2021-02-20: News Headlines

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-20). They Don't Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream. realprogressives.org One of the most consequential collective delusions circulating in our society is the belief that our society is free. Our society is exactly free enough to create the illusion that we have freedom; from that line onwards it's just totalitarianism veiled in propaganda. | I get comments from people every day wagging their fingers at my criticisms of western imperialist agendas against nations like China or Iran saying "If you lived over there you wouldn't be allowed to criticize the government the way you criticize western governments!" | It is true that dissidents are permitted to criticize the government syste…

Fernando Buen Abad Domínguez (2021-02-20). Estados Unidos contra Cuba: El bloqueo es un crimen de lesa humanidad. globalizacion.ca Según la ONU, son crímenes contra la humanidad los que constituyen ataques generalizados o sistemáticos a la población civil. Son "crímenes de lesa humanidad" los exterminios, la esclavitud, la deportación o expulsión forzosa, la privación de la libertad física e…

Ali Salam (2021-02-20). Israeli Troops Attack Non-Violent Palestinian Rallies in Kufur Qaddoum, Beit Dajan. imemc.org Israeli forces attacked the weekly non-violent protest marches and rallies in several parts of the West Bank Friday, injuring three Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets and causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. In Kufur Qaddoum, in the northern West Bank, two Palestinian protesters were taken to the hospital with severe injuries …

Juan Cole (2021-02-20). Number of residential solar batteries increases by 50% in Germany. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — The number of battery storage systems linked to a residential solar pv array rose by around 50 percent in Germany in 2020 for the third year in a row. The country's solar association BSW estimates there were 88,000 new residential installations, taking the total number of solar batteries in Germany …

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-20). Madagascar: A Nation of Hunger. dissidentvoice.org Madagascar is in great pain. Theodore Mbainaissem, the head of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Ambovombe, southern Madagascar, says: "Seeing the physical condition of people extremely affected by hunger who can no longer stand…children who are completely emaciated, the elderly who are skin and bone…these images are unbearable… People are eating white clay …

Margaret Flowers (2021-02-20). Urgent Solidarity with Haiti is Needed. dissidentvoice.org A long-brewing crisis in Haiti, created through intervention by the United States, United Nations and allied western imperialist countries, has now come to a head. The Biden administration is openly backing a violent, corrupt and fraudulent leader, Jovenel MoàØse, and maintaining the policies of previous presidents, including Donald Trump, in Haiti. Activists in Haiti have …

Devin Cole (2021-02-20). Pensacola State College faculty demand protection. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek land On Feb. 16, over 30 drivers circled the Pensacola State College-Warrington Campus buildings for half an hour, laying on their horns. Signs saying "High Risk" and "Betrayal" were taped to their vehicles. This action was led by the Pensacola State College Faculty Association, a chapter of . . . |

Gareth Porter (2021-02-20). US State Department Accusation of China "Genocide" Is Garbage Reliant on Data Abuse and Fraudulent Claims. anti-empire.com Both President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have endorsed former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's last-minute accusation of The US government's accusation of genocide against China stems from a single sour…

Daniel Horowitz (2021-02-20). With No Compulsory Muzzling and Schools Open, Florida Ranks 11th Lowest in COVID Deaths per Capita Among Seniors. anti-empire.com There's a reason why the Biden regime is Dr. F…

