Daily Archives: February 22, 2021

2021-02-22: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-02-22). Death on an unprecedented scale: One year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US. wsws.org It has been one year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US. The scale of death in that one year is unprecedented in US history.

Margaret Flowers (2021-02-22). Global Solidarity Is Needed During The Pandemic To End Medical Apartheid. dissidentvoice.org Some of the truths the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing about the United States are its racial disparities in health and access to health care. Black and Indigenous people are more likely to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 than white people. They are two to three times more likely to be hospitalized and …

The Conversation (2021-02-22). WHO Busts Wuhan Myths: Pandemic started with wild Animal, not Lab, and Wet Market wasn't Ground Zero. juancole.com By Dominic Dwyer | — As I write, I am in hotel quarantine in Sydney, after returning from Wuhan, China. There, I was the Australian representative on the international World Health Organization's (WHO) investigation into the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Much has been said of the politics surrounding the mission to investigate the viral …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-02-22). Virginia—the Nation's "Death Penalty Capital"—Poised to Become First State in South to Ban Capital Punishment. commondreams.org "Thankfully, the repeal of the death penalty by its leading practitioner gives hope that work for justice is not in vain." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Raul Diego (2021-02-22). A Good Start: Minnesota's Return of Dakota Land Makes Space for Healing. mintpressnews.com While most Native communities in Minnesota, such as the Ojibwe and others fighting pipeline projects through their land recognize that their fight for sovereignty is far from over, the land transfer to the Lower Sioux is a good, if small start in countering centuries of whitewashed history.

_____ (2021-02-22). Prisons Prime Testing Ground for Dehumanizing Hi-Tech 'Advances'. strategic-culture.org A new form of exploitation, known as "stakeholder capitalism," is already being tested in many places around the world and prisons are among the main targets for its implementation, as they provide an ideal and literally captive market for its proof of concept. | By Raul DIEGO | Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is coming under fire again from Democratic lawmakers, as well as from the American Postal Workers Union, who are calling for President Joe Biden to pave the way for DeJoy's removal after the Trump-appointee

Howard Lisnoff (2021-02-22). One Flew Over the US. counterpunch.org On the best route (also the route that the Metro North Railroad follows) to New York City from western Massachusetts, stands the remnants of a long-abandoned state psychiatric facility (Harlem Valley State Hospital) in upstate New York. The many buildings that housed mentally ill people, like others in many states, have the appearance of brick military-style

_____ (2021-02-22). Indigenous Youth Demand End To Trans Mountain Insurance. popularresistance.org A group of Indigenous youth took their fight against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project to the Vancouver offices of insurance companies backing the controversial venture earlier this week. | On Thursday, approximately 20 youth from the x ∑m…ôŒ∏kw…ôyÃì…ôm, Skwxwú7mesh, S…ôlÃìílw…ôta…¨ (Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh) and other First Nations occupied the lobby — as well as south and west entrances — of 250 Howe St., a high-rise building housing Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada, one of 11 insurers backing…

_____ (2021-02-22). A Conversation With Leaders Of The Mayangna Nation. popularresistance.org In November of 2020, between hurricanes Eta and Iota, Stephen Sefton interviewed Indigenous leaders and others in Nicaragua's North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. The interviews mainly address long standing misapprehensions and outright falsehoods about Nicaragua's Sandinista government's defense of Indigenous people's rights, an issue inseparable from defense of the natural environment. More immediately, the interviews exposed several poorly researched, inaccurate reports of the Oakland Institute, published in 2020, clearly seeking to damage Nicaragua's economy by means of misleading, sensationalist and simp…

_____ (2021-02-22). Lithium Mine Kicks Off A New Era Of Western Extraction. popularresistance.org In the Great Basin Desert of northern Nevada and southern Oregon, Thacker pass cuts a wide swath of sagebrush and bunch grasses between narrow ribbons of mountain ranges. The region is a caldera — a collapsed volcano — that formed an ancient lakebed. For millennia, Indigenous peoples used the verdant valley as a pathway between their winter and summer homes. Today, the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe's reservation is located nearby, along with the small agricultural community of Orovada, clusters of buildings surrounded by circular green fields of alfalfa. | The ancient lakebed clays are rich in…

Shatha Hammad (2021-02-22). 'They destroyed our dreams': Israel's bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers. middleeasteye.net 'They destroyed our dreams': Israel's bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers | The Palestinian women workforce faces a 'direct threat', as Israeli forces raze their agricultural lands | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 11: 05 | On 6 December 2020, Israeli bulldozers carried out one of the largest tree uprooting operations to date in the West Bank, destroying 3,400 olive trees in one day (Social media/Daoud A…

MEE staff (2021-02-22). Covid-19: Former Israeli minister urges denial of vaccine to Palestinians in Gaza. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Former Israeli minister urges denial of vaccine to Palestinians in Gaza | Ayelet Shaked argued humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the besieged territory should be blocked over bodies of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 14: 57 | A Palestinian health worker holds swab samples collected to test for Covid-19 in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 16 February 2021 (AFP) | Former Isr…

Repost (2021-02-22). Join the tweet storm now opposing Neera Tanden. indybay.org Roots Action and Norman Solomon are asking everyone with a tweeter account to tweet their Senators opposing Neera Tandens OMB nomination.

Ben Cowles (2021-02-22). NGO refugee rescue ship left waiting on European help that never came. peoplesworld.org An NGO refugee rescue ship in the central Mediterranean waited hours today for help from the Maltese and Italian coastguards that never came after the vessel saved the lives of 148 people, 28 more than it is legally allowed to carry. Basque charity Humanitarian Maritime Rescue (SMH) announced in the morning that the Aita Mari …

John Wojcik (2021-02-22). It will take more than dumping Trump to stop the neo-fascists. peoplesworld.org At the end of World War II, we saw a worldwide defeat of fascism. Millions in countries around the planet rejected what their fascist overlords had to offer—racism, genocide, economic austerity, and war. U.S. and Soviet soldiers marched for the same cause as they defeated fascism in one country after another. The liberating troops marching …

George Ochenski (2021-02-22). Who Messed with Texas? counterpunch.org Texans like to brag endlessly about how great their state is, its "independence," and warn, "don't mess with Texas." But as millions of Texans now huddle freezing in the dark of this self-proclaimed "energy capital of the world," it might be worth thinking about how this tragedy happened, who and what caused it, and why Republican politicians are trying to blame renewable energy for a problem caused by poorly built and maintained fossil fuel generation facilities and the predatory capitalism of its deregulated energy system.

Tania Siddiqi (2021-02-22). India: Rail roko protest and growing state-sanctioned terror. workers.org Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the farmer unions' umbrella body, launched a rail roko protest to halt train transit in many parts of India for four hours on Feb. 18. This action is the farmers' latest attempt to push India's national government to repeal three "farm bills" intended to appease corporate cravings. . . . |

Brett Wilkins (2021-02-22). Texas refineries used storm to hide release of tons of pollutants. peoplesworld.org Editor's note: This article has been reprinted from EcoWatch. Texas oil refineries released hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide into the air as they scrambled to shut down during last week's deadly winter storm, Reuters reported Sunday. Winter storm Uri, which killed dozens of people …

José A. Amesty R. (2021-02-22). Crisis sin Precedentes en Ecuador: Desafío para Andrés Arauz. globalizacion.ca Independientemente de cualquiera sea el ganador a la presidencia en el Ecuador, Arauz o Lasso, se tendrá que enfrentar a una brutal crisis, herencia de Lenin Moreno, por ejemplo, la crisis de salud, ocasionada por la pandemia del Coronavirus, atendida…

Prensa Latina (2021-02-22). Cuba en vicepresidencia del Comité de ONU sobre Descolonización. peoplesworld.org Naciones Unidas, 18 feb (Prensa Latina) Cuba fue electa hoy para la vicepresidencia del Comité Especial de Descolonización de la ONU, cargo que asume con el compromiso de seguir luchando para erradicar el colonialismo en cualquiera de sus manifestaciones. Así expresó el representante permanente del país caribeño ante Naciones Unidas, Pedro Luis Pedroso, al asumir …

Orinoco Tribune (2021-02-22). New European Union sanctions on democratic elections: 30 Venezuelan politicians to be sanctioned. mronline.org The European Union (EU) announced this Friday, February 19, that the body will sanction about thirty Venezuelan leaders for participating in the legislative elections last December, reported Europa Press, alluding to a "high ranked official" of the community bloc.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Protests continue in Haiti against the dictatorship and imperialism. peoplesdispatch.org Another round of massive protests took place on February 21 calling for an end to the dictatorship of Jovenel MoàØse whose term was supposed to end on February 7…

Staff (2021-02-22). Nathan Robinson speaks about losing his Guardian column after criticizing Israel. therealnews.com Current Affairs Editor-in-Chief Nathan Robinson tweeted a joke satirizing U.S. support of Israel, and The Guardian newspaper cancelled his regular op-ed column. Now he speaks with TRNN about facing accusations of anti-Semitism for criticizing Israeli power on Capitol Hill.

Eric A. Gordon (2021-02-22). Half a million COVID dead: Trump death cult meets shock doctrine. peoplesworld.org Remember just a few short months ago when President Donald Trump floated the number of 200,000 coronavirus deaths as an acceptable number before COVID-19 just vanished like a miracle? The inevitable outcome of Trump's death cult has arrived—as of this week, a staggering half a million Americans in their graves from a disease that could …

Editor (2021-02-22). Bessemer, Alabama: The whole world is watching. workers.org An injury to one is an injury to all. This famous labor slogan, popularized by the Industrial Workers of the World over a century ago, is more meaningful today than ever. But it has a double meaning for workers at Amazon, where the workplace injury rate is exceptionally high due . . . |

Marie Kelly (2021-02-22). On the picket line. workers.org McDonald's workers win settlement In Los Angeles, between April and August 2020, workers at a McDonald's complained about inadequate protection from COVID, including lack of social distancing and forcible exposure to customers who refused to wear masks. Following strikes to protest these unsafe working conditions, McDonald's management retaliated by firing . . . |

Erik Molvar (2021-02-22). "Apocalypse Cow:" Point Reyes National Seashore Launches a Propaganda War Targeting Independent Journalism. counterpunch.org Grab your popcorn: The battle over livestock destruction of natural ecosystems at Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up. For years, conservationists have pointed out the ecologically catastrophic toll that beef and dairy ranching has been having on native coastal prairies, the wildlife that depend on these places, and public health and safety. As the

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-02-22). GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas. counterpunch.org As Texas battles a severe snowstorm and mass power outages this winter, Tim Boyd, the now-former Republican mayor of Colorado City, revealed his party's plan for the deadly extreme temperatures linked to climate change. In a lengthy Facebook post that was deleted soon after it went viral, then-Mayor Boyd told his residents that they were entirely on their own as the brutal winter weather caused mayhem and deaths across the Lone Star state.

Gloria Rubac (2021-02-22). Hungry, cold and victims of inhumanity behind Texas prison walls. workers.org Houston On an average day in Texas, prisons are hellholes run by racist officials and a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison board that won't request the legislature allocate money for proper maintenance. Every weather emergency in the state, from hurricanes to flooding to subfreezing weather, has proven time and . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Red Books Day celebrated internationally to mark 173 years since the publication of 'The Communist Manifesto'. peoplesdispatch.org On February 21, 1948 the Manifesto of the Communist Party written by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels was first published in the UK. The book is recognized as one of the most influential in the history of humankind and it has been translated in almost all languages in the world.

Ralph Nader (2021-02-22). Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses? counterpunch.org Democratic leaders told the House managers to huddle privately with Trump's defense lawyers to strike a deal. They did. They would place a mere statement from Rep. Beutler into the trial record and call no witnesses. The Republicans couldn't have been more delighted, knowing that the Democratic leadership wanted the trial over that day before Congress went on a week-long vacation.

Miko Peled (2021-02-22). 2011 Book Gives Voice to Palestinian Women Who Survived 1948 Nakba. mintpressnews.com "If you'd only seen the bodies in the streets, if you only had seen the bodies. Little children without their shoes walking about the mayhem and crying."

Jordan Woll (2021-02-22). Will Biden scrap Afghanistan withdrawal? liberationnews.org To the extent that the administration is still considering following through on the withdrawal, it is an expression of the military failure of the United States over the long course of the war.

Eds. (2021-02-22). Partners: China and Cuba. mronline.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.

PAI (2021-02-22). Impeachment manager Raskin's last word on Trump: He's 'a traitor'. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—Unveiling a key word he never uttered during Donald Trump's impeachment trial in mid-February, chief House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., has labeled former White House Republican denizen Trump a "traitor." Raskin, a longtime constitutional law professor, delivered that verdict at the opening of a short Zoom video speech to the Government Employees …

Yves Engler (2021-02-22). Haitian Official stashes Wealth in Montréal. dissidentvoice.org Recent media reports of a Haitian official stashing wealth in Montréal property ignore a key element of the story: Canada's contribution to enabling Haitian corruption. As a neo-Duvalierist regime becomes ever more dictatorial it's also worth revisiting Canada's history in facilitating fraud and money laundering in the hemisphere's most impoverished nation. Recently La Presse reported …

M. G. Piety (2021-02-22). Saving the Classics from Blindness. counterpunch.org Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a classics professor at Princeton, was the subject of a recent article in the New York Times Magazine entitled "He Wants to Save the Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?" Padilla, according to the article, believes classics, as an academic discipline, "has been instrumental to the invention of 'whiteness' and its continued domination." I won't argue with that. I don't know enough about classics as an academic discipline. I do know something about academic disciplines more generally, though, and I have to say that, in my experience, most are characterized by at least unconscious,…

Joshua Hanks (2021-02-22). Portland, Ore. — Police stop hungry people from retrieving food from dumpster. workers.org Portland, Ore. As a massive winter storm swept across the U.S. last week, knocking out power from Oregon to Texas to the East Coast, millions of people found themselves in a desperate situation: no electricity, no water, no transportation and life-threatening cold — all in the midst of a global . . . |

Brian W. Major (2021-02-22). 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' the story of revolutionary Black Panther Fred Hampton. peoplesworld.org In the summer of 2020, the United States, as in much of the world, experienced an uptick in activism around the issue of racial oppression. The recent increase in police killings of Black people, exemplified by George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, was answered by the militancy of those who have simply had too much. Black …

Harold Geddings III (2021-02-22). District Court declares South Carolina Republicans' anti-abortion bill unconstitutional. peoplesworld.org South Carolina's draconian Senate Bill 1, the "Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act," hit its first legal snag on Friday when U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis issued a two-week temporary restraining order while the case works its way through the courts. Issued just a day after Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill …

Hugo Murphy (2021-02-22). The Weekly Round-up: Free Speech: Chilling Effects or Phantom Threats? ukhumanrightsblog.com A number of legal developments put free speech under the spotlight this week. First, media commentators disputed the significance of the Duchess of Sussex's successful privacy claim against Associated Newspaper Limited, covered in last week's round-up. A leader in The Times issued the grave warning that 'Mr Justice Warby's judgment creates a precedent that will have a chilling effect on …

Dana Taib Menmy (2021-02-22). Iraq: Alarm raised over free speech in Kurdistan after jailing of journalists. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Alarm raised over free speech in Kurdistan after jailing of journalists | At his trial, Kurdish journalist Sherwan Sherwani repeatedly alleged that authorities had threatened to rape his wife if he did not sign a confession | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 16: 00 | Sherwan Sherwani was arrested in October last year following his coverage of anti-government protests in Dohuk and Erbil provinces (Soci…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-22). Saudi Arabia arms deals: UK 'prolonging' Yemen war with weapon sales. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia arms deals: UK 'prolonging' Yemen war with weapon sales | UK issued open licences for bombs, missiles and rockets worth £1.36bn in 2020, as well as equipment to help air-to-air refuelling of Saudi jets | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 12: 34 | Workers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa search through debris at a warehouse after it was reportedly hit in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on 2 July 20…

Ragip Soylu (2021-02-22). Greece to install long-range cameras and radars along border with Turkey: Report. middleeasteye.net Greece to install long-range cameras and radars along border with Turkey: Report | Athens continues to tighten border security in a bid to discourage undocumented migration | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 10: 48 | Migrants near the fence of the Turkey-Greece border buffer zone in Edirne, Turkey, 7 March 2020 (AFP) | Greece will position radars and cameras with a range of up to 15km along its land border with Turkey…

MEE staff (2021-02-22). Jordan's Queen Noor asks for information on missing Dubai princess Shamsa. middleeasteye.net Jordan's Queen Noor asks for information on missing Dubai princess Shamsa | Princess Shamsa has not been seen for more than 20 years after she was forcefully picked up in UK city of Cambridge | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 17: 03 | Queen Noor serves on board of commissioners for International Commission on Missing Persons (AFP) | Queen Noor of Jordan has asked for information on missing Dubai Princess Shamsa, following r…

