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Venezuela Elections: A key victory for anti-Imperialist Movement in Latin America
Alison Colette Bodine | mronline.org | 2021-01-06
The people of Venezuela have dealt another decisive blow against U.S. domination in Latin America. The successful continuity of two decades of Venezuelan Bolivarian revolutionary process has turned Venezuela into the backbone of the Latin American anti-imperialist and revolutionary movement.

Trump says will win election if Mike Pence comes to help
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — "If Vice President Mike Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency," US President Donald Trump said.

Rouhani urges Biden to compensate for US' past mistakes
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic welcomes any move by US President-elect Joe Biden to "compensate for past mistakes" and return the US to the 2015 nuclear deal with full compliance.

Assange Extradition Denial Indicts US Prison System But Imperils Journalism
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-06
Julian Assange's legal victory this week was bittersweet. In a stunning decision, British judge Vanessa Baraitser denied Donald Trump's request for extradition of Assange to the United States, ruling that he was at high risk of suicide if he were …

"Miscarriage of Justice": No Charges Against White Kenosha Officer Who Shot & Paralyzed Jacob Blake
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-06
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, District Attorney Michael Graveley has announced that no charges will be filed against the white police officer who fired seven shots at Jacob Blake, paralyzing the 29-year-old Black man in August. Officer Rusten Sheskey fired the shots at point-blank range into Blake's back as he leaned into his car, with his three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, inside the vehicle. Prosecutors maintain the shooting was in self-defense because Blake had a small knife in the car. Video of Blake's shooting sparked an uprising in Kenosha in August against systemic racism and police brutality. Blake's family denoun…

Wealth Inequality Virus Spikes During the Last Days of 2020
Rick Baum | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-06
As of December 23, the combined wealth of the ten wealthiest was needed to reach the "magic" sum of one trillion dollars. As of December 31, the combined wealth of the nine wealthiest is now more than a trillion. This change was helped by Warren Buffet's loss for the year shrinking during the last eight days of the year from $4.62 billion to $1.62 billion, and Musk's wealth increasing another $15 billion.

Democrats set to secure historic win in Georgia's senate run-offs
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-06
While Democratic candidates leading by a significant margins over the Republican incumbents, the two seats will tilt the balance of power in the US Senate towards the Democrats…

The Republican party and victimhood as ideology
Robert Freeman | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-06
They are victims of themselves for having backed decades of Republican economic policies explicitly designed to shift vast amounts of national income and wealth to those who were already the most-wealthy.

Google Workers Form Union
Brett Wilkins | indybay.org | 2021-01-06
Google workers have formed a union to promote solidarity, democracy, and social and economic justice. Reprinted here from Common Dreams under Creative Commons License. Photo by Ruth Robertson.

Hong Kong police arrests dozens of opposition politicians, activists
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-06
Beijing, Jan 6 (efe-epa) — Hong Kong's police on Wednesday arrested several pro-democracy lawmakers and and dozens of other politicians and activists for their alleged violation of the contentious national security law, public broadcaster RHTK reported. Many of the opposition politicians, including several former lawmakers, were arrested for their participation in primaries in July ahead …

"This Is Voter Suppression"
Latosha Brown | zcomm.org | 2021-01-06
198,000 Georgia Residents Were Illegally Purged from Voter Rolls…

Video: The Darkest Winter (2020)
Derrick Broze | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-05
This text was originally published on October 28, 2020 shortly before the US November elections. | This message is for anyone who has concerns about the upcoming U.S. elections, the potential for chaos and civil unrest, or those who fear what …

Who to Believe about Venezuela's Election? US Meddling
Rick Sterling | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-05
In early December I travelled to Venezuela to be an election observer at their national assembly election. I was part of a group of eight persons from Canada and US organized by CodePink. There were about two hundred international observers …

Who to believe about Venezuela's election? Firsthand observation or PBS Newshour?
Rick Sterling | dissidentvoice.org | 2021-01-05
In early December I travelled to Venezuela to be an election observer at their national assembly election. I was part of a group of eight persons from Canada and US organized by CodePink. There were about two hundred international observers in total, including the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts. I have previously been an official …

Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America
Alison Bodine | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-05
The people of Venezuela have dealt another decisive blow against U.S. domination in Latin America. On December 6, 2020, more than 6.2 million Venezuelans voted for a new National Assembly in what was Venezuela's 25 election in the 21 | …

