Daily Archives: February 3, 2021

2021-02-03: News Headlines

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). Examining The Ethics & Implications Of Twitter's Censorship Policy In India. oneworld.press Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government's request to temporarily "withhold" access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to claims that they were "inciting violence" during the ongoing farmers' protests, which prompts some very important ethical questions that have a few disturbing implications for the freedoms of speech and assembly in Western-style democracies across the world.

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). Examining The Ethics & Implications Of Twitter's Censorship Policy In India. oneworld.press Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government's request to temporarily "withhold" access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to claims that they were "inciting violence" during the ongoing farmers' protests, which prompts some very important ethical questions that have a few disturbing implications for the freedoms of speech and assembly in Western-style democracies across the world.

Samar Halarnkar (2021-02-03). India is turning to colonial-era laws to silence journalists. zcomm.org Sedition charges are just the latest attempt by Narendra Modi's government to undermine a free press. They must be opposed…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-03). Iran reiterates its commitment to JCPOA, proposes US return to the deal. peoplesdispatch.org Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, in an interview with CNN, said that talks about nuclear weapons in the western media is baseless speculation aimed at directing public opinion against the country…

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2021-02-03). Biden and Iran. counterpunch.org Last week's statements by the Biden appointees made the matter unnecessarily more complicated, sounding more like a continuation of the Trump policy rather than its refutation. In his confirmation hearing, Antony Blinken, Biden's choice for secretary of state, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the new administration believes that Iran needs to resume strict compliance with the nuclear agreement before the US contemplates a return to the JCPOA. In response to the question of lifting the economic sanctions that the previous administration imposed on Iran, Blinken told the committee that "we are a lon…

Lee Camp (2021-02-03). It's Now or Never — We Stare Into the Abyss. zcomm.org Despite millions of years of finding ways to survive, these species failed to outlast that most destructive force — unfettered capitalism…

Zoltan Grossman (2021-02-03). The Resilience Doctrine: Indigenous Nations Understand Disaster Resilience. counterpunch.org Part 3 of a 4-part Primer on Disaster Collectivism in the Climate and Pandemic Crises. From the perspectives of Indigenous nations, the crises of 2020 have not been something entirely new, or even a significant historical departure from "normal." Having previously experienced the ravages of violent colonialism, pandemics, environmental catastrophe, and forced assimilation, the current

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-03). Philippines apex court kicks off hearings on anti-terror law. peoplesdispatch.org The Supreme Court has begun hearing oral arguments on over three dozen petitions filed against the Anti-Terror Act passed by the Rodrigo Duterte government in July 2020…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-03). Atlantic Council Pens Anonymously Authored Expose Calling for Regime Change in China. mintpressnews.com The report outlines a plan for the United States to pursue a China without Xi Jinping, with a weakened Communist Party, and operating in a region dominated by the US and its allies.

William J. Astore (2021-02-03). Joe Biden's Peace Force? A Multipoint Plan to End War as We Know It. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — When it comes to war, if personnel is policy, America is yet again in deep trouble. As retired Army Major Danny Sjursen recently pointed out at TomDispatch, when it comes to foreign policy, President Joe Biden's new cabinet and advisers are well stocked with retired generals, reconstituted neocons, unapologetic hawks, and …

Walter Smolarek (2021-02-03). Meet the fascists' favorite members of Congress. liberationnews.org Photo: Marjorie Taylor Greene being sworn into office by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy Less than one month into its new session, the House of Representatives is faced with the question of whether or not to expel one of its own — Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia's 14th District. Rep. Greene's embrace of racist conspiracy …

Michelle Weinroth (2021-02-03). Trudeau: End Hassan Diab's Ordeal Now! socialistproject.ca Forty and some years have elapsed, yet the French authorities have failed to find the real culprit for the 1980 bombing of the synagogue on rue Copernic, Paris. Not only have they failed to carry out their original mission, they have failed to admit, let alone face, their obvious defeat. Recent events prove ever more …

Staff (2021-02-03). A Coup in Burma: Did Military Seize Power to Avoid ICC Prosecution for Rohingya Genocide? democracynow.org We speak with a Burmese dissident about the military coup underway in Burma as de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested. The coup unfolded hours before lawmakers were to take their seats in the opening of parliament, following a November election in which Aung San Suu Kyi's party won over 80% of the contested seats in the Burmese parliament and the military made unsubstantiated claims of fraud. Hundreds of lawmakers, activists and human rights defenders have also been detained since the coup, and telecommunications have been cut in parts of Burma, which the military calls Myanmar. "The military decided…

Staff (2021-02-03). Jeff Bezos to Quit as CEO, But Amazon's "Predatory Business Model" Will Continue Unless Lawmakers Act. democracynow.org Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced he will step down as CEO and move into a new role as executive chairman later this year, giving up the reins after nearly three decades during which he grew Amazon from an online book retailer into a sprawling business empire and became one of the world's richest people in the process. Andy Jassy, the head of the company's cloud computing division, is set to take over the top job, but Bezos will continue to be the largest Amazon shareholder and remain on the board of directors. The news comes as calls continue to mount for lawmakers to break up Amazon and other tech giants.

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-03). The Lesson Of The BLM Protests: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Remember when Americans shook the earth with massive protests demanding an end to the police state and the entire liberal establishment just kept saying "I hear you, I agree with you" and then did absolutely nothing to even reduce police brutality? It's important to remember such lessons. | People would ask me "Why are you supporting Black Lives Matter Caitlin? Don't you see all the corporations and corporate Dems support it? Why would they do that if it didn't serve them?" This is why they did it. Empty words of support can defuse a situation far easier than open opposition. | Imagine if all the plutocrats, pun…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-03). Hezbollah fires missiles at Israeli drone over southern Lebanon. middleeasteye.net Hezbollah fires missiles at Israeli drone over southern Lebanon | Lebanese security sources say the anti-aircraft missiles failed to hit target, which returned to Israel | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 14: 35 | Naqura, south of the Lebanese city of Tyre, which is controlled by the United Nations peacekeeping force (Unifil), on the border with Israel (AFP) | Anti-aircraft missiles were fired at an Isra…

Peter Koenig (2021-02-03). Implanted "Vaccine Package" ID: Germany's Parliament Has Ratified GAVI's Digital "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca Alarming News. In Germany the Parliament (Bundestag) ratified on 29 January 2021, the implementation of Agenda ID2020. | This is a centralized general electronic data collection of every citizen to which every government agency, police — and possibly also the private …

Zoe PC (2021-02-03). José Agualsaca, candidate for Ecuador's National Assembly, seeks to recover the future. peoplesdispatch.org José Agualsaca, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador who is running for the National Assembly, hopes to help reverse the disastrous policies of the past four years and deepen the Citizen's Revolution…

(2021-02-03). The Threat of Nuclear Weapons with Noam Chomsky. theanalysis.news As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on January 22, join the world-renowned intellectual for "The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty" Presented by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

Staff (2021-02-03). The Threat of Nuclear Weapons with Noam Chomsky. theanalysis.news As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on January 22, join the world-renowned intellectual for "The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty" Presented by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-03). COVID-19 reflections: the lessons learnt from the pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Imperial researchers reflect on the lessons they will take away from the pandemic.

Justin Feldman, Abigail Cartus, Seth J. Prins (2021-02-03). Biden's Coronavirus Plan Will Not Prevent Death and Devastation. thenation.com Justin Feldman, Abigail Cartus, Seth J. Prins Biden's Coronavirus Plan Will Not Prevent Death and Devastation…

repost (2021-02-03). Press Conference: SF Bay View Editor Gagged, Threatened & His Work Phone Confiscated. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Gagged, Threatened & His Work Phone Confiscated For Reporting COVID Outbreak At Florida Based For Profit Halfway House In San Francisco…

_____ (2021-02-03). Misinformation market: Money-making tools Facebook hands to Covid cranks. truepublica.org.uk By Jasper Jackson, Alexandra Heal: The video on Facebook opens with a question: "Could this be bio-terrorism?" Talking directly into the camera, the unshaven young man continues in a sarcastic American drawl: "I'm sure that there's no possible way that somebody could play Frankenstein and create the monster that they didn't mean to, or in many cases, …

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). The WHO Must Condemn The Doctors' Protest In Myanmar Or Lose Credibility On COVID-19. oneworld.press The world's liberal-globalist forces have been thrown into a conundrum after doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns in Myanmar stopped working on Wednesday to protest the military's legally implemented state of emergency, with the WHO now being forced to condemn their political activity or risk losing credibility on its COVID-19 narrative which claims that this pandemic is extremely deadly and must be taken seriously by all no matter what.

Liberation Staff (2021-02-03). South Carolina prison denies medication to incarcerated women. liberationnews.org Being incarcerated greatly increases the risk of contracting COVID-19. In fact, prisoners are 550% more likely to contract the virus and 300% more likely to die from it.

_____ (2021-02-03). White New Yorkers Have Received Lion's Share Of COVID-19 Vaccine. popularresistance.org Three white residents receive a COVID-19 vaccine for every Black or Latino person in the city, according to new demographic data released by the mayor's office on Sunday. | At a press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was a "profound disparity" about seven weeks into the city's vaccination program. | "Clearly, what we see is a particularly pronounced reality of many more people from white communities getting vaccination than folks from Black and Latino communities," de Blasio told reporters. The vast difference in vaccine coverage shows the city isn't meeting its pledge for equitable distribution. | The m…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-03). Covid-19: Tunisia and occupied Palestinian territory to receive vaccine via Covax. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Tunisia and occupied Palestinian territory to receive vaccine via Covax | Both areas were given vaccines from Covax after meeting the requirements for the programme | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 13: 38 | The World Health Organisation said that Tunisia would receive 37,000 shots from Pfizer and BioNTech with the Palestinians getting 93,600 (AFP)
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Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-02-03). Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism. mronline.org As known COVID-19 infections exceed 100 million internationally, with more than two million lives lost, rich countries are now quarrelling publicly over access to limited vaccine supplies. With 'vaccine nationalism' widespread, multilateral arrangements have not been able to address current challenges well.

March for Science (2021-02-03). Wednesday 2/3: Dicussion on Science of COVID Vaccines & Inequities Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy. indybay.org Online event…

John Feffer (2021-02-03). What Explains COVID's East-West Divide? counterpunch.org COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious "losers" have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world's coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths. Just

MEE correspondent (2021-02-03). 'Unlawful': Backlash against Egypt's plan to offer Covid-19 vaccine for money. middleeasteye.net 'Unlawful': Backlash against Egypt's plan to offer Covid-19 vaccine for money | As Cairo is set to charge the majority of the public for the coronavirus jab, one lawyer launches a legal challenge against the country's president arguing the decision is unconstitutional | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 10: 04 | Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed speaks during a news conference announcing the details o…

Phelan Acheson (2021-02-03). PatriotCare and the Pandemic: MMT Healthcare. realprogressives.org We are nearly a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and If the capitalist governments of the Western world conti…

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). The WHO Must Condemn The Doctors' Protest In Myanmar Or Lose Credibility On COVID-19. oneworld.press The world's liberal-globalist forces have been thrown into a conundrum after doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns in Myanmar stopped working on Wednesday to protest the military's legally implemented state of emergency, with the WHO now being forced to condemn their political activity or risk losing credibility on its COVID-19 narrative which claims that this pandemic is extremely deadly and must be taken seriously by all no matter what.

Juan Cole (2021-02-03). Were the Canaanites from Iran? Genomic History Shows that Israelis, Palestinians, Lebanese have Zagros Ancestry. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — There are no races. Human beings are all mixed up, and genomic history demonstrates this principle better than any other approach. So much of Middle Eastern politics depends on a kind of "sleeping beauty" nationalism (in Ernest Gellner's phrase) in which it is alleged that there was an ancient race …

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-02-03). Sunday 2/7: Dope + Capitalism = Genocide. indybay.org Zoom Meeting | LOG-IN INFO AT ICSSMARX.ORG

Karl Engels (2021-02-03). Corporate thieves: Amazon stole $62 million of tips from delivery drivers. peoplesworld.org If you read the headlines in the corporate press on Tuesday, you would have encountered stories about how Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, had reached a settlement with the government after being accused of "withholding" tips from its contract delivery drivers. The Chicago Tribune talked about how the company "didn't pass on" tips left …

Alan Macleod (2021-02-03). Media Runs Defense for Amazon After Retail Giant Caught Stealing Millions From Workers. mintpressnews.com Amazon just got caught stealing millions from its workers, but instead of grilling the retail giant, the media appear to be working hard to run defense for it.

MEE staff (2021-02-03). Normalisation deals with Israel 'not a substitute for peace', State Department says. middleeasteye.net Normalisation deals with Israel 'not a substitute for peace', State Department says | Peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine still 'very important', spokesperson Ned Price says | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 16: 19 | US State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at his first daily press briefing at State Department on 2 February (AFP/File photo) | Recently cemented normalisation deals between several Arab count…

Lubna Masarwa (2021-02-03). Protests erupt over killing of Palestinian citizen of Israel during police shoot-out. middleeasteye.net Protests erupt over killing of Palestinian citizen of Israel during police shoot-out | The death of Ahmed Hijazi, a 22-year-old nursing student, has reignited anger over Israel's selective policing of Palestinian communities in the country | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 14: 29 | Palestinian protesters in the town of Umm al-Fahm carry a placard saying "We are killed while the police are laughing" (Twitter\@ume…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2021-02-03). I will not let this happen again. zcomm.org It's not about revenge, it's about creating safety. We are not safe with people who hold political power who are willing to endanger lives for political gain…

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (2021-02-03). Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tells why we can't just 'forgive and forget'. peoplesworld.org Following is the full text of a statement that the congresswoman sent out yesterday to the national media and elsewhere. It contains graphic descriptions of violence and abuse. Monday night, I hopped on IG live to talk about what happened at the Capitol. My story is one of many. It's not the only story or …

Vanessa Beeley (2021-02-03). The resurrection of Aya Sophia on Syrian soil — Al Sqeilbiyyeh, Hama. thealtworld.com The resurrection of Aya Sophia in Al Sqeilbiyyeh. | 3rd February 2021: Yesterday I visited the Syrian Christian town of Al Sqeilbiyyeh, one of the most fertile areas of Syria that was besieged for 7 years by the US Coalition- backed armed gangs. During that time the terrorist groups targeted schools, residential areas, infrastructure with missiles, nowhere was safe. The closest terrorist encampment was only 500m away in Qalaat Al Madiq. Invasion was an ever present danger. | | In the photos I took yesterday you will see couples po…

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-02-03). "Finland must break away from the EU's common security and defense policy" peoplesdispatch.org J.P. Và§isà§nen, chairman of the Communist Party of Finland (SKP), talks about the policies of the government of Sanna Marin at the time of the pandemic, as well as its foreign policies…

Joyce Chediac (2021-02-03). Actions in 30 cities say 'Cancel the rents and mortgages!'. liberationnews.org An eviction crisis looms that will hit oppressed communities, already especially affected by the pandemic, the hardest.

Kenneth Surin (2021-02-03). What BoJo's Done for the Cause of Scottish Independence. counterpunch.org If you are from Scotland and want independence for your country, then Boris "BoJo" Johnson, the UK prime minister, is just the proverbial gift that keeps on giving. BoJo made a recent "essential" visit to Scotland— ignoring pandemic travel restrictions in so doing— for one of his now de rigueur but palpably contrived photo ops

Gregory Wilpert (2021-02-03). The Mixed Record of Mexico's AMLO, Two Years In. theanalysis.news Laura Carlsen talks to guest host Greg Wilpert about Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador's first two years in office, including his mixed record on the pandemic, corruption, social justice, and immigration.

Hannah Dickinson and Rob Maclean (2021-02-03). Rochester police attack and pepper spray 9-year old girl, body cam shows. liberationnews.org On the video one officer can be heard saying, "You're acting like a child." "I am a child," the traumatized girl responds.

Staff (2021-02-03). NASA Taps Top Climate Researcher for New Advisory Role on the Climate Crisis. truthout.org The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Wednesday that it has created a new position: senior climate adviser. The role will be filled in an acting capacity by Gavin Schmidt, who currently heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. | The agency's new senior climate adviser will work to communicate the agency's climate findings with the rest of the scientific community and help to align different parts of NASA with climate goals. Schmidt will b…

IMEMC News (2021-02-03). Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home Near Hebron. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, on Wednesday afternoon, a Palestinian home in Khallet al-Forn area, near Birin village, south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The National and Popular Committees in Yatta have reported that the soldiers demolished a 200 square/meter under-construction home owned by Jamal Rajab Sarsour. The Committee added that …

Rayhan Uddin (2021-02-03). Ramy Youssef and Tahar Rahim nominated for 2021 Golden Globes. middleeasteye.net Ramy Youssef and Tahar Rahim nominated for 2021 Golden Globes | Comedian Youssef is up for an award for second year running, while Rahim is being recognised for his portrayal of Guantanamo detainee | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 16: 11 | Egyptian-American Ramy Youssef and French-Algerian Tahar Rahim were nominated for the 2021 edition of the Golden Globes (AFP) | Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef and French-A…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-03). Turkey: Twitter labels minister's 'LGBT deviants' post hateful amid university protest. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Twitter labels minister's 'LGBT deviants' post hateful amid university protest | Interior minister angered over picture mixing LGBT symbols and Islamic images during protests against Istanbul rector's appointment | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 08: 19 | Police detained 159 students on Monday after breaking up a group planning an all-night vigil outside the rector's office (AFP) | Intensifying…

David Rovics (2021-02-03). November 17th, 1973 and the Legacy of State Terror. dissidentvoice.org In a prison hospital in Athens, Greece, a man named Dimitris Koufontinas lies unconscious most of the time. Almost a month into a water-only hunger strike, one of his tremendously weakened organs could fail, and he could die at any moment. As always, there's a lot happening in the world. Ongoing wars between countries, civil …

Emily Denny (2021-02-03). What does Pete Buttigieg's transportation secretary role mean for climate? peoplesworld.org The Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg Tuesday as the next Transportation Secretary, inspiring hope among environmentalists that a clean and equitable transportation sector may be possible. Passing with a 86-13 vote, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, now has the authority to make decisions on how the country moves, builds, and travels, directing the department's 55,000 employees and a …

Staff (2021-02-03). Gamestopped: WallStreetBets, Wall Street wins. therealnews.com What the hell happened on Wall Street last week? On this special TRNN panel, we talk about GameStop, hedge funds, and whether we can fight finance capital on its own turf.

