Monthly Archives: February 2021

2021-02-28: News Headlines

Institute for Policy Studies (2021-02-28). Biden's Return to the Paris Agreement Is Just the Beginning. juancole.com By Lorah Steichen | — (Originally in National Priorities Project) (Institute for Policy Studies ) — On his first day in office, President Joe Biden made good on his campaign promise to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on day one. On Feb. 19, the reentry formally went into effect. Amid a climate emergency that is …

_____ (2021-02-28). Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. popularresistance.org This latest Biden airstrike is being spun as "defensive" and "retaliatory" despite its targeting a nation the US invaded (Syria) in response to alleged attacks on US forces in another nation the US invaded (Iraq). You can't invade a nation and then claim self-defense there. That's not a thing. | If you're uncritically repeating US government claims about its justifications for acts of mass military violence, you're not doing journalism, you're writing Pentagon press releases. | It's like the Biden administration is actively trying to vindicate everyone who spent the last four years saying that as far as policy de…

Dave DeCamp (2021-02-28). Israel Very Pleased With Biden's Decision To Bomb Syria. theantimedia.com Israel is highly pleased with President Biden's decision to bomb Shia militia targets in eastern Syria.

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-02-28). Biden Bombs Syria And Claims Self Defense. theantimedia.com On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria.

Dave DeCamp (2021-02-28). "Biden is Not Obama": Israel Very Pleased With Biden's Decision to Bomb Syria. theantimedia.com Israel is highly pleased with President Biden's decision to bomb Shia militia targets in eastern Syria.

Stephen Miles (2021-02-28). Biden Must Realize There Is No Winning an Endless War. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden_endless_war.jpg

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-02-28). 'Democrats Will Lose in 2022' If $15 Wage Dies in Senate: Anger Grows as Biden-Harris Bow to Unelected Parliamentarian. commondreams.org "If you were writing a Dickensian novel, it would be about millions of desperately poor people being promised a $15 starvation wage, and then watching their millionaire senators tell them that a parliamentary adviser in the palace said no." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/fight_for_fair_pay.jpg

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Biden faces growing pressure to lift Trump's sanctions on ICC prosecutors. middleeasteye.net Biden faces growing pressure to lift Trump's sanctions on ICC prosecutors | International Criminal Court officials sanctioned starting probes on alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, Palestine | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 13: 46 | An Israeli soldier stands on a Merkava main battle tank stationed near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel on 30 March 2019 (AFP) | US President Joe Biden face…

Medea Benjamin (2021-02-28). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. globalresearch.ca The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies …

sputniknews (2021-02-28). Unstoppable COVID Relief Bill Won't Really Boost US Economy, May Come at Price, Economist Says. sputniknews.com On 27 February, the House of Representatives passed the much-discussed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill proposed by President Joe Biden on a near party-line 219-212 vote. While no GOP lawmaker endorsed the legislation, two Democrats, Jared Golden (D-Maine) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), cast votes against the proposal.

sputniknews (2021-02-28). State Department Reportedly Dismisses Claims of Nord Stream 2 Side Deal Negotiations. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Officials from the administration of US President Joe Biden have denied negotiating with Germany over a potential side deal to allow the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to be completed, Axios reports.

sputniknews (2021-02-28). Biden, Foes in GOP, 2024 Campaign? Key Issues Trump Might Raise in CPAC Speech. sputniknews.com The ex-president will deliver his first political speech since leaving the White House on the closing day of the key American conservative event. The topic, however, has been kept secret so far.

sputniknews (2021-02-28). New Dynamic in the Middle East: Gulf Arab States Want to be More Independent of US, Observers Say. sputniknews.com The Biden administration has begun reshuffling Washington's foreign policy priorities in the Middle East, but the power dynamic in the region has dramatically changed over the past few years, with Gulf Arab states diversifying their strategic partnerships, seeking more equal relations with the US, according to Middle Eastern observers.

sputniknews (2021-02-28). Alleged Satellite Images Show Extent of Damage Done by US Airstrike in Syria Ordered by Biden. sputniknews.com After a little over a month in office, the Democratic president gave his first order for military action targeting facilities in an Arab state where American troops have been illegally deployed for years and remain under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Laura Wells (2021-02-28). End Sanctions on the "Troika of Tyranny", and Learn from the World. indybay.org The US could learn a lot from other countries, instead of placing lethal sanctions against them. Trump ramped up sanctions against many countries including the "Troika of Tyranny" of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Biden has been following the same dead-end path. There are healthy alternatives.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-02-28). 'This Will Embolden the Murderous Prince': Biden Rebuked for Letting MBS Off Hook for Butchering of Khashoggi. commondreams.org "That President Biden has chosen not to pursue that course suggests that the 'fundamental' change he promised in U.S.-Saudi relations will not include holding to account its reckless ruler, who consequently is unlikely to be deterred from further criminal behavior." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden_mbs.jpg

Online News Editor (2021-02-28). Biden, Lopez Obrador to seek new phase in bilateral ties. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 28 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, on Monday morning will hold their first "virtual" meeting, to be marked by policy changes in Washington with the new Democratic administration and focusing on immigration and the economy. This will be Biden's second bilateral meeting since taking office …

Adam Dick (2021-02-28). President Biden Says the Experimental Coronavirus Vaccines Are Safe. The Vaccines' Fact Sheets Say Something Very Different. globalresearch.ca Via a Monday

Leanna First-Arai (2021-02-28). Biden Could Hire Jobless Oil and Gas Workers to Plug Abandoned Oil Wells. zcomm.org There are 3.2 million abandoned oil and gas wells across U.S. land and waters, responsible for emitting 281 kilotons of methane in 2018 — or the equivalent of burning through 16 million barrels of crude oil…

Brett Wilkins (2021-02-28). Sanders Warns Biden About Attack on Syria. zcomm.org "Our Constitution is clear that it is Congress, not the president, who has the authority to declare war," the senator asserted.

RT (2021-02-28). WATCH: Portland protest turns chaotic with businesses trashed, fist fights on the street and bike cops slamming into 'press'. rt.com At least two arrests were made after a mostly peaceful protest in Portland turned violent. Banks and other businesses were trashed as beleaguered residents pleaded with protesters to "go home!" and leave them in peace. | A group of dozens of people were reportedly demonstrating against immigration policy under the Biden administration in the Pearl District in downtown Portland, but quickly began vandalizing the area. | Businesses had their windows smashed, vehicles were vandalised and graffiti was sprayed over a number of walls in the area, as video uploaded to social media purports to show. | A security vehic…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Israel blames Iran for explosion on Israeli-owned ship after 'initial assessment'. middleeasteye.net Israel blames Iran for explosion on Israeli-owned ship after 'initial assessment' | The MV Helios Ray has arrived at a port in Dubai, where an Israeli delegation is to investigate the event | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 09: 37 | Tensions have risen in the Gulf of Oman after Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and other major powers (AFP) | Israel has blamed Iran as being behind an…

_____ (2021-02-28). The Party of Abraham Lincoln is Now a Cult of Conspiracists. strategic-culture.org The party that triumphed in the U.S. Civil War is racked by its own civil war, one in which the followers of Trumpism are guzzling down the kool-aid of conspiracy-thinking. And woe betide anyone who dares to question "dear leader". | Former President Donald Trump is expected to be top speaker this weekend at the rightwing Conservative Political Action Conference where he will lay claim to the Republican Party being still under his sway. | It is the first time that Trump will make a public appearance since he left the White House as a failed president on January 20. His speech to the annual CPAC, held this year in…

RT (2021-02-28). Epstein jokes touched a nerve? After Trump, Golden Globes host Tina Fey says 'don't expect much politics' in this year's ceremony. rt.com With Donald Trump out of office and after Ricky Gervais' take-no-prisoners performance last year, the Golden Globes won't get political this year, host Tina Fey said. "I wonder why?" commenters replied. | Tina Fey and Amy Poelher were announced last January as this year's hosts, after comedian Ricky Gervais used his hosting gig to roast the elitism of the virtue-signalling celebrities in attendance. | Also on rt.com | | Gervais' Jeffrey Epst…

RT (2021-02-28). 'United and strong like never before': Trump won't break with Republican party at CPAC speech, will back GOP. rt.com In an upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, former president Donald Trump will reportedly not announce a break from the Republican Party, and will walk "right up to the line" of announcing a 2024 run. | Trump has kept a relatively low profile since leaving the White House last month, and his public statements have been few and far between, likely owing to his deplatforming from every major social media outlet. As such, his headline appearance on Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been hotly anticipated. | According to an excerpt from the speech obtained…

RT (2021-03-01). Vanity Fair says Saturday Night Live sucked, and DONALD TRUMP is to blame. rt.com While Saturday Night Live's ratings fell during the Trump years, it wasn't the writers' fault for churning out 'Orange Man Bad' sketches, Vanity Fair claims. No, it was Donald Trump's fault for being so "noxious." | By the time Donald Trump left office, Saturday Night Live's reliance on the divisive president as a source of material had worn thin. 2019's season opened to the show's lowest ratings in five years, parodies of Robert Mueller, Rudy Giuliani and Jeff Sessions fell flat, and former cast member Gary Kroeger admitted last year that Alec Baldwin's Trump impersonation had been "done to death." | Also on…

