Daily Archives: February 9, 2021

2021-02-09: News Headlines

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-10). Imperial funds 17 new equality, diversity and inclusion projects. imperial.ac.uk New equality, diversity and inclusion projects have been funded to highlight diverse voices and encourage open conversations and collective learning.

The Conversation (2021-02-09). I analyzed all of Trump's tweets to find out what he was really saying. juancole.com By Michael Humphrey | — The tally was in, it was clear Donald Trump had lost — and he tweeted: "either a new election should take place or … results nullified." It sounds familiar, but it wasn't November 2020. It was February 2016. Trump was just months into his presidential campaign, and was already telling …

Sameena Rahman (2021-02-09). Will the left return to power in Ecuador? liberationnews.org With nearly all the votes counted, left wing candidate Andrés Arauz has come in first place with over 32 percent of the vote in the first round of Ecuador's presidential election.

Staff (2021-02-09). Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Sacrifice Themselves to COVID for Basic Rights. truthout.org During the election campaign that led him to the White House, Joe Biden

teleSUR Desk (2021-02-09). Andres Arauz wins the first electoral round in Ecuador. mronline.org According to unofficial results of an exit poll, Ecuador will have a run-off election. Andres Arauz won 36,2 percent of the valid votes and right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso got 21,7 percent.

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Bolivia To Keep March 7 as Subnational Election Day. telesurenglish.net La Paz Constitutional Court on Monday ruled out a claim that sought to postpone the Bolivian subnational elections over fears of an increase in COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | The appeal was filed on Jan. 27 by candidate Amilcar Barral, who is running for La Paz Mayor's office on behalf of the National Action Party (PAN-BOL). | Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero argued that electoral authorities had approved…

_____ (2021-02-09). Egypt Reopens Rafah Crossing Indefinitely. popularresistance.org Egypt today opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip until further notice, Egyptian and Palestinian sources said, a move described as an incentive for reconciliation between the main Palestinian factions meeting in Cairo, Reuters reported. | Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, which controls the West Bank, and of Hamas, which governs the besieged Gaza Strip, began Egyptian-brokered talks yesterday to address long-standing divisions ahead of elections planned for later this year. | The 365 square kilometre (141 square mile) Gaza Strip is home to around two million Palestinian…

Misión Verdad (2021-02-09). "Bolivar Act" to tighten U.S. sanctions against elected Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org On January 28, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced into the Congress a new bill dedicated to smashing democracy in Venezuela, cumbersomely entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act." The creators of the law tendentiously established the …

Misión Verdad (2021-02-09). 'Bolivar Act' to tighten U.S. sanctions against elected Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org On January 28, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced into the Congress a new bill dedicated to smashing democracy in Venezuela, cumbersomely entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act." The creators of the law tendentiously established the …

Daniel Hellinger (2021-02-09). Maduro's Brown New Deal for Venezuela. zcomm.org Nicolás Maduro's reforms will deepen Venezuela's oil dependency, slow regional efforts to decarbonize, and shift oil profits to transnational oil companies…

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-09). Facebook hires ex-NATO press officer and social media censor Ben Nimmo as intel strategist. thegrayzone.com Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices. This report was originally published by Mint Press News. Ben Nimmo, a former NATO press officer and current senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, has announced Facebook has hired him to "lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations" and "emerging threats." Nimmo specifically named Russia, Iran and China as potential dangers to the …

Raul Diego (2021-02-09). The Disarticulation of Pandemic War Propaganda. mintpressnews.com A now-deleted Missing from the…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-09). Democrats WANT To Lose The Midterms: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Republicans: Good. | Democrats: We hear you and we honor your experience. | ‚ùñ | The USA is the single worst human rights offender on our planet. The fact that most of its transgressions take place outside its own borders makes it more egregious, not less. So-called human rights watchdog groups which fail to acknowledge this fact are propaganda constructs. | ‚ùñ | By 2024 the only mainstream US political debate allowed will be about whether America should nuke Russia or China. | ‚ùñ | "Kindly let me help you or you will drown, said the monkey putting th…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-09). China, Papua New Guinea and Australia's Backyard Blues. dissidentvoice.org Clever diplomacy rarely involves total commitment or unqualified fidelity to any one state. Treacherous waters require careful navigation, an understanding of shifty and shifting allegiances. The goal for the prudent statesperson is the pursuit of self-interest without alienation. In that regard, Papua New Guinea is proving increasingly interesting, finding itself between playground thugs with varying …

Daniel Warner (2021-02-09). Are We Ready For Vaccinating With Sputnik V? counterpunch.org Millions of people have died from Covid-19. Many more are infected; many more are at risk. With new variants popping up as the virus mutates, scientists around the world are searching for better protection with different vaccines. As supplies of the approved vaccines become limited, any new vaccine should be universally welcomed. After all, the pandemic has become a global danger. Any new and successful vaccine should be globally welcomed.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-09). 'Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given': Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist. counterpunch.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

C.J. Hopkins (2021-02-09). The (New Normal) War on Domestic Terror. dissidentvoice.org If you enjoyed the Global War on Terror, you're going to love the new War on Domestic Terror! It's just like the original Global War on Terror, except that this time the "Terrorists" are all "Domestic Violent Extremists" ("DVEs"), "Homegrown Violent Extremists" ("HVEs"), "Violent Conspiracy-Theorist Extremists" ("VCTEs"), "Violent Reality Denialist Extremists" (VRDEs"), "Insurrectionary Micro-Aggressionist Extremists" …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-02-09). Shrinking Ireland: Global Warning in Local Communities. dissidentvoice.org Portrane Beach, 2021 (Photo: Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin) A recent walk at a local beach revealed to me how fast coastal erosion is affecting local communities. This area where I live is essentially a peninsula with two large popular beaches, Donabate beach and Portrane beach which are joined by cliffs, on the coast of north County …

Nadda Osman (2021-02-09). Kuwaiti women speak up about sexual harassment online. middleeasteye.net Kuwaiti women speak up about sexual harassment online | Women in Kuwait have launched a social media campaign in which they demand accountability and share their testimonies | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 12: 35 | Women in Kuwait are raising awareness about sexual harassment in the country (Screengrab/Instagram/Illustration: Mohamad Elasaar) | "I will not be silenced." | Such has been the rallying cry for women in…

Phyllis Bennis (2021-02-09). Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed? zcomm.org Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal…

WSWS (2021-02-09). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health workers struck and marched February 4 to demand the Bolivian government implement health measures, while 700 warehouse workers in Tolleson, Arizona, have voted by a 98 percent margin to strike over COVID-related health and safety issues.

_____ (2021-02-09). How Rational Can The US Be In Dealing With Yemen And Iran? popularresistance.org This announcement does not augur peace in Yemen any time soon. Rather it looks a bit like political mystification that some have chosen to celebrate now, regardless of what it actually means, apparently in hope of making it a meaningful, self-fulfilling prophecy some time in the future. This does not seem likely, given what Biden actually said, but we shall see. | For the foreseeable future, Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, will remain the victim of a Saudi war of aggression and Saudi war crimes. Since March 2015, with the full support of the Obama administration, Saudi Arabia and its allies have tu…

Jay Stanley (2021-02-09). New Government Tracking System Paves the Way for Expanded Role of Drones. aclu.org The Federal Aviation Administration recently took a major step toward expanding the prevalence of aerial drones in American life by creating a system for identifying and tracking them. The new system is part of a steady march by the FAA to Since drones first came to real public attention about a decade ago, the technology hasn't lived up to either its promise or its threat, primarily due to the FAA's cautious approach to allowing…

Adam Robertson Charlton (2021-02-09). Climate Crisis and Water Conflict: How Saudi's water insecurity led to war in Yemen. juancole.com Stavanger, Norway (Special to Informed Comment) — In the early hours of 14 September 2019, a fleet of drones attacked the Abqaiq-Khurais oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, the largest oil stabilisation plant in the world. The attack came shortly before Saudi Aramco —the Kingdom's state-owned oil company — was floated on the market, and Riyadh …

_____ (2021-02-09). Demands To Drop The Charges On The 646 Mass Arrested. popularresistance.org Minneapolis, MN — Three months after six hundred forty-six people were mass arrested on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, calls to drop the charges are continuing. A February 5 rally at the Hennepin County Government Center demanded specifically that a felony charge on college student Amina McCaskill be dropped, along with the charges and citations given to the other 645. Dozens braved single-digit temperatures for the Friday rally that featured Amina and numerous speakers that were also part of the 646. Unicorn Riot live streamed the rally and spoke with Amina afterwards. Civil rights lawyer, Nekima Levy Armst…

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-02-09). Israel lashes out as ICC okays war crimes probe. zcomm.org The International Criminal Court has territorial jurisdiction to investigate suspected war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a panel of judges affirmed last week…

Eaneff S, Obermeyer Z, Butte AJ. (2021-02-09). Algorithmic Stewardship in Health Care—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Mr Li and Dr Wang highlight valuable examples of regulation from other industries, including banking and insurance. We agree that best practices from these industries provide lessons for health care and that health system—level algorithmic stewardship should complement clear guidance and oversight from those with regulatory authority.

oneworld.press (2021-02-09). The EU's Infowar Outlet Inadvertently Debunked Its Most Important Propaganda Point. oneworld.press "EU vs. Disinfo", which functions as the infowar outlet of the European External Action Service's (EEAS) East Stratcom Task Force, inadvertently debunked its most important propaganda point about Russia by drawing attention to the fact that publicly financed RT's Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan has the professional freedom to voice views that differ from the Kremlin's official ones.

_____ (2021-02-09). Striking Workers Halt Construction At Future Amazon Warehouse. popularresistance.org Roughly 75 workers walked off the job on Thursday at the construction site of a future Amazon fulfillment center in southern California—forcing most of the construction operations, including a large crane, to come to a halt. | Workers are striking at the future Amazon fulfillment center in Oxnard, California, because an Amazon contractor at the site, Building Zone Industries, has hired non-union, out-of-state workers to work on the project. This comes amid high rates of unemployment stemming from the COVID-19 in the predominantly agricultural, working-class Latinx community.

Li Y, Wang J. (2021-02-09). Algorithmic Stewardship in Health Care. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The Viewpoint by Ms Eaneff and colleagues proposed the role of stewardship for predictive algorithms by benchmarking to best practices from other clinical areas of medicine. In our opinion, to ensure the equality and safety of predictive algorithms, the health system could also learn from the high standards in other industries in which quality control and supervision of predictive algorithms are well established.

David Giesen (2021-02-09). 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")…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-02-09). The Value of Universal Vaccination Is So Great That Even the IMF Is Being Forced to Rethink Its Callousness to the Global South. counterpunch.org The world seems to have turned topsy-turvy when the undisputed voices of global capital start talking about the virtues of "cooperation" among nations and "universal distribution of vaccines" to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its January 2021 report, talks about "strong multilateral cooperation" and "universal distribution of vaccines… at affordable

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-09). COVID-19 patient survey highlights prevalence of PTSD symptoms. imperial.ac.uk More than one-third of COVID-19 patients put on a ventilator experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-09). COVID-19 drives creative student connections and events. imperial.ac.uk The Imperial community is helping students feel connected to their studies and social life with innovative events and course adaptations.

