2021-01-06: Social Media Postees

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Activists ask UK government to ensure safety for migrants crossing English Channel
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-06
According to reports, 8,400 migrants risked their lives crossing the English Channel to reach the UK in 2020, four times the number recorded in 2019…

Journalists, Activists Condemn UK Decision to Keep Assange Locked Up without Charge
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-06
"To us, that is nothing more than a pretext to keep him detained. This seems unnecessarily punitive and adding insult to injury after the 10 years of hell that he has endured" — Rebecca Vincent, Reporters Without Borders…

Russian base targeted in NE Syria: report
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-06
TEHRAN, Jan. 06 (MNA) — Syrian Kurdish sources claim that a Russian base near the Syria-Turkey border in Al-Hasakah countryside has been targeted.

My Recent Experience with Immigration Control Tyranny
Jacob Hornberger | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-05
Over Christmas, I visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas, which is situated on the U.S.-Mexico border. As I was leaving the city and driving north on IH35 toward San Antonio, I was reminded of the tyranny that comes with a system of immigration controls. The tyranny came in the form of a domestic–i.e., inside the…

50 Million Chinese To Get Vaccinated Before the Lunar New Year
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-05
As part of the campaign to protect people at high risk of infection, China will vaccinate 50 million people before the lunar New Year holidays, which begin on February 12 and involve the largest annual human migration in the world. | RELATED: | China and Argentina To Strengthen 'Belt and Road' Cooperation | On Dec. 15, China approved a winter prevention program that involves the administration of serum to cold chain workers, customs officials, health personnel, transporters, or ma…

Workers Struggles: The Americas
wsws.org | 2021-01-05
Two farmworkers died in a brutal police assault on their protest over regressive labor legislation, while police repressed a commemoration march over the death of Mauricio Fredes.

Postexercise Ankle-Brachial Index Testing to Diagnose Peripheral Artery Disease–Reply
Mehta A, Sperling LS, Wells BJ. | jamanetwork.com | 2021-01-05
In Reply Dr Mahé and colleagues are concerned about the sensitivity and specificity of the thresholds used for diagnosing PAD in patients with normal (1.00-1.40) or borderline (0.91-0.99) resting ABI and exertional non–joint-related leg pain. The diagnostic threshold of either a postexercise ABI decrease of more than 20% or a postexercise ankle systolic pressure decrease of more than 30 mm Hg were suggested by Aboyans et al as a reasonable diagnostic criterion for PAD (recommendation class IIa; level of evidence A) in the 2012 American Heart Association scientific statement on measurement and interpretation…

In 'Brutal Blow' to Wildlife and Gift to Big Oil, Trump Finalizes Rollback of Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-05
Just over two weeks before President Donald Trump is set to leave the White House, his U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday finalized a rollback of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/5882147624_27c5e7956a_o_1.jpg

Trump Finalizes Industry Requested Rollbacks To Migratory Bird Treaty Act
commondreams.org | 2021-01-05

Iran, Pakistan to open third border crossing soon
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Iran and Pakistan are set to open a third terminal in their borders in the near future in a bid to boost trade between the two neighbors.

Pakistan committed to cooperating with Iran on border issues
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — Pakistan's Minister of Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad said that Islamabad is committed to cooperating closely with Iran on border issues and the fight against drug trafficking.

US moves 60 ISIL forces to base on Syrian-Jordanian border
Mehr News Agency | en.mehrnews.com | 2021-01-05
TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The US occupation forces moved scores of ISIL terrorists from several prisons in Hasaka governorate to their illegal base in al-Tanf on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar end years-long row with border reopening, resumption of ties
rt.com | 2021-01-05
Full ties have been restored between Saudi Arabia and Qatar after hugs were exchanged between leaders of the two nations at the annual Gulf Cooperation Council summit on Tuesday, ending their three-year-diplomatic dispute. | Riyadh and its allies, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, have agreed to resume relations with Doha, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud told a news conference. | It follows the announcement by Kuwait — a mediator of the talks — on Monday that the four Arab nations would reopen their land, sea and air borders with Qatar. | The countries had cut Qatar…

