2021-01-13: News Headlines

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up surveillance of emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Step up vigil for emerging coronavirus variants, WHO urges. news.un.org Efforts should be stepped up to quickly identify and study emerging variants of the COVID-19-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, UN World Health Organization (WHO) scientists said on Tuesday.

news.un (2021-01-13). Fewer protections, lower wages, and higher health risks: Homeworking in the COVID era. news.un.org The UN's labour agency (ILO) called on Wednesday for greater recognition and protection for the hundreds of millions of people who work from home, accounting for almost eight per cent of the global workforce even before the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2021-01-13). On His Way To Prison, Activist Advocates For COVID-19 Prisoner Release. popularresistance.org On Thursday (Jan. 14), Patrick O'Neill will report to the Federal Correctional Institution near Elkton, Ohio, to serve a 14-month sentence for breaking into a nuclear submarine base as part of a symbolic nuclear disarmament action he took up with six other Catholic pacifists more than two years ago. | But on his way to prison, O'Neill has taken up a new cause: protecting inmates from COVID-19. | Some 329,298 prisoners across the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus and about 2,020 have died, according to the Marshall Project, the online journalism organization focused on criminal justice. | Pris…

Jens Martens (2021-01-13). 8 points for a global agenda of structural change in the COVID-19 pandemic. indybay.org "We can have democracy or concentration of wealth, not both," said Justice Louis Brandeis, the longest-serving Supreme Court justice,…

Eliza Egret (2021-01-13). The most dangerous law of our time continues to be pushed through parliament. thecanary.co While most of the public are still distracted by coronavirus (Covid-19) headlines, the disgraceful The spycops bill authorises covert agents, such as police officers, MI5 agents, or military personnel, to legally carry out what would usually be considered criminal conduct. | Why is the bill so…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in LA, Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life and Culture. truthout.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero…

Staff (2021-01-13). As COVID Surges in L.A., Hard-Hit Indigenous Communities Fight to Preserve Life, Culture & Language. democracynow.org As Los Angeles County reports record COVID-19 infections, overflowing hospitals and record death tolls, we look at how Indigenous communities there are among the hardest hit in working-class neighborhoods, where many are essential workers. "Indigenous people, we don't have the privilege to stay home and not go to work," says Odilia Romero, co-founder and executive director of Indigenous Communities in Leadership, or CIELO, an Indigenous women-led nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Romero also laments "the loss of knowledge" that comes with the devastation of COVID-19. "Some of the elders have passed away, and…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Stay at home': Portuguese PM announces new lockdown after record Covid-19 death and infection rates. rt.com Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa urged people to stay at home as he announced on Wednesday that the country would enter another national lockdown following record rates of Covid-19 deaths and new cases. | "We are at the most dangerous moment [of the pandemic]. The rule is simple: all of us should stay home," Costa told reporters during a briefing at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. | On Wednesday, the Portuguese authorities reported a record daily increase of 156 deaths, taking total fatalities to 8,236, which Costa said was "not acceptable." | The country also recorded a further 10,556 new Covid-19 infectio…

RT (2021-01-13). 'Perfect storm': WHO warns second year of fighting Covid-19 could be 'even tougher' than the first. rt.com Ongoing transmission dynamics show the world needs to brace for an even tougher year of fighting Covid-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, while the disease has turned into the "perfect storm" in Europe and the US. | "We are going into a second year of this, it could even be tougher given the transmission dynamics and some of the issues that we are seeing," WHO's Health Emergencies chief, Mike Ryan, said during a Q&A session broadcast Following a drop in new cases reported over the…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-13). Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians. dissidentvoice.org Israel's decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel's poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous. Amnesty International, among many organizations, condemned the Israeli government's decision to bar Palestinians from receiving the vaccine. The rights group described the Israeli action as evidence …

WSWS (2021-01-13). Before it begins, COVID-19 vaccination in Turkey already a fiasco. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous ruling class "herd immunity" policy continues with a chaotic and incompetent roll-out of the vaccine.

