2021-08-23: News Headlines

Brian Berletic (2021-08-23). Video: As Western Hegemony Declines, U.S. Attempts to Recreate Arab Spring in Asia. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-08-23). America's Merchants Of Death Then — And Now. popularresistance.org The tag "merchants of death" has long since disappeared from our American political lexicon. But the problem Nye named remains. Our contemporary corporate moguls are continuing to get rich off the preparations that make wars more likely and massively multiply death counts when the actual shooting starts. America's longest war — the war in Afghanistan — offers but the latest example.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-08-23). Why Regionalism Is Important for Afghanistan. towardfreedom.org As the Taliban retakes control of Afghanistan, China and Russia won't make timid pleas to Washington to | place forces on the ground in the country. The militarist path has been deemed a flawed move by both sides. In the coming days, the Sino-Russian bloc will likely prioritize political solutions, thereby promoting a more proactive position for the SCO and emphasizing the importance of regional frameworks.

_____ (2021-08-23). The Peace Movement Must Press For Diplomacy, Not More War, In Afghanistan. popularresistance.org Col. Ann Wright was in Afghanistan to open the US Embassy in 2001. She recounts how the recommendation then was to get the US military out as quickly as possible. Instead, the Pentagon spent 20 years lying to the public and causing great suffering to the Afghan people. Wright exposes the truth about why the US stayed in for so long and explains the politics of the country. She has started a campaign to push for maintaining diplomatic relations with the new Taliban government and is calling for the CIA to cease involvement with local militias that could evolve into a civil war. Despite withdrawing the military, th…

Isabel Malsang (2021-08-23). Taliban inherit untapped $1 trillion trove of minerals. asiatimes.com The Taliban now hold the keys to a nearly untouched trillion-dollar trove of minerals including some that could power the world's transition to renewable energies, but Afghanistan has long struggled to tap its vast deposits. The Taliban are already in a financial bind since they returned to power 20 years after their ouster, as major …

Ronan Manly (2021-08-23). Afghanistan's Gold at the NY Fed: 1,731 Old Bars Held Since 1939. globalresearch.ca

Larry Chin (2021-08-23). What Spearheaded 20 Years of War and Atrocities? Unocal and the Coveted Trans-Afghan Pipeline Route. globalresearch.ca

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-23). Austrian left mobilizes in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive sections in Austria demanded safe passage and protection for the people of Afghanistan, and sought an end to the deportation of asylum seekers by the government…

John V. Walsh (2021-08-23). After Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Is It Credible to Trust the Intel Agencies on Wuhan? counterpunch.org "Surely, President Biden, you must be joking"! On May 26, these words should have poured forth from the White House Press Corps and the mainstream Commentariat when Joe Biden declared that he was placing the question of Covid-19's origins securely in the hands of the "National Intel Agencies." They were to report back in 90

Patrick Cockburn (2021-08-23). The US and UK Got Things So Wrong in Afghanistan Because They do Not Understand the Afghan Way of War. counterpunch.org The American way of dealing with a lost war is to withdraw its forces. The Afghan way of dealing with it is to change sides as quickly as possible. The Afghan way of war has created confusion among foreign political and military leaders in the past 20 years, but never more so than during the past few weeks as the Taliban swept through the country, capturing city after city without facing serious resistance.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-08-23). Will Americans Who Were Right on Afghanistan Still Be Ignored? counterpunch.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

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-08-23). Biden's Botched Withdrawal From Afghanistan is Consistent With Two Decades of America's Missteps There. counterpunch.org 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, or

Wasef Khalili (2021-08-23). Taliban captured the Entire Territory of Afghanistan with the Exception of Panjshir Province. globalresearch.ca

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-08-23). Tehran welcoming formation of inclusive govt. in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com Saying that Iran will stands by the Afghan people at this critical juncture, the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman voiced Tehran's support for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

TASS (2021-08-23). Gunfire opened in Kabul airport, Afghan security officer killed — Bundeswehr. tass.com German and American forces also opened fire, none of them were injured…

sputniknews (2021-08-23). Afghan Security Forces Member Killed in Gunfight With 'Unknown' Assailants at Kabul Airport. sputniknews.com The identities of the assailants are still unknown. The incident took place on Monday at the North Gate of the Kabul Airport.

Stuart Rees (2021-08-23). Behind Morrison's cruelty towards Afghans. greenleft.org.au Prime Minister Scott Morrison boasts that Australia is rescuing Afghans, resettling refugees and will implement humanitarian programs. However, as Stuart Rees writes, this is cover for cowardice.

Anonymous103 (2021-08-23). Taliban Ready To Launch Offensive On Panjshir In Afghanistan. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Taliban has besieged the pro-government forces located in the Afghan province of Panjshir, according to the official representative of the movement Zabihullah Mujahid. The claim was made a day after the Taliban

sputniknews (2021-08-23). 'Red Line': Taliban Warns of Consequences if US 'Occupation of Afghanistan' Extended. sputniknews.com The Taliban* seized power in Afghanistan on 15 August, when they captured the capital Kabul without a fight following a months-long offensive. The militants voiced a desire to have friendly relations with all countries, stressing that the Taliban "must be recognised" by the international community.

