Daily Archives: February 10, 2021

2021-02-10: News Headlines

F. William Engdahl (2021-02-11). Coronavirus Scandal Breaking in Merkel's Germany. False Positives and the Drosten PCR Test. globalresearch.ca First posted by Global Research on December 11, 2020 | The widely-praised German model of the Angela Merkel regime to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic is now engulfed in a series of potentially devastating scandals going to the very heart of …

Torsten Engelbrecht (2021-02-11). COVID-19 PCR Tests Are Scientifically Meaningless. globalresearch.ca First published on June 29, 2020 | Lockdowns and hygienic measures around the world are based on numbers of cases and mortality rates created by the so-called SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR tests used to identify "positive" patients, whereby "positive" is usually equated with …

Staff (2021-02-10). Historians Say "Decades of Medical Racism" Led to Unequal COVID Impact on Black & Latinx People. democracynow.org Historians Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain dedicate their new book, "Four Hundred Souls," to the "Black lives lost to COVID-19." They put the content of their book in the context of the disparate impact of the pandemic on the African American community in the United States. "This has been in the making for decades. Even though this is a new virus, … it connects to a larger history of racial inequality, and we wanted to make sure that was clear," says Blain. Kendi is a cancer survivor and notes Black and Latinx are more at risk from preexisting conditions because of a history of racist policies, but "Americans d…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Los Angeles Hospital slated for closure amid pandemic. wsws.org The impending closure of the Olympia Medical Center Hospital in Los Angeles County in the midst of a pandemic shows the irrationality of health care run for profit.

Karen Conner (2021-02-10). Consumer Price Index: Jump in Gas Prices Pushes Overall CPI up 0.3 Percent in January. 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 overall inflation picture looks good. Inflation in the problem areas (rent, medical care, and education) continues to be under control. We will see a bounce back in hard hit sectors like …

WSWS (2021-02-10). World Health Organization confirms natural origins of coronavirus. wsws.org There is no evidence of to back up the lie peddled by ruling circles in the US and Europe, and reported largely uncritically in the media, that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was made and released by Wuhan Institute of Virology.

MEE and agencies (2021-02-10). Covid-19: Several Gulf states see daily cases rise to near 2020 highs. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Several Gulf states see daily cases rise to near 2020 highs | The UAE, the region's tourism hub, has seen the biggest surge with daily infections tripling in six weeks | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 10: 44 | Last week, visitors from several countries told Middle East Eye they were shocked by how desolate Dubai felt (AFP) | Several Gulf Arab states have seen daily coronavirus cases climb bac…

Jane-Anna Spiekermann (2021-02-10). Corona and psychology: Fear works against democratic coexistence. indybay.org The current "simultaneous consolidation and weakening of the state" (Nicos Poulantzas) are two sides of the same coin: the rise of the punitive state goes hand in hand with growing social insecurity and disenfranchisement, rather than an increase in rule-breaking and crime. The state authority & police strengthen themselves in pandemic…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-10). House panel probes meatpackers' refusal to protect workers from virus. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —The special House committee investigating the federal government's response, or lack of it, to the coronavirus plague has opened an investigation of big meatpackers' refusal to protect their workers against the contagion. In Feb. 1 letters to the nation's three big meatpacking firms and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Rep. James Clyburn, …

Rosalind English (2021-02-10). Vaccination and public/private coercion. ukhumanrightsblog.com In an earlier post I discussed the problem of "vaccine hesitancy" and written evidence to Parliament to Parliament outlining ways in which a vaccination against Covid-19 without consent could be put on a par with capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and with Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983. Since the announcement …

Sarah Lahm (2021-02-10). Midwest Dispatch: Can Sam's Club Vaccinate Our Teachers? progressive.org As educators and staff are forced to return to schools, many are wondering if and where they will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

WSWS (2021-02-10). Right-wing US Supreme Court majority again exempts large religious gatherings from COVID-19 safety measures. wsws.org For the second time since the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, the court has struck down state measures to control the spread of COVID-19 that limit indoor religious services, reversing rulings earlier in the pandemic.

RT (2021-02-10). UK's Boris Johnson cautions against booking summer holidays, says it's too early to predict what Covid-19 rules will allow by then. rt.com Beleaguered Brits weary of Covid-19 lockdowns shouldn't pin their hopes on being able to venture out for summer vacations, even domestically, as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is warning that it's too soon to book such trips. | "I am afraid it is just too early for people to be certain about what we'll be able to do this summer," Johnson said on Wednesday in a Downing Street press briefing. "I understand why people want to make plans now, but we're just going to have to be a little bit more patient." | Johnson and the government's chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance, emphasized the importance of eme…

Staff (2021-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2021. democracynow.org Senate Votes to Proceed with Impeachment as Managers Present Harrowing Video of Jan. 6 Insurrection, Gov't to Send Vaccines to Community Health Centers as U.S. Continues Ramping Up Vaccinations, WHO Team Confirms COVID-19 of Animal Origin; Ghana Shuts Parliament After Outbreak Infects Lawmakers, Protesters in Burma Defy Bans, Escalating Crackdown by Police, Journalists Decry Raid on Progressive Indian News Site NewsClick, U.S. to Pursue Extradition of Julian Assange as Press Freedom Groups Warn of Dangerous Precedent, Fossil Fuel Pollution Causes One in Five Global Deaths, Calls Growing to Shut Down DAPL as Key H…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Historic vote on Amazon union kicks off in Alabama. peoplesdispatch.org Over 5,800 ballots have been sent out to the employees of Amazon's Bessemer warehouse near Birmingham, Alabama. Workers will have seven weeks to mail-in their ballots, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic…

RT (2021-02-10). 'Mutants are a reality': Germany extends lockdown until March 7 as Merkel urges caution over Covid-19 variants. rt.com Lockdown restrictions in Germany will be extended until March 7, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors agreed on Wednesday, in an attempt to stop Covid-19 variants undermining falling infection rates. | Exceptions to the lockdown, which has been in place since December, mean that hairdressers are able to reopen from March 1 and federal states can decide on their own timetables for the reopening of schools. | But German bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centers and non-essential shops will remain closed until the seven-day virus incidence rate drops from the current 68 new cases per 100…

Natalie Shure (2021-02-10). Screen Shot 2021-02-10 at 1.13.47 PM.png. progressive.org Addressing the deep inequalities exposed by COVID-19 will probably prove more elusive than treating the disease.

Betsey Piette (2021-02-10). Philadelphia teachers defy return to classroom order. workers.org Credit: Joe Piette Thousands of Philadelphia public school teachers defied an order from school Superintendent William Hite Jr. to return to their classrooms Feb. 8 for the first time since schools became fully virtual in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Across the city, educators demonstrated outside closed . . . |

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Venezuela to Receive 100,000 Doses of Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday announced that 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in his country next week. | RELATED: | Once the first lot arrives in Caracas, the national vaccination campaign will kick off, prioritizing health workers who are on the front line against COVID-19 and the people most vulnerable to the disease. | The next to be vaccinated will be the country's t…

Sharon Zhang (2021-02-10). Fossil Fuel Pollution Caused Nearly 1 in 5 Premature Deaths in 2018. zcomm.org "There's a vaccine for the 8.7 million deaths caused each year by air pollution from fossil fuels. That vaccine is called solar panels and wind turbines"

Liberation Staff-Seattle (2021-02-10). Washington state restaurants need more relief, not premature reopening plans. liberationnews.org While restaurants are being allowed to open for indoor dining at 25% capacity, restaurant workers are not included as essential workers in the state's vaccine schedule.

