Daily Archives: February 24, 2021

2021-02-24: News Headlines

Jonathan H. Martin (2021-02-24). Third-party progressives can win, but they must convince the public. zcomm.org More major party failure could boost the popular appeal of an independent left that seriously competes for power from the bottom up…

_____ (2021-02-24). The Fake Debate Over A Minimum Wage. popularresistance.org Capitalism's "conservative" defenders yet again oppose raising the minimum wage. They fought raising it in the past much as they tried to prevent the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) that first mandated a U.S. minimum wage. The major argument opponents have used is this: setting or raising a minimum wage threatens small employers. They may collapse or else fire employees; either way, jobs are lost. What is conveniently assumed here is a necessary contradiction between minimum wages and small business jobs. That assumption enables opponents to claim that not setting a legal minimum wage, like not raising it, saves…

Richard D. Wolff (2021-02-24). A Minimum Wage? A Fake Debate. zcomm.org Raising the minimum wage can and should be one basis for a mutually beneficial alliance between wage workers and small businesses…

Matt Sedlar (2021-02-24). Ecuador: Democracy Should Not Be Derailed by False Claims of Fraud. cepr.net MarketWatch See article on original site When Donald Trump began his final campaign to convince the American people and the world, or at least his supporters, that the US election was stolen from him, he didn't get any help from most of the US media. Most journalists here — as well as the experts they …

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-24). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-24). Trade unions celebrate UK's Supreme Court ruling on Uber drivers. peoplesdispatch.org The decision follows a long running legal battle with Uber Technologies Inc. The first ruling was by the Central Employment Tribunal in 2016, followed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2017 and the Court of Appeal in London…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-02-24). Imagining Palestine: Literature and the Language of Exile. juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor ) — For Palestinians, exile is not simply the physical act of being removed from their homeland and their inability to return. It is not a casual topic pertaining to politics and international law, either. Nor is it an ethereal notion, a sentiment, a poetic verse. It is all of this …

sputniknews (2021-02-24). Biden's CIA Director Pick Sees China as 'Biggest Geopolitical Test'. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that China is the country's biggest geopolitical foe and will be among his top priorities if confirmed.

Yossi Melman (2021-02-24). Israel is worried about the Palestinian elections. It believes Abbas is too. middleeasteye.net Israel is worried about the Palestinian elections. It believes Abbas is too | The Israeli security services have no wish to rock the boat, but they have few measures to influence the upcoming polls | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 17 | An electoral worker leaves the Palestinian Central Elections Commission's office in Gaza City (Reuters) | From the perspective of the Israeli security establishment, it would ha…

The Socialist Program (2021-02-24). In the News: Capitalism Kills. liberationnews.org On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss the COVID death toll in the United States topping 500,000, the winter storm that has left millions without power in zero degree temperatures in Texas, a new independent report that further exposes the police in Aurora Colorado for the brutal murder of Elijah McClain, and more.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Socialist Equality Party launches campaign for 2021 German federal election. wsws.org The SGP began its campaign for the 2021 German federal elections with a strong launch meeting that was followed by hundreds of workers and young people online.

Raul Diego (2021-02-24). For FinTech Magnates: Digital Dollars for the Poor, Exponential Profits for the Rich. mintpressnews.com The recent incursion by FinTech companies into the banking sector and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen's implicit endorsement of a fully digital currency might be the end of banks as we know them.

sputniknews (2021-02-24). Amnesty International No Longer Considers Navalny Prisoner of Conscience. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Canadian-US journalist Aaron Mate has posted on Twitter a screenshot of a letter stating that human rights organization Amnesty International no longer considers Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny a prisoner of conscience.

_____ (2021-02-24). ALBA Countries Reject Interventionist EU Agenda In Venezuela. popularresistance.org The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) have "energetically" rejected the latest sanctions approved by the European Union (EU) against 19 representatives of the different powers of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in a joint communiquè. | "These actions constitute a clear violation of international law and represent an unacceptable interventionist application that in no way contributes to the development of the Venezuelan people," the text underlines. | In this sense, the South American alliance has ratified its "solidarity" and support to the V…

Dean Baker (2021-02-24). The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter (It's not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas). counterpunch.org 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

Dean Baker (2021-02-24). The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter. zcomm.org It's Not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas…

Marlanna Bullock (2021-02-24). Tri-Cities, WA's Katie Barton: 'She wanted to see equal rights for the community, not just herself'. liberationnews.org This article is part of Liberation's commemoration of Black History Month, 2021. T…

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2021-02-24). GameStop Hearing Exposes a Sick Business Model Destined to Exacerbate Wealth Inequality in America. counterpunch.org The most striking revelations in yesterday's House Financial Services Committee hearing on the wild trading action in New York Stock Exchange-listed shares of GameStop came when Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa questioned Vlad Tenev, the CEO of Robinhood, the trading app being increasingly used by young people to trade stocks and options on their mobile

John Wojcik (2021-02-24). In plain sight, GOP senators show sabotage is their game. peoplesworld.org Republican senators exposed their true colors at separate Senate hearings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, and those colors are not ones that would typically be shown by anyone interested in "bipartisanship." The nation was treated to the spectacle in hearings on the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol of Senate leaders of that right-wing insurrection …

Berry Craig (2021-02-24). Republicans' working class hero re-branding isn't fooling anyone. peoplesworld.org So far, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Jim Jordan haven't taken up Chris Hayes's challenge. On his show a while back, the MSNBC host laughed out loud when Sen. Cruz—aka The Cancun Kid—Sen. Josh Hawley, and Rep. Jim Jordan claimed the GOP was the born-again blue-collar party. The host of "All in With Chris Hayes" dared the …

David Rosen (2021-02-24). Confronting the Digital Divide: New York City vs. Verizon. counterpunch.org The United States is a divided nation, one expressed in all-too-many ways as evident by the 2020 presidential election and the failed January 6th insurrection. Unfortunately, one of its most telling expressions is the digital divide, in which more well-to-do urban and suburban locals get superior if over-priced telecom services while whole swaths of urban

United Health Professionals (2021-02-24). Mensaje de Alerta sobre la COVID-19. Profesionales de la Salud Unidos. globalizacion.ca Llamamos la atención de nuestros lectores, este importante comunicado internacional de profesionales de la salud, médicos y científicos, que ha sido enviado a los gobiernos de treinta países. | A continuación se muestra el texto completo que se envió a los…

Elizabeth Keyes (2021-02-24). Compartmentalizing Woody Allen … or Not. counterpunch.org I missed the first round of talk about the New York Times' publication of a moving and forthright letter by Woody Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan, regarding his alleged sexual molestation of her over two decades ago. Woody Allen is an American icon as well as a human being capable of all things human, perhaps including

Ed Rampell (2021-02-24). 'Executive Order': A futuristic 'final solution' to the Brazilian 'race problem' at PAFF. peoplesworld.org Director/co-writer Lázaro Ramos's award-winning Executive Order (Medida Provisória) exemplifies what I love most about the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF): It gives movie buffs the opportunity to see films, often from far-flung destinations around the globe, that we might otherwise never have the chance to watch. Often these are worthy, well-made productions that PAFF is …

Royal Thomas II (2021-02-24). Rush Limbaugh and the rise of the far right. liberationnews.org Photo: Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump speaking at a 2019 event hosted by Turning Point USA. Credit — Gage Skidmore After more than three decades assaulting airwaves and television screens with his vicious right-wing rhetoric, Rush Limbaugh, the bigoted and imperialist radio personality, died last week from a year-long battle with lung cancer. With his …

Ben Slowey (2021-02-24). Milwaukee protesters demand real change from Biden administration. liberationnews.org Around 50 protesters congregated in the cold outside Milwaukee City Hall Feb. 16 to make their demands heard, as President Joe Biden arrived for a town hall conversation with CNN.

Rajan Menon (2021-02-24). Covid-19 Demonstrated How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable: A Field Guide to Our Threadbare Social Safety Net. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Economic crises shine a spotlight on a society's inequities and hierarchies, as well as its commitment to support those who are most vulnerable in such grievous moments. The calamity created by Covid-19 is no exception. The economic fallout from that pandemic has tested the nation's social safety net as never before. Between …

Eds. (2021-02-24). Does the West repeating claims of China committing genocide in Xinjiang reify it? mronline.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."

Jackie Fox (2021-02-24). How Capitalism Fails US. realprogressives.org Hello internet, I'm Jackie Fox and I'd like for you to join me in a thought experiment. Imagine an ideal world. What do you see? How do you know it's ideal? If you're anything like me, you're imagining a world without homelessness or hunger, where life expectancy increases along with quality of life, everyone has access to healthcare, the world is healthy and our ecosystem isn't on the verge of collapse. Following the logic of Capitalism though, you'd really just want a strong stock market and around three percent market growth per year; everything else is just icing on the cake. | The problem is that while th…

Mirinda Crissman (2021-02-24). Texas freeze — Rich get richer, workers suffer. workers.org Houston An unprecedented winter storm hit Texas Feb. 15, bringing subfreezing temperatures. One week later, huge sections of the population are still without power, heat and/or water. Houston skyline glows, while millions suffer subfreezing temperatures without heat or water amidst preventable power outages, Feb. 15 Across major cities — such . . . |

Will Solomon (2021-02-24). Cuomo's Cover-up Will be Most Effectively Weaponized by the Right. counterpunch.org On February 11, news broke that the Cuomo administration intentionally hid data on COVID-related nursing home deaths from the federal government and New York state legislators, ostensibly for fear of a Department of Justice investigation and potential federal prosecution. The revelation was fairly shocking, but hardly out of character. Cuomo's mishandling of the pandemic—coupled with

Liaquat Ali Khan (2021-02-24). First English, Then American, and Now Muslim Francophobia. counterpunch.org Francophobia has been a persistent part of French history, transmitted and modulated through several centuries. 17thcentury England constructed the first significant layer of Francophobia. The Americans may have borrowed Francophobia from England and then developed its version in the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Muslim world has begun to manufacture its variety of

Beau Peters (2021-02-24). The Ethics of Healthcare Marketing. dissidentvoice.org Spend an evening watching television on any network in pretty much any town in America and you'd probably think that Big Pharma had already created a pill for anything that might ail ya. And, of course, in some ways, that's not entirely wrong. Today we have a world of therapies to extend our lives and …

Frank Lara (2021-02-24). San Francisco teachers struggle for a safe reopening. liberationnews.org The following was a presentation at the Feb. 20, 2021, Reds in Ed webinar. Afternoon fellow educators, my name is Frank Lara and I am a public-school teacher of 10 years in San Francisco's historic Mission District. I am also on the Executive Board of our union, the United Educators of San Francisco, a 6,500-member …

Michael Otto (2021-02-24). Ecuador elections — The calm before the storm. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador Feb. 19 — Almost 10 million voters, a record 81% of those eligible, went to the polls Feb. 7, despite the pandemic, to choose among 16 candidates in Ecuador's presidential elections. The two top vote-getters will compete in the April 11 runoff elections. No candidate received enough . . . |

Rosalío Muñoz, Janice Rothstein (2021-02-24). Labor and allies pressure Congress to pass American Rescue Plan. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—The urgency and historic significance of the American Rescue Plan are being amplified by the gamut of civic and community groups around the country, from labor to civil rights, health care, education, child, senior, unemployed, disability, homeless, and other advocacy groups. Momentum is building for mass public pressure to get the strongest measure passed …

Editor (2021-02-24). FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE. workers.org Join us Saturday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. EST, for a Global Virtual Street Meeting for Mumia Abu-Jamal: FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE. Join organizers, artists, supporters and educators as they shine a light on the important history of this international movement to #FreeMumia along with a summary . . . |

W. Alphaeus Hunton (2021-02-24). Harlem's 1946 fight against South African starvation foreshadowed anti-apartheid struggle. peoplesworld.org People's World is happy to reprint below an article from the Jan. 3, 1946 issue of the Daily Worker by W. Alphaeus Hunton, then the educational director of the Council on African Affairs (CAA). Hunton, considered "one of the most neglected African-American intellectuals" in U.S. history, partly due to his membership in the Communist Party …

The Conversation (2021-02-24). Saving the Planet: Why a net-zero future depends on the ocean's ability to absorb carbon. juancole.com By Anya M. Waite, Brad deYoung, Chris Milley, and Ian G. Stewart | — Most of us growing up along Canada's East Coast never worried about hurricane season. Except for those working at sea, we viewed hurricanes as extreme events in remote tropical regions, seen only through blurred footage of flailing palm trees on the …

Chauncey K. Robinson (2021-02-24). Biden immigration bill has shortcomings, but shows promise on several fronts. peoplesworld.org The Biden administration has introduced a sweeping new immigration bill that stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's four years of attacks on undocumented workers and their families. The new bill is being seen by many as a bold step in a better direction, but some immigrant rights activists are pointing out shortcomings in the …

MBNJSD (2021-02-24). What Planet Is NATO Living On? dissidentvoice.org NATO headquarters in Brussels (Photo: NATO) The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China. This theme …

Dan Cohen (2021-02-24). The Empire's Hidden Hand: How The US Established, Sustains and Benefits From Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara. mintpressnews.com Over the decades, the Moroccan settler population expanded while the United States and European Union have illegally exploited the Western Sahara's resources, mining phosphates, fishing in its waters, and in recent years, drilling for oil and gas.

Eds. (2021-02-24). Medical racism has shaped U.S. policies for centuries. mronline.org The link between the 1793 yellow fever epidemic and the coronavirus.

Staff (2021-02-24). Pro-Fossil Fuel Senators Grill Deb Haaland as She Bids to Become First Indigenous Cabinet Secretary. democracynow.org Indigenous communities across the United States are closely following the Senate confirmation hearings of Congressmember Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Interior Department, who would become the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary if she is confirmed. Haaland is a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, and the prospect of an Indigenous person leading the federal department with broad oversight of Native American affairs has galvanized support for her in Indian Country. Several Republican senators have grilled Haaland over her past comments opposing fracking, the Keystone XL oil…

Staff (2021-02-24). Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Wait in Squalid Refugee Camps. democracynow.org One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamor…

Staff (2021-02-24). Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Waiting in Squalid Camps. democracynow.org One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamor…

CP Editor (2021-02-24). Fossil Fuel Shock Doctrine. counterpunch.org

Mike Walter (2021-02-24). The Heat: Afghanistan-What's next? america.cgtn.com The war in Afghanistan rages on as a major deadline looms for U.S. forces to leave the country.

a guest author (2021-02-24). COVID inside: Release prisoners! Lisa Strawn interview, part 2. workers.org The global pandemic has disproportionately impacted incarcerated people in the U.S. In California, during the early days of the pandemic, the transfer of prisoners into San Quentin sparked a massive outbreak of COVID that spread to over two-thirds of the prison population there, causing the death of 27 prisoners, including . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-24). US must take first step to save JCPOA: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (MNA) — It is up to the United States to make the first move in saving the Iran nuclear deal, Iran's ambassador in Geneva told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament on Wednesday.

