2021-02-03: News Headlines

Gregory Wilpert (2021-02-03). The Mixed Record of Mexico's AMLO, Two Years In. theanalysis.news Laura Carlsen talks to guest host Greg Wilpert about Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador's first two years in office, including his mixed record on the pandemic, corruption, social justice, and immigration.

Inforum at Commonwealth Club (2021-02-03). Thursday 2/11: Islam, Immigration & Women's Rights: Ending Marginalization and Assault of Immigrant Women. indybay.org Online event…

Lola Loustaunan (2021-02-03). Fighting the "Immigrant Threat" indybay.org Milkman shows how the flux of low-wage immigrants into the U.S. workforce in recent decades is "not the cause either of the massive economic restructuring that began in the 1970s or the accompanying growth of economic inequality and labor degradation," but precisely a consequence of these developments.

_____ (2021-02-03). White New Yorkers Have Received Lion's Share Of COVID-19 Vaccine. popularresistance.org Three white residents receive a COVID-19 vaccine for every Black or Latino person in the city, according to new demographic data released by the mayor's office on Sunday. | At a press briefing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was a "profound disparity" about seven weeks into the city's vaccination program. | "Clearly, what we see is a particularly pronounced reality of many more people from white communities getting vaccination than folks from Black and Latino communities," de Blasio told reporters. The vast difference in vaccine coverage shows the city isn't meeting its pledge for equitable distribution. | The m…

John Feffer (2021-02-03). What Explains COVID's East-West Divide? counterpunch.org COVID-19 has been ruthless in choosing winners and losers around the world. The obvious "losers" have been those countries led by right-wing nationalists: Brazil, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, and (until recently) the United States. These five countries are responsible for more than half of the world's coronavirus infections and nearly half the deaths. Just

Zoe PC (2021-02-03). José Agualsaca, candidate for Ecuador's National Assembly, seeks to recover the future. peoplesdispatch.org José Agualsaca, an Indigenous leader from Ecuador who is running for the National Assembly, hopes to help reverse the disastrous policies of the past four years and deepen the Citizen's Revolution…

RT (2021-02-03). Supreme Court pauses Trump immigration cases, as Biden plans to overturn Trump policies & orders a review of 'kids in cages'. rt.com The US Supreme Court has canceled arguments on two Trump-era immigration and border security cases, as President Joe Biden eases Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policies. However, the controversial detention of minors continues. | The cases related to Trump's use of military funding to build his long-promised wall on the US-Mexico border, and his "remain in Mexico" asylum policy that required Central American migrants to wait in Mexico while their US asylum claims were processed. Both cases had been challenged by lower courts, and the Supreme Court was preparing to hear oral arguments in their favor until the…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Biden begins to dismantle Trump's anti-immigrant measures. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden acted Tuesday on his promise to dismantle the immigration policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump, by announcing a set of orders aimed to reunite separated families, restore the asylum system and address the causes of migration with regional partners. Biden signed the measures hours after the Senate …

Staff (2021-02-03). Immigration Advocates Urge Biden Administration for More Concrete Change. truthout.org Hundreds have been deported in the last week, even as President Biden signed several executive orders Tuesday to undo the Trump administration's hard-line anti-immigration policies. The orders include a push to reunify families torn apart under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and a review of the Trump policy known as "Remain in Mexico" that requires non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases wind through court, leaving tens of thousands waiting in dangerous conditions al…

