2021-03-05: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-03-05). Dozens of COVID-19 infections shut down Detroit Whole Foods. wsws.org Twenty-three out of 196 workers at a Detroit Whole Foods store tested positive, temporarily shutting the store down.

Juan Cole (2021-03-05). Typical Republican: The Racism and Anti-Science behind Texas Gov. Greg Abbot's Lifting of Covid Restrictions. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week lifted the Texas mask mandate and allowed businesses freely to open. Roughly half the deaths and severe illness owing to Covid-19 are among minorities, including African-Americans and Latinos, even though those two groups make up less than a third of Americans. State Sen. Borris …

FAIR Health (2021-03-05). The Impact of COVID-19 on Pediatric Mental Health. globalresearch.ca Summary | The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental …

WSWS (2021-03-05). Another 745,000 jobless claims filed as Senate takes up Biden's COVID-19 relief bill. wsws.org Historically unprecedented jobless claims continued as Biden and the Democrats move forward with an inadequate "relief" bill…

The Canary (2021-03-05). Damning court verdict finds failure to declare hundreds of contracts and that Johnson 'misled Parliament'. thecanary.co The government unlawfully failed to publish details of more than 500 coronavirus-related contracts within the required time, the High Court has said. | Failures: | The Good Law Project took legal action against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its "wholesale failure" to disclose details of contracts agreed during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. | The government is required by law to publish a "contract award notice" within 30 days of the award of any contracts for public goods or services worth more than £120,000. | At a hearing last month, the Good Law Project argued there h…

Staff (2021-03-05). New York Congressmember Mondaire Jones: Israel Should Ensure Palestinians Have Access to COVID Vaccine. democracynow.org Israel has failed to make COVID-19 vaccines available to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, despite its responsibility under the Geneva Conventions. Critics in the United States say this "vaccine apartheid" is another example of Israeli human rights abuses going unpunished, even as the country receives billions in U.S. aid each year. Congressmember Mondaire Jones of New York says Israel must ensure that Palestinians are vaccinated. "There's no question about that," he says. "I don't think that anyone can argue otherwise in good conscience."

Brian Shilhavy (2021-03-05). 460 Dead 243,612 Reported Injuries from COVID-19 Vaccines Reported in the U.K. globalresearch.ca The UK Government's

Staff (2021-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2021. democracynow.org Republican Senators Work to Derail $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill, White House Defends Biden's Remark That "Neanderthal Thinking" GOP Governors Ended Mask Mandates, New York Gov. Cuomo's Aides Doctored Nursing Home Death Data in July Report on COVID-19, Charlotte Bennett Describes Sexual Harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in TV Interview, Florida Democrats Demand FBI Probe of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Who Prioritized Donors for Vaccination, India, South Africa Ask WTO for Patent Waiver to Allow Generic COVID-19 Drugs & Vaccines, Former Trump Admin Official Charged with Assaulting Cop at January 6 Capitol Riot, Senat…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Australia requests review of Italy's Covid-19 vaccine blockade. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Australia on Friday asked the European Commission (EC) to review Italy's decision to block the shipment of 250,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from a facility in the country to the Oceanian nation. "Australia has raised the issue with the European Commission through multiple channels, and in particular, we have …

yenisafak (2021-03-05). COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Uganda, Mali. yenisafak.com Uganda and Mali on Friday received their first batches of AstraZeneca vaccine donations from the COVAX Facility, a UN initiative to ensure COVID-19 vaccine access to the world's most vulnerable.The first doses in the landlocked country of Uganda will be used to vaccinate people who are most vulnerable and those at more risk such as healthcare workers, security personnel, teachers, and other essential social service providers, said the country's health minister.The Ugandan Health Ministry says it will administer the AstraZeneca vaccine eight weeks apart despite studies showing that a gap of 12 weeks leads to highe…

RT (2021-03-05). Republican senator forces clerks to read Biden's Covid bill for TEN HOURS, in last-ditch effort to block. rt.com Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has infuriated Democrats by demanding that Senate clerks read each and every page of Joe Biden's $2 trillion Covid-19 relief bill aloud. To some Dems, bills are better passed with no debate. | President Joe Biden's Covid-19 relief bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, weighs in at a whopping 628 pages. It offers relief checks of $1,400 to eligible Americans, though more than three quarters of its $1.9 trillion

RT (2021-03-05). Covid-19 has been 'really good' for CNN's ratings, WarnerMedia CEO says at Morgan Stanley conference. rt.com While Covid-19 has claimed more than 2.5 million lives worldwide, the chief executive at CNN's parent firm is looking on the bright side, telling a virtual audience the pandemic has been "really good" for the outlet's ratings. | Jason Kilar — the CEO of WarnerMedia, which owns the cable network — appeared at Morgan Stanley's 'Technology, Media and Telecom' virtual conference on Thursday, where he was asked about CNN and whether it could keep up its current momentum. | "I'd say that it turns out that pandemic is a pretty big part of the news cycle, and that's not going away anytime soon," he replied,…

WSWS Repost (2021-03-05). US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread. indybay.org While the federal CDC has criticized Texas for ending all COVID-19 restrictions, the Biden administration policy of reopening all schools will have the same effect of spreading the pandemic.

R.R. (2021-03-05). New England Journal of Medicine: Decarceration Necessary to Stop Spread of Covid. indybay.org Summarized below is an article in the New England Journal of Medicine published on March 3, 2021 "Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons." Link here to full article, may require a subscription.

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-05). Mumia Health Update / March 6 Global Virtual Street Meeting. indybay.org On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized. When he put in a sick call slip and was seen by the SCI Mahanoy medical staff he was taken immediately to the hospital suffering chest pain and shortness of breath. Diagnosed with congestive heart failure he was given a battery of tests…At the hospital his seriology blood test was positive for Covid-19.

yenisafak (2021-03-05). US economy adds 379,000 jobs, unemployment at 6.2%. yenisafak.com The US economy added 379,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 6.2% in February, the Department of Labor announced Friday.The market estimate for nonfarm payrolls was an increase of 182,000 for February, while job losses for January were revised up by 117,000, from 49,000 to 166,000, according to data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The unemployment rate also managed to beat the market expectation as the consensus for it was to remain unchanged at 6.3% in February from the previous month.The number of unemployed individuals in the US decreased to 10 million last month. Due to COVID-19, more than 22 million…

yenisafak (2021-03-05). EU okays $155M for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan. yenisafak.com The EU will support Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon with ‚Ǩ130 million ($155 million), the bloc announced on Friday.The EU adopted a ‚Ǩ130 million package to help Syrian refugees and hosting local communities in Jordan and Lebanon in providing social protection, healthcare, education and sanitization.‚Ä®Lebanon will receive ‚Ǩ98 million, while Jordan will get ‚Ǩ32 million.‚Ä®The support also aims at helping the COVID-19 vaccination in Lebanon, as well as assisting the reconstruction of…

A Guest Author (2021-03-05). #LettersToBessemer: Black Workers Matter. workers.org From People's Power Assembly NYC and Workers Assembly Against Racism: Since early February 2021, a Black women-led unionizing struggle has been happening in a Bessemer, Ala., Amazon warehouse. They've organized in response to dangerous working conditions including: 1) dangerously inadequate COVID-19 protocols; 2) no hazard pay, even as essential workers . . . |

Betsey Piette (2021-03-05). Mumia has COVID-19 — the only treatment is his freedom! workers.org Word has come that Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has tested positive for COVID-19. Supporters learned of the diagnosis March 3, as they were gathered in front of the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's release and that of all incarcerated people over 50, who . . . |

Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach (2021-03-05). Bad Stimulus: the Problems with Biden's COVID Relief Package. counterpunch.org The new Democratic administration is poised to make its first proud step in delivering on its electoral promise to build back (America) better: the successful adoption of a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, the main components of which are a third round of stimulus checks, a renewal of federal unemployment benefits, and a boost to the

Kathleen Wallace (2021-03-05). Snatching Conceit From the Jaws of Victory. counterpunch.org "Why are we wasting vaccinations on Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus?" — Keith Olbermann "Texas—we hear you. You didn't want to be part of our electrical grid. And now you've removed your mask mandate & are allowing large crowds to gather. We hear you! COVID is a hoax!

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Man Utd legend tackling homelessness with Covid-safe pods. laprensalatina.com By Clà udia Sacrest Stoke-on-Trent (UK), Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Dignified housing pods set up in a large industrial warehouse in the English city of Stoke-on-Trent offer homeless people an opportunity to take the first step away from life on the street. Former Manchester United legend and Scotland international Lou Macari founded the initiative four years ago …

Byorn Radke, J Bischoff, B Mueller (2021-03-05). Corona vaccines-nothing would work without public funding. indybay.org "The Covid 19 crisis is a perfect test of whether a more public health approach to innovation and production will prevail in the years ahead. Although recent vaccine news has raised hopes, it has also exposed the broken business model of the pharmaceutical industry and cast doubt on the prospects of getting a vaccine to people and achieving the concept of 'health for all.'" (Ms. Mazzucato)…

John Nichols (2021-03-05). South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Is a Deadlier, More Delusional Alternative to Trump. thenation.com South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Is a Deadlier, More Delusional Alternative to Trump…

Online News Editor (2021-03-05). Pope arrives in Iraq for historic trip amid Covid, security risks. laprensalatina.com Baghdad, Mar 5 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad on Friday for the first ever papal visit to Iraq, and his first trip abroad since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year. He will meet members of the country's Christian minority community which was persecuted by the Islamic State that occupied parts of Iraq …

Staff (2021-03-05). Rev. William Barber to Democrats: Overrule the Senate Parliamentarian & Pass the $15 Minimum Wage. democracynow.org The Senate has voted to open debate on President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation has widespread support from voters, with one new poll showing 77% of Americans support the bill, including nearly 60% of Republicans. But the Senate bill has some key differences from the package approved by the House, including a reduction in the number of people eligible for direct stimulus checks and no provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. However, the Fight for 15 continues, with the Senate considering an amendment by Senator Bernie Sanders to raise the minimum wage fro…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-05). UK must invest to keep up with RNA vaccine revolution — Robin Shattock. imperial.ac.uk Professor Robin Shattock says the UK needs to invest more in RNA vaccine technology to better prepare us for future pandemics.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-03-05). Ph.D university entrance exam. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 05 (MNA) — This year's Ph.D university entrance exam started on Friday morning. The following photos show the students doing the test at Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran (SBU) while wearing a face mask amid the pandemic.

Zero Hedge (2021-03-05). "Complete Loss of Trust": Half of French Home Health Workers Say They'll Resist Taking Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Astounding new figures out of France suggest what is no doubt …

John P. Geyman (2021-03-05). The Private Health Insurance Industry: Should It Be Eliminated? counterpunch.org Many Americans assume that the private health insurance industry is an unmovable fixture in the U. S. health care system, but there is a growing need to re-examine that premise. Over recent decades, its performance has been increasingly profit-driven to the point of now becoming unaffordable for patients, their families, employers and taxpayers. The time

Morteza Rezaei (2021-03-05). Hell in Every Way: My Life Inside a Temporary Refugee Camp on Lesbos. counterpunch.org In this temporary camp on Lesbos, the singles have been separated from the families. In the singles section in the early days we had little access to electricity. They brought water to the camp by tanker. The bathrooms were very few and smelled foul. After a while a healthcare facility was set up. Access to

The Canary (2021-03-05). Mass slow handclap urged in protest over proposed 1% pay rise for NHS workers. thecanary.co The public is being urged to join a mass slow handclap against the Government's proposed 1% rise for NHS staff. | Unison said people should stand on their doorsteps and balconies to protest next Thursday (11 March) at 8pm to show what they think about the planned "derisory" wage increase. | The gesture of support for NHS workers should be repeated three weeks later on 1 April, the day staff were due to have their next wage increase, said the union. | "Let's now stand up for their right to fair wages": | Unison general secretary Christina McAnea said: "Millions stood on doorsteps and clapped for health sta…

The Canary (2021-03-05). Industrial action threat amid anger over 1% pay rise for NHS workers. thecanary.co A leading union has warned of industrial action amid mounting anger over the Government's recommendation of a 1% pay rise for nurses and other health workers. | Unite, which represents tens of thousands of health service staff, said it will now be considering all its options, including holding an industrial action ballot, as part of its campaign for a decent pay rise. | The government sparked fresh anger on Friday when it defended its call for pay to be pegged at 1%. | Health Minister Nadine Dorries said the Government could not afford to give NHS staff in England a pay rise of more than 1% following the revelati…

Commonwealth Club (2021-03-05). Wednesday 3/10: Mental Health & Communities of Color: From Stigma to Solutions. indybay.org Online event…

Steve Zeltzer (2021-03-05). "Elephant In the Room" SF Board Of Supervisor's Hearing On Health Crisis At TI. indybay.org At an San Francisco Board of Supervisors special hearing on February 8, 2021 residents and whistleblowers from Treasure Island reported on the massive contamination, health problems and over-up by the City, State and Federal government of the Superfund nuclear radioactive dump site. It was used as a nuclear war training facility for sailor and the Island is now a major contraction zone for 8,000 condos despite the dangers according to residents and inspectors. | City officials from DPH said they can't help the residents and the Navy was a no show.

yenisafak (2021-03-05). Women live longer, but have fewer healthy years in Turkey. yenisafak.com Women in Turkey live longer lives than men on average but enjoy nearly four fewer healthy years, according to statistics released in the runup to next Monday's International Women's Day.Based on data from 2017-2019, at birth women in Turkey are set to enjoy 55.4 years of healthy life, versus 59.1 years for males, said the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) on Friday.But the data said women's life expectancy at birth is 5.4 years longer than men's."Life expectancy at birth was 78.6 years for the overall population, 81.3 years for females and 75.9 years for males," it said.Women make up 49.9% of Turkey's tota…

Richard Becker (2021-03-05). Top Pentagon commander requests astronomical sum of money to prepare for war with China. liberationnews.org The funding increase that Davidson is seeking for his command — not the total allocation — is greater than the entire budget of the whole armed forces of Brazil.

A Guest Author (2021-03-05). Gulf Coast says: Support #BAmazon Union! workers.org By Sean Miller Members of Black Voters Matter, Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast branch and others hosted a Feb. 20 rally in downtown Pensacola, Fla., in support of the Bessemer, Ala., Amazon workers union drive. Joining over 50 other cities in a Day of Solidarity actions, they spoke out for . . . |

Miko Peled (2021-03-05). Israel: Orthodox Religious Parties Shaken by Supreme Court Ruling on Law of Return. mintpressnews.com The Israeli Supreme Court ruling on the application of the Law of Return threatens ultimate dilution of the political power of Israel's Orthodox religious parties, and thus has the potential to shake up the upcoming election's dynamics.

