Daily Archives: February 7, 2021

2021-02-07: News Headlines

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-07). The Heat: U.S. and Brazil battle COVID-19. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 continues its deadly rampage across the United States. | And Brazil battles a coronavirus crisis too.

_____ (2021-02-07). St. Louis Inmates Take Over Units After Weeks Of Complaints. popularresistance.org More than 100 inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center took over two units of the jail early this morning, shattering fourth-floor windows and setting small fires as they called out jubilantly to a crowd of supporters who gathered on the street below. | The uprising began around 2: 30 a.m., and detainees held control of the units for more than six hours before teams of city sheriff's deputies and police regained custody. | For weeks, tensions have been high at the downtown jail. Inmates staged two protests in late December and early January to complain about COVID-19 protocols and other conditions in the facil…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-07). Covid-19: Israel begins exit from third virus lockdown. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel begins exit from third virus lockdown | Despite a vaccination campaign, the country has been registering a daily average of 6,500 new Covid-19 cases

| Sun, 02/07/2021 – 15: 48 | While a third of Israelis have received the vaccine, Palestinians living in the occupied territories have been left out of the roll-out (AFP) | Israeli barbershops and some other businesses…

Staff (2021-02-07). States Are Poised to Cut Mental Health Care Despite Rising Demand Under COVID. truthout.org Helena, Montana — When the pandemic hit, health officials in Montana's Beaverhead County had barely begun to fill a hole left by the 2017 closure of the local public assistance office, mental health clinic, chemical dependency center and job placement office after the state's last budget shortfall. | Now, those health officials worry more cuts are coming, even as they brace for a spike in demand for substance abuse and mental health services. That would be no small challenge in a poor…

R.R. (2021-02-07). Newsom, Stop The Executions! Rally & Caravan to End the COVID Deaths in Prisons. indybay.org Activists in Oakland caravanned across the Bay Bridge to San Francisco on January 31, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to grant the mass release of incarcerated individuals. They said that Gov. Newsom and the California Department of Corrections (CDC) are responsible for the deaths of at least 180 people in prisons since the start of the COVID pandemic.

_____ (2021-02-07). The Chinese 'Debt Trap' Is A Myth. popularresistance.org China, we are told, inveigles poorer countries into taking out loan after loan to build expensive infrastructure that they can't afford and that will yield few benefits, all with the end goal of Beijing eventually taking control of these assets from its struggling borrowers. As states around the world pile on debt to combat the coronavirus pandemic and bolster flagging economies, fears of such possible seizures have only amplified. | Seen this way, China's internationalization—as laid out in programs such as the Belt and Road Initiative—is not simply a pursuit of geopolitical influence but also, in so…

Tibor Zenker (2021-02-07). "The burdens of the pandemic must not be passed on to the working class" peoplesdispatch.org The pandemic has exposed the inadequacy of the Austrian public health system, the failure of the federal government, and led to the acceleration of the economic crisis, writes Tibor Zenker, chairman of the Party of Labor of Austria…

Staff (2021-02-07). Congress Is Investigating the Meatpacking Industry's Failure to Protect Workers. truthout.org Since the start of the pandemic, the meat industry has struggled to contain the virus in its facilities, and plants in Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas have endured some of the biggest workplace outbreaks in the country. | The meat companies' employees, many of them immigrants and refugees, slice pig bellies or cut up chicken carcasses in close quarters. Many of them don't speak English and aren't granted paid sick leave. To date, more than 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected and at…

Judith G. Atkins (2021-02-07). Change Is Not Scary — The Present System Is. zcomm.org Improved Medicare for All would do away with the need for supplemental coverage and expand the services covered…

CMSPHFC (2021-02-07). Three-Part Protest in Mountain View. indybay.org In a California statewide day of action, health care professionals and activists rallied to enact a single-payer health care plan for the state–California Guaranteed Health Care for All, known as CalCare.

_____ (2021-02-07). On Contact: People's History Of West Virginia. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to filmmaker and journalist, Eleanor Goldfield about her documentary, "Hard Road of Hope". | Goldfield's documentary, "Hard Road of Hope", revisits West Virginia's long tradition of radicalism and militant unionism, including the famed 1921 armed uprising, the largest since the Civil War, by some 10,000 coal miners at Blair Mountain who fought the repressive coal owners and their hired coal company gun thugs and militias. In 2018, the state's 20,000 public school teachers and employees carried out a strike over low pay and high health-care costs, shutting down every publi…

IMEMC News (2021-02-07). Israeli Soldiers Injure Three Palestinians, Abduct Two, In Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, Sunday, Jenin city in northern West Bank, and injured three Palestinians, including one who was rammed with an army jeep, in addition to abducting two Palestinians, including one child. Several army jeeps invaded the center of Jenin city and attacked Palestinian protesters with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs. Medical …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-07). Iran to receive next shipment of Russian vaccine in mid-Feb. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 07 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Russian Federation said that Tehran will receive the next shipments of Russian COVID-19 vaccine in mid-February, March, and April.

The Canary (2021-02-07). Mosque turned into pop-up vaccination centre to encourage take-up from Muslim community. thecanary.co A mosque has been turned into a pop-up coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination centre. The move is intended to help ease mistrust in the Muslim community about getting the jab. | Misinformation: | The makeshift clinic has been set up at the London Muslim Centre. Young children attended with their grandparents and relatives aged over 68 in the bitter winter chill to get the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. | It comes just days after local medical officials in Tower Hamlets said only three out of 200 people who'd been contacted had turned up for an appointment. This was according to Asad Jaman of the East London Mosq…

yenisafak (2021-02-07). Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism. yenisafak.com The world's richest countries would do well to hurry in supplying and distributing vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as failing to do so would eventually harm their economies more severely than projected by earlier studies, experts say.As the world tries to free itself from the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of making vaccines universally available has taken center stage.Despite pledges by donor countries to aid the global inoculation effort, there is still uncertainty about when jabs will reach vulnerable populations."No economy can bounce back fully until vaccines are distributed fairly, equally, quickly, a…

yenisafak (2021-02-07). Afghanistan gets 1st doses of COVID vaccine from India. yenisafak.com Afghanistan on Sunday received 500,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine from India, health officials said.The India-made vaccine, locally known as Covishield, is the first to reach Afghanistan. It is being produced by the Serum Institute for mid- and low-income countries.Talking to reporters at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport after receiving the consignment, Ghulam Dastagir Nazari, head of the immunization drive at the Health Ministry, said frontline health care staff, followed by security forces and civil servants, will be the first to be inoculated after emergency approval from the Worl…

The Canary (2021-02-07). Ten people have died after coronavirus outbreak at a care home. thecanary.co Ten people have died after contracting coronavirus (Covid-19) following an outbreak at a care home. | NHS Fife said 25 residents and 43 staff tested positive for the virus at Mossview Care Home in the town of Lochgelly. | The care home was closed to new admissions but has since reopened as it's now 14 days since the last positive test. | The health board said its health protection team and Fife Health and Social Care Partnership worked closely with Fife Council's environmental health service to support the management of the care home and offer advice. | NHS Fife said: NHS Fife is aware of a recent cluster of confi…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-02-07). 'Unbelievable,' Says Sanders, That Some Dems Want to Further Limit Eligibility for Covid-19 Relief Checks. commondreams.org "In other words," noted the Senate Budget Committee chair, "working-class people who got checks from Trump would not get them from Biden." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12308178881.jpg

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). The Netherlands brought to standstill after first snow in over a decade. laprensalatina.com The Hague, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Storm Darcy brought the first snow to the Netherlands in more than a decade, dumping up to 30 centimeters as rail, road and air traffic were all suspended on Sunday. The disruption has also affected Covid-19 testing centers, which have been closed for the next few days. The Netherlands Meteorological …

yenisafak (2021-02-07). South Africa records 3,184 new COVID-19 infections. yenisafak.com South Africa recorded 3,184 new coronavirus infections, taking the country's total to 1,473,700, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said late Saturday. | "Regrettably, we report a further 278 COVID-19 related deaths," Mlkhize said, adding that it brings the number of fatalities to 46,180. | The coastal city of Kwa-Zulu Natal had the highest death toll Saturday with 109, followed by the tourism province of Western Cape which recorded 57 deaths. | Gauteng province, which includes the capital of Pretoria and the largest city, Johannesburg, registered 50 deaths. While the remaining six provinces each have less than 47 deat…

Juan Cole (2021-02-07). Can the Super Bowl end the Toxic season of Trumpism in Sports? juancole.com By Robert Lipsyte | — ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Overwhelmed by the intertwined plagues of Covid-19 and Trumpism, sports didn't stand a chance in 2020. No wonder I'm weirded out by the strange, metaphorical moments of that last disastrous year and the first days of this one. To mention just three among so many: Dr. …

