2020-12-04: News Headlines

Defense for Children International, Palestine (2020-12-04). Isolated and Alone. Palestinian Children Held in Solitary Confinement by Israeli Authorities for Interrogation. globalresearch.ca Overview | Between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2019, Defense for Children International — Palestine (DCIP) documented 108 cases in which Palestinian children arrested by the Israeli military were held in isolation for two or more days during the interrogation …

Pablo Vivanco (2020-12-04). US-Backed Opposition in Venezuela Is in Freefall, Have Only Themselves to Blame. globalresearch.ca Most people around the globe would agree that 2020 has been a year to forget. This is certainly, if not especially, true for Venezuela's opposition, and the upcoming parliamentary vote will only add to their misfortunes. | A revolt from within …

Judicial Watch (2020-12-04). New Judicial Watch Study Finds 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%. globalresearch.ca Judicial Watch announced today that a

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-04). We are grass. We grow on everything. mronline.org Farmers and agricultural workers from northern India marched along various national highways toward India's capital of New Delhi as part of the general strike on 26 November.

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-04). We are grass. We grow on everything. mronline.org Farmers and agricultural workers from northern India marched along various national highways toward India's capital of New Delhi as part of the general strike on 26 November.

Michael Roberts (2020-12-04). COVID vaccines: calling the shots. mronline.org Before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the big pharmaceutical companies did little investment in vaccines for global diseases and viruses.

Michael Roberts (2020-12-04). COVID vaccines: calling the shots. mronline.org Before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the big pharmaceutical companies did little investment in vaccines for global diseases and viruses.

Ron Jacobs (2020-12-04). Biographies of a Revolutionary Moment. counterpunch.org Events in the United States over the past four years have brought leftist politics back into the popular conversation. When I say Left, I am not talking about Joe Biden and the centrist Democrats because, after all, no matter how much the extreme right wants US residents to think those Democrats are socialist or communist,

Ron Jacobs (2020-12-04). Biographies of a Revolutionary Moment. counterpunch.org Events in the United States over the past four years have brought leftist politics back into the popular conversation. When I say Left, I am not talking about Joe Biden and the centrist Democrats because, after all, no matter how much the extreme right wants US residents to think those Democrats are socialist or communist,

Harry Blain (2020-12-04). America's Lame Duck Period is Palestine's Nightmare. counterpunch.org The political scientist William Adler recently argued that the main risk of our current lame duck period is inaction, rather than action. So far as the United States is concerned, it's hard to argue otherwise. Sure, President Trump will pardon his buddies, maintain the relentless grift of frivolous lawsuits, and do his best to undermine

Ajamu Baraka (2020-12-04). Will This Be the Radicalization of Black Lives Matter? counterpunch.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

Ajamu Baraka (2020-12-04). Will This Be the Radicalization of Black Lives Matter? counterpunch.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

Shimbun Akahata (2020-12-04). U.S. military bases importing COVID-19 into Japan, details kept secret. peoplesworld.org OKINAWA, Japan—The Okinawa prefectural government on Nov. 30 announced that 72 coronavirus infection cases were newly confirmed among the U.S. forces stationed in the there. This is the largest number of cases in a single day, making the total number of cases among the U.S. military in Japan increase to 564. The 72 U.S. military …

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-12-04). Mumia Abu-Jamal on: Lessons from the first abolition movement. workers.org This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. In 1981, Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death by a "hanging . . . |

Jeffrey Sommers (2020-12-04). Against the Center: the Past and Future of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org The 2020 United States presidential election is both over, and yet isn't. Donald Trump lost. Yet, on two scores the election is not done. One is that there are the tailwinds that propelled Trump forward. They continue blowing with no headwinds forecasted. The second is that Trump will not concede defeat. Though he will eventually

Bay Action 2 Free Assange (2020-12-04). Friday 12/11: Zoe Lofgren Support US HR 1175/1162: Drop Charges Against Assange & Snowden. indybay.org Zoe Lofgren's Congressional Office | 635 North First Street | San Jose, CA 95112…

Bay Action2 Free Assange (2020-12-04). Thursday 12/10: Nancy Pelosi Support US HR 1175/1162: Drop Charges Against Assange & Snowden. indybay.org Nancy Pelosi's house – contact organizer for details or please show up if you know location…

Pip Hinman (2020-12-04). War crimes in Afghanistan: Don't fall for diversions. greenleft.org.au PM Scott Morrison is using a nationalism-charged diversion to take the focus off the Brereton report's findings into Australian special forces war crimes in Afghanistan, argues Pip Hinman.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-04). Jab Me if You Can: How Political Endorsements Defeat Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca Will they ever learn? When former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton announced that they would publicly take a vaccine against COVID-19, National Public Radio

Andrea Germanos (2020-12-04). "You Alone Can Save His Life": Snowden Urges Trump to Pardon Assange. theantimedia.com He's right, you know..

A Guest Author (2020-12-04). Bolivarian soccer genius—Argentinian Diego Maradona °Presente! workers.org By Danny Shaw and William Camacaro The slightly edited article first appeared on popularresistance.org/ on Nov. 27. The fighting peoples of the world lost a humble legend on Nov. 25. Diego Armando Maradona was 60 years old. Arguably the greatest soccer player to ever grace the pitches, the spirited striker . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-12-04). Bolivarian soccer genius—Argentinian Diego Maradona °Presente! workers.org By Danny Shaw and William Camacaro The slightly edited article first appeared on popularresistance.org/ on Nov. 27. The fighting peoples of the world lost a humble legend on Nov. 25. Diego Armando Maradona was 60 years old. Arguably the greatest soccer player to ever grace the pitches, the spirited striker . . . |

Aakanksha (2020-12-04). "Everyone Knows What Happens Here to Girls": the Plight the Children of Mumbai's Sex Workers During the COVID Lockdown. counterpunch.org This is hell This is a swirling vortex This is an ugly agony This is pain wearing a dancer's anklets… — From Namdeo Dhasal's poem 'Kamathipura' The always bustling road had gone quiet for the first time in many years. But the women living there could not stay away from work for too long. Rents

South Front (2020-12-04). Video: Second Karabakh War Reshapes Strategic Transport Corridors in South Caucasus. globalresearch.ca The Second Nagorno-Karabakh War not only led to a shift of the military political balance of power in the South Caucasus, but the agreements reached to put an end to it would potentially greatly reshape transport links, and thus freight …

MEE and agencies (2020-12-04). French police launch crackdown on mosques suspected of 'Islamic separatism'. middleeasteye.net French police launch crackdown on mosques suspected of 'Islamic separatism' | Around 2,600 Muslim places of worship to be inspected in cities across France, according to interior minister Gerald Darmanin | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 12: 01 | Muslim protestors in India and across the world condemned Macron's defence of caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad (AFP) | Scores of mosques in France were raided…

MEE and agencies (2020-12-04). French police launch crackdown on mosques suspected of 'Islamic separatism'. middleeasteye.net French police launch crackdown on mosques suspected of 'Islamic separatism' | Around 2,600 Muslim places of worship to be inspected in cities across France, according to interior minister Gerald Darmanin | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 12: 01 | Muslim protestors in India and across the world condemned Macron's defence of caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad (AFP) | Scores of mosques in France were raided…

Meron Rapoport (2020-12-04). As Israel heads to elections, nothing is different but everything has changed. middleeasteye.net As Israel heads to elections, nothing is different but everything has changed | Netanyahu is looking strong as his latest government collapses around him. But fundamental shifts in society mean voters are more polarised than ever | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 09: 01 | Israelis from the Centres For Social Justice wearing masks of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gant…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-12-04). Roaming Charges: Let's Get Small. counterpunch.org One of the most useful things about Obama's memoir is that he reminds who some of the people now being recycled into the Biden administration really are. John Kerry, for example, who Obama describes as working assiduously to convince greens to "offer up concessions on subsidies for nuclear power and the opening of addition US coastlines to offshore oil drilled." Obama writes this with gratitude and admiration, naturally, and was probably all the recommendation Biden need to tap Kerry as his "climate czar."

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-12-04). Roaming Charges: Let's Get Small. counterpunch.org One of the most useful things about Obama's memoir is that he reminds who some of the people now being recycled into the Biden administration really are. John Kerry, for example, who Obama describes as working assiduously to convince greens to "offer up concessions on subsidies for nuclear power and the opening of addition US coastlines to offshore oil drilled." Obama writes this with gratitude and admiration, naturally, and was probably all the recommendation Biden need to tap Kerry as his "climate czar."