Staff (2021-03-05). Rep. Mondaire Jones: Voting Rights Bill H.R. 1 Is of "Foundational Importance" to U.S. Democracy. democracynow.org The House of Representatives has approved sweeping legislation protecting the right to vote with the For the People Act, which has been described as the most sweeping pro-democracy bill in decades. The legislation is aimed at improving voter registration and access to voting, ending partisan and racial gerrymandering, forcing the disclosure of dark money donors, increasing public funding for candidates, and imposing strict ethical and reporting standards on members of Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill, which comes amid a nationwide attack on voting rights in courthouses and statehouses, is heading to…

Paul Street (2021-03-05). Killer Kim Reynolds and the Fascist State of Iowa. counterpunch.org The affluent and older white male "leftists" who minimize the threat posed by the ever more fascistic Republican Party tend to live in big "blue" cities where the Amerikaner Republivolk are a distinct minority. Some of these privileged urbanites might want to spend some time in a pandemo-fascist white-supremacist state like Iowa, which sent Steve

Eve Ottenberg (2021-03-05). What the Ecuadoran Elections Mean for the U.S. counterpunch.org The pink tide is coming back in — much to the chagrin of many in the U.S. government. With leftist governments in Bolivia, Venezuela, Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico and Cuba, the prospect of yet another, this time in Ecuador, doubtless keeps regime changers, right-wing think tankers and other assorted Washington imperialists up at night. All those leftists the U.S. had murdered over the years, all the death squads the U.S. gave the nod to, all those dictators the North American empire supported — for what? After generations of slaughter, the victims' heirs keep taking over. The U.S. sponsored the exterm…

Staff (2021-03-05). "We Do This 'Til We Free Us": Mariame Kaba on Abolishing Police, Prisons & Moving Toward Justice. democracynow.org Outrage over police brutality and the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people has generated calls to defund and abolish the police. Longtime organizer Mariame Kaba's new book, titled "We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice," brings together collected essays, interviews and other writings that she and numerous collaborators produced between 2014 — the year of the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police killing of Michael Brown — and today. Kaba says the book grapples with "the fact that so many people around the country recognize the complete and utte…

National Lawyers Guild (2021-03-05). The case for abolition, for skeptics. mronline.org In the final piece of the series, NLG Anti-Racism Committee Co-Chair and one of the proponents of the 2020 policing resolution Kira Kelley makes the case for the abolition of policing and offers examples of individuals and projects taking power and resources away from police and prisons to create non-carceral, non-punitive alternatives.

William J. Astore (2021-03-05). Failing Upward: Pentagon's more and more Expensive Boondoggles (that don't even work). juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — Cancel culture is a common, almost viral, term in political and social discourse these days. Basically, somebody expresses views considered to be outrageous or vile or racist or otherwise insensitive and inappropriate. In response, that person is "canceled," perhaps losing a job or otherwise sidelined and silenced. In being deplatformed by Twitter, …

Zac Vecellio, Brianna Griffith (2021-03-05). Abbott forces Texas "OPEN 100%" just weeks after deadly storm. liberationnews.org Abbott has billed the new order as a victory for "freedom," even as he undermines cities' freedom to protect their own populations with mask mandates and protective measures.

Don Fitz (2021-03-05). From the Murder of Berta Cáceres to the Dam Disaster in Uttarakhand. counterpunch.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 insatiable greed of capitalism for more energy than either narrative does by itself.

John Feffer (2021-03-05). The Odyssey of An Wei, the Forest Gump of China. counterpunch.org The story of An Wei overlaps almost perfectly with the story of Communist China. Born in a small village some distance from the northwestern city of Xian, An Wei was seven years old when Mao took control of the country in 1949. As the son of peasants, he was part of the first generation of

Rob Urie (2021-03-05). Economic Growth is the Cause of Climate Change, Not the Solution to It. counterpunch.org Through 2019, the last year for which data is available, greenhouse gas emissions and global GDP growth remained as highly correlated as they have been for the last half century. What this means is that despite the rhetorical back-and-forth over technological innovation and government policies as potential solutions to climate change, the role of economic

Areeb Ullah (2021-03-05). UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims. middleeasteye.net UN expert warns counter-terror policies led to 'further stigmatisation' of Muslims | UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed said Islamophobia has reached 'epidemic proportions' across the world | Fri, 03/05/2021 – 16: 21 | UN expert Ahmed Shaheed said Muslim women face the triple threat of discrimination due to their gender, ethnicity, and religion (AFP) | A United Nations expert has warned that counter-ter…

2021-03-04: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-03-04). New York City educators call for action to stop in-person schooling and save lives. wsws.org Under conditions in which the New York B.1.526 variant of COVID-19 is spreading throughout the city, the drive to reopen all schools will only lead to further infections and deaths.

Mandy Smithberger (2021-03-04). The Pentagon, First, Last, and Always. counterpunch.org This country is in a crisis of the first order. More than half a million of us have died thanks to Covid-19. Food insecurity is on the rise, with nearly 24 million Americans going hungry, including 12 million children. Unemployment claims filed since the pandemic began have now reached 93 million. Given the level of

Prison Radio (2021-03-04). Mumia Abu Jamal Has Congestive Heart Failure and Is COVID-19 Positive. globalresearch.ca On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized. When he put in a …

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-03-04). The pandemic and the rise of the right in Germany. peoplesdispatch.org Luca Schaefer from the International Board of the Socialist German Workers' Youth (SDAJ) speaks about the impact of COVID-19 in Germany and the state of the left…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). WHO hails women's role in fighting pandemic. yenisafak.com Speaking at a virtual news conference on the impact of COVID-19 on women in Africa ahead of International Women's Day celebrated on March 8 every year, Matshidiso Moeti said: "They [women] make up 70% of the global health workforce, and many women are on the frontlines, especially as nurses and community health workers."This year, the theme for International Women's Day, Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, celebrates the efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic, highlighting the gaps that remain, according to UN Women…

news.un (2021-03-04). UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout. news.un.org The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for temporary basic income for millions of the world's poorest women, to help them cope with effects of coronavirus pandemic and alleviate the economic pressures they face every day.

news.un (2021-03-04). Mental health alert for 332 million children linked to COVID-19 lockdown policies: UNICEF. news.un.org The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, says the mental health of millions of children worldwide has been put at risk, with at least one in seven forced to remain at home under nationwide public health orders — or recommendations — during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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…

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…

David Nolan (2021-03-04). Do Not Rollout COVID-19 Vaccine Passports. globalresearch.ca We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any …

Prof. Esther Jones (2021-03-04). Many Black Americans Aren't Rushing to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine — A Long History of Medical Abuse Suggests Why. globalresearch.ca Black Americans have been the

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). 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 …

WSWS Repost (2021-03-04). US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread. indybay.org While the federal CDC has criticized Texas for ending all COVID-19 restrictions, the Biden administration policy of reopening all schools will have the same effect of spreading the pandemic.

R.R. (2021-03-04). New England Journal of Medicine: Decarceration Necessary to Stop Spread of Covid. indybay.org Summarized below is an article in the New England Journal of Medicine published on March 3, 2021 "Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons." Link here to full article, may require a subscription.

Shepard Ambellas (2021-03-04). Mike Pompeo Admits COVID-19 Is a "Live Exercise," Trump Retorts "I Wish You Would Have Told Us" globalresearch.ca First published March 21, 2020 | United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a slip of the tongue while addressing the American people from the White House when he stated that COVID-19 is a live military exercise. | "This is not …

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, …

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…

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…

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). 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). WHO warns of rise in cases in Europe. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned of a rise in Covid-19 infections in Europe after six consecutive weeks of declines. At a press conference, the director of WHO-Europe, Hans Kluge, said measures to control the contagion needed to be boosted, with special attention to the most contagious new variants. …

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 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Pandemic spurs record increase in poverty in LatAm. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented increase in poverty in what was already the world's most unequal region, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says in a report presented here Thursday. The ranks of the poor grew last year by 22 million to 209 …

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

David McLoone (2021-03-04). Kids Now 10 Times More Likely to Die from Suicide than COVID, Tucker Reveals in Devastating Monologue. globalresearch.ca On

Peter Koenig (2021-03-04). Our Children Are Crying. "The Covid Stranglehold" globalresearch.ca "Children are the world's most valuable resource, and its best hope …

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…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-03-04). Death Rates Skyrocket in Israel Following Pfizer Experimental COVID "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca We have previously reported how Israel rapidly vaccinated the highest percentage …

Mike Davis, The Nation (2021-03-04). Covid at 1 Year and Counting: The American Book of the Dead. thenation.com Covid at 1 Year and Counting: The American Book of the Dead…

_____ (2021-03-04). We Should Be Taxing The Rich, Not The Unemployed. popularresistance.org With tax season well underway, many Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and found some relief in supercharged unemployment benefits last year are discovering that they now owe the federal government hundreds—even thousands—of dollars in surprise payments, an economic nightmare for low-income people and a looming political catastrophe for the party currently in power. | Because unemployment benefits in the United States are classified as taxable income, a potentially significant portion of the estimated 40 million Americans who received unemployment insurance (UI) in 2020 "wil…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). US holds migrant kids in custody more than legal limit. yenisafak.com Citing internal documents, CNN reported on Wednesday that unaccompanied children are coming into US custody "at levels beyond" the Health and Human Services Department's (HHS) ability to house them due to limited shelter capacity amid the coronavirus outbreak.In the last 21 days around 340 children who crossed the border alone were taken by the Border Patrol, according to Customs and Border Protection documents.The average time in detention facilities, which are not meant to hold children, was 77 hours — five hours longer than the legal limit of 72 hours, said the documents.After being taken into Border Pat…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). Turkey's growth in agriculture posts 3-year high. yenisafak.com Agriculture in Turkey registered 4.8% year-on-year growth in 2020 — the highest in the last three years, the country's agriculture and forestry minister said Thursday.The average growth rate of the agricultural sector was 2.8% over the last two decades, Bekir Pakdemirli said in a video he posted on Twitter.Stressing that the sector continued to develop and grow despite the coronavirus pandemic and drought, Pakdemirli said the country's agricultural output had reached 333.3 billion Turkish liras ($47.4 billion), which was up 20% from a year ago."We continue our leadership in agricultural output in Europe," he sai…

Aja Beech (2021-03-04). The Pandemic Has Laid Bare the Cruel Burdens Placed on Single Mothers. thenation.com The Pandemic Has Laid Bare the Cruel Burdens Placed on Single Mothers…

Iain Davis (2021-03-04). Coronavirus Lockdown and What You Are Not Being Told. globalresearch.ca First published on Global Research in April 2020. | In

Victor Grossman (2021-03-04). Germany's Linke (the Left Party) comes out of its convention united. peoplesworld.org BERLIN — Things worked out quite differently than many in the media here said they would at the congress of the LINKE, the country's left-wing party. The pandemic had forced postponements from June 2020 to October 2020 and from last October to last weekend, with most of the 580 delegates at home in front of …

OtherWords (2021-03-04). Essential Workers deserve $15/ hr. — Remember when we Fêted them for Serving us in Pandemic? juancole.com By Eshawney Gaston | — ( Otherwords.org) — I'm one of America's millions of essential workers. We're working in your children's schools, at your grocery stores, and at drive-through windows. We're cleaning your homes. And we're struggling so hard to make ends meet. Congress is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an …

Victor Grossman (2021-03-04). Berlin Bulletin: Surprise on the Left! counterpunch.org Surprise, surprise! Things worked out quite differently than expected at the congress of the LINKE, the left-wing party. The surprise was not that it took place at all, after the pandemic forced postponements from June to October and from October to last weekend, with most of the 580 delegates at home in front of a

Rosemary Frei (2021-03-04). The Seven-Step Path from Pandemic to Totalitarianism. globalresearch.ca First published on GR in April 2020. | Incisive article which revealed …

Peter Koenig (2021-03-04). Bill Gates and the Depopulation Agenda. Robert F. Kennedy Junior Calls for an Investigation. globalresearch.ca Robert F Kennedy Jr, an avid Defender of Children's Rights and anti-vaccination activist, has launched a petition sent to the White House, calling for "Investigations into the 'Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' for Medical Malpractice & Crimes Against Humanity"

Mike Walter (2021-03-04). The Heat: Cautious optimism in U.S. with vaccine push. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Joe Biden announces a breakthrough in vaccine availability amid concerns that some states may be lifting restrictions too soon.

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…

Hugo Talks (2021-03-04). Video: The Dark Future of Health Passports. globalresearch.ca "We know they really want you to get a vaccine passport. …

WSWS (2021-03-04). The end of the UK lockdown and the way forward for the working class. wsws.org The government is committing murder on a mass scale. The pursuit of "herd immunity" by allowing the virus to spread unchecked has always been its policy.

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

Labor Video Project (2021-03-04). SF Treasure Island Radioactive Dump Site Cover-up, Residents & Workers With Attorney Goff. indybay.org There are now plans to build 8,000 high priced condos on contaminated Treasure Island. Thousands of residents many of them Black and poor have been contaminated and sickened by serious radioactive contamination. Civil rights attorney Stanley Goff talks about the issue of his lawsuit representing residents who have been harmed from the contamination. He also talks about the cover-up of the serious health and safety problems.

yenisafak (2021-03-04). 'Stop murdering, jailing protesters,' UN tells Myanmar. yenisafak.com Myanmar's security forces must "halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors," the UN human rights chief said on Thursday."Myanmar's military must stop murdering and jailing protestors," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement."It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against peaceful protesters across the country," she added.Bachelet said she was also appalled at the documented attacks against emergency medical staff and ambulances attempting to provide care to those injured during protests since the junta seized power on Feb. 1."The UN Hu…

RT (2021-03-04). WATCH: White House abruptly cuts live feed after Biden says 'happy to take questions' at virtual event. rt.com US President Joe Biden said he would be "happy" to field live questions at the tail-end of a virtual event, but was swiftly cut off when the White House inexplicably dropped the video feed, leaving some viewers bewildered. | "I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do," Biden said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic "Virtual Issues Conference" wrapped up on Wednesday night. But after a brief pause, the feed was brusquely taken offline. | The White House abruptly cuts the live video feed of a virtual event after President Biden said he was "ha…

RT (2021-03-04). House CANCELS March 4 session after Capitol Police cites 'possible plot' by militia. rt.com The US House of Representatives won't be in session on Thursday, after Capitol Police, the FBI, and Homeland Security said extremists were discussing possible threats to Congress. The Senate is not changing its schedule, however. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) moved to Wednesday evening the vote on a police reform bill that was scheduled for Thursday. Multiple media outlets reported that the March 4 session of the lower chamber was canceled altogether. | Earlier in the day, US Capitol Police announced it would bolster its security profile due to "intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach t…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). WHO hails women's role in fighting pandemic. yenisafak.com Speaking at a virtual news conference on the impact of COVID-19 on women in Africa ahead of International Women's Day celebrated on March 8 every year, Matshidiso Moeti said: "They [women] make up 70% of the global health workforce, and many women are on the frontlines, especially as nurses and community health workers."This year, the theme for International Women's Day, Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, celebrates the efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic, highlighting the gaps that remain, according to UN Women…

2021-03-03: News Headlines

Raul Diego (2021-03-03). The Bits and Bytes of The Great Reset: COVID-19 and the Scaling Up of Data-Capitalism. mintpressnews.com The so-called Great Reset amounts to little more than a campaign to turn humanity into datasets, which the world's most powerful hedge funds and transnational corporations can use to create more profits for themselves and their clients.