Open Arms Lands Eritrean Migrants in Sicily
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-04
The Italian authorities on Monday allowed the Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms to dock in Porto Empedocle in Sicily to disembark the 265 sub-Saharan migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea a few days ago. | RELATED: | Italy Authorizes Open Arms To Disembark 150 Migrants in Palermo | Among those saved are 63 minors, six babies under three years of age, and 14 women, one of whom is in the ninth month of pregnancy. | Doctors from the Office of Maritime Health (USMA…

Father Takes Assange's Fight To New York
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-04
The father of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has turned his focus from the UK to the US where he hopes a change of president could advantage his son. | Assange is being held at London's Belmarsh Prison, pending a court decision on a warrant for his extradition to the US to face charges. | A judgment is due to be handed down at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday, but Assange's father John Shipton won't be there. | Mr Shipton says there's too much uncertainty about his ability to travel amid a series of border closures in the UK due to a mutant strand of coronavirus. | "It's all up in the air like it is for everybody…

Putin opens door to 'vaccine passports' for international travel as growing number of Russians get Covid-19 jab
rt.com | 2021-01-04
The Russian government will consider developing and distributing new documents for those who have been vaccinated against coronavirus, in an effort to cut risks associated with international travel. | In a series of instructions to officials, published at the end of 2020, President Vladimir Putin ordered policymakers "to consider issuing certificates to people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 infections using Russian vaccines… for the purpose of enabling citizens to travel across the borders of the Russian Federation and those of other countries." | Russia's Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, has be…

COVID-19: Global vaccination stymied by nationalism and profit gouging
wsws.org | 2021-01-04
The race to procure vaccines against a fast-spreading virus that travels unimpeded by border controls has set in motion a ferocious national competition that threatens to prolong and intensify the pandemic.

Sudan warns of spike in Ethiopian refugees as Tigray conflict renewed
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-04
Khartoum, Jan 4 (efe-epa).- The flow of Ethiopian refugees fleeing an armed conflict in Tigray into Sudan has increased over the past few days as the violence has flared up, Sudanese authorities said on Monday. Ethiopian government forces have been fighting the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in the region bordering Eritrea since 4 November. …

Saudi Arabia to reopen borders with Qatar on eve of Gulf summit, says Kuwait
Online News Editor | laprensalatina.com | 2021-01-04
Dubai, Jan 4 (EFE).- Saudi Arabia is to open its border with Qatar, shut since 2017, on Monday on the eve of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council summit, which will focus on the reconciliation with Doha, the Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry announced on Monday. "It had been agreed to open the air, land and sea space …

Saudi Arabia agrees to end blockade on Qatar, open airspace and land border
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-04
Saudi Arabia agrees to end blockade on Qatar, open airspace and land border | Kuwait's foreign minister announces preliminary agreement in a major step towards resolving the Gulf crisis | MEE staff | Mon, 01/04/2021 – 18: 45 | Saudi Arabia has lifted its land and air blockade on Qatar in a major step towards ending a Gulf rift that started more than three years ago when Riyadh and its allies imposed a siege on Doha. | Ku…

Border row reignites between Estonia & Russia as Baltic country's top MP reopens WW2 territorial claims, ignoring NATO objections
rt.com | 2021-01-03
Russian officials have accused a senior politician in Tallinn of seeking to reignite old tensions, after the Estonian parliament's speaker said his country still lays claim to swaths of territory on Russia's Baltic coast. | In an address to mark the New Year on Friday, Henn Polluaas, the most senior figure in Estonia's legislative assembly (the Riigikogu), decided to remind the Estonians of the Treaty of Tartu — a post-World War I peace agreement struck between the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and Estonia. | "On February 2, we celebrated the centenary of the signing of the Tartu Peace Trea…