Eds. (2021-02-03). The global struggle for bodily autonomy. mronline.org The example of Sparta is an interesting precedent for the way in which people's bodies have been controlled and utilized beyond their consent throughout history. The control of our bodies presupposes capitalism, but capitalism in turn has entrenched it.

Sammie Lewis and Jerry Goldberg (2021-02-03). Detroit mass arrests thrown out as anti-racist struggle continues. liberationnews.org Even while dismissing hundreds of cases, however, the city has stated it still intends to prosecute the protesters who it considers to be leaders of the protests.

MEE staff (2021-02-03). 'Still waiting for answers': HRW says no justice served after Beirut port blast. middleeasteye.net 'Still waiting for answers': HRW says no justice served after Beirut port blast | Rights group says stalled investigation is 'riddled with serious due process violations', as well as political leaders' attempts to stop probe | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 18: 45 | The Beirut port explosion killed more than 200 people and injured more than 6,000 (AFP) | Human Rights Watch has accused Lebanon's political leaders of "stalli…

Associated Press (2021-02-03). Seis trabajadores mueren en la planta de procesamiento avícola de Georgia. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Staff (2021-02-03). Warren Says Her First Move on Finance Committee Will Be a Wealth Tax. truthout.org On Tuesday, among a slate of other committee assignment announcements, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be "I'm very pleased to join the Finance Committee, where I'll continue t…

MEE staff (2021-02-03). Egypt asked for 'goodwill' gesture from Israel as condition for Netanyahu visit: Report. middleeasteye.net Egypt asked for 'goodwill' gesture from Israel as condition for Netanyahu visit: Report | According to Israeli news outlet Walla, the Israeli prime minister was hoping to visit prior to legislative elections, but Cairo conditioned trip on support for two-state solution | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 14: 08 | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, right, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, on t…

John Vandiver (2021-02-03). Russian Strike Jet Flies Low Past US Destroyer in the Black Sea. anti-empire.com A Russian warplane conducted a low pass near the USS Donald Cook on Sunday in the Black Sea, where the Navy has dispatched three ships for exercises. | The Sukhoi Su-24 fighter-bomber screeched past the U.S. destroyer while it was operating in international waters, the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet said in a statement. | The Navy said it operates in the Black Sea to reassure allies in the region and "ensure security and stability." | USS Donald Cook is operating alongside the destroyer USS Porter and USNS Laramie, which is refueling the warships during operations. | Refueling at sea is fundamental for the Navy, but doing…

Edward Curtin (2021-02-03). Indonesian Slaughter, Allen Dulles, and the Assassination of JFK. dissidentvoice.org Before I digress slightly, let me state from the outset that the book by Greg Poulgrain that I am about to review is extraordinary by any measure. The story he tells is one you will read nowhere else, especially in the way he links the assassination of President Kennedy to former CIA Director Allen Dulles …

Jeff Armstrong (2021-02-03). West Papua Calls for Independence Referendum to Avert Genocide. counterpunch.org The Indonesian-occupied nation of West Papua has called for urgent international intervention against Indonesia's intensification of what a 2016 report called "slow motion genocide." West Papua is facing an onslaught of colonial settlement backed by the military of the fifth largest nation in the world, with the largest army in Southeast Asia. Papuans are quickly

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2021-02-03). WAFA: "Four minors among 30 Palestinians detained by Israel in the occupied territories" imemc.org RAMALLAH, Tuesday, February 02, 2021 (WAFA) — Israeli occupation forces last night and today detained at least 30 Palestinians, including four minors, from various parts of the occupied territories, according to local and Palestinian security sources. They said Israeli occupation forces rounded up five Palestinians, including a minor, from Ramallah and al-Bireh district, in the …

Liu Zhen (2021-02-03). How the Gulf War Sparked China's Military Revolution. anti-empire.com Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, when American-led coalition forces invaded With the technology and firepower on show during the conflict — precision bombing, satellite guidance, missile interception, air-to-surface strike to eliminat…

Tim Wheeler (2021-02-03). QAnon Mayor terminates popular Sequim, Washington state City Manager. peoplesworld.org SEQUIM, WA—Despite overwhelming support for Sequim City Manager, Charlie Bush, the town's Mayor, William Armacost, a QAnon cultist, forged ahead last week to fire Bush. More than 100 Sequim residents wearing masks and socially distant, stood in a picket line as a sharply divided City Council carried out its hate-driven termination of Bush. "We Support …

IMEMC News (2021-02-03). Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Sebastia. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday evening, Sebastia Palestinian town, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many Palestinians. Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said several army jeeps invaded the town, and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at local youngsters, who protested the invasion. Azem added that many Palestinians, including …

The Conversation (2021-02-03). Poet Amanda Gorman's take on love as legacy points to youth's power to shape future generations. juancole.com By Heather Lawford, Heather L. Ramey and Jessica Riddell | — National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman's recitation of "The Hill We Climb," at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in the United States captured the attention of a nation and people globally. Gorman highlighted the power of poets in our current sociopolitical context to speak unique …

Inforum at Commonwealth Club (2021-02-03). Thursday 2/11: Islam, Immigration & Women's Rights: Ending Marginalization and Assault of Immigrant Women. indybay.org Online event…

Lola Loustaunan (2021-02-03). Fighting the "Immigrant Threat" indybay.org Milkman shows how the flux of low-wage immigrants into the U.S. workforce in recent decades is "not the cause either of the massive economic restructuring that began in the 1970s or the accompanying growth of economic inequality and labor degradation," but precisely a consequence of these developments.

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-03). Examining The Ethics & Implications Of Twitter's Censorship Policy In India. thealtworld.com Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government's request to temporarily "withhold" access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to claims that they were "inciting violence" during the ongoing farmers' protests, which prompts some very important ethical questions that have a few disturbing implications for the freedoms of speech and assembly in Western-style democracies across the world. | Everyone across the world is talking about social media censorship after former US President Trump was deplatformed last month by the world's largest companies in this sphere following the…

Melvin Goodman (2021-02-03). How to Question William Burns, Biden's Pick to Head the CIA. counterpunch.org In virtually all previous confirmation hearings, there were virtually no probing questions on CIA transgressions or the purpose, role, and even necessity of the CIA in…

Paul Jay (2021-02-03). Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? — Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson. theanalysis.news Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal. A wide-ranging discussion with Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

Scott Newman (2021-02-03). Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? — Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson. theanalysis.news Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal. A wide-ranging discussion with Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

_____ (2021-02-03). Medicare For All Reaches The Crossroads. popularresistance.org In 2021 the U.S. healthcare crisis has, again, reached a boiling point. It was already simmering in 2019 when the number of uninsured grew to 33 million. Covid then triggered a job crisis that added anywhere from 15 to 27 million to the ranks of the uninsured. The still-growing job crisis has pushed the number of uninsured near or beyond the 49 million uninsured that existed prior to Obamacare, whose goal was "universal healthcare." | It's no surprise then that Medicare For All emerged, pre-Covid, as the most popular policy during the Presidential Democratic primaries. But after the Democratic Party organized, on…

RT (2021-02-03). Supreme Court pauses Trump immigration cases, as Biden plans to overturn Trump policies & orders a review of 'kids in cages'. rt.com The US Supreme Court has canceled arguments on two Trump-era immigration and border security cases, as President Joe Biden eases Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policies. However, the controversial detention of minors continues. | The cases related to Trump's use of military funding to build his long-promised wall on the US-Mexico border, and his "remain in Mexico" asylum policy that required Central American migrants to wait in Mexico while their US asylum claims were processed. Both cases had been challenged by lower courts, and the Supreme Court was preparing to hear oral arguments in their favor until the…

news.un (2021-02-03). US plan to reform asylum, reunite families, reflects 'authentic humanitarian values'. news.un.org The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said it is "heartened" by the United States' president's signing of executive orders on Tuesday which aim to provide safety and solutions for those seeking asylum, on the grounds that they need protection from violence and persecution at home.

Staff (2021-02-03). Headlines for February 3, 2021. democracynow.org Democrats Say Trump "Singularly Responsible" for Jan. 6 Insurrection in Impeachment Brief, U.S. to Start Sending Vaccines to Pharmacies; Single AstraZeneca Shot Cuts Transmission by 67%, Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Chief, Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary, Senator Warren to Introduce Wealth Tax on Households Worth Over $50 Million, Kevin McCarthy Weighs Removing Marjorie Taylor Greene from Education Committee After Bipartisan Condemnation, Alexei Navalny Receives 3.5 Years in Prison Amid Mass Protests, Healthcare Workers in West Bank Receive Vaccines from Israel While Other Palestinians Mad…

Staff (2021-02-03). Immigration Advocates Welcome New "Tone" But Urge Biden Admin for More Concrete Change. democracynow.org Hundreds have been deported in the last week, even as President Biden signed several executive orders Tuesday to undo the Trump administration's hard-line anti-immigration policies. The orders include a push to reunify families torn apart under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and a review of the Trump policy known as "Remain in Mexico" that requires non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases wind through court, leaving tens of thousands waiting in dangerous conditions along the border. Reporter Aura Bogado says that despite the Biden administration's new "tone," continued deportations…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). 6 Australian Open tune-up events interrupted by positive Covid-19 test. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Thursday's matches at a slew of men's and women's professional tennis tournaments have been postponed after a hotel worker at the Grand Hyatt in this southeastern Australian city tested positive for the coronavirus. The suspended matches had been scheduled to be played at Melbourne Park, which also is the venue …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Expo 2020 preparations continue despite Covid-19's threat. laprensalatina.com Dubai, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The construction of the venue that will host Dubai's Universal Expo, initially scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed to this year due to the coronavirus, continues despite the threat posed by the pandemic. "We are highly optimistic and we believe that we are at the stage where hopefully there will …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Chile kicks off mass vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Chile on Wednesday kicked off a mass inoculation campaign after receiving a shipment of nearly 4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The government's plan is to vaccinate the country's at-risk population — nearly 5 million people — between February and March and the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). New Zealand approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has approved Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, the first to be given the green light in the country and expected to be rolled out from March, the government announced Wednesday. "The provisional approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is a positive step in New Zealand's fight against Covid-19. It means we …

Staff (2021-02-03). 120 Democrats Demand Repeal of Millionaire Tax Cut GOP Buried in Last COVID Bill. truthout.org A group of 120 Democratic members of Congress is calling on their party's leadership to ensure that a

Staff (2021-02-03). Remdesivir's History Shows How Americans Pay More for Drugs Than Others Globally. truthout.org It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced "highly significant" news about a drug called remdesivir. | That was surprising because the antiviral drug, owned by Gilead Sciences and developed with investment from the federal government, had languished for years with no apparent commercial use. It had struck out as a treatment for hepatitis C and Ebola. | But early in 202…

news.un (2021-02-03). Key workers in 145 countries to receive COVID vaccines under UN-backed initiative. news.un.org Key workers and other vulnerable people in 145 countries should receive COVID-19 vaccines in the first half of this year, under the joint UN-led COVAX initiative for fair access to coronavirus-beating jabs, it's been confirmed.

yenisafak (2021-02-03). 'Cancer patients must be priority for COVID-19 vaccine'. yenisafak.com Cancer patients should be prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccination schedule as they are in the highest risk group, a Turkish doctor said on Wednesday."Fatalities due to COVID-19 among cancer patients are higher than in all other groups. Cancer patients, who are in the highest risk group for the virus, must have priority in the vaccination calendar," Dr. Yavuz Anacak, the head of the Turkish Radiation Oncology Association, said in a statement ahead of the World Cancer Day.Alsancak urged all authorities to prioritize cancer patients in the vaccination schedule.Underlining that cancer is the second leading cause of d…

Micha Gartz (2021-02-03). What Does It Mean for a Virus to Become 'Endemic?'. anti-empire.com We already forgot we flattened the curve to allow hospital capacity to increase. The supposed purpose of the lockdowns was not to stop the virus but merely to better ration medical resources. | We already overlooked the common sense espoused by the We already missed the opportunity vaccines offered for us to rehabilitate social interaction and the economy. | And now, if we fail to recognize when Covid becomes 'endemic' and move on, society will be stuck in lockdown until 2023. | Even if you lock down society for two weeks (or two months) [md…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). China to offer 10M virus vaccine doses to COVAX. yenisafak.com China on Wednesday said it will offer 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the international consortium of vaccines led by World Health Organization (WHO)."At the request of the WHO, China has decided to offer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to WHO's COVAX, to meet the urgent need of developing countries," China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing.Last month, China's Sinovac, Sinopharm, and CanSinoBio vaccine manufacturers had submitted applications to join the global COVAX initiative that aims to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor and middle-income countries.The announ…

Lisa Mascaro, Josh Boak (2021-02-03). Biden discussing COVID-19 aid with Dems, wants fast action. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient as Senate Democrats pushed ahead, voting to launch a process that could approve his sweeping rescue package on their own if Republicans refuse to support it. Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen joined the Democratic senators for a private virtual …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Palestine gives first doses of coronavirus vaccine to healthcare workers. laprensalatina.com Hebron, West Bank, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Palestine started its coronavirus vaccine rollout on Wednesday, administering the first doses to healthcare workers. The Palestinian National Authority received its first 5,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine from Israel on Saturday. This comes a few days after the PNA's foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told the United Nations Security …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-03). The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist. juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor ) — The claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly The Forward, point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang is a former Democratic Presidential candidate and is vying for …

Editor (2021-02-03). Battling White Supremacy in the Ring. scheerpost.com Buy a copy of Horne's book "The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering, and the Political Economy of Boxing," By Gerald Horne Reviewed by Chris Hedges There were three nationally prominent Black men in the early twentieth century. Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute; W. E. B. Du Bois, perhaps America's most important intellectual; and the world heavyweight boxing champion… |

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Soup kitchens cry out for aid to feed hungry amid Peru quarantine. laprensalatina.com By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The announcement of a new quarantine came like a "bucket of cold water" in Peru's most disadvantaged communities, where the local soup kitchens are trying desperately to feed the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as everyone waits for the authorities to come to the rescue. In the …

Andrew Butler (2021-02-03). #TheCanaryLive — The real story of the coronavirus crisis. thecanary.co This #TheCanaryLive event will be broadcast at 7pm on Wednesday 3 February | Tragically, more than 100,000 people have died in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic began. Join us as we explore the real story of the coronavirus crisis, how the Johnson government has presided over such a monumental loss of life and how we balance protecting public health with protecting civil liberties. | Panelists | Dave Carr, an intensive care nurse, will speak about the distressing reality on the frontline. |

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Brent oil up boosted by Saudi's output cut from Feb. yenisafak.com Brent oil price hit its highest level in 12 months after pandemic-driven concerns over a supply glut were eased with massive output cuts of major oil producers.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $57.84 per barrel at 0720 GMT for a 0.07% rise after closing Tuesday at $57.80 a barrel. This is the highest level since Feb. 24 last year when it traded at $57.80.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded at $55.09 per barrel at the same time for a 0.60% increase after it ended the previous session at $54.76 a barrel.The voluntary cuts of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of OPEC's de facto le…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Top Turkish, Norwegian diplomats discuss relations. yenisafak.com Turkish and Norwegian foreign ministers on Wednesday met virtually and discussed bilateral relations, regional and global developments.In a Twitter post, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu said he discussed bilateral relations and recent developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Libya, the US, and the East Mediterranean with his Norwegian counterpart Eriksen Soreide.Turkey and Norway maintained its "bilateral trade volume despite the pandemic," Cavusoglu noted, and wished "further cooperation in every field, particularly energy."Meanwhile, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a Twitter post that Soreide had a "good and f…

RT (2021-02-03). American baby whose 1st album was recorded in the womb already garners online critics. rt.com Luca Yupanqui looks set to become the world's youngest recording artist in history, having recorded her debut album before she was born, thanks to her musician parents and some cutting-edge audio tech. | Elizabeth Hart, a member of psych-rock band Psychic Ills, along with her partner and fellow musician Iván Diaz Mathe, used so-called "biosonic MIDI technology" to record their unborn daughter's movements inside the womb during five-hour "joint meditation" sessions. | When the album drops on April 2, 'Sounds of the Unborn' will become the first LP to use audio recorded in utero. The proud parents used el…

RT (2021-02-03). MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell gets his company banned from Twitter, provokes Newsmax host to WALK OFF SET with election-fraud claims. rt.com Twitter has banished MyPillow after company founder Mike Lindell used the account to reiterate claims of election fraud and accuse the social media platform's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, of being "tied into" the alleged crimes. | "Jack Dorsey is trying to cancel me (Mike Lindell) out," Lindell tweeted through MyPillow's account on Sunday, in a message thanking supporters who ordered pillows after Kohl's and other major retailers stopped carrying the company's products. "We are extremely busy and hiring as fast as we can to handle all the shipping. Jack (Dorsey) will be found out and should be put in prison w…

RT (2021-02-03). GQ Magazine gives Joe Biden the virtual 'makeover' nobody asked for. rt.com After four quiet years, Joe Biden's return to the White House has woken America's lifestyle writers from their hibernation, and they're ready to shine his shoes with cringe-inducing content once more. | For the news industry, former president Donald Trump was good for business. His off-the-cuff remarks, personal feuds, and never-ending parade of scandals sold newspapers by the boatload and kept millions of eyes glued to cable TV. As journalists rushed to dig up dirt on the bombastic president, and every week broke new stories predicting his imminent downfall, one group of writers were left out in the cold: Ame…

RT (2021-02-03). Democrats and GOP strike power-sharing agreement, allowing Dems to take over key Senate committees. rt.com Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement that will allow the Democrats to take control of several Senate committees. Though the party holds a slim majority, Republicans have until now held onto their committee seats. | "I am happy to report this morning that the leadership of both parties have finalized the organizing resolution for the Senate," Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said on the Senate floor on Wednesday. "We will pass the resolution through the Senate today, which means that committees can promptly set up and get to work with Democrats holding the gavels." | Control of the Sena…

