2021-08-21: News Headlines

Editor (2021-08-21). A guide for the U.S. antiwar movement. mronline.org Six Principles for an Increasingly Authoritarian Age.

_____ (2021-08-21). Keep The US Embassy In Kabul Open. popularresistance.org I was on the small U.S. Department of State team that reopened the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in December 2001 and strongly feel that if the U.S. really cares for the people of Afghanistan, it should keep the U.S. Embassy open. | History reveals that generally when U.S. military strategies don't work such as in Cuba (1959), Viet Nam (1975), Nicaragua (1979 and 2018), Iran (1979) and North Korea (1953), the U.S. closes embassies and wrecks havoc through brutal sanctions on the economies of the countries to have some sort of soul-soothing revenge for the politicians that put the U.S. in conflict with the countries. | I'

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-08-21). Latest US misstep in Afghanistan just one of many. asiatimes.com US President Joe Biden is under a tremendous amount of pressure from his own Democratic Party and the liberal media establishment for daring to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan and allowing the country to fall back into the hands of the fundamentalist Taliban regime. Biden, in a statement on August 14, said, "One more year, …

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). Taliban wants ties with all countries, including U.S.: Taliban political chief. ecns.cn Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan's Taliban, said the Taliban intends to have economic and trade ties with all countries around the world.

Dongsheng News (2021-08-21). News on China | No. 64. dissidentvoice.org In episode 64: The United States disengages from Afghanistan, its image in tatters. China, on the other hand, stays engaged. The disinformation campaign in Xinjiang has negatively impacted western corporations who played along with the disinformation. Chinese technology continues to advance in AI. Chinese show a high regard for their cultural heritage.

Fight Back (2021-08-21). MN speaks out against US occupation and refugee crisis in Afghanistan. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On August 18, representatives from Twin Cities anti-war groups and the local Afghan community gathered at the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue bridge to hold a press conference on the unfolding situation in Afghanistan. The event was part of a weekly peace vigil organized by Women Against Military Madness. | Days earlier, the U.S.-backed Afghan government and Afghan National Army collapsed in the face of a nationwide offensive by resistance forces led by the Taliban, after the withdrawal of most U.S. troops from the country. The Taliban's quick success effectively brought an end to nearly 20 years of U.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-08-21). Will Americans who were right on Afghanistan still be ignored? nationofchange.org After spending trillions of dollars and killing millions of people, the abysmal record of U.S. war-making since World War II remains a tragic litany of failure and defeat, even on its own terms.

_____ (2021-08-21). The Crimes Of The West In Afghanistan. popularresistance.org As in Iraq, as in Libya, as in Mali. It is time to finally bury the doctrine of the so-called "responsibility to protect", which was coined at the time of the beginning of the Afghan war, and to brand it as what it was from the beginning: a neocolonial project.

Newsclick (2021-08-21). Mapping Faultlines: What lies ahead for Afghanistan? peoplesdispatch.org What is the situation in Afghanistan with the Taliban takeover? What is the approach of the regional powers likely to be, and what stake might the US and other western countries likely to have? Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha explains…

Steven Sahiounie (2021-08-21). The Road from Kabul to Idlib. Afghanistan and the Role of Al Qaeda. globalresearch.ca

TASS (2021-08-21). US evacuates about 13,000 people from Afghanistan, Biden says. tass.com These numbers include American citizens and permanent residents, as well as their families, US President said…

TASS (2021-08-21). Taliban to present new Afghanistan governance system in coming weeks – official. tass.com The official noted that the movement is discussing peaceful withdrawal of Western forces from the country…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-08-21). Now Would be a Great Time for George W Bush to Shut the Fuck up. orinocotribune.com By Caitlin Johnstone — Aug 17, 2021 | George W Bush has "Laura and I have been watching the tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan with deep sadness," the Hague fugitive writes. "Our hearts are heavy for both the Afghan people who have suffered so much and for the Americans and NATO allies who have sacrificed so much." | Bush tells…

Susan Austin (2021-08-21). Australia must support Afghanistan now, protesters say. greenleft.org.au Hundreds joined a protest on Parliament House lawns calling for freedom for Afghanistan, women's rights, refugee rights and much more support the Afghani community here. Susan Austin reports.

Pip Hinman (2021-08-21). West's meddling has caused the calamity in Afghanistan. greenleft.org.au Green Left's Pip Hinman spoke to Shayaan, a member of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (SPA) about the situation on the ground in the country.

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Pentagon Says 2,500 Americans Were Evacuated From Kabul As Chaos Continue At Hamid Karzai Airport (Videos, Photos). southfront.org On August 21, Pentagon officials revealed that 17,000 people, including 2,500 Americans, were evacuated from the Afghan capital Kabul over…

_____ (2021-08-21). The Lessons the U.S. Will Probably Not Learn from Afghanistan. commondreams.org Most of the world's countries support these global agreements on conservation and pollution, but the United States is noticeably absent.

_____ (2021-08-21). Invitation to a Fiasco: U.S. Policy Toward China and Iran. strategic-culture.org By Eve OTTENBERG | U.S. foreign policy since World War II has been a screaming disaster. Coups, regime change operations and CIA-sponsored slaughters drowned the globe in blood. So did imperial wars, from Korea to Vietnam to Afghanistan to Iraq — all of which, incidentally, were lost. Washington's pursuit of its "interests" inexcusably piled tens of millions of corpses to the heavens. So when Biden, early in his presidency, cited those interests as guides to his foreign policy, it was only natural to expect the worst. | That expectation has proved correct, except for the military withdrawal from Afghanistan…

_____ (2021-08-21). How and Why the Taliban Won. strategic-culture.org Between America's founding and the present time, America has switched from doing war against military occupiers, to doing war as military occupiers, Eric Zuesse writes. | The prominent philosopher Slavoj Zizek The Taliban's 80,000 troops have retaken Afghanistan with cities falling like dominos while the 300,000-strong government forces, better equipped and trained, mostly melted and surrendered with no will to fight. Why did it happen? | The Western media tell us…

Dave DeCamp (2021-08-21). US Coordinating With Allies to Block Taliban Recognition. news.antiwar.com The US is working with its allies on Since the Taliban took power, the US has frozen billions in Afghan funds. US officials are laying out conditions for what they want an Afghan government to look like, and if those conditions aren't met, Afghanistan would likely end up under heavy US economic sanctions. | Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with EU officials and G7 ministers about Afghanista…

Staff (2021-08-21). Will the Voices of Those Who Were Always Right on Afghanistan Still Be Ignored? truthout.org America's corporate media are ringing with recriminations over the humiliating U.S. military defeat in Afghanistan. But very little of the criticism goes to the root of the problem, which was the original decision to militarily invade and occupy Afghanistan in the first place. | That decision set in motion a cycle of violence and chaos that no subsequent U.S. policy or military strategy could resolve over the next 20 years, in Afghanistan, Iraq or any of the other countries swept up in Amer…

WSWS (2021-08-21). Biden expands military operations in Afghanistan amid withdrawal crisis. wsws.org Appearing yesterday at his first White House press conference since the fall of Kabul, US President Joe Biden tried again to play down the humiliating blow suffered by the US and its allies in their 20-year neo-colonial war in Afghanistan.

Tom H. Hastings (2021-08-21). Look! Take an Afghander at that perennial FUBAR. zcomm.org We see exactly what we see in Afghanistan right now, the logical mess at the end of nearly two decades of mistakes compounding mistakes…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). Soft Power Just Shifted Massively From West To East. southfront.org U.S. soldiers at Kabul airport. Illustrative image | Written by Don Hank | If you look back to the US's first involvement before the start of the Afghan war in 2001, a case can be made that Biden's decision to pull US troops out of the country was planned as part of the ongoing US attempt to weaken Russia. After all, the Democrats have been accusing Putin of meddling in the 2016 election and they seem to have fallen for their own proofless narrative. | Bringing down (Soviet) Russia was the goal when the CI…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). No Amount Of PR Can Mask The UK's Failure In Afghanistan. southfront.org Photo by Christopher FurlongNot heeding warnings, the UK pursued a laissez-faire approach to Afghanistan, and is now picking up the pieces… | Written by Johanna Ross, a journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. | If Boris Johnson thought he would get broad support for UK policy towards Afghanistan when he entered the House of Commons on Wednesday, he was mistaken. During the seven hour debate, not only was he lambasted by members of opposition parties, but by members of his own party. | Conservative colleagues suggested there…

sputniknews (2021-08-21). Biden Heads Home for the Weekend as Turmoil in Afghanistan Continues, Media Says. sputniknews.com The US President previously faced criticism over spending the weekend at the presidential retreat in Camp David while the Taliban was capturing Kabul.

