Daily Archives: February 20, 2021

2021-02-20: News Headlines

Margaret Flowers (2021-02-20). Urgent Solidarity with Haiti is Needed. dissidentvoice.org A long-brewing crisis in Haiti, created through intervention by the United States, United Nations and allied western imperialist countries, has now come to a head. The Biden administration is openly backing a violent, corrupt and fraudulent leader, Jovenel MoàØse, and maintaining the policies of previous presidents, including Donald Trump, in Haiti. Activists in Haiti have …

Juan Cole (2021-02-20). Dear Texas Gov. Abbott: Wind Turbines work fine in Antarctica and Alaska, you're just too Cheap to Winterize them. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Texas governor Greg Abbott alleged that the massive power outages in his state demonstrated the unwisdom of moving to renewable energy, attempting to blame the crisis on the state's wind turbines. Like most of the things Republican politicians say publicly, this allegation was a lie. Here's a wind turbine working …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-20). Ten Years Ago: "Operation Libya" and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa. globalresearch.ca Libya is among the World's largest oil economies with approximately 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US.

Max Blumenthal (2021-02-20). Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to "weaken Russia," leaked docs reveal. thegrayzone.com New leaked documents show Reuters' and the BBC's involvement in covert UK FCO programs to effect "attitudinal change" and "weaken the Russian state's influence," alongside intel contractors and Bellingcat. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have sponsored Reuters and the BBC to conduct a series of covert programs aimed at promoting regime change inside Russia and undermining its government across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a series of leaked documents. The leaked materials appear to show the …

Fight Back (2021-02-20). Minnesota protesters will not be intimidated by police scare tactics. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — On February 17, Mayor Jacob Frey, other city officials, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and various other entities held two separate press conferences to address what their departments are doing to 'ensure the safety' of residents, businesses and other surrounding cities during the upcoming March court trial for Derek Chauvin, who is being tried for the brutal murder of George Floyd. At least a dozen organizations, including Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, are working together to plan a major rally on the opening day of court March 8, and plan continuing actions throu…

_____ (2021-02-20). Biden's Health Plan Shifts Even More Public Dollars Into Private Hands. popularresistance.org As the American Rescue Plan (ARP) winds its way through Congress, some progressives are hailing its health provisions as the greatest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 10 years, while conservatives are claiming that it is a slippery slope to a national Medicare for All system. Democrats have decided to forego seeking Republican support for President Biden's $1.9 trillion promise of relief to those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession by using the budget reconciliation process. This has Republicans worried the legislation will be used to advance the progressive agenda to expand government…

WSWS (2021-02-20). Six Capitol police suspended, 29 others under investigation for role in January 6 assault. wsws.org Press reports on those charged in the January 6 attack on Congress reveal that a substantial number are current or former police and active or former members of the military, many of whom are linked to far-right militias.

Poor People's Campaign and union partners (2021-02-20). Monday 2/22: San Francisco Speakout & Digitial Rally: $15 Fair Wage & COVID Relief Now! w/ PPC. indybay.org SF: sidewalk outside office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein @ 1 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 | Masks & Social Distancing Required at All Times | Online: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream/

_____ (2021-02-20). Biden's First Month Marked By Broken Promises. popularresistance.org One month into his presidential career and Joe Biden has already left a trail of broken promises on progressive legislation. Yesterday, it was reported that the president held a closed-door meeting with a group of mayors and governors. At the first sign of pushback from Republicans in the room, he immediately dropped his support for the $15 minimum wage on the basis that he needed bipartisan support to pass it. Given that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the White House, this position seems surprising. "I really want this in there but it just doesn't look like we can do it because of reconciliation," the…

Nayanah Siva (2021-02-20). [World Report] Severe mental illness: reassessing COVID-19 vaccine priorities. thelancet.com As evidence mounts that patients with severe mental illness are at increased risk of severe COVID-19, some countries are reassessing their vaccine priority strategies. Nayanah Siva reports.

Middle East Monitor (2021-02-20). Could the Int'l Criminal Court Curb Israeli War Crimes against Occupied Palestinians? juancole.com By Belal Yasin | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — On 5 February the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a ruling in which it agreed to investigate possible war crimes by the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and decided that its jurisdiction extends to the territories controlled by the Israeli occupation since the …

WSWS (2021-02-20). Half of Texas without clean water as state and federal governments look the other way. wsws.org The phrase "too little, too late" does not even begin to scratch the surface of the essentially non-existent and frankly ridiculous response of the Biden administration to a still unfolding catastrophe which has killed dozens of people.

RT.com (2021-02-20). Amazon Changes Timing of Traffic Lights to Derail Unionization Drive. zcomm.org Online retail giant Amazon was so desperate to scuttle a unionization drive among warehouse workers in Alabama that it actually had traffic light times changed. A pro-union publication says it confirmed the rumors with the county…

Gareth Porter (2021-02-20). US State Department Accusation of China "Genocide" Is Garbage Reliant on Data Abuse and Fraudulent Claims. anti-empire.com Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of The US government's accusation of genocide against China stems from a single sour…

RT (2021-02-20). Outage outrage: Texans see power bills as high as $17,000 after brutal storm pummels grid & leaves millions without electricity. rt.com In the wake of a fierce winter storm that knocked out power for millions of Texans, some residents are reporting colossal spikes in their electricity bills, with some asked to pay more than $17,000 for just a few weeks of service.

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Russia registers its 3rd COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Russia has registered and its Health Ministry approved a third coronavirus vaccine for public use, the country's prime minister announced on Saturday.The vaccine, called CoviVac, was developed by the Chumakov Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Drugs, Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with the government in Moscow."I want to start with some very good news: today, the third vaccine, CoviVac, was registered," he said, adding that by mid-March, "the first 120,000 doses will be launched into civil circulation."Strict controls will ensure that stepped-up production will in no case affect the vacc…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-02-20). Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes. indybay.org Log-in info is posted on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-20). Here's The 20-Point Plan For How Russia Could Contain The US. thealtworld.com Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's dramatic declaration that his country "will pursue the policy of active containment of the US on all fronts" if American pressure on Russia doesn't soon end inspired a unique 20-point plan for what this could look like in practice. | Russia's Anti-American Containment Policy | Russia finally appears to be serious about "decoupling" from the West after over half a decade of its well-intended and passionate efforts to enter into a rapprochement with it following the onset of the Ukrainian Crisis. As I wrote last week after the scandal that erupted upon EU foreign pol…

Homar Garcés (2021-02-20). Venezuela, asediada desde afuera y desde adentro. globalizacion.ca Venezuela padece la amarga realidad de ser un pueblo cercado de amenazas. Desde todas sus fronteras. Desde adentro, con grupos politizados que tienen como únicos elementos prioritarios de su agenda causar violencia y gestionar una invasión militar por parte de…

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Venezuela: 1.5 Million Barrels per Day Goal, Oil Industry Rises. telesurenglish.net Venezuela aims at significantly expanding its oil industry this year despite numerous sanctions and the U.S. blockade. The goal is to produce 1,508,000 barrels per day, for which president Nicolás Maduro extended for another 12 months the Declaration of Energy Emergency in the Hydrocarbons Industry. | RELATED: | "I want to say that in the wave of the Anti-Blockade Law and in the wave of new contracts that are beneficial for the Repub…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Israel purchased Russian Covid vaccine for Syria in exchange for captive: Reports. middleeasteye.net Israel purchased Russian Covid vaccine for Syria in exchange for captive: Reports | Order said to be part of a deal which freed an Israeli woman who crossed into Syria through Quneitra a few weeks ago | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 13: 45 | The Ynet news site reported on Saturday that Israel purchased more than $1m worth of doses of the Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Israel is said to have agreed to purch…

Mike Walter (2021-02-20). The Heat: G7 leaders' pledge on COVID-19 vaccines. america.cgtn.com Leaders from the Group of Seven Nations vow to work together to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Zach Conti (2021-02-20). G7 Discusses Vaccines, Debt Relief, Tax Plans and Climate Change. indybay.org Biden Commits $4 Billion for Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries…

_____ (2021-02-20). The Global South Faces A 'Vaccine Apartheid'. popularresistance.org The coronavirus crisis in South Africa is far from over despite falling case numbers in recent weeks. The virus has claimed more than of 50,000 lives, and many health experts predict a devastating third wave. Complicating matters is a new coronavirus mutation known as n501, which threatens to upend South Africa's vaccination plans. | Unprecedented scientific collaboration has expedited the development of the new vaccine candidates, but patents protecting the bottom lines of the pharmaceutical companies have hampered efforts to manufacture vaccines at scale. Meanwhile, the United States and Western Europe have hoa…

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-02-20). Fauci champions Israeli medical apartheid. zcomm.org Israel is refusing to distribute vaccines to millions of people living under its single system of unequal rule…

Rob Hyde (2021-02-20). [World Report] von der Leyen admits to COVID-19 vaccine failures. thelancet.com EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's comments come after much scrutiny of the EU vaccination programme. Rob Hyde reports.

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). New Zealand rolls out Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- New Zealand, one of the best countries worldwide in terms of managing the new coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday officially kicked off its anti-Covid vaccination campaign by administering the vaccine developed by American pharma company Pfizer to its frontline workers. "And our COVID 19 vaccination programme begins! We're starting with our …

Godfree Roberts (2021-02-20). How Democratic is China? dissidentvoice.org Like America, China is a republic and, like America, says it is democratic, but how democratic is China? A glance at history is always a good starting point The People are supreme, the state is secondary and the Ruler is the least important: only those who please the people can rule. Mencius1 In Roman politics, …

John McEvoy (2021-02-20). Exclusive: Presidential frontrunner's advisor discusses Ecuador's crucial election. thecanary.co Amauri Chamorro is a strategist in political communications, who has worked closely with former Ecuadorian president With the left on the verge of returning to power, Chamorro spoke exclusively with The Canary about Arauz's political vision, the forces trying to stop him, and the legacy of neoliberalism in Ecuador. The interview has been edited in part for cl…

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas. telesurenglish.net The declaration establishes a federal emergency aid for Texas including funding for individuals in 77 counties as well as "grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," according to Federal Emergency Management Agency.

RT (2021-02-20). Biden declares 'major disaster' in Texas as state continues to battle power outages amid extreme cold. rt.com President Joe Biden has declared that "a major disaster" status is in effect in Texas, unlocking federal money for counties that have been suffering from an unusual and deadly cold wave. | His action allows for federal funding to dozens of Texan counties affected by the cold, the White House said. The money may be used for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans and other assistance to residents and business owners. | Also on rt.com | | Bide…

_____ (2021-02-20). Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan? strategic-culture.org By Patrick BUCHANAN | Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? | For that may be what's at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1 — just two months from now. | Consider. If the 2,500 American troops remaining in Afghanistan are pulled out, the entire 10,000-troop NATO contingent departs. | This would write an end to the Western military commitment. | And the likelihood the Kabul government could then survive the constant and increasing attacks from th…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US. middleeasteye.net Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US | Turkish president reaches out to Biden administrations and says 'common interests of Turkey and the United States outweigh the differences' | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 21: 46 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier this week, Turkey had accused the US of supporting PKK 'terrorists' (AFP) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…

Daniel Horowitz (2021-02-20). With No Compulsory Muzzling and Schools Open, Florida Ranks 11th Lowest in COVID Deaths per Capita Among Seniors. anti-empire.com There's a reason why the Biden regime is Dr. F…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Turkey says to begin easing coronavirus restrictions starting March 1. yenisafak.com Turkey will start to gradually normalize from coronavirus restrictions as of March 1, Turkey's health minister said on Saturday.Underlining that they are working carefully on normalization steps, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the process will start with provincial public health councils dealing with four risk levels in line with Health Ministry criteria.Announcing earlier this week an easing of restrictions starting in March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said provinces will be categorized as low, medium, high, or very high risk based on infection rates and the vaccination process.Turkey on Friday reported…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Iraq says virus lockdown won't affect Pope Francis' trip. yenisafak.com Iraq said Saturday that restrictions imposed by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus will not affect Pope Francis' visit to the country on March 5.On Thursday, the Iraqi government declared a two-week partial curfew across the country with the exception of the Kurdish region in an effort to contain a sudden surge in COVID-19 infections. The measures include suspending attending to schools, sports activities, and closure of mosques and parks.The restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on March 4, amid reports that the precautionary measures may be extended.Speaking to the official Iraqi News Agency, Is…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Tanzanian president tells public to 'pray away' coronavirus. yenisafak.com Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who fueled confusion and conspiracies by denying the very existence of the coronavirus pandemic, urged the country's 56 million citizens to pray for three days to defeat unnamed "respiratory diseases," once again disregarding the warnings of scientists and experts.Tanzanians mourned the death of two authority figures who died on Thursday, Chief Secretary John Kijazi and Zanzibar's First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad."Maybe we have wronged God somewhere… let us all repent," the populist Covid-19-denying leader told mourners on Friday at a funeral for his chief secretary, acc…

The Canary (2021-02-20). High Court rules the Government acted unlawfully by failing to disclose Covid contracts. thecanary.co The Government unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds' worth of coronavirus-related contracts, the High Court has ruled. | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic. | The Government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing earlier this month, the Good Law Project and three MPs — Labour's Debbie Abrahams, t…

_____ (2021-02-20). The Need for Accountability Over Impunity in Chile. strategic-culture.org With a new constitution, Chilean state actors should be held accountable to the people's demands for democratic changes in the country, otherwise Chile's long-standing democratic tradition risks being lost to the dynamics of state violence. | While Chileans are still awaiting the process of a new constitution to end Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship legacy in the country, police brutality is in the spotlight for two reasons — the increase in violence since the start of the protests in 2019, which turned into organised social demonstrations clamouring for change, and the calls to dissolve the Carabineros. | Ea…

_____ (2021-02-20). Academics At UK University Reject IHRA Anti-Semitism Definition. popularresistance.org Academics at a major British university last week voted to reverse their institution's adoption of the misleading anti-Semitism definition promoted by Israel and its lobby. | A report by University College London's academic board states that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's "working definition" of anti-Semitism "is not fit for purpose within a university setting and has no legal basis for enforcement." | The board voted to endorse the report last week. It will now be up to university management to decide whether the vote will be implemented. | The university's branch of the University and Colleg…

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Protest against Article 112 outside Thai Parliament as PM survives vote. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Demonstrators protested outside the parliament building in the Thai capital Bangkok on Saturday to call for the repeal of legislation that criminalises anyone deemed to insult the country's powerful monarchy. Repeal of the lese majeste law, known as Article 112, is one of the core demands of the student-led protest movement …

Devin Cole (2021-02-20). Pensacola State College faculty demand protection. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek land On Feb. 16, over 30 drivers circled the Pensacola State College-Warrington Campus buildings for half an hour, laying on their horns. Signs saying "High Risk" and "Betrayal" were taped to their vehicles. This action was led by the Pensacola State College Faculty Association, a chapter of . . . |

Fight Back (2021-02-20). Standing strong, Teamsters at Marathon locked out for 28 days. fightbacknews.org St. Paul Park, MN – The Teamsters at Marathon Refinery in Saint Paul Park have now been locked out for more than 28 days and the two sides remain far apart. Negotiations resumed on February 15 and February 17, but the Teamsters saw little movement from management. | Marathon management has brought in a union-busting attorney from the Jones Day law firm, but the picket lines remain well staffed and spirits are strong. Trade unionists from many unions join the lines daily and cars driving by honk and wave constantly keeping up a festive atmosphere despite the cold of winter. | Ryan Bierman – a union steward with th…

Santa Cruz News (2021-02-20). Alicia Kuhl: Homeless Encampment Ordinance is a Ban on Homeless People's Right to Exist. indybay.org Alicia Kuhl, the President of The Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Homeless Union, has written to the Santa Cruz City Council in opposition to the proposed homeless encampment ordinance to be heard by council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23. "Ordinances such as the ones being proposed on Tuesday do nothing but hurt our already most vulnerable community members and would criminalize them with citations when they have nowhere to go, nowhere to rest or be warm.," Kuhl stated. Read Alicia Kuhl's full letter below.

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-20). They Don't Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream. realprogressives.org One of the most consequential collective delusions circulating in our society is the belief that our society is free. Our society is exactly free enough to create the illusion that we have freedom; from that line onwards it's just totalitarianism veiled in propaganda. | I get comments from people every day wagging their fingers at my criticisms of western imperialist agendas against nations like China or Iran saying "If you lived over there you wouldn't be allowed to criticize the government the way you criticize western governments!" | It is true that dissidents are permitted to criticize the government syste…

Climate Nexus (2021-02-20). US officially rejoins Paris agreement. nationofchange.org This is considered a symbolic and important step toward the aggressive action required to stem the tide of climate change.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-20). Ukrainian communists condemn bid to rehabilitate Nazi collaborators. peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party of Ukraine slammed the Lviv Regional Council's appeal to grant legal recognition to the members of the SS Galicia Division that fought on the side of the Nazis during World War II…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Blackwater tried to overthrow Libya gov't: UN report. yenisafak.com According to the report, the notorious security firm tried twice to overthrow the UN-backed Government of National Accord in 2019.The report stated that Prince sent foreign mercenaries and weapons to support Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar against the Tripoli-based government.The mercenaries planned to form a team aimed at tracking down Libyan leaders and assassinating them, the report said.Last December, then-US President Donald Trump issued a decision to grant clemency to four US security contractors who worked for Blackwater and were convicted of killing Iraqi civilians in 2007, a move condemned by Iraq.Prince i…

_____ (2021-02-20). US Attacks BDS For Same Reason Nixon Started Drug War. popularresistance.org The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arkansas' law against BDS — the use of boycott, divestment and sanctions as a means of protest against Israel —violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, because it plainly does. | "The Arkansas Times has successfully challenged a law that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel," Mondoweiss reports. "The Little Rock-based weekly filed the lawsuit in 2018 and was represented by the ACLU. The paper takes no official position on BDS, but it launched the legal challenge after the University of Arkansas Pulas…

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Venezuelans must work 4,000 years to buy a house. laprensalatina.com By Ron Gonzalez Caracas, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Carmen Hurtado's hopes rise every time a potential customer approaches the makeshift stand in the Venezuelan capital where she sells puppets, as each sale brings her closer to her dream of having a home of her own, a seemingly impossible goal in an oil-rich nation where someone earning …

_____ (2021-02-20). Sometimes Marx's Capital Is A Pillow… popularresistance.org In 1911, a young Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) arrived in France, which had colonised his homeland of Vietnam. Though he had been raised with a patriotic spirit committed to anti-colonialism, Ho Chi Minh's temperament did not allow him to retreat into a backward-looking romanticism. He understood that the people of Vietnam needed to draw from their own history and traditions as well as from the democratic currents set loose by the revolutionary movements around the world. In France, he became involved in the socialist movement, which taught him about working-class struggles in Europe, although the French socialists cou…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-02-20). Libya: When Historical Memory is Erased. globalresearch.ca It happened ten years ago: US-NATO's "humanitarian war" against Libya in support of so-called pro-democracy rebels. The On February 15, 2011, according to the official story "anti-government rallies were held in Benghazi calling upon Qadaffi to step down. US-NATO cam …

_____ (2021-02-20). Facebook: Genocide Is Cool but Don't Threaten Our Profits. strategic-culture.org "Facebook's willingness to block credible news sources also stands in sharp distinction to the company's poor track record in addressing the spread of hateful content and disinformation on the platform." — Tim O'Connor, Amnesty International Australia | Alan MACLEOD | Australia's 18 million Facebook users woke up yesterday to find that, without warning, local and global news sites were unavailable, meaning that they could not view or share news at all. Facebook users across the world were also unable to read or access any Australian news publications. The tech giant had taken the step of essentially shuttin…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Saudi Arabia to invest $20bn in domestic arms industry. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia to invest $20bn in domestic arms industry | Kingdom wants to shift towards manufacturing much of its own weapons over the next decade after US sales ban | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 15: 49 | Saudi Arabia wants to spend at least half of its military budget locally by 2030 (AFP) | Saudi Arabia has announced plans to pump $20bn into producing more of its own weapons and military systems o…

Mara Hvistendahl (2021-02-20). How Oracle Sells Repression in China. zcomm.org In its bid for TikTok, Oracle was supposed to prevent data from being passed to Chinese police. Instead, it's been marketing its own software for their surveillance work…

