2021-02-13: News Headlines

Neha S Singh, Michelle Lokot, Chi-Chi Undie, Monica A Onyango, Rosemary Morgan, Anne Harmer, Jane Freedman, Shirin Heidari (2021-02-13). [Comment] Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened inequities and undermined health, human rights, and gender equality for forcibly displaced populations.1,2 The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that, at the end of 2019, there were 79 ∑5 million people forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order.3 Evidence about the needs of these populations is crucial to tailor effective and equitable responses, but data collection efforts are faced with considerable new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rafael Dall'Alba, Cristianne Famer Rocha, Roberta de Pinho Silveira, Liciane da Silva Costa Dresch, Luciana Araújo Vieira, Marco André Germanà≤ (2021-02-13). [Correspondence] COVID-19 in Brazil: far beyond biopolitics. thelancet.com Richard Horton1 proposed the importance of Foucault's biopolitics as a concept for understanding COVID-19. While praising his commentary, we would add that in countries like Brazil, COVID-19 is not only about the politics of the body, but about the politics of death.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Rio de Janeiro's empty Sambadrome lights up in tribute to Covid victims. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome will remain quiet and deserted between Friday and Ash Wednesday due to the cancellation of the world's most famous carnival parade amid the Covid-19 pandemic but will light up at night in tribute to the victims of the coronavirus. The light show, simulating a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Cake-away: Austrian café adds spice to Valentines despite Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Having a traditional Austrian chocolate cake delivered to your door by a bellhop worthy of a Wes Anderson movie is an ideal way to kick off Valentine's Day celebrations but it is also a unique initiative one traditional purveyor has undertaking in a bid to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Haiti appoints new judges in crackdown on judiciary after failed coup. laprensalatina.com By Maria Montecelos Port-au-Prince, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Haiti has replaced three Supreme Court judges who allegedly participated in a failed bid to overthrow the government of President Jovenel Moise amid a mounting public outrage over when his term ends. The new Supreme Court judges are Octélus Dorvilien, Louiselmé Joseph, and Pierre Harry Alexis. However, their …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). UN envoy urges US, EU to stop sanctions against Venezuela. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — A UN envoy called on the United States and European Union to lift sanctions against Venezuela, noting that such coercive measures have worsened the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-13). Remember the "Fake" 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency. globalresearch.ca A Worldwide public health emergency is unfolding, 4.9 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine are envisaged by the WHO.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Copper artisans face severe crisis in Kashmir. laprensalatina.com Like most business ventures, coppersmiths of Indian Kashmir are suffering significant losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer FAROOQ KHAN…

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Leicester adds to Liverpool's woes with 3-1 home win. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Liverpool's Premier League title defense hopes were dealt yet another blow Saturday as they were handed their third defeat in a row by losing 3-1 to Leicester City Liverpool seemed to be on the right path to recover from a heavy 4-1 defeat to league leader Manchester City last week when …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Strong earthquake rattles northeast Japan. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- A magnitude-7.3 earthquake was felt in the northeastern coastal prefecture of Fukushima late Saturday, but Japanese authorities ruled out the risk of a tsunami and said they had no reports of fatalities. The quake struck at 11: 08 pm (14: 08 GMT) off the coast of Fukushima, where a magnitude-9.0 temblor and subsequent …

John McEvoy (2021-02-13). Damning UN report urges the UK to unfreeze Venezuelan gold. thecanary.co Alena Douhan is the United Nations' special rapporteur on the negative impact of On 12 February, Douhan published her preliminary findings based on "extensive consultations with a wide…

Ahmet Sezer, Saadettin Kilickap, Mahmut Gàºmàº≈ü, Igor Bondarenko, Mustafa àñzgàºroƒülu, Miranda Gogishvili, Haci M Turk, Irfan Cicin, Dmitry Bentsion, Oleg Gladkov, Philip Clingan, Virote Sriuranpong, Naiyer Rizvi, Bo Gao, Siyu Li, Sue Lee, Kristina McGuire, Chieh-I Chen, Tamta Makharadze, Semra Paydas, Marina Nechaeva, Frank Seebach, David M Weinreich, George D Yancopoulos, Giuseppe Gullo, Israel Lowy, Petra Rietschel (2021-02-13). [Articles] Cemiplimab monotherapy for first-line treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with PD-L1 of at least 50%: a multicentre, open-label, global, phase 3, randomised, controlled trial. thelancet.com Cemiplimab monotherapy significantly improved overall survival and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with PD-L1 of at least 50%, providing a potential new treatment option for this patient population.

