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2021-03-04: News Headlines

Leonid Savin (2021-03-04). El inusual curso político de México. globalizacion.ca Del 22 al 24 de febrero se celebró en América Latina un evento que tuvo un gran significado simbólico para todo el hemisferio occidental y que puede ser el catalizador que acelere la llegada de un nuevo orden mundial multipolar….

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). India frees Kashmir separatist politician after 20-month detention. laprensalatina.com Srinagar, India, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- India on Thursday ended the 20-month detention of a popular separatist leader in Kashmir, a week after New Delhi and Islamabad pledged to make peace and stop cross-border skirmishes in the disputed region. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the so-called moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference (APHC), told …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Baràßa battle back against Sevilla to reach Copa del Rey final. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- FC Barcelona bested Sevilla 3-0 here Wednesday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal for a 3-2 triumph on aggregate. The Catalan club needed a goal in the 94th minute to force the tie into extra-time in pursuit of a record-extending 31st Copa del Rey title. Knowing that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). UK's Prince Philip has 'successful' surgery for heart condition. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's Prince Philip has undergone "successful" surgery for a pre-existing heart condition and will remain in the hospital for several days while he recovers, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been hospitalized for just over two weeks to receive treatment …

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

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-03-04). Alina Sánchez "LêgeràÆn": Luchadora internacionalista. indybay.org Kurdistà n | Alina Sánchez/LêgeràÆn àáiya: sobre la Revolución de Rojava, "Un faro de esperanza para el mundo"

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Spain PM presides over destruction of weapons seized from terror groups. laprensalatina.com Valdemoro (Madrid), Spain, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday presided over the symbolic destruction of nearly 1,400 firearms seized from terror organizations, the majority from the now defunct Basque separatist group Eta. Sánchez said the act at a Civil Guard police base south of the capital Madrid was symbolic of Eta's …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Japan maintains plan to dump treated Fukushima plant water. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- Japan defended its plans Thursday to dump water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea after treating it to remove most radioactive elements, though they didn't say when this controversial measure would be carried out. The government and the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power, opted for this measure …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Nepal economy goes negative first time in 4 decades. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Mar 4 (EFE).- Nepal's economy has registered negative growth for the first time in nearly 40 years mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a government survey released on Thursday. The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have severely impacted Nepal's service industry, especially tourism, while small and medium enterprises suffered a deadly blow, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). EU medicines agency begins 'rolling review' of Russia's Sputnik V Covid shot. laprensalatina.com Amsterdam, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The European Medicines Agency on Thursday said it had started a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. The fast-tracked process of reviewing clinical trial data could lead to the vaccine's approval for use in the European Union, although the EMA's human medicines committee did not specify when it would …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Pakistan suspends cricket tournament after players test Covid-19 positive. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- Pakistan on Thursday suspended a high-profile cricket tournament that began less than two weeks ago after seven players tested Covid-19 positive, the country's cricket board said. "The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 with immediate effect," the board said in a statement but did …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina receives Covid vaccine. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Mar 4 (efe-epa).-Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday became the latest world leader to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, her office informed. Hasina's deputy press secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher confirmed that the prime minister had received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine nearly a month after the country started its mass vaccination campaign against …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). SpaceX rocket lands successfully for 1st time, then explodes. laprensalatina.com New York City, US, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- A prototype of a SpaceX Starship rocket, which aims to put humans onto Mars, touched down successfully for the first time on Wednesday, but exploded shortly after landing. The Starship SN10 spacecraft was launched on Wednesday evening after a series of delays from SpaceX's site in Boca Chica, …

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

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). China releases new images of Mars captured by Tianwen-1 probe. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The China National Space Administration (CNSA) released Thursday new images of Mars captured by its Tianwen-1 probe, which entered the orbit of the red planet last month and plans to land a rover in May. The three photographs include two panchromatic views captured by the probe's high-resolution camera and taken from …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). AMLO aims to ease investors' concerns over Mexico's electricity overhaul. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Mexico's president on Wednesday sought to ease investors' concerns over an electricity sector overhaul that strengthens the state-owned power utility at the expense of private and foreign generators. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, made his remarks a day after the Senate gave final congressional approval for the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Myanmar protests to resume following deadliest day since coup. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds international reactions Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- Myanmar was preparing Thursday for a new day of anti-coup protests countrywide, a day after security forces killed at least 38 people, the highest death toll to date. Protesters outraged by Wednesday's massacre started gathering in the morning in Yangon, the country's largest city and …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Brazilian variant of Covid-19 found in Venezuela. laprensalatina.com Caracas, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Venezuelan authorities have detected the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 in the country and are evaluating the spread of infection, President Nicolás Maduro reported on Wednesday. "We have detected in Venezuela the presence of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 (…) it is a variant that is more contagious," Maduro said on …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Myanmar protesters defy junta to pay tribute to young slain activist. laprensalatina.com (Update 2: Adds funeral for Kyal Sin) Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- A large crowd in Mandalay, Myanmar's second largest city, defied the military junta on Thursday to hold a funeral service for a 19-year-old democracy activist who was shot by security forces a day earlier. Wednesday was the bloodiest day since the military coup …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Fresh Pacaya activity blows ash 500 meters above crater. laprensalatina.com Guatemala City, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- One of Guatemala's most active volcanos, Pacaya, increased in activity Wednesday with the launch of volcanic material at high altitude and ash dispersed up to 25 kilometers from its crater. The high level of activity expelled "ballistics" up to 500 meters above its crater, the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). South Korean attorney general resigns following govt reforms. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- South Korea's attorney-general resigned Thursday from his position following the creation of an agency to investigate corruption in the civil service that diminishes the powers of the judiciary, which he directed until now. Yoon Seok-youl denounced in a brief press conference in Seoul that "the spirit of the constitution and the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). The Czech circus troupe offering non-stop performances to protest Covid rules. laprensalatina.com Prague, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- A Czech circus group is taking a stand against the country's Covid-19 restrictions by staging an uninterrupted, 24-hour program of solo performances. Cirk La Putyka, an avant-garde theater troupe, opened The Isolated Artist at the beginning of the month. It is due to run for three weeks. Due to Covid restrictions …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-03-04). Territorial Dispute Growing Between Guyana and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca An old territorial dispute in South America is reaching its most …

Anya Parampil (2021-03-04). US 'virtual ambassador' to Venezuela hosts insurrectionist summit ahead of Biden's Guaidó recognition. thegrayzone.com A closed-door Bogotá summit of fugitive Venezuelan insurrectionists highlighted James Story's role as Washington's manager of the radical right-wing opposition. So who is the US "virtual ambassador" to Venezuela? US "virtual ambassador" to Venezuela James "Jimmy" Story promised to answer a series of questions sent to him by The Grayzone this February 24. But after a Whatsapp exchange with this reporter during which Story offered to explain why he regularly alternated between Gargamel and the Smurfs as his avatar on the …

A. Majumdar (2021-03-04). PDF of March 4 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Support grows for Alabama Amazon union EDITORIALS: Tell Biden: Stop bombing Syria! Raise the minimum wage! ALSO: Mumia's latest health crisis Decision: No fracking Rubin Kanowitz, 1931-2021 Anti-war actions WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: Nadezhda Krupskaya: Bolshevik revolutionary Cuban 'Red Rose' TEAR DOWN THE WALLS: Angola Prison hunger strike . . . |

teleSUR (2021-03-04). Cuba Starts Soberana 02 Vaccine's Phase III of Clinical Trial. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment, and Medical Devices (CECMED) on Tuesday allowed Soberana 02 vaccine to start Phase III clinical trials. | RELATED: | The immunizer developed by the Finlay Vaccine Institute "has shown an adequate safety profile, and it has passed all the review done by the regulatory entity during Phase I and II of studies," CECMED President Olga Jacobo said. | To allow the vaccine's mass use in a new ph…

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

yenisafak (2021-03-04). Probe continues on deaths of 7 students in Bolivia. yenisafak.com Bolivia's police continue its investigation into Tuesday's horrific accident in Public University of El Alto (UPEA) that left seven people dead.The video of the accident, which went viral on social media, showed hundreds of students reportedly with Business Administration majors crammed into a narrow corridor to celebrate an assembly. Then, several of them fell when the metal railing collapsed. A total of 11 students fell from the fourth floor, 16.7 meters, and three out of seven students died at the scene. Three of the four injured students remain in intensive care.The deceased are four men and three women betwe…

Shatha Hammad (2021-03-04). Covid-19: Palestinian Authority criticised for VIP vaccine distribution. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinian Authority criticised for VIP vaccine distribution | A significant proportion of the first batch of vaccines have gone to PA government figures and their allies
| Thu, 03/04/2021 – 14: 45 | An UNRWA employee prepares a shot of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for medical staff at UNRWA's al-Sheikh Redwan clinic in Gaza City, on 25 February 2021 (AFP) | Political and security…

Eds. (2021-03-04). Cornel West: Palestine is a "taboo issue among certain circles in high places" mronline.org Activist and scholar says he is being denied tenure at Harvard University because of his views on Israeli occupation.

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

Staff (2021-03-04). Marc Lamont Hill & Mitchell Plitnick on ICC Probe & the "Palestine Exception" in Progressive Politics. democracynow.org Israel and the United States blasted the International Criminal Court's decision to open a probe into Israeli war crimes in the Palestinian territories, as well as crimes committed by Palestinian militant groups. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted that the Biden administration "firmly opposes" an investigation. Mitchell Plitnick and Marc Lamont Hill, co-authors of "Except for Palestine," say it's an illustration of the "Palestine exception" that makes even supposedly progressive people unwilling to criticize Israel's human rights abuses and its ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories. "We are at…

Bruce Neuburger (2021-03-04). U.S. Agricultural System's Deadly Apartheid. counterpunch.org The NY Times of March 1, 2021 cited some chilling facts about agricultural workers and Covid 19: "In some areas, up to 40 percent of the workers tested for the virus had positive results. The Rev. Francisco Gómez at Our Lady of Soledad church in Coachella said his parish had been averaging 10 burials a

Staff (2021-03-04). Vaccine Apartheid: Marc Lamont Hill, Mitchell Plitnick on Israel's "Indifference to Palestinian Health" democracynow.org Israel has had the fastest vaccination rollout in the entire world, with 40% of Israelis already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but Palestinians in the Occupied Territories have received almost no doses — a situation critics call "vaccine apartheid." By one count, just 34,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, which has a population of over 4.5 million. "What we're seeing right now is a gross injustice," says Marc Lamont Hill, author and professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University. We also speak with Mitchell Plitnick, political anal…

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

Staff (2021-03-04). COVID Deaths Soar in Brazil as Bolsonaro Blasts Lockdowns. Experts Warn It Will "Get Worse." democracynow.org Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has now topped nearly 260,000, the world's second worst after the United States, as hospitals are overwhelmed with new cases. International concern is also growing about the P1 variant of the virus, which overwhelmed the Amazonian city of Manaus and caused its hospitals to run out of oxygen. Less than 4% of Brazil's population has been vaccinated. Marcia Castro, demography professor at Harvard University, says the crisis in Brazil is due to "a combination of inaction and also wrongdoing" by officials, including President Jair Bolsonaro, who has opposed lockdowns, masks and other publi…

Victor Grossman (2021-03-04). Surprise on the left. mronline.org Surprise, surprise! Things worked out quite differently than expected at the congress of the LINKE, the left-wing party.

Alan Macleod (2021-03-04). Aurora Police Killed Without Consequence, Now Their Protestors Face 48 Years for "Kidnapping" Cops. mintpressnews.com The cops and the district attorneys want people to see what we are going through — the conditions of our arrests, our experiences in jail, and our legal battle — and to think that this is what you risk when you stand up against them. – Lillian House, Aurora Activist and Defendant…

Don Fitz (2021-03-04). From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand. mronline.org March 2, 2021 was the five year anniversary of the murder of Berta Cáceres, who opposed the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras. That date was less than one month after the deaths of dozens of people from Tehri Dam disaster in Uttarakhand, India. The two stories together tell us far more about consequences of the …

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

Jay August (2021-03-04). NYS politicians push bill to 'kill' rent cancellation movement, organizers fight back. liberationnews.org On Feb. 28, tenant organizers in New York City demonstrated outside the home of New York State Senator Brian Kavanaugh in Manhattan to protest his sponsorship of a bill which bails out landlords, not tenants.

IndustriALL (2021-03-04). Myanmar military coup leaders target trade unions for destruction. peoplesworld.org For weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have been participating in peaceful mass demonstrations across Myanmar in the wake of a coup led by the Army. As the peaceful civil disobedience movement continues to protest against the military takeover, authorities are resorting to violence and cracking down civilians—including trade unions and their leaders. Police have issued …

teleSUR Desk (2021-03-04). Parliament rejects Moreno's privatization of Central Bank. mronline.org Parliament's Legislative Administration Council (CAL) reported that the project had 14 unconstitutional aspects. The bill presented 84 reforms to the Organic Monetary and Financial Code that would allow a $400 million loan from the International Monetary Fund.

Liberation Staff (2021-03-04). Texas winter storm crisis the fault of state leaders, big oil, protesters say. liberationnews.org Natural gas and fossil fuel executives, as well as officials in ERCOT and PUCT, should face criminal charges for their role in the deaths, injuries, and damages suffered during this crisis.

Liberation Staff-Seattle (2021-03-04). In Renton, WA, unions, community come out to support 'Bamazon' union drive. liberationnews.org Despite the scattered showers and mid-30 ∞s weather close to 300 people showed up to voice their support.

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

Beau Peters (2021-03-04). Creating a Safe Space at Work for Discussing Social Justice Topics. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pexels There's a lot going on in the world at the moment, which means there's a lot we need to talk about. It seems as though every day there is another incident that raises issues related to the socio-economic imbalances in our society, systemic racism, or the political decisions that shape our lives. …

George Wuerthner (2021-03-04). Fire Suppression Hyperbole. counterpunch.org In almost all media reports about the recent fire seasons, one of the chief explanations given for the larger blazes is "fire suppression" and "fuel build-up." We hear that 100 years of fire suppression has contributed to the "unnatural" accumulation of fuels and is one of the primary reasons for large fires. The solution, we

David Rosen (2021-03-04). Electricity vs. Broadband: Does History Repeat Itself? counterpunch.org Americans take household electric for granted, but this was not always the case. Millions of U.S. households have access to electricity to power water heating, lighting, refrigeration, TV, telephone and other products. And yet, according to one estimate, about 15,000 families — 60,000 people — are not connected to the electric grid; many are located on Native American reservations. (In addition, about 18,000 families don't have running water in their house.) |

Staff (2021-03-04). Mumia Abu-Jamal Tests Positive for COVID, Prompting Urgent Call to Release Elder Political Prisoners. democracynow.org Renowned political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's lawyers confirmed Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and also has congestive heart disease. Abu-Jamal also suffers from the preexisting conditions of liver disease, which advocates say is directly related to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' failure to treat his hepatitis C in a timely fashion. Mumia's doctor, Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, says the only appropriate treatment is freedom. Marc Lamont Hill, who co-authored a book with Abu-Jamal titled "The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America," says this is an opportun…

2021-03-03: News Headlines

Staff (2021-03-03). Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines. democracynow.org There are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the Agricultural Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says an uneven rollout in California as well as technical barriers have left many farmworkers unvaccinated. "There's been a lot of inequities that we've seen," she says. We also speak with Mary Jo Du…

Staff (2021-03-03). Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines. democracynow.org There are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the Agriculture Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says an uneven rollout in California as well as technical barriers have left many farmworkers unvaccinated. "There's been a lot of inequities that we've seen," she says. We also speak with Mary Jo Dud…

_____ (2021-03-03). Coup-Supporting Academics Spread Lies To Censor The Grayzone. popularresistance.org A collection of coup-supporting academics are lobbying to censor The Grayzone's factual journalism exposing Ecuador's presidential candidate Yaku Pérez. Pérez is a self-declared environmentalist from a US government-backed party who has supported numerous right-wing coups in Latin America, advanced xenophobic conspiracies, and demonized poor people in his country. | The academics have published a deceptive and distortion-laden open letter that egregiously misrepresents my factual reporting and absurdly smears me as "racist and misogynist," based on absurd insinuations and outright falsehoods. | Besides deploying…

WSWS (2021-03-03). FBI Director Wray confirms coordinated planning by pro-Trump far-right terrorists in January 6 attack. wsws.org While the FBI head acknowledged the central role in the attempted coup played by far-right "militia extremists," many questions relating to the lack of security on the part of the police and the National Guard were not seriously pursued and remained unanswered.

Chloe de Silva (2021-03-03). Randwick Council urged to drop transphobic policy on ocean pool. greenleft.org.au Transgender rights activists protested outside Randwick Council against its transphobic policy relating to the McIver's Ladies Baths, writes Rachel Evans and Oscar Bray.

