2021-02-28: News Headlines

Robin Scher (2021-02-28). Pandemic May Have Left Over 250 Million People With Acute Food Shortages in 2020. zcomm.org As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Turkey and Iran summon envoys, escalating Iraq row. middleeasteye.net Turkey and Iran summon envoys, escalating Iraq row | Moves follow Iran's representative to Baghdad criticising Ankara's involvement in Iraq after Kurdish attack on Turkish forces there | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 13: 59 | The coffin and image of Turkish Lt Ertug Guler are carried during the funeral of three Turkish military personnel killed in action in northern Iraq's Gara region, on 12 February…

news.un (2021-02-28). Myanmar: UN rights office condemns escalating violence in deadliest day of protests so far. news.un.org In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar's military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday strongly condemned the "escalating violence" and called for an immediate end to the use of force.

news.un (2021-02-28). Myanmar: UN condemns escalating violence in deadliest day of protests so far. news.un.org In response to the killing of at least 18 protesters demonstrating against Myanmar's military coup, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Sunday together with the UN chief, strongly condemned the "escalating violence" and called for an immediate end to the use of force.

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Biden, Lopez Obrador to seek new phase in bilateral ties. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Monday morning will hold their first "virtual" meeting, to be marked by policy changes in Washington with the new Democratic administration and focusing on immigration and the economy. This will be Biden's second bilateral meeting since taking office …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Arsenal hand Leicester 2nd straight home defeat. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Arsenal on Sunday prevailed 3-1 over Leicester City in Premier League action, handing the Foxes their second home defeat in a row, having lost to Slavia Praha in the Europa League. Leicester seemed to be on the right path to recover from Thursday's 0-2 defeat when they took the lead …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). In-form Bale leads Tottenham to 4-0 win over Burnley. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- An in-form Gareth Bale on Sunday scored twice and assisted on a goal to lead Tottenham Hotspur to a 4-0 win over Burnley in Premier League. Picking up where he left off a few days ago, when he scored in his team's 4-0 win over Wolfsberg, Bale put Tottenham in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Zidane: We were not that bad before nor are we the best now. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane on Sunday said that the team's winning streak has helped the players regain confidence, although he kept his feet on the ground. "We are fine, playing well. We have recovered the confidence a bit and it is clear on the field. We managed to show it …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). 47 Hong Kong democracy activists charged for subversion under security law. laprensalatina.com By Shirley Lau Hong Kong, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong police charged 47 dissidents for conspiring to subvert state power on Sunday, in what is the largest crackdown on the city's pro-democracy political camp under the controversial security law imposed by Beijing. The democracy activists, who include some of the most prominent political figures in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). India launches Brazil's first indigenous observation satellite. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- India on Sunday successfully launched Amazon 1, the first observation satellite fully designed, manufactured and operated by Brazil, as part of the close space collaboration between the two countries. The launch was carried out with a PSLVC51 polar vehicle at 10.24 am local time (4.54 GMT), from the Sriharikota base …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Russia launches first Arktika-M series weather satellite. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 28 (efe-epa) — Russia launched a Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying the first Arktika-M series meteorological satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9: 55 am Moscow time (06: 55 GMT) on Sunday. The Russian space agency Roscosmos showed the launch on a live webcast, with the Fregat booster rocket block separating from the third stage …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). 18 killed as Myanmar police launch bloodiest crackdown since coup, UN says. laprensalatina.com (Update 2: upgrades death toll according to United Nations, adds detail throughout) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- At least 18 people were killed during mass protests across Myanmar on Sunday as police used live ammunition to launch what was by far the bloodiest crackdown since the military seized power from the elected government on Feb. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Fresh arrests at pro-democracy protests in Thailand. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Thai police arrested at least a dozen protesters amid fresh anti-government demonstrations in Bagnkok on Sunday. Pro-democracy protests began last July to demand the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha and the scaling down the military powers. Demonstrators on Sunday met at one of Bangkok's main roads before marching toward …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Argentinians protest 'VIP vaccine' scandal. laprensalatina.com By Aitor Pereira Buenos Aires, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The streets of Buenos Aires on Saturday were the epicenter of nationwide protests against the Argentinian administration in the midst of a 'VIP vaccine' scandal after it emerged that dozens of people, including ministers and government representatives, skipped the queue. Protests took place in several parts of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Afghanistan in clutches of violence year after US-Taliban peace pact. laprensalatina.com By Baber Khan Sahel Kabul, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- A year after the historic Afghan peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban in Doha, there are a few signs of receding violence in a country plagued by decades of war. The peace deal signed in the Qatari capital last year called for the complete …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Injuries and arrests as Myanmar police crack down on protesters. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Myanmar security forces cracked down on anti-coup protesters across Yangon on Sunday, with witnesses and local media reporting several demonstrators wounded and dozens arrested. Police launched tear gas and stun grenades against thousands of residents peacefully protesting the Feb. 1 military takeover in various parts of the country's most populated city, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Brussels says Covid-19 vaccine strategy to be accelerated in upcoming weeks. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the European Union is expected to pick up speed within the coming weeks, the bloc's Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira told Efe in an interview Sunday. "We estimate that in two, three weeks everything will work normally, with production and distribution levels stronger than …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Snakes and cakes: Bangkok serpent museum opens cafe. laprensalatina.com Siam Serpentarium, a snake museum in Bangkok home of snakes from around the world, opened its Naka Snake Cafe where visitors can eat food, bakeries and enjoy their favorite drinks while getting close, playing, and interacting with various kinds of nonvenomous serpens as part of an educational exhibition. A Visual Story by Epa's Rungroj Yongrita…

