Progressives Say 'Do What the People Want and Tax the Rich' to Pay for Infrastructure

Progressives Say 'Do What the People Want and Tax the Rich' to Pay for Infrastructure Jessica Corbett, staff writer jessica Jun 21, 2021 "It is obvious that if we're going to address the needs of working families in this country, we need revenue," says Sen. Bernie Sanders, "and one way that we get that revenue is by demanding that
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Cameroon: UN Agency Says Cameroon Home to Half a Million Refugees

[VOA] Yaoundé -- Marking World Refugee Day, June 20, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the UNHCR, is calling on host communities to show more sympathy and love for those fleeing crises in their home country and who are now threatened by COVID-19. The UNHCR says Cameroon is home to close to half a million refugees, mostly from Nigeria and the
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I Visited a Chinese Lab at the Center of a Biosafety Debate. What I Learned Helps Explain the Clash Over Covid-19’s Origins.

Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images I was living in Shanghai when a new avian flu virus emerged there in 2013. The outbreak started in February, shortly after the Lunar New Year, when an 87-year-old man and his two sons showed up at a local hospital with a fever and other symptoms. By early March, the elderly man was dead, leading an
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India's Vaccine Makers Are Pandemic Profiteers, Not Humanitarians

The Prince of Profit Photo: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg via Getty Images Westward Expansion The TRIPS waiver might become yet another humanitarian response to India’s viral surge that enriches Poonawalla. Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP via Getty Images Immunity for Sale Do you have a coronavirus story you want to share? Email us at or use one of these secure methods to contact a reporter. By distributing vaccines through the
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The Mink Shall Inherit the Earth: Animals Given Russian Covid Vax Pass Immunity on to Offspring

The fate of millions of European mink became a matter of global attention last year after Denmark gassed its entire population of 15-17 million of the furry animal over coronavirus fears. The story gained further attention after authorities had to exhume the animals’ carcasses and incinerate them due to concerns about environmental pollution.
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Liberia: 'WFP is Above General Auditing Commission Audit' - Auditor General Discloses in Us$25m Stimulus Package Saga

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- The World Food Programme is at the center stage of the controversy surrounding the accountability of the US$25 million received for the distribution of food stuffs and other items to compensate for the lockdown triggered by the covid-19. Unfortunately, the General Auditing Commission says it does not have the mandate to audit the UN body.
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The Flying Pangolin, by Andreas Canetti

This paper has not been written by a microbiologist or virologist but by a scholar with a background in security politics, military strategy, and history in an attempt to understand the present crisis, which demands knowledge in several disciplines. We know that the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with its disease COVID-19 is very contagious. Many people...
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Iran's presidential election has serious implications for the international community

The Islamic Republic of Iran will hold its 13th presidential election tomorrow, Friday, amid an economic crisis compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. While the Western media and think tanks have already decided that the result is a foregone conclusion, the inescapable fact is that such elections are unpredictable. This was most evident in 1997, when reformists were brought to power,
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Iraq PM calls on Sunni, Shia tribes in Salahadin to support state rule

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi yesterday called on Sunni and Shia tribes in Salahadin Governorate, to support the state authority and help preserve peace in society, Anadolu news agency reported. This came in a statement issued by Al-Kadhimi's office, on the sidelines of his visit to the province and meeting with tribal dignitaries in the city of Samarra where Shia and Sunni
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Saudi Arabia: “It’s high time to free Raif Badawi”

NewsOn the nine-year anniversary of blogger Raif Badawi’s imprisonment, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Saudi authorities to release him without further delay and to lift the ban on leaving Saudi Arabia to which he was also sentenced. Badawi has completed nine of the 10 years in prison he was sentenced to for “insulting Islam.”
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The Forum on Information and Democracy calls for a New Deal for Journalism

NewsAs the Covid-19 pandemic undermines journalism at a growing pace, the Forum on Information and Democracy is publishing its recommendations under the title A New Deal for Journalism. The report presents a plan to guarantee up to 0.1% of GDP a year into journalism to safeguard its social function for the future.
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Big Brother Watch signs open letter to MPs to protect end-to-end encryption

68 million of your constituents are at risk of losing the most important tool to keep them safe and protected from cyber-criminals and hostile governments. End-to-end encryption means that your constituents’ family photographs, messages to friends and family, fi nancial information, and the commercially sensitive data of businesses up and down the country, can all be kept safe from harm’s way. It also keeps
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#114: Zambia Hakainde Hichilema - 'We've never seen such levels of corruption'