Peter Koenig (2021-02-24). Identificación del "paquete de vacunas" implantado: El Parlamento de Alemania ha ratificado la "Agenda ID2020" digital de GAVI. globalizacion.ca Noticias alarmantes. En Alemania, el Parlamento (Bundestag) ratificó el 29 de enero de 2021 la implementación de la Agenda ID2020. | Se trata de una recopilación de datos electrónicos generalizados y centralizados de cada ciudadano a la que tendrían acceso todas…

Staff (2021-02-24). Romney Says Trump Will Be GOP Nominee If He Runs in 2024. truthout.org Speaking about the future of the Republican Party on Tuesday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said it's very likely that former President Donald Trump would win the nomination for president if he decided to run again in 2024. | "I don't know if he'll run in 2024 or not, but if he does, I'm pretty sure he will win the nomination," Romney said Romney also acknowledged that "a lot can happen between now…

Staff (2021-02-24). Biden Cancels "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Left Waiting. truthout.org One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in,…

Staff (2021-02-24). In What Universe Is a $15 Wage "Too High"? Joe Manchin's. truthout.org Economic justice organizers may soon triumph in their fight for a $15 minimum wage. Thanks to their years of effort, President Biden (and every Democratic contender during the primary debates) vowed to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In keeping with that promise, Biden attached a wage bill to his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. | Although Republicans and their political allies are firmly opposed to the measure, the Senate could approve it. But Democratic holdouts like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin could do…

Staff (2021-02-24). Texas Power Grid Deregulation Cost Texans $28 Billion Over Two Decades. truthout.org Republican Texas lawmakers often tout their state leadership's contempt and recalcitrance toward the federal government as a point of pride. But a new analysis by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has found that the deregulation and monopolization of the Texas energy market cost Texas residents $28 billion more than they would have paid under a traditional utility. | When Texas changed from fully regulated power generation to the largely deregulated system that's in place today, it began requiring almos…

Staff (2021-02-24). FDA May Approve Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for US Use as Early as Saturday. truthout.org The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective in a briefing document on Wednesday morning, lending support to its emergency use authorization. | The vaccine's trial data results are "consistent with the recommendations set forth in FDA's guidance Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19,"

Staff (2021-02-24). Calls Rise for Louis DeJoy's Removal and for Major Postal Reforms. truthout.org On Wednesday, February 24, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold a

Betsey Piette (2021-02-24). COVID-19 vaccine patents: Private property vs. public health. workers.org Among the many controversies surrounding vital COVID-19 vaccines, the issue of patent bans gets far less attention than how vaccines are being distributed or who is able to receive them. Yet the patent laws protecting intellectual property (IP) in the U.S. and European Union give the world's wealthiest countries unfair . . . |

Eds. (2021-02-24). Ice and blood in Texas. mronline.org Avoidable deaths, not avoided.

Media Lens (2021-02-24). 20 Years Of Media Lens: A Selection Of Remarkable Replies From Journalists. dissidentvoice.org The Insiders In a 2002 interview with the Observer, the BBC's John Cody Fidler-Simpson CBE of Kabul, to give him his full name and title, was asked to define the 'essential qualities' of a journalist. Simpson responded with typical left-field quirkiness: There's something slightly wrong with most of us, don't you feel? We're damaged goods, …

Jasmine Norden (2021-02-24). Victory for campaigners as richest Cambridge college promises to divest from fossil fuels. thecanary.co After four years of student campaigning, Cambridge's Trinity College has promised to divest fully from fossil fuels in the next 10 years. | The college has vowed to end all direct investment into fossil fuels by the end of 2021, and all indirect investment within 5-10 years. | Trinity is only the third Cambridge college to promise full divestment. The university as a whole has

RT (2021-02-24). Oklahoma man on parole accused of taking victim's HEART to feed family that he later slayed & maimed. rt.com Grisly details have emerged in a triple homicide case in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The suspect reportedly cut out and cooked the heart of a neighbor he had killed, before turning the knife against his own family. | The already shockingly brutal case against Lawrence Paul Anderson, 42, rose to a new level of senselessness after the chain of tragic events was further explained in court papers. As the suspect was confessing to his crimes to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), he said he had taken out the heart of his first victim and took it to his home. | I feel the need to warn people that this story…

RT (2021-02-24). US seeking re-election to UN Human Rights Council after Trump withdrawal, Blinken calls for expulsion of other members. rt.com The US wants to retake its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a video message to the body, during which he also called for the removal of other nations. | "I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term," Blinken declared on Wednesday. "We humbly ask for the support of all UN member states in our bid to return to a seat in this body." | Former President Donald Trump's administration

RT (2021-02-24). Chicago lawmaker calls to BAN Grand Theft Auto in new bill, blaming 'violent video games' for spike in carjackings. rt.com A Democratic lawmaker in Chicago is pushing to ban the sale of all violent video games, claiming the graphic 'Grand Theft Auto' series — which debuted more than 20 years ago — is to blame for a wave of carjackings around the city.

RT (2021-02-24). 1 in 6 Americans under 23 say they're LGBTQ, as more people in the US than ever identify as non-heterosexual. rt.com More Americans than ever identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) according to a survey of sexuality, with one in six people under 23 saying they are something other than heterosexual. | The Gallup Poll released Wednesday, found that 5.6 percent of Americans classify themselves as LGBTQ — up from 4.5 percent in 2017. That was the last time Gallup carried out polling on the issue. | Gallup surveyed 15,000 Americans above 18 years of age and found that of those who identified themselves as LGBTQ, 54.6 percent said they were bisexual, 24.5 percent said they were gay, and 1…

RT (2021-02-24). What about student loans, water or the homeless? Outrage follows report $1.7 trillion F-35 program is now considered a failure. rt.com A tacit admission by the US Air Force that the F-35 has failed its main mission has triggered an outpouring of outrage from Americans who think the stealth fighter's gargantuan budget could have been better spent on other things. | Frustration with Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth jet flooded Twitter on Wednesday, after Forbes magazine published a story about how USAF commissioning a study into a new, cheaper and lighter fighter amounts to "a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed." | | t.co/fDhBTf4Cyd RT (2021-02-24). Divided Republicans in Congress awkwardly disagree on Trump's future at same press conference (VIDEO). rt.com Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) is facing a backlash after openly disagreeing with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) on Donald Trump's future with the party during an awkward press conference exchange. | Asked on Wednesday whether Trump should be speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida this week, McCarthy replied simply, "Yes, he should." | Cheney, who was standing behind McCarthy, was then asked what she thought about the matter — though her answer should surprise no one, as she's been a vocal critic of the former president. | "I don't believe he should be playing a role i…

RT (2021-02-24). Neera Tanden's quest for OMB post hits another roadblock as crucial step postponed indefinitely — reports. rt.com The confirmation of Neera Tanden, Biden's polarizing pick for head of the Office of Management and Budget, has been further derailed after Republicans suggested they'd vote against it, insider sources told the media. | Both the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee postponed meetings set for Wednesday in which they were scheduled to vote on Tanden's confirmation, according to sources cited in several US outlets. | White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether the Biden administration was planning to withdraw Tanden, instead gushing over her "broad s…

RT (2021-02-24). US Federal Reserve investigating disruptions to Fedwire payment system and other services. rt.com The US Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it is investigating a disruption to services including Fedwire, which facilitates trillions of dollars in wire transfers between institutions every day. | According to updates from the Federal Reserve, the massive disruption to services was caused by an "operational error". | "We acknowledge that payment deadlines are impacted and will communicate remediation efforts to our customers when available. Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the issue," the institution said in an update on the situation. | As of 2.30pm Eastern Time Wednesday, almost all serv…

RT (2021-02-24). 'Cancel them before they cancel us': Gab CEO says banks have banned platform due to media smears. rt.com Three banks have refused to do business with Gab, a Twitter competitor outspoken about free speech, in recent weeks, the company's chief executive revealed. Andrew Torba blamed the development on mainstream media hit pieces. | The third bank to sever its relationship with the company in three weeks told Torba on Monday that they were doing so because of "all the bad things the press has written about Gab," he said in an interview published by the conservative outlet National File. | Speaking to

RT (2021-02-24). Twitter called out for 'double standards' after it singles out report on UK influence op in Russia with 'hacked materials' label. rt.com Twitter has added a warning to a bombshell expose revealing a covert UK program to plant pro-government narratives in foreign media, telling users the piece may be based on "hacked material," despite letting similar stories slide. | A

RT (2021-02-24). 'The war continues': Small investors up in arms after GameStop stock trades halted amid price surge & reports of Reddit outages. rt.com GameStop shares have again soared, surging by more than 100 percent until a trading halt slowed the rally before markets closed, stoking suspicions among small investors, some pointing to mysterious Reddit issues during the spike. | $GME was up by Observers online noted that while halts are typically short-lived and last onl…

RT (2021-02-24). 'Let's play strip poker': Former staffer publishes explosive essay detailing claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being accused of sexual harassment and fostering a "toxic" work environment by former staffer Lindsey Boylan, who detailed her time with the top Democrat in a new essay. | Boylan The former aide now says she has revealed her full story in the hopes that it will "clear the path for other women to come forward." She published the exp…

RT (2021-02-24). Home addresses, social security numbers & sensitive medical data on 500,000 French patients leaked online after hack — reports. rt.com Sensitive medical records on nearly 500,000 patients in France have been stolen in a major cyber attack on dozens of healthcare labs, landing online after an alleged dispute between the hackers, according to media reports. | A file containing names and contact details on 491,840 people has made the rounds online since at least earlier this month, according to French cybersecurity journalist Damien Bancal, who runs the Zataz blog. The data includes home addresses, phone numbers, emails, social security numbers and other sensitive medical information pertaining to medications, pregnancy and diseases such as HIV.

RT (2021-02-24). What about student loans, water or the homeless? Outrage follows report $1.7 trillion F-35 program is now considered a failure. rt.com A tacit admission by the US Air Force that the F-35 has failed its main mission has triggered an outpouring of outrage from Americans who think the stealth fighter's gargantuan budget could have been better spent on other things. | Frustration with Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth jet flooded Twitter on Wednesday, after Forbes magazine published a story about how USAF commissioning a study into a new, cheaper and lighter fighter amounts to "a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed." | | The U.S. Air Force admitted that the F-35 s…

RT (2021-02-24). Conservative host posts about his investigation into voter fraud claims, gets blocked, challenges Twitter to disprove his findings. rt.com BlazeTV host Steven Crowder had his Twitter account restricted after posting about a video investigative piece claiming numerous voter addresses in the 2020 presidential election were faked. | "DOZENS of voter names, addresses, and pictures proving they don't exist. Period. Today I'm tired of this s**t. Mass voter fraud is real and I can prove it," Crowder Twitter quickly restricted the tweet and did not allow anyone to like, retweet, or respond to it "due to a risk of violence." Twitter also temporarily locked Crowder'

RT (2021-02-24). Grand jury refuses to indict officers in Daniel Prude case, whose death in police custody sparked protests & resignations. rt.com A grand jury in Rochester, New York has decided not to indict seven police officers, including the one who placed a hood on Daniel Prude's head and contributed to his death. The black man's demise spurred protests last year. | The police officers were suspended in the wake of Prude's death on March 23 last year, which came as a result of an altercation between Prude, a black man, and a group of responding officers as they attempted to take him into custody. | Announcing the jury's verdict, New York AG Letitia James said that she was "extremely disappointed" by the outcome, arguing that Prude's race played a ro…

RT (2021-02-24). Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell offers to renounce UK & French citizenship in exchange for bail. rt.com Jeffrey Epstein's alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell has offered to give up her British and French citizenship in order to be released on bail. She was arrested on charges of trafficking underage girls. | Maxwell "will renounce her French and British citizenship to eliminate any opportunity for her to seek refuge in those countries, if the Court so requires," her lawyers wrote in a The defendant's legal team argued that by doing so, Maxwe…

Staff (2021-02-24). Cori Bush Grills Postmaster DeJoy About USPS's Board of "Millionaire White Boys" truthout.org During Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Missouri) noted that, despite the fact that people of color make up a sizeable share of United States Postal Service (USPS) employees,…

RT (2021-02-24). How do you do, fellow kids? Biden White House leaves followers baffled after tweeting out-of-touch meme with Canadian PM. rt.com The Biden administration has taken a popular meme and mutilated it, leaving what appears to be praise for Canada's Justin Trudeau but which was hard to understand either way. | Biden's White House Twitter account posted two images in a row captioned "How it started. How it's going" on Wednesday. The first showed Biden and Trudeau walking side by side down a hallway lined with flags, apparently from Biden's term as Vice President under Barack Obama. The second featured a large screen on which Trudeau was projected, with Biden turned towards it, seemingly in mid-speech, clearly taken during the pandemic. | How i…

Ali Harb (2021-02-24). Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes. middleeasteye.net Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes | Gregory Meeks, chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee, ruled out conditioning aid to Israel even if annexation proceeds | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 19: 43 | Congressman Gregory Meeks vowed to be a 'strong voice against antisemitism' when dealing with Palestinians (AFP/File photo) | Congressman Gregory Meeks, a key Democrat, linked Palestinians to the…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). Israeli watchdog calls out Netanyahu's bid to gain Palestinian support in elections. middleeasteye.net Israeli watchdog calls out Netanyahu's bid to gain Palestinian support in elections | The Prime Minister's Office has been in contact with Palestinian authorities to drum up backing among Palestinian citizens of Israel | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 15: 59 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on a visit to Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, 20 February 2021 (AFP) | An Israeli watchdog on Wednesday called for a cri…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-24). Biden to call Saudi king ahead of 'explosive' Khashoggi findings: Report. middleeasteye.net Biden to call Saudi king ahead of 'explosive' Khashoggi findings: Report | US intelligence report expected to support earlier CIA findings that Saudi crown prince behind murder of journalist | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 08: 36 | The call would be the first conversation between Biden, as US president, and King Salman, according to Axios (Reuters) | US President Joe Biden is set to call Saudi Arabia'

MEE and agencies (2021-02-24). German court sentences Iraqi preacher over Islamic State recruitment. middleeasteye.net German court sentences Iraqi preacher over Islamic State recruitment | Court finds Abu Walaa helped radicalise young people in Europe and send them to Iraq and Syria | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 12: 00 | Abu Walaa, 37, was found guilty of belonging to a foreign terrorist organisation, helping to plan subversive violent acts and financing terrorism (AFP) | An Iraqi preacher said to be the Islamic St…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). Khashoggi killers used planes seized by Saudi crown prince: Report. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi killers used planes seized by Saudi crown prince: Report | In recent court filings, documents reveal that two of the jets used by Saudi hit squad belonged to a company seized by MBS months earlier, CNN reports | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 22: 02 | Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 (AFP/File photo) | Two private jets used by the Saudi hit squad that killed journalist…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). Pope's visit to Iraq will send message of coexistence, says Iraqi president. middleeasteye.net Pope's visit to Iraq will send message of coexistence, says Iraqi president | Barham Salih says meeting between Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani will be 'profound statement about moderation in religion' | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 21: 11 | Pope Francis is set to visit Iraq on 5 March, and travel to areas previously under the control of the Islamic State group (AFP/File photo) | Iraqi President Barham Salih ha…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). US to seek place on UN Human Rights Council, chief diplomat says. middleeasteye.net US to seek place on UN Human Rights Council, chief diplomat says | But Secretary of State Antony Blinken says body needs to eliminate agenda item on rights abuses in occupied Palestinian territories | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 19: 23 | Blinken said the US was seeking support for its election to the UNHRC for the 2022-2024 term (AFP) | US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the Biden administration…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison. middleeasteye.net UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison | A panel of rights experts welcome administration's goal of closing prison, but say it must ensure 'crimes committed there will not remain unpunished' | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 16: 41 | There are currently 40 detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison (AFP/File photo) | A panel of UN rights experts said the Biden administration's current rev…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was 'extrajudicial execution'. middleeasteye.net Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was 'extrajudicial execution' | New investigation also denounces the lack of medical treatment given to the Palestinian man and the degrading treatment of his body | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 35 | Ahmad Erekat was killed at an Israeli checkpoint on his sister's wedding day last year (Facebook) | The killing of Palestinian Ahmad Erekat at an Israeli checkpoint on his s…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-24). Carlos Ghosn: Turkey sentences pilots and airline executive over escape from Japan. middleeasteye.net Carlos Ghosn: Turkey sentences pilots and airline executive over escape from Japan | The three Turks were convicted of smuggling the ex-Nissan boss into Lebanon while he faced charges in Japan | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 27 | The Ghosn saga has shaken the global car industry, at one point jeopardising the Renault-Nissan alliance which he masterminded (AFP) | An Istanbul court on Wednesday conv…

Alex MacDonald (2021-02-24). Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict. middleeasteye.net Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict | Intelligence officer sentenced to four and a half years in prison over complicity in crimes against humanity | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 09: 28 | Eyad al-Gharib, accused of crimes against humanity in the first trial of its kind to emerge from the Syrian conflict, arrives to hear the court's verdict on 24 Februar…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-24). Twitter's Attempt to Suppress Grayzone Reporting Backfires as Warning Label Becomes Meme. mintpressnews.com "The new Twitter scare label illustrates the threat our kind of factual reporting presents to a national security state that must employ social media censorship to conceal its agenda from the public." — The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-02-24). Norway May Become Battleground Between U.S. and Russia, Says Expert. 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). | *** | Colonel Tormod Heier highlighted that strengthening the U.S. military presence in …

Juan Cole (2021-02-24). Is Harvard denying Tenure to Cornel West over his views on Palestine? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Maximilien Alvarez writing at The Chronicle of Higher Education interviews eminent Black philosopher Cornel West on the latter being denied tenure at Harvard University. West is convinced that his views on the Palestine issue are the real reason for which Harvard will not give him a permanent job. Universities have …

_____ (2021-02-24). Silicon Valley Bus Drivers Restored Community Rides For Free. popularresistance.org With Covid cases surging in their ranks, bus drivers in Santa Clara, California, demanded to resume rear-door boarding, which is proven to reduce the risk of infection. | Management of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) balked, even blaming the workers for getting sick. Pressure mounted from the leadership of Transit (ATU) Local 265, and from rider and community groups. | But it was rank-and-file bus drivers who forced management's hand when they started planning to stop boarding at the front door whether the agency agreed or not. | Bosses prefer anything to allowing workers to run the company. On February…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Washington Post's "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory stands exposed. wsws.org The Washington Post's claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.