MEE staff (2021-02-20). Mercenaries boss Erik Prince violated Libya weapons embargo: UN report. middleeasteye.net Mercenaries boss Erik Prince violated Libya weapons embargo: UN report | US media say the accusations against founder of security firm Blackwater could potentially lead to him facing sanctions | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 09: 39 | Erik Prince did not cooperate with the UN inquiry and his lawyer declined to comment to the New York Times (AFP) | Mercenaries boss Erik Prince pumped $80m in weapons and fighters into easter…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Saudi Arabia to invest $20bn in domestic arms industry. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia to invest $20bn in domestic arms industry | Kingdom wants to shift towards manufacturing much of its own weapons over the next decade after US sales ban | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 15: 49 | Saudi Arabia wants to spend at least half of its military budget locally by 2030 (AFP) | Saudi Arabia has announced plans to pump $20bn into producing more of its own weapons and military systems o…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US. middleeasteye.net Turkey's Erdogan seeks 'win-win' relationship with US | Turkish president reaches out to Biden administrations and says 'common interests of Turkey and the United States outweigh the differences' | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 21: 46 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Earlier this week, Turkey had accused the US of supporting PKK 'terrorists' (AFP) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Russian air strikes 'kill 21 Islamic State fighters' in Syrian desert. middleeasteye.net Russian air strikes 'kill 21 Islamic State fighters' in Syrian desert | Russian jets launched 130 air strikes over 24 hours according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 11: 01 | Russian air power has backed Syrian forces clashing with Islamic State fighters (AFP) | Russia launched at least 130 air strikes in Syria over the past 24 hours, killing at least 21 Isla…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Iraq: Rockets target airbase north of Baghdad after clashes with IS. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Rockets target airbase north of Baghdad after clashes with IS | Attack on Al-Balad base injures a contractor and came hours after Iraqi security forces raided a nearby Islamic State hideout amid increasing tensions | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 19: 31 | A doctor treats a man wounded in a rocket attack on US forces at Erbil airport, northern Iraq, on 15 February (Reuters) | Four rockets hit the…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Algeria releases dozens of jailed pro-democracy activists after presidential pardons. middleeasteye.net Algeria releases dozens of jailed pro-democracy activists after presidential pardons | Pardons issued by President Tebboune ahead of second anniversary of Hirak uprising, with prominent journalist Khaled Drareni among those freed | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 20: 26 | Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni is greeted by supporters upon his release from Kolea prison, west of the capital Algiers, on 19 Fe…

RT (2021-02-20). Google fires ANOTHER AI ethics researcher amid row over 'censorship & racism,' as team member accuses company of 'smear campaign'. rt.com Google has terminated the head researcher on its AI ethics team over what the tech giant deemed a violation of its "code of conduct," as the company faces an internal revolt over a previous firing of a black data scientist. | Margaret Mitchell, who led Google's Ethical AI unit, announced her termination in a brief tweet on Friday, saying only "I'm fired" without offering further detail. | I'm fired.— MMitchell (@mmitchell_ai) Google's own statement on the matter was also somewhat vague, confi…

RT (2021-02-20). Outage outrage: Texans see power bills as high as $17,000 after brutal storm pummels grid & leaves millions without electricity. rt.com In the wake of a fierce winter storm that knocked out power for millions of Texans, some residents are reporting colossal spikes in their electricity bills, with some asked to pay more than $17,000 for just a few weeks of service.

RT (2021-02-20). Not very PC? Chelsea Clinton-funded 'trans' app urges transitioning people to budget their money & be nice to cops. rt.com A mobile app marketed at trans people that received funding from former first daughter Chelsea Clinton has been slammed by the internet as overtly patronizing. Even worse, the app urges users to be polite to the police. | Created in 2019, Euphoria has been billed as an app designed to help individuals navigate gender transition, as well as provide people with support once they complete the procedure. | Read more | | The platform hos…

RT (2021-02-20). 'DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY': Madonna lashes out at shadowy cabal of men attempting to 'cut off her life force'. rt.com Pop icon Madonna has complained that a conniving cadre of scheming men has prevented her from reaching her full potential, but some believe that the obscenely wealthy and successful entertainer may be overreacting. | "The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cut off my life force and take away my voice—Even those who call themselves artists…………..You know who you are!!! DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY! Now and Forever," Madonna tweeted, including a photograph of herself wearing a glittering tiara. | The Patriarchy continues to try to crush my neck with their heavy boots, cu…

