Daily Archives: February 4, 2021

2021-02-04: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2021-02-04). NATO Supreme Allied Commander Says West Is Concerned With China-Russia Ties. anti-empire.com On Wednesday, the top general of NATO Gen. Tod Wolters, who currently serves as the head of US European Command and as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told reporters that the increased ties between Beijing and Moscow "really does suggest an emergence of a partnership of convenience." | Welters said the partnership seeks to advance the mutual…

The Socialist Program (2021-02-04). The Real Story: Biden Targets China. liberationnews.org Will the U.S. continue under Biden to push towards confrontation with China?>

China Dialogue (2021-02-04). China's National Carbon Market has Just Launched: How it Could be a Climate Game Changer. juancole.com By Huw Slater, Wang Shu and Dimitri De Boer | — ( China Dialogue) — With the new market having opened on 1 February, experts offer a take on how it may impact China's industries and emissions trajectory China's national carbon market started operating on 1 February, as mandated by a key regulatory document. Although …

Workers World Party (2021-02-04). PDF of February 4 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. BAmazon Union Which side are you on? GM 1937, Amazon 2021 NFL union solidarity ALSO: Drug homicide law kills; Laundry workers victory; Georgia plant deaths; Biden and immigration; Neutralize the fascists. Editorial: Demonizing China. The legendary Cicely Tyson. GLOBAL: China gains; India strikes continue; Mali protests. . . . |

Staff (2021-02-04). In Push for Global Vaccine Equity, US AIDS Program PEPFAR Offers Blueprint. truthout.org As the U.S. COVID death toll tops 450,000, the Biden administration is attempting to ramp up its vaccination campaign to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, health experts warn any vaccination progress in the United States will be threatened without global vaccine equity. "We need to, as quickly as possible, expand access to the vaccines, both in this country, in the United States, as well as around the world," says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the ICAP at Columbia University…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-04). Entry of Russian Sputnik V into Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 04 (MNA) — The first batch of the Russian V vaccine to immunize against the coronavirus arrived at Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport on Thursday.

Zoltan Grossman (2021-02-04). The Resilience Doctrine: Mutual Aid in the Pandemic and Beyond. counterpunch.org Part 4 of a 4-part Primer on Disaster Collectivism in the Climate and Pandemic Crises At The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, our winter-quarter class on "Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster" began in early January 2020, so our students had early warning of coronavirus as it began to spread around the

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-04). NACOSH unveils comprehensive job safety/health strengthening plan. peoplesworld.org HOUSTON—One year after the coronavirus pandemic hit the country, Marcos Vasquez, a 20-year day labor construction worker in Houston, still toils for employers who won't provide him an anti-viral mask. Or gloves. Or other personal protective equipment. "There's not enough social distancing," he adds. "The bathrooms" on worksites "are dirty and they lack water and …

KANN (2021-02-04). Coronavirus / Tokyo Olympics: The Japanese government's clever way of deceiving its people. indybay.org Please comment to the Japanese government about the Coronavirus Tokyo Olympics. There is no e-mail address, and it is not necessary to include a name. This stupid government plans to trick the world into hosting the Olympics.

Staff (2021-02-04). "Viruses Know No Borders": In Push for Global Vaccine Equity, U.S. AIDS Program Offers Blueprint. democracynow.org As the U.S. COVID death toll tops 450,000, the Biden administration is attempting to ramp up its vaccination campaign to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, health experts warn any vaccination progress in the United States will be threatened without global vaccine equity. "We need to, as quickly as possible, expand access to the vaccines, both in this country, in the United States, as well as around the world," says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the ICAP at Columbia University and professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She argues that the U.S.

WSWS (2021-02-04). Spanish Morenoite Izquierda Diario denounces social distancing for COVID-19. wsws.org Despite the mounting toll from the coronavirus pandemic, the Morenoites are bitterly hostile to lock-down measures needed to halt the pandemic.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-04). Western Australia: COVID-19, fires and the fossil fuel premier. greenleft.org.au The Western Australian election is shaping up as a referendum on the Labor government's handling of COVID-19, with pundits expecting it to be returned with an increased majority, reports Sam Wainwright.

Igor Derysh (2021-02-04). How one billionaire family bankrolled election lies, white nationalism — and the Capitol riot. salon.com Rebekah Mercer is "one of the chief financiers of the fascist movement," says longtime GOP insider Steve Schmidt…

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-04). There's No Secret Chinese Hand In Myanmar's State Of Emergency. thealtworld.com The People's Republic isn't involved in the Tatmadaw's state of emergency, but falsely claiming otherwise is yet another attempt by self-interested forces to pressure Biden into continuing Trump's anti-Chinese policies. | American media has gone wild speculating about a secret Chinese hand in Myanmar's recent decision to announce a year-long state of emergency. The country's military, known as the Tatmadaw, detained members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) on Monday in response to what it claimed was their refusal to seriously consider its concerns about November's contested elections. The Tatmadaw lega…

Matt Sedlar (2021-02-04). Even After the Cabinet Selections, Personnel Is Policy. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site Recent nominations and appointments by President Biden have given progressives enough reason to feel cautiously hopeful about the shape of the administration. Some high-profile losses aside (We meet again, Tom Vilsack), most of Biden's early picks for senior cabinet jobs and top advisers are to the left …

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-04). Dirty campaign intensifies against progressive candidate Andrés Arauz. peoplesdispatch.org Several members of the progressive Union for Hope (UNES) alliance, including its presidential candidate Andrés Arauz, former president Rafael Correa, among others, are denouncing that plans to suspend the February 7 general elections are underway in Ecuador…

Maria Paez Victor (2021-02-04). Washington, Heal Thyself. counterpunch.org Since the riot at the Washington Capitol on 6 January 2021, we hear incessantly from US politicians and media that their state institutions, elections and constitution are considered sacred. There is more than a touch of hypocrisy in this given the dismissive way the USA treats similar institutions in other countries. The insurrection in Washington

_____ (2021-02-04). Ecuador: Presidential Elections Could Bring Back The Citizens' Revolution. popularresistance.org On February 7, Ecuador will hold elections for President and for its legislative body, with 137 positions to be decided for the National Assembly. Though 16 presidential candidates participated in the debates, there are three major candidates. Andrés Arauz and his vice presidential candidate, Carlos Rabascall, represent La Unión por la Esperanza (The Union of Hope, UNES), what was Alianza País led by former president Rafael Correa before the party split in 2017. Guayaquil banker Guillermo Lasso and Alfredo Borrero are the candidates for the conservative alliance Creando Oportunidades (Creating Opportunities, CREO…

Cres Vellucci (2021-02-04). 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.

Al Neal (2021-02-04). First week of Black History Month: Stacey Abrams, BLM nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. peoplesworld.org It seems more than fitting that in the first week of Black History Month Stacey Abrams has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Abrams, whose on-the-ground work is credited with boosting voter turnout during the 2020 elections, helping then-presidential candidate Joe Biden secure an historic win in Georgia, was nominated by Lars Haltbrekken, …

Staff (2021-02-04). Billionaire Family Bankrolled Election Lies, Far Right and the Capitol Siege. truthout.org Four years before Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., pumped his fist to a supportive mob that would soon overrun the Capitol Police and hunt lawmakers through the halls of Congress, the former Missouri attorney general needed a deep-pocketed patron. Naturally, he

Daniel Chaitin (2021-02-04). Biden's COVID Guy Says Doubling Face Diapers Could Increase Virus Spread. anti-empire.com An infectious disease expert says wearing two face masks may increase the chances of getting infected by COVID-19. | Michael Osterholm, who was a member of the Biden Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, gave a second opinion after Dr. "When we talk about double masking, remember what we're really talking about is just trying to prevent th…

Sean Collins (2021-02-04). The Imperial Capital Is Now Occupying Itself. anti-empire.com The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a national terrorism bulletin yesterday, warning that extremists 'may be emboldened' by the Just consider how extraordinary these measures are. This is the first-ever DHS terrorism bulletin that targets domestic American citizens. The Biden administra…

Ali Harb (2021-02-04). Biden ends US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. middleeasteye.net Biden ends US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen | War in Yemen 'has to end', Joe Biden says in first foreign policy-focused address as president | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 17: 01 | Conflict in Yemen is world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to UN (Reuters/File photo) | US President Joe Biden announced the end of US support for a Saudi-led coalition that is waging war in Yemen, in a major policy reversal from…

Staff (2021-02-04). Warren, Schumer Introduce Resolution to Cancel $50K in Student Loan Debt. truthout.org On Thursday, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) announced that they would be reintroducing a proposal to call on President Joe Biden to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt. | The lawmakers said that Biden, who signed an executive order to

_____ (2021-02-04). Migrant Deportations Continue Despite Biden's Policies. popularresistance.org The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to deport migrants despite president Joe Biden's 100-day moratorium on deporting most people in the U.S. without authorization. This decision was barred by a federal judge in Texas last week. | During the first days of Biden's administration, ICE has deported hundreds of immigrants, including 269 people, to Guatemala and Honduras last Friday. The agency has been accused of violating human rights as a coalition of immigrant groups denounced that Cameroonian asylum seekers were tortured to be forced to approve their deportations.

Alex Lawson (2021-02-04). The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle. counterpunch.org The so-called "Moderna" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is nearly 100 percent effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives. The only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not

_____ (2021-02-04). The Failings Of Unemployment Insurance Are By Design. popularresistance.org Our unemployment insurance system has failed the country at a moment of great need. With tens of millions of workers struggling just to pay rent and buy food, Congress was forced to pass two emergency spending bills, providing one-time stimulus payments, special weekly unemployment insurance payments, and temporary unemployment benefits to those not covered by the system. And, because of their limited short-term nature, President Biden must now advocate for a third. | The system's shortcomings have been obvious for some time, but little effort has been made to improve it. In fact, those shortcomings were baked in…

_____ (2021-02-04). Opposition To Line 3 Mounts. popularresistance.org Saint Paul, MN — Around 600 people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota, on January 29, calling on President Biden to revoke permits for the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline project. The protest billed as 'Protect the Water, Revoke the Permits' started at Kellogg Park and marched into downtown to the local Army Corps of Engineers' office to demand federal water crossing permits be rescinded. Direct actions halting construction of the new pipeline continue to take place as opposition Line 3 grows. Friday morning in Northern Minnesota, two water protectors locked down to each other between three concrete barrels bloc…

Matt Sedlar (2021-02-04). Work Should Pay: A $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Is a Start. cepr.net Lancaster Online (PA), February 4, 2021 InsideSources, February 4, 2021 See original article online President Biden has proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. This has led to the predictable cries of economic disaster from business organizations and right-wingers more generally. The standard argument against raising the minimum wage is not …

Staff (2021-02-04). Presidential Approval Is the Highest It's Been Since 2009, Poll Shows. truthout.org A new poll of 1,055 adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found that President Joe Biden is enjoying his "

_____ (2021-02-04). 111 NGOs Call On Biden To Close Guantánamo. popularresistance.org On February 2, more than a hundred non-governmental organizations joined a letter led by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Center for Victims of Torture, urging President Joe Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and end indefinite military detention. The letter is signed by organizations ranging from those working to end anti-Muslim discrimination and torture to immigrant rights organizations and organizations working broadly on civil rights, civil liberties, and racial justice at the national and local level. It emphasizes the devastating and ongoing consequences of the prison, including…

William Astore (2021-02-04). A Multipoint Plan to End War as We Know It. counterpunch.org 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, 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 similar war enthusiasts. Biden himself has

Ali Harb (2021-02-04). Biden will end US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. middleeasteye.net Biden will end US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen | Top aide to US president confirms he will formally announce ending American assistance for 'offensive operations in Yemen' later on Thursday | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 17: 01 | US President Joe Biden will announce the end of US support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen in a major policy reversal from the previous administration that may alter the course of th…

Staff (2021-02-04). Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize. truthout.org Truthout is proud to launch the Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize. | This prize will go to a formerly incarcerated person for an essay of 1,500 words or less on the topic of prisons, policing or a related subject. It may be written as a first-person narrative (although that is not a requirement). Two winners will be chosen and awarded a prize of $3,000 each. The essays will be published on Truthout. | This prize is in honor of Keeley Schenwar, who was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, friend, writer and advocate for incarcerat…

Teresa Gutierrez (2021-02-04). Immigrant/refugee rights: It's now or never, Joe. workers.org Since the beginning of the most recent war on immigrants — which took shape starting in 2006 with the hypercriminalization of undocumented workers — the U.S. Congress has repeatedly talked of passing legislation labeled "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" to right some of those wrongs. We are long past "reforms," however. Conditions . . . |

_____ (2021-02-04). The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire. popularresistance.org In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." He dismissed Susskind's assumption that public policy must be rooted in "the reality-based community." "We're history's actors," the advisor told him, "…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." | Sixteen years later, the American wars and war crimes launched by the Bush administration have only spread chaos and violence far and wide, and this historic conjunction of criminality and failure has predictably undermined America'

Pip Hinman (2021-02-04). Surveillance, encryption, security and Huawei. greenleft.org.au Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed back in 2013 the breadth and scale of the United States government's internet surveillance program. Ernst Merkenich argues that it is only increasing.

Fight Back (2021-02-04). Minnesota: AFSCME members at Hennepin County score major win. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At the Hennepin County Commissioner meeting, February 2, the vote passed unanimously to enact a Board Action Request (BAR) that will allow extension of COVID Child Care Leave for an additional 160 hours. Although it does not extend at full pay as the union requested, the passage of this BAR represents a major step forward for parents and caregivers who work for Hennepin County. The union members in AFSCME locals representing Hennepin County workers had been campaigning actively for full pay. | Ronisha Buckner, who is a mother of one, works as human services representative and is sergeant of arms…

WSWS (2021-02-04). Portugal records worst rate of Covid-19 cases in the world. wsws.org In a de facto warning to the working class throughout Europe, experts estimate the British variant accounts for up to 40 percent of all new cases.

Global Research (2021-02-04). Globalization of War, Seeds of Destruction, Globalization of Poverty: Three Important Titles Available from Global Research Publishers. globalresearch.ca All of these titles from Global Research Publishers are available in PDF (e-book) format delivered directly to your inbox, as well as in print format. | . | . | The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity | by Michel Chossudovsky |

Global Research News (2021-02-04). Selected Articles: Towards 2030, NATO Is Shaping Our Future. globalresearch.ca By According to what we hear from officials and the mainstream media, the new variants are the most dangerous and unpredictable beings since …

Fight Back (2021-02-04). Minnesota: AFSCME members at Hennepin County score major win. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At the Hennepin County Commissioner meeting, February 2, the vote passed unanimously to enact a Board Action Request (BAR) that will allow extension of COVID Child Care Leave for an additional 160 hours. Although it does not extend at full pay as the union requested, the passage of this BAR represents a major step forward for parents and caregivers who work for Hennepin County. The union members in AFSCME locals representing Hennepin County workers had been campaigning actively for full pay. | Ronisha Buckner, who is a mother of one, works as human services representative and is sergeant of arms…

_____ (2021-02-04). 'What I Want For Me, I Want For You'. popularresistance.org The 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Market, the largest produce distribution market in the country, went on strike the night of Sunday, January 17. They walked out of the warehouse to win a better contract after risking their lives as essential workers since the beginning of the pandemic. | Management offered them a minimal $0.32 per hour raise. Their demands? Bring members who are making $18.75 an hour up to $20 an hour, give everyone else a $1 an hour raise, and maintain their healthcare coverage at no additional costs to the workers. This was the first time the union, Teamsters Local 202, went on strike since at…

Kayla Soren (2021-02-04). A California Cooperative Tackles Inequality by Reimagining the Future of Housing. zcomm.org By working towards creating 'land without landlords,' this East Bay cooperative is helping communities build pathways to collective property ownership and community wealth…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-04). Cowardly History: Australia Day and Invasion. counterpunch.org It's the sort of stuff that should have been sorted years ago in Australia: a murderous, frontier society ill disposed to the indigenous populace; the creation of a convict colony that was itself an act of invasion rather than settlement; the theft of land and its rapacious plunder. Even some of the rough colonists were

_____ (2021-02-04). A warning — Emergency Henry VIII powers are being abused. truepublica.org.uk The Good Law Project is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that uses the law to protect the interests of the public. It fights cases that defend, define or change the law. It also challenges abuses of power, exploitation, inequality, and injustice. The government under Boris Johnson doesn't like being legally challenged and is using taxpayer funds …

_____ (2021-02-04). In A Six-Day Strike, Bronx Produce Workers Inspired New York. popularresistance.org New York City – Drivers and warehouse workers who feed New York City have won their strike. After six days off the job, the strikers at Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx ratified a contract that doubled management's wage offer and defeated a health care cost increase. | The 1,400 workers at the world's largest wholesale produce market, members of Teamsters Local 202, are responsible for packing and delivering 60 percent of the fruits and vegetables that go to restaurants and grocery stores in New York City. | The unit is comprised of 14 different companies that bargain a contract together. Before the strike…

The Conversation (2021-02-04). Top Three Ways Solar Power can Help Low-Income Families. juancole.com By Galen Barbose, Eric O'Shaughnessy, and Ryan Wiser | — Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as price declines for installation and other "soft" costs. Today hundreds of thousands of middle-class households …

Annie Howard (2021-02-04). I Wish We Could Be Dancing to Sophie. thenation.com I Wish We Could Be Dancing to Sophie…

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington (2021-02-04). Black Lives Matter Deserves Nobel Prize. progressive.org The organization touched a chord in this land and overseas by making us acknowledge that racism is a scourge on human progress.

Amelia Janaskie (2021-02-04). What They Said About Lockdowns Before 2020. anti-empire.com In 2020, beliefs about how to handle a new virus shifted massively. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, mainstream epidemiology and public health entities doubted — or even rejected — the efficacy of lockdowns and mass quarantines because they were considered ineffective. This all changed in March 2020, when sentiment flipped in support of lockdown measures. Still, there is a vast body of evidence explaining their original stance and why these mandates do not work. |

March for Science (2021-02-04). Wednesday 2/3: Dicussion on Science of COVID Vaccines & Inequities Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy. indybay.org Online event…

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-04). After COVID, Davos Moves to The "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca The WEF is about to unveil what will transform the way we all live in. This all fits into an agenda that has been planned for decades by old wealth families such as Rockefeller and Rothschild. Brzezinski called it the end of the sovereign nation state. David Rockefeller called it "one world government."

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-04). Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach. peoplesworld.org Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against Covid-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world developing vaccines. Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity. Cuba is the only vaccine manufacturer in Latin America; there are …

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-04). Bay Area movement: 'Mass releases, not mass deaths!'. workers.org Oakland, Calif. Courtney Morris of No Justice Under Capitalism speaks at Port of Oakland rally. Jan. 31 — Today as a plane pulled a banner, "Newsom: Free prisoners 2 stop Covid deaths," through the sky over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, protesters held signs against "State execution by COVID 19" . . . |

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-02-04). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Katherine Hearst (2021-02-04). How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted migration through the Mediterranean. middleeasteye.net How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted migration through the Mediterranean | While the European Union boasts of low numbers attempting the treacherous journey in 2020, migrants and rescue organisations paint a different picture | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 11: 21 | People rescued at sea sit on the deck of the Ocean Viking rescue ship, operated by French NGO, SOS Mediterranee, in the Mediterranean Sea o…

Eds. (2021-02-04). Covid, climate, and 'dual metabolic rupture'. mronline.org We thought climate catastrophe the main danger. Now we know there is another. A double-whammy ecological crisis threatens collapse into dystopian chaos.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-04). The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy. globalresearch.ca We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-04). Imperial staff reflect on a challenging year — and their hopes for the future. imperial.ac.uk In a new video, Imperial staff at the heart of the COVID-19 response share their thoughts on the challenges of 2020 — and hopes for the future.

