Daily Archives: February 10, 2021

2021-02-10: News Headlines

Shawgi Tell (2021-02-11). Can the Rich Fix Their Outdated Economic System? dissidentvoice.org A key feature of disinformation is that it robs people of an outlook, not just ideas and views, but a coherent world outlook that enables and empowers them to make sense of the world, figure out what is going, avoid illusions, and take actions that favor the public interest and restrict the unjust claims of …

Colin Todhunter (2021-02-11). Farmers' Protest in India: Price of Failure Will Be immense. dissidentvoice.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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-10). China, Papua New Guinea and Australia's Backyard Blues. counterpunch.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

Conn Hallinan (2021-02-10). China's 'Sea of Conflict'. peoplesworld.org President Joseph Biden Jr's. administration faces a host of difficult problems, but in foreign policy, its thorniest will be its relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC). How it handles issues of trade, security, and human rights will either allow both countries to hammer out a working relationship or pull the U.S. into an …

Editor (2021-02-10). EDITORIAL — Demonizando a China. workers.org Los designados para la política del exterior de la nueva administración estadounidense no han tardado en enseñar los dientes a la China Popular. Las primeras declaraciones del Secretario de Estado Anthony Blinken aclararon que las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y China son importantes y a la vez adversas. Eso es . . . |

WSWS (2021-02-10). World Health Organization confirms natural origins of coronavirus. wsws.org There is no evidence of to back up the lie peddled by ruling circles in the US and Europe, and reported largely uncritically in the media, that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was made and released by Wuhan Institute of Virology.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-10). Covid-19: Several Gulf states see daily cases rise to near 2020 highs. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Several Gulf states see daily cases rise to near 2020 highs | The UAE, the region's tourism hub, has seen the biggest surge with daily infections tripling in six weeks | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 10: 44 | Last week, visitors from several countries told Middle East Eye they were shocked by how desolate Dubai felt (AFP) | Several Gulf Arab states have seen daily coronavirus cases climb bac…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-10). House panel probes meatpackers' refusal to protect workers from virus. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —The special House committee investigating the federal government's response, or lack of it, to the coronavirus plague has opened an investigation of big meatpackers' refusal to protect their workers against the contagion. In Feb. 1 letters to the nation's three big meatpacking firms and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Rep. James Clyburn, …

Sharon Zhang (2021-02-10). Fossil Fuel Pollution Caused Nearly 1 in 5 Premature Deaths in 2018. zcomm.org "There's a vaccine for the 8.7 million deaths caused each year by air pollution from fossil fuels. That vaccine is called solar panels and wind turbines"

Rosalind English (2021-02-10). Vaccination and public/private coercion. ukhumanrightsblog.com In an earlier post I discussed the problem of "vaccine hesitancy" and written evidence to Parliament to Parliament outlining ways in which a vaccination against Covid-19 without consent could be put on a par with capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and with Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Since the announcement …

Liberation Staff-Seattle (2021-02-10). Washington state restaurants need more relief, not premature reopening plans. liberationnews.org While restaurants are being allowed to open for indoor dining at 25% capacity, restaurant workers are not included as essential workers in the state's vaccine schedule.

Staff (2021-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2021. democracynow.org Senate Votes to Proceed with Impeachment as Managers Present Harrowing Video of Jan. 6 Insurrection, Gov't to Send Vaccines to Community Health Centers as U.S. Continues Ramping Up Vaccinations, WHO Team Confirms COVID-19 of Animal Origin; Ghana Shuts Parliament After Outbreak Infects Lawmakers, Protesters in Burma Defy Bans, Escalating Crackdown by Police, Journalists Decry Raid on Progressive Indian News Site NewsClick, U.S. to Pursue Extradition of Julian Assange as Press Freedom Groups Warn of Dangerous Precedent, Fossil Fuel Pollution Causes One in Five Global Deaths, Calls Growing to Shut Down DAPL as Key H…

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Cuba to Produce First 150,000 Doses of Soberana 02 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) President Vicente Verez on Tuesday announced that his country started producing the first batch of 150,000 doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine. | RELATED: | "Because of the vaccine's encouraging results, we started producing it on a large scale to launch its third phase of clinical trials in March," Verez said. | Over 700 people have already been vaccinated with Sovereign 02 during the…

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Venezuela to Receive 100,000 Doses of Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday announced that 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in his country next week. | RELATED: | Once the first lot arrives in Caracas, the national vaccination campaign will kick off, prioritizing health workers who are on the front line against COVID-19 and the people most vulnerable to the disease. | The next to be vaccinated will be the country's t…

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-10). The Heat: Yemen's war. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Joe Biden charts a new course in an effort to end the war Yemen.

Ed Pilkington (2021-02-10). Outcry As More Than 20 Babies and Children Deported by US to Haiti. zcomm.org Ice accused of sending 'defenseless babies into the burning house' as deportations of 72 carried out in apparent breach of Biden order…

Editor (2021-02-10). Dangling the carrot. workers.org Maybe some thought that President Joe Biden was serious about doubling the minimum wage to $15 an hour and doing it during the pandemic when workers were most in need. That was never his plan. One of 300 Fight for $15 demonstrations in the U.S. on May 1, 2019. . . . |

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-10). A Pro-Cairo Lobby is Spending Big to Make Sure Biden Doesn't Cut Aid to Egypt's Dictatorship. mintpressnews.com President al-Sisi is afraid that his free rein to commit human rights abuses are over now that Trump is out of office, that's why he hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to the tune of $65,000 per month to whitewash his image and keep the American money flowing.

Ali Harb (2021-02-10). Here's my number: Netanyahu still waiting for Biden phone call. middleeasteye.net Here's my number: Netanyahu still waiting for Biden phone call | Israeli envoy to the UN sent a phone number purporting to be Netanyahu's office line to the US president on Twitter | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 20: 43 | Then-Vice President Biden and Israel's Netanyahu give joint statements in Jerusalem, 9 March 2016 (AFP/File photo) | We've all had friends who don't call. Sometimes they are busy. Sometimes they are avoidin…

Melvin Goodman (2021-02-10). Biden: "Boxed-In" by the Military Establishment? counterpunch.org President Barack Obama got excellent advice from his vice president, Joe Biden, regarding dealing with the Pentagon and the military establishment. Above all, Biden warned, you shouldn't get "boxed-in" by the military. We're only several weeks into the Biden administration, and the military is already lobbying for increased funding for questionable reasons. The civilian defense establishment and its collegial think tanks as well as the mainstream media can be counted to support increased spending.

Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold (2021-02-10). Biden should stop payment on US funds to Sisi's Egypt. nationofchange.org They should put a "stop payment" on the U.S. taxpayer-funded check that has enabled Sisi to operate with impunity.

Paul Jay (2021-02-10). Trump Should be Charged with Sedition and Treason; McConnell's Role Should be Investigated — Paul Jay. theanalysis.news Did Donald Trump attempt to organize a military coup against the incoming Biden administration? Did Mitch McConnell, as majority leader of the Senate and the person who is ultimately responsible for the Capitol Hill Police, deliberately allow the protestors into the Capitol Buildings?>

Betsey Piette (2021-02-10). Biden's 'prison reform': Smoke and mirrors. workers.org Alabama Students Against Prison demonstrate against state plans to construct three new private prisons, Dec. 30, 2020, Birmingham, Ala. In an executive order signed Jan. 26 as part of his "racial equity" plan, President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice not to renew contracts . . . |

MEE staff (2021-02-10). US senators urge Biden to press Turkey on human rights, 'combative' foreign policy. middleeasteye.net US senators urge Biden to press Turkey on human rights, 'combative' foreign policy | Fifty-four senators signed letter sent to Biden, saying Ankara needed to end 'crackdown on dissent' | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 14: 55 | Prior to Joe Biden's inauguration, the then-president-elect did not respond to multiple requests for call with Erdogan (AFP) | A bipartisan majority of the US Senate called on President Joe Biden to…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Summers op-ed sparks controversy over Biden stimulus package. wsws.org The former treasury secretary warned that stimulus measures could set off the kind of inflation not seen for a generation, with serious consequences for the US dollar and the stability of the financial system.

John Feffer (2021-02-10). The American Example Is Shakier Than Ever. thenation.com The American Example Is Shakier Than Ever…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-10). New US Military Base in Northeast Syria Latest of Biden's Warlike Moves. mintpressnews.com Many of Biden's first moves in the Middle East, including the building of a new base in Syria, suggest his term will be more of the same rather than a break with the old.

Johanna Kichton (2021-02-10). Student Action on Student Debt Cancellation: We Need More. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, 240.206.1145, press@peoplesaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C.—Student Action released the following statements from Program Director Adiel Pollydore and Iowa Student Action Lead Organizer Denise Cheeseman on the resolution introduced in Congress last week that calls on President Biden to forgive $50,000 of federal student loan debt per borrower through executive action: "We applaud champions in …

_____ (2021-02-10). How Defeating Keystone XL Built A Bolder, Savvier Climate Movement. popularresistance.org When President Biden rescinded a crucial permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, it marked the culmination of one of the longest, highest-profile campaigns in the North American climate movement. The opposition to Keystone XL included large environmental organizations, grassroots climate activist networks, Nebraska farmers, Texas landowners, Indigenous rights groups and tribal governments. Few environmental campaigns have touched so many people over such large swaths of the continent. | The Keystone XL resistance was part of the ongoing opposition to the Canadian tar sands, one of the most carbon-intensive…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Right-wing US Supreme Court majority again exempts large religious gatherings from COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org For the second time since the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the court has struck down state measures to control the spread of COVID-19 that limit indoor religious services, reversing rulings earlier in the pandemic.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Protests demanding resignation of Haitian president intensify. peoplesdispatch.org Protests in Haiti, which have been going on for a month now, have garnered more strength as president Jovenel MoàØse refused to step down. On February 8, Haitian opposition political parties and social organizations appointed Supreme Court Judge Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis as the interim president.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Enemy seeks maximum pressure, minimum commitments: Jalili. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Representative of Iran's Leader to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has warned against US claim on JCPOA return, saying that the enemy seeks maximum pressure along with minimum commitments.

_____ (2021-02-10). Lula's Arrest Is 'A Gift From The CIA'. popularresistance.org A petition filed with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) by the defense of ex-president Lula presents new evidence that ex-judge Sergio Moro colluded with foreign authorities in conducting the process which led to the arrest of the Workers Party leader, and his subsequent barring from a run for the presidency in 2018. In the latest leaked Telegram conversations, which are now official court documents, the level of illegal collaboration visible between the Lava Jato task force and the internationally promoted judge is the most flagrant yet, and more valuable for Lula's defence than chats published by the Intercept in…

MEE staff (2021-02-10). Egypt reopens Gaza's Rafah crossing following Hamas and Fatah election deal. middleeasteye.net Egypt reopens Gaza's Rafah crossing following Hamas and Fatah election deal | Egyptian authorities allowed travellers in Egypt and Gaza to cross after the two Palestinian parties agreed to respect upcoming election results | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 14: 17 | Palestinians at the reopened Rafah border crossing travel from the Gaza Strip into Egypt on 9 February 2021 (AFP) | Egyptian authorities on Monday reopened the R…

Nathan Newman (2021-02-10). The Case for Blue-State Secession. thenation.com The Case for Blue-State Secession…

Ben Norton (2021-02-10). How Ecuador's U.S.-backed, coup-supporting 'ecosocialist' candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing. mronline.org Ecuador's February 7 presidential election concluded in a surprise: The quick count published by the country's National Electoral Council appeared to show a little-known candidate named Yaku Pérez Guartambel in second place, securing a narrow victory over right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, a banker with significant influence in the country.

