2021-08-22: News Headlines

ecns.cn (2021-08-22). Taliban meets Afghan political figures, assuring security. ecns.cn The Taliban announced on Saturday that its delegation met with political figures in the Afghan capital Kabul, assuring them of security and safety.

William rivers Pitt (2021-08-22). Corporate Media Erasing US's Long-Term Culpability for Afghanistan War. zcomm.org These wars represent more than 60 years of profiteering to the benefit of a preciously guarded few, while the rest of us drown in the blood and soot of aftermath…

Staff (2021-08-22). Ultimate insult? Taliban fighters mock iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photo, posing in seized US military gear. rt.com An elite unit of Taliban fighters, wearing US-made tactical gear they apparently captured from retreating Afghan forces, has posed for a propaganda photo, which many outraged Americans found to be the "ultimate insult." | In a photo that ruffled many feathers, mostly among American conservatives, members of the Taliban's commando unit Badri 313 are seen donning full camouflage and tactical gear, including night-vision goggles — seemingly recreating an iconic WWII photo of American troops raising the US flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. | No Enemy has EVER done this to Americ…

Murtaza Hussain (2021-08-22). International Response to Taliban's Ascent Will Shape Afghans' Fate. zcomm.org "The major question is how to best help, or at least do the least harm, to these people that we have abandoned."

Medea Benjamin (2021-08-22). Will Americans Who Were Right on Afghanistan Still be Ignored? globalresearch.ca

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (2021-08-22). The CIA's Intervention in Afghanistan. U.S. Recruitment of "Islamic Terrorists" Started in 1979. Zbigniew Brzezinski. globalresearch.ca This text was among the first articles published by Global Research: on October 15, 2001, in the week following the US-NATO led invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001. | This historic interview confirms that the so-called Soviet-Afghan war was triggered …

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski (2021-08-22). America Initiated the War on Afghanistan 40 Years Ago: U.S. Recruitment of "Islamic Terrorists" Started in 1979. Zbigniew Brzezinski. globalresearch.ca This text …

Middle East Monitor (2021-08-22). Why Palestinian children under Israeli occupation do not Enjoy a Safe and Secure Life. juancole.com By Motasem A Dalloul | — More than 1.2 million Palestinian children in the occupied territories returned to their schools for the new academic year on 15 August. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), most of them have been counting down the days and looking forward to schools …

ecns.cn (2021-08-22). Study links wildfires in U.S. West to COVID. ecns.cn There were nearly 20,000 extra coronavirus infections and 750 COVID-19 deaths associated with exposure to wildfire smoke between March and December 2020 in the American West, researchers at Harvard University estimate in a new study.

ecns.cn (2021-08-22). 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.

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2021-08-22). Colombia's Duque to Grant Refuge to Afghans Heading to the United States: But the Problem is Venezuela With Imaginary Al-Qaeda Terrorists. orinocotribune.com Caracas, August 21, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com)—The President of Colombia, Iván Duque, confirmed this Friday, August 20, that his country will provide temporary refuge to Afghans who flee their country while they make "a registration" for their "migratory transfer" to the United States, where they would finally settle. | "Colombia joins the allied countries that are going to offer support to the United States for those nationals of Afghanistan who have helped them for years and who are in the process of making a registration, a migratory transfer to that country; so they will be in Colombia temporarily," Duqu…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-08-22). Reluctant Acceptance: Responding to Afghanistan's Refugees. dissidentvoice.org Do not for a minute think that this is a kind, heart-felt thing in the aftermath of Kabul's fall. True, a number of Afghans will find their way to Germany, to Canada, to the UK, US and a much smaller number to Australia. But this will be part of the curtain act that, in time, …

Aaron Maté (2021-08-22). Anti-war veterans explain how US lost Afghanistan while leaders lied, profited. thegrayzone.com Anti-war veterans Matthew Hoh and Danny Sjursen on the reality of the war in Afghanistan that was kept from the public. As the US establishment grapples with its defeat in Afghanistan, US veterans Matthew Hoh and Danny Sjursen explain how the war in Afghanistan was lost, Afghans suffered, and military contractors profited — all while the American public was kept in the dark. Guests: Danny Sjursen. Retired US Army officer, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He served …