Jennifer Bates (2021-02-20). Warehouse Workers in Alabama Fight Amazon for the Right to Unionize. zcomm.org "We want to be heard. We want to be treated like people and not ignored when we have issues"

Donald Canton (2021-02-20). Partners: China and Cuba. dissidentvoice.org In the 1960s, the main forms of the Chinese assistance offered to Cuba were preferential trade and interest-free loans. From 1961 to 1965, China gave Cuba an interest-free loan of 60 million U.S. dollars. The two sides signed the China-Cuba Economic Cooperation Agreement, Trade and Payment Agreement, and Technology Cooperation Protocol. According to the agreement, …

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-02-20). El indetenible avance económico de China. globalizacion.ca La declaración del director de la Comisión Central de Asuntos Exteriores del Partido Comunista de China, Yang Jiechi referente a las acciones provocadoras que han realizado las administraciones estadounidense contra el gigante asiático ha sido contundente: "ninguna fuerza detendrá el…

_____ (2021-02-20). What Isn't In Judas And The Black Messiah Is Just As Important As What Is. popularresistance.org A movie that centers a political giant such as Fred Hampton is inevitably going to generate a kind of public and political discussion that is wholly anathema to the Hollywood corporate environment. The masses of people, especially young Black Americans and activists of all races rallying under the banner Black Lives Matter, are hungry for political education. Unfortunately, Judas and the Black Messiah is largely devoid of the most critical political content that characterized Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party. | Of course, the definition of political content is itself subject to political struggle. A new w…

WSWS (2021-02-20). Stop the deadly reopening of Philadelphia Schools! wsws.org Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fight Back (2021-02-20). Michigan solidarity with Amazon union in Alabama. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – Outside the stagehands union IATSE Local 26 headquarters in Grand Rapids, union members and youth activists attached big signs to their cars saying "Amazon needs a union!" and "Solidarity with Amazon!" They gathered in the freezing cold on February 19 for a press conference and car caravan to three Amazon centers, including a giant new one promising to employ 1000 workers. | Josh Roskamp, IATSE26 business agent, said, "Working conditions at Amazon are harsh. They refuse to universally adopt measures that protect workers from COVID 19, and the work and lifting can be back-breaking. That is why…

Aude Maio-Coliche (2021-02-20). Las vacunas, una lucha contra el tiempo. globalizacion.ca Desde el principio de la crisis, la Unión Europea (UE) y sus Estados Miembros se han comprometido a adoptar un enfoque multilateral para hacer frente a la pandemia de Covid-19, basado en la premisa de que todo el que necesite…

John Stanton (2021-02-20). Post-Pandemic American Society Must Not Return to its Industrial Capitalist Roots. dissidentvoice.org Our mace shaped COVID-19 enemy and its mutations merrily popping up around the United States, ironically has opened up new possibilities for inching beyond the grimy confines of industrial capitalism to new modes of work, learning and being that were initially promised by technocrats at the dawn of the Internet/World Wide Web. Indeed, the Pandemic …

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Brazilians Back to the Streets Against Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net Brazilians backed the streets on Saturday demanding impeachment for President Jair Bolsonaro as well as the COVID-19 immunization campaign. | RELATED: | Demonstrators mobilized in at least 70 cities holding rallies to demand an immediate and free COVID-19 vaccination for the entire population. The far-right president has dismissed the scope of the pandemic since its beginning as the death toll rises to over 244 00…

Climate Action Campaign and allies (2021-02-20). Wednesday 2/24: #TimeToAct on Climate: New Day Digital Rally for Climate, Economic & COVID Justice. indybay.org Virtual rally…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Concerns grow in India over COVID-19 resurgence. yenisafak.com After days of steady decline, several states in India are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, the country's Health Ministry said on Saturday."There has been a rise in daily cases in Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh," read a ministry statement.The western state of Maharashtra, one of India's most populous regions, recorded 6,112 new cases over the past day."In the past week, Maharashtra has exhibited a spike in the number of daily new cases, accounting for the highest number of daily new cases in the country today," the Health Ministry said.In a bid to stem the alarming spike, the Maharas…

_____ (2021-02-20). Covid Karma: U.S. Lockdown Kings Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo Suffer Political Fallout. strategic-culture.org The draconian lockdowns imposed by dozens of Democratic leaders, did very little to halt the outbreak of Covid, Robert Bridge writes. | Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo, the governors of California and New York, respectively, appear to be struggling for their political lives over their bungled handling of the pandemic. Is the tide finally turning against the lockdown mentality? | The groundswell of public animosity currently being directed at the Democratic state leaders disproves the adage that 'all publicity is good publicity'. Just ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Despite a fawning media that only shows its fa…

Nnenaya A Mmonu, Angela Aifah, Deborah Onakomaiya, Gbenga Ogedegbe (2021-02-20). [Correspondence] Why the global health community should support the EndSARS movement in Nigeria. thelancet.com In the past year, more Nigerians have been killed by state-sanctioned security forces than by COVID-19, according to data on the Nigeria Security Tracker and Worldometers.1 Formed in 1992, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has become the public threat the squad was created to prevent. Killings of young adults by the SARS has spurred peaceful demonstrations across Nigeria calling for disbandment of the SARS.2 On Oct 20, 2020, peaceful protesters were murdered by state-sanctioned forces at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city.

Richard Horton (2021-02-20). [Comment] Offline: What is the UK for? thelancet.com The UK Government this year hosts two important events—the G7 (June 11—13) and COP26 (Nov 1—12). The priorities set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his G7 presidency are four-fold: fighting against and recovering from COVID-19; climate action; free and fair trade; and shared values as open societies. Global health will indeed be a concern for the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy. Some G7 countries have performed poorly in responding to the pandemic. What should be the UK's approach to global health? Last week, Lord Nigel Crisp convened the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gl…

Geoff Watts (2021-02-20). [Obituary] Gordon John McVie. thelancet.com Oncologist and tireless champion of cancer research. He was born in Glasgow, UK, on Jan 13, 1945, and died in Bristol, UK, with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and COVID-19 on Jan 20, 2021, aged 76 years.

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). New York's pharaonic Hudson Yards struggles in pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Jairo Mejia New York, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- The $25 billion Hudson Yards housing, office and retail complex was supposed to spur economic development in New York, but the promise of a bright future has given way to a bleak present dominated by the impact of Covid-19. Last month, the site's main tourist attraction, a …

Salvador Capote (2021-02-20). No, no habrá socialismo (por ahora) en Estados Unidos. globalizacion.ca Nunca ha sido mayor que en estos tiempos la incoherencia dentro de los dos grandes partidos de los Estados Unidos. Grosso modo, el Partido Republicano se divide entre trumpistas, con su extremismo de ultraderecha, y conservadores que siguen las tradiciones…

OtherWords (2021-02-20). To Stop the Rot in American Democracy, Trump must be Indicted for Incitement. juancole.com By By Mitchell Zimmerman | — ( Otherwords) — GOP senators said Trump was culpable, but he's a "private citizen" now. Fine — indict him like one. By Mitchell Zimmerman | February 17, 2021 In the wake of his second impeachment acquittal, Donald Trump proclaimed victory in what he called "the greatest witch hunt in …

_____ (2021-02-20). FCC Must Expand The E-Rate Program To Connect Students During Pandemic. popularresistance.org Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined Access Humboldt, Benton Institute for Broadband and Society, Consumer Reports, and New America's Open Technology Institute in filing comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Public Notice on the use of E-Rate funds to enable remote learning. Public Knowledge supports "off-campus" use of E-Rate funds to help students studying at home access the broadband they need to stay connected to classes, student services, and their families during the pandemic. | The following can be attributed to Greg Guice, Director of Government Affairs at Public Knowledge: | "As t…

Brian Wakamo (2021-02-20). The Pandemic is Sparking a Wave of Union Drives on College Campuses. zcomm.org In Arizona, two universities are spearheading an effort to unionize the entire state's higher education workforce…

news.un (2021-02-20). First Person: The Colombian youth fighting for digital education for all. news.un.org Tania Rosas, a Colombian education advocate from an afro-indigenous background, is hoping to improve learning outcomes for disadvantaged communities in her country, with a digital application tailored to their specific needs.

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Palestinian village braves atrocities, biting cold to foil Israeli land grab. yenisafak.com This is the ninth straight night that Harb Abu-Elkbash, a 48-year-old Palestinian Bedouin, will spend under the open sky in freezing temperatures.The Israeli army stormed his village of Homsa al-Baqia, located east of the city of Tubas in the Jordan Valley, 38 miles (61 kilometers) north of Jerusalem, and uprooted his tent and sheepfold.As a snowstorm descended on Palestine last Wednesday, Israeli soldiers prevented the village's residents from taking refuge in tents.Since the first time on Nov. 3 last year, Israeli bulldozers have repeatedly razed this village.The remnants of tents, sheds, portable toilets, and…

Jorge Santibáñez (2021-02-20). México, otra vez como cementerio de migrantes. globalizacion.ca La aparición de 19 cuerpos calcinados en Tamaulipas nos recuerda lastimosamente los riesgos y la desprotección a la que se enfrentan los migrantes centroamericanos al transitar por México en su camino hacia Estados Unidos. Al momento de escribir este artículo…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-02-20). Migrantes: Tenue esperanza. globalizacion.ca El martes, el gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció que a partir del jueves 19 reanudaría el trámite de solicitudes de asilo de las personas registradas en el programa eufemísticamente denominado Protocolos de Protección Migratoria (MPP, por sus siglas en inglés),…

RT (2021-02-20). Texas police looking for more than 100 illegal immigrants who fled smuggling truck amid winter freeze. rt.com Texas authorities are seeking a group of more than 100 illegal immigrants wandering through the freezing, storm-hammered state. They fled a packed smuggling truck, in which they were being transported in suffocating conditions. | Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters on Thursday that his department received a call from a truckload of illegal immigrants in San Antonio that evening. Their smugglers had sealed up the refrigerated truck and blocked air holes, and the migrants feared that they would suffocate inside. | Deputies in the area noticed movement around a truck parked at a gas station, and sa…

C.M. Lewis (2021-02-20). Multimillion-Dollar 'Union Avoidance' Industry Faces New Scrutiny. progressive.org As an Amazon distribution center considers unionizing, the spotlight is back on employer efforts to dissuade workers from organizing.

SupportAmazonWorkers (2021-02-20). Saturday 2/20: Monterey Picket Protest in Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers Unionizing. indybay.org Whole Foods: Gather in front of Del Monte Shopping Center on Munras @ 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940 | MASKS & SAFE-DISTANCING…

Juan Cole (2021-02-20). Number of residential solar batteries increases by 50% in Germany. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — The number of battery storage systems linked to a residential solar pv array rose by around 50 percent in Germany in 2020 for the third year in a row. The country's solar association BSW estimates there were 88,000 new residential installations, taking the total number of solar batteries in Germany …

Jackie Fox (2021-02-20). Life After Capitalism. realprogressives.org I Need a Dollar: | "A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil." Terry Eagleton | I think the commercial that sums up our world of late stage capitalism, 2020 style. — Burger King selling hamburgers

Ali Salam (2021-02-20). Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent Palestinian Rallies in Kufur Qaddoum, Beit Dajan. imemc.org Israeli forces attacked the weekly non-violent protest marches and rallies in several parts of the West Bank Friday, injuring three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. In Kufur Qaddoum, in the northern West Bank, two Palestinian protesters were taken to the hospital with severe injuries …

Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez (2021-02-20). Estados Unidos contra Cuba: El bloqueo es un crimen de lesa humanidad. globalizacion.ca Según la ONU, son crímenes contra la humanidad los que constituyen ataques generalizados o sistemáticos a la población civil. Son "crímenes de lesa humanidad" los exterminios, la esclavitud, la deportación o expulsión forzosa, la privación de la libertad física e…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-20). Madagascar: A Nation of Hunger. dissidentvoice.org Madagascar is in great pain. Theodore Mbainaissem, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Ambovombe, southern Madagascar, says: "Seeing the physical condition of people extremely affected by hunger who can no longer stand…children who are completely emaciated, the elderly who are skin and bone…these images are unbearable… People are eating white clay …

A Guest Author (2021-02-20). Letter from an incarcerated worker on the struggle in Alabama. workers.org The following letter from an incarcerated worker in the Pennsylvania prison system was sent by email on Feb. 17 to Joe Piette, a member of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. From SCI Pine Grove: Nina Simone famously said: "Alabama got me so upset; Tennessee made me lose . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-02-20). Letter from an incarcerated worker on the struggle in Alabama. workers.org The following letter from an incarcerated worker in the Pennsylvania prison system was sent by email on Feb. 17 to Joe Piette, a member of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. From SCI Pine Grove: Nina Simone famously said: "Alabama got me so upset; Tennessee made me lose . . . |

RT (2021-02-20). Beleaguered Texans forced to flee burning hotel as sprinkler system fails due to frozen pipes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Guests at a four-story hotel in Texas were forced to flee into the freezing cold as a fire engulfed the entire building when the sprinkler system failed due to frozen pipes. | The fire broke out at the Hilton Garden Inn near Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas shortly before 9pm local time. The hotel had been serving as emergency accommodation for many stricken local residents, including several soldiers from the nearby Eyewitness footage from the scene purports to show the fire as it ripped through the hotel…

RT (2021-02-20). Not very PC? Chelsea Clinton-funded 'trans' app urges transitioning people to budget their money & be nice to cops. rt.com A mobile app marketed at trans people that received funding from former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has been slammed by the internet as overtly patronizing. Even worse, the app urges users to be polite to the police. | Created in 2019, Euphoria has been billed as an app designed to help individuals navigate gender transition, as well as provide people with support once they complete the procedure. | Read more | | The platform hos…

RT (2021-02-20). PLANE DEBRIS rain from the sky as United jet makes emergency landing in Denver with engine on FIRE (VIDEOS). rt.com A United Airlines Boeing 777 suffered a major engine failure in midair and was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport, while scattering debris across several neighborhoods. | The shocking incident happened shortly after United Flight 328 took off from Denver for Honolulu, forcing the crew to perform an emergency landing with one of the engines on fire and large chunks of it missing. | Flight 328

RT (2021-02-20). 'DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY': Madonna lashes out at shadowy cabal of men attempting to 'cut off her life force'. rt.com Pop icon Madonna has complained that a conniving cadre of scheming men has prevented her from reaching her full potential, but some believe that the obscenely wealthy and successful entertainer may be overreacting. | "The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cut off my life force and take away my voice—Even those who call themselves artists…………..You know who you are!!! DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY! Now and Forever," Madonna tweeted, including a photograph of herself wearing a glittering tiara. | The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cu…

RT (2021-02-20). 3 killed, 2 injured after man opens fire at gun store in New Orleans, gets neutralized by other customers. rt.com Several people have been killed in New Orleans, after an armed man got into a heated argument with a gun store clerk and opened fire, before he was confronted and shot dead by other armed customers. | The incident took place at the Jefferson Gun Outlet — a firearms store and a shooting range — in Metairie, Louisiana, around 3pm, resulting in at least three deaths. |

RT (2021-02-20). Google fires ANOTHER AI ethics researcher amid row over 'censorship & racism,' as team member accuses company of 'smear campaign'. rt.com Google has terminated the head researcher on its AI ethics team over what the tech giant deemed a violation of its "code of conduct," as the company faces an internal revolt over a previous firing of a black data scientist. | Margaret Mitchell, who led Google's Ethical AI unit, announced her termination in a brief tweet on Friday, saying only "I'm fired" without offering further detail. | I'm fired.— MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) Google's own statement on the matter was also somewhat vague, confi…

MEE staff (2021-02-20). Mercenaries boss Erik Prince violated Libya weapons embargo: UN report. middleeasteye.net Mercenaries boss Erik Prince violated Libya weapons embargo: UN report | US media say the accusations against founder of security firm Blackwater could potentially lead to him facing sanctions | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 09: 39 | Erik Prince did not cooperate with the UN inquiry and his lawyer declined to comment to the New York Times (AFP) | Mercenaries boss Erik Prince pumped $80m in weapons and fighters into easter…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Iraq: Rockets target airbase north of Baghdad after clashes with IS. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Rockets target airbase north of Baghdad after clashes with IS | Attack on Al-Balad base injures a contractor and came hours after Iraqi security forces raided a nearby Islamic State hideout amid increasing tensions | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 19: 31 | A doctor treats a man wounded in a rocket attack on US forces at Erbil airport, northern Iraq, on 15 February (Reuters) | Four rockets hit the…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Russian air strikes 'kill 21 Islamic State fighters' in Syrian desert. middleeasteye.net Russian air strikes 'kill 21 Islamic State fighters' in Syrian desert | Russian jets launched 130 air strikes over 24 hours according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 11: 01 | Russian air power has backed Syrian forces clashing with Islamic State fighters (AFP) | Russia launched at least 130 air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, killing at least 21 Isla…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Algeria releases dozens of jailed pro-democracy activists after presidential pardons. middleeasteye.net Algeria releases dozens of jailed pro-democracy activists after presidential pardons | Pardons issued by President Tebboune ahead of second anniversary of Hirak uprising, with prominent journalist Khaled Drareni among those freed | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 20: 26 | Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni is greeted by supporters upon his release from Kolea prison, west of the capital Algiers, on 19 Fe…

Aaliyah Harris (2021-02-20). Student loans continue to discriminate against Muslim students. thecanary.co To be Muslim in Britain means to be a part of a population of Interest is forbidden: | For young people venturing from college or sixth form into university, accepting a monstrous educational debt will always be a tricky decision. But for Muslims, deciding to take out a Student Finance Loan — or for that matter any loan which requires repayment with…

Indian Cultural Forum (2021-02-20). Sedition, dissent and the rights of accused. peoplesdispatch.org On Saturday, February 13, 21-year-old Disha Ravi was Climate activist Disha Ravi's arrest by the Delhi Police has brought India's sedition law into discussion again. It is not simply her arrest under the colonial-era law that has been questio…

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Mexico Welcomes First Gas Shipments, Texas Pipelines Reopen. telesurenglish.net The first shipments of liquefied natural gas arrived in Mexico as part of the government response to tackle the supply interruption from Texas due to a snow storm that froze the pipelines. | RELATED: | After pressure from Mexican authorities, on Friday Texas governor Greg Abbot reversed and canceled a ban on shipping fuel to North of Mexico, which imports over 30 percent of its gas from Texas. This while gas exports…

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Myanmar: Violence Spike, Two Deaths During Anti-Coup Protests. telesurenglish.net At least two people died and 20 injured during the anti-coup protests in Myanmar on Saturday as security forces used live ammunition to disperse the crowd in Mandalay. | RELATED: | According to local media outlets, one person was shot in the head and died immediately while another demonstrator was shot in the chest and lost his life on the way to the hospital. | t.co/kC0Z61N0WC

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-02-20). Communists in Netherlands vow to deepen the struggle against imperialism and for socialism. peoplesdispatch.org In an interview with Peoples Dispatch, the Communist Youth Movement in the Netherlands discusses how they continue to organize against capitalist exploitation and oppression drawing on their rich history of struggle and internationalism…

Women's Museum of California (2021-02-20). Wednesday 2/24: Lorde, Help Us: Viewing Audre Lorde w/ Lens of Self-Care, Self-Love & Self-Determination. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Brett Wilkins (2021-02-20). US farmers and food justice groups declare 'solidarity' with Indian farmer protests. nationofchange.org "India's farmers have mobilized to create one of the world's most vibrant protests in history."

Thomas Frank (2021-02-20). Hysteria in Suburbia. indybay.org Our leading scholars are disciples of post-structuralism; our best college graduates are recruited by the CIA; our best newspapers blur the line between reporting and opinion; our most influential political actors are the spin doctors whose job is to bend the facts this way and that.

Verónica Tenaglia (2021-02-20). Argentina: El sur porteño no puede esperar. globalizacion.ca Como representante de la comuna 4, del sur de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, y como referente pyme de la industria del conocimiento, observo con preocupación, los datos de la desocupación y la subocupación de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires….

