Daily Archives: February 8, 2021

2021-02-08: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Florida governor opens vaccination center at Cuban exile museum. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday inaugurated a Covid-19 vaccination center in the museum of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association (Brigade 2506) as a form of "compensation" for Cuban exiles who, according to the governor's remarks, are part of the state's "backbone." At a press conference held at the museum …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Bolivia probes mysterious deaths of condors. laprensalatina.com La Paz, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A team of veterinarians and biologists traveled Monday to a ravine in the southern Bolivian region of Tarija where 35 condors were found dead. The experts "will work at the site to take samples and identify what happened," regional Gov. Adrian Oliva told reporters. Other animals, including a goat and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Senate agrees on schedule for Trump's impeachment trial. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Top lawmakers in the US Senate on Monday arrived at agreement on the schedule and structure of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, slated to begin on Tuesday on the charge of "inciting insurrection" and which they promised will be "fair." "All parties have agreed to a structure that …

_____ (2021-02-08). The Black Antiwar Movement Demands Biden Take Concrete Steps To End The Wars At Home And Abroad. popularresistance.org President Biden declared early in his presidency that he wants to advance racial equity. The new Secretary of Defense, General Lloyd Austin, the first Black person to serve in that role, announced his intentions to root out racism in the Pentagon. The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) recently launched two new campaigns calling for specific actions the Biden administration can take to end militarization of black and brown communities and to end the 'forever war' on Afghanistan. Clearing the FOG speaks with Ajamu Baraka, the national organizer for BAP, about these initiatives and the imperative to build the antiwar,…

Dean Baker (2021-02-08). Wealth Inequality: Should We Care? cepr.net I have been dismissive of many of the folks, mostly progressives, who highlight wealth inequality as a measure of overall inequality. As most of us know, the richest people in the country have gotten a lot richer since the start of the pandemic. (Of course, the story isn't quite as dramatic if we use February …

WSWS (2021-02-08). Chicago Teachers Union endorses a bargain with death, agrees to in-person classes. wsws.org City officials and the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) came to an agreement Sunday on a deadly plan to reopen schools in the third largest district in the US at the height of the pandemic.

John Feffer (2021-02-08). Russia: A New Start? counterpunch.org It's winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious conditions, if you are brave

Marc Norton (2021-02-08). Sports team billionaires are the big pandemic winners. peoplesworld.org The assets of Charles Johnson, the controversial chief owner of the San Francisco Giants, increased by $815 million during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, his net worth was a mere $4.2 billion dollars. By January 2021 he commanded a fortune of $5.015 billion, an increase just short of 20%. Workers at Oracle Park, where …

WSWS (2021-02-08). Capitalism versus socialism: The pandemic and the global class struggle. wsws.org &nbsp…

_____ (2021-02-08). The government knew about Covid in 2016 and failed to prepare. truepublica.org.uk TruePublca published an article in March last year, excerpts of which are below (HERE) regarding Britain's preparedness plans in the event of a pandemic, which every responsible government in the world will have. The results showed how the Conservative government tested the NHS for a flu-like pandemic, such as Covid 19, over a three-day period …

WSWS (2021-02-08). British Medical Journal calls pandemic response "social murder" wsws.org The editorial published in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical periodicals is a devastating indictment of the policies of governments around the world in response to the pandemic.

R.R. (2021-02-08). Newsom, Stop The Executions! Rally & Caravan to End the COVID Deaths in Prisons. indybay.org Activists in Oakland caravanned across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco on January 31, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to grant the mass release of incarcerated individuals. They said that Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Corrections (CDC) are responsible for the deaths of at least 180 people in prisons since the start of the COVID pandemic.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-08). Oxfam report: Coronavirus pandemic 'bared brutal, unequal and unsustainable world'. peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2021-02-08). Czech Republic clinics collapse as pandemic rages. wsws.org The coronavirus pandemic is assuming increasingly dramatic forms in the Czech Republic.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Recent developments in Manaus, Brazil raise many issues about the future course of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org After premature and unjustified claims of reaching "herd immunity," the Brazilian city has been ravaged by a second wave of coronavirus that has overwhelmed local health care resources.

John Clarke and Vishwas Satgar (2021-02-08). Struggles in the Shadow of the Pandemic. indybay.org For Trump, wealth, privilege, and power was even license to invent reality as he saw fit. Thus any divergence from his worldview and interests were 'fake news'. Trump ensured the plutocratic wealthy were no longer in the political shadows but now in the mainstream.

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-08). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits. counterpunch.org Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity.

Editor (2021-02-08). Stock Market Pipedreams. socialistproject.ca We chat about Biden's cancelling of the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a socialist perspective on the GameStop stock surge and financial market 'democratization'.

_____ (2021-02-08). Scotland's Red Council. popularresistance.org As roads to socialism close nationally, the need for a municipal road to socialism is borne by those of us on the Labour left who are privileged to hold power at a local level. | We may be few, but our impact is big. From Matthew Brown and the 'Preston Model', Paul Dennett's 'Sensible Socialism' in Salford, and Rohksana Fiaz's 'People Power' participation in Newham, through to Jamie Driscoll's green agenda in the North of Tyne, the Left is demonstrating that we have the ideas to drive change. | In Scotland, my North Ayrshire minority administration bears the responsibility for driving a socialist agenda in Scotti…

Staff (2021-02-08). Raji Sourani: Gaza Faces COVID Crisis as Israel Withholds Vaccines While Imposing Inhumane Blockade. democracynow.org The World Health Organization estimates there have been 51,312 confirmed cases and 522 deaths from COVID-19 in Gaza since reporting began in July 2020, and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees warns the Gaza Strip's health system could collapse if the number of cases continues to rise. We get an update from Raji Sourani, human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, on how Gaza has been impacted by COVID-19 as an ongoing blockade has destroyed its health infrastructure. "Our equipment is unable to deal with the emerging situation," Sourani says.

Staff (2021-02-08). ICC's "Landmark Decision" Could Open Door to Prosecuting Israel for War Crimes in Palestine. democracynow.org In a landmark decision, judges at the International Criminal Court say the body has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, opening the door to possible criminal charges against Israel and militant groups like Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the international tribunal's decision "pure anti-Semitism" and rejected its claim of jurisdiction, as did the United States, while Palestinian officials and human rights groups welcome the news. Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, says the decision restores "the i…

Staff (2021-02-08). Rep. Cori Bush Denounces White Supremacist Violence from the Capitol Insurrection to Ferguson. democracynow.org With former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial set to begin in the Senate this week, we feature the speech Democratic Congressmember Cori Bush of Missouri made Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand accountability for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. "On January 3, we stood together to swear our oath to office, to the Constitution. We swore to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic," Bush said. "It was attacked by a domestic enemy called white supremacy, and we must stand together now, today, to uphold that oath and hold every single person who helped incite it accounta…

Jake Lindahl (2021-02-08). Bessemer, Alabama, community rallies for Amazon workers' union. liberationnews.org The rally was organized by RWDSU to mark the beginning of the voting period on Feb 8, when Bessemer's Amazon workers will start to cast their votes via mail-in ballots.

Jake Lindahl (2021-02-08). Bessemer, Alabama, community rallies for Amazon workers' union. zcomm.org "We're down here to fight for the people, to get them dignity, respect, and a living wage—not a minimum wage."

IMEMC News (2021-02-08). Israeli Colonists Attack Palestine TV Crew Near Salfit. imemc.org Several Israeli colonists attacked, Monday, a crew of Palestine TV near the entrance of Ariel colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, near Salfit, in central West Bank. Palestine TV said the colonists attacked its crew members while filming a documentary about the escalating illegal Israeli colonialist activities and the dangerously increasing assaults by …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-08). "Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given": Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist. dissidentvoice.org Claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly, 'The Forward', point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to …

bay area anarchists (2021-02-08). Junipero Serra statue vandalized in San Mateo County. indybay.org White supremacist symbol of colonization thoroughly defaced in solidarity with indigenous resistance…

L. Mankiller (2021-02-08). Fifity Thousand Sign Petition in Support of Indigenous Demonstrators. indybay.org Tens of thousands of supporters have signed petition for Marin County District Attorney Lori Frugoli to drop the charges against a group of Indigenous Peoples Day demonstrators.

L. Mankiller (2021-02-08). Sunday 2/7: Support Indigenous Resistance! indybay.org Take action where you are!

_____ (2021-02-08). André Arauz Wins First Round Of Ecuadorian Presidential Election. popularresistance.org Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won the first round in the Ecuadorian presidential elections that were held on Sunday, February 7. He obtained 31.74% of the votes, as per the results of the quick count by the national electoral council. It is not fully clear who is in the second place as the results showed a technical tie between Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities‚Ää (CREO) party and Social Christian Party (PSC), and Yaku Pérez of the Indigenous Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement party. Lasso obtained 20.05% of the votes, while Pérez secure…

WSWS (2021-02-08). Canadian filmmaker Michelle Latimer targeted over alleged lack of Indigenous credentials. wsws.org Latimer has been turned into a virtual pariah over questions about her ethnic background detailed in a CBC article published in December.

Staff (2021-02-08). Landmark ICC Decision Could Open the Door for Prosecuting Israel on War Crimes. truthout.org In a landmark decision, judges at the International Criminal Court say the body has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, opening the door to possible criminal charges against Israel and militant groups like Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the international tribunal's decision "pure anti-Semitism" and rejected its claim of jurisdiction, as did the United States, while Palestinian officials and human rights groups welcome the news. Human…

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-08). ExxonMobil exploits divisions in South America to score massive oil profits. peoplesworld.org Tensions are rising between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana's President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations …

Norman Solomon (2021-02-08). What About the "Unimpeachable" Offenses? indybay.org Hidden in plain sight…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-08). Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses. zcomm.org The presidential offenses that are routinely considered unimpeachable — and therefore ultimately acceptable — tell us a lot about Congress. And about U.S. mass media. And maybe about ourselves…

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2021-02-08). WAFA: "African leaders: Israeli settlements on occupied territories are illegal" imemc.org ADDIS ABABA, Sunday, February 07, 2021 (WAFA) — African leaders reaffirmed today that all Israeli settlements erected on the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan, are illegal. In the final statement of the two-day virtual 34th African Union Summit, African leaders stressed that Israel's settlements constitute serious violations of international humanitarian …

Peter Koenig (2021-02-08). Towards a Police State in Switzerland? The Covid Face Mask. globalresearch.ca In the morning of 5 February 2021, a distinguished gentleman, professional, in his early 70s, impeccably dressed in suit and tie (no name shall be mentioned) — was running to catch an 8 AM train at the Geneva principal railway …

N.D. Jayaprakash (2021-02-08). Conspiracy to Malign Farmers' Movement in India. counterpunch.org Why was Red Fort Left Unguarded When Delhi was on "High Alert"? For over two months now, hundreds of thousands of farmers have been waging an unprecedented struggle at five locations around the National Capital Region of Delhi against three farm laws, which essentially seek to hand over control of India's agricultural sector to large

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-08). Chicago threatens lockout as teachers stand firm on safe classroom demands. mronline.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.

Juan Cole (2021-02-08). Global heating from CO2 breaks Himalayan Glacier, floods sweep away Scores, destroy Hydroelectric Plant. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — A huge chunk of the Nanda Devi glacier in the Himalayas broke off Sunday morning, melting and crashing down on villages around Joshimath in India's Uttarakhand state, leaving nine dead and 140 unaccounted for. The turbulent grey deluge of water, ice and rocks slammed into two hydro-electric plants, destroying one …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-08). Sudan dissolves cabinet to bring ex-rebels into lineup. middleeasteye.net Sudan dissolves cabinet to bring ex-rebels into lineup | Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is expected to include seven ministers from rebel groups in his new cabinet | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 16: 36 | Former rebel groups struck a peace deal with Khartoum in October, but violence continues in Darfur (AFP)
| Sudan's ruling body said on Monday it would announce a new cabinet to include ex-rebel ch…

Staff (2021-02-08). 2021 could be the year labor strikes back. therealnews.com Labor organizer and writer Rand Wilson joins "The Marc Steiner Show" to discuss how unions can use this moment as an opportunity to draw non-union workers to the labor movement and expand collective bargaining.

IMEMC News (2021-02-08). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Including One Who Was Shot In Chest, In Jenin. imemc.org Several Israeli army vehicles invaded, on Monday at dawn, Jenin refugee camp, and Qabatia town, in the northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, before the soldiers stormed homes and abducted four Palestinians, including one who was shot in the chest in his home. Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded Jenin refugee camp, before the …

Cristian Alcaraz (2021-02-08). El Monte PD escalates violence against San Gabriel Valley street vendors. liberationnews.org On Feb. 6, the El Monte Police Department brutally tackled, assaulted and arrested local street vendor, Los Palomos, in the intersection of Valley Blvd and Mountain View Road in Los Angeles County's San Gabriel Valley. This is another in a widespread series of attacks on street vendors in the area. The EMPD, accompanied by a …

Christopher Woody (2021-02-08). The US Is Sending Bomber Crews and Destroyer Captains North to Learn How to Fight in the Arctic. anti-empire.com The US military is getting more active in the Arctic, working with allies amid tensions with Russia. | US Air Force bombers and Navy surface ships have been an increasingly visible presence there. | The region remains one of low tension, but Russia and NATO are both wary of the other's activity. | The US military's renewed focus on the Arctic means more operations in a uniquely challenging environment, and its personnel a…

Urariano Mota (2021-02-08). Leading Brazilian Communist José Carlos Ruy has died. peoplesworld.org Editor's note from Eric A. Gordon: José Carlos Ruy entered my life very recently, but very forcefully. The repercussions of our online meeting are destined to cast a long shadow. Out of the blue (or "over the transom" as they say in the publishing world) People's World received an article by him—in English—celebrating the life of Brazilian left-wing poet …

Staff (2021-02-08). Unionizing the ACLU. therealnews.com In this episode of Working People, we talk with three union reps about the fight to unionize staff at the American Civil Liberties Union and the wave of union drives at nonprofits around the U.S.

Staff (2021-02-08). Charlie Cobb: 'Protest is necessary… but it is not sufficient.'. therealnews.com Forty years ago, longtime civil rights activist and journalist Charlie Cobb spoke to prisoners at the Maryland Penitentiary as part of the "To Say Their Own Words" program. Four decades later, Eddie Conway speaks with Cobb about the news industry, internationalism, and how the world has changed since 1980.

Staff (2021-02-08). Gig Workers' Data Rights Should Be Prioritized in Labor's Next Fight. truthout.org In the November election, California voters delivered a blow to gig workers by

IMEMC News (2021-02-08). Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians, including five who were kidnapped by undercover forces, in the Ramallah governorate, in central West Bank. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah city, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. They added that the soldiers abducted a …

Eds. (2021-02-08). Breaking the Glass Screen — Framing monopoly capitalism in global commodity chains. mronline.org In 2007—a digital time not spatially long ago—a month before the iPhone was production scheduled, the late Steven Jobs took some of his staff to an office. He had been carrying a prototype of the device in his pocket daily for weeks.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-08). Israel's Netanyahu pleads not guilty to corruption weeks before election. middleeasteye.net Israel's Netanyahu pleads not guilty to corruption weeks before election | The premier is the first to be indicted in office after he was charged last year over graft allegations
| Mon, 02/08/2021 – 07: 48 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a hearing of his corruption trial at the Jerusalem district court, on 8 February 2021 (AFP) | Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-08). Biden's Iran Policy Is Just Trump's Iran Policy With A Rainbow Flag Emoji. thealtworld.com In a new interview with CBS Evening News, President Biden "Will the U.S. lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?" Biden was asked by CBS's Norah O'Donnell. | "No," the president replied. | "They have to stop enriching uranium first," asked O'Donnell. | Biden nodded…

Russell Mokhiber (2021-02-08). Appalachian Trail Conservancy Refuses to Make Public $19.5 Million Pipeline Agreement. counterpunch.org For six years, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) fought the Mountain Valley Pipeline's proposal to dig under the Appalachian Trail for its 303-mile natural gas pipeline. Then last year, the ATC announced that it was taking up to $19.5 million from Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Mark Schuller (2021-02-08). The Foreign Roots of Haiti's "Constitutional Crisis" counterpunch.org As per usual, news on Haiti in the U.S. remains limited, except for periods of 'crisis.' As if on cue, U.S. media began reporting on Haiti's "constitutional crisis" this week. Sunday, February 7, is the end of Haitian president Jovenel MoàØse's term according to the constitution. He refuses to step down. Last week, the opposition

Joanna Williams (2021-02-08). Lockdown Has Destroyed the Private Sphere. anti-empire.com 'You must stay at home.' With this directive, issued by Boris Johnson on 23 March last year, our homes became more central to our lives than ever before. One of the first revelations of

Liberation Staff (2021-02-08). Another protest over Trevor Seever killing. liberationnews.org On Dec. 29, 2020, Trevor Seever, age 29, was gunned down by Modesto police officer Joseph Lamantia. On Jan. 9, a protest was held to demand justice for Seever, and a second protest for justice was organized and held on Jan. 30. Liberation News interviewed two family members at the protest, Katrina Rodriguez (Trevor's cousin) …

Rin Bernhardt (2021-02-08). Sinkholes and wasted water: oil industry destructiveness in New Mexico. liberationnews.org In July of 2008, a large plot of land in southeastern New Mexico caved in, resulting in a sinkhole 120 feet deep and 400 feet wide.

John Feffer (2021-02-08). America, the Fickle Superpower: World Welcomes Biden, but fears more Trumps. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — The nightmare is over. The vanquished beast has crawled back to Mar-a-Lago to lick his wounds. The heroes are hard at work repairing the damage. As America returns to the international stage, the world heaves a collective sigh of relief. That, at least, is the story the incoming Biden administration is …

Ali Harb (2021-02-08). Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says. middleeasteye.net Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says | Saudi women's rights activist has been in jail, where her family says she endured torture, for more than 1,000 days | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 22: 20 | Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul had been sentenced to almost six years in jail (AFP/File photo) | After more than 1,000 days in detention where she endured torture and hunger strikes, Saudi women's rights acti…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-08). Arabic press review: Palestinians step up efforts to sue Israel at ICC. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestinians step up efforts to sue Israel at ICC | Meanwhile, Hamas is reportedly split on decision to participate in elections, and Egypt and the UAE feel alienated after results of UN-sponsored Libyan elections | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 14: 25 | The Bakr family in their house in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on 7 February, with posters of four children from their exten…

David Rovics (2021-02-08). Resistance Songs: Remembering Anne Feeney. counterpunch.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 young, she lived a long life. She lived many lives during those 69 years, really, and she cheated death at least a couple times during her last decade on Earth.