Andy Kroll (2021-08-22). The Endless Shadow of the War on Terror. tomdispatch.com It ended in chaos and disaster. Kabul has fallen and Joe Biden is being blamed (by congressional Republicans in particular) for America's now almost-20-year disaster in Afghanistan. But is the war on terror itself over? Apparently not. It seems like centuries ago, but do you remember when, in May 2003, President George W. Bush declared "Mission accomplished" as he spoke proudly of his invasion of Iraq? Three months later, Attorney General John Ashcroft proclaimed, "We are winning the war on terror." Despite such declarations and the "corners" endlessly turned as America's military commanders announced impending s…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). NATO troops in Afghanistan: proof of Azerbaijan's commitment to global security. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com From a brief article from Trend News Agency about NATO-trained Azerbaijani troops in Kabul…handing out food to kids. In the past occupation forces handed out chocolate bars to children. And silk stockings to starving women. ==== Recall that 120 Azerbaijani peacekeepers, together with Turkish forces, continue to carry out official duties to ensure the security …

Chris Devonshire-Ellis (2021-08-22). The Afghanistan-China Belt and Road Initiative. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-08-22). US Scrambles To Hit Hard With "Soft" Power. popularresistance.org In keeping with President Joe Biden's pledge to withdraw from America's 20-year war in one of the poorest countries on earth, the U.S. government has yet to present any plan for future relations with Afghanistan, as it is reportedly scrambling to freeze Kabul's wealth for fears of it falling into the hands of the Taliban.

_____ (2021-08-22). "Paul Wolfowitz" tells Newsmax The Afghanistan War Has Wasted Two Trillion Dollars. popularresistance.org NewsmaxTV today allowed a fake Paul Wolfowitz to spend 11 minutes telling its hundreds of thousands of viewers that the $2.1T war in Afghanistan, begun by his administration in 2001, was a complete waste of money. "The next time we have two trillion dollars lying around, let's spend it on something useful like health care or education," said "Wolfowitz" to Tom Basile, live on the air.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). Turkish, Azerbaijani soldiers stand shoulder-to-shoulder in Kabul. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Turkish, Azerbaijani soldiers stand shoulder-to-shoulder in KabulTurkish and Azerbaijani soldiers are on duty shoulder to shoulder in and around the Hamid Karzai International Airport at Afghan capital Kabul. VIDEO…

_____ (2021-08-22). US Humiliation In Afghanistan Could Be A Turning Point In World History. popularresistance.org It's just over three decades since the Soviet Union was driven out of Afghanistan in a moment of epic national humiliation. Thirty-two years on and this week the United States has suffered the identical fate. In each case the same story: a global superpower defeated by a peasant army from one of the poorest countries in the world. This is a world historical moment.

Marc Vandepitte (2021-08-22). Afghanistan Shows Why the War on Terror Is One Big Lie and Fiasco. globalresearch.ca

TASS (2021-08-22). Putin criticized idea of Western states to place Afghan refugees in Central Asia. tass.com The President added that this Russia is in constant contact with partners from the Central Asian republics…

Staff (2021-08-22). Biden Can Avoid Being Defined by Afghanistan If He Learns the Lessons of History. truthout.org Earlier this month, I compared Joe Biden to John F. Kennedy, who salvaged his image after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 by admitting his mistake — and How quickly things change. Thanks to the rap…

sputniknews (2021-08-22). Afghan Gov't Was Working on Peaceful Power Transfer, Ghani Resignation Ahead of Kabul Fall – Report. sputniknews.com The now-former president, previously backed by the US, left the country shortly before the Taliban* seized the presidential palace in Kabul, according to him, to "prevent bloodshed". For several days, no one knew where he was until Ghani himself later admitted that he had fled to the UAE and even hoped to return to the country someday soon.

George Lakey (2021-08-22). As US empire declines, what openings exist for progressive movements? zcomm.org Hard as it may be to see beyond the chaos and suffering in Afghanistan, the larger picture reveals real opportunities for social change…

Janelle Velina (2021-08-22). Afghanistan, the Forgotten Proxy War. The Role of Osama bin Laden and Zbigniew Brzezinski. globalresearch.ca One of the key players in U.S.-led "Soviet-Afghan war" was Osama bin Laden, a Saudi-born millionaire from a wealthy, powerful family with ties to the Saudi royal family. Before becoming America's "boogeyman", Osama was put in charge of fundraising for the Mujahideen.

scorinoco (2021-08-22). The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Back with a Bang. orinocotribune.com By Pepe Escobar — Aug 16, 2021 | The US "loss" of Afghanistan is a repositioning and the new mission is not a "war on terror," but Russia and China. | Wait until the war is over | And we're both a little older | The unknown soldier | Breakfast where the news is read | Television children fed | Unborn living, living, dead | Bullet strikes the helmet's head | And it's all over | For the unknown soldier | (The Doors, "The Unknown Soldier") | In the end, the

