2021-03-05: News Headlines

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…

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."

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 …

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 …

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…

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

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

Richard Becker (2021-03-05). Top Pentagon commander requests astronomical sum of money to prepare for war with China. liberationnews.org 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.

William J. Astore (2021-03-05). Failing Upward: Pentagon's more and more Expensive Boondoggles (that don't even work). juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Cancel culture is a common, almost viral, term in political and social discourse these days. Basically, somebody expresses views considered to be outrageous or vile or racist or otherwise insensitive and inappropriate. In response, that person is "canceled," perhaps losing a job or otherwise sidelined and silenced. In being deplatformed by Twitter, …

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…

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

Shane Quinn (2021-03-05). 75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany's Launch Final Major Attacks of the Second World War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on GR in March 2020. | Seventy-five …

World Beyond War (2021-03-05). A Global Demand to 35 Governments: Get Your Troops Out of Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca The governments of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, …

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

Editor (2021-03-05). 'Scheer Intelligence' Nabs 4 NAEJ Nominations. scheerpost.com "Scheer Intelligence," the weekly award-winning podcast hosted by legendary journalist Robert Scheer and executive produced by Joshua Scheer, has been nominated for 4 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. The KCRW-hosted show features thoughtful, provocative conversations with "American Originals"—people who, through a lifetime of public engagement, offer unique, often surprising perspectives on the day's most …

Kathy Kelly (2021-03-05). Blood for Oil. counterpunch.org Amid the ongoing horror, it's important to find ways to atone for war crimes —including reparations. Thirty years ago, when the United States launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq, I was a member of the Gulf Peace Team. We were 73 people from 15 different countries, aged 22 to 76, living in a tent camp close to

Shane Quinn (2021-03-05). 76 Years Ago: Nazi Germany Launches Its "Final Great Offensive" of World War II. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on GR in March 2020. | Seventy-five …

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

Nicolas J S Davies (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.

The Canary (2021-03-05). Meghan just beat the Mail on Sunday so bad they have to announce it on their front page. thecanary.co The Mail On Sunday must publish a front-page statement about Meghan Markle's victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper over the publication of a "personal and private" letter to her estranged father, the High Court has ruled. | Read all about it: | Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) — the publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline — has also been ordered to print a notice on page three of the paper stating it "infringed her copyright" by publishing parts of the letter sent to Thomas Markle. | In a ruling on 5 March, lord justice Warby also granted Markle a declaration that ANL…

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…

The Canary (2021-03-05). Industrial action threat amid anger over 1% pay rise for NHS workers. thecanary.co A leading union has warned of industrial action amid mounting anger over the Government's recommendation of a 1% pay rise for nurses and other health workers. | Unite, which represents tens of thousands of health service staff, said it will now be considering all its options, including holding an industrial action ballot, as part of its campaign for a decent pay rise. | The government sparked fresh anger on Friday when it defended its call for pay to be pegged at 1%. | Health Minister Nadine Dorries said the Government could not afford to give NHS staff in England a pay rise of more than 1% following the revelati…

yenisafak (2021-03-05). Turkey issues arrest warrants for 53 FETàñ suspects. yenisafak.com Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total of 53 suspects on Friday for alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in the country.According to a statement by prosecutors in the capital Ankara, authorities ordered the arrest of 40 suspects affiliated with the terror group within the Naval Forces. It was found that the suspects were in contact with FETO members via payphone, the statement added.Among the suspects were 30 dismissed military students, as well as army officers and sergeants.Anti-terror police operations are ongoing in seven Turkish…

yenisafak (2021-03-05). Turkish Central Bank to continue firm steps for price stability. yenisafak.com The Turkish Central Bank is focusing on ensuring permanent price stability while implementing a steady monetary policy, the bank's Governor Naci Agbal said on Friday."We will continue to take firm steps towards achieving price stability through a confidence-oriented monetary policy in the upcoming period," Agbal wrote on the bank's blog.Stressing the importance of confidence in the economy, Agbal said this makes monetary policy more effective and boosts its power to enhance expectations."In this context, the first step a central bank should take to achieve its goal is to make economic actors trust in monetary pol…

A Guest Author (2021-03-05). #LettersToBessemer: Black Workers Matter. workers.org From People's Power Assembly NYC and Workers Assembly Against Racism: Since early February 2021, a Black women-led unionizing struggle has been happening in a Bessemer, Ala., Amazon warehouse. They've organized in response to dangerous working conditions including: 1) dangerously inadequate COVID-19 protocols; 2) no hazard pay, even as essential workers . . . |

Steve Zeltzer (2021-03-05). "Elephant In the Room" SF Board Of Supervisor's Hearing On Health Crisis At TI. indybay.org At an San Francisco Board of Supervisors special hearing on February 8, 2021 residents and whistleblowers from Treasure Island reported on the massive contamination, health problems and over-up by the City, State and Federal government of the Superfund nuclear radioactive dump site. It was used as a nuclear war training facility for sailor and the Island is now a major contraction zone for 8,000 condos despite the dangers according to residents and inspectors. | City officials from DPH said they can't help the residents and the Navy was a no show.

GRACE (2021-03-05). Do "Billion-dollar Events Help Level the 'Playing' Field"? indybay.org Powerful earthquake clusters strike off the coast of NZ: Tsunami threat triggers evacuation in Northland | Multiple powerful earthquakes including magnitudes 8.1, 7.4 and 7.3 near New Zealand earlier triggered tsunami warnings across NZ's northern region.

RT (2021-03-05). 'It's the Cuomo way': MORE aides describe 'cult' workplace as top NY Democrat says governor should quit if new accusers speak out. rt.com Numerous former staffers for Andrew Cuomo have described the toxic and cult-like work environment they worked under amidst the governor's multiple worsening scandals, including three accusations of sexual harassment. | "There's no right or wrong way. It's the Cuomo way," one staffer told the Gothamist about a warning she received when interviewing for a job in the Cuomo administration. "He wants people who are literally going to fall on the sword for him, and they all will." | Another described being told to wear stiletto heels because she was blonde and the governor "likes blondes" in stiletto heels. Her desk…

RT (2021-03-05). Covid-19 has been 'really good' for CNN's ratings, WarnerMedia CEO says at Morgan Stanley conference. rt.com While Covid-19 has claimed more than 2.5 million lives worldwide, the chief executive at CNN's parent firm is looking on the bright side, telling a virtual audience the pandemic has been "really good" for the outlet's ratings. | Jason Kilar — the CEO of WarnerMedia, which owns the cable network — appeared at Morgan Stanley's 'Technology, Media and Telecom' virtual conference on Thursday, where he was asked about CNN and whether it could keep up its current momentum. | "I'd say that it turns out that pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle, and that's not going away anytime soon," he replied,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-05). UN official warns of increasing violence, famine in Tigray region in Ethiopia. peoplesdispatch.org The UN Security Council discussed the crisis in the Tigray region amid increasing reports of atrocities. UN officials Michelle Bachelet and Mark Lowcock also called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region…

Areeb Ullah (2021-03-05). UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims. middleeasteye.net UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims | UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said Islamophobia has reached 'epidemic proportions' across the world | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 16: 21 | UN expert Ahmed Shaheed said Muslim women face the triple threat of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, and religion (AFP) | A United Nations expert has warned that counter-ter…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Traditional javelin throwing becomes a tourist attraction in Turkey. laprensalatina.com Mounted javelin throwing, a traditional equestrian sport which is known as the war game of the Turks and has been played since their time in Central Asia, has become the main tourist attraction in Erzurum, in eastern Anatolia. A visual story by EFE/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Pope calls for end to violence on first ever visit to Iraq. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: updates headline, lead, adds detail) Baghdad, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis, who began the first ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday, called for an end to violence and extremism in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. The pontiff arrived on Friday morning for a three-day trip to Iraq, his first foreign trip since …

news.un (2021-03-05). Hopes for UN Security Council action against Myanmar military coup 'waning' fast, warns Special Envoy. news.un.org Hopes placed in the UN and the Member States that serve on the Security Council to take action against leaders of Myanmar's military coup, are waning fast, the UN Special Envoy for the country warned on Friday.

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.

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.

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…

thelancet (2021-03-06). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com 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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

thelancet (2021-03-06). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

_____ (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…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-03-05). The Dangerous US/NATO Strategy in Europe. globalresearch.ca The NATO Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise took place in the …

Phyllis Bennis (2021-03-05). Withdrawing US Troops from Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too. thenation.com Withdrawing US Troops from Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too…

Staff (2021-03-05). "We Do This 'Til We Free Us": Mariame Kaba on Abolishing Police, Prisons & Moving Toward Justice. democracynow.org 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…

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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."

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…

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.

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

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…

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, …

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…

Editor (2021-03-05). Amelia Pang on the Human Cost of America's Addiction to Cheap Goods. scheerpost.com 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… |

John Feffer (2021-03-05). The Odyssey of An Wei, the Forest Gump of China. counterpunch.org 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

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-05). China achieves goal of eradicating absolute poverty. peoplesdispatch.org 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.

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). China sets a 2021 growth target above 6%, hardens Hong Kong stance. laprensalatina.com 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 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Beijing boosts defense budget, sets growth above 6%, hardens HK stance. laprensalatina.com 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 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Boom to gloom in China's Super League. laprensalatina.com 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 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). China sets a 2021 growth target above 6%. laprensalatina.com 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 …

yenisafak (2021-03-05). COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Uganda, Mali. yenisafak.com 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…

Byorn Radke, J Bischoff, B Mueller (2021-03-05). 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 (2021-03-05). Australia requests review of Italy's Covid-19 vaccine blockade. laprensalatina.com 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 …

Staff (2021-03-05). New York Congressmember Mondaire Jones: Israel Should Ensure Palestinians Have Access to COVID Vaccine. democracynow.org 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."