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Thailand begins Covid-19 vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Thailand began its Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Sunday with government ministers and health workers receiving doses from China's Sinovac Biotech. Deputy prime minister and health minister Anutin Charnvirakul, 54, was the first in the country to receive a vaccine, ahead of other health, culture and education officials as well as medical …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). 14 arrested during night of violent protest in Spain's Barcelona. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Catalan police arrested 14 people during another night of violent protests in Barcelona following the jailing of a Spanish rapper for charges of glorifying terrorism and slandering the monarchy and state institutions. At least six officers from the regional police force in Catalonia, in Spain's northeast, were lightly injured during …

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). At least 3 dead as Myanmar police crack down on protesters. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: adds details, changes headline and lede, rewrites, minor edits) Yangon, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- At least three people were killed on Sunday as Myanmar police launched violent crackdowns on anti-coup protests across the country. In Yangon, police opened fire and launched tear gas and stun grenades against thousands of residents protesting the Feb. 1 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Chelsea, Manchester United lurch lazily to scoreless draw. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- Chelsea and Manchester United fans were lucky on Sunday in that — due to coronavirus gathering restrictions — none of them could be on hand to watch the two teams wrestle with little enthusiasm or verve to a scoreless draw at Stamford Bridge Stadium, a result that didn't help either squad. …

Alan Macleod (2021-02-28). Media Completely Ignore American Secret Agent's Trial For Terrorism In Venezuela. theantimedia.com There is an American secret agent currently standing trial in Venezuela on charges of terrorism and weapons trafficking.

Laura Wells (2021-02-28). End Sanctions on the "Troika of Tyranny", and Learn from the World. indybay.org The US could learn a lot from other countries, instead of placing lethal sanctions against them. Trump ramped up sanctions against many countries including the "Troika of Tyranny" of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Biden has been following the same dead-end path. There are healthy alternatives.

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Biden faces growing pressure to lift Trump's sanctions on ICC prosecutors. middleeasteye.net Biden faces growing pressure to lift Trump's sanctions on ICC prosecutors | International Criminal Court officials sanctioned starting probes on alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, Palestine | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 13: 46 | An Israeli soldier stands on a Merkava main battle tank stationed near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on 30 March 2019 (AFP) | US President Joe Biden face…