MEE staff (2021-02-08). UAE spies intercepted emails between Qatar's Sheikha Moza, Michelle Obama: Report. middleeasteye.net UAE spies intercepted emails between Qatar's Sheikha Moza, Michelle Obama: Report | New York Times reports email communications between Qatari royal and former US first lady were surveilled | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 18: 42 | Former US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) meets with Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, on 3 November 2015 (AFP/File photo) | Spies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ha…

Joe Murphy (2021-02-08). Brits Told to Expect to Take a Third Vaccine Jab in the Autumn. anti-empire.com A health minister today signalled that millions of Britons can expect to get a third injection of Covid-19 vaccine this year to halt the South African mutation and other new variants. | Ed Argar said an autumn booster was being developed to "outwit" a virus that is constantly evolving to beat human defences. | The development came as South Africa suspended its mass roll-out of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine following a small-scale study of younger volunteers that suggested it did not prevent transmission of the new variant or mild-to-moderate illness. Experts warned that the South African strain could prolong s…

teleSUR Desk (2021-02-08). People back the streets against the military coup. mronline.org Activists reported that demonstrators donated water, food, and face shields to the police as they ask them to be on their side, otherwise future generations will suffer. Myanmarese in Norway and Netherlands also protested against the coup carried on February 1, 2021.

Paul Cochrane (2021-02-08). No Beach Dompas: an Illegal Dip in the Indian Ocean During South Africa's Covid-19 Restrictions. counterpunch.org Tucked away down a residential road near the beach house we were staying at for the weekend is a path that cuts through thick sub-tropical vegetation to the Indian Ocean. As we arrive, we see, right there at the turnoff to the path, an idling police car. It looks like our chances of going for

IMEMC News (2021-02-08). Soldiers Demolish Well, Two Sheds, Near Ramallah And Tubas. imemc.org Israeli soldiers demolished, Monday, an irrigation well near Ramallah, in central West Bank, and two residential sheds near Tubas, in northeastern West Bank. Media sources said the soldiers invaded the al-Mughayyir village, east of Ramallah, and demolished an irrigation well. Marzouk Abu Na'im, the head of the -Mughayyir village council, said the well is owned …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-08). Palestinian Authority will use its own postal codes from April. peoplesdispatch.org The services, set to start from April 2021, will soon be extended to the blockaded Gaza strip. The move is expected to provide relief to Palestinians who have seen over 7,000 postal violations by Israel in 2020…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-08). Imperial's Covid outbreak tool projects vaccine impact around world. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's coronavirus outbreak tool has been updated to project the impact of vaccine programmes in all countries.

WSWS (2021-02-08). As schools are forced open, Iowa removes all COVID-19 regulations. wsws.org A new public health declaration went into effect Sunday, lifting all state-wide mask mandates and restrictions on gatherings, including at bars and restaurants.

Sarah Jaffe (2021-02-08). First, Nurses Saved Our Lives—Now They're Saving Our Health Care. thenation.com First, Nurses Saved Our Lives—Now They're Saving Our Health Care…

Andrew Emett (2021-02-08). Democratic legislators introduce COVID Whistleblower Protection Act. nationofchange.org The bill seeks to institute stronger legal whistleblower protections for employees who work for entities that receive COVID-19 relief funds…

Sarah Jaffe (2021-02-08). How Nurses Went From Saving Lives to Saving Health Care. thenation.com How Nurses Went From Saving Lives to Saving Health Care…

Paul Dobson (2021-02-08). National Gas Chief Arrested for Corruption at Venezuela's PDVSA. venezuelanalysis.com On the same day, local oil managers Alfredo Chirinos and Aryenis Torrealba were sentenced to five years, provoking anger from their grassroots support campaign.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-02-08). India Needs Course Correction on Myanmar. asia-pacificresearch.com

_____ (2021-02-08). Haiti: Protesters Demand President Moise Steps Down. popularresistance.org Amid ongoing protests, the diaspora watched as journalists reported the arrest of a Supreme Court justice and a police inspector in Haiti on Feb. 7, the day opposition leaders, civil society and human rights groups say President Jovenel Moise should step down. | During the week leading up to Feb. 7, politicians and civil society groups from throughout the diaspora called for U.S. intervention, some citing the need to convene dialogue, while others called for a transitional government. The U.S. State Department has stated that Moise's term ends in February 2022 and has called for elections this year, despite wides…

_____ (2021-02-08). The Foreign Roots Of Haiti's 'Constitutional Crisis'. popularresistance.org As per usual, news on Haiti in the United States remains limited, except for during periods of "crisis." As if on cue, U.S. media began reporting on Haiti's "constitutional crisis" this week. | Sunday, February 7 is the end of Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse's term, according to the constitution. He refuses to step down. This week, the opposition called for a two-day general strike, uniting around a transition with the head of Haiti's Supreme Court stepping in. | Most reporting failed to note the international role, and particularly that of the United States, in creating this "crisis." And nearly all focu…

César Chelala, Alberto Luis Zuppi (2021-02-08). The Price of Democracy. counterpunch.org The mob which invaded Capitol Hill on January 6th threatening the lives of Vice-President Pence and Senator Pelosi was clear proof that democracy is always fragile, easy to be shaken by an uncontrolled group moved by a delusional president. Until then, overturning governments in this continent had been a Latin American tradition. The sight of

Jeet Heer (2021-02-08). Larry Summers Is Still Worth Ignoring. thenation.com Larry Summers Is Still Worth Ignoring…

Staff (2021-02-08). Headlines for February 8, 2021. democracynow.org Dems to Introduce $3,000 Benefit for Children as They Push Ahead with $1.9 Trillion Stimulus, Pentagon to Deploy Troops for Vaccination Effort as Fans Defy Warnings Around Super Bowl Parties, South Africa Halts Rollout of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine, Wyoming GOP Censures Rep. Liz Cheney for Backing Trump's Impeachment, Judge Rules NY Republican Claudia Tenney Won Last Open House Race, Mass Protests Continue in Burma Opposing Military Coup, Removal of Aung San Suu Kyi, Indian Farmworkers Blockade Roads as Mass Protests Show No Sign of Slowing Down, Scores of People Missing and Feared Dead After Himalayan Glacier Co…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-02-08). It's Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich. counterpunch.org As Democrats and Republicans jostle over the particulars of a new economic stimulus package to address the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not too early in President Joe Biden's tenure to ask, "when will we start taxing the rich?" Upon joining the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) promptly announced she would

Staff (2021-02-08). Democrats Push for Monthly Child Stipends as Part of Biden's Stimulus Package. truthout.org Democrats are set to unveil a plan on Monday to flesh out President Joe Biden's proposal to help tackle child poverty by sending families $3,000 per child and $3,600 per child under 6 over the course of a year. | The expanded child tax credit would be passed as part of the stimulus and would send $250 or $300 per child per month starting in July for one year. Similar to the current version of the relief checks, the program has a wage cap at $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples, wh…

Staff (2021-02-08). The Shecession: Women Face Staggering Job & Income Losses Amid the Pandemic's Economic Crisis. democracynow.org As Democrats in Congress push forward on passing President Joe Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus package, many experts say measures to combat the economic fallout from COVID-19 must address the pandemic's disproportionate impact on women — especially women of color. Women in the U.S. lost 5.5 million jobs in the first 10 months of the pandemic, nearly 1 million more job losses than men, and, combined with increased responsibilities for caregiving at home, are experiencing a "shecession," according to researcher C. Nicole Mason. "Women have been disproportionately impacted by job and income losses duri…

The Babylon Bee (2021-02-08). $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Expected to Stimulate National Debt. anti-empire.com Congress is looking to pass a 1.9 trillion-dollar stimulus package, which experts say will have a highly stimulating effect on the national debt. | "We will pass this stimulus bill without Republican support," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Doing so will help hard-working Americans and breathe fresh new life into our national debt!" | Financial experts from The New York Times' opinion page have long feared that America's national debt is not growing fast enough to sustain their brilliant economic theories, and hope this bill will serve to boost the national debt to more comfortable levels. | There are some detractor…

Staff (2021-02-08). Ilhan Omar Says Lowering Income Threshold for Stimulus Will "Poison" Relief Bill. truthout.org As talks of compromise and unity in Washington pose the possibility of reshaping a proposed coronavirus economic package, progressives in Congress are sounding off on President Joe Biden's apparent willingness to change income threshold requirements that would significantly curtail who receives stimulus checks. |

_____ (2021-02-08). VIDEO: Russian Covid-19 Vaccine Vindicated Despite Western 'Pandemic' of Russophobia. strategic-culture.org One would think that the mainstream media would want to help to save lives by highlighting some of Russia's legitimate successes against the coronavirus. But pushing an endless stream of Russophobia is clearly far more important to them.

RT (2021-02-08). Universal healthcare 'absolute necessity' during pandemic, Dems have 'no excuses' not to provide it — Bernie Sanders's son to RT. rt.com There is a chance to "pressure" Joe Biden into adopting progressive policies, and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for universal healthcare, the son of US Senator Bernie Sanders, Levi Sanders, told RT. | Sanders, a campaign policy strategist, told RT's Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground that the single-payer system Americans call Medicare-for-all enjoys popular support in the US and is needed now more than ever. | "It is absolutely a necessity amidst the worst pandemic that we had, probably, in a hundred years. It is extraordinarily important that we have healthcare that is guaranteed to…

Staff (2021-02-08). House Democrats Say Trump Admin Told CDC to Suppress COVID Tests to Hide Cases. truthout.org In a move that renews the House Oversight Committee's investigation into former President Donald Trump's pandemic response, Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina) has requested assistance from the White House in finding more information and documents to help them delve deeper into the matter. | In his request,

Thomas Buonomo (2021-02-08). How Evangelical Leaders worshiped the Golden Calf of Trump's Authoritarianism. juancole.com Washington, D.C. (Special to Informed Comment) — In the last four years, disinformation propagated by Republican political elites including, most outrageously, Donald Trump, has threatened our democratic republic no less than the pandemic has threatened our lives and devastated our economy. Evangelical leaders including Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Paula …

_____ (2021-02-08). Inside Ecuador's Citizens Revolution. popularresistance.org Quito, Ecuador – The South American nation of Ecuador is currently suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades. Poverty is skyrocketing, corruption is rampant, and the US-backed government has shown itself to be deeply undemocratic. | On February 7, Ecuador will hold a historic election that could fundamentally change its direction, moving the nation away from its current neoliberal policies and reliance on Washington, and restoring the socialist-oriented program of former President Rafael Correa, who launched a progressive movement called the Citizens' Revolution.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-08). Ilhan Omar Warns Progressives Will Revolt If Dems 'Poison' Relief Bill by Curbing Eligibility for $1,400 Checks. commondreams.org "Democrats with a slim majority in the Congress can't pass this bill without progressives and must resist suggestions that will ultimately tank this relief bill." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-02-08). Bolivia Heading Towards Cooperative Politics and Economy. strategic-culture.org Half of the country's revenues still come from natural gas and oil. Agricultural production is second. Arce wishes to diversify the economy, Ron Ridenour writes. | Communtarian-indigenous based Movement toward Socialism (MAS) regained governmental control of the country, October 18, 2021, defeating the U.S.-backed rightest coup government. (1) | Luis Arce, President Evo Morales' (2006-2019) minister of economy and public finance, and David Choquehuanca, Morales' foreign minister, won the presidency and vice-presidency with 55% of the vote (3.4 million). The closest opposition candidate was former conservative pre…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-08). Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses. commondreams.org If what's impeachable is only what members of Congress say it is, constituents should insist that egregiously narrow definitions must no longer prevail. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-02-08). Electoral Politics Use the Same Containment Strategies as Alzheimer's Facilities. strategic-culture.org The public will periodically become agitated at the way their wealth and resources are being stolen from them and spent on overseas wars, or the fact that they are deliberately kept poor and busy by a plutocratic system in which the relative wealth of the rich is given more political power by the relative poverty of everyone else, and they are redirected.

RT (2021-02-08). Judge rejects Ghislaine Maxwell's bid to keep 20 pages of Epstein testimony PRIVATE. rt.com Accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has "minimal" privacy interest in keeping 20 lines of testimony sealed, said a US judge, rejecting the bid by former Jeffrey Epstein associate to prevent them from being made public. | US District Judge Loretta Preska said on Monday that the lines from a sealed 2016 deposition related only to massages and not private sexual activity of consenting adults, so the public's right to know outweighed Maxwell's privacy interests. | "There is no reason not to unseal this portion of testimony," Preska wrote. "While the court acknowledges Ms. Maxwell's interest in a fair cr…

RT (2021-02-08). 'Canceled & humiliated': White House ASL interpreter with links to pro-Trump group reportedly banned by Biden administration. rt.com The White House reportedly no longer uses the services of a sign language interpreter who was exposed as leading a volunteer group that provided translations of right-wing Trump-supporting videos for the deaf community. | Heather Mewshaw said she was "canceled and humiliated publicly" after her volunteer work was first reported by Time magazine in January. She interpreted five briefings for the Trump administration in its last weeks and was tapped again to interpret Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, two weeks ago. An independent contractor, she told the New York Post that since the scandal broke, she has…

RT (2021-02-08). Washington ready to rejoin UN Human Rights Council… to shift its attention from Israel's violations. rt.com US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced America will "re-engage" with the UNHRC as an "observer" in a bid to pressure the international body to dispense with what he called its "disproportionate" focus on Israel. | Touting the Biden administration's supposed return toward "a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality," the newly-appointed diplomat tore into the council over its efforts to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing violations of international law. | "We recognize that the Human Rights Council is a flawed body, in need of reform to its agenda, membership, and focus,…

RT (2021-02-08). Trump impeachment is 'constitutionally flawed' & Capitol riot was 'pre-planned' — lawyers. rt.com Ex-president Donald Trump's lawyers have eviscerated the impeachment charge against him, accusing Democrats of conducting "no investigation" of the raid and claiming Capitol rioters already had plans to swarm the building. | As the former president prepares to face the Senate for his second impeachment trial, Trump's lawyers have called out Democratic leaders for what they describe as a shameful weaponization of the January 6 Capitol raid, denouncing the proceedings as both unconstitutional and unprofessional. | The demonstrators had already planned to enter the Capitol when Trump began speaking to them in fro…

RT (2021-02-08). 'Your legacy on the line': Lincoln Project waves off scandals, posts video warning lawmakers to 'save America' by impeaching Trump. rt.com The Lincoln Project is back to targeting Donald Trump, waving off recent controversies about their own organization, and warning lawmakers to save their "legacies" and "save America" by voting to impeach the former president. | "For a moment, put aside your fear," announces the new Lincoln Project ad, which is rife with images of the US Capitol building and the riot that occurred there on January 6. | The ad directly addresses lawmakers set to vote in Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which kicks off this week, telling them it will be the "most important vote" of their careers and warning that "your legacy is…

RT (2021-02-08). Cannon fired at baby shower celebration kills 26-year-old Michigan man. rt.com An expecting couple set off a celebratory cannon at their baby shower, but things went horrifically wrong when gunpowder in the machine exploded, sending shrapnel all around, killing one guest. | "(It was) Similar to a signal cannon," Michigan State Police Lt. Liz Rich said, according to local affiliate WJRT. "The cast material exploded and sent projectiles in all directions." | All the cannon was supposed to do was create a flash and smoke, and it had reportedly already been fired multiple times. | After it exploded, 26-year-old Evan Thomas Silva, who was 15 feet away, was struck in the chest by shrapnel and…

RT (2021-02-08). Biden is 'absolutely right' that Trump cannot be trusted with classified briefings, says Obama's spymaster Clapper. rt.com Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is throwing his weight behind an argument President Joe Biden made last week, saying Donald Trump cannot be trusted with classified information now that he's out of office. | Asked what his "fear" is if Trump continues to receive intelligence briefings, which are typically given to former leaders, Clapper told CNN's New Day Trump has "demonstrated a disdain for both the substance of intelligence as well as its protection." | The former intelligence official then accused the former president of "weaponizing" classified material in the past, as well as shar…

RT (2021-02-08). Overwhelming majority of Americans don't think democracy is working very well, poll reveals. rt.com Just a small fraction of Americans believe democracy is working very well, though most agree that a democratically elected government is essential to US society, a new poll has shown. Unfortunately, most see things getting worse. | Just 16 percent of Americans believe democracy is working "very well" or "extremely well" in the US, a new AP/NORC poll

RT (2021-02-08). 'No families are opting out': Utah school REVERSES decision to allow children to skip Black History Month classes after backlash. rt.com A charter school in Utah made a U-turn on its decision to allow families to "exercise their civil rights" and opt their children out of lessons relating to Black History Month, after facing a major backlash online. | "We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent out concerning activities planned during this month of celebration," Maria Montessori Academy's board of directors The school in North Ogden, which has a majority white student base according…

Stephen Andrew (2021-02-08). Tom Brady Isn't a Face Diaper Underhuman and It's Driving the Bugs Crazy. anti-empire.com Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback

MEE and agencies (2021-02-08). Yemen's Houthis renew offensive to capture government stronghold Marib. middleeasteye.net Yemen's Houthis renew offensive to capture government stronghold Marib | The push comes as UN special envoy to Yemen is in Iran to discuss the crisis in a sign of renewed diplomatic efforts with new US administration | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 16: 08 | A pro-government tribal fighter sits in a position where he fights against the Houthis in Marib, Yemen October 2 2020 (Reuters) | Houthi fighters…

MEE correspondent (2021-02-08). Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band birthed a struggle in Siakhal. middleeasteye.net Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band birthed a struggle in Siakhal | An unsuccessful attack in a small Iranian mountain town under the Shah continues to resonate half a century later | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 10: 59 | Fifty years later, the Siahkal incident remains a symbol of uncompromising resistance against dictatorship in Iran (MEE/Illustration by Mohamad Elaasar) | As the sun set behind the…