_____ (2021-08-21). VIDEO: Geopolitical Fallout from U.S.-Afghan Failure. strategic-culture.org The Taliban now has control of prime geopolitical real estate. Watch the video and read more in the

_____ (2021-08-21). For the Seventeenth Time, Afghanistan Was Never "Winnable". commondreams.org

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-21). Lebanon approaches UN after Israeli jets violate its airspace to fire on Syria. peoplesdispatch.org The Israeli air force launching several missiles targeting locations in the Syrian capital Damascus and the city of Homs on Thursday night. Syrian air defense claimed that they were able to intercept most of the missiles…

Staff (2021-08-21). We thank Iran for sending fuel to Lebanon: Sunni cleric. en.mehrnews.com "We thank the Islamic Republic of Iran for sending fuel to Lebanon," said the head of Lebanon's "Qulna wa Al-Amal" association, while strongly condemning the US policies toward Lebanon.

scorinoco (2021-08-21). The Quiet Rebellion: Why US Jews Turning Against Israel is Good for Palestinians. orinocotribune.com By Ramzy Baroud — Aug 18, 2021 | Israel is now at a crossroads. It can only win back the support of US Jews if it abandons Zionism altogether, or abandon them in favor of complete reliance on the Evangelicals. In fact, some top Israeli officials are already advocating the latter. | A unique but critical conversation on Israel and Palestine is taking place outside the traditional discourse of Israeli colonialism and the Palestinian quest for liberation. It is an awkward and difficult—but overdue—discussion concerning American Jews' relation to Israel and their commitment to its Zionist ideology.

Allan Fisher (2021-08-21). Saturday 8/21: Free Palestine. indybay.org corner of Ocean and Water Streets, Santa Cruz…

John Ross (2021-08-21). World mobilises against the U.S. on Cuba—including China. mronline.org Cuba is a small country. But because it became in 1959 the first country in the Western hemisphere to thoroughly break with U.S. domination, and embark on a path of national independence, events concerning Cuba have a geopolitical significance many times greater than its size. Present events show that this continues to be the case.

Dave DeCamp (2021-08-21). Biden Continues Hardline Cuba Policy. news.antiwar.com The US announced new sanctions on Cuban officials on Thursday as the Biden administration Thursday's sanctions marked the fourth round since anti-government protests took place in the country in July. The sanctions Considering Cuba has been under a US trade embargo for over…

teleSUR, drl, NG (2021-08-21). Cecmed autoriza uso de dos vacunas cubanas más contra Covid-19. telesurtv.net La autoridad regulatoria cubana aprobó las vacunas anticovid de la serie Soberana y se suman tres a las aportadas por Cuba.

teleSUR, ppc, NG (2021-08-21). Cuba agradece solidaridad de la Unión Económica Euroasiática. telesurtv.net En su estatus de estado observador Cuba destacó las donaciones y el respaldo mostrado por los países del bloque.

Editor2 (2021-08-21). Syrian Diplomat Aliaa Mahfouz Ali on 10 Years of War. orinocotribune.com At first, I would like to say that for us, Syrians, the passage of 10 years to the Syrian crisis does not call for celebrating the revolution as some are trying to portray the situation. | It is with a heavy heart we remember this day as it marks 10 years of suffering for Syrian citizens after the United States, some Western and regional countries, spent tens of billions of dollars in order to break up Syria and terminate its role in the region especially in facing the policies of occupation and hegemony. | So back to your question, the Security Council has primary responsibility under the United Nations Chart…

Jason Ditz (2021-08-21). Israeli Planes Attack Syria Through Lebanese Airspace; Forced Civilian Planes to Reroute. news.antiwar.com Overnight Thursday Israeli warplanes carried out attacks against the Syrian capital of Damascus and nearby Homs. As is so often the case, the This is a problem most of the time, and was even more perilous this time, as a pair of civilian airliners had to be rerouted. Violating Lebanese airspace is one thing, endangering aircraft is quite another. | Lebanese PM Hassan Diab has instructed the ambassador to the UN to raise a complaint about the attack…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Former Rebel Commander Killed In Syrian Army Mortar Attack On Daraa Al-Balad. southfront.org Syrian Army soldier launches a mortar round toward insurgents in western Aleppo, Syria. Source: SANA | Late on August 20, Mohamed Hilal Zatima, a former rebel commander, was killed by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Zatima was one of more than a hundred gunmen who have been holding up in Daraa al-Balad, the southern part of Daraa city, for nearly two months now. | The former commander was reportedly killed when the army shelled a post he was manning in Tariq al-Sad district with mortars. Several other people, most likely gunmen,…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). New Wave Of Russian Airstrikes Hit Greater Idlib (Photos, Video). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | On August 21, a new wave of Russian airstrikes hit the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where many terrorist groups are present. | The airstrikes destroyed a compound located near the town of Hmeimat in al-Ghab Plains in the northwestern countryside of Hama. The region is an infamous stronghold of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Syria's Air Defenses Intercepted 22 Missiles During Recent Israeli Attack: Russian MoD. southfront.org Illustrative image. | The Syrian Arab Air Defense Forces (SyAADF) shot down 22 missiles fired by Israel during the recent "The Syrian air defense on duty destroyed 22 missiles from the Russian-made Buk-M2E and Pantsir-S systems," Kulit said. | The Israeli strikes, which were launched from Lebano…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Afrin Liberation Forces Announces New Attack On Turkish Forces, Shares Footage Of Missile Strikes. southfront.org Illustrative image, fighters of the Afrin Liberation Forces. Via the Hawar News Agency (ANHA). | On August 21, the Afrin Liberations Forces (ALF) announced that its fighters carried out a series of attacks against the Turkish military and its proxies in the northern countryside of Syria's Aleppo between August 14 and 19. | In a statement, the ALF listed the attacks as follows: | On August 14, a Turkish-backed militant was killed by an ALF sniper near the town of Marea. Three other militants were wounded when the ALF targeted…

Peter Maiden (2021-08-21). Homeless Encampment Razed by the City of Fresno. indybay.org On August 6, the City of Fresno razed a large homeless encampment by Highway 99. Below is how it looked in its last moments.

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). COVID-19 lab leak theory "extremely unlikely": virologist. ecns.cn The theory that scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology engineered SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was extremely unlikely, reported the South China Morning Post on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). Over 1,600 internet hospitals established in China. ecns.cn Over 1,600 internet hospitals have been established in China so far, and nearly 49 million people took online diagnosis and treatment in 2020 with the prevalence of online healthcare service, according to an official of the National Health Commission.

Julia Conley (2021-08-21). Nearly half the world's children at 'extremely high risk' for facing effects of climate crisis, report finds. nationofchange.org "The climate crisis is a child rights crisis."

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). COVID-19 origins tracing should not be politically motivated, says Bangladeshi FM. ecns.cn COVID-19 origins tracing should be objective rather than politically motivated, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview.

Editor (2021-08-21). Mercenaries: From Colombia to the World. mronline.org People frequently refer to Colombia as "the coffee-growing country," due to its high volume of coffee exports, but in recent years Colombia has found itself in headlines for a different commodity.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Two workers killed and one suspect arrested in shooting at NHK Seating plant in Indiana. wsws.org Two workers were killed and a third is a suspect in a shooting that took place outside of the NHK Seating of America plant on Wednesday in Frankfort, Indiana.

Joris Leverink (2021-08-21). Intersectional class struggle: from shared oppression to unified resistance. roarmag.org Protesters in Cali, Colombia — May 1, 2021. Photo: Farhanah Ali / Shutterstock.com | A fifth of the way through the 21st century, our world is riven by conflict and catastrophe and COVID-19 is accelerating our crises. The global pandemic has killed millions of people, with race, poverty and gender being

WSWS (2021-08-21). As cases of COVID-19 among children rise, Nebraska goes ahead with in-person learning. wsws.org Nebraska forges ahead with in-person learning this fall, putting children at risk.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Oppose the school reopening drive in Australia amid COVID-Delta pandemic! Form rank-and-file safety committees and prepare strike action! wsws.org The CFPE calls on all teachers, school workers, students, and working families to mobilise against the school reopening drive in Sydney and other parts of Australia experiencing dangerous waves of Delta-variant COVID-19.

Staff (2021-08-21). 60 people kidnapped in Nigeria. en.mehrnews.com Gunmen have kidnapped at least 60 people in a fresh attack on a community in Zamfara State, an official has said.

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-08-21). Data Contradicts Ukrainian Claims that Russia Is Cheating Europe Out of Paid for Gas. globalresearch.ca

teleSUR (2021-08-21). Grace Keeps Affecting Mexico's Central Region as Tropical Storm. telesurenglish.net On Saturday morning, Mexico's National Meteorologic Service informed Tropical Storm Grace was located 20Km north of Texcoco and 40Km to the north-northwest of Mexico City and affecting the country's central region with strong gusts of wind and heavy rainfall. | RELATED: | Grace is heading west-southwest at 20 Km/h, and at 10: 00 am local time, it reported maximum sustained winds of 110 Km/h and a 990 hectoPascal central pressure. | Loc…

WSWS (2021-08-21). Reopening of French schools threatens children's lives. wsws.org Despite the deadly impact of the Delta variant on children, and tens of thousands of daily infections, the Macron government has ruled out online education.