Special to People's World (2021-03-03). The devastating, irreparable death of Aruká Juma. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas — The death of the last survivor of the Juma people, the warrior Amoim Aruká, from complications linked to COVID-19, is an incalculable tragedy. The Juma people suffered innumerable massacres throughout their history. There were 15,000 of them at the turn of the 20th century and by 2002 there were only five Jumas …

teleSUR (2021-03-03). US Halts Trials of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma in Patients. telesurenglish.net The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has halted a clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 convalescent plasma in treating emergency department patients who developed mild to moderate symptoms. | RELATED: | An independent data and safety monitoring board met for the second planned interim analysis of the trial data, and determined that while the convalescent plasma intervention cau…

Luis Manuel Arce Isaac (2021-03-03). Un año de pandemia de COVID-19 y de infodemia en México. globalizacion.ca El 27 de febrero se cumplió un año de pandemia de Covid-19 en México cuando se detectó el primer caso de un enfermo con lo que se denominó entonces el "nuevo coronavirus" aun sin clasificarse como SARS-CoV2. Y al día…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-03). Irish left slams violent anti-lockdown protests and government's poor handling of COVID-19 crisis. peoplesdispatch.org Far-right groups in Ireland were part of a violent demonstration in capital Dublin on February 27, protesting the extension of the lockdown due to COVID-19…

Tomdispatch (2021-03-03). The Real Threats to America are the Pandemic and Poverty; why Give Ever More Money to the Pentagon? juancole.com By Mandy Smithberger | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — This country is in a crisis of the first order. More than half a million of us have died thanks to Covid-19. Food insecurity is on the rise, with nearly 24 million Americans going hungry, including 12 million children. Unemployment claims filed since the pandemic began have …

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.

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). 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). 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. …

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 …

RT (2021-03-03). You're not supposed to say that out loud! Covid-19 vaccines & 'return to normal' might hurt Facebook's bottom line, CFO admits. rt.com Facebook's CFO is concerned that as more people get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, they'll be less likely to click on Facebook ads and more likely to seek out travel and non-sedentary pursuits. | CFO David Wehner Speaking at the Morg…

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…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-03-03). Zombie mink, infected escapees, and COVID outbreaks: How mink farms became a political flash point. salon.com Mink farms are notoriously oppressive, but COVID-19 outbreaks at facilities are putting them in the spotlight…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-03). Rebuilding from the bottom up. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 03 (MNA) — The COVID-19 pandemic raised serious questions about crisis management models and brought emerging trends on citizen-driven and collaborative crisis management to the attention.

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…

Global Research News (2021-03-03). Selected Articles: C.Y.A. and "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine is an "Unapproved Product" globalresearch.ca By Pfizer Inc…

Kareem Chehayeb (2021-03-03). Covid-19 in Lebanon: Health workers yet to receive vaccines as MPs jump the queue. middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Lebanon: Health workers yet to receive vaccines as MPs jump the queue | After Lebanese lawmakers were controversially inoculated, half of the country's overwhelmed medical workers anxiously await their turn | Wed, 03/03/2021 – 10: 58 | A medic prepares a dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at Lebanon's American University Medical Centre in the capital Beirut, on 14 Februa…

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…

teleSUR (2021-03-03). Guatemala Receives 100,000 COVID-19 Vaccines Donated by India. telesurenglish.net Guatemala on Tuesday received 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines donated by India that will allow authorities to continue the vaccination campaign in the country. | RELATED: | The donation of Covishield vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca laboratory arrived at 23h00 local time on a plane from Mumbai, India. | The immunizer, which requires the injection of two doses between eight and twelve weeks apart, joins the 2,500 Moderna…

Dr. Simone Gold (2021-03-03). Video: Dr. Simone Gold — The Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Dr. Simone Gold of America's Frontline Doctors shared information about the …

teleSUR (2021-03-03). Brazil: Senate Pass Bill to Allow Companies to Buy Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Senate Tuesday passed a bill that allows the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by private companies and subnational governments before the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) registers the immunizers. | RELATED: | Buying drugs without Anvisa's approval will allow the country to purchase India's Covaxin vaccine and the Russian Sputnik V. The rule, however, establishes that the immunizers can be adminis…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-03). C.Y.A. and "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine is an "Unapproved Product" which is "Permitted for Use" globalresearch.ca Pfizer Inc, is currently involved in marketing its experimental mRNA vaccine …

news.un (2021-03-03). 'Historic moment' as COVID-19 vaccines touchdown in Sudan and Rwanda. news.un.org Through the UN-led vaccine initiative COVAX, Sudan and Rwanda have become the latest beneficiaries to receive the lifesaving COVID-19 inoculation, UN agencies reported on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-03-03). FROM THE FIELD: Taming the illegal wildlife trafficking trade. news.un.org Cargo ships have become increasingly favoured over the last year as a means for criminal organizations to transport illegal wildlife products, , after COVID-19 related restrictions disrupted other forms of transportation.

Staff (2021-03-03). Cuomo Must Go: Calls Grow to Remove NY Governor over COVID Nursing Home Cover-up & Sexual Harassment. democracynow.org New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing mounting calls from fellow Democrats and progressive organizations to resign or be impeached over sexual harassment allegations and his cover-up of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in New York nursing homes. New York Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation after three women — two former aides and a woman who met Cuomo at a friend's wedding reception — accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. "Credible accusations of sexual harassment made by these courageous women coming forward show a clear pattern of Cuomo's abuse of power," says New York Assembly…

Reposted article by Dave Lindorff (2021-03-03). Urgent: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal! indybay.org This article was first published by ThisCantBeHappening.net as "Urgent news: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal –Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now in His 40th Year as an Incarcerated Prisoner, Has Covid-19," and was reprinted today at Counterpunch.org.

George Ochenski (2021-03-03). When Legislatures Go on Break, It's Time to Give Them an Earful. counterpunch.org During a regular Montana legislative session in the pre-pandemic past, the Capitol would have been regularly filled with hundreds of citizens, groups and organizations holding rallies in support of or opposition to the measures being heard and voted upon every day. But due to the necessary precautions to prevent COVID infection, those rallies and in-person

_____ (2021-03-03). Ukraine Intensifies Shelling Of Donbass As Western Media Are Silent. popularresistance.org While much of the world is focused on Covid-related issues, Ukraine's seven-year war on the people of Donbass continues. In recent weeks, Kiev's shelling of civilians has intensified, met by the predictable Western media silence. | Ostensibly, following the Minsk agreements, there was a ceasefire. In reality, Donbass residents in villages bordering peace lines are incessantly subject to Ukrainian shelling. | Ukraine uses heavy weapons in violation of the agreement, including 82mm and 120mm mortar shells, routinely shelling at night when Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers are not…

Joseph Grosso (2021-03-03). Andrew Cuomo: Legend of a Fall. counterpunch.org Future historians will have a field day examining the daily commentary of the COVID pandemic. Early on there was Madonna sitting nude in a marble bathtub filled with rose petals proclaiming COVID 'the great equalizer.' Trump of course supplied his daily dose of schizophrenic fare so incoherent that even conservative TV hacks were unable to morph it into a convincing picture of brave leadership. Yet nothing tops the spectacle of Ellen Degeneres and Trevor Noah actually declaring themselves to be 'Cuomosexuals', in honor of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, a term that was immediately plastered on various merchandise…

Joseph Grosso (2021-03-03). Andrew Cuomo: Legend of a Fall. counterpunch.org Future historians will have a field day examining the daily commentary of the COVID pandemic. Early on there was Madonna sitting nude in a marble bathtub filled with rose petals proclaiming COVID 'the great equalizer.' Trump of course supplied his daily dose of schizophrenic fare so incoherent that even conservative TV hacks were unable to morph it into a convincing picture of brave leadership. Yet nothing tops the spectacle of Ellen Degeneres and Trevor Noah actually declaring themselves to be 'Cuomosexuals', in honor of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, a term that was immediately plastered on various merchandise…

Staff (2021-03-03). Headlines for March 3, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Vows Vaccine Supply Will Be Enough to Vaccinate All U.S. Adults by End of May, Texas Lifts All COVID Restrictions; Sanders to Force Vote on $15 Minimum Wage, WH Pulls Tanden OMB Bid, Senate Confirms Raimondo for Commerce Dept., Rouse as Top Economic Adviser, Seth Harris, Who Wrote Blueprint for California's Prop 22, Tapped for Top Labor Role, FBI Director Says Domestic Terrorism Has Been "Metastasizing" as Capitol Increases Security, 3 Women Media Workers Shot Dead in Afghanistan, Protests in Lebanon After Currency Plummets to Record Low, Family of Hunger-Striking Western Sahara Political Prisoner Refused V…

Matt Nelson (2021-03-03). Trump Made His 'American Carnage' Fever Dream True. thenation.com Trump Made His 'American Carnage' Fever Dream True…

WSWS (2021-03-03). Texas, Mississippi abandon coronavirus restrictions as CDC warns of variant-induced surge. wsws.org An average of 7,000 new cases and 230 new deaths are still being reported each day in Texas, making it the state with the second worst outbreak in the country.

John Wojcik (2021-03-03). Biden: With Defense Production Act, enough vaccines by end of May. peoplesworld.org President Joe Biden made history in the nation's fight against the coronavirus Tuesday by announcing that the United States will have enough vaccine supply to vaccinate all American adults for coronavirus by the end of May, two months earlier than the end-of-July date he had previously rolled out. Biden credited the stepped-up timetable to his …

news.un (2021-03-03). Over 168 million children miss out on nearly a year of schooling, UNICEF says. news.un.org More than 168 million schoolchildren globally missed out on learning in class, as schools in some 14 countries remained largely shut for almost an entire year due to coronavirus-related lockdowns, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-03-03). Over 168 million children miss nearly a year of schooling, UNICEF says. news.un.org More than 168 million schoolchildren globally missed out on learning in class, as schools in some 14 countries remained largely shut for almost an entire year due to coronavirus-related lockdowns, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-03-03). Asian American Communities Organize Against Rise in Hate Crimes, Say More Policing Is Not the Answer. democracynow.org Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked across the U.S. over the past year, fueled in part by Donald Trump's racist rhetoric about the coronavirus. One recent study found a 150% increase in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans in 2020, even though overall hate crimes fell last year. Ron Kim, member of the New York State Assembly representing the 40th District in Queens, New York, says anti-Asian sentiment tends to flare up during times of crisis. "There's a long history of Asian Americans in this country feeling targeted and scapegoated whenever we experience economic downturns," says Kim. We also speak with Kim Tran…

Children's Health Defense (2021-03-03). Investigation Links Fauci to Controversial Experiments that May Have Led to Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Fox News investigation says there's "reasonable grounds to suspect" that SARS-CoV-2, …

Roberta K. Timothy (2021-03-03). 5 ways to address internalized white supremacy and its impact on health. nationofchange.org In this era of multiple pandemics, discussing the impact of internalized racism on our health is crucial to furthering Black resistance, healing and emancipation.

_____ (2021-03-03). Chris Hedges: The Age Of Social Murder. popularresistance.org The two million deaths that have resulted from the ruling elites mishandling of the global pandemic will be dwarfed by what is to follow. The global catastrophe that awaits us, already baked into the ecosystem from the failure to curb the use of fossil fuels and animal agriculture, presage new, deadlier pandemics, mass migrations of billions of desperate people, plummeting crop yields, mass starvation and systems collapse. | The science that elucidates this social death is known to the ruling elites. The science that warned us of this pandemic, and others that will follow, is known to the ruling elites. The scien…

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 …

Steve Topple (2021-03-03). Only Fools and Trojan Horses. thecanary.co Rishi Sunak just repeated a
| What do you think the biggest porky the Tories have told during the pandemic is? | Is it that Dominic 'Rodney' Cummings was Or that all the 'don't ask questions' contracts Matt 'Del Boy' Han…

_____ (2021-03-03). Progressives Push Biden To End 'Vaccine Apartheid'. popularresistance.org Last Friday, three days before a crucial meeting of the World Trade Organization, progressives in the trade, faith, labor, consumer, and human rights communities sent an urgent request to the Biden administration. | These nonprofits and unions are urging the administration to act quickly to assert its leadership on a pressing trade issue—whether trade rules will be allowed to hamper global efforts to combat the pandemic. | In a letter and a press event, a coalition of 400 organizations asked President Joe Biden to make good on his promise to "absolutely positively" ensure access to vaccines in the developin…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-03-03). Arabic press review: Egypt tries to boost human rights credentials for Biden. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt tries to boost human rights credentials for Biden | Meanwhile, Jordan has reportedly received $1bn from the European Union to fight the pandemic, and Iraq's PM vows to crack down on militias | Wed, 03/03/2021 – 15: 03 | Watchtowers at the notorious Tora prison on the southern outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo on 11 February 2020 (AFP) | Egypt concerned by US…

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-03). Pam Africa on Black Agenda Radio: Mumia thinks he has COVID. indybay.org The nation's best known political prisoner told the publisher of The Jamal Journal "that he believes he has Covid. His breathing feels like an elephant sitting on his lungs," said Pam Africa, who is also coordinator of International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. The new issue of the Journal includes a petition demanding that Philadelphia DA Larry Krassner — a purported progressive — stop standing in the way of Mumia's freedom.

2021-03-02: News Headlines

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 . . . |

WSWS (2021-03-02). Major US school districts reopen despite spread of more contagious and lethal COVID-19 variants. wsws.org Numerous school districts began reopening Monday as part of the bipartisan push to resume in-person learning at all schools, with the fulsome support of the teachers unions.

Abbasi J. (2021-03-02). Researchers Investigate What COVID-19 Does to the Heart. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article discusses reports of myocardial injury and myocarditis among patients with COVID-19.

Stead W. (2021-03-02). It's Not Your Fault—Forgiveness in Illness and Death. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay an infectious diseases physician shares the sense of forgiveness she brings to anyone possibly involved in COVID-19 transmission, having learned as a child the healing power of family absolution after she witnessed the death of a cousin.

Shepherd JP, Moore SC, Long A, et al. (2021-03-02). Association Between COVID-19 Lockdown Measures and ED Visits for Violence-Related Injuries in Wales. jamanetwork.com This study investigates emergency department visits for violence-related injuries occurring at home and outside the home in Cardiff, Wales, before and after COVID-19 lockdown measures were instituted in March 2020.

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.

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 …

WSWS (2021-03-02). UK study challenges use of mental health impact to justify ending COVID-19 lockdown. wsws.org Those who had previously experienced mental health problems were hardest hit, but researchers noted the impact on the poor, the young, and those with small children at home.

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-…

RT (2021-03-02). Dr. Anthony Fauci publicly opposes delaying second doses of Covid vaccines to inoculate more people. rt.com Dr. Anthony Fauci has disagreed with calls to delay the second dose of Covid-19 jabs to inoculate more Americans, rejecting the strategy adopted by the UK government and others to speed up their vaccine rollout. | America's top infectious disease official made the comments to the Washington Post, as he said the United States must stick to its current two-dose strategy for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. | Fauci warned that, while delaying second doses of the vaccines could allow health officials to provide more individuals with their first dose, it also presents risks, such as leaving people wit…

jamanetwork (2021-03-02). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Vaccine Doses, Virus Variants, and More. jamanetwork.com JAMA Live Highlights features comments from livestream interviews by JAMA Network Editor in Chief Howard Bauchner, MD. His discussions with experts in clinical care, public health, and health policy focus on critical issues related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Comments have been edited for clarity.

Democracy Now! (2021-03-02). Vaccine Apartheid: If One Person Is Unprotected, We Are All Unprotected. indybay.org "I've personally received more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine than 130 countries," Dr. Craig Spencer writes, about the two vaccine shots he recently got as an emergency room doctor. In 2014, he contracted ebola while combating that epidemic in Guinea, Africa. Dr. Spencer knows the value of public health protocols, personal protective equipment, or PPE, and vaccinations.