Jack Delaney (2021-08-22). Sports Boycotts & Apartheid. counterpunch.org During this summer's Tokyo Olympics, Algerian Fethi Nourine was slated to battle Israeli Tohar Butbul in judo. Before the bout, Nourine withdrew in protest of Israeli policies, expressing support for Palestinians. "We worked a lot to reach the Olympics but the Palestinian cause is bigger than all of this," Days later a…

Allan Fisher (2021-08-22). Saturday 8/21: Free Palestine. indybay.org corner of Ocean and Water Streets, Santa Cruz…

Anonymous669 (2021-08-22). Israel Struck Gaza Following Shooting Attack That Left Border Guard Critically Wounded (Videos, Photos). southfront.org An Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration. (photo credit: AMIR COHEN — REUTERS) | Early on August 22, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a series of intense strikes on the Palestinian Gaza Strip. | In a statement on Twitter, the IDF claimed that the strikes destroyed four weapons and storage manufacturing sites of the Hamas Movement, the de-facto ruler of Gaza. | Palestinian sources confirmed that multiple strikes targeted al-Arin military site in central Gaza and Bad…

_____ (2021-08-22). Latin American Socialism And The Fight Against COVID-19. popularresistance.org Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua have made significant strides in protecting their people and defending their socialist projects, even as they face a series of interventions orchestrated by Washington, ranging from long-running economic blockades to media campaigns and even military operations. The resilience of Latin American socialist societies and institutions in this context of COVID-19 and U.S. intervention merits significant attention.

Anonymous669 (2021-08-22). Russian Airstrikes Hit Greater Idlib For Fourth Day In Row (Video, Photos). southfront.org FILE PHOTO: Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft before departing for its permanent base in Russia from Khmeimim Air Base in Syria. © Vadim Grishankin / Sputnik | For the fourth day in a row, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out a series of airstrikes on the northwestern region of Greater Idlib. | The airstrikes, which took place on August 22 morning, targeted positions in the outskirts of the towns of Kansafra, Mareian and Almaouzrah in the al-Zawiya Mount in the southern countryside of Idlib. | Al-Qaeda-affilia…

Peter Maiden (2021-08-22). 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.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). Turkish defense chief: American NATO allies "messing with our heads" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Turkey slams US for continued support to YPG "We can resolve the S-400 and F-35 problems with the U.S. one way or another. But we cannot go anywhere without solving the YPG problem. They argue that the YPG is not a terrorist [organization]. They are messing with our heads," Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told a …

Megan Redshaw (2021-08-22). Scientists Blast 'Rash' Push for Boosters, Citing 'Weak Evidence' to Support Third Shot. globalresearch.ca

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). U.S. trains Georgian armed forces for new war in Caucasus. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The 12th Battalion conducted final training under the GDRP As part of the 9th rotation of the Georgian Defense Readiness Program (GDRP), the 12th Infantry Battalion of the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Eastern Command of the Defense Forces conducted a final combat shooting exercise…. The 12th Infantry Battalion of the 1st Infantry Brigade underwent …

_____ (2021-08-22). On Contact: A Different Kind Of War. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the plight of everyday people victimized by the hardships of life in Mexico and Central America with author and journalist J. Malcolm Garcia. His new book is 'A Different Kind of War: Uneasy Encounters in Mexico and Central America'. A collection of essays informed by grief and anger, the book reveals the varied and distinctive voices of those families fleeing the violence of Honduras, Mexican reporters covering gang conflict in Juarez, and children living off the refuse of a landfill.

_____ (2021-08-22). Canada Violating Int'l Law By Selling Arms To Saudis. popularresistance.org Canada's ongoing arms sales to Saudi Arabia is being slammed as illegal under our UN commitments by Amnesty International and Project Ploughshares. And the international community is taking notice.

_____ (2021-08-22). Intersectional Class Struggle: From Shared Oppression To Unified Resistance. popularresistance.org 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 leading determinants of mortality. The global income gap continues to grow as a tiny sector of financiers and industry titans amass unprecedented wealth off the backs of workers.

Dr. Shawgi Tell (2021-08-22). "Green New Deal" Means More Economic and Social Destruction: The Public and Private Sectors Cannot be Partners. globalresearch.ca

Hassan Diab Support Committee (2021-08-22). Justice for Hassan Diab — Join Our Campaign of Outreach to Canadian Parliamentarians! globalresearch.ca

ecns.cn (2021-08-22). 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.