Natasha Lennard (2020-12-04). Amazon Workers Are Organizing a Global Struggle. zcomm.org Amazon is seeing record profits — but little trickles down to the ground-level workers who keep the online giant running.

Simon Hooper (2020-12-04). New head of UK equality watchdog opposed efforts to define Islamophobia. middleeasteye.net New head of UK equality watchdog opposed efforts to define Islamophobia | Baroness Falkner, named this week as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has hosted parliamentary events for the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 14: 40 | Kishwer Falkner has said that Islamophobia should not be treated as a separate form of racism (Creative Commons) | The new chair of the…

MEE and agencies (2020-12-04). Qatar blockade: Kuwait says progress made towards deal to end isolation. middleeasteye.net Qatar blockade: Kuwait says progress made towards deal to end isolation | Kuwait's foreign minister says discussions between opposing countries had been 'fruitful' but gives few further details | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 09: 27 | Senior Advisor to US President Jared Kushner meets with Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the capital Doha (AFP) |

MEE and agencies (2020-12-04). Turkey: US sanctions over S-400s to be mandatory in new defence bill. middleeasteye.net Turkey: US sanctions over S-400s to be mandatory in new defence bill | The $740bn annual US defence spending legislation will oblige the White House to select from a list of sanctions | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 09: 37 | Russia delivered the S-400 ground-to-air systems last year and Turkey has tested them as recently as October (Reuters) | Turkey's lira slipped on Friday after US lawmakers include…

Simon Hooper (2020-12-04). New head of UK equality watchdog opposed efforts to define Islamophobia. middleeasteye.net New head of UK equality watchdog opposed efforts to define Islamophobia | Baroness Falkner, named this week as chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has hosted parliamentary events for the neoconservative Henry Jackson Society | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 14: 40 | Kishwer Falkner has said that Islamophobia should not be treated as a separate form of racism (Creative Commons) | The new chair of the…

Aakanksha (2020-12-04). "Everyone Knows What Happens Here to Girls": the Plight the Children of Mumbai's Sex Workers During the COVID Lockdown. counterpunch.org This is hell This is a swirling vortex This is an ugly agony This is pain wearing a dancer's anklets… — From Namdeo Dhasal's poem 'Kamathipura' The always bustling road had gone quiet for the first time in many years. But the women living there could not stay away from work for too long. Rents

Ragip Soylu (2020-12-04). Erdogan says France needs to get rid of Macron. middleeasteye.net Erdogan says France needs to get rid of Macron | Turkish President slams French counterpart over his intervention in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 13: 46 | French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at a Nato summit in Watford, near London, December 2019. (AFP) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his personal attacks against his Fren…

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2020-12-04). Mumia Abu-Jamal on: Lessons from the first abolition movement. workers.org This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. In 1981, Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death by a "hanging . . . |

Mirinda Crissman (2020-12-04). Remembering Leslie Feinberg — trans warrior, communist revolutionary. workers.org Six years since hir passing on Nov. 15, 2014, Leslie Feinberg's presence is still unshakable. Leslie Feinberg with Workers World Party founding members Dorothy Ballan and Sam Marcy in 1991. The struggle against oppressions that stem from capitalism rages on. That struggle for liberation has literally been pushed forward by . . . |

Princess Harmony (2020-12-04). WW Commentary/Harm reduction, not jails! workers.org In addressing addiction, harm reduction comes in many forms. Some include drug decriminalization, safe injection sites, spreading of Narcan and other forms of naloxone, distribution of medicines for medication assisted treatment along with pure drugs, fentanyl test kits, distribution of clean needles, and the diversion of methadone and buprenorphine. We . . . |

Direnc Balik (2020-12-04). UK Labour Party suspends senior member of left-wing Jewish group. middleeasteye.net UK Labour Party suspends senior member of left-wing Jewish group | Action comes after Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi said she was 'uncomfortable' at other party members being suspended over accusations of antisemitism | Direnc Balik | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 11: 03 | A still of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi speaking to the LBC radio station (screengrab) | The UK Labour Party has suspended a senior member of the Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) group after a meeting in which she said she was "uncomfortable" with seeing fellow members suspended over accusations of antisemitism. | Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi made the comments at a meeting of th…

Tony McKenna (2020-12-04). Death of a Liberal and Black Lives Matter. counterpunch.org The criminalization of black people had been shaped as a clear strategy on the part of the state to target and cripple expressions of popular power, to coerce labour along explicitly racial and class lines, while facilitating the enrichment of an elite which — ever more parasitical — grew bloated and septic having gorged itself on such unremitting suffering. It is in this context that the horror of what had happened to George Floyd forms a link in a chain of systematic oppression and mass murder.

Shimbun Akahata (2020-12-04). U.S. military bases importing COVID-19 into Japan, details kept secret. peoplesworld.org OKINAWA, Japan—The Okinawa prefectural government on Nov. 30 announced that 72 coronavirus infection cases were newly confirmed among the U.S. forces stationed in the there. This is the largest number of cases in a single day, making the total number of cases among the U.S. military in Japan increase to 564. The 72 U.S. military …

The Canary (2020-12-04). Third of families on benefits will rely on charity food this Christmas — survey. thecanary.co More than a third of families on benefits will rely on food provided by charities this Christmas, research suggests.Cut back Christmas: A survey for Save the Children found that 37% of families receiving Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit will rely on food parcels or meals handed out by charities. Almost two-thirds (65%) say they will have to cut back on essentials like food and heating to cover the cost of Christmas.Half of the 1,000 families surveyed said they are worried about being able to afford presents for their children this year.This has left them feeling ashamed, depressed and like "failures a…

Princess Harmony (2020-12-04). WW Commentary/Harm reduction, not jails! workers.org In addressing addiction, harm reduction comes in many forms. Some include drug decriminalization, safe injection sites, spreading of Narcan and other forms of naloxone, distribution of medicines for medication assisted treatment along with pure drugs, fentanyl test kits, distribution of clean needles, and the diversion of methadone and buprenorphine. We . . . |

Eds. (2020-12-04). Engels against reformism in Germany and France. mronline.org Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago today. Modern reformists like to cite Engels as an authority. But until his very last day, Engels fought against reformist ideas and for revolutionary principles.

Global Research News (2020-12-04). Selected Articles: Artificial Intelligence and the Trajectory of Human Civilization. globalresearch.ca By The ruling backed the University of Sydney's February 2019 dismissal of Dr. Tim Anderson, an economics department senior lecturer, prim…

The Canary (2020-12-04). Priti Patel is furious that campaigners are daring to challenge deportation flights. thecanary.co Home secretary Priti Patel has called comments from campaigners who linked the deportation of Black people to Jamaica "deeply offensive" because they linked it to the Windrush scandal. Said scandal involved the deportation of Black people to Jamaica.The government has defended the action as it claims those deported are criminals with no right to be in the UK. Campaigners argue there should be no deportations until "justice has been delivered for all Commonwealth Windrush victims".Thirteen prisoners were deported to Jamaica in a flight on 2 December, but lawyers successfully moved to have another 23 removed from t…

MEE staff (2020-12-04). UK's Times newspaper pays £30,000 in damages to Cage over false story. middleeasteye.net UK's Times newspaper pays £30,000 in damages to Cage over false story | Advocacy organisation also receives apology following publication of article that claimed it supported Reading knife attacks suspect
| Fri, 12/04/2020 – 11: 53 | 'This will not be the last time The Times uses its pages to generate more hostility towards Muslim activists,' said Begg (Screengrab) | The Times newspaper has agreed to…

Devin C (2020-12-04). Attacks on LGBTQ2S+ youth continue in Florida. workers.org Occupied Seminole/Calusa/Taino land — South Florida On Nov. 20 the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of reactionary conversion therapists, striking down previous bans on conversion therapy in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, Fla. Conversion therapy, aimed primarily at LGBTQ2S+ youth, is a term that . . . |

Tony Pecinovsky (2020-12-04). REVIEW: 'Ballad of an American'—Civil rights giant Paul Robeson's illustrated bio. peoplesworld.org This has been a tumultuous year. Millions marched in the streets against police brutality and violence after the killing of George Floyd. They were tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets and percussion grenades, and run over, among any number of other civil liberties abuses. Their demand was "Black Lives Matter!" Their persistence has scored some gains. …