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

Brian Shilhavy (2021-03-05). 460 Dead 243,612 Reported Injuries from COVID-19 Vaccines Reported in the U.K. globalresearch.ca The UK Government's

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

Elie Mystal (2021-03-05). The Supreme Court Is Poised to Find New Ways to Disenfranchise Black Voters. thenation.com The Supreme Court Is Poised to Find New Ways to Disenfranchise Black Voters…

Staff (2021-03-05). Rep. Mondaire Jones: Voting Rights Bill H.R. 1 Is of "Foundational Importance" to U.S. Democracy. democracynow.org The House of Representatives has approved sweeping legislation protecting the right to vote with the For the People Act, which has been described as the most sweeping pro-democracy bill in decades. The legislation is aimed at improving voter registration and access to voting, ending partisan and racial gerrymandering, forcing the disclosure of dark money donors, increasing public funding for candidates, and imposing strict ethical and reporting standards on members of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, which comes amid a nationwide attack on voting rights in courthouses and statehouses, is heading to…

PAI (2021-03-05). PRO Act, biggest labor law reform in decades, headed for House vote. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The narrowly Democratic U.S. House will vote during the week of March 8 on the nation's most wide-ranging, pro-worker labor law reform in decades, the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize). Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced the scheduled vote on March 3. His schedule statement comes as unions, led by the AFL-CIO, are stepping …

_____ (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…

A Guest Author (2021-03-05). Gulf Coast says: Support #BAmazon Union! workers.org By Sean Miller Members of Black Voters Matter, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast branch and others hosted a Feb. 20 rally in downtown Pensacola, Fla., in support of the Bessemer, Ala., Amazon workers union drive. Joining over 50 other cities in a Day of Solidarity actions, they spoke out for . . . |

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

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…

FAIR Health (2021-03-05). The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health. globalresearch.ca Summary | The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental …

Juan Cole (2021-03-05). Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's Lifting of Covid Restrictions. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week lifted the Texas mask mandate and allowed businesses freely to open. Roughly half the deaths and severe illness owing to Covid-19 are among minorities, including African-Americans and Latinos, even though those two groups make up less than a third of Americans. State Sen. Borris …

WSWS (2021-03-05). Dozens of COVID-19 infections shut down Detroit Whole Foods. wsws.org Twenty-three out of 196 workers at a Detroit Whole Foods store tested positive, temporarily shutting the store down.

Kathleen Wallace (2021-03-05). Snatching Conceit From the Jaws of Victory. counterpunch.org "Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus?" — Keith Olbermann "Texas—we hear you. You didn't want to be part of our electrical grid. And now you've removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. We hear you! COVID is a hoax!

yenisafak (2021-03-05). EU okays $155M for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan. yenisafak.com The EU will support Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon with ‚Ǩ130 million ($155 million), the bloc announced on Friday.The EU adopted a ‚Ǩ130 million package to help Syrian refugees and hosting local communities in Jordan and Lebanon in providing social protection, healthcare, education and sanitization.‚Ä®Lebanon will receive ‚Ǩ98 million, while Jordan will get ‚Ǩ32 million.‚Ä®The support also aims at helping the COVID-19 vaccination in Lebanon, as well as assisting the reconstruction of…

yenisafak (2021-03-05). US economy adds 379,000 jobs, unemployment at 6.2%. yenisafak.com The US economy added 379,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 6.2% in February, the Department of Labor announced Friday.The market estimate for nonfarm payrolls was an increase of 182,000 for February, while job losses for January were revised up by 117,000, from 49,000 to 166,000, according to data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The unemployment rate also managed to beat the market expectation as the consensus for it was to remain unchanged at 6.3% in February from the previous month.The number of unemployed individuals in the US decreased to 10 million last month. Due to COVID-19, more than 22 million…

R.R. (2021-03-05). New England Journal of Medicine: Decarceration Necessary to Stop Spread of Covid. indybay.org Summarized below is an article in the New England Journal of Medicine published on March 3, 2021 "Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons." Link here to full article, may require a subscription.

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-05). 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.

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 …

Betsey Piette (2021-03-05). Mumia has COVID-19 — the only treatment is his freedom! workers.org Word has come that Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has tested positive for COVID-19. Supporters learned of the diagnosis March 3, as they were gathered in front of the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's release and that of all incarcerated people over 50, who . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Selling $1 hot dogs to scrape by in Venezuela. laprensalatina.com 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 …

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 …

WSWS repost (2021-03-05). 150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg. indybay.org Rosa Luxemburg, who was born on 5 March, 1871, was among the most important revolutionary Marxists of the 20th century, and her work contains vital lessons for today.

Nick Pemberton (2021-03-05). Leftist and Liberal Unite! counterpunch.org When Jordan Peterson debated Slavoj Zizek, Peterson pointed to his typical villain, the "cultural Marxist". Douglas Lain rightly saw that this was Peterson's Lacanian symptom. Jacques Lacan describes the symptom as such: "the symptom can only be defined as the way in which each subject enjoys (jouit) the unconscious in so far as the unconscious

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-03-05). Palestine: Blinken Blinks on Human Rights. globalresearch.ca On March 3, the US State Department has put on its …

Mustafa Abu Sneineh (2021-03-05). Tens of thousands of Palestinians protest against Israeli police violence and inaction. middleeasteye.net Tens of thousands of Palestinians protest against Israeli police violence and inaction | Demonstration held on eighth Friday in a row and said to be the largest in 20 years | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 11: 04 | Palestinians take part in a protest against a wave of crime and violence in their communities, amid tensions with Israeli police who the protesters say are unwilling to deal with th…

Ralph Nader (2021-03-05). Reporters' Alert: Launching a New Website. counterpunch.org Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles. Their voicemail messages often tell you how rarely they check their calls and urge reaching them by email. Good luck getting through

Paul Street (2021-03-05). Killer Kim Reynolds and the Fascist State of Iowa. counterpunch.org The affluent and older white male "leftists" who minimize the threat posed by the ever more fascistic Republican Party tend to live in big "blue" cities where the Amerikaner Republivolk are a distinct minority. Some of these privileged urbanites might want to spend some time in a pandemo-fascist white-supremacist state like Iowa, which sent Steve

Joe Lee-Cullin (2021-03-05). Michigan high school students fight racism. liberationnews.org "It can be scary to be Black in America. [Our kids] shouldn't have to be scared at school."

John P. Geyman (2021-03-05). The Private Health Insurance Industry: Should It Be Eliminated? counterpunch.org Many Americans assume that the private health insurance industry is an unmovable fixture in the U. S. health care system, but there is a growing need to re-examine that premise. Over recent decades, its performance has been increasingly profit-driven to the point of now becoming unaffordable for patients, their families, employers and taxpayers. The time

Magnificent Mndebele (2021-03-05). ArcelorMittal is 'slowly becoming a burial site'. peoplesdispatch.org Three ArcelorMittal workers were trapped in a control room in the early hours of Wednesday 17 February when the room collapsed after a stack structure fell on it, following an explosion. Workers who witnessed the scene at the company's plant in Vanderbijlpark in south Gauteng paint a grim picture. But the company denies an explosion occurred, despite no managers being there at the time. | The workers say the flames from the batteries were unusual that day, resembling an explosion, with large flames in the ovens. Gas escaped to the stack structure adjacent to the control room, where Thami Molefe, 53, Lesenyeho Mof…

John Bachtell (2021-03-05). GOP, Senate filibuster in way of 'next great Civil Rights bill'. peoplesworld.org The Democratic-led House of Representatives is responding to the largest assault on voting rights since Reconstruction with the For the People Act (H.R. 1). The measure passed in the lower chamber on March 3. The fight to win final adoption of the bill now passes to the nearly evenly divided Senate. But passage in the …

Rob Urie (2021-03-05). Economic Growth is the Cause of Climate Change, Not the Solution to It. counterpunch.org Through 2019, the last year for which data is available, greenhouse gas emissions and global GDP growth remained as highly correlated as they have been for the last half century. What this means is that despite the rhetorical back-and-forth over technological innovation and government policies as potential solutions to climate change, the role of economic

National Lawyers Guild (2021-03-05). The case for abolition, for skeptics. mronline.org In the final piece of the series, NLG Anti-Racism Committee Co-Chair and one of the proponents of the 2020 policing resolution Kira Kelley makes the case for the abolition of policing and offers examples of individuals and projects taking power and resources away from police and prisons to create non-carceral, non-punitive alternatives.

Don Fitz (2021-03-05). From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand. dissidentvoice.org March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the …

Zac Vecellio, Brianna Griffith (2021-03-05). Abbott forces Texas "OPEN 100%" just weeks after deadly storm. liberationnews.org Abbott has billed the new order as a victory for "freedom," even as he undermines cities' freedom to protect their own populations with mask mandates and protective measures.

Don Fitz (2021-03-05). From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to the Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand. counterpunch.org March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the insatiable greed of capitalism for more energy than either narrative does by itself.

Monica Johnson, Leela Anand (2021-03-05). Atlanta DA refuses to prosecute killer cop in Rayshard Brooks' murder. liberationnews.org Although nearing a year since the murder of Rayshard Brooks, Fulton County officials have yet to prosecute the two killer cops of the Atlanta Police Department. Brooks was killed by officers Garret Rolfe and Devin Brosnan on the night of June 12, 2020, outside a Wendy's restaurant near Atlanta's Pittsburgh neighborhood. Brooks was shot twice …

Juni Hannah (2021-03-05). A fight for free speech in Selah, Wash. liberationnews.org In a small, conservative town in central Washington, sidewalk chalk has become a highly contentious issue between residents and the City Council.

