Is Israel on Track to the Fourth Election?
A nation frustrated with political gridlock and bored of the same tired messages it has heard during three election campaigns in just over a year will drag itself to the polls yet again on Monday. And despite the endless complaints heard around family Shabbat dinner tables and among co-workers and in cab rides with taxi drivers, the people of Israel are expected to turn out in large numbers this time, just as they did last September and - before that - last April.
From "The Jerusalem Post"
Roberts Faces Moment of Truth on Abortion Issue at Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear its first abortion case since Roberts became the pivotal vote on the issue. Four years after invalidating a Texas law requiring clinic doctors to have hospital admitting privileges, the court will consider whether to switch directions and uphold a similar law in Louisiana.
Worries Over Panic Buying Arise as Some Supply Shelves at Stores Empty Out
Panic buying, or leaving store shelves bare, is what the Hawaii Foodbank is worried about. They're seeing it in other Asian countries and are concerned it could impact those who may need the food. "If there's no inventory at the store, then there's very little for stores to donate to the Foodbank and also at home if you're stocking up and hoarding for your family, the last thing you're thinking about is making a donation. It impacts us in a very great way," said Ron Mizutani, Hawaii Foodbank President and CEO.
From "KHON (Channel 2, Honolulu)"
Ugly Battles Erupt as Residents Fight Housing Coronavirus Patients in Their Cities
"You're dealing with fear, discrimination and stigma, and that can be much harder to contain and control and move against than the actual virus," said Dr. Timothy Brewer, a professor of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and of medicine at the university's David Geffen School of Medicine. "And that's the big challenge, because that's not necessarily a discussion you can win with facts and being rational."
From "The Los Angeles Times"
Running Out of Time: East Africa Faces New Locust Threat
If left unchecked, the number of locusts in East Africa could explode 400-fold by June. That would devastate harvests in a region with more than 19 million hungry people, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Uganda has deployed the military. Kenya has trained hundreds of youth cadets to spray. Lacking pesticides, some security forces in Somalia have shot anti-aircraft guns at swarms darkening the skies.
Death Is Becoming Very Efficient in Canada
In fact, many of the safeguards initially written into the euthanasia regime have been removed and vulnerable people will increasingly be placed at risk. This bill erodes the trust that vulnerable people should be able to have in the medical profession. Of concern is the fact that there is no longer a waiting period. You can be diagnosed, assessed and killed all in one day.
The Transgender Suicide Myth Exposed
That phrase, "For the first time, my body fully reflected my soul", captures the rationale for gender-affirming care for young people. Its final stage is transgender surgery. For males, this involves removing the penis and testicles and creating a vagina; for females, a double mastectomy and sometimes construction of a cosmetic penis.
The Air Force and Spacex Are Teaming up for a 'Massive' Live Fire Exercise
The demonstration will reportedly involve shooting down a drone and a cruise missile and will take place at several different sites including Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The massive tests will also include ground forces, submarines, ships, and a variety of space-based assets.
From "The Drive"
Disney-Pixar Featuring First LGBT Character in 'Onward'
The upcoming film "Onward," which will be in theaters on March 6, will feature a self-identified lesbian heroine with a girlfriend, the first-ever animated LGBT character in the Disney-Pixar universe.
From "The Christian Post"
Workers Are 'Treading Water' Despite Booming Economy, Analysts Say
The Great Recession never ended for millions of Americans, say critics. If anything, it might have taken a turn for the worse as US consumers borrow heavily, drowning in debt to keep up with household, student loans and other payments. Last month overall debt levels surged to a record of $14.15 trillion. "You can say there are jobs, but there are a lot of low-quality jobs, either temp or part-time," said Chambers. "There is a real problem out there."
From "The New York Post"
Why Bernie Sanders Is Just the Beginning of an American Turn to the Left
To stop this race-to-the-bottom cycle undercutting workers' power and lay the groundwork for revolutionary change, we must erode the power of the capitalist class. We can accomplish that by, for example, imposing capital controls—measures that stop the free movement of capital in response to changing social and economic conditions. But to pass economic reforms as significant as these, we can't just agitate in the streets, as important as that is. We have to be in power.
Could the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Be a Victim of Covid-19?
In a promotional video featuring Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka, as well as fans of different nationalities, the organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games revealed on Feb. 17 the event's official motto: United by Emotion. Yet if there's one emotion linking the world today, it might be fear.
Cramer on Market Plunge: Coronavirus Impact on Companies Could Be 'More Severe Than Thought'
The global stock market sell-off on the widening outbreak of coronavirus beyond China indicates further negative effects on U.S. multinational companies' earnings, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Monday. With U.S. stock futures pointing to a more than 800-point decline at Monday's open for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Cramer tweeted just before 5 a.m. ET that he wanted to "deal with the facts" and not engage in speculation.
Drought Slashes Australian Crop Output to Record Low
The country's agriculture department said it expects production of crops like sorghum, cotton and rice to fall 66 percent — the lowest levels since records began in 1980-81. "It is the lowest summer crop production in this period by a large margin," Peter Collins, a senior economist with the department's statistical body ABARES told AFP.
Digital Tax Fight Emerges as Global Economic Threat
The tussle over international taxes comes as the global economy is emerging from a year of sluggish growth made worse by uncertainty from Mr. Trump's trade war with China and the disruption of global supply chains caused by American tariffs. While economists have projected a rebound this year, amid easing trade tension, the coronavirus outbreak in China represents a new variable that threatens to slow output.
From "MSN/New York Times"