2020-12-02: News Headlines

Kevin Salvatore (2020-12-03). Indigenous sovereignty struggle on Long Island: Shinnecock Nation, allies fight back. liberationnews.org The battle has focused on a highway advertising space on Shinnecock land which is important to the nation's economy, but which New York officials seek to block.

Ben Slowey (2020-12-03). Protesters gather in Milwaukee to demand Common Council reject COPS grant. liberationnews.org "During a pandemic the last thing we need is more funding for police, while the health department has 60 unfilled positions."

Clay Reynolds (2020-12-03). Reach out into darkness; come together, right now. nationofchange.org Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and get down to the business of working together.

Philip Giraldi (2020-12-02). Tony Blinken Replaces Mike Pompeo. globalresearch.ca I for one am getting really excited by the staff that Honest Joe Biden is pulling together for the White House. When I first heard the name Tony Blinken during the Obama kleptocracy I assumed that he was one of …

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-12-02). Former Officials of the àÅñez Administration Are Fleeing Bolivia for U.S. and Brazil. globalresearch.ca New Bolivian President Luis Arce is investigating several former officials who served his predecessor Jeanine àÅñez. They are accused of corruption or being responsible for massacres. Dozens fled Bolivia for the U.S. and Brazil to avoid prosecution, while others have …

Naureen Shah (2020-12-02). Separated Families, Death, and Despair — All at the Hands of CBP. We Need Action, Now. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is at the heart of some of the greatest moral horrors of the last four years, personified in stories that we cannot forget: the

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-02). Millions of Americans Vulnerable to Eviction. globalresearch.ca During the most severe Main Street economic collapse in US history — with over one-fourth of working-age Americans jobless — additional calamity looms in the coming weeks. | According to Census Bureau estimates, 30 to 40 million Americans face possible eviction …

Gloria La Riva (2020-12-02). Venezuela's anti-blockade law and the Dec. 6 elections. liberationnews.org Progressive forces mobilize nationwide to win back the assembly from right-wing politicians who won the majority in December 2015.

Gloria La Riva (2020-12-02). La Ley Antibloqueo de Venezuela y las elecciones el 6 de diciembre. liberationnews.org Las fuerzas progresistas se están movilizando en todo el país para recuperar la asamblea de los políticos de derecha que obtuvieron la mayoría en diciembre de 2015.

Andrew Korybko (2020-12-02). "Global Policeman": Why's the US in the South China Sea? globalresearch.ca America regards itself as the "global policeman", hence its arrogant actions, but it was never deputized by the international community to fulfill such a role. Rather, it's more like a dangerously delusional role player than a legitimate law enforcement officer….

Gareth Porter (2020-12-02). How Israel deployed an intelligence deception to justify killing Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. thegrayzone.com Israel's Mossad has spent years on a propaganda campaign aimed at convincing the world Iran possessed a nuclear weapons program — and legitimizing its assassinations of Iranian academics. The Israeli assassination of Iranian defense official Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is being treated as a triumph of Israeli intelligence, with ubiquitous references in the New York Times and other major media outlets to the killing of "Iran's top nuclear scientist". In fact, Israel's Mossad intelligence agency eliminated Fakhrizadeh, a defense official, despite the …

Fight Back (2020-12-02). Native Lives Matter holds candlelight vigil on National Day of Mourning. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Over 100 protesters gathered in Minneapolis to stand in solidarity with Indigenous people on Thanksgiving, November 26, for a National Day of Mourning. It is a reminder of the genocide and suffering of Native Americans that still continues today. 400 years have passed since Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and colonized the land Native Americans had been living on for thousands of years. In the shadow of the Minneapolis skyline, several speakers touched on the many struggles Indigenous people face today and the erasure of their people. | Tonia Black Elk, an organizer from Native Lives Matter, s…

Steve Gillis (2020-12-02). Thousands bust 'Thanksgiving' myth on 51st National Day of Mourning. workers.org Plymouth, Mass. November 26 marked the 51st National Day of Mourning. The first was in 1970 when Aquinnah Wampanoag elder Wamsutta Frank James called Indigenous peoples and their supporters to "America's Hometown." The crowd joined the United American Indians of New England on Cole's Hill in Plymouth, Mass., to expose . . . |

Subhankar Banerjee (2020-12-02). One of the Best Ways to Protect Biodiversity is to Preserve Indigenous Languages. counterpunch.org One million animal and plant species face extinction due to human activity, according to the United Nations. Now, think about cultural production—art and literature that we have invested to address the extinction of just a handful of species (passenger pigeon included). Quite a bit actually. The extinction of one million species feels rather abstract, beyond

Assessoria de Imprensa (2020-12-02). Indigenous people block Trans-Amazon Highway protesting industrial drought. peoplesworld.org ALTAMIRA, Pará, Brazil (Nov. 9) — On Monday morning, Nov. 9, an estimated 150 fishermen, riverside inhabitants, local farmers and members of the indigenous Curuaya and Xipaya peoples from Altamira, Senator José Porfírio, Novo Brasil, Anapu and Vitória do Xingu, five municipalities in the State of Pará, occupied both lanes of the Trans-Amazon Highway at …

teleSUR (2020-12-02). Ecuador Sentences 11 Waorani Indigenous People Over Homicide. telesurenglish.net The Justice Court of Orellana province in Ecuador ratified the sentence imposed on 11 persons of the Waorani Indigenous community, who were accused of a crime of homicide against the Tagaeri-Taromenane Indigenous tribe in 2013. | RELATED: | The prosecutor's office pointed out that the sentence was imposed under the "principles of interculturality" as set out in the Constitution, following a dialogue with elders of the Waorani tribes.

Steve Gillis (2020-12-02). Thousands bust 'Thanksgiving' myth on 51st National Day of Mourning. workers.org Plymouth, Mass. November 26 marked the 51st National Day of Mourning. The first was in 1970 when Aquinnah Wampanoag elder Wamsutta Frank James called Indigenous peoples and their supporters to "America's Hometown." The crowd joined the United American Indians of New England on Cole's Hill in Plymouth, Mass., to expose . . . |

Keith Lamb (2020-12-02). Australian War Crimes in Afghanistan Go All the Way to the Top. globalresearch.ca The Australian Defense Force's (ADF) recent inquiry into Australian special forces conduct in Afghanistan, between 2005 and 2016, reveals that 39 Afghan prisoners and civilians were killed outside of battle, as part of a culture of "competition killings," where commanders …

WSWS (2020-12-02). Australian ruling elite responds to Chinese condemnation of Afghan war crimes with nationalist hysteria. wsws.org Having covered up and downplayed the atrocities against Afghan civilians, Australia's official parties and the corporate media are up in arms about a tweet condemning the war crimes.

WSWS (2020-12-02). Australian war crimes report: A damning indictment of the barbarity in Afghanistan. wsws.org The depraved abuses flowed inevitably from the nature of the war itself—a brutal operation to crush all resistance to the imposition of US control over the country.

_____ (2020-12-02). Ethiopia: The TPLF's Precipitous Fall. popularresistance.org The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) is facing a "final and conclusive" offensive against it by Ethiopian federal forces. On Tuesday, November 17, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's Prime Minister, declared that, "The three-day ultimatum given to Tigray special forces and the militia to surrender to the national defence…ended today. Following the expiration of this deadline, the final critical act of law enforcement will be done in the coming days." The dire situation that the TPLF now finds itself in reflects just how precipitous its fall from power has been.

_____ (2020-12-02). Embassy Protection Collective Members Mark End Of Federal Probation. popularresistance.org Washington, DC — Today, three of the four members of the Embassy Protection Collective, Adrienne Pine, David Paul and Margaret Flowers, who stayed in the Venezuelan Embassy last year to stop its illegal handover to coup leaders, are finished with their six-month probation and 30-day suspended sentence. The fourth member of the collective, Kevin Zeese, died unexpectedly in September. | The three collective members are traveling to Venezuela to serve as official election observers for the National Assembly election to be held on December 6, 2020.

