Daily Archives: January 28, 2021

2021-01-28: News Headlines

Peter Koenig (2021-01-29). Why Donald Trump Had to Go: He's not a Globalist. dissidentvoice.org There is an agenda. A huge agenda. It is a Globalist agenda that is in the process of inflicting gigantic harm to humanity. It is called the Covid-19 — The Great Reset, issued by the World Economic Forum (WEF), authored by its founder, Klaus Schwab. If left undisturbed, The Great Reset's plan is a crime …

Royce Kurmelovs (2021-01-29). Who is Alexei Navalny? Behind the myth of the West's favorite Russian opposition figure. thegrayzone.com Despite facing repression, Alexei Navalny is no hero. Russian writer Katya Kazbek reveals the Western-backed opposition figure's real history. This interview was originally published at Royce Kurmelovs' Raising Hell Substack newsletter and republished with permission. Compressed into a two-minute soundbite, the story of Alexei Navalny and the recent protests that have erupted across Russia seems simple enough. The Russian opposition figure who recently survived an attempt on his life — an alleged poisoning delivered via Novichok-laced pants — was arrested and convicted …

Beau Peters (2021-01-29). Election Politics and Cybersecurity: What's the Connection? dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pexels 2020 may have been the most tumultuous election year in United States history. With the coronavirus pandemic complicating traditional election processes, we had to rely on alternative voting methods such as mail-in ballots to secure the ability for many to vote. Yet these methods were besieged by doubts encouraged by former President …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-29). B'Tselem's Historic Declaration: Israel's Open War on Its Own Civil Society. dissidentvoice.org "A Regime of Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is Apartheid," was the title of a January 12 report by the Israeli rights group B'Tselem. No matter how one is to interpret B'Tselem's findings, the report is earth-shattering. The official Israeli response merely confirmed what B'Tselem has stated in no uncertain …

Staff (2021-01-29). Militarized police attacked him on his own front porch. PAR helped him fight back. therealnews.com Nick Pettit was assaulted by Columbus, Ohio, police for filming a botched raid. We investigated on his behalf, and now evidence gathered by PAR is part of an ACLU lawsuit against the police department that violated his constitutional rights.

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Gravestone campaign aims to raise awareness of Covid-19 in Bogotá. laprensalatina.com Bogotá, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A high number of Covid-19 deaths and infections has led the mayor of an area of Bogotá to start an education campaign using gravestones to raise awareness of the dangers of the virus. The initiative called "Covid-19 kills, don't risk your life" uses black tombstones inscribed with the names of more …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Japan's annual unemployment rate rises for first time in 11 years. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The average annual unemployment rate in Japan rose in 2020 to 2.8 percent, the first increase in 11 years and attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data released Friday by the government. The 2020 figure was up 0.4 percent from the previous year when the average annual …

_____ (2021-01-29). Ajamu Baraka: We Are Entering A New Totalitarian Era. popularresistance.org I understand the disgust, the revulsion people have to Donald Trump. We know who Donald Trump is. He's a sociopath, he's a white supremacist. He's despicable, but Donald Trump is, in fact, America. Donald Trump represents the kind of attitude and the kinds of values that made the US settler state what it is today. | So, this notion on the part of the liberals that he is some kind of aberration is completely ridiculous. In fact, it's ahistorical, but because of the disgust and because of the very serious legitimation crisis the US is facing, and the concern that neoliberal politicians have with the possibility of…

_____ (2021-01-29). Venezuela: United States Goal Is To Support A 'Transition'. popularresistance.org "The goal of the United States is to support a democratic, peaceful transition in Venezuela through free and fair elections," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, January 26, reading from notes she carried with her. | The spokeswoman for the new US administration answered a question from a journalist by adding "the President has always been very clear that the approach towards Venezuela is to address the humanitarian situation, give support to the Venezuelan people, and revitalize multilateral diplomacy." During her comments, she said that measures will continue to be taken to prosecute those al…

sputniknews (2021-01-29). EU May Block Pfizer Vaccine Exports to UK to Ensure Stable Supplies Within Bloc — Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Union may block the export of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to the United Kingdom as a means of retaining stable vaccine supplies for its member states, media reported.

_____ (2021-01-29). Don't Be Fooled: The Official Unemployment Numbers Are A Lie. popularresistance.org The official unemployment rate now stands at 6.7%. But that doesn't feel right, does it? Unless you live in a gated community, the reality on the ground feels more dire and more destitute. Behind that cheery 6.7% stand millions of uncounted people — uncounted by design. | "'Underemployed' would be the most accurate, but there's not really a good definition," A.K. says, responding to my question of how he would identify his employment status. "As a freelancer, we're put aside to kind of fend for ourselves, even before all this." He's a freelance cinematographer and the owner of a production company. Now he's…

Susan Price (2021-01-29). Indian farmers hold '10,000 tractor rally' against Modi's farm bill. greenleft.org.au Indian farmers, who have been protesting for the past two months, have again made a stand against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda to privatise and corporatise the agricultural sector, reports Gauri Gandbhir.

Susan Price (2021-01-29). United States: Capitol Hill insurrection teaches us only mass action can defeat the far right. greenleft.org.au Studying the lessons of the attack on the Capitol and the events leading up to it is essential to defeating the white-supremacist, far-right threat, write Malik Miah and Barry Sheppard.

sputniknews (2021-01-29). 'Window is Closing': Iranian Diplomat Says US 'Must Act Quickly' to Rejoin JCPOA. sputniknews.com With US President Joe Biden just a few weeks into a four-year Oval Office term, talks of how the new administration will work to repair US-Iranian ties has been among the top concerns for many Washington DC insiders, particularly when it concerns the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal.

Mat Ward (2021-01-29). Ten new political albums to kick off 2021 in style. greenleft.org.au Mat Ward takes a look back at January's political news and the best new music that related to it…

Pip Hinman (2021-01-29). WA shows solidarity with Indian farmers. greenleft.org.au WA Supporting Farmers and the Sikh Council of Western Australia have organised a protest in front of the consulate general of India in solidarity with farmers' protests, write Gauri Gandbhir and Alex Salmon.

Ted Morgan (2021-01-29). The Capitol Assault was Symptomatic of Our Dysfunctional Two-Party Politics. dissidentvoice.org Americans were shocked to witness the assault on the capitol building on January 6, the day Congress was scheduled to ratify the presidential election. Washington DC and the nation's state capitals remained on high alert through the inauguration as right wing groups promised more violent attacks. It's easy to trace the proximate cause of this …

Marjorie Cohn (2021-01-28). George Floyd "Narrated His Death," Says Attorney at International Inquiry. zcomm.org George Floyd, who was publicly tortured and lynched by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, narrated his own death, legendary civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump told the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States…

The Socialist Program (2021-01-28). Capitalism in Crisis: Capitalism's Death Spiral. liberationnews.org On this week's episode of The Socialist Program's regular segment "Capitalism in Crisis" with Prof. Richard Wolff, we discuss mounting corporate debt and long term trends in capitalism, including increasingly worse recession and capitalists' growing dependency on government aid.

MBNJSD (2021-01-28). Will Biden end America's global war on children? nationofchange.org Will President Joe Biden act to protect the children of the world from America's most tragic and indefensible war crimes?>

Raul Diego (2021-01-28). Cellebrite: Israel's Good Cyber Cop is Big Tech's Backdoor to Breaching Your Privacy. mintpressnews.com Israeli digital forensics company Cellebrite has been quietly providing law enforcement agencies with the tools to retrieve data from any device for years, but they want you to know they're on the right side of the law.

WSWS (2021-01-28). Bernie Sanders backs Biden's national security cabinet. wsws.org The Vermont senator and self-styled "socialist" voted to confirm Biden's choices to head the Pentagon, State Department and US intelligence apparatus.

The Socialist Program (2021-01-28). In the News: Democrats Get Ready for Failure. liberationnews.org This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On this week's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss …

WSWS (2021-01-28). Opposition mounts to Spanish government's refusal to implement coronavirus measures. wsws.org The blame for the explosion of cases and deaths in Spain lies squarely on the shoulders of the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, which has refused point-blank to take any serious measures to control the pandemic.

Staff (2021-01-28). Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply and Price. truthout.org As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert…

Staff (2021-01-28). Share the Technology: Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price. democracynow.org As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni says an obvious way to address the issue is to share technology so more companies in more countries…

Stephanie Pavlick (2021-01-28). After landmark international treaty, anti-nuclear demonstrators rally in Pittsburgh. liberationnews.org On Jan. 22, a broad coalition of organizations including PSL Pittsburgh, ANSWER Coalition, the Green Party of Allegheny County, Code Pink, and others joined for a rally and speakout at the PNC Bank headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. This action was the latest in years of work on the part of local activists in a movement …

news.un (2021-01-28). UN chief receives COVID-19 vaccine in New York. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in The Bronx, a few miles uptown from UN Headquarters in New York.

news.un (2021-01-28). COVID-19: Prioritize school meals in plans to reopen classrooms, UN report says. news.un.org Although school feeding programmes are a lifeline for millions of boys and girls, nearly 40 billion in-school meals have been missed during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published on Thursday by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research: Inocenti, and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Rafael Figueroa (2021-01-28). 'Vaccine tourism is real.' County addresses long lines at vaccination station. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WREG) — Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris responded to a backup that had people waiting in line for hours for a COVID vaccination, only to be sent away when the vaccine ran out. He said crowds Tuesday at the Pipkin Building might have been larger because of people from outside the county, even …

RT (2021-01-28). WATCH: Customers caught on CCTV fleeing hair salon as police raid to enforce Covid rules. rt.com Police in Wales have released CCTV footage of people fleeing from a beauty salon that defied Covid-19 restrictions to open its doors. Some of the customers still had dye in their hair as they attempted to evade the cops. | Gwent Police said the owner of Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty in the town of Cwmbran was fined £1,000 (about $1,370) for remaining open during the nationwide lockdown. | Three of the eight people who were seen fleeing the scene were also slapped with fixed penalty notices. Officers are still trying to identify the other people involved in the incident. | Local county council membe…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Thousands protest lack of economic aid amid strict COVID-19 lockdown in Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org At least one person has died after security forces opened fire injuring several of the protesters who were demanding an end to the lockdown and adequate economic support from the government in Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon…

Staff (2021-01-28). After $100K Donation FL Gov. DeSantis Taps Supermarket for Vaccine Distribution. truthout.org Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing criticism after deciding this month that he would revoke COVID-19 vaccine access at health centers in Palm Beach County and instead, funnel the states' vaccine supply through Publix, a regional grocery chain. His decision comes just a few weeks after Publix After the county runs out of its current supply, which he…

Staff (2021-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Records Another 4,000 COVID-19 Deaths as White House Warns Vaccinations Will Take Months, DHS Warns of Threat from "Violent Extremists" as More Arrests Are Made over Jan. 6 Insurrection, Leader of Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, Was a Government Informer , Biden to Reverse "Global Gag Rule," Expand Reproductive Healthcare in U.S., Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Make Washington, D.C., the 51st State, Western Hemisphere COVID-19 Deaths Top 1 Million , 4th Zimbabwean Cabinet Official Dies of COVID-19; WHO Begins Probe into Pandemic Origins in Wuhan, Hungry Lebanese Protesters Clash with Police over Coronavirus Lockd…

RT (2021-01-28). EU orders raid of AstraZeneca vaccine plant in Belgium as row over Covid jabs escalates. rt.com Belgian regulators carried out an inspection of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine production site near Brussels at the behest of the European Commission, amid an ongoing spat over the deployment of the company's Covid-19 vaccine. | During the inspection ordered by the European Union's executive branch, samples and records were taken from the Novasep factory, in the town of Seneffe, outside Brussels, to be analyzed by officials from Belgium's Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAGG). | The inspection marks an escalation in the ongoing row between the bloc and the pharmaceutical company over Covid…

Helen Walsh Diverse Disability Media (2021-01-28). Disability Community and Allies #HighRiskCA COVID-19. indybay.org Disability Community and Allies | Decisions are being made about us without us! Tell our state leaders that WE CAN'T WAIT! We are a vunerable population and we have been left out of consideration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

RT (2021-01-28). France's Covid-19 vaccine woes continue as more regions SUSPEND first doses of Pfizer jab. rt.com Two more local public health agencies in France are suspending people's appointments for receiving their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech, due to supply shortages. | The eastern Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region and the Île-de-France area surrounding Paris both said on Thursday that they would be axing Covid immunization appointments. | The Parisian ARS health agency said injections of first doses will stop there from February 2 and hospitals won't receive deliveries for the time being, although already-arranged second-dose appointments will still go ahead. | A spokesperson for AR…

teleSUR (2021-01-28). The Biden Administration Ramps up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout. telesurenglish.net In face of growing frustration over vaccine shortages, U.S. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday a roughly 16 percent boost in vaccine deliveries to states over the next three weeks. | RELATED: | The country expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million people by the end of the summer or early fall. | The Biden administration is working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus v…

RT (2021-01-28). Russia's population decline accelerated in 2020, losing 500,000 residents amid Covid deaths, falling birth rate & less immigration. rt.com Russia has recorded its largest annual population decline in 15 years. According to Rosstat, the official government statistics service, the number of people permanently living in the country dropped by 510,000 in just 12 months. | The national population now totals 146.24 million, a steep drop from 146.75 million at the start of 2020. The last time the country saw such a significant decline was in 2005, when the number of people decreased by 564,500. | Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Moscow was already concerned about the country's falling number of inhabitants. Russia's population peaked at the start of 2018 a…

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Peru Deploys Army on Border With Ecuador to Block Migrants. telesurenglish.net President Francisco Sagasti's administration on Wednesday deployed hundreds of Peruvian officers throughout the border with Ecuador to prohibit immigrants from entering the country amid its second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We will keep the border blocked for as long as necessary to prevent the entry of immigrants infected with COVID-19," Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command tweeted. | The joint decision "seeks t…

John Feffer (2021-01-28). What Explains COVID's East-West Divide? zcomm.org Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?>

Al Neal (2021-01-28). The UK is now the world hotspot for COVID-19. peoplesworld.org UNITED KINGDOM—This time last year, and up to the end of 2020, the threat of coronavirus overtaking the whole island was a constant concern, but never a conceptual reality. Yet, reality came crashing down without warning—there were no sirens, or readymade shelters for those sick and injured. The U.K's official death toll in the coronavirus …

RT (2021-01-28). Johnson tells Scottish nationalists to stop going on 'endlessly' about independence during cross-border visit. rt.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Scottish nationalists that there's no point in talking "endlessly" about another referendum on independence as it amounted to "pointless constitutional wrangling". | The British leader's comments come after recent opinion polls showed a majority in Scotland would back independence. Two separate polls published in January showed support ranging between 49 and 52 percent for Scotland going its own way and leaving the UK. | "I don't think that the right thing to do is to talk endlessly about another referendum when I think what the people of the country and the people of S…

Staff (2021-01-28). Dr. Peter Hotez: "Globalized Anti-Science Movement" Threatens Pandemic Response & Public Health. democracynow.org The Biden administration has vowed to increase the rate of vaccinations as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrollably across the entire U.S., with 90,000 people predicted to die in the next four weeks. President Biden announced plans to acquire another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech and is devising ways to allow retired nurses and doctors to administer vaccines. Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, says the Trump administration'

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Mexico To Host Phase 3 of German COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Wednesday announced the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines produced by the German company CureVac to conduct phase three of clinical trials with 8,000 volunteers. | RELATED: | CureVac's clinical trials will observe 36,500 volunteers worldwide, including patients from Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Peru. | Highlighting that the Mexican overnmen…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-28). Covid-19 in Lebanon: Man dies of wounds following Tripoli unrest. middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Lebanon: Man dies of wounds following Tripoli unrest | At least 226 people were wounded in a third night of protests against a full lockdown that has left many with no source of income | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 10: 50 | People carry the coffin of Omar Tayba, who was shot dead during a protest against the lockdown and worsening economic conditions in Tripoli, Lebanon 28 January 2021 (…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-28). The Heat: Efforts to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations. america.cgtn.com As the number of COVID-19 cases tops 100 million around the world, we will take a look at vaccinations efforts. | What can be done to speed up the process?>

Sarah Lahm (2021-01-28). Midwest Dispatch: Trump's Legacy of Killing. progressive.org The former President's failure to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine has caused lasting damage.

Juan Cole (2021-01-28). Educator Shocked that GOP put Marjorie Taylor Greene, who spoke of Assassinating Nancy Pelosi and denied Parkland School Shootings, on House Education Committee. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader of the US House of Representatives, and his fellow Republican leaders, I s…

Staff (2021-01-28). Exposed: Proud Boys Hate Group Leader Enrique Tarrio Was "Prolific" FBI & Police Informant. democracynow.org We speak with Reuters investigative journalist Aram Roston, who has revealed a leader of the extremist hate group the Proud Boys, which played a key role in the Capitol riot on January 6, has a prolific history of cooperating with law enforcement. Court records show Enrique Tarrio was an FBI and police informant in Florida who went undercover in multiple drug and illegal gambling investigations after he was arrested in 2012. This comes as the Department of Homeland Security warns of a heightened threat posed by "ideologically-motivated violent extremists" angry over Joe Biden's inauguration.

Staff (2021-01-28). AOC Asks Who's Leading the House GOP — Kevin McCarthy, or Peddlers of QAnon. truthout.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is warning that the GOP has "legitimate white supremacist sympathizers" among its ranks. | During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday night, Chris Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez how it felt to see Republicans call to "

Staff (2021-01-28). AOC Asks Who's Leading the House GOP — Kevin McCarthy or Peddlers of QAnon? truthout.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is warning that the GOP has "legitimate white supremacist sympathizers" among its ranks. | During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday night, Chris Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez how it felt to see Republicans call to "

Dove of Peace (2021-01-28). End of Anti-Russian Electioneering; Palestinian Funding Restored. indybay.org One week after the Inauguration, Pres. Biden called Pres. Putin to extend the START nuclear arms control treaty, due to expire 2/5/21. Pres. Biden's administration also announced restoration of relations with Palestine and aid to Palestinians.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-28). Beyond Slogans: Palestinians Need an Urgent, Centralized Strategy to Counter Israel in Africa. dissidentvoice.org Arab normalization with Israel is expected to have serious consequences that go well beyond the limited and self-serving agendas of a few Arab countries. Thanks to the Arab normalizers, the doors are now flung wide open for new political actors to extend or cement ties with Israel at the expense of Palestine, without fearing any …

MEE staff (2021-01-28). Arab Joint List in Israel set to split ahead of March election. middleeasteye.net Arab Joint List in Israel set to split ahead of March election | Breakup of Joint List announced following meeting that failed to reconcile differences among the parties | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 14: 33 | Abbas Mansour, left, the head of the United Arab List, sitting with Ayman Odeh, centre, and Ahmad Tibi, right, of the Joint List during a media conference, 22 September 2019 (AFP) | The Joint List political allianc…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-28). Beyond Slogans: Palestinians Need an Urgent, Centralized Strategy to Counter Israel in Africa. counterpunch.org Arab normalization with Israel is expected to have serious consequences that go well beyond the limited and self-serving agendas of a few Arab countries. Thanks to the Arab normalizers, the doors are now flung wide open for new political actors to extend or cement ties with Israel at the expense of Palestine, without fearing any

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-01-28). Jewish Groups Warn of Fallout from Anti-Semitism Label for Criticism of Israel. mintpressnews.com As the Israel lobby pushes to erase pro-Palestine activism on college campuses, it not only risks endangering free speech but allowing far-right hatred to spread unchecked.