RT (2021-03-05). California's Newsom doubles down (literally) on mask-wearing as he says Texas made 'terrible mistake' in lifting mandate. rt.com California Governor Gavin Newsom has urged state residents to double up on their mask-wearing, issuing new guidelines calling for two face coverings in public after condemning Texas and other states for easing their restrictions. | Asking Californians to "get the most out of masking," the state's

Azhar Al-Rubaie (2021-03-05). What is Ur, the 'birthplace' of Abraham? middleeasteye.net What is Ur, the 'birthplace' of Abraham? | Pope Francis is due to lead an interfaith service at the ancient Iraqi city where the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is thought to have lived | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 13: 14 | The ziggurat at Ur was a temple to the moon god Nannar, and has been dated to the second millennium BC (Reuters) | On Saturday, Pope Francis will hold an inter-faith s…

Malek Bachir (2021-03-05). Germany-Morocco tensions: Why is Rabat so upset with Berlin? middleeasteye.net Germany-Morocco tensions: Why is Rabat so upset with Berlin? | Western Sahara, Libya negotiations, German organisations… the suspension of contact between Rabat and the German embassy in Morocco has been attributed to 'an accumulation of grudges'
| Fri, 03/05/2021 – 13: 17 | German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Berlin in November 2019 (AFP) | A d…

Nadda Osman (2021-03-05). Algeria: Bill to revoke citizenship met with anger and fear among activists. middleeasteye.net Algeria: Bill to revoke citizenship met with anger and fear among activists | The proposed law would target people deemed detrimental to the state, in a move condemned as dangerous and vague | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 14: 22 | Demonstrators carry the national flag on a march in Algiers to demand political change (Reuters) | A new bill being considered by the Algerian government, which could see people have thei…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-05). 'Baba al-Vatican': Pope Francis arrives in Iraq for historic visit. middleeasteye.net 'Baba al-Vatican': Pope Francis arrives in Iraq for historic visit | Head of Catholic Church greeted by dancing and dignitaries for Iraq's first ever papal visit | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 13: 21 | Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi welcomed Pope Francis at Baghdad International Airport (Reuters) | Pope Francis said he was "happy" to land in Iraq for the first ever papal visit to the country…

MEE correspondent (2021-03-05). Egypt: Toddler traumatised after two years in detention with mother. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Toddler traumatised after two years in detention with mother | Amnesty International says a 27-year-old woman and her baby were 'forcibly disappeared' by Egyptian security services | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 15: 40 | Manar Adel Abu el-Naga and her husband Omar Abdelhamid Abu el-Naga | Egyptian authorities have been urged to fully investigate the two-year-long "enforced disappearance" of…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-05). Princess Latifa: UN 'still waiting' for evidence from UAE that she is alive. middleeasteye.net Princess Latifa: UN 'still waiting' for evidence from UAE that she is alive | Recent footage showed the daughter of Dubai's ruler saying she was being held captive by her father | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 11: 27 | Friends of Princess Latifa say she has had little medical care and went over a year without a toothbrush (Screengrab/Sky News) | The United Nations has said it is still waiting for proo…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-05). Harris reaffirms US opposition to ICC probe of Israel in call to Netanyahu. middleeasteye.net Harris reaffirms US opposition to ICC probe of Israel in call to Netanyahu | US vice president also 'emphasized the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel's security' | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 08: 26 | The call was the first between Harris and Netanyahu since she became US vice president in January (AFP) | US Vice President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne…

Staff (2021-03-05). Police hijack helicopter ambulance for aerial surveillance. therealnews.com Documents obtained by PAR reveal how an air ambulance service has been used repeatedly to fly surveillance missions over the city of Baltimore, raising troubling questions about the consequences of law enforcement's growing civic influence.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-03-05). Ph.D university entrance exam. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 05 (MNA) — This year's Ph.D university entrance exam started on Friday morning. The following photos show the students doing the test at Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran (SBU) while wearing a face mask amid the pandemic.

Mandy Smithberger (2021-03-05). Why Are We Still Giving the Pentagon More Money? thenation.com Why Are We Still Giving the Pentagon More Money?

Michael Kwet (2021-03-05). Digital colonialism: The evolution of American empire. zcomm.org American "Big Tech" corporations are gaining massive profits through their control over business, labor, social media and entertainment in the Global South…

Morteza Rezaei (2021-03-05). Hell in Every Way: My Life Inside a Temporary Refugee Camp on Lesbos. counterpunch.org In this temporary camp on Lesbos, the singles have been separated from the families. In the singles section in the early days we had little access to electricity. They brought water to the camp by tanker. The bathrooms were very few and smelled foul. After a while a healthcare facility was set up. Access to

Kshama Sawant (2021-03-05). Why I'm Joining Democratic Socialists of America. zcomm.org The disasters we've seen in the past year could become far worse unless socialists and the working class rise to the historic tasks in front of us…

Sogorea Te' Land Trust & Movement Rights (2021-03-05). Thursday 3/18: Rights of Nature & LandBack: Indigenous-led movements for the Protection of Mother Earth. indybay.org Online event…

Nino Pagliccia (2021-03-05). Hugo Chávez's Legacy: Unity and Anti-imperialism. counterpunch.org This March many remember Hugo Chávez. He passed away eight years ago. It is a very short time when measured in terms of the fresh memories we have of him. He is remembered as the Comandante, Comandante Supremo, creator of the Bolivarian Revolution, founder of the Fifth Republic. He has been the architect of the

Stephen Martin (2021-03-05). 'If Only The President Knew' — That State of The Union Address You'll Never Hear or See. counterpunch.org Wenn nur der Fàºhrer wàºsste/ If only the Fuhrer knew': was a common saying expressing belief in the National Socialist/ Nazi era. Well 'hats off/ tug of forelock 'as opposed to the more traditional as became Nazi, sense of raise of one arm to Corporatism (the MICC) as similar abuse of belief goes; 'Amerika 'now

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2021-03-05). 'Engaging the World': The 'Fascinating Story' of Hamas's Political Evolution. counterpunch.org On February 4, representatives from the Palestinian Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development on the unity talks between the Islamic Movement and its Palestinian counterparts, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas's officials traveled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues to represent

Phil Mattera (2021-03-04). The Decades-Long Struggle Over Big Corporations and Poverty Wages. counterpunch.org The Senate Parliamentarian has dealt a strong blow to the Fight for $15 movement by ruling that a federal minimum wage increase cannot be included in the stimulus bill. Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing back with an amendment to take tax deductions away from large, profitable corporations that do not pay at least $15 an

OtherWords (2021-03-04). Essential Workers deserve $15/ hr. — Remember when we Fêted them for Serving us in Pandemic? juancole.com By Eshawney Gaston | — ( Otherwords.org) — I'm one of America's millions of essential workers. We're working in your children's schools, at your grocery stores, and at drive-through windows. We're cleaning your homes. And we're struggling so hard to make ends meet. Congress is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an …

news.un (2021-03-04). UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout. news.un.org The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for temporary basic income for millions of the world's poorest women, to help them cope with effects of coronavirus pandemic and alleviate the economic pressures they face every day.

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Pandemic spurs record increase in poverty in LatAm. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented increase in poverty in what was already the world's most unequal region, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says in a report presented here Thursday. The ranks of the poor grew last year by 22 million to 209 …

Jarvis Tyner (2021-03-04). 'We're Not Going Back': New York celebrates Black History Month. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—Last Sunday night after watching Trump's recycled demagogy at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), I thankfully had the uplifting experience of viewing the "We're Not Going Back" celebration of the African American people's long march to freedom. We're Not Going Back is an annual event initiated by the New York Bureau of People's …

Jared Olson (2021-03-04). Florida Man Goes Fascist: An Encounter With Enrique Tarrio. thenation.com Florida Man Goes Fascist: An Encounter With Enrique Tarrio…

WSWS (2021-03-04). Rocket attack on base in Iraq raises threat of US escalation. wsws.org One US civilian contractor died from a heart attack during the rocket strike, which inflicted no casualties on US troops and reportedly did little damage.

Staff (2021-03-04). Headlines for March 4, 2021. democracynow.org House Passes Landmark Voting Rights and Police Reform Bills , House Cancels Thursday Session as Capitol Police Warn of Plot to Attack Congress, D.C. National Guard Chief Says Pentagon Took 3+ Hours to Approve Reinforcements During Capitol Riot, Biden Agrees to Limit Eligibility for Stimulus Checks, At Least 38 Killed in Burma in Deadliest Day of Anti-Coup Protests, White House Does Not Rule Out More Military Strikes After Rocket Attack in Iraq, Pope Francis Moves Ahead with Iraq Trip Despite Coronavirus Concerns, Brazil COVID Deaths Spike; More COVAX Vaccines Delivered to African Nations, Biden Condemns Texas, Mi…

teleSUR (2021-03-04). US to Continue Using Guaido to Rob Venezuelan Assets Abroad. telesurenglish.net The conversation held by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken with opponent Juan Guaidó is evidence that Joe Biden's government will continue to use the former Venezuelan parliament member to appropriate all the resources Venezuela holds abroad, according to international analyst Laila Tajeldine, Sputnik reported. | RELATED: | Blinken held a telephone conversation with Guaidó on March 2 and reiterated that the U.S. go…

Fight Back (2021-03-04). India: People's Brigade 2021. fightbacknews.org On February 28 the historic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, India hosted the massive People's Brigade. The alliance formed by five major parties of the Left Front – including CPI(M) (Communist Party of India, Marxist), CPI (Communist Party of India), AIFB (All India Forward Bloc), RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party), and RCPI ( Revolutionary Communist Party of India) – formed a coalition with the Indian National Congress and the Indian Secular Front and called for a major rally before the imminent West Bengal State Assembly election. | A million people from all walks of life came to the Brigade Parade Ground to…

teleSUR (2021-03-04). UN Calls for Peaceful Subnational Elections in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net In order to consolidate the democratic process in Bolivia, the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday called for a peaceful and safe subnational electoral process, which is set to take place on March 7 | RELATED: | The multilateral institution highlighted that "important lessons" and "concrete progress" were observed in the 2020 presidential elections. Nevertheless, it pointed out that the subnational elections will be…

Mustafa Abu Sneineh (2021-03-04). Saudi Arabia 'fears defeat of Netanyahu' in upcoming Israeli election. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia 'fears defeat of Netanyahu' in upcoming Israeli election | The kingdom sees prime minister as a 'spearhead' against Iran, Saudi sources tell an Israeli TV channel | Thu, 03/04/2021 – 14: 00 | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP/file photo)
| Saudi Arabia is concerned about a possible election defeat for Israeli…

RT (2021-03-04). Election reform law passes House and heads to Senate, likely to be killed by filibuster. rt.com A sweeping reform of election rules has been re-approved by the House along party lines, with supporters celebrating it. But like its predecessor, the piece of legislation vehemently opposed by the GOP faces a Senate dead end. | The so-called 'For the People Act', also known as 'H.R. 1' after the designation of its House version, was approved in a 220-210 vote on Wednesday. Not a single Republican joined the Democrats in backing the bill, which the two parties see in a diametrically opposing light. | Supporters call the proposed reform the most significant improvement of the US democratic system since the Voti…

Jon Skolnik (2021-03-04). Jim Jordan hit with FEC investigation over $2 million in campaign donations after Trump's election. salon.com The campaign claims they are accounting errors that slipped through the cracks as money poured in from Trump fans…

