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2021-03-06: News Headlines

Reese Erlich (2021-03-06). How Biden is already being drawn into unwinnable Tit for Tat with Iraqi Militias. juancole.com ( 48hills.org ) — For the first time, the Biden Administration ordered a cross-border military attack in the Middle East. On February 26, seven US missiles slammed into a facility used by Iranian-backed militias in Syria. Washington was retaliating for the February 15 attack on a US base in northern Iraq. Biden is siding with …

Gary Leupp (2021-03-06). Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria). zcomm.org On 2/25 Biden attacked three countries simultaneously to remind them that the U.S. "does not distinguish" between its Muslim foes but conflates Persians with Arabs, Sunnis and Shiites, terrorists and anti-terrorist militia…

Max Elbaum (2021-03-06). GOP Embraces Trump and His Steal Elections Strategy. zcomm.org The Trump-provoked, Confederate-flag-waving assault on the Capitol Jan. 6 didn't split the GOP. Rather, it revealed that from bottom to top the Republican Party has become even more Trumpified than it was while Trump was President…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-06). Ready to Work with Netanyahu: Mansour Abbas Splinters Arab Vote in Israel. dissidentvoice.org At a glance, it may appear that the split of Arab political parties in Israel is consistent with a typical pattern of political and ideological divisions which have afflicted the Arab body politic for many years. This time, however, the reasons behind the split are quite different. As Israel readies for its fourth general elections …

yenisafak (2021-03-06). President rejects transitional gov't talk in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com Afghanistan's president on Saturday categorically rejected rumors of plans to set up an extraconstitutional interim or transitional government in the country.Addressing a joint parliament session, Ashraf Ghani said the constitutional transfer of power through elections remains an "uncompromisable principle.""We are ready to talk about free and transparent countrywide elections under the supervision of the international community. We can discuss and agree on a date," he said, describing the rejuvenated Afghan peace process as an "unprecedented" achievement."Afghans are tired of war, but they do not want the peace…

Fight Back (2021-03-06). Jacksonville travels to state capitol to fight repressive legislation on first day of session. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On March 2, the first day of Florida legislative session, over 30 cars from Jacksonville joined with hundreds of protesters from around the state to rally against House Bill 1/Senate Bill 484, the repressive, anti-speech and racist legislation proposed by Governor Ron DeSantis and the right-wing Florida legislature. | Activists and groups under the banner of the "Florida Alliance" from the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Sound Miami, Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County, Pensacola Community Action…

RT (2021-03-06). BLM backfire? US public opinion shifts on George Floyd's death, law & order, as racial divide widens after summer of riots — poll. rt.com US public opinion on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody has shifted since the early days of last year's Black Lives Matter protests, with trust in law enforcement growing after violent unrest in the streets. | Just 36 percent of respondents in a USA Today/Ipsos

The Canary (2021-03-06). Even Tories are now sh*tting on the government's 'wrong' 1% NHS payrise. thecanary.co A former Conservative health minister has said that it's the "wrong time" to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone "above and beyond" during the pandemic. | The "wrong time": | In a sign that a Conservative rebellion over the government's 1% pay rise recommendation may be brewing, MP Dr Dan Poulter has called for a rethink on the proposal. | Poulter has been assisting on the NHS front line during the pandemic. He said it's "very valid" for ministers to turn their attention to paying back the £400bn borrowed during the coronavirus crisis — but it is the "wrong time to be making th…

Richard Horton (2021-03-06). [Comment] Offline: It's time to ask questions and learn lessons. thelancet.com 1 year on from WHO's assessment, on March 11, 2020, that its Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) had evolved into a full blown coronavirus pandemic, what can we conclude? Many governments have decided not to conclude anything. They argue that it is still too soon to learn lessons. With over 2 ∑5 million deaths worldwide, and 1 million more predicted by June 1, this political deflection is no longer sustainable. Indeed, it is unconscionable. While governments resist accountability, countries are seeing unofficial inquiries spring up to fill the vacuum.

RT (2021-03-06). California gives green light for Disneyland reopening after Covid restrictions shutter theme park for 1 year. rt.com Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is preparing to welcome visitors for the first time in over a year after the iconic theme park was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. | California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced on Friday that the state's amusement parks will be permitted to reopen with limited capacity starting on April 1. | Read more | | "We feel like now is the appropriate time to begin t…

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Malawi receives first batch of coronavirus vaccine. yenisafak.com Malawi received its first batch of 360,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UN COVAX facility."The vaccines will be distributed to all the 28 districts across the country to first support frontline health and social workers," said Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda.She said the administration of the vaccines is expected to start on March 15.Malawi already received 360,000 syringes from UNICEF and 3,625 safety boxes that will be used for vaccinations."After a year of discruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 32,000 Malawians infected with the virus and 1,000 lives lost, the path for recovery fo…

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Should the state tax the rich for the common good? yenisafak.com A sense that some people are amassing more and more wealth while not doing their fair share to counter the issues facing society offends many people's sense of justice.Figures recently released by international bodies paint a stark figure of ever-worsening inequality worldwide.A report by Oxfam International showed since coronavirus first appeared, it took just nine months for the fortunes of the top 1,000 billionaires to return to their pre-pandemic heights.Globally, amid the pandemic, billionaires' wealth rose by a staggering $3.9 trillion."Their total wealth now stands at $11.95 trillion, which is equivalent t…

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Dalai Lama receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, 85, received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday in India and urged the rest of the population to have the "courage" to do the same. The Dalai Lama was administered the vaccine at a hospital in the city of Dharamshala, in the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Movie theaters reopen in New York City amid tight safety measures. laprensalatina.com New York City, US, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Movie theaters in New York City reopened on Friday with tight safety measures and restrictions in place, almost a year after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed that brought the entire entertainment sector to a halt. Although most cinemas in New York state were granted permission to start operating …

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Protesters in Paraguay call for president's resignation. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Protesters, most of them young, clashed with police in the heart of Paraguay's capital Asunción and demanded the resignation of President Mario Abdo Benitez over his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The protests late on Friday were triggered after medical personnel and relatives of patients demonstrated this week against the …

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Biden to call Erdogan 'at some point,' US says. yenisafak.com US President Joe Biden will call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "at some point," the White House said Friday.The announcement comes after Biden spoke with several world leaders in his first month-and-a-half in office, including those of Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, China, Russia, the UK and France.Speculation has mounted as to when Turkey will join that list."Certainly the president has many world leaders he still needs to call, and he will venture to do that in the coming weeks and months," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

Lee Siu Hin (2021-03-06). Vaccine imperialism: China vs. the Western world. workers.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. Feb. 23 China and Russia are among the first countries in the world . . . |

teleSUR Desk (2021-03-06). U.S. to continue using Guaido to rob Venezuelan assets abroad. mronline.org The continuation of the Trump administration's aggressive policies toward Venezuela by the Biden administration is reflected in the recent meeting between the new U.S. Secretary of State and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Eds. (2021-03-06). Who signed the pro-testing appeals? mronline.org Education Trust, led by former Secretary of Education John King, sent two letters to the Biden administration, urging the administration not to allow states to receive waivers from the mandated federal testing.

Geraldina Colotti (2021-03-06). También para Biden, Venezuela es una "emergencia nacional" globalizacion.ca Como buen mayordomo, la Unión Europea abrió la puerta al terrateniente norteamericano, anunciando su llegada a través de la segunda ronda de medidas coercitivas unilaterales contra Venezuela, aplicada la semana pasada. Y ahora aquí vienen las de Biden, que prorroga…

Lee Fang (2021-03-06). Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Foreign Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines. zcomm.org

Anya Parampil (2021-03-06). El "embajador virtual" de Estados Unidos tiene una cumbre de golpistas antes del reconocimiento a Guaidó de Biden. thegrayzone.com Una cumbre a puertas cerrada de venezolanos insurrectos en Bogotá realza el papel de James Story como el administrador de Washington de la oposición radical. Entonces, øquién es el "embajador virtual" de los Estados Unidos ante Venezuela? James "Jimmy" Story, el embajador virtual de los Estados Unidos para Venezuela, prometió responder una serie de preguntas enviadas por The Grayzone el 24 de febrero. Pero luego de un intercambio por Whatsapp con esta periodista en la que Story ofreció explicar por …

RT (2021-03-06). 'No new directives, period': New York lawmakers vote to strip Governor Cuomo of emergency Covid powers with veto-proof majority. rt.com Legislators in New York have sent a bill to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk seeking to eliminate his "temporary" emergency pandemic powers, securing a veto-proof majority to impose stricter limits on the state government. | Both chambers of the state legislature approved the bill on Friday in a largely party-line vote, with most Republicans opposing the measure on the grounds that it does not go far enough in curbing Cuomo's authorities. With sizable Democrat majorities in the State Assembly and Senate, however, the law passed with ease. | "Today, under this new legislation the governor will no longer be able to…

yenisafak (2021-03-06). Pakistan's Imran Khan wins confidence vote from parliament. yenisafak.com Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday won a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament, the speaker said.Khan won 178 votes in the 341-seat National Assembly, well above the 172 votes he needed to survive.On Wednesday, Khan announced to seek a vote of confidence from Parliament after his party's unexpected defeat on a key Senate, upper house, seat from the capital Islamabad.Yousaf Raza Gilani, a joint candidate of the opposition alliance, won the seat in an embarrassing upset.The ruling party candidate, Hafeez Shaikh, lost despite having majority in the National Assembly — which indicates the…

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). PM Khan wins vote of confidence vote from Pakistan parliament. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence in the lower of parliament on Saturday in a session boycotted by the opposition. Khan, who came to power in mid-2018, secured 178 votes, six more than needed to win the confidence of the 342-member house, according to National Assembly speaker …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). Blinken discusses 'Karabakh conflict' with Armenian PM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation with the Armenian Prime Minister, the US Secretary of State discussed the importance of the "bilateral partnership" between Washington and Yerevan as well as the Karabakh issue.

Juan Cole (2021-03-06). Pope Francis Preaches Tolerance in War Torn Iraq, and Even Militias Welcome Him. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Al Jazeera reports that Pope Francis began his unprecedented trip to Iraq on Friday, his first visit abroad since the beginning of the pandemic. No pope had ever visited Iraq, though the country once had a significant Christian population. Part of the reason for the pope's visit is to give …

Middle East Monitor (2021-03-06). Is it still possible to prevent the collapse of Syria? juancole.com By Marwan Kabalan | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — Syrian intellectuals and activists from across political and intellectual spheres are busy searching for a way out of the disastrous situation their country has reached after ten years of violent conflict. The issue is not straightforward, and the exit is unclear, with everyone trying …

The Canary (2021-03-06). Leaked document shows the UK 'plans to cut aid to war-torn countries'. thecanary.co The UK plans to cut aid to some of the world's most conflict-ridden countries by up to two thirds, according to a leaked document. | Aid to Syria would be cut by 67%, Libya by 63%, Somalia by 60% and South Sudan by 59%. This according to the Foreign Office report obtained by the openDemocracy website. | "Devastating": | Labour said the reported cuts would "cause devastation" to some of the world's most vulnerable people. | Preet Kaur Gill, shadow secretary for international development, said: This is a devastating reminder of the real world impact the Government's politically motivated decision to abandon…

Matt Spick, Katherine Longman, Cecile Frampas, Holly Lewis, Catia Costa, Deborah Dunn Walters, Alex Stewart, Michael Wilde, Danni Greener, George Evetts, Drupad Trivedi, Perdita Barran, Andy Pitt, Melanie Bailey (2021-03-06). [Research Paper] Changes to the sebum lipidome upon COVID-19 infection observed via rapid sampling from the skin. thelancet.com COVID-19 dysregulates many areas of metabolism; in this work we show that the skin lipidome can be added to the list. Given that samples can be provided quickly and painlessly, we conclude that sebum is worthy of future consideration for clinical sampling.

Sunitha Vimalesvaran, Jillian Ireland, Minesh Khashu (2021-03-06). [Comment] Mind your language: respectful language within maternity services. thelancet.com Attentive communication and use of respectful language are important aspects of good quality clinical care in the intrapartum period, a particularly vulnerable time for women.1 Knowledge of the sociological aspects of childbirth has contributed to the development of a more person-centred and evidence-based approach in the care of childbearing women.2 However, negative attitudes towards women and childbirth persist. In some socio-political contexts, women may still be treated as baby-making machines.

Anthony R Mato, Nirav N Shah, Wojciech Jurczak, Chan Y Cheah, John M Pagel, Jennifer A Woyach, Bita Fakhri, Toby A Eyre, Nicole Lamanna, Manish R Patel, Alvaro Alencar, Ewa Lech-Maranda, William G Wierda, Catherine C Coombs, James N Gerson, Paolo Ghia, Steven Le Gouill, David John Lewis, Suchitra Sundaram, Jonathon B Cohen, Ian W Flinn, Constantine S Tam, Minal A Barve, Bryone Kuss, Justin Taylor, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Stephen J Schuster, M Lia Palomba, Katharine L Lewis, Lindsey E Roeker, Matthew S Davids, Xuan Ni Tan, Timothy S Fenske, Johan Wallin, Donald E Tsai, Nora C Ku, Edward Zhu, Jessica Chen, Ming Yin, Binoj Nair, Kevin Ebata, Narasimha Marella, Jennifer R Brown, Michael Wang (2021-03-06). [Articles] Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study. thelancet.com Pirtobrutinib was safe and active in multiple B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with covalent BTK inhibitors. Pirtobrutinib might address a growing unmet need for alternative therapies for these patients.

Caleb Granger (2021-03-06). Houston demonstration demands, "Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!" zcomm.org Texans need relief from the pandemic and from the damage caused by Winter Storm Uri now. End U.S. imperial warfare and use the resources to help suffering people…

Sam Levin (2021-03-06). Rodney King: 30 Years After Brutal Beating, LAPD 'Still Corrupt and Violent'. zcomm.org Advocates who lived through the riots are now fighting to defund the police and dismantle unions that thwart accountability…

Robert Koehler (2021-03-06). Taking War Personally. zcomm.org "For Washington, it seems that whatever the problem is, the answer is bombing."

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Scores killed in Yemen's Marib over 24 hours. middleeasteye.net Scores killed in Yemen's Marib over 24 hours | The UN warned of a humanitarian crisis as thousands are displaced by Houthi offensive | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 09: 47 | Armed Houthis at the funeral of another fighter killed during recent fighting in Marib (Reuters) | At least 90 combatants have been killed in fighting around Yemen's Marib governorate over a single day, government sources said.

RT (2021-03-06). Pentagon 'assessing systems' after TENS OF THOUSANDS of servers compromised in global Microsoft hack… blamed on 'Chinese hackers'. rt.com The US military is reviewing its networks following a hacking spree linked to a vulnerability that gave backdoor access to tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange servers, in a massive attack the company has blamed on China. | "We are aware of the Microsoft threat intelligence center's report. We are currently assessing our networks right now for any evidence of impact," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a Friday presser. "We're also taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to the situation." | Joint Force headquarters… is coordinating with the Nationa…

Ivan F N Hung, Gregory A Poland (2021-03-06). [Comment] Single-dose Oxford—AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine followed by a 12-week booster. thelancet.com Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection are crucial for an effective global pandemic response. In The Lancet, Merryn Voysey and colleagues1 report the updated primary efficacy results for the Oxford—AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine from three single-blind, randomised controlled trials in the UK and Brazil and one double-blind study in South Africa.2—4 The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation in adults by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency5 in December, 2020.

The Editors of The Lancet (2021-03-06). [Comment] Thank you to The Lancet's reviewers of 2020. thelancet.com In 2021, many of us are still looking back to 2020 and trying to make sense of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those working in medicine and science, 2020 was unusual and difficult. The rapid research advances made to understand SARS-CoV-2, to describe the clinical course and long-term consequences of COVID-19, and to develop treatments and vaccines are incomparable. This incredible progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of countless researchers and clinicians worldwide.

Udani Samarasekera (2021-03-06). [Perspectives] Robin Shattock: novel vaccine developer. thelancet.com Robin Shattock took an "unconventional route" into science. "Unlike most people who set off and went to university and did a PhD, I set off to the university of life and was more interested in being an actor or a rock star…A little bit later in life, I realised I actually needed to earn a living", he admits. That realisation in the late 1980s led to laboratory work, including HIV diagnostics, at the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service and further part-time study. In 1990, he joined St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, as a research assistant and did a part-time PhD, kick-starting a caree…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-06). "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" which Is "Permitted for Use" globalresearch.ca Pfizer Inc, is currently involved in marketing its experimental mRNA vaccine …

Byorn Radke, J Bischoff, B Mueller (2021-03-06). Corona vaccines-nothing would work without public funding. indybay.org "The Covid 19 crisis is a perfect test of whether a more public health approach to innovation and production will prevail in the years ahead. Although recent vaccine news has raised hopes, it has also exposed the broken business model of the pharmaceutical industry and cast doubt on the prospects of getting a vaccine to people and achieving the concept of 'health for all.'" (Ms. Mazzucato)…

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Urban Sun, the ultraviolet light that 'cleans' public spaces of Covid. laprensalatina.com Imane Rachidi Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Vaccines against Covid-19 are the light at the end of the tunnel, but a mix of scientific and artistic creativity can lend a helping hand in times of pandemic. That's where Urban Sun, a project by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, has stepped in, promising to reduce the …

Umberto Mazzei (2021-03-06). Privilegios de las vacunas de la OTAN. globalizacion.ca La Unión Europea, como es bien sabido, tiene un gran problema por la lenta fabricación de las vacunas contra la pandemia Covid-19. Tres vacunas aprobadas hasta ahora por el bloque se ven afectadas por el déficit de producción. Entonces, øpor…

The Lancet (2021-03-06). [Editorial] Do we care about who cares? thelancet.com International Women's Day, on March 8, provides an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women around the world and reflect on the gains in gender equity that have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a harmful effect on women, especially those who were already disadvantaged, and has widened health and social inequities. Rises in gender-based violence, child marriage, and school dropouts of girls, reduced access to sexual and reproductive health services, and economic insecurities due to job loss, withdrawal from the workforce, and stalled career progression are a blow to gender eq…

Andrew Green (2021-03-06). [Obituary] Charles Kiggundu. thelancet.com Obstetrician and gynaecologist who advocated for reproductive health and rights. He was born on April 17, 1965, in Uganda's Luwero District, and died from COVID-19 complications on Dec 29, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, aged 55 years.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-03-06). [World Report] Medical oxygen crisis: a belated COVID-19 response. thelancet.com More than a year into the pandemic, global health agencies have set up a taskforce to address the vast unmet demand for medical oxygen. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-06). Iran COVID-19 update: 8,212 cases, 82 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 8,212 COVID-19 infections and 82 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

Zach Conti (2021-03-06). Pope Visits Iraq Amidst COVID Crisis, Conflict, Soaring Poverty and Struggling Economy. indybay.org Shia Muslim Leader and Pope to Meet…

Richard Horton (2021-03-06). [Comment] Offline: It's time to ask questions and learn lessons. thelancet.com 1 year on from WHO's assessment, on March 11, 2020, that its Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) had evolved into a full blown coronavirus pandemic, what can we conclude? Many governments have decided not to conclude anything. They argue that it is still too soon to learn lessons. With over 2 ∑5 million deaths worldwide, and 1 million more predicted by June 1, this political deflection is no longer sustainable. Indeed, it is unconscionable. While governments resist accountability, countries are seeing unofficial inquiries spring up to fill the vacuum.

