Daily Archives: March 9, 2021

2021-03-09: News Headlines

Patrick Cockburn (2021-03-09). The Internal Feud That May Doom Scottish Nationalism. counterpunch.org Most nationalist movements wait until they have achieved independence before having a civil war over who runs the country. But Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond have jumped the gun by opening hostilities while Scottish self-determination is still well over the horizon. Could it remain an unattainable goal thanks to the open warfare between the past

WSWS (2021-03-09). K-12 schools now number one source of COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan. wsws.org Educators in the state's largest school district are fighting to keep learning remote as school outbreaks rise and new COVID-19 variants take hold.

WSWS (2021-03-09). One year since the emergence of working-class opposition to the ruling class pandemic policy. wsws.org Working class opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic began with a series of wildcat strikes in Italy that spread to other European countries and the Americas within a week.

_____ (2021-03-09). KC Tenants' Month Of Activism Broke The System. popularresistance.org Daniel Halferty was behind on rent. "When I made a partial payment in October, [my landlord] texted me, berating me." | Halferty had been hunting for a job since April, but with a history of cancer and traumatic brain injury, he was cautious about finding a job that would be fairly safe from COVID-19. | Halferty started his new job at the end of November, and made a payment plan to catch up on past-due rent. That was fine with his landlord, Ellis Real Estate, until Halferty asked to delay just 2 weeks, so he could prevent his utilities from being shut off. Then his landlord stopped communicating. | "They just cut…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-09). Biden's Neoliberal American Rescue Health Plan: Covid-19 Showed us Why we Need Single Payer. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — President Biden, the Democratic Party and America's neoliberal vision of world order is rooted in an economic philosophy of privatization and financialization. To assure privatization goals of the 1% oligarchs, distinguished economist Michael Hudson writes that this is achieved by "conquering the brains of a country by shaping …

Online News Editor (2021-03-09). Iraqi Shiites continue pilgrimage despite blast, Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Baghdad, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shiites continued Tuesday to make their way on foot to the Baghdad shrine honoring martyred eighth century imam Musa al-Kazim despite this week's blast at the site and a spike in coronavirus cases. Pilgrims set out three days ago from across Iraq for the mausoleum that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-09). World's fastest supercomputer now fully operational in Japan. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- The Japanese supercomputer Fugaku, recognized as the fastest in the world, began operating at full capacity on Tuesday, according to its creators, who expect it to make valuable contributions in Covid-19 research. Fugaku was jointly developed by the state-owned Riken scientific institute and by the Japanese technology company Fujitsu. It was …

news.un (2021-03-09). Impact of COVID-19 'heavily felt' by prisoners globally: UN expert. news.un.org People incarcerated across the world are being "disproportionately affected" by the COVID-19 pandemic according to a UN expert on prison reform.

SF Dept of Health & Partners (2021-03-09). Tuesday 3/9: San Francisco Town Hall: COVID-19 Vaccine Info & LGBTQ+ Community. indybay.org Online event via Zoom…

Jeff Mackler (2021-03-09). Bully Biden bombs Syria, Slashes COVID-19 Payments and Drops $15 minimum wage. counterpunch.org President Joseph Biden's fealty to U.S. imperialism and its ruling class domestic agenda was demonstrated soon after his Jan. 20 White House arrival. Five days later he sent additional troops to northeastern Syria to fortify U.S. control of that U.S. beleaguered nation's oil rich and most fertile agricultural region. On Feb. 25 Biden directed U.S.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-09). Pandemic shows it's time to 'protect and nurture global science' – Alice Gast. imperial.ac.uk The COVID-19 crisis ensured that the "globalisation of research is…central to our way of life", writes President Alice Gast in the Financial Times.