South Front (2020-12-02). Video: Azerbaijani Troops Are in Lachin, but Unresolved Karabakh Status Remains Source of Tensions. globalresearch.ca The Nagorno-Karabakh region has been nearing the end of the first phase of the implementation of the Armenian-Azerbaijani ceasefire deal that started on November 10. | Late on November 30, Azerbaijani troops started entering the Lachin district in the Nagorno-Karabkah region. …

Staff (2020-12-02). The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Is Not Just Public Land. It's Sacred Land. truthout.org As we approach the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's 60th anniversary on December 6, it is important to remember that the past 60 years are a blip within millennia of coexistence and stewardship by Arctic Indigenous peoples. Though these six decades of legislative protections call for celebration, they have also been marred by political conflict and the constant threat of oil extraction on the coastal plain. Redefining the ways in which we understand and manage lands like the Arctic Refuge cou…

Pip Hinman (2020-12-03). Time to mobilise to defend workers' rights. greenleft.org.au The union-bosses-government working groups to discuss industrial relations reform have not delivered and the PM has signalled new IR laws before Christmas. Sarah Hathway argues that union leaderships need to get prepared.

Pip Hinman (2020-12-03). The Accord: a class collaboration project that weakened unions. greenleft.org.au Tripartite discussions aimed at reaching consensus between the government of the day, unions and business are not new. Jonathan Strauss discusses the legacy of Labor government-sponsored prices and incomes accords of the 1980s and 1990s.

news.un (2020-12-02). Ethiopian Government and UN strike deal for 'unimpeded' humanitarian access in Tigray. news.un.org The UN on Friday announced that agreement has been reached with the Ethiopian Government to allow "unimpeded, sustained and secure access" for humanitarian supplies to reach those in need across areas now under its control in Tigray.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-02). Sudan struggles to cope with refugees of war in Ethiopia's Tigray region. peoplesdispatch.org As many as 43,000 refugees crossed over from Tigray into Sudan during the two-and-a half week-long military conflict between November 4-28. They are mainly in the El Gedaref and Kassala States…

Staff (2020-12-02). Where Are the Progressives? Briahna Joy Gray on Neera Tanden & Other Biden Picks for Economic Team. democracynow.org President-elect Joe Biden announced his top economic advisers this week, setting the tone for his administration's recovery plan, including Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress think tank, as head of the Office of Management and Budget. While Tanden would be the first woman of color and the first South Asian woman in the role, critics oppose her organization's cozy relationship with corporate funders, her record of antagonizing and undermining progressive Democrats, and her aggressive foreign policy positions. Briahna Joy Gray, former national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders 2020 pre…

Ali Harb (2020-12-02). US senators and activists push to block huge arms deal with UAE. middleeasteye.net US senators and activists push to block huge arms deal with UAE | Legislators in Washington introduce resolution against $23bn arms package for Abu Dhabi that includes killer drones and F-35 jets | Wed, 12/02/2020 – 23: 20 | Saudi Arabia and UAE have been accused of war crimes in Yemen (Reuters/File photo) | Opposition in Washington is mounting against an enormous arms deal with the United Arab Emirates that woul…

Staff (2020-12-02). "The Dead Are Arising": New Biography on Malcolm X's Childhood, Killing & Secret Meeting with KKK. democracynow.org We speak with the co-author of a major new biography of Malcolm X, "The Dead Are Arising," which recently won the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction and offers a sweeping account of Malcolm X's life by weaving together hundreds of interviews with Malcolm X's family, friends, colleagues and enemies. The book is based on decades of research by Les Payne, who died in 2018, and finished by his daughter, Tamara Payne. "The reason why he admired Malcolm is because Malcolm was dealing with the conditions that Black people are facing even internally and how we viewed ourselves in this situation," she says, and descr…

Platypus Santa Cruz (2020-12-02). Saturday 12/5: Marxism in the Age of Trump. indybay.org Online Event | zoom.us/j/96939137271

Mongabay (2020-12-02). Amazon Deforestation Tops 11,000 sq km in Brazil, Reaching 12-year High. globalresearch.ca Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon topped 11,000 square kilometers for the first time since 2008 reports the Brazilian government. | According to data released today by Brazil's national space research institute

_____ (2020-12-02). How Do We Solve A Problem Like Amazon? popularresistance.org Progressive International has launched a global campaign to #MakeAmazonPay. Yet for two decades numerous unions and campaigns across the globe have scratched their heads wondering how to curb the ever-expanding might of what has become one of the world's most valuable companies. | At Bad Hersfeld and (eventually) internationally, Amazon has become far more accustomed to strikes, yet the company's power shows no signs of being tempered. Indeed in Germany, despite more than 300 days lost to strike action, Amazon has consistently been able to resist workers' demand for a collective agreement.

Katherine Khashimova Long (2020-12-02). Protesters decry Amazon warehouse conditions as they gear up for holiday shopping. zcomm.org "We're going to march and rally and tell these people who are making six figures what they need to hear: We're essential workers. And we still exist"

Martha Grevatt (2020-12-02). Working class unites across India/250-million-strong strike! workers.org For the second time this year, a class-wide mobilization in an "All-India strike" brought out 250 million workers. With one in four working-age people in India participating, this 24-hour work stoppage can again claim the status of "world's biggest strike." The first record-breaking general strike had taken place on Jan. . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2020-12-02). Working class unites across India/250-million-strong strike! workers.org For the second time this year, a class-wide mobilization in an "All-India strike" brought out 250 million workers. With one in four working-age people in India participating, this 24-hour work stoppage can again claim the status of "world's biggest strike." The first record-breaking general strike had taken place on Jan. . . . |

Jack Rasmus (2020-12-02). A New Technology That Will Dangerously Expand Government Spying on Citizens. counterpunch.org If you're worried about the capability of government to conduct surveillance of citizens engaged in political assembly and protest, or even just personal activity, then you should be aware the technological capability of government surveillance is about to expand exponentially. The US Air Force's Research Lab (yes, it has its own lab) has recently signed

Sara Flounders (2020-12-02). Lucha de clases en China: øcómo lidiar con los multimillonarios? workers.org "El aprendiz del brujo" es una vieja historia que se repite en muchas variaciones, desde mitos griegos hasta un famoso poema alemán de Goethe en 1797 y hasta una película de Alfred Hitchcock y varias versiones de Disney. Todas las variaciones tratan de invocar o desatar fuerzas abrumadoras que no . . . |

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-12-02). Spain on the Brink of Financial Collapse. globalresearch.ca The Spanish economic situation worsens day after day. The national manufacturing sector dropped significantly in November, according to data from IHS Markit, which attributes the decline to the drop in production demand due to the pandemic. The decrease in production …

Ajamu Baraka (2020-12-02). Will This Be the Radicalization of Black Lives Matter? dissidentvoice.org On Monday a group of local Black Lives Matter chapters issued a statement to the public calling for more transparency and accountability from the Black Lives Matter Global Network (BLMGN), the umbrella structure for the Black Lives Matter structures. In what appears to be an ongoing internal discussion, the chapters claimed that BLMGN not only …

RT (2020-12-02). Valery Giscard d'Estaing, ex-president of France and author of ill-fated EU constitution, dead 'due to Covid-19' at age 94. rt.com Valéry Marie René Georges Giscard d'Estaing, who served as president of France from 1974 to 1981, passed away from what his family said were effects of the novel coronavirus, having been hospitalized for breathing difficulties. | Also known as Giscard and VGE, d'Estaing was the third president of the French Fifth Republic, succeeding the popular Georges Pompidou as the leader of the Gaullist conservatives. He narrowly lost re-election to socialist Francois Miterrand, after a challenge from the right by future president Jacques Chirac. | VGE was hospitalized in September with a lung infection, and then again in…

