Daily Archives: January 14, 2021

2021-01-14: News Headlines

Aaron Maté (2021-01-14). UN expert: crippling US sanctions on Syria are illegal and hurting civilians. thegrayzone.com Crippling US sanctions imposed under the Caesar Act are decimating war-ravaged Syrian civilians, are illegal, and should be lifted, the UN Special Rapporteur on sanctions says. An independent United Nations expert is calling on the US to lift its crippling sanctions on Syria. Under the Caesar Act, US sanctions explicitly target Syria's reconstruction in the aftermath of a catastrophic 10-year war. Alena Douhan, the UN Special Rapporteur on the impact of sanctions, says that the US sanctions are illegal and …

Juan Cole (2021-01-14). The GOP stood with Trump and against the Legitimacy of Biden: that's how Iraq Split up in 2014. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — On Wednesday, 197 Republican congressmen refused to impeach him for encouraging thousands of hard Right thugs, some armed, to march on the Capitol and "fight like hell or you won't have a country." These same 197 congressmen were themselves menaced by the invading mobs, who chanted that they wanted to …

Juan Cole (2021-01-14). The GOP stood with Trump and against the Legitimacy of Biden: that's how Iraq Split up in 2014. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — On Wednesday, 197 Republican congressmen refusing to impeach him for encouraging thousands of hard Right thugs, some armed, to march on the Capitol and "fight like hell or you won't have a country." These same 197 congressmen were themselves menaced by the invading mobs, who chanted that they wanted to …

The Conversation (2021-01-14). Is impeaching President Trump 'pointless revenge'? Not if it sends a message to future presidents. juancole.com By Michael Blake | — A House majority, including 10 Republicans, voted on Jan. 13 to impeach President Trump for "incitement of insurrection." The vote will initiate a trial in the Senate — but that trial will likely not be finished before Trump's term of office comes to an end on Jan. 20. There is …

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-14). International Support Continues for Protesting Farmers in India. globalresearch.ca On 5 January, British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi wrote a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to convey to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the "heartfelt anxieties" of MPs' constituents (many emanating from Punjab) regarding the treatment of protesting farmers …

news.un (2021-01-14). Three UN peacekeepers killed, six wounded in attack in Mali. news.un.org Three United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed and six others wounded in an attack on Wednesday, by unidentified armed elements, the UN mission in the country has said.

news.un (2021-01-14). Four UN peacekeepers killed, five wounded in attack in Mali. news.un.org Four United Nations peacekeepers in Mali were killed and five others wounded in an attack by unidentified armed elements on Wednesday, the UN mission in the country has said.

Hannah Ellis-Petersen (2021-01-14). Indian court suspends new agriculture laws after mass protests. zcomm.org Judges order committee to look into grievances, but unions vow further demonstrations until laws repealed…

_____ (2021-01-14). The Freedom Struggle Is A Labor Struggle, Then And Now. popularresistance.org As we think, again, about the role of organized labor in the long Black freedom struggle, it is worth noting that in India at this very moment 250 million farmers, workers, students and allies have joined in what had been a three-month long protest against the Modi government's neoliberal agricultural policies. | The new parliamentary bills essentially eliminate state-run regulated agricultural markets, and allow direct transactions between farmers and private corporate interests — namely international commodity traders and conglomerates such as Walmart and Cargill. | The new arrangements will destroy small…

Jonathan Cook (2021-01-14). Israel is losing the fight to obscure its apartheid character. dissidentvoice.org For more than a decade, a handful of former Israeli politicians and US diplomats identified with what might be termed the "peace process industry" have intermittently warned that, without a two-state solution, Israel is in danger of becoming an "apartheid state". The most notable among them include Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, two former Israeli prime …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-14). Israel steps up regional aggression, carries out air raids in Syria, violates Lebanese air space. peoplesdispatch.org According to the reports Israel's attacks in Syria were aided by information provided by US intelligence agencies. Israel has also been carrying out low altitude flights across the Lebanese air space in the last few days prompting Lebanon to file a complaint in the UNSC…

Editor (2021-01-13). Lee Camp: America Condemns One Violent Mob While Celebrating Another. scheerpost.com Tyler Merbler / CC BY 2.0] By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost Most rational Americans have correctly criticized and denounced the violent insurrection in the Capitol last week. Those moments of attack by a racist, disgusting mob have not lacked for condemnation and denunciation. They were violent. They were reprehensible. They called for the killing of lawmakers, demanded the hanging of Congress… |

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 …

RT (2021-01-13). Google admits experimentally blocking some Australian news sites from searches as row over paying outlets for content gains steam. rt.com Internet users can't find the latest Aussie news on searches as outlets say Google is flexing its muscles against the country's senate's proposed code that would make it pay media for news. | For days now, some internet users have been wondering why Google searches have omitted the latest updates from Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph and other Australian news sites. Now the tech giant has admitted that it is carrying out an "experiment," tweaking its closely guarded algorithm — and only old links are being displayed. | "We're currently running a few experiments that will each reach about one per…

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.

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

WSWS (2021-01-13). Berlin, Germany transport worker dies of COVID-19. wsws.org The Berlin Transport Company's pandemic policy, which endangers the lives and health of workers, is supported by the Berlin Senate consisting of the SPD, the Greens and the Left Party.

commondreams (2021-01-13). Greenpeace on Impeachment. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-13). The House Did It's Job, Now The Senate Must Act Immediately. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-13). Congress Must Investigate Capitol Police, Fraternal Order of Police, Other Police Orgs for Ties To White Supremacists. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Common Dreams staff (2021-01-13). McConnell Urged to 'Finish the Job' and Reconvene Senate to Put Twice-Impeached Trump on Trial. commondreams.org "The Senate must now move as quickly as possible to convict, remove, and disqualify Trump from ever seeking federal office again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-13). In Historic House Vote, Only 10 Republicans Join Democrats to Impeach Trump for Inciting Insurrection. commondreams.org "If Congress had a shred of decency, this impeachment would be unanimous." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-13). Earthjustice Supports Congress's Decision to Impeach the President for High Crimes. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-13). Cori Bush Booed by House GOP for Denouncing White Supremacy. commondreams.org "What does it mean when they boo the Black congresswoman denouncing white supremacy?" asked the freshman Democrat from Missouri. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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 …

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 …

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, …

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!

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) …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 ______________________________…

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.

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). 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…

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…