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'Clean House Of Every Last Trumpist': Biden Urged To Keep Firing Spree Going By Sacking Social Security Holdovers

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:41 pm | Common Dreams

by Jake Johnson, staff writer After President Joe Biden kicked off his White House tenure Wednesday by sacking several corrupt and incompetent holdovers from the Trump administration—including labor board attorney Peter Robb and CFPB Director Kathy ... More >>

'A Hugely Consequential First Move': Biden Offers To Extend Nuclear START Treaty With Russia

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:40 pm | Common Dreams

by Kenny Stancil, staff writer In a move applauded by anti-war activists, U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday reportedly offered Russian President Vladimir Putin a five-year extension of the New START treaty just days before the pact—the only remaining ... More >>

You Counter Trumpism By Ending The Conditions Which Created It, Not With Authoritarian Policies

Friday, 22 January 2021, 5:38 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

The US political/media class have been pushing hard for more authoritarian policies to stave off the threat of "domestic terrorism" in the wake of the Capitol riot. President Biden, who was already working on rolling out new domestic terror ... More >>

74 Million White Supremacist, Authoritarian-law & Order Americans Jilted

Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:37 pm | Jerome Irwin

With the Inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th President of the United States, ex-President Donald Trump skulked out of Washington D.C. to his Mar-a-Largo golf club in Florida, all but tarred and feathered and run-out-on-a-rail in disgrace, ... More >>

Is There A Difference Between A Powerful Government And A House Of Cards?

Friday, 22 January 2021, 3:27 pm | Ian Powell

The 2020 general election produced the most powerful government New Zealand has ever had since proportional representation (mixed member representation) began in 1996. With three year terms we have now had nine elections under this system. For ... More >>

Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss steps down

Friday, 22 January 2021, 11:40 am | RNZ

Controversial Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss has decided to step down. More >>

Small But Mighty: How The Pacific Helped Ban Nuclear Weapons

Friday, 22 January 2021, 9:12 am | Emily Defina

It was 1995. Thousands of people marched peacefully hand-in-hand through the Tahitian capital of Pape’ete. The palm-lined streets were awash with songs of protest. On a nearby shorefront, Cook Islander warriors had just arrived by traditional voyaging ... More >>

UN Secretary-General Warmly Welcomes US Steps To Rejoin Paris Agreement On Climate Change

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 6:05 pm | UN Department of Global Communications

New York, 20 January 2021 Statement by the Secretary-General – on US steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change I warmly welcome President Biden’s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and join the growing coalition ... More >>

The Next Two Years Will Be The Democratic Party At Its Most Transparent

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 5:54 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Joe Biden is now the president of the United States of America. His day one executive orders should have prioritized ending the single worst crisis in the world in Yemen, a war he campaigned on ending US involvement in, but they did not. Ending US participation ... More >>

More cases of Covid variants confirmed - Ministry of Health

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 3:15 pm | RNZ

Genome sequencing of Covid-19 cases in managed isolation has revealed more people in managed isolation with the new very infectious variants. More >>

Sunk Before Service: Australia’s Disastrous Submarine Project

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 1:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

One only gets into the submarine procurement business to spite government treasurers and economic managers. Efficiency and effectuality are bonus additions, but hardly necessary. Witness the evolving disaster that is Australia’s SEA 1000 Future Submarine ... More >>

How Billionaires Transfer Blame To Others

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 1:04 pm | Eric Zuesse

Throughout history, aristocrats, and their flaks such as their ‘news’-media, cast blame downward, away from themselves who collectively control the government, and onto, instead, some minority or other mass group, who can’t even plan or function ... More >>

‘A Ghastly Future’? Israeli Apartheid, Biden, Starmer, Assange And Mass Extinction

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 9:53 am | Media Lens

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.’ ... More >>

Your Sigh Of Relief Is Grounded In Delusion: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 5:15 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

Ahh at long last America is returning to normality: the hub of a globe-spanning empire which rings the planet with military bases and destroys any nation which disobeys it while propagandizing the entire world into supporting its murderousness, without ... More >>

Biden Sold-Out Totally

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 4:06 pm | Eric Zuesse

On January 19th, The Daily Poster — which is by far the best news-source reporting on the Biden Administration — headlined “Biden Lifts Health Care Plan From Insurance Lobbyists” and reported that the health-care plan that President Joe Biden will ... More >>