_____ (2021-02-10). Ecuador's US-Backed 'Ecosocialist' Candidate Yaku Pérez Aids The Right-Wing. popularresistance.org Ecuador's February 7 presidential election concluded in a surprise: The quick count published by the country's National Electoral Council appeared to show a little-known candidate named Yaku Pérez Guartambel in second place, securing a narrow victory over right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, a banker with significant influence in the country. | Most polls had predicted that the presidential race would boil down to two presidential candidates, who could hardly have been more different: On one side was the conservative banker Lasso, who had the backing of Ecuadorian elites and the United States, and had unsuccessf…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Palestinian factions finalize mechanism for upcoming elections. peoplesdispatch.org The elections in the occupied Palestinian territories, if conducted as scheduled, would be the first to be held in 15 years. All groups in the country including Hamas and Fatah have agreed to respect and accept the results…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Uncertainty remains about who will face Andrés Arauz in the second round of Ecuadorian presidential election. peoplesdispatch.org The fight for second place in the run-off elections between Yaku Pérez of the Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement party and Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities‚Ää (‚ÄäCREO) party and Social Christian Party (PSC) is still too close to call…

Katie Canales (2021-02-10). Investors Tell Amazon to Stop Interfering in Union Vote. zcomm.org The investors calling for Amazon to cease pushing back on the unionization efforts collectively hold more than $20 billion worth of the company's shares…

Staff (2021-02-10). Watch: Dramatic Video of Capitol Attack & Trump's Incitement Kicks Off Impeachment Trial in Senate. democracynow.org The Senate has voted 56 to 44 to proceed with the impeachment trial of Donald Trump for inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Six Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting arguments from Trump's defense team that it is unconstitutional for a former president to face an impeachment trial. Trump is the first president to ever be impeached twice and the first to be tried after leaving office. We air highlights from the first day of Trump's historic second impeachment trial, including clips from a dramatic video mixing Trump's words on January 6 with scenes of rioters breaking into the Ca…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Historic vote on Amazon union kicks off in Alabama. peoplesdispatch.org Over 5,800 ballots have been sent out to the employees of Amazon's Bessemer warehouse near Birmingham, Alabama. Workers will have seven weeks to mail-in their ballots, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Australian union trying to force through sell-out at Coles Smeaton Grange after workers vote no. wsws.org The United Workers Union is once again seeking to ride roughshod over workers' opposition and to impose a sell-out that would result in the closure of Smeaton Grange and the destruction of most, or all, of the 350 jobs there.

teleSUR (2021-02-10). New Authority Expected To Restore Political Stability in Libya. telesurenglish.net As the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government (1970-2011) approaches, Libya faces a real chance for restoring political stability, especially with the recent creation of a new executive authority. | RELATED: | On Friday, Libyan parties voted for a new prime minister and a new presidency council, with the support of the United Nations, following months of talks that aimed to end the country's protracted…

Sarah Lahm (2021-02-10). Midwest Dispatch: Can Sam's Club Vaccinate Our Teachers? progressive.org As educators and staff are forced to return to schools, many are wondering if and where they will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

RT (2021-02-10). UK's Boris Johnson cautions against booking summer holidays, says it's too early to predict what Covid-19 rules will allow by then. rt.com Beleaguered Brits weary of Covid-19 lockdowns shouldn't pin their hopes on being able to venture out for summer vacations, even domestically, as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is warning that it's too soon to book such trips. | "I am afraid it is just too early for people to be certain about what we'll be able to do this summer," Johnson said on Wednesday in a Downing Street press briefing. "I understand why people want to make plans now, but we're just going to have to be a little bit more patient." | Johnson and the government's chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance, emphasized the importance of eme…

RT (2021-02-10). 'Mutants are a reality': Germany extends lockdown until March 7 as Merkel urges caution over Covid-19 variants. rt.com Lockdown restrictions in Germany will be extended until March 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors agreed on Wednesday, in an attempt to stop Covid-19 variants undermining falling infection rates. | Exceptions to the lockdown, which has been in place since December, mean that hairdressers are able to reopen from March 1 and federal states can decide on their own timetables for the reopening of schools. | But German bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centers and non-essential shops will remain closed until the seven-day virus incidence rate drops from the current 68 new cases per 100…

Natalie Shure (2021-02-10). Screen Shot 2021-02-10 at 1.13.47 PM.png. progressive.org Addressing the deep inequalities exposed by COVID-19 will probably prove more elusive than treating the disease.

Staff (2021-02-10). Historians Say "Decades of Medical Racism" Led to Unequal COVID Impact on Black & Latinx People. democracynow.org Historians Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain dedicate their new book, "Four Hundred Souls," to the "Black lives lost to COVID-19." They put the content of their book in the context of the disparate impact of the pandemic on the African American community in the United States. "This has been in the making for decades. Even though this is a new virus, … it connects to a larger history of racial inequality, and we wanted to make sure that was clear," says Blain. Kendi is a cancer survivor and notes Black and Latinx are more at risk from preexisting conditions because of a history of racist policies, but "Americans d…

Betsey Piette (2021-02-10). Philadelphia teachers defy return to classroom order. workers.org Credit: Joe Piette Thousands of Philadelphia public school teachers defied an order from school Superintendent William Hite Jr. to return to their classrooms Feb. 8 for the first time since schools became fully virtual in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Across the city, educators demonstrated outside closed . . . |

Amanda Marcotte (2021-02-10). Trump trial, day 2: Democrats employ emotion to make their case. Will Republicans be moved?>. salon.com House managers make their impeachment case crystal clear: GOP complicit in Trump's insurrection…

_____ (2021-02-10). What Ever Happened To Class Struggle? popularresistance.org As the fight amongst the oligarchs heats up over Trump's 2nd impeachment, one must wonder what ever happened to the days when the poor and the working class were clear-eyed enough to see their real struggle was against the rich? Wall Street banksters, the weapons warlords, Hollywood moguls, oil barons, real estate developers and the like. | Instead we see the Lumpenproletariat on their knees scratching and clawing each other – defending one side of the elite mobsters who are armed against the other in Washington's usual sideshow that distracts the nation from the ever present reality of capital accumulation.

Staff (2021-02-10). "This Cannot Be the Future of America": Rep. Jamie Raskin Gives Moving Account of Capitol Attack. democracynow.org Congressmember Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead Democratic impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, closed the first day of proceedings in the Senate with an emotional speech describing the terror of the January 6 Capitol attack. "All around me people were calling their wives and their husbands, their loved ones, to say goodbye," said Raskin.

Liberation Staff (2021-02-10). In the News: Trump and Right Wing Privilege. liberationnews.org This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss the …

Gary Leupp (2021-02-10). On the Relative Vileness of George W. Bush and Donald Trump, Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene. counterpunch.org When I think Donald Trump I think the word: VILE. A combination of the evil and repulsive. But when I think George W. Bush I ALSO think "vile." There is no great moral distance between Bush as Texas governor mocking the plea for mercy by a death row female prisoner who'd become a born-again Christian

Rachael Boothroyd (2021-02-10). US Sanctions Obstructing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela, New Report Finds. venezuelanalysis.com A US Government and Accountability Office report found that sanctions have pushed the Venezuelan economy into crisis.

teleSUR (2021-02-10). UN To Assess the Impact of US Sanctions on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net United Nations representative Alena Douhan visits Venezuela to assess the impact of U.S. economic sanctions imposed on the Bolivarian nation since 2015. | RELATED: | The visit announcement came shortly after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledged that its country's sanctions on Venezuela have killed tens of thousands of people. | The results of the analysis of the U.S. unilateral coercive measures imposed on this…

Eds. (2021-02-10). Through the "Bolivar Act" U.S. Congressmen intend to tighten the blockade against Venezuela. mronline.org On January 28th, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced to the U.S. Congress a new bill dedicated to Venezuela entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime Act".

Christian Sorensen (2021-02-10). Who Are the Ultimate War Profiteers? zcomm.org While defense contractors make billions in profits, Wall Street is the ultimate beneficiary of today's nonstop wars…

Raji Sourani (2021-02-10). ICC's "Landmark Decision" Could Open Door to Prosecuting Israel for War Crimes. zcomm.org The International Criminal Court has ruled it has the authority to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories…

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-02-10). Stop union busting! BAmazon Union now! workers.org Amazon Warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., are in a historic organizing drive for union representation by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. They received significant support at a Feb. 6 rally. Workers World Party comrades (pictured) joined participants ranging from nurses to miners, travelling from in-state and from Florida, . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-10). Women in Science award and bronze statue for innovative bioengineering professor. imperial.ac.uk Professor Molly Stevens has won the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award in recognition of her outstanding scientific achievements.

Denise Winebrenner Edwards (2021-02-10). Anne Feeney (1951-2021): Wherever there's a fight, she'll be there. peoplesworld.org In the film, The Grapes of Wrath, there is a famous scene at the end of the film. With the rain pouring and his Dust Bowl family hiding under a bridge, Tom Joad tells his mother that he is taking up the torch dropped by Casy, the social justice preacher. As Mother Joad wonders whether …

_____ (2021-02-10). Why A War In Yemen? popularresistance.org The Saudis decided to enter an ongoing civil war in Yemen in 2015 for several reasons. The two countries share a long border at the southern end of their peninsula. This length of this border is matched by Yemen's coastline on the Arabian Sea, an access to ocean waters that Saudi Arabia does not have. | Even more important is that the southeast corner of Yemen sits at the point where the Red Sea flows into the Arabian Sea through a very narrow passageway. This would enable the Saudis to control shipping through the Red Sea. | Furthermore, Yemen has oil that generates revenue from contracts with private producers.

Nicolas Niarchos (2021-02-10). The Suffering Underclass of War-Torn Yemen. thenation.com The Suffering Underclass of War-Torn Yemen…

Chuck Collins (2021-02-10). The Drive for a Wealth Tax in Washington State. counterpunch.org Legislators in Washington state are taking bold steps towards instituting a state-level wealth tax. The proposed tax is a 1 percent levy on wealth over $1 billion, applying to fewer than 100 households in the state. According to the state's Department of Revenue, the tax would raise an estimated $2.25 billion in 2023 and $2.5

Howard Lisnoff (2021-02-10). When It Seemed as If the World Took Notice. counterpunch.org An antiwar protester in Providence, Rhode Island, Jerry Elmer, noted in the middle of the decade of the 1970s that it was difficult to sustain interest in the antiwar movement as the American war in Southeast Asia came to a close. Elmer, and other peace activists, had set up a replica of the tiger cages

Marie Kelly (2021-02-10). Ben Fletcher, militant labor leader. workers.org Ben Fletcher One of the greatest labor leaders of the tumultuous period of the early 20th century was a Black man from Philadelphia named Ben Fletcher. In the forward from the biography by Peter Cole, "Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly," labor historian Robin D. G. . . . |

MEE and agencies (2021-02-10). UAE's Anwar Gargash removed as foreign affairs minister. middleeasteye.net UAE's Anwar Gargash removed as foreign affairs minister | Cabinet reshuffle sees Gargash, who has held the position since 2008, become a diplomatic advisor to the president | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 13: 24 | Sheikh Mohammed said Gargash, pictured, had been 'had been able to bring about major transformations in our foreign political work' (AFP) | Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) mini…

Gideon Polya (2021-02-10). Letter to the Australian Taxpayer-funded ABC and SBS Media re Anti-Arab & Anti-Jewish Anti-Semitism and False Reportage about Occupied Palestine. dissidentvoice.org Dear ABC & SBS management and staff, I am an anti-racist Jewish-Celtic scientist, humanitarian, artist and writer from one of Hungary's most famous Jewish families (ask any mathematician or surgeon). Only about a dozen of my wider family survived the Jewish Holocaust in Hungary in 1944-1945. For all decent people and in particular anti-racist Jewish …

Eds. (2021-02-10). The Kisans are right. Their land is at stake (Part 2). mronline.org In the previous part of this article we saw that the Indian rulers are actively preparing the legal groundwork for parting peasants from their land. In the following part we place this in an international context.

Eds. (2021-02-10). Wall Street admits curing diseases is bad for business. mronline.org Goldman Sachs is openly saying in financial reports that curing people of terrible diseases is not good for business.