RT (2021-02-03). US Navy must rename warships that have 'racist' and Confederate names, policy task force says. rt.com The US Navy should rename warships and other assets that have racist connotations, as part of a modernization drive to promote diversity, the task force that shapes navy policy has recommended. | "Certain Navy ship names have been highlighted by Congress and in the media for connections to confederate or white supremacist ideologies," Task Force One Navy said in its The 141-page report called for a review to "identify assets honoring t…

RT (2021-02-03). Pentagon chief ousts HUNDREDS of advisers in sweeping purge of Trump-appointed military boards. rt.com US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has terminated hundreds of members from 42 Pentagon advisory boards, part of an aggressive bid to oust appointees brought on in the waning days of the Donald Trump administration. | Austin ordered a far-reaching review of the advisory boards, suspending their operations and dismissing all of their members, which number in the hundreds, according to a

Steve Topple (2021-02-03). Boris Johnson 'clapping for Tom' is the most twisted thing this week. thecanary.co Captain Tom Moore sadly died on Tuesday 2 February. And now, Boris Johnson and his government will be leading a national ' RIP Captain Tom: | BBC News

Ralph Underhill (2021-02-03). Capitalism is sucking the life out of the planet. thecanary.co Image description | At the top of the image a pound currency sign ( £) is pictured next to the Earth. In the next part of the image the top of the pound sign has become a spike and punctured the Earth. In the final part of the image, the pound sign has grown in size and sucked everything from the Earth, which is now pictured deflated and spent. | By

Staff (2021-02-03). Immigration Advocates Urge Biden Administration for More Concrete Change. truthout.org Hundreds have been deported in the last week, even as President Biden signed several executive orders Tuesday to undo the Trump administration's hard-line anti-immigration policies. The orders include a push to reunify families torn apart under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and a review of the Trump policy known as "Remain in Mexico" that requires non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases wind through court, leaving tens of thousands waiting in dangerous conditions al…

Rym Momtaz (2021-02-03). Macron: AstraZeneca Vaccine Seems 'Quasi-Ineffective' for Over-65s. anti-empire.com French President Emmanual Macron said Friday the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine appeared to be "quasi-ineffective" on people older than 65 — just hours before the EU's drugs regulator "The real problem on AstraZeneca is that it doesn't work the way we were expecting it to," Macron told a group of reporters, including POLITICO, in Paris. "We're waiting for the EMA [European Medicines Agency] results, but today everything points to thinking it is quasi-ineffective on pe…

Pierre-Paul Bermingham (2021-02-03). France, Sweden, Poland, Germany, France: Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine Not for Elderly. anti-empire.com The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be prioritized for people younger than 65, according to recommendations by government advisory bodies in France and Sweden on Tuesday, while Poland set its threshold at 60. | "Currently available data for people aged 65 and over are limited by a small sample size and don't allow for a conclusion on the safety and the efficacy of the [AstraZeneca] vaccine for this population," the French national authority for health (HAS) said. "The [AstraZeneca] vaccine is therefore recommended preferentially for health professionals under 65 and people under 65." | The three countries join…

Oriana Pawlyk (2021-02-03). After Most US Troops Pull Out of Somalia, Some Reenter for Training. anti-empire.com Editor's note: It appears the Pentagon never even fully withdrew as Trump had told them to, but kept some behind with an eye to Biden. |
| The U.S. military on Sunday held its first training engagement in Somalia after the recent drawdown of most American troops stationed there, Africa Command announced Monday. | "Our first engagement back into Somalia so quickly after the repositioning shows we remain committed to our Somali and regional partners and support their fight against violent extremism," U.S.

Global Times (2021-02-03). Huawei Struggles in Smartphone Market as Sanctions Bite, Apple Profits. anti-empire.com Chinese telecom giant Huawei saw a substantial drop in both smartphone shipments and market share in China market in 2020, following a tough year of US government's strangle on semiconductors supply, allowing US rival Apple to rise to fill up the void. | Under the US' relentless assault, Huawei saw a drop in market share in China from 38.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 25.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, the only one of the top five smartphone makers in China whose share declined, an International Data Corp (IDC) report showed on Tuesday. | Industry experts said that Huawei's rare market share…

MEE staff (2021-02-03). Rights groups condemn Turkey's 'illegal' transfers of detainees out of Syria. middleeasteye.net Rights groups condemn Turkey's 'illegal' transfers of detainees out of Syria | Sixty-three Syrian Arabs and Kurds have been transferred to Turkey over suspected links to 'terrorist' organisations | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 12: 03 | Turkey-backed Syrian rebels take part in a military exercise in Ghandoura, in the northeastern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province, on 14 January 2021 (AFP) | Human rights groups have c…

MEE staff (2021-02-03). 'Victory': Iran hails UN court decision to hear case over US sanctions. middleeasteye.net 'Victory': Iran hails UN court decision to hear case over US sanctions | International Court of Justice says it has jurisdiction to take on Iran's case against US over Trump-era sanctions | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 16: 36 | Zarif asked the European Union to coordinate a synchronised return of Washington and Tehran to the nuclear deal (AFP) | Iran's foreign minister hailed a decision by the UN's top court on Wednesday…

Lawrence Davidson (2021-02-03). National Ideals and the 1776 Commission Report: an Analysis. counterpunch.org One of Donald Trump's efforts to restructure, or maybe de-structure, the U.S. was the establishment of a 1776 Commission. Its job was to recast American history in an extravagantly patriotic fashion so as to assert U.S. exceptionalism. There is a Platonic correlate to this: the ideal is more real than the actual. Thus, ideals laid down

Joe Sims (2021-02-03). Turning point in freedom road. peoplesworld.org This keynote, presented to the CPUSA National Committee on Jan. 23, 2021, has been updated with the input of NC members. It's hard to overstate the importance of last Wednesday's Inauguration. Trump's gone, the coup was averted, and democracy prevailed. The fascist danger experienced a setback — at least for now. For those who believed …

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-02-03). Jon Ossoff Victory Proves That the Israel Lobby Still Has an Iron Grip on Democrats. mintpressnews.com An analysis by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs shows the pro-Israel lobby contributes significantly more money to Democrats than Republicans. And those campaign funds appear to be doing their job.

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Biden begins to dismantle Trump's anti-immigrant measures. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden acted Tuesday on his promise to dismantle the immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, by announcing a set of orders aimed to reunite separated families, restore the asylum system and address the causes of migration with regional partners. Biden signed the measures hours after the Senate …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-03). Dyson School of Engineering brings sketching masterclass into students' homes. imperial.ac.uk In partnership with stationery-maker Moleskine, expert illustrators hosted a week of sketching workshops with Imperial students.

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Police officer fatally injured in US Capitol riot lies in honor. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- An urn containing the ashes of a police officer who was fatally injured in the assault on the United States Capitol last month were taken to the building to lie in honor on Tuesday night. The remains of Brian Sicknick, 42, will stay in the Capitol Rotunda, considered the heart of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Deposed Myanmar president moved to interrogation center. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Deposed Myanmar president Win Myint has been moved to an interrogation center in Yangon, sources close to the politician told EFE on Wednesday. Myint, 69, was detained on Monday by the military along with leader Aung San Suu Kyi and held under house arrest in the capital Naypyitaw. "President U …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Staff in more than 70 Myanmar hospitals strike to protest coup. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Staff from more than 70 hospitals and medical centers in Myanmar responded to calls for a civil disobedience campaign and stopped work on Wednesday to protest against the coup staged by the military earlier this week, the organizers said. Specialists, nurses, dentists, doctors and other health workers from 74 hospitals …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). WHO team visits Wuhan lab Trump claimed was coronavirus source. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- A team of international experts from the World Health Organization mission investigating the origins of the coronavirus in China visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and its maximum security P4 laboratory on Wednesday. The head of the mission, Denmark's Peter Ben Embarek, confirmed to the Chinese state-run Global Times that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Australia rules out transfer fraud related to cardinal Pell. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Australian Police said Wednesday it had not found irregularities in funds transfers made from the Vatican between 2014 and 2020, following suspicions of money laundering in a case related to controversial Cardinal George Pell. In a statement, Australian Federal Police said it "had not identified criminal misconduct to date" by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Biden, Putin extend New START at start of a difficult relationship. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to extend the New START nuclear arms treaty for another five years, making what appears to be a good start in a bilateral relationship that, by all accounts, will be a difficult one. "Especially during times of tension, verifiable limits …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Over 1,400 arrested after Putin critic Navalny jailed in Russia. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Russian police have arrested more than 1,400 people from various places during overnight protests to support jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, a rights monitoring group said on Wednesday. The OVD-Info that keeps track of political persecutions in Russia said the police detained 1,145 protesters from Moscow streets. Nearly 250 were arrested …

Tom Anderson (2021-02-03). Israel carries out demolitions in the Palestinian village of Humsa for the third time in three months. thecanary.co The Palestinian community of Humsa in the northern Jordan Valley has been invaded and had their homes demolished twice this week by Israeli forces. Local Palestinians were One resident, Abu Anas, told campaign group Stop the Wall about how Israeli forces invaded the village on Monday 1 February: Tens of Israeli soldiers invaded Humsa. They destroyed our tents. When I tried to stop them, an Israeli soldier tried to shoot me. I and 18 members of my family are homeless now. | Palestinians and their supporte…

Edward Curtin (2021-02-03). JFK vs. Allen Dulles. Battleground Indonesia. A Review of Greg Poulgrain's Book. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Before I digress slightly, let me state from the outset that …

Aljazeera (2021-02-03). Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills. zcomm.org The energy company's Nigerian subsidiary must pay out over a 2008 case, Court of Appeal in The Hague rules…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Qatar Airways to cut costs by $1.2 bln after Gulf deal. yenisafak.com The reopening of Arab airspace to Qatari flights will decrease costs by around $1.2 billion, the executive chairman of Qatar Airways said. | "The reopening of airspace following the Gulf reconciliation will have a positive impact on the company's financial performance," Akbar al-Baker told the state television in an interview late Tuesday. | Last month, Qatar signed a reconciliation agreement with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to heal their rift, which started in 2017. | The Saudi-led bloc accused Qatar of "supporting terrorism" and severed diplomatic and trade relations with Doha, whi…

John Nichols (2021-02-03). Biden Doesn't Need and Shouldn't Want the Votes of the Sedition Caucus or the Obstructionists. thenation.com Biden Doesn't Need and Shouldn't Want the Votes of the Sedition Caucus or the Obstructionists…

Brasil de Fato (2021-02-03). Brazil: transgender murders increased by 41% in 2020. peoplesdispatch.org In 2020, 175 trans women were murdered in Brazil. The figure represents a 41% increase over the previous year. | The data is presented in the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (Antra) dossier released on Friday, January 29th, the Last year's index is 43.5% above the average recorded since 2008, when monitoring started. There was a 201% increase in such crimes during that period. | Unlike in other year…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-03). Detained Medevac refugees call for support. greenleft.org.au Refugee rights supporters gathered outside the Park Hotel prison again calling for the detainees'y release and for all detention centres to be closed down. Chloe DS reports.

news.un (2021-02-03). Urgent steps needed to alleviate suffering in Ethiopia's Tigray region: Guterres. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General, on Tuesday, voiced grave concerns over the crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region and underscored the need for urgent efforts to protect populations at risk.

William Astore (2021-02-03). Joe Biden's Peace Force? zcomm.org

Jonah Goldman Kay (2021-02-03). Groups across the South are working to fix a broken farm labor system. zcomm.org "It feels good to let people know that they don't have to take that kind of stuff as an H-2A worker. Workers don't have to just sit back and accept it."

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-02-03). Tackling Prison Profiteers Will Take More Than Banning Private Prisons. zcomm.org To fully address profit-driven punishment, the Biden administration will need to take aim at every tendril of the private prison industry — including immigration detention centers…

Indigo Olivier (2021-02-03). Columbia Students Wage the Largest Tuition Strike in Nearly 50 Years. zcomm.org Students are demanding the university lower the cost of attendance and boost financial aid…

Leanna First-Arai (2021-02-03). Activists Push to Ban Fracking. zcomm.org "We do not know what our future holds right now. But we do know that any further fossil fuel extraction will only further perpetuate this"

Cody Hounanian (2021-02-03). Student Debt Relief Is Back on the Table. thenation.com Student Debt Relief Is Back on the Table…

Natalie Shure (2021-02-03). What's Keeping the Vaccine From Getting to Those Who Need it Most? thenation.com What's Keeping the Vaccine From Getting to Those Who Need it Most?

Jeet Heer (2021-02-03). AOC's Stirring Call to Reject Insurrection Amnesia. thenation.com AOC's Stirring Call to Reject Insurrection Amnesia…

Tjeerd Royaards (2021-02-03). Who Gets Vaccinated First? thenation.com Who Gets Vaccinated First?

Elie Mystal (2021-02-03). I Don't Just Want Trump Impeached. I Want Him Jailed. thenation.com I Don't Just Want Trump Impeached. I Want Him Jailed.

Naomi Elias (2021-02-03). Will We Ever Fully Understand Humans' Impact on Nature? thenation.com Will We Ever Fully Understand Humans' Impact on Nature?

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-03). ICJ verdict another legal victory for Iran: Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the verdict issued by the International Court of Justice over the US objections is another victory for the Islamic Republic.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-03). Iran, India geographical capacities key to boost defense coop. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the significant geographical capacities of Iran and India can help boost the two countries' defensive cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-03). 'Martyr Soleimani expanded Iran's experience in resistance'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General said that Lt. General Soleimani internationalized the Iranian experience in resisting oppression.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-03). Iranian Army region's superior drone power. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Army Chief Commander Major General Mousavi named the Iranian Army the superior drone power of the region.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-03). China rejects claims on involvement in Myanmar coup. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — China's foreign ministry on Wednesday rejected the claims that it supported or gave tacit consent to Monday's military coup in neighboring Myanmar.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-03). Strategic implications of Israeli inclusion in CENTCOM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Less than a month after the transfer of Israeli regime into CENTCOM's area of responsibility from EUCOM's, what consequences could this shift have for the region and beyond?

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-03). ICJ upholds jurisdiction on US-Iran Treaty of Amity. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the International Court of Justice has upheld jurisdiction on the case of the 1955 Treaty of Amity.

news.un (2021-02-03). 'Make peace with nature', UN chief urges at Ocean Decade launch. news.un.org January marked the beginning of what many within the UN and beyond view as "the most critical decade of our lives", the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday, launching a major initiative to protect the world's oceans through the next ten years.

news.un (2021-02-03). Russia: UN rights office 'deeply dismayed' by Navalny sentencing. news.un.org The UN human rights office, OHCHR, expressed dismay on Wednesday over the sentencing of Russian opposition politician and activist Aleksei Navalny, and urged the authorities to release scores of his supporters arrested during rallies protesting his detention.

news.un (2021-02-03). 'Meaningful and inclusive' dialogue essential to end upsurge in clashes across Central African Republic. news.un.org The UN chief António Guterres on Wednesday said he continues to be "very concerned" about armed clashes and the threat to civilian life across the Central African Republic, where around 200,000 have been displaced by fighting in under two months.

news.un (2021-02-03). First Person: Digging for victory in the Philippines. news.un.org Some farming techniques can have a devastating and negative effect on the environment, as farmers seek to harvest the maximum amount of produce from their land, but the efforts of a Filipino chef and activist are demonstrating that, with the right approach, agriculture can help to regenerate land, offer protection from the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and improve livelihoods.

news.un (2021-02-03). Afghanistan: Detainee torture allegations remain 'alarming', UN report reveals. news.un.org Torture claims among people detained for security or terrorism-related offences in Afghanistan remain high, according to a new UN human rights report published on Wednesday.

Mette Nà∏rgaard, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Priscila Corraini, Henrik Toft Sà∏rensen, Victor W. Henderson (2021-02-03). [Research Paper] Sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease risk: Inferences from men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. thelancet.com During up to 21 years of follow-up, men with BPH had persistently higher risk of AD and all-cause dementia compared with men in the general population. Our results identify BPH as a common, potentially remediable disorder associated with dementia risk.

Niels Graudal, Thorbjà∏rn Hubeck-Graudal, Gesche Jurgens (2021-02-03). [Research Paper] Influence of sodium intake and change in sodium intake on plasma-renin in man. thelancet.com The accelerating effect of sodium reduction on PRA towards a sodium intake of zero mmol/24 h probably explains the interstudy variability. Further studies are needed to test whether this stimulating effect on PRA reflects a physiological disadvantage potentially associated with increased mortality…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Iraqi foreign minister visits Tehran for talks. yenisafak.com Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual concern, according to an official statement.A statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Hussein will meet with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and other senior officials during his stay.The statement did not give details about issues scheduled to be discussed during Hussein's visit.Wednesday's visit is the second by the top Iraqi diplomat to Tehran since his appointment in September.The visit comes amid media reports suggesting that Iraq was seeking to mediate between Tehran and Washingt…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Turkish manufacturing industry starts 'strong' 2021. yenisafak.com All preliminary indicators show that the Turkish manufacturing industry made a "strong start" in 2021, the country's industry and technology minister said Wednesday."We will continue to keep our country's agenda on investment, employment, production, and exports," Mustafa Varank said on Twitter.He added that Turkey would make itself a winner of…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Studies unveil mystery of Kibatos Castle in Marmara Sea. yenisafak.com Unearthed in 2019 during an underwater research off the coast of Yalova, the Kibatos Castle was three meters (almost 10 feet) deep.The ancient castle is thought to have submerged due to earthquakes.Experts are carrying out a research titled Yalova Coasts Ancient Harbor and Underwater Survey to learn more about the castle.The survey team headed by Serkan Gunduz has reached many evidences enlightening its history.Gunduz, an archeology professor at Uludag University in Turkey's Bursa, said that a pier, which was also mentioned in works of famous Ottoman traveler Evliya Celebi, and a structure thought to be a lightho…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). 'Peaceful future will not arise until Israel dismantles apartheid'. yenisafak.com A former UN human rights rapporteur and international law expert at the US-based Princeton University said a "peaceful future" in the Palestinian issue "will not arise until Israel dismantles apartheid.""A peaceful future will not arise until Israel dismantles apartheid and agrees to treat Palestinians under human rights standards, including respect for the Palestinian right of self-determination," said Richard Falk in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency.A leading Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem, recently published a report labeling Israel as an "apartheid state" over its policy of favoring Jew…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Yellen summons financial regulators for volatility in US. yenisafak.com US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has summoned American financial regulators to discuss the high volatility recently seen in the markets, according to the Treasury Department.Officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have been called for the meeting."Secretary Yellen believes the integrity of markets is important and has asked for a discussion of recent volatility in financial markets and whether recent activities are consistent with investor protection and fair and efficient markets," t…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Top Turkish diplomat attends 18th MIKTA meeting. yenisafak.com "Attended 18th FM Meeting of MIKTA with Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Australia," Cavusoglu said in a Twitter post.Established in 2013, MIKTA is an informal partnership consisting of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia.Cavusoglu "thanked South Korea for her term and congratulated incoming Chair Australia.""MIKTA is a good model for multilateral diplomacy. Will continue our contributions," the top Turkish diplomat added.

