Daily Archives: February 6, 2021

2021-02-06: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Varane leads Real Madrid over Huesca; Sevilla win 4th in a row. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Raphael Varane had a brace Saturday in Real Madrid's 1-2 come from behind victory against last-place Huesca, while Sevilla topped Getafe 3-0 to extend their winning run in LaLiga to four. Varane's first goals of the season — and his first double ever in the league — came on the …

Frank Clemente, Chuck Collins, Arianna Fano Omar Ocampo, Will Rice (2021-02-06). Pandemic Super Bowl 2021: Billionaires Win, We Lose. zcomm.org No matter who wins the 55th Super Bowl, the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy are billionaires — including dozens of sports team owners…

Staff (2021-02-06). Military Metaphors in Health Care Are Harmful — Especially During the Pandemic. truthout.org As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to sweep through the U.S., many have noticed the coupling of military and health. There's been an ongoing conversation amongst oncologists for years about the use of war metaphors in cancer research and treatment. In fact, many public health concerns are framed in these terms — "war on drugs" or "war on poverty," for example. It's argued the use of these metaphors help make it easier for our society to better understand health. But herein lies a follow…

Staff (2021-02-06). Loosening Restrictions as New COVID Variants Spread Could Lead to New Surge. truthout.org Announcing that indoor dining would reopen at 25% capacity in New York City on Valentine's Day, and wedding receptions could also resume with up to 150 people a month after, Cuomo

Staff (2021-02-06). Billionaires Win and We Lose at Pandemic Super Bowl 2021. truthout.org We won't know the winner of this year's Super Bowl till Sunday, but we already know the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy include dozens of billionaire sports barons. | On the eve of the big game, and after 10-plus months of the pandemic, 64 billionaire owners of major league sports franchises — including the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs' Hunt family and the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Glazer family — have enjoyed a $98.5 billion rise in their collective net worth, a 30 percent incre…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-02-06). Big Pharma and Big Profits: The Multibillion Dollar Vaccine Market. globalresearch.ca First published on January 27, 2016. | Of relevance to an understanding of the Covid Vaccine Initiative | The business of vaccines is soon to become a major source of profits for the world's largest pharmaceutical corporations. A press release (Business Wire, …

CGTN (2021-02-06). Interview with Martin Jacques on BBC Coverage of China. dissidentvoice.org The Chinese Foreign Ministry has demanded an apology from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for its recent coverage of COVID-19, saying the BBC used a clip about an anti-terrorism exercise, claiming it was for pandemic control. The BBC responded: it will continue to uphold the "principle of justice". For more on this, CGTN talked to …

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-06). 501 Deaths + 10,748 Other Injuries Reported Following COVID Vaccine, Latest CDC Data Show. globalresearch.ca The numbers reflect the latest data available as of Jan. 29 from the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website. Of the 501 reported deaths, 453 were from the U.S. The average age of those who died was 77, the …

Richard Gale (2021-02-06). The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Psychological Coup d'Etat. globalresearch.ca We have almost reached a full year since the spread of SARS-Cov2 was proclaimed a pandemic. If we are to believe the World Health Organization's and individual governments' official statistics, the number of confirmed cases is reaching 100 million with …

Robert Wheeler (2021-02-06). Vaccine Passports and Health Passes: Is Showing Your "Papers" the "New Normal?" globalresearch.ca First published on December 17, 2021 | Life cannot return to normal until there is a vaccine for COVID 19. | At least, that is what governments, corporations, and their mainstream propaganda media outlets have been incessantly arguing. Interestingly, the development of …

_____ (2021-02-06). Citizen Scientists Are Filling Research Gaps. popularresistance.org The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 disrupted field research and environmental monitoring efforts worldwide. Travel restrictions and social distancing forced scientists to cancel studies or pause their work for months. These limits measurably reduced the accuracy of weather forecasts and created data gaps on issues ranging from bird migration to civil rights in U.S. public schools. | Our work relies on this kind of information to track seasonal events in nature and understand how climate change is affecting them. We also recruit and train citizens for community science — projects that involve amateur or vo…

Get on the Mailing List (2021-02-06). Moscone Center Open for SF Vaccine Appointments. indybay.org The Moscone Convention Center at 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, allows everyone in San Francisco to book an appointment or if none is available, get on the mailing list. The City is partnering with Kaiser to do the COVID19 vaccine.

Eds. (2021-02-06). Incarcerated and at COVID's mercy: New York must do more for elderly imprisoned people. mronline.org COVID-19 is now raging uncontrolled throughout the United States. New variants that are more easily transmitted have entered the country from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa. Vaccine is scarce.

Staff (2021-02-06). Biden Aims for US to Produce Millions of At-Home COVID Tests by End of Summer. truthout.org President Biden's pandemic response team announced plans on Friday to use the Defense Production Act to help Pfizer manufacture more of its COVID vaccine, produce 61 million rapid at-home COVID tests over the next six months, and address shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. | The Defense Production Act gives the president emergency powers to compel private companies to prioritize supply lines and manufacturing for the benefit of national defense, in this case…

Rachael Boothroyd (2021-02-06). Biden Administration Rules Out Maduro Talks, Pledges Support for Guaido. venezuelanalysis.com State Department Spokesperson Ned Price indicated that the Biden White House will not change tack in its predecessor's Venezuela foreign policy.

Ari Paul (2021-02-06). Covering School Reopening, Chicago Papers Pit Unions Against Parents. zcomm.org Anti-union forces around the country depend on Chicago's editorial boards to blunt the force of the CTU, lest it inspire more teachers around the country…

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-06). Atlantic Council pens anonymously authored expose calling for regime change in China. mronline.org The report outlines a plan for the United States to pursue a China without Xi Jinping, with a weakened Communist Party, and operating in a region dominated by the US and its allies.

Medea Benjamin and Nicholas J.S. Davies (2021-02-06). America's Global Empire is now Costing us our own Well-Being. juancole.com ( Code Pink) — 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 …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-06). The Corona Pandemic: The Most Serious Economic and Social Crisis in Modern History. globalresearch.ca Presentation to the Korea University Conference, February 7, 2021 | Dear Friends, | My thoughts are with the Korean people. With my Korean friends. | I wish to express my solidarity with the Korean people in their long standing struggle waged at different …

Robert Hughes (2021-02-06). There Are Still 14 Million Americans on Federal Unemployment, Down Just 2 Million From Shutdown High. anti-empire.com Initial claims for regular state unemployment insurance totaled 847,000 for the week ending January 23, down 67,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised tally of 914,000 (see first chart). Claims have been above 800,000 for three consecutive weeks, in the 700,000 to 1 million range for 22 consecutive weeks, and well above the pre-pandemic level of 212,000 in early 2020 for 45 weeks. | The four-week average rose again, up 16,250 to 868,000. The four-week average has drifted higher since hitting a low of 740,500 for the week of November 28, rising in eight of the last ten weeks. Persistent initial claims at su…

Harry Kopyto (2021-02-06). Socialist Activist, Ecologist: The Wayne Roberts We Knew. socialistproject.ca The tributes that have been made to Wayne Roberts (born 30 September 1944) for his work as a food-policy leader and activist are well known and continue to be made after his untimely death on January 20th, 2021. There is no question that "this kid from Scarberia," as he described himself, played a highly respected …

Ben Norton (2021-02-06). Ecuador's historic election explained: Inside the Citizens' Revolution. thegrayzone.com Ben Norton traveled to Ecuador to report on the historic February 7 election, which pits a wealthy US-backed right-wing banker against a left-wing economist who pledges to continue the socialist Citizens' Revolution launched by former President Rafael Correa. In this dispatch, working-class Ecuadorians explain why they support leftist candidate Andrés Arauz and oppose the repressive Washington-allied government of Lenín Moreno. QUITO, ECUADOR — The South American nation of Ecuador is currently suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades. Poverty …

Juan Cole (2021-02-06). In Game Changer, Int'l Criminal Court will take up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — On Friday, the International Criminal Court found that it had jurisdiction to consider war crimes and crimes against humanity and the crime of Apartheid in the Palestinian territories. Israeli politician Abba Eban once quipped that Palestinians never lost the opportunity to lose an opportunity. But Palestinians have carefully, methodically created …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-06). Our Mutual Fight: The Case against Pakistani Normalization with Israel. zcomm.org The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel…

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-06). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

_____ (2021-02-06). ICC Clears Way For War Crimes Probe Of Israeli Actions. popularresistance.org Jerusalem – The International Criminal Court said Friday that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, potentially clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions. | The decision was welcomed by the Palestinians and decried by Israel's prime minister, who vowed to fight "this perversion of justice." The U.S., Israel's closest ally, said it opposed the decision. | The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a "reasonable basis" to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions in the Gaz…

A Guest Author (2021-02-06). San Francisco Letter Carriers union resolution: Support union drive of Amazon workers in Alabama. workers.org This resolution was adopted Feb. 3, 2021, by unanimous vote of Golden Gate Branch 214, National Assn. of Letter Carriers, San Francisco, Calif., at their monthly membership meeting Whereas, 5,800 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are fighting for a union. They will be voting Feb. 8 to . . . |

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-02-06). Iraq: Mass funeral of Yazidi victims of Islamic State brings back grim memories. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Mass funeral of Yazidi victims of Islamic State brings back grim memories | Locals in the Yazidi village of Kojo hope the burial of 104 genocide victims can help start a healing process for beleaguered minority | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 13: 44 | The funeral procession in Kojo before the burial of victims killed by the Islamic State group, after the bodies were exhumed from mass graves (Reuter…

Ted Kelly (2021-02-06). Imperio de E.E.U.U. libra guerra de 30 años contra Irak. workers.org Desde la perspectiva de los jóvenes del mundo, el imperialismo estadounidense ha estado librando una guerra contra Iraq durante toda su vida. Los niños iraquíes nacidos el mismo año del comienzo de la Guerra del Golfo, que deberían estar acercándose a sus 31 años, fueron asesinados por las sanciones o . . . |

Levada (2021-02-06). Just 15 Percent of Russians Believe Navalny's Account of 'Poisoning'. anti-empire.com Machine translated from Russian. | The majority of Russians (78%) are aware of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, although they closely follow the development of events for less than a fifth of the population. The respondents name three main versions of what happened: 30% consider the incident to be a staging of the politician himself, 19% see this as a provocation of the Western special services, 15% speak of an attempt by the authorities to eliminate a political opponent. | Most Russians are aware of Navalny's poisoning today: 17% are watching closely, 61% have at least heard something about it. At the same time,…

Eds. (2021-02-06). How the Gulf War sparked China's military revolution. mronline.org With the technology and firepower on show during the conflict — precision bombing, satellite guidance, missile interception, air-to-surface strike to eliminate tanks, electronic warfare, one-way transparency on the battlefield, stealth bombers — the Gulf War was a "psychological nuclear attack" on China, observers say.

Robert Jensen (2021-02-06). An Interview with: "A simple boy from the prairie" dissidentvoice.org When a European graduate student emailed to ask if I would participate in an assignment to "do an interview with one of my favourite authors," I said yes. My books have not exactly been best-sellers, and so I was an easy target for anyone describing me as a "favourite author." But beyond my gratitude for …

Vietnam News Agency (2021-02-06). Comunidad vietnamita en EE.UU. da bienvenida al Año Nuevo Lunar. peoplesworld.org Washington (VNA) — La Embajada de Hanoi en Washington organizó de manera virtual un programa en saludo al Tet (Año Nuevo Lunar) 2021, al cual asistieron más de 200 representantes de la comunidad vietnamita y amigos estadounidenses en este país. En el evento efectuado la víspera, el embajador vietnamita, Ha Kim Ngoc, transmitió los mejores …

Staff (2021-02-06). Biden's Executive Orders on Climate Change Aren't Upsetting Some Industry Giants. truthout.org President

Ben Carroll (2021-02-06). GameStop buying scramble was no "investor revolution" workers.org Over the last two weeks, blaring headlines and memes alike have proclaimed the opening of a new front expressing mass outrage at Wall Street — and in the most unlikely place: the stock market. In 2011 Occupy Wall Street was a real revolt. The mad scramble to buy up GameStop . . . |

Shatha Hammad (2021-02-06). Israeli village demolition leaves Palestinian families desperate and homeless. middleeasteye.net Israeli village demolition leaves Palestinian families desperate and homeless | Residents of Humsa al-Fawqa have repeatedly had their homes in the Jordan Valley destroyed by Israeli forces | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 10: 03 | Aisha Abu Awwad sitting in a tent in the demolished surroundings of Humsa al-Fawqa (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | Aisha Abu Awwad, 57, sat in front of a demolished tent that once constituted h…

Paul Haeder (2021-02-06). Dreams Outside the Hopes of the Neuronormal. dissidentvoice.org The legacy of a society is, well, how it treats its young, old, frail, infirm, sick, poor and those hobbled by structural and environmental injustice. Some in urban planning circles also allude to how safe a community is based on the popsicle test — can a child or two walking from home to a store, …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-06). New Libyan interim unity government met with cautious optimism. middleeasteye.net New Libyan interim unity government met with cautious optimism | UN-brokered deal could end a decade of chaos, but rival administrations face a difficult road ahead | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 15: 26 | Participants in UN talks on Friday in Switzerland voted government head to oversee the run-up to elections (AFP) | Libya's Tobruk administration welcomed Friday's announcement of a new interim gover…

The Local (2021-02-06). Denmark to Roll Out a 'Digital' Vaccine Passport in 3-4 Months. anti-empire.com The exact practical applications of the digital documentation are still under consideration, but its primary purpose is to facilitate a reopening of society. | "We are taking the first steps so that, before the end of February, you will be able to see your vaccination on (online health services platform) Sundhed.dk," acting finance minister Morten Bà∏dskov said. | "In three to four months, the digital corona passport will be ready for use for things like business trips," Bà∏dskov added. | The government and business representatives will decide on the exact applications of the vaccination 'passport' once…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-06). Beirut blast: German firm set to ship dangerous containers out of country. middleeasteye.net Beirut blast: German firm set to ship dangerous containers out of country | Officials previously warned that the Lebanese capital would 'be wiped out' if the hazardous materials were not removed | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 13: 47 | The devastated Beirut port seen from the Mar Mikaehl neighbourhood two days after the 4 August blast last year (AFP) | Dozens of containers of hazardous material have b…

The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (2021-02-06). The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan. globalresearch.ca First published in December 2016, this article is of relevance to an understanding of the ongoing debate on Climate Change as well the Green New Deal, largely controlled by the financial establishment. The Rockefellers also play a key role in …

_____ (2021-02-06). Lessons From The November 2019 U.S.-Backed Coup In Bolivia. popularresistance.org In October of 2020, the Movement Towards Socialism (acronymed MAS in Spanish) returned to power 11 months after the U.S.-backed far-right coup regime of Jeanine àÅñez ousted Evo Morales and his government during Bolivia's November 2019 elections. The MAS party restored majority control over Bolivia's legislature, and MAS candidate Luis Arce won the presidential election by a landslide victory, earning about 55% of the vote against the two main anti-MAS candidates, center-right ex-president Carlos Mesa (who received almost 29%) and far-right Luis Camacho (who received only 14%). | The right-wing opposition h…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-06). The Empire Must Die: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Q: What is a liberal? | A: A liberal is a violent white supremacist extremist who supports and participates in the mass slaughter of brown-skinned human beings overseas while tweeting that white supremacist extremists are bad. | ‚ùñ | Q: What is capitalism? | A: Capitalism is a wonderful economic and political system which has given us powerful technology, a wide assortment of breakfast cereals, and near term human extinction. | ‚ùñ | Q: What is China? | A: China is a large Asiatic nation which westerners use as an emotional punching bag for their capitalism-induced rage, p…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccination rollout this week. yenisafak.com The announcement comes amid fears of a fourth wave of the coronavirus that was first reported in Iran February last year, marking one year of the pandemic.The first shipment of Sputnik V vaccine, the only foreign vaccine to be registered and approved in Iran, arrived by Iran's Mahaan Airlines on Thursday.In the first phase of vaccination, Rouhani said high-risk groups including healthcare workers on the frontline, followed by elderly and those with critical ailments, will be administered the vaccine.He said the vaccination program for the entire population of 80 million will take around eight months, as the secon…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Africa suffers 'devastating impact' of COVID-19. yenisafak.com The coronavirus pandemic has had a "a devastating impact" on Africa," the South African president said on Saturday.Speaking at the 34th ordinary session of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was the chairperson of the union for 2020, said global inequalities were further revealed by the pandemic."COVID-19 has not been defeated and there will be difficult times ahead," he said, adding there is also "a long road to travel to silence the guns in Africa."The pan-African body had planned to achieve the silencing of the guns by 2020, but due to the threat of terrorism, cross-border clashes and civil wars, the plan…

Richard Horton (2021-02-06). [Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the convergence of nations. thelancet.com It has become axiomatic that COVID-19 has worsened a range of inequalities within and between countries. Coronavirus-related mortality is higher in more materially deprived communities. If you live in crowded living conditions, your risk of contracting infection will be higher. And crowded living conditions are, of course, more commonly found in poorer areas among people with lower incomes. The risk of death is higher among those who are front-line workers, among those who are unable to enjoy the relative luxury of working from home.

John Zarocostas (2021-02-06). [World Report] WHO team begins COVID-19 origin investigation. thelancet.com A WHO-led international mission has begun investigations in China to try to establish the origin of SARS-CoV-2. John Zarocostas reports on its activities.

R H Behrens, Vipul Patel (2021-02-06). [Correspondence] Avoiding shoulder injury from intramuscular vaccines. thelancet.com With the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination programmes to tens of millions of people, some individuals might receive vaccines, which have received rigorous safety checks and approval from regulatory bodies, via intramuscular injection. However, the safety around the technique used and the site of injection, in particular, has received little attention. As recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), adults aged 16 years or older will be the main population receiving the intramuscular vaccine.

Richard Lane (2021-02-06). [Perspectives] Tahmeed Ahmed: new leader of icddr,b. thelancet.com It was back in 1985 when Tahmeed Ahmed joined the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, today known as icddr,b, in Dhaka. On Feb 1, 2021, he became icddr,b's new Executive Director, its first leader from within Bangladesh. Before his new role, he was Director of Nutrition and Clinical Services at icddr,b, where he also led the organisation's response to COVID-19. As a distinguished clinician and research leader, Ahmed's career has been defined by public health developments in his country, notably in the areas of cholera treatment and in confronting malnutrition.

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). China approves Sinovac jab for public use. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- The National Medical Products Administration of China has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac, the company said Saturday in a statement. The vaccine is safe for people from 18 years of age and is to be applied in two doses of 0.5 milliliters each at an interval of between 14 …

Susan Price (2021-02-06). South Africa: New lockdown bans political gatherings. greenleft.org.au Under new COVID-19 regulations, for the first time in South Africa's history it is now a criminal offence for anyone in the country to hold any kind of political gathering, writes Dale McKinley. This should make us all sit up and take notice.

RT (2021-02-06). Canceling their own? NYT's lead Covid-19 reporter resigns after reprimand for use of 'N-word' fails to appease co-workers. rt.com Donald McNeil Jr., the New York Times' top reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic, has resigned after management's decision not to fire him for innocuously using the "N-word" left many staffers at the newspaper "outraged and in pain." | The episode began when a student on a Times-sponsored trip to Peru in 2019 asked McNeil whether he thought her classmate should be suspended for using a racial slur on a video made years earlier. The reporter, who was on the trip as an expert to inform the students, repeated the slur when asking the girl about the context in which it had been used. | Allegations regarding McNeil's c…

RT (2021-02-06). Splintered SCOTUS gives California churches partial win, rules state can't ban indoor services, but can limit capacity over Covid. rt.com In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court denied California's ban on indoor church services, but did say the state has the right to limit capacity to 25 percent amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | Religious organizations have been battling with California for months now, as the state's lockdown restrictions have meant that indoor services have been banned across most of the state — a move that has drawn criticism, in particular, because Hollywood productions have been allowed to move forward. | The Supreme Court ruled late Friday night in two cases where churches were suing the state over indoor-services bans, but it…

_____ (2021-02-06). Sputnik V Gets an Unexpected Boost From NATO in Serbia. strategic-culture.org Aleksandar Pavic describes how the lack of either EU or NATO membership has proven to be an advantage for Serbia in a time of crisis. | Serbia has been one of the stars of the first weeks of the global vaccination effort to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Differently from other European, and especially EU countries — despite its official

news.un (2021-02-06). FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 increasing risk of female genital mutilation. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of female genital mutilation or FGM, with the UN predicting that an additional two million girls will be subjected to the practice in the next ten years.