MEE correspondent (2021-03-04). Iranian press review: Conservative media says pro-Iran fighters were behind Israeli boat attack. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Conservative media says pro-Iran fighters were behind Israeli boat attack | Meanwhile, Iranian analyst suggests Biden unlikely to reach out to Iran before elections, and school dropout rates increase sharply in Iran's poor regions | Thu, 03/04/2021 – 14: 37 | A view of the Israeli-owned Bahamian-flagged MV Helios Ray cargo ship docked in Dubai's Mina Rashid (Port R…

Ragip Soylu (2021-03-04). Libya's Dbeibah made secret visit to Turkey. middleeasteye.net Libya's Dbeibah made secret visit to Turkey | Interim prime minister designate met Erdogan in Ankara days after his election in bid to maintain ties with the Turkish leadership | Thu, 03/04/2021 – 14: 00 | Libyan Prime Minister Dbeibah met Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on 11 February, 2020. This picture has been circulating on social media since 18 February (Twitter) | Libya's prime minister designate…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-04). Palestinian election: Israel 'intimidating Hamas supporters' to stop them running. middleeasteye.net Palestinian election: Israel 'intimidating Hamas supporters' to stop them running | Soldiers reportedly deliver Shin Bet message to Palestinian doorsteps, while others asked to report at stations for interrogation | Thu, 03/04/2021 – 16: 16 | An Israeli soldier gestures in front of a Palestinian man following a protest (AFP/file photo) | Israel's internal intelligence agency Shin Bet is in…

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Beijing looks to bolster grip over Hong Kong with election law reform. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong/Beijing, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- China is studying a new law that would overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system and boost the influence of pro-Beijing politicians in the special status territory. Authorities are expected to unveil the proposal during the National People's Congress, which begins in Beijing on Friday. Earlier this week, a Hong Kong deputy …

Staff (2021-03-04). Right-Wing Supreme Court Justices May Weaken Key Provision of Voting Rights Act. truthout.org The partisan battle over voting rights is boiling over this week, as conservative Supreme Court justices are poised to uphold two provisions of an Arizona voting law that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) argues violates the landmark Voting Rights Act, and the House passes the For the People Act, the most sweeping election reform package in decades. | On Tuesday, Supreme Court justices signaled their willingness to weaken another key provision of the historic Voting Rights Act that p…

Steve Phillips (2021-03-04). Democrats Can Win in Ohio. Will They Choose the Right Strategy? thenation.com Democrats Can Win in Ohio. Will They Choose the Right Strategy?

Brett Wilkins (2021-03-04). 'Reprehensible Power Grab'. zcomm.org "Georgia Republicans didn't like the results of the 2020 election so they decided they would try to dictate who they will let vote and who they won't let vote."

Pip Hinman (2021-03-04). Community ticket to contest local government election in Parramatta. greenleft.org.au A new ticket, Community Need Not Corporate Greed, will field a team in the Parramatta local government election, writes Kerry Smith.

Middle East Monitor (2021-03-04). Israeli-Iranian Shadow Naval War in Arabian Gulf puts Arab Gulf States in Cross-hairs. juancole.com By Hazem Ayyad | — ( Middle East Monitor) — The Arabian Gulf has turned into an arena for confrontation and possible conflict between Iran and Israel now that it has become certain that Iranian elements attacked the MV Helios Ray. The suspicious vehicle-carrier belongs to Israeli businessman Rami Ungar, known for his strong relationship …

Alan MacLeod (2021-03-04). After years of propaganda, American views of Russia and China hit historic lows. mronline.org Both pro- and anti-war voices have stated that the U.S. is on the cusp of entering a second Cold War, and a new Gallup poll suggests that the groundwork for such a conflict has already been laid.

The Conversation (2021-03-04). Pope's upcoming visit brings attention to the dwindling population of Christians in Iraq. juancole.com By Ramazan Kƒ±lƒ±nàß | — Pope Francis will arrive in Iraq on Friday in a first-ever papal visit to the country that is expected to raise awareness about the challenges facing Iraqi Christians — a majority of whom are Catholic. In the past two decades, the Christian population in Iraq has fallen by over 80%. …

Thomas Knapp (2021-03-04). Biden's Foreign Policy: No Joy in Mudville. counterpunch.org Well, at least he hasn't started any NEW wars! | For four years, that was the excuse I got from anti-war Donald Trump supporters every time he escalated one of the several wars he inherited from George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I expect to start hearing it from anti-war Joseph Biden supporters soon.

Ezra Echo (2021-03-04). Activists chant: 'No war on Syria or Iran!'. workers.org Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo, N.Y., March 1. WW PHOTO: Ezra Echo Despite frigid temperatures, determined activists here in Buffalo came out late Monday afternoon March 1 at a busy intersection with demands aimed at the Biden administration: U.S. Out of the Middle East! Stop Bombing Syria! U.S. Out of Iraq and . . . |

Reese Erlich (2021-03-04). Foreign Correspondent: Biden's Bombing of Syria Is a Dangerous Step Backward. progressive.org Latest military attack shows that the new President hasn't broken from the failed policies of the past.

_____ (2021-03-04). Amazon Workers On Why They Need To Unionize. popularresistance.org In the biggest unionizing struggle in Amazon's history, nearly 6,000 workers at a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama are voting on whether to join a union. The union drive has met fierce resistance from the company, desperate to stop it. Last month, the union talk radio show The Valley Labor report interviewed union organizing committee members Darryl Richardson, a picker at the fulfillment center, and Jennifer Bates, a Learning Ambassador, about working conditions at Amazon, the union drive, the response from bosses, and why they need a union. | The union drive at Bessemer deserves support and solidarity from worker…

WSWS (2021-03-04). US Supreme Court poised to finish off Voting Rights Act. wsws.org Tuesday's discussion in the Supreme Court—essentially on the issue of how much voter suppression is permissible—should serve as another warning that American democracy is on life support.

WSWS (2021-03-04). Biden and Trudeau revamp Canada-US alliance for trade war and military conflict. wsws.org The Roadmap for a Renewed US-Canada Partnership proposes a "whole-of- government relationship" to reassert North American imperialist world dominance, including through the modernization of NORAD, securing "strategic" production chains, and developing "clean" energy.

Paul Jay (2021-03-04). Is Protecting the Murderous Crown Prince in the National Interest? — Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson. theanalysis.news In whose "national interest" is an alliance a with a criminal state that sponsors terrorism, viciously suppresses domestic dissent, acts against democratic movements, and promotes war in the region? Phyllis Bennis and Larry Wilkerson join Paul Jay on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

_____ (2021-03-04). Protesters Block Intersection In Support Of Jailed Indigenous Elder. popularresistance.org A group of protesters has blocked the port access at Clark and Hastings in Vancouver since Tuesday night. | The action was organized by Braided Warriors, a newly formed group, made up of Indigenous youth from many Nations, who fights for Indigenous sovereignty mostly on the unceded territories of the S…ôlÃìílw…ôta î (Tsleil-Waututh), S·∏µwxñwú7mesh (Squamish), and x ∑m…ôŒ∏k ∑…ôyÃì…ôm (Musqueam) nations. The group is calling for the release of Indigenous elder Stacy Gallagher who was senten…

WSWS (2021-03-04). UK Chancellor Sunak announces class war budget. wsws.org The ruling elite were assured that the state coffers would always be available to them, with Sunak promising "if further action is needed as the situation evolves—I hope the whole House knows, I will not hesitate to act."

WSWS (2021-03-04). Amazon workers speak on the Alabama union vote. wsws.org Amazon workers expressed a wide range of views about the ongoing union recertification vote at the company's warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Medea Benjamin (2021-03-04). Trump & Biden's Secret Bombing Wars. globalresearch.ca On February 25th,

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2021-03-04). The Dangers of A "Sino-American Hot War": Joe Biden's China Policy. Can He Stop the Shooting War Against China? globalresearch.ca The forty years of the Cold War have made us endure …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-04). US House of Representatives passes police reform bill; critics say it does not go far enough. peoplesdispatch.org The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act proposes reforms in policing and seeks to put an end to chokeholds and no-knock warrants but activists said similar laws passed in many cities and States had not made much of a difference…

WSWS (2021-03-04). The end of the UK lockdown and the way forward for the working class. wsws.org The government is committing murder on a mass scale. The pursuit of "herd immunity" by allowing the virus to spread unchecked has always been its policy.

Dennis J Bernstein (2021-03-04). How Dianna Ortiz Exposed U.S. Complicity in Guatemalan War Crimes. progressive.org An interview with journalist Allan Nairn following her recent death.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-04). Biden, Afghanistan and Forever Wars. globalresearch.ca The papers are full of suggestions on what US President Joe …

yenisafak (2021-03-04). US House approves police reform legislation. yenisafak.com US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an ambitious police reform legislation that would ban and introduce some new measures for the law enforcement.George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, passed with a 220-212 vote, is named after the 46-year-old Black man who was killed last year in Minneapolis under the knee of a white police officer.In addition to banning chokeholds, the legislation aims to prevent no-knock warrants, make data collection on police encounters mandatory, prohibit racial and religious profiling, and also provide funding to community-based policing programs."Never again should an unarmed i…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). UN sends more humanitarian aid to Syria via Turkey. yenisafak.com The UN on Thursday dispatched 44 more trucks with humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, a region where millions of people remain in need of assistance due to conflict.The trucks passed through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province to enter Syria's Idlib province, where the aid will be distributed.A civil war has ravaged Syria since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.According to UN estimates, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). UN launches Anti-plastic pollution mission in E. Africa. yenisafak.com The world's first recycled plastic sailing dhow on Thursday began a mission in Africa's largest freshwater lake to raise awareness about plastic pollution, according to the UN."Flipflopi, the world's first sailing boat made from 100% recycled plastic, is joining forces with the UN Environment Programme's Clean Seas Campaign once more, this time embarking on an expedition by sailing around Africa's largest freshwater ecosystem – Lake Victoria," the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a report."The voyage aims to send an urgent message to the East Africa community on the need to end the unnecessary…