On 12 August, Zambians go to the polls to vote in their next president. Zambia’s ruling party, the Patriotic Front, confirmed Edgar Lungu in April as its candidate in this year's polls. With electoral campaigns now open since 21 May, 19 candidates have so far presented themselves as contenders against Lungu. But one man in particular is looking to take over from the
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On Climate and Covid-19 Emergencies, G7 Judged a 'Colossal Failure' for All the World to See

On Climate and Covid-19 Emergencies, G7 Judged a 'Colossal Failure' for All the World to See Jon Queally, staff writer jon Jun 13, 2021 "Never in the history of the G7 has there been a bigger gap between their actions and the needs of the world. In the face of these challenges the G7 have chosen to cook the
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Turkey lowers coronavirus vaccine eligibility age to 40

Turkey has lowered the vaccine eligibility age to 40, the Turkish health minister announced on Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency. "If you are 40 or older, you can make an appointment as of this morning. We expect 100% participation," Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter. Turkey administered over 33.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in
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Two thirds of eligible people in Dubai fully vaccinated against COVID-19

About two-thirds of people eligible for inoculation against COVID-19 have now received two doses of the vaccine in Dubai, the tourist and business hub of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said, reports Reuters. Dubai is the most populous of the seven emirates that make up the UAE and has one of the world's busiest airports. For six
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Saudi Arabia bars foreign travellers from Hajj over COVID-19

Saudi Arabia has restricted the annual Hajj pilgrimage to its own citizens and residents for the second year running in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday, reports Reuters. Only people aged between 18 and 65 who have been vaccinated or immunised against the virus, and are free of chronic diseases, will be
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2021 Journalism Awards: A China Reportage Reading List

The 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Public Service Winner: The New York Times January 6, 2020 – China Grapples With Mystery Pneumonia-Like Illness By Sui-Lee Wee and Vivian Wang February 1, 2020 – As New Coronavirus Spread, China’s Old Habits Delayed Fight By Chris Buckley and Steven Lee Myers February 2, 2020 – Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say By Donald G. McNeil Jr. June 26,
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Herd Immunity Is Not a Magical Percentage

“People misunderstand the concept as a target which, once attained, will permit full return to normal. That’s not the way it works.” “If we’re going to talk about why are we having such a difficult time getting to a higher percentage of people vaccinated in the United States, we should at least talk about what happened last year.”
| Apocalypse Soon, Covid-19, Coronavirus |

We Regret to Inform You That Workers Are Not Suddenly Winning

How do you like the Great American Labor Shortage so far? Wages are rising faster than they have in nearly 40 years, reports Business Insider, excluding a freakish momentary spike last year when Covid-19 lockdowns began. The number of job openings (9.3 million) and the number of people quitting their jobs (4 million, or 2.7 percent) are higher than we’ve seen in 20 years.
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What does the historic G7 tax deal mean for the likes of Amazon, Google and Facebook?

The reforms, if finalized, would affect the world’s largest companies with profit margins of at least 10% Tech giants Amazon, Facebook, and Google welcomed the historic agreement If it works, then billions of dollars may flow to governments to pay off debts built up during the Covid crisis How would the tax deal work? How Europe should regulate Big Tech, according to experts What’s Amazon,
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'Shameful Failure': Biden's OSHA Excludes Most Workers From Covid Protections

'Shameful Failure': Biden's OSHA Excludes Most Workers From Covid Protections Julia Conley, staff writer julia Jun 10, 2021 "We've learned over decades that employers, especially in low wage industries, rarely choose to prioritize their workers' safety; we need government to mandate actions that safeguard lives and well-being," said Oxfam America.
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In 'Shameful Failure of Leadership,' Biden Labor Dept Leaves Most Workers Out of Covid Safety Rule

In 'Shameful Failure of Leadership,' Biden Labor Dept Leaves Most Workers Out of Covid Safety Rule Julia Conley, staff writer julia Jun 10, 2021 "We've learned over decades that employers, especially in low wage industries, rarely choose to prioritize their workers' safety; we need government to mandate actions that safeguard lives and well-being," said Oxfam America.
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Russia FM warns US over supporting separatists in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday warned the United States over backing Syrian separatists, saying it "may end badly". Speaking at the Primakov Readings International Forum, Lavrov said: "We stress every time the illegality and illegitimacy of the American presence on Syrian territory, especially since this presence is accompanied by the looting of the natural resources of the Syrian Arab
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'Shame It's Taken So Long': Health Advocates Welcome Formal WTO Talks to Suspend Covid Vaccine Patents

'Shame It's Taken So Long': Health Advocates Welcome Formal WTO Talks to Suspend Covid Vaccine Patents Kenny Stancil, staff writer kenny Jun 9, 2021 "Countless numbers of people have needlessly died while waiting for a breakthrough in these discussions," said one campaigner. "Governments must now clear away these artificial barriers to vaccine production and end this deadly pandemic."
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New Statesman emissions tracker: the G7's decarbonisation deficit

