2021-03-14: News Headlines

RT (2021-03-14). US could reach 'certain' post-Covid 'degree of normality' by mid-summer, 'no exact date' for events like indoor weddings. rt.com White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has expressed confidence in President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccination plan, but says he can give no timeline for a return to normal. | "There are two issues: getting enough doses, which we will have with the new contracts with the pharmaceutical companies. But once you get those doses, to get it into people's arms," Fauci told CNN on Sunday when discussing Covid-19 vaccine distribution plans. | Fauci expressed support for Biden's wish that the US would be able to mark "independence" from the pandemic by July 4 and gather without masks or social distancing for tradi…

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). A year after draconian lockdown, Spain pins hope on vaccines. laprensalatina.com By Antonia Méndez Ardila Madrid, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- A year after Spain was plunged into a draconian lockdown as Covid-19 first took hold, the country has just emerged from a third wave and its inhabitants are placing their hopes on the vaccine rollout, although millions have suffered the economic consequences of pandemic restrictions. On 14 …

yenisafak (2021-03-14). Erdogan hails health workers on COVID-19 frontline. yenisafak.com The Turkish president on Sunday expressed his gratitude for healthcare workers on the occasion of the national March 14 Medicine Day."I greet you and your family with my most heartfelt feelings and congratulate you on the Medicine Day. I am grateful to you and all your colleagues for your services for our nation and all humanity," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a letter penned to mark the day also known as Doctors' Day.Erdogan's letter is the first piece of a digital letter campaign organized by Lutfen Platformu (the Please Platform), which was established to raise awareness on social issues.The campaign was launch…

yenisafak (2021-03-14). Palestine orders lockdown in West Bank amid virus surge. yenisafak.com In a statement, government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said movement between Palestinian cities will be banned except for health workers.The spokesman said schools and colleges will remain closed.The restrictions do not include the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Palestinian group Hamas.Palestinian health authorities confirmed 27 deaths and 1,784 new infections from COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the tally in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip to 234,449 cases, including 2,494 fatalities.*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara…

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Fresh restrictions as Covid cases climb in parts of Europe. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Covid-19 infection rates are on the rise in several European nations, prompting fresh restrictions amid a relatively slow vaccination rollout and the rapid spread of new variants. German health authorities believe infection rates could return to maximum levels after the Easter period, which would require a pause in the country's …

Stephen Lendman (2021-03-14). Get Jabbed for COVID in Israel or "Face Unspecified Punitive Measures" globalresearch.ca Is Israel heading for mandatory covid jabbing or the equivalent through …

Peter Retson (2021-03-14). In Denmark, Activist Mother Against Covid Restrictions Sentenced to 2 Years in Jail for Saying "Let's Go Smash this Town Up in a Non-violent Way" globalresearch.ca Nanna Skov Hà∏pfner, or as she is known by her …

Middle East Monitor (2021-03-14). Increasing Israeli Squatter violence against Occupied Palestinians goes unchecked by the Israel Military. juancole.com By Kamel Hawwash | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — As I was reading an article headlined "Israel says 600 children given Covid jab had no serious side effects", my twitter feed was filled with messages expressing outrage about a video of some other children: Palestinian children. This told a very different story. Palestinian …

No Nukes Action (2021-03-14). No More Fukushimas! SF Speak Out On 10th Anniversary Of NUKE Melt-downs. indybay.org On the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns of three reactors a rally was held at the San Francisco Japanese consulate. Speakers reported on the conditions of the people of Fukushima and the continued Japanese government Suga administration plans to open up more reactors and also hold the Olympics in the midst of the Covid pandemic.