Lyn Neeley (2021-02-09). Portland nurses demand COVID-19 protection. workers.org Nurses and other health care workers, along with community members, demonstrated in front of Providence Portland Medical Center on Feb. 5, demanding COVID-19 protection and better working conditions. The rally was one day after Providence gave the COVID-19 vaccine — meant for people most at risk — to certain large . . . |

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-09). 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. The New York Times's running report on the world's vaccine programs shows 67 vaccines having

Marilynn Marchione (2021-02-09). New variants raise concern about COVID-19 virus reinfections. peoplesworld.org Evidence is mounting that having COVID-19 may not protect against getting infected again with some of the new variants. People also can get second infections with earlier versions of the coronavirus if they mounted a weak defense the first time, new research suggests. How long immunity lasts from natural infection is one of the big …

Staff (2021-02-09). Disabled Advocates Demand Better Vaccine Access as They Face Greater Risks of Dying from COVID-19. democracynow.org As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus tops 465,000, we speak with two disability rights activists about growing calls to prioritize giving COVID vaccines to people with physical and mental disabilities. Some states, including California, are failing to prioritize vaccines for people with serious physical or developmental disabilities, even though studies show they are up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19. "I use a ventilator to breathe, and I have respiratory failure," says disabled activist Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project and host of the podcast "Disability Visibility…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Argentina Allows the Use of India's Covishield Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Health Minister Gines Gonzalez on Tuesday authorized the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine "Covishield" produced by the Serum Institute of India. | RELATED: | The decision was taken after the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) evaluated the Covishield clinical trials which showed "no serious adverse events or significant differences in efficacy." | "This vaccine is…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). The United States Surpasses 27 Million COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net The United States on Monday confirmed 27,083,278 COVID-19 cases and 464,831 related-deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. | RELATED: | New York remains the country's most affected state by the pandemic with 44,965 deaths, followed by California (44,269), Texas (39,482), Florida (27,815), Pennsylvania (22,443), New Jersey (22,001), and Illinois (21,779). | Other states with a large number of deaths are Michigan (15,863), Georgi…

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-09). Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach. zcomm.org Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity…

Kuehn BM. (2021-02-09). Accelerated Overdose Deaths Linked With COVID-19. jamanetwork.com More than 81‚ÄØ000 people died of drug overdoses in the US between June 2019 and May 2020, a record-breaking number that CDC officials suggested is related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Peru Starts Its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Peru on Tuesday starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in areas of highest epidemiological risk, giving priority to redline health workers. The campaign started after the arrival of the first batch of 300.000 vaccines on Feb 7. | RELATED: | The first health care facilities to receive the doses were the Second May National Hospital and the Archbishop Loayza National Hospital. | "Those working in intensive care units treating…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-09). Why isn't Australia producing its own COVID-19 vaccine? greenleft.org.au As the debate over the efficacy and availability of various privately marketed anti-COVID vaccines intensifies here and internationally, the time to re-establish our own critical public medical institution is right now, argues Jim McIlroy.

Escalante E, Golden RL, Mason DJ. (2021-02-09). Social Isolation and Loneliness: Imperatives for Health Care in a Post-COVID World. jamanetwork.com The importance of social determinants of health has been gaining traction in the health care sector during the last decade. Social determinants of health have been found to be responsible for 80% to 90% of health outcomes, and an abundance of research has demonstrated that no matter the advancements in medicine and health care, the health of individuals and communities will not improve if these root-cause social factors are not addressed. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is highlighting one of these factors: social isolation.

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Brazil To Assess COVID-19 Vaccination Impacts in a Small Town. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Butantan Institute Director Dimas Covas on Monday announced a clinical study that plans to vaccinate the entire adult population in Sao Paulo State's Serrana municipality to evaluate the epidemiological impact of COVID-19 vaccinations. | RELATED: | The study will begin on Feb. 17 with the vaccination of 30,000 people over 18 years of age, who will be inoculated with the Coronavac vaccine produced in collab…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-09). Progressives slam Tory government over disparities in COVID-19 relief. peoplesdispatch.org Research conducted by the Labour Party shows that richer areas in the UK are seeing bigger falls in COVID-19 infection rates following vaccine distribution compared to poorer, working-class areas…

WSWS (2021-02-09). Turkish government prepares to reopen schools as pandemic surges. wsws.org After the government began face-to-face teaching at the end of September, the number of daily COVID-19 cases rose to 30,000.

Narayan K, Curran JW, Foege WH. (2021-02-09). COVID-19 Pandemic, an Opportunity for a More Successful Future for Science and Public Health. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to build trust in science and update federal agencies to improve public health and poses questions and offers recommendations for consideration.

Mourad MS. (2021-02-09). Donning and Doffing—Hiding Cancer Treatment in Plain Sight. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay an internal medicine hospitalist explores what the new diagnosis of breast cancer means for her professional identity and considers how the COVID-19 pandemic facilitates the hiding of serious illness but also complicates disclosing the news to colleagues and friends.

_____ (2021-02-09). Chile: Political Parties Urge Dissolution Of Carabineros. popularresistance.org Chile's political parties and social leaders on Monday demanded the dissolution of the Military police (Carabineros) three days after an agent shot dead juggler Francisco Martinez, 27, during an identity check. | "We demand the Senate to debate on the re-foundation of Carabineros," Progressive Party (PRO) Senator Alejandro Navarro tweeted, recalling that police brutality is part of the "nefarious legacy" of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). | Chile's Communist Party (PC) Secretary Eduardo Artes also demanded the resignation of President Sebastian Piñera, "who has defended the Carabineros despite the br…

Fight Back (2021-02-09). Union vote begins at Amazon distribution center in Alabama. fightbacknews.org Bessemer, AL – Voting formally began Monday, February 8 for Amazon workers at a large distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama. They are voting on whether or not to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Ballots are being mailed to workers and voting will continue through March 29. | Amazon's attempts at union busting included trying to stop the mail vote from happening by filing objections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) insisting on an in-person vote to take place at the worksite instead of the mail-in vote that was scheduled. Attempts to make voting harder are a common…

Fight Back (2021-02-09). Chicago Teachers Union to vote on tentative framework for resuming in-person learning. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Late in the night of Saturday, February 6, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) received a tentative framework from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the resumption of in-person learning. CTU members will evaluate this latest proposal and vote soon on whether to accept the offer and begin making arrangements to phase to in-person through this framework, or whether to reject the offer and face a potential lockout. | Until the rank-and-file teachers have made a decision, they will continue to teach remotely. CTU says the framework represents progress that they made at the bargaining table. They say it does…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-09). Andrew Yang Got it Wrong: Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist. mintpressnews.com Claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral Yang, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to the reductionist assumption that all Jews must naturally supp…

Kate Yoder (2021-02-09). Biden's Civilian Climate Corps comes straight out of the New Deal. peoplesworld.org The article below is reprinted from The Grist. One of the most popular programs from the New Deal is making a comeback, nearly 90 years later. President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order to create a Civilian Climate Corps. The initiative, he wrote, will provide "good jobs" for young people and train them for environmentally …

Staff (2021-02-09). Between a Heating Globe and a Nuclear Conflagration, Can Biden Meet the Urgency? truthout.org If you live in California, you're likely to be consumed on occasion by thoughts of fire. That's not surprising, given that, in last year alone, actual fires

Alan Macleod (2021-02-09). From Concentration Camps to Overflow Facilities: With Biden in Charge, Media Forgets Kids in Cages. mintpressnews.com The lack of critical coverage of Biden's new announcement suggests that corporate media will no longer be as concerned about "kids in cages" now their preferred candidate is in the White House.

Staff (2021-02-09). Despite Biden's Moratorium, ICE Deports Dozens to Haiti — Including a Baby. truthout.org U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the Biden administration's order to deport only people with serious charges against them. Haiti faces an increase in political violence and ongoing protests against President Jovenel MoàØse's U.S.-backed regime, and Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, says sending people t…

Staff (2021-02-09). Amid Unrest in Haiti, ICE Deports Dozens — Including a 2-Month-Old Baby — into "Burning House" democracynow.org U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the Biden administration's order to deport only people with serious charges against them. Haiti faces an increase in political violence and ongoing protests against President Jovenel MoàØse's U.S.-backed regime, and Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, says sending people to Haiti is putting them in danger. "We should be providing protection for those people, but we are sending them in…

Roger Bybee (2021-02-09). How Biden Can Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs. progressive.org The President's plan to reinforce the Buy American Act is the first step in reviving the U.S. industry.

Naureen Shah (2021-02-09). This is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses — For Good. aclu.org President Biden's 100-day deportation moratorium, announced late last month, was a monumental achievement for immigrant justice activists and immigrant communities. Less visible but potentially groundbreaking: The Department of Homeland Security's promise to conduct a top-to-bottom review of programs and policies governing the arrests and deportations of immigrants in the United States. | While a Texas court temporarily enjoined the deportation moratorium (the ACLU has

Dusetzina SB. (2021-02-09). Cancer Care Under the Biden Administration. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint evaluates Biden's health care proposals to help reduce the cost burden on patients with cancer should they be enacted legislatively.

Paul Jay (2021-02-09). No Honeymoon for Biden — Jeff Cohen. theanalysis.news No Honeymoon for Biden is telling progressives you have to learn the lessons of history. Previous Democratic administrations have not delivered on promises made, and there should be maximum pressure put on Biden right away, says Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

Tan I, Tan C, Hsu L, et al. (2021-02-09). Prevalence and Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Migrant Workers in Singapore. jamanetwork.com This study examines the prevalence and outcomes of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among migrant workers in Singapore.

Stephen F. Eisenman — Sue Coe (2021-02-09). Your Official Souvenir Guide to the Trump Impeachment Trial. counterpunch.org Tickets: Congratulations! You are one of small number of Americans selected by U.S. Senators to witness in person the 2021 Impeachment Trial of former President Donald J. Trump. In keeping with Electoral College protocols, every senator has been allotted the same number of tickets, regardless of the size of their state. It is therefore expected

Pip Hinman (2021-02-09). Trump's Twitter ban highlights need to democratise social media. greenleft.org.au Twitter's permanent suspension of Donald Trump's account on January 8 was an anti-climactic conclusion to a presidency that ultimately finished with a whimper rather than a bang, writes Leo Crnogorcevic.

_____ (2021-02-09). Press Freedom Groups Call On DOJ To Drop Assange Charges. popularresistance.org The letter comes just days before the United States' deadline to appeal the ruling in Julian Assange's extradition hearing. On January 4, British Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked Assange's extradition last month on medical grounds, and the U.S. announced its intent to appeal that decision. It has until February 12 to file its appeal. | The New York Times' Charlie Savage writes, "The litigation deadline may force the new administration to confront a decision: whether to press on with the Trump-era approach to Mr. Assange, or to instead drop the matter."

Juan Cole (2021-02-09). Whites still won't Mask up: Impeach Trump for discouraging Hygiene in a pandemic and killing hundreds of thousands. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — One of Trump's biggest crimes for which he is unlikely ever to be held responsible was just discouraging mask-wearing in the midst of a pandemic of a respiratory disease. He, of course, contracted the disease himself, as did most of his prominent staffers, mainly because they refused to socially distance …

John Whitehead (2021-02-09). Don't Impeach Trump. Impeach the Deep State for Its Conspiracy to Kill the Constitution. mintpressnews.com Impeaching Trump will accomplish very little, and it will not in any way improve the plight of the average American. It will only reinforce the spectacle and farce that have come to be synonymous with politics today.

ReNika Moore (2021-02-09). To End Systemic Racism, Ensure Systemic Equality. aclu.org Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump

Norman Solomon (2021-02-09). What About the "Unimpeachable" Offenses? indybay.org Hidden in plain sight…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-09). Hidden in plain sight: The "unimpeachable" offenses. nationofchange.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 (2021-02-09). WAFA: "Humsa al-Bqaia under attack once again as soldiers return to remove humanitarian-provided tents" imemc.org JORDAN VALLEY, Monday, February 8, 2021 (WAFA) — Israeli occupation forces today returned to the battered Humsa al-Bqaia Bedouin community in the northern Jordan Valley to remove the tents provided by humanitarian agencies as shelters for the families whose homes were recently demolished by the Israeli army, according to sources. The soldiers arrived at the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-09). Stand with Newsclick: Journalism With a Spine. peoplesdispatch.org We, a group of publications from around the world, join together against the harassment of Newsclick, the Indian web-based news portal. The detention of its editors and the smearing of its reputation in the press is a calculated move to intimidate coverage of the farmer's revolt and other mass struggles that are ongoing in India. | We stand with Newsclick, journalism with a spine. | Vijay Prashad, Chief Correspondent Globetrotter, Executive Director Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research | Zoe Alexandra, Co-Editor Peoples Dispatch | Eugene Puryear, Host BreakThrough News | Ben Becker, Editor-in-Chief Break…

Monica Moorehead (2021-02-09). Reparations, health care and the pandemic. workers.org The late John Conyers — U.S. Representative from Michigan and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus — introduced bill HR 40 back in 1989, titled "Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act." New York City protest, Feb. 3. WW PHOTO: Sara Flounders Conyers said, "African slaves were . . . |

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-02-09). India needs course correction on Myanmar. mronline.org The ASEAN Chair's statement of Feb, 1 recalled the "purposes and the principles enshrined in the ASEAN Charter" which include respecting the principles of sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity, non-interference, consensus and unity in diversity."