RT (2021-03-09). CNN anchor raises eyebrows after revealing video of him not wearing pants during live appearance. rt.com CNN's Brian Stelter received criticism for proudly airing a clip that showed him without pants on during his live coverage of then-President Donald Trump's Twitter ban. | On his show Reliable Sources on Sunday, Stelter brought up the viral 2020 moment when ABC News' Will Reeve had been caught reporting from home without pants on, during a Covid-19 lockdown. | Stelter then followed by saying he could "relate" to Reeve's situation, airing an old video of himself reporting live without pants on, after being given "just two minutes' notice" to appear on the network to discuss Trump's ban. | Shortly after the segme…

RT (2021-03-09). Wyoming becomes latest state to end mandatory face coverings as GOP continues defiance of Biden's Covid-19 mask push. rt.com Wyoming became the latest state to ease its Covid-19 rules in defiance of the Biden administration's guidelines, as Governor Mark Gordon announced that his mask mandate and restrictions on businesses are ending. | Effective on March 16, bars, restaurants, theaters and gyms will be allowed to resume normal operations, and the statewide mask mandate will end, Gordon said on Monday in a

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-09). Brawling Over Vaccines: Export Bans and the EU's Bungled Rollout. counterpunch.org 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,

Jayati Ghosh (2021-03-09). The political economy of COVID-19 vaccines. mronline.org Vaccine grabs, the refusal to relax patents to enable mass production, and the use of vaccines for diplomacy run the risk that poorer nations may not be protected against Covid-19 quickly enough. This will prolong the pandemic, even for the richer nations.

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Why Haredi Jews oppose coronavirus measures, vaccine? yenisafak.com Ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim, have come to the fore recently after staging a series of protests against measures taken by the Israeli government to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. | Haredim, who make up some 10% of Israel's population, are accused of spreading the pandemic across the country as they refuse to comply with restrictions and take COVID-19 vaccine. | On Feb. 9, Haredi Jews clashed with the police amid demonstrations against restrictions imposed by the authorities to combat COVID-19. | Last week, a car carrying Anadolu Agency news crew came under attack by Haredi Jews in…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-03-09). 70% of US Supports Removing Vaccine Patents, Sharing Recipes Globally to 'Bring This Pandemic to an End'. commondreams.org "In the battle against Covid-19, we must always remember that Covid anywhere is Covid everywhere. We can't end the pandemic or rebuild the economy without a vaccine that is free, fair, and available to all." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/vaccine_lab.jpg

_____ (2021-03-09). The Urban Poor Are Paying a Steep 'Murder Tax' Since 2020. strategic-culture.org By Sean KENNEDY | While COVID-19 imposed a terrible toll in death and economic destruction in 2020, another epidemic devastates American communities both financially and personally—violence. | Preliminary statistics show murders rose by

Staff (2021-03-09). Headlines for March 9, 2021. democracynow.org CDC Says Fully Vaccinated People Can Safely Gather in Small Groups Without Masks, Italy's COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 100,000; Peru and Vietnam Begin Mass Vaccinations, Jury Selection Delayed at Start of Trial of Derek Chauvin, Ex-Cop Who Killed George Floyd, Kentucky Judge Dismisses All Charges Against Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend over Fatal No-Knock Raid, 3,200 Unaccompanied Children of Asylum Seekers Held by U.S. Border Patrol, Biden Administration Grants Temporary Protected Status to 300,000+ Venezuelans in U.S., Brazilian Judge Annuls Convictions Against Ex-President Lula da Silva, Paving Way for 2022 Run, New…

SC Storm (2021-03-09). Wylder Space Hosts "Freedom Fighters" Meeting, Owner Posts About Q and the "Plandemic" indybay.org Shortly after Wylder Space opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Felton in July of 2020, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, chef and owner Molly Bravo organized a "freedom fighters meeting" at their new location. Bravo then shared a string of political posts on social media, which included a QAnon post calling the Covid-19 pandemic a "plan-demic," and other posts supporting "Q" and the QAnon conspiracy theory. Wylder Space was also identified by a member of the anti-masker group "Keep Santa Cruz Free" as a business that honors "mask exemptions." The Wylder Space website describes the restaurant: "We pr…

Colin Pawlowski, AJ Venkatakrishnan, Christian Kirkup, Gabriela Berner, Arjun Puranik, John C. O'Horo, Andrew D. Badley, Venky Soundararajan (2021-03-09). [Research Paper] Enoxaparin is associated with lower rates of mortality than unfractionated Heparin in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. thelancet.com This study emphasizes the need for mechanistically investigating differential modulation of the COVID-associated coagulation cascades by Enoxaparin versus unfractionated Heparin.

