Daily Archives: January 20, 2021

2021-01-20: News Headlines

Anya Parampil (2021-01-20). Biden Inaugural Guest Is Venezuelan Coup Leader Charged with Inciting Violent Assault on Gov't Building. globalresearch.ca After condemning the pro-Trump invasion of the Capitol, the incoming Biden administration invited Carlos Vecchio — a coup leader charged in the 2014 torching of the Venezuelan Attorney General's office — to its inaugural ceremony. | *** | As Washington recovered from …

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…

splcenter (2021-01-20). President Biden's day-one action a critical step for immigrant justice. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Staff (2021-01-20). Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million. democracynow.org With less than 12 hours before the end of his presidency, Donald Trump issued 143 pardons and commutations, including a pardon for Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist and campaign manager. Trump, who has pardoned other associates and allies during his single term, has so far rejected calls to pardon prominent whistleblowers including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and NSA whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Reality Winner. Details continue to emerge about how allies of Trump have personally profited from people seeking pardons. We speak with John Kiriakou, a former CIA analyst and case officer who exposed t…

_____ (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…

Staff (2021-01-20). The Way Forward: Can the Left Push Biden to Be a Transformative President Like LBJ, FDR & Lincoln? democracynow.org We look at the path forward for the Biden-Harris administration and the role of social movements with political strategist Waleed Shahid and author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. Shahid, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, says Biden could be "one of the most transformative presidents" in U.S. history if he acts boldly. "But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there," says Shahid.

Norman Solomon (2021-01-20). Don't Let President Biden 'Make Us the Dupes of Our Hopes'. indybay.org Class war, hidden in plain sight…

_____ (2021-01-20). Biden Lifts Health Care Plan From Insurance Lobbyists. popularresistance.org President-elect Joe Biden's new COVID relief plan does not adopt existing Democratic legislation to expand government sponsored medical coverage nor does it propose a promised public health insurance option. Instead, it adopts proposals from health insurance lobbying groups' recent letter to lawmakers demanding lucrative new subsidies for insurance companies, at a moment when those corporations have recorded record profits as millions lose coverage and many face claims denials. | Biden's plan would shovel billions of dollars to private health insurers by providing subsidies for Americans to buy coverage through t…

Andrew Perez (2021-01-20). "Covid Relief Plan": Biden Lifts Health Care Plan from Insurance Lobbyists. globalresearch.ca President-elect Joe Biden's new COVID relief plan does not adopt existing Democratic legislation to expand government sponsored medical coverage nor does it propose a promised public health insurance option. Instead, it adopts proposals from health insurance lobbying groups' recent …

Paul Street (2021-01-20). On "True Democracy" counterpunch.org On January 5, 2021, one day before Trump sparked his fascist Attack on the Capitol, the liberal New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg called for Americans "to defend democracy" by "investigating" Trump and wrote these words: "True democracy in America is quite new; you can date it to the civil rights era. If Trump's Republican

Dave Lindorff (2021-01-20). Enough with the Goddamned Secrets! Open Up the Government Joe! counterpunch.org The incoming Biden administration is considering breaking with a long-standing tradition of new presidents sharing national secrets with prior presidents. Instead, in the case of his future predecessor Trump, Biden says he wants to hear the advice of key national security figures in the new government regarding whether or not to brief the impeached ex-chief

Staff (2021-01-20). It's Time for the Left to Pressure Biden — and the Political Class as a Whole. truthout.org We look at the path forward for the Biden-Harris administration and the role of social movements with political strategist Waleed Shahid and author and analyst Michael Eric Dyson. Shahid, spokesperson for the progressive political action committee Justice Democrats, says Biden could be "one of the most transformative presidents" in U.S. history if he acts boldly. "But it will take an immense amount of pressure on Joe Biden, on the political system, on the political class for him to get there," say…

Anand Naidoo (2021-01-20). The Heat: U.S. inauguration preview. america.cgtn.com President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take the oath of office as his predecessor, Donald Trump bids farewell, after a tumultuous four years in office.

Loretta J. Ross (2021-01-20). The Nazification of the Republican Party. counterpunch.org After World War II, the Nazis who helped Hitler rise to power and murder millions of people, including at least 6 million Jews, were put on trial to send a warning to the world. Not all of them faced a judicial process, but enough were not protected by their high status, official offices, or claims of "innocence" and "patriotism." Power through violence was the only language they spoke—not justice, not freedom—and they were held accountable.