WSWS (2021-01-13). London Mayor declares "major incident" as UK capital devastated by COVID-19. wsws.org The Office for National Statistics estimates that one in 30 people are infected with the virus in London, up to one in 20 in the worst-hit areas.

Sam Mellins (2021-01-13). 'Enough Is Enough': How a New York Coalition Is Pushing Lawmakers to Raise the State's Revenue. progressive.org The Invest in Our New York Campaign, involving more than 100 groups, is urging legislators to take action amid the COVID-19-induced recession.

WSWS (2021-01-13). German hospital group terminates nurse after criticism of situation in ICUs. wsws.org As new infections reach record levels in Germany, the number of people requiring hospitalization for COVID-19 is growing.

WSWS (2021-01-13). Global COVID-19 death toll nears 2 million. wsws.org It has been one year since the first person died from complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Dr. Patrick Phillips (2021-01-13). Video: "Lockdown" Public Health Policies in Ontario: Dr. Naomi Wolf Talks to Courageous Physician Dr. Patrick Phillips. globalresearch.ca Dr. Patrick Phillips, a family physician and front liner in health care in Ontario, talks with Dr. Naomi Wolf of Daily Clout on the devastating impacts of COVID-19 lockdown. | He firmly believes that the consequences outweigh the benefits and …

_____ (2021-01-13). DSA's Moment Of Truth. popularresistance.org Now that Democrats control the House, Senate, and the Presidency, expectations have been raised around covid relief, rent relief, a Green New Deal, cancelling student debt and Medicare For All. | Covid has especially elevated the demand of Medicare For All: the trillion dollar healthcare industry that annually leaves tens of thousands of uninsured dying unnecessary deaths — while bankrupting hundreds of thousands more — has proven a historic failure in the face of the pandemic, while pushing millions more into the realm of the uninsured. The totality of the disaster is similar to a poorer nation in th…

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-13). The UK's Brexit-and-Covid Languors. counterpunch.org The UK has been in a protracted capitalist crisis since the collapse of…

RT (2021-01-13). Australian scientists urge pause on deployment of AstraZeneca vaccine over efficacy concerns, suggest Pfizer or Moderna instead. rt.com Scientists in Australia have called for a halt to the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, claiming recent data has cast doubt on the inoculation's ability to create herd immunity. | The scientists pointed to data from a study A larg…

Makia Freeman (2021-01-13). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Experimental COVID Vaccines | are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This next phase of the COVID scamdemic is an incredibly dangerous one — the phase where authorities take their sovereignty-violating …

Alexander Rubinstein (2021-01-13). Saint Anthony Fauci: The Hidden History. mintpressnews.com Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top scientist on the Coronavirus taskforce, is being reproached after it was revealed last month that he was "moving the goalposts" on coronavirus herd immunity. But his long history of misleading the American public, or getting things completely wrong, remains unscrutinized — until now. | Before I get started on Dr. Fauci's handling of the coronavirus and his handling of the HIV/AIDS crisis and other major outbreaks of infectious diseases, I want to be clear that the point of this article is not to push covid-denialism. I can already envision some mainstream media hack, foaming at…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-13). Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. globalresearch.ca Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that …

Dr. Jeff Masters (2021-01-13). The Top 10 Weather and Climate Events of a Record-setting Year. globalresearch.ca Calendar year 2020 was an extreme and abnormal year, in so many ways. The global coronavirus pandemic altered people's lives around the world, as did extreme weather and climate events. Let's review the year's top 10 such events. | . ….

