Daily Archives: March 10, 2021

2021-03-10: News Headlines

Andrew Emett (2021-03-10). Prison guard pleads guilty to beating handcuffed inmate to death. nationofchange.org The prison guard faces possible life sentences for the two civil rights charges and another 20 years for the misleading information charge.

Fight Back (2021-03-10). Justice for George Floyd rally in Michigan, police arrest protest leaders. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – 100 people joined the Justice for George Floyd rally on March 8 at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids, the largest turnout since winter began. | "We are standing in solidarity with our comrades in Minneapolis as we march for justice for George Floyd on the first day of the Derek Chauvin trial," said Aly Bates, president of Justice for Black Lives. | Last summer, protests erupted across the country in response to the murder of George Floyd. In Grand Rapids over 2000 people surrounded the police station demanding that justice be served. That movement continues to this day. | "We are here in solida…

Eric Umansky (2021-03-10). Over 700 complaints about NYPD officers abusing Black Lives Matter protesters, then silence. nationofchange.org Emails show New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board leaders discouraged staff from confronting the NYPD about a lack of cooperation on abuse investigations.

Will Miller Social Justice Lectures (2021-03-10). Thursday 3/11: Labor and the Struggle for Series: Black Lives Matter at School. indybay.org Online event…

The Socialist Program (2021-03-10). In the News: The Role of Slave Labor in American Capitalism Before and After the Civil War. liberationnews.org This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On today's "In the News" roundtable, Brian Becker, Nicole Roussell, Esther Iverem and Walter Smolarek discuss the …

yenisafak (2021-03-10). Merkel deplores racism, violence against Turkish community. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday expressed regret over the racist attitudes and acts of violence targeting the country's Turkish community.Speaking at a press conference in Berlin following a video conference meeting with representatives of major ethnic groups and immigrant organizations, Merkel reaffirmed her government's commitment to combat discrimination and racism."We have experienced very bad incidents in recent years, like the NSU [National Socialist Underground] murders and the Hanau attack," Merkel said, referring to major deadly terrorist attacks by far-right extremists."After all these, it's…

WSWS repost (2021-03-10). Democratic Socialists of America campaigns for union-backed "PRO Act" indybay.org The PRO Act was crafted by Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee to bolster union bureaucracies and facilitate the suppression of working-class struggles.

Jason Tschantre (2021-03-10). Detroit workers rally in support of Amazon unionization efforts. liberationnews.org In addition to their support for the Alabama Amazon workers, the protesters called attention to unsafe working conditions inside Detroit Whole Foods, where 24 workers contracted COVID-19 in late February.

Jerry Goldberg (2021-03-10). Amazon pays little in taxes, makes record profits. liberationnews.org The union drive of Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon workers has shed the light on the oppressive, unsafe working conditions and low wages for Amazon workers at its warehouses, fulfillment centers and Whole Foods markets.

Rayhan Uddin (2021-03-10). Khashoggi documentary and Palestinian film nominated for BAFTAs. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi documentary and Palestinian film nominated for BAFTAs | Mauritanian Guantanamo detainee film also recognised, among surprisingly diverse shortlist for British award ceremony | Wed, 03/10/2021 – 14: 02 | Khashoggi murder documentary 'The Dissident', and British-Palestinian film about checkpoints earn BAFTA nominations (The Dissident/The Present) | A documentary about the murder of Saudi journ…

MEE staff (2021-03-10). Israel arrests imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Ekrima Sabri. middleeasteye.net Israel arrests imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque Ekrima Sabri | Former grand mufti detained as he prepared his Friday sermon, says his wife | Wed, 03/10/2021 – 14: 34 | Ekrima Sabri is the former grand mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, and the imam of the Al-Aqsa Mosque (Twitter)
| Israeli authorities on Wednesday arrested the imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Shiekh Ekrima Sabri, at his home in occupied East Jerusalem, his fa…

Editor (2021-03-10). Migrant deaths: Who's the REAL culprit? workers.org It didn't have to happen. But, tragically, it did. And most likely, it may not be the last time. On March 2, 12 people were killed instantly when the SUV they traveled in was hit broadside by a tractor-trailer truck on a California highway. The accident happened on the outskirts . . . |

_____ (2021-03-10). The View From Inside America's Child Immigrant Detention Shelters. popularresistance.org Above photo: The interior of a CBP facility in McAllen, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP. NOTE: This article was originally published by WSWS in 2018, but given the rise of migrant youth being imprisoned at the border, it seems appropriate to remind ourselves of the brutal treatment they …

