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2021-01-22: News Headlines

Lee Camp (2021-01-22). What Biden Can Do Without Congress (But Won't). counterpunch.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse

Sara Luterman (2021-01-22). The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn. thenation.com The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn…

Joan Walsh (2021-01-22). How Georgia Went Blue. thenation.com How Georgia Went Blue…

Jon Queally (2021-01-22). GOP Nightmare of Senate Budget Chair Bernie Sanders About to Come True. zcomm.org "When Republicans controlled the Senate they used the reconciliation process to provide huge tax breaks for the rich and large corporations. We're going to use reconciliation to protect working families, the sick and the poor."

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-22). Farmers' Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture. counterpunch.org With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet but is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. Given that India is still an agrarian-based society, renowned journalist P Sainath says what is taking place can be described

news.un (2021-01-21). Senior panel probing violations in Syria, examining new measures to safeguard humanitarians. news.un.org The UN chief announced on Thursday that he has set up an independent Senior Advisory Panel on strengthening the mechanism whereby humanitarian workers and sites are better protected from attack in Syria, according to a statement released by his spokesperson.

Staff (2021-01-21). Headlines for January 21, 2021. democracynow.org Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States, Ending Trump Era, Kamala Harris Sworn In as Vice President, Setting Several Historic Firsts, Biden Signs Executive Orders on Environment, Immigration, Civil Rights, Economy & Pandemic, Biden Unveils Pandemic Strategy as U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near Record High, VP Harris Swears In Three Senators, Giving Democrats Narrow Control of Senate, Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, House to Vote on Waiver Paving Path for Retired General Lloyd Austin to Lead Pentagon, President Biden Fires Union-Busting Lawyer Who Refused to Resign from…

Staff (2021-01-21). "Democracy Has Prevailed": Joe Biden Sworn In as President; Kamala Harris Becomes First Female VP. democracynow.org Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th president of the United States Wednesday, ending the Trump era with a call for national unity and urging Americans to come together during a period of turbulence. President Biden signed 17 executive orders in his first official act from the Oval Office, including on immigration, the pandemic and the climate crisis. Biden has promised more executive actions in the coming days. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators Wednesday afternoon, giving Democrats narrow control of the Senate and laying the groundwork for the administration's ambitious agenda. We pla…

_____ (2021-01-21). My Wish Is That You Win This Fight For Truth. popularresistance.org On 26 January, India's Republic Day, thousands of farmers and agricultural workers will drive their tractors and walk into the heart of the capital, New Delhi, to bring their fight to the doors of the government. For two months, these farmers and agricultural workers have been part of a nation-wide revolt against a government policy that seeks to deliver all the gains of their labour to the large corporate houses, whose profits have ballooned during this pandemic. Despite the cold weather and the pandemic, the farmers and agricultural workers have created a socialistic culture in their encampments with community…

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2021-01-21). Washington's 40-year North Korea Policy: Success or Failure? globalresearch.ca Washington's 40-year offensive policy of North Korean regime change has gone nowhere. | Bill Clinton created a chance of peace with North Korea in 1994 and he blew it. | George W. Bush accepted the 2005 agreement for peace, then, he threw …

Satya Vatti (2021-01-21). Massive farmers' blockade shakes far right Indian government to the core. liberationnews.org Braving fierce police repression, tens of thousands of farmers in India are carrying out one of the largest sustained strikes the country has seen.