I Observed Venezuela's Elections Firsthand
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-05
On election day, Sunday, December 6, we began a tour of election sites. Typically, the voting takes place at a school, with five to ten classrooms designated as "mesas," and each voter goes to his or her designated mesa." | The voting process was quick and efficient, with bio-safety sanitation at each step. Voters first showed their identity cards and confirmed their identity with fingerprint recognition. Step two was to cast a ballot on a touchscreen computer and receive a paper receipt. Step three was to verify that the receipt matches the voting choice and deposit the receipt in a ballot box. Finally, voters w…

Central African Republic: Respect final results of the election, UN and partners urge
news.un.org | 2021-01-05
Senior officials from the United Nations and regional organizations have called on all political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to respect the final results of the recent presidential elections, and to settle any disputes peacefully and in accordance with the country's laws.

Women Engaged: No Matter Who Wins the Georgia Runoff Election, the Struggle for Justice Continues
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America
Alison Bodine | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
Throughout Latin America, poor masses, the working class and young people are rising—in response to the deepening crisis imposed upon them by U.S. imperialist domination and neo-Liberal governments. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vene.jpg

'Shameful Power Grab': Pennsylvania GOP State Senators Slammed for Refusing to Seat Certified Election Winner
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
"Voters, not Harrisburg politicians, decided this election," asserted Gov. Tom Wolf, "and Sen. Brewster is the rightful winner." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/boom.jpg

Democrats will not take the White House: Trump
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — US President Donald Trump, in continuation of his baseless election claims, insisted that he and his allies will keep fighting, saying that Democrats will not take the White House.

All eyes on Georgia: What are the implications of US Senate runoffs?
Ali Harb | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-05
All eyes on Georgia: What are the implications of US Senate runoffs? | If they win both races on Tuesday, Democrats will gain control of the Senate, boosting Biden's governing agenda | Ali Harb | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 20: 57 | Raphael Warnock (top left) is challenging Kelly Loeffler (top right), while Jon Ossoff (bottom right) takes on David Perdue in Georgia Senate runoff (AFP/File photos) | The US election season is not over…

Proud Boys Leader Arrested for Burning BLM Banner at Black Church
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-05
As thousands are expected to descend on Washington, D.C., to join far right protests over the election results Wednesday, the leader of the Proud Boys hate group, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested on property destruction charges for burning a Black Lives Matter banner off a historically Black church during similar protests last month. Many churches have requested extra protection, and the Metropolitan AME Church is suing the Proud Boys. "Sadly, our nation has a very dark and sordid history of targeting historic…

Selected Articles: Venezuela Elections: A Key Victory for Anti Imperialist Movement in Latin America
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-05
Who to Believe about Venezuela's Election? US Meddling | By Rick Sterling, January 05 2021 | On election day, Sunday December 6, we visited many different elections sites. Typically, the election voting takes place at a school, with five or ten | …

Trump repeats election fraud claims in Georgia rally for crucial Senate races
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-05
By Lucia Leal Washington, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump turned a campaign rally for two critical Senate runoffs in Georgia into an act of defense as he reiterated his debunked claims of fraud in the Nov.3 presidential election and veiled threats on the peaceful transfer of power in the United States. Both Trump and …

US Senate control up for grabs in Georgia runoffs
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-05
Washington, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Voters in Georgia are heading to the polls on Tuesday in two pivotal Senate elections, a pair of runoff contests that will determine control of the upper chamber of the United States Congress in the first two years of President-elect Joe Biden's administration. Both outgoing President Donald Trump, a Republican, and …

Democrats ask FBI to investigate Trump for trying to manipulate poll results
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-05
Washington DC, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- Two Democratic lawmakers asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday to open an investigation against outgoing President Donald Trump for pressuring the top election official in Georgia to reverse the outcome of the state's elections in his favor. In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Ted …

Georgia official accuses Trump of undermining faith in elections
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-05
Washington DC, Jan 5 (efe-epa).- Poll authorities in Georgia have accused outgoing President Donald Trump of "undermining" the faith of voters in the electoral system ahead of a key election in the state. One of the top election officials directed harsh criticism at the president on Monday, two days after Trump asked Georgia's Secretary of …

"This Is Voter Suppression": 198,000 Georgia Residents Were Illegally Purged from Voter Rolls
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-05
As voters in Georgia cast their ballots in two key runoff races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate, voting rights activists fear many eligible voters will be turned away at the polls. Georgia has been called "ground zero" for Republican voter suppression efforts in the U.S., and in September the ACLU of Georgia revealed 198,000 voters had been wrongly purged from the voting rolls. We air a report into voting in Georgia by investigative journalist Greg Palast, narrated by the actress Debra Messing, and speak with voting rights activist LaTosha Brown, co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. "I think…

Why the Biden Administration Must Abolish the Death Penalty
Mike Kuhlenbeck | progressive.org | 2021-01-05
Trump's increase in federal executions exposes the racism, classism, inability to deter crime, and high cost of capital punishment.