Rayhan Uddin (2021-02-08). Aboutrika: The unlikely reunion of an exiled Egyptian icon and his former team. middleeasteye.net Aboutrika: The unlikely reunion of an exiled Egyptian icon and his former team | Al Ahly's trip to Qatar brings dissident football star into spotlight, just weeks after Doha and Cairo restore ties | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 08: 12 | Mohamed Aboutrika scored over 150 goals for Al Ahly, helping them win seven domestic titles and five African Champions League titles (AFP/File photo) | "After four years of depri…

MEE staff (2021-02-08). Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra. middleeasteye.net Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra | Asaad was beheaded by militants at the ancient site after refusing to reveal the location of priceless artefacts | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 12: 27 | Khaled al-Assad had been in charge of the site at ancient Palmyra for decades (social media) | Remains thought to belong to Khaled al-Asaad, the distinguished archaeologist who was killed by Isl…

MEE staff (2021-02-08). US rejoins UN rights council, but voices concern over 'focus on Israel'. middleeasteye.net US rejoins UN rights council, but voices concern over 'focus on Israel' | The move reverses the Trump administration's decision to pull Washington from council over its criticism of Israel | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 15: 31 | The empty seat of United States during an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' at Human Rights Council in Geneva, 17 June 12020 | The United States has rejoined the UN Human Rights Council, Secreta…

MEE correspondent (2021-02-08). Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band sparked a struggle in Siakhal. middleeasteye.net Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band sparked a struggle in Siakhal | An unsuccessful attack in a small Iranian mountain town under the Shah continues to resonate half a century later | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 10: 59 | Fifty years later, the Siahkal incident remains a symbol of uncompromising resistance against dictatorship in Iran (MEE/Illustration by Mohamad Elaasar) | As the sun set behind the…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-08). Uighur speaks out against husband's 'deportation' from UAE. middleeasteye.net Uighur speaks out against husband's 'deportation' from UAE | Amanissa Talip said she has not seen her husband since 2018, after he was detained while obtaining paperwork in Dubai | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 18: 11 | Ahmad Talip's wife said he was detained by Emirati officials and deported to China despite committing no crime in UAE (AFP) | The wife of a Uighur man suspected of being deported to China from the Un…

Sheren Khalel (2021-02-08). 'Wise diplomacy': How will Biden tackle US foreign policy towards Syria? middleeasteye.net 'Wise diplomacy': How will Biden tackle US foreign policy towards Syria? | Turning back the clock to past US policy in Syria – widely seen as a series of failed strategies – will not be an option for Biden team | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 15: 03 | Syrians hold placards against President Bashar al-Assad during demonstration in Idlib city on 11 September 2020 (AFP/File photo) | As the tenth anniversary of th…

Staff (2021-02-08). Most Americans Back Trump's Impeachment — Including Millions Who Voted for Him. truthout.org A new poll released over the weekend demonstrates that a majority of U.S. voters are supportive of efforts to indict former President Donald Trump in his pending Senate impeachment trial this week — including, perhaps, at least a few million of those who cast a ballot for him last November. |

Staff (2021-02-08). Democratic Party Leaders Are Rushing Through Impeachment in Lieu of a Real Trial. truthout.org Here we go again, in more ways than one. Prepare to have your time wasted again, but this time, it appears to be the Democrats who are prepared to hit the chicken switch. | The first impeachment of Donald Trump was an empty, rushed and preordained affair. House Democrats had just captured the majority, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew a large swath of her caucus would erupt into discordant rebellion if the strident calls to impeach a rogue, renegade president were not heeded… and so…

Staff (2021-02-08). With Trump's Second Impeachment Set to Begin, How Will It Differ From the First? truthout.org The era of Donald Trump is not over, unfortunately. Yes, he has retreated to his compound in Southern Florida and has been uncharacteristically out of the public eye since he left office on January 20th. But

Dean Baker (2021-02-08). Unemployment Falls to 6.3 Percent, But Job Growth Remains Weak. counterpunch.org Trump is the first president to leave office with a loss of jobs since Herbert Hoover. The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points in January to 6.3 percent. Much of this decline was due to people leaving the labor market as the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) only rose by 0.1 percentage point. The EPOP now

John Wojcik (2021-02-08). The Senate's Cowardly Lions prepare to let Trump off the hook. peoplesworld.org In his day Sen. Edward Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, was known as the Lion of the Senate. These days that Senate is full of another set of "lions," the cowardly lions that make up the Republican caucus. The Republican senators, still cowering before the disgraced former President Trump, met yesterday to pitifully rally around him. …

Michael Spencer (2021-02-08). Universal Credit childcare payment system indirectly discriminates against women. ukhumanrightsblog.com R (Salvato) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2021] EWHC 102 (Admin) As any working parent will tell you, childcare is expensive. Unlike in some other European countries, there is no universal provision of free or affordable childcare for school age children in the UK. This can create a barrier for parents, especially …

Yves Engler (2021-02-08). What is Canada's NDP Thinking? dissidentvoice.org Brand a few neo-Nazis in Canada as "terrorists" but train and give military assistance to a much larger and more violent group of them in the Ukraine. What's going on? The New Democratic Party's successful push to list the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization highlights their indifference to imperialism and a decidedly 'North Americanist' …

Janine Jackson (2021-02-08). 'We need to talk about abortion as necessary healthcare and a social good'. mronline.org CounterSpin interview with Kimberly Inez McGuire on abortion realities.

Jessica Corbett (2021-02-08). Court rules Dakota Access Pipeline illegal, Dems demand Biden shut it down. peoplesworld.org Five Democratic lawmakers on Friday encouraged President Joe Biden to order an immediate shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week delivered a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by ruling that DAPL is operating illegally. The three-judge panel upheld a lower court's ruling that the …

Susan Price (2021-02-08). United States: Health care, racism and death. greenleft.org.au Physician Susan Moore died of COVID-19 in December, after making a video from her bed describing the racism she experienced from a white doctor when she presented for treatment, writes Malik Miah.

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Snow disrupts Covid-19 vaccine program in parts of the UK. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 8 (EFE-EPA).- Heavy snowfall and cold temperatures forced the closure of schools and several Covid-19 vaccinations centers in the United Kingdom on Monday. London and southeast England are set to be among the worst-hit areas of Great Britain as a cold front, dubbed Storm Darcy in the UK, sweeps in from the east. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). South Africa halts use of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine over new variant. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- The South African government said it is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after a study suggested it only had limited effect on a variation of the coronavirus that originated in the country. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, along with several of the country's experts, announced the decision in …

Ian R.H. Rockett, Eric D. Caine, Aniruddha Banerjee, Bina Ali, Ted Miller, Hilary S. Connery, Vijay O. Lulla, Kurt B. Nolte, G. Luke Larkin, Steven Stack, Brian Hendricks, R. Kathryn McHugh, Franklin M.M. White, Shelly F. Greenfield, Amy S.B. Bohnert, Jeralynn S. Cossman, Gail D'Onofrio, Lewis S. Nelson, Paul S. Nestadt, James H. Berry, Haomiao Jia (2021-02-08). [Research Paper] Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999—2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis. thelancet.com Depiction of rising SIM trends across states and major regions unmasks a burgeoning national mental health crisis. Geographic variation is plausibly a partial product of local heterogeneity in toxic drug availability and the quality of medicolegal death investigations. Like COVID-19, the nation will only be able to prevent SIM by responding with collective, comprehensive, systemic approaches. Injury surveillance and prevention, mental health, and societal well-being are poorly served by the continuing segregation of substance use disorders from other mental disorders in clinical medicine and public health practic…

Richard Eskow (2021-02-08). Note to Democrats: $1400 + $600 Does NOT Equal $2000. commondreams.org On Covid-19 survival checks and our national deficit of the soul. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Iran to start COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that COVID-19 vaccination will kick in the country on Tue. Feb. 09 and will continue quickly within framework of document approved by the National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention HQ.

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Mexican president makes public appearance after recovering from Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Mexico, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador resumed public duties on Monday following two weeks of isolation after contracting Covid-19. "We are here to continue fighting. I want to also thank many friends abroad and everyone in Mexico: the women and the men that expressed their desire for me to recover well," …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Argentine capital tests teachers for Covid-19 ahead of reopening schools. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Officials in the Argentine capital launched Monday an operation to test school staff for Covid-19 before the scheduled return of children to classrooms on Feb. 17. Tests are being administered at three sites in the city. The Buenos Aires municipal health department said it has the capacity to test the …

_____ (2021-02-08). Dems Deride MTG for Supporting Conspiracies While Claiming Russia Was Behind Capitol Riots. strategic-culture.org By Alan MACLEOD | 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…

Paul Craig Roberts (2021-02-08). Proof That the US November Election Was Stolen Exists in Abundance. thealtworld.com The official narrative that there was no election theft is likely the largest lie ever perpetrated on the world. The lie is so vast and so fragile that everyone who disagrees with the official narrative is suppressed, deplatformed, kicked off social media, ostracized, and fired from their job in order to protect the lie from examination and exposure. In Michigan the state attorney general is attempting to debar attorneys who represented cases of electoral theft. Massive effort was made—including an orchestrated "storming of the Capitol"—to insure that the evidence would not be presented and that the m…

John Nkengasong (2021-02-08). "A Moral Catastrophe" zcomm.org Africa CDC Head Says Lack of Vaccines for the Continent Will Imperil World…

The Canary (2021-02-08). NHS dental patients told to 'pay private fees' if they want treatment. thecanary.co Some NHS dental patients are being asked to pay for private appointments "if they want treatment", while others face two-year waits for appointments, a watchdog has warned. | Healthwatch England was contacted by one patient who was offered a procedure for £1,700 which was £60 on the NHS. | Another was told that their odds of successful treatment would increase substantially if they were willing to pay for private care. | A briefing document from the watchdog, seen by the PA news agency, also highlights how one patient was told they would need to wait for two years for an NHS dental appointment.

Jasmine Norden (2021-02-08). Rishi Sunak's key worker pay cut plans will leave the north reeling. thecanary.co The government's planned cuts to key worker pay rises will disproportionately According to analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), 2021 cuts to pay settlements for key workers will have a larger effect on household spending power in the north east, north west, and Yorkshire. | TUC regional secretaries across the north emphasised how key workers have kept the region going. Beth Farhat, regional secretary for the northern TUC, said…

Eliza Egret (2021-02-08). Armed raids, strip searches and torture: this is life for Turkey's students. thecanary.co Turkey's disgusting human rights record has come under the spotlight yet again as students continue to protest in Istanbul and other major Turkish cities. Since early January,

The Canary (2021-02-08). Five key questions in Donald Trump's impeachment trial. thecanary.co Arguments have begun about the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the US Capitol on 6 January. | Here are five key questions about what to expect when senators hear the case against the former president in the very chamber that was besieged by insurrectionists. | — Will Donald Trump be convicted? | It is unlikely. While many Republicans were harshly critical of Trump for telling supporters to "fight like hell" and go to the Capitol, their criticism has since softened. | The shift was evident during a test vote on 26 January. Only five Republican sen…

Robert Jensen (2021-02-08). 'A simple boy from the prairie'. zcomm.org Radical feminism helped me understand how deeply patriarchy is woven into the fabric of everyday life and how central it is to the domination/subordination that defines the world…

Jonah Raskin (2021-02-08). Isolatoes: From Natty Bumppo to the Proud Boys. zcomm.org Isolation is part of the problem. The Proud Boys and similar groups have lived on a continent on their own making…

Iraida Morocoima (2021-02-08). It's Not About Houses, It's About Building a New City. zcomm.org We understand grassroots democracy to be at the center of any true revolution: people governing themselves and producing their own life among equals…

Sharon Zhang (2021-02-08). Warren, Schumer Introduce Resolution to Cancel $50K in Student Loan Debt. zcomm.org Polls have shown that forgiving up to $50,000 in student loan debt is relatively popular among the public, though with some caveats that the forgiveness should be targeted…

Clara Liang (2021-02-08). The Urgent Need for SCOTUS Reform, By The Numbers. zcomm.org The highest court in the land does not represent the interests of the American people. It doesn't have to be this way…

_____ (2021-02-08). Collective Hysteria: Western Leaders Work to Alter the Definition of Reality. strategic-culture.org U.S. leaders seek to suggest that America still has the power to alter 'reality' to fit to its own exceptionalist myth, Alastair Crooke writes. | President Putin in 2007 (at Munich) challenged the West: 'We didn't. You did; You continuously attack Russia; but we shall not bend'. The audience sniggered. Now, speaking at (a virtual) Davos this last month, after an absence of twelve years from that forum, President Putin held up a mirror to the key 'influencers' of the West: 'See what you have become in the interim; Look at yourself, and be worried'. | This was not so much a be-gloved slap, prefacing duel-by-weapons…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-08). Green Coalition Threatens to Sue Biden Administration Over Trump-Era Permits That 'Jeopardize' Wildlife. commondreams.org If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "continues to ignore its duty to properly account for the harm Nationwide Permit activities pose to species, then litigation may be necessary," the groups said. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-08). As DeJoy Readies New Assault on Postal Service, Pressure Grows for Biden to 'Clean House'. commondreams.org "My solution starts at the top: firing the whole board who presided over Trump and DeJoy's wrecking of USPS," said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-08). Experts Say Burst India Glacier Shows 'Catastrophic' and Deadly Cost of Inaction on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "These events will occur more frequently and will become overall more destructive if measures are not taken to mitigate these risks," said one researcher. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-08). 'Not a Radical Idea': Budget Chair Sanders Says 'Room Full of Lawyers' Working to Ensure $15 Wage Bill Survives Senate Rules. commondreams.org "It says so much about how utterly rigged the system is that it takes a team of lawyers to figure out some hail-mary-pass way to raise the minimum wage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-02-08). Iran Foreign Minister Tells Biden US 'Violated' Nuclear Deal, So It Is US 'That Has to Return'. commondreams.org "If the United States and its partners return to the deal," said the nation's top diplomat, "Iran will reverse its actions. All the actions we are taking are reversible." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2021-02-08). UK's adversaries trying to 'tear society apart'. yenisafak.com The UK's adversaries are attempting to divide the British society through social media, a British military general said.One of the UK's most senior generals has warned that the country's adversaries are attempting to use social media to divide the British society."What you're seeing are our adversaries, our rivals, exploiting the tools that are meant to make for a more utopian society — so things like social media — against us, fueling conspiracy theories and really sowing division and tearing the fabric of society apart," Gen. Sir Patrick Sanders on the Sky News Into The Grey Zone podcast on Sunday e…

Middle East Monitor (2021-02-08). British Academics Reject UK Government's 'Working Definition of Antisemitism'. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The following is the full text of a letter published and …

alexander (2021-02-08). "Send in the Army": Oppression and the Hunger for Authority. dsausa.org The following is an excerpt from Empire's Endgame: Racism and the British State, an upcoming book co-authored by British academics Gargi Bhattacharyya, Adam Elliott-Cooper, Sita Balani, Kerem Nisancioglu, Kojo Koram, Dalia Gebral, Nadine El-Enany, and Luke de Noronha. Published by Pluto Press, Empire's Endgame engages with recent political movements such as Brexit and Black Lives Matter in order to provide a new and much-needed analysis of the confluence of race, government, and the media during these turbulent times. | Although Empire's Endgame is primarily a study of events in the United Kingdom, this chapt…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-08). National Apprenticeships Week: "take a new look at apprenticeships" imperial.ac.uk Imperial staff are being encouraged to consider if a fully funded apprenticeship might help them achieve their personal development and career goals.

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Israel PM pleads not guilty as corruption trial resumes. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds plea, alters lede and headline.) Jerusalem, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday formally pleaded not guilty before judges at Jerusalem's District Court as the corruption trial against him resumed. A three-judge panel heard the defendants' response to the indictment and set the date for the next evidentiary stage …

Dean Baker (2021-02-08). Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules. thenation.com Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules.

Sister Helen Prejean (2021-02-08). President Biden Is Our Chance to End the Federal Death Penalty. thenation.com President Biden Is Our Chance to End the Federal Death Penalty…

John Nichols (2021-02-08). Liz Cheney Is Right on Impeachment, and Wrong on Everything Else. thenation.com Liz Cheney Is Right on Impeachment, and Wrong on Everything Else…

Rumaan Alam (2021-02-08). Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time? thenation.com Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?

The Nation (2021-02-08). The House's Impeachment Trial Memorandum Is Damning. thenation.com The House's Impeachment Trial Memorandum Is Damning…

Sister Helen Prejean (2021-02-08). Trump's Execution Spree Laid Bare the Death Penalty's Fundamental Flaws. thenation.com Trump's Execution Spree Laid Bare the Death Penalty's Fundamental Flaws…

Dave Zirin (2021-02-08). The Super Bowl's Woke Capitalism. thenation.com The Super Bowl's Woke Capitalism…

Eric Alterman (2021-02-08). Even in Death, Sheldon Adelson Will Keep Undermining Democracy. thenation.com Even in Death, Sheldon Adelson Will Keep Undermining Democracy…

Mondialisation (2021-02-08). Video: The Face Mask Imposed by France's Police State. Breathing is a Fundamental Human Right. globalresearch.ca First published on August 24, 2020 | Numerous scientific studies reveal that the face mask is detrimental to a person's health. | According to Dr. Russell Blaylock: by wearing a face mask, "the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and …

Barbara Caceres (2021-02-08). Moderna, Pfizer Test mRNA Experimental Biologics on Children. 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). | *** | On Dec. 10, 2020, American biotechnology company Moderna, Inc., which is …

commondreams (2021-02-08). On Passing of Karen Lewis (1953-2021): 'Karen Did Not Just Lead Our Movement. Karen Was Our Movement.'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-02-08). Sunrise Movement Demands Democrats Be the Party of Working People, Include $15 Minimum Wage in Rescue Package. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-02-08). Federal Court Allows Harmful Oil Project to Continue. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Donald Pols (2021-02-08). 13 Years Is Too Long for Victims of Shell's Oil Spills to Wait for Justice. commondreams.org This case has beaten a path through the undergrowth for victims of corporate crimes. Now we need strong laws to make this avenue easier to access. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Buchheit (2021-02-08). The Year of Cheating the Poor. commondreams.org People who have money can buy stocks, wait for awhile, and ultimately get richer by doing nothing. But low-income Americans have to depend on wages for their fair share of national economic growth—and wages have barely budged in over 50 years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-02-08). Lawsuit Launched Over Army Corps' Failure to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Nationwide Permit Program. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2021-02-08). Defensive Moves Or Preparation For War With Iran? popularresistance.org The US has decided to deploy the Israeli Iron Dome Missile Interceptor Systems, purchased in 2019, in Eastern European countries and also in the Gulf countries where the US Central Command (CENTCOM) operates and has established operational military bases. This step coincides with the US decision that Israeljoin CENTCOM (with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan and more) following the normalisation of trade and diplomatic relations between several Arab and Islamic countries and Tel Aviv.