Ali Harb (2021-02-22). Saudi F1 race: Activists urge Lewis Hamilton to speak out on human rights. middleeasteye.net Saudi F1 race: Activists urge Lewis Hamilton to speak out on human rights | Dozens of rights organisations write letter urging world champion to boycott Saudi Grand Prix or use his platform to promote human rights in the kingdom | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 17: 35 | Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been politically outspoken in the past (AFP/File photo) | Dozens of human rights organisations have called on Formula One c…

Staff (2021-02-22). No Heat or Water, Overflowing Toilets, Disgusting Food: Texas Prisons Went "from Bad to Dire" in Storm. democracynow.org As winter storms overwhelmed Texas, many incarcerated people in the state went days without heat and water, making already grim conditions behind bars even more intolerable for thousands of people. Officials say 33 prisons across the state lost power and 20 had water shortages after the state's electrical grid failed. Staff shortages compounded the problems, and some incarcerated people report not being provided with blankets to keep warm in their freezing cells and being served inedible food. "Texas prison conditions have gone from bad to dire," says Marshall Project reporter Keri Blakinger. "Prisons didn't real…

Staff (2021-02-22). Fossil Fuel Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on Deadly Deregulation & Why Texas Needs the Green New Deal. democracynow.org Millions of Texans are still suffering after severe winter weather devastated the state's energy and water systems. About 8 million Texans remain under orders to boil water, and 30,000 homes still have no power. Around 70 deaths have now been linked to the winter storms, including at least 12 people who died inside their homes after losing heat. Republican lawmakers in Texas are facing increasing criticism for their handling of the crisis, their decades-long push to deregulate the state's energy system, and their unfounded attacks on renewable energy and the Green New Deal. Naomi Klein, senior correspondent at Th…

Staff (2021-02-22). This Is What Deregulation Looks Like: Some Texans Face $10K+ in Electric Bills, Others Still in Dark. democracynow.org When millions of Texans lost power during extreme winter weather, some who were fortunate enough to keep the lights on now face astronomically high energy bills, with people being charged thousands of dollars for just a few days of energy use. The skyrocketing bills are a result of the state's years-long push to deregulate its energy market, says Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program. "We are seeing in these deregulated environments unscrupulous companies preying on their assumption that households will not understand or read the fine print," says Slocum. We also speak with Texas resident Akil…

Staff (2021-02-22). Headlines for February 22, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Declares Major Disaster in TX as Tragic Stories Emerge, Residents Hit with Soaring Power Bills, U.S. to Top 500,000 COVID Deaths as Democrats Advance $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package, U.K. Eases Lockdown; Iranian Vaccine Shows Promising Results; Bolivia Health Workers Launch Strike, Protests Intensify in Burma After 3 Demonstrators Die Amid Violent Crackdown, Thailand Anti-Government Protests Continue After PM Survives No-Confidence Vote, Conservative Guillermo Lasso Advances to 2nd Round of Ecuadorian Presidential Election, Uber Drivers in U.K. Win Legal Battle to Be Recognized as Company Employees, Pentagon…

_____ (2021-02-22). Beyond Oil: How the UAE's HOPE Mars Mission Is Breaking the Arab World Out of the Crisis of Scarcity. strategic-culture.org The Emiratis understand that their economy, primarily based in oil revenue, though presently lucrative, is a short-term prosperity. A future that is Something truly remarkable happened on Feb. 9th, 2021, which I fear has not been fully comprehended by most of the Western hemisphere in terms of its massive implications as a game-changer in geopolit…

_____ (2021-02-22). Biden's Great School Reset — Is It a Time for Change? strategic-culture.org The door is open to think about how we can change our 1800's education to meet up with or fight against the demands of this upcoming new industrial revolution, Tim Kirby writes. | It is hard to say exactly why, but political change of a grand sweeping nature simply does not occur without some sort of crisis to demand it. A catalyst is always needed. For years it has been obvious that many office jobs could simply be done from home without wasting employees' time and earnings on a commute and workspace. If it were not for the Coronavirus, driving over an hour to work on an inferior computer in a beige cubicle surr…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-22). Yemen: Warring parties fail to agree prisoner swap deal, says UN. middleeasteye.net Yemen: Warring parties fail to agree prisoner swap deal, says UN | UN envoy Martin Griffiths said he was 'disappointed' there had been no success from the month-long talks | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 08: 31 | Members of the Yemeni pro-government forces who were reportedly detained by Houthi rebels gesture during a prisoners swap in Taiz on 19 December 2019 (AFP) | Warring parties in Yemen failed t…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-22). British businesswoman helped in failed plot to aid Libya's Haftar, says UN report. middleeasteye.net British businesswoman helped in failed plot to aid Libya's Haftar, says UN report | Three British citizens have been listed as part of security contractor Erik Prince's ill-fated attempt to back the Libyan military commander | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 10: 45 | Libyan general Khalifa Haftar at his desk in Benghazi, Libya on 8 September 2020. (AFP) | British citizens, including a Dubai-based busine…

Jennifer Wilson (2021-02-22). Elena Ferrante's Class Dramas. thenation.com Her latest novel, The Lying Life of Adults, mines the contradictions of class identity.

Alex Ewing (2021-02-22). Victims of human trafficking: can they be criminals as well? ukhumanrightsblog.com V.C.L. and A.N. v the United Kingdom (16 February 2021) Human trafficking is internationally recognised as threatening human rights and the fundamental values of democratic societies. States have taken action to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking and to provide support to victims of what is the third largest illicit money-making venture in the world. But …

Global Research News (2021-02-22). Selected Articles: The Corona Crisis: Over and Over, We Have Been Hoaxed. globalresearch.ca By We bring to the attention of our readers this Global Research Video…

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-02-22). IP, vaccine imperialism cause death and suffering, delay recovery. mronline.org Vaccine developers' refusal to share publicly funded vaccine research findings is stalling broader, affordable vaccinations which would more rapidly contain COVID-19 contagion. The pandemic had infected at least 109 million people worldwide, causing over 2.4 million deaths as of mid-February.

Staff (2021-02-22). The pandemics of racism and COVID-19 are a deadly mix. therealnews.com A century of racist public policy laid the foundation for deep racial inequities in employment and vaccination rates in the U.S. pandemic response.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Antonio Guterres criticizes unequal global access to COVID-19 vaccines, calls it 'wildly unfair'. mronline.org The UN secretary general pointed out that 75% of all vaccinations so far have been administered in just 10 rich countries, whereas 130 mostly poor countries have not received a single dose of vaccine.

RT (2021-02-22). US woman died after receiving coronavirus-infected lungs during organ transplant, study reveals. rt.com A Michigan woman died of Covid-19 last year after getting a double-lung transplant from a donor who turned out to be infected with the virus, according to a medical study describing the first such case in the US. | The unnamed organ recipient had chronic obstructive lung disease, while her donor was another woman, who succumbed to a severe brain injury after a car crash, a The surgery took place at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan in mid-2020…

RT (2021-02-22). German Special Forces soldiers training in Arizona mistaken for TERRORISTS after 'bizarre' visit to local hospital. rt.com Two members of Germany's Special Forces Command (KSK) were reported to the FBI as likely terrorists after they showed up acting "strange" at a hospital near where they had been conducting weeks of military exercises. | The pair of plainclothed Bundeswehr soldiers turned up at an Arizona medical clinic looking to find out whether Germans would be able to receive treatment there in case of injury or infection with Covid-19. But the mystery men's visit set off alarms among the hospital staff, German outlet Der Spiegel reported on Monday. | Hospital workers immediately alerted the FBI, suspecting the visitors coul…

RT (2021-02-22). 'Thank you,' says MyPillow's Mike Lindell as he's finally sued by Dominion after months of begging. rt.com Dominion Voting Systems has filed a lawsuit against MyPillow CEO and vocal Donald Trump supporter Mike Lindell over his election fraud claims, saying "the lie sells pillows." | Lindell is only the latest person to be legally targeted by Dominion over election fraud conspiracy theories. The company filed suit last month against Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, accusing him of pushing election conspiracies to "financially enrich himself." | Dominion is now suing Lindell for defamation, seeking $1.3 billion in damages. | "MyPillow's defamatory marketing campaign — with promo codes like 'FightforTrump', '45', 'P…

RT (2021-02-22). Trump cries it's 'fascism, not justice' as SCOTUS allows release of tax returns to NY prosecutor, adds he 'won' 2020 election. rt.com Former US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the Supreme Court after his lawyers failed to block his tax returns and financial records from being released to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. | The court's ruling was in response to Trump's team filing an emergency order in October 2020, seeking to shield his financial records from prosecutors. | The

RT (2021-02-22). 'I'm not going down WITHOUT A FIGHT': Actress Gina Carano vows to overcome cancel mob & 'Disney bullies'. rt.com Actress Gina Carano said she was motivated to fight back against cancel culture and Hollywood bullying because she wanted to make it safe for others to freely speak their minds in a world of increasing left-wing intolerance. | The former MMA fighter, who was fired from the Disney+ TV series 'The Mandalorian' earlier this month because of her social media posts, said she couldn't back down and issue a disingenuous apology after watching other actors steamrolled for politically incorrect views. She anticipated her firing, after months of attacks from the cancel mob, and decided to "go down swinging." | "My body'

RT (2021-02-22). 'Everything has improved': Chelsea skipper Azpilicueta backs Tuchel takeover after Blues languished under Lampard's leadership. rt.com Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has thrown his weight behind Roman Abramovich's decision to replace club legend Frank Lampard with German boss Thomas Tuchel, admitting that the team had underperformed under their former coach. | The Chelsea hierarchy bit the bullet last month, drawing the curtains on their 18-month Lampard experiment at the West London club after a prolonged spell of poor performances. | Abramovich moved quickly to install the highly-rated former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager in the Stamford Bridge dugout — and Tuchel has rewarded the Russian owner by staying unbeate…

RT (2021-02-22). 'Inviting erosion of voter confidence': Justice Thomas calls out SCOTUS for 'baffling' refusal to hear Pennsylvania election case. rt.com The US Supreme Court has refused to hear two lawsuits over Pennsylvania rules in the 2020 election, saying they were now moot. Justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas argued that, if left unaddressed, this risks damaging democracy. | Among the BREAKING: <...

RT (2021-02-22). Fighting 'disinfo' or chilling attack on free speech? Democrats ask cable operators why they don't CENSOR Fox News, OAN & Newsmax. rt.com In a move condemned by Republicans as a "troubling" attack on free press, Democrats have asked cable and digital operators to justify carrying Fox News, OAN and Newsmax ahead of a hearing on media "disinformation and extremism." | "Are you planning to continue carrying Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax on your platform both now and beyond the renewal date?" a letter sent Monday by California Democrats Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney asked major cable and digital TV providers in the US. | If so, why? | The letter was addressed to cable and satellite providers Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, Dish, Verizon, Cox and Altice, as w…

RT (2021-02-22). 'Why would anyone get the jab after this?': AP criticized for saying Covid vaccination WON'T bring life back to normal. rt.com Mainstream US media is under fire for publishing an article telling Americans that life won't go back to normal even after they've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 — and critics argue the message discourages vaccination. | In an AP

Daniel Hemel — Bob Lord (2021-02-22). Jeffrey Epstein's Billionaire Tax Avoidance Assistance Business. counterpunch.org The sex-trafficking scandal surrounding the late Jeffrey Epstein already has tarnished the reputations of prominent politicians, businessmen, and the British royal family. Now it's casting a dark shadow on an estate tax-avoidance strategy popular among Wall Street CEOs and tech entrepreneurs. The strategy exploits a loophole that Congress unintentionally left open when it passed provisions

Aaliyah Harris (2021-02-22). LGBT+ History Month: 36 brilliant resources for Queer Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority and POC. thecanary.co @SinkT…

The Canary (2021-02-22). After one month underground anti-HS2 activist decides 'I'm coming out'. thecanary.co An environmental activist who spent almost a month underground in protest at the HS2 railway line has come out from a tunnel near London's Euston Station. Geography lecturer Larch Maxey, 48, had his belongings confiscated by bailiffs on Monday and said in a video he "feels fine", but that medics have persuaded him to go to hospital to "be on the safe side". | "I'm coming out": | The subterranean system was created in secret by protesters who object to the redevelopment of Euston Square Gardens as part of the high-speed railway line. | In a video posted on Monday, Dr Maxey said: I've basically met my match,…

Paul Jay (2021-02-22). Is Trumpism Fascism? — Paul Street. theanalysis.news Paul Street argues that it's wrong to call January 6th an "insurrection"; this wasn't a grassroots rank and file populist uprising by the people, it was instigated from the top down and part of a larger organized fascist effort.

Fight Back (2021-02-22). New York rallies for Amazon workers. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Between February 8 and March 29, over 6000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are voting on joining the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). On Saturday, February 20, there was a national day of action called by the Southern Workers Assembly, with actions taking place in over 50 cities across the country. | This struggle is in response to the exploitative conditions faced by Amazon workers. | While CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth is $194.2 billion, Amazon workers do not have a union and do not make living wages. Amazon has faced lawsuits for failing to provide proper PPE…

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Spanish police find migrants hiding in bottle container, sealed bag of ash. laprensalatina.com Melilla, Spain, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Spanish police on Monday said they recently discovered 41 migrants attempting to smuggle themselves to mainland Europe, including one man who had enclosed himself in an airtight plastic bag full of toxic ash. Police initially detected 35 migrants trying to make it through the port in Melilla, the Spanish autonomous …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-02-22). India's Forever Wars and Forever Warriors. asia-pacificresearch.com

Mike Whitney (2021-02-22). Biden Launches Campaign to Silence Critics of Killer Vaccine. 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). | *** | Imagine if an ordinary working man went on a rampage and …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-22). Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos. counterpunch.org Creepy and ruthless Facebook has again impressed with its steely indifference to civic responsibility, as if a company established by a sociopath could ever be a model of human improvement. On February 18, Mark Zuckerberg's antisocial company took aim at Australia by blocking those in that country from sharing local and international content. As the

_____ (2021-02-22). The U.S. Empire Is an Abusive Narcissist. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Americans: healthcare please | Government: Sorry did you say a new military base in northeastern Syria? | Americans: no, healthcare | Government: Alright you drive a hard bargain but here's a * | Sorry we're not going to be able to do the $2000 checks thing, or the cancelling student debt thing, or the $15 minimum wage thing. Would you accept payment in the form of social media "dunking" on Senate Republi…

Juan Cole (2021-02-22). Israeli Ministry of Health Study finds Pfizer Vaccine stops 89.4% of Virus transmission, Raising Hopes of Return to Normalcy: Der Spiegel. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Israel's national health system, an artefact of its past as a country founded by socialists, has allowed the country of 9 million to vaccinate almost half of its citizens already, the most progress made by any country in the world. This accomplishment (which unfortunately excludes the five million stateless Palestinians …

Alan Macleod (2021-02-22). Saturday Night Live Controversy Hides Greater Issues Around Israeli Apartheid. mintpressnews.com "The real joke here is how this extremely obvious reality is taboo and calling any attention to it is subject to a massive pressure campaign when the real pressure campaign should be against Apartheid, not those calling attention to it."

Alan Macleod (2021-02-22). Former US Ambassador Claims He Never Met Navalny but Unearthed Photo Shows Otherwise. mintpressnews.com As with so much in the world of spies and diplomacy, the public never has all the information. and the latest piece in the Navalny mystery underlines the point that few people are telling the truth all of the time.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-02-22). US Supreme Court Denies Trump's 'Shameful' Effort to Block Release of His Tax Returns. commondreams.org "This decisive defeat once again shows that no one—including Donald Trump—is above the law." | www.flickr.com/photos/alecperkins/

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to keep tax returns hidden. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected former President Donald Trump's refusal to turn over some of his tax returns to the New York grand jury examining whether he broke the law by having his 2016 presidential campaign make secret payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels. The high court thus cleared …

Abby Martin (2021-02-22). Biden's Doublespeak About Ending Yemen War -Abby Martin. theanalysis.news Abby Martin explains what President Biden really means by the duplicitous language in his major Feb. 4 foreign policy speech on ending the Yemen war.