Climate Campaigners to Biden: Your Solicitor General 'Should Not Be a Lawyer Who Fought for Big Oil'
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
"There's no lack for public interest and public service-experienced litigators. We don't need to rotate between Republican Big Law and Democratic Big Law." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/shell-must-fall_0.jpg

Saudi Arabia and allies restore full diplomatic relations with Qatar
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-05
Saudi Arabia and allies restore full diplomatic relations with Qatar | Final declaration contained no details of deal, but comes two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office | MEE staff | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 17: 43 | "> | Saudi Arabia and its three Arab allies agreed to restore full ties with Qatar on Tuesday, ending a three-and-a-half year-long blockade against the gas and oil-rich n…

Scottish FM Says Trump Can't Come Play Golf on Inauguration Day Due to COVID-19 Restrictions
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-05
US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration is slated to take place on January 20, while US media has suggested incumbent President Trump was allegedly planning to play golf abroad on that day.

Pussygate to Peachgate: O, Just Shut It, DJ, On Your Way Out
John Kendall Hawkins | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-05
"I never met a man I didn't like…until Donald Trump came along." — Toilet stall wall in Atlanta, Will Rogers (but not that one) Well, it seems like President Donald J. Trump intends to leave office the same way he entered — under the cloud of a scandal involving tape recordings of his outrageous words.

In 'Brutal Blow' to Wildlife and Gift to Big Oil, Trump Finalizes Rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
Just over two weeks before President Donald Trump is set to leave the White House, his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday finalized a rollback of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/5882147624_27c5e7956a_o_1.jpg

'You Alone Have the Power to Temper Justice With Mercy': Trump Urged to Stop Execution of Lisa Montgomery
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
Three attorneys representing Lisa Montgomery, who is set to be executed by the federal government on January 12, released on Tuesday a petition for her clemency after sending the document to President Donald Trump. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-10-22_at_9.13.34_am_0.png

Trump Finalizes Industry Requested Rollbacks To Migratory Bird Treaty Act
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Lawsuit Launched to Protect 11 Species Kept on Waiting List by Trump Administration
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Trump and His Allies Cannot Ignore the Will of the American People
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Conservation Group to Sue Trump Officials and Agency Over Delayed Protections for 11 Species
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
The Center for Biological Diversity points out that Trump's presidency "is coming to an end with the worst record protecting species of any administration since the Endangered Species Act was passed." | www.flickr.com/photos/67832671@N00/4855344568

Another Last-Minute Poison Pill: Trump Administration Kneecaps EPA's Use of Sound Science To Protect Public Health
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

'Hands on trigger': Iran ready to counter any threat
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Reacting to Trump's adventurism in the region, a top Iranian commander said the country's armed forces are ready to counter any external threat that aims to undermine the Islamic Republic's peace and security.

'Red Notice' request against Trump submitted to Interpol
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The request to issue a 'Red Notice' against Trump and some other criminals was submitted to Interpol.

Iran pursuing active resistance strategy stronger than before
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Referring to the failure of Trump's maximum pressure policy, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that Iran is pursuing a strategy of active resistance stronger than before.

US Congresswoman slams Israel's Covid-19 vaccination drive which excludes Palestinians
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-05
US Congresswoman slams Israel's Covid-19 vaccination drive which excludes Palestinians | Democrat Marie Newman said Israel has 'humanitarian obligation' to ensure Palestinians living in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip are vaccinated | MEE staff | Tue, 01/05/2021 – 16: 33 | Marie Newman was sworn into her first term in Congress earlier this week (AFP) | US Congresswoman Marie Newman has hit out at Israel's Covid-19 vacci…

Reintroduced 'For the People Act' Praised for Its Potential to Bring Sweeping Democracy Reforms
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

