2021-01-31: News Headlines

Leah Douglas (2021-02-01). After Enduring "Complete Hell" During Pandemic, Food Workers Face Obstacles Getting Covid-19 Vaccinations. commondreams.org There are still unanswered questions about how and whether the vaccines will actually get to a workforce that ranks among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/farmworkers2.jpg

J.D. ALT (2021-02-01). Shooting Down Deficit Hawks. realprogressives.org Deficit hawks, like dive-bombing kamikazes, are out now again, circling the battleship of our collective efforts to save ourselves. Can we pay ourselves to produce, distribute, and administer the Covid vaccine to every American in six months? No! say the dive-bombing Kamikazes—we cannot collect enough taxes to pay for that. It would require the government to borrow hundreds of billions more, increasing our "deficit" and the national "debt." Can we pay ourselves to design and build a low-carbon infrastructure that will help put a cap on global warming? No and No! say the circling deficit hawks—and h…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-01). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Triple shock of US sanctions, oil price collapse and the pandemic decimates Iranian living standards. wsws.org The "hardline" faction around the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is attacking the faction around President Hassan Rouhani who negotiated the nuclear agreement with the Obama administration, amid indications that the Biden administration intends to continue enforcing the "maximum pressure" campaign of draconian sanctions and military provocations against Iran.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Strikes mount in Turkey against austerity and herd immunity policies. wsws.org The Turkish government's murderous response to the pandemic and the collapse of social conditions for millions are increasingly driving workers into struggle.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Leading German columnist Heribert Prantl denounces coronavirus lockdown measures. wsws.org Prantl's current invocation of basic rights has degenerated into mendacious hollow phrases that serve to protect the privileges of a rich minority and are directed against the democratic rights of the working class.

WSWS (2021-02-01). Spanish fascists vote to save Podemos party's bank and corporate bailouts. wsws.org The vote exposes that the EU bailout policy, as well as the health and financial policies of the Podemos-social democrat government, enjoys the full support of the fascists.

Robert Hunziker (2021-01-31). Doughnut Economics Boots Capitalism Out. counterpunch.org The rapid rise of Covid-19 has spawned a renaissance in socio-economic thinking about the best way to face the future, as mayors of cities throughout the world search for answers in the face of declining revenues while society demands more urgent help. Eureka! Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, discovers doughnut economics. With a click

_____ (2021-01-31). '100 Seconds To Midnight'. popularresistance.org One hundred seconds to midnight. That's how close humanity is to the apocalypse, and it's as close as the world has ever been, according to Wednesday's annual announcement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group that has been running its "Doomsday Clock" since the early years of the nuclear age in 1947. | Although the scientists cite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed 1.7 million people around the world and has "revealed just how unprepared and unwilling countries and the international system are to handle global emergencies properly," they acknowledge that the coronavirus does not pose an existe…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-31). Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations. middleeasteye.net Israel to give few Covid-19 vaccines to Palestinians amid 'apartheid' accusations | Israel's defence ministry says it agreed to transfer 5,000 vaccines to Palestinian medical workers | Sun, 01/31/2021 – 11: 46 | A Maccabi Health vaccination centre worker administers the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine in the Givatayim mall parking lot, Tel Aviv, on 26 January 2021 (AFP) | Israel said on S…

Staff (2021-01-31). Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners. truthout.org The next generation of farmers in the United States might not be whom we expect. If the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the importance of farmworkers in our food system, the story left out a rising class of farmworkers who now own their craft with the help of incubator programs across the country. Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice and offer new hope in the future of sustainable farming in the U.S. | Latinx farmers bring a wealth of historic knowledge to our food…