MEE staff (2021-02-10). UN expert calls on UAE to release jailed human rights defenders. middleeasteye.net UN expert calls on UAE to release jailed human rights defenders | Sentenced to ten years in prison, three imprisoned human rights defenders have been subjected to 'conditions that may amount to torture', says UN Special Rapporteur | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 15: 56 | A police officer enters Dubai's Al-Awir central prison in the United Arab Emirates, on 21 May 2020 (AFP/File photo) | A United Nations expert has called…

The Tricontinental (2021-02-10). Dawn: Marxism and National Liberation. mronline.org Only at the end of his life did Karl Marx leave the shores of Europe and travel to a country under colonial dominion. This was when he went to Algeria in 1882. 'For Mussulmans, there is no such thing as subordination', Marx wrote to his daughter Laura Lafargue.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-10). Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi Arabia's Abha airport. middleeasteye.net Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi Arabia's Abha airport | Yemen rebels say four of its drones targeted Abha airport located around 120km from the border, leaving an aircraft in flames | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 13: 26 | The Houthis have previously hit Abha international airport, and regularly launch drones and missiles into Saudi Arabia (AFP) | Yemen's Houthi movement has claimed responsibility for a…

Devin Cole (2021-02-10). LGBTQ2S+ youth targeted again in Florida: Defeat HB241/SB582! workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek/Seminole/Timucua Land In January of 2020, Florida LGBTQ+ organizers mobilized thousands of people against 10 anti-LGBTQ2S+ bills. Introduced into the Florida House of Representatives and with identical accompanying bills in the state Senate, they constituted a gross, blatant attack on LGBTQ2S+ people. They mainly targeted youth, from censoring . . . |

Alan Macleod (2021-02-10). Media Frames Teen Using College Savings To Save Mom From Eviction as Uplifting Puff Piece. mintpressnews.com Corporate media outlets appear to have so completely internalized the grim logic of neoliberal capitalism that they see single mothers being evicted, children in debt, or octogenarians working in the gig economy as unremarkable facts of life, not damning indictments of a broken system.

Nadda Osman (2021-02-10). Egypt: New mega-mosque project for administrative capital divides opinions. middleeasteye.net Egypt: New mega-mosque project for administrative capital divides opinions | Social media users have both praised and condemned the government's plans to build what it says would be the biggest mosque in the world | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 15: 55 | The mosque is set to be one of the largest in the world, according to Egypt's presidential spokesperson (Screengrab/Facebook) | Egypt's announcement of plans to bui…

Devin Cole (2021-02-10). Harry Haywood, Black Bolshevik. workers.org February 4 was the birthday of Black Communist Harry Haywood, one of the great Marxist-Leninist thinkers, leaders and revolutionaries of the 20th century. Although Haywood was born over 100 years ago and has been deceased for over 30 years, his contributions to Marxism-Leninism and the struggle for Black Liberation and . . . |

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2021-02-10). A Death on the Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. counterpunch.org Haleh Lajevardi, an Iranian professor of sociology, died last week in Tehran at the age 56. Her brother who tweeted the news of her passing did not reveal the cause of death. People close to her knew that she had dealt with bouts of depression for many years, particularly after she was dismissed from her

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2021-02-10). Changing the speculative game. mronline.org January proved to be an unusual month in the U.S. equity market. The shares of GameStop, a brick-and-mortar retailer of gaming consoles and video games, had in the course of that month risen by close to 2000 per cent.

Eds. (2021-02-10). The Indian farmers are right: their land is at stake (Part 2). mronline.org In the previous part of this article we saw that the Indian rulers are actively preparing the legal groundwork for parting peasants from their land. In the following part we place this in an international context.

Eds. (2021-02-10). The Indian farmers are right: their land is at stake (Part 1). mronline.org The protesting kisans on the borders of Delhi repeat one thing over and over: When fighting against the three farm-related Acts, they are fighting to save their land.

Staff (2021-02-10). I'm on Hunger Strike in Guantánamo. I Dream of Cooking for My Family. truthout.org There are very few freedoms at Guantánamo Bay prison, where I have been held without charge or trial — referred to as Guantánamo ISN 1461 — for over 16 years. The right to starve myself is one of them, but even then, they force-feed me, to spare themselves the embarrassment of my death. | Back in Pakistan, before I was kidnapped and tortured and flown halfway around the world in chains, I loved cooking. There is nothing more satisfying than preparing a hot meal for your family and sharing i…

Nadda Osman (2021-02-10). Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi activist released from prison. middleeasteye.net Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi activist released from prison | Blogger Nouf Abdulaziz, who was also swept up in Mohammed bin Salman's 2018 crackdown on dissent, also reportedly released | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 16: 56 | In a photo shared by her sister on social media, Loujain is shown smiling after her release (Screengrab/Twitter) | Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has returned home after spendin…

Martha Grevatt (2021-02-10). GM 1937, Amazon 2021: øDe qué lado estás? workers.org Bessemer, Alabama, situada en las afueras de Birmingham y con una población de 26.500 habitantes -alrededor de un 75% de afroamericanos- se ha convertido en un foco central de toda la lucha de clases. Solidaridad con la huelga de brazos caídos de Flint dentro de las plantas de GM . . . |

Jonah Raskin (2021-02-10). Rennie Davis: Not the Boy Next Door. counterpunch.org Rennie Davis sometimes seemed to be the all-American boy who lived in the house next door that came with a lawn and a picket fence. In some ways he fit the stereotype. Unlike Abbie, Jerry and Tom, Rennie's roots were patrician. Born in Michigan and raised in Virginia, he belonged to a 4-H Club as a boy.

Eds. (2021-02-10). The Kisans are right. Their land is at stake (Part 1). mronline.org The protesting kisans on the borders of Delhi repeat one thing over and over: When fighting against the three farm-related Acts, they are fighting to save their land.

Staff (2021-02-10). Wall Street is a grift. therealnews.com In this segment of "The Marc Steiner Show," Marc is joined by investigative journalist Arun Gupta and former financial regulator Bill Black to discuss how the stock market actually works and how we can hold Wall Street accountable.

G. Dunkel (2021-02-10). Anti-regime protests intensify in Haiti. workers.org Tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Feb. 7 in numerous small, very militant and angry demonstrations demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse follow the constitution and leave office on Feb. 7, when his term expires. Protesters want an end to corruption and an accounting of . . . |

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-10). Political crisis deepens in Haiti as Jovenal Moise refuses to leave. peoplesworld.org Haiti is undergoing a deep political and institutional crisis, sparked by the refusal of US-backed president Jovenel MoàØse to step down despite an official ruling that his mandate ended on February 7, 2021. Protests which have been going on since early January have intensified and have been met by brutal repression by security forces as …

Staff (2021-02-10). Texas Teen Was Forced to Use College Savings to Prevent Mom's Eviction. truthout.org After Alondra Carmona, a high school senior in Houston, recently exhausted all of her college savings to prevent her unemployed mother from being evicted, one media outlet on Tuesday

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2021-02-10). PSL Statement: Solidarity with Newsclick and the people's movements of India! liberationnews.org Photo: Farmers protest in India. Credit — Newsclick The Party for Socialism and Liberation joins with progressive organizations and media around the world in demanding that the Indian government cease its repression of leading media outlet Newsclick. Newsclick is read and watched by millions every day and is facing persecution for the key role it …

Raul Diego (2021-02-10). The Questionable Characters Behind the Kushner-Linked Insurance Giant Oscar Health. mintpressnews.com Oscar Health, a tech-based telehealth insurance mishmash co-founded by Joshua Kushner is about to go public with a massive IPO underwritten by the gods of Wall Street and backed by Silicon Valley titans.

claudia (2021-02-10). National Priorities/Prioridades Nacionales. dsausa.org DSA must be a political home that attracts, retains, and supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) organizers. This starts by acknowledging the pain experienced by BIPOC members caused by a white supremacy culture in our practices, recognizing the overburdened work that falls on BIPOC organizers to repair these issues, and by educating and…

mgrochowski (2021-02-10). Quienes somos y qué queremos los Socialistas Democráticos. dsausa.org El Grupo de Trabajo por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes de DSA los invita a un seminario web en español: "Quienes somos y qué queremos los Socialistas Democráticos." Escuche a algunos de nuestros miembros sobre su trabajo en DSA y en sus comunidades. Zoom Información de registro en instrucciones y respuesta. Join…

Editor (2021-02-10). 'This Is for You, Dad': Interview With an Anonymous GameStop Investor. scheerpost.com By Matt Taibbi / TK News Thursday, January 21st was a critical day in the story of the video game chain GameStop (ticker name: GME). Retail investors, including many subscribers to a Reddit forum called wallstreetbets, pushed the company's stock from $6 to $43.03, but experts said playtime was over. It was time for the big shots to clean up. According to Citron Research, one of many funds that had… |

Emily Douglas (2021-02-10). The Socialist Glossy That Wants You to Have It All. thenation.com The Socialist Glossy That Wants You to Have It All…

Freedom Socialist Party (2021-02-10). Sunday 2/21: The Unfinished Revolution: Black Reconstruction Today. indybay.org Online: us02web.zoom.us

WSWS repost (2021-02-10). Facebook's "depoliticization" aimed at censorship of left-wing and socialist organizations. indybay.org The recent announcement by Facebook that it would "reduce the amount of political content" on its platform is part of the drive by the US ruling establishment to block the spread of progressive, left-wing and socialist ideas on social media.

Aaron Maté (2021-02-10). For Russian leftists, Western favorite Navalny represents same corrupt elitism. thegrayzone.com Western politicians and media pundits portray Alexei Navalny as the leader of the Russian opposition. But Russian leftists see something quite different: a representative of a different faction of the Russian elite, who backs continued neoliberal policies and aligns with destabilizing NATO-backed actors. The imprisoned Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has been held up in the West as…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-02-10). The Clash Between the UK and EU Over Northern Ireland. zcomm.org The outlook is that Britain will remain obsessed by its relations with the EU — and that those relations will generate continuous friction…

Sheila Velazquez (2021-02-10). The Desiccated Hearts and Souls of Working-class Americans. dissidentvoice.org Desiccate: deaden, devitalize, lobotomize, castrate — Merriam-Webster In the United States the average man and woman has been dismissed, devalued and manipulated by both parties and the financial system. They have been prevented access to healthcare, decent-paying jobs, affordable education and food security. And their hopes and dreams have been crushed by the absence of …

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). 22 Bahman rallies in provinces (2). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Along with their fellow Iranians, people in Tabriz, Birjand, and in Yazd held drive-in rallies amid the pandemic on Wednesday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution victory on February 11, 1979.

Jane-Anna Spiekermann (2021-02-10). 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…

Francis King Carey School of Law (2021-02-10). Tuesday 2/23: Now or Never: Eradicating Systemic Racism in the Government's Pandemic Response. indybay.org Online event…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Los Angeles Hospital slated for closure amid pandemic. wsws.org The impending closure of the Olympia Medical Center Hospital in Los Angeles County in the midst of a pandemic shows the irrationality of health care run for profit.

