2021-03-01: News Headlines

Editor (2021-03-02). Raise the minimum wage to $15 — at least! workers.org A $15-per-hour minimum wage cannot be included in the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill proposed by Congressional Democrats. So ruled the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough, on Feb. 25. This unelected official called it "irrelevant to budget legislation." This edict is a brutal blow to millions of struggling workers. Nevertheless, the . . . |

Arturo Pineda (2021-03-01). New Haven youth target gun violence, inequality at Black history month march. peoplesworld.org NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A caravan of 20 cars and a group of 65 people took to the streets of New Haven on Feb. 20 to call for an end to gun violence and police brutality, taxing the rich, and to demand state and federal relief for communities of color impacted by COVID-19. The Annual Black History …

Bell DL, Katz MH. (2021-03-01). Modernize Medical Licensing, and Credentialing, Too. jamanetwork.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has revealed how ill prepared our current state licensure and individual hospital credentialing procedures are to respond to a crisis, which requires hiring more physicians. In the past year, various states have been in desperate need of additional physicians to care for critically ill patients. Because physician licensure is by state, states had to waive this requirement to hire physicians licensed in other states. In addition, hospitals had to implement their disaster plans to streamline credentialing requirements to bring on additional physicians whether from in…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-01). Persecution of communists in Russia draws widespread criticism. peoplesdispatch.org On February 26, the Communist Party of Russian Federation (KPRF) slammed the persecution of communist leader Yevgeny Ulyanov by the Karelian regional authorities. Ulyanov has been accused of organizing a gathering on February 23 at the center of Petrozavodsk near the Lenin monument, defying the ban imposed by the authorities. | Adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols, gatherings were organized across Russia on February 23 under the leadership of the KPRF and the Leninist Komsomol to commemorate the 103rd foundation anniversary of the Soviet Red Army. The day is also an official state holiday. Authorities have tried…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Luis Arce Rejects Doctors Strike Amid Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce rejected the strike that some medical unions maintain amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The people need doctors committed to their people instead of doctors committed to their pockets," the president said during the opening of the vaccination campaign in La Paz. | RELATED: | On February 28, the medical union decided to extend their strike for another 15 days as they oppose the Sanitary Emergency La…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Malawian COVID-19 Survivors on Quest To Minimize Stigma. telesurenglish.net Malawians who recovered from COVID-19 have embarked on an initiative of sharing their COVID-19 experience into communities. | RELATED: | Felix Khonje, a primary school teacher, who was once tested positive is empowering people in his community about the effects of stigma on people with COVID-19 prevention and dealing away with myths and misconceptions. | At first, it was very hard for Khonje to share his COVID-19 experience among his fellows bec…

WSWS (2021-03-01). COVID-19 outbreak kills three workers at Red Deer, Alberta Olymel meatprocessing plant. wsws.org One of Canada's largest meatpacking and food processing companies, Olymel, refused for weeks to close down its Red Deer plant as hundreds of workers fell sick.

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Venezuela To Start on-Site Classes in April. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced that in-person classes will begin in April in compliance with biosecurity measures to prevent COVID-19 contagions. | RELATED: | The decision comes after a proposal submitted by Education Minister Aristobulo Isturiz. Classes will be held during the days when the COVID-19 quarantine is relaxed. | This month teachers will be included in the vaccination campai…

Editor (2021-03-01). This Country Constantly Fails Its Most Vulnerable. scheerpost.com Neil Moralee / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Economic crises shine a spotlight on a society's inequities and hierarchies, as well as its commitment to support those who are most vulnerable in such grievous moments. The calamity created by Covid-19 is no exception. The economic fallout from that pandemic has tested the nation's social safety net as never before. Between February and May 2020… |

_____ (2021-03-01). Venezuela And Iran Deepen Alliance With 'Perfect Trips'. popularresistance.org The Venezuelan government is shipping jet fuel to Iran as part of cooperation to tackle its gasoline and diesel shortages in the South American country. | According to Reuters, state oil company PDVSA and its Iranian counterpart NIOC have agreed to a swap deal that sees Tehran ship gasoline to Caracas, with the vessels carrying jet fuel in the opposite direction. Venezuela currently has a glut of the latter, with air traffic all but ground to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic. | The agreement is described as a "perfect trip" in the maritime industry as the tankers travel fully loaded in both directions. | Oil e…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Chile: Students Go Back To Classrooms Despite Teachers Oppose. telesurenglish.net Chile's Education Ministry (Mineduc) decreed the start of in-person classes as of Monday despite the opposition of education sectors' unions and local authorities which consider that the conditions are not safe yet. | RELATED: | All the country's educational establishment presented their opening plan for 2021 but only 40 percent of them can receive students. | Schools located in COVID-19 quarantine zones are not a…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Brazil: 75,200 Retail Stores Closed in 2020. telesurenglish.net Brazil's National Confederation of Trade in Goods, Services, and Tourism (CNC) reported on Monday that over 75,200 retail stores closed in Brazil in 2020, the second-largest figure since 2016, which further highlights the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. | RELATED: | The study indicates that the economy lost at least 25,700 formal jobs after the stores closing as the hardest hit sectors were cl…

