Daily Archives: March 18, 2021

2021-03-18: News Headlines

Global Voices (2021-03-18). Syria needs Long-Term Housing for the Neediest, and the US needs to Stop Blocking it. juancole.com By Hany Al Banna | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — March 15, 2021, will mark a grim milestone—the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the popular uprising that led to the civil war still engulfing Syria. As we all grapple with the deadly crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world's …

WSWS (2021-03-18). Chicago Teachers Union, school district announce plan to reopen high schools on April 19. wsws.org With COVID-19 positivity and case rates in the city rising again following the resumption of in-person learning in elementary schools and the lifting of restrictions on business, the CTU is working closely with school officials to reopen high schools, in line with Governor Pritzker's plans to accelerate statewide reopening plans to boost the economy.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-18). French students and youth hit the streets demanding 'right to the future'. peoplesdispatch.org Mobilizations were held across France by student and youth groups seeking concrete solutions to the problems affecting them as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the demands was a 1.5 billion euro emergency plan…

RT (2021-03-18). NYT accused of 'fueling anti-Asian racism' over headline on Chinese vaccine 'made from hamster cells'. rt.com The New York Times was accused of "soft racism" after running a headline about how China's latest Covid-19 vaccine is "made from the ovary cells of hamsters" on the same day shootings in Georgia left six Asian women dead. | In the Tuesday

MEE staff (2021-03-18). Biden administration planning to 'reset' relations with Palestinians: Report. middleeasteye.net Biden administration planning to 'reset' relations with Palestinians: Report | State Department is reportedly mulling over plans to provide $15m in Covid-19 aid in addition to several other initiatives set to mend ties, according to draft memo | Thu, 03/18/2021 – 15: 07 | Palestinians react as Israeli authorities prepare to demolish a house located within a village south of Yatta in southern area of West Bank…

MEE staff (2021-03-18). UN Security Council condemns Houthi efforts to take Yemen's Marib. middleeasteye.net UN Security Council condemns Houthi efforts to take Yemen's Marib | The council calls on all parties to halt hostilities so humanitarian aid, including Covid-19 vaccines, can be administered and a peaceful resolution agreed upon | Thu, 03/18/2021 – 17: 14 | Forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government get into position during clashes with Houthi fighters in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib on 4 March…

Online News Editor (2021-03-18). WHO warns of growing coronavirus cases in Europe. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said that there have been three consecutive weeks of rising Covid-19 cases in Europe. WHO regional director for Europe Hans Kluge warned that parts of the region that initially managed to control the spread of the virus, including Central Europe, the Balkans and the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-18). Vaccines flown into Nepal from Bahrain turn out to be unapproved Chinese jabs. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Nepal on Thursday said the 2,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses brought to the country by a Bahraini prince were Chinese jabs not approved by the health authorities of the Himalayan nation. The vaccine doses brought in by Sheikh Mohamed Hamad Mohamed al-Khalifa for an unauthorized small-scale vaccination campaign were thought to be …

Online News Editor (2021-03-18). EMA deems AstraZeneca vaccine safe after thrombosis reports. laprensalatina.com The Hague, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The European Medicines Agency (EMA) Thursday announced that AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, following a review of possible blood clot risks. Small numbers of thrombosis reports in some European countries prompted governments around the world to stop using the AstraZeneca jab, which slowed down already sluggish vaccination campaigns …

news.un (2021-03-18). Do not use weather as a basis to relax COVID-19 control measures, UN agency urges. news.un.org The UN weather agency on Thursday cautioned that the current onset of warmer temperatures in the northern hemisphere should not be used as a trigger to relax measures to halt the spread of coronavirus.

news.un (2021-03-18). No winners but fewer losers in global economy from COVID than expected. news.un.org The COVID-19 pandemic seriously impacted all economies around the world last year, with trillions of dollars of lost earnings, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on Thursday, before highlighting how several countries also showed unexpected resilience, too.