_____ (2021-02-08). Time To Negotiate For Peace In Space. popularresistance.org The U.S. mission to dominate and control the military use of space has been, historically and at present, a major obstacle to achieving nuclear disarmament and a peaceful path to preserve all life on earth. | Reagan rejected Gorbachev's offer to give up Star Wars as a condition for both countries to eliminate all their nuclear weapons when the wall came down and Gorbachev released all of Eastern Europe from Soviet occupation, miraculously, without a shot. | Bush and Obama blocked any discussion in 2008 and 2014 on Russian and Chinese proposals for a space weapons ban in the consensus-bound Committee for Disarmame…

_____ (2021-02-08). The Antiwar Movement Must Not Go Back To Sleep During The Biden Presidency. popularresistance.org On Saturday, members of the administrative committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), on which I serve, spoke on a webinar about the importance of building and strengthening the antiwar, anti-imperialist movement during Biden's presidency. UNAC was founded during the summer of 2010 as it became clear that the antiwar movement in the US was faltering under the nation's first black president. Peace groups allied with the Democrats were reluctant to criticize the president and donations declined as people wrongly assumed the new Nobel Peace Prize winner was pro-peace.

_____ (2021-02-08). Protesters Say Mine Expansion Ignores Nunavut Agreement. popularresistance.org Protests continue in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, on Saturday, as a two-week environmental hearing on an expansion at the Mary River iron ore mine wraps up. | At noon Saturday, around 50 residents gathered outside the community hall where the hearings are happening. It was — 32 C with the windchill, according to Environment Canada. | "We protested and chanted, 'Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, protect our rights, protect our people, protect our animals'," said resident Sheena Akoomalik. | At the protest, she brandished a copy of the Nunavut Agreement. She said the legal agreement between Nunavut Inuit and the Canadia…

_____ (2021-02-08). New Environmentalism Must Demand Systemic Change. popularresistance.org Fifty years ago, my young daughter and I were on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the first Earth Day. A group of us were then launching the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Since then, the NRDC and other U.S. environmental groups have racked up more victories and accomplishments than one can count. | But here's the deeply troubling rub: As our environmental organizations have grown stronger, more sophisticated and more global in reach, the environment has continued to slide downhill. And not just slightly downhill. | Climate change is coming at us very hard. Worldwide, we are losing biodiversi…

Edward Curtin (2021-02-08). The Invincible Green Stick of Happiness. 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). | *** | After a night of haunting dreams that flowed as if they …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). US military column enters Syria from illegal border crossing. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — News sources reported the arrival of a US military column from Iraq to Syria, stating that the military column entered Syria through an illegal border crossing.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Removal of all sanctions only way to prove goodwill. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Paris Bahram Ghasemi said the only way for the new US administration to prove its goodwill to Iran is to lift all the sanctions.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Indoor rock climbing competitions in W. Azarbaijan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Indoor rock climbing competitions were held in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Iran's judiciary chief arrives in Baghdad for bilateral talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Iranian Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday at the head of a high-ranking judicial delegation to discuss bilateral ties.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Iran made great progress in UAV, smart ammunition. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said that Iran has made significant progress in the field of UAV technology and smart ammunition.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Western sanctions against Iran unacceptable. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — The Chairman of Russia's State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin named the western anti-Iranian sanctions as unacceptable.

yenisafak (2021-02-08). Iran's Zarif meets UN envoy for talks on Yemen conflict. yenisafak.com Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Tehran on Monday with Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy to Yemen, according to local media.Talks between the two sides focused on the Yemeni civil war and regional developments, the official IRNA news agency reported.Griffiths arrived in the Iranian capital on Sunday for talks with officials there on a resolution of the seven-year Yemeni conflict."The visit is part of the Special Envoy's diplomatic efforts to support a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Yemen that meets the aspirations of the Yemeni people," a statement released by Griffiths' office said.On Sa…

yenisafak (2021-02-08). 'Turkish defense exports more than commercial moves'. yenisafak.com The head of Turkey's Defense Industries Presidency on Monday said his country's defense industry exports were not solely based on a commercial approach as Ankara attached greater importance to cooperation with friendly and allied nations.Taking part at the ADFVisitorsCorner session held as part of Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF), Ismail Demir delivered remarks on the development of an independent and efficient Turkish defense industry.Demir welcomed that Turkish exports in the defense industry field have drastically increased in the recent period, adding Turkey was geographically located in the middle of conflict z…

yenisafak (2021-02-08). Tesla buys $1.5B worth Bitcoin, accept it as payment. yenisafak.com US carmaker Tesla said it has bought $1.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and it will begin accepting it as payment for its products, according to a filing on Monday."In January 2021, we updated our investment policy to provide us with more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on our cash that is not required to maintain adequate operating liquidity," the firm said in its filing to the US' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)."As part of the policy, we may invest a portion of such cash in certain specified alternative reserve assets … Digital assets are considered indefinite-lived…

yenisafak (2021-02-08). China puts US electric carmaker Tesla on notice. yenisafak.com China on Monday put US electric carmaker Tesla on notice, urging it to comply with local laws, according to Chinese media.China's market regulator and other government departments have summoned Tesla and raised questions over quality issues, CGTN reported."China urges Tesla to strictly abide by China's laws and regulations to protect the legitimate rights and interests of consumers," the news channel cited the country's State Administration for Market Regulation as saying in a statement.Other government bodies, including the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, Cyberspace Administration, Transport Minist…

yenisafak (2021-02-08). Tough schedule awaits new Libyan gov't until Dec.24. yenisafak.com A busy schedule awaits Libya's new interim government until national elections in December.On Friday, Libya's rival political groups agreed to form an interim unity government after five days of talks at the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Switzerland.Mohammad Younes Menfi was elected to head the Presidency Council of the interim government and Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh as its prime minister. Mossa Al-Koni and Abdullah Hussein Al-Lafi were also voted on the three-man Presidency Council.Menfi's ticket garnered 39 votes to 34 of the second group in a second round of voting on Friday with 30% of the elect…

yenisafak (2021-02-08). Participation finance department established under Turkish presidency. yenisafak.com The department within the Presidential Finance Office will focus on raising awareness of participation finance and developing strategies in the field, said a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette.It also aims to boost cooperation among public institutions, the private sector, universities, and NGOs so that Islamic finance can be improved.While introducing new financial instruments to the system in the field of participation finance and developing financial products, Turkey is eager to strengthen its position in international financial markets.Last year Turkey completed a legal infrastructure on pa…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-08). Cairns rallies for Burma. greenleft.org.au The Burmese community "splashed" the city's Esplanade with red in protest at the coup in Burma/Myanmar, reports Jonathan Strauss.

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Zidane leaves question mark over his position next season. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday left his future with the Spanish powerhouse next season up in the air, although he made it clear he will not leave the club during the ongoing season. "Why would I leave? It is amazing, I am doing what I like," the Frenchman …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Liege transforms itself into Andy Warhol's Factory. laprensalatina.com Liege, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A row of Campbell's soup cans, a wall of "Marilyns" that stare at the spectator and a sea of ?metallic clouds are some of the works that have transformed the Belgian city of Liege into a re-imagining of Andy Warhol's studio, the famous Factory. "People come here and think they know …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Djokovic kicks off Australian Open campaign with 15th win in row. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Top-seed Novak Djokovic on Monday did not give France's Jeremy Chardy a chance in his 15th consecutive Australian Open victory. The two-time defending champion did not face a single break point in his 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over the Frenchman in just over an hour and a half. Djokovic, the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Rescuers search for 200 missing after Himalayan disaster kills 19 in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A massive search operation continued on Monday for more than 200 missing people who were feared trapped in the debris of mud and rocks after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off a day ago in a disaster that has claimed at least 19 lives in northern India. The disaster …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Afghanistan recorded more than 350 polio cases in 2020. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan recorded more than 350 cases of polio, mostly of the type 2 variant, last year marking a dramatic increase in the number of cases that authorities attribute to insecurity and restrictions due to the novel coronavirus, according to the government on Monday. "The problem we are currently faced with is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Eyewitnesses describe Capitol attack before Trump's Senate trial. laprensalatina.com By Beatriz Pascual Macias Washington, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Holed up in his boss's office in the US Capitol, Remmington Belford heard shouting and banging but had to turn on the television to find out what was happening: a mob had invaded one of the world's most secure places and the instigator of the violence was …

WSWS (2021-02-08). Sri Lanka: Hundreds of thousands of estate workers strike for a wage rise. wsws.org The Ceylon Workers Congress called the strike in order to dissipate workers' anger over the continual refusal of plantation companies to grant the long-running demand for a 1,000-rupee daily wage.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Sri Lankan educators' safety committee salutes Chicago teachers. wsws.org "We will campaign among teachers and students in support of the Chicago teachers' struggle, explaining this important experience. The Chicago struggle is our fight."

news.un (2021-02-08). UN rights experts alarmed by rise in use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand. news.un.org United Nations independent human rights experts on Monday voiced grave concerns over increasingly severe use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand, warning that a rise in their usage is further restricting civic space and the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in the country.

news.un (2021-02-08). UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods. news.un.org The United Nations stands ready, if necessary, to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts, following a glacier burst and subsequent flash flooding in northern India, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Why has Australia's United Workers Union refused strike pay to locked-out Coles workers? wsws.org Falsely touted as a radical new "super" union, the UWU is another wealthy and ruthless apparatus for suppressing mounting workers' struggles.

Daniel Martin Varisco (2021-02-08). Biden is Right to end US involvement in Bloody Yemen Conflict, but he Needs to end the War itself. juancole.com Glen Cove, N.Y. (Special to Informed Comment) — President Biden's about face on Saudi support for the war in Yemen, including setting aside the disastrous idea of designating the Huthis as a unique set of "terrorists", is a hopeful step, but the road to peace is a steep climb. As noted by a recent report …

Strike Debt Bay Area (2021-02-08). Saturday 3/13: Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group. indybay.org Online. Email strike.debt.bay.area@gmail.com to get the Zoom info a few days before the group meets.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Michigan educators call for unity with Chicago educators in fight to close schools. wsws.org The Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee expresses its full support for the Chicago teachers' struggle against the dangerous and indeed criminal drive to resume in-person instruction in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

mgrochowski (2021-02-08). The Fight for Safe Schools Today. dsausa.org Join the DSA Educators and School Staff Network for a call on Saturday, February 20th at 3 pm ET/12 pm PT on demanding safe schools under a Biden administration with teacher strike leader Michelle Gunderson from the Chicago Teachers Union and others. We demand: #1 No premature opening of schools before school communities have herd immunity#2 Comprehensive…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-08). Andrés Arauz wins first round of Ecuadorian presidential election, heads to run-off on April 11. peoplesdispatch.org According to the quick count, Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won 31.74% of the votes. However, its still unclear who his opponent will be as two candidates are technically tied for second place…

WSWS (2021-02-08). Philadelphia educators to defy district, maintain all-virtual schooling Monday. wsws.org Several thousand Philly teachers, ordered into classrooms this week, are refusing to enter unsafe buildings in the Democratically-controlled city.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Videos tie Trump crony Roger Stone to Proud Boys indicted in Capitol assault. wsws.org Video footage has emerged confirming that Roger Stone, the longtime political crony of Donald Trump, was in close contact with Proud Boy leaders in the run-up to the January 6 assault on the Capitol.

WSWS (2021-02-08). State and local government, mass media mount all-out blitz to reopen Los Angeles schools. wsws.org The Los Angeles school reopening drive is part of a full-court press by Governor Gavin Newsom and the Biden administration to reopen schools regardless of any exponential increase in community deaths and suffering.

WSWS (2021-02-08). This week in history: February 8-14. wsws.org 25 years ago: IRA bombs London DocklandsOn February 9, 1996, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombed the London Docklands, killing two people and injuring over 100 others. In the incident also known as the South Quay bombing, the IRA had sent warnings prior to detonating the truck bomb, but the area was not completely evacuated.

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-02-08). Shrinking Ireland: Global Warning in Local Communities. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | A recent walk at a local beach revealed to me how …

oneworld.press (2021-02-08). The Climate Dictatorship & The Ecoauthoritarian World. oneworld.press The climate dictatorship or Great Reset is trying to hook the Western world to an imaginary world where everything is 'green', meaning no coal, no fossil fuels, and no nuclear power for energy, food control, which will leave the Western world with no industry, no jobs, and most of all, loss of property and income.

Robert Jensen (2021-02-08). "A Simple Boy From the Prairie" counterpunch.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

oneworld.press (2021-02-08). The Formula For Murdering The Central Asian Republics. oneworld.press If we talk about the true vital interests of the countries of the Central Asian "five", then the C5+1 formula looks like one solid minus for them. And the "plus" sign inside it is no longer able to mislead anyone. The investment partnership with Washington, supported in January of this year by Nur-Sultan and Tashkent, will open a direct path to the complete disposal of the entire region.

Thomas Magstadt (2021-02-08). The case for impeaching the 45th president. nationofchange.org This unprecedented state of affairs calls for unprecedented action, namely the conviction and formal removal of the 45th president who refuses to concede that he is no longer president.

Emanuel Pastreich (2021-02-08). The Impeachment Trial: In Defense of Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The lawyers employed by Donald Trump have amassed an impressive pile …

David Giesen (2021-02-08). Saturday 2/13: Black History Month educators' roundtable: BLM, also Marcus Garvey. indybay.org ZOOM conference meeting link sent upon request | (the link protected here to thwart "bombers")…

oneworld.press (2021-02-08). Balancing Regional Interests In Syria Is The Only Way Reach A Compromise Solution. oneworld.press Politically resolving the Hybrid War of Terror on Syria will involve difficult compromises on all sides, but this is only possible if each party acknowledges their counterparts' regional interests and Russian diplomats are able to successfully devise a creative solution for "balancing" between them as best as possible.

Graham Peebles (2021-02-08). Overpopulation, food waste and climate change. nationofchange.org The house, our house is literally burning, and, despite millions of people screaming for change, the behavior, and ways of living that ignited the fire continue unabated.

Stop the Money Pipline (2021-02-08). Tuesday 2/16: Stop the Money Pipeline! #DefundLine3 Campaign Launch Rally Against Climate Destruction. indybay.org Online/virtual protest…

WSWS (2021-02-08). Nigerian farmers win hollow legal victory against Shell for oil spillages. wsws.org Shell have long sought to evade responsibility via lengthy legal proceedings, many in UK courts, for their part in regular oil spills on the Niger Delta. Even when courts find against Shell, the oil giant manages to manoeuvre its way out of its obligations.

True Quill (2021-02-08). Who Wrote The Plays And Sonnets Attributed To William Shakespeare. indybay.org The more one learns, the more apparent becomes the truth.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-02-08). Unsere Kinder haben ein Anrecht auf eine menschenwàºrdige Zukunft. 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). | *** | George Orwells beràºhmtes Zitat ‚ÄûFalls Freiheit àºberhaupt etwas bedeutet, dann bedeutet …

2021-02-08: Social Media Postees

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ExxonMobil exploits divisions in South America to score massive oil profits
Vijay Prashad | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-08
Tensions are rising between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana's President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations …
peoplesworld.org/article/exxonmobil-expl…

The Black Antiwar Movement Demands Biden Take Concrete Steps To End The Wars At Home And Abroad
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
President Biden declared early in his presidency that he wants to advance racial equity. The new Secretary of Defense, General Lloyd Austin, the first Black person to serve in that role, announced his intentions to root out racism in the Pentagon. The Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) recently launched two new campaigns calling for specific actions the Biden administration can take to end militarization of black and brown communities and to end the 'forever war' on Afghanistan. Clearing the FOG speaks with Ajamu Baraka, the national organizer for BAP, about these initiatives and the imperative to build the antiwar,…
popularresistance.org/the-black-antiwar-…

WAFA: "African leaders: Israeli settlements on occupied territories are illegal"
The Palestinian News & Info Agency | imemc.org | 2021-02-08
ADDIS ABABA, Sunday, February 07, 2021 (WAFA) — African leaders reaffirmed today that all Israeli settlements erected on the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan, are illegal. In the final statement of the two-day virtual 34th African Union Summit, African leaders stressed that Israel's settlements constitute serious violations of international humanitarian …
imemc.org/article/wafa-african-leaders-i…

Capitalism versus socialism: The pandemic and the global class struggle
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
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Sports team billionaires are the big pandemic winners
Marc Norton | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-08
The assets of Charles Johnson, the controversial chief owner of the San Francisco Giants, increased by $815 million during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, his net worth was a mere $4.2 billion dollars. By January 2021 he commanded a fortune of $5.015 billion, an increase just short of 20%. Workers at Oracle Park, where …
peoplesworld.org/article/sports-team-bil…

Newsom, Stop The Executions! Rally & Caravan to End the COVID Deaths in Prisons
R.R. | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Activists in Oakland caravanned across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco on January 31, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to grant the mass release of incarcerated individuals. They said that Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Corrections (CDC) are responsible for the deaths of at least 180 people in prisons since the start of the COVID pandemic.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883979…

British Medical Journal calls pandemic response "social murder"
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
The editorial published in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical periodicals is a devastating indictment of the policies of governments around the world in response to the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/pers…

