Daily Archives: March 7, 2021

2021-03-07: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-03-07). Mexico Surpasses 190,000 Deaths from COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Mexico on Saturday surpassed 190,000 COVID-19 deaths despite government efforts and the steady pace of the vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | The country's epidemiological situation is still complicated; however, there is a visible tendency to recovery, as daily infections have steadily decreased since Feb. 11. | Likewise, the country's intensive care units have a 31 percent occupancy, except for Mexico City, where…

International Workers Committee (2021-03-07). Mumia's COVID-19 infection has been confirmed by prison doctors after initial denial. mronline.org Mumia Abu-Jamal must be hospitalized. He has tested positive for COVID-19 and isbeingwarehoused in a completely inadequate prison infirmary. Given his age, 67, his liver disease, and his blood-pressure challenges, Mumia's life is seriously in danger.

Eds. (2021-03-07). COVID-19: Social murder, they wrote—elected, unaccountable, and unrepentant. mronline.org Murder is an emotive word. In law, it requires premeditation. Death must be deemed to be unlawful. How could "murder" apply to failures of a pandemic response? Perhaps it can't, and never will, but it is worth considering.

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-07). Iran COVID-19 update: 8,010 cases, 93 deaths in 24 hours. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 07 (MNA) — The Iranian Health Ministry has confirmed 8,010 COVID-19 infections and 93 deaths due to the disease in the past 24 hours.

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Turkey's female health workers demand safety. yenisafak.com Women healthcare workers in Turkey, who have been on the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus, are demanding a safe work environment.Female medical staff has been on the ground since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Turkey on March 11, 2020.Staff at the Ankara City Hospital shared with Anadolu Agency their role in combatting the pandemic.Emergency Clinic Training Officer Dr. Gulhan Kurtoglu Celik said she trains interns and residents at the hospital on how to examine patients."On the one hand, we tried to protect our family, on the other, we tried to take care of our children. We have never had s…

yenisafak (2021-03-07). Turkey releases provincial statistics of COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com Turkey's health minister on Saturday announced COVID-19 infection rates on a provincial basis between Feb. 27 and March 5 as part of a new weekly initiative."The high-risk provinces should be more cautious to reduce their risk. Normalization should be realized in a controlled manner," Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, sharing the statistics.The number of cases per 100,000 people is around 112 in the metropolis Istanbul, 55 in the capital Ankara, and 66 in the western Izmir province.According to the data, Turkey's Black Sea province of Samsun has the highest number of cases with 348 cases per 100,000 people.The sout…

Lynda Carson (2021-03-07). Oakland A's and the invasion of the democracy snatchers. indybay.org Invasion of the democracy snatchers in the midst of the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic!

news.un (2021-03-07). Kyoto Crime Congress opens with declaration to tackle growing crime threats, promote inclusive COVID-19 recovery. news.un.org Held in an innovative hybrid format amid COVID-19 restrictions, the 14th UN Congress on criminal justice opened on Sunday in Kyoto with calls for renewing global cooperation against crime to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and recover from the pandemic.

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Covid-19: Israel begins loosening restrictions with 40 percent of country vaccinated. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel begins loosening restrictions with 40 percent of country vaccinated | Restaurants, bars and cafes are set to open to vaccinated 'green pass' holders | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 11: 30 | Attendees prepare to present their "green passes" (proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19) on arriving at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on 5 March 2021 (AFP) | Israel began loosening Cov…

Katherine Hearst (2021-03-07). Covid-19: Britain's Muslims in the eye of the pandemic storm once again. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Britain's Muslims in the eye of the pandemic storm once again | Muslim institutions in the UK struggle to survive a disproportionate death toll and lockdown-induced financial troubles | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 08: 06 | A member of mosque staff prays in the otherwise empty Noor Ul Islam Mosque on the day before Ramadan commences in the UK, in Bury, Greater Manchester (AFP) | On the firs…

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). West Bank reports over 2,000 fresh Covid-19 cases amid spike in infections. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- The West Bank on Sunday reported over 2,000 fresh coronavirus infections amid a spike in cases that has forced the authorities to impose lockdown in some areas. A total of 2,095 new cases have been detected over the past 24 hours, the health ministry announced. It is one of the highest …

RT (2021-03-07). 'Used & betrayed': Pro-life Biden backers say he broke promise to hear them, ramrodded Covid bill with taxpayer-funded abortion. rt.com Pro-life Christians who chose to support Democrat Joe Biden in last November's election said they're feeling "betrayed" after the new president rammed through Covid-19 relief legislation that includes taxpayer-funded abortion. | The $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was passed on Saturday in a party-line vote by the US Senate would allow for billions of dollars to be spent on abortion. Democrats rejected a Republican effort to include the Hyde Amendment, as in previous Covid-19 relief bills, breaking with a 44-year-old policy of giving pro-life taxpayers the solace of knowing their tax dollars weren't spent…

RT (2021-03-07). Democrats turn on Arizona Sen. Sinema after her office frames criticism of her vote against $15 minimum wage as 'sexist'. rt.com Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) has been raked over the Twitter coals after her spokesperson argued that it was sexist to ridicule her theatrical 'no' vote against hiking the minimum wage. | The lawmaker came under fire after she and seven of her Democratic colleagues voted with Republicans to shoot down an amendment to the recently-passed Covid-19 relief bill that would have increased the minimum wage to $15 an hour. | Sinema claimed she voted against the measure because she thought the issue should be more thoroughly debated in the Senate before being put to a vote. However, the way in which she voted dow…

John Stone (2021-03-07). UK Data Show 402 Reports of Deaths Following COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Government data show that, compared with the Pfizer vaccine, there have …

Angela Klein (2021-03-07). Corona and state. The winner is the one who defeats the pandemic. indybay.org Societies in Europe have accumulated enormous wealth, but a few wealthy people have appropriated it. With this wealth, the comprehensive work break and all solidarity measures can be financed without any problems. That is why we demand the introduction of a Europe-wide Covid solidarity levy on high wealth.

RT (2021-03-07). 'Biden showers money on Americans'?! WaPo mocked for 'Dear Leader' vibes in Covid stimulus story. rt.com Washington Post has been mocked for an overly enthusiastic headline that called the coronavirus relief bill a "defining move" of Joe Biden's presidency, poised to "sharply" cut poverty by "showering money" on Americans. | After the Senate narrowly passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on Saturday, and President Joe Biden promised that eligible Americans will start receiving their $1,400 stimulus checks from this month onwards, the Washington Post tried to explain that the massive rescue package is more than just about this modest handout. | t.co/pAsCyogPJv

The Tricontinental (2021-03-07). Dossier No. 38: Uncovering the crisis: Care work in the time of Coronavirus. mronline.org The pandemic has sharpened and transformed pre-existing inequalities, reconfiguring the processes that sustain and guarantee life.

Simon Elmer (2021-03-07). The Corona Crisis: What We Know. People are Asking Why is this Being Done? globalresearch.ca 'For whether or not the age of revolutions is over, the …

_____ (2021-03-07). VIDEO: Cuba — a Solitary Voice Against Global Inequality. strategic-culture.org The coronavirus pandemic has catapulted Cuba onto the world stage. Watch the video and read more in the

yenisafak (2021-03-07). UK: Person who contracted Brazilian variant found. yenisafak.com The person who contracted the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus and evaded authorities for weeks has finally been located by UK authorities, according to a government statement.The person was found on Friday in the south London borough of Croydon after contacting test and trace teams who were dispatched to the area by the National Health Service (NHS) and Public Health England (PHE)."Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace teams have successfully located the third individual in England who tested positive for the P.1 Variant of Concern that originated in Manaus, Brazil," said the statement. "NHS Tes…

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Paraguay's president rejigs cabinet, protesters demand ouster. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- Paraguay's president announced a cabinet reshuffle on Saturday amid a political crisis sparked by protests over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Police again on Saturday midnight used force to disperse a group of people who had gathered in front of the presidential residence to break through the perimeter security …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). Israel reopens cafes, bars, restaurants for vaccinated 'green pass' holders. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- Israel took the most significant step in its post-vaccination relaxation of coronavirus restrictions on Sunday as cafes, bars and restaurants reopened, travel rules were eased and university students were allowed back in classrooms, among other measures, which prioritize those who are immunized against the coronavirus. With more than 50% of the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). South Korea, US to conduct joint military drills this week. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 7 (efe-epa).- South Korea and the United States will conduct their annual springtime joint military exercises this week, the South Korean military said on Sunday. This year's drills will be scaled back on account of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "South Korea and the US decided to conduct the springtime combined exercise from Mar.8 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-07). US Senate passes $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 6 (efe-epa).- The United States Senate approved on Saturday a $1.9 trillion package aimed at alleviating the economic distress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, marking the first legislative victory for Democratic President Joe Biden since he took office Jan. 20. Besides another round of direct payments to individual, the package includes extended unemployment …

Gerald E. Scorse (2021-03-07). Congress's Soft Spot for Rich Retirees. dissidentvoice.org More than a generation ago, a bipartisan Congress added a clever new twist to tax breaks for the rich. It created a long, drawn-out tax break for rich retirees—and these days it's getting even longer. Not even the pandemic could interfere. On the contrary, it gave lawmakers an extra opportunity to tip the scale in …

_____ (2021-03-07). #BlackLivesMatter — But to Whom? strategic-culture.org Western "big pharma" profit imperative and patent controls inevitably mean that poor countries will always be last on the list to receive supplies of vaccines on a consumer-commodity basis. The wealthier nations are as usual taking the lion's share. Some estimate that at present rate, it won't be until 2024 when African nations will be fully inoculated.

US Department of Justice (2021-03-07). US Department of Justice 2009 Report on Pfizer Inc. "Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in Its History" globalresearch.ca Introductory Note |

_____ (2021-03-07). Attacks On The Rights Of Transgender People Are Rising; Fight Back. popularresistance.org A growing and coordinated attack on the rights of transgender people is taking place through state legislation and sadly it is receiving support from people across the political spectrum. The attack is successful because its proponents are using myths about transgender people to cloak their efforts under a veneer of feminism and concerns about children's health. In reality, this attack is anti-feminist and threatens the well-being and lives of not only the transgender community, particularly the youth, which is one of the most vulnerable communities in our society, but also of all of us. | It is necessary to unde…

_____ (2021-03-07). The Attacks On The Rights Of Transgender People Are Rising; Fight Back. popularresistance.org A growing and coordinated attack on the rights of transgender people is taking place through state legislation and sadly it is receiving support from people across the political spectrum. The attack is successful because its proponents are using myths about transgender people to cloak their efforts under a veneer of feminism and concerns about children's health. In reality, this attack is anti-feminist and threatens the well-being and lives of not only the transgender community, particularly the youth, which is one of the most vulnerable communities in our society, but also of all of us. | It is necessary to unde…

_____ (2021-03-07). This Is Who Democrats Are. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | * | This is who the Democrats are. It's who they always will be. They let you have your Bernies and AOCs to create the illusion that progressives can win if they just vote a little harder, but the corporate elites will always have enough of a congressional majority to kill progress. Don't let them spin this as some sort of freakish anomaly, as the result of not having the right kind of Democrats in office. This is the only way the Democratic Party will ever operate. It's not broken, it's working exactly as it's meant to. | * | Left-wing Democrats who give the party the illusion of legitimac…

Tina Ngo, Wai Lee Chin Feman, Bethie Wang (2021-03-07). Why are hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise? liberationnews.org Over the past year, we have seen an alarming surge in racist violence directed toward Asian Americans.

The Conversation (2021-03-07). The Byzantine Empire was Multicultural, So why are QAnon and White Supremacists Idolizing it? juancole.com By Roland Betancourt | — From Charlottesville to the Capitol, medieval imagery has been repeatedly on show at far-right rallies and riots in recent years. Displays of Crusader shields and tattoos derived from Norse and Celtic symbols are of little surprise to medieval historians like me who have long documented the appropriation of the Middle …

Jack Delaney (2021-03-07). Civil War 2.0. counterpunch.org On May 29, 2020, in the wake of the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, a Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstration marched about a half-mile from Oakland's Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. Around ten o'clock at night outside the federal building, as the protest continued close by, bullets spewed from a moving vehicle

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-03-07). This SNP claim may be electioneering, but it highlights the deplorable state of UK pensions. thecanary.co Believe in Scotland ( t.co/QZf1iAUoFg

Steve Topple (2021-03-07). Marr just witnessed a car crash. It was a Tory minister on NHS pay. thecanary.co The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 7 March An insult?: | BBC News

Inequality (2021-03-07). If We Want to Renew Democracy, We Need to Tax the Ultra-Wealthy. juancole.com By Madeleine Johnsson | — ( Inequality.org ) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Pramila Jayapal's Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act of 2021, introduced March 1, could not be a more timely reminder that the United States needs serious policy changes to address massive wealth and income inequality. While eight million Americans slipped into poverty and half …

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran. middleeasteye.net British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran | Lawyer for aid worker says she walked free after end of five-year sentence | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 12: 01 | Iran released British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told Iranian website Emtedad on Sunday, after her five years sentence for plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. | "

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran, says lawyer. middleeasteye.net British-Iranian prisoner Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed in Iran, says lawyer | Aid worker has electronic ankle tag removed after end of five-year sentence as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demands she 'be released permanently' | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 12: 01 | An undated handout image released by the Free Nazanin campaign in London on 10 June 2016 shows Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe posing f…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa or niqab in public spaces. middleeasteye.net Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa or niqab in public spaces | Referendum denounced by rights group as 'needlessly fueling division and fear', after Swiss right-wing party had framed it as verdict on the role of Islam in public life | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 19: 27 | People protest in Bern, Switzerland, after a narrow majority of Swiss voted in favour of the so-called 'burqa ban', whe…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa and niqab in public spaces. middleeasteye.net Switzerland votes to ban wearing of the burqa and niqab in public spaces | Referendum denounced by rights group as 'needlessly fueling division and fear', after Swiss right-wing party had framed it as verdict on the role of Islam in public life | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 19: 27 | People protest in Bern, Switzerland, after a narrow majority of Swiss voted in favour of the so-called 'burqa ban', wh…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Iraq: Pope Francis celebrates largest mass of historic trip. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Pope Francis celebrates largest mass of historic trip | In the final event of his visit, in Iraqi Kurdistan's capital Erbil, Francis tells worshippers that 'Iraq will always remain in my heart' | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 18: 19 | Pope Francis blesses worshippers as he arrives to conduct mass at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, 7 March 2021 (Handout/AFP) | Pope Francis vo…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Yemen's Houthis target Saudi oil facilities in new escalation. middleeasteye.net Yemen's Houthis target Saudi oil facilities in new escalation | Houthis claim to have fired drones and missiles at Ras Tanura, one of the world's biggest oil ports, and military targets in the eastern area of Dammam | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 22: 49 | Smoke rises over Sanaa after air strikes 'on military targets' by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen (AFP) | A missile and drone attack targeted the…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). Saudi-led coalition bombards Yemeni capital after Houthi drone attacks. middleeasteye.net Saudi-led coalition bombards Yemeni capital after Houthi drone attacks | Coalition backing recognised government said it intercepted 12 drones launched by Houthis | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 14: 16 | Smoke rises over Sanaa after air strikes "on military targets" by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen (AFP) | Explosions rocked the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, as the Saudi-led coalition targeted Houthi rebel…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-07). US says it will do what is necessary to defend itself after attack in Iraq. middleeasteye.net US says it will do what is necessary to defend itself after attack in Iraq | Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said his country would act to counter attacks on American interests | Sun, 03/07/2021 – 15: 28 | US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during President Biden's visit at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia (Reuters) | The US has said it will do what "we need to do" to protect its i…

RT (2021-03-07). Mumford & Sons banjo player deemed a 'Nazi sh**bag' for praising book condemning Antifa. rt.com The battle lines of the culture war get redrawn every day. In the latest development, Mumford & Sons banjo player Winston Marshall has now been deemed a "nazi," because he read, and enjoyed, a book critical of 'Antifa.' | Famed for their radio-friendly folk, Mumford & Sons seem a long way from jackbooted Nazis, but a tweet from banjo player Winston Marshall on Saturday changed that, at least in the minds of online leftists. Posting a photo of Portland journalist Andy Ngo's book 'Unmasked,' Marshall congratulated Ngo on his "important book," and called the independent reporter "a brave man." | Congratulations <...

RT (2021-03-07). New York Times falsely claims last year's BLM violence was 'misinformation'. rt.com The New York Times has been lambasted online for bizarrely claiming that violence surrounding Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 was merely "misinformation" and likening it to Deep State conspiracy theories. | The Gray Lady's Jennifer Medina sought to unravel the mystery behind Latinos in the US voting Republican, in a Friday Medina teased out the motivations of Latino Republicans through a series of interviews, before attempting…

RT (2021-03-07). New York Times mocked for attempting to downplay 2020 BLM protest violence as 'misinformation'. rt.com The New York Times has been lambasted online for bizarrely claiming that violence surrounding Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 was merely "misinformation" and likening it to Deep State conspiracy theories. | The Gray Lady's Jennifer Medina sought to unravel the mystery behind Latinos in the US voting Republican, in a Friday Medina teased out the motivations of Latino Republicans through a series of interviews, before attempting…

RT (2021-03-07). New York State legislative leaders say Cuomo 'MUST RESIGN' after embattled governor brands such demands 'ANTI-DEMOCRATIC'. rt.com Leaders of New York's Assembly and Senate called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign just hours after he said stepping down because of rising sexual-harassment allegations by former staffers would be "anti-democratic." | New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who like Cuomo is a Democrat, said on Sunday that with new accusers stepping forward seemingly every day and the governor embroiled in multiple scandals, focus is being drawn away from the business of government. "We need to govern without daily distraction," she said. "For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign." | NEW: Bombshe…

RT (2021-03-07). New York State legislative leaders say Cuomo 'MUST RESIGN' after embattled governor brands such demands 'ANTI-DEMOCRATIC'. rt.com Leaders of New York's Assembly and Senate called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign just hours after he said stepping down because of rising sexual-harassment allegations by former staffers would be "anti-Democratic." | New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who like Cuomo is a Democrat, said Sunday that with new accusers of Cuomo stepping forward seemingly every day and the governor embroiled in multiple scandals, focus is being drawn away from the business of government. "We need to govern without daily distraction," she said. "For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign." | NEW: B…

Gerald E. Scorse (2021-03-07). Congress's Soft Spot for Rich Retirees. dissidentvoice.org More than a generation ago, a bipartisan Congress added a clever new twist to tax breaks for the rich. It created a long, drawn-out tax break for rich retirees—and these days it's getting even longer. Not even the pandemic could interfere. On the contrary, it gave lawmakers an extra opportunity to tip the scale in …