news.un (2021-01-21). Central African Republic: UN mission chief appeals for more peacekeepers. news.un.org The top UN official in the Central African Republic (CAR) appealed to the Security Council on Thursday for more peacekeepers and equipment amid escalating violence surrounding elections last month.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-21). 135 Civil Rights Groups Oppose New Domestic Terrorism Statutes, Say Tackle Far-Right Violence With Existing Laws. commondreams.org "Members of Congress should not reinforce counterterrorism policies, programs, and frameworks that are rooted in bias, discrimination, and denial or diminution of fundamental rights like due process." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-21). 'A Good First Step': Senators File Ethics Complaint Over Cruz and Hawley's Role in Capitol Insurrection. commondreams.org The move by a group of Democrats comes as demands are building for the two Republicans to be ousted from the Senate over the deadly attack. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-21). Flashback, 2001: In 50-50 Senate Under Democratic Control, Bush's Nominees "Breezed Through Their Senate Committee Hearings". commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2021-01-21). New Documents Suggest J. Edgar Hoover Was Involved In Fred Hampton's Murder. popularresistance.org In March 1976, we sat in a cavernous Chicago courtroom while FBI agent Roy Martin Mitchell testified in the federal civil rights case that we and our partners at the People's Law Office had brought on behalf of the families of slain Illinois Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and the seven survivors of the murderous pre-dawn Chicago police raid on their West Side apartment. | Thanks to the liberation of FBI documents from the Media, Pennsylvania FBI offices, the revelations of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and our own hotly contested pretrial battles to uncover the truth ab…

_____ (2021-01-21). What Biden Can Do Without Congress. popularresistance.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse pat on the head. None of that. Just fixing the problems now. Right now. Well, it actually is possible. | I think we can all agree that Congress is basically a pit filled with hungry crocodiles in the later stages of lead poisoning, each with a different degree of…

_____ (2021-01-21). Indian Government Offers To Suspend Farm Laws. popularresistance.org India's government has offered to suspend implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered the biggest farmers' protests in years. | The cornerstone of the legislation, introduced in September, allows private buyers to deal directly with farmers. | Angry farmers, who say that will make India's traditional wholesale markets irrelevant and leave them at the mercy of big retailers and food processors, have camped out on main highways outside capital New Delhi for more than two months. | Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said the government was open to suspending the…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-21). Farmers' Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture. globalresearch.ca With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet but is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. | Given that India …

South Front (2021-01-20). Video: Iran Expands Its Presence in Syria, Deploys Intel Signals System Near Border with Jordan and Israel. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria's Idlib appears to be, once again, on the brink of escalation, with the US preoccupied with what's happening at home, and Turkey attempting to push towards Ain Issa, while being targeted by its own proxies. | The …

_____ (2021-01-20). No Pardons For Edward Snowden Or Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Although several long shot campaigns were mounted, President Donald Trump did not pardon any whistleblowers who were indicted or prosecuted under the United States Espionage Act. He also declined to pardon the only journalist ever to be indicted under the World War I-era law. | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were not offered clemency because Trump "did not want to anger Senate Republicans who will soon determine whether he's convicted during his Senate trial." | "Multiple GOP lawmakers had sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Ass…

teleSUR (2021-01-20). Joe Biden: Immigration Reform During First Day in Office. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden has sent Congress an immigration reform bill to facilitate citizenship for undocumented migrants. The bill, set to become the most transformative reform package since 1986, is one of the first initiatives Biden kicked off on inauguration day. | RELATED: | The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims at creating a legalization mechanism for the over 10.5 million undocumented migrants living in the U…

Gary Leupp (2021-01-20). On U.S. "Adversaries" counterpunch.org The United States more or less officially regards a handful of countries as "adversaries": Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. There is not an official list approved by Congress, but the term is applied by politicians and journalists routinely to these countries. The reasons for their enmity are rarely specified; it is enough

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-20). Overturning the Presidential Election Result In Southwest Virginia. counterpunch.org While Republican senators Hawley and Cruz grab the headlines in their attempts to curry favour with the previous inhabitant of the White House (and his base) by trying to upend the election result, a host of smaller Republican players around the country have made similar efforts at ingratiation. The case of Western Virginia's Congressional representatives

IMEMC News (2021-01-20). Abu Rodeina Denounces Israel's Latest Colonialist Plans. imemc.org The Spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rodeina, denounced the latest Israeli plan to build more than 2500 colonialist units in the occupied West Bank, and described them as another attempt to destroy any prospect of peace. Abu Rodeina said the Israeli decisions are direct violations of International Law, and various resolutions, including United …