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Cuba to Produce First 150,000 Doses of Soberana 02 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) President Vicente Verez on Tuesday announced that his country started producing the first batch of 150,000 doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine. | RELATED: | "Because of the vaccine's encouraging results, we started producing it on a large scale to launch its third phase of clinical trials in March," Verez said. | Over 700 people have already been vaccinated with Sovereign 02 during the…

Editor (2021-02-10). Dangling the carrot. workers.org Maybe some thought that President Joe Biden was serious about doubling the minimum wage to $15 an hour and doing it during the pandemic when workers were most in need. That was never his plan. One of 300 Fight for $15 demonstrations in the U.S. on May 1, 2019. . . . |

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-02-10). 22 Bahman rallies in provinces (2). en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) — Along with their fellow Iranians, people in Tabriz, Birjand, and in Yazd held drive-in rallies amid the pandemic on Wednesday to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution victory on February 11, 1979.

Francis King Carey School of Law (2021-02-10). Tuesday 2/23: Now or Never: Eradicating Systemic Racism in the Government's Pandemic Response. indybay.org Online event…

Sheila Velazquez (2021-02-10). The Desiccated Hearts and Souls of Working-class Americans. dissidentvoice.org Desiccate: deaden, devitalize, lobotomize, castrate — Merriam-Webster In the United States the average man and woman has been dismissed, devalued and manipulated by both parties and the financial system. They have been prevented access to healthcare, decent-paying jobs, affordable education and food security. And their hopes and dreams have been crushed by the absence of …

Ben Norton (2021-02-10). How Ecuador's U.S.-backed, coup-supporting 'ecosocialist' candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing. mronline.org Ecuador's February 7 presidential election concluded in a surprise: The quick count published by the country's National Electoral Council appeared to show a little-known candidate named Yaku Pérez Guartambel in second place, securing a narrow victory over right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, a banker with significant influence in the country.

_____ (2021-02-10). Ecuador's US-Backed 'Ecosocialist' Candidate Yaku Pérez Aids The Right-Wing. popularresistance.org Ecuador's February 7 presidential election concluded in a surprise: The quick count published by the country's National Electoral Council appeared to show a little-known candidate named Yaku Pérez Guartambel in second place, securing a narrow victory over right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, a banker with significant influence in the country. | Most polls had predicted that the presidential race would boil down to two presidential candidates, who could hardly have been more different: On one side was the conservative banker Lasso, who had the backing of Ecuadorian elites and the United States, and had unsuccessf…

Raul Diego (2021-02-10). The Questionable Characters Behind the Kushner-Linked Insurance Giant Oscar Health. mintpressnews.com Oscar Health, a tech-based telehealth insurance mishmash co-founded by Joshua Kushner is about to go public with a massive IPO underwritten by the gods of Wall Street and backed by Silicon Valley titans.

MEE staff (2021-02-10). UN expert calls on UAE to release jailed human rights defenders. middleeasteye.net UN expert calls on UAE to release jailed human rights defenders | Sentenced to ten years in prison, three imprisoned human rights defenders have been subjected to 'conditions that may amount to torture', says UN Special Rapporteur | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 15: 56 | A police officer enters Dubai's Al-Awir central prison in the United Arab Emirates, on 21 May 2020 (AFP/File photo) | A United Nations expert has called…

Staff (2021-02-10). I'm on Hunger Strike in Guantánamo. I Dream of Cooking for My Family. truthout.org There are very few freedoms at Guantánamo Bay prison, where I have been held without charge or trial — referred to as Guantánamo ISN 1461 — for over 16 years. The right to starve myself is one of them, but even then, they force-feed me, to spare themselves the embarrassment of my death. | Back in Pakistan, before I was kidnapped and tortured and flown halfway around the world in chains, I loved cooking. There is nothing more satisfying than preparing a hot meal for your family and sharing i…

RT (2021-02-10). Dozens of people develop rare blood disorder after taking coronavirus vaccines — reports. rt.com At least 36 recipients of Pfizer's and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines in the US have developed a rare immune disorder that attacks the blood, according to reports. One patient is dead, and doctors can't rule out blaming the vaccine. | Dr. Gregory Michael — a 56-year-old obstetrician-gynecologist who ran his own practice at Miami Beach's Mount Sinai Medical Center for more than a decade — died in January of a brain hemorrhage. He had received a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine two weeks earlier, and immediately developed immune thrombocytopenia, a rare and sometimes fatal blood disorder.

RT (2021-02-10). Be a goody two-masks: US health authorities change guidelines to urge DOUBLE masking against Covid-19. rt.com The CDC are now saying one mask is good but two are better, urging Americans to wear tight-fitting cloth masks under medical ones so as to increase protection against the spread of the coronavirus. | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their "The bottom line is this: Masks work and they work best when they have a good fit and are worn cor…

RT (2021-02-10). Israel finally begins vaccinating Palestinians, but only those with Israeli work permits. rt.com After facing a backlash for its reluctance to extend coronavirus vaccinations to the Palestinian territories, Israel has finally started administering Covid-19 jabs to Palestinians, but only if they legally work in Israel. | The vaccination of Palestinians was launched on Wednesday at a medical station of Israeli Red Cross affiliate Magen David Adom in Qalandiya village, near the main checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank. | "Palestinians can come and be vaccinated, including those who have Palestinian Authority identity cards and work permits," a Magen David Adom spokesperson said. "This initiative r…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Toyota earned $13.4 billion from April to December, 14.1% drop. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Japanese car group Toyota Motor said Wednesday it recorded a 1.47 trillion yen ($13.4 billion) net profit from April to December 2020, 14.1 percent less than the previous year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese firm saw profit fall by 26.1 percent to 1.51 trillion yen in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Iran marks 42nd anniversary of Islamic Revolution in cars, motorcycles. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Tens of thousands of Iranians on Wednesday commemorated the anniversary of the country's 1979 revolution in parades of cars and motorcycles, instead of the usual large-scale rallies organized by the government, due to the coronavirus pandemic. From their vehicles, people held up photos of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, who led …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). WHO backs AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organisation on Wednesday said a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University was safe for people over 65 years old, despite some countries like Germany and Austria advising against. It is the second approval from the WHO for a vaccine against Covid-19, after the organisation in December …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). S Korea approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, including for elderly. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- South Korea approved Wednesday the use of a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in adults, including those over 65. It, however, said there was a lack of data on the efficacy of the vaccine in the elderly. South Korea set up a committee to carry out a fast …

yenisafak (2021-02-10). COVID-19: Expert asks US not to rely much on intel. yenisafak.com A member of the World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of coronavirus has asked the US not to rely "too much" on information from intelligence agencies."Please don't rely too much on US intel: increasingly disengaged under [Donald] Trump frankly wrong on many aspects… but don't forget it's "TRUST" then "VERIFY"!" Peter Daszak tweeted on Wednesday.He was reacting to the news story, the US will not accept the global health body's findings out of Wuhan without independently verifying.The disease, which first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has killed more than 2.3 mi…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). Chicago teachers accept to return to in-person learning. yenisafak.com Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) in the US state of Illinois has backed a tentative deal to return to in-person learning amid coronavirus pandemic, the union said in a statement Wednesday.The decision was taken by 13,681 members voting in favor, and came after weeks of negotiations between the CTU and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. 6,585 members voted against the deal.Although the sides agreed on returning to classrooms, the union voiced concern about the safety of schools."This plan is not what any of us deserve. Not us. Not our students. Not their families. The fact that CPS could not delay reopening a few sh…

_____ (2021-02-10). COVID-19 And Democrats' Indifference Killed My Husband In Jail. popularresistance.org In February 2020, my husband, Nickolas Lee, was incarcerated in Cook County Jail in Chicago. The judge didn't offer him bail. So even though he was presumed innocent, he had to await his trial in jail. When the coronavirus seeped into the facility, he was sleeping in a dormitory with 50 other men, including those with active COVID-19 symptoms. Nick and the other men had no ability to social distance. Although the sheriff's office claimed to be "clearly leaders in the Country on dealing with the pandemic [sic]," Nick was denied even basic sanitary products, like sanitizer or a mask. He had to use his shirt to cove…

RT (2021-02-10). 'Don't rely' on US intel: WHO team member bats away Washington's scrutiny of Covid fact-finding mission to China. rt.com A member of the WHO team sent to China to probe the origins of Covid-19 in the country has shrugged off Washington's demand to verify the mission's findings, saying US intelligence on the matter should be viewed with skepticism. | The World Health Organization (WHO) expert team held a press conference on Tuesday to reveal their findings after spending four weeks in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the first case of the coronavirus was reported back in December 2019. According to their investigation, there is currently no evidence to support the theory that the virus leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, a claim put…

The Canary (2021-02-10). Boris Johnson warned he risks leaving children 'languishing in poverty'. thecanary.co Ian Blackford MP urged the prime minister to tackle child poverty by making the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit during the Covid-19 pandemic permanent. The Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader told Boris Johnson he risks leaving "a generation of children languishing in poverty" if he proceeds with plans to cut Universal Credit. | Raising the issue at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs), Blackford said that Johnson has the powers to address poverty in the country. | "Truly shocking": | He told the Commons: New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the baby bank charity, Littl…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Bulgarian Orthodox believers offer 'miraculous' honey against Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Sofia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Thousands of jars of honey have been "sanctified" this Wednesday in a traditional Orthodox liturgy that has been celebrated for years and which is believed, without any scientific evidence, works as a cure against all diseases, Covid-19 included. This tradition was created 15 years ago in a church located in the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). South Africa to reboot vaccination plan with Johnson & Johnson. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- South Africa will restart its halted Covid-19 vaccination program with doses from Johnson & Johnson, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday, after the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was found to be less effective against a new variant currently prevalent in the country. "We will soon announce more details about the delivery …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). BioNTech begins Covid-19 vaccine production in German plant. laprensalatina.com Frankfurt, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- German biotech firm BioNTech has started manufacturing its Covid-19 vaccine at its new plant in Marburg, central Germany, which it bought from Swiss company Novartis last year. BioNTech said in a statement Wednesday that the vaccine manufacturing process started with the production of mRNA, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech …

Rayhan Uddin (2021-02-10). Al-Ahly players removed from squad after shaking hands with exiled star Aboutrika. middleeasteye.net Al-Ahly players removed from squad after shaking hands with exiled star Aboutrika | Mahmoud Kahraba and Hussein el-Shahat to miss Club World Cup match for breaching Covid-19 regulations by greeting former star | Wed, 02/10/2021 – 13: 52 | Exiled Egyptian football star Mohamed Aboutrika attends a match between former team Al Ahly and Bayern Munich in the Qatari city of Al-Rayyan (Reuters) | Two Al Ahly…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). 'Turkey supports unity, prosperity, security of Gulf'. yenisafak.com Turkey's foreign minister reiterated on Wednesday that Ankara supports the unity, prosperity and security of the Gulf region."[…]We are ready to work closely with Oman and all other Gulf countries on issues regarding our region," Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his Omani counterpart, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood al-Busaidi, in Muscat.Saying that the two countries will further improve political, economic and commercial relations despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Cavusoglu hailed Oman's neutral and independent foreign policy. "Oman is a voice of reason and wisdom in the region.""Turkey is the…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). BioNTech begins COVID vaccine production at new plant. yenisafak.com BioNTech announced Wednesday that it has started vaccine production at its new manufacturing site in the German city of Marburg."We started the manufacturing process at the Marburg facility with the execution of the first step: the production of mRNA, which is the active pharmaceutical ingredient of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine," the German pharma company said in a statement.Once fully operational, the new production site will become one of the largest mRNA manufacturing plants in Europe with an annual production capacity of up to 750 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine.BioNTech, which together with the Ame…

yenisafak (2021-02-10). UK Muslims ask UN to halt Sri Lanka's forced cremations. yenisafak.com The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) submitted a complaint to the UN on Tuesday over the forced cremations of Muslims in Sri Lanka who died of COVID-19.The MCB in partnership with UK-based law firm Bindmans submitted the complaint to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on behalf of their families. "No other state has carried out such unjust and discriminatory measures. We very much hope that the Sri Lankan government will change its policy in line with the World Health Organization's advice," Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the MCB, said in a statement, describing the government's policy as "unprecedented."Tay…