_____ (2021-01-31). The People Of Ecuador Are Fighting To Recover Their Popular Sovereignty. popularresistance.org On 7 February, the citizens of Ecuador will express their constitutional right to popular sovereignty, electing a new president and National Assembly to carry the country out of its most severe crisis in a generation. Between violent crackdowns on IMF protests in 2019 to persistent threats to cancel next month's election, Ecuador's democracy is on the brink. The vigilance of the world will be critical to preserve it — and help restore democracy to a region in the midst of an authoritarian backslide. | Ecuador has been hit harder by the Covid-19 pandemic than almost any country in the world. The country has…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-31). Eradicating the inequality virus calls for more than just slogans. peoplesdispatch.org The Oxfam inequality report highlights that the impact of COVID-19 has been different across different sections of society. Government policies across the world have enabled the rich and powerful to increase their wealth during the pandemic…

Michael Baker (2021-01-31). All countries should pursue a Covid-19 elimination strategy. zcomm.org Countries trying to eliminate the virus have been far more successful and economically better off than those that have tried to suppress it…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-01-31). The PCR Test does not Identify the Virus: Covid "False Positives" Used to Justify the Lockdown and Closure of the National Economy. globalresearch.ca We are led to believe that the corona epidemic has entered into a Second Wave, and that the virus is spreading relentlessly. That's a lie. | The PCR test used to estimate covid positive cases is flawed. There is no second …

National Domestic Workers Alliance (2021-01-31). Monday 2/1: Interfaith Vigil for Domestic Workers' Rights & Lives Lost During COVID w/ NDWA. indybay.org Online event…

Mohga Kamal-Yanni (2021-01-31). We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price. zcomm.org An interview on sharing technology so more companies in more countries can produce the vaccines…

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Easing Lockdown Has To Be Done "Very Cautiously", UK Expert. telesurenglish.net Susan Hopkins, chief of COVID strategy at Public Health England, said lessons have to be learned from the past. | "We have learned, as we did on the first occasion, we have to relax things really quite slowly, so that if cases start to increase we can clamp down quite fast," she told the BBC.

Staff (2021-01-31). Biden's Hawkish Foreign Policy Could Derail Moves to Fight Austerity. truthout.org In his first days in office, President Joe Biden has signaled a willingness to disavow austerity policies and expand public benefits, sparking cautious optimism about whether his administration could succeed in minimizing damage done by the coronavirus pandemic. | But Biden is at risk of repeating similar mistakes made by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who promised more relief to the poor than he could deliver because of his decision to escalate conflict in Vietnam. | In 1964, Johnson won the presidenti…

Grace Blakeley and Thomas Frank (2021-01-31). Pandemic leads to massive concentration in the marketplace. indybay.org "We need a much more democratic system, we need to democratize all bits of the state — we need collective power theface.com/culture/the-corona-crash-grace-blakeley-interview-coronavirus-economy-uk?token=44

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Cuba To Apply Mandatory Quarantine for International Travels. telesurenglish.net Cuba's National Epidemiology director Francisco Duran announced that institutional isolation would be applied to all international travelers starting February 6 in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country. | RELATED: | The isolation of Cuban residents will be carried out in authorized centers by the Health Ministry. Fees will not be charged for transportation to the centers and bac…

Editor (2021-01-31). Fossil Fuel Companies Fuel American Fascism. scheerpost.com Roo Reynolds / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Basav Sen | OtherWords The year 2020 will be remembered in history for a deadly pandemic and a deep economic crisis that touched almost every country on earth. Hopes for a brighter 2021 were one of the few things most people could agree on. But just six days into the new year, these hopes were rudely shattered by images of far-right white supremacists… |

WSWS repost (2021-01-31). Nine arrested in San Jose, California anti-eviction protest. indybay.org In the heart of Silicon Valley, there are 25-30 eviction hearings a week despite the ongoing pandemic and an extended federal moratorium on evictions.