Umer Beigh (2021-03-10). Rohingya refugees detained for violating Foreigners Act in India. peoplesdispatch.org Close to 170 Rohingya refugees in Jammu were taken into the Hiranagar sub-jail on March 7 after being declared as "illegal migrants" under Section 3 (2) e of the Foreigners Act. The move has instilled fear in thousands of refugees living in the region…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-10). Mediterranean: Dozens dead after two migrant boats capsize off Tunisia. middleeasteye.net Mediterranean: Dozens dead after two migrant boats capsize off Tunisia | At least 39 migrants are dead as numbers attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean continue to rise | Wed, 03/10/2021 – 10: 56 | A member of the Tunisian coastguard during a patrol of the area near Tunisia's northern town of Bizerte on 30 March 2017 (AFP) | At least 39 migrants have died after two boats…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-10). COVID-19 Vaccines, Access and the Intellectual Property Wars. counterpunch.org By now, anybody speaking about vaccine equality and equity of access must surely be coming across as slightly deranged. In the field of COVID-19, traditional proprietorial instincts remain. Add to this the disparity in terms of manufacture, bureaucracy and the nasty flavour of politics, and we would all be entitled to long draughts of cynicism.

Raul Diego (2021-03-10). Digital Health Pass: IBM and Moderna Hook Up to Capitalize on COVID Reset. mintpressnews.com Using what have already become clichéd industry buzzwords like "transparency," "trust," and even "privacy," IBM's Digital Health Pass marketing describes the mass tracking app as a "smart way to return to society" that allows people to "return to the activities and things they love."

Leila Rafei (2021-03-10). Meet the Activists Fighting to Free People from LA Jails. aclu.org Over the last year, the criminal legal system's many injustices dominated mainstream discourse as people took to the streets to grieve and protest the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police, and COVID-19 took a devastating toll on people in jails and prisons. These events galvanized many people into action — in the streets, at statehouses, and online — inspiring them to join activists who have challenged the criminal legal system's disproportionate and often tragic impact on communities of color.
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Jomo Kwame Sundaram (2021-03-10). Prioritise pandemic relief, recovery: No time for debt buybacks. mronline.org Developing country governments are being wrongly advised to use their modest fiscal resources to pay down accumulated debt instead of strengthening pandemic relief and recovery. Thus, debt phobia risks deepening and extending COVID-19 recessions by prioritizing buybacks.

Eds. (2021-03-10). On Covid and the plague of Capital. mronline.org Industrial agriculture, habitat destruction, global commodity chains and the travel network have set up this perfect storm of conditions, not just for COVID, but also for future pandemics.

Derek Ford (2021-03-10). "Coronacare Hawai'i" continues despite private security team's harassment. liberationnews.org Coronacare is a mutual aid network organizing to address the unmet needs of their community, whose conditions have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their efforts this past year have focused on delivering food and household supplies to thousands of community members, including expecting mothers, elders, immunocompromised people, and other working families across the entire …

teleSUR (2021-03-10). Rwanda Begins Vaccinating Inmates Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and Rwanda Correctional Services on Tuesday began inoculating elderly inmates and those with underlying diseases against COVID-19. | RELATED: | The vaccination started at Nyarugenge prison in the capital city of Kigali, where 2,077 inmates are set to be inoculated. Authorities plan to extend the vaccination to all inmates aged 60 and above and those with underlying health condition…

Staff (2021-03-10). Mumia has COVID-19, supporters demand his release. therealnews.com Mumia Abu-Jamal has been in prison since 1982. Already plagued by health issues, including hepatitis C, Mumia was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, and supporters are demanding he be released.

MEE staff (2021-03-10). Israel's Netanyahu set to visit UAE on Thursday. middleeasteye.net Israel's Netanyahu set to visit UAE on Thursday | Trip marks first visit by Israeli prime minister since signing of a normalisation deal with the United Arab Emirates in September | Wed, 03/10/2021 – 14: 42 | Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a visit to a health centre in the Arab-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh near Jerusalem, as an Israeli citizen receives the Covid-19 vaccine (AFP) | Israeli Prime Minister Benj…

RT (2021-03-10). 'Borat' star Sacha Baron Cohen gets called out as satire-blind comedian after demanding Facebook censor Bill Gates-vaccine joke. rt.com Sacha Baron Cohen, an actor known for satirical comedy, apparently couldn't spot the satire in an image portraying Bill Gates as a sinister vaccine conspirator and blasted Facebook for failing to censor the joke. | "Mark Zuckerberg, how do you sleep at night?" the "Borat" creator asked Tuesday on Twitter. "This is on Facebook's Instagram right now. Your algorithms are still recommending lies about Covid and vaccines. How many people have to die before you act?" | Mark Zuckerberg, how do you sleep at night? | This is on Facebook's Instagram right now. | Your algorithms are STILL recommending lies about Covid an…