Declaration for American Democracy coalition (2021-03-03). Wednesday 3/3: Watch Party! House Votes on the For the People Act (#HR1) w/ Voto Latino & More. indybay.org Virtual watch party via livestream: www.facebook.com/votolatino/

Joseph Buddenberg (2021-03-03). A Suspected Terrorist Dates the FBI. indybay.org In 2009, I, along with three co-defendants, was charged with violating an unused and unknown law called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Liverpool players could be barred from international duty, says Klopp. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday said he will not allow his players to join their respective national teams during the upcoming international break if they are subject to 10-day quarantine upon their return to the UK. Brazilian players Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino and Portugal's Diogo Jota face mandatory …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Biden: State leaders' ending mask mandate is Neanderthal thinking. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Wednesday said that the decision by the Texas and Mississippi governors to end their statewide facemask mandates initially implemented to protect the public against Covid-19 was a "big mistake," adding that the last thing the country needs while the pandemic is still raging is "Neanderthal thinking." "I …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). UK to raise corporation tax in 2023 in bid to ease Covid debt. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's government will raise corporation tax on large firms from 10% to 25% in 2023 as a way to repair the damage wrought on the economy by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Conservative Party government's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak outlined the economic plans in the Budget on Wednesday. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Turkey's sex workers struggle to survive as Covid rules hit industry. laprensalatina.com Istanbul, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The closure of brothels and nightly curfews to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Turkey has left the country's sex workers in dire straits. Prostitution is legal in Turkey but sex workers lack the same access to labor rights enjoyed by other professions. "The coronavirus has left many sex workers in …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Spain king's sisters stir controversy by getting vaccine on Abu Dhabi trip. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Spanish royal family has found itself at the heart of another scandal after it was revealed that the sisters of King Felipe VI were vaccinated against Covid-19 during a trip to the United Arab Emirates, where they went to visit their father, the self-exiled former monarch Juan Carlos I. Reports …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). India's homegrown Covid-19 vaccine shows 81 percent interim efficacy. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- India's homegrown Covid-19 vaccine, branded Covaxin, has shown an interim efficacy of nearly 81 percent in its late-stage clinical trials, its developer Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday. The company said the first interim analysis was based on 43 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the trial of 25,800 participants between 18-98 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Hard hit early by Covid-19, Chile now is Latin America's clear vaccine leader. laprensalatina.com By Maria M. Mur Santiago, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Chile on Wednesday marked one year since its first coronavirus case, a 12-month period in which it has gone from being one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic worldwide to Latin America's undisputed Covid-19 vaccine leader. A total of 3.6 million people in that South …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Crystal Palace hold Manchester United 0-0. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Manchester United squandered a chance Wednesday to narrow the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City, managing only a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. The hosts, still without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha, were content to cede the ball to United on a foggy night at London's Selhurst Park. Even so, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Rio Tinto chairman to step down over destruction of aboriginal caves. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The chairman and a board director of mining company Rio Tinto will not renew his position and will leave the company this year over the blasting scandal last May of two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal shelters. Simon Thompson, who has held…

Rafael Figueroa (2021-03-03). SHELBY COUNTY TO MOVE TO PHASE 1C NEXT WEEK FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS. laprensalatina.com Phase includes individuals 16 and older with high-risk health conditions La fase 1C incluye a personas de 16 años o más con afecciones de salud de alto riesgo SHELBY COUNTY, TN (SCHD) — In alignment with the Tennessee Health Department, the Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1C of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). PTI becomes largest party despite losing key seat in Pakistan's senate polls. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party became the single largest party in the Pakistani senate on Wednesday after elections on 37 seats in the 100-member upper house of the parliament, despite losing a prestigious seat to the opposition in capital Islamabad. As per unofficial results aired by local broadcasters, Prime Minister …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Elected MPs challenge Myanmar junta, appoint four ministers. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, March 3 (efe-epa).- Elected parliamentarians who do not recognize Myanmar's military junta have challenged the military and appointed several ministers, including a foreign minister. The appointments were made Tuesday by the parliamentary committee, which groups part of the parliamentarians elected in November and could not formally assume their seats due to the Feb. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Australia's Attorney-General denies 1988 rape accusation. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, March 3 (efe-epa).- Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter defended his innocence Wednesday against an accusation of rape, allegedly committed in 1988, and which was archived by police over lack of evidence. Porter appeared for the first time before the media after a complaint was made public Friday against a member of the executive, whose …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Hong Kong pro-democracy activists ruling postponed again. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Hong Kong judiciary on Wednesday postponed the outcome of a preliminary hearing of 47 politicians and activists who have been charged with "subversion" after some of them decided to represent themselves and filed their own bail applications. Several of the defendants who testified on Wednesday opted not to use …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). India marks World Wildlife Day. laprensalatina.com The Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal and the Delhi Zoological park marked World Wildlife Day on Wednesday. On 20 December 2013, the United Nations proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day with the aim of raising awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographers RAJAT GUPTA and SANJEEV …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Bangladesh court grants bail to detained cartoonist amid protests. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Wednesday granted bail to a cartoonist nearly 10 months after his pre-trial detention amid continuing protests over his release and a contentious law under which he was arrested. Ahmed Kabir Kishore was arrested on May 6, 2020, along with writer Mushtaq Ahmed, and was charged …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Cuomo apologizes but denies touching anyone inappropriately. laprensalatina.com New York, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday apologized for having made three women who claim that he sexually harassed them "uncomfortable," but he denied having touched any of them in an "inappropriate" manner and said that he would not resign. "I now understand that I acted in a way that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Taliban gunman arrested for killing 3 women TV anchors: Afghan police. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Afghan police on Wednesday said they had arrested a suspected Taliban militant, allegedly involved in the killing of three women TV anchors even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the murders a day ago. The three media workers were gunned down on Tuesday and buried this afternoon amid a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). 8 Wounded in suspected terror incident in Sweden. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Swedish police are seeking to determine whether terrorism was the motive for attacks in the southern town of Vetlanda that left eight people wounded. "As it is now, we have started a preliminary investigation into attempted murder. That is the criminal classification we have. There are details in the investigation that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Police warn of plan to invade US Capitol on Thursday. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The US Capitol Police warned on Wednesday of an apparent plan by a rightist militia group to invade Congress once again. In a statement posted on Twitter, the force said that it had "obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Rugby as a ticket out of Venezuela. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Germany, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Leandro Narvaez was able to escape poverty in Venezuela thanks to a German-based rugby association that scouted the promising player and funded his trip to Europe. The Orquídeas Negras ("Black Orchids") was founded by Venezuelan immigrants in Berlin and runs a rugby club of the same name. Once a year …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Qantas offers 'mystery' flights to boost Australia's tourism. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- To boost domestic tourism amid the pandemic, air carrier Qantas began offering "mystery" flights Wednesday in which passengers will not know the destination of their trip until they board. Starting tomorrow, these flights of about two hours will depart from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to an unknown destination outside the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). China set to hail success, raise pressure on Hong Kong in annual Congress. laprensalatina.com By Javier García Beijing, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- China is set to highlight the success of its governance model on the occasion of its annual National People's Congress, which kicks off on Friday and will decide the country's course for the next five years, with the possibility of fresh legislative reforms being launched to increase control …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). At least 3 dead in fresh Myanmar violence. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, March 3 (efe-epa).- At least three people, including a minor, were shot dead in Myanmar on Wednesday as fresh crackdowns were launched by authorities against protesters. Despite security forces' severe repression of demonstrations, which on Sunday alone claimed the lives of at least 20 people, protests in rejection of the Feb. 1 military …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Australia steadies economic recovery after 1.1% GDP drop in 2020. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Australia underpins its economic recovery after accumulating two consecutive quarters of growth, despite registering a GDP fall of 1.1 percent, according to data officials released Wednesday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that in the last quarter of last year, between October and December, GDP increased by 3.1 percent, above …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). At least 9 dead in fresh Myanmar violence as Pope urges dialog. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Updates death toll, adds pope's comments, updates headline Yangon, Myanmar, March 3 (EFE).- At least nine people, including two minors, were shot dead Wednesday in Myanmar as authorities launched fresh crackdowns against coup protesters while Pope Francis urged that parties engage in peaceful dialog. Despite security forces' severe repression of demonstrations, which claimed …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). AMLO aims to ease investors' concerns over Mexico's electricity overhaul. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Mexico's president on Wednesday sought to ease investors' concerns over an electricity sector overhaul that strengthens the state-owned power utility at the expense of private and foreign generators. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, made his remarks a day after the Senate gave final congressional approval for the …

Pedro Brieger (2021-03-03). Argentina y México proponen un nuevo eje progresista en América Latina y el Caribe. globalizacion.ca Las visitas de Estado tienen múltiples dimensiones y hay diferentes criterios para evaluarlas más allá de las afinidades políticas, entre otros, la duración de una visita y las actividades que se realizan. Muy lejos en el recuerdo quedan las giras…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-03). Political Council of ALBA-TCP demands an end to the US sanctions against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. peoplesdispatch.org The foreign ministers and other representatives of the member countries of the ALBA-TCP in unison condemned the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and called to immediately lift criminal blockades on them…

teleSUR (2021-03-03). US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Talks With Juan Guaido. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a telephone conversation with Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó on Tuesday in line with Joe Biden's administration continuing its policy of pressure against Venezuela's constitutional order. | RELATED: | "Secretary Blinken outlined our efforts to work with like-minded allies, including the European Union, the Lima Group, the Organization of American States (O…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-03-03). Venezuela: Indexación en guerra económica. globalizacion.ca Es público y notorio que en Venezuela los precios en bolívares desde una chupeta hasta el de una vivienda se ajustan/indexan diaria y automáticamente con respecto al tipo de cambio criminal, a excepción de, los salarios, los impuestos sobre la…

Bruno Rodríguez Padilla (2021-03-03). Cuba — "Urge implementar políticas en las que el ser humano sea prioridad en vez de las ganancias económicas" globalizacion.ca Intervención del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, en el XXI Consejo Político ALBA-TCP | Compañero Jorge Arreaza, ministro del Poder Popular para las Relaciones Exteriores de la hermana República Bolivariana de Venezuela | Queridos cancilleres…

Adán Chávez Frías (2021-03-03). Venezuela — La cárcel de la dignidad. globalizacion.ca I | Hemos querido en esta oportunidad, dar continuidad a la labor de sistematización del proceso de gestación de nuestro proyecto revolucionario y, de manera particular, de la unión cívico-militar, como elemento clave para el desarrollo del mismo y parte fundamental…

A Guest Author (2021-03-03). Cuban 'Red Rose' wins journalism honor. workers.org By Rubén G. Abelenda This slightly edited article was published in Resumen-english.org. Photo: Ismael Francisco Feb. 27 — It was José Martí who said "Honor for those who deserve honor" — but he could never have imagined that the highest distinction awarded to journalists in Cuba would bear his name . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-03). 80 Democrats urge Biden to repeal Trump's sanctions on Cuba. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 04 (MNA) — In a letter to Biden, 80 US House of Representatives Democrats urged him to repeal Donald Trump's "cruel" sanctions on Cuba.

teleSUR (2021-03-03). Cuba Offers Soberana 02 and Abdala to Lebanon to Fight COVID-19. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Cuba expressed its willingness to assist Lebanon to combat COVID-19, offering its most advanced vaccines, Soberana 02 and Abdala, which will start their final-phase clinical trials sometime this month. | RELATED: | Cuban Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Pellicer made the offer during a meeting with Major General Mahmoud Al Asmar. The latter heads the working group to tackle the pandemic in this Mediterranean country…

Cindy Forster (2021-03-03). Bolivia for the record: the people speak pt. 2. peoplesdispatch.org In the second part of 'Bolivia for the record,' activist and historian Cindy Forster brings stories and testimonies from the massive mobilizations organized in August 2020 following the announcement by the coup regime to postpone elections once again…

Jamal Rich (2021-03-03). Solidarity rallies call for end to U.S.-backed dictatorship in Haiti. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON——On the morning of March 1 at the Embassy of Haiti, local D.C. organizers with Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) held a solidarity rally with the people of Haiti who are rising up against a U.S.-backed dictator. Jovenel MoàØse's term of office ended Feb. 7, but he has so far refused to relinquish power. MoàØse, …

teleSUR Desk (2021-03-03). Ecuador: Indigenous organizations announce national strike. mronline.org Supporters of Indigenous presidential candidate Yaku Perez demand the recount of electoral records due to alleged electoral fraud.

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

RT (2021-03-03). Can we kick out immigrants like Denmark does? Critics snicker after AOC lauds McDonald's workers' wages in European nation. rt.com A time-tested talking point about wages of McDonald's workers in Denmark was invoked by AOC in a call for a minimum wage boost in the US. Her opponents asked if Washington should also adopt Copenhagen's harsh immigration policies. | The fact that paying workers a living wage is even up for debate is "embarrassing," progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) tweeted on Tuesday as she called to override the Senate parliamentarian and push forward with the $15/hour minimum wage. The official ruled last Thursday that the proposal cannot be included in President Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill…

Eds. (2021-03-03). The class character of the expansion of COVID-19: The case of Peru's Capital City Lima. mronline.org At the end of December 2019, the world was notified about the existence of a new coronavirus in the city of Wuhan in China. This virus, SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19), rapidly spread and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Pip Hinman (2021-03-03). Not a cracker for Packer. greenleft.org.au Suzanne James looks into Crown's financial deed with the NSW government and asks why any government would sign a compensation deal indemnifying an entity it is supposed to be regulating.

2021-03-02: News Headlines

Ben Cowles (2021-03-02). At least 15 refugees dead in Mediterranean shipwreck. peoplesworld.org At least 15 people drowned in the central Mediterranean at the weekend while attempting to flee Libya, though the death toll could have been much higher if civilian rescuers had not intervened. Activist network Alarm Phone received a distress call early yesterday morning from a rubber boat carrying about 125 people. The boat was deflating, …

Ashiq Hussain Andrabi (2021-03-02). Educating Young People in Conflict Zones: an Interview With Nyla Ali Khan. counterpunch.org Ashiq Hussain Andrabi: Let's begin with your journey from a teacher who's sensitive to the diversity of cultural traditions, to a writer who critically observes the socio-political discourse in South Asia, particularly Kashmir, through an oblique focus from the margins. Nyla Ali Khan: As an academic, it is intellectually stimulating for me to observe my students think

Sam Pizzigati (2021-03-02). The Average American Pay Tax on Half of Their Wealth, Shouldn't Rich Americans? counterpunch.org Might the United States, home to the world's wealthiest people, sometime soon sport a tax on wealth? Media outlets the nation over have begunspeculating on just that question. But many of these reflections are missing the point: The United States already has a wealth tax. We call this already existing levy the "property tax," and

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-02). US accuses Iran of escalating tensions in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 03 (MNA) — Without referring to Saudi aggression against Yemen, the US Secretary of State claimed in a statement that Iran has escalated tensions in the country.

_____ (2021-03-02). Who Is Fighting the Tides of Democracy in Latin America? strategic-culture.org What nation and forces are interfering in the domestic affairs, electoral processes and democratic freedoms of Latin America? It is not Russia or China, Martin Sieff writes. | Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia: Whenever the peoples of Latin America have had real freedom to vote, over the past 20 years they far more often than not vote Social Democratic by landslides. | Argentina, one of the two demographic and economic giants of South America, has elected left-of-center, Peronist governments four out of five times in the past 16 years. Current President Alfredo Fernandez has bee…

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Biden slaps sanctions on Russia over Navalny case. laprensalatina.com By Alfonso Fernandez Washington, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The US government on Tuesday announced sanctions on seven senior Russian officials, including the head of Russian intelligence, Alexander Bortnikov, over the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in recently-inaugurated President Joe Biden's first major move against Moscow. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). RSF files lawsuit to charge Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi murder. laprensalatina.com Paris, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The German branch of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday said it had filed a lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of a crime against humanity for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi dissident journalist was killed in his country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. His …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Man City beat Wolves to go 15 points clear atop Premier League. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Manchester City's winning streak looked to be in peril Tuesday as they entered the final 10 minutes of regulation level with Wolverhampton at 1-1, but Pep Guardiola's men exploded for three goals to finish 4-1 and extend their run to 21 straight victories in all competitions. City's 15th victory in …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Real Madrid salvage 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad on late Vinicius goal. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Vinicius Junior scored a goal in the waning minutes to salvage a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad here Monday night and help extend the Blancos' unbeaten streak in LaLiga to five matches. Zinedine Zidane's men were superior in the first half of this behind-closed-doors, Matchday 25 contest at …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). China seeks to vaccinate 40 percent of its population by June. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- China plans to accelerate its mass vaccination campaign so as to cover 40 percent of its population by the end of June, according to one of the leading figures in the fight against Covid-19 in the Asian country. Zhong Nanshan, the leader of a group of experts attached to the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Southeast Asian Foreign Ministers take on Myanmar crisis. laprensalatina.com Bangkok / Yangon, Myanmar, March 2 (efe-epa).- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a special foreign ministers meeting Tuesday to discuss the situation in Myanmar after the military coup, amid a spiral of violence by armed forces. It comes after a weekend of deadly repression by police and soldiers against peaceful demonstrators and …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). South Korea begins new school year in hope of more in-person classes. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Schools in South Korea opened for the new session on Tuesday amid hopes that relaxed Covid-19 restrictions and the vaccination drive that began last week will allow students to attend more face-to-face classes in the second year of the pandemic. The Ministry of Education, in January, revised its health protocols for …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Honduras protecting masterminds of activist's murder, family say. laprensalatina.com Tegucigalpa, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh) joined the family and friends of slain environmental activist Berta Caceres for a protest Tuesday on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the crime. Though seven people have been convicted and sentenced for the March 3, 2016, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Trial begins after teenagers sue Australian government over coal mine. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- An Australian court on Tuesday began proceedings after eight teenagers and a nun sued the government over the expansion of a coal mine, considering that it has an obligation to protect the health of young people from the impact of climate change. The collective suit has been filed against the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). No child left behind: Portugal education initiative takes on Covid. laprensalatina.com Malpartida, Portugal, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Marta Santos and Miguel Rito make house-to-house visits every week in Portugal's remote villages to distribute homework to students with no internet access, as part of an initiative to ensure that no child is left behind during the coronavirus pandemic. The closure of the face-to-face classrooms on Jan. 21 hit …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). More violence in Myanmar as ASEAN discusses crisis after military coup. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Myanmar police on Tuesday used potentially lethal force to disperse pro-democracy demonstrations in an ongoing violent crackdown on protesters, as foreign ministers in the neighborhood discussed the way out of the crisis after a military coup in the Southeast Asian country. An unfazed military coup leader General Min Aung Hlaing …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Unemployment in Japan fell to 2.9% in January. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Unemployment in Japan fell by one-tenth in January compared to December to 2.9 percent, according to Tuesday government data. The rate in December rose to 3 percent according to data reviewed by the interior and communications ministries. Employment rose to 66.3 million in January, representing a year-on-year decrease of 500,000 people. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Paraguay school year begins with both virtual and in-person classes. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Paraguay on Tuesday began its school year with a combination of virtual and in-person classes, a policy that has not convinced the teachers unions, who at a demonstration in the capital of Asuncion reiterated their rejection of the in-person aspect of instruction saying that the schools are not prepared to deal …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Federer to miss Miami Open. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Swiss star Roger Federer will not defend his title at the Miami Open scheduled for later this month, the organizers announced Tuesday. "You will be missed this year, Roger. We'll see you in 2022!" the Miami Open organizers announced on the Twitter account of the tournament, to be held between …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Mexico's whale-watching business hard hit by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Mahatma Fong La Paz, Mexico, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the whale-watching business in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with the most recent season suffering an 85 percent drop in the number of visitors. "This year has been catastrophic for (that sector's) finances, and whale-related …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Judge releases former Barcelona FC president Bartomeu, Masferrer. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The judge investigating the so called "BaràßaGate" case on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his right hand, Jaume Masferrer, who used their right not to testify. According to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), judge Alejandra Gil has ordered the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). 4 Hong Kong dissidents hospitalized as marathon bail hearing continues. laprensalatina.com By Shirley Lau Hong Kong, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- At least four of the 47 Hong Kong dissidents accused of subversion were hospitalized on Tuesday as a result of the exhaustion caused by the marathon preliminary hearing on their bail application. The hearing began on Monday at 11 am and continued until nearly 3 pm on …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Doctors, health workers protest working conditions, call for vaccines. laprensalatina.com Tunis, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of Tunisian doctors and healthcare workers on Tuesday gathered in front of the health ministry to protest the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The participants in the rally, organized by the Tunisian Organization of Young Doctors, called for healthcare workers to be inoculated, more medical supplies and more effective …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Colombian NASA flight director wants Hispanics to dream big. laprensalatina.com By Ivonne Malaver Miami, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Colombian NASA flight director Diana Trujillo, a key contributor to the historic Feb. 18 landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, said she has learned to dream as big as anyone and wants to instill that same attitude in aspiring scientists throughout the Hispanic world. The first Latina …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Germany set to extend Covid lockdown by 3 weeks. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Germany, which has been under a nationwide lockdown since before Christmas, is set to extend the measures until March 28, according to reports leaked to the media ahead of a meeting on Wednesday between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 leaders of the country's federal states. They are expected …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Father, son accused of helping Ghosn escape extradited to Japan from US. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- An American citizen and his son were flown to Tokyo Tuesday after the United States allowed their extradition for standing trial on charges of helping disgraced former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn's dramatic escape from Japan to Lebanon. Japanese authorities took Michael Taylor, 60, an ex-Green Beret, and his son Peter, 28, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Scientists survey 500 million corals in Pacific Ocean, more than expected. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- A scientific study published Tuesday counted the number of corals in the Pacific Ocean at 500 million, a higher number than previously estimated, giving hope for the survival of several threatened species. Research shows that each of the eight of the most common species in the Pacific Ocean has a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Cordiality marks 1st meeting between US, Mexican presidents. laprensalatina.com By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla Mexico City, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The presidents of Mexico and the United States held an initial virtual meeting that was free of any type of discord, although no agreement was reached on the sharing of Covid-19 vaccines and they avoided discussion of Mexico's plans for a controversial electricity sector overhaul. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Prague houses Covid-positive homeless people in empty tourist hotels. laprensalatina.com Gustavo Monge Prague, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The lockdown and measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have led to the temporary closure of hotels in the Czech Republic, an opportunity that the mayor of Prague, which has the highest number of infections in the EU and which has seen its tourist visitor all but disappear, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Indian opposition steps up protests against rising fuel prices. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Indian opposition parties on Tuesday held nationwide protests against rising fuel prices in the country, where retail rates of petrol, diesel and cooking gas have reached unprecedented levels due to the rise in global oil prices and heavy taxation by the government. In capital New Delhi, dozens of protesters of …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Aussie police archive 32-year-old rape report against minister. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Australian police said Tuesday they archived a rape report against a minister from 1988 due to lack of evidence, coinciding with recent complaints of abuse that are denting the government's image. This case was made public Friday when local press said Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other parliamentary members received …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Judge releases former Barcelona president amid 'Barcagate' probe. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The judge investigating the so-called "BaràßaGate" case on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his right hand, Jaume Masferrer, who used their right not to testify. According to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), judge Alejandra Gil has ordered the release …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Biden holds virtual meeting with Mexico's Lopez Obrador. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden said Monday that he will treat Mexico as an "equal" because both countries are "stronger" when they work together as he held a virtual meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. "We look at Mexico as an equal, not as somebody who is south of …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-03-02). Driver On the Run After Hitting Pedestrian Near Berclair Elementary. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) — Officers with the Memphis Police Department are searching for a driver after a pedestrian was hit near Berclair Elementary School. Around 3: 00 Monday afternoon, police responded to the crash on Strafford Road. An investigation determined a vehicle was traveling southbound on Strafford Road when the car hit a 32-year-old man and …