Juan Cole (2021-01-20). An Admiring Review of Cole, 'Muhammad: Prophet of Peace,' in Algeria's Echorouq. juancole.com The Algerian newspaper Echorouq [al-Shuruq] has published a positive review of the Arabic translation of my book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires Available at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor And Hachette And Barnes and Noble And Amazon Juan says: In turbulent era, I am most gratified that Muslim readers on the …

news.un (2021-01-20). Decade of conflict triggering 'slow tsunami' across Syria, Security Council hears. news.un.org After a decade of conflict, economic collapse compounded by COVID-19, corruption and mismanagement, the UN Syrian envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday that "a slow tsunami" is now "crashing across Syria".

sputniknews (2021-01-20). US Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Biden's Director of National Intelligence. sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden's new administration is expected to soon declassify and release key documents related to the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi monarchy.

Sarah Anderson (2021-01-20). American Workers Need Paid Sick Leave Right This Minute. commondreams.org Congress let mandatory paid leave end on Dec. 31. Lawmakers—and employers—need to restore them immediately. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-20). "Women will continue to lead the struggle against farm laws" peoplesdispatch.org January 18 is celebrated each year as Mahila Kisan Diwas, or Women Farmers' Day, in India. This year, women farmers in the thick of struggles against the farm laws expressed their determination to continue the fight…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-20). Indian Farmers on the Frontline Against Global Capitalism. counterpunch.org In a short video on the empirediaries.com YouTube channel, a protesting farmer camped near Delhi says that during lockdown and times of crisis farmers are treated like "gods", but when they ask for their rights, they are smeared and labelled as "terrorists". He, along with thousands of other farmers, are mobilising against three important pieces of farm legislation that

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-01-20). A Belligerent Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: The Legacy of US President Donald J. Trump. globalresearch.ca As the Trump era is coming to an end, his legacy in the Middle East will be described by the Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians and the rest of the Arab world as aggressive, dangerous and extremely reckless. Israelis will say that …

Dean Baker (2021-01-20). The DeFazio Bill: Reducing the Financial Industry's Tax on Retirement Savings. counterpunch.org Representative Peter DeFazio, along with seven House co-sponsors, introduced the "Wall Street Tax Act" today. This bill would impose a tax of 0.1 percent of sales of stocks, bonds, options, and other derivatives. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it would raise almost $800 billion over the course of the next decade. This would be

RT (2021-01-19). WHO panel 'discouraged & frankly disappointed' by global Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan. rt.com An independent WHO panel studying the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has criticized global vaccine rollout plans over inequalities that will see most of Africa missing out on receiving any jabs this year. | "The panel is discouraged and frankly disappointed by the unequal plans for vaccine rollout," panel co-chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former Liberian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, told an Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO). | As things stand now, large-scale distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus won't begin in Africa until 2022 or even 2023, she pointed…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2021-01-19). PSL Statement — Assault on the Capitol: 24 Questions and Answers. liberationnews.org The Jan. 6 attack on Congress by a fascist-led mob will be remembered as a pivotal moment in U.S. politics…

Igor Derysh (2021-01-19). Rep. Steve Cohen: QAnon fan Rep. Lauren Boebert gave Capitol tour to "large" group before riot. salon.com Gun-toting Colorado congresswoman denies she led rioters on "reconnaissance" tours before the Capitol attack…

news.un (2021-01-19). Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic ambush, as 2021 death toll rises to nine worldwide. news.un.org Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday, bringing the overall toll of 'blue helmet' deaths to nine so far this month.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-19). Senate Democrats Prove 'Democracy Reform Is a Top Priority' by Putting 'For the People Act' First. commondreams.org "From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms," said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2021-01-19). Lloyd Austin Says Will Review US Force Presence in Mideast to Address Russia, China Challenges. sputniknews.com The confirmation hearing for Gen. Lloyd Auston, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to head the Pentagon, took place before the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 19, one day before Biden's inauguration.

sputniknews (2021-01-19). US Defense Chief Nominee Claims Russia Should Be Held Accountable for Recent Cyber Attack. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, January 20 (Sputnik) – US Defense Secretary nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin said during a Senate confirmation hearing that Russia should be held responsible if found to be the culprit behind the recent cyber attack against the IT company SolarWinds.