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Venezuela Lost Over $30 Billion Due To the US Blockade. telesurenglish.net At the 46th session of the United Nations, Human Rights Council (HRC) held on Monday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro repudiated the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on his country and recalled that they have contributed to exhausting the epidemiological crisis. | RELATED: | "The U.S. has applied over 450 unilateral coercive measures, which have caused economic damage…

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Witness to Pau D'Arco Massacre Murdered in Brazil. telesurenglish.net United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor on Monday called for the murder of Fernando dos Santos Araujo not to go unpunished. | RELATED: | On Jan. 26, Dos Santos Araujo was found shot in the head at his home in the state of Para. Previously, on May 24, 2017, he survived an assault by security forces on the Santa Lucia farm in the Pau D'Arco Municipality, where ten farmers occupyi…

_____ (2021-02-22). On Contact: The Power Of Classics. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with Emily Allen-Hornblower and Marquis McCray the power of the classics, such as Sophocles' play Philoctetes, to elucidate mass incarceration. | Emily Allen-Hornblower is a professor of Classics at Rutgers University and is the recipient of a Whiting Foundation grant to foster dialogues about the classics with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women. | Marquis McCray is a social justice advocate. He spent 28 years in prison, during which time he studied the classics through the prison college program offered by Rutgers University.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Palestinians in Gaza protest UNRWA decision to remove poverty classifications on food aid. peoplesdispatch.org The move could end up affecting almost 770,000 Palestinian refugees currently living under the extreme poverty line, who are heavily dependent on international humanitarian assistance for their daily survival…

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Anti-Fake News Campaign Uses Image of a 'Naked' Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched the "Naked Truth" campaign to denounce the fake news spread by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | To do so, journalists used a photomontage of a naked Bolsonaro covered by a poster with the numbers of COVID-19 cases and related deaths. | "It is a symbolic way of confronting President Bolsonaro with the stark and naked reality of the facts, while he blames the press for the chaos in the c…

_____ (2021-02-22). How One Community Creatively Solved Keeping Its Residents Fed During A Pandemic. popularresistance.org Hunger and food insecurity have increased worldwide since COVID-19 took hold. In December 2020, the United Nations warned of the threat of "catastrophic global famine," urging worldwide governments to prioritize food security and humanitarian needs in their COVID-19 response plans. The global, industrialized food supply chain is strained and fraying. Production and shipping delays are increasingly commonplace. Given the lack of substantial response by many governments to food insecurity, it has often fallen to individuals to step in and feed their communities. Neighborhood-based volunteer groups across major U.S.

_____ (2021-02-22). Cuomo's Nursing Home Scandal Vindicates His Critics In The Press. popularresistance.org New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's moment as the "hero" of the Covid-19 crisis is fading, with revelations (New York Times, 2/12/21) that his administration covered up the scope of the coronavirus death toll in the state's nursing homes, as one Cuomo aide "admitted that the state had withheld data because it feared an investigation by the Trump Justice Department." The anger at the governor is bipartisan; legislators on both sides of the aisle are discussing curtailing his powers, and even impeachment (City and State, 2/12/21). | It seems like yesterday when Cuomo, the son of legendary New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, was in…

Graham Peebles (2021-02-22). The Global Cry for Change. dissidentvoice.org Change is in the air, it's been hovering for some time, but thanks to Covid-19 festering social issues and inequalities have been highlighted, intensifying the need for a new approach. Talk of environmental action and reimagining how we live and work fills the airwaves; catchphrases abound, spilling from the lips of duplicitous politicians who claim …

teleSUR (2021-02-22). France Reports Another 22,046 COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net France's Health Agency reported 22,046 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, slightly down from 22,371 a day before. | RELATED: | To date, France has recorded 3,605,181 infections, the sixth-highest tally in the world. The number of French people who have died from the virus rose by 160 to 84,306, compared to a single-day increase of 183 reported on Saturday. | In the Mediterranean city of Nice, the virus was c…

WSWS (2021-02-22). UK government's policies lead to horrific COVID-19 death rates among disabled people. wsws.org Disabled people have suffered a brutal disregard for life, left with woefully inadequate support throughout the pandemic by a ruling class which considers them a drain on profits.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-02-22). 'Wear Your Damn Masks, Please,' Says Rep. Pocan After NIH Director Ties Politicization to 'Tens of Thousands' of US Deaths. commondreams.org Covid-19 has killed nearly half a million people in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Anke Hàºls, Alberto C.S. Costa, Mara Dierssen, R. Asaad Baksh, Stefania Bargagna, Nicole T. Baumer, Ana Claudia Brandà£o, Angelo Carfi, Maria Carmona-Iragui, Brian Allen Chicoine, Sujay Ghosh, Monica Lakhanpaul, Coral Manso, Miguel-Angel Mayer, Maria del Carmen Ortega, Diego Real de Asua, Anne-Sophie Rebillat, Lauren Ashley Russell, Giuseppina Sgandurra, Diletta Valentini, Stephanie L. Sherman, Andre Strydom, T21RS COVID-19 Initiative (2021-02-22). Medical vulnerability of individuals with down syndrome to severe COVID-19 — data from the trisomy 21 research society and the UK ISARIC4C survey. thelancet.com Leading signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and risk factors for severe disease course are similar to the general population. However, individuals with DS present significantly higher rates of medical complications and mortality, especially from age 40.

yenisafak (2021-02-22). Turkey welcomes over half million tourists in January. yenisafak.com Turkey hosted 509,787 foreign visitors in the first month of 2021, the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Monday.The figures decreased 71.48% year-on-year in January from 1.8 million due to the COVID19 pandemic measures, the official data showed.Istanbul continued to be Turkey's top tourist hub, attracting nearly 65.7% of foreign visitors — 334,825 persons.Edirne in northwestern Turkey, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, saw the second-highest number of foreigners, with 52,698.The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya followed with 9.22% or 47,023 foreign visitors.Russians accounted for 17.54% of…

Jonathan Cook (2021-02-22). Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid. dissidentvoice.org It is probably not a good idea to write while in the grip of anger. But I am struggling to suppress my emotions about a wasted year, during which politicians and many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence suggesting that Vitamin D can play a critically important role in the prevention and treatment of …

_____ (2021-02-22). What The Vaccine Debacle Tells Us About Predatory Capitalism. popularresistance.org Vaccines have been a beacon of hope amid a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 2.4 million people and brought world economies to a halt. They have been presented as a remedy that would put an end to the immense suffering — physical, emotional, and economic — caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. | But as vaccine roll-out has faltered due to various foreseen and unforeseen circumstances, the light of this imaginary beacon seems to be getting dimmer. As a recent article published in the leading medical journal The Lancet concludes, "new vaccines will mean little to individuals around the wo…

C S (2021-02-22). It's Time to End This Relic of Slavery. scheerpost.com hans van den berg / CC BY 2.0] By Rebekah Entralgo / OtherWords If it's passed by Congress, President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief proposal would do a lot more than fund relief payments and vaccine rollouts. It would also raise the wage floor for all U.S. workers — and give a particularly long overdue raise to restaurant servers, taxi drivers, manicurists, and other tipped workers. |

teleSUR (2021-02-22). The Philippines Approves Use of China's Sinovac Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Enrique Domingo on Monday announced that his country granted the emergency use authorization to China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | "After a thorough and rigorous review of the currently available published and unpublished data by our regulatory and medical experts, the FDA is granting an emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine of Sinovac," Doming…

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Cuba Starts Large-Scale Production of Soberana 02 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net BioCubaFarma business group's President Eduardo Martinez Sunday informed on the large-scale production of a new batch of Soberana 02, the most advanced COVID-19 vaccine developed by the country so far. | RELATED: | "The effort to have a vaccine that protects Cubans and helps other peoples is enormous. We are moving forward, but under incredible political hostility," Martinez said and informed that Soberana 02 is being…

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Peruvian Lawmakers to Be Tested to Discard Illegal Vaccinations. telesurenglish.net Peru's Congress this weekend passed a motion calling on all 130 lawmakers to undergo a test to rule out that they received a COVID-19 vaccine. | RELATED: | Supported by 111 Congress members, the decision seeks to discard that lawmakers are linked to the "VaccineGate" scandal which involves over 400 high-ranking government officials. | "We demand transparency and public objectivity," the Congress plenary stated, adding…

Mike Ludwig (2021-02-22). Pressure Mounts for Biden to Remove Global Barriers to Vaccines. zcomm.org President Joe Biden is meeting with the G7 leaders of other wealthy nations Friday to discuss global plans to defeat COVID…

sputniknews (2021-02-22). There's Evidence Chinese Military Responsible for COVID-19 Pandemic, Ex-Deputy NSA Says. sputniknews.com The Donald Trump administration regularly traded barbs with Chinese officials over the origins of the deadly coronavirus flare-ups across the world, with the ex-POTUS insistently referring to the novel infectious disease as "the Chinese virus", much to Beijing's annoyance.

sputniknews (2021-02-22). Facebook Reportedly Bans Ads Raising Vaccine Awareness for Being 'Political Messages'. sputniknews.com As part of what it calls its fight against disinformation and encouraging accountability, Facebook placed limits on political advertisements during last year's election. Since ads from elected officials are outright prohibited, it reportedly blocks routine notices from the authorities about the availability and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.

Justice Is Global & People's Action (2021-02-22). Saturday 2/27: End the Pandemic Everywhere: Global Equal Access to COVID Vaccines For All. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Lynda Carson (2021-02-22). In opposition to PG&E's Time-Of-Use rate plans during the covid-19 pandemic. indybay.org Corporate Mobsters Attacking Us In The Age Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

Consumer Reports (2021-02-22). Thursday 2/25: Credit Reporting During the COVID-19 Pandemic. indybay.org Online / webinar…

NAACP (2021-02-22). Thursday 2/25: COVID-19 Vaccines & African American Communities Town Hall w/ NAACP. indybay.org Online via livestream…

People's Action (2021-02-22). Thursday 2/25: Let's Get It Done! The Economic COVID Relief Our Communities Need Now. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Hong Kong leader, top officials first to get Covid jabs. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and her ministers became the first people in the city to receive the coronavirus vaccine Monday afternoon. Describing the vaccination as "a ray of light" shone on the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the top leader said she was "extremely pleased" to be getting …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Paraguay kicks off Covid-19 vaccination drive. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Paraguay's Covid-19 vaccination campaign kicked off on Monday with the inoculation of a 40-year-old nurse, a recipient of one of the 4,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V shot that have arrived thus far in that South American country. Miriam Arrua was vaccinated by Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni at the National Hospital …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Vienna State Opera offers museum tours as Covid keeps stage empty. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The Vienna State Opera has shifted its focus from overtures and arias to galleries and paintings to welcome visitors as a museum while Austrian theaters remain closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. With the health crisis keeping the curtain down on live shows for now, officials at the famed opera house have …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Singapore Open gets underway amid strict Covid rules. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Singapore Open kicked off Monday behind closed doors amid restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tennis players, coaching teams and referees coming from outside Singapore will have to undergo daily PCR tests among other measures imposed by the organizers. At least 200 people have arrived in Singapore for the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Govt's response sought over Indian guru's 'WHO-okayed' Covid-19 drug claim. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- A body of some 350,000 doctors in India on Monday sought a government response over a controversial yoga guru's "blatant lie" that the World Health Organization had certified a traditional medicine that he claims to be effective in treating Covid-19. Billionaire yogi Baba Ramdev, the co-founder of medicine-and-consumer-goods company Patanjali …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Australia begins vaccinating frontline workers amid controversy. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Australia on Monday began the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination program by administering the vaccine to essential workers amid a controversy after Tennis Australia's president was booed for praising the vaccines during the presentation ceremony at the Australian Open. Australian authorities plan to distribute about 60,000 doses of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). Johnson aspires to normality without social restrictions by end of June. laprensalatina.com By Guillermo Ximenis London, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The accelerated anti-Covid vaccination program in the United Kingdom could allow the government to cancel restrictions on social contact by the end of June, according to the plan set forth by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament on Monday. Johnson said that the plan would guide "us …

Online News Editor (2021-02-22). WHO chief: Some high-income countries undermining fair distribution of jabs. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom on Monday that some developed nations were striking Covid-19 vaccine deals that undermined the interests of Covax, the initiative to secure an equitable global distribution of jabs. "Some high-income countries are approaching manufacturers to secure more vaccines, which is affecting the deals …

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-22). One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination. 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). | *** | According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 …

Stephen Lendman (2021-02-22). Large-Scale Mass-Jabbing for COVID Horror Stories. 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). | *** | Millions of Americans and others abroad who roll up their sleeves …

news.un (2021-02-22). Haiti needs 'democratic renewal' top UN representative tells Security Council. news.un.org The top UN official in Haiti called Monday for a "democratic renewal" in the troubled Caribbean nation to lift it out of a drawn-out political and humanitarian crisis and put it back on the path to stability and development.

William Astore (2021-02-22). Ten Steps Biden Can Take Toward Peace. counterpunch.org When it comes to war, if personnel is policy, America is yet again in deep trouble. As retired Army Major Danny Sjursen recently pointed out, when it comes to foreign policy, President Joe Biden's new cabinet and advisers are well stocked with retired generals, reconstituted neocons, unapologetic hawks, and similar war enthusiasts. Biden himself has

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-02-22). Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes. indybay.org Log-in info is posted on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

WSWS (2021-02-22). How the Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation (RIO) is sabotaging the fight against the pandemic in Germany. wsws.org The German pseudo-left group seeks to subordinate workers to the deadly policies of the trade unions and the bourgeois parties.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Bus drivers to strike at RATP Dev London and Go North West: Break Unite's stranglehold and launch a unified offensive. wsws.org The transport companies are seizing on the pandemic to impose restructuring at the expense of drivers' livelihoods, even as corporate disregard for safety has claimed the lives of more than 88 bus and coach drivers nationally.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Kroger to close at least two grocery stores in Seattle after hazard pay increase. wsws.org Following a similar series of events in California cities, Kroger has announced the closure of two QFC grocery stores in Seattle, Washington in retaliation against the City Council imposing a $4 hourly wage increase for the remainder of the pandemic.

Paul J. Ramsey (2021-02-22). Politicizing Schools and Science, Again. commondreams.org Remote learning surely is saving some lives—of students' elderly family members and vulnerable teachers—which, in a pandemic, should take priority over political—even economic—concerns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

yenisafak (2021-02-22). Smartphones: Key socialization aid amid pandemic. yenisafak.com Cell phones play an important role in maintaining less intensive social relations during the novel coronavirus pandemic.According to global data provider Statista, there are an estimated 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world as of 2020. The number of smartphone users, which was 1.86 billion in 2015, approximately doubled in five years.Previously only being able to make calls and send text messages, cell phones gained new diverse features as technology has progressed. Today, they provide access to a wide range of services from digital banking to video calls, education services to online shopping.Smartphones we…

The Canary (2021-02-22). US approaches coronavirus death toll of 500,000. thecanary.co The US stands on the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. | A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost is 498,897 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. | The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer's, flu and pneumonia combined. | America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN: It's nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic. | O…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-02-22). "Protective Measures" against a Supposed Corona Pandemic: "Compassion for All Creatures Is What Makes Human Beings Truly Human" 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 general consciousness of individuals and peoples does not yet know …

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-02-22). NY Democrat 'Better at Being a Texas Senator Than Ted Cruz': AOC Spends Weekend Raising Millions, Delivering Aid. commondreams.org "Charity can't replace policy," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged, "but solidarity is how we'll face climate change and build a better world." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-02-22). Ten highlights from "Sylvia Ageloff and the Assassination of Leon Trotsky" wsws.org This article presents 10 key moments from the World Socialist Web Site's live discussion with David North and Eric London, co-moderated by Joseph Kishore and Tom Mackaman, on the latest series in the International Committee of the Fourth International's Security and the Fourth International investigation.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Assange's partner exposes ongoing denial of his legal and democratic rights. wsws.org Assange is still being denied proper access to his lawyers and to crucial legal documents, even after a Magistrates' Court verdict blocking his extradition to the US last month.

Alexander Mercouris (2021-02-22). Assange's Lawyers Considering a Cross Appeal. 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). | *** | Julian Assange's lawyers are

Dean Baker (2021-02-22). The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter, it's Not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas. cepr.net Naomi Klein has an interesting piece in the New York Times on the implications of the Texas disaster. I would disagree with some parts, which attack the Texas approach to energy as "free market." To my view, this is far too generous. Even Texas' deregulated energy market is still highly regulated. It is possible to …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-22). Republicans 'Fear' Green New Deal, Argues Naomi Klein, Because It's a Viable Alternative to Free-Market Failure. commondreams.org "Texans are living through the collapse of a 40-year experiment in free-market fundamentalism, one that has also stood in the way of effective climate action. Fortunately, there's a way out." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-02-22). Días confusos en un Brasil caótico. globalizacion.ca Son tiempos especialmente enloquecidos en un país que está sumergido en un caos absolutamente descontrolado. El pasado viernes y por una ventaja aplastante —364 votos contra 130 y tres abstenciones— la Cámara de Diputados confirmó la prisión de uno de…

WSWS (2021-02-22). The right-wing extremist murders in Hanau, Germany, one year on. wsws.org One year after the Hanau murders, when right-wing extremist Tobias Rathjen killed nine strangers—eight men and one woman aged between 20 and 37—the background to this crime has still not been clarified.

_____ (2021-02-22). A Global Demand To 35 Governments: Get Your Troops Out Of Afghanistan. popularresistance.org The governments of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, and US all still have troops in Afghanistan and need to remove them. | These troops range in number from Slovenia's 6 to the United States' 2,500. Most countries have fewer that 100. Apart from the United States, only Germany has over 1,000. Only five other countries have…

Iván Restrepo (2021-02-22). Estados Unidos: Apagón y virus. globalizacion.ca Hace dos años el presidente Donald Trump presumía su ignorancia cuando una ola de nieve y frío cubría una vasta región de Estados Unidos. Aprovechó la ocasión para preguntar: øDónde demonios está el calentamiento global? En el maravilloso medio oeste,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Haitians continue to resist dictatorship and imperialist forces. peoplesdispatch.org Tens of thousands took to the streets in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, on February 21, two weeks after the official end of the presidential term of Jovenel MoàØse.