Jesse Hagopian (2021-02-24). COVID-19 Testing, Not Standardized Testing: Schools Need Vaccinations, Not Examinations. progressive.org President Biden just announced the return of high-stakes standardized tests. That's the wrong way to go, especially during the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Michigan teachers, students face double threat from school reopenings: contaminated water and COVID-19. wsws.org With the Democratic Whitmer administration pushing for a March 1 reopening date for public schools, teachers and students face not only the danger of the coronavirus, but lead and legionella bacteria from unflushed water systems.

Víctor M. Toledo (2021-02-24). México — La guerra del glifosato: Actores y drama. globalizacion.ca Tres de las mayores batallas que libra la humanidad son: la pandemia del Covid-19, la crisis del clima, que amenaza cada vez más la supervivencia de la especie, y contra las gigantescas superficies de soya, maíz y algodón transgénicos y…

sputniknews (2021-02-24). EU 'Catching Up' with UK in COVID-19 Jabs, Claims von der Leyen, Who Rejects Criticism Over Rollout. sputniknews.com As the EU's coronavirus vaccination programme has come under fire, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier in February acknowledged the bloc was late in authorising COVID-19 jabs, while overconfident about production targets being met amid delays at factories.

news.un (2021-02-24). COVID-19 imperils 'historic advances' in children's access to school meals: UN report. news.un.org Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world's most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-02-24). Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres. news.un.org Human rights have been battered in the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery represents a chance to improve on the status quo and finally ensure dignity for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-02-24). Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility. news.un.org Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all.

Heather Digby Parton (2021-02-24). Fox News' COVID denialism now threatens U.S. vaccine rollout — but its roots are deeper. salon.com Beyond Fox News or Trump, the GOP has a bone-deep antipathy to any collective attempt to extend a helping hand…

Angela Ards (2021-02-24). Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic. thenation.com Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic…

_____ (2021-02-24). Unintended Consequences and the Texas 'Big Freeze' Energy Disaster. strategic-culture.org By Ron PAUL | Last week Texas experienced a cold snap that resulted in serious statewide damage, death, and destruction. The collapse of the state's energy grid left millions of Texans in the dark and freezing for days at a time. Tragically, at least 30 people died. | There are many reasons why Texas became like a Third World country, and we should be careful not to pin all the blame on just one factor. But it seems clear that the disaster was to a large degree caused by political decisions to shift toward "green" energy generated from solar and wind and by Governor Abbott's authoritarian Covid restrictions. | Ab…

UKSLNU (2021-02-24). Thursday 2/25: This Is Not My First Pandemic: LGBT+ Community Response to AIDS & COVID-19. indybay.org Online event…

Zachary Conti (2021-02-24). Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network Ask Biden for Global COVID Aid and Debt Relief. indybay.org The Biden Administration should support the release of $3 trillion in global reserve funds to support developing countries confront the COVID pandemic, say the US Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network in a letter to President Biden.

The Canary (2021-02-24). Ghana becomes first nation in world to receive Covax coronavirus vaccines. thecanary.co Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed Covax initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. | The vaccines, delivered by Unicef, arrived at Accra's Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday and are part of the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines that Covax is sending to several low and middle-income countries. | Ghana is among 92 countries that have signed up to the Covax programme, according to a statement by Ghana's acting minister of information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. | Cases in G…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-24). London bus drivers go on strike protesting pay cuts. peoplesdispatch.org Bus drivers at the bus service operator RATP in London protested the company's attempt to implement pay cuts in the garb of the COVID-19 crisis that could see some of the drivers lose up to 2,500 Pounds (3039.57 USD) a year…

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). Hong Kong financial chief sees positive economic outlook despite COVID-19. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong's economy is likely to grow by up to 5.5 percent this year depending on the management of the coronavirus pandemic, the city's financial chief said Wednesday as he unveiled his annual budget. Under the 2021-2021 budget presented by Financial Secretary Paul Chan, the Hong Kong government will launch …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). Two elderly Brisbane residents given up to four times vaccine dose. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Two elderly care home residents in the Australian city of Brisbane are being monitored after mistakenly receiving up to four times the recommended dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, authorities said Wednesday. Neither of the patients, aged 94 and 88, were showing adverse reactions to the doses given Tuesday, said …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). 'Green passport' returns some normalcy to vaccinated Israelis. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Israelis who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can from this week enjoy a new privilege in the form of a "green passport." The document grants holders access to gyms, hotels, swimming pools and, on Wednesday — for the first time in months — a concert that is taking place in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). China's CanSino files for authorization to market Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Chinese vaccine maker CanSino Biologics announced Wednesday that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) is processing its request for marketing authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in the Asian country. In a statement sent to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, CanSino said after completing the third phase of clinical trials, its vaccine …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). EU leaders in call to boost bloc's vaccine production. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Five European leaders on Wednesday sent an open letter to the European Council president urging more support for Covid-19 vaccine production in the bloc after the initial rollout was hampered by delivery shortages and delays. In the letter to Charles Michel ahead of an EU Council meeting, the prime ministers of …

Middle East Eye (2021-02-24). COVID-19: Israel Donates Vaccines to Countries that Moved Embassies to Jerusalem. 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 Czech Republic, Guatemala and Honduras, which have all moved their …

Peter Koenig (2021-02-24). Is Switzerland Sliding into Dictatorship? Social Coercion, Privileges to Those Who Accept the Covid 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). | *** | A secret paper from the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss Executive) was …

Pam Long (2021-02-24). Air Force Surgeon: It's Your 'Duty' to Get COVID 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). | *** | The transcript of a mandatory video briefing for airmen at a …

teleSUR (2021-02-24). Venezuela: Guaido Barred From Holding Public Posts for 15 Years. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso on Tuesday disqualified former lawmaker Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years due to his failure to comply with his legal obligations. | RELATED: | Amoroso stated that the decision is based on Guaido's refusal to submit an assets sworn declaration after ending his functions as a congressman. | "We know these people are involved in corruption acts and have sto…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Right-wing defection intensifies Australian government instability. wsws.org Kelly's move will be used to further foment a far-right movement and push the unstable government to suppress popular opposition to the lifting of pandemic safety restrictions.

Ed Rampell (2021-02-24). The Jackie Robinson of Architecture. counterpunch.org HOLLYWOOD'S ARCHITECT: THE PAUL R. WILLIAMS STORY Undaunted, the pandemic can't stop the Pan African Film Festival and in that immortal show biz tradition, the show must go on! Albeit virtually, as this year in order to stay cinematically safe, America's largest and best yearly Black-themed filmfest since 1992 is moving online and starting later

David Swanson (2021-02-24). Universality or Fighting Over Scraps. counterpunch.org Why should rich people get pandemic survival checks? Why shouldn't descendants of enslaved people get reparations payments? Why should someone who doesn't go to college pay taxes to make college free? Why should smokers get health coverage? Why should someone get out of their student debt when I didn't? I don't claim to have a

Gary M. Kramer (2021-02-24). Experimental film "EreÃÑmiÃÑta" is an inventive & vivid celebration of our pandemic hermitage life. salon.com This anthology of cell phone-shot shorts seeks to capture the fragmentation & contemplation of social distancing…

Nicole Karlis (2021-02-24). You're vaccinated now. What can you do?>. salon.com Those who have received vaccines are wondering if life under the pandemic will change at all…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Media censors British Medical Journal description of pandemic deaths as "social murder" wsws.org Finely attuned to the threat from below, Britain's ruling elite understands the implications of any public discussion of the issue of social murder as it prepares to end the "last lockdown," with the virus and its dangerous mutations allowed to rip through the population once again to deadly effect.

UFCFLP (2021-02-24). The Pandemic, Newsom, The Recall & The Working Class. indybay.org The bankrupt and corrupt policies of California Gavin Newsom and the Democratic Party are fueling the Republican funded efforts to have another recall in California. The last recall of Gray Davis was because of his support of deregulation of energy and putting Enron and other crooks in charge of the energy grid similar to what is happening in Texas…

_____ (2021-02-24). Food Not Bombs displaced from Santa Cruz lot. popularresistance.org Santa Cruz, CA – An activist group on the brink of celebrating a consecutive year of coronavirus pandemic-era free meal service was summarily ejected from a private downtown parking lot Thursday. | Potentially setting the stage for the latest standoff with the City of Santa Cruz, organizer Keith McHenry then moved Food Not Bombs' distribution effort into an adjacent "Lot 27" public parking area just across Front Street, the same one the group was locked out of last year due to what officials cited as "public nuisance" complaints. | "We're like, just keep moving and doing what needs to happen," McHenry said of con…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-02-24). Sunday 2/28: Peace and Solidarity Movements, 2008—2021 and Beyond. indybay.org ZOOM MEETING. LOG-IN INFO WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE BY FRIDAY: ICSSMARX.ORG

Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-24). Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook. dissidentvoice.org The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage. The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook's decision to scrap and block Australians from sharing and posting news items on hosted pages. The company's target of opprobrium: the News Media Bargaining Code. The Code's ostensible purpose …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-02-24). Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook. 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 Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts …

Zero Hedge (2021-02-24). Israel Imposes Gag Order on Probe into Oil Spill Dubbed "Most Serious Ecological Disaster" in Years. 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). | *** | Israeli authorities have closed down miles of beaches as the county …

Alan Macleod (2021-02-24). Twitter Deletes Dozens of Russian Accounts for "Undermining Faith in NATO" mintpressnews.com A propaganda system is far more effective — and dangerous — when those inside are unaware of it and believe themselves to be free from influence.

South Front (2021-02-24). Video: The Fight in Yemen, The Houthis Are Pushing Towards Marib City. 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 fighting in Yemen, similarly to other battlefields in the Middle …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-24). 6,750 migrant workers' deaths in Qatar in last 10 years, report finds. peoplesdispatch.org Migrant workers in Qatar face systematic abuse and labor rights violations, issues which have gone unaddressed by the government despite repeated appeals by human rights groups and labor organizations…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Biden administration reopens Trump-era child migrant detention facility in Texas. wsws.org The Department of Health and Human Services is reactivating the Carrizo Springs Child Migration Detention Facility for detaining up to 700 teenagers in the coming days and weeks.

_____ (2021-02-24). Border Patrol Policies Kill Hundreds Of Migrants Each Year. popularresistance.org Each year, untold numbers of migrants disappear in the borderlands after being pushed into dangerous and remote terrain by Border Patrol, the same agency that is then tasked with responding to migrants' search and rescue emergencies. A new report released Wednesday found that the federal agency does not respond to 40% of these emergency calls. In a series of reports published over the course of five years, the southern Arizona organizations No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have cataloged and reported the specific Border Patrol policies and tactics that have fueled a crisis of death and disappea…

sputniknews (2021-02-24). 'This is Not Okay': AOC Decries Biden's Reopening of Controversial Migrant Facilities for Children. sputniknews.com The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday that US authorities were reopening a temporary facility in the state of Texas to house an influx of migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border without a parent, with the site to house up to 700 migrant youngsters aged 13 to 17.

news.un (2021-02-24). UN independent experts 'appalled' by deportation of migrants to Myanmar, in defiance of court order. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts castigated Malaysia on Wednesday over its decision to deport more than1,000 detained migrants back to crisis-ridden Myanmar — despite a court order to suspend their return, pending a judicial review.

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-02-24). 2/23: Vaccine Imperialism: China vs. the Western WorldÔºöÔºö. indybay.org Vaccine Racism: How wealthy nations stockpile life-saving vaccines while poor countries and poor people within these countries are ignored. How western countries criticize China, despite China's success in containing the virus and providing vaccines to the world.

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). Malaysia court halts deportation of remaining 114 Myanmar nationals. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- A Malaysian court on Wednesday halted the deportation of the remaining 114 people who were on the original list of 1,200 immigrants to be deported to Myanmar, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The Kuala Lumpur High Court extended the stay on deportation a day after the Malaysian government sent more than …

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-24). Why NATO Needs to Go. progressive.org After three quarters of a century, it's clear the alliance has done much more harm than good.

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-24). What Planet Is NATO Living On? zcomm.org Only 17% of Europeans want closer economic ties with the United States, while even fewer, 10% of French and Germans, think their countries need America's help with their national defense.

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-24). What Planet Is NATO Living On? 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 February

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). Massacres doubled last year in Colombia, UN says. laprensalatina.com Bogota, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Colombia suffered 76 massacres resulting in 292 deaths last year, more than doubling the number in 2020 and the highest one-year total since 2014, according to a report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented here Tuesday. Though the Andean nation's homicide rate declined …

Staff (2021-02-24). Headlines for February 24, 2021. democracynow.org Ex-U.S. Capitol Security Say Intelligence Failures Led to Jan. 6 Attack Even as FBI Warned of "War", Senate Confirms Thomas-Greenfield, Vilsack as GOP Go After Haaland in Interior Confirmation, House to Vote Friday on $1.9 Trillion Relief Bill as Fate of $15/Hour Minimum Wage Remains Uncertain, U.S. Blocks Waiver on Vaccine Intellectual Property Protections, Lebanese Lawmakers Accused of Vaccine Line Cutting; Rabbis Call on Israel to Vaccinate Palestinians, No Charges Filed Against Rochester Police Officers Who Killed Daniel Prude, Ahmaud Arbery's Mother Files Lawsuit Against Her Son's Killers on Anniversary of H…

news.un (2021-02-24). Central African Republic 'very volatile', despite important progress — UN peacekeeping chief. news.un.org Despite a successful presidential election and other noteworthy progress, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be plagued by violence and volatility, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-24). Fact-finding report calls Ahmed Erekat's killing by Israeli soldiers "extrajudicial execution" peoplesdispatch.org 27-year-old Ahmed Erekat was killed on June 23 last year at a checkpoint in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank by Israeli soldiers. His body has still not been handed over to his family…

teleSUR (2021-02-24). IACHR Calls for Attention to Press Harassment in El Salvador. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Tuesday raised concerns about the harassment against the Salvadoran press ahead of the Feb. 28 parliamentary and subnational elections. | RELATED: | "We are worried about the accusations against local outlets and reporters by high-ranking officials and public office candidates," the institution warned as it added that journalists from opposition media are being harassed t…

John Clamp (2021-02-24). Syria, Right Now. counterpunch.org Whether we're down a conspiracy rabbit hole or trying to make sense of the real thing, we're so stuffed up to our eyeballs with news these days it hurts. So I bet you hadn't heard of the flooding in Idlib. Syria has been such an amoral, deadly conflict, though conflict may not be the right

progressive (2021-02-24). New York's Progressive Path Forward. progressive.org State legislators, including progressive state senator Julia Salazar, recently unveiled a wish list of criminal justice reforms—many of which have already been implemented.