RT (2021-03-01). Trump calls for breaking up Big Tech, says failure to restore freedom of speech would doom Republican Party. rt.com Former President Donald Trump has called for breaking up giant technology companies and taking away their Section 230 liability protections. He argued that the Big Tech mutes conservative voices like his own. | "The time has come to break up Big Tech monopolies and restore fair competition," Trump said Sunday at the CPAC conference in Orlando. "Republicans, conservatives must open our platforms and repeal section 230 liability protections," he added. | While in the past the public had a chance to hear both sides of the argument before making an informed decision, the big tech censorship disproportionately targ…

Paul Street (2021-02-28). The Anatomy of Fascism Denial. counterpunch.org When I am being interviewed by a member of the old guard and point to the concrete and steel, the tiny electronic listening device concealed in the vent, the phalanx of goons peeping in at us, his barely functional plastic tape-recorder that cost him a week's labor, and point out that these are all manifestations

John McDevitt (2021-02-28). Andre Cailloux and the Siege of Port Hudson. liberationnews.org Not widely known, and certainly not celebrated enough, Andre Cailloux was the first Black military hero functioning as an officer in the Union Army.

Niko Sims (2021-02-28). Housing crisis: Pittsburgh politicians' patchwork solutions fall short. liberationnews.org In spite of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium "pausing" evictions, Pennsylvania landlords are abusing loopholes to kick people out of their homes.

Jake Lindahl (2021-02-28). Amazon union struggle takes hold in Southern state with radical labor history. liberationnews.org It should be no surprise that a place like Bessemer, Alabama is exactly where Amazon's first union in the United States is likely to form–given its radical labor history.

T.J. Coles (2021-02-28). How the CIA Helped to Crush Turkey's Post-War Left. counterpunch.org After the Second World War (1939-45), the U.S. became the dominant global power and fought its rival, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) for international supremacy. Many countries became proxy battlegrounds between U.S. and Soviet influence. In addition to beating the Reds, U.S. war planners used secret militias, many of them allied with fascists

The Conversation (2021-02-28). How Miracle Workers made 60% of S. Australia's Electricity Green in only 20 Years. juancole.com By Michael McGreevy and Fran Baum | — Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state's electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis — so how did it happen? Our research set …

RT (2021-02-28). Widow of NBA icon Kobe Bryant rages at Hollywood actress Evan Rachel Wood over 'rapist' comment. rt.com Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, has hit out at actress Evan Rachel Wood over a tweet she posted in the aftermath of the basketball star's death in which Wood labeled Bryant "a rapist." | "What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe's family," Wood had tweeted last year in the aftermath of the helicopter crash in California which killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others. | "He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously." | Despite the tweet being in existence for more than a year, it has only just been seen…

RT (2021-02-28). Widow of NBA icon Kobe Bryant rages at Hollywood actress Evan Rachel Wood over 'rapist' comment. rt.com Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA icon Kobe Bryant, has hit out at actress Evan Rachel Wood over a tweet she posted in the aftermath of the basketball star's death in which Wood labeled Bryant "a rapist." | "What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe's family," Wood had tweeted last year in the wake of the helicopter crash in California which killed Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others. | "He was a sports hero. He was also a rapist. And all of these truths can exist simultaneously." | Despite the tweet being in existence for more than a year, it has only just been seen by V…

RT (2021-02-28). WATCH: Wild scenes in Dagestan as junior judo event descends into mass brawl. rt.com A junior judo event in Dagestan erupted into a mass melee as competitors and dozens of fans traded blows. | The tournament at the Ali Aliyev Sport Complex in Kaspiysk witnessed ugly scenes as the brawl was captured on camera and quickly shared across social media on Saturday. | Footage of the carnage starts with one of the competitors seen leaning over the barriers, throwing punches. | By that point a broader punch-up is already underway as dozens of spectators trade blows. | –î–µ—Å—è—Ç–∫–∏ –∑—Ä–&prod…

RT (2021-03-01). Plane forced to land in Sudan after CAT ATTACKS pilot mid-air, 'hijacking' cockpit. rt.com A passenger plane was forced to return to the airport in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum after an angry cat, which somehow got into the cockpit, attacked the pilots shortly after takeoff, local media reports. | This Wednesday's flight of the Sudanese Tarco airline bound for Qatar's capital, Doha, was proceeding in a totally routine manner — that is, until a most unlikely passenger caused an emergency mid-air. | Having departed from the Khartoum International Airport, the plane was in the air for roughly half an hour when an unregistered passenger was spotted inside the pilot's cabin. The passenger in que…

CP Editor (2021-02-28). The Final Inch. counterpunch.org

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Yemen: Five civilians killed, including a child, in Hodeidah. middleeasteye.net Yemen: Five civilians killed, including a child, in Hodeidah | Warring parties accuse each other of the attack, with the Houthis threatening new attacks on Saudi Arabia | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 11: 01 | Yemen's civil war has cost the lives of thousands and displaced millions, which the UN says has led to the world's worst humanitarian crisis (AFP) | Five civilians, including a child, were kille…

Shir Hever (2021-02-28). Israeli private arms export is too terrible even for Tel Aviv. middleeasteye.net Israeli private arms export is too terrible even for Tel Aviv | Israel cracks down on sales of suicide drones to China to avoid heavy diplomatic cost in relationship with US | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 11: 17 | An Israeli UCAV IAI Harop drone displayed at Bourget airport during the International Paris Air Show on 21 June 2011 (AFP) | At least 20 Israeli arms dealers have been arrested by Israel's secret police over…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Nuclear deal on brink of collapse as Iran rules out meeting with US. middleeasteye.net Nuclear deal on brink of collapse as Iran rules out meeting with US | Tehran has demanded Washington take the first step to revive the nuclear deal by scrapping sanctions
| Sun, 02/28/2021 – 21: 37 | Iran has suspended commitments to the 2015 deal in response to the US failure to lift its sanction (AFP) | Iran on Sunday dismissed Europe's offer for an informal meeting involving the Uni…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Turkey and Iran summon envoys, escalating Iraq row. middleeasteye.net Turkey and Iran summon envoys, escalating Iraq row | Moves follow Iran's representative to Baghdad criticising Ankara's involvement in Iraq after Kurdish attack on Turkish forces there | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 13: 59 | The coffin and image of Turkish Lt Ertug Guler are carried during the funeral of three Turkish military personnel killed in action in northern Iraq's Gara region, on 12 February…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media. middleeasteye.net Syria intercepts Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media | A war monitor said the strikes hit an area where Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Lebanese Hezbollah are present | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 22: 11 | Israel is thought to have carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes on Syria since civil war broke out in 2011 (AFP/File photo) | Syrian air defences intercepted Israeli missiles ov…

_____ (2021-02-28). Is the American Dream Still Alive? strategic-culture.org &nbsp…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Khashoggi murder: Qatar joins other Gulf states in showing support for Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Qatar joins other Gulf states in showing support for Saudi Arabia | Doha, Bahrain, UAE have stood by Riyadh after CIA report blames Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for journalist's killing | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 16: 44 | Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim Al Thani (L) has confirmed his support for Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the CIA's damning report naming Crown Prince Mohamme…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-28). Covid-19: Israel to administer vaccines to Palestinian workers. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Israel to administer vaccines to Palestinian workers | Vaccination campaign could include around 130,000 Palestinians working inside Israel | Sun, 02/28/2021 – 15: 18 | Palestinian workers line up for a security check at the entrance to Israel's Mishor Adumim industrial zone near the Maale Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank on 1 July 2020 (AFP) | Israel will vaccinate Pa…

RT (2021-02-28). 'I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me:' 2nd former aide to NY Gov. Cuomo accuses him of sexual harassment. rt.com Another ex-aide has accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, already facing allegations of sexual harassment, of improper advances. Charlotte Bennett, 25, said he asked about her sex life and whether she ever dated an 'older man.' | Bennett joined Cuomo's administration in early 2019 and was promoted from her entry-level position to that of a senior briefer and executive assistant to the governor within several months. She told the New York Times that she was constantly grilled about her sex life by her former boss. | The former aide said that she reported Cuomo's alleged sexual overtures to his chief of staff,…

RT (2021-02-28). Multitasking 101: California doctor appears at court hearing via Zoom DURING surgery. rt.com A plastic surgeon in California attended a virtual court hearing in relation to a traffic violation from an operating theater while a patient was on the table. The court was not exactly pleased with his multitasking, however. | The usually mundane traffic violation hearing at Sacramento Superior Court was spiced up this week when the defendant, Dr. Scott Green attended via Zoom from his surgery room, baffling other participants. The bizarre in-court surgery, which was livestreamed online, was first

RT (2021-02-28). GOP NY Rep. calls on 'criminal sexual predator' Cuomo to resign after 2nd former staffer alleges sexual harassment. rt.com Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) doubled down on her call for embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down "immediately" after another of his former staffers, the second one since December, accused him of sexual harassment. | "Governor Cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and he must immediately resign," Stefanik said in a statement issued shortly after the New York Times published a detailed account of Cuomo's former aide Charlotte Bennett, accusing the governor of unwanted sexual advances, on Saturday. | Stefanik noted that she "was one of the first and one of the only elected officials to call on the Gove…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-28). Tehran witnessing no change in US JCPOA policies. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (MNA) — Joe Biden's administration has claimed on many occasions that the US will return to JCPOA, but so far, Tehran has not seen a change in their policy towards the nuclear deal, said the Iranian envoy to UN.

