Daily Archives: January 1, 2021

2021-01-01: News Headlines

Alan MacLeod (2021-01-01). Fingers point to U.S.-backed Gov't in Colombia's ninetieth massacre of the Year. mronline.org "The Trump administration waged a full scale campaign to undermine Colombia's peace accords. We must not waste our time hoping the Biden administration might reverse course, we must demand it." — James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice…

Nancy Krieger (2021-01-01). Queen of the Bolsheviks. mronline.org Now forgotten, Dr. Marie Equi (1872—1952) was a physician for working-class women and children, a lesbian, and a dynamic and flamboyant political activist. She was a "firebrand in the causes of suffrage, labor and peace, in Portland in the 'teens, '20s, and '30s." A reformer turned revolutionary, Equi earned the nickname "Queen of the Bolsheviks," …

MEE staff (2021-01-01). 'Think of the children': Pope Francis shares worries for Yemen in New Year message. middleeasteye.net 'Think of the children': Pope Francis shares worries for Yemen in New Year message | Catholic pope says six-year conflict, which shows no signs of easing, has 'numerous innocent victims' | Fri, 01/01/2021 – 20: 15 | Pope's blessing was moved indoors to limit spread of Covid-19 (AFP) | Pope Francis delivered an appeal for world peace on Friday and highlighed his worries about Yemen, a country that has been plag…

sputniknews (2021-01-01). From Largest Communal Dispute to an End to Colonial Baggage: Top 10 India Events in 2020. sputniknews.com From a pandemic-induced migration crisis to a Supreme Court judgement in favour of Ram Mandir, 2020 has been an eventful year for India. Here is a recap of 10 major developments in the nation that have made the boldest headlines.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-01). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. counterpunch.org On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result

Karen Conner (2021-01-01). Surprise Medical Billing Legislation is Good News for Patients, CEPR Co-Director Says. cepr.net Washington DC — In response to Surprise Medical Billing legislation inserted into the omnibus spending and COVID relief bill introduced December 21st (passing on December 22nd), CEPR Co-Director Eileen Appelbaum issued the following statement: "We commend Congressional leaders for passing a spending and relief package that includes legislation to end surprise medical billing. That is …

_____ (2021-01-01). Equity Is More Than Words. popularresistance.org On behalf of Physician Women SOAR, an antiracist physician group, we wish to respond to the Indiana University Health (IU Health) statement regarding the medical treatment provided to the late Dr. Susan Moore, a Black physician who was admitted to IU Health in early December for COVID-19. | Twelve hours after she was discharged from IU Health, Dr. Moore was readmitted to another hospital in respiratory failure, where she was quickly transferred to the ICU. Dr. Moore remained in critical condition for over two more weeks and died on December 20th. While admitted to IU Health, Dr. Moore was treated so poorly that s…

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). US senator from Georgia enters 14-day quarantine before key runoff race. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Republican Senator from Georgia David Perdue on Thursday began a 14-day quarantine after having contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19, a situation that complicates his party's campaign to retain his Senate seat five days before key runoff elections in his state. Perdue is one of two GOP senators …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Ford, Mahindra cancel joint venture plan citing pandemic. laprensalatina.com Washington, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Ford Motor and Indian automaker Mahindra on Thursday said they had canceled joint venture plans to co-develop vehicles, citing economic conditions caused in part by the coronavirus pandemic. According to the companies, the decision "was driven by fundamental changes in global economic and business conditions — caused, in part, by the …

teleSUR, CE (2021-01-01). Colombia: First Ex-Combatant Killed in 2021, Yolanda Zabala Mazo. telesurenglish.net The year begins in Colombia with the painful news of the killing of Peace Accords signer Yolanda Zabala Mazo and her sister Reina Zabala Mazo, in Briceño, Antioquia. Yolanda was carrying out her reincorporation process at the Territorial Spaces for Training and Reincorporation (ETCR) of Plancha, Anorí, Antioquia. | RELATED: | Yolanda and Reina, 22 and 17 years old respectively, were murdered in the early morning Friday, January 1st, making Yola…

Roger Sollenberger (2021-01-01). Kelly Loeffler's extensive ties to the energy sector suggest major conflict of interest. salon.com Loeffler was named to Georgia Power board of directors two months before she had to leave for the Senate…

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Blood of martyr Gen. Soleimani heralds liberation of Al-Quds. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Grand Mufti of Syria Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun said that blood of Martyr Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani heralds liberation of Al-Quds.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). 1st VP felicitates world Christians on New Year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — Iran's First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri in a message on Wed. congratulated the world nations on the advent of New Christian Year and the followers of Prophet of Peace Jesus Christ (PBUH) especially Christian compatriots.

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-01). Martyrdom anniversary of martyrs of resistance held in Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 01 (MNA) — The 1st martyrdom anniversary of former IRGC Quds Forces Commander Qassem Soleimani and Second-in-Command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was held in Syria's Al Bukamal.