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Turkey neutralizes so-called field officer of PKK terror group. yenisafak.com Turkey neutralized a wanted PKK/KCK terrorist plotting an attack in southern Turkey, the country's interior minister said.The terrorist — identified by Ibrahim Sengul with codename Bedrettin Bedirhan — was PKK/KCK's so-called field officer for Mt. Amanos in Hatay province, Suleyman Soylu said.Sengul, who himself participated in many terrorist acts and also gave instructions for attacks, was among four terrorists neutralized while preparing a terror attack in Mt. Amanos.He was in the red category of the Interior Ministry's wanted list with a bounty up to 10 million Turkish liras (1.4 million), the interior…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Turkish stocks up at midweek open. yenisafak.com Turkey's benchmark stock index opened at 1,520.80 points on Wednesday, a rise of 0.62% or 9.37 points from the previous close.Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index was up 1.27% to close Tuesday at 1,511.43 points, with a daily trading volume of 29.8 billion Turkish liras (nearly $4.1 billion).The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate slightly increased to 7.1800 as of 9: 30 a.m. local time (0630GMT) from 7.1790 at the previous close.While the euro/Turkish lira exchange rate remained at 8.6400, one British pound traded for 9.8200 Turkish liras, up from 9.8000 at Tuesday's close.One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for aroun…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Turkey's annual inflation rate at 14.97% in January. yenisafak.com Turkey posted a 14.97% annual rise in consumer prices in January, the country's statistical authority announced on Wednesday.The annual figure was up 0.37 percentage points last month, rising from 14.60% in December 2020, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).The inflation rate in January 2020 stood at 12.15%, data showed.The highest annual price increase last month was recorded in miscellaneous goods and services with 24.53%, TurkStat said.It was followed by furnishings and household equipment prices, rising 23.25%, and transportation, up 21.43%, during the same period.Economists polled by An…

UC Berkeley Nikkei Student Union (2021-02-03). Friday 2/19: UC Berkeley Day of Remembrance of E.O. 9066 Japanese American Prison Camps WWII. indybay.org Virtual event…

JAMSP (2021-02-03). Saturday 2/13: Remembering EO 9066: The Suvivors of U.S. Japanese American Prison Camps WWII. indybay.org Online event…

_____ (2021-02-03). California Must Lead The Way In Abolishing School And University Campus Police. popularresistance.org The first days of 2021 — which will surely be remembered for police officers in Washington, D.C. removing barricades in order for white supremacists to storm the United States Capitol, confederate flag in hand — ask us to continue learning from the unprecedented uprisings of 2020, in which hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest anti-Black police violence. The 2020 uprisings articulated transformative visions of a world without anti-Black violence, a world without hyper-funded police forces and thus a world with deep community safety and care. | In response to this sweeping visi…

Fight Back (2021-02-03). Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot backs down again in the face of looming teachers strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Talks continued between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public School System (CPS) Monday evening, February 1, even as the teachers prepared to announce a strike to start as early as Tuesday morning. The teachers have been fighting to keep schools operating remotely until a time when CPS offers a plan for in-person learning that is safe for students, staff and teachers. | Mayor Lightfoot had threatened to lock the teachers out as of Tuesday morning if they did not show up for class in person. The teachers have been continuing to teach classes remotely despite increasing pressure fro…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-03). Tuesday 2/9: Protest Berkeley's Inaction on Climate Change and Animal Cruelty. indybay.org Ohlone Park, Berkeley, CA…

Mark Curtis (2021-02-03). Sky News Acts Largely as a Platform for the UK Defence and Foreign Ministries, Research Finds. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Declassified UK's analysis of the written outputs of three of Sky …

Amy Goodman (2021-02-03). Immigration advocates welcome new 'tone' but urge Biden admin for more concrete change. nationofchange.org Despite the Biden administration's new "tone," continued deportations of vulnerable people demonstrate "a continuation of the same practices that happened under President Trump and previously under Obama."

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-02-03). Russia's Demography Crisis. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Russia has demographic crisis. Notwithstanding official efforts to boost birth rates, …

EBCMAC (2021-02-03). Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss. nationofchange.org "Harvesting the timber was, then digging the coal was our salvation. … And then here's the third one. We just keep doing the same thing."

Laura Finley (2021-02-03). No More Anti-Protest Laws. counterpunch.org The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the Bill of Rights because it is critically important. Indeed, research has shown that peaceful protests and nonviolent tactics are the most effective tools in making social change, even including overthrowing dictators. To date, 43 states have considered and 26 have enacted some type of anti-protest law.

Jon Deery (2021-02-03). Individual Action and Climate Change. progressive.org Until the system changes, individuals will be forced to live unsustainably.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-03). Saturday 2/6: Meetup: Intro to MicroSanctuaries. indybay.org Online Zoom…

The Xerces Society (2021-02-03). Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction; Still no Federal or State Protection in Sight. indybay.org Population that winters along the California coast hit a low of less than 2,000 butterflies—a 99.9% decline since the 1980s. We must take action now to save the western monarch migration.

Revolution Books (2021-02-03). Sunday 2/7: Free Nasrin and ALL Iran's Political Prisoners: Heroism for These Times. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). Facebook Is Meddling In Myanmar's Legally Implemented State Of Emergency. oneworld.press Facebook deplatformed the page for the Myanmar military's TV network on the basis that it spread "misinformation that delegitimizes the outcome of November's election" despite the social media giant having no right to arbitrate in a foreign country's domestic political dispute, especially not since the recently announced state of emergency was legally implemented in accordance with Chapter XI of the 2008 Constitution despite some abroad wrongly considering it to be an illegal "coup".

MBNJSD (2021-02-03). The decline and fall of the American Empire. nationofchange.org Will our leaders squander America's only hope for a successful transformation from a decadent and declining empire to a dynamic and prosperous post-imperial future?>

Dean Baker (2021-02-03). The Price of Wheat Doesn't Tell Us About the Strength of the Economy and Neither Does the Stock Market: Why Is This so Hard for Intellectual Types to Understand? cepr.net The stock market tells us about the expected value of future after-tax corporate profits. At least, that is when it tells us anything at all. That is not radical lefty ranting, that is from the Econ textbook. If the economy is expected to boom next year, because Joe Biden is going to use the revenue …

Colin Todhunter (2021-02-03). Viral Inequality and the Farmers' Struggle in India. counterpunch.org According to a new report by Oxfam, 'The Inequality Virus', the wealth of the world's billionaires increased by $3.9tn (trillion) between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth now stands at $11.95tn. The world's 10 richest billionaires have collectively seen their wealth increase by $540bn over this period. In September 2020, Jeff Bezos

Asian Art Museum SF (2021-02-03). Thursday 2/4: Year of the Ox: Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy w/ Asian Art Museum SF. indybay.org Online event…

Mike Ervin (2021-02-03). Smart Ass Cripple: Biden's Low Priority, Our High Hopes. progressive.org It's still disturbing that disability rights was an afterthought for the Biden campaign.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-03). Saturday 2/6: Dog Park Day! indybay.org Point Isabel, Richmond, CA…

Fight Back (2021-02-03). Minnesota: Marathon Refinery locks out Teamsters. fightbacknews.org St. Paul Park, MN – Teamsters Local 120 members at Marathon Refinery in Saint Paul Park have been locked out by Marathon management for more than ten days, after a 24-hour strike by the workers. | Teamsters agreed to end their strike after 24 hours as a new round of bargaining was scheduled for January 25. However, when the Teamsters attempted to return to work, they were instead locked out by the employer and not allowed to return. That Monday, no deal was reached and there are no more dates scheduled to resume bargaining. | Many unions and union members have marched on the picket lines in solidarity alongside t…

Harvey Goldberg (2021-02-03). What's at Stake in Ecuador's Elections? indybay.org Andrés Arauz is the candidate for President of Union Por La Esperanza. Despite years of repression of the progressive/left, this party allied with former President Rafael Correa has led in all polls over the last month.

Phillip Schneider (2021-02-03). Long-term Mask Use May Contribute to Advanced Stage Lung Cancer, Study Finds. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | A recent study in the journal Cancer Discovery found that inhalation …

David Rosen (2021-02-03). Taking on Telecom's "5G" counterpunch.org Do you own a "Fifth Generation" — 5G — smartphone? They are promoted as the hippest, most essential tool of postmodern life. The Gartner Group, a market research firm, estimates that worldwide sales will be 489 million units in 2021. For North America, estimated 2021 sales are projected to be 158,618 units. One forecast estimated

Richard C. Gross (2021-02-03). Extremists and Disappearing Republican Moderates. counterpunch.org Donald Trump's extremist white supporters like the nationalist Proud Boys and the militant Oath Keepers who participated in the siege of the Capitol have virtually created a fifth column bent on subversive activities. These mostly armed Trump militia are anathema to America and its more than two centuries of government of the people, by the

Peter Greene (2021-02-03). Don't Listen to David Brooks. progressive.org In a recent op-ed, The New York Times columnist berated teachers unions and argued that schools should open immediately—but he's totally wrong.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-03). Friday 2/5: Oakland Ladybug Hike! indybay.org Ridge Top Trail, Oakland (see event page description for Google Map link)…

Fight Back (2021-02-03). Jacksonville, FL: No to Governor DeSantis' repressive and anti-speech HB1 legislation. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On January 30, the Jacksonville Community Action Committee (JCAC) organized a protest against Florida House Bill 1 (HB1/SB484): Combating Public Disorder. This bill is a 60-page document that prohibits and criminalizes successful tactics of people's movements throughout history. | HB1 criminalizes the use of public roads for marches and demonstrations, it revokes bail for protesters, and it stifles people's budgets. HB1 has been deemed favorable by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety's Subcommittee and is currently being fast-tracked through the legislature. The bill is currently in the Hous…

Cres Vellucci (2021-02-03). Peace and Freedom Party legislative proposals for 2021. indybay.org Peace and Freedom Party seeks: representation in the California State Legislature; to match the rental exemptions of Costa-Hawkins with those of AB 1482; and to allow non-citizen parents and guardians the right to vote in school district elections.

Prof. Charles McKelvey (2021-02-03). Racial Inequality, Institutional Discrimination: The "Great Awokening" in Global and Class Context. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | From 1972 to 2010, at three church-related colleges and one public …

Yelif Ulagpan (2021-02-03). Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges for Mongolia. asia-pacificresearch.com

Zen Honeycutt (2021-02-03). Glyphosate Endangers Wildlife, Too. Tell the EPA to Ban It. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The EPA wrongfully claims that glyphosate used on crops grown for …

ParkNonymous (2021-02-03). California YIMBY Comms Director Lies About Berkeley Parks. indybay.org Matthew Lewis, the Communications Director for the lobby group California YIMBY, has been spreading disinformation about available park space in Berkeley. The CAYIMBY Communications Director is messaging on social media for the purpose of riling public open against People's Park.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-02-03). San Francisco Empty and Abandoned Buildings (4th Quarter, 2020). indybay.org SF Food Not Bombs has updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's list of empty and abandoned buildings through December, 2020 on this webpage: sffnb.org/list-of-san-francisco-empty-an….

Karl Grossman and Harvey Wasserman (2021-02-03). Biden must inspect America's embrittled reactors. nationofchange.org Biden must act to prevent what would constitute nuclear suicide in the United States.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-03). Saturday 2/6: Online Consent Training. indybay.org Online Zoom…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-03). Where does the Sudanese Revolution stand today? peoplesdispatch.org Dr. Fathi Elfad of the Sudanese Communist Party talks about the developments in Sudan over the past two years, the betrayal of the revolution by certain political forces and the party's stand on the future…

Institute for Social Transformation (2021-02-03). Wednesday 2/10: Changing Climate: The Role of Environmental Justice. indybay.org Free online event. Register here: | ucsc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o7ezK23…

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-02-03). The US Is Trying to Provoke a Soft Coup in Cuba. peoplesdispatch.org We are in the era of soft coups. Old-fashioned coups d'état and invasions get terrible press. The images of US troops invading the

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-03). Monday 2/8: Open Rescue Training Part 1: The Basics, Videography and On Camera Person. indybay.org Online Zoom…

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (2021-02-03). Thursday 2/18: Perspectives on three years of mushroom monitoring in the Santa Cruz Mountains. indybay.org Online event. Register here: | 64432.blackbaudhosting.com/64432/tickets…

oneworld.press (2021-02-03). Facebook Is Meddling In Myanmar's Legally Implemented State Of Emergency. oneworld.press Facebook deplatformed the page for the Myanmar military's TV network on the basis that it spread "misinformation that delegitimizes the outcome of November's election" despite the social media giant having no right to arbitrate in a foreign country's domestic political dispute, especially not since the recently announced state of emergency was legally implemented in accordance with Chapter XI of the 2008 Constitution despite some abroad wrongly considering it to be an illegal "coup".

Chicken Rights (2021-02-03). How Do Chickens Die? 16 Of Many Ways. indybay.org The more one knows, the easier it is to make changes.

Phoebe Cooke (2021-02-03). Shell, BP, and Easyjet: The Big Polluters Designing the Rules for Voluntary Carbon Offsets. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Many of the world's most polluting companies are being handed a …

Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs (2021-02-03). Sunday 2/14: Santa Cruz Loves – Free Concert with Johny and the Sweet Hearts. indybay.org 100 Laurel St, Santa Cruz…

Jane Green (2021-02-03). Iran — give diplomacy a chance. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Armin Rosen (2021-02-02). Regime Journalists Mobilize to Ban Competition. And Your Free Speech. anti-empire.com "Like many of the other proponents of controlled speech mentioned here, Bazelon's writing has a detectable winking quality to it: Don't worry, dear reader, YOU'RE not the one who's going to be censored. THEY are. In fact, the censorship, so-called, won't even be that bad. You'll hardly notice it." | "One thing that people might not immediately recognize when they hear scary-sounding words like "censorship" is that the act of controlling other people's speech can be gratifying, a psychic net-positive for those who dream of a purified information space."The new enemy is no longer "disinformation" but "misinformatio…

Project Censored (2021-02-02). Giants: The Global Power Elite — Rebroadcast. projectcensored.org Although a new administration has taken office in Washington, the administrators of the world's wealth have not changed. Project Censored presents a rebroadcast of "Giants: The Global Power Elite." Project…

Alastair Crooke (2021-02-02). The Post-American World. thealtworld.com Thirty years ago, the United States dominated the world politically, economically, and scientifically. But today? | Watch this in-depth discussion with distinguished guests: | Alastair Crooke — Former British Diplomat, the Founder, and Director of the Conflicts Form | Pepe Escobar — Brazilian Political Analyst and Author | Max Blumenthal — American Journalist and Author from The Grayzone News | Chaired by Dr. Mohammad Marandi — Professor at University of Tehran…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-02). Don't Grade President Biden on a Curve. indybay.org Being better than Trump is a high jump over abysmal standards…

Editor (2021-02-02). A new global Marxist magazine. workers.org Workers World encourages our readers to check out a new online magazine, The International. From its editors: "The International," an international Marxist magazine, is regularly being published on the 15th of each month. It is a global political magazine for Communists and Socialists in a true sense, and . . . |

WSWS (2021-02-02). Royal Bournemouth Hospital blacklists World Socialist Web Site. wsws.org Instead of addressing the grievances highlighted in the frontline nurse's letter, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust management is desperately trying to shut down any discussion in the workforce about patient and staff safety.