Alex Bainbridge (2021-08-23). Afghans call on Australia to match Canada's humanitarian visa offer. greenleft.org.au A huge rally for justice for Afghanistan called for at least 20,000 refugee visas and the immediate granting of permanent protection for thousands of Afghan refugees on temporary visas. Video and interviews by Alex Bainbridge.

Byul Ryan-Im (2021-08-23). The Weekly Round-Up: Afghanistan, disability equality, and unregulated accommodation. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: On 15 August the Taliban took control of Kabul, following the collapse of the Afghan government and its President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country. In a news conference, a Taliban spokesman said women would be allowed to work and have rights "within the framework of Islam". The Taliban also said it wanted …

Anonymous103 (2021-08-23). Chaos At Kabul Airport: First Soldier Killed, Fire Broke Out, Flights Suspended (Videos, 18+). southfront.org Turkish soldiers at Kabul airport | The German Bundeswehr claimed that one Afghan security official was killed, and three others were injured in firefight at the Kabul International Airport on 23 August. | The shooting took place near the northern gate of Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport. According to German officials, U.S. and German forces were also involved in the battle."This morning at 4: 13 p.m. CEST at the North Gate of the Kabul airport, a firefight between Afghan security forces and unknown attack…

Staff (2021-08-23). At Least Seven Afghan Civilians Killed on Sunday After Chaos at US 'Controlled' Kabul Airport. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, August 22, seven Afghan civilians died near the Kabul airport, as thousands of people—most of them were people who had collaborated with the US authorities in Afghanistan over the last two decades—tried to flee the country. According to information provided by the British Ministry of Defense, the incident took place when the Taliban fighters fired into the air to scare away people who were trying to enter the airport terminal, which led to a stampede. | Hours earlier, the Taliban forces had managed to organize the situation at the Kabul airport, where thousands of people waited to board a f…

Staff (2021-08-23). The Taliban's Resurgence Was Years in Making & Aided by Trump, Who Sidelined Afghan Gov't in Talks. democracynow.org Concern is growing over a broader humanitarian crisis across Afghanistan as people continue to crowd the Kabul airport to flee after the Taliban takeover of the country. The World Health Organization says about one-half of Afghanistan's population, including nearly 10 million children, already need humanitarian assistance, and the numbers are expected to soar as Afghanistan's economic crisis intensifies. The Taliban is now under intense pressure, says Emran Feroz, an Austro-Afghan journalist and author. "They know that any kind of Afghan state in future will be dependent on foreign money, which includes American…

_____ (2021-08-23). In Must-Watch Rant, Mehdi Hasan Rips War Hawks for Lecturing World on Afghan Exit. commondreams.org "What is wrong with our politicians?" asked the artist whose work is featured in the ads. "Why do they continue to support Big Oil and coal when it's clear these industries are causing natural disasters that harm everyday Americans?"

sputniknews (2021-08-23). Pentagon: 'Nobody' Predicted Afghan Government Would Fall in Just 11 Days. sputniknews.com US intelligence services and the Pentagon had previously presented extremely broad time frames for a possible collapse of the Ashraf Ghani government, which ranged from a couple of months to two years. The fall of Kabul to the Taliban* last Sunday thus came as a complete surprise to many in Washington, according to media reports.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2021-08-23). What About the Women? America's Afghanistan Guilt. globalresearch.ca

Moderator (2021-08-23). The Endless Shadow of the War on Terror. scheerpost.com U.S. Army soldiers patrol mountains in the Andar province of Afghanistan in 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Marcus J. Quarterman / By Karen J. Greenberg / It ended in chaos and disaster. Kabul has fallen…

Anonymous007 (2021-08-23). Boris Johnson Will Plead With Biden To Delay Withdrawal, As Taliban Warn Not To Prolong It. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | UK Prime Minister plans to personally plead with Joe Biden to extend a deadline for US troops leaving Afghanistan to allow more people to flee the "reign of terror" of the Taliban. | The prime minister will use an emergency G7 summit of the world's most powerful leaders to appeal to the president to delay the August 31st deadline. | Biden signalled he could be willing to bow to demands for an extension, revealing discussions were already under way and saying he…

Alex Bainbridge (2021-08-23). Community mobilises to demand 20,000+ Afghan refugee visas. greenleft.org.au A huge rally demanded the federal government extend its humanitarian visa program for asylum seekers from Afghanistan and grant permanent protection to refugees on temporary visas. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Staff (2021-08-23). Child soldiers are OK if they're anti-Taliban? AFP takes flak over photos of 'armed' Afghan kids waving flag of local resistance. rt.com Paris-based news agency AFP has been accused of romanticizing child soldiers after photographing an Afghan children's 'militia' in Panjshir province, where locals have taken up arms against the Taliban. | The outlet, known for its photojournalism, apparently took an interest in a group of kids who wanted to show their martial spirit amid a tense standoff with the Taliban. | "Afghan children carry rifles and a Panjshir National Resistance Front flag along a road in the Dara district of Panjshir province," AFP