The Deep State’s Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup To Ensure Nothing Changes

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 2:46 pm | John W Whitehead

No doubt about it: the coup d’etat was successful. That January 6 attempt by so-called insurrectionists to overturn the election results was not the real coup, however. Those who answered President Trump’s call to march on the Capitol were merely the ... More >>

Epidemiologist Michael Baker calls for stronger pre-departure rules for travellers

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 1:21 pm | RNZ

Michael Baker is warning a single pre-departure test is not entirely effective, and people can be incubating an infection while they get the test or become infected afterwards. More >>

Biden flies to Washington as Trump delivers farewell speech

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 1:21 pm | RNZ

As US President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Washington ahead of his inauguration, outgoing president Donald Trump released a farewell speech from the White House. More >>

Fearing The Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin’

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 10:22 am | Ramzy Baroud

On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who was accused, along with the Israeli military, of carrying out war crimes in April 2002, ... More >>

As Joe Biden prepares to become president, the US still reels from the deadly consequences of 'alternative facts'

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:54 am | The Conversation

Among the new president's top priorities should be restoring faith in institutions and science. More >>

Trumpism doesn't end with Trump — NZ needs to take a firmer stand against a global threat to democracy

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 9:49 am | The Conversation

America is currently experiencing its worst political and constitutional crisis since the civil war when the very survival of Abraham Lincoln’s government “of, by and for the people” was at stake. More >>

Psycho Pompeo Exits With Nary A Scratch Of Media Criticism On Him

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 5:41 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

My eclectic news feed looks odd as the hours count down to the end of the Trump administration. Westerners are largely celebrating the exit of Donald Trump himself, whereas with those I follow from areas targeted by US imperialism, the man they're ... More >>

Indigenous-Led Movement Credited With 'Huge Victory' As Biden Plans To Rescind Keystone XL Permit On Day One

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 4:17 pm | Common Dreams

by Jake Johnson, staff writer President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly planning on the day of his inauguration to rescind a federal permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States, a move environmentalists said would ... More >>

Poor People's Campaign MLK Day Message To Biden: Act On Bold Agenda To Heal Nation

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 4:15 pm | Common Dreams

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The Poor People's Campaign marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday by urging the incoming Biden administration to swiftly act on a suite of policy priorities that make up a "reconstruction and restoration ... More >>

On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 10:16 am | Gordon Campbell

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass ... More >>

India To Be Fastest Growing Among Major Economies With Growth Rate Of 9.72% In 2021, Says GlobalData

Monday, 18 January 2021, 5:17 pm | Global Data

With rising demand for goods and services and revival of key economic sectors amid the declining rates of COVID-19 cases, India’s GDP growth rate is forecasted to witness a V-shaped recovery with 9.72% growth in 2021, says GlobalData, a leading ... More >>

What ‘Democracy’ Is Under Attack? Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

Monday, 18 January 2021, 4:57 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

To stop the exacerbation of Trumpism the talking heads are recommending internet censorship, regulations on media, new domestic terror laws, literally anything they can possibly think of except changing the conditions which gave rise to Trumpism. ... More >>

Gallup: Trump Globally The Least Respected U.S. President This Century

Monday, 18 January 2021, 4:17 pm | Eric Zuesse

On January 15th, the Gallup World Poll issued its preliminary report for their upcoming “Rating World Leaders: 2021” report . It shows the results that have been tabulated for 60 of the 135 countries where they annually sample global public opinion about ... More >>

Reading The COVID Fine Print: The Undoing Of The Australian Open

Monday, 18 January 2021, 2:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The decision to go ahead with the Australian Open, the first of the grand slams of the tennis calendar, was always going to be fraught with problems. Players journeying from designated “hot spots” of novel coronavirus outbreaks; large entourages ... More >>

By ‘Force And Fraud’: Is This The End Of The US Democracy Doctrine?