Chuck Collins (2021-01-31). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. zcomm.org Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency…

Jack Rasmus (2021-01-31). Gamestop—And the Game That Never Stops! zcomm.org We should be less concerned about day traders getting burned, and more about the tens of millions of Americans families going hungry, jobless, being evicted from their rents, and dying in the hundreds of thousands due to a failed health care system and gross government mismanagement…

RT (2021-01-31). #BidenLied tops Twitter trends as president's loyalists try to hijack hashtag to switch conversation from disappointment to Trump. rt.com Joe Biden has been slammed from both left and right for not fulfilling at least one campaign promise, getting #BidenLied trending, triggering his supporters to try and hijack the hashtag to distract from the criticism. | After decades in politics, Biden being accused of lying to the public by critics is nothing new, but his first days as president have even some supporters questioning his honesty. | As numerous liberals called out Biden for his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus plan offering $1400 direct payments to Americans when he actually promised $2000 "immediately" after taking office (though he's attempte…

RT (2021-01-31). 'He doesn't care': 10 Republicans praise Biden's call for 'unity', want to work 'in good faith' on new Covid-19 relief bill. rt.com Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, sent a letter to Joe Biden on Sunday, requesting a meeting to discuss Covid-19 economic relief — but the attempt at bipartisanship is being eviscerated on social media. | The Republicans' specific plan will be unveiled on Monday, but they say it aligns with the president's "stated priorities" and could win "bipartisan support." | Biden's Covid-19 relief package is worth $1.9 trillion, a cost some critics have argued is too high. The plan also includes $1,400 stimulus checks for individuals. | Specifics for the Republican plan were not given in…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Mexican president sick with Covid, Mexico sick of disinformation. laprensalatina.com By Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spent the past week sick with Covid-19, his health status being kept largely secret by the government in the country with the world's third-largest death toll from the disease. "The government has not handled the information about the president's health …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Spain, Portugal restore border checks as Covid cases soar. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and Portugal have temporarily restored checks along their shared border until at least 10 February as authorities in Lisbon scramble to bring surging Covid-19 cases under control. The new measures, introduced Sunday after Portugal voted to extend its state of emergency, only allow people to cross the border for work …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Thousands break Israel's Covid rules to attend ultra-Orthodox rabbi's funeral. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people broke Israel's coronavirus rules on mass gatherings Sunday to attend the funeral of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died overnight of Covid-19. The funeral for Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, who died aged 99, took place in western Jerusalem. Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox mourners, many without protective facemasks, gathered around …

RT (2021-01-31). Massachusetts congressman tests positive for Covid-19 after getting 2 shots of Pfizer vaccine. rt.com Representative Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said. The lawmaker received his second shot of the Pfizer vaccine before Joe Biden's inauguration. | The 65-year-old tested positive on Friday, his office said. A staff member in his Boston office tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, spokesperson Molly Rose Tarpey added. | Lynch "had received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and subsequently received a negative Covid-19 test prior to attending President Biden's Inauguration," on January 20, the statement added, without specifying the date. Lynch has no…

RT (2021-01-31). Nation's 'largest vaccination site' in LA briefly shut down amid protest against Covid-19 immunization campaign (VIDEOS). rt.com Access to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, called the nation's largest mass vaccination site, was halted for an hour after a small group of protesters showed up to decry the immunization drive. | The entrance to the stadium, which has been serving as a mass vaccination site since mid-January, was sealed at around 2pm local time after a sparse crowd of protesters staged a rally near the gate. | Footage on social media

sputniknews (2021-01-31). Ireland Could Have 'Picked up the Batphone to Biden' to Force EU to U-Turn in COVID Jab Row With UK. sputniknews.com The European Union, which has been far outpaced by the UK in its race to inoculate its population, threatened to invoke Northern Ireland Brexit emergency powers to control the flow of COVID-19 vaccines into Britain on Friday, but was forced to backtrack on part of the announcement after an immediate backlash from London, Dublin and Belfast.