Freedom Socialist Party (2021-02-09). Sunday 2/21: The Unfinished Revolution: Black Reconstruction Today. indybay.org Online: us02web.zoom.us

Martha Grevatt (2021-02-09). Solidarity with Alabama Amazon workers! All out for Feb. 20 National Day of Solidarity! workers.org Communication Workers (CWA) members support Amazon union drive, Bessemer, Ala., Feb. 6. Southern workers: We got your back! Organize the South! The Southern Workers Assembly has gotten behind the Amazon workers, calling for a National Day of Solidarity Feb. 20. "All eyes are on Bessemer, Alabama, and the struggle to . . . |

David Cruz and Juan Mazo (2021-02-09). South Florida: Capitalists worsen housing crisis during pandemic. liberationnews.org Florida tenants are amongst the highest at risk of eviction after years of Republican-controlled legislation stripping tenants of protections.

Jane-Anna Spiekermann (2021-02-09). Corona and psychology: Fear works against democratic coexistence. indybay.org The current "simultaneous consolidation and weakening of the state" (Nicos Poulantzas) are two sides of the same coin: the rise of the punitive state goes hand in hand with growing social insecurity and disenfranchisement, rather than an increase in rule-breaking and crime. The state authority & police strengthen themselves in pandemic…

Real Progressives (2021-02-09). UBI and Immigrants: Lessons from the Pandemic. realprogressives.org This article was written by This post is part of our Does universal basic income have a role to play in a more just political economy? It is by now fairly well appreciated that, on the level of individual countries, much depends on the framing and design of t…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-02-09). The Clash Between the UK and EU Over Northern Ireland is a Precursor to Confrontations That will Last Decades. counterpunch.org "Get your retaliation in first," is a cynical old saying in Northern Irish politics that means you hit your opponent whenever you can without waiting for a provocation. It neatly captures the violent traditions of the province and explains why the political temperature there is always close to boiling over.

Raul Diego (2021-02-09). Facebook, the ADL and the Brewing Battle to Label Zionism as Hate Speech. mintpressnews.com While a debate rages over whether Facebook should view the term 'Zionist' as a slur, the ADL continues on its crusade to make the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism the worldwide standard.

Taylor Ikehara (2021-02-09). Statewide day of action demands single-payer healthcare for California. liberationnews.org The Peace & Freedom Party endorsed a statewide day of action on Saturday, February 6th, organized by the California Nurses Association, demanding a single-payer "CalCare" health system.

Alan Macleod (2021-02-09). Facebook Hires NATO Press Officer Ben Nimmo as Intelligence Chief. mintpressnews.com It is now difficult to distinguish where the deep state ends and the fourth estate begins and Ben Nimmo's move from NATO to NATO-aligned think tank to Facebook is just another example of this phenomenon.

MEE staff (2021-02-09). UN experts call on Israel to stop torture, inhuman treatment of Palestinians. middleeasteye.net UN experts call on Israel to stop torture, inhuman treatment of Palestinians | Panel of rights experts said Israel was using a 'grave loophole within the Israeli judicial system' to defend its use of torture | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 18: 13 | Arbeed was detained in 2019, and after being subjected to interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service, he suffered from kidney failure and broken ribs (AFP…

IMEMC & Agencies (2021-02-09). Analysis: Israel's Crimes, Legitimacy and Free Speech. imemc.org By Ron Forthofer for the Palestine Chronicle Israel is waging an intense campaign against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, a nonviolent campaign called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005. This Movement was modeled on the campaign against South African Apartheid. Palestinians felt compelled to issue the call for a BDS campaign since previous …

PCHR (2021-02-09). PCHR: Landmark Decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC Welcomed by Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, PCHR and Addameer. imemc.org On Friday, 5 February 2021, over one year since the Office of the Prosecutor closed its preliminary examination into the Situation in the State of Palestine, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its decision affirming that the Court has full territorial jurisdiction over the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), i.e. the West …

Editor (2021-02-09). The Journalistic Censorship Industry Suffers Well-Deserved Blows. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / SubStack A new and rapidly growing journalistic "beat" has arisen over the last several years that can best be described as an unholy mix of junior high hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It is half adolescent and half malevolent. Its primary objectives are control, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for fun and power. |

Global Research News (2021-02-09). Selected Articles: A Psychological Perspective on the Role of Power and Money. globalresearch.ca By This post summarises more key psychological issues which have serious negative consequences for modern societies, and then discusses the implications for how we …

Colin Todhunter (2021-02-09). Farmers' Protest in India: Price of Failure Will Be immense. counterpunch.org Globally, there is an ongoing trend of a handful of big companies determining what food is grown, how it is grown, what is in it and who sells it. This model involves highly processed food adulterated with chemical inputs ending up in large near-monopoly supermarket chains or fast-food outlets that rely on industrial-scale farming. While

George Wuerthner (2021-02-09). How the West Burns and Why Logging Only Makes It Worse. counterpunch.org A new documentary titled The West is Burning continues to promote a flawed narrative that large blazes are a consequence of "fire suppression" and "fuel build-up." Starting from this perspective, it promotes policies like thinning the forest and prescribed burning to counter the large blazes occurring across the West. 1) Fire suppression has created unnatural

IMEMC News (2021-02-09). Army Abducts Three Palestinians In Hebron, One In Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday at dawn, three young Palestinians from their homes in Hebron governorate, in southern West Bank, and one near Ramallah, in the central part of the occupied territory. The Hebron office of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that several army jeeps invaded Doura town, south of the city, before …

Samuel March (2021-02-09). Defendants no longer required to state nationality at the start of criminal cases. ukhumanrightsblog.com On 8 February 2020, small but significant changes were made to the Part 3 (Case Management) of the Criminal Procedure Rules and Practice Directions 2020 ("CrimPR"). These changes remove the requirement that defendants in criminal trials provide their nationality to the court at preliminary hearings. The question is now to be asked only where a …

Monica Moorehead (2021-02-09). Remembering Rosa Parks on the anniversary of her birth. workers.org When I was three years old in 1955, my parents lived in Montgomery, Ala. They attended the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where they heard the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preach every Sunday. That church would eventually become an historic organizing center for one of the most important struggles of . . . |

IMEMC News (2021-02-09). Israeli Army Invades Farmlands In Northern Gaza. imemc.org On Tuesday, several armored Israeli military vehicles, including bulldozers, invaded Palestinian farmlands northwest of Beit Lahia, in northern Gaza, and fired sporadic rounds of live ammunition, in addition to bulldozing lands near the fence. Media sources said the Israeli military vehicles came from a base across the fence and advanced dozens of meters into the …

Yves Smith (2021-02-09). Michael Hudson — Changes in Super Imperialism. mronline.org Yves here. Get a cup of coffee. This is another meaty talk with Michael Hudson, this time focusing on his classic Super Imperialism. Hudson has an updated and expanded version set to go to print soon.

Ragip Soylu (2021-02-09). New app Clubhouse becomes free speech haven in Turkey amid Bogazici protests. middleeasteye.net New app Clubhouse becomes free speech haven in Turkey amid Bogazici protests | The audio-only social media application has quickly become a centre of activism in Turkey's deeply polarised society | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 08: 54 | Protesters take photos as Turkish police officers detain demonstrators during a rally in support of Bogazici University students in Istanbul on 4 February 2021 (AFP) | When Turkish p…

IMEMC News (2021-02-09). Army Attacks Farmers And Shepherds, Navy Fires At Fishermen, In Gaza. imemc.org On Monday, Israeli soldiers attacked with live ammunition Palestinian farmers and shepherds, east of Gaza city, and Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, while navy ships attacked fishing boats in Palestinian territorial waters. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many rounds of live ammunition, in addition to concussion grenades at Palestinian farmers, …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-09). In first Arab mission, UAE Hope Probe enters Mars orbit. middleeasteye.net In first Arab mission, UAE Hope Probe enters Mars orbit | Following a seven-month journey, the probe is now able to send back data on Martian atmosphere and weather | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 16: 26 | A general view of an event to mark Hope Probe's entering orbit of Mars, with Burj Khalifa in background, in Dubai, UAE, 9 February 2021 (Reuters)
| The United Arab Emirates' first mission to Mar…

Liberation Staff (2021-02-09). Police in India raid leading progressive news outlet. liberationnews.org NewsClick, a progressive media organization in India, is under attack. This morning their offices and the homes of top editorial team members were raided.

IMEMC News (2021-02-09). Soldiers Shoot A Palestinian Near Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers shot, on Monday evening, a young Palestinian man near the Annexation Wall, close to the town of Barta'a, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many live rounds at Palestinian workers near the gate of the illegal Annexation Wall, wounding a young man in the leg. …

Micah Uetricht (2021-02-09). Mike Davis's Forecast for the Left. thenation.com His works of history and social criticism have grappled with the political and ecological disasters of the past. His work has now started to become more hopeful about the future.

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2021-02-09). WAFA: "Palestinian injured as settlers push him off wall south of Nablus" imemc.org NABLUS, February 8, 2021 (WAFA) — Israeli settlers today afternoon pushed a Palestinian off a wall in al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya village, south of Nablus city, according to a local official. Head of al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya Village Council confirmed that settlers pushed Mohammad Daraghmeh, 50, off a 4-meter-high wall as they forced their way into the village, under …

IMEMC News (2021-02-09). Soldiers Shoot A Teen, Abduct Two Palestinians, In Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the Deheishe refugee camp, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and shot a teen, in addition to abducting two Palestinians in the al-Khader nearby town. Media sources said several army jeeps invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, leading to protests, and fired live rounds, a barrage of …

MEE staff (2021-02-09). Twitter suspends accounts, removes verification of Saudi political prisoners. middleeasteye.net Twitter suspends accounts, removes verification of Saudi political prisoners | Decision criticised as 'uncalled for' as the detainees are held in situations beyond their control | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 11: 54 | Ali al-Omari (L) and Awad al-Qarni have been in jail since 2017. Their verified Twitter badge has recently been removed by the social media giant (Twitter) | Twitter has removed the blue verified badge from…

Ragip Soylu (2021-02-09). Turkey proposes 'Greek model' to address S-400 missile crisis. middleeasteye.net Turkey proposes 'Greek model' to address S-400 missile crisis | Defence minister says Ankara doesn't need to keep Russian missile system operational all the time in an attempt to placate Washington | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 12: 02 | A Turkish Defence Ministry photograph of a Russian military cargo plane discharging the S-400 missile defence system components, 27 August 2019 (AFP) | Turkey signalled on Tuesday…

Liberation Staff (2021-02-09). Asheville, NC, locals reject Raytheon's blood money jobs. liberationnews.org Although the protest was primarily focused on nuclear proliferation, these recent demonstrations spearheaded by Veterans for Peace, are part of a larger movement in opposition to Raytheon's plans to bring a plant to Asheville.

Steve Sweeney (2021-02-09). Turkish authorities arrest 65 revolutionaries in a bid to break the backbone of the growing anti-government resistance. mronline.org Sixty-five people were detained in Istanbul last week after a press conference announcing the launch of a new opposition alliance, the United Fighting Forces (BMG).