RT (2021-02-28). After backlash over 'outside review' of sexual-harassment claims, Cuomo asks AG & chief judge to pick counsel to investigate. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, seeking to allay concerns that an investigation of sexual-harassment claims against him would be politically influenced, has called for state officials to choose a lawyer to handle the case. | The governor's office wants the review of allegations by two former staffers to be

RT (2021-02-28). California gov. Newsom accused of breaking own lockdown rules for 2nd time amid growing cries for him to be recalled. rt.com Embattled California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has been accused of once again breaching his own coronavirus restrictions after he was allegedly caught dining indoors. | Newsom himself posted a video with comedian George Lopez to his TikTok aimed at promoting how citizens can check their coronavirus vaccine eligibility. The video was taken inside the Los Amigos restaurant in Fresno, which is under the state's strictest lockdown restrictions, complete with a ban on indoor dining. | California Governor

RT (2021-02-28). GOP NY representative calls on 'criminal sexual predator' Cuomo to resign after 2nd former staffer alleges sexual harassment. rt.com Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) doubled down on her call for embattled New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down "immediately" after another of his former staffers, the second one since December, accused him of sexual harassment. | "Governor Cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and he must immediately resign," Stefanik said in a statement issued shortly after the New York Times published a detailed account of allegations by former aide Charlotte Bennett on Saturday, accusing the governor of unwanted sexual advances. | Stefanik noted that she "was one of the first and one of the only elected officials to call on th…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-28). Police forces are still unable to explain why they're so racist. thecanary.co According to a The report highlights that: Over 35 years on from the introduction of stop and search legislation, no…

Aaliyah Harris (2021-02-28). Politicians and religious groups are fuelling homophobic attacks on Ghana's LGBTQI+ community. thecanary.co On 24 February, National Security raided the offices of Sharing the incident in a At this moment, we no longer have access to o…

Tom Coburg (2021-02-28). Unsurprisingly, leaked files confirm the Foreign Office coordinates multi-agency propaganda programmes. thecanary.co A tranche of leaked files shows that the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is coordinating multi-agency propaganda programmes. These files show that the programmes mainly target the authoritarian regimes in Russia and Syria. This is not unexpected. More significantly, perhaps, documents also show that these programmes are not confined to just foreign targets. | Leaked files: | The leaked files, were released to The Canary by 'Anonymous': | OP. HMG Trojan Horse. Part 4:

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-02-27). With $15 Wage Included, House Dems Fulfill Election Promise With Passage of Sweeping $1.9 Trillion Covid-19 Relief Package. commondreams.org "House passage today of President Biden's American Rescue Plan moves us one step closer to the investments needed to crush this virus, distribute the vaccine, reopen our schools and revitalize the economy." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/covid-19_relief.jpg

Walter Smolarek (2021-02-27). Deciphering Biden's excuse to abandon the fight for $15. liberationnews.org President Biden received a major political gift from an obscure, unelected official called the Senate parliamentarian Feb. 25 when she ruled that the provision in the administration's stimulus plan that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour must be removed from the bill. Unless this maneuver is defeated, millions of workers who could have …

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-02-27). U.S. bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defense. mronline.org On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming "a handful" of people were killed.

The Conversation (2021-02-27). Gulf War: As Biden bombs Iraqis, 30 years on the consequences of Desert Storm are still with us. juancole.com By Lorena De Vita and Amir Taha | — It was a short message to end a short war. On February 26 1991, Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz put his signature to a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council: I have the honour to notify you that the Iraqi Government reaffirms its agreement …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-02-27). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. dissidentvoice.org Photo: CODEPINK The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing "Iranian-backed militias" who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this …

WSWS (2021-02-27). With US missile strike on Syria, Biden escalates US aggression in the Middle East. wsws.org The act of aggression against Syria and the global escalation of US militarism constitute the foundation of bipartisan unity between Biden and the Republican Party.

WSWS (2021-02-27). Biden in Houston: Indifference and contempt for victims of Texas catastrophe. wsws.org Visiting Texas eleven days after the onset of a man-made disaster that killed dozens and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, Biden barely took notice of the mass suffering while offering a political amnesty to the Republican state government.

WSWS (2021-02-27). Biden drops minimum wage hike from COVID-19 relief bill. wsws.org Biden seized on a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian as the pretext to abandon an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Jake Johnson (2021-02-27). 'It should be easier to raise minimum wage than to drop bombs on Syria': Progressives fume at Biden. nationofchange.org "We need to work to extricate from the Middle East, not escalate."

_____ (2021-02-27). Privacy, Immigrant Rights Groups Slam Biden's 'Smart Wall'. popularresistance.org A coalition of privacy and immigrant rights groups are pushing back on the Biden administration's proposal to deploy a "smart" wall on the southern border. | In a statement released Thursday, first obtained by The Hill, the 40 groups slam the legislation introduced in Congress last week as a "continuation of the Trump administration's racist border policies, not a break from it." | The letter pans the proposed use of "smart technology" at the border as "Trump's wall by another name." | The mammoth immigration bill, which is being spearheaded by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), authori…

teleSUR (2021-02-27). US: House of Representatives Approves Biden's COVID-19 Aid Bill. telesurenglish.net The initiative was sent to the Senate this Saturday after receiving a 219-212 vote, and as reported by The Washington Post, is the first major item on President Joe Biden's agenda. | Republicans unanimously opposed the economic aid bill, a sharply partisan outcome, just a month after the new president was inaugurated with calls for bipartisanship and unity. | RELATED: | The package introduced by House Democrats inc…

RT (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package narrowly passes US House, $1,400 stimulus checks included. rt.com The US House of Representatives has narrowly passed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The package is now headed to the Senate, where the bill is expected to be stripped of its minimum wage hike provision. | President Joe Biden's relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, was passed by the House early on Saturday in narrow 219-212 vote. No Republicans have voted for the legislation, while two Democrats broke ranks and voted against it. | The legislation includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, as well as billions for state and local governments, schools and businesses. The package wou…

RT (2021-02-27). US airstrikes 'strengthen & expand' terrorist activities in the region, Iran says. rt.com The recent US airstrikes on Iran-backed militias in Syria has shown that Washington is seeking to "revive" terrorism in the region and support now-shattered Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), a senior Iranian official has said. | The airstrike on militias stationed on Syria's border with Iraq commissioned by US President Joe Biden earlier this week, was harshly criticized by the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani on Saturday. | "America's recent action strengthens and expands the activities of the terrorist Daesh [IS] in the region," Shamkhani stated as he met visiting Iraqi F…

Mark Green (2021-02-27). Biden Can Be the FDR of Democracy. commondreams.org Like Roosevelt did for the economy and Carter did for human rights, President Biden must make reviving American democracy the nation's top long-term priority by creating a new "Office for Democracy." It'd be an ignition switch to advance so many of the urgent pro-democracy reforms already proposed and to come. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joe_biden_fdr_democracy.png

Janine Jackson (2021-02-27). With Biden's Jen Psaki at the Podium, Corporate Outlets No Longer Think Briefings Newsworthy. commondreams.org Obama briefings? Not news. Trump briefings? Always news. Biden briefings? Not news again. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/psaki_biden_syria.png

Staff (2021-02-27). Biden Can Save Lives From COVID by Supporting Intellectual Property Rules Waiver. truthout.org Calling it a moral imperative as well as an urgent public health and economic necessity, over 400 progressive groups on Friday

Brian Berletic (2021-02-27). Biden's First Foreign Policy Speech Vows "Forever Wars" globalresearch.ca US foreign policy has clearly continued in the same direction, without missing a beat. Unlike in previous transitions in the White House, this time US President Joe Biden has not even really tried to promise even the faintest hope that …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-27). Joe Biden and the Pentagon's "Ides of March 2021": Best Month to Go to War? globalresearch.ca or the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked "the time to start new military campaigns." As in the heyday of the Roman Empire, the Pentagon has a mandate to plan and implement a precise "timeline" of military operations.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). President's Trip to Lone Star: Why Texans Don't Buy Into Narrative of Biden Being Consoler-in-Chief. sputniknews.com On 26 February, Joe Biden visited Texas, vowing to help the state recover after a blizzard disaster. The Lone Star State was severely hit by winter storms sweeping across the country between 10 and 17 February 2021, which led to power outages, food shortages, and problems with the water supply.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Golden 'Idols', 'Darth Biden' and 'TPAC': Main Gags of Key Conservative US Event of 2021 So Far. sputniknews.com Despite the event focusing mostly on serious political issues like "how Democrats are going to ruin the US" and "how the GOP will win back the country in 2022/2024", its speakers managed to liven up their addresses with jokes, colourful parallels, and edgy humour. Here is how CPAC has entertained its visitors (and netizens) so far.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Dems Will Seek Other Ways to Achieve Minimum Wage Boost, Will Still Support Relief Bill, Prof Says. sputniknews.com The proposal to raise the minimum wage in the US to $15 an hour, put forth by US President Joe Biden, has not been included in the country's coronavirus relief bill, as was initially promised by the Democratic Party. House Democrats passed a bill including it, but it will be left on the cutting room floor when it gets to the Senate.