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-02-20). Aufruf zum Widerstand gegen Tyrannei — das Vermà§chtnis Wolfgang Borcherts. Dann gibt es nur eins: Sag NEIN! globalresearch.ca Der deutsche Regimekritiker und Schriftsteller Wolfgang Borchert fordert in einem 1947 verfassten Manifest "Dann gibt es nur eins!" die Mitmenschen dazu auf, die Teilnahme an kàºnftigen Kriegen zu verweigern. Kurz darauf verstirbt der 26-Jà§hrige an den Folgen schwerer Kriegs-Verwundungen. | Der …

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-02-20). México — El agandalle con las vacunas. globalizacion.ca Los datos duros por delante porque si una imagen dice más que mil palabras, las cifras son insustituibles. "Tres cuartas partes de las primeras dosis de vacunas administradas en el mundo se concentran en apenas 10 países que representan 60…

Global Research (2021-02-20). Cuba muestra importantes avances en la lucha contra el racismo y la discriminación. globalizacion.ca Intervención Reunión Ministerial sobre la Eliminación del racismo, la xenofobia y la discriminación. 18 de febrero de 2021 | Señor Presidente: | Este año conmemoramos el vigésimo aniversario de la histórica Conferencia Mundial contra el Racismo, la Discriminación Racial, la Xenofobia y…

National Women's History Musuem & partners (2021-02-20). Thursday 3/11: Women's History Month: Smithsonian Objects of Women Activists Pioneering Social Justice. indybay.org Online event via Zoom (FREE)…

Joan Simon (2021-02-20). Saturday 2/27: Health Justice Dialogue. indybay.org Webinar Online…

Andrew Emett (2021-02-20). 6 Capitol police officers suspended for involvement in Capitol riots. nationofchange.org 29 others remain under investigation for their roles during the Capitol riots on January 6.

Fight Back (2021-02-20). Rally for accountability at the University of Texas at Arlington. fightbacknews.org Arlington, TX – On February 10, the Progressive Student Union held a rally for accountability at the University of Texas at Arlington. PSU held the rally to determine the current status of the commitments made by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) administration over six months ago. | One of the commitments from UTA was scholarships for Black and brown students. Upon further inspection it is seen that the dispersal of the scholarships meant to benefit students doesn't begin until the fall of 2021. Given the current economic crisis, working families would find it extremely difficult to continue with school…

California Academy of Sciences (2021-02-20). Thursday 3/4: International Women's Day: Women in Science w/ CalAcademy. indybay.org Online event; FREE and no registration required…

Fernando De la Cuadra (2021-02-20). Brasil — La mentira como forma de acción política. globalizacion.ca Es bastante conocida la frase difundida por el principal ideólogo del nazismo, el ministro de Propaganda del Tercer Reich, Joseph Goebbels, quien declaró en innumerables oportunidades que "Una mentira mil veces repetida, se transforma en verdad" o también aquel eslogan…

WSWS Repost (2021-02-20). Rush Limbaugh dead at 70: A media blowhard for American capitalism. indybay.org An odious presence on American radio for more than three decades, Limbaugh specialized in bullying women, gays, blacks and other minorities, while glorifying American imperialism.

Lynda Carson (2021-02-20). The Windy Sky Music Release & Other Songs By Lynda Carson. indybay.org Handmade guitar built by Lynda Carson in the guitar workshop of Ervin Somogyi many years ago.

WSWS (2021-02-20). Germany: MV Werften to cut 1,200 shipyard jobs. wsws.org 1,200 jobs at the MV shipyards on the Baltic Sea are to be cut, according to the owners' plans.

WSWS (2021-02-20). Texans receive exorbitant electricity bills after winter storm. wsws.org Texas residents on variable rate electricity plans have been hit with electricity bills for tens of thousands of dollars after the market price of electricity soared this week amid a collapse of the power system.

San Francisco Public Library & NPS (2021-02-20). Sunday 3/7: Women's History Month: Historic & Preservation Role of Women in the Marin Headlands. indybay.org Online via YouTube livestream…

Alliance for Justice (2021-02-20). Monday 2/22: Black History Month: Judges, U.S. Courts, & Issues Critical to Black Communities w/ AFJ. indybay.org Online event: www.facebook.com/AllianceforJustic

Anon Author (2021-02-20). Yes, Victoria, There is a Berkeley Tenants Union. indybay.org YIMBY lobbyist Victoria Fierce is claiming that there not a Berkeley Tenants Union. There is one. Victoria is lying (again).

Homes Not Handcuffs (2021-02-20). Tuesday 2/23: Oppose the Camping Ban Amendments at the Santa Cruz City Council Meeting. indybay.org Online meeting. Instructions on how to participate: | ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnli…

Global Research (2021-02-20). Cuba — øCuál patria y cuál vida? globalizacion.ca La patria no está en los bolsillos en forma de moneda manoseada, ni escrita en contrato con la ruindad, ni en alianzas para denigrarla y destruirla. La vida no está en disfraces incapaces de ocultar la miseria espiritual, antesala…

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-02-20). Colombia — La difícil y esquiva unidad del centro izquierda en Colombia. globalizacion.ca El panorama para las elecciones a Congreso en el mes de marzo del 2022 y para las elecciones presidenciales en primera vuelta en mayo comienza a clarificarse, aunque aún hay sectores indecisos. En la extrema derecha el panorama desde el…

Fernando Alexis Jiménez (2021-02-20). øDos años más de Duque? Líbranos Dios de esa pesadilla. globalizacion.ca øCómo reaccionar frente a la propuesta de unificar los períodos del presidente con los del Congreso, alcaldes y gobernadores en Colombia? Uno no sabe si recibir la propuesta con risa pensando que se trata de un mal chiste, con desconcierto…

HotHouse & Haymarket Books (2021-02-20). Sunday 3/7: °ACTIVISTA! International Women's Day Concert and Roundtable. indybay.org Online event…

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-20). US approves of expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Gulf of Mexico. nationofchange.org The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary will now include portions of 14 additional reefs and banks in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, representing approximately a 104 square mile increase in area.

No Nukes Action (2021-02-20). Thursday 3/11: Rally-Speak Out Thursday On Tenth Anniversary of Fukushima NUKE Meltdowns. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Osaka beats Brady to clinch 2021 Australian Open title. yenisafak.com Japan's Naomi Osaka defeated American Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win her second Australian Open title on Saturday.World No. 3 Osaka beat Brady 6-4, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to claim the fourth Grand Slam title of her career.The 23-year-old now has two Australian Open — 2019 and 2021 — and two US Open titles — 2018 and 2020 — to her name.Brady, 25, who was playing her first Grand Slam final, was gracious in defeat, congratulating Osaka and terming her "an inspiration.""[…] Another Grand Slam title, she's such an inspiration to us all and what she is doing for the ga…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Turkey's rich culinary delights go 'beyond the kebab,' says Michelin-star chef. yenisafak.com Kebabs may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Turkish food, but for a Turkish chef who recently won a Michelin star for his restaurant nestled in an Irish village, his homeland's cuisine is far more than that."It's a shame that it's only kebabs that are seen to represent our cuisine. Our cuisine is so varied and so different from region to region," said Ahmet Dede, who last month won his second Michelin star, the coveted mark of quality in the international restaurant world.While inarguably distinctive, Turkish cuisine has "influenced and been influenced by the Middle East, Asia and Europe,"

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Russia's Navalny loses appeal in Moscow court. yenisafak.com A Moscow court on Saturday rejected an appeal by Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny of his suspended sentence being replaced by prison time, but further trimmed his time behind bars.Under the new ruling, Navalny will spend a total of two-and-a-half-years in prison — down from an initial three-and-a-half-year sentence, taking into account two months in house arrest plus a previous 10-month deduction.The court announced that the sentence will start immediately, with Navalny set to be transported to a prison colony.Navalny pled not guilty and demanded his immediate release. His lawyers, Vadim Kobzev and…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Iran border fence to be complete by December: Pakistan. yenisafak.com Pakistan said on Saturday that it will have fenced off its volatile border with Iran by the end of this year, a move against terrorism and smuggling.During a visit to the border town Taftan, Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that 40% of the 928 kilometers (576 miles) border has been completed, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.The move is aimed at improving the "border management" between the two countries, Ahmed said, adding that it will also improve economy and legal trade between the two neighbors.Taftan is located some 632 km (392 mi) from Quetta, the capital of southwest…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). At least 13 YPG/PKK terror suspects remanded in custody in Turkey. yenisafak.com A total of 13 suspected members of the YPG/PKK terror group were remanded in custody in southeastern Turkey, police sources said on Saturday.They were among 17 individuals arrested on Feb. 12 in anti-terror operations in provinces of Sanliurfa, Siirt, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adana, Corum, Usak, and Istanbul, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The remaining four suspects were released under judicial control, the sources added.In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turke…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Iraqi forces kill five Daesh militants in Baghdad. yenisafak.com Police Captain Ahmed Khalaf told Anadolu Agency that a joint force from the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) Force shot dead five Daesh suicide bombers in al-Tarmia district, north of Baghdad.He said three members of the Hashd al-Shaabi were killed and two others injured in the operation.According to the police officer, the dead militants were responsible for staging attacks against Iraqi security forces in al-Tarmia.The Daesh terror group is still active in areas north of Baghdad. Last month, the terrorist group claimed a twin bombing in Baghdad, which killed 32 people and injured dozens…

yenisafak (2021-02-20). Turkey hires top US law firm on F-35 jet issue. yenisafak.com Turkey's Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) has enlisted a leading US law firm to get strategic advice on protecting its rights in the F-35 fighter jet program.The deal between SSTEK Defense Industry Technologies, a subsidiary of the SSB, and Washington-based Arnold Porter covers legal advice for claiming Turkey's rights to date rather than keeping it in the program, according to information learned by Anadolu Agency.In 2019, Washington announced it was taking Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter jet program over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.The U.S. claimed that the Russian S-…

Fight Back (2021-02-20). Chicago: Major development in fight for community control of police. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the text of remarks by Frank Chapman of The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), given at the February 19 with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA). | We all recognize the struggle for justice when it comes to police crimes and misconduct has been a long and torturous one, consuming generations and the lives of so many people from Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, to Rekia Boyd and Bettie Jones, to Flint Farmer and Laquan McDonald and many, many more that space will not allow us to mention. And let us not forget the hundreds that…

_____ (2021-02-20). Snowstorm + Capitalism = Disaster For More Than 100,000 In Mississippi. popularresistance.org This week, Mississippi is experiencing unprecedented freezing conditions resulting from ice storms that blasted through the U.S. South. In addition to being unaccustomed to the freezing rain, ice, and snow, thousands of Mississippians suffering rolling blackouts and power outages, unheated homes and water shutoffs, have been left to fend for themselves. | Starting Feb 15, at least 250,000 Mississippians have lost power at some point during the week; counties in the southwest to east central Mississippi are primarily impacted. About 110,000 people were still without power on Feb. 19 in the morning. Almost all of t…

_____ (2021-02-20). Report: Young People In The United States Are Overrun With Student Debt. popularresistance.org Young Americans are overrun with student debt. This crisis is the culmination of waning government funding for higher education, wage stagnation, wealth inequality, and a misleading emphasis on obtaining high credentials—all leading to the financial gap between college prices and later earnings. In 2020, aggregate balances reached $1.66 trillion in 2019 dollars, 122% higher in real dollars than in 2010. Not surprisingly, the number of borrowers, the amount they owe, and the number of loans each borrower acquires, have all increased over the time period. In 2019, 18-35 year-olds with student loan debt owed n…

Michael La Corte (2021-02-20). The absolute best way to cook fennel (because this underappreciated veggie deserves a Renaissance). salon.com If you don't already stock up on this unique vegetable, maybe I can convince you to on your next grocery trip…

Terri Simone Francis (2021-02-20). Where is the love?: Seeking intimacy in Josephine Baker's films. salon.com When her film characters shed their faàßades and the great Josephine Baker is revealed, something startling happens…

news.un (2021-02-20). FROM THE FIELD: The goats helping Zambians to reach economic independence. news.un.org In Zambia, where the climate crisis is making it increasingly difficult to earn a living, goat-rearing is being seen as a possible route to a better livelihood, and economic resilience.

Pamela Das (2021-02-20). [Perspectives] Sharrelle Barber: at the intersection of place, race, and health. thelancet.com Sharrelle Barber's research focuses on the intersection of place, race, and health. As Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA, USA, her work has been crucial in assessing the impact of structural racism on racial health inequities among Black people in the USA and Brazil. She sees segregation as a symbol of the economic, social, political, and racial divide in a city: "From Jackson, Mississippi, to Rio de Janeiro, segregation is one of the most visible manif…

Tiago S Jesus, Michel D Landry (2021-02-20). [Correspondence] Global need: including rehabilitation in health system strengthening. thelancet.com We read with great enthusiasm Alarcos Cieza and colleagues'1 analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 to estimate that 2 ∑41 billion people (95% uncertainty interval 2 ∑34—2 ∑50 billion) worldwide would benefit from rehabilitation services. This comprehensive work quantifies an increasing burden of non-fatal health losses potentially addressed by rehabilitation services. Cieza and colleagues' work complements findings from our series of secondary analyses of GBD 2017,2—4 in which we focused on an extensive set of health conditions tha…

Anastazia Keegan, Philip Crispin, Amanda Ormerod, Kristen Brown, Christine Akers, Fiona King (2021-02-20). [Correspondence] Iron deficiency in PREVENTT. thelancet.com We congratulate Toby Richards and colleagues1 for concluding the PREVENTT study, which sought to reduce the need for blood transfusion by giving preoperative intravenous iron to patients with anaemia before elective major abdominal surgery. Strategies to prevent transfusion need to be recognised and appropriately evaluated. The findings showed that preoperative iron infusion did not reduce the need for red blood cell transfusions; however, we disagree with the conclusion drawn that preoperative iron should not be recommended.

Grigorios Christidis, Frank Lammert, Marcin Krawczyk (2021-02-20). [Clinical Picture] Amiodarone and hypothyroidism. thelancet.com A 65-year-old man attended our outpatient clinic for diagnostic evaluation of abnormal blood tests detected during a routine check requested by his cardiologist. The investigations showed a raised serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (406 U/L; normal <60) and a raised serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) concentration of 99 ∑20 ŒºIU/mL (normal 0 ∑27—4 ∑20). The patient's free thyroxine and free tri-iodothyronine were low at 0 ∑67 ng/dL (normal 0 ∑93—1 ∑70) and 1 ∑5 pg/mL (normal 2 ∑0—4 ∑4) respectively. Anti-thyroid antibodies—including thyroid...

thelancet (2021-02-20). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Baas P, Scherpereel A, Nowak AK, et al. First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab in unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma (CheckMate 743): a multicentre, randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial. Lancet 2021; 397: 375—86—The appendix for this Article has been corrected as of Feb 18, 2021.

Michael Marmot (2021-02-20). [Perspectives] Healthy because you deserve it, unhealthy because you don't? thelancet.com "Men at some time are masters of their fates;/ The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/But in ourselves, that we are underlings." We have only ourselves to blame for being "petty men", explains Cassius to Brutus in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. By contrast, Julius Caesar has someone remind him that he is mortal. His hubris comes at the expense of others' humiliation.

Toby Richards, Ben Clevenger, Darren Dahly, Martin Besser (2021-02-20). [Correspondence] Iron deficiency in PREVENTT — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Bernd Froessler and colleagues, Axel Hofmann and colleagues, and Anastazia Keegan and colleagues for their comments. In the PREVENTT trial1 we addressed the association between preoperative anaemia and increased blood transfusion, hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality after surgery. We did not know whether these associations were causal, specifically whether intravenous iron could correct anaemia, mediating a reduction in the associated risks to patients.

Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, Sally C Davies (2021-02-20). [Correspondence] The Health Index for England. thelancet.com In the Chief Medical Officer for England's 2018 independent annual report, we called for the development of a composite health index.1,2 We are delighted that the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has developed and published a beta version of such an index,3 alongside a useful Health Index Explorer tool.

Talha Burki (2021-02-20). [World Report] Research Focus: The Cleveland Clinic at 100. thelancet.com As the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, marks its centenary, Talha Burki looks at how it became a world-renowned centre for cardiology.

Dean Baker (2021-02-20). The Failure of the Media in Responding to the Lying Right. zcomm.org Perhaps even more important is that the fact that mainstream media outlets allow public figures to spread their lies and not have it affect their reputation…

Travis Waldron (2021-02-20). Arizona Republicans Lead Nationwide GOP Push to Curb Voting Rights. zcomm.org No state is considering more bills to restrict voting rights than Arizona, where activists say the GOP is waging a "full-scale assault on democratic norms."

Bezaleel Jupiter and Satya Vatti (2021-02-20). Snowstorm + capitalism = disaster for more than 100K in Mississippi. zcomm.org Only working class organization and mobilization against the capitalist system can turn this repugnant reality on its head…

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). From bad to worse for Liverpool with derby loss to Everton. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Everton beat Liverpool 0-2 Saturday on goals by Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson in a game that saw Reds captain Jordan Henderson leave the pitch injured in the 29th minute. The Toffees first triumph in the Merseyside derby in more than a decade was a milestone of a different kind for …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Former Australian govt party adviser accused of 2nd rape. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A woman said Saturday she was raped by a former adviser to the government party accused this week of raping another co-worker in parliament, according to local media reports. Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his discomfort at this second complaint at a press conference via his Facebook profile. The accusation …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Opposition leader Navalny loses appeal against imprisonment. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A Moscow court on Saturday rejected an appeal from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against his 3.5 year imprisonment after he was found guilty of violating the conditions of his parole. Navalny was detained last month after returning from Germany, where he was receiving treatment from a alleged poisoning attack by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Bolsonaro ousts CEO of Brazil's state-run oil company. laprensalatina.com Brasilia, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The CEO of Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras was fired Friday in the wake of President Jair Bolsonaro's repeated attacks on the company for hiking fuel prices. The right-wing head of state said that reserve army Gen. Joaquim Silva e Luna, a former defense minister, will take charge of Petrobras, whose …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). At least 5 killed, 2 injured as series of sticky bomb explosions rock Kabul. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- At least five people, including two members of the security forces, were killed and two people were injured on Saturday in three back-to-back sticky bomb explosions in the Afghan capital, officials told EFE. The attacks took place in three different areas of Kabul within a two-hour period, Kabul police spokesperson Firdaws …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Thousands in Myanmar take to streets following protester's death. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Thousands in Myanmar took to the country's streets Saturday to protest the military coup a day after the death of a demonstrator was confirmed. The most conflictive point in the country was the city of Mandalay, the largest, where police fired rubber bullets at the crowd that came to support …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Osaka wins 2nd Australian Open title after defeating Brady. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday clinched her second Australian Open title as she comfortably defeated the US' Jennifer Brady in straight sets. Third seed Osaka took advantage of untimely unforced errors from Grand Slam final rookie Brady for a 6-4, 6-3 win to seal the title after a contest that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: 6 years of a pure 21st century marriage. laprensalatina.com By Javier Romualdo Los Angeles, United States, Feb 19 (EFE) .- It is official. The couple of the decade is divorcing. After months of constant rumors, Kim Kardashian formally filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West, ending a six-year marriage between two of the biggest stars of this century. The impact of the news in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Chelsea winning streak ends at Southampton. laprensalatina.com Southampton, England, Feb 20 (efe'epa).- Chelsea on Saturday had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Southampton as their winning run stretching back to last month came to an end. The Blues enjoyed the lion's share of possession, but failed to transfer their dominance on the pitch to the scoreboard. Despite leaving St Mary's frustrated …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Riots continue for 4th night in Spain over imprisonment of rapper. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Barcelona and several other Spanish cities woke up on Saturday morning to looted stores and damaged property after a fourth consecutive night of protests calling for the release of rapper Pablo Hasel. The artist — real name Pablo Rivadulla — has been in prison since Tuesday after he was found …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Two protesters in Mandalay shot dead by Myanmar police. laprensalatina.com (Update: adds killing of 2 protesters) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- At least two people were shot dead on Saturday by police in Mandalay, Myanmar's second city, during a protest against the military junta that seized power in a coup d'état on February 1. Three people have now died at the hands of authorities in …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). Israel expanding region's only nuclear bomb factory 'Dimona'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Zionist regime is expanding 'Dimona', the region's only nuclear bomb factory.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). "Sorkhkala Tappeh" historical bathhouse in Mazandaran. en.mehrnews.com SAVADKOUH, Feb. 20 (MNA) — The historical bathhouse of "Sorkhkala Tappeh" is located in Ziraab city, outskirt of Savadkouh, Mazandaran province.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). Ulyanov reacts to IAEA chief's trip to Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna expressed hope that negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will be successful.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). Rockets hit an airbase in Iraq's Saladin: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported that several rockets hit an airbase in southern province of Saladin in Iraq.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). Two Iranians among nominees for Best AFC 2020 Free Kick. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Two Iranian players have been nominated for the Free Kicks of the 2020 AFC Champions League.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). Iran, Russia discuss regional developments. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Moscow and deputy foreign minister of the Russian Federation conferred on regional developments on Saturday.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). Hezbollah to stand by Iran to confront US: Deputy Sec. Gen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General said that Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement will stand by the Islamic Republic of Iran to confront the United States.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). US Air Force training jet crashes in Alabama, kills two. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — The US Air Force said in a statement that both pilots were killed when a US military plane crashed in Alabama.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-20). IAEA chief Grossi arrives in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — The Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi arrived in Tehran on Saturday for talks with Iranian officials.

