Monthly Archives: March 2021

2021-03-31: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-03-31). Social reproduction and a just post-COVID world. mronline.org After over a year of suffering, death, and profound transformations of everyday life, International Women's Day 2021 is an opportunity to take stock of the COVID-19 crisis so far and craft visions for a future centred on the value of social reproduction. | March 31, 2021 | Newswire…

C.J. Hopkins (2021-03-31). The "Unvaccinated" Question. dissidentvoice.org So, the New Normals are discussing the Unvaccinated Question. What is to be done with us? No, not those who haven't been "vaccinated" yet. Us. The "Covidiots." The "Covid deniers." The "science deniers." The "reality deniers." Those who refuse to get "vaccinated," ever. There is no place for us in New Normal society. The New …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-03-31). Disease outbreaks increase with deforestation, new study finds. peoplesdispatch.org The study says that monoculture plantations are also likely to increase infectious disease outbreaks. Changes in land use are a significant factor in the emergence of infectious diseases caused by zoonotic viruses…

Robert J. Burrowes (2021-03-31). Defeating the Global Elite's Coup d'État: The Great Reset. globalresearch.ca Worldwide, international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), governments …

Sarah Anderson (2021-03-31). If the Minimum Wage Had Increased as Much as Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985, It Would Be Worth $44 Today. counterpunch.org While low-wage workers are still waiting for a raise in the minimum wage, Wall Street employees enjoyed a 10 percent bump in their bonuses in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from the New York State Comptroller. Wall Street pay v. the minimum wage + Since 1985, the average Wall Street

Lorena Barberia (2021-03-31). Lula Returns as Covid Runs Wild in Brazil. zcomm.org Brazil's president Bolsonaro continues to deny the Covid crisis, as Lula's return to politics creates shockwaves from the favelas to Wall St.

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-31). Biden's Bandaid, or Top 8 Reasons why we need Medicare for All. zcomm.org The USA is a country where health insurance for medical and mental health care is a function of socio-economic status…

Tatiana Cozzarelli (2021-03-31). Dispatches from the Amazon Warehouse in Bessemer. zcomm.org The unionization efforts at Bessemer are bigger than just Amazon. In this dispatch from the ground, Uber drivers, healthcare workers, and young Birmingham residents stand in solidarity…

Joà´l Díaz (2021-03-31). In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact. thenation.com In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Emerging markets are falling behind in the race for green capital. imperial.ac.uk Developing nations are missing out on a wave of investor interest in climate change and sustainability according to a new report released today.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Supporting local female community leaders. imperial.ac.uk Agents of Change participants share their experiences of being part of a network for women who have an active interest in driving social change.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Waste carbon from steel production can be recycled into new products. imperial.ac.uk Gases from steel processing can be used to make materials for products like insulation boards and wood coatings, concludes an EU-funded project.

Fight Back (2021-03-31). WFTU Solidarity message to the workers and employees of Amazon in Germany. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 30 statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions expressing the voice of more than 105 million workers in 132 countries, stands in solidarity with the workers of Amazon in their four days strike demanding the recognition of collective bargaining agreements, health and safety measures and salary increase. The strikes are taking place in warehouses in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and two sites in Bad Hersfeld. | The international class-oriented trade union movement supports the fair demands of the…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-31). Covid-19: Yemen receives first vaccines through Covax initiative. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Yemen receives first vaccines through Covax initiative | Hundreds of thousands of doses arrive a week after country's coronavirus committee warned of public health 'emergency' | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 10: 00 | Yemen has officially recorded more than 4,000 virus cases among its 30 million people, including 863 deaths – but experts say the real toll is likely higher (AFP) | War-torn Yem…

Staff (2021-03-31). Aging Former Black Panthers Mumia Abu-Jamal & Sundiata Acoli Got COVID-19 & Could Die in Prison. democracynow.org We get an update on political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, who contracted COVID-19 but have yet to be released. Acoli is a former member of the Black Panther Party who is now 84 years old and has been in prison in New Jersey for nearly half a century, even though he has been eligible for parole for almost three decades. He was denied parole again in February. His crime involved the killing of a state trooper. Last year, he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized, and he reportedly has early-stage dementia. We speak with his longtime advocate, Soffiyah Elijah with Alliance of Families for Justice…

Staff (2021-03-31). New York Ordered to Vaccinate Incarcerated People; Will Gov. Sign Bill Curbing Solitary Confinement? democracynow.org A New York judge has ordered the state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all incarcerated people, saying that officials "irrationally distinguished between incarcerated people and people living in every other type of adult congregate facility, at great risk to incarcerated people's lives during this pandemic." Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, says advocates have been pushing the state "since the beginning of the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of incarcerated people," but those efforts were met with silence. "It's unfortunate that it took court intervention i…

Staff (2021-03-31). Headlines for March 31, 2021. democracynow.org Eyewitnesses Give Chilling Testimony of Police Killing of George Floyd, Brazil in Crisis as COVID Deaths Soar & Military Chiefs Quit in Protest, U.S. COVID Deaths Top 550,000; Florida Undercounted Thousands of Deaths, Bloomberg Employees Got Special Access to Vaccines at NYU Hospitals, China Delivers 100,000 COVID Vaccines to Palestine, White House Unveils $2 Trillion Jobs & Infrastructure Plan, Two Police Deputies Indicted in Texas for Killing Javier Ambler After Traffic Stop, Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump as GOP Welcomes Oath Keepers Founder in Texas, Man Arrested for Viciously Attacking Filipino Woman in N…

Zachary Conti (2021-03-31). IMF Head: Global Recovery Uncertain as People Face Income Drops. indybay.org International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva warned of an uncertain global recovery as the world struggles with the COVID spurred economic crisis. The IMF Managing Director stated concern that average incomes in developing countries faced drops of 20% and 11% in advanced economies. "This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger," reported Georgieva during her curtain raiser speech ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings.

WSWS repost (2021-03-31). Oakland schools set to reopen amid surge in pandemic. indybay.org After a narrow ratification of the Oakland Education Association's sellout agreement to resume in-person instruction, teachers are facing a dangerous end to the school year.

David Paul (2021-03-31). Thursday 4/22: Cuba's Approach to Health Care for All. indybay.org on line webinar…

Johanna Fernandez, reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-03-31). Prof. Johanna Fernandez's account of Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency (from Verso Blog). indybay.org This article was originally published at the Verso Books blog on March 28, and is being reprinted here in full, no edits, with the permission of author Johanna Fernandez, from the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. For the latest updates on Mumia's health, please visit the Jamal Journal: www.JamalJournal.com.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-31). COVID-19 Vaccines Likened to 'Software Updates' for Your Body. globalresearch.ca I've discussed why COVID-19 vaccines are in fact gene therapies and …

Dean Baker (2021-03-31). Open-Source Versus Patent Monopoly Financing of Drug Development. counterpunch.org It is often said that intellectuals have a hard time dealing with new ideas. Unfortunately, for purposes of public debate, open-source government funding of drug development is a new idea, and people in policy positions seem to be having a very hard time understanding it. So, I will try to write this post in a

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-31). Germany Hits Pause Again on AstraZeneca After 31 Reports of Rare Blood Clots, 9 Deaths. globalresearch.ca German health officials today suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine for …

globalresearch (2021-03-31). COVID Vaccine Nonsense. globalresearch.ca The efforts to require every American to be injected with an …

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-30). Developing Countries Need IMF Funds Now, Not Later. cepr.net Initiative for Policy Dialogue See article on original site Globalization isn't working, at least not the way it's structured now, and the pandemic has only exacerbated inequalities between countries. Most advanced economies and some of the larger emerging markets have managed to finance a strong Covid-19 response, put large stimulus measures in place and use …

_____ (2021-03-30). The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. popularresistance.org This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020. After a year of upheaval due to the pandemic, the first report is already out-of-date and mainly useful as a historical document. The second report, however, answers some important questions about the decisions local officials made when the high stakes of jail incarceration — for individual and public health — were put into stark relief by the pandemic. Their decisions, and the resulti…

WSWS (2021-03-30). The surge of COVID-19 in Florida and the disastrous reality of school reopenings in the US. wsws.org School superintendents for the largest districts in Florida recently described their reopenings last autumn as a "safe" model for the rest of the country, ignoring the fact that the state now leads the US in new cases among young people.

WSWS (2021-03-30). New Zealand's public hospitals face worsening crisis. wsws.org Hospital emergency departments are overflowing, highlighting the Labour government's refusal to properly fund the healthcare system despite the COVID-19 risks.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Tennessee teachers cannot trust Governor Lee with the $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds! wsws.org The experience of educators in Tennessee and across the US has exposed that not even the most minuscule reform will be achieved without teachers entering into struggle and putting forward their own demands.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). UN Chief Calls for Bold Measures To Tackle Debt Crisis. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for urgent, bold measures to address an emerging debt crisis caused largely by COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We are on the verge of a debt crisis. Today's meeting, convened with our partners, the prime ministers of Canada and Jamaica, is a call for urgent action," he told a high-level event on debt and liquidity. | Six countries have already defaulted. One-third…

Brasil de Fato (2021-03-30). Brazil's deadliest weekend of the pandemic: 5,000 dead and 130,000 new cases. peoplesdispatch.org The uncontrolled advance of COVID-19 in Brazil leaves behind a tragic figure of 5,094 deaths having been reported to the National Council of Health Secretaries, Conass, this weekend alone, a sum of the fatalities that occurred on Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28. | There were 3,438 deaths on Saturday — the third day that the 3,000 mark was surpassed since the start of the Over the last 2…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Multi-billion-pound UK track and trace system failed to reduce COVID-19 spread. wsws.org In the operation of the NHS Track and Trace system, the greed of capitalist parasites, many in the ruling conservative party, was never clearer.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Dozens subpoenaed under Brazil's "national security" law for calling Bolsonaro "genocidal" wsws.org The Bolsonaro government and the state apparatus are responding to the explosive tensions in Brazil, the world epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Australia: Queensland capital city enters lockdown. wsws.org The delayed and limited response to the new COVID outbreak is due to the Queensland Labor government prioritising corporate interests over workers' safety.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Doctors in Germany warn of imminent overloading of hospitals. wsws.org Given the dramatic increase in coronavirus infections in Germany, medical experts are calling for an immediate halt to the reopening policy and for the imposition of effective measures to contain the pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). WHO Pushes International Treaty Against Future Pandemics. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that negotiations would soon begin with the 194 member states to draw up an international treaty to combat pandemics, which could be ready by May. | RELATED: | This was stated by the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference. Tedros expressed his interest in the document, including at least three key points: sharing preve…

Alvaro Rodriguez (2021-03-30). Biden's National Security Guidance document reflects the old imperialist foreign policy. peoplesworld.org There was hope that after the world-wide pandemic, mutual cooperation and sharing would be the new normal among all the countries affected by the pandemic. And we have seen a few hopeful signs in this regard but there are serious concerns now that we may not see real international cooperation become the norm. If we …

WSWS (2021-03-30). Oakland schools set to reopen amid surge in pandemic. wsws.org After a narrow ratification of the Oakland Education Association's sellout agreement to resume in-person instruction, teachers are facing a dangerous end to the school year.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Mexico reports 417,002 excess deaths during the pandemic. wsws.org With an official death toll of 201,623, the acknowledgement of a massive undercount stands as a confession by the ruling class of social murder.

WSWS (2021-03-30). CNN's pandemic "postmortem": The anatomy of a "social murder" wsws.org The interviews with Birx and Fauci are an indictment of a government and political establishment that deliberately allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die in order to protect the interests of the financial oligarchy.