Matt Spick, Katherine Longman, Cecile Frampas, Holly Lewis, Catia Costa, Deborah Dunn Walters, Alex Stewart, Michael Wilde, Danni Greener, George Evetts, Drupad Trivedi, Perdita Barran, Andy Pitt, Melanie Bailey (2021-03-06). [Research Paper] Changes to the sebum lipidome upon COVID-19 infection observed via rapid sampling from the skin. thelancet.com COVID-19 dysregulates many areas of metabolism; in this work we show that the skin lipidome can be added to the list. Given that samples can be provided quickly and painlessly, we conclude that sebum is worthy of future consideration for clinical sampling.

Sunitha Vimalesvaran, Jillian Ireland, Minesh Khashu (2021-03-06). [Comment] Mind your language: respectful language within maternity services. thelancet.com Attentive communication and use of respectful language are important aspects of good quality clinical care in the intrapartum period, a particularly vulnerable time for women.1 Knowledge of the sociological aspects of childbirth has contributed to the development of a more person-centred and evidence-based approach in the care of childbearing women.2 However, negative attitudes towards women and childbirth persist. In some socio-political contexts, women may still be treated as baby-making machines.

Anthony R Mato, Nirav N Shah, Wojciech Jurczak, Chan Y Cheah, John M Pagel, Jennifer A Woyach, Bita Fakhri, Toby A Eyre, Nicole Lamanna, Manish R Patel, Alvaro Alencar, Ewa Lech-Maranda, William G Wierda, Catherine C Coombs, James N Gerson, Paolo Ghia, Steven Le Gouill, David John Lewis, Suchitra Sundaram, Jonathon B Cohen, Ian W Flinn, Constantine S Tam, Minal A Barve, Bryone Kuss, Justin Taylor, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Stephen J Schuster, M Lia Palomba, Katharine L Lewis, Lindsey E Roeker, Matthew S Davids, Xuan Ni Tan, Timothy S Fenske, Johan Wallin, Donald E Tsai, Nora C Ku, Edward Zhu, Jessica Chen, Ming Yin, Binoj Nair, Kevin Ebata, Narasimha Marella, Jennifer R Brown, Michael Wang (2021-03-06). [Articles] Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study. thelancet.com Pirtobrutinib was safe and active in multiple B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with covalent BTK inhibitors. Pirtobrutinib might address a growing unmet need for alternative therapies for these patients.

Ivan F N Hung, Gregory A Poland (2021-03-06). [Comment] Single-dose Oxford—AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine followed by a 12-week booster. thelancet.com Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection are crucial for an effective global pandemic response. In The Lancet, Merryn Voysey and colleagues1 report the updated primary efficacy results for the Oxford—AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine from three single-blind, randomised controlled trials in the UK and Brazil and one double-blind study in South Africa.2—4 The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation in adults by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency5 in December, 2020.

The Editors of The Lancet (2021-03-06). [Comment] Thank you to The Lancet's reviewers of 2020. thelancet.com In 2021, many of us are still looking back to 2020 and trying to make sense of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those working in medicine and science, 2020 was unusual and difficult. The rapid research advances made to understand SARS-CoV-2, to describe the clinical course and long-term consequences of COVID-19, and to develop treatments and vaccines are incomparable. This incredible progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of countless researchers and clinicians worldwide.

Udani Samarasekera (2021-03-06). [Perspectives] Robin Shattock: novel vaccine developer. thelancet.com Robin Shattock took an "unconventional route" into science. "Unlike most people who set off and went to university and did a PhD, I set off to the university of life and was more interested in being an actor or a rock star…A little bit later in life, I realised I actually needed to earn a living", he admits. That realisation in the late 1980s led to laboratory work, including HIV diagnostics, at the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service and further part-time study. In 1990, he joined St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, as a research assistant and did a part-time PhD, kick-starting a caree…

The Lancet (2021-03-06). [Editorial] Do we care about who cares? thelancet.com International Women's Day, on March 8, provides an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women around the world and reflect on the gains in gender equity that have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a harmful effect on women, especially those who were already disadvantaged, and has widened health and social inequities. Rises in gender-based violence, child marriage, and school dropouts of girls, reduced access to sexual and reproductive health services, and economic insecurities due to job loss, withdrawal from the workforce, and stalled career progression are a blow to gender eq…

Andrew Green (2021-03-06). [Obituary] Charles Kiggundu. thelancet.com Obstetrician and gynaecologist who advocated for reproductive health and rights. He was born on April 17, 1965, in Uganda's Luwero District, and died from COVID-19 complications on Dec 29, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, aged 55 years.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-03-06). [World Report] Medical oxygen crisis: a belated COVID-19 response. thelancet.com More than a year into the pandemic, global health agencies have set up a taskforce to address the vast unmet demand for medical oxygen. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Online News Editor (2021-03-06). Pope Francis holds inter-religious prayer after al-Sistani meeting. laprensalatina.com Ur, Iraq, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis met with several Iraqi religious leaders, including one of Iraq's most senior Shia clerics, on Saturday, the second day of the first ever papal visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. After landing in the capital Baghdad on Friday, the pontiff traveled to the southern city of Ur, …

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-06). Mumia Health Update / March 6 Global Virtual Street Meeting. indybay.org On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized. When he put in a sick call slip and was seen by the SCI Mahanoy medical staff he was taken immediately to the hospital suffering chest pain and shortness of breath. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure he was given a battery of tests…At the hospital his seriology blood test was positive for Covid-19.

UCSC Mumia Abu-Jamal Support Collective (2021-03-06). Friday 3/5: Emergency Action: Mumia has Covid-19! indybay.org Santa Cruz Clocktower (corner of Water St. and Pacific Ave.)…

The Conversation (2021-03-06). Women in Afghanistan worry peace accord with Taliban extremists could cost them hard-won rights. juancole.com Mona Tajali and Homa Hoodfar | — Three Afghan women who worked at a media company were gunned down in Jalalabad in early March. In January, unidentified gunmen killed two female Supreme Court judges in Kabul. These are the latest victims on a long list of assassinations and attempted assassinations of female politicians and women's …

WSWS (2021-03-06). "Wuhan Lab" theory promoted by New York Times, Wall Street Journal. wsws.org The corollary of the claim is that China is thus directly responsible for the pandemic and the deaths of more than 2.5 million human beings.

Editor (2021-03-06). Todo el mundo está mirando. workers.org "Un ataque contra uno es un ataque contra todxs." Este famoso lema laboral, popularizado por los Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo hace más de un siglo, es más significativo hoy que nunca. Pero tiene un doble significado para los trabajadores de Amazon, donde la tasa de lesiones en el lugar de . . . |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-06). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Margaret Flowers (2021-03-06). Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress. zcomm.org Examples of the tremendous power people have to force changes and create support networks in their communities when they organize together…

Ali Abunimah (2021-03-06). EU backs ICC after Netanyahu's "anti-Semitism" smear. zcomm.org After years-long delays and decades of waiting for justice, Palestinians are at last seeing their quest to hold Israel accountable and check its crimes bearing fruit…

Bruce Lerro (2021-03-06). Anti-Communist Political Science: Propaganda for the Yankee Capitalist State. dissidentvoice.org Orientation I returned to college 20 years after dropping out in the late 1960s. After a couple of weeks in the political science class I was taking, I challenged the instructor by asking: "Where are the Marxists and anarchists in your presentation of political science?" Here is what I was told. "Marxists and anarchists are …

Eds. (2021-03-06). Rosa Luxemburg at 150: a revolutionary legacy. mronline.org Rosa Luxemburg, one of the great leaders in the history of the socialist movement, was born in Poland (then a province of the Russian empire) 150 years ago this month, on 5 March 1871.

The Canary (2021-03-06). Government accused of 'snatching away' promised NHS pay rise as the outrage grows. thecanary.co The organisation representing NHS Trusts in England is challenging the government over its defence of a controversial 1% pay offer to health workers. | Growing controversy: | NHS Providers said the NHS has conducted detailed work around implementing a long-term plan. It claimed that in this plan the government assumed an NHS pay rise in 2021/22 of 2.1%, not 1%. | It comes amid growing anger at the pay offer, with the main nurses' union setting up a £35m industrial action fund. And another union is urging the public to support a slow hand clap next week as protest against the proposals. | Deputy chie…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Egypt's President Sisi in Sudan with Ethiopia's dam on agenda. middleeasteye.net Egypt's President Sisi in Sudan with Ethiopia's dam on agenda | Egyptian leader's visit continues diplomatic push for support and renewed talks on controversial mega-project | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 11: 14 | Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meets with the head of Sudan's Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Burhan, in Egypt in October (FILE/AFP) | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has arrived in S…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-06). Pope Francis meets Iraq's top cleric Ali Sistani in 'historic' meeting. middleeasteye.net Pope Francis meets Iraq's top cleric Ali Sistani in 'historic' meeting | Leaders of Catholic Church and Shia Islam call for religious tolerance in unprecedented meeting | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 09: 25 | A handout picture provided by the Vatican media office shows Pope Francis meeting top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the Iraqi shrine city of Najaf (AFP) | Iraqis have hailed a "

Alex MacDonald (2021-03-06). Turkey: Erdogan's human rights initiative raises eyebrows of beleaguered activists. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Erdogan's human rights initiative raises eyebrows of beleaguered activists | Despite Ankara announcing the new initiative, the co-chair of Turkey's Human Rights Association says the situation is worse than ever | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 10: 00 | President of the Human Right Association (IHD) Eren Keskin speaks to journalists during a demonstration in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on…

RT (2021-03-06). Texas high school cancels 'Rules of Chivalry Day' assignment after outrage over girls being told to OBEY male classmates. rt.com A Lubbock, Texas high school has apparently taken a lesson from unwoke history too far, causing public outrage by instructing girls to "obey any reasonable request" by male classmates to learn about medieval "rules for chivalry." | The 'Rules of Chivalry Day' assignment at Shallowater High School has been cancelled after a review determined that, despite its historical context, "it does not reflect our district and community values," superintendent Anita Herbert said in a statement. The matter has been addressed with the offending teacher, who wasn't identified. | According to copies of the assignment that wer…

Yves Engler (2021-03-06). Broadbent Institute Head smears Ashton, Robinson and Internationalism. dissidentvoice.org Broadbent Institute head Rick Smith should just be frank and say he hates Palestinians and doesn't care about internationalism. On Tuesday Smith tweeted that it was disturbing that NDP MP Niki Ashton was doing an upcoming fundraiser for the Progressive International with former British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. In response to former NDP MP …

Fight Back (2021-03-06). FRSO to hold International Women's Day celebration. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Freedom Road Socialist Organization will hold an online International Women's Day celebration on March 6. | Tracy Molm, a leading member of FRSO, will be among the speakers. Molm states, "International Women's Day s a day to celebrate our struggle. Women, including trans and non-binary people, play a vital role in fighting for revolutionary change. We are demanding and will fight for the liberation of women, and we want an end to all oppression and exploitation. We need political power. We need socialism." | The event will take place Saturday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time. It can…

Jackie Fox (2021-03-06). American Socialism in the Mid 20th Century. realprogressives.org The year prior to Upton Sinclair's loss in California, the US elected Franklin D. Roosevelt into office. For American socialists at the time, this was both a blessing and a curse. Roosevelt co-opted many socialist demands, halting any momentum the Socialist Party of America, or American socialists more broadly, had gained since the turn of the century. The Democratic Party also offered to let socialists to run for their party, like the aforementioned Sinclair. | Roosevelt was not a socialist in either the current definition or by the standards of the time. He reacted to a situation that unfettered capitalis…

World Socialist Web Site (2021-03-06). Sunday 3/7: 150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg. indybay.org International online streamed event.

The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute (2021-03-06). The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan. globalresearch.ca First published in December 2016, this article is of relevance to an understanding of the ongoing debate on Climate Change as well the Green New Deal, largely controlled by the financial establishment. The Rockefellers also play a key role in …

Fight Back (2021-03-06). Chicago charter school educators demand safe reopening. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – It was a chilly morning. The temperature was in the low 30s as the educators from Chicago's Passages Charter School gathered for their press conference, March 5. They were all wearing masks. They all were socially distanced. "We care about our students, we care about their families," said paraprofessional educator Ann Stella Taylor. | Passages Charter School is as arrogant as they come. First they announced metrics for reopening such as deaths per 100,000 and test positivity rate. They said that they want to use the metrics of the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Chicago Teachers Union agre…

T.P. Wilkinson (2021-03-06). The health which I see is disease (… if the Hierarchical Church so defines). dissidentvoice.org Gates: The Fauci Project In the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius Loyola, the man credited with the establishment of the Society of Jesus, to which the reigning Roman Catholic pontiff belongs, stipulated Rules to have the true sentiments, which we ought to have in the Church Militant. The thirteenth rule is: To be right in everything, we …

Pedro Miguel (2021-03-06). México — 4T y transición energética. globalizacion.ca Uno de los caballos de batalla favoritos de la reacción en sus campañas contra la Cuarta Transformación es que el actual gobierno carece de conciencia ambiental, desprecia las energías limpias y no tiene el menor interés en impulsar la transición…

Fight Back (2021-03-06). Another 'Hour of Power' at Chicago Transit Authority. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The time for action is now. At least that is the opinion of workers at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). Some of these workers formed the Justice Coalition, which held their second "Hour of Power" on February 23 at the Southside "L" Train 95th Street terminal. The demonstration called for hazard pay for CTA workers, no concession in the upcoming union contracts and safe working conditions. | "Safe working conditions means safe riding conditions," said CTA bus driver Eric Struch. Struch is also a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 241. Struck stressed the importance of solidarity…

Robert Hunziker (2021-03-06). Approaching a Risky 1.5 ∞C Global Overshoot. dissidentvoice.org A recent UN Assessment, as of February 26th, 2021, regarding progress or lack thereof by the 195 nations to the Paris 2015 climate agreement is starting to look like a big bust. As described in the report, nations are not meeting their voluntary commitments to decrease carbon emissions, especially based upon the Paris '15 goals …

Flora Martinez Figueira Moreira, Renu Verma, Paulo Cesar Pereira dos Santos, Alessandra Leite, Andrea da Silva Santos, Rafaele Carla Pivetta de Araujo, Bruna Oliveira da Silva, Júlio Henrique Ferreira de Sá Queiroz, David H. Persing, Erik Sà∂dersten, Devasena Gnanashanmugam, Purvesh Khatri, Julio Croda, Jason R. Andrews (2021-03-06). Blood-based host biomarker diagnostics in active case finding for pulmonary tuberculosis: A diagnostic case-control study. thelancet.com For active case finding in this high tuberculosis-burden setting, CRP and Xpert-MTB-HR did not meet TPP benchmarks for a triage test. However, Xpert-MTB-HR was highly sensitive in detecting individuals with medium or high sputum bacillary burden.

Gavin Francis (2021-03-06). [Perspectives] Mapping our common future. thelancet.com We used to search the skies for clues to the future, seeing in the wheel of the planets and constellations evidence of our fate. Other traditions made use of entrails (extispicy) or even arrows (belomancy). Such divination practitioners pursued a deeply human desire to discern aspects of the future through visual patterns in the present. We do things differently now, priding ourselves on evidence, science, and data. A promising way to approach the prediction of the future might well be to map it.

Shatha Abu Srour (2021-03-06). [Comment] Social action to achieve a dignified life for people with disabilities in the occupied Palestinian territory. thelancet.com When people with disabilities (PWDs) and civil society in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) exhausted their calls for basic human rights and dignity for PWDs in the absence of credible representative bodies and with the Palestinian Legislative Council dissolved in 2018,1 we decided to induce a turning point by taking social action. And we did.

Gaà´lle Bourgeois, Mael Richard, Marie Danset, Laurent Pérard, Anne-Laure Breton, Emilie Berthoux (2021-03-06). [Clinical Picture] Deficiency of adenosine deaminase 2 diagnosed at 65 years of age. thelancet.com A 65-year-old woman presented to our unit with joint pain, intermittent fever, fatigue, and painful ulcers on her legs.

Ian Sabroe, Sally Mather, Amy Wilson, Daniel K Hall-Flavin, Miranda Fricker, Lauren A Barron, Chris Millard (2021-03-06). [Perspectives] Error, injustice, and physician wellbeing. thelancet.com Health care is riddled with injustice and inequity. Clinicians strive to create better, more just systems, and experience deep moral distress when we are unable to do this. We care for the broken but expect perfection of ourselves. Increasing patient needs combined with imperfect systems, health professionals' high expectations of themselves, and the difficulties of accepting personal vulnerability can lead to burnt-out and broken doctors. Ethics and justice are not only crucial in relation to patient care but are also important for the self-care of health-care practitioners and the systems in which they work.