Editor (2021-03-09). Aumentar el salario mínimo a $15, °al menos! workers.org Un salario mínimo de $15 por hora no puede incluirse en el proyecto de ley de ayuda COVID-19 de $1,9 billones propuesto por los demócratas del Congreso. Así dictaminó la parlamentaria del Senado, Elizabeth McDonough, el 25 de febrero. Este funcionario no electo lo calificó de "irrelevante para la legislación . . . |

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Philippines tops, Pakistan nears 600,000 COVID-19 cases. yenisafak.com The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines and Pakistan climbed, with Manila crossing the 600,000 mark on Tuesday after 2,668 new infections were reported.According to the Philippines health authorities, the total number of COVID-19 cases hit 600,428 with 41,822 active cases.With the latest seven deaths confirmed on Tuesday, the total number of virus-related fatalities in the country reached 12,528.Meanwhile, Pakistan's tally of coronavirus cases neared 600,000 as infections climbed again following a decline over the last two months.According to data from the country's Health Ministry, 1,353 new cases were r…

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Kenyan doctors raise alarm over new COVID-19 symptoms. yenisafak.com Kenyan doctors Tuesday raised the alarm over new symptoms among COVID-19 patients in the East African country, calling for extreme caution.Dr. Andrew Gachie, the chief medical officer of Nairobi West Hospital, told reporters that patients are showing a myriad of new symptoms aside from the usual dry cough and high fever."One of the things we have noticed is that the majority of patients are coming in with difficulty breathing with no fever or anything. They require intensive care as soon as admitted," Citizen TV Kenya reported, quoting Gachie."Could we be dealing with a new virus or what? Scientifically, is [it]…

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Slower Saudi normalization scraps Umrah visits post-Eid. yenisafak.com The Eid is due to follow the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which this year ends in mid-May.The Turkish Religious Affairs Directorate issued the statement in response to numerous questions from the public about the Hajj and Umrahs this year, after they were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The statement said negotiations with the Saudi Hajj and Umrah Ministry for 2021 are ongoing and that any decisions taken as a result will be made public.Further questions about pilgrimages can be addressed to the directorate's call center at 0850-260-1313, it added.*Writing by Dilara Hamit…

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Nonwhite US nursing homes see more virus deaths: Study. yenisafak.com Nursing homes with the highest proportion of nonwhite residents reported a mean of 5.6 deaths, according to data compiled from over 13,000 nursing homes in the US, said the study published in the JAMA Network Open medical journal.In comparison, nursing homes with highest percentages of white residents reported an average of only 1.7 deaths.Since the beginning of the pandemic, between 35% and 40% of deaths in long-term care facilities in the US have been associated with COVID-19, it added."Very early on, we saw some striking relationships with the racial composition of a nursing home, where nursing homes serving m…

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Oil up on projected economic recovery, inventory draw. yenisafak.com Oil prices gained slightly on Tuesday with rising expectations of a faster global economic recovery after the US Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, and on an expected drawdown in US crude oil inventories.International benchmark Brent crude was trading at $68.35 per barrel at 0643 GMT for a 0.16% increase after closing Friday at $68.24 a barrel.American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $65.07 per barrel at the same time for a 0.03% increase after it ended the previous session at $65.05 a barrel.Brent breached the $71 threshold on Monday with trade at $71.11, a level not seen since…

Víctor M. Toledo (2021-03-09). América Latina y el Caribe: Dogmatismos, sectarismos y pensamiento crítico. globalizacion.ca Los seres humanos somos la única especie sobreviviente de las 10 que existieron del género Homo. Hoy, la humanidad se encuentra amenazada de manera doble: por la crisis del clima (macroamenaza) y por la pandemia del Covid-19 (microamenaza). Para complicarlo…