_____ (2021-02-24). What Planet Is NATO Living On? popularresistance.org The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China. | This theme was emphasized by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in a Washington Post op-ed in advance of the NATO meeting, insisting that "aggressive and coercive behaviors from emboldened strategic competitors such as China and Russia reinforce our belief in collective se…

Maeve Higgins (2021-02-24). Maeve in America: A Miracle Worth Repeating. progressive.org Being granted asylum should not be miraculous—it should be guaranteed.

WSWS (2021-02-24). New revelations of FBI and New York police conspiracy in the assassination of Malcolm X. wsws.org The deathbed confession of former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood points to an official cover-up.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Massachusetts nurses vote to strike for safe staffing ratios. wsws.org Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, without a contract since November 2019, on February 10 gave their overwhelming approval for strike action for safer working conditions and patient outcomes.

_____ (2021-02-24). The Real Threat To Free Speech? Florida's Courts. popularresistance.org Gov. Ron DeSantis and some other Florida Republicans are worked up over a perceived threat to the freedom of speech of politicians, but they're ignoring a more significant threat to the public's right to speak. | They're upset that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have begun to suppress posts they deem flagrantly false or socially offensive, particularly those from their favorite ex-president. | But that isn't a First Amendment issue. Those are private corporations, not government entities. | The legitimate First Amendment threat they are ignoring is the misuse of Florida's courts to suppress a…

Johanna Kichton (2021-02-24). HEAL Food Alliance & People's Action Statements on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. peoplesaction.org February 24, 2021 — Yesterday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack, as Secretary of Agriculture. This is Vilsack's second time leading the Department of Agriculture (USDA), having done so first from 2009 to 2017 during the Obama administration. In response to Secretary Vilsack's confirmation, Navina Khanna, Executive Director of HEAL Food Alliance issued …

Gerardo Szalkowicz (2021-02-24). Ecuador: El laberinto hacia el ballottage y las dos antinomias. globalizacion.ca Después de dos semanas en las que la resolución de la primera vuelta presidencial ecuatoriana quedó atrapada en un atolladero de incertidumbre, tensión y suspenso, con giros repentinos que trastocaban el escenario a diario, finalmente el Consejo Nacional Electoral confirmó…

Karl Grossman (2021-02-24). Plutonium—the most lethal of all radioactive substances—in space. nationofchange.org "A '1-in-960 chance' of a deadly plutonium release is a real concern—gamblers in Las Vegas would be happy with those odds."

José Blanco (2021-02-24). La clase obrera. globalizacion.ca El pasado viernes Néstor Jiménez escribió con precisión en las páginas de La Jornada: Como un síntoma de la vida interna del Congreso del Trabajo, que celebró ayer sus 55 años de existencia, su edificio sede se encuentra casi en…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-02-24). México — No hay defensa posible: El Estado de Derecho prevalece. globalizacion.ca Menuda sorpresa me llevé cuando leí en el Claustro universitario de Chihuahua el principio latino: "Sapere aude", que se entiende como tener el valor de usar tu habilidad para pensar, algo que, definitivamente, en nuestros tiempos mexicanos no es poca…

Andy Piascik (2021-02-24). Trouble in the Connecticut Suburbs: Revolutionary Road Revisited. counterpunch.org Connecticut's Fairfield County has for many years been a place of contrasts. It has cities that, even in their bustling heydays, were places where poverty and despair lived amidst booming factories. It has also historically been a place where both the fairly well-to-do and the richest of the rich live in towns that, beginning in

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-24). New Jersey becomes 13th state to legalize marijuana. nationofchange.org The three bills were in response to more than two-thirds voter support of a ballot question regarding marijuana legalization.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Winter storm leaves behind billions of dollars' worth of damage across Texas. wsws.org The total value of losses is still being tallied, but the severity and geographic scope of the storm has meant that the total cost could exceed the $19 billion in damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Sharon Johnson (2021-02-24). Taking Aim at Gun Violence. progressive.org There is much that the new administration can do to lessen the carnage.

_____ (2021-02-24). 90-Day Protest Begins At McDonald's Headquarters. popularresistance.org Chicago – Community organizers on Monday kicked off 90 days of picketing at McDonald's world headquarters in the West Loop, hoping to call attention to what they say are discriminatory practices against Black-owned franchises. | "We are coming after every McDonald's that we shop in," activist Mark Carter said Monday morning. "We send this message starting today that if you don't want to see us outside of your headquarters, then it would be in your best interest to sit down with those who have traveled 700 miles from Memphis, Tennessee." | The protest was organized ahead of a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Chica…

Shawgi Tell (2021-02-24). Biden Swiftly Disappoints Educators and Students. dissidentvoice.org Months before he became president, many pointed out that harmful neoliberal policies would continue unabated in K-12 education under a Joe Biden administration. Indeed, there is a long record of both democrats and republicans supporting harmful education policies like high-stakes standardized testing, charter schools, performance-based pay schemes, NCLB, ESSA, and more. But U.S. presidential elections …

WSWS (2021-02-24). Powell delivers reassurances to Wall Street. wsws.org Outlining monetary policy—the central concern of Wall Street—the Fed chair emphasised that the present ultra-loose regime would continue even if inflation began to rise and there was a tightening in the labour market.

_____ (2021-02-24). Will Biden Finally Get US Troops Out Of Afghanistan? popularresistance.org Real talk: Joe Biden hasn't had too many finest hours in his 47 years plus years on the national scene. To be fair, he's had his moments — like a powerful, earthy, and impassioned 1986 speech he delivered to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opposing the Reagan administration's apologism for the "repulsive, repugnant" Afrikaner apartheid "regime" in South Africa. Sure, he later — during the 2020 campaign — repeatedly peddled a bizarre lie that he once got arrested attempting to visit Nelson Mandela in prison. Nor does Biden sport such clean record on race relations in his own country [mdas…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools. wsws.org The PFT, while posing as "concerned" about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.

Philip Farruggio (2021-02-24). The Democrats just helped the Greens! nationofchange.org By Trump doing his thing the Greens will attract millions of working stiffs once they realize that it doesn't have to be mutiny to leave the Democratic Party's safe refuge anymore.

Jim Hightower (2021-02-24). Overhaul the USDA. nationofchange.org For decades, the agriculture department has been indifferent to struggling rural communities. That has to change.

_____ (2021-02-24). Open Letter: Nearly 800 Organizations And Individuals Demand Biden End Support For Brutal MoàØse Regime. popularresistance.org United States – Today, February 24, 72 organizations and 700 individuals published an open letter calling for the Biden administration to end its illegal and destructive intervention in Haiti. While Joe Biden and the Democrats condemned the Trump forces for not respecting the results of the U.S. election, they are supporting Jovenel MoàØse's refusal to leave office after his term as president ended on February 7, 2021. MoàØse has unleashed violent gangs, the police and the military against protesters who are demanding that he respect the Constitution and step down. | "President Biden claims to care…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Native Son: Restoration of suppressed film starring, co-scripted by author Richard Wright. wsws.org The restored 1951 film version of Wright's Native Son paints a lacerating picture of social life in America's second city.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-24). El Salvador's FMLN fought for democracy, now they defend it from authoritarian rule. peoplesdispatch.org Víctor Suazo, a candidate of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front ( FMLN ), talks about the upcoming elections in El Salvador and the struggle waged by his party to save the country's democracy and institutions…

John C. A. Manley (2021-02-24). Twenty Reasons Mandatory Face Masks are Unsafe, Ineffective and Immoral. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on January 23, 2021 | Nine Potential and Proven Dangers to Muzzling Yourself: | 1. Cavities: New York dentists are reporting that half their patients are suffering decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath from …

Amanda Marcotte (2021-02-24). GOP is still gaslighting about the Capitol riot: Trump's allies claim coup and QAnon never happened. salon.com After the riot comes the gaslighting…

Chauncey DeVega (2021-02-24). The GOP's Ayn Rand death cult: Trump's party is literally killing the American people. salon.com Imagining themselves as virile heroes from Ayn Rand's terrible books, Republicans have become the pro-death party…

news.un (2021-02-24). Myanmar: Stop harassment of workers, UN agency urges military. news.un.org The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on the military in Myanmar to end the harassment and intimidation of workers by security forces, and ensure that they can exercise their rights to freedom of expression, in a climate free of violence and fear.

news.un (2021-02-24). Supermodel Natalia Vodianova joins UNFPA to tackle stigma and advance women's health. news.un.org The UN's sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA, on Wednesday appointed supermodel, philanthropist, and impact investor Natalia Vodianova as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, in an effort to empower women and girls, including fighting stigma surrounding menstruation.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Global vaccination at the mercy of competing national interests. wsws.org Control over vaccine distribution strengthens the major powers' political and economic influence—their "soft power"—over allies and enemies alike…

_____ (2021-02-24). Vaccine Imperialism: China vs. The Western World. popularresistance.org China and Russia are among the first countries in the world to vaccinate people, according to the website Our World in Data. By December 15, 2020, at least 1.5 million Chinese had taken a jab, compared to the U.S. and U.K. who also began their vaccination campaigns in early December and by December 15 had vaccinated around half a million people. | So far China is leading the world in number of people who are fully vaccinated or have at least received the first jab. According to the Chinese media, as of January 23, 2021, nearly 16 million had taken a jab, closely followed by the number of people vaccinated in the…

Gerald Horne (2021-02-24). New York City and the Persistence of the Atlantic Slave Trade. thenation.com New York City and the Persistence of the Atlantic Slave Trade…

Mac McGill (2021-02-24). Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist. thenation.com Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist…

Stuart Klawans (2021-02-24). The Front Lines. thenation.com The Front Lines…

Andrew McCormick (2021-02-24). Journalists and the Looming Superstorm of Climate Disinformation. thenation.com Journalists and the Looming Superstorm of Climate Disinformation…

Peter Molnar (2021-02-24). The Threat Against Free Speech on Hungary's Airwaves. thenation.com The Threat Against Free Speech on Hungary's Airwaves…

Jeet Heer (2021-02-24). Facebook Remains a Threat to Democracy. thenation.com Facebook Remains a Threat to Democracy…

John Nichols (2021-02-24). Deb Haaland Is Everything the Biden Administration Needs to Be. thenation.com Deb Haaland Is Everything the Biden Administration Needs to Be…

news.un (2021-02-24). British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw named latest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. news.un.org British actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw was on Wednesday appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

_____ (2021-02-24). Coke Woke: Why Is America's Favorite Fizzy Drink Lecturing Employees to 'Be Less White'? strategic-culture.org Instead of having the good sense to understand the dangers of embracing and propagating bigoted myths about an entire race of people, the management at Coca-Cola seem to have embraced it. | A whistleblower inside of the Coca-Cola Company has revealed the shocking bullet points of a training seminar that expounds the racist idea that character traits allegedly inherent to the pale face tribe — like oppressiveness, arrogance and lack of apathy — should be rejected. Has corporate America finally crossed the line of acceptability? | In these crazed days of hyper political correctness, when it is verboten to…

_____ (2021-02-24). Biden Administration Seeking to Provoke China to War. strategic-culture.org By Eric ZUESSE | The United States now routinely violates a fundamental agreement that had been reached between Russia and the U.S. at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. FDR and Stalin agreed together that though every major power has a right to intervene in the internal affairs of other nations in its "neighborhood" insofar as is necessary in order to block such a nearby nation's alliance with any hostile major power (an example is the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, in which Kennedy had a right to block Cuba from receiving Soviet missiles), no such right to intervene in a foreign country's purely internal or…

David Giesen (2021-02-24). Saturday 2/27: Land: The last thing supremacists will surrender, the last thing the oppressed will demand. indybay.org ZOOM link: zoom.us/j/92515704450?pwd=N05CejlZVlQxd1…

Monterey Peace and Justice Center (2021-02-24). Thursday 2/25: Elections, Elections: Who is the Fairest One of All? indybay.org Register to get the Zoom link: | tinyurl.com/Sharat-G-Lin-2-25-21…

Youth Art Exchange (2021-02-24). Wednesday 2/24: Submit your artwork to (415) Public Gallery, a crowdsourced art show. indybay.org Virtual…

In Defense of People's Park (2021-02-24). The UC Berkeley Chancellor is Lying About People's Park. indybay.org UC Chancellor Carol Christ is lying to you about People's Park. | Share this article on social media with the hashtag: #SavePeoplesPark | Support People's Park by sending a message. | Email the UC Chancellor: chancellor@berkeley.edu | Call the Chancellor: (510) 642-7464…

Shalom Aleichem, Lawrence Ferlinghetti (2021-02-24). Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Founder of City Lights Bookstore, 1919 – 2021. indybay.org Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Founder of City Lights Bookstore at 261 Columbus near Broadway, San Francisco, passed away at age 101 Monday night, February 22, 2001. City Lights Bookstore was our beacon of peace, culture and hope in North Beach from 1953 to the present.

Zach Conti (2021-02-24). More than 215 Groups Call on G20 to Access $3 Trillion in Global Reserve Funds for Develop. indybay.org Washington DC — More than 215 organizations sent a letter to the G20 and IMF to issue $3 trillion in global reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

The Jamal Journal (2021-02-24). Please sign the Color of Change petition for Mumia Abu-Jamal. indybay.org Our new petition at ColorOfChange.org calls on Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to stop defending Mumia Abu-Jamal's unjust conviction. We are printing a 40 page newspaper to support our central assertion that police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct has forever tainted the legitimacy of Mumia Abu-Jamal's 1982 conviction…

Not Actually Donna Meyers (2021-02-24). I "Zoom Bombed" the sham City Council Last Night. indybay.org Martin Bernal and Chief Andy Mills should be fired, Racist Mayor Donna Meyers and the other council members that voted for this egregious and unconstitutional "outdoor living ordinance" should resign or be recalled, and the people of Santa Cruz should be given a say in the future of our city. Until then, we will continue to build power outside of City Hall because it seems, as long as our system is broken, the dais can only wield an evil power that makes life better for the privileged few at the expense of the working class.

