Daily Archives: March 12, 2021

2021-03-12: News Headlines

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-03-12). San Francisco: $5/hour COVID hazard pay for grocery, pharmacy workers. peoplesworld.org San Francisco this week joined the growing number of Bay Area cities mandating hazard pay for grocery workers, when its Board of Supervisors on March 9 unanimously passed an emergency ordinance requiring large grocers and pharmacies to pay their workers an additional $5 per hour during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city had earlier urged, but …

WSWS (2021-03-12). The Binghamton University COVID-19 crisis and the way forward for students, faculty and staff. wsws.org Coronavirus cases at Binghamton University continue to rise as the university struggles to handle the large outbreak. Despite this, the university has decided to allow campus activities to resume and has refused to suspend in-person instruction.

Fight Back (2021-03-12). Commentary: Union density rises in 2020, while job numbers shrink. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – In late January, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on union density for 2020. The report's finding includes some interesting facts – namely, that the union membership rate (the percentage of workers who belong to unions) went up for the first time since 2008, rising half a percent to 10.8% of the working class. | To date, it is the best report yet of the state of our movement coming out of the crisis of a century – the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. What is included in the report reveals a great deal. What is left out begs a greater question. | What's in the re…

Editor (2021-03-12). Chris Hedges: Bandaging the Corpse. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost The established ruling elites know there is a crisis. They agreed, at least temporarily, to throw money at it with the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 bill known as American Rescue Plan (ARP). But the ARP will not alter the structural inequities, either by raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour or imposing taxes and regulations on corporations or the billionaire… |

Tim Schwab (2021-03-12). COVID-19, Trust, and Wellcome: How Charity's Pharma Investments Overlap with Its Research Efforts. BMJ. globalresearch.ca An increasingly clear feature of the covid-19 pandemic is that the …

Paul Street (2021-03-12). Unless the Power of the People Asserts Itself. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic and recession and the political realignment in Washington after the defeat of the malignant fascist Trump and the two former Republican Senators in Georgia have opened the door for some welcome federal action. Among the improvements: the newly serious and aggressive federal response to the deadly virus and the passage of a

RT (2021-03-12). Biden asks Americans to 'trust Fauci' after he draws criticism for saying the latest CDC recommendations are not science-based. rt.com US President Joe Biden's call to trust Dr. Anthony Fauci on the issue of vaccine safety while describing him "one of the most trusted voices in the world" has earned scorn from conservatives, accusing him of inconsistency. | In his first address as president on Thursday evening, Biden demanded Americans follow advice from scientists, who he said "have made clear that things may get worse again" as new strains of the virus spread. | "But to get there we can't let our guard down. This fight is far from over," he added, calling on those hesitant to receive the Covid-19 vaccine to take cues from Dr. Fauci, praisin…

RT (2021-03-12). US hoarding millions of doses of unapproved AstraZeneca vaccine as EU & others suffer shortages — reports. rt.com Washington has reportedly refused a request by AstraZeneca to loan some of the US' stockpile of its Covid-19 vaccine — which cannot be used there yet — and deliver it to the EU, where the supplier is failing to meet its targets.

news.un (2021-03-12). WHO backs AstraZeneca COVID vaccine amid clotting concerns; green lights Johnson & Johnson shots. news.un.org The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it was aware of blood clot concerns linked to "a specific batch" of AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, but maintained that to date, no-one has died from any coronavirus vaccine.

news.un (2021-03-12). Syria war: Average of one child injured or killed every eight hours over past 10 years – UNICEF. news.un.org The grim ten-year anniversary of the war in Syria has left 90 percent of the country's children in need of help, as a triple crisis of violence, economic misery and the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed families to the brink of despair, UNICEF reported on Friday.

news.un (2021-03-12). World's crime fighters push back against COVID-19's 'divisions and inequalities'. news.un.org The world's largest crime prevention and criminal justice gathering wrapped up on Friday, rejecting "the divisions and inequalities" exposed by COVID-19, according to the top UN crime-fighting official.