Liz Maryon (2021-08-22). Worst air in the world? Salt Lake City, Utah. liberationnews.org The quickly escalating air pollution in Utah is a public health crisis that warrants immediate, system-wide intervention.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). Polish, Ukrainian presidents to conspire against Crimea, Belarus. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Polish President heads to Ukraine Poland's authorities have described the upcoming visit as an opportunity to express the country's support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. On Monday, the Polish head of state will take part in an inaugural meeting of the Crimean Platform, an international summit called by Ukraine to build up pressure …

ecns.cn (2021-08-22). Taliban vows to have ties with all countries, denies kidnapping of foreigners at Kabul airport. ecns.cn The Taliban said on Saturday that it intended to have diplomatic and trade ties with all countries around the world, including the United States, while its political chief had reportedly arrived in Kabul to discuss the formation of a new government.

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-08-22). Mexico's move to shunt out neoliberal agenda holds lessons for India. peoplesdispatch.org Alongside efforts to reclaim control over Mexico's natural resources, the Andrés Manuel López Obrador government is also planning to recapture control over its Central Bank…

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-08-22). Revolution in the US w/Black Red Guard. anchor.fm In this episode I have on black red guard, for those of you who don't know him please go ahead and check out all of his work! We go into a few different topics including the history and current structure of the working class in America, we also discuss Maoism, and how to begin organizing. I hope you enjoy!

_____ (2021-08-22). How Laws Keep Indigenous People From Protecting Sacred Spaces. popularresistance.org Tribes must deal with a revolving door of federal officials and opposition by stakeholders like recreation companies or extraction firms. They also face a lack of knowledge by the public about these places and why Indigenous peoples fight to keep them from harm, or at least further harm.

Staff (2021-08-22). Elliott Abrams: If Opposition Decides to Reform or Eliminate 'Interim Government,' We Must Support It. orinocotribune.com The alleged "interim government" of Juan Guaidó is becoming more and more lonely in its abstentionist stand. The "special envoy" of the United States for Venezuela during Donald Trump's administration, Elliott Abrams, stressed that the US government should support the Venezuelan opposition if it decides to participate in the regional elections on November 21. | "If the democratic forces in Venezuela decide to participate in the elections, we [the United States] must support them and vigorously organize international pressure to force Maduro to fulfill the promises he has made on electoral conditions," Abrams said…

Dr. Richard Urso (2021-08-22). Video: Covid-19 Early Treatment, How to End the Pandemic. Dr. Richard Urso. globalresearch.ca

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). NATO proxies Georgia, Ukraine: drive Russia out of Caucasus, Crimea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Georgian PM in Kyiv: 'Russian actions in Ukraine, Georgia alarming' Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has stated during his official visit to Ukraine that Russian actions in both Ukraine and Georgia 'are alarming and are the issue of an international concern.' After the meeting with Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal earlier today, Garibashvili said that at …

_____ (2021-08-22). Big Business Loves The Housing Crisis. popularresistance.org Last week, Lloyds Bank announced its plans to become one of the UK's biggest landlords by buying 50,000 homes over the next four years — roughly equivalent to buying every dwelling in Exeter. The month before, department store chain John Lewis said that it intends to build and rent out 10,000 flats. Academics in the UK have been writing about the small rise in US-style institutional landlordism in the UK for several years now, but this phenomenon seems to have built up a head of steam since the pandemic.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). Missile Defense Agency wants mobile interceptor missile system against Russia, China. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Excerpts from a feature in Defense News, a non-governmental news site. Missile Defense Agency director wants less complex, more mobile Aegis Ashore The Missile Defense Agency director says he'd like to see the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system….become a less complex and more mobile asset. The U.S. has had a fully operational Aegis Ashore …

ecns.cn (2021-08-22). 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.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-22). Francia Márquez, Presidential Pre-Candidate: "We Need a Government Willing to Stop the War in Colombia" libya360.wordpress.com Marco Teruggi The social and environmental leader will be running in the primaries in March against Gustavo Petro, who heads the center-left conglomerate Pacto Histórico. Her movement Soy porque Somos (I am because we are) vindicates the struggles of the Afro-descendant people. "We need to overcome fear and fill this country with hope," says Francia…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-22). Turkey: Crisis Presents an Opportunity for the Growth of Socialism. libya360.wordpress.com Maurizio Coppola Hasan Durkal is a former teacher and political activist with the Party for Social Freedom. Despite the announcements from the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that "everything is under control", Turkey is experiencing one of the deepest crises in recent years. A conversation with Hasan Durkal. Istanbul, Turkey. Watching Turkish TV and reading newspapers…

Toward increasing Networking (2021-08-22). 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.