Justin McCurry (2021-03-06). [World Report] The 2011 Tōhoku disaster: 10 years on. thelancet.com A decade has passed since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast coast of Japan, but health experts are still assessing the effects on health. Justin McCurry reports.

Jean-Marie Michot, Vincent Ribrag (2021-03-06). [Comment] Pirtobrutinib shows evidence to inaugurate a third generation of BTK inhibitors. thelancet.com The Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) protein is a crucial component of antigen-dependent B-cell receptor signalling that regulates B-cell development and maturation. BTK is also implicated in major processes of malignant B non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL-B) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) cells such as proliferation, survival, and trafficking. BTK inhibition has a profound effect on malignant cell survival.1…

Mike Ludwig (2021-03-06). House Rejects Cori Bush's Amendment on Voting Rights for Incarcerated People. zcomm.org "We will not stop fighting until we dismantle white supremacy in all of its forms"

John P. Geyman (2021-03-06). The Private Health Insurance Industry: Should It Be Eliminated? zcomm.org Over recent decades, its performance has been increasingly profit-driven to the point of now becoming unaffordable for patients, their families, employers and taxpayers…

Agustín Bruera (2021-03-06). Argentina — Transformar drásticamente la Justicia. globalizacion.ca Entre diciembre de 2015 y diciembre 2019 nuestro país fue devastado. Social, cultural, económica e institucionalmente. Esa hecatombe planificada, sin embargo, contó con un protagonista clave, que resultó un engranaje fundamental en el proyecto neocolonial de sumisión del país a…

KPFA Women Producers (2021-03-06). Sunday 3/7: KPFA Special Programming, Int'l Women's Day. indybay.org 94.1 FM…

US Department of Justice (2021-03-06). Video: Pfizer $2.3 Billion 2009 Medical Fraud Settlement. US Department of Justice. globalresearch.ca This was originally published in September 2009. | "

Pass It On (2021-03-06). Current Animal Rights And Environment News. indybay.org The consciousness of people everywhere is expanding.

Robert Maxim (2021-03-06). Cruising down West Sunset. indybay.org Reflections of driving down West Sunset Boulevard on a sunny afternoon. Past the Elliott Smith memorial wall, and through the Eyes mural at the Reuben Soto mural, located in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles.

Human Agenda (2021-03-06). Monday 3/8: International Women's Day: Feminism and Social Justice. indybay.org Zoom meeting ID: 872 8709 9495 | Passcode: 798372 | Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/87287099495

WSWS repost (2021-03-06). American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919—2021. indybay.org On February 24, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti died, one of the last significant surviving American artists who emerged in…

angelus mors (2021-03-06). ATTO MORTE si desta la civetta stai per andare lontano Entra pure. indybay.org welcohome…

United We Dream (2021-03-06). Friday 3/5: "Call Center Blues": Cruelity of Deportation Film and Q&A w/ Director Geeta Gandbhir. indybay.org Online event…

Robert Norse (2021-03-06). Return of the Sleeping Ban and a Letter to Mayor Meyers. indybay.org On February 23, City Council ignored dozens of speakers, silenced another two dozen, and passed the TOLO (Temporary Living Outside Ordinance) well after midnight. I filed a Brown Act complaint, noting the failure to provide adequate Agenda notice, requiring them to redo the item. I'm not holding my breath.

Santa Cruz Police News (2021-03-06). Anti Police-Terror Project Files Liability Claim Against City of Santa Cruz. indybay.org The Anti-Police Terror Project (APTP) has filed a liability claim against the City of Santa Cruz. "Claimant seeks damages resulting from an alleged violation of civil rights related to law enforcement action," city staff states in an agenda report for the March 9 meeting of the Santa Cruz City Council. Other than the one quote from city staff, very few details have been released to the public about the claim, except that the incident in question occurred on May 29, 2020. The City Council is expected to discuss the claim during its closed session on March 9, and a motion to reject APTP's claim has been placed by c…

Adapted from 2020 Celebration (2021-03-06). 2021 Sacramento Ghanaian Independence Day Celebration. indybay.org Sacramento Ghanaian Independence Day Weekend offers a sneak preview into an exciting new addition to the Farm to Fork Capitol in the Great State of California.

NAARPR, partners (2021-03-06). Monday 3/8: Justice for George Floyd! Solidarity Rally San Jose City Hall. indybay.org San Jose City Hall, 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 | MASKS and SAFE DISTANCING; Peaceful rally action…

Robert Maxim (2021-03-06). Like Minded Minds Think Alike. indybay.org Social Media and the dopamine addiction.It's like the crack addiction.

The People's Bailout & It Takes Roots (2021-03-06). Monday 3/8: Bread & Roses: Rally Demanding Care & Relief by Passing the American Rescue Plan Now! indybay.org Online/virtual rally via Zoom…

Sara Luterman (2021-03-06). Abolish Guardianship, Preserve the Rights of Disabled People, and Free Britney. thenation.com Abolish Guardianship, Preserve the Rights of Disabled People, and Free Britney…

William Astore (2021-03-06). Cancel the US Military. thenation.com Cancel the US Military…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-03-05). Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars. dissidentvoice.org Credit: The Intercept: U.S.-led coalition airstrike — Mosul, Iraq on November 7, 2016 On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-03-05). Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars. counterpunch.org On February 25, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over a year ago. The

Gary Leupp (2021-03-05). Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria). counterpunch.org Recall the broad context. In March 2003, in the worst crime of the 21st century, a war-based-on-lies led by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the U.S. invaded and destroyed the modern country of Iraq, generating mass flight and civil war. Half a million people were killed and the suffering continues. Too

Staff (2021-03-05). Rev. William Barber to Democrats: Overrule the Senate Parliamentarian & Pass the $15 Minimum Wage. democracynow.org The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, the Fight for 15 continues, with the Senate considering an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders to raise the minimum wage fro…

Staff (2021-03-05). Rev. William Barber to Democrats: "Stick Together" and Pass the $15 Minimum Wage. truthout.org Image Credit: Facebook: Fightfor15LA | The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal mini…

Jake Johnson (2021-03-05). Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. zcomm.org "I regard it as absurd that the parliamentarian, a Senate staffer elected by no one, can prevent a wage increase for 32 million workers."

RT (2021-03-05). Democrats crush Bernie Sanders' push for $15 minimum wage insert into Covid relief bill, despite most Americans supporting it. rt.com Senator Sanders (I-Vermont) has failed to insert a minimum wage hike into a mammoth $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The attempt was a long shot, and members of his own party decisively voted against it. | As the US Senate debated amendments to President Joe Biden's long-anticipated Covid-19 relief bill, Sanders stuck to his progressive guns on Friday and attempted to insert an amendment to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. The amendment was already ruled out by the Senate parliamentarian — an official who functions as a sort of referee in the chamber — last week, as inserting it would bre…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-03-05). 'Shameful': Millionaire Senators Vote Against Popular Minimum Wage Raise That Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty. commondreams.org "It is despicable and unacceptable that there is not unanimous support among Democrats in Congress for a $15 minimum wage," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-03-05). Here Are the 8 Democrats Who Just Joined GOP to Vote Down Sanders' $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. commondreams.org "Every single Dem who voted against a $15 minimum wage should be primaried." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-03-05). "No Excuse" for Senate Democrats Who Voted No on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-05). Sanders Statement on Minimum Wage Vote. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Liberation Staff (2021-03-05). Video: Cancel the Rents caravan in Oakland, California. liberationnews.org On Feb 27, people from around the San Francisco Bay Area gathered for a rally and caravan in Berkeley and Oakland to demand cancellation of rents and mortgages, an end to evictions, and housing for the homeless. Over 20 organizations were represented, including the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, Do No Harm Coalition, AFSCME 3299, …

RT (2021-03-05). Practically impossible: Russian NGOs plead for Putin's help as new law demands they declare foreign funding sources of EVERY donor. rt.com More than fifty Russian NGOs that help orphans, the homeless and other vulnerable groups have asked President Vladimir Putin to help resolve disputes with the Ministry of Justice over the declaration of foreign funding. | That's according to Moscow daily Kommersant, which explained that the law obliges such organizations to declare any foreign sources of funding in their annual financial reports, including information about international income streams of their Russian donors. | In recent years, the government has increased the reporting requirement of organizations in several fields, with an increased focus o…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Man Utd legend tackling homelessness with Covid-safe pods. laprensalatina.com By Clà udia Sacrest Stoke-on-Trent (UK), Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Dignified housing pods set up in a large industrial warehouse in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent offer homeless people an opportunity to take the first step away from life on the street. Former Manchester United legend and Scotland international Lou Macari founded the initiative four years ago …

_____ (2021-03-05). Purging Inconvenient Facts In Coverage Of Biden's 'First' Air Attacks. popularresistance.org When the Biden administration bombed Syria on February 25, the attack killed "at least 22," most of them members of Iraqi militias, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring organization opposed to the Syrian government. The US said the bombing was retaliation for three rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq that it claims were carried out by groups allied with Iran (NBC, 2/25/21). In one of the attacks, rockets fired at Erbil airport killed a military contractor and an Iraqi civilian. | The US does not say that its airstrike on Syria was aimed at the group that carried out the E…

Medea Benjamin, Nicholas J.S. Davies (2021-03-05). The US has dropped 326,000 bombs on people in other countries since 2001, Most Recently in Syria. juancole.com ( Code Pink) — On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over …

MEE staff (2021-03-05). US Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after missile strikes in Iraq. middleeasteye.net US Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after missile strikes in Iraq | Two senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying US must prevent 'Iran from selling its weapons abroad' | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 20: 02 | Senators Joni Ernst, left, and Bill Hagerty, right, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week (AFP) | Two Senate Republicans are calling on the State Depart…

Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach (2021-03-05). Bad Stimulus: the Problems with Biden's COVID Relief Package. counterpunch.org The new Democratic administration is poised to make its first proud step in delivering on its electoral promise to build back (America) better: the successful adoption of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the main components of which are a third round of stimulus checks, a renewal of federal unemployment benefits, and a boost to the

Miko Peled (2021-03-05). Israel: Orthodox Religious Parties Shaken by Supreme Court Ruling on Law of Return. mintpressnews.com The Israeli Supreme Court ruling on the application of the Law of Return threatens ultimate dilution of the political power of Israel's Orthodox religious parties, and thus has the potential to shake up the upcoming election's dynamics.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-03-05). What the Ecuadoran Elections Mean for the U.S. counterpunch.org The pink tide is coming back in — much to the chagrin of many in the U.S. government. With leftist governments in Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico and Cuba, the prospect of yet another, this time in Ecuador, doubtless keeps regime changers, right-wing think tankers and other assorted Washington imperialists up at night. All those leftists the U.S. had murdered over the years, all the death squads the U.S. gave the nod to, all those dictators the North American empire supported — for what? After generations of slaughter, the victims' heirs keep taking over. The U.S. sponsored the exterm…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Mexico: Gangs Are Likely To Influence in Elections in 7 States. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Rodriguez on Thursday reported on seven states where there is a higher risk of organized crime interference in June's subnational elections. | RELATED: | Morelos, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Jalisco are the states where there are risks of pressures and homicides by criminal gangs against candidates. These groups collude with local politicians and author…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-03-05). Roaming Charges: No Neanderthal Ever Bombed Syria. counterpunch.org + There were many reasons to vote against Trump, starting with the fact that he was the incumbent running for reelection. All incumbent presidents should be voted against as matter of principle, because they almost certainly started committing war crimes within weeks of taking office, a truism Biden has now reconfirmed with his bombing of

Pip Hinman (2021-03-05). WA election: Green is good, socialist is better. greenleft.org.au Sam Wainwright argues that a vote for the Socialist Alliance is not a wasted vote. Rather it sends a signal that voters believe only mobilised communities can defeat capitalism.

RT (2021-03-05). German intelligence blocked from spying on right-wing AfD party after designation as 'suspected' extremists. rt.com The BfV, Germany's domestic intelligence service, cannot spy on the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under the authority they have to fight extremism, a court has said in an emergency injunction. | The decision by the Cologne Administrative Court was taken on Friday as it continues looking into a complaint by the AfD. The court agreed with the party that the information about the designation may affect its election outlook. The party was designated a suspected extremist organization by the BfV earlier this week. | The German constitution requires equal treatment of all political parties, so at least for now…

Sasha Abramsky (2021-03-05). Why Congress Must Pass Voting Rights Reform Now. thenation.com Why Congress Must Pass Voting Rights Reform Now…

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Globalink | US Expert on Surge of Anti-Asian Violence Amid Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The coronavirus pandemic had been spreading in the United States for more than a year, causing not only a public health crisis but also a surge in violence and hate incidents against Asian Americans in the country…

WSWS (2021-03-05). Plummeting currency fuels poverty and protests in Lebanon. wsws.org The economic crisis, intensified by the coronavirus pandemic, has thrown more than half of the country's six million population into poverty.

The Canary (2021-03-05). Damning court verdict finds failure to declare hundreds of contracts and that Johnson 'misled Parliament'. thecanary.co The government unlawfully failed to publish details of more than 500 coronavirus-related contracts within the required time, the High Court has said. | Failures: | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing last month, the Good Law Project argued there h…

Staff (2021-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2021. democracynow.org Republican Senators Work to Derail $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, White House Defends Biden's Remark That "Neanderthal Thinking" GOP Governors Ended Mask Mandates, New York Gov. Cuomo's Aides Doctored Nursing Home Death Data in July Report on COVID-19, Charlotte Bennett Describes Sexual Harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in TV Interview, Florida Democrats Demand FBI Probe of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Who Prioritized Donors for Vaccination, India, South Africa Ask WTO for Patent Waiver to Allow Generic COVID-19 Drugs & Vaccines, Former Trump Admin Official Charged with Assaulting Cop at January 6 Capitol Riot, Senat…

RT (2021-03-05). 'I don't know what prime minister meant': Israel's virus czar shoots down Netanyahu's suggestion country is through pandemic. rt.com Israeli coronavirus response chief, Nachman Ash, doesn't share PM Benjamin Netanyahu's optimism regarding the Covid situation in the country, warning that it could well go into a fourth lockdown due to a rising transmission rate. | Israel is "the first country in the world to emerge from corona," Netanyahu insisted in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. "Look, I don't think we're coming out completely. We're going to have to wear a mask for some time. But we're behind it." | When asked on Friday to comment on Netanyahu's remarks, Ash responded: "I don't know what the prime minister meant." | Israel has bee…

RT (2021-03-05). Americans more upbeat about end of Covid-19 than ever, poll finds…but others not so sure. rt.com A record 60 percent of Americans believe the coronavirus situation is improving, a recent poll found, with people more confident than ever that they can get PPE or be tested if they need it. But the fun police aren't happy. | More Americans feel optimistic about the Covid-19 epidemic than at any point since the beginning of the pandemic, a Gallup poll published on Friday has revealed. | With 60 percent of Americans confident the epidemic was on the mend, the March poll was the first time since the pollster began checking for Covid-19 concerns in April that the overall outlook had improved. Faith in being able…

RT (2021-03-05). European Union agrees that member states can purchase Russian & Chinese vaccines outside of bloc's collective purchase program. rt.com EU countries have the right to acquire vaccines independently if the jabs concerned aren't part of the bloc's centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said when asked about Russian and Chinese formulas. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the 27-member collective have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization from China. | When ask…

RT (2021-03-05). European Union says member states are allowed to purchase Russian & Chinese vaccines on their own. rt.com EU countries have the right to acquire vaccines independently if jabs aren't part of the bloc's centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said when asked about the Russian and Chinese shots. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the bloc have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization with China. | When asked about those developments,…

RT (2021-03-05). European Union agrees member states can purchase Russian & Chinese Covid-19 vaccines outside of bloc's collective purchase program. rt.com European Union member states have the right to acquire Covid-19 vaccines independently if the jabs concerned aren't part of the bloc's under-fire centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said on Friday. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the 27-member collective have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization from China. | When ask…

Staff (2021-03-05). GOP Goes All In to Obstruct Relief Bill Nine Days Before Jobless Benefits Expire. truthout.org Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, are attempting to grind the Senate to a halt to delay passage of a sprawling $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Democrats race to get the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk before March 14, when millions of jobless Americans will begin losing their unemployment lifelines. | After the Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a procedural motion to begin consideration of the aid bill — with all 50 Republicans vot…

RT (2021-03-05). One dose of Sputnik V is enough for strong immune response in people previously infected with Covid-19, Argentina study claims. rt.com People who already had the coronavirus show rapid immune response to Sputnik V and may require just one shot of the Russian jab during vaccination, a study in Buenos Aires found. | Participants developed Covid-19 antibodies in 100 percent of the cases after both doses of Sputnik V were administered to them, a The research, which was supported…

RT (2021-03-05). 200,000 Russians have died of Covid-19 since start of pandemic, state agency confirms, as caseload falls & restrictions dropped. rt.com Another grim milestone has been reached in Russia's fight against Covid-19, with Moscow officials confirming that more than 200,000 deaths linked to the virus have been recorded since the first fatality just under a year ago. | Rosstat, the country's statistical authority, announced on Friday that 37,107 people had died while infected with the coronavirus in January, putting the overall official number of dead at 200,432 and potentially giving the country the third-highest total death toll in the world after the US and Brazil. However, when measured on a per capita basis, the world's largest country has seen l…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Pope arrives in Iraq for historic trip amid Covid, security risks. laprensalatina.com Baghdad, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday for the first ever papal visit to Iraq, and his first trip abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year. He will meet members of the country's Christian minority community which was persecuted by the Islamic State that occupied parts of Iraq …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). US jobless rate in February falls to lowest level since onset of pandemic. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- The United States' unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in February to a seasonally adjusted 6.2 percent, its lowest monthly level since the coronavirus pandemic began battering the world's largest economy in March 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. That result was due in part to the …

teleSUR (2021-03-05). China Rejects US Sanctions Against Cuba and Other Countries. telesurenglish.net China today reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, after denouncing the socio-economic impact of these measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Wang Wenbin, Foreign Ministry spokesman, urged Washington to listen to the international community's call in this regard and immediately lift the coercive policies imposed under the pretext of human rights. | "Such moves are widely critici…

WSWS (2021-03-05). UK Labour Party outlines its agenda for nuclear warfare targeting Russia. wsws.org Shadow Secretary of State for Defence John Healey in a speech to military think-tank gave naked expression to Labour's insane warmongering—outlining a de facto plan for military aggression against Russia and China, up to and including nuclear weapons.