Finian Cunningham (2021-03-18). China and Russia Vaccines Defeat Cold War Virus. dissidentvoice.org A friend in need is a friend indeed, and several countries which may have previously sniffed at vaccines produced by China and Russia are finding truth in the old adage. China is ramping up supplies of its CoronaVac to Brazil and other Latin American countries where Covid-19 infections are threatening to overwhelm public health services. …

Raphael Tsavkko Garcia (2021-03-18). Why Brazil is Losing the Global Race for Vaccines. counterpunch.org On January 17 nurse Monica Calazans became the first person vaccinated against COVID-19 in Brazil. The procedure took place during a much-awaited ceremony in Sà£o Paulo. However, after months of denial and heel-dragging from the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's late entry into the global race for vaccines could prove to be fatal for

Nina Markovic Khaze, Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-18). The Geopolitics of Vaccine Nationalism and R&D: Perspectives from Australia. dissidentvoice.org "The eagle has landed", said Australia's federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on 15 February 2021 referring to the arrival of the first international shipment of Pfeizer's Covid-19 vaccines in Australia. On the day which was supposed to be a vaccine response 'D-day' for Australia and to add a boost to the government's approval ratings, the …

Staff (2021-03-18). Headlines for March 18, 2021. democracynow.org Suspect in Atlanta Spa Killings Charged with Murder Amid Surge in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes, House Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act, Which Lapsed Under President Trump, WHO on AstraZeneca COVID-19 Shots: "Use of the Vaccine Far Outweighs the Risks", Brazil's COVID-19 Cases and Deaths Hit New Highs, Pushing Hospitals to Brink of Collapse, U.N. Reports Pandemic Has Caused 239,000 Child and Maternal Deaths in South Asia, Tanzanian President John Magufuli, Who Denied COVID-19, Dies After Rumored Coronavirus Infection, President Biden Says U.S. Might Not Honor Afghanistan Withdrawal Agreement, Russia Recal…

Gregg Gonsalves (2021-03-18). Covid-19 Is Big Business. But Who's Making a Killing? thenation.com Covid-19 Is Big Business. But Who's Making a Killing?

Adrian Brown, Stuart W. Flint, Anastasia Z. Kalea, Mary O'Kane, Simon Williams, Rachel L. Batterham (2021-03-18). [Research Paper] Negative impact of the first COVID-19 lockdown upon health-related behaviours and psychological wellbeing in people living with severe and complex obesity in the UK. thelancet.com This study shows the detrimental impact of the first COVID-19 lockdown on PLWO in relation to health-related behaviours, mental health and access to WMS. Our findings show that PLWO with poor mental health and those attending WMS were most adversely impacted and highlights the need for greater mental health support and continued provision of support from WMS for PLWO during future lockdowns.

Manlio Dinucci (2021-03-18). VIDEO — Covid, Geopolitica e Geografia economica, incontro con Manlio Dinucci. globalresearch.ca Manlio Dinucci, esperto di geopolitica e geografia umana, giornalista presso il Manifesto, scrittore di successo e curatore della rubrica L'Arte della guerra, interviene oggi sui temi del Sars-Cov2 evidenziandone la dimensione geopolitica e biopolitica. | "Nel 2019, molto prima dello …

IFJ statement posted by the Jamal Journal (2021-03-18). The International Federation of Journalists calls for Mumia Abu-Jamal's release. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal, an African-American journalist with close ties to the Black Panthers, who has spent nearly 40 years in prison, has tested positive for Covid. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has backed calls from US (NWU) and French (SNJ-CGT) affiliates for his immediate release amid growing fears over his health.