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

Labor Video Project (2021-08-22). 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.

teleSUR, drl, JCM (2021-08-22). Lista del Pueblo elige candidato presidencial Mapuche en Chile. telesurtv.net Se tata de Diego Ancalao quien representará a esa formación pero todavía reunir firmas para presentarse a las elecciones.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Cynthia Papermaster (2021-08-22). Thursday 8/19: "Is Nancy Pelosi Addicted– to War?" indybay.org Nancy Pelosi's house, 2640 Broadway, in Pacific Heights, San Francisco…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Staff (2021-08-22). It's Not Just Manchin: Top House Energy Democrat Also Has Fossil Fuel Conflicts. truthout.org This article was produced by Amid the mounting climate emergency, the House Democrat who chairs the committee overseeing energy policy benefits from investments in large U.S. greenhouse gas polluters. Environmen…

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza (2021-08-22). Israel, a Settler-Colonialist and Apartheid State, is Joining the AU as an "Observer Member" orinocotribune.com By Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza — Jul 31, 2021 | In 2016, Netanyahu was the first Israeli PM in decades to step on the African continent. | After a strenuous stretch of diplomatic offensives that has lasted about 20 years, Israel will finally join the African Union (AU) as an observer state. Israel secured observer status at the AU when its Ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi, and Chad Aleli Admasu last week presented the country's credentials to Moussa Faki Mahamat (chairman of the African Union Commission) at the AU's headquarters in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. | The presentation of Israel's charter as…

Barricades Time (2021-08-22). 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.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-08-22). The Curious Case of Stephen Breyer. counterpunch.org Breyer and Scalia. (CSPAN). | Any man admired by both Senators Ted Kennedy and Orin Hatch couldn't be all good. And, in fact, Stephen Breyer's elevation to the highest bench in 1994 illustrated concisely how, across the 80s and 90s, Kennedyesque liberalism and Hatchian conservatism merged into a unified, pro-corporate posture. | Put more nastily, Breyer's ascent to the Supreme Court offers an unpleasing paradigm for the utter bankruptcy and degradation of that liberal tradition of which Kennedy was erroneously supposed to be the custodian and stout defender. Those with short memories often ascribe certain fami…

teleSUR, SH (2021-08-22). Venezuela mantiene en 96% la tasa de recuperados de la Covid-19. telesurtv.net La vicepresidenta venezolana señaló que en las últimas 24 horas se detectaron 1.116 nuevos casos de la Covid-19.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Editor2 (2021-08-22). Tragedy in Saigon, Farce in Kabul. orinocotribune.com By Radhika Desai — Aug 14, 2021 | As President Joe Biden scrambles to get U.S. personnel out of Kabul before it falls to the Taliban, the media resound with Saigon analogies. In 1975, the U.S. had to conduct the largest helicopter evacuation to save its personnel from the advancing North Vietnamese. The analogy evokes Karl Marx's words, "Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce." | The U.S.'s Vietnam tragedy unfolded from the contradictions of a self-delu…

Paulo Rosas (2021-08-22). The political battle for Peru. zcomm.org Leftist Pedro Castillo has promised change in Peru but Keiko Fujimori remains a political force in a hostile Congress…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Luis Feliz León (2021-08-22). Striking Window Cleaners Want Dangerous Job Recognized as Skilled Trade. zcomm.org They want pay increases, a reduction in health care costs, and a state-recognized, fully funded apprenticeship program to improve training and safety…

Urs P. Gasche (2021-08-22). 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.

South Bay Indigenous Solidarity (2021-08-22). 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 (2021-08-22). 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…

Community Bridges (2021-08-22). Tuesday 8/31: International Overdose Awareness Day 2021. indybay.org Community Bridges, 519 Main St, Watsonville…

Lucas Alden (2021-08-22). Opportunities, Denialism, "Liberty," Movements — Climate Catastrophe/Covid — A Final Act for Humanity? zcomm.org Have existing left formations seized the uncommon opportunities left to us by previous generations and collaborated on a participatory level to provide a popular and unified response to a pandemic and climate catastrophe?>

WorkWeek (2021-08-22). 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.

Norman Solomon (2021-08-22). How California's Top Democrats Paved the Way for a Republican Governor This Fall. indybay.org Looking out for the 1 percent…

Oakland Privacy (2021-08-22). 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.