news.un (2021-03-02). Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners. news.un.org The equitable coronavirus vaccine delivery initiative COVAX that has delivered its first doses to West Africa and Latin America in the past few days, is a credit to international solidarity, but potential obstacles must be overcome if a fully global rollout is to be achieved, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

Aram Aharonian (2021-03-02). Covid, vuelta a clases y el apocalipsis de julio de 2022. globalizacion.ca América Latina vio hace un año cumplir sus peores presagios: un brasileño que llegó de Italia daba positivo en Sao Paulo el 26 de febrero de 2020 por covid-19 y hacía saltar las alarmas en la región, con sistemas de…

Joseph Buddenberg (2021-03-02). A Suspected Terrorist Dates the FBI. indybay.org In 2009, I, along with three co-defendants, was charged with violating an unused and unknown law called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-03-02). Enlaces Red Latina sin fronteras 28.02.2021. indybay.org ENLACES de Red Latina sin fronteras 28.02.2021 | comunicaciones e información para la liberación…

Declaration for American Democracy coalition (2021-03-02). Wednesday 3/3: Watch Party! House Votes on the For the People Act (#HR1) w/ Voto Latino & More. indybay.org Virtual watch party via livestream: www.facebook.com/votolatino/

Paul Dobson (2021-03-02). UN Special Rapporteur Blasts 'Devastating,' 'Illegal' US and EU Sanctions against Venezuela. zcomm.org UN Human Rights expert Alena Douhan called for sanctions to be lifted and revised…

Laura Wells (2021-03-02). 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.

Franklin Frederick (2021-03-02). O compromisso de Cuba com a saúde internacional. globalresearch.ca 'Eles descobriram armas inteligentes. Nós descobrimos algo mais importante: as pessoas pensam e sentem.' Fidel Castro | A crise COVID-19 tem revelado o fracasso da maioria dos países capitalistas ocidentais em suas políticas de saúde pública. Décadas de austeridade neoliberal, de …

Abner Barrera Rivera (2021-03-02). Cuba — Fidel y la industria del odio. globalizacion.ca Desde que triunfó la Revolución Cubana, el imperialismo usó todos los recursos posibles para satanizarla, y presentar a Fidel Castro, como el demonio; así el dirigente cubano encarnaba todos los males. | Es común ver en los medios de comunicación enemigos…

Cindy Forster (2021-03-02). Bolivia for the record: the people speak. peoplesdispatch.org Just a week ahead of local elections in Bolivia and on the tail of a coup threat from far-right leader Luis Fernando Camacho, activist and historian Cindy Forster takes a deeper look at how the Bolivian people rose up against the coup regime and won a historic victory to recover democracy.

Hugo Moldiz Mercado (2021-03-02). "Los tres" y la política boliviana. globalizacion.ca La anunciada participación de Evo Morales, en su calidad de jefe político, y del binomio presidencial —Luis Arce y David Choquehuanca— en lo que resta de la campaña para las elecciones del 7 de marzo, no es algo que debería…

WSWS (2021-03-02). Sà£o Paulo teachers continue strike against deadly school reopenings despite union sabotage. wsws.org With Brazil and the state of Sà£o Paulo reaching the worst moment of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pseudo-lefts have advocated ending the teachers strike.

_____ (2021-03-02). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. strategic-culture.org Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency. | By Chuck COLLINS | February 24, 2021 Update: US Billionaire Wealth Grows $1.3 trillion Since Mid-March 2020. | As the US crosses the threshold of half a million deaths from the Covid pandemic, the nation's billionaires continue to reap extraordinary financial gains. After 11 months of pandemic misery, where millions have lost their jobs, health and wealth, total US billionaire wealth increased $1.3 trillion since mid-March, 2020, an increase of 44 percent. | As of the market close on Friday, February…

Staff (2021-03-02). Anti-Choice Forces Use Pandemic to Slash Abortion Access in Preview of Post-Roe v. Wade World. democracynow.org We look at how people across the U.S. have struggled to access abortions during the pandemic with reporter Amy Littlefield, who says that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many states had restrictions, including three-day waiting periods and counseling sessions filled with misinformation. Then, many tried to use the pandemic as a pretext for banning abortion as a nonessential service. "Texas, in the early weeks of the pandemic, sort of gave us a dress rehearsal for what it could look like when states try to ban abortion entirely," says Littlefield. "We saw how half a century worth of attempts to whittle away at…

Staff (2021-03-02). Black People Face Higher COVID Infections & Deaths. Should They Have Lower Age Cutoffs for Vaccines? democracynow.org As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues to expand, health justice advocates worry about a racial gap in vaccinations. Black communities have been hard hit by the pandemic, but rates of vaccination in communities of color lag behind largely white communities across the country. Dr. Oni Blackstock, a primary care and HIV physician, argues that age cutoffs should be lowered or removed for Black people in order to speed up inoculations, noting that Black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white Americans and also dying at rates similar to those of white Americans who are 10 years older. "These fixed-…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-03-02). Spring 2021 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! indybay.org 2021 Can This Could Be An New Era For The Immigrant Rights at this COVID And New President? Yet Many Americans Are Strikingly Tolerant Of Massive COVID-19 Casualties, Why?>

2021-03-01: News Headlines

Leah Watson (2021-03-01). To Combat Inequitable Vaccine Access, Look to the Numbers. aclu.org Since the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has disproportionately devastated Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian communities and now, these same communities are being left in the dust in the nationwide race to vaccinate. The racial disparities in hospitalization and death rates among these groups are mirrored in early vaccination rate data. Black people are two to three times less likely than white people to be vaccinated. While statistics like these are disheartening, we can and must do better. States should push back against these disparities by prioritizing outreach and access to the vaccine in geographic area…

Maxximilian Seijo (2021-03-01). Heterodox Properties with Lua Kamal Yuille. mronline.org Money on the Left is joined by Dr. Lua Kamal Yuille to discuss heterodox economics, property law & the politics of vulnerability. Dr. Yuille is professor of law and affiliated professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas. Her work, which spans property theory, heterodox economics, business law, critical pedagogy, and …

Ben Norton (2021-03-01). Coup-supporting academics spread lies to censor The Grayzone reporting exposing Ecuador's pseudo-left candidate Yaku Pérez. thegrayzone.com A group of academics have circulated a lie-filled open letter aimed at censoring The Grayzone's reporting on Ecuador's pseudo-progressive candidate Yaku Pérez. Several of its signatories supported the far-right military coup in Bolivia in 2019 and backed Venezuela's US-appointed proxy Juan Guaidó. A collection of coup-supporting academics are lobbying to censor The Grayzone's factual journalism exposing Ecuador's presidential candidate Yaku Pérez. Pérez is a self-declared environmentalist from a US government-backed party who has supported numerous right-wing coups in Latin America, …

Chuck Collins — Omar Ocampo (2021-03-01). Financial Reserves and the Racial Wealth Gap. counterpunch.org Why is it that the wealthiest country on earth has the highest death toll of any nation in the world? And why are Black and Latino people among those experiencing the greatest mortality and hardship during the pandemic? There is excellent research on how the Black-white wealth gap left Black households more vulnerable (see resources

Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-03-01). Enlaces Red Latina sin fronteras 28.02.2021. indybay.org ENLACES de Red Latina sin fronteras 28.02.2021 | comunicaciones e información para la liberación…

RT (2021-03-01). Chinese investment in Australia plunges to RECORD LOW amid escalating trade row. rt.com New data from the Australian National University (ANU) showed Chinese investment in Australia dropped by more than 61 percent in 2020, to just over a billion Australian dollars (US$780 million) — the lowest in the past six years. | According to figures from the Chinese Investment in Australia Database (CHIIA), the drop followed a 47 percent fall in 2019, when Chinese investment totaled US$1.57 billion. It was also well short of the peak of US$12.7 billion recorded in 2016. | "It reflects the effects of Covid, but also more scrutiny of foreign investment by the Australian government, particularly that fro…

RT (2021-03-01). Russia slams Twitter for breaking regulations as US tech giant ignores demands to delete thousands of posts with illegal material. rt.com By not deleting banned material, Twitter has 'maliciously violated' Russian law. That's according to media regulator Roskomnadzor, which has revealed that the tech giant has refused to remove 2,862 posts with illegal content. | On Monday, the watchdog revealed that it had sent the California-based company a combined total of 28,000 deletion demands, with around 10 percent being refused. These include 2,336 posts on suicide, as well as 352 containing pornographic images of minors. | According to Russian law, violating the rules governing the restriction of access to illegal content could see the firm hit with a…

RT (2021-03-01). Champion trainer Gordon Elliott 'apologizes profoundly' after Grand National winner admits controversial dead horse photo is real. rt.com Industry-leading racehorse trainer Gordon Elliott has issued a "profound apology" after a photograph showing him straddling a dead horse drew outraged accusations of animal cruelty after it began circulating on social media. | Elliott, who trained the world-famous Tiger Roll to two successive Grand National wins in 2018 and 2019, came under fire after the image, which shows him taking a phone call while sitting atop the deceased animal, went viral on social media over the course of the weekend. | The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) announced that they were opening an investigation into the matter, to…

_____ (2021-03-01). There Were No Calls for Censorship Against Democrats For Their False Claims About the 2016 Election. strategic-culture.org Democrats have pressured social media to take down posts that question the 2020 election, but no such pressure was exerted on Democrats who questioned the 2016 election, writes Joe Lauria. | By Joe LAURIA | The Democratic Party has pressured social media companies to enter into a highly risky endeavor that is bound to reverberate against the party's interests. | With the leverage of regulating the social media giants, Democrats have browbeaten the chief executives of Facebook, Twitter and Google (which owns YouTube) to remove any post that questions the legitimacy of the 2020 election. As journalist Glenn Greenw…

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). At least 33 injured during anti-government protest in Bangkok. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- At least 33 people were injured during clashes last night in Thailand's capital between protesters and police forces, marking one of the most violent days since the beginning of the July pro-democracy movement, the Erawan emergency service said Monday. Authorities fired tear gas and rubber bullets during the anti-government in Bangkok, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Protests continue in Myanmar despite deadly police repression. laprensalatina.com (Update 2: Updates with fresh charges against Aung San Suu Kyi) Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Hundreds in Myanmar returned to the streets Monday to express their rejection of the coup a month on, and after the deadly police crackdown the day before that left many dead. Meanwhile a court has pressed fresh charges against …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Hundreds in Hong Kong show support for democracy activists outside court. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Hundreds surrounded a court Monday in Hong Kong to show support for 47 pro-democracy politicians and activists who made their first appearance before the judge a day after police charged them for conspiring to subvert state power under a national security law. In an event not seen since the enforcement …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Former president Sarkozy given historic prison sentence for corruption. laprensalatina.com Paris, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for corruption and influence peddling, making him the first former French president to be sentenced to prison. Two of the three years were suspended, the Paris Correctional Court said. The third year will be served under house arrest. Sarkozy was …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Atletico Madrid downs Villarreal 2-0 with great offense, defense. laprensalatina.com Vila-real, Spain, Feb 28 (EFE).- Atletico Madrid on Sunday took home three ranking points after its 2-0 road win over Villarreal, a match in which the capital squad was decisively better than the hosts, exhibiting effective offense and showing off its prowess in defending its net. As is usual during these Covid-19 pandemic times, the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Giant iceberg the size of London breaks off from Antarctic ice shelf. laprensalatina.com Santiago de Chile, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- A large iceberg approximately the same size as the London metropolitan area has broken off from an ice shelf in Antarctica, almost 10 years after scientists detected the first cracks in the ice. The 1,270 square kilometer-large ice block, which broke away from the rest of the ice cap …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Bamiyan's giant Buddhas face neglect 2 decades after demolition. laprensalatina.com By Baber Khan Sahel Kabul, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Two decades after the Taliban blasted away at the two giant statues carved over 1,500 years ago in Bamiyan, deterioration continues at the World Heritage Site in Afghanistan, once known for the biggest standing Buddhas on the planet. The statues got reduced to piles of rubble. But …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Spring is here but Nepal's mountains are empty. laprensalatina.com By Sangam Prasain Kathmandu, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Ang Tashi Sherpa, an owner of a lodge and coffee shop, in Lukla, the gateway to Mt. Everest, is not excited about this spring season that began Monday. Nepal's tourism season gets going with the onset of spring. Climbers and trekkers would be thronging the iconic Annapurna and …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Kyrgyzstan to repeat cancelled parliamentary elections in autumn. laprensalatina.com Nur-Sultan, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov said on Monday that the parliamentary elections that were annulled in October will be repeated in autumn. The polls last year, which were cancelled after their results were dismissed as fraudulent by the opposition, caused a serious political and institutional crisis that brought down the then head …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Moscow to host Bill Viola exhibition. laprensalatina.com The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow will open 'The Journey of the Soulat', the last show by artist Bill Viola. 'The Journey of the Soulat' is the first solo exhibition of Bill Viola in Russia. More than 20 of Viola's works, created between 2000 and 2014, will be on display from March …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Philippines begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The Philippines began Monday its immunization campaign against covid-19 by vaccinating several health authorities, after receiving its first 600,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac jab the day before, donated by China's government, authorities said in a statement. Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, director of the General Hospital of the Philippines, one of the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Protests continue in Bangladesh after writer's death in jail. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Mar 1 (efe-epa) — Protests continued for the fourth day in Bangladesh on Monday following the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in custody amid calls for a review of the controversial Digital Security Act. Mushtaq, detained in May and charged under the act for "spreading rumors" on social media, was declared dead at a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Bartomeu arrested as police raid club offices in Baràßagate investigation. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Police in Catalonia on Monday arrested the former president of Barcelona FC, Josep Bartomeu, as part of an investigation into alleged corruption dubbed "Baràßagate", judicial sources told Efe. The Mossos d'Esquadra also detained another former director Jaume Masferrer and the current chief executive officer, Oscar Grau, after raiding the offices at …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Prince Philip moved to 2nd London hospital to continue treatment. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has been moved to St Bartholomew's for further treatment after spending two weeks at another hospital in London, Buckingham Palace said Monday. In a statement, the Palace said Queen Elizabeth II's husband would "undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition." The palace said …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). India expands coronavirus vaccination drive after inoculating 14 million. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- After inoculating some 14 million health-care workers and those in the front-line in the fight against the pandemic, India extended its vaccination drive on Monday to those over the age of 60 and adults over 45 with comorbidities such as heart problems or diabetes. The registration process to receive the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Bartomeu arrested as police raid club offices in 'Baràßagate' investigation. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Police in Catalonia on Monday arrested the former president of Barcelona FC, Josep Bartomeu, as part of an investigation into alleged corruption dubbed "Baràßagate", judicial sources told Efe. The Mossos d'Esquadra also detained another former director Jaume Masferrer and the current chief executive officer, Oscar Grau, after raiding the offices at …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). South Korea's trade surplus fell 33.9% in February. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- South Korea registered a trade surplus of 2.7 billion dollars in February, the 10th consecutive month of a positive balance that, nevertheless, marked a reduction of 33.9 percent year-on-year, the government said Monday. Exports rose 9.5 percent from February 2020 to $ 44.8 billion, thanks to chip and car shipments and …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). US envoy in Kabul to accelerate Afghan peace process. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The United States special envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, held discussions with officials in Kabul on Monday before he travels to Qatar to accelerate the slow-moving Afghan peace process. The US State Department said, in a statement, that Khalilzad and his team would travel to Kabul, Doha, and additional regional capitals. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). At least 30 dead a month on from Myanmar coup. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- At least 30 people have died as a result of the violence unleashed after the military coup in Myanmar, which marks a month Monday, according to the Association for the Assistance of Prisoners Politicians. According to the association's data, about 20 people lost their lives Sunday alone during the violent …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). India's top court triggers outrage by urging rape accused to marry survivor. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- India's top court on Monday asked a government official, who had sought bail in a rape case, if he would be ready to marry the young woman who he had allegedly sexually abused for years, a request similar to how cases of sexual assault are sometimes resolved in rural India …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). 'Nomadland' triumphs at Golden Globes, sets course for Oscars. laprensalatina.com By David Villafranca Los Angeles, United States, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- "Nomadland" fulfilled the forecasts that placed it as a great favorite in Sunday's Golden Globes as it won the award for best dramatic film and set the standards for the Oscars, at which it will clearly arrive as the rival to beat. Chloé Zhao's acclaimed …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). IAEA says inspections key to returning to Iran nuclear deal. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The chief of the UN-backed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday said international inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities are essential and should not be an obstacle to any talks on the nuclear agreement that Tehran signed with six world powers in 2015. In a press conference held after the IAEA …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Real Madrid salvage 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad on late Vinicius goal. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Vinicius Junior scored a goal in the waning minutes to salvage a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad here Monday night and help extend the Blancos' unbeaten streak in LaLiga to five matches. Zinedine Zidane's men were superior in the first half of this behind-closed-doors, Matchday 25 contest at …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Unemployment in Japan fell to 2.9% in January. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Unemployment in Japan fell by one-tenth in January compared to December to 2.9 percent, according to Tuesday government data. The rate in December rose to 3 percent according to data reviewed by the interior and communications ministries. Employment rose to 66.3 million in January, representing a year-on-year decrease of 500,000 people. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Biden holds virtual meeting with Mexico's Lopez Obrador. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden said Monday that he will treat Mexico as an "equal" because both countries are "stronger" when they work together as he held a virtual meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. "We look at Mexico as an equal, not as somebody who is south of …