_____ (2021-03-04). Jewish National Fund Declares It Will Fund Land Confiscation In The West Bank. popularresistance.org Last month, for the first time in its long history, the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) openly declared that it will fund land confiscation in the West Bank, in defiance of international law. Its board of governors voted through the allocation of NIS 38 million to purchase land to expand Jewish-only settlements. All Israeli settlements, based on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank, constitute a war crime under international law. Yet the British arm of KKL-JNF, JNF UK, continues to be a registered charity, enjoying tax exemption to raise funds for its parent organisation. | This decision is not an aberration,…

Ali Harb (2021-03-04). 'Sickening': Palestine advocates slam Biden administration for rebuking ICC. middleeasteye.net 'Sickening': Palestine advocates slam Biden administration for rebuking ICC | The US State Department denounced the International Criminal Court's investigation into alleged Israeli abuses, arguing that Palestine is not a state | Thu, 03/04/2021 – 21: 47 | Israeli forces block Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, 26 February (AFP) | After denouncing the Internati…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-03-04). 'We Need to Remain Vigilant': Health Experts Warn Rollback of Covid Restrictions Threatens Life-Saving Gains. commondreams.org "We must not relinquish the ground we've gained," said Dr. Barbara Alexander, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-03-04). 'No One Is Above the Law': Rashida Tlaib Rips Biden Admin's Opposition to ICC War Crimes Probe of Israel. commondreams.org The Michigan congresswoman said the ICC "has the authority and duty to independently and impartially investigate and deliver justice to victims of human rights violations and war crimes in Palestine." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-03-04). Novichok? What Novichok? New US sanctions urge Russia to destroy chemical weapons stockpile, but Kremlin insists it already has. rt.com Russian officials are puzzled by demands from Washington to scrap their country's chemical weapons program, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said, arguing that the country has already disposed of all such substances. | Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Dmitry Peskov slammed America's warning that Moscow must register and eliminate stores of nerve agents, toxic gases and other poisons, or else face sanctions. "Russia declared and verified the destruction of all chemical weapons on its territory many years ago and fully complied with international conventions," he said. "Russia has no chemical weapons."

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). House suspends Thursday session after warning about potential Capitol attack. laprensalatina.com (Update: Adds info about House suspending session) Washington, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The US House of Representatives on Wednesday suspended the legislative session it had scheduled for Thursday after authorities warned of a potential plan by a rightist militia group to mount another attack on Congress. The lower house was scheduled to debate a police reform …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). WHO warns of rise in cases in Europe. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned of a rise in Covid-19 infections in Europe after six consecutive weeks of declines. At a press conference, the director of WHO-Europe, Hans Kluge, said measures to control the contagion needed to be boosted, with special attention to the most contagious new variants. …

news.un (2021-03-04). Wasting food just feeds climate change, new UN environment report warns. news.un.org More than 930 million tonnes of food sold in 2019 landed in waste bins, according to new UN research, released on Thursday, in support of global efforts to halve food waste by 2030.

RT (2021-03-04). Ukraine bracing for third wave of Covid-19 infections Prime Minister warns, after turning down Russian offers of Sputnik V vaccine. rt.com Cases of coronavirus are again on the rise in Ukraine, the country's Prime Minister Denis Shmigal has said, cautioning that another tough lockdown might be on the cards to prevent its beleaguered health system from collapsing. | Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the politician said that a rise in incidence statistics "cannot be hidden or interpreted in any other way." In future, he claimed, "there may be a strict lockdown… if most of the regions become red zones, it will be necessary to return to the model of lockdowns that Ukraine has already gone through." | "If we see that the medical system is becomin…

Staff (2021-03-04). Louisiana Hunger Strikers — Already in Solitary — Are Being Brutally Punished. truthout.org On February 13, men being held in one of the solitary confinement wards at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola were discussing how to get out from under their miserably austere physical conditions. These included broken lights in their cells, no underwear, a single blanket and inadequate heating in record cold temperatures for northern Louisiana. The men also experienced brutal psychological conditions, including no time outside in the yard at all and only limited time out in the hall whe…

Staff (2021-03-04). Senators Move to Repeal Some Presidential War Powers After Airstrikes in Syria. truthout.org As frustration is building among federal lawmakers over President Joe Biden's recent Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R…

commondreams (2021-03-04). Justice in Policing Act Passed in House a Step Towards Meaningful Reform. commondreams.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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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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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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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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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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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-…

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…
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A Global Demand to 35 Governments: Get Your Troops Out of Afghanistan
World Beyond War | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
The governments of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, …
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Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's Lifting of Covid Restrictions
Juan Cole | juancole.com | 2021-03-05
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week lifted the Texas mask mandate and allowed businesses freely to open. Roughly half the deaths and severe illness owing to Covid-19 are among minorities, including African-Americans and Latinos, even though those two groups make up less than a third of Americans. State Sen. Borris …
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#LettersToBessemer: Black Workers Matter
| workers.org | 2021-03-05
From People's Power Assembly NYC and Workers Assembly Against Racism: Since early February 2021, a Black women-led unionizing struggle has been happening in a Bessemer, Ala., Amazon warehouse. They've organized in response to dangerous working conditions including: 1) dangerously inadequate COVID-19 protocols; 2) no hazard pay, even as essential workers . . . | Continue reading #LettersToBessemer: Black Workers Matter at Workers.org
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health
FAIR Health | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
Summary | The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental | …
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Dozens of COVID-19 infections shut down Detroit Whole Foods
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
Twenty-three out of 196 workers at a Detroit Whole Foods store tested positive, temporarily shutting the store down.
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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…
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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…
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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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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…
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US economy adds 379,000 jobs, unemployment at 6.2%
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-05
The US economy added 379,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 6.2% in February, the Department of Labor announced Friday.The market estimate for nonfarm payrolls was an increase of 182,000 for February, while job losses for January were revised up by 117,000, from 49,000 to 166,000, according to data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The unemployment rate also managed to beat the market expectation as the consensus for it was to remain unchanged at 6.3% in February from the previous month.The number of unemployed individuals in the US decreased to 10 million last month. Due to COVID-19, more than 22 million…
yenisafak.com/en/world/us-economy-adds-3…

EU okays $155M for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-05
The EU will support Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon with ‚Ǩ130 million ($155 million), the bloc announced on Friday.The EU adopted a ‚Ǩ130 million package to help Syrian refugees and hosting local communities in Jordan and Lebanon in providing social protection, healthcare, education and sanitization.‚Ä®Lebanon will receive ‚Ǩ98 million, while Jordan will get ‚Ǩ32 million.‚Ä®The support also aims at helping the COVID-19 vaccination in Lebanon, as well as assisting the reconstruction of…
yenisafak.com/en/world/eu-okays-155m-for…

Covid-19 has been 'really good' for CNN's ratings, WarnerMedia CEO says at Morgan Stanley conference
rt.com | 2021-03-05
While Covid-19 has claimed more than 2.5 million lives worldwide, the chief executive at CNN's parent firm is looking on the bright side, telling a virtual audience the pandemic has been "really good" for the outlet's ratings. | Jason Kilar — the CEO of WarnerMedia, which owns the cable network — appeared at Morgan Stanley's 'Technology, Media and Telecom' virtual conference on Thursday, where he was asked about CNN and whether it could keep up its current momentum. | "I'd say that it turns out that pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle, and that's not going away anytime soon," he replied,…
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Republican senator forces clerks to read Biden's Covid bill for TEN HOURS, in last-ditch effort to block
rt.com | 2021-03-05
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 price tag funds other federal programs…
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Mumia Health Update / March 6 Global Virtual Street Meeting
The Jamal Journal | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
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.
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US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/03/1884048…

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)…
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New England Journal of Medicine: Decarceration Necessary to Stop Spread of Covid
R.R. | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Summarized below is an article in the New England Journal of Medicine published on March 3, 2021 "Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons." Link here to full article, may require a subscription.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884049…

Mumia has COVID-19 — the only treatment is his freedom!
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2021-03-05
Word has come that Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has tested positive for COVID-19. Supporters learned of the diagnosis March 3, as they were gathered in front of the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's release and that of all incarcerated people over 50, who . . . | Continue reading Mumia has COVID-19 — the only treatment is his freedom! at Workers.org
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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-…

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."
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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…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Arabic press review: Palestine slams Washington's 'lack of understanding' of ICC jurisdiction
Mohammad Ayesh | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
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 | Mohammad Ayesh | 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…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-isr…

For the Sake of Preventing More Journalists' Murders, Biden Must Punish Saudi Arabia's MBS (And I Should Know)
Sara Jamshidi | juancole.com | 2021-03-05
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, …
juancole.com/2021/03/preventing-journali…

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…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/roaming-char…

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…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/roaming-char…

Anti-war coalition condemns Biden for bombing Iraq
Chloe de Silva | greenleft.org.au | 2021-03-05
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.
greenleft.org.au/content/anti-war-coalit…

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.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/richland-washingto…

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…

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

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…

"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…

The George Floyd Act Wouldn't Have Saved George Floyd's Life
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-03-05
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…
popularresistance.org/the-george-floyd-a…

Gulf Coast says: Support #BAmazon Union!
| workers.org | 2021-03-05
By Sean Miller Members of Black Voters Matter, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast branch and others hosted a Feb. 20 rally in downtown Pensacola, Fla., in support of the Bessemer, Ala., Amazon workers union drive. Joining over 50 other cities in a Day of Solidarity actions, they spoke out for . . . | Continue reading Gulf Coast says: Support #BAmazon Union! at Workers.org
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PRO Act, biggest labor law reform in decades, headed for House vote
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2021-03-05
WASHINGTON–The narrowly Democratic U.S. House will vote during the week of March 8 on the nation's most wide-ranging, pro-worker labor law reform in decades, the PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize). Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced the scheduled vote on March 3. His schedule statement comes as unions, led by the AFL-CIO, are stepping …
peoplesworld.org/article/pro-act-biggest…

The Supreme Court Is Poised to Find New Ways to Disenfranchise Black Voters
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
The Supreme Court Is Poised to Find New Ways to Disenfranchise Black Voters…
thenation.com/article/politics/supreme-c…