John Nichols (2021-03-18). The Essential Pandemic Relief Bill Is Medicare for All. thenation.com The Essential Pandemic Relief Bill Is Medicare for All…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-18). Pandemic's impact propels new push for Medicare for All. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Propelled by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which exposed, as never before, the gaping holes in U.S. health care's non-system, proponents of Medicare For All launched a new push for comprehensive health care reconstruction. But the March 17 exuberant "Town Hall" for the bill, re-introduced by House Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-03-18). Wird bei Corona die Ursache àºbersehen? "Angst essen Seele auf" globalresearch.ca ‚ÄûAngst essen Seele auf" ist der Titel eines deutschen Melodrams der …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-03-18). "Fear Eats the Soul": It's a "Political Issue" not a "Corona Pandemic". Fear Triggers Helplessness. globalresearch.ca "Angst essen Seele auf" (Fear Eats The Soul) is …

Online News Editor (2021-03-18). Ukraine to stick with AstraZeneca vaccine, denounces 'information attack'. laprensalatina.com Kiev, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Ukraine intends to continue using the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine despite several major European countries suspending its use following reports of isolated cases of blood clots. Speaking at a joint press briefing with the Lithuanian president Gitanas Nauseda in Kiev on Thursday, president Volodymyr Zelensky said no fatalities had been registered in …

Online News Editor (2021-03-18). Germany's hospitality sector calls for clear roadmap to reopen. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The German hospitality and catering sector on Thursday called on the government to set out a clear plan to reopen that would provide a much needed outlook to the sector that has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. The head of the German Hotel and Restaurant Association (DEHOGA) Guido Zà∂llick said …

yenisafak (2021-03-18). Google to invest $7B in US to create 10,000 jobs. yenisafak.com Google announced Thursday that it would invest more than $7 billion in the US in 2021 to create thousands of new jobs to help the country recover from the economic devastation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic."I believe a lasting economic recovery will come from local communities and the people and small businesses that give them life," CEO Sundar Pichai and Google's parent company Alphabet said in a statement."Google wants to be a part of that recovery," said Pichai. "That's why we plan to invest over $7 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. and create at least 10,000 new full-time Google job…

Ronda Shelton (2021-03-18). PSL in Tennessee launches campaign to fight utility shutoffs. liberationnews.org The rise in unemployment and poverty coupled with dismal state benefits during a deadly pandemic have left many families unable to pay their bills.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-18). Alabama Amazon worker testifies before Congress: "We're not robots." peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—At Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., more than 5,800 workers, many if not most of them Black, toil for 10 hours each a day in the middle of a pandemic, shifting goods to loading docks via elevators they can't board themselves. Instead, workers, many middle-aged, must tramp, or limp, up and down four flights of …

mgrochowski (2021-03-18). Runoff Election in Ecuador: The Fight for Democracy. dsausa.org Ecuador faces a crucial runoff election on April 11 as the country struggles to free itself from capitalist imposed austerity, economic recession, and pandemic. Socialist candidate Andres Arauz leads a progressive alliance and has an excellent chance to be elected President against right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso. There are efforts by the establishment to eliminate Arauz…

Staff (2021-03-18). Stop Asian Hate: Connie Wun on Atlanta Spa Killings, Gender Violence & Spike in Anti-Asian Attacks. democracynow.org Deadly shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead have stoked outrage and renewed fears about rising anti-Asian racism in the United States, which has already seen a rise in violence directed at Asian Americans during the pandemic. Police say the shooting suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, denies a racial motive behind the killings, blaming "sex addiction" and a "really bad day" instead, but six of the eight victims are women of Asian descent. Connie Wun, co-founder of AAPI Women Lead and a researcher on violence against girls of color, says it's impossible to "disconnect rac…

RT (2021-03-18). Obama joins chorus in dubbing massage parlor shootings as 'anti-Asian hate crime' as Democrats keep narrative on 'white supremacy'. rt.com Former President Barack Obama and other political and celebrity voices seized on a murder spree at Atlanta-area massage parlors as a call to dismantle "white supremacy" — despite the lack of any apparent anti-Asian hate motive. | "Although the shooter's motive is not yet clear, the identity of the victims underscores an alarming rise in anti-Asian violence that must end," Obama said Wednesday on Twitter. While also using the horrific shootings to argue for gun laws, he added that America must "root out the pervasive patterns of hatred and violence in our society." | Even as we've battled the pandemic, we…

