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Daily News of The Communist Bloc - January 11th, 2021


[b][size=150][center]Good morning, comrades! Here is today's news:[/center][/size][/b]

[center][b][u][color=red][size=180]Executive Affairs[/color][/size][/u][/b][/center]

[list][*][url=]The Law Archive[/url] is finished and has been released! This is an easy way to navigate and keep track of all our laws. This document will be updated as new laws get passed.
[*] The Minister of World Assembly Affairs. Servilis, has been [url=]recalled[/url] with 9 yes votes and 4 no votes in the Peoples Assembly. An election will be held to elect a replacement. As the Constitution only allows for one election at a time, it will happen during the next scheduled executive election on January 15th. After being recalled, Servilis made death threats and would not stop flaming in the discord and RMB, and was promptly removed and banned from the region.
[*] [url=] The Revolutionary Endorsement Program[/url] has launched. If you want some more endorsements, this is an easy way to get them! (If you were having issues with REP recently, it should be working properly now)
[*] The Minister of Domestic Affairs, Aquila, has posted the [url=]Stamp Records[/url] for December.[/list]

[center][b][u][color=red][size=180]Legislative Affairs[/color][/size][/u][/b][/center]

[list][*] The People's Assembly has passed the [url=]Vice Delegate Act[/url] and [url=] Oaths in Office Act Amendment[/url].
[*] The [url=]Ex Post Facto Act of 2021[/url] has been proposed in the People's Assembly. The Assembly is discussing this bill along with with Bloc Time act. You can view the full discussion in our Regional Discord. [/list]


[*]We now have a channel in our Regional Discord dedicated to trading cards! If you've ever wanted to get in to trading cards but didn't know where to start, this is a great place to start learning.

[*]Our forums are back online, but unfortunately, we have lost a whole year of data. If you applied for citizenship after January of 2020, make sure to [b]reapply![/b]. You may also have to recreate your account. Apologies for this inconvenience. The government will be working as quickly as possible to re-accept citizenship applications. In order to prevent this from happening again in the future, we will be discussing our options and holding a vote on a potential forum transfer in the near future. Stay tuned!

[center][b][u][color=red][size=180]This Day in History[/color][/size][/u][/b][/center]
By Theria Han

Happy Monday Comrades! Here's This Day in History: January 11th Edition!

In 1964, where on this day, US Surgeon General Luther Terry realized his report was a stunner. He deliberately decided to deliver it on January 11, 1964, a Saturday, in order to restrict its quick impacts on the securities exchange. It was on this date that, in the interest of the U.S. Government, Terry declared a conclusive connection between smoking and cancer. American cigarette organizations spent a significant part of the following decade campaigning the public authority to continue smoking legitimate and promoting decreased degrees of tar and nicotine in their items. 44 percent of Americans previously thought smoking caused malignant growth by 1958, and various clinical affiliations cautioned that tobacco use was connected with both lung and coronary illness. Regardless of this, almost 50% of Americans smoked, and smoking was normal in eateries, bars, workplaces, and homes the nation over. The news was major, yet scarcely astonishing—the New York Times announced the discoveries saying "it could barely have been something else." Still, the Surgeon General's report was a significant advance in the wellbeing authorities' campaign against smoking. In spite of the fact that tobacco organizations burned through a great many and were generally fruitful in fighting off the enemy of smoking laws until the 1990s, contemplates have indicated that the report expanded the level of Americans who had faith in the disease connect to 70 percent, and that smoking diminished by approximately 11 percent somewhere in the range of 1965 and 1985. California turned into the main state to boycott smoking in encased public spaces in 1995. 25 additional states have now passed comparable laws, remembering 50 of the 60 biggest urban areas for America. In 2019, the Surgeon General reported a connection between genuine sickness and e-cigarettes, an option in contrast to smoking wherein conventional tobacco organizations have contributed intensely. (World/Health History)

We now move to the final months of the Soviet Union, where on this day in 1991, the January Events began. The events of January (Lithuanian: Sausio įvykiai) were held in Lithuania between 11 and 13 January 1991, in the wake of the Lithuanian State Re-establishment Act. Fourteen civilians were killed and 702 wounded as a result of Soviet military actions. The incidents were focused in its capital, Vilnius, along with similar actions in its suburbs and in the cities of Alytus, Šiauliai, Varėna, and Kaunas. Here is the timeline of events on January 11. (Final Days of the USSR)

11:50- The National Defence Department building in Vilnius is occupied by Soviet military units.

12:00 The Vilnius Press House building is surrounded and occupied by Soviet military units. Live bombs are used by troops against civilians. Many individuals are injured, even with gunshot wounds.

12:15- The regional building of the National Defence Department in Alytus is occupied by Soviet paratroopers.

12:30- The regional building of the National Defence Department in Šiauliai is occupied by Soviet military units.