RT (2020-12-02). Valery Giscard d'Estaing, ex-president of France and author of ill-fated EU constitution, dies 'due to Covid-19' at age 94. rt.com Valery Marie Rene Georges Giscard d'Estaing, who served as president of France from 1974 to 1981, passed away from what his family said were effects of the novel coronavirus, having been hospitalized with breathing difficulties. | Also known as Giscard and VGE, d'Estaing was the third president of the French Fifth Republic, succeeding the popular Georges Pompidou as the leader of the Gaullist conservatives. He narrowly lost re-election to socialist Francois Miterrand, after a challenge from the right by future president Jacques Chirac. | VGE was hospitalized in September with a lung infection, and then again i…

Freedom Socialist Party Bay Area (2020-12-02). Sunday 12/13: The Confounding 2020 Election: Analysis & Next Steps for Action. indybay.org Zoom (registration link in description)…

MEE and agencies (2020-12-02). Egypt: Amnesty condemns 'horrifying execution spree'. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Amnesty condemns 'horrifying execution spree' | Dozens of people have been put to death in the past two months according to UK-based rights group | Wed, 12/02/2020 – 08: 14 | Amnesty said the 'execution spree' followed an incident in September at Cairo's Tora prison in which several policemen and death-row prisoners were killed in a botched breakout attempt (AFP) | Amnesty Internati…

The Tricontinental (2020-12-02). Dossier 35: The Legacy of Lekra: Organising revolutionary culture in Indonesia. mronline.org Martin Aleida recalls the moment he was released from prison at the end of 1966. At twenty-two, Martin emerged from nearly a year behind bars to Jakarta, unable to find his friends and comrades.

Umar A Farooq (2020-12-02). Muslim Americans ran for office in record numbers in 2020. middleeasteye.net Muslim Americans ran for office in record numbers in 2020 | At least 170 Muslim candidates were on ballots this election cycle, running in 28 states and Washington DC | Wed, 12/02/2020 – 17: 07 | Of 170 Muslim-American candidates that ran in 2020, 62 won elections (AFP) | Muslim Americans ran for political office in record numbers this year, according to a report published on Wednesday by multiple…

Staff (2020-12-02). Update: Forced-hysterectomy victims in ICE detention deported. therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South Legal and Advocacy Director and lawyer for Dawn Wooten, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center and the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on ICE abuses, including the case of ICE detainees being forced to have hysterectomies while in custody…

Princess Harmony (2020-12-02). How prisons contribute to opioid crisis. workers.org Prisons, which serve the purposes of the capitalist bourgeoisie, are filled to the brim with people who suffer from addiction and other substance use disorders. Among them are opioid users. The gold-standard treatments for opioid use disorders (opioid addictions) are methadone (Diskets, Methadose) and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex, Sublocade, Zubsolv, Bunavail). . . . |

Ted Kelly (2020-12-02). Palestinian prisoner Maher-al-Akhras released after 103-day hunger strike. workers.org Hunger striker Maher al-Akhras Palestinian political prisoner Maher al-Akhras was released from Israeli prison Nov. 26. He had staged a hunger strike for 103 days in protest of his arrest and incarceration. He was held by occupation forces under "administrative detention" and was never charged with a crime. Akhras, who . . . |

Al Neal (2020-12-02). The Closing Argument: "Victims of Communism" peoplesworld.org It begins with a carefully worded "draft" resolution asking for public recognition of any "XYZ" event, memorial, or remembrance. From there, copies are given to friendly elected officials seated within any legislative body. And typically, the resolution is introduced, and the innocuous language is read, re-read, and approved to the fanfare of only a few. …

Leonard Peltier (2020-12-02). Message to National Day of Mourning 2020 from Leonard Peltier. workers.org Greetings my relatives, friends, loved ones and supporters, First of all, I want to thank you for the privilege of being allowed to express my feelings about this "Day of Mourning," as we call it, and "Day of Thanksgiving," as the rest of the U.S. calls it. Sometimes I'm at . . . |

Ben Chacko (2020-12-02). Neo-Nazi groups targeted by German police raids. peoplesworld.org Hundreds of police officers raided homes in three German states Tuesday, Dec. 1, after the government banned the far-right Wolfsbrigade 44 organization. The homes of 11 members of the group were searched in Hesse, Mecklenburg West-Pomerania, and North Rhine-Westphalia to seize funds and neo-Nazi propaganda. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer declared: "Whoever fights against the basic …

Ted Kelly (2020-12-02). Palestinian prisoner Maher al-Akhras released after 103-day hunger strike. workers.org Hunger striker Maher al-Akhras Palestinian political prisoner Maher al-Akhras was released from Israeli prison Nov. 26. He had staged a hunger strike for 103 days in protest of his arrest and incarceration. He was held by occupation forces under "administrative detention" and was never charged with a crime. Akhras, who . . . |

Susie Day (2020-12-02). Clare Grady at 100 Seconds To Midnight. counterpunch.org The blood that we poured at Kings Bay Naval Base? I'm part of a community where blood is used as a symbol of atonement. It cuts through intellectual brain fog. It's also not a big deal, the blood's drawn by a nurse, and it's stored carefully. We took a little of our blood in small bottles, and we took hammers — household hammers — and spray-paint and bolt cutters and banners — we brought three to Kings Bay.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-12-02). Independent report finds myriad problems with pandemic relief, jobless aid. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The federal government's effort to help the millions of people harmed—physically, economically, or both—by the coronavirus pandemic suffers from myriad problems, a new independent report says. And the non-partisan Government Accountability Office adds that in states' own rush to get jobless aid to people, such as gig workers, who don't qualify for regular unemployment benefits, …

Beau Peters (2020-12-02). Healthcare Innovations: Going Too Far or Not Far Enough? dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pexels Technological innovations have reshaped the world drastically in only a matter of decades, giving us life-changing devices like smartphones that allow us to tap into worlds of information instantly. The healthcare sector, however, for all its developments, is not quite catching up to the rates of innovation seen in other industries. Introducing …

Staff (2020-12-02). Black Panthers Eddie Conway and Paul Coates' revolution wasn't televised. therealnews.com Former Black Panthers Eddie Conway and Paul Coates talk about their new book, "The Brother You Choose," which delves deep into their friendship and their parallel lives as freedom fighters and family men, featuring an afterword from Paul's son, Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-12-02). What is War? counterpunch.org On Marc Levy's "Medic In The Green Time" What is war? Let me propose the following undoubtedly imperfect definitions. War is dehumanization by the violent crimes of mass murder and the efforts to destroy civil societies. Offensive war is the crime of making war to dominate another civil society. Defensive war is the tragedy of

Al Neal (2020-12-02). 'Victims of Communism' group seeks a return to McCarthyism. peoplesworld.org It begins with a carefully worded "draft" resolution asking for public recognition of any "XYZ" event, memorial, or remembrance. From there, copies are given to friendly elected officials seated within any legislative body. And typically, the resolution is introduced, and the innocuous language is read, re-read, and approved to the fanfare of only a few. …

Monica Moorehead (2020-12-02). Black activists demand Biden make a down payment on reparations NOW! workers.org On Nov. 27, a People's Webinar entitled, "Post Election Fight for Reparations Now!" was organized by the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based December 12th Movement to demand that President-Elect Joe Biden issue an executive order to make a down payment of at least $500 billion on the debt owed to the descendants of . . . |

W. T. Whitney (2020-12-02). US Plot Relying on Extradition Targets Peace in Colombia. counterpunch.org For 50 years Colombian governments and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fought a civil war; 200,000 lives were lost. After four years of negotiations, the two sides signed a peace agreement that took effect in November 2016. Now the agreement is in trouble, mainly at the hands of rightwing extremists led by former

RT (2020-12-02). Aliens or just nature at play? Amazing light pillars give Russian city sci-fi movie-like feast of brightness (PHOTOS). rt.com A rare phenomenon was observed by residents of the Siberian city of Tyumen, on the first night of winter, as light pillars colored the pre-dawn skies in blue and orange hues. | Numerous vertical shiny beams remained visible in the sky right up until sunrise, with many people flocking outside and taking pictures to share on social media. | The sight might've resembled an alien invasion to an imaginative witness, with tractor beams lowered into Tyumen to deploy extraterrestrial forces from spaceships to Earth. | But there seems to have been no panic among the locals, as light pillars aren't too uncommon in no…

