2021-02-12: News Headlines

Margaret Kimberley (2021-02-12). Freedom Rider: Forced labor in the U.S. mronline.org Forced labor of Uyghurs in China is questionable, but there is absolute proof that incarcerated people in this country are forced to work for little or no pay.

Judy Greenspan (2021-02-12). Biden and Harris won't help prisoners. workers.org The following are lightly edited remarks from a Workers World Party webinar on January 21. It's actually been a very painful time for those of us who are involved in supporting incarcerated workers. And people behind the walls are incarcerated workers, and they're part of our working class. They're part . . . |

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-02-12). Roaming Charges: Scene of the Crimes. counterpunch.org The US Senate is one of the few juries in America where the presumption of innocence is actually institutionalized, to the point where many of the jurors have publicly announced their intention to acquit before the trial even began. Contrast with this with death penalty cases, where citizens who have a moral or religious objection to the death penalty can be automatically evicted from the jury pool. If all trials where conducted according to senate rules, we'd be much closer to decarcerating America.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-02-12). This Is Yemen After Biden Declared an End To American Support for the War. mintpressnews.com The Biden administration sparked a sense of hope around the world that the war on Yemen could finally be over. For those on the ground though, the bombs keep falling, food is scarce and hope is in short supply.

Susan Price (2021-02-12). NATO again goes to war against Kurdistan. greenleft.org.au Turkey has opened a new front in its ongoing war of annihilation against the Kurdish liberation movement, writes Marcel Cartier.

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Ander Herrera: Without Neymar, we lose a natural leader. laprensalatina.com Paris, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Before confirming Neymar's absence for the Champions League Round of 16 game, Paris Saint-Germain's Ander Herrera wouldn't dare to say the French team was the favourite against Barcelona. But now, with the Brazilian star sidelined with an injury, Herrera acknowledges in an interview with Efe that PSG is missing "a leader." …

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader: Biden Must Hold Boeing Accountable for Deaths Due to Faulty Planes. truthout.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and…

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. democracynow.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and hold Boeing fully accountable. "This is just another example of giant companies getting away with their corporate criminal…

Staff (2021-02-12). Where Are the Witnesses? Ralph Nader Says Democrats' Impeachment Case Is "Prescription for Defeat" democracynow.org As the historic Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues, we speak with longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who says Democrats have set themselves up for defeat by rushing proceedings and failing to call witnesses — including Trump himself. "The narrow approach of the articles of impeachment keep the Democrats from having a full hand," says Nader. "They have like 10 arrows in their quiver and they're using one or two."

teleSUR (2021-02-11). Bolivia: Gen. Valverde To Be Tried for the Senkata Massacre. telesurenglish.net La Paz Department Prosecutor Marco Cossio on Wednesday charged Retired General Luis Valverde of being responsible for the "Senkata massacre" which took place a week after the coup against President Evo Morales in 2019. | RELATED: | Investigations revealed that the citizens were attacked by the military from inside the facilities of the state-owned company Oilfields of Bolivia (YPFB). | Cossio pointed out that Gen. Valverde was accused…

RT (2021-02-11). LA to temporarily close nation's largest Covid-19 vaccine site & 4 other locations amid major shortages of Moderna jab. rt.com Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has said the city will briefly shutter five coronavirus vaccination sites — including the massive operation at Dodger Stadium — due to a lack of doses, calling the shortages an "enormous hurdle." | Garcetti announced the closures during a virtual Covid-19 update on Wednesday, saying the city had burned through 98 percent of its first-dose Moderna shots and would not be able to administer more until its supplies are restocked. | "By tomorrow, the city will have exhausted its current supply of the Moderna vaccine for first-dose appointments. This is an enormous hurdle…

RT (2021-02-11). 'No alternative': Portugal extends Covid-19 lockdown to March, amid huge pressure on hospitals. rt.com The Portuguese government has extended the country's Covid-19 lockdown until March 1 as it battles to relieve pressure on the healthcare system, with hospitals under more strain than at any previous time in the pandemic. | "The truth is that the country's hospital capacity continues to be put to the test … so there is no alternative but to reduce cases," President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said in a statement before parliament approved the prolonged shutdown. | Portugal's current lockdown, its second of the pandemic, was put in place on January 15, and forces bars, restaurants, non-essential shops, and schools…

_____ (2021-02-10). COVID-19 And Democrats' Indifference Killed My Husband In Jail. popularresistance.org In February 2020, my husband, Nickolas Lee, was incarcerated in Cook County Jail in Chicago. The judge didn't offer him bail. So even though he was presumed innocent, he had to await his trial in jail. When the coronavirus seeped into the facility, he was sleeping in a dormitory with 50 other men, including those with active COVID-19 symptoms. Nick and the other men had no ability to social distance. Although the sheriff's office claimed to be "clearly leaders in the Country on dealing with the pandemic [sic]," Nick was denied even basic sanitary products, like sanitizer or a mask. He had to use his shirt to cove…