Ed Rampell (2021-02-09). 'Marble-ous': Russian maestro's masterful Michelangelo biopic. peoplesworld.org My father, Richard Rampell, was a photographer who used to exhibit his artsy black and white pictures in Manhattan's top photo galleries. Always a good provider, Dad supported our family by teaching at Boys High in Bed Stuy, explaining: "All artists require patrons. Even Michelangelo needed patrons. By working as a teacher, I can support …

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-09). The Heat: Trump's second impeachment trial preview. america.cgtn.com Two impeachments in less than two years. Former United States President Donald Trump stands accused of inciting an insurrection against his own government in an attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election.

RT (2021-02-09). Georgia secretary of state launches 'fact-finding probe' into Trump's demand to 'find votes' in 2020 election. rt.com The office of Georgia's secretary of state is investigating a series of phone calls former President Donald Trump made to state officials following the 2020 election, where he urged them to uncover fraud in the race. | A spokesperson for Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed the probe on Monday, stating that his office is responding to formal complaints made by a law professor who claims the ex-president illegally pressured officials to find evidence to help overturn Joe Biden's victory in the state. | "The Secretary of State's office investigates complaints it receives," said the spokesman, Walter J…

RT (2021-02-09). Gateway Pundit founder questions those saying 2020 election was secure while 'cracking down' on sites like his in RT interview. rt.com Following his permanent ban from Twitter, Gateway Pundit founder and editor Jim Hoft spoke to RT and questioned why social media platforms are working so hard to keep sites like his from reaching readers. | The @gatewaypundit Twitter handle belonging to Hoft, which sported over 375,000 followers, was banned on Saturday night for "repeated violations" of Twitter's "civic integrity process," which focuses heavily on information or theories that "could undermine faith in the process itself, such as unverified information about election rigging, ballot tampering, vote tallying, or certification of election results…

RT (2021-02-09). Fox News moves to dismiss Smartmatic $2.7 billion defamation suit, blasts as 'meritless'. rt.com Fox News is pushing back against a lawsuit from voting firm Smartmatic, which goes after the network and specific hosts, including the recently canceled Lou Dobbs, for pushing election-fraud conspiracy theories. | Others cited in the lawsuit for tying Smartmatic to alleged election fraud are Jeanine Pirro and Maria Bartiromo. The company takes umbrage with everything from being tied to foreign nations to reports it was used across the country when it was only used in Los Angeles County. | Fox News has now filed a motion in New York Supreme Court, defending themselves under the First Amendment and using former…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Third round of Libya constitutional talks starts in Egypt. yenisafak.com A third round of Libya's dialogue on the constitutional track kicked off in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Tuesday, days after the election of a new interim authority in the war-torn country. | Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel and the recently-appointed UN Special Envoy on Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL), Jan Kubis, addressed the opening session. | "The Libyan Constitutional Committee will discuss arrangements for holding a popular referendum on a new constitution," committee member Naema Elhammi told Anadolu Agency. | She said the committee meetings will continue for th…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Egypt opens Gaza crossing in both directions. yenisafak.com Egypt on Tuesday opened the Rafah border crossing with the Gaza Strip for the movement of travelers in both directions, according to the Hamas-run Interior Ministry.A ministry statement said that "passenger buses began to leave the crossing, while returnees will arrive at noon".It is unclear how many days the crossing will remain open.Palestinian factions are currently holding dialogue in Cairo on preparations for elections.Last week, Egypt opened the crossing for four days in both directions.Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in March, Egypt and Hamas agreed to close the crossing. The terminal was sp…

Staff (2021-02-09). Headlines for February 9, 2021. democracynow.org Second Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump Opens in the Senate, Georgia's Secretary of State to Probe Trump's Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election, U.S. Mulls Plan to Require Negative COVID-19 Test for Domestic Airline Passengers, Texas GOP Rep. Ron Wright Dies After 18-Day Battle with COVID-19, FEMA to Pay Low-Income Families Up to $7,000 for Funeral and Burial Costs During Pandemic, New York Nursing Home Residents Got Experimental COVID-19 Treatments Without Families' Knowledge, Senate Confirms Denis McDonough to Lead Department of Veterans Affairs, Haitian Asylum Seekers, Including Children, Deported Despite Bid…

John Wojcik (2021-02-09). Historic second Trump impeachment trial opens today. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial opens today and will end with the Senate deciding whether to convict him on the charge that, in a desperate attempt to hold onto office he lost in a free and fair election, he incited a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Trump's expected acquittal, …

Gregory Wilpert (2021-02-09). The Disintegration of Israeli Politics. theanalysis.news As Israel gears up for its fourth general election in two years, it has become increasingly clear that Israeli politics is in the process of disintegration. It's largely due to an ever more fragmented party system based on identity politics, says Shir Hever, author of the book, The Privatization of Israeli Security.

news.un (2021-02-09). UN chief welcomes Colombia's 'act of solidarity' with 1.7 million Venezuelans. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General, on Monday, applauded the announcement by the President of Colombia that the country will provide temporary protection to all Venezuelans in its territory.

_____ (2021-02-09). New NORAD Warfare Strategies and Canada's Role in the Great Game Revisited. strategic-culture.org The future battleground which Canada is being prepared to set up is to be found in the Arctic, Matthew Ehret writes. | As relations between the USA and Russia continue to fall ever deeper into the abyss, and as China's Belt and Road Initiative continues to evolve deep into the Eurasian Arctic via the Polar Silk Road, a new era of potential for cooperation as well as nuclear war awaits humanity. The decisions made over the coming months will determine which of those two opposing destinies are selected. | For the time being, things are looking bad. | On February 5, 2021 the Canadian press was lit abuzz with the hea…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Global semiconductor chip shortage hits car sales. yenisafak.com Honda Motor Co. had set a target of 4.6 million sales until March this year.The shortage of the chips is mainly attributed to boost in sales of smartphones, game consoles, smart TVs, and laptops triggered by global lockdown during the pandemic which forced people to stay home.Also, restrictions imposed by former US President Donald Trump's administration on China's chipmakers have fueled the demand for semiconductor chips.The global chip shortage has led many industrialized countries to reach out to Taiwan for chip supplies. The US, Germany, and Japan have recently urged Taipei to increase the chip production.Tai…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). China plans world's biggest dam build on Tibetan river. yenisafak.com China plans to build the world's biggest hydroelectric dam on the Yarlung Tsangpo river in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, according to China's state-owned media.When completed, the mega-dam project will generate 60 gigawatts and have three times more hydroelectric capacity than China's current largest dam, the Three Gorges, which has forced than 1.4 million people to evacuate.The new dam will be constructed in Medog County, which has a population of 14,000 people.Beijing has now redoubled its efforts on its hydropower projects in Tibet with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.Coming from melting glaci…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). No sign COVID spread in Wuhan before Dec 2019: WHO. yenisafak.com A team of international experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and China on Tuesday said there is insufficient evidence that the coronavirus had spread in Wuhan before December 2019.Addressing a virtual news conference in Wuhan city of China, the Chinese team leader Dr. Liang Wannian said: "The discovery of viral sequence of coronavirus suggests the virus originated from the zoonotic transmission, but the host is yet to be identified.""There is insufficient evidence that SARS-COV-2 [COVID-19] had spread in Wuhan before December 2019," he said and added: "There is no indication."The 17-member WHO team on…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). US must take practical steps to end war in Yemen: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — In an interview with Al Jazeera, an Iranian official said the United States must take practical steps to end the war in Yemen.

RT (2021-02-09). Fear of Covid-19 no longer petrifies 1 in 3 Americans, but indecision about how to move forward does. rt.com Americans have finally begun easing out of the pandemic-induced phobias that sent them scurrying underground nearly a year ago. However, few seem to agree on how to come out of hibernation, with many waiting for an official "OK." | One in three Americans no longer believes returning to their pre-coronavirus existence poses a 'moderate or large risk', according to an

RT (2021-02-09). Tampa mayor threatens maskless Super Bowl revellers with police, gets reminded of her own aversion to face coverings. rt.com The mayor of Tampa has expressed her frustration with Super Bowl fans who broke her executive order to wear masks during and after the game. Maskless "bad actors" will be "identified" by the city police, she warned. | Mayor Jane Castor signed the order two weeks ago ahead of the face-off between the Chiefs and the Buccaneers in the Raymond James Stadium, mandating masks for all those attending. In place until February 13, the order covered the area outside the arena itself as well as tourist hotspots like the historic district of Ybor City. The NFL demanded that masks be worn by all 22,000 people who were allo…

The Canary (2021-02-09). Report shows many people are still unable to access financial support to self-isolate. thecanary.co Four in 10 people who needed financial support to self-isolate at the end of 2020 said they had not been able to access it, research suggests. | Support lacking: | Issues included schemes or funding not always being available locally, eligibility criteria being too strict, a lack of awareness about discretionary support, and stigma associated with accessing help, the Red Cross said. | Low earners told to self-isolate by test and trace services across the UK are able to apply for a grant to support them while they stay at home. However, the Red Cross said there are growing concerns about inconsistencies ac…

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Start of Sputnik V vaccination campaign brings hope to Iran. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Iran on Tuesday started the immunization program against Covid-19 using the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in what was a major step toward containing a pandemic that has hit the country hard with more than 1.4 million cases and 58,000 deaths reported so far. This long-awaited step took place before a large …

MEE staff (2021-02-09). Syrian oil fields no longer priority for US forces, says Pentagon. middleeasteye.net Syrian oil fields no longer priority for US forces, says Pentagon | Pentagon spokesman says defeating Islamic State group is Washington's main objective in war-ravaged country | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 16: 20 | In 2019, Trump announced US troops would largely withdraw from Syria, with exception of a small force that would remain to 'protect' oil resources (AFP) | US forces in Syria are not guarding oil fields as pre…

Susan Price (2021-02-09). ICC opens door to prosecuting Israel for war crimes in Palestine. greenleft.org.au In a landmark decision, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has affirmed its jurisdiction over war crimes committed in Palestine, opening the door to possible criminal charges against Israel, writes Susan Price…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). At least 12 FETàñ-linked terror suspects nabbed in Turkey. yenisafak.com At least 12 people with suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETàñ), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, were arrested in the country, a security source said on Tuesday.This came after prosecutors in the northwestern Balikesir province issued arrest warrants for 13 suspects as part of a probe into FETàñ's civilian wing, said the source on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.Gendarmerie forces conducted operations across six provinces and arrested 12 suspects, while efforts were continuing to nab the remaining individual, it added.FETà…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Anti-coup protests continue despite ban in Myanmar. yenisafak.com In Myanmar, Protesters took to the streets on Tuesday for the fourth straight day, defying the military's warning of legal action on public gatherings.The State Administrative Council, headed by military chief Min Aung Hlaing after a coup last week, has imposed a nationwide all-night curfew and ban on public gatherings of more than five people.Hundreds of thousands of anti-coup protesters rallied in Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw, the three largest cities, and other parts, demanding an end to military rule and the release of detained leaders.Ko Ko Htay, a 62-year-old resident in Lanmadaw, a downtown township in…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). SAQ India pledges $236M for building dam in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com The Indian prime minister pledged on Tuesday that his government will provide $236 million to construct a dam in the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul.Narendra Modi made the commitment at a virtual summit between India and Afghanistan, in which, besides Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the two countries' foreign ministers also participated.Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar signed a memorandum of understanding on the implementation of the project.Hailing India's support for the reconstruction and development of the war-weary country, Ghani s…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Biden to ask resignation of Trump-era US attorneys. yenisafak.com US President Joe Biden's administration will ask resignation of nearly all attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump as soon as Tuesday, according to a report.Citing a Justice Department official, CNN reported that the process will be done with two exceptions.David Weiss from Delaware will remain in place as he oversees the tax probe of Biden's son Hunter. John Durham also will continue as an attorney to investigate the origins of the Russia probe, but will not continue as Connecticut attorney, according to the official.When Trump assumed power in 2017, he ordered the resignation of 46 attorneys appoin…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). UN sends 60 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com On Tuesday, the UN sent 60 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Idlib, northwestern Syria, where millions of people need assistance due to internal conflict in the country.The trucks carrying supplies passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed to those in need in Idlib and nearby rural areas.A civil war had ravaged Syria since early 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and millions more displaced.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey…

news.un (2021-02-09). New ICC ruling 'opens the door' for justice in occupied Palestine — Independent UN expert. news.un.org The ruling of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that is does have jurisdiction over grave crimes committed in occupied Palestinian territory is a "significant step forward in the quest for justice and accountability", an independent UN human rights expert said on Tuesday.

