2021-01-14: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Israel to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners from next week. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel to vaccinate Palestinian prisoners from next week | Israel's health minister made the announcement after President Reuven Rivlin criticised plans to exclude prisoners from vaccination programme | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 02 | Israel has been criticised for shirking its responsibilities as an occupying power by failing to deliver vaccines to millions of Palestinians living in…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Turkey says more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey says more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives first dose of Sinovac as Turkey begins vaccinating health workers | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 58 | Turkish President Erdogan receives shot of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus vaccine in Ankara (Reuters) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced more than 250,000 health wor…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Turkey announces more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey announces more than 250,000 health workers vaccinated so far | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives first dose of the Sinovac jab as Turkey begins vaccinating health workers | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 16: 58 | Turkish President Erdogan receives a shot of Sinovac's CoronaVac coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Ankara (Reuters) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan anno…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-01-14). Review: As Coronavirus Rises Past Three Million, Africa Still Lacks Its Own Vaccine. globalresearch.ca With its large population and fragile health systems, Africa has recorded more than three million Covid-19 cases, still less deadly as compared to other regions in the world, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). …

Staff (2021-01-14). Chaotic Vaccine Rollout Leaves Seniors Frustrated and Confused. truthout.org For weeks, doctors' phones have been ringing off the hook with anxious older patients on the other end of the line. | "When can I get a covid-19 vaccine?" these patients want to know. "And where?" | Frustration and confusion are rampant as states and counties begin to offer vaccines to all seniors after giving them first to front-line health care workers and nursing home residents — the groups initially given priority by state and federal authorities. | My 91-year-old mother-in-law, who lives in upst…

Akram Al-Waara (2021-01-14). Covid-19: Palestinians still awaiting vaccines as Israel dismisses calls to provide jabs. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinians still awaiting vaccines as Israel dismisses calls to provide jabs | Palestinian Authority also criticised for failure to secure vaccines and lack of planning on how to administer them | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 11: 11 | PA officials have made statements on who will be given priority when it comes to the vaccine, but have yet to put forward a comprehensive strategy for rolling it…

Jens Martens (2021-01-14). 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,…

news.un (2021-01-14). 2020, one of three warmest years on record: World Meteorological Organization. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic was not the only long-term crisis the world will remember from 2020. In terms of climate change, the year was also one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, the UN weather agency said on Wednesday.

Izabel Santos (2021-01-14). Brazilian state of Amazonas enters the most serious phase of COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas (January 4, 2021) — Amazonas State went into the purple phase of the new coronavirus pandemic, signifying the highest risk. The information was publicized by the director-president of the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) of Amazonas, Rosemary Costa Pinto, during a meeting between state representatives and officials of the Federal Ministry of Health. "Our …

Walden Bello (2021-01-14). America Has Entered the Weimar Era. counterpunch.org By mid-February 2021, American deaths from COVID-19 may well surpass the country's 405,400 deaths during the Second World War. By around mid-May, more Americans will have died from the virus than during the Civil War, which killed 655,000, and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, when 675,000 are estimated to have perished. Yet America's largely

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-14). Peruvian health workers embark on an indefinite strike. peoplesdispatch.org The Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) and ten other health workers unions began an indefinite national strike on January 13. The measure was taken in the absence of an agreement with President Francisco Sagasti's administration on improving the working conditions of healthcare personnel in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. | On the first day of the strike, in the capital city Lima, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health workers held a massive demonstration in front of the health ministry to draw attention towards their legitimate claims and demand their immediate compliance. | The healthcare professionals are demand…

Gregg Gonsalves (2021-01-14). Bury Me Furious. thenation.com Bury Me Furious…

Staff (2021-01-14). Dr. Ali Khan: U.S. Needs to Quickly Ramp Up Vaccinations as COVID Kills Over 4,000 in Single Day. democracynow.org As the United States breaks all records for coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns another 92,000 could die in the next three weeks as complaints grow over the slow distribution of COVID vaccines. Across the country, hospitals are overflowing, and ICU beds are in short supply. In Los Angeles County, an epicenter of the outbreak, a staggering one in three residents has gotten the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, according to new data. For more on the pandemic, we speak with epidemiologist Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Publi…

via Silicon Valley deBug (2021-01-14). Hunger Strike Starts Tonight in Santa Clara County Jail. indybay.org Prisoners of Santa Clara County Main Jail 7B will be standing in protest in the form of a hunger strike beginning tonight challenging their conditions of confinement and cruel and unusual punishment, specifically the jail and medical staff response towards Covid outbreaks in the jail. | The letter below is from the county jail prisoners to the Jail Administration.