Struggles in the Shadow of the Pandemic
John Clarke and Vishwas Satgar | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
For Trump, wealth, privilege, and power was even license to invent reality as he saw fit. Thus any divergence from his worldview and interests were 'fake news'. Trump ensured the plutocratic wealthy were no longer in the political shadows but now in the mainstream.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/07/1883983…

Recent developments in Manaus, Brazil raise many issues about the future course of the COVID-19 pandemic
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
After premature and unjustified claims of reaching "herd immunity," the Brazilian city has been ravaged by a second wave of coronavirus that has overwhelmed local health care resources.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/mana…

Czech Republic clinics collapse as pandemic rages
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
The coronavirus pandemic is assuming increasingly dramatic forms in the Czech Republic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/czec…

Russia: A New Start?
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
It's winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious conditions, if you are brave…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/russia-a-new…

Chicago Teachers Union endorses a bargain with death, agrees to in-person classes
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
City officials and the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) came to an agreement Sunday on a deadly plan to reopen schools in the third largest district in the US at the height of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/chgo…

The government knew about Covid in 2016 and failed to prepare
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2021-02-08
TruePublca published an article in March last year, excerpts of which are below (HERE) regarding Britain's preparedness plans in the event of a pandemic, which every responsible government in the world will have. The results showed how the Conservative government tested the NHS for a flu-like pandemic, such as Covid 19, over a three-day period …
truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/the-government-knew-about-covid-in-2016-and-failed-to-prepare/

Raji Sourani: Gaza Faces COVID Crisis as Israel Withholds Vaccines While Imposing Inhumane Blockade
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-08
The World Health Organization estimates there have been 51,312 confirmed cases and 522 deaths from COVID-19 in Gaza since reporting began in July 2020, and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees warns the Gaza Strip's health system could collapse if the number of cases continues to rise. We get an update from Raji Sourani, human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, on how Gaza has been impacted by COVID-19 as an ongoing blockade has destroyed its health infrastructure. "Our equipment is unable to deal with the emerging situation," Sourani says.
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/8/gaza_covid…

ICC's "Landmark Decision" Could Open Door to Prosecuting Israel for War Crimes in Palestine
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-08
In a landmark decision, judges at the International Criminal Court say the body has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, opening the door to possible criminal charges against Israel and militant groups like Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the international tribunal's decision "pure anti-Semitism" and rejected its claim of jurisdiction, as did the United States, while Palestinian officials and human rights groups welcome the news. Human rights lawyer Raji Sourani, director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, says the decision restores "the i…
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Palestinian Authority will use its own postal codes from April
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-08
The services, set to start from April 2021, will soon be extended to the blockaded Gaza strip. The move is expected to provide relief to Palestinians who have seen over 7,000 postal violations by Israel in 2020…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/08/palestini…

Arabic press review: Palestinians step up efforts to sue Israel at ICC
Mohammad Ayesh | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Arabic press review: Palestinians step up efforts to sue Israel at ICC | Meanwhile, Hamas is reportedly split on decision to participate in elections, and Egypt and the UAE feel alienated after results of UN-sponsored Libyan elections | Mohammad Ayesh | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 14: 25 | The Bakr family in their house in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on 7 February, with posters of four children from their exten…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/arabic-press-…

National Gas Chief Arrested for Corruption at Venezuela's PDVSA
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2021-02-08
On the same day, local oil managers Alfredo Chirinos and Aryenis Torrealba were sentenced to five years, provoking anger from their grassroots support campaign.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/15116

Biden's Iran Policy Is Just Trump's Iran Policy With A Rainbow Flag Emoji
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-08
In a new interview with CBS Evening News, President Biden confirmed that his administration will not be lifting sanctions imposed upon Iran in order to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. | "Will the U.S. lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?" Biden was asked by CBS's Norah O'Donnell. | "No," the president replied. | "They have to stop enriching uranium first," asked O'Donnell. | Biden nodded…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/bidens-…

Landmark ICC Decision Could Open the Door for Prosecuting Israel on War Crimes
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
In a landmark decision, judges at the International Criminal Court say the body has jurisdiction over war crimes committed in the Palestinian territories, opening the door to possible criminal charges against Israel and militant groups like Hamas. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the international tribunal's decision "pure anti-Semitism" and rejected its claim of jurisdiction, as did the United States, while Palestinian officials and human rights groups welcome the news. Human…
truthout.org/video/landmark-icc-decision…

"Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given": Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-08
Claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly, 'The Forward', point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/freedom-is-ne…

Bessemer, Alabama, community rallies for Amazon workers' union
Jake Lindahl | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
"We're down here to fight for the people, to get them dignity, respect, and a living wage–not a minimum wage."
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Bessemer, Alabama, community rallies for Amazon workers' union
Jake Lindahl | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-08
The rally was organized by RWDSU to mark the beginning of the voting period on Feb 8, when Bessemer's Amazon workers will start to cast their votes via mail-in ballots.
liberationnews.org/bessemer-alabama-comm…

The Price of Democracy
César Chelala, Alberto Luis Zuppi | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
The mob which invaded Capitol Hill on January 6th threatening the lives of Vice-President Pence and Senator Pelosi was clear proof that democracy is always fragile, easy to be shaken by an uncontrolled group moved by a delusional president. Until then, overturning governments in this continent had been a Latin American tradition. The sight of…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/the-price-of…

Resistance Songs: Remembering Anne Feeney
David Rovics | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
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 young, she lived a long life. She lived many lives during those 69 years, really, and she cheated death at least a couple times during her last decade on Earth.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/resistance-s…

How Nurses Went From Saving Lives to Saving Health Care
Sarah Jaffe | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
How Nurses Went From Saving Lives to Saving Health Care…
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First, Nurses Saved Our Lives–Now They're Saving Our Health Care
Sarah Jaffe | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
First, Nurses Saved Our Lives–Now They're Saving Our Health Care…
thenation.com/article/society/nursing-co…

Towards a Police State in Switzerland? The Covid Face Mask
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
In the morning of 5 February 2021, a distinguished gentleman, professional, in his early 70s, impeccably dressed in suit and tie (no name shall be mentioned) — was running to catch an 8 AM train at the Geneva principal railway …
globalresearch.ca/towards-a-police-state…

Democratic legislators introduce COVID Whistleblower Protection Act
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-08
The bill seeks to institute stronger legal whistleblower protections for employees who work for entities that receive COVID-19 relief funds…
nationofchange.org/2021/02/08/democratic…

Brits Told to Expect to Take a Third Vaccine Jab in the Autumn
Joe Murphy | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-08
A health minister today signalled that millions of Britons can expect to get a third injection of Covid-19 vaccine this year to halt the South African mutation and other new variants. | Ed Argar said an autumn booster was being developed to "outwit" a virus that is constantly evolving to beat human defences. | The development came as South Africa suspended its mass roll-out of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine following a small-scale study of younger volunteers that suggested it did not prevent transmission of the new variant or mild-to-moderate illness. Experts warned that the South African strain could prolong s…
anti-empire.com/brits-told-to-expect-to-…

No Beach Dompas: an Illegal Dip in the Indian Ocean During South Africa's Covid-19 Restrictions
Paul Cochrane | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
Tucked away down a residential road near the beach house we were staying at for the weekend is a path that cuts through thick sub-tropical vegetation to the Indian Ocean. As we arrive, we see, right there at the turnoff to the path, an idling police car. It looks like our chances of going for…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/no-beach-dom…

Imperial's Covid outbreak tool projects vaccine impact around world
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-08
Imperial's coronavirus outbreak tool has been updated to project the impact of vaccine programmes in all countries.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214494/imperials-covid-outbreak-tool-projects-vaccine

As schools are forced open, Iowa removes all COVID-19 regulations
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
A new public health declaration went into effect Sunday, lifting all state-wide mask mandates and restrictions on gatherings, including at bars and restaurants.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/iowa…

Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/cubas-covid-…

Rep. Cori Bush Denounces White Supremacist Violence from the Capitol Insurrection to Ferguson
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-08
With former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial set to begin in the Senate this week, we feature the speech Democratic Congressmember Cori Bush of Missouri made Thursday on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand accountability for the attack on the U.S. Capitol. "On January 3, we stood together to swear our oath to office, to the Constitution. We swore to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic," Bush said. "It was attacked by a domestic enemy called white supremacy, and we must stand together now, today, to uphold that oath and hold every single person who helped incite it accounta…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/8/cori_bush_…

Junipero Serra statue vandalized in San Mateo County
bay area anarchists | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
White supremacist symbol of colonization thoroughly defaced in solidarity with indigenous resistance…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/07/1883983…

Canadian filmmaker Michelle Latimer targeted over alleged lack of Indigenous credentials
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
Latimer has been turned into a virtual pariah over questions about her ethnic background detailed in a CBC article published in December.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/lati…

André Arauz Wins First Round Of Ecuadorian Presidential Election
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won the first round in the Ecuadorian presidential elections that were held on Sunday, February 7. He obtained 31.74% of the votes, as per the results of the quick count by the national electoral council. It is not fully clear who is in the second place as the results showed a technical tie between Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities‚Ää (CREO) party and Social Christian Party (PSC), and Yaku Pérez of the Indigenous Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement party. Lasso obtained 20.05% of the votes, while Pérez secure…
popularresistance.org/andre-arauz-wins-f…

Fifity Thousand Sign Petition in Support of Indigenous Demonstrators
L. Mankiller | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Tens of thousands of supporters have signed petition for Marin County District Attorney Lori Frugoli to drop the charges against a group of Indigenous Peoples Day demonstrators.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883981…

Sunday 2/7: Support Indigenous Resistance!
L. Mankiller | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Take action where you are!
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/06/1883981…

Stock Market Pipedreams
Editor | socialistproject.ca | 2021-02-08
We chat about Biden's cancelling of the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a socialist perspective on the GameStop stock surge and financial market 'democratization'. Listen to audio »…
socialistproject.ca/podcast/stock-market…

Scotland's Red Council
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
As roads to socialism close nationally, the need for a municipal road to socialism is borne by those of us on the Labour left who are privileged to hold power at a local level. | We may be few, but our impact is big. From Matthew Brown and the 'Preston Model', Paul Dennett's 'Sensible Socialism' in Salford, and Rohksana Fiaz's 'People Power' participation in Newham, through to Jamie Driscoll's green agenda in the North of Tyne, the Left is demonstrating that we have the ideas to drive change. | In Scotland, my North Ayrshire minority administration bears the responsibility for driving a socialist agenda in Scotti…
popularresistance.org/scotlands-red-coun…

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Refuses to Make Public $19.5 Million Pipeline Agreement
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
For six years, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) fought the Mountain Valley Pipeline's proposal to dig under the Appalachian Trail for its 303-mile natural gas pipeline. Then last year, the ATC announced that it was taking up to $19.5 million from Mountain Valley Pipeline.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/appalachian-…

The Foreign Roots Of Haiti's 'Constitutional Crisis'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
As per usual, news on Haiti in the United States remains limited, except for during periods of "crisis." As if on cue, U.S. media began reporting on Haiti's "constitutional crisis" this week. | Sunday, February 7 is the end of Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse's term, according to the constitution. He refuses to step down. This week, the opposition called for a two-day general strike, uniting around a transition with the head of Haiti's Supreme Court stepping in. | Most reporting failed to note the international role, and particularly that of the United States, in creating this "crisis." And nearly all focu…
popularresistance.org/the-foreign-roots-…

Haiti: Protesters Demand President Moise Steps Down
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
Amid ongoing protests, the diaspora watched as journalists reported the arrest of a Supreme Court justice and a police inspector in Haiti on Feb. 7, the day opposition leaders, civil society and human rights groups say President Jovenel Moise should step down. | During the week leading up to Feb. 7, politicians and civil society groups from throughout the diaspora called for U.S. intervention, some citing the need to convene dialogue, while others called for a transitional government. The U.S. State Department has stated that Moise's term ends in February 2022 and has called for elections this year, despite wides…
popularresistance.org/haiti-protesters-d…

Israeli Colonists Attack Palestine TV Crew Near Salfit
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-02-08
Several Israeli colonists attacked, Monday, a crew of Palestine TV near the entrance of Ariel colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, near Salfit, in central West Bank. Palestine TV said the colonists attacked its crew members while filming a documentary about the escalating illegal Israeli colonialist activities and the dangerously increasing assaults by …
imemc.org/article/israeli-colonists-atta…

Global heating from CO2 breaks Himalayan Glacier, floods sweep away Scores, destroy Hydroelectric Plant
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-08
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — A huge chunk of the Nanda Devi glacier in the Himalayas broke off Sunday morning, melting and crashing down on villages around Joshimath in India's Uttarakhand state, leaving nine dead and 140 unaccounted for. The turbulent grey deluge of water, ice and rocks slammed into two hydro-electric plants, destroying one …
juancole.com/2021/02/heating-himalayan-g…

India Needs Course Correction on Myanmar
M. K. Bhadrakumar | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2021-02-08
asia-pacificresearch.com/india-needs-cou…

Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
The presidential offenses that are routinely considered unimpeachable — and therefore ultimately acceptable — tell us a lot about Congress. And about U.S. mass media. And maybe about ourselves…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/hidden-in-plain-si…

Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses
Norman Solomon | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
The presidential offenses that are routinely considered unimpeachable — and therefore ultimately acceptable — tell us a lot about Congress. And about U.S. mass media. And maybe about ourselves…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/hidden-in-plain-si…

What About the "Unimpeachable" Offenses?
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Hidden in plain sight…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/08/1883990…

Ilhan Omar Says Lowering Income Threshold for Stimulus Will "Poison" Relief Bill
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
As talks of compromise and unity in Washington pose the possibility of reshaping a proposed coronavirus economic package, progressives in Congress are sounding off on President Joe Biden's apparent willingness to change income threshold requirements that would significantly curtail who receives stimulus checks. | Biden has said he will not change his mind on the amount to be paid out,…
truthout.org/articles/ilhan-omar-says-lo…

Democrats Push for Monthly Child Stipends as Part of Biden's Stimulus Package
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
Democrats are set to unveil a plan on Monday to flesh out President Joe Biden's proposal to help tackle child poverty by sending families $3,000 per child and $3,600 per child under 6 over the course of a year. | The expanded child tax credit would be passed as part of the stimulus and would send $250 or $300 per child per month starting in July for one year. Similar to the current version of the relief checks, the program has a wage cap at $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples, wh…
truthout.org/articles/democrats-push-for…

It's Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich
Sonali Kolhatkar | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
As Democrats and Republicans jostle over the particulars of a new economic stimulus package to address the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not too early in President Joe Biden's tenure to ask, "when will we start taxing the rich?" Upon joining the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) promptly announced she would…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/its-easy-to-…

$1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Expected to Stimulate National Debt
The Babylon Bee | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-08
Congress is looking to pass a 1.9 trillion-dollar stimulus package, which experts say will have a highly stimulating effect on the national debt. | "We will pass this stimulus bill without Republican support," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Doing so will help hard-working Americans and breathe fresh new life into our national debt!" | Financial experts from The New York Times' opinion page have long feared that America's national debt is not growing fast enough to sustain their brilliant economic theories, and hope this bill will serve to boost the national debt to more comfortable levels. | There are some detractor…
anti-empire.com/1-9-trillion-stimulus-bi…

The Shecession: Women Face Staggering Job & Income Losses Amid the Pandemic's Economic Crisis
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-08
As Democrats in Congress push forward on passing President Joe Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus package, many experts say measures to combat the economic fallout from COVID-19 must address the pandemic's disproportionate impact on women — especially women of color. Women in the U.S. lost 5.5 million jobs in the first 10 months of the pandemic, nearly 1 million more job losses than men, and, combined with increased responsibilities for caregiving at home, are experiencing a "shecession," according to researcher C. Nicole Mason. "Women have been disproportionately impacted by job and income losses duri…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/8/covid_19_s…

Larry Summers Is Still Worth Ignoring
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
Larry Summers Is Still Worth Ignoring…
thenation.com/article/economy/larry-summ…

Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band sparked a struggle in Siakhal
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band sparked a struggle in Siakhal | An unsuccessful attack in a small Iranian mountain town under the Shah continues to resonate half a century later | MEE correspondent | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 10: 59 | Fifty years later, the Siahkal incident remains a symbol of uncompromising resistance against dictatorship in Iran (MEE/Illustration by Mohamad Elaasar) | As the sun set behind the…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-siahkal-…

Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band birthed a struggle in Siakhal
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Iran: How a Marxist guerilla band birthed a struggle in Siakhal | An unsuccessful attack in a small Iranian mountain town under the Shah continues to resonate half a century later | MEE correspondent | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 10: 59 | Fifty years later, the Siahkal incident remains a symbol of uncompromising resistance against dictatorship in Iran (MEE/Illustration by Mohamad Elaasar) | As the sun set behind the…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iran-siahkal-…

House Democrats Say Trump Admin Told CDC to Suppress COVID Tests to Hide Cases
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
In a move that renews the House Oversight Committee's investigation into former President Donald Trump's pandemic response, Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina) has requested assistance from the White House in finding more information and documents to help them delve deeper into the matter. | In his request, Clyburn says that the panel has unearthed evidence, via emails, that the Trum…
truthout.org/articles/house-democrats-sa…

VIDEO: Russian Covid-19 Vaccine Vindicated Despite Western 'Pandemic' of Russophobia
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-08
One would think that the mainstream media would want to help to save lives by highlighting some of Russia's legitimate successes against the coronavirus. But pushing an endless stream of Russophobia is clearly far more important to them.
strategic-culture.org/video/2021/02/08/v…

Universal healthcare 'absolute necessity' during pandemic, Dems have 'no excuses' not to provide it — Bernie Sanders's son to RT
rt.com | 2021-02-08
There is a chance to "pressure" Joe Biden into adopting progressive policies, and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for universal healthcare, the son of US Senator Bernie Sanders, Levi Sanders, told RT. | Sanders, a campaign policy strategist, told RT's Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground that the single-payer system Americans call Medicare-for-all enjoys popular support in the US and is needed now more than ever. | "It is absolutely a necessity amidst the worst pandemic that we had, probably, in a hundred years. It is extraordinarily important that we have healthcare that is guaranteed to…
rt.com/usa/514912-sanders-universial-hea…