_____ (2021-02-04). Anne Feeney, Folk Singer And Political Activist, Dies At 69. popularresistance.org Anne Feeney, the legendary Pittsburgh folk singer-songwriter and self-described rabble-rouser, has died of COVID at age 69. | Her daughter, Amy Sue Berlin, shared the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday night, writing, in part, "It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our courageous, brilliant, beautiful mother, Anne Feeney. We were very lucky that she fought hard enough to open up her eyes, and give us a couple days to be with her before she finally decided it was time to let go." | "It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our courageous, brilliant, beautifu…

_____ (2021-02-04). The Never Ending COVID Crisis. popularresistance.org It was in early 2020 that the word COVID-19 entered the lexicon. In the past year more than 440,000 people in the United States have died from this disease. The impact of shutdowns meant to end the spread of disease have cost millions of people their jobs, and businesses large and small no longer exist at all. COVID-19 has proven that the political system is devoted to the interests of the billionaire class and is therefore incapable of acting in the interests of the people. | The vaccines which hold some promise are distributed by the same for-profit entities that run what passes for a health care system in this…

European Attac Network (2021-02-04). A better future after COVID-19. indybay.org The costs of the crisis must be paid out of large private fortunes and through the taxation of speculative capital on the financial markets. The billions of euros in dividends that companies will have to pay to their shareholders on the basis of profits generated in 2019 must not be distributed. Instead, these funds must be used to tackle the crisis.

Dan Beeton (2021-02-04). Great.com Interviews CEPR about Climate Change, Social Security, and a Global Response to COVID. cepr.net Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interviewed CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot as part of their "Great.com Talks With…" podcast. This series seeks to provide an antidote to negative news stories and aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. The interview examines the question of how research …

RT (2021-02-04). Church of England launches investigation after clergyman calls fans of WWII hero Captain Tom a 'CULT OF WHITE BRITISH NATIONALISM'. rt.com The Church of England is investigating one of its clergymen after he posted a Twitter message smearing fans of WWII veteran Captain Tom Moore, who died this week of Covid-19, as being part of a "cult of white British nationalism." | The Rev. Jarel Robinson-Brown tweeted on Wednesday that he wouldn't be taking part in a national clap to honor Moore, who died at the age of 100 after raising nearly 33 million pounds for the National Health Service in a funds-raising walk. "The cult of Captain Tom is a cult of white British nationalism," Robinson-Brown said. "I will offer prayers for the repose of his kind and gen…

Paul Craig Roberts (2021-02-04). The Digital Police State Is Being Institutionalized Throughout the Western World. thealtworld.com This report sounds like science fiction, but it comes from a credentialed source and is posted on a respected website. If correct, the only possible conclusion is that a police state is being institutionalized throughout the Western world and perhaps all of the world. If correct, the report certainly validates my conclusion that the digital revolution is the worst disaster ever to befall humanity, and it validates my conclusion that no Western government represents the people. PCR | Implanted "Vaccine Package" ID: Germany's Parliament Has Ratified GAVI's Digital "Agenda ID2020" | By Peter Koenig, Global Research…

_____ (2021-02-04). How ExxonMobil Uses Divide And Rule To Get Its Way. popularresistance.org Tensions rise between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana's President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations "good offices" process; as recently as 2013, President Maduro and Guyana's then-President Donald Ramotar said that the discussions over Essequibo were "going well" under this UN framework. | Everything changed in 2015, and since then the tensions…

_____ (2021-02-04). American Healthcare System Failed Black Americans. popularresistance.org There are certain policy positions that are such a slam dunk that if someone does not support them, I can't take anything they say seriously, nor can I trust their judgement. Medicare for All is one of those polices. It is the most pro-black legislation in mainstream political discourse right now. Our black leaders, such as Jim Clyburn, teaming up with health insurance companies and Big Pharma, are why the state of healthcare in the African American community is so bleak, as I laid out in my previous article | Liberals, for good reason, hold social wedge issues as their primary litmus test. Can you imagine a stan…

Andrei Martyanov (2021-02-04). Russia's Zircon Missile Relegates Carriers to Bombing Small Poor Countries. anti-empire.com Judging by the stream of the news re: latest launch by Admiral Gorshkov of 3M22 Zircon, tests are very successful

PCHR (2021-02-04). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. imemc.org Summary for 28 January — 03 February 2021 Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continued to commit crimes and multi-layered violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians that are mostly conducted after midnight and in the early morning …

OCHA (2021-02-04). OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report | 19 January — 1 February 2021. imemc.org The United Nations Office for the Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA-OP): Latest development (outside the reporting period) On 3 February, the Israeli authorities demolished or confiscated 21 structures in Humsa al Bqai'a, two days after the previous operation took place, as described below. The two military operations displaced 60 people, …

Ali Salam (2021-02-04). Israeli Military Detains One Palestinian, Attacks Fishermen, Farmers in Gaza. imemc.org The Israeli occupation army opened fire at Palestinian farmers, and fishermen, on Wednesday morning, in different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, The Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported. The army opened fire with live ammunition and smoke bombs at farmlands, while farmers were present, south of Khan Younis in the southern coastal enclave, …

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2021-02-04). WAFA: "Attorney, three minors among 25 Palestinians detained from West Bank" imemc.org RAMALLAH, Wednesday, February 03, 2021 (WAFA) — Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained 25 Palestinians, including an attorney and three minors, from various parts of the occupied West Bank, according to local and security sources. They confirmed that Israeli forces detained five Palestinians, including two minors, aged 16 and 17, after ransacking their families' houses in …

MBNJSD (2021-02-04). The Decline and Fall of the American Empire. dissidentvoice.org Image: Calvin Shen In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." He dismissed Susskind's assumption that public policy must be rooted in "the reality-based community." "We're history's actors," the advisor told him, "…and you, …

Staff (2021-02-04). DeRay Mckesson — Policing is the laziest response. therealnews.com This week, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson highlights some alarming statistics about police violence, which continued unabated in 2020 despite nationwide protests, and recounts his years as a teacher, connecting his pedagogical practice to his calling as an activist.

Eds. (2021-02-04). How does Washington rob the entire world? mronline.org Against the backdrop of the recent change in the White House administration, and the absence of clear harbingers of the United States' desire to reduce the number of armed conflicts around the world, it is worth noting that in many respects the present conflicts owe their existence to how they are pumped with American weaponry.

Tania Siddiqi (2021-02-04). The struggle continues: Indian protesters resist state terror. workers.org In September 2020, India's Parliament passed three "farm bills" intended to crush India's workers. To serve capitalist interests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the fascist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lent his support to the bills depriving farms of current protections. He allowed corporate greed to further encroach on India's . . . |

Staff (2021-02-04). I Was Shackled to My Bed After Giving Birth. Then They Took My Baby Away. truthout.org I'm R87914. Even though I'm no longer in prison, that number, just like my social security number and name, will never change. I'm also a proud mom and a new one at that. There were no balloons or cards, no flowers or family allowed in the delivery room at the time of my daughter Aniela's birth. | The prison where I was incarcerated wouldn't allow mothers-to-be to go into labor naturally. Too inconvenient. Each birth was scheduled ahead of time. Mothers were not told until the morning of their sch…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-02-04). Islamic State regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women operatives. middleeasteye.net Islamic State regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women operatives | Militant group capitalising on breakdown in relations between Baghdad and Erbil to carry out attacks from its base in the Hamrin Basin | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 13: 17 | A policeman stands guard at the Sadriya market in the centre of Iraq's capital Baghdad (AFP) | Islamic State group (IS) militants have been regrouping in n…

Arjae Red (2021-02-04). Manifestantes apoyan a los huelguistas en Batavia, N.Y. workers.org Manifestantes se reúnen frente a la valla de alambre de púas de la detención del ICE en Batavia, Nueva York, el 19 de enero. En noviembre de 2020, los inmigrantes encarcelados en la cárcel del condado de Bergen, en Nueva Jersey, iniciaron una huelga de hambre para protestar por las . . . |

Devin C (2021-02-04). Brutal Alabama prison attack on incarcerated workers. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek Land Events in this report happened on the next to last day of a month-long strike and "economic black-out" of Alabama state prisons, led by incarcerated workers and called by the Free Alabama Movement. For more on the strike, see Workers World, Dec. 4, 2020. On the . . . |

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-04). The Heat: Russia politics. america.cgtn.com Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny sentenced to jail in a move criticized by western nations. How will his arrest impact U.S.-Russia relations?>

MEE and agencies (2021-02-04). Israel razes Palestinian Bedouin village for second time. middleeasteye.net Israel razes Palestinian Bedouin village for second time | Rights group denounces attempt to displace entire Palestinian community from Khirbet Humsa in Jordan Valley | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 08: 20 | On Wednesday, Israeli troops accompanied by bulldozers also knocked down several steel and wooden structures in the village (Reuters) | Israel has begun demolishing a Bedouin village in the occupi…

CP Editor (2021-02-04). "Judas and the Black Messiah" Director Shaka King on Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & COINTELPRO. counterpunch.org

Eds. (2021-02-04). Battle over legality of cannabis grow clubs hits high court as cops clamp down on dagga lab. mronline.org A battle by a business that 'privately' grew and prepared cannabis for clients, to have this service declared lawful, landed in the Western Cape high court this week—this as police clamped down on another dagga laboratory.

Adam Chamseddine (2021-02-04). Lebanon: Prominent Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim found murdered. middleeasteye.net Lebanon: Prominent Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim found murdered | Publisher and activist shot five times and discovered between the southern Lebanese villages of Tufahta and Adoussiyeh | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 09: 10 | Lokman Slim, who was found dead in his car in south Lebanon (AFP) | Lebanese activist and publisher Lokman Slim, a fierce critic of Hezbollah, was found shot dead in his car on Th…

Staff (2021-02-04). Pelosi Calls McCarthy a Member of the "Q" Party After Failure to Act on Greene. truthout.org Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) referred to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) as a member of the "Q" political party after House Republicans failed to take any action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). | Pelosi released the statement following news that the Republican caucus would not remove Greene, a supporter of QAnon, from the House Budget and Education panels. Greene has been criticized for espousing anti-Semitism and conspiracies, includin…

Joe Bernick (2021-02-04). Anita Torrez, Southwestern labor leader and Communist activist, dies at 94. peoplesworld.org The American working class suffered a great loss on Jan. 31 with the passing of Anita Torrez. Torrez, who celebrated her 94th birthday last fall, spent almost her entire adult life in the struggles for economic justice and against racist and sexist discrimination. Born and raised by farmworkers in the small farming village of Gila, in Southwestern New …

Staff (2021-02-04). Worker ownership can save businesses and protect employees. therealnews.com Worker-owned businesses in Baltimore, like Joe Squared pizza, are opting to remain closed to indoor dining to prioritize their worker/owners' safety, even as others reopen.

S. Rodrigues (2021-02-04). What does the GameStop stock frenzy tell us about capitalism? liberationnews.org The closing days of January shook Wall Street with a struggle between powerful stock market players and amateur investors that left investment firms reeling with billions in losses.

Ragip Soylu (2021-02-04). Exports from Turkey to Saudi Arabia plummet by 92 percent amid unofficial boycott. middleeasteye.net Exports from Turkey to Saudi Arabia plummet by 92 percent amid unofficial boycott | Drop comes after Riyadh targeted Turkey's economy last year over Turkish indictments related to Jamal Khashoggi murder | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 12: 01 | A woman holds a packet of Turkish labneh (strained yogurt) while shopping at a supermarket in Riyadh (AFP) | An unofficial Saudi boycott against Turkish goods reduced Turkey's…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-04). Some 1.16 million more people sought jobless aid last week. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Some 1.165 million more people sought state or federal jobless benefits in the last week of January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. But that wasn't the biggest jobless news during the first full week of February. That shocker came from another non-partisan source, the Congressional Budget Office. In so many words, it said high …

Zoltan Grossman (2021-02-04). Mutual Aid in the Pandemic and Beyond. zcomm.org Communities that are proactive and plan ahead will be the communities that survive the disaster, rather than those that respond wildly and ineffectively as the crisis shatters familiar norms…

_____ (2021-02-04). Food Not Bombs Aims To Bring More Than Just Food. popularresistance.org New Paltz, NY – Every Wednesday, a mix of New Paltz college students and locals congregate in a small workspace just outside of town. It may look like they're just cooking and packing food to deliver to needy families, but it's really more than that. | "Like when people say, 'serving the community,' well, we want to build a community," said Katari Sisa, a volunteer for Food Not Bombs New Paltz. | Sisa, a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz, has been involved at the organization for the last four years now. Sisa says that giving back is necessary right now, with a pandemic raging and, according to data collected by…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-04). The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist. zcomm.org The boycott movement aims to hold the oppressor colonial state of Israel accountable as it places a price tag on its military occupation and apartheid…

NationofChange Staff (2021-02-04). Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet (Book). nationofchange.org The issues inherent in the climate crisis as well as the solutions are complex, but Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin do an excellent job of presenting a clear and actionable analysis of both. If you are looking for a solution based, well thought out approach to the biggest existential threat to humanity today, this book …

Inforum at Commonwealth Club (2021-02-04). Thursday 2/11: Islam, Immigration & Women's Rights: Ending Marginalization and Assault of Immigrant Women. indybay.org Online event…

Juan Cole (2021-02-04). After Years of Outrage Politics, RepubliQans have surrendered to the Neo-Nazi Conspiracy Theorists. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — From Sarah Palin's alarmist and mendacious charge of death panels in the Affordable Health Act to Benghazi, where the smarmy Mike Pompeo tried to hang a terrorist attack around the neck of secretary of state Hillary Clinton (who was not in charge of military or intelligence decisions), the brand of …

claudia (2021-02-04). February Dispatch — Crisis Creates Opportunities to Win. dsausa.org Enjoy your February Dispatch! This month, Amazon's wage theft; labor, cultural, ecosocialist, and political education events; and opportunities to get involved with DSA organizing in your workplace and around the country. Read on for more! From Maria: Crisis Creates Opportunities to Win Tonight, Thursday 2/4 — On The Front Lines of the Philippine Labor Movement…

_____ (2021-02-04). Amazon Is Using AI-Equipped Cameras In Delivery Vans. popularresistance.org Amazon drivers at some U.S. facilities will soon have an extra set of eyes watching them when they hit the road to make their daily deliveries. | The company recently began testing AI-equipped cameras in vehicles to monitor contracted delivery drivers while they're on the job, with the aim of improving safety. | Amazon has deployed the cameras in Amazon-branded cargo vans used by a handful of companies that are part of its delivery service partner program, which are largely responsible for last-mile deliveries. The cameras could be rolled out to additional DSPs over time, and Amazon has already distributed an ins…

Amanda Mills (2021-02-04). Indigenous peoples reclaim the National Bison Range. nationofchange.org "We are such a place-based people. To have this land back, to be in control of it, is a fresh, new hope."

Staff (2021-02-04). Mass Rapes. Sweeping Surveillance. Forced Labor. Exposing China's Crackdown on Uyghur Muslims. democracynow.org China faces widespread condemnation following a BBC report about the mass rape and sexual torture of Uyghur women and other Muslims detained in the province of Xinjiang. Women who spoke with the BBC described gang rapes, routine sexual torture using electrocution tools, forced sterilizations and men outside the prison camps paying for access to the detainees. China has rejected the report as "wholly without factual basis" and claims its mass detention of Muslim minorities is part of a "vocational training" program to counter extremism. Meanwhile, The Intercept has obtained a massive police surveillance database u…

The Canary (2021-02-04). Sturgeon: over-simplistic to argue Brexit benefit for coronavirus vaccines. thecanary.co Nicola Sturgeon has labelled arguments that Brexit has brought a benefit to the UK procuring more coronavirus vaccines as "over-simplistic". | Brexit: | During an interview on Good Morning Britain, Scotland's first minister was asked about comments made by SNP MP Dr Philippa Whitford last July when she said the UK Government should be working with EU partners to find a vaccine. Interviewer Susanna Reid suggested the UK now managing to get vaccines because it is not part of the EU vaccination programme "must be one of the most powerful arguments for Brexit". | The SNP leader replied: I think there's a bigge…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Georgia to allow in Turkish nationals without vaccines. yenisafak.com Georgia on Wednesday added Turkey to its list of countries whose unvaccinated nationals would be allowed into the country with just a negative novel coronavirus test result.Natia Turnava, the country's minister of economy and sustainable development, said that Turkish nationals with a negative PCR test result would not need a vaccine report to be allowed to travel to Georgia.Turnava said that with the decision, international flights would increase and bring more tourists to the country, adding that this would have positive effects on the markets.The Georgian government decided on Jan. 29 that only citizens of EU…

RT (2021-02-04). 'Let 'em die!' Doctor gets flamed over 'evil and twisted' tweet about maskless shoppers in Florida. rt.com A video showing unmasked shoppers in a Florida supermarket has gone viral due to an NBC reporter's complaining. Among the more extreme reactions was one now-deleted tweet by a doctor who seemingly thought they deserved to die. | In a video shared on Wednesday, NBC correspondent Sam Brock showed a crowd of customers in a supermarket in Naples, Florida. Few people were wearing a face mask or practicing social distancing, and everyone was going about their business as usual. Complaining about the spread of Covid-19 on a "massive scale," Brock claimed that the store allowed "medical exemptions" to mask wearing, an…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). US initial jobless claims beat expectation. yenisafak.com Analysts expected 830,000 for the week ending Jan. 30, while the previous week's number was revised down by 35,000 from 847,000 to 812,000.Despite the fall in claims, there are still more than 10 million jobless Americans since the coronavirus pandemic-hit US economy shed 22 million jobs in March and April.Private American companies, on the other hand, added 174,000 jobs in January, as private payrolls recovered from a 123,000 fall in December when they marked the first monthly decline since April.Services sectors added 156,000 jobs last month, with health care leading the way with 48,000, according to ADP Resear…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Two S. Africa, one Brazil variant detected in Turkey. yenisafak.com Two Turkish citizens have contracted the South African variant of the coronavirus while one has contracted the Brazilian variant, the country's health minister said Wednesday.Moreover, 196 cases of the UK virus strain have been detected in the country, Fahrettin Koca said.The patients have been isolated, he added.In the wake of rising cases once again, the measures against the pandemic will continue full throttle, he said.The vaccination of citizens over 65 and the second group will commence after safety tests are completed, Koca said.So far, 2.4 million people in the country have been vaccinated with vaccination…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). COVID-19 cuts global air passenger traffic 66% in 2020. yenisafak.com As fear over the coronavirus mounted and infections climbed worldwide, the global air passenger traffic slipped by 65.9% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a leading trade group.This is the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a statement on Wednesday.The international passenger demand decreased 75.6% year-on-year in 2020. The capacity measured in available seat kilometers on international routes declined 68.1% and load factor fell 19.2 percentage points to 62.8%.Domestic demand fell at a slower pace last year, down 48.8% compare…

Staff (2021-02-04). Sanders Slams GOP for $1.9 Trillion Gift to Rich in First Speech as Budget Chair. truthout.org In his first speech on the Senate floor since officially becoming chairman of the chamber's budget committee on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders reminded Republican senators complaining about the Democratic majority's effort to pass coronavirus relief

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Covid rapid test center set up at Vienna's historic Schoenbrunn Palace. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 4 (EFE).- The area around the historic Schoenbrunn Palace has been converted into Vienna's sixth Covid-19 rapid testing center, with a capacity of 200,000 coronavirus tests per day. The tests at Schoenbrunn, which are free of charge, can be performed in two ways: on foot in a pavilion attached to the complex, or …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Salma Hayek: 'It saddens me to think about what might happen to cinema'. laprensalatina.com Los Angeles, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Salma Hayek is enjoying working with streaming platforms such as Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon, but the Mexican film star says she is worried about the uncertainty affecting the movie industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen theaters across the world close. "Romantically, it makes me very sad …

Staff (2021-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2021. democracynow.org CDC Director Warns Coronavirus Variants Could Reverse Drop in Caseload, Education Secretary Nominee Favors Return to In-Person Classes, Supports Trans Athletes, Senate Agrees to Power-Sharing Deal That Leaves Democrats in Control of Committees, Republican Leader Won't Punish Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene over Racist and Violent Rhetoric, 100s of Congressional Aides Call on Senate to Convict Trump and Bar Him from Holding Office, Canada Designates Proud Boys as a Terrorist Group, Prosecutors Seek Rearrest of Kyle Rittenhouse, Wisconsin Teen Charged with Killing 2 Protesters, Tigray Opposition Say 52,000+ Killed in C…

Steve Topple (2021-02-04). Black Labour members are set to boycott campaigning for the party. thecanary.co A Labour Party grassroots group is warning that it will call on its supporters to boycott campaigning in the upcoming local elections. This is because of Keir Starmer and the party's inaction over Black representation. But the rot surrounding this goes much further than just systems and structures. | Grassroots Black Left: | Grassroots Black Left (GBL) is a Labour-supporting campaign group. It

RT (2021-02-04). Voting software firm Smartmatic files $2.7 billion suit against Fox, Giuliani & Sidney Powell over election-fraud claims. rt.com Fox News is facing a rise of the machines, voting machines that is, as election software firm Smartmatic is suing the network, three of its anchors and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for allegedly false claims of fraud. | The defamation

news.un (2021-02-04). Elections vital to building democratic Palestinian State: UN chief. news.un.org Elections this year in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will be "a crucial step" towards Palestinian unity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.