John Catalinotto (2021-01-20). Trump OUT — Time for workers to defeat racism, fascism. workers.org An unprecedented 25,000 National Guard troops from 50 states plus thousands of local and Capitol police are expected to occupy the U.S. capital by Jan. 20. This armed force's announced goal: Prevent a violent attack on the inauguration of the 46th president and allow a transition to the Joe Biden/Kamala . . . |

Rebecca Gordon (2021-01-20). The Rubble of Empire: Doctrines of Disaster and Dreams of Security as the Biden Years Begin. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — How can you tell when your empire is crumbling? Some signs are actually visible from my own front window here in San Francisco. Directly across the street, I can see a collection of tarps and poles (along with one of my own garbage cans) that were used to construct a makeshift …

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

John Whitehead (2021-01-20). The Deep State's Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes. mintpressnews.com Donald Trump swore to drain the swamp in Washington DC, instead, he paved the way for lobbyists, corporations, and the military industrial complex. Here's why Joe Biden will be no different.

Project Censored (2021-01-20). John Marshall And Nolan Higdon. projectcensored.org Mickey's first guest is veteran technology entrepreneur John Marshall. In his new book "Free is Bad: How the Free Web Hurt Privacy, Truth and Democracy," he contends that internet users' expectation that everything online should be provided free has been a disservice to themselves and to society, because it makes advertisers, not internet users, the real customers of the tech firms. In the second half of the show, History and Media Studies lecturer Nolan Higdon returns to the program for a discussion about what the January 6 events at the U.S. Capitol means for the media and for the country. They reference their…

Anonymous Park Defender (2021-01-20). UC Places Initial Fencing Around People's Park, More to Come. indybay.org January 19th, the day before Biden's inauguration in DC, the University of California at Berkeley has placed the initial fencing on People's Park. "Work is coming", said Kyle Gibson, the director of communications for UCB Capital Strategies (quoted speaking to Berkeleyside).

From Speech Transcript – (2021-01-20). United States of America President Joseph Biden Inauguration Day Speech. indybay.org As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless, bold, optimistic, and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be.

Zachary Conti (2021-01-20). President Biden Extends Student Loan Payment Freeze. indybay.org President Biden will extend the freeze on student debt payments as one of his first executive actions after his inauguration.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-01-20). 2021 National Freedom Day – Black History in the California Gold Rush. indybay.org (1840-1875) Discover the historical significance of Pan Africans in early California history is essential to preserve the authentic contributions that helped shape California and the United States of America.

Ron Haviv (2021-01-20). A City Under Occupation. zcomm.org Twenty-five thousand National Guard troops arrive in D.C. for Joe Biden's inauguration, more than three times the number present at Trump's inauguration…

Ashley Lynn Priore (2021-01-20). Biden Must Build a Bridge to Young Americans. progressive.org Young people came out, not because we were excited, but because we were scared. For our lives. For our future. For democracy.

teleSUR (2021-01-20). Biden Orders US To Rejoin Paris Agreement on Climate Change. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order returning the United States to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. | Hours after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Biden signed in the Oval Office an executive order that returns his country back to the Paris Agreement on climate change, reversing his predecessor Donald Trump's decision to abandon the deal. | RELATED: | "We are g…

John R. Platt (2021-01-20). The rebuilding years begin now. nationofchange.org So what's the agenda for moving forward under the Biden-Harris administration?>

Philip Farruggio (2021-01-20). Democracy USA? NO!!! nationofchange.org If we had a viable multi party system here in the 'Land of the Free' perhaps there would be more adjustments. Instead, we stay with this phony Two Party/One Party fantasyland.

Johanna Kichton (2021-01-20). People's Action Statement on President Biden's Executive Orders. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, 240.206.1145, press@peoplesaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today release the following statements in anticipation of President Biden's executive orders on climate, housing, and immigration: Climate "The Biden administration's commitment to act on climate and revoke the Keystone XL pipeline's permit are encouraging first steps in the direction of climate and environmental justice," People and …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-20). China urges US to rejoin Iran nuclear deal. peoplesdispatch.org Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged the incoming Biden administration to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) "as early as possible" and without any preconditions…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-01-20). Biden's Key Role in the Crime of the Century: The 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden presents himself as an empathetic guy who is willing to go the extra mile to help people overcome their personal tragedies. | However, Biden has throughout his career endorsed policies that caused countless personal tragedies for millions of people….

