2021-02-08: News Headlines

David Rovics (2021-02-08). Resistance Songs: Remembering Anne Feeney. counterpunch.org On February 3rd, 2021, Anne Feeney died in the hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her children at her side. She was 69 years old. She was a cancer survivor in poor physical health when she fell and broke her back a month ago, and in the hospital she contracted Covid-19, then pneumonia. | Although Anne died too young, she lived a long life. She lived many lives during those 69 years, really, and she cheated death at least a couple times during her last decade on Earth.

Paul Cochrane (2021-02-08). No Beach Dompas: an Illegal Dip in the Indian Ocean During South Africa's Covid-19 Restrictions. counterpunch.org Tucked away down a residential road near the beach house we were staying at for the weekend is a path that cuts through thick sub-tropical vegetation to the Indian Ocean. As we arrive, we see, right there at the turnoff to the path, an idling police car. It looks like our chances of going for

WSWS (2021-02-08). Recent developments in Manaus, Brazil raise many issues about the future course of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org After premature and unjustified claims of reaching "herd immunity," the Brazilian city has been ravaged by a second wave of coronavirus that has overwhelmed local health care resources.

Marc Norton (2021-02-08). Sports team billionaires are the big pandemic winners. peoplesworld.org The assets of Charles Johnson, the controversial chief owner of the San Francisco Giants, increased by $815 million during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, his net worth was a mere $4.2 billion dollars. By January 2021 he commanded a fortune of $5.015 billion, an increase just short of 20%. Workers at Oracle Park, where …

Staff (2021-02-08). Raji Sourani: Gaza Faces COVID Crisis as Israel Withholds Vaccines While Imposing Inhumane Blockade. democracynow.org The World Health Organization estimates there have been 51,312 confirmed cases and 522 deaths from COVID-19 in Gaza since reporting began in July 2020, and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees warns the Gaza Strip's health system could collapse if the number of cases continues to rise. We get an update from Raji Sourani, human rights lawyer and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, on how Gaza has been impacted by COVID-19 as an ongoing blockade has destroyed its health infrastructure. "Our equipment is unable to deal with the emerging situation," Sourani says.

WSWS (2021-02-08). As schools are forced open, Iowa removes all COVID-19 regulations. wsws.org A new public health declaration went into effect Sunday, lifting all state-wide mask mandates and restrictions on gatherings, including at bars and restaurants.

Andrew Emett (2021-02-08). Democratic legislators introduce COVID Whistleblower Protection Act. nationofchange.org The bill seeks to institute stronger legal whistleblower protections for employees who work for entities that receive COVID-19 relief funds…

Joe Murphy (2021-02-08). Brits Told to Expect to Take a Third Vaccine Jab in the Autumn. anti-empire.com A health minister today signalled that millions of Britons can expect to get a third injection of Covid-19 vaccine this year to halt the South African mutation and other new variants. | Ed Argar said an autumn booster was being developed to "outwit" a virus that is constantly evolving to beat human defences. | The development came as South Africa suspended its mass roll-out of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine following a small-scale study of younger volunteers that suggested it did not prevent transmission of the new variant or mild-to-moderate illness. Experts warned that the South African strain could prolong s…

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-08). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits. counterpunch.org Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-08). Imperial's Covid outbreak tool projects vaccine impact around world. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's coronavirus outbreak tool has been updated to project the impact of vaccine programmes in all countries.

_____ (2021-02-08). The government knew about Covid in 2016 and failed to prepare. truepublica.org.uk TruePublca published an article in March last year, excerpts of which are below (HERE) regarding Britain's preparedness plans in the event of a pandemic, which every responsible government in the world will have. The results showed how the Conservative government tested the NHS for a flu-like pandemic, such as Covid 19, over a three-day period …

Sarah Jaffe (2021-02-08). How Nurses Went From Saving Lives to Saving Health Care. thenation.com How Nurses Went From Saving Lives to Saving Health Care…