_____ (2021-08-21). Court rules California gig worker initiative is unconstitutional. popularresistance.org Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch wrote Proposition 22 is unconstitutional because "it limits the power of a future Legislature to define app-based drivers as workers subject to workers' compensation law." That makes the entire ballot measure unenforceable, Roesch said.

Ben Bartee (2021-08-21). COVID Propaganda Roundup: Corporate State Declares All-Out War on the "Unvaccinated" globalresearch.ca

teleSUR (2021-08-21). Brazil: Bolsonaro Ask Senate to Impeach Supreme Court's Judge. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro sent an impeachment request to the Senate against Federal Supreme Court's Judge Alexandre de Moraes, who included the President in an investigation on fake news spread. | RELATED: | An executive branch's official delivered the request signed by Bolsonaro to the Senate building, where it should be processed by the President of the Senate Rodrigo Pacheco, who is out of Bras…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). After Karabakh war, Turkey to help Georgia "liberate" lands, join NATO. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Defense Minister Meets Turkish Counterpart Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze paid a visit to Turkey, where he met with his Turkish counterpart and attended the International Defense Industry Fair taking place on August 17-20 in Istanbul. **** During the meeting with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar on August 18, the parties discussed the cooperation in …

WSWS (2021-08-21). The way forward against the Labour government's sealing of Pike River mine. wsws.org Only the intervention of the working class, independently of the unions and every party in parliament, can stop the state cover-up of the Pike River mine disaster.

Tahia Islam (2021-08-21). Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Abolition Propaganda and Zine Fair. peoplesforum.org A space where people who have created educational and organizing materials including zines, pamphlets, posters, stickers, buttons and more can share abolitionist ideas and messages and can freely give away, trade and sell some of these items.

Daniela Jimenez (2021-08-21). Who is Félix Plasencia, Venezuela's New Foreign Minister? orinocotribune.com This Thursday, August 19, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced changes in five ministries of his cabinet, after several members of the Executive were elected to be candidates for the regional elections scheduled for November 21. | Among the changes that Maduro made, one of the most significant was…

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-08-21). The Great Fear: The Accelerating Apocalypse. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-08-21). The California fires and the case for socialism. wsws.org The ongoing and catastrophic fires have consumed more than 1,470,000 acres in California this year and at least 2,540,000 acres nationally. They are an indictment of the capitalist system and every one of its political and media servants.

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). Cross-species transmission most likely source of COVID-19: Cell. ecns.cn Animal trans-species transmission is the most likely origin of COVID-19 based on current scientific data, said a recent article in the U.S. science journal, the Cell.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Australia: More job cuts as Telstra divides business. wsws.org The company is aiming to establish separate agreements with workers in four newly created business units, atomising the workforce.

Andrew Emett (2021-08-21). Former Tennessee deputy charged with assaulting police officers during Capitol riots. nationofchange.org Ronald McAbee was arrested Tuesday after the FBI received a tip concerning his exposed identity on police body cam footage during the Capitol riots.

WSWS (2021-08-21). John Deere announces $1.6 billion in third-quarter profits, enough to pay every UAW-Deere worker $160,000. wsws.org Any talk from the UAW that claims their sellout contract is the best they can do is a lie.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). NATO's No. 2 joins initiative to drive Russia, Black Sea Fleet from Crimea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO Dpty Secretary General Mircea Joana to visit Crimean platform, 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Joana is coming to Ukraine to participate in the Crimean Platform and celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence. The corresponding announcement was distributed on Saturday in Brussels by the NATO headquarters. **** "On August …

WSWS (2021-08-21). Pregnant women succumbing to Delta variant in the US, leaving behind scores of broken families. wsws.org Vaccination rates among pregnant women are alarmingly low, with the CDC reporting that only 23 percent have received at least one dose.

Editor (2021-08-21). In Somalia, the U.S. is bombing the very 'terrorists' it created. mronline.org This July, the Biden administration picked up where Trump left off and began bombing Somalia, a country with a gross domestic product of less than $6 billion and a poverty rate of 70 percent. But why?>

WSWS (2021-08-21). Scientific health policies contain delta variant outbreak in China. wsws.org US and European media that oppose scientific social-distancing policies at home have responded with calls for Beijing to abandon attempts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Chicago Nabisco workers join strike in four US states. wsws.org Nabisco workers, who produce and bake Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and other popular snacks, have been forced to work 12- to 16-hour shifts, sometimes seven days a week, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Missiles in Romania: "NATO Alliance conducting the highest of high-end warfare every day!" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com AEGIS Ashore Romania Celebrates Five Years of BMD Contribution to NATO AAMDS Romania is under the operational control of U.S. Navy's Sixth Fleet via Commander, Task Force (CTF) 64 based in Naples, Italy, and is a critical part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) which calls for ballistic missile defense (BMD) capable Aegis ships …

WSWS (2021-08-21). Australian data journalist: "Growth of COVID-19 outbreak will continue" wsws.org Juliette O'Brien told the World Socialist Web Site a lack of qualitative data from the New South Wales government "leaves us in the dark" on how the Delta variant is spreading.

WSWS (2021-08-21). The eradication of COVID-19 is the only way to stop the pandemic. wsws.org The global spread of the highly infectious Delta variant and the drive to fully reopen schools worldwide, despite the well-known risks to children, has made clear that the only viable strategy is the eradication of COVID-19 internationally.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Letter from a California parent on the dangers of schools reopening. wsws.org The following letter was sent to the WSWS by a California parent. Districts throughout the state have already reopened for in-person learning or are reopening this month…

Editor (2021-08-21). On the brink—the scenario that the IPCC is not modelling. mronline.org Daniel tanuro responds to the recently released IPCC Physical Basis Report, which is a contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report on climate change.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Georgia, Ukraine: NATO's two-front proxy conflict with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Georgian PM in Ukraine: defence, security, economic issues on top of agenda Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has already arrived in Ukraine, where he was welcomed by his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal, ambassadors of both countries and Ukrainian officials in Lviv. [Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Teimuraz Sharashenidze] said that the leaders of 44 foreign countries, …

_____ (2021-08-21). Louisiana Plastics Plant Put On Pause In A Win For Activists. popularresistance.org The US government has placed further delays on a proposed multibillion dollar plastics plant in south Louisiana, marking a major victory for environmental activists and members of the majority Black community who have campaigned for years against construction.

Andreína Chávez Alava, Ricardo Vaz (2021-08-21). Venezuela Relinquishes Stake in Dominican Refinery, Reclaims Debt. venezuelanalysis.com PDVSA partnered with Refidomsa in 2010 under former President Chávez as part of the PetroCaribe integration project.

teleSUR (2021-08-21). Peru: President Castillo Appoints New Foreign Affairs Minister. telesurenglish.net On Friday night, Peru's Foreign Affairs Minister Oscar Maurtua swore in before President Pedro Castillo, who appointed him after the resignation of Hector Bejar on Aug. 17. | RELATED: | After the ceremony, Maurtua spoke to the Media and assured all journalists would find the door open at his ministry since he was willing to collaborate to solve the most urgent problems of the South American country. | Besides saying he accepted…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-21). Israel's supreme court allows government to retain custody of body of Ahmad Erekat. peoplesdispatch.org The court rejected an appeal by Israeli legal aid group to release the body of Ahmad Erekat, who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank…

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). Digital revolution contributes to universal health coverage. ecns.cn Prognosis using big data, intelligent diagnosis, instruction on transnational remote surgeries — the booming development of digital technology is driving healthcare more than ever, accelerating the building of the community of common health for mankind.

ecns.cn (2021-08-21). U.S. divisions prove fatal in pandemic. ecns.cn The United States' polarized politics has accelerated the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 and undermined the country's fight against the pandemic, researchers said.

WSWS (2021-08-21). As New Mexico continues to push for in-person instruction 109 schools report COVID-19 cases. wsws.org At least six New Mexico schools have been forced into online instruction by coronavirus outbreaks as Delta variant cases surge in schools…

Geoff Watts (2021-08-21). [Obituary] Purnell Whittington Choppin. thelancet.com Virologist, physician—scientist, and administrator. Born in Baton Rouge, LA, USA, on July 4, 1929, he died of prostate cancer in Washington, DC, USA, on July 3, 2021, aged 91 years.

Derek Chu, Assem Khamis, Elie Akl, Ignacio Neumann, Karla Solo, Holger Schunemann (2021-08-21). [Correspondence] Revisiting the evidence for physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the comments we received on our urgent evidence synthesis addressing use of masks, eye protection, and distancing early on in the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Although we appreciate Willem Lijfering's concerns, he appears to have misunderstood the intent of our analysis to be a comparison of rates between countries, which would be an ecological analysis. As clearly reflected in our stated objective and eligibility criteria, we included only comparative studies and focused on relative effects for all intervention effects.

WorkWeek (2021-08-21). WorkWeek 8-19-21 On The Case Of Major Tillery & Labor & The Fight Against Covid At CCSF. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the case of Major Tillery who provided legal advise to Mumia Abu-Jamal. It also covers the fight against covid at San Francisco City College.