Online News Editor (2021-03-18). Distance learning in impoverished Bolivia posing major challenges. laprensalatina.com By Yolanda Salazar and Gabriel Romano San Pablo de Tiquina/La Paz/El Alto, Bolivia, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- Low-income families across the impoverished South American nation of Bolivia have experienced major difficulties with the distance learning model implemented at the onset of the pandemic, while in rural areas the problem has been especially acute due to the …

Andre Pagliarini (2021-03-18). How Lula Can Win Back Brazil. zcomm.org The mishandling of the pandemic has only strengthened the former president's standing — and now he's free to run again…

Per Ljungman, Arancha Bermudez, Aaron C. Logan, Mohamed A. Kharfan-Dabaja, Patrice Chevallier, Rodrigo Martino, Gerald Wulf, Dominik Selleslag, Kazuhiko Kakihana, Amelia Langston, Dong-Gun Lee, Carlos Solano, Shinichiro Okamoto, Larry R. Smith, Michael Boeckh, John R. Wingard, Beth Cywin, Christine Fredericks, Christopher Lademacher, Xuegong Wang, James Young, Johan Maertens (2021-03-18). [Research Paper] A randomised, placebo-controlled phase 3 study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ASP0113, a DNA-based CMV vaccine, in seropositive allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplant recipients. thelancet.com ASP0113 did not reduce overall mortality or CMV EOD by 1 year post-transplant. Safety findings were similar between groups.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-03-18). The U.S. Government Should Promote the General Welfare. counterpunch.org An event revealing a great deal about the kind of government Americans want occurred this March, when members of the U.S. Congress voted on the American Rescue Plan. This legislation, staunchly supported by the Democrats, provided federal funding for the provision of life-saving vaccines, the re-opening of public schools, expanded benefits to the unemployed, a

Children's Health Defense (2021-03-18). 'Vaccine Secrets': What Parents Should Know Before They Vaccinate Their Kids. globalresearch.ca "Vaccine Secrets," an animated video created by parents of vaccine-injured children, …

Jesse Smith (2021-03-18). Vaccine Passports, "Medical Martial Law" and the Stockholm Syndrome. globalresearch.ca The Setup | Almost one year ago, former President Trump declared …

mgrochowski (2021-03-18). Public Health Care in Canada and the US: A Matter of Justice. dsausa.org The United States and Canada have very different systems of health care. Americans are currently fighting to expand health care with a system of single-payer Medicare for All. Canadians pride themselves on their public healthcare system, but there are still many gaps to be addressed. Join labour leaders and progressive politicians for a discussion on…

No Migrant Child Detention Here or Anywhere (2021-03-18). Protest Outside Federal Facilities in Mountain View. indybay.org On March 15 SIREN (Services, Immigration Rights, and Education Network) led a protest against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' consideration of Moffett Federal Airfield as a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children.

Per Ljungman, Arancha Bermudez, Aaron C. Logan, Mohamed A. Kharfan-Dabaja, Patrice Chevallier, Rodrigo Martino, Gerald Wulf, Dominik Selleslag, Kazuhiko Kakihana, Amelia Langston, Dong-Gun Lee, Carlos Solano, Shinichiro Okamoto, Larry R. Smith, Michael Boeckh, John R. Wingard, Beth Cywin, Christine Fredericks, Christopher Lademacher, Xuegong Wang, James Young, Johan Maertens (2021-03-18). [Research Paper] A randomised, placebo-controlled phase 3 study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ASP0113, a DNA-based CMV vaccine, in seropositive allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplant recipients. thelancet.com ASP0113 did not reduce overall mortality or CMV EOD by 1 year post-transplant. Safety findings were similar between groups.