How Evangelical Leaders worshiped the Golden Calf of Trump's Authoritarianism
Thomas Buonomo | juancole.com | 2021-02-08
Washington, D.C. (Special to Informed Comment) — In the last four years, disinformation propagated by Republican political elites including, most outrageously, Donald Trump, has threatened our democratic republic no less than the pandemic has threatened our lives and devastated our economy. Evangelical leaders including Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Paula …
juancole.com/2021/02/evangelical-worship…

Dems Deride MTG for Supporting Conspiracies While Claiming Russia Was Behind Capitol Riots
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-08
By Alan MACLEOD | 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 described the Democrats as a "bunch of morons" and the new government as a "tyranny." | Greene was a noted proponent of the QAnon conspiracy…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/08/de…

'We need to talk about abortion as necessary healthcare and a social good'
Janine Jackson | mronline.org | 2021-02-08
CounterSpin interview with Kimberly Inez McGuire on abortion realities.
mronline.org/2021/02/08/we-need-to-talk-…

Note to Democrats: $1400 + $600 Does NOT Equal $2000
Richard Eskow | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
On Covid-19 survival checks and our national deficit of the soul. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2021/02/08/note-d…

Democratic Party Leaders Are Rushing Through Impeachment in Lieu of a Real Trial
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
Here we go again, in more ways than one. Prepare to have your time wasted again, but this time, it appears to be the Democrats who are prepared to hit the chicken switch. | The first impeachment of Donald Trump was an empty, rushed and preordained affair. House Democrats had just captured the majority, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi knew a large swath of her caucus would erupt into discordant rebellion if the strident calls to impeach a rogue, renegade president were not heeded… and so…
truthout.org/articles/democratic-party-l…

Snow disrupts Covid-19 vaccine program in parts of the UK
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
London, Feb 8 (EFE-EPA).- Heavy snowfall and cold temperatures forced the closure of schools and several Covid-19 vaccinations centers in the United Kingdom on Monday. London and southeast England are set to be among the worst-hit areas of Great Britain as a cold front, dubbed Storm Darcy in the UK, sweeps in from the east. …
laprensalatina.com/snow-disrupts-covid-1…

[Research Paper] Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999–2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis
Ian R.H. Rockett, Eric D. Caine, Aniruddha Banerjee, Bina Ali, Ted Miller, Hilary S. Connery, Vijay O. Lulla, Kurt B. Nolte, G. Luke Larkin, Steven Stack, Brian Hendricks, R. Kathryn McHugh, Franklin M.M. White, Shelly F. Greenfield, Amy S.B. Bohnert, Jeralynn S. Cossman, Gail D'Onofrio, Lewis S. Nelson, Paul S. Nestadt, James H. Berry, Haomiao Jia | thelancet.com | 2021-02-08
Depiction of rising SIM trends across states and major regions unmasks a burgeoning national mental health crisis. Geographic variation is plausibly a partial product of local heterogeneity in toxic drug availability and the quality of medicolegal death investigations. Like COVID-19, the nation will only be able to prevent SIM by responding with collective, comprehensive, systemic approaches. Injury surveillance and prevention, mental health, and societal well-being are poorly served by the continuing segregation of substance use disorders from other mental disorders in clinical medicine and public health practic…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00021-3/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999–2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis
Ian R.H. Rockett, Eric D. Caine, Aniruddha Banerjee, Bina Ali, Ted Miller, Hilary S. Connery, Vijay O. Lulla, Kurt B. Nolte, G. Luke Larkin, Steven Stack, Brian Hendricks, R. Kathryn McHugh, Franklin M.M. White, Shelly F. Greenfield, Amy S.B. Bohnert, Jeralynn S. Cossman, Gail D'Onofrio, Lewis S. Nelson, Paul S. Nestadt, James H. Berry, Haomiao Jia | thelancet.com | 2021-02-08
Depiction of rising SIM trends across states and major regions unmasks a burgeoning national mental health crisis. Geographic variation is plausibly a partial product of local heterogeneity in toxic drug availability and the quality of medicolegal death investigations. Like COVID-19, the nation will only be able to prevent SIM by responding with collective, comprehensive, systemic approaches. Injury surveillance and prevention, mental health, and societal well-being are poorly served by the continuing segregation of substance use disorders from other mental disorders in clinical medicine and public health practic…
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00021-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Iran to start COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow: Pres. Rouhani
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that COVID-19 vaccination will kick in the country on Tue. Feb. 09 and will continue quickly within framework of document approved by the National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention HQ.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169703/Iran-to-star…

United States: Health care, racism and death
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-08
Physician Susan Moore died of COVID-19 in December, after making a video from her bed describing the racism she experienced from a white doctor when she presented for treatment, writes Malik Miah.
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-h…

South Africa halts use of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine over new variant
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Johannesburg, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- The South African government said it is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after a study suggested it only had limited effect on a variation of the coronavirus that originated in the country. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, along with several of the country's experts, announced the decision in …
laprensalatina.com/south-africa-halts-us…

Argentine capital tests teachers for Covid-19 ahead of reopening schools
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Buenos Aires, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Officials in the Argentine capital launched Monday an operation to test school staff for Covid-19 before the scheduled return of children to classrooms on Feb. 17. Tests are being administered at three sites in the city. The Buenos Aires municipal health department said it has the capacity to test the …
laprensalatina.com/argentine-capital-tes…

Mexican president makes public appearance after recovering from Covid-19
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Mexico, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador resumed public duties on Monday following two weeks of isolation after contracting Covid-19. "We are here to continue fighting. I want to also thank many friends abroad and everyone in Mexico: the women and the men that expressed their desire for me to recover well," …
laprensalatina.com/mexican-president-mak…

Bolivia Heading Towards Cooperative Politics and Economy
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-08
Half of the country's revenues still come from natural gas and oil. Agricultural production is second. Arce wishes to diversify the economy, Ron Ridenour writes. | Communtarian-indigenous based Movement toward Socialism (MAS) regained governmental control of the country, October 18, 2021, defeating the U.S.-backed rightest coup government. (1) | Luis Arce, President Evo Morales' (2006-2019) minister of economy and public finance, and David Choquehuanca, Morales' foreign minister, won the presidency and vice-presidency with 55% of the vote (3.4 million). The closest opposition candidate was former conservative pre…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/08/bo…

Inside Ecuador's Citizens Revolution
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
Quito, Ecuador – The South American nation of Ecuador is currently suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades. Poverty is skyrocketing, corruption is rampant, and the US-backed government has shown itself to be deeply undemocratic. | On February 7, Ecuador will hold a historic election that could fundamentally change its direction, moving the nation away from its current neoliberal policies and reliance on Washington, and restoring the socialist-oriented program of former President Rafael Correa, who launched a progressive movement called the Citizens' Revolution.
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Ilhan Omar Warns Progressives Will Revolt If Dems 'Poison' Relief Bill by Curbing Eligibility for $1,400 Checks
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
"Democrats with a slim majority in the Congress can't pass this bill without progressives and must resist suggestions that will ultimately tank this relief bill." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Hidden in Plain Sight: The "Unimpeachable" Offenses
Norman Solomon | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
If what's impeachable is only what members of Congress say it is, constituents should insist that egregiously narrow definitions must no longer prevail. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"Send in the Army": Oppression and the Hunger for Authority
alexander | dsausa.org | 2021-02-08
The following is an excerpt from Empire's Endgame: Racism and the British State, an upcoming book co-authored by British academics Gargi Bhattacharyya, Adam Elliott-Cooper, Sita Balani, Kerem Nisancioglu, Kojo Koram, Dalia Gebral, Nadine El-Enany, and Luke de Noronha. Published by Pluto Press, Empire's Endgame engages with recent political movements such as Brexit and Black Lives Matter in order to provide a new and much-needed analysis of the confluence of race, government, and the media during these turbulent times. | Although Empire's Endgame is primarily a study of events in the United Kingdom, this chapt…
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Iran Foreign Minister Tells Biden US 'Violated' Nuclear Deal, So It Is US 'That Has to Return'
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
"If the United States and its partners return to the deal," said the nation's top diplomat, "Iran will reverse its actions. All the actions we are taking are reversible." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Not a Radical Idea': Budget Chair Sanders Says 'Room Full of Lawyers' Working to Ensure $15 Wage Bill Survives Senate Rules
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
"It says so much about how utterly rigged the system is that it takes a team of lawyers to figure out some hail-mary-pass way to raise the minimum wage." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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As DeJoy Readies New Assault on Postal Service, Pressure Grows for Biden to 'Clean House'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
"My solution starts at the top: firing the whole board who presided over Trump and DeJoy's wrecking of USPS," said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Experts Say Burst India Glacier Shows 'Catastrophic' and Deadly Cost of Inaction on Climate Crisis
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
"These events will occur more frequently and will become overall more destructive if measures are not taken to mitigate these risks," said one researcher. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Green Coalition Threatens to Sue Biden Administration Over Trump-Era Permits That 'Jeopardize' Wildlife
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "continues to ignore its duty to properly account for the harm Nationwide Permit activities pose to species, then litigation may be necessary," the groups said. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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With Trump's Second Impeachment Set to Begin, How Will It Differ From the First?
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
The era of Donald Trump is not over, unfortunately. Yes, he has retreated to his compound in Southern Florida and has been uncharacteristically out of the public eye since he left office on January 20th. But his presence still hovers over the Republican Party like an evil genie pulling the party leadership's strings and keeping the rank and file under his spell des…
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Most Americans Back Trump's Impeachment — Including Millions Who Voted for Him
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
A new poll released over the weekend demonstrates that a majority of U.S. voters are supportive of efforts to indict former President Donald Trump in his pending Senate impeachment trial this week — including, perhaps, at least a few million of those who cast a ballot for him last November. | An ABC News/Ipsos poll, conducted from February 5-6, found that…
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Gig Workers' Data Rights Should Be Prioritized in Labor's Next Fight
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-08
In the November election, California voters delivered a blow to gig workers by passing Prop 22, a ballot initiative permitting companies like Uber and Lyft to continue treating app-based and delivery drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The vote was widely seen as a rebuttal to AB5, a 2019 law which ensured that California businesses appropriately classify their workers as either ind…
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'A simple boy from the prairie'
Robert Jensen | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
Radical feminism helped me understand how deeply patriarchy is woven into the fabric of everyday life and how central it is to the domination/subordination that defines the world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-simple-boy-from-…

The Urgent Need for SCOTUS Reform, By The Numbers
Clara Liang | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
The highest court in the land does not represent the interests of the American people. It doesn't have to be this way…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-urgent-need-fo…

"A Moral Catastrophe"
John Nkengasong | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
Africa CDC Head Says Lack of Vaccines for the Continent Will Imperil World…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-moral-catastroph…

'A simple boy from the prairie'
Robert Jensen | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
Radical feminism helped me understand how deeply patriarchy is woven into the fabric of everyday life and how central it is to the domination/subordination that defines the world…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-simple-boy-from-…

Warren, Schumer Introduce Resolution to Cancel $50K in Student Loan Debt
Sharon Zhang | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
Polls have shown that forgiving up to $50,000 in student loan debt is relatively popular among the public, though with some caveats that the forgiveness should be targeted…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/warren-schumer-int…

Isolatoes: From Natty Bumppo to the Proud Boys
Jonah Raskin | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
Isolation is part of the problem. The Proud Boys and similar groups have lived on a continent on their own making…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/isolatoes-from-nat…

Warren, Schumer Introduce Resolution to Cancel $50K in Student Loan Debt
Sharon Zhang | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
Polls have shown that forgiving up to $50,000 in student loan debt is relatively popular among the public, though with some caveats that the forgiveness should be targeted…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/warren-schumer-int…

The Urgent Need for SCOTUS Reform, By The Numbers
Clara Liang | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
The highest court in the land does not represent the interests of the American people. It doesn't have to be this way…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-urgent-need-fo…

It's Not About Houses, It's About Building a New City
Iraida Morocoima | zcomm.org | 2021-02-08
We understand grassroots democracy to be at the center of any true revolution: people governing themselves and producing their own life among equals…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/its-not-about-hous…

Judge rejects Ghislaine Maxwell's bid to keep 20 pages of Epstein testimony PRIVATE
rt.com | 2021-02-08
Accused child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has "minimal" privacy interest in keeping 20 lines of testimony sealed, said a US judge, rejecting the bid by former Jeffrey Epstein associate to prevent them from being made public. | US District Judge Loretta Preska said on Monday that the lines from a sealed 2016 deposition related only to massages and not private sexual activity of consenting adults, so the public's right to know outweighed Maxwell's privacy interests. | "There is no reason not to unseal this portion of testimony," Preska wrote. "While the court acknowledges Ms. Maxwell's interest in a fair cr…
rt.com/usa/514968-ghislaine-maxwell-epst…

Iran's judiciary chief arrives in Baghdad for bilateral talks
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Iranian Judiciary Chief Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi arrived in Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday at the head of a high-ranking judicial delegation to discuss bilateral ties.
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Iran made great progress in UAV, smart ammunition
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — The Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) said that Iran has made significant progress in the field of UAV technology and smart ammunition.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169700/Iran-made-gr…

US military column enters Syria from illegal border crossing
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — News sources reported the arrival of a US military column from Iraq to Syria, stating that the military column entered Syria through an illegal border crossing.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169699/US-military-…

Removal of all sanctions only way to prove goodwill
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Paris Bahram Ghasemi said the only way for the new US administration to prove its goodwill to Iran is to lift all the sanctions.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169679/Removal-of-a…

Indoor rock climbing competitions in W. Azarbaijan
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Indoor rock climbing competitions were held in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province.
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Western sanctions against Iran unacceptable
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-08
TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — The Chairman of Russia's State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin named the western anti-Iranian sanctions as unacceptable.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169689/Western-sanc…

British Academics Reject UK Government's 'Working Definition of Antisemitism'
Middle East Monitor | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The following is the full text of a letter published and …
globalresearch.ca/british-academics-reje…

UK's adversaries trying to 'tear society apart'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
The UK's adversaries are attempting to divide the British society through social media, a British military general said.One of the UK's most senior generals has warned that the country's adversaries are attempting to use social media to divide the British society."What you're seeing are our adversaries, our rivals, exploiting the tools that are meant to make for a more utopian society — so things like social media — against us, fueling conspiracy theories and really sowing division and tearing the fabric of society apart," Gen. Sir Patrick Sanders on the Sky News Into The Grey Zone podcast on Sunday e…
yenisafak.com/en/news/uks-adversaries-tr…

UN rights experts alarmed by rise in use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand
news.un.org | 2021-02-08
United Nations independent human rights experts on Monday voiced grave concerns over increasingly severe use of lèse-majesté laws in Thailand, warning that a rise in their usage is further restricting civic space and the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms in the country.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

UN stands ready to support relief, in aftermath of deadly India flash floods
news.un.org | 2021-02-08
The United Nations stands ready, if necessary, to contribute to ongoing rescue and assistance efforts, following a glacier burst and subsequent flash flooding in northern India, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Sunday.
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Collective Hysteria: Western Leaders Work to Alter the Definition of Reality
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-08
U.S. leaders seek to suggest that America still has the power to alter 'reality' to fit to its own exceptionalist myth, Alastair Crooke writes. | President Putin in 2007 (at Munich) challenged the West: 'We didn't. You did; You continuously attack Russia; but we shall not bend'. The audience sniggered. Now, speaking at (a virtual) Davos this last month, after an absence of twelve years from that forum, President Putin held up a mirror to the key 'influencers' of the West: 'See what you have become in the interim; Look at yourself, and be worried'. | This was not so much a be-gloved slap, prefacing duel-by-weapons…
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Electoral Politics Use the Same Containment Strategies as Alzheimer's Facilities
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-08
The public will periodically become agitated at the way their wealth and resources are being stolen from them and spent on overseas wars, or the fact that they are deliberately kept poor and busy by a plutocratic system in which the relative wealth of the rich is given more political power by the relative poverty of everyone else, and they are redirected.
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/08/el…

Biden is 'absolutely right' that Trump cannot be trusted with classified briefings, says Obama's spymaster Clapper
rt.com | 2021-02-08
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is throwing his weight behind an argument President Joe Biden made last week, saying Donald Trump cannot be trusted with classified information now that he's out of office. | Asked what his "fear" is if Trump continues to receive intelligence briefings, which are typically given to former leaders, Clapper told CNN's New Day Trump has "demonstrated a disdain for both the substance of intelligence as well as its protection." | The former intelligence official then accused the former president of "weaponizing" classified material in the past, as well as shar…
rt.com/usa/514944-james-clapper-trump-br…

Trump impeachment is 'constitutionally flawed' & Capitol riot was 'pre-planned' — lawyers
rt.com | 2021-02-08
Ex-president Donald Trump's lawyers have eviscerated the impeachment charge against him, accusing Democrats of conducting "no investigation" of the raid and claiming Capitol rioters already had plans to swarm the building. | As the former president prepares to face the Senate for his second impeachment trial, Trump's lawyers have called out Democratic leaders for what they describe as a shameful weaponization of the January 6 Capitol raid, denouncing the proceedings as both unconstitutional and unprofessional. | The demonstrators had already planned to enter the Capitol when Trump began speaking to them in fro…
rt.com/usa/514951-trump-impeachment-lawy…

Cannon fired at baby shower celebration kills 26-year-old Michigan man
rt.com | 2021-02-08
An expecting couple set off a celebratory cannon at their baby shower, but things went horrifically wrong when gunpowder in the machine exploded, sending shrapnel all around, killing one guest. | "(It was) Similar to a signal cannon," Michigan State Police Lt. Liz Rich said, according to local affiliate WJRT. "The cast material exploded and sent projectiles in all directions." | All the cannon was supposed to do was create a flash and smoke, and it had reportedly already been fired multiple times. | After it exploded, 26-year-old Evan Thomas Silva, who was 15 feet away, was struck in the chest by shrapnel and…
rt.com/usa/514965-baby-shower-cannon-mic…

Washington ready to rejoin UN Human Rights Council… to shift its attention from Israel's violations
rt.com | 2021-02-08
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced America will "re-engage" with the UNHRC as an "observer" in a bid to pressure the international body to dispense with what he called its "disproportionate" focus on Israel. | Touting the Biden administration's supposed return toward "a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality," the newly-appointed diplomat tore into the council over its efforts to hold Israel accountable for its ongoing violations of international law. | "We recognize that the Human Rights Council is a flawed body, in need of reform to its agenda, membership, and focus,…
rt.com/usa/514928-blinken-unhrc-israel-t…