Bernie Sanders (2021-01-19). Congress Is Going To Have To Rise Up And Be Extremely Bol. zcomm.org Interview on the troubling prospect that members of Congress may have aided the Capitol insurrectionists and he lays out an ambitious agenda for the new Senate…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-01-19). False Accusations Used Once More Against President Assad of Syria. globalresearch.ca

Johanna Kichton (2021-01-19). On Eve of Inauguration, People's Action and Tenants Facing Eviction Demand Lawmakers Seize Moment to Protect Tenants. peoplesaction.org In New Letters, Campaign that Helped Lead #CancelRent Movement Urges Biden to Issue Eviction Moratorium With Teeth And Demands Congress Finally Cancel Rent and Rental Debt Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today united with tenants facing eviction to host a press conference to call on President-Elect Biden to immediately issue an eviction moratorium that …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). P. Sainath: Reporting on the great processes of our time. peoplesdispatch.org P. Sainath, founder-editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, talks about reporting on the great processes of our time in the context of the historic struggle by farmers in India. The event is organized by the Globetrotter-Peoples Dispatch Fellowship.

2021-01-21: News Headlines

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2021-01-21). Washington's 40-year North Korea Policy: Success or Failure? globalresearch.ca Washington's 40-year offensive policy of North Korean regime change has gone nowhere. | Bill Clinton created a chance of peace with North Korea in 1994 and he blew it. | George W. Bush accepted the 2005 agreement for peace, then, he threw …

Staff (2021-01-21). "Democracy Has Prevailed": Joe Biden Sworn In as President; Kamala Harris Becomes First Female VP. democracynow.org Joe Biden was sworn in as 46th president of the United States Wednesday, ending the Trump era with a call for national unity and urging Americans to come together during a period of turbulence. President Biden signed 17 executive orders in his first official act from the Oval Office, including on immigration, the pandemic and the climate crisis. Biden has promised more executive actions in the coming days. Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three new Democratic senators Wednesday afternoon, giving Democrats narrow control of the Senate and laying the groundwork for the administration's ambitious agenda. We pla…

Staff (2021-01-21). Headlines for January 21, 2021. democracynow.org Joe Biden Sworn In as 46th President of the United States, Ending Trump Era, Kamala Harris Sworn In as Vice President, Setting Several Historic Firsts, Biden Signs Executive Orders on Environment, Immigration, Civil Rights, Economy & Pandemic, Biden Unveils Pandemic Strategy as U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Near Record High, VP Harris Swears In Three Senators, Giving Democrats Narrow Control of Senate, Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, House to Vote on Waiver Paving Path for Retired General Lloyd Austin to Lead Pentagon, President Biden Fires Union-Busting Lawyer Who Refused to Resign from…

_____ (2021-01-21). My Wish Is That You Win This Fight For Truth. popularresistance.org On 26 January, India's Republic Day, thousands of farmers and agricultural workers will drive their tractors and walk into the heart of the capital, New Delhi, to bring their fight to the doors of the government. For two months, these farmers and agricultural workers have been part of a nation-wide revolt against a government policy that seeks to deliver all the gains of their labour to the large corporate houses, whose profits have ballooned during this pandemic. Despite the cold weather and the pandemic, the farmers and agricultural workers have created a socialistic culture in their encampments with community…

Satya Vatti (2021-01-21). Massive farmers' blockade shakes far right Indian government to the core. liberationnews.org Braving fierce police repression, tens of thousands of farmers in India are carrying out one of the largest sustained strikes the country has seen.

news.un (2021-01-21). Senior panel probing violations in Syria, examining new measures to safeguard humanitarians. news.un.org The UN chief announced on Thursday that he has set up an independent Senior Advisory Panel on strengthening the mechanism whereby humanitarian workers and sites are better protected from attack in Syria, according to a statement released by his spokesperson.

news.un (2021-01-21). Central African Republic: UN mission chief appeals for more peacekeepers. news.un.org The top UN official in the Central African Republic (CAR) appealed to the Security Council on Thursday for more peacekeepers and equipment amid escalating violence surrounding elections last month.