Umar A Farooq (2020-12-02). Muslim Americans ran for office in record numbers in 2020. middleeasteye.net Muslim Americans ran for office in record numbers in 2020 | One hundred and seventy Muslim candidates were on the ballot this election cycle, running across 28 states and Washington DC | Wed, 12/02/2020 – 17: 07 | Of the 170 Muslim American candidates that ran in 2020, at least 62 won their elections (AFP) | Muslim Americans ran for political office in record numbers this year, according to a new r…

RT (2020-12-02). Britain's Pfizer vaccine announcement gives anti-vaxxers an unlikely boost blamed on Russia without any evidence. rt.com The UK's approval of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine was heralded by the government as a breakthrough for "humanity." However, its announcement was met with a surge of vaccine skepticism online. | Britain became the first nation in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use on Wednesday. The announcement was delivered in pompous style by the government, with business secretary Alok Sharma celebrating how "the UK led humanity's charge against this disease," and Health Secretary Matt Hancock volunteering to take the jab on live television with ITV's Piers Morgan. | Also on rt.com

_____ (2020-12-02). One Assassinated Iranian Scientist — Many Questions Raised. strategic-culture.org One of the key players in Iran's nuclear program has been assassinated. This has led to a lot of posturing, finger pointing and narrative spinning about what the ramifications of this event will be down the line. It isn't every day that a scientist gets taken out by organized killers but someone at this very point in history seems desperate to create some change in the status quo in Iran. As we wait to hear the final verdict of the Electoral College the atomic heart of Persia has been ripped out very loudly. So who killed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, why now and why did they even bother? | Well, who else could it be? | No…

MEE staff (2020-12-02). Israel's Knesset passes first hurdle towards a fourth election. middleeasteye.net Israel's Knesset passes first hurdle towards a fourth election | If the bill to dissolve the Knesset passes, this will put Israel on the track of the fourth election in March 2021 | Wed, 12/02/2020 – 11: 14 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives at the Knesset in Jerusalem on 2 December 2020 (AFP) | Israel is on the verge of heading into a fourth legislative election since April 2019, after a prel…

David Rosen (2020-12-02). Covid-19, Schools and the Digital Divide. counterpunch.org On November 19th, Mayor Bill de Blasio closed New York's public schools. He has been joined by other mayors and education officials throughout the country struggle over whether to keep their local schools open for in-class or offer only remote learning. The Covid-19 pandemic has entered yet another wave and, as of mid-November, over 11

Princess Harmony (2020-12-02). World AIDS Day! A day of remembrance and solidarity. workers.org December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day when we reflect on those who have died — and are, hopefully, supporting people living with HIV and AIDS. This special day was first declared by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter in 1988. They chose Dec. 1 as the date so . . . |

RT (2020-12-02). Supply of vaccine doses not enough to stem Covid surges over next 3-6 months — WHO's Ryan. rt.com There may not be enough doses of coronavirus vaccines until May 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned, amid a flurry of activity among drug-makers and governments to get various jabs authorized and distributed. | "We are not going to have sufficient vaccination in place to prevent another surge of cases for at least another three-to-six months," the chief of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme, Michael Ryan, said during a live-streamed Q&A event on Wednesday. | Before mass inoculation is possible, Ryan said that the number of cases will "bounce back up," even in countries that are currently "

Beatrice Lumpkin (2020-12-02). Communist teacher turned health minister leads pandemic fight in India. peoplesworld.org "How Communist Physics Teacher Flattens COVID-19 Curve in Southern India," a headline in the online Science News, caught my eye. That was a contrast to the tragic number of pandemic deaths in the rest of India, or for that matter, in the United States. But I wasn't surprised. I had attended a math teachers conference …

Staff (2020-12-02). Update: Forced-hysterectomy victims in ICE detention deported. therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks to Azadeh Shahshahani, Project South Legal and Advocacy Director and lawyer for Dawn Wooten, a nurse at Irwin County Detention Center and the whistleblower who sounded the alarm on ICE abuses, including the case of ICE detainees being forced to have hysterectomies while in custody…

Global Research News (2020-12-02). Selected Articles: Millions of Americans Vulnerable to Eviction. globalresearch.ca By During the most severe Main Street economic collapse in US history — with over one-fourth of working-age Americans jobless — additional calamity looms in the coming weeks. …

Sheren Khalel (2020-12-02). Saudi diplomat ridiculed for claiming Riyadh does not 'engage in assassinations'. middleeasteye.net Saudi diplomat ridiculed for claiming Riyadh does not 'engage in assassinations' | Adel al-Jubeir under fire as critics point to murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 | Wed, 12/02/2020 – 21: 18 | Adel al-Jubeir addresses panel titled 'G20 to Reconnect the World' at International Media Centre in Riyadh on 20 November (AFP/File photo) | A senior Saudi diplomat has come under fire for cl…

Ralph Underhill (2020-12-02). Vaccine 90% effective at pushing Tory coronyism from the headlines. thecanary.co Image descriptionA scientist in a lab coat and holding a clipboard is illustrated next to a poster featuring the words "Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine" and the image of a syringe with two vaccine vials. The scientist is saying "The vaccine has been proven to be 90% effective at pushing Tory cronyism and incompetence out of the headlines! It will also be vital in fighting the virus…". | By

G. Dunkel (2020-12-02). Crecientes amenazas contra hogares de los obreros. workers.org En marzo y abril, más de 22 millones de trabajadores en los Estados Unidos perdieron sus trabajos. Hasta ahora, la tambaleante recuperación económica ha traído retornado a 12 millones, pero 10 millones de trabajadores, el 90% de ellos en el sector de servicios mal remunerados, todavía no tienen trabajo. Un . . . |

Editor (2020-12-02). Companies lie, workers strike back. workers.org We are in the middle of an epic and escalating pandemic in the U.S. There are 200,000 new cases almost daily, and deaths are accelerating. We all know this. What's missing is how to at least slow, if not stop, the tragic losses that are hitting hardest the people in . . . |

Kenneth Surin (2020-12-02). Labor's Continuing Corbyn "Antisemitism" Saga. counterpunch.org The fallout regarding the UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report on antisemitism in the Labour party continues, as do its repercussions for the former leader Jeremy Corbyn. I discussed the report in a previous CounterPunch post, pointing out that while it didn't uphold the claim by the Jewish Labour Movement, which issued the first

RT (2020-12-02). Spain unveils festive travel ban & Covid curfews, but allows groups of 10 to gather for Christmas and New Year. rt.com Spaniards celebrating Christmas and New Year can meet in groups of 10, but will be banned from moving between regions over the festive period in order to keep a lid on coronavirus infections, the country's health minister said. | The current six-person limit for people gathering outside their household will be extended to 10 on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1, Minister Salvador Illa revealed on Wednesday. | He also announced curfews will be extended to 1: 30am on December 24 and 31, but said that it is "strongly recommended" that people do not mix together from more than two 'bubbles.' | A ban on travel betwe…

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2020-12-02). Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team. dissidentvoice.org In his first words as President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said, "we have to proceed with equal measures of humility and confidence." Many around the world will welcome this promise of humility from the new administration, and Americans should too. Biden's foreign policy team will also need a special kind of confidence to confront the most serious …

Maxximilian Seijo (2020-12-02). New Laws of Robotics with Frank Pasquale. mronline.org Frank Pasquale joins Money on the Left to discuss the legal and monetary politics that will determine the future of automation. Professor of Law at the Brooklyn Law School, Pasquale is author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information (2015) as well as recently published New Laws of Robotics: …

David Rosen (2020-12-02). Covid-19, Schools and the Digital Divide. counterpunch.org On November 19th, Mayor Bill de Blasio closed New York's public schools. He has been joined by other mayors and education officials throughout the country struggle over whether to keep their local schools open for in-class or offer only remote learning. The Covid-19 pandemic has entered yet another wave and, as of mid-November, over 11