Cindy Forster (2021-03-02). Bolivia for the record: the people speak. peoplesdispatch.org Just a week ahead of local elections in Bolivia and on the tail of a coup threat from far-right leader Luis Fernando Camacho, activist and historian Cindy Forster takes a deeper look at how the Bolivian people rose up against the coup regime and won a historic victory to recover democracy.

Devin Cole (2021-03-02). Nadezhda Krupskaya: Bolshevik revolutionary and educator. workers.org Feb. 14 is the birth date of Nadezhda Krupskaya — Bolshevik revolutionary, educator and library advocate. Although born to a formerly aristocratic family, her family had descended into poverty, which led her to study Marxism. She joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1903. Nadezhda Krupskaya In 1905, Krupskaya . . . |

Robert Penner (2021-03-02). Struggle for justice forces reopening of two cases of police violence in Milwaukee. liberationnews.org The cases of Christopher Davis, killed by Milwaukee Deputy Juan Ortiz, and Jay Anderson, killed by Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah, have been re-opened in the Milwaukee area.

Margaret Flowers (2021-03-02). Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress. dissidentvoice.org The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed in the House this past week and now heads to the Senate, where it will no doubt be changed before it becomes law some time in mid-March. The current unemployment benefits expire on March 14. While we don't know what the final bill will look like, at least …

Editor (2021-03-02). Digamosle a Biden: °Deja de bombardear Siria! workers.org La administración de Biden solo tardó 36 días en el cargo para mostrar al mundo, a través de un bombardeo en Siria, que es beligerante, agresivo y empeñado en la guerra. Solo hubo un breve respiro de las viles palabras y acciones de Trump. Ahora tenemos que enfrentar los viles . . . |

E.L. Melrose (2021-03-02). Erie, PA: Residents skeptical towards corporation's "green" promises. liberationnews.org The plight of this area has left the door open to the opportunism of "green" industry and it is currently being courted by International Recycling Group (IRG).

Editor (2021-03-02). Raise the minimum wage to $15 — at least! workers.org A $15-per-hour minimum wage cannot be included in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill proposed by Congressional Democrats. So ruled the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough, on Feb. 25. This unelected official called it "irrelevant to budget legislation." This edict is a brutal blow to millions of struggling workers. Nevertheless, the . . . |

Betsey Piette (2021-03-02). Protest demands freedom for Mumia, suffering COVID symptoms. workers.org Political prisoner and Black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including difficulty breathing, Feb 26. Hearing this news, his family and supporters called a protest. Less than 24 hours later, about 70 people turned up outside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's immediate . . . |

RT (2021-03-02). US won't share Covid-19 vaccines with Mexico as Americans must be inoculated first — White House. rt.com The Biden administration has rejected the idea of sharing Covid-19 vaccines with the hard-hit neighbor Mexico, White House press-secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that it can only be discussed after all Americans get their shots. | "The administration's focus is on ensuring that every American is vaccinated. And once we accomplish that objective we're happy to discuss further steps," Psaki said when asked about possible vaccine sharing during a briefing on Monday. | The comments came hours before the virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. | Also…

RT (2021-03-02). Twitch reverts back to 'women' after tweet celebrating 'Womxn's History Month' savaged online. rt.com Streaming platform Twitch has returned to the conventional spelling for "women" after its social media post hailing "Womxn's History Month" — avoiding any "gender-binary language" — backfired and angered critics on all sides. | Though the company took to Twitter on Monday to inform users that "March is Womxn's History Month," using an alternative styling of "women" in a bid to include non-binary gender identities, it made an abrupt about-face just a few hours later, announcing that it would revert back to the standard spelling. | "While we originally wanted to use a word that acknowledges the short…

RT (2021-03-02). Attempt at civil discourse on 'Wokeism' ends in Clubhouse room 'coup,' Jewish prof shut down as 'SPICY WHITE' & demands for CASH. rt.com Evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein had to relive his Evergreen College moment whe he was attacked from all sides in a Clubhouse room hijacked by hostile "anti-racist" mob aghast at the idea of white people discussing "wokeism." | The room, dubbed "Is Clubhouse Obsessed with 'Wokeism'?" was created by independent journalist Michael Tracey, who said he thought the Clubhouse chats "almost inevitably evolve into a discussion of 'woke-ism'… but there's seldom anyone in the room who identifies enough with the ideology to give a defense of it." | His attempt to create a safe space for a civil discourse and let b…

RT (2021-03-02). Johnson & Johnson's newly-approved Covid vaccine met with pushback as Catholic diocese condemns it for 'ties to abortion cells'. rt.com As Johnson & Johnson rolls out its freshly approved Covid-19 vaccine in the US, it faces a religious controversy as the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has labeled it "morally compromised" over links to abortion cells. | Catholics are advised not to receive the vaccine because Johnson & Johnson used cell lines derived from decades-old abortions in both testing and production of the new product, the Archdiocese Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have utiliz…

RT (2021-03-02). Former CIA director John Brennan 'embarrassed to be a WHITE MALE'… and critics agree they're embarrassed he's a white male. rt.com John Brennan, the former CIA director and perjurer who's now an MSNBC contributor, apparently found a point on which he and his conservative critics can agree: Both sides are ashamed that he's a white male. | Responding to an MSNBC discussion Monday about Republican claims regarding the January 6 Capitol riot, Brennan said, "I'm increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days, in light of what I see of my other white males saying." | John Brennan should be ashamed to be John Brennan

RT (2021-03-02). 'We have to DO STUFF NOW': Biden adviser says White House to start redressing systemic racism, not just wait for reparations study. rt.com President Joe Biden will push ahead on making amends for America's "systemic racism," creating more opportunities for black people right away rather than waiting for a reparations study, a White House adviser said. | "We don't want to wait on a study," Cedric Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, said in an 'Axios on HBO' | White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on February 17 that Biden s…

Katia Novella Miller (2021-03-02). Spain's Conquistador Hernan Cortes and the Unknown History of the Panama Canal. globalresearch.ca First crossposted in October 2020. | The Panama Canal project is much …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Mexico's whale-watching business hard hit by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Mahatma Fong La Paz, Mexico, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the whale-watching business in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with the most recent season suffering an 85 percent drop in the number of visitors. "This year has been catastrophic for (that sector's) finances, and whale-related …

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.

_____ (2021-02-28). Is the American Dream Still Alive? strategic-culture.org &nbsp…

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…

2021-02-27: News Headlines

Robin Scher (2021-02-26). Pandemic may have left over 250 million people with acute food shortages in 2020. nationofchange.org As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries.

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Western diplomats pay tribute on 6th anniversary of Nemtsov murder. laprensalatina.com Moscow, 27 feb (efe-epa).- The United States ambassador to Russia on Saturday paid tribute to Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the sixth anniversary of his murder. John J. Sullivan laid flowers at the spot where Nemtsov was shot four times on 27 February 2015 as he crossed a bridge not far from the Kremlin. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Migrants stranded on Mexican border crossing into US from 3 cities. laprensalatina.com Ciudad Juarez/Matamoros/Tijuana, Mexico, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Tijuana, Matamoros and starting Friday, Ciudad Juarez, are the three Mexican border cities where migrants are crossing into the United States to have immigration courts review their asylum requests. On Feb. 12, the US administration of Joe Biden announced the reopening — starting on the 19th — of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Pokémon turns 25 with virtual celebrations. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- It has been 25 years since the debut of Pokémon, one of the most successful and global video game franchises, which has focused on its online games due to the pandemic and on Saturday is also taking its birthday celebrations virtual. On Feb. 27, 1996, "Pokémon Red" and "Pokémon Green" were …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Myanmar police crack down on anti-junta protesters. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- Myanmar police on Saturday chased and fired tear gas at peaceful demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Yangon in rejection of the military junta that seized power in a coup on Feb. 1. An unknown number of protesters were arrested, as was at least one photographer, according to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Bolsonaro criticizes distancing measures despite worsening of pandemic. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world leaders who has been most skeptical about the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Friday criticized the social distancing measures that regional governments once again are imposing to deal with the crisis amid the worsening of the emergency in the South …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). International community calls for release of 317 girls kidnapped in Nigeria. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: adds further info on Kagara schoolboys) Brussels/Lagos, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The international community has called for the release of 317 girls who were kidnapped from their public secondary school in the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara. Nigerian armed forces and the police have launched a search and rescue operation for the girls. A …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan passes House of Representatives. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The United States House of Representatives on Saturday approved President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Lawmakers in the lower house voted 219 to 212 to pass the emergency pandemic funds, with two Democrats siding with Republican attempts to block the measure. It now heads to the Senate. It was …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Oscar winning film 'Spirited Away' to be adapted for theater in 2022. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The Oscar-winning 2001 animated film "Spirited Away" will be adapted for the theater by director John Caird (Les Misérables) and will take to the stage in Tokyo in February 2022. The adaptation of the original work of Studio Ghibli, which is also involved in the project, will be produced by Toho …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Australia's Woodside to pull its workers from Myanmar. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- Australian oil and gas company Woodside announced Saturday it will pull workers from Myanmar due to "human rights violations" since the Feb. 1 coup, becoming the latest blow to foreign investment in the Southeast Asian nation "Woodside condemns human rights violations. Reports of violence against the Myanmar people participating in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Protesters cry for 'help' for children abused in Panama shelters. laprensalatina.com Panama City, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- The word "help" formed with children's underwear dyed red hung Friday from a fence protecting the headquarters of Panama's state agency in charge of supervising the shelters where minors were sexually and psychologically abused, according to a parliamentary report that has shocked the country. Protesters and artists hung up the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Fresh restrictions in West Bank to control coronavirus spike. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The Palestinian government on Saturday tightened restrictions in the West Bank in a bid to contain a spike in coronavirus cases. Universities and schools will be shut down as of Sunday and classes are to continue virtually, Prime Minister Mohamed Shtayeh announced. Travel between regions in the West Bank is "strictly …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Well-preserved Roman ceremonial chariot unearthed near Pompeii. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- Archaeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have unearthed an "almost intact" ceremonial chariot complete with its original four wheels, remains of mineralized wood and bronze and tin decorations. Pompeii, located near Naples in southern Italy, was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The pyroclastic …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Funeral held for WW2 veteran, NHS fundraiser Captain Tom. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- A private funeral for British World War II veteran and fundraiser Sir Captain Tom Moore was held Saturday in Bedford, England. Moore, known affectionately as Captain Tom, became a national treasure in the United Kingdom when he raised over 30 million pounds for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Unearthing Paris' second river. laprensalatina.com By María D. Valderrama Paris, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- It has been almost a century since the Bièvre river saw the light of day in the urban center of Paris but that could soon change as a plan to unearth sections of the historic waterway gains ground. Perhaps this lesser-known tributary does not evoke romantic imagery …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Police disperse indigenous protest outside Quito's Electoral Council. laprensalatina.com Quito, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Ecuadorian police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of indigenous protesters on Friday who were demanding a recount of votes of the Feb. 7 election at a rally at the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Eyewitnesses told EFE that the protesters, who hours before had participated …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). US finds Saudi crown prince approved Khashoggi's murder. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- The United States government on Friday released an intelligence report that found Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018. Washington then sanctioned more than 70 Saudis, but not the prince himself. "We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin …

Laura A Benjamin, Tamara Phiri, Robert Simister, Tom Solomon, Victor Mwapasa (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Recognising HIV infection in systems of care for stroke. thelancet.com When it comes to making a case for the growing burden of stroke in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infection has consistently been neglected. We read with interest the Lancet Series on systems of care and rehabilitation for stroke, particularly the two papers relating to LMICs. However, we were disappointed to see that HIV was overlooked again. According to statistics from WHO, 36 ∑7 million people are living with HIV and 1 ∑8 million become infected each year.

Richard Horton (2021-02-27). [Comment] Offline: Thinking the pandemic. thelancet.com The talk is now about data, not dates. But this pandemic has always been driven by facts. A rapid accumulation of evidence about the virus and the disease it causes. Layer upon layer of new information, repeatedly revising and reformulating our understanding. A steady stream of numbers, rates, and risks. Scientists and statisticians catapulted into the media to explain, expound, and explicate. Facts should indeed illuminate interpretations, guide responses, and optimise outcomes. But an emergency such as COVID-19 demands more—moments to think about what this pandemic means for us, to ask questions about its…

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). LeBron James hits back at Ibrahimovic's criticism over political activism. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- LeBron James has defended the use of his platform to tackle racial and social injustice, hitting back at soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic who recently said in an interview that sports stars like the four-time NBA champion should avoid politics. Speaking to Discovery +, the Sweden and AC Milan striker said: …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). First batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines arrive in Hong Kong. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday, a day after authorities kicked off a mass vaccination campaign. According to a statement issued by the local government, the former British colony on Saturday received 585,000 of the 1 million doses as a part of the …

Joe Parkin Daniels (2021-02-27). [World Report] Colombia grants protected status to 1 ∑7 million migrants. thelancet.com The decision will enable 950‚Äà000 undocumented Venezuelans to access the health system in Colombia. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

Shabbir Manjee (2021-02-27). Chicago City Council passes unanimous resolution to end the blockade on Cuba. liberationnews.org All 50 aldermen voted to oppose the blockade, adding that normalizing relations can benefit the economic conditions of both Cubans and Chicagoans.

Joe Piette (2021-02-27). Mental health effects of COVID lockdown in prison: Interview from inside SCI Albion. workers.org This telephone interview with Demitrius Grant, imprisoned at SCI Albion near Erie, Pa., was conducted by Joe Piette for Workers World newspaper on Feb. 16. Demetrius Grant: We're going to be covering the issue of COVID-19 today, as to how it impacts prisoners' mental health. About a week ago, a . . . |

RT (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package narrowly passes US House, $1,400 stimulus checks included. rt.com The US House of Representatives has narrowly passed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The package is now headed to the Senate, where the bill is expected to be stripped of its minimum wage hike provision. | President Joe Biden's relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, was passed by the House early on Saturday in narrow 219-212 vote. No Republicans have voted for the legislation, while two Democrats broke ranks and voted against it. | The legislation includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, as well as billions for state and local governments, schools and businesses. The package wou…

RT (2021-02-27). Boston halts advanced school program over 'equity' concerns after study finds it has too many 'white and Asian' students. rt.com Public schools in Boston, Massachusetts are suspending new enrollment in an advanced study program citing concerns over "inequities" that supposedly emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to be more "anti-racist." | Fourth-graders hoping to get into the Advanced Work Classes (AWC) program are out of luck, after Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius called for a one-year hiatus for the program this week. The district's

RT (2021-02-27). Biden admin to charge White House reporters $170 per Covid test amid concerns smaller outlets will be squeezed out — reports. rt.com The Joe Biden administration is reportedly set to charge White House correspondents $170 a pop for daily coronavirus tests, stoking anger among reporters, some noting the move could cost struggling newsrooms thousands per week. | The White House press office will begin charging for the tests next week, the Washington Post

Lucien Chauvin (2021-02-27). [World Report] Peruvian COVID-19 vaccine scandal spreads. thelancet.com Several politicians have resigned and a university has been suspended from doing clinical trials. Lucien Chauvin reports from Lima.

Eds. (2021-02-27). We have to change our suicidal ways and reconcile with nature to tackle climate crises and pandemics. mronline.org Every day, entrepreneurs in Brazil cut down more of the Amazon to produce cheap soybeans for animals in Europe and America. Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia tear up their forests to produce cheap coffee and palm oil for the world.