Staff (2021-01-28). AOC, Pelosi Say Trade Bans by Robinhood on GameStop Stocks Warrant Inquiry. truthout.org A number of lawmakers are voicing a critical tone toward a popular stock market trading app after it limited users from being able to trade GameStop shares, following actions by retail investors that resulted in a "squeeze" of the stock's market price, which took a number of hedge funds by surprise this week. |

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-28). Venezuela: Oil Corporations Lobby Biden Administration for Sanctions Reversal. venezuelanalysis.com A removal of the ban on swap deals could boost Venezuela's oil production and ease fuel shortages.

Alexa Kolbi-Molinas (2021-01-28). We're Suing to Restore Abortion Access to People in Guam. aclu.org Last week, we marked Roe Day, the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court Yesterday, we filed a lawsuit in the federal district court in Guam, seeking to restore abortion access to the island. The lawsuit challenges two o…

Kaleigh O'Keefe (2021-01-28). Make 10 billionaires richer or freeze global poverty? Capitalism chose the former in 2020. liberationnews.org The ten richest men in the world became $540 billion richer over the course of 2020, a year of immense suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed at least 2 million people globally and led to an economic crisis of historic proportions.

Christophe Zerpka and Georg Rammer (2021-01-28). The crown of creation. indybay.org The real plague is the pandemic spread of shareholder value to institutions of general interest such as hospitals, nursing homes, old-age care and education. The dogma of "private before state" has become deeply ingrained in official thinking; the legitimate profit motive, the urgently sought investor, the search for the profitable market niche is hardly questioned.

Editor (2021-01-28). Billionaires Gone Wild: Pandemic Profiteering By the Numbers. scheerpost.com By Chuck Collins / Inequality.org The collective wealth of all U.S. billionaires has increased over $1.1 trillion since mid-March 2020, a nearly 40% leap during the past 10 months of national emergency. This wealth windfall could pay for all the relief for working families contained in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package proposed by President Biden, while leaving the nation's richest… |

WSWS (2021-01-28). Victimized Chicago teacher speaks out against deadly school reopening. wsws.org When Chicago Public Schools demanded Chicago teachers return to teach in unsafe pandemic conditions, hundreds refused and the district retaliated by locking more than 150 educators out.

WSWS (2021-01-28). Chicago teachers lead resistance to Biden's school reopening plan as pandemic enters deadlier phase. wsws.org Chicago educators are in the forefront of the resistance of educators across the US to the campaign by the Biden administration and the corporate media to reopen schools.

Staff (2021-01-28). Safe return or no return: Strikes loom for public schools. therealnews.com Students in Baltimore and teachers in Chicago may strike against top-down plans to force educators back into the classroom during the deadliest month of the pandemic.

_____ (2021-01-28). Nigeria: End SARS And Fanon's Mission. popularresistance.org 'Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it,' wrote Frantz Fanon. It has been 60 years since Nigeria achieved its independence from Britain, yet these words reverberate both as anthem and creed in all corners of Nigeria today. | In October 2020, thousands of Nigerian youth from across the country chose to take a stand against the extra-judicial killings committed by the Nigerian police branch known as SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad). Amidst a global pandemic and an economic recession, Nigerians stood firm in their resolve to fulfill the mission of their gener…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-28). Not Knowing What You Stand For: Dr. Birx and Public Health. counterpunch.org Pity the public health official tasked with convincing those beyond convincing that a pandemic crisis is worthy of serious consideration. This is further complicated in instances where such officials feel the need to play court jester, appeaser or silent sufferer. When she was made coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx was

Staff (2021-01-28). Muslims Are Drawing on Tradition to Sow Seeds of Liberation. truthout.org The tribulations of 2020 tested masses of people with loss and grief, turning many toward religion and faith traditions. At the same time, however, the realities of the pandemic have meant that those of us accustomed to celebrating holidays such as Christmas, Eid, Ramadan, Diwali and Hanukkah with our religious communities, families and friends haven't been able to do so over the past year. | In the United States, a Christian-centric country, there was much talk about the grief of the pandemic Christmas, but…

Frida Berrigan (2021-01-28). 'I Ain't Marching Anymore' chronicles 260 years of war resistance and conscientious objection. juancole.com From the American Revolution through the Global War on Terror, author Chris Lombardi tells the inspiring stories of people who refused to kill. By Frida Berrigan | — ( Waging Nonviolence) — Everywhere I look, violence is the answer. Geopolitics and foreign policy, criminal justice and incarceration, education and housing policy, entertainment — especially entertainment. …

Nadda Osman (2021-01-28). Exiled Emirati dissident launches campaign to lift travel ban on sick son. middleeasteye.net Exiled Emirati dissident launches campaign to lift travel ban on sick son | Ahmed Al-Nuaimi demands to be reunited with his son, who suffers from cerebral palsy and needs specialist medical attention | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 12: 55 | The academic has launched a Twitter campaign to be reunited with his son and allow him the medical attention he needs (Screengrab/Twitter) | An Emirati academic and dissident liv…

Staff (2021-01-28). As Biden Issues Groundbreaking Climate Orders, Activists Push to Ban Fracking. truthout.org On Wednesday, the Biden administration delivered a second surge of orders responding to activist demands to address the climate emergency head-on at every level of the federal government. Like no mandate a U.S. president has signed off on before, the

MEE and agencies (2021-01-28). US charges British national with bribery scheme to obtain Iraq contracts. middleeasteye.net US charges British national with bribery scheme to obtain Iraq contracts | Shwan al-Mulla and co-conspirators allegedly paid out more than $1m in bribes to receive edge in USACE bidding process | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 08: 23 | Billions of dollars poured into Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled President Saddam Hussein (AFP) | An Iraqi-born British national has been charged in New…

Staff (2021-01-28). Charles Blow — The Devil You Know. therealnews.com Acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times Charles M. Blow walks "The Tight Rope" with Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose, and shares a grand geopolitical vision for Black America from his new book, "The Devil You Know."

MEE staff (2021-01-28). US calls on Turkey and Russia to 'immediately' withdraw forces from Libya. middleeasteye.net US calls on Turkey and Russia to 'immediately' withdraw forces from Libya | The deadline for withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries passed on Saturday with no movement observed on ground | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 21: 38 | Haftar failed in his bid to wrest control of Tripoli last year, ultimately leading to stalemate with GNA (AFP) | The United States has called for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and Turki…

Steph Houten and Kimberly Barzola (2021-01-28). Boston activist arrested for assault that didn't happen. liberationnews.org Boston activist Ernst "Shimmy" Jean-Jacques Jr. is facing racist charges for an assault and battery that never happened.

Staff (2021-01-28). Capitol Police Suggestion for Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Faces Criticism. truthout.org Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said on Thursday that there should be permanent fencing installed around the Capitol following the attempted coup of January 6. The suggestion immediately faced backlash from many D.C. residents and the media who say that fencing off the U.S. Capitol is antithetical to what the building stands for. "In …

Manuel García, Jr. (2021-01-28). From Fractiousness to Sustainability, Is It Possible? counterpunch.org I think the essential story of the United States of America is a weave of five historical currents: + the struggle of native Americans against their genocide; + the struggle of African-Americans against their enslavement, and to find their own unrestrained identity; + the struggle of immigrants to establish decent lives for themselves and their

MEE staff (2021-01-28). UK citizen involved in West Bank killing of Palestinian teenager: Report. middleeasteye.net UK citizen involved in West Bank killing of Palestinian teenager: Report | Palestinian, 17, is shot dead at Israeli guard post in occupied West Bank after allegedly approaching Israeli soldiers with knife, Jerusalem Post reports | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 17 | Attallah Mohammad Rayyan was shot and killed by Israeli troops on 26 January (DCIP) | An Israeli soldier who was involved in an altercation that led to the…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Peruvian health workers' strike enters third week. peoplesdispatch.org Since January 13, thousands of healthcare professionals from a dozen health workers' unions have been carrying out an indefinite national strike, demanding a greater budget for the public health sector and better working conditions, among other demands…

The Conversation (2021-01-28). The problem with India's 'love jihad' laws. juancole.com By Sumit Ganguly | — Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, the Bharatiya Janata Party government has put forward several anti-Muslim policies. The latest is a clampdown on what it sees as "love jihad," the belief that Muslims are seeking to deceive Hindu women through marriage and convert them to Islam. Over the course of …

Staff (2021-01-28). Biden Plan Could Improve Health, Reduce Racial Disparities With WIC Investment. truthout.org President Biden's

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Andrés Arauz's chances look bright, say opinion polls ahead of Ecuadorian elections. peoplesdispatch.org According to a study conducted by well-known Ecuadorian analyst Omar Maluk, Andrés Arauz leads the voting intention with 39.2% of the votes. The study shows him with a lead of 17.4% over his nearest rival…

Staff (2021-01-28). Progressives Warn Against Scaling Back Relief Bill to Gain GOP Support. truthout.org With the Biden White House

James Bovard (2021-01-28). Federal Secrecy Protects the Crimes of Every President. counterpunch.org Ever since the 9/11 attacks, Republicans and Democrats have conspired to keep Americans increasingly ignorant of what the federal government does. The number of secret federal documents skyrocketed, and any information that was classified supposedly cannot be exposed without dooming the nation.

MEE staff (2021-01-28). Presidential staff in Tunisia hospitalised after opening suspicious letter. middleeasteye.net Presidential staff in Tunisia hospitalised after opening suspicious letter | The official suffered 'almost total loss of vision', the office says, adding that Tunisian president was not affected | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 19: 19 | Tunisian guards stand to attention at Presidential Palace in Carthage on 31 January 2018 (AFP/File photo) | The director of Tunisia's presidential office fell unconscious earlier this week…

Ian Cobain (2021-01-28). UK parliament on course to approve law allowing secret agents to commit crime. middleeasteye.net UK parliament on course to approve law allowing secret agents to commit crime | The proposed law would protect police and MI5 agents who commit murder, torture or rape while working undercover | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 10: 32 | Since March 2017, police and MI5 have foiled 28 terrorist plots against the country, according to UK's solicitor general (AFP) | A controversial law that will permit agents recruited by th…

Richard Rhames (2021-01-28). The Curse of Memory: a Ruralist's Lament. counterpunch.org This was the week of Maine's annual Agricultural Trade Show; a week where in pre-plague times those with a "sense of humus" would journey to Augusta. We'd kick tires on manure spreaders, perhaps fondle the cables on logging winches, and attend programs focused on various farm/forest sectors. We'd confer about the latest invasive pest, get

Chuck Collins (2021-01-28). How Concentrated Wealth Wrecked the West: Six Question for Justin Ferrell. counterpunch.org We've witnessed the disruptive impact of concentrated wealth on major cities like New York, Boston, Miami, Seattle and San Francisco. Wealthy investors from around the world are purchasing U.S. luxury real estate not necessarily to live it, but as a stable "asset class" for parking wealth. But what about rural areas? Especially areas that are

Tony Pecinovsky (2021-01-28). Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations. peoplesworld.org The 20th century saw a wave of anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, national liberation movements transform the world, often with the aid of Soviet, Eastern European, and Cuban Communists. Just as often, these revolts against the old world — the racist, sexist world of subjugation and oppression of entire peoples — were violently suppressed. In the first two …

MBNJSD (2021-01-28). Will Biden End America's Global War on Children? dissidentvoice.org The first day of the 2020 school year in Tiaz, Yemen (Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP) Most people regard Trump's treatment of immigrant children as among his most shocking crimes as president. Images of hundreds of children stolen from their families and imprisoned in chain-link cages are an unforgettable disgrace that President Biden must move quickly to remedy …

MEE staff (2021-01-28). UK citizen involved in West Bank killing of Palestinian teenager: Report. middleeasteye.net UK citizen involved in West Bank killing of Palestinian teenager: Report | A 17-year-old Palestinian was shot dead at an Israeli guard post in the occupied West Bank after allegedly approaching Israeli soldiers with a knife, Jerusalem Post reports | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 17 | Attallah Mohammad Rayyan, 17, was shot and killed by Israeli troops on 26 December (DCIP) | An Israeli soldier that was involved in an a…

Staff (2021-01-28). More Military Influence and Spending Has Not and Will Not Make Us Safer. truthout.org This month's insurrection at the Capitol revealed the dismal failure of the Capitol Police and the Department of Defense to use their expertise and resources to thwart a clear and present danger to our democracy. As the government reform group Public Citizen

Phelan Acheson (2021-01-28). Freedom: The Burden of Accountability — Part 3. realprogressives.org "Great power involves great responsibility" -Franklin Delano Roosevelt | The following article is part of a larger, five—part series on accountability and reform as they pertain to freedom. Focusing primarily on American politics and history, the series draws on America's continual struggle towards that "more perfect society.""Prisons do not disappear social problems, they disappear human beings. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to ca…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-28). Saudi Arabia to sell more shares in oil giant Aramco, says crown prince. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia to sell more shares in oil giant Aramco, says crown prince | Mohammed bin Salman said the public offerings would be pumped into the kingdom's Public Investment Fund | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 14: 17 | An employee at the Saudi Aramco oil facility gestures while standing near a damaged silo, at the plant in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah (AFP) | Saudi Arabia is set to sell more…

Staff (2021-01-28). Capitol Police Suggestion for Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Faces Criticism. truthout.org Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said on Thursday that there should be permanent fencing installed around the Capitol following the attempted coup of January 6. The suggestion immediately faced backlash from many D.C. residents and the media who say that fencing off the U.S. Capitol is antithetical to what the building stands for. | "In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanen…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-01-28). Iraq reactivates cheap oil export agreement with Jordan. middleeasteye.net Iraq reactivates cheap oil export agreement with Jordan | Jordanian and Iraqi officials renewed a 2019 agreement to sell ten thousands barrels of crude oil at preferential prices | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 27 | Jordanian Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh being welcomed by an Iraqi delegation at the prime minister's office in Baghdad (AFP) | Iraq has agreed to reactivate a memorandum of understa…

MEE staff (2021-01-28). 'Shameful': Amnesty condemns use of French weapons against protesters in Lebanon. middleeasteye.net 'Shameful': Amnesty condemns use of French weapons against protesters in Lebanon | Rights group identifies French-made weapons including tear gas, rubber bullets, and grenade launchers used to quell protests | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 19: 56 | "> | Amnesty International urged France to halt weapons sales to Lebanon, saying French-manufactured rubber bullets, tear gas grenades and launcher…

Devonte Sullivan (2021-01-28). St. Pete protests Desantis' draconian anti-BLM protester bill. liberationnews.org Dozens of activists gathered along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg on Saturday, rallying in the streets against the fascist policies introduced by Ron Desantis and the Florida Legislature this past September.

splcenter (2021-01-28). Biden-Harris Día 1 – Acción en Inmigración es un Primer Paso Crítico Hacia la Justicia para Migrantes. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-28). The Biden Administration: Hardening of US Stance on Venezuela. dissidentvoice.org Joe Biden has been sworn in as the President of USA. For Venezuela, nothing has changed. The same belligerence, the same sanctions, and the same imperialism — the American empire continues to be cruelly hostile to the UN-recognized government of Nicolas Maduro. Inviting an Anti-Chavista Criminal Auguries of an ever-intensifying imperialist attack against Venezuela have …

Staff (2021-01-28). Schumer to Republicans: COVID Relief Bill Is Happening, With or Without You. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said Thursday that a budget resolution for a coronavirus economic stimulus bill could be brought forward as early as next week. | Speaking on the floor of the Senate,

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-01-28). Blowback: Trump's Sanctions on Yemen Are Already Backfiring. mintpressnews.com Experts warned of the humanitarian toll that designating the Houthis would have and indeed the sanctions that followed are already harming civilians. What they didn't foresee was how the move seems to have galvanized even more support for the group.