Concordian (2021-08-21). Saturday 8/21: Stop Seeno! (Concord Reuse Meeting). indybay.org Concord Reuse Meeting: | Zoom Webinar ID: 965 1895 3519 | Passcode: 088414…

Peter Koenig (2021-08-21). The WHO Blames China for Covid-19. The WHO Is Supporting Criminal Injections Falsely Called Vaccines? globalresearch.ca If WHO were seriously interested in the health of people Worldwide, it would investigate the so-called vaccines, which in fact are not vaccines, but at best "experimental gene therapies"

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic preparing for COVID-19 vaccine boosters when approved. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Are you wondering about booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine? You are not alone. "While the emergency use authorizations for COVID-19 vaccines do not yet allow for people to receive a booster vaccine, we will be prepared," says Dr. James Watson, chair of Mayo's Clinic COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group. The workgroup is closely monitoring booster vaccine development and recommendations and creating a process to administer booster vaccines once they are approved by…

Cynthia Papermaster (2021-08-21). Thursday 8/19: "Is Nancy Pelosi Addicted– to War?" indybay.org Nancy Pelosi's house, 2640 Broadway, in Pacific Heights, San Francisco…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). Migration Crisis In US Reaches Unprecedented Levels. southfront.org Illustrative ImageAs the calamity escalates, the greater the crisis of legitimacy for the Biden government. | Written by Lucas Leiroz, research fellow in international law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. | The migration crisis in the US seems far from over. Recently, Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, confirmed what everyone already suspected: the number of migrants on the southern border reached an "unprecedented" mark in the country's history. With this, the challenges appe…

Staff (2021-08-21). Ukraine shuts down leading independent news site Strana as part of new crackdown on journalists, judges & opposition politicians. rt.com One of Ukraine's most prominent news outlets has been taken offline after the country's National Security and Defense Council marked it out as a threat, thus adding the title to the growing list of banned opposition media groups. |

H. Patricia Hynes (2021-08-21). The Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Near-Meltdown is a Lasting Tragedy. zcomm.org Decades of research have shown that there is no safe level of radiation, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Any exposure to radiation increases an individual's risk of developing cancer…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Four PMU Fighters Killed In ISIS Ambush North Of Baghdad (Video). southfront.org Illustrative image. | Late on August 20, four fighters of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) were killed and seven others were wounded in an ambush set by ISIS terrorists in the district of Tarmiyah to the north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. | ISIS terrorists blew up a vehicle of the PMU with an improvised explosive device then ambushed a unit that was dispatched to attack scene. According to different Iraqi media sources, five cells took part in the well-planned ambush. The terrorists used rocket-propelled grenades a…

Urs P. Gasche (2021-08-21). The big crash just isn't heating the stark markets. indybay.org The author reminds us that "never in history has a crisis been solved by printing money." The states and central banks had "maneuvered themselves into a dead end from which they can no longer get out" through their own fault. For now it would no longer be possible to overcome future recessions and financial crises with financial injections.

Uhuru Solidarity Movement (2021-08-21). Saturday 8/21: Volunteer Banner Painting Event. indybay.org Astro Park (1210 Lakeshore Avenue Oakland, CA 94610)…

_____ (2021-08-21). 4 Major Environmental Treaties the U.S. Never Ratified — But Should. commondreams.org "It appears only to protect the economic interest of the network companies in having a divided, ununionized workforce," the judge declared.

Haymarket Books (2021-08-21). Friday 8/20: White Skin, Black Fuel: Fossil Fascism and Colonialism's Inky Legacy. indybay.org Online event…

Staff (2021-08-21). Methane Is Flaring Out of Control. Biden Administration, Congress, Must Step In. truthout.org This summer, methane got a nickname that stuck. Climate scientists and policy analysts have been calling the greenhouse gas a "low-hanging fruit" for years, but the term seems to have caught on more broadly among world leaders, journalists and organizers, due in part to a major United Nations

Staff (2021-08-21). Activists Celebrate Win in Fight Against Chemical Oil Dispersants. truthout.org This month, a federal district court judge ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its regulations governing the use of chemical dispersants to clean up oil spills, ruling in favor of a coalition of individuals and environmental groups including Earth Island Institutes's For decades, chemical dispersants have been li…

Talha Burki (2021-08-21). [World Report] Vectura shareholders consider tobacco giant's takeover bid. thelancet.com Cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris International's bid to buy respiratory health company Vectura has prompted outcry. Talha Burki reports.

Michael Albert (2021-08-21). Participatory Economy: institutions of a just and democratic economy. zcomm.org Talk from the online conference "The crisis of nation-states — anarchist answers"

Staff (2021-08-21). Bolivia charges ex-President Anez with 'genocide' over death of protesters in 2019. rt.com Bolivia's former interim president, Jeanine Anez, has been charged with genocide and other crimes over the deaths of 20 people who protested the ousting of the country's longtime socialist leader, Evo Morales, in 2019. | The charges against Anez, who seized power in the Latin American nation for a year, have been "provisionally classified as genocide, serious and minor injury, and injury followed by death," Attorney General Juan Lanchipa announced on Friday. | According to Bolivian law, the ex-president could face 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty. | The accusations relate to two rallies in the town of…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Swimming for better health and to avoid injuries. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Swimming is often touted as a great workout for all ages, offering benefits not only for the body, but also for the mind. As a form of exercise, swimming keeps your heart rate up and builds muscle strength. It also can be a great form of stress relief. "Swimming is a wonderful sport. I definitely recommend swimming for people of all ages," says Dr. Matthew Crowe, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert…

Community Bridges (2021-08-21). Tuesday 8/31: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021. indybay.org Community Bridges, 519 Main St, Watsonville…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic expert discusses breakthrough COVID-19 cases. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 vaccines remain the best defense against COVID-19. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people, and a small percentage of breakthrough cases are expected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Breakthrough COVID-19 cases are receiving a lot of attention, but they are not what's driving the current surge. Watch: Mayo Clinic expert discusses breakthrough COVID-19 cases. youtu.be/JcyCl9amum0 Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites are in the downloads at…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). Africa's Sahel Bleeding Out In Terrorist Attacks. southfront.org Illustrative image | On August 19th, at least 11 Malian soldiers were killed and 10 more were injured as a result of an ambush attack on the convoy of the operation "Malika Theater Center" in the Mopti district in central Mali. The reports were confirmed by the Armed Forces of Mali (FAM)."The FAM convoy was ambushed today, August 19, 2021, in the late morning. At 12: 45, a car bomb exploded on its way, after which the convoy was subjected to heavy shelling. According to preliminary data, 11 people were killed, and ten more we…

Carol Brouillet (2021-08-21). Thursday 9/9: 20th Anniversary 9/11 Truth Film Festival. indybay.org The Grand Lake Theater | 3200 Grand Avenue | Oakland, California…

The Lancet (2021-08-21). [Editorial] Health in a world of extreme heat. thelancet.com The heatwaves and wildfires that swept across southern Europe and the USA this summer have been traumatic and deadly. 600 excess deaths were reported in the Pacific Northwest in the USA alone. According to the Sixth Assessment Report of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which synthesises the latest scientific evidence on climate change, global temperature is expected to reach or exceed 1 ∑5 ∞C of warming, averaged over the next 20 years. The report predicts that these record-breaking temperatures will be more frequent, intense, and last longer because of human-induced cli…

Brad Wolf (2021-08-21). Let's Get Those Boots Off the Ground. zcomm.org Since World War II, U.S. soldiers have been stationed on U.S. military bases around the globe. Today, there are around 750 such bases in some eighty countries and colonies…

Anonymous007 (2021-08-21). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On August 21, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | 1. UAF in Pivdenne shelled the Gagarin mine in Gorlovka with grenade launchers | 2. UAF in Krasnogorovka shelled Staromikhailovka with grenade launchers | 3. UAF in Shyrokino shelled Leninskoe with grenade launchers | 4. DPR forces in Staromikhailovka shelled UAF positions in Krasnogorovka with ATGM | 5. DPR forces in Gorlovka shelled UAF positions in Pivdenne with grenade launchers | 6. DPR forces in Gorlovka shelled UAF positions in Niu-York with grenade laun…

Peter Jàºni, Bruno R da Costa, Pavlos Bobos, Nicolas S Bodmer, Allison McGeer (2021-08-21). [Correspondence] Revisiting the evidence for physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection. thelancet.com The systematic review and meta-analysis by Derek Chu and colleagues1 has several problems. First, the investigators combine data on SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV. The characteristics of the diseases caused by these viruses are different.2,3 The basic reproduction number of MERS-CoV is close to 1,2 mild illness was infrequent for SARS-CoV,3 and relevant presymptomatic, paucisymptomatic, or asymptomatic transmission occurs commonly only with SARS-CoV-2,3,4 which will affect performance of control measures.