The Canary (2020-12-04). Priti Patel is furious that campaigners are daring to challenge deportation flights. thecanary.co Home secretary Priti Patel has called comments from campaigners who linked the deportation of Black people to Jamaica "deeply offensive" because they linked it to the Windrush scandal. Said scandal involved the deportation of Black people to Jamaica.The government has defended the action as it claims those deported are criminals with no right to be in the UK. Campaigners argue there should be no deportations until "justice has been delivered for all Commonwealth Windrush victims".Thirteen prisoners were deported to Jamaica in a flight on 2 December, but lawyers successfully moved to have another 23 removed from t…

Direnc Balik (2020-12-04). UK Labour Party suspends senior member of left-wing Jewish group. middleeasteye.net UK Labour Party suspends senior member of left-wing Jewish group | Action comes after Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi said she was 'uncomfortable' at other party members being suspended over accusations of antisemitism | Direnc Balik | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 11: 03 | A still of Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi speaking to the LBC radio station (screengrab) | The UK Labour Party has suspended a senior member of the Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) group after a meeting in which she said she was "uncomfortable" with seeing fellow members suspended over accusations of antisemitism. | Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi made the comments at a meeting of th…

Ragip Soylu (2020-12-04). Erdogan says France needs to get rid of Macron. middleeasteye.net Erdogan says France needs to get rid of Macron | Turkish President slams French counterpart over his intervention in Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 13: 46 | French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at a Nato summit in Watford, near London, December 2019. (AFP) | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued his personal attacks against his Fren…

MEE and agencies (2020-12-04). Turkey: US sanctions over S-400s to be mandatory in new defence bill. middleeasteye.net Turkey: US sanctions over S-400s to be mandatory in new defence bill | The $740bn annual US defence spending legislation will oblige the White House to select from a list of sanctions | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 09: 37 | Russia delivered the S-400 ground-to-air systems last year and Turkey has tested them as recently as October (Reuters) | Turkey's lira slipped on Friday after US lawmakers include…

Tony Pecinovsky (2020-12-04). REVIEW: 'Ballad of an American'—Civil rights giant Paul Robeson's illustrated bio. peoplesworld.org This has been a tumultuous year. Millions marched in the streets against police brutality and violence after the killing of George Floyd. They were tear-gassed, shot with rubber bullets and percussion grenades, and run over, among any number of other civil liberties abuses. Their demand was "Black Lives Matter!" Their persistence has scored some gains. …

MEE and agencies (2020-12-04). Qatar blockade: Kuwait says progress made towards deal to end isolation. middleeasteye.net Qatar blockade: Kuwait says progress made towards deal to end isolation | Kuwait's foreign minister says discussions between opposing countries had been 'fruitful' but gives few further details | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 09: 27 | Senior Advisor to US President Jared Kushner meets with Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the capital Doha (AFP) |

Mirinda Crissman (2020-12-04). Remembering Leslie Feinberg — trans warrior, communist revolutionary. workers.org Six years since hir passing on Nov. 15, 2014, Leslie Feinberg's presence is still unshakable. Leslie Feinberg with Workers World Party founding members Dorothy Ballan and Sam Marcy in 1991. The struggle against oppressions that stem from capitalism rages on. That struggle for liberation has literally been pushed forward by . . . |

Ishmael Reed (2020-12-04). The Death and Resurrection of a "Cult" Poet. counterpunch.org A few years ago, the most powerful Black editor in New York asked me to submit outlines for two books he wanted to publish. I went one better. I submitted two manuscripts. He told me that the salespeople rejected them because "they'd only win prizes and critical acclaim." Judging by trends in Black literature, the

Devin C (2020-12-04). Free Alabama Movement calls 'economic blackout' on prison system. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek, Choctaw, Cherokee, Shawnee, Yuchi lands The Free Alabama Movement, led primarily by Black men who are incarcerated in the state of Alabama, has declared a 30-day economic blackout — a boycott of for-profit prison services and a work strike — to protest inhumane conditions at prisons across . . . |

Daniel Giovanaz (2020-12-04). How 800 Families Descended From Slaves Could Be Pushed Out by a Bolsonaro-U.S. Base Deal in Brazil. counterpunch.org Antonio Marcos Diniz was only 13 years old when his family was forced to leave their home near Brazil's Atlantic coast in 1983. Along with 311 other families, they had to move 60 kilometers west to Agrovila Peru so that the government could build the Alcântara Launch Center (CLA), in Maranhà£o, in northeastern Brazil. Today, at the

Joseph Natoli (2020-12-04). Trying to Repair a Room in a House Still Burning. counterpunch.org 74 million Americans voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election with a turnout of close to 67% of all eligible voters, the largest in over a century. Although Biden attracted some 80 million votes it seems clear that the driving passion to come out and vote had Trump at the center. Passionate Trump

Joseph Natoli (2020-12-04). Trying to Repair a Room in a House Still Burning. counterpunch.org 74 million Americans voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2020 election with a turnout of close to 67% of all eligible voters, the largest in over a century. Although Biden attracted some 80 million votes it seems clear that the driving passion to come out and vote had Trump at the center. Passionate Trump

The Canary (2020-12-04). Third of families on benefits will rely on charity food this Christmas — survey. thecanary.co More than a third of families on benefits will rely on food provided by charities this Christmas, research suggests.Cut back Christmas: A survey for Save the Children found that 37% of families receiving Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit will rely on food parcels or meals handed out by charities. Almost two-thirds (65%) say they will have to cut back on essentials like food and heating to cover the cost of Christmas.Half of the 1,000 families surveyed said they are worried about being able to afford presents for their children this year.This has left them feeling ashamed, depressed and like "failures a…

Daniel Giovanaz (2020-12-04). How 800 Families Descended From Slaves Could Be Pushed Out by a Bolsonaro-U.S. Base Deal in Brazil. counterpunch.org Antonio Marcos Diniz was only 13 years old when his family was forced to leave their home near Brazil's Atlantic coast in 1983. Along with 311 other families, they had to move 60 kilometers west to Agrovila Peru so that the government could build the Alcântara Launch Center (CLA), in Maranhà£o, in northeastern Brazil. Today, at the

Devin C (2020-12-04). Attacks on LGBTQ2S+ youth continue in Florida. workers.org Occupied Seminole/Calusa/Taino land — South Florida On Nov. 20 the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in favor of reactionary conversion therapists, striking down previous bans on conversion therapy in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, Fla. Conversion therapy, aimed primarily at LGBTQ2S+ youth, is a term that . . . |

Ishmael Reed (2020-12-04). The Death and Resurrection of a "Cult" Poet. counterpunch.org A few years ago, the most powerful Black editor in New York asked me to submit outlines for two books he wanted to publish. I went one better. I submitted two manuscripts. He told me that the salespeople rejected them because "they'd only win prizes and critical acclaim." Judging by trends in Black literature, the

Jeffrey Sommers (2020-12-04). Against the Center: the Past and Future of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org The 2020 United States presidential election is both over, and yet isn't. Donald Trump lost. Yet, on two scores the election is not done. One is that there are the tailwinds that propelled Trump forward. They continue blowing with no headwinds forecasted. The second is that Trump will not concede defeat. Though he will eventually

Meron Rapoport (2020-12-04). As Israel heads to elections, nothing is different but everything has changed. middleeasteye.net As Israel heads to elections, nothing is different but everything has changed | Netanyahu is looking strong as his latest government collapses around him. But fundamental shifts in society mean voters are more polarised than ever | Fri, 12/04/2020 – 09: 01 | Israelis from the Centres For Social Justice wearing masks of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gant…

Eds. (2020-12-04). Engels against reformism in Germany and France. mronline.org Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago today. Modern reformists like to cite Engels as an authority. But until his very last day, Engels fought against reformist ideas and for revolutionary principles.