WSWS (2021-03-01). As schools reopen, UK educators among top groups at risk of catching COVID-19. wsws.org Schools and colleges reopen next week, beginning March 8, forcing millions of pupils and workers, including teachers, support staff, dinner ladies and caretakers into a highly dangerous environment.

teleSUR (2021-03-01). The Death of a Writer in Prison Sparks Protests in Bangladesh. telesurenglish.net Protests over the death in prison of Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed continued for the fourth consecutive day amid criticism of the Digital Security Law (DSL) used for his arrest. | RELATED | Mushtaq, who was accused of spreading rumors on social media about COVID-19 in May 2020, died Friday in a hospital after falling unconscious in a maximum security jail. | On Monday, hundreds of social activists marched fro…

teleSUR (2021-03-01). US Minimum Wage Hike To Face Tough Tests in Split Senate. telesurenglish.net The House-approved US$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package includes a controversial provision to raise the federal minimum wage to 15 dollars, which is expected to face tough tests in the 50-50 split Senate. | RELATED: | "As we send this legislation to the Senate, the House will continue our fight for 15, which would give 27 million American workers a raise," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, adding that the minimu…

WSWS (2021-03-01). With a halt in the decline of COVID-19 cases in the US, CDC director warns "the virus is not done with us" wsws.org For more than a week, the seven-day moving average in new cases of COVID-19 has stalled. Health officials are sounding the alarm that states are moving too rapidly in lifting restrictions.

_____ (2021-03-01). Democrats Torpedo $15 Minimum Wage Hike. popularresistance.org On Thursday, US President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party effectively ended efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of the COVID-19 stimulus package making its way through Congress. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not been increased since 2009, and the dropping of the raise will leave millions of workers in utter destitution. | The White House and congressional Democrats have falsely sought to present themselves as having their hands tied, holding up the advisory ruling of the Senate parliamentarian, Elizabeth McDonough, as an excuse. McDonough, an unelected official appo…

Steinbrook R, Katz MH, Redberg RF. (2021-03-01). Moving Patient Care Forward in the Biden Era. jamanetwork.com When Joseph Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, the chaos of the Trump era should eventually begin to fade and the formidable task of controlling and ending the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic must move forward in earnest. The speed and effectiveness of the response is likely to define the Biden era. COVID-19 has dwarfed the myriad of other health care challenges, and removing its threat, which has paralyzed the country since March 2020, will determine whether the new administration will be able to restore trust in the competence of the US government w…

RT (2021-03-01). New Zealand PM urges public to 'call out' family & friends who break Covid-19 rules, who let down 'team of five million'. rt.com New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged obedient members of the public to call out violators of coronavirus rules, as it emerged people have been concealing Covid-19 contacts. | Speaking on Monday about recent Covid-19 cases that are linked to breaches of anti-coronavirus restrictions, Ardern aimed mighty jabs at rule breakers. | Even with the full understanding of human fallibility, it is not appropriate, and it is not okay for members of a team of five million to let the rest of us down. | Ruling out punishments for the violators handed out directly by the government, and citing the separation…

RT (2021-03-01). Virus reduces fitness of former Covid-19 patients aged 45 to level of 80-year-olds, Israeli researchers discover. rt.com One of Israel's top medical centers has published a worrying study about the long-term effects of the coronavirus, revealing that 45-year-old former patients performed during physical tests as if they were aged 80. | Some 30 people aged 45, on average, took part in the survey carried out by the Beilinson Medical Center in Petah Tikva, the Times of Israel Three months after they had been officially cleared of the disease, the former Covid-19…

RT (2021-03-01). Finland declares STATE OF EMERGENCY over Covid-19 cases surge. rt.com Helsinki has declared a state of emergency on Monday in a bid to stem the rapid spread of coronavirus. The measure would allow it to impose a lockdown and potentially "restrict the fundamental rights of citizens." | The state of emergency is effective "immediately" and will stay in force for an indefinite period of time "until it is repealed," the government said in a