15:00- At a press conference held in the building of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Lithuania, Juozas Jermalavičius, head of the Ideological Division, declared the establishment of the National Salvation Committee of the Lithuanian SSR and that it would be the only legitimate government in Lithuania from now on.

16:40-Foreign Minister Algirdas Saudargas sends a diplomatic note to the Soviet Union's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in which he shares his reservations about the aggression of the Soviet army in Lithuania.

21:00-Soviet military units capture the Nemenčinė TV re-translation center.

23:00- Soviet military units capture the Vilnius railway station dispatcher's building. Traffic on the railway is interrupted but restored several hours later.

We go back to 1912, where on this day, the Lawrence Textile Strike began. This was strike by immigrant workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was also known as the Bread and Roses Strike. It was led by the Factory Workers of the World (IWW) and more than forty nationalities of united immigrant workers. The strike spread rapidly through the region, rising to more than twenty thousand employees and affecting almost every mill in Lawrence, sparked by a two-hour pay cut corresponding to a new law shortening the workweek for women. Two IWW founders, "Smiling Joe" Ettor and Arturo Giovannitti, were arrested on falsified charges linked to the murder of a striking worker, national attention to the strike increased dramatically. "Big Bill" Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn took over the leadership of the strike after their arrest. By ostentatiously sending their starving kids to stay with families and backers in New York City, they further sensationalized the plight of the striking workers. Policemen brutalized protesting employees and families. The police charged a crowd of parents and their children when officials tried to prevent more children from leaving the area, causing one pregnant woman to miscarry. Growing national support for the strikers eventually led the owners of the mill to agree to worker demands, and the parties decided on substantial wage rises to return to work. After the strike ended, Ettor and Giovannitti were in jail for months but were ultimately cleared of all charges. (Working Class History)

We now go to Albania, where on this day in 1946, Enver Hoxha creates the People's Republic of Albania and makes himself the prime minister. Throughout this period, the country was ruled by Hoxha himself and the Party of Labour of Albania. By creating a Stalinist style of state administration and adhering to policies which stressed national unity and self-reliance, they ruled Albania. Travel and visa restrictions made Albania one of the countries from which it was most difficult to visit or travel. It proclaimed itself the first atheist state in the world in 1967. But the practice of religion steadily increased after the end of the communist dictatorship in 1991. It was the only member of the Warsaw Pact to officially withdraw from the alliance before 1990, an action prompted by the invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 by the Warsaw Pact. Reforms aimed at modernizing Albania were introduced by the government and resulted in substantial gains in the areas of industry, agriculture, education, the arts, and culture, which led to a general increase in the standard of living of the Albanian population. These developments, however, coincided with political repression by the secret police, the Sigurimi, in order to avoid a counter-revolution that involved work dismissal, incarceration in forced labor camps and executions. On 31 March 1991, the first multi-party elections were held in Socialist Albania, with the Communists winning a majority in an interim government. On 29 April 1991, the Republic of Albania was declared and the country's first parliamentary elections were held on 22 March 1992. Following the adoption of the new Constitution of Albania, the People's Socialist Republic of Albania was formally dissolved on 28 November 1998. (Cold War History)

And finally, a happy birthday to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, born on this day in 1907. a Polish-born American rabbi, he was one of the leading Jewish theologians and Jewish philosophers of the 20th century. Heschel was active in the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama, marching with him. Heschel was also responsible for persuading the Catholic Church at the Second Vatican Council, as a representative of American Jews, to eliminate anti-Semitic terminology from its doctrine, including references to 'deicide' and hopes of Christian conversion. Heschel explained many aspects of Jewish thought, including medieval Jewish philosophy studies, Kabbalah, and Hasidic philosophy studies. He was more interested in spirituality than in critical text analysis, according to some scholars; the latter was a specialty of many JTS scholars. For several years, he was not given a graduate assistant and was limited to teaching exclusively in the school of education or rabbinical school, not in the graduate academic program. Heschel became acquainted with Mordecai Kaplan, his colleague. They had a rather cordial relationship and visited each other's homes from time to time, although they varied in their approach to Judaism. Heschel felt that the Hebrew prophets' teachings were a clarion call for social action in the United States and campaigned against the Vietnam War and for the civil rights of African Americans. He also explicitly criticized what he called "pan-halakhism" or the neglect of the non-legalistic component of rabbinic tradition with an exclusive emphasis on religiously compatible conduct. He died at the age of 65 in New York City in 1972. (Birthdays)

[size=80][i]While run by the Ministry of Information, the Daily News does not necessarily reflect the stance of the current administration. Please contact the Minister of Information [nation]Pajonia[/nation] on NationStates or Ant(Pajonia) in the Regional Discord for any corrections, suggestions, questions, comments, or concerns.[/i][/size]

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