Rafael Rosell, Maria Gonzalez-Cao (2021-02-13). [Comment] Cemiplimab monotherapy in advanced non-squamous and squamous non-small cell lung cancer. thelancet.com Anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) monoclonal antibodies are commonly used for advanced non-squamous and squamous non-small cell lung cancer, preferably in patients with high PD-L1 expression (tumour proportion score [TPS] ‚â•50%) and no targetable driver mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), MET exon 14 skipping alterations, or gene fusions in ALK, ROS1, RET, and TRK.1 In the phase 3 KEYNOTE-024 study, pembrolizumab significantly improved progression-free survival and overall survival compared with platinum-based chemotherapy in first-line treatm…

Roald A Lambrechts, Maarten Uyttenboogaart, Gea Drost (2021-02-13). [Clinical Picture] A vertebral artery halo sign indicates giant cell arteritis affecting the posterior circulation of the brain. thelancet.com A 77-year-old man presented to our neurology clinic reporting short episodes of unsteadiness followed by loss of consciousness brought on by standing from a sitting position. The problem had been present for 2 weeks and had led to frequent falls. He had a history of hypertension—treated with amlodipine, atenolol, and perindopril—and hypercholesterolaemia—treated with ezetimibe. He was a non-smoker.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Fear of prosecution and power hungry: What drove Myanmar's coup? laprensalatina.com By Gaspar Ruiz-Canela Bangkok, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- No-one knows why the head of Myanmar's armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing, led a coup against the civilian government on 1 February but observers have offered some insights that range between a simple power grab and fear of future prosecution. The men who seized power at the beginning …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Rublev reach 4th round of Australian Open. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday as the Greek regained his shine after hanging by a thread in his previous five-set match. It turned out to be a cakewalk for Tsitsipas (5) to book a place in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Draghi sworn in as Italy's new PM. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Economist Mario Draghi was on Saturday officially sworn in as Italy's new prime minister after gaining cross-party support to lead a unity government following the resignation of Giuseppe Conte last month. The former president of the Central European Bank has chosen a cabinet that comprises technocrats and members from all parties …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Nadal, Medvedev, Barty book ticket to Assuse Open 4th round, Pliskova out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 13 (efe'epa).- Second-seed Rafael Nadal of Spain, Russia's Daniil Medvedev, Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and local favorite Ashleigh Barty advanced to the Australian Open 4th round, while Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova was sent home. Nadal, who has yet to drop a set at Melbourne, recovered from a slow start to prevail over Briton …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Chile protests against police killing of street juggler turn violent. laprensalatina.com Santiago de Chile, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- A police van was set on fire as hundreds of people took to the streets in the Chilean capital on Friday in fresh protests against the killing of a street juggler in alleged firing by cops last week. The protesters in the central Plaza Italia in Santiago de Chile …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). US decisions on Yemen: insufficient steps toward peace. laprensalatina.com By Isaac J. Martín Cairo, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- The decision by US President Joe Biden's administration to remove Yemen's Houthi rebels from the terror list can be considered as a first step towards earning the confidence of the Shiite militia in the wider context of ending the conflict, but it does not go far enough, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). China's Mars probe captures stunning video of red planet. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- China has released the first video footage of Mars captured by its spacecraft circling the red planet, days after the Tianwen-1 probe successfully entered the orbit after nearly a seven-month journey from Earth. China National Space Administration (CNSA) released two stunning videos of less than a minute each captured when the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Car bomb kills 2 near Mogadishu's presidential palace. laprensalatina.com Mogadishu, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- At least two people were killed and seven injured on Saturday when a member of Somali militant group Al Shabab detonated a car bomb near the presidential palace in Mogadishu, witnesses told Efe. The assailant sought to break through a security checkpoint toward the entrance of the palace but guards opened …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Nadal, Medvedev, Barty book ticket to Aussie Open 4th round, Pliskova out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 13 (efe'epa).- Second-seed Rafael Nadal of Spain, Russia's Daniil Medvedev, Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and local favorite Ashleigh Barty advanced to the Australian Open 4th round, while Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova was sent home. Nadal, who has yet to drop a set at Melbourne, recovered from a slow start to prevail over Briton …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Impeachment a "witch-hunt," Trump's lawyers tell Senate. laprensalatina.com By Susana Samhan Washington, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial devoted their presentation Friday to drawing a radically different picture of the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol by supporters of the real estate mogul turned politician than the one offered by prosecutors. Using fewer than …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Haiti's foreign chief: Situation is 'under control'. laprensalatina.com Port-au-Prince, Feb 13 (EFE).- Haiti's foreign affairs chief Claude Joseph insisted during an interview with Efe that the situation in the country was "under control," despite the fact that President Jovenel Moise recently denounced a coup attempt against his leadership amid a prolonged socio-political crisis in the nation. Less than a week after the crisis …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). People return to streets for democracy in Myanmar. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- People in Myanmar returned to the streets on Saturday demanding the return of democracy as protests continue a week after the military coup amid an ongoing crackdown by the military junta. "Respect our voices," "Free our leader" read some of the placards held by protesters in Yangon, Myanmar's most populated …