Global Research (2021-02-19). "The Globalization of War" and "Towards a World War III Scenario" globalresearch.ca The Globalization of War: America's "Long War" against Humanity, by Michel Chossudovsky | America's hegemonic project in…

_____ (2021-02-19). Biden Spent Black History Month Deporting Black Immigrants. popularresistance.org In the days it took to pull together this Q&A with two leaders in the immigrant rights movement—Haitian Bridge Alliance's Guerline Jozef and the UndocuBlack Network's Patrice Lawrence—the federal government deported more than 70 asylum-seekers to Haiti, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other children. Haiti is in the midst of political turmoil and advocates are calling these deportations "death flights." Soon, hundreds more Black immigrants are expected to be deported, including 135 Haitian immigrants. Most of them are families. | While the coverage of these deportations hasn't been extensiv…

news.un (2021-02-19). UN human rights office alarmed by 'attacks' on judicial independence in Haiti. news.un.org The UN human rights office (OHCHR) is "very concerned" over recent attacks against judicial independence in Haiti, as the country is gripped by political and institutional instability, a spokesperson said on Friday.

Yves Engler (2021-02-19). Why Haitians are angry at the UN. zcomm.org The case of Haiti reveals how the UN can be part of the problem rather than the solution…

Online News Editor (2021-02-19). Haitian crafts entrepreneur looking to spread success. laprensalatina.com By Maria Montecelos Port-au-Prince, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Haitian artisans produce handicrafts of remarkable quality and variety but struggle to make a living due to the lack of a domestic market for their creations. But they now have a key ally and ambassador in Magalie Dresse, an entrepreneur and papier mache artist who is determined to …

PAI (2021-02-19). Trailblazing former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis dies at 68. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO (PAI)—If you're looking for who started "Red for Ed," figuratively if not literally, you'll find Karen Lewis. Because it could arguably be said that Lewis, the former President of the Chicago Teachers Union/AFT Local 1, who died in early February at 68 after a long battle with cancer, originated the combination of teacher activism …

WSWS (2021-02-19). Australian educators support locked out Coles workers. wsws.org Teachers have spoken out in support of the locked out workers at the Smeaton Grange warehouse in Sydney, and have condemned the United Workers Union's attempts to impose a sell-out deal.

WSWS (2021-02-19). Teachers and health workers strike amid back-to-school campaign in Brazil. wsws.org Faced with enormous opposition from teachers, the Brazilian ruling class fears that the return to classes will provoke a nationwide wave of struggles beyond the control of the unions and pseudo-left parties.

WSWS (2021-02-19). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Portuguese teachers strike against unsafe return to schools order; national strike planned against South Africa's ANC government over the erosion of workers' rights, unemployment, corruption, inequality and poverty.

_____ (2021-02-19). Over 200 Small Business Restaurant Owners And Employers Endorse Raise The Wage Act. popularresistance.org As the small restaurant sector reels from the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a report published Thursday by advocates for tipped workers and a $15 minimum wage revealed that phasing out subminimum wages for such workers—which can be as low as a little over $2 an hour—does not cause businesses to close. | In fact, the report—published by the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley and One Fair Wage—found that the five states with the greatest rate of decline in open hospitality businesses during the pandemic are all states with a submi…

Brian Cloughley (2021-02-19). Britain's Double Standards in International Affairs. counterpunch.org On February 12 it was announced by the UN that a British lawyer had been elected as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. No matter what one might think of the ICC, it is taking steps to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan and Yemen, so it can't be all bad. But a major point

Gareth Porter (2021-02-19). US State Department accusation of China 'genocide' relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue. thegrayzone.com The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their "genocide" accusation against China. A close review of Zenz's research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of "genocide" against the Muslim Uyghur population in China's Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on …

Ted Rall (2021-02-19). Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems. counterpunch.org "Radical solutions require radical solutions," I wrote in my 2010 book "The Anti-American Manifesto," a polemic that calls upon us to save ourselves from imminent social, economic and political collapse by overthrowing the system and rebuilding society from the ground up. We currently face several radical problems. But we're not likely to rise to the

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-19). UN report slams U.S. economic sanctions against Venezuela. peoplesworld.org Editor's Note: A group of 27 U.S. senators and representatives on Feb. 11 urged President Joe Biden to "consider the humanitarian impacts of sanctions." They did not name specific countries, but at the top of the list of countries currently on the receiving end of U.S. sanctions is Venezuela. The country was the target of …

Eve Ottenberg (2021-02-19). The Atrocious Prosecution of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org What do Biden and Trump have in common? (Aside from jerking Iran around over the nuclear treaty, proclaiming support for a phony, unelected pretender to the Venezuelan presidency, Juan Guaido, and posturing aggressively toward China?) Both Biden and Trump support the utterly baseless Espionage Act case against journalist and publisher Julian Assange. Make no mistake,

teleSUR (2021-02-19). President Maduro Boosts Anti-Drug Fight in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday inaugurated the National Anti-Drug Superintendence and took stock of his country's fight against drugs. | RELATED: | "We deliver to the National Assembly a draft bill for a partial reform of the Law on Drugs," the President said. | The new Superintendence, which is the highest level institution to coordinate the fight against drug trafficking, will be headed by Major General Richard…

teleSUR (2021-02-19). ALBA Members Review Food Access Strategies Amidst COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Ministers of Agriculture of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) analyzed on Thursday actions to guarantee food to their populations in the coronavirus context pandemic. | Venezuelan Minister of Agriculture, Wilmar Castro, explained in a message on his Twitter account that in the meeting, developed virtually, the impacts on the agri-food sector of the COVID-19 pandemic were analyzed. | RELATED: | The o…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-19). Venezuela launches vaccination drive against COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org Despite the harsh economic sanctions and commercial blockade against Venezuela imposed by the US and supported by the EU, the government of President Nicolás Maduro is making every possible effort to secure anti-COVID-19 vaccines…

Online News Editor (2021-02-19). Venezuela inoculates health care workers at start of vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Caracas, Feb 18 (efe-epa).- Venezuela launched the first stage of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Thursday, administering doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine to front-line health care workers. They were selected as a means of recognizing them for their efforts to combat this potentially fatal respiratory illness, which has killed nearly 1,300 people in the …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-19). Venezuela launches Covid vaccination program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (MNA) — Venezuela on Thursday began immunizing healthcare workers against the coronavirus with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, with the government announcing plans to vaccinate 70% of the population by the end of the year.

sputniknews (2021-02-19). Pfizer to Roll Out 10Mln COVID Vaccines Weekly as Biden Assures Shots for All by July. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company expects to double its rollout of coronavirus vaccines to 10 million a week over the next two weeks as US President Joe Biden pledged enough supply of doses to immunize all Americans by July.

Staff (2021-02-19). Headlines for February 19, 2021. democracynow.org Power Cuts, Freezing Temperatures Plague Millions as Texas Energy Producers Boast of Profits, Sen. Ted Cruz Fled to Cancún as Millions of Texans Endured Blackouts and Winter Cold, South Africa Switches to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine in Battle Against Coronavirus Variant, Peruvian VIPs Secretly Received First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine, Pfizer Says its COVID-19 Vaccine Might Not Need Ultra-Cold Temperatures, U.S. COVID Deaths Drop in February But Still on Pace to Top Half-Million by Month's End, U.S. to Give $4 Billion to COVAX as Biden Tries to Repair International Ties, Biden's New ICE Guidelines Continue to Target…

_____ (2021-02-19). Latin America Finds Its Own Answers To Produce COVID-19 Vaccines. popularresistance.org In a world harmed by the severe COVID-19 pandemic, the access to vaccines is being distorted by the rules of the open market and the deep gap between rich and poor nations. As the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, recently said, "the world is on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure — and the price of this failure will be paid with lives and livelihoods in the world's poorest countries." In a formal declaration the WHO warns that "in the majority of low and middle-income countries, vaccination has not even started which is a catastrophe as hospitals fill…

Ryan Cristián (2021-02-19). EPA Quietly Approves Chemical 'Air Treatment' To Fight COVID-19 & US Vaccine Passports Are Here. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/19/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

_____ (2021-02-19). Unprotected African Health Workers Die As Rich Countries Buy Up COVID-19 Vaccines. popularresistance.org On 6 January, gastroenterologist Leolin Katsidzira received a troubling message from his colleague James Gita Hakim, a heart specialist and noted HIV/AIDS researcher. Hakim, chair of the department of medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, had fallen sick and had tested positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to a hospital in Harare 10 days later and moved to an intensive care unit (ICU) after his condition deteriorated. He died on 26 January. | It is a crushing loss to Zimbabwean medicine, Katsidzira says. "Don't forget: We have had a huge brain drain. So people like James are people who keep the system going,"

Martha Rosenberg (2021-02-19). Look at Pharma's Recent Record Before Bestowing a Crown. counterpunch.org The vaccine "halo" that drug makers are currently wearing obscures their track record of selling addictive drugs, overpriced drugs and drugs with dangerous side effects hidden from the public. Lest drug makers become Covid heroes let us remember: * Opioid makers deliberately created the opioid addiction epidemic for profit, assuring patients and clinicians the narcotics

teleSUR (2021-02-19). Mexico to Vaccinate the Elderly Living in Poor Neighborhoods. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Health Ministry Thursday informed that the elderly living in poor municipalities will be vaccinated when 2,000 Sputnik V vaccines arrive in the country on Saturday. | RELATED: | "We will continue to immunize the most vulnerable people and those living in poor neighborhoods," Health Minister Undersecretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said without specifying in which municipality the vaccines will be administered. | Nevertheless, authori…

teleSUR (2021-02-19). The Sputnik V Global Demand Exceeds Russian Output Capacity. telesurenglish.net Kremlin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday assured that the Sputnik V vaccine demand worldwide is so high that it exceeds Russia's production capacity despite its biotechnological development and scientific expertise. | RELATED: | "At first, the Sputnik V vaccine was criticized and mistrusted. Today, its demand has exceeded our forecasts," Peskov said, recalling that his country wants to increase the Sputnik V production in…

The Global Research Team (2021-02-19). Selected Articles: The Covid Deception Serves An Undeclared Agenda. globalresearch.ca By There is no scientific basis for the measures in place to deal with the alleged Covid Pandemic. Among experts the support for these measures …

RT (2021-02-19). Almost all Spanish nursing home residents have received two Covid doses as Madrid says state on track with vaccine rollout. rt.com Health authorities in Spain have said they are close to vaccinating all elderly nursing-home residents with the requisite two doses of Covid-19 vaccines as Madrid says it's on course to inoculate 20 million by the end of June. | The Federacion Empresarial de Asistencia a la Dependencia (FED), Spain's care home association, said 97 percent of elderly residents have received both jabs — positive news in a health sector that has suffered a high number of deaths in the pandemic. | Officials believe 20,000 people died of Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19 in nursing homes during the first wave alone, from March to…

RT (2021-02-19). Pandemic will be with us until EVERYONE on earth given Covid-19 vaccine, says Merkel after G7 summit. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic can only be considered beaten once everyone in the world has been immunized against Covid-19, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after she'd met with the G7 leaders at a virtual summit on Friday. | Speaking to reporters, Merkel said she had stressed in her remarks to the group that the "pandemic is not over until all people in the world have been vaccinated," adding: "Everyone must participate." | "The [coronavirus] pandemic in particular has shown how much we are diverging from one another, worldwide." | On Friday the head of the EU's executive body, Ursula von der Leyen, said t…

Staff (2021-02-19). Amid G7 Meeting, Pressure Mounts for Biden to Remove Global Barriers to Vaccines. truthout.org President Joe Biden is meeting with the G7 leaders of other wealthy nations Friday to discuss global plans to defeat COVID. Meanwhile, the United States is under growing international pressure to reverse course from the Trump administration and lead the world toward ending massive global disparities in vaccine and treatment access that threaten to stretch the deadly pandemic out for years. | Hanging in the balance are an untold number of human lives — and the profit margins of privat…

Christer Ericsson (2021-02-19). Council of Europe: No Compulsory Vaccinations and No Discrimination Against the Unvaccinated. anti-empire.com Many citizens have been worried about whether the untested vaccines will be mandatory, since it has already been proposed in several countries. In Sweden, however, it has not been, because of a law which prohibits involuntary medical interventions. But despite this law, governments could exert such strong pressure on their populations, that it could become almost impossible…

a guest author (2021-02-19). COVID vaccines are big business and a political weapon. workers.org By Manuel Raposo Manuel Raposo is editor of jornalmudardevida.net in Portugal, where this article was published Feb. 14. Translation: John Catalinotto. It has often been said that so-called "natural" disasters, including unforeseeable catastrophes, lay bare the weaknesses of the societies they strike. The health, social and economic crisis the coronavirus . . . |

RT (2021-02-19). Johnson & Johnson submits its single-shot Covid-19 vaccine to WHO for emergency use. rt.com Pharma giant Johnson & Johnson has submitted data on its coronavirus vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) as it seeks the agency's greenlight for emergency use. Unlike other shots, this one comes in a single dose. | The emergency-use approval is a prerequisite for the vaccine joining the WHO-led COVAX watchdog program, J&J said in a statement on Friday, revealing it had submitted its paperwork to the UN health body. | Unlike vaccine competitors already in the Covid-fighting market, the J&J offering comes in a single-dose form, which would make its distribution considerably easier. Moreover, it can be…

Staff (2021-02-19). Battleground Baltimore: The battle continues for more COVID-19 vaccine doses. therealnews.com In this week's round-up of Baltimore news: Leaders examine the way doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being distributed, Mayor Brandon Scott releases his administration's transition report, remembering musician Jimmy Jones, and more.

RT (2021-02-19). Pfizer-BioNTech tried to gouge the EU with 65-DOLLAR vaccine doses, German media report. rt.com Drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech wanted to charge the EU Commission €54.08 per dose of their Coronavirus vaccine, according to German media reports. The jab would have cost more than 20 times that of a rival shot from AstraZeneca. | The prospective price tag was revealed on Thursday by German broadcasters NDR and WDR, and the

Bruce E. Levine (2021-02-19). Politics & Science: Rahm Emanuel, Mike Pence, Homosexuality, Pandemics, Masks, Vaccines. counterpunch.org Aside from their icy-mobster visages, Rahm Emanuel and Mike Pence have something else in common. Both, as members of presidential administrations, tried to rewrite Centers for Disease Control (CDC) pandemic guidance for political purposes. The reason why one was successful and the other was not has nothing to do with courageous CDC scientists threatening to resign in protest; instead, the different outcomes had to do with politics.

commondreams (2021-02-19). G7 Vaccine Pledge Is 'Fig Leaf' for Global Apartheid. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-02-19). G7 Discusses Vaccines, Debt Relief, Tax Plans and Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-02-19). G7 Leaders Are Shooting Themselves in the Foot by Failing to Tackle Global Vaccine Access. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Susan Price (2021-02-19). Vaccine nationalism and profiteering: How capitalism captured a pandemic. greenleft.org.au Right from the start, agreements and plans for the development of COVID-19 vaccines, were going to privilege a profit-generating and market-based approach, writes Dale McKinley.

Online News Editor (2021-02-19). WHO lauds new commitments from US, EU countries on vaccine equity. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday praised countries such as the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom after they announced new commitments to the COVAX program for the global delivery of antiviral vaccines, bringing the organisation closer to the goal of getting them to the entire planet. "There …

Adam Dick (2021-02-19). Truth Slips Out in Coronavirus Vaccine Deaths 'Fact Check'? 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 big money media that have been working for a year …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-19). Historic win: Trade unions celebrate UK top court's ruling on Uber drivers. peoplesdispatch.org The UK Supreme Court upheld multiple lower court rulings that held that Uber drivers are workers and not "self-employed" as the raid-hailing corporate argued…

sputniknews (2021-02-19). Ex-US Military Leaders Back ACLU Petition for SCOTUS to Declare Male-Only Draft Unconstitutional. sputniknews.com The Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) decision in Rostkver v. Goldberg, 453 US 57 (1981), held that the Military Selective Service Act was constitutional, claiming "[t]he existence of the combat restrictions clearly indicates the basis for Congress' decision to exempt women from registration."

_____ (2021-02-19). UK Top Court Gives Uber Drivers Benefits In Landmark Ruling. popularresistance.org London – Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as "workers" and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Friday, in a decision that threatens the company's business model and holds broader implications for the so-called gig economy. | The ruling paves the way for Uber drivers to get benefits such as paid holidays and the minimum wage, handing defeat to the ride-hailing giant in the culmination of a long-running legal battle. | The Supreme Court's seven judges unanimously rejected Uber's appeal against an employment tribunal ruling, which had found that two Uber drivers were "workers" under British law.

The Canary (2021-02-19). Shamima Begum to find out next week if she can potentially return to the UK. thecanary.co Shamima Begum will find out if she can potentially return to the UK to pursue an appeal against the removal of her British citizenship when the Supreme Court gives a ruling on her case next week. | Stateless: | Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in February 2015. Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. | Begum, now 21, is challenging the Home Office's decision to remove her British citizenship and w…

The Canary (2021-02-19). Massive victory for workers as Uber loses Supreme Court battle. thecanary.co Supreme Court justices have ruled against Uber and said that drivers should be classed as workers. | Seven justices ruled on the latest round of a long-running fight between Uber operating companies and drivers on Friday, after a hearing in July. | Uber operating companies, who said drivers were contractors not workers, appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the fight. | "Historic": | Justices dismissed Uber's appeal in a decision the GMB union said was "historic". | BREAKING: It's the end of the road for Uber's mistreatment of drivers. | This landmark Supreme Court ruling puts…

teleSUR (2021-02-19). Ecuador Elections: Arauz and Lasso To Second Round, CNE Says. file:/Users/educators/Dropbox/_data/_rss/telesurenglish.net.xml Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) confirmed on Friday that Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso would face the first-round winner Andres Arauz on the second round of the presidential elections on April 11. | RELATED: | With 100 percent of the ballot records processed, the electoral body reported that the Union for Hope (UNES) Andres Arauz won with 32.72 percent of the votes while Lasso received 19.74 percent.