2021-02-03: Social Media Postees

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Biden and Iran
Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
Last week's statements by the Biden appointees made the matter unnecessarily more complicated, sounding more like a continuation of the Trump policy rather than its refutation. In his confirmation hearing, Antony Blinken, Biden's choice for secretary of state, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the new administration believes that Iran needs to resume strict compliance with the nuclear agreement before the US contemplates a return to the JCPOA. In response to the question of lifting the economic sanctions that the previous administration imposed on Iran, Blinken told the committee that "we are a lon…
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Iran reiterates its commitment to JCPOA, proposes US return to the deal
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif, in an interview with CNN, said that talks about nuclear weapons in the western media is baseless speculation aimed at directing public opinion against the country…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/03/iran-reit…

It's Now or Never — We Stare Into the Abyss
Lee Camp | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
Despite millions of years of finding ways to survive, these species failed to outlast that most destructive force — unfettered capitalism…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/its-now-or-never-w…

The Resilience Doctrine: Indigenous Nations Understand Disaster Resilience
Zoltan Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
Part 3 of a 4-part Primer on Disaster Collectivism in the Climate and Pandemic Crises. From the perspectives of Indigenous nations, the crises of 2020 have not been something entirely new, or even a significant historical departure from "normal." Having previously experienced the ravages of violent colonialism, pandemics, environmental catastrophe, and forced assimilation, the current…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/the-resilien…

Meet the fascists' favorite members of Congress
Walter Smolarek | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-03
Photo: Marjorie Taylor Greene being sworn into office by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy Less than one month into its new session, the House of Representatives is faced with the question of whether or not to expel one of its own — Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia's 14th District. Rep. Greene's embrace of racist conspiracy …
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Trudeau: End Hassan Diab's Ordeal Now!
Michelle Weinroth | socialistproject.ca | 2021-02-03
Forty and some years have elapsed, yet the French authorities have failed to find the real culprit for the 1980 bombing of the synagogue on rue Copernic, Paris. Not only have they failed to carry out their original mission, they have failed to admit, let alone face, their obvious defeat. Recent events prove ever more … Keep reading »…
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Atlantic Council Pens Anonymously Authored Expose Calling for Regime Change in China
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-03
The report outlines a plan for the United States to pursue a China without Xi Jinping, with a weakened Communist Party, and operating in a region dominated by the US and its allies.
mintpressnews.com/atlantic-council-pens-…

The Threat of Nuclear Weapons with Noam Chomsky
– | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-03
As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on January 22, join the world-renowned intellectual for "The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty" Presented by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.
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The Threat of Nuclear Weapons with Noam Chomsky
Staff | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-03
As the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force on January 22, join the world-renowned intellectual for "The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty" Presented by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.
theanalysis.news/commentary/the-threat-of-nuclear-weapons-with-noam-chomsky/

The resurrection of Aya Sophia on Syrian soil — Al Sqeilbiyyeh, Hama
Vanessa Beeley | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-03
The resurrection of Aya Sophia in Al Sqeilbiyyeh. | 3rd February 2021: Yesterday I visited the Syrian Christian town of Al Sqeilbiyyeh, one of the most fertile areas of Syria that was besieged for 7 years by the US Coalition- backed armed gangs. During that time the terrorist groups targeted schools, residential areas, infrastructure with missiles, nowhere was safe. The closest terrorist encampment was only 500m away in Qalaat Al Madiq. Invasion was an ever present danger. | | In the photos I took yesterday you will see couples po…
thealtworld.com/vanessa_beeley/the-resur…

Jeff Bezos to Quit as CEO, But Amazon's "Predatory Business Model" Will Continue Unless Lawmakers Act
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-03
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced he will step down as CEO and move into a new role as executive chairman later this year, giving up the reins after nearly three decades during which he grew Amazon from an online book retailer into a sprawling business empire and became one of the world's richest people in the process. Andy Jassy, the head of the company's cloud computing division, is set to take over the top job, but Bezos will continue to be the largest Amazon shareholder and remain on the board of directors. The news comes as calls continue to mount for lawmakers to break up Amazon and other tech giants.
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Media Runs Defense for Amazon After Retail Giant Caught Stealing Millions From Workers
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-03
Amazon just got caught stealing millions from its workers, but instead of grilling the retail giant, the media appear to be working hard to run defense for it.
mintpressnews.com/media-bias-defense-ama…

Corporate thieves: Amazon stole $62 million of tips from delivery drivers
Karl Engels | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
If you read the headlines in the corporate press on Tuesday, you would have encountered stories about how Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, had reached a settlement with the government after being accused of "withholding" tips from its contract delivery drivers. The Chicago Tribune talked about how the company "didn't pass on" tips left …
peoplesworld.org/article/corporate-thiev…

A Coup in Burma: Did Military Seize Power to Avoid ICC Prosecution for Rohingya Genocide?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-03
We speak with a Burmese dissident about the military coup underway in Burma as de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested. The coup unfolded hours before lawmakers were to take their seats in the opening of parliament, following a November election in which Aung San Suu Kyi's party won over 80% of the contested seats in the Burmese parliament and the military made unsubstantiated claims of fraud. Hundreds of lawmakers, activists and human rights defenders have also been detained since the coup, and telecommunications have been cut in parts of Burma, which the military calls Myanmar. "The military decided…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/3/maung_zarn…

José Agualsaca, candidate for Ecuador's National Assembly, seeks to recover the future
Zoe PC | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
José Agualsaca, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador who is running for the National Assembly, hopes to help reverse the disastrous policies of the past four years and deepen the Citizen's Revolution…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/03/jose-agua…

Gamestopped: WallStreetBets, Wall Street wins
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-03
What the hell happened on Wall Street last week? On this special TRNN panel, we talk about GameStop, hedge funds, and whether we can fight finance capital on its own turf.
therealnews.com/gamestopped-wallstreetbe…

Hezbollah fires missiles at Israeli drone over southern Lebanon
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Hezbollah fires missiles at Israeli drone over southern Lebanon | Lebanese security sources say the anti-aircraft missiles failed to hit target, which returned to Israel | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 14: 35 | Naqura, south of the Lebanese city of Tyre, which is controlled by the United Nations peacekeeping force (Unifil), on the border with Israel (AFP) | Anti-aircraft missiles were fired at an Isra…
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The Mixed Record of Mexico's AMLO, Two Years In
Gregory Wilpert | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-03
Laura Carlsen talks to guest host Greg Wilpert about Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador's first two years in office, including his mixed record on the pandemic, corruption, social justice, and immigration.
theanalysis.news/interviews/the-mixed-record-of-mexicos-amlo-two-years-in/

Sunday 2/7: Dope + Capitalism = Genocide
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Zoom Meeting | LOG-IN INFO AT ICSSMARX.ORG
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Joe Biden's Peace Force? A Multipoint Plan to End War as We Know It
William J. Astore | juancole.com | 2021-02-03
( Tomdispatch.com ) — When it comes to war, if personnel is policy, America is yet again in deep trouble. As retired Army Major Danny Sjursen recently pointed out at TomDispatch, when it comes to foreign policy, President Joe Biden's new cabinet and advisers are well stocked with retired generals, reconstituted neocons, unapologetic hawks, and …
juancole.com/2021/02/bidens-peace-multip…

Covid-19: Tunisia and occupied Palestinian territory to receive vaccine via Covax
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Covid-19: Tunisia and occupied Palestinian territory to receive vaccine via Covax | Both areas were given vaccines from Covax after meeting the requirements for the programme | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 13: 38 | The World Health Organisation said that Tunisia would receive 37,000 shots from Pfizer and BioNTech with the Palestinians getting 93,600 (AFP) | Tunisia and the occupied Palestinian t…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/covid-tunisia…

The WHO Must Condemn The Doctors' Protest In Myanmar Or Lose Credibility On COVID-19
oneworld.press | 2021-02-03
The world's liberal-globalist forces have been thrown into a conundrum after doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns in Myanmar stopped working on Wednesday to protest the military's legally implemented state of emergency, with the WHO now being forced to condemn their political activity or risk losing credibility on its COVID-19 narrative which claims that this pandemic is extremely deadly and must be taken seriously by all no matter what.
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South Carolina prison denies medication to incarcerated women
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-03
Being incarcerated greatly increases the risk of contracting COVID-19. In fact, prisoners are 550% more likely to contract the virus and 300% more likely to die from it.
liberationnews.org/south-carolina-prison…

Press Conference: SF Bay View Editor Gagged, Threatened & His Work Phone Confiscated
repost | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
SF Bay View Editor Gagged, Threatened & His Work Phone Confiscated For Reporting COVID Outbreak At Florida Based For Profit Halfway House In San Francisco…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883972…

The WHO Must Condemn The Doctors' Protest In Myanmar Or Lose Credibility On COVID-19
oneworld.press | 2021-02-03
The world's liberal-globalist forces have been thrown into a conundrum after doctors at 70 hospitals and medical departments in 30 towns in Myanmar stopped working on Wednesday to protest the military's legally implemented state of emergency, with the WHO now being forced to condemn their political activity or risk losing credibility on its COVID-19 narrative which claims that this pandemic is extremely deadly and must be taken seriously by all no matter what.
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PatriotCare and the Pandemic: MMT Healthcare
Phelan Acheson | realprogressives.org | 2021-02-03
We are nearly a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and new strains and mutations keep cropping up. There is the mutation that arose in the UK, the super-shedder variant that plagued Italy, the holiday strain found in Spain, the antibody evading strain found in Scotland, and the repeat infector strain that evolved at least twice, independently, in Thailand and Germany, not to mention the two Brazilian variants. | If the capitalist governments of the Western world conti…
realprogressives.org/patriotcare-mmt/

White New Yorkers Have Received Lion's Share Of COVID-19 Vaccine
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-03
Three white residents receive a COVID-19 vaccine for every Black or Latino person in the city, according to new demographic data released by the mayor's office on Sunday. | At a press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was a "profound disparity" about seven weeks into the city's vaccination program. | "Clearly, what we see is a particularly pronounced reality of many more people from white communities getting vaccination than folks from Black and Latino communities," de Blasio told reporters. The vast difference in vaccine coverage shows the city isn't meeting its pledge for equitable distribution. | The m…
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'Unlawful': Backlash against Egypt's plan to offer Covid-19 vaccine for money
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
'Unlawful': Backlash against Egypt's plan to offer Covid-19 vaccine for money | As Cairo is set to charge the majority of the public for the coronavirus jab, one lawyer launches a legal challenge against the country's president arguing the decision is unconstitutional | MEE correspondent | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 10: 04 | Egypt's Health Minister Hala Zayed speaks during a news conference announcing the details o…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/covid-egypt-v…

Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism
Jomo Kwame Sundaram | mronline.org | 2021-02-03
As known COVID-19 infections exceed 100 million internationally, with more than two million lives lost, rich countries are now quarrelling publicly over access to limited vaccine supplies. With 'vaccine nationalism' widespread, multilateral arrangements have not been able to address current challenges well.
mronline.org/2021/02/03/caught-in-tangle…

What Explains COVID's East-West Divide?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious "losers" have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world's coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths. Just…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/what-explain…

COVID-19 reflections: the lessons learnt from the pandemic
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-03
Imperial researchers reflect on the lessons they will take away from the pandemic.
imperial.ac.uk/news/213773/covid-19-reflections-lessons-learnt-from-pandemic

Biden's Coronavirus Plan Will Not Prevent Death and Devastation
Justin Feldman, Abigail Cartus, Seth J. Prins | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
Justin Feldman, Abigail Cartus, Seth J. Prins Biden's Coronavirus Plan Will Not Prevent Death and Devastation…
thenation.com/article/politics/covid-shu…

Wednesday 2/3: Dicussion on Science of COVID Vaccines & Inequities Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy
March for Science | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online event…
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Misinformation market: Money-making tools Facebook hands to Covid cranks
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-02-03
By Jasper Jackson, Alexandra Heal: The video on Facebook opens with a question: "Could this be bio-terrorism?" Talking directly into the camera, the unshaven young man continues in a sarcastic American drawl: "I'm sure that there's no possible way that somebody could play Frankenstein and create the monster that they didn't mean to, or in many cases, …
truepublica.org.uk/global/misinformation-market-money-making-tools-facebook-hands-to-covid-cranks/

Protests erupt over killing of Palestinian citizen of Israel during police shoot-out
Lubna Masarwa | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Protests erupt over killing of Palestinian citizen of Israel during police shoot-out | The death of Ahmed Hijazi, a 22-year-old nursing student, has reignited anger over Israel's selective policing of Palestinian communities in the country | Lubna Masarwa | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 14: 29 | Palestinian protesters in the town of Umm al-Fahm carry a placard saying "We are killed while the police are laughing" (Twitter\@ume…
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Normalisation deals with Israel 'not a substitute for peace', State Department says
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Normalisation deals with Israel 'not a substitute for peace', State Department says | Peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine still 'very important', spokesperson Ned Price says | MEE staff | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 16: 19 | US State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at his first daily press briefing at State Department on 2 February (AFP/File photo) | Recently cemented normalisation deals between several Arab count…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/normalisation…

"Finland must break away from the EU's common security and defense policy"
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
J.P. Và§isà§nen, chairman of the Communist Party of Finland (SKP), talks about the policies of the government of Sanna Marin at the time of the pandemic, as well as its foreign policies…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/03/finland-m…

Actions in 30 cities say 'Cancel the rents and mortgages!'
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-03
An eviction crisis looms that will hit oppressed communities, already especially affected by the pandemic, the hardest.
liberationnews.org/actions-in-30-cities-…

What BoJo's Done for the Cause of Scottish Independence
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
If you are from Scotland and want independence for your country, then Boris "BoJo" Johnson, the UK prime minister, is just the proverbial gift that keeps on giving. BoJo made a recent "essential" visit to Scotland– ignoring pandemic travel restrictions in so doing– for one of his now de rigueur but palpably contrived photo ops…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/what-bojos-d…

Thursday 2/11: Islam, Immigration & Women's Rights: Ending Marginalization and Assault of Immigrant Women
Inforum at Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online event…
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Fighting the "Immigrant Threat"
Lola Loustaunan | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Milkman shows how the flux of low-wage immigrants into the U.S. workforce in recent decades is "not the cause either of the massive economic restructuring that began in the 1970s or the accompanying growth of economic inequality and labor degradation," but precisely a consequence of these developments.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883971…

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tells why we can't just 'forgive and forget'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
Following is the full text of a statement that the congresswoman sent out yesterday to the national media and elsewhere. It contains graphic descriptions of violence and abuse. Monday night, I hopped on IG live to talk about what happened at the Capitol. My story is one of many. It's not the only story or …
peoplesworld.org/article/rep-ocasio-cort…

I will not let this happen again
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
It's not about revenge, it's about creating safety. We are not safe with people who hold political power who are willing to endanger lives for political gain…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/i-will-not-let-thi…

Implanted "Vaccine Package" ID: Germany's Parliament Has Ratified GAVI's Digital "Agenda ID2020"
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
Alarming News. In Germany the Parliament (Bundestag) ratified on 29 January 2021, the implementation of Agenda ID2020. | This is a centralized general electronic data collection of every citizen to which every government agency, police — and possibly also the private …
globalresearch.ca/implanted-vaccine-pack…

Philippines apex court kicks off hearings on anti-terror law
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
The Supreme Court has begun hearing oral arguments on over three dozen petitions filed against the Anti-Terror Act passed by the Rodrigo Duterte government in July 2020…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/03/philippin…

The Lesson Of The BLM Protests: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-03
Remember when Americans shook the earth with massive protests demanding an end to the police state and the entire liberal establishment just kept saying "I hear you, I agree with you" and then did absolutely nothing to even reduce police brutality? It's important to remember such lessons. | People would ask me "Why are you supporting Black Lives Matter Caitlin? Don't you see all the corporations and corporate Dems support it? Why would they do that if it didn't serve them?" This is why they did it. Empty words of support can defuse a situation far easier than open opposition. | Imagine if all the plutocrats, pun…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/the-les…

Were the Canaanites from Iran? Genomic History Shows that Israelis, Palestinians, Lebanese have Zagros Ancestry
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-03
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — There are no races. Human beings are all mixed up, and genomic history demonstrates this principle better than any other approach. So much of Middle Eastern politics depends on a kind of "sleeping beauty" nationalism (in Ernest Gellner's phrase) in which it is alleged that there was an ancient race …
juancole.com/2021/02/canaanites-israelis…

How to Question William Burns, Biden's Pick to Head the CIA
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
In virtually all previous confirmation hearings, there were virtually no probing questions on CIA transgressions or the purpose, role, and even necessity of the CIA in…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/how-to-quest…

Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? — Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson
Paul Jay | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-03
Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal. A wide-ranging discussion with Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.
theanalysis.news/interviews/where-is-bidens-foreign-policy-headed-phyllis-bennis-and-larry-wilkerson/

Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? — Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson
Scott Newman | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-03
Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal. A wide-ranging discussion with Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.
theanalysis.news/interviews/where-is-bidens-foreign-policy-headed-phyllis-bennis-and-larry-wilkerson/

Medicare For All Reaches The Crossroads
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-03
In 2021 the U.S. healthcare crisis has, again, reached a boiling point. It was already simmering in 2019 when the number of uninsured grew to 33 million. Covid then triggered a job crisis that added anywhere from 15 to 27 million to the ranks of the uninsured. The still-growing job crisis has pushed the number of uninsured near or beyond the 49 million uninsured that existed prior to Obamacare, whose goal was "universal healthcare." | It's no surprise then that Medicare For All emerged, pre-Covid, as the most popular policy during the Presidential Democratic primaries. But after the Democratic Party organized, on…
popularresistance.org/medicare-for-all-r…

US plan to reform asylum, reunite families, reflects 'authentic humanitarian values'
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said it is "heartened" by the United States' president's signing of executive orders on Tuesday which aim to provide safety and solutions for those seeking asylum, on the grounds that they need protection from violence and persecution at home.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

Immigration Advocates Welcome New "Tone" But Urge Biden Admin for More Concrete Change
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-03
Hundreds have been deported in the last week, even as President Biden signed several executive orders Tuesday to undo the Trump administration's hard-line anti-immigration policies. The orders include a push to reunify families torn apart under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and a review of the Trump policy known as "Remain in Mexico" that requires non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases wind through court, leaving tens of thousands waiting in dangerous conditions along the border. Reporter Aura Bogado says that despite the Biden administration's new "tone," continued deportations…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/3/biden_immi…

Key workers in 145 countries to receive COVID vaccines under UN-backed initiative
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
Key workers and other vulnerable people in 145 countries should receive COVID-19 vaccines in the first half of this year, under the joint UN-led COVAX initiative for fair access to coronavirus-beating jabs, it's been confirmed.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

What Does It Mean for a Virus to Become 'Endemic?'
Micha Gartz | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
We already forgot we flattened the curve to allow hospital capacity to increase. The supposed purpose of the lockdowns was not to stop the virus but merely to better ration medical resources. | We already overlooked the common sense espoused by the Great Barrington Declaration. | We already missed the opportunity vaccines offered for us to rehabilitate social interaction and the economy. | And now, if we fail to recognize when Covid becomes 'endemic' and move on, society will be stuck in lockdown until 2023. | Even if you lock down society for two weeks (or two months) [md…
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China to offer 10M virus vaccine doses to COVAX
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
China on Wednesday said it will offer 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the international consortium of vaccines led by World Health Organization (WHO)."At the request of the WHO, China has decided to offer 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to WHO's COVAX, to meet the urgent need of developing countries," China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing.Last month, China's Sinovac, Sinopharm, and CanSinoBio vaccine manufacturers had submitted applications to join the global COVAX initiative that aims to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor and middle-income countries.The announ…
yenisafak.com/en/world/china-to-offer-10…