"Medical Apartheid": Israeli Vaccine Drive Excludes Millions of Palestinians in Occupied Territories
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-05
Israel has administered COVID-19 vaccines faster than any country in the world, with more than 14% of Israelis receiving vaccines so far. Despite the fast rollout, human rights groups are expressing alarm over Israel's decision not to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, where about 1,500 people have died during the pandemic. Israel has defended its actions citing the Oslo Peace Accords, which put Palestinian authorities in charge of healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian officials are facing a number of hurdles in launching their own vaccine campaign, including a shortage of mone…

SF: Claim Of Responsibility For Vandalism Of Pelosi Mansion
Repost from IGD, Not The Author | indybay.org | 2021-01-05
Repost from It's Going Down:…

In 2021, the best way to fight Neofascist Republicans is to fight Neoliberal Democrats
Norman Solomon | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-05
What's imperative for progressives is not to "speak truth to power" but to speak truth about power — and to drastically change an economic system that provides humongous wealth to a very few and worsening misery to the countless many.

In 2021, to Fight Neofascist Republicans, Fight Neoliberal Democrats
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2021-01-05
Stop the economic wrecking crews…

Beloved El Paso, Texas teacher dies from COVID-19 as Governor presses schools to reopen
wsws.org | 2021-01-05
The reopening of schools across Texas, enforced by Republican Governor Greg Abbott has been a major factor behind the surge of the pandemic in El Paso and throughout the state since August.

Health Affairs Study Finds Previous Projections of Costs Under Single-Payer/Medicare for All Ignore Evidence That the Finite Supply of Beds, Nurses, and Physicians Will Prevent a Surge in Health Care Use and Costs
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

New Study Reveals Flawed Predictions of Runaway Costs and Usage Under Medicare for All
Kenny Stancil, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
"Analysts who've confidently projected a tsunami of healthcare use and costs after Medicare for All are ignoring history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/m4a_3.jpg

America Can't Hide From This Drastic Reckoning
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-05
What happens to a nation incapable of healing itself? I ask as an American citizen concerned about our damaged democracy but also as someone with roots in Chile, which after many years of dictatorship suffered the harmful consequences of failing to fully complete its democratic transition. It is just such a major transition that the…

Brutal Human Rights Abuses: Torture, Sanctions and Failure to Address "Economic Rights"
Rod Driver | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-05
"Wrong things are done in the name of Islam, worse things are being done in the name of democracy and human rights" (Dr. Mohamed Mahathir, former Malaysian Prime Minister(1)) | Torture — Legal Black Holes | Some philosophers have suggested that | …

America Can't Hide From This Drastic Reckoning
Ariel Dorfman | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-05
What happens to a nation incapable of healing itself? I ask as an American citizen concerned about our damaged democracy but also as someone with roots in Chile, which after many years of dictatorship suffered the harmful consequences of failing to fully complete its democratic transition.

Democracy 21 Strongly Urges House Members to Support H.R. 1, Historic Democracy Reform Legislation Reintroduced Yesterday
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Stand Up America Applauds House Democrats For Re-Introducing For The People Act, Urges Congress To Swiftly Pass Landmark Bill
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Georgia runoffs reveal the total putrefaction of the GOP: Republicans are now openly anti-democratic
Amanda Marcotte | salon.com | 2021-01-05
Democrats ran a normal campaign — but Republicans competed with each other to see who could be the most repugnant…

Google Workers Form Union
Brett Wilkins | indybay.org | 2021-01-05
Google workers have formed a union to promote solidarity, democracy, and social and economic justice. Reprinted here from Common Dreams under Creative Commons License. Photo by Ruth Robertson.

No Shame at KPFA!Falling In Line Supporting Receivership Like Republicans-Save KPFA & Comp
repost | indybay.org | 2021-01-05
The majority of the KPFA Local Station Board who are supporters the board chair Christina Huggins who sued Pacifica to put it in Receivership included supporters of Save KPFA, New Day Pacifica, Rescue Pacifica, Pacifica Protectors & Community For Independent Radio…

Friday 1/15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2021 Birthday Celebration
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2021-01-05
MLK Library | 24th Street Bypass | Sacramento, CA…

Coming Down to the Wire in Georgia
Zach D. Roberts | progressive.org | 2021-01-04
Scenes from an election that will decide control of the Senate, and maybe the future of American democracy.