Where is the Protest? (2021-02-27). Democrat Biden Bombs Syria. indybay.org Democrat Biden just bombed Syria. The one month of silence on Democrat Biden being just as much a warmonger as Republican Trump has been ended. We can and must do a protest, with masks and social distancing, on the streets of San Francisco.

Ramona du Houx (2021-02-27). Elected Officials to Protect America see Biden's clean car plan can help health outcomes. indybay.org EOPA, as part of President Biden's overall climate agenda, supports Majority Leader Sen. Schumer's clean car plan and urges President Biden to initiate the process of making it law right after his American Rescue Plan is passed. Toxic pollution from cars and trucks are cutting lives short in communities of color and low-income communities across the U.S. Decades of vehicle emissions and other ambient pollution have created disproportionate negative impacts on the economic vitality, health, and quality of life in these frontline communities.

Mike Walter (2021-02-27). The Heat: U.S. intelligence report on Khashoggi's death. america.cgtn.com A U.S. intelligence report concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation to murder a prominent journalist. And U.S. President Biden orders airstrikes in Syria targeting Iranian-backed militias.

Juan Cole (2021-02-27). Biden's Double Standards: Iranian Civilians under severe US Sanctions but not accused Saudi Murderer Bin Salman. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Biden administration on Friday declassified and released a CIA assessment that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman bears responsibility for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 3, 2018. CBC: "U.S. intelligence report blames Saudi crown prince for murder of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Migrants stranded on Mexican border crossing into US from 3 cities. laprensalatina.com Ciudad Juarez/Matamoros/Tijuana, Mexico, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Tijuana, Matamoros and starting Friday, Ciudad Juarez, are the three Mexican border cities where migrants are crossing into the United States to have immigration courts review their asylum requests. On Feb. 12, the US administration of Joe Biden announced the reopening — starting on the 19th — of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan passes House of Representatives. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The United States House of Representatives on Saturday approved President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Lawmakers in the lower house voted 219 to 212 to pass the emergency pandemic funds, with two Democrats siding with Republican attempts to block the measure. It now heads to the Senate. It was …

RT (2021-02-27). Biden admin to charge White House reporters $170 per Covid test amid concerns smaller outlets will be squeezed out — reports. rt.com The Joe Biden administration is reportedly set to charge White House correspondents $170 a pop for daily coronavirus tests, stoking anger among reporters, some noting the move could cost struggling newsrooms thousands per week. | The White House press office will begin charging for the tests next week, the Washington Post

Meaghan Ellis (2021-02-27). Politico reporter backs down after facing Twitter storm for sexist Kamala Harris post. salon.com Marc Caputo retweet a photo of a stripper meme with a comment referring to the VP and the minimum wage legislation…

MEE, agencies (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report | US intelligence report blames Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 10: 19 | Protesters in London demonstrate against former president Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (MEE/Kaamil Ahmed) | Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stoo…

Shabbir Manjee (2021-02-27). Chicago City Council passes unanimous resolution to end the blockade on Cuba. liberationnews.org All 50 aldermen voted to oppose the blockade, adding that normalizing relations can benefit the economic conditions of both Cubans and Chicagoans.

Michael Kowalchuk (2021-02-27). Sojourner Truth's Massachusetts days. liberationnews.org Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in New York as "Isabella Baumfree" in 1797, was one of the most important abolitionists and feminists of the nineteenth century.

John Catalinotto (2021-02-27). 'Rubin never lost a case' — Rubin Kanowitz, 1931-2021. workers.org Some younger Workers World Party members met Rubin Kanowitz for the first time when he was a communist elder, still confronting cops on recent demonstrations chanting, "Black Lives Matter." Older ones knew him from when he first joined the party in 1965. All grieved as they learned he died this . . . |

Joe Piette (2021-02-27). Mental health effects of COVID lockdown in prison: Interview from inside SCI Albion. workers.org This telephone interview with Demitrius Grant, imprisoned at SCI Albion near Erie, Pa., was conducted by Joe Piette for Workers World newspaper on Feb. 16. Demetrius Grant: We're going to be covering the issue of COVID-19 today, as to how it impacts prisoners' mental health. About a week ago, a . . . |

Clean Energy Wire (2021-02-27). By the End of the Year, Germany will have a Million Electric Cars on the Road out of 4.7 mn Total. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — Germany will probably reach its target of having one million fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars on the road this year, government advisors have said. The head of the country's National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), Henning Kagermann, told business daily Handelsblatt he was pleased "that it appears we will …

Eds. (2021-02-27). FBI, NYPD exposed: Deathbed confession shines new light on assassination of Malcolm X. mronline.org Without any training, Wood's job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations and encourage leaders and members to commit felonious acts. He was also tasked with ensuring that Malcolm X's security detail was arrested days prior to the assassination, guaranteeing Malcolm X didn't have door security while at the Audubon Ballroom.

Eds. (2021-02-27). We have to change our suicidal ways and reconcile with nature to tackle climate crises and pandemics. mronline.org Every day, entrepreneurs in Brazil cut down more of the Amazon to produce cheap soybeans for animals in Europe and America. Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia tear up their forests to produce cheap coffee and palm oil for the world.

Jason Hickel (2021-02-27). Is the world poor, or unjust? mronline.org Social media has been ablaze with this question recently. We know we face a crisis of mass poverty: the global economy is organized in such a way that nearly 60% of humanity is left unable to meet basic needs. But the question at stake this time is different.

RT (2021-02-27). 'What was he trying to do to him?!' Fans mock Sevilla star as Messi gives him runaround in 2-0 win for Barca (VIDEO). rt.com A resurgent Barcelona side are now within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after they cruised to a 2-0 win at Sevilla on Saturday – with one incident from the game going viral after a particularly ungainly challenge. | Messi scored one and created another for Ousmane Dembele as they narrowed the gap at the summit of the table to Diego Simeone's Atletico – who retain two games in hand over the Catalan giants. | Messi slid Dembele in to open the scoring just before the half hour after United States international Sergino Dest struck…

RT (2021-02-27). 'Unstoppable': Guardiola racks up remarkable personal milestones as Man City win TWENTIETH game in a row. rt.com Manchester City were indebted to defensive duo John Stones and Ruben Dias as they edged past West Ham 2-1 to rack up a record-extending 20th straight victory, in a game which also saw Pep Guardiola reach a personal milestone. | City were made to work hard by the high-flying Hammers at the Etihad, seeing Dias' 30th-minute opener cancelled out by an equalizer from Michail Antonio just before the break. | It was Stones who rescued the three points as he swept home a cut-back from Riyad Mahrez with just over 20 minutes to play. | 27 – Man City are unbeaten in their last 27 games in all competitions (W24 D3), the s…

RT (2021-02-27). Police charge at anti-lockdown protesters in Dublin after man launches FIREWORK at officer's face (VIDEOS). rt.com Hundreds of demonstrators have gathered in Dublin to protest Ireland's restrictive lockdown policies. But the Saturday gathering soon turned violent, as police were pelted with bottles, cans, and even fireworks. | Ireland's first national lockdown in 2020 was the longest in Europe, and the nationwide restrictions currently in place have been ranked the

RT (2021-02-27). Armenian crisis: President refuses to sack military chief, says PM Pashinyan's order 'unconstitutional'. rt.com Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian has refused to approve an order to fire the country's armed forces chief, who is accused of staging a coup, returning the draft to PM Nikol Pashinyan. The move was applauded by protesters. | Pashinyan ordered the dismissal of the head of the General Staff, Onik Gasparyan, on Thursday, in response to what he called an attempted coup against him. The order followed a joint statement by Armenian military commanders and two former presidents, Robert Kocharyan and Serzh Sargsyan, who called on the prime minister to swiftly resign. | Pashinyan has been under increasing pressure s…