Susan Price (2021-02-04). Inventing reality: Venezuela's parliamentary election. greenleft.org.au The bare minimum the Western mainstream media could do is report accurately on Venezuela's recent parliamentary election, writes Rodrigo Acuna. Once again they have failed.

_____ (2021-02-04). The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle. strategic-culture.org By Alex LAWSON | The so-called "Moderna" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is The only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not just Moderna, to manufacture the vaccine at scale, the United States would no longer suf…

RT (2021-02-04). Biden ends US backing for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but America will continue to 'help Riyadh against Iranian-supplied forces'. rt.com The US military will stop supporting attacks carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, President Joe Biden has confirmed, though America will continue to support Riyadh in "defending its sovereignty." | Speaking in a televised address from the State Department on Thursday, Biden said Washington's focus was on finding a diplomatic solution to the war in Yemen and lend its support to restoring the "long-dormant peace talks." | However, it remains to be seen what practical effect the shift will have on the dynamic of the years-long conflict and America's role there. While the decision…

RT (2021-02-04). Progressive journalist Jordan Chariton regrets calling for social media bans after 'seeing Silicon Valley's censorship onslaught'. rt.com After some of his own videos were pulled by YouTube, progressive reporter Jordan Chariton has had a change of heart about Big Tech's crackdown on extremist content, arguing that it's a pretext to purge all alternative views. | In a series of tweets, the popular pundit and co-founder of Status Coup News revealed that footage of the January 6 Capitol riots had been yanked from his YouTube channel, apparently for violating the platform's policies against "spam and deceptive practices." The video's deletion followed a similar incident in which a livestream of a right-wing rally held several days before Joe Biden's…

RT (2021-02-04). Biden ends US backing for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but America will continue to 'help Riyadh against Iranian-supplied forces'. rt.com The US military will stop supporting attacks carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, President Joe Biden has confirmed, though America will continue to support Riyadh in "defending its sovereignty". | Speaking in a televised address from the State Department on Thursday, Biden said Washington's focus was on finding a diplomatic solution to the war in Yemen and lend its support to restoring the "long-dormant peace talks." | However, it remains to be seen what practical effect the shift will have on the dynamic of the years-long conflict and America's role there. While the decision…

Staff (2021-02-04). Have Democrats Finally Realized That Power Is Only Real If You Use It? truthout.org A funny thing happened this week. President Biden and the Democratic Party realized they have actual power. Wait, there's more: They don't appear to be afraid of using it. Wait, it gets even better: They don't seem to care if Republicans say mean things about them — they're gonna do their thing and look out below. After decades of watching Democrats cower before the slashing rhetoric of Republicans, it is an amazing thing to see. | In this instance, "their thing" is to seek the passage via rec…

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). US to end support for Saudi offensive operations in Yemen. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden plans to end US support for offensive operations in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging war on the impoverished nation for nearly six years, the White House national security adviser said Thursday. The president will announce the change later Thursday in his first major speech …

WSWS (2021-02-04). Wall Street Journal demands Biden crack down on Chicago teachers. wsws.org In a statement by its editorial board Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal angrily criticized President Biden for being too soft on Chicago teachers, who are defying Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's order to resume in-person classes as the pandemic continues to spread in the city.

Shannon Osaka (2021-02-04). With new bill, Sanders and AOC press Biden to declare a 'climate emergency'. peoplesworld.org In his first 15 days in office, President Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, pledged to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies from the federal government, and started the process of unwinding Trump's disastrous environmental legacy. And now a trio of Democratic lawmakers wants President Biden to declare a "climate emergency" as soon as possible. Representative Earl Blumenauer of …

oneworld.press (2021-02-04). There's No Secret Chinese Hand In Myanmar's State Of Emergency. oneworld.press The People's Republic isn't involved in the Tatmadaw's state of emergency, but falsely claiming otherwise is yet another attempt by self-interested forces to pressure Biden into continuing Trump's anti-Chinese policies.

Juan Cole (2021-02-04). As a Muslim American, I'm heartened Biden Repealed Muslim Ban: But Rampant Islamophobia is Undiminished. juancole.com By Domenica Ghanem | ( Otherwords.org ) — President Joe Biden has repealed the Muslim ban. As the news rolled in, I remembered how I felt four years ago, when the Trump administration first announced its intention to ban people from from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. The feeling wasn't incredulity. I distinctly …

oneworld.press (2021-02-04). There's No Secret Chinese Hand In Myanmar's State Of Emergency. oneworld.press The People's Republic isn't involved in the Tatmadaw's state of emergency, but falsely claiming otherwise is yet another attempt by self-interested forces to pressure Biden into continuing Trump's anti-Chinese policies.

OtherWords (2021-02-04). As a Muslim American, I'm heartened Biden Repealed Muslim Ban: But Rampant Islamophobia is Undiminished. juancole.com By Domenica Ghanem | ( Otherwords.org ) — President Joe Biden has repealed the Muslim ban. As the news rolled in, I remembered how I felt four years ago, when the Trump administration first announced its intention to ban people from from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. The feeling wasn't incredulity. I distinctly …

RT (2021-02-04). House tells Trump he'll 'PROVE' own guilt by not testifying at impeachment trial — but Trump still REFUSES. rt.com Democrats seeking to impeach the former US president Donald Trump have asked him to testify at his Senate trial and threatened him if he refuses, after his lawyers challenged the charges and the trial itself as illegitimate. | In a letter emailed Thursday to Trump's attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen, the lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) noted that they denied "factual allegations" and "attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense." | üö®HOUSE MANAGERS ASK TRUMP TO TESTIFY &#6…

The Babylon Bee (2021-02-04). Democrats Announce It Is Safe to Reopen Now That Federal Government Has Tested Negative for Trump. anti-empire.com U.S.—Democrat leaders around the country are declaring it is now safe to reopen since the federal government's tests have come back negative for Trump. | "The key indicator we were looking for before we could begin the reopening process was that Trump wasn't president," said Governor Gavin Newsom. "While we are at the worst point yet in this pandemic, it now makes sense to open– even though the science said the exact opposite last year when it was comparably mild. Because now, all the tests are indicating we have tested negative for Trump." | Governor Cuomo agreed, saying that all his key science experts -…

Robert A. Pape (2021-02-04). The Capitol Rioters Aren't Like Other Extremists. zcomm.org What's clear is that the Capitol riot revealed a new force in American politics—a broader mass political movement that has violence at its core and draws strength even from places where Trump supporters are in the minority…

Daniel Beaumont (2021-02-04). Pillow Fight: Mike Lindell's Battle to Save Donald Trump and You. counterpunch.org In the final desperate days of his presidency, a visit by even Mr. Pillow might not seem very important to Trump, but Trump was more isolated than he had been at any time since 2016 and, as we know, he can never get enough attention, enough flattery. And Lindell—whatever he had in mind—was in many respects a flattering replica of Trump.

Dean Baker (2021-02-04). Dealing with a Pandemic as If Human Lives Mattered. counterpunch.org It's fair to say that the U.S. performance in dealing with the pandemic has been disastrous. With the effort led by Donald Trump, this is not surprising. His main, if not only, concern was keeping up appearances. Preventing the spread of the pandemic, and needless death, was obviously not part of his agenda. Unfortunately, many

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2021-02-04). Winning Votes Through Identity Politics. 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). | *** | According to official estimates, Donald J. Trump obtained a little more …

Tony Pecinovsky (2021-02-04). Is CNN jumping on the red-baiting bandwagon? peoplesworld.org A recent CNN article outrageously tried to put communists who were victims of U.S. government attacks in 1948 in the same boat with the criminal Trumpites who staged the attempted coup at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The headline on the Feb. 3 article by Eliott C. McLaughlin read: "With coup label, Capitol rioters join …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-04). Canada declares pro-Trump white supremacist group Proud Boys a terrorist organization. peoplesdispatch.org Proud Boys, which was founded by a Canadian Gavin McInnes, in 2016 describes itself as "western chauvinist" and has openly supported many of Donald Trump's racist policies…

Céleo Ramírez, Edwin F. Herrera-Paz, Guímel Peralta, Gaspar Rodríguez, Reyna M. Durón (2021-02-04). [Commentary] Is ivermectin ready to be part of a public health policy for COVID-19 prophylaxis? thelancet.com The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a worldwide time trial in search for therapeutic alternatives that would be effective, safe, and accessible. The despair of front-line physicians in the face of the increment in mortality led to the empirical use of various therapies in a sort of "war medicine." Most of the studies evaluating the efficacy of multiple therapeutic options have been carried out mainly in hospitalized patients with severe or critical illness. Most treatments have proved to be ineffective or partially effective at these stages.

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-04). Children in crisis don't need a celebrity ambassador, they need a fully funded mental health service. thecanary.co In response to Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Boris Johnson

The Canary (2021-02-04). Colour of ink on forms among 'catalogue of problems' hitting post-Brexit exports. thecanary.co Squabbling over whether to use red or blue ink on post-Brexit customs forms is among the problems plaguing exporters who are facing a "whack-a-mole" situation, a Scottish trade body has warned. | Brexit means Brexit: | Scotland Food and Drink chief executive James Withers told MSPs the sector has faced approximately £1m in lost sales every day during "an absolutely dreadful first few weeks of trading in this post-Brexit world". | Among the "catalogue of problems that have just been racking up day by day" since the implementation of the Brexit trade deal, Withers revealed there was an "ongoing debate…

The Canary (2021-02-04). Climate expert warns prime minister over 'contemptuous' coal mine plans. thecanary.co Boris Johnson risks "humiliation" over approved plans to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, a leading climate scientist has warned. | "Contemptuous disregard": | James Hansen said that failure to stop the mine from going ahead at Whitehaven would be in "contemptuous disregard" for the future of young people and nature. The new facility, which will be used to extract coking coal for steel production, has been granted planning permission by Cumbria County Council. | Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Stefan Rousseau/PA) | The government said in January that it would not call in the plans for an inquiry, despite th…

RT (2021-02-04). Smut giant Pornhub to fight abuse & revenge porn with MANDATORY ID of users & other snoopware. Be careful what you w*nk for… rt.com Adult entertainment behemoth Pornhub has rebranded itself as a quasi-responsible business, beefing up content filters, employing a "live content audit team," and continuing its ban on downloads while opening up non-member uploads. | After being raked over the coals by the New York Times in December for allegedly hosting a sprawling cesspool of child sexual exploitation, Pornhub took emergency measures to remove most of its content, lock the site down except for verified users, and open up its payment system to cryptocurrency users. | On Thursday the site announced a raft of changes, offering new users the chan…

news.un (2021-02-04). First-ever International Day of Human Fraternity focuses on tolerance. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for more commitment towards promoting cultural and religious tolerance, in a message to mark the first celebration of the International Day of Human Fraternity, observed on Thursday.

news.un (2021-02-04). Warlord found guilty of crimes against humanity in northern Uganda – ICC. news.un.org A former Ugandan warlord whose forces attacked camps for the internally displaced across the country, has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, judges ruled on Thursday.

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Strong winds fan forest fires in southwestern Australia. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Strong winds fanned a 126-kilometer (78-mile) long forest fire that is burning unchecked near the city of Perth in southwestern Australia threatening the homes of residents in adjoining areas, regional authorities warned Thursday. The fire in Perth Hills, about 100 kilometers northeast of Perth, started on Monday and has burned …

_____ (2021-02-04). Why Always Israel? Only One Country Matters to Congress and the Media. strategic-culture.org Pandering to Israel as part of the political process in the United States has become part of the DNA of both major parties. | The job of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations must have some kind of curse on it as it seems to attract a type of woman who seeks to prove her suitability by running up a tally of how many wars she can start and how many people she can kill. One recalls fondly Bill Clinton's monstrous Madeleine Albright, who famously declared the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children as "worth it" due to the sanctions that Washington had imposed and enforced. And then there was Barack Obama's darling Samanth…

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). New York restaurants eagerly await arrival of Covid-19 vaccines. laprensalatina.com New York, USA, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- New York's bars and restaurants — once the beating heart of the Big Apple but which have been shut because of the pandemic — are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines after mayor Bill de Blasio announced that their workers are now eligible to be vaccinated. On a …

MEE correspondent (2021-02-04). Iranian press review: Health officials reject Russia's Covid-19 vaccine. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Health officials reject Russia's Covid-19 vaccine | Meanwhile, Tehran hosts Taliban to talk about US-brokered Afghan peace deal, and the Islamic Republic is said to be eying the Caucasus to bypass US sanctions | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 11: 22 | A woman receives an injection during the first trial phase of a locally-made vaccine for Covid-19 in Iran's capital Tehran on 29…

RT (2021-02-04). 'PUT ALL THE CHICKEN IN THE BAG': Restaurant customer turned away for not wearing mask returns with gun… and demands (VIDEO). rt.com A maskless gunman held up a restaurant in Pasadena, California but rather than emptying the cash register, the suspect demanded chicken that he had been refused because he wasn't wearing a face covering. Enjoy the rest of 2021. | According to staff at Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles, the chicken heist occurred after a man was told to leave the establishment because he refused to wear a mask in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. The enraged customer reportedly stormed out, before later returning with a gun… and his food order. | Robert Gonzalez, who works at the restaurant as a cook, told local media th…

Susan Price (2021-02-04). Pandemic capitalism and resistance. greenleft.org.au Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the rise of authoritarian regimes as a brutal expression of neoliberalism's death throws, writes Susan Price.

Jake Johnson (2021-02-04). 'So utterly disingenuous': Republicans file slew of unrelated amendments as Dems push ahead with Covid relief. nationofchange.org "If the GOP actually wanted to provide Covid relief, they'd introduce amendments to do so. Instead they're going to introduce what they believe are gotcha amendments to try to trip up Dems."

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Ethiopia plans to vaccinate 20% population in 2021. yenisafak.com Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Muluken Yohannes, a senior adviser to the Health Ministry, said a national coordinating committee and a task force have been set up for the purpose to ensure vaccination.Further, the country is actively engaged in a unique global alliance representing more than two-thirds of the world, to ensure that developing nations get vaccines equitably in terms both of access and cost.The alliance includes the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Gates Foundation, and 191 countries to…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-04). Belgium court sentences Iranian envoy to 20 years in jail over Paris bomb plot. middleeasteye.net Belgium court sentences Iranian envoy to 20 years in jail over Paris bomb plot | Antwerp trial was the first of an Iranian official for suspected terrorism in Europe since Iran's 1979 revolution | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 14: 08 | A heavily armed policeman stands outside the courthouse in Antwerp (AFP) | An Iranian diplomat accused of planning to bomb a meeting of an exiled opposition group was s…

RT (2021-02-04). CNN chief Zucker announces plan to leave at year's end after 'change of heart' decision to see out contract. rt.com CNN President Jeff Zucker has confirmed he will stay on at the network's helm until the end of 2021, when his contract runs out, having u-turned on his decision late last year to leave the mainstream media outlet. | "I cannot imagine not being here right now," Jeff Zucker told colleagues on Thursday morning, according to those present on the call. "I'm going to stay and finish my current contract, which, as I said, will keep me here until the end of this year. At that point, I do expect to move on." | The truth is, back in November and December I had basically decided that it was time to move on now… But si…

RT (2021-02-04). AOC compared to Jussie Smollett after her 'near-death' riot experience revealed as hiding from POLICE in office OUTSIDE Capitol. rt.com Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being compared to the actor who staged an attack on himself, after her account of fearing for her life during the January 6 riot was fact-checked, exposing that she wasn't in the Capitol building. | The hashtags #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett, along with #AOCLied, trended on Wednesday, following a fact-check of AOC's (D-New York) Instagram livestream two days prior by OAN journalist Jack Posobiec. During her emotional one-and-a-half-hour-long talk, Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she was not in the Capitol building during the riot to begin with, but continued to claim that she experienced a…

RT (2021-02-04). McKinsey consulting firm to shell out $573mn to settle probes into its role in 'turbocharging' opioid crisis — reports. rt.com The prestigious corporate consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to pay up $573 million to settle investigations into its work with Big Pharma, namely its role in boosting sales of the powerful opioid narcotic oxycodone. | The company struck a multi-million-dollar settlement with officials across 47 states, Washington, DC and five US territories, the New York Times The company will be required to pay ou…

RT (2021-02-04). 'I am become meme, destroyer of shorts': Musk fires off market-wrecking omens & random thoughts, ending brief Twitter absence. rt.com The temptations of Twitter were apparently too great for Elon Musk, who ended his short-lived hiatus on the platform with a series of characteristically zany messages. | The world's richest man returned to his virtual soap box around 48 hours after he announced on Tuesday that he would be practicing Twitter abstinence. | Read more | | The social media relapse began innocently enough, with Musk retweeting a video of a SpaceX satellite…

MEE staff (2021-02-04). Saudi Arabia and Iran among leaders of 'transnational repression', says watchdog. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia and Iran among leaders of 'transnational repression', says watchdog | Freedom House accuses both countries of threatening the lives of their citizens living abroad | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 17: 26 | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 (AFP) | International watchdog Freedom House has accused Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey of interfering in the…

Yves Engler (2021-02-04). Ottawa Should Apologize for Role in Agent Orange Use in Vietnam. dissidentvoice.org A French legal battle offers an opportunity to revisit Canada's role in chemical weapons use and whether Ottawa owes something to its Vietnamese victims. On the weekend activists gathered in Paris to support a court case launched by a woman exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. The group Collectif Vietnam Dioxine is supporting French-Vietnamese woman, …

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Turkish health minister pens editorial for UN body. yenisafak.com Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and James Campbell, director of the health workforce for the World Health Organization, penned an editorial on the challenges frontline workers face amid the pandemic.According to the editorial, Financing and Protection for the Health and Care Workforce, across the world there was a shortage of 18 million employees in the health sector, mostly in low and lower-middle income countries.Although health care employees were quick to respond to the outbreak, they faced many difficulties such as "accelerated rates of infection and deaths, lack of adequate personal protective equipm…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-04). Powerful explosion hits Haifa in occupied Palestine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (MNA) — An explosion was reported near a Chemicals factory in the occupied Palestinian city of Haifa.

Joe Glenton (2021-02-04). Police accused of 'harassment' after Palestine Action co-founder arrested for blackmail. thecanary.co Palestine Action co-founder Richard Goddard was The arrest, which was

yenisafak (2021-02-04). At least 24 irregular migrants held in Turkey. yenisafak.com At least 24 irregular migrants were held in different parts of Turkey on Thursday, sources said.Nine Iranian nationals were held in the Beyazkoy district of the northwestern Tekirdag province, close to the border with Greece.They were found on a bus stopped for a check by gendarmerie personnel, said the sources, asking not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The vehicle's driver, a Turkish national identified by the initials I.O., was arrested.In the central Nigde province, 15 Syrian nationals were held after police teams stopped and searched a bus on a highway connecting southeast Turkey to…

Fight Back (2021-02-04). Tallahassee demands affordable housing from City Commission. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On January 13, activists with the Tallahassee Community Action Committee attended the Tallahassee City Commission's annual retreat. While much of the retreat featured city leaders applauding each other for their great work, there were some moments that touched on the people's concerns regarding affordable housing and redevelopment initiatives on the majority-Black Southside. | After a discussion of the city's efforts to invest in Southside, the newly-elected Democratic Socialists of America-backed commissioner Jack Porter asked for clarification as to why the Southside of Tallahassee has been so…

Fight Back (2021-02-04). Tallahassee demands affordable housing from City Commission. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On January 13, activists with the Tallahassee Community Action Committee attended the Tallahassee City Commission's annual retreat. While much of the retreat featured city leaders applauding each other for their great work, there were some moments that touched on the people's concerns regarding affordable housing and redevelopment initiatives on the majority-Black Southside. | After a discussion of the city's efforts to invest in Southside, the newly-elected Democratic Socialists of America-backed commissioner Jack Porter asked for clarification as to why the Southside of Tallahassee has been so…

Susan Price (2021-02-04). Regional left parties condemn military coup in Burma/Myanmar. greenleft.org.au Socialist parties in the Asia-Pacific have condemned the military coup in Burma/Myanmar, writes Susan Price.

Susan Price (2021-02-04). We can't give up on a world free from nuclear weapons. greenleft.org.au The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons became international law on January 22 for the 122 states who signed the agreement in July 2017, writes Vijay Prashad.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-04). Tehran condemns Belgian court ruling against Iranian diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Islamic Republic strongly condemns Belgian court ruling against Iranian diplomat.

Claire A Lawson, Samuel Seidu, Francesco Zaccardi, Gerry McCann, Umesh T Kadam, Melanie J Davies, Carolyn SP Lam, Hiddo L. Heerspink, Kamlesh Khunti (2021-02-04). [Research Paper] Outcome trends in people with heart failure, type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease in the UK over twenty years. thelancet.com In a cohort of people with new onset HF, hospitalisations and deaths are high in patients with T2D or CKD, and worst in those with both comorbidities. Whilst outcomes have improved over time for patients with HF and comorbid T2D, similar trends were not seen in those with comorbid CKD. Strategies to prevent and manage CKD in people with HF are urgently needed.

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Myanmar military government cuts Facebook access. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Facebook access in Myanmar was limited Thursday after the military junta ordered telecommunications providers to block the social network. The move comes after the military seized power on Monday in a bloodless coup. "All mobile operators, international gateways and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive on 3 February 2021 …

David Schurman Wallace (2021-02-04). Can a Novel Really Capture the Spirit of the Internet? thenation.com Can a Novel Really Capture the Spirit of the Internet?

Ullekh N.P. (2021-02-04). In India, Farmers Are Resisting Narendra Modi's Propaganda Machine. thenation.com In India, Farmers Are Resisting Narendra Modi's Propaganda Machine…

Dave Zirin (2021-02-04). The Unbearable Emptiness of Tom Brady. thenation.com The Unbearable Emptiness of Tom Brady…

Kali Holloway (2021-02-04). I'm for Abolition. And Yet I Want the Capitol Rioters in Prison. thenation.com I'm for Abolition. And Yet I Want the Capitol Rioters in Prison.

Eoin Higgins (2021-02-04). St. Louis Considers Spy Planes to Survey the City 18 Hours a Day. thenation.com St. Louis Considers Spy Planes to Survey the City 18 Hours a Day…

Elie Mystal, The Nation (2021-02-04). If Senators Won't Kill the Filibuster, They Should at Least Sweat for It. thenation.com If Senators Won't Kill the Filibuster, They Should at Least Sweat for It…

news.un (2021-02-04). End impunity for use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN disarmament chief urges Security Council. news.un.org The United Nations top disarmament official, on Wednesday, stressed the urgent need to not only identify those who have used chemical weapons in Syria, but also hold them accountable for their deeds.

news.un (2021-02-04). Iran: Human rights experts condemn execution of Baloch minority prisoner. news.un.org United Nations independent human rights experts on Thursday, condemned the hanging of a prisoner from the Baloch minority in Iran, voicing fear that a "disturbing" recent increase in executions of community members "will continue".

news.un (2021-02-04). Security Council calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi, pledging 'continued support' for Myanmar's democratic transition. news.un.org The UN Security Council issued a press statement on Thursday expressing "deep concern" over the military takeover in Myanmar, calling for the immediate release of the country's elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and President Win Myint.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-04). Cancer leading cause of death among people with diabetes. imperial.ac.uk Cancer is the leading cause of death among people with diabetes in England.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-04). Ditching the car for walking or biking just one day a week cuts carbon footprint. imperial.ac.uk Swapping the car for walking, cycling and e-biking even just one day a week makes a significant impact on personal carbon emissions in cities.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-04). Personalised immersive audio could help virtual socialising feel more real. imperial.ac.uk Imperial College London researchers have won a €5.7million EU Horizon 2020 grant to develop AI-informed immersive audio techniques.

Susan Price (2021-02-04). How climate sceptics ran Australia's climate policy. greenleft.org.au Alex Salmon reviews a new book on how Australia's climate policy has been held hostage to sceptics and fossil fuel interests for decades.

yenisafak (2021-02-04). One more sit-in family to embrace abducted child in Turkey. yenisafak.com A family protesting the YPG/PKK terrorist group for abducting their child in southeastern Turkey received news Thursday that they would soon be reunited.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that one of five terrorists who surrendered to Turkish authorities Wednesday was the child of a family taking part in a months-long sit-in outside the office of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which the government accuses of having links to the YPG/PKK terror group.The protest began on Sept. 3, 2019, in Diyarbakir province when three mothers said their children had been forcibly recruited by YPG/PKK terrorists.Saade…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). 'New constitution debates in Turkey are exciting'. yenisafak.com Turkey's parliament speaker has said new constitution debates in the country are exciting for him."It will be correct to involve all political parties represented in the parliament while debating a new constitution," Mustafa Sentop told Turkish news channel CNN Turk on Wednesday.Sentop noted that a new constitution should not be made based on the seat numbers of the parties in the Turkish parliament.The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the parliament holds 289 seats, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 48 seats.MHP cooperates with the ruling AK Party under their People's Alliance, formed ahead…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Borsa Istanbul up at Thursday open. yenisafak.com Turkey's benchmark stock index opened at 1,537.6 points on Thursday, up 0.27% or 4.10 points from the previous close.Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index closed Wednesday at 1,533.55 points, up 1.46%, with a daily trading volume of 30.1 billion Turkish liras (nearly $4.20 billion).The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate rose to 7.1700 as of 9: 30 a.m. local time (0630GMT), from 7.1600 at the previous close.The euro/Turkish lira exchange rate rose to 8.6200 from 8.6100, while one British pound traded for 9.7700 Turkish liras, down from 9.7800.One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for around $58.89 as of 10 a.m. local time…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Turkey 'neutralizes' 5 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces "neutralized" five YPG/PKK terrorists in a protected area across Turkey's southern border with Syria, the National Defense Ministry announced Thursday.The terrorists were trying to infiltrate the area of Turkey's cross-border anti-terror operations — Peace Spring and Euphrates Shield — to disrupt peace and security in the region, the ministry said on Twitter, adding that they had also opened harassing fire.Turkish authorities use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-ter…

yenisafak (2021-02-04). Turkey's population tops 83.6M in 2020. yenisafak.com Turkey's population exceeded 83.6 million as of 2020-end, with a 0.55% rise on an annual basis, the Turkish statistical authority said on Thursday.The Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed that the population residing in Turkey last year increased by 459,365 people compared to the previous year."Male population was 41,915,985 people and female population was 41,698,377 people," the institute said.The share of men in the total population was 50.1%, while women made up 49.9%, according to TurkStat.Official data said annual population growth rate was 0.55% in 2020, down from 1.39% in 2019.

yenisafak (2021-02-04). EU's retail trade volume up in December. yenisafak.com The EU retail trade volume rose 1.4% in December on a monthly basis, the EU's statistical authority said on Thursday.The retail trade volume also improved 2% in the euro zone in December versus November, Eurostat noted.The eurozone/euro area or EA19 represents member states that use the single currency — euro — while the EU27 includes all member countries of the bloc.The volume of retail trade was up 4% for automotive fuels, 1.7% for food, drinks and tobacco, and 0.7% for non-food products in December.In the euro zone side, the volume of retail trade expanded 5.1% for automotive fuels, 1.9% for food, drinks and…

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). 50 Bangladesh opposition leaders jailed for attack on Hasina 2 decades ago. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- A Bangladesh court on Thursday sent 50 opposition members up to 10 years in jail after finding them guilty in an attack on a motorcade of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina nearly two decades ago. The motorcade of the incumbent prime minister came under attack in August 2002, when she was …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Myanmar military cuts Facebook access as public opposition to coup grows. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds Egeland comments.) Yangon, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Facebook access in Myanmar was restricted Thursday after the military junta ordered telecommunications providers to block the social network, and as public opposition to the coup grew. The move to block Facebook came after the military seized power from the elected government on Monday. "All mobile …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Turkey's paralympic swimmers with hopes set on Tokyo. laprensalatina.com Istanbul, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- An Olympic pool on the outskirts of Istanbul provides a training hub for Turkish swimmers whose sights are firmly set on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games this year. Three of the six competitors set to travel to Japan train at the pool alongside around 20 other swimmers with different …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). More than 100 Chilean women pregnant due to negligence, abortion impediments. laprensalatina.com By Patricia Nieto Santiago, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Estefany Cavieres, 28, is quite familiar with the signs of pregnancy. Your abdomen and your breasts hurt, you feel nauseous and tired. So, when she felt those feelings, she was sure: she was one of the 111 Chilean women who had gotten pregnant because of defective birth control …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Outgoing PM Conte urges Draghi not to form technocrat government. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- The outgoing prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, said Thursday that he hopes Mario Draghi forms a political government instead of one composed of technocrats. The former president of the European Central Bank, who has been tasked by Italian President Sergio Mattarella to form an "emergency" government, began discussions with the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Artcurial to host vintage motocar sale. laprensalatina.com The Artcurial auction house in Paris will host the Parisienne 2021 vintage collectors' motorcar sale on Friday. The collection includes exceptionally rare vehicles. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer IAN LANGSDON…

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). New Zealand creates national holiday to mark start of Maori new year. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The beginning of the Maori new year, called Matariki, will now be recognized as an annual national holiday, New Zealand's prime minister announced Thursday. It will be officially celebrated for the first time on July 24, 2022, and will change annually depending on the appearance of the constellation and the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Tokyo 2020 president faces backlash for sexist remarks. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee is facing public backlash in Japan after saying that women make meetings "drag on" because they all want to talk. Yoshiro Mori made the statements at a meeting on Wednesday, and were reported by Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun. After they came to light, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Over 100 arrested in Nepal as vandalism marks anti-government protests. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Nepal police on Thursday arrested at least 100 protesters after vandalism marked a country-wide general strike against the government of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The call to strike was given by the ruling Nepal Communist Party's splinter faction led by former guerrilla commander Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and former communist …

Online News Editor (2021-02-04). Iraq holds funeral for over 100 Yezidi victims of IS. laprensalatina.com Baghdad, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Iraqi authorities held a funeral in Baghdad on Thursday for 104 members of the country's Yezidi minority who were killed by Islamic State militants. After the funeral, their bodies will be transferred to their home village in the country's north for burial on February 6. Iraqi President Barham Salih said in …

Amanda Marcotte (2021-02-04). Don't blame a lack of education — QAnon proves privileged white people are losing their minds too. salon.com QAnon should be the death knell of the idea that wealth and education can insulate people from conspiracy theories…

Dana McMahan (2021-02-04). Why you should be eating biscuit pizza, an endlessly versatile and crowd pleasing food with soul. salon.com Karter Louis wants us to remember where American food came from, and he feels the route there is on a biscuit…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-04). Adani apologises to activist for public defamation. greenleft.org.au Frontline Action on Coal activist Scott Daines has won a defamation dispute with Adani, reports Kerry Smith.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2021-02-04). "Power Games All Over the Place" 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). | *** | "Stop Mitch McConnell!" screams yet another message to my inbox. | Wait …

_____ (2021-02-04). 'The Longer Telegram' Is a Recipe for Costly Failure. strategic-culture.org By Daniel LARISON | An anonymous former government official has written a conventionally hawkish

_____ (2021-02-04). The West Is Losing Its Soft Power. strategic-culture.org

_____ (2021-02-04). It's Now Or Never — We Stare Into The Abyss. popularresistance.org This column is hopeful. I promise. | The northern white rhinoceros is now functionally extinct. Sudan — the last male of his kind — passed away recently. There are two females remaining but obviously they can produce no more of their species without a male — and mating with nearby giraffes is not something in which they seem interested. | This is not the end but the beginning. | This is still the beginning of a great extinction, the sixth great extinction in earth's history and the first one caused by humans. The others were caused by things like massive asteroid impacts creating damage equivale…

_____ (2021-02-04). Putin Explains Why We Need New Economic Policies. popularresistance.org The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has given a great speech to the Davos 2021 online forum organized by the World Economic Forum. As usual it created little echo in the 'western' media. | Putin sees a new danger of large international conflicts. Economic imbalances have caused socio-political problems in many countries which, when externalized, can lead to international conflicts. | To solve this one has to reject the laissez faire doctrines that caused the economic imbalances. The nation states must intervene more in their economies. The people must be seen as the ends, not the means of such economic policy.

_____ (2021-02-04). Groups In The South Are Working To Fix A Broken Farm Labor System. popularresistance.org For years, legal organizations and farmworker advocacy groups have sounded the alarm about the H-2A visa program — the most common legal route to hiring foreign agricultural workers. Faced with massive worker shortages, farmers in the South have increasingly turned to foreign laborers, who come to work on temporary employer-sponsored visas. | The program, which ties employees and their visas to the employer, is rife with abuse. Wage theft is rampant, forced labor is common, and the contracts employers sign, which guarantee certain hours and living conditions, are rarely honored. On top of that the U.S. Depa…

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-04). Why Israel Is Joining the Pentagon's 'Arab NATO'. 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). | *** | With none of the usual fanfare associated with such a momentous …

Jeff Bryant (2021-02-04). We Need a Democratic Approach to Reimagining Schools. zcomm.org Asking People, Not Billionaires and Ideologues, What They Want…

Rachel M. Cohen (2021-02-04). Parents, Backed by a Right-Wing Law Firm, Ready to Sue Striking Teachers. zcomm.org The conservative movement is capitalizing on school closures to weaken public education…

Richard Falk (2021-02-04). The B'tselem Report On Israeli Apartheid. zcomm.org It is only Palestinian resistance from within and global solidarity from without that can have any prospect of achieving Palestinian rights and a peaceful future for both peoples…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-02-04). Bundesakademie fàºr Sicherheit (BAKS) empfiehlt deutscher Regierung: ‚ÄûMilità§rschlag der USA und/oder Israels gegen Iran unterstàºtzen!" 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). | *** | Was steht der Welt bevor? US-Auàüenminister Antony Blinken behauptete am 1.02.2021, …

Dan Bacher (2021-02-04). Earthworks report reveals CA fails to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil wells. indybay.org Estela Garcia, impacted resident and member of the Committee for a Better Arvin," said, "In my community, there are many people who are sick – with asthma, with allergies, and many many people suffering from cancer. Here in Arvin, there are wells near schools and near apartments. There are wells that supposedly aren't operating, but a terrible smell comes to you if you get close to these sites." | "This pollution affects everyone in the community. So if you ask me, 'what would you change in your community', I'd say 'get the wells out of our communities as much as possible," concluded Garcia.

Precious Fondren (2021-02-04). Students Demand Abolition Coursework from Colleges and Universities. progressive.org Sociology departments across the nation are being called out for the role they've played in policing.

Mothers Out Front Silicon Valley (2021-02-04). Wednesday 2/10: Plant-Based Meals: Good for Climate, Health & Your Budget. indybay.org Online event…

Fight Back (2021-02-04). 25 Years Later — Selena: The Series. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On March 31, 1995, 23-year-old Chicana icon Selena Quintanilla was murdered by her employee Yolanda Saldivar. 25 years later, on December 4, 2020, Selena: The Series premiered on Netflix. Selena is indisputably one of the most important and influential Chicanas in the past 100 years. Executive producer for the series was eldest Quintanilla daughter Suzette; it was co-produced by Chicana Christian Serratos, who stars as Selena in the series. | A father's dream | Selena's parents Marcella and Abraham Quintanilla met around 1961 in Yakima, Washington and, after giving birth to their first child AB…

EARTHDAY (2021-02-04). Thursday 2/11: Regenerative Agriculture: Reversing Over Farming to Grow Climate & Food Supply Resiliency. indybay.org Online event…

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-02-04). 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….

WSWS (2021-02-04). Support the struggle of Chicago teachers against the unsafe opening of schools! wsws.org The rank-and-file education safety committees in Germany and the UK have adopted the following statement of solidarity with the protesting teachers in Chicago.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-04). Saturday 2/6: Meetup: Intro to MicroSanctuaries. indybay.org Online Zoom…

repost (2021-02-04). A grab for KPFA & Pacifica. indybay.org You have perhaps heard about the attempt — not the one in DC — this one is about some KPFA board members who asked a judge to just basically give them the Pacifica radio network. The request was denied, but it did leave a sense of shock and outrage. Here is a letter from a group of KPFA board members who are condemning the adventure.

Dean Baker (2021-02-04). Getting Lazy in Discussing Winning in the Stock Market. cepr.net Neil Irwin had an interesting piece reporting on returns to investors who just held stock index funds over long periods of time. The point of the piece is that people who just held an index, rather than trying to speculate on individual stocks, have seen very healthy returns over the last three decades. While the …

Robert Lipsyte (2021-02-04). Take me out to the Capitol…whoops, I mean the ballpark. nationofchange.org The Super Bowl ends the most toxic season ever…

Dave DeCamp (2021-02-04). US Dismisses Iran's Offer to Coordinate Return to Nuclear Deal. 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 US State Department dismissed an idea floated by Iranian Foreign …

Support Bookshop Santa Cruz Union (2021-02-04). Saturday 2/6: Solidarity Rally in Celebration of the Bookshop Workers Union. indybay.org Locust St and Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz…

Fight Back (2021-02-04). 25 Years Later — Selena: The Series. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On March 31, 1995, 23-year-old Chicana icon Selena Quintanilla was murdered by her employee Yolanda Saldivar. 25 years later, on December 4, 2020, Selena: The Series premiered on Netflix. Selena is indisputably one of the most important and influential Chicanas in the past 100 years. Executive producer for the series was eldest Quintanilla daughter Suzette; it was co-produced by Chicana Christian Serratos, who stars as Selena in the series. | A father's dream | Selena's parents Marcella and Abraham Quintanilla met around 1961 in Yakima, Washington and, after giving birth to their first child AB…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-04). Saturday 2/6: Online Consent Training. indybay.org Online Zoom…

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-04). New report shows persistent racial and ethnic disparities in youth incarcerations. nationofchange.org While youth incarceration has dropped by almost half over the last decade, Back and American Indian youth are more likely to be incarcerated than white youth.

Shawgi Tell (2021-02-04). Charter Schools Distort the Modern Socialized Economy. dissidentvoice.org Every year billions of public dollars and assets flow into the hands of private businesses like charter schools, leaving public schools, the economy, the public interest, and the nation worse off. This is due to the fact that competing owners of capital are using deregulated charter schools to atomize the socialized economy for private gain. …

Dan Bacher (2021-02-04). California's Bulldozer 'Restoration': From the Ballona Wetlands to the Delta. indybay.org "Our Governor's cabinet members just announced a series of initiatives that support 'Nature Based Solutions' to counter climate change. So, how does Governor Newsom justify a project to bulldoze and excavate more than 2.5 million cubic yards of soil, paving the way for a new fossil fuel infrastructure for the aging gas storage field under this ecological reserve?" asked attorney Bryan Pease.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-02-04). Monday 2/8: Open Rescue Training Part 1: The Basics, Videography and On Camera Person. indybay.org Online Zoom…

KQED of San Francisco (2021-02-04). Thursday 2/18: The History and Future of Affirmative Action in California. indybay.org Online Event…

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2021-02-04). Dehumanization Through the Dynamics of Racial Discrimination. 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). | *** | "It is race, is it not, that puts the hundred millions …

Eli Clifton (2021-02-04). Dark-money Think Tanks Dominate House Foreign Affairs Witness List. 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). | *** | This article was co-published with When expert …

Michael Haynes (2021-02-04). 'Nobody Is Safe Until 'Everybody Is Vaccinated': Klaus Schwab's "Global Reset" 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 founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus …

EMMA (2021-02-04). A Tale of an Economics Lesson. peoplesparty.org Once upon a time Mr. Capital took his son out for a walk… | ‚Ä¢ Look son, poor people, there. | ‚Ä¢ They look just like you and me, dad. | ‚Ä¢ Well, son, no, they are not like us, they don't own stock, but they are still very useful for the economy. | ‚Ä¢ In what way are they useful, dad? | ‚Ä¢ Well, son, because they are poor, we can hire them for miserly wages, and they will produce for companies in which we own stock! | ‚Ä¢ Dad, but if they are not paid enough, won't they go hungry? | ‚Ä¢ Well, son…

Tes Welborn (2021-02-04). Thursday 2/11: UCSF and the Haight Ashbury: 120 Years of Struggle. indybay.org ‚Ä¢ To join the meeting, copy this link: zoom.us/j/97001985280?p wd=Nkx2UVFPSTRVWGVXUVZ EbFRkb0xwQT09 | ‚Ä¢ Or, with the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 970 0198 5280 Passcode: 333544 | ‚Ä¢ Zoom also provided these telephone numbers. These are not toll-free numbers. | Check with your phone company before you incur charges. | ‚Ä¢ Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) | +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) | +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) | +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) | +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) | +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) | Meeting ID: 970…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-04). Workers protest closure of Matosinhos refinery in Portugal. peoplesdispatch.org Portuguese energy supplier group Galp Energia has announced the closure of a crude oil refinery owned by its subsidiary Petrogal in Matosinhos, which is likely to affect over a thousand jobs…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-04). Philippines congressional committee approves amendment to open up key sectors to foreign capital. peoplesdispatch.org Left-wing opposition groups have criticized the measure which will allow the government to dilute protected rights of Philippines' citizens in key economic sectors…

2021-02-04: Social Media Postees

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The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle
Alex Lawson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
The so-called "Moderna" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is nearly 100 percent effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives. The only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not…
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The Resilience Doctrine: Mutual Aid in the Pandemic and Beyond
Zoltan Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
Part 4 of a 4-part Primer on Disaster Collectivism in the Climate and Pandemic Crises At The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington, our winter-quarter class on "Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster" began in early January 2020, so our students had early warning of coronavirus as it began to spread around the…
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Food Not Bombs Aims To Bring More Than Just Food
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
New Paltz, NY – Every Wednesday, a mix of New Paltz college students and locals congregate in a small workspace just outside of town. It may look like they're just cooking and packing food to deliver to needy families, but it's really more than that. | "Like when people say, 'serving the community,' well, we want to build a community," said Katari Sisa, a volunteer for Food Not Bombs New Paltz. | Sisa, a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz, has been involved at the organization for the last four years now. Sisa says that giving back is necessary right now, with a pandemic raging and, according to data collected by…
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The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle
Alex Lawson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
The so-called "Moderna" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is nearly 100 percent effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives. The only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/04/the-so-calle…

Spanish Morenoite Izquierda Diario denounces social distancing for COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-02-04
Despite the mounting toll from the coronavirus pandemic, the Morenoites are bitterly hostile to lock-down measures needed to halt the pandemic.
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How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted migration through the Mediterranean
Katherine Hearst | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
How the Covid-19 pandemic impacted migration through the Mediterranean | While the European Union boasts of low numbers attempting the treacherous journey in 2020, migrants and rescue organisations paint a different picture | Katherine Hearst | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 11: 21 | People rescued at sea sit on the deck of the Ocean Viking rescue ship, operated by French NGO, SOS Mediterranee, in the Mediterranean Sea o…
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NACOSH unveils comprehensive job safety/health strengthening plan
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-04
HOUSTON–One year after the coronavirus pandemic hit the country, Marcos Vasquez, a 20-year day labor construction worker in Houston, still toils for employers who won't provide him an anti-viral mask. Or gloves. Or other personal protective equipment. "There's not enough social distancing," he adds. "The bathrooms" on worksites "are dirty and they lack water and …
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'What I Want For Me, I Want For You'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
The 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Market, the largest produce distribution market in the country, went on strike the night of Sunday, January 17. They walked out of the warehouse to win a better contract after risking their lives as essential workers since the beginning of the pandemic. | Management offered them a minimal $0.32 per hour raise. Their demands? Bring members who are making $18.75 an hour up to $20 an hour, give everyone else a $1 an hour raise, and maintain their healthcare coverage at no additional costs to the workers. This was the first time the union, Teamsters Local 202, went on strike since at…
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Mutual Aid in the Pandemic and Beyond
Zoltan Grossman | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
Communities that are proactive and plan ahead will be the communities that survive the disaster, rather than those that respond wildly and ineffectively as the crisis shatters familiar norms…
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Amazon Is Using AI-Equipped Cameras In Delivery Vans
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
Amazon drivers at some U.S. facilities will soon have an extra set of eyes watching them when they hit the road to make their daily deliveries. | The company recently began testing AI-equipped cameras in vehicles to monitor contracted delivery drivers while they're on the job, with the aim of improving safety. | Amazon has deployed the cameras in Amazon-branded cargo vans used by a handful of companies that are part of its delivery service partner program, which are largely responsible for last-mile deliveries. The cameras could be rolled out to additional DSPs over time, and Amazon has already distributed an ins…
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PDF of February 4 issue
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2021-02-04
Download the 12-page PDF. BAmazon Union Which side are you on? GM 1937, Amazon 2021 NFL union solidarity ALSO: Drug homicide law kills; Laundry workers victory; Georgia plant deaths; Biden and immigration; Neutralize the fascists. Editorial: Demonizing China. The legendary Cicely Tyson. GLOBAL: China gains; India strikes continue; Mali protests. . . . | Continue reading PDF of February 4 issue at Workers.org
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"Viruses Know No Borders": In Push for Global Vaccine Equity, U.S. AIDS Program Offers Blueprint
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-04
As the U.S. COVID death toll tops 450,000, the Biden administration is attempting to ramp up its vaccination campaign to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, health experts warn any vaccination progress in the United States will be threatened without global vaccine equity. "We need to, as quickly as possible, expand access to the vaccines, both in this country, in the United States, as well as around the world," says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the ICAP at Columbia University and professor of epidemiology and medicine at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. She argues that the U.S.
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Pelosi Calls McCarthy a Member of the "Q" Party After Failure to Act on Greene
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) referred to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) as a member of the "Q" political party after House Republicans failed to take any action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia). | Pelosi released the statement following news that the Republican caucus would not remove Greene, a supporter of QAnon, from the House Budget and Education panels. Greene has been criticized for espousing anti-Semitism and conspiracies, includin…
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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
We need to rapidly and profoundly shift our national priorities from irrelevant, destructive militarism to the programs of social uplift that Dr. King called for…
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The Decline And Fall Of The American Empire
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." He dismissed Susskind's assumption that public policy must be rooted in "the reality-based community." "We're history's actors," the advisor told him, "…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do." | Sixteen years later, the American wars and war crimes launched by the Bush administration have only spread chaos and violence far and wide, and this historic conjunction of criminality and failure has predictably undermined America'…
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A Multipoint Plan to End War as We Know It
William Astore | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
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, 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 similar war enthusiasts. Biden himself has…
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Israeli Military Detains One Palestinian, Attacks Fishermen, Farmers in Gaza
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2021-02-04
The Israeli occupation army opened fire at Palestinian farmers, and fishermen, on Wednesday morning, in different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip, The Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA) reported. The army opened fire with live ammunition and smoke bombs at farmlands, while farmers were present, south of Khan Younis in the southern coastal enclave, …
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Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet (Book)
NationofChange Staff | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-04
The issues inherent in the climate crisis as well as the solutions are complex, but Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin do an excellent job of presenting a clear and actionable analysis of both. If you are looking for a solution based, well thought out approach to the biggest existential threat to humanity today, this book …
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Great.com Interviews CEPR about Climate Change, Social Security, and a Global Response to COVID
Dan Beeton | cepr.net | 2021-02-04
Spirit Rosenberg from Great.com interviewed CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot as part of their "Great.com Talks With…" podcast. This series seeks to provide an antidote to negative news stories and aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world. The interview examines the question of how research …
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Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-04
Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against Covid-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world developing vaccines. Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity. Cuba is the only vaccine manufacturer in Latin America; there are …
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Cowardly History: Australia Day and Invasion
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
It's the sort of stuff that should have been sorted years ago in Australia: a murderous, frontier society ill disposed to the indigenous populace; the creation of a convict colony that was itself an act of invasion rather than settlement; the theft of land and its rapacious plunder. Even some of the rough colonists were…
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American Healthcare System Failed Black Americans
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
There are certain policy positions that are such a slam dunk that if someone does not support them, I can't take anything they say seriously, nor can I trust their judgement. Medicare for All is one of those polices. It is the most pro-black legislation in mainstream political discourse right now. Our black leaders, such as Jim Clyburn, teaming up with health insurance companies and Big Pharma, are why the state of healthcare in the African American community is so bleak, as I laid out in my previous article | Liberals, for good reason, hold social wedge issues as their primary litmus test. Can you imagine a stan…
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How ExxonMobil Uses Divide And Rule To Get Its Way
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
Tensions rise between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana's President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations "good offices" process; as recently as 2013, President Maduro and Guyana's then-President Donald Ramotar said that the discussions over Essequibo were "going well" under this UN framework. | Everything changed in 2015, and since then the tensions…
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Biden ends US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Biden ends US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen | War in Yemen 'has to end', Joe Biden says in first foreign policy-focused address as president | Ali Harb | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 17: 01 | Conflict in Yemen is world's worst humanitarian crisis, according to UN (Reuters/File photo) | US President Joe Biden announced the end of US support for a Saudi-led coalition that is waging war in Yemen, in a major policy reversal from…
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There's No Secret Chinese Hand In Myanmar's State Of Emergency
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-04
The People's Republic isn't involved in the Tatmadaw's state of emergency, but falsely claiming otherwise is yet another attempt by self-interested forces to pressure Biden into continuing Trump's anti-Chinese policies. | American media has gone wild speculating about a secret Chinese hand in Myanmar's recent decision to announce a year-long state of emergency. The country's military, known as the Tatmadaw, detained members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) on Monday in response to what it claimed was their refusal to seriously consider its concerns about November's contested elections. The Tatmadaw lega…
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Manifestantes apoyan a los huelguistas en Batavia, N.Y
Arjae Red | workers.org | 2021-02-04
Manifestantes se reúnen frente a la valla de alambre de púas de la detención del ICE en Batavia, Nueva York, el 19 de enero. En noviembre de 2020, los inmigrantes encarcelados en la cárcel del condado de Bergen, en Nueva Jersey, iniciaron una huelga de hambre para protestar por las . . . | Continue reading Manifestantes apoyan a los huelguistas en Batavia, N.Y. at Workers.org
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Immigrant/refugee rights: It's now or never, Joe
Teresa Gutierrez | workers.org | 2021-02-04
Since the beginning of the most recent war on immigrants — which took shape starting in 2006 with the hypercriminalization of undocumented workers — the U.S. Congress has repeatedly talked of passing legislation labeled "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" to right some of those wrongs. We are long past "reforms," however. Conditions . . . | Continue reading Immigrant/refugee rights: It's now or never, Joe at Workers.org
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Migrant Deportations Continue Despite Biden's Policies
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to deport migrants despite president Joe Biden's 100-day moratorium on deporting most people in the U.S. without authorization. This decision was barred by a federal judge in Texas last week. | During the first days of Biden's administration, ICE has deported hundreds of immigrants, including 269 people, to Guatemala and Honduras last Friday. The agency has been accused of violating human rights as a coalition of immigrant groups denounced that Cameroonian asylum seekers were tortured to be forced to approve their deportations.
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Thursday 2/11: Islam, Immigration & Women's Rights: Ending Marginalization and Assault of Immigrant Women
Inforum at Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Online event…
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111 NGOs Call On Biden To Close Guantánamo
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
On February 2, more than a hundred non-governmental organizations joined a letter led by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Center for Victims of Torture, urging President Joe Biden to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba and end indefinite military detention. The letter is signed by organizations ranging from those working to end anti-Muslim discrimination and torture to immigrant rights organizations and organizations working broadly on civil rights, civil liberties, and racial justice at the national and local level. It emphasizes the devastating and ongoing consequences of the prison, including…
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The Palestinian boycott of Israel is not racist, it is anti-racist
Ramzy Baroud | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
The boycott movement aims to hold the oppressor colonial state of Israel accountable as it places a price tag on its military occupation and apartheid…
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After COVID, Davos Moves to The "Great Reset"
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
The WEF is about to unveil what will transform the way we all live in. This all fits into an agenda that has been planned for decades by old wealth families such as Rockefeller and Rothschild. Brzezinski called it the end of the sovereign nation state. David Rockefeller called it "one world government."
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After Years of Outrage Politics, RepubliQans have surrendered to the Neo-Nazi Conspiracy Theorists
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-04
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — From Sarah Palin's alarmist and mendacious charge of death panels in the Affordable Health Act to Benghazi, where the smarmy Mike Pompeo tried to hang a terrorist attack around the neck of secretary of state Hillary Clinton (who was not in charge of military or intelligence decisions), the brand of …
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Selected Articles: Towards 2030, NATO Is Shaping Our Future
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
Is It True that the New Covid Variants Are Very Dangerous? | By Rosemary Frei, February 04 2021 | According to what we hear from officials and the mainstream media, the new variants are the most dangerous and unpredictable beings since | …
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The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second | …
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The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…
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"COVID-19 The Great Reset" — "Delete" Humanity
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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 Big Picture of the plan is clear. It plays out …
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Imperial staff reflect on a challenging year — and their hopes for the future
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-04
In a new video, Imperial staff at the heart of the COVID-19 response share their thoughts on the challenges of 2020 — and hopes for the future.
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Minnesota: AFSCME members at Hennepin County score major win
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-04
Minneapolis, MN – At the Hennepin County Commissioner meeting, February 2, the vote passed unanimously to enact a Board Action Request (BAR) that will allow extension of COVID Child Care Leave for an additional 160 hours. Although it does not extend at full pay as the union requested, the passage of this BAR represents a major step forward for parents and caregivers who work for Hennepin County. The union members in AFSCME locals representing Hennepin County workers had been campaigning actively for full pay. | Ronisha Buckner, who is a mother of one, works as human services representative and is sergeant of arms…
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In Push for Global Vaccine Equity, US AIDS Program PEPFAR Offers Blueprint
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
As the U.S. COVID death toll tops 450,000, the Biden administration is attempting to ramp up its vaccination campaign to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. Meanwhile, health experts warn any vaccination progress in the United States will be threatened without global vaccine equity. "We need to, as quickly as possible, expand access to the vaccines, both in this country, in the United States, as well as around the world," says Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of the ICAP at Columbia University…
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Portugal records worst rate of Covid-19 cases in the world
wsws.org | 2021-02-04
In a de facto warning to the working class throughout Europe, experts estimate the British variant accounts for up to 40 percent of all new cases.
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The Never Ending COVID Crisis
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
It was in early 2020 that the word COVID-19 entered the lexicon. In the past year more than 440,000 people in the United States have died from this disease. The impact of shutdowns meant to end the spread of disease have cost millions of people their jobs, and businesses large and small no longer exist at all. COVID-19 has proven that the political system is devoted to the interests of the billionaire class and is therefore incapable of acting in the interests of the people. | The vaccines which hold some promise are distributed by the same for-profit entities that run what passes for a health care system in this…
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Covid, climate, and 'dual metabolic rupture'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-04
We thought climate catastrophe the main danger. Now we know there is another. A double-whammy ecological crisis threatens collapse into dystopian chaos.
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A better future after COVID-19
European Attac Network | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
The costs of the crisis must be paid out of large private fortunes and through the taxation of speculative capital on the financial markets. The billions of euros in dividends that companies will have to pay to their shareholders on the basis of profits generated in 2019 must not be distributed. Instead, these funds must be used to tackle the crisis.
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We Did Not "Lose" Loved Ones and Normal Life to COVID. They Were Stolen
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
Please Help ZNet Source: Truthout Photo by Steve Sanchez Photos/Shutterstock.com There is a great deal of talk about "loss" as we slog into the newest month of this long COVID winter. The lost lives — more than 441,000 people in the U.S. alone — are top of mind. The loss of Read…
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Anne Feeney, Folk Singer And Political Activist, Dies At 69
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
Anne Feeney, the legendary Pittsburgh folk singer-songwriter and self-described rabble-rouser, has died of COVID at age 69. | Her daughter, Amy Sue Berlin, shared the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday night, writing, in part, "It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our courageous, brilliant, beautiful mother, Anne Feeney. We were very lucky that she fought hard enough to open up her eyes, and give us a couple days to be with her before she finally decided it was time to let go." | "It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the passing of our courageous, brilliant, beautifu…
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Wednesday 2/3: Dicussion on Science of COVID Vaccines & Inequities Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy
March for Science | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Online event…
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Western Australia: COVID-19, fires and the fossil fuel premier
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
The Western Australian election is shaping up as a referendum on the Labor government's handling of COVID-19, with pundits expecting it to be returned with an increased majority, reports Sam Wainwright.
greenleft.org.au/content/western-austral…

Minnesota: AFSCME members at Hennepin County score major win
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-04
Minneapolis, MN – At the Hennepin County Commissioner meeting, February 2, the vote passed unanimously to enact a Board Action Request (BAR) that will allow extension of COVID Child Care Leave for an additional 160 hours. Although it does not extend at full pay as the union requested, the passage of this BAR represents a major step forward for parents and caregivers who work for Hennepin County. The union members in AFSCME locals representing Hennepin County workers had been campaigning actively for full pay. | Ronisha Buckner, who is a mother of one, works as human services representative and is sergeant of arms…
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Bay Area movement: 'Mass releases, not mass deaths!'
Judy Greenspan | workers.org | 2021-02-04
Oakland, Calif. Courtney Morris of No Justice Under Capitalism speaks at Port of Oakland rally. Jan. 31 — Today as a plane pulled a banner, "Newsom: Free prisoners 2 stop Covid deaths," through the sky over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, protesters held signs against "State execution by COVID 19" . . . | Continue reading Bay Area movement: 'Mass releases, not mass deaths!' at Workers.org
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The Digital Police State Is Being Institutionalized Throughout the Western World
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-04
This report sounds like science fiction, but it comes from a credentialed source and is posted on a respected website. If correct, the only possible conclusion is that a police state is being institutionalized throughout the Western world and perhaps all of the world. If correct, the report certainly validates my conclusion that the digital revolution is the worst disaster ever to befall humanity, and it validates my conclusion that no Western government represents the people. PCR | Implanted "Vaccine Package" ID: Germany's Parliament Has Ratified GAVI's Digital "Agenda ID2020" | By Peter Koenig, Global Research…
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Indigenous peoples reclaim the National Bison Range
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-04
"We are such a place-based people. To have this land back, to be in control of it, is a fresh, new hope."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/04/indigenous…

The Failings Of Unemployment Insurance Are By Design
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
Our unemployment insurance system has failed the country at a moment of great need. With tens of millions of workers struggling just to pay rent and buy food, Congress was forced to pass two emergency spending bills, providing one-time stimulus payments, special weekly unemployment insurance payments, and temporary unemployment benefits to those not covered by the system. And, because of their limited short-term nature, President Biden must now advocate for a third. | The system's shortcomings have been obvious for some time, but little effort has been made to improve it. In fact, those shortcomings were baked in…
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New York restaurants eagerly await arrival of Covid-19 vaccines
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
New York, USA, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- New York's bars and restaurants — once the beating heart of the Big Apple but which have been shut because of the pandemic — are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines after mayor Bill de Blasio announced that their workers are now eligible to be vaccinated. On a …
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Salma Hayek: 'It saddens me to think about what might happen to cinema'
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Los Angeles, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Salma Hayek is enjoying working with streaming platforms such as Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon, but the Mexican film star says she is worried about the uncertainty affecting the movie industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen theaters across the world close. "Romantically, it makes me very sad …
laprensalatina.com/salma-hayek-it-sadden…