Mark Fiore (2021-03-05). Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 8.38.24 AM.png. progressive.org Biden is definitely doing more than Donald Trump did to punish Saudi Arabia, but he is letting the the main culprit off the hook.

Medea Benjamin (2021-03-05). End Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars. progressive.org The United States and its allies have dropped more than 326,000 bombs and missiles on people in other countries since 2001.

Robert Fantina (2021-03-05). The ReTrumplican Party. counterpunch.org Last week, the Republican Party had its Trump lovefest. While every semi-prominent Republican with his or her eye on the White House presented their twisted version of reality to the adoring crowds, it was former President Donald Trump who stole the show. He rolled out one tired old fabrication after another, much to the delight

teleSUR (2021-03-05). FBI Arrests Trump State Dept Aide Over Role in Capitol Riots. telesurenglish.net The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Thursday an official of former President Donald Trump for the assault on the Capitol on January 6, becoming the first person arrested linked to the previous government, reports EFE agency. | The person arrested was Federico Klein, a 42-year-old man who during the Trump administration worked at the State Department as a political appointee. Specifically, the detainee was first assigned to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in the department in charge of Brazil and the Southern Cone, and then transferred to the office that administers requests for access…

Maurice Mitchell (2021-03-05). Organizing the Multiracial Working Class. zcomm.org If working people fail to see real material distinctions between life under Trump and life under Biden, they'll look for an alternative to the party in power…

RT (2021-03-05). Trump accuses Biden of creating 'spiraling tsunami' at US-Mexico border as migrant situation spins 'totally out of control'. rt.com Donald Trump has released a statement accusing President Joe Biden of letting the situation at the US/Mexico border get "totally out of control" as officials prepare for unprecedented numbers of migrant children this year. | "A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute," Trump said in a Friday statement. He blasted Biden for creating a "spiraling tsunami" at the border. | "When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country's history. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of cont…

RT (2021-03-05). MSNBC's Joy Reid sparks outrage by claiming conservatives would trade tax cuts to be allowed 'openly say the n-word'. rt.com Joy Reid has triggered everyone from Ben Shapiro to Glenn Greenwald by implying Republicans are racists wishing they could "openly say the n-word" and floating new meritless "Moscow" conspiracy theories. | "I'll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-word like in 'the good old days,'" Reid tweeted this week. "To them, not being able to be openly racist and discriminatory without consequence is oppression. Trump is the avatar for this 'freedom.'" | I'll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-w…

RT (2021-03-05). Democratic congressman Swalwell sues Trump for EMOTIONAL DAMAGE over Capitol riot, says he was ready for COMBAT with mob. rt.com Rep. Eric Swalwell has sued Donald Trump and his allies over "emotional distress" sustained at the Capitol Hill riot. The suit also claims that Swalwell stripped down and prepared for "hand-to-hand combat" with the rioters. | In a civil

Nicole Karlis (2021-03-05). Why some New Age influencers believe Trump is a "lightworker" salon.com The New Age philosophy-Trump connection has concerning parallels to the role mysticism played in Nazi Germany…

Ramsey Touchberry (2021-03-05). Sen. Ron Johnson, worth $40 million, derided as "face of the opposition" to COVID relief. salon.com Wisconsin's science-denier and Trump superfan is now forcing pointless delay in final vote on COVID relief package…

Heather Digby Parton (2021-03-05). Democracy on the line: Senate Democrats can't let Trump's Big Lie become a zombie lie. salon.com Do either Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema or Joe Manchin want to be remembered as the Strom Thurmond of their time?>

Staff (2021-03-05). Former Impeachment Manager Sues Trump Over January 6 Capitol Breach. truthout.org Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), who also served as a House manager in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump earlier this year, Swalwell also named Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former…

Staff (2021-03-05). FBI Arrests Former Trump Appointee for Role in January 6 Capitol Breach. truthout.org The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department official who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, on Thursday evening, alleging that he was involved in the January 6 attack of the U.S. Capitol building. | Klein's arrest

John Nichols (2021-03-05). South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Is a Deadlier, More Delusional Alternative to Trump. thenation.com South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Is a Deadlier, More Delusional Alternative to Trump…

Julie Hollar (2021-03-05). Corporate Media Praise Republicans Who Oppose Trump, but Whitewash Their Extremism and Undermining of Democracy. commondreams.org Their own credulous coverage of the little lies of vote fraud, which went on for decades and their willingness to lionize purveyors of those lies to this day, have played no small role in allowing it to happen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-03-05). U.S., EU Sanctions on Russia a Reckless Triumph of Absurdity. strategic-culture.org The cynical, bankrupt basis for sanctioning Russia makes the Western states' words and actions a reckless provocation. | The United States and European Union this week imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in a coordinated move. The move is a reckless provocation and was condemned by Moscow as a "hostile act". It is a further retrograde step towards increasing Cold War-style tensions and the danger of confrontation. | Russia's foreign ministry excoriated the Western sanctions as "triumph of absurdity over reason". | Washington and Brussels both invoked the case of opposition figure Alexei Navalny as the basi…

John Wojcik (2021-03-05). What's really behind Republican obstructionism? peoplesworld.org Later Thursday, before senators could even begin debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion rescue plan, they had to sit through a nearly 11-hour reading by the clerks of the entire 620-page bill. It was only the first step in Republican moves to delay a vote on an economic package that millions of Americans so …

Caleb Granger (2021-03-05). Houston demonstration demands, 'Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!'. liberationnews.org Texans were told to drink pool water while Biden prioritized bombing Syria.

Caleb Granger (2021-03-05). Houston demonstration demands, "Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!" liberationnews.org Texans were told to drink pool water while Biden prioritized bombing Syria.

teleSUR (2021-03-05). Biden Supports Limiting Presidential War Powers. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden agrees with limiting presidential war powers, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. | RELATED: | Biden wants to "ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars," the official said in a statement to…

WSWS (2021-03-05). Biden renews US "state of emergency" against Venezuela. wsws.org The Biden administration is continuing the policy of its predecessors, maintaining a draconian sanctions regime and recognizing the right-wing puppet Guaidó as "interim president."

WSWS (2021-03-05). Biden doubles down on "great power" conflict with China. wsws.org To an extent even greater than its predecessor, the Biden administration is singling out China as the greatest US adversary and target for conflict.

Prof. Juan Cole (2021-03-05). Why the Biden Administration Is Dead Wrong to Oppose International Criminal Court War Crimes Inquiry in Occupied Palestine: A Betrayal of the Rule of Law. globalresearch.ca

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-05). Biden, Afghanistan and Forever Wars. counterpunch.org The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe Biden should do about his country's seemingly perennial involvement in Afghanistan. None are particularly useful, in that they ignore the central premise that a nation state long mauled, molested and savaged should finally be left alone. Nonsense, say the media and political cognoscenti. The Guardian

Aaron Maté (2021-03-05). Tulsi Gabbard calls out the US dirty war on Syria that Biden, aides admit to. thegrayzone.com As Tulsi Gabbard criticizes former Congressional colleagues for ignoring the ongoing US dirty war and sanctions on Syria, a look at the comments of Joe Biden and top aides show that they have admitted to the same underlying, horrific facts. Gabbard only stands apart — and is even vilified — for being willing to call it out. While Joe Biden has faced some mild Congressional pushback for bombing the Iraq-Syria border, Tulsi Gabbard says her former colleagues are ignoring the …

_____ (2021-03-05). US 'Virtual Ambassador' To Venezuela Hosts Insurrectionist Summit Ahead Of Biden's Guaidó recognition. popularresistance.org US "virtual ambassador" to Venezuela James "Jimmy" Story promised to answer a series of questions sent to him by The Grayzone this February 24. But after a Whatsapp exchange with this reporter during which Story offered to explain why he regularly alternated between Gargamel and the Smurfs as his avatar on the messaging app, the promised exchange never took place. | On March 2, Story's assistant, David Fogelson, informed The Grayzone that the virtual ambassador "won't be able to do the interview." He offered no further details on Story's turnabout. | That same day, during a Zoom event with the Venezuelan American…

MISH (2021-03-05). Bipartisan Senators Seek to Strip Biden of War Powers. globalresearch.ca Senators Go After Endless Wars | In a long overdue effort

James O'Neill (2021-03-05). The Biden Administration Proving to Be More of the Same Old Discredited Policies as its Predecessor. dissidentvoice.org There were a number of political commentators who urged us to give newly elected United States president Joe Biden a chance to show that he would offer a new approach to the multiple problems facing the United States alliance. Well, he had an opportunity to do so. But the speech that Biden gave on 19th …

Anya Parampil (2021-03-05). US 'Virtual Ambassador' to Venezuela Hosts Insurrectionist Summit Ahead of Biden's Guaidó Recognition. globalresearch.ca A closed-door Bogotá summit of fugitive Venezuelan insurrectionists highlighted James Story's …

WSWS (2021-03-05). Another 745,000 jobless claims filed as Senate takes up Biden's COVID-19 relief bill. wsws.org Historically unprecedented jobless claims continued as Biden and the Democrats move forward with an inadequate "relief" bill…

Sara Jamshidi (2021-03-05). For the Sake of Preventing More Journalists' Murders, Biden Must Punish Saudi Arabia's MBS (And I Should Know). juancole.com Seattle (Special to Informed Comment) — The horrific outcome of Jamal Khashoggi's story is not dissimilar to the tales of many journalists, including my own, who decide to fight against tyranny using words instead of violence. Fear, terror, and horror cannot begin to describe the common situations in which we find ourselves. Back in Tehran, …

MEE staff (2021-03-05). Biden open to repealing US laws that enable 'forever wars'. middleeasteye.net Biden open to repealing US laws that enable 'forever wars' | US president will work with Congress to revoke decades old measures that allow military action without congressional approval, White House says | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 17: 38 | American soldiers taking position around the US embassy in Baghdad, on 31 December 2019 (AFP/US embassy handout) | US President Joe Biden has signalled willingness to repeal laws…

MEE staff (2021-03-05). Biden open to repealing US laws that enable 'forever wars'. middleeasteye.net Biden open to repealing US laws that enable 'forever wars' | US president will work with Congress to revoke decades-old measures that allow military action without congressional approval, White House says | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 17: 38 | American soldiers taking position around the US embassy in Baghdad, on 31 December 2019 (AFP/US embassy handout) | US President Joe Biden has signalled willingness to repeal laws…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-03-05). Arabic press review: Palestine slams Washington's 'lack of understanding' of ICC jurisdiction. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestine slams Washington's 'lack of understanding' of ICC jurisdiction | Meanwhile, British ambassador in Jordan says her country is committed to the two-state solution, and Iraq imposes curfew during Pope's visit | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 17: 07 | US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks about priorities for administration of President Joe Biden in the Ben Franklin…

RT (2021-03-05). No-show Joe? VP Harris continues high-level talks without Biden, speaks to Israeli PM Netanyahu. rt.com Vice President Kamala Harris has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without President Joe Biden being present, the latest in a series of calls to world leaders usually conducted by the president. | Harris spoke to Netanyahu on Thursday, with a White House readout of the call saying she "underscored the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to the US-Israel partnership," and affirmed her opposition to the International Criminal Court prosecuting Israeli soldiers for alleged

RT (2021-03-05). Republican senator forces clerks to read Biden's Covid bill for TEN HOURS, in last-ditch effort to block. rt.com Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has infuriated Democrats by demanding that Senate clerks read each and every page of Joe Biden's $2 trillion Covid-19 relief bill aloud. To some Dems, bills are better passed with no debate. | President Joe Biden's Covid-19 relief bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, weighs in at a whopping 628 pages. It offers relief checks of $1,400 to eligible Americans, though more than three quarters of its $1.9 trillion

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-03-05). 'We Need to Make Sure It's Done Right': Peace Advocates Welcome Biden Move to Limit War Powers. commondreams.org The president and Congress, said one leading anti-war campaigner, "must work together to actually end the decades long fighting, killing, dying, and spending that is on automatic pilot." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-03-05). ACLU to Biden: Do Not 'Review' Drone Killing Program—End It Once and for All. commondreams.org "Tinkering with the bureaucracy of this extrajudicial killing program will only entrench American abuses," said the group's national security expert. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2021-03-05). Biden Extends National Emergency, Sanctions With Respect to Iran. sputniknews.com The US maintains 31 states of emergency concerning different nations and issues, granting the chief executive extremely wide-ranging powers, but none has persisted for longer than that against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which shrugged off a US-backed dictator 42 years ago.

Chloe de Silva (2021-03-05). Anti-war coalition condemns Biden for bombing Iraq. greenleft.org.au Sydney Stop the War condemned US President Joe Biden's bombing raid on northern Iraq and called for the removal of all occupying troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, reports Kerry Smith.

WSWS Repost (2021-03-05). US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread. indybay.org While the federal CDC has criticized Texas for ending all COVID-19 restrictions, the Biden administration policy of reopening all schools will have the same effect of spreading the pandemic.

Staff (2021-03-05). Big Pharma slows vaccine rollout to protect corporate profits. therealnews.com This week, President Biden announced that, by utilizing the Defense Production Act, the federal government has created an historic agreement between drugmakers Johnson & Johnson and Merck to produce enough COVID-19 vaccines for the entire U.S. adult population by May (months quicker than initially expected). This underscores the ability of the U.S. government to facilitate faster vaccine production, argues Peter Maybarduk of Public Citizen, but that production doesn't have to be driven by the hunt for profit.

commondreams (2021-03-05). Over 100 Organizations Urge Biden to Ban Chlorpyrifos. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-05). Sunrise Movement Launches "Good Jobs for All" Campaign, Demands Biden and Congress Avoid Obama Year Failures, Mobilize $10 Trillion Federal Recovery to Create 15 Million Jobs and Stop Climate Crisis. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Reese Erlich (2021-03-05). Biden's Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward. commondreams.org Latest military attack shows that the new President hasn't broken from the failed policies of the past. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research News (2021-03-05). Selected Articles: Why the Biden Administration Is Dead Wrong to Oppose ICC Inquiry in Occupied Palestine. globalresearch.ca By Since Palestine…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-05). Week-long boycott of Amazon planned over union-busting attempts in Alabama. peoplesdispatch.org The boycott campaign comes after multiple reports of Amazon trying to thwart organizing attempts by workers in its Bessemer warehouse in Alabama, where a unionization vote is underway…

_____ (2021-03-05). The George Floyd Act Wouldn't Have Saved George Floyd's Life. popularresistance.org On Wednesday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass the George Floyd Act, named after the Black man killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last summer. Among many reforms, the act seeks to ban racial profiling, overhaul qualified immunity for police, and ban the use of chokeholds. While these seem like good measures, they are woefully insufficient to stop police violence. These reforms could not have even saved George Floyd's life. | To be clear, Floyd did not die from a chokehold. A police officer put his knee to Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. A medical examiner's autopsy r…