_____ (2021-01-31). Leaders in Coronavirus Vaccination. strategic-culture.org Vaccination against COVID-19 has already become the largest vaccination campaign in history. As of January 25, 2021, more than‚ÄØ65.7 million‚ÄØdoses‚ÄØin‚ÄØ56‚ÄØcountries have been administered. Which countries are leading in terms of vaccination?

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Pandemic claims 35 lives in Libya. yenisafak.com The coronavirus pandemic claimed 35 lives in Libya and caused one fatality in Bahrain on Sunday.Libya's National Center for Disease Control said in a statement that the COVID-19 sickened 981 people over the past 24 hours, while 1,349 patients recovered.The country's count now rose to 118,631 cases, including 1,877 deaths, and 98,706 recoveries.In Bahrain, the Health Ministry said the Gulf state's death tally rose to 373 after one patient had died from the virus, while 655 new infections were registered.The country's nationwide count now stood at 102,626 cases and 98,160 recoveries.Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic…

sputniknews (2021-01-31). 'Focus on Collaboration': Britain Ready to Assist EU Amid Bloc's COVID Jab Shortfalls. sputniknews.com The UK and the European Union have been locked in a dispute over the distribution of a vaccine manufactured by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and Oxford University, as Britain has been ramping up its sweeping inoculation programme, while the EU bloc deals with shortages and setbacks in its anti-COVID roll-out.

sputniknews (2021-01-31). #BidenLied: Netizens Blame POTUS for Deception Over $2,000 Stimulus Checks. sputniknews.com Despite continued debate over the coronavirus relief package in the US, the only thing that the former Republican president, Donald Trump, and the incumbent Democrat, Joe Biden, appear to agree on was that the $600 one-time stimulus payments are not enough.

RT (2021-01-31). 'You got conned': Regretful Democrat volunteers cope with disappointment after Biden turns out to have misled about $2,000 checks. rt.com Americans who voted for President Biden in the November US presidential election expressed their regret at having volunteered for the Democrats, after the administration revealed it would not be giving out $2,000 relief checks. | The Democratic Party announced on Saturday that Americans would receive $1,400 coronavirus relief checks instead of the $2,000 promised by the party and Biden during their presidential campaign. | "I worked my ass off and knocked on well over 1000 doors promising ppl for $2000 checks. Where are they? You promised them. I hate lying to ppl," complained one self-proclaimed socialist on…

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Should governments use cash incentives to nudge people to get vaccinated? yenisafak.com In the healthcare sector, money incentives to steer the public into making better choices have grown more and more popular. Insurers and companies have been dishing out dollars to nudge people to take their meds, give up bad habits, and hit the gym.But if such incentives are championed in normal times, might the same strategy be sound for promoting the use of vaccines against coronavirus, the largest healthcare crisis of the modern era?For some time now, a majority of US companies have offered financial incentives to employees who take part in programs beneficial to their health, or alternately penalize those wh…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). India expected to increase public spending in post-pandemic budget. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Economists and experts expect the Union Budget of India, set to be presented by the government on Monday, to include greater public spending with a special emphasis on the health sector in order to rescue the country's economy. In its annual economic survey released on Friday, the Indian finance ministry …

_____ (2021-01-31). UN Sex Crimes: Guterres' Draconian Cover-Ups Might Be Soon Over. strategic-culture.org The UN's answer to cover them up and punish journalists might be coming to an end as there are signs that member states have had enough. Will the British government lead a new cause? | It's practically impossible these days to google the word 'UN' without being hit with the wave of articles about its sexual harassment cases, which in recent years under Antonio Guterres, appears to have mushroomed into something of a pandemic. Even faithful supporters of the UN will ask themselves how can a global organisation which serenades itself on the world stage as an arbiter of human rights, be the worst offender? When does…