Nicky Reid (2021-02-19). Should Iran Even Take Us Back? counterpunch.org Its been nearly a month since the villagers chased off Orange Man Bad with pitchforks and torches and most of my liberal friends in group therapy have sunk into that warm bath of post election honeymoon euphoria. The more human side of my fractured brain envies their bliss. After all, don't they deserve it? Don't

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-19). Algerian president to dissolve parliament, calls for early elections. peoplesdispatch.org Algeria's president Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced on Thursday, February 18, that he will dissolve the country's national assembly — the lower house of parliament — and call for early legislative elections, Al Jazeera reported. He also said that he will issue pardons to many of the Hirak protesters, including those currently in the country's prisons. Media reports suggest that Tebboune is aiming to hold elections as early as June this year or by September by the latest. The legislative elections were originally scheduled to be held next year. | In the televised speech, he also talked about wanting to…

RT (2021-02-19). Democracy must prevail over autocracy, Biden tells the world — even as he's accused of autocratic tendencies back home. rt.com Fresh from taking office with three-quarters of Republicans believing his election win was fraudulent, then signing executive orders at a record pace, Joe Biden evangelized about democracy at the Munich Security Conference. | "We must demonstrate that democracies can still deliver for our people," Biden said on Friday via video link at the the conference. | That is our galvanizing mission. Democracy doesn't happen by accident. We have to defend it, strengthen it, renew it. We have to prove that our model isn't a relic of our history. | Biden made his comments in the context of "democratic progress" being "unde…

RT (2021-02-19). Lithuanian President worried Russia could 'swallow' troubled Belarus as part of embattled leader Lukashenko's eventual departure. rt.com Moscow and Minsk may already be joined as members of the Union State, but Lithuania's president claims Russia could ultimately take advantage of unrest in the protest-hit Eastern European nation to 'swallow' Belarus entirely. | In an interview with DW News on Thursday, President Gitanas Nauseda told journalists that he believes current efforts underway in Minsk to rewrite the country's constitution are an attempt to buy time for a controlled transfer of power. "I very much doubt that this will lead to free elections in Belarus," he said, voicing his belief that "people in the 21st century deserve the right to…

2021-02-20: Social Media Postees

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Half of Texas without clean water as state and federal governments look the other way
wsws.org | 2021-02-20
The phrase "too little, too late" does not even begin to scratch the surface of the essentially non-existent and frankly ridiculous response of the Biden administration to a still unfolding catastrophe which has killed dozens of people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/20/texa…

Amazon Changes Timing of Traffic Lights to Derail Unionization Drive
RT.com | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
Online retail giant Amazon was so desperate to scuttle a unionization drive among warehouse workers in Alabama that it actually had traffic light times changed. A pro-union publication says it confirmed the rumors with the county…
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US State Department Accusation of China "Genocide" Is Garbage Reliant on Data Abuse and Fraudulent Claims
Gareth Porter | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-20
Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of "genocide" against the Muslim Uyghur population in China's Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on to level his genocide allegation reveals a pattern of data abuse and fraudulent assertions that substantially undermines the incendiary charge. | The US government's accusation of genocide against China stems from a single sour…
anti-empire.com/us-state-department-accu…

Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems
Ted Rall | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
The new president is inheriting big, long-neglected problems that require big dramatic solutions…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/biden-offers-moder…

Outage outrage: Texans see power bills as high as $17,000 after brutal storm pummels grid & leaves millions without electricity
rt.com | 2021-02-20
In the wake of a fierce winter storm that knocked out power for millions of Texans, some residents are reporting colossal spikes in their electricity bills, with some asked to pay more than $17,000 for just a few weeks of service. | …
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Russia registers its 3rd COVID-19 vaccine
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Russia has registered and its Health Ministry approved a third coronavirus vaccine for public use, the country's prime minister announced on Saturday.The vaccine, called CoviVac, was developed by the Chumakov Center for Research and Development of Immunobiological Drugs, Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with the government in Moscow."I want to start with some very good news: today, the third vaccine, CoviVac, was registered," he said, adding that by mid-March, "the first 120,000 doses will be launched into civil circulation."Strict controls will ensure that stepped-up production will in no case affect the vacc…
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Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
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Minnesota protesters will not be intimidated by police scare tactics
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-20
Minneapolis, MN — On February 17, Mayor Jacob Frey, other city officials, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and various other entities held two separate press conferences to address what their departments are doing to 'ensure the safety' of residents, businesses and other surrounding cities during the upcoming March court trial for Derek Chauvin, who is being tried for the brutal murder of George Floyd. At least a dozen organizations, including Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, are working together to plan a major rally on the opening day of court March 8, and plan continuing actions throu…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/minnesot…

Six Capitol police suspended, 29 others under investigation for role in January 6 assault
wsws.org | 2021-02-20
Press reports on those charged in the January 6 attack on Congress reveal that a substantial number are current or former police and active or former members of the military, many of whom are linked to far-right militias.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/20/poli…

Urgent Solidarity with Haiti is Needed
Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-20
A long-brewing crisis in Haiti, created through intervention by the United States, United Nations and allied western imperialist countries, has now come to a head. The Biden administration is openly backing a violent, corrupt and fraudulent leader, Jovenel MoàØse, and maintaining the policies of previous presidents, including Donald Trump, in Haiti. Activists in Haiti have …
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Monday 2/22: San Francisco Speakout & Digitial Rally: $15 Fair Wage & COVID Relief Now! w/ PPC
Poor People's Campaign and union partners | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
SF: sidewalk outside office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein @ 1 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 | Masks & Social Distancing Required at All Times | Online: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream/
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Biden's First Month Marked By Broken Promises
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
One month into his presidential career and Joe Biden has already left a trail of broken promises on progressive legislation. Yesterday, it was reported that the president held a closed-door meeting with a group of mayors and governors. At the first sign of pushback from Republicans in the room, he immediately dropped his support for the $15 minimum wage on the basis that he needed bipartisan support to pass it. Given that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the White House, this position seems surprising. "I really want this in there but it just doesn't look like we can do it because of reconciliation," the…
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[World Report] Severe mental illness: reassessing COVID-19 vaccine priorities
Nayanah Siva | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
As evidence mounts that patients with severe mental illness are at increased risk of severe COVID-19, some countries are reassessing their vaccine priority strategies. Nayanah Siva reports.
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Could the Int'l Criminal Court Curb Israeli War Crimes against Occupied Palestinians?
Middle East Monitor | juancole.com | 2021-02-20
By Belal Yasin | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — On 5 February the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a ruling in which it agreed to investigate possible war crimes by the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and decided that its jurisdiction extends to the territories controlled by the Israeli occupation since the …
juancole.com/2021/02/criminal-occupied-p…

Venezuela: 1.5 Million Barrels per Day Goal, Oil Industry Rises
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-20
Venezuela aims at significantly expanding its oil industry this year despite numerous sanctions and the U.S. blockade. The goal is to produce 1,508,000 barrels per day, for which president Nicolás Maduro extended for another 12 months the Declaration of Energy Emergency in the Hydrocarbons Industry. | RELATED: | President Maduro Boosts Anti-Drug Fight in Venezuela | "I want to say that in the wave of the Anti-Blockade Law and in the wave of new contracts that are beneficial for the Repub…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-1.5-Mi…

Palestinian village braves atrocities, biting cold to foil Israeli land grab
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
This is the ninth straight night that Harb Abu-Elkbash, a 48-year-old Palestinian Bedouin, will spend under the open sky in freezing temperatures.The Israeli army stormed his village of Homsa al-Baqia, located east of the city of Tubas in the Jordan Valley, 38 miles (61 kilometers) north of Jerusalem, and uprooted his tent and sheepfold.As a snowstorm descended on Palestine last Wednesday, Israeli soldiers prevented the village's residents from taking refuge in tents.Since the first time on Nov. 3 last year, Israeli bulldozers have repeatedly razed this village.The remnants of tents, sheds, portable toilets, and…
yenisafak.com/en/world/palestinian-villa…

First Person: The Colombian youth fighting for digital education for all
news.un.org | 2021-02-20
Tania Rosas, a Colombian education advocate from an afro-indigenous background, is hoping to improve learning outcomes for disadvantaged communities in her country, with a digital application tailored to their specific needs.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to "weaken Russia," leaked docs reveal
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-20
New leaked documents show Reuters' and the BBC's involvement in covert UK FCO programs to effect "attitudinal change" and "weaken the Russian state's influence," alongside intel contractors and Bellingcat. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have sponsored Reuters and the BBC to conduct a series of covert programs aimed at promoting regime change inside Russia and undermining its government across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a series of leaked documents. The leaked materials appear to show the …
thegrayzone.com/2021/02/20/reuters-bbc-u…

Biden's Health Plan Shifts Even More Public Dollars Into Private Hands
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
As the American Rescue Plan (ARP) winds its way through Congress, some progressives are hailing its health provisions as the greatest expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 10 years, while conservatives are claiming that it is a slippery slope to a national Medicare for All system. Democrats have decided to forego seeking Republican support for President Biden's $1.9 trillion promise of relief to those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession by using the budget reconciliation process. This has Republicans worried the legislation will be used to advance the progressive agenda to expand government…
popularresistance.org/bidens-health-plan…

Facebook: Genocide Is Cool but Don't Threaten Our Profits
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-20
"Facebook's willingness to block credible news sources also stands in sharp distinction to the company's poor track record in addressing the spread of hateful content and disinformation on the platform." — Tim O'Connor, Amnesty International Australia | Alan MACLEOD | Australia's 18 million Facebook users woke up yesterday to find that, without warning, local and global news sites were unavailable, meaning that they could not view or share news at all. Facebook users across the world were also unable to read or access any Australian news publications. The tech giant had taken the step of essentially shuttin…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/20/fa…

México, otra vez como cementerio de migrantes
Jorge Santibáñez | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
La aparición de 19 cuerpos calcinados en Tamaulipas nos recuerda lastimosamente los riesgos y la desprotección a la que se enfrentan los migrantes centroamericanos al transitar por México en su camino hacia Estados Unidos. Al momento de escribir este artículo…
globalizacion.ca/mexico-otra-vez-como-ce…

Migrantes: Tenue esperanza
Editorial La Jornada | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
El martes, el gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció que a partir del jueves 19 reanudaría el trámite de solicitudes de asilo de las personas registradas en el programa eufemísticamente denominado Protocolos de Protección Migratoria (MPP, por sus siglas en inglés),…
globalizacion.ca/migrantes-tenue-esperan…

Biden declares 'major disaster' in Texas as state continues to battle power outages amid extreme cold
rt.com | 2021-02-20
President Joe Biden has declared that "a major disaster" status is in effect in Texas, unlocking federal money for counties that have been suffering from an unusual and deadly cold wave. | His action allows for federal funding to dozens of Texan counties affected by the cold, the White House said. The money may be used for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans and other assistance to residents and business owners. | Also on rt.com | | Texas police looking for more than 100 illegal immigrants who fled smuggling truck amid winter freeze | Bide…
rt.com/usa/516173-biden-texas-major-disa…

Texas police looking for more than 100 illegal immigrants who fled smuggling truck amid winter freeze
rt.com | 2021-02-20
Texas authorities are seeking a group of more than 100 illegal immigrants wandering through the freezing, storm-hammered state. They fled a packed smuggling truck, in which they were being transported in suffocating conditions. | Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters on Thursday that his department received a call from a truckload of illegal immigrants in San Antonio that evening. Their smugglers had sealed up the refrigerated truck and blocked air holes, and the migrants feared that they would suffocate inside. | Deputies in the area noticed movement around a truck parked at a gas station, and sa…
rt.com/usa/516162-texas-immigrants-escap…

Is Biden Prepared to Lose Afghanistan?
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-20
By Patrick BUCHANAN | Is President Joe Biden prepared to preside over the worst U.S. strategic defeat since the fall of Saigon in 1975? | For that may be what's at stake if Biden follows through on the 2020 peace deal with the Taliban to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1 — just two months from now. | Consider. If the 2,500 American troops remaining in Afghanistan are pulled out, the entire 10,000-troop NATO contingent departs. | This would write an end to the Western military commitment. | And the likelihood the Kabul government could then survive the constant and increasing attacks from th…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/20/is…

They Don't Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-20
One of the most consequential collective delusions circulating in our society is the belief that our society is free. Our society is exactly free enough to create the illusion that we have freedom; from that line onwards it's just totalitarianism veiled in propaganda. | I get comments from people every day wagging their fingers at my criticisms of western imperialist agendas against nations like China or Iran saying "If you lived over there you wouldn't be allowed to criticize the government the way you criticize western governments!" | It is true that dissidents are permitted to criticize the government systems…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/they-do…

They Don't Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream
Caitlin Johnstone | realprogressives.org | 2021-02-20
One of the most consequential collective delusions circulating in our society is the belief that our society is free. Our society is exactly free enough to create the illusion that we have freedom; from that line onwards it's just totalitarianism veiled in propaganda. | I get comments from people every day wagging their fingers at my criticisms of western imperialist agendas against nations like China or Iran saying "If you lived over there you wouldn't be allowed to criticize the government the way you criticize western governments!" | It is true that dissidents are permitted to criticize the government syste…
realprogressives.org/dont-kill-all-disse…

Saturday 2/20: Monterey Picket Protest in Solidarity With Alabama Amazon Workers Unionizing
SupportAmazonWorkers | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Whole Foods: Gather in front of Del Monte Shopping Center on Munras @ 800 Del Monte Center, Monterey, CA 93940 | MASKS & SAFE-DISTANCING…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

Michigan solidarity with Amazon union in Alabama
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-20
Grand Rapids, MI – Outside the stagehands union IATSE Local 26 headquarters in Grand Rapids, union members and youth activists attached big signs to their cars saying "Amazon needs a union!" and "Solidarity with Amazon!" They gathered in the freezing cold on February 19 for a press conference and car caravan to three Amazon centers, including a giant new one promising to employ 1000 workers. | Josh Roskamp, IATSE26 business agent, said, "Working conditions at Amazon are harsh. They refuse to universally adopt measures that protect workers from COVID 19, and the work and lifting can be back-breaking. That is why…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/20/michigan…

Multimillion-Dollar 'Union Avoidance' Industry Faces New Scrutiny
C.M. Lewis | progressive.org | 2021-02-20
As an Amazon distribution center considers unionizing, the spotlight is back on employer efforts to dissuade workers from organizing.
progressive.org/dispatches/union-avoidan…

Warehouse Workers in Alabama Fight Amazon for the Right to Unionize
Jennifer Bates | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
"We want to be heard. We want to be treated like people and not ignored when we have issues"
zcomm.org/znetarticle/warehouse-workers-…

Libya: When Historical Memory is Erased
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-20
It happened ten years ago: US-NATO's "humanitarian war" against Libya in support of so-called pro-democracy rebels. The On February 15, 2011, according to the official story "anti-government rallies were held in Benghazi calling upon Qadaffi to step down. US-NATO cam …
globalresearch.ca/libya-when-historical-…

Here's The 20-Point Plan For How Russia Could Contain The US
Andrew Korybko | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-20
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's dramatic declaration that his country "will pursue the policy of active containment of the US on all fronts" if American pressure on Russia doesn't soon end inspired a unique 20-point plan for what this could look like in practice. | Russia's Anti-American Containment Policy | Russia finally appears to be serious about "decoupling" from the West after over half a decade of its well-intended and passionate efforts to enter into a rapprochement with it following the onset of the Ukrainian Crisis. As I wrote last week after the scandal that erupted upon EU foreign pol…
thealtworld.com/andrew_korybko/heres-the…

Ten Years Ago: "Operation Libya" and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-20
Libya is among the World's largest oil economies with approximately 3.5% of global oil reserves, more than twice those of the US.
globalresearch.ca/operation-libya-and-th…

Wednesday 2/24: #TimeToAct on Climate: New Day Digital Rally for Climate, Economic & COVID Justice
Climate Action Campaign and allies | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Virtual rally…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884016…

Post-Pandemic American Society Must Not Return to its Industrial Capitalist Roots
John Stanton | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-20
Our mace shaped COVID-19 enemy and its mutations merrily popping up around the United States, ironically has opened up new possibilities for inching beyond the grimy confines of industrial capitalism to new modes of work, learning and being that were initially promised by technocrats at the dawn of the Internet/World Wide Web. Indeed, the Pandemic …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/post-pandemic…

Brazilians Back to the Streets Against Bolsonaro
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-20
Brazilians backed the streets on Saturday demanding impeachment for President Jair Bolsonaro as well as the COVID-19 immunization campaign. | RELATED: | Brazil's Socialist Party Rejects Bolsonaro's Gun Law Relaxation | Demonstrators mobilized in at least 70 cities holding rallies to demand an immediate and free COVID-19 vaccination for the entire population. The far-right president has dismissed the scope of the pandemic since its beginning as the death toll rises to over 244 00…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazilians-Back-…

Stop the deadly reopening of Philadelphia Schools!
wsws.org | 2021-02-20
Our committee unequivocally demands a stop to the drive to reopen the Philadelphia public school system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/20/rfsc…

Las vacunas, una lucha contra el tiempo
Aude Maio-Coliche | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Desde el principio de la crisis, la Unión Europea (UE) y sus Estados Miembros se han comprometido a adoptar un enfoque multilateral para hacer frente a la pandemia de Covid-19, basado en la premisa de que todo el que necesite…
globalizacion.ca/las-vacunas-una-lucha-c…

With No Compulsory Muzzling and Schools Open, Florida Ranks 11th Lowest in COVID Deaths per Capita Among Seniors
Daniel Horowitz | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-20
There's a reason why the Biden regime is trying to attack Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and create an illusion of a disproportionate viral crisis in the state. With no declared emergency restrictions in place at the state level since last September, the fact that Florida is doing better than the national average completely exposes the lie of lockdown and masks having any effect whatsoever on the fixed natural progression of the virus. | Dr. F…
anti-empire.com/with-no-compulsory-muzzl…

Covid Karma: U.S. Lockdown Kings Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo Suffer Political Fallout
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-20
The draconian lockdowns imposed by dozens of Democratic leaders, did very little to halt the outbreak of Covid, Robert Bridge writes. | Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo, the governors of California and New York, respectively, appear to be struggling for their political lives over their bungled handling of the pandemic. Is the tide finally turning against the lockdown mentality? | The groundswell of public animosity currently being directed at the Democratic state leaders disproves the adage that 'all publicity is good publicity'. Just ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Despite a fawning media that only shows its fa…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/20/co…

Iraq says virus lockdown won't affect Pope Francis' trip
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Iraq said Saturday that restrictions imposed by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus will not affect Pope Francis' visit to the country on March 5.On Thursday, the Iraqi government declared a two-week partial curfew across the country with the exception of the Kurdish region in an effort to contain a sudden surge in COVID-19 infections. The measures include suspending attending to schools, sports activities, and closure of mosques and parks.The restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on March 4, amid reports that the precautionary measures may be extended.Speaking to the official Iraqi News Agency, Is…
yenisafak.com/en/world/iraq-says-virus-l…

Concerns grow in India over COVID-19 resurgence
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
After days of steady decline, several states in India are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, the country's Health Ministry said on Saturday."There has been a rise in daily cases in Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh," read a ministry statement.The western state of Maharashtra, one of India's most populous regions, recorded 6,112 new cases over the past day."In the past week, Maharashtra has exhibited a spike in the number of daily new cases, accounting for the highest number of daily new cases in the country today," the Health Ministry said.In a bid to stem the alarming spike, the Maharas…
yenisafak.com/en/world/concerns-grow-in-…

Tanzanian president tells public to 'pray away' coronavirus
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Tanzanian President John Magufuli, who fueled confusion and conspiracies by denying the very existence of the coronavirus pandemic, urged the country's 56 million citizens to pray for three days to defeat unnamed "respiratory diseases," once again disregarding the warnings of scientists and experts.Tanzanians mourned the death of two authority figures who died on Thursday, Chief Secretary John Kijazi and Zanzibar's First Vice President Seif Sharif Hamad."Maybe we have wronged God somewhere… let us all repent," the populist Covid-19-denying leader told mourners on Friday at a funeral for his chief secretary, acc…
yenisafak.com/en/world/tanzanian-preside…

The Heat: G7 leaders' pledge on COVID-19 vaccines
Mike Walter | america.cgtn.com | 2021-02-20
Leaders from the Group of Seven Nations vow to work together to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines.
america.cgtn.com/2021/02/20/the-heat-g7-…