Staff (2021-02-03). Immigration Advocates Welcome New "Tone" But Urge Biden Admin for More Concrete Change. democracynow.org Hundreds have been deported in the last week, even as President Biden signed several executive orders Tuesday to undo the Trump administration's hard-line anti-immigration policies. The orders include a push to reunify families torn apart under Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and a review of the Trump policy known as "Remain in Mexico" that requires non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as their immigration cases wind through court, leaving tens of thousands waiting in dangerous conditions along the border. Reporter Aura Bogado says that despite the Biden administration's new "tone," continued deportations…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Palestine gives first doses of coronavirus vaccine to healthcare workers. laprensalatina.com Hebron, West Bank, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Palestine started its coronavirus vaccine rollout on Wednesday, administering the first doses to healthcare workers. The Palestinian National Authority received its first 5,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine from Israel on Saturday. This comes a few days after the PNA's foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told the United Nations Security …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Chile kicks off mass vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Chile on Wednesday kicked off a mass inoculation campaign after receiving a shipment of nearly 4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech. The government's plan is to vaccinate the country's at-risk population — nearly 5 million people — between February and March and the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). New Zealand approves Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 3 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has approved Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine, the first to be given the green light in the country and expected to be rolled out from March, the government announced Wednesday. "The provisional approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is a positive step in New Zealand's fight against Covid-19. It means we …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Expo 2020 preparations continue despite Covid-19's threat. laprensalatina.com Dubai, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The construction of the venue that will host Dubai's Universal Expo, initially scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed to this year due to the coronavirus, continues despite the threat posed by the pandemic. "We are highly optimistic and we believe that we are at the stage where hopefully there will …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). 6 Australian Open tune-up events interrupted by positive Covid-19 test. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Thursday's matches at a slew of men's and women's professional tennis tournaments have been postponed after a hotel worker at the Grand Hyatt in this southeastern Australian city tested positive for the coronavirus. The suspended matches had been scheduled to be played at Melbourne Park, which also is the venue …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Soup kitchens cry out for aid to feed hungry amid Peru quarantine. laprensalatina.com By Carla Samon Ros Lima, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- The announcement of a new quarantine came like a "bucket of cold water" in Peru's most disadvantaged communities, where the local soup kitchens are trying desperately to feed the public amid the coronavirus pandemic as everyone waits for the authorities to come to the rescue. In the …

Pierre-Paul Bermingham (2021-02-03). France, Sweden, Poland, Germany, France: Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine Not for Elderly. anti-empire.com The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine should be prioritized for people younger than 65, according to recommendations by government advisory bodies in France and Sweden on Tuesday, while Poland set its threshold at 60. | "Currently available data for people aged 65 and over are limited by a small sample size and don't allow for a conclusion on the safety and the efficacy of the [AstraZeneca] vaccine for this population," the French national authority for health (HAS) said. "The [AstraZeneca] vaccine is therefore recommended preferentially for health professionals under 65 and people under 65." | The three countries join…

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Over 1,400 arrested after Putin critic Navalny jailed in Russia. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Russian police have arrested more than 1,400 people from various places during overnight protests to support jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, a rights monitoring group said on Wednesday. The OVD-Info that keeps track of political persecutions in Russia said the police detained 1,145 protesters from Moscow streets. Nearly 250 were arrested …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Deposed Myanmar president moved to interrogation center. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Deposed Myanmar president Win Myint has been moved to an interrogation center in Yangon, sources close to the politician told EFE on Wednesday. Myint, 69, was detained on Monday by the military along with leader Aung San Suu Kyi and held under house arrest in the capital Naypyitaw. "President U …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). WHO team visits Wuhan lab Trump claimed was coronavirus source. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- A team of international experts from the World Health Organization mission investigating the origins of the coronavirus in China visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and its maximum security P4 laboratory on Wednesday. The head of the mission, Denmark's Peter Ben Embarek, confirmed to the Chinese state-run Global Times that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Australia rules out transfer fraud related to cardinal Pell. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Australian Police said Wednesday it had not found irregularities in funds transfers made from the Vatican between 2014 and 2020, following suspicions of money laundering in a case related to controversial Cardinal George Pell. In a statement, Australian Federal Police said it "had not identified criminal misconduct to date" by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Biden, Putin extend New START at start of a difficult relationship. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, have agreed to extend the New START nuclear arms treaty for another five years, making what appears to be a good start in a bilateral relationship that, by all accounts, will be a difficult one. "Especially during times of tension, verifiable limits …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Staff in more than 70 Myanmar hospitals strike to protest coup. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 3 (efe-epa).- Staff from more than 70 hospitals and medical centers in Myanmar responded to calls for a civil disobedience campaign and stopped work on Wednesday to protest against the coup staged by the military earlier this week, the organizers said. Specialists, nurses, dentists, doctors and other health workers from 74 hospitals …

