Daily Archives: January 13, 2021

2021-01-13: News Headlines

South Front (2021-01-13). Video: Mysterious Aircraft Pound Turkish Oil Smugglers in Syria. US Supply Convoys Are Blown Up in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The first month of 2021 was marked by a new round of violence in Syria. The situation was especially complicated in Greater Idlib, northern Aleppo and in the central desert. | On January 8, ISIS terrorists launched a large attack on …

Staff (2021-01-13). McConnell Urged to Confirm His Support for Impeachment by Starting Senate Trial. truthout.org In the wake of "If the reports are true,…

Linn Washington Jr. (2021-01-13). Africans See U.S. Ugly That America Ignores. counterpunch.org Like many across the African continent and around the world, noted author Patrick Gathara had "an epiphany" about America after President Donald Trump delivered an incendiary speech on January 6, 2021 that incited a violent mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. When that mob invaded the Capitol building members of the Congress, the Senate and

John Marciano (2021-01-13). A renaissance fighter for freedom, justice, and peace. mronline.org Released in 2019 on the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson's graduation from Rutgers University, Ballad of an American, brings Robeson's creative and powerful historical presence to life through a striking graphic text and excellent afterword.

sputniknews (2021-01-13). Schumer Says if Trump Convicted Senate to Hold Vote to Bar Him From Running Again. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate will vote on whether to bar US President Donald Trump from running for the White House in the future if he is convicted of impeachment charges, the presumptive Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, said in a statement.

news.un (2021-01-13). Uganda: UN chief calls for 'inclusive, transparent and peaceful' elections. news.un.org The UN chief on Wednesday issued a call for an "inclusive, transparent and peaceful" election process across Uganda, a day ahead of the polls opening.

news.un (2021-01-13). Peacekeeper killed in 'heinous attacks' in Central African Republic. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for action to ensure accountability for "heinous attacks" in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday that left a Rwandan peacekeeper dead and another wounded.

American Indian Resource Center at UCSC (2021-01-13). Friday 1/22: Indigemedia: Navigating Native American Representation in Film and Media. indybay.org Online, register here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd7y2ST…

WSWS (2021-01-13). Staggering growth of super-rich in China. wsws.org Some of China's wealthiest capitalist entrepreneurs are members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), have been delegates to the National People's Congress, or are members of the associated People's Political Consultative Conference.

Michael Blake (2021-01-13). Is impeaching President Trump 'pointless revenge'? Not if it sends a message to future presidents. nationofchange.org If Congress chooses to impeach President Trump, it is because there is a need to mark out, through a definitive statement, what no president ought to do.

Sandra Park (2021-01-12). Tenants' Right to Counsel is Critical to Fight Mass Evictions and Advance Race Equity During the Pandemic and Beyond. aclu.org As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on and worsens, people across the country face the devastation left in its wake. The public health and economic consequences of the pandemic have cost millions of people their jobs and the ability to pay rent — leaving far too many renters facing the added threat of eviction and losing their homes., , The patchwork of responses has yet to slow down the eviction crisis thus far. Congress first responded through the CARES Act by putting a halt on evictions with a moratorium for a fraction of tenants across the country, but this expired in July 2020. In September, the Cent…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-01-12). Trump, Insurrections and the 25th Amendment. counterpunch.org How strange it must have seemed for US lawmakers to be suddenly facing what was described as a "mob", not so much storming as striding into the Capitol with angry purpose. A terrified security force proved understaffed and overwhelmed. Members of Congress hid. Five people lost their lives. With the US imperium responsible for fostering

Black Alliance for Peace (2021-01-12). January 6th at Capitol Hill: Blowback and the Ongoing Crisis of Legitimacy. globalresearch.ca Two Januarys ago, an obscure politician from a minor political party named Juan Guaido assumed a one-month chairmanship of the Venezuelan National Assembly. Then he promptly declared himself the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | The bizarre declaration …

