Daily Archives: February 11, 2021

2021-02-11: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-11). The Three Apartheids of Our Times (Money, Medicine, Food). zcomm.org The elite is not capable of solving the ordinary problems created by the normal crisis of capitalism; they are certainly not capable of solving the extraordinary problems posed by the pandemic. That's where movements come in…

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 …

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-02-11). IMF Rethinking Its Callousness to the Global South. zcomm.org The world seems to have turned topsy-turvy when the undisputed voices of global capital start talking about the virtues of "cooperation" among nations and "universal distribution of vaccines" to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic…

David Rosen (2021-02-11). Covid-19: a Nation at War? counterpunch.org The full impact the Covid pandemic is revealed in a recent AMA study that notes "in counties where the population was substantially non-white with a median income defined as $60,240, the COVID-19 death rate was more than nine times higher when compared to counties that are substantially white with the same median income." It adds, "the COVID-19 infection and death rates were nearly three times higher in substantially non-white counties with higher median incomes when compared to substantially white, higher income counties …."

Marc Norton (2021-02-11). SF Giants Owner Rakes in $815 Million During the pandemic. counterpunch.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

Workers World Party (2021-02-11). PDF of February 11 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Haiti: Struggle intensifies Black History Month: Salute to Rosa Parks, Harry Haywood, Ben Fletche ALSO: Nurses, autoworkers, teachers on the move! Reparations for racist pandemic!; Capitalist accumulation and agriculture; GameStop bubble; COVID: comparing economic systems. Editorial: Dangling the carrot. GLOBAL: Sanctions Kill. Yemen: Bait and switch. . . . |

Gregg Gonsalves (2021-02-11). Evolution Doesn't Give a Damn About Us, or the USA. thenation.com Evolution Doesn't Give a Damn About Us, or the USA…

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 …

Lawrence Davidson (2021-02-11). Biden Adopts a Trump Approach to Iran. counterpunch.org All right! Let's hear it for Joe Biden! Our new president is leading us in the direction of domestic sanity, and there are even hints of progressive potential in his evolving agenda. Under his leadership, we might soon master the Covid-19 plague and dig ourselves out of our near-depression economic straits. This is terrific! Some

Anonymous via EXPO (2021-02-11). Letter from an inmate: St Louis prisoners protest COVID violations, inhumane conditions. liberationnews.org Early in the morning of February 6, inmates at the St. Louis City Justice Center protested for seven hours over the complete lack of response by jail officials to complaints from inmates about conditions in the CJC.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-11). Imperial's new COVID-19 testing lab goes live. imperial.ac.uk This month Imperial College London opened its new COVID-19 testing lab on its South Kensington Campus.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-02-11). COVID-19 test pioneer elected to the National Academy of Engineering. imperial.ac.uk Professor Chris Toumazou has been elected International Member of the National Academy of Engineering in the USA.

Francis King Carey School of Law (2021-02-11). Tuesday 2/23: Now or Never: Eradicating Systemic Racism in the Government's Pandemic Response. indybay.org Online event…

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-11). Head of Strategic Command: U.S. must prepare for "very real possibility" of nuclear war with China. mronline.org In an era when international cooperation in the face of pandemics and climate change is essential, the world appears to be racing towards a new Cold War, and unfortunately, few except the military top brass are talking about it.