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…

Rep. Mondaire Jones: Voting Rights Bill H.R. 1 Is of "Foundational Importance" to U.S. Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-03-05
The House of Representatives has approved sweeping legislation protecting the right to vote with the For the People Act, which has been described as the most sweeping pro-democracy bill in decades. The legislation is aimed at improving voter registration and access to voting, ending partisan and racial gerrymandering, forcing the disclosure of dark money donors, increasing public funding for candidates, and imposing strict ethical and reporting standards on members of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, which comes amid a nationwide attack on voting rights in courthouses and statehouses, is heading to…
www.democracynow.org/2021/3/5/for_the_pe…

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…

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-…

75 Years Ago: Nazi Germany's Launch Final Major Attacks of the Second World War
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
This article was originally published on GR in March 2020. | Seventy-five …
globalresearch.ca/75-years-ago-nazi-germ…

Blood for Oil
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Amid the ongoing horror, it's important to find ways to atone for war crimes –including reparations. Thirty years ago, when the United States launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq, I was a member of the Gulf Peace Team. We were 73 people from 15 different countries, aged 22 to 76, living in a tent camp close to…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/blood-for-oi…

Failing Upward: Pentagon's more and more Expensive Boondoggles (that don't even work)
William J. Astore | juancole.com | 2021-03-05
( Tomdispatch.com) — Cancel culture is a common, almost viral, term in political and social discourse these days. Basically, somebody expresses views considered to be outrageous or vile or racist or otherwise insensitive and inappropriate. In response, that person is "canceled," perhaps losing a job or otherwise sidelined and silenced. In being deplatformed by Twitter, …
juancole.com/2021/03/pentagons-expensive…

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…

'Scheer Intelligence' Nabs 4 NAEJ Nominations
Editor | scheerpost.com | 2021-03-05
"Scheer Intelligence," the weekly award-winning podcast hosted by legendary journalist Robert Scheer and executive produced by Joshua Scheer, has been nominated for 4 National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. The KCRW-hosted show features thoughtful, provocative conversations with "American Originals"–people who, through a lifetime of public engagement, offer unique, often surprising perspectives on the day's most …
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Blood for Oil
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Amid the ongoing horror, it's important to find ways to atone for war crimes –including reparations. Thirty years ago, when the United States launched Operation Desert Storm against Iraq, I was a member of the Gulf Peace Team. We were 73 people from 15 different countries, aged 22 to 76, living in a tent camp close to…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/blood-for-oi…

Withdrawing US Troops from Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too
Phyllis Bennis | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
Withdrawing US Troops from Afghanistan Is Only a Start. We Have to End the Air War Too…
thenation.com/article/world/war-afghanis…

Meghan just beat the Mail on Sunday so bad they have to announce it on their front page
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-03-05
The Mail On Sunday must publish a front-page statement about Meghan Markle's victory in her copyright claim against the newspaper over the publication of a "personal and private" letter to her estranged father, the High Court has ruled. | Read all about it: | Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) — the publisher of the Mail On Sunday and MailOnline — has also been ordered to print a notice on page three of the paper stating it "infringed her copyright" by publishing parts of the letter sent to Thomas Markle. | In a ruling on 5 March, lord justice Warby also granted Markle a declaration that ANL…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/03/05/meghan-j…

Industrial action threat amid anger over 1% pay rise for NHS workers
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-03-05
A leading union has warned of industrial action amid mounting anger over the Government's recommendation of a 1% pay rise for nurses and other health workers. | Unite, which represents tens of thousands of health service staff, said it will now be considering all its options, including holding an industrial action ballot, as part of its campaign for a decent pay rise. | The government sparked fresh anger on Friday when it defended its call for pay to be pegged at 1%. | Health Minister Nadine Dorries said the Government could not afford to give NHS staff in England a pay rise of more than 1% following the revelati…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2021/03/05/industri…

Loyalist gangs withdraw support from the Good Friday Agreement over post-Brexit Irish border
Joe Glenton | thecanary.co | 2021-03-05
Loyalist paramilitaries have withdrawn support from the Good Friday Agreement over post-Brexit border measures. | The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) is an umbrella organisation that reportedly includes proscribed terror groups like the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Red Hand Commando. The group has written a letter to Boris Johnson and Irish taoiseach Micheál Martin. It warns that the 1998 peace agreement faces "destruction" if the border is imposed. | In the letter, which was…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/03/05/loya…

The Dangerous US/NATO Strategy in Europe
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
The NATO Dynamic Manta anti-submarine warfare exercise took place in the …
globalresearch.ca/dangerous-us-nato-stra…

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 53 FETàñ suspects
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-05
Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for a total of 53 suspects on Friday for alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in the country.According to a statement by prosecutors in the capital Ankara, authorities ordered the arrest of 40 suspects affiliated with the terror group within the Naval Forces. It was found that the suspects were in contact with FETO members via payphone, the statement added.Among the suspects were 30 dismissed military students, as well as army officers and sergeants.Anti-terror police operations are ongoing in seven Turkish…
yenisafak.com/en/news/turkey-issues-arre…

Turkish Central Bank to continue firm steps for price stability
yenisafak.com | 2021-03-05
The Turkish Central Bank is focusing on ensuring permanent price stability while implementing a steady monetary policy, the bank's Governor Naci Agbal said on Friday."We will continue to take firm steps towards achieving price stability through a confidence-oriented monetary policy in the upcoming period," Agbal wrote on the bank's blog.Stressing the importance of confidence in the economy, Agbal said this makes monetary policy more effective and boosts its power to enhance expectations."In this context, the first step a central bank should take to achieve its goal is to make economic actors trust in monetary pol…
yenisafak.com/en/economy/turkish-central…

'It's the Cuomo way': MORE aides describe 'cult' workplace as top NY Democrat says governor should quit if new accusers speak out
rt.com | 2021-03-05
Numerous former staffers for Andrew Cuomo have described the toxic and cult-like work environment they worked under amidst the governor's multiple worsening scandals, including three accusations of sexual harassment. | "There's no right or wrong way. It's the Cuomo way," one staffer told the Gothamist about a warning she received when interviewing for a job in the Cuomo administration. "He wants people who are literally going to fall on the sword for him, and they all will." | Another described being told to wear stiletto heels because she was blonde and the governor "likes blondes" in stiletto heels. Her desk…
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Do "Billion-dollar Events Help Level the 'Playing' Field"?
GRACE | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Powerful earthquake clusters strike off the coast of NZ: Tsunami threat triggers evacuation in Northland | Multiple powerful earthquakes including magnitudes 8.1, 7.4 and 7.3 near New Zealand earlier triggered tsunami warnings across NZ's northern region.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884051…

"Elephant In the Room" SF Board Of Supervisor's Hearing On Health Crisis At TI
Steve Zeltzer | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
At an San Francisco Board of Supervisors special hearing on February 8, 2021 residents and whistleblowers from Treasure Island reported on the massive contamination, health problems and over-up by the City, State and Federal government of the Superfund nuclear radioactive dump site. It was used as a nuclear war training facility for sailor and the Island is now a major contraction zone for 8,000 condos despite the dangers according to residents and inspectors. | City officials from DPH said they can't help the residents and the Navy was a no show.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884049…

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…
strategic-culture.org/news/2021/03/05/us…

Hopes for UN Security Council action against Myanmar military coup 'waning' fast, warns Special Envoy
news.un.org | 2021-03-05
Hopes placed in the UN and the Member States that serve on the Security Council to take action against leaders of Myanmar's military coup, are waning fast, the UN Special Envoy for the country warned on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2021/03/1…

Pope calls for end to violence on first ever visit to Iraq
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
(Update 1: updates headline, lead, adds detail) Baghdad, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis, who began the first ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday, called for an end to violence and extremism in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. The pontiff arrived on Friday morning for a three-day trip to Iraq, his first foreign trip since …
laprensalatina.com/pope-calls-for-end-to…

Traditional javelin throwing becomes a tourist attraction in Turkey
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-03-05
Mounted javelin throwing, a traditional equestrian sport which is known as the war game of the Turks and has been played since their time in Central Asia, has become the main tourist attraction in Erzurum, in eastern Anatolia. A visual story by EFE/EPA/ERDEM SAHIN…
laprensalatina.com/traditional-javelin-t…

UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims
Areeb Ullah | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims | UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said Islamophobia has reached 'epidemic proportions' across the world | Areeb Ullah | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 16: 21 | UN expert Ahmed Shaheed said Muslim women face the triple threat of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, and religion (AFP) | A United Nations expert has warned that counter-ter…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/islamophobia-…

"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…

UN official warns of increasing violence, famine in Tigray region in Ethiopia
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
The UN Security Council discussed the crisis in the Tigray region amid increasing reports of atrocities. UN officials Michelle Bachelet and Mark Lowcock also called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/un-offici…

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-…

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…

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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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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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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…
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Palestine: Blinken Blinks on Human Rights
M. K. Bhadrakumar | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
On March 3, the US State Department has put on its …
globalresearch.ca/blinken-blinks-human-r…

Killer Kim Reynolds and the Fascist State of Iowa
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
The affluent and older white male "leftists" who minimize the threat posed by the ever more fascistic Republican Party tend to live in big "blue" cities where the Amerikaner Republivolk are a distinct minority. Some of these privileged urbanites might want to spend some time in a pandemo-fascist white-supremacist state like Iowa, which sent Steve…
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Killer Kim Reynolds and the Fascist State of Iowa
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
The affluent and older white male "leftists" who minimize the threat posed by the ever more fascistic Republican Party tend to live in big "blue" cities where the Amerikaner Republivolk are a distinct minority. Some of these privileged urbanites might want to spend some time in a pandemo-fascist white-supremacist state like Iowa, which sent Steve…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/killer-kim-r…

Leftist and Liberal Unite!
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
When Jordan Peterson debated Slavoj Zizek, Peterson pointed to his typical villain, the "cultural Marxist". Douglas Lain rightly saw that this was Peterson's Lacanian symptom. Jacques Lacan describes the symptom as such:…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/leftist-and-…

Reporters' Alert: Launching a New Website
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Reporters at major newspapers and magazines are hard to reach by telephone. Today it is increasingly hard to converse with them about timely scoops, leads, gaps in coverage, and corrections to published articles. Their voicemail messages often tell you how rarely they check their calls and urge reaching them by email. Good luck getting through…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/reporters-al…