_____ (2021-02-10). Britain Says It Wants 'To Defend Human Rights Across The Globe' But Is Selective About Its Support. strategic-culture.org The "defence of human rights" by the government of Boris Johnson is a charade, and the treatment of the Chagos Islanders is cruel and loathsome. | Hong Kong used to be a British colony and was returned to China in 1997. Since then there have been disagreements between Britain and China concerning governance of the region, and the British government has poked its nose where it has no right to dictate the conduct of affairs. It

RT (2021-02-10). 'Don't rely' on US intel: WHO team member bats away Washington's scrutiny of Covid fact-finding mission to China. rt.com A member of the WHO team sent to China to probe the origins of Covid-19 in the country has shrugged off Washington's demand to verify the mission's findings, saying US intelligence on the matter should be viewed with skepticism. | The World Health Organization (WHO) expert team held a press conference on Tuesday to reveal their findings after spending four weeks in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first case of the coronavirus was reported back in December 2019. According to their investigation, there is currently no evidence to support the theory that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, a claim put…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). China's Tianwen-1 enters Mars orbit. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- China's Tianwen-1 probe on Wednesday successfully entered Mars' orbit after a seven-month journey from Earth. The probe activated its braking system as it approached the Red Planet and it took 15 minutes for it to reduce its speed sufficiently ease into Mars' gravitational pull, according to China's National Space Administration. Tianwen-1, …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Multinational military drill 'to give Pakistan diplomatic push'. yenisafak.com Hosted by Pakistan, a week-long multination naval exercise is set to begin in the Arabian Sea from Thursday, a move that could set the tone for its enhanced bilateral relations with many countries, experts said.Naval forces from 45 countries, including the US, China, Russia and Turkey are participating in Aman-2021 from Feb.11-16.Russia will join the military drill with NATO members for the first time in a decade, a development considered significant. The last time Russian and NATO naval forces took part in a joint exercise was at the Bold Monarch 2011 off the coast of Spain.Organized under the slogan, 'Together…

RT (2021-02-10). Dozens of people develop rare blood disorder after taking coronavirus vaccines — reports. rt.com At least 36 recipients of Pfizer's and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines in the US have developed a rare immune disorder that attacks the blood, according to reports. One patient is dead, and doctors can't rule out blaming the vaccine. | Dr. Gregory Michael — a 56-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist who ran his own practice at Miami Beach's Mount Sinai Medical Center for more than a decade — died in January of a brain hemorrhage. He had received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine two weeks earlier, and immediately developed immune thrombocytopenia, a rare and sometimes fatal blood disorder.

RT (2021-02-10). Be a goody two-masks: US health authorities change guidelines to urge DOUBLE masking against Covid-19. rt.com The CDC are now saying one mask is good but two are better, urging Americans to wear tight-fitting cloth masks under medical ones so as to increase protection against the spread of the coronavirus. | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their "The bottom line is this: Masks work and they work best when they have a good fit and are worn cor…

RT (2021-02-10). Israel finally begins vaccinating Palestinians, but only those with Israeli work permits. rt.com After facing a backlash for its reluctance to extend coronavirus vaccinations to the Palestinian territories, Israel has finally started administering Covid-19 jabs to Palestinians, but only if they legally work in Israel. | The vaccination of Palestinians was launched on Wednesday at a medical station of Israeli Red Cross affiliate Magen David Adom in Qalandiya village, near the main checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank. | "Palestinians can come and be vaccinated, including those who have Palestinian Authority identity cards and work permits," a Magen David Adom spokesperson said. "This initiative r…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Toyota earned $13.4 billion from April to December, 14.1% drop. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Japanese car group Toyota Motor said Wednesday it recorded a 1.47 trillion yen ($13.4 billion) net profit from April to December 2020, 14.1 percent less than the previous year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese firm saw profit fall by 26.1 percent to 1.51 trillion yen in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Iran marks 42nd anniversary of Islamic Revolution in cars, motorcycles. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Tens of thousands of Iranians on Wednesday commemorated the anniversary of the country's 1979 revolution in parades of cars and motorcycles, instead of the usual large-scale rallies organized by the government, due to the coronavirus pandemic. From their vehicles, people held up photos of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, who led …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). S Korea approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, including for elderly. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- South Korea approved Wednesday the use of a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in adults, including those over 65. It, however, said there was a lack of data on the efficacy of the vaccine in the elderly. South Korea set up a committee to carry out a fast …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). WHO backs AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organisation on Wednesday said a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University was safe for people over 65 years old, despite some countries like Germany and Austria advising against. It is the second approval from the WHO for a vaccine against Covid-19, after the organisation in December …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Chicago teachers accept to return to in-person learning. yenisafak.com Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in the US state of Illinois has backed a tentative deal to return to in-person learning amid coronavirus pandemic, the union said in a statement Wednesday.The decision was taken by 13,681 members voting in favor, and came after weeks of negotiations between the CTU and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. 6,585 members voted against the deal.Although the sides agreed on returning to classrooms, the union voiced concern about the safety of schools."This plan is not what any of us deserve. Not us. Not our students. Not their families. The fact that CPS could not delay reopening a few sh…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). COVID-19: Expert asks US not to rely much on intel. yenisafak.com A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of coronavirus has asked the US not to rely "too much" on information from intelligence agencies."Please don't rely too much on US intel: increasingly disengaged under [Donald] Trump frankly wrong on many aspects… but don't forget it's "TRUST" then "VERIFY"!" Peter Daszak tweeted on Wednesday.He was reacting to the news story, the US will not accept the global health body's findings out of Wuhan without independently verifying.The disease, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has killed more than 2.3 mi…

_____ (2021-02-10). COVID-19 And Democrats' Indifference Killed My Husband In Jail. popularresistance.org In February 2020, my husband, Nickolas Lee, was incarcerated in Cook County Jail in Chicago. The judge didn't offer him bail. So even though he was presumed innocent, he had to await his trial in jail. When the coronavirus seeped into the facility, he was sleeping in a dormitory with 50 other men, including those with active COVID-19 symptoms. Nick and the other men had no ability to social distance. Although the sheriff's office claimed to be "clearly leaders in the Country on dealing with the pandemic [sic]," Nick was denied even basic sanitary products, like sanitizer or a mask. He had to use his shirt to cove…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). EU chief acknowledges errors in vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Provides new angle, adds detail, alters headline, lede). Brussels, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in the EU's vaccine rollout. "We were late with the approval. We were too optimistic on mass production and perhaps too confident that what we ordered would …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). BioNTech begins Covid-19 vaccine production in German plant. laprensalatina.com Frankfurt, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- German biotech firm BioNTech has started manufacturing its Covid-19 vaccine at its new plant in Marburg, central Germany, which it bought from Swiss company Novartis last year. BioNTech said in a statement Wednesday that the vaccine manufacturing process started with the production of mRNA, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). South Africa to reboot vaccination plan with Johnson & Johnson. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- South Africa will restart its halted Covid-19 vaccination program with doses from Johnson & Johnson, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday, after the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was found to be less effective against a new variant currently prevalent in the country. "We will soon announce more details about the delivery …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). EU chief 'regrets' bid to check vaccine exports on Irish-UK border. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said the EU made mistakes in its hasty effort to control vaccine exports amid a spat with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca late last month. The EU triggered an emergency article that would have forced controls at the sensitive border between …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). BioNTech begins COVID vaccine production at new plant. yenisafak.com BioNTech announced Wednesday that it has started vaccine production at its new manufacturing site in the German city of Marburg."We started the manufacturing process at the Marburg facility with the execution of the first step: the production of mRNA, which is the active pharmaceutical ingredient of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine," the German pharma company said in a statement.Once fully operational, the new production site will become one of the largest mRNA manufacturing plants in Europe with an annual production capacity of up to 750 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.BioNTech, which together with the Ame…

_____ (2021-02-10). EU Vaccine Chaos: Go Now, Ursula. Just Go Now. strategic-culture.org The European Commission president has to be a failed politician who will be dazzled by the bodyguards, motorcades and photo ops with world leaders, but not really take the lead from the front. | When Ursula von der Leyen became European Commission president in December 2019, many journalists responded with vitriol over how such a German political lightweight could take the top job in Brussels. She literally had no success stories in Germany in previous ministerial positions and many Germans when hearing of her appointment reacted with "Ursula who?". | And yet, with the exception of Jacques Delors, European Commis…

RT (2021-02-10). Biden sets low bar on school reopenings, targets resuming in-person teaching at half of schools 'ONE DAY A WEEK' by late April. rt.com In a likely blow to parents' expectations, the Biden administration has said its pledge to reopen most K-8 schools within its first 100 days means "at least one day a week" of in-person classes for over 50 percent of schools. | "His goal that he set was to have the majority of schools — so more than 50 percent, open by day 100 of his presidency, and that means some teaching in classrooms," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday. "So, at least one day a week, hopefully it's more, and obviously it is as much as is safe in each school and local district." | White House: Our goal is t…

RT (2021-02-10). Biden's budget nominee Neera Tanden grilled over calling Bernie Sanders 'everything but an ignorant SLUT' at contentious hearing. rt.com Neera Tanden, Joe Biden's nominee for budget director, was pressed over her history of insulting tweets and corporate coziness. However, neither party took her to task for suggesting that Libya pay for its own bombing. | Tanden sat before the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday for her second confirmation hearing, after Tuesday's session with the Homeland Security Committee. This time, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) held the gavel, and questioned Tanden on her history of derogatory statements about him and his progressive supporters. | "Your attacks were not just made against Republicans," Sanders told Tande…

South Front (2021-02-10). Video: Trump's Maximum Pressure Campaign Lives on Under Biden's Command. 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 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps received 340 new speedboats during a …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Biden administration peers at the Eastern Mediterranean: analysis. yenisafak.com Dean Acheson prefaced his collection of political essays, A Democrat Looks at His Party, with a quote from the esteemed US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.: "And it seems to me that at this time we need education in the obvious more than investigation of the obscure." Holmes's quote provided an effective summary of what Acheson, writing only two years after the end of his tenure as US Secretary of State, explained in the rest of the text.While serving as the secretary of state, Acheson carried out one of the boldest and most visionary foreign policy initiatives of an era dominated by bold and visio…

Staff (2021-02-10). Ignoring First Amendment Pleas, Biden's DOJ Will Seek Extradition of Assange. truthout.org The Department of Justice (DOJ) under former President Donald Trump had aggressively pursued the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — and it appears, now that President Joe Biden has taken office, that policy won't be changing anytime soon. |

_____ (2021-02-10). The Diplomacy of No Diplomacy. strategic-culture.org By Patrick LAWRENCE | A return to diplomacy: Let us hold this thought up to the light. Among all the promises President Joe Biden is going to break over the next four years, this will prove the most fraudulent and, in the larger scheme of things, the most consequential of his breaches. | As of last week, it is the crisis over the agreement governing Iran's nuclear programs that stands to demonstrate the truth of this judgment. On Sunday Tehran appeared to put the Biden administration on notice that it has two weeks to get serious about reentering diplomatic negotiations, after which time the shutter will come dow…

_____ (2021-02-10). Assange Prosecution, Launched By Trump Justice Department, Will Continue Under Biden. popularresistance.org The Justice Department under President Joe Biden plans to continue the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that was launched under President Donald Trump. | "We continue to seek his extradition," Justice Department spokesperson Marc Raimondi told Reuters, days before February 12, the deadline for the United States government to submit its "grounds for appeal." | The statement represents a departure from President Barack Obama's administration, which declined to prosecute Assange. Justice Department officials were reportedly concerned about the threat it would pose to press freedom. | On January 4, Briti…

_____ (2021-02-10). GAO Report Shows Biden Should Scrap Trump's Economic Sanctions On Venezuela. popularresistance.org Washington, DC ‚Äï A new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that US economic sanctions on Venezuela are harming the Venezuelan economy, especially by depressing oil production and exports, and that they are also hindering US-backed humanitarian assistance to the country. The report, which looks at the impact of US sanctions on Venezuela's economic crisis, was requested by former chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-NY) and committee member Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI). | "This report from the GAO offers more evidence that these unilateral, illeg…

MEE staff (2021-02-10). Biden supports repatriating foreign nationals from Syria, says US diplomat. middleeasteye.net Biden supports repatriating foreign nationals from Syria, says US diplomat | Several European countries refuse to repatriate adults from Syria, saying they should be tried where they are accused of committing crimes | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 19: 29 | Tens of thousands of women and children have been detained in camps run by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces militia in northeast Syria (AFP) | The Biden administrat…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-10). Federal workers warmly welcome Biden revocation of Trump dictates. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Collin Binkley (2021-02-10). Dems try to push through school funding, wage increase. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday muscled past Republicans on portions of President Joe Biden's pandemic plan, including a proposed $130 billion in additional relief to help the nation's schools reopen and a gradual increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee say schools won't …

Paul Street (2021-02-10). On Trump's Next Absurd Acquittal. counterpunch.org "Fight Like Hell to Take Back Our Country" On Wednesday, January 6th of this year, with 14 days left in his fascist presidency, after months of trying to subvert the 2020 presidential election, a rabid Donald Trump sent thousands of his frothing minions to the U.S. Capitol to stop the certification of Joe Biden's Electoral

WSWS (2021-02-10). Biden administration will continue with extradition of Julian Assange. wsws.org President Biden's Department of Justice stated on Tuesday that it will continue with the Trump administration policy of seeking the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the UK to the US.