Gregory Shupak (2021-08-23). As Kabul is Retaken, Papers Look Back in Erasure. orinocotribune.com By Gregory Shupak — Aug 19, 2021 | Corporate media coverage of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the collapse of the country's US-backed government has offered audiences more mystification than illumination. I looked at editorials in five major US dailies following the Taliban's retaking of Kabul: theBoston Globe, LA Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. The editorial boards of these papers consistently trivialized South Asian lives, erased US responsibility for lethal violence, and made untenable assertions about Washington's supposedly righteous motives in the war. |

Anonymous007 (2021-08-23). Taliban Says "All Afghans" Should Feel Safe Under Their Islamic Emirate. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On August 22nd, Khalil Ur-Rahman Haqqani, a leading Taliban figure currently in charge of security for Kabul said that "all Afghans" should feel safe under their Islamic Emirate, and that a "general amnesty" has been granted across the nation's 34 provinces. | Speaking to Al Jazeera, Haqqani, whose associates are also taking a leading role in establishing security in the capital, said the Taliban is working to restore order and safety to a nation that has seen more than four decades of wa…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-08-23). The imperialist farce of women's rights in Afghanistan. greenleft.org.au The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan has generated an imperial nostalgia among liberal feminists.

Alex Bainbridge (2021-08-23). Justice for Afghanistan rally. greenleft.org.au Video from the huge rally in Meanjin/Brisbane for justice for Afghanistan. The rally called for at least 20,000 refugee visas and immediate granting of permanent protection for thousands of Afghan refugees already in Australia on temporary visas. Includes comment by Saajeda Samaa from the Hazara community.

Juan Cole (2021-08-23). Climate Emergency v. Afghanistan. zcomm.org Why do TV Cable News, Pols ignore the greatest Terror Threat to the US in History?>

Staff (2021-08-23). Headlines for August 23, 2021. democracynow.org Chaos and Desperation Reign at Kabul Airport as Afghans Try to Evacuate Taliban Takeover, Taliban Leader Arrives for Talks in Kabul as Afghans Demand Security and Jobs, U.S. Tops 1,000 Daily COVID-19 Deaths for First Time Since March, Sri Lanka Locks Down for 10 Days Amid Worst COVID-19 Surge of Pandemic, India and Taiwan Roll Out Domestically Produced COVID Vaccines Despite Lack of Trial Data, Death Toll from Tennessee Flash Floods Rises to 22; Hurricane Grace Kills at Least 8 in Mexico, More Than 50 Feared Dead After Boat Carrying Refugees Capsizes En Route to Canary Islands, UNICEF Says Fighting in Syria Is In…

Editor (2021-08-23). Imperialism and its discontents. mronline.org On the night of 14 August 1791, enslaved Africans gathered in the Bois CaàØman forest and planned the revolt that would begin the Haitian Revolution. Last week, on the 230th anniversary of this meeting, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that has upturned the lives of more than a million people.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-08-23). Eleven Years Ago: A Haiti Disaster Relief Scenario Tested by US Military One Day Before the Earthquake. globalresearch.ca The holding of pre-disaster simulations pertained to the impacts of a hurricane in Haiti. They were held on January 11.

ecns.cn (2021-08-23). Death toll from earthquake in Haiti rises to 2,207. ecns.cn The number of people killed by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Aug. 14 in Haiti has risen to 2,207, with 344 still missing, the country's civil protection agency reported on Sunday.

Editor2 (2021-08-23). Once Again, the Vultures Circle Haiti. orinocotribune.com By Jemima Pierre — Aug 18, 2021 | Another earthquake in Haiti provides another opportunity for the NGO community, the Haitian oligarchy, and foreign imperialists to consolidate their profits and power. | 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

Eva Bartlett (2021-08-23). Israel's Airstrikes in Syria are Not Newsworthy for Western Media. dissidentvoice.org FILE PHOTO: Damaged buildings are shown after what Syrian authorities said was an Israeli air strike in the western suburbs of Damascus © SANA/Handout via REUTERS Israel again illegally bombed Syria last week, violating Lebanese airspace to do so and putting at risk the lives of untold numbers of civilians. And following this, crickets in the …

Anonymous103 (2021-08-23). Car Bomb Explosion Rocked Town Of Azaz In Syria's Aleppo (Video). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On August 23rd, an explosion took place in the town of Aazaz, in the Syrian province of Aleppo. According to preliminary data, a car bomb explosion injured at least seven civilians. | The town of Azaz is under control of Turkish-backed militant groups, which operate in the northern part of Aleppo province. It regularly suffers from terrorist attacks carried out within "democratic competition" for power between Turkish proxies. |

Anonymous103 (2021-08-23). Russian Warplanes Tirelessly Hit Militants In Syria's Idlib (Video, Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | For the fifth day in a row, militants in Greater Idlib were waken up by airstrikes of Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). | On August 23, warplanes of the Russian VKS carried out a series of airstrikes targeting militant positions in the outskirts of the town of al-Bara in the al-Zawiya Mount region in the southern countryside of Idlib. | Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib, and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation maintain a large presence…

Allan Fisher (2021-08-23). Saturday 8/21: Free Palestine. indybay.org corner of Ocean and Water Streets, Santa Cruz…

WSWS (2021-08-23). Australian public hospital medical specialist speaks about worsening COVID-19 crisis. wsws.org "We need a radical expansion in the number of beds because, at the moment, we have bed block at every stage in the hospitals, and that is being made worse by the COVID pandemic."