Sara Flounders (2021-02-09). Evaluating Biden's Yemen policy: Bait and switch. workers.org Feb. 7 — President Joe Biden seemed to announce an end to Washington's complete support for Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen last week, reversing Trump's and even the Obama/Biden administration's public policy. He called the war a "humanitarian and strategic catastrophe." In his first presidential foreign policy speech on Feb. . . . |

Alex Cooper (2021-02-09). My Path to Becoming A Real Progressive. realprogressives.org I suspect there are still many voters and registered Democrats who were like me in 2016. | I believed the Democratic Party represented me — a liberal American concerned about civil liberties, individual rights, democracy, and free enterprise. In short, I believed the party was socially progressive and promoted social welfare. | I believed these things about the party which is why I toed the party line. | From the 1990s onward, I was largely indifferent to politics. I had a passive attitude towards what happened in Washington. Only every four years did politics become sort of interesting. I didn't follow t…

Sam Pizzigati (2021-02-09). Toward a More Equal Union. progressive.org The new administration could take plenty of steps to address economic disparity.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran COVID-19 update: 7,640 cases, 89 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 7,640 COVID-19 infections and 89 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Nationwide COVID vaccination commenced in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran started nationwide COVID-19 vaccination using the Sputnik V vaccine on Tuesday.

RT (2021-02-09). Amid internal meltdown at New York Times, '1619 Project' creator doxxes reporter for digging into her own racially charged tweets. rt.com In the New York Times' latest internal scrap, the paper's leading advocate for critical race theory allegedly doxxed a reporter for calling out her hypocrisy, after a veteran journalist was forced out for using "the N-word." | Donald McNeil Jr., the New York Times' top reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic, resigned last week. McNeil, it had been revealed, used a racial slur while on a trip to Peru with students in 2009. McNeil simply repeated the term after a student inquired about its usage, and the paper backed him up, saying he had no malicious intent. Nevertheless, he resigned after 150 employees demanded he…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-09). Activist accuses Avon and Somerset police of unlawful arrest, detention and discrimination. thecanary.co On 25 January, Avon and Somerset police arrested literary activist Ros Martin outside Bristol magistrates court for damage to the pavement by chalking and a breach of coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations. Martin has made a number of complaints to the police force for what she believes is "unlawful arrest, detention & discriminatory treatment". Her case reflects widespread issues of police disregarding people's health, using coronavirus regulations to clamp down on protest, and institutionalised racism in the Avon and Somerset police force. | Blatant disregard for safety during a pandemic: | While taking her…

The Canary (2021-02-09). Learn lessons from lack of diversity in pandemic messaging, says Black professor. thecanary.co A more diverse line-up of experts should have been prominent throughout the pandemic to help promote coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, a professor has said. | Shift: | Professor Geoff Palmer, of Heriot-Watt University, said Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) experts should have been standing alongside prime minister Boris Johnson to speak about the virus from the beginning, and insisted lessons must be learned. Palmer, Scotland's first Black professor, said that while there has been a "slight shift" in the right direction, he thinks "it's a little bit late". | The professor emeritus in the School of…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-09). Iran begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign, says state media. middleeasteye.net Iran begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign, says state media | Last week the health ministry announced it bought two million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 07: 24 | A member of staff holds a vial of the Iranian-made "Razi Cov Pars" coronavirus vaccine during an unveiling ceremony at the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in the city of Karaj in the northern A…

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Lazio, leading Italy's vaccine roll-out. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The Italian region of Lazio, home to the capital Rome, is leading the Covid-19 vaccination race in the country and has already started vaccinating people over 80. The push to vaccinate the senior age group in the region began Monday, a week after the system to make an appointment was launched. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Germany's Merkel set to push for extension of Covid-19 rules until March. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- German chancellor Angela Merkel is set to push for an extension of Covid-19 restrictions until March, which would involve a continued near-total shutdown of public activity although would leave room for schools to gradually reopen. Local media outlets Der Spiegel and ARD public TV said Merkel would table the proposal when …

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 …

Staff (2021-02-09). Pandemic Response Inherited From Trump Was "More Dire" Than Biden Thought. truthout.org President Joe Biden appeared in his first network television interview with CBS News since taking office, and provided insight into the COVID-19 pandemic plan his administration inherited from the Trump administration. | In the interview with Norah O'Donnell, she asked if the Super Bowl would have a full stadium next year. | "It's my hope and expectation if we're able to put together and make up for all the lost time in fighting COVID that's occurred," Biden said, indicating that the Trump adminis…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Zimbabwe fills cabinet slots created by COVID-19. yenisafak.com Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa late Monday night filled the cabinet slots that fell vacant because of ministers' death due to coronavirus last month.The Zimbabwean leader appointed Fredrick Shava, the country's ambassador to the United Nations, as minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, replacing Sibusiso Moyo, who died of coronavirus last month.Felix Tapiwa Mhona, a parliamentarian from Chikomba Central district in the country's East Province Mashonaland, has been appointed transport minister, replacing late Joel Biggie Matiza with the novel coronavirus last month.Nokhuthula Matsikenyeri,…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Total reports $7.2 billion annual loss in 2020. yenisafak.com The company also recorded a fourth-quarter 2020 income of $891 million, posting a 66% fall from fourth-quarter 2019 earnings of $2.6 billion.The company's CEO Patrick Pouyanne said the fourth-quarter results rebounded from the previous quarter thanks to strong OPEC discipline. Nonetheless, the outcome was still affected by low demand and high inventories.The oil environment remains uncertain and dependent on the recovery of global demand, the company said, stressing that the COVID-19 pandemic is still exerting pressure on oil prices.Total's oil production in 2020 decreased 9% year-on-year to almost 1.3 million ba…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Zimbabwe loses another top official to COVID-19. yenisafak.com Zimbabwe lost another top official to COVID-19, the country's president announced Tuesday.Lt-Gen. (Retd) Douglas Nyikayaramba, ambassador to neighboring Mozambique, has died due to COVID-19, President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced during a cabinet briefing Tuesday morning, the national broadcaster reported.His death comes a day after Mnangagwa made some cabinet changes, filling the vacant posts after three ministers' death due to COVID-19.Two ministers died last month when the second wave of the COVID-19 struck, killing nearly 1,000 people in less than two months.Following these deaths, the Southern Africa country…

news.un (2021-02-09). Safer Internet Day: Prioritize and protect child well-being online. news.un.org Although millions of boys and girls worldwide have relied on the internet to play, socialize and learn during the COVID-19 pandemic, time online can also expose them to online sexual exploitation, cyberbullying and other risks, the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-02-09). COVID-19 'extremely unlikely' to have come from a lab, experts say. news.un.org The virus that causes COVID-19 probably jumped from animals to humans and is "extremely unlikely" to have come from a laboratory, the head of an international team investigating the origins of the disease said on Tuesday.

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 …

RT (2021-02-09). 'They're gentrifying RBG': Twitter loses it over pricy apartment building 'honoring' Ruth Bader Ginsburg. rt.com A Washington DC apartment building has been named The Ginsburg — to honor the late Supreme Court Justice. The call to live in the upscale complex, "named for the heart of justice," however, drew ridicule online. | The naming of the building was to "honor" Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but in order to live in the complex supposedly inspired by the much-beloved judge, you'll have to fork over some serious money. | According to apartments.com, one two-bedroom apartment is

Sam Pizzigati (2021-02-09). The Unintentional Honesty of Jeff Bezos. counterpunch.org Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon. He'll stay on as the executive chairman of Amazon's board, but he'll no longer be managing the company on a daily basis. Editors and pundits worldwide are treating this news as an epochal event. The supreme giant of the Internet economy, goes the refrain, is moving

RT (2021-02-09). Senate votes it is CONSTITUTIONAL to try ex-President Trump, paving way for full impeachment trial. rt.com A simple majority of US senators have voted to recognize the impending impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump as constitutional. Trump's legal team insisted the chamber lacks the jurisdiction to try an ex-president. | Six Republicans joined Senate Democrats on Tuesday to give the go-ahead for Trump's second impeachment trial. Mitt Romney, Bill Cassidy, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey broke with the rest of their party to guarantee the trial moves ahead. The task was not daunting, as only a simple majority was needed, with the final vote tally being 56-44. | BREAKING: U.S. Se…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran Business and Technology Summit to be held in Armenia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran Business and Technology Summit will be held in Armenia with the participation of 40 Iranian knowledge-based companies aiming the development of Iranian products market.

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Azerbaijan to build 'smart cities' in liberated regions. yenisafak.com Azerbaijan is planning comprehensive reconstruction projects which will include the building of smart cities in the territories liberated from decades-long Armenian occupation, sources said on Tuesday.Many cities that were liberated by the Azerbaijani army last year resemble ghost towns. Agdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, and Zangilan suffered both during the Armenian occupation and the recent intense 44-day fighting.Before withdrawing from these regions, Armenian forces looted houses and offices. Similar conditions can be observed in Lachin and Kalbajar regions as well. In Shusha, the symbolic city of Upper Karabakh, cul…

RT (2021-02-09). Sen. Graham: If Dems call witnesses at Trump trial, we'll call VP Harris, Schumer, Booker, & others who used inflammatory language. rt.com Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has promised that if Democrats call witnesses during Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Republicans will in turn call prominent Democrats who they say used inflammatory language themselves. | Speaking to Fox News on Monday evening, Graham said part of the Republicans' strategy in the impeachment trial could be calling in Democrats who have used inflammatory language similar to Trump's on January 6. | Host Sean Hannity told Graham he wanted to see the GOP call in witnesses, specifically naming Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Flow of migrants, deportees growing in Mexico's Ciudad Juarez. laprensalatina.com By Guadalupe Peñuelas Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb 9 (efe-epa)- The flow of migrants in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and their attempts to illegally cross the frontier into the United States have increased in the last few weeks since the inauguration of Joe Biden and given that immediate return policies are still in …

_____ (2021-02-09). The New Guardrails for Biden's Obama Interventionists. strategic-culture.org The devastation left by the Trump administration makes it nearly impossible for the Biden State Department to achieve a pre-Trump status quo ante. | It might have come as a shock to the old Obama administration global interventionists who have landed top foreign policy positions in the Biden administration that the world has moved on from 2016. Whether it likes it or not, the Biden foreign policy team is dealing with a world that no longer reacts to every move made in Washington, DC. In fact, the U.S. capital city is now viewed as a place where a far-right insurrection nearly toppled constitutional rule and impos…

Staff (2021-02-09). Democrats Stick With $75K Threshold for Stimulus Checks After Pressure From Left. truthout.org On Monday night, the House Ways and Means Committee released legislation that rejected moderate Democrats' and Republicans' proposal to further target the stimulus checks. The legislation keeps the income threshold where it was in President Joe Biden's original draft of the stimulus at $75,000 for an individual to receive the full amount. | In the

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). WHO says coronavirus spread 'extremely unlikely' from Wuhan lab. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The head of a team of global scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said it was "extremely unlikely" that the coronavirus may have spread from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected last year. Ben Embarek told reporters that the …

MEE staff (2021-02-09). Dershowitz 'tried to free paedophile George Nader' to work on Israel-UAE deal. middleeasteye.net Dershowitz 'tried to free paedophile George Nader' to work on Israel-UAE deal | Report suggests Trump ally lobbied US and Israel governments to commute sex offender's 10-year prison sentence | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 09: 54 | Attorney Alan Dershowitz, a member of former US President Donald Trump's legal team, and convicted paedophile George Nader (AFP/C-Span) | Lawyer Alan Dershowitz helped craft a proposal for the…

RT (2021-02-09). Trump may face EVICTION from Mar-a-Lago as officials consider bid by ex-president's neighbors. rt.com Palm Beach, Florida, home to former US president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, is struggling to bar him from living there year-round, citing a regulation preventing non-employees from staying for over three weeks. | Non-employees of Mar-a-Lago are not allowed to stay at the resort for more than seven consecutive days or three weeks, according to an agreement Trump signed upon converting what was then a private residence into a members-only club in 1993. However, Palm Beach's own lawyer, John Randolph, put forth a memorandum on Tuesday arguing there is no legal code preventing Trump from living at the resor…

RT (2021-02-09). 'QAnon Shaman' becomes MSM's latest dubious darling after doing CNN the favor of blaming his own crimes on Donald Trump. rt.com The horn-wearing US Capitol rioter known as the "QAnon Shaman" has gone from dangerous insurrectionist to redeemable newsmaker in the eyes of mainstream media. All it took was blaming ex-president Donald Trump for his crimes. | "I am deeply disappointed in former President Trump," Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who calls himself the QAnon Shaman, said Monday in a statement to CNN. "He was not honorable. He let a lot of peaceful people down." | Chansley issued his statement from jail through his lawyer, Albert Watkins, who expounded on Trump's evils in an interview Monday night with CNN host Chris Cuomo. Late…

RT (2021-02-09). 'No good deed goes unpunished': Bafflement as LA Times pundit compares Trump-supporting neighbors who plowed her driveway to Nazis. rt.com A woman whose driveway was cleared of snow by Trump-supporting neighbors has repaid the favor by writing an op-ed in which she notes that even the Nazis were found to be occasionally polite, causing social media to implode. | In a piece in the Los Angeles Times titled, 'What can you do about the Trumpites next door?' Virginia Heffernan

Robert Lipsyte (2021-02-09). Will American Sports Recover From Trumpism? thenation.com Will American Sports Recover From Trumpism?