Eds. (2021-02-27). FBI, NYPD exposed: Deathbed confession shines new light on assassination of Malcolm X. mronline.org Without any training, Wood's job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations and encourage leaders and members to commit felonious acts. He was also tasked with ensuring that Malcolm X's security detail was arrested days prior to the assassination, guaranteeing Malcolm X didn't have door security while at the Audubon Ballroom.

John Catalinotto (2021-02-27). 'Rubin never lost a case' — Rubin Kanowitz, 1931-2021. workers.org Some younger Workers World Party members met Rubin Kanowitz for the first time when he was a communist elder, still confronting cops on recent demonstrations chanting, "Black Lives Matter." Older ones knew him from when he first joined the party in 1965. All grieved as they learned he died this . . . |

Jason Hickel (2021-02-27). Is the world poor, or unjust? mronline.org Social media has been ablaze with this question recently. We know we face a crisis of mass poverty: the global economy is organized in such a way that nearly 60% of humanity is left unable to meet basic needs. But the question at stake this time is different.

Michael Kowalchuk (2021-02-27). Sojourner Truth's Massachusetts days. liberationnews.org Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in New York as "Isabella Baumfree" in 1797, was one of the most important abolitionists and feminists of the nineteenth century.

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-02-27). U.S. bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defense. mronline.org On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming "a handful" of people were killed.

Clean Energy Wire (2021-02-27). By the End of the Year, Germany will have a Million Electric Cars on the Road out of 4.7 mn Total. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — Germany will probably reach its target of having one million fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars on the road this year, government advisors have said. The head of the country's National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), Henning Kagermann, told business daily Handelsblatt he was pleased "that it appears we will …

The Conversation (2021-02-27). Gulf War: As Biden bombs Iraqis, 30 years on the consequences of Desert Storm are still with us. juancole.com By Lorena De Vita and Amir Taha | — It was a short message to end a short war. On February 26 1991, Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz put his signature to a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council: I have the honour to notify you that the Iraqi Government reaffirms its agreement …

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Oxfam calls on Britain to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Oxfam calls on Britain to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia | Demand follows release of report in which CIA determines that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind murder of Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 13: 49 | Britain is the second-largest seller of weapons to Saudi Arabia (AFP) | The release of a CIA report blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering th…

Mike Walter (2021-02-27). The Heat: U.S. intelligence report on Khashoggi's death. america.cgtn.com A U.S. intelligence report concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation to murder a prominent journalist. And U.S. President Biden orders airstrikes in Syria targeting Iranian-backed militias.

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise for Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise of Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

RT (2021-02-27). 'Safely recovered': Lady Gaga's stolen bulldogs brought to LA police after pop star offers $500k reward with no strings attached. rt.com Two French bulldogs have been safely returned to pop star Lady Gaga after robbers stole the animals at gunpoint from her dog walker, who was shot in the struggle, according to LA police. | The pups were brought to an LAPD station north of downtown on Friday evening by a woman believed to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the theft and shooting earlier this week, police captain Jonathan Tippett Both of Lady Gaga's dogs have been…

Reem Zubaidi (2021-02-27). Exposing Israel's vaccine apartheid in West Bank & Gaza. liberationnews.org Five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza are excluded from vaccine rollouts while Israeli citizens, even those living in illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories, are prioritized.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-27). Tunisia's Ennahda holds large street protest, fuelling government crisis. middleeasteye.net Tunisia's Ennahda holds large street protest, fuelling government crisis | The protest is seen as an attempt to mobilise popular backing against President Kais Saied | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 12: 15 | Supporters of Tunisia's biggest political party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, march during a rally in opposition to President Kais Saied in Tunis on 27 February (Reuters) | Tunisia's biggest poli…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report | US intelligence report blames Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 10: 19 | Protesters in London demonstrate against former president Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (MEE/Kaamil Ahmed) | Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stoo…

_____ (2021-02-27). Privacy, Immigrant Rights Groups Slam Biden's 'Smart Wall'. popularresistance.org A coalition of privacy and immigrant rights groups are pushing back on the Biden administration's proposal to deploy a "smart" wall on the southern border. | In a statement released Thursday, first obtained by The Hill, the 40 groups slam the legislation introduced in Congress last week as a "continuation of the Trump administration's racist border policies, not a break from it." | The letter pans the proposed use of "smart technology" at the border as "Trump's wall by another name." | The mammoth immigration bill, which is being spearheaded by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), authori…

United We Dream and partners (2021-02-27). Wednesday 3/3: Protect Immigrants & Stop Deportations Now! Virtual Rally. indybay.org Online event…

United We Dream and partners (2021-02-27). Friday 3/26: Protect Immigrants & Stop Deportations Now! Digital Rally. indybay.org Online event…

The Lancet (2021-02-27). [Editorial] 50 years of the inverse care law. thelancet.com "The availability of good medical care tends to vary with the need for it in the population served. This inverse care law operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced."

Andy Haines, Mayara Floss (2021-02-27). [Comment] The inverse care law in the Anthropocene epoch. thelancet.com Julian Tudor Hart described the inverse relationship between the need for effective health care and its provision in compelling terms. During his career in primary care in a former coal mining community in south Wales, UK, he showed how, by integrating clinical care with an epidemiological approach, much can be done to improve health in disadvantaged populations.1 He wrote the inverse care law2 based on an analysis of the UK National Health Service (NHS) 50 years ago and yet its importance has transcended that historical period and its national context.

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-27). Former Ofsted chief calls on teachers to 'sacrifice their lives', but the teachers are having none of it. thecanary.co During an Wilshaw told Emily Maitlis: You have to compare this with the medical emergency over the last year and the commitment on the part of medical professionals, and nurses, and doctors. They've gone the extra mile at great cost to themselves, and their families, their…

2021-02-26: News Headlines

Robin Scher (2021-02-26). Pandemic may have left over 250 million people with acute food shortages in 2020. nationofchange.org As Black and Latinx families experience disproportionate food insecurity, experts warn of famine in dozens of countries.

C.J. Atkins (2021-02-26). àÅlvaro Cunhal's prison novel 'The Six-Pointed Star'—A chat with the translator. peoplesworld.org Editor's note: Eric Gordon is translating several fictional works written by Portuguese Communist Party leader àÅlvaro Cunhal under the pseudonym Manuel Tiago. The Six-Pointed Star is the second in what is hoped to be a series of works put out in English for the first time by International Publishers. Below is an interview between People's …

_____ (2021-02-26). Tell Biden: Stop Bombing Syria! popularresistance.org It has taken only 36 days in office for the Biden administration to show the world, through a bombing attack on Syria, that it is belligerent, aggressive and hell-bent on war. There was only a short respite from Trump's vile words and actions. Now we have to face Biden's vile deeds and resist them. | Even the excuse U.S. imperialism gave for bombing Syria was feeble. A rocket attack some weeks ago killed a mercenary in Iraq. Excuses like that open the door to new U.S. wars and interventions all over countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America where Washington has replaced official U.S. troops with soldiers of for…

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Facebook lifts ban on news pages in Australia. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Facebook on Friday lifted the ban it had imposed last week on the publication of news on its platform in Australia. Facebook's decision came a day after the approval by the Australian government of a law that requires technology companies to pay media for the content they publish on their …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Detained Bangladeshi writer dies in jail. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Bangladeshi writer detained under a controversial cyber law for allegedly spreading rumors on social media died in jail on Thursday, authorities said. The superintendent of central Kashimpur High-Security Jail, Gias Uddin, told EFE that writer Mushtaq Ahmed was declared dead about 8: 20 pm local time after he was taken to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Former US Olympic gymnastics coach commits suicide after being indicted. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The former coach of the US women's Olympic gymnastics team, John Geddert, committed suicide on Thursday after being charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault and human trafficking, all of them linked to athletes he supervised, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reported. Nessel said in a statement that her office had …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). EU seeks more autonomy but pledges close cooperation with US, Nato. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- The European Union on Friday repeated its goal of becoming more autonomous in military and strategic defensive areas and reducing its reliance on the United States, while also underlining its intentions to continue working closely with Nato and Washington. "We need to increase our ability to act autonomously and to strengthen …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Serbia embraces Chinese Covid jab as rollout leads continental Europe. laprensalatina.com Belgrade, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Serbia is leading continental Europe's Covid-19 vaccine drive thanks to its decision to purchase millions of Chinese-produced jabs combined with a well-planned rollout strategy. The Balkan nation's health authorities on Friday said they had administered a total of 1.37 million doses to a population of around seven million, which means almost …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). 'It's Eid:' Kashmir border villagers celebrate India-Pakistan truce pledge. laprensalatina.com By Shah Abbas Srinagar, India, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Shaista, a 13-year-old border resident, has bittersweet feelings about India and Pakistan renewing their pledge to a ceasefire along their disputed boundary in Kashmir. Had the two nuclear rivals reaffirmed their commitment to stop guns roaring three months ago, her mother, Farooqa Banu, would have been alive …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden asked not to repeat Trump's immigrant minors policy. laprensalatina.com Homestead, United States, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- With signs of frustration and disgust, activist groups asked President Joe Biden's government Thursday not to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump, and reject reopening the Homestead detention center for undocumented minors in southeast Florida. In front of the city's municipality headquarters, activists acknowledged their disbelief in repeating …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden: US has administered 50 mn anti-Covid vaccine doses. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Thursday hailed the fact that the US has now administered 50 million doses of the vaccines against Covid-19, an achievement he said was an enormous milestone in defeating the virus. "In five weeks, America's administered the most shots of any country in the world, with among the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Japan's industrial production rebounded 4.2% in January. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Japan's industrial production increased 4.2 percent in January compared to the previous month, its first spike in three months, according to data published Friday by the government. The indicator, which measures the activity of the entire industry in the world's third-largest economy, stood at 97.7 points, according to the Economy, Trade …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). A year of Covid pandemic has pushed Mexicans into dire economic straits. laprensalatina.com By Miquel Muñoz Mexico City, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- The losses of many hundreds of thousands of jobs, a spike in informal work and businesses on the verge of collapse are hallmarks of the Covid-19 pandemic in Mexico, a country that has seen millions of its citizens pushed into dire economic straits over the past year. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Hundreds protests against Bangladeshi writer's death in jail. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Several hundred students and political activists on Friday held demonstrations in Dhaka, protesting against the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in custody after being held in pre-trial detention for nine months. Mushtaq was declared dead at a hospital in central Gazipur district on Thursday, hours after he fell unconscious at a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Myanmar police charge at night protest in Yangon neighborhood. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Myanmar armed forces carried out night raids and charged against a protest Friday in Yangon's Tamwe neighborhood, after a day of violence in which followers of the military junta attacked pro-democracy protesters and journalists. Security forces launched smoke canisters Thursday night and charged hundreds of people demonstrating against the appointment …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Myanmar military junta annuls November poll results. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta-appointed poll body on Friday invalidated the results of general elections held in November. Deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had won the elections by a landslide. "The National League for Democracy's 2020 election result is no longer valid," Election Commission chief Thein …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). South Korea starts its vaccination campaign against COVID-19. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- South Korea began Friday its vaccination campaign against Covid-19 more than a year after detecting its first case in the country and with the aim of having immunized the majority of its population by November and thus achieve herd immunity. The first person to be inoculated with the vaccine developed by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Man United, Arsenal, Granada, AC Milan advance in Europa League. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Traditional powers Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan and European debutants Granada were among the 15 clubs who qualified Thursday for the Europa League round of 16. Real Sociedad needed a miracle at Old Trafford to overcome an 0-4 deficit after the first leg in Spain. A glimmer of hope …

Site Administrator (2021-02-26). Path to Citizenship in New Democratic Immigration Bill. laprensalatina.com WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a major immigration overhaul on Thursday, February 18, that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation reflects the broad priorities for immigration changes that Biden laid out on his first day in …

Site Administrator (2021-02-26). What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine? laprensalatina.com COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects: On the arm where you got the …

Site Administrator (2021-02-26). Sisterhood Rules in Peacock's First Spanish-Language Series. laprensalatina.com LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sisterhood and survival are the themes of a dark comedy coming to Peacock, a first step into Spanish-language fare created for the streaming service. The Miami-set "Armas de Mujer," which translates in English as "Women's Weapons," is also a switch for its stars, including Kate del Castillo of "La Reina del …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Migrants stranded on Mexican border crossing into US from 3 cities. laprensalatina.com Ciudad Juarez/Matamoros/Tijuana, Mexico, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Tijuana, Matamoros and starting Friday, Ciudad Juarez, are the three Mexican border cities where migrants are crossing into the United States to have immigration courts review their asylum requests. On Feb. 12, the US administration of Joe Biden announced the reopening — starting on the 19th — of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Bolsonaro criticizes distancing measures despite worsening of pandemic. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world leaders who has been most skeptical about the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic, on Friday criticized the social distancing measures that regional governments once again are imposing to deal with the crisis amid the worsening of the emergency in the South …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Australia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Australia announced Friday that it was lifting the ban on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operating to and from the country imposed two years ago following deadly crashes involving the plane in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019 respectively, which killed 346 people. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia …

Laura A Benjamin, Tamara Phiri, Robert Simister, Tom Solomon, Victor Mwapasa (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Recognising HIV infection in systems of care for stroke. thelancet.com When it comes to making a case for the growing burden of stroke in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infection has consistently been neglected. We read with interest the Lancet Series on systems of care and rehabilitation for stroke, particularly the two papers relating to LMICs. However, we were disappointed to see that HIV was overlooked again. According to statistics from WHO, 36 ∑7 million people are living with HIV and 1 ∑8 million become infected each year.

Richard Horton (2021-02-27). [Comment] Offline: Thinking the pandemic. thelancet.com The talk is now about data, not dates. But this pandemic has always been driven by facts. A rapid accumulation of evidence about the virus and the disease it causes. Layer upon layer of new information, repeatedly revising and reformulating our understanding. A steady stream of numbers, rates, and risks. Scientists and statisticians catapulted into the media to explain, expound, and explicate. Facts should indeed illuminate interpretations, guide responses, and optimise outcomes. But an emergency such as COVID-19 demands more—moments to think about what this pandemic means for us, to ask questions about its…

Fight Back (2021-02-26). No More Endless War! Hands Off Syria! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 25 statement from the Twin Cites based Anti-War Committee. | On February 25, the Biden administration launched a bombing strike in Syria. The Anti-War Committee denounces this blatant violation of Syrian sovereignty, as well as the escalation against Iran it represents, with U.S. officials claiming the target was an Iraqi militia they called "Iran-backed". With this airstrike, Biden is continuing Trump's aggressive foreign policy against Syria and Iran, now cloaked in tones of supposed reasonability. | The Pentagon claimed that bombing Syria "aims to d…

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Saving restaurants to feed New York's health workers. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 26 (EFE).- Luis and Alex work from the Addictive Wine and Tapas Bar in New York preparing 250 trays of bolognese for health workers at the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. It is part of an initiative by Spanish chef Jose Andrés that provides a service for medical workers during the Covid-19 …

Alan Macleod (2021-02-26). Media Completely Ignore American Secret Agent's Trial for Terrorism in Venezuela. mintpressnews.com One might think that a supposedly innocent American citizen on trial for terrorism inside a hostile enemy country, facing decades behind bars in Venezuela's notorious prisons, would spark a nationwide media furor.

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-26). UN Report Condemns US Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela. counterpunch.org Belarusian lawyer and academician Alena Douhan, who in 2020 became the United Nations "Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures," visited Venezuela on February 1-12. She was there "to assess the impact of unilateral [U. S.] sanctions on the enjoyment of human rights." At her press conference on the last day,

Steve Ellner (2021-02-26). Maduro's Decision To Expell European Union's Ambassador To Venezuela Was Justified. zcomm.org Maduro's expelling of the EU's ambassador in Caracas was a response to the EU's decision to sanction 19 Venezuelans for "undermining democracy" and alleged human rights abuse…

Joe Parkin Daniels (2021-02-27). [World Report] Colombia grants protected status to 1 ∑7 million migrants. thelancet.com The decision will enable 950‚Äà000 undocumented Venezuelans to access the health system in Colombia. Joe Parkin Daniels reports from Bogotá.

Shabbir Manjee (2021-02-27). Chicago City Council passes unanimous resolution to end the blockade on Cuba. liberationnews.org All 50 aldermen voted to oppose the blockade, adding that normalizing relations can benefit the economic conditions of both Cubans and Chicagoans.

_____ (2021-02-26). Scheer Intelligence: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. popularresistance.org Ninety-seven-year-old Lawrence Ferlinghetti was one of the founders of the paperback bookstore City Lights in San Francisco, as well as publisher and champion of beat poets and writers including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. In their conversation, Ferlinghetti tells Robert Scheer how his experience as a naval officer in Japan during World War II made him an "instant pacifist." Ferlinghetti discusses many in the Beat movement's surprising sympathy for Fidel Castro and Cuba in spite of their socially progressive views. Despite his lifetime of work with the Beats, Ferlinghetti never considered himself one.

Ricardo Ronquillo (2021-02-26). Los 24 de febrero, el constitucionalismo y la Revolución cubana del siglo XXI. globalizacion.ca Historiadores y políticos subrayan que Cuba ha tenido una sola Revolución, una consideración incompleta si ignora que esa única Revolución tuvo la singularidad de dotarse de seis constituciones: Guáimaro, Baraguá, Jimaguayú y la Yaya en la etapa de las batallas…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-02-26). How Real Nazis Came to the Americas: the Recruitment of Klaus Barbie. counterpunch.org By the time Klaus Barbie went on the payroll of an American intelligence organization in 1947, Klaus Barbie had lived several lifetimes of human vileness. Barbie sought out opponents of the Nazis in Holland, chasing them down with dogs. He had worked for the Nazi mobile death squads on the Eastern Front, massacring Slavs and Jews. He'd put in two years heading the Gestapo in Lyons, France, torturing to death Jews and French Resistance fighters (among them the head of the Resistance, Jean Moulin. ) After the liberation of France, Barbie participated in the final Nazi killing frenzy before Allies moved into Germany…

John Bachtell (2021-02-26). Haaland on track to make history as first Native American cabinet secretary. peoplesworld.org "This is all of our country, this is our mother. You've heard the Earth referred to as Mother Earth. It's difficult to not feel obligated to protect this land, and I feel that every Indigenous person in this country understands that," said Rep. Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be Secretary of Interior. "It's …

Eds. (2021-02-26). Hundreds of law students announce boycott of Chevron law firm Seward & Kissel for "unethical" private prosecution of human rights attorney Steven Donziger. mronline.org Students from over 50 leading U.S. law schools—including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and New York University—have announced a recruiting boycott of a prominent Chevron law firm to protest its "unethical" private prosecution of U.S. human rights lawyer Steven Donziger after he helped win a $9.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron.