[Correspondence] Why the global health community should support the EndSARS movement in Nigeria
Nnenaya A Mmonu, Angela Aifah, Deborah Onakomaiya, Gbenga Ogedegbe | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
In the past year, more Nigerians have been killed by state-sanctioned security forces than by COVID-19, according to data on the Nigeria Security Tracker and Worldometers.1 Formed in 1992, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has become the public threat the squad was created to prevent. Killings of young adults by the SARS has spurred peaceful demonstrations across Nigeria calling for disbandment of the SARS.2 On Oct 20, 2020, peaceful protesters were murdered by state-sanctioned forces at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, Nigeria's most populous city.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00194-X/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] von der Leyen admits to COVID-19 vaccine failures
Rob Hyde | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's comments come after much scrutiny of the EU vaccination programme. Rob Hyde reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00428-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Logunov DY, Dolzhikova IV, Shcheblyakov DV, et al. Safety and efficacy of an rAd26 and rAd5 vector-based heterologous prime-boost COVID-19 vaccine: an interim analysis of a randomised controlled phase 3 trial in Russia. Lancet 2021; 397: 671–81–In this Article, the funder list has been updated by removing one that was incorrectly listed; in figure 2, the number at risk at the day 20 timepoint has been corrected to 15‚Äà117; in figure 3B, the number of male participants labelled on the graph has been corrected to 46; and in the legend of figure 3, the following sentence has been added…
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[Comment] Offline: What is the UK for?
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
The UK Government this year hosts two important events–the G7 (June 11–13) and COP26 (Nov 1–12). The priorities set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his G7 presidency are four-fold: fighting against and recovering from COVID-19; climate action; free and fair trade; and shared values as open societies. Global health will indeed be a concern for the US, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy. Some G7 countries have performed poorly in responding to the pandemic. What should be the UK's approach to global health? Last week, Lord Nigel Crisp convened the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gl…
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Dear Texas Gov. Abbott: Wind Turbines work fine in Antarctica and Alaska, you're just too Cheap to Winterize them
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-20
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Texas governor Greg Abbott alleged that the massive power outages in his state demonstrated the unwisdom of moving to renewable energy, attempting to blame the crisis on the state's wind turbines. Like most of the things Republican politicians say publicly, this allegation was a lie. Here's a wind turbine working …
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Israel purchased Russian Covid vaccine for Syria in exchange for captive: Reports
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Israel purchased Russian Covid vaccine for Syria in exchange for captive: Reports | Order said to be part of a deal which freed an Israeli woman who crossed into Syria through Quneitra a few weeks ago | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 13: 45 | The Ynet news site reported on Saturday that Israel purchased more than $1m worth of doses of the Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Israel is said to have agreed to purch…
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High Court rules the Government acted unlawfully by failing to disclose Covid contracts
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-20
The Government unlawfully failed to publish details of billions of pounds' worth of coronavirus-related contracts, the High Court has ruled. | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the Covid-19 pandemic. | The Government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing earlier this month, the Good Law Project and three MPs — Labour's Debbie Abrahams, t…
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[Obituary] Gordon John McVie
Geoff Watts | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Oncologist and tireless champion of cancer research. He was born in Glasgow, UK, on Jan 13, 1945, and died in Bristol, UK, with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and COVID-19 on Jan 20, 2021, aged 76 years.
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New Zealand rolls out Covid-19 vaccination campaign
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Sydney, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- New Zealand, one of the best countries worldwide in terms of managing the new coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday officially kicked off its anti-Covid vaccination campaign by administering the vaccine developed by American pharma company Pfizer to its frontline workers. "And our COVID 19 vaccination programme begins! We're starting with our …
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New York's pharaonic Hudson Yards struggles in pandemic
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
By Jairo Mejia New York, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- The $25 billion Hudson Yards housing, office and retail complex was supposed to spur economic development in New York, but the promise of a bright future has given way to a bleak present dominated by the impact of Covid-19. Last month, the site's main tourist attraction, a …
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FCC Must Expand The E-Rate Program To Connect Students During Pandemic
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
Yesterday, Public Knowledge joined Access Humboldt, Benton Institute for Broadband and Society, Consumer Reports, and New America's Open Technology Institute in filing comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Public Notice on the use of E-Rate funds to enable remote learning. Public Knowledge supports "off-campus" use of E-Rate funds to help students studying at home access the broadband they need to stay connected to classes, student services, and their families during the pandemic. | The following can be attributed to Greg Guice, Director of Government Affairs at Public Knowledge: | "As t…
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The Pandemic is Sparking a Wave of Union Drives on College Campuses
Brian Wakamo | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
In Arizona, two universities are spearheading an effort to unionize the entire state's higher education workforce…
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Number of residential solar batteries increases by 50% in Germany
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-20
By Sà∂ren Amelang | — The number of battery storage systems linked to a residential solar pv array rose by around 50 percent in Germany in 2020 for the third year in a row. The country's solar association BSW estimates there were 88,000 new residential installations, taking the total number of solar batteries in Germany …
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Life After Capitalism
Jackie Fox | realprogressives.org | 2021-02-20
I Need a Dollar: | "A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil." Terry Eagleton | I think the commercial that sums up our world of late stage capitalism, 2020 style. — Burger King selling hamburgers over Aloe Blacc singing 'I Need a Dollar.' A song that's very much concerned with telling the story of poverty is r…
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Sometimes Marx's Capital Is A Pillow
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
In 1911, a young Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) arrived in France, which had colonised his homeland of Vietnam. Though he had been raised with a patriotic spirit committed to anti-colonialism, Ho Chi Minh's temperament did not allow him to retreat into a backward-looking romanticism. He understood that the people of Vietnam needed to draw from their own history and traditions as well as from the democratic currents set loose by the revolutionary movements around the world. In France, he became involved in the socialist movement, which taught him about working-class struggles in Europe, although the French socialists cou…
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Exclusive: Presidential frontrunner's advisor discusses Ecuador's crucial election
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2021-02-20
Amauri Chamorro is a strategist in political communications, who has worked closely with former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and is currently advising socialist frontrunner Andrés Arauz. | With the left on the verge of returning to power, Chamorro spoke exclusively with The Canary about Arauz's political vision, the forces trying to stop him, and the legacy of neoliberalism in Ecuador. The interview has been edited in part for cl…
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The Global South Faces A 'Vaccine Apartheid'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
The coronavirus crisis in South Africa is far from over despite falling case numbers in recent weeks. The virus has claimed more than of 50,000 lives, and many health experts predict a devastating third wave. Complicating matters is a new coronavirus mutation known as n501, which threatens to upend South Africa's vaccination plans. | Unprecedented scientific collaboration has expedited the development of the new vaccine candidates, but patents protecting the bottom lines of the pharmaceutical companies have hampered efforts to manufacture vaccines at scale. Meanwhile, the United States and Western Europe have hoa…
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How Democratic is China?
Godfree Roberts | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-20
Like America, China is a republic and, like America, says it is democratic, but how democratic is China? A glance at history is always a good starting point The People are supreme, the state is secondary and the Ruler is the least important: only those who please the people can rule. Mencius1 In Roman politics, …
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Venezuela, asediada desde afuera y desde adentro
Homar Garcés | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Venezuela padece la amarga realidad de ser un pueblo cercado de amenazas. Desde todas sus fronteras. Desde adentro, con grupos politizados que tienen como únicos elementos prioritarios de su agenda causar violencia y gestionar una invasión militar por parte de…
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To Stop the Rot in American Democracy, Trump must be Indicted for Incitement
OtherWords | juancole.com | 2021-02-20
By By Mitchell Zimmerman | — ( Otherwords) — GOP senators said Trump was culpable, but he's a "private citizen" now. Fine — indict him like one. By Mitchell Zimmerman | February 17, 2021 In the wake of his second impeachment acquittal, Donald Trump proclaimed victory in what he called "the greatest witch hunt in …
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Tuesday 2/23: Oppose the Camping Ban Amendments at the Santa Cruz City Council Meeting
Homes Not Handcuffs | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Online meeting. Instructions on how to participate: | ecm.cityofsantacruz.com/OnBaseAgendaOnli…
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Cuba — øCuál patria y cuál vida?
Global Research | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
La patria no está en los bolsillos en forma de moneda manoseada, ni escrita en contrato con la ruindad, ni en alianzas para denigrarla y destruirla. La vida no está en disfraces incapaces de ocultar la miseria espiritual, antesala…
globalizacion.ca/cuba-cual-patria-y-cual…

Colombia — La difícil y esquiva unidad del centro izquierda en Colombia
Pedro Santana Rodríguez | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
El panorama para las elecciones a Congreso en el mes de marzo del 2022 y para las elecciones presidenciales en primera vuelta en mayo comienza a clarificarse, aunque aún hay sectores indecisos. En la extrema derecha el panorama desde el…
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No, no habrá socialismo (por ahora) en Estados Unidos
Salvador Capote | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Nunca ha sido mayor que en estos tiempos la incoherencia dentro de los dos grandes partidos de los Estados Unidos. Grosso modo, el Partido Republicano se divide entre trumpistas, con su extremismo de ultraderecha, y conservadores que siguen las tradiciones…
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Partners: China and Cuba
Donald Canton | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-20
In the 1960s, the main forms of the Chinese assistance offered to Cuba were preferential trade and interest-free loans. From 1961 to 1965, China gave Cuba an interest-free loan of 60 million U.S. dollars. The two sides signed the China-Cuba Economic Cooperation Agreement, Trade and Payment Agreement, and Technology Cooperation Protocol. According to the agreement, …
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Biden Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Texas
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-20
The declaration establishes a federal emergency aid for Texas including funding for individuals in 77 counties as well as "grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster," according to Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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6 Capitol police officers suspended for involvement in Capitol riots
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-20
29 others remain under investigation for their roles during the Capitol riots on January 6.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/20/6-capitol-…

øDos años más de Duque? Líbranos Dios de esa pesadilla
Fernando Alexis Jiménez | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
øCómo reaccionar frente a la propuesta de unificar los períodos del presidente con los del Congreso, alcaldes y gobernadores en Colombia? Uno no sabe si recibir la propuesta con risa pensando que se trata de un mal chiste, con desconcierto…
globalizacion.ca/dos-anos-mas-de-duque-l…

Myanmar: Violence Spike, Two Deaths During Anti-Coup Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-20
At least two people died and 20 injured during the anti-coup protests in Myanmar on Saturday as security forces used live ammunition to disperse the crowd in Mandalay. | RELATED: | Myanmar Military Junta Promises To Hold Elections | According to local media outlets, one person was shot in the head and died immediately while another demonstrator was shot in the chest and lost his life on the way to the hospital. | t.co/kC0Z61N0WC pic.twitter.com/p…
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Mexico Welcomes First Gas Shipments, Texas Pipelines Reopen
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-20
The first shipments of liquefied natural gas arrived in Mexico as part of the government response to tackle the supply interruption from Texas due to a snow storm that froze the pipelines. | RELATED: | Mexico Seeks Power Sovereignty With Reform To Electricity Law | After pressure from Mexican authorities, on Friday Texas governor Greg Abbot reversed and canceled a ban on shipping fuel to North of Mexico, which imports over 30 percent of its gas from Texas. This while gas exports…
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Madagascar: A Nation of Hunger
Yanis Iqbal | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-20
Madagascar is in great pain. Theodore Mbainaissem, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Ambovombe, southern Madagascar, says: "Seeing the physical condition of people extremely affected by hunger who can no longer stand…children who are completely emaciated, the elderly who are skin and bone…these images are unbearable… People are eating white clay …
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Rush Limbaugh dead at 70: A media blowhard for American capitalism
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
An odious presence on American radio for more than three decades, Limbaugh specialized in bullying women, gays, blacks and other minorities, while glorifying American imperialism.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/20/1884017…

Cuba muestra importantes avances en la lucha contra el racismo y la discriminación
Global Research | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Intervención Reunión Ministerial sobre la Eliminación del racismo, la xenofobia y la discriminación. 18 de febrero de 2021 | Señor Presidente: | Este año conmemoramos el vigésimo aniversario de la histórica Conferencia Mundial contra el Racismo, la Discriminación Racial, la Xenofobia y…
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Rally for accountability at the University of Texas at Arlington
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-20
Arlington, TX – On February 10, the Progressive Student Union held a rally for accountability at the University of Texas at Arlington. PSU held the rally to determine the current status of the commitments made by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) administration over six months ago. | One of the commitments from UTA was scholarships for Black and brown students. Upon further inspection it is seen that the dispersal of the scholarships meant to benefit students doesn't begin until the fall of 2021. Given the current economic crisis, working families would find it extremely difficult to continue with school…
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Sedition, dissent and the rights of accused
Indian Cultural Forum | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-20
On Saturday, February 13, 21-year-old Disha Ravi was arrested on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy for her involvement with a 'toolkit' which contained campaign material in support of the the ongoing farmers' agitation in the country. Two other activists also face arrest. | Climate activist Disha Ravi's arrest by the Delhi Police has brought India's sedition law into discussion again. It is not simply her arrest under the colonial-era law that has been questio…
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Estados Unidos contra Cuba: El bloqueo es un crimen de lesa humanidad
Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Según la ONU, son crímenes contra la humanidad los que constituyen ataques generalizados o sistemáticos a la población civil. Son "crímenes de lesa humanidad" los exterminios, la esclavitud, la deportación o expulsión forzosa, la privación de la libertad física e…
globalizacion.ca/estados-unidos-contra-c…

Texans receive exorbitant electricity bills after winter storm
wsws.org | 2021-02-20
Texas residents on variable rate electricity plans have been hit with electricity bills for tens of thousands of dollars after the market price of electricity soared this week amid a collapse of the power system.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/20/trhe…

US farmers and food justice groups declare 'solidarity' with Indian farmer protests
Brett Wilkins | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-20
"India's farmers have mobilized to create one of the world's most vibrant protests in history."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/20/us-farmers…

US approves of expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Gulf of Mexico
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-20
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary will now include portions of 14 additional reefs and banks in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, representing approximately a 104 square mile increase in area.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/20/us-approve…

Thursday 3/4: International Women's Day: Women in Science w/ CalAcademy
California Academy of Sciences | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Online event; FREE and no registration required…
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Monday 2/22: Black History Month: Judges, U.S. Courts, & Issues Critical to Black Communities w/ AFJ
Alliance for Justice | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Online event: www.facebook.com/AllianceforJustic
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

Sunday 3/7: Women's History Month: Historic & Preservation Role of Women in the Marin Headlands
San Francisco Public Library & NPS | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Online via YouTube livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884016…

Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent Palestinian Rallies in Kufur Qaddoum, Beit Dajan
Ali Salam | imemc.org | 2021-02-20
Israeli forces attacked the weekly non-violent protest marches and rallies in several parts of the West Bank Friday, injuring three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. In Kufur Qaddoum, in the northern West Bank, two Palestinian protesters were taken to the hospital with severe injuries …
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Ukrainian communists condemn bid to rehabilitate Nazi collaborators
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-20
The Communist Party of Ukraine slammed the Lviv Regional Council's appeal to grant legal recognition to the members of the SS Galicia Division that fought on the side of the Nazis during World War II…
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Saturday 2/27: Health Justice Dialogue
Joan Simon | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Webinar Online…
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Communists in Netherlands vow to deepen the struggle against imperialism and for socialism
Muhammed Shabeer | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-20
In an interview with Peoples Dispatch, the Communist Youth Movement in the Netherlands discusses how they continue to organize against capitalist exploitation and oppression drawing on their rich history of struggle and internationalism…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/20/communist…

México — El agandalle con las vacunas
Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Los datos duros por delante porque si una imagen dice más que mil palabras, las cifras son insustituibles. "Tres cuartas partes de las primeras dosis de vacunas administradas en el mundo se concentran en apenas 10 países que representan 60…
globalizacion.ca/mexico-el-agandalle-con…

Sunday 3/7: °ACTIVISTA! International Women's Day Concert and Roundtable
HotHouse & Haymarket Books | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Online event…
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Aufruf zum Widerstand gegen Tyrannei — das Vermà§chtnis Wolfgang Borcherts. Dann gibt es nur eins: Sag NEIN!
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-20
Der deutsche Regimekritiker und Schriftsteller Wolfgang Borchert fordert in einem 1947 verfassten Manifest "Dann gibt es nur eins!" die Mitmenschen dazu auf, die Teilnahme an kàºnftigen Kriegen zu verweigern. Kurz darauf verstirbt der 26-Jà§hrige an den Folgen schwerer Kriegs-Verwundungen. | Der …
globalresearch.ca/aufruf-zum-widerstand-…

Letter from an incarcerated worker on the struggle in Alabama
| workers.org | 2021-02-20
The following letter from an incarcerated worker in the Pennsylvania prison system was sent by email on Feb. 17 to Joe Piette, a member of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. From SCI Pine Grove: Nina Simone famously said: "Alabama got me so upset; Tennessee made me lose . . . | Continue reading Letter from an incarcerated worker on the struggle in Alabama at Workers.org
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The Windy Sky Music Release & Other Songs By Lynda Carson
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Handmade guitar built by Lynda Carson in the guitar workshop of Ervin Somogyi many years ago.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884014…

Thursday 3/11: Women's History Month: Smithsonian Objects of Women Activists Pioneering Social Justice
National Women's History Musuem & partners | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Online event via Zoom (FREE)…
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Germany: MV Werften to cut 1,200 shipyard jobs
wsws.org | 2021-02-20
1,200 jobs at the MV shipyards on the Baltic Sea are to be cut, according to the owners' plans.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/20/ship…

El indetenible avance económico de China
Hedelberto López Blanch | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
La declaración del director de la Comisión Central de Asuntos Exteriores del Partido Comunista de China, Yang Jiechi referente a las acciones provocadoras que han realizado las administraciones estadounidense contra el gigante asiático ha sido contundente: "ninguna fuerza detendrá el…
globalizacion.ca/el-indetenible-avance-e…

Hysteria in Suburbia
Thomas Frank | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Our leading scholars are disciples of post-structuralism; our best college graduates are recruited by the CIA; our best newspapers blur the line between reporting and opinion; our most influential political actors are the spin doctors whose job is to bend the facts this way and that.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

Pensacola State College faculty demand protection
Devin Cole | workers.org | 2021-02-20
Occupied Muscogee Creek land On Feb. 16, over 30 drivers circled the Pensacola State College-Warrington Campus buildings for half an hour, laying on their horns. Signs saying "High Risk" and "Betrayal" were taped to their vehicles. This action was led by the Pensacola State College Faculty Association, a chapter of . . . | Continue reading Pensacola State College faculty demand protection at Workers.org
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Standing strong, Teamsters at Marathon locked out for 28 days
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-20
St. Paul Park, MN – The Teamsters at Marathon Refinery in Saint Paul Park have now been locked out for more than 28 days and the two sides remain far apart. Negotiations resumed on February 15 and February 17, but the Teamsters saw little movement from management. | Marathon management has brought in a union-busting attorney from the Jones Day law firm, but the picket lines remain well staffed and spirits are strong. Trade unionists from many unions join the lines daily and cars driving by honk and wave constantly keeping up a festive atmosphere despite the cold of winter. | Ryan Bierman – a union steward with th…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/19/standing…

Argentina: El sur porteño no puede esperar
Verónica Tenaglia | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Como representante de la comuna 4, del sur de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, y como referente pyme de la industria del conocimiento, observo con preocupación, los datos de la desocupación y la subocupación de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires….
globalizacion.ca/argentina-el-sur-porten…

US officially rejoins Paris agreement
Climate Nexus | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-20
This is considered a symbolic and important step toward the aggressive action required to stem the tide of climate change.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/20/us-officia…

Yes, Victoria, There is a Berkeley Tenants Union
Anon Author | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
YIMBY lobbyist Victoria Fierce is claiming that there not a Berkeley Tenants Union. There is one. Victoria is lying (again).
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/18/1884014…

Alicia Kuhl: Homeless Encampment Ordinance is a Ban on Homeless People's Right to Exist
Santa Cruz News | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Alicia Kuhl, the President of The Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Homeless Union, has written to the Santa Cruz City Council in opposition to the proposed homeless encampment ordinance to be heard by council at its meeting on Tuesday, February 23. "Ordinances such as the ones being proposed on Tuesday do nothing but hurt our already most vulnerable community members and would criminalize them with citations when they have nowhere to go, nowhere to rest or be warm.," Kuhl stated. Read Alicia Kuhl's full letter below.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/20/1884017…

Brasil — La mentira como forma de acción política
Fernando De la Cuadra | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-20
Es bastante conocida la frase difundida por el principal ideólogo del nazismo, el ministro de Propaganda del Tercer Reich, Joseph Goebbels, quien declaró en innumerables oportunidades que "Una mentira mil veces repetida, se transforma en verdad" o también aquel eslogan…
globalizacion.ca/brasil-la-mentira-como-…