Cloee Cooper (2021-02-22). The Racist History of U.S. Law Enforcement. progressive.org Why more cops and stricter surveillance will lead to an increase in racial injustice.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Myanmar military fires on protesting shipyard workers, killing two. wsws.org The bloody crackdown in Mandalay is part of intensifying repression as the protest movement against the February 1 coup shows no sign of abating.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Ten years after New Zealand earthquake, no justice for victims of building collapse. wsws.org No one has been held accountable for the extremely poor construction of the CTV building, which collapsed in seconds in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, killing 115 people.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Iran will seek compensation for the losses caused by the sanctions after US returns to the deal. peoplesdispatch.org Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif said that the country has suffered a loss of over USD 1 trillion due to over 1.600 sanctions imposed by the US since its unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018…

WSWS (2021-02-22). Some new light shed on GameStop frenzy. wsws.org Apart from revealing some aspects of the role of Robinhood in the GameStop bubble, a US congressional hearing on Thursday exposed some details about its modus operandi, which is assuming greater significance in the market as a whole.

WSWS (2021-02-22). California Republicans claim 1.7 million signatures on petition to recall Democratic Governor Newsom. wsws.org The right-wing petition drive against California Governor Gavin Newsom, organized by the state Republican Party, is on track to reach the 1.5 million signature threshold required to force a recall election later this year.

WSWS (2021-02-22). This week in history: February 22-28. wsws.org 25 years ago: Anti-Castro group aircraft shot down over CubaOn February 24, 1996, Cuban fighter jets shot down two planes flown by the Miami-based anti-Castro exile group Brothers to the Rescue. It was the end result of a provocation calculated to induce US economic, political and military retaliation against Cuba.

_____ (2021-02-22). Half Of Texas Without Clean Water. popularresistance.org More than 14.6 million Texans, about half of the population of the state, remained under a boil-water advisory Friday, according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokeswoman Tiffany Young. This encompasses more than 1,225 water supply systems and 63 percent of Texas counties following the record winter storm which hit the state last weekend. | In a press conference Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros stated that "we know that there are tens of thousands of leaks," and that the Austin Fire Department responded to "thousands upon thousands of burst pipes." In Houston, the fire department received almost…

Fight Back (2021-02-22). Eyewitness interview to the corporate-made disaster in Texas. fightbacknews.org A Texas weather emergency spiraled out of control on February 14. This emergency has resulted in over 60 deaths, power outages affecting millions, and more than 13 million currently without access to water. What led to the emergency can be blamed mostly on natural gas and coal companies like Comstock Resources Inc, who sought only to make profits during the crisis. These companies never properly maintained these plants and, when the temperatures in Texas dipped, the plants froze and became inoperable. | In one of the richest countries in the world, mostly African American and Chicano residents of Texas found them…

WSWS (2021-02-22). Italian government preparing for confrontation with working class. wsws.org The 73-year-old former head of the European Central Bank formed a government last week including all major national parties, apart from the fascist Fratelli d'Italia, from the far-right Lega to the social democratic Democrats (PD).

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-22). Indian farmers block trains in continuing protests against farm laws. peoplesdispatch.org On February 18, farmers across India responded to the nationwide 'rail roko' (stop the trains) call. They blocked railway tracks across the country for four hours in a peaceful manner.

Carlos Heller (2021-02-22). Argentina: El regreso del Estado activo. globalizacion.ca El gobierno reiteró que el Presupuesto es el plan. A través de él, la actual administración ha puesto en la agenda sus valores, sus objetivos y sus metas. Para Juntos por el Cambio, por el contrario, el Presupuesto es una…

Tara Lohan (2021-02-22). As extreme weather events increase, what are the risks to wildlife? nationofchange.org Last year the United States racked up nearly $100 billion in damages from weather and climate disasters. These events are starting to take their toll on wildlife, too.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Teachers in US resist demand to accept "reasonable risk" of dying. wsws.org The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.

Joya Misra (2021-02-22). Child poverty in the US could be slashed by monthly payments to parents—an idea proved in other rich countries and proposed by a prominent Republican. nationofchange.org Fifty years later, Congress and the nation are again debating a major boost in government support for families with children.

Thomas Knapp (2021-02-22). Joe Biden and "Open Borders": As If. counterpunch.org On February 9, more than 50 Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent President Joe Biden a letter decrying his "open border" policies. Of all the hyberbolic claims I've read regarding the Biden administration since Inauguration Day, that one takes the cake. In neither word nor action has the new president come within

WSWS (2021-02-22). Facebook shuts down group with 90,000 cruise ship crew members. wsws.org On Friday, Facebook removed without explanation a group with 90,000 members who work in the international cruise ship industry.

James A. Haught (2021-02-22). 90 Years of Secular Progress: As Fundamentalism Weakened, I saw America grow Strong and Diverse. juancole.com Charleston, WV (Special to Informed Comment) — I'll be 90 on my next birthday. My long life is sinking, shrinking, slip-sliding away. My wife is worse: bedfast, under Hospice care. Soon, our world will end, not with a bang but a whimper. Looking back over nine decades, I'm proud and pleased because secular humanism — …

José A. Amesty R. (2021-02-22). Crisis sin Precedentes en Ecuador: Desafío para Andrés Arauz. globalizacion.ca Independientemente de cualquiera sea el ganador a la presidencia en el Ecuador, Arauz o Lasso, se tendrá que enfrentar a una brutal crisis, herencia de Lenin Moreno, por ejemplo, la crisis de salud, ocasionada por la pandemia del Coronavirus, atendida…

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Colombia: Water Shortage Affects 11% of Public Schools. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Economics of Education Laboratory (LEE) on Sunday warned that at least 11 percent of the country's public schools do not have water access, which is a requirement for returning to the classroom. | RELATED: | "One out of 10 state-run educational centers are in areas that do not have access to drinking water," LEE co-director Luz Karime said, explaining that this situation occurs in only 1 percent of private scho…

Della Syahni (2021-02-22). Calls for Accountability after Coal-slurry Spill in Indonesian River. asia-pacificresearch.com

WSWS (2021-02-22). Six more Oath Keepers indicted on conspiracy charges for assault on US Capitol. wsws.org Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is investigating "Stop the Steal" organizers and promoters, including Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Ali Alexander.

Antonio Gershenson (2021-02-22). México — Pasos hacia la soberanía energética. globalizacion.ca Hemos dicho en artículos publicados en este diario que para Estados Unidos existen países de primera, de segunda y de tercera. En este caso, el trato comercial que México recibió, como socio, fue de total iniquidad, ni siquiera de tercera….

WSWS (2021-02-22). The Texas catastrophe and the case for socialism. wsws.org The Texas catastrophe lays bare the real state of class relations in the richest country in the world and makes clear why essential infrastructure can no longer be entrusted to the capitalist oligarchs.

Fight Back (2021-02-22). Denver says "No War on Iran! Drop the sanctions now!" fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – On Saturday, January 20, the Denver Peace Council and Students for a Democratic Society gathered at the Colorado state capitol for a roadside protest against U.S. sanctions on Iran. The protest was called for as part of a national day of action by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)'s youth committee, Youth Against Empire. | The action was called due to continued U.S. aggression against Iran. Despite campaign promises to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Biden administration has opted to largely continue Trump's policies. The Trump administration had withdrawn from t…

WSWS (2021-02-22). Jacobin magazine downplays Democrats' impeachment debacle. wsws.org Jacobin has had next to nothing to say about the Democrats' impeachment debacle and even less to say about the January 6 coup attempt and the ongoing threat of right-wing violence.

Shawgi Tell (2021-02-22). What is a "Strong" Charter School Law? dissidentvoice.org Every year the billionaire-funded National Alliance for Charter Schools (NAPCS) produces a glossy report ranking state charter school laws. This year's 72-page report is titled: Measuring up to the model, a ranking of state public charter school laws, twelfth annual edition. The main goal of the report is to rank state charter school laws in …

Global Research News (2021-02-22). The Mounting Censorship of Independent Media. globalresearch.ca Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change. Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? We are …

Rafael Poch (2021-02-22). Tres vectores y nueve frentes de la actual guerra híbrida contra China. globalizacion.ca Las barreras comerciales y tecnológicas, el fomento del separatismo, las campañas mediáticas y un intenso espionaje y hackeo, complementan el cerco militar. El algo confuso concepto de "guerra híbrida" suele utilizarse para describir toda la panoplia de presiones y acciones…

_____ (2021-02-22). Minnesota Returns Land To Lower Sioux Indian Community. popularresistance.org The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) officially returned 114 acres of land to the Lower Sioux Indian Community, four years after the transfer was approved by the state legislature. | The Star Tribune reports the land transfer became official on Feb. 12, with the MNHS returning around half of its southern property along the Minnesota River back to the tribe. | "I don't know if it's ever happened before, where a state gave land back to a tribe," Lower Sioux President Robert Larsen told the Tribune. "[Our ancestors] paid for this land over and over with their blood, with their lives. It's not a sale; it's been pa…

WSWS (2021-02-22). Devastation from winter storm that wreaked havoc in Texas felt across North America. wsws.org In addition to the social crisis brought on by the storm in the United States, the populations of Mexico and Canada saw the extreme cold and snow knock out power and strain critical infrastructure.

teleSUR (2021-02-22). Dominica Joins the European List of Tax Havens. telesurenglish.net The European Union (EU) Council on Monday added Dominica to EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes ("Tax havens"). | RELATED: | This Caribbean nation was included on the list due to its failure to implement the recommendations made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Transparency and Information Exchange, which recently called the Caribbean country's tax policy "par…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-02-22). Hundreds of thousands of workers set to take part in general strike in South Africa on February 24. peoplesdispatch.org The South African Federation of Trade Unions, which has called for the strike, has put forward demands for a radical change in policy, including measures such as the nationalization of all strategic monopoly industries and a living minimum wage of at least R12,500 (USD $854)…

Matt Sedlar (2021-02-22). Acting Officials Can Govern for Years. They Deserve Scrutiny. cepr.net The American Prospect See article on original site A lot has changed since Joe Biden assumed the presidency last month, but the federal government's position in a case on the Voting Rights Act is apparently not one of them. It seems that Biden's Department of Justice "does not disagree with the conclusion[s]" underlying Trump appointees' …

Casey Crownhart (2021-02-22). Use of disinfectants has soared, sparking new examination of ingredients. nationofchange.org One family of cleaning chemicals is receiving scrutiny for potential health concerns.

_____ (2021-02-22). More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels. popularresistance.org Dawn Goodwin spent her 50th birthday among towering pines and yellow birches whose tree rings make her lifespan seem like a child's in comparison. But on that cool, overcast Saturday in December, the growling of construction trucks and chainsaws drowned out the natural soundscape of gushing freshwater and wind whispering between pine needles on the banks of the Mississippi River. | Goodwin was at this river crossing near Palisade, Minnesota, to protest the construction of the energy company Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline, a $9.3 billion project to carry tar-sands oil ‚Äï one of the dirtiest varieties…

WSWS (2021-02-22). Opposition to relocation of toxic metal recycling plant to Chicago's working-class South Side raises political questions. wsws.org While there is widespread opposition to the relocation of the General Iron plant to Chicago's working-class South Side, the politics of the opposition must be scrutinized.

WSWS (2021-02-22). Charité, Season 3: Berlin's famed hospital during the Cold War. wsws.org The third season of the Charité television series features a gripping story line portrayed by a largely compelling array of actors. It leaves, however, the historical background of the building of the Berlin Wall in the dark.

Kim Petersen (2021-02-22). Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It? dissidentvoice.org The Jewish Virtual Library quotes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as having said: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Yet that could be called a lie, or more kindly put, a misattribution. Wikiquotes provides the accurate quotation, albeit not as a Nazi stratagem: …

WSWS (2021-02-22). Demands intensify for resumption of in person learning in Michigan by March 1. wsws.org Michigan Democrats, backed by the corporate media, are ramping up pressure to reopen schools by March 1.

Arturo Balderas Rodríguez (2021-02-22). El partido de Trump. globalizacion.ca En el ambiente político de Estados Unidos flota la idea de que el partido republicano quiere romper con Trump y dejar atrás los cuatro años en que hizo lo posible por desfigurarlo. Sin embargo, los hechos parecen apuntar en otro…

Paul Buchheit (2021-02-22). 2021 update: Half of America in or near poverty. nationofchange.org The facts and numbers from numerous sources reflect the reality of deprivation in America, and help to confirm what has been called the "sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s."

Graziella Pogolotti (2021-02-22). Cuba — Diálogo con Fidel. globalizacion.ca Han transcurrido seis décadas desde que la Biblioteca Nacional acogió las decisivas jornadas de diálogo de Fidel con los intelectuales cubanos. El paso del tiempo ha ido borrando de mis recuerdos muchos detalles anecdóticos, pero conservo viva la memoria de…

Carlos Fazio (2021-02-22). Las GAFAM y el poder del pueblo. globalizacion.ca Aliadas con grandes firmas de Wall Street y el influyente lobby empresarial agrupado en la Cámara de Comercio de Estados Unidos, la poderosa organización sindical AFL-CIO, funcionarios republicanos y demócratas integrantes del establishment institucional en los aparatos ejecutivo, legislativo y…

Javier Tolcachier (2021-02-22). øRedes o telarañas sociales? Un asunto atrapante. globalizacion.ca La red internet, como hoy la conocemos, tiene apenas 30 años. Si bien sus orígenes se remontan a un proyecto de carácter militar de la Agencia de Investigación de Proyectos Avanzados (ARPA) del Departamento de Defensa de los EEUU en…

Emir Sader (2021-02-22). América Latina y el Caribe: øEs la democracia un fin o un instrumento? globalizacion.ca La izquierda fue acusada, durante mucho tiempo, de privilegiar la conquista de mejores condiciones de vida para la población, que la conquista, preservación y profundización de la democracia. El modelo soviético, que se caracterizó por la mejora de las condiciones…

Christopher Brauchli (2021-02-22). Profiles of "Courage" During the Trump Impeachment Trial. commondreams.org Sycophantic antics of Republican members who opposed Trump's impeachment. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Buchheit (2021-02-22). 2021 Update: Half of America In or Near Poverty. commondreams.org We need Guaranteed Jobs. President Biden's proposed Civilian Climate Corps is a positive step in this direction. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marion Brady (2021-02-22). Salvaging Public Schooling . commondreams.org Using scores on tests of recalled secondhand information to shape education policy doesn't just invite societal suicide, it assures it. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-02-22). New Coalition Urges Banks to End Bad Bets On Fracked Gas Pipeline DivestMVP Orgs and Their 7,600,000 Members Highlight "Financial and Reputational Risk" of Controversial Project. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Timothy Karr (2021-02-22). Cutting Deals with Big Tech Won't Save Journalism. commondreams.org We need strong public-media laws that prioritize a free press, civic-minded news production and the interests of the communities news outlets are supposed to serve. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-02-22). Biden Administration Announces Fix for Paycheck Protection Program That Will Boost Relief for Black and Latino-Owned Businesses. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Wenonah Hauter (2021-02-22). Deb Haaland Attacked by Fossil Fuel Industry. commondreams.org If Haaland follows through on the actions the oil and gas industry and their allies in Congress are worried about, she will be the most effective Interior Secretary in recent memory. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-02-22). Stand Up America Celebrates SCOTUS Denying Trump's Efforts to Block Prosecutors From Tax Returns. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-02-22). 45 Human Rights and Foreign Policy Organizations Call on Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton to Speak Out Against the Saudi Government's Human Rights Abuses. commondreams.org ______________________________…

James D. Zirin (2021-02-22). Are Judges Just Politicians in Robes? commondreams.org Having seen that appointed judges refuse to toe the party line at the federal level, the GOP has decided to employ partisan gerrymandering to change the way judges are elected at the state level. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lewis M. Steel (2021-02-22). Reflections on Battling White Supremacy. commondreams.org I was a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s. As I watched GOP senators shrug off a racist coup attempt, I thought: We've seen this before. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2021-02-22: Social Media Postees