Joe Piette (2021-02-27). Mental health effects of COVID lockdown in prison: Interview from inside SCI Albion. workers.org This telephone interview with Demitrius Grant, imprisoned at SCI Albion near Erie, Pa., was conducted by Joe Piette for Workers World newspaper on Feb. 16. Demetrius Grant: We're going to be covering the issue of COVID-19 today, as to how it impacts prisoners' mental health. About a week ago, a . . . |

Lucien Chauvin (2021-02-27). [World Report] Peruvian COVID-19 vaccine scandal spreads. thelancet.com Several politicians have resigned and a university has been suspended from doing clinical trials. Lucien Chauvin reports from Lima.

Clean Energy Wire (2021-02-27). By the End of the Year, Germany will have a Million Electric Cars on the Road out of 4.7 mn Total. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — Germany will probably reach its target of having one million fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars on the road this year, government advisors have said. The head of the country's National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), Henning Kagermann, told business daily Handelsblatt he was pleased "that it appears we will …

Michael Kowalchuk (2021-02-27). Sojourner Truth's Massachusetts days. liberationnews.org Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in New York as "Isabella Baumfree" in 1797, was one of the most important abolitionists and feminists of the nineteenth century.

John Catalinotto (2021-02-27). 'Rubin never lost a case' — Rubin Kanowitz, 1931-2021. workers.org Some younger Workers World Party members met Rubin Kanowitz for the first time when he was a communist elder, still confronting cops on recent demonstrations chanting, "Black Lives Matter." Older ones knew him from when he first joined the party in 1965. All grieved as they learned he died this . . . |

The Conversation (2021-02-27). Gulf War: As Biden bombs Iraqis, 30 years on the consequences of Desert Storm are still with us. juancole.com By Lorena De Vita and Amir Taha | — It was a short message to end a short war. On February 26 1991, Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz put his signature to a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council: I have the honour to notify you that the Iraqi Government reaffirms its agreement …

Reem Zubaidi (2021-02-27). Exposing Israel's vaccine apartheid in West Bank & Gaza. liberationnews.org Five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza are excluded from vaccine rollouts while Israeli citizens, even those living in illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories, are prioritized.

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise for Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise of Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

The Lancet (2021-02-27). [Editorial] 50 years of the inverse care law. thelancet.com "The availability of good medical care tends to vary with the need for it in the population served. This inverse care law operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced."

Andy Haines, Mayara Floss (2021-02-27). [Comment] The inverse care law in the Anthropocene epoch. thelancet.com Julian Tudor Hart described the inverse relationship between the need for effective health care and its provision in compelling terms. During his career in primary care in a former coal mining community in south Wales, UK, he showed how, by integrating clinical care with an epidemiological approach, much can be done to improve health in disadvantaged populations.1 He wrote the inverse care law2 based on an analysis of the UK National Health Service (NHS) 50 years ago and yet its importance has transcended that historical period and its national context.

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). LGBT activists fume after India says same-sex marriage not fundamental right. laprensalatina.com Srinagar, India, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Outraged LGBT activists on Friday vowed to intensify their rights campaign after the government refused to recognize same-sex marriage because it is incompatible with Indian ethos. In response to a plea by rights activist, the government Thursday told a Delhi court that matrimonial affairs were governed by religious laws as …

2021-02-25: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-02-25). Presidents AMLO and Fernandez Summon Latin American Unity. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Wednesday signed a joint declaration whereby they agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation and preserve Latin American unity. | RELATED: | The 15-point declaration was released on the last day of Fernandez's visit to Mexico, which started on Feb, 22. Among the most relevant aspects of the document is the bilateral alliance to overcome the COVI…

Randy Alonso Falcón (2021-02-25). Cuba: Una cita definitoria. globalizacion.ca Abril será un mes de simbolismos y acontecimientos en Cuba. La nación recordará el aniversario 60 de la primera gran derrota que sufriera el imperialismo yanqui en América Latina, cuando sus tropas mercenarias fueron derrotadas en las arenas de Playa…

WSWS (2021-02-25). South American states militarize borders against refugees. wsws.org Conditions for refugees residing in Latin American countries have only deteriorated during the pandemic as millions have been laid off, evicted and made homeless.

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-25). Cuba is one step closer to launching its own anti-COVID vaccines. peoplesdispatch.org Cuba is the only country in the Latin American and the Caribbean region that is working to develop its own vaccines against COVID-19. The country has four vaccine candidates. Two of them, Soberana 02 of the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) and Abdala of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), will begin the third phase of clinical trials in March…

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Real Madrid nip Atalanta; Man City cruise against Mà∂nchengladbach. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- While Real Madrid needed a goal with four minutes left in regulation Wednesday to beat Atalanta 0-1 in the first leg of their Champions League knockout stage tie, Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 0-2 win against Borussia Mà∂nchengladbach. The Blancos have hoisted the trophy a record 13 times and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Olympic torch relay to start in March in Japan amid Covid-19 measures. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games announced Thursday that the Olympic torch relay will start as planned on Mar. 25 in Japan amid measures aimed at preventing Covid-19 infections. The torch relay will begin in a month in the northeastern Fukushima prefecture and will travel through another …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Japan registered $ 3 billion trade deficit in January. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Japan registered a 325,375 million yen ($3 billion) trade deficit in January, the first negative balance in seven months and 75.3 percent less than in the same month of 2020, the government said Thursday. The negative balance contrasts the surplus registered in December, of 751,005 million yen, according to data published …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Peruvian judge decriminalizes euthanasia for Ana Estrada case. laprensalatina.com Lima, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Peruvian judge, in an historic ruling, has ordered euthanasia decriminalized in the specific case of Ana Estrada, the first person in Peru to publicly demand the right to select the time to die with dignity, but the judge refused to allow a protocol to be prepared to govern similar cases. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). 40 minutes a jab, Portugal speeds up vaccine process amid delay fears. laprensalatina.com Oeiras, Portugal, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Stand in line, get the jab and wait to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction — it takes a total of 40 minutes to get a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at one of Portugal's most efficient centers. The rhythm of the vaccination campaign has picked up speed …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). India in talks with Bangladesh for return of Rohingyas stranded at sea. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- India is in talks with Bangladesh for the return of Rohingya refugees who have been adrift on a boat, without food or water, in the Andaman Sea for several days, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The boat carrying 64 women and 24 men, including 13 minors, left Cox's Bazar …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Merkel says EU to have Covid-19 vaccine passport by summer. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The European Union plans to institute a Covid-19 vaccine passport by summer with an eye toward enabling travel within the 27-member bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said here Thursday. The bloc's executive arm, the European Commission, has been given three months to define the technical parameters for an immunization passport, she …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Fingers crossed as India fears 2nd Covid-19 wave after inexplicable dip in infections. laprensalatina.com By David Asta Alares New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Kush Sharma, a doctor at a state-run hospital in New Delhi, expresses relief over the declining Covid-19 cases across India, with figures now hovering around 10,000 new infections a day. The head of the coronavirus task force at Lok Nayak hospital, one of the capital's leading …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Neymar's PSG contract renewal 'on track,' talks ongoing with Mbappé. laprensalatina.com Paris, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director Leonardo on Thursday said Neymar Jr.'s contract renewal was on track and although less progress had been made in the club's attempts to hang onto 22-year-old star Kylian Mbappé, ongoing talks with the player were edging toward a decision. "A contract is only closed when it is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Armenia PM fires military chief after 'attempted coup'. laprensalatina.com (Update: adds details from opposing rallies) Tbilisi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday fired the head of the country's armed forces after an "attempted coup." Chief of General Staff Onik Gasparyan was among dozens of senior army officials, who signed a statement Thursday calling on the prime minister to step down. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Xi Jinping declares China's 'complete success' in fighting poverty. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Chinese President Xi Jinping officially said Thursday that the country has completed its "arduous task" of eradicating extreme poverty, adding that almost 99 million people have emerged from it in the last eight years. "Today we solemnly declare … a complete success in the fight against poverty in the country," Xi …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Australia passes law for Google and Facebook to pay local media. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Australia approved Thursday a pioneering law for Google and Facebook to pay local media for the publication of their journalistic content, a week after the platform led by Mark Zuckerberg was banned from publishing news in the country. The law "will ensure media receive fair remuneration for the content they …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Biden repeals Trump measure banning migrants over 'occupational hazards'. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden revoked a measure Wednesday by his predecessor Donald Trump, banning the entry of some immigrants deemed a "risk to the labor market," among them the beneficiaries of the visa lottery and relatives of permanent US residents or citizens. In a countermeasure released Wednesday by the White House, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Altetico Madrid's stadium becomes Covid-19 vaccination hub. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The home stadium of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid opened its doors Thursday as authorities in the Spanish capital started to vaccinate teachers, police officers, firefighters and civil defense personnel against Covid-19. Teachers aged over 55 years can also receive their doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at healthcare centers in addition …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Baguettes take on Parisian rooftops for Unesco 'Intangible Heritage' nod. laprensalatina.com Luis Miguel Pascual Paris, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A battle is being waged in Paris between two of the French capital's icons: the classic French baguette, baked in their thousands across the city every day, versus its traditional zinc rooftops as they vie to be the latest additions to Unesco's Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage. While …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Graffiti on security barriers to welcome Pope Francis in Baghdad. laprensalatina.com By Amer Hamid Baghdad, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Amid heavy security measures as part of the Iraqi capital's preparations to receive Pope Francis next week, graffiti murals decorate the barriers that protect Baghdad's churches. The Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral, where the Pope is scheduled to meet Iraq's clerics, has been fortified for years to prevent …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). India, Pakistan army commanders vow to stop cross-border clashes in Kashmir. laprensalatina.com Islamabad/New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- India and Pakistan Thursday said they have re-affirmed their commitment to the boundary ceasefire and stop cross-border firing in the disputed Kashmir region, where such clashes would kill dozens of people each year. The military operations heads of the two countries spoke after months of intermittent firing along the Line …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Ecuador trying to unravel prison massacre circumstances. laprensalatina.com By Elias L. Benarroch Quito, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Ecuadorian authorities are trying to understand the circumstances surrounding the massacre on Tuesday inside four of the country's prisons, while judicial officials are continuing their work to decipher what occurred without ruling out — experts say — that the deeds could be drug-related. Meanwhile, dozens of relatives …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). LaLiga, Cervantes collaborate to teach Spanish through soccer in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Soccer fans in India will be able to sing anthems, learn about legendary players and the jargon of the best clubs in Spain through a collaborative project between LaLiga and Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi to boost the popularity of the sport and Spanish language and culture in the country. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Qantas pushes resumption of international flights to October. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Qantas Airways Ltd. announced Thursday that it will resume international flights to and from Australia at the end of October, almost four months later than estimated. "The date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively complete," the airlines said in a statement. Australia, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). The rooftop gardens helping favelas breathe amid summer heat. laprensalatina.com Maria Angelica Troncoso Rio de Janeiro, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- It is summer in Rio de Janeiro and the heat in the narrow alleys of the city's favelas is suffocating. Cooling these neighborhoods sustainably is the goal of Techo Verde Favela, a project that was born in the heart of these Brazilian shanty towns. Also known …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Pro-Myanmar junta demonstration turns violent in Yangon. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds detail of pro-junta march, re-ledes, alters headline, offers new info) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Violent clashes erupted between supporters of Myanmar's military junta and anti-coup protesters in downtown Yangon Thursday resulting in at least one person being stabbed. Around a thousand pro-junta demonstrators gathered in the center of the country's former …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Indonesia vaccinates 5,000 journalists to thank their work. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Some 5,000 Indonesian journalists were being vaccinated Thursday for Covid-19, in gratitude for the work of the media amid the pandemic. The first doses went to photographers, cameramen and reporters on the ground, despite not being within the priority groups of the mass vaccination campaign that began in January and will …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). At least 8 killed in Myanmar violence as Facebook bans military accounts. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- At least eight people have been killed in Myanmar, including three shot by police, due to violence after the coup on Feb. 1, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners While the official number of deaths stands at three, which includes those protesters that have been shot dead with …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). India issues new guidelines to regulate digital, social media. laprensalatina.com By Sarwar Kashani Srinagar, India, Feb 25 (EFE).- India on Thursday unveiled a set of new guidelines that will allow the government to regulate digital content and assert more control over online news portals, social media and video-streaming platforms. The new rules, which will have far-reaching ramifications for digital content in the country, make it …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Bolivia extends Covid-19 vaccination to chronically ill people. laprensalatina.com Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Luis Arce traveled to Bolivia's largest city on Thursday to see the Covid-19 vaccine administered to people with underlying health conditions, such as cancer or kidney failure, along with medical personnel who were not inoculated in the first phase of the vaccination effort. The start of expanded vaccination …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Miami's Virginia Key, a beach symbol of civil rights struggle. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- A beach in Miami stands as a symbol of the fight for civil rights. Virginia Beach in August 1945 was designated for the use of "persons of color," when all other sandy seaside locations were exclusively for the use of whites, and nowadays it has been converted into a park that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Morocco prepares to join global trend in legalizing 'certain uses' of weed. laprensalatina.com Javier Otazu Rabat, Feb 25 (efe-epa) — Morocco, the world's leading producer of cannabis (known locally as kif), is preparing to legalize certain "medical and industrial" uses of the plant, according to a bill presented on Thursday to the Council of Government, which is expected to be approved next week. After several decades of total …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden: US has administered 50 mn anti-Covid vaccine doses. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Thursday hailed the fact that the US has now administered 50 million doses of the vaccines against Covid-19, an achievement he said was an enormous milestone in defeating the virus. "In five weeks, America's administered the most shots of any country in the world, with among the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Man United, Arsenal, Granada, AC Milan advance in Europa League. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Traditional powers Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan and European debutants Granada were among the 15 clubs who qualified Thursday for the Europa League round of 16. Real Sociedad needed a miracle at Old Trafford to overcome an 0-4 deficit after the first leg in Spain. A glimmer of hope …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Former US Olympic gymnastics coach commits suicide after being indicted. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- The former coach of the US women's Olympic gymnastics team, John Geddert, committed suicide on Thursday after being charged with 24 crimes, including sexual assault and human trafficking, all of them linked to athletes he supervised, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reported. Nessel said in a statement that her office had …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Detained Bangladeshi writer dies in jail. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Bangladeshi writer detained under a controversial cyber law for allegedly spreading rumors on social media died in jail on Thursday, authorities said. The superintendent of central Kashimpur High-Security Jail, Gias Uddin, told EFE that writer Mushtaq Ahmed was declared dead about 8: 20 pm local time after he was taken to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Malaysian man wins court battle against homophobic Islamic law. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- A Malaysian man arrested in 2018 for having sexual relations "against the order of nature" won Thursday the first legal battle against the homophobic Islamic regional laws used to persecute the LGBT community in the Muslim country. The Malaysian LGTBQ+ network welcomed the ruling of the country's highest court in the …

RT (2021-02-25). Trump hands over 'MILLIONS of pages' of tax returns to Manhattan DA — reports. rt.com Former president Donald Trump has reportedly handed over his tax returns to prosecutors in New York. With Trump describing the investigation as a "fishing expedition," sifting through the "millions of pages" may take time. | The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Trump's lawyers may no longer shield the ex-president's tax returns from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is investigating whether Trump and the Trump Organization committed any financial crimes, including his alleged inflating of property values to secure loans. | Trump's lawyers immediately handed over the returns, CNN reported on Thu…

Online News Editor (2021-02-25). Bahraini crown prince discusses Iran nuclear talks with Netahyahu. laprensalatina.com Manama, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa discussed the Iranian nuclear talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. The Bahraini official news agency (BNA) said that "the importance of regional participation in any negotiations on the Iranian nuclear deal, provided that these negotiations include broader issues to consolidate regional …

sputniknews (2021-02-25). Benny Gantz: Iranian Deal Should Include Nukes, 'Oversight', Tehran's Activities in Region. sputniknews.com Israel is a fierce opponent to the possible reconstruction of Iran's 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which it considers not strict enough, and is reportedly contemplating taking part in the negotiation process, presenting its own demands, particularly related to Iran's ballistic missile programme and alleged support for Hezbollah.

Susan Price (2021-02-25). Regional solidarity with the people of Burma. greenleft.org.au Responding to escalating protests in Myabnmar/Burma against the military coup, left groups from the Asia-Pacific region have issued a joint statement, reports Peter Boyle.

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-25). The illegal blockade of Venezuela and the Anti-Blockade Law. peoplesdispatch.org On February 21, 2021, Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro made a

_____ (2021-02-25). US Sanctions On Venezuela Have Failed To Achieve Anything But Death And Misery. popularresistance.org In its regime-change effort in Venezuela, the US has imposed devastating sanctions that have caused tens of thousands of deaths among the most vulnerable — without ever coming close to toppling the president. | Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights — a new position created by the UN Human Rights Council in March of 2020 — issued a stinging preliminary report last week condemning US and EU sanctions against Venezuela. Ms. Douhan has urged the US, EU and other nations to drop all sanctions against Venezuela after her two-week fact-finding mission…

Eds. (2021-02-25). Cuba has assisted almost one third of the world's population in health care. mronline.org In the six decades of Cuban medical collaboration abroad, its health personnel have assisted 1.988 billion people in the world, almost a third of mankind, said Dr. Jorge Delgado Bustillo, director of the Central Unit for Medical Cooperation (UCCM).