MEE staff (2020-12-04). UK's Times newspaper pays £30,000 in damages to Cage over false story. middleeasteye.net UK's Times newspaper pays £30,000 in damages to Cage over false story | Advocacy organisation also receives apology following publication of article that claimed it supported Reading knife attacks suspect
| Fri, 12/04/2020 – 11: 53 | 'This will not be the last time The Times uses its pages to generate more hostility towards Muslim activists,' said Begg (Screengrab) | The Times newspaper has agreed to…

Global Research News (2020-12-04). Selected Articles: Artificial Intelligence and the Trajectory of Human Civilization. globalresearch.ca By The ruling backed the University of Sydney's February 2019 dismissal of Dr. Tim Anderson, an economics department senior lecturer, prim…

Devin C (2020-12-04). Free Alabama Movement calls 'economic blackout' on prison system. workers.org Occupied Muscogee Creek, Choctaw, Cherokee, Shawnee, Yuchi lands The Free Alabama Movement, led primarily by Black men who are incarcerated in the state of Alabama, has declared a 30-day economic blackout — a boycott of for-profit prison services and a work strike — to protest inhumane conditions at prisons across . . . |

Tony McKenna (2020-12-04). Death of a Liberal and Black Lives Matter. counterpunch.org The criminalization of black people had been shaped as a clear strategy on the part of the state to target and cripple expressions of popular power, to coerce labour along explicitly racial and class lines, while facilitating the enrichment of an elite which — ever more parasitical — grew bloated and septic having gorged itself on such unremitting suffering. It is in this context that the horror of what had happened to George Floyd forms a link in a chain of systematic oppression and mass murder.

Stephen Lendman (2020-12-04). US War Department Vaccination Cards. globalresearch.ca All vaccines are hazardous to human health. | It's why they should be avoided, safe alternatives chosen for protection. | Rushed development, inadequately tested, covid vaccines will be especially dangerous. | In what ways and to what extent will only be known in …

Peter Koenig (2020-12-04). Alert COVID-19: RNA-Type Vaccines Which Modify the Human Genome. Crackdown on Free Speech. globalresearch.ca This first video interview may be one of the most important ones you listen to before the onslaught of the Covid-19 vaccine — distinction: Western style Covid-19 vaccine. | The Russian Sputnik V is not part of the same design. | The …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-04). UK and Russia announce start of COVID-19 vaccinations from next week. peoplesdispatch.org Raising hopes for an early victory against COVID-19, Russian president Vladimir Putin on December 2, Wednesday, announced mass voluntary vaccination in Russia starting next week. Russia became the second country to declare such a move after the UK announced similar measures earlier in the day. | The UK health ministry said in a statement that it has accepted the recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and approved Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for use. Prime minister Boris Johnson proclaimed the same in a television address to the nation. | UK PM Boris Jo…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-04). Ola Bini's pre-trial hearings suspended for two weeks. peoplesdispatch.org The hearings are set to resume on December 16, but without any observers. Ola Bini, a digital privacy rights activist and software developer, was arrested in April 2019…

Daniel Warner (2020-12-04). Status Quo Ante and the Return to Normal. counterpunch.org People in Geneva and around the world are hoping that the presidency of Joseph R. Biden Jr. will return the United States to the way it was before the presidency of Donald Trump. According to this popular narrative, multilateralism will flourish with renewed American leadership. The four years of the Trump administration, it is said,

Pepe Escobar (2020-12-04). No Escape from Our Techno-Feudal World. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published on The political economy of the Digital Age remains virtually terra incognita. In

Michael Sandel (2020-12-04). "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.

Physicians for Social Responsibility (2020-12-04). Saturday 12/5: Second Annual Medical Symposium on Health Effects of Oil & Gas Industry. indybay.org Virtual conference (FREE)…

Tom H. Hastings (2020-12-04). Earth to Portland: Dispatch from the Nation's Problem Child. zcomm.org It's time for us to show the world that Portland is a town of peace warriors. Let's practice activism that everyone can participate in, including our children. This world is theirs to inherit–let's make our streets safe for them again.

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2020-12-04). Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, and the Trajectory of Human Civilization. globalresearch.ca "I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted." — Alan Turing…

Beth Stratford (2020-12-04). Green growth vs degrowth: are we missing the point? zcomm.org It's time to stop talking past each other and unite against the real enemies of environmental justice…

_____ (2020-12-04). Prison Strikers Suspend Starvation, Continue Work Strike. popularresistance.org Corcoran, CA – CDCr's negligent and careless response to the COVID-19 outbreak at CSATF has now killed at least three people. Active cases at the prison continue to hover near 1000 and now over half of the facility has contracted the disease. Guards and staff members are still failing to follow safety protocols and continue to move people around the facility creating more and more exposure. | The hunger strikers in D have decided to suspend their starvation in order to recover their health for an ongoing fight.

Mohamed Elmaazi (2020-12-04). New investigation reveals terrible conditions for UK asylum seekers held in ex-military barracks. thecanary.co Over 400 UK asylum seekers are being 'accommodated' in conditions said to be unsanitary, overcrowded, and degrading, 'Worse we than anticipated': | In Napier Barracks | Asylum seekers reach boiling point, Edwards-Dashti reports from Folkestone, Kent where a former military housing block has been repurposed. Asylum seekers told the journalist, at times on condition of anonymity, that the beds are infested with bugs, residents have been self-harming, and that they are only permitted to leave the facility…

Nicolas J S Davies (2020-12-04). Eisenhower's Ghost Haunts Biden's Foreign Policy Team. counterpunch.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

WSWS (2020-12-04). ILO survey reveals COVID-19 impact on Bangladeshi women garment workers. wsws.org COVID-19 continues to rage through the country with the number of infections climbing to almost 470,000 and the death toll at 6,713.

Branko Marcetic (2020-12-04). "Operation Condor": The CIA's Secret Global War Against Latin America's Left. globalresearch.ca Forty-five years ago, under a cloak of secrecy, Operation Condor was officially launched: a global campaign of violent repression against the Latin American left by the region's quasi-fascist military dictatorships. The US government not only knew about the program — …

Swiss Propaganda Research (2020-12-04). Facts About COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Fully referenced facts about covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help our readers make a realistic risk assessment. (Regular updates below). | "The only means to fight the plague is honesty." (Albert Camus, 1947) | *** | Overview: | Lethality: …

Ellen Brown (2020-12-04). Injecting Liquidity into the Real Economy: Why the Federal Reserve Needs Public Banks. globalresearch.ca The Fed's policy tools — interest rate manipulation, quantitative easing, and "Special Purpose Vehicles" — have all failed to revive local economies suffering from government-mandated shutdowns. The Fed must rely on private banks to inject credit into Main Street, and …

Federico Fuentes (2020-12-04). Why Venezuela's National Assembly elections matter. zcomm.org Venezuelans are set to vote in elections like no other in the country's recent history when they go to the polls to elect a new National Assembly (AN) on December 6…

ACLU Northern California (2020-12-04). Thursday 12/17: Bill of Rights Day 2020 Celebration Webinar w/ ACLU NorCal. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

_____ (2020-12-04). Wet'suwet'en Call On Province To Close Pipeline Work Camps. popularresistance.org Members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation are calling on B.C.'s public health officer to shut down work camps operating on their territory as COVID-19 numbers rise in northern B.C. | In an open letter to Dr. Bonnie Henry signed by 22 Ts'ako ze', or female chiefs, the women express "grave concern" over continued construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline through the region. | Three work camps currently house close to 700 people on Wet'suwet'en territory, according to the pipeline builder's November update.

_____ (2020-12-04). Extinction Rebellion Brought Love, Police Brought Rage. popularresistance.org Extinction Rebellion WA (XR) hit the streets with a Festival of Love and Rage on November 28 with a message to the Western Australia Premier: act on the climate emergency like you dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. | Labor Premier Mark McGowan has ignored pressure to open WA's borders, applying a strict quarantine policy. There have been no cases of community spread in several months. | By contrast, the government's response to the climate crisis has been lacking in science. | Since lifting the state's moratorium on fracking in 2018, McGowan has given the go-ahead to several huge shale and tight gas projects throu…

Tenant and Neighborhood Councils (2020-12-04). Tenants Demand Landlords Sign 'Cancel Rent' Contracts As Evictions Loom. indybay.org Tenant union raises cancel rent calls to landlord association.

People for the American Way (2020-12-04). Thursday 12/3: Power to the People: How to Win Back Our Democracy w/ PFAW. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-04). Chinese water deer introduced to UK may be valuable to restoring numbers in Asia. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have found Chinese water deer populations in the UK might be able to supplement declining populations in their native range in East Asia.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-04). Over 2,300 young people attend first-ever STEMM Futures event. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Student Recruitment and Outreach team's STEMM Futures event series has launched with over 2,300 young people attending the first seminar.

Labor Video Project (2020-12-04). Namibian Rà∂ssing Mine Workers Face Covid-19 & Attacks From State Owned China State Owners. indybay.org Namibian Rà∂ssing mine workers face the Covid-19 pandemic & attacks from state owned China National Uranium Corporation Limited. They have tried to intimidate and bribe union leaders and also have fired the Namibian Miner's Union Rà∂ssing Union branch.