Staff (2021-02-06). Military Metaphors in Health Care Are Harmful — Especially During the Pandemic. truthout.org As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to sweep through the U.S., many have noticed the coupling of military and health. There's been an ongoing conversation amongst oncologists for years about the use of war metaphors in cancer research and treatment. In fact, many public health concerns are framed in these terms — "war on drugs" or "war on poverty," for example. It's argued the use of these metaphors help make it easier for our society to better understand health. But herein lies a follow…

Richard Gale (2021-02-06). The COVID-19 Pandemic as a Psychological Coup d'Etat. globalresearch.ca We have almost reached a full year since the spread of SARS-Cov2 was proclaimed a pandemic. If we are to believe the World Health Organization's and individual governments' official statistics, the number of confirmed cases is reaching 100 million with …

WSWS (2021-02-06). Omaha Public Schools pushes for fully in-person learning despite widespread opposition. wsws.org As the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases in Omaha reaches 25 percent, the Omaha Public Schools district is pushing to reopen schools in the face of massive opposition.

Paul Craig Roberts (2021-02-06). Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Questions COVID-19. thealtworld.com Sà∏ren Roest Korsgaard of crimeandpower.com has a virtual sit down with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts to talk about covid-19. | The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of The Alternative World.

WSWS (2021-02-06). Experts warn Hawaii on the brink of major COVID-19 outbreak and hospital overcrowding catastrophe. wsws.org With hospitalization rates rising, health officials have warned that zero percent ICU capacity could be reached in the next two weeks.

WSWS (2021-02-06). Canada's governments lift COVID-19 restrictions, even as pandemic rages. wsws.org The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions threatens to plunge Canada into a death spiral, especially since there are now scores of cases—including some linked to community transmission—of the more contagious British and South African variants.

Matthew Rozsa (2021-02-06). Lancet editor says inequality and COVID-19 have converged to create a "syndemic" salon.com Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, says we face a crisis that is biological as well as social…

Eds. (2021-02-06). Incarcerated and at COVID's mercy: New York must do more for elderly imprisoned people. mronline.org COVID-19 is now raging uncontrolled throughout the United States. New variants that are more easily transmitted have entered the country from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa. Vaccine is scarce.

_____ (2021-02-06). Citizen Scientists Are Filling Research Gaps. popularresistance.org The rapid spread of COVID-19 in 2020 disrupted field research and environmental monitoring efforts worldwide. Travel restrictions and social distancing forced scientists to cancel studies or pause their work for months. These limits measurably reduced the accuracy of weather forecasts and created data gaps on issues ranging from bird migration to civil rights in U.S. public schools. | Our work relies on this kind of information to track seasonal events in nature and understand how climate change is affecting them. We also recruit and train citizens for community science — projects that involve amateur or vo…

CGTN (2021-02-06). Interview with Martin Jacques on BBC Coverage of China. dissidentvoice.org The Chinese Foreign Ministry has demanded an apology from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) for its recent coverage of COVID-19, saying the BBC used a clip about an anti-terrorism exercise, claiming it was for pandemic control. The BBC responded: it will continue to uphold the "principle of justice". For more on this, CGTN talked to …

WSWS (2021-02-06). Europe nears 750,000 COVID-19 deaths as governments move to end lockdown restrictions. wsws.org Lockdowns in Europe are being ended in the knowledge that not only are new and more deadly variants of the virus developing, including the UK's B117, but they continue to infect, and at a higher rate.

Ryan Cristián (2021-02-06). Wearable/Implantable Nanotech Is Your New Normal & Experimental COVID Injections Are Its Fast-Track. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (2/6/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-02-06). Big Pharma and Big Profits: The Multibillion Dollar Vaccine Market. globalresearch.ca First published on January 27, 2016. | Of relevance to an understanding of the Covid Vaccine Initiative | The business of vaccines is soon to become a major source of profits for the world's largest pharmaceutical corporations. A press release (Business Wire, …

Staff (2021-02-06). Billionaires Win and We Lose at Pandemic Super Bowl 2021. truthout.org We won't know the winner of this year's Super Bowl till Sunday, but we already know the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy include dozens of billionaire sports barons. | On the eve of the big game, and after 10-plus months of the pandemic, 64 billionaire owners of major league sports franchises — including the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs' Hunt family and the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Glazer family — have enjoyed a $98.5 billion rise in their collective net worth, a 30 percent incre…

Staff (2021-02-06). Loosening Restrictions as New COVID Variants Spread Could Lead to New Surge. truthout.org Announcing that indoor dining would reopen at 25% capacity in New York City on Valentine's Day, and wedding receptions could also resume with up to 150 people a month after, Cuomo

Get on the Mailing List (2021-02-06). Moscone Center Open for SF Vaccine Appointments. indybay.org The Moscone Convention Center at 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, allows everyone in San Francisco to book an appointment or if none is available, get on the mailing list. The City is partnering with Kaiser to do the COVID19 vaccine.

