2021-01-26: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2021-01-26). In a new first, Israel’s intelligence minister visits Sudan to advance relations. middleeasteye.net In a new first, Israel’s intelligence minister visits Sudan to advance relations | Weeks after Khartoum signed a normalisation deal with Tel Aviv, Eli Cohen becomes the first ever Israeli minister to visit the African country | Tue, 01/26/2021 – 11: 35 | Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen (L) elbow-bumping Sudanese Defence Minister Yassin Ibrahim in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on 25 Janu…

sputniknews (2021-01-26). 72nd Republic Day: Police in India to Use Iron Hand in Dealing With Terrorists. sputniknews.com India is on high alert on the Tuesday, 26 January, eve of its 72nd Republic Day celebrations in different parts of the country. Security has been beefed up across the nation as intelligence sources warn of possible terror attacks.

Rubin R. (2021-01-26). Obstacles to Implementing AI Tools in Health Care. jamanetwork.com Artificial intelligence (AI) tools have shown promise in predicting patients’ health trajectories, recommending treatments, guiding surgical care, monitoring patients, and supporting efforts to improve the health of a community, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.

NOW & Black Women’s Blueprint (2021-01-26). Thursday 2/11: Unspoken Impact of Police Brutality Against BIWOC, TGNC & Latinx Communities. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

_____ (2021-01-25). How Biden’s First Executive Actions Fall Short. popularresistance.org On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a series of executive orders that fell short of addressing two major crises facing jobless, poor, immigrants and working people: the threat of a wave of mass evictions and the threats of family separation by an emboldened rogue ICE agency. Simply put: Biden’s first executive orders did not cancel the rent debt and only delivered a partial moratorium on deportations. | As the President settles in his new home, everyday people are wondering if they’ll avoid being kicked out of theirs. Millions of renters, homeowners and undocumented immigrants are teetering on the edge of…

Anya Parampil (2021-01-25). Pay for pardons? John Kiriakou on Trump’s final flop and Biden’s new intelligence picks. thegrayzone.com CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou details his personal experience dealing with Trump insiders including Rudy Giuliani, to secure a pardon. He says Giuliani demanded $2 million to work on his behalf. Kiriakou also shared his thoughts with Anya Parampil on Biden’s new intelligence picks.

MEE staff (2021-01-25). Amnesty International condemns ‘deplorable’ conditions in Egypt’s prisons. middleeasteye.net Amnesty International condemns ‘deplorable’ conditions in Egypt’s prisons | On anniversary of Arab Spring uprising, rights group says detainees held for years in overcrowded prisons suffered torture and sexual abuse | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 20: 45 | “> | Amnesty International denounced inhumane conditions in Egypt’s prisons on Monday, 10 years after the start of the Arab Spring in the c…

Melanie McFarland (2021-01-25). AMC’s tense “Salisbury Poisonings” shows how easily terror and toxicity almost consumed a small town. salon.com Based on the true story of how a former Russian intelligence officer was targeted in England and what came next…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-01-25). Amnesty Calls on Biden to Close Guant√°namo and End Military Commissions ‘Once and For All’. commondreams.org The group says the prison symbolizes U.S. “use of torture, rendition, and indefinite detention without charge or trial—in complete violation of internationally agreed-upon standards of justice and human rights.” | www.flickr.com/photos/susanmelkisethian/31897209800/

Partner Program (2021-01-24). Moving the Bar: My Life as a Radical Lawyer — Michael Ratner. theanalysis.news Michael Ratner (1943—2016) was one of America’s leading human rights lawyers. Michael won the seminal case in the Supreme Court guaranteeing the right of habeas corpus to Guantanamo detainees. From the torture of prisoners after 911 to the massive racial profiling by the New York Police Department, Michael’s voice and vision continue to resonate. His last case, which he worked on until he died, was representing Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks. In a series of interviews with attorneys who knew Michael’s work, Law and Disorder hosts Heidi Boghosian and Michael Smith interviewed some of Michael Ratner’

Rod Driver (2021-01-24). The Illusion of Democracy: Power and Secrecy. globalresearch.ca In 2003, millions of people protested against the invasion of Iraq. If Britain and the US had genuine democracies, where the views of ordinary people matter, the invasion, slaughter and torture in Iraq would not have happened. Our governments ignored …

Media Lens (2021-01-23). “A Ghastly Future”? Israeli Apartheid, Biden, Starmer, Assange and Mass Extinction. dissidentvoice.org Back in 2017, before WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was silenced by Twitter, he used the platform to highlight an immutable truth: ‘The overwhelming majority of information is classified to protect political security not national security.’ Power hates being exposed. It hates having its inner machinations, its selfish priorities and ugly operations opened up to public …

Eds. (2021-01-23). Anger grows within Labour over role of ex-Israeli military intelligence official. mronline.org Senior figures raise concerns over appointment of Assaf Kaplan, who formerly served in unit accused of blackmailing Palestinian civilians.

Skip and Cedella Marley (2021-01-23). Get Up Stand Up feat. Skip and Cedella Marley. zcomm.org We invite you to enjoy this 2020 Song Around The World rendition of “Get Up Stand Up” that premiered during our recent Peace Through Music global event…

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