Fair Fight (2020-12-04). Thursday 12/3: Rock the Runoff! Virtual Concert Fundraiser to #GOTV in Georgia. indybay.org Online event…

Brett Wilkins (2020-12-04). Martyred Missionaries: The Lives and Legacies of Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford, and Dorothy Kazel. counterpunch.org On the night of December 2, 1980, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford, and Dorothy Kazel, Catholic missionaries from the United States, were kidnapped, beaten, raped, and murdered by a U.S.-backed death squad while working to help the poor and oppressed people of El Salvador. In their lives, work, and tragic, untimely deaths, the women

_____ (2020-12-04). United Nations Removes Marijuana From List Of Most Dangerous Drugs. popularresistance.org A United Nations panel has voted to remove medical cannabis from a list of dangerous drugs. | In the Wednesday vote, the Commission for Narcotic Drugs voted on several World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations related to cannabis. Among them was a recommendation that the drug be stricken from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The list currently puts cannabis alongside drugs like heroin, cocaine and fentanyl. | While the vote will not have any immediate or binding effect on international cannabis laws, it will open doors for reforms that use such international agreements as guideli…

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-12-04). House Hearing: Wall Street Gets Bailed Out by Fed; Main Street Gets Sold Out. counterpunch.org Sparks were flying throughout yesterday's House Financial Services Committee hearing. After Fed Chair Jerome Powell and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, they were grilled for 2 more hours yesterday by members of the House Financial Services Committee. The atmosphere was far less cordial than the prior day,

Tony Cartalucci (2020-12-04). US Struggles for Relevance in Southeast Asia. asia-pacificresearch.com

imperial.ac.uk (2020-12-04). Twisting light and COVID treatment: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

UBDDSP (2020-12-04). Tuesday 12/8: COVID-19 Misinformation: Understanding & Seeking Truth During a Pandemic (UC Berkeley). indybay.org Online via livestream…

US Prostitutes Collective (2020-12-04). Thursday 12/17: End Violence Against Sex Workers: Decriminalization, Justice & Compensation. indybay.org Zoom details sent day of Event RSVP @ bit.ly/usprosd17 get link.

James Cusick (2020-12-04). England's GPs 'Left in the Dark' over COVID Vaccine Rollout. globalresearch.ca England's GPs, who are expected to play a pivotal role in the roll out of coronavirus vaccines, say they are in the dark about how exactly they will fit into the government's plans, according to the British Medical Association (BMA)….

Mike Head (2020-12-04). Australian Court Upholds Sacking of Academic for Criticising US and Israeli Militarism. asia-pacificresearch.com

_____ (2020-12-04). Every Major Bank Has Now Ruled Out Funding Arctic Drilling. popularresistance.org We got another one. On Monday evening, Bank of America said that it will no longer finance fossil fuel exploration in the Arctic, joining Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Chase, Wells Fargo, and CitiBank, which all announced similar policies this year. That means no major U.S. bank will fund oil and gas production in the region anymore. | The news follows years of public pressure from climate organizers for companies to stop enabling Arctic drilling. The movement heated up since last fall when a coalition launched Stop the Money Pipeline, a campaign to call out Wall Street firms' role in particular.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-04). More than half of Yemeni population likely to face acute food insecurity by mid-2021: UN agencies. peoplesdispatch.org UN agencies have emphasized that an end to the Saudi-led war in Yemen is the only long-term solution for ending the food insecurity in the country…

Global Research News (2020-12-04). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Pip Hinman (2020-12-04). Thai activists stage creative protest. greenleft.org.au Thailand's royal excesses were mercilessly parodied in street theatre in Sydney, reports Peter Boyle.

Badri Raina (2020-12-04). Proof Against Sophistry, India's Farmers Demand a Simple but Truthful Commitment in Writing. zcomm.org The time has come when the theatrics of artful dissembling comes to be seen for what it is — theatrics unconnected to reality…

Pip Hinman (2020-12-04). Gamil Means No. greenleft.org.au Young Gomeroi leaders led a passionate protest in opposition to Santos' plan to drill 850 coal seam gas wells on their Country in north-west NSW, reports Zebedee Parkes.

Dave DeCamp (2020-12-04). US Slaps More Sanctions on Iran, Claiming Tehran Has Secret Chemical Weapons. theantimedia.com Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran in 1980s war while receiving support from the US.

Keith McHenry (2020-12-04). Monday 12/21: Homeless Persons Memorial. indybay.org 100 Laurel St, Santa Cruz…

Yanis Iqbal (2020-12-04). Neoliberal Nightmare in Ecuador. zcomm.org Ecuador is currently in a period characterized by immense class tensions…

_____ (2020-12-04). Venezuela Wins Simply By Holding An Election. popularresistance.org On December 6, the Venezuelan people will vote for a new National Assembly. Ordinarily, there is nothing unusual about this, nor would this be newsworthy outside Venezuela. Ever since the election of Hugo Chávez to the presidency in 1998, the Venezuelan people have been used to more than one national election each year (this legislative election is the 25th in 21 years); these have been the presidential elections, the legislative elections, and the referendums to strengthen the 1999 Constitution. On the surface, this is just another one of these elections that has served to deepen the meaning of democracy in Vene…

_____ (2020-12-04). Book Review: 'The Myth And Propaganda Of Black Buying Power'. popularresistance.org Dr. Jared A. Ball's new book, "The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power" explains the history of the black "buying power" canard. It is a commercial and political propaganda tool for the black political class, a cudgel to blame people for their own poverty, and a means of disappearing any critique of capitalism. | Black Americans are besieged by many facetious notions which claim to bring them progress. One of the most pervasive and insidious is the myth of "buying power." We are told that we have $1 trillion that could be harnessed if only we spent money more wisely or saved more or were better educated abo…

Ellen Brown (2020-12-04). Why the Fed Needs Public Banks. dissidentvoice.org The Fed's policy tools — interest rate manipulation, quantitative easing, and "Special Purpose Vehicles" — have all failed to revive local economies suffering from government-mandated shutdowns. The Fed must rely on private banks to inject credit into Main Street, and private banks are currently unable or unwilling to do it. The tools the Fed actually …

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-03). We Are Grass. We Grow on Everything. zcomm.org Around 250 million people across India joined the general strike on 26 November, making it the largest strike in world history…

Staff (2020-12-03). Ethnic Cleansing Feared as Ethiopia Wages War on Tigray Region Amid Communication Blackout. democracynow.org The United Nations has reached a deal with Ethiopia's government to allow humanitarian access to the northern Tigray region and start providing aid. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched military action against regional forces one month ago, setting off a bloody conflict and adding to the already alarming number of displaced people and refugees in the country and neighboring nations. Ethiopia has declared victory after announcing it took control of the capital of Tigray, but the Tigray People's Liberation Front says they are continuing to fight. CNN senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir says what…

Staff (2020-12-03). Ethnic Cleansing Feared as Ethiopia Wages War on Tigray Region Amid Communication Blackout. democracynow.org The United Nations has reached a deal with Ethiopia's government to allow humanitarian access to the northern Tigray region and start providing aid. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched military action against regional forces one month ago, setting off a bloody conflict and adding to the already alarming number of displaced people and refugees in the country and neighboring nations. Ethiopia has declared victory after announcing it took control of the capital of Tigray, but the Tigray People's Liberation Front says they are continuing to fight. CNN senior international correspondent Nima Elbagir says what…

Umar A Farooq (2020-12-03). UN, aid groups warn US against blacklisting Yemen's Houthis. middleeasteye.net UN, aid groups warn US against blacklisting Yemen's Houthis | Designating Houthis as terrorist organisation would have far-reaching consequences in Yemen, including halting aid work amid threat of famine | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 18: 11 | Aid groups are operating in Yemen amid funding shortages, working to deliver as much humanitarian assistance as possible (AFP/File photo) | The United Nations is making…

Umar A Farooq (2020-12-03). UN, aid groups warn US against blacklisting Yemen's Houthis. middleeasteye.net UN, aid groups warn US against blacklisting Yemen's Houthis | Designating Houthis as terrorist organisation would have far-reaching consequences in Yemen, including halting aid work amid threat of famine | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 18: 11 | Aid groups are operating in Yemen amid funding shortages, working to deliver as much humanitarian assistance as possible (AFP/File photo) | The United Nations is making…

news.un (2020-12-03). Amid 'unprecedented' needs, UNICEF asks for $6.4 billion to help 190 million children. news.un.org The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Thursday, launched a $6.4 billion emergency funding appeal to reach more than 190 million children affected by humanitarian crises amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