Scott Ritter (2021-01-20). The US has a broken political system & is about to be usurped by China — what Europeans really think about America is telling. thealtworld.com A new survey of citizens of 11 countries suggests that Joe Biden faces an almost impossible task …

Staff (2021-01-19). U.S. Rep. Tlaib: "Israel Is a Racist State That Would Deny Palestinians Like My Grandmother a Vaccine" democracynow.org Israel has been hailed as having the world's most vaccinated population, but Palestinians are not included. Human Rights Watch and others have called on Israeli authorities to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the more than 4.5 million Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. "Israel is a racist state," responds Congressmember Rashida Talib of Michigan, who is Palestinian American and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress and says her Palestinian grandmother was denied access to a vaccine. "I hope my colleagues, I hope our country, sees what the Palestinians have been trying to tell us for a…

Editor (2021-01-19). Glenn Greenwald on the Biden Administration and Expanding Censorship. scheerpost.com On this week's "On Contact," Chris Hedges talks to Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald about the incoming Biden administration and what it will mean for a country in crisis, ravaged by a pandemic it cannot control, hostage to corporate power and bifurcated into warring factions. Glenn Greenwald is the author of several bestsellers, including How …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-19). As Guatemalan Forces Beat Back Migrant Caravan, Biden Urged to Reverse Trump Policies of 'Cruelty and Coercion'. commondreams.org "The answer is not to continue doing more of the same but to envision a new direction that respects the political and economic self-determination and dignity of our Central American neighbors." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/guatemala_0.jpg

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-01-19). The Unwelcome Return of the Real Purveyors of Violence. globalresearch.ca With the mainstream media still obsessing about the January 6th "violent coup attempt" at the US Capitol Building, the incoming Biden Administration looks to be chock full of actual purveyors of violent coups. Don't look to the mainstream media to …

Staff (2021-01-19). Flint Residents Still Sick as Former Michigan Gov. Faces "Willful Neglect" Charges in Water Scandal. democracynow.org Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and eight other former officials were charged last Thursday in a sweeping criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis. Snyder faces two charges of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor. In 2014, Flint's unelected emergency manager, appointed by then-Governor Snyder, switched the city's water supply to the Flint River as a cost-saving measure. The move has been linked to at least 12 deaths from an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and widespread lead poisoning in residents, including children, in the majority-Black city. "It is really important that many of those electe…

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,…

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-19). Why Did Alexei Navalny Return to the Same Country that He Claimed Tried to Kill Him? globalresearch.ca Russian anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny inexplicably decided to return to the same country that he claimed had unsuccessfully tried to kill him, curiously timing his trip to coincide with the immediate run-up to Biden's inauguration in what some suspect is …

Fight Back (2021-01-19). Chicago MLK rally demands end to white supremacy. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 500 people gathered in Federal Plaza today with a banner reading, "End the Trump era" and "End white supremacy!" Organizers including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, and Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. Also joining were SEIU Local 73 and other unions as well as Black, Latino and other organizations. | The protest was called in response to the white supremacist insurrection and attempted coup in DC on January 6. The aim of the racists was to invalidate the votes of hundreds of thousands of Black people in Atlanta…

Fight Back (2021-01-19). Chicago MLK rally demands end to white supremacy. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – 500 people gathered in Federal Plaza today with a banner reading, "End the Trump era" and "End white supremacy!" Organizers including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation, and Chicago Democratic Socialists of America. Also joining were SEIU Local 73 and other unions as well as Black, Latino and other organizations. | The protest was called in response to the white supremacist insurrection and attempted coup in DC on January 6. The aim of the racists was to invalidate the votes of hundreds of thousands of Black people in Atlanta…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By "Force and Fraud": Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? dissidentvoice.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? counterpunch.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-19). By 'Force and Fraud': Is This the End of the US Democracy Doctrine? counterpunch.org In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times, in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld further alleged that "the idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to

Amanda Mills (2021-01-19). Biden expected to cancel Keystone XL pipeline on day one of presidency. nationofchange.org "This decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline on day one in office sets a precedent that all permitting decisions must pass a climate test and respect Indigenous rights."