Robert Wheeler (2021-02-06). Vaccine Passports and Health Passes: Is Showing Your "Papers" the "New Normal?" globalresearch.ca First published on December 17, 2021 | Life cannot return to normal until there is a vaccine for COVID 19. | At least, that is what governments, corporations, and their mainstream propaganda media outlets have been incessantly arguing. Interestingly, the development of …

Children's Health Defense (2021-02-06). 501 Deaths + 10,748 Other Injuries Reported Following COVID Vaccine, Latest CDC Data Show. globalresearch.ca The numbers reflect the latest data available as of Jan. 29 from the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website. Of the 501 reported deaths, 453 were from the U.S. The average age of those who died was 77, the …

Staff (2021-02-06). Biden Aims for US to Produce Millions of At-Home COVID Tests by End of Summer. truthout.org President Biden's pandemic response team announced plans on Friday to use the Defense Production Act to help Pfizer manufacture more of its COVID vaccine, produce 61 million rapid at-home COVID tests over the next six months, and address shortages of personal protective equipment for health care workers. | The Defense Production Act gives the president emergency powers to compel private companies to prioritize supply lines and manufacturing for the benefit of national defense, in this case…

Frank Clemente, Chuck Collins, Arianna Fano Omar Ocampo, Will Rice (2021-02-06). Pandemic Super Bowl 2021: Billionaires Win, We Lose. zcomm.org No matter who wins the 55th Super Bowl, the big winners in our COVID-ravaged economy are billionaires — including dozens of sports team owners…

RT (2021-02-06). UK's BoJo reportedly plans to give health secretary more control by reversing 2012 NHS policies as coronavirus pandemic continues. rt.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to reverse the controversial NHS reforms introduced in the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, returning elements of the public service to the control of the Secretary of Health. | According to

Richard Gale (2021-02-06). Can We Trust the World Health Organization (WHO)? globalresearch.ca First published on May 6, 2020 | Many more questions are being raised than there are answers being discovered concerning the recent strains of coronavirus. Where and how did it originate? Was it the result of human engineering and manipulation or …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-06). The Corona Pandemic: The Most Serious Economic and Social Crisis in Modern History. globalresearch.ca Presentation to the Korea University Conference, February 7, 2021 | Dear Friends, | My thoughts are with the Korean people. With my Korean friends. | I wish to express my solidarity with the Korean people in their long standing struggle waged at different …

The Local (2021-02-06). Denmark to Roll Out a 'Digital' Vaccine Passport in 3-4 Months. anti-empire.com The exact practical applications of the digital documentation are still under consideration, but its primary purpose is to facilitate a reopening of society. | "We are taking the first steps so that, before the end of February, you will be able to see your vaccination on (online health services platform) Sundhed.dk," acting finance minister Morten Bà∏dskov said. | "In three to four months, the digital corona passport will be ready for use for things like business trips," Bà∏dskov added. | The government and business representatives will decide on the exact applications of the vaccination 'passport' once…

Zachary Conti (2021-02-06). After Default, Zambia Becomes Third Country Seeking G20 Debt Relief. indybay.org Zambia requested the G20 coronavirus debt relief process, the "Common Framework for Debt Treatment beyond the Debt Service Suspension Initiative."

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-06). 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.

Matthew Rozsa (2021-02-06). There are multiple coronavirus vaccines available. Is any one of them better?>. salon.com Americans may soon have four different coronavirus vaccines; experts weigh in on how they compare…

WSWS (2021-02-06). Strikes against face-to-face teaching at Bavarian schools widen. wsws.org Students in Bavaria are striking against the state government's attempts to force graduating classes back into in-person lessons amid the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-06). UK National Education Union bolsters homicidal plans to reopen schools and the economy. wsws.org The National Education Union's recovery plan is predicated on the dangerous fiction that it is possible to reopen schools safely while the pandemic is raging.