United We Dream (2020-12-03). Friday 12/4: State & Local Advocacy Strategies During Covid-19 to Aid Immigrants, Undocumented, & DACA. indybay.org Online webniar…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-03). Palestinian student activist released from Israeli prison after 15 months. peoplesdispatch.org 23-year-old Mays Abu Ghosh, a student of Birzeit university, was arrested by the Israeli security forces on charges of being a member of the Democratic Progressive Student Pole, a student group affiliated to the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)…

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-03). Moving Past Apartheid: One-State is not Ideal Justice, but It is Just and Possible. counterpunch.org Once again, Europe's top diplomats expressed their 'deep concern' regarding Israel's ongoing illegal settlement expansion, again evoking the maxim that Israeli actions "threaten the viability of the two-state solution". This position was communicated by EU Foreign Affairs Chief, Josep Borrell, on November 19, during a video-conference with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki. All Israeli

Ramzy Baroud (2020-12-03). Moving Past Apartheid: One-State is not Ideal Justice, but It is Just and Possible. counterpunch.org Once again, Europe's top diplomats expressed their 'deep concern' regarding Israel's ongoing illegal settlement expansion, again evoking the maxim that Israeli actions "threaten the viability of the two-state solution". This position was communicated by EU Foreign Affairs Chief, Josep Borrell, on November 19, during a video-conference with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki. All Israeli

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-12-03). After the Lockdown: A Global Coronavirus Vaccination Program. globalresearch.ca The tendency is towards a Worldwide lockdown spearheaded by fear and media disinformation. Currently, hundreds of millions of people Worldwide are under lockdown. | What is the next step in the evolution of the COV-19 Crisis? A multibillion dollar coronavirus vaccination program to be implemented in the wake of the Lockdown.

Philip Giraldi (2020-12-03). A Killing in Iran: Who Gains from Yet Another Assassination? The Role of MEK? globalresearch.ca It is not often that one can agree with the pronouncements made by former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan, but his

Jessica Buxbaum (2020-12-03). Jerusalem municipality sparks controversy by renaming Damascus Gate steps. middleeasteye.net Jerusalem municipality sparks controversy by renaming Damascus Gate steps | Critics denounce the move to name the area after two slain Israeli soldiers as an attempt to further erase Palestinian identity of occupied East Jerusalem's Old City | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 13: 00 | A mask-clad teenager sits in front of the nearly deserted area outside the Damascus Gate in the Old City in occupied East Je…

sputniknews (2020-12-03). Joint Chiefs Chairman Urges "Reality Check" as US Economy in Shambles. sputniknews.com Jobless numbers show economy in crisis; Dems walk back pro-Palestine comments; Sudan to quit Israel deal if not de-listed as Terror Sponsor…

Jessica Buxbaum (2020-12-03). Jerusalem municipality sparks controversy by renaming Damascus Gate steps. middleeasteye.net Jerusalem municipality sparks controversy by renaming Damascus Gate steps | Critics denounce the move to name the area after two slain Israeli soldiers as an attempt to further erase Palestinian identity of occupied East Jerusalem's Old City | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 13: 00 | A mask-clad teenager sits in front of the nearly deserted area outside the Damascus Gate in the Old City in occupied East Je…

MEE staff (2020-12-03). Covid-19: Gaza closing mosques and schools as virus surges. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Gaza closing mosques and schools as virus surges | After avoiding widespread outbreak until August, when cases began to spike, death toll in Gaza has quadrupled in past month | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 21: 37 | Palestinian men walk past street art in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip on 12 November (AFP/File photo) | Schools and mosques are set to close in the besieged Gaza Strip this weekend, as the Pales…

MEE staff (2020-12-03). Covid-19: Gaza closing mosques and schools as virus surges. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Gaza closing mosques and schools as virus surges | After avoiding widespread outbreak until August, when cases began to spike, death toll in Gaza has quadrupled in past month | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 21: 37 | Palestinian men walk past street art in Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip on 12 November (AFP/File photo) | Schools and mosques are set to close in the besieged Gaza Strip this weekend, as the Pales…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-03). Protesters demand president Alejandro Giammattei's resignation in Guatemala. peoplesdispatch.org On November 30, thousands of Guatemalans once again hit the streets in rejection of corruption, austerity and police brutality, as well as to demand the resignation of right-wing president Alejandro Giammattei, his ministers and the members of the congress. | The Indigenous communities of Sololá department and members of various social organizations organized blockades on the Inter-American highway, which connects the capital to western Guatemala, at several points across the department to demand structural changes in the country. Indigenous people in María Tecún, San Juan Argueta and La Cuchilla, among other vil…

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.

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.

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-03). Decolonizing Thanksgiving And Supporting Indigenous Peoples. dissidentvoice.org This week, as some people in the United States celebrated the mythical 'Thanksgiving' dinner, Indigenous Peoples held a National Day of Mourning and continued their resistance to defend the land and water. As Native American, Matt Remle, writes: Despite colonial efforts to exterminate, terminate, relocate, and assimilate Indigenous populations, Native communities continue to resist efforts …

Margaret Flowers (2020-12-03). Decolonizing Thanksgiving And Supporting Indigenous Peoples. dissidentvoice.org This week, as some people in the United States celebrated the mythical 'Thanksgiving' dinner, Indigenous Peoples held a National Day of Mourning and continued their resistance to defend the land and water. As Native American, Matt Remle, writes: Despite colonial efforts to exterminate, terminate, relocate, and assimilate Indigenous populations, Native communities continue to resist efforts …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-03). Iran welcomes return of stability to Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says Tehran welcomes the new agreement between Taliban and Afghanistan government.

Margaret Kimberley (2020-12-03). Censorship in the Biden Era. globalresearch.ca The corporate media have joined the incoming administration in deciding what we can and cannot see and hear. | Ever since Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 the country has been warned about the dangers of fascism. It isn't difficult …

Paul Jay (2020-12-03). Are "net-zero" emissions a smoke screen? mronline.org Peter Carter of the Climate Emergency Institute says "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050 and targeting 2 degrees warming are a recipe for runaway climate catastrophe. On theAnalysis.news podcast with Paul Jay.

Paul Jay (2020-12-03). Are "net-zero" emissions a smoke screen? mronline.org Peter Carter of the Climate Emergency Institute says "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050 and targeting 2 degrees warming are a recipe for runaway climate catastrophe. On theAnalysis.news podcast with Paul Jay.

David Ruccio (2020-12-03). Age of capital. mronline.org It was during the "age of capital," as the illustrious British historian Eric Hobsbawm aptly called it, that Marx formulated his critique of political economy.

David Ruccio (2020-12-03). Age of capital. mronline.org It was during the "age of capital," as the illustrious British historian Eric Hobsbawm aptly called it, that Marx formulated his critique of political economy.

Platypus Santa Cruz (2020-12-03). Saturday 12/5: Marxism in the Age of Trump. indybay.org Online Event | zoom.us/j/96939137271

Staff (2020-12-03). Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi, Neoliberalism & Inequality. democracynow.org As COVID rages through India, which has the second-highest number of reported cases worldwide, hundreds of thousands of farmers are converging on the capital New Delhi to demand the government repeal new laws that deregulate agricultural markets, saying the reforms give major corporations power to set crop prices far below current rates and devastate the livelihoods of farmers. Agriculture is the leading source of income for more than half of India's 1.3 billion people. The farmer revolt comes as some 250 million workers across the country took part in the largest strike in history against the Modi government's n…

Staff (2020-12-03). A Massacre in Lagos: Nigerian Military Forced to Admit It Fired Live Rounds at Peaceful Protesters. democracynow.org A CNN investigation has exposed the Nigerian Army's role in a deadly attack on protesters in the capital city of Lagos in October, when soldiers opened fire on protesters gathered at Lekki toll gate, a key roadway and protest site. At least 12 people were killed in the massacre, which the Army initially denied, and capped weeks of demonstrations against the notorious Nigerian police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS. Senior CNN international correspondent Nima Elbagir says the massacre "had a chilling effect" on the protest movement and enraged many Nigerians. "We kept hearing from these famil…