Kevin Martin (2021-02-10). Trump's trial and war powers. peaceaction.org Trump's Conviction, and Our Convictions of Democracy By Kevin Martin I don't know about you, by my Trump-induced Attention Deficit Disorder is dissipating, and wow does it feel good! As our country faces multiple crises and an overstuffed to-do list for the Biden Administration and new Congress, reasonable people might disagree on the necessity of …

subMedia (2021-02-10). System Fail #6: Eagle Stew [MATURE]. dissidentvoice.org CW: Graphic violence, police brutality, death In this episode we take a look back at the January 6th debacle in DC, when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building. We also talk with anarchist organizer and revolutionary emcee, Sima Lee. Check out Sima Lee's podcast, the Marooncast, which she co-hosts with KLC: buzzsprout.com/1414102 And check …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Pakistani court commutes death sentences of 2 mentally ill inmates. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday commuted the death sentences of two mentally ill people who have spent decades on death row. The convicts, Imdad Ali and Kanizan Bibi are diagnosed as schizophrenic and sentenced to death in separate murder cases. "We hold that if a condemned prisoner, due to …

Ralph Underhill (2021-02-10). Trump's top for impeachability. thecanary.co Image description | A "Top Trump" style card is illustrated with the words "Donald J Trump" down the side and "Former reality TV host & president" at the bottom. There is an image of Donald Trump on the card and next to that an image of a blue bird puking green vomit and the words "toxic media rating" followed by five radioactive waste symbols. Beneath that, the following characteristics and ratings are written: | Shouting about election fraud — 99 | Finding evidence of election fraud — 0 | Inciting domestic terrorism — 99 | Impeachability — 99 | Next to the card is a game's box with an ill…

news.un (2021-02-10). Libya: Security Council urges interim leadership to prepare for December polls. news.un.org The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on the new interim leadership of Libya to swiftly form an inclusive Government and make necessary preparations for December's presidential and parliamentary elections.

RT (2021-02-10). Criminal probe into 'attempts to influence' 2020 US election in Georgia targets Trump, media claims. rt.com A criminal probe into the 2020 US presidential election, launched by the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, will look at former President Trump asking the secretary of state to "find" votes, according to media reports. | Fulton County DA Fani Willis confirmed the existence of the investigation on Wednesday and said she had sent letters to Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the lieutenant governor, and the attorney general, asking that all records related to the administration of the election should be preserved. | "This investigation includes, but is not limited to, potential…

Staff (2021-02-10). Trump Incited Real Harm on January 6. His Impeachment Trial Must Reflect This. truthout.org Donald Trump has been impeached (again) for his incitement of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. In his Senate trial, his lawyers will likely argue that his speech to the mob that day was just a regular political speech that maybe contained a little "hyperbole." Don't fall for it. | In the closing days of the 2020 election campaign,

Yaku Pérez (2021-02-10). 'Barbarism or solidarity' at stake at Ecuador elections. zcomm.org Yaku Pérez, the leader of indigenous party Pachakutik, is running on a green platform — but can he reach outside of his traditional base?

Staff (2021-02-10). Only One GOP Senator Changed His Mind About Trump's Trial After Haunting Video. truthout.org Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial began on Tuesday, and only six Republican senators voted that the trial was constitutional, after what many, including Trump himself, are saying was a bad show by his defense. | Two weeks ago, the Senate voted on a similar idea: A proposal by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to declare the impeachment trial for Trump unconstitutional was brought to a vote to decide whether the proposal should be brought to the floor for discussion. Only fiv…

The Canary (2021-02-10). Boris Johnson warned he risks leaving children 'languishing in poverty'. thecanary.co Ian Blackford MP urged the prime minister to tackle child poverty by making the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit during the Covid-19 pandemic permanent. The Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader told Boris Johnson he risks leaving "a generation of children languishing in poverty" if he proceeds with plans to cut Universal Credit. | Raising the issue at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs), Blackford said that Johnson has the powers to address poverty in the country. | "Truly shocking": | He told the Commons: New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the baby bank charity, Littl…

news.un (2021-02-10). 'Women and girls belong in science' declares UN chief. news.un.org Closed labs and increased care responsibilities are just a two of the challenges women in scientific fields are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said in his message for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on Thursday.

news.un (2021-02-10). COVID sparks resurgence of ISIL terrorists, threatening international peace and security, Security Council hears. news.un.org The threat to international peace and security posed by ISIL terrorist fighters is "on the rise again", the UN counter-terrorism chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

RT (2021-02-10). 'Even prisoners get to exercise!' UC Berkeley bans solo outdoor exercise for dorm-bound students. rt.com Students at the University of California, Berkeley are banned from outdoor exercising as the campus extends its lockdown due to a reported spike in Covid-19 cases. Initially set to finish on Monday, it no longer has an end date. | University media revealed on Monday that students living on the Berkeley campus can no longer leave their dorms to exercise, explaining that the baffling new regulation is an expansion of a so-called "self-sequester mandate" imposed last month after an uptick in Covid-19 cases on campus. | Obesity is probably the best-known comorbidity for Covid-19 complications, and even the harsh q…

RT (2021-02-10). Bodyless, UPSIDE-DOWN head of US congressman appears before House committee in latest Zoom snafu (VIDEO). rt.com US Representative Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota) inadvertently appeared with his head upside down and his body missing as he participated virtually in a House committee meeting, providing the polarized Congress a rare moment of levity. | As Emmer began to speak passionately of the need to help small business owners during the Covid-19 pandemic, his colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee couldn't help but be distracted by his floating, upside-down head. | "I'm sorry, Mr. Emmer," Chairwoman Maxine Waters (R-California) interjected. "Are you OK?" Committee members began to laugh as Emmer assured the mem…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). UK Muslims ask UN to halt Sri Lanka's forced cremations. yenisafak.com The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) submitted a complaint to the UN on Tuesday over the forced cremations of Muslims in Sri Lanka who died of COVID-19.The MCB in partnership with UK-based law firm Bindmans submitted the complaint to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on behalf of their families. "No other state has carried out such unjust and discriminatory measures. We very much hope that the Sri Lankan government will change its policy in line with the World Health Organization's advice," Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the MCB, said in a statement, describing the government's policy as "unprecedented."Tay…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Bulgarian Orthodox believers offer 'miraculous' honey against Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Sofia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Thousands of jars of honey have been "sanctified" this Wednesday in a traditional Orthodox liturgy that has been celebrated for years and which is believed, without any scientific evidence, works as a cure against all diseases, Covid-19 included. This tradition was created 15 years ago in a church located in the …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Iran celebrates 1979 revolution amid virus restrictions. yenisafak.com Iran marked the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 revolution this year in a remarkably subdued way owing to countrywide COVID-19 restrictions. | Instead of massive annual processions associated with Bahman 22, when the rule of Iran's Pahlavi dynasty ended in 1979, this year's celebrations are limited to car and motorcycle rallies in Tehran and other major cities. | On Wednesday morning, a large number of motorcycles and cars marched on the iconic Azaadi Street in Tehran, with revelers waving the country's flag and chanting patriotic slogans. | The similar two-wheeler and four-wheeler marches were carried out in other…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). 'Turkey supports unity, prosperity, security of Gulf'. yenisafak.com Turkey's foreign minister reiterated on Wednesday that Ankara supports the unity, prosperity and security of the Gulf region."[…]We are ready to work closely with Oman and all other Gulf countries on issues regarding our region," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his Omani counterpart, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood al-Busaidi, in Muscat.Saying that the two countries will further improve political, economic and commercial relations despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Cavusoglu hailed Oman's neutral and independent foreign policy. "Oman is a voice of reason and wisdom in the region.""Turkey is the…

Rayhan Uddin (2021-02-10). Al-Ahly players removed from squad after shaking hands with exiled star Aboutrika. middleeasteye.net Al-Ahly players removed from squad after shaking hands with exiled star Aboutrika | Mahmoud Kahraba and Hussein el-Shahat to miss Club World Cup match for breaching Covid-19 regulations by greeting former star | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 13: 52 | Exiled Egyptian football star Mohamed Aboutrika attends a match between former team Al Ahly and Bayern Munich in the Qatari city of Al-Rayyan (Reuters) | Two Al Ahly…

John Nichols (2021-02-10). Jamie Raskin's Passionate Prosecution Is Convicting Trump in the Eyes of History. thenation.com Jamie Raskin's Passionate Prosecution Is Convicting Trump in the Eyes of History…

RT (2021-02-10). 'When you're removed, you're removed': Twitter chief says Trump ban is PERMANENT even if he's re-elected. rt.com Former President Donald Trump will never be allowed back on Twitter, even if he runs for office again in 2024 and wins, company Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal told CNBC. | "The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform," Segal told CNBC on Wednesday, adding that bans are permanent "whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO, or you are a former or current public official." | $TWTR CFO @nedsegal on if President Trump's account could be restored. pic.twitter…

Staff (2021-02-10). "Four Hundred Souls": Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha Blain on African American History from 1619 to Today. democracynow.org As the U.S. deals with the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, we speak with Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain, co-editors of a new book that situates the white supremacists who rallied around Trump in the longer arc of U.S. history. "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019" brings together prominent Black writers to collaborate on what they call a "choral history" of Black American life in 80 short essays, including by the renowned scholar and activist Angela Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and others. "We wanted to bring together so man…

Staff (2021-02-10). "Four Hundred Souls": Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha Blain on History of African America from 1619 to Now. democracynow.org As the U.S. deals with the aftermath of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, we speak with Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain, co-editors of a new book that situates the white supremacists who rallied around Trump in the longer arc of U.S. history. "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019" brings together prominent Black writers to collaborate on what they call a "choral history" of Black American life in 80 short essays, including by the renowned scholar and activist Angela Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and others. "We wanted to bring together so man…

Staff (2021-02-10). Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha Blain on Impeachment, White Supremacist Violence & Holding Trump Accountable. democracynow.org As the impeachment trial of Donald Trump proceeds, we speak with two historians about the importance of accountability for the January 6 insurrection and white supremacist attacks in the United States. The scenes of violence at the U.S. Capitol were "familiar" to Black people, says Ibram X. Kendi, author, professor and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. "We have consistently, over the course of 400 years, faced white supremacist mob violence." We also speak with Keisha Blain, an author and associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, who says Trump must b…

Staff (2021-02-10). Impeachment Won't Stop Threat Trump's Allies Pose to Global Reproductive Rights. truthout.org As Donald Trump faces his second impeachment trial this week,

Staff (2021-02-10). Trump Is Furious With His Lawyers' Performance on Day One of Impeachment Trial. truthout.org Former President Donald Trump is reportedly angry with how his lawyers, on day one of his second impeachment trial, have attempted to defend him in their opening statements, at one point resorting to screaming in order to vent his frustrations, multiple reports have said. | Without a Twitter or Facebook account to express his feelings on the impeachment trial in a more direct manner, the public is largely unaware of what Trump's thoughts are about the first day of the Senate's impeachment pr…

Staff (2021-02-10). Trump Must Be Held Accountable for Inciting the Capitol Insurrection. truthout.org As the impeachment trial of Donald Trump proceeds, we speak with two historians about the importance of accountability for the January 6 insurrection and white supremacist attacks in the United States. The scenes of violence at the U.S. Capitol were "familiar" to Black people, says Ibram X. Kendi, author, professor and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. "We have consistently, over the course of 400 years, faced white supremacist mob violence." We also speak with K…

Jeet Heer (2021-02-10). Trump's Lawyers Mocked Democracy and Reasoned Debate. thenation.com Trump's Lawyers Mocked Democracy and Reasoned Debate…

John W. Whitehead (2021-02-10). Don't Impeach Trump. Impeach the Deep State for Its Conspiracy to Kill the Constitution. 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). | *** | "All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which …

John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead (2021-02-10). Don't Impeach Trump: Impeach the Deep State for Its Conspiracy to Kill the Constitution. dissidentvoice.org All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty …

Never Forgive, Never Forget (2021-02-10). Day 1 of Impeachment Trial of Nazi Trump. indybay.org Day 1, 2/9/21, of the Impeachment Trial of Nazi Trump is preoccupied with the constitutionality of impeachment of a former president. At the beginning of the prosecution's support of the fact that this impeachment trial is constitutional was a 13 minute very moving video the world can see at www.c-span.org/video/?c4944572/house-imp…

Hope Yen, Calvin Woodward (2021-02-10). AP fact check: Trump's lawyers and the constitution. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump stretched beyond the facts Tuesday when they argued there's an open-and-shut case that the Constitution bars impeaching former presidents. That question is not settled, though the weight of legal views contradicts the Trump team's assertions. Bruce Castor and David Schoen addressed the Senate on the first day of Trump's …

WSWS (2021-02-10). Impeachment video reveals scale and intensity of Trump-incited assault on Capitol. wsws.org The video that opened the impeachment trial leaves no doubt that what occurred on January 6 was a coup d'état whose aim was the establishment of a presidential dictatorship.

Prof. Ociel Alí López (2021-02-10). Crisis & Critique: A Trumpist Hangover Prevails in Venezuela. 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). | *** | Elliot Abrams has gone missing in the last few days. He …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-10). Lawmakers use video to make the case for convicting Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Using horrifying video of the Jan. 6 Trumpite invasion of the U.S. Capitol, with the mayhem inside and extensive excerpts of Donald Trump's speech that day egging them on, impeachment managers from the U.S. House mustered a strong case that senators should put Trump on trial and convict him of violating the U.S. Constitution and …

news.un (2021-02-10). UN highlights importance of pulses for diets and food security, marking World Day. news.un.org The United Nations is marking World Pulses Day on Wednesday, highlighting their importance not only as a vital source of nutrition but also for improving soil fertility and warding off crop pests.

news.un (2021-02-10). UN highlights importance of pulses for diets and food security. news.un.org The United Nations is marking World Pulses Day on Wednesday, highlighting their importance not only as a vital source of nutrition, but also for improving soil fertility and warding off crop pests.

RT (2021-02-10). Director of Marvel's 'Avengers' and DC's 'Justice League' under fire over 'toxic work environments', alleged misogyny & racism. rt.com A second actor has come forward accusing blockbuster filmmaker Joss Whedon of ill-treating his actors on set. Charisma Carpenter, who worked with Whedon in the 1990s, has voiced her support for Justice League's Ray Fisher. | Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on the hit TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, posted a lengthy Twitter denunciation on Wednesday, describing how Whedon "abused his power on numerous occasions" during the time she worked with him – fat-shaming her while she was pregnant, mocking her religious beliefs, playing actors off against one another, and even triggering a "chronic phys…

RT (2021-02-10). Even a child-murdering clown wears a mask! Hollywood supercut shows famous characters with masks on to endorse face coverings. rt.com The US Centers for Disease Control have reached out to movie-lovers with a montage of classic Hollywood scenes, masking up both heroes and villains. About as subtle as a sledgehammer, the message didn't land quite right. | The public service announcement, sponsored by Warner Media and the Ad Council, took iconic moments from popular films like 'The Matrix', 'Casablanca', and 'Lord of the Rings' and slapped masks on the characters. Notably, the list included both heroes and villains, including Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a child-murdering monster from the film adaptation of Stephen King's 'It'. | Heroes wear m…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). 8 Islamists sentenced to death for Bangladeshi secular publisher's murder. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- A Bangladesh court on Wednesday awarded death sentence to eight members of a banned Al Qaeda-linked Islamist outfit for the 2015 killing of a publisher who worked with atheist writers and published secular books. Judge Mojibur Rahman of the Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal fined each convict 50,000 takas (approximately $600) for the …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Turkish charity supports children's education in Syria. yenisafak.com The Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) has provided education opportunities to nearly 8,000 children in Syria.Ihsan Acik, the second chairman of the board of trustees of the TDV, said that the charity has developed projects for the child victims of Syria's bloody civil war to continue their education."We provide opportunities for education to nearly 8,000 students with a total of 12 educational projects, including a kindergarten, eight elementary schools, two high schools and a university computer laboratory in Idlib and Azaz regions in Syria," Acik stated.Noting that TDV also distributes stationery and books perio…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Turkish co-production advances to Oscar shortlist. yenisafak.com A Turkish co-production is on the shortlist for the Best International Film at the 2021 Academy Awards, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) announced Wednesday.The film Quo Vadis, Aida? (Where are you going, Aida?), directed by Jasmila Zbanic, takes place in a UN base in the city of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the days of the genocide when thousands of Bosnians, including women and children, were killed by Serb forces.In the film, Bosnian-born Zbanic uses strong cinematic language to follow the impact of the Bosnian War on its victims and witnesses, especially women and children.In 2…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-10). UN urged to question Bangladesh over Israeli tech bought for peacekeeping. middleeasteye.net UN urged to question Bangladesh over Israeli tech bought for peacekeeping | The UN has denied claims that it required Bangladesh to buy Israeli surveillance equipment for its peacekeeping operations
| Wed, 02/10/2021 – 14: 37 | Bangladesh is the largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping missions in the world (AFP) | Several rights groups have called on the United Nations to quest…

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2021-02-10). The witch hunt has come for Ken Loach. They'll have to come through us first. thecanary.co First, the media and political opportunists tried to convince us life-long anti-racist Jeremy Corbyn was Hitler-in-waiting. Now, life-long anti-racist Ken Loach is being attacked by the same witch hunt. But after several years of the fraudulent weaponisation of antisemitism to achieve political objectives, the left is done. You come for one of us, you come for all of us. And that includes Ken. | The anatomy of the witch hunt: | The witch hunt has a standard play after it picks a target. First, a person's social media and public history is combed. Then a fabricated 'controversy' is constructed. This is amp…

Steve Topple (2021-02-10). A staggering fact in the Universal Credit chaos just emerged. thecanary.co New Bu…

Kenneth Surin (2021-02-10). Brexit, One Month After. counterpunch.org "This [Brexit] is an amazing moment for this country." —Boris Johnson (New Year's Day, 2021) "Only a quarter of Brits believe Brexit has 'gone well' so far" — YouGov poll The UK's official departure from the EU took place on January 1, 2021. The Brexit roll-out, not unexpectedly, has been awash with problems. The government

RT (2021-02-10). 'Oath Keeper' accused of leading Capitol rioters is a former FBI section chief who had top-secret security clearance, lawyer says. rt.com Retired Navy officer Kenneth Caldwell, who is accused of leading Oath Keepers militia members in last month's US Capitol riot, formerly held a top-secret security clearance as an FBI section chief and consultant, his lawyer said. | "He has been vetted and found numerous times as a person worthy of trust and confidence of the United States government, as indicated by granting him top-secret clearance," lawyer Thomas Plofchan said Monday in a court filing. | The 66-year-old Caldwell worked as an FBI section chief from 2009 to 2010, after retiring from the Navy as a lieutenant commander, and did classified consul…

RT (2021-02-10). 'You say the wrong thing, you lose your position': Guardian columnist reveals he was fired over tweets criticizing Israel. rt.com Columnist Nathan J. Robinson has revealed that the Guardian fired him over a sarcastic tweet about US aid to Israel, even though he deleted it and agreed to never bring up the issue in hopes of keeping the job. | "The moment I irritated defenders of Israel on social media, I was summarily fired from my job as a newspaper columnist," Robinson wrote on Wednesday in His columns had appeared in the Guardian since 2017, and Robinson says he had only…

RT (2021-02-10). Activist claims LA cops playing copyrighted music to keep videos of interactions with the public off social media. rt.com Police in Beverly Hills have been accused of playing copyrighted music while speaking to a local activist, in an apparent bid to trigger a content-blocking feature and keep videos of the encounters off social media. | Sennett Devermont is an entrepreneur whose 'Mr. Checkpoint' app tips users off to the location of police checkpoints on the road and allows them to rate their encounters with individual police officers. He's also a thorn in the side of the Beverly Hills Police Department, and regularly livestreams videos of himself verbally challenging officers on the street and at protests. | Also on rt.com

RT (2021-02-10). 'Nobody will call it that': Netizens puzzled after 'racist' 'Aunt Jemima' syrup & pancakes rebranded as 'Pearl Milling Company'. rt.com The Aunt Jemima brand is no more, with PepsiCo restyling the decades-old trade name to the 'Pearl Milling Company' in a bid to cut racial stereotypes from its products — a move netizens panned as a hollow gesture of 'wokeness.' | The behemoth food and beverage corporation, and its subsidiary Quaker Oats, declared on Tuesday that the Aunt Jemima pancake and syrup line would soon be retired for good, set to be replaced by the new branding in June. | "Throughout the effort that led to the new Pearl Milling Company name, Quaker worked with consumers, employees, external cultural and subject-matter experts, a…

RT (2021-02-10). Choose your own algorithm? Twitter's Dorsey wants to create decentralized platform giving users total control over what they see. rt.com Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has teased an ultra-customizable new platform allowing users to build the ultimate echo chamber by picking out the "ranking algorithms" that shape their feed — as Twitter's own usefulness diminishes. | Dorsey fleshed out ideas for a long-promised decentralized social network tentatively dubbed Bluesky in a phone call with investors on Tuesday, The Verge reported. He suggested that giving people the option to select ranking algorithms themselves would attract (and keep) users much better than leaving the choices up to a single company (i.e. Twitter) with heavy-handed moderating…

RT (2021-02-10). Atlanta's landmark Krispy Kreme doughnut shop goes up in flames as firefighters battle blaze (VIDEOS). rt.com A historic doughnut joint in Atlanta, Georgia has caught fire, causing pastry lovers to mourn. Videos posted to social media show firefighters scrambling to extinguish the inferno. | The massive fire broke out at the Krispy Kreme doughnut store on Ponce de Leon Avenue in the early hours of Wednesday morning, local media reported. | Footage shows the building engulfed in flames with fire trucks and emergency vehicles parked nearby. | The Krispy Kreme Restaurant on Ponce De Leon Avenue is on fire. Crews from Atlanta…

MEE staff (2021-02-10). Saudi Arabia 'suspended ministry website following criticism of hateful speech'. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia 'suspended ministry website following criticism of hateful speech' | Washington-based think tank says Riyadh has taken steps to remove anti-western and antisemitic content by its own officials and platforms in response to recent revelations | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 13: 24 | The Saudi Crown Prince has promoted himself as a reformist, but the rhetoric found on his government's platforms and by his appoin…

Ian Cobain (2021-02-10). Aid charity facing scrutiny over payments to armed opposition group. middleeasteye.net Aid charity facing scrutiny over payments to armed opposition group | Relief International, which operates in countries across the Middle East, suspended from receiving funding by USAID | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 08: 53 | A Syrian girl looks into a room at a school run by Relief International in Al Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, near the border with Syria, in 2017 (Reuters) | A global aid charity that works exten…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Unions begin to make inroads in Silicon Valley. laprensalatina.com By Marc Arcas San Francisco, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Absent for decades from a Silicon Valley tremendously hostile to organized labor, unions are starting to win adherents in the US tech sector with a particular mixture of traditional demands and political activism. This week, employees at an Amazon distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama, are voting by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Afghanistan announced death of 22 terrorists, including 10 foreigners. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The Afghan government announced on Wednesday the death of 22 terrorists, including 10 foreigners, in an operation by the security forces against a Taliban shelter from which suicide attacks were organized in southern Afghanistan. The special operation took place on Tuesday in Deh-Yak, one of the safest districts in Ghazni province, …

WSWS (2021-02-10). UK Labour Party wades deeper into the nationalist sewer. wsws.org Elected Labour leader in September 2015 on a massive wave of popular demand for socialism, Corbyn's five years in office ended with Labour led by witch-hunters and flag-waving anti-communists.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-10). Iran condemns Kabul blasts. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry has condemned blasts that hit the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, claiming at least three lives.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-10). 22 Bahman rallies in provinces (3). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Below are photos of today's rallies in Bandar Abbas, Bojnourd, and Isfahan on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-10). Macron's idea sign of his inability to think strategically. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA)—"The idea to include Saudi Arabia must be seen within that context, i.e. the inability of Macron to think strategically and in more analytical detail about national and international relations", says Prof. Adib Moghaddam.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). EU parl. official says Iran has not violated nuclear deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Cornelia Ernst, the Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iran has stressed the need to resume talks with Tehran.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Revolution occurred for independence, dignity: FM spokesman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has said that the 1979 Islamic Revolution was the result of a relentless national endeavor for independence and dignity.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Which feature of Iran revolution causes concern for West? en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — It is the Islamic, ideological, and transnational aspect of the Iranian revolution that has concerned the Western powers.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Iranian inmates in Iraq to be handed over to Tehran: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Chairman of Iran's Prisons Organization says the Iranian prisoners held in Iraq will be pardoned or will be handed over to Iran to spend their remaining jail term in their own country's prisons.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). Spox rejects report on Flight PS752 as politically motivated. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has dismissed a report by Canadian CBC on Flight PS752 case as politically motivated.