WSWS (2021-01-14). Australia: Highly infectious strain of COVID spreads in Queensland hotel quarantine. wsws.org For months, governments have rejected warnings from medical experts that private hotels in the middle of city centres are not equipped to be placed on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-14). Agroecology and Post-COVID Plunder. dissidentvoice.org 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 has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-01-14). Ich rebelliere, also bin ich! globalresearch.ca Der Mensch vermag es nur dann, sich zu seiner vollen Grà∂àüe aufzurichten, wenn er sich den Anordnungen der Macht nicht beugt, sondern kraft seiner inneren Befreiung dagegen aufbegehrt. Zahlreiche Psychologen dieser Tage — aber auch schon vor der Corona-Krise — …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-14). Pandemic public engagement supported through Rapid Response Seed Fund. imperial.ac.uk In April 2020, the Societal Engagement team launched a Rapid Response Seed Fund to support engagement initiatives during the pandemic.

Shamus Cooke (2021-01-14). DSA's Moment of Truth. zcomm.org In a pandemic people deserve and are demanding bold action, and DSA must help lead these efforts rather than stymie them…

Pip Hinman (2021-01-14). Organic food co-op faces closure. greenleft.org.au Pressures from the pandemic mean that the long-running Alfalfa House Community Food Cooperative is facing the prospect of having to close at the end of January, reports Pip Hinman.

Marie Kelly (2021-01-14). On the picket line. workers.org Year of the Nurse The World Health Organization designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. That January hospital administrators surely planned to deliver their standard "angel of mercy" platitudes and pizza parties to commemorate. Then the pandemic happened, and the Year of the Nurse turned . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-14). Poorest UK schoolchildren sent meagre pandemic food parcels, as contractors reap massive profits. wsws.org Many expressed disgust and denounced the profiteering from poverty during the school closures necessitated by the pandemic…

WSWS (2021-01-14). Warning that Wall Street bubble may burst. wsws.org Concerns are starting to be voiced that the orgy of speculation, literally feeding off the death and destruction of the pandemic because of the actions of the Fed, could end in a major crash.

_____ (2021-01-14). Tennessee Capital: Group Demands Racial Equality And Medicare For All. popularresistance.org Nashville, TN – A social justice group out of Knoxville, Tennessee made the trek to the State Capitol building on Tuesday, demanding that lawmakers take immediate action on issues like Medicare for all, and the fight for racial equality. This comes on the first day of the legislative session. | Earlier Tuesday afternoon when the demonstration was still happening, the rally organizers said their groups wasn't as big as they had hoped it would be, partly because of what happened at the U.S. Capitol last week. But despite their small numbers, they say their message carried big importance. | "What's that spell? Black…

Michael T. Hertz (2021-01-14). How to have a happy humanity. nationofchange.org I am sure that we could solve worldwide issues of poverty, climate change, and health. Our efforts involving happiness should be made with respect to all peoples everywhere.

Devin C (2021-01-14). Pensacola fights anti-abortion terror. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek land — Pensacola, Fla. A group of activists, organizers and those in support of reproductive justice held Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 demonstrations at American Family Planning, a reproductive health clinic that provides abortion. The community gathered to oppose anti-abortion reactionaries, who have been terrorizing clinic workers, . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-14). The National Student Survey 2021 launches at Imperial. imperial.ac.uk Final year undergraduates are asked to rate their experience at Imperial as the 2021 National Student Survey opens for responses.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-14). White City's new hoardings showcase Imperial's innovation community. imperial.ac.uk In recent weeks, a series of eye-catching new hoardings have been installed at White City Campus while construction work continues.

Revolution Books (2021-01-14). 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…

Karen Conner (2021-01-14). Family Benefits in US Fall Further Behind. cepr.net The New York Times recently noted that South Korea would be "offering monthly allowances of 300,000 won, or about $274, for every newborn and infant up to the age of 1 starting in 2022. Expectant couples would get a 2 million won cash bonus starting next year, along with increased medical and other benefits." South …

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.

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 …

Shelby Bradford (2021-01-13). Empathy is key to overcoming COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. salon.com COVID-19 vaccines are an enormous feat. Their use will hinge on explaining how it was done…

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…

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…

_____ (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…

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…

RT (2021-01-13). A long goodbye? Russian expert says pandemic will be over by summer, but Covid-19 here to stay as seasonal virus. rt.com The coronavirus pandemic in Russia could begin fading away by summer, one of the country's top scientists has said. According to him, infections and deaths should tail off as more and more people develop protective antibodies. | Albert Rizvanov, the Director of the Center for Precision and Regenerative Medicine at Kazan Federal University, told TASS on Wednesday that, whereas the end of widespread infection might be in sight, society would have to learn to live with an evolving virus for years to come. | "There are seasonal diseases that usually die out in late spring and early summer," the academic said. He a…

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…

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 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…

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). 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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

teleSUR (2021-01-13). IlO Urges Governments To Protect Homeworkers. telesurenglish.net The International Labor Organization (ILO) urged governments on Thursday to protect homeworkers as figures have risen alarmingly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that one in five people has had to work from home worldwide during the first half of 2020. | RELATED: | The ILO points out that homeworkers "are usually worse off than those who work outside the home, even in higher-skilled professions" as they have…

WSWS (2021-01-13). California hospitals ration oxygen as COVID-19 death toll surpasses 30,000. wsws.org More than one in ten of the total number of COVID-19 deaths in California since the beginning of the pandemic took place in just the last week, at a rate of almost 500 per day.