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How Biden is already being drawn into unwinnable Tit for Tat with Iraqi Militias
Reese Erlich | juancole.com | 2021-03-06
( 48hills.org ) — For the first time, the Biden Administration ordered a cross-border military attack in the Middle East. On February 26, seven US missiles slammed into a facility used by Iranian-backed militias in Syria. Washington was retaliating for the February 15 attack on a US base in northern Iraq. Biden is siding with …
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Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria)
Gary Leupp | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
On 2/25 Biden attacked three countries simultaneously to remind them that the U.S. "does not distinguish" between its Muslim foes but conflates Persians with Arabs, Sunnis and Shiites, terrorists and anti-terrorist militia…
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Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria)
Gary Leupp | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
On 2/25 Biden attacked three countries simultaneously to remind them that the U.S. "does not distinguish" between its Muslim foes but conflates Persians with Arabs, Sunnis and Shiites, terrorists and anti-terrorist militia…
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Even Tories are now sh*tting on the government's 'wrong' 1% NHS payrise
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-03-06
A former Conservative health minister has said that it's the "wrong time" to be restraining the pay of NHS workers who have gone "above and beyond" during the pandemic. | The "wrong time": | In a sign that a Conservative rebellion over the government's 1% pay rise recommendation may be brewing, MP Dr Dan Poulter has called for a rethink on the proposal. | Poulter has been assisting on the NHS front line during the pandemic. He said it's "very valid" for ministers to turn their attention to paying back the £400bn borrowed during the coronavirus crisis — but it is the "wrong time to be making th…
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Dalai Lama receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine in India
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-06
New Delhi, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, 85, received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Saturday in India and urged the rest of the population to have the "courage" to do the same. The Dalai Lama was administered the vaccine at a hospital in the city of Dharamshala, in the …
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Movie theaters reopen in New York City amid tight safety measures
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-06
New York City, US, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Movie theaters in New York City reopened on Friday with tight safety measures and restrictions in place, almost a year after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed that brought the entire entertainment sector to a halt. Although most cinemas in New York state were granted permission to start operating …
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Protesters in Paraguay call for president's resignation
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-06
Asuncion, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Protesters, most of them young, clashed with police in the heart of Paraguay's capital Asunción and demanded the resignation of President Mario Abdo Benitez over his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The protests late on Friday were triggered after medical personnel and relatives of patients demonstrated this week against the …
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Malawi receives first batch of coronavirus vaccine
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-06
Malawi received its first batch of 360,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from the UN COVAX facility."The vaccines will be distributed to all the 28 districts across the country to first support frontline health and social workers," said Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda.She said the administration of the vaccines is expected to start on March 15.Malawi already received 360,000 syringes from UNICEF and 3,625 safety boxes that will be used for vaccinations."After a year of discruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 32,000 Malawians infected with the virus and 1,000 lives lost, the path for recovery fo…
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Should the state tax the rich for the common good?
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-06
A sense that some people are amassing more and more wealth while not doing their fair share to counter the issues facing society offends many people's sense of justice.Figures recently released by international bodies paint a stark figure of ever-worsening inequality worldwide.A report by Oxfam International showed since coronavirus first appeared, it took just nine months for the fortunes of the top 1,000 billionaires to return to their pre-pandemic heights.Globally, amid the pandemic, billionaires' wealth rose by a staggering $3.9 trillion."Their total wealth now stands at $11.95 trillion, which is equivalent t…
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California gives green light for Disneyland reopening after Covid restrictions shutter theme park for 1 year
rt.com | 2021-03-06
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is preparing to welcome visitors for the first time in over a year after the iconic theme park was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. | California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced on Friday that the state's amusement parks will be permitted to reopen with limited capacity starting on April 1. | Read more | | 'Most inoculated place on Earth'? Disneyland to become Covid vaccination 'super site' in Anaheim, California | "We feel like now is the appropriate time to begin t…
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[Comment] Offline: It's time to ask questions and learn lessons
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
1 year on from WHO's assessment, on March 11, 2020, that its Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) had evolved into a full blown coronavirus pandemic, what can we conclude? Many governments have decided not to conclude anything. They argue that it is still too soon to learn lessons. With over 2 ∑5 million deaths worldwide, and 1 million more predicted by June 1, this political deflection is no longer sustainable. Indeed, it is unconscionable. While governments resist accountability, countries are seeing unofficial inquiries spring up to fill the vacuum.
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President rejects transitional gov't talk in Afghanistan
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-06
Afghanistan's president on Saturday categorically rejected rumors of plans to set up an extraconstitutional interim or transitional government in the country.Addressing a joint parliament session, Ashraf Ghani said the constitutional transfer of power through elections remains an "uncompromisable principle.""We are ready to talk about free and transparent countrywide elections under the supervision of the international community. We can discuss and agree on a date," he said, describing the rejuvenated Afghan peace process as an "unprecedented" achievement."Afghans are tired of war, but they do not want the peace…
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GOP Embraces Trump and His Steal Elections Strategy
Max Elbaum | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
The Trump-provoked, Confederate-flag-waving assault on the Capitol Jan. 6 didn't split the GOP. Rather, it revealed that from bottom to top the Republican Party has become even more Trumpified than it was while Trump was President…
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Ready to Work with Netanyahu: Mansour Abbas Splinters Arab Vote in Israel
Ramzy Baroud | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-06
At a glance, it may appear that the split of Arab political parties in Israel is consistent with a typical pattern of political and ideological divisions which have afflicted the Arab body politic for many years. This time, however, the reasons behind the split are quite different. As Israel readies for its fourth general elections …
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BLM backfire? US public opinion shifts on George Floyd's death, law & order, as racial divide widens after summer of riots — poll
rt.com | 2021-03-06
US public opinion on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody has shifted since the early days of last year's Black Lives Matter protests, with trust in law enforcement growing after violent unrest in the streets. | Just 36 percent of respondents in a USA Today/Ipsos poll released on Friday described Floyd's death as murder, down from 60 percent last June. The racial divide in how the May 25 tragedy is viewed is startling, wi…
rt.com/usa/517376-blm-public-opinion-pol…

Biden to call Erdogan 'at some point,' US says
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-06
US President Joe Biden will call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "at some point," the White House said Friday.The announcement comes after Biden spoke with several world leaders in his first month-and-a-half in office, including those of Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, China, Russia, the UK and France.Speculation has mounted as to when Turkey will join that list."Certainly the president has many world leaders he still needs to call, and he will venture to do that in the coming weeks and months," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
yenisafak.com/en/world/biden-to-call-erd…

Pentagon 'assessing systems' after TENS OF THOUSANDS of servers compromised in global Microsoft hack… blamed on 'Chinese hackers'
rt.com | 2021-03-06
The US military is reviewing its networks following a hacking spree linked to a vulnerability that gave backdoor access to tens of thousands of Microsoft Exchange servers, in a massive attack the company has blamed on China. | "We are aware of the Microsoft threat intelligence center's report. We are currently assessing our networks right now for any evidence of impact," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters at a Friday presser. "We're also taking all necessary steps to identify and remedy any possible issues related to the situation." | Joint Force headquarters… is coordinating with the Nationa…
rt.com/usa/517381-microsoft-hack-pentago…

"Wuhan Lab" theory promoted by New York Times, Wall Street Journal
wsws.org | 2021-03-06
The corollary of the claim is that China is thus directly responsible for the pandemic and the deaths of more than 2.5 million human beings.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/06/wuha…

U.S. to continue using Guaido to rob Venezuelan assets abroad
teleSUR Desk | mronline.org | 2021-03-06
The continuation of the Trump administration's aggressive policies toward Venezuela by the Biden administration is reflected in the recent meeting between the new U.S. Secretary of State and Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.
mronline.org/2021/03/06/u-s-to-continue-…

Jacksonville travels to state capitol to fight repressive legislation on first day of session
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-03-06
Tallahassee, FL – On March 2, the first day of Florida legislative session, over 30 cars from Jacksonville joined with hundreds of protesters from around the state to rally against House Bill 1/Senate Bill 484, the repressive, anti-speech and racist legislation proposed by Governor Ron DeSantis and the right-wing Florida legislature. | Activists and groups under the banner of the "Florida Alliance" from the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Sound Miami, Black Lives Matter Alliance of Broward County, Pensacola Community Action…
www.fightbacknews.org/2021/3/6/jacksonvi…

[Perspectives] Robin Shattock: novel vaccine developer
Udani Samarasekera | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Robin Shattock took an "unconventional route" into science. "Unlike most people who set off and went to university and did a PhD, I set off to the university of life and was more interested in being an actor or a rock star…A little bit later in life, I realised I actually needed to earn a living", he admits. That realisation in the late 1980s led to laboratory work, including HIV diagnostics, at the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service and further part-time study. In 1990, he joined St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, as a research assistant and did a part-time PhD, kick-starting a caree…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00510-9/fulltext?rss=yes

Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Foreign Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines
Lee Fang | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06

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Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Foreign Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines
Lee Fang | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06

zcomm.org/znetarticle/drug-lobby-asks-bi…

[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Voysey M, Costa Clemens SA, Madhi SA, et al. Single-dose administration and the influence of the timing of the booster dose on immunogenicity and efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: a pooled analysis of four randomised trials. Lancet 2021; 397: 881–91–In this Article, in figure 3, some of the datapoints on the graphs and the key on the left panel have both been corrected. These corrections have been made to the online version as of March 4, 2021, and the printed version is correct.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00515-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Thank you to The Lancet's reviewers of 2020
The Editors of The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
In 2021, many of us are still looking back to 2020 and trying to make sense of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those working in medicine and science, 2020 was unusual and difficult. The rapid research advances made to understand SARS-CoV-2, to describe the clinical course and long-term consequences of COVID-19, and to develop treatments and vaccines are incomparable. This incredible progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of countless researchers and clinicians worldwide.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00459-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Single-dose Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine followed by a 12-week booster
Ivan F N Hung, Gregory A Poland | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection are crucial for an effective global pandemic response. In The Lancet, Merryn Voysey and colleagues1 report the updated primary efficacy results for the Oxford–AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine from three single-blind, randomised controlled trials in the UK and Brazil and one double-blind study in South Africa.2–4 The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation in adults by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency5 in December, 2020.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00528-6/fulltext?rss=yes

"Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" which Is "Permitted for Use"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-06
Pfizer Inc, is currently involved in marketing its experimental mRNA vaccine …
globalresearch.ca/cya-fraudulent-marketi…

Corona vaccines-nothing would work without public funding
Byorn Radke, J Bischoff, B Mueller | indybay.org | 2021-03-06
"The Covid 19 crisis is a perfect test of whether a more public health approach to innovation and production will prevail in the years ahead. Although recent vaccine news has raised hopes, it has also exposed the broken business model of the pharmaceutical industry and cast doubt on the prospects of getting a vaccine to people and achieving the concept of 'health for all.'" (Ms. Mazzucato)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/05/1884052…

También para Biden, Venezuela es una "emergencia nacional"
Geraldina Colotti | globalizacion.ca | 2021-03-06
Como buen mayordomo, la Unión Europea abrió la puerta al terrateniente norteamericano, anunciando su llegada a través de la segunda ronda de medidas coercitivas unilaterales contra Venezuela, aplicada la semana pasada. Y ahora aquí vienen las de Biden, que prorroga…
globalizacion.ca/tambien-para-biden-vene…

El "embajador virtual" de Estados Unidos tiene una cumbre de golpistas antes del reconocimiento a Guaidó de Biden
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2021-03-06
Una cumbre a puertas cerrada de venezolanos insurrectos en Bogotá realza el papel de James Story como el administrador de Washington de la oposición radical. Entonces, øquién es el "embajador virtual" de los Estados Unidos ante Venezuela? James "Jimmy" Story, el embajador virtual de los Estados Unidos para Venezuela, prometió responder una serie de preguntas enviadas por The Grayzone el 24 de febrero. Pero luego de un intercambio por Whatsapp con esta periodista en la que Story ofreció explicar por …
thegrayzone.com/2021/03/05/embajador-vir…

Who signed the pro-testing appeals?
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-03-06
Education Trust, led by former Secretary of Education John King, sent two letters to the Biden administration, urging the administration not to allow states to receive waivers from the mandated federal testing.
mronline.org/2021/03/06/who-signed-the-p…

PM Khan wins vote of confidence vote from Pakistan parliament
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-06
Islamabad, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan won a vote of confidence in the lower of parliament on Saturday in a session boycotted by the opposition. Khan, who came to power in mid-2018, secured 178 votes, six more than needed to win the confidence of the 342-member house, according to National Assembly speaker …
laprensalatina.com/pm-khan-wins-vote-of-…

Pakistan's Imran Khan wins confidence vote from parliament
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-06
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday won a vote of confidence in the lower house of Parliament, the speaker said.Khan won 178 votes in the 341-seat National Assembly, well above the 172 votes he needed to survive.On Wednesday, Khan announced to seek a vote of confidence from Parliament after his party's unexpected defeat on a key Senate, upper house, seat from the capital Islamabad.Yousaf Raza Gilani, a joint candidate of the opposition alliance, won the seat in an embarrassing upset.The ruling party candidate, Hafeez Shaikh, lost despite having majority in the National Assembly — which indicates the…
yenisafak.com/en/world/pakistans-imran-k…

'No new directives, period': New York lawmakers vote to strip Governor Cuomo of emergency Covid powers with veto-proof majority
rt.com | 2021-03-06
Legislators in New York have sent a bill to Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk seeking to eliminate his "temporary" emergency pandemic powers, securing a veto-proof majority to impose stricter limits on the state government. | Both chambers of the state legislature approved the bill on Friday in a largely party-line vote, with most Republicans opposing the measure on the grounds that it does not go far enough in curbing Cuomo's authorities. With sizable Democrat majorities in the State Assembly and Senate, however, the law passed with ease. | "Today, under this new legislation the governor will no longer be able to…
rt.com/usa/517382-cuomo-emergency-powers…

Blinken discusses 'Karabakh conflict' with Armenian PM
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-03-06
TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation with the Armenian Prime Minister, the US Secretary of State discussed the importance of the "bilateral partnership" between Washington and Yerevan as well as the Karabakh issue.
en.mehrnews.com/news/170737/Blinken-disc…

Privilegios de las vacunas de la OTAN
Umberto Mazzei | globalizacion.ca | 2021-03-06
La Unión Europea, como es bien sabido, tiene un gran problema por la lenta fabricación de las vacunas contra la pandemia Covid-19. Tres vacunas aprobadas hasta ahora por el bloque se ven afectadas por el déficit de producción. Entonces, øpor…
globalizacion.ca/privilegios-de-las-vacu…

Iran COVID-19 update: 8,212 cases, 82 deaths in 24 hours
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-03-06
TEHRAN, Mar. 06 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 8,212 COVID-19 infections and 82 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.
en.mehrnews.com/news/170751/Iran-COVID-1…

[World Report] Medical oxygen crisis: a belated COVID-19 response
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
More than a year into the pandemic, global health agencies have set up a taskforce to address the vast unmet demand for medical oxygen. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00561-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Obituary] Charles Kiggundu
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Obstetrician and gynaecologist who advocated for reproductive health and rights. He was born on April 17, 1965, in Uganda's Luwero District, and died from COVID-19 complications on Dec 29, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, aged 55 years.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00513-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Changes to the sebum lipidome upon COVID-19 infection observed via rapid sampling from the skin
Matt Spick, Katherine Longman, Cecile Frampas, Holly Lewis, Catia Costa, Deborah Dunn Walters, Alex Stewart, Michael Wilde, Danni Greener, George Evetts, Drupad Trivedi, Perdita Barran, Andy Pitt, Melanie Bailey | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
COVID-19 dysregulates many areas of metabolism; in this work we show that the skin lipidome can be added to the list. Given that samples can be provided quickly and painlessly, we conclude that sebum is worthy of future consideration for clinical sampling.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00066-3/fulltext?rss=yes

[Editorial] Do we care about who cares?
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
International Women's Day, on March 8, provides an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women around the world and reflect on the gains in gender equity that have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a harmful effect on women, especially those who were already disadvantaged, and has widened health and social inequities. Rises in gender-based violence, child marriage, and school dropouts of girls, reduced access to sexual and reproductive health services, and economic insecurities due to job loss, withdrawal from the workforce, and stalled career progression are a blow to gender eq…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00518-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Friday 3/5: Emergency Action: Mumia has Covid-19!
UCSC Mumia Abu-Jamal Support Collective | indybay.org | 2021-03-06
Santa Cruz Clocktower (corner of Water St. and Pacific Ave.)…
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Pope Visits Iraq Amidst COVID Crisis, Conflict, Soaring Poverty and Struggling Economy
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2021-03-06
Shia Muslim Leader and Pope to Meet…
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Mumia Health Update / March 6 Global Virtual Street Meeting
The Jamal Journal | indybay.org | 2021-03-06
On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized. When he put in a sick call slip and was seen by the SCI Mahanoy medical staff he was taken immediately to the hospital suffering chest pain and shortness of breath. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure he was given a battery of tests…At the hospital his seriology blood test was positive for Covid-19.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884051…

Women in Afghanistan worry peace accord with Taliban extremists could cost them hard-won rights
The Conversation | juancole.com | 2021-03-06
Mona Tajali and Homa Hoodfar | — Three Afghan women who worked at a media company were gunned down in Jalalabad in early March. In January, unidentified gunmen killed two female Supreme Court judges in Kabul. These are the latest victims on a long list of assassinations and attempted assassinations of female politicians and women's …
juancole.com/2021/03/afghanistan-taliban…

Pope Francis Preaches Tolerance in War Torn Iraq, and Even Militias Welcome Him
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-03-06
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Al Jazeera reports that Pope Francis began his unprecedented trip to Iraq on Friday, his first visit abroad since the beginning of the pandemic. No pope had ever visited Iraq, though the country once had a significant Christian population. Part of the reason for the pope's visit is to give …
juancole.com/2021/03/preaches-tolerance-…

Is it still possible to prevent the collapse of Syria?
Middle East Monitor | juancole.com | 2021-03-06
By Marwan Kabalan | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — Syrian intellectuals and activists from across political and intellectual spheres are busy searching for a way out of the disastrous situation their country has reached after ten years of violent conflict. The issue is not straightforward, and the exit is unclear, with everyone trying …
juancole.com/2021/03/possible-prevent-co…

Leaked document shows the UK 'plans to cut aid to war-torn countries'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-03-06
The UK plans to cut aid to some of the world's most conflict-ridden countries by up to two thirds, according to a leaked document. | Aid to Syria would be cut by 67%, Libya by 63%, Somalia by 60% and South Sudan by 59%. This according to the Foreign Office report obtained by the openDemocracy website. | "Devastating": | Labour said the reported cuts would "cause devastation" to some of the world's most vulnerable people. | Preet Kaur Gill, shadow secretary for international development, said: This is a devastating reminder of the real world impact the Government's politically motivated decision to abandon…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2021/03/0…

[Articles] Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study
Anthony R Mato, Nirav N Shah, Wojciech Jurczak, Chan Y Cheah, John M Pagel, Jennifer A Woyach, Bita Fakhri, Toby A Eyre, Nicole Lamanna, Manish R Patel, Alvaro Alencar, Ewa Lech-Maranda, William G Wierda, Catherine C Coombs, James N Gerson, Paolo Ghia, Steven Le Gouill, David John Lewis, Suchitra Sundaram, Jonathon B Cohen, Ian W Flinn, Constantine S Tam, Minal A Barve, Bryone Kuss, Justin Taylor, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Stephen J Schuster, M Lia Palomba, Katharine L Lewis, Lindsey E Roeker, Matthew S Davids, Xuan Ni Tan, Timothy S Fenske, Johan Wallin, Donald E Tsai, Nora C Ku, Edward Zhu, Jessica Chen, Ming Yin, Binoj Nair, Kevin Ebata, Narasimha Marella, Jennifer R Brown, Michael Wang | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Pirtobrutinib was safe and active in multiple B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with covalent BTK inhibitors. Pirtobrutinib might address a growing unmet need for alternative therapies for these patients.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00224-5/fulltext?rss=yes

[Perspectives] Robin Shattock: novel vaccine developer
Udani Samarasekera | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Robin Shattock took an "unconventional route" into science. "Unlike most people who set off and went to university and did a PhD, I set off to the university of life and was more interested in being an actor or a rock star…A little bit later in life, I realised I actually needed to earn a living", he admits. That realisation in the late 1980s led to laboratory work, including HIV diagnostics, at the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service and further part-time study. In 1990, he joined St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London, as a research assistant and did a part-time PhD, kick-starting a caree…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00510-9/fulltext?rss=yes

