Daily Archives: March 4, 2021

2021-03-04: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-03-04). New York City educators call for action to stop in-person schooling and save lives. wsws.org Under conditions in which the New York B.1.526 variant of COVID-19 is spreading throughout the city, the drive to reopen all schools will only lead to further infections and deaths.

Mandy Smithberger (2021-03-04). The Pentagon, First, Last, and Always. counterpunch.org This country is in a crisis of the first order. More than half a million of us have died thanks to Covid-19. Food insecurity is on the rise, with nearly 24 million Americans going hungry, including 12 million children. Unemployment claims filed since the pandemic began have now reached 93 million. Given the level of

Prison Radio (2021-03-04). Mumia Abu Jamal Has Congestive Heart Failure and Is COVID-19 Positive. globalresearch.ca On Saturday Mumia Abu-Jamal was hospitalized. When he put in a …

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-03-04). The pandemic and the rise of the right in Germany. peoplesdispatch.org Luca Schaefer from the International Board of the Socialist German Workers' Youth (SDAJ) speaks about the impact of COVID-19 in Germany and the state of the left…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). WHO hails women's role in fighting pandemic. yenisafak.com Speaking at a virtual news conference on the impact of COVID-19 on women in Africa ahead of International Women's Day celebrated on March 8 every year, Matshidiso Moeti said: "They [women] make up 70% of the global health workforce, and many women are on the frontlines, especially as nurses and community health workers."This year, the theme for International Women's Day, Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, celebrates the efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic, highlighting the gaps that remain, according to UN Women…

news.un (2021-03-04). UN Development Programme urges temporary basic income for women hit hard by COVID-19 fallout. news.un.org The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called for temporary basic income for millions of the world's poorest women, to help them cope with effects of coronavirus pandemic and alleviate the economic pressures they face every day.

news.un (2021-03-04). Mental health alert for 332 million children linked to COVID-19 lockdown policies: UNICEF. news.un.org The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, says the mental health of millions of children worldwide has been put at risk, with at least one in seven forced to remain at home under nationwide public health orders — or recommendations — during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shatha Hammad (2021-03-04). Covid-19: Palestinian Authority criticised for VIP vaccine distribution. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Palestinian Authority criticised for VIP vaccine distribution | A significant proportion of the first batch of vaccines have gone to PA government figures and their allies
| Thu, 03/04/2021 – 14: 45 | An UNRWA employee prepares a shot of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for medical staff at UNRWA's al-Sheikh Redwan clinic in Gaza City, on 25 February 2021 (AFP) | Political and security…

Staff (2021-03-04). Vaccine Apartheid: Marc Lamont Hill, Mitchell Plitnick on Israel's "Indifference to Palestinian Health" democracynow.org Israel has had the fastest vaccination rollout in the entire world, with 40% of Israelis already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but Palestinians in the Occupied Territories have received almost no doses — a situation critics call "vaccine apartheid." By one count, just 34,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, which has a population of over 4.5 million. "What we're seeing right now is a gross injustice," says Marc Lamont Hill, author and professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University. We also speak with Mitchell Plitnick, political anal…

David Nolan (2021-03-04). Do Not Rollout COVID-19 Vaccine Passports. globalresearch.ca We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any …

Prof. Esther Jones (2021-03-04). Many Black Americans Aren't Rushing to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine — A Long History of Medical Abuse Suggests Why. globalresearch.ca Black Americans have been the

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). EU medicines agency begins 'rolling review' of Russia's Sputnik V Covid shot. laprensalatina.com Amsterdam, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The European Medicines Agency on Thursday said it had started a rolling review of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. The fast-tracked process of reviewing clinical trial data could lead to the vaccine's approval for use in the European Union, although the EMA's human medicines committee did not specify when it would …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina receives Covid vaccine. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Mar 4 (efe-epa).-Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday became the latest world leader to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, her office informed. Hasina's deputy press secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher confirmed that the prime minister had received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine nearly a month after the country started its mass vaccination campaign against …

WSWS Repost (2021-03-04). US ruling class moves to remove remaining restrictions as pandemic continues to spread. indybay.org While the federal CDC has criticized Texas for ending all COVID-19 restrictions, the Biden administration policy of reopening all schools will have the same effect of spreading the pandemic.

R.R. (2021-03-04). New England Journal of Medicine: Decarceration Necessary to Stop Spread of Covid. indybay.org Summarized below is an article in the New England Journal of Medicine published on March 3, 2021 "Vaccination plus Decarceration — Stopping Covid-19 in Jails and Prisons." Link here to full article, may require a subscription.

Shepard Ambellas (2021-03-04). Mike Pompeo Admits COVID-19 Is a "Live Exercise," Trump Retorts "I Wish You Would Have Told Us" globalresearch.ca First published March 21, 2020 | United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a slip of the tongue while addressing the American people from the White House when he stated that COVID-19 is a live military exercise. | "This is not …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Nepal economy goes negative first time in 4 decades. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Mar 4 (EFE).- Nepal's economy has registered negative growth for the first time in nearly 40 years mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a government survey released on Thursday. The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have severely impacted Nepal's service industry, especially tourism, while small and medium enterprises suffered a deadly blow, …

Staff (2021-03-04). COVID Deaths Soar in Brazil as Bolsonaro Blasts Lockdowns. Experts Warn It Will "Get Worse." democracynow.org Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has now topped nearly 260,000, the world's second worst after the United States, as hospitals are overwhelmed with new cases. International concern is also growing about the P1 variant of the virus, which overwhelmed the Amazonian city of Manaus and caused its hospitals to run out of oxygen. Less than 4% of Brazil's population has been vaccinated. Marcia Castro, demography professor at Harvard University, says the crisis in Brazil is due to "a combination of inaction and also wrongdoing" by officials, including President Jair Bolsonaro, who has opposed lockdowns, masks and other publi…

Staff (2021-03-04). Mumia Abu-Jamal Tests Positive for COVID, Prompting Urgent Call to Release Elder Political Prisoners. democracynow.org Renowned political prisoner and journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal's lawyers confirmed Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and also has congestive heart disease. Abu-Jamal also suffers from the preexisting conditions of liver disease, which advocates say is directly related to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections' failure to treat his hepatitis C in a timely fashion. Mumia's doctor, Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, says the only appropriate treatment is freedom. Marc Lamont Hill, who co-authored a book with Abu-Jamal titled "The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America," says this is an opportun…

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Pakistan suspends cricket tournament after players test Covid-19 positive. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- Pakistan on Thursday suspended a high-profile cricket tournament that began less than two weeks ago after seven players tested Covid-19 positive, the country's cricket board said. "The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 with immediate effect," the board said in a statement but did …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Brazilian variant of Covid-19 found in Venezuela. laprensalatina.com Caracas, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Venezuelan authorities have detected the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 in the country and are evaluating the spread of infection, President Nicolás Maduro reported on Wednesday. "We have detected in Venezuela the presence of the Brazilian variant of Covid-19 (…) it is a variant that is more contagious," Maduro said on …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). WHO warns of rise in cases in Europe. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned of a rise in Covid-19 infections in Europe after six consecutive weeks of declines. At a press conference, the director of WHO-Europe, Hans Kluge, said measures to control the contagion needed to be boosted, with special attention to the most contagious new variants. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). The Czech circus troupe offering non-stop performances to protest Covid rules. laprensalatina.com Prague, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- A Czech circus group is taking a stand against the country's Covid-19 restrictions by staging an uninterrupted, 24-hour program of solo performances. Cirk La Putyka, an avant-garde theater troupe, opened The Isolated Artist at the beginning of the month. It is due to run for three weeks. Due to Covid restrictions …

Online News Editor (2021-03-04). Pandemic spurs record increase in poverty in LatAm. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Mar 4 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented increase in poverty in what was already the world's most unequal region, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says in a report presented here Thursday. The ranks of the poor grew last year by 22 million to 209 …

Bruce Neuburger (2021-03-04). U.S. Agricultural System's Deadly Apartheid. counterpunch.org The NY Times of March 1, 2021 cited some chilling facts about agricultural workers and Covid 19: "In some areas, up to 40 percent of the workers tested for the virus had positive results. The Rev. Francisco Gómez at Our Lady of Soledad church in Coachella said his parish had been averaging 10 burials a

David McLoone (2021-03-04). Kids Now 10 Times More Likely to Die from Suicide than COVID, Tucker Reveals in Devastating Monologue. globalresearch.ca On

Peter Koenig (2021-03-04). Our Children Are Crying. "The Covid Stranglehold" globalresearch.ca "Children are the world's most valuable resource, and its best hope …

Staff (2021-03-04). Headlines for March 4, 2021. democracynow.org House Passes Landmark Voting Rights and Police Reform Bills , House Cancels Thursday Session as Capitol Police Warn of Plot to Attack Congress, D.C. National Guard Chief Says Pentagon Took 3+ Hours to Approve Reinforcements During Capitol Riot, Biden Agrees to Limit Eligibility for Stimulus Checks, At Least 38 Killed in Burma in Deadliest Day of Anti-Coup Protests, White House Does Not Rule Out More Military Strikes After Rocket Attack in Iraq, Pope Francis Moves Ahead with Iraq Trip Despite Coronavirus Concerns, Brazil COVID Deaths Spike; More COVAX Vaccines Delivered to African Nations, Biden Condemns Texas, Mi…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-03-04). Death Rates Skyrocket in Israel Following Pfizer Experimental COVID "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca We have previously reported how Israel rapidly vaccinated the highest percentage …

Mike Davis, The Nation (2021-03-04). Covid at 1 Year and Counting: The American Book of the Dead. thenation.com Covid at 1 Year and Counting: The American Book of the Dead…

_____ (2021-03-04). We Should Be Taxing The Rich, Not The Unemployed. popularresistance.org With tax season well underway, many Americans who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic and found some relief in supercharged unemployment benefits last year are discovering that they now owe the federal government hundreds—even thousands—of dollars in surprise payments, an economic nightmare for low-income people and a looming political catastrophe for the party currently in power. | Because unemployment benefits in the United States are classified as taxable income, a potentially significant portion of the estimated 40 million Americans who received unemployment insurance (UI) in 2020 "wil…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). US holds migrant kids in custody more than legal limit. yenisafak.com Citing internal documents, CNN reported on Wednesday that unaccompanied children are coming into US custody "at levels beyond" the Health and Human Services Department's (HHS) ability to house them due to limited shelter capacity amid the coronavirus outbreak.In the last 21 days around 340 children who crossed the border alone were taken by the Border Patrol, according to Customs and Border Protection documents.The average time in detention facilities, which are not meant to hold children, was 77 hours — five hours longer than the legal limit of 72 hours, said the documents.After being taken into Border Pat…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). Turkey's growth in agriculture posts 3-year high. yenisafak.com Agriculture in Turkey registered 4.8% year-on-year growth in 2020 — the highest in the last three years, the country's agriculture and forestry minister said Thursday.The average growth rate of the agricultural sector was 2.8% over the last two decades, Bekir Pakdemirli said in a video he posted on Twitter.Stressing that the sector continued to develop and grow despite the coronavirus pandemic and drought, Pakdemirli said the country's agricultural output had reached 333.3 billion Turkish liras ($47.4 billion), which was up 20% from a year ago."We continue our leadership in agricultural output in Europe," he sai…

Aja Beech (2021-03-04). The Pandemic Has Laid Bare the Cruel Burdens Placed on Single Mothers. thenation.com The Pandemic Has Laid Bare the Cruel Burdens Placed on Single Mothers…

Iain Davis (2021-03-04). Coronavirus Lockdown and What You Are Not Being Told. globalresearch.ca First published on Global Research in April 2020. | In

Victor Grossman (2021-03-04). Germany's Linke (the Left Party) comes out of its convention united. peoplesworld.org BERLIN — Things worked out quite differently than many in the media here said they would at the congress of the LINKE, the country's left-wing party. The pandemic had forced postponements from June 2020 to October 2020 and from last October to last weekend, with most of the 580 delegates at home in front of …

OtherWords (2021-03-04). Essential Workers deserve $15/ hr. — Remember when we Fêted them for Serving us in Pandemic? juancole.com By Eshawney Gaston | — ( Otherwords.org) — I'm one of America's millions of essential workers. We're working in your children's schools, at your grocery stores, and at drive-through windows. We're cleaning your homes. And we're struggling so hard to make ends meet. Congress is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an …

Victor Grossman (2021-03-04). Berlin Bulletin: Surprise on the Left! counterpunch.org Surprise, surprise! Things worked out quite differently than expected at the congress of the LINKE, the left-wing party. The surprise was not that it took place at all, after the pandemic forced postponements from June to October and from October to last weekend, with most of the 580 delegates at home in front of a

Rosemary Frei (2021-03-04). The Seven-Step Path from Pandemic to Totalitarianism. globalresearch.ca First published on GR in April 2020. | Incisive article which revealed …