Dave McKee (2021-03-30). Dr. Norman Bethune and the Communists who fought for public healthcare in Canada. peoplesworld.org 1921 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Canada. In this article, originally published in People's Voice newspaper, PV editor Dave McKee presents the backstory of how universal public health care—essentially Medicare for All—was won in Canada. Canadian media and politicians claim that the country's public health care system is …

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-30). Biden's Bandaid, or Top 8 Reasons why we need Medicare for All. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — Distinguished economist Michael Hudson writes that by "conquering the brains of a country by shaping how people think, you can twist their view into 'unreality economics' and make them think you are there to help them and not to take money out of them, then you've got them …

Fight Back (2021-03-30). Workers at 4 Allina hospitals vote to strike, strike authorization votes underway at 2 others. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At all six Allina Hospitals in Minnesota, members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota are voting to authorize a strike after recent contract negotiations broke down around the issue of pay augments for essential workers. Union members are demanding $4 per hour pay augments, while Allina is not offering any pay augments or incentives for essential workers. | So far votes have been held at four of the Allina Hospitals, which include about 2500 of the 4000 SEIU members who work at the Allina Hospitals. The hospitals that have already voted are Abbot Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, and Owatonn…

Editor (2021-03-30). El costo de la guerra de clases de COVID. workers.org El 22 de febrero, las muertes relacionadas con el COVID-19 en Estados Unidos superaron las 500.000. Desde entonces, otras 55.000 personas han muerto a causa del virus, y las cifras tienden a aumentar. Se han perdido más vidas estadounidenses en esta pandemia que en los combates de la Primera y . . . |

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-03-30). Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic demands that all nations cooperate to vaccinate the entire global population—a goal that can't be achieved using the usual rules of which countries win and which ones lose…

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-30). We are living through a time of fear not just of the virus but of each other. mronline.org Welcome to the age of fear. Nothing is more corrosive of the democratic impulse than fear. Left unaddressed, it festers, eating away at our confidence and empathy. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-30). Will We Ever Move on from the War on Terror? counterpunch.org In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues — those beyond Covid-19

Ashlie D. Stevens (2021-03-30). HBO's "Last Cruise" doc of that fateful quarantined cruise ship is a harrowing metaphor for inequity. salon.com "We felt like only the rich would be taken care of," a crew member said of the Diamond Princess COVID outbreak…

Brett Wilkins (2021-03-30). Large landlords' profits rose during coronavirus pandemic: report. salon.com An analysis reveals that major property owners have largely realized profits, some massive, during the pandemic…

2021-03-30: News Headlines

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-30). Developing Countries Need IMF Funds Now, Not Later. cepr.net Initiative for Policy Dialogue See article on original site Globalization isn't working, at least not the way it's structured now, and the pandemic has only exacerbated inequalities between countries. Most advanced economies and some of the larger emerging markets have managed to finance a strong Covid-19 response, put large stimulus measures in place and use …

_____ (2021-03-30). The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. popularresistance.org This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020. After a year of upheaval due to the pandemic, the first report is already out-of-date and mainly useful as a historical document. The second report, however, answers some important questions about the decisions local officials made when the high stakes of jail incarceration — for individual and public health — were put into stark relief by the pandemic. Their decisions, and the resulti…

WSWS (2021-03-30). The surge of COVID-19 in Florida and the disastrous reality of school reopenings in the US. wsws.org School superintendents for the largest districts in Florida recently described their reopenings last autumn as a "safe" model for the rest of the country, ignoring the fact that the state now leads the US in new cases among young people.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Tennessee teachers cannot trust Governor Lee with the $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds! wsws.org The experience of educators in Tennessee and across the US has exposed that not even the most minuscule reform will be achieved without teachers entering into struggle and putting forward their own demands.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). UN Chief Calls for Bold Measures To Tackle Debt Crisis. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for urgent, bold measures to address an emerging debt crisis caused largely by COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We are on the verge of a debt crisis. Today's meeting, convened with our partners, the prime ministers of Canada and Jamaica, is a call for urgent action," he told a high-level event on debt and liquidity. | Six countries have already defaulted. One-third…

Brasil de Fato (2021-03-30). Brazil's deadliest weekend of the pandemic: 5,000 dead and 130,000 new cases. peoplesdispatch.org The uncontrolled advance of COVID-19 in Brazil leaves behind a tragic figure of 5,094 deaths having been reported to the National Council of Health Secretaries, Conass, this weekend alone, a sum of the fatalities that occurred on Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28. | There were 3,438 deaths on Saturday — the third day that the 3,000 mark was surpassed since the start of the Over the last 2…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Multi-billion-pound UK track and trace system failed to reduce COVID-19 spread. wsws.org In the operation of the NHS Track and Trace system, the greed of capitalist parasites, many in the ruling conservative party, was never clearer.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). WHO Pushes International Treaty Against Future Pandemics. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that negotiations would soon begin with the 194 member states to draw up an international treaty to combat pandemics, which could be ready by May. | RELATED: | This was stated by the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference. Tedros expressed his interest in the document, including at least three key points: sharing preve…

Alvaro Rodriguez (2021-03-30). Biden's National Security Guidance document reflects the old imperialist foreign policy. peoplesworld.org There was hope that after the world-wide pandemic, mutual cooperation and sharing would be the new normal among all the countries affected by the pandemic. And we have seen a few hopeful signs in this regard but there are serious concerns now that we may not see real international cooperation become the norm. If we …

Dave McKee (2021-03-30). Dr. Norman Bethune and the Communists who fought for public healthcare in Canada. peoplesworld.org 1921 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Canada. In this article, originally published in People's Voice newspaper, PV editor Dave McKee presents the backstory of how universal public health care—essentially Medicare for All—was won in Canada. Canadian media and politicians claim that the country's public health care system is …

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-30). Biden's Bandaid, or Top 8 Reasons why we need Medicare for All. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — Distinguished economist Michael Hudson writes that by "conquering the brains of a country by shaping how people think, you can twist their view into 'unreality economics' and make them think you are there to help them and not to take money out of them, then you've got them …

Fight Back (2021-03-30). Workers at 4 Allina hospitals vote to strike, strike authorization votes underway at 2 others. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At all six Allina Hospitals in Minnesota, members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota are voting to authorize a strike after recent contract negotiations broke down around the issue of pay augments for essential workers. Union members are demanding $4 per hour pay augments, while Allina is not offering any pay augments or incentives for essential workers. | So far votes have been held at four of the Allina Hospitals, which include about 2500 of the 4000 SEIU members who work at the Allina Hospitals. The hospitals that have already voted are Abbot Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, and Owatonn…

Khaled Iskef (2021-03-30). WHO Postpones the Delivery of "AstraZeneca" Vaccine to Syria. globalresearch.ca The World Health Organization (WHO) has postponed the

Zachary Conti (2021-03-30). IMF Head: Global Recovery Uncertain as People Face Income Drops. indybay.org International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva warned of an uncertain global recovery as the world struggles with the COVID spurred economic crisis. The IMF Managing Director stated concern that average incomes in developing countries faced drops of 20% and 11% in advanced economies. "This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger," reported Georgieva during her curtain raiser speech ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings.

Labor Video Project (2021-03-30). Blowing The Whistle At Cal-OSHA! Newsom, Murder On The Job & Cal-OSHA's Destruction. indybay.org Charles Rachlis, a Cal-OSHA inspector blew the whistle on the massive failure of the agency which is supposed to protect the health and safety of workers in California. Governor Newsom ordered a hiring freeze in the middle of the pandemic and the agency has less than 200 inspectors for the 18 million workers of California. Rachlis spoke at a labor community rally on February 15, 2021.

WSWS repost (2021-03-30). Oakland schools set to reopen amid surge in pandemic. indybay.org After a narrow ratification of the Oakland Education Association's sellout agreement to resume in-person instruction, teachers are facing a dangerous end to the school year.

David Paul (2021-03-30). Thursday 4/22: Cuba's Approach to Health Care for All. indybay.org on line webinar…

Staff (2021-03-30). Headlines for March 30, 2021. democracynow.org First Witnesses Testify in Murder Trial of Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, Who Killed George Floyd, Civil Rights Groups File Second Legal Challenge to Georgia Voter Suppression Bill, WHO Says COVID-19 Pandemic Likely Began in Animal Hosts, Rather Than Laboratory Escape, CDC Director Warns of "Impending Doom" as Coronavirus Cases Rise Across U.S., CDC Extends Federal Eviction Moratorium to June 30, Wealthiest 1% of Americans Account for One-Third of Unpaid Taxes to IRS, Protests Erupt in Mexico Demanding Justice for Salvadoran Refugee Killed by Police, Suez Canal Reopens After Salvage Teams Clear Stuck Container Ship, 60 Ch…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-03-30). Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic demands that all nations cooperate to vaccinate the entire global population—a goal that can't be achieved using the usual rules of which countries win and which ones lose…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-03-30). Arriva l'esercito Usa "Difensore" dell'Europa. globalresearch.ca Non tutto in Europa è paralizzato dai lockdown anti-Covid: si è infatti messa in moto la mastodontica esercitazione annuale dell'Esercito Usa, Defender-Europe, che fino a giugno mobilita sul territorio europeo, e al di là di questo, decine di migliaia di …

Global Research News (2021-03-30). Selected Articles: Can We Trust America's COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Statistics? globalresearch.ca By The following commentary draws attention to a wake-up call by the renowned medical…

Andrea Germanos (2021-03-30). 'Revolutionary moment': Biden White House announces major boost for offshore wind. nationofchange.org "As our country faces the interlocking challenges of a global pandemic, economic downturn, racial injustice, and the climate crisis, we must transition to a brighter future for everyone."

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Venezuela and Russia Set High-Level Cooperation Meetings. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Tuesday inaugurated technical meetings to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Russia as part of high-level intergovernmental talks. | RELATED: | He thanked the Russian assistance in the fight against the pandemic, including the access to Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona COVID-19 vaccines. | Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov welcomed the 76th anniversary of cooperation and political dia…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-30). Deadly Blood Clots Caused by COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca As of March 16, 2021, 19 European countries plus Thailand1…

Richard Gale (2021-03-30). Can We Trust America's COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Statistics? globalresearch.ca According to the latest figures derived from the European Medicines Agency's …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-30). Palestine receives critical batch of 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses from China. peoplesdispatch.org China on Monday, March 29, donated 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to the occupied Palestinian territories. The Chinese Sinopharm vaccine will primarily be used to vaccinate medical workers, the elderly and the people in the high-risk category. Besides China, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which runs the administration in the occupied West Bank, has also received vaccines from other sources, including 60,000 doses from the United Nations COVAX initiative and 60,000 Russian Sputnik V doses which were delivered to Hamas-run Gaza via the United Arab Emirates. | The PA's health minister Mai al-Kaila said that "these…

WSWS (2021-03-30). India suspends export of COVID-19 vaccines. wsws.org The Modi government's shutoff of vaccine exports will severely impact vaccination programs in lower- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America and the rest of Asia, contributing to the further spread of the pandemic and its new more lethal variants.

Helen Yaffe (2021-03-30). Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… counterpunch.org By reacting quickly and decisively, by mobilising its public healthcare system and world-leading biotech sector, Cuba has kept contagion and fatalities low. In 2020 Cuba confirmed a total of 12,225 coronavirus cases and 146 deaths in a population of 11.2 million, among the lowest rates in the Western Hemisphere. In November 2020, the airports were opened, leading to a surge with more infections in January 2021 than the whole of the previous year. By 24 March 2021, Cuba had registered fewer than 70,000 cases and 408 deaths. The death rate was 35 per million and the fatality rate was just 0.59% (2.2% worldwide; 2.9…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-03-30). Dr. Mike Yeadon: The Devastating Impacts of the Covid Vaccine. globalresearch.ca America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) spoke to former Pfizer Vice President and …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-30). Mobility trial to offer staff free bike loan and car club. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is partnering with Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Brompton Bikes on a pilot mobility hub designed to empower greater choice in urban transport.

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-30). Will We Ever Move on from the War on Terror? counterpunch.org In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues — those beyond Covid-19

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-30). We are living through a time of fear not just of the virus but of each other. mronline.org Welcome to the age of fear. Nothing is more corrosive of the democratic impulse than fear. Left unaddressed, it festers, eating away at our confidence and empathy. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-03-30). Guns and Drugs Don't Mix: Psychiatric Medications and Violent Behavior. globalresearch.ca First published on July 26, 2012, revised on March 29, 2021….

2021-03-29: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-03-29). The working class in Germany pays the cost of the pandemic. wsws.org In the coronavirus crisis, wages in Germany have fallen for the first time since 2007. Reduced incomes, harder working conditions, and cramped living circumstances elevate the risk of falling ill due to COVID-19 and of dying.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). WHO COVID-19 Origin Tracing Report Says Lab Leak Is Unlikely. telesurenglish.net World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the report of the mission that investigated in China the origin of COVID will be explained in detail on Tuesday. He did, however, advance that a "laboratory leak" is considered "extremely unlikely". | RELATED: | According to news agencies that had access to a draft of the findings, the report advocates that the most likely theory of the…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Ontario parent speaks out after COVID-19 outbreak at her child's school. wsws.org "I don't have any confidence in the government and how they handled this pandemic," Yvonne told the World Socialist Web Site after her son was sent home from his COVID-19-stricken elementary school in Brampton, Ontario.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). COVID-19 Speeds up Change Towards New Public Health in Africa. telesurenglish.net The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Director John Nkengasong said the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent health and socio-economic challenges have accelerated partnerships for innovation in Africa towards building new public health order. | RELATED: | "Whilst COVID-19 has been an undeniable tragedy of unprecedented proportions, it has also accelerated partnerships for innovation," Nkeng…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Beloved Maryland math teacher dies of COVID-19 after school reopened. wsws.org Mary Laurenzano's death is a direct result of the criminal push by the Biden administration and Maryland's Republican Governor Larry Hogan to reopen schools before the pandemic is contained.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Cuba Could Start COVID-19 Vaccination in Minors. telesurenglish.net Rolando Perez, the director of Science at the Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries (BioCubafarma), announced on Monday that his country could soon begin a study for COVID-19 vaccination in the pediatric population between the ages of 5 and 18. | RELATED: | According to the study design, the first stage of vaccination will include minors aged 12 to 18 years. Subsequently, children aged 5 to 11 could be immunized, Pe…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Amid surging COVID-19 cases, New York Mayor de Blasio orders 80,000 city workers back to offices. wsws.org The move sets a benchmark for office workers throughout New York City and across the country to return to work despite a new surge in COVID-19 cases.