[Articles] Pirtobrutinib in relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies (BRUIN): a phase 1/2 study
Anthony R Mato, Nirav N Shah, Wojciech Jurczak, Chan Y Cheah, John M Pagel, Jennifer A Woyach, Bita Fakhri, Toby A Eyre, Nicole Lamanna, Manish R Patel, Alvaro Alencar, Ewa Lech-Maranda, William G Wierda, Catherine C Coombs, James N Gerson, Paolo Ghia, Steven Le Gouill, David John Lewis, Suchitra Sundaram, Jonathon B Cohen, Ian W Flinn, Constantine S Tam, Minal A Barve, Bryone Kuss, Justin Taylor, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Stephen J Schuster, M Lia Palomba, Katharine L Lewis, Lindsey E Roeker, Matthew S Davids, Xuan Ni Tan, Timothy S Fenske, Johan Wallin, Donald E Tsai, Nora C Ku, Edward Zhu, Jessica Chen, Ming Yin, Binoj Nair, Kevin Ebata, Narasimha Marella, Jennifer R Brown, Michael Wang | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Pirtobrutinib was safe and active in multiple B-cell malignancies, including patients previously treated with covalent BTK inhibitors. Pirtobrutinib might address a growing unmet need for alternative therapies for these patients.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00224-5/fulltext?rss=yes

Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Foreign Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines
Lee Fang | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
[Big Pharma is fighting for tight control over Covid-19 vaccine production, limiting availability worldwide while reaping billions]…
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Drug Lobby Asks Biden to Punish Foreign Countries Pushing for Low-Cost Vaccines
Lee Fang | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
[Big Pharma is fighting for tight control over Covid-19 vaccine production, limiting availability worldwide while reaping billions]…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/drug-lobby-asks-bi…

[Comment] Offline: It's time to ask questions and learn lessons
Richard Horton | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
1 year on from WHO's assessment, on March 11, 2020, that its Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) had evolved into a full blown coronavirus pandemic, what can we conclude? Many governments have decided not to conclude anything. They argue that it is still too soon to learn lessons. With over 2 ∑5 million deaths worldwide, and 1 million more predicted by June 1, this political deflection is no longer sustainable. Indeed, it is unconscionable. While governments resist accountability, countries are seeing unofficial inquiries spring up to fill the vacuum.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00571-7/fulltext?rss=yes

[Department of Error] Department of Error
thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Voysey M, Costa Clemens SA, Madhi SA, et al. Single-dose administration and the influence of the timing of the booster dose on immunogenicity and efficacy of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine: a pooled analysis of four randomised trials. Lancet 2021; 397: 881–91–In this Article, in figure 3, some of the datapoints on the graphs and the key on the left panel have both been corrected. These corrections have been made to the online version as of March 4, 2021, and the printed version is correct.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00515-8/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Thank you to The Lancet's reviewers of 2020
The Editors of The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
In 2021, many of us are still looking back to 2020 and trying to make sense of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. For those working in medicine and science, 2020 was unusual and difficult. The rapid research advances made to understand SARS-CoV-2, to describe the clinical course and long-term consequences of COVID-19, and to develop treatments and vaccines are incomparable. This incredible progress is a testament to the hard work and dedication of countless researchers and clinicians worldwide.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00459-1/fulltext?rss=yes

[Comment] Single-dose Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine followed by a 12-week booster
Ivan F N Hung, Gregory A Poland | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Vaccines to prevent COVID-19 infection are crucial for an effective global pandemic response. In The Lancet, Merryn Voysey and colleagues1 report the updated primary efficacy results for the Oxford–AstraZeneca ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222) vaccine from three single-blind, randomised controlled trials in the UK and Brazil and one double-blind study in South Africa.2–4 The ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine was granted emergency use authorisation in adults by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency5 in December, 2020.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00528-6/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Medical oxygen crisis: a belated COVID-19 response
Ann Danaiya Usher | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
More than a year into the pandemic, global health agencies have set up a taskforce to address the vast unmet demand for medical oxygen. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00561-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Obituary] Charles Kiggundu
Andrew Green | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Obstetrician and gynaecologist who advocated for reproductive health and rights. He was born on April 17, 1965, in Uganda's Luwero District, and died from COVID-19 complications on Dec 29, 2020, in Kampala, Uganda, aged 55 years.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00513-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[Research Paper] Changes to the sebum lipidome upon COVID-19 infection observed via rapid sampling from the skin
Matt Spick, Katherine Longman, Cecile Frampas, Holly Lewis, Catia Costa, Deborah Dunn Walters, Alex Stewart, Michael Wilde, Danni Greener, George Evetts, Drupad Trivedi, Perdita Barran, Andy Pitt, Melanie Bailey | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
COVID-19 dysregulates many areas of metabolism; in this work we show that the skin lipidome can be added to the list. Given that samples can be provided quickly and painlessly, we conclude that sebum is worthy of future consideration for clinical sampling.
thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PI…(21)00066-3/fulltext?rss=yes

[Editorial] Do we care about who cares?
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
International Women's Day, on March 8, provides an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women around the world and reflect on the gains in gender equity that have been lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had a harmful effect on women, especially those who were already disadvantaged, and has widened health and social inequities. Rises in gender-based violence, child marriage, and school dropouts of girls, reduced access to sexual and reproductive health services, and economic insecurities due to job loss, withdrawal from the workforce, and stalled career progression are a blow to gender eq…
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PI…(21)00518-3/fulltext?rss=yes

Vaccine imperialism: China vs. the Western world
Lee Siu Hin | workers.org | 2021-03-06
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. Feb. 23 China and Russia are among the first countries in the world . . . | Continue reading Vaccine imperialism: China vs. the Western world at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/03/54884/?utm_source=rs…

Rodney King: 30 Years After Brutal Beating, LAPD 'Still Corrupt and Violent'
Sam Levin | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
Advocates who lived through the riots are now fighting to defund the police and dismantle unions that thwart accountability…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/rodney-king-30-yea…

Houston demonstration demands, "Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!"
Caleb Granger | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
Texans need relief from the pandemic and from the damage caused by Winter Storm Uri now. End U.S. imperial warfare and use the resources to help suffering people…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/houston-demonstrat…

Rodney King: 30 Years After Brutal Beating, LAPD 'Still Corrupt and Violent'
Sam Levin | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
Advocates who lived through the riots are now fighting to defund the police and dismantle unions that thwart accountability…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/rodney-king-30-yea…

Taking War Personally
Robert Koehler | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
"For Washington, it seems that whatever the problem is, the answer is bombing."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/taking-war-persona…

Taking War Personally
Robert Koehler | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
"For Washington, it seems that whatever the problem is, the answer is bombing."
zcomm.org/znetarticle/taking-war-persona…

Houston demonstration demands, "Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!"
Caleb Granger | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
Texans need relief from the pandemic and from the damage caused by Winter Storm Uri now. End U.S. imperial warfare and use the resources to help suffering people…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/houston-demonstrat…

Scores killed in Yemen's Marib over 24 hours
MEE, agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-06
Scores killed in Yemen's Marib over 24 hours | The UN warned of a humanitarian crisis as thousands are displaced by Houthi offensive | MEE and agencies | Sat, 03/06/2021 – 09: 47 | Armed Houthis at the funeral of another fighter killed during recent fighting in Marib (Reuters) | At least 90 combatants have been killed in fighting around Yemen's Marib governorate over a single day, government sources said.
www.middleeasteye.net/news/90-killed-yem…

[Comment] Mind your language: respectful language within maternity services
Sunitha Vimalesvaran, Jillian Ireland, Minesh Khashu | thelancet.com | 2021-03-06
Attentive communication and use of respectful language are important aspects of good quality clinical care in the intrapartum period, a particularly vulnerable time for women.1 Knowledge of the sociological aspects of childbirth has contributed to the development of a more person-centred and evidence-based approach in the care of childbearing women.2 However, negative attitudes towards women and childbirth persist. In some socio-political contexts, women may still be treated as baby-making machines.
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Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress
Margaret Flowers | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
Examples of the tremendous power people have to force changes and create support networks in their communities when they organize together…
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Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress
Margaret Flowers | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
Examples of the tremendous power people have to force changes and create support networks in their communities when they organize together…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/small-acts-can-bec…

EU backs ICC after Netanyahu's "anti-Semitism" smear
Ali Abunimah | zcomm.org | 2021-03-06
After years-long delays and decades of waiting for justice, Palestinians are at last seeing their quest to hold Israel accountable and check its crimes bearing fruit…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/eu-backs-icc-after…

Anti-Communist Political Science: Propaganda for the Yankee Capitalist State
Bruce Lerro | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-06
Orientation I returned to college 20 years after dropping out in the late 1960s. After a couple of weeks in the political science class I was taking, I challenged the instructor by asking: "Where are the Marxists and anarchists in your presentation of political science?" Here is what I was told. "Marxists and anarchists are …
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American Socialism in the Mid 20th Century
Jackie Fox | realprogressives.org | 2021-03-06
The year prior to Upton Sinclair's loss in California, the US elected Franklin D. Roosevelt into office. For American socialists at the time, this was both a blessing and a curse. Roosevelt co-opted many socialist demands, halting any momentum the Socialist Party of America, or American socialists more broadly, had gained since the turn of the century. The Democratic Party also offered to let socialists to run for their party, like the aforementioned Sinclair. | Roosevelt was not a socialist in either the current definition or by the standards of the time. He reacted to a situation that unfettered capitalis…
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FRSO to hold International Women's Day celebration
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-03-06
Minneapolis, MN – Freedom Road Socialist Organization will hold an online International Women's Day celebration on March 6. | Tracy Molm, a leading member of FRSO, will be among the speakers. Molm states, "International Women's Day s a day to celebrate our struggle. Women, including trans and non-binary people, play a vital role in fighting for revolutionary change. We are demanding and will fight for the liberation of women, and we want an end to all oppression and exploitation. We need political power. We need socialism." | The event will take place Saturday, March 6, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time. It can…
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Rosa Luxemburg at 150: a revolutionary legacy
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-03-06
Rosa Luxemburg, one of the great leaders in the history of the socialist movement, was born in Poland (then a province of the Russian empire) 150 years ago this month, on 5 March 1871.
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Sunday 3/7: 150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg
World Socialist Web Site | indybay.org | 2021-03-06
International online streamed event.
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The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-06
We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.
globalresearch.ca/the-2020-worldwide-cor…

The Rockefeller Way: The Family's Covert 'Climate Change' Plan
The Energy & Environmental Legal Institute | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-06
First published in December 2016, this article is of relevance to an understanding of the ongoing debate on Climate Change as well the Green New Deal, largely controlled by the financial establishment. The Rockefellers also play a key role in …
globalresearch.ca/rockefeller-familys-co…

Todo el mundo está mirando
Editor | workers.org | 2021-03-06
"Un ataque contra uno es un ataque contra todxs." Este famoso lema laboral, popularizado por los Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo hace más de un siglo, es más significativo hoy que nunca. Pero tiene un doble significado para los trabajadores de Amazon, donde la tasa de lesiones en el lugar de . . . | Continue reading Todo el mundo está mirando at Workers.org
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Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-05
Credit: The Intercept: U.S.-led coalition airstrike — Mosul, Iraq on November 7, 2016 On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the …
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Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
On February 25, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over a year ago. The…
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Biden Acts with Impunity (to Send Iran a Message, by Attacking Iraqis in Syria)
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Recall the broad context. In March 2003, in the worst crime of the 21st century, a war-based-on-lies led by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the U.S. invaded and destroyed the modern country of Iraq, generating mass flight and civil war. Half a million people were killed and the suffering continues. Too…
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Rev. William Barber to Democrats: "Stick Together" and Pass the $15 Minimum Wage
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-03-05
Image Credit: Facebook: Fightfor15LA | The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal mini…
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Here Are the 8 Democrats Who Just Joined GOP to Vote Down Sanders' $15 Minimum Wage Amendment
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
"Every single Dem who voted against a $15 minimum wage should be primaried." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Shameful': Millionaire Senators Vote Against Popular Minimum Wage Raise That Would Lift Millions Out of Poverty
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
"It is despicable and unacceptable that there is not unanimous support among Democrats in Congress for a $15 minimum wage," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment
Jake Johnson | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
"I regard it as absurd that the parliamentarian, a Senate staffer elected by no one, can prevent a wage increase for 32 million workers."
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Democrats crush Bernie Sanders' push for $15 minimum wage insert into Covid relief bill, despite most Americans supporting it
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Senator Sanders (I-Vermont) has failed to insert a minimum wage hike into a mammoth $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The attempt was a long shot, and members of his own party decisively voted against it. | As the US Senate debated amendments to President Joe Biden's long-anticipated Covid-19 relief bill, Sanders stuck to his progressive guns on Friday and attempted to insert an amendment to raise the federal minimum wage to $15. The amendment was already ruled out by the Senate parliamentarian — an official who functions as a sort of referee in the chamber — last week, as inserting it would bre…
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Rev. William Barber to Democrats: Overrule the Senate Parliamentarian & Pass the $15 Minimum Wage
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-03-05
The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, the Fight for 15 continues, with the Senate considering an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders to raise the minimum wage fro…
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Sanders Statement on Minimum Wage Vote
commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
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"No Excuse" for Senate Democrats Who Voted No on $15 Minimum Wage Amendment
commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
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Reconstructing the Algebra of Race and Rights
Real Progressives | realprogressives.org | 2021-03-05
This post is part of our symposium on universal basic income. | In The Alchemy of Race and Rights, Patricia Williams critiques capitalism for narrowing our demands on the state to monetizable claims, arguing the "purchasing of our liberties; the peonage of our citizenship" situates us in eternal stasis. If "…a change on one side of the equation is always balanced by the algebraically obligatory change on the other" then "[m]oney reflects law and law reflects money, unattached to notions…
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Video: Cancel the Rents caravan in Oakland, California
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
On Feb 27, people from around the San Francisco Bay Area gathered for a rally and caravan in Berkeley and Oakland to demand cancellation of rents and mortgages, an end to evictions, and housing for the homeless. Over 20 organizations were represented, including the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, Do No Harm Coalition, AFSCME 3299, …
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Man Utd legend tackling homelessness with Covid-safe pods
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
By Clà udia Sacrest Stoke-on-Trent (UK), Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Dignified housing pods set up in a large industrial warehouse in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent offer homeless people an opportunity to take the first step away from life on the street. Former Manchester United legend and Scotland international Lou Macari founded the initiative four years ago …
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Practically impossible: Russian NGOs plead for Putin's help as new law demands they declare foreign funding sources of EVERY donor
rt.com | 2021-03-05
More than fifty Russian NGOs that help orphans, the homeless and other vulnerable groups have asked President Vladimir Putin to help resolve disputes with the Ministry of Justice over the declaration of foreign funding. | That's according to Moscow daily Kommersant, which explained that the law obliges such organizations to declare any foreign sources of funding in their annual financial reports, including information about international income streams of their Russian donors. | In recent years, the government has increased the reporting requirement of organizations in several fields, with an increased focus o…
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Purging Inconvenient Facts In Coverage Of Biden's 'First' Air Attacks
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-03-05
When the Biden administration bombed Syria on February 25, the attack killed "at least 22," most of them members of Iraqi militias, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring organization opposed to the Syrian government. The US said the bombing was retaliation for three rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq that it claims were carried out by groups allied with Iran (NBC, 2/25/21). In one of the attacks, rockets fired at Erbil airport killed a military contractor and an Iraqi civilian. | The US does not say that its airstrike on Syria was aimed at the group that carried out the E…
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The US has dropped 326,000 bombs on people in other countries since 2001, Most Recently in Syria
Medea Benjamin, Nicholas J.S. Davies | juancole.com | 2021-03-05
( Code Pink) — On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close over …
juancole.com/2021/03/missiles-countries-…

US Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after missile strikes in Iraq
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
US Republicans demand arms embargo on Iran after missile strikes in Iraq | Two senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying US must prevent 'Iran from selling its weapons abroad' | MEE staff | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 20: 02 | Senators Joni Ernst, left, and Bill Hagerty, right, sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week (AFP) | Two Senate Republicans are calling on the State Depart…
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Bad Stimulus: the Problems with Biden's COVID Relief Package
Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
The new Democratic administration is poised to make its first proud step in delivering on its electoral promise to build back (America) better: the successful adoption of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the main components of which are a third round of stimulus checks, a renewal of federal unemployment benefits, and a boost to the…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/bad-stimulus…

Plummeting currency fuels poverty and protests in Lebanon
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
The economic crisis, intensified by the coronavirus pandemic, has thrown more than half of the country's six million population into poverty.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/leba…

Globalink | US Expert on Surge of Anti-Asian Violence Amid Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
The coronavirus pandemic had been spreading in the United States for more than a year, causing not only a public health crisis but also a surge in violence and hate incidents against Asian Americans in the country…
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Globalink | US Expert on Surge of Anti-Asian Violence Amid Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
The coronavirus pandemic had been spreading in the United States for more than a year, causing not only a public health crisis but also a surge in violence and hate incidents against Asian Americans in the country…
telesurenglish.net/news/Globalink–US-Ex…

Damning court verdict finds failure to declare hundreds of contracts and that Johnson 'misled Parliament'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-03-05
The government unlawfully failed to publish details of more than 500 coronavirus-related contracts within the required time, the High Court has said. | Failures: | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing last month, the Good Law Project argued there h…
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US jobless rate in February falls to lowest level since onset of pandemic
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Washington, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- The United States' unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point in February to a seasonally adjusted 6.2 percent, its lowest monthly level since the coronavirus pandemic began battering the world's largest economy in March 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. That result was due in part to the …
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Pope arrives in Iraq for historic trip amid Covid, security risks
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Baghdad, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday for the first ever papal visit to Iraq, and his first trip abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year. He will meet members of the country's Christian minority community which was persecuted by the Islamic State that occupied parts of Iraq …
laprensalatina.com/pope-arrives-in-iraq-…