Online News Editor (2021-02-03). Police officer fatally injured in US Capitol riot lies in honor. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- An urn containing the ashes of a police officer who was fatally injured in the assault on the United States Capitol last month were taken to the building to lie in honor on Tuesday night. The remains of Brian Sicknick, 42, will stay in the Capitol Rotunda, considered the heart of …

Brasil de Fato (2021-02-03). Brazil: transgender murders increased by 41% in 2020. peoplesdispatch.org In 2020, 175 trans women were murdered in Brazil. The figure represents a 41% increase over the previous year. | The data is presented in the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (Antra) dossier released on Friday, January 29th, the Last year's index is 43.5% above the average recorded since 2008, when monitoring started. There was a 201% increase in such crimes during that period. | Unlike in other year…

Mette Nà∏rgaard, Erzsébet Horváth-Puhó, Priscila Corraini, Henrik Toft Sà∏rensen, Victor W. Henderson (2021-02-03). [Research Paper] Sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease risk: Inferences from men with benign prostatic hyperplasia. thelancet.com During up to 21 years of follow-up, men with BPH had persistently higher risk of AD and all-cause dementia compared with men in the general population. Our results identify BPH as a common, potentially remediable disorder associated with dementia risk.

Niels Graudal, Thorbjà∏rn Hubeck-Graudal, Gesche Jurgens (2021-02-03). [Research Paper] Influence of sodium intake and change in sodium intake on plasma-renin in man. thelancet.com The accelerating effect of sodium reduction on PRA towards a sodium intake of zero mmol/24 h probably explains the interstudy variability. Further studies are needed to test whether this stimulating effect on PRA reflects a physiological disadvantage potentially associated with increased mortality…

yenisafak (2021-02-03). Top Turkish diplomat attends 18th MIKTA meeting. yenisafak.com "Attended 18th FM Meeting of MIKTA with Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Australia," Cavusoglu said in a Twitter post.Established in 2013, MIKTA is an informal partnership consisting of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia.Cavusoglu "thanked South Korea for her term and congratulated incoming Chair Australia.""MIKTA is a good model for multilateral diplomacy. Will continue our contributions," the top Turkish diplomat added.

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-02-03). The US Is Trying to Provoke a Soft Coup in Cuba. peoplesdispatch.org We are in the era of soft coups. Old-fashioned coups d'état and invasions get terrible press. The images of US troops invading the

The Xerces Society (2021-02-03). Western Monarch Population Closer to Extinction; Still no Federal or State Protection in Sight. indybay.org Population that winters along the California coast hit a low of less than 2,000 butterflies—a 99.9% decline since the 1980s. We must take action now to save the western monarch migration.

Harvey Goldberg (2021-02-03). What's at Stake in Ecuador's Elections? indybay.org Andrés Arauz is the candidate for President of Union Por La Esperanza. Despite years of repression of the progressive/left, this party allied with former President Rafael Correa has led in all polls over the last month.

Alastair Crooke (2021-02-02). The Post-American World. thealtworld.com Thirty years ago, the United States dominated the world politically, economically, and scientifically. But today? | Watch this in-depth discussion with distinguished guests: | Alastair Crooke — Former British Diplomat, the Founder, and Director of the Conflicts Form | Pepe Escobar — Brazilian Political Analyst and Author | Max Blumenthal — American Journalist and Author from The Grayzone News | Chaired by Dr. Mohammad Marandi — Professor at University of Tehran…

Ramona Wadi (2021-02-02). Aboriginal Historical Memory and 'Australia Day'. thealtworld.com The symbolic "Australia Day" celebrations should be juxtaposed against the normalised violations occurring against indigenous populations and their terrain, Ramona Wadi writes. | January 26 marks Australia Day in colonial narratives, when the British First Fleet arrived in 1788 to establish a penal colony on indigenous land. For the Aboriginal people, the annual commemoration is a reminder of the colonial invasion and its ramifications — the historical massacres, heritage theft, exploitation of history and a political system which to date discriminates against the indigenous. | Defying Covid restrictions, A…