Maxwell Tani (2021-08-21). NY Times Lawyers Accidentally Send Private Strategy Memo to Staff Union. OOPS! zcomm.org While locked in a contentious battle over tech staffers unionizing, Times management's counsel mistakenly sent its game plan to the union…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). Data Protection and Privacy Is Essential in Digital Word: Learn How to Protect Your Data on Smartphone. southfront.org SPONSORED POST Personal data of users are in great demand. Many private companies and individuals sell such users' data to…

Anonymous007 (2021-08-21). Military Situation In Yemen On August 21, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 245 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On August 19, the Saudi-led forces reportedly shot down a drone in southern Saudi Arabia | On August 20, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Sarwah district | On August 20, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal district | On August 20, Saudi-led coalition warplanes cond…

Katrin G Burkart, Michael Brauer, Aleksandr Y Aravkin, William W Godwin, Simon I Hay, Jaiwei He, Vincent C Iannucci, Samantha L Larson, Stephen S Lim, Jiangmei Liu, Christopher J L Murray, Peng Zheng, Maigeng Zhou, Jeffrey D Stanaway (2021-08-21). [Articles] Estimating the cause-specific relative risks of non-optimal temperature on daily mortality: a two-part modelling approach applied to the Global Burden of Disease Study. thelancet.com Acute heat and cold exposure can increase or decrease the risk of mortality for a diverse set of causes of death. Although in most regions cold effects dominate, locations with high prevailing temperatures can exhibit substantial heat effects far exceeding cold-attributable burden. Particularly, a high burden of external causes of death contributed to strong heat impacts, but cardiorespiratory diseases and metabolic diseases could also be substantial contributors. Changes in both exposures and the composition of causes of death drove changes in risk over time.

Revolution Books (2021-08-21). Friday 9/24: Screening "Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Treatments and therapies for autism. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 2-year-old niece has had several issues since birth, and she is behind in her communications and attention. I wonder if she may be on the autism spectrum. Before I mention it to my sister, can you explain autism and how it is best treated? ANSWER: Autism is one of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorder that appears in early childhood — usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Researchers review how sex steroids change gut, vaginal microbiome. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org It is well-established that the human body's microbiome ‚Äï the bacteria in the gut ‚Äï dramatically affects health and disease. However, the role of the gut in women's health outcomes is largely unknown. Mayo Clinic and Wellesley College researchers focused on how the interactions of steroids on gut and vaginal microbiomes influence women's health outcomes in a review published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism. "We can characterize each phase of a woman's life by distinct…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: It's like a Code Red hospital alert. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org An overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases is underway in the U.S. The delta variant continues to spread, the lambda variant is showing up, and some people are refusing to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or wear face masks. "My message today is a hospital term and that's Code Red," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "It is Code Red in the U.S. and for the globe regarding…

Colin Todhunter (2021-08-21). Science, Salvation and Heretics: From Monsanto to Pfizer, Same Old Playbook. dissidentvoice.org Why are numerous 'independent alternative' media outlets and writers not questioning the COVID-19 vaccine rollout? If anything, they are promoting it without even considering the serious concerns being voiced by top scientists. When there are experts like cardiologist and epidemiologist Professor Peter McCullough, Dr Robert Malone (credited with inventing mRNA vaccine technology), former vice president …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Kicking your COVID-19 bad habits. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For more than a year, COVID-19 has forced people to depart from their normal routines. Physical isolation, working from home, and added stress and anxiety about a deadly coronavirus have led some people to develop bad habits that have consequences on both physical and mental health. "When we're under stress, we revert back to what's comfortable," says Dr. Benjamin Lai, a Mayo Clinic family medicine physician. "COVID-19 has brought unpredictability and a sense of loss…

Richard Lane (2021-08-21). [Perspectives] Ollie Jay: managing heat, improving health. thelancet.com "Our work is all about driving multidisciplinary efforts to help find solutions to complex health problems arising from the impact of heat stress, all within the context of increasing extreme weather events as a result of climate change", explains Ollie Jay, Professor of Heat and Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, Australia. Jay is also Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory within the Sydney Heat and Health Research Centre. "We have a rich research environment with many opportunities to work across broad sections of academia, industry, and in our collaborations with…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Consumer Health: Back to school, teens and depression. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org With many teens heading back to school, peer pressure and academic expectations are once again a reality. These added pressures can cause ups and downs during what can be an already tumultuous time of life. For some teens, though, the lows are more than just temporary feelings. They're symptoms of depression. Teen depression is a serious mental health problem. It affects how teenagers think, feel and behave, and it can cause emotional, functional and physical…

Nataniel H Lester-Coll, Eric J Topol (2021-08-21). [Perspectives] Radiation oncology 2.0. thelancet.com Radiology, pathology, and dermatology are generally considered leading specialties in the medical use of artificial intelligence (AI). But radiation oncology is also increasingly using AI and machine learning (ML) in patient care. In an international survey, about a third of radiation oncologists and medical physicists are now using or preparing to use ML, primarily for image segmentation and treatment planning.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Breaking down the booster terminology for COVID-19 vaccines. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org COVID-19 vaccine boosters are being recommended eight months after a person's second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. "A vaccine booster dose is generally an additional dose above and beyond the primary series needed to achieve protective immunity," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "So the dose that was approved this past week would be better classified as an 'additional dose' for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised." Dr….

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Reclaiming his life after lab testing confirms a serious illness. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org At 71, David Voeltz is a happily married family man who appreciates putting in a hard day's work and enjoys spending time in the woods. But for David, the ability to walk through nature with his children and grandchildren, and to climb in and out of the dump truck that is an integral part of his work as a truck driver, has not always been a given. Just two years ago, most of David's muscular…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-08-21). The "Killer Vaccine" Worldwide. 7.9 Billion People. globalresearch.ca The stated objective is to enforce the Worldwide vaccination of 7.9 billion people in more than 190 countries, to be followed by the imposition of a digitized "vaccine passport". The evidence of mortality and morbidity resulting from the vaccine is overwhelming. Needless to say this is a multi-billion dollar operation for Big Pharma.

Nick Cunningham (2021-08-21). As wildfires ravage British Columbia, Wall Street tells investors to buy stock in Canada's tar sands. nationofchange.org New pipelines could help Canada export more tar sands, boosting the bottom lines of Alberta's oil producers. But experts warn that Canada is charting a 'path to climate crisis.'

Paul Adepoju (2021-08-21). [World Report] West Africa on alert for haemorrhagic fevers. thelancet.com Cases of Ebola virus disease and Marburg virus disease have prompted national and regional emergency responses. Paul Adepoju reports.

Norman Solomon (2021-08-21). How California's Top Democrats Paved the Way for a Republican Governor This Fall. indybay.org Looking out for the 1 percent…

Labor Video Project (2021-08-21). Play The KPFA Local Station Candidate Debates On the Air! Youtube Won't Do. indybay.org A press conference was held in front of KPFA in Berkeley to demand that they play on the air the Local Station Board candidates which are taking place. The business manager interrupted the press conference and put out a notice saying that people should go to youtube to hear the debates.

Anonymous103 (2021-08-21). FBI Found No Evidence U.S. Capitol Riot Was Coordinated. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The FBI has apparently determined that there's "scant evidence" to suggest that the events of Jan. 6 resulted from an "organized plot", according to a scoop published by According to the FBI, the riots were not coordinated by far-right groups or active supporters of Donald Trump. | Reuters reported…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Crimea: can humanitarian bombing be far behind? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Evidently the term indigenous is employed to differentiate all other ethnic groups from Russian speakers. They are then implicitly invaders according to the calculus. Note the glaring geographical disparities between eastern and western Ukraine. That discrepancy will be used to prove that ethnic Russians are "genocidal Islamophobic racists." The bombs and cruise missiles come next. …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips for a healthy school year. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org After a year of full or partial distance learning, many students will be headed back into a physical classroom this fall. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, offers some tips for a healthy school year. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/QeFoQkM-x9U Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 05) is in the downloads at the end of this post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script. "Going…

Staff (2021-08-21). Russia's talks with Taliban are latest proof Moscow's foreign policy is non-ideological. The West could learn a lesson from that. rt.com Both Russia and China are pursuing a strategy of engaging with the Taliban. While some politicians and commentators insist this is a global threat, the reality is that constructive talks are now more likely to bring stability. | Winston Churchill famously defined Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." Its unique history and geography have obviously produced a distinctive political culture, but Western efforts to mystify Russia also have the effect of drawing a dividing line between the rational and predictable 'us' versus the irrational and unpredictable 'other' — Moscow. | As a res…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Minute: Getting back to the school routine. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org With classes right around the corner, it's time to get kids ready for a return to school. And after a year that has been anything but normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic experts say it's important to prepare children for that first day of school by getting back into a routine. Reporter Jason Howland has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute youtu.be/HBsMDxWylpw Journalists: Broadcast-quality video (1: 05) is in…

teleSUR, him, MER (2021-08-21). Siguen protestas para exigir renuncia del presidente guatemalteco. telesurtv.net Las manifestaciones convocadas por las Autoridades Ancestrales Indígenas se han registrados en varias zonas del país.