Brasil de Fato (2021-02-28). One year of COVID-19 in Brazil: from a little flu to a foreseen tragedy. peoplesdispatch.org Friday, February 26th, Brazil marked one year since the first registered infection by the coronavirus in its territory. In this period, the country became one of the three nations with the worst pandemic related numbers, with more than 10 million cases and 250 thousand dead. | The first confirmed case was in Sà£o Paulo, on February 26th of last year: A 61-year-old man, infected in Italy, developed symptoms after returning to Brazil. | About 10 days later, with 13 registered cases, the Ministry of Health announced measures to reinforce hospital care. A month after the first infection, the country already had…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Covid-19: Israel to administer vaccines to Palestinian workers. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel to administer vaccines to Palestinian workers | Vaccination campaign could include around 130,000 Palestinians working inside Israel | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 15: 18 | Palestinian workers line up for a security check at the entrance to Israel's Mishor Adumim industrial zone near the Maale Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank on 1 July 2020 (AFP) | Israel will vaccinate Pa…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Yemen: Five civilians killed, including a child, in Hodeidah. middleeasteye.net Yemen: Five civilians killed, including a child, in Hodeidah | Warring parties accuse each other of the attack, with the Houthis threatening new attacks on Saudi Arabia | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 11: 01 | Yemen's civil war has cost the lives of thousands and displaced millions, which the UN says has led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis (AFP) | Five civilians, including a child, were kille…

Jake Lindahl (2021-02-28). Amazon union struggle takes hold in Southern state with radical labor history. liberationnews.org It should be no surprise that a place like Bessemer, Alabama is exactly where Amazon's first union in the United States is likely to form–given its radical labor history.

Niko Sims (2021-02-28). Housing crisis: Pittsburgh politicians' patchwork solutions fall short. liberationnews.org In spite of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium "pausing" evictions, Pennsylvania landlords are abusing loopholes to kick people out of their homes.

The Conversation (2021-02-28). How Miracle Workers made 60% of S. Australia's Electricity Green in only 20 Years. juancole.com By Michael McGreevy and Fran Baum | — Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state's electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis — so how did it happen? Our research set …

T.J. Coles (2021-02-28). How the CIA Helped to Crush Turkey's Post-War Left. counterpunch.org After the Second World War (1939-45), the U.S. became the dominant global power and fought its rival, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) for international supremacy. Many countries became proxy battlegrounds between U.S. and Soviet influence. In addition to beating the Reds, U.S. war planners used secret militias, many of them allied with fascists

John McDevitt (2021-02-28). Andre Cailloux and the Siege of Port Hudson. liberationnews.org Not widely known, and certainly not celebrated enough, Andre Cailloux was the first Black military hero functioning as an officer in the Union Army.

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MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Israel blames Iran for explosion on Israeli-owned ship after 'initial assessment'. middleeasteye.net Israel blames Iran for explosion on Israeli-owned ship after 'initial assessment' | The MV Helios Ray has arrived at a port in Dubai, where an Israeli delegation is to investigate the event | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 09: 37 | Tensions have risen in the Gulf of Oman after Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other major powers (AFP) | Israel has blamed Iran as being behind an…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Nuclear deal on brink of collapse as Iran rules out meeting with US. middleeasteye.net Nuclear deal on brink of collapse as Iran rules out meeting with US | Tehran has demanded Washington take the first step to revive the nuclear deal by scrapping sanctions
| Sun, 02/28/2021 – 21: 37 | Iran has suspended commitments to the 2015 deal in response to the US failure to lift its sanction (AFP) | Iran on Sunday dismissed Europe's offer for an informal meeting involving the Uni…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media. middleeasteye.net Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media | A war monitor said the strikes hit an area where Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Lebanese Hezbollah are present | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 22: 11 | Israel is thought to have carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since civil war broke out in 2011 (AFP/File photo) | Syrian air defences intercepted Israeli missiles ov…

Shir Hever (2021-02-28). Israeli private arms export is too terrible even for Tel Aviv. middleeasteye.net Israeli private arms export is too terrible even for Tel Aviv | Israel cracks down on sales of suicide drones to China to avoid heavy diplomatic cost in relationship with US | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 11: 17 | An Israeli UCAV IAI Harop drone displayed at Bourget airport during the International Paris Air Show on 21 June 2011 (AFP) | At least 20 Israeli arms dealers have been arrested by Israel's secret police over…

CP Editor (2021-02-28). The Final Inch. counterpunch.org

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-28). Police forces are still unable to explain why they're so racist. thecanary.co According to a The report highlights that: Over 35 years on from the introduction of stop and search legislation, no…

Aaliyah Harris (2021-02-28). Politicians and religious groups are fuelling homophobic attacks on Ghana's LGBTQI+ community. thecanary.co On 24 February, National Security raided the offices of Sharing the incident in a At this moment, we no longer have access to o…