A Guest Author (2021-03-09). A message on Mumia's health condition. workers.org Workers World received the following message from Dr. Ricardo Alvarez, who is serving as a medical consultant for Mumia Abu-Jamal. Earlier in March Abu-Jamal tested positive for COVID-19 and was treated for congestive heart disease. Worsening dermatitis on Mumia's leg extends all over his body. Mumia is suffering from multiple diseases . . . |

Simon Black (2021-03-09). The CDC Mandate Masks Study: Is the CDC About to be Canceled by Google and Facebook for "COVID Heresy"? globalresearch.ca On Friday afternoon, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

WSWS (2021-03-09). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Electrical workers in Puerto Rico began a one-day strike March 8 over alleged corruption in government contracts while a cover-up by Canada Post of a COVID outbreak that killed at least one worker at its Mississauga, Ontario sorting facility has been exposed.

Online News Editor (2021-03-09). Israel prepares Covid-safe elections, most expensive in its history. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- Israel is preparing to host Covid-safe elections in a bid to allow people with the virus to vote, even if it is from a hospital bed — a challenging feat that comes at a considerable financial cost, a spokesperson for the Central Electoral Committee told Efe. The logistical complexity of the …

Staff (2021-03-09). Texas Gov. Lifts Pandemic Restrictions, Defying Public Health Experts, and Blames Migrants for COVID. democracynow.org Texas is the largest state to lift its mandate on face masks and fully reopen businesses, joining a growing movement in states governed by Republicans to ease pandemic restrictions even as experts warn it is too soon to do so, despite the accelerating pace of vaccinations in the United States. "This is completely politically motivated," says Dr. Dona Murphey, a physician scientist and community organizer in Houston who is helping to lead a campaign demanding Texas reinstate the mask mandate. She says Republican Governor Greg Abbott is ending the state's pandemic restrictions as "a maneuver to conceal failures" re…

Pam Long (2021-03-09). No COVID Vaccine? No Travel, Air Force Officials Say. globalresearch.ca The U.S. Air Force Air has created policies intended to restrict …

The Daily Expose (2021-03-09). Number of Women in the U.K. Who Have Lost Baby as a Result of COVID Vaccine Doubles in Just 7 Days: MHRA Data Shows. globalresearch.ca It saddens us to have to report that as a result …

Nefertiti Austin (2021-03-09). How Covid Made Life Even More Unpredictable for Kids in Foster Care. thenation.com How Covid Made Life Even More Unpredictable for Kids in Foster Care…

R.R. (2021-03-09). In Defense of Malik Washington, Supporters Stand Strong at Protest. indybay.org SF Bay View Editor Malik Washington is a resident of a halfway house that is one of many private re-entry and prison facilities run by the Geo Group. Washington publicly documented a preventable COVID outbreak at the halfway house, and as a result is being repressed by the Geo Group in multiple ways. More than 20 speakers and about 200 people attended a rally on March 7 to stand up for him and for the cause of black journalism.

RT (2021-03-09). Fuming minister Nicola Sturgeon rages that football champs Rangers 'didn't do nearly enough' to stop fans' wild partying (VIDEO). rt.com Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reserved some heavy scorn for title-winning Rangers, saying that the club didn't do enough to stop fans disregarding Covid restrictions to celebrate their first title win in a decade. | Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard's team confirmed their status as Scottish champions on Sunday when fierce local rivals Celtic could only manage a scoreless draw away to Dundee United as Rangers completed their journey from financial ruin back to the summit of the league — ending the Hoops' hopes of a record-breaking 10th successive title in the process. | In the hours after their…

Jon Skolnik (2021-03-09). GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's latest stunt is trying to stall Biden's COVID relief bill. salon.com The Georgia Republican known for her past support of QAnon was supported by members of the House Freedom Caucus…

Colin Pawlowski, AJ Venkatakrishnan, Christian Kirkup, Gabriela Berner, Arjun Puranik, John C. O'Horo, Andrew D. Badley, Venky Soundararajan (2021-03-09). [Research Paper] Enoxaparin is associated with lower rates of mortality than unfractionated Heparin in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. thelancet.com This study emphasizes the need for mechanistically investigating differential modulation of the COVID-associated coagulation cascades by Enoxaparin versus unfractionated Heparin.