_____ (2021-08-21). Judge Says California's Prop 22 Unconstitutional in 'Major' Win for Gig Workers. commondreams.org Forget what armchair generals say: disaster was foreordained three months into the 2001 invasion.

Dean Baker (2021-08-21). The $26 an Hour Minimum Wage? zcomm.org That may sound pretty crazy, but that's roughly what the minimum wage would be today if it had kept pace with productivity growth since its value peaked in 1968…

John Feffer (2021-08-21). Two Koreas need to work together to fight climate change. zcomm.org They can compose a peninsular plan to transition together to a clean energy future…

news.un (2021-08-21). Climate change and hunger in Madagascar: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org In the south of Madagascar, known as the Grand Sud, hundreds of thousands of people are suffering from one of the worst droughts in the region in 40 years, the most senior UN official in the country has said, warning that the population is facing a severe humanitarian crisis.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic to reinstitute visitor guidelines in Rochester. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Due to the continued spread of the highly contagious delta variant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. will reinstitute visitor policy restrictions in inpatient and outpatient settings, beginning Monday, Aug. 16. All visitors entering Mayo Clinic will be screened for respiratory illness, and required to comply with social distancing guidelines and wear a mask for the entirety of their visit. Visitors who do not comply with these requirements will be asked to leave. Updated visitor restrictions…

27 Days to Go (2021-08-21). Cal Recall Impacts Nation; Repub Elder's Anti-Pregnant Workers. indybay.org The Sept 14 Governor Recall will drag the US government and economy to the reactionary, economic deep hole of Nazi Trump if it succeeds. The Trump Republican Larry Elder wants female employees to be required to notify their employer when they plan to get pregnant. He is also anti-mask and anti-vaccine in this COVID19 pandemic. This is not about the Democrats; this is about our lives.

World Socialist Web Site (2021-08-21). Sunday 8/22: For a global strategy to stop the pandemic and save lives! indybay.org An online meeting streamed at wsws.org/live…

South Bay Indigenous Solidarity (2021-08-21). Friday 8/20: Protest to Stop Desecration at Mutsun Sacred Site of Juristac. indybay.org Highway 101 Exit 349 (36 ∞54'16.9″N 121 ∞33'24.0″W)…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Science Saturday: Could regenerative medicine relieve neck, back pain? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic is looking to regenerative medicine as a potential long-term solution for degenerative disk disease that has for years eluded medical science. Millions of people in the U.S. are afflicted with chronic neck and back pain that often comes after years of wear and tear on the spine. Current treatments provide only temporary relief for this common disorder and finding a cure has been a great challenge for researchers. Wenchun Qu, M.D., Ph.D., a physiatrist and pain…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Swimming safety for children. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: A friend and I were talking about the risks of swimming and water safety for young children. I have a toddler and a 4-year-old, and I'm curious about when it's safe to swim, the risk of getting sick, and the need for goggles and earplugs. ANSWER: For many people, the hot summer days are often spent swimming at the pool. But before you help your child suit up, it's important to consider practical tips to…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-08-21). Art Mural Action in San Francisco's Dolores Park. indybay.org Sunrise Bay Area and and CA GND Coalition paint "Seal The Deal" mural for climate, jobs, care and justice…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Rare Lyme disease-causing bacteria spotted on routine blood films. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Eye on Innovation features exciting advances taking place at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. This monthly series shines a spotlight on recently developed tests and highlights how Mayo Clinic translates ideas and discoveries into testing resources that improve diagnosis and care for patients across the globe. ______________________________________________ It's long been known that Lyme disease is caused by bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected black-legged tick (otherwise known as the deer tick). The understanding for many years was…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Poland: Russia lying about NATO and U.S. military presence. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Russian spokeswoman 'promoting lies' about Poland, NATO, West: Polish official Stanis≈Çaw ≈ªaryn was speaking after the Russian spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, a day earlier expressed Moscow's concern that the United States "plans for increasing its military presence in Poland," Poland's PAP news agency reported. In an interview with PAP, ≈ªaryn was quoted as saying on Friday …

Oakland Privacy (2021-08-21). Wednesday 9/22: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org We will probably meet online in September due to Covid, as we did in August, although it is possible we will meet in-person at the OMNI Commons, as we have in the past before the pandemic, and did in July, assuming it is open and available. Please email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to get up-to-date location information or obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Toward increasing Networking (2021-08-21). Online events with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Jason Hickel, Cory Doctorow, William Barber, etc. indybay.org Here are some 20 online events taking place over the next week (and starting at 12 Noon today, August 21st), featuring people such as Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Anna Sturman, Jason Hickel, Cory Doctorow, William Barber, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, the UK, and Australia (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-08-21). [World Report] Health leaders criticise limited ACT-A review. thelancet.com A review of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator will be a "mid-course correction" rather than substantive, drawing criticism from health leaders and civil society. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Staff (2021-08-21). CEOs Got Bonuses While Workers Struggled During the Pandemic. truthout.org Forty-one million people lost their jobs in 2020 as the pandemic ravaged the U.S. economy, the most layoffs in at least two decades. But CEOs had a pretty good year. A great one, in fact. | CEOs at the largest publicly traded companies earned, on average, 351 times as much as the typical worker in their industry, according to a

Meghan Bodette (2021-08-21). Finishing what ISIS started? Turkey attacks Yezidis in Iraq. zcomm.org As Turkey bombs the Yezidis in Sinjar, it is our duty to mobilize in solidarity against Turkish aggression and in support of the Yezidi pursuit of local autonomy…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Minute: Catching up on childhood vaccinations. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org As students prepare to return to the classroom, it's important to ensure that they keep up with their immunization schedules. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a dramatic drop in routine childhood vaccinations. August is National Immunization Month. And Mayo Clinic experts are reminding you that a part of the back-to-school routine is making sure your kids are up to date on their shots. Jason Howland has…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-21). Yemeni Minister Claims Iranian Military Advisor Was Killed In Saudi Airstrike. southfront.org File image. | On August 21, Muammar al-Iryani, Minister of Media in the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, claimed that an Iranian military advisor who was supporting the Houthis (Ansar Allah) was killed in the central Yemeni province of Ma'rib. | According to al-Iryani, the advisor, allegedly called "Heydar Sirjan," was killed along with nine other people, including two Colonels of the Houthis "Musa al-Qahazi" and "Ahmed al-Sahari," when a warplane of the Saudi-led coalition bombed their position in the district of Sirwah.

WSWS (2021-08-21). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org India: Tamil Nadu state government workers protest for higher allowance; Patna municipal workers strike indefinitely; Sri Lankan health workers demand stricter COVID-19 lockdown…

M Scheller, F Scheidler & G Gillet (2021-08-21). Justice, Impoverishment and Fear. indybay.org The defense of the welfare state is the defense of democracy… | Democracy is as strong as it is fragile. It is strong when it is defended. It is strong when we do not allow ourselves to be fobbed off with answers that do not tolerate questions. But it disappears immediately when we have become indifferent to it.

_____ (2021-08-21). The Strategy Session. Episode 29. strategic-culture.org

Titlefukushima: A Lasting Tragedy (2021-08-21). Fukushima: A Lasting Tragedy. commondreams.org It's not even important that wars be won but that they be eternally prepared for by buying ever-greater numbers of ever-more complex and ever-more useless weapons systems.

Barricades Time (2021-08-21). Biden, Sanders & LGBTQ+ Oppose Republican Recall. indybay.org Pres. Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders and LGBTQ+ are all strongly in opposition to the Republican Recall of Governor Newsom, set for Sept 14, with vote by mail ballots received by all registered voters. Do your part to save our state and Vote No on the Recall Today.

_____ (2021-08-21). The All-American Base World. strategic-culture.org By Patterson DEPPEN | It was the spring of 2003 during the American-led invasion of Iraq. I was in second grade, living on a U.S. military base in Germany, attending one of the Pentagon's "Wh…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Ukraine continues to build NATO proxy army. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NSDC approves draft strategic defense bulletin — Taran At a meeting chaired by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) has approved the draft Strategic Defense Bulletin of Ukraine, according to Minister of Defense Andriy Taran. **** According to Taran, the Ministry of Defense developed the Strategic Defense Bulletin based …

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Biden to nominate ex-NATO envoy ambassador to China. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com I was to have debated Burns ahead of the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012 before his announced appearance was cancelled. "Rozoff and a representative of Iraq Veterans Against the War will take the anti-NATO position in a debate with former Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns and NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary James Appathurai at …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Collagen and biotin supplements. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've read that collagen and biotin are good for the body. What are these supplements, and are they beneficial? ANSWER: Collagen and biotin supplements appear to be getting attention in the media for promoting healthy aging, along with joint and bone health. However, it is important to understand what collagen and biotin are and what research is available to support these claims. Collagen is concentrated in bones, ligaments, tendons, skin, blood vessels and internal…

Olivia Engling (2021-08-21). IMF Creates Historic $650 Billion in Emergency Funds to Fight Pandemic. indybay.org Jubilee USA Estimates Wealthy G7 Countries Receive $280 billion and Developing Countries Receive $230 billion from an IMF Currency Creation…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-21). Benefits of kids wearing masks in school. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Children are heading back to the classroom and many parents have questions about their kids wearing face masks to protect them from COVID-19. Are they safe? How do masks help my child? Is my child really at risk of getting COVID-19? Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center, answers these questions and offers insights into the benefits of everyone over age 2 wearing masks when in public settings or around unvaccinated people….