RT (2021-02-20). Texas police looking for more than 100 illegal immigrants who fled smuggling truck amid winter freeze. rt.com Texas authorities are seeking a group of more than 100 illegal immigrants wandering through the freezing, storm-hammered state. They fled a packed smuggling truck, in which they were being transported in suffocating conditions. | Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters on Thursday that his department received a call from a truckload of illegal immigrants in San Antonio that evening. Their smugglers had sealed up the refrigerated truck and blocked air holes, and the migrants feared that they would suffocate inside. | Deputies in the area noticed movement around a truck parked at a gas station, and sa…

RT (2021-02-20). Beleaguered Texans forced to flee burning hotel as sprinkler system fails due to frozen pipes (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Guests at a four-story hotel in Texas were forced to flee into the freezing cold as a fire engulfed the entire building when the sprinkler system failed due to frozen pipes. | The fire broke out at the Hilton Garden Inn near Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas shortly before 9pm local time. The hotel had been serving as emergency accommodation for many stricken local residents, including several soldiers from the nearby Eyewitness footage from the scene purports to show the fire as it ripped through the hotel…

RT (2021-02-20). Biden declares 'major disaster' in Texas as state continues to battle power outages amid extreme cold. rt.com President Joe Biden has declared that "a major disaster" status is in effect in Texas, unlocking federal money for counties that have been suffering from an unusual and deadly cold wave. | His action allows for federal funding to dozens of Texan counties affected by the cold, the White House said. The money may be used for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans and other assistance to residents and business owners. | Also on rt.com | | Bide…

Aaliyah Harris (2021-02-20). Student loans continue to discriminate against Muslim students. thecanary.co To be Muslim in Britain means to be a part of a population of Interest is forbidden: | For young people venturing from college or sixth form into university, accepting a monstrous educational debt will always be a tricky decision. But for Muslims, deciding to take out a Student Finance Loan — or for that matter any loan which requires repayment with…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-20). Israel purchased Russian Covid vaccine for Syria in exchange for captive: Reports. middleeasteye.net Israel purchased Russian Covid vaccine for Syria in exchange for captive: Reports | Order said to be part of a deal which freed an Israeli woman who crossed into Syria through Quneitra a few weeks ago | Sat, 02/20/2021 – 13: 45 | The Ynet news site reported on Saturday that Israel purchased more than $1m worth of doses of the Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Israel is said to have agreed to purch…

A Guest Author (2021-02-20). Letter from an incarcerated worker on the struggle in Alabama. workers.org The following letter from an incarcerated worker in the Pennsylvania prison system was sent by email on Feb. 17 to Joe Piette, a member of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. From SCI Pine Grove: Nina Simone famously said: "Alabama got me so upset; Tennessee made me lose . . . |

news.un (2021-02-20). First Person: The Colombian youth fighting for digital education for all. news.un.org Tania Rosas, a Colombian education advocate from an afro-indigenous background, is hoping to improve learning outcomes for disadvantaged communities in her country, with a digital application tailored to their specific needs.

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Brazilians Back to the Streets Against Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net Brazilians backed the streets on Saturday demanding impeachment for President Jair Bolsonaro as well as the COVID-19 immunization campaign. | RELATED: | Demonstrators mobilized in at least 70 cities holding rallies to demand an immediate and free COVID-19 vaccination for the entire population. The far-right president has dismissed the scope of the pandemic since its beginning as the death toll rises to over 244 00…

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). New York's pharaonic Hudson Yards struggles in pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Jairo Mejia New York, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- The $25 billion Hudson Yards housing, office and retail complex was supposed to spur economic development in New York, but the promise of a bright future has given way to a bleak present dominated by the impact of Covid-19. Last month, the site's main tourist attraction, a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). New Zealand rolls out Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- New Zealand, one of the best countries worldwide in terms of managing the new coronavirus pandemic, on Saturday officially kicked off its anti-Covid vaccination campaign by administering the vaccine developed by American pharma company Pfizer to its frontline workers. "And our COVID 19 vaccination programme begins! We're starting with our …