Deirdre Benavides (2021-03-14). Right-wing Texas college president assaults free speech, ignores COVID. zcomm.org As is the norm under capitalism, the rights, safety, and individual liberties of workers are trampled, and objection through advocacy constitutes insubordination…

Benjamin Wehrmann (2021-03-14). German Scientists: Without Drastic Climate Action, World could be headed to Dangerous 7.2 ∞ F. extra Heating. juancole.com By Benjamin Wehrmann | — ( Clean Energy Wire ) — Current emissions reduction efforts around the world are insufficient to limit global warming to up to 2 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany's Meteorological Service (DWD) has said. Despite globally reduced mobility and depressed industrial production due to the coronavirus …

yenisafak (2021-03-14). More coronavirus casualties reported in Latin America. yenisafak.com The coronavirus pandemic has been holding its grip on Latin America, with regional countries reporting more deaths and infections on Sunday.- BrazilIn the world's second worst-hit country, a total of 1,997 people lost their lives and 76,178 people caught the virus over the past 24 hours. The death toll rose to 277,102 and confirmed cases stand around 11.43 million, according to the Health Ministry.Sao Paulo, the country's trade hub, stands out as the most affected region of the country with 2.19 million cases and some 64,000 deaths.The country has reported over 10 million recoveries thus far.- MexicoAccording to…

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Portugal prepares for reopening after 2-month lockdown. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Portugal is preparing to gradually reopen from Monday with a partial return of face-to-face classes and a resumption of business activity after a two-month lockdown imposed to control a surge in the pandemic. The easing of the strict measures in place since 15 January comes amid a drastic decrease in the …

Palestinian Feminist Collective, et al. (2021-03-14). Palestinian Mobilization for Mumia Abu Jamal calls for Mumia's Release. indybay.org This is a new statement of support for Mumia Abu-Jamal during this current health emergency, written by the Palestinian Mobilization for Mumia Abu Jamal.

Martin Halpern (2021-03-14). Amazon, Labor Law, and the Biden Presidency. zcomm.org The presidency of Joe Biden represents an opportunity for the alliance of unions and a Democratic president to come to the aid of workers seeking more income, a greater say in their workplaces, and improved health and security…

Liberation Staff (2021-03-14). Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe wins against 'not in my backyard' racists. liberationnews.org The tribe's goal is to set a new precedent for the way our society deals with the problem of addiction with a clinic in Sequim, Washington.

The Conversation (2021-03-14). Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse; and they're showing the world how to do it. juancole.com By Michael McGreevy and Fran Baum | — Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state's electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis — so how did it happen? Our research set …

Steve Topple (2021-03-14). Finally. The DWP £20 uplift is facing legal action. thecanary.co The Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) £20 uplift to Universal Credit is facing a legal challenge. It's from people on so-called legacy benefits. And the case may open the floodgates for thousands of other claimants. | DWP uplift: one rule for workers: | The £20 uplift for Universal Credit from chancellor Rishi Sunak and the DWP has been

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Kosovo inaugurates embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. middleeasteye.net Kosovo inaugurates embassy to Israel in Jerusalem | Kosovo joins US and Guatemala as only countries with embassies in city whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 16: 01 | Kosovo government officials stand in front of Kosovar and Israeli flags during a ceremony at the foreign ministry in Pristina on 1 February 2021 as the two countries establish…

RT (2021-03-14). Portland police confiscate guns, hammers & other weapons after corralling 100 protesters during violent demonstration. rt.com Portland police seized numerous weapons, including firearms, after kettling dozens of protesters during a night of unrest in the Oregon city. | Law enforcement intervened in a march on Friday when a group of demonstrators began breaking windows in the downtown area. Officers responded by establishing a perimeter around the crowd and announcing that the protesters were being detained. | According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), some of the demonstrators refused to comply and locked arms in an attempt to prevent officers from carrying out their orders. Around 100 people were identified and photographed as p…

RT (2021-03-14). 'Get right before you get left, boomer': Marines backtrack after jumping into Fox host Tucker Carlson's row with Pentagon. rt.com The US Marine Corps is adjusting its aim after facing public backlash over suggesting that men critical of the Pentagon's mission creep towards wokeness should serve, get pregnant, and only then speak on the issue. | "What it looks like in today's armed forces [Tucker Carlson], Get right before you get left, boomer," the Marines tweeted on Friday, accompanying the tweet with an image of a smiling female officer carrying a fellow officer. | What it looks like in today's armed forces Get right before you get left, boomer | &sbqu…