Revolution Books (2021-08-21). Friday 9/17: Net Zero Carbon Emissions: A Beginner's Guide to An Imperialist Fraud. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Edward C. Corrigan (2021-08-20). The United States Does Not Learn from its Past Mistakes. dissidentvoice.org It is said that Afghanistan is the grave yard of Empires. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Empire of Great Britain, the Soviet Union and now the American Empire and its NATO allies have all suffered defeat at the hands of the fiercely independent Afghans. As the World watches in disbelief, the American-backed government in …

teleSUR (2021-08-20). Israel Bombs Syrian Cities in the Middle of the Night. telesurenglish.net On Thursday night, Israel launched missile strikes at some sites in the Syrian capital of Damascus and the central province of Homs. | RELATED: | At 11: 00 pm local time, "the Israeli enemy carried out an air attack with missile bursts" directed against the outskirts of Damascus and Homs City, the Syrian news agency SANA reported. | The Syrian air defenses responded to the attacks, intercepting most of the Israeli mi…

MK Bhadrakumar (2021-08-20). Signs suggest this isn't the Taliban of old. asiatimes.com There is immense curiosity about the Taliban's first moves after their dramatic return to Kabul after two decades. The big question on everyone's mind is whether the Taliban have "changed" since the 1990s. Opinions vary. But so far at least, there are no signs of a return to repressive authoritarian rule. The stunning press conference on …

Artemis Salisbury (2021-08-20). Exploitation of Americans by the Prison Industrial Complex. realprogressives.org To better understand what incarcerated people face, a handful of people with relevant experiences were interviewed to shed a light on the experience of incarcerated people (aka prisoners) in the United States.

Tomdispatch (2021-08-20). Despite Departure from Afghanistan, America still Has an Archipelago of 750 Military Bases around the World. juancole.com By Patterson Deppen | — ( Tomdispatch.com ) — It was the spring of 2003 during the American-led invasion of Iraq. I was in second grade, living on a U.S. military base in Germany, attending one of the Pentagon's many schools for families of servicemen stationed abroad. One Friday morning, my class was on the …

Jonathan Cook (2021-08-20). How the Taliban Surge Exposed Pentagon's Lies. dissidentvoice.org A month ago, as the US army prepared to end the 20-year occupation of Afghanistan and hand over responsibility to local security forces it had armed and trained, maps showed small, relatively isolated pockets of Taliban control. At the weekend, the Islamist fighters marched unchallenged into Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, bringing almost the entire country under …

teleSUR (2021-08-20). G7 Seeks Cooperation on Evacuation Amid Chaos in Kabul. telesurenglish.net The Group of Seven (G7) on Thursday sought to secure close cooperation in personnel evacuation and the resettlement of refugees as chaos continues at the Kabul airport amid the hasty withdrawal of the U.S.-led military troops in Afghanistan and the Taliban's swift takeover of the Asian country. | RELATED: | The foreign affairs ministers of G7, including Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States,…

ecns.cn (2021-08-20). Study finds evidence of novel coronavirus circulating in Italy in late summer 2019. ecns.cn A new study has revealed evidence that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating undetected in northern Italy as early as late August or early September 2019, months before the first infections were officially reported.

WSWS (2021-08-20). Chicago Public Schools prepares deadly reopening of schools with sanction of Chicago Teachers Union. wsws.org The current plan for in-person classes walks back a significant number of already-insufficient restrictions put in place when schools first reopened last spring.

WSWS (2021-08-20). White House doubles down on reopening schools as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org Education Secretary Miguel Cardona declared Wednesday that "our priority must be" to "return to school in person," even as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients nationwide hit 85,000.

_____ (2021-08-20). Once Again, The Vultures Circle Haiti. popularresistance.org During a visit to Haiti in early April, 2010, I traveled with a friend to the Club Indigo Hotel. Club Indigo was located 45 minutes north of Port-au-Prince near the small community of Montrouis. Formerly Club Med Haiti (and currently the Royal Decameron Indigo), the resort was promoted as "a unique residential, leisure and business hotel complex" and a "naturally privileged, protected place." Set in a large tropical park, Club Indigo was situated between the Cà¥te des Arcadins, one of Haiti's longest stretches of pure white sand beaches, and a long mountain range. | My trip to Club Indigo occurred just three…

teleSUR (2021-08-20). Haiti Earthquake Victims Receive Food Assistance. telesurenglish.net Since the magnitude 7.2 earthquake took place on August 14, at least 2,189 people have died and over 12,000 others were injured. Currently, Haitians are struggling to survive and return to normal life. | RELATED: | On August 18, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) dispatched a convoy transporting 3,000 hygiene kits, 2,500 blankets, 500 plastic sheets, 400 shelter repair kits, and safe drinking water. It left from Port-au-Prince and ar…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-08-20). Haitian earthquake survivors are asking people to support grassroots organisations. thecanary.co Heavy rain from

Joselyn Ariza (2021-08-20). Venezuela Reports Newsletter N ∞ 22. mppre.gob.ve A step towards coexistence, the end of the blockade and stability: a new cycle of dialogue opens between the Bolivarian Government and extremist sectors of the opposition. It is the commitment to peace, the value that moves our solidarity with brother peoples, such as Haiti, economic recovery and our Diplomacy. We tell you more in […] | La entrada

news.un (2021-08-20). UN deputy chief praises resilience of Haiti's people, says 'incredible' relief effort underway. news.un.org On a two-day mission to Haiti, the UN deputy chief said on Friday that relief teams are "working day and night", and that she was struck by the resilience of the Haitian people, who had mobilized quickly to support their neighbours in the aftermath of last week's massive earthquake and subsequent tropical storm.

Staff (2021-08-20). Battleground Baltimore: We told you so. therealnews.com The lessons from the Taliban's retaking of Kabul on Aug. 16, nearly two decades after the US invasion of Afghanistan, were not lost on local anti-war activists who have opposed the war since its outset. | "This war was a complete failure, it made things for the people of Afghanistan worse, and, potentially, the Taliban is more popular now than they were in 2001," Ryan Harvey, a local activist and musician who organized against the war, told Battleground Baltimore. | The Taliban's rapid ascent came despite over $2 trillion spent on the US war effort, and an enormous loss of human life. The press has focused on…

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-08-20). Beware the siren song: Women's liberation and Afghanistan. workers.org This article originally appeared in Workers World, Dec. 6, 2001. Women village defense forces carry AK-47s during a ceremony in Kabul to mark the 10th anniversary of the communist revolution in Afghanistan, April 26, 1988. As U.S. bombing and troop presence has intensified in Afghanistan, the mainstream media have issued . . . |

Zoltán Grossman (2021-08-20). Five Ways the U.S. Created and Prolonged the Afghan Crisis. progressive.org Media coverage of the Taliban takeover of Kabul would lead most Americans to believe that U.S. involvement in Afghanistan began after 9/11, but Afghanistan has been at war continuously for forty-two years, and the Pentagon has been involved.

Mark Fiore (2021-08-20). How Biden Ruined A Perfectly Good 20 Year War. progressive.org All eyes (for a minute) are on Afghanistan after the U.S. pullout turned to chaos. Yes, President Joe Biden, his administration and the Pentagon clearly screwed up the final withdrawal. They should have acted sooner to help people who aided the U.S.

teleSUR (2021-08-20). An Unwanted New Civil War Is What Afghans Foresee. telesurenglish.net The situation in Afghanistan is taking a new direction, with reports coming in that the Taliban have hunted down blacklisted personalities. It is to be feared they may soon execute these individuals within the next few days. | RELATED: | On the ground, many Afghan citizens are still making their way to Kabul airport to get a seat out of the "Kabul Hell" as said a citizen we contacted. Currently, he and his family see no hope for…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-08-20). China Communist Party: US Government Leaves Behind Destruction Wherever Military Goes, Not Construction. moguldom.com The U.S. leaves behind turbulence and destruction whenever its military invades another country, a Chinese Foreign Ministry official said in the wake of the unfolding U.S. foreign policy crisis in Afghanistan, China's neighbor. The Afghan government fell to Taliban militants within days after the U.S. military was set to withdraw its forces and leave the …

teleSUR (2021-08-20). Biden Ignores What the "Outcome Will Be" in Afghanistan. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that he is not capable of saying what the "outcome will be" in Afghanistan. | RELATED: | Biden has come under fire for his decision to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan and clear the path for the Taliban forces after 20 years of an imposed war on the Central Asian nation. | We have already evacuated more than 18,000 people from Afghanistan since July — and approximately 13,000…