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Death on an unprecedented scale: One year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
It has been one year since the first death from COVID-19 in the US. The scale of death in that one year is unprecedented in US history.
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Global Solidarity Is Needed During The Pandemic To End Medical Apartheid
Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-22
Some of the truths the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing about the United States are its racial disparities in health and access to health care. Black and Indigenous people are more likely to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 than white people. They are two to three times more likely to be hospitalized and …
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Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
On the morning of February 13, 2021, just before the Senate impeachment trial abruptly ended with Trump's acquittal, Constitutional law specialist Bruce Fein and I sent the following plea to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: More than 240 years of heroic sacrifices by our forebearers to plant the seeds of a government of the people, by the people, for the people are not being furthered by…
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WHO Busts Wuhan Myths: Pandemic started with wild Animal, not Lab, and Wet Market wasn't Ground Zero
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-22
By Dominic Dwyer | — As I write, I am in hotel quarantine in Sydney, after returning from Wuhan, China. There, I was the Australian representative on the international World Health Organization's (WHO) investigation into the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Much has been said of the politics surrounding the mission to investigate the viral …
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Headlines for February 22, 2021
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-22
Biden Declares Major Disaster in TX as Tragic Stories Emerge, Residents Hit with Soaring Power Bills, U.S. to Top 500,000 COVID Deaths as Democrats Advance $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package, U.K. Eases Lockdown; Iranian Vaccine Shows Promising Results; Bolivia Health Workers Launch Strike, Protests Intensify in Burma After 3 Demonstrators Die Amid Violent Crackdown, Thailand Anti-Government Protests Continue After PM Survives No-Confidence Vote, Conservative Guillermo Lasso Advances to 2nd Round of Ecuadorian Presidential Election, Uber Drivers in U.K. Win Legal Battle to Be Recognized as Company Employees, Pentagon…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/22/headlines

The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter, it's Not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2021-02-22
Naomi Klein has an interesting piece in the New York Times on the implications of the Texas disaster. I would disagree with some parts, which attack the Texas approach to energy as "free market." To my view, this is far too generous. Even Texas' deregulated energy market is still highly regulated. It is possible to …
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Republicans 'Fear' Green New Deal, Argues Naomi Klein, Because It's a Viable Alternative to Free-Market Failure
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
"Texans are living through the collapse of a 40-year experiment in free-market fundamentalism, one that has also stood in the way of effective climate action. Fortunately, there's a way out." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Fossil Fuel Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on Deadly Deregulation & Why Texas Needs the Green New Deal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-22
Millions of Texans are still suffering after severe winter weather devastated the state's energy and water systems. About 8 million Texans remain under orders to boil water, and 30,000 homes still have no power. Around 70 deaths have now been linked to the winter storms, including at least 12 people who died inside their homes after losing heat. Republican lawmakers in Texas are facing increasing criticism for their handling of the crisis, their decades-long push to deregulate the state's energy system, and their unfounded attacks on renewable energy and the Green New Deal. Naomi Klein, senior correspondent at Th…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/22/naomi_kle…

US Supreme Court Denies Trump's 'Shameful' Effort to Block Release of His Tax Returns
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
"This decisive defeat once again shows that no one—including Donald Trump—is above the law." | www.flickr.com/photos/alecperkins/
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Trump cries it's 'fascism, not justice' as SCOTUS allows release of tax returns to NY prosecutor, adds he 'won' 2020 election
rt.com | 2021-02-22
Former US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the Supreme Court after his lawyers failed to block his tax returns and financial records from being released to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. | The court's ruling was in response to Trump's team filing an emergency order in October 2020, seeking to shield his financial records from prosecutors. | The ruling was made without comments or dissent. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance simply promised that "the work continues" in res…
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'Inviting erosion of voter confidence': Justice Thomas calls out SCOTUS for 'baffling' refusal to hear Pennsylvania election case
rt.com | 2021-02-22
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear two lawsuits over Pennsylvania rules in the 2020 election, saying they were now moot. Justices Alito, Gorsuch and Thomas argued that, if left unaddressed, this risks damaging democracy. | Among the flurry of Supreme Court rulings on Monday was the decision to reject hearing two cases challenging the Pennsylvania supreme court's changes to election rules, including the counting of mail-in ballots for several days after the legally established deadline. | BREAKING:
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Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to keep tax returns hidden
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Washington, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected former President Donald Trump's refusal to turn over some of his tax returns to the New York grand jury examining whether he broke the law by having his 2016 presidential campaign make secret payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels. The high court thus cleared …
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Facebook Unfriends Australia: The Triumph of Epistemic Chaos
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Creepy and ruthless Facebook has again impressed with its steely indifference to civic responsibility, as if a company established by a sociopath could ever be a model of human improvement. On February 18, Mark Zuckerberg's antisocial company took aim at Australia by blocking those in that country from sharing local and international content. As the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/facebook-unf…

Why Didn't Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Democratic leaders told the House managers to huddle privately with Trump's defense lawyers to strike a deal. They did. They would place a mere statement from Rep. Beutler into the trial record and call no witnesses. The Republicans couldn't have been more delighted, knowing that the Democratic leadership wanted the trial over that day before Congress went on a week-long vacation.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/why-didnt-sp…

The Atrocious Prosecution Of Julian Assange
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
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, this case is a frontal assault on the first amendment. It is also one of the worst attacks on a free press in centuries. But that hasn't stopped Trump and Biden. With a pusillanimous press quiescent about Assange and unless Biden reverses course, t…
popularresistance.org/the-atrocious-pros…

Assange's partner exposes ongoing denial of his legal and democratic rights
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Assange is still being denied proper access to his lawyers and to crucial legal documents, even after a Magistrates' Court verdict blocking his extradition to the US last month.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/assa…

Palestinians in Gaza protest UNRWA decision to remove poverty classifications on food aid
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
The move could end up affecting almost 770,000 Palestinian refugees currently living under the extreme poverty line, who are heavily dependent on international humanitarian assistance for their daily survival…
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How One Community Creatively Solved Keeping Its Residents Fed During A Pandemic
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
Hunger and food insecurity have increased worldwide since COVID-19 took hold. In December 2020, the United Nations warned of the threat of "catastrophic global famine," urging worldwide governments to prioritize food security and humanitarian needs in their COVID-19 response plans. The global, industrialized food supply chain is strained and fraying. Production and shipping delays are increasingly commonplace. Given the lack of substantial response by many governments to food insecurity, it has often fallen to individuals to step in and feed their communities. Neighborhood-based volunteer groups across major U.S.
popularresistance.org/how-one-community-…

NGO refugee rescue ship left waiting on European help that never came
Ben Cowles | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
An NGO refugee rescue ship in the central Mediterranean waited hours today for help from the Maltese and Italian coastguards that never came after the vessel saved the lives of 148 people, 28 more than it is legally allowed to carry. Basque charity Humanitarian Maritime Rescue (SMH) announced in the morning that the Aita Mari …
peoplesworld.org/article/ngo-refugee-res…

Covid-19: Former Israeli minister urges denial of vaccine to Palestinians in Gaza
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
Covid-19: Former Israeli minister urges denial of vaccine to Palestinians in Gaza | Ayelet Shaked argued humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the besieged territory should be blocked over bodies of two Israeli soldiers held by Hamas | MEE staff | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 14: 57 | A Palestinian health worker holds swab samples collected to test for Covid-19 in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 16 February 2021 (AFP) | Former Isr…
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Haiti needs 'democratic renewal' top UN representative tells Security Council
news.un.org | 2021-02-22
The top UN official in Haiti called Monday for a "democratic renewal" in the troubled Caribbean nation to lift it out of a drawn-out political and humanitarian crisis and put it back on the path to stability and development.
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A Conversation With Leaders Of The Mayangna Nation
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
In November of 2020, between hurricanes Eta and Iota, Stephen Sefton interviewed Indigenous leaders and others in Nicaragua's North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. The interviews mainly address long standing misapprehensions and outright falsehoods about Nicaragua's Sandinista government's defense of Indigenous people's rights, an issue inseparable from defense of the natural environment. More immediately, the interviews exposed several poorly researched, inaccurate reports of the Oakland Institute, published in 2020, clearly seeking to damage Nicaragua's economy by means of misleading, sensationalist and simp…
popularresistance.org/a-conversation-wit…

Lithium Mine Kicks Off A New Era Of Western Extraction
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
In the Great Basin Desert of northern Nevada and southern Oregon, Thacker pass cuts a wide swath of sagebrush and bunch grasses between narrow ribbons of mountain ranges. The region is a caldera — a collapsed volcano — that formed an ancient lakebed. For millennia, Indigenous peoples used the verdant valley as a pathway between their winter and summer homes. Today, the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe's reservation is located nearby, along with the small agricultural community of Orovada, clusters of buildings surrounded by circular green fields of alfalfa. | The ancient lakebed clays are rich in…
popularresistance.org/lithium-mine-kicks…

Indigenous Youth Demand End To Trans Mountain Insurance
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
A group of Indigenous youth took their fight against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project to the Vancouver offices of insurance companies backing the controversial venture earlier this week. | On Thursday, approximately 20 youth from the x ∑m…ôŒ∏kw…ôyÃì…ôm, Skwxwú7mesh, S…ôlÃìílw…ôta…¨ (Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh) and other First Nations occupied the lobby — as well as south and west entrances — of 250 Howe St., a high-rise building housing Chubb Insurance Co. of Canada, one of 11 insurers backing…
popularresistance.org/indigenous-youth-d…

Global Solidarity Is Needed During The Pandemic To End Medical Apartheid
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
Some of the truths the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing about the United States are its racial disparities in health and access to health care. Black and Indigenous people are more likely to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 than white people. They are two to three times more likely to be hospitalized and two to two and a half times more likely to die than white people. There are a number of factors that contribute to this. | Another related truth that is being exposed by the pandemic is the relative failure of capitalist countries to contain the virus and limit deaths when compared to socialist countr…
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The U.S. Empire Is an Abusive Narcissist
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-22
By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Americans: healthcare please | Government: Sorry did you say a new military base in northeastern Syria? | Americans: no, healthcare | Government: Alright you drive a hard bargain but here's a new military base in northeastern Syria. | * | Sorry we're not going to be able to do the $2000 checks thing, or the cancelling student debt thing, or the $15 minimum wage thing. Would you accept payment in the form of social media "dunking" on Senate Republi…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/22/us…

Greece to install long-range cameras and radars along border with Turkey: Report
Ragip Soylu | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
Greece to install long-range cameras and radars along border with Turkey: Report | Athens continues to tighten border security in a bid to discourage undocumented migration | Ragip Soylu | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 10: 48 | Migrants near the fence of the Turkey-Greece border buffer zone in Edirne, Turkey, 7 March 2020 (AFP) | Greece will position radars and cameras with a range of up to 15km along its land border with Turkey…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-greece…

Spanish police find migrants hiding in bottle container, sealed bag of ash
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Melilla, Spain, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Spanish police on Monday said they recently discovered 41 migrants attempting to smuggle themselves to mainland Europe, including one man who had enclosed himself in an airtight plastic bag full of toxic ash. Police initially detected 35 migrants trying to make it through the port in Melilla, the Spanish autonomous …
laprensalatina.com/spanish-police-find-m…

Biden's Doublespeak About Ending Yemen War -Abby Martin
Abby Martin | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-22
Abby Martin explains what President Biden really means by the duplicitous language in his major Feb. 4 foreign policy speech on ending the Yemen war.
theanalysis.news/commentary/bidens-doublespeak-about-ending-yemen-war-abby-martin/

Biden's Doublespeak About Ending Yemen War -Abby Martin
Abby Martin | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-22
Abby Martin explains what President Biden really means by the duplicitous language in his major Feb. 4 foreign policy speech on ending the Yemen war.
theanalysis.news/commentary/bidens-doublespeak-about-ending-yemen-war-abby-martin/

India's Forever Wars and Forever Warriors
M. K. Bhadrakumar | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2021-02-22
asia-pacificresearch.com/india-forever-w…

UK government's policies lead to horrific COVID-19 death rates among disabled people
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Disabled people have suffered a brutal disregard for life, left with woefully inadequate support throughout the pandemic by a ruling class which considers them a drain on profits.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/udnr…

Anti-Fake News Campaign Uses Image of a 'Naked' Bolsonaro
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched the "Naked Truth" campaign to denounce the fake news spread by Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | Brazilians Back to the Streets Against Bolsonaro | To do so, journalists used a photomontage of a naked Bolsonaro covered by a poster with the numbers of COVID-19 cases and related deaths. | "It is a symbolic way of confronting President Bolsonaro with the stark and naked reality of the facts, while he blames the press for the chaos in the c…
telesurenglish.net/news/Anti-Fake-News-C…

On the picket line
Marie Kelly | workers.org | 2021-02-22
McDonald's workers win settlement In Los Angeles, between April and August 2020, workers at a McDonald's complained about inadequate protection from COVID, including lack of social distancing and forcible exposure to customers who refused to wear masks. Following strikes to protest these unsafe working conditions, McDonald's management retaliated by firing . . . | Continue reading On the picket line at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54611/?utm_source=rs…

Cuomo's Nursing Home Scandal Vindicates His Critics In The Press
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's moment as the "hero" of the Covid-19 crisis is fading, with revelations (New York Times, 2/12/21) that his administration covered up the scope of the coronavirus death toll in the state's nursing homes, as one Cuomo aide "admitted that the state had withheld data because it feared an investigation by the Trump Justice Department." The anger at the governor is bipartisan; legislators on both sides of the aisle are discussing curtailing his powers, and even impeachment (City and State, 2/12/21). | It seems like yesterday when Cuomo, the son of legendary New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, was in…
popularresistance.org/cuomos-nursing-hom…

France Reports Another 22,046 COVID-19 Cases
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
France's Health Agency reported 22,046 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, slightly down from 22,371 a day before. | RELATED: | French Workers Sue General Electric for Failing To Create Jobs | To date, France has recorded 3,605,181 infections, the sixth-highest tally in the world. The number of French people who have died from the virus rose by 160 to 84,306, compared to a single-day increase of 183 reported on Saturday. | In the Mediterranean city of Nice, the virus was c…
telesurenglish.net/news/France-Reports-A…

The Global Cry for Change
Graham Peebles | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-22
Change is in the air, it's been hovering for some time, but thanks to Covid-19 festering social issues and inequalities have been highlighted, intensifying the need for a new approach. Talk of environmental action and reimagining how we live and work fills the airwaves; catchphrases abound, spilling from the lips of duplicitous politicians who claim …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/the-global-cr…

Dominica Joins the European List of Tax Havens
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
The European Union (EU) Council on Monday added Dominica to EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes ("Tax havens"). | RELATED: | EU Launches Bio-Defense Plan Against COVID-19 Strains | This Caribbean nation was included on the list due to its failure to implement the recommendations made by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Transparency and Information Exchange, which recently called the Caribbean country's tax policy "par…
telesurenglish.net/news/Dominica-Joins-t…

Half a million COVID dead: Trump death cult meets shock doctrine
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
Remember just a few short months ago when President Donald Trump floated the number of 200,000 coronavirus deaths as an acceptable number before COVID-19 just vanished like a miracle? The inevitable outcome of Trump's death cult has arrived–as of this week, a staggering half a million Americans in their graves from a disease that could …
peoplesworld.org/article/half-a-million-…

The pandemics of racism and COVID-19 are a deadly mix
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-22
A century of racist public policy laid the foundation for deep racial inequities in employment and vaccination rates in the U.S. pandemic response.
therealnews.com/the-pandemics-of-racism-…

'Wear Your Damn Masks, Please,' Says Rep. Pocan After NIH Director Ties Politicization to 'Tens of Thousands' of US Deaths
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
Covid-19 has killed nearly half a million people in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Medical vulnerability of individuals with down syndrome to severe COVID-19 — data from the trisomy 21 research society and the UK ISARIC4C survey
Anke Hàºls, Alberto C.S. Costa, Mara Dierssen, R. Asaad Baksh, Stefania Bargagna, Nicole T. Baumer, Ana Claudia Brandà£o, Angelo Carfi, Maria Carmona-Iragui, Brian Allen Chicoine, Sujay Ghosh, Monica Lakhanpaul, Coral Manso, Miguel-Angel Mayer, Maria del Carmen Ortega, Diego Real de Asua, Anne-Sophie Rebillat, Lauren Ashley Russell, Giuseppina Sgandurra, Diletta Valentini, Stephanie L. Sherman, Andre Strydom, T21RS COVID-19 Initiative | thelancet.com | 2021-02-22
Leading signs/symptoms of COVID-19 and risk factors for severe disease course are similar to the general population. However, individuals with DS present significantly higher rates of medical complications and mortality, especially from age 40.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00049-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Why Politicians and Doctors Keep Ignoring the Medical Research on Vitamin D and Covid
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-22
It is probably not a good idea to write while in the grip of anger. But I am struggling to suppress my emotions about a wasted year, during which politicians and many doctors have ignored a growing body of evidence suggesting that Vitamin D can play a critically important role in the prevention and treatment of …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/why-politicia…

What The Vaccine Debacle Tells Us About Predatory Capitalism
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
Vaccines have been a beacon of hope amid a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 2.4 million people and brought world economies to a halt. They have been presented as a remedy that would put an end to the immense suffering — physical, emotional, and economic — caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. | But as vaccine roll-out has faltered due to various foreseen and unforeseen circumstances, the light of this imaginary beacon seems to be getting dimmer. As a recent article published in the leading medical journal The Lancet concludes, "new vaccines will mean little to individuals around the wo…
popularresistance.org/what-the-vaccine-d…