The Lancet (2021-02-06). [Editorial] Genomic sequencing in pandemics. thelancet.com Advanced genetic sequencing techniques have undoubtedly provided valuable information on the biology and evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Never have the nearly 30‚Äà000 nucleotides of a virus been so closely considered by scientists, public health experts, and politicians alike. But the use and application of genetic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 has varied, risking an insufficient response to a rapidly changing pandemic.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-06). US moves to revoke terror designation of Yemen's Houthis. middleeasteye.net US moves to revoke terror designation of Yemen's Houthis | State department cites humanitarian reasons as it begins process to reverse action by outgoing Trump administration | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 10: 46 | The Houthis have welcomed Biden's announcement to withdraw US support for the Saudi-led offensive (AFP)
| The US has moved to delist Yemen's Houthi rebels as a terrorist organisation,…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-06). Iran again warns US of dangers in delaying return to nuclear deal. middleeasteye.net Iran again warns US of dangers in delaying return to nuclear deal | Iran's foreign minister says December legislation passed in parliament, dominated by hardliners, set a two-month deadline for the easing of sanctions | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 20: 17 | 'We don't need to return to the negotiating table. It's America that has to find the ticket to come to the table,' said Mohammad Javad Zarif (AFP…

Staff (2021-02-06). Republicans Have Already Introduced Over 100 Voter Suppression Bills This Year. truthout.org Since former President Donald Trump failed to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, Republicans in more than two dozen states have introduced over 100 bills to restrict voting access, an alarming development that voting rights advocates have pointed to as yet another reason for Democrats to

RT (2021-02-06). FBI unwittingly includes meme of NUDE MAN in court filing against Capitol rioter. rt.com America's top law enforcement agency mistakenly used a photo featuring a well-circulated internet meme of a large, nude man sitting on a bed in its criminal complaint against a suspect accused of rioting on Capitol Hill. | The FBI

RT (2021-02-06). NYPD launches probe into 'domestic terrorist' cop wearing 'political patch' amid calls for purges & cleansing of 'Trump's Army'. rt.com A New York City police officer was caught on video wearing pro-Trump patches, leading to an investigation after liberals claim the entire force is "Trump's Army" and label the cop a "domestic terrorist." | At a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Brooklyn on Friday evening, video was captured of the officer in uniform with two Trump badges attached to her vest. One is of a skull styled after the comic book character The Punisher — which some have called for to be retired — with Trump's hair, while the other has a similar image along with Trump's name and the phrase "make enforcement great again." | "

RT (2021-02-06). 'Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson': Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support. rt.com Donald Trump and other fans are expressing support for Lou Dobbs after the sudden cancellation of his "number one news program" on Fox News, but liberals are so giddy they want other conservatives like Sean Hannity pulled. | The axing of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' follows a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from SmartMatic, a company behind voting software used in the presidential election, against Fox News and multiple hosts who aired election fraud conspiracy theories, including Dobbs. | A spokesperson for the network, however, did not name the lawsuit or controversies surrounding Dobbs' election coverage — he a…

RT (2021-02-06). 'He might slip and say something': Biden thinks Trump should be denied traditional intel briefings for former presidents. rt.com US President Joe Biden has said that his predecessor Donald Trump is too "erratic" to be entrusted with classified information that is being traditionally provided to former presidents. | Biden was asked by Norah O'Donnell on CBS News whether Trump should get classified intelligence briefings. The president replied: "I think not." | Providing Trump with classified intelligence would be a bad idea "because of his erratic behavior, unrelated to the insurrection," Biden added, referring to the storming of the US Capitol building in Washington by a group of Trump supporters on January 6. | I just think that there…

RT (2021-02-06). Microsoft BANS donations to Republicans who objected to Biden victory & shifts lobbying focus to 'promoting democracy'. rt.com Microsoft said its political action committee will bar all donations to Republican lawmakers who refused to certify Joe Biden's election win, while announcing a change in focus to the "promotion of democracy." | The tech giant said on Friday that it will modify a

RT (2021-02-06). Hunter Biden's newly announced memoir briefly makes it to #1 in 'Chinese biography bestsellers' on Amazon. rt.com President Joe Biden's son Hunter briefly hit bestseller status in Amazon's 'Chinese biography' section for a new memoir, for which he was reportedly paid $2 million by the same publisher who scrapped GOP Sen. Josh Hawley's book. | The 'Chinese biography'

RT (2021-02-06). 'Rules do not apply to her': GOP accuses Pelosi of breaking metal detector rule but not facing $5,000 fine like Republicans. rt.com After two Republican lawmakers were fined $5,000 each for avoiding security protocol in Congress, Nancy Pelosi was herself accused of doing the same thing, but will not be facing the consequences. | GOP members of the Committee on House Administration squealed on the House Speaker for allegedly avoiding going through a metal detector on Thursday when entering Congress, a new rule that two Republican congressmen are being docked thousands of dollars for breaking. | "Yesterday at approximately 9: 59 am multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screen…

_____ (2021-02-06). NY Times' Pseudo-Expert Accusing China of Genocide Worked for Far-Right Cult Falun Gong's Publicity Arm. strategic-culture.org The New York Times recycled flimsy claims by a right-wing apocalyptic extremist to accuse China of "genocide," in an op-ed by an American with 1/8th Uighur heritage who worked for Epoch Times, a far-right, pro-Trump outlet backed by cult Falun Gong. | By Ben NORTON | The New York Times published a factually challenged op-ed accusing China of committing "genocide" against its Uighur minority. The article sourced its spurious accusations to a right-wing operative who insists his research is part of a divine "mission" against Beijing that is "led by God." | The author of the New York Times op-ed, Amelia Pang, happen…

Jeff Bryant (2021-02-06). Betsy DeVos is out — but her right-wing agenda lives on. mronline.org Supporters of public education and school teachers were relieved to see Betsy DeVos leave her job as head of the Department of Education, knowing full well the education policies she and former President Trump supported would go nowhere in a President Biden administration.

The Conversation (2021-02-06). Yes, Speech can Incite Violence: What Decades of Research Show about Trump's Impeachment Trial. juancole.com By Kurt Braddock | — Senators, acting in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump that begins on Feb. 9, will soon have to decide whether to convict the former president for inciting a deadly, violent insurrection at the Capitol building on Jan. 6. A majority of House members, including 10 Republicans, took the …

_____ (2021-02-06). Biden Says He's Ending The Yemen War. popularresistance.org The February 4 announcement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan that President Biden would end U.S. support for "offensive operations" in Yemen was understandably met with celebration by those opposed to the war. Almost six years of the U.S.-Saudi‚ÄëU.A.E. war on Yemen have left the country devastated by humanitarian disaster and famine. Anti-war activists have spent these years‚Äâ—‚Äâfirst during the Obama-Biden administration, then the Trump-Pence administration, and now the Biden-Harris administration‚Äâ—…

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Afghan government 'ready for war' as Taliban refuse to negotiate. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- The Afghan government on Saturday said it was ready for war after successive setbacks in recent weeks to peace talks with the Taliban, who have refused to return to discussions that began in September in Doha. "Taliban left the negotiating table, making excuses, and don't want to move toward peace," Hamdullah …

Fight Back (2021-02-06). MN labor movement rallies in support of locked out Marathon refinery workers. fightbacknews.org St. Paul Park, MN – On February 4, with wind chill readings below zero, members of a wide collection of unions gathered for an evening rally at the Marathon Refinery picket line, where Teamsters who work at the refinery have been locked out for two weeks after a 24-hour strike. | Union leaders took to the stage and spoke in solidarity with the locked out workers, including several leaders from Teamsters 120, which represents the refinery workers, along with speakers from the Minnesota Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Laborers Local 563, The Awood Center, AFSCME Local 3800, UFCW 1189 and others. Memb…

Reese Erlich (2021-02-06). Trump's Coup and Burma's Coup: What they have in Common. juancole.com The Asian country's military overthrew its government over baseless claims of voter fraud. Sound familiar? ( 48hills.org) — This week, military officers in Myanmar (formerly Burma) overthrew that nation's democratically elected government after the party it preferred lost the parliamentary elections. The military claimed voter fraud without presenting any proof. It tried to fill the …

yenisafak (2021-02-06). '1 dose of vaccine for virus survivors will save jabs for millions more'. yenisafak.com In a new study published on Monday, researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York observed that participants who were previously infected with the coronavirus gave an equal or higher antibody response after they were administered the first dose of the mRNA-based vaccine than those did not catch the virus and received two doses of the same vaccine.The study — yet to be peer-reviewed — also found that people who had previously contracted the virus reported unpleasant side effects such as headache, fever, and muscle or joint pain more frequently than those who never had the virus a…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Fenerbahce Beko beat Zenit for 9th straight win. yenisafak.com Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce Beko beat Zenit St Petersburg from Russia 92-84 in a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game Friday for their ninth consecutive win.French playmaker Nando De Colo led the team from Istanbul to victory at home in the Round 24 game, scoring 24 points with seven assists at Ulker Sports and Event Hall.Serbian guard Marko Guduric had 19 and Czech center Jan Vesely added 16 for the Turkish club.US forward Will Thomas led Zenit with 21 points.KC Rivers scored 14. American guard Billy Baron added 13.Fenerbahce Beko have 14 wins in the 2020-21 EuroLeague regular season.This season Zenit has los…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). New coronavirus variants cause concern in Spain. yenisafak.com While the peak of Spain's third wave appears to have passed, new variants are causing unease as Madrid confirmed Spain's first ever case of the Brazil variant on Friday.Spain has now detected all three of the variants that have alarmed health officials worldwide.The mutant virus was detected in a 44-year-old man who had flown into the Madrid airport from Brazil. He presented a negative PCR test upon arrival on Jan. 29, but officials gave him a rapid test and discovered he was contagious.After sequencing the virus, scientists can now confirm that he was carrying the variant, which some studies suggest increases th…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Libya interim gov't leaders. yenisafak.com Turkey's president congratulated the leaders of Libya's interim government in a phone call on Saturday.Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished success to Mohammad Younes Menfi and Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbebibeh, who have been elected as head of the Presidential Council and prime minister, respectively, according to a statement by the Turkish Presidency."Turkey will continue its efforts for political unity, territorial integrity, stability, peace, security and prosperity in Libya and further enhance its cooperation with Libya in the new period," Erdogan said.Menfi and Dbebibah, who were chosen at the UN-led Libyan Political Di…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). At least 10 tons of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish law enforcement forces seized at least 10 tons of bootleg alcohol in separate operations in two southeastern provinces of the country, sources said on Friday.As part of operations against illegal alcohol production and distribution, gendarmerie teams captured six tons of bootleg alcohol in the Birecik district of Sanliurfa province. Three people were also held for their alleged involvement.In a separate operation, police forces captured at least four tons of bootleg alcohol in a storehouse in the Sehitkamil district of Gaziantep province and held two suspects.Bootleg alcohol is made by using low-cost meth…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). EU keeps PKK on terrorism list. yenisafak.com The European Union on Friday renewed its terrorist list for a further six months.The sanctions list features 14 persons and 21 entities or groups, including the PKK and Dalokay Sanli, a senior figure of the terrorist group.Terrorist organizations DHKP/C, IBDA-C, and TAK — a PKK offshoot — are also on the list.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — also listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the US — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.In order to combat terrorism, the bloc freezes the funds and financial a…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Myanmar shuts down internet amid anti-coup protests. yenisafak.com Myanmar's military junta shut down internet services across the country amid anti-coup protests, a mobile service provider confirmed on Saturday."The Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has directed all mobile operators to temporarily shut down the data network in Myanmar. Voice and SMS services remain open." said Norwegian telecom giant Telenor that operates the second-largest mobile network in Myanmar.In its order, the ministry cited "legal basis in Myanmar's Telecommunication Law, and references circulation of fake news, the stability of the nation and interest of the public as a basis for…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). US woman becomes Muslim after watching Turkish series. yenisafak.com A 60-year-old American woman has become Muslim after being influenced by Resurrection: Ertugrul, a popular Turkish TV series.The Wisconsin resident chose the name of "Khadija" after her conversion to Islam and told Anadolu Agency that she came across Resurrection: Ertugrul while browsing Netflix."I looked into it, the details about it. So I started watching," said Khadija, adding she was really interested in Islam after watching a few episodes."It was talking about the history that I knew nothing about. What I heard about God, Islam, peace, justice and helping the oppressed drew my attention and connected me to t…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Turkish Cargo wins top honor in global awards. yenisafak.com Turkish Cargo was named the Best Overall Carrier of the Year at the Payload Asia Awards 2020, the company announced on Saturday.Turkish Cargo, a subsidiary of flag carrier Turkish Airlines, beat out competitors from around the world to win the award based on service quality, efficiency, speed, and reliability, as well as the company's innovation and vision, a statement said."This important award, along with other global honors we won throughout the year, represents a significant milestone indicating our service quality, operational excellence, our innovative standards aiming to exceed the customer expectations, a…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). At least 456 Palestinians arrested by Israel in January: NGOs. yenisafak.com Israeli forces rounded up 456 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in January, according to Palestinian organizations that monitor the conditions of Palestinian prisoners.Ninety-three minors and eight women were among those detained last month, the Palestinian Authority's Prisoners' Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a joint statement.According to the statement, 105 administrative detention orders were carried out by occupation authorities, including 30 new orders along with the extensio…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Over 45 Palestinians arrested by Israel in January: NGOs. yenisafak.com Israeli forces rounded up 456 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in January, according to Palestinian organizations that monitor the conditions of Palestinian prisoners.Ninety-three minors and eight women were among those detained last month, the Palestinian Authority's Prisoners' Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a joint statement.According to the statement, 105 administrative detention orders were carried out by occupation authorities, including 30 new orders along with the extensio…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Turkey eyes becoming 10th largest global economy. yenisafak.com Turkey is engaging in major investments and projects, hoping to become one of the world's top 10 largest global economies, the country's president said Saturday."To make our country one of the 10 biggest economies in the world, we've turned towards bigger investments in bigger projects," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said via video link at the opening ceremony of a bridge in the eastern Malatya province.Today, Turkey by itself is realizing more than half of all megaprojects being carried out in the world, Erdogan added.He added that the country aims to embrace the future with space technology, hi-tech, and artificial inte…

The Canary (2021-02-06). Myanmar junta shuts Twitter and Instagram to curb protests. thecanary.co Military authorities in charge of Myanmar broadened a ban on social media following this week's coup. They've shut down Twitter and Instagram, as residents in the nation's biggest city again banged pots and plastic bottles to show their opposition to the army takeover. | It came as street protests continued to expand on Saturday 6 February. People gathered again to show their opposition to the army takeover. | Protests: | Around 1,000 protesters marched on Saturday morning through the streets of Yangon, the country's biggest city. Prominent among them were factory workers and students. | By noon, more tha…

The Canary (2021-02-06). Indian farmers plan nationwide three-hour blockade of major roads. thecanary.co Tens of thousands of protesting farmers plan to blockade major roads across India for three hours on Saturday 6 February. It's an attempt to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws in the country. | Authorities deployed thousands of security forces mainly outside India's capital New Delhi. Farmers have camped at three main sites there for more than two months. | They say they will not leave until the government rolls back the laws it says are necessary to modernise Indian agriculture. | Protracted talks: | The scheduled highway blockade is set to start at noon local time (6.30am GMT).

_____ (2021-02-06). Haitians Intensify Struggle Against President Jovenel MoàØse. popularresistance.org Haiti has been experiencing a new wave of protests against US-backed President Jovenel MoàØse. Since January 10, thousands of citizens, students, workers, members of various social movements and opposition political parties have been mobilizing across the country in rejection of MoàØse's decision to hold presidential and legislative elections on September 19 and a referendum to replace the current constitution, which is the main achievement of the democratic movement of 1986, on April 25. | Haitian citizens and the opposition denounced MoàØse's decision as an attempt to extend his term of off…

_____ (2021-02-06). India's Farmers' Protests: 'This Is History In The Making'. popularresistance.org On January 26, 2021, India observed its 71st Republic Day under historically unprecedented circumstances. On an occasion meant to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution, two fiercely antagonistic visions of the country locked horns with each other in the capital of Delhi. | On the Rajpath ceremonial boulevard in the heart of Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s homegrown Hindu nationalist proto-fascism was on full display. It was no coincidence, for example, that the winner of the Republic Day Parade's tableaux competition was the state of Uttar Pradesh, w…

_____ (2021-02-06). Are We Not All In Search Of Tomorrow. popularresistance.org In 2019, 613 million Indians voted to appoint their representatives to the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha). During the election campaign, the political parties spent Rs. 60,000 crores (around US $8 billion), 45% of which was spent by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the governing party; the BJP won 37% of the vote, which translated into 303 of the 545 seats in the Lok Sabha. A year later, a massive $14 billion was spent on the US presidential and congressional elections, with the winning Democrat Party dominating the spending. These are massive amounts of money, whose grip on the democratic process is quite clear…

_____ (2021-02-06). Nevada Bill Would Allow Tech Companies To Create Governments. popularresistance.org Carson City, NV – Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments. | Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state's economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday. | The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services. | The measure to further ec…

_____ (2021-02-06). Standing Rock Lakota Youth Call For Biden To Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline. popularresistance.org Standing Rock – Today, Lakota youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribal nations announced a plan to run over 93 miles back to the Oceti Sakowin Camp site to call on President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The youth are asking for everyone who stood with Standing Rock four years ago to participate by uploading their own #NoDAPL | The oil pipeline poses a grave threat to the safety and sanctity of the tribes' water, hunting and fishing rights, and cultural and religious practices. Federal courts have sided with the tribes on the years-long litigation and have revoked DAPL's fede…

_____ (2021-02-06). Ecuador's Left Is Back. popularresistance.org Since the beginning of the right-wing turn by Moreno's government and the political persecution of the key leaders of the Citizen Revolution—most notably Rafael Correa and Jorge Glas—countless attempts have been made to prevent the participation in the elections of either Correa himself or any other political leader affiliated to his movement. | This has included preventing the registration of the Citizen Revolution Movement as a political party, a ban on the Fuerza Compromiso Social (FCS) electoral movement used by them to run in the 2019 local elections, a ban on Correa running as a vice-presidentia…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). US logistics convoy arrives in Syria from Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Some sources reported the arrival of a US logistics convoy from Iraq to Syria and that the convoy has entered an illegal US base on the outskirts of Al Hasakah.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Iraqi forces could seize ISIL ammunition, explosives. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Iraqi intelligence service said in a statement that Iraqi forces were able to identify and confiscate the main warehouse of ammunition and explosives belonging to ISIL terrorist groups in west part of Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Small-sized industries can help promote Iran-Russia trade tie. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 07 (MNA) — The Director General of Tehran Province Industrial Townships Company said that expansion of trade exchanges between Iran and Russia using the capacities of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is of paramount importance.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Stopping arms sales to Riyadh could be a step forward. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that stopping arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition could be a step toward correcting past mistakes of the US.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Ghalibaf to convey Leader's message to Russian officials. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — An advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker said that Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf will convey the message of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to the Russian government in his upcoming visit to Moscow.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Biden weighs easing pressure on Iran without lifting sanction. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Biden administration is reportedly weighing ways to ease financial pressure on Iran without lifting economic sanctions including on oil sales.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). US can't fool Yemenis by claiming end of support to Saudis. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Yemen's Supreme Political Council said that Yemenis will not be fooled by US claim on the decision to stop supporting the Saudi invasion.