Tom Anderson (2021-02-10). Palestinians accuse JCB of complicity, as Israeli army demolishes homes for the third time in one week. thecanary.co On Monday 8 February, heavily armed Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian Bedouin village of Humsa, and forced people to leave their homes. | They The Canary has also been shown photographs showing that JCB equipment was used to destroy houses in the nearby village of Yarza on the same day. The use of JCB's equipment has led to Palestinians accusing JCB of complicity in the dem…

Emma Guy (2021-02-10). Experts begin tests to determine whether the UK will need to be re-vaccinated. thecanary.co As part of our #FactOfTheMatter series, The Canary explores whether On 6 January, an emerging strain was found from Brazil, making it the latest variant to be reported after South Africa, the UK and…

Pip Hinman (2021-02-10). Communities organise to stop Berejeklian's destruction of public housing. greenleft.org.au The New South Wales government's plan for "social housing" is all about to helping out its developer mates and pushing poorer communities out of inner city spaces. Paul Gregoire investigates.

Pip Hinman (2021-02-10). Keep protesting, pleads freed refugee. greenleft.org.au Released refugees are pleading with supporters to keep up the pressure on government until all refugees are released from on-shore and off-shore detention. Chris Slee reports.

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Djokovic, Serena, Halep into Aussie Open 3rd round, Kvitova, Andreescu out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic had to suffer to defeat American Frances Tiafoe under the Wednesday heat at the Australian Open, as Austria's Dominic Thiem offered a tennis masterclass to beat Germany's Dominik Koepfer. The Serbian beat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7 -6 (2), 6-3 to reach the third round …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Djokovic, Thiem, Serena into Aussie Open 3rd round, Kvitova, Andreescu out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic suffered to defeat American Frances Tiafoe under the Wednesday heat at the Australian Open, as Austria's Dominic Thiem offered a tennis masterclass to beat Germany's Dominik Koepfer The Serbian beat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7 -6 (2), 6-3 to reach the third round of the …

news.un (2021-02-10). East Asian countries led economic recovery in last quarter of 2020, says UN report. news.un.org Without the resilience of the economies of East Asia and the Pacific, there would have been no global trade recovery at the end of last year, UN analysts said on Wednesday.

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-11). Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel's Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test. globalresearch.ca First posted by Global Research on December 11, 2020 | The widely-praised German model of the Angela Merkel regime to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic is now engulfed in a series of potentially devastating scandals going to the very heart of …

Torsten Engelbrecht (2021-02-11). COVID-19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

Global Research News (2021-02-11). Towards A Police State in Germany? Live Video of Police Raid into Home of Dr. Andreas Noak. globalresearch.ca First published on GR on November 24, 2021 | This is what is happening in Germany. It is a matter of concern to people Worldwide. Freedom of Expression is being brutally suppressed. | . | Police break into the home of Dr. Andreas …

Eli Morey (2021-02-11). Attacks on tenants' rights intensify in Indianapolis, activists resist. liberationnews.org Dozens of activists convened on the steps of the Indiana State Capitol building at 9 am on Feb. 8, bearing freezing temperatures to protest the Indiana General Assembly's attacks on the limited rights that tenants have in Indiana. The protest, called for by Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis and supported by the Indianapolis branch of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Archbishop blesses immigration sculpture in Miami. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Miami Archbishop Thomas Wensky on Wednesday blessed the "Angels Unawares" sculpture dedicated to immigration, which will remain in a city park until April 8 to inspire compassion and awareness about the needs of migrants and refugees. The story of humanity is the story of immigration and also of this city, said …

John C. A. Manley (2021-02-11). Twenty Reasons Mandatory Face Masks are Unsafe, Ineffective and Immoral. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on January 23, 2021 | Nine Potential and Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself: | 1. Cavities: New York dentists are reporting that half their patients are suffering decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath from …

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First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …
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Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel's Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-11
First posted by Global Research on December 11, 2020 | The widely-praised German model of the Angela Merkel regime to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic is now engulfed in a series of potentially devastating scandals going to the very heart of …
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Towards A Police State in Germany? Live Video of Police Raid into Home of Dr. Andreas Noak
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-11
First published on GR on November 24, 2021 | This is what is happening in Germany. It is a matter of concern to people Worldwide. Freedom of Expression is being brutally suppressed. | . | Police break into the home of Dr. Andreas …
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Archbishop blesses immigration sculpture in Miami
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-11
Miami, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Miami Archbishop Thomas Wensky on Wednesday blessed the "Angels Unawares" sculpture dedicated to immigration, which will remain in a city park until April 8 to inspire compassion and awareness about the needs of migrants and refugees. The story of humanity is the story of immigration and also of this city, said …
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Twenty Reasons Mandatory Face Masks are Unsafe, Ineffective and Immoral
John C. A. Manley | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-11
First published by Global Research on January 23, 2021 | Nine Potential and Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself: | 1. Cavities: New York dentists are reporting that half their patients are suffering decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath from …
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Sergio Garcia: New Yorker cover is a mythic model
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-11
By Jorge Fuentelsaz New York, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- "The cover of the New Yorker is a mythic model to which we all aspire someday, or rather we all dream of being able to publish" on it, Spanish illustrator Sergio Garcia — who is now fulfilling that dream — told EFE in an interview. Readers of …
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First plane to fly from Europe to LatAm still gleams 95 years on
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-11
By Rodrigo Garcia Melero Buenos Aires, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- This capital rolled out the red carpet on Feb. 10, 1926, to welcome the first plane to cross the Atlantic from Europe to South America. Ninety-five years later, the Plus Ultra, donated to Argentina by Spanish King Alfonso XIII, has lost none of its luster thanks …
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Can the Rich Fix Their Outdated Economic System?
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-11
A key feature of disinformation is that it robs people of an outlook, not just ideas and views, but a coherent world outlook that enables and empowers them to make sense of the world, figure out what is going, avoid illusions, and take actions that favor the public interest and restrict the unjust claims of …
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Attacks on tenants' rights intensify in Indianapolis, activists resist
Eli Morey | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-11
Dozens of activists convened on the steps of the Indiana State Capitol building at 9 am on Feb. 8, bearing freezing temperatures to protest the Indiana General Assembly's attacks on the limited rights that tenants have in Indiana. The protest, called for by Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis and supported by the Indianapolis branch of …
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Farmers' Protest in India: Price of Failure Will Be immense
Colin Todhunter | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-11
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 …
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Iraq Vows To Recover Antiquities Stolen After US-Led Invasion
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-10
Iraq is determined to recover all antiquities that were stolen after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the official al-Sabah newspaper reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | China Provides Donation To Iraq To Fight COVID-19 | "The board is determined to recover the first and last Iraqi artifact smuggled abroad, and we will not give up a single piece of it, regardless of its size and importance," said Laith Hussein, head of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage of the Culture Ministry. | There is…
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'Mutants are a reality': Germany extends lockdown until March 7 as Merkel urges caution over Covid-19 variants
rt.com | 2021-02-10
Lockdown restrictions in Germany will be extended until March 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors agreed on Wednesday, in an attempt to stop Covid-19 variants undermining falling infection rates. | Exceptions to the lockdown, which has been in place since December, mean that hairdressers are able to reopen from March 1 and federal states can decide on their own timetables for the reopening of schools. | But German bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centers and non-essential shops will remain closed until the seven-day virus incidence rate drops from the current 68 new cases per 100…
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Historic vote on Amazon union kicks off in Alabama
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-10
Over 5,800 ballots have been sent out to the employees of Amazon's Bessemer warehouse near Birmingham, Alabama. Workers will have seven weeks to mail-in their ballots, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic…
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Historians Say "Decades of Medical Racism" Led to Unequal COVID Impact on Black & Latinx People
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-10
Historians Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain dedicate their new book, "Four Hundred Souls," to the "Black lives lost to COVID-19." They put the content of their book in the context of the disparate impact of the pandemic on the African American community in the United States. "This has been in the making for decades. Even though this is a new virus, … it connects to a larger history of racial inequality, and we wanted to make sure that was clear," says Blain. Kendi is a cancer survivor and notes Black and Latinx are more at risk from preexisting conditions because of a history of racist policies, but "Americans d…
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Covid-19: Several Gulf states see daily cases rise to near 2020 highs
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-10
Covid-19: Several Gulf states see daily cases rise to near 2020 highs | The UAE, the region's tourism hub, has seen the biggest surge with daily infections tripling in six weeks | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 10: 44 | Last week, visitors from several countries told Middle East Eye they were shocked by how desolate Dubai felt (AFP) | Several Gulf Arab states have seen daily coronavirus cases climb bac…
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Vaccination and public/private coercion
Rosalind English | ukhumanrightsblog.com | 2021-02-10
In an earlier post I discussed the problem of "vaccine hesitancy" and written evidence to Parliament to Parliament outlining ways in which a vaccination against Covid-19 without consent could be put on a par with capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and with Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Since the announcement …
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Midwest Dispatch: Can Sam's Club Vaccinate Our Teachers?
Sarah Lahm | progressive.org | 2021-02-10
As educators and staff are forced to return to schools, many are wondering if and where they will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.
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Venezuela to Receive 100,000 Doses of Sputnik V Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-10
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday announced that 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in his country next week. | RELATED: | US Sanctions Caused Thousands of Deaths in Venezuela, GAO Says | Once the first lot arrives in Caracas, the national vaccination campaign will kick off, prioritizing health workers who are on the front line against COVID-19 and the people most vulnerable to the disease. | The next to be vaccinated will be the country's t…
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Brazilian Court To Try Marielle Franco's Murderers
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-10
The Rio de Janeiro Justice Court (TJRJ) on Tuesday confirmed that a court will try former police officer Ronnie Lessa and former military officer Elcio Queiroz, both of whom are charged with the murder of Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes. | RELATED: | Brazil To Assess COVID-19 Vaccination Impacts in a Small Town | "This is an important step… Unanimously, the TJRJ decided that the defendants will be tried," PSOL counc…
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Right-wing US Supreme Court majority again exempts large religious gatherings from COVID-19 safety measures
wsws.org | 2021-02-10
For the second time since the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the court has struck down state measures to control the spread of COVID-19 that limit indoor religious services, reversing rulings earlier in the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/10/scot…