Antonio Guterres criticizes unequal global access to COVID-19 vaccines, calls it 'wildly unfair'
Peoples Dispatch | mronline.org | 2021-02-22
The UN secretary general pointed out that 75% of all vaccinations so far have been administered in just 10 rich countries, whereas 130 mostly poor countries have not received a single dose of vaccine.
mronline.org/2021/02/22/antonio-guterres…

Peruvian Lawmakers to Be Tested to Discard Illegal Vaccinations
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
Peru's Congress this weekend passed a motion calling on all 130 lawmakers to undergo a test to rule out that they received a COVID-19 vaccine. | RELATED: | Peru: Seven Senior Officials Arrested Due To "Vacunagate" Case | Supported by 111 Congress members, the decision seeks to discard that lawmakers are linked to the "VaccineGate" scandal which involves over 400 high-ranking government officials. | "We demand transparency and public objectivity," the Congress plenary stated, adding…
telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-Congress-to…

Cuba Starts Large-Scale Production of Soberana 02 Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
BioCubaFarma business group's President Eduardo Martinez Sunday informed on the large-scale production of a new batch of Soberana 02, the most advanced COVID-19 vaccine developed by the country so far. | RELATED: | Cuba Imposes New Curfew in Havana to Contain COVID-19 Spread | "The effort to have a vaccine that protects Cubans and helps other peoples is enormous. We are moving forward, but under incredible political hostility," Martinez said and informed that Soberana 02 is being…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Starts-Larg…

It's Time to End This Relic of Slavery
C S | scheerpost.com | 2021-02-22
hans van den berg / CC BY 2.0] By Rebekah Entralgo / OtherWords If it's passed by Congress, President Joe Biden's COVID-19 relief proposal would do a lot more than fund relief payments and vaccine rollouts. It would also raise the wage floor for all U.S. workers — and give a particularly long overdue raise to restaurant servers, taxi drivers, manicurists, and other tipped workers. | Source…
scheerpost.com/2021/02/22/its-time-to-en…

IP, vaccine imperialism cause death and suffering, delay recovery
Jomo Kwame Sundaram | mronline.org | 2021-02-22
Vaccine developers' refusal to share publicly funded vaccine research findings is stalling broader, affordable vaccinations which would more rapidly contain COVID-19 contagion. The pandemic had infected at least 109 million people worldwide, causing over 2.4 million deaths as of mid-February.
mronline.org/2021/02/22/ip-vaccine-imper…

Assange's Lawyers Considering a Cross Appeal
Alexander Mercouris | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
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). | *** | Julian Assange's lawyers are considering bringing a cross appeal to the …
globalresearch.ca/matter-assange-lawyers…

The Philippines Approves Use of China's Sinovac Vaccine
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director Enrique Domingo on Monday announced that his country granted the emergency use authorization to China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | Tourism To Philippines Plunge Over 83 Percent in 2020 | "After a thorough and rigorous review of the currently available published and unpublished data by our regulatory and medical experts, the FDA is granting an emergency use authorization to the COVID-19 vaccine of Sinovac," Doming…
telesurenglish.net/news/The-Philippines-…

Facebook Reportedly Bans Ads Raising Vaccine Awareness for Being 'Political Messages'
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-22
As part of what it calls its fight against disinformation and encouraging accountability, Facebook placed limits on political advertisements during last year's election. Since ads from elected officials are outright prohibited, it reportedly blocks routine notices from the authorities about the availability and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
sputniknews.com/science/2021022210821471…

There's Evidence Chinese Military Responsible for COVID-19 Pandemic, Ex-Deputy NSA Says
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-22
The Donald Trump administration regularly traded barbs with Chinese officials over the origins of the deadly coronavirus flare-ups across the world, with the ex-POTUS insistently referring to the novel infectious disease as "the Chinese virus", much to Beijing's annoyance.
sputniknews.com/society/2021022210821530…

Thursday 2/25: Let's Get It Done! The Economic COVID Relief Our Communities Need Now
People's Action | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Online via livestream…
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Saturday 2/27: End the Pandemic Everywhere: Global Equal Access to COVID Vaccines For All
Justice Is Global & People's Action | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/22/1884021…

Thursday 2/25: Credit Reporting During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Consumer Reports | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Online / webinar…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/22/1884021…

In opposition to PG&E's Time-Of-Use rate plans during the covid-19 pandemic
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Corporate Mobsters Attacking Us In The Age Of The Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/21/1884019…

Thursday 2/25: COVID-19 Vaccines & African American Communities Town Hall w/ NAACP
NAACP | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Online via livestream…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/21/1884019…

Pressure Mounts for Biden to Remove Global Barriers to Vaccines
Mike Ludwig | zcomm.org | 2021-02-22
President Joe Biden is meeting with the G7 leaders of other wealthy nations Friday to discuss global plans to defeat COVID…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/pressure-mounts-fo…

Turkey welcomes over half million tourists in January
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-22
Turkey hosted 509,787 foreign visitors in the first month of 2021, the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Monday.The figures decreased 71.48% year-on-year in January from 1.8 million due to the COVID19 pandemic measures, the official data showed.Istanbul continued to be Turkey's top tourist hub, attracting nearly 65.7% of foreign visitors — 334,825 persons.Edirne in northwestern Turkey, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, saw the second-highest number of foreigners, with 52,698.The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya followed with 9.22% or 47,023 foreign visitors.Russians accounted for 17.54% of…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkey-welcomes…

German Special Forces soldiers training in Arizona mistaken for TERRORISTS after 'bizarre' visit to local hospital
rt.com | 2021-02-22
Two members of Germany's Special Forces Command (KSK) were reported to the FBI as likely terrorists after they showed up acting "strange" at a hospital near where they had been conducting weeks of military exercises. | The pair of plainclothed Bundeswehr soldiers turned up at an Arizona medical clinic looking to find out whether Germans would be able to receive treatment there in case of injury or infection with Covid-19. But the mystery men's visit set off alarms among the hospital staff, German outlet Der Spiegel reported on Monday. | Hospital workers immediately alerted the FBI, suspecting the visitors coul…
rt.com/usa/516311-german-commandos-arizo…

US woman died after receiving coronavirus-infected lungs during organ transplant, study reveals
rt.com | 2021-02-22
A Michigan woman died of Covid-19 last year after getting a double-lung transplant from a donor who turned out to be infected with the virus, according to a medical study describing the first such case in the US. | The unnamed organ recipient had chronic obstructive lung disease, while her donor was another woman, who succumbed to a severe brain injury after a car crash, a report in the American Journal of Transplantation said. | The surgery took place at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan in mid-2020…
rt.com/usa/516218-coronavirus-lung-trans…

'Why would anyone get the jab after this?': AP criticized for saying Covid vaccination WON'T bring life back to normal
rt.com | 2021-02-22
Mainstream US media is under fire for publishing an article telling Americans that life won't go back to normal even after they've been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 — and critics argue the message discourages vaccination. | In an AP article from Saturday, which has since been republished by a number of news outlets including NBC New York, medical writer Lauran Neergaard bluntly told readers not to "expect to shed your mask and get back to normal activities right away" afte…
rt.com/usa/516291-ap-criticized-covid-va…

Govt's response sought over Indian guru's 'WHO-okayed' Covid-19 drug claim
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
New Delhi, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- A body of some 350,000 doctors in India on Monday sought a government response over a controversial yoga guru's "blatant lie" that the World Health Organization had certified a traditional medicine that he claims to be effective in treating Covid-19. Billionaire yogi Baba Ramdev, the co-founder of medicine-and-consumer-goods company Patanjali …
laprensalatina.com/govts-response-sought…

WHO chief: Some high-income countries undermining fair distribution of jabs
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Berlin, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom on Monday that some developed nations were striking Covid-19 vaccine deals that undermined the interests of Covax, the initiative to secure an equitable global distribution of jabs.
laprensalatina.com/who-chief-some-high-i…

Vienna State Opera offers museum tours as Covid keeps stage empty
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Vienna, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The Vienna State Opera has shifted its focus from overtures and arias to galleries and paintings to welcome visitors as a museum while Austrian theaters remain closed due to Covid-19 restrictions. With the health crisis keeping the curtain down on live shows for now, officials at the famed opera house have …
laprensalatina.com/vienna-state-opera-of…

Hong Kong leader, top officials first to get Covid jabs
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Hong Kong, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and her ministers became the first people in the city to receive the coronavirus vaccine Monday afternoon. Describing the vaccination as "a ray of light" shone on the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the top leader said she was "extremely pleased" to be getting …
laprensalatina.com/hong-kong-leader-top-…

Australia begins vaccinating frontline workers amid controversy
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Sydney, Australia, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Australia on Monday began the first phase of its Covid-19 vaccination program by administering the vaccine to essential workers amid a controversy after Tennis Australia's president was booed for praising the vaccines during the presentation ceremony at the Australian Open. Australian authorities plan to distribute about 60,000 doses of the …
laprensalatina.com/australia-begins-vacc…

Johnson aspires to normality without social restrictions by end of June
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
By Guillermo Ximenis London, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The accelerated anti-Covid vaccination program in the United Kingdom could allow the government to cancel restrictions on social contact by the end of June, according to the plan set forth by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament on Monday. Johnson said that the plan would guide "us …
laprensalatina.com/johnson-aspires-to-no…

Singapore Open gets underway amid strict Covid rules
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Bangkok, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Singapore Open kicked off Monday behind closed doors amid restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Tennis players, coaching teams and referees coming from outside Singapore will have to undergo daily PCR tests among other measures imposed by the organizers. At least 200 people have arrived in Singapore for the …
laprensalatina.com/singapore-open-gets-u…

Paraguay kicks off Covid-19 vaccination drive
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-22
Asuncion, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Paraguay's Covid-19 vaccination campaign kicked off on Monday with the inoculation of a 40-year-old nurse, a recipient of one of the 4,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V shot that have arrived thus far in that South American country. Miriam Arrua was vaccinated by Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni at the National Hospital …
laprensalatina.com/paraguay-kicks-off-co…

One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination
Children's Health Defense | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
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). | *** | According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 …
globalresearch.ca/one-third-deaths-repor…

Large-Scale Mass-Jabbing for COVID Horror Stories
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
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). | *** | Millions of Americans and others abroad who roll up their sleeves …
globalresearch.ca/large-scale-mass-jabbi…

No Heat or Water, Overflowing Toilets, Disgusting Food: Texas Prisons Went "from Bad to Dire" in Storm
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-22
As winter storms overwhelmed Texas, many incarcerated people in the state went days without heat and water, making already grim conditions behind bars even more intolerable for thousands of people. Officials say 33 prisons across the state lost power and 20 had water shortages after the state's electrical grid failed. Staff shortages compounded the problems, and some incarcerated people report not being provided with blankets to keep warm in their freezing cells and being served inedible food. "Texas prison conditions have gone from bad to dire," says Marshall Project reporter Keri Blakinger. "Prisons didn't real…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/22/texas_pri…

This Is What Deregulation Looks Like: Some Texans Face $10K+ in Electric Bills, Others Still in Dark
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-22
When millions of Texans lost power during extreme winter weather, some who were fortunate enough to keep the lights on now face astronomically high energy bills, with people being charged thousands of dollars for just a few days of energy use. The skyrocketing bills are a result of the state's years-long push to deregulate its energy market, says Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen's Energy Program. "We are seeing in these deregulated environments unscrupulous companies preying on their assumption that households will not understand or read the fine print," says Slocum. We also speak with Texas resident Akil…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/22/texas_ele…

A Good Start: Minnesota's Return of Dakota Land Makes Space for Healing
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-22
While most Native communities in Minnesota, such as the Ojibwe and others fighting pipeline projects through their land recognize that their fight for sovereignty is far from over, the land transfer to the Lower Sioux is a good, if small start in countering centuries of whitewashed history.
mintpressnews.com/good-start-minnesotas-…

Prisons Prime Testing Ground for Dehumanizing Hi-Tech 'Advances'
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-22
A new form of exploitation, known as "stakeholder capitalism," is already being tested in many places around the world and prisons are among the main targets for its implementation, as they provide an ideal and literally captive market for its proof of concept. | By Raul DIEGO | Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is coming under fire again from Democratic lawmakers, as well as from the American Postal Workers Union, who are calling for President Joe Biden to pave the way for DeJoy's removal after the Trump-appointee announced higher mailin…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/02/22/pr…

Who Messed with Texas?
George Ochenski | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Texans like to brag endlessly about how great their state is, its "independence," and warn, "don't mess with Texas." But as millions of Texans now huddle freezing in the dark of this self-proclaimed "energy capital of the world," it might be worth thinking about how this tragedy happened, who and what caused it, and why Republican politicians are trying to blame renewable energy for a problem caused by poorly built and maintained fossil fuel generation facilities and the predatory capitalism of its deregulated energy system.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/who-messed-w…

Ten highlights from "Sylvia Ageloff and the Assassination of Leon Trotsky"
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
This article presents 10 key moments from the World Socialist Web Site's live discussion with David North and Eric London, co-moderated by Joseph Kishore and Tom Mackaman, on the latest series in the International Committee of the Fourth International's Security and the Fourth International investigation.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/high…

Israeli Ministry of Health Study finds Pfizer Vaccine stops 89.4% of Virus transmission, Raising Hopes of Return to Normalcy: Der Spiegel
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-22
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Israel's national health system, an artefact of its past as a country founded by socialists, has allowed the country of 9 million to vaccinate almost half of its citizens already, the most progress made by any country in the world. This accomplishment (which unfortunately excludes the five million stateless Palestinians …
juancole.com/2021/02/ministry-transmissi…

Selected Articles: The Corona Crisis: Over and Over, We Have Been Hoaxed
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
Video: The 2021 Worldwide Corona Crisis. "The Worst Crisis in Modern History" | By Prof Michel Chossudovsky and Ariel Noyola Rodriguez, February 21 2021 | We bring to the attention of our readers this Global Research Video…
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-the-…

Virginia—the Nation's "Death Penalty Capital"—Poised to Become First State in South to Ban Capital Punishment
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
"Thankfully, the repeal of the death penalty by its leading practitioner gives hope that work for justice is not in vain." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2021/02/22/virgini…

Is Trumpism Fascism? — Paul Street
Paul Jay | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-22
Paul Street argues that it's wrong to call January 6th an "insurrection"; this wasn't a grassroots rank and file populist uprising by the people, it was instigated from the top down and part of a larger organized fascist effort.
theanalysis.news/interviews/is-trumpism-fascism-paul-street/

Is Trumpism Fascism? — Paul Street
Paul Jay | theanalysis.news | 2021-02-22
Paul Street argues that it's wrong to call January 6th an "insurrection"; this wasn't a grassroots rank and file populist uprising by the people, it was instigated from the top down and part of a larger organized fascist effort.
theanalysis.news/interviews/is-trumpism-fascism-paul-street/

NY Democrat 'Better at Being a Texas Senator Than Ted Cruz': AOC Spends Weekend Raising Millions, Delivering Aid
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
"Charity can't replace policy," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged, "but solidarity is how we'll face climate change and build a better world." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2021/02/22/ny-demo…

Former US Ambassador Claims He Never Met Navalny but Unearthed Photo Shows Otherwise
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-22
As with so much in the world of spies and diplomacy, the public never has all the information. and the latest piece in the Navalny mystery underlines the point that few people are telling the truth all of the time.
mintpressnews.com/former-us-ambassador-c…

Saturday Night Live Controversy Hides Greater Issues Around Israeli Apartheid
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-22
"The real joke here is how this extremely obvious reality is taboo and calling any attention to it is subject to a massive pressure campaign when the real pressure campaign should be against Apartheid, not those calling attention to it."
mintpressnews.com/saturday-night-live-co…

We can do this
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2021-02-22
Americans put in massive 17 Gigawatts of Wind Power in 2020 despite Pandemic, Recession, and Neanderthal Conservatives…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/we-can-do-this/

New York rallies for Amazon workers
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-22
New York, NY – Between February 8 and March 29, over 6000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are voting on joining the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). On Saturday, February 20, there was a national day of action called by the Southern Workers Assembly, with actions taking place in over 50 cities across the country. | This struggle is in response to the exploitative conditions faced by Amazon workers. | While CEO Jeff Bezos' net worth is $194.2 billion, Amazon workers do not have a union and do not make living wages. Amazon has faced lawsuits for failing to provide proper PPE…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/21/new-york…

Bessemer, Alabama: The whole world is watching
Editor | workers.org | 2021-02-22
An injury to one is an injury to all. This famous labor slogan, popularized by the Industrial Workers of the World over a century ago, is more meaningful today than ever. But it has a double meaning for workers at Amazon, where the workplace injury rate is exceptionally high due . . . | Continue reading Bessemer, Alabama: The whole world is watching at Workers.org
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How the Revolutionary Internationalist Organisation (RIO) is sabotaging the fight against the pandemic in Germany
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The German pseudo-left group seeks to subordinate workers to the deadly policies of the trade unions and the bourgeois parties.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/riog…