Staff (2020-12-03). Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi, Neoliberalism & Inequality. democracynow.org As COVID rages through India, which has the second-highest number of reported cases worldwide, hundreds of thousands of farmers are converging on the capital New Delhi to demand the government repeal new laws that deregulate agricultural markets, saying the reforms give major corporations power to set crop prices far below current rates and devastate the livelihoods of farmers. Agriculture is the leading source of income for more than half of India's 1.3 billion people. The farmer revolt comes as some 250 million workers across the country took part in the largest strike in history against the Modi government's n…

Staff (2020-12-03). A Massacre in Lagos: Nigerian Military Forced to Admit It Fired Live Rounds at Peaceful Protesters. democracynow.org A CNN investigation has exposed the Nigerian Army's role in a deadly attack on protesters in the capital city of Lagos in October, when soldiers opened fire on protesters gathered at Lekki toll gate, a key roadway and protest site. At least 12 people were killed in the massacre, which the Army initially denied, and capped weeks of demonstrations against the notorious Nigerian police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS. Senior CNN international correspondent Nima Elbagir says the massacre "had a chilling effect" on the protest movement and enraged many Nigerians. "We kept hearing from these famil…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-12-03). 'You Alone Can Save His Life': Edward Snowden Urges Trump to Pardon Julian Assange. commondreams.org "Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency during your time in office, please: free Julian Assange," the NSA whistleblower tweeted. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-12-03). New Zealand inquiry suppresses evidence about fascist terror attack. wsws.org The royal commission's report into the massacre of 51 people in Christchurch in March 2019 by fascist Brenton Tarrant is destined to be a whitewash, with crucial evidence being kept secret.

Jonathan Cook (2020-12-03). The Smearing of Robert Fisk…Now That He Can't Defend Himself. counterpunch.org Something remarkable even by the usually dismal standards of the stenographic media blue-tick brigade has been happening in the past few days. Leading journalists in the corporate media have suddenly felt the urgent need not only to criticise the late, much-respected foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, but to pile in against him, using the most outrageous smears imaginable. He is suddenly a fraud, a fabulist, a fantasist, a liar.

Jonathan Cook (2020-12-03). Establishment journalists are piling on to smear Robert Fisk now he cannot answer back. mronline.org Something remarkable even by the usually dismal standards of the stenographic media blue-tick brigade has been happening in the past few days.

Jonathan Cook (2020-12-03). Establishment journalists are piling on to smear Robert Fisk now he cannot answer back. mronline.org Something remarkable even by the usually dismal standards of the stenographic media blue-tick brigade has been happening in the past few days.

Jonathan Cook (2020-12-03). The Smearing of Robert Fisk…Now That He Can't Defend Himself. counterpunch.org Something remarkable even by the usually dismal standards of the stenographic media blue-tick brigade has been happening in the past few days. Leading journalists in the corporate media have suddenly felt the urgent need not only to criticise the late, much-respected foreign correspondent Robert Fisk, but to pile in against him, using the most outrageous smears imaginable. He is suddenly a fraud, a fabulist, a fantasist, a liar.

Ahmed AbdulKareem (2020-12-03). Yemen: Trump Is Showering Saudi Arabia with Last-Minute Gifts. globalresearch.ca While the administration of Donald Trump readies its exit from the White House and the Middle East, Saudi Arabia's use of American diplomatic cover and weapons alike has taken on a fevered pace as the Kingdom deepens the tragedy it …

_____ (2020-12-03). A New Technology That Will Dangerously Expand Government Spying on Citizens. strategic-culture.org Jack RASMUS | 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 a contract to test new software of a company called SignalFrame, a Washington DC wireless tech company. The company's new software is able to access smartphones, and from your phone jump off to access any other wireless or bluetooth device in the…

South Front (2020-12-03). Video: Chicken Kiev Meets Cold Turkey: Black Sea Turkey-Ukraine Axis Emerges? globalresearch.ca On the face of it, an alliance between Turkey and Ukraine seems like a rather odd creation, yet one that may surprisingly durable simply because neither country has anywhere else to turn. What practically dooms them to a partnership if …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-03). The David McBride Case: Whistleblowing, Afghanistan and Australian War Crimes. dissidentvoice.org Much complaint can be had of the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report. It exempts political actors of responsibility for alleged atrocities and war crimes. It suggests that those in the highest echelons of the Australian Defence Forces are ignorant in incompetent innocence. It spares the desk warriors and flays the field …

news.un (2020-12-03). Yemen: Unchecked violations 'may amount to war crimes', Security Council hears. news.un.org UN experts called on the Security Council on Thursday, along with the international community at large, to put an end to the "surreal and absurd dimension" of human rights violations engulfing war-torn Yemen, where abuses continue unchecked.

Pip Hinman (2020-12-03). Right-wing extremist jailed for targeting left, Muslims. greenleft.org.au Far-right figure Phillip Galea, who was just sentenced to jail on terrorism charges, also threatened Socialist Alliance activist and local councillor Sue Bolton after having done reconnaissance in the Resistance Bookshop.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-12-03). The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite. globalresearch.ca Important and timely article, first published on April 10, 2020 | "The International" is the world-renowned battle song of the socialist labor movement. The English version of the original French text reads: | "Wake up, damned of this earth, who are still …

WSWS (2020-12-03). 100 years since US socialist journalist John Reed's death. wsws.org John Reed's life became devoted to documenting the struggles of the oppressed. His greatest work was Ten Days That Shook the World, an indelible, eyewitness account of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

WSWS (2020-12-03). Letter from a Bournemouth Hospital frontline nurse sparks broader discussion on conditions facing NHS workers in UK. wsws.org The letter was publicised by NHS FightBack, an initiative of the Socialist Equality Party, and then shared widely on social media, including on a number of National Health Service Facebook campaign groups.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-03). Doctored Indignation: Australia-China Relations. counterpunch.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

Binoy Kampmark (2020-12-03). Doctored Indignation: Australia-China Relations. counterpunch.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

Reagan M. Sova (2020-12-03). US, UK Governments Should Free Julian Assange. commondreams.org Leaders across political divides should be pressured by the public to free Assange and defend press freedom. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

CP Editor (2020-12-03). Welcome to the Intersectional Empire | Ash Sarkar Meets Naomi Klein. counterpunch.org

Staff (2020-12-03). 200K wrongfully purged GA voters fight to be heard in Senate runoffs. therealnews.com Civil rights groups are seeking an injunction against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to allow those voters to participate in the Jan. 5 runoff senate election, which will determine the balance of power in Congress.

CP Editor (2020-12-03). Welcome to the Intersectional Empire | Ash Sarkar Meets Naomi Klein. counterpunch.org

RT (2020-12-03). Moscow moves to expel Soros-linked US activist as ex-president Medvedev warns foreign NGOs trying to sow discord in Russia. rt.com The Russian government is set to expel a prominent human-rights activist, with former president Dmitry Medvedev claiming there's a co-ordinated campaign by international organizations to stoke unrest in the world's largest state. | Vanessa Kogan, the director of the Stichting Justice Initiative project, told Britain's Guardian newspaper that Russian authorities had notified her of the revocation of her residency permit. She will now have two weeks to leave the country, where she has lived for more than ten years. She also has two children with a Russian national. | The Stichting Justice Initiative is an NGO wh…

Bernard Marszalek (2020-12-03). The Relevance of Utopianism. dissidentvoice.org One summer during my youth I was hired to work the assembly line at a television manufacturer. This was in the days when America had a manufacturing base and actually produced consumer goods. I found myself working next to a conveyor belt slapping stickers onto large cathode ray tubes as they left an oven from …

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."