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Venezuela: 1.5 Million Barrels per Day Goal, Oil Industry Rises. telesurenglish.net Venezuela aims at significantly expanding its oil industry this year despite numerous sanctions and the U.S. blockade. The goal is to produce 1,508,000 barrels per day, for which president Nicolás Maduro extended for another 12 months the Declaration of Energy Emergency in the Hydrocarbons Industry. | RELATED: | "I want to say that in the wave of the Anti-Blockade Law and in the wave of new contracts that are beneficial for the Repub…

Jorge Santibáñez (2021-02-20). México, otra vez como cementerio de migrantes. globalizacion.ca La aparición de 19 cuerpos calcinados en Tamaulipas nos recuerda lastimosamente los riesgos y la desprotección a la que se enfrentan los migrantes centroamericanos al transitar por México en su camino hacia Estados Unidos. Al momento de escribir este artículo…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-02-20). Migrantes: Tenue esperanza. globalizacion.ca El martes, el gobierno de Estados Unidos anunció que a partir del jueves 19 reanudaría el trámite de solicitudes de asilo de las personas registradas en el programa eufemísticamente denominado Protocolos de Protección Migratoria (MPP, por sus siglas en inglés),…

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-02-20). México — El agandalle con las vacunas. globalizacion.ca Los datos duros por delante porque si una imagen dice más que mil palabras, las cifras son insustituibles. "Tres cuartas partes de las primeras dosis de vacunas administradas en el mundo se concentran en apenas 10 países que representan 60…

Ashley Curtin (2021-02-20). US approves of expansion of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in Gulf of Mexico. nationofchange.org The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary will now include portions of 14 additional reefs and banks in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, representing approximately a 104 square mile increase in area.

teleSUR (2021-02-20). Mexico Welcomes First Gas Shipments, Texas Pipelines Reopen. telesurenglish.net The first shipments of liquefied natural gas arrived in Mexico as part of the government response to tackle the supply interruption from Texas due to a snow storm that froze the pipelines. | RELATED: | After pressure from Mexican authorities, on Friday Texas governor Greg Abbot reversed and canceled a ban on shipping fuel to North of Mexico, which imports over 30 percent of its gas from Texas. This while gas exports…

Verónica Tenaglia (2021-02-20). Argentina: El sur porteño no puede esperar. globalizacion.ca Como representante de la comuna 4, del sur de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, y como referente pyme de la industria del conocimiento, observo con preocupación, los datos de la desocupación y la subocupación de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires….

Fernando Alexis Jiménez (2021-02-20). øDos años más de Duque? Líbranos Dios de esa pesadilla. globalizacion.ca øCómo reaccionar frente a la propuesta de unificar los períodos del presidente con los del Congreso, alcaldes y gobernadores en Colombia? Uno no sabe si recibir la propuesta con risa pensando que se trata de un mal chiste, con desconcierto…

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-02-20). Colombia — La difícil y esquiva unidad del centro izquierda en Colombia. globalizacion.ca El panorama para las elecciones a Congreso en el mes de marzo del 2022 y para las elecciones presidenciales en primera vuelta en mayo comienza a clarificarse, aunque aún hay sectores indecisos. En la extrema derecha el panorama desde el…

Homar Garcés (2021-02-20). Venezuela, asediada desde afuera y desde adentro. globalizacion.ca Venezuela padece la amarga realidad de ser un pueblo cercado de amenazas. Desde todas sus fronteras. Desde adentro, con grupos politizados que tienen como únicos elementos prioritarios de su agenda causar violencia y gestionar una invasión militar por parte de…