Haiti Action Committee (2021-02-24). Monday 3/1: Stand with the People of Haiti Demonstration. indybay.org Meet in front of San Francisco Main Library at 100 Larkin Street…

2021-02-24: Social Media Postees

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Third-party progressives can win, but they must convince the public
Jonathan H. Martin | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
More major party failure could boost the popular appeal of an independent left that seriously competes for power from the bottom up…
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The Fake Debate Over A Minimum Wage
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Capitalism's "conservative" defenders yet again oppose raising the minimum wage. They fought raising it in the past much as they tried to prevent the Fair Labor Standards Act (1938) that first mandated a U.S. minimum wage. The major argument opponents have used is this: setting or raising a minimum wage threatens small employers. They may collapse or else fire employees; either way, jobs are lost. What is conveniently assumed here is a necessary contradiction between minimum wages and small business jobs. That assumption enables opponents to claim that not setting a legal minimum wage, like not raising it, saves…
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A Minimum Wage? A Fake Debate
Richard D. Wolff | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
Raising the minimum wage can and should be one basis for a mutually beneficial alliance between wage workers and small businesses…
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US must take first step to save JCPOA: envoy
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-02-24
TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (MNA) — It is up to the United States to make the first move in saving the Iran nuclear deal, Iran's ambassador in Geneva told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament on Wednesday.
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Ecuador: Democracy Should Not Be Derailed by False Claims of Fraud
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2021-02-24
MarketWatch See article on original site When Donald Trump began his final campaign to convince the American people and the world, or at least his supporters, that the US election was stolen from him, he didn't get any help from most of the US media. Most journalists here — as well as the experts they …
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Pro-Fossil Fuel Senators Grill Deb Haaland as She Bids to Become First Indigenous Cabinet Secretary
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-24
Indigenous communities across the United States are closely following the Senate confirmation hearings of Congressmember Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Interior Department, who would become the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary if she is confirmed. Haaland is a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, and the prospect of an Indigenous person leading the federal department with broad oversight of Native American affairs has galvanized support for her in Indian Country. Several Republican senators have grilled Haaland over her past comments opposing fracking, the Keystone XL oil…
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The last of the Juma
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
By Carlos Meneses Sánchez Sà£o Paulo, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Aruká Juma's death from Covid-19 complications last week marked the end of a generational line for his indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon. The mantle for carrying the Juma tribe's traditions into the future falls to his three daughters, the only surviving members of a community …
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Amnesty International No Longer Considers Navalny Prisoner of Conscience
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-24
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Canadian-US journalist Aaron Mate has posted on Twitter a screenshot of a letter stating that human rights organization Amnesty International no longer considers Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny a prisoner of conscience.
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In the News: Capitalism Kills
The Socialist Program | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-24
On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss the COVID death toll in the United States topping 500,000, the winter storm that has left millions without power in zero degree temperatures in Texas, a new independent report that further exposes the police in Aurora Colorado for the brutal murder of Elijah McClain, and…
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México — La guerra del glifosato: Actores y drama
Víctor M. Toledo | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-24
Tres de las mayores batallas que libra la humanidad son: la pandemia del Covid-19, la crisis del clima, que amenaza cada vez más la supervivencia de la especie, y contra las gigantescas superficies de soya, maíz y algodón transgénicos y…
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Michigan teachers, students face double threat from school reopenings: contaminated water and COVID-19
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
With the Democratic Whitmer administration pushing for a March 1 reopening date for public schools, teachers and students face not only the danger of the coronavirus, but lead and legionella bacteria from unflushed water systems.
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Washington Post's "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory stands exposed
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The Washington Post's claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.
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Silicon Valley Bus Drivers Restored Community Rides For Free
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
With Covid cases surging in their ranks, bus drivers in Santa Clara, California, demanded to resume rear-door boarding, which is proven to reduce the risk of infection. | Management of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) balked, even blaming the workers for getting sick. Pressure mounted from the leadership of Transit (ATU) Local 265, and from rider and community groups. | But it was rank-and-file bus drivers who forced management's hand when they started planning to stop boarding at the front door whether the agency agreed or not. | Bosses prefer anything to allowing workers to run the company. On February…
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COVID-19 Testing, Not Standardized Testing: Schools Need Vaccinations, Not Examinations
Jesse Hagopian | progressive.org | 2021-02-24
President Biden just announced the return of high-stakes standardized tests. That's the wrong way to go, especially during the pandemic.
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Covid-19 Demonstrated How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable: A Field Guide to Our Threadbare Social Safety Net
Rajan Menon | juancole.com | 2021-02-24
( Tomdispatch.com) — Economic crises shine a spotlight on a society's inequities and hierarchies, as well as its commitment to support those who are most vulnerable in such grievous moments. The calamity created by Covid-19 is no exception. The economic fallout from that pandemic has tested the nation's social safety net as never before. Between …
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Cuomo's Cover-up Will be Most Effectively Weaponized by the Right
Will Solomon | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
On February 11, news broke that the Cuomo administration intentionally hid data on COVID-related nursing home deaths from the federal government and New York state legislators, ostensibly for fear of a Department of Justice investigation and potential federal prosecution. The revelation was fairly shocking, but hardly out of character. Cuomo's mishandling of the pandemic–coupled with…
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COVID inside: Release prisoners! Lisa Strawn interview, part 2
| workers.org | 2021-02-24
The global pandemic has disproportionately impacted incarcerated people in the U.S. In California, during the early days of the pandemic, the transfer of prisoners into San Quentin sparked a massive outbreak of COVID that spread to over two-thirds of the prison population there, causing the death of 27 prisoners, including . . . | Continue reading COVID inside: Release prisoners! Lisa Strawn interview, part 2 at Workers.org
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Mensaje de Alerta sobre la COVID-19. Profesionales de la Salud Unidos
United Health Professionals | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-24
Llamamos la atención de nuestros lectores, este importante comunicado internacional de profesionales de la salud, médicos y científicos, que ha sido enviado a los gobiernos de treinta países. | A continuación se muestra el texto completo que se envió a los…
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COVID-19 vaccine patents: Private property vs. public health
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2021-02-24
Among the many controversies surrounding vital COVID-19 vaccines, the issue of patent bans gets far less attention than how vaccines are being distributed or who is able to receive them. Yet the patent laws protecting intellectual property (IP) in the U.S. and European Union give the world's wealthiest countries unfair . . . | Continue reading COVID-19 vaccine patents: Private property vs. public health at Workers.org
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London bus drivers go on strike protesting pay cuts
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-24
Bus drivers at the bus service operator RATP in London protested the company's attempt to implement pay cuts in the garb of the COVID-19 crisis that could see some of the drivers lose up to 2,500 Pounds (3039.57 USD) a year…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/24/london-bu…

COVID inside: Release prisoners! Lisa Strawn interview, part 2
a guest author | workers.org | 2021-02-24
The global pandemic has disproportionately impacted incarcerated people in the U.S. In California, during the early days of the pandemic, the transfer of prisoners into San Quentin sparked a massive outbreak of COVID that spread to over two-thirds of the prison population there, causing the death of 27 prisoners, including . . . | Continue reading COVID inside: Release prisoners! Lisa Strawn interview, part 2 at Workers.org
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Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network Ask Biden for Global COVID Aid and Debt Relief
Zachary Conti | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
The Biden Administration should support the release of $3 trillion in global reserve funds to support developing countries confront the COVID pandemic, say the US Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network in a letter to President Biden.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/23/1884023…

Thursday 2/25: This Is Not My First Pandemic: LGBT+ Community Response to AIDS & COVID-19
UKSLNU | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Online event…
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EU 'Catching Up' with UK in COVID-19 Jabs, Claims von der Leyen, Who Rejects Criticism Over Rollout
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-24
As the EU's coronavirus vaccination programme has come under fire, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier in February acknowledged the bloc was late in authorising COVID-19 jabs, while overconfident about production targets being met amid delays at factories.
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Unintended Consequences and the Texas 'Big Freeze' Energy Disaster
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-02-24
By Ron PAUL | Last week Texas experienced a cold snap that resulted in serious statewide damage, death, and destruction. The collapse of the state's energy grid left millions of Texans in the dark and freezing for days at a time. Tragically, at least 30 people died. | There are many reasons why Texas became like a Third World country, and we should be careful not to pin all the blame on just one factor. But it seems clear that the disaster was to a large degree caused by political decisions to shift toward "green" energy generated from solar and wind and by Governor Abbott's authoritarian Covid restrictions. | Ab…
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Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres
news.un.org | 2021-02-24
Human rights have been battered in the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery represents a chance to improve on the status quo and finally ensure dignity for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Wednesday.
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COVID-19 imperils 'historic advances' in children's access to school meals: UN report
news.un.org | 2021-02-24
Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world's most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday.
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COVID-19 imperils 'historic advances' in children's access to school meals: UN report
news.un.org | 2021-02-24
Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world's most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through a free daily meal at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday.
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Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility
news.un.org | 2021-02-24
Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all.
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Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic
Angela Ards | thenation.com | 2021-02-24
Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic…
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Fox News' COVID denialism now threatens U.S. vaccine rollout — but its roots are deeper
Heather Digby Parton | salon.com | 2021-02-24
Beyond Fox News or Trump, the GOP has a bone-deep antipathy to any collective attempt to extend a helping hand…
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Ghana becomes first nation in world to receive Covax coronavirus vaccines
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-02-24
Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed Covax initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. | The vaccines, delivered by Unicef, arrived at Accra's Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday and are part of the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines that Covax is sending to several low and middle-income countries. | Ghana is among 92 countries that have signed up to the Covax programme, according to a statement by Ghana's acting minister of information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. | Cases in G…
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FDA May Approve Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for US Use as Early as Saturday
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-24
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective in a briefing document on Wednesday morning, lending support to its emergency use authorization. | The vaccine's trial data results are "consistent with the recommendations set forth in FDA's guidance Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19," wrote the FDA. They find that Johnson & Johnson "has provided adequat…
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In What Universe Is a $15 Wage "Too High"? Joe Manchin's
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-24
Economic justice organizers may soon triumph in their fight for a $15 minimum wage. Thanks to their years of effort, President Biden (and every Democratic contender during the primary debates) vowed to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In keeping with that promise, Biden attached a wage bill to his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. | Although Republicans and their political allies are firmly opposed to the measure, the Senate could approve it. But Democratic holdouts like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin could do…
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Hong Kong financial chief sees positive economic outlook despite COVID-19
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Hong Kong, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong's economy is likely to grow by up to 5.5 percent this year depending on the management of the coronavirus pandemic, the city's financial chief said Wednesday as he unveiled his annual budget. Under the 2021-2021 budget presented by Financial Secretary Paul Chan, the Hong Kong government will launch …
laprensalatina.com/hong-kong-financial-c…

EU leaders in call to boost bloc's vaccine production
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Brussels, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Five European leaders on Wednesday sent an open letter to the European Council president urging more support for Covid-19 vaccine production in the bloc after the initial rollout was hampered by delivery shortages and delays. In the letter to Charles Michel ahead of an EU Council meeting, the prime ministers of …
laprensalatina.com/eu-leaders-in-call-to…

China's CanSino files for authorization to market Covid-19 vaccine
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Beijing, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Chinese vaccine maker CanSino Biologics announced Wednesday that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) is processing its request for marketing authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in the Asian country. In a statement sent to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, CanSino said after completing the third phase of clinical trials, its vaccine …
laprensalatina.com/chinas-cansino-files-…

Two elderly Brisbane residents given up to four times vaccine dose
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Sydney, Australia, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Two elderly care home residents in the Australian city of Brisbane are being monitored after mistakenly receiving up to four times the recommended dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, authorities said Wednesday. Neither of the patients, aged 94 and 88, were showing adverse reactions to the doses given Tuesday, said …
laprensalatina.com/two-elderly-brisbane-…

'Green passport' returns some normalcy to vaccinated Israelis
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Jerusalem, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Israelis who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can from this week enjoy a new privilege in the form of a "green passport." The document grants holders access to gyms, hotels, swimming pools and, on Wednesday — for the first time in months — a concert that is taking place in …
laprensalatina.com/green-passport-return…

Is Switzerland Sliding into Dictatorship? Social Coercion, Privileges to Those Who Accept the Covid Vaccine
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | A secret paper from the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss Executive) was …
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Air Force Surgeon: It's Your 'Duty' to Get COVID Vaccine
Pam Long | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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 transcript of a mandatory video briefing for airmen at a …
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Imagining Palestine: Literature and the Language of Exile
Ramzy Baroud | juancole.com | 2021-02-24
( Middle East Monitor ) — For Palestinians, exile is not simply the physical act of being removed from their homeland and their inability to return. It is not a casual topic pertaining to politics and international law, either. Nor is it an ethereal notion, a sentiment, a poetic verse. It is all of this …
juancole.com/2021/02/imagining-palestine…

Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was 'extrajudicial execution'
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was 'extrajudicial execution' | New investigation also denounces the lack of medical treatment given to the Palestinian man and the degrading treatment of his body | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 35 | Ahmad Erekat was killed at an Israeli checkpoint on his sister's wedding day last year (Facebook) | The killing of Palestinian Ahmad Erekat at an Israeli checkpoint on his s…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palest…

Israeli watchdog calls out Netanyahu's bid to gain Palestinian support in elections
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Israeli watchdog calls out Netanyahu's bid to gain Palestinian support in elections | The Prime Minister's Office has been in contact with Palestinian authorities to drum up backing among Palestinian citizens of Israel | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 15: 59 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on a visit to Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, 20 February 2021 (AFP) | An Israeli watchdog on Wednesday called for a cri…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palest…

Is Harvard denying Tenure to Cornel West over his views on Palestine?
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-02-24
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Maximilien Alvarez writing at The Chronicle of Higher Education interviews eminent Black philosopher Cornel West on the latter being denied tenure at Harvard University. West is convinced that his views on the Palestine issue are the real reason for which Harvard will not give him a permanent job. Universities have …
juancole.com/2021/02/harvard-denying-pal…

Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Waiting in Squalid Camps
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-24
One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamor…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/24/mpp_remai…

Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Wait in Squalid Refugee Camps
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-02-24
One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamor…
www.democracynow.org/2021/2/24/mpp_remai…

Biden's CIA Director Pick Sees China as 'Biggest Geopolitical Test'
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-24
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William Burns, told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday that China is the country's biggest geopolitical foe and will be among his top priorities if confirmed.
sputniknews.com/world/202102241082174139…

Capitol Riots were a Dark Day for American Journalism
Patrick Cockburn | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
This symbiotic relationship between Trump and the media means that they do less and less reporting, allowing Trump and his supporters to provide the action while they provide the talking heads who thrive on venomous confrontation…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/capitol-riots-were…

COVID-19: Israel Donates Vaccines to Countries that Moved Embassies to Jerusalem
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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 Czech Republic, Guatemala and Honduras, which have all moved their …
globalresearch.ca/covid-19-israel-donate…

Twitter's Attempt to Suppress Grayzone Reporting Backfires as Warning Label Becomes Meme
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-24
"The new Twitter scare label illustrates the threat our kind of factual reporting presents to a national security state that must employ social media censorship to conceal its agenda from the public." — The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal…
mintpressnews.com/twitter-attempt-suppre…

Twitter called out for 'double standards' after it singles out report on UK influence op in Russia with 'hacked materials' label
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Twitter has added a warning to a bombshell expose revealing a covert UK program to plant pro-government narratives in foreign media, telling users the piece may be based on "hacked material," despite letting similar stories slide. | A story published late last week by Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal showed how major news agencies like Reuters and the BBC worked in secret with the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office to cultivate a group of foreign reporters — many based in Russia and Russ…
rt.com/usa/516415-twitter-hacked-materia…

Venezuela: Guaido Barred From Holding Public Posts for 15 Years
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-24
Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso on Tuesday disqualified former lawmaker Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years due to his failure to comply with his legal obligations. | RELATED: | ALBA Countries Reject Interventionist EU Agenda in Venezuela | Amoroso stated that the decision is based on Guaido's refusal to submit an assets sworn declaration after ending his functions as a congressman. | "We know these people are involved in corruption acts and have sto…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Guaido…

6,750 migrant workers' deaths in Qatar in last 10 years, report finds
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-24
Migrant workers in Qatar face systematic abuse and labor rights violations, issues which have gone unaddressed by the government despite repeated appeals by human rights groups and labor organizations…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/24/6750-migr…

Biden immigration bill has shortcomings, but shows promise on several fronts
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-24
The Biden administration has introduced a sweeping new immigration bill that stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's four years of attacks on undocumented workers and their families. The new bill is being seen by many as a bold step in a better direction, but some immigrant rights activists are pointing out shortcomings in the …
peoplesworld.org/article/biden-immigrati…