RT (2021-02-02). 'Waste of taxes!' Sussex police arrest man for serving free soup in local park (VIDEO). rt.com Police in East Sussex have arrested a local man for handing out free soup in a park, insisting the charitable act violated pandemic policy by gathering more than two people outdoors. Meanwhile, real crime in the UK still climbs. | Nick Smith was arrested last Tuesday in an East Sussex park, allegedly for violating Covid-19 regulations while distributing free soup. Smith has distributed soup in the park on a weekly basis, and plans to continue his work "every Monday through lockdown." | Police reportedly invited Smith to the scene on Tuesday based on an anonymous report on Monday of a "regular gathering wher…

Staff (2021-02-02). Latinx COVID Deaths Soar 1,000% in Los Angeles as Communities of Color Lag Behind in Vaccine Rollout. democracynow.org Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Black and Latinx people in the United States have died at higher rates, and new data shows that they are getting vaccinated at much lower rates than white people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 60% of those vaccinated were white, while just 11.5% were Latinx, 6% were Asian, and just over 5% were Black. The CDC data is based on details gathered during the first month of the U.S. vaccination campaign that saw nearly 13 million Americans get a shot, though race and ethnicity was only known for about half of the recipients. Black and Latinx people…

Staff (2021-02-02). Latinx COVID Deaths Rise by 1,000 Percent in Los Angeles as Vaccine Rollout Lags. truthout.org Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Black and Latinx people in the United States have died at higher rates, and new data shows that they are getting vaccinated at much lower rates than white people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 60% of those vaccinated were white, while just 11.5% were Latinx, 6% were Asian, and just over 5% were Black. The CDC data is based on details gathered during the first month of the U.S. vaccination campaign that saw nearly 13 million…

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-02). SHELBY COUNTYHEALTH DEPARTMENT TO INTRODUCE TEXT CONTACT TRACING SHELBY COUNTY, TN. laprensalatina.com SHELBY COUNTY, TN (SCHD) — In order to perform more efficient and effective contact investigations for COVID-19, the Shelby County Health Department will launch an innovative, technological approach to contact tracing. The Shelby County Health Department will launch case notification by text message to the public beginning Tuesday, February 2, 2021.While case investigations will continue …

The Conversation (2021-02-02). Israel faces legal — and practical — obligations for including Palestinians in vaccine success. juancole.com By Yara M. Asi | — As nations scramble to vaccinate populations against COVID-19, one country has been ahead of the rest: Israel. By late January, Israel had vaccinated more than 30% of its population — more than double or triple the rate of other high-income states like the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany. …

Wachterman MW, Sommers BD. (2021-02-02). Dying Poor in the US—Disparities in End-of-Life Care. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has focused attention on stark disparities in the US, with higher rates of infections and deaths among lower-income populations and communities of color. Illness and death rates are not the only sources of health inequity in this country. There are also substantial differences in the care that patients with serious illnesses receive near the end of life that are based on race or socioeconomic status. Although pandemic-related efforts to improve equity rightfully focus on preventing death, in this and numerous other contexts, policy makers and clinicians should also…

Peter Koenig (2021-02-02). Bill Gates and the Depopulation Agenda. Robert F. Kennedy Junior Calls for an Investigation. globalresearch.ca Robert F Kennedy Jr, an avid Defender of Children's Rights and anti-vaccination activist, has launched a petition sent to the White House, calling for "Investigations into the 'Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' for Medical Malpractice & Crimes Against Humanity"

Eds. (2021-02-02). We are Cuba Viva, the country that insists on resisting and emerging victorious. mronline.org During 2019 and 2020 Cuba suffered the greatest impact ever from the blockade, with losses estimated at more than 5 billion dollars.

_____ (2021-02-02). US General Manipulates Media To Push For War With Iran. popularresistance.org Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with investigative journalist Gareth Porter about his recent piece in The Grayzone which explores the role CENTCOM Chief General Kenneth McKenzie played in escalating tensions with Iran in the final days of the Trump Administration. Porter also discusses the role General McKenzie will have in the Biden Administration as well as the new president's Iran strategy.