RT (2020-12-02). Britain's Pfizer vaccine announcement gives anti-vaxxers unlikely boost blamed on Russia without any evidence. rt.com The UK's approval of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine was heralded by the government as a breakthrough for "humanity." However, its announcement was met with a surge of vaccine skepticism online. | Britain became the first nation in the world to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use on Wednesday. The announcement was delivered in pompous style by the government, with Business Secretary Alok Sharma celebrating how "the UK led humanity's charge against this disease," and Health Secretary Matt Hancock volunteering to take the jab on live television with ITV's Piers Morgan. | Also on rt.com

W. T. Whitney (2020-12-02). US Plot Relying on Extradition Targets Peace in Colombia. counterpunch.org For 50 years Colombian governments and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fought a civil war; 200,000 lives were lost. After four years of negotiations, the two sides signed a peace agreement that took effect in November 2016. Now the agreement is in trouble, mainly at the hands of rightwing extremists led by former

A Guest Author (2020-12-02). Stop ICE's rush to illegally deport families! workers.org By Marta Guttenberg Philadelphia Around 50 people, including immigrant community members, Shut Down Berks Coalition activists, and elected Pennsylvania State Representatives Chris Rabb and Joseph Hohenstein, took part in an emergency rally outside Philadelphia's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office on Nov. 25. Demonstrators tell ICE, "Don't deport the 28," . . . |

Nancy Mendoza (2020-12-02). Trans kids at risk after High Court ruling, detransitioners agree. thecanary.co A landmark

Anand Naidoo (2020-12-02). The Heat: U.S. battles COVID-19. america.cgtn.com A CDC panel meets to discuss who will be first in line for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

RT (2020-12-02). EU and Russia 'too interconnected' to be enemies, former Italian ambassador tells RT. rt.com For all the problems between Russia and the European Union, their economies are so interdependent and complementary that cutting ties would be cause for regret later, former Italian diplomat Cesare Maria Ragaglini told RT. | "We have to start a strategic dialogue, because our relations are too interconnected and cannot be dismissed because we have problems," Ragaglini, who served as Italy's envoy to the UN and ambassador to Moscow before he retired, told RT. | Our economies are very much interconnected, interdependent and complementary. | With the EU planning to roll out a "green deal" proposal, it would be a…

Dana Drugmand (2020-12-02). Here's how big oil wants the Supreme Court to help delay and derail climate lawsuits. nationofchange.org This industry push is a concerted effort to squash climate liability lawsuits.

natashahz (2020-12-02). We Desperately Need an Affordable Justice Act. scheerpost.com Craig Moe / CC BY-NC 2.0] By Ronald Goldfarb / Washington Independent Review of Books Foreign judges regularly visit the U.S. Supreme Court. On one such occasion, a guest asked then-Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, as he accompanied him on a tour of the premises, the source of the words "Equal Justice Under Law." Those high-minded words were engraved into the spandrel at the front of the… |

Nathan Newman (2020-12-02). This Supreme Court Case Could Wreck the New Deal Legal Order. thenation.com This Supreme Court Case Could Wreck the New Deal Legal Order…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-02). Doctored Indignation: Australia-China Relations. asia-pacificresearch.com

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-02). Doctored Indignation: Australia-China Relations. dissidentvoice.org Clay foot diplomacy is all the rage in Canberra, and the Australian government has become a solid practitioner. Having stuck its neck out across continents and seas to proclaim the need to investigate China over the origins of the novel coronavirus, the Morrison government now finds itself in the tightest of corners. Very much one …

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-02). Disputed Election 2020 Results in Key Swing State Pennsylvania. globalresearch.ca Brazen Election 2020 fraud in Pennsylvania and other key swing states rigged things for Biden/Harris over Trump. | If he's out and they're inaugurated on January 20, the events of that day will be an epitaph for open, free, and fair …

United We Dream (2020-12-02). Friday 12/4: State & Local Advocacy Strategies During Covid-19 to Aid Immigrants, Undocumented, & DACA. indybay.org Online webniar…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Commemoration ceremony of martyr 'Fakhrizadeh' held in Absard. en.mehrnews.com ABSARD, Dec. 02 (MNA) — A commemoration ceremony of Iran's nuclear scientist 'Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh' was held at the venue of the martyrdom of this esteemed martyr in Absard city of Damavand County on Wed.

news.un (2020-12-02). Climate Action: It's time to make peace with nature, UN chief urges. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has described the fight against the climate crisis as the top priority for the 21st Century, in a passionate, uncompromising speech delivered on Wednesday at Columbia University in New York.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). US sanctions prevent Iran from buying medical equipment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — UN Special Rapporteur said that the US has imposed sanctions on companies that were trying to supply Iran with ventilators.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Azeri defense min. condemns assassination of 'Dr.Fakhrizadeh'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Minister of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan in separate messages on Wed. to Iran's Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces and Defense Minister condemned assassination of Iran's prominent nuclear scientist 'Fakhrizadeh'.

Colin Todhunter (2020-12-02). Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as 'Feeding the World'. zcomm.org Those farmers who survive the profiteering strategies of dispossession and imperialism are to become incorporated into a system of contract farming dictated by global agri-food giants…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Iranian filmmakers, cinema artists slam Fakhrizadeh assassin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — A number of Iranian filmmakers, documentarians and cinema artists in a statement slammed the assassination of Iran's scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

John Oller (2020-12-02). hCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the current debate on vaccines, originally published in 2017 | Abstract | In 1993, WHO announced a "birth-control vaccine" for "family planning". Published research shows that by 1976 WHO researchers had conjugated tetanus toxoid (TT) with human chorionic gonadotropin …

John Grant (2020-12-02). Joe Biden and the American Shame of War. counterpunch.org Sadly, my generation had to relearn the lessons of Vietnam in Iraq and Afghanistan. But in coming to terms with our defeat, we have a chance to ensure that we do not sacrifice future generations to such folly. — Timothy Kudo, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, from a NYC op-ed I'm sure President-Elect Joe Biden had some

People for the American Way (2020-12-02). Thursday 12/3: Power to the People: How to Win Back Our Democracy w/ PFAW. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Leonard Peltier (2020-12-02). Message to National Day of Mourning 2020 from Leonard Peltier. workers.org Greetings my relatives, friends, loved ones and supporters, First of all, I want to thank you for the privilege of being allowed to express my feelings about this "Day of Mourning," as we call it, and "Day of Thanksgiving," as the rest of the U.S. calls it. Sometimes I'm at . . . |

Dean Baker (2020-12-02). Lessons for Steve Rattner from Folks Who Actually Remember the 1990s. cepr.net Steve Rattner used his NYT column to tell progressives that they should not try to pressure President-Elect Biden to implement progressive policies with noisy protests. He argues that compromise with the Republicans is necessary and argues that the Clinton presidency after the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress is a good model. "Progressive history has not …

news.un (2020-12-02). Cut fossil fuels production to ward off 'catastrophic' warming: UN-backed report. news.un.org Countries must decrease production of fossil fuels by 6 per cent per year, between 2020 and 2030, if the world is to avert "catastrophic" global temperature rise, a new UN-backed report has found.

news.un (2020-12-02). UN commission reclassifies cannabis, no longer considered risky narcotic. news.un.org The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) took a number of decisions on Wednesday, leading to changes in the way cannabis is internationally regulated, including its reclassification out of the most dangerous category of drugs.

Verandah Porche (2020-12-02). 9 Months Into Touch-Free Living, What Shall We Birth? thenation.com 9 Months Into Touch-Free Living, What Shall We Birth?

news.un (2020-12-02). Foreign fighters a 'serious crisis' in Libya, UN mission chief tells high stakes political forum. news.un.org The 20,000 foreign fighters now in Libya represent "a serious crisis" and "a shocking violation of Libyan sovereignty", UN Acting Special Representative Stephanie Williams said on Wednesday, during the latest meeting under the country's political dialogue forum.