WSWS (2021-03-29). COVID-19 cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois increase following reopening of schools and businesses. wsws.org Tragically, the increase in infections in Chicago resulted in the death this week of CPS student Zmaya Bell. Bell, an 18-year-old student at Simeon Career Academy, died of COVID-19-related complications on Wednesday, according to her family.

_____ (2021-03-29). Protests In 60+ Countries Against Genocidal US Blockade On Cuba. popularresistance.org In a worldwide day, the initiative launched a month ago by the Europe for Cuba channel, in coordination with solidarity movements and groups in different parts of the planet, will take place today and tomorrow, Sunday, with car and bicycle caravans, rallies, marches and mountain climbing, among other diverse actions. | "The call is also to flood the social networks in days of denunciation and repudiation of the genocidal blockade imposed on the island, in which we expect a good response, despite the restrictions derived from the COVID-19 pandemic," José Antonio Toledo and Michele Mesagna, coordinators of the plat…

Staff (2021-03-29). A sanitation worker's vision for a better society. therealnews.com Former Philadelphia sanitation worker Terrill Haigler created the Instagram account "_yafavtrashman" to talk directly to residents about their trash pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now he's using it to advocate for a better world.

Marina Villeneuve, Mike Catalini (2021-03-29). New York and New Jersey again epicenters for high COVID infection rate. peoplesworld.org ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey are back atop the list of U.S. states with the highest rates of infection. Even as the vaccination campaign has ramped up, the number of new infections in New Jersey has crept up by 37% …

Molly Kingsley (2021-03-29). Carcinogen Ethylene Oxide Used in Covid PCR and LFT Swab Tests. globalresearch.ca Dear Department for Education, | This request is in relation to the …

Andy Merrifield (2021-03-29). Lefebvre in the Age of COVID. mronline.org COVID has upended urban life as we once knew it. But it intensified already existing pathologies, those contaminating "normal," pre-pandemic life. Our present urban reality is one of the de-encounter, a thinning down rather than thickening up, the dispersion and dilution of city life, its fear and loathing. | March 28, 2021 | Monthly Review Essays…

Global Research News (2021-03-29). The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Global Research Webinar, March 31st, 2021. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We are pleased to announce that the first Global Research Webinar will be held this Wednesday, March 31st, at 4: 00 pm (EDT), 1: 00 pm (PT), 3: 00 pm (CT) | The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: | | It will be presented …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-03-29). Universal Health Care is a Popular Idea in America, So Why Does Biden Seem Intent on Enriching Private Insurance Companies? counterpunch.org As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on people's lives, President Joe Biden has been on a victory tour to promote the American Rescue Plan, a hefty $1.9 trillion spending package that not only sends direct stimulus payments to struggling Americans, but also greatly expands health care options through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Phyllis Richardson (2021-03-29). The Worst Attack on Voting Rights Since Jim Crow. counterpunch.org Last November, despite a global pandemic, voter intimidation, and an unprecedented disinformation campaign, a record number of Americans cast a ballot in the 2020 election. Expanded voting by mail, no-excuse absentee voting, curbside voting, and early voting made the ballot box more accessible. But now, Republican lawmakers in 43 states are introducing hundreds of restrictive

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Peru To Witness Debates Among 18 Presidential Candidates. telesurenglish.net For three days starting on Monday, Peru's National Jury of Elections will organize face-to-face presidential debates among 18 candidates who will participate in the April 11 elections. | RELATED: | The debates will be focused on such issues as the pandemic, education, security, public integrity, and corruption. | Among the first candidates to take the floor this Monday are the National Victory candidate George Fors…

WSWS (2021-03-29). With hospitals overflowing, Macron defends his "herd immunity" against the virus. wsws.org There is a clear danger of a collapse of the health system, and the government is refusing any policy to contain the virus.

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2021-03-29). Video: Bill Gates and His Empires. Boycott "Fake Food". Dr. Vandana Shiva. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., discusses the importance and benefits …

Reynard Loki (2021-03-29). Colorado's 'MeatOut Day' Has Started a Meat War. counterpunch.org Colorado Governor Jared Polis's declaration of March 20 as "MeatOut Day" to promote plant-based diets—which are beneficial to human health, the environment, and the prevention of cruelty to animals—sparked controversy between animal rights activists and the meat industry that went beyond state lines. Polis is not the first major politician to promote this message to

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-03-29). Universal Health Care is a Popular Idea in America. zcomm.org So Why Does Biden Seem Intent on Enriching Private Insurance Companies?>

Sen. Scott Jensen (2021-03-29). US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'. globalresearch.ca First published on April 15, 2020. | Among 2020 Most Popular Articles | Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He's also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information. | Dr. Scott Jensen …

Solidarity Forever (2021-03-29). Janitors Walk Off the Job in SF for COVID Protections and More. indybay.org After months of contract negotiations broke down, over 700 janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) walked off the job on March 24th. This was the start of three-day strike for improved COVID protections and other working conditions.

VINS (2021-03-29). Pfizer Bullies South American Governments over COVID Vaccine. projectcensored.org As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to strengthen its grip on South America, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer stands accused of bullying smaller Latin American governments into putting up sovereign assets as…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-03-29). La doble moral de Estados Unidos. globalizacion.ca Más de 41.500 personas murieron el año 2020 en EE.UU., no precisamente por causa del Covid-19, fallecieron víctimas de disparos. En plena pandemia, se registraron 592 tiroteos masivos en el mencionado país del norte, algo así como 1,6 enfrentamientos armados…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-03-29). Vacunas y pruebas: El riesgo del mercado negro. globalizacion.ca La Administración General de Aduanas informó ayer que confiscó un embarque de 44 mil pruebas de detección de Covid-19 que se pretendía hacer ingresar al país en el Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (AICM) sin que contara con…

Labor Video Project (2021-03-29). Blowing The Whistle At Cal-OSHA! Newsom, Murder On The Job & Cal-OSHA's Destruction. indybay.org Charles Rachlis, a Cal-OSHA inspector blew the whistle on the massive failure of the agency which is supposed to protect the health and safety of workers in California. Governor Newsom ordered a hiring freeze in the middle of the pandemic and the agency has less than 200 inspectors for the 18 million workers of California. Rachlis spoke at a labor community rally on February 15, 2021.

inequality (2021-03-29). Who are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers? indybay.org The combined wealth of the nation's 657 billionaires increased more than $1.3 trillion, or 44.6 percent, since the pandemic lockdowns began. [See Master Table] Over those same 12 months, more than 29 million Americans contracted the virus and more than 535,000 died from it.

MEE staff (2021-03-29). Covid-19: UN leaders plead 'don't stockpile vaccines' as global rollout stalls. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: UN leaders plead 'don't stockpile vaccines' as global rollout stalls | UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls out 'very unfair distribution of vaccines in the world', as Covax initiative struggles to meet distribution benchmarks | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 15: 38 | A medical stockpile at the vaccine warehouse where doses of the vaccine are preserved before their distribution in Irxleben, eastern Germany…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-03-29). 'Just Look at the Torture Video,' Says George Floyd's Family Lawyer as Chauvin Trial Begins. commondreams.org "America, the whole world is watching. Do we really have equality and justice for all?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/chauvin_trial.jpg

RT (2021-03-29). Brazil's foreign and defense ministers resign amid coronavirus surge and US pressure — reports. rt.com Two key members of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet have resigned. Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva gave no reason for departure, while Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo faced backlash from the parliament. | Hours after Araujo's resignation was reported in the media — but not officially confirmed by Alvorada Palace — Azevedo e Silva announced he would be stepping down "knowing the mission was accomplished" and thanking Bolsonaro for the opportunity to serve. | While Azevedo's resignation came as somewhat of a surprise, Araujo's was more or less expected, after leaders of both chamb…

Peter Koenig (2021-03-29). Stop COVID Testing Immediately: PCR and Quick Test Swabs May be Cancer-Causing. globalresearch.ca Not only has covid testing become a US$ 100 billion business, …

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Venezuela Seeks To Swap Oil for COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro approved the "Oil for Vaccines" payment scheme as a strategy to advance the national vaccination campaign and face the freezing of Venezuelan assets by the U.S. and other countries. | RELATED: | Venezuelan frozen funds abroad amount to almost US$7 billion, which cannot be used to fight the pandemic due to U.S. arbitrary sanctions. | The Bolivarian nation advocates for these f…

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Brazil: Foreign Affairs Minister Resigns Due To Senate Pressure. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araujo resigned on Monday after senators accused him of disastrously directing his country's foreign policy and creating obstacles to access to COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | Pressure against Araujo came even from right-wing parliamentarians. Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco and Foreign Relations Commission President Katia Abreu were among the politicians who called for his resignation.

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-03-29). Lack of political will and IPR rules stand in the way of mass vaccination for COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org A proposal made by India and South Africa in October last year to waive certain Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of COVID vaccines has gained massive support across the world. Despite its potential to prevent millions of avoidable deaths, the US and its allies continue to block the proposal at the WTO.

Staff (2021-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2021. democracynow.org Opening Statements Begin in Trial of Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin for Killing George Floyd, Burmese Forces Kill Over 100 People in Deadliest Day of Post-Coup Crackdown, More States Open Up Vaccine Eligibility as Cases Rise in More Than Half of U.S. States, Mexico Revises COVID Death Toll by 60%, Chile and Brazil Confront Massive Surges, WHO Warns Coronavirus on the Rise in African Countries as Vaccinations Remain Lowest in World, Suicide Bombing Attacks Catholic Church Mass in Indonesia, Dozens Killed in Attacks in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province, Iran and China Sign 25-Year, $400 Billion Strategic Deal, 9-Year-Old Gi…

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-03-29). New York's COVID Vaccine Passport. Show "Your Papers Please" Way of Life. globalresearch.ca New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a Covid passport that …

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-29). 68-Year-Old Dies After Anaphylactic Reaction to COVID Vaccine as CDC Continues to Ignore Inquiry Into Increasing Number of Deaths. globalresearch.ca Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Eivind Nicolai Lauritsen (2021-03-29). Norwegian Health Authorities Will Keep Investigating Possible Side Effects from the AstraZeneca Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Norwegian health authorities still haven't reached a conclusion on the AstraZeneca …

Servaas Storm (2021-03-29). Austerity Makes Covid-19 Deadlier. commondreams.org Mortality and economic data show how constraints to government spending and a skepticism of redistributive policies have made the pandemic far worse. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/austerity_kills.jpg

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-29). Global trial reports on use of tocilizumab in COVID-19 pneumonia. imperial.ac.uk The anti-inflammatory treatment tocilizumab does not significantly improve outcomes for patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, a trial has found.

2021-03-28: News Headlines

John C. A. Manley (2021-03-28). Incredible Hulk "Virus Variants" and Other COVID Science Fiction Fantasies. globalresearch.ca In

OtherWords (2021-03-28). The Worst Attack on Voting Rights Since Jim Crow. juancole.com By Phyllis Richardson | — ( Otherwords.org ) — Last November, despite a global pandemic, voter intimidation, and an unprecedented disinformation campaign, a record number of Americans cast a ballot in the 2020 election. Expanded voting by mail, no-excuse absentee voting, curbside voting, and early voting made the ballot box more accessible. But now, Republican …

Fight Back (2021-03-28). Minnesota demands U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 26, a coalition of Twin Cities area peace and anti-war groups marked 18 years of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq with a protest calling for an end to "endless U.S. wars." The crowed lined up in front of the office of Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. | MN Peace Action Coalition called for the protest and announced, "The effects of U.S. militarism around the world are felt at home with militarization of police and brutalization of communities at home. The wars abroad are felt on the streets at home, as funds for housing, jobs, health care and other human needs go to the Pentagon war…

Luvis Pareja (2021-03-28). Lacalle lo logra: Caída de un 5.9% del PIB y aumento crítico del coronavirus en Uruguay. globalizacion.ca Las autoridades uruguayas estimaron la suspensión de las clases presenciales en todos los niveles de enseñanza hasta Semana Santa, mientras que el cierre de oficinas estatales y la cancelación de espectáculos públicos se extenderá hasta el 12 de abril de…

Solidarity Forever (2021-03-28). Janitors Walk Off the Job in SF for COVID Protections and More. indybay.org After months of contract negotiations broke down, over 700 janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) walked off the job on March 24th. This was the start of three-day strike for improved COVID protections and other working conditions.