Ali Khan (2021-01-19). U.S. Needs to Quickly Ramp Up Vaccinations. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Democracy Now! As the United States breaks all records for coronavirus cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns another 92,000 could die in the next three weeks as complaints grow over the slow distribution of COVID vaccines. Across the country, hospitals are overflowing, and ICU beds are in short

South Front (2021-01-19). Video: Democracy in Deep Space: US Space Force to Get Nuclear Reactors. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump can be considered guilty of many things, but he can't be considered guilty of not attempting to preserve the fruits of his labor. | This can be seen in the maximum pressure campaign against Iran, his endless …

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2021-01-19). Mass Call Up of Unarmed Troops Needed to Battle Terrorists During a Plague That Necessitates Everyone Stays at Home. anti-empire.com Oh look, The Powers That Be couldn't get real people to turn out for Biden so they're planting flags so it wouldn't look so. No no, that can't be right. That's way too cynical of me. Surely there are hundreds of thousands of people who would love to attend the inauguration but sadly the establishment must turn them away because there is a deadly invisible virus out there, that nonetheless did not preclude them from calling up 20,000 federalized National Guard soldiers that have nowhere to sleep but on top of each other. But that was necessary because of the grave "domestic terrorist" threat from the unpopular "an…

John Wojcik (2021-01-19). GOP Rep. Perry and Sen. Mastriano put people of Pennsylvania at grave risk. peoplesworld.org It is beyond any doubt now that Republicans elected to represent the people of their states have returned the favor by putting their constituents in grave danger. One of the best examples of this is found in Pennsylvania where GOP Rep. Scott Perry and state Sen. Doug Mastriano have lied to the people about the …

_____ (2021-01-19). Biden's 'American Rescue Plan' And Its Opponents. popularresistance.org New filings for unemployment benefits have been rising rapidly. From a 'low' of about 1 million/week in December last week's initial claims for benefits topped 1.4 million—when both benefit programs, State administered and the Federal PUA, are counted . Another red flag indicator is consumer spending (70% of the US economy) and retail sales, its largest component. The latter fell -1.4%% in November and another -0.7% in December, according to just released US Commerce data. These are typical months during which they rise the fastest. Another indicator of consumer spending in growing trouble, credit card spen…

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.

Amanda Marcotte (2021-01-19). Donald Trump's most enduring legacy: The right-wing has a dangerously overblown sense of entitlement. salon.com Republicans were bad before, but with Trump, they're more empowered to cheat, lie and deny reality to get their way…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-19). After Inciting Deadly Capitol Terror Attack, Hawley Delays Confirmation of Biden Homeland Security Chief. commondreams.org "Josh Hawley liked what he saw on January 6th," said Rep. Mondaire Jones. "He'd like to see more." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/hawley_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-19). 'Good Riddance You Fascist White Supremacist': Trump Farewell Gets Cold Shoulder. commondreams.org "Today is the last full day of the worst and most dangerous president in American history," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12294824861_0.jpg

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/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12306632951.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-19). 57% of US Voters Want Trump Barred From Seeking Office Ever Again: Poll. commondreams.org "After what he has done, the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again," said incoming Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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…

UCSGFCA (2021-01-19). Biden Must Go Beyond Simply Ending Trump's Barbaric Border Policies—We Need Deeper Change. commondreams.org An open letter To President-Elect Biden on Central America policy. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/refugees_immigration.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-19). Biden Expected To Keep Promise as U.S. Will Rejoin the International Paris Agreement. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). 350.org Responds to Biden's Upcoming Presidential Inauguration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Buell (2021-01-19). Can Biden's $15/ hr Minimum Wage begin restoring Working Class trust? juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — Watch CNN almost any time lately and one is inundated with scenes of the lethal riots in the Capitol. And in an era when every man or woman is their own video journalist new and often terrifying footage is released on a continuing basis. Along with footage …

teleSUR (2021-01-19). Rep. McGovern Calls on Biden to Repair US-Cuba Relations. telesurenglish.net In a unequivocal McGovern continues by reminding of the "explosion of positive change" in U.S.-Cuba relations, during the last two years…

Andrew Seidel (2021-01-19). Leave God Out of the Presidential Oath. progressive.org Biden should follow the lead of the nation's first twenty-six Presidents.