Bus drivers to strike at RATP Dev London and Go North West: Break Unite's stranglehold and launch a unified offensive
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The transport companies are seizing on the pandemic to impose restructuring at the expense of drivers' livelihoods, even as corporate disregard for safety has claimed the lives of more than 88 bus and coach drivers nationally.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/busw…

Kroger to close at least two grocery stores in Seattle after hazard pay increase
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Following a similar series of events in California cities, Kroger has announced the closure of two QFC grocery stores in Seattle, Washington in retaliation against the City Council imposing a $4 hourly wage increase for the remainder of the pandemic.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/krog…

Politicizing Schools and Science, Again
Paul J. Ramsey | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
Remote learning surely is saving some lives—of students' elderly family members and vulnerable teachers—which, in a pandemic, should take priority over political—even economic—concerns. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US approaches coronavirus death toll of 500,000
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-22
The US stands on the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. | A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost is 498,897 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. | The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer's, flu and pneumonia combined. | America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN: It's nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic. | h…
thecanary.co/us/2021/02/22/us-approaches…

US approaches coronavirus death toll of 500,000
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-22
The US stands on the brink of a once-unthinkable tally: 500,000 people lost to the coronavirus. | A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost is 498,897 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. | The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer's, flu and pneumonia combined. | America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci told CNN: It's nothing like we have ever been through in the last 102 years, since the 1918 influenza pandemic. | O…
thecanary.co/us/2021/02/22/us-approaches…

Smartphones: Key socialization aid amid pandemic
yenisafak.com | 2021-02-22
Cell phones play an important role in maintaining less intensive social relations during the novel coronavirus pandemic.According to global data provider Statista, there are an estimated 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world as of 2020. The number of smartphone users, which was 1.86 billion in 2015, approximately doubled in five years.Previously only being able to make calls and send text messages, cell phones gained new diverse features as technology has progressed. Today, they provide access to a wide range of services from digital banking to video calls, education services to online shopping.Smartphones we…
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"Protective Measures" against a Supposed Corona Pandemic: "Compassion for All Creatures Is What Makes Human Beings Truly Human"
Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
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 general consciousness of individuals and peoples does not yet know …
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'They destroyed our dreams': Israel's bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers
Shatha Hammad | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
'They destroyed our dreams': Israel's bulldozers target Palestinian women farmers | The Palestinian women workforce faces a 'direct threat', as Israeli forces raze their agricultural lands | Shatha Hammad | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 11: 05 | On 6 December 2020, Israeli bulldozers carried out one of the largest tree uprooting operations to date in the West Bank, destroying 3,400 olive trees in one day (Social media/Daoud A…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palest…

Red Books Day celebrated internationally to mark 173 years since the publication of 'The Communist Manifesto'
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
On February 21, 1948 the Manifesto of the Communist Party written by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels was first published in the UK. The book is recognized as one of the most influential in the history of humankind and it has been translated in almost all languages in the world.
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/22/red-books…

Sunday 2/21: The Western Campaign against Russian and Chinese Athletes
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Log-in info is posted on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/19/1884015…

One Flew Over the US
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
On the best route (also the route that the Metro North Railroad follows) to New York City from western Massachusetts, stands the remnants of a long-abandoned state psychiatric facility (Harlem Valley State Hospital) in upstate New York. The many buildings that housed mentally ill people, like others in many states, have the appearance of brick military-style…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/one-flew-ove…

Witness to Pau D'Arco Massacre Murdered in Brazil
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Mary Lawlor on Monday called for the murder of Fernando dos Santos Araujo not to go unpunished. | RELATED: | Anti-Fake News Campaign Uses Image of a 'Naked' Bolsonaro | On Jan. 26, Dos Santos Araujo was found shot in the head at his home in the state of Para. Previously, on May 24, 2017, he survived an assault by security forces on the Santa Lucia farm in the Pau D'Arco Municipality, where ten farmers occupyi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Witness-to-Pau-D…

Venezuela Lost Over $30 Billion Due To the US Blockade
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
At the 46th session of the United Nations, Human Rights Council (HRC) held on Monday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro repudiated the unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union on his country and recalled that they have contributed to exhausting the epidemiological crisis. | RELATED: | Chancellor Arreaza Rejects Attack on Venezuelan Embassy in Lima | "The U.S. has applied over 450 unilateral coercive measures, which have caused economic damage…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Lost-O…

On Contact: The Power Of Classics
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with Emily Allen-Hornblower and Marquis McCray the power of the classics, such as Sophocles' play Philoctetes, to elucidate mass incarceration. | Emily Allen-Hornblower is a professor of Classics at Rutgers University and is the recipient of a Whiting Foundation grant to foster dialogues about the classics with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women. | Marquis McCray is a social justice advocate. He spent 28 years in prison, during which time he studied the classics through the prison college program offered by Rutgers University.
popularresistance.org/on-contact-the-pow…

Biden Launches Campaign to Silence Critics of Killer Vaccine
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
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). | *** | Imagine if an ordinary working man went on a rampage and …
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Ten Steps Biden Can Take Toward Peace
William Astore | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
When it comes to war, if personnel is policy, America is yet again in deep trouble. As retired Army Major Danny Sjursen recently pointed out, when it comes to foreign policy, President Joe Biden's new cabinet and advisers are well stocked with retired generals, reconstituted neocons, unapologetic hawks, and similar war enthusiasts. Biden himself has…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/ten-steps-bi…

Join the tweet storm now opposing Neera Tanden
Repost | indybay.org | 2021-02-22
Roots Action and Norman Solomon are asking everyone with a tweeter account to tweet their Senators opposing Neera Tandens OMB nomination.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/22/1884021…

Myanmar military fires on protesting shipyard workers, killing two
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The bloody crackdown in Mandalay is part of intensifying repression as the protest movement against the February 1 coup shows no sign of abating.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/myan…

Some new light shed on GameStop frenzy
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Apart from revealing some aspects of the role of Robinhood in the GameStop bubble, a US congressional hearing on Thursday exposed some details about its modus operandi, which is assuming greater significance in the market as a whole.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/game…

What is a "Strong" Charter School Law?
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-22
Every year the billionaire-funded National Alliance for Charter Schools (NAPCS) produces a glossy report ranking state charter school laws. This year's 72-page report is titled: Measuring up to the model, a ranking of state public charter school laws, twelfth annual edition. The main goal of the report is to rank state charter school laws in …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/what-is-a-str…

Argentina: El regreso del Estado activo
Carlos Heller | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
El gobierno reiteró que el Presupuesto es el plan. A través de él, la actual administración ha puesto en la agenda sus valores, sus objetivos y sus metas. Para Juntos por el Cambio, por el contrario, el Presupuesto es una…
globalizacion.ca/argentina-el-regreso-de…

2011 Book Gives Voice to Palestinian Women Who Survived 1948 Nakba
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-22
"If you'd only seen the bodies in the streets, if you only had seen the bodies. Little children without their shoes walking about the mayhem and crying."
mintpressnews.com/book-gives-voice-pales…

The Weekly Round-up: Free Speech: Chilling Effects or Phantom Threats?
Hugo Murphy | ukhumanrightsblog.com | 2021-02-22
A number of legal developments put free speech under the spotlight this week. First, media commentators disputed the significance of the Duchess of Sussex's successful privacy claim against Associated Newspaper Limited, covered in last week's round-up. A leader in The Times issued the grave warning that 'Mr Justice Warby's judgment creates a precedent that will have a chilling effect on …
ukhumanrightsblog.com/2021/02/22/the-wee…

The right-wing extremist murders in Hanau, Germany, one year on
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
One year after the Hanau murders, when right-wing extremist Tobias Rathjen killed nine strangers–eight men and one woman aged between 20 and 37–the background to this crime has still not been clarified.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/hana…

Denver says "No War on Iran! Drop the sanctions now!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-22
Denver, CO – On Saturday, January 20, the Denver Peace Council and Students for a Democratic Society gathered at the Colorado state capitol for a roadside protest against U.S. sanctions on Iran. The protest was called for as part of a national day of action by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)'s youth committee, Youth Against Empire. | The action was called due to continued U.S. aggression against Iran. Despite campaign promises to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Biden administration has opted to largely continue Trump's policies. The Trump administration had withdrawn from t…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/21/denver-s…

Crisis sin Precedentes en Ecuador: Desafío para Andrés Arauz
José A. Amesty R. | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Independientemente de cualquiera sea el ganador a la presidencia en el Ecuador, Arauz o Lasso, se tendrá que enfrentar a una brutal crisis, herencia de Lenin Moreno, por ejemplo, la crisis de salud, ocasionada por la pandemia del Coronavirus, atendida…
globalizacion.ca/crisis-sin-precedentes-…

Opposition to relocation of toxic metal recycling plant to Chicago's working-class South Side raises political questions
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
While there is widespread opposition to the relocation of the General Iron plant to Chicago's working-class South Side, the politics of the opposition must be scrutinized.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/chic…

Nathan Robinson speaks about losing his Guardian column after criticizing Israel
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-02-22
Current Affairs Editor-in-Chief Nathan Robinson tweeted a joke satirizing U.S. support of Israel, and The Guardian newspaper cancelled his regular op-ed column. Now he speaks with TRNN about facing accusations of anti-Semitism for criticizing Israeli power on Capitol Hill.
therealnews.com/nathan-robinson-speaks-a…

Calls for Accountability after Coal-slurry Spill in Indonesian River
Della Syahni | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2021-02-22
asia-pacificresearch.com/calls-accountab…

Will Biden scrap Afghanistan withdrawal?
Jordan Woll | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-22
To the extent that the administration is still considering following through on the withdrawal, it is an expression of the military failure of the United States over the long course of the war.
liberationnews.org/will-biden-scrap-afgh…

'Judas and the Black Messiah,' the story of revolutionary Black Panther Fred Hampton
Brian W. Major | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
In the summer of 2020, the United States, as in much of the world, experienced an uptick in activism around the issue of racial oppression. The recent increase in police killings of Black people, exemplified by George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, was answered by the militancy of those who have simply had too much. Black …
peoplesworld.org/article/judas-and-the-b…

Texas refineries used storm to hide release of tons of pollutants
Brett Wilkins | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
Editor's note: This article has been reprinted from EcoWatch. Texas oil refineries released hundreds of thousands of pounds of pollutants including benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and sulfur dioxide into the air as they scrambled to shut down during last week's deadly winter storm, Reuters reported Sunday. Winter storm Uri, which killed dozens of people …
peoplesworld.org/article/texas-refinerie…

It will take more than dumping Trump to stop the neo-fascists
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
At the end of World War II, we saw a worldwide defeat of fascism. Millions in countries around the planet rejected what their fascist overlords had to offer–racism, genocide, economic austerity, and war. U.S. and Soviet soldiers marched for the same cause as they defeated fascism in one country after another. The liberating troops marching …
peoplesworld.org/article/it-will-take-mo…

The Racist History of U.S. Law Enforcement
Cloee Cooper | progressive.org | 2021-02-22
Why more cops and stricter surveillance will lead to an increase in racial injustice.
progressive.org/dispatches/racist-histor…

California Republicans claim 1.7 million signatures on petition to recall Democratic Governor Newsom
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The right-wing petition drive against California Governor Gavin Newsom, organized by the state Republican Party, is on track to reach the 1.5 million signature threshold required to force a recall election later this year.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/cali…

2021 update: Half of America in or near poverty
Paul Buchheit | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-22
The facts and numbers from numerous sources reflect the reality of deprivation in America, and help to confirm what has been called the "sharpest rise in the U.S. poverty rate since the 1960s."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/22/2021-updat…

90 Years of Secular Progress: As Fundamentalism Weakened, I saw America grow Strong and Diverse
James A. Haught | juancole.com | 2021-02-22
Charleston, WV (Special to Informed Comment) — I'll be 90 on my next birthday. My long life is sinking, shrinking, slip-sliding away. My wife is worse: bedfast, under Hospice care. Soon, our world will end, not with a bang but a whimper. Looking back over nine decades, I'm proud and pleased because secular humanism — …
juancole.com/2021/02/progress-fundamenta…

Saving the Classics from Blindness
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a classics professor at Princeton, was the subject of a recent article in the New York Times Magazine entitled "He Wants to Save the Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?" Padilla, according to the article, believes classics, as an academic discipline,…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/saving-the-c…

GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas
Sonali Kolhatkar | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
As Texas battles a severe snowstorm and mass power outages this winter, Tim Boyd, the now-former Republican mayor of Colorado City, revealed his party's plan for the deadly extreme temperatures linked to climate change. In a lengthy Facebook post that was deleted soon after it went viral, then-Mayor Boyd told his residents that they were entirely on their own as the brutal winter weather caused mayhem and deaths across the Lone Star state.
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/gop-offers-p…

Protests continue in Haiti against the dictatorship and imperialism
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
Another round of massive protests took place on February 21 calling for an end to the dictatorship of Jovenel MoàØse whose term was supposed to end on February 7…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/22/protests-…

øRedes o telarañas sociales? Un asunto atrapante
Javier Tolcachier | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
La red internet, como hoy la conocemos, tiene apenas 30 años. Si bien sus orígenes se remontan a un proyecto de carácter militar de la Agencia de Investigación de Proyectos Avanzados (ARPA) del Departamento de Defensa de los EEUU en…
globalizacion.ca/redes-o-telaranas-socia…

Saving the Classics from Blindness
M. G. Piety | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a classics professor at Princeton, was the subject of a recent article in the New York Times Magazine entitled "He Wants to Save the Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?" Padilla, according to the article, believes classics, as an academic discipline, "has been instrumental to the invention of 'whiteness' and its continued domination." I won't argue with that. I don't know enough about classics as an academic discipline. I do know something about academic disciplines more generally, though, and I have to say that, in my experience, most are characterized by at least unconscious,…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/saving-the-c…

América Latina y el Caribe: øEs la democracia un fin o un instrumento?
Emir Sader | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
La izquierda fue acusada, durante mucho tiempo, de privilegiar la conquista de mejores condiciones de vida para la población, que la conquista, preservación y profundización de la democracia. El modelo soviético, que se caracterizó por la mejora de las condiciones…
globalizacion.ca/america-latina-y-el-car…

Devastation from winter storm that wreaked havoc in Texas felt across North America
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
In addition to the social crisis brought on by the storm in the United States, the populations of Mexico and Canada saw the extreme cold and snow knock out power and strain critical infrastructure.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/wint…

The Mounting Censorship of Independent Media
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-22
Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change. Do you value the reporting and in-depth analysis we provide, free of charge, on a daily basis? We are …
globalresearch.ca/the-mounting-censorshi…

New European Union sanctions on democratic elections: 30 Venezuelan politicians to be sanctioned
Orinoco Tribune | mronline.org | 2021-02-22
The European Union (EU) announced this Friday, February 19, that the body will sanction about thirty Venezuelan leaders for participating in the legislative elections last December, reported Europa Press, alluding to a "high ranked official" of the community bloc.
mronline.org/2021/02/22/new-european-uni…

Iran will seek compensation for the losses caused by the sanctions after US returns to the deal
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif said that the country has suffered a loss of over USD 1 trillion due to over 1.600 sanctions imposed by the US since its unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/22/iran-will…

Haitian Official stashes Wealth in Montréal
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-22
Recent media reports of a Haitian official stashing wealth in Montréal property ignore a key element of the story: Canada's contribution to enabling Haitian corruption. As a neo-Duvalierist regime becomes ever more dictatorial it's also worth revisiting Canada's history in facilitating fraud and money laundering in the hemisphere's most impoverished nation. Recently La Presse reported …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/haitian-offic…

Half Of Texas Without Clean Water
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
More than 14.6 million Texans, about half of the population of the state, remained under a boil-water advisory Friday, according to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spokeswoman Tiffany Young. This encompasses more than 1,225 water supply systems and 63 percent of Texas counties following the record winter storm which hit the state last weekend. | In a press conference Austin Water Director Greg Meszaros stated that "we know that there are tens of thousands of leaks," and that the Austin Fire Department responded to "thousands upon thousands of burst pipes." In Houston, the fire department received almost…
popularresistance.org/half-of-texas-with…

Portland, Ore. — Police stop hungry people from retrieving food from dumpster
Joshua Hanks | workers.org | 2021-02-22
Portland, Ore. As a massive winter storm swept across the U.S. last week, knocking out power from Oregon to Texas to the East Coast, millions of people found themselves in a desperate situation: no electricity, no water, no transportation and life-threatening cold — all in the midst of a global . . . | Continue reading Portland, Ore. — Police stop hungry people from retrieving food from dumpster at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54615/?utm_source=rs…

Tres vectores y nueve frentes de la actual guerra híbrida contra China
Rafael Poch | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Las barreras comerciales y tecnológicas, el fomento del separatismo, las campañas mediáticas y un intenso espionaje y hackeo, complementan el cerco militar. El algo confuso concepto de "guerra híbrida" suele utilizarse para describir toda la panoplia de presiones y acciones…
globalizacion.ca/tres-vectores-y-nueve-f…