_____ (2021-01-21). New Documents Suggest J. Edgar Hoover Was Involved In Fred Hampton's Murder. popularresistance.org In March 1976, we sat in a cavernous Chicago courtroom while FBI agent Roy Martin Mitchell testified in the federal civil rights case that we and our partners at the People's Law Office had brought on behalf of the families of slain Illinois Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and the seven survivors of the murderous pre-dawn Chicago police raid on their West Side apartment. | Thanks to the liberation of FBI documents from the Media, Pennsylvania FBI offices, the revelations of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Activities and our own hotly contested pretrial battles to uncover the truth ab…

_____ (2021-01-21). Indian Government Offers To Suspend Farm Laws. popularresistance.org India's government has offered to suspend implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered the biggest farmers' protests in years. | The cornerstone of the legislation, introduced in September, allows private buyers to deal directly with farmers. | Angry farmers, who say that will make India's traditional wholesale markets irrelevant and leave them at the mercy of big retailers and food processors, have camped out on main highways outside capital New Delhi for more than two months. | Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said the government was open to suspending the…

_____ (2021-01-21). What Biden Can Do Without Congress. popularresistance.org What if it could get done now? What if all (or many) of the largest problems within the United States could be solved now? What if the most exploited, the most troubled, the most chopped-up-masticated-and-drooled-out-by-the-American-machine populations could be helped right now? No Congress. No 10 years of "building up power" just to achieve a post-abuse pat on the head. None of that. Just fixing the problems now. Right now. Well, it actually is possible. | I think we can all agree that Congress is basically a pit filled with hungry crocodiles in the later stages of lead poisoning, each with a different degree of…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-21). Farmers' Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture. globalresearch.ca With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet but is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. | Given that India …

Juan Cole (2021-01-20). An Admiring Review of Cole, 'Muhammad: Prophet of Peace,' in Algeria's Echorouq. juancole.com The Algerian newspaper Echorouq [al-Shuruq] has published a positive review of the Arabic translation of my book, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires Available at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor And Hachette And Barnes and Noble And Amazon Juan says: In turbulent era, I am most gratified that Muslim readers on the …

teleSUR (2021-01-20). Joe Biden: Immigration Reform During First Day in Office. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden has sent Congress an immigration reform bill to facilitate citizenship for undocumented migrants. The bill, set to become the most transformative reform package since 1986, is one of the first initiatives Biden kicked off on inauguration day. | RELATED: | The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims at creating a legalization mechanism for the over 10.5 million undocumented migrants living in the U…

news.un (2021-01-20). Decade of conflict triggering 'slow tsunami' across Syria, Security Council hears. news.un.org After a decade of conflict, economic collapse compounded by COVID-19, corruption and mismanagement, the UN Syrian envoy told the Security Council on Wednesday that "a slow tsunami" is now "crashing across Syria".

Gary Leupp (2021-01-20). On U.S. "Adversaries" counterpunch.org The United States more or less officially regards a handful of countries as "adversaries": Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. There is not an official list approved by Congress, but the term is applied by politicians and journalists routinely to these countries. The reasons for their enmity are rarely specified; it is enough

IMEMC News (2021-01-20). Abu Rodeina Denounces Israel's Latest Colonialist Plans. imemc.org The Spokesperson of the Palestinian Presidency, Nabil Abu Rodeina, denounced the latest Israeli plan to build more than 2500 colonialist units in the occupied West Bank, and described them as another attempt to destroy any prospect of peace. Abu Rodeina said the Israeli decisions are direct violations of International Law, and various resolutions, including United …

Kenneth Surin (2021-01-20). Overturning the Presidential Election Result In Southwest Virginia. counterpunch.org While Republican senators Hawley and Cruz grab the headlines in their attempts to curry favour with the previous inhabitant of the White House (and his base) by trying to upend the election result, a host of smaller Republican players around the country have made similar efforts at ingratiation. The case of Western Virginia's Congressional representatives

South Front (2021-01-20). Video: Iran Expands Its Presence in Syria, Deploys Intel Signals System Near Border with Jordan and Israel. globalresearch.ca The situation in Syria's Idlib appears to be, once again, on the brink of escalation, with the US preoccupied with what's happening at home, and Turkey attempting to push towards Ain Issa, while being targeted by its own proxies. | The …

_____ (2021-01-20). No Pardons For Edward Snowden Or Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Although several long shot campaigns were mounted, President Donald Trump did not pardon any whistleblowers who were indicted or prosecuted under the United States Espionage Act. He also declined to pardon the only journalist ever to be indicted under the World War I-era law. | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were not offered clemency because Trump "did not want to anger Senate Republicans who will soon determine whether he's convicted during his Senate trial." | "Multiple GOP lawmakers had sent messages through aides that they felt strongly about not granting clemency to Ass…

Sarah Anderson (2021-01-20). American Workers Need Paid Sick Leave Right This Minute. commondreams.org Congress let mandatory paid leave end on Dec. 31. Lawmakers—and employers—need to restore them immediately. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2021-01-20). US Senate Confirms Avril Haines as Biden's Director of National Intelligence. sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden's new administration is expected to soon declassify and release key documents related to the 2018 murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi monarchy.

Dean Baker (2021-01-20). The DeFazio Bill: Reducing the Financial Industry's Tax on Retirement Savings. counterpunch.org Representative Peter DeFazio, along with seven House co-sponsors, introduced the "Wall Street Tax Act" today. This bill would impose a tax of 0.1 percent of sales of stocks, bonds, options, and other derivatives. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it would raise almost $800 billion over the course of the next decade. This would be

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-20). "Women will continue to lead the struggle against farm laws" peoplesdispatch.org January 18 is celebrated each year as Mahila Kisan Diwas, or Women Farmers' Day, in India. This year, women farmers in the thick of struggles against the farm laws expressed their determination to continue the fight…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-20). Indian Farmers on the Frontline Against Global Capitalism. counterpunch.org In a short video on the empirediaries.com YouTube channel, a protesting farmer camped near Delhi says that during lockdown and times of crisis farmers are treated like "gods", but when they ask for their rights, they are smeared and labelled as "terrorists". He, along with thousands of other farmers, are mobilising against three important pieces of farm legislation that

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-01-20). A Belligerent Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East: The Legacy of US President Donald J. Trump. globalresearch.ca As the Trump era is coming to an end, his legacy in the Middle East will be described by the Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians and the rest of the Arab world as aggressive, dangerous and extremely reckless. Israelis will say that …

Staff (2021-01-19). Headlines for January 19, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Warns of "Catastrophic Moral Failure" as Wealthy Nations Hoard Vaccines, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 400,000, New York Seeks Vaccines Directly from Pfizer After HHS Fails on Promise to Distribute Doses, FBI to Vet 25,000 National Guard Troops Deploying to Washington, D.C., for Inauguration, FBI Arrests More Far-Right Militia Leaders, White Supremacists Over Capitol Attack, New Yorker Footage Shows How Insurrectionists Breached Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, Senate to Begin Confirmation Hearings for Joe Biden Cabinet Nominees, Biden Executive Orders on Day 1 to Reverse Many of Trump's Most Contentious Actions,…

RT (2021-01-19). WHO panel 'discouraged & frankly disappointed' by global Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan. rt.com An independent WHO panel studying the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has criticized global vaccine rollout plans over inequalities that will see most of Africa missing out on receiving any jabs this year. | "The panel is discouraged and frankly disappointed by the unequal plans for vaccine rollout," panel co-chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former Liberian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, told an Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO). | As things stand now, large-scale distribution of vaccines against the coronavirus won't begin in Africa until 2022 or even 2023, she pointed…

news.un (2021-01-19). UN agencies supporting mammoth India COVID-19 vaccine rollout. news.un.org India has begun what is the world's biggest COVID vaccination campaign so far, deploying hundreds of thousands of health workers, with the training and support of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2021-01-19). PSL Statement — Assault on the Capitol: 24 Questions and Answers. liberationnews.org The Jan. 6 attack on Congress by a fascist-led mob will be remembered as a pivotal moment in U.S. politics…

news.un (2021-01-19). Two UN peacekeepers killed in an ambush in Central African Republic. news.un.org Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday.

news.un (2021-01-19). Two UN peacekeepers killed in Central African Republic ambush, as 2021 death toll rises to nine worldwide. news.un.org Two United Nations peacekeepers were killed after their convoy was ambushed by members of the UPC and anti-Balaka armed groups in southern Central African Republic (CAR), the UN Mission in the country said on Monday, bringing the overall toll of 'blue helmet' deaths to nine so far this month.

Igor Derysh (2021-01-19). Rep. Steve Cohen: QAnon fan Rep. Lauren Boebert gave Capitol tour to "large" group before riot. salon.com Gun-toting Colorado congresswoman denies she led rioters on "reconnaissance" tours before the Capitol attack…

Bernie Sanders (2021-01-19). Congress Is Going To Have To Rise Up And Be Extremely Bol. zcomm.org Interview on the troubling prospect that members of Congress may have aided the Capitol insurrectionists and he lays out an ambitious agenda for the new Senate…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-19). Senate Democrats Prove 'Democracy Reform Is a Top Priority' by Putting 'For the People Act' First. commondreams.org "From a violent insurrection at the Capitol to the countless attempts to silence the vote of millions of Americans, attacks on our democracy have come in many forms," said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Public Citizen Statement on S.1., Honorary First Bill of the 117th Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

sputniknews (2021-01-19). US Defense Chief Nominee Claims Russia Should Be Held Accountable for Recent Cyber Attack. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON, January 20 (Sputnik) – US Defense Secretary nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin said during a Senate confirmation hearing that Russia should be held responsible if found to be the culprit behind the recent cyber attack against the IT company SolarWinds.

sputniknews (2021-01-19). Lloyd Austin Says Will Review US Force Presence in Mideast to Address Russia, China Challenges. sputniknews.com The confirmation hearing for Gen. Lloyd Auston, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to head the Pentagon, took place before the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 19, one day before Biden's inauguration.

_____ (2021-01-19). Veteran Celebrates Nuclear Ban Treaty. popularresistance.org As a veteran concerned about issues of war and peace, I am happy to celebrate the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), the important new international peace initiative. The "Nuclear Ban Treaty," as it is also known, was approved 122-1 by the UN General Assembly in July 2017, a clear expression of the will of the world's people. On October 24, 2020, Honduras became the 50th nation to ratify the TPNW, triggering a 90-day period before it goes into force, on January 22. | The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its leadershi…

WSWS (2021-01-19). Hawaii nurses demand safe working conditions and PPE. wsws.org The struggle of Hawaii nurses has reached a critical juncture. They should reject the attempts to sabotage their actions and begin organizing independently of the trade unions.

Steven Sahiounie (2021-01-19). False Accusations Used Once More Against President Assad of Syria. globalresearch.ca

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-19). P. Sainath: Reporting on the great processes of our time. peoplesdispatch.org P. Sainath, founder-editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, talks about reporting on the great processes of our time in the context of the historic struggle by farmers in India. The event is organized by the Globetrotter-Peoples Dispatch Fellowship.

Editor (2021-01-19). The Electoral College Must Go. scheerpost.com By Kevin Cooper / Original to Scheerpost DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON — Ain't it a bitch! It was stunning to see such a sorry spectacle at the Capitol. We can't be too surprised, though, to see how differently violent white rioters are treated by law enforcement (one cop even wore a MAGA hat!) than peaceful Black protesters have been, historically and even recently. The drama does at least… |

Johanna Kichton (2021-01-19). On Eve of Inauguration, People's Action and Tenants Facing Eviction Demand Lawmakers Seize Moment to Protect Tenants. peoplesaction.org In New Letters, Campaign that Helped Lead #CancelRent Movement Urges Biden to Issue Eviction Moratorium With Teeth And Demands Congress Finally Cancel Rent and Rental Debt Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today united with tenants facing eviction to host a press conference to call on President-Elect Biden to immediately issue an eviction moratorium that …