'Cancer patients must be priority for COVID-19 vaccine'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Cancer patients should be prioritized in the COVID-19 vaccination schedule as they are in the highest risk group, a Turkish doctor said on Wednesday."Fatalities due to COVID-19 among cancer patients are higher than in all other groups. Cancer patients, who are in the highest risk group for the virus, must have priority in the vaccination calendar," Dr. Yavuz Anacak, the head of the Turkish Radiation Oncology Association, said in a statement ahead of the World Cancer Day.Alsancak urged all authorities to prioritize cancer patients in the vaccination schedule.Underlining that cancer is the second leading cause of d…
yenisafak.com/en/news/cancer-patients-mu…

120 Democrats Demand Repeal of Millionaire Tax Cut GOP Buried in Last COVID Bill
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-03
A group of 120 Democratic members of Congress is calling on their party's leadership to ensure that a tax break for millionaires that Republicans quietly buried in an earlier coronavirus relief package is repealed in upcoming aid legislation, arguing the rollback would free up hundreds of billions in revenue which could be used to help struggling famil…
truthout.org/articles/120-democrats-dema…

Remdesivir's History Shows How Americans Pay More for Drugs Than Others Globally
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-03
It was the end of April — just as the U.S. confirmed its millionth covid-19 case and 50,000 deaths — when White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci announced "highly significant" news about a drug called remdesivir. | That was surprising because the antiviral drug, owned by Gilead Sciences and developed with investment from the federal government, had languished for years with no apparent commercial use. It had struck out as a treatment for hepatitis C and Ebola. | But early in 202…
truthout.org/articles/remdesivirs-histor…

New Zealand approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Sydney, Australia, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has approved Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, the first to be given the green light in the country and expected to be rolled out from March, the government announced Wednesday. "The provisional approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is a positive step in New Zealand's fight against Covid-19. It means we …
laprensalatina.com/new-zealand-approves-…

Chile kicks off mass vaccination campaign
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Santiago, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Chile on Wednesday kicked off a mass inoculation campaign after receiving a shipment of nearly 4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The government's plan is to vaccinate the country's at-risk population — nearly 5 million people — between February and March and the …
laprensalatina.com/chile-kicks-off-mass-…

6 Australian Open tune-up events interrupted by positive Covid-19 test
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Melbourne, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Thursday's matches at a slew of men's and women's professional tennis tournaments have been postponed after a hotel worker at the Grand Hyatt in this southeastern Australian city tested positive for the coronavirus. The suspended matches had been scheduled to be played at Melbourne Park, which also is the venue …
laprensalatina.com/6-australian-open-tun…

Expo 2020 preparations continue despite Covid-19's threat
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Dubai, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The construction of the venue that will host Dubai's Universal Expo, initially scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed to this year due to the coronavirus, continues despite the threat posed by the pandemic. "We are highly optimistic and we believe that we are at the stage where hopefully there will …
laprensalatina.com/expo-2020-preparation…

Biden discussing COVID-19 aid with Dems, wants fast action
Lisa Mascaro, Josh Boak | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden panned a Republican alternative to his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan as insufficient as Senate Democrats pushed ahead, voting to launch a process that could approve his sweeping rescue package on their own if Republicans refuse to support it. Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen joined the Democratic senators for a private virtual …
peoplesworld.org/article/biden-discussin…

Palestine gives first doses of coronavirus vaccine to healthcare workers
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Hebron, West Bank, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Palestine started its coronavirus vaccine rollout on Wednesday, administering the first doses to healthcare workers. The Palestinian National Authority received its first 5,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine from Israel on Saturday. This comes a few days after the PNA's foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told the United Nations Security …
laprensalatina.com/palestine-gives-first…

The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist
Ramzy Baroud | juancole.com | 2021-02-03
( Middle East Monitor ) — The claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly The Forward, point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang is a former Democratic Presidential candidate and is vying for …
juancole.com/2021/02/palestinian-boycott…

Examining The Ethics & Implications Of Twitter's Censorship Policy In India
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-03
Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government's request to temporarily "withhold" access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to claims that they were "inciting violence" during the ongoing farmers' protests, which prompts some very important ethical questions that have a few disturbing implications for the freedoms of speech and assembly in Western-style democracies across the world. | Everyone across the world is talking about social media censorship after former US President Trump was deplatformed last month by the world's largest companies in this sphere following the…
thealtworld.com/andrew_korybko/examining…

Brent oil up boosted by Saudi's output cut from Feb
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Brent oil price hit its highest level in 12 months after pandemic-driven concerns over a supply glut were eased with massive output cuts of major oil producers.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $57.84 per barrel at 0720 GMT for a 0.07% rise after closing Tuesday at $57.80 a barrel. This is the highest level since Feb. 24 last year when it traded at $57.80.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded at $55.09 per barrel at the same time for a 0.60% increase after it ended the previous session at $54.76 a barrel.The voluntary cuts of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) of OPEC's de facto le…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/brent-oil-up-bo…

Top Turkish, Norwegian diplomats discuss relations
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Turkish and Norwegian foreign ministers on Wednesday met virtually and discussed bilateral relations, regional and global developments.In a Twitter post, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu said he discussed bilateral relations and recent developments in Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Libya, the US, and the East Mediterranean with his Norwegian counterpart Eriksen Soreide.Turkey and Norway maintained its "bilateral trade volume despite the pandemic," Cavusoglu noted, and wished "further cooperation in every field, particularly energy."Meanwhile, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said in a Twitter post that Soreide had a "good and f…
yenisafak.com/en/news/top-turkish-norweg…

Soup kitchens cry out for aid to feed hungry amid Peru quarantine
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The announcement of a new quarantine came like a "bucket of cold water" in Peru's most disadvantaged communities, where the local soup kitchens are trying desperately to feed the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as everyone waits for the authorities to come to the rescue. In the …
laprensalatina.com/soup-kitchens-cry-out…

#TheCanaryLive — The real story of the coronavirus crisis
Andrew Butler | thecanary.co | 2021-02-03
This #TheCanaryLive event will be broadcast at 7pm on Wednesday 3 February | Tragically, more than 100,000 people have died in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic began. Join us as we explore the real story of the coronavirus crisis, how the Johnson government has presided over such a monumental loss of life and how we balance protecting public health with protecting civil liberties. | Panelists | Dave Carr, an intensive care nurse, will speak about the distressing reality on the frontline. | Professor Anthony Costello, a leading public health specialist and mem…
thecanary.co/video/2021/02/03/thecanaryl…

Supreme Court pauses Trump immigration cases, as Biden plans to overturn Trump policies & orders a review of 'kids in cages'
rt.com | 2021-02-03
The US Supreme Court has canceled arguments on two Trump-era immigration and border security cases, as President Joe Biden eases Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policies. However, the controversial detention of minors continues. | The cases related to Trump's use of military funding to build his long-promised wall on the US-Mexico border, and his "remain in Mexico" asylum policy that required Central American migrants to wait in Mexico while their US asylum claims were processed. Both cases had been challenged by lower courts, and the Supreme Court was preparing to hear oral arguments in their favor until the…
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Biden begins to dismantle Trump's anti-immigrant measures
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden acted Tuesday on his promise to dismantle the immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, by announcing a set of orders aimed to reunite separated families, restore the asylum system and address the causes of migration with regional partners. Biden signed the measures hours after the Senate …
laprensalatina.com/biden-begins-to-disma…

Battling White Supremacy in the Ring
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-02-03
Buy a copy of Horne's book "The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering, and the Political Economy of Boxing," By Gerald Horne Reviewed by Chris Hedges There were three nationally prominent Black men in the early twentieth century. Booker T. Washington, the founder of Tuskegee Institute; W. E. B. Du Bois, perhaps America's most important intellectual; and the world heavyweight boxing champion… | Source…
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Pentagon chief ousts HUNDREDS of advisers in sweeping purge of Trump-appointed military boards
rt.com | 2021-02-03
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has terminated hundreds of members from 42 Pentagon advisory boards, part of an aggressive bid to oust appointees brought on in the waning days of the Donald Trump administration. | Austin ordered a far-reaching review of the advisory boards, suspending their operations and dismissing all of their members, which number in the hundreds, according to a memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Set for completion by June, Austin said the revi…
rt.com/usa/514433-pentagon-ousts-trump-a…

Turkey: Twitter labels minister's 'LGBT deviants' post hateful amid university protest
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Turkey: Twitter labels minister's 'LGBT deviants' post hateful amid university protest | Interior minister angered over picture mixing LGBT symbols and Islamic images during protests against Istanbul rector's appointment | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 08: 19 | Police detained 159 students on Monday after breaking up a group planning an all-night vigil outside the rector's office (AFP) | Intensifying…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-twitte…

Boris Johnson 'clapping for Tom' is the most twisted thing this week
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2021-02-03
Captain Tom Moore sadly died on Tuesday 2 February. And now, Boris Johnson and his government will be leading a national ' clap' for the veteran and fundraiser. There's a sickening hypocrisy infesting the Tories. And it represents the most twisted moment of the week so far. | RIP Captain Tom: | BBC News reported that: The 100-year-old [Moore], who raised almost £33m for NHS charities by walking l…
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I Don't Just Want Trump Impeached. I Want Him Jailed
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
I Don't Just Want Trump Impeached. I Want Him Jailed.
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Who Gets Vaccinated First?
Tjeerd Royaards | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
Who Gets Vaccinated First?
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Will We Ever Fully Understand Humans' Impact on Nature?
Naomi Elias | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
Will We Ever Fully Understand Humans' Impact on Nature?
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Student Debt Relief Is Back on the Table
Cody Hounanian | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
Student Debt Relief Is Back on the Table…
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Biden Doesn't Need and Shouldn't Want the Votes of the Sedition Caucus or the Obstructionists
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
Biden Doesn't Need and Shouldn't Want the Votes of the Sedition Caucus or the Obstructionists…
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What's Keeping the Vaccine From Getting to Those Who Need it Most?
Natalie Shure | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
What's Keeping the Vaccine From Getting to Those Who Need it Most?
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AOC's Stirring Call to Reject Insurrection Amnesia
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2021-02-03
AOC's Stirring Call to Reject Insurrection Amnesia…
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Egypt asked for 'goodwill' gesture from Israel as condition for Netanyahu visit: Report
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Egypt asked for 'goodwill' gesture from Israel as condition for Netanyahu visit: Report | According to Israeli news outlet Walla, the Israeli prime minister was hoping to visit prior to legislative elections, but Cairo conditioned trip on support for two-state solution | MEE staff | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 14: 08 | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, right, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, on t…
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Urgent steps needed to alleviate suffering in Ethiopia's Tigray region: Guterres
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
The United Nations Secretary-General, on Tuesday, voiced grave concerns over the crisis in Ethiopia's Tigray region and underscored the need for urgent efforts to protect populations at risk.
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First Person: Digging for victory in the Philippines
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
Some farming techniques can have a devastating and negative effect on the environment, as farmers seek to harvest the maximum amount of produce from their land, but the efforts of a Filipino chef and activist are demonstrating that, with the right approach, agriculture can help to regenerate land, offer protection from the effects of climate change and extreme weather, and improve livelihoods.
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Russia: UN rights office 'deeply dismayed' by Navalny sentencing
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, expressed dismay on Wednesday over the sentencing of Russian opposition politician and activist Aleksei Navalny, and urged the authorities to release scores of his supporters arrested during rallies protesting his detention.
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'Meaningful and inclusive' dialogue essential to end upsurge in clashes across Central African Republic
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
The UN chief António Guterres on Wednesday said he continues to be "very concerned" about armed clashes and the threat to civilian life across the Central African Republic, where around 200,000 have been displaced by fighting in under two months.
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Afghanistan: Detainee torture allegations remain 'alarming', UN report reveals
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
Torture claims among people detained for security or terrorism-related offences in Afghanistan remain high, according to a new UN human rights report published on Wednesday.
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'Make peace with nature', UN chief urges at Ocean Decade launch
news.un.org | 2021-02-03
January marked the beginning of what many within the UN and beyond view as "the most critical decade of our lives", the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said on Wednesday, launching a major initiative to protect the world's oceans through the next ten years.
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Macron: AstraZeneca Vaccine Seems 'Quasi-Ineffective' for Over-65s
Rym Momtaz | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
French President Emmanual Macron said Friday the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine appeared to be "quasi-ineffective" on people older than 65 — just hours before the EU's drugs regulator approved it for use on all adults. | "The real problem on AstraZeneca is that it doesn't work the way we were expecting it to," Macron told a group of reporters, including POLITICO, in Paris. "We're waiting for the EMA [European Medicines Agency] results, but today everything points to thinking it is quasi-ineffective on pe…
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France, Sweden, Poland, Germany, France: Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine Not for Elderly
Pierre-Paul Bermingham | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be prioritized for people younger than 65, according to recommendations by government advisory bodies in France and Sweden on Tuesday, while Poland set its threshold at 60. | "Currently available data for people aged 65 and over are limited by a small sample size and don't allow for a conclusion on the safety and the efficacy of the [AstraZeneca] vaccine for this population," the French national authority for health (HAS) said. "The [AstraZeneca] vaccine is therefore recommended preferentially for health professionals under 65 and people under 65." | The three countries join…
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Huawei Struggles in Smartphone Market as Sanctions Bite, Apple Profits
Global Times | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
Chinese telecom giant Huawei saw a substantial drop in both smartphone shipments and market share in China market in 2020, following a tough year of US government's strangle on semiconductors supply, allowing US rival Apple to rise to fill up the void. | Under the US' relentless assault, Huawei saw a drop in market share in China from 38.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 25.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, the only one of the top five smartphone makers in China whose share declined, an International Data Corp (IDC) report showed on Tuesday. | Industry experts said that Huawei's rare market share…
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After Most US Troops Pull Out of Somalia, Some Reenter for Training
Oriana Pawlyk | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
Editor's note: It appears the Pentagon never even fully withdrew as Trump had told them to, but kept some behind with an eye to Biden. | | The U.S. military on Sunday held its first training engagement in Somalia after the recent drawdown of most American troops stationed there, Africa Command announced Monday. | "Our first engagement back into Somalia so quickly after the repositioning shows we remain committed to our Somali and regional partners and support their fight against violent extremism," U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, head of Special Opera…
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How the Gulf War Sparked China's Military Revolution
Liu Zhen | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
Monday marks the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, when American-led coalition forces invaded Iraq. The Gulf War sparked 30 years of chaos and turmoil in the once powerful Middle Eastern country but also served as a rude awakening for China's military leaders. | With the technology and firepower on show during the conflict — precision bombing, satellite guidance, missile interception, air-to-surface strike to eliminat…
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Russian Strike Jet Flies Low Past US Destroyer in the Black Sea
John Vandiver | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-03
A Russian warplane conducted a low pass near the USS Donald Cook on Sunday in the Black Sea, where the Navy has dispatched three ships for exercises. | The Sukhoi Su-24 fighter-bomber screeched past the U.S. destroyer while it was operating in international waters, the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet said in a statement. | The Navy said it operates in the Black Sea to reassure allies in the region and "ensure security and stability." | USS Donald Cook is operating alongside the destroyer USS Porter and USNS Laramie, which is refueling the warships during operations. | Refueling at sea is fundamental for the Navy, but doing…
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'Martyr Soleimani expanded Iran's experience in resistance'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General said that Lt. General Soleimani internationalized the Iranian experience in resisting oppression.
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ICJ upholds jurisdiction on US-Iran Treaty of Amity
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the International Court of Justice has upheld jurisdiction on the case of the 1955 Treaty of Amity.
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China rejects claims on involvement in Myanmar coup
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — China's foreign ministry on Wednesday rejected the claims that it supported or gave tacit consent to Monday's military coup in neighboring Myanmar.
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Iranian Army region's superior drone power
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Army Chief Commander Major General Mousavi named the Iranian Army the superior drone power of the region.
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ICJ verdict another legal victory for Iran: Zarif
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the verdict issued by the International Court of Justice over the US objections is another victory for the Islamic Republic.
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Iran, India geographical capacities key to boost defense coop
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami said the significant geographical capacities of Iran and India can help boost the two countries' defensive cooperation.
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Joe Biden's Peace Force?
William Astore | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
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Columbia Students Wage the Largest Tuition Strike in Nearly 50 Years
Indigo Olivier | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
Students are demanding the university lower the cost of attendance and boost financial aid…
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Tackling Prison Profiteers Will Take More Than Banning Private Prisons
Rebekah Entralgo | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
To fully address profit-driven punishment, the Biden administration will need to take aim at every tendril of the private prison industry — including immigration detention centers…
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India is turning to colonial-era laws to silence journalists
Samar Halarnkar | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
Sedition charges are just the latest attempt by Narendra Modi's government to undermine a free press. They must be opposed…
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Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills
Aljazeera | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
The energy company's Nigerian subsidiary must pay out over a 2008 case, Court of Appeal in The Hague rules…
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Activists Push to Ban Fracking
Leanna First-Arai | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
"We do not know what our future holds right now. But we do know that any further fossil fuel extraction will only further perpetuate this"
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Groups across the South are working to fix a broken farm labor system
Jonah Goldman Kay | zcomm.org | 2021-02-03
"It feels good to let people know that they don't have to take that kind of stuff as an H-2A worker. Workers don't have to just sit back and accept it."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/groups-across-the-…