G7 Nations have produced the greatest share of historic emissions Global CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels, G7 vs rest of the world Global Carbon Project The impact of Covid is likely to be inconsequential for global emissions Climate Action Tracker May 2021 emissions assessments, gigatonnes of CO2 per year Climate Action Tracker G7 governments have invested heavily in fossil fuels post-Covid Post-Covid spending commitments
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Italy summons UAE ambassador after flight re-routed

Italy's Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday summoned the UAE Ambassador to Rome, Omar Al-Shamsi, following Abu Dhabi's recent refusal to allow an Italian Air Force plane to access Emirati airspace. In an official statement, the ministry said that it had summoned the UAE ambassador to express its "surprise and great disappointment," following what it described as an "unexpected gesture that
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Over 16 million women examined under Egyptian health initiative, says minister

Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed announced that a total of 16,178,994 women have received medical services as part of the “100 Million Healthy Lives” presidential initiative to provide healthcare for Egyptian women, since its launch on July 2019. The training involves doctors, nurses, awareness teams in health units, advanced examination physicians, radiologists, pathologists, and technicians in hospitals and oncology centers. The ministry
| Health & Fitness, 100 million healthy lives”, breast cancer |

In Lebanon, a search for medicine and a stranger’s help

In this bleak landscape, Massoud found in Waked’s gesture a bright spot. ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve seen amazing interaction and a lot of good deeds that keep us from working on migrating elsewhere, as we’re still trying to fix whatever remains of our wounded roots,” said Hala Dahrouge, founder of LibanTroc, which has evolved into a nongovernmental organization facilitating different kinds of assistance and
| Middle East, coronavirus, disease |

RightsCon checklist: 15 ways to save the internet and protect democracy

Get the whole population online, especially the most marginalized  Protect encryption rather than undermine it Legislate enforceable and robust data protection laws Make multi-stakeholderism real by consulting with digital civil society Join the Freedom Online Coalition Be consistent at home and abroad on digital rights practices and policy Ban facial recognition and all biometric surveillance in publicly accessible spaces Ensure content regulation by states and moderation by
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Students’ Unions Are Demanding a Covid-19 Discount. They Should Be Demanding Much More

Since Labour introduced tuition fees in 1998, and particularly since the coalition government uncapped them in 2010, universities have relied heavily on student fees for funding, and so treated students increasingly as customers. Starved of government support, universities’ priority is to get as many students through the door as possible, often with little regard for the impact on teaching, research
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Critics Decry 'Preventable Mass Death' in Africa as Rich Nations 'Just Sit Back and Watch'

Critics Decry 'Preventable Mass Death' in Africa as Rich Nations 'Just Sit Back and Watch' Julia Conley, staff writer julia Jun 8, 2021 "Our priority is clear," said a top WHO official. "it's crucial that we swiftly get vaccines into the arms of Africans at high risk of falling seriously ill and dying of Covid-19."
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EgyptAir reveals conditions for traveling to Europe amid COVID-19

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of EgyptAir Airlines Amr Nabil announced Monday travel rules for Egyptians abroad, especially to the European Union. During a phone interview with host Lamis al-Hadidi on her show Kalema Akhera (Last word), Nabil said that the EU forbids visits except for special cases to some European countries like France such as emergenicies, studies or
| Egypt, Main Slider, coronavirus |

Visions of press freedom obscured, LGBTQI+ rights falter, an icon tells her story

WPFD sentiment blurred by killings and abduction Ironies of Africa’s #IDAHOBIT The price of oil: Arbitrary arrest of Ugandan HRD Leaders in press freedom backsliding In Brief New and Noteworthy The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa launched their #NumbersAsFaces – a creative campaign which goes beyond the #COVID19 statistics and offers a collection of lived experiences of Southern Africans coping with the pandemic. The stories
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The optics of the Biden presidency

After Joe Biden won the presidency, his long history in the spotlight, and a demeanor that starkly opposes his predecessor, raised many questions about what types of visuals his presidency would produce. Would Biden be hampered by years of gaffes and quirky photo-ops? To what extent would health precautions under Covid-19 limit his visual impact? […]
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Who Will Read Niall Ferguson’s Doom?