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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 …

Staff (2021-02-09). Disqualifying Trump From Office Is the Least He Deserves — But It Won't Happen. truthout.org The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is officially underway, and aside from the unique historic nature of the event itself, the whole thing feels like a sail with no wind in it. To call this "pathetic" is to be kind. Some 45 GOP senators have signaled their intent to cleave to a laughably incorrect legal theory that argues Trump can't be tried now that he's out of office. Without 17 of them voting to convict, acquittal is a certainty. | Jeff Tiedrich of the political f…

Staff (2021-02-09). New Evidence Expected at Trump's Impeachment May Change GOP Minds, Aides Say. truthout.org House impeachment managers are likely to produce new evidence this week in the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, which may convince some Republicans reluctant to indict him to change their minds, aides to those managers have said. |

Staff (2021-02-09). Senate Puts Trump on Trial in Historic Second Impeachment Case for Inciting Capitol Insurrection. democracynow.org The historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump marks the first time a president will face impeachment after leaving office, and many Republicans claim the trial of a former president is unconstitutional. But most legal experts disagree. "Of course the Senate can conduct this trial," says Alan Hirsch, author and chair of the Justice and Law Studies program at Williams College. He says doing otherwise would give presidents a "get-out-of-impeachment-free card" at the end of their terms. Since the U.S. was founded, the Senate has conducted just three other presidential impeachment trials: Andr…

Ralph Nader (2021-02-09). Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial. zcomm.org If the Democrats do not go full throttle in this trial — this last clear chance to exercise the Constitution against Tyrant Trump — they will be remembered as profiles of infamy…

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-02-09). The Trump Political Show Trial. 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 Senate trial for now twice-impeached former President Donald Trump is …

Fight Back (2021-02-09). MN-646 defendant rejects plea bargain. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On February 8, over 100 people attended the court support for Amina McCaskill. McCaskill and over 646 others are targets of political repression from the November 4, 2020 national day of action to demand a "People's Agenda" post-Trump. They were arrested as they were trying to march off of Interstate 94. | The hearing was held on Zoom. Most of McCaskill's 100-plus supporters renamed themselves as "Observer for Amina." The hearing's original intent was for McCaskill to respond to a plea bargain which would still result in serious charges. She declined the plea bargain and instead opted to go to t…

Richard C. Gross (2021-02-09). What's to Become of the Republican Party. counterpunch.org "To be or not to be: that is the question: " — William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 It looks as if congressional Republicans have become the party of Trump disciple Marjorie Taylor Greene, not Lincoln. And the conspiracist freshman Georgia Republican congresswoman, stripped of two committee assignments by Democrats incensed at her extremist statements,

Paul Jay (2021-02-09). Reagan's Racism the Model for Trump — Matt Tyrnauer (Pt3). theanalysis.news Reagan was the master of racist "dog whistles", plausible deniability that allowed Reagan to protect himself. It has allowed the Republican Party for the last four decades to deny who Ronald Reagan was and turn him into a hero. Matt Tyrnauer, director of "The Reagans" on Showtime, joins Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news…

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). The soup kitchen providing for a town with 93% unemployment. laprensalatina.com The Compassionate Hearts soup kitchen provides food aid for many residents of Touws River in South Africa, which has a 93% unemployment rate, according to humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation. During the lockdowns for the pandemic, the majority of the town's residents have become unemployed with what few businesses existed now closed. The …

Susan Price (2021-02-09). Brazil's disastrous pandemic response. greenleft.org.au Ever since the first case of SARS-CoV-2 infection was

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Turkish medical tech firm ventures into orthopedics. yenisafak.com Turkey-based international medical technology firm RD Global Invamed has completed the buying of orthopedic implant manufacturer Prosim to expand its global operations."The company has expanded its scope by adding orthopedics to its expertise," it said in a statement on Tuesday. It is already working in areas such as cardiovascular surgery, vascular surgery, and oncology.Last September, RD Global Invamed was selected as the leading medical device manufacturer in the field of vascular surgery for 2020 by Global Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, a global information sharing platform, the press release added.With the late…

MEE staff (2021-02-09). Golan Heights 'will continue' to be Israel's, says Netanyahu after Blinken remarks. middleeasteye.net Golan Heights 'will continue' to be Israel's, says Netanyahu after Blinken remarks | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responds after US Secretary of State downplays country's claim to Syrian territory | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 16: 14 | The Israeli-controlled fence that separates occupied Golan Heights from rest of Syria, pictured on 12 May 2020 (AFP/File photo) | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re…

RT (2021-02-09). Plastic surgeon offers to help woman who used Gorilla Glue on hair, as lawyer accuses company of RACISM. rt.com A black woman who glued her hair solid with Gorilla Glue will reportedly fly to LA, where a renowned plastic surgeon has offered to unstick her. The internet debate on her curious hairdo soon devolved into accusations of racism. | Tessica Brown became internet-famous last week when she posted a video on TikTok seeking help for a sticky situation. The 40-year-old Louisiana woman encased her hair in Gorilla Glue spray adhesive, and spent a month unable to remove the high-strength glue from her head. | Her situation drew mockery and sympathy in equal measure, and after a number of failed attempts to remove the…

RT (2021-02-09). Family of 20yo who committed suicide says Robinhood caused his death with 'reckless tactics' that prey on the inexperienced. rt.com The family of a Robinhood investor who took his own life last year has sued the platform, alleging it misled the 20-year-old into thinking he was nearly $1 million in debt and that "reckless tactics" directly led to his death. | Filed in California's Santa Clara County Superior Court on Monday, the

RT (2021-02-09). Devil's Advo-Cat: Zoom filter turns Texas lawyer into kitten, hilarity ensues (VIDEO). rt.com A Texas lawyer was left embarrassed, and the internet left laughing, after he addressed a remote court hearing while transformed by a Zoom filter into a cuddly, adorable kitten. | A hearing at the 394th District Court in Brewster County, Texas, was briefly halted after one lawyer seemingly transformed into a saucer-eyed kitten. Video footage of the hearing, which apparently took place on Tuesday, showed the lawyer struggling to turn off the Zoom filter responsible for his whiskered appearance. | "Uh, we're trying to," he said, after Judge Roy Ferguson asked him to remove the filter. "I'm here live," he added,…

RT (2021-02-09). 'They're silencing women who don't agree with radical feminism' — author who claims book was censored by Facebook tells RT. rt.com Big Tech is trying to silence women who speak out against radical feminism, author Carrie Gress told RT, after a Catholic store claimed that Facebook had taken down ads for her book on 'toxic femininity'. | A Catholic gift store, Guadalupe Gifts, said it was told by Facebook that it could not sell Gress's book on its platform because the item did not comply with the social network's "commerce policies." | "The book's been out for two years, so to get that kind of response at this point seems a bit ridiculous," Gress told RT. | In a late January email to the store, cited by the news website The College Fix, Fac…

RT (2021-02-09). Twitter users cry foul as platform mulls subscription service… but meltdown may be premature. rt.com Twitter users are up in arms over reports that the company is toying with the idea of introducing paid features, but some of the drama appears to be the result of people jumping to conclusions after skimming headlines. | In an effort to reduce its reliance on advertising, Twitter is exploring new ways of generating revenue, including the use of subscription fees for some services, Bloomberg reported. | Read more | | In a s…

RT (2021-02-09). Multiple people injured in BOMB AND GUN attack at Minnesota health clinic. rt.com Several people have been rushed to hospital after a gun and bomb attack at a health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota, according to the state governor. One suspect has been arrested and is believed to have acted alone. | The incident took place at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo, a small city located some 64km north-west of Minneapolis. | "It was an active shooter situation and some improvised explosive devices. It's not confirmed yet the casualties or those injured," Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told reporters. One suspect, thought to have acted alone in carrying out the attack, was arrested by Buffalo Police,…

RT (2021-02-09). 'Hacker' targets Florida water facility with poisonous, caustic chemical used in drain cleaners. FBI & Secret Service investigate. rt.com An apparent cyber attack on a water treatment plant on Florida's gulf coast nearly sent dangerous amounts of a caustic chemical into the public drinking supply, police said amid a federal probe into the incident. | The breach on the water facility in Oldsmar, Florida boosted levels of sodium hydroxide in the system by nearly a hundredfold late last week, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri "The hacker changed the sodium hydroxide from about 100 parts per million to…

Heba Nasser (2021-02-09). Syria: UN experts call on 57 states to repatriate women and children from squalid camps. middleeasteye.net Syria: UN experts call on 57 states to repatriate women and children from squalid camps | United Nations group of experts says countries of origin have primary responsibility to protect nationals in vulnerable situations outside their territories | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 14: 21 | Children hold onto water containers in al-Hol camp, Syria, 8 January 2020 (Reuters) | UN human rights experts have urged 57 countri…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-09). Senate splits 50-50 on hiking minimum wage. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In its first legislative test on a pro-worker cause since the Democrats narrowly took control, the Senate split 50-50 on partisan lines on whether to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. With Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, the wage hike stays in the budget blueprint being advanced by …

Staff (2021-02-09). Bernie Sanders Clears Path in Congress to Raise Minimum Wage. truthout.org Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders said on Monday that findings in a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report provide Democrats with a clear path for bypassing Republican obstruction in the Senate and raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 with a simple majority. |

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Find the Best Iranian Realtor in Sacramento. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Buying and selling properties have been the right way for investment and can be beneficial.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran summons Belgian envoy over illegal ruling for diplomat. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Belgian Ambassador to Tehran on Tuesday in a protest to a Belgian court ruling against Iranian diplomat.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Tehran, Baghdad set to follow up martyr Soleimani case. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — After holding a meeting and signing several MOUs and in a joint press conference, Iranian and Iraqi judiciary chiefs announced they have conferred on the assassination of martyr Lt. Ge. Qassem Soleimani.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). IRGC to hold 'Great Prophet-15' drill in SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — The commander of the IRGC ground forces announced the beginning of the Payambar-e Azam 15 (the Great Prophet-15) ground drill in the southwestern parts of the country by the end of this week.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iranian nation respond to sanctions with resistance. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that the Iranian people show resistance in the face of sanctions and pressure.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Tehran, Moscow thinking of 20, 50 years coop. : Ghalibaf. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation are thinking of a 20- and 50-year cooperation.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Permanent exhibition of Iran nuclear achievements in Qazvin. en.mehrnews.com QAZVIN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — The second permanent exhibition of the achievements of Iran's nuclear industry was inaugurated in the presence of Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization, and some officials in Qazvin on Monday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran-Oman to expand trade ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — In an online meeting between the Head of TPOI and Omani deputy minister of commerce the two sides discussed the development of mutual trade, putting the issue on agenda.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). IRGC's mission is production of power: statement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said its forces will not allow anyone to violate the independence, security and territorial integrity of the country.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). FDI in industrial sector at over 89% growth in 10 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Statistics of the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade showed that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in mineral and industrial sector hit an 89% hike in the first 10 months of current year (from Mar. 21, 2020 to Jan. 19, 2021).

