children in Caravan Were Injured and Traumatized, UNICEF Warns
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Thursday warned that most of the Honduran children who were in the caravan that left for Guatemala last week returned to their country injured, extremely tired, or with psychological trauma. | RELATED: | Honduras: 2nd Migrant Caravan of 2021 Heads to US-Mexico Border | Until January 20, about 3,854 adults and 108 children from the 7,000 caravan migrants returned to Honduras after Guatemala blocked their advance towards the U.S.-Mexico…
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Ecuadoreans Denounce Impediment to Voting From Caracas
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Leading up to the elections this upcoming February 7 in Ecuador, Ecuadorean migrants have denounced a delay in installing polling stations. | In Caracas, the Ecuadorean community delivered this Friday a letter of protest to the consular authorities of the Government of Lenín Moreno for what they consider impediments to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming presidential elections on February 7. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Authorities Ratify February 7 as Election Day | Protesters denoun…
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Round Up the Usual Suspects; Don't Forget Putin
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
Interviewed by Mrs. Clinton Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi eagerly rose to the bait when Clinton spoke of "her concerns that the outgoing commander-in-chief was compromised by the Kremlin". Setting the stage, Clinton expressed the hope that "we'll find out who he [Trump] is beholden to, "who pulls his strings". | Clinton added ominously: "I would love to see his phone records to see whether he was talking to Putin the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol". She then asked Pelosi if the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission to investigate and report everything they can pull together." | Pelosi agreed on the nee…
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Round Up the Usual Suspects; Don't Forget Putin
Ray McGovern | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
Interviewed by Mrs. Clinton Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi eagerly rose to the bait when Clinton spoke of "her concerns that the outgoing commander-in-chief was compromised by the Kremlin". Setting the stage, Clinton expressed the hope that "we'll find out who …
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Indigenous Land Grab On The Horizon
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
BHP and Rio Tinto, two of the world's largest resource extraction companies, have earned themselves a solid reputation for obliterating native lands and communities throughout the world. Leaders in the international mining market, the British-Australian companies are globally condemned for their labor, environmental and human rights abuses. Today, they're hard at work to expand that reputation to Arizona, where their jointly-owned company Resolution Copper advances toward the destruction of ancestral Apache land Oak Flat. | Following the outcry caused by Rio Tinto's deliberate gutting of 46,000-year-old Aborigina…
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From Standing Rock and J20 to the US Capitol: Who gets treated like the enemy?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-01-22
When police roll out the red carpet for far-right insurgents and reserve tear gas and rubber bullets for Black, Indigenous, and social justice protestors, what is to be done?
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The US's idea of diplomacy with Ecuador is a multibillion-dollar loan trap
Vijay Prashad | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-22
On January 14, the US International Development Finance Corporation provided Ecuador with a loan of $2.8 billion. This move was part of the US strategy to remove Chinese businesses and political influence from Latin America…
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My wish is that you win this fight for truth
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2021-01-22
On 26 January, India's Republic Day, thousands of farmers and agricultural workers will drive their tractors and walk into the heart of the capital, New Delhi, to bring their fight to the doors of the government.
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Palestinian Striking Workers Triumph
New Unions | socialistproject.ca | 2021-01-22
After 19 days of an open-ended strike demanding their human and labour rights, Palestinian workers at Yamit have suspended their strike on January 20. The workers' committee has reached this decision following an agreement with the company to meet their demands. The agreement, which still needs to go through legal procedures in Israeli courts, states … Keep reading »…
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More workers and youth speak on the life and political legacy of Australian Trotskyist Barry Jobson
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Jobson, a railway worker, joined the Trotskyist movement in 1974 and dedicated his adult life to the struggle for socialist internationalism in the working class.
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More workers and youth speak on the life and political legacy of Australian Trotskyist Barry Jobson
wsws.org | 2021-01-22
Jobson, a railway worker, joined the Trotskyist movement in 1974 and dedicated his adult life to the struggle for socialist internationalism in the working class.
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Paraguay's Govt. Admits Guaido Offered to Reduce PDVSA Debt
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-22
Paraguay's government on Thursday confirmed Venezuela's opposition politician Juan Guaido approved to cancel the Paraguayan debt to the state-owned Venezuelan oil company (PDVSA). | RELATED: | Venezuela Convicts Six CITGO Former Executives of Corruption | Cabinet Chief Juan Villamayor assured Guaido intended to halve the US$273 million Paraguayan debt accumulated since 2009 and also remove 100 percent of the interests. | The official confessed after The Washington Post revealed informatio…
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US Backs Al-Qaeda in Yemen while Dubbing Its Houthi Enemies 'Terrorists'
Ben Norton | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
The US State Department designated Yemen's Houthi movement — the most effective force in fighting al-Qaeda — as a "terrorist" organization. Meanwhile Washington and Saudi Arabia have supported al-Qaeda. | *** | The United States government has designated the main enemy of …
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Yemen Crisis Linked to Weapons Maker Raytheon's Influence on US Foreign Policy
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-22
Since 2015, the U.S.-backed Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and devastated the country, creating what the United Nations calls the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Half the country's people are on the brink of famine, the country has…
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OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report
OCHA | imemc.org | 2021-01-22
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Protection of Civilians Report for January 5-18, 2021 Two Palestinians reportedly attacked Israelis in two separate incidents and were subsequently shot; one was killed and the other injured. On 5 January, at the Gush Etzion junction (Hebron), a 25-year-old …
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Khashoggi murder film 'The Dissident' targeted by suspicious negative reviews
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-22
Khashoggi murder film 'The Dissident' targeted by suspicious negative reviews | Users flood Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb with negative comments about documentary, in apparent troll campaign | Rayhan Uddin | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 12: 57 | The film investigates the brutal murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in October 2018 (The Dissident official website) | A critically acclaimed docum…
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The SolarWinds Hack, The Takeover Of The US & The Final Stage Of The War On You
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2021-01-22
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/22/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth Read…
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Wait, do blue lives matter? How Joe Biggs and the Proud Boys turned on the police
Roger Sollenberger | salon.com | 2021-01-22
Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs once dined with Lindsey Graham at Trump's D.C. hotel. Now he's under arrest…
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Texas lawyer fired after Capitol riot files ambitious suit: Dissolve Congress, don't arrest him
Roger Sollenberger | salon.com | 2021-01-22
"This is not a Sidney Powell lawsuit," Paul Davis assures court. True! Powell didn't argue for abolishing Congress…
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"The White Tiger" is a terrifically cynical tale of an ambitious man who games the system
Gary M. Kramer | salon.com | 2021-01-22
In this Netflix film, Balram dares to take advantage of every opportunity to change the hand society dealt him…
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Don Jr. picks up where his dad left off: Trump's son continues tradition of Twitter lies
Jon Skolnik | salon.com | 2021-01-22
Don Jr. is taking on the family mantle of tweeter-in-chief to level fallacious attacks at President Biden…
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Besides getting them high, catnip may help cats ward off pests
Matthew Rozsa | salon.com | 2021-01-22
A new study reveals that cats may use plants like catnip and silver vine to help ward off mosquitos…
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How Georgia Went Blue
Joan Walsh | thenation.com | 2021-01-22
How Georgia Went Blue…
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The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn
Sara Luterman | thenation.com | 2021-01-22
The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn…
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The Capitol Rioters Must Face Consequences
Kali Holloway | thenation.com | 2021-01-22
The Capitol Rioters Must Face Consequences…
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Twitter and Facebook Just Proved That Deplatforming Works
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2021-01-22
refuse to let white supremacists use them to organize and incite violence.
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BBC Propaganda Targets Thailand (Again)
Anthony Cartalucci | thealtworld.com | 2021-01-22
The BBC — British state propaganda which has played a key role in selling wars that have destroyed nations around the globe, ending the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and ruining the lives of millions more — has its sights set on Thailand. | I explain why what the BBC left out of its deceitful narrative regarding Thailand's ongoing protests is much more important than anything it included in it. | The BBC glaringly omits any discussion about who is funding and backing the protests and why. A convenient omission the BBC also made when covering US-funded mobs in Hong Kong. | References: | BB…
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Egypt: In shuttering a national icon, the government has unleashed rare public anger
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-22
Egypt: In shuttering a national icon, the government has unleashed rare public anger | Founded by Nasser and involved in the construction of the Aswan Dam, the Egyptian Steel and Iron Company has a proud history. Now its days are numbered | MEE correspondent | Fri, 01/22/2021 – 10: 58 | Picture dated November 1964 showing the construction of the Aswan high dam in Egypt. Egyptian Steel and Iron Company's me…
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L'Onu proibisce le armi nucleari e l'Italia che fa?
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
Entra in vigore il Trattato Onu che proibisce le armi nucleari, ma la Nato proibisce all'Italia di aderirvi. Il governo non vede, non sente e non parla. Restano cosਠin Italia, paese "non-nucleare", le vecchie bombe nucleari Usa tra poco …
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A ONU proíbe as armas nucleares e a Itália, o que é que faz?
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-22
Hoje, 22 de Janeiro de 2021, é o dia que pode ficar na História como o ponto de viragem para livrar a Humanidade daquelas armas que, pela primeira vez, têm a capacidade de fazer desaparecer a espécie humana e quase …
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The Treaty To Ban The Bomb Takes Effect
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
Three and a half years ago, on July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly approved the language of this treaty by a vote of 122 to 1. | The vote was a clear expression of the will of the world's people and the treaty has now been ratified by 51 nations. | Under international law, nuclear weapons will join chemical weapons, biological weapons, cluster bombs and land mines as illegal weapons of mass destruction. | The Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat arrived in Hawaii on July 31, 2019 from San Diego, California. The 34-foot ketch, a project of Veterans For Peace, has now sailed to the islands of Hawaii, Mau…
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Forest Service: Cutting Snags To Eliminate Endangered Species Habitat
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
It is an intentional act to seek out and cut large diameter dead trees to prevent them from becoming spotted owl and other endanger species habitat. Annual census of known spotted owl trees are conducted. Owls must be seen living in the trees. If the owls are scared off by nearby clear-cutting, road building, or the tree is downed, the habitat is delisted as critical and may now be clear-cut. If there are no potential habitat trees, owls are prevented from moving into an area. | This is an intentional act. Cutting large diameter dead trees is being conducted on gated locked Forest Service and BLM lands. Only staf…
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Hunts Point Produce Workers Continue Their Strike
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
Bronx, New York – Essential workers who distribute 60% of the city's fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and restaurants have entered day three of a work strike–the first in 35 years–at Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, where NYPD officers were dispatched to break up a picket line on Monday night. | If workers and company representatives do not arrive at a speedy agreement, New Yorkers could see a significant decrease in the amount of produce that lands at grocery stores and supermarkets by the end of this week, a union spokesman warned. | 1,400 workers walked off the job at the Hunts Point P…
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Do You Remember Cuba's Dedication to Angola?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
Fed up with foreign wars, Portuguese officers overthrew Prime Minister Marcello Caetano on April 25, 1974. Many former colonies had the opportunity to define their own future. | Angola had been the richest of Portuguese colonies, with major production in coffee, diamonds, iron ore and oil. Of the former colonies, it had the largest white population, which numbered 320,000 of about 6.4 million. When 90% of its white population fled in 1974, Angola lost most of its skilled labor. | Three groups juggled for power. The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), headed by Agostinho Neto was the only progres…
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International Commission Of Inquiry On Systemic Racist Police Violence In The US
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
The International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States launched its activities on January 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, opening with a meaningful introduction from Kerry McLean. In the four days that have followed, Commissioners have heard powerful testimony from family members directly impacted by systemic racist police violence against people of African descent in the United States, as well as from lawyers supporting their fight for justice.
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Local Activists Call Attention To Housing Rights
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-22
Graham, North Carolina – Amy Cooper said she and a handful of other activists came together at Court Square in Graham on Wednesday for an event touting tenants' rights while decrying evictions. | "A lot of landlords take advantage of people not knowing their rights, so one of the things we want to do is push tenants' rights so people know what they can and can't do as a tenant," Cooper said. | Cooper's thoughts echo criticism from housing advocates across the country. Last Wednesday, housing rights advocates held simultaneous nationwide demonstrations in the hopes of sparking a paradigm shift away from the curren…
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'Foreign policy' should be central to university strategy – Alice Gast
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
Imperial's President argues that universities can craft their own 'foreign policy' to strengthen, expand and focus international collaborations.
imperial.ac.uk/news/213054/foreign-policy-should-central-university-strategy

Levels of obesity could rise if effective actions are not taken in childhood
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
The number of adults living with obesity could rise dramatically unless robust measures are implemented to halt childhood obesity.
imperial.ac.uk/news/213233/levels-obesity-could-rise-effective-actions

Levels of obesity could rise if effective actions are not taken in childhood
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
The number of adults living with obesity could rise dramatically unless robust measures are implemented to halt childhood obesity.
imperial.ac.uk/news/213233/levels-obesity-could-rise-effective-actions

'Foreign policy' should be central to university strategy – Alice Gast
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-01-22
Imperial's President argues that universities can craft their own 'foreign policy' to strengthen, expand and focus international collaborations.
imperial.ac.uk/news/213054/foreign-policy-should-central-university-strategy

48 Years After Landmark Ruling, Advocates Push to #ReimagineRoe and Build Abortion Justice
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
"Roe is the floor. We want an end to Hyde. We want people to access abortion care, when they need it, without discrimination, stigma, or harm." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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We Need To Stop The Fossil Fuel Industry's PR Machine
Jamie Henn | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
Our theory of change is simple: if we can get the world's largest and most powerful PR and Ad agencies to stop working for the fossil fuel industry, we'll dramatically weaken the industry's ability to pollute the public debate and block climate action. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement Is Just Step One to Address the Climate Emergency: Frontline Women Must Lead the Way
Osprey Orielle Lake, Katherine Quaid | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
Global people's movements and women leaders have been organizing for decades for climate justice, and community-led solutions. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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MPower Action Co-Founder Linda Sarsour Releases Statement on Andrew Yang's Comments on BDS
commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
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'Hell, Even David Brooks Agrees' Democrats Should 'Absolutely Kill the Filibuster'
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
"Can't believe David Brooks and I finally agree on a thing," said one progressive organizer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'I Never Thought I'd Live to See This Day': The Beginning of the End for Nuclear Weapons
Rev. John Dear | commondreams.org | 2021-01-22
Few antiwar activists ever thought they'd see nuclear weapons banned, but thanks to dedicated organizing, a historic UN treaty goes into effect today. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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