yenisafak (2021-03-12). At least 1 in 5 Americans lost someone close to COVID-19 in US. yenisafak.com New nationwide polling shows 19% of Americans, about one in five, have a close friend or loved one who was killed by the coronavirus.Nettie Parks of Volusia County, Florida lost her only brother to the virus last April. She told The Associated Press that she and her five sisters have yet to hold a memorial service because of travel restrictions."We didn't have a chance to grieve. It's almost like it happened yesterday," she said. "It's still fresh."More than 530,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus or complications since the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, accord…

yenisafak (2021-03-12). COVID-19 levels fall to lowest since September in England. yenisafak.com Levels of COVID-19 in England have dropped to their lowest levels since last September, the UK's Office for National Statistics announced on Friday.In the week ending March 6, one in 270 people had coronavirus, or 200,600 people. Just the week before this, the level was one in 220, or 248,100 people.In the week ending Sept. 24, 2020, the figure was one in 470, or 116,600 people.- Reopening planLast month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a four-stage plan for the easing of restrictions across England to gradually reopen the nation following three months of closures.Stage one will involve the reopening…

yenisafak (2021-03-12). Thailand suspends use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. yenisafak.com Thailand on Friday suspended the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine following a ban in several European countries over reports of severe or fatal blood clots in vaccinated people.The country's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and some Cabinet members were scheduled to be vaccinated on Friday morning, but the plan was abruptly canceled, according to the local daily Bangkok Post.Some were set to receive AstraZeneca vaccine, while others China's Sinovac. All vaccinations were suspended.This came after a number of countries, including Denmark, Norway, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria suspended the use of the jab.The do…

The Canary (2021-03-12). Reclaim These Streets organisers seek legal challenge over 'about-face by police'. thecanary.co Organisers of a vigil in response to the disappearance of Sarah Everard are taking legal action after claiming police reversed a decision on allowing it to go ahead. | Restricted: | They said there had been an "about-face" by the Metropolitan Police and they were told the Reclaim These Streets event planned for 13 March would not be permitted due to the coronavirus (Covid-19 ) lockdown. | The group said in a statement on the evening of 11 March that they would seek an order in the High Court the following day, challenging the force's interpretations of coronavirus restrictions when read against human righ…

Jayati Ghosh (2021-03-12). The Political Economy of COVID-19 Vaccines. zcomm.org Within a month of the regulatory approval being granted to the first three vaccines, advanced countries, accounting for only 14% of the world's population, had placed orders for around 85% of the estimated entire production for 2021…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-12). Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacks pilgrimage minister. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacks pilgrimage minister | The kingdom has suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic from a lack of income from pilgrims | Fri, 03/12/2021 – 14: 30 | Handout from the Saudi Press Agency on 15 December 2020 shows Saudi Arabia's King Salman signing the 2021 state budget following a virtual cabinet meeting in the capital Riyadh (AFP) | Sauid Arabia's minister overseein…

Eds. (2021-03-12). Cuba's contributions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. mronline.org MR Online

Johanna Kichton (2021-03-12). "People Over Profit" Rallies Push Pharmaceutical Companies to Commit to Equitable Global Vaccine Distribution. peoplesaction.org Activists gathered across U.S. calling for lower-income countries ravaged by COVID-19 to get immediate access to lifesaving vaccines Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 NEW YORK, N.Y. —— Today, activists gathered at rallies in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia as part of a day of action calling for pharmaceutical companies to prioritize "people over …

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). Thailand suspends Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over blood clot reports. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- Thailand postponed its Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Friday after a number of European countries suspended theirs over reports of blood clots. A suspension for two weeks was announced at a press conference in which Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was expected to get the first dose, followed by ministers. "We …

_____ (2021-03-12). Russia Offers Europe Win-Win Vaccine Solution. strategic-culture.org The Sputnik V vaccine potentially fills the supply gaps that the EU is encumbered with. Immediately. | It is now one year since the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic from the novel coronavirus and its accompanying Covid-19 disease. Worldwide, the death toll stands at 2.6 million and continues to rise. | The arrival of effective vaccines has offered new hope that the deadly virus can be eradicated. Sputnik V, the Russian manufactured vaccine, was the first to be registered anywhere in the world as of August last year and has since been proven by large-scale trials to be highly effective and safe…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-12). Brazil cases shed more light on COVID-19 reinfection risk. imperial.ac.uk Researchers believe reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 may be more common than previously thought, after an analysis of people contracting COVID-19 twice.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-12). Medical students help tackle COVID-19 community health challenges. imperial.ac.uk Third year medics have devised health interventions to help tackle some of the new challenges faced by GPs and their patients due to COVID-19.

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). Almost half of Israel's population fully vaccinated against Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- Almost half of all Israelis have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the latest health ministry data Friday. Israeli health authorities said 44% percent of its nine million people have had two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 jab and 55% have had one dose. The percentage of positive tests in …

Staff (2021-03-12). The End of Trickle-Down Economics? Joe Stiglitz on the "Transformational" $1.9T American Rescue Plan. democracynow.org President Biden has signed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which Democrats are hailing as the largest anti-poverty bill in a generation. It includes stimulus checks to most adults, expanded unemployment benefits and an overhaul of the child tax credit. One study projects the law will lift almost 14 million Americans out of poverty, including 5.7 million children. "This is transformational," says economist Joseph Stiglitz. "It says, 'We are actually going to live up — try to live up — to our aspirations.'"