Iraqi foreign minister visits Tehran for talks
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Iraq's Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual concern, according to an official statement.A statement by the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said Hussein will meet with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif and other senior officials during his stay.The statement did not give details about issues scheduled to be discussed during Hussein's visit.Wednesday's visit is the second by the top Iraqi diplomat to Tehran since his appointment in September.The visit comes amid media reports suggesting that Iraq was seeking to mediate between Tehran and Washingt…
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Qatar Airways to cut costs by $1.2 bln after Gulf deal
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
The reopening of Arab airspace to Qatari flights will decrease costs by around $1.2 billion, the executive chairman of Qatar Airways said. | "The reopening of airspace following the Gulf reconciliation will have a positive impact on the company's financial performance," Akbar al-Baker told the state television in an interview late Tuesday. | Last month, Qatar signed a reconciliation agreement with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to heal their rift, which started in 2017. | The Saudi-led bloc accused Qatar of "supporting terrorism" and severed diplomatic and trade relations with Doha, whi…
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Studies unveil mystery of Kibatos Castle in Marmara Sea
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Unearthed in 2019 during an underwater research off the coast of Yalova, the Kibatos Castle was three meters (almost 10 feet) deep.The ancient castle is thought to have submerged due to earthquakes.Experts are carrying out a research titled Yalova Coasts Ancient Harbor and Underwater Survey to learn more about the castle.The survey team headed by Serkan Gunduz has reached many evidences enlightening its history.Gunduz, an archeology professor at Uludag University in Turkey's Bursa, said that a pier, which was also mentioned in works of famous Ottoman traveler Evliya Celebi, and a structure thought to be a lightho…
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Top Turkish diplomat attends 18th MIKTA meeting
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
"Attended 18th FM Meeting of MIKTA with Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Australia," Cavusoglu said in a Twitter post.Established in 2013, MIKTA is an informal partnership consisting of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia.Cavusoglu "thanked South Korea for her term and congratulated incoming Chair Australia.""MIKTA is a good model for multilateral diplomacy. Will continue our contributions," the top Turkish diplomat added.
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Turkish manufacturing industry starts 'strong' 2021
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
All preliminary indicators show that the Turkish manufacturing industry made a "strong start" in 2021, the country's industry and technology minister said Wednesday."We will continue to keep our country's agenda on investment, employment, production, and exports," Mustafa Varank said on Twitter.He added that Turkey would make itself a winner of…
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'Peaceful future will not arise until Israel dismantles apartheid'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
A former UN human rights rapporteur and international law expert at the US-based Princeton University said a "peaceful future" in the Palestinian issue "will not arise until Israel dismantles apartheid.""A peaceful future will not arise until Israel dismantles apartheid and agrees to treat Palestinians under human rights standards, including respect for the Palestinian right of self-determination," said Richard Falk in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency.A leading Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem, recently published a report labeling Israel as an "apartheid state" over its policy of favoring Jew…
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Turkey's annual inflation rate at 14.97% in January
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Turkey posted a 14.97% annual rise in consumer prices in January, the country's statistical authority announced on Wednesday.The annual figure was up 0.37 percentage points last month, rising from 14.60% in December 2020, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).The inflation rate in January 2020 stood at 12.15%, data showed.The highest annual price increase last month was recorded in miscellaneous goods and services with 24.53%, TurkStat said.It was followed by furnishings and household equipment prices, rising 23.25%, and transportation, up 21.43%, during the same period.Economists polled by An…
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Turkish stocks up at midweek open
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Turkey's benchmark stock index opened at 1,520.80 points on Wednesday, a rise of 0.62% or 9.37 points from the previous close.Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index was up 1.27% to close Tuesday at 1,511.43 points, with a daily trading volume of 29.8 billion Turkish liras (nearly $4.1 billion).The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate slightly increased to 7.1800 as of 9: 30 a.m. local time (0630GMT) from 7.1790 at the previous close.While the euro/Turkish lira exchange rate remained at 8.6400, one British pound traded for 9.8200 Turkish liras, up from 9.8000 at Tuesday's close.One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for aroun…
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Turkey neutralizes so-called field officer of PKK terror group
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
Turkey neutralized a wanted PKK/KCK terrorist plotting an attack in southern Turkey, the country's interior minister said.The terrorist — identified by Ibrahim Sengul with codename Bedrettin Bedirhan — was PKK/KCK's so-called field officer for Mt. Amanos in Hatay province, Suleyman Soylu said.Sengul, who himself participated in many terrorist acts and also gave instructions for attacks, was among four terrorists neutralized while preparing a terror attack in Mt. Amanos.He was in the red category of the Interior Ministry's wanted list with a bounty up to 10 million Turkish liras (1.4 million), the interior…
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Yellen summons financial regulators for volatility in US
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-03
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has summoned American financial regulators to discuss the high volatility recently seen in the markets, according to the Treasury Department.Officials of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission have been called for the meeting."Secretary Yellen believes the integrity of markets is important and has asked for a discussion of recent volatility in financial markets and whether recent activities are consistent with investor protection and fair and efficient markets," t…
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Warren Says Her First Move on Finance Committee Will Be a Wealth Tax
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-03
On Tuesday, among a slate of other committee assignment announcements, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that Sen. Elizabeth Warren is going to be trading her spot on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for a spot on the coveted Finance Committee. Her first priority, she said, will be to implement a wealth tax. | "I'm very pleased to join the Finance Committee, where I'll continue t…
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Rights groups condemn Turkey's 'illegal' transfers of detainees out of Syria
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Rights groups condemn Turkey's 'illegal' transfers of detainees out of Syria | Sixty-three Syrian Arabs and Kurds have been transferred to Turkey over suspected links to 'terrorist' organisations | MEE staff | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 12: 03 | Turkey-backed Syrian rebels take part in a military exercise in Ghandoura, in the northeastern countryside of Syria's Aleppo province, on 14 January 2021 (AFP) | Human rights groups have c…
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'Victory': Iran hails UN court decision to hear case over US sanctions
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
'Victory': Iran hails UN court decision to hear case over US sanctions | International Court of Justice says it has jurisdiction to take on Iran's case against US over Trump-era sanctions | MEE staff | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 16: 36 | Zarif asked the European Union to coordinate a synchronised return of Washington and Tehran to the nuclear deal (AFP) | Iran's foreign minister hailed a decision by the UN's top court on Wednesday…
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'Still waiting for answers': HRW says no justice served after Beirut port blast
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
'Still waiting for answers': HRW says no justice served after Beirut port blast | Rights group says stalled investigation is 'riddled with serious due process violations', as well as political leaders' attempts to stop probe | MEE staff | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 18: 45 | The Beirut port explosion killed more than 200 people and injured more than 6,000 (AFP) | Human Rights Watch has accused Lebanon's political leaders of "stalli…
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Ramy Youssef and Tahar Rahim nominated for 2021 Golden Globes
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-03
Ramy Youssef and Tahar Rahim nominated for 2021 Golden Globes | Comedian Youssef is up for an award for second year running, while Rahim is being recognised for his portrayal of Guantanamo detainee | Rayhan Uddin | Wed, 02/03/2021 – 16: 11 | Egyptian-American Ramy Youssef and French-Algerian Tahar Rahim were nominated for the 2021 edition of the Golden Globes (AFP) | Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef and French-A…
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California Must Lead The Way In Abolishing School And University Campus Police
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-03
The first days of 2021 — which will surely be remembered for police officers in Washington, D.C. removing barricades in order for white supremacists to storm the United States Capitol, confederate flag in hand — ask us to continue learning from the unprecedented uprisings of 2020, in which hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest anti-Black police violence. The 2020 uprisings articulated transformative visions of a world without anti-Black violence, a world without hyper-funded police forces and thus a world with deep community safety and care. | In response to this sweeping visi…
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Dyson School of Engineering brings sketching masterclass into students' homes
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-03
In partnership with stationery-maker Moleskine, expert illustrators hosted a week of sketching workshops with Imperial students.
imperial.ac.uk/news/213873/dyson-school-engineering-brings-sketching-masterclass

NASA Taps Top Climate Researcher for New Advisory Role on the Climate Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-03
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced on Wednesday that it has created a new position: senior climate adviser. The role will be filled in an acting capacity by Gavin Schmidt, who currently heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. | The agency's new senior climate adviser will work to communicate the agency's climate findings with the rest of the scientific community and help to align different parts of NASA with climate goals. Schmidt will b…
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Immigration Advocates Urge Biden Administration for More Concrete Change
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-03
Hundreds have been deported in the last week, even as President Biden signed several executive orders Tuesday to undo the Trump administration's hard-line anti-immigration policies. The orders include a push to reunify families torn apart under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and a review of the Trump policy known as "Remain in Mexico" that requires non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases wind through court, leaving tens of thousands waiting in dangerous conditions al…
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Democrats and GOP strike power-sharing agreement, allowing Dems to take over key Senate committees
rt.com | 2021-02-03
Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement that will allow the Democrats to take control of several Senate committees. Though the party holds a slim majority, Republicans have until now held onto their committee seats. | "I am happy to report this morning that the leadership of both parties have finalized the organizing resolution for the Senate," Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said on the Senate floor on Wednesday. "We will pass the resolution through the Senate today, which means that committees can promptly set up and get to work with Democrats holding the gavels." | Control of the Sena…
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American baby whose 1st album was recorded in the womb already garners online critics
rt.com | 2021-02-03
Luca Yupanqui looks set to become the world's youngest recording artist in history, having recorded her debut album before she was born, thanks to her musician parents and some cutting-edge audio tech. | Elizabeth Hart, a member of psych-rock band Psychic Ills, along with her partner and fellow musician Iván Diaz Mathe, used so-called "biosonic MIDI technology" to record their unborn daughter's movements inside the womb during five-hour "joint meditation" sessions. | When the album drops on April 2, 'Sounds of the Unborn' will become the first LP to use audio recorded in utero. The proud parents used el…
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GQ Magazine gives Joe Biden the virtual 'makeover' nobody asked for
rt.com | 2021-02-03
After four quiet years, Joe Biden's return to the White House has woken America's lifestyle writers from their hibernation, and they're ready to shine his shoes with cringe-inducing content once more. | For the news industry, former president Donald Trump was good for business. His off-the-cuff remarks, personal feuds, and never-ending parade of scandals sold newspapers by the boatload and kept millions of eyes glued to cable TV. As journalists rushed to dig up dirt on the bombastic president, and every week broke new stories predicting his imminent downfall, one group of writers were left out in the cold: Ame…
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell gets his company banned from Twitter, provokes Newsmax host to WALK OFF SET with election-fraud claims
rt.com | 2021-02-03
Twitter has banished MyPillow after company founder Mike Lindell used the account to reiterate claims of election fraud and accuse the social media platform's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, of being "tied into" the alleged crimes. | "Jack Dorsey is trying to cancel me (Mike Lindell) out," Lindell tweeted through MyPillow's account on Sunday, in a message thanking supporters who ordered pillows after Kohl's and other major retailers stopped carrying the company's products. "We are extremely busy and hiring as fast as we can to handle all the shipping. Jack (Dorsey) will be found out and should be put in prison w…
rt.com/usa/514432-mypillow-ceo-newsmax-w…

US Navy must rename warships that have 'racist' and Confederate names, policy task force says
rt.com | 2021-02-03
The US Navy should rename warships and other assets that have racist connotations, as part of a modernization drive to promote diversity, the task force that shapes navy policy has recommended. | "Certain Navy ship names have been highlighted by Congress and in the media for connections to confederate or white supremacist ideologies," Task Force One Navy said in its report, published on Wednesday. | The 141-page report called for a review to "identify assets honoring t…
rt.com/usa/514531-us-navy-rename-racist-…

Strategic implications of Israeli inclusion in CENTCOM
Kamal Iranidoost | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-03
TEHRAN, Feb. 03 (MNA) — Less than a month after the transfer of Israeli regime into CENTCOM's area of responsibility from EUCOM's, what consequences could this shift have for the region and beyond?
en.mehrnews.com/news/169410/Strategic-im…

Brazil: transgender murders increased by 41% in 2020
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
In 2020, 175 trans women were murdered in Brazil. The figure represents a 41% increase over the previous year. | The data is presented in the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (Antra) dossier released on Friday, January 29th, the Brazilian National Day of Trans Visibility. | Last year's index is 43.5% above the average recorded since 2008, when monitoring started. There was a 201% increase in such crimes during that period. | Unlike in other year…
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Over 1,400 arrested after Putin critic Navalny jailed in Russia
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Moscow, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Russian police have arrested more than 1,400 people from various places during overnight protests to support jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, a rights monitoring group said on Wednesday. The OVD-Info that keeps track of political persecutions in Russia said the police detained 1,145 protesters from Moscow streets. Nearly 250 were arrested …
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[Research Paper] Sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease risk: Inferences from men with benign prostatic hyperplasia
Mette Nà∏rgaard, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Priscila Corraini, Henrik Toft Sà∏rensen, Victor W. Henderson | thelancet.com | 2021-02-03
During up to 21 years of follow-up, men with BPH had persistently higher risk of AD and all-cause dementia compared with men in the general population. Our results identify BPH as a common, potentially remediable disorder associated with dementia risk.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00020-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Influence of sodium intake and change in sodium intake on plasma-renin in man
Niels Graudal, Thorbjà∏rn Hubeck-Graudal, Gesche Jurgens | thelancet.com | 2021-02-03
The accelerating effect of sodium reduction on PRA towards a sodium intake of zero mmol/24 h probably explains the interstudy variability. Further studies are needed to test whether this stimulating effect on PRA reflects a physiological disadvantage potentially associated with increased mortality…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00030-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease risk: Inferences from men with benign prostatic hyperplasia
Mette Nà∏rgaard, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Priscila Corraini, Henrik Toft Sà∏rensen, Victor W. Henderson | thelancet.com | 2021-02-03
During up to 21 years of follow-up, men with BPH had persistently higher risk of AD and all-cause dementia compared with men in the general population. Our results identify BPH as a common, potentially remediable disorder associated with dementia risk.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00020-1/fulltext?rss=yes

Australia rules out transfer fraud related to cardinal Pell
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Sydney, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Australian Police said Wednesday it had not found irregularities in funds transfers made from the Vatican between 2014 and 2020, following suspicions of money laundering in a case related to controversial Cardinal George Pell. In a statement, Australian Federal Police said it "had not identified criminal misconduct to date" by …
laprensalatina.com/australia-rules-out-t…

Deposed Myanmar president moved to interrogation center
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Deposed Myanmar president Win Myint has been moved to an interrogation center in Yangon, sources close to the politician told EFE on Wednesday. Myint, 69, was detained on Monday by the military along with leader Aung San Suu Kyi and held under house arrest in the capital Naypyitaw. "President U …
laprensalatina.com/deposed-myanmar-presi…

Police officer fatally injured in US Capitol riot lies in honor
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- An urn containing the ashes of a police officer who was fatally injured in the assault on the United States Capitol last month were taken to the building to lie in honor on Tuesday night. The remains of Brian Sicknick, 42, will stay in the Capitol Rotunda, considered the heart of …
laprensalatina.com/police-officer-fatall…

Staff in more than 70 Myanmar hospitals strike to protest coup
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Staff from more than 70 hospitals and medical centers in Myanmar responded to calls for a civil disobedience campaign and stopped work on Wednesday to protest against the coup staged by the military earlier this week, the organizers said. Specialists, nurses, dentists, doctors and other health workers from 74 hospitals …
laprensalatina.com/staff-in-more-than-70…

Biden, Putin extend New START at start of a difficult relationship
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Washington, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to extend the New START nuclear arms treaty for another five years, making what appears to be a good start in a bilateral relationship that, by all accounts, will be a difficult one. "Especially during times of tension, verifiable limits …
laprensalatina.com/biden-putin-extend-ne…

WHO team visits Wuhan lab Trump claimed was coronavirus source
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-03
Beijing, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- A team of international experts from the World Health Organization mission investigating the origins of the coronavirus in China visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and its maximum security P4 laboratory on Wednesday. The head of the mission, Denmark's Peter Ben Embarek, confirmed to the Chinese state-run Global Times that …
laprensalatina.com/who-team-visits-wuhan…

Capitalism is sucking the life out of the planet
Ralph Underhill | thecanary.co | 2021-02-03
Image description | At the top of the image a pound currency sign ( £) is pictured next to the Earth. In the next part of the image the top of the pound sign has become a spike and punctured the Earth. In the final part of the image, the pound sign has grown in size and sucked everything from the Earth, which is now pictured deflated and spent. | By Ralph Underhill…
thecanary.co/discovery/environment/2021/…

Israel carries out demolitions in the Palestinian village of Humsa for the third time in three months
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2021-02-03
The Palestinian community of Humsa in the northern Jordan Valley has been invaded and had their homes demolished twice this week by Israeli forces. Local Palestinians were forced to sleep outside in the cold. | One resident, Abu Anas, told campaign group Stop the Wall about how Israeli forces invaded the village on Monday 1 February: Tens of Israeli soldiers invaded Humsa. They destroyed our tents. When I tried to stop them, an Israeli soldier tried to shoot me. I and 18 members of my family are homeless now. | Palestinians and their supporte…
thecanary.co/trending/2021/02/03/israel-…

Saturday 2/13: Remembering EO 9066: The Suvivors of U.S. Japanese American Prison Camps WWII
JAMSP | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online event…
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Friday 2/19: UC Berkeley Day of Remembrance of E.O. 9066 Japanese American Prison Camps WWII
UC Berkeley Nikkei Student Union | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Virtual event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/01/1883971…

JFK vs. Allen Dulles. Battleground Indonesia. A Review of Greg Poulgrain's Book
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Before I digress slightly, let me state from the outset that …
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Indonesian Slaughter, Allen Dulles, and the Assassination of JFK
Edward Curtin | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-03
Before I digress slightly, let me state from the outset that the book by Greg Poulgrain that I am about to review is extraordinary by any measure. The story he tells is one you will read nowhere else, especially in the way he links the assassination of President Kennedy to former CIA Director Allen Dulles …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/indonesian-sl…

November 17th, 1973 and the Legacy of State Terror
David Rovics | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-03
In a prison hospital in Athens, Greece, a man named Dimitris Koufontinas lies unconscious most of the time. Almost a month into a water-only hunger strike, one of his tremendously weakened organs could fail, and he could die at any moment. As always, there's a lot happening in the world. Ongoing wars between countries, civil …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/november-17th…

Detained Medevac refugees call for support
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-03
Refugee rights supporters gathered outside the Park Hotel prison again calling for the detainees'y release and for all detention centres to be closed down. Chloe DS reports.
greenleft.org.au/content/detained-medeva…