Ekkehard Basten, Manfred Lotze (2021-03-28). Corona: When will we ever understand? indybay.org The Corona measures of those currently in power are intended to prevent great calamity. They are used to justify the most severe restrictions on constitutional rights, the likes of which have not been seen since the end of World War II.

teleSUR (2021-03-28). UK PM Urged To Share Coronavirus Vaccines With Poorer Nations. telesurenglish.net There is "high risk that the UK will be hoarding limited supply whilst health workers and the most vulnerable in low- and middle-income countries do not have access," said a letter to the prime minister by those including British government science advisor Jeremy Farrar. | "The UK will be sitting on enough surplus vaccine doses to vaccinate the world's frontline health workers twice over," it said.

Peter Koenig (2021-03-28). The Coronavirus Vaccine: The Real Danger is "Agenda ID2020". Vaccination as a Platform for "Digital Identity" globalresearch.ca What is the infamous ID2020? It's an electronic ID program that uses generalized vaccination as a platform for digital identity. The program harnesses existing birth registration and vaccination operations to provide newborns with a portable and persistent biometrically-linked digital identity.

Peter Koenig (2021-03-28). Implanted "Vaccine Package" ID: Germany's Parliament Has Ratified GAVI's Digital "Agenda ID2020" globalresearch.ca This is a centralized general electronic data collection of every citizen to which every government agency, police — and possibly also the private sector would have access. It covers all that is known about an individual, from your bank account to your shopping habits, health records and entries into your private sphere.

teleSUR (2021-03-28). Globalink | First Batch of Chinese Coronavirus Vaccines Arrives in Uzbekistan. telesurenglish.net The first batch of Chinese coronavirus vaccines arrived in Uzbekistan Saturday. China and Uzbekistan have been providing mutual assistance to overcome the pandemic, said Chinese Ambassador to Uzbekistan.

_____ (2021-03-28). All Health Is Public Health. popularresistance.org For decades, we have been sold a myth of private health. It is a myth that our health is largely a product of individual choices and personal responsibilities. It is a myth that our healthcare is a service which private corporations can provide, and for which we must pay to survive. | But the Covid-19 pandemic has blown up this myth. Our personal health cannot be separated from the health of our neighbors or our planet. Nor can it be separated from the structural factors and policy decisions that have determined our health outcomes long before we are born.

Jeremy Brecher (2021-03-28). The Future of People Power in the Coronavirus Depression. zcomm.org Direct action can play a significant role in shaping the Biden era…

2021-03-27: News Headlines

Clean Energy Wire (2021-03-27). Germany sees record greenhouse gas emission fall due to pandemic, renewables. juancole.com By Kerstine Appunn and Julian Wettengel | — ( Clean Energy Wire) — Germany's greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly nine percent in 2020 — the largest annual fall since 1990 — as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed down the use of fossil fuels and added to the effects of the shift to renewable …

Eds. (2021-03-27). Capitalizing on the COVID Crisis: the Ford Government's move to privatize Public Education for EdTech. mronline.org Recently, Klein coined the term "disaster capitalism" to describe how corporations profit from crises with help from the right-wing governments that pick up and implement the ideas that serve them. | Newswire…

_____ (2021-03-27). Argentina Withdraws From Lima Group. popularresistance.org Argentina has withdrawn from the Lima Group of countries established in 2017 to push for regime change in Venezuela. | Buenos Aires withdrew symbolically on March 24 — the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, which commemorates victims of Argentina's "dirty war" on the anniversary of the 1976 coup d'etat. | It condemned the group's support for sanctions on Venezuela in the midst of a global pandemic and its treatment of the self-proclaimed Juan Guaido administration, a US-backed body with no territory, as Venezuela's representative within it.

Ralph Lopez (2021-03-27). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former Pfizer V-P Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship. | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is …

The Lancet (2021-03-27). [Editorial] COVID-19: building a stronger Europe. thelancet.com Europe is facing serious third waves of COVID-19 and vaccine roll-out has been fraught. But while much of the focus has been on western Europe, little attention has been paid to central and eastern Europe. This region is large, politically diverse, and historically complex, spanning EU member countries like the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and the Baltic states, the non-EU western Balkans, and Ukraine further east. It is unclear how some of these countries managed to keep cases low during the first part of 2020.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-03-27). [World Report] Uncertainties over EU COVID-19 vaccine sharing scheme. thelancet.com Legal hurdles and political questions remain over a European Commission mechanism for donating COVID-19 vaccines to other nations. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Andrea Germanos (2021-03-27). WHO Chief Blasts 'Grotesque' Vaccine Inequality. zcomm.org Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic…

WSWS Repost (2021-03-27). Biden silent on rise in COVID-19 cases, justifies attacks on immigrants. indybay.org Seasoned Political analyst Patrick Martin at the World Socialist Web Site describes Biden's first press conference as president.

Ekkehard Basten, Manfred Lotze (2021-03-27). Corona: When will we ever understand? indybay.org The Corona measures of those currently in power are intended to prevent great calamity. They are used to justify the most severe restrictions on constitutional rights, the likes of which have not been seen since the end of World War II.

David B Hipgrave, Aboubacar Kampo, Luwei Pearson (2021-03-27). [Correspondence] Health systems in the ACT-A. thelancet.com The attention to health systems in the headline of Ann Usher's World Report1 about the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) is most welcome. However, we were disappointed that the World Report focused on medical oxygen and personal protective equipment (PPE), interventions that, although important, are better described as components of clinical care. Unlimited medical oxygen and PPE will not benefit populations that are affected by COVID-19 if health facilities do not have enough staff or funding for other equipment, drugs, utilities, and transport, or if they have lost most supplies to pilfering.

Gwenetta Curry (2021-03-27). [Perspectives] Your health is my health: how everyone's health is interconnected. thelancet.com People who provide health and social care services, transport, food, and other essential services have maintained the economy, vital services, and crucial support systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of these workers have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In many countries the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted pre-existing racial and social inequalities. Health inequalities have been driven by structural factors that limit resources in deprived areas, leaving some more vulnerable to disease than others.

Sophie Mylan, Charlotte Hardman (2021-03-27). [Correspondence] COVID-19, cults, and the anti-vax movement. thelancet.com Rochelle Burgess and colleagues1 eloquently described participatory community engagement as essential for successful COVID-19 vaccination, which involves appreciating the heterogeneous public and working with communities and their leaders to enable bottom-up approaches. They suggested that COVID-19 has drawn attention to the structural violence that is embedded within society, with the pandemic furthering the marginalisation of historically oppressed and excluded groups. Burgess and colleagues1 drew attention to how people who might have suffered disproportionate economic and health consequences from COVID-19 are…

Geoff Watts (2021-03-27). [Obituary] David Allenberg Katzenstein. thelancet.com Virologist and HIV researcher who was devoted to tackling HIV in Zimbabwe. Born in Hartford, CT, USA, on Jan 3, 1952, he died of COVID-19 in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan 24, 2021, aged 69 years.

Sherrine A Ibrahim, David M Haas (2021-03-27). [Comment] Role of progestogens in women at risk for spontaneous preterm birth: the final word? thelancet.com Preterm birth is defined by WHO as delivery before 37 weeks of gestation.1 It is one of the most common pregnancy complications, with an estimated global rate of 10 ∑6% in 2014, equating to an estimated 14 ∑84 million live preterm births.2 Preterm birth considerably increases risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality, including long-term sequelae, and can result in long-term health and financial implications for families.3…

Aurélien Dinh, Jacques Ropers, Clara Duran, Benjamin Davido, Laurène Deconinck, Morgan Matt, Olivia Senard, Aurore Lagrange, Sabrina Makhloufi, Guillaume Mellon, Victoire de Lastours, Frédérique Bouchand, Emmanuel Mathieu, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Elisabeth Rouveix, Julie Grenet, Jennifer Dumoulin, Thierry Chinet, Marion Pépin, Véronique Delcey, Sylvain Diamantis, Daniel Benhamou, Virginie Vitrat, Marie-Christine Dombret, Bertrand Renaud, Christian Perronne, Yann-Erick Claessens, José Labarère, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Philippe Aegerter, Anne-Claude Crémieux, Pneumonia Short Treatment Study Group (2021-03-27). [Articles] Discontinuing Œ≤-lactam treatment after 3 days for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in non-critical care wards (PTC): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Among patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia who met clinical stability criteria, discontinuing Œ≤-lactam treatment after 3 days was non-inferior to 8 days of treatment. These findings could allow substantial reduction of antibiotic consumption.

Chong Wang, Ang Li, Qingmiao Shi, Zujiang Yu (2021-03-27). [Clinical Picture] Metagenomic next-generation sequencing clinches diagnosis of leishmaniasis. thelancet.com A 65-year-old man attended our hospital with a 15-day history of fever, fatigue, and anorexia. He had been seen at his local hospital before coming to us and had been given a variety of different anti-infective agents and antipyretic drugs to no avail. The patient was previously fit and well. He lived in the rural Henan province, China, and gave no history of recent travel.

Michael S Niederman, Lionel A Mandell (2021-03-27). [Comment] How low can we go in community-acquired pneumonia therapy? thelancet.com Duration of antibiotic therapy is a key decision in the management of community-acquired pneumonia, the number one cause of infectious disease mortality in developed countries such as the USA.1 In current US guidelines, therapy is recommended for a minimum of 5 days in patients admitted to hospital, provided that the patient has been afebrile for at least 48 h, initial therapy was appropriate, there is no more than one clinical instability, and no signs of extrapulmonary infection.1 Shortening the duration of therapy could lead to fewer antibiotic side-effects, less pressure for antimicrobial resistance, reduced…

Mark Sumner (2021-03-27). The Cost of Covid Long-Haulers. zcomm.org For some patients, serious and long-term problems are occurring even though the disease itself was apparently mild or asymptomatic…

2021-03-26: News Headlines

Staff (2021-03-26). The debt is too damn high! therealnews.com We talk with Umme Hoque of the Debt Collective about the push to cancel all student debt; then, we examine why we have failed to fight COVID-19 on a global scale the way we fought polio or smallpox.

_____ (2021-03-26). China Issues Annual US Human Rights Report. popularresistance.org China published its annual US human rights situation report on Wednesday at a time when the US-led ideological battle against China has intensified, mainly over Xinjiang and other domestic issues. | By highlighting the COVID-19 turning into a human tragedy, disorder in American democracy vividly reflected in the Capitol riots, and recent growing discrimination against ethnic minorities including Asian-Americans, China slammed the US' terrible human rights record, which makes its remarks on other countries' human rights situation pure "hypocrisy and double standards."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-26). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca Exactly one year later on January 20th, 2021, the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". The retraction is carefully formulated. While the WHO does not deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they nonetheless recommend "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Emanuel Pastreich (2021-03-26). The "Corona Crisis" and the War of "The Super-Rich" against the Earth's Citizens. globalresearch.ca Corporations, multinational investment banks, and the super-rich that hide behind them …

_____ (2021-03-26). New Study: Asian Americans Attacked And Shunned During Pandemic. popularresistance.org Since coronavirus shutdowns began last March, thousands of Asian Americans have faced racist verbal and physical attacks or have been shunned by others, according to a study released Tuesday. | The report by Stop AAPI Hate documents 3,795 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans from March to February, noting that the number is likely a fraction of the attacks that occurred, because many were not reported to the group. | On Tuesday, eight people, including six Asian women, were shot to death at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.

Matthew Stevenson (2021-03-26). Letters From Minsk: Toward the Polish Corridor. counterpunch.org This is the third in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. I spent less than 12 hours in Berlin, but had I stayed a week I am not sure I would have seen more. My train the next morning to Poznan, in Poland,

Henry Giroux (2021-03-26). America Radiates Violence: Challenging the Politics of Isolated Incidents. counterpunch.org In light of the tragic violence that has unfolded once again in the form of mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, it becomes clear that another pandemic defines the United States–a pandemic of violence. The figures speak for themselves. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, there have been 114 mass shootings with 1300 victims. Moreover, as one national report notes "Every day, more than 100 Americans are killed with guns and more than 230 are shot and wounded." All of this happening in a country in which there are more guns than people and where laws are enacted that make it easier to buy a g…

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-26). Texas solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. workers.org Books, tee shirts, and literature on the death penalty and the health of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal were promoted at the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement's booth during a festival held by the National Black United Front on March 21 in Houston. Almost 100 copies of the newly published Jamal . . . |

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-26). Texas solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jama. workers.org Books, tee shirts, and literature on the death penalty and the health of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal were promoted at the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement's booth during a festival held by the National Black United Front on March 21 in Houston. Almost 100 copies of the newly published Jamal . . . |

WSWS (2021-03-26). More students sent back to Las Vegas schools, as health expert claims Nevada is reaching "herd immunity" wsws.org More than 26,000 students were sent back into Clark County schools this week even as more virulent and lethal variants spread throughout Nevada.