WSWS (2021-08-23). Dana contract details reveal pay cuts, no change to 70- to 84-hour workweek. wsws.org Details of the proposed Dana tentative agreement acquired by the Autoworker Newsletter show the company, the UAW and the USW are proposing a provocative, highly exploitative contract that is far worse than the previous agreement.

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-08-23). Rev. Jesse Jackson And His Wife Are Hospitalized, Under Observation For Covid-19. moguldom.com Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, were hospitalized Saturday after testing positive for covid-19, according to a statement. The famous civil rights leader is 79 and his wife is 77. They are being treated at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The two remain hospitalized, but their son, Jonathan Jackson, told ABC7 the couple is responding …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-08-23). Voting rights equal worker rights: Unions fight for John Lewis Act, PRO Act. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Saying voting rights and worker rights are definitely and inextricably linked, advocates, led by the NAACP, the ACLU, and the AFL-CIO, launched a new campaign to pressure lawmakers to approve the John Lewis Act, restoring and enhancing the Voting Rights Act, and the right to vote. In union-dominated rallies on Aug. 21 in Washington, Cleveland, …

WSWS (2021-08-23). Georgia Republicans seek control over Atlanta-area elections as Democrats abandon defense of democratic rights. wsws.org The state government is invoking a newly passed law to take the first step in taking over election administration in the heavily Democratic county that includes Atlanta.

PAI (2021-08-23). Study: Unionization cut poverty rates by more than two-thirds. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (PAI)—It may be stating the obvious, but a new study of U.S. wage data over decades reveals unionization cuts poverty rates by more than two-thirds. Only 5.9% of families with at least one union member lived in poverty, compared to 18.9% of families without union members, it says. The data, analyzed by University of …

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-08-23). The Vaccinated Are Getting Sick at High Rates as Scientists Are Clueless As to Why. globalresearch.ca

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2021-08-23). Microbiologist Explains COVID Jab Effects: Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-08-23). Extinction Rebellion London Protests: Happening Now. popularresistance.org A giant pink table inviting Londoners to "come to the table" and discuss climate change has been erected by Extinction Rebellion protesters near Leicester Square.

Joris Leverink (2021-08-23). The Laura Flanders Show: An Indigenous Roadmap for a Just Transition. roarmag.org Here's the entire interview with Winona LaDuke where she breaks down what a just transition from a fossil fuel economy looks like with Indigenous peoples leading the way. | La Duke is the director of Honor the Earth, a platform she co-founded with the Indigo Girls. She is a resident of the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota where she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non profit organizations in the country, and a leader in the issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. | A portion of this interview…

Patrick Wood (2021-08-23). H.R.4980: Permanent No-Fly Grounding for Unvaccinated. globalresearch.ca

Dr. Jonathan Engler (2021-08-23). Our Grave Concerns About the Handling of the COVID Pandemic by Governments of the Nations of the UK. globalresearch.ca

Fight Back (2021-08-23). Minneapolis high rise window cleaners' strike continues. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On August 20, the strike continued for around 50 SEIU Local 26 union members who clean the majority of the tall buildings in downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Through their first five days of the strike the window cleaners picketed in locations all around downtown Minneapolis. They also held multiple larger events for members of other unions and the community to show their support for the workers and their strike over wages and safety. | Window cleaning is primarily done during the five-day work week, so the actions and picketing take place on those days. Their next planned action is at 6 a.m…

Fred Gardner (2021-08-23). The Sub-Prime of Ms. Jane Brody: Still Ignoring the Science on Medical Marijuana. counterpunch.org We are coming up on the 25th anniversary of the Election Day on which California voters legalized marijuana for medical use. Expect a wave of self-congratulation from the activists who went on to legalize the herb for "recreational" and "adult" use in the Golden State and beyond. To these proud reformers, "legalization" —which means 10

Adam Barnett (2021-08-23). Extinction Rebellion blockade Central London street to kick off Fortnight of Protests. nationofchange.org Activists have blocked Garrick Street by attaching themselves to a van parked across the road.

Jessica A. Knoblauch (2021-08-23). An infamously dirty river is coming back to life thanks to community activism. peoplesworld.org In the 1800s, when quarreling men in D.C. needed to settle an argument, they often challenged each other to duels. The practice was illegal, so the men would often hop across the state line to Maryland to stand off along the Anacostia River in a spot known as "Blood Run." Dueling along the Anacostia has …

H. Patricia Hynes (2021-08-23). Fukushima: A Lasting Tragedy. globalresearch.ca In 2011 …

WSWS (2021-08-23). Extreme weather, climate change and the case for socialism. wsws.org The scope of the recent and ongoing climate disasters exposes the bankruptcy of capitalism and its complete inability to deal in any meaningful way with the ongoing climate crisis.