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). 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). 'It is time!' Mississippi governor to end mask mandate & lift all Covid-19 business restrictions, following Texas' lead. rt.com Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said he will soon axe the state's mask mandate and end all coronavirus-related business restrictions, pointing to improved case and hospitalization numbers after Texas took a similar step. | "Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will be able to operate at full capacity without any state-imposed rules," Reeves said in a tweet on Tuesday. | Our hospitalizations and case numbers have plummeted, and the vaccine is being rapidly distributed. It is time! | Starting tomorrow, we are lifting all of our county mask mandates and businesses will…

Staff (2021-03-02). Headlines for March 2, 2021. democracynow.org CDC Director Warns Against States' Rollback of Coronavirus Public Health Measures, Donald and Melania Trump Were Secretly Vaccinated Against COVID-19 in January, Merck Strikes Deal to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine of Rival Johnson & Johnson, WHO Warns of Global Rise in Coronavirus Cases After Weeks of Declines, U.N. Warns of "Death Sentence" for Yemenis as Humanitarian Aid Drive Falls Short, Senate Confirms Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary, Will Vote on Merrick Garland for AG, Democrats Unveil Wealth Tax on Ultra-Millionaires and Billionaires, DOJ to Appeal After Trump-Appointed Judge Orders End to Eviction Morat…

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). 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. …

Areeb Ullah (2021-03-02). Covid-19: Saudi Arabia says vaccine is a must for Hajj. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Saudi Arabia says vaccine is a must for Hajj | It is still unclear if Riyadh will allow people to travel to the kingdom for the annual pilgrimage this July | Tue, 03/02/2021 – 12: 57 | Saudi Arabia introduced social distancing rules to protect pilgrims from the coronavirus (AFP) | Saudi Arabia said pilgrims hoping to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage would need to be vaccinated against Covid-1…

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…

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…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-02). Covid-19: Turkey reopens restaurants, schools as infection rates drop. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey reopens restaurants, schools as infection rates drop | President Erdogan declares the beginning of 'controlled normalisation' policy with the coronavirus | Tue, 03/02/2021 – 07: 54 | A man feeds seagulls on the shore of the Bosphorus in Istanbul during heavy snowfalls on 14 February 2021 (AFP) | Turkey is beginning to ease coronavirus restrictions from Tuesday in new guide…

RT (2021-03-02). Texas gov lifts mask mandate & OKs businesses to operate at 100% capacity. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions in his state, permitting businesses to operate at 100-percent capacity and repealing the requirement for people to wear face coverings. | Abbott delivered the "exciting news" during a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, informing the assembled small business and community leaders that the mask mandate — in place since July — was no more. | pic.twitter.com/k5SZKnAUg5— Sarah Self-Walbrick (@SarahFromTTUPM) March 2…

RT (2021-03-02). 'Mass murder' and 'reckless': Texas ending mask mandates triggers Democrat meltdown. rt.com The announcement by Governor Greg Abbott that Texas will fully reopen next week is drawing backlash from mask mandate champions such as his California colleague Gavin Newsom and other Democrats — and counter-backlash as well. | Abbott marked the anniversary of the 1836 Texan independence on Tuesday by announcing that the state will reopen "100 percent" by next week in order to "restore livelihoods and normalcy." | Also on rt.com | | While Covid-19 has not disappeared,…

RT (2021-03-02). Texas gov lifts mask mandate & OKs businesses to operate at 100% capacity. rt.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has lifted many of the Covid-19 restrictions in his state, permitting businesses to operate at 100-percent capacity starting March 10 and repealing the requirement for people to wear face coverings. | Abbott delivered the "exciting news" during a speech to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, informing the assembled small business and community leaders that the mask mandate — in place since July — was no more. | "We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100 percent," Abbott said in a statement on Tuesday — Texas' Indepe…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-02). COVID-19 death toll mounts to 60,267 in Iran: official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 02 (MNA) — Some 86 more Iranians died of coronavirus over the past 24 hours and 1,406,845 people out of a total of 1,648,174 infected with the coronavirus have survived and recovered, according to Health Ministry.

Chuck Collins (2021-03-02). COVID-19 has made the super-rich richer. zcomm.org It's time for a billionaire wealth tax…

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 . . . |

Reposted article by Dave Lindorff (2021-03-02). Urgent: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal! indybay.org This article was first published by ThisCantBeHappening.net as "Urgent news: Demand the immediate release of imprisoned activist journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal –Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now in His 40th Year as an Incarcerated Prisoner, Has Covid-19," and was reprinted today at Counterpunch.org.

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?>

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). 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). 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 …

Johanna Kichton (2021-03-02). People's Action to Senate: Listen to Workers—Keep $15 In. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today released the following statement by Director George Goehl calling on the Senate to do everything it can to include a minimum wage increase in the COVID relief package moving through Congress: "We need Congress to fight for everyday people. It is undemocratic to allow an unelected …

_____ (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…

RT (2021-03-02). 'This is why Americans don't trust media': CNN's Cuomo ripped for claiming he 'obviously' can't cover brother's scandals. rt.com CNN's Chris Cuomo is igniting anger by claiming he cannot objectively cover the numerous sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against his brother, with critics pointing to past puffy interviews between the two. | Promising to "shoot straight" with his audience, Cuomo finally acknowledged the numerous scandals plaguing his brother Andrew Cuomo's administration on Monday evening. | "Obviously I am aware of what's going on with my brother," he said. "And obviously I can't cover it because he is my brother." | Cuomo promised his network would "extensively" cover the ongoing situations with the New York go…

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-02). Pam Africa on Black Agenda Radio: Mumia thinks he has COVID. indybay.org The nation's best known political prisoner told the publisher of The Jamal Journal "that he believes he has Covid. His breathing feels like an elephant sitting on his lungs," said Pam Africa, who is also coordinator of International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal. The new issue of the Journal includes a petition demanding that Philadelphia DA Larry Krassner — a purported progressive — stop standing in the way of Mumia's freedom.

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). 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 …

Kim H, Kubica J, Jeong Y. (2021-03-02). Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel for Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Intervention. jamanetwork.com To the Editor A recent retrospective cohort analysis by Dr You and colleagues demonstrated that compared with clopidogrel, ticagrelor was not associated with better outcomes in patients from the US and South Korea with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous intervention (PCI). However, there are several important discrepancies between this cohort analysis and the randomized Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes (PLATO) trial.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-03-02). No Corona Lockdown. Life in Serbia is Normal. Open Letter to Serbia's President, Aleksandar Vuƒçiƒá. globalresearch.ca Dear Mr. President! | Let me address you again, but first I …

You S, Gupta A, Krumholz HM. (2021-03-02). Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel for Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome Undergoing Percutaneous Intervention—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Dr Kim and colleagues state that the results of our study are not comparable with those of PLATO and suggest that our findings may differ because patients enrolled in PLATO had a higher proportion of prior myocardial infarction. First, as we mention in our article, PLATO failed to show benefit in North America and included few Asian patients. It did show that ticagrelor reduced ischemic events and increased the rate of nonprocedural bleeding. However, several studies have demonstrated that high-risk patients with ACS do not have a net benefit with ticagrelor. For example, the SWEDEHEART registry showed t…

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.

Eliza Egret (2021-03-02). 'People are calling us, crying for help'. Heartbreaking tweets expose how 15 people were left to drown in the Mediterranean. thecanary.co As coronavirus continues to dominate headlines into 2021, mainstream news coverage of the refugee crisis has gone from poor to non-existent. We rarely read about the people stuck on Lesbos or Samos, and we barely hear about those who are so desperate to get out of Libya that they are willing to gamble with their lives. But these people still very much exist, and racist Europe is still willing to let them drown rather than provide them with a home. | More than

Andrea Arroyo (2021-03-02). The US Reaches 500,000 Deaths From the Coronavirus. thenation.com The US Reaches 500,000 Deaths From the Coronavirus…

Ulrike Guerot (2021-03-02). Does Corona policy threaten our fundamental rights? Scientist warns of "creeping process" indybay.org The state is allowed to restrict citizens in a pandemic so as not to endanger public health. But the state doesn't have the right to harm citizens. It does not get to decide which life is worth protecting and which is not. This article was published in German on 2/22/2021.

WSWS (2021-03-02). 100,000 Spanish dead in pandemic: PSOE-Podemos regime ends restrictions. wsws.org While the National Institute of Statistics recorded over 100,000 excess deaths by last month, the PSOE-Podemos government's official death count was almost 40,000 less.

Children's Health Defense (2021-03-02). Whistleblower: 25% of Residents in German Nursing Home Died After Pfizer Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Reiner Fuellmich and Viviane Fischer, attorneys and founding members of …

Caroline Hurley (2021-03-02). Zoonoses and Climate Change: Is One Health Enough? counterpunch.org Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are animal infections that people can catch. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi transmitted by animals to other animals like pets, and people, can produce mild to serious illnesses. Scientists estimate that about two-thirds of known infectious diseases and three-quarters of new or emerging infectious diseases in humans are traceable to animals. Direct

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 …

2021-03-01: News Headlines

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 . . . |

Arturo Pineda (2021-03-01). New Haven youth target gun violence, inequality at Black history month march. peoplesworld.org NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A caravan of 20 cars and a group of 65 people took to the streets of New Haven on Feb. 20 to call for an end to gun violence and police brutality, taxing the rich, and to demand state and federal relief for communities of color impacted by COVID-19. The Annual Black History …

Bell DL, Katz MH. (2021-03-01). Modernize Medical Licensing, and Credentialing, Too. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed how ill prepared our current state licensure and individual hospital credentialing procedures are to respond to a crisis, which requires hiring more physicians. In the past year, various states have been in desperate need of additional physicians to care for critically ill patients. Because physician licensure is by state, states had to waive this requirement to hire physicians licensed in other states. In addition, hospitals had to implement their disaster plans to streamline credentialing requirements to bring on additional physicians whether from in…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-01). Persecution of communists in Russia draws widespread criticism. peoplesdispatch.org On February 26, the Communist Party of Russian Federation (KPRF) slammed the persecution of communist leader Yevgeny Ulyanov by the Karelian regional authorities. Ulyanov has been accused of organizing a gathering on February 23 at the center of Petrozavodsk near the Lenin monument, defying the ban imposed by the authorities. | Adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols, gatherings were organized across Russia on February 23 under the leadership of the KPRF and the Leninist Komsomol to commemorate the 103rd foundation anniversary of the Soviet Red Army. The day is also an official state holiday. Authorities have tried…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Luis Arce Rejects Doctors Strike Amid Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce rejected the strike that some medical unions maintain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The people need doctors committed to their people instead of doctors committed to their pockets," the president said during the opening of the vaccination campaign in La Paz. | RELATED: | On February 28, the medical union decided to extend their strike for another 15 days as they oppose the Sanitary Emergency La…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Malawian COVID-19 Survivors on Quest To Minimize Stigma. telesurenglish.net Malawians who recovered from COVID-19 have embarked on an initiative of sharing their COVID-19 experience into communities. | RELATED: | Felix Khonje, a primary school teacher, who was once tested positive is empowering people in his community about the effects of stigma on people with COVID-19 prevention and dealing away with myths and misconceptions. | At first, it was very hard for Khonje to share his COVID-19 experience among his fellows bec…

WSWS (2021-03-01). COVID-19 outbreak kills three workers at Red Deer, Alberta Olymel meatprocessing plant. wsws.org One of Canada's largest meatpacking and food processing companies, Olymel, refused for weeks to close down its Red Deer plant as hundreds of workers fell sick.

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Venezuela To Start on-Site Classes in April. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced that in-person classes will begin in April in compliance with biosecurity measures to prevent COVID-19 contagions. | RELATED: | The decision comes after a proposal submitted by Education Minister Aristobulo Isturiz. Classes will be held during the days when the COVID-19 quarantine is relaxed. | This month teachers will be included in the vaccination campai…

Editor (2021-03-01). This Country Constantly Fails Its Most Vulnerable. scheerpost.com Neil Moralee / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] 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 February and May 2020… |

_____ (2021-03-01). Venezuela And Iran Deepen Alliance With 'Perfect Trips'. popularresistance.org The Venezuelan government is shipping jet fuel to Iran as part of cooperation to tackle its gasoline and diesel shortages in the South American country. | According to Reuters, state oil company PDVSA and its Iranian counterpart NIOC have agreed to a swap deal that sees Tehran ship gasoline to Caracas, with the vessels carrying jet fuel in the opposite direction. Venezuela currently has a glut of the latter, with air traffic all but ground to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic. | The agreement is described as a "perfect trip" in the maritime industry as the tankers travel fully loaded in both directions. | Oil e…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Chile: Students Go Back To Classrooms Despite Teachers Oppose. telesurenglish.net Chile's Education Ministry (Mineduc) decreed the start of in-person classes as of Monday despite the opposition of education sectors' unions and local authorities which consider that the conditions are not safe yet. | RELATED: | All the country's educational establishment presented their opening plan for 2021 but only 40 percent of them can receive students. | Schools located in COVID-19 quarantine zones are not a…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Brazil: 75,200 Retail Stores Closed in 2020. telesurenglish.net Brazil's National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services, and Tourism (CNC) reported on Monday that over 75,200 retail stores closed in Brazil in 2020, the second-largest figure since 2016, which further highlights the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. | RELATED: | The study indicates that the economy lost at least 25,700 formal jobs after the stores closing as the hardest hit sectors were cl…

WSWS (2021-03-01). As schools reopen, UK educators among top groups at risk of catching COVID-19. wsws.org Schools and colleges reopen next week, beginning March 8, forcing millions of pupils and workers, including teachers, support staff, dinner ladies and caretakers into a highly dangerous environment.

teleSUR (2021-03-01). The Death of a Writer in Prison Sparks Protests in Bangladesh. telesurenglish.net Protests over the death in prison of Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed continued for the fourth consecutive day amid criticism of the Digital Security Law (DSL) used for his arrest. | RELATED | Mushtaq, who was accused of spreading rumors on social media about COVID-19 in May 2020, died Friday in a hospital after falling unconscious in a maximum security jail. | On Monday, hundreds of social activists marched fro…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). US Minimum Wage Hike To Face Tough Tests in Split Senate. telesurenglish.net The House-approved US$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package includes a controversial provision to raise the federal minimum wage to 15 dollars, which is expected to face tough tests in the 50-50 split Senate. | RELATED: | "As we send this legislation to the Senate, the House will continue our fight for 15, which would give 27 million American workers a raise," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, adding that the minimu…

WSWS (2021-03-01). With a halt in the decline of COVID-19 cases in the US, CDC director warns "the virus is not done with us" wsws.org For more than a week, the seven-day moving average in new cases of COVID-19 has stalled. Health officials are sounding the alarm that states are moving too rapidly in lifting restrictions.