WSWS Repost (2021-03-26). Biden silent on rise in COVID-19 cases, justifies attacks on immigrants. indybay.org Seasoned Political analyst Patrick Martin at the World Socialist Web Site describes Biden's first press conference as president.

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-26). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

Labor Video Project (2021-03-26). Seven Hundred SEIU 87Janitors In SF Strike For PPE & A Contract: 26 Have Died From Covid. indybay.org Seven hundred SEIU 87 janitors have gone on strike for a contract. The contractors have failed to provide proper amount of PPE and 26 janitors have died from Covid.

Zachary Conti (2021-03-26). IMF Announces $650 Billion in Emergency Reserves Needed to Confront Pandemic Crisis. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund announced $650 billion in emergency reserve funds are needed to confront the global coronavirus health and economic crisis.

Anti-Asian Sentiment is White Supremacy (2021-03-26). No Hate Crimes Against AAPI Rally in San Francisco. indybay.org On March 20 the Asian community and allies stood up and spoke out denouncing anti-Asian hate crimes. These crimes have spiked 150 percent since the pandemic began. San Francisco's picturesque Portsmouth Square was the backdrop. | Top photo by Steve Disenhof…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-26). "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" which Is "Permitted for Use" globalresearch.ca First published on March 6, 2021 | Should we trust Big Pharma …

Jordan Schachtel (2021-03-26). Welcome to the "COVID Testing Industrial Complex", Which Is Fast Becoming a $100 Billion a Year Industry. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in December 2020. | The COVID-19 Testing …

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-03-26). "Two Fatal Errors in its Assessment of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic". What SAGE Has Got Wrong. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in October 2020 | Note: The Strategic Advisory …

Global Research News (2021-03-26). Selected Articles: "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" globalresearch.ca By Should we trust Big Pharma Companies which have a criminal record? In a histori…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). Understanding COVID-19 vaccine side effects, why second dose could feel worse. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org All vaccines could cause some degree of reaction, and the same is true for COVID-19 vaccines. Post-vaccine symptoms are typically mild and resolve quickly without the need to use any medication. Common COVID-19 vaccine side effects include: Redness or soreness at injection site.Muscle aches.Fatigue.Headache.Fever or chills. For some people, the second dose in a COVID-19 vaccine series …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Viruses can't mutate if they can't replicate. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 virus mutates and replicates when people let down their guard and don't follow safety protocols, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. "I think most of us expect a major surge because of spring break travel and the relaxation of restrictions," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). World TB Day: Tuberculosis remains a deadly disease worldwide. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The theme of World TB Day 2021 is "The Clock is Ticking" because the world is running out of time to act on global commitments to end Tuberculosis (TB), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tuberculosis is one of the world's deadly diseases. Each day, nearly 4,000 people lose their lives to TB and …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-03-26). Roaming Charges: I, the Juror. counterpunch.org The clock had been ticking since December, when I narrowly managed to evade jury duty, as the pandemic was spiking. I wouldn't say our county is run by Covid deniers. But you can't say it's run by epidemiologists, either. The daily injustices at the courthouse must go on, killer virus be damned. My reprieve, however,

àÅngel Guerra Cabrera (2021-03-26). Brasil: Amenaza a la salud global. globalizacion.ca El ascenso imparable de los contagios y fallecimientos a consecuencia del Covid-19 y la propagación nacional de la dos veces más contagiosa variante P1 del virus han colocado a Brasil en una situación trágica. El gigante pasó de mil 74…

Euronews (2021-03-26). Denmark Extends AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Suspension for Three Weeks. globalresearch.ca Below is the report of EuroNews confirming Denmark's Decision to Suspend …

Staff (2021-03-26). Headlines for March 26, 2021. democracynow.org:443 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs Sweeping Bill to Suppress African American Vote , Georgia Lawmaker Arrested on Felony Charges for Knocking on Governor's Office Door in Protest, President Biden Says U.S. Unlikely to Honor May 1 Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline, U.S. COVID-19 Cases Rise as Biden Doubles Vaccine Goal to 200 Million Shots in 100 Days, Mexico's Official COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 200,000; True Toll Could Be 50% Higher , ISIS-Linked Prisoners in Syria Face Conditions That Amount to Torture, Says Human Rights Watch , Netanyahu Fails to Clinch Israeli Election as Extreme-Right Party Gains Seats, Suez Canal Bl…

Dr. Hooman Noorchashm (2021-03-26). Scientist to FDA: You Are Ignoring 'Clear and Present Danger' Associated with COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca In an email to FDA officials, Pfizer executives and media, Dr. …

MEE, agencies (2021-03-26). Egypt: Dozens killed by passenger trains colliding. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Dozens killed by passenger trains colliding | Social media users share horrific images from the scene of the crash, with victims screaming for rescue | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 11: 15 | "> | Two passenger trains collided in the south of Egypt on Friday causing dozens of casualties, the health ministry said. | The incident took place in the village of al-Sawamaa…

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-26). Two Decades on, can Biden End the War on Terror? juancole.com ( Tomidispatch.com ) — In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues …

Giulio D'Errico (2021-03-26). Resisting Greece's rapid descent into authoritarianism. zcomm.org The heavily militarized response to the pandemic and endemic police violence has exacerbated old conflicts within Greek society — and many have had enough…

Jorge Casesmeiro Roger (2021-03-26). How Anthony Fauci "Systematically Thwarted" the Pause in US Gain-of-Function Research: an Interview with Dr. Richard H. Ebright. counterpunch.org Molecular biologist Dr. Richard H. Ebright, PhD is one of the twenty six world scientists who signed the Open Letter: "Call for a Full and Unrestricted International Forensic Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19". A document released last March 4 by the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde that reignited the debate over the pandemic's

Jorge Casesmeiro Roger (2021-03-26). How Anthony Fauci "Systematically Thwarted" the Pause in US Gain-of-Function Research: an Interview with Dr. Richard H. Ebright. counterpunch.org Molecular biologist Dr. Richard H. Ebright, PhD is one of the twenty six world scientists who signed the Open Letter: "Call for a Full and Unrestricted International Forensic Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19". A document released last March 4 by the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde that reignited the debate over the pandemic's

2021-03-25: News Headlines

Michael Felsen (2021-03-25). Listen to Workers on COVID-19. progressive.org When workplaces become coronavirus hotspots, the virus spreads to our neighborhoods and communities.

Fight Back (2021-03-25). Less than 25% of Chicago students opt to return in first month of in-person learning. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 19, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) issued a statement, noting, "A coalition of stakeholders – parents, students, educators, community organizations and elected officials – told Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her handpicked Chicago Board of Education for months that parents were choosing to stick with remote learning for their children, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black and Brown communities that make up the majority of our school district. Today, after a nearly month-long delay, Chicago Public Schools released attendance figures showing that less than 25 percent of student…

Swiss Policy Research (2021-03-25). Facts About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca "The only means to fight the plague is honesty." (Albert Camus, …

teleSUR (2021-03-25). Problems in US Society Exposed as COVID-19 Cases Top 30 Million. telesurenglish.net The United States surpassed 30 million COVID-19 cases and 545,000 deaths on Wednesday, which highlights a catastrophic failure resulting from lack of national leadership, disrespect for science, and inadequacy of public health infrastructure. | RELATED: | Currently, President Joe Biden is trying hard to reverse the pandemic's tragic trajectory left over by Donald Trump's approach. Biden's team has, among other…

Telesur (2021-03-25). Video: China's COVID-19 Health Passport. globalresearch.ca This is a report by TeleSur which points to the fact …

_____ (2021-03-25). National Day Of Action March 27: Stop Anti-Asian Violence. popularresistance.org The ANSWER Coalition stands in solidarity with the Asian community in the midst of the horrific, racist and misogynist massacre that took place in Atlanta on March 16th. Six Asian women were among the eight shot to death at point blank range. | The alarming rise in hate crimes over the past year correlates to an increasingly hostile U.S. foreign policy towards China. The opportunistic scapegoating of China during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the intensity by which China is deemed the enemy and adversary of the United States, has driven a widespread Sinophobic sentiment nationally.

Andy Kroll (2021-03-25). Moving on from the War on Terror? tomdispatch.com In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues — those beyond Covid-19 — are once again starting to enter public consciousness. Domestically, attempts to repress (or preserve) voting rights have been consuming activists and dominating headlines, along with this country's missing infrastructure and a need to raise the minimum wage. The fore…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-25). What can India learn from its response to the pandemic? peoplesdispatch.org It has been one year since the Narendra Modi government in India imposed a nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the largest and one of the most strictest lockdowns anywhere in the world. Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about what the past year has been like in terms of India's response to the pandemic.

_____ (2021-03-25). The Rural South Lost 13 Hospitals In 2020. popularresistance.org For the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center, the last straw was the COVID-19 pandemic, which strained the critical access hospital's already-precarious finances past the breaking point. In Florida, two hospitals closed inpatient non-emergency services after being bought out by the HCA hospital chain. In Tennessee and West Virginia, financial problems combined with the strain of the pandemic led two more rural hospitals to shut their doors. | Of the 20 rural hospitals that closed in 2020, 13 were in the South, according to data from the Sheps Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which d…

Phillip W. Magness (2021-03-25). The Many Variants of Fauci's Mutating COVID Advice. globalresearch.ca In an explosive Senate hearing on March 18,

Workers World Party (2021-03-25). PDF of March 25 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Sorrow & solidarity for Asian communities Centerfold: 50+ Actions for Bessemer Amazon workers Women's History Month: Trans & women's liberation Gender solidarity Paris Commune's courageous women. More on anti-Asian violence: Chinese workers' history in U.S. Unions denounce murders Philly Asian communities respond Editorials: The blame game; COVID . . . |

Editor (2021-03-25). CNN's Defense of Chris Cuomo's Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Substack Ever since the COVID pandemic subsumed most countries on the planet, there have been numerous scandals and controversies relating to those who corruptly obtain medical privileges and other exemptions unavailable to ordinary citizens. These scandals typically arise when someone uses their wealth, power or connections to jump in front of others for access to potentially… |

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-25). Hypocrisy: Right-wing GOP liars examine high-tech liars. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Call it the height of hypocrisy: Right-wing Republicans who spread lies and disinformation about "election fraud" on social media last year—and even about fighting the coronavirus this year—are questioning the CEOs of Google, Facebook and Twitter about…spreading lies and disinformation on social media. That's not to say Google's Sundar Pichai, Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's …

Shawn Mack (2021-03-25). Is a mental health crisis the next pandemic? nationofchange.org Whether your share of damage from the pandemic is visible out in the open or not, you need to credit yourself for putting up with it.

Adv Dr Shalu Nigam (2021-03-25). India: A Year of Pandemic, Deadlock, Disaster and Dissent. asia-pacificresearch.com

H. Patricia Hynes (2021-03-25). On Tax Day, the Billionaires must Start Paying their Fair Share. juancole.com Greenfield, Mass. (Special to Informed Comment) — On Tax Day, there's more than one elephant in the room, and they're all in mansions. Elephants occupy the bulging mansions of 657 American billionaires, 43 of them new this past pandemic year. Their combined wealth soared to $4.2 trillion — up $1.3 trillion — between March 21, …

Chuck Collins (2021-03-25). Who are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers? counterpunch.org One year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published "Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes and Pandemic Profiteers," and began tracking billionaire wealth gains as unemployment surged. We teamed up with Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) to track the wealth growth of America's billionaires over the last year. This report summarizes the extraordinary growth

_____ (2021-03-25). Venezuelan Women Endure The 'Sanctions' With Their Bodies. popularresistance.org On February 20, the New York Times published an article titled "Venezuelan Women Lose Access to Contraception, and Control of Their Lives." This article attempts to distort reality, as it completely ignores the siege and aggressions the Venezuelan people currently subjected to. | For greater context, we should note that in 2012, Venezuela granted completely free access to safe and quality contraceptives, reaching a coverage of 22.16% in the national public health system. Access was nearly universal both due to the purchasing power of Venezuelans at the time and because both private and public health networks were…

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-25). U.S. Health Officials Accuse AstraZeneca of Misrepresenting Efficacy Data. globalresearch.ca In a "

Ariel Dorfman (2021-03-25). The Ghosts of Tortures Past. counterpunch.org It was back in 1984, in Chile, a country then suffering under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, that I first read the sordid story of the torturer Andrés Valenzuela. A barely tolerated opposition magazine had published an excruciating interview with him, and I forced myself — having recently returned to my native land after

Brahna Yassky (2021-03-25). Gathering, grief and the pandemic Passover. salon.com We are still in the desert of COVID, traveling towards the time when we can laugh, hug & eat in the same room again…

_____ (2021-03-25). End Vaccine Apartheid. popularresistance.org The latest in a series of proposals brought by India and South Africa to the World Trade Organization (WTO), backed by over 100 countries, to temporarily suspend COVID-19 vaccine patents was blocked by western powers, namely the United States, United Kingdom, and the European Union. The patents that give monopoly rights over the manufacture and sale of drugs like the COVID-19 vaccines are protected globally by The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), signed in 1994 by the WTO.