The Need for Accountability Over Impunity in Chile
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-20
With a new constitution, Chilean state actors should be held accountable to the people's demands for democratic changes in the country, otherwise Chile's long-standing democratic tradition risks being lost to the dynamics of state violence. | While Chileans are still awaiting the process of a new constitution to end Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship legacy in the country, police brutality is in the spotlight for two reasons — the increase in violence since the start of the protests in 2019, which turned into organised social demonstrations clamouring for change, and the calls to dissolve the Carabineros. | Ea…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/20/th…

G7 Discusses Vaccines, Debt Relief, Tax Plans and Climate Change
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
Biden Commits $4 Billion for Vaccine Distribution in Developing Countries…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

Report: Young People In The United States Are Overrun With Student Debt
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
Young Americans are overrun with student debt. This crisis is the culmination of waning government funding for higher education, wage stagnation, wealth inequality, and a misleading emphasis on obtaining high credentials–all leading to the financial gap between college prices and later earnings. In 2020, aggregate balances reached $1.66 trillion in 2019 dollars, 122% higher in real dollars than in 2010. Not surprisingly, the number of borrowers, the amount they owe, and the number of loans each borrower acquires, have all increased over the time period. In 2019, 18-35 year-olds with student loan debt owed n…
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US Attacks BDS For Same Reason Nixon Started Drug War
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arkansas' law against BDS — the use of boycott, divestment and sanctions as a means of protest against Israel –violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, because it plainly does. | "The Arkansas Times has successfully challenged a law that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel," Mondoweiss reports. "The Little Rock-based weekly filed the lawsuit in 2018 and was represented by the ACLU. The paper takes no official position on BDS, but it launched the legal challenge after the University of Arkansas Pulas…
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Snowstorm + Capitalism = Disaster For More Than 100,000 In Mississippi
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
This week, Mississippi is experiencing unprecedented freezing conditions resulting from ice storms that blasted through the U.S. South. In addition to being unaccustomed to the freezing rain, ice, and snow, thousands of Mississippians suffering rolling blackouts and power outages, unheated homes and water shutoffs, have been left to fend for themselves. | Starting Feb 15, at least 250,000 Mississippians have lost power at some point during the week; counties in the southwest to east central Mississippi are primarily impacted. About 110,000 people were still without power on Feb. 19 in the morning. Almost all of t…
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What Isn't In Judas And The Black Messiah Is Just As Important As What Is
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
A movie that centers a political giant such as Fred Hampton is inevitably going to generate a kind of public and political discussion that is wholly anathema to the Hollywood corporate environment. The masses of people, especially young Black Americans and activists of all races rallying under the banner Black Lives Matter, are hungry for political education. Unfortunately, Judas and the Black Messiah is largely devoid of the most critical political content that characterized Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party. | Of course, the definition of political content is itself subject to political struggle. A new w…
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Beleaguered Texans forced to flee burning hotel as sprinkler system fails due to frozen pipes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2021-02-20
Guests at a four-story hotel in Texas were forced to flee into the freezing cold as a fire engulfed the entire building when the sprinkler system failed due to frozen pipes. | The fire broke out at the Hilton Garden Inn near Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas shortly before 9pm local time. The hotel had been serving as emergency accommodation for many stricken local residents, including several soldiers from the nearby Fort Hood. | Eyewitness footage from the scene purports to show the fire as it ripped through the hotel…
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PLANE DEBRIS rain from the sky as United jet makes emergency landing in Denver with engine on FIRE (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2021-02-20
A United Airlines Boeing 777 suffered a major engine failure in midair and was forced to make an emergency landing at Denver International Airport, while scattering debris across several neighborhoods. | The shocking incident happened shortly after United Flight 328 took off from Denver for Honolulu, forcing the crew to perform an emergency landing with one of the engines on fire and large chunks of it missing. | Flight 328 @united engine caught fire. my parents are on this flight üôÉüôÉ everyone's…
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Google fires ANOTHER AI ethics researcher amid row over 'censorship & racism,' as team member accuses company of 'smear campaign'
rt.com | 2021-02-20
Google has terminated the head researcher on its AI ethics team over what the tech giant deemed a violation of its "code of conduct," as the company faces an internal revolt over a previous firing of a black data scientist. | Margaret Mitchell, who led Google's Ethical AI unit, announced her termination in a brief tweet on Friday, saying only "I'm fired" without offering further detail. | I'm fired.– MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) February 19, 2021 | Google's own statement on the matter was also somewhat vague, confi…
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'DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY': Madonna lashes out at shadowy cabal of men attempting to 'cut off her life force'
rt.com | 2021-02-20
Pop icon Madonna has complained that a conniving cadre of scheming men has prevented her from reaching her full potential, but some believe that the obscenely wealthy and successful entertainer may be overreacting. | "The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cut off my life force and take away my voice–Even those who call themselves artists…………..You know who you are!!! DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY! Now and Forever," Madonna tweeted, including a photograph of herself wearing a glittering tiara. | The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cu…
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Not very PC? Chelsea Clinton-funded 'trans' app urges transitioning people to budget their money & be nice to cops
rt.com | 2021-02-20
A mobile app marketed at trans people that received funding from former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has been slammed by the internet as overtly patronizing. Even worse, the app urges users to be polite to the police. | Created in 2019, Euphoria has been billed as an app designed to help individuals navigate gender transition, as well as provide people with support once they complete the procedure. | Read more | | Ideological virtue signalling does not advance trans rights or battle transphobia…it trivialises them | The platform hos…
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3 killed, 2 injured after man opens fire at gun store in New Orleans, gets neutralized by other customers
rt.com | 2021-02-20
Several people have been killed in New Orleans, after an armed man got into a heated argument with a gun store clerk and opened fire, before he was confronted and shot dead by other armed customers. | The incident took place at the Jefferson Gun Outlet — a firearms store and a shooting range — in Metairie, Louisiana, around 3pm, resulting in at least three deaths. | #BREAKING: At least 1 dead, multiple injured after shooting inside a New Orleans gun store. pic.twitter.com/0aCvgZ13tF[…
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Academics At UK University Reject IHRA Anti-Semitism Definition
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-20
Academics at a major British university last week voted to reverse their institution's adoption of the misleading anti-Semitism definition promoted by Israel and its lobby. | A report by University College London's academic board states that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's "working definition" of anti-Semitism "is not fit for purpose within a university setting and has no legal basis for enforcement." | The board voted to endorse the report last week. It will now be up to university management to decide whether the vote will be implemented. | The university's branch of the University and Colleg…
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Arizona Republicans Lead Nationwide GOP Push to Curb Voting Rights
Travis Waldron | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
No state is considering more bills to restrict voting rights than Arizona, where activists say the GOP is waging a "full-scale assault on democratic norms."
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If it were a narco lab, it would be working
John Perry | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
Biden's immigration policy includes spending $4 billion in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to address the problems that spur migration…
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How Oracle Sells Repression in China
Mara Hvistendahl | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
In its bid for TikTok, Oracle was supposed to prevent data from being passed to Chinese police. Instead, it's been marketing its own software for their surveillance work…
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The Failure of the Media in Responding to the Lying Right
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
Perhaps even more important is that the fact that mainstream media outlets allow public figures to spread their lies and not have it affect their reputation…
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Fauci champions Israeli medical apartheid
Maureen Clare Murphy | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
Israel is refusing to distribute vaccines to millions of people living under its single system of unequal rule…
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Snowstorm + capitalism = disaster for more than 100K in Mississippi
Bezaleel Jupiter and Satya Vatti | zcomm.org | 2021-02-20
Only working class organization and mobilization against the capitalist system can turn this repugnant reality on its head…
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Iran border fence to be complete by December: Pakistan
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Pakistan said on Saturday that it will have fenced off its volatile border with Iran by the end of this year, a move against terrorism and smuggling.During a visit to the border town Taftan, Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that 40% of the 928 kilometers (576 miles) border has been completed, according to a statement from the Interior Ministry.The move is aimed at improving the "border management" between the two countries, Ahmed said, adding that it will also improve economy and legal trade between the two neighbors.Taftan is located some 632 km (392 mi) from Quetta, the capital of southwest…
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At least 13 YPG/PKK terror suspects remanded in custody in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
A total of 13 suspected members of the YPG/PKK terror group were remanded in custody in southeastern Turkey, police sources said on Saturday.They were among 17 individuals arrested on Feb. 12 in anti-terror operations in provinces of Sanliurfa, Siirt, Diyarbakir, Mardin, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adana, Corum, Usak, and Istanbul, according to the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The remaining four suspects were released under judicial control, the sources added.In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turke…
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Russia's Navalny loses appeal in Moscow court
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
A Moscow court on Saturday rejected an appeal by Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny of his suspended sentence being replaced by prison time, but further trimmed his time behind bars.Under the new ruling, Navalny will spend a total of two-and-a-half-years in prison — down from an initial three-and-a-half-year sentence, taking into account two months in house arrest plus a previous 10-month deduction.The court announced that the sentence will start immediately, with Navalny set to be transported to a prison colony.Navalny pled not guilty and demanded his immediate release. His lawyers, Vadim Kobzev and…
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Osaka beats Brady to clinch 2021 Australian Open title
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Japan's Naomi Osaka defeated American Jennifer Brady in straight sets to win her second Australian Open title on Saturday.World No. 3 Osaka beat Brady 6-4, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to claim the fourth Grand Slam title of her career.The 23-year-old now has two Australian Open — 2019 and 2021 — and two US Open titles — 2018 and 2020 — to her name.Brady, 25, who was playing her first Grand Slam final, was gracious in defeat, congratulating Osaka and terming her "an inspiration.""[…] Another Grand Slam title, she's such an inspiration to us all and what she is doing for the ga…
yenisafak.com/en/sports/osaka-beats-brad…

Blackwater tried to overthrow Libya gov't: UN report
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
According to the report, the notorious security firm tried twice to overthrow the UN-backed Government of National Accord in 2019.The report stated that Prince sent foreign mercenaries and weapons to support Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar against the Tripoli-based government.The mercenaries planned to form a team aimed at tracking down Libyan leaders and assassinating them, the report said.Last December, then-US President Donald Trump issued a decision to grant clemency to four US security contractors who worked for Blackwater and were convicted of killing Iraqi civilians in 2007, a move condemned by Iraq.Prince i…
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Iraqi forces kill five Daesh militants in Baghdad
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Police Captain Ahmed Khalaf told Anadolu Agency that a joint force from the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) Force shot dead five Daesh suicide bombers in al-Tarmia district, north of Baghdad.He said three members of the Hashd al-Shaabi were killed and two others injured in the operation.According to the police officer, the dead militants were responsible for staging attacks against Iraqi security forces in al-Tarmia.The Daesh terror group is still active in areas north of Baghdad. Last month, the terrorist group claimed a twin bombing in Baghdad, which killed 32 people and injured dozens…
yenisafak.com/en/news/iraqi-forces-kill-…

Turkey's rich culinary delights go 'beyond the kebab,' says Michelin-star chef
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Kebabs may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Turkish food, but for a Turkish chef who recently won a Michelin star for his restaurant nestled in an Irish village, his homeland's cuisine is far more than that."It's a shame that it's only kebabs that are seen to represent our cuisine. Our cuisine is so varied and so different from region to region," said Ahmet Dede, who last month won his second Michelin star, the coveted mark of quality in the international restaurant world.While inarguably distinctive, Turkish cuisine has "influenced and been influenced by the Middle East, Asia and Europe,"
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Turkey says to begin easing coronavirus restrictions starting March 1
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Turkey will start to gradually normalize from coronavirus restrictions as of March 1, Turkey's health minister said on Saturday.Underlining that they are working carefully on normalization steps, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the process will start with provincial public health councils dealing with four risk levels in line with Health Ministry criteria.Announcing earlier this week an easing of restrictions starting in March, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said provinces will be categorized as low, medium, high, or very high risk based on infection rates and the vaccination process.Turkey on Friday reported…
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Chicago: Major development in fight for community control of police
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-20
Fight Back News Service is circulating the text of remarks by Frank Chapman of The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), given at the February 19 with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA). | We all recognize the struggle for justice when it comes to police crimes and misconduct has been a long and torturous one, consuming generations and the lives of so many people from Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, to Rekia Boyd and Bettie Jones, to Flint Farmer and Laquan McDonald and many, many more that space will not allow us to mention. And let us not forget the hundreds that…
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Turkey hires top US law firm on F-35 jet issue
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-20
Turkey's Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) has enlisted a leading US law firm to get strategic advice on protecting its rights in the F-35 fighter jet program.The deal between SSTEK Defense Industry Technologies, a subsidiary of the SSB, and Washington-based Arnold Porter covers legal advice for claiming Turkey's rights to date rather than keeping it in the program, according to information learned by Anadolu Agency.In 2019, Washington announced it was taking Turkey out of the F-35 stealth fighter jet program over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense system.The U.S. claimed that the Russian S-…
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FROM THE FIELD: The goats helping Zambians to reach economic independence
news.un.org | 2021-02-20
In Zambia, where the climate crisis is making it increasingly difficult to earn a living, goat-rearing is being seen as a possible route to a better livelihood, and economic resilience.
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A Tale of Two Bookcases
Glenn Adamson | thenation.com | 2021-02-20
A Tale of Two Bookcases…
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[Correspondence] The Health Index for England
Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, Sally C Davies | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
In the Chief Medical Officer for England's 2018 independent annual report, we called for the development of a composite health index.1,2 We are delighted that the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has developed and published a beta version of such an index,3 alongside a useful Health Index Explorer tool.
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[Correspondence] Iron deficiency in PREVENTT
Axel Hofmann, Irwin Gross, Domenico Girelli, Matti Aapro, Donat R Spahn | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Toby Richards and colleagues1 found no difference in the need for blood transfusions between the group receiving preoperative intravenous iron versus those receiving placebo. This finding is not surprising and was a consequence of poor study design that disregarded all knowledge on preoperative anaemia treatment, iron metabolism, and ferric carboxymaltose indications and contraindications.
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[Perspectives] Healthy because you deserve it, unhealthy because you don't?
Michael Marmot | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
"Men at some time are masters of their fates;/ The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/But in ourselves, that we are underlings." We have only ourselves to blame for being "petty men", explains Cassius to Brutus in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. By contrast, Julius Caesar has someone remind him that he is mortal. His hubris comes at the expense of others' humiliation.
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[Perspectives] Sharrelle Barber: at the intersection of place, race, and health
Pamela Das | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Sharrelle Barber's research focuses on the intersection of place, race, and health. As Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in Philadelphia, PA, USA, her work has been crucial in assessing the impact of structural racism on racial health inequities among Black people in the USA and Brazil. She sees segregation as a symbol of the economic, social, political, and racial divide in a city: "From Jackson, Mississippi, to Rio de Janeiro, segregation is one of the most visible manif…
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[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Li X, Mukandavire C, Cucunubà ZM, et al. Estimating the health impact of vaccination against ten pathogens in 98 low-income and middle-income countries from 2000 to 2030: a modelling study. Lancet 2021; 397: 398–408–In appendix 2, the table legends for appendix 3 p 1 (d–f) and p 2 (d–f) should have been for under-5s by calendar view, and the table legends for appendix 3 p 1 (g–i) and p 2 (g–i) should have been for all ages by cohort view. The titles of the tables have also been corrected. These corrections have been made as of Feb 18, 2021.
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[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Baas P, Scherpereel A, Nowak AK, et al. First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab in unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma (CheckMate 743): a multicentre, randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial. Lancet 2021; 397: 375–86–The appendix for this Article has been corrected as of Feb 18, 2021.
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[Correspondence] Iron deficiency in PREVENTT
Anastazia Keegan, Philip Crispin, Amanda Ormerod, Kristen Brown, Christine Akers, Fiona King | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
We congratulate Toby Richards and colleagues1 for concluding the PREVENTT study, which sought to reduce the need for blood transfusion by giving preoperative intravenous iron to patients with anaemia before elective major abdominal surgery. Strategies to prevent transfusion need to be recognised and appropriately evaluated. The findings showed that preoperative iron infusion did not reduce the need for red blood cell transfusions; however, we disagree with the conclusion drawn that preoperative iron should not be recommended.
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[Correspondence] Iron deficiency in PREVENTT
Bernd Froessler, Elizabeth Murphy, Nicolette Hodyl | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Toby Richards and colleagues1 suggest that current guidelines on preoperative iron therapy should be reviewed after reporting non-superiority of preoperative intravenous iron over placebo in reducing the need for blood transfusion in adults with anaemia before elective major abdominal surgery. We strongly urge for caution, favouring a more nuanced approach that considers individual circumstances and clinical context when actively managing anaemia before surgery. Similarly to other studies,2,3 we showed benefits of administering preoperative intravenous iron (including a reduced need for subsequent transfusion of…
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[Correspondence] Iron deficiency in PREVENTT — Authors' reply
Toby Richards, Ben Clevenger, Darren Dahly, Martin Besser | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
We thank Bernd Froessler and colleagues, Axel Hofmann and colleagues, and Anastazia Keegan and colleagues for their comments. In the PREVENTT trial1 we addressed the association between preoperative anaemia and increased blood transfusion, hospital stay, morbidity, and mortality after surgery. We did not know whether these associations were causal, specifically whether intravenous iron could correct anaemia, mediating a reduction in the associated risks to patients.
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[Clinical Picture] Amiodarone and hypothyroidism
Grigorios Christidis, Frank Lammert, Marcin Krawczyk | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
A 65-year-old man attended our outpatient clinic for diagnostic evaluation of abnormal blood tests detected during a routine check requested by his cardiologist. The investigations showed a raised serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (406 U/L; normal
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[World Report] Research Focus: The Cleveland Clinic at 100
Talha Burki | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
As the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, marks its centenary, Talha Burki looks at how it became a world-renowned centre for cardiology.
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[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
Reich K, Papp KA, Blauvelt A, et al. Bimekizumab versus ustekinumab for the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis (BE VIVID): efficacy and safety from a 52-week, multicentre, double-blind, active comparator and placebo controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet 2021; 397: 487–98–In table 2 of this Article, the upper CI for the odds ratio versus placebo for Investigator's Global Assessment response at week 16 should have read 384 ∑3. In figure 3, the proportion of patients who switched from placebo to bimekizumab 320 mg every 4 weeks with a DLQI score of 0 or 1 at week 52 should have read 71%.
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[Correspondence] Global need: including rehabilitation in health system strengthening
Tiago S Jesus, Michel D Landry | thelancet.com | 2021-02-20
We read with great enthusiasm Alarcos Cieza and colleagues'1 analysis of data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) 2019 to estimate that 2 ∑41 billion people (95% uncertainty interval 2 ∑34–2 ∑50 billion) worldwide would benefit from rehabilitation services. This comprehensive work quantifies an increasing burden of non-fatal health losses potentially addressed by rehabilitation services. Cieza and colleagues' work complements findings from our series of secondary analyses of GBD 2017,2–4 in which we focused on an extensive set of health conditions tha…
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Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US | Turkish president reaches out to Biden administrations and says 'common interests of Turkey and the United States outweigh the differences' | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 21: 46 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier this week, Turkey had accused the US of supporting PKK 'terrorists' (AFP) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…
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Mercenaries boss Erik Prince violated Libya weapons embargo: UN report
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Mercenaries boss Erik Prince violated Libya weapons embargo: UN report | US media say the accusations against founder of security firm Blackwater could potentially lead to him facing sanctions | MEE staff | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 09: 39 | Erik Prince did not cooperate with the UN inquiry and his lawyer declined to comment to the New York Times (AFP) | Mercenaries boss Erik Prince pumped $80m in weapons and fighters into easter…
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Russian air strikes 'kill 21 Islamic State fighters' in Syrian desert
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Russian air strikes 'kill 21 Islamic State fighters' in Syrian desert | Russian jets launched 130 air strikes over 24 hours according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 11: 01 | Russian air power has backed Syrian forces clashing with Islamic State fighters (AFP) | Russia launched at least 130 air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, killing at least 21 Isla…
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Iraq: Rockets target airbase north of Baghdad after clashes with IS
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Iraq: Rockets target airbase north of Baghdad after clashes with IS | Attack on Al-Balad base injures a contractor and came hours after Iraqi security forces raided a nearby Islamic State hideout amid increasing tensions | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 19: 31 | A doctor treats a man wounded in a rocket attack on US forces at Erbil airport, northern Iraq, on 15 February (Reuters) | Four rockets hit the…
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Saudi Arabia to invest $20bn in domestic arms industry
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Saudi Arabia to invest $20bn in domestic arms industry | Kingdom wants to shift towards manufacturing much of its own weapons over the next decade after US sales ban | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 15: 49 | Saudi Arabia wants to spend at least half of its military budget locally by 2030 (AFP) | Saudi Arabia has announced plans to pump $20bn into producing more of its own weapons and military systems o…
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Algeria releases dozens of jailed pro-democracy activists after presidential pardons
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-20
Algeria releases dozens of jailed pro-democracy activists after presidential pardons | Pardons issued by President Tebboune ahead of second anniversary of Hirak uprising, with prominent journalist Khaled Drareni among those freed | MEE and agencies | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 20: 26 | Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni is greeted by supporters upon his release from Kolea prison, west of the capital Algiers, on 19 Fe…
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Thursday 3/11: Rally-Speak Out Thursday On Tenth Anniversary of Fukushima NUKE Meltdowns
No Nukes Action | indybay.org | 2021-02-20
San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…
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The absolute best way to cook fennel (because this underappreciated veggie deserves a Renaissance)
Michael La Corte | salon.com | 2021-02-20
If you don't already stock up on this unique vegetable, maybe I can convince you to on your next grocery trip…
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Where is the love?: Seeking intimacy in Josephine Baker's films
Terri Simone Francis | salon.com | 2021-02-20
When her film characters shed their faàßades and the great Josephine Baker is revealed, something startling happens…
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Opposition leader Navalny loses appeal against imprisonment
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Moscow, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A Moscow court on Saturday rejected an appeal from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against his 3.5 year imprisonment after he was found guilty of violating the conditions of his parole. Navalny was detained last month after returning from Germany, where he was receiving treatment from a alleged poisoning attack by …
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Former Australian govt party adviser accused of 2nd rape
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Sydney, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A woman said Saturday she was raped by a former adviser to the government party accused this week of raping another co-worker in parliament, according to local media reports. Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his discomfort at this second complaint at a press conference via his Facebook profile. The accusation …
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Thousands in Myanmar take to streets following protester's death
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Thousands in Myanmar took to the country's streets Saturday to protest the military coup a day after the death of a demonstrator was confirmed. The most conflictive point in the country was the city of Mandalay, the largest, where police fired rubber bullets at the crowd that came to support …
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Osaka wins 2nd Australian Open title after defeating Brady
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Melbourne, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Japan's Naomi Osaka on Saturday clinched her second Australian Open title as she comfortably defeated the US' Jennifer Brady in straight sets. Third seed Osaka took advantage of untimely unforced errors from Grand Slam final rookie Brady for a 6-4, 6-3 win to seal the title after a contest that …
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At least 5 killed, 2 injured as series of sticky bomb explosions rock Kabul
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Kabul, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- At least five people, including two members of the security forces, were killed and two people were injured on Saturday in three back-to-back sticky bomb explosions in the Afghan capital, officials told EFE. The attacks took place in three different areas of Kabul within a two-hour period, Kabul police spokesperson Firdaws …
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Venezuelans must work 4,000 years to buy a house
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
By Ron Gonzalez Caracas, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Carmen Hurtado's hopes rise every time a potential customer approaches the makeshift stand in the Venezuelan capital where she sells puppets, as each sale brings her closer to her dream of having a home of her own, a seemingly impossible goal in an oil-rich nation where someone earning …
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: 6 years of a pure 21st century marriage
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
By Javier Romualdo Los Angeles, United States, Feb 19 (EFE) .- It is official. The couple of the decade is divorcing. After months of constant rumors, Kim Kardashian formally filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West, ending a six-year marriage between two of the biggest stars of this century. The impact of the news in …
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Chelsea winning streak ends at Southampton
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Southampton, England, Feb 20 (efe'epa).- Chelsea on Saturday had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Southampton as their winning run stretching back to last month came to an end. The Blues enjoyed the lion's share of possession, but failed to transfer their dominance on the pitch to the scoreboard. Despite leaving St Mary's frustrated …
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From bad to worse for Liverpool with derby loss to Everton
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Sports Desk, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Everton beat Liverpool 0-2 Saturday on goals by Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson in a game that saw Reds captain Jordan Henderson leave the pitch injured in the 29th minute. The Toffees first triumph in the Merseyside derby in more than a decade was a milestone of a different kind for …
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Bolsonaro ousts CEO of Brazil's state-run oil company
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Brasilia, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- The CEO of Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras was fired Friday in the wake of President Jair Bolsonaro's repeated attacks on the company for hiking fuel prices. The right-wing head of state said that reserve army Gen. Joaquim Silva e Luna, a former defense minister, will take charge of Petrobras, whose …
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Protest against Article 112 outside Thai Parliament as PM survives vote
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Bangkok, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Demonstrators protested outside the parliament building in the Thai capital Bangkok on Saturday to call for the repeal of legislation that criminalises anyone deemed to insult the country's powerful monarchy. Repeal of the lese majeste law, known as Article 112, is one of the core demands of the student-led protest movement …
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Riots continue for 4th night in Spain over imprisonment of rapper
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
Barcelona, Spain, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Barcelona and several other Spanish cities woke up on Saturday morning to looted stores and damaged property after a fourth consecutive night of protests calling for the release of rapper Pablo Hasel. The artist — real name Pablo Rivadulla — has been in prison since Tuesday after he was found …
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Two protesters in Mandalay shot dead by Myanmar police
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-20
(Update: adds killing of 2 protesters) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- At least two people were shot dead on Saturday by police in Mandalay, Myanmar's second city, during a protest against the military junta that seized power in a coup d'état on February 1. Three people have now died at the hands of authorities in …
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"Sorkhkala Tappeh" historical bathhouse in Mazandaran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
SAVADKOUH, Feb. 20 (MNA) — The historical bathhouse of "Sorkhkala Tappeh" is located in Ziraab city, outskirt of Savadkouh, Mazandaran province.
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Israel expanding region's only nuclear bomb factory 'Dimona'
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Zionist regime is expanding 'Dimona', the region's only nuclear bomb factory.
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Ulyanov reacts to IAEA chief's trip to Tehran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna expressed hope that negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will be successful.
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Two Iranians among nominees for Best AFC 2020 Free Kick
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Two Iranian players have been nominated for the Free Kicks of the 2020 AFC Champions League.
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US Air Force training jet crashes in Alabama, kills two
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — The US Air Force said in a statement that both pilots were killed when a US military plane crashed in Alabama.
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IAEA chief Grossi arrives in Tehran
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — The Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi arrived in Tehran on Saturday for talks with Iranian officials.
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Iran, Russia discuss regional developments
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Moscow and deputy foreign minister of the Russian Federation conferred on regional developments on Saturday.
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Rockets hit an airbase in Iraq's Saladin: report
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported that several rockets hit an airbase in southern province of Saladin in Iraq.
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Hezbollah to stand by Iran to confront US: Deputy Sec. Gen
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-20
TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (MNA) — Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General said that Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement will stand by the Islamic Republic of Iran to confront the United States.
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US State Department accusation of China 'genocide' relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-19
The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their "genocide" accusation against China. A close review of Zenz's research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of Chinese "genocide" against the Muslim Uyghur population in Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on …
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US State Department accusation of China 'genocide' relied on data abuse and baseless claims by far-right ideologue
Gareth Porter | thegrayzone.com | 2021-02-19
The Trump and Biden administrations have relied on the work of a right-wing religious extremist, Adrian Zenz, for their "genocide" accusation against China. A close review of Zenz's research reveals flagrant data abuse and outright falsehoods. Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of "genocide" against the Muslim Uyghur population in China's Xinjiang province. But an investigation of published work by the researcher Pompeo relied on …
thegrayzone.com/2021/02/18/us-media-repo…