150 years since the birth of Rosa Luxemburg
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Rosa Luxemburg, who was born on 5 March, 1871, was among the most important revolutionary Marxists of the 20th century, and her work contains vital lessons for today.
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Hugo Chávez's Legacy: Unity and Anti-imperialism
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
This March many remember Hugo Chávez. He passed away eight years ago. It is a very short time when measured in terms of the fresh memories we have of him. He is remembered as the Comandante, Comandante Supremo, creator of the Bolivarian Revolution, founder of the Fifth Republic. He has been the architect of the…
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Hugo Chávez's Legacy: Unity and Anti-imperialism
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
This March many remember Hugo Chávez. He passed away eight years ago. It is a very short time when measured in terms of the fresh memories we have of him. He is remembered as the Comandante, Comandante Supremo, creator of the Bolivarian Revolution, founder of the Fifth Republic. He has been the architect of the…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/hugo-chavezs…

Why I'm Joining Democratic Socialists of America
Kshama Sawant | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
The disasters we've seen in the past year could become far worse unless socialists and the working class rise to the historic tasks in front of us…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/why-im-joining-dem…

Tens of thousands of Palestinians protest against Israeli police violence and inaction
Mustafa Abu Sneineh | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
Tens of thousands of Palestinians protest against Israeli police violence and inaction | Demonstration held on eighth Friday in a row and said to be the largest in 20 years | Mustafa Abu Sneineh | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 11: 04 | Palestinians take part in a protest against a wave of crime and violence in their communities, amid tensions with Israeli police who the protesters say are unwilling to deal with th…
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Defend the Guard Act Stirs Debate in West Virginia Over Military Industrial Complex
Russell Mokhiber | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
Please Help ZNet Source: Counterpunch A debate over the military industrial complex is raging in West Virginia. The debate was kicked off in the West Virginia legislature again this year by Patrick McGeehan, a Republican member of the House of Delegates from the northern panhandle. McGeehan has introduced House Bill 2138 Read…
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'If Only The President Knew' — That State of The Union Address You'll Never Hear or See
Stephen Martin | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Wenn nur der Fàºhrer wàºsste/ If only the Fuhrer knew': was a common saying expressing belief in the National Socialist/ Nazi era. Well 'hats off/ tug of forelock 'as opposed to the more traditional as became Nazi, sense of raise of one arm to Corporatism (the MICC) as similar abuse of belief goes; 'Amerika 'now…
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'Engaging the World': The 'Fascinating Story' of Hamas's Political Evolution
Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
On February 4, representatives from the Palestinian Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development on the unity talks between the Islamic Movement and its Palestinian counterparts, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas's officials traveled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues to represent…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/engaging-the…

Digital colonialism: The evolution of American empire
Michael Kwet | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
American "Big Tech" corporations are gaining massive profits through their control over business, labor, social media and entertainment in the Global South…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/digital-colonialis…

Thursday 3/18: Rights of Nature & LandBack: Indigenous-led movements for the Protection of Mother Earth
Sogorea Te' Land Trust & Movement Rights | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Online event…
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Hell in Every Way: My Life Inside a Temporary Refugee Camp on Lesbos
Morteza Rezaei | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
In this temporary camp on Lesbos, the singles have been separated from the families. In the singles section in the early days we had little access to electricity. They brought water to the camp by tanker. The bathrooms were very few and smelled foul. After a while a healthcare facility was set up. Access to…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/hell-in-ever…

The Scarlatti App
David Yearsley | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Peloton, Apple Fitness+, Yoga with Adriene: home workouts have flourished in the pandemic. Forsaking the latest gadgets and gurus, I've been sticking to the Scarlatti exercise program at the living room piano–a regimen three-centuries old and as effective today as it was when it put baroque bodies to the test. Hand-crossing was the domestic keyboard…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/the-scarlatt…

Why Are We Still Giving the Pentagon More Money?
Mandy Smithberger | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
Why Are We Still Giving the Pentagon More Money?
thenation.com/article/politics/pandemic-…

Ph.D university entrance exam
Kamal Iranidoost | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-03-05
TEHRAN, Mar. 05 (MNA) — This year's Ph.D university entrance exam started on Friday morning. The following photos show the students doing the test at Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran (SBU) while wearing a face mask amid the pandemic.
en.mehrnews.com/photo/170696/Ph-D-univer…

Justice Finally Catches up With Sarkozy
Philippe Marlière | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
On Monday, a criminal court in Paris handed down its verdict in Nicolas Sarkozy's corruption trial. The former French president was sentenced to three years in jail — two of them suspended — for bribery and influence-peddling. This is a legal landmark for the French judicial system for two main reasons. First, no former president had been…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/justice-fina…

This Week's Most Popular Articles
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
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Michigan high school students fight racism
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."
liberationnews.org/michigan-high-school-…

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
Italian workers 24-hour strike for improved pay and conditions; thousands protest against poverty in Lebanon as currency devalues…
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/wkrs…

The Private Health Insurance Industry: Should It Be Eliminated?
John P. Geyman | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Many Americans assume that the private health insurance industry is an unmovable fixture in the U. S. health care system, but there is a growing need to re-examine that premise. Over recent decades, its performance has been increasingly profit-driven to the point of now becoming unaffordable for patients, their families, employers and taxpayers. The time…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/the-private-…

From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to the Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand
Don Fitz | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the insatiable greed of capitalism for more energy than either narrative does by itself.
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/from-the-mur…

From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand
Don Fitz | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-05
March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/03/from-the-murd…

Justice Finally Catches up With Sarkozy
Philippe Marlière | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
On Monday, a criminal court in Paris handed down its verdict in Nicolas Sarkozy's corruption trial. The former French president was sentenced to three years in jail — two of them suspended — for bribery and influence-peddling. This is a legal landmark for the French judicial system for two main reasons. First, no former president had been…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/justice-fina…

Approaching a Risky 1.5 ∞C Global Overshoot
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
A recent UN Assessment, as of February 26 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…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/approaching-…

Economy Adds 379,000 Jobs in February; Unemployment Edges Down to 6.2 Percent
Karen Conner | cepr.net | 2021-03-05
A drop in aggregate hours in February could be an indication that productivity growth is accelerating. The establishment survey showed the economy added 379,000 jobs in February. In addition, the figures from December and January were revised up by 38,000. This brings the average job gain over the last three months to 79,700. Employment in …
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Ex-PMs Call on Japan to 'Eradicate' Nuclear Power
Bradley K. Martin | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2021-03-05
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Snatching Conceit From the Jaws of Victory
Kathleen Wallace | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
"Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus?" — Keith Olbermann…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/snatching-co…

Essential work and the struggle for $15
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2021-03-05
nationofchange.org/2021/03/05/essential-…

DSA PRO Act Campaign Training
mgrochowski | dsausa.org | 2021-03-05
DSA's highest national priority for the first 100 days of the new presidential administration is to pass the PRO Act (Protect the Right to Organize), which would strengthen unions, the power of the working class to organize on the job, and our collective capacity to win a just transition to a green economy for all. Organized…
dsausa.org/calendar/dsa-pro-act-campaign…

Approaching a Risky 1.5 ∞C Global Overshoot
Robert Hunziker | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
A recent UN Assessment, as of February 26 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…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/approaching-…

Will 2021 Be Public Banking's Watershed Moment?
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-05
Just over two months into the new year, 2021 has already seen a flurry of public banking activity. Sixteen new bills to form publicly-owned banks or facilitate their formation were introduced in eight U.S. states in January and February. Two bills for a state-owned bank were introduced in New Mexico, two in Massachusetts, two in New …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/03/will-2021-be-…

Freedom of thought and the death of ideologies
Graham Peebles | nationofchange.org | 2021-03-05
Unity is the key element in any such shift — the required guiding principle underlying the development of existing systems and modes of living.
nationofchange.org/2021/03/05/freedom-of…

Economic Growth is the Cause of Climate Change, Not the Solution to It
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2021-03-05
Through 2019, the last year for which data is available, greenhouse gas emissions and global GDP growth remained as highly correlated as they have been for the last half century. What this means is that despite the rhetorical back-and-forth over technological innovation and government policies as potential solutions to climate change, the role of economic…
counterpunch.org/2021/03/05/economic-gro…

Rights groups write to US seeking action against Bahrain's human rights violations
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
In a letter addressed to US secretary of state Antony Blinken, the 15 signatory organizations ask the US to restrict arms sales to the Gulf monarchy. Bahrain recently recognized Israel as part of the Abraham accords…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/rights-gr…

ArcelorMittal is 'slowly becoming a burial site'
Magnificent Mndebele | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
Three ArcelorMittal workers were trapped in a control room in the early hours of Wednesday 17 February when the room collapsed after a stack structure fell on it, following an explosion. Workers who witnessed the scene at the company's plant in Vanderbijlpark in south Gauteng paint a grim picture. But the company denies an explosion occurred, despite no managers being there at the time. | The workers say the flames from the batteries were unusual that day, resembling an explosion, with large flames in the ovens. Gas escaped to the stack structure adjacent to the control room, where Thami Molefe, 53, Lesenyeho Mof…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/arcelormi…

Croatians observe centenary of anti-fascist Labin uprising
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
Coal miners in Labin in the Istria county of present day Croatia had rebelled against fascist assaults and exploitation by the mining company and occupied the mines before proclaiming the 'Labin Republic' on March 2, 1921…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/croatians…

DSA PRO Act Campaign Training
mgrochowski | dsausa.org | 2021-03-05
DSA's highest national priority for the first 100 days of the new presidential administration is to pass the PRO Act (Protect the Right to Organize), which would strengthen unions, the power of the working class to organize on the job, and our collective capacity to win a just transition to a green economy for all. Organized…
dsausa.org/calendar/dsa-pro-act-campaign…

Fed chair Powell's remarks spark Wall Street sell-off
wsws.org | 2021-03-05
The immediate origins of the present sell-off are to be found in events which took place on Thursday last week, when an auction of US five- and seven-year Treasury bonds was significantly undersubscribed.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/05/wall…

Abbott forces Texas "OPEN 100%" just weeks after deadly storm
Zac Vecellio, Brianna Griffith | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
Abbott has billed the new order as a victory for "freedom," even as he undermines cities' freedom to protect their own populations with mask mandates and protective measures.
liberationnews.org/abbott-forces-texas-o…