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Leader of Islamic Revolution vows brilliant future for Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a letter addressed to Iraqi youth promised them a rosy and brilliant future for Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). British PM, German Chancellor hold talks on JCPOA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — British Prime Minister and German Chancellor conferred on the Nuclear Deal in a phone talk on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Leader's message signals long-term strategic Iran-Russia ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iran's Parliament Speaker said that the message of Leader of Islamic Revolution implies that the bilateral relations between Iran and Russia will be a strategic, deep and lasting one for several decades.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Ghalibaf, Patrushev confer on regional, intl. issues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf and the secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev met and held talks on Tuesday in Moscow.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iran's authority, result of resistance of people against GA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) —Iranian Minister of Defense said that today's authority of Islamic Republic of Iran is the result of resistance of people against the Global Arrogance, stating that seeking independence is the great ideal of the Iranian nation.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Iranian Parl. speaker visiting Russia's State Duma. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 09 (MNA) — In the course of second day of his visit to the Russian Federation, Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf attended the State Duma of Russian Federation on Mon. and held talks with his Russian counterpart.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-09). Leader's remarks indication of Iran's decisive policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Yesterday's statements of the Islamic Revolution Leader and the expression of the positions that we call decisive policy, are the continuation of his orders over the past few weeks.

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The Canary (2021-02-09). New tunnel occupied by climate protesters opposing tree-felling in Islington. thecanary.co A new tunnel has been occupied by climate protesters opposing plans by a London council to cut down trees to make way for new housing. | Police and bailiffs are trying to evict activists from the site, which is home to six mature trees and near a busy roundabout on Highbury Corner. | Protesters at Highbury Corner Protection Camp said: "At 5am, bailiffs acting under instructions from Islington Council entered the 'little forest' of seven mature trees at Dixon Clark Court on Highbury Corner and discovered the tunnel. | "Just as at Euston, the entrance was cunningly concealed within a pallet stronghold, fortified wi…

The Canary (2021-02-09). The Guardian declines to publish a letter by anti-apartheid campaigners. thecanary.co On 17 January, the Guardian In response, over 300 people signed a letter, including former ANC MPs Ronnie Kasrils & Andrew Feinstein (both in government with Nelson Mandela), Jeff Halper of the The Guardian declined to publish the letter. | The lette…

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Are We Ready For Vaccinating With Sputnik V?
Daniel Warner | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
Millions of people have died from Covid-19. Many more are infected; many more are at risk. With new variants popping up as the virus mutates, scientists around the world are searching for better protection with different vaccines. As supplies of the approved vaccines become limited, any new vaccine should be universally welcomed. After all, the pandemic has become a global danger. Any new and successful vaccine should be globally welcomed.
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The Value of Universal Vaccination Is So Great That Even the IMF Is Being Forced to Rethink Its Callousness to the Global South
Prabir Purkayastha | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
The world seems to have turned topsy-turvy when the undisputed voices of global capital start talking about the virtues of "cooperation" among nations and "universal distribution of vaccines" to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its January 2021 report, talks about "strong multilateral cooperation" and…
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Argentina Allows the Use of India's Covishield Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-09
Argentina's Health Minister Gines Gonzalez on Tuesday authorized the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine "Covishield" produced by the Serum Institute of India. | RELATED: | India: Modi Asks Farmers to Cease Protest, Won't Repeal Laws | The decision was taken after the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) evaluated the Covishield clinical trials which showed "no serious adverse events or significant differences in efficacy." | "This vaccine is…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Allows…

Portland nurses demand COVID-19 protection
Lyn Neeley | workers.org | 2021-02-09
Nurses and other health care workers, along with community members, demonstrated in front of Providence Portland Medical Center on Feb. 5, demanding COVID-19 protection and better working conditions. The rally was one day after Providence gave the COVID-19 vaccine — meant for people most at risk — to certain large . . . | Continue reading Portland nurses demand COVID-19 protection at Workers.org
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Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach
W.T. Whitney Jr. | zcomm.org | 2021-02-09
Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/cuba-develops-covi…

Why isn't Australia producing its own COVID-19 vaccine?
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-09
As the debate over the efficacy and availability of various privately marketed anti-COVID vaccines intensifies here and internationally, the time to re-establish our own critical public medical institution is right now, argues Jim McIlroy.
greenleft.org.au/content/why-isnt-austra…

Peru Starts Its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-09
Peru on Tuesday starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in areas of highest epidemiological risk, giving priority to redline health workers. The campaign started after the arrival of the first batch of 300.000 vaccines on Feb 7. | RELATED: | Peru Receives 300,000 Doses of Chinese Sinopharm Vaccine | The first health care facilities to receive the doses were the Second May National Hospital and the Archbishop Loayza National Hospital. | "Those working in intensive care units treating…
telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-Starts-Its-…

Brazil To Assess COVID-19 Vaccination Impacts in a Small Town
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-09
Brazil's Butantan Institute Director Dimas Covas on Monday announced a clinical study that plans to vaccinate the entire adult population in Sao Paulo State's Serrana municipality to evaluate the epidemiological impact of COVID-19 vaccinations. | RELATED: | Brazil Begins Production of Over 11 Million COVID-19 Vaccines | The study will begin on Feb. 17 with the vaccination of 30,000 people over 18 years of age, who will be inoculated with the Coronavac vaccine produced in collab…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-To-Assess…

Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
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. The New York Times's running report on the world's vaccine programs shows 67 vaccines having…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/09/cubas-covid-…

Progressives slam Tory government over disparities in COVID-19 relief
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-09
Research conducted by the Labour Party shows that richer areas in the UK are seeing bigger falls in COVID-19 infection rates following vaccine distribution compared to poorer, working-class areas…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/09/progressi…

Disabled Advocates Demand Better Vaccine Access as They Face Greater Risks of Dying from COVID-19
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-09
As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus tops 465,000, we speak with two disability rights activists about growing calls to prioritize giving COVID vaccines to people with physical and mental disabilities. Some states, including California, are failing to prioritize vaccines for people with serious physical or developmental disabilities, even though studies show they are up to three times more likely to die from COVID-19. "I use a ventilator to breathe, and I have respiratory failure," says disabled activist Alice Wong, founder of the Disability Visibility Project and host of the podcast "Disability Visibility…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/9/advocates_…

Bolivia To Keep March 7 as Subnational Election Day
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-09
La Paz Constitutional Court on Monday ruled out a claim that sought to postpone the Bolivian subnational elections over fears of an increase in COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | Bolivia Investigates Killing of 35 Condors | The appeal was filed on Jan. 27 by candidate Amilcar Barral, who is running for La Paz Mayor's office on behalf of the National Action Party (PAN-BOL). | Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero argued that electoral authorities had approved…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-To-Keep-…

Facebook hires ex-NATO press officer and social media censor Ben Nimmo as intel strategist
Alan MacLeod | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-09
Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices. This report was originally published by Mint Press News. Ben Nimmo, a former NATO press officer and current senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, has announced Facebook has hired him to "lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations" and "emerging threats." Nimmo specifically named Russia, Iran and China as potential dangers to the …
thegrayzone.com/2021/02/09/facebook-nato…

Democrats WANT To Lose The Midterms: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-09
Republicans: Good. | Democrats: We hear you and we honor your experience. | ‚ùñ | The USA is the single worst human rights offender on our planet. The fact that most of its transgressions take place outside its own borders makes it more egregious, not less. So-called human rights watchdog groups which fail to acknowledge this fact are propaganda constructs. | ‚ùñ | By 2024 the only mainstream US political debate allowed will be about whether America should nuke Russia or China. | ‚ùñ | "Kindly let me help you or you will drown, said the monkey putting th…
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Chile: Political Parties Urge Dissolution Of Carabineros
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-09
Chile's political parties and social leaders on Monday demanded the dissolution of the Military police (Carabineros) three days after an agent shot dead juggler Francisco Martinez, 27, during an identity check. | "We demand the Senate to debate on the re-foundation of Carabineros," Progressive Party (PRO) Senator Alejandro Navarro tweeted, recalling that police brutality is part of the "nefarious legacy" of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). | Chile's Communist Party (PC) Secretary Eduardo Artes also demanded the resignation of President Sebastian Piñera, "who has defended the Carabineros despite the br…
popularresistance.org/chile-political-pa…

Your Official Souvenir Guide to the Trump Impeachment Trial
Stephen F. Eisenman — Sue Coe | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
Tickets: Congratulations! You are one of small number of Americans selected by U.S. Senators to witness in person the 2021 Impeachment Trial of former President Donald J. Trump. In keeping with Electoral College protocols, every senator has been allotted the same number of tickets, regardless of the size of their state. It is therefore expected…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/09/your-officia…

I analyzed all of Trump's tweets to find out what he was really saying
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-09
By Michael Humphrey | — The tally was in, it was clear Donald Trump had lost — and he tweeted: "either a new election should take place or … results nullified." It sounds familiar, but it wasn't November 2020. It was February 2016. Trump was just months into his presidential campaign, and was already telling …
juancole.com/2021/02/analyzed-trumps-twe…

To End Systemic Racism, Ensure Systemic Equality
ReNika Moore | aclu.org | 2021-02-09
Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that "the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should "go back" to the "corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors. But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially…
aclu.org/news/racial-justice/ending-syst…

Press Freedom Groups Call On DOJ To Drop Assange Charges
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-09
The letter comes just days before the United States' deadline to appeal the ruling in Julian Assange's extradition hearing. On January 4, British Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked Assange's extradition last month on medical grounds, and the U.S. announced its intent to appeal that decision. It has until February 12 to file its appeal. | The New York Times' Charlie Savage writes, "The litigation deadline may force the new administration to confront a decision: whether to press on with the Trump-era approach to Mr. Assange, or to instead drop the matter."
popularresistance.org/press-freedom-grou…

Whites still won't Mask up: Impeach Trump for discouraging Hygiene in a pandemic and killing hundreds of thousands
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-09
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — One of Trump's biggest crimes for which he is unlikely ever to be held responsible was just discouraging mask-wearing in the midst of a pandemic of a respiratory disease. He, of course, contracted the disease himself, as did most of his prominent staffers, mainly because they refused to socially distance …
juancole.com/2021/02/discouraging-hundre…

Don't Impeach Trump. Impeach the Deep State for Its Conspiracy to Kill the Constitution
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-09
Impeaching Trump will accomplish very little, and it will not in any way improve the plight of the average American. It will only reinforce the spectacle and farce that have come to be synonymous with politics today.
mintpressnews.com/dont-impeach-trump-con…

Trump's Twitter ban highlights need to democratise social media
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-02-09
Twitter's permanent suspension of Donald Trump's account on January 8 was an anti-climactic conclusion to a presidency that ultimately finished with a whimper rather than a bang, writes Leo Crnogorcevic.
greenleft.org.au/content/trumps-twitter-…

Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
Donald Trump, has with luck, eluded the consequences of being a failed gambling czar with no respect for the law. But his luck has reached a new level with Congressional Democrats refraining from holding him accountable for breaking the law and violating the Constitution as regularly as the rising and setting of the sun for…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/09/democrats-di…

'Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given': Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-09
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…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/09/freedom-is-n…