_____ (2021-03-01). Democrats Torpedo $15 Minimum Wage Hike. popularresistance.org On Thursday, US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party effectively ended efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package making its way through Congress. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not been increased since 2009, and the dropping of the raise will leave millions of workers in utter destitution. | The White House and congressional Democrats have falsely sought to present themselves as having their hands tied, holding up the advisory ruling of the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough, as an excuse. McDonough, an unelected official appo…

Steinbrook R, Katz MH, Redberg RF. (2021-03-01). Moving Patient Care Forward in the Biden Era. jamanetwork.com When Joseph Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, the chaos of the Trump era should eventually begin to fade and the formidable task of controlling and ending the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic must move forward in earnest. The speed and effectiveness of the response is likely to define the Biden era. COVID-19 has dwarfed the myriad of other health care challenges, and removing its threat, which has paralyzed the country since March 2020, will determine whether the new administration will be able to restore trust in the competence of the US government w…

RT (2021-03-01). New Zealand PM urges public to 'call out' family & friends who break Covid-19 rules, who let down 'team of five million'. rt.com New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged obedient members of the public to call out violators of coronavirus rules, as it emerged people have been concealing Covid-19 contacts. | Speaking on Monday about recent Covid-19 cases that are linked to breaches of anti-coronavirus restrictions, Ardern aimed mighty jabs at rule breakers. | Even with the full understanding of human fallibility, it is not appropriate, and it is not okay for members of a team of five million to let the rest of us down. | Ruling out punishments for the violators handed out directly by the government, and citing the separation…

RT (2021-03-01). Virus reduces fitness of former Covid-19 patients aged 45 to level of 80-year-olds, Israeli researchers discover. rt.com One of Israel's top medical centers has published a worrying study about the long-term effects of the coronavirus, revealing that 45-year-old former patients performed during physical tests as if they were aged 80. | Some 30 people aged 45, on average, took part in the survey carried out by the Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, the Times of Israel Three months after they had been officially cleared of the disease, the former Covid-19…

RT (2021-03-01). Finland declares STATE OF EMERGENCY over Covid-19 cases surge. rt.com Helsinki has declared a state of emergency on Monday in a bid to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus. The measure would allow it to impose a lockdown and potentially "restrict the fundamental rights of citizens." | The state of emergency is effective "immediately" and will stay in force for an indefinite period of time "until it is repealed," the government said in a

RT (2021-03-01). Spain begins to ease Covid lockdown, but says border with Portugal will be sealed for at least 2 more weeks. rt.com The Spanish border with Portugal will remain largely closed until at least March 16, Madrid confirmed on Monday, even as it began to ease some regional restrictions implemented to slow the spread of Covid-19. | The restrictions have been in place along the 1,200km-long border since January 29, with only Spanish residents or Schengen-area travelers who are en route to their homes allowed to cross. | The Spanish government has begun to ease regional Covid lockdown regulations that imposed overnight curfews and restrictions on restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as limiting the number of people who could meet u…

RT (2021-03-01). NHS Providers calls for urgent review into 'insufficient' critical care capacity. rt.com NHS Providers has called for a review into "insufficient" critical care capacity in England, citing three regions as being of key concern, at a time when the NHS found itself overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases earlier this year. | The organisation, which includes NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services, called on the government to conduct an investigation into failings in the current system after an analysis showed the UK has the lowest number of critical care beds per head in Europe. | The analysis by NHS Providers uncovered that, per 100,000 people, the UK only has 7.3 critical care beds, co…

RT (2021-03-01). Discovery of Brazilian variant in UK won't derail plans to ease Covid lockdown in England, PM Johnson says. rt.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the discovery of the highly contagious 'P1' Brazilian variant of Covid-19 will not derail his government's plans to ease lockdown restrictions in England in the coming weeks. | The PM said there is currently no reason to change plans to start reopening England after three months of a third national lockdown. Schools and colleges are set to return to in-person learning from March 8, with restrictions on shops and businesses, pubs and gatherings being eased over the next three months — infection rates permitting. | Earlier on Monday, Prof Graham Medley, who head…

RT (2021-03-01). UK authorities' plea for mystery person infected with 'Brazilian' Covid-19 strain to come forward. rt.com Health officials in England are looking for an unidentified person who was infected with a mutated 'Brazilian variant' of SARS-CoV-19 and slipped under the radar. They are one of six known cases in the UK. | The P1 strain was first detected in people coming to Japan from the Brazilian city of Manus and resembles the so-called South African variant, which is more infectious than 'regular' variants of the virus. Samples collected from six individuals were sequenced as part of the UK's national research of Covid-19 mutations. Public Health England (PHE) could not determine who provided one of them, the organisati…

RT (2021-03-01). Covid-19 virus didn't originate naturally but is actually a BIOWEAPON, most Russians believe, according to explosive new poll. rt.com The world has been savaged by a killer virus that escaped a top-secret lab or was unleashed by shadowy forces. It might sound like the plot of a Hollywood film, but a new poll has found it's also how most Russians see Covid-19.

RT (2021-03-01). Beijing accused of using Covid pandemic to control journalists — foreign media group report. rt.com The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) has accused Beijing of using Covid-19 as "yet another way to control journalists," curbing visas and surveilling reporters. China says it's protecting its citizens from the virus. | The FCCC, which is the professional association of Beijing-based journalists reporting on China, has argued that 2020 had seen a "rapid decline in media freedom," implemented under the cover of measures that were used to combat the spread of coronavirus. | In its annual report released on Monday the press group claimed these restrictions were placed on journalists to prevent them fro…

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). 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 …

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-03-01). 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?>

RT (2021-03-01). Progressives make last push for $15 minimum wage as relief bill heads to Senate. rt.com Progressive Democrats have made a desperate call asking the Biden administration to overturn a Senate rule keeping a minimum-wage raise out of the upcoming Covid-19 relief bill. But Biden is unlikely to listen. | Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough

RT (2021-03-01). School shooting reported on FIRST DAY back in the classroom in Arkansas. rt.com Students were back in the classroom for less than a day in one Arkansas high school before a shooting broke out. One student was reported injured and the underage suspect has been taken into custody. | The state of Arkansas last week ordered schools to reopen, as the threat of Covid-19 subsides. Watson Chapel Junior High in the town of Pine Bluff opened its doors to in-person learning on Monday, but any sense of normality was soon shattered when a shooting erupted. |

| One student was injured, and police took the suspect into custody. The Watson Chapel School District described the shooting a…

RT (2021-03-01). EU-wide Covid-19 vaccine passport proposals to be brought forward by Brussels, says von der Leyen. rt.com The European Commission president has said Brussels will launch a proposal for the introduction of digital vaccine passports for use across the bloc in March, after the German chancellor said it should be ready by the summer. | "As for the question of what the digital green passport could look like, we will submit a legislative proposal in March," Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told German conservative lawmakers on Monday. | Von der Leyen's remarks came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed that the vaccine passport would be ready in time for the summer, with a number of southern European st…

Democracy Now! (2021-03-01). Vaccine Apartheid: If One Person Is Unprotected, We Are All Unprotected. indybay.org "I've personally received more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine than 130 countries," Dr. Craig Spencer writes, about the two vaccine shots he recently got as an emergency room doctor. In 2014, he contracted ebola while combating that epidemic in Guinea, Africa. Dr. Spencer knows the value of public health protocols, personal protective equipment, or PPE, and vaccinations.

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Eastern Caribbean States Receive Vaccine Donation From India. telesurenglish.net Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday welcomed the arrival of over 175,000 COVID-19 vaccines as part of a donation made by India's government to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Suriname. | RELATED: | The donation includes doses for St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The vaccines arrived on a charter flight from Mumbai. | Antigua and B…

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…

RT (2021-03-01). 'I don't want the vaccine': Jamaican running champ Yohan Blake insists he 'would rather miss the Olympics' than take Covid-19 jab. rt.com Sprint star Yohan Blake has said he is staying "strong in his mind" over taking a Covid-19 vaccine and would rather miss the rescheduled 2021 Olympic Games than receive a jab — even if it's made obligatory for Games participation. | The former men's 100m world champion has revealed that his strident stance on not getting a Covid-19 jab hasn't changed, stressing that even the threat of not being allowed to compete in Tokyo wouldn't dissuade him from rejecting one. | The four-time Olympic medalist said he had his "own reasons" for abstaining from the Covid-19 vaccination program and wouldn't be drawn into…

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…

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 . . . |

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 …

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 …

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 . . . |

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).

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.

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). '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…

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). 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…

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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…

_____ (2021-02-28). Mumia Abu-Jamal Has COVID-19. popularresistance.org Internationally known U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has reported to friends and family on the outside that he has contracted Covid-19 in the Pennsylvania prison where he is incarcerated, and says he is having difficulty breathing. His life is in immediate danger and he is in urgent need of hospital care. | This latest outrage was sadly predictable. Prisons across the U.S. have for years been allowing serious illness to serve as a form of "silent execution" of prisoners, many of them certainly innocent of the crimes they were convicted of. Many prisoners in the system, guilty or not, are serving unfairly…

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-02-28). El drama del Brasil de Jair Bolsonaro. globalizacion.ca El pasado jueves, alrededor de las ocho de la noche se supo que en las 24 horas anteriores murieron 1.582 brasileños víctimas de covid-19. Ha sido el día más letal de la pandemia: un muerto por minuto. También se supo…

news.un (2021-02-28). First Person: Yemen 'cannot even afford to worry about the coronavirus'. news.un.org In Yemen, whose people are living through a long-running, brutal war, which has led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis, COVID-19 is far from being a top priority, says the top UN refugee agency (UNHCR) official in the Arabian Peninsula country.

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…

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). 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 …

sputniknews (2021-02-28). CDC Panel Recommends Use of J&J Coronavirus Vaccine. sputniknews.com Earlier, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for a third COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Johnson & Johnson-owned Belgium-based pharmaceutical company Janssen. The drug was proved to be effective to approximately 77 percent. At the same time, the jab was said to cause a number of severe side effects.

sputniknews (2021-02-28). New Scottish Labour Leader Adds Voice to Calls for First Minister to Resign. sputniknews.com The newly-elected Labour leader at Holyrood also attacked the devolved Scottish National Party administration's "divisive" plan to hold a repeat of 2014's independence referendum on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-02-28). Another Former Aide Accuses Andrew Cuomo of Sexual Harassment. sputniknews.com Earlier, New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo faced accusations of sexual harassment from a former aide. The allegations emerged amid calls to impeach Cuomo over a scandal around incorrectly reported data on COVID-19 fatalities in the state nursing homes.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-28). Tehran thanks Beijing for donating COVID-19 vaccine to Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (MNA) — Foreign Ministry Spokesman thanked the Chinese government for donating 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Iran.

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-28). One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination. globalresearch.ca According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 …

sputniknews (2021-02-28). Unstoppable COVID Relief Bill Won't Really Boost US Economy, May Come at Price, Economist Says. sputniknews.com On 27 February, the House of Representatives passed the much-discussed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill proposed by President Joe Biden on a near party-line 219-212 vote. While no GOP lawmaker endorsed the legislation, two Democrats, Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), cast votes against the proposal.

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. …

AIER (2021-02-28). Lockdowns Do Not Control the Coronavirus: Peer Reviewed Reports. globalresearch.ca The use of universal lockdowns in the event of the appearance …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-28). Video: The 2021 Worldwide Corona Crisis. "The Worst Crisis in Modern History" globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers this Global Research Video documentary produced by Ariel Noyola Rodriguez, featuring Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. | We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in World history. | We are living …

2020 news (2021-02-28). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca First published on December 25, 2020 | On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

Adam Dick (2021-02-28). President Biden Says the Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Are Safe. The Vaccines' Fact Sheets Say Something Very Different. globalresearch.ca Via a Monday

sputniknews (2021-02-28). 'SNL' Jeers at Governors Cuomo, Newsom, Whitmer in 'Fauci-Hosted' Vaccine Skit, Sending Waves Online. sputniknews.com In a game show setting, a number of contestants were to compete for a much-desired coronavirus inoculation — something that has drawn long queues of those willing to be immunised against the novel virus in a number of US states.

Fight Back (2021-02-28). Number of workers receiving unemployment aid stays high. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – The number of people receiving unemployment aid from federal and state governments remained very high in February. Most newspapers and media hailed the decline in the number of new applications for the regular state unemployment insurance and the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, for self-employed and gig workers for last week. However, the latest week reporting the number of people receiving aid for all programs – including UI, PUA, the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC, and the state Extended Benefits – showed an increase of 700,000. The national total i…

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…

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2021-02-28). Epidemiological Evidence: The "Pandemic" is Over. No "Second Wave" will Follow. globalresearch.ca This text, crossposted on GR was first published in October 2020…

Lee Saunders (2021-02-28). To Honor Black History, Fund Our Front-Line Heroes. zcomm.org Over the last year, some 1.3 million public service jobs, many of them held by African Americans — including nurses, teachers, EMTs and sanitation workers — have evaporated because of holes the pandemic blew open in state and local budgets…

Emily Spilman (2021-02-28). "Environmental Racism" in America: A Public Health Crisis. globalresearch.ca Last month, after a year-long investigation, former

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.

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

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…

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

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

RT (2021-02-28). Widow of NBA icon Kobe Bryant rages at Hollywood actress Evan Rachel Wood over 'rapist' comment. rt.com Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, has hit out at actress Evan Rachel Wood over a tweet she posted in the aftermath of the basketball star's death in which Wood labeled Bryant "a rapist." | "What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe's family," Wood had tweeted last year in the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California which killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others. | "He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously." | Despite the tweet being in existence for more than a year, it has only just been seen…

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…

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:

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

RT (2021-02-28). 'United and strong like never before': Trump won't break with Republican party at CPAC speech, will back GOP. rt.com In an upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, former president Donald Trump will reportedly not announce a break from the Republican Party, and will walk "right up to the line" of announcing a 2024 run. | Trump has kept a relatively low profile since leaving the White House last month, and his public statements have been few and far between, likely owing to his deplatforming from every major social media outlet. As such, his headline appearance on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been hotly anticipated. | According to an excerpt from the speech obtained…

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). GOP NY representative calls on 'criminal sexual predator' Cuomo to resign after 2nd former staffer alleges sexual harassment. rt.com Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) doubled down on her call for embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down "immediately" after another of his former staffers, the second one since December, accused him of sexual harassment. | "Governor Cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and he must immediately resign," Stefanik said in a statement issued shortly after the New York Times published a detailed account of allegations by former aide Charlotte Bennett on Saturday, accusing the governor of unwanted sexual advances. | Stefanik noted that she "was one of the first and one of the only elected officials to call on th…

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). California gov. Newsom accused of breaking own lockdown rules for 2nd time amid growing cries for him to be recalled. rt.com Embattled California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has been accused of once again breaching his own coronavirus restrictions after he was allegedly caught dining indoors. | Newsom himself posted a video with comedian George Lopez to his TikTok aimed at promoting how citizens can check their coronavirus vaccine eligibility. The video was taken inside the Los Amigos restaurant in Fresno, which is under the state's strictest lockdown restrictions, complete with a ban on indoor dining. | California Governor

2021-02-27: News Headlines

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 . . . |

John C. A. Manley (2021-02-27). Emergency Room (ER) Sees Surge of Seniors After COVID-19 Vaccination, Says Nurse Whistleblower. globalresearch.ca We're seeing a surge of patients come to the hospital from the nursing homes after getting vaxed. These poor folks, in their 80s and 90s with chronic heart and lung disease, can't handle the metabolic stimulation caused by the COVID vax.

_____ (2021-02-27). Medicare-For-All Is Good For Our Towns. popularresistance.org Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, 30 million people in the U.S. had no health insurance, and about 50 million were underinsured. The pandemic has caused millions more to lose coverage because of losing their jobs. Indeed the pandemic has given us perspective on an array of injustices in our health care delivery system — including the lack of an adequate public health infrastructure, the racial disparities in access to care, the rationing of care based on ability to pay, and hospitals' concentration on lucrative cardiac and orthopedic services rather than mental health and primary care. | The U.S. spends tw…

sputniknews (2021-02-27). US Regulator Set to Approve J&J COVID-19 Jab Despite Severe Reactions in Patients. sputniknews.com South Africa, where two severe allergic reactions to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine came to light on Friday, received a second batch of 80,000 doses from Belgium on Saturday morning for use in a mass clinical trial of up to half-a-million healthcare workers.

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 …

news.un (2021-02-27). FROM THE FIELD: Humanitarian crises of concern in 2021. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated much of the world's attention over the last 12 months, but many other crises will continue to require the urgent attention of the UN and the international community in 2021.

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.

Andrew Green (2021-02-27). [Obituary] James Gita Hakim. thelancet.com Cardiologist and HIV researcher. Born in what is now South Sudan on May 14, 1954, he died of complications from COVID-19 on Jan 25, 2021, in Harare, Zimbabwe, aged 66 years.

John Zarocostas (2021-02-27). [World Report] New WTO leader faces COVID-19 challenges. thelancet.com Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization. She already faces scrutiny over intellectual property rights in the pandemic. John Zarocostas reports.

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…

Rajaie Batniji (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Historical evidence to inform COVID-19 vaccine mandates. thelancet.com The best comparison to the massive global vaccination effort that is now starting might be the smallpox vaccination campaigns that culminated in the eradication of the disease, as detailed by Richard Horton.1 With smallpox, vaccine mandates played a pivotal role in reducing mortality and case rates.

Christine Johnston, Elizabeth R. Brown, Jenell Stewart, Helen C.Stankiewicz Karita, Patricia J. Kissinger, John Dwyer, Sybil Hosek, Temitope Oyedele, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Kristopher Paolino, Kate B. Heller, Hannah Leingang, Harald S. Haugen, Tracy Q. Dong, Anna Bershteyn, Arun R. Sridhar, Jeanne Poole, Peter A. Noseworthy, Michael J. Ackerman, Susan Morrison, Alexander L. Greninger, Meei-Li Huang, Keith R. Jerome, Mark H. Wener, Anna Wald, Joshua T. Schiffer, Connie Celum, Helen Y. Chu, Ruanne V. Barnabas, Jared M. Baeten, for the COVID-19 Early Treatment Study Team (2021-02-27). [Research Paper] Hydroxychloroquine with or without azithromycin for treatment of early SARS-CoV-2 infection among high-risk outpatient adults: A randomized clinical trial. thelancet.com Neither HCQ nor HCQ/AZ shortened the clinical course of outpatients with COVID-19, and HCQ, but not HCQ/AZ, had only a modest effect on SARS-CoV-2 viral shedding. HCQ and HCQ/AZ are not effective therapies for outpatient treatment of SARV-CoV-2 infection.

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

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 …

_____ (2021-02-27). Dr. Osterholm's Warning: COVID Hurricane On The Horizon. popularresistance.org Twelve months ago, Dr. Michael Osterholm was interviewed on the Joe Rogan Program. At the time, he warned that anywhere from 400,000 to 1.5 million Americans would die of COVID and that the pandemic would last for many years and significantly impact our lives. So far, his predictions have been eerily accurate. | Today, Dr. Osterholm is warning that a "Category 5 COVID-hurricane" is on the horizon, with the B117/UK Variant posing the greatest threat. As positive cases and deaths decline, he warns that the media has been negligent in their overly positive reporting. | Indeed, the scientific community is engaged in…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-27). $15 wage dropped from COVID relief plan in US Senate, progressives vow to continue fight. peoplesdispatch.org The Democratic Party's move to insert the USD 15 per hour wage was judged by the Senate rules arbiter to not be in line with the rules. In the meanwhile pressure is on Democratic Party legislators and leadership to ensure that the wage bill is passed…

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 …

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). 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

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-28). Video: The 2021 Worldwide Corona Crisis. "The Worst Crisis in Modern History" globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers this Global Research Video documentary produced by Ariel Noyola Rodriguez, featuring Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. | We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in World history. | We are living …

WSWS (2021-02-27). WISAG airport workers on hunger strike in Frankfurt, Germany: "We will not give up" wsws.org Two dozen workers are fighting at Frankfurt airport against sackings, wage theft and coronavirus insecurity.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Dems Will Seek Other Ways to Achieve Minimum Wage Boost, Will Still Support Relief Bill, Prof Says. sputniknews.com The proposal to raise the minimum wage in the US to $15 an hour, put forth by US President Joe Biden, has not been included in the country's coronavirus relief bill, as was initially promised by the Democratic Party. House Democrats passed a bill including it, but it will be left on the cutting room floor when it gets to the Senate.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Russian Border Control Not Surprised: Diplomat Reveals Details of Crossing From N Korea by Handcar. sputniknews.com Eight embassy staffers used a rail vehicle to safely ferry their children and luggage across the Tumen River that separates North Korea from Russia, while air travel is still frozen between the two due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 …

Kuniaki Takahashi, David van Klaveren, Ewout W Steyerberg, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W Serruys (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Concerns with the new SYNTAX score — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We welcome the comments by Nick Freemantle and Domenico Pagano in response to our publication on the redevelopment and external valida ≠tion of the SYNTAX score II 2020 (SS II 2020) for individualised decision making in patients with de-novo three-vessel or left main coronary artery disease, or both.1…

Eric J Topol (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] What's lurking in your electrocardiogram? thelancet.com For decades one of my favourite tasks in medicine has been reading 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs). I've always thought the wealth of information provided was impressive—eg, conduction and heart rhythm abnormalities, lack of blood supply or damage to the heart, chamber enlargement or hypertrophy, and inflammation of the pericardium. In the 1980s, when I did emergency coronary angiograms for patients with acute myocardial infarction, I marvelled at how the ECG accurately predicted the infarct-related artery and whether the occlusion was proximal or distal.

Peter Koenig (2021-02-27). The Coronavirus Vaccine: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020". Vaccination as a Platform for "Digital Identity" globalresearch.ca What is the infamous ID2020? It's an electronic ID program that uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity. The program harnesses existing birth registration and vaccination operations to provide newborns with a portable and persistent biometrically-linked digital identity.

2020 news (2021-02-28). Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon File Application for Suspension of All SARS CoV-2 Vaccine Studies and Call for Co-signing the Petition. globalresearch.ca First published on December 25, 2020 | On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg

Zach Conti (2021-02-27). G20 Discusses Stimulus, Climate and Aid for Developing Countries. indybay.org G20 finance ministers met Friday to discuss global coronavirus response.

AIER (2021-02-28). Lockdowns Do Not Control the Coronavirus: Peer Reviewed Reports. 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 use of universal lockdowns in the event of the appearance …

Adam Dick (2021-02-28). President Biden Says the Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Are Safe. The Vaccines' Fact Sheets Say Something Very Different. 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). | *** | Via a Monday

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.

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 …

Chuck Collins (2021-02-27). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org Another update on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency…

Marisa Peyre, Gwenaà´l Vourc'h, Thierry Lefranàßois, Yves Martin-Prevel, Jean-Franàßois Soussana, Benjamin Roche (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] PREZODE: preventing zoonotic disease emergence. thelancet.com As of mid February, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has killed approximately 2 million people worldwide and caused profound economic damage, with a global growth reduction of 4 ∑4% in 2020.1 The ultimate consequences of this crisis are difficult to predict but, from sanitary, economic, sociological, and ecological perspectives, the toll is already substantial. Nevertheless, this threat is not new. Concerns over a global pandemic have arisen many times before, so most countries already had emergency preparedness plans in place.

Dr. Stephen Malthouse (2021-02-28). Epidemiological Evidence: The "Pandemic" is Over. No "Second Wave" will Follow. 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). | *** | This text, crossposted on GR was first published in October 2020…

Paul Adepoju (2021-02-27). [World Report] Ebola returns to Guinea and DR Congo. thelancet.com Experts hope that the capacity and infrastructure put in place for previous epidemics will help to control the new outbreaks. Paul Adepoju reports.

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.

Walter Smolarek (2021-02-27). Deciphering Biden's excuse to abandon the Fight for $15. liberationnews.org President Biden received a major political gift from an obscure, unelected official called the Senate parliamentarian Feb. 25 when she ruled that the provision in the administration's stimulus plan that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour must be removed from the bill. Unless this maneuver is defeated, millions of workers who could have …

Ella Fassler (2021-02-27). 10 Largest US Cities Will Spend More on Police Than Public Health This Year. zcomm.org Combined, these 10 cities' policing budgets are 3.6 times greater than public health department budgets…

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.

Michelle S Hsiang, Davis Mumbengegwi, John Chimumbwa (2021-02-27). [Comment] Mini-outbreak response for malaria using indoor residual spraying. thelancet.com In malaria-endemic settings, vector control is a key public health intervention and accounts for the majority of global spending on malaria.1 Indoor residual spraying (IRS) of insecticide before peak malaria seasons is one widely used and effective approach.2 In southern Africa, IRS reduced clinical cases by 74—95% between 2000 and 2005, bringing the region to near elimination.3,4 In other parts of Africa, similarly dramatic effects have been observed in previously high-transmission settings.5 However, as transmission declines, the difficulty of widescale application for this resource-intensive intervention…

Stewart W Mercer, John Patterson, John P Robson, Susan M Smith, Elizabeth Walton, Graham Watt (2021-02-27). [Comment] The inverse care law and the potential of primary care in deprived areas. thelancet.com The inverse care law, whereby health care favours more assertive interests and in doing so compounds the disadvantage of patients and communities with the poorest health,1 exists in most health systems. 50 years after Julian Tudor Hart's landmark paper in which he first described the inverse care law in England and Wales,1 it is still going strong.2,3 In The Lancet, Richard Cookson and colleagues4 provide a global re-examination of the inverse care law.

Andy Haines, Helen Clark, Joy Phumaphi, Sarah Whitmee, Rosemary Green (2021-02-27). [Comment] The Lancet Pathfinder Commission: pathways to a healthy, zero-carbon future—a call for evidence. thelancet.com It is a priority to develop and communicate a compelling, evidence-based vision of a net-zero carbon society in which people thrive, supported by a sustainable world economy. The potential benefits to human health in such a society are considerable. For example, reductions in air pollution would reduce the burden of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; transforming food and transport systems would reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, obesity, and undernutrition; and conserving natural spaces would safeguard human wellbeing, while protecting the planet's life support systems.

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.

Ramona du Houx (2021-02-27). Elected Officials to Protect America see Biden's clean car plan can help health outcomes. indybay.org EOPA, as part of President Biden's overall climate agenda, supports Majority Leader Sen. Schumer's clean car plan and urges President Biden to initiate the process of making it law right after his American Rescue Plan is passed. Toxic pollution from cars and trucks are cutting lives short in communities of color and low-income communities across the U.S. Decades of vehicle emissions and other ambient pollution have created disproportionate negative impacts on the economic vitality, health, and quality of life in these frontline communities.

MBNJSD (2021-02-27). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. dissidentvoice.org Photo: CODEPINK The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing "Iranian-backed militias" who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this …

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.

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.

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-28). One-Third of Deaths Reported to CDC After COVID Vaccines Occurred within 48 Hours of Vaccination. 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). | *** | According to new data released today, as of Feb. 12, 15,923 …

2021-02-26: News Headlines

Raúl Zibechi (2021-02-26). Estallidos o levantamientos frente a la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Un reciente informe del Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) revela que las clases dominantes, a las que el organismo sirve, esperan estallidos sociales en todo el mundo como consecuencia de la pandemia. El trabajo Repercusiones sociales de la pandemia, publicado en…

Fight Back (2021-02-26). Black prisoners don't matter to Leon County jails. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – You are just a worthless Black prisoner, and we don't care about you. | That is the message that the white power structure in Leon County is sending to the prisoners in the Leon County jail. Your lives simply don't matter. | If you die from COVID-19, good riddance. It will save the public the expense involved in taking care of you. | Neither Tallahassee Mayor John Daily, County Commission Chair Rick Minor, County Administrator Vince Long, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) CEO Mark O'Bryant, the Leon County Health Department Director Claudia Blackburn, nor any lobbyist or membe…

WSWS (2021-02-26). San Francisco school board pauses reactionary school renaming campaign to focus on forcing schools open. wsws.org Despite widespread transmission of COVID-19 and news of more infectious and deadly variants of the virus within San Francisco, the school district alongside the educator and school worker unions are pushing ahead with reopening plans.

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 (2021-02-27). 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 …

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Sweden Sees 'Very Sharp' Increase in Grooming Cases Amid Judiciary Overload. sputniknews.com While the police had warned that grooming activity tends to intensify in times of crises, the Prosecutor's Office said it is so far impossible to say whether the spike is linked to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Oxford University COVID-19 Lab Reportedly Hacked by Cyber Gang. sputniknews.com Researchers have been scrambling to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. So far, the deadly virus has infected more than 113 million people worldwide and killed more than 2.5 million others.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). 'Stealth Tax' Raid on Pensioners Reportedly in Pipeline as UK Treasury Faces Soaring COVID-19 Debts. sputniknews.com On 3 March the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will deliver the Spring Budget in the House of Commons, aimed to focus on "the next stage" of the COVID-19 while looking further ahead to secure…

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). 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). 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 …

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 …

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 …

news.un (2021-02-26). UN chief returns to the Bronx for second coronavirus shot. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres received his second COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies in the Bronx, New York, on Friday.

news.un (2021-02-26). Pandemic pushing people 'even further behind', UN rights chief warns. news.un.org As the COVID-19 pandemic gathers pace, people worldwide are "being left behind — or pushed even further behind", the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights warned on Friday.

news.un (2021-02-26). Cà¥te d'Ivoire takes delivery of latest COVAX vaccine shipment, in further boost for Africa. news.un.org Cà¥te d'Ivoire received 504,000 doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine on Friday making it the second African nation in a week to benefit from the first shipments of shots from the UN-backed global COVAX initiative, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

news.un (2021-02-26). UN Security Council demands COVID-19 vaccine ceasefires; WHO pushes for more action to speed up inoculations. news.un.org The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling on all Member States to support a "sustained humanitarian pause" to local conflicts, in order to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations. Briefing journalists afterwards, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus argued that more could be done.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-26). Covid-19: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel freezes programme to send vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny | Bid to garner international goodwill suspended after attorney general said to be seeking clarification about its legality | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 10: 32 | Palestinians have accused Israel of ignoring its duties as an occupying power by not including the Palestinians in its inoculation programme (AFP) | Israel has…

Lubna Masarwa (2021-02-26). Israel's closure of Covid clinic leaves 50,000 people at high risk. middleeasteye.net Israel's closure of Covid clinic leaves 50,000 people at high risk | Termination of vaccine programme for those living in Israel without legal status may be legally challenged by rights groups
| Fri, 02/26/2021 – 13: 50 | A paramedic with Israel's Magen David Adom medical services prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for a Palestinian man in a mobile clinic on 26 February 202…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-26). Iraq: Protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Nasiriyah. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Nasiriyah | At least five demonstrators have been killed over the past week as activists defied a Covid-19 lockdown to take to the streets | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 16: 00 | Iraqi protesters are pictured next to burning tyres during clashes with police during anti-government demonstrations in the city of Nasiriyah in the Dhi Qar province…

Rep. Barbara Lee (2021-02-26). Friday 2/26: Virtual Town Hall: Vaccines & the Impact of COVID-19 on the Black Community. indybay.org Virtual town hall via FB livestream…

UKSLNU (2021-02-26). Thursday 2/25: This Is Not My First Pandemic: LGBT+ Community Response to AIDS & COVID-19. indybay.org Online event…

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.

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…

John Zarocostas (2021-02-27). [World Report] New WTO leader faces COVID-19 challenges. thelancet.com Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization. She already faces scrutiny over intellectual property rights in the pandemic. John Zarocostas reports.

Andrew Green (2021-02-27). [Obituary] James Gita Hakim. thelancet.com Cardiologist and HIV researcher. Born in what is now South Sudan on May 14, 1954, he died of complications from COVID-19 on Jan 25, 2021, in Harare, Zimbabwe, aged 66 years.

Rajaie Batniji (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Historical evidence to inform COVID-19 vaccine mandates. thelancet.com The best comparison to the massive global vaccination effort that is now starting might be the smallpox vaccination campaigns that culminated in the eradication of the disease, as detailed by Richard Horton.1 With smallpox, vaccine mandates played a pivotal role in reducing mortality and case rates.

Bill Sardi (2021-02-26). Politicians Shouldn't be Managing Pandemics They Will Bend Science to Fit Their Political Objectives. 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 politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic has not been overlooked in …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-27). $15 wage dropped from COVID relief plan in US Senate, progressives vow to continue fight. peoplesdispatch.org The Democratic Party's move to insert the USD 15 per hour wage was judged by the Senate rules arbiter to not be in line with the rules. In the meanwhile pressure is on Democratic Party legislators and leadership to ensure that the wage bill is passed…

Kuniaki Takahashi, David van Klaveren, Ewout W Steyerberg, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W Serruys (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Concerns with the new SYNTAX score — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We welcome the comments by Nick Freemantle and Domenico Pagano in response to our publication on the redevelopment and external valida ≠tion of the SYNTAX score II 2020 (SS II 2020) for individualised decision making in patients with de-novo three-vessel or left main coronary artery disease, or both.1…

Eric J Topol (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] What's lurking in your electrocardiogram? thelancet.com For decades one of my favourite tasks in medicine has been reading 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs). I've always thought the wealth of information provided was impressive—eg, conduction and heart rhythm abnormalities, lack of blood supply or damage to the heart, chamber enlargement or hypertrophy, and inflammation of the pericardium. In the 1980s, when I did emergency coronary angiograms for patients with acute myocardial infarction, I marvelled at how the ECG accurately predicted the infarct-related artery and whether the occlusion was proximal or distal.

Marisa Peyre, Gwenaà´l Vourc'h, Thierry Lefranàßois, Yves Martin-Prevel, Jean-Franàßois Soussana, Benjamin Roche (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] PREZODE: preventing zoonotic disease emergence. thelancet.com As of mid February, 2021, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has killed approximately 2 million people worldwide and caused profound economic damage, with a global growth reduction of 4 ∑4% in 2020.1 The ultimate consequences of this crisis are difficult to predict but, from sanitary, economic, sociological, and ecological perspectives, the toll is already substantial. Nevertheless, this threat is not new. Concerns over a global pandemic have arisen many times before, so most countries already had emergency preparedness plans in place.

Paul Adepoju (2021-02-27). [World Report] Ebola returns to Guinea and DR Congo. thelancet.com Experts hope that the capacity and infrastructure put in place for previous epidemics will help to control the new outbreaks. Paul Adepoju reports.

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.

Michelle S Hsiang, Davis Mumbengegwi, John Chimumbwa (2021-02-27). [Comment] Mini-outbreak response for malaria using indoor residual spraying. thelancet.com In malaria-endemic settings, vector control is a key public health intervention and accounts for the majority of global spending on malaria.1 Indoor residual spraying (IRS) of insecticide before peak malaria seasons is one widely used and effective approach.2 In southern Africa, IRS reduced clinical cases by 74—95% between 2000 and 2005, bringing the region to near elimination.3,4 In other parts of Africa, similarly dramatic effects have been observed in previously high-transmission settings.5 However, as transmission declines, the difficulty of widescale application for this resource-intensive intervention…

Stewart W Mercer, John Patterson, John P Robson, Susan M Smith, Elizabeth Walton, Graham Watt (2021-02-27). [Comment] The inverse care law and the potential of primary care in deprived areas. thelancet.com The inverse care law, whereby health care favours more assertive interests and in doing so compounds the disadvantage of patients and communities with the poorest health,1 exists in most health systems. 50 years after Julian Tudor Hart's landmark paper in which he first described the inverse care law in England and Wales,1 it is still going strong.2,3 In The Lancet, Richard Cookson and colleagues4 provide a global re-examination of the inverse care law.

Andy Haines, Helen Clark, Joy Phumaphi, Sarah Whitmee, Rosemary Green (2021-02-27). [Comment] The Lancet Pathfinder Commission: pathways to a healthy, zero-carbon future—a call for evidence. thelancet.com It is a priority to develop and communicate a compelling, evidence-based vision of a net-zero carbon society in which people thrive, supported by a sustainable world economy. The potential benefits to human health in such a society are considerable. For example, reductions in air pollution would reduce the burden of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases; transforming food and transport systems would reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, obesity, and undernutrition; and conserving natural spaces would safeguard human wellbeing, while protecting the planet's life support systems.

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.

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

Nick Freemantle, Domenico Pagano (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Concerns with the new SYNTAX score. thelancet.com Kuniaki Takahashi and colleagues1 attempt to revitalise the SYNTAX score and argue that it has a place in clinical practice. Unfortunately, flaws and weaknesses in the derivation of the score predicate against such use.

Graham Watt (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] Julian Tudor Hart: medical pioneer and social advocate. thelancet.com Julian Tudor Hart is seen variously as a researcher, an expert on high blood pressure, an epidemiologist, scientist, writer, political commentator, and social advocate. But at heart he was always a practising family doctor. Few physicians manage to be expert in so many fields and none while also looking after the primary care needs of some 2100 people, which Tudor Hart did at Glyncorrwg, a former colliery village in south Wales, UK. His dedication to general practice meant his work was relevant and valued by fellow general practitioners (GPs).

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."

Jean-Yves Blay, Pierre Fenaux, Ruth Ladenstein, Nicoline Hoogerbrugge (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Continue rare cancers collaboration with European Reference Networks after Brexit. thelancet.com We read the Correspondence by Marc Tischkowitz and colleagues,1 signed by UK participants in the European Reference Networks (ERNs) programme and related to the risk of Brexit on patients with rare diseases.

Jeyaraj D Pandian, Yogeshwar Kalkonde, Ivy Anne Sebastian, Jackie Bosch (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Recognising HIV infection in systems of care for stroke — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Laura Benjamin and colleagues raise an important consideration. There are several risk factors for stroke which are locally prevalent in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Endemic infections such as HIV, rheumatic heart disease, malaria, tuberculosis, syphilis, schistosomiasis, gnathostomiasis, sickle cell disease, snake bite, scorpion stings, Chagas disease, and Takayasu's arteritis1 can trigger intracranial vessel disease and thromboembolic complications.. However, the prevalence of these risk factors is declining in most LMICs, including those in Africa,2 as a result of gradual improvement in awar…

Deirdre Cooper Owens (2021-02-27). [Perspectives] Listening to Black women saves Black lives. thelancet.com I am one of two African American women who are endowed professors in the history of medicine in the USA. I am the only African American woman directing a traditional medical humanities programme in the USA. When I accepted my position in 2019 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I did not know I would step into a position that would make me a historical first. Since this time, I have become preoccupied with learning about Black women who are "firsts" within the annals of US histories of medicine.

Eleanore D Sternberg, Jackie Cook, Ludovic P Ahoua Alou, Serge Brice Assi, Alphonsine A Koffi, Dimi T Doudou, Carine J Aoura, Rosine Z Wolie, Welbeck A Oumbouke, Eve Worrall, Immo Kleinschmidt, Raphael N'Guessan, Matthew B Thomas (2021-02-27). [Articles] Impact and cost-effectiveness of a lethal house lure against malaria transmission in central Cà¥te d'Ivoire: a two-arm, cluster-randomised controlled trial. thelancet.com Screening plus Eave Tubes can provide protection against malaria in addition to the effects of insecticide-treated nets, offering potential for a new, cost-effective strategy to supplement existing vector control tools. Additional trials are needed to confirm these initial results and further optimise Eave Tubes and the lethal house lure concept to facilitate adoption.

Donald R Hopkins, Kashef Ijaz, Adam J Weiss, Sharon L Roy (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Certifying Guinea worm eradication in humans and animals. thelancet.com The Viewpoint by David Molyneux and colleagues,1 members of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication, notes the special challenges they face in preparing to certify that there are no Guinea worms remaining in humans or animals in the final seven countries that have not yet been certified as free of transmission, since eradication programmes detected the sustained transmission of Dracunculus medinensis among domestic dogs in Chad, Ethiopia, and Mali. We believe a comprehensive approach to evidence for certification might include a range of actions.

Emmanuel Chanda (2021-02-27). [Comment] Averting malaria transmission with lethal house lure intervention. thelancet.com In 2019, malaria accounted for 229 million cases and 409‚Äà000 deaths globally, with 94% of the burden occurring in sub-Saharan Africa.1 Despite determined efforts to combat malaria through definitive diagnoses, case management, and preventive interventions, the huge disease burden persists. Although effective vector control unequivocally curtails malaria transmission, integrated vector management has faced numerous challenges,2 including diminished effectiveness and uncertain sustainability of interventions, partly caused by insecticide resistance and residual transmission.

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.

Staff (2021-02-26). Headlines for February 26, 2021. democracynow.org President Biden Orders Airstrikes on Syria, Killing 17 Iran-Backed Militia Members, Biden Calls Saudi King Salman, Doesn't Raise Crown Prince's Involvement in Khashoggi's Murder, Brazil's COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000, "Long Covid": 1 in 10 COVID-19 Survivors Face Lingering and Debilitating Symptoms, WHO Warns, Biden Warns it's "Not a Time to Relax" as U.S. Records Another 2,400 COVID-19 Deaths, Senate Parliamentarian Advises Against Including Minimum Wage Hike in Coronavirus Relief Bill, Police Chief Warns Pro-Trump Militia Members Are Plotting to Blow up the Capitol, Hundreds of Nigerian School Girls Feare…

2021-02-25: News Headlines

Fight Back (2021-02-26). Black prisoners don't matter to Leon County jails. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – You are just a worthless Black prisoner, and we don't care about you. | That is the message that the white power structure in Leon County is sending to the prisoners in the Leon County jail. Your lives simply don't matter. | If you die from COVID-19, good riddance. It will save the public the expense involved in taking care of you. | Neither Tallahassee Mayor John Daily, County Commission Chair Rick Minor, County Administrator Vince Long, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) CEO Mark O'Bryant, the Leon County Health Department Director Claudia Blackburn, nor any lobbyist or membe…

Chris Banks (2021-02-25). Half a million dead: What's the difference between Biden's and Trump's COVID plans? liberationnews.org The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has now surpassed half a million people — approximately 20% of all COVID-19 deaths on the planet, according to official statistics. The United States continues to lead the world in coronavirus deaths, with January ranking as the United States' deadliest month yet. Reflecting this monumental death toll, …

Chris Banks (2021-02-25). Half a million dead: What's the difference between Biden and Trump's COVID plans? liberationnews.org The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has now surpassed half a million people — approximately 20 percent of all COVID-19 deaths on the planet, according to official statistics. The U.S. continues to lead the world in coronavirus deaths, with January ranking as the United States' deadliest month yet. Reflecting this monumental death toll, …

G. Dunkel (2021-02-25). COVID crisis drags down U.S. life expectancy. workers.org The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the United States is now over 500,000. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. life expectancy dropped by a full year from the first six months of 2019 to the first six months of 2020. This is the biggest drop . . . |

David Cavendish (2021-02-25). It's time to shorten the workday—and the workweek. peoplesworld.org It's been nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic forced people in our society to "shelter in place," social distance, and wear masks. Most social activities, such as sporting events, concerts, and parades were canceled. Schools and businesses closed, forcing nearly 50 million people onto the unemployment rolls. And while in recent months the numbers …

Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-02-25). Developing Countries struggling to cope with COVID-19. mronline.org SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting most developing countries disproportionately, especially the United Nations' least developed countries (LDCs) and the World Bank's low-income countries (LICs).

Chris Hartmann (2021-02-25). To 'Build Back Better,' listen to those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Though often ignored, communities know best what ails them. I am reminded of this often because I hear it in my classroom. I heard it before the COVID-19 pandemic, and I hear it louder now as the pandemic rages on. At the end of last term, amidst the surge in cases after Thanksgiving, I asked …

WSWS (2021-02-25). COVID-19 cases in New York colleges rise as state changes guidelines to keep schools open. wsws.org Facing an impending wave of temporary schools closures due to growing COVID-19 outbreaks, the New York government and the SUNY system have altered university guidelines to keep schools open despite rising case numbers.

teleSUR (2021-02-25). The US To Study COVID-19 Long-Term Health Effects. telesurenglish.net The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a major new initiative to study the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection, and the means of prevention and treatment of individuals who have been sickened by COVID-19 but do not recover fully over a long period of time. | RELATED: | Large numbers of patients who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 continue to experience a constellation of symptoms long pas…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-25). Minorities and the poor are the worst affected by COVID-19 in the US. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 death toll in the US not only outstrips the fatalities of other badly affected nations, but also outnumbers the annual death rate of the most devastating wars and epidemics of the 19th and 20th century…

WSWS (2021-02-25). 800,000 COVID-19 deaths in Europe: capitalism, social murder and the case for socialism. wsws.org The catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a tragedy, but a comprehensive political and moral failure of the existing social order.

Rajan Menon (2021-02-25). How The US Fails Its Most Vulnerable. counterpunch.org 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 February and May

_____ (2021-02-25). Build New Infrastructure For A Broader Movement. popularresistance.org The huge upswing in worker organizing in 2020 often had union support, but with an experimental twist. | Over the first few months of the COVID-19 epidemic, workers from bridal shops to pizza places to supermarkets were organizing to get Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and winning. They used tools like the coworker.org site, which helps anyone start up a petition in their workplace and make demands. Groups like the Emergency Workplace Organizing Committee (EWOC), a project of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the United Electrical Workers Union (UE) supported those workers taking independent act…

news.un (2021-02-25). WHO-backed policy brief calls for action to address 'long COVID'. news.un.org With one in 10 people still feeling ill 12 weeks after having COVID-19, authorities must do more to support them, a UN-backed policy brief issued on Thursday argues.

news.un (2021-02-25). 'Industry 4.0' tech for post-COVID world, is driving inequality: UNCTAD. news.un.org Developing countries must embrace ground-breaking technologies that have been a critical tool in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, or else face even greater inequalities than before, UN economic development experts at UNCTAD said on Thursday.

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). 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). 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 …

sputniknews (2021-02-25). European Council Summit Discusses Fight Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com BRUSSELS (Sputnik), Luc Rivet – As the first day of the online summit of the European Council members ends on Thursday, the most daunting current topic, the immunization campaign against the coronavirus, continues to loom large.

sputniknews (2021-02-25). COVID is 'Best Thing That Ever Happened' to Biden, Campaign Aide Reportedly Says in Book. sputniknews.com During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden bombarded the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic in the US with heavy criticism, reiterating that the latter had "no plan" on combating COVID-19. After taking office, Biden continued to blast Trump's coronavirus response.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Oxford University COVID-19 Lab Reportedly Hacked by Cyber Gang. sputniknews.com Researchers have been scrambling to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. So far, the deadly virus has infected more than 113 million people worldwide and killed more than 2.5 million others.

UKSLNU (2021-02-25). Thursday 2/25: This Is Not My First Pandemic: LGBT+ Community Response to AIDS & COVID-19. indybay.org Online event…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-25). Israel approves bill allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared with authorities. middleeasteye.net Israel approves bill allowing names of unvaccinated to be shared with authorities | Legislation allows government to share identities of people not vaccinated against Covid-19 with other authorities, raising privacy concerns for those opting out of inoculation | Thu, 02/25/2021 – 16: 54 | A plenary session at the Israeli parliament in 2019 (AFP) | Israel's parliament approved a law on Wedn…

RT (2021-02-25). Flu gets the cold shoulder: Influenza now virtually non-existent in US as Covid-19 spread continues. rt.com The coronavirus-battered US has enjoyed an unusually calm flu season, showing the lowest figures in decades. The lack of influenza likely stems from enduring restrictions — or Covid-19 wrestling out weaker germs, experts believe. | The ongoing pandemic has had an unexpected effect on the US healthscape, with the conventional flu being almost completely wiped out. Figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show a sharp drop in influenza cases occurred last April — and the figures remain extremely low ever since. | The 2020-21 flu season has essentially not even happened at a…

The Canary (2021-02-25). Face coverings in secondary schools will not be compulsory, says minister. thecanary.co Face coverings and asymptomatic coronavirus (Covid-19) tests in secondary schools will not be compulsory when pupils in England return to class next month, the schools minister has confirmed. | Not compulsory: | Nick Gibb acknowledged that it's "more challenging" to teach with face masks, but he said wearing face coverings is "highly recommended". | He appealed to parents to allow their secondary school-age children to take part in regular voluntary rapid coronavirus tests when classrooms reopen from March 8. | He told Times Radio: Of course we can't make it mandatory on parents but we just hope that most…

Staff (2021-02-25). Over 100 Countries Push to Loosen Rules on Vaccine Patents as US Blocks the Way. truthout.org As the pandemic's death toll nears 2.5 million, stringent rules around intellectual property rights could be preventing much of the world from obtaining COVID-19 vaccines. Over 45 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the United Nations, while 130 other countries have not received any vaccines at all, leading to what some describe as "vaccine apartheid." At the World Trade Organization, South Africa and India are leading a push by over…

Staff (2021-02-25). COVID Vaccine Websites Violate Disability Laws, Create Inequity for Blind People. truthout.org Many covid vaccination registration and information websites at the federal, state and local levels violate disability rights laws, hindering the ability of blind people to sign up for a potentially lifesaving vaccine, a KHN investigation has found. | Across the country, people who use special software to make the web accessible have been unable to sign up for the vaccines or obtain vital information about covid-19 because many government websites lack required accessibility features. At l…

Staff (2021-02-25). 100+ Countries Push to Loosen WTO Rules on Vaccine Patents. Why Is the U.S. Still Blocking the Way? democracynow.org As the pandemic's death toll nears 2.5 million, stringent rules around intellectual property rights could be preventing much of the world from obtaining COVID-19 vaccines. Over 45 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the United Nations, while 130 other countries have not received any vaccines at all, leading to what some describe as "vaccine apartheid." At the World Trade Organization, South Africa and India are leading a push by over 100 nations to waive intellectual property rules that give pharmaceutical companies monopolistic control over vaccines they…

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…

Rep. Barbara Lee (2021-02-25). Friday 2/26: Virtual Town Hall: Vaccines & the Impact of COVID-19 on the Black Community. indybay.org Virtual town hall via FB livestream…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-25). Single dose of vaccine acts as 'booster' in those with prior COVID-19 infection. imperial.ac.uk Two new studies have revealed insights into the immune protection provided by a single dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

sputniknews (2021-02-25). Philippines Offering to Deploy Additional Nurses to Britain, Germany in Exchange for COVID Vaccines. sputniknews.com Carlito Galvez, a former general leading the Philippine government's COVID-19 novel coronavirus response, announced in January that the country is seeking to purchase "at least 148 million doses from seven manufacturers," but procurement will be dependent on global supply.

sputniknews (2021-02-25). French Experts Warn Jab Pace Too Slow to Dodge Third Spring Wave of COVID-19. sputniknews.com France has avoided a third nationwide lockdown, tightening restrictions to stave off a new surge of virus cases, yet with an average number of new daily infections at about 20,000 and a slow-moving vaccine rollout linked to the EU's struggle to secure a consistent supply of jabs.

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). 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). 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). 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). 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 (2021-02-26). 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 …

Staff (2021-02-25). Headlines for February 25, 2021. democracynow.org Biden and VP Harris to Mark 50 Million Vaccine Shots Since Start of Admin, FDA Moves Closer to Approval of Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Rep. Haaland for Interior Sec. as Neera Tanden's Bid for OMB in Peril, Biden Admin to Release Intel Report on Jamal Khashoggi's 2018 Murder, 6,500 Migrant Workers Have Died in Qatar Since It Was Named Host of 2022 World Cup, At Least 41 Migrants Drown in Mediterranean After Boat Capsizes, Amnesty Revokes Alexei Navalny's "Prisoner of Conscience" Status over Hateful Remarks, 79 Prisoners Killed in Ecuador in Gang-Related Violence, An…

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 . . . |

The Conversation (2021-02-26). Facebook's news blockade in Australia shows how tech giants are swallowing the web. juancole.com By Jennifer Grygiel | — When Facebook disabled Australians' access to news articles on its platform, and blocked sharing of articles from Australian news organizations, the company moved a step closer to killing the World Wide Web — the hyperlink-based system of freely connecting online sites created in 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Though the …

Michael T. Klare (2021-02-26). Biden, Climate Change, and China: A New Cold War equals A Scalding Planet. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Slowing the pace of climate change and getting "tough" on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its …

Patricia Gorky (2021-02-26). Exposed: McDonald's surveillance operation spies on employees organizing for a living wage. liberationnews.org New reports show that McDonald's has spied on workers "for years" in their effort to combat the Fight for $15 movement that has been struggling for a living wage for nearly a decade. According to documents leaked to Motherboard, McDonald's hired a team of global intelligence analysts to identify and surveil workers and labor leaders …

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 . . . |

Chloe de Silva (2021-02-26). Eulalia Reyes Whitney. greenleft.org.au

MEE staff (2021-02-26). US launches air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria. middleeasteye.net US launches air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria | Pentagon says raids were authorised by President Biden in response to rocket attacks against US-led coalition forces in Iraq | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 02: 10 | President Biden had vowed to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, but the two countries remain at a diplomatic impasse (AFP/File photo) | US air raids targeted the positions of Iran-backed armed grou…

Staff (2021-02-25). Headlines for February 25, 2021. democracynow.org Biden and VP Harris to Mark 50 Million Shots Since Start of Admin, FDA Moves Closer to Approval of Single-Dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine, Manchin Will Vote to Confirm Rep. Haaland for Interior Sec. as Neera Tanden's Bid for OMB in Peril, Biden Admin to Release Intel Report on Jamal Khashoggi's 2018 Murder, 6,500 Migrant Workers Have Died in Qatar Since It Was Named Host of 2022 World Cup, At Least 41 Migrants Drown in Mediterranean After Boat Capsizes, Amnesty Revokes Alexei Navalny's "Prisoner of Conscience" Status over Hateful Remarks, 79 Prisoners Killed in Ecuador in Gang-Related Violence, Angola, Lo…

2021-02-24: News Headlines

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…

WSWS (2021-02-24). Michigan teachers, students face double threat from school reopenings: contaminated water and COVID-19. wsws.org With the Democratic Whitmer administration pushing for a March 1 reopening date for public schools, teachers and students face not only the danger of the coronavirus, but lead and legionella bacteria from unflushed water systems.

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…

Jesse Hagopian (2021-02-24). COVID-19 Testing, Not Standardized Testing: Schools Need Vaccinations, Not Examinations. progressive.org President Biden just announced the return of high-stakes standardized tests. That's the wrong way to go, especially during the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Washington Post's "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory stands exposed. wsws.org The Washington Post's claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.

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…

The Canary (2021-02-24). Ghana becomes first nation in world to receive Covax coronavirus vaccines. thecanary.co Ghana has become the first country in the world to receive vaccines acquired through the United Nations-backed Covax initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India. | The vaccines, delivered by Unicef, arrived at Accra's Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday and are part of the first wave of Covid-19 vaccines that Covax is sending to several low and middle-income countries. | Ghana is among 92 countries that have signed up to the Covax programme, according to a statement by Ghana's acting minister of information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. | Cases in G…

UKSLNU (2021-02-24). Thursday 2/25: This Is Not My First Pandemic: LGBT+ Community Response to AIDS & COVID-19. indybay.org Online event…

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 . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-24). London bus drivers go on strike protesting pay cuts. peoplesdispatch.org Bus drivers at the bus service operator RATP in London protested the company's attempt to implement pay cuts in the garb of the COVID-19 crisis that could see some of the drivers lose up to 2,500 Pounds (3039.57 USD) a year…

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,"

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). 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). '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 …

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). 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 …

news.un (2021-02-24). COVID-19 imperils 'historic advances' in children's access to school meals: UN report. news.un.org Hard-won gains in efforts to provide millions of the world's most vulnerable children with nutritious food, through free daily meals at school, are at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic and its fallout, a UN World Food Programme (WFP) report said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-02-24). Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility. news.un.org Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all.

news.un (2021-02-24). Pandemic recovery presents historic opportunity to ensure human rights for all: Guterres. news.un.org Human rights have been battered in the COVID-19 pandemic but recovery represents a chance to improve on the status quo and finally ensure dignity for all, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Wednesday.

sputniknews (2021-02-24). EU 'Catching Up' with UK in COVID-19 Jabs, Claims von der Leyen, Who Rejects Criticism Over Rollout. sputniknews.com As the EU's coronavirus vaccination programme has come under fire, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier in February acknowledged the bloc was late in authorising COVID-19 jabs, while overconfident about production targets being met amid delays at factories.

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

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.

_____ (2021-02-24). Silicon Valley Bus Drivers Restored Community Rides For Free. popularresistance.org With Covid cases surging in their ranks, bus drivers in Santa Clara, California, demanded to resume rear-door boarding, which is proven to reduce the risk of infection. | Management of the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) balked, even blaming the workers for getting sick. Pressure mounted from the leadership of Transit (ATU) Local 265, and from rider and community groups. | But it was rank-and-file bus drivers who forced management's hand when they started planning to stop boarding at the front door whether the agency agreed or not. | Bosses prefer anything to allowing workers to run the company. On February…

_____ (2021-02-24). Unintended Consequences and the Texas 'Big Freeze' Energy Disaster. strategic-culture.org By Ron PAUL | Last week Texas experienced a cold snap that resulted in serious statewide damage, death, and destruction. The collapse of the state's energy grid left millions of Texans in the dark and freezing for days at a time. Tragically, at least 30 people died. | There are many reasons why Texas became like a Third World country, and we should be careful not to pin all the blame on just one factor. But it seems clear that the disaster was to a large degree caused by political decisions to shift toward "green" energy generated from solar and wind and by Governor Abbott's authoritarian Covid restrictions. | Ab…

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 . . . |

Zachary Conti (2021-02-24). Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network Ask Biden for Global COVID Aid and Debt Relief. indybay.org The Biden Administration should support the release of $3 trillion in global reserve funds to support developing countries confront the COVID pandemic, say the US Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network in a letter to President Biden.

Angela Ards (2021-02-24). Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic. thenation.com Finding Community Through Our Dogs in the Darkest Days of the Pandemic…

Heather Digby Parton (2021-02-24). Fox News' COVID denialism now threatens U.S. vaccine rollout — but its roots are deeper. salon.com Beyond Fox News or Trump, the GOP has a bone-deep antipathy to any collective attempt to extend a helping hand…

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…

Pam Long (2021-02-24). Air Force Surgeon: It's Your 'Duty' to Get COVID Vaccine. 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 transcript of a mandatory video briefing for airmen at a …

Peter Koenig (2021-02-24). Is Switzerland Sliding into Dictatorship? Social Coercion, Privileges to Those Who Accept the Covid Vaccine. 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). | *** | A secret paper from the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss Executive) was …

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.

Martha Stilson (2021-02-24). Coronavirus, Distribution of Vaccines, Who is Expendable? indybay.org What makes a human being expendable? It is quite a question. It is still the time of the Coronavirus.

_____ (2021-02-24). Food Not Bombs displaced from Santa Cruz lot. popularresistance.org Santa Cruz, CA – An activist group on the brink of celebrating a consecutive year of coronavirus pandemic-era free meal service was summarily ejected from a private downtown parking lot Thursday. | Potentially setting the stage for the latest standoff with the City of Santa Cruz, organizer Keith McHenry then moved Food Not Bombs' distribution effort into an adjacent "Lot 27" public parking area just across Front Street, the same one the group was locked out of last year due to what officials cited as "public nuisance" complaints. | "We're like, just keep moving and doing what needs to happen," McHenry said of con…

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-24). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Adam Dick (2021-02-24). President Biden Says the Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Are Safe. The Vaccines' Fact Sheets Say Something Very Different. 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). | *** | Via a Monday

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 . . . |

David Swanson (2021-02-24). Universality or Fighting Over Scraps. counterpunch.org Why should rich people get pandemic survival checks? Why shouldn't descendants of enslaved people get reparations payments? Why should someone who doesn't go to college pay taxes to make college free? Why should smokers get health coverage? Why should someone get out of their student debt when I didn't? I don't claim to have a

Ed Rampell (2021-02-24). The Jackie Robinson of Architecture. counterpunch.org HOLLYWOOD'S ARCHITECT: THE PAUL R. WILLIAMS STORY Undaunted, the pandemic can't stop the Pan African Film Festival and in that immortal show biz tradition, the show must go on! Albeit virtually, as this year in order to stay cinematically safe, America's largest and best yearly Black-themed filmfest since 1992 is moving online and starting later

WSWS (2021-02-24). Right-wing defection intensifies Australian government instability. wsws.org Kelly's move will be used to further foment a far-right movement and push the unstable government to suppress popular opposition to the lifting of pandemic safety restrictions.

WSWS (2021-02-24). Media censors British Medical Journal description of pandemic deaths as "social murder" wsws.org Finely attuned to the threat from below, Britain's ruling elite understands the implications of any public discussion of the issue of social murder as it prepares to end the "last lockdown," with the virus and its dangerous mutations allowed to rip through the population once again to deadly effect.

UFCFLP (2021-02-24). The Pandemic, Newsom, The Recall & The Working Class. indybay.org The bankrupt and corrupt policies of California Gavin Newsom and the Democratic Party are fueling the Republican funded efforts to have another recall in California. The last recall of Gray Davis was because of his support of deregulation of energy and putting Enron and other crooks in charge of the energy grid similar to what is happening in Texas…

Nicole Karlis (2021-02-24). You're vaccinated now. What can you do?>. salon.com Those who have received vaccines are wondering if life under the pandemic will change at all…

Gary M. Kramer (2021-02-24). Experimental film "EreÃÑmiÃÑta" is an inventive & vivid celebration of our pandemic hermitage life. salon.com This anthology of cell phone-shot shorts seeks to capture the fragmentation & contemplation of social distancing…

RT (2021-02-24). How do you do, fellow kids? Biden White House leaves followers baffled after tweeting out-of-touch meme with Canadian PM. rt.com The Biden administration has taken a popular meme and mutilated it, leaving what appears to be praise for Canada's Justin Trudeau but which was hard to understand either way. | Biden's White House Twitter account posted two images in a row captioned "How it started. How it's going" on Wednesday. The first showed Biden and Trudeau walking side by side down a hallway lined with flags, apparently from Biden's term as Vice President under Barack Obama. The second featured a large screen on which Trudeau was projected, with Biden turned towards it, seemingly in mid-speech, clearly taken during the pandemic. | How i…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-02-24). 2/23: Vaccine Imperialism: China vs. the Western WorldÔºöÔºö. indybay.org Vaccine Racism: How wealthy nations stockpile life-saving vaccines while poor countries and poor people within these countries are ignored. How western countries criticize China, despite China's success in containing the virus and providing vaccines to the world.

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 …

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 …

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 …