Staff (2021-03-10). In Rejection of Austerity, Democrats Push Forward Landmark $1.9 Trillion Relief Package. democracynow.org As President Joe Biden prepares to sign the sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID relief package into law, we speak with economist Stephanie Kelton, author of "The Deficit Myth," about how the bill could help cut child poverty in half and provide a historic economic boost to the poorest people in the United States. "This is a piece of legislation that recognizes the immense pain that exists all across this country, and it delivers help," says Kelton, a professor at Stony Brook University and former adviser to Bernie Sanders.

_____ (2021-03-10). Nazi Healthcare Revived Across the Five Eyes: Killing Useless Eaters and Biden's COVID Relief Bill. strategic-culture.org The individual most responsible for reviving Obamacare and the associated "Independent Payment Advisory Board" of cost-effectiveness "experts" under Joe Biden is the same figure who crafted the original Affordable Care Act in 2009. | "The ill-conceived `love of thy neighbor' has to disappear, especially in relation to inferior or asocial creatures. It is the supreme duty of a national state to grant life and livelihood only to the healthy and hereditarily sound portion of the people in order to secure the maintenance of a hereditarily sound and racially pure folk for all eternity…" | — Dr. Arthur Guett, Na…

Global Research News (2021-03-10). Selected Articles: The Collapse of Trust in Public Health. globalresearch.ca By Corporate news sources are reporting that Austria has suspended their roll-out of the experiment…

R.R. (2021-03-10). 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.

Betsey Piette (2021-03-10). Mumia has COVID-19 — the only treatment is his freedom! workers.org Word has come that Pennsylvania political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has tested positive for COVID-19. Supporters learned of the diagnosis March 3, as they were gathered in front of the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to call for Abu-Jamal's release and that of all incarcerated people over 50, who . . . |

Staff (2021-03-10). Too Radical for Harvard? Cornel West on Failed Fight for Tenure, Biden's First 50 Days & More. democracynow.org The prominent scholar and activist Cornel West has announced he is leaving Harvard Divinity School after he was denied consideration for tenure, and will rejoin the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he started his teaching career more than 40 years ago. West had left Harvard once before in 2002 and returned to a nontenured position at Harvard in 2017. The news about the denial of West's request for tenure has led to an outpouring of support and incited conversation about diversity in academia. "There's too much Harvard dishonesty, too much Harvard hypocrisy, in terms of mistreating too…

Rebecca Gordon (2021-03-10). Can Biden-Harris make a Counter-Revolution against Reaganism and Restore Dignity to Work? juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — A year ago, just a few weeks before San Francisco locked itself down for the pandemic, I fell deeply in love with a 50-year-old. The object of my desire was a wooden floor loom in the window of my local thrift shop. Friends knowledgeable on such matters examined photos I took …

Staff (2021-03-10). "A Big Deal": Bill McKibben on Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment & the Future of Climate Justice. democracynow.org Rutgers University has voted to begin divesting from fossil fuels, following a campaign by the student-organized Endowment Justice Collective that grew out of the Global Climate Strike in 2019. The organizing efforts led to a referendum vote in 2020 in which 90% of students supported divestment. About 5% of Rutgers's $1.6 billion endowment is invested in fossil fuels, and under the terms of the agreement, it will now cease new fossil fuel investment and divest from passive index funds with fossil fuel investments. It said it also plans to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency and that the school's inve…

Ian Angus (2021-03-10). Intensive fishing and the birth of capitalism, Part 2. mronline.org While treasure fleets carried silver to Spain, far more ships were carrying men, fish and whale oil across the North Atlantic.

B. R. Gowani (2021-03-10). Sahir at 100: Raising Socio-Political Awareness Through Poetry. counterpunch.org Sahir was a brilliant poet who devoted his poetry to raise awareness of the common folks to the reality of the prevailing social and political issues. His poignant and often heart wrenching words also echoed the intense love and loss of humans in relationships. His great and undying love for his mother created in him

Eds. (2021-03-10). 100 days of revolt, & still raring to go. mronline.org As the farmers' protest against farm laws enters the summer season, they brave high temperatures and the paucity of basic necessities…

Dean Baker (2021-03-10). The Environment Versus How Many Jobs? counterpunch.org The Washington Post had an article on concerns among unions about job loss due to various measures from the Biden administration to promote clean energy. The article noted concerns that Biden's agenda may lead to the loss of good-paying jobs in the fossil fuel sector. It would have been helpful to point out how many