Staff (2021-08-22). Tech "Solutions" Are Pushed by Fossil Fuel Industry to Delay Real Climate Action. truthout.org This month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world authority on the state of Earth's climate, The IPCC has been publishing rep…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

_____ (2021-08-22). Tim Kirby, Joaquin Flores — The Strategy Session, Episode 29. strategic-culture.org The question of what is to be gained by independence or just how real said independence would be is never considered. The question of why being independent is somehow inherently good is also not open to discussion or explanation.

Carol Brouillet (2021-08-22). Thursday 9/9: 20th Anniversary 9/11 Truth Film Festival. indybay.org The Grand Lake Theater | 3200 Grand Avenue | Oakland, California…

Anonymous007 (2021-08-22). Military Situation In Yemen On August 22, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 339 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On August 21, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 15 airstrikes on the Sarwah district | On August 21, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Madghal district | On August 21, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf district | On August 22, sporadic clashes between…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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 (2021-08-22). 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…

scorinoco (2021-08-22). Runasur: A Project of Cohesion in a Fragmented World. orinocotribune.com By Javier Tolcachier — Aug 13, 2021 | "Let us live as brothers and congregated in a single body. Let us take care of the protection and preservation of the Spaniards, Creoles, mestizos, Zambos and Indians for being all compatriots, as born in these lands and of the same origin." | — Tupac Amaru | "There is nothing in the world more powerful than an idea whose time has come." | — Victor Hugo | The idea of Latin American unity was repeatedly raised in the course of the first American independences. | Denominations such as the South American Nation of Artigas, the Sanmartinian Union of the three ind…

M Scheller, F Scheidler & G Gillet (2021-08-22). 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.

Megan Redshaw (2021-08-22). 13,000 Deaths, Nearly 600,000 Adverse Events Reported after COVID Vaccines, as Debate Heats Up Over Boosters. globalresearch.ca

Concordian (2021-08-22). Saturday 8/21: Stop Seeno! (Concord Reuse Meeting). indybay.org Concord Reuse Meeting: | Zoom Webinar ID: 965 1895 3519 | Passcode: 088414…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Staff (2021-08-22). If California Governor Is Replaced With Republican, Senate Could Swing to GOP. truthout.org There's a good chance that California — a solidly blue state — will get a right-wing Republican governor as a result of the September 14 recall election. If Gov. Gavin Newsom is recalled, the health, civil rights and future of Californians — and people across the country — will be profoundly threatened. It is also possible that Newsom's defeat could change the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, since the next California governor may be in a position to appoint a sena…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-22). Ukraine expects more weapons, equipment from NATO. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Zelensky on weapons for Ukraine: We know how Germany could help Pursuant to the agreements and within the framework of cooperation with NATO, the Ukrainian side expects to get sniper rifles, "many other things, apart from the navy and military boats, which we would like to receive from our partners," Zelensky said. **** "Our position …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-08-22). 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 (2021-08-22). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

Hamilton Nolan (2021-08-22). Donald Trump Is Personally Responsible for Hundreds of Thousands of COVID Deaths. zcomm.org An honest look at what a single lunatic has caused…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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 (2021-08-22). 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….

Anthony Ravlich (2021-08-22). Ethical human rights are a Great Idea whose time has begun. indybay.org Not all countries want democracy. Rather than confrontation between a democratic coalition and totalitarianism it would be better if the superpowers, in particular, adopt ethical human rights.

Tom Wrobleski (2021-08-22). Questioning the Lockdown and the Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates in a Divided America. globalresearch.ca

news.un (2021-08-22). FROM THE FIELD: Extinguishing the practice of crop burning. news.un.org Around the world, people are preparing to choke their way through what is called 'the season of smog', when farmers burn their fields to make way for new crops.

27 Days to Go (2021-08-22). 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.

Julia Conley (2021-08-22). Sanders Traveling to Pitch $3.5 Trillion Spending Plan to Working Americans. zcomm.org "While it will have no Republican support in Washington, Democrats, Independents, and working-class Republicans all over the country support our plan to finally invest in the long-neglected needs of working families"

Philippa Rizopoulos (2021-08-22). We Must Fight Privatization of Medicare and Medicaid to Win Single-Payer. zcomm.org It's time the U.S. had a health care system that operates as a public good, free from the demands of profit-making…

teleSUR, JL (2021-08-22). Asesinan a líder social en Cúcuta, el número 109 durante el 2021 en Colombia. telesurtv.net Indepaz detalla que desde la asunción de Iván Duque a la Presidencia, en Colombia se han asesinado 819 líderes sociales.

teleSUR, JCM (2021-08-22). Jeanine àÅñez se inflige heridas menores en prisión boliviana. telesurtv.net El estado de salud de la presidenta de facto de Bolivia es estable, luego que se infligió varias heridas en prisión.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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….