Rob Yates (2021-02-06). [Correspondence] Pooled public financing is the route to universal health coverage. thelancet.com The recent report1 by the Global Burden of Disease 2019 Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Collaborators is a very valuable contribution about whether the world is moving towards UHC and how it is getting there. The report's index of effective coverage is an excellent measure of whether people are actually using the health services available to them and whether these services are effective.

Jacqui Thornton (2021-02-06). [World Report] Hopes for trachoma control in South Sudan. thelancet.com Conflict has hampered trachoma control in South Sudan, but there are new plans to map and treat the disease. Jacqui Thornton reports.

William W Huang, Steven R Feldman (2021-02-06). [Comment] The next quantum leap forward? Bimekizumab for psoriasis. thelancet.com Biologics have revolutionised the management of psoriasis.1 Initially, there were two biologics: alefacept, which worked well but for only a few patients; and efalizumab, which was associated with rare, life-threatening infections.1 But then came etanercept, a treatment that took patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and improved their skin, their joints, and their quality of life.2 Now, etanercept is rarely prescribed, as adalimumab and ustekinumab were approved and were considerably more effective and, at least in the case of ustekinumab, perhaps even safer.

Talha Burki (2021-02-06). [World Report] Understanding variants of SARS-CoV-2. thelancet.com Many variants of SARS-CoV-2 are emerging, but will they have different clinical effects? A new consortium is trying to find out. Talha Burki reports.

Mary J Warrell (2021-02-06). [Correspondence] Time to revise the strategy for Gavi funding of rabies vaccine? thelancet.com The Global Burden of Disease cause and risk summary on rabies shows the 13‚Äà700 deaths worldwide in 2019, close to the estimated 12‚Äà700 furious rabies cases in India alone.1 Figure 4 of this summary is misleading, especially the key. As there is no surveillance in many of the poorest countries, the global annual deaths quoted by WHO2 of 59‚Äà000 is derivedfrom extensive extrapolation. Rabies encephalomyelitis is always fatal in Asia and Africa. Although prevention of infection by correct vaccination after dog bites is extremely effective, vaccines are often…

thelancet (2021-02-06). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Tonin V. Young people seeking mental-health care. Lancet 2007; 369: 1239—40—In this Comment, the text has been amended at the author's request. This correction has been made to the online version as of Feb 4, 2021.

Kenneth B Gordon, Peter Foley, James G Krueger, Andreas Pinter, Kristian Reich, Ronald Vender, Veerle Vanvoorden, Cynthia Madden, Katy White, Christopher Cioffi, Andrew Blauvelt (2021-02-06). [Articles] Bimekizumab efficacy and safety in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (BE READY): a multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised withdrawal phase 3 trial. thelancet.com Bimekizumab showed high levels of response, which were durable over 56 weeks, with both maintenance dosing schedules (every 4 weeks and every 8 weeks). Moreover, bimekizumab was well tolerated, with no unexpected safety findings. Data presented here further support the therapeutic value of bimekizumab and inhibition of IL-17F in addition to IL-17A for patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.

Andrew Green (2021-02-06). [Obituary] Tabaré Vázquez. thelancet.com Former President of Uruguay and oncologist. Born on Jan 17, 1940, in Montevideo, Uruguay, he died from lung cancer there on Dec 6, 2020, aged 80 years.

Michelle M Amri (2021-02-06). [Correspondence] Universal health coverage for the poorest billion: justice and equity considerations. thelancet.com Gene Bukhman and colleagues' work in The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission is certainly important, particularly for the "world's poorest people".1 However, how the non-communicable disease and injury (NCDI) Poverty Network seeks to apply the Commission's work on NCDI poverty2 has room for additional consideration around justice and equity.

Johan A Maertens, Galia Rahav, Dong-Gun Lee, Alfredo Ponce-de-León, Isabel Cristina Ramírez Sánchez, Nikolay Klimko, Anne Sonet, Shariq Haider, Juan Diego Vélez, Issam Raad, Liang-Piu Koh, Meinolf Karthaus, Jianying Zhou, Ronen Ben-Ami, Mary R Motyl, Seongah Han, Anjana Grandhi, Hetty Waskin, study investigators (2021-02-06). [Articles] Posaconazole versus voriconazole for primary treatment of invasive aspergillosis: a phase 3, randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Posaconazole was non-inferior to voriconazole for all-cause mortality up until day 42 in participants with invasive aspergillosis. Posaconazole was well tolerated, and participants had fewer treatment-related adverse events than in the voriconazole group. This study supports the use of posaconazole as a first-line treatment for the condition.

Gene Bukhman, Ana Mocumbi (2021-02-06). [Correspondence] Universal health coverage for the poorest billion: justice and equity considerations — Authors' reply. thelancet.com As co-chairs of The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission,1 we thank Jordan Jarvis and Belinda Townsend, and Michelle Amri for their thoughtful comments. Jarvis and Townsend highlight the role of global power arrangements that perpetuate the existence of extreme poverty. Specifically, they refer to the examples of tax avoidance by multinational corporations that starve the poorest countries of potential revenue, and the influence of billionaires on a global health agenda that has excluded non-communicable disease and injury (NCDI) poverty.

Udani Samarasekera (2021-02-06). [World Report] Relocated Rohingya face uncertain health-care provision. thelancet.com Bangladesh is moving refugees to an uninhabited island, but non-governmental organisations warn of the lack of health-care provision and coordination. Udani Samarasekera reports.

Kristian Reich, Kim A Papp, Andrew Blauvelt, Richard G Langley, April Armstrong, Richard B Warren, Kenneth B Gordon, Joseph F Merola, Yukari Okubo, Cynthia Madden, Maggie Wang, Christopher Cioffi, Veerle Vanvoorden, Mark Lebwohl (2021-02-06). [Articles] Bimekizumab versus ustekinumab for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (BE VIVID): efficacy and safety from a 52-week, multicentre, double-blind, active comparator and placebo controlled phase 3 trial. thelancet.com Bimekizumab was more efficacious than ustekinumab and placebo in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The bimekizumab safety profile was consistent with that observed in previous studies.

Neil Francey (2021-02-06). [Perspectives] 30th anniversary of Australian legal ruling on second-hand smoke. thelancet.com Before the 1990s, where people smoked was generally unrestricted. Legislation prohibited smoking near explosives or flammable materials, in other hazardous areas, and in some but not all confined spaces. Smoking was largely unrestricted in many work places and most public spaces, such as theatre foyers, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and hotel rooms. In Australia, all this changed after Federal Court Justice Trevor Morling handed down judgment on Feb 7, 1991, in Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations Inc (AFCO) versus the Tobacco Institute of Australia Limited (TIA).

Sarah Ditum (2021-02-06). [Perspectives] The undiscovered country. thelancet.com It is hard to think of William Shakespeare as a family man. Neither his life nor his work necessarily suggest someone who would walk from London to Stratford-upon-Avon to be at the deathbed of a sick child, or who would remain loyal (after a fashion) to his wife even when circumstances forced them apart. Yet we see him do both these things in Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell's fictionalised account of the life and afterlife of Shakespeare's only son.

Jessica P Hwang, Alessandra Ferrajoli, Anna S Lok (2021-02-06). [Clinical Picture] Hepatitis B reactivation after chemoimmunotherapy: screen before treatment. thelancet.com A 70-year-old man presented to our department reporting fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss of 18 kg over the previous 3 months. He said he had been taking numerous nutritional supplements and vitamins daily.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-06). Green Left launches new video show. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge writes about Green Left's new video podcast — the Green Left Show — which aims to cover important topical issues and involve guests from the diversity of progressive opinion and campaign areas.

_____ (2021-02-06). The Q-Word: Weapon of Choice for Smearing Opponents. strategic-culture.org By Trevor Scott FITZGIBBON | –ûne of the most effective information-operation weapons during the 2016 presidential election was to smear political targets as "Russian bots" working on behalf of the Kremlin. Journalists were de-platformed, presidential candidates were The art of attacking political targets by using open-sourced guilt-by-association is not new — nor is using Russians as foils: Joseph McCarthy and his ilk did it in the…

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Myanmar junta blocks internet countrywide as thousands protest military coup. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds nationwide internet outage, Amnesty International, Telenor Group quotes Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta ordered a national scale internet outage Saturday, as massive demonstrations against Monday's coup were held, the country's Telenor Group communications service said in a statement. The live social network broadcast of the protests was suddenly interrupted, …

Zachary Conti (2021-02-06). After Default, Zambia Becomes Third Country Seeking G20 Debt Relief. indybay.org Zambia requested the G20 coronavirus debt relief process, the "Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative."

_____ (2021-02-06). Who Controls American Imperialism? strategic-culture.org America does most of the entire world's invasions and coups and sanctions. This has been the case ever since 1945, Eric Zuesse writes. | U.S. imperialism is a fact, which the U.S. Government always denies. However, U.S. President Barack Obama implicitly 'justified' it when he

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Thousands protest military coup in Myanmar's streets. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Thousands took Saturday to the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's former capital and largest city, to protest the coup the army launched earlier this week. A column of people marched down one of the main avenues of the city with proclamations in favor of democracy and in opposition to the military junta, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Thousands of farmers cut off highways to protest new laws. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Thousands of farmers cut off some of India's main highways on Saturday to protest against new agricultural laws. The protesters allege the new laws will benefit big businesses and leave agricultural workers at their mercy. The government says that the reforms will help farmers and make the sector more efficient …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Early Aston Villa goal extends Arsenal's winless run. laprensalatina.com Birmingham, United Kingdom, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- An early goal by Aston Villa's English forward Ollie Watkins added to Arsenal's recent woes as they lost 1-0 at Villa Park on Saturday. The defeat means the Gunners have now gone three Premier League games without winning. Just two minutes into the game, the 25-year-old Watkins' shot punished …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Draghi obtains large majority to form government. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Mario Draghi, who has been put in charge of forming a government in Italy, has achieved a broad majority after securing the support of the decisive 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the ultra-right-wing League. The economist must now find a way to make such opposing political forces coexist. After securing the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). An adapted 'Llorona' presides over a united cry against Mexico femicide. laprensalatina.com Mexico, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- An adapted version of "La Llorona," the popular Mexican theme, presided over a protest Friday in Mexico City against the killing of young doctor Mariana Sanchez last week in the country's south and against ceaseless violence against women. "Being a woman is a crime, Llorona, with a well-defined passion. They grab …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Yemeni conjoined twins head to Jordan after Houthis' refusal to Saudi gesture. laprensalatina.com Sana'a, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Fifty-day-old Yemeni conjoined twins were flown by UNICEF-chartered ambulance aircraft from the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Saturday to the Jordanian capital Amman where they are to have a life-saving separation surgery after the Houthi rebels refused a Saudi offer to evacuate them. Muhammad and Ahmad Yasser al-Bukhaiti were born connected at …

Moira Donegan (2021-02-06). AOC's Powerful Plea for Republican Accountability Cannot Be Ignored. zcomm.org The congresswoman knows impunity for those who incited the Capitol attack just allows them to do the same, or worse, again. Impunity for the people who told the lie would amount to complicity in their conduct…

Jason Stanley (2021-02-06). Movie at the Ellipse: A Study in Fascist Propaganda. zcomm.org Scholars on the Nazis and anti-Semitism have seen this before…

Alex N. Press (2021-02-06). Silicon Valley Wants to Entrench the Gig Economy and Neutralize the Labor Movement. zcomm.org Gig economy companies and organized labor are at war over the future of work and the definition of "employee"

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-02-06). It's Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich. zcomm.org There is no better time than now to address the ridiculous levels of wealth and income inequality in the United States. It can be done with ease through aggressive taxation of the wealthiest handfuls of individuals…

William rivers Pitt (2021-02-06). Have Democrats Finally Realized That Power Is Only Real If You Use It? zcomm.org I am cautiously daring to hope that Democrats are starting to realize that power exists only if you use it…

Thomas L. Knapp (2021-02-06). Big Tech's Playing Monopoly. It's Going to Lose. zcomm.org The long-term result of American Big Tech allying itself with the state to suppress Internet freedom will be its withering as users desert it…

Jessica Corbett (2021-02-06). Scientists Warn of 'Ghastly Future' Unless Policymakers Act Now. zcomm.org 17 scientists called for a World War II-type mobilization to prevent a future of mass extinction, declining health, climate-disruption upheavals and resource conflicts…

Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh (2021-02-06). Israel Elections: Competition Among Right-Wing Zionist Parties for Arab Votes. 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). | *** | Introduction | It is noteworthy to mention that at the beginning of …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-06). Chicago threatens lockout as teachers stand firm on safe classroom demands. peoplesdispatch.org Despite strong opposition from the Chicago Teachers' Union, representing the educators, the Chicago Public Schools and the city administration have decided to reopen in-person classes on Monday…

_____ (2021-02-06). Weekly News Review — What A Mess We're In. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: The Tories have been in power now for almost eleven years. In that time, Britain has gone from one of the most politically and economically stable countries in the democratic West — to one of the least. It has a populist in power and political factions within the government are driving wedges into …

Isabella Kaminski (2021-02-06). Campaigners claim 'historic win' as France found guilty of climate inaction. nationofchange.org Today the Paris administrative court concluded France has failed to do enough to meet its own commitments on the climate crisis and is legally responsible for the ensuing ecological damage.

CRC Allies and Accomplices (2021-02-06). Thursday 2/11: Save the Hampton House: Virtual Gala. indybay.org Online Event | www.eventbrite.com/e/save-the-hampton-ho…

DXE (2021-02-06). Sunday 2/14: Movie Night: Pussy Riot A Punk Prayer. indybay.org online…

Jake Johnson (2021-02-06). 60+ groups and unions to Senate Democrats: End harmful 'gridlock and dysfunction' by eliminating the filibuster. nationofchange.org "People want a government that works for them, not just the wealthy, well-connected, and entrenched special interest groups."

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-06). Fracked waste spews from unused gas well in Ohio entering waterways and harming fish. nationofchange.org "We have been exposing Ohio as a radioactive dumping ground that accepts oil and gas waste from all over the region for more than ten years."

CPPCOFW (2021-02-06). Monday 2/8: $15 Fair Wage Now! San Francisco Rally & Digital Rally w/ Poor People's Campaign & OFW. indybay.org RSVP for San Francisco location & time email; or choose "Digital Event" for livestream info email | Masks & Social Distancing is Required at All Times…

Oakland, CA (2021-02-06). Tuesday 2/9: Extinction: Solutions for Species on the Brink Virtual Conference (Day 1). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

WSWS (2021-02-06). Unite with Chicago teachers to save lives and prepare a general strike! wsws.org Chicago educators are in a fight for their lives, and they need the support of educators and workers everywhere.

Tings Chak (2021-02-06). The enduring legacy of China's Red Detachment of Women. peoplesdispatch.org On the eve of the Communist Party of China's centenary in July 2021, the story of the country's first women's military brigade in the 1930s continues to find life in popular culture and the imagination of the Chinese people…

DXE (2021-02-06). Sunday 2/28: Movie Night: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. indybay.org online event…

WSWS (2021-02-06). Sylvia Ageloff and the assassination of Leon Trotsky. wsws.org On August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by Stalinist agent Ramón Mercader in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán. Mercader's access to the great revolutionary was made possible through his relationship with Sylvia Ageloff, who presented herself as an innocent victim of Mercader's duplicity, a claim that was never challenged by the SWP. This series of articles constitutes the first systematic investigation by the Trotskyist movement of Ageloff's role.

ACLU (2021-02-06). Thursday 2/11: How To Advance Racial Justice Town Hall w/ ACLU. indybay.org Online town hall via livestream…

Richard Gale (2021-02-06). Can We Trust the World Health Organization (WHO)? globalresearch.ca First published on May 6, 2020 | Many more questions are being raised than there are answers being discovered concerning the recent strains of coronavirus. Where and how did it originate? Was it the result of human engineering and manipulation or …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-06). Illegal demolition of Palestinian Bedouin village condemned. peoplesdispatch.org Israeli forces demolished the village of Khirbet Humsa for the second time in four months. The rights organization B'Tselem accused Israel of trying to displace the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of the village…

oneworld.press (2021-02-06). The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Between Azerbaijan & Armenia. oneworld.press Some countries are in the favor of ceasefire, but the situation still remains unresolved.

MADISF (2021-02-06). Friday 2/12: Conversations Across the African Diaspora w/ Filmmaker & Director Xoliswa Sithole (MOAD). indybay.org Online speaker event…

ICLMG (2021-02-06). Anti-Terrorism Laws is the Wrong Approach. iclmg.ca The ICLMG recognizes the pressing need to address the threat of white supremacist and hate-based violence in Canada.

Olivia Rosane (2021-02-06). Human noise pollution is harming ocean creatures. nationofchange.org Noise from vessels, sonar, seismic surveys and construction can damage marine animals' hearing, change their behaviors and, in some cases, threaten their ability to survive.

San Francisco Public Library & MFA (2021-02-06). Thursday 3/4: Conversation w/ Issac Julien on His Artistic Work, "Lessons of the Hour: Fredrick Douglas" indybay.org Online event…

Youth Art Exchange (2021-02-06). Saturday 2/13: YAX Valentine's Day Print & Sip with Alyssa Aviles + Bar Part Time. indybay.org Via Zoom…

Richard Gale (2021-02-06). Vaccination's Dilemma: Unsafe at Any Dose. globalresearch.ca This incisive article first published in May 2016 analyses the issue of mandatory vaccination. | The CDC and advocates for mandatory vaccination consistently repeat a dangerous mantra that finds no warranted basis in medical science. This monolithic industry, now a massive …

Lynda Carson (2021-02-06). Revised: Ode To Ervin Somogyi, Master Guitar Builder. indybay.org Photo of Ervin Somogyi on the right hand side of picture, at a past Artisan Guitar Show!

Oakland, CA (2021-02-06). Wednesday 2/10: Extinction: Solutions for Species on the Brink Virtual Conference (Day 2). indybay.org Online/virtual conference…

DXE (2021-02-06). Sunday 2/21: February Day of Action: Let Dairy Die. indybay.org Crescent Lawn UC Berkeley | 37.871312, -122.265449…

DXE (2021-02-06). Saturday 2/27: Meetup: Stories from GeoCircles. indybay.org online event…

oneworld.press (2021-02-06). The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Between Azerbaijan & Armenia. oneworld.press Some countries are in the favor of ceasefire, but the situation still remains unresolved.

DXE (2021-02-06). How to Change the World in One Generation – DxE Intro Workshop. indybay.org Right now the most vulnerable individuals are being exploited on a massive scale and it will only get worse if we don't take action now. But can we as average citizens really make a difference to help them? The answer is YES. In Direct Action Everywhere's workshop, you will learn the history of social movements, the groundbreaking new research that shows the power of ordinary people, and the bold plan to nonviolently abolish the most harmful industry on earth that kills billions of animals every year.

DXE (2021-02-06). Saturday 2/20: Meetup: Supporting Activists Around the World. indybay.org online event…

Lynda Carson (2021-02-06). Ode To Ervin Somogyi Master Guitar Builder. indybay.org Ode To Ervin Somogyi, Oakland's Master Guitar Builder! This original song of mine is dedicated to Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi, and is performed by Lynda Carson.