The Texas catastrophe and the case for socialism
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The Texas catastrophe lays bare the real state of class relations in the richest country in the world and makes clear why essential infrastructure can no longer be entrusted to the capitalist oligarchs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/pers…

Impeachment manager Raskin's last word on Trump: He's 'a traitor'
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
WASHINGTON (PAI)–Unveiling a key word he never uttered during Donald Trump's impeachment trial in mid-February, chief House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., has labeled former White House Republican denizen Trump a "traitor." Raskin, a longtime constitutional law professor, delivered that verdict at the opening of a short Zoom video speech to the Government Employees …
peoplesworld.org/article/impeachment-man…

This week in history: February 22-28
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
25 years ago: Anti-Castro group aircraft shot down over CubaOn February 24, 1996, Cuban fighter jets shot down two planes flown by the Miami-based anti-Castro exile group Brothers to the Rescue. It was the end result of a provocation calculated to induce US economic, political and military retaliation against Cuba.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/twih…

Indian farmers block trains in continuing protests against farm laws
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
On February 18, farmers across India responded to the nationwide 'rail roko' (stop the trains) call. They blocked railway tracks across the country for four hours in a peaceful manner.
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/22/indian-fa…

Partners: China and Cuba
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-22
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.
mronline.org/2021/02/22/partners-china-a…

District Court declares South Carolina Republicans' anti-abortion bill unconstitutional
Harold Geddings III | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
South Carolina's draconian Senate Bill 1, the "Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act," hit its first legal snag on Friday when U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis issued a two-week temporary restraining order while the case works its way through the courts. Issued just a day after Gov. Henry McMaster signed the bill …
peoplesworld.org/article/district-court-…

Colombia: Water Shortage Affects 11% of Public Schools
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-22
Colombia's Economics of Education Laboratory (LEE) on Sunday warned that at least 11 percent of the country's public schools do not have water access, which is a requirement for returning to the classroom. | RELATED: | Hunger Protests Grow in Colombia Amid Coronavirus Lockdown | "One out of 10 state-run educational centers are in areas that do not have access to drinking water," LEE co-director Luz Karime said, explaining that this situation occurs in only 1 percent of private scho…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Water-S…

México — Pasos hacia la soberanía energética
Antonio Gershenson | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Hemos dicho en artículos publicados en este diario que para Estados Unidos existen países de primera, de segunda y de tercera. En este caso, el trato comercial que México recibió, como socio, fue de total iniquidad, ni siquiera de tercera….
globalizacion.ca/mexico-pasos-hacia-la-s…

"Apocalypse Cow:" Point Reyes National Seashore Launches a Propaganda War Targeting Independent Journalism
Erik Molvar | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
Grab your popcorn: The battle over livestock destruction of natural ecosystems at Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up. For years, conservationists have pointed out the ecologically catastrophic toll that beef and dairy ranching has been having on native coastal prairies, the wildlife that depend on these places, and public health and safety. As the…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/22/apocalypse-c…

Hungry, cold and victims of inhumanity behind Texas prison walls
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2021-02-22
Houston On an average day in Texas, prisons are hellholes run by racist officials and a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison board that won't request the legislature allocate money for proper maintenance. Every weather emergency in the state, from hurricanes to flooding to subfreezing weather, has proven time and . . . | Continue reading Hungry, cold and victims of inhumanity behind Texas prison walls at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54625/?utm_source=rs…

Teachers in US resist demand to accept "reasonable risk" of dying
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The Biden administration, the corporate media and the teachers unions have ganged up against educators who are refusing to risk their lives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/scho…

Facebook shuts down group with 90,000 cruise ship crew members
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
On Friday, Facebook removed without explanation a group with 90,000 members who work in the international cruise ship industry.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/crew…

El partido de Trump
Arturo Balderas Rodríguez | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
En el ambiente político de Estados Unidos flota la idea de que el partido republicano quiere romper con Trump y dejar atrás los cuatro años en que hizo lo posible por desfigurarlo. Sin embargo, los hechos parecen apuntar en otro…
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Child poverty in the US could be slashed by monthly payments to parents–an idea proved in other rich countries and proposed by a prominent Republican
Joya Misra | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-22
Fifty years later, Congress and the nation are again debating a major boost in government support for families with children.
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90 Years of Secular Progress: As Fundamentalism Weakened, I saw America grow Strong and Diverse
John Buell | juancole.com | 2021-02-22
Charleston, WV (Special to Informed Comment) — I'll be 90 on my next birthday. My long life is sinking, shrinking, slip-sliding away. My wife is worse: bedfast, under Hospice care. Soon, our world will end, not with a bang but a whimper. Looking back over nine decades, I'm proud and pleased because secular humanism — …
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Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-22
The Jewish Virtual Library quotes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as having said: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Yet that could be called a lie, or more kindly put, a misattribution. Wikiquotes provides the accurate quotation, albeit not as a Nazi stratagem: …
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Jacobin magazine downplays Democrats' impeachment debacle
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Jacobin has had next to nothing to say about the Democrats' impeachment debacle and even less to say about the January 6 coup attempt and the ongoing threat of right-wing violence.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/jaco…

As extreme weather events increase, what are the risks to wildlife?
Tara Lohan | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-22
Last year the United States racked up nearly $100 billion in damages from weather and climate disasters. These events are starting to take their toll on wildlife, too.
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Acting Officials Can Govern for Years. They Deserve Scrutiny
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2021-02-22
The American Prospect See article on original site A lot has changed since Joe Biden assumed the presidency last month, but the federal government's position in a case on the Voting Rights Act is apparently not one of them. It seems that Biden's Department of Justice "does not disagree with the conclusion[s]" underlying Trump appointees' …
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Cuba en vicepresidencia del Comité de ONU sobre Descolonización
Prensa Latina | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-22
Naciones Unidas, 18 feb (Prensa Latina) Cuba fue electa hoy para la vicepresidencia del Comité Especial de Descolonización de la ONU, cargo que asume con el compromiso de seguir luchando para erradicar el colonialismo en cualquiera de sus manifestaciones. Así expresó el representante permanente del país caribeño ante Naciones Unidas, Pedro Luis Pedroso, al asumir …
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Haitians continue to resist dictatorship and imperialist forces
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, on February 21, two weeks after the official end of the presidential term of Jovenel MoàØse.
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Las GAFAM y el poder del pueblo
Carlos Fazio | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Aliadas con grandes firmas de Wall Street y el influyente lobby empresarial agrupado en la Cámara de Comercio de Estados Unidos, la poderosa organización sindical AFL-CIO, funcionarios republicanos y demócratas integrantes del establishment institucional en los aparatos ejecutivo, legislativo y…
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Italian government preparing for confrontation with working class
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The 73-year-old former head of the European Central Bank formed a government last week including all major national parties, apart from the fascist Fratelli d'Italia, from the far-right Lega to the social democratic Democrats (PD).
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Partners: China and Cuba
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-22
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.
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GOP Offers Preview of Brutal Climate Policies in Texas
Sonali Kolhatkar | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
As Texas battles a severe snowstorm and mass power outages this winter, Tim Boyd, the now-former Republican mayor of Colorado City, revealed his party's plan for the deadly extreme temperatures linked to climate change. In a lengthy Facebook post that was deleted soon after it went viral, then-Mayor Boyd told his residents that they were…
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Demands intensify for resumption of in person learning in Michigan by March 1
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Michigan Democrats, backed by the corporate media, are ramping up pressure to reopen schools by March 1.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/mich…

Joe Biden and "Open Borders": As If
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-22
On February 9, more than 50 Republican members of the US House of Representatives sent President Joe Biden a letter decrying his "open border" policies. Of all the hyberbolic claims I've read regarding the Biden administration since Inauguration Day, that one takes the cake. In neither word nor action has the new president come within…
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Días confusos en un Brasil caótico
Eric Nepomuceno | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Son tiempos especialmente enloquecidos en un país que está sumergido en un caos absolutamente descontrolado. El pasado viernes y por una ventaja aplastante –364 votos contra 130 y tres abstenciones– la Cámara de Diputados confirmó la prisión de uno de…
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New European Union sanctions on democratic elections: 30 Venezuelan politicians to be sanctioned
Orinoco Tribune | mronline.org | 2021-02-22
The European Union (EU) announced this Friday, February 19, that the body will sanction about thirty Venezuelan leaders for participating in the legislative elections last December, reported Europa Press, alluding to a "high ranked official" of the community bloc.
mronline.org/2021/02/22/new-european-uni…

A Global Demand To 35 Governments: Get Your Troops Out Of Afghanistan
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
The governments of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, UK, and US all still have troops in Afghanistan and need to remove them. | These troops range in number from Slovenia's 6 to the United States' 2,500. Most countries have fewer that 100. Apart from the United States, only Germany has over 1,000. Only five other countries have…
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Crisis sin Precedentes en Ecuador: Desafío para Andrés Arauz
José A. Amesty R. | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Independientemente de cualquiera sea el ganador a la presidencia en el Ecuador, Arauz o Lasso, se tendrá que enfrentar a una brutal crisis, herencia de Lenin Moreno, por ejemplo, la crisis de salud, ocasionada por la pandemia del Coronavirus, atendida…
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Minnesota Returns Land To Lower Sioux Indian Community
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) officially returned 114 acres of land to the Lower Sioux Indian Community, four years after the transfer was approved by the state legislature. | The Star Tribune reports the land transfer became official on Feb. 12, with the MNHS returning around half of its southern property along the Minnesota River back to the tribe. | "I don't know if it's ever happened before, where a state gave land back to a tribe," Lower Sioux President Robert Larsen told the Tribune. "[Our ancestors] paid for this land over and over with their blood, with their lives. It's not a sale; it's been pa…
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Charité, Season 3: Berlin's famed hospital during the Cold War
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
The third season of the Charité television series features a gripping story line portrayed by a largely compelling array of actors. It leaves, however, the historical background of the building of the Berlin Wall in the dark.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/char…

Hundreds of thousands of workers set to take part in general strike in South Africa on February 24
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-22
The South African Federation of Trade Unions, which has called for the strike, has put forward demands for a radical change in policy, including measures such as the nationalization of all strategic monopoly industries and a living minimum wage of at least R12,500 (USD $854)…
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More States Propose Harsh New Penalties For Protesting Fossil Fuels
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-22
Dawn Goodwin spent her 50th birthday among towering pines and yellow birches whose tree rings make her lifespan seem like a child's in comparison. But on that cool, overcast Saturday in December, the growling of construction trucks and chainsaws drowned out the natural soundscape of gushing freshwater and wind whispering between pine needles on the banks of the Mississippi River. | Goodwin was at this river crossing near Palisade, Minnesota, to protest the construction of the energy company Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline, a $9.3 billion project to carry tar-sands oil ‚Äï one of the dirtiest varieties…
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Six more Oath Keepers indicted on conspiracy charges for assault on US Capitol
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the Justice Department is investigating "Stop the Steal" organizers and promoters, including Alex Jones, Roger Stone and Ali Alexander.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/oath…

Estados Unidos: Apagón y virus
Iván Restrepo | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Hace dos años el presidente Donald Trump presumía su ignorancia cuando una ola de nieve y frío cubría una vasta región de Estados Unidos. Aprovechó la ocasión para preguntar: øDónde demonios está el calentamiento global? En el maravilloso medio oeste,…
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Ten years after New Zealand earthquake, no justice for victims of building collapse
wsws.org | 2021-02-22
No one has been held accountable for the extremely poor construction of the CTV building, which collapsed in seconds in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, killing 115 people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/22/chch…

Eyewitness interview to the corporate-made disaster in Texas
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-02-22
A Texas weather emergency spiraled out of control on February 14. This emergency has resulted in over 60 deaths, power outages affecting millions, and more than 13 million currently without access to water. What led to the emergency can be blamed mostly on natural gas and coal companies like Comstock Resources Inc, who sought only to make profits during the crisis. These companies never properly maintained these plants and, when the temperatures in Texas dipped, the plants froze and became inoperable. | In one of the richest countries in the world, mostly African American and Chicano residents of Texas found them…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/2/21/eyewitne…

Use of disinfectants has soared, sparking new examination of ingredients
Casey Crownhart | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-22
One family of cleaning chemicals is receiving scrutiny for potential health concerns.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/22/use-of-dis…

Cuba — Diálogo con Fidel
Graziella Pogolotti | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-22
Han transcurrido seis décadas desde que la Biblioteca Nacional acogió las decisivas jornadas de diálogo de Fidel con los intelectuales cubanos. El paso del tiempo ha ido borrando de mis recuerdos muchos detalles anecdóticos, pero conservo viva la memoria de…
globalizacion.ca/cuba-dialogo-con-fidel/

India: Rail roko protest and growing state-sanctioned terror
Tania Siddiqi | workers.org | 2021-02-22
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the farmer unions' umbrella body, launched a rail roko protest to halt train transit in many parts of India for four hours on Feb. 18. This action is the farmers' latest attempt to push India's national government to repeal three "farm bills" intended to appease corporate cravings. . . . | Continue reading India: Rail roko protest and growing state-sanctioned terror at Workers.org
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Jordan's Queen Noor asks for information on missing Dubai princess Shamsa
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
Jordan's Queen Noor asks for information on missing Dubai princess Shamsa | Princess Shamsa has not been seen for more than 20 years after she was forcefully picked up in UK city of Cambridge | MEE staff | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 17: 03 | Queen Noor serves on board of commissioners for International Commission on Missing Persons (AFP) | Queen Noor of Jordan has asked for information on missing Dubai Princess Shamsa, following r…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/jordan-queen-…

Iraq: Alarm raised over free speech in Kurdistan after jailing of journalists
Dana Taib Menmy | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
Iraq: Alarm raised over free speech in Kurdistan after jailing of journalists | At his trial, Kurdish journalist Sherwan Sherwani repeatedly alleged that authorities had threatened to rape his wife if he did not sign a confession | Dana Taib Menmy | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 16: 00 | Sherwan Sherwani was arrested in October last year following his coverage of anti-government protests in Dohuk and Erbil provinces (Soci…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-kurdista…

Saudi Arabia arms deals: UK 'prolonging' Yemen war with weapon sales
Areeb Ullah | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
Saudi Arabia arms deals: UK 'prolonging' Yemen war with weapon sales | UK issued open licences for bombs, missiles and rockets worth £1.36bn in 2020, as well as equipment to help air-to-air refuelling of Saudi jets | Areeb Ullah | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 12: 34 | Workers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa search through debris at a warehouse after it was reportedly hit in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on 2 July 20…
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Saudi F1 race: Activists urge Lewis Hamilton to speak out on human rights
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-22
Saudi F1 race: Activists urge Lewis Hamilton to speak out on human rights | Dozens of rights organisations write letter urging world champion to boycott Saudi Grand Prix or use his platform to promote human rights in the kingdom | Ali Harb | Mon, 02/22/2021 – 17: 35 | Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been politically outspoken in the past (AFP/File photo) | Dozens of human rights organisations have called on Formula One c…
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Catholic Advocates Call on Congress to Pass a Pathway to Citizenship
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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Are Judges Just Politicians in Robes?
James D. Zirin | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
Having seen that appointed judges refuse to toe the party line at the federal level, the GOP has decided to employ partisan gerrymandering to change the way judges are elected at the state level. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Drug Policy Alliance Statement on New Jersey Becoming the 13th State to Legalize Marijuana
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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45 Human Rights and Foreign Policy Organizations Call on Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton to Speak Out Against the Saudi Government's Human Rights Abuses
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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US: Take New Approach at Mexico Border
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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Reflections on Battling White Supremacy
Lewis M. Steel | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
I was a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s. As I watched GOP senators shrug off a racist coup attempt, I thought: We've seen this before. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Reported Making More Than $1.6 Billion While President
Jordan Libowitz, Caitlin Moniz | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
When Trump failed to separate himself from his businesses—and in fact used the presidency to increase his business earnings—he made it clear that his top priority was his personal profits. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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New Coalition Urges Banks to End Bad Bets On Fracked Gas Pipeline DivestMVP Orgs and Their 7,600,000 Members Highlight "Financial and Reputational Risk" of Controversial Project
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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2021 Update: Half of America In or Near Poverty
Paul Buchheit | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
We need Guaranteed Jobs. President Biden's proposed Civilian Climate Corps is a positive step in this direction. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Biden Administration Announces Fix for Paycheck Protection Program That Will Boost Relief for Black and Latino-Owned Businesses
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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Stand Up America Celebrates SCOTUS Denying Trump's Efforts to Block Prosecutors From Tax Returns
commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
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Deb Haaland Attacked by Fossil Fuel Industry
Wenonah Hauter | commondreams.org | 2021-02-22
If Haaland follows through on the actions the oil and gas industry and their allies in Congress are worried about, she will be the most effective Interior Secretary in recent memory. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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