_____ (2021-02-13). Neither Lenin, nor Moreno. strategic-culture.org The clear rejection by the Ecuadoran electorate of Moreno and everything he stands for is bound to perturb those who imagine that th–µse countries and their ancient peoples are squatters in their "back yard." | Few would dispute that Ecuador's misnamed outgoing president's mandate has been an unmitigated disaster. Curiously, it has turned out literally that both his names are in diametrical opposition to the political role he took it upon himself to play. The parents who idealistically named him after Lenin must be rolling over in their graves. While once opportunistically pretending to belong to the…

_____ (2021-02-13). Ecuador: Electoral Council Announces Partial Recount Of Votes. popularresistance.org The National Electoral Council (CNE) of Ecuador informed this Friday that in 17 of the 24 provinces of the country there will be a partial recount of the votes cast in the presidential elections held last February 7, won by the Correa-backed candidate Andres Arauz. | This Friday, CNE magistrates, in the presence of electoral observers from the Organization of American States (OAS), held a meeting with presidential hopefuls Guillermo Lasso and Yaku Perez, who are in a technical tie for second place in the electoral process. | At the end of the meeting, the CNE issued a statement to inform of the agreements reached…

Dougal Macdonald (2021-02-13). 76 Years Ago, The February 1945 Dresden Fire Bombing: Allied War Crime Prelude to the Cold War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2016. | On the night of February 13-14, 1945, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber command carried out two devastating attacks on the German city of Dresden. At the time, Dresden's pre-war population of …

OtherWords (2021-02-13). Undocumented Americans need a Pathway to Citizenship; Biden's Plan is promising but needs swift implementation by Congress. juancole.com By Vanessa Meraz " — ( Otherwords.org) — Years of advocacy have made DACA the floor of what's possible, not the ceiling. By Vanessa Meraz | February 10, 2021 My father's tired eyes lit up in a way that I had not seen since my sister was born. "Esto nos podría cambiar la vida," he …

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). CDC Study Finds Two Masks Are Better Than One Vs. COVID-19. laprensalatina.com NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, February 10, reported the results of a lab experiment that spaced two artificial heads 6 feet …

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). Cazateatro's Afro Latino Event to Be Virtual This Year. laprensalatina.com Vivian Fernández-de-Adamson — LPL MEMPHIS, TN (LPL) — Cazateatro's popular "Afro-Latino Week" presentation will be virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the concept remains the same, which is to celebrate "Black History Month." The virtual event will last 4 days, from February 24 to February 27, and will feature the participation of …

teleSUR (2021-02-12). Amazon Sars-Cov-2 Variant More Contagious, Minister Claims. telesurenglish.net Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello has claimed that a SARS-CoV-2 mutation identified in the Amazon region be three times more contagious, although available COVID-1 vaccines can be effective against it. | RELATED: | "Thank God, we had clear news from the analysis that the vaccines still affect this variant. But it is more contagious. By our analysis, it is three times more contagious," the official said. | Técnico…

teleSUR (2021-02-12). Indigenous Peoples Improvise a COVID-19 Hospital in Manaus. telesurenglish.net In response to the inefficiency of the Brazilian authorities, the residents of the Manaus neighborhood "Tribes Park" (Parque das Tribos) set up their "Support Unit" (SU), a rudimentary field hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | Despite the high number of COVID-19 cases, they are not being treated directly by the Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health (SESAI) because they reside in an urban area. | "

teleSUR (2021-02-12). Vaccination To Help Revive Tourism in Chile's Easter Island. telesurenglish.net Residents of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) in this week are receiving the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines made in China. | RELATED: | This Chilean territory has seen zero coronavirus cases since March 2020, when local authorities barred the entry of tourists to curb the spread of the disease. | The move was effective, but potentially painful, cutting off the community's major source of income. Now residents hope the vaccine push w…

teleSUR (2021-02-12). President Maduro Seeks Multilateral Mechanisms To Get Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday said he was looking for an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create a fund to finance COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | This agreement would seek to obtain US$300 million to purchase COVID-19 vaccines, a task that is currently very difficult due to the U.S. blockade on the country. | The Bolivarian leader made p…