RT (2021-02-27). 'F*cking disgrace!': Fury as Premier League referee disallows goal, then allows it, before ruling it out AGAIN (VIDEO). rt.com Referee Lee Mason has been slammed as a "f*cking disgrace" after he flip-flopped on a decision to award a goal after Brighton's Lewis Dunk found the net with a quick free-kick in Saturday's game with West Brom. | The opportunistic Dunk was quickest to react when his side was awarded a free-kick, curling an effort into the bottom right corner of the goal as Sam Johnstone attempted to fortify his defensive wall. | Dunk's smile soon turned to a frown as referee Mason opted to disallow the goal amid Brighton celebrations – before apparently changing his mind and awarding the goal. | ùê&Ccedil…

RT (2021-02-27). China's Xiaomi wants to create global manufacturing hub in India. rt.com Chinese tech giant Xiaomi is planning to boost its presence in India by building three new facilities there. When it meets growing local demand, the firm may use India's production capacities for exports. | Xiaomi teamed up with two local companies, BYD and DBG, to set up mobile phone manufacturing plants, the Chinese firm announced on Thursday. One of the facilities, located in the northern state of Haryana and owned by DBG, is already operational. The other plant in Tamil Nadu is set to go online within the first half of this year. | A television manufacturing plant has been set up in partnership with Radian…

2021-02-27: News Headlines

ACLU (2021-02-26). Organizer LaTosha Brown on Building the New South. aclu.org In November and January, voters across the country watched as the people of Georgia helped deliver both the presidency and the Senate to the Democrats this past election cycle, defying the perception of the state as a Republican stronghold. After One of the activists responsible for thi…

WSWS (2021-02-26). Spain's fascistic Vox party surges in Catalan regional elections. wsws.org Amid mass abstention, the far-right Vox party entered the Catalan parliament for the first time, while the social democrats took the most seats.

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Myanmar military junta annuls November poll results. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta-appointed poll body on Friday invalidated the results of general elections held in November. Deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party had won the elections by a landslide. "The National League for Democracy's 2020 election result is no longer valid," Election Commission chief Thein …

RT (2021-02-26). Bill demanding $15 minimum wage from corporate giants surprisingly comes from pro-Trump Senator Hawley. rt.com US Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) has announced a bill requiring large employers to pay a $15 minimum wage, seemingly aligning him more with left-wing Democrats than his conservative colleagues on the issue. | Hawley, who was demonized by Democrats for challenging the validity of President Joe Biden's election victory, said Friday that his new legislation would require companies with annual revenue of $1 billion or more to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. Smaller companies would be spared the mandate, but Hawley's plan also would provide tax credits to US citizens who make less than $15 an hour, bas…

_____ (2021-02-26). U.S.-Backed Ecuador Government Tries Stopping Socialist Electoral Victory. strategic-culture.org If Arauz wins the presidency, he may appoint an important economist and ideologist of the "Citizens Revolution" to a government post, Ron Ridenour writes. | U.S.-backed Lenin Moreno government is trying to stop the new socialistic UNES political party candidate, Andres Arauz, from winning the national elections underway. | Andres Arauz, won first place, 32.7%, on the first round of national elections, February 7. Arauz is the first presidential candidate of UNES, Union of Hope. | Former president Rafael Correa led the formation of this party, Union of Hope (UNES) after he had backed Moreno for president in 2017.

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-26). Arabic press review: UN official says Libya has 20,000 mercenaries. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: UN official says Libya has 20,000 mercenaries | Meanwhile, Kuwait sends letter to Qatar as part of continued effort to end Gulf tensions, and a Kuwaiti minister says country's treasury 'lacks liquidity' | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 12: 26 | UN official Stephanie Williams speaks in Geneva on 5 February following the election of a new interim government for Libya (AFP) | Libya has…

Staff (2021-02-26). Big Tech Shouldn't Be the Arbiter of Our Free Speech Rights. truthout.org Business corporations don't need free speech rights. Nor should they have the power to deny free speech to others. But leading up to and following the 2020 election, we saw both undemocratic realities on display. | The 2020 election was largely "democratic." Due to the pandemic, more voters had more ways to cast their ballots than ever, and the elections were overall free and fair. H…

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-02-27). U.S. bombs Syria and ridiculously claims self defense. mronline.org On orders of President Biden, the United States has launched an airstrike on a facility in Syria. As of this writing the exact number of killed and injured is unknown, with early reports claiming "a handful" of people were killed.

The Conversation (2021-02-27). Gulf War: As Biden bombs Iraqis, 30 years on the consequences of Desert Storm are still with us. juancole.com By Lorena De Vita and Amir Taha | — It was a short message to end a short war. On February 26 1991, Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz put his signature to a letter addressed to the United Nations Security Council: I have the honour to notify you that the Iraqi Government reaffirms its agreement …

Walter Smolarek (2021-02-27). Deciphering Biden's excuse to abandon the Fight for $15. liberationnews.org President Biden received a major political gift from an obscure, unelected official called the Senate parliamentarian Feb. 25 when she ruled that the provision in the administration's stimulus plan that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour must be removed from the bill. Unless this maneuver is defeated, millions of workers who could have …

Brian Berletic (2021-02-27). Biden's First Foreign Policy Speech Vows "Forever Wars" globalresearch.ca US foreign policy has clearly continued in the same direction, without missing a beat. Unlike in previous transitions in the White House, this time US President Joe Biden has not even really tried to promise even the faintest hope that …

_____ (2021-02-27). Privacy, Immigrant Rights Groups Slam Biden's 'Smart Wall'. popularresistance.org A coalition of privacy and immigrant rights groups are pushing back on the Biden administration's proposal to deploy a "smart" wall on the southern border. | In a statement released Thursday, first obtained by The Hill, the 40 groups slam the legislation introduced in Congress last week as a "continuation of the Trump administration's racist border policies, not a break from it." | The letter pans the proposed use of "smart technology" at the border as "Trump's wall by another name." | The mammoth immigration bill, which is being spearheaded by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), authori…

Mark Gruenberg, C.J. Atkins (2021-02-26). Biden's economic rescue plan advances, but minimum wage hike more uncertain. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—Congressional supporters of a $15 minimum wage are not backing down, despite a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian Thursday night that the hike cannot be part of a reconciliation package in the upper chamber. The reconciliation procedure—which lets tax and budget legislation proceed with a simple majority—would have allowed the wage hike to pass …

Jordan Woll (2021-02-26). Biden bombs Syria: "Self-defense" or an act of war? liberationnews.org President Joe Biden engaged in his first high-profile military operation yesterday, launching an airstrike on Syria that left as many as 22 dead. This attack appears to have targeted facilities, equipment and fighters of Iraqi resistance organizations affiliated with the Popular Mobilization Forces, one of the main groups responsible for liberating much of Iraq from …

Michael T. Klare (2021-02-26). A New Cold War on a Scalding Planet: Biden, Climate Change, and China. counterpunch.org Slowing the pace of climate change and getting "tough" on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its cooperation in areas of concern

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-26). US strike on several locations inside Syria draws global criticism. peoplesdispatch.org US president Joe Biden authorized the airstrikes as a response to the recent attacks on US military bases in Iraq. The move is being criticized by anti-war and progressive sections as a sign of continuation of Trump-era policies in the region…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-02-26). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. counterpunch.org The February 25 U.S. bombing of Syria immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing "Iranian-backed militias" who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are actually involved in fighting ISIS? If this is about

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan passes House of Representatives. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 27 (efe-epa).- The United States House of Representatives on Saturday approved President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan. Lawmakers in the lower house voted 219 to 212 to pass the emergency pandemic funds, with two Democrats siding with Republican attempts to block the measure. It now heads to the Senate. It was …

Online News Editor (2021-02-27). Migrants stranded on Mexican border crossing into US from 3 cities. laprensalatina.com Ciudad Juarez/Matamoros/Tijuana, Mexico, Feb 26 (efe-epa).- Tijuana, Matamoros and starting Friday, Ciudad Juarez, are the three Mexican border cities where migrants are crossing into the United States to have immigration courts review their asylum requests. On Feb. 12, the US administration of Joe Biden announced the reopening — starting on the 19th — of the …

RT (2021-02-27). Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package narrowly passes US House, $1,400 stimulus checks included. rt.com The US House of Representatives has narrowly passed the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The package is now headed to the Senate, where the bill is expected to be stripped of its minimum wage hike provision. | President Joe Biden's relief package, known as the American Rescue Plan, was passed by the House early on Saturday in narrow 219-212 vote. No Republicans have voted for the legislation, while two Democrats broke ranks and voted against it. | The legislation includes $1,400 checks for most Americans, as well as billions for state and local governments, schools and businesses. The package wou…

RT (2021-02-27). Biden admin to charge White House reporters $170 per Covid test amid concerns smaller outlets will be squeezed out — reports. rt.com The Joe Biden administration is reportedly set to charge White House correspondents $170 a pop for daily coronavirus tests, stoking anger among reporters, some noting the move could cost struggling newsrooms thousands per week. | The White House press office will begin charging for the tests next week, the Washington Post

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Dems Will Seek Other Ways to Achieve Minimum Wage Boost, Will Still Support Relief Bill, Prof Says. sputniknews.com The proposal to raise the minimum wage in the US to $15 an hour, put forth by US President Joe Biden, has not been included in the country's coronavirus relief bill, as was initially promised by the Democratic Party. House Democrats passed a bill including it, but it will be left on the cutting room floor when it gets to the Senate.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). President's Trip to Lone Star: Why Texans Don't Buy Into Narrative of Biden Being Consoler-in-Chief. sputniknews.com On 26 February, Joe Biden visited Texas, vowing to help the state recover after a blizzard disaster. The Lone Star State was severely hit by winter storms sweeping across the country between 10 and 17 February 2021, which led to power outages, food shortages, and problems with the water supply.

sputniknews (2021-02-27). Golden 'Idols', 'Darth Biden' and 'TPAC': Main Gags of Key Conservative US Event of 2021 So Far. sputniknews.com Despite the event focusing mostly on serious political issues like "how Democrats are going to ruin the US" and "how the GOP will win back the country in 2022/2024", its speakers managed to liven up their addresses with jokes, colourful parallels, and edgy humour. Here is how CPAC has entertained its visitors (and netizens) so far.