Iroel Sánchez (2021-02-25). Cuba — Aprender, aprender y aprender sobre las redes sociales de Internet. globalizacion.ca El primer capítulo de la primera temporada de la distópica serie británica Black Mirror, que la televisión cubana transmitió hace ya más de un año en un horario cercano a la madrugada, cuenta cómo el primer ministro del Reino Unido…

Viviana Weinstein (2021-02-26). Denver protest: 'No war on Iran!'. workers.org Feb. 20, Denver.Denver Students for a Democratic Society, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Denver Peace Council held a demonstration Feb. 20 at the state capital, in cooperation with the national call to prevent Washington from instigating a war against Iran. Threats the U.S. warships would move into the Persian/Arabian . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-02-26). Denver protest: 'No war on Iran!'. workers.org By Vivian Weinstein Denver Students for a Democratic Society, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Denver Peace Council held a demonstration Feb. 20 at the state capital, in cooperation with the national call to prevent Washington from instigating a war against Iran. Threats the U.S. warships would move into the . . . |

Ted Kelly (2021-02-26). Biden sends B-1 bombers to Norway, threatens Russia. workers.org The U.S. Air Force announced during February that it is sending four B-1 bombers and at least 200 personnel to Orland Air Base on the central coast of Norway. Pentagon officials made no secret of the fact that the deployment is meant as a threat to Russia, which is well . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-02-26). Black rage: a new 'reconstruction' in the U.S. workers.org The following letter from an incarcerated worker at SCI Pine Grove was received by Workers World Feb. 24. By Wesley Massey How do we make a paradigm shift to change how Blacks are viewed with pessimism, and on a good day cautious optimism? How do we change the culture in . . . |

Paul Dobson (2021-02-25). EU Imposes Further Sanctions on Venezuela as Maduro Visits UN Human Rights Council. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Venezuela has blasted the imposition of additional European Union (EU) sanctions …

2021-02-24: News Headlines

The Socialist Program (2021-02-24). In the News: Capitalism Kills. liberationnews.org On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss the COVID death toll in the United States topping 500,000, the winter storm that has left millions without power in zero degree temperatures in Texas, a new independent report that further exposes the police in Aurora Colorado for the brutal murder of Elijah McClain, and more.

Will Solomon (2021-02-24). Cuomo's Cover-up Will be Most Effectively Weaponized by the Right. counterpunch.org On February 11, news broke that the Cuomo administration intentionally hid data on COVID-related nursing home deaths from the federal government and New York state legislators, ostensibly for fear of a Department of Justice investigation and potential federal prosecution. The revelation was fairly shocking, but hardly out of character. Cuomo's mishandling of the pandemic—coupled with

United Health Professionals (2021-02-24). Mensaje de Alerta sobre la COVID-19. Profesionales de la Salud Unidos. globalizacion.ca Llamamos la atención de nuestros lectores, este importante comunicado internacional de profesionales de la salud, médicos y científicos, que ha sido enviado a los gobiernos de treinta países. | A continuación se muestra el texto completo que se envió a los…

Rajan Menon (2021-02-24). Covid-19 Demonstrated How This Country Fails Its Most Vulnerable: A Field Guide to Our Threadbare Social Safety Net. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Economic crises shine a spotlight on a society's inequities and hierarchies, as well as its commitment to support those who are most vulnerable in such grievous moments. The calamity created by Covid-19 is no exception. The economic fallout from that pandemic has tested the nation's social safety net as never before. Between …

Víctor M. Toledo (2021-02-24). México — La guerra del glifosato: Actores y drama. globalizacion.ca Tres de las mayores batallas que libra la humanidad son: la pandemia del Covid-19, la crisis del clima, que amenaza cada vez más la supervivencia de la especie, y contra las gigantescas superficies de soya, maíz y algodón transgénicos y…

A Guest Author (2021-02-24). COVID inside: Release prisoners! Lisa Strawn interview, part 2. workers.org The global pandemic has disproportionately impacted incarcerated people in the U.S. In California, during the early days of the pandemic, the transfer of prisoners into San Quentin sparked a massive outbreak of COVID that spread to over two-thirds of the prison population there, causing the death of 27 prisoners, including . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). Hong Kong financial chief sees positive economic outlook despite COVID-19. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong's economy is likely to grow by up to 5.5 percent this year depending on the management of the coronavirus pandemic, the city's financial chief said Wednesday as he unveiled his annual budget. Under the 2021-2021 budget presented by Financial Secretary Paul Chan, the Hong Kong government will launch …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). The last of the Juma. laprensalatina.com By Carlos Meneses Sánchez Sà£o Paulo, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Aruká Juma's death from Covid-19 complications last week marked the end of a generational line for his indigenous group in the Brazilian Amazon. The mantle for carrying the Juma tribe's traditions into the future falls to his three daughters, the only surviving members of a community …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). 'Green passport' returns some normalcy to vaccinated Israelis. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Israelis who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can from this week enjoy a new privilege in the form of a "green passport." The document grants holders access to gyms, hotels, swimming pools and, on Wednesday — for the first time in months — a concert that is taking place in …

Staff (2021-02-24). In What Universe Is a $15 Wage "Too High"? Joe Manchin's. truthout.org Economic justice organizers may soon triumph in their fight for a $15 minimum wage. Thanks to their years of effort, President Biden (and every Democratic contender during the primary debates) vowed to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour. In keeping with that promise, Biden attached a wage bill to his $1.9 trillion COVID relief package. | Although Republicans and their political allies are firmly opposed to the measure, the Senate could approve it. But Democratic holdouts like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin could do…

Staff (2021-02-24). FDA May Approve Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for US Use as Early as Saturday. truthout.org The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to be safe and effective in a briefing document on Wednesday morning, lending support to its emergency use authorization. | The vaccine's trial data results are "consistent with the recommendations set forth in FDA's guidance Emergency Use Authorization for Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19,"

Peter Koenig (2021-02-24). Identificación del "paquete de vacunas" implantado: El Parlamento de Alemania ha ratificado la "Agenda ID2020" digital de GAVI. globalizacion.ca Noticias alarmantes. En Alemania, el Parlamento (Bundestag) ratificó el 29 de enero de 2021 la implementación de la Agenda ID2020. | Se trata de una recopilación de datos electrónicos generalizados y centralizados de cada ciudadano a la que tendrían acceso todas…

Betsey Piette (2021-02-24). COVID-19 vaccine patents: Private property vs. public health. workers.org Among the many controversies surrounding vital COVID-19 vaccines, the issue of patent bans gets far less attention than how vaccines are being distributed or who is able to receive them. Yet the patent laws protecting intellectual property (IP) in the U.S. and European Union give the world's wealthiest countries unfair . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). Two elderly Brisbane residents given up to four times vaccine dose. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Two elderly care home residents in the Australian city of Brisbane are being monitored after mistakenly receiving up to four times the recommended dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, authorities said Wednesday. Neither of the patients, aged 94 and 88, were showing adverse reactions to the doses given Tuesday, said …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). China's CanSino files for authorization to market Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Chinese vaccine maker CanSino Biologics announced Wednesday that the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) is processing its request for marketing authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in the Asian country. In a statement sent to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, CanSino said after completing the third phase of clinical trials, its vaccine …

Online News Editor (2021-02-24). EU leaders in call to boost bloc's vaccine production. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Feb 24 (efe-epa).- Five European leaders on Wednesday sent an open letter to the European Council president urging more support for Covid-19 vaccine production in the bloc after the initial rollout was hampered by delivery shortages and delays. In the letter to Charles Michel ahead of an EU Council meeting, the prime ministers of …

RT (2021-02-24). Twitter called out for 'double standards' after it singles out report on UK influence op in Russia with 'hacked materials' label. rt.com Twitter has added a warning to a bombshell expose revealing a covert UK program to plant pro-government narratives in foreign media, telling users the piece may be based on "hacked material," despite letting similar stories slide. | A

teleSUR (2021-02-24). Venezuela: Guaido Barred From Holding Public Posts for 15 Years. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Comptroller General Elvis Amoroso on Tuesday disqualified former lawmaker Juan Guaido from holding public office for 15 years due to his failure to comply with his legal obligations. | RELATED: | Amoroso stated that the decision is based on Guaido's refusal to submit an assets sworn declaration after ending his functions as a congressman. | "We know these people are involved in corruption acts and have sto…

The Conversation (2021-02-24). Saving the Planet: Why a net-zero future depends on the ocean's ability to absorb carbon. juancole.com By Anya M. Waite, Brad deYoung, Chris Milley, and Ian G. Stewart | — Most of us growing up along Canada's East Coast never worried about hurricane season. Except for those working at sea, we viewed hurricanes as extreme events in remote tropical regions, seen only through blurred footage of flailing palm trees on the …

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2021-02-24). GameStop Hearing Exposes a Sick Business Model Destined to Exacerbate Wealth Inequality in America. counterpunch.org The most striking revelations in yesterday's House Financial Services Committee hearing on the wild trading action in New York Stock Exchange-listed shares of GameStop came when Congresswoman Cindy Axne of Iowa questioned Vlad Tenev, the CEO of Robinhood, the trading app being increasingly used by young people to trade stocks and options on their mobile

Ben Slowey (2021-02-24). Milwaukee protesters demand real change from Biden administration. liberationnews.org Around 50 protesters congregated in the cold outside Milwaukee City Hall Feb. 16 to make their demands heard, as President Joe Biden arrived for a town hall conversation with CNN.

Eds. (2021-02-24). Medical racism has shaped U.S. policies for centuries. mronline.org The link between the 1793 yellow fever epidemic and the coronavirus.

Eds. (2021-02-24). Does the West repeating claims of China committing genocide in Xinjiang reify it? mronline.org The Jewish Virtual Library quotes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as having said: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

Jackie Fox (2021-02-24). How Capitalism Fails US. realprogressives.org Hello internet, I'm Jackie Fox and I'd like for you to join me in a thought experiment. Imagine an ideal world. What do you see? How do you know it's ideal? If you're anything like me, you're imagining a world without homelessness or hunger, where life expectancy increases along with quality of life, everyone has access to healthcare, the world is healthy and our ecosystem isn't on the verge of collapse. Following the logic of Capitalism though, you'd really just want a strong stock market and around three percent market growth per year; everything else is just icing on the cake. | The problem is that while th…

Elizabeth Keyes (2021-02-24). Compartmentalizing Woody Allen … or Not. counterpunch.org I missed the first round of talk about the New York Times' publication of a moving and forthright letter by Woody Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan, regarding his alleged sexual molestation of her over two decades ago. Woody Allen is an American icon as well as a human being capable of all things human, perhaps including

Dan Cohen (2021-02-24). The Empire's Hidden Hand: How The US Established, Sustains and Benefits From Morocco's Occupation of Western Sahara. mintpressnews.com Over the decades, the Moroccan settler population expanded while the United States and European Union have illegally exploited the Western Sahara's resources, mining phosphates, fishing in its waters, and in recent years, drilling for oil and gas.

Mirinda Crissman (2021-02-24). Texas freeze — Rich get richer, workers suffer. workers.org Houston An unprecedented winter storm hit Texas Feb. 15, bringing subfreezing temperatures. One week later, huge sections of the population are still without power, heat and/or water. Houston skyline glows, while millions suffer subfreezing temperatures without heat or water amidst preventable power outages, Feb. 15 Across major cities — such . . . |

W. Alphaeus Hunton (2021-02-24). Harlem's 1946 fight against South African starvation foreshadowed anti-apartheid struggle. peoplesworld.org People's World is happy to reprint below an article from the Jan. 3, 1946 issue of the Daily Worker by W. Alphaeus Hunton, then the educational director of the Council on African Affairs (CAA). Hunton, considered "one of the most neglected African-American intellectuals" in U.S. history, partly due to his membership in the Communist Party …

Beau Peters (2021-02-24). The Ethics of Healthcare Marketing. dissidentvoice.org Spend an evening watching television on any network in pretty much any town in America and you'd probably think that Big Pharma had already created a pill for anything that might ail ya. And, of course, in some ways, that's not entirely wrong. Today we have a world of therapies to extend our lives and …

Liaquat Ali Khan (2021-02-24). First English, Then American, and Now Muslim Francophobia. counterpunch.org Francophobia has been a persistent part of French history, transmitted and modulated through several centuries. 17thcentury England constructed the first significant layer of Francophobia. The Americans may have borrowed Francophobia from England and then developed its version in the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Muslim world has begun to manufacture its variety of

Dean Baker (2021-02-24). The Green New Deal Threatens Republicans' Bread and Butter (It's not Just Competition in the Battle of Ideas). counterpunch.org Naomi Klein has an interesting piece in the New York Times on the implications of the Texas disaster. I would disagree with some parts, which attack the Texas approach to energy as "free market." To my view, this is far too generous. Even Texas' deregulated energy market is still highly regulated. It is possible to

Berry Craig (2021-02-24). Republicans' working class hero re-branding isn't fooling anyone. peoplesworld.org So far, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, and Jim Jordan haven't taken up Chris Hayes's challenge. On his show a while back, the MSNBC host laughed out loud when Sen. Cruz—aka The Cancun Kid—Sen. Josh Hawley, and Rep. Jim Jordan claimed the GOP was the born-again blue-collar party. The host of "All in With Chris Hayes" dared the …

MBNJSD (2021-02-24). What Planet Is NATO Living On? dissidentvoice.org NATO headquarters in Brussels (Photo: NATO) The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable, nuclear-armed enemies: Russia and China. This theme …

Royal Thomas II (2021-02-24). Rush Limbaugh and the rise of the far right. liberationnews.org Photo: Rush Limbaugh and Donald Trump speaking at a 2019 event hosted by Turning Point USA. Credit — Gage Skidmore After more than three decades assaulting airwaves and television screens with his vicious right-wing rhetoric, Rush Limbaugh, the bigoted and imperialist radio personality, died last week from a year-long battle with lung cancer. With his …

Rosalío Muñoz, Janice Rothstein (2021-02-24). Labor and allies pressure Congress to pass American Rescue Plan. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—The urgency and historic significance of the American Rescue Plan are being amplified by the gamut of civic and community groups around the country, from labor to civil rights, health care, education, child, senior, unemployed, disability, homeless, and other advocacy groups. Momentum is building for mass public pressure to get the strongest measure passed …

Marlanna Bullock (2021-02-24). Tri-Cities, WA's Katie Barton: 'She wanted to see equal rights for the community, not just herself'. liberationnews.org This article is part of Liberation's commemoration of Black History Month, 2021. T…

Frank Lara (2021-02-24). San Francisco teachers struggle for a safe reopening. liberationnews.org The following was a presentation at the Feb. 20, 2021, Reds in Ed webinar. Afternoon fellow educators, my name is Frank Lara and I am a public-school teacher of 10 years in San Francisco's historic Mission District. I am also on the Executive Board of our union, the United Educators of San Francisco, a 6,500-member …

Chauncey K. Robinson (2021-02-24). Biden immigration bill has shortcomings, but shows promise on several fronts. peoplesworld.org The Biden administration has introduced a sweeping new immigration bill that stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's four years of attacks on undocumented workers and their families. The new bill is being seen by many as a bold step in a better direction, but some immigrant rights activists are pointing out shortcomings in the …

David Rosen (2021-02-24). Confronting the Digital Divide: New York City vs. Verizon. counterpunch.org The United States is a divided nation, one expressed in all-too-many ways as evident by the 2020 presidential election and the failed January 6th insurrection. Unfortunately, one of its most telling expressions is the digital divide, in which more well-to-do urban and suburban locals get superior if over-priced telecom services while whole swaths of urban

Ed Rampell (2021-02-24). 'Executive Order': A futuristic 'final solution' to the Brazilian 'race problem' at PAFF. peoplesworld.org Director/co-writer Lázaro Ramos's award-winning Executive Order (Medida Provisória) exemplifies what I love most about the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF): It gives movie buffs the opportunity to see films, often from far-flung destinations around the globe, that we might otherwise never have the chance to watch. Often these are worthy, well-made productions that PAFF is …

Michael Otto (2021-02-24). Ecuador elections — The calm before the storm. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador Feb. 19 — Almost 10 million voters, a record 81% of those eligible, went to the polls Feb. 7, despite the pandemic, to choose among 16 candidates in Ecuador's presidential elections. The two top vote-getters will compete in the April 11 runoff elections. No candidate received enough . . . |

Editor (2021-02-24). FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE. workers.org Join us Saturday, March 6, from 2-4 p.m. EST, for a Global Virtual Street Meeting for Mumia Abu-Jamal: FREEDOM HAS NEVER BEEN SO CLOSE. Join organizers, artists, supporters and educators as they shine a light on the important history of this international movement to #FreeMumia along with a summary . . . |

John Wojcik (2021-02-24). In plain sight, GOP senators show sabotage is their game. peoplesworld.org Republican senators exposed their true colors at separate Senate hearings on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, and those colors are not ones that would typically be shown by anyone interested in "bipartisanship." The nation was treated to the spectacle in hearings on the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol of Senate leaders of that right-wing insurrection …

Staff (2021-02-24). Pro-Fossil Fuel Senators Grill Deb Haaland as She Bids to Become First Indigenous Cabinet Secretary. democracynow.org Indigenous communities across the United States are closely following the Senate confirmation hearings of Congressmember Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's pick to lead the Interior Department, who would become the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary if she is confirmed. Haaland is a tribal citizen of the Laguna Pueblo, and the prospect of an Indigenous person leading the federal department with broad oversight of Native American affairs has galvanized support for her in Indian Country. Several Republican senators have grilled Haaland over her past comments opposing fracking, the Keystone XL oil…

Staff (2021-02-24). Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Waiting in Squalid Camps. democracynow.org One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamor…

Staff (2021-02-24). Biden Canceled Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, But Asylum Seekers Still Wait in Squalid Refugee Camps. democracynow.org One of the most controversial Trump-era immigration policies — the so-called Remain in Mexico program, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols — left about 25,000 asylum seekers stranded on the other side of the border while their cases progressed through U.S. courts. President Joe Biden has suspended that program, but immigrant advocates say his administration needs to move more quickly to undo the damage. Although dozens of asylum seekers have been allowed to trickle in, many thousands are still waiting in dangerous conditions for their chance to cross the border, including in the Matamor…

Ali Harb (2021-02-24). Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes. middleeasteye.net Top US lawmaker links Palestinians to antisemitism and hate crimes | Gregory Meeks, chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee, ruled out conditioning aid to Israel even if annexation proceeds | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 19: 43 | Congressman Gregory Meeks vowed to be a 'strong voice against antisemitism' when dealing with Palestinians (AFP/File photo) | Congressman Gregory Meeks, a key Democrat, linked Palestinians to the…

MEE staff (2021-02-24). UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison. middleeasteye.net UN rights experts urge Biden to address rights violations at Guantanamo Bay prison | A panel of rights experts welcome administration's goal of closing prison, but say it must ensure 'crimes committed there will not remain unpunished' | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 16: 41 | There are currently 40 detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison (AFP/File photo) | A panel of UN rights experts said the Biden administration's current rev…