Children in crisis don't need a celebrity ambassador, they need a fully funded mental health service
Sophia Purdy-Moore | thecanary.co | 2021-02-04
In response to Children's Mental Health Awareness Week, Boris Johnson announced that the government has appointed Love Island star Dr Alex George to be the nation's youth mental health ambassador. The A&E doctor has been tasked with prioritising mental health in the wake of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic which has had a devastating impact on child…
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Wall Street Journal demands Biden crack down on Chicago teachers
wsws.org | 2021-02-04
In a statement by its editorial board Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal angrily criticized President Biden for being too soft on Chicago teachers, who are defying Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot's order to resume in-person classes as the pandemic continues to spread in the city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/04/wsj-…

US initial jobless claims beat expectation
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Analysts expected 830,000 for the week ending Jan. 30, while the previous week's number was revised down by 35,000 from 847,000 to 812,000.Despite the fall in claims, there are still more than 10 million jobless Americans since the coronavirus pandemic-hit US economy shed 22 million jobs in March and April.Private American companies, on the other hand, added 174,000 jobs in January, as private payrolls recovered from a 123,000 fall in December when they marked the first monthly decline since April.Services sectors added 156,000 jobs last month, with health care leading the way with 48,000, according to ADP Resear…
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Turkish health minister pens editorial for UN body
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and James Campbell, director of the health workforce for the World Health Organization, penned an editorial on the challenges frontline workers face amid the pandemic.According to the editorial, Financing and Protection for the Health and Care Workforce, across the world there was a shortage of 18 million employees in the health sector, mostly in low and lower-middle income countries.Although health care employees were quick to respond to the outbreak, they faced many difficulties such as "accelerated rates of infection and deaths, lack of adequate personal protective equipm…
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Two S. Africa, one Brazil variant detected in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Two Turkish citizens have contracted the South African variant of the coronavirus while one has contracted the Brazilian variant, the country's health minister said Wednesday.Moreover, 196 cases of the UK virus strain have been detected in the country, Fahrettin Koca said.The patients have been isolated, he added.In the wake of rising cases once again, the measures against the pandemic will continue full throttle, he said.The vaccination of citizens over 65 and the second group will commence after safety tests are completed, Koca said.So far, 2.4 million people in the country have been vaccinated with vaccination…
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The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-04
By Alex LAWSON | The so-called "Moderna" vaccine is a miracle of science. It is nearly 100 percent effective at preventing serious illness and death. By vaccinating the world, we can end the COVID-19 pandemic and save millions of lives. | The only problem? We don't have nearly enough doses. But there's a solution: If the Biden administration allowed generic manufacturers, not just Moderna, to manufacture the vaccine at scale, the United States would no longer suf…
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Pandemic capitalism and resistance
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the rise of authoritarian regimes as a brutal expression of neoliberalism's death throws, writes Susan Price.
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[Commentary] Is ivermectin ready to be part of a public health policy for COVID-19 prophylaxis?
Céleo Ramírez, Edwin F. Herrera-Paz, Guímel Peralta, Gaspar Rodríguez, Reyna M. Durón | thelancet.com | 2021-02-04
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a worldwide time trial in search for therapeutic alternatives that would be effective, safe, and accessible. The despair of front-line physicians in the face of the increment in mortality led to the empirical use of various therapies in a sort of "war medicine." Most of the studies evaluating the efficacy of multiple therapeutic options have been carried out mainly in hospitalized patients with severe or critical illness. Most treatments have proved to be ineffective or partially effective at these stages.
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Dealing with a Pandemic as If Human Lives Mattered
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
It's fair to say that the U.S. performance in dealing with the pandemic has been disastrous. With the effort led by Donald Trump, this is not surprising. His main, if not only, concern was keeping up appearances. Preventing the spread of the pandemic, and needless death, was obviously not part of his agenda. Unfortunately, many…
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Mass Rapes. Sweeping Surveillance. Forced Labor. Exposing China's Crackdown on Uyghur Muslims
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-04
China faces widespread condemnation following a BBC report about the mass rape and sexual torture of Uyghur women and other Muslims detained in the province of Xinjiang. Women who spoke with the BBC described gang rapes, routine sexual torture using electrocution tools, forced sterilizations and men outside the prison camps paying for access to the detainees. China has rejected the report as "wholly without factual basis" and claims its mass detention of Muslim minorities is part of a "vocational training" program to counter extremism. Meanwhile, The Intercept has obtained a massive police surveillance database u…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/4/uyghur_cam…

Warlord found guilty of crimes against humanity in northern Uganda – ICC
news.un.org | 2021-02-04
A former Ugandan warlord whose forces attacked camps for the internally displaced across the country, has been found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, judges ruled on Thursday.
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Iranian press review: Health officials reject Russia's Covid-19 vaccine
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Iranian press review: Health officials reject Russia's Covid-19 vaccine | Meanwhile, Tehran hosts Taliban to talk about US-brokered Afghan peace deal, and the Islamic Republic is said to be eying the Caucasus to bypass US sanctions | MEE correspondent | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 11: 22 | A woman receives an injection during the first trial phase of a locally-made vaccine for Covid-19 in Iran's capital Tehran on 29…
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Powerful explosion hits Haifa in occupied Palestine
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-04
TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (MNA) — An explosion was reported near a Chemicals factory in the occupied Palestinian city of Haifa.
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Police accused of 'harassment' after Palestine Action co-founder arrested for blackmail
Joe Glenton | thecanary.co | 2021-02-04
Palestine Action co-founder Richard Goddard was arrested for blackmail on 3 February, just days after the group launched a joint action with Extinction Rebellion that shut down the premises of Israeli arms firm Elbit Systems. | The arrest, which was filmed, took place at around 3pm and G…
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Tallahassee demands affordable housing from City Commission
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-04
Tallahassee, FL – On January 13, activists with the Tallahassee Community Action Committee attended the Tallahassee City Commission's annual retreat. While much of the retreat featured city leaders applauding each other for their great work, there were some moments that touched on the people's concerns regarding affordable housing and redevelopment initiatives on the majority-Black Southside. | After a discussion of the city's efforts to invest in Southside, the newly-elected Democratic Socialists of America-backed commissioner Jack Porter asked for clarification as to why the Southside of Tallahassee has been so…
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Tallahassee demands affordable housing from City Commission
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-04
Tallahassee, FL – On January 13, activists with the Tallahassee Community Action Committee attended the Tallahassee City Commission's annual retreat. While much of the retreat featured city leaders applauding each other for their great work, there were some moments that touched on the people's concerns regarding affordable housing and redevelopment initiatives on the majority-Black Southside. | After a discussion of the city's efforts to invest in Southside, the newly-elected Democratic Socialists of America-backed commissioner Jack Porter asked for clarification as to why the Southside of Tallahassee has been so…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/4/tallahassee-d…

Black Labour members are set to boycott campaigning for the party
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2021-02-04
A Labour Party grassroots group is warning that it will call on its supporters to boycott campaigning in the upcoming local elections. This is because of Keir Starmer and the party's inaction over Black representation. But the rot surrounding this goes much further than just systems and structures. | Grassroots Black Left: | Grassroots Black Left (GBL) is a Labour-supporting campaign group. It formed in 2017. GBL says it consists of "African, Caribbean and Asian socialist Labour…
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Regional left parties condemn military coup in Burma/Myanmar
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
Socialist parties in the Asia-Pacific have condemned the military coup in Burma/Myanmar, writes Susan Price.
greenleft.org.au/content/regional-left-p…

AOC compared to Jussie Smollett after her 'near-death' riot experience revealed as hiding from POLICE in office OUTSIDE Capitol
rt.com | 2021-02-04
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being compared to the actor who staged an attack on himself, after her account of fearing for her life during the January 6 riot was fact-checked, exposing that she wasn't in the Capitol building. | The hashtags #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett, along with #AOCLied, trended on Wednesday, following a fact-check of AOC's (D-New York) Instagram livestream two days prior by OAN journalist Jack Posobiec. During her emotional one-and-a-half-hour-long talk, Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she was not in the Capitol building during the riot to begin with, but continued to claim that she experienced a…
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AOC compared to Jussie Smollett after her 'near-death' riot experience revealed as hiding from POLICE in office OUTSIDE Capitol
rt.com | 2021-02-04
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being compared to the actor who staged an attack on himself, after her account of fearing for her life during the January 6 riot was fact-checked, exposing that she wasn't in the Capitol building. | The hashtag #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett trended on Wednesday, following a fact-check of AOC's (D-New York) Instagram livestream two days prior by OAN journalist Jack Posobiec. During her emotional one-and-a-half-hour-long talk, Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she was not in the Capitol building during the riot to begin with, but continued to claim that she experienced a life-threatening situat…
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We can't give up on a world free from nuclear weapons
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons became international law on January 22 for the 122 states who signed the agreement in July 2017, writes Vijay Prashad.
greenleft.org.au/content/we-cant-give-wo…

At least 24 irregular migrants held in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
At least 24 irregular migrants were held in different parts of Turkey on Thursday, sources said.Nine Iranian nationals were held in the Beyazkoy district of the northwestern Tekirdag province, close to the border with Greece.They were found on a bus stopped for a check by gendarmerie personnel, said the sources, asking not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The vehicle's driver, a Turkish national identified by the initials I.O., was arrested.In the central Nigde province, 15 Syrian nationals were held after police teams stopped and searched a bus on a highway connecting southeast Turkey to…
yenisafak.com/en/news/at-least-24-irregu…

As a Muslim American, I'm heartened Biden Repealed Muslim Ban: But Rampant Islamophobia is Undiminished
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-04
By Domenica Ghanem | ( Otherwords.org ) — President Joe Biden has repealed the Muslim ban. As the news rolled in, I remembered how I felt four years ago, when the Trump administration first announced its intention to ban people from from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the country. The feeling wasn't incredulity. I distinctly …
juancole.com/2021/02/heartened-islamopho…

Covid rapid test center set up at Vienna's historic Schoenbrunn Palace
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Vienna, Feb 4 (EFE).- The area around the historic Schoenbrunn Palace has been converted into Vienna's sixth Covid-19 rapid testing center, with a capacity of 200,000 coronavirus tests per day. The tests at Schoenbrunn, which are free of charge, can be performed in two ways: on foot in a pavilion attached to the complex, or …
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'Let 'em die!' Doctor gets flamed over 'evil and twisted' tweet about maskless shoppers in Florida
rt.com | 2021-02-04
A video showing unmasked shoppers in a Florida supermarket has gone viral due to an NBC reporter's complaining. Among the more extreme reactions was one now-deleted tweet by a doctor who seemingly thought they deserved to die. | In a video shared on Wednesday, NBC correspondent Sam Brock showed a crowd of customers in a supermarket in Naples, Florida. Few people were wearing a face mask or practicing social distancing, and everyone was going about their business as usual. Complaining about the spread of Covid-19 on a "massive scale," Brock claimed that the store allowed "medical exemptions" to mask wearing, an…
rt.com/usa/514613-florida-masks-coronavi…

COVID-19 cuts global air passenger traffic 66% in 2020
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
As fear over the coronavirus mounted and infections climbed worldwide, the global air passenger traffic slipped by 65.9% in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to a leading trade group.This is the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a statement on Wednesday.The international passenger demand decreased 75.6% year-on-year in 2020. The capacity measured in available seat kilometers on international routes declined 68.1% and load factor fell 19.2 percentage points to 62.8%.Domestic demand fell at a slower pace last year, down 48.8% compare…
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'PUT ALL THE CHICKEN IN THE BAG': Restaurant customer turned away for not wearing mask returns with gun… and demands (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2021-02-04
A maskless gunman held up a restaurant in Pasadena, California but rather than emptying the cash register, the suspect demanded chicken that he had been refused because he wasn't wearing a face covering. Enjoy the rest of 2021. | According to staff at Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles, the chicken heist occurred after a man was told to leave the establishment because he refused to wear a mask in accordance with Covid-19 guidelines. The enraged customer reportedly stormed out, before later returning with a gun… and his food order. | Robert Gonzalez, who works at the restaurant as a cook, told local media th…
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'So utterly disingenuous': Republicans file slew of unrelated amendments as Dems push ahead with Covid relief
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-04
"If the GOP actually wanted to provide Covid relief, they'd introduce amendments to do so. Instead they're going to introduce what they believe are gotcha amendments to try to trip up Dems."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/04/so-utterly…

Iraq holds funeral for over 100 Yezidi victims of IS
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Baghdad, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Iraqi authorities held a funeral in Baghdad on Thursday for 104 members of the country's Yezidi minority who were killed by Islamic State militants. After the funeral, their bodies will be transferred to their home village in the country's north for burial on February 6. Iraqi President Barham Salih said in …
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Outgoing PM Conte urges Draghi not to form technocrat government
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Rome, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- The outgoing prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, said Thursday that he hopes Mario Draghi forms a political government instead of one composed of technocrats. The former president of the European Central Bank, who has been tasked by Italian President Sergio Mattarella to form an "emergency" government, began discussions with the …
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New Zealand creates national holiday to mark start of Maori new year
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Sydney, Australia, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The beginning of the Maori new year, called Matariki, will now be recognized as an annual national holiday, New Zealand's prime minister announced Thursday. It will be officially celebrated for the first time on July 24, 2022, and will change annually depending on the appearance of the constellation and the …
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Strong winds fan forest fires in southwestern Australia
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Sydney, Australia, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Strong winds fanned a 126-kilometer (78-mile) long forest fire that is burning unchecked near the city of Perth in southwestern Australia threatening the homes of residents in adjoining areas, regional authorities warned Thursday. The fire in Perth Hills, about 100 kilometers northeast of Perth, started on Monday and has burned …
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Myanmar military cuts Facebook access as public opposition to coup grows
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
(Update 1: adds new headline, lede, details of protests and public reaction, minor edits) Yangon, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Facebook access in Myanmar was restricted Thursday after the military junta ordered telecommunications providers to block the social network, and as public opposition to the coup grew. The move to block Facebook came after the military seized …
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Over 100 arrested in Nepal as vandalism marks anti-government protests
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Kathmandu, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Nepal police on Thursday arrested at least 100 protesters after vandalism marked a country-wide general strike against the government of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. The call to strike was given by the ruling Nepal Communist Party's splinter faction led by former guerrilla commander Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and former communist …
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Turkey's paralympic swimmers with hopes set on Tokyo
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Istanbul, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- An Olympic pool on the outskirts of Istanbul provides a training hub for Turkish swimmers whose sights are firmly set on competing at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games this year. Three of the six competitors set to travel to Japan train at the pool alongside around 20 other swimmers with different …
laprensalatina.com/turkeys-paralympic-sw…

Tokyo 2020 president faces backlash for sexist remarks
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Tokyo, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee is facing public backlash in Japan after saying that women make meetings "drag on" because they all want to talk. Yoshiro Mori made the statements at a meeting on Wednesday, and were reported by Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun. After they came to light, …
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US to end support for Saudi offensive operations in Yemen
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Washington, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden plans to end US support for offensive operations in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition that has been waging war on the impoverished nation for nearly six years, the White House national security adviser said Thursday. The president will announce the change later Thursday in his first major speech …
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Myanmar military cuts Facebook access as public opposition to coup grows
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
(Update 1: Adds Egeland comments.) Yangon, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Facebook access in Myanmar was restricted Thursday after the military junta ordered telecommunications providers to block the social network, and as public opposition to the coup grew. The move to block Facebook came after the military seized power from the elected government on Monday. "All mobile …
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Myanmar military government cuts Facebook access
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Yangon, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Facebook access in Myanmar was limited Thursday after the military junta ordered telecommunications providers to block the social network. The move comes after the military seized power on Monday in a bloodless coup. "All mobile operators, international gateways and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive on 3 February 2021 …
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Artcurial to host vintage motocar sale
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
The Artcurial auction house in Paris will host the Parisienne 2021 vintage collectors' motorcar sale on Friday. The collection includes exceptionally rare vehicles. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer IAN LANGSDON…
laprensalatina.com/artcurial-to-host-vin…

50 Bangladesh opposition leaders jailed for attack on Hasina 2 decades ago
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
Dhaka, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- A Bangladesh court on Thursday sent 50 opposition members up to 10 years in jail after finding them guilty in an attack on a motorcade of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina nearly two decades ago. The motorcade of the incumbent prime minister came under attack in August 2002, when she was …
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More than 100 Chilean women pregnant due to negligence, abortion impediments
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-04
By Patricia Nieto Santiago, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Estefany Cavieres, 28, is quite familiar with the signs of pregnancy. Your abdomen and your breasts hurt, you feel nauseous and tired. So, when she felt those feelings, she was sure: she was one of the 111 Chilean women who had gotten pregnant because of defective birth control …
laprensalatina.com/more-than-100-chilean…

Tehran condemns Belgian court ruling against Iranian diplomat
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-04
TEHRAN, Feb. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that the Islamic Republic strongly condemns Belgian court ruling against Iranian diplomat.
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Borsa Istanbul up at Thursday open
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Turkey's benchmark stock index opened at 1,537.6 points on Thursday, up 0.27% or 4.10 points from the previous close.Borsa Istanbul's BIST 100 index closed Wednesday at 1,533.55 points, up 1.46%, with a daily trading volume of 30.1 billion Turkish liras (nearly $4.20 billion).The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate rose to 7.1700 as of 9: 30 a.m. local time (0630GMT), from 7.1600 at the previous close.The euro/Turkish lira exchange rate rose to 8.6200 from 8.6100, while one British pound traded for 9.7700 Turkish liras, down from 9.7800.One barrel of Brent crude oil sold for around $58.89 as of 10 a.m. local time…
yenisafak.com/en/news/borsa-istanbul-up-…

Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
Truthout is proud to launch the Keeley Schenwar Memorial Essay Prize. | This prize will go to a formerly incarcerated person for an essay of 1,500 words or less on the topic of prisons, policing or a related subject. It may be written as a first-person narrative (although that is not a requirement). Two winners will be chosen and awarded a prize of $3,000 each. The essays will be published on Truthout. | This prize is in honor of Keeley Schenwar, who was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, friend, writer and advocate for incarcerat…
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Warren, Schumer Introduce Resolution to Cancel $50K in Student Loan Debt
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
On Thursday, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) announced that they would be reintroducing a proposal to call on President Joe Biden to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt. | The lawmakers said that Biden, who signed an executive order to extend a pause on student loan payments on his first day in office, should cancel $50,000 in debt f…
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Billionaire Family Bankrolled Election Lies, Far Right and the Capitol Siege
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
Four years before Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., pumped his fist to a supportive mob that would soon overrun the Capitol Police and hunt lawmakers through the halls of Congress, the former Missouri attorney general needed a deep-pocketed patron. Naturally, he called on the man who helped bankroll former President Donald Trump's rise: hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer, whom he would soon describe…
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Sanders Slams GOP for $1.9 Trillion Gift to Rich in First Speech as Budget Chair
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
In his first speech on the Senate floor since officially becoming chairman of the chamber's budget committee on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders reminded Republican senators complaining about the Democratic majority's effort to pass coronavirus relief through the filibuster-proof reconciliation process that the GOP used the same tool to unilaterally…
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Presidential Approval Is the Highest It's Been Since 2009, Poll Shows
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
A new poll of 1,055 adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found that President Joe Biden is enjoying his " honeymoon period" with the public with a 61 percent approval rating. This means that Biden's approval rating is the highest it's been for any president since 2009, when Barack Obama was in his first year in…
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Have Democrats Finally Realized That Power Is Only Real If You Use It?
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
A funny thing happened this week. President Biden and the Democratic Party realized they have actual power. Wait, there's more: They don't appear to be afraid of using it. Wait, it gets even better: They don't seem to care if Republicans say mean things about them — they're gonna do their thing and look out below. After decades of watching Democrats cower before the slashing rhetoric of Republicans, it is an amazing thing to see. | In this instance, "their thing" is to seek the passage via rec…
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I Was Shackled to My Bed After Giving Birth. Then They Took My Baby Away
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-04
I'm R87914. Even though I'm no longer in prison, that number, just like my social security number and name, will never change. I'm also a proud mom and a new one at that. There were no balloons or cards, no flowers or family allowed in the delivery room at the time of my daughter Aniela's birth. | The prison where I was incarcerated wouldn't allow mothers-to-be to go into labor naturally. Too inconvenient. Each birth was scheduled ahead of time. Mothers were not told until the morning of their sch…
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Sturgeon: over-simplistic to argue Brexit benefit for coronavirus vaccines
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-04
Nicola Sturgeon has labelled arguments that Brexit has brought a benefit to the UK procuring more coronavirus vaccines as "over-simplistic". | Brexit: | During an interview on Good Morning Britain, Scotland's first minister was asked about comments made by SNP MP Dr Philippa Whitford last July when she said the UK Government should be working with EU partners to find a vaccine. Interviewer Susanna Reid suggested the UK now managing to get vaccines because it is not part of the EU vaccination programme "must be one of the most powerful arguments for Brexit". | The SNP leader replied: I think there's a bigge…
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Colour of ink on forms among 'catalogue of problems' hitting post-Brexit exports
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-04
Squabbling over whether to use red or blue ink on post-Brexit customs forms is among the problems plaguing exporters who are facing a "whack-a-mole" situation, a Scottish trade body has warned. | Brexit means Brexit: | Scotland Food and Drink chief executive James Withers told MSPs the sector has faced approximately £1m in lost sales every day during "an absolutely dreadful first few weeks of trading in this post-Brexit world". | Among the "catalogue of problems that have just been racking up day by day" since the implementation of the Brexit trade deal, Withers revealed there was an "ongoing debate…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/02/04/colour-o…

Climate expert warns prime minister over 'contemptuous' coal mine plans
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-04
Boris Johnson risks "humiliation" over approved plans to open a new coal mine in Cumbria, a leading climate scientist has warned. | "Contemptuous disregard": | James Hansen said that failure to stop the mine from going ahead at Whitehaven would be in "contemptuous disregard" for the future of young people and nature. The new facility, which will be used to extract coking coal for steel production, has been granted planning permission by Cumbria County Council. | Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Stefan Rousseau/PA) | The government said in January that it would not call in the plans for an inquiry, despite th…
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Why Israel Is Joining the Pentagon's 'Arab NATO'
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | With none of the usual fanfare associated with such a momentous …
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Battle over legality of cannabis grow clubs hits high court as cops clamp down on dagga lab
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-04
A battle by a business that 'privately' grew and prepared cannabis for clients, to have this service declared lawful, landed in the Western Cape high court this week–this as police clamped down on another dagga laboratory.
mronline.org/2021/02/04/battle-over-lega…

Ecuador: Presidential Elections Could Bring Back The Citizens' Revolution
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
On February 7, Ecuador will hold elections for President and for its legislative body, with 137 positions to be decided for the National Assembly. Though 16 presidential candidates participated in the debates, there are three major candidates. Andrés Arauz and his vice presidential candidate, Carlos Rabascall, represent La Unión por la Esperanza (The Union of Hope, UNES), what was Alianza País led by former president Rafael Correa before the party split in 2017. Guayaquil banker Guillermo Lasso and Alfredo Borrero are the candidates for the conservative alliance Creando Oportunidades (Creating Opportunities, CREO…
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The Heat: Russia politics
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2021-02-04
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny sentenced to jail in a move criticized by western nations. How will his arrest impact U.S.-Russia relations?>…
america.cgtn.com/2021/02/04/the-heat-rus…

"Judas and the Black Messiah" Director Shaka King on Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & COINTELPRO
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
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Belgium court sentences Iranian envoy to 20 years in jail over Paris bomb plot
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Belgium court sentences Iranian envoy to 20 years in jail over Paris bomb plot | Antwerp trial was the first of an Iranian official for suspected terrorism in Europe since Iran's 1979 revolution | MEE and agencies | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 14: 08 | A heavily armed policeman stands outside the courthouse in Antwerp (AFP) | An Iranian diplomat accused of planning to bomb a meeting of an exiled opposition group was s…
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Israel razes Palestinian Bedouin village for second time
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Israel razes Palestinian Bedouin village for second time | Rights group denounces attempt to displace entire Palestinian community from Khirbet Humsa in Jordan Valley | MEE and agencies | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 08: 20 | On Wednesday, Israeli troops accompanied by bulldozers also knocked down several steel and wooden structures in the village (Reuters) | Israel has begun demolishing a Bedouin village in the occupi…
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I Wish We Could Be Dancing to Sophie
Annie Howard | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
I Wish We Could Be Dancing to Sophie…
thenation.com/article/culture/sophie-dea…

Can a Novel Really Capture the Spirit of the Internet?
David Schurman Wallace | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
Can a Novel Really Capture the Spirit of the Internet?
thenation.com/article/culture/lauren-oyl…

The Unbearable Emptiness of Tom Brady
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
The Unbearable Emptiness of Tom Brady…
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I'm for Abolition. And Yet I Want the Capitol Rioters in Prison
Kali Holloway | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
I'm for Abolition. And Yet I Want the Capitol Rioters in Prison.
thenation.com/article/society/prison-abo…

St. Louis Considers Spy Planes to Survey the City 18 Hours a Day
Eoin Higgins | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
St. Louis Considers Spy Planes to Survey the City 18 Hours a Day…
thenation.com/article/society/st-louis-s…

If Senators Won't Kill the Filibuster, They Should at Least Sweat for It
Elie Mystal, The Nation | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
If Senators Won't Kill the Filibuster, They Should at Least Sweat for It…
thenation.com/article/politics/end-senat…

In India, Farmers Are Resisting Narendra Modi's Propaganda Machine
Ullekh N.P. | thenation.com | 2021-02-04
In India, Farmers Are Resisting Narendra Modi's Propaganda Machine…
thenation.com/article/world/india-farmer…

Georgia to allow in Turkish nationals without vaccines
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Georgia on Wednesday added Turkey to its list of countries whose unvaccinated nationals would be allowed into the country with just a negative novel coronavirus test result.Natia Turnava, the country's minister of economy and sustainable development, said that Turkish nationals with a negative PCR test result would not need a vaccine report to be allowed to travel to Georgia.Turnava said that with the decision, international flights would increase and bring more tourists to the country, adding that this would have positive effects on the markets.The Georgian government decided on Jan. 29 that only citizens of EU…
yenisafak.com/en/news/georgia-to-allow-i…

Turkey's population tops 83.6M in 2020
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Turkey's population exceeded 83.6 million as of 2020-end, with a 0.55% rise on an annual basis, the Turkish statistical authority said on Thursday.The Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed that the population residing in Turkey last year increased by 459,365 people compared to the previous year."Male population was 41,915,985 people and female population was 41,698,377 people," the institute said.The share of men in the total population was 50.1%, while women made up 49.9%, according to TurkStat.Official data said annual population growth rate was 0.55% in 2020, down from 1.39% in 2019.
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkeys-population…

Turkey 'neutralizes' 5 YPG/PKK terrorists in N.Syria
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Turkish security forces "neutralized" five YPG/PKK terrorists in a protected area across Turkey's southern border with Syria, the National Defense Ministry announced Thursday.The terrorists were trying to infiltrate the area of Turkey's cross-border anti-terror operations — Peace Spring and Euphrates Shield — to disrupt peace and security in the region, the ministry said on Twitter, adding that they had also opened harassing fire.Turkish authorities use the word "neutralized" to imply the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-ter…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-neutralizes…

Ethiopia plans to vaccinate 20% population in 2021
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Muluken Yohannes, a senior adviser to the Health Ministry, said a national coordinating committee and a task force have been set up for the purpose to ensure vaccination.Further, the country is actively engaged in a unique global alliance representing more than two-thirds of the world, to ensure that developing nations get vaccines equitably in terms both of access and cost.The alliance includes the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Gates Foundation, and 191 countries to…
yenisafak.com/en/world/ethiopia-plans-to…

'New constitution debates in Turkey are exciting'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
Turkey's parliament speaker has said new constitution debates in the country are exciting for him."It will be correct to involve all political parties represented in the parliament while debating a new constitution," Mustafa Sentop told Turkish news channel CNN Turk on Wednesday.Sentop noted that a new constitution should not be made based on the seat numbers of the parties in the Turkish parliament.The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party in the parliament holds 289 seats, while the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) 48 seats.MHP cooperates with the ruling AK Party under their People's Alliance, formed ahead…
yenisafak.com/en/news/new-constitution-d…

One more sit-in family to embrace abducted child in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
A family protesting the YPG/PKK terrorist group for abducting their child in southeastern Turkey received news Thursday that they would soon be reunited.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced that one of five terrorists who surrendered to Turkish authorities Wednesday was the child of a family taking part in a months-long sit-in outside the office of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), which the government accuses of having links to the YPG/PKK terror group.The protest began on Sept. 3, 2019, in Diyarbakir province when three mothers said their children had been forcibly recruited by YPG/PKK terrorists.Saade…
yenisafak.com/en/news/one-more-sit-in-fa…

EU's retail trade volume up in December
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-04
The EU retail trade volume rose 1.4% in December on a monthly basis, the EU's statistical authority said on Thursday.The retail trade volume also improved 2% in the euro zone in December versus November, Eurostat noted.The eurozone/euro area or EA19 represents member states that use the single currency — euro — while the EU27 includes all member countries of the bloc.The volume of retail trade was up 4% for automotive fuels, 1.7% for food, drinks and tobacco, and 0.7% for non-food products in December.In the euro zone side, the volume of retail trade expanded 5.1% for automotive fuels, 1.9% for food, drinks and…
yenisafak.com/en/news/eus-retail-trade-v…

Don't blame a lack of education — QAnon proves privileged white people are losing their minds too
Amanda Marcotte | salon.com | 2021-02-04
QAnon should be the death knell of the idea that wealth and education can insulate people from conspiracy theories…
salon.com/2021/02/04/dont-blame-a-lack-o…

Why you should be eating biscuit pizza, an endlessly versatile and crowd pleasing food with soul
Dana McMahan | salon.com | 2021-02-04
Karter Louis wants us to remember where American food came from, and he feels the route there is on a biscuit…
salon.com/2021/02/04/why-you-should-be-e…

How one billionaire family bankrolled election lies, white nationalism — and the Capitol riot
Igor Derysh | salon.com | 2021-02-04
Rebekah Mercer is "one of the chief financiers of the fascist movement," says longtime GOP insider Steve Schmidt…
salon.com/2021/02/04/how-one-billionaire…

Exports from Turkey to Saudi Arabia plummet by 92 percent amid unofficial boycott
Ragip Soylu | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Exports from Turkey to Saudi Arabia plummet by 92 percent amid unofficial boycott | Drop comes after Riyadh targeted Turkey's economy last year over Turkish indictments related to Jamal Khashoggi murder | Ragip Soylu | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 12: 01 | A woman holds a packet of Turkish labneh (strained yogurt) while shopping at a supermarket in Riyadh (AFP) | An unofficial Saudi boycott against Turkish goods reduced Turkey's…
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Saudi Arabia and Iran among leaders of 'transnational repression', says watchdog
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Saudi Arabia and Iran among leaders of 'transnational repression', says watchdog | Freedom House accuses both countries of threatening the lives of their citizens living abroad | MEE staff | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 17: 26 | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 (AFP) | International watchdog Freedom House has accused Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey of interfering in the…
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Groups In The South Are Working To Fix A Broken Farm Labor System
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
For years, legal organizations and farmworker advocacy groups have sounded the alarm about the H-2A visa program — the most common legal route to hiring foreign agricultural workers. Faced with massive worker shortages, farmers in the South have increasingly turned to foreign laborers, who come to work on temporary employer-sponsored visas. | The program, which ties employees and their visas to the employer, is rife with abuse. Wage theft is rampant, forced labor is common, and the contracts employers sign, which guarantee certain hours and living conditions, are rarely honored. On top of that the U.S. Depa…
popularresistance.org/groups-in-the-sout…

In A Six-Day Strike, Bronx Produce Workers Inspired New York
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
New York City – Drivers and warehouse workers who feed New York City have won their strike. After six days off the job, the strikers at Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx ratified a contract that doubled management's wage offer and defeated a health care cost increase. | The 1,400 workers at the world's largest wholesale produce market, members of Teamsters Local 202, are responsible for packing and delivering 60 percent of the fruits and vegetables that go to restaurants and grocery stores in New York City. | The unit is comprised of 14 different companies that bargain a contract together. Before the strike…
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Putin Explains Why We Need New Economic Policies
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has given a great speech to the Davos 2021 online forum organized by the World Economic Forum. As usual it created little echo in the 'western' media. | Putin sees a new danger of large international conflicts. Economic imbalances have caused socio-political problems in many countries which, when externalized, can lead to international conflicts. | To solve this one has to reject the laissez faire doctrines that caused the economic imbalances. The nation states must intervene more in their economies. The people must be seen as the ends, not the means of such economic policy.
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Opposition To Line 3 Mounts
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
Saint Paul, MN — Around 600 people gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota, on January 29, calling on President Biden to revoke permits for the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline project. The protest billed as 'Protect the Water, Revoke the Permits' started at Kellogg Park and marched into downtown to the local Army Corps of Engineers' office to demand federal water crossing permits be rescinded. Direct actions halting construction of the new pipeline continue to take place as opposition Line 3 grows. Friday morning in Northern Minnesota, two water protectors locked down to each other between three concrete barrels bloc…
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It's Now Or Never — We Stare Into The Abyss
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-04
This column is hopeful. I promise. | The northern white rhinoceros is now functionally extinct. Sudan — the last male of his kind — passed away recently. There are two females remaining but obviously they can produce no more of their species without a male — and mating with nearby giraffes is not something in which they seem interested. | This is not the end but the beginning. | This is still the beginning of a great extinction, the sixth great extinction in earth's history and the first one caused by humans. The others were caused by things like massive asteroid impacts creating damage equivale…
popularresistance.org/its-now-or-never-w…

Coronavirus / Tokyo Olympics: The Japanese government's clever way of deceiving its people
KANN | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Please comment to the Japanese government about the Coronavirus Tokyo Olympics. There is no e-mail address, and it is not necessary to include a name. This stupid government plans to trick the world into hosting the Olympics.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/04/1883975…

Lebanon: Prominent Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim found murdered
Adam Chamseddine | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Lebanon: Prominent Hezbollah critic Lokman Slim found murdered | Publisher and activist shot five times and discovered between the southern Lebanese villages of Tufahta and Adoussiyeh | Adam Chamseddine | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 09: 10 | Lokman Slim, who was found dead in his car in south Lebanon (AFP) | Lebanese activist and publisher Lokman Slim, a fierce critic of Hezbollah, was found shot dead in his car on Th…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/lebanon-hezbo…

Islamic State regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women operatives
Suadad al-Salhy | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Islamic State regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women operatives | Militant group capitalising on breakdown in relations between Baghdad and Erbil to carry out attacks from its base in the Hamrin Basin | Suadad al-Salhy | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 13: 17 | A policeman stands guard at the Sadriya market in the centre of Iraq's capital Baghdad (AFP) | Islamic State group (IS) militants have been regrouping in n…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-islamic-…

Biden will end US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-04
Biden will end US support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen | Top aide to US president confirms he will formally announce ending American assistance for 'offensive operations in Yemen' later on Thursday | Ali Harb | Thu, 02/04/2021 – 17: 01 | US President Joe Biden will announce the end of US support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen in a major policy reversal from the previous administration that may alter the course of th…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-saudi-a…

'The Longer Telegram' Is a Recipe for Costly Failure
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-04
By Daniel LARISON | An anonymous former government official has written a conventionally hawkish paper on China. The Atlantic Council and Politico have both published versions of the piece, and they have agreed to keep the author's identity under wraps for reasons known only to th…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/04/th…

Why Always Israel? Only One Country Matters to Congress and the Media
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-04
Pandering to Israel as part of the political process in the United States has become part of the DNA of both major parties. | The job of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations must have some kind of curse on it as it seems to attract a type of woman who seeks to prove her suitability by running up a tally of how many wars she can start and how many people she can kill. One recalls fondly Bill Clinton's monstrous Madeleine Albright, who famously declared the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children as "worth it" due to the sanctions that Washington had imposed and enforced. And then there was Barack Obama's darling Samanth…
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The West Is Losing Its Soft Power
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-04
"Soft power" is a useful concept whose invention is attributed to Joseph Nye in the 1980s. "Hard power" is easy enough to understand: it's the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay or Marshal Zhukov in Berlin. But soft power is more subtle: in Nye's words: "many values like democracy, human rights, and individual opportunities are deeply seductive." There are two commonly used ranking lists: Portland — Soft Power 30 — and Brand […
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Entry of Russian Sputnik V into Iran
Kamal Iranidoost | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-04
TEHRAN, Feb. 04 (MNA) — The first batch of the Russian V vaccine to immunize against the coronavirus arrived at Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport on Thursday.
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"Power Games All Over the Place"
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | "Stop Mitch McConnell!" screams yet another message to my inbox. | Wait …
globalresearch.ca/power-games-all-over-p…

Adani apologises to activist for public defamation
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
Frontline Action on Coal activist Scott Daines has won a defamation dispute with Adani, reports Kerry Smith.
greenleft.org.au/content/adani-apologise…

Inventing reality: Venezuela's parliamentary election
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
The bare minimum the Western mainstream media could do is report accurately on Venezuela's recent parliamentary election, writes Rodrigo Acuna. Once again they have failed.
greenleft.org.au/content/inventing-reali…

Surveillance, encryption, security and Huawei
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed back in 2013 the breadth and scale of the United States government's internet surveillance program. Ernst Merkenich argues that it is only increasing.
greenleft.org.au/content/surveillance-en…

How climate sceptics ran Australia's climate policy
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-04
Alex Salmon reviews a new book on how Australia's climate policy has been held hostage to sceptics and fossil fuel interests for decades.
greenleft.org.au/content/how-climate-sce…

Towards 2030, NATO Is Shaping Our Future
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | NATO is looking to the future. For this reason, Secretary-General Jens …
globalresearch.ca/towards-2030-nato-shap…

Personalised immersive audio could help virtual socialising feel more real
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-04
Imperial College London researchers have won a €5.7million EU Horizon 2020 grant to develop AI-informed immersive audio techniques.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214234/personalised-immersive-audio-could-help-virtual

Cancer leading cause of death among people with diabetes
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-04
Cancer is the leading cause of death among people with diabetes in England.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214133/cancer-leading-cause-death-among-people

Ditching the car for walking or biking just one day a week cuts carbon footprint
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-04
Swapping the car for walking, cycling and e-biking even just one day a week makes a significant impact on personal carbon emissions in cities.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214235/ditching-walking-biking-just-week-cuts

End impunity for use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN disarmament chief urges Security Council
news.un.org | 2021-02-04
The United Nations top disarmament official, on Wednesday, stressed the urgent need to not only identify those who have used chemical weapons in Syria, but also hold them accountable for their deeds.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

Iran: Human rights experts condemn execution of Baloch minority prisoner
news.un.org | 2021-02-04
United Nations independent human rights experts on Thursday, condemned the hanging of a prisoner from the Baloch minority in Iran, voicing fear that a "disturbing" recent increase in executions of community members "will continue".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

First-ever International Day of Human Fraternity focuses on tolerance
news.un.org | 2021-02-04
The UN Secretary-General has called for more commitment towards promoting cultural and religious tolerance, in a message to mark the first celebration of the International Day of Human Fraternity, observed on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

Elections vital to building democratic Palestinian State: UN chief
news.un.org | 2021-02-04
Elections this year in the Occupied Palestinian Territories will be "a crucial step" towards Palestinian unity, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