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Natalie Shure | progressive.org | 2021-02-10
Addressing the deep inequalities exposed by COVID-19 will probably prove more elusive than treating the disease.
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UK's Boris Johnson cautions against booking summer holidays, says it's too early to predict what Covid-19 rules will allow by then
rt.com | 2021-02-10
Beleaguered Brits weary of Covid-19 lockdowns shouldn't pin their hopes on being able to venture out for summer vacations, even domestically, as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is warning that it's too soon to book such trips. | "I am afraid it is just too early for people to be certain about what we'll be able to do this summer," Johnson said on Wednesday in a Downing Street press briefing. "I understand why people want to make plans now, but we're just going to have to be a little bit more patient." | Johnson and the government's chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance, emphasized the importance of eme…
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Philadelphia teachers defy return to classroom order
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2021-02-10
Credit: Joe Piette Thousands of Philadelphia public school teachers defied an order from school Superintendent William Hite Jr. to return to their classrooms Feb. 8 for the first time since schools became fully virtual in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Across the city, educators demonstrated outside closed . . . | Continue reading Philadelphia teachers defy return to classroom order at Workers.org
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Cuba to Produce First 150,000 Doses of Soberana 02 Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-10
Cuba's Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) President Vicente Verez on Tuesday announced that his country started producing the first batch of 150,000 doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine. | RELATED: | Cuba Will Produce 100 Million Doses of Its COVID-19 Vaccine | "Because of the vaccine's encouraging results, we started producing it on a large scale to launch its third phase of clinical trials in March," Verez said. | Over 700 people have already been vaccinated with Sovereign 02 during the…
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Fossil Fuel Pollution Caused Nearly 1 in 5 Premature Deaths in 2018
Sharon Zhang | zcomm.org | 2021-02-10
"There's a vaccine for the 8.7 million deaths caused each year by air pollution from fossil fuels. That vaccine is called solar panels and wind turbines"
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Fossil Fuel Pollution Caused Nearly 1 in 5 Premature Deaths in 2018
Sharon Zhang | zcomm.org | 2021-02-10
"There's a vaccine for the 8.7 million deaths caused each year by air pollution from fossil fuels. That vaccine is called solar panels and wind turbines"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/fossil-fuel-pollut…

Washington state restaurants need more relief, not premature reopening plans
Liberation Staff-Seattle | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-10
While restaurants are being allowed to open for indoor dining at 25% capacity, restaurant workers are not included as essential workers in the state's vaccine schedule.
liberationnews.org/washington-state-rest…

Trump Should be Charged with Sedition and Treason; McConnell's Role Should be Investigated — Paul Jay
Paul Jay | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-10
Did Donald Trump attempt to organize a military coup against the incoming Biden administration? Did Mitch McConnell, as majority leader of the Senate and the person who is ultimately responsible for the Capitol Hill Police, deliberately allow the protestors into the Capitol Buildings? Why is mainstream media so quiet about what's so obvious?
theanalysis.news/commentary/trump-should-be-charged-with-sedition-and-treason-mcconnells-role-should-be-investigated-paul-jay/

On the Relative Vileness of George W. Bush and Donald Trump, Liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-10
When I think Donald Trump I think the word: VILE. A combination of the evil and repulsive. But when I think George W. Bush I ALSO think "vile." There is no great moral distance between Bush as Texas governor mocking the plea for mercy by a death row female prisoner who'd become a born-again Christian…
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A Pro-Cairo Lobby is Spending Big to Make Sure Biden Doesn't Cut Aid to Egypt's Dictatorship
Medea Benjamin | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-10
President al-Sisi is afraid that his free rein to commit human rights abuses are over now that Trump is out of office, that's why he hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to the tune of $65,000 per month to whitewash his image and keep the American money flowing.
mintpressnews.com/lobby-spending-big-mak…

Trump trial, day 2: Democrats employ emotion to make their case. Will Republicans be moved?>
Amanda Marcotte | salon.com | 2021-02-10
House managers make their impeachment case crystal clear: GOP complicit in Trump's insurrection…
salon.com/2021/02/10/trump-trial-day-2-d…

Watch: Dramatic Video of Capitol Attack & Trump's Incitement Kicks Off Impeachment Trial in Senate
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-10
The Senate has voted 56 to 44 to proceed with the impeachment trial of Donald Trump for inciting the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Six Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting arguments from Trump's defense team that it is unconstitutional for a former president to face an impeachment trial. Trump is the first president to ever be impeached twice and the first to be tried after leaving office. We air highlights from the first day of Trump's historic second impeachment trial, including clips from a dramatic video mixing Trump's words on January 6 with scenes of rioters breaking into the Ca…
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In the News: Trump and Right Wing Privilege
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-10
This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss the …
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What Ever Happened To Class Struggle?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-10
As the fight amongst the oligarchs heats up over Trump's 2nd impeachment, one must wonder what ever happened to the days when the poor and the working class were clear-eyed enough to see their real struggle was against the rich? Wall Street banksters, the weapons warlords, Hollywood moguls, oil barons, real estate developers and the like. | Instead we see the Lumpenproletariat on their knees scratching and clawing each other – defending one side of the elite mobsters who are armed against the other in Washington's usual sideshow that distracts the nation from the ever present reality of capital accumulation.
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"This Cannot Be the Future of America": Rep. Jamie Raskin Gives Moving Account of Capitol Attack
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-10
Congressmember Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead Democratic impeachment manager in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, closed the first day of proceedings in the Senate with an emotional speech describing the terror of the January 6 Capitol attack. "All around me people were calling their wives and their husbands, their loved ones, to say goodbye," said Raskin.
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/10/jamie_ras…

Trump Should be Charged with Sedition and Treason; McConnell's Role Should be Investigated — Paul Jay
Paul Jay | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-10
Did Donald Trump attempt to organize a military coup against the incoming Biden administration? Did Mitch McConnell, as majority leader of the Senate and the person who is ultimately responsible for the Capitol Hill Police, deliberately allow the protestors into the Capitol Buildings?>…
theanalysis.news/commentary/trump-should-be-charged-with-sedition-and-treason-mcconnells-role-should-be-investigated-paul-jay/

Lula's Arrest Is 'A Gift From The CIA'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-10
A petition filed with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) by the defense of ex-president Lula presents new evidence that ex-judge Sergio Moro colluded with foreign authorities in conducting the process which led to the arrest of the Workers Party leader, and his subsequent barring from a run for the presidency in 2018. In the latest leaked Telegram conversations, which are now official court documents, the level of illegal collaboration visible between the Lava Jato task force and the internationally promoted judge is the most flagrant yet, and more valuable for Lula's defence than chats published by the Intercept in…
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Enemy seeks maximum pressure, minimum commitments: Jalili
Kamal Iranidoost | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-10
TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Representative of Iran's Leader to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili has warned against US claim on JCPOA return, saying that the enemy seeks maximum pressure along with minimum commitments.
en.mehrnews.com/news/169793/Enemy-seeks-…

Protests demanding resignation of Haitian president intensify
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-10
Protests in Haiti, which have been going on for a month now, have garnered more strength as president Jovenel MoàØse refused to step down. On February 8, Haitian opposition political parties and social organizations appointed Supreme Court Judge Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis as the interim president.
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/10/protests-…

The Heat: Yemen's war
Anand Naidoo | america.cgtn.com | 2021-02-10
U.S. President Joe Biden charts a new course in an effort to end the war Yemen.
america.cgtn.com/2021/02/10/the-heat-yem…

Who Are the Ultimate War Profiteers?
Christian Sorensen | zcomm.org | 2021-02-10
While defense contractors make billions in profits, Wall Street is the ultimate beneficiary of today's nonstop wars…
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Who Are the Ultimate War Profiteers?
Christian Sorensen | zcomm.org | 2021-02-10
While defense contractors make billions in profits, Wall Street is the ultimate beneficiary of today's nonstop wars…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/who-are-the-ultima…

Women in Science award and bronze statue for innovative bioengineering professor
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-02-10
Professor Molly Stevens has won the FEBS/EMBO Women in Science Award in recognition of her outstanding scientific achievements.
imperial.ac.uk/news/214653/women-science-award-bronze-statue-innovative

Stop union busting! BAmazon Union now!
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2021-02-10
Amazon Warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., are in a historic organizing drive for union representation by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. They received significant support at a Feb. 6 rally. Workers World Party comrades (pictured) joined participants ranging from nurses to miners, travelling from in-state and from Florida, . . . | Continue reading Stop union busting! BAmazon Union now! at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54372/?utm_source=rs…

UAE's Anwar Gargash removed as foreign affairs minister
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-10
UAE's Anwar Gargash removed as foreign affairs minister | Cabinet reshuffle sees Gargash, who has held the position since 2008, become a diplomatic advisor to the president | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 13: 24 | Sheikh Mohammed said Gargash, pictured, had been 'had been able to bring about major transformations in our foreign political work' (AFP) | Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) mini…
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Why A War In Yemen?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-10
The Saudis decided to enter an ongoing civil war in Yemen in 2015 for several reasons. The two countries share a long border at the southern end of their peninsula. This length of this border is matched by Yemen's coastline on the Arabian Sea, an access to ocean waters that Saudi Arabia does not have. | Even more important is that the southeast corner of Yemen sits at the point where the Red Sea flows into the Arabian Sea through a very narrow passageway. This would enable the Saudis to control shipping through the Red Sea. | Furthermore, Yemen has oil that generates revenue from contracts with private producers.
popularresistance.org/why-a-war-in-yemen…

Summers op-ed sparks controversy over Biden stimulus package
wsws.org | 2021-02-10
The former treasury secretary warned that stimulus measures could set off the kind of inflation not seen for a generation, with serious consequences for the US dollar and the stability of the financial system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/10/summ…

The Drive for a Wealth Tax in Washington State
Chuck Collins | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-10
Legislators in Washington state are taking bold steps towards instituting a state-level wealth tax. The proposed tax is a 1 percent levy on wealth over $1 billion, applying to fewer than 100 households in the state. According to the state's Department of Revenue, the tax would raise an estimated $2.25 billion in 2023 and $2.5…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/10/the-drive-fo…

ICC's "Landmark Decision" Could Open Door to Prosecuting Israel for War Crimes
Raji Sourani | zcomm.org | 2021-02-10
The International Criminal Court has ruled it has the authority to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories…
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Anne Feeney (1951-2021): Wherever there's a fight, she'll be there
Denise Winebrenner Edwards | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-10
In the film, The Grapes of Wrath, there is a famous scene at the end of the film. With the rain pouring and his Dust Bowl family hiding under a bridge, Tom Joad tells his mother that he is taking up the torch dropped by Casy, the social justice preacher. As Mother Joad wonders whether …
peoplesworld.org/article/anne-feeney-195…

New US Military Base in Northeast Syria Latest of Biden's Warlike Moves
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-10
Many of Biden's first moves in the Middle East, including the building of a new base in Syria, suggest his term will be more of the same rather than a break with the old.
mintpressnews.com/new-us-military-base-n…

New Authority Expected To Restore Political Stability in Libya
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-10
As the 10th anniversary of the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government (1970-2011) approaches, Libya faces a real chance for restoring political stability, especially with the recent creation of a new executive authority. | RELATED: | Libya: Warring Parties Elect a Transitional Government | On Friday, Libyan parties voted for a new prime minister and a new presidency council, with the support of the United Nations, following months of talks that aimed to end the country's protracted…
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The Suffering Underclass of War-Torn Yemen
Nicolas Niarchos | thenation.com | 2021-02-10
The Suffering Underclass of War-Torn Yemen…
thenation.com/article/world/yemen-war-sa…

Ben Fletcher, militant labor leader
Marie Kelly | workers.org | 2021-02-10
Ben Fletcher One of the greatest labor leaders of the tumultuous period of the early 20th century was a Black man from Philadelphia named Ben Fletcher. In the forward from the biography by Peter Cole, "Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly," labor historian Robin D. G. . . . | Continue reading Ben Fletcher, militant labor leader at Workers.org
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Biden: "Boxed-In" by the Military Establishment?
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-10
President Barack Obama got excellent advice from his vice president, Joe Biden, regarding dealing with the Pentagon and the military establishment. Above all, Biden warned, you shouldn't get "boxed-in" by the military. We're only several weeks into the Biden administration, and the military is already lobbying for increased funding for questionable reasons. The civilian defense establishment and its collegial think tanks as well as the mainstream media can be counted to support increased spending.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/10/biden-boxed-…