Adrian Brown, Stuart W. Flint, Anastasia Z. Kalea, Mary O'Kane, Simon Williams, Rachel L. Batterham (2021-03-18). [Research Paper] Negative impact of the first COVID-19 lockdown upon health-related behaviours and psychological wellbeing in people living with severe and complex obesity in the UK. thelancet.com This study shows the detrimental impact of the first COVID-19 lockdown on PLWO in relation to health-related behaviours, mental health and access to WMS. Our findings show that PLWO with poor mental health and those attending WMS were most adversely impacted and highlights the need for greater mental health support and continued provision of support from WMS for PLWO during future lockdowns.

alexander (2021-03-18). Equal Pay Day Highlights Inequality. dsausa.org Each year, Equal Pay Day tracks how far into the next year the median woman has to work to earn what the median man earns in a calendar year. In 2020, Equal Pay Day occurred on March 31; this year it is March 24. Wow—have we closed almost a tenth of the gender pay gap in one year? | No. | The COVID-19 pandemic's initial impact was to destroy a large number of low-wage jobs held by women, artificially decreasing the wage gap between men and women. These service sector jobs—leisure, hospitality, dining—disappeared first as the pandemic caused people to limit face-to-face interaction with strang…

news.un (2021-03-18). World losing billions annually to age-based prejudice and discrimination: UN report. news.un.org Negative stereotypes, prejudice and perceptions towards people based on their age, not only leads to poorer health and social isolation, it is also costing economies billions of dollars, UN agencies said on Thursday, calling for urgent action to combat ageism.

Zhi Cao, Shu Li, Hongxi Yang, Chenjie Xu, Yuan Zhang, Xueli Yang, Tao Yan, Tong Liu, Yaogang Wang (2021-03-18). [Research Paper] Associations of behaviors, biological phenotypes and cardiovascular health with risks of stroke and stroke subtypes: A prospective cohort study. thelancet.com Our findings suggest inverse linear associations of behavioral, biological and global CVH with long-term risks of stroke and stroke subtypes, except for SAH, highlighting the benefits of maintaining better CVH status as a primordial prevention strategy of stroke.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-18). Rate of demolition of Palestinian homes has increased in 2021, says new report. peoplesdispatch.org The report, prepared by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories, says the monthly average of demolition of Palestinian houses by Israeli authorities has increased by 65% in 2021 as compared to the previous year…

Danny Haiphong (2021-03-18). New Cold War is built on humanitarian interventionist lies and dismissal of actual War Crimes. mronline.org MR Online

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-18). The Ongoing Calamity: US Collective Punishment of the Venezuelan People Must End. counterpunch.org Recent statements made by US officials suggest that Washington will continue to pursue a hardline policy on Venezuela. The new Biden Administration, however, needs to urgently rethink its approach. US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, remarked on February 3 that he "certainly" does not "expect this administration to be engaging directly with (President) Maduro." Namely,

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-03-18). PSL Statement: Massacre in Atlanta — racist, sexist terrorism and the capitalist system. liberationnews.org Photo: Demonstration last weekend in Los Angeles against the rising tide of anti-Asian hate crimes On Tuesday, March 16 at around 5 p.m., three Atlanta-area spas staffed by Asian workers were the targets of a racist and sexist mass shooting. Eight people were killed, seven of whom were women, and six of the women were …

RT (2021-03-18). 'Blackwater had bad days in Iraq too': Outrage after media links sheriff probing Atlanta parlors massacre to mercenary outfit. rt.com Twitter erupted after reports that the sheriff who is investigating the Atlanta parlors massacre may have links to the notorious private military company, Blackwater. His office was previously accused of harboring racism. | The Cherokee County Sheriff's office headed by Sheriff Frank Reynolds attracted national attention this week over its role in investigating the killings of eight people, including six women, at massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia. The shooting rampage was quickly labeled by the left to be the latest example of racially motivated violence by a presumed white supremacist. | Also on rt.com

Staff (2021-03-18). "Immoral & Illegal": U.S. & U.K. Move to Expand Nuclear Arsenals, Defying Global Disarmament Treaties. democracynow.org The United States and the United Kingdom are facing international criticism for moving to expand their nuclear arsenals, defying a growing global movement in support of nuclear disarmament. The U.S. is planning to spend $100 billion to develop a new nuclear missile which could travel 6,000 miles carrying a warhead 20 times stronger than the one dropped on Hiroshima, while British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just announced plans to lift the cap on its nuclear stockpile, ending three decades of gradual nuclear disarmament in the U.K. "We're seeing this united, uniform response of nuclear-armed states to what t…