Bolivia: Political Refugees Can Contest Subnational Elections
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-04
Bolivia's Constitutional Court ruled that candidates with asylum or political refugee status abroad may not be disqualified from competing in Feb. 7 sub-national elections, until a final decision is taken by relevant authorities on each case. | RELATED: | Bolivia's Coup Regime Policies Led to Worst Economy in Decades | The ruling was approved taking into account a request submitted by Cochabamba lawmaker Freddy Gonzales on December 28, 2020. | He requested precautionary measure…

I Observed Venezuela's Elections Firsthand: Here's What the US Media Got Wrong
Rick Sterling | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-04
Rick Sterling traveled to Venezuela in early December as part of a group of international election observers and says that some in the US media have gotten the story seriously wrong.

California's Prop. 22 and the essence of capitalist exploitation
Marcello Severo | workers.org | 2021-01-04
In November, voters cast their ballots in the most expensive, and hence, most thoroughly corrupted, election in U.S. history. Protest against Proposition 22, San Francisco On California's ballots were 12 direct initiatives, ranging from medical regulation to privacy statutes. In such a corrupted environment, it is unsurprising that the appearance . . . | Continue reading California's Prop. 22 and the essence of capitalist exploitation at Workers.org

Nationwide May elections to give voters first chance for say on coronavirus and Brexit
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2021-01-04
As well as voting on regional matters, millions of voters will this year get their first chance to have a say on how politicians have handled coronavirus (Covid-19) and Brexit.Devolved and local: A bumper set of elections are to be held across Great Britain on 6 May, including a number of contests postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic.Voters in Scotland and Wales will be choosing new parliaments. In London there will be elections for the mayor and assembly, which were originally due to take place last year. And across the rest of England voters will be choosing a mixture of councillors, local mayors,…

Bend the Arc Joins Faith and Community Leaders in Calling on Congress to Certify Election Results
commondreams.org | 2021-01-04

Potential Threats to US Senate Runoff Election Probed in Georgia, Official Says
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-04
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Law enforcement agencies are investigating a number of unspecified threats to the US Senate runoff election in the state of Georgia, voting systems implementation manager for the Georgia Secretary of State's Office Gabriel Sterling told reporters.

All living former defense secretaries condemn GOP attempts to overturn election, involve military
Hunter | zcomm.org | 2021-01-04
That is was felt to be necessary, by all signatories, is a shocking reflection of how close even top past military officials believe the nation to be to a potentially violent coup…

Master Biden Speaks
Margaret Kimberley | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-04
The civil rights groups' rather basic requests for voting rights protections and the need for federal intervention to address police brutality were minimized and dismissed by the president-elect. | Joe Biden is nothing if not consistent. He has always been an …

Iran missile program must be 'on the table' for JCPOA talks
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-04
TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) — Jake Sullivan, Biden's incoming national security adviser, says Iran's missile program should be on the table when talking about probable US's return to the nuclear deal.

Donald Trump is Not Hungry
Cesar Chelala | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-04
Of one thing we can be sure. Donald Trump is not hungry. This is what the popular press -the occasional purveyor of fake news- tells us. And there is no reason not to believe it now, when it tells us that the EIC (Emperor-in-Chief) feasts on cheeseburgers and ice cream in his mansion of Mar-a-Lago.

Midnight rush: 6 ways Trump trashed the environment during the holidays
Tara Lohan | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-04
Trump's team continued its unprecedented onslaught on environmental regulations, with nearly a dozen new rollbacks or threats to public health, wildlife, clean air, public lands and the climate.

Perfect storm gathers in Persian Gulf
M.K. Bhadrakumar | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-04
On the first anniversary of the killing of the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in a targeted drone strike on January 3, 2020 that was approved by President Donald Trump, something was bound to happen. Tehran has regularly insisted that the killing has not yet been avenged. | And US officials have been especially nervous lately. The US flew strategic bombers over the Persian Gulf twice in December, in a show of force meant to deter Iran from attacking American or allied targets in the Middle East. | A senior US military official confirmed that the second flight last Wednesday by two Air Fo…

Colonial injustice: the pardoning of the Blackwater killers
Eds. | mronline.org | 2021-01-04
Along with a motley collection of wealthy swindlers and fraudsters, President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 pardoned four former Blackwater private contractors (mercenaries) convicted in the infamous Sept. 16, 2007, Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad.

NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, Released the Following Statement After President Trump Pressured Georgia Secretary of State to Recalculate Votes in His Favor
commondreams.org | 2021-01-04

Trump Administration Reissues Grazing Permit to Oregon Arsonist Ranchers
commondreams.org | 2021-01-04

Trump's Georgia shakedown call is the same scheme that led to his impeachment — only worse
Amanda Marcotte | salon.com | 2021-01-04
Sorry, Susan Collins, Trump learned nothing from impeachment: He's doing it again, except it's even more dangerous…

Rep. Matt Gaetz praises Trump's possibly criminal phone call as "clear and visceral"
Roger Sollenberger | salon.com | 2021-01-04
"Stream-of-consciousness Trump is my favorite President Trump, because he is so clear and so visceral," Gaetz said…

Trump's latest crime "shocks" the media: His niece, Mary Trump, is not surprised
Chauncey DeVega | salon.com | 2021-01-04
Mary Trump on her uncle's desperate attempt to escape being a "loser": It's a "uniquely terrifying situation"

What Happens January 6th, 20th & After?
Jack Rasmus | zcomm.org | 2021-01-04
America's Continuing Crisis of Democracy…

"Victory for Julian": U.K. Blocks WikiLeaks Founder Assange Extradition to U.S. on Espionage Charges
Staff | democracynow.org | 2021-01-04
In a stunning decision, a British judge has blocked the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, saying he would not be safe in a U.S. prison due to his deteriorated mental state. In 2019, Assange was indicted in the United States on 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. The United States has already announced plans to appeal the ruling. Press freedom advocates have campaigned against Assange's prosecution for years, arguing it would set a dangerous precedent for prosecut…

SF: Claim Of Responsibility For Vandalism Of Pelosi Mansion
Repost from IGD, Not The Author | indybay.org | 2021-01-04
Repost from It's Going Down:…

In 2021, to Fight Neofascist Republicans, Fight Neoliberal Democrats
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2021-01-04
Stop the economic wrecking crews…

Paygo Exemptions Will Help Pave Way for Green New Deal and Medicare for All
Julia Conley | zcomm.org | 2021-01-04
"Paygo's the biggest scam of the decade, designed to legitimize the fear-mongering over artificial deficits. This is a big win by progressives."

How 3 prior pandemics triggered massive societal shifts
Andrew Latham | zcomm.org | 2021-01-04
Will the bumbling efforts of the open societies of the West to come to grips with the virus shattering already-wavering faith in liberal democracy, creating a space for other ideologies to evolve and metastasize?>…

Bernie releases statement on GOP blocking $2,000 stimulus checks
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2021-01-04
"At a time when so many Americans are facing economic desperation, it is tragic that the Republican leadership has turned their backs on the working families of this country."

Political prisoner Facundo Molares wins freedom!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2021-01-04
Political prisoner Facundo Molares, an Argentinian photojournalist who was incarcerated by the Bolivian Añez regime, is now safely home in his native Argentina. | Molares was arrested during a violent incident between armed forces backing the coup d'etat and protests for democracy in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on November 19, 2019, two days after the unelected Añez government took over. Molares was documenting the confrontation for the magazine Centenario, but during this incident he had a health crisis and was rushed to the hospital. | The Añez coup regime arrested Facundo in his hospital bed. It is widely…

Google Workers Form Union to 'Promote Solidarity, Democracy, and Social and Economic Justice'
Brett Wilkins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-04
The tech titan "has a responsibility to its thousands of workers and billions of users to make the world a better place," two of the union's leaders wrote. "We can help build that world." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-11723000711_0.jpg

Old Congress, New Congress: Profiles in Sore Losing
Michael Winship | commondreams.org | 2021-01-04
The open sedition of so many Republican members is a crime and a national disgrace. They're attempting a clumsy coup d'etat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/hawley_cruz.jpg

Monday 1/25: Claire Wasserman & Her Father, Steve Wasserman: 'Ladies Get Paid'
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM | indybay.org | 2021-01-04
Online webinar…

Friday 1/15: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2021 Birthday Celebration
Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2021-01-04
MLK Library | 24th Street Bypass | Sacramento, CA…

Sanders, Other Critics Denounce GOP Senators' 'Pathetic' Attempt to Undermine Biden's Election Victory
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-03
"It is a sad and tragic day for our country that 140 members of the House of Representatives, 13 senators and a defeated president are attempting to undermine American democracy and our Constitution." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1229654645_1.jpg