Ramona du Houx (2021-02-27). Elected Officials to Protect America see Biden's clean car plan can help health outcomes. indybay.org EOPA, as part of President Biden's overall climate agenda, supports Majority Leader Sen. Schumer's clean car plan and urges President Biden to initiate the process of making it law right after his American Rescue Plan is passed. Toxic pollution from cars and trucks are cutting lives short in communities of color and low-income communities across the U.S. Decades of vehicle emissions and other ambient pollution have created disproportionate negative impacts on the economic vitality, health, and quality of life in these frontline communities.

Where is the Protest? (2021-02-27). Democrat Biden Bombs Syria. indybay.org Democrat Biden just bombed Syria. The one month of silence on Democrat Biden being just as much a warmonger as Republican Trump has been ended. We can and must do a protest, with masks and social distancing, on the streets of San Francisco.

Mike Walter (2021-02-27). The Heat: U.S. intelligence report on Khashoggi's death. america.cgtn.com A U.S. intelligence report concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation to murder a prominent journalist. And U.S. President Biden orders airstrikes in Syria targeting Iranian-backed militias.

Juan Cole (2021-02-27). Biden's Double Standards: Iranian Civilians under severe US Sanctions but not accused Saudi Murderer Bin Salman. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Biden administration on Friday declassified and released a CIA assessment that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman bears responsibility for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 3, 2018. CBC: "U.S. intelligence report blames Saudi crown prince for murder of …

MEE and agencies (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Bahrain, UAE reaffirm support for Saudi Arabia after CIA report | US intelligence report blames Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 10: 19 | Protesters in London demonstrate against former president Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia and the UAE (MEE/Kaamil Ahmed) | Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) stoo…

Clean Energy Wire (2021-02-27). By the End of the Year, Germany will have a Million Electric Cars on the Road out of 4.7 mn Total. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang | — Germany will probably reach its target of having one million fully electric or plug-in hybrid cars on the road this year, government advisors have said. The head of the country's National Platform Future of Mobility (NPM), Henning Kagermann, told business daily Handelsblatt he was pleased "that it appears we will …

Jason Hickel (2021-02-27). Is the world poor, or unjust? mronline.org Social media has been ablaze with this question recently. We know we face a crisis of mass poverty: the global economy is organized in such a way that nearly 60% of humanity is left unable to meet basic needs. But the question at stake this time is different.

Joe Piette (2021-02-27). Mental health effects of COVID lockdown in prison: Interview from inside SCI Albion. workers.org This telephone interview with Demitrius Grant, imprisoned at SCI Albion near Erie, Pa., was conducted by Joe Piette for Workers World newspaper on Feb. 16. Demetrius Grant: We're going to be covering the issue of COVID-19 today, as to how it impacts prisoners' mental health. About a week ago, a . . . |

Michael Kowalchuk (2021-02-27). Sojourner Truth's Massachusetts days. liberationnews.org Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in New York as "Isabella Baumfree" in 1797, was one of the most important abolitionists and feminists of the nineteenth century.

Eds. (2021-02-27). FBI, NYPD exposed: Deathbed confession shines new light on assassination of Malcolm X. mronline.org Without any training, Wood's job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations and encourage leaders and members to commit felonious acts. He was also tasked with ensuring that Malcolm X's security detail was arrested days prior to the assassination, guaranteeing Malcolm X didn't have door security while at the Audubon Ballroom.

John Catalinotto (2021-02-27). 'Rubin never lost a case' — Rubin Kanowitz, 1931-2021. workers.org Some younger Workers World Party members met Rubin Kanowitz for the first time when he was a communist elder, still confronting cops on recent demonstrations chanting, "Black Lives Matter." Older ones knew him from when he first joined the party in 1965. All grieved as they learned he died this . . . |

Eds. (2021-02-27). We have to change our suicidal ways and reconcile with nature to tackle climate crises and pandemics. mronline.org Every day, entrepreneurs in Brazil cut down more of the Amazon to produce cheap soybeans for animals in Europe and America. Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia tear up their forests to produce cheap coffee and palm oil for the world.

Shabbir Manjee (2021-02-27). Chicago City Council passes unanimous resolution to end the blockade on Cuba. liberationnews.org All 50 aldermen voted to oppose the blockade, adding that normalizing relations can benefit the economic conditions of both Cubans and Chicagoans.

Reem Zubaidi (2021-02-27). Exposing Israel's vaccine apartheid in West Bank & Gaza. liberationnews.org Five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza are excluded from vaccine rollouts while Israeli citizens, even those living in illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories, are prioritized.

RT (2021-02-27). 'Safely recovered': Lady Gaga's stolen bulldogs brought to LA police after pop star offers $500k reward with no strings attached. rt.com Two French bulldogs have been safely returned to pop star Lady Gaga after robbers stole the animals at gunpoint from her dog walker, who was shot in the struggle, according to LA police. | The pups were brought to an LAPD station north of downtown on Friday evening by a woman believed to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the theft and shooting earlier this week, police captain Jonathan Tippett Both of Lady Gaga's dogs have been…

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise of Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

RT (2021-02-27). Boston halts advanced school program over 'equity' concerns after study finds it has too many 'white and Asian' students. rt.com Public schools in Boston, Massachusetts are suspending new enrollment in an advanced study program citing concerns over "inequities" that supposedly emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to be more "anti-racist." | Fourth-graders hoping to get into the Advanced Work Classes (AWC) program are out of luck, after Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius called for a one-year hiatus for the program this week. The district's

RT (2021-02-27). NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise for Facebook 'Groups' feature in tech giant's blog post. rt.com New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook's corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant. | A

MEE and agencies (2021-02-27). Tunisia's Ennahda holds large street protest, fuelling government crisis. middleeasteye.net Tunisia's Ennahda holds large street protest, fuelling government crisis | The protest is seen as an attempt to mobilise popular backing against President Kais Saied | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 12: 15 | Supporters of Tunisia's biggest political party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda, march during a rally in opposition to President Kais Saied in Tunis on 27 February (Reuters) | Tunisia's biggest poli…

Areeb Ullah (2021-02-27). Khashoggi murder: Oxfam calls on Britain to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Khashoggi murder: Oxfam calls on Britain to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia | Demand follows release of report in which CIA determines that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind murder of Jamal Khashoggi | Sat, 02/27/2021 – 13: 49 | Britain is the second-largest seller of weapons to Saudi Arabia (AFP) | The release of a CIA report blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering th…

Norman Solomon (2021-02-27). Republican Hypocrisy Is No Reason to Support Neera Tanden. indybay.org Enablers of corporate Democrats are dangerous…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-27). $15 wage dropped from COVID relief plan in US Senate, progressives vow to continue fight. peoplesdispatch.org The Democratic Party's move to insert the USD 15 per hour wage was judged by the Senate rules arbiter to not be in line with the rules. In the meanwhile pressure is on Democratic Party legislators and leadership to ensure that the wage bill is passed…

Lars Schall (2021-02-27). Defining the Modern Monetary Theory. realprogressives.org [ The US-economist Warren Mosler belongs to the protagonists of the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). What MMT means? In the following exclusive interview he gives an answer to this as well as to the Fed's quantative easing, how money comes actually into existence, and the crisis of the euro. | By Lars Schall | Warren Mosler, who earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1971, is afinancier, hedge fund manager and maker of some of…

Kuniaki Takahashi, David van Klaveren, Ewout W Steyerberg, Yoshinobu Onuma, Patrick W Serruys (2021-02-27). [Correspondence] Concerns with the new SYNTAX score — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We welcome the comments by Nick Freemantle and Domenico Pagano in response to our publication on the redevelopment and external valida ≠tion of the SYNTAX score II 2020 (SS II 2020) for individualised decision making in patients with de-novo three-vessel or left main coronary artery disease, or both.1…