MEE staff (2021-03-25). Covid-19: US announces $15m aid package for Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: US announces $15m aid package for Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza | The funds will address 'most urgent, life-saving humanitarian needs', including emergency food assistance for communities struggling under pandemic | Thu, 03/25/2021 – 18: 26 | Elderly Palestinians wait to receive doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a clinic in city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on 24 March (AFP)…

teleSUR (2021-03-25). Cuba Shares Vaccine Candidates Milestones with Sao Paulo Forum. telesurenglish.net Cuban health authorities and scientists presented the country's results in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its goal of immunizing the entire population by 2021. | The Minister of Health, José Angel Portal, highlighted that the results obtained to date are favorable and praised both the health personnel's work and the management of science and innovation. | RELATED: | For his part, the president of the Busi…

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-25). Covid-19: øBill Gates es un imbécil? cepr.net Sin Permiso, 20 de marzo, 2021 Ver artículo en el sitio original In English A medida que avanzan los planes de vacunación, varios expertos en salud pública nos advierten que la pandemia puede resurgir por la aparición de nuevas cepas resistentes a las vacunas. La lógica dice que cuanto más personas estén protegidas contra la …

Fight Back (2021-03-25). Japanese American community gathers to mourn elder deaths and mass evictions. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – A candlelight memorial took place on March 20 for 118 Japanese elders who died of COVID-19 at Pacifica Kei-Ai assisted living facility in Lincoln Heights, which is rated the worst in California. The event was organized by Save Our Seniors, a broad coalition of Japanese American groups. The vigil also brought attention to the alarming threat of evictions of these elders from Sakura Gardens which is located in Boyle Heights. | Centro CSO delegation members attended and have been supporting the fight to stop Pacifica Corporation from converting the Sukara Gardens assisted living facilities to marke…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-25). First volunteers on COVID-19 human challenge study leave quarantine. imperial.ac.uk The UK's COVID-19 human challenge study has reached its first milestone after administering virus to three volunteers in a controlled clinical setting…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-25). COVID-19 remote learning is an opportunity to adopt active learning in STEM. imperial.ac.uk Research published in Cell suggests online teaching presents an opportunity to develop and integrate new active learning approaches in STEM.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-25). More evidence needed to back cannabis as pain treatment, says review. imperial.ac.uk An international review has found a lack of scientific evidence to support the use of cannabis in treating pain.

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-25). We are Living Through a Time of Fear — Not Just of the Virus, But of Each Other. counterpunch.org Welcome to the age of fear. Nothing is more corrosive of the democratic impulse than fear. Left unaddressed, it festers, eating away at our confidence and empathy. We are now firmly in a time of fear — not only of the virus, but of each other. Fear destroys solidarity. Fear forces us to turn inwards

RT (2021-03-25). Thought double face masks & goggles were enough? Enter NOSE MASKS. rt.com Mexican researchers have solved the problem of eating and drinking while keeping the mouth-space hermetically sealed against viral contamination. A new mask design blocks nasal exhalation, supposedly saving the wearer and others. | Restaurant patrons thoughtlessly breathing out while unmasked have long been the bane of the restaurant owner's existence, preventing the once-lucrative establishments from returning to their status as the social hubs they were once considered prior to the onset of the 'new normal.' | But with the arrival of Covid-19, no face mask was considered protective enough — stores even…

Staff (2021-03-25). Pandemic Profiteers: How U.S. Billionaires Like Amazon's Jeff Bezos Saw Wealth Grow by $1.3 Trillion. democracynow.org A new report reveals that as a record number of people in the United States lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table during the past year of the pandemic, the combined wealth of the 657 billionaires in the country grew more than $1.3 trillion, nearly 45%, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who saw his personal wealth increase by $65 billion — more than $7 million every hour. "They are often leading companies who have benefited from the pandemic conditions by having, essentially, their competition shut down," says Chuck Collins, author of the report on pandemic profiteers by the Institute for Pol…

A Guest Author (2021-03-25). Bessemer workers 'fighting against the capitalist ransom of their happiness and health'. workers.org The following remarks were given at a March 20 Harlem, N.Y., rally in solidarity with Amazon workers who are organizing a union in Bessemer, Ala. My name is Clarissa Hernandez and I'm with the Workers Assembly Against Racism — WAAR! Everyone should know that we owe most major progress we . . . |

Labor Video Project (2021-03-25). Seven Hundred SEIU 87Janitors In SF Strike For PPE & A Contract: 26 Have Died From Covid. indybay.org Seven hundred SEIU 87 janitors have gone on strike for a contract. The contractors have failed to provide proper amount of PPE and 26 janitors have died from Covid.

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-25). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

Zachary Conti (2021-03-25). IMF Announces $650 Billion in Emergency Reserves Needed to Confront Pandemic Crisis. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund announced $650 billion in emergency reserve funds are needed to confront the global coronavirus health and economic crisis.

Anti-Asian Sentiment is White Supremacy (2021-03-25). No Hate Crimes Against AAPI Rally in San Francisco. indybay.org On March 20 the Asian community and allies stood up and spoke out denouncing anti-Asian hate crimes. These crimes have spiked 150 percent since the pandemic began. San Francisco's picturesque Portsmouth Square was the backdrop. | Top photo by Steve Disenhof…

Nur Ayoubi (2021-03-25). Suez Canal blockage unleashes tsunami of memes. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal blockage unleashes tsunami of memes | From pop culture references to the pandemic, here's how the internet reacted to the 'beached whale' ship blocking the vital trade route | Thu, 03/25/2021 – 13: 24 | The internet was quick to put its own spin on the images which emerged of the ship blocking the canal (AFP) | A 400-metre long container ship named Ever Given has blocked Egypt's Suez Canal since…

2021-03-24: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-03-24). Who are the 10 biggest pandemic profiteers? mronline.org One year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, U.S. billionaires have made out like gangbusters at the expense of workers. | Newswire…

Editor (2021-03-24). The cost of the COVID class war. workers.org By Feb. 22, COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. surpassed 500,000. Since then, another 55,000 people have died from the virus, and numbers are trending up. More U.S. lives have been lost in this pandemic than in combat during World Wars I and II combined. U.S. combined military spending for . . . |

John Clamp (2021-03-24). 2021: A Global Pandemic, New Wars, and New Refugees. counterpunch.org It's been a tough year for the world's refugees. The Covid-19 pandemic has hit them hard, and not just because refugees represent a vulnerable, often closely-packed cohort. Governments the world over have pressed the pause button on their societies, imposing lockdowns and strict rules of association that even those with their own homes and stocked

Victor Grossman (2021-03-24). Berlin Bulletin: Scandals, Elections, Emergencies! counterpunch.org Germany, once viewed as an exaggerated model of exactitude and discipline, is currently in a muddle. Above all it's the Covid mess. Seen last spring as a model of swift, effective response, Germany is now torn by controversy, with its sixteen states and dozens of politicians squabbling about when to send which kids (if any)

Dr. Peter McCullough (2021-03-24). Successful Covid Treatments Censored: Testimony of Peter McCullough, MD to Texas Senate HHS Committee. globalresearch.ca Dr. Peter McCullough explains in testimony that known successful treatments of …

Bezaleel Jupiter (2021-03-24). Mississippi's renters demand relief. liberationnews.org The problems Mississippi's renters were facing existed before the pandemic.

Chuck Collins (2021-03-24). Billionaire Wealth: Who Are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers? globalresearch.ca A year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-03-24). On 10th Anniversary of the U.S.-NATO attack on Libya: Powerful perpetrators have yet to face justice. mronline.org Three Powerful American Women—Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power and Susan Rice—Pushed Obama into Destroying the Wealthiest, Healthiest and Happiest Nation in Africa. | Newswire…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-24). Palestinian prisoner Maher Abu Rayan launches hunger strike against Israeli medical neglect. peoplesdispatch.org 43-year-old Maher Abu Rayan is serving a 25-year prison term and is suffering from multiple health issues as a direct result of the extremely violent fashion in which he was arrested in 2003…

Utibe Effiong (2021-03-24). Raising the minimum wage is a health issue, too. nationofchange.org Study after study has linked higher income to better health.

Scott Cooper (2021-03-24). Teamsters Strike Detroit-Area Bottling Plant. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Left Voice Teamsters have been on strike at the Keurig/Dr. Pepper/7-Up Bottling Company for more than a week in a suburb that borders on the western edge of Detroit. The workers of Local 337 — who have been working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic — began picketing

William rivers Pitt (2021-03-24). Don't Prolong COVID by Pretending It Is Over. zcomm.org We could wind up all the way back to where we started, but with a million dead to contemplate in the obsidian darkness of another long winter…

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-24). We are living through a time of fear — not just of the virus, but of each other. zcomm.org Once fear takes hold, populations risk agreeing to hand back rights, won over decades or centuries, that were the sole, meagre limit on the power of elites to ransack the common wealth…

Stephen Soldz (2021-03-24). American Psychological Association, Guantanamo, and Torture. zcomm.org It is vital for the profession of psychology to learn lessons from the involvement of APA leaders and some of its members in the abusive and otherwise problematic activities of the military and intelligence community post-9/11…

John W. Whitehead, Nisha Whitehead (2021-03-24). After a Year Under Lockdown, Will Our Freedoms Survive the Tyranny of COVID-19? dissidentvoice.org The remedy is worse than the disease. — Francis Bacon One way or another, the majority of Americans will survive COVID-19. It remains to be seen, however, whether our freedoms will survive the tyranny of the government's heavy-handed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, now that the government has gotten a taste for flexing its …

Lisa Torio (2021-03-24). 'Hopefully This Will All Be Over Soon' and Other Evasions. thenation.com 'Hopefully This Will All Be Over Soon' and Other Evasions…

Global Research News (2021-03-24). Selected Articles: Who Are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers? globalresearch.ca By A year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published "Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes and Pandemic Profiteers," and began tracking billionaire wealth …

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-24). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

Zachary Conti (2021-03-24). IMF Announces $650 Billion in Emergency Reserves Needed to Confront Pandemic Crisis. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund announced $650 billion in emergency reserve funds are needed to confront the global coronavirus health and economic crisis.

Lee Siu Hin (2021-03-24). Vacunas: China contra el mundo occidental. workers.org 23 de febrero — China y Rusia se encuentran entre los primeros países del mundo en vacunar a las personas [contra COVID-19], según el sitio web Our World in Data. Para el 15 de diciembre de 2020, al menos 1,5 millones de chinos habían recibido un golpe. Estados Unidos y . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-24). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy could lead to thousands of extra deaths. imperial.ac.uk Hesitancy around COVID-19 vaccines could lead to thousands of extra deaths over a two-year period, Imperial epidemiologists show.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-24). Podcast: COVID-19 human trials, air pollution monitoring and better plastics. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: Launching human challenge trials for COVID-19, a new air pollution monitoring network for London, and fully biodegradable plastics.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-24). Prize-winning students share learning and teaching research. imperial.ac.uk Students from the MEd in University Learning and Teaching have presented their research projects to colleagues from across the College.