Editor2 (2021-08-20). US Role in Afghanistan Lies in Destruction, not Construction: Chinese FM. orinocotribune.com "US President [Joe] Biden said the US' mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to have been nation-building, and it's true," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday, slamming the US for leaving turbulence and chaos wherever it goes. "The role of US lies in destruction, not construction." | Hua's remarks were made in response to Biden's speech on Monday, who said that despite the "hard and messy" US retreat amid the lightning conquest of Taliban that has come much faster than the US had expected, he stood "squarely behind" his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. | Amid cha…

_____ (2021-08-20). The Collapse Of Afghanistan And American Illusions. popularresistance.org the crucial question that's on everyone's minds seems to be: how did this happen? How did the ostensibly — and somewhat self-styled — most powerful military in history fail against what, when interviewed in Kandahar in 2011, I only slightly satirically called "farm-boys with guns?" Of course, the question itself is partially problematic — denying the Taliban and average Afghans agency, and arrogantly placing America at the center of a Central Asian conflict. This should be a time for self-reflection and humility. Unfortunately, exceptionalist hegemons are hardly known for their humbleness, an…

_____ (2021-08-20). Create Two, Three, Many Saigons. popularresistance.org On Sunday, 15 August, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani fled his country for Uzbekistan. He left behind a capital city, Kabul, which had already fallen into the hands of the advancing Taliban forces. Former President Hamid Karzai announced that he had formed a coordination council with Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the National Reconciliation Committee, and jihadi leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. Karzai called on the Taliban to be prudent as they entered Kabul's presidential palace and took charge of the state. | Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah, and Hekmatyar have asked for the formation of a national government. This w…

Staff (2021-08-20). Twenty-year war? More like 42 years. therealnews.com Nearly twenty years after the beginning of the US War in Afghanistan, tens of thousands of lives have been lost, trillions of dollars have been spent, and the Taliban has taken control of the country. What was it all for? Will the US public do anything to disrupt the violent machine of permanent war, care for the veterans whose lives have been forever changed, or atone for the devastation wrought in our name on the people of Afghanistan? This week on The Marc Steiner Show, we continue our crucial and urgent series of conversations about the US War in Afghanistan, the world-historical failure of the "War on…

Editor2 (2021-08-20). President Maduro: 'Afghanistan Speaks Volumes on Decline of US Empire'. orinocotribune.com The warmongering and interventionist policy of the United States empire has failed, as evidenced by the "pathetic" situation in which Afghanistan was left following the 20-year U.S. occupation, according to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | What's more, the Venezuelan President said that the misinformation given by U.S. intelligence just days prior indicates that they're either tragically misinformed "or someone within the United States intelligence apparatus is conspiring" to try to sink the U.S. President. | President Maduro

Junaid S. Ahmad (2021-08-20). Afghanistan and the Nature of US Military Intervention: Kabul versus Saigon. globalresearch.ca

Nicholas Stender (2021-08-20). What is the real objection motivating critics of Afghanistan withdrawal? liberationnews.org After the lightning collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government, the managers of the U.S. war machine and their cheerleaders in the corporate media have been scrambling to defend the image of their empire.

Birrion Sondahl (2021-08-20). Afghanistan: War for Capitalist Rights, Not Human Rights. realprogressives.org Human rights and morality only matter when it aligns with the interests of the ruling class.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-08-20). Phyllis Bennis and Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan Withdrawal. fair.org (LA Times, This week on CounterSpin: US news media are full of armchair generals who talk about weapons of war like they're Hot Wheels, and have

Steve Sweeney (2021-08-20). Taliban victory encourages jihadist terrorists in Pakistan and China's Xinjiang. peoplesworld.org Communist Party of Pakistan general secretary Imdad Qazi warned Wednesday of the serious consequences of the Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan, which he said would boost jihadist groups across the region. "This victory of the Taliban will give courage to their followers in Pakistan," he said, calling for the country to develop "a serious …

teleSUR (2021-08-20). Afghan Women Demand Their Rights From the Taliban. telesurenglish.net The Afghan women who worked in government agencies and non-governmental organizations have staged protests in Kabul to express their concern for the future and their representation in the country, it was reported on Friday. | RELATED: | The people, the Government, and any official who is going to form a state in the future cannot ignore Afghan women, human rights activist Fariha Esar told TOLO News. | The first Taliban rule in the late 199…

Yves Engler (2021-08-20). Afghanistan Was Based on Lies: Will Canada's Militarists Apologize? dissidentvoice.org The quick collapse of the US-backed government in Afghanistan has revealed how little ordinary people should trust Canada's military, arms industry and associated ideological supporters. Their justifications for war, their claims of progress and then victory have proven to be no more than propaganda and lies. Canada's biggest military deployment since World War II, more …

Anonymous007 (2021-08-20). U.S. Cooperating With Taliban To Evacuate Americans Out Of Afghanistan: Pentagon. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On August 18th, US Department of Defense officials said that the US was working together with Taliban to evacuate Americans out of Afghanistan. | The White House said that the military evacuated approximately 1,800 people, bringing the total since August 14th to 6,000. | Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the U.S. intends to increase that flow using various U.S. military aircraft."We're going to get everyone that we can possibly evacuate, evacuated. And I'll do that as long as we possibly…

David Swanson (2021-08-20). If Only Afghans Were Jews. warisacrime.org The U.S. and other governments are not making the priority of rescuing endangered people from Afghanistan that a consumer of Hollywood movies might imagine being made were the endangered people Jews in Nazi Germany. Sadly, the reality in the 1940s was no different from today. Major investments went into wars, and Western officials wanted no …

Manlio Dinucci (2021-08-20). Nessuna lezione dalla catastrofe afghana. globalresearch.ca Nel discorso del 16 agosto alla Casa Bianca, il presidente Biden ha fatto una lapidaria dichiarazione: ´La nostra missione in Afghanistan non ha mai avuto come scopo la costruzione di una nazione, non ha mai avuto come scopo la creazione …

teleSUR (2021-08-20). UK Will Work With Taliban "If Necessary", Says PM Johnson. telesurenglish.net "What I want to assure people is that our political and diplomatic efforts to find a solution for Afghanistan — working with the Taliban, of course, if necessary — will go on," Johnson told reporters. | He said the situation at the Kabul airport, where thousands of Afghans gathered in hopes of boarding an evacuation flight, was getting "slightly better," and he saw "stabilization." | RELATED: | Since Thursday, the prime minister said, Bri…

Anonymous103 (2021-08-20). Satellite Images Prove Dozens Of Afghan Military Aircraft Fled To Uzbekistan. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On August 16, the Prosecutor General's Office of Uzbekistan According to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office, the aircraft were obliged to land at…

Vijay Prashad (2021-08-20). Create two, three, many Saigons. That is the watchword: The Thirty-Third Newsletter (2021). mronline.org On Sunday, 15 August, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani fled his country for Uzbekistan. He left behind a capital city, Kabul, which had already fallen into the hands of the advancing Taliban forces.

Jack Rasmus (2021-08-20). Afghanistan and the American Imperial Project. counterpunch.org On August 16, 2021 President Biden addressed the nation to explain why the US military is pulling out of Afghanistan. To a lesser extent, he also tried to explain why the Afghan government and its 300,000 military forces imploded over the past weekend. With the Afghan State's quick disappearing act, in a puff of smoke

_____ (2021-08-20). Despite Delta Threat, Biden Admin Supports Letting Critical Jobless Aid Expire. commondreams.org In ending the war in Afghanistan, Biden left the door open for more "counterterrorism"— with serious implications for our foreign policy, politics, and legal system.

Staff (2021-08-20). Spencer Ackerman on How the U.S. War on Terror Fueled and Excused Right-Wing Extremism at Home. democracynow.org As Republicans raise concerns that Biden's withdrawal of U.S. troops will turn Afghanistan "back to a pre-9/11 state — a breeding ground for terrorism," Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter Spencer Ackerman lays out how the U.S. war on terror after the September 2001 attacks actually fueled white, right-wing extremism. Ackerman says U.S. elites consciously chose to ignore "the kind of terrorism that is the oldest, most resilient, most violent and most historically rooted in American history." His new book is "Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump."

Katha Pollitt (2021-08-20). Afghan Women and Girls Are Caught in the Cross Fire. thenation.com Afghan Women and Girls Are Caught in the Cross Fire…

Roger Harris (2021-08-20). Afghanistan: the Longest US War Continues to a New Stage. counterpunch.org The longest of the United States' "forever wars" in Afghanistan was supposed to end August 31 after President Biden extended his predecessor's withdrawal date from May of this year. But what will be ending is not clear; certainly not the imperial mission of the world's superpower. If the US determines that it cannot impose its

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-20). Afghanistan: A Dark Age Begins for Women. libya360.wordpress.com Yoselina Guevara Taliban Government and Women's Rights in Afghanistan The Afghan people, especially women, are currently experiencing a time of profound uncertainty due to the consolidation in power of a government headed by the Taliban. While it is true that progress in women's rights was minimal during the 20 years following the US invasion and…

jz 2021-08-22 02:12 | 22:12 EST | 220 | 0 | 47 | 181 | 0