'No families are opting out': Utah school REVERSES decision to allow children to skip Black History Month classes after backlash
rt.com | 2021-02-08
A charter school in Utah made a U-turn on its decision to allow families to "exercise their civil rights" and opt their children out of lessons relating to Black History Month, after facing a major backlash online. | "We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent out concerning activities planned during this month of celebration," Maria Montessori Academy's board of directors announced on Sunday. | The school in North Ogden, which has a majority white student base according…
rt.com/usa/514872-utah-school-black-mont…

Overwhelming majority of Americans don't think democracy is working very well, poll reveals
rt.com | 2021-02-08
Just a small fraction of Americans believe democracy is working very well, though most agree that a democratically elected government is essential to US society, a new poll has shown. Unfortunately, most see things getting worse. | Just 16 percent of Americans believe democracy is working "very well" or "extremely well" in the US, a new AP/NORC poll published on Monday has revealed. Worse, nearly two thirds believe the level of division in the US will either r…
rt.com/usa/514964-democracy-fails-poll-a…

'Your legacy on the line': Lincoln Project waves off scandals, posts video warning lawmakers to 'save America' by impeaching Trump
rt.com | 2021-02-08
The Lincoln Project is back to targeting Donald Trump, waving off recent controversies about their own organization, and warning lawmakers to save their "legacies" and "save America" by voting to impeach the former president. | "For a moment, put aside your fear," announces the new Lincoln Project ad, which is rife with images of the US Capitol building and the riot that occurred there on January 6. | The ad directly addresses lawmakers set to vote in Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which kicks off this week, telling them it will be the "most important vote" of their careers and warning that "your legacy is…
rt.com/usa/514957-lincoln-project-save-a…

'Canceled & humiliated': White House ASL interpreter with links to pro-Trump group reportedly banned by Biden administration
rt.com | 2021-02-08
The White House reportedly no longer uses the services of a sign language interpreter who was exposed as leading a volunteer group that provided translations of right-wing Trump-supporting videos for the deaf community. | Heather Mewshaw said she was "canceled and humiliated publicly" after her volunteer work was first reported by Time magazine in January. She interpreted five briefings for the Trump administration in its last weeks and was tapped again to interpret Joe Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, two weeks ago. An independent contractor, she told the New York Post that since the scandal broke, she has…
rt.com/usa/514945-interrpeter-asl-banned…

Tom Brady Isn't a Face Diaper Underhuman and It's Driving the Bugs Crazy
Stephen Andrew | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-08
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quarterback Tom Brady is receiving a lot of backlash online for not wearing a face mask at the 2021 Super Bowl. Brady was caught on camera now wearing a mask as he entered the stadium for the big game — which is available to stream for free — while most of his teammates were masked-up. Some have also claimed that he may have been unmasked on the sidelines as well, but that is unconfirmed. Even more interesting is how Brady's own father, Tom Brady Sr., caught and fought o…
anti-empire.com/tom-brady-isnt-a-face-di…

The US Is Sending Bomber Crews and Destroyer Captains North to Learn How to Fight in the Arctic
Christopher Woody | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-08
The US military is getting more active in the Arctic, working with allies amid tensions with Russia. | US Air Force bombers and Navy surface ships have been an increasingly visible presence there. | The region remains one of low tension, but Russia and NATO are both wary of the other's activity. | Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. | The US military's renewed focus on the Arctic means more operations in a uniquely challenging environment, and its personnel a…
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Lockdown Has Destroyed the Private Sphere
Joanna Williams | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-08
'You must stay at home.' With this directive, issued by Boris Johnson on 23 March last year, our homes became more central to our lives than ever before. One of the first revelations of lockdown, at least to those who lead very sheltered lives, was that not all homes are equal. Zoom calls exposed the chasm between company executives in spacious home offices overlooking large gardens and junior employees with the laptop at the kitchen table if they were lucky, or propped up on one corner of the bed if they weren't. And no, we did not feel sympathy for c…
anti-empire.com/lockdown-has-destroyed-t…

Rishi Sunak's key worker pay cut plans will leave the north reeling
Jasmine Norden | thecanary.co | 2021-02-08
The government's planned cuts to key worker pay rises will disproportionately impact the north, leaving unions urging reconsideration. | According to analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), 2021 cuts to pay settlements for key workers will have a larger effect on household spending power in the north east, north west, and Yorkshire. | TUC regional secretaries across the north emphasised how key workers have kept the region going. Beth Farhat, regional secretary for the northern TUC, said…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/02/08/rishi-su…

Five key questions in Donald Trump's impeachment trial
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-08
Arguments have begun about the impeachment trial of Donald Trump on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the US Capitol on 6 January. | Here are five key questions about what to expect when senators hear the case against the former president in the very chamber that was besieged by insurrectionists. | — Will Donald Trump be convicted? | It is unlikely. While many Republicans were harshly critical of Trump for telling supporters to "fight like hell" and go to the Capitol, their criticism has since softened. | The shift was evident during a test vote on 26 January. Only five Republican sen…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2021/02/08/fi…

NHS dental patients told to 'pay private fees' if they want treatment
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-08
Some NHS dental patients are being asked to pay for private appointments "if they want treatment", while others face two-year waits for appointments, a watchdog has warned. | Healthwatch England was contacted by one patient who was offered a procedure for £1,700 which was £60 on the NHS. | Another was told that their odds of successful treatment would increase substantially if they were willing to pay for private care. | A briefing document from the watchdog, seen by the PA news agency, also highlights how one patient was told they would need to wait for two years for an NHS dental appointment.
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/20…

Armed raids, strip searches and torture: this is life for Turkey's students
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2021-02-08
Turkey's disgusting human rights record has come under the spotlight yet again as students continue to protest in Istanbul and other major Turkish cities. Since early January, thousands of students, academics and graduates of Istanbul's Boƒüaziàßi university have been protesting the appointment of Melih Bulu as rector. Appointed by president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Bulu is an ally of the president, and is the first rector to have been appointed outside the university since 1980. For the people of Turkey…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2021/…

Cairns rallies for Burma
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-08
The Burmese community "splashed" the city's Esplanade with red in protest at the coup in Burma/Myanmar, reports Jonathan Strauss.
greenleft.org.au/content/cairns-rallies-…

Breaking the Glass Screen — Framing monopoly capitalism in global commodity chains
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-08
In 2007–a digital time not spatially long ago–a month before the iPhone was production scheduled, the late Steven Jobs took some of his staff to an office. He had been carrying a prototype of the device in his pocket daily for weeks.
mronline.org/2021/02/08/breaking-the-gla…

Liz Cheney Is Right on Impeachment, and Wrong on Everything Else
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
Liz Cheney Is Right on Impeachment, and Wrong on Everything Else…
thenation.com/article/politics/liz-chene…

Iran's Zarif meets UN envoy for talks on Yemen conflict
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Tehran on Monday with Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy to Yemen, according to local media.Talks between the two sides focused on the Yemeni civil war and regional developments, the official IRNA news agency reported.Griffiths arrived in the Iranian capital on Sunday for talks with officials there on a resolution of the seven-year Yemeni conflict."The visit is part of the Special Envoy's diplomatic efforts to support a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Yemen that meets the aspirations of the Yemeni people," a statement released by Griffiths' office said.On Sa…
yenisafak.com/en/news/irans-zarif-meets-…

China puts US electric carmaker Tesla on notice
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
China on Monday put US electric carmaker Tesla on notice, urging it to comply with local laws, according to Chinese media.China's market regulator and other government departments have summoned Tesla and raised questions over quality issues, CGTN reported."China urges Tesla to strictly abide by China's laws and regulations to protect the legitimate rights and interests of consumers," the news channel cited the country's State Administration for Market Regulation as saying in a statement.Other government bodies, including the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, Cyberspace Administration, Transport Minist…
yenisafak.com/en/news/china-puts-us-elec…

Participation finance department established under Turkish presidency
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
The department within the Presidential Finance Office will focus on raising awareness of participation finance and developing strategies in the field, said a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette.It also aims to boost cooperation among public institutions, the private sector, universities, and NGOs so that Islamic finance can be improved.While introducing new financial instruments to the system in the field of participation finance and developing financial products, Turkey is eager to strengthen its position in international financial markets.Last year Turkey completed a legal infrastructure on pa…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/participation-f…

Tough schedule awaits new Libyan gov't until Dec.24
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
A busy schedule awaits Libya's new interim government until national elections in December.On Friday, Libya's rival political groups agreed to form an interim unity government after five days of talks at the UN-led Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) in Switzerland.Mohammad Younes Menfi was elected to head the Presidency Council of the interim government and Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh as its prime minister. Mossa Al-Koni and Abdullah Hussein Al-Lafi were also voted on the three-man Presidency Council.Menfi's ticket garnered 39 votes to 34 of the second group in a second round of voting on Friday with 30% of the elect…
yenisafak.com/en/news/tough-schedule-awa…

Tesla buys $1.5B worth Bitcoin, accept it as payment
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
US carmaker Tesla said it has bought $1.5 billion worth of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and it will begin accepting it as payment for its products, according to a filing on Monday."In January 2021, we updated our investment policy to provide us with more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on our cash that is not required to maintain adequate operating liquidity," the firm said in its filing to the US' Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)."As part of the policy, we may invest a portion of such cash in certain specified alternative reserve assets … Digital assets are considered indefinite-lived…
yenisafak.com/en/news/tesla-buys-15b-wor…

'Turkish defense exports more than commercial moves'
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-08
The head of Turkey's Defense Industries Presidency on Monday said his country's defense industry exports were not solely based on a commercial approach as Ankara attached greater importance to cooperation with friendly and allied nations.Taking part at the ADFVisitorsCorner session held as part of Antalya Diplomacy Forum (ADF), Ismail Demir delivered remarks on the development of an independent and efficient Turkish defense industry.Demir welcomed that Turkish exports in the defense industry field have drastically increased in the recent period, adding Turkey was geographically located in the middle of conflict z…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkish-defense-ex…

Djokovic kicks off Australian Open campaign with 15th win in row
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Melbourne, Australia, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Top-seed Novak Djokovic on Monday did not give France's Jeremy Chardy a chance in his 15th consecutive Australian Open victory. The two-time defending champion did not face a single break point in his 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over the Frenchman in just over an hour and a half. Djokovic, the …
laprensalatina.com/djokovic-kicks-off-au…

National Apprenticeships Week: "take a new look at apprenticeships"
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-08
Imperial staff are being encouraged to consider if a fully funded apprenticeship might help them achieve their personal development and career goals.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214293/national-apprenticeships-week-take-look-apprenticeships

The House's Impeachment Trial Memorandum Is Damning
The Nation | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
The House's Impeachment Trial Memorandum Is Damning…
thenation.com/article/politics/impeachme…

Trump's Execution Spree Laid Bare the Death Penalty's Fundamental Flaws
Sister Helen Prejean | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
Trump's Execution Spree Laid Bare the Death Penalty's Fundamental Flaws…
thenation.com/article/society/death-pena…

Even in Death, Sheldon Adelson Will Keep Undermining Democracy
Eric Alterman | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
Even in Death, Sheldon Adelson Will Keep Undermining Democracy…
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President Biden Is Our Chance to End the Federal Death Penalty
Sister Helen Prejean | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
President Biden Is Our Chance to End the Federal Death Penalty…
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Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules
Dean Baker | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
Want to Reverse Inequality? Change Intellectual Property Rules.
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Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?
Rumaan Alam | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
Can the Novel Document the Present in Real Time?
thenation.com/article/culture/ali-smith-…

The Super Bowl's Woke Capitalism
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2021-02-08
The Super Bowl's Woke Capitalism…
thenation.com/article/society/super-bowl…

Israel PM pleads not guilty as corruption trial resumes
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
(Update 1: Adds plea, alters lede and headline.) Jerusalem, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday formally pleaded not guilty before judges at Jerusalem's District Court as the corruption trial against him resumed. A three-judge panel heard the defendants' response to the indictment and set the date for the next evidentiary stage …
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Israel's Netanyahu pleads not guilty to corruption weeks before election
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Israel's Netanyahu pleads not guilty to corruption weeks before election | The premier is the first to be indicted in office after he was charged last year over graft allegations | MEE and agencies | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 07: 48 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to a hearing of his corruption trial at the Jerusalem district court, on 8 February 2021 (AFP) | Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin…
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Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra | Asaad was beheaded by militants at the ancient site after refusing to reveal the location of priceless artefacts | MEE staff | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 12: 27 | Khaled al-Assad had been in charge of the site at ancient Palmyra for decades (social media) | Remains thought to belong to Khaled al-Asaad, the distinguished archaeologist who was killed by Isl…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-palmyra…

Yemen's Houthis renew offensive to capture government stronghold Marib
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Yemen's Houthis renew offensive to capture government stronghold Marib | The push comes as UN special envoy to Yemen is in Iran to discuss the crisis in a sign of renewed diplomatic efforts with new US administration | MEE and agencies | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 16: 08 | A pro-government tribal fighter sits in a position where he fights against the Houthis in Marib, Yemen October 2 2020 (Reuters) | Houthi fighters…
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Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says | Saudi women's rights activist has been in jail, where her family says she endured torture, for more than 1,000 days | Ali Harb | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 22: 20 | Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul had been sentenced to almost six years in jail (AFP/File photo) | After more than 1,000 days in detention where she endured torture and hunger strikes, Saudi women's rights acti…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/loujain-al-ha…

Aboutrika: The unlikely reunion of an exiled Egyptian icon and his former team
Rayhan Uddin | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Aboutrika: The unlikely reunion of an exiled Egyptian icon and his former team | Al Ahly's trip to Qatar brings dissident football star into spotlight, just weeks after Doha and Cairo restore ties | Rayhan Uddin | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 08: 12 | Mohamed Aboutrika scored over 150 goals for Al Ahly, helping them win seven domestic titles and five African Champions League titles (AFP/File photo) | "After four years of depri…
www.middleeasteye.net/mohamed-aboutrika-…

Uighur speaks out against husband's 'deportation' from UAE
Areeb Ullah | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Uighur speaks out against husband's 'deportation' from UAE | Amanissa Talip said she has not seen her husband since 2018, after he was detained while obtaining paperwork in Dubai | Areeb Ullah | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 18: 11 | Ahmad Talip's wife said he was detained by Emirati officials and deported to China despite committing no crime in UAE (AFP) | The wife of a Uighur man suspected of being deported to China from the Un…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/uighur-speaks…

US rejoins UN rights council, but voices concern over 'focus on Israel'
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
US rejoins UN rights council, but voices concern over 'focus on Israel' | The move reverses the Trump administration's decision to pull Washington from council over its criticism of Israel | MEE staff | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 15: 31 | The empty seat of United States during an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' at Human Rights Council in Geneva, 17 June 12020 | The United States has rejoined the UN Human Rights Council, Secreta…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-rejoins-un…

'Wise diplomacy': How will Biden tackle US foreign policy towards Syria?
Sheren Khalel | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
'Wise diplomacy': How will Biden tackle US foreign policy towards Syria? | Turning back the clock to past US policy in Syria – widely seen as a series of failed strategies – will not be an option for Biden team | Sheren Khalel | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 15: 03 | Syrians hold placards against President Bashar al-Assad during demonstration in Idlib city on 11 September 2020 (AFP/File photo) | As the tenth anniversary of th…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/biden-syria-p…

Sudan dissolves cabinet to bring ex-rebels into lineup
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
Sudan dissolves cabinet to bring ex-rebels into lineup | Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok is expected to include seven ministers from rebel groups in his new cabinet | MEE and agencies | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 16: 36 | Former rebel groups struck a peace deal with Khartoum in October, but violence continues in Darfur (AFP) | Sudan's ruling body said on Monday it would announce a new cabinet to include ex-rebel ch…
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UAE spies intercepted emails between Qatar's Sheikha Moza, Michelle Obama: Report
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-08
UAE spies intercepted emails between Qatar's Sheikha Moza, Michelle Obama: Report | New York Times reports email communications between Qatari royal and former US first lady were surveilled | MEE staff | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 18: 42 | Former US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) meets with Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, on 3 November 2015 (AFP/File photo) | Spies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ha…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/uae-spy-email…

Sri Lankan educators' safety committee salutes Chicago teachers
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
"We will campaign among teachers and students in support of the Chicago teachers' struggle, explaining this important experience. The Chicago struggle is our fight."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/chic…

Sri Lanka: Hundreds of thousands of estate workers strike for a wage rise
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
The Ceylon Workers Congress called the strike in order to dissipate workers' anger over the continual refusal of plantation companies to grant the long-running demand for a 1,000-rupee daily wage.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/plan…

The Invincible Green Stick of Happiness
Edward Curtin | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
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). | *** | After a night of haunting dreams that flowed as if they …
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Proof That the US November Election Was Stolen Exists in Abundance
Paul Craig Roberts | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-08
The official narrative that there was no election theft is likely the largest lie ever perpetrated on the world. The lie is so vast and so fragile that everyone who disagrees with the official narrative is suppressed, deplatformed, kicked off social media, ostracized, and fired from their job in order to protect the lie from examination and exposure. In Michigan the state attorney general is attempting to debar attorneys who represented cases of electoral theft. Massive effort was made–including an orchestrated "storming of the Capitol"–to insure that the evidence would not be presented and that the m…
thealtworld.com/paul_craig_roberts/proof…