RT (2021-02-12). Swedish university wants to test-compare Covid vaccines' effectiveness on population of ENTIRE REGIONS, promises option to opt-out. rt.com Researchers at Sweden's Uppsala University aim to embark on the world's first comparative study evaluating the parade of Covid-19 jabs coming to market. They promise it will be voluntary and won't disrupt the vaccination program. | The scientists are waiting for authorization to launch a study comparing every Covid-19 vaccine that has been given the green light by the Swedish Medical Products Agency. They say that while those jabs were tested against a placebo, they haven't been tested against each other to see how their attributes compare among the Swedish population. | "In Sweden we have unique conditions to…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-12). Arabic press review: Egypt's opposition establishes new coalition. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt's opposition establishes new coalition | Also threats against Hezbollah's opponents in Lebanon have been escalating and a Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home in Jerusalem | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 11: 33 | A new opposition coalition has been launched 10 years after Egyptians launched their uprising on 25 January 2011 and ousted President Hosni Mubarak (AFP)…

Zoe PC (2021-02-12). Protests continue in Honduras following femicide of nursing student in police station. peoplesdispatch.org Protests have been taking place in several cities across Honduras following the femicide of 26-year-old nursing student Keyla Martínez in police custody. Martínez had been arrested by the police in the city of La Esperanza in the northwestern department of Intibucá for allegedly violating curfew on the night of February 6. | Police had detained her in a cell in the police station, but in the early hours of February 7, they brought her to the hospital, alleging that she had attempted to commit suicide. According to local media reports, she died before reaching the hospital. The National Police released a statement…

Eds. (2021-02-12). The Indian farmers are right: their land is at stake (Part 3). mronline.org The story of Mexico's agriculture can be organised around two threads: corn and land.

Ron Jacobs (2021-02-12). Lying Lawyers and Butt-kissing Senators: The First Days of Trump's Second Impeachment Trial. counterpunch.org The week began with the death of George Shultz. It reminded me of the 1980s when ol' Shultzie was the face of Reagan's murderous wars against the people of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. A friend who just finished a career in the foreign service reminded me that Shultz was a true diplomat. He's right,

Ted Kelly (2021-02-12). 'Progressive' prosecutors put thousands of lives at risk. workers.org Philadelphia The novel coronavirus has claimed an unlikely victim in the United States: the Sixth Amendment. The right to a "speedy trial" is in critical condition. Philadelphia's county jail population has risen to 4,500 and is growing steadily. Half of those behind bars have "detainers," meaning they aren't eligible for . . . |

CP Editor (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. counterpunch.org

WSWS (2021-02-12). Haiti and the ugly face of Biden's "human rights" imperialism. wsws.org While backing a dictatorial regime against mass popular opposition, the Biden administration is deporting planeloads of refugees back to Haiti in the midst of the global pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-02-12). Bolivia Approves Amnesty Law for Those Persecuted by Añez Gov't. telesurenglish.net The Bolivian parliament approved on Thursday the Amnesty and Pardon law for more than 1 000 persecuted by the government of Jeanine àÅñez, including former president Evo Morales. | RELATED: | Vice-President David Choquehuanca proclaimed the law with "the affirmative vote of the absolute majority of the Assembly," the official noticed. | ÔøΩÔøΩPor meses exigimos y gritamo…

Staff (2021-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2021. democracynow.org House Managers Rest Their Case in Donald Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial, Biden Blasts Trump's Failures to Prepare for Vaccinations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 475,000, As U.S. Secures 200 Million More Doses, Concern Grows Over Vaccine Inequity, NYTimes: Trump Was Far Sicker from COVID-19 Than Previously Reported, Five Killed in Attack on U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan's Capital, Lawmakers Plead With President Biden to End "Catastrophic Impact" of U.S. Sanctions, U.S. Has Sold Over a Million Barrels of Iranian Oil Seized As Part of Sanctions, China Bans BBC's World News Channel, Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Progr…

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Chile stands tall as Latin America's vaccination rollout leader. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- More than 1.5 million people have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose in Chile since a mass rollout began on Feb. 3. Those inoculation efforts make that country the undisputed leader in that category in Latin America and have earned it widespread praise globally. "Mass vaccination is the hope for …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Pakistan approves emergency use of Chinese Covid vaccine CanSino. laprensalatina.com Islamabad,Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Pakistan has authorized the emergency use of the anti-Covid vaccine developed by Chinese pharma company CanSino, an official told EFE on Friday, weeks after authorities began a vaccination campaign using the vaccine produced by another Chinese company Sinopharm. The Prime Minister's special assistant on national health, Faisal Sultan, confirmed to EFE that …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-12). Brazil says Amazon COVID-19 variant 3 times more contagious. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 12 (MNA) — A coronavirus variant identified in the Brazilian Amazon may be three times more contagious but early analysis suggests vaccines are still effective against it, the country's health minister said.

sputniknews (2021-02-12). US CDC's New Safety Guidelines Prioritize School Reopening Over Other Community Institutions. sputniknews.com Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House COVID-19 task force, said earlier this week that vaccination for the general public could be available by April, with the entire US population getting the shots by the end of the summer.