Paul Buchheit (2020-12-02). Inequality Gone Viral: The Obscene Numbers. zcomm.org Something has to be done to heal the rupture in the sickened body of our nation…

Staff (2020-12-02). Hundreds of Nursing Home Workers Are on Strike. truthout.org Around 700 workers in 11 nursing homes run by Infinity Healthcare Management are entering their second week on strike. The workers, who are part of SEIU Healthcare, are demanding higher wages, hazard pay and better staffing. They are also demanding PPE, which is in short supply and could mean life or death for the elderly as well as for the workers. Many of whom are women, and they are overwhelmingly people of color. These sectors are disproportionately represented among essential workers, and are also disproportionately…

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (2020-12-02). Now Is the Time to Make Good on the Promise of Justice for All. thenation.com Now Is the Time to Make Good on the Promise of Justice for All…

news.un (2020-12-02). World must not accept slavery in 21st century: Guterres. news.un.org Commemorating the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United Nations Secretary-General highlighted the impact of the contemporary forms of slavery, underscoring that such abhorrent practices have no space in the twenty-first century.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Iran extends hand of friendship to regional countries: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Stating that Iran's strategy is one of cooperation, peace and friendship, the country's Ambassador to Muscat said that Iran has extended a hand of friendship to the countries of the region.

_____ (2020-12-02). France's New Security Law May Have Sparked A 'George Floyd' Moment. popularresistance.org Award-winning Syrian photographer Ameer Alhalbi lies dazed on the ground. His head is heavily bruised and bandaged, blood covers his face, arms, and much of his body. Lengths of cotton wool have been stuffed up his broken nose, giving him an almost comical appearance. Alhalbi has been badly beaten by police. But this is not Syria, it is Paris, where he was covering — ironically — huge, nationwide protests against police brutality this weekend.

news.un (2020-12-02). World cannot accept slavery in 21st century: Guterres. news.un.org Commemorating the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, the United Nations Secretary-General highlighted the impact of the contemporary forms of slavery, underscoring that such abhorrent practices have no space in the twenty-first century.

WSWS (2020-12-02). The coronavirus pandemic and the case for expropriating the financial oligarchy. wsws.org As the deaths pile up in every country, the ruling class is taking advantage of the pandemic to orchestrate an unprecedented transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich.

WSWS (2020-12-02). Hundreds of nurses strike in Albany and New Rochelle, New York. wsws.org Nurses at both Albany Medical Center and Montefiore New Rochelle walked out Tuesday over staffing, PPE and other pandemic-critical issues.

Oakland Privacy (2020-12-02). Solano Court Requires Public Approval Process for Cell Site Simulator Usage Policies. indybay.org Oakland Privacy's Lawsuit Against the City of Vallejo Upholds 2015 Legislation…

_____ (2020-12-02). More People In The US Are Paying Rent On Credit Cards. popularresistance.org With their savings running out, many Americans are being forced to use credit cards to pay for bills they can't afford — even their rent. Housing experts and economists say this is a blinking-red warning light that without more relief from Congress, the economy is headed for even more serious trouble. | There's been as much as a 70% percent increase from last year in people paying rent on a credit card, according to an analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. | "If you're putting your rent payments on to a credit card, that shows you're really at risk of eviction," says Shamus Roller, executive…

teleSUR (2020-12-02). Iran and Cuba to Produce Vaccine Together Despite US Pressures. telesurenglish.net The Persian Minister of Health, Said Namaki, and the Cuban Ambassador in Iran, Alexis Bandrich Vega, held a meeting this Wednesday in Teheran, the Iranian capital. Besides underlining the two countries' trajectory in joint projects in the health sector, they have advocated further increased cooperation in the field. | RELATED: | "We have a long tradition of cooperation and, despite the pressures from the U.S. and the Zio…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Death toll of Boko Haram's latest terrorist attack at 79. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — According to the latest data, Saturday's terror attack of Boko Haram on rice farmers in Borno, north of Nigeria, has killed 79 innocent people.

antifasacramento (2020-12-02). Saturday 12/5: All Out for Sacramento 12/5: In the Name of Antifascism & Community Defense. indybay.org John C. Fremont Park | 1515 Q St, Sacramento, CA 95811…

GMWatch (2020-12-02). Bayer Lobbying "Very Strongly" to Change EU's GMO Regulations to Exempt Gene Editing. globalresearch.ca Speaking during the Bayer Future of Farming online conference, Liam Condon, president of crop science at Bayer, said the company is lobbying "very strongly" to change the EU's GMO regulations to exempt gene editing, according to an

Thomas Scripps (2020-12-02). Ten Years Since WikiLeaks Published the US Diplomatic Cables. globalresearch.ca Today is the tenth anniversary of "Cablegate" when WikiLeaks, leading a group of partner media organisations, began reporting on the contents of hundreds of thousands of leaked United States government diplomatic cables. | The documents revealed the vast scope and global …

WSWS (2020-12-02). 14-year-old Michigan youth who was brutally treated by police dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Fourteen-year-old Honestie Hodges has died from complications of COVID-19 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, two weeks after being hospitalized on her birthday.

Philip Farruggio (2020-12-02). The Reagan/Trump playbook. nationofchange.org Yes folks, Reaganland and Trumpworld don't seem to want to go away… unless more of us say 'Enough is Enough!'

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2020-12-02). Trump's Landslide Meets the Politics of Electoral Fraud in America. globalresearch.ca I want the American public to know right now, we will not be intimidated. American patriots are fed up with the corruption from the local level to the highest level of our government. We are going to take this country …

Speak Out Now (2020-12-02). Saturday 12/5: France: Mass Protests Against a Government Crackdown (Online meeting). indybay.org Online meeting, see website for details…

WSWS (2020-12-02). Los Angeles school district plans full reopening as COVID-19 outbreaks mount in schools. wsws.org Despite claims that they do not intend to fully reopen schools, behind closed doors the school district is in fact planning such moves with the teachers union.

news.un (2020-12-02). 2020 may be third hottest year on record, world could hit climate change milestone by 2024. news.un.org Global pressure on wages from COVID-19 will not stop with the arrival of a vaccine, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Wednesday, coinciding with a major report showing how the pandemic had slowed or reversed a trend of rising wages across the world, hitting women workers and the low-paid hardest.

Commonwealth Club (2020-12-02). Tuesday 12/15: Equity in Health Care: The Awful Truth About Race, Economic Status & U.S. Health Care. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Susie Cagle (2020-12-02). How Hospital Monopolies Broke the Health Care System. thenation.com How Hospital Monopolies Broke the Health Care System…

ZACH D ROBERTS (2020-12-02). On the Line: Armed and Dangerous. progressive.org Zach D. Roberts reports: "I've covered protests in America for the last twenty years. But it wasn't until 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, that I saw men with guns take to the streets."

John W. Whitehead (2020-12-02). Warp Speed Ahead: COVID-19 Vaccines Pave the Way for a New Frontier in Surveillance. globalresearch.ca " Like it or …

WSWS (2020-12-02). Health care workers in the US speak out: "We have PTSD" wsws.org The dire situation facing frontline health care workers during the pandemic is only getting worse as the number of hospitalizations in the US surpasses 100,000.

christina Beach (2020-12-02). Saturday 12/5: Rally on Wheels. indybay.org Rally on Wheels: A Mobile Protest to Ban Evictions and Cancel Rent…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-12-02). The Rich Cheer Wall Street's Records While Americans Drain 401(k)s. zcomm.org The nation's woefully inadequate response to the pandemic is jeopardizing millions of retirement futures…

Tom Engelhardt (2020-12-02). The History of the Decline and Fall of the American Empire. zcomm.org Or What It Means to Fall on a Failing Planet…

Berkeley Food Institute (2020-12-02). Tuesday 12/15: COVID's Hidden Toll: Discussion with Filmmakers and Policy Leaders. indybay.org Virtual Event…

_____ (2020-12-02). Provisional Government Of West Papua Won't Bow Down To Jakarta. popularresistance.org Today, we announce the formation of our Provisional Government of West Papua. We are ready to take over our territory, and we will no longer bow down to Jakarta's illegal martial rule. From today, December 1, 2020, we begin implementing our own constitution and reclaiming our sovereign land. | On this day in 1961, the elected West New Guinea Council raised the Morning Star flag in Jayapura. Our national anthem and name, West Papua, were accepted. Diplomats from Australia, the Netherlands and the UK, and a delegation from colonised Papua New Guinea had already witnessed the formation of the Council on April 5, 196…

Lisa Hardy, Gwendolyn Saul and Kerry F. Thompson (2020-12-02). Tribes mount organized responses to COVID-19, in contrast to state and federal governments. nationofchange.org The story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside: two crucial points for untangling and responding to COVID-19.