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Pandemic memory chip demand increases Samsung profits by 21.5%. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The high demand for memory chips and displays as a result of lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic increased the net profit of Samsung Electronics by 21.48 percent in 2020, the South Korean technology giant reported on Thursday. The Suwon-based company earned 26.4 trillion won (nearly $23.6 billion) over the year …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Modi highlights India's key role as Covid vaccine producer in Davos speech. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined India's support to other countries in fighting the coronavirus pandemic by sending vaccines and medical assistance during a virtual speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "By sending Covid vaccines to various countries and setting up infrastructure related to vaccination, India …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Vietnam finds 82 local Covid-19 cases after almost 2 months at zero. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds details of new cases, minor edits, changes lede and headline) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected 82 community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the government announced Thursday. The outbreak comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). New Zealand tops global Covid-19 management rankings. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has topped the rankings of almost 100 countries and territories that have best managed the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an index published Thursday in Australia. The Oceanian country was followed by Vietnam and Taiwan in second and third place. The Covid Performance Index compares the response of governments …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Extending the time between Covid jabs: pragmatic or a gamble? laprensalatina.com By Guillermo Ximenes London, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The decision in the United Kingdom to extend the period between Covid-19 vaccine doses has divided expert opinion as some see it as a pragmatic move to confront the emergency situation while others worry it could be too much of a gamble. Sir Chris Whitty, the chief medical …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). WHO warns against premature lifting of Covid restrictions in Europe. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization's Europe office warned on Thursday against the premature lifting of restrictions as transmissions of Covid-19 remain high, coupled with the risks posed by new coronavirus variants. "Let us not forget the lessons we have learned so harshly. Opening and closing, locking down and opening up rapidly is …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Tokyo 2020 team says mass vaccination campaign not pre-requisite for go-ahead. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday said the Games' go-ahead did not hinge on mass Covid-19 vaccinations in Japan. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the committee was determined to go ahead with the games this summer under any circumstances, even if it means athletes will be unvaccinated. …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). S Korean health workers first to receive COVID-19 jabs in February. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- South Korea intends to begin its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in February, first inoculating frontline workers, followed by hundreds of thousands of elderly and dependent people, according to a plan presented Thursday. The arrival in the country of the first vaccine shipments manufactured by AstraZeneca is scheduled for the end of February …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Portugal restricts foreign travel as Covid continues to surge. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Portugal will tighten the rules on its citizens leaving the country for the next 15 days starting from Sunday. Covid-19 is spreading out of control in the Atlantic nation, where health authorities on Thursday reported 303 deaths and 16,432 new infections, both record numbers in the country of just over 10 …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Argentine province's anti-Covid measures at center of HR controversy. laprensalatina.com By Rodrigo Garcia Buenos Aires, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The health strategy of the Argentine province of Formosa to obligate people showing any symptoms of Covid-19, and even those without symptoms, to enter detainment centers has sparked heated nationwide controversy with citizens' protests, accusations of human rights violations and warnings from Amnesty International. By far, Formosa, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). WHO begins Wuhan mission to hunt for origin of Covid amid heavy secrecy. laprensalatina.com By Javier Garcia Wuhan, China, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- International scientists with the World Health Organization on Thursday began their mission on the ground in Wuhan, China, to investigate the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus but the team made no public statement and did not provide information about its agenda amid considerable secrecy. China and the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Dozen LatAm countries lean on Pfizer, AstraZeneca for vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 vaccines co-developed by two multinational pharmaceutical corporations — New York-based Pfizer and British-Swedish AstraZeneca — are the products of choice for at least 11 countries in Latin America. A large group of countries, however, are waiting to receive vaccines through the Covax mechanism, a World Health Organization (WHO)-led effort …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Cambodia pays muted tribute to Buddha for Maek Bochea due to COVID-19. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Cambodia celebrated an annual religious festival Thursday that marks the occasion on which Buddha prophesied his death, drawing crowds of faithful followers to the country's Ponhea Leu province, where the ceremony was held this year. The Buddhist celebration of Meak Bochea, which traditionally takes place during the full moon of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Vietnam detects 1st local Covid-19 cases in almost 2 months. laprensalatina.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected two community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the health ministry announced Thursday. It comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions of people travel the country to visit their families. The Ministry of Health …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Funeral of prominent footballer Mehrdad Minavand. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — A funeral procession was held on Thursday for the prominent Iranian soccer player Mehrdad Minavand who died at the age of 45 after briefly being hospitalized for contracting Covid-19 disease.

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-01-28). Derry city councillors call for Cuban medical intervention to fight Covid. thecanary.co On 28 January, independent councillor

RT (2021-01-28). South Africa Covid-19 variant found in US after two adults in South Carolina test positive. rt.com A new Covid-19 variant first discovered in South Africa has now been detected in the US, after two cases were reported in the state of South Carolina, health officials announced on Thursday. | The two cases of the B.1.351 variant do not appear to be connected to each other, and neither person is known to have traveled recently, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement. | Both people are adults — one is from the Lowcountry area and one is from the Pee Dee region, the DHEC said, without giving further details. | The variant was discovered in samples from South Ca…

RT (2021-01-28). Just in time for Joe? US Covid-19 cases drop a record 35 percent over last three weeks. rt.com Covid-19 cases in the US have declined 35 percent over three weeks, a record drop that conveniently coincides with the ascension of President Joe Biden — and a handful of other explanations media reports have ignored. | The New York Times posted the encouraging statistics on Thursday, crediting "the very early stages of herd immunity" and a possible increase in mask-wearing and social distancing. The paper did not provide evidence for any of the claims, calling them "possible explanations." | "The United States has never experienced a sharp and sustained decline in new coronavirus cases — until, per…

RT (2021-01-28). Cuomo under fire as probe finds Covid-19 nursing-home deaths in NY were undercounted by up to 50%. rt.com New York's state attorney general has said Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration drastically undercounted Covid-19 nursing-home deaths, something he has long been accused of doing. | Investigating a sample of 62 of the state's approximately 600 nursing homes, Attorney General Letitia James found that the state reported only 1,229 nursing-home deaths from those facilities, while the homes themselves reported 1,914 deaths from Covid-19. | If that same discrepancy holds true statewide, that would mean deaths in nursing homes from the virus are being underreported by a whopping 56 percent. That would put the stat…

RT (2021-01-28). As the Olympics and Euro 2020 hang in the balance, should elite athletes be fast-tracked for the Covid-19 vaccine? rt.com Considerable question marks remain as to the possibility of holding two of this summer's largest sporting events amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, but should athletes be allowed jump the vaccine queue to ensure they go ahead? | The rollout of the various vaccines to combat Covid-19, including Russia's Sputnik V jab, have promised a glimmer of light amid the global Coronavirus chaos which has affected practically every person on the planet in one way or another. | However, the rollout of the various vaccines has brought with it another debate: to whom should they be available, and where should the early applica…

M.A. de Graaf, M.L. Antoni, M.M. ter Kuile, M.S. Arbous, A.J.F. Duinisveld, M.C.W. Feltkamp, G.H. Groeneveld, S.C.H. Hinnen, V.R. Janssen, W.M. Lijfering, S. Omara, P.E. Postmus, S.R.S. Ramai, N. Rius-Ottenheim, M.J. Schalij, S.K. Schiemanck, L. Smid, J.L. Stà∂ger, L.G. Visser, J.J.C. de Vries, M.A. Wijngaarden, J.J.M. Geelhoed, A.H.E. Roukens (2021-01-28). [Research Paper] Short-term outpatient follow-up of COVID-19 patients: A multidisciplinary approach. thelancet.com Overall, most patients suffered from functional limitations. Dyspnea on exertion was most frequently reported, possibly related to decreased DLCOc. This could be caused by pulmonary fibrosis, which should be investigated in long-term follow-up. In addition, mechanical ventilation, deconditioning, or pulmonary embolism may play an important role.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Sturgeon Accused of 'Petty Politics' for Taking EU Side as COVID Vaccine War Hots Up. sputniknews.com The European Union's vaccine trade war with the UK continued to escalate on Thursday, with a surprise swoop ordered at AstraZeneca's facility in Belgium coming to light and European Council President Charles Michel vowing tougher measures to force the UK to hand over supplies of the jabs.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Colombia Suspends Flights to Brazil for Month Over New COVID-19 Strain. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). 'French Revolution in Finance': Independent Investors Boost GameStop Stocks, Stiff Short-Sellers. sputniknews.com Economic shutdowns in response to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have created fertile hunting grounds for Wall Street short-sellers, who bet that what they believe to be overpriced stocks will soon depreciate.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). UN Secretary General Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shot. sputniknews.com To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved vaccines produced by BioNTech and Pfizer. According to research results, the effectiveness of the vaccine reaches 95 percent, and in the case of those over 65 – over 94 percent.

sputniknews (2021-01-28). EU-UK Vaccine Row: Britain Has Been Lucky to Develop Its Own COVID Jab, Academics Say. sputniknews.com The UK and the EU have crossed swords over coronavirus vaccine supplies as Brussels warned it could restrict exports of the Belgian-made Pfizer jab to Britain, prompting Health Secretary Matt Hancock to accuse the union of "protectionism". British observers have weighed up whether the bloc's restrictions may hurt Britain's inoculation plans.

yenisafak (2021-01-28). 'Pfizer jab effective against UK, S.Africa strains'. yenisafak.com The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the virus strains detected in the UK and South Africa, the companies said late Wednesday.The US drugmaker and its German partner said in a statement that tests were carried out on 20 people with three coronavirus strains; mutations common to both the UK and South Africa variants, mutations common to the UK variant, and mutations common to the South Africa variant."The sera from individuals vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine neutralized all the SARS-CoV-2 strains tested," the statement said.It stressed that "small differences" detected in…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). US health agency misused funds for years: Watchdog. yenisafak.com Millions of dollars intended for use in responding to public health emergencies like Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 has been "misappropriated," a federal watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.The report by the Office of Special Counsel accused Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) cautioned of potentially violating the Antideficiency Act by using Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a department under US Health and Human Services (HHS), for "non- BARDA purposes.""ASPR also potentially augmented other ASPR appropriations with BARDA funds," it said.The 2…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). January deadliest month for coronavirus in US. yenisafak.com A total of 79,261 people in the US died from the virus during the first month of the year, surpassing the previous record set in December when more than 77,400 lives were lost.The US' total death toll hit the 400,000 mark last week, more than one month after the country passed 300,000 fatalities in December.As of Thursday, the number of people killed by COVID-19 in the US stood at more than 429,000, and total cases were almost at 25.6 million, the data showed.Global infections climbed above the 100 million mark Tuesday with more than 2.1 million lives lost.

yenisafak (2021-01-28). Japan to locally produce AstraZeneca vaccine. yenisafak.com Japan on Thursday confirmed it will locally produce a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Britain's pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca .Speaking at a news conference in the capital Tokyo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said: "Yesterday, we received a report […] from AstraZeneca, informing us that it will aim to manufacture over 90 million doses within Japan."Japan had signed a deal with AstraZeneca to acquire 120 million doses of the vaccine.According to Kyodo news agency, 75% of all AstraZeneca vaccines will be manufactured in Japan.Japanese JCR Pharmaceuticals based in western Hyogo province is ex…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). 'Both doses of COVID-19 jab should be from same vendor'. yenisafak.com People should get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the same vendor, a Turkish scientist has said.Taking different types of jabs is not the "right approach", said Dr. Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, a member of Turkey's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.Kayipmaz said the vaccination campaign will accelerate as two batches of the Chinese Sinovac have reached the country. A total of 9.5 million doses of the vaccine are expected boost mass immunization against the virus.The doctor said that vaccination will provide at least six months of protection, adding that the respiratory tract infections are expected to rise ag…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). Philippines sees worst recession ever amid COVID-19. yenisafak.com The Philippines' economy contracted a record 9.5% last year as coronavirus measures wrecked the retail and tourism sectors while a series of natural disasters ruined crops, official data said Thursday.The Philippine Statistics Authority that while gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 9.5% year-on-year in 2020, it is showing an easing decline from the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic.The number, according to government data, was the worst since records began in 1946.The agency said GDP plunged 8.3% year-on-year in the fourth quarter.The recession last year further hampered the two-decade growth of the countr…

Yossi Melman (2021-01-28). Israel's threats against Iran will expose Biden's readiness to slap it down. middleeasteye.net Israel's threats against Iran will expose Biden's readiness to slap it down | Israeli general Aviv Kochavi's attempt to put military strikes back on the table could have two major consequences | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 11: 20 | Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi (R) chat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP) | After a year-long pause due the Covid-19 pandemic, Israel has renewed its threats…

Ben Norton (2021-01-28). NY Times' pseudo-expert accusing China of genocide worked for publicity arm of far-right cult Falun Gong. thegrayzone.com The New York Times recycled flimsy claims by a right-wing apocalyptic extremist to accuse China of "genocide," in an op-ed by an American with 1/8th Uighur heritage who worked for Epoch Times, a far-right, pro-Trump outlet backed by cult Falun Gong. The New York Times published a factually challenged op-ed accusing China of committing "genocide" against its Uighur minority. The article sourced its spurious accusations to a right-wing operative who insists his research is part of a divine "mission" against …

Ben Norton (2021-01-28). NY Times' pseudo-expert accusing China of genocide worked for publicity arm of far-right cult Falun Gong. thegrayzone.com The New York Times recycled flimsy claims by a far-right apocalyptic extremist to accuse China of "genocide," in an op-ed by a former staffer for Epoch Times, a far-right, pro-Trump outlet backed by Falun Gong. The New York Times published a factually challenged op-ed accusing China of committing "genocide" against its Uighur minority. The article sourced its spurious accusations to a right-wing operative who insists his research is part of a divine "mission" against Beijing that is "led by God." …

RT (2021-01-28). AOC throws weight behind GameStop hedge fund massacre, takes a dig at Wall Street's 'long history of treating economy as a casino'. rt.com Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has heaped mockery on Wall Street hedge funds who've taken a beating after a short-selling scheme on GameStop shares miserably backfired, accusing them of treating markets like a "casino." | The New York congresswoman took to Twitter on Wednesday night to poke fun at the "Wall Streeters" racking up major losses amid a push by online trolls to punish GameStop short-sellers, "Gotta admit it's really something…

RT (2021-01-28). 'Stealing millions from users': Squad members Tlaib and AOC call for congressional hearing over Robinhood 'market manipulation'. rt.com Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has called for a House hearing over trading app Robinhood banning the purchase of certain stocks after amateur traders humiliated Wall Street. Fellow 'Squad' member AOC seconded the idea. | The amateur traders united through Reddit and Discord this week, causing hedge funds to lose billions of dollars by purchasing stock in companies such as GameStop, which Wall Street was betting against. | However, the ironically named Robinhood — which acted as one of the main platforms for the traders to purchase through — responded on Thursday by banning the purchase of the…

RT (2021-01-28). GameStop controversy put AOC & Trump Jr on SAME PAGE against Wall Street — but panicked MSM smears Reddit traders as ALT-RIGHT MOB. rt.com The GameStop stock rebellion is playing out like a revealing Rorschach test, drawing political figures as divergent as Donald Trump Jr. and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez together, and prompting legacy media to demonize the uprising. | The former president's son responded to ruling-class efforts to crush the rally, including Thursday's move by trading app Robinhood to ban its users from buying shares of GameStop and other stocks targeted by grassroots investors, by saying, "This is what a rigged system looks like." Trump Jr. tweeted: "It took less than a day for Big Tech, Big Government, and the corporate media to s…

yenisafak (2021-01-28). 'Palestinian teen's health in danger in Israeli prison'. yenisafak.com Amal Nahla, 17, was taken into custody by Israeli forces on Jan. 21 and has been placed in administrative detention without any charge for six months, with the possibility of the duration being extended, according to Defense for Children International — Palestine.The teenager is suffering "shortness of breath" and a medical checkup showed that he has "chest and respiratory system" issues, the group said in a statement.Nahla has been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a long-term neuromuscular and autoimmune disease, it added.The statement also referred to a report by an Israeli hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical…

RT (2021-01-28). 'Enemy within': Pelosi calls for additional House security, claims members of Congress THREATENED by colleagues. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has demanded additional security for lawmakers, citing threats from "within" the House, while the temporary fence around the Capitol is on the way to become permanent. | "We will probably need a supplemental [budget] for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside," Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol on Thursday. | Asked to specify her "enemy within" comment, Pelosi cited "members of Congress bringing guns on the floor." | "It means we have members…

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Pakistan's top court orders release of accused in Daniel Pearl murder case. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered the release of the main accused and three other suspects in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, overturning the authorities' appeal against a lower court's order to commute their sentences. Thursday's decision came in response to appeals filed by the government …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). At least 1 dead, hundreds wounded in anti-lockdown unrest in northern Lebanon. laprensalatina.com Beirut, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A man died in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Thursday following overnight clashes between security forces and protesters demonstrating against a lockdown against coronavirus pandemic and the country's economic woes. According to the state-owned news agency NNA, the 30-year-old Lebanese demonstrator succumbed to his wounds at Nini hospital in Tripoli …

The Canary (2021-01-28). Hundreds of thousands of children 'left without mental health help'. thecanary.co Mental health services are "nowhere near" to meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of children struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, the Children's Commissioner has warned.Anne Longfield said there have been some improvements but a lack of ambition from the government is hindering progress.It is the commissioner's fourth annual report on the state of children's mental health services in England.She said the research, which largely covers the year up to March 2020, reveals a system without the "necessary capacity or flexibility" to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.The "cocktail of risks and stresses…

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Protesters in Lebanese Cities Light Fires, Refuse to Leave Streets Despite Police Push – Videos. sputniknews.com Even before the coronavirus pandemic struck the country, Lebanese authorities were already facing public discontent over a continuing downward trend in the economy. A massive explosion in the Port of Beirut and the pandemic-induced lockdowns in 2020 only exacerbated the existing problems.