RT (2021-01-13). No mask, no money? HSBC warns UK customers they could FORFEIT their accounts if they don't obey pandemic rules. rt.com UK customers who refuse to wear masks inside HSBC branches will be refused service and may have their accounts closed, the bank says. The threat was not well-received, particularly given HSBC's criminal history. | HSBC customers who enter a branch bare-faced without a medical exemption could forfeit their money, a spokesperson told UK tabloid

_____ (2021-01-13). War Of The (Financial) Worlds. popularresistance.org Sometimes things only make sense when seen through a magnifying lens. As it happens, I'm thinking about reality, the very American and global reality clearly repeating itself as 2021 begins. | We all know, of course, that we're living through a once-in-a-century-style pandemic; that millions of people have lost their jobs, a portion of which will never return; that the poorest among us, who can withstand such acute economic hardship the least, have been slammed the hardest; and that the global economy has been kneecapped, thanks to a battery of lockdowns, shutdowns, restrictions of various sorts, and health-relat…

WSWS (2021-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown. wsws.org The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2021-01-13). Europe in 2021. zcomm.org Portugal assumes the EU presidency at a crucial moment. Amid a fluid scenario and systemic risks, the way Europe emerges from the pandemic may be relevant in terms of rebalancing a disparate global agenda…

Karen Conner (2021-01-13). A Big Jump In Gas Prices Pushes Overall CPI Up 0.4 Percent In December. cepr.net (This is a compilation of Dean Baker's quick-take analysis over Twitter. Follow @DeanBaker13 on Twitter to get his quick-take analysis of government data immediately upon release.) The pandemic has led to a real flip in price trends. Rent, medical care, and education had been sectors with higher inflation. This is no longer the case; now food and cars …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). New digital finance platform launches for Imperial students. imperial.ac.uk The new platform, Blackbullion, is being provided to students for free and hosts features intended to support good financial health.

Eleanor J. Bader (2021-01-13). Pregnant People of Color are Bearing the Brunt of the War on Drugs. progressive.org 'Fetal protection' laws are criminalizing pregnant people who use drugs or alcohol, rather than approaching this as a public-health issue.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-13). Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and Australia's Complicity. dissidentvoice.org Australia's Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the statement from her department, which was a good thing, as it might have been dangerously useful. The finding of a UK court on whether Julian Assange would be extradited to the United States was made "on the grounds of his mental health and consequent suicide risk." …

Ashley Curtin (2021-01-13). Former Michigan governor and others in his administration face charges in Flint water crisis. nationofchange.org While the nature of the charges are unknown, charges were brought against former governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, Nick Lyon, former health department director, and other officials in his administration.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). £7.2m quantum network will develop technology to probe Universe's mysteries. imperial.ac.uk The Atom Interferometry Observatory and Network (AION), led by Imperial researchers, will accelerate searches for dark matter and gravitational waves.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-13). Non-invasive brain stimulation helps to ease tremors. imperial.ac.uk UK researchers have used electrical pulses to help suppress the tremors typically found in conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

Revolution Books (2021-01-13). Sunday 1/17: Andy Worthington on America's Torture Colony: 19 Years of Guantanamo Online Event. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan. news.un.org The UN and humanitarian partners in Afghanistan are seeking $1.3 billion to assist almost 16 million people in need of life-saving assistance as a result of decades of conflict, recurrent natural disasters, and the added impact of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-01-12). Humanitarian crisis looms in Madagascar amid drought and pandemic. news.un.org In southern Madagascar, "famine-like conditions" have doubled the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance compared with last year, to more than 1.3 million. Successive droughts and a lack of jobs linked to COVID-19 restrictions are to blame, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

_____ (2021-01-12). Transit Unions Join Forces To Win Safety Protections And Beat Back Layoffs. popularresistance.org Transit workers have been hit hard by the pandemic. Last year at least 100 from the Amalgamated Transit Union and 131 from the Transport Workers lost their lives to Covid-19. | Before Covid, transit unions in the Bay Area—six ATU locals, and one local each of TWU and the Teamsters—often faced their individual struggles in isolation. But during the pandemic, these locals united across the region and came together with riders to demand protections for all. | That unity forced reluctant politicians to make Covid safety a priority. It also set the stage for the unions and riders to team up again to stave…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-12). Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Lebanon tightens restrictions as cases soar | Health officials have warned that Lebanon is quickly running out of beds as coronavirus spread intensifies | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 07: 59 | People wait to get tested for coronavirus at the Covid-19 department of the Nabih Berri university hospital, in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh, on 9 January 2021 (AFP) | Lebanon has imposed a…