Yossi Melman (2021-02-24). Israel is worried about the Palestinian elections. It believes Abbas is too. middleeasteye.net Israel is worried about the Palestinian elections. It believes Abbas is too | The Israeli security services have no wish to rock the boat, but they have few measures to influence the upcoming polls | Wed, 02/24/2021 – 14: 17 | An electoral worker leaves the Palestinian Central Elections Commission's office in Gaza City (Reuters) | From the perspective of the Israeli security establishment, it would ha…

Middle East Eye (2021-02-24). COVID-19: Israel Donates Vaccines to Countries that Moved Embassies to Jerusalem. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Czech Republic, Guatemala and Honduras, which have all moved their …

2021-02-23: News Headlines

Slomski A. (2021-02-23). Physician Videos Improve COVID-19 Knowledge Among Minorities. jamanetwork.com Informational videos starring physicians modestly improved coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) knowledge among US Black and Latino adults regardless of the clinician's race, according to a trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Ted Glick (2021-02-23). A Big Victory at FERC. zcomm.org Electrification of power sources, transportation vehicles and heating and cooling systems is absolutely essential to make a clean energy revolution in enough time to prevent escalating and massive, worldwide climate catastrophe…

MEE staff (2021-02-23). Covid-19: Israel donates vaccines to countries that moved embassies to Jerusalem. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel donates vaccines to countries that moved embassies to Jerusalem | Czech Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, and Palestinian Authority will receive symbolic amount of vaccines, local media report | Tue, 02/23/2021 – 16: 57 | Israel is facing mounting criticism for not inoculating Palestinians in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip (AFP) | The Czech Republic, Guatemala and Honduras, which have all move…

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). A year on, India communal riot survivors struggle to piece together lives. laprensalatina.com By Moncho Torres New Delhi, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- A year ago on Tuesday, hours before then American President Donald Trump landed in India, religious riots in New Delhi claimed 53 lives and displaced hundreds of families who struggle to rebuild their lives in an endless wait for justice. Among the dead in the worst in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). UN reports surge in civilian casualties after Afghanistan peace talks. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- The number of civilians killed and injured in Afghanistan surged after the start of peace talks even as the overall figure declined last year compared to 2019, according to a report by the United Nations released on Tuesday. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Japan prefectures want to lift emergency after Covid-19 infections decline. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Three Japanese prefectures on Tuesday asked the central government to lift the state of emergency after a decline in the rate of new Covid-19 infections and serious hospitalized patients. The state of emergency was declared in 10 of the country's 47 prefectures in early January as the country struggled with a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Massacres doubled last year in Colombia, UN says. laprensalatina.com Bogota, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Colombia suffered 76 massacres resulting in 292 deaths last year, more than doubling the number in 2020 and the highest one-year total since 2014, according to a report from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presented here Tuesday. Though the Andean nation's homicide rate declined …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Iran limits nuclear checks but says IAEA cooperation will continue. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Iran has limited international monitoring of its nuclear program but will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the foreign minister said Tuesday. "Obliged by law, we halted voluntary implementation of Additional Protocol," Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter, referring to regulation passed by Iran's parliament to stop voluntary …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). The Kenyan school where mothers bring their babies to class. laprensalatina.com By Patricia Martínez Nyeri, Kenya, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- It is recess and a group of girls make their way from the classroom to the dormitories, where pregnant students grab some respite while others nurse babies. Since January, the Serene Haven school in central Kenya has served as an oasis for teenage mothers of the so-called …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-23). Bone Cancer Survivor to Join Billionaire on SpaceX Flight. laprensalatina.com CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After beating bone cancer, Hayley Arceneaux figures rocketing into orbit on SpaceX's first private flight should be a piece of cosmic cake. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital announced on Monday, February 22, that the 29-year-old physician assistant — a former patient hired last spring — will launch later this year …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). China slams Canada for calling treatment of Uighurs 'genocide'. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- China on Tuesday slammed the Canadian parliament voted to call the treatment of the Uighur minority population a "genocide." Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Beijing had lodged a formal protest with Ottawa over the move. "Facts have proven that there was no genocide in Xinjiang. This is a lie concocted …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). The Dutch dance instructor behind the anti-curfew legal challenges. laprensalatina.com Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Dutch dance teacher Willem Engel has become the voice of the Covid denialism in the Netherlands and is the face of several legal challenges against government-mandated restrictions In an interview with Efe in his dance studio in Rotterdam, Engel celebrates his most recent victory against the current interim government — …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Troops eradicate coca fields on Mexico's southwest coast. laprensalatina.com Acapulco, Mexico, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Soldiers eradicated fields of coca — the raw material of cocaine — and a clandestine drug lab in the southern state of Guerrero, the Mexican army said. "Six coca plantations and a crude laboratory for the processing of opium paste and coca leaf were found," Lt. Col. Enrique Benitez Campoy …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Cambodia finds cases of UK variant as community Covid cluster spreads. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Cambodia announced it has detected three cases of the more contagious United Kingdom Covid-19 variant among its new infections on Tuesday, which comes amid efforts to control a spreading community cluster that has risen to almost 100 cases in three days. The Ministry of Health announced 25 new cases Tuesday, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). NASA releases 1st video, audio of Perseverance landing on Mars. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- NASA on Monday released the first video of the landing of the Perseverance exploratory probe on Mars and also the first sounds recorded by the microphones installed in the space vehicle that made a fiery descent through the planet's thin atmosphere but landed safely on the surface last week. This is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). China says global 5G development impossible without collaboration. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- China said Tuesday that the development of fifth generation (5G) networks at a global level will not be possible without collaboration or consultation between the various players in the sector due to the "complex" international situation. In a speech at the opening ceremony of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Self-defense patrol forms in Oakland's Chinatown amid crime wave. laprensalatina.com By Marc Arcas Oakland, California, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- Thefts, armed robberies and inexplicable attacks on elderly people are a cause of growing concern in Chinese immigrant neighborhoods across the United States and have led some residents of this Northern California city to form foot patrols to protect local business owners. In the Oakland Chinatown, an …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Injury-laden Real Madrid poised for Atalanta tie. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid seek to regain character in a historic first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 against Italian side Atalanta, who want to prolong their second stint in the Champions League. The Spanish powerhouse — which has won a record 13 titles at Europe's top-tier club competition …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Caracas, a city without running water. laprensalatina.com Caracas, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Jeanette Celis yearns for the rain to fall on the impoverished Caracas neighborhood of La Vega by the end of February in the hope that it could fill half a dozen containers she has around her house. Like many in Venezuela, she has been without running water for months. A sheet …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). US exceeds 500K Covid-19 deaths. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 22 (EFE).- The United States on Monday surpassed half a million deaths from Covid-19, a somber record far in excess of any other country's pandemic fatalities and which comes at a time when the Joe Biden administration is accelerating the vaccination campaign. As of 5 pm US Eastern Time, according to the independent …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). US sanctions two more members of Myanmar's military junta. laprensalatina.com Washington/Yangon, Feb 22 (efe-epa).- The United States imposed sanctions on Monday (Tuesday, Naypyitaw time) against two members of Myanmar's military junta, as anti-coup protests continued in the Southeast Asian country. The US imposed sanctions on General Maung Maung Kyaw and Lieutenant General Moe Myint Tun, members of the State Administration Council, according to a statement …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Afghanistan begins Covid-19 vaccination drive. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan began its Covid-19 vaccination drive Tuesday with the first phase immunization to inoculate frontline health workers and members of the security forces. "Today, I congratulate the whole nation of Afghanistan on the inauguration of the first phase of the corona vaccine," President Ashraf Ghani said in his speech to the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Top court reinstates Nepal's parliament dissolved two months ago. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Nepal's Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's decision to dissolve the country's parliament two months ago. A five-member bench led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana ordered the government to call a meeting of the reinstated house within 13 days, court spokesperson Bhadrakali Pokhrel told EFE. "With …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Aston Villa's players banned from using Fantasy Premier League. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Aston Villa has banned their players from participating in the Fantasy Premier League after Jack Grealish's injury was leaked as teammates removed him from their squads, British media reported. The virtual competition, with over 7 million participants in England, allows users to build a squad that earns them points in accordance …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Rescuers launch 2nd attempt to save stranded New Zealand pilot whales. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Dozens of pilot whales were refloated by rescuers at Farewell Spit in the far northwest of the South Island of New Zealand for the second consecutive day Tuesday, the country's conservation agency told EFE. Forty-nine pilot whales were found on the beach on Monday morning, but 11 died during the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). HSBC's reported profit fell by 34.7 percent in 2020. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- British bank HSBC announced Tuesday that its reported profit attributable to ordinary shareholders fell 34.7 percent in 2020 to $3.9 billion. "In 2020, HSBC had a very clear mandate — to provide stability in a highly unstable environment for our customers, communities and colleagues," Group Chief Executive Noel Quinn said in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Egypt receives 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China. laprensalatina.com Cairo, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- Egypt has received 300,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Chinese firm Sinopharm as a "gift" from the Asian country, health minister Hala Zayed announced on Tuesday. The delivery arrived at dawn at Cairo International Airport and was received by the undersecretary and spokesperson for the health ministry, Khalid Mujahid, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). The push to administer Covid vaccines to every Holocaust survivor in Israel. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- The United Hatzalah association is trying to ensure that no Holocaust survivor in Israeli goes without a Covid-19 jab by offering transport to members of this aging population, many of whom struggle with mobility, to centers. One such person is Katrina Wolfensohn, an 80-year-old of Russian descent who was picked up …

Online News Editor (2021-02-23). Naruhito thanks Japanese for 'perseverance and strength' during pandemic. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 23 (efe-epa).- In a message on his 61st birthday, Japan's emperor on Tuesday thanked the country for its "perseverance and strength" during the coronavirus pandemic. Emperor Naruhito also expressed appreciation for the work of healthcare professionals and offered his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones to the virus. His message …

Venezuela Analysis (2021-02-23). EU imposes further sanctions on Venezuela as Maduro visits UN Human Rights Council. peoplesdispatch.org Venezuela has blasted the imposition of additional European Union (EU) sanctions against nineteen politicians, state officials and security chiefs. | According to an EU Similarly, the EU accused some of the targeted figures of "undermining the oppositions' electoral rights and the…

Orinoco Tribune (2021-02-23). New European Union Sanctions on Democratic Elections: 30 Venezuelan Politicians to be Sanctioned. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The European Union (EU) announced this Friday, February 19, that the …

news.un (2021-02-23). UN rights experts call for US to address ongoing violations at 'Kafkaesque' Guantánamo military prison. news.un.org In response to the Biden Administration's announced review into closing the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday said it was vital to also address ongoing violations being committed against the 40 or so inmates still incarcerated there.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-23). Bolivian envoy submits credentials to Foreign Min. Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 23 (MNA) — Bolivia's new ambassador to Iran Romina Pérez Ramos submitted a copy of her credentials to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Sunday meeting in Tehran.

yenisafak (2021-02-23). Bolivia to receive 500,000 doses of vaccine from China. yenisafak.com A special plane of the Bolivian national airline is making its way to bring Sinopharm's coronavirus vaccines from China to its homeland, President Luis Arce has announced."We report that a [Boliviana de Aviacion] Boeing 767 plane is heading to Beijing to bring half a million Sinopharm vaccines to our country," Arce tweeted on Monday. "We appreciate President Xi Jinping's support in fighting the pandemic."The South American country has recorded more than 243,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 11,500 related deaths, according to the latest data by its Health Ministry.The country already began inoculation in late January…

news.un (2021-02-23). Climate crisis and economic shocks leave millions food insecure across Central America. news.un.org Reporting that hunger has increased almost fourfold in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in the past two years, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday warned that 1.7 million people are in the 'emergency' category of food insecurity, calling for $47.3 million now, to provide urgent food assistance.

yenisafak (2021-02-23). Brazil approves definitive use of Pfizer virus vaccine. yenisafak.com Brazil's health regulator, Anvisa, approved a definitive use of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.The decision came more than two weeks after Pfizer applied to Anvisa for permission on Feb 6."The immunizer from the Pfizer/BioNTech Laboratory had its safety, quality and efficacy, assessed and certified by the technical team of Anvisa that continues its work to protect the health of the Brazilian citizens," Anvisa said in a statement.The Chinese CoronaVac and Oxford's AstraZeneca from the UK are among vaccines that have emergency use authorization in Brazil.The South American nation i…

Staff (2021-02-23). Amazon faces a day of reckoning for its treatment of workers. therealnews.com Amazon workers and their allies rallied last weekend to support the union drive at the Bessemer, Alabama, facility. Workers say the company has failed to protect worker safety or improve working conditions even while Amazon and Jeff Bezos profited from the pandemic.

RT (2021-02-23). Amazon mysteriously pulls book critical of transgender movements, gets accused of 'digital book burning'. rt.com Author Ryan T. Anderson has blasted Amazon for removing his latest book on the rise of the transgender movement without explanation, a move that has many criticizing the company for playing politics and accusing it of censorship. | "I hope you've already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book 'When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment' from their cyber shelves…. my other four books are still available (for now)," Anderson 'When Harry Became Sally' had p…

Eds. (2021-02-23). Demographic characteristics of people receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States. mronline.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with states to provide more information on the demographic characteristics of vaccinated people.

Sami Al-Arian (2021-02-23). Mourning Dr. Agha Saeed, Celebrating his Life. counterpunch.org Dr. Agha Saeed , a towering American-Muslim figure has passed away today in a nursing home at the age of 72, due to complications from Covid-19. He had also been silently suffering from Parkinson's for over eight years. The history of American Muslims will be incomplete and extremely inadequate without recognizing Dr. Saeed's life achievements

C.J. Hopkins (2021-02-23). The Vaccine (Dis)Information War. dissidentvoice.org So, good news, folks! It appears that GloboCap's Genetic Modification Division has come up with a miracle vaccine for Covid! It's an absolutely safe, non-experimental, messenger-RNA vaccine that teaches your cells to produce a protein that triggers an immune response, just like your body's immune-system response, only better, because it's made by corporations! OK, technically, …

Raul Diego (2021-02-23). Part II — Western Capital's Long Chinese Mission: From Opium to COVID Vaccine Credentials. mintpressnews.com We examine the virtually unbroken history between American power-brokers and the highest echelons of power in China — a history that harkens back to the earliest days of capitalism, slavery, and the opium trade.

RT (2021-02-23). 'The containers offer privacy!' Biden under fire for opening child detainment center, but some liberals jump to defend him. rt.com The first child immigration detainment facility under President Joe Biden opened this week, prompting Democrats who had attacked former President Donald Trump for maintaining similar facilities to go on the defensive. | A former oil field worker camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, it was briefly used as a detainment facility by the Trump administration in 2019 before being closed down, but is now back in operation to hold "up to 700 children," with the Biden administration saying it was needed since capacity has been cut at other facilities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. | Immigration activists were saddened to hea…

RT (2021-02-23). Meghan McCain calls for firing of Fauci for 'inconsistent messaging' on Covid, gets roasted for calling vaccine rollout a disaster. rt.com Meghan McCain was taken to the woodshed online after demanding Anthony Fauci be fired for his "inconsistent messaging" on the Covid-19 pandemic, while complaining that she — a TV host — doesn't know when she'll be vaccinated. | The pundit took aim at Fauci during a Monday segment on 'The View' over a recent appearance on CNN, where the health expert suggested those who've received an immunization may still have to practice social distancing. | "I was very frustrated when I saw this clip," she said. "The fact that Dr. Fauci is going on CNN and he can't tell me that if I get the vaccine, if I'll be a…

RT (2021-02-23). #FireFauci trends as he tells vaccinated people to remain under lockdown, blames Trump's 'denial' for massive death count. rt.com Calls for White House adviser Anthony Fauci to be fired have intensified as he continues pushing lockdown restrictions and criticizing former President Donald Trump over Covid-19 deaths. | After cautioning vaccinated individuals from resuming normal activities like dining out or attending large group events, Fauci tried clarifying his stance in a Tuesday interview with CNN, saying more relaxed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be coming "soon." | The agency, Fauci said, needs to "sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then come out with a recommendation based on the…

Staff (2021-02-23). U.S. COVID Death Toll Hits 500,000 as Rich Nations Hoard Vaccines, Leaving Poorer Nations Without Any. democracynow.org The United States has passed 500,000 COVID-19 deaths, by far the highest toll in the world. The morbid milestone comes as new COVID-19 cases continue to fall across the country amid an accelerating vaccine rollout, but the head of the World Health Organization is calling on rich countries not to undermine efforts to get vaccines to poorer nations by buying up billions of doses — in some cases ordering enough to vaccinate their populations more than once. "The inequities that we've seen here are just absolutely stunning," says Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at Columbia Uni…

Peter Koenig (2021-02-23). Die Twilight Zone: Covid, das Weltwirtschaftsforum (WEF) und Eugenik. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | àúbrsetzt aus dem Englischen von Global Research: | |

RT (2021-02-23). Pfizer and Moderna pledge to Congress to ramp up Covid-19 vaccine production as US death toll tops 500,000. rt.com Pfizer and Moderna have prepared written testimonies to the US Congress, promising to boost vaccine production in the coming months, as the country's death toll from Covid-19 recently exceeded 500,000. | The companies' executives are scheduled to speak before the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on Tuesday. | According to Pfizer Chief Business Officer John Young's written testimony, the company will have 120 million doses of the vaccine available for shipment by the end of March and an additional 80 million doses by the end of May. Pfizer expects that all 300 million contracted dose…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-23). Covid-19 in Lebanon: World Bank threatens to stop funding vaccinations after violations. middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Lebanon: World Bank threatens to stop funding vaccinations after violations | Lebanon's vaccine committee said on Tuesday that a number of lawmakers had received the jab without its approval | Tue, 02/23/2021 – 14: 02 | People receive Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines at the Lebanese American University Medical Center in Beirut, Lebanon, on 16 February 2021 (Reuters) | The head…

Eliza Egret (2021-02-23). Matt Hancock's audacity is off the scale as he refuses to apologise for breaking the law. thecanary.co It should no longer come as a surprise, watching Matt Hancock give himself a pat on the back for how he's handled the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It should also come as no surprise that he accepts zero responsibility for almost But Hancock's audacity flew off the chart on 23 February when he insisted that his team should be thanked, and that there had been no national shortage of PPE. Does Hancock think that a successful roll-out of vaccines…