_____ (2021-01-01). UK MPs Nominate Cuban Doctors For Nobel Peace Prize. popularresistance.org The Cuba Solidarity Campaign in the United Kingdom announced Thursday that four more members of the British Parliament have nominated the Cuban doctors for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. | According to a message spread through Twitter, MPs from Liverpool Paula Barker, Ian Byrne, Kim Johnson and Dan Carden joined other MPs and academics from the UK who had previously formally nominated the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade from Cuba for the award. | The online petition, published by the solidarity campaign on its website, had accumulated by November's end, more than 6,400 signatures of legislators, academics,…

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). US Senate overrides Trump's veto of bill funding the military. laprensalatina.com Washington, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- The Republican-controlled US Senate voted overwhelmingly Friday to override outgoing President Donald Trump's veto of the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House of Representatives, where Democrats are in the majority, overrode the veto on Monday, so the path is now clear for the bill to become law. Though …

Online News Editor (2021-01-01). Kim sends 'heartfelt' New Year's letter to North Korean people. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 1 (efe-epa).- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a letter to the citizens of the hermetic Asian country, wishing them happiness and good health in the New Year, state media reported on Friday. The letters replaced his traditional New Year's speech and come on the eve of an important party congress. "I extend …

sputniknews (2021-01-01). History in the Making: Senate Prepares Vote on Whether or Not to Override Trump's Defence Bill Veto. sputniknews.com On 23 December, President Trump vetoed the $740 billion 2021 National Defence Authorisation Act, saying it failed to provide respect to US veterans and military history and contradicted his "America First" vision of national security. The House moved to override the veto on Monday, with the bill's future now resting in the hands of the Senate.

sputniknews (2021-01-01). 'Real-Life Indiana Jones' Paved Way for Biblical Discovery at Temple Mount, Media Says. sputniknews.com Commenting on the possible significance of Warren's efforts, Professor Tom Meyer asserted that their discovery helps to prove the potential existence of a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount.

The Jimmy Dore Show (2020-12-31). #ForceTheVote Pressure Growing from Inside. dissidentvoice.org Force The Vote! We demand that every progressive in Congress refuse to vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote in January: forcethevote.org/

David Swanson (2020-12-31). Top 10 Questions for Antony Blinken. dissidentvoice.org Before Antony Blinken can become Secretary of State, Senators must approve. And before that, they must ask questions. Here are some suggestions for what they should ask. 1. Second to the war on Iraq, which of the disasters you've helped facilitate do you most regret, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, or something else? And what have you …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Indian capital imposes night curfew to restrict New Year mass celebrations. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- The government on Thursday imposed a night curfew in the Indian capital to restrict mass New Year celebrations after detecting an increasing number of cases of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus in the second-worst country affected by Covid-19. "Night curfew will be in force (not more than five …

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-31). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. commondreams.org Expecting the US to play a constructive role in achieving a just peace in Palestine does not only reflect indefensible naivety but willful ignorance as well. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-12-31). United Nations, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country's Darfur region ends its operations on Thursday.

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Released Taliban militants behind journalist's killing, Kabul says. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Two of the 5,000 Taliban fighters who were released earlier this year after an agreement with the United States — as a precondition for intra-Afghan peace negotiations — were behind the recent assassination of Afghan journalist Rahmatullah Nikzad, Afghanistan's principal intelligence agency claimed on Thursday. The alleged perpetrators of the killing …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-31). Workers across India strike in solidarity with farmers, against labor reforms. peoplesdispatch.org The left-wing trade union confederation, CITU, organized a strike in over 100,000 workplaces across India in support of the farmers' agitation and also called for repeal of labor reform laws, among other demands…

teleSUR (2020-12-31). Dominican Congress Passes Law Banning Child Marriage. telesurenglish.net Dominican Republic's Congress Wednesday passed a bill to prohibit child marriage in the Caribbean nation. | RELATED: | The document catalogs early marriage as "a harmful practice that limits children's s opportunities for development and access to education." | The Executive Branch will discuss the norm that states that "a man or woman may not marry before reaching the age of 18." President Luis Abinader will be in ch…

WSWS (2020-12-31). Indian farmers' agitation enters second month. wsws.org The farmers launched their Delhi Chalo (Let's got to Delhi) protest on November 26, the same day as tens of millions of workers participated in a general strike to protest the BJP government's pro-investor "reforms."

Newsclick (2020-12-31). 2020: Crumbling US hegemony, questions for India and EU, China's gambit. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha looks at the year that has passed and the year that has begun and the alignments and challenges at a global level. He also examines the tech war waged by the US on China…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). "Our region lost a real peace hero": Iran Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a tweet on Thu. wrote that the region lost a real peace hero, referring to the 1st anniversary of martyrdom of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

news.un (2020-12-31). Guinea-Bissau: UN chief commits to continued support as peacebuilding office closes. news.un.org United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reaffirmed the Organization's commitment to the people of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, the final day of operations for the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the West African country (UNIOGBIS).

Jeremy Corbyn (2020-12-31). Jeremy Corbyn: Why I'm Launching a Project for Peace and Justice. zcomm.org Interview on his hopes for the initiative — and why he refuses to be cowed by the attacks he has endured…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Democrats relying on Latino vote in key Georgia Senate elections. laprensalatina.com By Marcelo G. Wheelock Atlanta, Dec 30 (efe-epa).- Democrats want to repeat the formula that led them to victory in the Nov. 3 presidential election in Georgia and they are relying on the local Hispanic vote in the crucial runoffs for the state's two US Senate seats in early January, races that will decide which …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-12-31). Critics Warn Repeal of Section 230 'Would Be Devastating for Human Rights, Social Movements, and Marginalized People'. commondreams.org Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to tie the repeal to proposed $2,000 coronavirus relief checks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-12-31). Reproductive Rights Advocates Slam 'Unconstitutional and Medically Unnecessary' Fetal Remains Law Signed by Ohio Governor. commondreams.org The ACLU called Senate Bill 27 "just one more transparent attempt to obstruct Ohioans from exercising their constitutionally protected reproductive rights." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alan Macleod (2020-12-30). Fingers Point to US-Backed Gov't in Colombia's Ninetieth Massacre of the Year. mintpressnews.com "The Trump administration waged a full scale campaign to undermine Colombia's peace accords. We must not waste our time hoping the Biden administration might reverse course, we must demand it." — James Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-30). The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel. dissidentvoice.org On December 21, the United States Congress passed the COVID-19 Relief Package, as part of a larger $2.3 trillion bill meant to cover spending for the rest of the fiscal year. As usual, US representatives allocated a massive sum of money for Israel. While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result …

John Wojcik (2020-12-30). Republican Sen. Hawley to tie up Jan. 6 Electoral College certification. peoplesworld.org In yet another attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair election, Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri announced Wednesday he will object on Jan. 6 to the certification of the Electoral College vote. Both houses of Congress meet that day to carry out their constitutional duty of certifying the Electoral College results …

Eds. (2020-12-30). Native Youth provide for community and elders during COVID pandemic. mronline.org 2020 has been a year of many trials across Indian Country. Across our many Nations, rural, city and everywhere in between, we are all coping with the catastrophic effects of the COVID-19 virus.

Staff (2020-12-30). "This Is How Black People Get Killed": Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care. democracynow.org ‚Ä®As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg to receive pain medication and the antiviral drug remdesivir, and accuses a doctor a…

Dan Cohen (2020-12-30). Meet the pseudo-left imperialists fighting against universal healthcare. mronline.org Since comedian Jimmy Dore called on progressive members of Congress to pressure Nancy Pelosi to hold a floor vote on Medicare For All, a collection of media personalities have launched vicious attacks against him while deflecting from his overwhelmingly popular argument.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-30). The American Money Tree: The Untold Story of US Aid to Israel. mintpressnews.com Congress quietly wedged billions of dollars of aid to Israel even as it debated for months over a measly $600 to help Americans endure the COVID downturn.

Staff (2020-12-30). Dr. Susan Moore Died of COVID 2 Weeks After Recording Video Decrying Racist Care. truthout.org As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg…

Jan Oberg (2020-12-30). The Peace Discourse that Disappeared: Go on with Passion and Detachment. globalresearch.ca Look at and listen in to three spheres of contemporary Western society — politics, research and media: The word" peace" and related words, such as the UN Charter norm of" making peace by peaceful means", nonviolence, negotiations — have disappeared. …

Nicolas Maury (2020-12-30). The Congress of Tours and the birth of the organized communist movement in France. peoplesdispatch.org This December 30th marks the centenary of the foundation of the organized communist movement in France at the historic 18th national congress of the Socialist Party – French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO), held in Tours in 1920…

teleSUR (2020-12-30). Another Indigenous Environmental Defender Killed in Honduras. telesurenglish.net Honduras' authorities Tuesday reported the killing of Tolupan Indigenous leader Adan Mejia, who was attacked in Candelaria community, Yoro Department. | RELATED: | Mejia was shot down to death by hooded individuals while he was working in the municipality of Morazan. | The violent incident took place three days after the murder of Lenca farmer leader and pre-candidate for Congress, Felix Vazquez. | After the shooting, the…

news.un (2020-12-30). Looking back at 2020, In Case You Missed It. news.un.org At UN News, 2020 started with a hope that the year would be one of peace for Syria's children. However, in the weeks that followed, the news cycle was upended by the coronavirus pandemic, that not only changed what we covered, but also how we covered UN-related news around the world.

news.un (2020-12-30). First Person: family tragedy and the UN as 'saviour' in Darfur. news.un.org The people of the restive region of Darfur in Sudan have seen the joint United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) as a "saviour" according to a writer for UN News who grew up in Darfur.

news.un (2020-12-30). UN confirms closure of Darfur peacekeeping mission. news.un.org The joint United Nations-African Union mission in the Darfur region of Sudan (UNAMID) will officially end operations on Thursday, when the Government of Sudan will take over responsibility for the protection of civilians in the area.

Marjorie Cohn (2020-12-30). Civil Rights Groups Fight Back Against Georgia's Voter Purges. zcomm.org The importance of the January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia cannot be overestimated…