DSA PRO Act Campaign Training
mgrochowski | dsausa.org | 2021-03-05
DSA's highest national priority for the first 100 days of the new presidential administration is to pass the PRO Act (Protect the Right to Organize), which would strengthen unions, the power of the working class to organize on the job, and our collective capacity to win a just transition to a green economy for all. Organized…
dsausa.org/calendar/dsa-pro-act-campaign…

Atlanta DA refuses to prosecute killer cop in Rayshard Brooks' murder
Monica Johnson, Leela Anand | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
Although nearing a year since the murder of Rayshard Brooks, Fulton County officials have yet to prosecute the two killer cops of the Atlanta Police Department. Brooks was killed by officers Garret Rolfe and Devin Brosnan on the night of June 12, 2020, outside a Wendy's restaurant near Atlanta's Pittsburgh neighborhood. Brooks was shot twice …
liberationnews.org/atlanta-da-refuses-to…

Continued Israeli Airstrikes on Syria Are Testing Moscow's Patience, Jerusalem Would Do Well Not to Poke the Russian Bear
Scott Ritter | globalresearch.ca | 2021-03-05
How Russia responds to Israel's attacks on Iranian targets inside Syria …
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Goldman Sachs becomes largest US bank to commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2021-03-05
The bank now joins Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Citi in aligning its financing activities with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
nationofchange.org/2021/03/05/goldman-sa…

FedEx to become 100 percent electric by 2040
Amanda Mills | nationofchange.org | 2021-03-05
"We have a responsibility to take bold action in addressing climate challenges."
nationofchange.org/2021/03/05/fedex-to-b…

The case for abolition, for skeptics
National Lawyers Guild | mronline.org | 2021-03-05
In the final piece of the series, NLG Anti-Racism Committee Co-Chair and one of the proponents of the 2020 policing resolution Kira Kelley makes the case for the abolition of policing and offers examples of individuals and projects taking power and resources away from police and prisons to create non-carceral, non-punitive alternatives.
mronline.org/2021/03/05/the-case-for-abo…

A fight for free speech in Selah, Wash
Juni Hannah | liberationnews.org | 2021-03-05
In a small, conservative town in central Washington, sidewalk chalk has become a highly contentious issue between residents and the City Council.
liberationnews.org/selah-washingtons-fig…

We Must Protect the Squad!
Kali Holloway | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
We Must Protect the Squad!
thenation.com/article/society/squad-aoc-…

Marching Through Georgia
Marching Through Georgia | thenation.com | 2021-03-05
thenation.com/article/politics/marching-…

Israel is hiding the truth about the killing of Ahmad Erekat
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-03-05
Once again, video footage reveals that Israel's account of a Palestinian "terror attack" bears no relationship to what actually happened. Not only did Israel dissemble about the circumstances in which its soldiers shot dead 26-year-old Ahmad Erekat last June, but it is still inflicting appalling suffering on his family eight months later based on those lies. …
dissidentvoice.org/2021/03/israel-is-hid…

Harris reaffirms US opposition to ICC probe of Israel in call to Netanyahu
MEE, agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
Harris reaffirms US opposition to ICC probe of Israel in call to Netanyahu | US vice president also 'emphasized the United States' unwavering commitment to Israel's security' | MEE and agencies | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 08: 26 | The call was the first between Harris and Netanyahu since she became US vice president in January (AFP) | US Vice President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Ne…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/harris-reaffi…

What is Ur, the 'birthplace' of Abraham?
Azhar Al-Rubaie | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
What is Ur, the 'birthplace' of Abraham? | Pope Francis is due to lead an interfaith service at the ancient Iraqi city where the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is thought to have lived | Azhar Al-Rubaie | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 13: 14 | The ziggurat at Ur was a temple to the moon god Nannar, and has been dated to the second millennium BC (Reuters) | On Saturday, Pope Francis will hold an inter-faith s…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-pope-fra…

Police hijack helicopter ambulance for aerial surveillance
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-03-05
Documents obtained by PAR reveal how an air ambulance service has been used repeatedly to fly surveillance missions over the city of Baltimore, raising troubling questions about the consequences of law enforcement's growing civic influence.
therealnews.com/police-hijack-helicopter…

Egypt: Toddler traumatised after two years in detention with mother
MEE correspondent | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
Egypt: Toddler traumatised after two years in detention with mother | Amnesty International says a 27-year-old woman and her baby were 'forcibly disappeared' by Egyptian security services | MEE correspondent | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 15: 40 | Manar Adel Abu el-Naga and her husband Omar Abdelhamid Abu el-Naga | Egyptian authorities have been urged to fully investigate the two-year-long "enforced disappearance" of…
www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-toddler…

Engineering students taught to use pencil and paper alongside digital design
imperial.ac.uk | 2021-03-05
Engineering students are learning to sketch and make paper models to generate and convey ideas before using digital tools to develop them creatively.
imperial.ac.uk/news/216473/engineering-students-taught-pencil-paper-alongside

Friday 3/5: Apply For MSME Loans For New Business
financialadvices | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India…
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Monday 3/8: Bread & Roses: Rally Demanding Care & Relief by Passing the American Rescue Plan Now!
The People's Bailout & It Takes Roots | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Online/virtual rally via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884050…

Monday 3/8: Digital Rally on Anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday & International Women's Day w/ PPC
Poor People's Campaign & PPC CA | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Online via livestream…
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Thursday 3/11: Gender Equality as the Law of the Land: The Work to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment
NOW | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Online event via Zoom…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884049…

Anti Police-Terror Project Files Liability Claim Against City of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
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…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884050…

Monday 3/8: Equal Rights Amendment Virtual Rally for Int'l. Women's Day & Women's History Month
ERA Coalition & ERAMN | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Online via Zoom (register by sending an email to info@eramn.org)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884050…

Monday 3/8: International Women's Day: Feminism and Social Justice
Human Agenda | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Zoom meeting ID: 872 8709 9495 | Passcode: 798372 | Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/87287099495
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/04/1884051…

ATTO MORTE si desta la civetta stai per andare lontano Entra pure
angelus mors | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
welcohome…
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Current Animal Rights And Environment News
Pass It On | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
The consciousness of people everywhere is expanding.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/03/05/1884052…

Wednesday 3/24: Berkeley Copwatch: Behind the Mask, panel of speakers & community discussion
Berkeley Copwatch | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
zoom : bit.ly/behindthemask2…
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Wednesday 3/10: Mental Health & Communities of Color: From Stigma to Solutions
Commonwealth Club | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Online event…
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Alina Sánchez "LêgeràÆn": Luchadora internacionalista
reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras | indybay.org | 2021-03-05
Kurdistà n | Alina Sánchez/LêgeràÆn àáiya: sobre la Revolución de Rojava, "Un faro de esperanza para el mundo"
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'Baba al-Vatican': Pope Francis arrives in Iraq for historic visit
MEE, agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
'Baba al-Vatican': Pope Francis arrives in Iraq for historic visit | Head of Catholic Church greeted by dancing and dignitaries for Iraq's first ever papal visit | MEE and agencies | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 13: 21 | Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi welcomed Pope Francis at Baghdad International Airport (Reuters) | Pope Francis said he was "happy" to land in Iraq for the first ever papal visit to the country…
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Princess Latifa: UN 'still waiting' for evidence from UAE that she is alive
MEE, agencies | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
Princess Latifa: UN 'still waiting' for evidence from UAE that she is alive | Recent footage showed the daughter of Dubai's ruler saying she was being held captive by her father | MEE and agencies | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 11: 27 | Friends of Princess Latifa say she has had little medical care and went over a year without a toothbrush (Screengrab/Sky News) | The United Nations has said it is still waiting for proo…
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Driving over democracy
Pip Hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2021-03-05
In yet another example of democracy taking a hiding, Bathurst Council is trampling Aboriginal rights and heritage in its rush to set up a go kart track, writes Charles Boag.
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Continued Israeli airstrikes on Syria are testing Moscow's patience
Scott Ritter | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
Jerusalem would do well not to poke the Russian bear…
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How Secular Is the Secularism of the Secular Parties?
Badri Raina | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
In what way does the alliance with the ISF in West Bengal threaten the secular future of India, so long as that party remains aligned with the Congress and the Left, and so long as its allegiance to the constitution remains its political bedrock?>…
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New York politicians push bill to 'kill' rent cancellation movement, organizers fight back
Jay August | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
On Feb. 28, tenant organizers in New York City demonstrated outside the home of New York State Sen. Brian Kavanaugh in Manhattan to protest his sponsorship of a bill which bails out landlords, not tenants…
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Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company's Business
ProPublica | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
As Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish minorities in neighboring Syria in early 2018, Facebook's top executives faced a political dilemma…
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Surprise on the Left
Victor Grossman | zcomm.org | 2021-03-05
Unlike the angry quarrels, hostility and near split-ups which troubled some earlier congresses, this time there was an amiable, friendly atmosphere throughout…
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Germany-Morocco tensions: Why is Rabat so upset with Berlin?
Malek Bachir | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
Germany-Morocco tensions: Why is Rabat so upset with Berlin? | Western Sahara, Libya negotiations, German organisations… the suspension of contact between Rabat and the German embassy in Morocco has been attributed to 'an accumulation of grudges' | Malek Bachir | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 13: 17 | German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Berlin in November 2019 (AFP) | A d…
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Algeria: Bill to revoke citizenship met with anger and fear among activists
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-03-05
Algeria: Bill to revoke citizenship met with anger and fear among activists | The proposed law would target people deemed detrimental to the state, in a move condemned as dangerous and vague | Nadda Osman | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 14: 22 | Demonstrators carry the national flag on a march in Algiers to demand political change (Reuters) | A new bill being considered by the Algerian government, which could see people have thei…
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Martyr Soleimani's sacrifices made Pope's Iraq visit possible
Kamal Iranidoost | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-03-05
TEHRAN, Mar. 05 (MNA) — Had it not been for sacrifices that Martyrs Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Muhandis made, Pope could not be in Iraq today, according to an aide to the speaker of the Iranian parliament on Friday…
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Greek political prisoner Dimitris Koufodinas struggles for his life
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-03-05
Koufodinas has been on a hunger strike for 56 days protesting the conditions of his incarceration after he was irregularly transferred to a max-security prison, which some believe was at the behest of the US embassy…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/03/05/greek-pol…