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Bolsonaro Unleashes His Foul Language Against Journalists. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday responded with foul language to journalists who denounced irregularities in costly public food purchases made amid the pandemic. | RELATED: | "When I see the press attacking me and saying I bought two and a half million cans of condensed milk, [my response is] go fu#% yourselves, shitty press," Bolsonaro said at a private event whose video was leaked to social media. | "Le…

Staff (2021-01-28). Ilhan Omar: Arms Sale Freeze Is "First Step" to End US Support for War on Yemen. truthout.org Peace-loving people around the world and anti-war Democrats in Congress hailed reports Wednesday that the Biden administration is imposing a temporary freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pending a review of billions of dollars worth of weapons deals with the repressive regimes approved during the presidency of Donald Trump. | The Wall Street Journal

yenisafak (2021-01-28). Irish official sees aid efforts at Turkey-Syria border. yenisafak.com A top Irish official on Thursday observed humanitarian aid efforts in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, bordering Syria, as part of his two-day visit to the country.After visiting local officials in the city along with his delegation, Simon Coveney, Ireland's foreign affairs and defense minister, went to a UN logistics center for humanitarian aid in Reyhanli district of Hatay, where he was briefed on its work.Then he proceeded to the Cilvegozu border crossing with aid materials to be sent to Syria, and saw the aid transfer point in the buffer zone.In January, Ireland began its two-year term as a non-permane…

The Canary (2021-01-28). Nicola Surgeon vows to 'tackle transphobia if it exists in my party'. thecanary.co Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to tackle transphobia within the SNP if it exists, insisting she takes on "bigotry" whenever she encounters it. | Broken promises?: | She was asked during First Minister's Questions on 28 January whether her government has broken its promises to transgender and nonbinary people. It came after she tweeted a video message on the issue, following reports of significant numbers of people leaving the SNP because they do not consider it to be a safe and tolerant place for trans people. | In the message posted on Wednesday evening, which she said was not scripted but "comes from my hear…

RT (2021-01-28). Unsealed court documents say Epstein madam Maxwell orchestrated underage ORGY for her and financier to watch. rt.com Newly unsealed court documents from numerous court cases detail just some of the sexual misdeeds allegedly carried out by Jeffrey Epstein and his former madam Ghislaine Maxwell with groups of underage girls. | Some 112 court documents, amounting to thousands of pages of evidence, were unsealed and released on Wednesday night, including testimony accusing Maxwell of preying on victims and forcing them to perform sexual acts for her and Epstein's amusement. | In one of the records, Maxwell was accused of stealing a 15-year-old "slave's" passport, after she refused to have sex with Epstein. The British socialite…

RT (2021-01-28). US freeze on F-35s sale to Abu Dhabi won't hurt normalization between Israel & UAE — PM Netanyahu. rt.com The suspension by US President Joe Biden on selling F-35 fighter jets to the UAE won't derail normalization between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, as the process has gone too far already, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted. | "It won't affect them," Netanyahu said, when asked about the possible impact of the announcement by Washington on relations between Israel and the UAE. | The mending of ties between the two former foes has "passed the point of no return," the prime minister insisted during a press conference broadcast on Facebook. | "Everyone understood that this [normalization deal] was a historic step…

RT (2021-01-28). Trump's going nowhere: Former president meets with Rep. McCarthy, vows to help Republican Party win upcoming House races. rt.com Even with an upcoming Senate impeachment trial and numerous Republican lawmakers more boldly criticizing him, Donald Trump is reportedly offering his help in getting Republicans control of the House. | Trump met with House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Thursday to discuss the Republican Party's chances at taking control of the House in next year's midterm elections. | A readout about the meeting from Trump's 'Save America' Political Action Committee described the meeting as "good and cordial" and also promised Trump will have a major role in the Repub…

RT (2021-01-28). 'We're suffering from success': WallStreetBets say Discord 'did' them 'dirty' with ban over HATE SPEECH amid moderation backlog. rt.com Reddit's r/WallStreetBets page has taken a swipe at Discord for erasing its sister group while citing hate speech as a pretext. The group's members helped to drive a breakneck surge in GameStop's stock price. | The subreddit 'WallStreetBets' came out swinging at Discord after the platform took an affiliated channel down for alleged policy violations. | In a statement to the Verge, Discord insisted that it has been monitoring the 'WallStreetBets' channel "over the past few months," claiming its admin allowed "hateful and discriminatory" content to proliferate despite repeated warnings. | Also on rt.com | | <...

RT (2021-01-28). New York attorney general 'reviewing' Robinhood case after class action suit accuses trading app of 'market manipulation'. rt.com New York Attorney General Latitia James said her office will review the Robinhood trading app and activity related to GameStop, as investors sue the firm after it froze stock buys for the games retailer during a major price surge. | "We are aware of concerns raised regarding activity on the Robinhood app, including trading related to the GameStop stock. We are reviewing this matter," James said in a The announcement came hours after a group of investors s…

RT (2021-01-28). 'What are you doing?' Fans accuse UFC star Jorge Masvidal of betraying MMA over YouTube boxer Jake Paul's surprise footage (VIDEO). rt.com Viewers have rounded on Jorge Masvidal to accuse the UFC veteran of a lack of integrity after Jake Paul, the YouTuber who will take on one of his former victims next month, released footage of a training session between the pair.

RT (2021-01-28). Obamacare is back: Biden signs executive orders on healthcare, reinstates abortion funding. rt.com President Joe Biden has signed two executive orders on healthcare. His decrees reopen enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and lift a Trump administration ban on funding for nonprofits that promote abortion. | The first order instructs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act from February 15 to May 15, giving unemployed Americans a chance to sign up for health insurance. The order also instructs federal agencies to review "rules and other policies that limit Americans' access to health care." | "I'm not initiating any ne…

RT (2021-01-28). Investors file CLASS ACTION SUIT against Robinhood over GameStop 'stonk' suppression. rt.com A group of investors has filed a class action complaint against the online brokerage Robinhood, after it stopped all buys of GameStop and other stocks. They call it a market manipulation aimed to protect short-selling hedge funds. | According to the lawsuit, filed on Thursday before a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, Robinhood "purposefully, willingly and knowingly" deprived retail investors of the ability to invest, accusing the brokerage of "manipulating" the market. | BREAKING: Class action complaint against

RT (2021-01-28). Investors file CLASS ACTION SUIT against Robinhood over GameStop 'stonk' suppression. rt.com A group of investors has filed a class action complaint against the online brokerage Robinhood, after it stopped all buys of GameStop and other stocks. They call it a market manipulation aimed to protect short-selling hedge funds. | According to the lawsuit, filed on Thursday before a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, Robinhood "purposefully, willingly and knowingly" deprived retail investors of the ability to invest, accusing the brokerage of "manipulating" the market. | @RobinhoodApp filed in the southern district of NY t.co/DuGP3LIQDQ

RT (2021-01-28). Frank Biden touts his relationship to POTUS in Inauguration Day ad for Florida law firm. rt.com Joe Biden's brother Frank used the occasion of Inauguration Day to promote his relationship with the new president in an advertisement for the Florida law firm where he works as an adviser. | The ad appeared in the January 20 edition of Daily Business Review, a legal industry publication, and reportedly promoted Berman Law Group's work in leading a class-action lawsuit that accuses southern Florida sugar-cane growers of damaging the health of nearby residents through their controlled crop burns, CNBC News reported on Wednesday. | Frank Biden, who isn't a lawyer, says in the ad: "My brother is a model for how t…

RT (2021-01-28). Announce Khabib: Russian champ receives public offer to make professional debut in 'the football UFC' as club bids to sign him up. rt.com Khabib Nurmagomedov could officially join a football club for the first time next month if he accepts an offer from FC Kamaz, a Russian Professional Football League team who have made an ambitious public bid for the UFC champion. | Playfully producing an image of football-loving Nurmagomedov in their shirt, promotion-chasing Kamaz gave the unbeaten lightweight king a list of enticements to sign for them following his session at a Spartak Moscow training school in Dubai earlier this week. | Responding to a tantalizing post offering his services to clubs, Kamaz declared that their aim is to score a knockout blow…

RT (2021-01-28). Trading app Robinhood SHUTS DOWN GameStop stock, after Reddit traders embarrass Wall Street. rt.com Trading app Robinhood has banned its users from buying GameStop, AMC, Nokia and Blackberry stock, after its users inflated the value of GameStop stock and inflicted billions of dollars of losses on Wall Street fat cats. | Traders logging on to Robinhood on Thursday were informed that they were no longer able to purchase stock in $GME, $AMC, $BB and $NOK (GameStop, AMC Theaters, Blackberry and Nokia). These are the four companies whose share prices were massively inflated in recent weeks by crowds of amateur investors purchasing the stocks. | $GME was trading at $316 before the halt, and has since dropped to be…

RT (2021-01-28). Facebook to expel 'political content' from its news feed to 'discourage divisive conversations,' Zuckerberg says. rt.com Facebook is set to make it harder for "political content" to permeate its news feed and make related groups less visible — all in the name of preventing heated discussions that sow division, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. | Zuckerberg took to his own platform on Wednesday with a vast 2,800-word

RT (2021-01-28). Political scientist published by New York Times arrested for acting as secret agent for Iran. rt.com A man, who has penned at least one article for the New York Times, has been arrested and accused of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and of getting paid hundreds of thousands to promote pro-Iran policies in the US. | In a federal complaint, prosecutors alleged that political scientist Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, has collected over $260,000 in payment from the Iranian government and also received health benefits typically reserved for Iranian diplomats deployed to the US. | Assistant Attorney General for national security John C. Demers, accused Afrasiabi of being a "secret employee" of Iran and of…

RT (2021-01-28). New Zealand trade minister calls on Australia to 'show respect' to China amid Beijing-Canberra trade war. rt.com New Zealand's Minister for Trade Damien O'Connor has called on Australia to follow his country's lead, relax its assertive approach and "show respect" to China in order to make more diplomatic progress with Beijing. | Speaking in an interview with CNBC, O'Connor highlighted New Zealand's recent successful trade negotiations with China, signing a deal that updates their current free-trade agreement and opens up further exports from Wellington to Beijing. | "I can't speak for Australia and the way it runs its diplomatic relationships," O'Connor said, stating that "if they were to follow us and show respect, I gu…

RT (2021-01-28). From hero to zero: Robinhood trading app flooded with THOUSANDS of one-star reviews after delisting GameStop stock. rt.com The Robinhood trading app has received more than 100,000 one-star reviews on Google Play in the hours after delisting GameStop, AMC, Nokia and Blackberry stock that had earlier prompted its record downloads. | Robinhood's almost perfect rating crumbled to just a single star on Thursday as betrayed users hurried to exact their revenge on the company that suddenly found itself labeled "the biggest fraud of them all." | And it turns out

RT (2021-01-28). 'I just wanted to cry': Russian high jump champ Lasitskene backs hurdles king as he vows to contest 'ridiculous' doping violation. rt.com Prominent Russian high jumper Maria Lasitskene has voiced her support for fellow athlete Sergey Shubenkov after reports emerged in the Russian press of an alleged doping violation, triggering speculation that he could face a ban. | Multiple Russian sports outlets reported on Thursday that the prohibited substance furosemide – a masking agent that can help to rid the body of traces of doping – had been detected during Shubenkov's doping probe. | The medicine is not a performance enhancing drug and the hurdler has described the news as an "outrageous lie." | "During my entire career, I have never taken prohibite…

RT (2021-01-28). PETA declares meat-eaters 'human supremacists', Twitter cringes & bombs it with mockery. rt.com The animal rights group PETA, famous for its shock-tactics publicity stunts, has implied that all non-vegans have something Klanish in them, denouncing meat-eaters as "human supremacists." It certainly caught attention. | "Eating animals is speciesist," People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

RT (2021-01-28). 6 killed, scores injured after chemical leak at factory in Georgia. rt.com At least six people have been killed and more than 100 treated by medics after a liquid nitrogen leak at a food processing plant in the US state of Georgia, local officials said on Thursday. | The incident occurred at the Prime Pak Foods plant in Gainesville, Hall County, at around 10am local time Thursday. | A spokesperson for the Northeast Georgia Health System said multiple people are receiving emergency treatment, with at least 10 people hospitalized. | Five people reportedly died at the scene, while a sixth succumbed to injuries after being rushed to hospital. | One eyewitness to the aftermath of the inci…

RT (2021-01-28). Mega-investors punished with $70 BILLION LOSSES as GameStop and other shorted firms see stock surge — data analysts. rt.com Short-selling investors lost a staggering $70.8 billion this month, according to financial data analytics firm Ortex. Their losses were partly driven by small traders pumping money into stocks like GameStop. | Short-sellers lost $70.87 billion on US companies this year so far, according to analysis from Ortex reported by Reuters on Thursday. To put the loss in perspective, $70.87 billion is half a billion dollars more than the GDP of Slovenia, according to CIA statistics. | In just a few short days, the American people realized their power and took down $70 BILLION in predatory trading. We're not even finished…

RT (2021-01-28). UN chief 'particularly worried' about power of social media giants & calls for laws to keep them in check. rt.com Regulations are needed to reign in companies like Twitter so that their actions, such as the banning of former US president Donald Trump, are "in line with the law," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. | When asked during a press conference on Thursday if Twitter was "right" in permanently suspending rump, then still a sitting US president, Guterres did not answer directly, instead suggesting that social media behemoths should follow a clear set of rules — to be created — instead of wielding unchecked power. | He called for "mechanisms, in which there's regulatory framework with rules that al…

MEE correspondent (2021-01-28). Iranian press review: Outrage after lawmaker slaps and intimidates traffic officer. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Outrage after lawmaker slaps and intimidates traffic officer | Meanwhile, Iran's football federation tells a women's football referee to stop researching discrimination, and the true cost of Iran's brain drain | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 13: 50 | Iranian dailies accuse politicians of acting above the law without accountability (AFP) | Outrage after lawmaker slaps and i…

MEE staff (2021-01-28). Saudi companies file Canadian lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri in embezzlement allegations. middleeasteye.net Saudi companies file Canadian lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri in embezzlement allegations | Campaign for Jabri's family says lawsuit is part of Saudi crown prince's 'desperate attempt' to distract world from Riyadh's human rights abuses | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 15 | Mohammed bin Salman has centralised power and targeted any and all perceived foes since he outmanoeuvred more senior rivals in 2017 to become crown p…

MEE staff (2021-01-28). Saudi companies file lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri over embezzlement allegations. middleeasteye.net Saudi companies file lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri over embezzlement allegations | A campaign for Jabri's family said lawsuit was part of Saudi crown prince's 'desperate attempt' to distract world from Riyadh's human rights abuses | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 15 | Mohammed bin Salman has centralised power and targeted any and all perceived foes and potential opponents since he outmanoeuvred more senior rivals in 20…

Azhar Al-Rubaie (2021-01-28). Basra pronounced ready to host sporting events as Iraq beats rival Kuwait in football friendly. middleeasteye.net Basra pronounced ready to host sporting events as Iraq beats rival Kuwait in football friendly | Success of match, which Iraq won 2-1, shows Basra is ready to host 25th Gulf football cup, both Iraqis and Kuwaitis say | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 17: 42 | Teams have faced off 39 times in their history, with Iraq winning 16 and Kuwait 14, and nine ties (MEE/Azhar Al-Rubaie) | In one of the Arab world's…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-28). Biden names NLRB Chicago chief Ohr as agency's top enforcement officer. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—Democratic President Joe Biden formally nominated Peter Sung Ohr, director of the National Labor Relations Board's Chicago regional office, as the agency's new General Counsel, its top enforcement officer. If the Senate confirms him, Ohr would succeed right-wing Republican Peter Robb, whom Biden fired on the afternoon of Inauguration Day. The two could not be …

Shraddha Agarwal (2021-01-28). India's Farmer Strike: "We Have Marched Before, We Will March Again. counterpunch.org "We borrowed a 1,000 rupees from the seths [farm owners] to come here. In return, we will work in their fields for 4-5 days," said Vijaybai Gangorde, 45. She arrived in Nashik on January 23 at noon, in a tempo painted blue and orange — one of the first to reach the Golf Club Maidan

Albert Bender (2021-01-28). Chickens coming home to roost: Remember what Malcolm said. peoplesworld.org The phrase " the chickens are coming home to roost" is well-known and often attributed to African American, anti-imperialist, revolutionary leader Malcolm X following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. This refers, of course, to mean that the wrongs committed by an individual or political entity will likewise have a boomerang effect and come …

Shraddha Agarwal (2021-01-28). India's Farmer Strike: "We Have Marched Before, We Will March Again" counterpunch.org "We borrowed a 1,000 rupees from the seths [farm owners] to come here. In return, we will work in their fields for 4-5 days," said Vijaybai Gangorde, 45. She arrived in Nashik on January 23 at noon, in a tempo painted blue and orange — one of the first to reach the Golf Club Maidan

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-28). Biden's halt to oil and gas leasing on federal lands cheered. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—To environmentalist cheers, President Joe Biden has halted oil and gas leasing on federal lands. His moratorium effectively halts drilling plans and reverses the former GOP Trump regime's headlong rush to open those areas to corporate exploitation at the expense of workers, residents, and the environment. The oil and gas leasing halt was part of …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-01-28). New Biden USDA dumps Trump poultry processing line speed-up. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Dumping a GOP Trump regime decision that critics said endangered workers' safety, the new Joe Biden-run Agriculture Department yanked the line speedup rule its predecessor planned for U.S. poultry processing plants. The announcement cheered both the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents tens of thousands of those workers, and the National Employment Law Project. …

James Bovard (2021-01-28). Federal Secrecy Protects the Crimes of Every President. counterpunch.org Ever since the 9/11 attacks, Republicans and Democrats have conspired to keep Americans increasingly ignorant of what the federal government does. The number of secret federal documents skyrocketed, and any information that was classified supposedly cannot be exposed without dooming the nation. Politicians and federal agencies recognize that "what people don't know won't hurt the

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Jaguar cubs rescued in Nicaragua after being offered for sale online. laprensalatina.com Managua, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Two jaguar cubs were rescued from a house in the North Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua after being offered for illegal sale on social media when their mother was killed by residents, the Nicaragua Zoo reported on Wednesday. The male and female jaguars, just three-and-a-half months old, were underweight when they were …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). German Neo-Nazi handed life sentence for 2019 murder of politician. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A Frankfurt court on Thursday sentenced Neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst to life in prison for the 2019 murder of conservative politician Walter Làºbcke in what was the first political murder trial in Germany since the 1970s. Làºbcke was a member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party and a regional governor in …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). US GDP contracts by 3.5 pct. in 2020. laprensalatina.com By Jorge A. Bañales Washington, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The United States' economy shrank by 3.5 percent in 2020 due to major coronavirus-triggered disruptions, its biggest contraction since 1946, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis said Thursday. Fourth-quarter gross domestic product grew at a 4 percent annual rate, the BEA said in its first of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Liverpool break out of slump with 3-1 win over Spurs. laprensalatina.com London, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Liverpool ended a frustrating stretch and long scoring drought in the Premier League on Thursday night, unleashing their full array of weapons in a 3-1 victory here over host Tottenham. The victory was an important one for the defending champion Reds, who had only won one match across all competitions this …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Extradited Israeli accused of sexual abuse appears in Australian court. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The former director of a Jewish school in Australia, the ultra-Orthodox Malka Leifer, accused of 74 counts of sexual abuse, appeared Thursday before a court in Melbourne, 13 years after fleeing to Israel, a country where she fought extradition since 2014. Leifer, who pleads not guilty to the charges against …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Australian court resumes media trial over cardinal Pell coverage. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- An Australian court Thursday resumed the contempt trial against more than 20 media outlets and journalists for the coverage of the sexual abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell, who was exonerated. These outlets include publications of tycoon Rupert Murdoch's media empire and Fairfax, which owns The Age newspaper, and are …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). EU: Lack of clarity on AstraZeneca vaccine but constructive talks with firm. laprensalatina.com (Update: changes headline; re-ledes with results of meeting between Kyriakides, AstraZeneca CEO; adds details) Brussels, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The European Commission on Wednesday lamented the "lack of clarity" from AstraZeneca after "constructive" talks between the company's CEO and the European Union's commissioner for Health and Food Safety on when the EU can expect delivery of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Baràßa, Sevilla advance to Copa del Rey quarterfinals. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Barcelona had to come from behind Wednesday to beat second-division Rayo Vallecano 1-2 and claim a berth in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, while Sevilla coasted to a 3-0 win over Valencia. Lionel Messi, back on the pitch for the Blaugrana after serving a two-game suspension, tested Rayo …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Biden commits to US defense of Japan in maritime dispute. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday, United States President Joe Biden reaffirmed Washington's "unwavering commitment" to defending the Asian country under their joint security treaty. This includes a group of small islands in the East China Sea, which are administered by Tokyo and claimed by …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Colleen Anderson, surviving an Irish mother and baby home. laprensalatina.com Dublin, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Colleen Anderson was born in 1965 at the now infamous Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in County Tipperary, in the center of the Republic of Ireland. The Congregation of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary ran the home between 1939-69 for mothers and their "illegitimate" children, who would be …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Iraqi army, Hashd al-Sha'abi destroy new ISIL HQ in Al Anbar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iraqi Army in collaboration with Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi recently launched a joint operation in the Anbar desert and managed to destroy the new headquarters of ISIL.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Zionists may be involved in Saied assassination: politician. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) —The secretary-general of the Tunisian "Al-Shaab" movement has said that the Zionist regime of Israel might have played a role in the assassination attempt against the Tunisian President Kais Saied.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Smugglers kill Iranian border guard, injure two more. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — An Iranian border guard has been martyred, while two others have been admitted to hospital after clashes with smugglers in the Persian Gulf.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). 'The Doll' to vie at US, Italian film festivals. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'The Doll' directed by Nasrin Gol-Reyhan is slated to vie at two international film festivals in Italy and the US.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Iran warns of probable change in coop. level with IAEA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna warned about any probable change in the level of cooperation of his country with the IAEA.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Zarif says has never been 'buddies' with Biden. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) — In an interview with RT, Iranian FM Zarif clarified that he and Joe Biden were not buddies but represent two different countries with different policies.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-28). Pope to meet top Shiite cleric Sistani in March. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Pope Francis is to meet top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March.

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Beyond Slogans: Palestinians Need an Urgent, Centralized Strategy to Counter Israel in Africa
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-28
Arab normalization with Israel is expected to have serious consequences that go well beyond the limited and self-serving agendas of a few Arab countries. Thanks to the Arab normalizers, the doors are now flung wide open for new political actors to extend or cement ties with Israel at the expense of Palestine, without fearing any…
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Beyond Slogans: Palestinians Need an Urgent, Centralized Strategy to Counter Israel in Africa
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-28
Arab normalization with Israel is expected to have serious consequences that go well beyond the limited and self-serving agendas of a few Arab countries. Thanks to the Arab normalizers, the doors are now flung wide open for new political actors to extend or cement ties with Israel at the expense of Palestine, without fearing any …
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What Explains COVID's East-West Divide?
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?>…
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Billionaires Gone Wild: Pandemic Profiteering By the Numbers
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-01-28
By Chuck Collins / Inequality.org The collective wealth of all U.S. billionaires has increased over $1.1 trillion since mid-March 2020, a nearly 40% leap during the past 10 months of national emergency. This wealth windfall could pay for all the relief for working families contained in the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package proposed by President Biden, while leaving the nation's richest… | Source…
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Muslims Are Drawing on Tradition to Sow Seeds of Liberation
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
The tribulations of 2020 tested masses of people with loss and grief, turning many toward religion and faith traditions. At the same time, however, the realities of the pandemic have meant that those of us accustomed to celebrating holidays such as Christmas, Eid, Ramadan, Diwali and Hanukkah with our religious communities, families and friends haven't been able to do so over the past year. | In the United States, a Christian-centric country, there was much talk about the grief of the pandemic Christmas, but…
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Not Knowing What You Stand For: Dr. Birx and Public Health
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-28
Pity the public health official tasked with convincing those beyond convincing that a pandemic crisis is worthy of serious consideration. This is further complicated in instances where such officials feel the need to play court jester, appeaser or silent sufferer. When she was made coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Deborah Birx was…
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What Explains COVID's East-West Divide?
John Feffer | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?>…
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Victimized Chicago teacher speaks out against deadly school reopening
wsws.org | 2021-01-28
When Chicago Public Schools demanded Chicago teachers return to teach in unsafe pandemic conditions, hundreds refused and the district retaliated by locking more than 150 educators out.
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Make 10 billionaires richer or freeze global poverty? Capitalism chose the former in 2020
Kaleigh O'Keefe | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-28
The ten richest men in the world became $540 billion richer over the course of 2020, a year of immense suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed at least 2 million people globally and led to an economic crisis of historic proportions.
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Hunts Point Teamsters win strike through solidarity
Julie Norris | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
This was a major gain for the workers' movement, showing that unity and solidarity is the way to win gains even during the COVID-19 pandemic…
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Russia's population decline accelerated in 2020, losing 500,000 residents amid Covid deaths, falling birth rate & less immigration
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Russia has recorded its largest annual population decline in 15 years. According to Rosstat, the official government statistics service, the number of people permanently living in the country dropped by 510,000 in just 12 months. | The national population now totals 146.24 million, a steep drop from 146.75 million at the start of 2020. The last time the country saw such a significant decline was in 2005, when the number of people decreased by 564,500. | Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Moscow was already concerned about the country's falling number of inhabitants. Russia's population peaked at the start of 2018 a…
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Opposition mounts to Spanish government's refusal to implement coronavirus measures
wsws.org | 2021-01-28
The blame for the explosion of cases and deaths in Spain lies squarely on the shoulders of the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, which has refused point-blank to take any serious measures to control the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/28/spai…

Dr. Peter Hotez: "Globalized Anti-Science Movement" Threatens Pandemic Response & Public Health
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-28
The Biden administration has vowed to increase the rate of vaccinations as COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrollably across the entire U.S., with 90,000 people predicted to die in the next four weeks. President Biden announced plans to acquire another 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech and is devising ways to allow retired nurses and doctors to administer vaccines. Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, says the Trump administration'…
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Safe return or no return: Strikes loom for public schools
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-01-28
Students in Baltimore and teachers in Chicago may strike against top-down plans to force educators back into the classroom during the deadliest month of the pandemic.
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The crown of creation
Christophe Zerpka and Georg Rammer | indybay.org | 2021-01-28
The real plague is the pandemic spread of shareholder value to institutions of general interest such as hospitals, nursing homes, old-age care and education. The dogma of "private before state" has become deeply ingrained in official thinking; the legitimate profit motive, the urgently sought investor, the search for the profitable market niche is hardly questioned.
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Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply and Price
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert…
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Nigeria: End SARS And Fanon's Mission
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
'Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it,' wrote Frantz Fanon. It has been 60 years since Nigeria achieved its independence from Britain, yet these words reverberate both as anthem and creed in all corners of Nigeria today. | In October 2020, thousands of Nigerian youth from across the country chose to take a stand against the extra-judicial killings committed by the Nigerian police branch known as SARS (Special Anti-Robbery Squad). Amidst a global pandemic and an economic recession, Nigerians stood firm in their resolve to fulfill the mission of their gener…
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Share the Technology: Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-28
As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni says an obvious way to address the issue is to share technology so more companies in more countries…
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Chicago teachers lead resistance to Biden's school reopening plan as pandemic enters deadlier phase
wsws.org | 2021-01-28
Chicago educators are in the forefront of the resistance of educators across the US to the campaign by the Biden administration and the corporate media to reopen schools.
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Bernie Sanders backs Biden's national security cabinet
wsws.org | 2021-01-28
The Vermont senator and self-styled "socialist" voted to confirm Biden's choices to head the Pentagon, State Department and US intelligence apparatus.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/28/sand…

In the News: Democrats Get Ready for Failure
The Socialist Program | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-28
This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On this week's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss …
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Capitalism in Crisis: Capitalism's Death Spiral
The Socialist Program | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-28
On this week's episode of The Socialist Program's regular segment "Capitalism in Crisis" with Prof. Richard Wolff, we discuss mounting corporate debt and long term trends in capitalism, including increasingly worse recession and capitalists' growing dependency on government aid.
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Venezuela: Oil Corporations Lobby Biden Administration for Sanctions Reversal
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2021-01-28
A removal of the ban on swap deals could boost Venezuela's oil production and ease fuel shortages.
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George Floyd "Narrated His Death," Says Attorney at International Inquiry
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
George Floyd, who was publicly tortured and lynched by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, narrated his own death, legendary civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump told the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States…
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George Floyd "Narrated His Death," Says Attorney at International Inquiry
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
George Floyd, who was publicly tortured and lynched by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020, narrated his own death, legendary civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump told the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States…
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Gender Activists Protest Against Rape of a Teenager in Argentina
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-28
Over 300 women mobilized in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to demand the arrest of Humberto Garzon, who is accused of raping an 18-year-old Venezuelan girl. | RELATED: | Argentina's Main Opera House Becomes COVID-19 Test Center | Chanting "Garzon rapist, to jail aggressor", the demonstrators gathered peacefully in the Balvanera neighborhood to show solidarity with the victim identified as L.A.R. | The girl responded to a job offer at the "Garzon Uniformes" store specialized in clothing fo…
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France's Covid-19 vaccine woes continue as more regions SUSPEND first doses of Pfizer jab
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Two more local public health agencies in France are suspending people's appointments for receiving their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech, due to supply shortages. | The eastern Bourgogne-Franche-Comte region and the Île-de-France area surrounding Paris both said on Thursday that they would be axing Covid immunization appointments. | The Parisian ARS health agency said injections of first doses will stop there from February 2 and hospitals won't receive deliveries for the time being, although already-arranged second-dose appointments will still go ahead. | A spokesperson for AR…
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Peru Deploys Army on Border With Ecuador to Block Migrants
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-28
President Francisco Sagasti's administration on Wednesday deployed hundreds of Peruvian officers throughout the border with Ecuador to prohibit immigrants from entering the country amid its second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | Peru Quarantines 10 Regions to Halt Second Wave of COVID-19 | "We will keep the border blocked for as long as necessary to prevent the entry of immigrants infected with COVID-19," Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command tweeted. | The joint decision "seeks t…
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After $100K Donation FL Gov. DeSantis Taps Supermarket for Vaccine Distribution
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing criticism after deciding this month that he would revoke COVID-19 vaccine access at health centers in Palm Beach County and instead, funnel the states' vaccine supply through Publix, a regional grocery chain. His decision comes just a few weeks after Publix donated $100,000 to his PAC, Friends of Ron DeSantis. | After the county runs out of its current supply, which he…
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Covid-19 in Lebanon: Man dies of wounds following Tripoli unrest
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-28
Covid-19 in Lebanon: Man dies of wounds following Tripoli unrest | At least 226 people were wounded in a third night of protests against a full lockdown that has left many with no source of income | MEE and agencies | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 10: 50 | People carry the coffin of Omar Tayba, who was shot dead during a protest against the lockdown and worsening economic conditions in Tripoli, Lebanon 28 January 2021 (…
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The Biden Administration Ramps up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-28
In face of growing frustration over vaccine shortages, U.S. President Joe Biden announced Tuesday a roughly 16 percent boost in vaccine deliveries to states over the next three weeks. | RELATED: | No Indication COVID-19 Variants Can Escape Vaccines | The country expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million people by the end of the summer or early fall. | The Biden administration is working to buy an additional 100 million doses of each of the two approved coronavirus v…
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Midwest Dispatch: Trump's Legacy of Killing
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2021-01-28
The former President's failure to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine has caused lasting damage.
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The Heat: Efforts to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2021-01-28
As the number of COVID-19 cases tops 100 million around the world, we will take a look at vaccinations efforts. | What can be done to speed up the process?>…
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WATCH: Customers caught on CCTV fleeing hair salon as police raid to enforce Covid rules
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Police in Wales have released CCTV footage of people fleeing from a beauty salon that defied Covid-19 restrictions to open its doors. Some of the customers still had dye in their hair as they attempted to evade the cops. | Gwent Police said the owner of Euphoria Tanning Hair and Beauty in the town of Cwmbran was fined £1,000 (about $1,370) for remaining open during the nationwide lockdown. | Three of the eight people who were seen fleeing the scene were also slapped with fixed penalty notices. Officers are still trying to identify the other people involved in the incident. | Local county council membe…
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The UK is now the world hotspot for COVID-19
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-28
UNITED KINGDOM–This time last year, and up to the end of 2020, the threat of coronavirus overtaking the whole island was a constant concern, but never a conceptual reality. Yet, reality came crashing down without warning–there were no sirens, or readymade shelters for those sick and injured. The U.K's official death toll in the coronavirus …
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Johnson tells Scottish nationalists to stop going on 'endlessly' about independence during cross-border visit
rt.com | 2021-01-28
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Scottish nationalists that there's no point in talking "endlessly" about another referendum on independence as it amounted to "pointless constitutional wrangling". | The British leader's comments come after recent opinion polls showed a majority in Scotland would back independence. Two separate polls published in January showed support ranging between 49 and 52 percent for Scotland going its own way and leaving the UK. | "I don't think that the right thing to do is to talk endlessly about another referendum when I think what the people of the country and the people of S…
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Disability Community and Allies #HighRiskCA COVID-19
Helen Walsh Diverse Disability Media | indybay.org | 2021-01-28
Disability Community and Allies | Decisions are being made about us without us! Tell our state leaders that WE CAN'T WAIT! We are a vunerable population and we have been left out of consideration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
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Mexico To Host Phase 3 of German COVID-19 Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-28
Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Wednesday announced the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines produced by the German company CureVac to conduct phase three of clinical trials with 8,000 volunteers. | RELATED: | Mexico: Ex-Sports Commission Head Disqualified for Public Office | CureVac's clinical trials will observe 36,500 volunteers worldwide, including patients from Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Peru. | Highlighting that the Mexican overnmen…
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Thousands protest lack of economic aid amid strict COVID-19 lockdown in Lebanon
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-28
At least one person has died after security forces opened fire injuring several of the protesters who were demanding an end to the lockdown and adequate economic support from the government in Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/28/thousands…

EU orders raid of AstraZeneca vaccine plant in Belgium as row over Covid jabs escalates
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Belgian regulators carried out an inspection of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine production site near Brussels at the behest of the European Commission, amid an ongoing spat over the deployment of the company's Covid-19 vaccine. | During the inspection ordered by the European Union's executive branch, samples and records were taken from the Novasep factory, in the town of Seneffe, outside Brussels, to be analyzed by officials from Belgium's Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAGG). | The inspection marks an escalation in the ongoing row between the bloc and the pharmaceutical company over Covid…
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Charles Blow — The Devil You Know
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-01-28
Acclaimed journalist and op-ed columnist for the New York Times Charles M. Blow walks "The Tight Rope" with Dr. Cornel West and professor Tricia Rose, and shares a grand geopolitical vision for Black America from his new book, "The Devil You Know."
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Educator Shocked that GOP put Marjorie Taylor Greene, who spoke of Assassinating Nancy Pelosi and denied Parkland School Shootings, on House Education Committee
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-01-28
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader of the US House of Representatives, and his fellow Republican leaders, have assigned Marjorie Taylor Greene to the Education Committee. Greene has called the 2018 school massacre in Parkland, Fl., a "false flag," so her service on that committee should be reassuring to all American parents of school-age children. Gee, if the Republicans take back the House in 2022, maybe they'll make her chair of the Education Committee. | I s…
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Peruvian health workers' strike enters third week
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-28
Since January 13, thousands of healthcare professionals from a dozen health workers' unions have been carrying out an indefinite national strike, demanding a greater budget for the public health sector and better working conditions, among other demands…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/28/peruvian-…

We're Suing to Restore Abortion Access to People in Guam
Alexa Kolbi-Molinas | aclu.org | 2021-01-28
Last week, we marked Roe Day, the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States. We celebrate this milestone while at the same time recognizing that legality alone has never been enough to secure real access to abortion. Indeed, we don't need to wait for the Supreme Court to act to see a post-Roe world here in the United States. Guamanians are already living it. | Yesterday, we filed a lawsuit in the federal district court in Guam, seeking to restore abortion access to the island. The lawsuit challenges two o…
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Exposed: Proud Boys Hate Group Leader Enrique Tarrio Was "Prolific" FBI & Police Informant
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-28
We speak with Reuters investigative journalist Aram Roston, who has revealed a leader of the extremist hate group the Proud Boys, which played a key role in the Capitol riot on January 6, has a prolific history of cooperating with law enforcement. Court records show Enrique Tarrio was an FBI and police informant in Florida who went undercover in multiple drug and illegal gambling investigations after he was arrested in 2012. This comes as the Department of Homeland Security warns of a heightened threat posed by "ideologically-motivated violent extremists" angry over Joe Biden's inauguration.
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After landmark international treaty, anti-nuclear demonstrators rally in Pittsburgh
Stephanie Pavlick | liberationnews.org | 2021-01-28
On Jan. 22, a broad coalition of organizations including PSL Pittsburgh, ANSWER Coalition, the Green Party of Allegheny County, Code Pink, and others joined for a rally and speakout at the PNC Bank headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. This action was the latest in years of work on the part of local activists in a movement …
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Cellebrite: Israel's Good Cyber Cop is Big Tech's Backdoor to Breaching Your Privacy
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-28
Israeli digital forensics company Cellebrite has been quietly providing law enforcement agencies with the tools to retrieve data from any device for years, but they want you to know they're on the right side of the law.
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'I Ain't Marching Anymore' chronicles 260 years of war resistance and conscientious objection
Frida Berrigan | juancole.com | 2021-01-28
From the American Revolution through the Global War on Terror, author Chris Lombardi tells the inspiring stories of people who refused to kill. By Frida Berrigan | — ( Waging Nonviolence) — Everywhere I look, violence is the answer. Geopolitics and foreign policy, criminal justice and incarceration, education and housing policy, entertainment — especially entertainment. …
juancole.com/2021/01/chronicles-resistan…

Jewish Groups Warn of Fallout from Anti-Semitism Label for Criticism of Israel
Jessica Buxbaum | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-28
As the Israel lobby pushes to erase pro-Palestine activism on college campuses, it not only risks endangering free speech but allowing far-right hatred to spread unchecked.
mintpressnews.com/jewish-groups-warn-fal…