Global Research (2021-02-20). Cuba muestra importantes avances en la lucha contra el racismo y la discriminación. globalizacion.ca Intervención Reunión Ministerial sobre la Eliminación del racismo, la xenofobia y la discriminación. 18 de febrero de 2021 | Señor Presidente: | Este año conmemoramos el vigésimo aniversario de la histórica Conferencia Mundial contra el Racismo, la Discriminación Racial, la Xenofobia y…

Global Research (2021-02-20). Cuba — øCuál patria y cuál vida? globalizacion.ca La patria no está en los bolsillos en forma de moneda manoseada, ni escrita en contrato con la ruindad, ni en alianzas para denigrarla y destruirla. La vida no está en disfraces incapaces de ocultar la miseria espiritual, antesala…

_____ (2021-02-20). The Need for Accountability Over Impunity in Chile. strategic-culture.org With a new constitution, Chilean state actors should be held accountable to the people's demands for democratic changes in the country, otherwise Chile's long-standing democratic tradition risks being lost to the dynamics of state violence. | While Chileans are still awaiting the process of a new constitution to end Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship legacy in the country, police brutality is in the spotlight for two reasons — the increase in violence since the start of the protests in 2019, which turned into organised social demonstrations clamouring for change, and the calls to dissolve the Carabineros. | Ea…

Fight Back (2021-02-20). Chicago: Major development in fight for community control of police. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the text of remarks by Frank Chapman of The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), given at the February 19 with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA). | We all recognize the struggle for justice when it comes to police crimes and misconduct has been a long and torturous one, consuming generations and the lives of so many people from Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, to Rekia Boyd and Bettie Jones, to Flint Farmer and Laquan McDonald and many, many more that space will not allow us to mention. And let us not forget the hundreds that…

John McEvoy (2021-02-20). Exclusive: Presidential frontrunner's advisor discusses Ecuador's crucial election. thecanary.co Amauri Chamorro is a strategist in political communications, who has worked closely with former Ecuadorian president With the left on the verge of returning to power, Chamorro spoke exclusively with The Canary about Arauz's political vision, the forces trying to stop him, and the legacy of neoliberalism in Ecuador. The interview has been edited in part for cl…

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Chelsea winning streak ends at Southampton. laprensalatina.com Southampton, England, Feb 20 (efe'epa).- Chelsea on Saturday had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Southampton as their winning run stretching back to last month came to an end. The Blues enjoyed the lion's share of possession, but failed to transfer their dominance on the pitch to the scoreboard. Despite leaving St Mary's frustrated …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). From bad to worse for Liverpool with derby loss to Everton. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Everton beat Liverpool 0-2 Saturday on goals by Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson in a game that saw Reds captain Jordan Henderson leave the pitch injured in the 29th minute. The Toffees first triumph in the Merseyside derby in more than a decade was a milestone of a different kind for …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Opposition leader Navalny loses appeal against imprisonment. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- A Moscow court on Saturday rejected an appeal from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against his 3.5 year imprisonment after he was found guilty of violating the conditions of his parole. Navalny was detained last month after returning from Germany, where he was receiving treatment from a alleged poisoning attack by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). At least 5 killed, 2 injured as series of sticky bomb explosions rock Kabul. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- At least five people, including two members of the security forces, were killed and two people were injured on Saturday in three back-to-back sticky bomb explosions in the Afghan capital, officials told EFE. The attacks took place in three different areas of Kabul within a two-hour period, Kabul police spokesperson Firdaws …

Online News Editor (2021-02-20). Protest against Article 112 outside Thai Parliament as PM survives vote. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Demonstrators protested outside the parliament building in the Thai capital Bangkok on Saturday to call for the repeal of legislation that criminalises anyone deemed to insult the country's powerful monarchy. Repeal of the lese majeste law, known as Article 112, is one of the core demands of the student-led protest movement …

Mike Walter (2021-02-20). The Heat: G7 leaders' pledge on COVID-19 vaccines. america.cgtn.com Leaders from the Group of Seven Nations vow to work together to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines.