Daily Archives: February 14, 2021

2021-02-14: News Headlines

Staff (2021-02-14). The Growing Vaccine Corps of Medical Students Could Aid Underserved Areas. truthout.org The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to get shots into the arms of people who cannot easily navigate getting vaccinated on their own. | Time is of the essence. As new, potentially more

_____ (2021-02-14). How One Tiny Country Is Beating The Pandemic And Climate Change. popularresistance.org The small Himalayan country of Bhutan, mainly known for measuring national happiness instead of GDP, is the only carbon-negative country on the planet. Believe it or not, it has only had one single death from COVID-19. Is that a coincidence? | Madeline Drexler's new article in the Atlantic, "The Unlikeliest Pandemic Success Story," dives into the reasons that Bhutan has managed to fare so well against the novel coronavirus while rich countries and middle-income have struggled to keep it in check. The tiny developing country, landlocked between India and Tibet, wasn't exactly set up for success. It began 2020 with…

WSWS repost (2021-02-14). California study highlights dangers of COVID-19 pandemic to the working class. indybay.org According to a recent report by a UCSF research team, essential workers experienced a 22 percent higher mortality rate than they did in the four years before the pandemic.

WSWS repost (2021-02-14). California nursing home workers strike as state surpasses New York for most COVID deaths. indybay.org Workers at a Burlingame Skilled Nursing Facility are on strike in protest against understaffing and unsafe conditions. 207 residents at the Burlingame facility have contracted Covid-19 and 34 have died. At least 65 workers have also been infected.

Staff (2021-02-14). Antitrust Legislation Is Essential to Racial and Economic Justice in Agriculture. truthout.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that how we grow, process and distribute our food needs to change. | From dairy farmers forced to

Pete Dolack (2021-02-14). Class War Intensifies During the Pandemic. counterpunch.org We will soon be a year into the Covid-19 pandemic. Are you rolling in new wealth? No? Too bad you are not a billionaire. With millions of deaths, unemployment soaring, millions threatened with losing their homes and economies struggling around the world, the world's billionaires are doing fine. More than fine. So fine that they

Logician (2021-02-14). Farm animals and birds catch covid Slaughterhouse workers have very high rates of infection. indybay.org The 2 way street between infected farm animals and | birds.. and infected workers has been established. | If covid can remain on surfaces it can remain on the flesh of living or killed animals.

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-02-14). 'The Communist Party of Finland offers a radical, class-conscious alternative'. peoplesdispatch.org JP Và§isà§nen, chairman of the Communist Party of Finland, speaks to Peoples Dispatch about the efforts of the party to mobilize and grow under the pandemic and its strategic vision for achieving structural change in the country…

Fight Back (2021-02-14). Layoffs continue at high rate. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – During the week ending February 6, almost 800,000 (793,000) people filed for new claims for regular state unemployment insurance. More than 330,000 others applied for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA that covers the self-employed and gig workers. This comes to a total of more than 1.1 million people who have lost their jobs in the past week. | Beginning the week ending March 21, 2020, more than a million Americans each and every week have had to file for unemployment insurance benefits. As of the latest data for the week ending January 23, there were still more than 20 million pe…

Pete Dolack (2021-02-14). Class War Intensifies During the Pandemic. zcomm.org Capitalists have understood their class interests better than do the world's working people in what remains a most one-sided class war…

Fight Back (2021-02-14). Layoffs continue at high rate. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – During the week ending February 6, almost 800,000 (793,000) people filed for new claims for regular state unemployment insurance. More than 330,000 others applied for the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or PUA that covers the self-employed and gig workers. This comes to a total of more than 1.1 million people who have lost their jobs in the past week. | Beginning the week ending March 21, 2020, more than a million Americans each and every week have had to file for unemployment insurance benefits. As of the latest data for the week ending January 23, there were still more than 20 million pe…

_____ (2021-02-14). Forced Labor In The United States. popularresistance.org By any measure, the United States has the worst human rights record among the nations called democratic or developed or advanced or "free world" or any of the other labels that rich capitalist countries use to describe themselves. The U.S. has the worst health care system in that group, the worst benefits for workers, and the worst income inequality. It also has the dubious distinction of being the world's biggest jailer, with some 2.3 million people behind bars. This country which treats its people so terribly is also the one most likely to project its evil doing on to others. | There is a method to the madness.

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Voting underway in Catalonia despite pandemic concerns. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Voters in Spain's Catalonia region headed to the polls for regional elections on Sunday despite an ongoing third wave of Covid-19 cases. Anxieties were evidenced by the fact some 33,000 polling station workers, 38% of the overall total, formally asked to be recused from their duties, which are allocated by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Japan okays use of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Japan on Sunday formally approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for domestic use, marking an important step to immunize most of its people in the run-up to the Summer Olympics that begin on July 23 in Tokyo. The immunization drive will start on Wednesday as the government targets to inoculate its entire population …

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Ex-Istanbul mayor dies at 76. yenisafak.com Kadir Topbas, the former mayor of Istanbul, passed away on Saturday at the age of 76.He was hospitalized last November after he contracted COVID-19.Topbas was elected mayor of Istanbul in 2004 as candidate of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, and maintained his position until 2017 when he resigned.In 2004, he became the head of Istanbul-based United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Regional Government, and vice president of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He became UCLG co-chair in 2007.Topbas was the first politician to have won three consecutive local election…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Peru's health minister resigns amid vaccine row. yenisafak.com Peru's Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti stepped down from her post after it was revealed that the former president received the COVID-19 vaccine before it became widely available in the country, according to local media on Saturday.Following the news that Martin Vizcarra got the vaccine shot in October 2020, months ago the vaccine reached Peru, Mazzetti was criticized by Congress and she submitted her resignation to President Francisco Sagasti Friday night.Speaking on the issue, Sagasti thanked Mazzetti for her fight against the pandemic and said she was treated unjustly.Last week, the first batch of vaccines, cont…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Lebanon starts COVID-19 vaccine rollout. yenisafak.com Lebanon's national vaccination campaign against the coronavirus pandemic began Sunday.Mahmoud Hasson, the head of the intensive care unit at the Rafik Hariri Hospital in Beirut, and actor Salah Tizani, 93, received the first shots.Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and Health Minister Hamad Hassan were present during the inoculation."I will not be receiving the vaccine today," Diab told reporters. "Priority will be given to the medical staff, who have made great sacrifices and they must be given full protection in order to do their message."The medical staff and people over 75 will be the first to be vaccinated…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Bangladesh extends closure of education institutions. yenisafak.com Bangladesh has announced that it will extend the closure of educational institutions for a further 14-day stretch, a straight 11-month shutdown of in-person education after the first COVID-19 case was registered in the country in March last year, a senior official confirmed on Sunday.The Education Ministry has decided to close all educational institutions until Feb. 28, except for Islamic seminaries due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mohammad Abul Khayer, a communication officer at the ministry confirmed to Anadolu Agency.The ministry is taking all important steps to keep students safe from the deadly virus, Khaye…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Voters head to polls in Catalonia amid pandemic. yenisafak.com Election day has kicked off with no major incidents in the Spanish region of Catalonia, where voters cast their ballots on Sunday to determine the new makeup of the Catalan parliament.Fears that not enough people would show up to work at the polling stations were dispelled, as officials reported that more than 99% of the polling stations were operating by 11 a.m. (1000GMT).During the last hour of voting, thousands of citizens with active COVID-19 infections and others in quarantine will be able to cast their ballots in-person.Poll workers will wear full personal protective equipment, nearly identical to that of f…

_____ (2021-02-14). Atlantic Council Braces for Opportunities of Potential Bioterror Attack. strategic-culture.org Less than a month away from the one-year anniversary of the pandemic's official declaration, policy wonks at the Atlantic Council together with former and current government officials are dissecting the "lessons" of the Covid-19 epidemic to advise the Biden administration on the steps to take in order to avert the next disaster.

The Canary (2021-02-14). Catalans set to vote in an election that could be a test for the separatist movement. thecanary.co Voting has started in Spain's north-eastern Catalonia as 5.3 million voters are called to cast their ballots. It's an election that will test the region's secessionist movement. | Salvador Illa will lead the ticket of the Socialists' Party of Catalonia. Until January, he was in charge of Spain's coronavirus (Covid-19) response as its health minister. | A tight race: | Illa is hoping to end the hold that pro-independence politicians have held in the regional parliament for the past decade. | Polls, however, predict a tight race. The Socialists will compete for votes with the two leading pro-secession parti…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-14). Quebec: Falsification of Mortality Data Pertaining to Covid-19. globalresearch.ca According to a "If the presumed cause of death is Covid-19 (with or without a positive test) an autopsy should be avoided [emphasis in original document] and death should be attributed to Covid-19 …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-14). Quebec: Falsification of Mortality Data Pertaining to Covid-19. globalresearch.ca According to a "If the presumed cause of death is Covid-19 (with or without a positive test) an autopsy should be avoided [emphasis in original document] and death should be attributed to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). 1 Year of Covid in Africa: 4 million cases, limited vaccinations. laprensalatina.com By Nerea González Johannesburg, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- A year after the first coronavirus case was detected in Africa, the total number of infections in the continent stands at nearly four million and only a few countries have started vaccination campaigns. Since Egypt became the first African country to report a coronavirus case on 14 February …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Germany closes borders with Austria, Czechia amid coronavirus variant fears. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Germany on Sunday closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria to non-German nationals and residents in an effort to control the spread of new, virulent variants of coronavirus. People traveling for family reasons, those who cross the border for work, truckers and healthcare staff will be exempted from the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Real Madrid blanks Valencia 2-0. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid blanked Valencia at home on Thursday, two first-half tallies telling the story during the match, which was played in the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium to empty stands due to coronavirus gathering restrictions. It was the third consecutive win for Zinedine Zidane's capital squad and the loss leaves Valencia just …

yenisafak (2021-02-14). UK premier 'optimistic' about easing lockdown. yenisafak.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is "optimistic" about the prospects of easing the lockdown despite warnings from scientists that any premature measures would result in a surge of coronavirus cases and deaths.In a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies plant in northeastern England on Saturday, Johnson said the government's main priority was to reopen schools from March 8 with the possibility of other sectors following suit."I'm optimistic, I won't hide it from you. I'm optimistic, but we have to be cautious. Our children's education is our number one priority, but then working forward, ge…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Greener | pastures for Pakistan: PM shares stunning before and after photos of | tree scheme. yenisafak.com The world has been scrambling to find new strategies in a bid to fend off the novel coronavirus, however, another calamity, which might bring more destructive consequences than the virus itself, seems to be lurking just around the corner.For many years now, thousands of scientists and environmentalists have been giving humanity stark warnings about the risks of climate change, urging authorities and the global community to take concrete steps to protect our world.Following intensifying warnings, some countries have launched new green schemes and climate adaptation plans.Pakistan, which suffers from smog pollution…

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Saudi Arabia extends virus restrictions for 20 days. yenisafak.com Saudi Arabia on Sunday extended precautionary measures against the coronavirus pandemic for additional 20 days, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.The extension of the restrictions will be effective as of Sunday 10: 00 pm (19: 00 GMT), the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement cited by the official SPA news agency.On Feb. 3, the kingdom ordered precautionary measures to stem the spread of the pandemic upon recommendations from health authorities.Under the measures, social gatherings should not exceed 20 people and the suspension of all events and parties, including weddings, and corporate meetings a…

Ralph Nader, Bruce Fein (2021-02-14). Democrats' Shameful Cave. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-12923215461.jpg

Revolution Books (2021-02-14). Sunday 2/28: Harriet A. Washington, acclaimed author of Medical Apartheid will be debuting her new book. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

MEE and agencies (2021-02-13). Lebanon receives first Covid-19 vaccine shipment. middleeasteye.net Lebanon receives first Covid-19 vaccine shipment | The vaccines have been sponsored by the World Bank, as Lebanon struggles with a financial crisis and a devastated healthcare system | Sat, 02/13/2021 – 15: 47 | Hospitals in Lebanon, including St George Hospital devastated by the 4 August Beirut blast, have been struggling to care for the influx of Covid-19 patients (MEE/Elizabeth Fitt)…

Global Research News (2021-02-13). Selected Articles: The Corona Virus Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Global Research brings to the attention the attention of our readers a selection of articles on the coronavirus vaccine. | "The Second Wave of the pandemic commenced in October 2020. The Pfizer Moderna corona vaccine was launched in early November 2020. …

RT (2021-02-13). 'Zombie mink' to hit Poland next? Transmissible Covid-19 strain found in Polish region, officials mull response. rt.com Poland said that the coronavirus found in local mink can be transmitted to humans and vice versa. Millions of animals were previously culled and buried in Denmark, which prompted fears of groundwater contamination. | The research "clearly shows" that "this virus can spread from mink to humans and vice versa," the country's agriculture ministry said in a statement on Saturday. | Officials said the new data came from a genetic study on minks from a farm in the Kartuzy district of northern Poland. The presence of the coronavirus in the animals was confirmed last month. | The ministry added that the virus found in…

teleSUR (2021-02-13). Peru: Health Minister Resigns After Vizcarra's Vaccination. telesurenglish.net According to the local newspaper La República, Mazzetti decided to resign due to the constant criticism from parliamentarians after it became known that the former president Manuel Vizcarra (2018-2020) was vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the cause of COVID-19, before the vaccine became available to the general public. | RELATED; | Similarly, Mazzetti announced her resignation due to the criticism of the management…

WSWS (2021-02-13). California study highlights dangers of COVID-19 pandemic to the working class. wsws.org Essential workers, whom the research defined as those in the "food/agriculture, transportation/logistics, facilities, and manufacturing sectors," experienced a 22 percent higher mortality rate than they did in the four years before the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-13). Five public Los Angeles vaccination sites forced to close due to lack of doses. wsws.org Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that five vaccination sites must close for at least two days due to an inadequate supply of COVID-19 vaccine, leaving thousands in the lurch.

WSWS (2021-02-13). California nursing home workers strike as state surpasses New York for most COVID deaths. wsws.org The nursing home has seen 34 patients die from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-02-13). Australian state government institutes five-day lockdown due to spread of new COVID-19 strain. wsws.org This outbreak exposes the fact that the failures of the system of quarantine hotels and contact tracing during the outbreak in mid-2020, when some 800 people died in Victoria, have not been addressed.

Eds. (2021-02-13). Engels in the crosshairs. mronline.org Frederick Engels was Karl Marx's closest friend and collaborator. In the light of the ongoing ecological crisis and COVID-19 pandemic, Engels' Dialectics of Nature takes on a new significance.

WSWS (2021-02-13). German federal and state leaders opens the floodgates for a third wave of COVID-19. wsws.org In a few days, many schools and day-care centres in Germany will reopen despite the fact that new, highly contagious virus variants are spreading.

Logician (2021-02-13). Farm animals and birds catch covid Slaughterhouse workers have very high rates of inf. indybay.org The 2 way street between infected farm animals and | birds.. and infected workers has been established. | If covid can remain on surfaces it can remain on the flesh of living or killed animals.

WSWS (2021-02-13). Boston Teachers Union signs sellout "side letter" to force teachers back into unsafe schools. wsws.org The deal sends teachers and students back into schools regardless of the city's COVID test positivity rate, forcing teachers to choose between teaching in-person or taking a leave of absence.

Global Research News (2021-02-13). Corona Fake Pandemic: Italy Subjected to a Holy Inquisition of False Science. globalresearch.ca Italian Transcript below | Thank you, Mr President. | We have been spied on, subjugated, treated like criminals by a government that in two months has destroyed our fundamental, natural and constitutional rights. Parliament has been replaced by the various task forces …

WSWS (2021-02-13). Amid deadly pandemic, Canada deported record number of refugees in 2020. wsws.org The working class must reject the nationalist poison of the ruling elite and defend the right of workers of all origins to work and live in the country of their choice, without fear of discrimination or deportation.

Stephanie Nakajima (2021-02-13). The Path to Winning a Floor Vote for Medicare for All in Congress. zcomm.org The #ForceTheVote debate is about how to hold members of Congress accountable — not whether to do so…

Change For The Better (2021-02-13). 15 Of Many Things We Can Learn From the European Union. indybay.org fewer wars, no executions, free health care, lower drug costs, better animal rights and environment legislation, less censorship etc…

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Rio de Janeiro's empty Sambadrome lights up in tribute to Covid victims. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome will remain quiet and deserted between Friday and Ash Wednesday due to the cancellation of the world's most famous carnival parade amid the Covid-19 pandemic but will light up at night in tribute to the victims of the coronavirus. The light show, simulating a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Cake-away: Austrian café adds spice to Valentines despite Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Having a traditional Austrian chocolate cake delivered to your door by a bellhop worthy of a Wes Anderson movie is an ideal way to kick off Valentine's Day celebrations but it is also a unique initiative one traditional purveyor has undertaking in a bid to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 …

yenisafak (2021-02-13). Yemeni scientist in Turkish team developing COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Even as Yemen continues shocking the world, with its images of deaths, destruction, and starvation, one of its citizens Ali Azzawri is part of a Turkish scientific team rolling out a vaccine against the COVID-19.Azzawri, 39, was selected by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey known as TUBITAK in May 2020 to be part of a team of 13 scientists to indigenously develop Messenger RNA vaccines — also called mRNA vaccines to combat the pandemic.According to experts, these are new types of vaccines, who direct cells to make a particular protein to trigger an immune response. Other vaccines, inst…