Biden Offers Moderate Solutions to Radical Problems
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
"Radical solutions require radical solutions," I wrote in my 2010 book "The Anti-American Manifesto," a polemic that calls upon us to save ourselves from imminent social, economic and political collapse by overthrowing the system and rebuilding society from the ground up. We currently face several radical problems. But we're not likely to rise to the…
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Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
Log-in info is posted on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG
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Biden Spent Black History Month Deporting Black Immigrants
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
In the days it took to pull together this Q&A with two leaders in the immigrant rights movement–Haitian Bridge Alliance's Guerline Jozef and the UndocuBlack Network's Patrice Lawrence–the federal government deported more than 70 asylum-seekers to Haiti, including a two-month-old baby and 21 other children. Haiti is in the midst of political turmoil and advocates are calling these deportations "death flights." Soon, hundreds more Black immigrants are expected to be deported, including 135 Haitian immigrants. Most of them are families. | While the coverage of these deportations hasn't been extensiv…
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Why Haitians are angry at the UN
Yves Engler | zcomm.org | 2021-02-19
The case of Haiti reveals how the UN can be part of the problem rather than the solution…
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UN human rights office alarmed by 'attacks' on judicial independence in Haiti
news.un.org | 2021-02-19
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) is "very concerned" over recent attacks against judicial independence in Haiti, as the country is gripped by political and institutional instability, a spokesperson said on Friday.
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Haitian crafts entrepreneur looking to spread success
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-19
By Maria Montecelos Port-au-Prince, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- Haitian artisans produce handicrafts of remarkable quality and variety but struggle to make a living due to the lack of a domestic market for their creations. But they now have a key ally and ambassador in Magalie Dresse, an entrepreneur and papier mache artist who is determined to …
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Australian educators support locked out Coles workers
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
Teachers have spoken out in support of the locked out workers at the Smeaton Grange warehouse in Sydney, and have condemned the United Workers Union's attempts to impose a sell-out deal.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/cole…

Trailblazing former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis dies at 68
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
CHICAGO (PAI)–If you're looking for who started "Red for Ed," figuratively if not literally, you'll find Karen Lewis. Because it could arguably be said that Lewis, the former President of the Chicago Teachers Union/AFT Local 1, who died in early February at 68 after a long battle with cancer, originated the combination of teacher activism …
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Teachers and health workers strike amid back-to-school campaign in Brazil
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
Faced with enormous opposition from teachers, the Brazilian ruling class fears that the return to classes will provoke a nationwide wave of struggles beyond the control of the unions and pseudo-left parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/braz…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2021-02-19
Portuguese teachers strike against unsafe return to schools order; national strike planned against South Africa's ANC government over the erosion of workers' rights, unemployment, corruption, inequality and poverty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/19/wkrs…

Monday 2/22: San Francisco Speakout & Digitial Rally: $15 Fair Wage & COVID Relief Now! w/ PPC
Poor People's Campaign and union partners | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
SF: sidewalk outside office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein @ 1 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94104 | Masks & Social Distancing Required at All Times | Online: www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/livestream/
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Over 200 Small Business Restaurant Owners And Employers Endorse Raise The Wage Act
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
As the small restaurant sector reels from the devastating economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, a report published Thursday by advocates for tipped workers and a $15 minimum wage revealed that phasing out subminimum wages for such workers–which can be as low as a little over $2 an hour–does not cause businesses to close. | In fact, the report–published by the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley and One Fair Wage–found that the five states with the greatest rate of decline in open hospitality businesses during the pandemic are all states with a submi…
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Britain's Double Standards in International Affairs
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
On February 12 it was announced by the UN that a British lawyer had been elected as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. No matter what one might think of the ICC, it is taking steps to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan and Yemen, so it can't be all bad. But a major point…
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The Fed Now "Holds" 4X as Much US Bond Debt as China Does
Wolf Richter | anti-empire.com | 2021-02-19
Editor's note: $4.5 trillion in US treasuries has already been monetized, $2 trillion in just the last 12 months — supposedly this doesn't matter because the Fed is supposedly going to shrink its (fictitous) balance sheet again, but it'll never happen. It'll just go up and up. | Driven by stimulus and bailouts, and fired up by the tax cuts and by grease and pork, the Incredibly Spiking US National Debt has skyrocketed by $4.55 trillion in 12 months, to $27.86 trillion, after having already spiked by $1.4 trillion in the prior 12 months, which had been the Good Times. These trillions are all Treasury securit…
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President Maduro Boosts Anti-Drug Fight in Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-19
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday inaugurated the National Anti-Drug Superintendence and took stock of his country's fight against drugs. | RELATED: | Venezuela to Launch Its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign | "We deliver to the National Assembly a draft bill for a partial reform of the Law on Drugs," the President said. | The new Superintendence, which is the highest level institution to coordinate the fight against drug trafficking, will be headed by Major General Richard…
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Venezuela launches vaccination drive against COVID-19
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
Despite the harsh economic sanctions and commercial blockade against Venezuela imposed by the US and supported by the EU, the government of President Nicolás Maduro is making every possible effort to secure anti-COVID-19 vaccines…
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By 17-Point Margin, Voters Want Biden to Cancel $50k in Student Debt: Poll
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-19
"It's almost like the American people want government to meet the scale of the crisis," said New York Congressman Mondaire Jones. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Leaving Aside' International Law: Why Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have rashly painted a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/leaving-asid…

Army Abducts Four Palestinians Playing In Snow In Hebron
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2021-02-19
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday evening, four young Palestinian men while playing in the snow in the Old City of Hebron, in southern West Bank. Eyewitnesses said the soldiers abducted the four young men while playing in snow, which covered most of occupied Palestine, and were building snowmen and throwing snowballs at each other. They …
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For this Palestinian family, living next to Al-Aqsa Mosque comes with a heavy price
Aseel Jundi | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-19
For this Palestinian family, living next to Al-Aqsa Mosque comes with a heavy price | For years, the Bashiti family has lived in a never-ending cycle of Israeli harassment for refusing to abandon their strategically located home | Aseel Jundi | Fri, 02/19/2021 – 11: 22 | Mohammed Bashiti and his wife, Binar, look towards Al-Aqsa Mosque in the yard of their home in the Old City of Jerusalem (Assel Jundi) | Mohamm…
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Cuomo and Newsom Symbolize the Rot of Corporate Democrats
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2021-02-19
The dire need for progressive populism…
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Colombian Scientists and Indigenous People to Census Condors
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-19
Biologists and over 300 Kokonucos Indigenous People are conducting the first Colombian condor census to help conserve this endangered species. | RELATED: | Bolivia Investigates Killing of 35 Condors | "Counting the emblematic national bird will allow us to create policies focused on its preservation given its importance in our ecosystem," Neotropical Foundation Scientific Director Fausto Saenz assured. | The Andean condor, one of the largest birds in the world, is considered a sa…
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'This is the Way We Rise': Hawaiian poetry in motion
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-19
The Tidal Wave of Indigenous Cinema continues to swell with Hawaiian filmmaker Ciara Lacy's stirring This is the Way We Rise, a poetic short about Polynesian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio that recently screened as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Jamaica is the daughter of Jon Osorio, Dean of Hawai ªinuiƒÅkea School of Hawaiian Knowledge …
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The Atrocious Prosecution of Julian Assange
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
What do Biden and Trump have in common? (Aside from jerking Iran around over the nuclear treaty, proclaiming support for a phony, unelected pretender to the Venezuelan presidency, Juan Guaido, and posturing aggressively toward China?) Both Biden and Trump support the utterly baseless Espionage Act case against journalist and publisher Julian Assange. Make no mistake,…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/the-atrociou…

Historic win: Trade unions celebrate UK top court's ruling on Uber drivers
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-19
The UK Supreme Court upheld multiple lower court rulings that held that Uber drivers are workers and not "self-employed" as the raid-hailing corporate argued…
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UK Top Court Gives Uber Drivers Benefits In Landmark Ruling
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
London – Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as "workers" and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Friday, in a decision that threatens the company's business model and holds broader implications for the so-called gig economy. | The ruling paves the way for Uber drivers to get benefits such as paid holidays and the minimum wage, handing defeat to the ride-hailing giant in the culmination of a long-running legal battle. | The Supreme Court's seven judges unanimously rejected Uber's appeal against an employment tribunal ruling, which had found that two Uber drivers were "workers" under British law.
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Ex-US Military Leaders Back ACLU Petition for SCOTUS to Declare Male-Only Draft Unconstitutional
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-19
The Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) decision in Rostkver v. Goldberg, 453 US 57 (1981), held that the Military Selective Service Act was constitutional, claiming "[t]he existence of the combat restrictions clearly indicates the basis for Congress' decision to exempt women from registration."
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Shamima Begum to find out next week if she can potentially return to the UK
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-19
Shamima Begum will find out if she can potentially return to the UK to pursue an appeal against the removal of her British citizenship when the Supreme Court gives a ruling on her case next week. | Stateless: | Begum was 15 when she and two other east London schoolgirls travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group (IS) in February 2015. Her British citizenship was revoked on national security grounds shortly after she was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019. | Begum, now 21, is challenging the Home Office's decision to remove her British citizenship and w…
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Massive victory for workers as Uber loses Supreme Court battle
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-19
Supreme Court justices have ruled against Uber and said that drivers should be classed as workers. | Seven justices ruled on the latest round of a long-running fight between Uber operating companies and drivers on Friday, after a hearing in July. | Uber operating companies, who said drivers were contractors not workers, appealed to the Supreme Court after losing three earlier rounds of the fight. | "Historic": | Justices dismissed Uber's appeal in a decision the GMB union said was "historic". | BREAKING: It's the end of the road for Uber's mistreatment of drivers. | This landmark Supreme Court ruling puts…
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Have Your Spine and Eat It Too
Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2021-02-19
Whatever happened to the Republican Party's strict textual reading of our nation's founding document?
progressive.org/dispatches/have-your-spi…

"Interesting" Times: Capitalism Kills Everything
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-19
Yes, it's terrible that Joe Biden has refused to forgive more than a pittance of student debt. But do we not recall him telling a Los Angeles Times host that he had "no empathy, give me a break" for the plight of Millennials in the savagely unequal and environmentally unsustainable world he'd helped create over decades of Congressional service to corporate and financial America? No surprise.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/19/interesting-…

Killing Revolution in Bahrain, U.S.-UK Plotted Regime Change in Libya, Syria
Finian Cunningham | thealtworld.com | 2021-02-19
The legacy from events a decade ago still reverberate to this day. Several members of the current Biden administration bear responsibility for the destruction, including the present Secretary of State Antony Blinken. | Ten years ago this month, the Middle East and North Africa were convulsed by uprisings and subterfuges. The Arab Spring is generally thought of as a single wave of pro-democracy movements that swept the vast region. Far from it, however, the events were a mixed bag in which Western powers were not on the right side of history, as Western media would portray. Indeed, these powers played a nefarious…
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Killing Revolution in Bahrain, U.S.-UK Plotted Regime Change in Libya, Syria
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-19
The legacy from events a decade ago still reverberate to this day. Several members of the current Biden administration bear responsibility for the destruction, including the present Secretary of State Antony Blinken. | Ten years ago this month, the Middle East and North Africa were convulsed by uprisings and subterfuges. The Arab Spring is generally thought of as a single wave of pro-democracy movements that swept the vast region. Far from it, however, the events were a mixed bag in which Western powers were not on the right side of history, as Western media would portray. Indeed, these powers played a nefarious…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/19/ki…

Scheer Intelligence: The Clearest Example Of Israeli Apartheid Yet
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-19
As Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program got underway in recent months, reports in Western media, including the New York Times, lauded the country's speedy inoculation efforts to vaccinate every Israeli over the age of 16. What many news reports failed to immediately note in detail, however, was that as the Middle Eastern nation was rapidly vaccinating its citizens against the deadly virus that turned the whole world upside down, it showed no signs of inoculating the approximately 5 million Palestinians whose land Israel occupies in the Gaza strip and the West Bank. After a global outcry ensued over the immoralit…
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Juan Cole on the Clearest Example of Israeli Apartheid Yet
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-02-19
Israel Defense Forces / CC BY-NC 2.0] Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play As Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program got underway in recent months, reports in Western media, including the New York Times, lauded the country's speedy inoculation efforts to vaccinate every Israeli over the age of 16. What many news reports failed to immediately note in detail, however, was that as the… | Source…
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Biden's First Month Marked by Broken Promises
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-19
Biden kicked off his campaign by telling wealthy donors that "nothing would fundamentally change" under his presidency. After one month in office, it appears as if that is one campaign promise he is likely to keep.
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