Security Council calls for release of Aung San Suu Kyi, pledging 'continued support' for Myanmar's democratic transition
news.un.org | 2021-02-04
The UN Security Council issued a press statement on Thursday expressing "deep concern" over the military takeover in Myanmar, calling for the immediate release of the country's elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and President Win Myint.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

A warning — Emergency Henry VIII powers are being abused
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-02-04
The Good Law Project is a not-for-profit campaign organisation that uses the law to protect the interests of the public. It fights cases that defend, define or change the law. It also challenges abuses of power, exploitation, inequality, and injustice. The government under Boris Johnson doesn't like being legally challenged and is using taxpayer funds …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/a-warning-emergency-henry-viii-powers-are-being-abused/

We Need a Democratic Approach to Reimagining Schools
Jeff Bryant | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
Asking People, Not Billionaires and Ideologues, What They Want…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/we-need-a-democrat…

Actions in 30 cities say 'Cancel the rents and mortgages!'
Joyce Chediac | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
From Tampa Bay, Florida, to Portland, Oregon, from Los Angeles to Boston, people took to the streets Jan.30-Feb 1…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/actions-in-30-citi…

The Capitol Rioters Aren't Like Other Extremists
Robert A. Pape | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
What's clear is that the Capitol riot revealed a new force in American politics–a broader mass political movement that has violence at its core and draws strength even from places where Trump supporters are in the minority…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-capitol-rioter…

Parents, Backed by a Right-Wing Law Firm, Ready to Sue Striking Teachers
Rachel M. Cohen | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
The conservative movement is capitalizing on school closures to weaken public education…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/parents-backed-by-…

The B'tselem Report On Israeli Apartheid
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
It is only Palestinian resistance from within and global solidarity from without that can have any prospect of achieving Palestinian rights and a peaceful future for both peoples…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-btselem-report…

A California Cooperative Tackles Inequality by Reimagining the Future of Housing
Kayla Soren | zcomm.org | 2021-02-04
By working towards creating 'land without landlords,' this East Bay cooperative is helping communities build pathways to collective property ownership and community wealth…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-california-coope…

[Research Paper] Outcome trends in people with heart failure, type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease in the UK over twenty years
Claire A Lawson, Samuel Seidu, Francesco Zaccardi, Gerry McCann, Umesh T Kadam, Melanie J Davies, Carolyn SP Lam, Hiddo L. Heerspink, Kamlesh Khunti | thelancet.com | 2021-02-04
In a cohort of people with new onset HF, hospitalisations and deaths are high in patients with T2D or CKD, and worst in those with both comorbidities. Whilst outcomes have improved over time for patients with HF and comorbid T2D, similar trends were not seen in those with comorbid CKD. Strategies to prevent and manage CKD in people with HF are urgently needed.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00019-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Biden ends US backing for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but America will continue to 'help Riyadh against Iranian-supplied forces'
rt.com | 2021-02-04
The US military will stop supporting attacks carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, President Joe Biden has confirmed, though America will continue to support Riyadh in "defending its sovereignty." | Speaking in a televised address from the State Department on Thursday, Biden said Washington's focus was on finding a diplomatic solution to the war in Yemen and lend its support to restoring the "long-dormant peace talks." | However, it remains to be seen what practical effect the shift will have on the dynamic of the years-long conflict and America's role there. While the decision…
rt.com/usa/514640-us-ends-saudi-support-…

Biden ends US backing for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, but America will continue to 'help Riyadh against Iranian-supplied forces'
rt.com | 2021-02-04
The US military will stop supporting attacks carried out by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, President Joe Biden has confirmed, though America will continue to support Riyadh in "defending its sovereignty". | Speaking in a televised address from the State Department on Thursday, Biden said Washington's focus was on finding a diplomatic solution to the war in Yemen and lend its support to restoring the "long-dormant peace talks." | However, it remains to be seen what practical effect the shift will have on the dynamic of the years-long conflict and America's role there. While the decision…
rt.com/usa/514640-us-ends-saudi-support-…

CNN chief Zucker announces plan to leave at year's end after 'change of heart' decision to see out contract
rt.com | 2021-02-04
CNN President Jeff Zucker has confirmed he will stay on at the network's helm until the end of 2021, when his contract runs out, having u-turned on his decision late last year to leave the mainstream media outlet. | "I cannot imagine not being here right now," Jeff Zucker told colleagues on Thursday morning, according to those present on the call. "I'm going to stay and finish my current contract, which, as I said, will keep me here until the end of this year. At that point, I do expect to move on." | The truth is, back in November and December I had basically decided that it was time to move on now… But si…
rt.com/usa/514623-zucker-president-cnn-n…

Progressive journalist Jordan Chariton regrets calling for social media bans after 'seeing Silicon Valley's censorship onslaught'
rt.com | 2021-02-04
After some of his own videos were pulled by YouTube, progressive reporter Jordan Chariton has had a change of heart about Big Tech's crackdown on extremist content, arguing that it's a pretext to purge all alternative views. | In a series of tweets, the popular pundit and co-founder of Status Coup News revealed that footage of the January 6 Capitol riots had been yanked from his YouTube channel, apparently for violating the platform's policies against "spam and deceptive practices." The video's deletion followed a similar incident in which a livestream of a right-wing rally held several days before Joe Biden's…
rt.com/usa/514563-jordan-chariton-youtub…

'I am become meme, destroyer of shorts': Musk fires off market-wrecking omens & random thoughts, ending brief Twitter absence
rt.com | 2021-02-04
The temptations of Twitter were apparently too great for Elon Musk, who ended his short-lived hiatus on the platform with a series of characteristically zany messages. | The world's richest man returned to his virtual soap box around 48 hours after he announced on Tuesday that he would be practicing Twitter abstinence. | Read more | | Elon Musk takes Twitter hiatus after publicly backing bitcoin & acknowledging his comments could affect markets | The social media relapse began innocently enough, with Musk retweeting a video of a SpaceX satellite…
rt.com/usa/514580-musk-twitter-return-do…

House tells Trump he'll 'PROVE' own guilt by not testifying at impeachment trial — but Trump still REFUSES
rt.com | 2021-02-04
Democrats seeking to impeach the former US president Donald Trump have asked him to testify at his Senate trial and threatened him if he refuses, after his lawyers challenged the charges and the trial itself as illegitimate. | In a letter emailed Thursday to Trump's attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen, the lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland) noted that they denied "factual allegations" and "attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense." | üö®HOUSE MANAGERS ASK TRUMP TO TESTIFY &#6…
rt.com/usa/514643-trump-impeachment-test…

McKinsey consulting firm to shell out $573mn to settle probes into its role in 'turbocharging' opioid crisis — reports
rt.com | 2021-02-04
The prestigious corporate consulting firm McKinsey & Company has agreed to pay up $573 million to settle investigations into its work with Big Pharma, namely its role in boosting sales of the powerful opioid narcotic oxycodone. | The company struck a multi-million-dollar settlement with officials across 47 states, Washington, DC and five US territories, the New York Times reported on Wednesday evening, citing five people "familiar with the negotiations." | The company will be required to pay ou…
rt.com/usa/514556-mckinsey-opioid-overdo…

Voting software firm Smartmatic files $2.7 billion suit against Fox, Giuliani & Sidney Powell over election-fraud claims
rt.com | 2021-02-04
Fox News is facing a rise of the machines, voting machines that is, as election software firm Smartmatic is suing the network, three of its anchors and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for allegedly false claims of fraud. | The defamation lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in New York state court in Manhattan, seeks $2.7 billion in damages. In addition to Fox and the two lawyers, Smartmatic names Fox hosts Lou Dobbs, Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo as defendants, saying they falsely claimed t…
rt.com/usa/514655-smartmatic-lawsuit-fox…

Venezuela: Opposition, Colombian Leaders Allegedly Involved in Foiled Terror Plot
Ricardo Vaz | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | Venezuelan authorities have reportedly dismantled a terrorist plan. | National Assembly President …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-opposition-c…

Monday 2/8: Open Rescue Training Part 1: The Basics, Videography and On Camera Person
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Online Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883973…

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
MBNJSD | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-04
Image: Calvin Shen In 2004, journalist Ron Susskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove, as boasting, "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." He dismissed Susskind's assumption that public policy must be rooted in "the reality-based community." "We're history's actors," the advisor told him, "…and you, …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/the-decline-a…

San Francisco Empty and Abandoned Buildings (4th Quarter, 2020)
San Francisco Food Not Bombs | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
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…

Support the struggle of Chicago teachers against the unsafe opening of schools!
wsws.org | 2021-02-04
The rank-and-file education safety committees in Germany and the UK have adopted the following statement of solidarity with the protesting teachers in Chicago.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/04/reso…

Dehumanization Through the Dynamics of Racial Discrimination
Prof. Ruel F. Pepa | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | "It is race, is it not, that puts the hundred millions …
globalresearch.ca/aggrandizement-dehuman…

Black Lives Matter Deserves Nobel Prize
Darryl Lorenzo Wellington | progressive.org | 2021-02-04
The organization touched a chord in this land and overseas by making us acknowledge that racism is a scourge on human progress.
progressive.org/op-eds/black-lives-matte…

Top Three Ways Solar Power can Help Low-Income Families
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-04
By Galen Barbose, Eric O'Shaughnessy, and Ryan Wiser | — Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as price declines for installation and other "soft" costs. Today hundreds of thousands of middle-class households …
juancole.com/2021/02/three-income-famili…

Wednesday 2/10: Changing Climate: The Role of Environmental Justice
Institute for Social Transformation | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Free online event. Register here: | ucsc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o7ezK23…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883972…

Thursday 2/11: UCSF and the Haight Ashbury: 120 Years of Struggle
Tes Welborn | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
‚Ä¢ To join the meeting, copy this link: zoom.us/j/97001985280?p wd=Nkx2UVFPSTRVWGVXUVZ EbFRkb0xwQT09 | ‚Ä¢ Or, with the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 970 0198 5280 Passcode: 333544 | ‚Ä¢ Zoom also provided these telephone numbers. These are not toll-free numbers. | Check with your phone company before you incur charges. | ‚Ä¢ Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) | +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) | +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) | +1 929 436 2866 US (New York) | +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) | +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) | Meeting ID: 970…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883974…

The struggle continues: Indian protesters resist state terror
Tania Siddiqi | workers.org | 2021-02-04
In September 2020, India's Parliament passed three "farm bills" intended to crush India's workers. To serve capitalist interests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leader of the fascist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lent his support to the bills depriving farms of current protections. He allowed corporate greed to further encroach on India's . . . | Continue reading The struggle continues: Indian protesters resist state terror at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54246/?utm_source=rs…

Students Demand Abolition Coursework from Colleges and Universities
Precious Fondren | progressive.org | 2021-02-04
Sociology departments across the nation are being called out for the role they've played in policing.
progressive.org/dispatches/students-abol…

DeRay Mckesson — Policing is the laziest response
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-04
This week, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson highlights some alarming statistics about police violence, which continued unabated in 2020 despite nationwide protests, and recounts his years as a teacher, connecting his pedagogical practice to his calling as an activist.
therealnews.com/deray-mckesson-policing-…

Getting Lazy in Discussing Winning in the Stock Market
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2021-02-04
Neil Irwin had an interesting piece reporting on returns to investors who just held stock index funds over long periods of time. The point of the piece is that people who just held an index, rather than trying to speculate on individual stocks, have seen very healthy returns over the last three decades. While the …
cepr.net/getting-lazy-in-discussing-winn…

Some 1.16 million more people sought jobless aid last week
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-04
WASHINGTON–Some 1.165 million more people sought state or federal jobless benefits in the last week of January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. But that wasn't the biggest jobless news during the first full week of February. That shocker came from another non-partisan source, the Congressional Budget Office. In so many words, it said high …
peoplesworld.org/article/some-1-16-milli…

A Tale of an Economics Lesson
EMMA | peoplesparty.org | 2021-02-04
Once upon a time Mr. Capital took his son out for a walk… | ‚Ä¢ Look son, poor people, there. | ‚Ä¢ They look just like you and me, dad. | ‚Ä¢ Well, son, no, they are not like us, they don't own stock, but they are still very useful for the economy. | ‚Ä¢ In what way are they useful, dad? | ‚Ä¢ Well, son, because they are poor, we can hire them for miserly wages, and they will produce for companies in which we own stock! | ‚Ä¢ Dad, but if they are not paid enough, won't they go hungry? | ‚Ä¢ Well, son…
peoplesparty.org/tale-economics-lesson/

There's No Secret Chinese Hand In Myanmar's State Of Emergency
oneworld.press | 2021-02-04
The People's Republic isn't involved in the Tatmadaw's state of emergency, but falsely claiming otherwise is yet another attempt by self-interested forces to pressure Biden into continuing Trump's anti-Chinese policies.
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1906

Biden Administration Accused of Supporting Apartheid. Chagos Islands and US Military Base in Diego Garcia
Jon Levy | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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 United Nations General Assembly, African Union, and International Court of …
globalresearch.ca/biden-administration-a…

Friday 2/5: Oakland Ladybug Hike!
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Ridge Top Trail, Oakland (see event page description for Google Map link)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/02/1883973…

Even After the Cabinet Selections, Personnel Is Policy
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2021-02-04
The American Prospect See article on original site Recent nominations and appointments by President Biden have given progressives enough reason to feel cautiously hopeful about the shape of the administration. Some high-profile losses aside (We meet again, Tom Vilsack), most of Biden's early picks for senior cabinet jobs and top advisers are to the left …
cepr.net/even-after-the-cabinet-selectio…

Work Should Pay: A $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Is a Start
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2021-02-04
Lancaster Online (PA), February 4, 2021 InsideSources, February 4, 2021 See original article online President Biden has proposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. This has led to the predictable cries of economic disaster from business organizations and right-wingers more generally. The standard argument against raising the minimum wage is not …
cepr.net/work-should-pay-a-15-an-hour-mi…

Canada declares pro-Trump white supremacist group Proud Boys a terrorist organization
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-04
Proud Boys, which was founded by a Canadian Gavin McInnes, in 2016 describes itself as "western chauvinist" and has openly supported many of Donald Trump's racist policies…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/04/canada-de…

Tuesday 2/9: Protest Berkeley's Inaction on Climate Change and Animal Cruelty
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Ohlone Park, Berkeley, CA…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883973…

There's No Secret Chinese Hand In Myanmar's State Of Emergency
oneworld.press | 2021-02-04
The People's Republic isn't involved in the Tatmadaw's state of emergency, but falsely claiming otherwise is yet another attempt by self-interested forces to pressure Biden into continuing Trump's anti-Chinese policies.
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1906

Globalization of War, Seeds of Destruction, Globalization of Poverty: Three Important Titles Available from Global Research Publishers
Global Research | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
All of these titles from Global Research Publishers are available in PDF (e-book) format delivered directly to your inbox, as well as in print format. | . | . | The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity | by Michel Chossudovsky | Buy …
globalresearch.ca/global-research-publis…

With new bill, Sanders and AOC press Biden to declare a 'climate emergency'
Shannon Osaka | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-04
In his first 15 days in office, President Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, pledged to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies from the federal government, and started the process of unwinding Trump's disastrous environmental legacy. And now a trio of Democratic lawmakers wants President Biden to declare a "climate emergency" as soon as possible. Representative Earl Blumenauer of …
peoplesworld.org/article/with-new-bill-s…

Earthworks report reveals CA fails to safely manage radioactive and toxic oil wells
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Estela Garcia, impacted resident and member of the Committee for a Better Arvin," said, "In my community, there are many people who are sick – with asthma, with allergies, and many many people suffering from cancer. Here in Arvin, there are wells near schools and near apartments. There are wells that supposedly aren't operating, but a terrible smell comes to you if you get close to these sites." | "This pollution affects everyone in the community. So if you ask me, 'what would you change in your community', I'd say 'get the wells out of our communities as much as possible," concluded Garcia.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883975…

What is In Store for The World. BAKS Recommendation to German Government: "Support Military Strike by the USA and/or Israel Against Iran!"
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | What is in store for the world? US Secretary of State …
globalresearch.ca/federal-academy-securi…

Students speak out in support of Chicago teachers struggle against in-person learning
wsws.org | 2021-02-04
The International Youth and Students for Social Equality spoke to students throughout the United States on the struggle of the Chicago teachers and found widespread support.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/04/stud…

Pillow Fight: Mike Lindell's Battle to Save Donald Trump and You
Daniel Beaumont | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
In the final desperate days of his presidency, a visit by even Mr. Pillow might not seem very important to Trump, but Trump was more isolated than he had been at any time since 2016 and, as we know, he can never get enough attention, enough flattery. And Lindell–whatever he had in mind–was in many respects a flattering replica of Trump.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/04/pillow-fight…

A grab for KPFA & Pacifica
repost | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
You have perhaps heard about the attempt — not the one in DC — this one is about some KPFA board members who asked a judge to just basically give them the Pacifica radio network. The request was denied, but it did leave a sense of shock and outrage. Here is a letter from a group of KPFA board members who are condemning the adventure.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883974…

Charter Schools Distort the Modern Socialized Economy
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-04
Every year billions of public dollars and assets flow into the hands of private businesses like charter schools, leaving public schools, the economy, the public interest, and the nation worse off. This is due to the fact that competing owners of capital are using deregulated charter schools to atomize the socialized economy for private gain. …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/charter-schoo…

China's National Carbon Market has Just Launched: How it Could be a Climate Game Changer
China Dialogue | juancole.com | 2021-02-04
By Huw Slater, Wang Shu and Dimitri De Boer | — ( China Dialogue) — With the new market having opened on 1 February, experts offer a take on how it may impact China's industries and emissions trajectory China's national carbon market started operating on 1 February, as mandated by a key regulatory document. Although …
juancole.com/2021/02/national-launched-c…

Saturday 2/6: Dog Park Day!
Direct Action Everywhere | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Point Isabel, Richmond, CA…
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The Legacy of Cicely Tyson: Pioneer for Representation in Film, Fashion and Television
Abayomi Azikiwe | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-04
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). | *** | In the January and February issue of Essence magazine excerpts from …
globalresearch.ca/cicely-tyson-pioneer-r…

Women With Torches
Ahmad Soheil Ahmadi | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
The dozens of recent bombings and attacks in Afghanistan reflect no more than the jockeying for position of the various interest groups involved in the peace talks in Doha. The more shattered bodies the parties clock up, the higher the price they can extract for forging a peace. There aren't really any heroes in this.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/04/women-with-t…

Is CNN jumping on the red-baiting bandwagon?
Tony Pecinovsky | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-04
A recent CNN article outrageously tried to put communists who were victims of U.S. government attacks in 1948 in the same boat with the criminal Trumpites who staged the attempted coup at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The headline on the Feb. 3 article by Eliott C. McLaughlin read: "With coup label, Capitol rioters join …
peoplesworld.org/article/is-cnn-jumping-…

Wednesday 2/10: Plant-Based Meals: Good for Climate, Health & Your Budget
Mothers Out Front Silicon Valley | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
Online event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883974…

Peace and Freedom Party legislative proposals for 2021
Cres Vellucci | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
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…

Washington, Heal Thyself
Maria Paez Victor | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-04
Since the riot at the Washington Capitol on 6 January 2021, we hear incessantly from US politicians and media that their state institutions, elections and constitution are considered sacred. There is more than a touch of hypocrisy in this given the dismissive way the USA treats similar institutions in other countries. The insurrection in Washington…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/04/washington-h…

Appeal Targets U.S. Wildlife Agency's Refusal to Consider California Condor's Significance to Tribal Groups in Approving Luxury Resort
Center for Biological Diversity | indybay.org | 2021-02-04
LOS ANGELES, February 2, 2021 — Conservation and tribal groups today appealed a recent court ruling that the California condor doesn't qualify as a traditional Native American cultural property under federal law.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/03/1883974…

Bangladesh government begins to forcibly remove Rohingya refugees
wsws.org | 2021-02-04
The government is moving some 100,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, a cyclone-prone island, while planning to send others back to Myanmar, from where they fled.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/04/rohi…