2021-02-07: News Headlines

Paul Street (2021-02-07). The Anatomy of Fascism Denial. counterpunch.org All hesitation to acknowledge that the United States had a serious brush with fascism under Donald Trump should have disappeared with the Trump-instigated Attack on the U.S. Capital last January 6th. "Donald Trump…is indeed a fascist — an authoritarian willing to use violence to achieve his racial nationalist goals. So are many of his supporters.

yenisafak (2021-02-07). Bomb blast kills at least 12 in central Somalia. yenisafak.com The attack, which wounded several others, targeted the vehicle of Abdirashid Abdi Qooje as it passed through the village of Eldhere 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Dhusamareb, the administrative capital of Galmudug State. Qooje was the head of the National Intelligence and Security Agency in Dhusamareb.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, security officials in the region confirmed the attack and number of casualties on condition of anonymity."A military vehicle carrying Dhusamareb intelligence chief Abdirashid Abdi Qooje, was attacked while traveling between Eldhere and Guriel town, killing him and 11 of his bodyguards,"

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-07). Iraqi forces arrest 13 ISIL terrorists in Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 07 (MNA) — The Iraqi intelligence agency announced on Sunday that 13 ISIL terrorist elements have been arrested in Baghdad.

_____ (2021-02-07). Why Israel Is Joining The Pentagon's 'Arab NATO'. popularresistance.org With none of the usual fanfare associated with such a momentous decision, the Pentagon announced last month a major reorganisation to bring Israel – for the first time – inside its military command in the Middle East alongside the Arab states. | Until now, Israel has belonged to the US military's European command, or Eucom, rather than the Middle Eastern one, known as Central Command, or Centcom. The decision effectively jettisoned the traditional wisdom that Israel's inclusion in Centcom would increase friction between the US and Arab states, and would make the latter more reluctant to share intelligence or coop…

RT (2021-02-06). 'He might slip and say something': Biden thinks Trump should be denied traditional intel briefings for former presidents. rt.com US President Joe Biden has said that his predecessor Donald Trump is too "erratic" to be entrusted with classified information that is being traditionally provided to former presidents. | Biden was asked by Norah O'Donnell on CBS News whether Trump should get classified intelligence briefings. The president replied: "I think not." | Providing Trump with classified intelligence would be a bad idea "because of his erratic behavior, unrelated to the insurrection," Biden added, referring to the storming of the US Capitol building in Washington by a group of Trump supporters on January 6. | I just think that there…

Steve Poikonen (2021-02-06). [83.2] Free Assange Vigil w/ Lucas Waggoner. slownewsdayshow.com [83.2] Free Assange Vigil w/ Lucas Waggoner |

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Iraqi forces could seize ISIL ammunition, explosives. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Iraqi intelligence service said in a statement that Iraqi forces were able to identify and confiscate the main warehouse of ammunition and explosives belonging to ISIL terrorist groups in west part of Iraq.

Dana McMahan (2021-02-06). Treat your inner kid at heart to homemade versions of Bagel Bites, Combos and more nostalgic treats. salon.com You don't need an occasion like the Super Bowl to comfort yourself with from-scratch renditions of beloved foods…

sputniknews (2021-02-06). Officials to Determine Trump's Access to Intel Briefings, White House Says. sputniknews.com President Joe Biden said that the former commander-in-chief should not be provided access to US intelligence briefings because of his "erratic behavior". Former American leaders have been granted access to classified information on major policy issues.