Border Patrol Policies Kill Hundreds Of Migrants Each Year
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Each year, untold numbers of migrants disappear in the borderlands after being pushed into dangerous and remote terrain by Border Patrol, the same agency that is then tasked with responding to migrants' search and rescue emergencies. A new report released Wednesday found that the federal agency does not respond to 40% of these emergency calls. In a series of reports published over the course of five years, the southern Arizona organizations No More Deaths and La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have cataloged and reported the specific Border Patrol policies and tactics that have fueled a crisis of death and disappea…
popularresistance.org/border-patrol-poli…

Biden administration reopens Trump-era child migrant detention facility in Texas
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The Department of Health and Human Services is reactivating the Carrizo Springs Child Migration Detention Facility for detaining up to 700 teenagers in the coming days and weeks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/texa…

2/23: Vaccine Imperialism: China vs. the Western WorldÔºöÔºö
Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Vaccine Racism: How wealthy nations stockpile life-saving vaccines while poor countries and poor people within these countries are ignored. How western countries criticize China, despite China's success in containing the virus and providing vaccines to the world.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/24/1884025…

'This is Not Okay': AOC Decries Biden's Reopening of Controversial Migrant Facilities for Children
sputniknews.com | 2021-02-24
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Monday that US authorities were reopening a temporary facility in the state of Texas to house an influx of migrant children arriving at the US-Mexico border without a parent, with the site to house up to 700 migrant youngsters aged 13 to 17.
sputniknews.com/us/202102241082171558-th…

UN independent experts 'appalled' by deportation of migrants to Myanmar, in defiance of court order
news.un.org | 2021-02-24
Independent UN human rights experts castigated Malaysia on Wednesday over its decision to deport more than1,000 detained migrants back to crisis-ridden Myanmar — despite a court order to suspend their return, pending a judicial review.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

Biden Cancels "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Left Waiting
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-02-24
One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in,…
truthout.org/video/biden-cancels-remain-…

Malaysia court halts deportation of remaining 114 Myanmar nationals
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Bangkok, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- A Malaysian court on Wednesday halted the deportation of the remaining 114 people who were on the original list of 1,200 immigrants to be deported to Myanmar, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. The Kuala Lumpur High Court extended the stay on deportation a day after the Malaysian government sent more than …
laprensalatina.com/malaysia-court-halts-…

Why NATO Needs to Go
Medea Benjamin | progressive.org | 2021-02-24
After three quarters of a century, it's clear the alliance has done much more harm than good.
progressive.org/dispatches/why-nato-need…

What Planet Is NATO Living On?
Medea Benjamin | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
Only 17% of Europeans want closer economic ties with the United States, while even fewer, 10% of French and Germans, think their countries need America's help with their national defense.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/what-planet-is-nat…

What Planet Is NATO Living On?
Medea Benjamin | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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 February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, …
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ALBA Countries Reject Interventionist EU Agenda In Venezuela
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) have "energetically" rejected the latest sanctions approved by the European Union (EU) against 19 representatives of the different powers of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in a joint communiquè. | "These actions constitute a clear violation of international law and represent an unacceptable interventionist application that in no way contributes to the development of the Venezuelan people," the text underlines. | In this sense, the South American alliance has ratified its "solidarity" and support to the V…
popularresistance.org/alba-countries-rej…

Israel Imposes Gag Order on Probe into Oil Spill Dubbed "Most Serious Ecological Disaster" in Years
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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). | *** | Israeli authorities have closed down miles of beaches as the county …
globalresearch.ca/israel-imposes-gag-ord…

The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter (It's not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas)
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
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…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/the-green-ne…

The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter
Dean Baker | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
It's Not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-green-new-deal…

Identificación del "paquete de vacunas" implantado: El Parlamento de Alemania ha ratificado la "Agenda ID2020" digital de GAVI
Peter Koenig | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-24
Noticias alarmantes. En Alemania, el Parlamento (Bundestag) ratificó el 29 de enero de 2021 la implementación de la Agenda ID2020. | Se trata de una recopilación de datos electrónicos generalizados y centralizados de cada ciudadano a la que tendrían acceso todas…
globalizacion.ca/identificacion-del-paqu…

Universality or Fighting Over Scraps
David Swanson | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
Why should rich people get pandemic survival checks? Why shouldn't descendants of enslaved people get reparations payments? Why should someone who doesn't go to college pay taxes to make college free? Why should smokers get health coverage? Why should someone get out of their student debt when I didn't? I don't claim to have a…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/universality…

Video: The Fight in Yemen, The Houthis Are Pushing Towards Marib City
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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 fighting in Yemen, similarly to other battlefields in the Middle …
globalresearch.ca/video-back-forth-yemen…

What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.
globalresearch.ca/what-not-said-pfizer-c…

The Empire's Hidden Hand: How The US Established, Sustains and Benefits From Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara
Dan Cohen | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-24
Over the decades, the Moroccan settler population expanded while the United States and European Union have illegally exploited the Western Sahara's resources, mining phosphates, fishing in its waters, and in recent years, drilling for oil and gas.
mintpressnews.com/how-us-established-ben…

Israel is worried about the Palestinian elections. It believes Abbas is too
Yossi Melman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Israel is worried about the Palestinian elections. It believes Abbas is too | The Israeli security services have no wish to rock the boat, but they have few measures to influence the upcoming polls | Yossi Melman | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 17 | An electoral worker leaves the Palestinian Central Elections Commission's office in Gaza City (Reuters) | From the perspective of the Israeli security establishment, it would ha…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-worrie…

Trade unions celebrate UK's Supreme Court ruling on Uber drivers
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-24
The decision follows a long running legal battle with Uber Technologies Inc. The first ruling was by the Central Employment Tribunal in 2016, followed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in 2017 and the Court of Appeal in London…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/24/trade-uni…

Socialist Equality Party launches campaign for 2021 German federal election
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The SGP began its campaign for the 2021 German federal elections with a strong launch meeting that was followed by hundreds of workers and young people online.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/sgpe…

The Ethics of Healthcare Marketing
Beau Peters | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-24
Spend an evening watching television on any network in pretty much any town in America and you'd probably think that Big Pharma had already created a pill for anything that might ail ya. And, of course, in some ways, that's not entirely wrong. Today we have a world of therapies to extend our lives and …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/the-ethics-of…

How Capitalism Fails US
Jackie Fox | realprogressives.org | 2021-02-24
Hello internet, I'm Jackie Fox and I'd like for you to join me in a thought experiment. Imagine an ideal world. What do you see? How do you know it's ideal? If you're anything like me, you're imagining a world without homelessness or hunger, where life expectancy increases along with quality of life, everyone has access to healthcare, the world is healthy and our ecosystem isn't on the verge of collapse. Following the logic of Capitalism though, you'd really just want a strong stock market and around three percent market growth per year; everything else is just icing on the cake. | The problem is that while th…
realprogressives.org/how-capitalism-fail…

Home addresses, social security numbers & sensitive medical data on 500,000 French patients leaked online after hack — reports
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Sensitive medical records on nearly 500,000 patients in France have been stolen in a major cyber attack on dozens of healthcare labs, landing online after an alleged dispute between the hackers, according to media reports. | A file containing names and contact details on 491,840 people has made the rounds online since at least earlier this month, according to French cybersecurity journalist Damien Bancal, who runs the Zataz blog. The data includes home addresses, phone numbers, emails, social security numbers and other sensitive medical information pertaining to medications, pregnancy and diseases such as HIV.
rt.com/news/516413-hackers-500k-patients…

Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-24
The Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts to summon up courage. The Australian government had been left reeling in the wake of Facebook's decision to scrap and block Australians from sharing and posting news items on hosted pages. The company's target of opprobrium: the News Media Bargaining Code. The Code's ostensible purpose …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/refriended-in…

Refriended in Defeat: Australia Strikes a Deal with Facebook
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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 Australian Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was unconvincing in his efforts …
globalresearch.ca/australia-strikes-deal…

Norway May Become Battleground Between U.S. and Russia, Says Expert
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2021-02-24
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). | *** | Colonel Tormod Heier highlighted that strengthening the U.S. military presence in …
globalresearch.ca/norway-become-battlegr…

For FinTech Magnates: Digital Dollars for the Poor, Exponential Profits for the Rich
Raul Diego | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-24
The recent incursion by FinTech companies into the banking sector and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen's implicit endorsement of a fully digital currency might be the end of banks as we know them.
mintpressnews.com/fintech-digital-dollar…

Sunday 2/28: Peace and Solidarity Movements, 2008–2021 and Beyond
Eugene E Ruyle | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
ZOOM MEETING. LOG-IN INFO WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE BY FRIDAY: ICSSMARX.ORG
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/24/1884025…

Twitter Deletes Dozens of Russian Accounts for "Undermining Faith in NATO"
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-02-24
A propaganda system is far more effective — and dangerous — when those inside are unaware of it and believe themselves to be free from influence.
mintpressnews.com/twitter-deletes-accoun…

Central African Republic 'very volatile', despite important progress — UN peacekeeping chief
news.un.org | 2021-02-24
Despite a successful presidential election and other noteworthy progress, the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to be plagued by violence and volatility, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/02/1…

The Jackie Robinson of Architecture
Ed Rampell | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
HOLLYWOOD'S ARCHITECT: THE PAUL R. WILLIAMS STORY Undaunted, the pandemic can't stop the Pan African Film Festival and in that immortal show biz tradition, the show must go on! Albeit virtually, as this year in order to stay cinematically safe, America's largest and best yearly Black-themed filmfest since 1992 is moving online and starting later…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/the-jackie-r…

Ecuador elections — The calm before the storm
Michael Otto | workers.org | 2021-02-24
Ibarra, Ecuador Feb. 19 — Almost 10 million voters, a record 81% of those eligible, went to the polls Feb. 7, despite the pandemic, to choose among 16 candidates in Ecuador's presidential elections. The two top vote-getters will compete in the April 11 runoff elections. No candidate received enough . . . | Continue reading Ecuador elections — The calm before the storm at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/02/54633/?utm_source=rs…

Right-wing defection intensifies Australian government instability
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
Kelly's move will be used to further foment a far-right movement and push the unstable government to suppress popular opposition to the lifting of pandemic safety restrictions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/morr…

Media censors British Medical Journal description of pandemic deaths as "social murder"
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
Finely attuned to the threat from below, Britain's ruling elite understands the implications of any public discussion of the issue of social murder as it prepares to end the "last lockdown," with the virus and its dangerous mutations allowed to rip through the population once again to deadly effect.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/somu…

Food Not Bombs displaced from Santa Cruz lot
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Santa Cruz, CA – An activist group on the brink of celebrating a consecutive year of coronavirus pandemic-era free meal service was summarily ejected from a private downtown parking lot Thursday. | Potentially setting the stage for the latest standoff with the City of Santa Cruz, organizer Keith McHenry then moved Food Not Bombs' distribution effort into an adjacent "Lot 27" public parking area just across Front Street, the same one the group was locked out of last year due to what officials cited as "public nuisance" complaints. | "We're like, just keep moving and doing what needs to happen," McHenry said of con…
popularresistance.org/food-not-bombs-dis…

How do you do, fellow kids? Biden White House leaves followers baffled after tweeting out-of-touch meme with Canadian PM
rt.com | 2021-02-24
The Biden administration has taken a popular meme and mutilated it, leaving what appears to be praise for Canada's Justin Trudeau but which was hard to understand either way. | Biden's White House Twitter account posted two images in a row captioned "How it started. How it's going" on Wednesday. The first showed Biden and Trudeau walking side by side down a hallway lined with flags, apparently from Biden's term as Vice President under Barack Obama. The second featured a large screen on which Trudeau was projected, with Biden turned towards it, seemingly in mid-speech, clearly taken during the pandemic. | How i…
rt.com/usa/516502-biden-trudeau-meme-fai…

The Pandemic, Newsom, The Recall & The Working Class
UFCFLP | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
The bankrupt and corrupt policies of California Gavin Newsom and the Democratic Party are fueling the Republican funded efforts to have another recall in California. The last recall of Gray Davis was because of his support of deregulation of energy and putting Enron and other crooks in charge of the energy grid similar to what is happening in Texas…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/02/23/1884023…

Experimental film "EreÃÑmiÃÑta" is an inventive & vivid celebration of our pandemic hermitage life
Gary M. Kramer | salon.com | 2021-02-24
This anthology of cell phone-shot shorts seeks to capture the fragmentation & contemplation of social distancing…
salon.com/2021/02/24/eremita-review-expe…

You're vaccinated now. What can you do?>
Nicole Karlis | salon.com | 2021-02-24
Those who have received vaccines are wondering if life under the pandemic will change at all…
salon.com/2021/02/24/youre-vaccinated-no…

Massacres doubled last year in Colombia, UN says
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-02-24
Bogota, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Colombia suffered 76 massacres resulting in 292 deaths last year, more than doubling the number in 2020 and the highest one-year total since 2014, according to a report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented here Tuesday. Though the Andean nation's homicide rate declined …
laprensalatina.com/massacres-doubled-las…

Saving the Planet: Why a net-zero future depends on the ocean's ability to absorb carbon
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-02-24
By Anya M. Waite, Brad deYoung, Chris Milley, and Ian G. Stewart | — Most of us growing up along Canada's East Coast never worried about hurricane season. Except for those working at sea, we viewed hurricanes as extreme events in remote tropical regions, seen only through blurred footage of flailing palm trees on the …
juancole.com/2021/02/saving-depends-abil…

Harlem's 1946 fight against South African starvation foreshadowed anti-apartheid struggle
W. Alphaeus Hunton | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-24
People's World is happy to reprint below an article from the Jan. 3, 1946 issue of the Daily Worker by W. Alphaeus Hunton, then the educational director of the Council on African Affairs (CAA). Hunton, considered "one of the most neglected African-American intellectuals" in U.S. history, partly due to his membership in the Communist Party …
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Trouble in the Connecticut Suburbs: Revolutionary Road Revisited
Andy Piascik | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
Connecticut's Fairfield County has for many years been a place of contrasts. It has cities that, even in their bustling heydays, were places where poverty and despair lived amidst booming factories. It has also historically been a place where both the fairly well-to-do and the richest of the rich live in towns that, beginning in…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/trouble-in-t…

HEAL Food Alliance & People's Action Statements on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture
Johanna Kichton | peoplesaction.org | 2021-02-24
February 24, 2021 — Yesterday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack, as Secretary of Agriculture. This is Vilsack's second time leading the Department of Agriculture (USDA), having done so first from 2009 to 2017 during the Obama administration. In response to Secretary Vilsack's confirmation, Navina Khanna, Executive Director of HEAL Food Alliance issued …
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Taking Aim at Gun Violence
Sharon Johnson | progressive.org | 2021-02-24
There is much that the new administration can do to lessen the carnage.
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Medical racism has shaped U.S. policies for centuries
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-24
The link between the 1793 yellow fever epidemic and the coronavirus.
mronline.org/2021/02/24/medical-racism-h…

El Salvador's FMLN fought for democracy, now they defend it from authoritarian rule
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-24
Víctor Suazo, a candidate of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front ( FMLN ), talks about the upcoming elections in El Salvador and the struggle waged by his party to save the country's democracy and institutions…
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The Real Threat To Free Speech? Florida's Courts
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Gov. Ron DeSantis and some other Florida Republicans are worked up over a perceived threat to the freedom of speech of politicians, but they're ignoring a more significant threat to the public's right to speak. | They're upset that Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have begun to suppress posts they deem flagrantly false or socially offensive, particularly those from their favorite ex-president. | But that isn't a First Amendment issue. Those are private corporations, not government entities. | The legitimate First Amendment threat they are ignoring is the misuse of Florida's courts to suppress a…
popularresistance.org/the-real-threat-to…