WSWS (2021-08-23). Nabisco strike across four states continues with wide support. wsws.org Workers could lose tens of thousands of dollars a year from their overtime pay under the Alternative Work Schedule proposed by the company.

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-23). NATO's Baltic, Polish members denounce Belarus over "hybrid attack" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Polish, Baltic PMs denounce 'hybrid attack' by Belarus amid border crisis An ongoing migration crisis on the European Union's border with Belarus "has been planned and systemically organized by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko," the prime ministers of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have said in a joint statement. The four leaders said Belarus was …

WSWS (2021-08-23). Surge in COVID deaths adds to pressure on Iran's clerical regime. wsws.org Saturday saw Iran's highest single-day COVID-19 death toll of the pandemic, as 684 people succumbed to the disease and more than 36,400 new cases were confirmed.

WSWS (2021-08-23). Student researchers in University of California system vote to join United Auto Workers union. wsws.org UC student researchers have chosen to join the UAW under the mistaken belief that the organization will fight on their behalf, but the UAW only negotiates sweetheart deals with management behind their backs, while seeking to suppress and isolate them.

Joel S. Hirschhorn (2021-08-23). Two Top Virologists' Frightening Warnings About COVID Injections: Ignored by Government and Big Media. globalresearch.ca

Kenn Orphan (2021-08-23). The Myth of Empire and the Real Message of Dune. counterpunch.org This fall, the much-awaited remake of Frank Herbert's science fiction epic Dune will hit theatres. Dune tells the complex and multi-layered tale of a feudal interstellar empire in the future, where noble houses compete, often violently, for dominance over the planet Arrakis, a desert world that possesses the only source of a substance called the

T.J. Coles (2021-08-23). In Somalia, the US Is Bombing the Very 'Terrorists' It Created. globalresearch.ca

Graham Peebles (2021-08-23). The Poison of Nationalism. counterpunch.org Once upon a time Nationalism was an ideology reserved for extremists. But in recent years it has moved from the irrelevant fractious fringes to become a central movement in western politics. Rooted in fear, it feeds on tribal instincts and has become mainstream by offering oversimplified explanations to complex problems, such as poverty and immigration.

Orinoco Tribune (2021-08-23). U.S. Interventionism in Venezuela. Elliott Abrams: If Opposition Decides to Reform or Eliminate the '[ Juan Guaidó ] Interim Government,' We Must Support It. globalresearch.ca

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-08-23). Assassins of South African trade unionist at large as labor dispute continues. peoplesdispatch.org Malibongwe Mdazo, an organizer of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, who had led a 7,000-worker strike last month, was publicly gunned down at the doorstep of Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, amidst a labor dispute on August 19…

Staff (2021-08-23). Venezuela Advances in COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Plan. orinocotribune.com The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, reported that the Venezuelan government is carrying out the Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to achieve the goal of 70% immunization, during a supervision of the Mission System and large missions in the 23 de Enero parish in Caracas. She explained, "We all have to take care of ourselves. This is a call to conscience to avoid an unbridled wave of COVID-19 infections by taking care of ourselves and wearing our masks." | She reminded people that in the Capital District, specifically in the Caricuao parish, a case of the Delta variant was detected, which is wh…

Thomas Kilkauer — Meg Young (2021-08-23). Global Warming's Walking Dead. counterpunch.org Once again, the recently issued Sixth Report of the IPCC on global warming paints a rather grim picture of our common global future. The report, written by 200 scientists and approved by 195 countries, came at a time when sections of Turkey, Italy, Siberia, and Greece were still burning with some areas suffering from temperatures

John Rees (2021-08-23). Assange: The Most Important Press Freedom Case of the 21st Century. globalresearch.ca

Liberation News (2021-08-23). Worst air in the world? Salt Lake City, Utah. peoplesdispatch.org Air pollution levels in Salt Lake City, Utah reached dangerous new highs following the wildfires in the region which have increased in recent years due to climate-change fueled droughts…

Project Censored (2021-08-23). Dennis Kucinich and Lisa Wells. projectcensored.org Former Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich joins the program to discuss his recently published a memoir (The Division of Light and Power) about a lonely battle he waged to preserve…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-08-23). Lingering Peculiarities: Slavery and Manumission in the Roman Empire. dissidentvoice.org The question does not bear asking, but in a global economy greased by what has been termed disposable people, the past's previous examples of the same may be a country worth visiting. The prod along for such a journey came with the discovery of yet another gem from the ruins of Pompeii. The news headlines …

WSWS (2021-08-23). This week in history: August 23-29. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

Moderator (2021-08-23). Peter Edelman: What Democrats Did to Welfare Is Coming Back to Haunt Them. scheerpost.com Lawyer and former member of the Clinton administration, Peter Edelman. [Georgetown University Law] | Click to subscribe on: A recent piece in the Washington Post titled "

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-23). NATO's Eastern Flank: troops from over 20 nations confront Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Excerpts from a feature on NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast (in Poland) website. NATO's eastern flank: From Estonia to Hungary servicemen and women from more than 20 countries fulfil their duties every day…. I was deployed three times to abroad, I served for one year in Egypt with the Multinational Force and Observers, then I had …

Andrew Emett (2021-08-23). Former California cops charged with conspiracy and vandalism. nationofchange.org "No matter the source of hate, we must stand up and denounce it. We are heartened that these officers are facing consequences for their reported hateful actions."