Fight Back (2021-02-11). Frontier workers picket at Super Bowl, demand decent contract. fightbacknews.org Tampa FL – IBEW Local 824 Frontier workers and supporters gathered near Raymond James Stadium before Super Bowl LV to hold an informational picket raising public awareness about Frontier's ongoing attempt to gut workers' retirement benefits and healthcare and its attempts to double the amount that active workers have to pay for health insurance. | The decision to demonstrate outside the Super Bowl was strategic, not just because it was a major national event that happened locally, but because Frontier has corporate partnerships with the Buccaneers and Raymond James Stadium. | In an open letter to member…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). At least 17 asylum seekers held in northwestern Turkey. yenisafak.com Seventeen asylum seekers were held by Turkish security forces in the northwestern province of Kirklareli, which borders Bulgaria, security sources said on Thursday.The Afghan and Syrian nationals were held by local gendarmerie forces in Kofcaz and Demirkoy districts near the border.According to insiders, the asylum seekers told Turkish forces that they crossed the border but were arrested by Bulgarian police and left on the Turkish side after being beaten and their valuables snatched.After routine medical checks, they were referred to the provincial Gendarmerie Command, and later transferred to the local repatria…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Qatar to resume trade with Saudi Arabia on Feb. 14. yenisafak.com Qatar's authorities Wednesday said the country will resume commercial traffic with Saudi Arabia on Feb. 14, adhering to the coronavirus protective measures.The Qatari News Agency quoted the customs authority as saying: "The General Authority of Customs has issued a number of regulatory and precautionary controls pertaining to the movement of imported and transiting goods from the Salwa border port in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Abu Samra border port in the State of Qatar."Truck drivers coming from the Salwa port must obtain a certificate attested by the Saudi Health Ministry, proving that they have been te…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Nigeria reports 1,131 new COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths. yenisafak.com Nigeria reported 1,131 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, up from 1,056 confirmed the previous day.The new numbers pushed the overall caseload to 142,578 and 1,702 deaths as eight more patients succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.A record 2,314 infections were registered on Jan. 22.All travelers entering the West African country are required to take a COVID-19 test five days before departure.According to the Health Ministry, an estimated 80% of coronavirus patients are asymptomatic but can spread the disease to other people. It has urged the public…

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Merkel warns of aggressive coronavirus mutations. yenisafak.com New mutations of coronavirus first seen in the UK, South Africa and Brazil are more aggressive and more dangerous, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday.Addressing lawmakers in parliament, Merkel said it was necessary to extend the country's coronavirus lockdown until March 7, as new variants of the virus could lead to a more dangerous third wave of the pandemic."Not all the research has yet been finalized, but we'd be well advised to listen to what so many experts both in Germany and abroad tell us," she told lawmakers, referring to the UK, South Africa and Brazil variants, which were also detected…

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Israel relaxes lockdown restrictions to partially reopen schools. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of thousands of kindergarten and elementary school students returned to in-person learning for the first time in a month on Thursday as Israel continued easing its lockdown restrictions despite climbing daily coronavirus cases. The partial school reopening only affects 20 percent of the students in Israel, while the remaining 80 …

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Double masks provide double protection against COVID-19. yenisafak.com Wearing a double mask provides twice as much protection against COVID-19 as a single one, according to a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In the study released Wednesday, two artificial heads with a breathing function were outfitted with one masks or two, and particles the same size as COVID-19 particles were sprayed on them from a distance of about 2 meters (6.5 feet).The researchers found that 40% of the particles sprayed on the artificial head wearing one mask were blocked, while 80% were blocked on the artificial head wearing two.If everyone in the same environment wears a…

Susan Price (2021-02-11). Vaccine apartheid threatens everyone. greenleft.org.au Vaccinations must reach all the peoples of the world, or COVID-19 will continue to spread, and with continued spread there will be continual mutations and the threat of more dangerous variants, including those that resist current vaccines, writes Barry Sheppard.

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Study blames Trump policies for high US Covid-19 mortality rate. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Former President Donald Trump's administrative healthcare failures caused 461,000 deaths prior to the pandemic in the United States and tens of thousands more over his Covid-19 and air pollution policies, a study published Thursday said. In the study, published in the scientific journal The Lancet 33 researchers said the US …

news.un (2021-02-11). 'If I can do it, so can you': women scientists on the power of education to reach gender equality. news.un.org Women are extremely under-represented in science, but a UN research centre in The Netherlands is trying to address the gender imbalance, by raising awareness of the leading role that women researchers play in tackling global problems, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Malaysia posts biggest GDP contraction since 1998. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 5.6 percent in 2020, its worst contraction since the 1998 crisis when it had fallen by 7.4 percent, due to the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the country's statistics bureau said Thursday. The construction sector plummeted by 19.4 percent while net exports …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Merkel says goal is to lift restrictions, although she does not specify when. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the government's goal is to lift Covid-19 restrictions when they are no longer needed, although she did not give a specific date. "All the measures have been decided on the basis of the norms of our democracy, which makes it legitimate. But I …

yenisafak (2021-02-11). BioNTech, Turkey in talks on opening research center in country. yenisafak.com German-based BioNTech is in talks with Turkey to set up a research center in the country, the Turkish industry and technology minister told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.Ugur Sahin, the Turkish-German co-founder of BioNTech, "wants to work on cancer research in Turkey, and continues to negotiate with the authorities to build a center," said Mustafa Varank."We discussed with Sahin what can be done in Turkey apart from vaccine development work. He's preparing his plans now and wants to set up a cancer research center here."Sahin and Hasan Mandal, head of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TU…

T. Charles Witzel, Talen Wright, Leanne McCabe, Michelle M. Gabriel, Aedan Wolton, Mitzy Gafos, Denise Ward, Fiona C. Lampe, Andrew N. Phillips, Roy Trevelion, Yolanda Collaco-Moraes, Justin Harbottle, Andrew Speakman, Chris Bonell, David D. Dunn, Sheena McCormack, Fiona M. Burns, Peter Weatherburn, Alison J. Rodger (2021-02-11). Impact and acceptability of HIV self-testing for trans men and trans women: A mixed-methods subgroup analysis of the SELPHI randomised controlled trial and process evaluation in England and Wales. thelancet.com HIVST significantly increased testing uptake and frequency in trans men and trans people overall, although recruitment and retention of trans women was low. HIVST acceptability was high and indicates easy access to this novel technology may increase HIV testing access for this key population.

Esther W. Chan, Kim S.J. Lao, Lam Lam, Sik-Hon Tsui, Chun-Tat Lui, Chi-Pang Wong, Colin A. Graham, Chi-Hung Cheng, Tong-Shun Chung, Hiu-Fung Lam, Soo-Moi Ting, Jonathan C. Knott, David M. Taylor, David C.M. Kong, Ling-Pong Leung, Ian C.K. Wong (2021-02-11). [Research Paper] Intramuscular midazolam, olanzapine, or haloperidol for the management of acute agitation: A multi-centre, double-blind, randomised clinical trial. thelancet.com Midazolam resulted in faster sedation in patients with undifferentiated agitation in the emergency setting compared to olanzapine and haloperidol. Midazolam and olanzapine are preferred over haloperidol's slower time to sedation and potential for cardiovascular and extrapyramidal side effects.

RT (2021-02-10). South Africa to give up to 500,000 health workers Johnson & Johnson Covid jab amid AstraZeneca efficacy concerns. rt.com Between 350,000 and 500,000 health workers in South Africa are to be given the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, a top government medical adviser said, amid concerns over the AstraZeneca jab's efficacy against the local strain. | The government is hoping to take delivery of around 80,000 doses every seven to 14 days as part of its role in a global J&J "implementation study," the president of the South African Medical Research Council, Glenda Gray, told Reuters. | Gray is the co-lead investigator of the South Africa part of the study, which will further scrutinize the J&J jab in a similar way to Phase IIIB st…

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.

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…

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…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Mass layoffs in Germany as companies restructure in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Not a day goes by without a corporation or business announcing job cuts and the closure of plants and branches .

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, …

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…

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). Los Angeles County courts hold in-person proceedings despite deaths of three employees from COVID-19 in January. wsws.org Despite more than 340,000 positive COVID-19 cases reported in Los Angeles County in the month of January alone, bringing hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units to the brink of collapse, county courthouses are continuing to hold in-person hearings for traffic court, criminal cases and eviction proceedings.

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…

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…

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 . . . |

RT (2021-02-10). Sri Lanka u-turns over Covid-19 Muslim burial row after international backlash. rt.com The prime minister of Sri Lanka has announced in parliament that the country will reverse its earlier decision to prohibit the burial of Muslims who died of Covid-19, after international outcry over the ban. | While PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated the policy will change, Muslim lawmaker Rishard Bathiudeen said that the government must now issue a formal withdrawal of the compulsory cremation rule for the announcement to take effect. | In April, the government banned the burial of all Covid-19 victims over claims that the practice could spread the virus by contaminating the groundwater. | Muslims in Sri Lanka a…

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…

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 …

WSWS (2021-02-10). Peru in COVID-19 lockdown as new Brazilian variant exposes murderous "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org The new lockdown in Peru follows a horrific resurgence of the pandemic in neighboring Brazil's Amazon capital Manaus, which experts blame squarely on the "herd immunity" policy.

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.

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.