Americans more upbeat about end of Covid-19 than ever, poll finds…but others not so sure
rt.com | 2021-03-05
A record 60 percent of Americans believe the coronavirus situation is improving, a recent poll found, with people more confident than ever that they can get PPE or be tested if they need it. But the fun police aren't happy. | More Americans feel optimistic about the Covid-19 epidemic than at any point since the beginning of the pandemic, a Gallup poll published on Friday has revealed. | With 60 percent of Americans confident the epidemic was on the mend, the March poll was the first time since the pollster began checking for Covid-19 concerns in April that the overall outlook had improved. Faith in being able…
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European Union says member states are allowed to purchase Russian & Chinese vaccines on their own
rt.com | 2021-03-05
EU countries have the right to acquire vaccines independently if jabs aren't part of the bloc's centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said when asked about the Russian and Chinese shots. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the bloc have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization with China. | When asked about those developments,…
rt.com/russia/517356-sputnik-european-un…

200,000 Russians have died of Covid-19 since start of pandemic, state agency confirms, as caseload falls & restrictions dropped
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Another grim milestone has been reached in Russia's fight against Covid-19, with Moscow officials confirming that more than 200,000 deaths linked to the virus have been recorded since the first fatality just under a year ago. | Rosstat, the country's statistical authority, announced on Friday that 37,107 people had died while infected with the coronavirus in January, putting the overall official number of dead at 200,432 and potentially giving the country the third-highest total death toll in the world after the US and Brazil. However, when measured on a per capita basis, the world's largest country has seen l…
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One dose of Sputnik V is enough for strong immune response in people previously infected with Covid-19, Argentina study claims
rt.com | 2021-03-05
People who already had the coronavirus show rapid immune response to Sputnik V and may require just one shot of the Russian jab during vaccination, a study in Buenos Aires found. | Participants developed Covid-19 antibodies in 100 percent of the cases after both doses of Sputnik V were administered to them, a study by Buenos Aires-based Leloir Institute Foundation (FIL) revealed. | The research, which was supported…
rt.com/russia/517337-argentina-sputnik-v…

'I don't know what prime minister meant': Israel's virus czar shoots down Netanyahu's suggestion country is through pandemic
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Israeli coronavirus response chief, Nachman Ash, doesn't share PM Benjamin Netanyahu's optimism regarding the Covid situation in the country, warning that it could well go into a fourth lockdown due to a rising transmission rate. | Israel is "the first country in the world to emerge from corona," Netanyahu insisted in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. "Look, I don't think we're coming out completely. We're going to have to wear a mask for some time. But we're behind it." | When asked on Friday to comment on Netanyahu's remarks, Ash responded: "I don't know what the prime minister meant." | Israel has bee…
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European Union agrees member states can purchase Russian & Chinese Covid-19 vaccines outside of bloc's collective purchase program
rt.com | 2021-03-05
European Union member states have the right to acquire Covid-19 vaccines independently if the jabs concerned aren't part of the bloc's under-fire centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said on Friday. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the 27-member collective have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization from China. | When ask…
rt.com/russia/517356-sputnik-european-un…

European Union agrees that member states can purchase Russian & Chinese vaccines outside of bloc's collective purchase program
rt.com | 2021-03-05
EU countries have the right to acquire vaccines independently if the jabs concerned aren't part of the bloc's centralized procurement strategy, a European Commission spokesman said when asked about Russian and Chinese formulas. | Amid shortages of EU-approved Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines against the coronavirus, some countries in the 27-member collective have started looking for other ways to inoculate their populations. Hungary and Slovakia have already approved Russia's Sputnik V jab on their own, while Poland is discussing the possibility of purchasing Sinovac immunization from China. | When ask…
rt.com/russia/517356-sputnik-european-un…

GOP Goes All In to Obstruct Relief Bill Nine Days Before Jobless Benefits Expire
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-03-05
Republican lawmakers, led by Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, are attempting to grind the Senate to a halt to delay passage of a sprawling $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as Democrats race to get the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk before March 14, when millions of jobless Americans will begin losing their unemployment lifelines. | After the Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a procedural motion to begin consideration of the aid bill — with all 50 Republicans vot…
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'Stop Whining' Bolsonaro Says as Thousands of Brazilians Die
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated his political handling of the pandemic through contradictory actions related to epidemiological restrictions. | RELATED: | Brazil Is the New World Epicenter of the Coronavirus Pandemic | Besides arguing that physical distancing is a "cowardly" measure, the far-right Capitan asked Brazilians to stop complaining about COVID-19 and called those calling on him to buy more vaccines "idiots." | "You have to face the problems. Enough of wh…
telesurenglish.net/news/Stop-Whining-Bol…

"We Do This 'Til We Free Us": Mariame Kaba on Abolishing Police, Prisons & Moving Toward Justice
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-03-05
Outrage over police brutality and the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people has generated calls to defund and abolish the police. Longtime organizer Mariame Kaba's new book, titled "We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice," brings together collected essays, interviews and other writings that she and numerous collaborators produced between 2014 — the year of the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of Michael Brown — and today. Kaba says the book grapples with "the fact that so many people around the country recognize the complete and utte…
www.democracynow.org/2021/3/5/george_flo…

Detroit Will Use $200,000 in Taxpayer Money to Fund Claim Against BLM Group
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-03-05
Detroit Will Breathe was formed days after the mass uprising following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Despite the hyper-militarized tools and tactics used by Detroit Police on anti-racist protesters in an attempt to stop the movement, activists kept mobilizing against police brutality. Instead of trying to meet the demands that Detroit Will Breathe developed with the community, DPD continued to use excessive force and brutality. Following a summer of state violen…
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Bolivia Arrests Organizers of Fatal University Rally in El Alto
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
A Bolivian court on Friday ordered the preventive detention of seven university leaders for the death of a group of students who fell almost 17 meters after the collapse of a railing at the El Alto Public University (UPEA). | RELATED: | UN Calls for Peaceful Subnational Elections in Bolivia | The Prosecutor's Office stated that the detainees face culpable homicide and culpable injuries charges committed against 11 students, 7 of whom passed away on Tuesday. | The student leaders call…
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Mexico: Gangs Are Likely To Influence in Elections in 7 States
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Mexico's Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Rodriguez on Thursday reported on seven states where there is a higher risk of organized crime interference in June's subnational elections. | RELATED: | 64 Politicians Killed Amid Electoral Process | Morelos, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Jalisco are the states where there are risks of pressures and homicides by criminal gangs against candidates. These groups collude with local politicians and author…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Gangs-Are…

Israel: Orthodox Religious Parties Shaken by Supreme Court Ruling on Law of Return
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2021-03-05
The Israeli Supreme Court ruling on the application of the Law of Return threatens ultimate dilution of the political power of Israel's Orthodox religious parties, and thus has the potential to shake up the upcoming election's dynamics.
mintpressnews.com/israel-orthodox-religi…

What the Ecuadoran Elections Mean for the U.S
Eve Ottenberg | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
The pink tide is coming back in — much to the chagrin of many in the U.S. government. With leftist governments in Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico and Cuba, the prospect of yet another, this time in Ecuador, doubtless keeps regime changers, right-wing think tankers and other assorted Washington imperialists up at night. All those leftists the U.S. had murdered over the years, all the death squads the U.S. gave the nod to, all those dictators the North American empire supported — for what? After generations of slaughter, the victims' heirs keep taking over. The U.S. sponsored the exterm…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/what-the-ecu…

Bolivia Arrests Organizers of Fatal University Rally in El Alto
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
A Bolivian court on Friday ordered the preventive detention of seven university leaders for the death of a group of students who fell almost 17 meters after the collapse of a railing at the El Alto Public University (UPEA). | RELATED: | UN Calls for Peaceful Subnational Elections in Bolivia | The Prosecutor's Office stated that the detainees face culpable homicide and culpable injuries charges committed against 11 students, 7 of whom passed away on Tuesday. | The student leaders call…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Arrests-…

Mexico: Gangs Are Likely To Influence in Elections in 7 States
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Mexico's Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Rodriguez on Thursday reported on seven states where there is a higher risk of organized crime interference in June's subnational elections. | RELATED: | 64 Politicians Killed Amid Electoral Process | Morelos, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Jalisco are the states where there are risks of pressures and homicides by criminal gangs against candidates. These groups collude with local politicians and author…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Gangs-Are…

Obama said Buttigieg can't become president because he's 'GAY' and 'SHORT,' new book on 2020 campaign reveals
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Former President Barack Obama sized up the top Democrat 2020 presidential contenders and concluded that Pete Buttigieg couldn't win because of his sexual orientation, shortness and youth, according to a new book on the race. | "He's 38, but he looks 30," Obama told a group of wealthy black political donors in New York in October 2019, two mainstream journalists wrote in a book on how President Joe Biden won the election. | He's the mayor of a small town. He's gay, and he's short. | Obama gave his br…
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Why Congress Must Pass Voting Rights Reform Now
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
Why Congress Must Pass Voting Rights Reform Now…
thenation.com/article/politics/congress-…

German intelligence blocked from spying on right-wing AfD party after designation as 'suspected' extremists
rt.com | 2021-03-05
The BfV, Germany's domestic intelligence service, cannot spy on the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party under the authority they have to fight extremism, a court has said in an emergency injunction. | The decision by the Cologne Administrative Court was taken on Friday as it continues looking into a complaint by the AfD. The court agreed with the party that the information about the designation may affect its election outlook. The party was designated a suspected extremist organization by the BfV earlier this week. | The German constitution requires equal treatment of all political parties, so at least for now…
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Roaming Charges: No Neanderthal Ever Bombed Syria
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
+ There were many reasons to vote against Trump, starting with the fact that he was the incumbent running for reelection. All incumbent presidents should be voted against as matter of principle, because they almost certainly started committing war crimes within weeks of taking office, a truism Biden has now reconfirmed with his bombing of…
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WA election: Green is good, socialist is better
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-03-05
Sam Wainwright argues that a vote for the Socialist Alliance is not a wasted vote. Rather it sends a signal that voters believe only mobilised communities can defeat capitalism.
greenleft.org.au/content/wa-election-gre…

Michigan high school students fight attacks on BLM mural
Joe Lee-Cullin | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
"It can be scary to be Black in America. [Our kids] shouldn't have to be scared at school."
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U.S., EU Sanctions on Russia a Reckless Triumph of Absurdity
_____ | strategic-culture.org | 2021-03-05
The cynical, bankrupt basis for sanctioning Russia makes the Western states' words and actions a reckless provocation. | The United States and European Union this week imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia in a coordinated move. The move is a reckless provocation and was condemned by Moscow as a "hostile act". It is a further retrograde step towards increasing Cold War-style tensions and the danger of confrontation. | Russia's foreign ministry excoriated the Western sanctions as "triumph of absurdity over reason". | Washington and Brussels both invoked the case of opposition figure Alexei Navalny as the basi…
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Amelia Pang on the Human Cost of America's Addiction to Cheap Goods
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-03-05
Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play As mass consumerism took hold in the United States over the past several decades, Americans became increasingly expectant that the goods available to them would be cheaper than previously imaginable. One of the costs of this phenomenon has been off-shored to factories primarily in China, where factory labor conditions are well known to be… | Source…
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The Odyssey of An Wei, the Forest Gump of China
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
The story of An Wei overlaps almost perfectly with the story of Communist China. Born in a small village some distance from the northwestern city of Xian, An Wei was seven years old when Mao took control of the country in 1949. As the son of peasants, he was part of the first generation of…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/the-odyssey-…

NATO Calls for Europe and North America to Face 'China's Rise'
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg declared that Europe and North America must work together to effectively address old and emerging global challenges, including the rise of China, cyber-attacks, and cutting-edge technologies. | "Today, NATO has 30 strong allies and ensures security for nearly 1 billion people. But our Alliance continues to change as the world around us changes. And we must continue to adapt while addressing challenges, both old and new," Stoltenberg said in his speech to students at The College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. | The NATO chief adds that while China is not an "adversary" to…
telesurenglish.net/news/NATO-Calls-for-E…

Biden doubles down on "great power" conflict with China
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
To an extent even greater than its predecessor, the Biden administration is singling out China as the greatest US adversary and target for conflict.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/chin…

China achieves goal of eradicating absolute poverty
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
On February 25, President Xi Jinping declared end of absolute poverty in China. He stated that all remaining regions that had been afflicted with absolute poverty have now successfully defeated it. Over the last eight years, China has lifted a total of 98.99 million poor out of poverty.
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/china-ach…

China Rejects US Sanctions Against Cuba and Other Countries
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
China today reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral U.S. sanctions against Cuba, Russia, Iran, and Venezuela, after denouncing the socio-economic impact of these measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | China Declares "Complete Victory" Over Poverty | Wang Wenbin, Foreign Ministry spokesman, urged Washington to listen to the international community's call in this regard and immediately lift the coercive policies imposed under the pretext of human rights. | "Such moves are widely critici…
telesurenglish.net/news/China-Rejects-US…

Top Pentagon commander requests astronomical sum of money to prepare for war with China
Richard Becker | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
The funding increase that Davidson is seeking for his command — not the total allocation — is greater than the entire budget of the whole armed forces of Brazil.
liberationnews.org/top-pentagon-commande…

China Returns to Form With 'Conservative' Economic Growth Target of 'Above 6%' for 2021
sputniknews.com | 2021-03-05
From 5G internet to artificial intelligence, China's storming of the global technology markets in recent years has provoked a defensive response by the United States, which has heavily targeted Chinese firms with tariffs, sanctions and trade blacklists.
sputniknews.com/business/202103051082268…

China sets a 2021 growth target above 6%
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Beijing, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- China established a 2021 growth target for "above 6 percent," according to the government's work report, to which EFE had access, delivered to the National People's Assembly, which began Friday. The document said the objective is set taking into account "the recovery of economic activity" — GDP grew by 2.3 percent …
laprensalatina.com/china-sets-a-2021-gro…

Boom to gloom in China's Super League
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
By Víctor Escribano Shanghai, China, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Just five years ago the Chinese Super League was making a name for itself with high-profile signings and eye-watering salaries but now it is mired in financial woes. Alarm bells started to ring in February when the company that owns the league's defending champion Jiangsu Suning announced …
laprensalatina.com/boom-to-gloom-in-chin…

China sets a 2021 growth target above 6%, hardens Hong Kong stance
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Update 1: Adds Hong Kong policy plans, updates headline Beijing, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- China established a 2021 growth target for "above 6 percent," according to the government's work report, to which EFE had access, delivered to the National People's Assembly, which began Friday. The document said the objective is set taking into account "the recovery …
laprensalatina.com/china-sets-a-2021-gro…

Beijing boosts defense budget, sets growth above 6%, hardens HK stance
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Update 2: Adds defense budget increase, changes slug, headline, lede, minor edits Beijing, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- China will increase its 2021 defense budget by 6.8 percent, according to the government's preliminary report presented at the National People's Congress (NPC), which began Friday. The defense spending of the Asian power this year is expected to total …
laprensalatina.com/beijing-boosts-defens…

UK Labour Party outlines its agenda for nuclear warfare targeting Russia
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence John Healey in a speech to military think-tank gave naked expression to Labour's insane warmongering–outlining a de facto plan for military aggression against Russia and China, up to and including nuclear weapons.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/labo…

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Mark Fiore | progressive.org | 2021-03-05
Biden is definitely doing more than Donald Trump did to punish Saudi Arabia, but he is letting the the main culprit off the hook.
progressive.org/dispatches/best-frienemi…

FBI Arrests Trump State Dept Aide Over Role in Capitol Riots
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Thursday an official of former President Donald Trump for the assault on the Capitol on January 6, becoming the first person arrested linked to the previous government, reports EFE agency. | The person arrested was Federico Klein, a 42-year-old man who during the Trump administration worked at the State Department as a political appointee. Specifically, the detainee was first assigned to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in the department in charge of Brazil and the Southern Cone, and then transferred to the office that administers requests for access…
telesurenglish.net/news/FBI-Arrests-Trum…

The ReTrumplican Party
Robert Fantina | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Last week, the Republican Party had its Trump lovefest. While every semi-prominent Republican with his or her eye on the White House presented their twisted version of reality to the adoring crowds, it was former President Donald Trump who stole the show. He rolled out one tired old fabrication after another, much to the delight…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/the-retrumpl…

End Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars
Nicolas J S Davies | progressive.org | 2021-03-05
The United States and its allies have dropped more than 326,000 bombs and missiles on people in other countries since 2001.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-biden-b…

End Trump and Biden's Secret Bombing Wars
Medea Benjamin | progressive.org | 2021-03-05
The United States and its allies have dropped more than 326,000 bombs and missiles on people in other countries since 2001.
progressive.org/dispatches/trump-biden-b…

FBI Arrests Trump State Dept Aide Over Role in Capitol Riots
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Thursday an official of former President Donald Trump for the assault on the Capitol on January 6, becoming the first person arrested linked to the previous government, reports EFE agency. | The person arrested was Federico Klein, a 42-year-old man who during the Trump administration worked at the State Department as a political appointee. Specifically, the detainee was first assigned to the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, in the department in charge of Brazil and the Southern Cone, and then transferred to the office that administers requests for access…
telesurenglish.net/news/FBI-Arrests-Trum…

Organizing the Multiracial Working Class
Maurice Mitchell | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
If working people fail to see real material distinctions between life under Trump and life under Biden, they'll look for an alternative to the party in power…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/organizing-the-mul…

MSNBC's Joy Reid sparks outrage by claiming conservatives would trade tax cuts to be allowed 'openly say the n-word'
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Joy Reid has triggered everyone from Ben Shapiro to Glenn Greenwald by implying Republicans are racists wishing they could "openly say the n-word" and floating new meritless "Moscow" conspiracy theories. | "I'll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-word like in 'the good old days,'" Reid tweeted this week. "To them, not being able to be openly racist and discriminatory without consequence is oppression. Trump is the avatar for this 'freedom.'" | I'll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the n-w…
rt.com/usa/517359-joy-reid-republicans-n…