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-23). Poland to intervene in Ukraine-Russia conflict — president. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Polish head of state leaves no inflammatory meme unused. Tatar genocide/human tragedy (the best bet on NATO's justification for military intervention in Crimea), Stalin, the Iron Curtain and more. President says Poland 'won't stand by' as Ukraine's territorial integrity violated Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday vowed his country would not be indifferent to …

Dean Baker (2021-08-23). Denmark and the Case for Optimism on the Pandemic. cepr.net The explosion of coronavirus infections across the country, and especially in the low vaccination states in the South, is really bad news. While it appeared that the pandemic was coming under control and no longer posed a major health risk in early July, we are now seeing rates of infections of close to 150,000 a …

_____ (2021-08-23). Learn From The East — A Major Lesson Of The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The world is now in the throes of another wave of Covid-19, with another surge in infections, sickness and deaths, this time due to the more infectious and apparently more lethal Delta variant. | Are there lessons to be learned from the previous waves of Covid-19 that might help us now? | There are, and they were evident long ago, but in the West, they have been largely ignored. Up to now, for example, the US has suffered over 617,000 deaths; China in contrast has suffered fewer than 5,000 deaths in a population four times as large as the US. Could there not be some lessons that might serve us in the West now and…

Staff (2021-08-23). What is Redistricting and Why Should We Care? aclu.org Redistricting is the process of drawing the lines of districts from which public officials are elected. When it's conducted fairly, it accurately reflects population changes and racial diversity, and is used by legislators to equitably allocate representation in Congress and state legislatures. When politicians use redistricting to manipulate the outcome of elections, however, it's called gerrymandering — a practice that undermines democracy and stifles the voice of voters. Voters should be picking their politicians. Not the other way around. | Sophia Lakin, Deputy Director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Pr…

WSWS (2021-08-23). Reuters launders FBI claims that "scant" evidence exists of coordinated January 6 plot to overthrow the government. wsws.org The news service reproduces the claims of "unnamed law enforcement officials" downplaying the role of Trump and his political agents in the attack on the Capitol.

Danny Haiphong (2021-08-23). Counter Western bias against China by remembering Peter Norman's solidarity. mronline.org International media engaged in Sinophobic rhetoric during the recent Olympic games in Tokyo.

Ann Brown (2021-08-23). Black Man In Tampa: My Child Has Covid Because Of FL Gov. DeSantis Mask Policy, Political Opportunism. moguldom.com Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has sparked a heated debate over mask mandates in school. He's opposed while many parents and educators who put the safety of children first are calling for masks. Last week, three Florida county school boards voted to require nearly all of their students to wear masks at school despite DeSantis's objections. In …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-23). Humanity's Survival May Depend on 2022 Defeat of Bolsonaro. libya360.wordpress.com Samuel Geddes Bolsonaro's vulgar dismissals of this reality have led to the highest levels of deforestation on record. With unprecedented firestorms raging from California to the Siberian Arctic, the release of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcing to the world that 'climate change is upon us,' almost seemed redundant. Unsurprisingly, the…

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-23). New joint NATO, U.S. Navy commander sworn in. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Joint Force Command Norfolk, U.S. 2nd Fleet Change of Command Joint Force Command Norfolk and U.S. 2nd Fleet held a change of command ceremony aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), Aug. 20. **** Gen. Tod Wolters, the commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Command Europe exercises operational …

William Gomes (2021-08-23). How Will the UK's Nationality and Borders Bill Affect Migration Across the English Channel? counterpunch.org For various reasons, marginalised people like myself and vulnerable asylum seekers arriving by boat to UK shores are rarely heard from. Nevertheless, we have a lot to say to you. The UK government's proposed Nationality and Borders Bill is politically expedient, not principled. I attempt to put myself in the shoes of those desperate asylum

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2021-08-23). Playing the capitalist game: heads they win, tails you lose. mronline.org According to an Economic Policy Institute report, between 28 and 47 percent of U.S. private sector workers are subject to noncompete agreements.

Paul Dobson (2021-08-23). Chainanalysis: Venezuela Leads Latin America in Cryptocurrency Trading. venezuelanalysis.com Locals are increasingly switching to P2P methods to bypass inflation, cash shortages and low wages, as well as Washington's blockade.

David Penner (2021-08-23). America in an Age of Faucism. dissidentvoice.org Reason can wrestle and overthrow terror. — Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis Medical ethics in the West has long been predicated on informed consent, the oath to do no harm, the notion that good health care is a human right, and the search for scientific truth free from skullduggery and censorship. These tenets are not only integral …

WSWS (2021-08-23). Judge dismisses charges against Honolulu officers who fatally shot teen. wsws.org District Court Judge William Domingo said there was no probable cause to bring murder and attempted murder charges against the officers involved.