Iran — give diplomacy a chance
Jane Green | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
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Examining The Ethics & Implications Of Twitter's Censorship Policy In India
oneworld.press | 2021-02-03
Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government's request to temporarily "withhold" access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to claims that they were "inciting violence" during the ongoing farmers' protests, which prompts some very important ethical questions that have a few disturbing implications for the freedoms of speech and assembly in Western-style democracies across the world.
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot backs down again in the face of looming teachers strike
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-03
Chicago, IL – Talks continued between the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public School System (CPS) Monday evening, February 1, even as the teachers prepared to announce a strike to start as early as Tuesday morning. The teachers have been fighting to keep schools operating remotely until a time when CPS offers a plan for in-person learning that is safe for students, staff and teachers. | Mayor Lightfoot had threatened to lock the teachers out as of Tuesday morning if they did not show up for class in person. The teachers have been continuing to teach classes remotely despite increasing pressure fro…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/2/chicago-m…

Extremists and Disappearing Republican Moderates
Richard C. Gross | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
Donald Trump's extremist white supporters like the nationalist Proud Boys and the militant Oath Keepers who participated in the siege of the Capitol have virtually created a fifth column bent on subversive activities. These mostly armed Trump militia are anathema to America and its more than two centuries of government of the people, by the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/extremists-a…

Sky News Acts Largely as a Platform for the UK Defence and Foreign Ministries, Research Finds
Mark Curtis | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Declassified UK's analysis of the written outputs of three of Sky …
globalresearch.ca/sky-news-acts-platform…

Israeli Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians In Sebastia
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-02-03
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday evening, Sebastia Palestinian town, north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and injured many Palestinians. Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said several army jeeps invaded the town, and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at local youngsters, who protested the invasion. Azem added that many Palestinians, including …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-injur…

Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges for Mongolia
Yelif Ulagpan | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2021-02-03
asia-pacificresearch.com/belt-road-initi…

Thursday 2/18: Perspectives on three years of mushroom monitoring in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online event. Register here: | 64432.blackbaudhosting.com/64432/tickets…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883972…

San Francisco Empty and Abandoned Buildings (4th Quarter, 2020)
San Francisco Food Not Bombs | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
SF Food Not Bombs has updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's list of empty and abandoned buildings through December, 2020 on this webpage: sffnb.org/list-of-san-francisco-empty-an….
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883973…

Where does the Sudanese Revolution stand today?
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
Dr. Fathi Elfad of the Sudanese Communist Party talks about the developments in Sudan over the past two years, the betrayal of the revolution by certain political forces and the party's stand on the future…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/03/where-doe…

Jacksonville, FL: No to Governor DeSantis' repressive and anti-speech HB1 legislation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-03
Jacksonville, FL – On January 30, the Jacksonville Community Action Committee (JCAC) organized a protest against Florida House Bill 1 (HB1/SB484): Combating Public Disorder. This bill is a 60-page document that prohibits and criminalizes successful tactics of people's movements throughout history. | HB1 criminalizes the use of public roads for marches and demonstrations, it revokes bail for protesters, and it stifles people's budgets. HB1 has been deemed favorable by the Criminal Justice and Public Safety's Subcommittee and is currently being fast-tracked through the legislature. The bill is currently in the Hous…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/3/jacksonvi…

Saturday 2/6: Meetup: Intro to MicroSanctuaries
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online Zoom…
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Living with natural gas pipelines: Appalachian landowners describe fear, anxiety and loss
EBCMAC | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-03
"Harvesting the timber was, then digging the coal was our salvation. … And then here's the third one. We just keep doing the same thing."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/03/living-wit…

Facebook Is Meddling In Myanmar's Legally Implemented State Of Emergency
oneworld.press | 2021-02-03
Facebook deplatformed the page for the Myanmar military's TV network on the basis that it spread "misinformation that delegitimizes the outcome of November's election" despite the social media giant having no right to arbitrate in a foreign country's domestic political dispute, especially not since the recently announced state of emergency was legally implemented in accordance with Chapter XI of the 2008 Constitution despite some abroad wrongly considering it to be an illegal "coup".
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1904

Shell, BP, and Easyjet: The Big Polluters Designing the Rules for Voluntary Carbon Offsets
Phoebe Cooke | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Many of the world's most polluting companies are being handed a …
globalresearch.ca/shell-bp-easyjet-big-p…

Facebook Is Meddling In Myanmar's Legally Implemented State Of Emergency
oneworld.press | 2021-02-03
Facebook deplatformed the page for the Myanmar military's TV network on the basis that it spread "misinformation that delegitimizes the outcome of November's election" despite the social media giant having no right to arbitrate in a foreign country's domestic political dispute, especially not since the recently announced state of emergency was legally implemented in accordance with Chapter XI of the 2008 Constitution despite some abroad wrongly considering it to be an illegal "coup".
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1904

Individual Action and Climate Change
Jon Deery | progressive.org | 2021-02-03
Until the system changes, individuals will be forced to live unsustainably.
progressive.org/op-eds/individual-action…

Turning point in freedom road
Joe Sims | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
This keynote, presented to the CPUSA National Committee on Jan. 23, 2021, has been updated with the input of NC members. It's hard to overstate the importance of last Wednesday's Inauguration. Trump's gone, the coup was averted, and democracy prevailed. The fascist danger experienced a setback — at least for now. For those who believed …
peoplesworld.org/article/turning-point-i…

Saturday 2/6: Dog Park Day!
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Point Isabel, Richmond, CA…
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Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction; Still no Federal or State Protection in Sight
The Xerces Society | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Population that winters along the California coast hit a low of less than 2,000 butterflies–a 99.9% decline since the 1980s. We must take action now to save the western monarch migration.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883972…

Rochester police attack and pepper spray 9-year old girl, body cam shows
Hannah Dickinson and Rob Maclean | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-03
On the video one officer can be heard saying, "You're acting like a child." "I am a child," the traumatized girl responds.
liberationnews.org/rochester-police-atta…

Viral Inequality and the Farmers' Struggle in India
Colin Todhunter | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
According to a new report by Oxfam, 'The Inequality Virus', the wealth of the world's billionaires increased by $3.9tn (trillion) between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth now stands at $11.95tn. The world's 10 richest billionaires have collectively seen their wealth increase by $540bn over this period. In September 2020, Jeff Bezos…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/viral-inequa…

Jon Ossoff Victory Proves That the Israel Lobby Still Has an Iron Grip on Democrats
Jessica Buxbaum | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-03
An analysis by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs shows the pro-Israel lobby contributes significantly more money to Democrats than Republicans. And those campaign funds appear to be doing their job.
mintpressnews.com/jon-ossoff-victory-pro…

Smart Ass Cripple: Biden's Low Priority, Our High Hopes
Mike Ervin | progressive.org | 2021-02-03
It's still disturbing that disability rights was an afterthought for the Biden campaign.
progressive.org/magazine/biden-low-prior…

What does Pete Buttigieg's transportation secretary role mean for climate?
Emily Denny | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
The Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg Tuesday as the next Transportation Secretary, inspiring hope among environmentalists that a clean and equitable transportation sector may be possible. Passing with a 86-13 vote, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, now has the authority to make decisions on how the country moves, builds, and travels, directing the department's 55,000 employees and a …
peoplesworld.org/article/what-does-pete-…

Don't Listen to David Brooks
Peter Greene | progressive.org | 2021-02-03
In a recent op-ed, The New York Times columnist berated teachers unions and argued that schools should open immediately–but he's totally wrong.
progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/…

The global struggle for bodily autonomy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-03
The example of Sparta is an interesting precedent for the way in which people's bodies have been controlled and utilized beyond their consent throughout history. The control of our bodies presupposes capitalism, but capitalism in turn has entrenched it.
mronline.org/2021/02/03/the-global-strug…

Racial Inequality, Institutional Discrimination: The "Great Awokening" in Global and Class Context
Prof. Charles McKelvey | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | From 1972 to 2010, at three church-related colleges and one public …
globalresearch.ca/great-awokening-global…

Tuesday 2/9: Protest Berkeley's Inaction on Climate Change and Animal Cruelty
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Ohlone Park, Berkeley, CA…
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QAnon Mayor terminates popular Sequim, Washington state City Manager
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
SEQUIM, WA–Despite overwhelming support for Sequim City Manager, Charlie Bush, the town's Mayor, William Armacost, a QAnon cultist, forged ahead last week to fire Bush. More than 100 Sequim residents wearing masks and socially distant, stood in a picket line as a sharply divided City Council carried out its hate-driven termination of Bush. "We Support …
peoplesworld.org/article/qanon-mayor-ter…

What's at Stake in Ecuador's Elections?
Harvey Goldberg | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Andrés Arauz is the candidate for President of Union Por La Esperanza. Despite years of repression of the progressive/left, this party allied with former President Rafael Correa has led in all polls over the last month.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883971…

The Price of Wheat Doesn't Tell Us About the Strength of the Economy and Neither Does the Stock Market: Why Is This so Hard for Intellectual Types to Understand?
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2021-02-03
The stock market tells us about the expected value of future after-tax corporate profits. At least, that is when it tells us anything at all. That is not radical lefty ranting, that is from the Econ textbook. If the economy is expected to boom next year, because Joe Biden is going to use the revenue …
cepr.net/the-price-of-wheat-doesnt-tell-…

Long-term Mask Use May Contribute to Advanced Stage Lung Cancer, Study Finds
Phillip Schneider | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | A recent study in the journal Cancer Discovery found that inhalation …
globalresearch.ca/long-term-mask-use-may…

Peace and Freedom Party legislative proposals for 2021
Cres Vellucci | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Peace and Freedom Party seeks: representation in the California State Legislature; to match the rental exemptions of Costa-Hawkins with those of AB 1482; and to allow non-citizen parents and guardians the right to vote in school district elections.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883973…

West Papua Calls for Independence Referendum to Avert Genocide
Jeff Armstrong | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
The Indonesian-occupied nation of West Papua has called for urgent international intervention against Indonesia's intensification of what a 2016 report called "slow motion genocide." West Papua is facing an onslaught of colonial settlement backed by the military of the fifth largest nation in the world, with the largest army in Southeast Asia. Papuans are quickly…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/west-papua-c…

WAFA: "Four minors among 30 Palestinians detained by Israel in the occupied territories"
The Palestinian News & Info Agency | imemc.org | 2021-02-03
RAMALLAH, Tuesday, February 02, 2021 (WAFA) — Israeli occupation forces last night and today detained at least 30 Palestinians, including four minors, from various parts of the occupied territories, according to local and Palestinian security sources. They said Israeli occupation forces rounded up five Palestinians, including a minor, from Ramallah and al-Bireh district, in the …
imemc.org/article/wafa-four-minors-among…

California YIMBY Comms Director Lies About Berkeley Parks
ParkNonymous | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Matthew Lewis, the Communications Director for the lobby group California YIMBY, has been spreading disinformation about available park space in Berkeley. The CAYIMBY Communications Director is messaging on social media for the purpose of riling public open against People's Park.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/01/1883970…

Taking on Telecom's "5G"
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
Do you own a "Fifth Generation" — 5G — smartphone? They are promoted as the hippest, most essential tool of postmodern life. The Gartner Group, a market research firm, estimates that worldwide sales will be 489 million units in 2021. For North America, estimated 2021 sales are projected to be 158,618 units. One forecast estimated…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/taking-on-te…

The US Is Trying to Provoke a Soft Coup in Cuba
Rosa Miriam Elizalde | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-03
We are in the era of soft coups. Old-fashioned coups d'état and invasions get terrible press. The images of US troops invading the Dominican Republic in 1965 or marching through El Chorrillo in Panama in 1989, for example, produced resentment and anger. Over the years, US military interventions in Latin America have fallen into disrepute and gone ou…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/03/the-us-is…

Biden must inspect America's embrittled reactors
Karl Grossman and Harvey Wasserman | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-03
Biden must act to prevent what would constitute nuclear suicide in the United States.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/03/biden-must…

Seis trabajadores mueren en la planta de procesamiento avícola de Georgia
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-03
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Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home Near Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-02-03
Israeli soldiers demolished, on Wednesday afternoon, a Palestinian home in Khallet al-Forn area, near Birin village, south of Hebron in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. The National and Popular Committees in Yatta have reported that the soldiers demolished a 200 square/meter under-construction home owned by Jamal Rajab Sarsour. The Committee added that …
imemc.org/article/army-demolishes-a-pale…

Detroit mass arrests thrown out as anti-racist struggle continues
Sammie Lewis and Jerry Goldberg | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-03
Even while dismissing hundreds of cases, however, the city has stated it still intends to prosecute the protesters who it considers to be leaders of the protests.
liberationnews.org/detroit-mass-arrests-…

Poet Amanda Gorman's take on love as legacy points to youth's power to shape future generations
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-03
By Heather Lawford, Heather L. Ramey and Jessica Riddell | — National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman's recitation of "The Hill We Climb," at Joe Biden's presidential inauguration in the United States captured the attention of a nation and people globally. Gorman highlighted the power of poets in our current sociopolitical context to speak unique …
juancole.com/2021/02/amanda-gormans-gene…

Thursday 2/4: Year of the Ox: Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy w/ Asian Art Museum SF
Asian Art Museum SF | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online event…
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Russia's Demography Crisis
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Russia has demographic crisis. Notwithstanding official efforts to boost birth rates, …
globalresearch.ca/russia-demography-cris…

Minnesota: Marathon Refinery locks out Teamsters
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-03
St. Paul Park, MN – Teamsters Local 120 members at Marathon Refinery in Saint Paul Park have been locked out by Marathon management for more than ten days, after a 24-hour strike by the workers. | Teamsters agreed to end their strike after 24 hours as a new round of bargaining was scheduled for January 25. However, when the Teamsters attempted to return to work, they were instead locked out by the employer and not allowed to return. That Monday, no deal was reached and there are no more dates scheduled to resume bargaining. | Many unions and union members have marched on the picket lines in solidarity alongside t…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/2/minnesota…

Sunday 2/14: Santa Cruz Loves – Free Concert with Johny and the Sweet Hearts
Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
100 Laurel St, Santa Cruz…
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National Ideals and the 1776 Commission Report: an Analysis
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
One of Donald Trump's efforts to restructure, or maybe de-structure, the U.S. was the establishment of a 1776 Commission. Its job was to recast American history in an extravagantly patriotic fashion so as to assert U.S. exceptionalism. There is a Platonic correlate to this: the ideal is more real than the actual. Thus, ideals laid down…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/national-ide…

Friday 2/5: Oakland Ladybug Hike!
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Ridge Top Trail, Oakland (see event page description for Google Map link)…
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Sunday 2/7: Free Nasrin and ALL Iran's Political Prisoners: Heroism for These Times
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…
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Glyphosate Endangers Wildlife, Too. Tell the EPA to Ban It
Zen Honeycutt | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-03
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The EPA wrongfully claims that glyphosate used on crops grown for …
globalresearch.ca/glyphosate-endangers-w…

Saturday 2/6: Online Consent Training
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online Zoom…
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The decline and fall of the American Empire
MBNJSD | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-03
Will our leaders squander America's only hope for a successful transformation from a decadent and declining empire to a dynamic and prosperous post-imperial future?>…
nationofchange.org/2021/02/03/the-declin…

How Do Chickens Die? 16 Of Many Ways
Chicken Rights | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
The more one knows, the easier it is to make changes.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883972…

No More Anti-Protest Laws
Laura Finley | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-03
The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the Bill of Rights because it is critically important. Indeed, research has shown that peaceful protests and nonviolent tactics are the most effective tools in making social change, even including overthrowing dictators. To date, 43 states have considered and 26 have enacted some type of anti-protest law.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/03/no-more-anti…

Immigration advocates welcome new 'tone' but urge Biden admin for more concrete change
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-03
Despite the Biden administration's new "tone," continued deportations of vulnerable people demonstrate "a continuation of the same practices that happened under President Trump and previously under Obama."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/03/immigratio…

Monday 2/8: Open Rescue Training Part 1: The Basics, Videography and On Camera Person
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Online Zoom…
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Wednesday 2/10: Changing Climate: The Role of Environmental Justice
Institute for Social Transformation | indybay.org | 2021-02-03
Free online event. Register here: | ucsc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o7ezK23…
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Examining The Ethics & Implications Of Twitter's Censorship Policy In India
oneworld.press | 2021-02-03
Twitter caused a stir by complying with the Indian government's request to temporarily "withhold" access to dozens of accounts for users within the country in response to claims that they were "inciting violence" during the ongoing farmers' protests, which prompts some very important ethical questions that have a few disturbing implications for the freedoms of speech and assembly in Western-style democracies across the world.
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Why the Biden administration has set itself up for failure on the Iran nuclear deal
Scott Ritter | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-02
By laying out unrealistic demands to Iran and engaging in fearmongering about its nuclear program, Secretary of State Tony Blinken has underscored America's real intent about rejoining the controversial agreement. | President Joe Biden has made rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal) one of the top priorities of his administration, reversing course from the direction taken by former President Donald Trump who, in May 2…
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Defend Boƒüaziàßi University students against police state repression!
wsws.org | 2021-02-02
The Socialist Equality Group in Turkey condemns the police attacks and detention of more than 150 students yesterday at Boƒüaziàßi University and in ƒ∞zmir.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/02/turk…

Royal Bournemouth Hospital blacklists World Socialist Web Site
wsws.org | 2021-02-02
Instead of addressing the grievances highlighted in the frontline nurse's letter, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust management is desperately trying to shut down any discussion in the workforce about patient and staff safety.
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A new global Marxist magazine
Editor | workers.org | 2021-02-02
Workers World encourages our readers to check out a new online magazine, The International. From its editors: "The International," an international Marxist magazine, is regularly being published on the 15th of each month. It is a global political magazine for Communists and Socialists in a true sense, and . . . | Continue reading A new global Marxist magazine at Workers.org
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Wednesday 2/10: The United Front: Concept, Practice, & Historical Lessons
Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area | indybay.org | 2021-02-02
Zoom (Follow link in description to register)…
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Outrage Is Not a Strong Enough Word
Vijay Prashad | socialistproject.ca | 2021-02-02
Someday the world will be free of the coronavirus. Then, we will glance backward at these years of misery inflicted by virions with spike proteins that have struck down millions of people and held social life in its grip. Much will be debated about the origins of the virus and the rapidity of its spread … Keep reading »…
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