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). Brazil struggles amid second wave with cemeteries, ICUs at breaking point. laprensalatina.com By Carlos Meneses Sanchez Sà£o Paulo, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- Hospitals and cemeteries in Brazil, which marked one year since it recorded its first death from Covid-19 on Friday, are close to overflowing as the country grapples with a major surge of coronavirus infections. Brazil is the second worst affected country overall in the world by …

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). North Korea got darker during Covid-19 crisis, says rights defender. laprensalatina.com By Andres Sanchez Seoul, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- Spanish researcher Lina Yoon, who has been secretly documenting human rights violations in North Korea for around five years, has expressed concern over how the regime took advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to strengthen further its grip over the country. "North Korea is already a black hole, but …

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). A year after first Covid-19 victim, India has over 158,000 deaths. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- India on Friday completed a year after the Covid-19 claimed its first victim in the country that has since become the world's second-worst affected nation due to the pandemic with more than 11.3 million infections and over 158,000 deaths. However, the overall fatality rate is relatively lower than other worst-affected …

Kathy Deacon (2021-03-12). No Matter How Bad, COVID Makes It Worse. counterpunch.org It's disquieting to see profit-incentivized entities turn into major vaccination hubs—many people now routinely go to drug stores to get their flu shots. Until such time as the American government catches up with the rest of the world–and creates the public health care system we so desperately need—it looks as if the large pharmacy chains will remain central to the patchwork, makeshift future of pandemic response

Makia Freeman (2021-03-12). "COVID Denialism" Now Enshrined in Case Law. globalresearch.ca COVID denialism — a broad term leveled at those who have …

RT (2021-03-12). NY House speaker launches impeachment probe into Cuomo over sexual harassment allegations & Covid nursing home cover-up. rt.com The New York State Assembly has given the nod to an impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo, who faces a litany of sexual harassment charges from several accusers and intense criticism of his pandemic response. | Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie authorized a Judiciary Committee to probe the allegations on Thursday, tapping fellow Democrat Assemblyman Charles Lavine to spearhead the investigation. | "The reports of accusations concerning the governor are serious. The committee will have the authority to interview witnesses, subpoena documents and evaluate evidence, as is allowed by the New…

Ross Barkan (2021-03-12). How Cuomo's Cozy Relationship With a Hospital Lobby Affected His Covid Response. thenation.com How Cuomo's Cozy Relationship With a Hospital Lobby Affected His Covid Response…

Steve Topple (2021-03-12). A Labour MP just put Keir Starmer's leadership to shame. thecanary.co A backbench Labour MP has made a A Tale of Two Covids: us…: |

Robert F. Kennedy Jr (2021-03-12). Before COVID, Gates Planned Social Media Censorship of Vaccine Safety Advocates with Pharma, CDC, Media, China and CIA. globalresearch.ca In October 2019, shortly before the COVID outbreak, Gates and other …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-03-12). Roaming Charges: Fear of a Black Prince. counterpunch.org The ravages of COVID and the narrow victories in the elections gave the Democrats a once in a generation chance to do something big without having to barter for the votes of grifter Republicans. Instead, the Democrats ended up negotiating amongst themselves in a strange dance of downward harmonization, where every intra-party compromise resulted in those who needed the most relief ending up with less and less. In the end, Biden, Schumer and Pelosi settled for a hefty spending package (bigger than most but similar in kind to past bills) that doled out $1.9 trillion across the political spectrum, but did little or…

NUMSA statement reposted by the Jamal Journal (2021-03-12). NUMSA demands the immediate release of American political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal now has congestive heart disease, organ failure of the skin, and COVID 19 breathing difficulties. With Mumia's life at stake, people from all around the world are speaking out and calling for Mumia's immediate release.

Aaron Morrison, Kat Stafford (2021-03-12). Data confirms what we already knew: Pandemic hit people of color harder. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK (AP)—A year ago, Elvia Banuelos' life was looking up. The 39-year-old mother of two young children said she felt confident about a new management-level job with the U.S. Census Bureau—she would earn money to supplement the child support she receives to keep her children healthy, happy, and in daycare. But when the coronavirus …

People's Voice (2021-03-12). Cuba's reforms raise public sector salaries, broaden self-employment options. peoplesworld.org Starting in January 2021, Cuba began to implement broad economic reforms designed to increase production and exports in an effort to mitigate the effects of the U.S. blockade and the coronavirus pandemic. The following article, republished from the Turkish media site Sol ("The Left"), analyzes the first month of the reforms and their impact on …