Fact-finding report calls Ahmed Erekat's killing by Israeli soldiers "extrajudicial execution"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-02-24
27-year-old Ahmed Erekat was killed on June 23 last year at a checkpoint in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank by Israeli soldiers. His body has still not been handed over to his family…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/02/24/fact-find…

The Democrats just helped the Greens!
Philip Farruggio | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-24
By Trump doing his thing the Greens will attract millions of working stiffs once they realize that it doesn't have to be mutiny to leave the Democratic Party's safe refuge…
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Confronting the Digital Divide: New York City vs. Verizon
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
The United States is a divided nation, one expressed in all-too-many ways as evident by the 2020 presidential election and the failed January 6th insurrection. Unfortunately, one of its most telling expressions is the digital divide, in which more well-to-do urban and suburban locals get superior if over-priced telecom services while whole swaths of urban…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/confronting-…

'Executive Order': A futuristic 'final solution' to the Brazilian 'race problem' at PAFF
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-24
Director/co-writer Lázaro Ramos's award-winning Executive Order (Medida Provisória) exemplifies what I love most about the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF): It gives movie buffs the opportunity to see films, often from far-flung destinations around the globe, that we might otherwise never have the chance to watch. Often these are worthy, well-made productions that PAFF is …
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Plutonium–the most lethal of all radioactive substances–in space
Karl Grossman | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-24
"A '1-in-960 chance' of a deadly plutonium release is a real concern–gamblers in Las Vegas would be happy with those odds."
nationofchange.org/2021/02/24/plutonium-…

GameStop Hearing Exposes a Sick Business Model Destined to Exacerbate Wealth Inequality in America
Pam Martens, Russ Martens | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
The most striking revelations in yesterday's House Financial Services Committee hearing on the wild trading action in New York Stock Exchange-listed shares of GameStop came when Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa questioned Vlad Tenev, the CEO of Robinhood, the trading app being increasingly used by young people to trade stocks and options on their mobile…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/gamestop-hea…

Native Son: Restoration of suppressed film starring, co-scripted by author Richard Wright
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The restored 1951 film version of Wright's Native Son paints a lacerating picture of social life in America's second city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/nati…

The freedom to freeze
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-24
In Texas, tycoons are the only winners from climate change. Everyone else is losing badly.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/24/the-freedo…

México — No hay defensa posible: El Estado de Derecho prevalece
Mouris Salloum George | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-24
Menuda sorpresa me llevé cuando leí en el Claustro universitario de Chihuahua el principio latino: "Sapere aude", que se entiende como tener el valor de usar tu habilidad para pensar, algo que, definitivamente, en nuestros tiempos mexicanos no es poca…
globalizacion.ca/mexico-no-hay-defensa-p…

First English, Then American, and Now Muslim Francophobia
Liaquat Ali Khan | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
Francophobia has been a persistent part of French history, transmitted and modulated through several centuries. 17thcentury England constructed the first significant layer of Francophobia. The Americans may have borrowed Francophobia from England and then developed its version in the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Muslim world has begun to manufacture its variety of…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/first-englis…

Ecuador: El laberinto hacia el ballottage y las dos antinomias
Gerardo Szalkowicz | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-24
Después de dos semanas en las que la resolución de la primera vuelta presidencial ecuatoriana quedó atrapada en un atolladero de incertidumbre, tensión y suspenso, con giros repentinos que trastocaban el escenario a diario, finalmente el Consejo Nacional Electoral confirmó…
globalizacion.ca/ecuador-el-laberinto-ha…

Rush Limbaugh and the rise of the far right
Royal Thomas II | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-24
Photo: Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump speaking at a 2019 event hosted by Turning Point USA. Credit — Gage Skidmore After more than three decades assaulting airwaves and television screens with his vicious right-wing rhetoric, Rush Limbaugh, the bigoted and imperialist radio personality, died last week from a year-long battle with lung cancer. With his …
liberationnews.org/rush-limbaugh-and-the…

90-Day Protest Begins At McDonald's Headquarters
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Chicago – Community organizers on Monday kicked off 90 days of picketing at McDonald's world headquarters in the West Loop, hoping to call attention to what they say are discriminatory practices against Black-owned franchises. | "We are coming after every McDonald's that we shop in," activist Mark Carter said Monday morning. "We send this message starting today that if you don't want to see us outside of your headquarters, then it would be in your best interest to sit down with those who have traveled 700 miles from Memphis, Tennessee." | The protest was organized ahead of a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Chica…
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New York's Progressive Path Forward
progressive.org | 2021-02-24
State legislators, including progressive state senator Julia Salazar, recently unveiled a wish list of criminal justice reforms–many of which have already been implemented.
progressive.org/dispatches/new-york-prog…

Republicans' working class hero re-branding isn't fooling anyone
Berry Craig | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-24
So far, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Jim Jordan haven't taken up Chris Hayes's challenge. On his show a while back, the MSNBC host laughed out loud when Sen. Cruz–aka The Cancun Kid–Sen. Josh Hawley, and Rep. Jim Jordan claimed the GOP was the born-again blue-collar party. The host of "All in With Chris Hayes" dared the …
peoplesworld.org/article/republicans-wor…

Philadelphia teachers union endorses bogus claims of school renovations as cover for reopening schools
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The PFT, while posing as "concerned" about certain elements of the reopening plans, claims falsely that schools can be made safe through updates to decrepit school buildings, in particular, improved ventilation systems.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/phil…

Ice and blood in Texas
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-24
Avoidable deaths, not avoided.
mronline.org/2021/02/24/ice-and-blood-in…

San Francisco teachers struggle for a safe reopening
Frank Lara | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-24
The following was a presentation at the Feb. 20, 2021, Reds in Ed webinar. Afternoon fellow educators, my name is Frank Lara and I am a public-school teacher of 10 years in San Francisco's historic Mission District. I am also on the Executive Board of our union, the United Educators of San Francisco, a 6,500-member …
liberationnews.org/san-francisco-teacher…

Biden Swiftly Disappoints Educators and Students
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-24
Months before he became president, many pointed out that harmful neoliberal policies would continue unabated in K-12 education under a Joe Biden administration. Indeed, there is a long record of both democrats and republicans supporting harmful education policies like high-stakes standardized testing, charter schools, performance-based pay schemes, NCLB, ESSA, and more. But U.S. presidential elections …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/biden-swiftly…

Massachusetts nurses vote to strike for safe staffing ratios
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, without a contract since November 2019, on February 10 gave their overwhelming approval for strike action for safer working conditions and patient outcomes.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/vinc…

Maeve in America: A Miracle Worth Repeating
Maeve Higgins | progressive.org | 2021-02-24
Being granted asylum should not be miraculous–it should be guaranteed.
progressive.org/magazine/a-miracle-worth…

Syria, Right Now
John Clamp | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
Whether we're down a conspiracy rabbit hole or trying to make sense of the real thing, we're so stuffed up to our eyeballs with news these days it hurts. So I bet you hadn't heard of the flooding in Idlib. Syria has been such an amoral, deadly conflict, though conflict may not be the right…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/syria-right-…

Will Biden Finally Get US Troops Out Of Afghanistan?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
Real talk: Joe Biden hasn't had too many finest hours in his 47 years plus years on the national scene. To be fair, he's had his moments — like a powerful, earthy, and impassioned 1986 speech he delivered to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, opposing the Reagan administration's apologism for the "repulsive, repugnant" Afrikaner apartheid "regime" in South Africa. Sure, he later — during the 2020 campaign — repeatedly peddled a bizarre lie that he once got arrested attempting to visit Nelson Mandela in prison. Nor does Biden sport such clean record on race relations in his own country [mdas…
popularresistance.org/will-biden-finally…

Labor and allies pressure Congress to pass American Rescue Plan
Rosalío Muñoz, Janice Rothstein | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-24
LOS ANGELES–The urgency and historic significance of the American Rescue Plan are being amplified by the gamut of civic and community groups around the country, from labor to civil rights, health care, education, child, senior, unemployed, disability, homeless, and other advocacy groups. Momentum is building for mass public pressure to get the strongest measure passed …
peoplesworld.org/article/labor-and-allie…

Overhaul the USDA
Jim Hightower | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-24
For decades, the agriculture department has been indifferent to struggling rural communities. That has to change.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/24/overhaul-t…

Powell delivers reassurances to Wall Street
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
Outlining monetary policy–the central concern of Wall Street–the Fed chair emphasised that the present ultra-loose regime would continue even if inflation began to rise and there was a tightening in the labour market.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/powe…

Open Letter: Nearly 800 Organizations And Individuals Demand Biden End Support For Brutal MoàØse Regime
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
United States – Today, February 24, 72 organizations and 700 individuals published an open letter calling for the Biden administration to end its illegal and destructive intervention in Haiti. While Joe Biden and the Democrats condemned the Trump forces for not respecting the results of the U.S. election, they are supporting Jovenel MoàØse's refusal to leave office after his term as president ended on February 7, 2021. MoàØse has unleashed violent gangs, the police and the military against protesters who are demanding that he respect the Constitution and step down. | "President Biden claims to care…
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FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE
Editor | workers.org | 2021-02-24
Join us Saturday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. EST, for a Global Virtual Street Meeting for Mumia Abu-Jamal: FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE. Join organizers, artists, supporters and educators as they shine a light on the important history of this international movement to #FreeMumia along with a summary . . . | Continue reading FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE at Workers.org
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Does the West repeating claims of China committing genocide in Xinjiang reify it?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-02-24
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."
mronline.org/2021/02/24/does-the-west-re…

Tri-Cities, WA's Katie Barton: 'She wanted to see equal rights for the community, not just herself'
Marlanna Bullock | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-24
This article is part of Liberation's commemoration of Black History Month, 2021. T…
liberationnews.org/tri-cities-was-katie-…

IACHR Calls for Attention to Press Harassment in El Salvador
telesurenglish.net | 2021-02-24
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on Tuesday raised concerns about the harassment against the Salvadoran press ahead of the Feb. 28 parliamentary and subnational elections. | RELATED: | El Salvador to Hold Parliamentary Elections on Sunday | "We are worried about the accusations against local outlets and reporters by high-ranking officials and public office candidates," the institution warned as it added that journalists from opposition media are being harassed t…
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Milwaukee protesters demand real change from Biden administration
Ben Slowey | liberationnews.org | 2021-02-24
Around 50 protesters congregated in the cold outside Milwaukee City Hall Feb. 16 to make their demands heard, as President Joe Biden arrived for a town hall conversation with CNN.
liberationnews.org/milwaukee-protesters-…

New Jersey becomes 13th state to legalize marijuana
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2021-02-24
The three bills were in response to more than two-thirds voter support of a ballot question regarding marijuana legalization.
nationofchange.org/2021/02/24/new-jersey…

Winter storm leaves behind billions of dollars' worth of damage across Texas
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The total value of losses is still being tallied, but the severity and geographic scope of the storm has meant that the total cost could exceed the $19 billion in damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/wsct…

New revelations of FBI and New York police conspiracy in the assassination of Malcolm X
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
The deathbed confession of former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood points to an official cover-up.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/malc…

Compartmentalizing Woody Allen … or Not
Elizabeth Keyes | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
I missed the first round of talk about the New York Times' publication of a moving and forthright letter by Woody Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan, regarding his alleged sexual molestation of her over two decades ago. Woody Allen is an American icon as well as a human being capable of all things human, perhaps including…
counterpunch.org/2021/02/24/compartmenta…

La clase obrera
José Blanco | globalizacion.ca | 2021-02-24
El pasado viernes Néstor Jiménez escribió con precisión en las páginas de La Jornada: Como un síntoma de la vida interna del Congreso del Trabajo, que celebró ayer sus 55 años de existencia, su edificio sede se encuentra casi en…
globalizacion.ca/la-clase-obrera/

What Planet Is NATO Living On?
MBNJSD | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-24
NATO headquarters in Brussels (Photo: NATO) The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China. This theme …
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What Planet Is NATO Living On?
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China. | This theme was emphasized by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in a Washington Post op-ed in advance of the NATO meeting, insisting that "aggressive and coercive behaviors from emboldened strategic competitors such as China and Russia reinforce our belief in collective se…
popularresistance.org/what-planet-is-nat…

Texas freeze — Rich get richer, workers suffer
Mirinda Crissman | workers.org | 2021-02-24
Houston An unprecedented winter storm hit Texas Feb. 15, bringing subfreezing temperatures. One week later, huge sections of the population are still without power, heat and/or water. Houston skyline glows, while millions suffer subfreezing temperatures without heat or water amidst preventable power outages, Feb. 15 Across major cities — such . . . | Continue reading Texas freeze — Rich get richer, workers suffer at Workers.org
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In plain sight, GOP senators show sabotage is their game
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2021-02-24
Republican senators exposed their true colors at separate Senate hearings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, and those colors are not ones that would typically be shown by anyone interested in "bipartisanship." The nation was treated to the spectacle in hearings on the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol of Senate leaders of that right-wing insurrection …
peoplesworld.org/article/in-plain-sight-…

20 Years Of Media Lens: A Selection Of Remarkable Replies From Journalists
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-02-24
The Insiders In a 2002 interview with the Observer, the BBC's John Cody Fidler-Simpson CBE of Kabul, to give him his full name and title, was asked to define the 'essential qualities' of a journalist. Simpson responded with typical left-field quirkiness: There's something slightly wrong with most of us, don't you feel? We're damaged goods, …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/02/20-years-of-m…

Courage, rage and joy at Turkey's student protests
Nazlı Konya | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
The undemocratic appointment of a party loyalist as rector at a prominent university in Turkey is fiercely resisted by its student body and faculty…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/courage-rage-and-j…

Deathbed confession shines new light on assassination of Malcolm X
Sameena Rahman | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
FBI, NYPD exposed…
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A Firefighter Election: Can Veteran of Wisconsin Uprising Rescue the IAFF?
Steve Early | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
rare contested race for president of the IAFF has given its members a clear choice between a union traditionalist from Boston and a progressive activist who backed massive labor protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker a decade ago…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/a-firefighter-elec…

Texas' Freeze Was One Part of a Long Disaster We're Still Living Through
Ty Joplin | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
How can you recover if the crises never stop?
zcomm.org/znetarticle/texas-freeze-was-o…

Capitalism Profits From the Promulgation of Disinformation
Thomas Klikauer | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
We do not just live in a time of too much information. We live in a period of intense but often somewhat accidental misinformation as well as deliberate disinformation…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/capitalism-profits…

Deepening the Citizens' Revolution
Andres Arauz | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
An interview with Andrés Arauz on his surprising journey to the verge of state power…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/deepening-the-citi…

How We Came to Suspect the Disquiet in Our Democracy
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
We can see how, in many parts of the world, conversation itself has come to be regarded as conspiracy…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/how-we-came-to-sus…

This Is What Deregulation Looks Like
Tyson Slocum | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
TSome Texans Face $10K+ in Electric Bills, Others Still in Dark…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/this-is-what-dereg…

We Could End Homelessness Right Now, If Only Capitalism Didn't Get in the Way
Matthew Byrne | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
Poverty is lucrative to real estate tycoons and private housing markets.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/we-could-end-homel…

What about student loans, water or the homeless? Outrage follows report $1.7 trillion F-35 program is now considered a failure
rt.com | 2021-02-24
A tacit admission by the US Air Force that the F-35 has failed its main mission has triggered an outpouring of outrage from Americans who think the stealth fighter's gargantuan budget could have been better spent on other things. | Frustration with Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth jet flooded Twitter on Wednesday, after Forbes magazine published a story about how USAF commissioning a study into a new, cheaper and lighter fighter amounts to "a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed." | | t.co/fDhBTf4Cyd