Union vote begins at Amazon distribution center in Alabama
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-09
Bessemer, AL – Voting formally began Monday, February 8 for Amazon workers at a large distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama. They are voting on whether or not to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Ballots are being mailed to workers and voting will continue through March 29. | Amazon's attempts at union busting included trying to stop the mail vote from happening by filing objections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) insisting on an in-person vote to take place at the worksite instead of the mail-in vote that was scheduled. Attempts to make voting harder are a common…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/9/union-vot…

Chicago Teachers Union to vote on tentative framework for resuming in-person learning
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-09
Chicago, IL – Late in the night of Saturday, February 6, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) received a tentative framework from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the resumption of in-person learning. CTU members will evaluate this latest proposal and vote soon on whether to accept the offer and begin making arrangements to phase to in-person through this framework, or whether to reject the offer and face a potential lockout. | Until the rank-and-file teachers have made a decision, they will continue to teach remotely. CTU says the framework represents progress that they made at the bargaining table. They say it does…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/8/chicago-t…

Andrew Yang Got it Wrong: Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-09
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 the reductionist assumption that all Jews must naturally supp…
mintpressnews.com/andrew-yang-palestinia…

Will the left return to power in Ecuador?
Sameena Rahman | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-09
With nearly all the votes counted, left wing candidate Andrés Arauz has come in first place with over 32 percent of the vote in the first round of Ecuador's presidential election.
liberationnews.org/will-the-left-return-…

Andres Arauz wins the first electoral round in Ecuador
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2021-02-09
According to unofficial results of an exit poll, Ecuador will have a run-off election. Andres Arauz won 36,2 percent of the valid votes and right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso got 21,7 percent.
mronline.org/2021/02/09/andres-arauz-win…

Chicago Teachers Union to vote on tentative framework for resuming in-person learning
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-09
Chicago, IL – Late in the night of Saturday, February 6, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) received a tentative framework from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the resumption of in-person learning. CTU members will evaluate this latest proposal and vote soon on whether to accept the offer and begin making arrangements to phase to in-person through this framework, or whether to reject the offer and face a potential lockout. | Until the rank-and-file teachers have made a decision, they will continue to teach remotely. CTU says the framework represents progress that they made at the bargaining table. They say it does…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/8/chicago-t…

Workers Struggles: The Americas
wsws.org | 2021-02-09
Health workers struck and marched February 4 to demand the Bolivian government implement health measures, while 700 warehouse workers in Tolleson, Arizona, have voted by a 98 percent margin to strike over COVID-related health and safety issues.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/09/wrkr…

The Disarticulation of Pandemic War Propaganda
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-09
A now-deleted fact sheet published by the U.S. State Department on January 15, 2021, claimed that for over a year, "the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has systematically prevented a transparent and thorough investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic's origin." The official release of that fact sheet focuses on the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV); a controversial research lab in the Hubei province of China which has been the target of well-earned suspicions over its work on bat-borne zoonotic diseases like SARS-CoV-2, better known as the COVID-19 coronavirus. | Missing from the…
mintpressnews.com/disarticulation-china-…

China, Papua New Guinea and Australia's Backyard Blues
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-09
Clever diplomacy rarely involves total commitment or unqualified fidelity to any one state. Treacherous waters require careful navigation, an understanding of shifty and shifting allegiances. The goal for the prudent statesperson is the pursuit of self-interest without alienation. In that regard, Papua New Guinea is proving increasingly interesting, finding itself between playground thugs with varying …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/china-papua-n…

Between a Heating Globe and a Nuclear Conflagration, Can Biden Meet the Urgency?
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-09
If you live in California, you're likely to be consumed on occasion by thoughts of fire. That's not surprising, given that, in last year alone, actual fires consumed over four and a quarter million acres of the state, taking with them 10,488 structures, 33 human lives, and who knows how many animals. By the end of this January, a month never before even considered part…
truthout.org/articles/between-a-heating-…

This is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses — For Good
Naureen Shah | aclu.org | 2021-02-09
President Biden's 100-day deportation moratorium, announced late last month, was a monumental achievement for immigrant justice activists and immigrant communities. Less visible but potentially groundbreaking: The Department of Homeland Security's promise to conduct a top-to-bottom review of programs and policies governing the arrests and deportations of immigrants in the United States. | While a Texas court temporarily enjoined the deportation moratorium (the ACLU has intervened in…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/this-is-…

Biden's Civilian Climate Corps comes straight out of the New Deal
Kate Yoder | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-09
The article below is reprinted from The Grist. One of the most popular programs from the New Deal is making a comeback, nearly 90 years later. President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order to create a Civilian Climate Corps. The initiative, he wrote, will provide "good jobs" for young people and train them for environmentally …
peoplesworld.org/article/bidens-civilian…

Despite Biden's Moratorium, ICE Deports Dozens to Haiti — Including a Baby
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-09
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the Biden administration's order to deport only people with serious charges against them. Haiti faces an increase in political violence and ongoing protests against President Jovenel MoàØse's U.S.-backed regime, and Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, says sending people t…
truthout.org/video/despite-bidens-morato…

Where is Biden's Foreign Policy Headed?
Phyllis Bennis | zcomm.org | 2021-02-09
Biden has appointed many old guard interventionists and new Cold Warriors, but there is some hope for a better Iran policy. Watch out for attempts by Israel to scuttle the nuclear deal…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/where-is-bidens-fo…

From Concentration Camps to Overflow Facilities: With Biden in Charge, Media Forgets Kids in Cages
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-09
The lack of critical coverage of Biden's new announcement suggests that corporate media will no longer be as concerned about "kids in cages" now their preferred candidate is in the White House.
mintpressnews.com/from-concentration-cam…

Amid Unrest in Haiti, ICE Deports Dozens — Including a 2-Month-Old Baby — into "Burning House"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-09
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the Biden administration's order to deport only people with serious charges against them. Haiti faces an increase in political violence and ongoing protests against President Jovenel MoàØse's U.S.-backed regime, and Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, says sending people to Haiti is putting them in danger. "We should be providing protection for those people, but we are sending them in…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/9/ice_haiti_…

How Rational Can The US Be In Dealing With Yemen And Iran?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-09
This announcement does not augur peace in Yemen any time soon. Rather it looks a bit like political mystification that some have chosen to celebrate now, regardless of what it actually means, apparently in hope of making it a meaningful, self-fulfilling prophecy some time in the future. This does not seem likely, given what Biden actually said, but we shall see. | For the foreseeable future, Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, will remain the victim of a Saudi war of aggression and Saudi war crimes. Since March 2015, with the full support of the Obama administration, Saudi Arabia and its allies have tu…
popularresistance.org/how-rational-can-t…

No Honeymoon for Biden — Jeff Cohen
Paul Jay | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-09
No Honeymoon for Biden is telling progressives you have to learn the lessons of history. Previous Democratic administrations have not delivered on promises made, and there should be maximum pressure put on Biden right away, says Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.
theanalysis.news/interviews/no-honeymoon-for-biden-jeff-cohen/

Cancer Care Under the Biden Administration
Dusetzina SB. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-02-09
This Viewpoint evaluates Biden's health care proposals to help reduce the cost burden on patients with cancer should they be enacted legislatively.
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticl…

How Biden Can Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs
Roger Bybee | progressive.org | 2021-02-09
The President's plan to reinforce the Buy American Act is the first step in reviving the U.S. industry.
progressive.org/dispatches/biden-manufac…

The EU's Infowar Outlet Inadvertently Debunked Its Most Important Propaganda Point
oneworld.press | 2021-02-09
"EU vs. Disinfo", which functions as the infowar outlet of the European External Action Service's (EEAS) East Stratcom Task Force, inadvertently debunked its most important propaganda point about Russia by drawing attention to the fact that publicly financed RT's Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan has the professional freedom to voice views that differ from the Kremlin's official ones.
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Kuwaiti women speak up about sexual harassment online
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-09
Kuwaiti women speak up about sexual harassment online | Women in Kuwait have launched a social media campaign in which they demand accountability and share their testimonies | Nadda Osman | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 12: 35 | Women in Kuwait are raising awareness about sexual harassment in the country (Screengrab/Instagram/Illustration: Mohamad Elasaar) | "I will not be silenced." | Such has been the rallying cry for women in…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/kuwait-women-…

Israel lashes out as ICC okays war crimes probe
Maureen Clare Murphy | zcomm.org | 2021-02-09
The International Criminal Court has territorial jurisdiction to investigate suspected war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a panel of judges affirmed last week…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/israel-lashes-out-…

Climate Crisis and Water Conflict: How Saudi's water insecurity led to war in Yemen
Adam Robertson Charlton | juancole.com | 2021-02-09
Stavanger, Norway (Special to Informed Comment) — In the early hours of 14 September 2019, a fleet of drones attacked the Abqaiq-Khurais oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, the largest oil stabilisation plant in the world. The attack came shortly before Saudi Aramco –the Kingdom's state-owned oil company — was floated on the market, and Riyadh …
juancole.com/2021/02/climate-conflict-in…

New Government Tracking System Paves the Way for Expanded Role of Drones
Jay Stanley | aclu.org | 2021-02-09
The Federal Aviation Administration recently took a major step toward expanding the prevalence of aerial drones in American life by creating a system for identifying and tracking them. The new system is part of a steady march by the FAA to build a legal and technological infrastructure that allows for much greater freedom for drone flights. | Since drones first came to real public attention about a decade ago, the technology hasn't lived up to either its promise or its threat, primarily due to the FAA's cautious approach to allowing…
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/new-gov…

Demands To Drop The Charges On The 646 Mass Arrested
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-09
Minneapolis, MN — Three months after six hundred forty-six people were mass arrested on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis, calls to drop the charges are continuing. A February 5 rally at the Hennepin County Government Center demanded specifically that a felony charge on college student Amina McCaskill be dropped, along with the charges and citations given to the other 645. Dozens braved single-digit temperatures for the Friday rally that featured Amina and numerous speakers that were also part of the 646. Unicorn Riot live streamed the rally and spoke with Amina afterwards. Civil rights lawyer, Nekima Levy Armst…
popularresistance.org/demands-to-drop-th…

The EU's Infowar Outlet Inadvertently Debunked Its Most Important Propaganda Point
oneworld.press | 2021-02-09
"EU vs. Disinfo", which functions as the infowar outlet of the European External Action Service's (EEAS) East Stratcom Task Force, inadvertently debunked its most important propaganda point about Russia by drawing attention to the fact that publicly financed RT's Editor-In-Chief Margarita Simonyan has the professional freedom to voice views that differ from the Kremlin's official ones.
oneworld.press/?module=articles&action=view&id=1913

Shrinking Ireland: Global Warning in Local Communities
Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-09
Portrane Beach, 2021 (Photo: Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin) A recent walk at a local beach revealed to me how fast coastal erosion is affecting local communities. This area where I live is essentially a peninsula with two large popular beaches, Donabate beach and Portrane beach which are joined by cliffs, on the coast of north County …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/shrinking-ire…

Saturday 2/13: Black History Month educators' roundtable: BLM, also Marcus Garvey
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2021-02-09
ZOOM conference meeting link sent upon request | (the link protected here to thwart "bombers")…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/08/1883990…

The (New Normal) War on Domestic Terror
C.J. Hopkins | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-09
If you enjoyed the Global War on Terror, you're going to love the new War on Domestic Terror! It's just like the original Global War on Terror, except that this time the "Terrorists" are all "Domestic Violent Extremists" ("DVEs"), "Homegrown Violent Extremists" ("HVEs"), "Violent Conspiracy-Theorist Extremists" ("VCTEs"), "Violent Reality Denialist Extremists" (VRDEs"), "Insurrectionary Micro-Aggressionist Extremists" …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/the-new-norma…

Algorithmic Stewardship in Health Care–Reply
Eaneff S, Obermeyer Z, Butte AJ. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-02-09
In Reply Mr Li and Dr Wang highlight valuable examples of regulation from other industries, including banking and insurance. We agree that best practices from these industries provide lessons for health care and that health system–level algorithmic stewardship should complement clear guidance and oversight from those with regulatory authority.
jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticl…