Daily Archives: March 8, 2021

2021-03-08: News Headlines

RT News (2021-03-08). South Korean Government Investigates 7 Deaths that Followed COVID-19 Vaccination with AstraZeneca's Jab. globalresearch.ca South Korea finished its first week of rolling out long-awaited Covid-19 …

teleSUR (2021-03-08). Women March in Ukraine Against Gender Violence. telesurenglish.net Thousands of Ukrainian women marched on Monday in Kyiv to demand the Cabinet of Ministers to ratify the Istanbul Convention, a European multilateral instrument for preventing and fighting violence against women. | RELATED: | "Why are we silent about the domestic violence that continues to grow in COVID-19 times? Why don't we say that the responsibility for taking care of children during long-distance classes has fallen on wome…

WSWS (2021-03-08). Unequal Britain: An academic defence of social inequality. wsws.org That COVID-19 is a "poor man's disease" which has hit the working class hardest—driven into unsafe workplaces under the policy of herd immunity—is a verifiable fact.

WSWS (2021-03-08). Southern California dockworkers hit by COVID-19, work speedup as cargo backlog grows. wsws.org Hundreds of dockworkers in Southern California are out of work due to rising COVID-19 infections, leading to record-setting cargo backlogs on the West Coast under conditions where dockworkers internationally are being forced to work without adequate protections and testing.

Editor (2021-03-08). A Cold War With China Is the Last Thing We Can Afford Right Now. scheerpost.com By Mandy Smithberger / TomDispatch 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 …

teleSUR (2021-03-08). 23 Million LATAM Women Fell Into Poverty in 2020. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Women Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Maria-Noel Vaeza warned that the number of women suffering from violence and poverty in the region increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The pandemic produced "a 10-year setback" in the female labor participation rate, which experienced a historic drop of 5.4 percent in 2020. At least 23 million out of 118 million women entered the poverty t…

_____ (2021-03-08). Women's Leadership In The Global Recovery From The COVID-19 Pandemic. popularresistance.org Beijing – Today is International Women's Day (IWD), and the theme for this year's celebration is "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world." We recognize the tremendous contribution and leadership demonstrated by women and girls around the world in shaping our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a more sustainable future. | A global review of the progress achieved towards commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women 25 years ago in Beijing, conducted by UN Women in 2020, reveals that no country has fully delivered on the Beijing Platform for Action, nor is close to it. Gl…

WSWS (2021-03-08). As US states reopen businesses and schools, experts warn of "hurricane" surge of COVID-19. wsws.org With states around the US reopening businesses and schools, health experts are warning of a massive surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming months as new variants take hold.

WSWS (2021-03-08). UFCW refuses to defend meatpackers as Alberta government approves reopening of COVID-stricken Olymel plant. wsws.org Olymel is reopening its Red Deer plant although there are at least 91 COVID-19 cases still active among the workforce, and the current outbreak has resulted in multiple worker deaths.

Thom Hartmann (2021-03-08). COVID-19 and Trump's Racism. zcomm.org Photo by bgrocker/Shutterstock How is it that in Australia, it's 3 out of every 100,000 people, and in New Zealand it's 1 out of every 200,000 people, but here in America we're dropping like flies? Chalk it up to Republican racism and a libertarian indifference to the notion of society. Trump's official national emergency

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-08). Pres. Assad, his wife contract COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 08 (MNA) — Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad have contracted the COVID-19 virus.

Online News Editor (2021-03-08). Bangladesh reels from Covid-19 a year since first case. laprensalatina.com By Azad Majumder Dhaka, Mar 8 (efe-epa).- With exactly one year since the detection of the first coronavirus cases in Bangladesh on Monday, the country continues to reel from the impact of the disease, while the authorities have given mixed responses about the management of the pandemic. Bangladesh has registered 551,175 confirmed Covid-19 cases in …

Online News Editor (2021-03-08). Covid-19 vaccination campaign for Palestinian workers in Israel. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 8 (efe-epa).- Israel on Monday began a coronavirus vaccination rollout for the Palestinians legally working on the Israeli territories and settlements through centers set up in the occupied West Bank's military crossings. "Today we inaugurate the vaccination campaign" for the Palestinian employees, Kamil Abu Rukun, coordinator of the COGAT, the Israeli military body …

Online News Editor (2021-03-08). Italy unveils train with ICU beds to help country's hospitals. laprensalatina.com Rome, Mar 8 (efe-epa).- Italy has unveiled its latest innovation in the campaign against Covid-19 — a medically-equipped train with an onboard intensive care unit designed to ease the pressure on the country's hospitals when required. The vehicle was inaugurated Monday at Rome's main Termini train station. "It can travel across all of Europe, there …

Online News Editor (2021-03-08). International Women's Day marked around the globe. laprensalatina.com Countries around the world marked International Women's Day with celebrations of culture and marches calling for greater equality and women's rights amid Covid-19 restrictions. A Visual Story by Epa photographers…

Online News Editor (2021-03-08). Vietnam rolls out vaccination campaign after successful Covid-19 management. laprensalatina.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Mar 8 (efe-epa).- Vietnam launched its vaccination program against Covid-19 on Monday with the inoculation of health workers with first shots manufactured by British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, after having successfully managed the pandemic. According to a statement by the Ministry of Health on its website, more than a thousand workers …

Online News Editor (2021-03-08). Pope says Iraq Covid-19 risk preoccupied him for long time. laprensalatina.com Aboard the papal plane, Mar 8 (efe-epa).- Pope Francis on Monday said that his trip to Iraq in the middle of a pandemic had preoccupied him for a long time but decided nonetheless to travel and put the fate of Iraqis who flocked to see him in God's hands. The 84-year-old pontiff ended the first …

The Canary (2021-03-08). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ordeal in Iran may be reaching 'endgame'. thecanary.co There is hope that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ordeal is reaching the "endgame" as the British-Iranian woman was released from house arrest after serving a five-year sentence in Iran. | A former top civil servant at the Foreign Office welcomed "good" progress in her case. Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said he hopes it may be reaching the final stages, but cautioned: we might have many more months to go. | The 42-year-old mother was detained in 2016 as Tehran made widely refuted spying allegations. She finished the latter part of her sentence under house arrest due to Covid-19. She had her ankle tag removed on Su…

Cecilia Nowell (2021-03-08). Despite Covid-19, the Feminist Strike Goes On. thenation.com Despite Covid-19, the Feminist Strike Goes On…

Cecilia Nowell (2021-03-08). Despite Covid-19, the Feminist Strike Goes On! thenation.com Despite Covid-19, the Feminist Strike Goes On!

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-03-08). Why Big Pharma Shouldn't Have Any Control Over COVID-19 Vaccines. counterpunch.org At a recent virtual gathering of parents and faculty at my children's school, one parent who is a teacher and therefore eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine mentioned that she got her first Pfizer shot at a local pharmacy, and when she asked about a leftover dose that could be given to her husband rather

yenisafak (2021-03-08). Turkey gives 10M COVID-19 vaccine jabs nationwide. yenisafak.com Turkey has so far administered more than 10 million coronavirus vaccine jabs across the country, according to official figures on Monday.According to Turkish Health Ministry data, over 7.57 million people to date have received their first doses of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, while second vaccine doses were given to more than 2.44 million.In the commercial hub Istanbul, home to nearly one-fifth of Turkey's population, over 1.59 million coronavirus vaccine jabs were administered, including more than 1.17 million first doses and 419,717 second doses.Following Istanbul, more than 823,270 coronavirus vacc…

yenisafak (2021-03-08). Syria's Assad, wife test positive for COVID-19. yenisafak.com Syrian regime President Bashar al-Assad, 55, and his wife Asma, 45, have both tested positive for coronavirus, according to local media reports.They are both in good health and stable condition, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.The couple will stay at home for two to three weeks of isolation before returning to work, it added.

yenisafak (2021-03-08). Oil prices soar over attack on Saudi oil facilities. yenisafak.com Oil prices shot up to break new records on Monday following tensions between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and with the US Senate passing the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $70.54 per barrel at 0715 GMT for a 1.70% increase after closing Friday at $69.36 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $67.11 per barrel at the same time for a 1.54% increase after it ended the previous session at $66.09 a barrel.Oil prices closed last week with almost 7% weekly gains as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries,…

Marisa Bate (2021-03-08). International Women's Day Should Reflect a Record of Direct Action, Not Hollow Gestures. commondreams.org COVID-19 is the enemy of us all, but to women it has felt like a meteor made of pure misogyny, shattering our lives on impact. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/2c5wjmx.max-1520×1008.jpg

John Buell (2021-03-08). Making the Covid Vaccine Less Accessible to Poorer Countries Is Dangerous for Everyone. commondreams.org COVID-19 and its variants reduce poor nations to producers of pathogens that will continue to disrupt economic and social life in wealthy nations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-122964223711_0.jpg

Lynda Carson (2021-03-08). 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!

teleSUR (2021-03-08). Togo Receives First Batch of AstraZeneca Vaccines. telesurenglish.net The government of Togo welcomed its first batch of AstraZeneca anti-COVID-19 vaccines as part of the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility at the Gnassingbe Eyadema International Airport Sunday night. | RELATED: | The batch included 156,000 doses of vaccines, 157,500 syringes and 1,575 safety boxes to be used for immunization targeting health personnel and people over 50 years in the capital Lome and its outskirts. | "It's a landmark mo…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-08). COVID-19 Vaccines, Access and the Intellectual Property Wars. globalresearch.ca By now, anybody speaking about vaccine equality and equity of access …

_____ (2021-03-08). Brawling Over Vaccines: Export Bans and the EU's Bungled Rollout. strategic-culture.org By Binoy KAMPMARK | The European Union has been keeping up appearances in encouraging the equitable distribution of vaccines to combat SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. Numerous statements speak to the need to back the COVAX scheme, to ensure equity and that no one state misses out. And EU member states could be assured of a smooth vaccine rollout, led by the EU apparatus, humming with needle jabbing efficiency. Negotiating as a bloc, lower prices could be assured, along with an appropriate supply of vaccines across the 27 member states. | These initial hopes have been shredded. While the vaccination programs…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-08). Syria: Bashar and Asma al-Assad test positive for Covid-19. middleeasteye.net Syria: Bashar and Asma al-Assad test positive for Covid-19 | Assad's office confirmed that the Syrian president and his wife had caught the novel coronavirus | Mon, 03/08/2021 – 12: 11 | Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma have tested positive for An official statement confirme…

Zero Hedge (2021-03-08). New York Governor Cuomo Advisors Rewrote Nursing Home Report to Conceal Covid Death Toll. globalresearch.ca New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's top advisers successfully intervened in pushing …

_____ (2021-03-08). The Fight For Women's Rights Is A Fight Against Capitalism. popularresistance.org International Women's Day was founded after 15,000 women marched through New York City in 1908 to demand three things: better hours, better pay, and voting rights. In most of the world, the last of these has been cemented — but the pandemic has thrown the former two into jeopardy. | In summer 2020, the McKinsey Global Institute reported that around the world, women were at 1.8 times the risk of Covid redundancy compared to the risk facing men. Research from the University of Exeter also found that women in the UK were twice as likely to have lost their job during the first wave of the pandemic. | Around 133…

WSWS (2021-03-08). US Senate passes pared-back COVID relief bill. wsws.org In his remarks following the Senate vote, Biden unwittingly shed light on the gap between the massive scale of the crisis and the aid on offer.

Kit Knightly (2021-03-08). 5 Ways They're Trying to Trick You into Taking the COVID "Vaccine" globalresearch.ca The vaccine rollout is in full flow now, the daily tickers …

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-08). COVID Vaccine Injury Reports Grow in Number, but Trends Remain Consistent. globalresearch.ca According to data released today by the Centers for Disease Control …

Maria Fernanda Marcelino (2021-03-08). Women take the lead in fight to impeach Bolsonaro in Brazil. peoplesworld.org SAO PAULO—Today in Brazil, women are facing the advancement of predatory neoliberalism, imperialism, an anti-democratic state, the politics of death, and the extermination of the people, which has been escalating with the coronavirus pandemic. In 2016, women were the first to rise up and denounce the coup staged against the first female president elected in …

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-08). Latin America to witness slow economic growth. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 08 (MNA) — The road for Latin America and the Caribbean seems bumpy to economic recovery from the deep scars left by the coronavirus pandemic.

yenisafak (2021-03-08). Turkish retailer to enhance gender-balanced workforce. yenisafak.com Turkish retailer Migros will enhance gender-balanced workforce and greener stores through a ‚Ǩ60 million ($71 million) loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).‚Ä®The loan will support the retailer to develop and implement an equal opportunities action plan, which will set out gender-responsible recruitment strategies and open up more job opportunities for women, according to a statement from the bank on Monday.Migros will hire over 2,000 women to fill new positions created as a result of burgeoning demand for grocery shopping amid the coronavirus pand…

Staff (2021-03-08). Headlines for March 8, 2021. democracynow.org Senate Passes $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Package, Votes Down $15/Hour Min. Wage Amendment, Fauci Warns of Possible 4th COVID Surge as More States Move to Open Up, Jury Selection Starts in Derek Chauvin's Trial for Murder of George Floyd, Rochester Police Tackle and Pepper-Spray Black Mother Walking with 3-Year-Old Daughter, Biden Issues Exec. Order to Expand Voting Access on Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Deadly Clashes in Senegal Following Arrest and Rape Accusation Against Opposition Leader, Equatorial Guinea's President Blames Negligence After at Least 20 Killed in Blasts at Military Site, At Least 20 Dead in Mogad…

yenisafak (2021-03-08). Fauci warns lifting virus rules risks another spike in US. yenisafak.com US' top infectious disease expert has warned that easing coronavirus restrictions this early can cause another spike in the country.The decline is "starting to plateau," Anthony Fauci said on CBS' Face the Nation, adding it is happening "at a very high level, plateauing at a level of 60 to 70,000 new cases per day is not an acceptable level."Fauci's remarks came as Texas and Mississippi states lifted mask mandates and business capacity limits this week."So the message we're saying is that we do want to come back carefully and slowly about pulling back on mitigation methods. But don't turn that switch on and off b…

Moritz Warnke (2021-03-08). Austerity and Corona: Who Pays for the Crisis? indybay.org The Corona crisis is currently overshadowing three crises that are also currently being – covertly – negotiated: First, an economic crisis since the fall of 2019. Second, the crisis in municipal finances Third, an investment crisis, better known as an investment backlog. This crisis led to the debt brake itself being called into question by the capital side in 2019.

Karen Conner (2021-03-08). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the February Consumer Price Index. cepr.net (The monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday, March 10th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) There is widespread concern that President Biden's rescue package, along with the containment of the pandemic, could lead to inflationary pressures. While we would not see any effect from the Biden rescue …

_____ (2021-03-08). How The Pandemic Economy Could Wipe Out A Generation Of Black-Owned Businesses. popularresistance.org Of all the products made at Danette Wilder's small manufacturing plant near the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the products she depended on most for sales were the O-rings cranked out by her vintage presses. | Each month, Wilder's crew of six people, working at long tables as they listened to a soundtrack of funk and R&B, made thousands of the rubber loops, cut from spools into precise strips and spliced into uniform perfect circles. | The work distinguished Wilder's company, SealingLife Technology, as one of the vanishingly few rubber products suppliers owned by a female engineer — not to mentio…

WSWS (2021-03-08). Number of super-rich individuals grew worldwide during the pandemic. wsws.org The 15th annual "Wealth Report," published by the London-based real estate firm Knight Frank, reveals that the number of individuals with $30 million or more in net worth expanded globally in 2020.

_____ (2021-03-08). How 'Big Ag' Ate Up America's Small Farms. popularresistance.org The roads were icy and the wind biting cold as we started our 10,000-km journey through the heart of America one January morning. Sristy Agrawal, Rajashik Tarafder — young physicists pursuing their PhDs — Rumela Gangopadhyay, a theatre artiste, and I wanted to witness the state of farming in rural America, the quintessential "Trump country". | Shooting in the frigid weather amid a pandemic was gruelling, but the warm welcome we got from farmers — Republican or Democrat, black or white — made up for it. We were surprised to learn that the American farm landscape, like India's, is dominated…

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-08). Uzbekistan one of Iran's important trade partners: Araghchi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 08 (MNA) — Iranian Deputy FM Abbas Araghch praised the volume of trade between Iran and Uzbekistan, despite the pandemic, and named Uzbekistan as one of the important trade partners of the Islamic Republic.

yenisafak (2021-03-08). Int'l event Bosphorus Summit starts in Istanbul. yenisafak.com A major international economic event — Bosphorus Summit — was kicked off in Istanbul on Monday under the theme with high-profile attendance, physically and virtually.The 11th Bosphorus Summit, organized by the International Cooperation Platform (ICP) under the main theme of "Living In an Age of Uncertainty," is joined by academics, politicians, and experts worldwide.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also attend the event via video-conference.Talal Abu Ghazaleh, the honorary president of the ICP, said there are uncertainties in the world related to the growing pandemic, economic tensions — such as the US-Chin…

teleSUR (2021-03-08). LATAM Marks International Women's Day Amid Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Latin American human rights advocates on Monday will mark International Women's Day with street mobilizations and virtual activities. | RELATED: | In Uruguay, gender activists called for decentralized rallies to avoid crowds. They will also require participants to maintain social distancing and to wear face masks. | Citizens will also take to Argentina's streets from 12h00 local time to demand effective measures against femicides an…

Staff (2021-03-08). Millions Mark International Women's Day as Pandemic Deepens Inequality, Violence Around the World. democracynow.org Millions of women around the world are taking to the streets today to mark International Women's Day — in a year where women have been disproportionately impacted by rising poverty, unemployment and violence during the pandemic. We hear voices from protests in the Philippines, Mexico and Guatemala.