Peter Koenig (2021-03-04). Bill Gates and the Depopulation Agenda. Robert F. Kennedy Junior Calls for an Investigation. globalresearch.ca Robert F Kennedy Jr, an avid Defender of Children's Rights and anti-vaccination activist, has launched a petition sent to the White House, calling for "Investigations into the 'Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation' for Medical Malpractice & Crimes Against Humanity"

Mike Walter (2021-03-04). The Heat: Cautious optimism in U.S. with vaccine push. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Joe Biden announces a breakthrough in vaccine availability amid concerns that some states may be lifting restrictions too soon.

teleSUR (2021-03-04). Cuba Starts Soberana 02 Vaccine's Phase III of Clinical Trial. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment, and Medical Devices (CECMED) on Tuesday allowed Soberana 02 vaccine to start Phase III clinical trials. | RELATED: | The immunizer developed by the Finlay Vaccine Institute "has shown an adequate safety profile, and it has passed all the review done by the regulatory entity during Phase I and II of studies," CECMED President Olga Jacobo said. | To allow the vaccine's mass use in a new ph…

Hugo Talks (2021-03-04). Video: The Dark Future of Health Passports. globalresearch.ca "We know they really want you to get a vaccine passport. …

WSWS (2021-03-04). The end of the UK lockdown and the way forward for the working class. wsws.org The government is committing murder on a mass scale. The pursuit of "herd immunity" by allowing the virus to spread unchecked has always been its policy.

Phil Mattera (2021-03-04). The Decades-Long Struggle Over Big Corporations and Poverty Wages. counterpunch.org The Senate Parliamentarian has dealt a strong blow to the Fight for $15 movement by ruling that a federal minimum wage increase cannot be included in the stimulus bill. Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing back with an amendment to take tax deductions away from large, profitable corporations that do not pay at least $15 an

Labor Video Project (2021-03-04). SF Treasure Island Radioactive Dump Site Cover-up, Residents & Workers With Attorney Goff. indybay.org There are now plans to build 8,000 high priced condos on contaminated Treasure Island. Thousands of residents many of them Black and poor have been contaminated and sickened by serious radioactive contamination. Civil rights attorney Stanley Goff talks about the issue of his lawsuit representing residents who have been harmed from the contamination. He also talks about the cover-up of the serious health and safety problems.

yenisafak (2021-03-04). 'Stop murdering, jailing protesters,' UN tells Myanmar. yenisafak.com Myanmar's security forces must "halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors," the UN human rights chief said on Thursday."Myanmar's military must stop murdering and jailing protestors," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said in a statement."It is utterly abhorrent that security forces are firing live ammunition against peaceful protesters across the country," she added.Bachelet said she was also appalled at the documented attacks against emergency medical staff and ambulances attempting to provide care to those injured during protests since the junta seized power on Feb. 1."The UN Hu…

RT (2021-03-04). WATCH: White House abruptly cuts live feed after Biden says 'happy to take questions' at virtual event. rt.com US President Joe Biden said he would be "happy" to field live questions at the tail-end of a virtual event, but was swiftly cut off when the White House inexplicably dropped the video feed, leaving some viewers bewildered. | "I'd be happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance. Whatever you want me to do," Biden said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the Democratic "Virtual Issues Conference" wrapped up on Wednesday night. But after a brief pause, the feed was brusquely taken offline. | The White House abruptly cuts the live video feed of a virtual event after President Biden said he was "ha…

RT (2021-03-04). House CANCELS March 4 session after Capitol Police cites 'possible plot' by militia. rt.com The US House of Representatives won't be in session on Thursday, after Capitol Police, the FBI, and Homeland Security said extremists were discussing possible threats to Congress. The Senate is not changing its schedule, however. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) moved to Wednesday evening the vote on a police reform bill that was scheduled for Thursday. Multiple media outlets reported that the March 4 session of the lower chamber was canceled altogether. | Earlier in the day, US Capitol Police announced it would bolster its security profile due to "intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach t…

yenisafak (2021-03-04). WHO hails women's role in fighting pandemic. yenisafak.com Speaking at a virtual news conference on the impact of COVID-19 on women in Africa ahead of International Women's Day celebrated on March 8 every year, Matshidiso Moeti said: "They [women] make up 70% of the global health workforce, and many women are on the frontlines, especially as nurses and community health workers."This year, the theme for International Women's Day, Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, celebrates the efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the pandemic, highlighting the gaps that remain, according to UN Women…