RT (2021-03-24). Boris Johnson says forced vaccination for care home staff 'responsible', but demanding jab certs from pub-goers 'up to landlords'. rt.com Care-home bosses mulling mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for staff are acting responsibly, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said, although he refused to say whether pubs should bar punters who haven't been jabbed. | Johnson said on Wednesday the concept of vaccine certification "should not be totally alien to us" as he was asked by a committee of MPs about its use in care settings and the hospitality sector as the UK emerges from lockdown. | "We've seen what happened in care homes," the PM said, referring to the rapid spread of the virus in elderly residences, where Covid deaths accounted for as many as…

Andrew Joseph (2021-03-24). Fauci and U.S. Officials Say AstraZeneca Released 'Outdated Information' from COVID-19 Vaccine Trial. globalresearch.ca This Report by Stat News focusses on statements by Anthony Fauci …

Dr. Simone Gold (2021-03-24). Video: Dr. Simone Gold — The Truth About the COVID-19 Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Dr. Simone Gold of America's Frontline Doctors shared information about the …

Dr. Sadaf Gilani (2021-03-24). Synthetic mRNA COVID Vaccines: A Risk-Benefit Analysis. globalresearch.ca First published in February 2021 | With a "vaccine" based on untested …

_____ (2021-03-24). Garment Workers Have Won Billions In Stolen Wages. popularresistance.org In March 2020, Amanda Lee McCarty was laid off from her job. | For years, she had been working in the fashion industry as a buyer and product developer. But as COVID-19 cases surged and lockdown orders were implemented across the world, retailers were faced with a dramatic plummet in consumer demand for clothing. McCarty, who had been the sole breadwinner in her family for most of her life, was left without a steady income or health insurance. | McCarty wasn't the only one in the global apparel industry whose future was thrust into uncertainty. | Thousands of miles away, in countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka an…

Peter Koenig (2021-03-24). "The Big Picture" Is Ignored in the COVID Debate. What Is the End Game? globalresearch.ca What is the "Big Picture" of Covid-19, alias SARS-CoV-2 ? — …

Peter Koenig (2021-03-24). The Big Picture is Ignored in the Covid Debate. dissidentvoice.org What is the "Big Picture" of Covid-19, alias SARS-CoV-2 ? Is it what we could also call the end-game, or what Aldous Huxley called the "Brave New World" (1932), science-fiction — gradually turning into reality in the form of the UN Agenda 2030 — with the implementing tool of the Bill Gates created Agenda ID2020 …

2021-03-23: News Headlines

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). Virtual Postoperative Visits Noninferior to In-Person Visits. jamanetwork.com As postdischarge video—based virtual visits have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a trial in JAMA Surgery found that these visits are noninferior to in-person follow-ups after low-risk surgeries.

Staff (2021-03-23). The unending COVID-19 disaster in Maryland prisons. therealnews.com As COVID-19 variants reach the state's prisons and jails, where testing of guards and inmates is woefully inadequate, the situation in Maryland is only getting worse.

Kuehn BM. (2021-03-23). Sexual Minorities Have Greater COVID-19 Risk Factors. jamanetwork.com Gay, lesbian, or bisexual adults have higher rates than heterosexual people of health conditions that increase the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to national survey data.

RobertAlvarez (2021-03-23). A Year of Billionaire Pandemic Gains. ips-dc.org A year ago, the Institute for Policy Studies published Here are highlights from the last 12 months of billionaire wealth growth: | The co…

Johnston KJ, Meyers DJ, Hammond G, et al. (2021-03-23). Association of Clinician Minority Patient Caseload With Performance in the 2019 Medicare MIPS. jamanetwork.com This study assesses the association between US clinicians' caseload of minority patients and their 2019 Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System performance score.

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-23). Why we Must pass The Medicare for All Act. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — March 17, 2021, was a very bright day in the history of single-payer health insurance and public health in the USA. Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA) and Debbie Dingell, (D., MI) introduced the modern MEDICARE FOR ALL ACT of 2021 (H.R. 1976) in Congress. M4A 2021 is new …

Aggarwal R, Hammond J, Joynt Maddox KE, et al. (2021-03-23). Association Between Proportion of Black Patients Cared for at Hospitals and Penalties in CMS Value-Based Payment Programs. jamanetwork.com This study evaluates whether US hospitals with mostly Black patients are more likely than other hospitals to have penalties associated with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) value-based payment programs.

Yehia BR, Fihn SD. (2021-03-23). Envisioning the Veterans Affairs Health Care System of the Future. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes strategies the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system can pursue to shore up its mission in response to declining numbers of veterans and impending budget constraints, including accelerating a transition to value-based care, optimization of infrastructure, and strengthening engagement with employees and the public.

Len Faul (2021-03-23). Video: "Police On Guard for Thee": Toronto Police Officers Challenge "Unconstitutional Public Health Measures" globalresearch.ca For those officers who are silent while we are ordered to …

Wakefield M. (2021-03-23). Federally Qualified Health Centers and Related Primary Care Workforce Issues. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes education, training, and funding reforms to expand the primary care workforce to supply federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), government-funded community-based health care sites that by providing safety-net primary care in underserved areas will be vital to addressing health inequities in the US.

Len Faul (2021-03-23). Video: "Police On Guard for Thee": Toronto Police Officers Challenge "Unconstitutional Public Health Measures" globalresearch.ca Len Faul is a retired former Inspector with the Toronto Police. …

RobertAlvarez (2021-03-23). BOOK: The Water Defenders. ips-dc.org THE WATER DEFENDERS: | HOW ORDINARY PEOPLE SAVED A COUNTRY FROM CORPORATE GREED: | Robin Broad | John Cavanagh: | Introduction: | Water is life. Countless communities across the world, from Flint, Michigan to the Standing Rock Reservation to the Gualcarque River in Honduras, have used this phrase as a rallying cry against powerful corporations that value profits over the environment and the health of local communities. | The movements waging these struggles can take some inspiration from El Salvador. | In 2002, a small group of citizens in El Salvador joined the global community of…

WSWS (2021-03-23). An Open Letter to Columbia Graduate Students from the IYSSE at University of Michigan. wsws.org The issues being fought for by graduate students—a living wage, job security, better health care coverage and improved working conditions—are the same issues that confront students, young people and workers across the country and around the world.

Ramaekers JG, Arkell TR, McGregor IS. (2021-03-23). Driving Impairment Following Vaporization of Cannabis—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Our recent investigation about the effects of CBD and THC on driving offers relevant insights for research and policy. This study confirmed previous findings from on-road and driving simulator studies showing that THC produces modest but clinically relevant driving impairment similar to that seen in drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%. It also showed that THC-induced impairment was transient and no longer present between 240 minutes and 300 minutes after vaporization, even though most drivers still tested positive for THC in blood. The presence of THC in the blood of a driver is therefore…

Bagley SM. (2021-03-23). I Am Not Burned Out—I Have Postpartum Depression. jamanetwork.com In this narrative medicine essay, a pediatrician describes her struggle to recognize postpartum depression with the birth of her third child and how she found her way out.

Kuehn BM. (2021-03-23). Survey—Many High School Students Have Experienced Violence. jamanetwork.com About half of high school students experienced at least 1 type of violence during the previous year, according to data from 9080 US students who participated in the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

Fink D. (2021-03-23). Review of Hearing Loss in Children. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The article by Dr Lieu and colleagues about hearing loss in children notably omitted the important topic of noise-induced hearing loss. Prevention of disease is almost always better and less expensive than treatment. The only treatment currently available for hearing loss is amplification, via hearing aids, personal sound amplification products, or cochlear implants. Hearing loss with age, which is predominantly due to noise-induced hearing loss, begins at an early age and is theoretically preventable with avoidance of loud noise. The only evidence-based noise exposure level to prevent noise-induced…

Feltner C, Wallace IF, Kistler CE, et al. (2021-03-23). USPSTF Review: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This systematic review to support the 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on screening for hearing loss in older adults summarizes published evidence on the benefits and harms of screening and interventions for hearing loss in adults aged 50 years or older.

Lieu JC, Kenna M, Anne S. (2021-03-23). Review of Hearing Loss in Children—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We appreciate the attention that Dr Fink brings to the issue of noise-induced hearing loss. In our Review of pediatric hearing loss, we chose to focus on the developments germane to children specifically and did not delve into noise-induced hearing loss, which has a growing body of literature that is not yet specific to children.

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). Better Hypertension Control With Digital Self-monitoring. jamanetwork.com A digital intervention for hypertension management in primary care lowered patients' systolic blood pressure, a trial in The BMJ reported.

Jin J. (2021-03-23). Patient Information: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes the US Preventive Services Task Force's 2021 recommendation that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults (I statement).

Downey LA, Hayley AC. (2021-03-23). Driving Impairment Following Vaporization of Cannabis. jamanetwork.com To the Editor We read with interest the recent findings reported by Dr Arkell and colleagues concerning the effect of vaporized Œî9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—dominant and THC/cannabidiol (CBD)—equivalent cannabis on on-road driving performance.

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). With Good Adherence, Daily Aspirin May Prevent Pregnancy Loss. jamanetwork.com For women with a history of pregnancy loss, taking low-dose aspirin before conception may improve birth outcomes, according to a post hoc analysis of a multicenter US trial. The trial's original analysis, published in 2014, found no positive effects of aspirin on miscarriages or live births, but only about half of the participants adhered to the protocol.

, Krist AH, Davidson KW, et al. (2021-03-23). USPSTF Report: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults. jamanetwork.com This 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults (I statement).

Nina Turner (2021-03-23). "Good Ideas Are Not Enough, We Need to Marry Our Ideas to Power" zcomm.org Interview on the heartbreaks and new opportunities of both Bernie campaigns, the left agenda she will bring to Capitol Hill, and why policies like Medicare for All and a Green New Deal are racial justice issues…

Pacifica TF (2021-03-23). Pacifica CRD 3/22/21 Covid, Amazon Billions and Workers' Rights. indybay.org Pacifica's Covid, Race & Democracy focuses on the medical conditions of Mumia Abu-Jamal and also the struggle of the Bessemer Alabama Amazon warehouse workers who are voting this month for a union.

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-23). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

Colin Pawlowski, AJ Venkatakrishnan, Eshwan Ramudu, Christian Kirkup, Arjun Puranik, Nikhil Kayal, Gabriela Berner, Akash Anand, Rakesh Barve, John C. O'Horo, Andrew D. Badley, Venky Soundararajan (2021-03-23). [Research Paper] Pre-existing conditions are associated with COVID-19 patients' hospitalization, despite confirmed clearance of SARS-CoV-2 virus. thelancet.com Overall, this retrospective study highlights specific pre-existing conditions that are associated with higher hospitalization rates in COVID-19 patients despite viral clearance and motivates follow-up prospective research into the associated risk factors.

Global Research News (2021-03-23). Selected Articles: Toronto Police Officers Challenge "Unconstitutional Public Health Measures" globalresearch.ca By For those officers who are silent while we are ordered to enact questionable polic…

TheCOVIDBlog (2021-03-23). Germany: Whistleblower Says Seven of 31 Nursing Home Residents Died Immediately after Forced Pfizer mRNA Shots. globalresearch.ca A frightening video of a lawyer interviewing an anonymous whistleblower tells …

Burns KA, Rizvi L, Cook DJ, et al. (2021-03-23). Ventilator Weaning and Discontinuation Practices in Critically Ill Patients. jamanetwork.com This critical care epidemiology study describes practice variation in invasive mechanical ventilation weaning and discontinuation practices, associations between initial discontinuation events and outcomes, and factors associated with use of select discontinuation strategies and failed initial spontaneous breathing trials among critically ill patients in ICUs in 19 countries.

Alvaro Huerta (2021-03-23). Four Ways to Support Latinas/os during the Pandemic and Beyond. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic has not only devastated the U.S. economy, healthcare system and educational way of learning, it has also exposed or exasperated the racial and class inequalities in the formal economy (and informal economy). (The informal economy is also known as the unregulated economy, among other terms.) While it's true that pandemic has impacted

teleSUR (2021-03-23). Mexico Dispatches Its First Batch of CanSino COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard Monday informed that 940,022 CanSino vaccines were packaged in his country and began to be distributed. | RELATED: | These doses were packaged at the Drugmex plant in Queretaro where Birmex laboratories are in charge of the distribution. Previously, Mexico purchased 35 million doses from China. | Ebrard noted that this vaccine is highly effective and it avoids hos…

Staff (2021-03-23). Headlines for March 23, 2021. democracynow.org Man with AR-15 Assault Rifle Kills 10 in Boulder, CO, Supermarket, Colorado Judge Overturned Boulder's Ban on Assault Weapons One Week Ahead of Massacre, CDC Warns Against Relaxing Public Health Measures at "Critical Point in the Pandemic", AstraZeneca Submitted "Outdated Information" in COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Application, WHO Decries "Grotesque" Vaccination Gap Between Rich and Poor Nations, Saudi Arabia Proposes Yemen Ceasefire; Houthis Demand End to Devastating Blockade First, Hundreds Missing, Tens of Thousands Displaced by Fire in Rohingya Refugee Camp, 137 Killed in Niger Attacks After Constitutiona…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-23). COVID-19 Vaccine Tested on Babies Even as Death Toll Mounts. Greatest Public Health Calamity in Modern History. globalresearch.ca If early statistics are any indication, we are facing the greatest …

Tom Engelhardt (2021-03-23). There Is No Vaccine for Global Warming. thenation.com There Is No Vaccine for Global Warming…

teleSUR (2021-03-23). Europe Do Not Rule Out Link Between AstraZeneca and Coagulation. telesurenglish.net European Medicines Agency (EMA) Director Emer Cooke on Tuesday announced clinical and laboratory reports do not yet allow a link between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the blood clotting cases to be definitively ruled out. | RELATED: | She recalled that the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) recommended raising awareness of potential risks to help healthcare professionals follow up on symptoms that may occur after vac…

Elie Mystal (2021-03-23). I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society. thenation.com I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society…

Slomski A. (2021-03-23). Molecular Point-of-Care Test Improved Influenza Care. jamanetwork.com A point-of-care (POC) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test quickly detected influenza and improved care among patients hospitalized at 2 UK centers between December 2017 and May 2019, a trial in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found.