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Mexico's Congress To Set a Panel on Central Bank Reforms. telesurenglish.net Senator Alejandro Armenta announced Monday that a technical committee will be installed to review the reform on the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) Law which would allow U.S. dollars cash deposits without any restriction. | RELATED: | The technical panel will hear assessments from representatives of the Finance Ministry, the Banking Association, migrant groups, and the tourism sector. | Regardless of the origin of the money, the reform presen…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). Indian farmers' organizations reject Supreme Court intervention, will continue protest. peoplesdispatch.org India's Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the three farm laws that have led to huge protests across the country. It also formed a committee to hold discussions. However, farmers' organizations say the onus is on the government to repeal the laws…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). India: Supreme Court Suspends Pro-Corporate Laws. telesurenglish.net India's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the temporary suspension of three government-sponsored laws that triggered the protests of thousands of peasants 47 days ago. | RELATED: | The judges' decision attempts to unblock weeks of failed negotiations between the protesters, who are demanding the repeal of the laws, and the government, which has asked the courts to declare illegal the protest that has been blocking several o…

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-12). Why are people going hungry in India despite a massive grain surplus? mronline.org The peasants gathered on the Delhi border understand all these issues much more clearly than either Modi or the intelligentsia advocating a shift away from food grains. Ironically, it is the latter group who are suggesting that the peasants are ignoramuses!

Marcey Lynn Jones (2021-01-12). 133,010 steps to take back the Senate. peoplesworld.org Marcey Lynn Jones was one of 70 UNITE HERE volunteers from New Haven, Conn., who spent one month knocking on doors to speak with voters in Georgia about how they could make a difference in the Senate runoff elections. She shares her experience below. In the beginning, when I arrived in Georgia from New Haven, …

Steve Sweeney (2021-01-12). German communists hit out at police brutality on Rosa Luxemburg march. peoplesworld.org Police have been condemned for brutality after attacking a peaceful demonstration in the capital Berlin with pepper spray after communist groups gathered for the annual commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht who were murdered the same day. Some 3,000 people attended Sunday's annual march despite coronavirus restrictions; the official ceremony has been delayed until …

Eds. (2021-01-12). A victory for the movement in the streets: inside Argentina's abortion win. mronline.org On 30 December, Argentina's Senate voted to legalise abortion after many years of mass protests around the issue. In the wake of this important victory, Red Flag spoke to Cele Fierro, an activist with the anti-capitalist feminist group Juntas a la Izquierda and a member of the national leadership of the Movimiento de los Trabajadores (MST) …

Ben Norton (2021-01-12). US backs al-Qaeda in Yemen while dubbing its Houthi enemies 'terrorists'. thegrayzone.com The US State Department designated Yemen's Houthi movement — the most effective force in fighting al-Qaeda — as a "terrorist" organization. Meanwhile Washington and Saudi Arabia have supported al-Qaeda. The United States government has designated the main enemy of al-Qaeda in Yemen, the Houthi movement, as a terrorist organization, after spending years backing al-Qaeda in the country. Like the US-led wars on Syria, Libya, former Yugoslavia, and 1980s Afghanistan, Yemen represents an example of an armed conflict where Washington has …

sputniknews (2021-01-12). Syrian State Media Reports 'Israeli Aggression' on Areas in Deir Ezzor, Abu Kamal. sputniknews.com Earlier in the month, Syrian state media reported that the country's Air Defense systems had responded to an Israeli attack in the southern part of the city of Damascus.

commondreams (2021-01-12). UltraViolet Publishes List of Top Corporate Donors to GOP Members of Congress Participating in Efforts to Undermine the 2020 Presidential Election. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sarah Jones (2021-01-12). Republicans Want Clemency, and With It, a Return to the Status Quo. commondreams.org The public deserves something better: a true champion of the poor and vulnerable. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Honduras To Pass a New Electoral Law Ahead of Elections. telesurenglish.net Honduras' Congress Secretary Tomas Zambrano Monday announced that a new Electoral Law will be approved ahead of the primary and general elections to take place this year. | RELATED: | Composed of 333 articles, the new Law will recognize the vote of Hondurans living abroad and gender equality in the electoral processes. | Zambrano noted that the Electoral Boards' membership and the functions of the National Electoral Co…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). How feminists in Argentina organized and won the right to abortion. peoplesdispatch.org On December 30, Argentina's Senate Peoples Dispatch spoke to Agostina Betes from the Movimiento Popular La Dignidad and Frente Patria Grande the day after the vote to discuss the impressive struggle waged by femi…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Chile: Piñera Condemns Abortion Bill Before Congress Debate. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera opposes safe abortion ahead of Congress debate on a bill that would legalize voluntary interruption of pregnancy. | RELATED: | "Piñera rejects abortion without a cause. Although Parliament debates it, he does not support it," Government spokesman Jaime Bellolio said. | The bill that guarantees safe abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy will be debated by the House of Representatives' Women an…

Juan Cole (2021-01-11). Yes It Was Attempted by Wingnuts, But It Was a Coup Attempt Just the Same. commondreams.org Over 140 Republican congressmen and 8 senators joined the attempt to overturn the election even after the mob tried to kill or kidnap them. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Sameena Rahman (2021-01-11). Socialist Ernesto Huerta runs for California State Senate District 30. liberationnews.org The people of South Central Los Angeles need a representative in the California State Senate who will advocate for the working class. This fact became more evident over the past year as the government sat idly by while people suffered. Tens of thousands of Californians have died after contracting COVID-19. Many more have lost their …

Sameena Rahman (2021-01-11). Socialist Ernesto Huerta runs for California State Senate (District 30). liberationnews.org The people of South Central Los Angeles need a representative in the California State Senate who will advocate for the working class. This fact became more evident over the past year as the government sat idly by while people suffered. Tens of thousands of Californians have died after contracting COVID-19. Many more have lost their …

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Colombia's Antioquia Department Saw Its First Massacre in 2021. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Police Commander Jorge Cabra reported the first massacre of this year in the Antioquia department where three people were killed on Sunday. | RELATED: | The massacre occurred in Betania and was attributed to the Gulf Clan gang, which is considered by the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation (PRF) as the largest illegal armed group in the country. | Armed men murdered 23-year-old Jonathan Acevedo, his mother Maria Londoño, and his st…

RT (2021-01-11). In first meeting since bloody 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war, Putin brings together leaders of Armenia & Azerbaijan for Moscow talks. rt.com Three months after Russia oversaw a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan, President Vladimir Putin has welcomed the two countries' leaders to Moscow to negotiate the next steps in keeping the peace in Nagorno-Karabakh. | The four-hour discussion represented the first time Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had met face to face since the end of the six-week war, which concluded in a clear victory for Baku. Following the meeting, Putin revealed that a joint statement on the development of Karabakh had been signed by all three parties. Although not yet published, t…

Hannah McCarthy (2021-01-11). Syrian Refugees Excluded from Lebanese Labor Market. counterpunch.org When the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, many Syrians fled across the western border to Lebanon. Thousands now live in Arsal, a remote town in the Bekaa valley, not far from the Syrian border. Lebanon, a country of 6 million, hosts a large refugee population estimated at 1.5 million. As the economic

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-11). Justice Democrats Endorses Nina Turner for Congress Based on Record of 'Fighting to Uplift' Working People. commondreams.org The Ohio Democrat and former Bernie Sanders campaign advisor "has stood with our progressive movement since day one," said Alexandra Rojas. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-11). FBI Memo Warns Pro-Trump Extremists Plan Armed Insurrections in State Capitols Across US. commondreams.org An agency memo states that "if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Autonomy (2021-01-11). Only The Chinese Govt And Bankers Benefit From Our Internal Strife. indybay.org We need to make internal peace to avoid being an occupied power…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Biden Chooses Iran Nuclear Deal Negotiator as His CIA Director. telesurenglish.net After serving as ambassador to Russia, Burns led the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran to reach the historic nuclear deal in 2015. | Burns currently serves as the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an international think-tank. | RELATED: | If confirmed by the Senate, he would be the first career diplomat to serve in…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-01-11). End of the Saudi Blockade of Qatar: Will Syria Benefit from the "Renewed Gulf Unity"? globalresearch.ca With an end to the Qatar blockade and a possible rapprochement with Turkey, Saudi Arabia may soon move towards reconciliation with Syria. | The Persian Gulf states' opposition to Iran's role in the region, while limiting Turkey's influence, may bring Saudi …