Ralph Nader (2021-02-05). The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell's Brain. counterpunch.org Since 2015, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an iron hand, describing himself as "the Guardian of Gridlock." He was Senator "NO," except for confirming over 200 mostly corporatist federal judges. Now comes a new challenge for Mitch McConnell as he leads 49 other Republican Senators, twenty of whom are up

RT (2021-02-05). Will AI save us from Covid-19? New tool can churn out vaccine models in minutes, not months. rt.com Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have unveiled an incredibly powerful, AI-powered method for producing new potential Covid-19 vaccine candidates in a matter of minutes or even seconds. | The new process, developed at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, could mark a major turning point in the information war against the coronavirus and its many, increasingly virulent mutations which are taxing an already challenging worldwide vaccine rollout. | The USC team leveraged artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up vaccine analysis which can be quickly and easily adapted to analyze viral mu…

_____ (2021-02-05). The Economist: Democracy Index ranking for Britain rises!! truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: The 2020 Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit found that democracy had deteriorated in all seven regions of the world for the first time since 2010, driven by government measures to address the Covid-19 emergency. And while the biggest regressions were in authoritarian regions, the report said that — "the removal of …

David Swanson (2021-02-05). U.S. Should Pay Iran Reparations. counterpunch.org Why would I say such an outrageous, treasonous, delusional, OBVIOUSLY-funded-by-Putin thing? Am I hoping to enrage war-crazed sadists who've seen too much television "news"? Not at all. I want them to still be around when I say that it would actually be preferable for the United States to pay reparations to the entire rest of

Umar A Farooq (2021-02-05). Saad al-Jabri alleges second assassination plot in amended complaint against MBS. middleeasteye.net Saad al-Jabri alleges second assassination plot in amended complaint against MBS | Filing claims Saudi crown prince tried to lure Jabri's daughter to Saudi consulate in Istanbul, days before Jamal Khashoggi was killed | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 19: 57 | New filing is latest action taken in legal battle between Jabri (R) and bin Salman (AFP) | Former Saudi intelligence official Saad al-Jabri claimed agents…

RT (2021-02-05). 'America is back!' Biden talks 'tough' on Russia and China, vows to reclaim 'moral leadership & defend democracy'. rt.com In his first major foreign policy address, President Joe Biden vowed to confront the enemies of 'democracy' globally, while seeking to reclaim America's 'moral credibility' and leadership in LGBT and climate change issues. | Speaking at the State Department headquarters in the nation's capital on Thursday, Biden outlined his foreign policy vision in a 20-minute address, laying out a sprawling list of priorities for his administration, among them countering supposed US "adversaries." | "American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival…

MEE staff (2021-02-05). Senior US House Democrat introduces Khashoggi Act to protect journalists. middleeasteye.net Senior US House Democrat introduces Khashoggi Act to protect journalists | Congressman Adam Schiff, chair of House Intelligence Committee, says legislation would 'hold to account those who would target journalists for violence and persecution' | Fri, 02/05/2021 – 15: 49 | California Congressman Adam Schiff is chair of House Intelligence Committee (AFP) | A senior US House Democrat introduced a bill on Thursday…

_____ (2021-02-05). Scheer Intelligence: The Egregious Price America Exacts For Integrity. popularresistance.org "George and Mary Oppen were branded enemies of the state," writes Joel Whitney in a recent essay for The Poetry Foundation titled "The Violent Years." "Their FBI files document just how deep their activism went, and the price they paid for it." The author of "Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World's Best Writers" has long been interested in the links between the world of literature and the U.S. surveillance apparatus that grows more unwieldy by the day. As he finished his most recent book tour for "Finks" just as Donald Trump and neo-fascism were on the rise, he tells Robert Scheer on this week's installment of…

_____ (2021-02-04). Migrant Deportations Continue Despite Biden's Policies. popularresistance.org The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to deport migrants despite president Joe Biden's 100-day moratorium on deporting most people in the U.S. without authorization. This decision was barred by a federal judge in Texas last week. | During the first days of Biden's administration, ICE has deported hundreds of immigrants, including 269 people, to Guatemala and Honduras last Friday. The agency has been accused of violating human rights as a coalition of immigrant groups denounced that Cameroonian asylum seekers were tortured to be forced to approve their deportations.

Susan Price (2021-02-04). Pandemic capitalism and resistance. greenleft.org.au Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw the rise of authoritarian regimes as a brutal expression of neoliberalism's death throws, writes Susan Price.