Staff (2021-08-23). High-rise window cleaners risk their lives every day—now they're on strike. therealnews.com Rappelling down skyscrapers to clean windows is already a very dangerous job. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, high-rise window cleaners with SEIU Local 26 in Minneapolis were also sent into office buildings to disinfect "hot spots" where outbreaks had occurred, resulting in many workers contracting the disease. Now, after their previous contract expired, 40 window cleaners have walked off the job, demanding pay increases, reduced health care costs, as well as a state-recognized apprenticeship program that would guarantee better training and safety measures for workers in their trade. In this mini-cast, we…

Staff (2021-08-23). Bolivian Authorities: àÅñez's Prison Conditions do Not Pose a Danger to her Health. orinocotribune.com The government of Bolivia has reported that the prison conditions of former de facto President Jeanine àÅñez do not pose any risk to her health, after an episode of self-harm. | Through a statement issued on Saturday, August 21, the Bolivian Ministry of the Government indicated that Jeanine àÅñez received the necessary healthcare assistance after she had injured herself in her arm at dawn on Saturday in the Miraflores prison. | The statement specified that there is a medical team attending to the former de facto ruler, and the authorities have installed an exceptional infrastructure to take care of he…

_____ (2021-08-23). Recent Unemployment Cuts Made People Poorer Without Increasing Employment. popularresistance.org Six academics, including Arin Dube and Suresh Naidu, released a paper last week estimating the impact of the massive unemployment benefit cuts that occurred in twenty-two states in June. The team was able to use bank transaction data and comparisons to unemployment benefit recipients in states that did not cut benefits to get precise estimates of both the employment and income effects of the policy change.

Truth for Health (2021-08-23). Video: Why Kids Don't Contract COVID-19. globalresearch.ca

John Wojcik (2021-08-23). So-called Democratic 'moderates' trying hard to sink Biden agenda. peoplesworld.org Nine "moderate" House Democrats have joined powerful conservative forces trying to undo President Joe Biden's multi-trillion-dollar domestic agenda. They are demanding that the House pass the bi-partisan infrastructure deal approved by the Senate before any vote on the president's $3.5 trillion budget resolution, which would allow for passage of Biden's sweeping human infrastructure plan, the …

Ann Brown (2021-08-23). Mayor Wants To Give $1,000 Worth Of Bitcoin To All Residents. moguldom.com Jayson Stewart, the mayor of Cool Valley, Missouri, wants to give all 1,500 of the city's residents $1,000 worth of bitcoin and he has people willing to invest in his plan. Mayor Stewart is raising funds to make his bitcoin giveaway plan a reality and he has advised residents not to sell the bitcoin immediately …

Fight Back (2021-08-23). Nabisco workers on strike. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – More than 1000 union members represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' union have been striking at Nabisco, where the workers who make Oreo Cookies, Ritz Crackers, and many other popular snacks have walked out of work, saying the strike is a fight to keep what they have had. The workers are striking in Colorado, Illinois, Oregon and Virginia. | They called their strike August 10 at the Nabisco bakery in Portland, Oregon, and it has now spread to the four states, with Chicago notably joining in on August 19. They strikers say they are fighting for a contract th…

WSWS (2021-08-23). Australian governments proclaim need to "live with the virus" amid record infections. wsws.org With daily infections approaching 1,000 for the first time, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is insisting that plans for a full reopening of the economy must proceed over the coming months.

WSWS (2021-08-23). Photo of sick Florida woman lying on the floor of treatment center goes viral as demand for COVID-19 antiviral treatment surges. wsws.org The widely circulated image produced shock and outrage as the state continues to grapple with an unprecedented spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-08-23). 6 Of The 20 Fastest Crypto-Adopting Countries Are In Africa. moguldom.com Six African countries are ranked among the top 20 world nations with the highest rate of crypto adoption over the past year, according to Chainalysis' latest Global Crypto Adoption Index. Kenya, at No. 4, leads African countries on the top 20 list that also included Nigeria, Togo, South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania. Vietnam tops the …

Ralph Nader (2021-08-23). The Fall of the House of Cuomo — Lessons Unlearned. counterpunch.org The resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo invites comparisons, historical context, and proposals for the future. First, the comparisons: Former President Donald J. Trump must be chuckling. As the worst sexual predator to rule the White House, he must be wondering about the "weak" (his word) loser who quit while protesting his actions were

Thomas Knapp (2021-08-23). 1984 in 2021: We're Doing Big Brother's Job for Him. counterpunch.org George Orwell's classic dystopia 1984 describes a future (as of 1949, the year of its publication) in which a totalitarian state attempts to control both present and future by modifying the past. The novel's protagonist, Winston Smith, works at the Ministry of Truth, "rectifying" past news accounts: "[T]he Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise

David Masciotra (2021-08-23). The Infrastructure Plan Is a Return to What We Need from Government. progressive.org Though the Biden Administration has carried forward some of Trump's worst policies, investing in infrastructure breaks with forty years of Reagan-style cuts to public services.