Leila Rafei (2021-02-05). What It's Like to Face a Deadly Pandemic Behind Bars. aclu.org For incarcerated people, it can be impossible to prevent contracting COVID-19. Crowded quarters, limited access to hygiene, and inadequate medical care have made jails and prisons the sites of some of the worst outbreaks in the country. To date, more than 350,000 people have

Marc Norton (2021-02-05). Covering up Workplace Covid-19. dissidentvoice.org The San Francisco Chronicle ran an excellent article on Sunday, January 31 about the failure of the California Public Health Department (CDPH) to abide by state law requiring the agency to disclose information about COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace, and about the failure of county public health departments, including San Francisco, to disclose information about …

RT (2021-02-05). UK announces new vaccine plan for mutant Covid strains with a further 50 million doses, as France misses out on 'French' jab. rt.com The UK government has announced a new partnership with German vaccine manufacturer CureVac to "rapidly develop" jabs to protect against new Covid-19 variants, taking the country's total vaccine order to 457 million doses. | In a statement, the government said that the vaccines it is already administering — those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford University — are effective against variants currently dominant in the UK, but the new agreement focuses on responding "rapidly" to inoculate against newer viral strains not yet in circulation. | "The new agreement will utilise UK expertise o…

Lynn Stuart Parramore (2021-02-05). Epidemic of Despair Could Haunt America Long After COVID. zcomm.org Researchers worry the pandemic may have severe after-effects, with deaths of despair impacting more distressed and newly-vulnerable populations…

RT (2021-02-05). Climate change 'key' in Covid-19 spreading to humans — study. rt.com A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has found that climate change played a key role in Covid-19 spreading from animals to humans, as the two groups were forced closer together as populations grow. | Scientists examined changes to temperature and rainfall over the last 100 years, specifically modelling bat populations against their habitat needs. They found that climate change had resulted in 40 species relocating during that time to areas in China, Laos and Myanmar. "Bats are the likely zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2," the study noted. | The university researchers outlined how t…

RT (2021-02-05). WHO appeals to Covid-19 vaccine developers to share manufacturing sites for a 'massive scale-up' of jab production. rt.com Drug companies should share their manufacturing sites to boost the global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. | "Last week, Sanofi announced it would make its manufacturing infrastructure available to support production of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. We call on other companies to follow this example," the WHO chief told a news briefing. | Ghebreyesus said some 130 countries, comprising 2.5 billion people, have still not started administering Covid-19 vaccines and that the world needs a "massive scale-up in product…

Ryan Cristián (2021-02-05). CDC's COVID Death Count Sleight Of Hand & How Microsoft's ID2020 Is Being Fulfilled Because COVID. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/5/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

Staff (2021-02-05). "A Moral Catastrophe": Africa CDC Head Says Lack of Vaccines for the Continent Will Imperil World. democracynow.org Countries across the African continent are facing a second COVID-19 outbreak, linked to a variant first found in South Africa that has been detected in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros and Zambia and more than 20 non-African countries so far. There is concern new variants, which scientists believe are more infectious, could spread the virus further before widespread vaccination begins. More than 40 African countries have been hit by this second wave, and just six have received relatively small shipments of vaccines. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the world…

WSWS (2021-02-05). Police arrest twelve activists demanding housing for the homeless in Olympia, Washington. wsws.org The housing crisis is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their negative impact on public health, evictions across the country continue to add to the growing numbers of homeless people in the population.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-05). Exposure to misinformation could make people refuse a COVID-19 vaccine. imperial.ac.uk Exposure to online misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines could reduce vaccine uptake, threatening the goal of herd immunity.

RT (2021-02-05). Will AI save us from Covid-19? New tool can churn out vaccine models in minutes, not months. rt.com Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have unveiled an incredibly powerful, AI-powered method for producing new potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates in a matter of minutes or even seconds. | The new process, developed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, could mark a major turning point in the information war against the coronavirus and its many, increasingly virulent mutations which are taxing an already challenging worldwide vaccine rollout. | The USC team leveraged artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up vaccine analysis which can be quickly and easily adapted to analyze viral mu…

_____ (2021-02-05). The Economist: Democracy Index ranking for Britain rises!! truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: The 2020 Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit found that democracy had deteriorated in all seven regions of the world for the first time since 2010, driven by government measures to address the Covid-19 emergency. And while the biggest regressions were in authoritarian regions, the report said that — "the removal of …

David Rovics (2021-02-05). Remembering Anne Feeney. dissidentvoice.org On February 3rd, 2021, Anne Feeney died in the hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her children at her side. She was 69 years old. She was a cancer survivor in poor physical health when she fell and broke her back a month ago, and in the hospital she contracted Covid-19, then pneumonia.Although Anne died too …

_____ (2021-02-05). US Suffers Sharpest Rise In Poverty Rate In More Than 50 Years. popularresistance.org The end of 2020 brought the sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s, according to a new study. | Economists Bruce Meyer from the University of Chicago and James Sullivan of the University of Notre Dame found that the poverty rate increased by 2.4 percentage points during the latter half of 2020 as the U.S. continued to suffer the economic impacts of COVID-19. | That percentage-point rise is nearly double the largest annual increase in poverty since the 1960s. This means an additional 8 million people nationwide are now considered poor. Moreover, the poverty rate for Black Americans is estimated to…

_____ (2021-02-05). Radiation Illnesses And COVID-19 In The Navajo Nation. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic is wiping out Indigenous elders and with them the cultural identity of Indigenous communities in the United States. But on lands that sprawl across a vast area of the American West, the Navajo (or Diné) are dealing not just with the pandemic, but also with another, related public health crisis. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 is killing Native Americans at nearly three times the rate of whites, and on the Navajo Nation itself, about 30,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and roughly 1,000 have died. But among the Diné, the coronavirus is also s…

David Bacon (2021-02-05). On the Line: Farmwork in the Era of COVID-19. progressive.org Being essential during the COVID-19 era also means that farmworkers are forced to put themselves at risk of infection in the orchards.

mgrochowski (2021-02-05). Socialist Feminist Day School Session Two. dsausa.org The Socialist Feminist Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America invites you to our second Day School session on February 13, at 4 PM EST/ 1PM PST. We will be discussing Socialism and Identity Politics, from identity politics' roots in the Black, lesbian socialist feminism of the Combahee River Collective to its modern manifestations…

Ted Rall (2021-02-05). It's Not Too Early to Criticize Joe Biden. counterpunch.org Censorship in mainstream corporate American media outlets is subtle. It's not so much that they spin the truth. It's that they omit pertinent facts and exclude relevant points of view. So it is with politics. Among the tools available to messaging and framing experts is "flooding the field" — dominating the news with a blizzard

MEE staff (2021-02-05). ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas. middleeasteye.net ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas | Finding, strongly rejected by Israeli prime minister, clears path for probe into alleged war crimes committed since Israel's 2014 bombardment of Gaza | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 19: 29 | Israeli soldiers deploy as Palestinians and left-wing Israelis protest against settlements and land confiscation, south of Hebron city on 15 January (AFP/…

MEE staff (2021-02-05). ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas. middleeasteye.net ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas | Finding clears path for court's chief prosecutor to move forward with probe into alleged war crimes committed since Israel's 2014 bombardment of Gaza | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 19: 29 | Israeli soldiers deploy as Palestinians and left-wing Israelis protest against settlements and land confiscation, south of Hebron city on 15 January (AFP/…

Noam Chomsky (2021-02-05). The Threat of Nuclear Weapons. zcomm.org "The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty" Presented by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute…

David Swanson (2021-02-05). U.S. Should Pay Iran Reparations. counterpunch.org Why would I say such an outrageous, treasonous, delusional, OBVIOUSLY-funded-by-Putin thing? Am I hoping to enrage war-crazed sadists who've seen too much television "news"? Not at all. I want them to still be around when I say that it would actually be preferable for the United States to pay reparations to the entire rest of

Juan Cole (2021-02-05). Republicans in Congress engage in hateful Islamophobia to defend their Islamophobe, Greene. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — In attempting to defend Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican Far Right (a.k.a. the Republican Party) has actually just taken her own as a role. They are performing Greene. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced a bill to strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of her seat on the Foreign Affairs committee. Omar, …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-02-05). The Decline and Fall of the American Empire. counterpunch.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,

The Conversation (2021-02-05). Greta Thunberg effect: people familiar with young climate activist may be more likely to act. juancole.com By Anandita Sabherwal and Sander van der Linden | — She was declared Time magazine's person of the year in the same month that Donald Trump told her to "work on her anger management issues". Greta Thunberg has attracted international attention since her lone demonstration outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. Her "school strike …

WSWS (2021-02-05). UK universities step up jobs cull in collaboration with the trade unions. wsws.org The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.

WSWS (2021-02-05). Unite conceals ballot results for reinstatement of London bus driver Judith Katera. wsws.org Katera's dismissal is part of a wave of victimisations during the pandemic. Backed by Unite, bus operators are targeting drivers who speak out, suspending them and forcing them to endure disciplinary proceedings whose methods resemble those of a Star Chamber.

Dean Baker (2021-02-05). Should People Who Want to Save the World from the Pandemic Be Demanding We Pay China to Produce Billions of Vaccine Doses? cepr.net I have written repeatedly on how we should have been looking for a collective solution to the pandemic, where countries open-source their research and allow anyone with manufacturing capacity to produce any treatment, test, or vaccine. (We pay upfront, like with Moderna, for those wondering why anyone would do the work.) Anyhow, we obviously did …

WSWS (2021-02-05). Amazon workers call for united struggle to oppose the reopening of schools during the pandemic! wsws.org In the struggle against unsafe reopenings, workers must remind themselves of the traditional militant rank-and-file slogan: "An injury to one is an injury to all."

Alex Lawson (2021-02-05). The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle. zcomm.org We could face another global shutdown from a new vaccine-resistant variant of the virus unless we successfully arrest the pandemic with an effective vaccine today…

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-05). Head of Strategic Command: US Must Prepare for "Very Real Possibility" of Nuclear War With China. thealtworld.com In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it. | MPN- Writing in the U.S. Naval Institute Journal, Admiral Charles A. Richard warned that the military must "consider the possibility of great power competition, crisis, or direct armed conflict with a nuclear-capable peer" and update and modernize its approach to its two principal adversaries. | "There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quic…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-05). Head of Strategic Command: US Must Prepare for "Very Real Possibility" of Nuclear War With China. mintpressnews.com In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it.

WSWS (2021-02-05). Sylvia Ageloff and the Assassination of Leon Trotsky. wsws.org On February 6, the World Socialist Web Site will publish the first installment of a four-part article on the role of Sylvia Ageloff in the Stalinist assassination of Leon Trotsky.

WSWS (2021-02-05). For an independent movement of the working class to fight the privatisation of Colombo Port! Oppose anti-Indian campaign! Fight for a socialist program! wsws.org The struggle against the privatisation of Colombo Port sharply highlights the geopolitical issues confronting the working class in Sri Lanka, South Asia and internationally.

Ralph Nader (2021-02-05). The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell's Brain. counterpunch.org Since 2015, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an iron hand, describing himself as "the Guardian of Gridlock." He was Senator "NO," except for confirming over 200 mostly corporatist federal judges. Now comes a new challenge for Mitch McConnell as he leads 49 other Republican Senators, twenty of whom are up

Alan Macleod (2021-02-05). Dems Deride MTG for Supporting Conspiracies While Claiming Russia Was Behind Capitol Riots. mintpressnews.com The House of Representatives has stripped new Georgia official Marjorie Taylor Greene from two committees over her history of promoting conspiracy theories. Congress took the highly unusual step today in voting 230 to 199 in favor of removing her from the education and budget committees, limiting her abilities and powers. In response, the 46-year-old freshman congresswoman Greene was a noted proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory; a belief that Donald Tru…

Phelan Acheson (2021-02-05). Why A Minimum Acceptable Compromise Matters. realprogressives.org "Designed to leave the world's economic destiny at the mercy of bankers and multinational corporations, Globalization is a logical extension of imperialism, a victory of empire over republic, international finance capital over democracy." Michael Parenti, Against Empire | I want to start by defining a term. I know it is fully possible others have thought of this concept, but as of yet, I haven't seen the concept enter progressive, leftist, or mainstream discourse. The term is 'minimum acceptable compromise.' The definition I am coining is inherently tied to politics and the idea of progress. | Minim…

_____ (2021-02-05). Palestine Action Co-Founder Arrested For Blackmail. popularresistance.org 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 Goddard was taken to Fresh Wharf Custody Base, London. Both he and co-founder Huda Ammori reportedly had their passports seized during the raid. Palestine Action has accused the police of 'harassment.

OCHA (2021-02-05). OCHA: "UN reiterates its call for demolitions to end and for international law to be respected" imemc.org Statement by Sarah Muscroft, Head of OCHA in the occupied Palestinian territory, James Heenan, Head of the UN Human Rights Office in the occupied Palestinian territory, and Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Special Representative in the State of Palestine United Nations representatives met yesterday with the Palestinian Bedouin community of Humsa al Bqai'a, in the northern Jordan …

Qassam Muaddi (2021-02-05). Israeli settlers kill unarmed Palestinian near Ramallah. middleeasteye.net Israeli settlers kill unarmed Palestinian near Ramallah | Residents of Palestinian town of Ras Karkar say killing of Khaled Nofal was unjustifiable | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 15: 46 | Khaled Nofal (R), an accountant from the West Bank, was shot by an Israeli settler on Friday (Twitter)
| An Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian man near the town of Ras Karkar in the central occupied West Bank on Fri…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-05). Our Mutual Fight: The Case Against Pakistani Normalization with Israel. counterpunch.org The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel. Doing so is not only dangerous — as it will embolden an already vile, racist, violent apartheid Israel — but it would also be considered a betrayal of a historic legacy of mutual solidarity, collective affinity and brotherhood that

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-05). Our Mutual Fight: The Case against Pakistani Normalization with Israel. dissidentvoice.org The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel. Doing so is not only dangerous — as it will embolden an already vile, racist, violent apartheid Israel — but it would also be considered a betrayal of a historic legacy of mutual solidarity, collective affinity and brotherhood that …

Lee Camp (2021-02-05). It's Now or Never — We Stare Into the Abyss. counterpunch.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

Rebecca Wildbear (2021-02-05). Warriors Dreaming: Can Thacker Pass Lithium Mine Be Stopped? counterpunch.org Flowering sage covers the desert. Layers of rolling hills and a few rocky cliffs shape the horizon. I wander up a dry creek bed lined with trees on Thacker Pass in Humboldt County, Nevada. The dry air is thick with the fragrance of sage, mixed with juniper and pinion. I imagine the artery of long-awaited

Staff (2021-02-05). Battleground Baltimore: RIP Spy Plane. therealnews.com In this week's round-up of Baltimore news: Baltimore ends its contract with the "spy plane," a plan to expand in-person learning is delayed, Keith Davis Jr. is ill, and more.

Staff (2021-02-05). A police chief tried to stop the drug war—then they came for him. therealnews.com An in-depth look at the obstacles to police reform. PAR examines the story of a police chief who tried to limit arrests and end the war on drugs by helping people get treatment and jobs. His efforts made the public safer, but cost him dearly.

IMEMC News (2021-02-05). Palestinian Killed By Israeli Paramilitary Settler Near Ramallah. imemc.org A paramilitary illegal Israeli colonialist settler shot and killed, in the early morning hours Friday, a Palestinian man near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, after he reportedly attempted to break into a house. According to the Israeli military, the man, who was unarmed, attempted to break into a home in the illegal Sadeh …

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-02-05). U.S. & Russia extend New START nuclear treaty for five years. peoplesworld.org Thanks to a process set in motion by the Biden administration on its first full day in office, the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia, set to expire Feb. 5, has been extended for the maximum possible five years. The New START treaty, negotiated in 2010 under President Obama and …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-05). Libya: Dbeibah surprise pick as new interim prime minister. middleeasteye.net Libya: Dbeibah surprise pick as new interim prime minister | UN-led forum rejects slate of former war foes Fathi Bashagha and Aguila Saleh | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 15: 08 | Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah delivering a speech via video link during a meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (AFP) | A new Libyan leadership was elected on Friday by a UN-led forum, with Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeib…

Cooper Feste and David Greef (2021-02-05). Dallas plans to sweep Camp Rhonda, a symbol of houseless organizing. liberationnews.org Over the last few months, Camp Rhonda has become a vital distribution point for resources and donations to dozens of people in desperate need of support.

Rob Urie (2021-02-05). Fascism is Capitalism That Really Means It. counterpunch.org Broad characterizations of political acts are themselves political in the sense that they emerge from views of the world that give them meaning. They can be descriptive, in which case why not let political actors speak for themselves? The contemporary fear of giving a 'platform' to disagreeable views begs the question, how do you know they are disagreeable unless you've heard people out?

Kay H., Mei Mei C., Tyler L. (2021-02-05). Bank of America and State share blame for unemployment benefits crisis in California. liberationnews.org Beginning in October 2020, workers across California have seen their unemployment accounts frozen or drained of funds. The state's Employment Development Department contracts out the disbursement of benefits to Bank of America, which issues debit cards to claimants. Since the last report by the EDD on Oct. 29 last year, nearly 693,000 Bank of America …

Matt Bruenig (2021-02-05). Romney's Child Caps and Phase-outs Are Pointless. peoplespolicyproject.org Yesterday, Mitt Romney | In my piece discussing the Romney plan, I criticized the fact that he phases the benefit out at $200,000 for single filers and $400,000 for married filers. I also criticized the $15,000 per year benefit cap, which effectively means that families with more than 3.5 to 5 kids will receive less than…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-02-05). About Those Executive Orders… counterpunch.org A strange stasis now characterizes U.S. foreign affairs, while on the domestic front, Biden roars ahead. As of January 29, he had signed 42 executive orders. Not one addresses what the U.S. does abroad. True, Biden made the superb move of resuming negotiations over the START nuclear treaty with Russia, and he rejoined the Paris Accords and the World Health Organization. But otherwise, quiet blankets the foreign policy landscape.