RT (2021-03-01). Spain begins to ease Covid lockdown, but says border with Portugal will be sealed for at least 2 more weeks. rt.com The Spanish border with Portugal will remain largely closed until at least March 16, Madrid confirmed on Monday, even as it began to ease some regional restrictions implemented to slow the spread of Covid-19. | The restrictions have been in place along the 1,200km-long border since January 29, with only Spanish residents or Schengen-area travelers who are en route to their homes allowed to cross. | The Spanish government has begun to ease regional Covid lockdown regulations that imposed overnight curfews and restrictions on restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as limiting the number of people who could meet u…

RT (2021-03-01). NHS Providers calls for urgent review into 'insufficient' critical care capacity. rt.com NHS Providers has called for a review into "insufficient" critical care capacity in England, citing three regions as being of key concern, at a time when the NHS found itself overwhelmed by Covid-19 cases earlier this year. | The organisation, which includes NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services, called on the government to conduct an investigation into failings in the current system after an analysis showed the UK has the lowest number of critical care beds per head in Europe. | The analysis by NHS Providers uncovered that, per 100,000 people, the UK only has 7.3 critical care beds, co…

RT (2021-03-01). Discovery of Brazilian variant in UK won't derail plans to ease Covid lockdown in England, PM Johnson says. rt.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the discovery of the highly contagious 'P1' Brazilian variant of Covid-19 will not derail his government's plans to ease lockdown restrictions in England in the coming weeks. | The PM said there is currently no reason to change plans to start reopening England after three months of a third national lockdown. Schools and colleges are set to return to in-person learning from March 8, with restrictions on shops and businesses, pubs and gatherings being eased over the next three months — infection rates permitting. | Earlier on Monday, Prof Graham Medley, who head…

RT (2021-03-01). UK authorities' plea for mystery person infected with 'Brazilian' Covid-19 strain to come forward. rt.com Health officials in England are looking for an unidentified person who was infected with a mutated 'Brazilian variant' of SARS-CoV-19 and slipped under the radar. They are one of six known cases in the UK. | The P1 strain was first detected in people coming to Japan from the Brazilian city of Manus and resembles the so-called South African variant, which is more infectious than 'regular' variants of the virus. Samples collected from six individuals were sequenced as part of the UK's national research of Covid-19 mutations. Public Health England (PHE) could not determine who provided one of them, the organisati…

RT (2021-03-01). Covid-19 virus didn't originate naturally but is actually a BIOWEAPON, most Russians believe, according to explosive new poll. rt.com The world has been savaged by a killer virus that escaped a top-secret lab or was unleashed by shadowy forces. It might sound like the plot of a Hollywood film, but a new poll has found it's also how most Russians see Covid-19.

RT (2021-03-01). Beijing accused of using Covid pandemic to control journalists — foreign media group report. rt.com The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) has accused Beijing of using Covid-19 as "yet another way to control journalists," curbing visas and surveilling reporters. China says it's protecting its citizens from the virus. | The FCCC, which is the professional association of Beijing-based journalists reporting on China, has argued that 2020 had seen a "rapid decline in media freedom," implemented under the cover of measures that were used to combat the spread of coronavirus. | In its annual report released on Monday the press group claimed these restrictions were placed on journalists to prevent them fro…

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Philippines begins Covid-19 vaccination campaign. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The Philippines began Monday its immunization campaign against covid-19 by vaccinating several health authorities, after receiving its first 600,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac jab the day before, donated by China's government, authorities said in a statement. Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, director of the General Hospital of the Philippines, one of the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-01). Atletico Madrid downs Villarreal 2-0 with great offense, defense. laprensalatina.com Vila-real, Spain, Feb 28 (EFE).- Atletico Madrid on Sunday took home three ranking points after its 2-0 road win over Villarreal, a match in which the capital squad was decisively better than the hosts, exhibiting effective offense and showing off its prowess in defending its net. As is usual during these Covid-19 pandemic times, the …

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-03-01). Spring 2021 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! indybay.org 2021 Can This Could Be An New Era For The Immigrant Rights at this COVID And New President? Yet Many Americans Are Strikingly Tolerant Of Massive COVID-19 Casualties, Why?>

RT (2021-03-01). Progressives make last push for $15 minimum wage as relief bill heads to Senate. rt.com Progressive Democrats have made a desperate call asking the Biden administration to overturn a Senate rule keeping a minimum-wage raise out of the upcoming Covid-19 relief bill. But Biden is unlikely to listen. | Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough

RT (2021-03-01). School shooting reported on FIRST DAY back in the classroom in Arkansas. rt.com Students were back in the classroom for less than a day in one Arkansas high school before a shooting broke out. One student was reported injured and the underage suspect has been taken into custody. | The state of Arkansas last week ordered schools to reopen, as the threat of Covid-19 subsides. Watson Chapel Junior High in the town of Pine Bluff opened its doors to in-person learning on Monday, but any sense of normality was soon shattered when a shooting erupted. |

| One student was injured, and police took the suspect into custody. The Watson Chapel School District described the shooting a…

RT (2021-03-01). EU-wide Covid-19 vaccine passport proposals to be brought forward by Brussels, says von der Leyen. rt.com The European Commission president has said Brussels will launch a proposal for the introduction of digital vaccine passports for use across the bloc in March, after the German chancellor said it should be ready by the summer. | "As for the question of what the digital green passport could look like, we will submit a legislative proposal in March," Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told German conservative lawmakers on Monday. | Von der Leyen's remarks came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel claimed that the vaccine passport would be ready in time for the summer, with a number of southern European st…

Democracy Now! (2021-03-01). Vaccine Apartheid: If One Person Is Unprotected, We Are All Unprotected. indybay.org "I've personally received more doses of a Covid-19 vaccine than 130 countries," Dr. Craig Spencer writes, about the two vaccine shots he recently got as an emergency room doctor. In 2014, he contracted ebola while combating that epidemic in Guinea, Africa. Dr. Spencer knows the value of public health protocols, personal protective equipment, or PPE, and vaccinations.

teleSUR (2021-03-01). Eastern Caribbean States Receive Vaccine Donation From India. telesurenglish.net Antigua and Barbuda's Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday welcomed the arrival of over 175,000 COVID-19 vaccines as part of a donation made by India's government to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Suriname. | RELATED: | The donation includes doses for St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The vaccines arrived on a charter flight from Mumbai. | Antigua and B…

Leah Watson (2021-03-01). To Combat Inequitable Vaccine Access, Look to the Numbers. aclu.org Since the onset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has disproportionately devastated Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian communities and now, these same communities are being left in the dust in the nationwide race to vaccinate. The racial disparities in hospitalization and death rates among these groups are mirrored in early vaccination rate data. Black people are two to three times less likely than white people to be vaccinated. While statistics like these are disheartening, we can and must do better. States should push back against these disparities by prioritizing outreach and access to the vaccine in geographic area…

RT (2021-03-01). 'I don't want the vaccine': Jamaican running champ Yohan Blake insists he 'would rather miss the Olympics' than take Covid-19 jab. rt.com Sprint star Yohan Blake has said he is staying "strong in his mind" over taking a Covid-19 vaccine and would rather miss the rescheduled 2021 Olympic Games than receive a jab — even if it's made obligatory for Games participation. | The former men's 100m world champion has revealed that his strident stance on not getting a Covid-19 jab hasn't changed, stressing that even the threat of not being allowed to compete in Tokyo wouldn't dissuade him from rejecting one. | The four-time Olympic medalist said he had his "own reasons" for abstaining from the Covid-19 vaccination program and wouldn't be drawn into…

RT (2021-03-02). US won't share Covid-19 vaccines with Mexico as Americans must be inoculated first — White House. rt.com The Biden administration has rejected the idea of sharing Covid-19 vaccines with the hard-hit neighbor Mexico, White House press-secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that it can only be discussed after all Americans get their shots. | "The administration's focus is on ensuring that every American is vaccinated. And once we accomplish that objective we're happy to discuss further steps," Psaki said when asked about possible vaccine sharing during a briefing on Monday. | The comments came hours before the virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. | Also…

Betsey Piette (2021-03-02). Protest demands freedom for Mumia, suffering COVID symptoms. workers.org Political prisoner and Black journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including difficulty breathing, Feb 26. Hearing this news, his family and supporters called a protest. Less than 24 hours later, about 70 people turned up outside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's immediate . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Mexico's whale-watching business hard hit by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Mahatma Fong La Paz, Mexico, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the whale-watching business in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with the most recent season suffering an 85 percent drop in the number of visitors. "This year has been catastrophic for (that sector's) finances, and whale-related …

