"Hold the Line!": Can Progressives Force Passage of $3.5T Package to Expand the Social Safety Net?

Progressives in the House of Representatives say they will oppose the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would seek a vote on the measure separately from the Build Back Better Act, the $3.5 trillion bill that expands the social safety net and combats the climate crisis. Conservative Democratic Senators Kyrsten …
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Doctors Without Borders: U.S. Should Force Pfizer to Share COVID Vaccine Technology with Africa

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org. I’m Amy Goodman. The Food and Drug Administration has fully authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. residents aged 16 and over, making it the first COVID vaccine to be fully approved by the FDA. …
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Lethal Force Against Pipeline Protests? Documents Reveal Shocking South Dakota Plans for National Guard

Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has announced she is deploying 50 members of the South Dakota National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border at the request of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In an extraordinary twist, the deployment is being paid for by billionaire Republican megadonor Willis Johnson, who lives in Tennessee. Critics say Noem is …
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People need to stop promoting ‘serial liar’ Blairites as a force for good

Two ‘serial liar’ Blairites have been prominent on social media in recent days. And it’s supposedly left-wing people who’ve been promoting them. Let’s be clear: this really isn’t OK. The Canary‘s editor-at-large Kerry-Anne Mendoza tweeted that: The return of serial liars Campbell and Mandelson is beyond a joke. Anyone allying with these frauds is picking …
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“Shelter from the Storm”: Climate Change Is a Driving Force in Central American Migration

We look at the link between migration and the climate emergency, which studies have estimated could displace over 200 million people by 2050, including many in Central American countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Last year, two hurricanes, Iota and Eta, devastated the region and forced thousands to flee north. A new report …
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Use of force against George Floyd was not justified, says Minneapolis police chief

The Minneapolis police chief testified that Derek Chauvin’s use of force against George Floyd was “in no way, shape or form” in line with police policy. As the trial for the police officer accused of killing Floyd continues, Medaria Arradondo is one of few police chiefs to testify against his own officer. The sixth day …
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The pandemic must not be used to force women’s rights back to the 1970s

On International Women’s Day, there’s lots to celebrate in terms of the movements for gender equality around the world. There’s been great progress in some places during the pandemic: Argentina’s abortion legalisation signified a huge victory for reproductive rights; Donald Trump was voted out of office; a transgender woman achieved a landmark victory for transgender …
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Force used against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar as military junta persists

Security forces in Myanmar have again used force to disperse anti-coup protesters. It comes a day after a UN special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that’s left more than 50 peaceful demonstrators dead in the past week and scores injured. Protests were reported on the morning of Saturday …
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Forty feet high and under attack: the peaceful protestors facing the reality of a private security force above the law

Screams, panic, alarm, and finally blood make this footage a scary glimpse into the reality of the anti-HS2 camp evictions. In this incident, protestors were 40ft high in a makeshift treehouse. They suffered repeated blows from a member of the National Eviction Team (NET) as he violently kicked and lashed out at the protestors at …
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Police chief leaps to defend his force before any investigation into Mohamud Hassan’s death is carried out

The funeral of 24-year-old Mohamud Mohammed Hassan took place on Sunday 17 January. Mohamud died suddenly on 9 January after being arrested and held overnight in police custody. Witnesses say that he had been released from Cardiff Bay police station with blood on his clothes and bruises all over his body. According to a close …
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