Paul Street (2021-02-28). The Anatomy of Fascism Denial. counterpunch.org When I am being interviewed by a member of the old guard and point to the concrete and steel, the tiny electronic listening device concealed in the vent, the phalanx of goons peeping in at us, his barely functional plastic tape-recorder that cost him a week's labor, and point out that these are all manifestations

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Khashoggi murder: Qatar joins other Gulf states in showing support for Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Qatar joins other Gulf states in showing support for Saudi Arabia | Doha, Bahrain, UAE have stood by Riyadh after CIA report blames Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for journalist's killing | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 16: 44 | Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim Al Thani (L) has confirmed his support for Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the CIA's damning report naming Crown Prince Mohamme…

Tom Coburg (2021-02-28). Unsurprisingly, leaked files confirm the Foreign Office coordinates multi-agency propaganda programmes. thecanary.co A tranche of leaked files shows that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is coordinating multi-agency propaganda programmes. These files show that the programmes mainly target the authoritarian regimes in Russia and Syria. This is not unexpected. More significantly, perhaps, documents also show that these programmes are not confined to just foreign targets. | Leaked files: | The leaked files, were released to The Canary by 'Anonymous': | OP. HMG Trojan Horse. Part 4:

RT (2021-02-28). 'I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me:' 2nd former aide to NY Gov. Cuomo accuses him of sexual harassment. rt.com Another ex-aide has accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, already facing allegations of sexual harassment, of improper advances. Charlotte Bennett, 25, said he asked about her sex life and whether she ever dated an 'older man.' | Bennett joined Cuomo's administration in early 2019 and was promoted from her entry-level position to that of a senior briefer and executive assistant to the governor within several months. She told the New York Times that she was constantly grilled about her sex life by her former boss. | The former aide said that she reported Cuomo's alleged sexual overtures to his chief of staff,…

RT (2021-02-28). Multitasking 101: California doctor appears at court hearing via Zoom DURING surgery. rt.com A plastic surgeon in California attended a virtual court hearing in relation to a traffic violation from an operating theater while a patient was on the table. The court was not exactly pleased with his multitasking, however. | The usually mundane traffic violation hearing at Sacramento Superior Court was spiced up this week when the defendant, Dr. Scott Green attended via Zoom from his surgery room, baffling other participants. The bizarre in-court surgery, which was livestreamed online, was first

RT (2021-02-28). After backlash over 'outside review' of sexual-harassment claims, Cuomo asks AG & chief judge to pick counsel to investigate. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking to allay concerns that an investigation of sexual-harassment claims against him would be politically influenced, has called for state officials to choose a lawyer to handle the case. | The governor's office wants the review of allegations by two former staffers to be

RT (2021-02-28). WATCH: Wild scenes in Dagestan as junior judo event descends into mass brawl. rt.com A junior judo event in Dagestan erupted into a mass melee as competitors and dozens of fans traded blows. | The tournament at the Ali Aliyev Sport Complex in Kaspiysk witnessed ugly scenes as the brawl was captured on camera and quickly shared across social media on Saturday. | Footage of the carnage starts with one of the competitors seen leaning over the barriers, throwing punches. | By that point a broader punch-up is already underway as dozens of spectators trade blows. | –î–µ—Å—è—Ç–∫–∏ –∑—Ä–&prod…

WSWS (2021-03-01). Memoirs of ex-army commander expose drive toward dictatorship in Brazil. wsws.org The memoirs of ex-army commander Villas Bà¥as have thrown Brazilian politics into turmoil and exposed the drive towards dictatorship in the sixth most populated country in the world.

RT (2021-03-01). Trump calls for breaking up Big Tech, says failure to restore freedom of speech would doom Republican Party. rt.com Former President Donald Trump has called for breaking up giant technology companies and taking away their Section 230 liability protections. He argued that the Big Tech mutes conservative voices like his own. | "The time has come to break up Big Tech monopolies and restore fair competition," Trump said Sunday at the CPAC conference in Orlando. "Republicans, conservatives must open our platforms and repeal section 230 liability protections," he added. | While in the past the public had a chance to hear both sides of the argument before making an informed decision, the big tech censorship disproportionately targ…