End of Anti-Russian Electioneering; Palestinian Funding Restored
Dove of Peace | indybay.org | 2021-01-28
One week after the Inauguration, Pres. Biden called Pres. Putin to extend the START nuclear arms control treaty, due to expire 2/5/21. Pres. Biden's administration also announced restoration of relations with Palestine and aid to Palestinians.
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Arab Joint List in Israel set to split ahead of March election
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-28
Arab Joint List in Israel set to split ahead of March election | Breakup of Joint List announced following meeting that failed to reconcile differences among the parties | MEE staff | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 14: 33 | Abbas Mansour, left, the head of the United Arab List, sitting with Ayman Odeh, centre, and Ahmad Tibi, right, of the Joint List during a media conference, 22 September 2019 (AFP) | The Joint List political allianc…
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The Biden Administration: Hardening of US Stance on Venezuela
Yanis Iqbal | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-28
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the President of USA. For Venezuela, nothing has changed. The same belligerence, the same sanctions, and the same imperialism — the American empire continues to be cruelly hostile to the UN-recognized government of Nicolas Maduro. Inviting an Anti-Chavista Criminal Auguries of an ever-intensifying imperialist attack against Venezuela have …
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AOC, Pelosi Say Trade Bans by Robinhood on GameStop Stocks Warrant Inquiry
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
A number of lawmakers are voicing a critical tone toward a popular stock market trading app after it limited users from being able to trade GameStop shares, following actions by retail investors that resulted in a "squeeze" of the stock's market price, which took a number of hedge funds by surprise this week. | Those hedge funds had bet against the video game retailer's stock, "shorting" the shares based on…
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Biden-Harris Día 1 – Acción en Inmigración es un Primer Paso Crítico Hacia la Justicia para Migrantes
splcenter.org | 2021-01-28
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From Fractiousness to Sustainability, Is It Possible?
Manuel García, Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-28
I think the essential story of the United States of America is a weave of five historical currents: + the struggle of native Americans against their genocide; + the struggle of African-Americans against their enslavement, and to find their own unrestrained identity; + the struggle of immigrants to establish decent lives for themselves and their…
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Will Biden End America's Global War on Children?
MBNJSD | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-28
The first day of the 2020 school year in Tiaz, Yemen (Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP) Most people regard Trump's treatment of immigrant children as among his most shocking crimes as president. Images of hundreds of children stolen from their families and imprisoned in chain-link cages are an unforgettable disgrace that President Biden must move quickly to remedy …
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Will Biden end America's global war on children?
MBNJSD | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-28
Will President Joe Biden act to protect the children of the world from America's most tragic and indefensible war crimes?>…
nationofchange.org/2021/01/28/will-biden…

Schumer to Republicans: COVID Relief Bill Is Happening, With or Without You
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said Thursday that a budget resolution for a coronavirus economic stimulus bill could be brought forward as early as next week. | Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Schumer expressed a "preference" of working with Republicans to pass a new coronavirus economic relief package, but added that if Republicans bloc…
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Hundreds of thousands of children 'left without mental health help'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-28
Mental health services are "nowhere near" to meeting the needs of hundreds of thousands of children struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, the Children's Commissioner has warned.Anne Longfield said there have been some improvements but a lack of ambition from the government is hindering progress.It is the commissioner's fourth annual report on the state of children's mental health services in England.She said the research, which largely covers the year up to March 2020, reveals a system without the "necessary capacity or flexibility" to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.The "cocktail of risks and stresses…
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Philippines sees worst recession ever amid COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
The Philippines' economy contracted a record 9.5% last year as coronavirus measures wrecked the retail and tourism sectors while a series of natural disasters ruined crops, official data said Thursday.The Philippine Statistics Authority that while gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 9.5% year-on-year in 2020, it is showing an easing decline from the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic.The number, according to government data, was the worst since records began in 1946.The agency said GDP plunged 8.3% year-on-year in the fourth quarter.The recession last year further hampered the two-decade growth of the countr…
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Protesters in Lebanese Cities Light Fires, Refuse to Leave Streets Despite Police Push – Videos
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
Even before the coronavirus pandemic struck the country, Lebanese authorities were already facing public discontent over a continuing downward trend in the economy. A massive explosion in the Port of Beirut and the pandemic-induced lockdowns in 2020 only exacerbated the existing problems.
sputniknews.com/middleeast/2021012810819…

'French Revolution in Finance': Independent Investors Boost GameStop Stocks, Stiff Short-Sellers
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
Economic shutdowns in response to COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have created fertile hunting grounds for Wall Street short-sellers, who bet that what they believe to be overpriced stocks will soon depreciate.
sputniknews.com/business/202101281081899…

At least 1 dead, hundreds wounded in anti-lockdown unrest in northern Lebanon
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Beirut, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A man died in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Thursday following overnight clashes between security forces and protesters demonstrating against a lockdown against coronavirus pandemic and the country's economic woes. According to the state-owned news agency NNA, the 30-year-old Lebanese demonstrator succumbed to his wounds at Nini hospital in Tripoli …
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Pandemic memory chip demand increases Samsung profits by 21.5%
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The high demand for memory chips and displays as a result of lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic increased the net profit of Samsung Electronics by 21.48 percent in 2020, the South Korean technology giant reported on Thursday. The Suwon-based company earned 26.4 trillion won (nearly $23.6 billion) over the year …
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Modi highlights India's key role as Covid vaccine producer in Davos speech
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
New Delhi, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined India's support to other countries in fighting the coronavirus pandemic by sending vaccines and medical assistance during a virtual speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "By sending Covid vaccines to various countries and setting up infrastructure related to vaccination, India …
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New Zealand tops global Covid-19 management rankings
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Sydney, Australia, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has topped the rankings of almost 100 countries and territories that have best managed the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an index published Thursday in Australia. The Oceanian country was followed by Vietnam and Taiwan in second and third place. The Covid Performance Index compares the response of governments …
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Israel's threats against Iran will expose Biden's readiness to slap it down
Yossi Melman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-28
Israel's threats against Iran will expose Biden's readiness to slap it down | Israeli general Aviv Kochavi's attempt to put military strikes back on the table could have two major consequences | Yossi Melman | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 11: 20 | Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi (R) chat with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP) | After a year-long pause due the Covid-19 pandemic, Israel has renewed its threats…
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Bolsonaro Unleashes His Foul Language Against Journalists
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-28
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday responded with foul language to journalists who denounced irregularities in costly public food purchases made amid the pandemic. | RELATED: | Brazilian Religious Leaders Call for Bolsonaro's Impeachment | "When I see the press attacking me and saying I bought two and a half million cans of condensed milk, [my response is] go fu#% yourselves, shitty press," Bolsonaro said at a private event whose video was leaked to social media. | "Le…
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Irish official sees aid efforts at Turkey-Syria border
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
A top Irish official on Thursday observed humanitarian aid efforts in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, bordering Syria, as part of his two-day visit to the country.After visiting local officials in the city along with his delegation, Simon Coveney, Ireland's foreign affairs and defense minister, went to a UN logistics center for humanitarian aid in Reyhanli district of Hatay, where he was briefed on its work.Then he proceeded to the Cilvegozu border crossing with aid materials to be sent to Syria, and saw the aid transfer point in the buffer zone.In January, Ireland began its two-year term as a non-permane…
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Blowback: Trump's Sanctions on Yemen Are Already Backfiring
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-28
Experts warned of the humanitarian toll that designating the Houthis would have and indeed the sanctions that followed are already harming civilians. What they didn't foresee was how the move seems to have galvanized even more support for the group.
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Funeral of prominent footballer Mehrdad Minavand
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — A funeral procession was held on Thursday for the prominent Iranian soccer player Mehrdad Minavand who died at the age of 45 after briefly being hospitalized for contracting Covid-19 disease.
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[Research Paper] Short-term outpatient follow-up of COVID-19 patients: A multidisciplinary approach
M.A. de Graaf, M.L. Antoni, M.M. ter Kuile, M.S. Arbous, A.J.F. Duinisveld, M.C.W. Feltkamp, G.H. Groeneveld, S.C.H. Hinnen, V.R. Janssen, W.M. Lijfering, S. Omara, P.E. Postmus, S.R.S. Ramai, N. Rius-Ottenheim, M.J. Schalij, S.K. Schiemanck, L. Smid, J.L. Stà∂ger, L.G. Visser, J.J.C. de Vries, M.A. Wijngaarden, J.J.M. Geelhoed, A.H.E. Roukens | thelancet.com | 2021-01-28
Overall, most patients suffered from functional limitations. Dyspnea on exertion was most frequently reported, possibly related to decreased DLCOc. This could be caused by pulmonary fibrosis, which should be investigated in long-term follow-up. In addition, mechanical ventilation, deconditioning, or pulmonary embolism may play an important role.
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Medical racism is to blame for vaccine scepticism among Communities of Colour
Sophia Purdy-Moore | thecanary.co | 2021-01-28
SAGE recently highlighted the issue of trust as a key factor contributing to high coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine hesitancy among ethnic minority groups in the UK. According to a survey, 72% of Black respondents and 42% of Pakistani or Bangladeshi respondents stated they were unlikely or very unlikely to be vaccinated. This stands in stark contrast with 82% of all respondents saying they are likely or very likely take up the vaccine…
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Derry city councillors call for Cuban medical intervention to fight Covid
Peadar O'Cearnaigh | thecanary.co | 2021-01-28
On 28 January, independent councillor Gary Donnelly will request help from the Cuban government to deal with the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Alongside councillors Sean Carr and Paul Gallagher, Donnelly will propose a motion to Derry City and Strabane District Council inviting Cuba's Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade ( HRIMB) to…
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'Pfizer jab effective against UK, S.Africa strains'
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the virus strains detected in the UK and South Africa, the companies said late Wednesday.The US drugmaker and its German partner said in a statement that tests were carried out on 20 people with three coronavirus strains; mutations common to both the UK and South Africa variants, mutations common to the UK variant, and mutations common to the South Africa variant."The sera from individuals vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine neutralized all the SARS-CoV-2 strains tested," the statement said.It stressed that "small differences" detected in…
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'Both doses of COVID-19 jab should be from same vendor'
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
People should get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the same vendor, a Turkish scientist has said.Taking different types of jabs is not the "right approach", said Dr. Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, a member of Turkey's Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board.Kayipmaz said the vaccination campaign will accelerate as two batches of the Chinese Sinovac have reached the country. A total of 9.5 million doses of the vaccine are expected boost mass immunization against the virus.The doctor said that vaccination will provide at least six months of protection, adding that the respiratory tract infections are expected to rise ag…
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January deadliest month for coronavirus in US
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
A total of 79,261 people in the US died from the virus during the first month of the year, surpassing the previous record set in December when more than 77,400 lives were lost.The US' total death toll hit the 400,000 mark last week, more than one month after the country passed 300,000 fatalities in December.As of Thursday, the number of people killed by COVID-19 in the US stood at more than 429,000, and total cases were almost at 25.6 million, the data showed.Global infections climbed above the 100 million mark Tuesday with more than 2.1 million lives lost.
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Japan to locally produce AstraZeneca vaccine
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Japan on Thursday confirmed it will locally produce a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Britain's pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca .Speaking at a news conference in the capital Tokyo, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said: "Yesterday, we received a report […] from AstraZeneca, informing us that it will aim to manufacture over 90 million doses within Japan."Japan had signed a deal with AstraZeneca to acquire 120 million doses of the vaccine.According to Kyodo news agency, 75% of all AstraZeneca vaccines will be manufactured in Japan.Japanese JCR Pharmaceuticals based in western Hyogo province is ex…
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US health agency misused funds for years: Watchdog
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Millions of dollars intended for use in responding to public health emergencies like Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 has been "misappropriated," a federal watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.The report by the Office of Special Counsel accused Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) cautioned of potentially violating the Antideficiency Act by using Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a department under US Health and Human Services (HHS), for "non- BARDA purposes.""ASPR also potentially augmented other ASPR appropriations with BARDA funds," it said.The 2…
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Cuomo under fire as probe finds Covid-19 nursing-home deaths in NY were undercounted by up to 50%
rt.com | 2021-01-28
New York's state attorney general has said Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration drastically undercounted Covid-19 nursing-home deaths, something he has long been accused of doing. | Investigating a sample of 62 of the state's approximately 600 nursing homes, Attorney General Letitia James found that the state reported only 1,229 nursing-home deaths from those facilities, while the homes themselves reported 1,914 deaths from Covid-19. | If that same discrepancy holds true statewide, that would mean deaths in nursing homes from the virus are being underreported by a whopping 56 percent. That would put the stat…
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Just in time for Joe? US Covid-19 cases drop a record 35 percent over last three weeks
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Covid-19 cases in the US have declined 35 percent over three weeks, a record drop that conveniently coincides with the ascension of President Joe Biden — and a handful of other explanations media reports have ignored. | The New York Times posted the encouraging statistics on Thursday, crediting "the very early stages of herd immunity" and a possible increase in mask-wearing and social distancing. The paper did not provide evidence for any of the claims, calling them "possible explanations." | "The United States has never experienced a sharp and sustained decline in new coronavirus cases — until, per…
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South Africa Covid-19 variant found in US after two adults in South Carolina test positive
rt.com | 2021-01-28
A new Covid-19 variant first discovered in South Africa has now been detected in the US, after two cases were reported in the state of South Carolina, health officials announced on Thursday. | The two cases of the B.1.351 variant do not appear to be connected to each other, and neither person is known to have traveled recently, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement. | Both people are adults — one is from the Lowcountry area and one is from the Pee Dee region, the DHEC said, without giving further details. | The variant was discovered in samples from South Ca…
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Sturgeon Accused of 'Petty Politics' for Taking EU Side as COVID Vaccine War Hots Up
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
The European Union's vaccine trade war with the UK continued to escalate on Thursday, with a surprise swoop ordered at AstraZeneca's facility in Belgium coming to light and European Council President Charles Michel vowing tougher measures to force the UK to hand over supplies of the jabs.
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UN Secretary General Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shot
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved vaccines produced by BioNTech and Pfizer. According to research results, the effectiveness of the vaccine reaches 95 percent, and in the case of those over 65 – over 94 percent.
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EU-UK Vaccine Row: Britain Has Been Lucky to Develop Its Own COVID Jab, Academics Say
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
The UK and the EU have crossed swords over coronavirus vaccine supplies as Brussels warned it could restrict exports of the Belgian-made Pfizer jab to Britain, prompting Health Secretary Matt Hancock to accuse the union of "protectionism". British observers have weighed up whether the bloc's restrictions may hurt Britain's inoculation plans.
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Colombia Suspends Flights to Brazil for Month Over New COVID-19 Strain
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.
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Argentine province's anti-Covid measures at center of HR controversy
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
By Rodrigo Garcia Buenos Aires, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The health strategy of the Argentine province of Formosa to obligate people showing any symptoms of Covid-19, and even those without symptoms, to enter detainment centers has sparked heated nationwide controversy with citizens' protests, accusations of human rights violations and warnings from Amnesty International. By far, Formosa, …
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Portugal restricts foreign travel as Covid continues to surge
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Lisbon, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Portugal will tighten the rules on its citizens leaving the country for the next 15 days starting from Sunday. Covid-19 is spreading out of control in the Atlantic nation, where health authorities on Thursday reported 303 deaths and 16,432 new infections, both record numbers in the country of just over 10 …
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Vietnam detects 1st local Covid-19 cases in almost 2 months
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected two community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the health ministry announced Thursday. It comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions of people travel the country to visit their families. The Ministry of Health …
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Tokyo 2020 team says mass vaccination campaign not pre-requisite for go-ahead
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Tokyo, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday said the Games' go-ahead did not hinge on mass Covid-19 vaccinations in Japan. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the committee was determined to go ahead with the games this summer under any circumstances, even if it means athletes will be unvaccinated. …
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Cambodia pays muted tribute to Buddha for Maek Bochea due to COVID-19
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Bangkok Desk, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Cambodia celebrated an annual religious festival Thursday that marks the occasion on which Buddha prophesied his death, drawing crowds of faithful followers to the country's Ponhea Leu province, where the ceremony was held this year. The Buddhist celebration of Meak Bochea, which traditionally takes place during the full moon of …
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Dozen LatAm countries lean on Pfizer, AstraZeneca for vaccine rollout
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Madrid, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 vaccines co-developed by two multinational pharmaceutical corporations — New York-based Pfizer and British-Swedish AstraZeneca — are the products of choice for at least 11 countries in Latin America. A large group of countries, however, are waiting to receive vaccines through the Covax mechanism, a World Health Organization (WHO)-led effort …
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Vietnam finds 82 local Covid-19 cases after almost 2 months at zero
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
(Update 1: Adds details of new cases, minor edits, changes lede and headline) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected 82 community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the government announced Thursday. The outbreak comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions …
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WHO warns against premature lifting of Covid restrictions in Europe
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Copenhagen, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization's Europe office warned on Thursday against the premature lifting of restrictions as transmissions of Covid-19 remain high, coupled with the risks posed by new coronavirus variants. "Let us not forget the lessons we have learned so harshly. Opening and closing, locking down and opening up rapidly is …
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S Korean health workers first to receive COVID-19 jabs in February
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- South Korea intends to begin its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in February, first inoculating frontline workers, followed by hundreds of thousands of elderly and dependent people, according to a plan presented Thursday. The arrival in the country of the first vaccine shipments manufactured by AstraZeneca is scheduled for the end of February …
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Extending the time between Covid jabs: pragmatic or a gamble?
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
By Guillermo Ximenes London, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The decision in the United Kingdom to extend the period between Covid-19 vaccine doses has divided expert opinion as some see it as a pragmatic move to confront the emergency situation while others worry it could be too much of a gamble. Sir Chris Whitty, the chief medical …
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As the Olympics and Euro 2020 hang in the balance, should elite athletes be fast-tracked for the Covid-19 vaccine?
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Considerable question marks remain as to the possibility of holding two of this summer's largest sporting events amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, but should athletes be allowed jump the vaccine queue to ensure they go ahead? | The rollout of the various vaccines to combat Covid-19, including Russia's Sputnik V jab, have promised a glimmer of light amid the global Coronavirus chaos which has affected practically every person on the planet in one way or another. | However, the rollout of the various vaccines has brought with it another debate: to whom should they be available, and where should the early applica…
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NY Times' pseudo-expert accusing China of genocide worked for publicity arm of far-right cult Falun Gong
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-28
The New York Times recycled flimsy claims by a right-wing apocalyptic extremist to accuse China of "genocide," in an op-ed by an American with 1/8th Uighur heritage who worked for Epoch Times, a far-right, pro-Trump outlet backed by cult Falun Gong. The New York Times published a factually challenged op-ed accusing China of committing "genocide" against its Uighur minority. The article sourced its spurious accusations to a right-wing operative who insists his research is part of a divine "mission" against …
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NY Times' pseudo-expert accusing China of genocide worked for publicity arm of far-right cult Falun Gong
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2021-01-28
The New York Times recycled flimsy claims by a far-right apocalyptic extremist to accuse China of "genocide," in an op-ed by a former staffer for Epoch Times, a far-right, pro-Trump outlet backed by Falun Gong. The New York Times published a factually challenged op-ed accusing China of committing "genocide" against its Uighur minority. The article sourced its spurious accusations to a right-wing operative who insists his research is part of a divine "mission" against Beijing that is "led by God." …
thegrayzone.com/2021/01/28/ny-times-uigh…