Haymarket Books (2021-08-22). Friday 8/20: White Skin, Black Fuel: Fossil Fascism and Colonialism's Inky Legacy. indybay.org Online event…

Labor Video Project (2021-08-22). CA SEIU1000 Pres Richard Lewis Brown On Newsom, Fires, Covid & Racist Homophobic Attacks. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews SEIU 1000 president Richard Lewis Brown about the fires, covid, Newsom and the racist homophobic attacks on him.

Olivia Engling (2021-08-22). 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…

Staff (2021-08-22). As Cases Surge, CDC Only Tracking a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections. truthout.org This story was originally published by Meggan Ingram was fully vaccinated when she tested positive for COVID-19 early this month. The 37-year-old's fever had spiked to 103 and her breath was coming in ragged bursts when an ambulance rushed her to an emergency room in Pasco, Washington, on Aug. 10. For three hours she was given oxygen and intr…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-22). 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…

_____ (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.

_____ (2021-08-21). The Crimes Of The West In Afghanistan. popularresistance.org The headless flight of NATO troops from Afghanistan and the havoc they leave behind are only the last chapter in a devastating story that began in October 2001. At that time, the US government, supported by allies including the German administration, announced that the terror attacks of September 11 should be answered by a war in Afghanistan. None of the assassins were Afghan. And the Taliban government at the time even offered the US to extradite Osama bin Laden—an offer the US did not even respond to. Virtually no word was said about the country of origin of 15 of the 19 terrorists—Saudi Arabia. On…

_____ (2021-08-21). Not Everyone Wanted War In Afghanistan. popularresistance.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 America's post-9/11 wars. | While Americans were reeling in shock at the images of airliners crashing into buildings on S…

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…

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

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Special ties with Taliban: NATO stresses global partner Pakistan's role in Afghanistan. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO stresses Pakistan has 'big' responsibility in Afghanistan after Taliban takeover Pakistan has a "big" responsibility in Afghanistan after Taliban take over, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday…. Stoltenberg said Pakistan, as a neighbour, has a big responsibility regarding Afghanistan, because, in addition to its Afghan leadership, Islamabad has "special …

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.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). Poland: NATO not done with Afghanistan. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Perhaps the Afghan nationals can be recruited into a unit for war in the Donbass and Belarus. Poland to evacuate 300 Afghan citizens who cooperated with NATO — PM Poland will be responsible for an evacuation operation that will ensure safe transport for 300 Afghan citizens who have cooperated with NATO in recent years, Poland's …

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…

_____ (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.

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.

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

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…

_____ (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). 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

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). 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…

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…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-21). NATO chieftain thanks Azerbaijan for troops in Afghanistan. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO Secretary General thanks Azerbaijan for ensuring the security of Kabul airport "…I…thank the armed forces of NATO allies, in particular Turkey, the United States and Great Britain, as well as our partner Azerbaijan, for their vital role in ensuring the security of the airport," Stoltenberg said at a press conference after the extraordinary meeting …

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.

Mike Walter (2021-08-21). The Heat: Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan. america.cgtn.com Chaos and desperation in Kabul as the U.S. tries to evacuate thousands following the Taliban takeover.

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…

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.

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…

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…

Arturo Domínguez (2021-08-21). OPINION: Afghanistan and the Pushback Against US Imperialism. latinorebels.com From the Americas to Afghanistan, more people than ever are thumbing their noses at U.S. interventionism…

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…

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.

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…

_____ (2021-08-21). Lyd, Where Historical And Contemporary Zionist Oppression Meet. popularresistance.org Lyd, Palestine — One of the toughest challenges facing those who fight for justice in Palestine is breaking the Zionist paradigm, which limits the name Palestine to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These two delineations of territory have no historical meaning and no geographical significance. They are no different from other parts of Palestine except that they were drawn by Zionists who, after the murderous 1948 campaign of ethnic cleansing, decided that they would not include those two areas within the boundaries of the Zionist state. | In 1967 the State of Israel occupied these two areas, and today the…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

_____ (2021-08-21). Biddeford, Maine Fights Urban Heating. popularresistance.org Biddeford, Maine — Duane Dennison knows more than most about the effects of hotter summers and heat lingering into the night: He lives near the Saco River in a tent community of about 20 people experiencing homelessness. | As temperatures soared into the mid-90s Aug. 12, the 61-year-old painter sought relief at the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center, which offers air conditioning, snacks and a place to socialize for up to 30 people at a time. His options to cool off in the summer are the cooling shelter, swimming in the river or hanging out at the local supermarket's meat department. | "It's harder in summer…

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.