Monday, 18 January 2021, 2:05 pm | Ramzy Baroud

In an interview with the British newspaper, The Times , in 2015, former US Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, vehemently denied that exporting democracy to Iraq was the main motive behind the US invasion of that Arab country 12 years earlier. Rumsfeld ... More >>

Capitol siege raises questions over extent of white supremacist infiltration of US police

Monday, 18 January 2021, 12:21 pm | The Conversation

The FBI has long warned that white supremacist groups are seeking to infiltrate police, which makes the events of Jan. 6 all the more concerning. More >>

Our Suicidal War Against Nature

Monday, 18 January 2021, 9:48 am | John Scales Avery

Ceasefire in our suicidal war against nature Here are some quotations from a December 2, 2020 article by Justin Rowlatt entitled “Humans waging suicidal war on nature - UN chief Antonio Guterres”: “Humanity is waging what he describes as a suicidal ... More >>

Consent-Manufacturing For Patriot Act II Continues

Sunday, 17 January 2021, 6:00 am | Caitlin Johnstone

It's been obvious for a long time that the best way to stop the rise of right-wing extremism in America that everyone's so worried about today is not to pass a bunch of authoritarian laws, but to reverse the policies of soul-crushing neoliberalism ... More >>

Zombie Capitalism Feeding On Death And Debt Lurches Into Fascism And Default Bomb

Friday, 15 January 2021, 3:44 pm | Dr Nayvin Gordon

The Law and Order President led his followers, carrying the traitorous Confederate flag, to violate law and order in an attempted coup. Some of the treasonous window smashers wore T-shirts with the slogan-Camp Auschwitz and 6 MWNE (6 million Jews ... More >>

I Can Go Without Food, But My Children Can’t." Children And Families In Lebanon Face Critical Days As Curfew Begins

Friday, 15 January 2021, 3:26 pm | Save The Children

BEIRUT, 15 January: The start of Lebanon’s 10-day curfew on Thursday, in the middle of a month-long lockdown, threatens the health and safety of vulnerable children as their families are running out of food and medicines while children miss out on ... More >>

Just Because The System Is Stacked Against You Doesn’t Mean The Universe Is

Friday, 15 January 2021, 3:16 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

It's intense right now. Damn intense. Especially in America. Liberals and progressives fear their nation is on the brink of a violent fascist uprising and civil war, and the mass media are happily feeding into that fear. Rightists are outraged over internet ... More >>

Encircling China And Praising India: The US Strategic Framework For The Indo-Pacific

Friday, 15 January 2021, 2:18 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The feeling from Rory Medcalf of the Australian National University was one of breathless wonder. “The US government,” he wrote in The Strategist , “has just classified one of its most secretive national security documents - its 2018 strategic framework ... More >>

A second impeachment is just the start of Trump's legal woes

Friday, 15 January 2021, 10:43 am | The Conversation

After Joe Biden assumes the presidency next week, Donald Trump may face criminal and civil charges at both the federal and state levels for actions before and during his tenure as president. More >>

Trump is impeached again in historic vote. Now Republicans must decide the future of their party

Friday, 15 January 2021, 10:38 am | The Conversation

Senate Republicans must now decide whether to convict the president — an unlikely outcome. But even if they do, purging Trump from the party will prove more difficult. More >>

On How Women Are Suffering The Most From The Covid Economic Recession

Friday, 15 January 2021, 10:33 am | Gordon Campbell

Both here and abroad, the Covid-19 economic recession has been disastrous for women workers and their families. In November, young women below 30 in particular were feeling the consequences : Of concern is the sustained deterioration in youth employment, ... More >>

Government funds are not 'taxpayer money' — media and politicians should stop confusing the two

Friday, 15 January 2021, 10:33 am | The Conversation

Once paid, tax becomes the property of the government. Pretending otherwise undermines the basic principles of the social contract. More >>

The Antidote To House Hunting Woes

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 2:18 pm | Cameron Downey

As a 20 or 30 something, you would be forgiven for feeling like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place; rent takes a significant portion of income every week, making it impossible to save for a deposit for your own place that gets larger and larger ... More >>

Tiwai Point aluminium smelter to keep operating until end of 2024

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 9:58 am | RNZ

The threatened Tiwai Point aluminium smelter will keep operating through to the end of December 2024, in a new deal just announced to the New Zealand stock exchange. More >>

What's at stake for NZ in Australia’s case against China at the World Trade Organisation?