Lawsuit Launched Over Army Corps' Failure to Protect Endangered Wildlife From Nationwide Permit Program
commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
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13 Years Is Too Long for Victims of Shell's Oil Spills to Wait for Justice
Donald Pols | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
This case has beaten a path through the undergrowth for victims of corporate crimes. Now we need strong laws to make this avenue easier to access. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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On Passing of Karen Lewis (1953-2021): 'Karen Did Not Just Lead Our Movement. Karen Was Our Movement.'
commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
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Sunrise Movement Demands Democrats Be the Party of Working People, Include $15 Minimum Wage in Rescue Package
commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
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Federal Court Allows Harmful Oil Project to Continue
commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
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The Year of Cheating the Poor
Paul Buchheit | commondreams.org | 2021-02-08
People who have money can buy stocks, wait for awhile, and ultimately get richer by doing nothing. But low-income Americans have to depend on wages for their fair share of national economic growth—and wages have barely budged in over 50 years. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Video: The Face Mask Imposed by France's Police State. Breathing is a Fundamental Human Right
Mondialisation | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
First published on August 24, 2020 | Numerous scientific studies reveal that the face mask is detrimental to a person's health. | According to Dr. Russell Blaylock: by wearing a face mask, "the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and …
globalresearch.ca/video-the-face-mask-im…

Moderna, Pfizer Test mRNA Experimental Biologics on Children
Barbara Caceres | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
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). | *** | On Dec. 10, 2020, American biotechnology company Moderna, Inc., which is …
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Protesters Say Mine Expansion Ignores Nunavut Agreement
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
Protests continue in Pond Inlet, Nunavut, on Saturday, as a two-week environmental hearing on an expansion at the Mary River iron ore mine wraps up. | At noon Saturday, around 50 residents gathered outside the community hall where the hearings are happening. It was — 32 C with the windchill, according to Environment Canada. | "We protested and chanted, 'Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, protect our rights, protect our people, protect our animals'," said resident Sheena Akoomalik. | At the protest, she brandished a copy of the Nunavut Agreement. She said the legal agreement between Nunavut Inuit and the Canadia…
popularresistance.org/protesters-say-min…

Defensive Moves Or Preparation For War With Iran?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
The US has decided to deploy the Israeli Iron Dome Missile Interceptor Systems, purchased in 2019, in Eastern European countries and also in the Gulf countries where the US Central Command (CENTCOM) operates and has established operational military bases. This step coincides with the US decision that Israeljoin CENTCOM (with Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrein, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan and more) following the normalisation of trade and diplomatic relations between several Arab and Islamic countries and Tel Aviv.
popularresistance.org/defensive-moves-or…

New Environmentalism Must Demand Systemic Change
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
Fifty years ago, my young daughter and I were on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the first Earth Day. A group of us were then launching the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Since then, the NRDC and other U.S. environmental groups have racked up more victories and accomplishments than one can count. | But here's the deeply troubling rub: As our environmental organizations have grown stronger, more sophisticated and more global in reach, the environment has continued to slide downhill. And not just slightly downhill. | Climate change is coming at us very hard. Worldwide, we are losing biodiversi…
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The Antiwar Movement Must Not Go Back To Sleep During The Biden Presidency
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
On Saturday, members of the administrative committee of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), on which I serve, spoke on a webinar about the importance of building and strengthening the antiwar, anti-imperialist movement during Biden's presidency. UNAC was founded during the summer of 2010 as it became clear that the antiwar movement in the US was faltering under the nation's first black president. Peace groups allied with the Democrats were reluctant to criticize the president and donations declined as people wrongly assumed the new Nobel Peace Prize winner was pro-peace.
popularresistance.org/antiwar-movement-b…

Time To Negotiate For Peace In Space
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-08
The U.S. mission to dominate and control the military use of space has been, historically and at present, a major obstacle to achieving nuclear disarmament and a peaceful path to preserve all life on earth. | Reagan rejected Gorbachev's offer to give up Star Wars as a condition for both countries to eliminate all their nuclear weapons when the wall came down and Gorbachev released all of Eastern Europe from Soviet occupation, miraculously, without a shot. | Bush and Obama blocked any discussion in 2008 and 2014 on Russian and Chinese proposals for a space weapons ban in the consensus-bound Committee for Disarmame…
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Eyewitnesses describe Capitol attack before Trump's Senate trial
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
By Beatriz Pascual Macias Washington, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Holed up in his boss's office in the US Capitol, Remmington Belford heard shouting and banging but had to turn on the television to find out what was happening: a mob had invaded one of the world's most secure places and the instigator of the violence was …
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Afghanistan recorded more than 350 polio cases in 2020
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Kabul, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan recorded more than 350 cases of polio, mostly of the type 2 variant, last year marking a dramatic increase in the number of cases that authorities attribute to insecurity and restrictions due to the novel coronavirus, according to the government on Monday. "The problem we are currently faced with is …
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Liege transforms itself into Andy Warhol's Factory
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Liege, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A row of Campbell's soup cans, a wall of "Marilyns" that stare at the spectator and a sea of ?metallic clouds are some of the works that have transformed the Belgian city of Liege into a re-imagining of Andy Warhol's studio, the famous Factory. "People come here and think they know …
laprensalatina.com/liege-transforms-itse…

Zidane leaves question mark over his position next season
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
Madrid, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday left his future with the Spanish powerhouse next season up in the air, although he made it clear he will not leave the club during the ongoing season. "Why would I leave? It is amazing, I am doing what I like," the Frenchman …
laprensalatina.com/zidane-leaves-questio…

Rescuers search for 200 missing after Himalayan disaster kills 19 in India
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-08
New Delhi, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A massive search operation continued on Monday for more than 200 missing people who were feared trapped in the debris of mud and rocks after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off a day ago in a disaster that has claimed at least 19 lives in northern India. The disaster …
laprensalatina.com/rescuers-search-for-2…

Overpopulation, food waste and climate change
Graham Peebles | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-08
The house, our house is literally burning, and, despite millions of people screaming for change, the behavior, and ways of living that ignited the fire continue unabated.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/08/overpopula…

Balancing Regional Interests In Syria Is The Only Way Reach A Compromise Solution
oneworld.press | 2021-02-08
Politically resolving the Hybrid War of Terror on Syria will involve difficult compromises on all sides, but this is only possible if each party acknowledges their counterparts' regional interests and Russian diplomats are able to successfully devise a creative solution for "balancing" between them as best as possible.
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It's easy to fix inequality: Tax the rich
Sonali Kolhatkar | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-08
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…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/08/its-easy-…

Shrinking Ireland: Global Warning in Local Communities
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | A recent walk at a local beach revealed to me how …
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IYSSE online meeting calls for European-wide general strike against school openings
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
Students, educators and workers from throughout Germany participated in the meeting, as well as representatives of Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees in Britain and the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/iyss…

This week in history: February 8-14
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
25 years ago: IRA bombs London DocklandsOn February 9, 1996, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) bombed the London Docklands, killing two people and injuring over 100 others. In the incident also known as the South Quay bombing, the IRA had sent warnings prior to detonating the truck bomb, but the area was not completely evacuated.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/twih…

Framed Shrewsbury pickets seek justice at Court of Appeal after 47 years
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
In the Appeal Court, lawyers representing 14 of the Shrewsbury pickets argued that the "higher echelons of the state" had been involved in their client's unfair convictions 47 years ago. This included "covert agencies" such as MI5 and the so-called Information Research Department, whose remit included creating anti-communist and anti-union material that could be funnelled to sympathetic journalists.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/shre…

Who Wrote The Plays And Sonnets Attributed To William Shakespeare
True Quill | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
The more one learns, the more apparent becomes the truth.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/07/1883983…

How to Build Tenant Organizing Capacity
mgrochowski | dsausa.org | 2021-02-08
How do you build tenant organizing capacity in your chapter? Join the Housing Justice Commission for a discussion on best practices for training tenant organizers and how to start organizing buildings for working-class power. We'll walk through sample trainings, share lessons learned, and answer questions about organizing challenges. Join us and reflect on how your…
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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot orders CPS bargaining team to issue last, best and final offer
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-08
Chicago, IL – At 11: 15 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot walked away from the bargaining table again after instructing her Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership team to submit a "last, best and final offer" to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). | The union and the school system have been bargaining in an attempt to reach a deal over conditions for schools to reopen for in-person learning. The mayor has repeatedly issued ultimatums threatening to lock out teachers if they did not return to school in person. The teachers have instead defied those orders and continued to teach from home. So…
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Protest to drop charges against Amina McCaskill and all of the MN-646
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-08
Minneapolis, MN – More than 50 protesters rallied out in the blistering cold in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, February 5 to demand that the trumped-up charges against Amina McCaskill be dropped immediately. The Friday action served as a prelude to McCaskill's Monday, February 8 court date. Activists are encouraging everyone to attend the February 8 Zoom court hearing: fb.me/e/264yfAUkY | TCC4J members said of Friday's sub-zero windchill, "Even if they're snow boots, they'll still be on the ground!" | This past November 4, 2020, community organizations, unions and…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/7/protest-d…

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot orders CPS bargaining team to issue last, best and final offer
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-08
Chicago, IL – At 11: 15 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot walked away from the bargaining table again after instructing her Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership team to submit a "last, best and final offer" to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). | The union and the school system have been bargaining in an attempt to reach a deal over conditions for schools to reopen for in-person learning. The mayor has repeatedly issued ultimatums threatening to lock out teachers if they did not return to school in person. The teachers have instead defied those orders and continued to teach from home. So…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/7/chicago-mayor…

Protest to drop charges against Amina McCaskill and all of the MN-646
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-08
Minneapolis, MN – More than 50 protesters rallied out in the blistering cold in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, February 5 to demand that the trumped-up charges against Amina McCaskill be dropped immediately. The Friday action served as a prelude to McCaskill's Monday, February 8 court date. Activists are encouraging everyone to attend the February 8 Zoom court hearing: fb.me/e/264yfAUkY | TCC4J members said of Friday's sub-zero windchill, "Even if they're snow boots, they'll still be on the ground!" | This past November 4, 2020, community organizations, unions and…
fightbacknews.org/2021/2/7/protest-drop-…

The case for impeaching the 45th president
Thomas Magstadt | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-08
This unprecedented state of affairs calls for unprecedented action, namely the conviction and formal removal of the 45th president who refuses to concede that he is no longer president.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/08/the-case-f…

2021 could be the year labor strikes back
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-08
Labor organizer and writer Rand Wilson joins "The Marc Steiner Show" to discuss how unions can use this moment as an opportunity to draw non-union workers to the labor movement and expand collective bargaining.
therealnews.com/2021-could-be-the-year-l…

Leading Brazilian Communist José Carlos Ruy has died
Urariano Mota | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-08
Editor's note from Eric A. Gordon: José Carlos Ruy entered my life very recently, but very forcefully. The repercussions of our online meeting are destined to cast a long shadow. Out of the blue (or "over the transom" as they say in the publishing world) People's World received an article by him–in English–celebrating the life of Brazilian left-wing poet …
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Will return to obligations under nuclear deal after all Trump-era sanctions are lifted, says Iran
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-08
The Biden administration, however, has refused to lift sanctions first and has put pre-condition of Iran's full compliance to the Iran nuclear deal before it rejoins it…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/08/will-retu…

Michigan educators call for unity with Chicago educators in fight to close schools
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
The Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee expresses its full support for the Chicago teachers' struggle against the dangerous and indeed criminal drive to resume in-person instruction in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/mich…

Andrés Arauz wins first round of Ecuadorian presidential election, heads to run-off on April 11
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-08
According to the quick count, Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won 31.74% of the votes. However, its still unclear who his opponent will be as two candidates are technically tied for second place…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/08/andres-ar…

Erdogan Your Time Is Up! Turkey Boƒüaziàßi University Graduates & Supporters Have SF Rally
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Dozens of graduates and supporters of Boƒüaziàßi University rallied in SF and spoke out against the Erdogan's government appointment of a Rector who plagiarized others for his work and is a crony of Erdogan's AKP.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/07/1883983…

America, the Fickle Superpower: World Welcomes Biden, but fears more Trumps
John Feffer | juancole.com | 2021-02-08
( Tomdispatch.com ) — The nightmare is over. The vanquished beast has crawled back to Mar-a-Lago to lick his wounds. The heroes are hard at work repairing the damage. As America returns to the international stage, the world heaves a collective sigh of relief. That, at least, is the story the incoming Biden administration is …
juancole.com/2021/02/america-superpower-…

Coalition government in New Caledonia collapses
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
The fragile political arrangements between the pro-and anti-independence factions in the French Pacific territory have shattered amid a deepening economic crisis and rising anger in the working class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/ncal…

The Foreign Roots of Haiti's "Constitutional Crisis"
Prof. Mark Schuller | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
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). | *** | Haiti's president's term has come to an end, but he refuses …
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Soldiers Abduct Eight Palestinians In Ramallah
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-02-08
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Monday at dawn, eight Palestinians, including five who were kidnapped by undercover forces, in the Ramallah governorate, in central West Bank. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah city, before the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes. They added that the soldiers abducted a …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-abduct-eight-…

The Foreign Roots of Haiti's "Constitutional Crisis"
Mark Schuller | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
As per usual, news on Haiti in the U.S. remains limited, except for periods of 'crisis.' As if on cue, U.S. media began reporting on Haiti's "constitutional crisis" this week. Sunday, February 7, is the end of Haitian president Jovenel MoàØse's term according to the constitution. He refuses to step down. Last week, the opposition…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/08/the-foreign-…

New Vision and Leadership of the African Union
Kester Kenn Klomegah | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The African Union (AU) has held a two-day summit to elect …
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Videos tie Trump crony Roger Stone to Proud Boys indicted in Capitol assault
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
Video footage has emerged confirming that Roger Stone, the longtime political crony of Donald Trump, was in close contact with Proud Boy leaders in the run-up to the January 6 assault on the Capitol.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/ston…

Wednesday 2/10: On The Frontline: Unity in America Requires Racial Justice Accountability Mass Call
The Frontline coalition | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Online event…
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Nigerian farmers win hollow legal victory against Shell for oil spillages
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
Shell have long sought to evade responsibility via lengthy legal proceedings, many in UK courts, for their part in regular oil spills on the Niger Delta. Even when courts find against Shell, the oil giant manages to manoeuvre its way out of its obligations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/nige…

Downtown Business Owner Threatens Violence Against Homeless People in San Lorenzo Park
Santa Cruz Vigilante Watch | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Troy Swanner, the owner of Live Oak Clothing on Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, has made comments on social media threatening vigilante violence against the homeless people who have been camping and sheltering in place nearby in San Lorenzo Park. "Me and the community are going to have to physically go do something about it," Swanner said. "Like what we used to do to the homeless to make them clean up their s***." Swanner then elaborated, saying "we locals […] used to beat the s*** out of the homeless that would spread their garbage around and leave needles. And it seemed to work a lot better than what's…
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People back the streets against the military coup
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2021-02-08
Activists reported that demonstrators donated water, food, and face shields to the police as they ask them to be on their side, otherwise future generations will suffer. Myanmarese in Norway and Netherlands also protested against the coup carried on February 1, 2021.
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Profiteering, Abuse, Neglect At US Nursing & Assisted Living Facilities
Searchlight | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
Seniors, Children, Animals Are Often Powerless…
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Court rules Dakota Access Pipeline illegal, Dems demand Biden shut it down
Jessica Corbett | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-08
Five Democratic lawmakers on Friday encouraged President Joe Biden to order an immediate shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week delivered a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by ruling that DAPL is operating illegally. The three-judge panel upheld a lower court's ruling that the …
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Independent impeachment & emoluments scrutiny essential–or Trump II looms
Robert S. Becker | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-08
Until strict categories about impeachment or emoluments, let alone lying, are enacted, with strong penalties levied by independent commissions, the uncivilized barbarians among us will wreck havoc.
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Considering and Critiquing Universal Basic Income: Introduction
Real Progressives | realprogressives.org | 2021-02-08
This article was written by Noah Zatz and published originally on LPE blog on 2/8/2021. | This post is part of our symposium on universal basic income. | This week we're opening up a symposium on universal basic income (UBI). UBI is both an important…
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The Formula For Murdering The Central Asian Republics
oneworld.press | 2021-02-08
If we talk about the true vital interests of the countries of the Central Asian "five", then the C5+1 formula looks like one solid minus for them. And the "plus" sign inside it is no longer able to mislead anyone. The investment partnership with Washington, supported in January of this year by Nur-Sultan and Tashkent, will open a direct path to the complete disposal of the entire region.
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The Fight to Save Ballona Wetlands
Dan Bacher | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-08
Los Angeles, California On January 29, Defend Ballona Wetlands and two individuals, Molly Basler and Robert van de Hoek, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging the California Department of Fish & Wildlife's (CDFW) approval of an environmental impact report (EIR) that they claim would allow for the "complete destruction" of the fragile Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Los Angeles…
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The Climate Dictatorship & The Ecoauthoritarian World
oneworld.press | 2021-02-08
The climate dictatorship or Great Reset is trying to hook the Western world to an imaginary world where everything is 'green', meaning no coal, no fossil fuels, and no nuclear power for energy, food control, which will leave the Western world with no industry, no jobs, and most of all, loss of property and income.
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Why has Australia's United Workers Union refused strike pay to locked-out Coles workers?
wsws.org | 2021-02-08
Falsely touted as a radical new "super" union, the UWU is another wealthy and ruthless apparatus for suppressing mounting workers' struggles.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/08/uwua…

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians, Including One Who Was Shot In Chest, In Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-02-08
Several Israeli army vehicles invaded, on Monday at dawn, Jenin refugee camp, and Qabatia town, in the northern West Bank governorate of Jenin, before the soldiers stormed homes and abducted four Palestinians, including one who was shot in the chest in his home. Media sources said dozens of soldiers invaded Jenin refugee camp, before the …
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Balancing Regional Interests In Syria Is The Only Way Reach A Compromise Solution
oneworld.press | 2021-02-08
Politically resolving the Hybrid War of Terror on Syria will involve difficult compromises on all sides, but this is only possible if each party acknowledges their counterparts' regional interests and Russian diplomats are able to successfully devise a creative solution for "balancing" between them as best as possible.
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Global outcry for the release of Egyptian student
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-08
Ahmed Samir Santawy is the latest victim of the Egyptian government's intimidation of academics and students studying abroad. Samir, an Egyptian student at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna, was remanded for a period of 15 days on February 6.
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Our Children Have a Right to a Decent Future
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-08
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). | *** | George Orwell's famous quote "If liberty means anything at all, it …
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Saturday 2/13: Black History Month educators' roundtable: BLM, also Marcus Garvey
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2021-02-08
ZOOM conference meeting link sent upon request | (the link protected here to thwart "bombers")…
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