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Our Mutual Fight: The Case against Pakistani Normalization with Israel
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The Empire Must Die: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-06
Q: What is a liberal? | A: A liberal is a violent white supremacist extremist who supports and participates in the mass slaughter of brown-skinned human beings overseas while tweeting that white supremacist extremists are bad. | ‚ùñ | Q: What is capitalism? | A: Capitalism is a wonderful economic and political system which has given us powerful technology, a wide assortment of breakfast cereals, and near term human extinction. | ‚ùñ | Q: What is China? | A: China is a large Asiatic nation which westerners use as an emotional punching bag for their capitalism-induced rage, p…
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The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan
The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
First published in December 2016, this article is of relevance to an understanding of the ongoing debate on Climate Change as well the Green New Deal, largely controlled by the financial establishment. The Rockefellers also play a key role in …
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Atlantic Council pens anonymously authored expose calling for regime change in China
Alan MacLeod | mronline.org | 2021-02-06
The report outlines a plan for the United States to pursue a China without Xi Jinping, with a weakened Communist Party, and operating in a region dominated by the US and its allies.
mronline.org/2021/02/06/atlantic-council…

In Game Changer, Int'l Criminal Court will take up Israeli War Crimes and Apartheid in Palestine
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-06
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — On Friday, the International Criminal Court found that it had jurisdiction to consider war crimes and crimes against humanity and the crime of Apartheid in the Palestinian territories. Israeli politician Abba Eban once quipped that Palestinians never lost the opportunity to lose an opportunity. But Palestinians have carefully, methodically created …
juancole.com/2021/02/criminal-apartheid-…

San Francisco Letter Carriers union resolution: Support union drive of Amazon workers in Alabama
| workers.org | 2021-02-06
This resolution was adopted Feb. 3, 2021, by unanimous vote of Golden Gate Branch 214, National Assn. of Letter Carriers, San Francisco, Calif., at their monthly membership meeting Whereas, 5,800 workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., are fighting for a union. They will be voting Feb. 8 to . . . | Continue reading San Francisco Letter Carriers union resolution: Support union drive of Amazon workers in Alabama at Workers.org
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Biden Administration Rules Out Maduro Talks, Pledges Support for Guaido
Rachael Boothroyd | venezuelanalysis.com | 2021-02-06
State Department Spokesperson Ned Price indicated that the Biden White House will not change tack in its predecessor's Venezuela foreign policy.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/15114

Loosening Restrictions as New COVID Variants Spread Could Lead to New Surge
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-06
Announcing that indoor dining would reopen at 25% capacity in New York City on Valentine's Day, and wedding receptions could also resume with up to 150 people a month after, Cuomo suggested: "You propose on Valentine's Day and then you can have the wedding ceremony March 15, up to 150 people. People will actually come to your wedding because you can tell th…
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Biden Aims for US to Produce Millions of At-Home COVID Tests by End of Summer
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-06
President Biden's pandemic response team announced plans on Friday to use the Defense Production Act to help Pfizer manufacture more of its COVID vaccine, produce 61 million rapid at-home COVID tests over the next six months, and address shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. | The Defense Production Act gives the president emergency powers to compel private companies to prioritize supply lines and manufacturing for the benefit of national defense, in this case…
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Billionaires Win and We Lose at Pandemic Super Bowl 2021
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-06
We won't know the winner of this year's Super Bowl till Sunday, but we already know the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy include dozens of billionaire sports barons. | On the eve of the big game, and after 10-plus months of the pandemic, 64 billionaire owners of major league sports franchises — including the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs' Hunt family and the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Glazer family — have enjoyed a $98.5 billion rise in their collective net worth, a 30 percent incre…
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Military Metaphors in Health Care Are Harmful — Especially During the Pandemic
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-06
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to sweep through the U.S., many have noticed the coupling of military and health. There's been an ongoing conversation amongst oncologists for years about the use of war metaphors in cancer research and treatment. In fact, many public health concerns are framed in these terms — "war on drugs" or "war on poverty," for example. It's argued the use of these metaphors help make it easier for our society to better understand health. But herein lies a follow…
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Moscone Center Open for SF Vaccine Appointments
Get on the Mailing List | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
The Moscone Convention Center at 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, allows everyone in San Francisco to book an appointment or if none is available, get on the mailing list. The City is partnering with Kaiser to do the COVID19 vaccine.
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501 Deaths + 10,748 Other Injuries Reported Following COVID Vaccine, Latest CDC Data Show
Children's Health Defense | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
The numbers reflect the latest data available as of Jan. 29 from the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website. Of the 501 reported deaths, 453 were from the U.S. The average age of those who died was 77, the | …
globalresearch.ca/501-deaths-10748-other…

Citizen Scientists Are Filling Research Gaps
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 disrupted field research and environmental monitoring efforts worldwide. Travel restrictions and social distancing forced scientists to cancel studies or pause their work for months. These limits measurably reduced the accuracy of weather forecasts and created data gaps on issues ranging from bird migration to civil rights in U.S. public schools. | Our work relies on this kind of information to track seasonal events in nature and understand how climate change is affecting them. We also recruit and train citizens for community science — projects that involve amateur or vo…
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Big Pharma and Big Profits: The Multibillion Dollar Vaccine Market
Timothy Alexander Guzman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
First published on January 27, 2016. | Of relevance to an understanding of the Covid Vaccine Initiative | The business of vaccines is soon to become a major source of profits for the world's largest pharmaceutical corporations. A press release (Business Wire, …
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Pandemic Super Bowl 2021: Billionaires Win, We Lose
Frank Clemente, Chuck Collins, Arianna Fano Omar Ocampo, Will Rice | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
No matter who wins the 55th Super Bowl, the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy are billionaires — including dozens of sports team owners…
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Incarcerated and at COVID's mercy: New York must do more for elderly imprisoned people
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-06
COVID-19 is now raging uncontrolled throughout the United States. New variants that are more easily transmitted have entered the country from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa. Vaccine is scarce.
mronline.org/2021/02/06/incarcerated-and…

Vaccine Passports and Health Passes: Is Showing Your "Papers" the "New Normal?"
Robert Wheeler | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
First published on December 17, 2021 | Life cannot return to normal until there is a vaccine for COVID 19. | At least, that is what governments, corporations, and their mainstream propaganda media outlets have been incessantly arguing. Interestingly, the development of …
globalresearch.ca/vaccine-passports-heal…

Interview with Martin Jacques on BBC Coverage of China
CGTN | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-06
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has demanded an apology from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for its recent coverage of COVID-19, saying the BBC used a clip about an anti-terrorism exercise, claiming it was for pandemic control. The BBC responded: it will continue to uphold the "principle of justice". For more on this, CGTN talked to …
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The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Psychological Coup d'Etat
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
We have almost reached a full year since the spread of SARS-Cov2 was proclaimed a pandemic. If we are to believe the World Health Organization's and individual governments' official statistics, the number of confirmed cases is reaching 100 million with …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-pandemic-psyc…

America's Global Empire is now Costing us our own Well-Being
Medea Benjamin and Nicholas J.S. Davies | juancole.com | 2021-02-06
( Code Pink) — 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 …
juancole.com/2021/02/americas-global-cos…

Ecuador's historic election explained: Inside the Citizens' Revolution
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-06
Ben Norton traveled to Ecuador to report on the historic February 7 election, which pits a wealthy US-backed right-wing banker against a left-wing economist who pledges to continue the socialist Citizens' Revolution launched by former President Rafael Correa. In this dispatch, working-class Ecuadorians explain why they support leftist candidate Andrés Arauz and oppose the repressive Washington-allied government of Lenín Moreno. QUITO, ECUADOR — The South American nation of Ecuador is currently suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades. Poverty …
thegrayzone.com/2021/02/06/ecuador-elect…

There Are Still 14 Million Americans on Federal Unemployment, Down Just 2 Million From Shutdown High
Robert Hughes | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-06
Initial claims for regular state unemployment insurance totaled 847,000 for the week ending January 23, down 67,000 from the previous week's upwardly revised tally of 914,000 (see first chart). Claims have been above 800,000 for three consecutive weeks, in the 700,000 to 1 million range for 22 consecutive weeks, and well above the pre-pandemic level of 212,000 in early 2020 for 45 weeks. | The four-week average rose again, up 16,250 to 868,000. The four-week average has drifted higher since hitting a low of 740,500 for the week of November 28, rising in eight of the last ten weeks. Persistent initial claims at su…
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The Corona Pandemic: The Most Serious Economic and Social Crisis in Modern History
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
Presentation to the Korea University Conference, February 7, 2021 | Dear Friends, | My thoughts are with the Korean people. With my Korean friends. | I wish to express my solidarity with the Korean people in their long standing struggle waged at different …
globalresearch.ca/the-corona-pandemic-th…

Covering School Reopening, Chicago Papers Pit Unions Against Parents
Ari Paul | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
Anti-union forces around the country depend on Chicago's editorial boards to blunt the force of the CTU, lest it inspire more teachers around the country…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/covering-school-re…

What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.
globalresearch.ca/what-not-said-pfizer-c…

Lessons From The November 2019 U.S.-Backed Coup In Bolivia
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
In October of 2020, the Movement Towards Socialism (acronymed MAS in Spanish) returned to power 11 months after the U.S.-backed far-right coup regime of Jeanine àÅñez ousted Evo Morales and his government during Bolivia's November 2019 elections. The MAS party restored majority control over Bolivia's legislature, and MAS candidate Luis Arce won the presidential election by a landslide victory, earning about 55% of the vote against the two main anti-MAS candidates, center-right ex-president Carlos Mesa (who received almost 29%) and far-right Luis Camacho (who received only 14%). | The right-wing opposition h…
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ICC Clears Way For War Crimes Probe Of Israeli Actions
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
Jerusalem – The International Criminal Court said Friday that its jurisdiction extends to territories occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war, potentially clearing the way for its chief prosecutor to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions. | The decision was welcomed by the Palestinians and decried by Israel's prime minister, who vowed to fight "this perversion of justice." The U.S., Israel's closest ally, said it opposed the decision. | The ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a "reasonable basis" to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions in the Gaz…
popularresistance.org/icc-clears-way-for…

Socialist Activist, Ecologist: The Wayne Roberts We Knew
Harry Kopyto | socialistproject.ca | 2021-02-06
The tributes that have been made to Wayne Roberts (born 30 September 1944) for his work as a food-policy leader and activist are well known and continue to be made after his untimely death on January 20th, 2021. There is no question that "this kid from Scarberia," as he described himself, played a highly respected … Keep reading »…
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Splintered SCOTUS gives California churches partial win, rules state can't ban indoor services, but can limit capacity over Covid
rt.com | 2021-02-06
In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court denied California's ban on indoor church services, but did say the state has the right to limit capacity to 25 percent amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | Religious organizations have been battling with California for months now, as the state's lockdown restrictions have meant that indoor services have been banned across most of the state — a move that has drawn criticism, in particular, because Hollywood productions have been allowed to move forward. | The Supreme Court ruled late Friday night in two cases where churches were suing the state over indoor-services bans, but it…
rt.com/usa/514825-california-churches-co…

Hunter Biden's newly announced memoir briefly makes it to #1 in 'Chinese biography bestsellers' on Amazon
rt.com | 2021-02-06
President Joe Biden's son Hunter briefly hit bestseller status in Amazon's 'Chinese biography' section for a new memoir, for which he was reportedly paid $2 million by the same publisher who scrapped GOP Sen. Josh Hawley's book. | The 'Chinese biography' listing was first reported on Friday by the New York Post, the s…
rt.com/usa/514785-hunter-biden-memoir-ch…

US moves to revoke terror designation of Yemen's Houthis
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-06
US moves to revoke terror designation of Yemen's Houthis | State department cites humanitarian reasons as it begins process to reverse action by outgoing Trump administration | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 10: 46 | The Houthis have welcomed Biden's announcement to withdraw US support for the Saudi-led offensive (AFP) | The US has moved to delist Yemen's Houthi rebels as a terrorist organisation,…
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Biden Says He's Ending The Yemen War
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
The February 4 announcement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan that President Biden would end U.S. support for ‚Äã"offensive operations" in Yemen was understandably met with celebration by those opposed to the war. Almost six years of the U.S.-Saudi‚ÄëU.A.E. war on Yemen have left the country devastated by humanitarian disaster and famine. Anti-war activists have spent these years‚Äâ–‚Äâfirst during the Obama-Biden administration, then the Trump-Pence administration, and now the Biden-Harris administration‚Äâ–…
popularresistance.org/biden-says-hes-end…

Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccination rollout this week
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
The announcement comes amid fears of a fourth wave of the coronavirus that was first reported in Iran February last year, marking one year of the pandemic.The first shipment of Sputnik V vaccine, the only foreign vaccine to be registered and approved in Iran, arrived by Iran's Mahaan Airlines on Thursday.In the first phase of vaccination, Rouhani said high-risk groups including healthcare workers on the frontline, followed by elderly and those with critical ailments, will be administered the vaccine.He said the vaccination program for the entire population of 80 million will take around eight months, as the secon…
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MN labor movement rallies in support of locked out Marathon refinery workers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-06
St. Paul Park, MN – On February 4, with wind chill readings below zero, members of a wide collection of unions gathered for an evening rally at the Marathon Refinery picket line, where Teamsters who work at the refinery have been locked out for two weeks after a 24-hour strike. | Union leaders took to the stage and spoke in solidarity with the locked out workers, including several leaders from Teamsters 120, which represents the refinery workers, along with speakers from the Minnesota Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Laborers Local 563, The Awood Center, AFSCME Local 3800, UFCW 1189 and others. Memb…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/6/mn-labor-…

Sputnik V Gets an Unexpected Boost From NATO in Serbia
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-06
Aleksandar Pavic describes how the lack of either EU or NATO membership has proven to be an advantage for Serbia in a time of crisis. | Serbia has been one of the stars of the first weeks of the global vaccination effort to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. Differently from other European, and especially EU countries — despite its official EU candidate status — it has sought to secure vaccines f…
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South Africa: New lockdown bans political gatherings
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-06
Under new COVID-19 regulations, for the first time in South Africa's history it is now a criminal offence for anyone in the country to hold any kind of political gathering, writes Dale McKinley. This should make us all sit up and take notice.
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Africa suffers 'devastating impact' of COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
The coronavirus pandemic has had a "a devastating impact" on Africa," the South African president said on Saturday.Speaking at the 34th ordinary session of the African Union, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was the chairperson of the union for 2020, said global inequalities were further revealed by the pandemic."COVID-19 has not been defeated and there will be difficult times ahead," he said, adding there is also "a long road to travel to silence the guns in Africa."The pan-African body had planned to achieve the silencing of the guns by 2020, but due to the threat of terrorism, cross-border clashes and civil wars, the plan…
yenisafak.com/en/world/africa-suffers-de…

Canceling their own? NYT's lead Covid-19 reporter resigns after reprimand for use of 'N-word' fails to appease co-workers
rt.com | 2021-02-06
Donald McNeil Jr., the New York Times' top reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic, has resigned after management's decision not to fire him for innocuously using the "N-word" left many staffers at the newspaper "outraged and in pain." | The episode began when a student on a Times-sponsored trip to Peru in 2019 asked McNeil whether he thought her classmate should be suspended for using a racial slur on a video made years earlier. The reporter, who was on the trip as an expert to inform the students, repeated the slur when asking the girl about the context in which it had been used. | Allegations regarding McNeil's c…
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FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19 increasing risk of female genital mutilation
news.un.org | 2021-02-06
The COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the risk of female genital mutilation or FGM, with the UN predicting that an additional two million girls will be subjected to the practice in the next ten years.
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[Correspondence] Avoiding shoulder injury from intramuscular vaccines
R H Behrens, Vipul Patel | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
With the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination programmes to tens of millions of people, some individuals might receive vaccines, which have received rigorous safety checks and approval from regulatory bodies, via intramuscular injection. However, the safety around the technique used and the site of injection, in particular, has received little attention. As recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), adults aged 16 years or older will be the main population receiving the intramuscular vaccine.
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[Comment] Offline: COVID-19 and the convergence of nations
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
It has become axiomatic that COVID-19 has worsened a range of inequalities within and between countries. Coronavirus-related mortality is higher in more materially deprived communities. If you live in crowded living conditions, your risk of contracting infection will be higher. And crowded living conditions are, of course, more commonly found in poorer areas among people with lower incomes. The risk of death is higher among those who are front-line workers, among those who are unable to enjoy the relative luxury of working from home.
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[Perspectives] Tahmeed Ahmed: new leader of icddr,b
Richard Lane | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
It was back in 1985 when Tahmeed Ahmed joined the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, today known as icddr,b, in Dhaka. On Feb 1, 2021, he became icddr,b's new Executive Director, its first leader from within Bangladesh. Before his new role, he was Director of Nutrition and Clinical Services at icddr,b, where he also led the organisation's response to COVID-19. As a distinguished clinician and research leader, Ahmed's career has been defined by public health developments in his country, notably in the areas of cholera treatment and in confronting malnutrition.
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[World Report] WHO team begins COVID-19 origin investigation
John Zarocostas | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
A WHO-led international mission has begun investigations in China to try to establish the origin of SARS-CoV-2. John Zarocostas reports on its activities.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00295-6/fulltext?rss=yes

'Rules do not apply to her': GOP accuses Pelosi of breaking metal detector rule but not facing $5,000 fine like Republicans
rt.com | 2021-02-06
After two Republican lawmakers were fined $5,000 each for avoiding security protocol in Congress, Nancy Pelosi was herself accused of doing the same thing, but will not be facing the consequences. | GOP members of the Committee on House Administration squealed on the House Speaker for allegedly avoiding going through a metal detector on Thursday when entering Congress, a new rule that two Republican congressmen are being docked thousands of dollars for breaking. | "Yesterday at approximately 9: 59 am multiple members observed the Speaker of the House entering the House Chamber without completing security screen…
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NY Times' Pseudo-Expert Accusing China of Genocide Worked for Far-Right Cult Falun Gong's Publicity Arm
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-06
The New York Times recycled flimsy claims by a right-wing apocalyptic extremist to accuse China of "genocide," in an op-ed by an American with 1/8th Uighur heritage who worked for Epoch Times, a far-right, pro-Trump outlet backed by cult Falun Gong. | By Ben NORTON | The New York Times published a factually challenged op-ed accusing China of committing "genocide" against its Uighur minority. The article sourced its spurious accusations to a right-wing operative who insists his research is part of a divine "mission" against Beijing that is "led by God." | The author of the New York Times op-ed, Amelia Pang, happen…
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Trump's Coup and Burma's Coup: What they have in Common
Reese Erlich | juancole.com | 2021-02-06
The Asian country's military overthrew its government over baseless claims of voter fraud. Sound familiar? ( 48hills.org) — This week, military officers in Myanmar (formerly Burma) overthrew that nation's democratically elected government after the party it preferred lost the parliamentary elections. The military claimed voter fraud without presenting any proof. It tried to fill the …
juancole.com/2021/02/trumps-burmas-commo…

[Editorial] Genomic sequencing in pandemics
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Advanced genetic sequencing techniques have undoubtedly provided valuable information on the biology and evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Never have the nearly 30‚Äà000 nucleotides of a virus been so closely considered by scientists, public health experts, and politicians alike. But the use and application of genetic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 has varied, risking an insufficient response to a rapidly changing pandemic.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00257-9/fulltext?rss=yes

Denmark to Roll Out a 'Digital' Vaccine Passport in 3-4 Months
The Local | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-06
The exact practical applications of the digital documentation are still under consideration, but its primary purpose is to facilitate a reopening of society. | "We are taking the first steps so that, before the end of February, you will be able to see your vaccination on (online health services platform) Sundhed.dk," acting finance minister Morten Bà∏dskov said. | "In three to four months, the digital corona passport will be ready for use for things like business trips," Bà∏dskov added. | The government and business representatives will decide on the exact applications of the vaccination 'passport' once…
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Just 15 Percent of Russians Believe Navalny's Account of 'Poisoning'
Levada | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-06
Machine translated from Russian. | The majority of Russians (78%) are aware of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, although they closely follow the development of events for less than a fifth of the population. The respondents name three main versions of what happened: 30% consider the incident to be a staging of the politician himself, 19% see this as a provocation of the Western special services, 15% speak of an attempt by the authorities to eliminate a political opponent. | Most Russians are aware of Navalny's poisoning today: 17% are watching closely, 61% have at least heard something about it. At the same time,…
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Who Controls American Imperialism?
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-06
America does most of the entire world's invasions and coups and sanctions. This has been the case ever since 1945, Eric Zuesse writes. | U.S. imperialism is a fact, which the U.S. Government always denies. However, U.S. President Barack Obama implicitly 'justified' it when he told graduating students at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, on 28 May, 2014, "The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation." That means: every other nation is "dispensable"; only the U.S. is not. He then went into a tirade against Russia and…
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The Q-Word: Weapon of Choice for Smearing Opponents
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-06
By Trevor Scott FITZGIBBON | –ûne of the most effective information-operation weapons during the 2016 presidential election was to smear political targets as "Russian bots" working on behalf of the Kremlin. Journalists were de-platformed, presidential candidates were smeared, and lives were immeasurably damaged. | The art of attacking political targets by using open-sourced guilt-by-association is not new — nor is using Russians as foils: Joseph McCarthy and his ilk did it in the…
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Biden's Executive Orders on Climate Change Aren't Upsetting Some Industry Giants
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-06
President Joe Biden signed executive actions last week prioritizing solutions to the " existential threat" of climate change, drawing the ire of many key players in the politica…
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Republicans Have Already Introduced Over 100 Voter Suppression Bills This Year
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-06
Since former President Donald Trump failed to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, Republicans in more than two dozen states have introduced over 100 bills to restrict voting access, an alarming development that voting rights advocates have pointed to as yet another reason for Democrats to abolish the filibuster, an anti-democratic tool curr…
truthout.org/articles/republicans-have-a…