AOC throws weight behind GameStop hedge fund massacre, takes a dig at Wall Street's 'long history of treating economy as a casino'
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has heaped mockery on Wall Street hedge funds who've taken a beating after a short-selling scheme on GameStop shares miserably backfired, accusing them of treating markets like a "casino." | The New York congresswoman took to Twitter on Wednesday night to poke fun at the "Wall Streeters" racking up major losses amid a push by online trolls to punish GameStop short-sellers, deliberately driving up the value of the retailers' stock. | "Gotta admit it's really something…
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'Stealing millions from users': Squad members Tlaib and AOC call for congressional hearing over Robinhood 'market manipulation'
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has called for a House hearing over trading app Robinhood banning the purchase of certain stocks after amateur traders humiliated Wall Street. Fellow 'Squad' member AOC seconded the idea. | The amateur traders united through Reddit and Discord this week, causing hedge funds to lose billions of dollars by purchasing stock in companies such as GameStop, which Wall Street was betting against. | However, the ironically named Robinhood — which acted as one of the main platforms for the traders to purchase through — responded on Thursday by banning the purchase of the…
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Obamacare is back: Biden signs executive orders on healthcare, reinstates abortion funding
rt.com | 2021-01-28
President Joe Biden has signed two executive orders on healthcare. His decrees reopen enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and lift a Trump administration ban on funding for nonprofits that promote abortion. | The first order instructs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to open a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act from February 15 to May 15, giving unemployed Americans a chance to sign up for health insurance. The order also instructs federal agencies to review "rules and other policies that limit Americans' access to health care." | "I'm not initiating any ne…
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AOC Asks Who's Leading the House GOP — Kevin McCarthy, or Peddlers of QAnon
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is warning that the GOP has "legitimate white supremacist sympathizers" among its ranks. | During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday night, Chris Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez how it felt to see Republicans call to " just move on" after the violent Capitol breach incited by former President Trump earlier this month. Ocasio-Cortez explained that, although forme…
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AOC Asks Who's Leading the House GOP — Kevin McCarthy or Peddlers of QAnon?
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is warning that the GOP has "legitimate white supremacist sympathizers" among its ranks. | During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday night, Chris Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez how it felt to see Republicans call to " just move on" after the violent Capitol breach incited by former President Trump earlier this month. Ocasio-Cortez explained that, although Trump…
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GameStop controversy put AOC & Trump Jr on SAME PAGE against Wall Street — but panicked MSM smears Reddit traders as ALT-RIGHT MOB
rt.com | 2021-01-28
The GameStop stock rebellion is playing out like a revealing Rorschach test, drawing political figures as divergent as Donald Trump Jr. and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez together, and prompting legacy media to demonize the uprising. | The former president's son responded to ruling-class efforts to crush the rally, including Thursday's move by trading app Robinhood to ban its users from buying shares of GameStop and other stocks targeted by grassroots investors, by saying, "This is what a rigged system looks like." Trump Jr. tweeted: "It took less than a day for Big Tech, Big Government, and the corporate media to s…
rt.com/usa/513962-msm-smears-gamestop-in…

Pakistan's top court orders release of accused in Daniel Pearl murder case
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Islamabad, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered the release of the main accused and three other suspects in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, overturning the authorities' appeal against a lower court's order to commute their sentences. Thursday's decision came in response to appeals filed by the government …
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Ilhan Omar: Arms Sale Freeze Is "First Step" to End US Support for War on Yemen
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Peace-loving people around the world and anti-war Democrats in Congress hailed reports Wednesday that the Biden administration is imposing a temporary freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pending a review of billions of dollars worth of weapons deals with the repressive regimes approved during the presidency of Donald Trump. | The Wall Street Journal reports unn…
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'Palestinian teen's health in danger in Israeli prison'
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Amal Nahla, 17, was taken into custody by Israeli forces on Jan. 21 and has been placed in administrative detention without any charge for six months, with the possibility of the duration being extended, according to Defense for Children International — Palestine.The teenager is suffering "shortness of breath" and a medical checkup showed that he has "chest and respiratory system" issues, the group said in a statement.Nahla has been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a long-term neuromuscular and autoimmune disease, it added.The statement also referred to a report by an Israeli hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical…
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'Enemy within': Pelosi calls for additional House security, claims members of Congress THREATENED by colleagues
rt.com | 2021-01-28
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has demanded additional security for lawmakers, citing threats from "within" the House, while the temporary fence around the Capitol is on the way to become permanent. | "We will probably need a supplemental [budget] for more security for members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside," Pelosi told reporters at the Capitol on Thursday. | Asked to specify her "enemy within" comment, Pelosi cited "members of Congress bringing guns on the floor." | "It means we have members…
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Life imitates art
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-01-28
Ernst Merkenich asks: Is Microsoft seeking to raise the dead?
greenleft.org.au/content/life-imitates-a…

'Brazil on Fire': How fake news, culture wars and the United States put a fascist in power
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-01-28
Once at the centre of the region's left turn, Brazil has for the past two years been governed by a far-right president. Michael Fox spoke to Green Left about the significance of recent events there.
greenleft.org.au/content/brazil-fire-how…

Change the system to save the climate
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-01-28
Andrew Chuter reviews a 2014 graphic novel that communicates the science, politics and personal impacts of what is arguably humanity's greatest existential threat.
greenleft.org.au/content/change-system-s…

Saudi companies file lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri over embezzlement allegations
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-28
Saudi companies file lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri over embezzlement allegations | A campaign for Jabri's family said lawsuit was part of Saudi crown prince's 'desperate attempt' to distract world from Riyadh's human rights abuses | MEE staff | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 15 | Mohammed bin Salman has centralised power and targeted any and all perceived foes and potential opponents since he outmanoeuvred more senior rivals in 20…
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Saudi companies file Canadian lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri in embezzlement allegations
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-28
Saudi companies file Canadian lawsuit against Saad al-Jabri in embezzlement allegations | Campaign for Jabri's family says lawsuit is part of Saudi crown prince's 'desperate attempt' to distract world from Riyadh's human rights abuses | MEE staff | Thu, 01/28/2021 – 16: 15 | Mohammed bin Salman has centralised power and targeted any and all perceived foes since he outmanoeuvred more senior rivals in 2017 to become crown p…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-lawsuit…

Unemployment Is Much Worse Than You Think
Eugene Ludwig | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
The problem for many Americans isn't getting a job, it's getting enough hours at decent wages. Our topline numbers obscure that reality…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/unemployment-is-mu…

Biden's Climate Agenda Must Go Beyond Undoing Trump's Damage
Varshini Prakash | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
We need to see Biden working actively to organize his congressional colleagues to pass what we need to be the greatest green jobs and infrastructure recovery plan that this country has seen…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/bidens-climate-age…

Rebekah Mercer Raised Specter of "Armed Conflict" in 2019 Book
Matthew Cunningham-Cook | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
The billionaire heir has been financing a host of right-wing individuals and groups involved in the storming of the Capitol…
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The Right Normalizes Fascism. The Best Response: Normalize It Back
David Ost | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Before fascism can win power, it has to win support, which it seeks to do by polarizing politics to the point where only fascists represent the "true" nation…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-right-normaliz…

Tenant Organizing Explodes Across the Country
Laura Jedeed | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Tenants' unions are one reason that, unlike other cities with supposed eviction protections, D.C. has not had a single eviction since the moratorium went into place…
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All Hands on Deck: A Call for Left Unity
Vincent Emanuele | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Survival is all that matters. And to survive, we must win. And to win, we must act in solidarity. The clock is ticking…
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Lawmakers Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Jake Johnson | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
'Time for Talk Is Over. No More Excuses'…
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Beware Corporate 'Democracy Washing'
Peter Bloom | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Twitter, Trump, and the Danger of Privatizing the Fight Against Fascism…
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The Right Normalizes Fascism. The Best Response: Normalize It Back
David Ost | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Before fascism can win power, it has to win support, which it seeks to do by polarizing politics to the point where only fascists represent the "true" nation…
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Beware Corporate 'Democracy Washing'
Peter Bloom | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Twitter, Trump, and the Danger of Privatizing the Fight Against Fascism…
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Lawmakers Introduce $15 Minimum Wage Bill
Jake Johnson | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
'Time for Talk Is Over. No More Excuses'…
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The Illusion of Democracy 2: Power and Secrecy
Rod Driver | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
If Britain and the US had genuine democracies, where the views of ordinary people matter, the invasion, slaughter and torture in Iraq would not have happened…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-illusion-of-de…

The Illusion of Democracy 2: Power and Secrecy
Rod Driver | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
If Britain and the US had genuine democracies, where the views of ordinary people matter, the invasion, slaughter and torture in Iraq would not have happened…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-illusion-of-de…

Google Workers Across Announce International Union Alliance
Zoe Schiffer | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
Alpha Global is yet another sign that the fight to unionize tech workers is accelerating. If it's successful, it could provide a template for workers at other tech giants…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/google-workers-acr…

Biden's Climate Agenda Must Go Beyond Undoing Trump's Damage
Varshini Prakash | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
We need to see Biden working actively to organize his congressional colleagues to pass what we need to be the greatest green jobs and infrastructure recovery plan that this country has seen…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/bidens-climate-age…

Rebekah Mercer Raised Specter of "Armed Conflict" in 2019 Book
Matthew Cunningham-Cook | zcomm.org | 2021-01-28
The billionaire heir has been financing a host of right-wing individuals and groups involved in the storming of the Capitol…
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Alexei Navalny Grows More Powerful Every Time Putin Talks About Him
Vadim Nikitin | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
Alexei Navalny Grows More Powerful Every Time Putin Talks About Him…
thenation.com/article/world/putin-navaln…

Enemeis never to stop planning conspiracies against Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) — Pointing out that strengthening Iranian capabilities can deter its enemies, the commander of IRGC Ground Force noted that Iran's enemies have never given up planning various conspiracies against the Islamic system.
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Zarif says has never been 'buddies' with Biden
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (MNA) — In an interview with RT, Iranian FM Zarif clarified that he and Joe Biden were not buddies but represent two different countries with different policies.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169177/Zarif-says-h…

Iran warns of probable change in coop. level with IAEA
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iran's permanent ambassador to the International Organizations in Vienna warned about any probable change in the level of cooperation of his country with the IAEA.
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Zionists may be involved in Saied assassination: politician
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) –The secretary-general of the Tunisian "Al-Shaab" movement has said that the Zionist regime of Israel might have played a role in the assassination attempt against the Tunisian President Kais Saied.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169172/Zionists-may…

Iraqi army, Hashd al-Sha'abi destroy new ISIL HQ in Al Anbar
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iraqi Army in collaboration with Popular Mobilization Units, also known as Hashd al-Sha'abi recently launched a joint operation in the Anbar desert and managed to destroy the new headquarters of ISIL.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169160/Iraqi-army-H…

Smugglers kill Iranian border guard, injure two more
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — An Iranian border guard has been martyred, while two others have been admitted to hospital after clashes with smugglers in the Persian Gulf.
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Pope to meet top Shiite cleric Sistani in March
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Pope Francis is to meet top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani during the first-ever papal visit to Iraq in March.
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'The Doll' to vie at US, Italian film festivals
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'The Doll' directed by Nasrin Gol-Reyhan is slated to vie at two international film festivals in Italy and the US.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169166/The-Doll-to-…

6-party mechanism important way to increase coop.: Zarif
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Upon arrival in Turkey on Thursday afternoon, the FM Javad Zarif said that a 6-party mechanism outlined by President Erdogan of Turkey matters a lot to increase cooperation in the transit field.
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MP urges for removal of all sanctions before return to JCPOA
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — An Iranian Lawmaker said that Biden's signature to return to the JCPOA does not matter to Iran, urging the new US administration to lift all the sanctions first.
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'window is closing' for Biden to rejoin JCPOA: Iran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations has warned the new US administration to act quickly to rejoin the JCPOA "because the window is closing" on Tehran's deadline for Washington to lift economic sanctions.
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Shahid Rajaee Port
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-28
TEHRAN, Jan. 27 (MNA) — Iran's southern Hormozgan province is an important economic gateway for the export and import of goods and foreign transit. About 60% of exports and imports of goods are done via Shahid Rajaee Port.
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A Historic Turning-Point in American Politics
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-01-28
Will the American people get the coronavirus-policy that all the polls show that they overwhelmingly want? Perhaps the answer will be clear on this, within the next week or two. | UPDATE: on January 26th, Newsweek headlined "Mitch McConnell Wins Filibuster Battle as Primary Pressure Builds on Chuck Schumer", which (as is explained in the following) means that unless Senate Democrats now use "the Nuclear Option" — which they resist doing — Biden's Presidency will be…
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Escalating hostilities in Yemen's Hudaydah put thousands of civilians at risk
news.un.org | 2021-01-28
Civilians in Yemen's Hudaydah Governorate, face a growing threat from escalating clashes, with shelling of residential areas ongoing, endangering thousands.
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'End the scourge of neglected tropical diseases': UN health chief
news.un.org | 2021-01-28
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) vowed on Wednesday to "end the scourge of neglected tropical diseases", which affect more than a billion mainly poor people, and thrive where there is little access to quality health services, clean water, and sanitation.
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Make 2021 a year of possibility and hope, UN chief tells General Assembly
news.un.org | 2021-01-28
Following an "annus horribilis" of death, disaster and despair, 2021 must be a year of transformation, Secretary-General António Guterres told the UN's 193 Member States on Thursday.
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Asylum seekers subject to systematic pushbacks at Europe's borders, says UNHCR
news.un.org | 2021-01-28
UN refugee agency, UNHCR, called on Thursday for an end to "systematic" expulsions and pushbacks of refugees and asylum-seekers at Europe's land and sea borders.
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Capitol Police Suggestion for Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Faces Criticism
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said on Thursday that there should be permanent fencing installed around the Capitol following the attempted coup of January 6. The suggestion immediately faced backlash from many D.C. residents and the media who say that fencing off the U.S. Capitol is antithetical to what the building stands for. "In … Continued…
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Biden Plan Could Improve Health, Reduce Racial Disparities With WIC Investment
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
President Biden's emergency relief plan includes a substantial investment in WIC to help it reach more eligible families, marking one of the plan's several food assistance expansions to reduce today's high levels of hunger and hardship. WIC, which is federally funded but operated by local clinics, provides low-income pregnant individuals, new parents, babies, and toddlers with nutritious…
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More Military Influence and Spending Has Not and Will Not Make Us Safer
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
This month's insurrection at the Capitol revealed the dismal failure of the Capitol Police and the Department of Defense to use their expertise and resources to thwart a clear and present danger to our democracy. As the government reform group Public Citizen tweeted, "If you're spending $740,000,000,000 annually on 'defense' but fascists dressed for the…
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As Biden Issues Groundbreaking Climate Orders, Activists Push to Ban Fracking
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
On Wednesday, the Biden administration delivered a second surge of orders responding to activist demands to address the climate emergency head-on at every level of the federal government. Like no mandate a U.S. president has signed off on before, the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad lays out a plan to measure…
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Capitol Police Suggestion for Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Faces Criticism
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said on Thursday that there should be permanent fencing installed around the Capitol following the attempted coup of January 6. The suggestion immediately faced backlash from many D.C. residents and the media who say that fencing off the U.S. Capitol is antithetical to what the building stands for. | "In light of recent events, I can unequivocally say that vast improvements to the physical security infrastructure must be made to include permanen…
truthout.org/articles/capitol-police-sug…

Progressives Warn Against Scaling Back Relief Bill to Gain GOP Support
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-28
With the Biden White House reportedly weighing the possibility of splitting its proposed coronavirus relief package into two parts in an effort to attract some Republican support, leaders of the Congressional Progressives Caucus are warning that anything less than the president's $1.9 trillion opening offer would represent an unacceptable betrayal of economically…
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Maxwell 'Ordered Room With Young Girls to Kiss, Dance Sexually' In front of Epstein, Court Docs Say
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
A string of documents pertaining to Jeffrey Epstein's former partner's second deposition and other court proceedings have been released publicly this week, suggesting Ghislaine Maxwell preyed on her victims in an attempt to lure them into sex services for her billionaire friend.
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Unsealed court documents say Epstein madam Maxwell orchestrated underage ORGY for her and financier to watch
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Newly unsealed court documents from numerous court cases detail just some of the sexual misdeeds allegedly carried out by Jeffrey Epstein and his former madam Ghislaine Maxwell with groups of underage girls. | Some 112 court documents, amounting to thousands of pages of evidence, were unsealed and released on Wednesday night, including testimony accusing Maxwell of preying on victims and forcing them to perform sexual acts for her and Epstein's amusement. | In one of the records, Maxwell was accused of stealing a 15-year-old "slave's" passport, after she refused to have sex with Epstein. The British socialite…
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Epstein, Maxwell 'Ordered Virginia Roberts' to Have Sex With Prince Andrew, Unsealed Court Docs Say
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-28
Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's third child, is mentioned in evidence offered by Andrew Figuero, the ex-boyfriend of the most prominent Jeffrey Epstein accuser, Virginia Roberts, who shared what he had discussed in private with her during their relationship.
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Secret Teacher | It's time for a radical approach to free school meals
The Secret Teacher | thecanary.co | 2021-01-28
One educational issue has lodged inside the brains of the nation over the last few weeks: free school meals. | Opposition: | In the absence of a decent Labour Party (Keir Starmer has shown his disrespect for our profession by consistently refusing to back us up over his tenure), Marcus Rashford has become the unofficial opposition. Rashford's most recent intervention, which came thanks to the viral picture from a brave parent on Twitter, highlighted the lottery of meal…
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Nicola Surgeon vows to 'tackle transphobia if it exists in my party'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-28
Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to tackle transphobia within the SNP if it exists, insisting she takes on "bigotry" whenever she encounters it. | Broken promises?: | She was asked during First Minister's Questions on 28 January whether her government has broken its promises to transgender and nonbinary people. It came after she tweeted a video message on the issue, following reports of significant numbers of people leaving the SNP because they do not consider it to be a safe and tolerant place for trans people. | In the message posted on Wednesday evening, which she said was not scripted but "comes from my hear…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/01/28/nicola-s…