Abdul Rahman (2021-01-19). The war on the Yemeni people has entered a new stage. peoplesdispatch.org The designation of Ansar Allah, referred to as the Houthis, as a foreign terrorist organization takes effect today. Unless Biden administration reverses its predecessor's step, the people of Yemen may have to endure even more suffering…

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 …

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2021-01-18). Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For. thenation.com Katie Porter Is a Politician Progressives Should Fight For…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-01-18). What 'Democracy' Is Under Attack? Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com To stop the exacerbation of Trumpism the talking heads are recommending internet censorship, regulations on media, new domestic terror laws, literally anything they can possibly think of except changing the conditions which gave rise to Trumpism. | ‚ùñ | The most imminent threat to US democracy is not Russia, nor fascist insurrectionists, but the fact that US democracy is entirely fictional. | Saying US democracy is being threatened is like saying Grinches are a critically endangered species. | ‚ùñ | The previous president intervened in the primary to appoint his right-hand…

Staff (2021-01-18). MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Ryan Cristián (2021-01-18). Top Epidemiologist Speaks Out About COVID Vaccine Side-Effects & Major Study Challenges Lockdowns. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (1/18/21). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth

teleSUR (2021-01-18). US COVID-19 Cases Top 24 Mln Two Days From New Administration. telesurenglish.net U.S. COVID-19 confirmed cases topped 24 million, with total deaths approaching 400,000 on Monday, two days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. | The country recorded over 24.04 million cases and more than 398,000 deaths as of 5: 00 p.m. Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University (JHU). | RELATED: | Just a little more than halfway into January, the United States has added a staggering 3.9 m…

RT (2021-01-18). Top Iranian commander mocks Washington as US armed forces on alert for American attackers during Biden's inauguration. rt.com Iran's most senior general has ridiculed the US after American armed forces and the national guard were brought in to protect Washington from any further violence during the week of Joe Biden's inauguration as president. | "We are at the peak [of our power] today as enemies are collapsing," said Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, the chief of staff for Iran's Armed Forces, during a ceremony on Monday. | The general also described it as ironic that the US had hoped to overthrow the Iranian government, but it was now America that was in turmoil. | "They wanted the Islamic Republic not to see the 40th anniver…

Albena Azmanova — Marshall Auerbach (2021-01-18). Lessons From the 6 January Insurrection. counterpunch.org While the majority of Americans deplored the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, it was troubling to see a YouGov poll indicating that 1 in 5 voters approved of the assault. Their attitudes were buttressed by a significant number of House and Senate Republicans who have egged on the matter by continuing to call into question the legitimacy of last November's election result. This is a sign that the rot in the American political system goes deep.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-18). 'No One Can Censor Reality': Human Rights Group Pushes Back After Israel Retaliates Against 'Apartheid' Label. commondreams.org "Israel cannot be considered a democracy, for it works to advance and perpetuate the supremacy of one group of people, Jews, over another, Palestinians." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/wall_0.jpg

sputniknews (2021-01-18). Iran Schedules Gulf of Oman War Games One Day Before Biden Inauguration. sputniknews.com Iran test-fired ballistic missiles at a maritime target across the Gulf of Oman on Saturday, a day before two US B-52 strategic bombers overflew Israel and the Persian Gulf in the latest escalation of tensions between the two adversaries.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-18). UN Experts Urge US to Respond to Capitol Attack With 'Renewed Commitment to Peaceful Pluralism,' Strengthened Democracy. commondreams.org "We maintain our hope that the U.S. democracy will emerge strengthened from this crisis without damage to its institutions." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/capitol_attack.jpg

commondreams (2021-01-18). Watchdog Group Releases New Report Highlighting Hypocrisy of Republican Senators Who Once Urged the Speedy Confirmation of Cabinet Members for National Security. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-18). Public Citizen Statement on Biden's Nomination of Rohit Chopra as CFPB Director. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-18). 350.Org on News That Biden Will Rescind Keystone XL Pipeline on First Day in Office. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Yohuru Williams (2021-01-18). Martin Luther King Jr.'s Message for Us in this Moment. progressive.org The civil-rights leader's words can help us build a democracy that reflects our ideals, not our ugly history.