Staff (2021-02-02). Biden Plans Task Force to Reunite Migrant Families Separated by Trump. truthout.org President Joe Biden is planning to sign three executive orders on Tuesday, meant to dismantle a number of actions from the previous administration that will, according to one official, make the process of migration to the U.S. more humane and fair. | Perhaps the most notable of these three orders will be Biden's call for the creation of a task force to reunite children who were separated from their families under a Trump administration policy that was called "zero tolerance." Ostensibly put into pla…

Staff (2021-02-02). Alexei Navalny Faces "Kafkaesque" Charges in Russia for Breaking Parole While in Poison-Induced Coma. democracynow.org Russian authorities have arrested thousands of people during anti-government protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been held in jail since returning to Russia on January 17 after recovering in Germany from an attempt on his life in August using the nerve agent Novichok. Navalny has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind the poisoning that nearly killed him. While Navalny has emerged as Russia's leading opposition figure and anti-corruption campaigner, his political roots have links to right-wing nationalist and anti-immigrant causes. Joshua Yaffa, Moscow corresp…

Cronkite News Arizona PBS (2021-02-02). Dreamers in Arizona Enthusiastically welcome Biden's immigration plan, but older Immigrants say it doesn't go far enough. juancole.com By Emma VandenEinde and Tyler Manion | — ( Cronkite News ) — PHOENIX — On his first day in office, President Joe Biden sent to Congress his plan to reform the U.S. immigration system. The bill includes preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and outlines a path to permanent residence …

_____ (2021-02-02). Aboriginal Historical Memory and 'Australia Day'. strategic-culture.org The symbolic "Australia Day" celebrations should be juxtaposed against the normalised violations occurring against indigenous populations and their terrain, Ramona Wadi writes. | January 26 marks Australia Day in colonial narratives, when the British First Fleet arrived in 1788 to establish a penal colony on indigenous land. For the Aboriginal people, the annual commemoration is a reminder of the colonial invasion and its ramifications — the historical massacres, heritage theft, exploitation of history and a political system which to date discriminates against the indigenous. | Defying Covid restrictions, A…

Online News Editor (2021-02-02). Mexico turns to COVAX and Russia to speed up vaccination plan. laprensalatina.com By Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- The Mexican government on Tuesday announced that more than three million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Russia and the World Health Organization's COVAX platform will arrive in February to speed up the country's ambitious but delayed immunization program. "We're going to have the vaccines, we're going …

Staff (2021-02-02). Headlines for February 2, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Tops 26 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Shots, Surpassing Confirmed Coronavirus Cases , Biden Takes Executive Action to Reverse Trump Immigration Policies as Deportations Continue, Senate Republicans Meet at White House to Press Far Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill, South Africa Receives First COVID-19 Vaccines; New Variant Linked to Reinfections in Brazil, WHO Team Probes Virus Origins in Wuhan; Australia Puts Perth on Lockdown After Single COVID-19 Case, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Reveals She Is a Sexual Assault Survivor in Video Recalling Jan. 6 Capitol Attack, Trump Hires New Lawyers. One Declined to Prosecute Bil…

RT (2021-02-02). Bill Gates calls for global alert system and 'pandemic fire squads' for post-Covid-19 world. rt.com Social media users are recoiling at Bill Gates' call for a global disease alert system, questioning why a tech billionaire with no medical expertise or elected office is plotting what they fear could become a platform for tyranny. | The Microsoft co-founder, who ranks as the world's third-richest person, took to Twitter on Monday to make his pitch for a new system that he said would help prevent future pandemics. This would include "mega testing diagnostic platforms" that could test 20 percent of the population every week, Gates said in a video promoting his plans. He added that future treatments, such as mono…

Online News Editor (2021-02-02). Italy's president asks former ECB chief to form emergency gov't. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 2 (efe-epa).- Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Tuesday summoned the former head of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, for discussions on assembling an emergency government to guide Italy through the Covid-19 pandemic and accompanying economic crisis after the failure of a last-ditch effort to resuscitate the administration that collapsed last week. …