Behind Biden's warnings to Putin about election meddling lies a deep hypocrisy
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2021-01-28
Newly elected US president Joe Biden had a phone call with Russian premier Vladimir Putin on 26 January. Much of the call's items were fairly predictable — there were discussions about the Start treaty and how the US and Russia could improve relations going forward. | But the corporate-owned media has been glossing over one major piece of hypocrisy. It seems to be repeating unchallenged Biden's implication that Russia has all the answering to do when it comes to electoral interference. But the reality is that it's the…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2021/…

Protests set to intensify across Poland as abortion ban comes into effect
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-28
The National Women's Strike in Poland called for countrywide protests after the controversial judgment by the Polish constitutional court banning abortions in case of fetal defects came into effect on Wednesday…
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Poland mobilizes yet again in opposition to abortion ban
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-28
Massive protests were held across Poland on January 27 condemning the government's announcement to enact the ban on abortions. The enactment had been stalled till January 27 due to popular outcry.
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/28/poland-mo…

NGOs | sue Macron gov't for 'humiliating, degrading' ID checks against | Blacks, Arabs
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Following long-lasting complaints by residents with diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds in France, a group of six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) decided to launch a rare class-action lawsuit against Macron's government, urging authorities to take concrete steps to end racial profiling in ID checks by law enforcement.The NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and four others, contended that French law enforcement particularly stop people of African or Arab descent more often than other ethnic groups during ID checks, an entrenched discriminatory problem, also acknowledged by President E…
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Rand Paul Is a Monarchist–and Donald Trump Is His King
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
Rand Paul Is a Monarchist–and Donald Trump Is His King…
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Former Israeli army spy recruited by Labour should feel right at home
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-28
The revelation this week that the British Labour Party recently appointed a former Israeli military spy to work in its headquarters, reporting to the office of leader Keir Starmer, is truly extraordinary in many different regards. It is hard to believe the Labour leadership did not know who Assaf Kaplan was or appreciate the likely …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/01/former-israel…

The Trump Administration Gutted the EEOC
Bryce Covert | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
The Trump Administration Gutted the EEOC…
thenation.com/article/society/janet-dhil…

It's the Economic Precarity, Stupid
Albena Azmanova, Marshall Auerback | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
It's the Economic Precarity, Stupid…
thenation.com/article/politics/economy-i…

Charles Mills Thinks Liberalism Still Has a Chance
Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
Charles Mills Thinks Liberalism Still Has a Chance…
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Biden's Buddy Tom Vilsack Is No Friend to Farmers
Emily Berch | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
Biden's Buddy Tom Vilsack Is No Friend to Farmers…
thenation.com/article/politics/tom-vilsa…

Trump Judges Are Already Thwarting Biden's Agenda
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
Trump Judges Are Already Thwarting Biden's Agenda…
thenation.com/article/politics/trump-jud…

The American Devolution
Ward Sutton, Josh Gosfield | thenation.com | 2021-01-28
The American Devolution…
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Turkey sends 20,000 more vaccine doses to N.Cyprus
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Turkey on Thursday delivered another batch of coronavirus vaccine produced by China's Sinovac to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).As many as 20,000 doses of CoronaVac were brought to the TRNC in air ambulance belonging to the Turkish Health Ministry."Turkey has always been by our side, and the supply of vaccines is further proof," TRNC Health Minister Ali Pilli told Anadolu Agency.He appreciated the Turkish leadership for their efforts, adding that thanks to Ankara the vaccination campaign will continue.On Jan. 14, Turkey sent the first shipment of 20,000 doses, soon after which TRNC began the immun…
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Turkey starts vaccination for people aged 75 and older
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Turkey has begun administering the coronavirus vaccine on people aged 75 and above.Nationwide vaccination started on Jan. 14 after the Chinese Sinovac was granted emergency use approval by Turkey's drug regulatory authority.So far, senior citizens over 90 and 80 years old at care homes or their residences have been vaccinated.Also, vaccination is ongoing for employees at pharmacies and students studying the subject at university level.According to the official figures released by the Health Ministry, Turkey has vaccinated 1.524 million people as of Thursday morning, including frontline health workers.The vaccine…
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Iranian foreign minister to visit Turkey on Friday
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will pay a visit to Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.During Zarif's visit, "all aspects of our bilateral relations will be discussed and views on regional and international issues will be exchanged," a ministry statement said.
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Borsa Istanbul down at Thursday open
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Turkey's benchmark stock index opened at 1,450.54 points on Thursday, down 1.12% or 16.46 points from the previous close.Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index dropped 4.50% to close at 1,467.00 on Wednesday, with a daily trading volume of 34.3 billion Turkish liras ($4.7 billion).The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate dropped to 7.4100 as of 9: 30 a.m. local time (0630GMT), from 7.4110 at the previous close.The euro/Turkish lira exchange rate rose to 8.9800 from 8.9610, while one British pound traded for 10.1400 Turkish liras, up from 10.1350.One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for around $55.20 as of 10 a.m. local tim…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/borsa-istanbul-…

Pakistan confers medal on Jordan's military chief
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Pakistan on Thursday awarded its second highest civilian medal to Jordan's military chief, who is in Islamabad on an official visit, a presidential statement said.President Arif Alvi conferred Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military), or Crescent of Excellence, on Gen. Yousef Ahmed Al Hnaity, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, at a special ceremony in the Pakistani capital.The award was given "in recognition of his illustrious services for promoting defense cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries."Later during a meeting, the president said Pakistan and Jordan enjoy excellent…
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Turkey's economic confidence up 1.6% in January
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
The confidence in the Turkish economy rose month-on-month in January, said the country's statistical authority on Thursday.The economic confidence index reached 96.2 this month, up 1.6% from 94.7 in December, TurkStat said.The monthly rise was driven by increases in consumer and services confidence indices.‚Ä® ‚Ä®The consumer confidence index posted the largest increase with 4% in the same period. The reading for retail trade and construction slipped by 0.1% and 5.2%, respectively.This month, the services confidence index was up by 2.9% compared to last month, while the real sector p…
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'Turkey third country worldwide with vaccines at clinical phase'
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Joining just two other vaccines in the world, vaccines developed in Turkey are now set to enter the clinical study phase, said the nation's president on Thursday."Three innovative [Turkish] vaccine candidates are on the verge of starting phase studies. Work by our professors has the potential to become the third vaccine candidate in the clinical stage in its category in the world," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an award ceremony for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) in the capital Ankara.According to the World Health Organization, Turkey has t…
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Snow-fed waterfall offers unique view in central Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Kapuzbasi Waterfall, fed by snow masses and glaciers at the summit of Mt. Aladag and overflowing with a recent heavy snowfall, attracts visitors with its unique views in central Turkey.Kapuzbasi Waterfall comprises seven waterfalls flowing from the mountain slopes on an area of 500 square meters (around 5,382 square feet), and is located in Aladaglar National Park around 190 kilometers (118 miles) from the city center of the Kayseri province.As a wonder of nature, the place has become a frequent destination for visitors overwhelmed with cold water, pouring down from a height of about 75 meters (246 feet).The gorg…
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Could Turkey-EU relations normalize?
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
The volatile climate that marked US foreign policy in the Donald Trump era not only harmed EU-Turkey relations, but also adversely affected US relations with the European Union. There is no question that this is not the first crisis in the transatlantic relations. For instance, the Bush administration's unilateral policies widened the gap between Washington and Brussels in 2003, as Europe and the USA, two transatlantic partners, "lost each other somewhere between Kabul and Baghdad," as Robert Kagan put it. Around the same time, we have started to hear about what began to be referred to as "two Wests". According t…
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Hacking network Emotet dismantled by int'l operation
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Law enforcement agencies across six European countries, the US and Canada have disrupted a global hacking network Emotet.In a written statement Wednesday, Europol described Emotet as the "world's most dangerous malware"."Investigators have now taken control of its infrastructure in an international coordinated action," EU's law enforcement agency added.Among the countries that participated in the operation are the Netherlands, Germany, the US, the UK, France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine, with international activity coordinated by Europol and Eurojust."The EMOTET infrastructure essentially acted as a primary doo…
yenisafak.com/en/technology/hacking-netw…

Turkey's FM hails new Canadian, Afghan officials
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Turkey's foreign minister spoke with his newly appointed Canadian counterpart over the phone, according to diplomatic sources.In their phone conversation, Mevlut Cavusoglu congratulated Marc Garneau on his appointment this January as foreign minister.Separately, Cavusoglu also met in the Turkish capital Ankara with Qudratullah Zaki, Afghanistan's transport minister.On Twitter, Cavusoglu "congratulated my brother Qudratullah Zaki, Minister of Transport of Afghanistan, for his new post.""Thanks to statesmen like Qudratullah Zaki who studied in Turkey, our brotherly ties with Afghanistan are even stronger," Cavusogl…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkeys-fm-hails-n…

Turkey's central Bank reserves hit 93.3$B in December
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
The Turkish Central Bank's reserves amounted to $93.3 billion at the end of December 2020, the bank announced on Thursday.Total reserve assets rose 12.8% in December from the end of November, according to the bank's international reserves and foreign currency liquidity report.Foreign currency reserves — in convertible foreign currencies — totaled $48.5 billion, up 17.8% compared to the previous month.In December, the bank's gold reserves — including gold deposits and, if appropriate, gold swapped — increased 8.1% on a monthly basis to $43.2 billion.Short-term predetermined net drains of the government and the…
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Turkey's exports of home textile products fetch $2.49B
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Turkey exported home textile products worth over $2.49 billion to 194 countries and autonomous regions last year, according to data released by an industry group.A majority of the exports were made to the Western countries — Germany ($480.6 million), the US ($295.4 million), and the UK ($128.7 million), according to data by the Turkish Home Textile Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TETSIAD) compiled by Anadolu Agency.The exports worth $904.8 million to these three countries accounted for 36.33% of the total home textile sales.‚Ä®They were followed by Italy and the Netherlands with $107…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkeys-exports…

Turkey sends 20,000 more vaccine doses to N.Cyprus
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
As many as 20,000 doses of CoronaVac were brought to the TRNC in air ambulance belonging to the Turkish Health Ministry."Turkey has always been by our side, and the supply of vaccines is further proof," TRNC Health Minister Ali Pilli told Anadolu Agency.He appreciated the Turkish leadership for their efforts, adding that thanks to Ankara the vaccination campaign will continue.On Jan. 14, Turkey sent the first shipment of 20,000 doses, soon after which TRNC began the immunization. The first phase continued from Jan. 15-22.*Writing by Merve Berker in Ankara…
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Israeli army detains 25 Palestinians in West Bank
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
The Israeli army on Thursday detained 25 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian non-governmental organization said.In a press release, the Palestinian Prisoners Society said, the detention of Palestinians, including minors, took place at the dawn.It noted the detainees are from different provinces of the West Bank.The Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.Israel is holding about 4,400 Palestinian prisoners, including 40 women, in its prisons, while the number of child d…
yenisafak.com/en/world/israeli-army-deta…

Re-thinking open-source intelligence in the information age and digital change
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us …"Charles Dickens' abovementioned opening lines in his classic "A Tale of Two Cities" masterfully depicts the zeitgeist in the heart of Europe at the time, London and Paris, avalanching en route to the coming French Revolution. Indeed, periods of great changes in long-establis…
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Coronavirus kills 647 health workers in Indonesia
yenisafak.com | 2021-01-28
Adib Khumaidi, a team leader at the Indonesian Medical Association, said in a press release that the number comprises 289 doctors, 221 nurses, 84 midwives, 27 dentists, 15 medical laboratory personnel, and 11 pharmacists.Khumaidi claimed the country's fatality rate for medical personnel is the highest in Asia, and among the top three in the world based on comparison of test statistics and population."From December 2020 to January 2021 we recorded 53 deaths," he said, attributing the high number of fatalities to increased people's activity and mobility recently.The official said the current coronavirus situation i…
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Baràßa, Sevilla advance to Copa del Rey quarterfinals
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-28
Sports Desk, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Barcelona had to come from behind Wednesday to beat second-division Rayo Vallecano 1-2 and claim a berth in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, while Sevilla coasted to a 3-0 win over Valencia. Lionel Messi, back on the pitch for the Blaugrana after serving a two-game suspension, tested Rayo …
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The Biden Climate Plan, Part One: A Drop In The Ocean
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
After years of record-breaking heat waves, extreme weather, rapidly melting ice caps and other stark illustrations of intensifying climate change, the Biden administration is presenting itself as a force for climate stabilization. | But the policy proposals of the Biden administration, in the face of global temperatures already increased by more than a degree Celsius, illustrate that the Democratic Party is incapable of even proposing measures that could achieve a stated goal of net zero emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases by 2050. | Failure dooms humanity to a temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius or…
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Farmers Blame Miscreants For Maligning Their Image On Republic Day
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
As part of their Tractor Protest Rally, thousands of farmers entered Delhi on Tuesday morning riding SUVs, cars, and wheeled farm equipment. A faction of the rally soon invaded Delhi's iconic Red Fort, leading to violent clashes with police as the farmers seek the repeal of several farm laws recently decreed by the central government. | While farm leaders in the state of Haryana and Punjab distance themselves from the events at Delhi's iconic Red Fort on India's 72nd Republic Day, saying agitation against the new farm laws has nothing to do with violence, social media continues to buzz over the possible cause of…
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Letter: Groups Oppose Repeal Of Overbroad Changes To Section230
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
In the wake of this latest act of white supremacist violence directed at the U.S. Capitol, it's more urgent than ever that lawmakers take steps to address systemic racism and injustice, and to hold Big Tech companies accountable for their role in undermining democracy and amplifying harmful content. However, repeal of or injudicious changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act would only make the situation worse. | Gutting Section 230 would make it more difficult for web platforms to combat the type of dangerous rhetoric that led to the attack on the Capitol. And certain carve outs to the law could th…
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Florida Teachers Face Setback In Fight For Safe Schools
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
The Broward Teachers Union's fight to secure work-from-home orders for about 1,100 teachers seems to have ended with an arbitrator's decision. | The BTU filed a lawsuit against Broward County Public Schools, demanding those teachers with health concerns be allowed to keep special accommodations which were granted in October. The district said only the most seriously ill teachers, about 600, would be allowed to teach from home as the rest were needed in the classroom. | The arbitrator sided with the district. | "This is a win for our students," said Superintendent Robert Runcie. "We recognize the health concerns o…
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International Organizations Urge Biden Administration To Suspend US-South Korea Joint Military Exercises
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
On Wednesday, a statement endorsed by 110 U.S., 197 South Korean, and 80 international civil society organizations was sent to the Biden administration urging the suspension of annual combined military exercises with South Korea in order to restart diplomacy with North Korea. | In the statement, the groups note these "costly and highly provocative war exercises" — which are based on operation plans that reportedly include pre-emptive strikes and "decapitation measures" against the North Korean leadership — heighten military and political tensions on the Korean Peninsula. As such, they are a major obst…
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The 'Insurrection' And Its Discontents: 'American Exceptionalism' Revisited
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
History is being written in the United States today. Even the most pessimistic about the prospects of American democracy have rarely ventured out this far while offering a bleak analysis of America's future, whether in terms of political polarization at home or global standing abroad. | As shocking and, certainly, telling as the images of thousands of American protesters taking over the symbols of America's federal, representative democracy in Washington DC on January 6, it was only a facet in a far more complex and devastating political trajectory that has been in the making for years. | While mainstream US medi…
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Striking Palestinian Workers Triumph
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
After 19 days of an open-ended strike demanding their human and labor rights, Palestinian workers at Yamit have suspended their strike. 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 the following: | The workers get back to work and continue the negotiations with Yamit for a period of three months. | During this period, the workers receive an increase of around 200$ on their wages. | The Palestinian workers are paid a holiday usually given to Israeli workers i…
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France Vows 'Symbolic Actions,' No Apologies For Colonisation Of Algeria
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-28
On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron received a much anticipated report on France's 132-year colonial rule of Algeria and the war that led to Algeria's independence in 1962, as part of an effort towards reconciliation of historical memory between the two countries. | A specialist of contemporary Algerian history, French historian Benjamin Stora, was tasked by Macron in July with "making a precise and just inventory of the progress done in France of colonisation and the Algerian war", which remain painful subjects for millions of Algerian and French citizens nearly 60 years later. | Algerian President Ab…
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Trading app Robinhood SHUTS DOWN GameStop stock, after Reddit traders embarrass Wall Street
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Trading app Robinhood has banned its users from buying GameStop, AMC, Nokia and Blackberry stock, after its users inflated the value of GameStop stock and inflicted billions of dollars of losses on Wall Street fat cats. | Traders logging on to Robinhood on Thursday were informed that they were no longer able to purchase stock in $GME, $AMC, $BB and $NOK (GameStop, AMC Theaters, Blackberry and Nokia). These are the four companies whose share prices were massively inflated in recent weeks by crowds of amateur investors purchasing the stocks. | $GME was trading at $316 before the halt, and has since dropped to be…
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Mega-investors punished with $70 BILLION LOSSES as GameStop and other shorted firms see stock surge — data analysts
rt.com | 2021-01-28
Short-selling investors lost a staggering $70.8 billion this month, according to financial data analytics firm Ortex. Their losses were partly driven by small traders pumping money into stocks like GameStop. | Short-sellers lost $70.87 billion on US companies this year so far, according to analysis from Ortex reported by Reuters on Thursday. To put the loss in perspective, $70.87 billion is half a billion dollars more than the GDP of Slovenia, according to CIA statistics. | In just a few short days, the American people realized their power and took down $70 BILLION in predatory trading. We're not even finished…
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6 killed, scores injured after chemical leak at factory in Georgia
rt.com | 2021-01-28
At least six people have been killed and more than 100 treated by medics after a liquid nitrogen leak at a food processing plant in the US state of Georgia, local officials said on Thursday. | The incident occurred at the Prime Pak Foods plant in Gainesville, Hall County, at around 10am local time Thursday. | A spokesperson for the Northeast Georgia Health System said multiple people are receiving emergency treatment, with at least 10 people hospitalized. | Five people reportedly died at the scene, while a sixth succumbed to injuries after being rushed to hospital. | One eyewitness to the aftermath of the inci…
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