Andrea Sandor (2021-02-27). Why planning is political. zcomm.org Andrea Sandor explores how community-led developments are putting democracy at the heart of the planning process…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-02-27). Former Ofsted chief calls on teachers to 'sacrifice their lives', but the teachers are having none of it. thecanary.co During an Wilshaw told Emily Maitlis: You have to compare this with the medical emergency over the last year and the commitment on the part of medical professionals, and nurses, and doctors. They've gone the extra mile at great cost to themselves, and their families, their…

Staff (2021-02-26). Biden's team won't end the forever wars. therealnews.com From Afghanistan to Niger, the "new normal" of American warfare shows no signs of changing course under President Biden and his hawkish national security team. In this episode of "The Marc Steiner Show," combat veteran and writer Danny Sjursen issues a dire warning about American military policy. Tune in for new episodes of The Marc Steiner …

Ted Kelly (2021-02-26). Biden sends B-1 bombers to Norway, threatens Russia. workers.org The U.S. Air Force announced during February that it is sending four B-1 bombers and at least 200 personnel to Orland Air Base on the central coast of Norway. Pentagon officials made no secret of the fact that the deployment is meant as a threat to Russia, which is well . . . |

Michael T. Klare (2021-02-26). Biden, Climate Change, and China: A New Cold War equals A Scalding Planet. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Slowing the pace of climate change and getting "tough" on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its …

John Bachtell (2021-02-26). Haaland on track to make history as first Native American cabinet secretary. peoplesworld.org "This is all of our country, this is our mother. You've heard the Earth referred to as Mother Earth. It's difficult to not feel obligated to protect this land, and I feel that every Indigenous person in this country understands that," said Rep. Deb Haaland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be Secretary of Interior. "It's …

Andrew Levine (2021-02-26). "America is Back": Make the Best of It. counterpunch.org America is back; Joe Biden says so. Therefore, it must be true. He seems as pleased as can be about it too. So is the entire political class, except for the miscreants wedded to Donald Trump or to rightwing views, distinguished mainly by their vileness and stupidity. There are alarmingly many Americans who hold those

Brian Tashman (2021-02-26). The Time Is Now: Congress Must Pass Citizenship Legislation. aclu.org Congress and President Biden have a mandate from the American people to fix our broken immigration system: It's time to pass legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship and legal residency for the millions of people in this country who are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and loved ones — yet are denied the ability to live freely as citizens and legal residents. The American people soundly rejected the hateful and divisive anti-immigrant policies pursued by the Trump administration. Now it's imperative for Biden and Congress to seize on this momentum to finally get citizenship legislation done.

WSWS (2021-02-26). Amanda Gorman at the Biden inauguration: "O sing, sweet lucre," or, The poet wore Prada. wsws.org Gorman rose from almost total obscurity to the cover of Time magazine in the space of a single month.

Cesar Chelala (2021-02-26). The Guantánamo Nightmare Has to End. counterpunch.org President Joe Biden's avowed intention to close the Guantánamo prison offers hope to end an embarrassing episode in the most recent history of the United States. The abuses committed at Guantánamo have been criticized by many countries around the globe and condemned by all leading human rights organizations. The Constitution Project, a Washington-based non-partisan research

_____ (2021-02-26). Biden's CIA Nominee Identifies China As Top 'Adversary'. popularresistance.org William Burns, Biden's pick for CIA chief, had tough words for China during his Senate confirmation hearing and identified countering Beijing as a top priority. | "Adversarial, predatory Chinese leadership poses our biggest geopolitical test," Burns told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday. He described China as "a formidable, authoritarian adversary." | "Out-competing China will be key to our national security in the days ahead," Burns said. For the CIA, he said this means "intensified focus and urgency, continually strengthening its already impressive cadre of China specialists, expanding its languag…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-26). Another Step Back for Biden: Attack on Syria Draws Establishment Cheers. mintpressnews.com "This is basically the polar opposite of getting back in the peace agreement, which was what [Biden] promised to do." — Political commentator Kyle Kulinski…

Juan Cole (2021-02-26). Why the US needs to get out of Syria: Biden orders Bombing that kills 17 in Proxy dance with Iran. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Al-Quds al-`Arabi [Arab Jerusalem]' reports that at least seventeen fighters were killed in U.S. air strikes on Thursday night on small bases on the Syrian border with Iraq. The bases south of Al-Bu-Kamal belong to the Brigades of the Party of God [Kataeb Hezbollah] and the Brigades of the Prince …

Diane Ravitch (2021-02-26). Twenty Years of Failing the Schools. progressive.org To fix education, Biden must not only undo Trump's legacy but reverse two decades of | a disastrous 'reform' movement.

Roger D. Harris (2021-02-26). "America is Back": Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy. dissidentvoice.org US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, "American is back," in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum. No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush's former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 …

Roger D. Harris (2021-02-26). Joe Biden Tells the World "America Is Back" — Not That It Ever Really Went Anywhere. mintpressnews.com Biden's "shifting global dynamics" are what Obama's Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel referred to as "challenging the world order that American leadership helped build after World War II." In other words, the world's sole superpower is averse to an emerging multipolar world.

Fight Back (2021-02-26). FRSO condemns Biden's military strike on Syria. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns in the strongest possible terms the February 25 attack launched by the Biden administration on Syria. There is nothing that can justify this cowardly move and it will be opposed by all who stand for peace with justice. | President Biden has been telling the world "America is back." We can now see exactly what he means. The empire of the dollar wants to control the land, labor and resources of others, and is more than willing to use military means to do so. | The cold reality is that the U.S. is the aggressor in the Middle East, and Washington is trampling on the right…

WSWS (2021-02-26). Biden choice for CIA director gets bipartisan support. wsws.org William J. Burns is a veteran of decades of skullduggery for American imperialism, in the course of a three-decade career at the State Department.

Roger Harris (2021-02-26). Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy: Return to the Old Normal? counterpunch.org US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, "American is back," in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum. No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush's former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 odd Republican national security officials, who wrote an open letter endorsing Biden out of fear that Trump would upset the bipartisan foreign policy consensus of regime change, forever wars, and the NATO alliance. Republican neo-cons now shelter in the Democrat's big…

Workers World Party (2021-02-26). Tell Biden: Stop bombing Syria! workers.org It has taken only 36 days in office for the Biden administration to show the world, through a bombing attack on Syria, that it is belligerent, aggressive and hell-bent on war. There was only a short respite from Trump's vile words and actions. Now we have to face Biden's vile . . . |

_____ (2021-02-26). 'America Is Back' — Joe Biden's US Foreign Policy. popularresistance.org US President Biden bellicosely proclaimed, "American is back," in his major foreign policy priorities speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19. Repeated twice for effect, Biden signaled the end of the Trump interregnum. | No more assuring words could have been uttered for George W. Bush's former Defense Secretary Colin Powell and the 70 odd Republican national security officials, who wrote an open letter endorsing Biden out of fear that Trump would upset the bipartisan foreign policy consensus of regime change, forever wars, and the NATO alliance. Republican neo-cons now shelter in the Democrat's b…

_____ (2021-02-26). What Future For Farmworker Families In The United States? popularresistance.org Oakland, CA — As the Biden administration begins dismantling Trump's anti-immigrant legacy and contemplates reforms to US immigration policy, it will have to take the crucial decision of whether to continue or terminate the H-2A "guest worker" program. | A new report by the Oakland Institute, Dignity or Exploitation — What Future for Farmworker Families in the United States?, documents the systematic abuse of workers in the H-2A program and its impact on the resident farmworker communities, confronted with a race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.

C.J. Atkins (2021-02-26). Mismatch: Biden bombs Syria while pushing progressive economic bill at home. peoplesworld.org An old dichotomy that's haunted many Democratic administrations—pushing ostensibly progressive economic and social policies at home in the U.S. while pursuing imperialist aims abroad—has returned. In airstrikes characterized as "retaliatory action," the U.S. military on Feb. 25 bombed buildings in Syria near the Iraq border that were reportedly being used by Islamist militia groups for …

Site Administrator (2021-02-26). Path to Citizenship in New Democratic Immigration Bill. laprensalatina.com WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats proposed a major immigration overhaul on Thursday, February 18, that would offer an eight-year pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation reflects the broad priorities for immigration changes that Biden laid out on his first day in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden asked not to repeat Trump's immigrant minors policy. laprensalatina.com Homestead, United States, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- With signs of frustration and disgust, activist groups asked President Joe Biden's government Thursday not to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump, and reject reopening the Homestead detention center for undocumented minors in southeast Florida. In front of the city's municipality headquarters, activists acknowledged their disbelief in repeating …

WSWS (2021-02-26). Ukrainian government sanctions pro-Russian oligarch and opposition leader. wsws.org The move comes amidst a deep crisis of the Zelensky government and was fully backed by the Biden administration in Washington.