Democratic congressman Swalwell sues Trump for EMOTIONAL DAMAGE over Capitol riot, says he was ready for COMBAT with mob
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Rep. Eric Swalwell has sued Donald Trump and his allies over "emotional distress" sustained at the Capitol Hill riot. The suit also claims that Swalwell stripped down and prepared for "hand-to-hand combat" with the rioters. | In a civil lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Swalwell (D-California) alleges that former President Trump, along with his son, Donald Jr., Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), and lawyer Rudy Giuliani, are directly responsible for causing him "severe emotional distress," name…
rt.com/usa/517368-swalwell-sues-trump-em…

Trump accuses Biden of creating 'spiraling tsunami' at US-Mexico border as migrant situation spins 'totally out of control'
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Donald Trump has released a statement accusing President Joe Biden of letting the situation at the US/Mexico border get "totally out of control" as officials prepare for unprecedented numbers of migrant children this year. | "A mass incursion into the country by people who should not be here is happening on an hourly basis, getting worse by the minute," Trump said in a Friday statement. He blasted Biden for creating a "spiraling tsunami" at the border. | …
rt.com/usa/517369-trump-biden-border-tsu…

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Is a Deadlier, More Delusional Alternative to Trump
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Is a Deadlier, More Delusional Alternative to Trump…
thenation.com/article/politics/south-dak…

Corporate Media Praise Republicans Who Oppose Trump, but Whitewash Their Extremism and Undermining of Democracy
Julie Hollar | commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
Their own credulous coverage of the little lies of vote fraud, which went on for decades and their willingness to lionize purveyors of those lies to this day, have played no small role in allowing it to happen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2021/03/05/corpor…

Democracy on the line: Senate Democrats can't let Trump's Big Lie become a zombie lie
Heather Digby Parton | salon.com | 2021-03-05
Do either Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema or Joe Manchin want to be remembered as the Strom Thurmond of their time?>…
salon.com/2021/03/05/democracy-on-the-li…

Sen. Ron Johnson, worth $40 million, derided as "face of the opposition" to COVID relief
Ramsey Touchberry | salon.com | 2021-03-05
Wisconsin's science-denier and Trump superfan is now forcing pointless delay in final vote on COVID relief package…
salon.com/2021/03/05/sen-ron-johnson-wor…

Why some New Age influencers believe Trump is a "lightworker"
Nicole Karlis | salon.com | 2021-03-05
The New Age philosophy-Trump connection has concerning parallels to the role mysticism played in Nazi Germany…
salon.com/2021/03/04/why-some-new-age-in…

"Moderate" Democrats May Obstruct Fundamentally Essential Electoral Reform
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-03-05
One of the more revealing political moments of recent times was when the Republican Party decided they weren't going to bother writing a platform for the national convention in 2020. They simply announced that they supported President Trump and pretty much left it at that. It's not that platforms necessarily guide the party's agenda, but they are an indicator of its priorities, philosophy,…
truthout.org/articles/moderate-democrats…

FBI Arrests Former Trump Appointee for Role in January 6 Capitol Breach
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-03-05
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) arrested Federico Klein, a former State Department official who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, on Thursday evening, alleging that he was involved in the January 6 attack of the U.S. Capitol building. | Klein's arrest marks the first known occasion of a former Trump political appointee being arrested for the breach of the building that d…
truthout.org/articles/fbi-arrests-former…

Former Impeachment Manager Sues Trump Over January 6 Capitol Breach
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-03-05
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), who also served as a House manager in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump earlier this year, has filed a civil lawsuit against the former president, alleging that he was largely responsible for inciting his base of loyalists to breach the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. | Swalwell also named Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and former…
truthout.org/articles/former-impeachment…

COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Uganda, Mali
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-05
Uganda and Mali on Friday received their first batches of AstraZeneca vaccine donations from the COVAX Facility, a UN initiative to ensure COVID-19 vaccine access to the world's most vulnerable.The first doses in the landlocked country of Uganda will be used to vaccinate people who are most vulnerable and those at more risk such as healthcare workers, security personnel, teachers, and other essential social service providers, said the country's health minister.The Ugandan Health Ministry says it will administer the AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks apart despite studies showing that a gap of 12 weeks leads to highe…
yenisafak.com/en/world/covid-19-vaccines…

'We Need to Be on a War Footing': Head of WHO Calls for Vaccine Patent Waivers to Halt Pandemic
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
"Dr. Tedros is right," said Oxfam International. "It's time to end vaccine monopolies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2021/03/05/we-need…

Australia requests review of Italy's Covid-19 vaccine blockade
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Sydney, Australia, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Australia on Friday asked the European Commission (EC) to review Italy's decision to block the shipment of 250,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from a facility in the country to the Oceanian nation. "Australia has raised the issue with the European Commission through multiple channels, and in particular, we have …
laprensalatina.com/australia-requests-re…

New York Congressmember Mondaire Jones: Israel Should Ensure Palestinians Have Access to COVID Vaccine
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-03-05
Israel has failed to make COVID-19 vaccines available to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, despite its responsibility under the Geneva Conventions. Critics in the United States say this "vaccine apartheid" is another example of Israeli human rights abuses going unpunished, even as the country receives billions in U.S. aid each year. Congressmember Mondaire Jones of New York says Israel must ensure that Palestinians are vaccinated. "There's no question about that," he says. "I don't think that anyone can argue otherwise in good conscience."
www.democracynow.org/2021/3/5/israel_pal…

Corona vaccines-nothing would work without public funding
Byorn Radke, J Bischoff, B Mueller | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
"The Covid 19 crisis is a perfect test of whether a more public health approach to innovation and production will prevail in the years ahead. Although recent vaccine news has raised hopes, it has also exposed the broken business model of the pharmaceutical industry and cast doubt on the prospects of getting a vaccine to people and achieving the concept of 'health for all.'" (Ms. Mazzucato)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/05/1884052…

WHO calls for urgent action to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines for all
news.un.org | 2021-03-05
Urgent action is needed to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines that will be distributed through the global initiative making these medicines accessible by all countries, the UN's top health official said on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/03/1…

UK must invest to keep up with RNA vaccine revolution — Robin Shattock
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-03-05
Professor Robin Shattock says the UK needs to invest more in RNA vaccine technology to better prepare us for future pandemics.
imperial.ac.uk/news/216533/uk-must-invest-keep-with-rna

Many of the inoculated are suffering from "vaccine guilt"
Nicole Karlis | salon.com | 2021-03-05
Young people who have gotten vaccinated early, through luck or need, often find themselves mired in anxiety…
salon.com/2021/03/05/many-of-the-inocula…

Cuba's anti-COVID vaccine candidate Soberana 02 begins phase III clinical trials
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
In this final and decisive phase of trials, the objective is to evaluate the efficacy, safety and immunogenicity of Soberana 02. If the vaccine produces fruitful results, Cuba will become the first country in the Latin American and the Caribbean region to develop its own vaccine…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/cubas-ant…

"Complete Loss of Trust": Half of French Home Health Workers Say They'll Resist Taking Vaccine
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
Astounding new figures out of France suggest what is no doubt …
globalresearch.ca/complete-loss-trust-ha…

Guinea, Kenya, and Nigeria Start COVID-19 Vaccination via COVAX
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Guinea, Kenia, and Nigeria, three of Africa's lowest-income countries, kicked off on Friday the COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the support of the COVAX facility led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | RELATED: | COVAX To Send 26 Million Vaccines To Latin America | On Tuesday night, Kenya received the first million COVID-19 vaccine doses, allocated to frontline workers. The vaccines will be stored in a brand new warehouse built with the support of the United Nations Children Fund(…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guinea-Kenia-and…

Guinea, Kenya, and Nigeria Start COVID-19 Vaccination via COVAX
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Guinea, Kenia, and Nigeria, three of Africa's lowest-income countries, kicked off on Friday the COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the support of the COVAX facility led by the World Health Organization (WHO). | RELATED: | COVAX To Send 26 Million Vaccines To Latin America | On Tuesday night, Kenya received the first million COVID-19 vaccine doses, allocated to frontline workers. The vaccines will be stored in a brand new warehouse built with the support of the United Nations Children Fund(…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guinea-Kenia-and…

460 Dead 243,612 Reported Injuries from COVID-19 Vaccines Reported in the U.K
Brian Shilhavy | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
The UK Government's reporting system for COVID vaccine adverse reactions from …
globalresearch.ca/460-dead-243612-report…

Big Pharma slows vaccine rollout to protect corporate profits
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-03-05
This week, President Biden announced that, by utilizing the Defense Production Act, the federal government has created an historic agreement between drugmakers Johnson & Johnson and Merck to produce enough COVID-19 vaccines for the entire U.S. adult population by May (months quicker than initially expected). This underscores the ability of the U.S. government to facilitate faster vaccine production, argues Peter Maybarduk of Public Citizen, but that production doesn't have to be driven by the hunt for profit.
therealnews.com/big-pharma-slows-vaccine…

US 'Virtual Ambassador' to Venezuela Hosts Insurrectionist Summit Ahead of Biden's Guaidó Recognition
Anya Parampil | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
A closed-door Bogotá summit of fugitive Venezuelan insurrectionists highlighted James Story's …
globalresearch.ca/us-virtual-ambassador-…

Venezuela's National Assembly Orders Guaido to Appear in Court
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
A Special Parliamentary Commission Thursday asked Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) to order Juan Guaido and 61 of his collaborators to appear in court over corruption scandals. | RELATED: | Guaido Steals US$40 Million of Venezuelan Assets, Report Holds | The president of the Commission that investigates damages against Venezuela between 2016-2021, Jose Brito, informed that the list of opposition members called to appear before justice includes Guaido's 37 self-proclaimed "diplom…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelas-Natio…

In Commune: The Che Guevara Commune (Part 1)
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-03-05
Outside of Venezuela, communes are a little known aspect of the Bolivarian Revolution, yet the development of the communal state is integral to the vision of 21st century socialism laid out by former President Hugo Chavez. | In this series, In Commune, Venezuelanalysis will explore different experiences of rural and urban communes to help better understand what these highly controversial bodies mean, how they have been put into practice, and what they could signify for the continuity of the Bolivarian Revolution in the current situation of political and economic imperialist aggression.
popularresistance.org/in-commune-the-che…

Venezuelan Soldiers Pay Tribute to Commander Hugo Chavez
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Venezuela's National Armed Forces (FANB) Friday started the 2021 "Bolivarian Shield" Exercise in honor of the eighth anniversary of the death of former President Hugo Chavez. | RELATED: | Legacy of Hugo Chavez a Force in Venezuela and Latin America | The soldiers' deployment throughout the country began at 6: 00 am local time and it will last until Sunday, March 7. | "The military maneuvers will show to the world that the FANB is ready to confront any threats against our sovereign…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Soldi…

Biden renews US "state of emergency" against Venezuela
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
The Biden administration is continuing the policy of its predecessors, maintaining a draconian sanctions regime and recognizing the right-wing puppet Guaidó as "interim president."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/vene…

Venezuela's National Assembly Orders Guaido to Appear in Court
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
A Special Parliamentary Commission Thursday asked Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) to order Juan Guaido and 61 of his collaborators to appear in court over corruption scandals. | RELATED: | Guaido Steals US$40 Million of Venezuelan Assets, Report Holds | The president of the Commission that investigates damages against Venezuela between 2016-2021, Jose Brito, informed that the list of opposition members called to appear before justice includes Guaido's 37 self-proclaimed "diplom…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelas-Natio…

US 'Virtual Ambassador' To Venezuela Hosts Insurrectionist Summit Ahead Of Biden's Guaidó recognition
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-03-05
US "virtual ambassador" to Venezuela James "Jimmy" Story promised to answer a series of questions sent to him by The Grayzone this February 24. But after a Whatsapp exchange with this reporter during which Story offered to explain why he regularly alternated between Gargamel and the Smurfs as his avatar on the messaging app, the promised exchange never took place. | On March 2, Story's assistant, David Fogelson, informed The Grayzone that the virtual ambassador "won't be able to do the interview." He offered no further details on Story's turnabout. | That same day, during a Zoom event with the Venezuelan American…
popularresistance.org/us-virtual-ambassa…

Venezuelan Soldiers Pay Tribute to Commander Hugo Chavez
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
Venezuela's National Armed Forces (FANB) Friday started the 2021 "Bolivarian Shield" Exercise in honor of the eighth anniversary of the death of former President Hugo Chavez. | RELATED: | Legacy of Hugo Chavez a Force in Venezuela and Latin America | The soldiers' deployment throughout the country began at 6: 00 am local time and it will last until Sunday, March 7. | "The military maneuvers will show to the world that the FANB is ready to confront any threats against our sovereign…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Soldi…

Selling $1 hot dogs to scrape by in Venezuela
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Caracas, Mar 5 (EFE).- Germán Peña's fast food stall is one of the thousands of small businesses operating in Venezuela's informal economy. Three months ago he landed on a new business model to drum up customers — hawking hot dogs at $1 each. On a good day, Peña might sell 100, taking in $100, some …
laprensalatina.com/selling-1-hot-dogs-to…

Another 745,000 jobless claims filed as Senate takes up Biden's COVID-19 relief bill
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
Historically unprecedented jobless claims continued as Biden and the Democrats move forward with an inadequate "relief" bill…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/unem…

Biden Supports Limiting Presidential War Powers
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
U.S. President Joe Biden agrees with limiting presidential war powers, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. | RELATED: | 80 Democrats Call on Biden to Reverse "Cruel" Sanctions on Cuba | Biden wants to "ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars," the official said in a statement to…
telesurenglish.net/news/Biden-Supports-L…

Biden Supports Limiting Presidential War Powers
telesurenglish.net | 2021-03-05
U.S. President Joe Biden agrees with limiting presidential war powers, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday. | RELATED: | 80 Democrats Call on Biden to Reverse "Cruel" Sanctions on Cuba | Biden wants to "ensure that the authorizations for the use of military force currently on the books are replaced with a narrow and specific framework that will ensure we can protect Americans from terrorist threats while ending the forever wars," the official said in a statement to…
telesurenglish.net/news/Biden-Supports-L…

The Biden Administration Proving to Be More of the Same Old Discredited Policies as its Predecessor
James O'Neill | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-05
There were a number of political commentators who urged us to give newly elected United States president Joe Biden a chance to show that he would offer a new approach to the multiple problems facing the United States alliance. Well, he had an opportunity to do so. But the speech that Biden gave on 19th …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/03/the-biden-adm…

Tulsi Gabbard calls out the US dirty war on Syria that Biden, aides admit to
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2021-03-05
As Tulsi Gabbard criticizes former Congressional colleagues for ignoring the ongoing US dirty war and sanctions on Syria, a look at the comments of Joe Biden and top aides show that they have admitted to the same underlying, horrific facts. Gabbard only stands apart — and is even vilified — for being willing to call it out. While Joe Biden has faced some mild Congressional pushback for bombing the Iraq-Syria border, Tulsi Gabbard says her former colleagues are ignoring the …
thegrayzone.com/2021/03/05/tulsi-gabbard…

Why the Biden Administration Is Dead Wrong to Oppose International Criminal Court War Crimes Inquiry in Occupied Palestine: A Betrayal of the Rule of Law
Prof. Juan Cole | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has decided to look into war …
globalresearch.ca/why-biden-administrati…

Bipartisan Senators Seek to Strip Biden of War Powers
MISH | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
Senators Go After Endless Wars | In a long overdue effort Bipartisan …
globalresearch.ca/bipartisan-senators-se…

Houston demonstration demands, "Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!"
Caleb Granger | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
Texans were told to drink pool water while Biden prioritized bombing Syria.
liberationnews.org/houston-demonstration…

What's really behind Republican obstructionism?
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2021-03-05
Later Thursday, before senators could even begin debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion rescue plan, they had to sit through a nearly 11-hour reading by the clerks of the entire 620-page bill. It was only the first step in Republican moves to delay a vote on an economic package that millions of Americans so …
peoplesworld.org/article/whats-really-be…

Biden, Afghanistan and Forever Wars
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe Biden should do about his country's seemingly perennial involvement in Afghanistan. None are particularly useful, in that they ignore the central premise that a nation state long mauled, molested and savaged should finally be left alone. Nonsense, say the media and political cognoscenti. The Guardian…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/biden-afghan…

Houston demonstration demands, 'Fix our broken pipes, no more airstrikes!'
Caleb Granger | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
Texans were told to drink pool water while Biden prioritized bombing Syria.
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Biden Extends National Emergency, Sanctions With Respect to Iran
sputniknews.com | 2021-03-05
The US maintains 31 states of emergency concerning different nations and issues, granting the chief executive extremely wide-ranging powers, but none has persisted for longer than that against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which shrugged off a US-backed dictator 42 years ago.
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No-show Joe? VP Harris continues high-level talks without Biden, speaks to Israeli PM Netanyahu
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Vice President Kamala Harris has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without President Joe Biden being present, the latest in a series of calls to world leaders usually conducted by the president. | Harris spoke to Netanyahu on Thursday, with a White House readout of the call saying she "underscored the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to the US-Israel partnership," and affirmed her opposition to the International Criminal Court prosecuting Israeli soldiers for alleged war crimes.
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ACLU to Biden: Do Not 'Review' Drone Killing Program—End It Once and for All
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
"Tinkering with the bureaucracy of this extrajudicial killing program will only entrench American abuses," said the group's national security expert. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'We Need to Make Sure It's Done Right': Peace Advocates Welcome Biden Move to Limit War Powers
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-03-05
The president and Congress, said one leading anti-war campaigner, "must work together to actually end the decades long fighting, killing, dying, and spending that is on automatic pilot." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Richland, Washington protesters demand 'No kids in cages'
Liberation Staff | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
On Feb. 27 more than 50 protesters gathered in Richland, Washington to demand that Pres. Joe Biden close the ICE concentration camps, release the detained children and abolish ICE.
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