Global vaccination at the mercy of competing national interests
wsws.org | 2021-02-24
Control over vaccine distribution strengthens the major powers' political and economic influence–their "soft power"–over allies and enemies alike…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/vacc…

Vaccine Imperialism: China vs. The Western World
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
China and Russia are among the first countries in the world to vaccinate people, according to the website Our World in Data. By December 15, 2020, at least 1.5 million Chinese had taken a jab, compared to the U.S. and U.K. who also began their vaccination campaigns in early December and by December 15 had vaccinated around half a million people. | So far China is leading the world in number of people who are fully vaccinated or have at least received the first jab. According to the Chinese media, as of January 23, 2021, nearly 16 million had taken a jab, closely followed by the number of people vaccinated in the…
popularresistance.org/vaccine-imperialis…

Pope's visit to Iraq will send message of coexistence, says Iraqi president
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Pope's visit to Iraq will send message of coexistence, says Iraqi president | Barham Salih says meeting between Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani will be 'profound statement about moderation in religion' | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 21: 11 | Pope Francis is set to visit Iraq on 5 March, and travel to areas previously under the control of the Islamic State group (AFP/File photo) | Iraqi President Barham Salih ha…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-pope-fra…

Carlos Ghosn: Turkey sentences pilots and airline executive over escape from Japan
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Carlos Ghosn: Turkey sentences pilots and airline executive over escape from Japan | The three Turks were convicted of smuggling the ex-Nissan boss into Lebanon while he faced charges in Japan | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 27 | The Ghosn saga has shaken the global car industry, at one point jeopardising the Renault-Nissan alliance which he masterminded (AFP) | An Istanbul court on Wednesday conv…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/carlos-ghosn-…

German court sentences Iraqi preacher over Islamic State recruitment
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
German court sentences Iraqi preacher over Islamic State recruitment | Court finds Abu Walaa helped radicalise young people in Europe and send them to Iraq and Syria | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 12: 00 | Abu Walaa, 37, was found guilty of belonging to a foreign terrorist organisation, helping to plan subversive violent acts and financing terrorism (AFP) | An Iraqi preacher said to be the Islamic St…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/islamic-state…

Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes | Gregory Meeks, chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee, ruled out conditioning aid to Israel even if annexation proceeds | Ali Harb | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 19: 43 | Congressman Gregory Meeks vowed to be a 'strong voice against antisemitism' when dealing with Palestinians (AFP/File photo) | Congressman Gregory Meeks, a key Democrat, linked Palestinians to the…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/gregory-meeks…

Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict
Alex MacDonald | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict | Intelligence officer sentenced to four and a half years in prison over complicity in crimes against humanity | Alex MacDonald | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 09: 28 | Eyad al-Gharib, accused of crimes against humanity in the first trial of its kind to emerge from the Syrian conflict, arrives to hear the court's verdict on 24 Februar…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-governm…

Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Syria: Government official Eyad al-Gharib sentenced in Germany in landmark torture verdict | Eyad al-Gharib was sentence to 4.5 years in prison over complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 09: 28 | A court in Germany has sentenced a former Syrian government official to four and a half years in jail over complicity in crimes against humanity in his home country, in a landmark verdict.
www.middleeasteye.net/news/syria-governm…

UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison | A panel of rights experts welcome administration's goal of closing prison, but say it must ensure 'crimes committed there will not remain unpunished' | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 16: 41 | There are currently 40 detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison (AFP/File photo) | A panel of UN rights experts said the Biden administration's current rev…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/biden-guantan…

US to seek place on UN Human Rights Council, chief diplomat says
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
US to seek place on UN Human Rights Council, chief diplomat says | But Secretary of State Antony Blinken says body needs to eliminate agenda item on rights abuses in occupied Palestinian territories | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 19: 23 | Blinken said the US was seeking support for its election to the UNHRC for the 2022-2024 term (AFP) | US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the Biden administration…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-seek-elect…

By putting Big Pharma's patents before patients, doctors will further erode trust in experts
Jonathan Cook | zcomm.org | 2021-02-24
I have spent the past several years on my blog trying to highlight one thing above all others: that the institutions we were raised to regard as authoritative are undeserving of our blind trust…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/by-putting-big-pha…

Fossil Fuel Shock Doctrine
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
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Biden to call Saudi king ahead of 'explosive' Khashoggi findings: Report
MEE and agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Biden to call Saudi king ahead of 'explosive' Khashoggi findings: Report | US intelligence report expected to support earlier CIA findings that Saudi crown prince behind murder of journalist | MEE and agencies | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 08: 36 | The call would be the first conversation between Biden, as US president, and King Salman, according to Axios (Reuters) | US President Joe Biden is set to call Saudi Arabia'…
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Khashoggi killers used planes seized by Saudi crown prince: Report
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-02-24
Khashoggi killers used planes seized by Saudi crown prince: Report | In recent court filings, documents reveal that two of the jets used by Saudi hit squad belonged to a company seized by MBS months earlier, CNN reports | MEE staff | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 22: 02 | Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 (AFP/File photo) | Two private jets used by the Saudi hit squad that killed journalist…
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The Mass Deception Machine of Computational Propaganda
Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell | counterpunch.org | 2021-02-24
A mass deception machine is a socio-technical apparatus that broadcasts deceptive claims like falsehoods, lies, accidental misinformation, deliberate disinformation, untruths, conspiracy fantasies, etc. It works in the service of right-wing ideology. A mass deception machine uses computational propaganda, often based on algorithms to engineer and mass distribute deceptive messages that serve right-wing ideologies. Today, these…
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Prisons Prime Testing Ground For Dehumanizing Hi-Tech 'Advances'
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-02-24
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 mailing fees and logistical changes that could further slow down mail. The US Postal Service (USPS) has already suffered a more than 50% drop in on-time arrivals for first-class mail deliveries, according to the service's own data. | Nevertheless, thanks to the ubiquitous presence of high-speed internet, the personal communications of most Americans don't seem to…
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'Cancel them before they cancel us': Gab CEO says banks have banned platform due to media smears
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Three banks have refused to do business with Gab, a Twitter competitor outspoken about free speech, in recent weeks, the company's chief executive revealed. Andrew Torba blamed the development on mainstream media hit pieces. | The third bank to sever its relationship with the company in three weeks told Torba on Monday that they were doing so because of "all the bad things the press has written about Gab," he said in an interview published by the conservative outlet National File. | Speaking to @NationalFile, Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed that…
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Divided Republicans in Congress awkwardly disagree on Trump's future at same press conference (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) is facing a backlash after openly disagreeing with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) on Donald Trump's future with the party during an awkward press conference exchange. | Asked on Wednesday whether Trump should be speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida this week, McCarthy replied simply, "Yes, he should." | Cheney, who was standing behind McCarthy, was then asked what she thought about the matter — though her answer should surprise no one, as she's been a vocal critic of the former president. | "I don't believe he should be playing a role i…
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Oklahoma man on parole accused of taking victim's HEART to feed family that he later slayed & maimed
rt.com | 2021-02-24
Grisly details have emerged in a triple homicide case in Chickasha, Oklahoma. The suspect reportedly cut out and cooked the heart of a neighbor he had killed, before turning the knife against his own family. | The already shockingly brutal case against Lawrence Paul Anderson, 42, rose to a new level of senselessness after the chain of tragic events was further explained in court papers. As the suspect was confessing to his crimes to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), he said he had taken out the heart of his first victim and took it to his home. | I feel the need to warn people that this story…
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US seeking re-election to UN Human Rights Council after Trump withdrawal, Blinken calls for expulsion of other members
rt.com | 2021-02-24
The US wants to retake its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a video message to the body, during which he also called for the removal of other nations. | "I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term," Blinken declared on Wednesday. "We humbly ask for the support of all UN member states in our bid to return to a seat in this body." | Former President Donald Trump's administration withdrew the United States from…
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Neera Tanden's quest for OMB post hits another roadblock as crucial step postponed indefinitely — reports
rt.com | 2021-02-24
The confirmation of Neera Tanden, Biden's polarizing pick for head of the Office of Management and Budget, has been further derailed after Republicans suggested they'd vote against it, insider sources told the media. | Both the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Budget Committee postponed meetings set for Wednesday in which they were scheduled to vote on Tanden's confirmation, according to sources cited in several US outlets. | White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to say whether the Biden administration was planning to withdraw Tanden, instead gushing over her "broad s…
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Chicago lawmaker calls to BAN Grand Theft Auto in new bill, blaming 'violent video games' for spike in carjackings
rt.com | 2021-02-24
A Democratic lawmaker in Chicago is pushing to ban the sale of all violent video games, claiming the graphic 'Grand Theft Auto' series — which debuted more than 20 years ago — is to blame for a wave of carjackings around the city. | …
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What about student loans, water or the homeless? Outrage follows report $1.7 trillion F-35 program is now considered a failure
rt.com | 2021-02-24
A tacit admission by the US Air Force that the F-35 has failed its main mission has triggered an outpouring of outrage from Americans who think the stealth fighter's gargantuan budget could have been better spent on other things. | Frustration with Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth jet flooded Twitter on Wednesday, after Forbes magazine published a story about how USAF commissioning a study into a new, cheaper and lighter fighter amounts to "a tacit admission that the F-35 has failed." | | The U.S. Air Force admitted that the F-35 s…
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Conservative host posts about his investigation into voter fraud claims, gets blocked, challenges Twitter to disprove his findings
rt.com | 2021-02-24
BlazeTV host Steven Crowder had his Twitter account restricted after posting about a video investigative piece claiming numerous voter addresses in the 2020 presidential election were faked. | "DOZENS of voter names, addresses, and pictures proving they don't exist. Period. Today I'm tired of this s**t. Mass voter fraud is real and I can prove it," Crowder tweeted on Tuesday. | Twitter quickly restricted the tweet and did not allow anyone to like, retweet, or respond to it "due to a risk of violence." Twitter also temporarily locked Crowder'…
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'The war continues': Small investors up in arms after GameStop stock trades halted amid price surge & reports of Reddit outages
rt.com | 2021-02-24
GameStop shares have again soared, surging by more than 100 percent until a trading halt slowed the rally before markets closed, stoking suspicions among small investors, some pointing to mysterious Reddit issues during the spike. | $GME was up by nearly 104 percent when trading stopped on Wednesday, more than doubling its value over the last 24 hours, but the surge was stopped in its tracks by a trading halt imposed some 15 minutes before markets closed. | Observers online noted that while halts are typically short-lived and last onl…
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Grand jury refuses to indict officers in Daniel Prude case, whose death in police custody sparked protests & resignations
rt.com | 2021-02-24
A grand jury in Rochester, New York has decided not to indict seven police officers, including the one who placed a hood on Daniel Prude's head and contributed to his death. The black man's demise spurred protests last year. | The police officers were suspended in the wake of Prude's death on March 23 last year, which came as a result of an altercation between Prude, a black man, and a group of responding officers as they attempted to take him into custody. | Announcing the jury's verdict, New York AG Letitia James said that she was "extremely disappointed" by the outcome, arguing that Prude's race played a ro…
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1 in 6 Americans under 23 say they're LGBTQ, as more people in the US than ever identify as non-heterosexual
rt.com | 2021-02-24
More Americans than ever identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) according to a survey of sexuality, with one in six people under 23 saying they are something other than heterosexual. | The Gallup Poll released Wednesday, found that 5.6 percent of Americans classify themselves as LGBTQ — up from 4.5 percent in 2017. That was the last time Gallup carried out polling on the issue. | Gallup surveyed 15,000 Americans above 18 years of age and found that of those who identified themselves as LGBTQ, 54.6 percent said they were bisexual, 24.5 percent said they were gay, and 1…
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US Federal Reserve investigating disruptions to Fedwire payment system and other services
rt.com | 2021-02-24
The US Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it is investigating a disruption to services including Fedwire, which facilitates trillions of dollars in wire transfers between institutions every day. | According to updates from the Federal Reserve, the massive disruption to services was caused by an "operational error". | "We acknowledge that payment deadlines are impacted and will communicate remediation efforts to our customers when available. Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the issue," the institution said in an update on the situation. | As of 2.30pm Eastern Time Wednesday, almost all serv…
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'Let's play strip poker': Former staffer publishes explosive essay detailing claims of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo
rt.com | 2021-02-24
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being accused of sexual harassment and fostering a "toxic" work environment by former staffer Lindsey Boylan, who detailed her time with the top Democrat in a new essay. | Boylan previously accused Cuomo of sexual harassment in December but said she would not detail the experience at that time. Cuomo denied any wrongdoing. | The former aide now says she has revealed her full story in the hopes that it will "clear the path for other women to come forward." She published the exp…
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Monday 3/1: Stand with the People of Haiti Demonstration
Haiti Action Committee | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Meet in front of San Francisco Main Library at 100 Larkin Street…
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The market is more powerful than politics
Zacharias Zacharakis | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Every year more social housing units fall out of rent control than new ones are built. As a result, the stock of apartments with legally fixed maximum prices is continually shrinking. The negative effects that were feared with the introduction of the Berlin rent cap have largely failed to materialize.
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More than 215 Groups Call on G20 to Access $3 Trillion in Global Reserve Funds for Develop
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Washington DC — More than 215 organizations sent a letter to the G20 and IMF to issue $3 trillion in global reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).
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Wednesday 2/24: Community Call on Biden's New Immigration Bill w/ United We Dream CA
United We Dream California | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Online via Zoom…
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Wednesday 2/24: Ana Maria Vidalon: Hidden Figures
Creativity Explored | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Creativity Explored and Online | 3245 Sixteenth Street | San Francisco, CA 94103…
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Wednesday 2/24: Submit your artwork to (415) Public Gallery, a crowdsourced art show
Youth Art Exchange | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Virtual…
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Please sign the Color of Change petition for Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Jamal Journal | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Our new petition at ColorOfChange.org calls on Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to stop defending Mumia Abu-Jamal's unjust conviction. We are printing a 40 page newspaper to support our central assertion that police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct has forever tainted the legitimacy of Mumia Abu-Jamal's 1982 conviction…
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Coronavirus, Distribution of Vaccines, Who is Expendable?
Martha Stilson | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
What makes a human being expendable? It is quite a question. It is still the time of the Coronavirus.
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Wednesday 3/10: The Roxie Theater & FORT MASON FLIX: Stray
FMCFAC | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Fort Mason Center | 2 Marina Boulevard | San Francisco, CA 94109…
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Thursday 2/25: Impact of Black History on Our Nation's Democracy Town Hall w/ Faithful Democracy
Faithful Democracy and partners | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Online via livestream…
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Tuesday 3/2: Swing Left SF The 2020 Election: Trends, Observations, & Where We're Headed
Swing Left San Francisco | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Online Event…
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I "Zoom Bombed" the sham City Council Last Night
Not Actually Donna Meyers | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Martin Bernal and Chief Andy Mills should be fired, Racist Mayor Donna Meyers and the other council members that voted for this egregious and unconstitutional "outdoor living ordinance" should resign or be recalled, and the people of Santa Cruz should be given a say in the future of our city. Until then, we will continue to build power outside of City Hall because it seems, as long as our system is broken, the dais can only wield an evil power that makes life better for the privileged few at the expense of the working class.
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Founder of City Lights Bookstore, 1919 – 2021
Shalom Aleichem, Lawrence Ferlinghetti | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Founder of City Lights Bookstore at 261 Columbus near Broadway, San Francisco, passed away at age 101 Monday night, February 22, 2001. City Lights Bookstore was our beacon of peace, culture and hope in North Beach from 1953 to the present.
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Thursday 2/25: Elections, Elections: Who is the Fairest One of All?
Monterey Peace and Justice Center | indybay.org | 2021-02-24
Register to get the Zoom link: | tinyurl.com/Sharat-G-Lin-2-25-21…
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