Staff (2021-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Signs Coronavirus Relief Bill, Pledges to Make Vaccines Available to All U.S. Adults by May 1, Denmark, Norway and Iceland Halt AstraZeneca Vaccinations over Blood Clot Fears, World Food Programme Warns 34 Million Face Famine in Yemen, Ethiopia and Beyond, Biden to Meet Leaders of Japan, India and Australia in Anti-China "Quad Summit", Austin Police Officer Christopher Taylor Indicted for Murder of Michael Ramos, Judge Reinstates Third-Degree Murder Charge Against Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, Who Killed George Floyd, Report Condemns LAPD's Mishandling of BLM Protests; Kentucky Tries to Make "Taunting" a Cop a Crim…

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). All US adults to be eligible for Covid vaccination from May 1, Biden vows. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 11 (efe-epa).- In his first prime-time national address as president of the United States, Joe Biden said Thursday, on the first anniversary of the country's Covid-19 epidemic, that by May.1 all adults will be eligible for vaccination, and the country should have regained some normality by early July. In his televised speech, the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-12). WHO says no reason not to use AstraZeneca jab as countries halt rollouts. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Mar 12 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organisation on Friday urged countries to continue administering the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Several nations in Europe have halted their rollouts following reports of blood clots forming in some people who had received the jab. "AstraZeneca is an excellent vaccine, as are the other vaccines that are being used," …

_____ (2021-03-12). Here's the Deal. strategic-culture.org In his first primetime address, the president presented himself as a national father to a skeptical nation. | By Curt MILLS | Three hundred and sixty-four days after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic and President Donald Trump explained, from the Oval Office, "our nation's unprecedented response to the Coronavirus outbreak that started in China," his successor Joe Biden said that "scientists have made clear that things may get worse again." | For the first time as president, Biden reprised the role he has played so often, but never so prominently: a tribune from the white, middle class,…

David Yearsley (2021-03-12). Do Organists Dream of Electric Sheep? counterpunch.org In his encyclopedic cinderblock of a book Musurgia Universalis of 1650, the German polymath Athanasius Kircher imagined God as an organist pulling out a new stop on each new day of Creation and playing the world's beings into life. Kircher didn't mention any Pandemic Pipes in his World Organ, but they have been sounding for

Matthew Stevenson (2021-03-12). Letters From Minsk: Leaving Home. counterpunch.org This is the first in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. Tired Tires Before boarding the train to Minsk, I first had to fix a flat tire on my Brompton bicycle. Mercifully, it lost its air just before I left home, although it

Mnar Muhawesh Adley (2021-03-12). Vanessa Beeley on Biden's Escalation of War on Syria Amid the Pandemic. mintpressnews.com Having just taken office amid a pandemic, the Biden administration quickly ordered an airstrike that dropped 1.75 tons of explosives on a town in Syria near the Iraq border, re-inflaming tensions between Washington and Damascus.

Louis Proyect (2021-03-12). The 2021 Socially Relevant Film Festival. counterpunch.org Starting next Monday and ending on Sunday March 21st, the Socially Relevant Film Festival will present dozens of films through a virtual theater. Like last year, the pandemic has had an impact not only on this festival but all theaters in New York that cater to leading edge independent work. The big commercial theaters like

Sarah Roberts, Joe Bernick (2021-03-12). Salt of the Earth Labor College spotlights border militarization and death. peoplesworld.org TUCSON, Ariz.—For decades, the U.S.-Mexico border areas have experienced increased militarization, a surge in deportations, and an ever-more brutal border patrol. The Trump administration's policies of separating families, building walls, and racist demonizing of migrants made the situation even worse—and then came the pandemic. Some hope the Biden administration will ease things somewhat, but change is slow …

Jessica Arons (2021-03-12). Beyond the Bans: State Attacks on Abortion in 2021. aclu.org Despite being a year into a global pandemic that has caused a staggering half a million deaths in the U.S, many state legislatures still have their sights trained on a favorite target: decimating access to abortion care. | In 2020, most states — with some notable

RT (2021-03-12). Biden says all American adults will be eligible for vaccination by May 1, says rollout 'months ahead of schedule'. rt.com President Joe Biden has said he ordered states to remove vaccine eligibility criteria by May 1. He noted, however, that the measure would allow Americans only to "get in line" for the shot, not to take it immediately. | The announcement came during a national address on Thursday night, in which Biden marked the first anniversary of pandemic-related shutdowns across the US and updated the various ways his administration had tackled the health crisis, including an upcoming directive to states to slash their eligibility requirements. | "Tonight, I'm announcing that I will direct all states, tribes and territories…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-03-12). Iran's economy out of recession, CBI chief says. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 12 (MNA) — The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdolnaser Hemmati has said that the Iranian economy has recorded growth despite sanctions and pandemic.