PSL Birmingham, Alabama (2021-03-10). A revolutionary driven by love for the people, Zack Patterson (1987-2021). liberationnews.org Zachary "Zack" A. Patterson, age 33, a three time war veteran, member of the Birmingham Branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and our newest representative of the local Education Committee, died on Feb. 9, 2021. His life was taken as a result of the mental traumas inflicted on him by the U.S. imperialist …

Kenneth Surin (2021-03-10). The Future of Gerrymandering in Virginia. counterpunch.org Indexes, such as the Democracy Index published by The Economist's Intelligence Unit, have to be taken with a grain of salt— one suspects that neoliberal western countries get a somewhat easier ride from The Economist. In any event, the Democracy Index is fraught with anomalies. In the 2020 Index, the US is ranked 25thout of

MEE staff (2021-03-10). Yahya Sinwar re-elected as Hamas chief in Gaza. middleeasteye.net Yahya Sinwar re-elected as Hamas chief in Gaza | Sinwar beat four other challengers to lead Hamas in the besieged Gaza Strip | Wed, 03/10/2021 – 16: 00 | Yahya Sinwar (right) has run the Gaza Strip since 2017 (AFP) | Yahya Sinwar was re-elected as the leader of Hamas's political wing in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, fending off a challenge from one of the groups' founders, the movement said in a statement. | "Y…

Dan Corjescu (2021-03-10). Reason, Sociability, and Ethics. dissidentvoice.org Aristotle famously said that man was a social animal: Œ∂·ø∑ŒøŒΩ œÄŒøŒªŒπœÑŒπŒ∫œåŒΩ. He also strongly implied that what distinguished man from all other animals was his rationality. Today this description seems to make more sense than ever. Human beings, contrary to the contract theorists such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, were never lone beings in search …

W. T. Whitney, Jr. (2021-03-10). Recurring political crisis in Haiti connects with U.S. racism. mronline.org Haiti faces serious political crisis. The country has experienced great political difficulties ever since gaining independent nationhood in 1804. Impaired governance stems in large measure from U.S. meddling over many years. We examine the current crisis and the basis for U.S. zeal to curtail Haiti's future.

Deirdre Griswold (2021-03-10). Remembrances of a warehouse order picker. workers.org Think 1956. That's 65 years ago — the year this writer dropped out of college and took a full-time job in a warehouse to get a more important education: learning what it was to be a worker. Warehouse pickers. In these intervening years, millionaires have gone on to become multimillionaires . . . |

Staff (2021-03-10). Brazil: Lula strikes back. therealnews.com In a huge win for the left and for democracy, Brazil's Supreme Court has annulled corruption convictions against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, making it possible for Lula to challenge Jair Bolsonaro for the presidency in the next election.

Eds. (2021-03-10). Report: U.S. preparing cyberattack against Russia over SolarWinds hack. mronline.org Sources told The New York Times that the first major actions are expected sometime in the next three weeks.

Deirdre Griswold (2021-03-10). Remembrances of a warehouse order picker. workers.org Think 1956. That's 65 years ago — the year this writer dropped out of college and took a full-time job in a warehouse to get a more important education: learning what it was to be a worker. Warehouse pickers. In these intervening years, millionaires have gone on to . . . |

Eugene Puryear (2021-03-10). Stimulus and struggle: Congress short-changes the working class. liberationnews.org The amended version of the Biden administration's stimulus plan was passed by the House of Representatives today, the last step before it goes to the president's desk to be signed into law. It took over two months to approve the bill which, by any measure, does not meet the scale of the grave economic and …

Monica Moorehead (2021-03-10). One year after her death — Remembering Breonna Taylor. workers.org At first, few people knew of the heinous crime carried out by three white Louisville, Ky., police officers responsible for the murder of a 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician, Breonna Taylor, on March 13, 2020. Breonna Taylor was honored with a 7,000-square-foot mural in Annapolis, Md. Taylor . . . |

Staff (2021-03-10). Bloody Sunday in the Philippines: 9 dead, 6 arrested in crackdown on activists. therealnews.com The killings came two days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police and soldiers to kill communist insurgents in all encounters.

Monica Moorehead (2021-03-10). One year after her death — Remembering Breonna Taylor. workers.org At first, few people knew of the heinous crime carried out by three white Louisville, Ky., police officers responsible for the murder of a 26-year-old African American emergency medical technician, Breonna Taylor, on March 13, 2020. Breonna Taylor was honored with a 7,000-square-foot mural in Annapolis, Md. Taylor was shot . . . |