RT (2021-01-12). A Russian Strain: Covid-19 found to have mutated 18 different times in one person, with some never seen before. rt.com A Russian woman with a malignant lymphoma, who battled Covid-19 for five months, was found to have 18 different mutations of the virus inside her body. She first caught it in April and last tested positive in September. | The revelation was made last week, when Russian scientists published their research on Virological, a discussion forum for analysis and interpretation of virus molecular evolution and epidemiology. Contributors from four universities and one hospital analyzed the woman's genome and found two of the Danish 'mink mutations,' as well as one recently discovered in the UK. | With so many changes,…

RT (2021-01-12). London re-opens Nightingale field hospital as number of Covid-19 patients in capital doubles since Christmas. rt.com The Nightingale hospital in London has been reopened in an urgent bid to ease patient pressure on the capital's health system amid rising Covid-19 cases. However, the capital's health chief has warned the move may not be enough. | The number of people hospitalised with Covid in London is nearly at 8,000 — almost double what it was on Christmas Day, NHS England's Regional Medical Director for London Vin Diwakar said during a Downing Street news briefing on Tuesday. | In response to the caseload, he said the Nightingale field hospital in East London had been re-opened on Monday in an effort to ease some of…

RT (2021-01-12). Spain pushes to vaccinate all nursing home residents within a week. rt.com All nursing home residents in Spain are expected to be vaccinated against Covid-19 this week, Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Tuesday after the government's weekly cabinet meeting. | The country launched its mass vaccination program shortly after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab in December. | As of Monday, Spain has successfully inoculated 406,000 with the first dose of the two-part vaccine, and health officials are expected to begin the second round of doses from January 18 for patients who fall into the most vulnerable and elderly group. | A…

RT (2021-01-12). Symbolic moment as Russian cosmonauts get jabs of Sputnik V — named for first space satellite — ahead of latest ISS mission. rt.com Cosmonauts traveling to the International Space Station (ISS) in April have been inoculated against Covid-19 with the Sputnik V vaccine, named after the world's first artificial Earth satellite, which was launched by the USSR. | The first shots of the pioneering jab were administered to members of both the main and substitute crews on Tuesday, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said. The course of Sputnik V requires two injections, with the follow-up administered around 21 days after the initial one. | The men who received the vaccine were Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov, Anton Shkaplerov and Dmitry Peteli…

VINS (2021-01-12). COVID-19 Vaccine Producers Seek Liability Immunity. projectcensored.org Hyun Jung Kim reported in a November 2020 report for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists that adopting Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to speed development of a vaccine for COVID-19 entails…

WSWS (2021-01-12). Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs. wsws.org Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

Raul Diego (2021-01-12). Africa to Become Testing Ground for "Trust Stamp" Vaccine Record and Biometric Digital Payment System. globalresearch.ca First published on July 10, 2020, this article reviews the biometric vaccine project sponsored by GAVI. | "A new biometric identity platform partnered with the Gates-funded GAVI vaccine alliance and Mastercard will launch in West Africa and combine COVID-19 vaccinations, …

VINS (2021-01-12). Online Monitoring of Students During Pandemic Raises Concerns. projectcensored.org As students across the nation attend school online via video sharing programs due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person education, government officials are "being allowed carte blanche visual access" to students'…

Cronkite News Arizona PBS (2021-01-12). The other pandemic: Loneliness widespread with the loss of social connections. juancole.com By Chloe Jones | Special for Cronkite News | — PHOENIX — The pandemic has affected different people in different ways, causing financial stress due to job loss, sliding grades, relationship pressures and worries that vulnerable loved ones could contract COVID-19. But one factor that has affected Americans across the country is the loss of …