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 9:34 am | The Conversation

New Zealand should recognise the high stakes and join the China-Australia WTO hearing as a third party. More >>

How mapping the weather 12,000 years ago can help predict future climate change

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 8:39 am | The Conversation

Ice Age glaciers can help us track the jet stream 12,000 ago, and by comparing its path today we can see how it's moving northwards, changing weather patterns and indicating climate change. More >>

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks And Australia’s Complicity

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 3:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, said little in the statement from her department , which was a good thing, as it might have been dangerously useful. The finding of a UK court on whether Julian Assange would be extradited to the United ... More >>

A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection And Martial Law

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 10:38 am | John W Whitehead

This is what we have been reduced to: A violent mob. A nation on the brink of martial law. A populace under house arrest. A techno-corporate state wielding its power to immobilize huge swaths of the country. And a Constitution in tatters. We are imploding ... More >>

Church leader defends decision to exclude politicians from hui

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 10:36 am | RNZ

The Rātana Church will have an opportunity to sort out its long-running problems by deciding not to host politicians this month, its chairman says. More >>

Covid-19 Under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering Of Palestinians

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 10:24 am | Ramzy Baroud

Israel’s decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel’s poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous. Amnesty International, ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On Why The Second Trump Impeachment Has To Proceed

Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 9:56 am | Gordon Campbell

T o the very end, a sizeable Congressional segment of the Republican Party has been willing to defend Donald Trump no matter what he says or does, and to urge on his most violent supporters. Here for example, was Republican Congressman Mo Brooks speaking ... More >>

No politicians at Rātana in 2021 as celebrations made exclusive for church adherents

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 7:57 pm | RNZ

The decision to make the annual celebrations exclusive is due to internal issues at the pā, according to the MP for Te Tai Hauāuru, Adrian Rurawhe. More >>

FYI Trump’s Latest Yemen Move Is Far Worse Than The Capitol Riot

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 5:35 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

While the Capitol riot is being hysterically compared to Pearl Harbor and Kristallnacht by the political/media class, the Trump administration has done something far, far worse that is receiving far, far less attention. The US State Department has officially ... More >>

Royal Commission Covers Up Police Dismissal Of Anti-Muslim Threats Prior To Christchurch Terror Attack

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 3:27 pm | Socialist Equality Group

Tom Peters The report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attack, made public last month, asserts that there was no way any state agency could have detected fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant and prevented his massacre of 51 people ... More >>

Twitter Nukes Trump

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 3:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This was Twitter Safety’s January 8 post , full of noble concern: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them - specifically how they are being received and interpreted off Twitter - we ... More >>

"Enabling President's Unhinged, Unstable, And Deranged Acts": GOP Blocks Measure Urging Pence To Invoke 25th Amendment

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 12:09 pm | Common Dreams

A Republican congressman from West Virginia on Monday blocked a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office, a move that came as Democratic lawmakers unveiled articles of ... More >>

With Pence Refusing To Act, Progressives Say Impeachment Must 'Not Wait One More Minute' As Dems Eye Wednesday Vote

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 12:04 pm | Common Dreams

Progressives late Sunday voiced growing frustration with what they perceive as dangerous foot-dragging by the Democratic leadership after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid out a plan of action for the coming week that will likely push off an impeachment ... More >>

How To Beat A Capitol Police Officer With An American Flag Pole

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 10:12 am | David Swanson

Eleven years ago, the Onion reported that the U.S. flag had been recalled after causing 143 million deaths. Last week, a Trumpy beat a Capitol Police officer with a pole holding a U.S. flag. At first glance this seems like an amateur move. If you ... More >>

Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Capitol Insurrection As Seen From Abroad

Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 10:04 am | Reese Erlich

In the wake of the white nationalist mob takeover of the U.S. Capitol and Trump’s pending second impeachment, I contacted journalists and activists overseas to get an idea of how the rest of the world currently views us. More >>

‘Journalists’ Who Smear Assange Are Pure Scum

Monday, 11 January 2021, 4:47 pm | Caitlin Johnstone

I wouldn't have thought that any mass media reporters would have the temerity to continue the public smear campaign against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after it became clear to everyone that he was the subject of a brutal Trump administration ... More >>

Gordon Campbell On The Excessive Secrecy Surrounding Cyber Hacks, And Some Lost Soul Legends

Monday, 11 January 2021, 11:39 am | Gordon Campbell

W ell, apart from the who, why and how of it, the recent hack of the Reserve Bank’s computer security defences seems crystal clear. It happened. It happened about five months or so after the computer systems at the New Zealand Stock Exchange and several ... More >>