Online News Editor (2021-02-26). Biden: US has administered 50 mn anti-Covid vaccine doses. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 25 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Thursday hailed the fact that the US has now administered 50 million doses of the vaccines against Covid-19, an achievement he said was an enormous milestone in defeating the virus. "In five weeks, America's administered the most shots of any country in the world, with among the …

teleSUR (2021-02-26). US: House Set to Pass $2 Trillion Aid Bill Without $15 Min Wage. telesurenglish.net Marred by the news that a popular $15 minimum wage hike will be left out of the audacious bill, the measure will send a new round of economic aid to households, small businesses, state and local governments suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 500,000 and left tens of millions unemployed in the United States. | While Republicans oppose the bill's cost and have offered Biden a slimmed-down alternative, the White House and many economists insist a large package is needed to pay for vaccines and other medical supplies to confront a pandemic that has upended most aspects of life in the…

RT (2021-02-26). Syria condemns 'cowardly aggression' by US as Biden says he wanted to send Iran message about 'impunity'. rt.com The Syrian government has denounced a US airstrike on its border with Iraq as an act of aggression contrary to international law, as President Joe Biden told reporters he ordered the strike as a warning to Iran. | "The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the US aggression against its sovereignty," the Foreign Ministry in Damascus Also on rt.c…

RT (2021-02-26). FBI looking into potential POLITICAL MOTIVE behind violent dognapping of Lady Gaga's bulldogs — reports. rt.com The FBI is reportedly probing potential political motives behind the recent dognapping of Lady Gaga's French bulldogs. Two of her three bulldogs were snatched during an armed robbery, while her dog walker was shot. | The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has deployed a team specializing in kidnappings and ransom cases to assist the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with the case, the Sun reported. The investigators, among other things, are looking into potential political motives behind the incident. | "Lady Gaga is high profile, of course, but she sang at President Biden's inauguration, which takes thi…

Heather Digby Parton (2021-02-26). Debunked: Republicans are not beholden to GOP voters. salon.com The Biden administration's Covid relief plan is backed by wide majorities of Americans — including Trump voters…

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Lavrov: Russia Has Information that US Plans to Stay in Syria Forever, Destroy the Country. sputniknews.com During its first month in office, the Biden administration did not reverse its predecessor's policy of keeping troops deployed in northeastern Syria to "keep the oil." On Thursday, the White House approved airstrikes against the bases of Baghdad-allied militia groups in eastern Syria following a spate of attacks on US and coalition forces in Iraq.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Iran's Zarif Uses State Department's Own Rhetoric to Shred Biden's 'Stop Enrichment First' Stance. sputniknews.com Tehran's hopes that the new administration in Washington would live up to Joe Biden's campaign pledge to get the US back into the nuclear deal have slowly soured over the past month. The White House now says its return to the deal hinges on Iran scaling back uranium enrichment activities. Tehran says no deal unless US sanctions are scrapped first.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Moscow Condemns US Airstrikes on Syria, Demands Respect for Arab Republic's Sovereignty. sputniknews.com On Thursday night, the Pentagon confirmed reports that it had carried out strikes against "Iran-backed" militia assets in eastern Syria, and claimed that the strikes were conducted in response to recent attacks on US forces in Iraq. President Joe Biden is said to have personally ordered the strikes.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Netizens Spotlight Psaki's Old 'Sovereign Country' Tweet After US Airstrikes in Syria. sputniknews.com Earlier in the day, the Pentagon confirmed that the United States had carried out airstrikes targeting "Iranian-backed" militia assets on Syrian territory, on the order of President Joe Biden, asserting that the purpose of the strikes was to "de-escalate" the situation in Eastern Syria and Iraq.

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Biden to Provide Congress Classified Briefing on Syria Strikes Early Next Week, Reports Suggest. sputniknews.com The US carried out an airstrike against Iran-backed militias in Syria on Thursday, marking the first military action taken by the US President Joe Biden's administration thus far. According to the Pentagon, the strike destroyed "multiple facilities."

Fight Back (2021-02-26). No More Endless War! Hands Off Syria! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following February 25 statement from the Twin Cites based Anti-War Committee. | On February 25, the Biden administration launched a bombing strike in Syria. The Anti-War Committee denounces this blatant violation of Syrian sovereignty, as well as the escalation against Iran it represents, with U.S. officials claiming the target was an Iraqi militia they called "Iran-backed". With this airstrike, Biden is continuing Trump's aggressive foreign policy against Syria and Iran, now cloaked in tones of supposed reasonability. | The Pentagon claimed that bombing Syria "aims to d…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-02-26). Biden's Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised. commondreams.org Biden must recognize that the best way to protect U.S. personnel in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the region is to take them out of the Middle East. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/syria_biden.jpg

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-02-26). Noting 'Most Americans Do Not Give a Sh*t' What Parliamentarian Says, Campaigners Urge Biden-Harris to Fight for $15. commondreams.org "Why is President Joe Biden fighting harder for Neera Tanden's nomination than for the tens of millions of Americans who desperately need a raise?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12294691692.jpg

José Antonio Ocampo, Joseph Stiglitz (2021-02-26). 'Global Minimum Tax on Multinationals': An Open Letter to Joe Biden on International Corporate Taxation. commondreams.org For too long, international institutions have failed to address one of the most toxic aspects of globalization: tax avoidance and evasion by multinational corporations. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/biden-letter-48-groups-revolving-door.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-26). Sanders Warns Biden Attack on Syria Puts US on 'Path of Continuing the Forever War Instead of Ending It'. commondreams.org "Our Constitution is clear that it is Congress, not the president, who has the authority to declare war," the senator asserted. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_25.jpg

commondreams (2021-02-26). Hundreds of Prominent US Civil Society Organizations Call on Pres. Biden to Stop Blocking COVID-19 WTO Waiver to Boost Vaccines, Treatments Worldwide. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-02-26). 'Blood on Our Hands': 400+ Groups Call on Biden to Support Making Vaccine Recipes Available to the World. commondreams.org "This should be a no-brainer. President Biden must grant the [WTO] waiver so that millions around the world can develop the vaccine and save lives." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/covid_south_africa2.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-26). 150K+ Voters Back $15 Minimum Wage as Biden and Harris Pushed to #Keep15In Pandemic Relief Bill. commondreams.org "Decency is Democrats using the political power they've been handed to finally deliver for the hardworking people of this country." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bh.jpg

Sasha Abramsky (2021-02-26). Why Xavier Becerra Is a Smart Pick to Run HHS. thenation.com Why Xavier Becerra Is a Smart Pick to Run HHS…

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (2021-02-26). Now That Biden Is President… It's Still Time to Abolish ICE. thenation.com Now That Biden Is President… It's Still Time to Abolish ICE…

Azad Essa (2021-02-26). US lawmakers question legality of Biden's air strikes in Syria. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers question legality of Biden's air strikes in Syria | Prominent Democratic lawmakers seek justification from Biden administration over US air strikes, with some complaining of overreach | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 16: 17 | "> | US lawmakers have asked the administration of President Joe Biden to provide legal justification for its decision to launch air strikes on military targe…

MEE staff (2021-02-26). Biden launches deadly air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria. middleeasteye.net Biden launches deadly air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria | At least 17 pro-Iran fighters reported dead in strikes made in response to rocket attacks against US-led coalition forces in Iraq | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 02: 10 | Biden had vowed to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, but the two countries remain at a diplomatic impasse (AFP/File photo) | Deadly US air raids targeted the positions of Iran-backe…

MEE staff (2021-02-26). US launches air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria. middleeasteye.net US launches air strikes against Iran-backed groups in Syria | Pentagon says raids were authorised by President Biden in response to rocket attacks against US-led coalition forces in Iraq | Fri, 02/26/2021 – 02: 10 | President Biden had vowed to revive the nuclear deal with Iran, but the two countries remain at a diplomatic impasse (AFP/File photo) | US air raids targeted the positions of Iran-backed armed grou…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-02-26). Lawmakers Say Biden Admin Must Present Congress Legal Justification for Bombing of Syria. commondreams.org Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said that "retaliatory strikes, not necessary to prevent an imminent threat, must fall within the definition of an existing congressional authorization of military force." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/kaine-muprhy-retaliatory-syriastrikes.jpg

Andrew Korybko (2021-02-26). Biden's Latest Strike on Syria. The S-300 No-Show. The Russia-Israel De Facto Alliance? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Alt-Media Community is suspiciously silent about the S-300s' no-show following …

sputniknews (2021-02-26). Is Biden's Khashoggi Report an Attempt to 'Blackmail' Crown Prince Into Accepting Iran Nuclear Deal? sputniknews.com US President Joe Biden has been increasing the pressure on the Saudi kingdom and its royal family over human rights issues and the death of Jamal Khashoggi. On the 2020 campaign trail, Biden vowed to make Riyadh a "pariah" unless they changed their policies. Middle East experts discuss Washington's new strategy toward the kingdom.