RT (2021-03-14). Biden administration directs FEMA to help shelter child migrants amid claims it denied lawyers access to cramped border facility. rt.com As the number of migrant children in border detention facilities has swelled to a record high, the Biden administration has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help house them. | FEMA will help "safely receive, shelter and transfer" children who cross the southwestern border on their own, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Saturday, saying the assistance will last 90 days. | Today

RT (2021-03-14). 'Die-in' in NYC & vandalism in LA as protesters mark 1yr anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death (VIDEOS). rt.com Protesters took to the streets in America's two largest cities to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting that killed Breonna Taylor. Her death became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. | Hundreds of people gathered in New York City's Times Square to participate in a 'die-in' to remember her killing. Footage from RT's video agency Ruptly shows people lying on the ground, with some holding signs reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Abolish the police." | Elsewhere in the city, demonstrators carrying signs and chanting Taylor's name shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. Similar protests were…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). British-Iranian Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charges in Tehran court. middleeasteye.net British-Iranian Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charges in Tehran court | A week after the end of a five-year sentence, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe attended a hearing over accusations of 'propaganda against the system' | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 09: 56 | Zaghari-Ratcliffe was recently released from a five-year sentence for espionage, a charge she has consistently denied (MEE/family handout) | British-I…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills three children in Taiz. middleeasteye.net Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills three children in Taiz | A missile fired at a school where pro-government forces are based killed 15 soldiers and three children nearby | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 16: 04 | A Yemeni boy looks for bullet casings to sell as scrap metal in a Taiz street on 27 April 2019 (AFP) | Yemen's rebel Houthi forces fired a missile on Sunday at a school where pro-government fo…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Palestinians condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office. middleeasteye.net Palestinians condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office | The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League accused the Czech Republic of committing 'a flagrant violation of international law' | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 06: 30 | Czech prime minister Andrej Babis hailed the new office as a 'milestone in our co-operation' (AFP) | The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League on Saturday condemned the Cz…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Oman blocks Clubhouse, citing 'lack of proper authorisation'. middleeasteye.net Oman blocks Clubhouse, citing 'lack of proper authorisation' | Blocking the audio app has prompted a backlash by free-speech advocates online | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 10: 29 | The iOS-only app has been at the top of many national download lists in the Middle East (Illustration by Hossam Sarhan/MEE) | Oman blocked the audio app Clubhouse on Sunday, citing "lack of proper authorisation," accordin…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Palestinians condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office. middleeasteye.net Palestinians condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office | The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League accuse the Czech Republic of committing 'a flagrant violation of international law' | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 06: 30 | Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis hailed the new office as a "milestone in our co-operation" (AFP) | The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League on Saturday condemned the Cze…

Sophian Aubin (2021-03-14). Syria war: Ten years on, Syrian Christians say Assad 'has taken us hostage'. middleeasteye.net Syria war: Ten years on, Syrian Christians say Assad 'has taken us hostage' | Members of Syria's Christian minority now in exile say president has manipulated the community while cracking down on dissent | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 14: 05 | An Assyrian Christian Syrian in the Assyrian Church of the Virgin Mary, destroyed by the Islamic State group, in the village of Tal Nasri, south of Tal Tamr in northeas…

David Rovics (2021-03-14). Days of '49: Remembering Peekskill. dissidentvoice.org Tayo Aluko ∑ Paul Robeson's Love Song (trailer) A new radio play by Tayo Aluko based on events surrounding Paul Robeson's concert in Peekskill, New York in 1949, and the racist, anti-communist riots that came before and after it, drops on Paul Robeson's birthday — April 9th — and it seems more timely than ever. …