Margaret Flowers (2021-03-02). Small Acts Can Become A Power No Government Can Suppress. dissidentvoice.org The American Rescue Plan (ARP) was passed in the House this past week and now heads to the Senate, where it will no doubt be changed before it becomes law some time in mid-March. The current unemployment benefits expire on March 14. While we don't know what the final bill will look like, at least …

Devin Cole (2021-03-02). Nadezhda Krupskaya: Bolshevik revolutionary and educator. workers.org Feb. 14 is the birth date of Nadezhda Krupskaya — Bolshevik revolutionary, educator and library advocate. Although born to a formerly aristocratic family, her family had descended into poverty, which led her to study Marxism. She joined the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party in 1903. Nadezhda Krupskaya In 1905, Krupskaya . . . |

Editor (2021-03-02). Digamosle a Biden: °Deja de bombardear Siria! workers.org La administración de Biden solo tardó 36 días en el cargo para mostrar al mundo, a través de un bombardeo en Siria, que es beligerante, agresivo y empeñado en la guerra. Solo hubo un breve respiro de las viles palabras y acciones de Trump. Ahora tenemos que enfrentar los viles . . . |

E.L. Melrose (2021-03-02). Erie, PA: Residents skeptical towards corporation's "green" promises. liberationnews.org The plight of this area has left the door open to the opportunism of "green" industry and it is currently being courted by International Recycling Group (IRG).

Robert Penner (2021-03-02). Struggle for justice forces reopening of two cases of police violence in Milwaukee. liberationnews.org The cases of Christopher Davis, killed by Milwaukee Deputy Juan Ortiz, and Jay Anderson, killed by Wauwatosa officer Joseph Mensah, have been re-opened in the Milwaukee area.

RT (2021-03-02). Twitch reverts back to 'women' after tweet celebrating 'Womxn's History Month' savaged online. rt.com Streaming platform Twitch has returned to the conventional spelling for "women" after its social media post hailing "Womxn's History Month" — avoiding any "gender-binary language" — backfired and angered critics on all sides. | Though the company took to Twitter on Monday to inform users that "March is Womxn's History Month," using an alternative styling of "women" in a bid to include non-binary gender identities, it made an abrupt about-face just a few hours later, announcing that it would revert back to the standard spelling. | "While we originally wanted to use a word that acknowledges the short…

RT (2021-03-02). 'We have to DO STUFF NOW': Biden adviser says White House to start redressing systemic racism, not just wait for reparations study. rt.com President Joe Biden will push ahead on making amends for America's "systemic racism," creating more opportunities for black people right away rather than waiting for a reparations study, a White House adviser said. | "We don't want to wait on a study," Cedric Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, said in an 'Axios on HBO' | White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed on February 17 that Biden s…

RT (2021-03-02). Former CIA director John Brennan 'embarrassed to be a WHITE MALE'… and critics agree they're embarrassed he's a white male. rt.com John Brennan, the former CIA director and perjurer who's now an MSNBC contributor, apparently found a point on which he and his conservative critics can agree: Both sides are ashamed that he's a white male. | Responding to an MSNBC discussion Monday about Republican claims regarding the January 6 Capitol riot, Brennan said, "I'm increasingly embarrassed to be a white male these days, in light of what I see of my other white males saying." | John Brennan should be ashamed to be John Brennan

RT (2021-03-02). Attempt at civil discourse on 'Wokeism' ends in Clubhouse room 'coup,' Jewish prof shut down as 'SPICY WHITE' & demands for CASH. rt.com Evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein had to relive his Evergreen College moment whe he was attacked from all sides in a Clubhouse room hijacked by hostile "anti-racist" mob aghast at the idea of white people discussing "wokeism." | The room, dubbed "Is Clubhouse Obsessed with 'Wokeism'?" was created by independent journalist Michael Tracey, who said he thought the Clubhouse chats "almost inevitably evolve into a discussion of 'woke-ism'… but there's seldom anyone in the room who identifies enough with the ideology to give a defense of it." | His attempt to create a safe space for a civil discourse and let b…

RT (2021-03-02). Johnson & Johnson's newly-approved Covid vaccine met with pushback as Catholic diocese condemns it for 'ties to abortion cells'. rt.com As Johnson & Johnson rolls out its freshly approved Covid-19 vaccine in the US, it faces a religious controversy as the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans has labeled it "morally compromised" over links to abortion cells. | Catholics are advised not to receive the vaccine because Johnson & Johnson used cell lines derived from decades-old abortions in both testing and production of the new product, the Archdiocese Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have utiliz…