Peter Koenig (2021-02-08). Towards a Police State in Switzerland? The Covid Face Mask. globalresearch.ca In the morning of 5 February 2021, a distinguished gentleman, professional, in his early 70s, impeccably dressed in suit and tie (no name shall be mentioned) — was running to catch an 8 AM train at the Geneva principal railway …

Sarah Jaffe (2021-02-08). First, Nurses Saved Our Lives—Now They're Saving Our Health Care. thenation.com First, Nurses Saved Our Lives—Now They're Saving Our Health Care…

John Feffer (2021-02-08). Russia: A New Start? counterpunch.org It's winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious conditions, if you are brave

R.R. (2021-02-08). 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.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Czech Republic clinics collapse as pandemic rages. wsws.org The coronavirus pandemic is assuming increasingly dramatic forms in the Czech Republic.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-08). Oxfam report: Coronavirus pandemic 'bared brutal, unequal and unsustainable world'. peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2021-02-08). British Medical Journal calls pandemic response "social murder" wsws.org The editorial published in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious medical periodicals is a devastating indictment of the policies of governments around the world in response to the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Chicago Teachers Union endorses a bargain with death, agrees to in-person classes. wsws.org City officials and the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) came to an agreement Sunday on a deadly plan to reopen schools in the third largest district in the US at the height of the pandemic.

John Clarke and Vishwas Satgar (2021-02-08). Struggles in the Shadow of the Pandemic. indybay.org For Trump, wealth, privilege, and power was even license to invent reality as he saw fit. Thus any divergence from his worldview and interests were 'fake news'. Trump ensured the plutocratic wealthy were no longer in the political shadows but now in the mainstream.

WSWS (2021-02-08). Capitalism versus socialism: The pandemic and the global class struggle. wsws.org &nbsp…

Mondialisation (2021-02-08). Video: The Face Mask Imposed by France's Police State. Breathing is a Fundamental Human Right. globalresearch.ca First published on August 24, 2020 | Numerous scientific studies reveal that the face mask is detrimental to a person's health. | According to Dr. Russell Blaylock: by wearing a face mask, "the exhaled viruses will not be able to escape and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-08). Did The Virus Trigger the 2020 Worldwide Economic Crisis? globalresearch.ca "You lose your job. Small and medium sized enterprises go bankrupt. Even the whole tourist industry is paralyzed. There's no air transport. There's no public transport, in some cases. And then they make us believe that this is required …

CMSPHFC (2021-02-08). 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.

Ali Harb (2021-02-08). Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says. middleeasteye.net Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says | Saudi women's rights activist has been in jail, where her family says she endured torture, for more than 1,000 days | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 22: 20 | Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul had been sentenced to almost six years in jail (AFP/File photo) | After more than 1,000 days in detention where she endured torture and hunger strikes, Saudi women's rights acti…

Staff (2021-02-08). The Shecession: Women Face Staggering Job & Income Losses Amid the Pandemic's Economic Crisis. democracynow.org As Democrats in Congress push forward on passing President Joe Biden's sweeping $1.9 trillion stimulus package, many experts say measures to combat the economic fallout from COVID-19 must address the pandemic's disproportionate impact on women — especially women of color. Women in the U.S. lost 5.5 million jobs in the first 10 months of the pandemic, nearly 1 million more job losses than men, and, combined with increased responsibilities for caregiving at home, are experiencing a "shecession," according to researcher C. Nicole Mason. "Women have been disproportionately impacted by job and income losses duri…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-08). Iran to start COVID-19 vaccination tomorrow: Pres. Rouhani. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 08 (MNA) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that COVID-19 vaccination will kick in the country on Tue. Feb. 09 and will continue quickly within framework of document approved by the National Coronavirus Combat and Prevention HQ.