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Kenyan doctors raise alarm over new COVID-19 symptoms. yenisafak.com Kenyan doctors Tuesday raised the alarm over new symptoms among COVID-19 patients in the East African country, calling for extreme caution.Dr. Andrew Gachie, the chief medical officer of Nairobi West Hospital, told reporters that patients are showing a myriad of new symptoms aside from the usual dry cough and high fever."One of the things we have noticed is that the majority of patients are coming in with difficulty breathing with no fever or anything. They require intensive care as soon as admitted," Citizen TV Kenya reported, quoting Gachie."Could we be dealing with a new virus or what? Scientifically, is [it]…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-03-09). WHO Finds Violence Against Women 'Remains Devastatingly Pervasive,' Affecting 1 in 3 Worldwide. commondreams.org "Violence against women is endemic in every country and culture, causing harm to millions of women and their families, and has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12316094131.jpg

WSWS (2021-03-09). Germany's reopening plan opens floodgates for resurgence of pandemic. wsws.org Prior to the meeting, of federal and state government, repeated outbreaks of more infectious coronavirus variants occurred across Germany due to the continued operation of workplaces and the reopening of schools.

Online News Editor (2021-03-09). Kazakhstan adopts revised National Development Plan. laprensalatina.com Nur-Sultan, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- The government of Kazakhstan has approved a National Development Plan revised to take into consideration the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, the Economy Ministry said Tuesday. The new version of the document, signed by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, stresses the need to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis and to …

Online News Editor (2021-03-09). Japanese gov't rules out foreign spectators at Olympics. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- The Japanese government has decided to bar foreign spectators from entering the country in the summer to attend the Olympics and Paralympics out of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, state-run Kyodo news agency reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. The government and the Japanese organizing committee …

Online News Editor (2021-03-09). Panama mired in severe economic hardship after year of coronavirus. laprensalatina.com By Ana de Leon Panama City, Mar 9 (efe-epa).- "We have to apply the vaccine and trust in it, we have no other choice," Yolanda Ngichingkee, a nurse in Panama's capital, told Efe while placing a dose in a refrigerator. Tuesday marks the grim one-year anniversary of the start of the coronavirus crisis in Panama, …

Lily Galili (2021-03-09). Israel elections: As Netanyahu hits a wall with voters, this one is about the best of the rest. middleeasteye.net Israel elections: As Netanyahu hits a wall with voters, this one is about the best of the rest | For the first time, a right-wing prime minister could emerge from Likud's rivals — a scenario that promises neither stability nor progress | Tue, 03/09/2021 – 14: 06 | A waitress serves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a cafe in Jerusalem, as Israel eases coronavirus restrictions (Reuters) | What se…

Christophe Callewaert (2021-03-09). Pfizer o cómo sacar provecho de una pandemia. globalizacion.ca Pfizer está actuando como un matón en el patio del recreo con países desesperados por conseguir suficientes vacunas para acabar con la pandemia. Pfizer es una de las empresas que ha ganado la carrera por una vacuna contra el coronavirus….

Global Research News (2021-03-09). Selected Articles: The Pentagon's Multibillion Dollar Indo-Pacific Military Deployment. globalresearch.ca By Looking at the county-by-county data, the CDC concludes that mask mandates were associated with …

yenisafak (2021-03-09). Australia seeks pressure on EU over vaccine supply. yenisafak.com Australia plans to build a "coalition of countries" to pressure the EU into delivering planned doses of coronavirus vaccines, local media reported.Last Thursday, Italy decided to stop the shipment of more than 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses destined for Australia.The European Commission defended Italy's move, saying it was not targeting Australia but ensuring that AstraZeneca delivers the number of doses agreed with EU authorities.Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said he is "incredibly disappointed" by the decision, adding he plans to work with Canada, Japan, Norway and New Zealand to push the EU to change…