In November 2006, Niall Ferguson traveled to the Bahamas. Then a professor of history at Harvard, he had been invited to address Morgan Stanley’s swank annual gathering for investors in Lyford Cay, a 1,000-acre gated community (and tax shelter) of 450 homes in the British Colonial style. Ferguson implored his audience to consider the possibility that boundless liquidity might not last forever. The crowd
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Uganda: First Person - Raising a Glass to 'Mama Cheers'

[UN News] A Ugandan woman entrepreneur who was left with just a wheelbarrow and a red dress, when a business partner ran off with all her money has been recognized with an award by the UN trade agency (UNCTAD) after she grew her company into a nationwide enterprise with five million customers.
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Why was there such Resistance to the (correct) theory of Aerosol Transmission of Covid-19?

“People release respiratory fluids during exhalation (e.g., quiet breathing, speaking, singing, exercise, coughing, sneezing) in the form of droplets across a spectrum of sizes.1-9 These droplets carry virus and transmit infection. The largest droplets settle out of the air rapidly, within seconds to minutes. The smallest very fine droplets, and aerosol particles formed when these fine droplets rapidly dry, are
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Covid-19 Vaccines: Fast Track to Health or Wealth?, by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Mu’min Muhammad

So why would Fauci and Gates push vaccines so hard and completely dismiss other therapies or treatments for COVID-19? Just recently it has been revealed, from emails acquired through Freedom of Information requests, that Fauci and Gates have had extensive communications. But even before those revelations, Minister Farrakhan addressed them directly in “The Criterion”. He...
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Security cooperation agreement signed by Turkey and Palestinian Authority enters into force

Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak reported that Ankara has taken the first step to re-implement the Libyan model with the Palestinians regarding a security cooperation agreement signed by Turkey and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that recently entered into force. In a report translated by Arabi21, the newspaper pointed out that Turkey, which expressed strong opinions regarding the recent Israeli aggression on
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So Fauci Was WRONG About WuFlu—and About Trump’s China Travel Ban, and AIDS. WHY?, by Lance Welton

Earlier: So The Ruling Class Was WRONG WRONG WRONG About Covid-19. What Else Are They Wrong About? I wrote recently about the extraordinary collapse of the elite-enforced Narrative that Covid-19 could not possibly have originated in a Chinese laboratory. I pointed out that this had been preceded by the apparently less-mentionable Narrative Collapse on the...
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Covid patients in Jordan left suffering PTSD

Jordanian COVID-19 survivor Abdullah Bashiti still suffers disturbing flashbacks from his time in intensive care. One of the most vivid is a vision of his doctors holding their hands in prayer as he regained consciousness after a sudden critical oxygen lapse. The 38-year-old father of four recalls the hallucinations and delirium – from images of doomsday to a nightmare of
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Turkey crossing 'best for aid to Syria,' says US envoy

The US ambassador to the UN has said that Turkey's Cilvegozu border crossing is the "best" option for international NGOs to get aid into Syria, TRT World has reported. Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke to journalists on Thursday following her visit to the World Food Programme distribution centre in the Reyhanli district of Turkey's southern Hatay province. The American diplomat said that
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Tunisia condemned for trying activist in military courts

The issuance of an arrest warrant against Tunisian blogger Salim Al-Jabali by the military prosecution after he criticised President Kais Saied has triggered a wave of condemnation among political parties and civil society activists, who categorically reject the referral of civilians to military courts. Bloggers have warned Saied of the possibility of facing lawsuits accusing him of abusing his powers
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Tunisia stresses importance of cooperating with France

Tunisian President Kais Saied stressed the importance of developing and diversifying relations between his country and France, and implementing joint projects and programmes, especially in relation to employment, youth rehabilitation, migration, sustainable development, health and scientific and technological research. This came during a meeting held by Saied at Carthage Palace yesterday with French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of
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Africa: U.S. to Share 5 Million Covid-19 Vaccines with Africa Via COVAX

[White House] As the United States continues our efforts to get every eligible American vaccinated and fight COVID-19 here at home, we also recognize that ending this pandemic means ending it everywhere. As long as this pandemic is raging anywhere in the world, the American people will still be vulnerable. And the United States is committed to bringing the same
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UK Covid tracker: the latest data by local authority as the Indian variant takes hold

*/ Covid severity by local authority Case rates among all age groups, and how this is changing Case rates among those aged 60+ Hospitalisation levels, and how these are changing Test positivity rates Vaccinations by local area Case rate trends by local authority */ Covid spread by local neighbourhood */ A note on the data */ Justin Paget / Getty Images RSS: Business Article : Link to external profile : 
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Top 4 best-rated stress relieving apps in the market

There are a number of stress-relieving apps on the market, and many of them aim to help ease anxiety and worries in a number of different ways Mental health apps come in all shapes including mindfulness meditation apps, symptom tracking apps, therapy apps, and more Plus points of using mental health apps: they are usually low cost, and they can be used
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