Betsey Piette (2021-03-23). New court filings for Abu-Jamal's appeal. workers.org As his 67th birthday nears, and Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal faces challenging and potentially fatal health crises, his legal case is still slowly winding its way through the arduous appellate court system. "Free Mumia" signs at the March 20 Harlem rally in solidarity with Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., . . . |

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-23). Diversity in College art to grow. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is to roll out new projects aimed at addressing a lack of diversity in the art displayed on College campuses.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-23). New result from the LHCb experiment challenges leading theory in physics. imperial.ac.uk Imperial physicists are part of a team that has announced 'intriguing' results that potentially cannot be explained by our current laws of nature.

2021-03-22: News Headlines

Brenton Brookings (2021-03-22). Workers report COVID-19 health violations at iconic Seattle-area burger chain. liberationnews.org Dick's Drive-In did not provide workers with any training on coronavirus symptoms or prevention and pressured them to come to work while waiting for COVID-19 test results.

Graham Peebles (2021-03-22). The Emerging Culture of Compassion. counterpunch.org 'Take your Brothers Need as the Measure for Your Actions' Given the level of divisive conditioning, with its emphasis on competition and selfishness, that we are all exposed to, it's a wonder that kindness and compassion exist at all. But exist they do, and since the global calamity that is Covid-19 hit our streets, a

Kristen Lee (2021-03-22). Lack of Full Statehood Rights Continues to Cause Harm to D.C. Residents. aclu.org Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is holding a hearing on a bill to establish statehood for Washington, D.C. Since the last congressional hearing on statehood in September 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic, protests in D.C. after the killing of George Floyd, and the insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol building have all highlighted how the lack of full statehood rights continues to cause serious harm to the health and safety of D.C. residents. These events underscore the urgency with which our country must grant full and equal rights to the 712,000 residents of D.C. | Historically, Congress has tre…

WSWS (2021-03-22). Data shows schools are fueling third surge of COVID-19 in Michigan. wsws.org New COVID-19 cases in Michigan have nearly tripled in the last month, and K-12 schools and school sports are the largest sources of outbreaks.

teleSUR (2021-03-22). Oxygen, Medicines, Beds Are in Short Supply in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Brazil begins the week with a bleak outlook: supplies and medical facilities to care for COVID-19 patients are dramatically scarce in 25 of its 27 states. | RELATED: | In these territories, beds in intensive care units (ICUs) have an occupancy rate of over 80 percent and the average number of COVID-19 related deaths exceeds 2,000 cases. | Although President Jair Bolsonaro's administration expressed "concern" over…

Victor Grossman (2021-03-22). Coronavirus mess, scandal contribute to right-wing defeats in Germany. peoplesworld.org BERLIN—Germany, once viewed as an exaggerated model of exactitude and discipline, is currently in a muddle. Above all, it's the Covid mess. Seen last spring as a model of swift, effective response, Germany is now torn by controversy, with its sixteen states and dozens of politicians squabbling about when to send which kids (if any) …

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-22). IBM Partners with Moderna for "COVID Reset". "Health Passports Are Here" globalresearch.ca Better hang on folks, as technocracy's plan to digitize you to …

Jordan Schachtel (2021-03-22). "The Chicken Little" Act Isn't Working — COVID Mania Is Wearing Off. Resistance is Unfolding. globalresearch.ca The "public health experts" are scrambling to remain in the spotlight, …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-22). Green Passes and Dark Inequalities: the Push for COVID Immunity Passports. counterpunch.org Sensible, ideal, wonderful — if you happen to be in the European Union. This is the air of confidence surrounding the March 17 proposal for a digital COVID immunity passport, or what is officially being called the Digital Green Certificate. The Digital Green Certificate is actually a bundle of three: vaccination certificates stating the brand

Editor (2021-03-22). [rewind] Janet Yang on the Power and Pain of Being Asian American During the Coronavirus Crisis. scheerpost.com In this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," host Robert Scheer speaks with Janet Yang, the legendary film producer of "The Joy Luck Club" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt," among many other films, about the appalling onslaught of racism people of Asian descent are currently facing. Yang, who was born in the U.S. and has experienced discrimination since her childhood, notes the difference between what she faced her whole life and the terrifying shape racism is taking today amid the unprecedented crisis.

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-03-22). Un huracán genocida golpea a Brasil. globalizacion.ca En medio a la tragedia que produce el mayor número de muertes diarias por el coronavirus en todo el mundo — son casi dos muertos por minuto en los últimos 15 días —, Brasil vive una situación insólita, retrato perfecto…

WSWS (2021-03-22). Left Party's coronavirus policy fuels massive increase in infections in German states. wsws.org There has been a particularly dramatic increase in infections in states where the Left Party participates in government.

WSWS (2021-03-22). Educators, students and parents discuss opposition against the reopening of schools in Germany. wsws.org Countless scientists and medical experts have unequivocally condemned the removal of pandemic safeguards, highlighting in particular the key role played by schools in the spread of the virus.

WSWS (2021-03-22). Homelessness in the US exploded before the pandemic. wsws.org The latest report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows a drastic pre-pandemic increase in homelessness.

WSWS (2021-03-22). Germany: The WISAG business model—spinoffs, layoffs and wage cuts. wsws.org The struggle being carried out by WISAG ground workers at Frankfurt Airport is throwing a sharp light on the antilabour attacks by major corporations during the pandemic and the complicity of the trade unions.

Dr. Anthony Fauci (2021-03-22). The Fauci Interview on the Pandemic You Won't See on Mainstream Media. Mexico's Eugenio Derbez. globalresearch.ca

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-22). La OMS confirma que la prueba de PCR defectuosa: Las estimaciones de "casos positivos" no tienen sentido. El confinamiento no tiene base científica. globalizacion.ca La prueba de reacción en cadena de la polimerasa con transcripción inversa en tiempo real (rRT-PCR) fue adoptada por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) el 23 de enero de 2020 como un medio para detectar el virus SARS-COV-2,…

Rob Okun (2021-03-22). Where Are the "Other" White Men? counterpunch.org Years ago, the pork industry ran a campaign touting its product as the "other white meat." It was angling to ally itself with the "chicken-is-healthier-than-red-meat" crowd. Most people saw it for what it was: a cynical ploy. Today, when it comes to white men, the sound and fury is all coming from the red meat

Louis Proyect (2021-03-22). Shattered Lands: A Short History of the Syrian Conflict. counterpunch.org When the Arab Spring came to the Middle East ten years ago, most on the left welcomed the protests, except in Libya and Syria largely out of geopolitical concerns. If the world was made up of opposing camps, you had to support Washington's enemies even if their secret police were torturers and their governments little

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-03-22). Experts Urge World Leaders to 'Put Marine Ecosystems at the Heart of Climate Policy'. commondreams.org "A healthy ocean, teeming with life, is a vital tool in the bid to tackle global heating." | www.flickr.com/photos/berkeleylab/2826539120

Pacifica TF (2021-03-22). Pacifica CRD 3/22/21 Covid, Amazon Billions and Workers' Rights. indybay.org Pacifica's Covid, Race & Democracy focuses on the medical conditions of Mumia Abu-Jamal and also the struggle of the Bessemer Alabama Amazon warehouse workers who are voting this month for a union.

Socialized Medicine is What We Need (2021-03-22). HR 1976 Medicare for All Act of 2021. indybay.org On March 17, 2021, Rep. Jayapal Pamila of Wash. state and Rep. Deborah Dingell of Michigan introduced this year's version of the urgently needed Medicare for All Act of 2021 with a total of 112 sponsors, all Democrats, and it needs 218 to pass. See www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1976/cosponsors?q={%22search%22: [%22actionSessionCode: \%22117-1 | 1000\%22+AND+billIsReserved: \%22N\%22%22]}&r=9&s=4&searchResultViewType=compact…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-22). Imperial Covid-19 Response Team: A year tracking the global pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's COVID-19 Response Team has spent over a year tracking the trajectory of the coronavirus pandemic.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-22). 'Disastrous' consequences of cuts to global science collaboration, warn experts. imperial.ac.uk Experts have emphasised the value of international collaborative science and the need for its long-term financial security.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-22). Artificial intelligence can help spot traces of natural selection. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have used advanced AI and large sets of genomic data to unveil how humans have adapted to recent diseases.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-22). Direction of needle penetration in brain affects drug uptake, finds new study. imperial.ac.uk The direction at which drug-delivering needles enter the brain affects how well medicine permeates, a new Imperial study on sheep brains has found.

Staff (2021-03-22). Headlines for March 22, 2021. democracynow.org Nationwide Protests Call for an End to Anti-AAPI Violence After Atlanta Massacre, AstraZeneca Vaccine Is 79% Effective in U.S. Trial, Shows No Risk of Blood Clotting, CDC Updates School Distancing Guidelines to 3 Feet; Miami Beach Imposes Emergency Curfew, Drug Companies Plan to Hike COVID Vaccine Prices After Pandemic Is Over, Pakistani PM Khan Has COVID; Tokyo Olympics Bars Int'l Spectators; More European Nations Lock Down, U.S. Says "Border Is Closed" as Number of Unaccompanied Children in Gov't Custody Tops 15,000, Defense Sec. Austin in Afghanistan Amid Questions over May 1 Troop Withdrawal Deadline, Women,…

Dharam Kaushik (2021-03-22). [Letter] COVID-19 and health care workers burnout: A call for global action. thelancet.com In recent years, increased administrative burden, productivity metrics and work-life imbalance have caused a high burnout rate amongst healthcare workers (HCW) [1]. A survey of 7500 physicians from 8 countries during the COVID-19 pandemic reveals that this burnout has reached an alarmingly high-rate [2]. HCW responsible for the care of COVID-19 patients are more likely to have depression, anxiety, and mental distress. Psychological distress from witnessing COVID- related deaths, deep despondency, and extra-long work hours are fueling HCW burnout at an exponential rate [3].

Franklin Frederick (2021-03-22). Cuba's Contributions in the Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic. zcomm.org The Cuban Revolution shows that when resources are distributed equitably, health outcomes previously unimaginable are possible…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-03-22). Video: COVID-19 the "Pandemic" Is Over. "A Novel Virus Closely Related to Corona Viruses Which Contribute to the Common Cold" globalresearch.ca First published on September 14, 2020 | Mike Yeadon, Pfizer former chief scientific advisor: Ferguson's model has no validity in the view of most scientists: | "Yes, its a novel virus but its very closely related to at least four other …

Alec MacGillis (2021-03-22). In a Devastating Pandemic Year, Amazon Was Its Biggest Winner. commondreams.org How the virus that battered the economy was a boon for Jeff Bezos. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/amazon_5.jpg

Nanjala Nyabola (2021-03-22). Vaccine Nationalism Is Patently Unjust. thenation.com Vaccine Nationalism Is Patently Unjust…

WSWS (2021-03-22). New surge in COVID-19 pandemic accelerates internationally. wsws.org As cases of COVID-19 and deaths from the virus rise around the world, vaccine nationalism becomes an increasingly lethal impediment to a scientifically grounded, internationally coordinated response to the global pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-03-22). Peru's President Sagasti Refuses To Declare Over 'Vaccinegate'. telesurenglish.net Peru's President Francisco Sagasti announced that he would not attend a congressional subpoena scheduled for Monday to respond to the allegations of COVID-19 illegal vaccinations in his Cabinet. | RELATED: | On March 18, the Congress' Constitutional Accusations Subcommittee summoned Sagasti on "the Vaccinegate", a scandal involving former Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti and former Foreign Affairs Minister Elizabeth Astet…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-22). Vacuna AstraZeneca suspendida en toda Europa. "Posibles reacciones autoinmunes, coagulación sanguínea, accidente cerebrovascular y hemorragia interna" globalizacion.ca ACTUALIZACIàìN | Francia, Alemania e Italia, que habían suspendido la vacuna AstraZeneca, reanudaron su aplicación "después de que los funcionarios de salud intentaron disipar las preocupaciones de que pueda provocar coágulos de sangre" (Informe VA) | Esta decisión fue tomada tras las…

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-22). CDC Ignores Inquiry into Increasing Number of Deaths, Injuries Reported After COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Special to People's World (2021-03-22). Brazilian State of Maranhà£o obtains 4.5 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine. peoplesworld.org The Governor of the Brazilian State of Maranhà£o, Flávio Dino, a member of the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), signed a contract on March 17 with the Sovereign Russian Fund authorizing the acquisition of 4.582 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to combat the coronavirus. This vaccine, produced by the Gamaleya laboratory, has …