MEE and agencies (2020-12-03). Detained Saudi prince moved to 'undisclosed' location, warns European lawmaker. middleeasteye.net Detained Saudi prince moved to 'undisclosed' location, warns European lawmaker | Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz has been detained for nearly three years | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 14: 39 | An undated picture made available on 30 May 2020 by a friend of Saudi Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz shows him signing the visitors book in the German city of Dresden (AFP) | A detained Saudi prince has been moved to…

RT (2020-12-03). New Year's Eve parties ruled out by Airbnb in bid to deter Covid-spreading gatherings. rt.com Short-stay rental giant Airbnb has toughened its booking rules ahead of New Year's Eve in a bid to crack down on people throwing parties in defiance of coronavirus restrictions, as well as to try to limit the spread of Covid-19. | From Thursday, Airbnb users lacking positive reviews will be barred from booking one-night stays in entire-home listings on December 31 in Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, the UK and US. | Customers will also need to tick a box when booking to specifically promise that they will not throw a NYE bash, the San Francisco-based firm said in a statement on Thursday. | The company…

Turner Roth (2020-12-03). New York tenants battle privatization of public housing. peoplesworld.org Housing rights groups, including supporters from the Movement School, the Young Communist League and the Communist Party of New York, stood with the tenants of the New York City Housing Authority's Fulton Houses in Chelsea as they recently recommenced protesting the de facto privatization of their homes and the nearby Chelsea-Elliott Houses. Under cover of …

RT (2020-12-03). Labour suspends two activists for backing Corbyn in anti-Semitism row & accusing Starmer of 'colluding with Tories'. rt.com Britain's Labour Party has suspended two leading members of a local organisation, one of whom is Jewish, after they publicly accused Keir Starmer of using an anti-Semitism probe to crack down on former party leader Jeremy Corbyn. | Those sanctioned are the chair of Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency Labour Party, Gary Lefley, and its vice-chair, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi. | The suspension came after the two staged an online meeting with fellow party members earlier this week, criticising that way the Labour leadership has handled the Equalities and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) report on anti-Semitism i…

The Canary (2020-12-03). Lord Maginnis faces suspension for bullying and homophobic slurs towards MPs. thecanary.co Lord Maginnis should be suspended from the House of Lords for at least 18 months for bullying and harassment of three MPs and a security guard, the peers' standards watchdog has recommended.The recommendation from the Lords Conduct Committee follows an investigation into the Northern Irish peer's treatment of a parliamentary security officer and MPs Hannah Bardell, Luke Pollard and Toby Perkins.He was investigated after being "verbally abusive" to security officer Christian Bombolo when asked to show his parliamentary pass in January.The SNP's Hannah Bardell said she was treated 'rudely and aggressively' by the p…

RT (2020-12-03). 'Running out of time': US adds new demands as Russia makes concessions to save last remaining nuclear deterrent deal — envoy. rt.com Moscow has agreed to key US demands in a bid to preserve the New START arms control agreement before it expires, according to the Russian envoy to Washington. He claims the US then simply added new conditions for its renewal. | "The fate of New START is perhaps the key issue for future arms control," ambassador Anatoly Antonov said at an event hosted by the Brookings Institute, a prominent American lobby group and policy advisory, on Wednesday. | The 2011 treaty putting a limit on the number of nuclear warheads, and their delivery vehicles, the US and Russia are allowed to possess remains virtually the only ac…

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."

RT (2020-12-03). 'Running out of time': US adds new demands as Russia makes concessions to save last remaining nuclear deterrent deal — envoy. rt.com Moscow has agreed to key US demands in a bid to preserve the New START agreement in a race against time to extend the treaty before it expires, the Russian envoy to the US said. Washington then simply made new demands.

Bernard Marszalek (2020-12-03). The Relevance of Utopianism. dissidentvoice.org One summer during my youth I was hired to work the assembly line at a television manufacturer. This was in the days when America had a manufacturing base and actually produced consumer goods. I found myself working next to a conveyor belt slapping stickers onto large cathode ray tubes as they left an oven from …

RT (2020-12-03). New Year's Eve parties ruled out by Airbnb in bid to deter Covid-spreading gatherings. rt.com Short-stay rental giant Airbnb has toughened its booking rules ahead of New Year's Eve in a bid to crack down on people throwing parties in defiance of coronavirus restrictions, as well as to try to limit the spread of Covid-19. | From Thursday, Airbnb users lacking positive reviews will be barred from booking one-night stays in entire-home listings on December 31 in Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, Spain, the UK and US. | Customers will also need to tick a box when booking to specifically promise that they will not throw a NYE bash, the San Francisco-based firm said in a statement on Thursday. | The company…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-12-03). 250 million Indian workers and farmers strike, breaking world record. peoplesworld.org DELHI—On Thursday, Nov. 26, India witnessed the biggest organized strike in human history. Over 250 million workers and farmers, along with their allies among student, women's, and civil society groups, participated in the nationwide strike. Now, a week later, farmers continue to occupy the capital city, and labor leaders are vowing this is only the …

RT (2020-12-03). Moscow moves to expel Soros-linked US activist as ex-president Medvedev warns foreign NGOs trying to sow discord in Russia. rt.com The Russian government is set to expel a prominent human-rights activist, with former president Dmitry Medvedev claiming there's a co-ordinated campaign by international organizations to stoke unrest in the world's largest state. | Vanessa Kogan, the director of the Stichting Justice Initiative project, told Britain's Guardian newspaper that Russian authorities had notified her of the revocation of her residency permit. She will now have two weeks to leave the country, where she has lived for more than ten years. She also has two children with a Russian national. | The Stichting Justice Initiative is an NGO wh…

RT (2020-12-03). Israel warns its citizens they may be targeted abroad by Iran following nuclear scientist's assassination. rt.com Israel has issued a warning to its citizens abroad about potential terrorist attacks amid threats from Tehran of retaliatory action in response to the killing of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. | Iran was quick to blame Israel last week for the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, though it has not taken credit for the action. Fakhrizadeh had been accused of heading Iran's nuclear program — even being named by PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel has long been critical of Tehran's nuclear ambitions. | As multiple leaders in Iran have threatened consequences for the scientist's death, Israelis abroad have been warned…

MEE staff (2020-12-03). Egypt releases three human rights advocates after international outcry. middleeasteye.net Egypt releases three human rights advocates after international outcry | Arrests of top advocates at Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights drew rebuke from rights groups and Western governments | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 20: 01 | Rights advocates Gasser Abdelrazek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer were released on Thursday (AFP/File photo) | Egypt has released three prominent rights defenders whose detention last…

_____ (2020-12-03). The Streetlight Effect: When People Look Within the System for Solutions to the System. strategic-culture.org The US political system is not designed to be moved to the left. It is not designed to facilitate a revolution. It is not designed to reflect the general will of the public in any way. The US political system is designed to keep the public placid and obedient while the imperialists run the empire. Nothing else is allowed. Nothing else will ever be allowed.

MEE and agencies (2020-12-03). Saudi-Qatar deal to end blockade is close, say reports. middleeasteye.net Saudi-Qatar deal to end blockade is close, say reports | Information about a new agreement comes as US Middle East envoy Jared Kushner tours Gulf countries | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 10: 20 | Senior Advisor to US President Jared Kushner, left, meets with Qatari ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the capital Doha on 2 December 2020 (AFP) | A deal between Saudi Arabia and Qatar to end th…

Patricia Gorky (2020-12-03). COVID-19: Deadliest day recorded. liberationnews.org The United States hit a grim record of 2,875 COVID deaths reported in a single day, making Dec. 2 the deadliest day in the country since the pandemic began.

MEE staff (2020-12-03). Egypt releases three human rights advocates after international outcry. middleeasteye.net Egypt releases three human rights advocates after international outcry | Arrests of top advocates at Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights drew rebuke from rights groups and Western governments | Thu, 12/03/2020 – 20: 01 | Rights advocates Gasser Abdelrazek, Karim Ennarah and Mohamed Basheer were released on Thursday (AFP/File photo) | Egypt has released three prominent rights defenders whose detention last…

RT (2020-12-03). UK is 1st European country to reach grim milestone of 60,000 Covid-19 deaths. rt.com The UK's toll of deaths linked to the coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 60,000, according to new government data published on Thursday, making it the first country in Europe to reach such a high fatality count. | The British government's figures concern Covid-related deaths that occur within 28 days of a positive test. | Only the US, Brazil, India and Mexico have reported more deaths from the virus during the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. | The UK on Thursday reported a further 14,879 new infections and 414 fatalities in the previous 24 hours, according to government figures, taki…

George Wuerthner (2020-12-03). East Paradise Grazing Plan Seeks to Expand Livestock Production. counterpunch.org Below are my comments concerning the expansion of grazing of the East Paradise Grazing Allotments. This is some of the most important wildlife habitat north of Yellowstone NP. Readers are encouraged to write the District Ranger supporting ALT 1 the No Livestock Grazing option. Please put East Paradise Range Allotment Management Plan in the subject

_____ (2020-12-03). The Streetlight Effect: When People Look Within the System for Solutions to the System. strategic-culture.org The US political system is not designed to be moved to the left. It is not designed to facilitate a revolution. It is not designed to reflect the general will of the public in any way. The US political system is designed to keep the public placid and obedient while the imperialists run the empire. Nothing else is allowed. Nothing else will ever be allowed.