_____ (2020-12-02). Covid-19, Schools and the Digital Divide. strategic-culture.org When the Covid-19 pandemic is finally contained, a day of reckoning over the various failures of the American social system will likely come. The call for a Medicare for All plan may well gain political support in the face of the failure of the private insurance model tied to one's employment.

Alex Bainbridge (2020-12-02). What could a royal commission into media ownership achieve? greenleft.org.au While Kevin Rudd's petition for a "strong" and "diverse" news media has proved to be very popular, Alex Bainbridge suggests a royal commission won't solve the fundamental problem.

H. Patricia Hynes (2020-12-02). Book Review of The Inner Level. zcomm.org As this book both documents and generously discusses, rising income inequality leads to a plague of ills: higher rates of people in prison, higher teenage birth rates, higher rates of mental illness, more child neglect and bullying…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-12-02). The Davos "Great Reset" 2021 Agenda of the World Economic Forum. A New Phase of Economic and Social Destruction? globalresearch.ca On June 3, 2020, as a consequence of the "global health crisis", the World Economic Forum WEF in Geneva announced a "unique twin summit" for January 2021 in Davos, Switzerland.(1) The theme should be "The Great Reset". The WEF defines …

Amanda Marcotte (2020-12-02). Mitch McConnell's dark pivot: Wreck the economy — and sabotage Biden's presidency. salon.com Trump is still pretending he'll be president next year, but McConnell has moved on to his plot to ruin Biden…

Eric Dirnbach (2020-12-02). Meet the volunteer organizing team helping non-union workers during the pandemic. nationofchange.org EWOC is an experiment in running a labor organizing project through a large network of volunteers outside of formal unions or worker centers.

Aaron Calvin (2020-12-02). Health Officials Face Death Threats From Coronavirus Deniers. zcomm.org As people across the country refuse mask mandates, public health officials are fighting an uphill battle with little government support…

_____ (2020-12-02). Iran Calls On The International Community To Confront Israel. popularresistance.org Iran is asking the international community to confront the Israeli regime's actions, "a murderer of children" and "a violator of human rights." | In a message sent on Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Iranian President Hasan Rohani has declared Iran's strong support for the Palestinian people to achieve their ideals. | Rohani condemned the recent actions of the Israeli regime against the Palestinians, including the killing of Palestinians in custody and the torture of prisoners, especially women and children…

Staff (2020-12-02). McConnell COVID Plan: No Direct Payments and Stricter Unemployment Requirements. truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday began circulating a Described as a "targeted"

William rivers Pitt (2020-12-02). As COVID Spikes, It's Normal to Feel Helpless. Let's Turn Fear to Activism. zcomm.org I feel utterly helpless before this bilge tide of astonishing official malfeasance and self-destructive ground-level stubbornness, and this sense of helplessness is the fuel that feeds my fear.

Gary M. Kramer (2020-12-02). The surreal manipulation of "Black Bear," a comic thriller with answers that "hover out of reach" salon.com Lawrence Michael Levine spoke to Salon about his ambiguous movie, how we lie to ourselves & his filmmaker wife…

Chris Cole (2020-12-02). UK Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Writes to Defence Secretary on the UK's Approach to LAWS. globalresearch.ca As members of the UK

christina Beach (2020-12-02). Rally on Wheels. indybay.org Rally on Wheels: A Mobile Protest to Ban Evictions and Cancel Rent…

news.un (2020-12-02). UN chief launches plan to revitalise Beirut as 'beating heart of Lebanon'. news.un.org Against the "grim background" of tragic explosions that destroyed much of central Beirut in early August, the UN chief on Wednesday offered a new multi-agency plan to help the Lebanese people move forward, following months of political gridlock.

David Armstrong (2020-12-02). Spreading the Virus. zcomm.org "In some ways, the whole country is essentially living with the strategy of the least effective states because states interconnect and one state not doing a good job will continue to spread the virus to other states"

Michael Sandel (2020-12-02). "We have delegated our moral judgment to the markets" indybay.org "Yes, we can" was a call to solidarity and common goals. The legend that everyone in America can rise as high as their talents can carry them goes back to Ronald Reagan. Access to education should not be a substitute for policies that directly address the roots of inequality and the dignity of work.

WSWS (2020-12-02). Strikes by Kia and GM workers continue in South Korea. wsws.org The strikes are part of far broader discontent, anger and unrest among auto workers internationally over job losses, deteriorating conditions and the health threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). World urged accountability of 'scientist terror perpetrators'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — The international community on Wed. was urged accountability of perpetrators behind assassination of Iran's prominent nuclear and defense scientist 'Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh'.

PEER (2020-12-02). Aerially Sprayed Pesticide Contains the PFAS "Forever Chemicals". Impacts on Human Health. globalresearch.ca State efforts to control mosquito-borne illnesses may be creating a new health problem. The insecticide Massachusetts and numerous other states use for mosquito control, both applied aerially and sprayed from trucks along roads, contains per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), according to …

Pip Hinman (2020-12-02). As heatwave hits Australia, polls find 71% support net zero emissions by 2030. greenleft.org.au As spring exited into summer with record temperatures in much of New South Wales and South Australia, public support for strong action on the climate continues to grow. Margaret Gleeson reports.

Pip Hinman (2020-12-02). TWU vows to fight Qantas sacking of 2500 workers. greenleft.org.au Jim McIlroy reports that the Transport Workers Union has warned Qantas on its latest job cuts, saying it will "hurt the airline deeply".

Matthew Rozsa (2020-12-02). Scientists just used CRISPR to cure the simian equivalent of HIV. Here's why this is a big deal. salon.com The surprising results bring us one step closer to an HIV cure…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Beligian FM slams martyr Fakhrizadeh's assassin. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — In a telephone conversation with Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif today, the Belgian FM Sophie Wilmes condemned the assassination of Martyr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

_____ (2020-12-02). Is the U.S. Actually a 'Police State'? strategic-culture.org Eric ZUESSE | Is the phrase "police state" anything more than propaganda that a government uses against a foreign government that it wants to overthrow — such as the U.S. did against Iraq before invading it in 2003, and against Libya and Syria since 2011, and against Venezuela since 2012, and against Ukraine since 2013, and in all instances destroyed those countries, allegedly to 'bring democracy and human rights and the rule of law, and fight against corruption' there (as if that were honestly the intention)? | The phrase "police state" is used propagandistically to denigrate a foreign nation that one's ow…

WSWS (2020-12-02). Germany's Left Party slanders the legacy of Friedrich Engels. wsws.org The attempt to cut this theoretical giant down to the size of the political needs of the Left Party assumed truly grotesque dimensions.

City Lights Bookstore SF (2020-12-02). Saturday 12/19: Conversation w/ Elif Shafak, Turkish-British Writer, Speaker, Academic (City Lights Books). indybay.org Online event…

Quanah Brightman (2020-12-02). United Native Americans Victory over GSA to Formally Recognize Joe Biden. indybay.org United Native Americans Victory over GSA to Formally Recognize Joe Biden as the President Elect…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Traditional fishing in Caspian coast of Iran. en.mehrnews.com MAZANDARAN, Dec. 03 (MNA) — Every year, with the start of the fishing season in mid-October, the northern people in Gilan and Mazandaran provinces, living on the coastlines of the Caspian Sea, catch fish in their traditional way.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Fakhrizadeh assassination not justifiable by any theories. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Richard Falk says the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh cannot be legally, morally, or politically justified by any acceptable theory, and has very negative implications as an international precedent.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). VIDEO: China lands Chang'e-5 Spacecraft on moon. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — China successfully landed a spacecraft on the moon's surface late on Tuesday in the first mission to retrieve lunar surface samples in 40 years, said the country's National Space Administration.

oneworld.press (2020-12-02). Why's The US In The South China Sea?>. oneworld.press America regards itself as the "global policeman", hence its arrogant actions, but it was never deputized by the international community to fulfill such a role. Rather, it's more like a dangerously delusional role player than a legitimate law enforcement officer.