Israeli village demolition leaves Palestinian families desperate and homeless
Shatha Hammad | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-06
Israeli village demolition leaves Palestinian families desperate and homeless | Residents of Humsa al-Fawqa have repeatedly had their homes in the Jordan Valley destroyed by Israeli forces | Shatha Hammad | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 10: 03 | Aisha Abu Awwad sitting in a tent in the demolished surroundings of Humsa al-Fawqa (MEE/Shatha Hammad) | Aisha Abu Awwad, 57, sat in front of a demolished tent that once constituted h…
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Iran again warns US of dangers in delaying return to nuclear deal
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-06
Iran again warns US of dangers in delaying return to nuclear deal | Iran's foreign minister says December legislation passed in parliament, dominated by hardliners, set a two-month deadline for the easing of sanctions | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 20: 17 | 'We don't need to return to the negotiating table. It's America that has to find the ticket to come to the table,' said Mohammad Javad Zarif (AFP…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-warns-us…

New Libyan interim unity government met with cautious optimism
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-06
New Libyan interim unity government met with cautious optimism | UN-brokered deal could end a decade of chaos, but rival administrations face a difficult road ahead | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 15: 26 | Participants in UN talks on Friday in Switzerland voted government head to oversee the run-up to elections (AFP) | Libya's Tobruk administration welcomed Friday's announcement of a new interim gover…
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Iraq: Mass funeral of Yazidi victims of Islamic State brings back grim memories
Suadad al-Salhy | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-06
Iraq: Mass funeral of Yazidi victims of Islamic State brings back grim memories | Locals in the Yazidi village of Kojo hope the burial of 104 genocide victims can help start a healing process for beleaguered minority | Suadad al-Salhy | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 13: 44 | The funeral procession in Kojo before the burial of victims killed by the Islamic State group, after the bodies were exhumed from mass graves (Reuter…
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Beirut blast: German firm set to ship dangerous containers out of country
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-06
Beirut blast: German firm set to ship dangerous containers out of country | Officials previously warned that the Lebanese capital would 'be wiped out' if the hazardous materials were not removed | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/06/2021 – 13: 47 | The devastated Beirut port seen from the Mar Mikaehl neighbourhood two days after the 4 August blast last year (AFP) | Dozens of containers of hazardous material have b…
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Iraqi forces could seize ISIL ammunition, explosives
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Iraqi intelligence service said in a statement that Iraqi forces were able to identify and confiscate the main warehouse of ammunition and explosives belonging to ISIL terrorist groups in west part of Iraq.
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US can't fool Yemenis by claiming end of support to Saudis
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Yemen's Supreme Political Council said that Yemenis will not be fooled by US claim on the decision to stop supporting the Saudi invasion.
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Stopping arms sales to Riyadh could be a step forward
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that stopping arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition could be a step toward correcting past mistakes of the US.
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US logistics convoy arrives in Syria from Iraq
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Some sources reported the arrival of a US logistics convoy from Iraq to Syria and that the convoy has entered an illegal US base on the outskirts of Al Hasakah.
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Ghalibaf to convey Leader's message to Russian officials
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — An advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker said that Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf will convey the message of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution to the Russian government in his upcoming visit to Moscow.
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Small-sized industries can help promote Iran-Russia trade tie
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 07 (MNA) — The Director General of Tehran Province Industrial Townships Company said that expansion of trade exchanges between Iran and Russia using the capacities of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is of paramount importance.
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Biden weighs easing pressure on Iran without lifting sanction
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-06
TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Biden administration is reportedly weighing ways to ease financial pressure on Iran without lifting economic sanctions including on oil sales.
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Green Left launches new video show
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-06
Alex Bainbridge writes about Green Left's new video podcast — the Green Left Show — which aims to cover important topical issues and involve guests from the diversity of progressive opinion and campaign areas.
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An adapted 'Llorona' presides over a united cry against Mexico femicide
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-06
Mexico, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- An adapted version of "La Llorona," the popular Mexican theme, presided over a protest Friday in Mexico City against the killing of young doctor Mariana Sanchez last week in the country's south and against ceaseless violence against women. "Being a woman is a crime, Llorona, with a well-defined passion. They grab …
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Thousands protest military coup in Myanmar's streets
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-06
Yangon, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Thousands took Saturday to the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's former capital and largest city, to protest the coup the army launched earlier this week. A column of people marched down one of the main avenues of the city with proclamations in favor of democracy and in opposition to the military junta, …
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Myanmar junta blocks internet countrywide as thousands protest military coup
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-06
Update 1: Adds nationwide internet outage, Amnesty International, Telenor Group quotes Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta ordered a national scale internet outage Saturday, as massive demonstrations against Monday's coup were held, the country's Telenor Group communications service said in a statement. The live social network broadcast of the protests was suddenly interrupted, …
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Myanmar shuts down internet amid anti-coup protests
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Myanmar's military junta shut down internet services across the country amid anti-coup protests, a mobile service provider confirmed on Saturday."The Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) has directed all mobile operators to temporarily shut down the data network in Myanmar. Voice and SMS services remain open." said Norwegian telecom giant Telenor that operates the second-largest mobile network in Myanmar.In its order, the ministry cited "legal basis in Myanmar's Telecommunication Law, and references circulation of fake news, the stability of the nation and interest of the public as a basis for…
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Turkish Cargo wins top honor in global awards
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Turkish Cargo was named the Best Overall Carrier of the Year at the Payload Asia Awards 2020, the company announced on Saturday.Turkish Cargo, a subsidiary of flag carrier Turkish Airlines, beat out competitors from around the world to win the award based on service quality, efficiency, speed, and reliability, as well as the company's innovation and vision, a statement said."This important award, along with other global honors we won throughout the year, represents a significant milestone indicating our service quality, operational excellence, our innovative standards aiming to exceed the customer expectations, a…
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After Default, Zambia Becomes Third Country Seeking G20 Debt Relief
Zachary Conti | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Zambia requested the G20 coronavirus debt relief process, the "Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative."
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Myanmar junta shuts Twitter and Instagram to curb protests
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-06
Military authorities in charge of Myanmar broadened a ban on social media following this week's coup. They've shut down Twitter and Instagram, as residents in the nation's biggest city again banged pots and plastic bottles to show their opposition to the army takeover. | It came as street protests continued to expand on Saturday 6 February. People gathered again to show their opposition to the army takeover. | Protests: | Around 1,000 protesters marched on Saturday morning through the streets of Yangon, the country's biggest city. Prominent among them were factory workers and students. | By noon, more tha…
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Indian farmers plan nationwide three-hour blockade of major roads
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-06
Tens of thousands of protesting farmers plan to blockade major roads across India for three hours on Saturday 6 February. It's an attempt to press their demands for the repeal of new agricultural laws in the country. | Authorities deployed thousands of security forces mainly outside India's capital New Delhi. Farmers have camped at three main sites there for more than two months. | They say they will not leave until the government rolls back the laws it says are necessary to modernise Indian agriculture. | Protracted talks: | The scheduled highway blockade is set to start at noon local time (6.30am GMT).
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Dreams Outside the Hopes of the Neuronormal
Paul Haeder | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-06
The legacy of a society is, well, how it treats its young, old, frail, infirm, sick, poor and those hobbled by structural and environmental injustice. Some in urban planning circles also allude to how safe a community is based on the popsicle test — can a child or two walking from home to a store, …
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Haitians Intensify Struggle Against President Jovenel MoàØse
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
Haiti has been experiencing a new wave of protests against US-backed President Jovenel MoàØse. Since January 10, thousands of citizens, students, workers, members of various social movements and opposition political parties have been mobilizing across the country in rejection of MoàØse's decision to hold presidential and legislative elections on September 19 and a referendum to replace the current constitution, which is the main achievement of the democratic movement of 1986, on April 25. | Haitian citizens and the opposition denounced MoàØse's decision as an attempt to extend his term of off…
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Ecuador's Left Is Back
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
Since the beginning of the right-wing turn by Moreno's government and the political persecution of the key leaders of the Citizen Revolution–most notably Rafael Correa and Jorge Glas–countless attempts have been made to prevent the participation in the elections of either Correa himself or any other political leader affiliated to his movement. | This has included preventing the registration of the Citizen Revolution Movement as a political party, a ban on the Fuerza Compromiso Social (FCS) electoral movement used by them to run in the 2019 local elections, a ban on Correa running as a vice-presidentia…
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India's Farmers' Protests: 'This Is History In The Making'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
On January 26, 2021, India observed its 71st Republic Day under historically unprecedented circumstances. On an occasion meant to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution, two fiercely antagonistic visions of the country locked horns with each other in the capital of Delhi. | On the Rajpath ceremonial boulevard in the heart of Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s homegrown Hindu nationalist proto-fascism was on full display. It was no coincidence, for example, that the winner of the Republic Day Parade's tableaux competition was the state of Uttar Pradesh, w…
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Nevada Bill Would Allow Tech Companies To Create Governments
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
Carson City, NV – Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies to effectively form separate local governments. | Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a plan to launch so-called Innovation Zones in Nevada to jumpstart the state's economy by attracting technology firms, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday. | The zones would permit companies with large areas of land to form governments carrying the same authority as counties, including the ability to impose taxes, form school districts and courts and provide government services. | The measure to further ec…
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Are We Not All In Search Of Tomorrow
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
In 2019, 613 million Indians voted to appoint their representatives to the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha). During the election campaign, the political parties spent Rs. 60,000 crores (around US $8 billion), 45% of which was spent by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the governing party; the BJP won 37% of the vote, which translated into 303 of the 545 seats in the Lok Sabha. A year later, a massive $14 billion was spent on the US presidential and congressional elections, with the winning Democrat Party dominating the spending. These are massive amounts of money, whose grip on the democratic process is quite clear…
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Standing Rock Lakota Youth Call For Biden To Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-06
Standing Rock – Today, Lakota youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribal nations announced a plan to run over 93 miles back to the Oceti Sakowin Camp site to call on President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The youth are asking for everyone who stood with Standing Rock four years ago to participate by uploading their own #NoDAPL | The oil pipeline poses a grave threat to the safety and sanctity of the tribes' water, hunting and fishing rights, and cultural and religious practices. Federal courts have sided with the tribes on the years-long litigation and have revoked DAPL's fede…
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Over 45 Palestinians arrested by Israel in January: NGOs
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Israeli forces rounded up 456 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in January, according to Palestinian organizations that monitor the conditions of Palestinian prisoners.Ninety-three minors and eight women were among those detained last month, the Palestinian Authority's Prisoners' Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a joint statement.According to the statement, 105 administrative detention orders were carried out by occupation authorities, including 30 new orders along with the extensio…
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Fenerbahce Beko beat Zenit for 9th straight win
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce Beko beat Zenit St Petersburg from Russia 92-84 in a Turkish Airlines EuroLeague game Friday for their ninth consecutive win.French playmaker Nando De Colo led the team from Istanbul to victory at home in the Round 24 game, scoring 24 points with seven assists at Ulker Sports and Event Hall.Serbian guard Marko Guduric had 19 and Czech center Jan Vesely added 16 for the Turkish club.US forward Will Thomas led Zenit with 21 points.KC Rivers scored 14. American guard Billy Baron added 13.Fenerbahce Beko have 14 wins in the 2020-21 EuroLeague regular season.This season Zenit has los…
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'1 dose of vaccine for virus survivors will save jabs for millions more'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
In a new study published on Monday, researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York observed that participants who were previously infected with the coronavirus gave an equal or higher antibody response after they were administered the first dose of the mRNA-based vaccine than those did not catch the virus and received two doses of the same vaccine.The study — yet to be peer-reviewed — also found that people who had previously contracted the virus reported unpleasant side effects such as headache, fever, and muscle or joint pain more frequently than those who never had the virus a…
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At least 456 Palestinians arrested by Israel in January: NGOs
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Israeli forces rounded up 456 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in January, according to Palestinian organizations that monitor the conditions of Palestinian prisoners.Ninety-three minors and eight women were among those detained last month, the Palestinian Authority's Prisoners' Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoner Society, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center said in a joint statement.According to the statement, 105 administrative detention orders were carried out by occupation authorities, including 30 new orders along with the extensio…
yenisafak.com/en/world/at-least-456-pale…

EU keeps PKK on terrorism list
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
The European Union on Friday renewed its terrorist list for a further six months.The sanctions list features 14 persons and 21 entities or groups, including the PKK and Dalokay Sanli, a senior figure of the terrorist group.Terrorist organizations DHKP/C, IBDA-C, and TAK — a PKK offshoot — are also on the list.In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — also listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the US — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.In order to combat terrorism, the bloc freezes the funds and financial a…
yenisafak.com/en/news/eu-keeps-pkk-on-te…

US woman becomes Muslim after watching Turkish series
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
A 60-year-old American woman has become Muslim after being influenced by Resurrection: Ertugrul, a popular Turkish TV series.The Wisconsin resident chose the name of "Khadija" after her conversion to Islam and told Anadolu Agency that she came across Resurrection: Ertugrul while browsing Netflix."I looked into it, the details about it. So I started watching," said Khadija, adding she was really interested in Islam after watching a few episodes."It was talking about the history that I knew nothing about. What I heard about God, Islam, peace, justice and helping the oppressed drew my attention and connected me to t…
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New coronavirus variants cause concern in Spain
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
While the peak of Spain's third wave appears to have passed, new variants are causing unease as Madrid confirmed Spain's first ever case of the Brazil variant on Friday.Spain has now detected all three of the variants that have alarmed health officials worldwide.The mutant virus was detected in a 44-year-old man who had flown into the Madrid airport from Brazil. He presented a negative PCR test upon arrival on Jan. 29, but officials gave him a rapid test and discovered he was contagious.After sequencing the virus, scientists can now confirm that he was carrying the variant, which some studies suggest increases th…
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Turkey eyes becoming 10th largest global economy
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Turkey is engaging in major investments and projects, hoping to become one of the world's top 10 largest global economies, the country's president said Saturday."To make our country one of the 10 biggest economies in the world, we've turned towards bigger investments in bigger projects," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said via video link at the opening ceremony of a bridge in the eastern Malatya province.Today, Turkey by itself is realizing more than half of all megaprojects being carried out in the world, Erdogan added.He added that the country aims to embrace the future with space technology, hi-tech, and artificial inte…
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Turkey's Erdogan congratulates Libya interim gov't leaders
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Turkey's president congratulated the leaders of Libya's interim government in a phone call on Saturday.Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished success to Mohammad Younes Menfi and Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbebibeh, who have been elected as head of the Presidential Council and prime minister, respectively, according to a statement by the Turkish Presidency."Turkey will continue its efforts for political unity, territorial integrity, stability, peace, security and prosperity in Libya and further enhance its cooperation with Libya in the new period," Erdogan said.Menfi and Dbebibah, who were chosen at the UN-led Libyan Political Di…
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At least 10 tons of bootleg alcohol seized in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-06
Turkish law enforcement forces seized at least 10 tons of bootleg alcohol in separate operations in two southeastern provinces of the country, sources said on Friday.As part of operations against illegal alcohol production and distribution, gendarmerie teams captured six tons of bootleg alcohol in the Birecik district of Sanliurfa province. Three people were also held for their alleged involvement.In a separate operation, police forces captured at least four tons of bootleg alcohol in a storehouse in the Sehitkamil district of Gaziantep province and held two suspects.Bootleg alcohol is made by using low-cost meth…
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Microsoft BANS donations to Republicans who objected to Biden victory & shifts lobbying focus to 'promoting democracy'
rt.com | 2021-02-06
Microsoft said its political action committee will bar all donations to Republican lawmakers who refused to certify Joe Biden's election win, while announcing a change in focus to the "promotion of democracy." | The tech giant said on Friday that it will modify a policy change introduced last month freezing all political contributions, retaining the ban for GOP election skeptics, as well as those with affiliated organizations echoing claims of widespread v…
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FBI unwittingly includes meme of NUDE MAN in court filing against Capitol rioter
rt.com | 2021-02-06
America's top law enforcement agency mistakenly used a photo featuring a well-circulated internet meme of a large, nude man sitting on a bed in its criminal complaint against a suspect accused of rioting on Capitol Hill. | The FBI affidavit was filed this week against 33-year-old Massachusetts man Brian McCreary to support charges linked to the January 6 unrest in DC, accusing him of taking part in the riot and disrupting a session of Congress. On the document's fourth page…
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NYPD launches probe into 'domestic terrorist' cop wearing 'political patch' amid calls for purges & cleansing of 'Trump's Army'
rt.com | 2021-02-06
A New York City police officer was caught on video wearing pro-Trump patches, leading to an investigation after liberals claim the entire force is "Trump's Army" and label the cop a "domestic terrorist." | At a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Brooklyn on Friday evening, video was captured of the officer in uniform with two Trump badges attached to her vest. One is of a skull styled after the comic book character The Punisher — which some have called for to be retired — with Trump's hair, while the other has a similar image along with Trump's name and the phrase "make enforcement great again." | "
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'Now fire Hannity, Ingraham, Carlson': Liberals call for BIGGER PURGE at Fox News as canceled Lou Dobbs shares tweets of support
rt.com | 2021-02-06
Donald Trump and other fans are expressing support for Lou Dobbs after the sudden cancellation of his "number one news program" on Fox News, but liberals are so giddy they want other conservatives like Sean Hannity pulled. | The axing of 'Lou Dobbs Tonight' follows a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from SmartMatic, a company behind voting software used in the presidential election, against Fox News and multiple hosts who aired election fraud conspiracy theories, including Dobbs. | A spokesperson for the network, however, did not name the lawsuit or controversies surrounding Dobbs' election coverage — he a…
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'He might slip and say something': Biden thinks Trump should be denied traditional intel briefings for former presidents
rt.com | 2021-02-06
US President Joe Biden has said that his predecessor Donald Trump is too "erratic" to be entrusted with classified information that is being traditionally provided to former presidents. | Biden was asked by Norah O'Donnell on CBS News whether Trump should get classified intelligence briefings. The president replied: "I think not." | Providing Trump with classified intelligence would be a bad idea "because of his erratic behavior, unrelated to the insurrection," Biden added, referring to the storming of the US Capitol building in Washington by a group of Trump supporters on January 6. | I just think that there…
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Scientists Warn of 'Ghastly Future' Unless Policymakers Act Now
Jessica Corbett | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
17 scientists called for a World War II-type mobilization to prevent a future of mass extinction, declining health, climate-disruption upheavals and resource conflicts…
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Have Democrats Finally Realized That Power Is Only Real If You Use It?
William rivers Pitt | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
I am cautiously daring to hope that Democrats are starting to realize that power exists only if you use it…
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It's Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich
Sonali Kolhatkar | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
There is no better time than now to address the ridiculous levels of wealth and income inequality in the United States. It can be done with ease through aggressive taxation of the wealthiest handfuls of individuals…
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Silicon Valley Wants to Entrench the Gig Economy and Neutralize the Labor Movement
Alex N. Press | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
Gig economy companies and organized labor are at war over the future of work and the definition of "employee"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/silicon-valley-wan…

AOC's Powerful Plea for Republican Accountability Cannot Be Ignored
Moira Donegan | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
The congresswoman knows impunity for those who incited the Capitol attack just allows them to do the same, or worse, again. Impunity for the people who told the lie would amount to complicity in their conduct…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/aocs-powerful-plea…

Movie at the Ellipse: A Study in Fascist Propaganda
Jason Stanley | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
Scholars on the Nazis and anti-Semitism have seen this before…
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Big Tech's Playing Monopoly. It's Going to Lose
Thomas L. Knapp | zcomm.org | 2021-02-06
The long-term result of American Big Tech allying itself with the state to suppress Internet freedom will be its withering as users desert it…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/big-techs-playing-…