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.

_____ (2021-08-21). Study Measures Fracking's Impact On Nearby Surface Water Quality. popularresistance.org A new study correlates poorer surface water quality with nearby hydraulic fracturing but finds that the impacts aren't major enough to be considered harmful by federal regulators. However, the researchers noted they weren't able to study "potentially more dangerous" substances related to fracking because of a lack of data. | While some published studies have already linked groundwater contamination with hydraulic fracking activity, one of the researchers behind the study, Christian Leuz of the University of Chicago, said through a press release that their work was the "first large-sample evidence showing that hyd…

Staff (2021-08-21). Juan Guaidó's Four Defeats that Took Him to Dialogue in Mexico. orinocotribune.com Juan Guaidó's successive defeats have forced him to change course. The media and diplomatic support he got in 2019 undoubtedly positioned his image internationally. This allowed Guaidó to arrive at the negotiation table in Mexico with a challenging attitude; although, concretely speaking, he was unable to exercise the power that was supposedly bestowed upon to him. | In this regard, the failures of the previous dialogues in Norway and Dominican Republic, far from putting extra pressure on the Nicolás Maduro government, weakened, instead, the agency of the self-proclaimed "interim president" of Venezuela. So far,…

_____ (2021-08-21). Chicago Nabisco Workers Join Strike In Four US States. popularresistance.org Over 1,000 workers are now currently on strike against Nabisco and its parent company, Mondelez International, Inc., part of a growing rebellion of workers in multiple industries. Over 200 workers in Portland were first to strike on August 10. | Workers at Frito-Lay and its parent company PepsiCo recently struck against low wages, "suicide" work shifts, and higher health care costs in Kansas and Indiana, only to have their struggles betrayed by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the Teamsters. The bakery workers on strike in Chicago also joined the strike of 800 mechanics in…

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…

_____ (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…

Editor2 (2021-08-21). Ambassador Alex Saab Letter to the Venezuelan People: "No Retreat, No Surrender" orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Special Envoy to Iran, Alex Saab, reiterated his call for justice, through a letter received through his lawyers, one day before the case is to be heard again in the Constitutional Court of Cape Verde on August 13. | NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER! | My fellow Venezuelans; | Today, one day before the hearing before the Constitutional Court which I was not allowed to attend, it is 427 days since I was kidnapped in the Republic of Cape Verde under direct instructions from the United States. | At that time I was as a Special Envoy at the service of the State, ever since April 2018, always on special peacefu…

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

rebekah (2021-08-21). Advocates Call on Congress to #SealTheDeal for Care, Climate, and Justice. inequality.org

Staff (2021-08-21). Headscarf-wearing woman brutally attacked in Berlin. en.mehrnews.com A Muslim woman with a headscarf was brutally beaten in a subway station by a man who shouted racist slurs, Berlin police said.

_____ (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…

_____ (2021-08-21). Debtors' Unions: Indebtedness As A Source Of Collective Power. popularresistance.org That's the idea. In 2019, more than three quarters of U.S. households were holding some type of debt. In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, 1 in 4 adults are now struggling to pay household bills. But debt in U.S. culture is typically treated as an individual liability or a personal failure. The idea of a debtors' union turns that experience on its head‚Äâ—‚Äâreframing indebtedness as a shared problem and a source of collective power. | Think of a saying attributed to 20th-century industrialist J. Paul Getty: "If you owe the bank $100, that's your problem. If you owe the ba…

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.

_____ (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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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. |

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…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-08-21). The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite and the COVID mRNA Vaccine. "Reducing World Population"? globalresearch.ca Note to readers: please click the share buttons above or below. Forward this article to your email lists. Crosspost on your blog site, internet forums. etc. Important and timely article, first published on April 10, 2020 | "The International" is …

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

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-21). 2020 was the deadliest year for refugees on the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal, says report. peoplesdispatch.org Over 200 Rohingya refugees who took to the seas in 2020 died or went missing, according to a report by the UNHRC, the UN Refugee Agency. The number of women and children making such trips has increased…

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, …

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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.

_____ (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.

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…

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…

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…

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.'

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…

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?>

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.

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.

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