Eric Levitz (2021-01-31). Democrats' Internal Conflict Over the Filibuster Is Just Getting Started. commondreams.org Joe Manchin doesn't necessarily have an interest in the institutional health of the Democratic Party, but the party's leaders have a vital interest in passing sweeping reforms that gratify its base and mitigate its structural disadvantages. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/schumer_manchin.jpg

yenisafak (2021-01-31). Israeli forces kill Palestinian in occupied West Bank. yenisafak.com Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in an alleged stabbing attack in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, according to the Israeli army.A military statement said a Palestinian armed with three knives connected to a stick allegedly attempted to stab soldiers at Gush Etzion Junction south of Bethlehem.The army said the attacker was neutralized. No injuries were reported among Israeli soldiers.The Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that a Palestinian was martyred by Israeli fire south of Bethlehem.Local residents said the Palestinian was injured and left bleeding to death.On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot dea…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-30). Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine. middleeasteye.net Algeria begins Covid-19 campaign with Russian vaccine | Algeria says it is trying to get enough vaccines to cover the whole country | Sat, 01/30/2021 – 22: 18 | An Algerian health worker holds up a vial of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine (AFP) | Algeria launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Saturday with the newly arrived first shipment of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. | The campaign…

WSWS (2021-01-30). Shut down schools and businesses to stop the spread of new COVID-19 strains! wsws.org The more than 102 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide have provided ample opportunity for the virus to mutate and become even more dangerous.

Staff (2021-01-30). New Surge of COVID Is Spreading "Like Wildfire" in Illinois Prisons. truthout.org With COVID-19 raging throughout the United States, there is a growing sense of desperation among people in prison. Pablo Mendoza, who recently got out of prison, said that those inside "are tired of the lockdown." They spend 23.5 hours a day in their cells. They have not had visits from their loved ones for almost a year. | Those who have caught COVID and are believed to be immune get out for yard time. Others are "weighing options," according to Mendoza: "Stay safe, or get the virus so they can get som…

RT (2021-01-30). French police bust giant 'orgy' inside warehouse, fine 90+ people for breaking Covid-19 curfew — media. rt.com Police have reportedly raided a wild party inside a remote warehouse near Paris, issuing dozens of fines for violating Covid-19 restrictions. The event was described by the media as an "orgy." | According to the France Info radio station, the residents of the town of Collegien, near Paris, had begun suspecting that something was about to go down when they spotted cars driving to a warehouse at the edge of the A4 motorway on Friday evening. They alerted the police, who arrived at the site around 9pm. | The outlet cited police sources describing the event as "clearly an orgy." The officers reportedly fined 11 pe…

RT (2021-01-30). 'Not a trivial offense': Austrian police discover dozens of foreign revelers flouting lockdown to get to top ski resort. rt.com Austria's police have found almost 100 people from Europe and beyond, who found a way to circumvent the nation's strict Covid-19 lockdown and relax at one of its top ski resorts despite a ban on foreign tourist activities. | A Friday police raid in the town of St. Anton am Arlberg — one of Austria's most popular alpine ski resorts — has ended up with law enforcement officers discovering 96 foreign ski lovers in breach of the existing Covid-19 lockdown regulations. Now, the festive revelers could face a fine of up to €2,180 ($2,650) in addition to getting PCR tests and staying in quarantine for s…

Staff (2021-01-30). Little-Known Federal Volunteer Unit Remains Underutilized for Mass Vaccinations. truthout.org In theory, Alice Weisz retired in 2016. But in practice, the retired endocrinologist in Virginia Beach has had a busy year. Last January, as Covid-19 reached the U.S., Weisz volunteered to help the local health department field phone calls. By late spring, she was sliding swabs up people's nostrils at drive-through Covid-19 testing sites. | In the fall, Weisz administered flu shots. And earlier this month, she found herself in the vacant ambulance bay of a Virginia Beach emergency medical…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-30). The Heat: Leaders address climate and COVID-19 at Davos. america.cgtn.com Climate change, COVID-19 and the impact on the global economy topped this week's agenda at the World Economic Forum. We'll bring you the highlights…