[Correspondence] Time to revise the strategy for Gavi funding of rabies vaccine?
Mary J Warrell | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
The Global Burden of Disease cause and risk summary on rabies shows the 13‚Äà700 deaths worldwide in 2019, close to the estimated 12‚Äà700 furious rabies cases in India alone.1 Figure 4 of this summary is misleading, especially the key. As there is no surveillance in many of the poorest countries, the global annual deaths quoted by WHO2 of 59‚Äà000 is derivedfrom extensive extrapolation. Rabies encephalomyelitis is always fatal in Asia and Africa. Although prevention of infection by correct vaccination after dog bites is extremely effective, vaccines are often…
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[World Report] Hopes for trachoma control in South Sudan
Jacqui Thornton | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Conflict has hampered trachoma control in South Sudan, but there are new plans to map and treat the disease. Jacqui Thornton reports.
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[Articles] Bimekizumab versus ustekinumab for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (BE VIVID): efficacy and safety from a 52-week, multicentre, double-blind, active comparator and placebo controlled phase 3 trial
Kristian Reich, Kim A Papp, Andrew Blauvelt, Richard G Langley, April Armstrong, Richard B Warren, Kenneth B Gordon, Joseph F Merola, Yukari Okubo, Cynthia Madden, Maggie Wang, Christopher Cioffi, Veerle Vanvoorden, Mark Lebwohl | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Bimekizumab was more efficacious than ustekinumab and placebo in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. The bimekizumab safety profile was consistent with that observed in previous studies.
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[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Tonin V. Young people seeking mental-health care. Lancet 2007; 369: 1239–40–In this Comment, the text has been amended at the author's request. This correction has been made to the online version as of Feb 4, 2021.
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[Obituary] Tabaré Vázquez
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Former President of Uruguay and oncologist. Born on Jan 17, 1940, in Montevideo, Uruguay, he died from lung cancer there on Dec 6, 2020, aged 80 years.
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[Comment] The next quantum leap forward? Bimekizumab for psoriasis
William W Huang, Steven R Feldman | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Biologics have revolutionised the management of psoriasis.1 Initially, there were two biologics: alefacept, which worked well but for only a few patients; and efalizumab, which was associated with rare, life-threatening infections.1 But then came etanercept, a treatment that took patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and improved their skin, their joints, and their quality of life.2 Now, etanercept is rarely prescribed, as adalimumab and ustekinumab were approved and were considerably more effective and, at least in the case of ustekinumab, perhaps even safer.
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[Correspondence] Universal health coverage for the poorest billion: justice and equity considerations
Jordan D Jarvis, Belinda Townsend | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission report by Gene Bukhman and colleagues makes a compelling case that the needs of people affected by non-communicable disease and injury (NCDI), and poverty have been largely neglected.1 The Commission report lays out crucial evidence and health sector interventions, and calls for increased solidarity and development assistance to redress these health inequities. However, what will it take to convince global actors and national governments to act on this issue?
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[Articles] Bimekizumab efficacy and safety in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (BE READY): a multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised withdrawal phase 3 trial
Kenneth B Gordon, Peter Foley, James G Krueger, Andreas Pinter, Kristian Reich, Ronald Vender, Veerle Vanvoorden, Cynthia Madden, Katy White, Christopher Cioffi, Andrew Blauvelt | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Bimekizumab showed high levels of response, which were durable over 56 weeks, with both maintenance dosing schedules (every 4 weeks and every 8 weeks). Moreover, bimekizumab was well tolerated, with no unexpected safety findings. Data presented here further support the therapeutic value of bimekizumab and inhibition of IL-17F in addition to IL-17A for patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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[Correspondence] Pooled public financing is the route to universal health coverage
Rob Yates | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
The recent report1 by the Global Burden of Disease 2019 Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Collaborators is a very valuable contribution about whether the world is moving towards UHC and how it is getting there. The report's index of effective coverage is an excellent measure of whether people are actually using the health services available to them and whether these services are effective.
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[World Report] Understanding variants of SARS-CoV-2
Talha Burki | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Many variants of SARS-CoV-2 are emerging, but will they have different clinical effects? A new consortium is trying to find out. Talha Burki reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00298-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Universal health coverage for the poorest billion: justice and equity considerations
Michelle M Amri | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Gene Bukhman and colleagues' work in The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission is certainly important, particularly for the "world's poorest people".1 However, how the non-communicable disease and injury (NCDI) Poverty Network seeks to apply the Commission's work on NCDI poverty2 has room for additional consideration around justice and equity.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)32383-7/fulltext?rss=yes

[Clinical Picture] Hepatitis B reactivation after chemoimmunotherapy: screen before treatment
Jessica P Hwang, Alessandra Ferrajoli, Anna S Lok | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
A 70-year-old man presented to our department reporting fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss of 18 kg over the previous 3 months. He said he had been taking numerous nutritional supplements and vitamins daily.
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[World Report] Relocated Rohingya face uncertain health-care provision
Udani Samarasekera | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Bangladesh is moving refugees to an uninhabited island, but non-governmental organisations warn of the lack of health-care provision and coordination. Udani Samarasekera reports.
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[Perspectives] The undiscovered country
Sarah Ditum | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
It is hard to think of William Shakespeare as a family man. Neither his life nor his work necessarily suggest someone who would walk from London to Stratford-upon-Avon to be at the deathbed of a sick child, or who would remain loyal (after a fashion) to his wife even when circumstances forced them apart. Yet we see him do both these things in Hamnet, Maggie O'Farrell's fictionalised account of the life and afterlife of Shakespeare's only son.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00254-3/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] 30th anniversary of Australian legal ruling on second-hand smoke
Neil Francey | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Before the 1990s, where people smoked was generally unrestricted. Legislation prohibited smoking near explosives or flammable materials, in other hazardous areas, and in some but not all confined spaces. Smoking was largely unrestricted in many work places and most public spaces, such as theatre foyers, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and hotel rooms. In Australia, all this changed after Federal Court Justice Trevor Morling handed down judgment on Feb 7, 1991, in Australian Federation of Consumer Organisations Inc (AFCO) versus the Tobacco Institute of Australia Limited (TIA).
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00255-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Correspondence] Universal health coverage for the poorest billion: justice and equity considerations — Authors' reply
Gene Bukhman, Ana Mocumbi | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
As co-chairs of The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission,1 we thank Jordan Jarvis and Belinda Townsend, and Michelle Amri for their thoughtful comments. Jarvis and Townsend highlight the role of global power arrangements that perpetuate the existence of extreme poverty. Specifically, they refer to the examples of tax avoidance by multinational corporations that starve the poorest countries of potential revenue, and the influence of billionaires on a global health agenda that has excluded non-communicable disease and injury (NCDI) poverty.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(20)32389-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[Articles] Posaconazole versus voriconazole for primary treatment of invasive aspergillosis: a phase 3, randomised, controlled, non-inferiority trial
Johan A Maertens, Galia Rahav, Dong-Gun Lee, Alfredo Ponce-de-León, Isabel Cristina Ramírez Sánchez, Nikolay Klimko, Anne Sonet, Shariq Haider, Juan Diego Vélez, Issam Raad, Liang-Piu Koh, Meinolf Karthaus, Jianying Zhou, Ronen Ben-Ami, Mary R Motyl, Seongah Han, Anjana Grandhi, Hetty Waskin, study investigators | thelancet.com | 2021-02-06
Posaconazole was non-inferior to voriconazole for all-cause mortality up until day 42 in participants with invasive aspergillosis. Posaconazole was well tolerated, and participants had fewer treatment-related adverse events than in the voriconazole group. This study supports the use of posaconazole as a first-line treatment for the condition.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00219-1/fulltext?rss=yes

Comunidad vietnamita en EE.UU. da bienvenida al Año Nuevo Lunar
Vietnam News Agency | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-06
Washington (VNA) — La Embajada de Hanoi en Washington organizó de manera virtual un programa en saludo al Tet (Año Nuevo Lunar) 2021, al cual asistieron más de 200 representantes de la comunidad vietnamita y amigos estadounidenses en este país. En el evento efectuado la víspera, el embajador vietnamita, Ha Kim Ngoc, transmitió los mejores …
peoplesworld.org/article/comunidad-vietn…

Thursday 3/4: Conversation w/ Issac Julien on His Artistic Work, "Lessons of the Hour: Fredrick Douglas"
San Francisco Public Library & MFA | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Online event…
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The enduring legacy of China's Red Detachment of Women
Tings Chak | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-06
On the eve of the Communist Party of China's centenary in July 2021, the story of the country's first women's military brigade in the 1930s continues to find life in popular culture and the imagination of the Chinese people…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/06/the-endur…

Israel Elections: Competition Among Right-Wing Zionist Parties for Arab Votes
Dr. Zuhair Sabbagh | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
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). | *** | Introduction | It is noteworthy to mention that at the beginning of …
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Monday 2/8: $15 Fair Wage Now! San Francisco Rally & Digital Rally w/ Poor People's Campaign & OFW
CPPCOFW | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
RSVP for San Francisco location & time email; or choose "Digital Event" for livestream info email | Masks & Social Distancing is Required at All Times…
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Sunday 2/21: February Day of Action: Let Dairy Die
DXE | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Crescent Lawn UC Berkeley | 37.871312, -122.265449…
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Anti-Terrorism Laws is the Wrong Approach
iclmg.ca | 2021-02-06
The ICLMG recognizes the pressing need to address the threat of white supremacist and hate-based violence in Canada.
iclmg.ca/terrorist-list-wrong-approach/

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Between Azerbaijan & Armenia
oneworld.press | 2021-02-06
Some countries are in the favor of ceasefire, but the situation still remains unresolved.
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1908

Can We Trust the World Health Organization (WHO)?
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
First published on May 6, 2020 | Many more questions are being raised than there are answers being discovered concerning the recent strains of coronavirus. Where and how did it originate? Was it the result of human engineering and manipulation or …
globalresearch.ca/world-health-organizat…

Revised: Ode To Ervin Somogyi, Master Guitar Builder
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Photo of Ervin Somogyi on the right hand side of picture, at a past Artisan Guitar Show!
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883978…

Vaccination's Dilemma: Unsafe at Any Dose
Richard Gale | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-06
This incisive article first published in May 2016 analyses the issue of mandatory vaccination. | The CDC and advocates for mandatory vaccination consistently repeat a dangerous mantra that finds no warranted basis in medical science. This monolithic industry, now a massive …
globalresearch.ca/vaccinations-dilemma-u…

Imperio de E.E.U.U. libra guerra de 30 años contra Irak
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2021-02-06
Desde la perspectiva de los jóvenes del mundo, el imperialismo estadounidense ha estado librando una guerra contra Iraq durante toda su vida. Los niños iraquíes nacidos el mismo año del comienzo de la Guerra del Golfo, que deberían estar acercándose a sus 31 años, fueron asesinados por las sanciones o . . . | Continue reading Imperio de E.E.U.U. libra guerra de 30 años contra Irak at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54293/?utm_source=rs…

Sylvia Ageloff and the assassination of Leon Trotsky
wsws.org | 2021-02-06
On August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by Stalinist agent Ramón Mercader in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán. Mercader's access to the great revolutionary was made possible through his relationship with Sylvia Ageloff, who presented herself as an innocent victim of Mercader's duplicity, a claim that was never challenged by the SWP. This series of articles constitutes the first systematic investigation by the Trotskyist movement of Ageloff's role.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/06/sylv…

Wednesday 2/10: Extinction: Solutions for Species on the Brink Virtual Conference (Day 2)
Oakland, CA | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Online/virtual conference…
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Weekly News Review — What A Mess We're In
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-02-06
TruePublica Editor: The Tories have been in power now for almost eleven years. In that time, Britain has gone from one of the most politically and economically stable countries in the democratic West — to one of the least. It has a populist in power and political factions within the government are driving wedges into …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/weekly-news-review-what-a-mess-were-in/

Tuesday 2/9: Extinction: Solutions for Species on the Brink Virtual Conference (Day 1)
Oakland, CA | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Online/virtual conference…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/05/1883976…

Saturday 2/13: YAX Valentine's Day Print & Sip with Alyssa Aviles + Bar Part Time
Youth Art Exchange | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Via Zoom…
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Saturday 2/27: Meetup: Stories from GeoCircles
DXE | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
online event…
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Unite with Chicago teachers to save lives and prepare a general strike!
wsws.org | 2021-02-06
Chicago educators are in a fight for their lives, and they need the support of educators and workers everywhere.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/06/vide…

An Interview with: "A simple boy from the prairie"
Robert Jensen | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-06
When a European graduate student emailed to ask if I would participate in an assignment to "do an interview with one of my favourite authors," I said yes. My books have not exactly been best-sellers, and so I was an easy target for anyone describing me as a "favourite author." But beyond my gratitude for …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/an-interview-…

Ode To Ervin Somogyi Master Guitar Builder
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Ode To Ervin Somogyi, Oakland's Master Guitar Builder! This original song of mine is dedicated to Master Luthier Ervin Somogyi, and is performed by Lynda Carson.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883977…

Yes, Speech can Incite Violence: What Decades of Research Show about Trump's Impeachment Trial
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-06
By Kurt Braddock | — Senators, acting in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump that begins on Feb. 9, will soon have to decide whether to convict the former president for inciting a deadly, violent insurrection at the Capitol building on Jan. 6. A majority of House members, including 10 Republicans, took the …
juancole.com/2021/02/violence-research-i…

Chicago threatens lockout as teachers stand firm on safe classroom demands
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-06
Despite strong opposition from the Chicago Teachers' Union, representing the educators, the Chicago Public Schools and the city administration have decided to reopen in-person classes on Monday…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/06/chicago-t…

Illegal demolition of Palestinian Bedouin village condemned
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-06
Israeli forces demolished the village of Khirbet Humsa for the second time in four months. The rights organization B'Tselem accused Israel of trying to displace the entire Palestinian Bedouin community of the village…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/06/illegal-d…

How to Change the World in One Generation – DxE Intro Workshop
DXE | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Right now the most vulnerable individuals are being exploited on a massive scale and it will only get worse if we don't take action now. But can we as average citizens really make a difference to help them? The answer is YES. In Direct Action Everywhere's workshop, you will learn the history of social movements, the groundbreaking new research that shows the power of ordinary people, and the bold plan to nonviolently abolish the most harmful industry on earth that kills billions of animals every year.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883978…

The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Between Azerbaijan & Armenia
oneworld.press | 2021-02-06
Some countries are in the favor of ceasefire, but the situation still remains unresolved.
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1908

How the Gulf War sparked China's military revolution
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-06
With the technology and firepower on show during the conflict — precision bombing, satellite guidance, missile interception, air-to-surface strike to eliminate tanks, electronic warfare, one-way transparency on the battlefield, stealth bombers — the Gulf War was a "psychological nuclear attack" on China, observers say.
mronline.org/2021/02/06/how-the-gulf-war…

Sunday 2/14: Movie Night: Pussy Riot A Punk Prayer
DXE | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
online…
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Saturday 2/20: Meetup: Supporting Activists Around the World
DXE | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
online event…
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Thursday 2/11: How To Advance Racial Justice Town Hall w/ ACLU
ACLU | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Online town hall via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/05/1883977…

Betsy DeVos is out — but her right-wing agenda lives on
Jeff Bryant | mronline.org | 2021-02-06
Supporters of public education and school teachers were relieved to see Betsy DeVos leave her job as head of the Department of Education, knowing full well the education policies she and former President Trump supported would go nowhere in a President Biden administration.
mronline.org/2021/02/06/betsy-devos-is-o…

Friday 2/12: Conversations Across the African Diaspora w/ Filmmaker & Director Xoliswa Sithole (MOAD)
MADISF | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Online speaker event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/05/1883977…

Weekly News Review — What A Mess We're In
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-02-06
TruePublica Editor: The Tories have been in power now for almost eleven years. In that time, Britain has gone from one of the most politically and economically stable countries in the democratic West — to one of the least. It has a populist in power and political factions within the government are driving wedges into …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/weekly-news-review-what-a-mess-were-in/

Sunday 2/28: Movie Night: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
DXE | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
online event…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883978…

Thursday 2/11: Save the Hampton House: Virtual Gala
CRC Allies and Accomplices | indybay.org | 2021-02-06
Online Event | www.eventbrite.com/e/save-the-hampton-ho…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/05/1883977…

GameStop buying scramble was no "investor revolution"
Ben Carroll | workers.org | 2021-02-06
Over the last two weeks, blaring headlines and memes alike have proclaimed the opening of a new front expressing mass outrage at Wall Street — and in the most unlikely place: the stock market. In 2011 Occupy Wall Street was a real revolt. The mad scramble to buy up GameStop . . . | Continue reading GameStop buying scramble was no "investor revolution" at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54301/?utm_source=rs…

Socialist Feminist Day School Session Two
mgrochowski | dsausa.org | 2021-02-05
The Socialist Feminist Working Group of the Democratic Socialists of America invites you to our second Day School session on February 13, at 4 PM EST/ 1PM PST. We will be discussing Socialism and Identity Politics, from identity politics' roots in the Black, lesbian socialist feminism of the Combahee River Collective to its modern manifestations…
dsausa.org/calendar/socialist-feminist-d…

Our Mutual Fight: The Case against Pakistani Normalization with Israel
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-05
The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel. Doing so is not only dangerous — as it will embolden an already vile, racist, violent apartheid Israel — but it would also be considered a betrayal of a historic legacy of mutual solidarity, collective affinity and brotherhood that …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/our-mutual-fi…

Our Mutual Fight: The Case Against Pakistani Normalization with Israel
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel. Doing so is not only dangerous — as it will embolden an already vile, racist, violent apartheid Israel — but it would also be considered a betrayal of a historic legacy of mutual solidarity, collective affinity and brotherhood that…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/our-mutual-f…

You're Not A Radical, You're Just Sane
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-05
In response to rumors that Bernie Sanders foreign policy advisor Matt Duss may be playing some role in the Joe Biden State Department, bloodthirsty psychopath Nikki Haley told the Washington Free Beacon that this "is another indication that the only unity in Biden's foreign policy is between the far left and the extreme left." | Which is of course ridiculous. Taken as a whole Biden's im…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/youre-n…

Back to Cold War 2.0
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
A fawning liberal media and a passel of well-endowed 'peace' organizations like Plowshares and Council for a Livable World and self-described "progressive" organizations like MoveOn have been hailing Biden's cabinet picks, many of them veterans of the Obama administration, claiming they will steer the US in a new direction under which diplomacy, not bluster and…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/back-to-cold…

The Threat of Nuclear Weapons
Noam Chomsky | zcomm.org | 2021-02-05
"The Threat of Nuclear Weapons: Why Canada Should Sign the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty" Presented by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-threat-of-nucl…

Israeli settlers kill unarmed Palestinian near Ramallah
Qassam Muaddi | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-05
Israeli settlers kill unarmed Palestinian near Ramallah | Residents of Palestinian town of Ras Karkar say killing of Khaled Nofal was unjustifiable | Qassam Muaddi | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 15: 46 | Khaled Nofal (R), an accountant from the West Bank, was shot by an Israeli settler on Friday (Twitter) | An Israeli settler shot dead a Palestinian man near the town of Ras Karkar in the central occupied West Bank on Fri…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palest…

OCHA: "UN reiterates its call for demolitions to end and for international law to be respected"
OCHA | imemc.org | 2021-02-05
Statement by Sarah Muscroft, Head of OCHA in the occupied Palestinian territory, James Heenan, Head of the UN Human Rights Office in the occupied Palestinian territory, and Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Special Representative in the State of Palestine United Nations representatives met yesterday with the Palestinian Bedouin community of Humsa al Bqai'a, in the northern Jordan …
imemc.org/article/ocha-un-reiterates-its…