RT (2021-02-08). Universal healthcare 'absolute necessity' during pandemic, Dems have 'no excuses' not to provide it — Bernie Sanders's son to RT. rt.com There is a chance to "pressure" Joe Biden into adopting progressive policies, and the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for universal healthcare, the son of US Senator Bernie Sanders, Levi Sanders, told RT. | Sanders, a campaign policy strategist, told RT's Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground that the single-payer system Americans call Medicare-for-all enjoys popular support in the US and is needed now more than ever. | "It is absolutely a necessity amidst the worst pandemic that we had, probably, in a hundred years. It is extraordinarily important that we have healthcare that is guaranteed to…

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Snow disrupts Covid-19 vaccine program in parts of the UK. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 8 (EFE-EPA).- Heavy snowfall and cold temperatures forced the closure of schools and several Covid-19 vaccinations centers in the United Kingdom on Monday. London and southeast England are set to be among the worst-hit areas of Great Britain as a cold front, dubbed Storm Darcy in the UK, sweeps in from the east. …

Susan Price (2021-02-08). United States: Health care, racism and death. greenleft.org.au Physician Susan Moore died of COVID-19 in December, after making a video from her bed describing the racism she experienced from a white doctor when she presented for treatment, writes Malik Miah.

Richard Eskow (2021-02-08). Note to Democrats: $1400 + $600 Does NOT Equal $2000. commondreams.org On Covid-19 survival checks and our national deficit of the soul. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_2000.jpg

Ian R.H. Rockett, Eric D. Caine, Aniruddha Banerjee, Bina Ali, Ted Miller, Hilary S. Connery, Vijay O. Lulla, Kurt B. Nolte, G. Luke Larkin, Steven Stack, Brian Hendricks, R. Kathryn McHugh, Franklin M.M. White, Shelly F. Greenfield, Amy S.B. Bohnert, Jeralynn S. Cossman, Gail D'Onofrio, Lewis S. Nelson, Paul S. Nestadt, James H. Berry, Haomiao Jia (2021-02-08). [Research Paper] Fatal self-injury in the United States, 1999—2018: Unmasking a national mental health crisis. thelancet.com Depiction of rising SIM trends across states and major regions unmasks a burgeoning national mental health crisis. Geographic variation is plausibly a partial product of local heterogeneity in toxic drug availability and the quality of medicolegal death investigations. Like COVID-19, the nation will only be able to prevent SIM by responding with collective, comprehensive, systemic approaches. Injury surveillance and prevention, mental health, and societal well-being are poorly served by the continuing segregation of substance use disorders from other mental disorders in clinical medicine and public health practic…

_____ (2021-02-08). VIDEO: Russian Covid-19 Vaccine Vindicated Despite Western 'Pandemic' of Russophobia. strategic-culture.org One would think that the mainstream media would want to help to save lives by highlighting some of Russia's legitimate successes against the coronavirus. But pushing an endless stream of Russophobia is clearly far more important to them.

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Mexican president makes public appearance after recovering from Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Mexico, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador resumed public duties on Monday following two weeks of isolation after contracting Covid-19. "We are here to continue fighting. I want to also thank many friends abroad and everyone in Mexico: the women and the men that expressed their desire for me to recover well," …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). South Africa halts use of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine over new variant. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- The South African government said it is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after a study suggested it only had limited effect on a variation of the coronavirus that originated in the country. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, along with several of the country's experts, announced the decision in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Argentine capital tests teachers for Covid-19 ahead of reopening schools. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Officials in the Argentine capital launched Monday an operation to test school staff for Covid-19 before the scheduled return of children to classrooms on Feb. 17. Tests are being administered at three sites in the city. The Buenos Aires municipal health department said it has the capacity to test the …

Staff (2021-02-08). House Democrats Say Trump Admin Told CDC to Suppress COVID Tests to Hide Cases. truthout.org In a move that renews the House Oversight Committee's investigation into former President Donald Trump's pandemic response, Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina) has requested assistance from the White House in finding more information and documents to help them delve deeper into the matter. | In his request,

Staff (2021-02-08). Ilhan Omar Says Lowering Income Threshold for Stimulus Will "Poison" Relief Bill. truthout.org As talks of compromise and unity in Washington pose the possibility of reshaping a proposed coronavirus economic package, progressives in Congress are sounding off on President Joe Biden's apparent willingness to change income threshold requirements that would significantly curtail who receives stimulus checks. |

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-02-08). It's Easy to Fix Inequality: Tax the Rich. counterpunch.org As Democrats and Republicans jostle over the particulars of a new economic stimulus package to address the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not too early in President Joe Biden's tenure to ask, "when will we start taxing the rich?" Upon joining the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) promptly announced she would

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Afghanistan recorded more than 350 polio cases in 2020. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan recorded more than 350 cases of polio, mostly of the type 2 variant, last year marking a dramatic increase in the number of cases that authorities attribute to insecurity and restrictions due to the novel coronavirus, according to the government on Monday. "The problem we are currently faced with is …

Thomas Buonomo (2021-02-08). How Evangelical Leaders worshiped the Golden Calf of Trump's Authoritarianism. juancole.com Washington, D.C. (Special to Informed Comment) — In the last four years, disinformation propagated by Republican political elites including, most outrageously, Donald Trump, has threatened our democratic republic no less than the pandemic has threatened our lives and devastated our economy. Evangelical leaders including Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Paula …

The Canary (2021-02-08). NHS dental patients told to 'pay private fees' if they want treatment. thecanary.co Some NHS dental patients are being asked to pay for private appointments "if they want treatment", while others face two-year waits for appointments, a watchdog has warned. | Healthwatch England was contacted by one patient who was offered a procedure for £1,700 which was £60 on the NHS. | Another was told that their odds of successful treatment would increase substantially if they were willing to pay for private care. | A briefing document from the watchdog, seen by the PA news agency, also highlights how one patient was told they would need to wait for two years for an NHS dental appointment.

Janine Jackson (2021-02-08). 'We need to talk about abortion as necessary healthcare and a social good'. mronline.org CounterSpin interview with Kimberly Inez McGuire on abortion realities.

Eliza Egret (2021-02-08). Armed raids, strip searches and torture: this is life for Turkey's students. thecanary.co Turkey's disgusting human rights record has come under the spotlight yet again as students continue to protest in Istanbul and other major Turkish cities. Since early January,

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-08). National Apprenticeships Week: "take a new look at apprenticeships" imperial.ac.uk Imperial staff are being encouraged to consider if a fully funded apprenticeship might help them achieve their personal development and career goals.

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.

RT (2021-02-07). Ritchie rich: Report on wealthy celebs using government Covid-19 bailouts sparks debate over fate of taxpayers' funds. rt.com Millionaire celebrities like filmmaker Guy Ritchie have taken advantage of the UK taxpayer-funded job retention programme, the Sun has reported, sparking a heated debate on Twitter on whether they should be allowed to do so. | Ritchie, a renowned filmmaker, whose reported net worth amounts to more than £100 million ($137.3 million), has used the state-run Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to pay 19 workers of his Fatboy Pub Company, the Sun on Sunday reported, citing government documents it obtained. | The filmmaker's firm which was on the government furlough programme list by December manages his Lore of…

RT (2021-02-07). 'It would be discriminatory': UK vaccine minister says government is NOT planning Covid vaccine passport. rt.com Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi denied claims that the UK government is planning to introduce a "vaccine passport" detailing which Brits have been vaccinated and which haven't, calling the idea "discriminatory." | Asked during an interview with The minister explained that those who receive their first dose of the vaccine get "a card…

RT (2021-02-07). WHO official thanks Britain for taking risk with 'first dose first' vaccination, calls on it to share its stockpile with needy. rt.com The WHO's Covid-19 envoy has praised 'brave' Britain for trying an experimental vaccination regimen and proving its viability. The UK should think about sharing some of its stocks with poorer nations soon, he also suggested. | The vaccines against Covid-19 are a "fantastic invention" and the world "should be accessing it in an equal way," David Nabarro, who serves as one of the World Health Organization's six special envoys tackling the pandemic, said on Sunday in an interview with Sky News' Sophy Ridge. As a rich nation and one of the front-runners in the race to vaccinate its population, the UK is among the…