WSWS (2020-12-02). Podemos silent on Spanish generals' coup threats. wsws.org Podemos is far more afraid of explosive opposition on their left, among workers and youth, than it is about far-right coup plots against its own coalition government with the PSOE.

news.un (2020-12-02). COVID-19's impact on wages is only just getting started, ILO warns. news.un.org Global pressure on wages from COVID-19 will not stop with the arrival of a vaccine, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned on Wednesday, coinciding with a major report showing how the pandemic had slowed or reversed a trend of rising wages across the world, hitting women workers and the low-paid hardest.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-02). Q&A: Cold chains, COVID-19 vaccines and reaching low-income countries. imperial.ac.uk Many low-income countries lack the infrastructure to deliver vaccines effectively, so how can we ensure COVID-19 vaccines are accessible for all?>

Keith McHenry (2020-12-02). Monday 12/21: Homeless Persons Memorial. indybay.org 100 Laurel St, Santa Cruz…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). 'We know who was behind Fakhrizadeh's assassination'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Iranian ambassador to Russia Kazem Jalali has stated that the Islamic Republic knows who is responsible for the assassination of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

_____ (2020-12-02). France's New Security Law May Have Sparked A 'George Floyd' Moment. popularresistance.org ward-winning Syrian photographer Ameer Alhalbi lies dazed on the ground. His head is heavily bruised and bandaged, blood covers his face, arms, and much of his body. Lengths of cotton wool have been stuffed up his broken nose, giving him an almost comical appearance. Alhalbi has been badly beaten by police. But this is not Syria, it is Paris, where he was covering — ironically — huge, nationwide protests against police brutality this weekend.

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-12-02). Eisenhower's ghost haunts Biden's foreign policy team. nationofchange.org The most serious challenge facing President-elect Biden's foreign policy team, which is not a threat from a hostile country, but the corruption of U.S. policy by powerful corporate interests, is the "unwarranted influence" of the Military-Industrial Complex.

Robert J. Burrowes (2020-12-02). Corrupt Science and Elite Power: Covid-19 "Techno-Slavery" and the "Great Reset" Are Now Imminent. globalresearch.ca Do you like to believe that scientists are studying the evidence — whether in relation to Covid-19 or anything else — and delivering high quality knowledge that can be used to guide public policymaking so that it might better serve …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Sidelines of Cabinet meeting on Wed. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri and President's Chief of Staff Mahmoud Vaezi answered the reporters' questions on the sidelines of the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Dave Id (2020-12-02). Moms4Housing Mark One-Year Anniversary with Anti-Auction Action on Courthouse Steps. indybay.org It's been a big year for Moms for Housing with the successful reclamation of a West Oakland home and two co-founders winning elected office. In the videos below, Dominique Walker, Rebecca Ruiz, Carroll Fife, Nino Parker, and Turha Ak come to terms with the moms' successes and lay out some of the challenges expected in the coming year.

Fair Fight (2020-12-02). Thursday 12/3: Rock the Runoff! Virtual Concert Fundraiser to #GOTV in Georgia. indybay.org Online event…

_____ (2020-12-02). 250 Million People Participate In Countrywide Strike In India. popularresistance.org On Thursday, November 26, India witnessed the biggest organized strike in human history. Over 250 million workers and farmers, along with their allies among students, feminists and civil society groups participated in the nationwide strike. The strike coincides with India's Constitution Day, which commemorates the adoption of the constitution in 1949, and comes in the background of an unprecedented attack on workers' rights and farmers' protections by the right-wing government of prime minister Narendra Modi.

Staff (2020-12-02). Bernie Sanders Calls Betsy DeVos Worst Education Secretary US History. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders late Tuesday called Betsy DeVos "the worst education secretary in the history of America" and made abundantly clear that he's not mourning her imminent departure after the billionaire school privatization zealot lashed out at "What do you call a bi…

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Iraqi president condemns Iranian scientist terror. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Iraq's President Barham Salih strongly condemned the Friday assassination of Iran's prominent nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Eric O. Ohuma, Melissa F. Young, Reynaldo Martorell, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas, Manorama Purwar, Maria Nieves Garcia-Casal, Michael G. Gravett, Mercedes de Onis, QingQing Wu, Maria Carvalho, Yasmin A. Jaffer, Ann Lambert, Enrico Bertino, Aris T. Papageorghiou, Fernando C. Barros, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Stephen H. Kennedy, Jose Villar (2020-12-02). International values for haemoglobin distributions in healthy pregnant women. thelancet.com We have generated International, gestational age-specific, smoothed centiles for maternal haemoglobin concentration compatible with better pregnancy outcomes, as well as adequate neonatal and early childhood morbidity, growth and development up to 2 years of age.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Iranian filmmakers urge UN to condemn Fakhrizadeh terror. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — Iranian Filmmakers Union urged the UN Secretary-General to condemn the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Disinfecting public transportation fleet in Gorgan. en.mehrnews.com Gorgan, Dec. 02 (MNA) — The public transportation fleet in Gorgan, northern Golestan province, is being regularly disinfected to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

_____ (2020-12-02). "Mother of all rainy days" for councils living on borrowed money and borrowed time. truepublica.org.uk By Gareth Davies — For years the public has been paying for risky money-making schemes designed by cash-strapped councils. Despite recent Treasury guidance not to engage in such practices, some councils have still been borrowing for investments and the Bureau now knows of at least one council which has been using loans to prop up …

Lynda Carson (2020-12-02). Evictions resulted in more than 10,000 covid-19 deaths. indybay.org Evictions resulted in more than 10,000 covid-19 deaths!

WSWS (2020-12-02). Mass farmer protest rattles India's far-right BJP government. wsws.org The farmers are protesting a pro-corporate agrarian "reform" that Modi and his BJP rushed through parliament in September, at the same time as they were attacking workers' right to strike and gutting restrictions on mass layoffs.

Jasmine Norden (2020-12-02). Hope for the future as increasing number of Europeans support climate change actions. thecanary.co A new Research conducted by eupinions in September surveyed 13,000 UK and EU residents. Two-thirds of respondents said they would support banning short-haul flights and cutting back on meat consumption. Meanwhile, over 50% of the participants said they would back using cars less often. | But while this positive attitude towards dealing with the climate crisis is welcome, personal changes need to be accompanied by c…

WSWS (2020-12-02). Music and aerosols: What the research reveals about the performing arts during a pandemic. wsws.org The Skagit Valley Chorale rehearsal on March 10 was one of the nation's first super-spreading events. A University of Colorado study provided a critical recognition that the virus that caused COVID-19 spread predominately in the aerosol form.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Khaf-Herat railway to be officially inaugurated in 10 days. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — The Khaf-Herat railway Project will be inaugurated officially in 10 days with the presence of the Presidents of Iran and Afghanistan.

Staff (2020-12-02). Bernie Sanders Calls Betsy DeVos Worst Education Secretary in US History. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders late Tuesday called Betsy DeVos "the worst education secretary in the history of America" and made abundantly clear that he's not mourning her imminent departure after the billionaire school privatization zealot lashed out at "What do you call a bi…

WSWS (2020-12-02). Sixteen-year-old Wisconsin high school student dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Even though Isai Morocho's school was not meeting in person, his father, mother and brother all work in-person jobs, allowing for endless possible encounters with the virus.

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-02). Over 760kg of narcotics busted in Mirjaveh borders. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 02 (MNA) — The Sistan and Baluchestan border commander announced the discovery of more than 760 kg of various drugs in the southern borders of the province during two separate operations.