Palestine Action Co-Founder Arrested For Blackmail
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-05
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 Goddard was taken to Fresh Wharf Custody Base, London. Both he and co-founder Huda Ammori reportedly had their passports seized during the raid. Palestine Action has accused the police of 'harassment.
popularresistance.org/palestine-action-c…

It's Now or Never — We Stare Into the Abyss
Lee Camp | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
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…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/its-now-or-n…

Janet Yellen's Conflict of Interest Augurs Retail Investment Regulation
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-05
As the GameStop market swings continue to squeeze the brains of Redditors who don't know whether to sell or hold, Wall Street's big fish are counting on Janet Yellen to set their rules for the new retail investment game…
mintpressnews.com/janet-yellens-conflict…

The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell's Brain
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
Since 2015, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an iron hand, describing himself as "the Guardian of Gridlock." He was Senator "NO," except for confirming over 200 mostly corporatist federal judges. Now comes a new challenge for Mitch McConnell as he leads 49 other Republican Senators, twenty of whom are up…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/the-struggle…

Amazon workers call for united struggle to oppose the reopening of schools during the pandemic!
wsws.org | 2021-02-05
In the struggle against unsafe reopenings, workers must remind themselves of the traditional militant rank-and-file slogan: "An injury to one is an injury to all."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/05/bwi2…

Ecuador: US-Backed Gov't Scrambles to Privatize the Central Bank Before Elections
MintPress News Desk | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-05
An emergency law dubbed the Humanitarian Support Organic Law would "lockdown" Ecuador's central bank, siphon it from the public sector, and place its financial sovereignty at the whims of private interests under the guise of saving the country from de-dollarization.
mintpressnews.com/ecuador-us-backed-govt…

How ExxonMobil Uses Divide and Rule to Get Its Way in South America
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
Guyana's government used money from ExxonMobil "to meet the estimated cost in 2018 of presenting Guyana/Venezuela controversy at the International Court of Justice including payment of legal fees." In mid-2020, the Guyanese paper Kaieteur News' senior reporter Kiana Wilburg broke the story that the World Bank had paid $1.2 million to Hunton Andrews Kurth, a law firm long associated with ExxonMobil, to revise Guyana's petroleum laws.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/how-exxonmob…

Are we not all in search of tomorrow
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2021-02-05
Money floods the system, eats into the loyalties of politicians, corrupts the institutions of civil society, and shapes the narratives of the media. It matters that the dominant classes in our world own the main communications outlets and that these outlets shape the way people decipher the world around us.
mronline.org/2021/02/05/are-we-not-all-i…

Are We Not All in Search of Tomorrow
Vijay Prashad | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-05
Oswaldo Terreros (Ecuador), Mural para la Universidad Superior de las Artes ('Mural for the University of the Arts'), 2012. In 2019, 613 million Indians voted to appoint their representatives to the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha). During the election campaign, the political parties spent Rs. 60,000 crores (around US $8 billion), 45% of which was spent …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/are-we-not-al…

U.S. Should Pay Iran Reparations
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
Why would I say such an outrageous, treasonous, delusional, OBVIOUSLY-funded-by-Putin thing? Am I hoping to enrage war-crazed sadists who've seen too much television "news"? Not at all. I want them to still be around when I say that it would actually be preferable for the United States to pay reparations to the entire rest of…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/u-s-should-p…

In powerful speeches to Congress, AOC & Rashida Tlaib demand accountability for Capitol attack
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-05
"Some are already demanding that we move on or, worse, attempting to minimize, discredit or belittle the accounts of survivors."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/05/in-powerfu…

On the Line: Farmwork in the Era of COVID-19
David Bacon | progressive.org | 2021-02-05
Being essential during the COVID-19 era also means that farmworkers are forced to put themselves at risk of infection in the orchards.
progressive.org/magazine/on-the-line-far…

The Economist: Democracy Index ranking for Britain rises!!
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-02-05
By TruePublica: The 2020 Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit found that democracy had deteriorated in all seven regions of the world for the first time since 2010, driven by government measures to address the Covid-19 emergency. And while the biggest regressions were in authoritarian regions, the report said that — "the removal of …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-economist-democracy-index-ranking-for-britain-rises/

Epidemic of Despair Could Haunt America Long After COVID
Lynn Stuart Parramore | zcomm.org | 2021-02-05
Researchers worry the pandemic may have severe after-effects, with deaths of despair impacting more distressed and newly-vulnerable populations…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/epidemic-of-despai…

"A Moral Catastrophe": Africa CDC Head Says Lack of Vaccines for the Continent Will Imperil World
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-05
Countries across the African continent are facing a second COVID-19 outbreak, linked to a variant first found in South Africa that has been detected in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros and Zambia and more than 20 non-African countries so far. There is concern new variants, which scientists believe are more infectious, could spread the virus further before widespread vaccination begins. More than 40 African countries have been hit by this second wave, and just six have received relatively small shipments of vaccines. John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the world…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/5/john_nkeng…

Police arrest twelve activists demanding housing for the homeless in Olympia, Washington
wsws.org | 2021-02-05
The housing crisis is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their negative impact on public health, evictions across the country continue to add to the growing numbers of homeless people in the population.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/05/olym…

Remembering Anne Feeney
David Rovics | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-05
On February 3rd, 2021, Anne Feeney died in the hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her children at her side. She was 69 years old. She was a cancer survivor in poor physical health when she fell and broke her back a month ago, and in the hospital she contracted Covid-19, then pneumonia.Although Anne died too …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/remembering-a…

US Senate votes almost unanimously to keep embassy in Jerusalem
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-05
US Senate votes almost unanimously to keep embassy in Jerusalem | Resolution was introduced and passed during Senate's all-night Covid-19 budget reconciliation session | MEE staff | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 16: 21 | Trump administration moved US embassy to Jerusalem in May 2018 (AFP/File photo) | The US Senate voted almost unanimously in favour of keeping the US embassy in Jerusalem, affirming a Trump-era move that neither p…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-senate-vot…

Breaking Point: Europe Is in Revolt Against Lockdown
Paddy Hannam | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-05
Across Europe, Covid restrictions have changed life beyond recognition. From London to Ljubljana and most places in between, people have been shut up indoors and huge economic, educational and health sacrifices have been made. | But something is starting to stir among the people of Europe. There has been a wave of protests — and, in some cases, riots — across the continent. | In the Netherlands, there is a national lockdown. Pubs, bars and non-essential shops are shut. There is also a…
anti-empire.com/breaking-point-europe-is…

Will AI save us from Covid-19? New tool can churn out vaccine models in minutes, not months
rt.com | 2021-02-05
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have unveiled an incredibly powerful, AI-powered method for producing new potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates in a matter of minutes or even seconds. | The new process, developed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, could mark a major turning point in the information war against the coronavirus and its many, increasingly virulent mutations which are taxing an already challenging worldwide vaccine rollout. | The USC team leveraged artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up vaccine analysis which can be quickly and easily adapted to analyze viral mu…
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CDC's COVID Death Count Sleight Of Hand & How Microsoft's ID2020 Is Being Fulfilled Because COVID
Ryan Cristián | thelastamericanvagabond.com | 2021-02-05
Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/5/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth Read…
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Exposure to misinformation could make people refuse a COVID-19 vaccine
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-05
Exposure to online misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines could reduce vaccine uptake, threatening the goal of herd immunity.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214393/exposure-misinformation-could-make-people-refuse

What It's Like to Face a Deadly Pandemic Behind Bars
Leila Rafei | aclu.org | 2021-02-05
For incarcerated people, it can be impossible to prevent contracting COVID-19. Crowded quarters, limited access to hygiene, and inadequate medical care have made jails and prisons the sites of some of the worst outbreaks in the country. To date, more than 350,000 people have tested positive while incarcerated and 2,305 have died, in addition to 145 corrections staff. Some state and local governments have responded by authorizing the release of people who are elderly or immunocompromise…
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Radiation Illnesses And COVID-19 In The Navajo Nation
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-05
The COVID-19 pandemic is wiping out Indigenous elders and with them the cultural identity of Indigenous communities in the United States. But on lands that sprawl across a vast area of the American West, the Navajo (or Diné) are dealing not just with the pandemic, but also with another, related public health crisis. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 is killing Native Americans at nearly three times the rate of whites, and on the Navajo Nation itself, about 30,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and roughly 1,000 have died. But among the Diné, the coronavirus is also s…
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UK announces new vaccine plan for mutant Covid strains with a further 50 million doses, as France misses out on 'French' jab
rt.com | 2021-02-05
The UK government has announced a new partnership with German vaccine manufacturer CureVac to "rapidly develop" jabs to protect against new Covid-19 variants, taking the country's total vaccine order to 457 million doses. | In a statement, the government said that the vaccines it is already administering — those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca/Oxford University — are effective against variants currently dominant in the UK, but the new agreement focuses on responding "rapidly" to inoculate against newer viral strains not yet in circulation. | "The new agreement will utilise UK expertise o…
rt.com/uk/514744-uk-covid19-curevac-deal…

WHO appeals to Covid-19 vaccine developers to share manufacturing sites for a 'massive scale-up' of jab production
rt.com | 2021-02-05
Drug companies should share their manufacturing sites to boost the global rollout of Covid-19 vaccines, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday. | "Last week, Sanofi announced it would make its manufacturing infrastructure available to support production of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. We call on other companies to follow this example," the WHO chief told a news briefing. | Ghebreyesus said some 130 countries, comprising 2.5 billion people, have still not started administering Covid-19 vaccines and that the world needs a "massive scale-up in product…
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Covering up Workplace Covid-19
Marc Norton | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-05
The San Francisco Chronicle ran an excellent article on Sunday, January 31 about the failure of the California Public Health Department (CDPH) to abide by state law requiring the agency to disclose information about COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace, and about the failure of county public health departments, including San Francisco, to disclose information about …
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US Suffers Sharpest Rise In Poverty Rate In More Than 50 Years
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-05
The end of 2020 brought the sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s, according to a new study. | Economists Bruce Meyer from the University of Chicago and James Sullivan of the University of Notre Dame found that the poverty rate increased by 2.4 percentage points during the latter half of 2020 as the U.S. continued to suffer the economic impacts of COVID-19. | That percentage-point rise is nearly double the largest annual increase in poverty since the 1960s. This means an additional 8 million people nationwide are now considered poor. Moreover, the poverty rate for Black Americans is estimated to…
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Climate change 'key' in Covid-19 spreading to humans — study
rt.com | 2021-02-05
A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has found that climate change played a key role in Covid-19 spreading from animals to humans, as the two groups were forced closer together as populations grow. | Scientists examined changes to temperature and rainfall over the last 100 years, specifically modelling bat populations against their habitat needs. They found that climate change had resulted in 40 species relocating during that time to areas in China, Laos and Myanmar. "Bats are the likely zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2," the study noted. | The university researchers outlined how t…
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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
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,…
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Head of Strategic Command: US Must Prepare for "Very Real Possibility" of Nuclear War With China
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-05
In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it.
mintpressnews.com/strategic-command-us-m…

The So-Called Moderna Vaccine Is a Publicly Funded Miracle
Alex Lawson | zcomm.org | 2021-02-05
We could face another global shutdown from a new vaccine-resistant variant of the virus unless we successfully arrest the pandemic with an effective vaccine today…
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Head of Strategic Command: US Must Prepare for "Very Real Possibility" of Nuclear War With China
Alan MacLeod | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-05
In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it. | MPN- Writing in the U.S. Naval Institute Journal, Admiral Charles A. Richard warned that the military must "consider the possibility of great power competition, crisis, or direct armed conflict with a nuclear-capable peer" and update and modernize its approach to its two principal adversaries. | "There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quic…
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Unite conceals ballot results for reinstatement of London bus driver Judith Katera
wsws.org | 2021-02-05
Katera's dismissal is part of a wave of victimisations during the pandemic. Backed by Unite, bus operators are targeting drivers who speak out, suspending them and forcing them to endure disciplinary proceedings whose methods resemble those of a Star Chamber.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/05/judi…

Should People Who Want to Save the World from the Pandemic Be Demanding We Pay China to Produce Billions of Vaccine Doses?
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2021-02-05
I have written repeatedly on how we should have been looking for a collective solution to the pandemic, where countries open-source their research and allow anyone with manufacturing capacity to produce any treatment, test, or vaccine. (We pay upfront, like with Moderna, for those wondering why anyone would do the work.) Anyhow, we obviously did …
cepr.net/should-people-who-want-to-save-…

UK universities step up jobs cull in collaboration with the trade unions
wsws.org | 2021-02-05
The response of the University and College Union to the attack on jobs and the reopening of campuses during the pandemic has been to isolate each dispute and refuse to call unified national strike action.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/05/unjo…

ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-05
ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas | Finding, strongly rejected by Israeli prime minister, clears path for probe into alleged war crimes committed since Israel's 2014 bombardment of Gaza | MEE staff | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 19: 29 | Israeli soldiers deploy as Palestinians and left-wing Israelis protest against settlements and land confiscation, south of Hebron city on 15 January (AFP/…
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ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-05
ICC rules it has jurisdiction to probe alleged war crimes by Israel and Hamas | Finding clears path for court's chief prosecutor to move forward with probe into alleged war crimes committed since Israel's 2014 bombardment of Gaza | MEE staff | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 19: 29 | Israeli soldiers deploy as Palestinians and left-wing Israelis protest against settlements and land confiscation, south of Hebron city on 15 January (AFP/…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/icc-rules-its…

Republicans in Congress engage in hateful Islamophobia to defend their Islamophobe, Greene
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-05
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — In attempting to defend Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican Far Right (a.k.a. the Republican Party) has actually just taken her own as a role. They are performing Greene. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced a bill to strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of her seat on the Foreign Affairs committee. Omar, …
juancole.com/2021/02/republicans-islamop…

The Danger Posed by Far Right to AOC and the Squad Is Very Real
Liza Featherstone | zcomm.org | 2021-02-05
The far right is dangerously obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow left-wing members of Congress. They deserve the Left's solidarity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/1043013/

Greta Thunberg effect: people familiar with young climate activist may be more likely to act
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-05
By Anandita Sabherwal and Sander van der Linden | — She was declared Time magazine's person of the year in the same month that Donald Trump told her to "work on her anger management issues". Greta Thunberg has attracted international attention since her lone demonstration outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. Her "school strike …
juancole.com/2021/02/thunberg-familiar-a…

For an independent movement of the working class to fight the privatisation of Colombo Port! Oppose anti-Indian campaign! Fight for a socialist program!
wsws.org | 2021-02-05
The struggle against the privatisation of Colombo Port sharply highlights the geopolitical issues confronting the working class in Sri Lanka, South Asia and internationally.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/05/port…

Sylvia Ageloff and the Assassination of Leon Trotsky
wsws.org | 2021-02-05
On February 6, the World Socialist Web Site will publish the first installment of a four-part article on the role of Sylvia Ageloff in the Stalinist assassination of Leon Trotsky.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/05/anno…

It's Not Too Early to Criticize Joe Biden
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-05
Censorship in mainstream corporate American media outlets is subtle. It's not so much that they spin the truth. It's that they omit pertinent facts and exclude relevant points of view. So it is with politics. Among the tools available to messaging and framing experts is "flooding the field" — dominating the news with a blizzard…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/05/its-not-too-…

Tribes at Long Last Reclaim Control of National Bison Range
Patrick Shea | progressive.org | 2021-02-05
Indigenous people will take over the management of decimated herds.
progressive.org/dispatches/tribes-reclai…

The Streets Belong to the People — Always Have, Always Will
Vera Eidelman | aclu.org | 2021-02-05
"Take to the streets." These words have always held a special significance when it comes to exercising our right to protest. Throughout our history, generation after generation of activists, people, and communities have taken to our nation's public streets to make their voices heard and to protest for their rights. | But, too often, the government still tries to shut down public protests and silence our voices through violence and oppression. | Indigenous-led protests have been frequent and special targets of these suppression tactics. In 2016 and 2017, those protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipel…
aclu.org/news/free-speech/the-streets-be…

Justice In Nicaragua's North Caribbean Coast
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-05
We have prosecuted six cases of usurpation of the communal domain of Indigenous peoples, where people who are not natives of that community misappropriate land of Indigenous peoples. So, how has this procedure been carried out? In the territories, the owners of the land, who are the presidents of the territorial governments, file a complaint with the National Police. The National Police receives these and it does all the investigative work. Then they refer the cases to the Public Prosecutor's Office, and the Public Prosecutor's Office files the accusation before the Single Local Court. We have sentenced these peo…
popularresistance.org/justice-in-nicarag…

Democrats Need to Make Good on Their Promises
Bryce Covert | thenation.com | 2021-02-05
Democrats Need to Make Good on Their Promises…
thenation.com/article/economy/stimulus-c…

Excessive Stimulus and Other Things Larry Summers Worries About
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2021-02-05
It seems that Larry Summers is worried that the stimulus proposed by President Biden is too large. I will say at the onset that he could be right. However, at the most fundamental level, we have to ask what the relative risks are of too much relative to too little. If we actually are pushing …
cepr.net/excessive-stimulus-and-other-th…

Biden's $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Is Now Ready to Pass With or Without Republicans
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-05
The Senate passed a budget resolution Friday morning that will allow for the passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package with a simple majority vote. | At around 5: 30 am, the resolution passed 51 to 50 along party lines with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tiebreaking vote. The vote unlocked reconciliation, which will allow the Democrats to bypass the filibuster in the Senate and cast a similar party-line vote to eventually pass the stimulus. This came after an a…
truthout.org/articles/bidens-1-9-trillio…

Biden rejects ex-Obama adviser Larry Summers' suggestion stimulus too big: "We can't do too much"
Jon Skolnik | salon.com | 2021-02-05
Bipartisanship laughing off calls from Washington's consultant class to scale back the size of COVID stimulus…
salon.com/2021/02/05/biden-rejects-ex-ob…

So Much for Unity
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2021-02-05
Sorry, Congressional Republicans lost their right to be advocates for unity and bipartisanship when they enabled Trump and his mob to attack the Capitol.
progressive.org/dispatches/so-much-for-u…

Russia slams 'immoral' claims from oligarchs over collapsed Yukos oil empire as final showdown around $50bn legal case begins
rt.com | 2021-02-05
A long-running battle over the world's largest legal bill could soon be settled as a court in the Netherlands begins hearing arguments in the case of defunct energy giant Yukos, once among Russia's largest resource companies. | Hearings as part of the $50 billion case began at the Supreme Court in The Hague on Friday, with lawyers for the Russian government seeking to overturn a Dutch tribunal's previous decision to hand damages to the business' ex-shareholders. Yukos' former owners say the company's assets were confiscated in what amounted to state "appropriation." Moscow insists that they are not 'bona fide'…
rt.com/russia/514741-yukos-oligarchs-sho…

Biden Pledges End to US Offensive Support for Saudi-Led Assault on Yemen
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-05
President Joe Biden has pledged to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, supported by both the Obama and Trump administrations, describing it as a "humanitarian and strategic catastrophe." The six-year war in Yemen has devastated the country, killing at least 100,000 people and pushing 80% of the country into instability requiring some form of aid or protection, according to the United Nations. Biden's remarks on Yemen come amid a freeze of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, with similar sa…
truthout.org/video/biden-pledges-end-to-…

Yemen: Biden to End U.S. Offensive Support for Saudi-Led Assault, But Will the War Actually End?
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-05
President Joe Biden has pledged to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, supported by both the Obama and Trump administrations, describing it as a "humanitarian and strategic catastrophe." The six-year war in Yemen has devastated the country, killing at least 100,000 people and pushing 80% of the country into instability requiring some form of aid or protection, according to the United Nations. Biden's remarks on Yemen come amid a freeze of U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, with similar sales to the United Arab Emirates also up for review. "This is the culmination of six years of activism and advocacy t…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/5/biden_saud…