Ann Brown (2021-08-23). No Jab, No Fly: Former Obama Official Says Put Unvaccinated On No-Fly List. moguldom.com The no-fly list is usually reserved for suspected terrorists and other dangerous people to keep them off U.S. airlines. A former official of the Barack Obama administration has suggested that unvaccinated Americans belong on the list. In an op-ed for The Atlantic, former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem wrote that "flying is not a …

Dennis Broe (2021-08-23). Red lamb, black falcon: Balkanization and the capitalization of Croatia. peoplesworld.org It is today one of the jewels of global tourism. The Dalmatian Coast of the still newly formed country of Croatia is back again with tourist figures this summer starting to attain pre-COVID levels in a paradise that boasts the gleaming turquoise waters of the Adriatic, the medieval walls of Dubrovnik and Zadar, the Roman …

Dana Sanchez (2021-08-23). As Bitcoin Recaptures $50K Level, Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know. moguldom.com Bitcoin recaptured its $50,000 level on Sunday, thrilling market bulls with its rebound after its price plunged to less than $30,000 a month ago, losing half its market value following a record high run to almost $65,000 in mid-April. The world's largest digital currency, bitcoin has a market value of $943.69 billion — around 44 …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-08-23). South Africa: NUMSA Leader Assassinated. libya360.wordpress.com Pavan Kulkarni Photo : NUMSA via Twitter Malibongwe Mdazo, an organizer of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, who had led a 7,000-worker strike last month, was publicly gunned down at the doorstep of Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, amidst a labor dispute on August 19 Four days after the public assassination of…

Moderator (2021-08-23). The CDC Only Tracks a Fraction of Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections, Even as Cases Surge. scheerpost.com Microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020. ( by Jenny Deam and Bianca Fortis / T…

Greg Kearney (2021-08-23). Time for another kind of 'climate change': Unions! peoplesworld.org Related story: |

WSWS (2021-08-23). Malaysian government implodes with COVID-19 epidemic out of control. wsws.org Malaysia has one of the highest infection rates and deaths per capita in the world, with total infections at more than 1.5 million and the death toll at more than 13,000.

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-08-23). Imperialism Then and Now: Wealth, Unemployment, and Insufficient Demand- Pt 1/3. mronline.org Hello and welcome. I'm Lynn Fries producer of Global Political Economy or GPEnewsdocs. Today's guest is Prabhat Patnaik. He is talking about his read on the history of capitalism that he breaks up into 5 periods from colonialism into the present.

_____ (2021-08-23). A Report From The Fairy Creek Blockade. popularresistance.org The cops are the army, are the industry, are the government, are the predator, are the enemy, and this is nothing if not a war for our very survival… BC's perennial "war in the woods" is not just a catchy, metaphorical brand. We hold the enemy accountable by defending ourselves, and fighting back. We are accountable to ourselves when we realize that there is no such thing as justice, only liberation, and do whatever is necessary to make it happen.

Frank Scott (2021-08-23). Lesser Evil Politics Assure Greater Evil Economics. dissidentvoice.org A new American president is presenting a program for renewal of human values in the marketplace unheard of since the 1930s but still projecting American military domination and environmental destruction far beyond the awareness of most Americans. Continued insistence that Russia and China are major global threats to everyone and not just American monopoly capitalists …

Rick Rozoff (2021-08-23). "Threat to world order based on rules and principles": NATO demands Russia leave Crimea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Deputy Secretary General: NATO will never recognize annexation of Crimea "Ukrainians chose the path of freedom, democracy, and Euro-Atlantic integration, and NATO is completely on Ukraine's side. NATO condemns and will never recognize Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea. Crimea is the territory of Ukraine, and we call on Russia to return control over the peninsula …

Latin America News Dispatch (2021-08-23). Bolivia Ex-Prez àÅñez Charged With Genocide. latinorebels.com The charges relate to actions taken by àÅñez shortly after being declared president when she issued a decree giving the military responsibility for public security. In the next week, security forces shot 20 people to death and injured dozens of others in two clashes in Cochabamba and El Alto.

Diana Ramos Gutiérrez (2021-08-23). Expectant Mothers Still Lack Delivery Rooms to Give Birth on the Puerto Rican Islands of Vieques and Culebra. latinorebels.com Pregnant women on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra do not have a delivery room or sufficient medical services, which prevents them from giving birth there.

Pablo Manríquez (2021-08-23). DREAMer Invites Obama to TED Talk in Mexico. latinorebels.com "What better way to address DACA than by having the person who issued the executive order that created the program?" Francisco López told Latino Rebels.

Editor (2021-08-23). What is happening in Turkey? mronline.org 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.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-08-23). Imperial's new Saturday Science Club inspires families in White City. imperial.ac.uk Researchers from across the College have been engaging local families with science in a new format of engagement for Imperial.

_____ (2021-08-23). Truth Is National Security. popularresistance.org Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was sentenced to spend 45 months in federal prison. Once again, so-called justice in this country will subject a person of truth to the desolate confines of prison, not because of the rule of law and justice, but out of a continuing desire to retaliate against those who dare stand up for truth and accountability in our government.

Concordian (2021-08-23). Saturday 8/21: Stop Seeno! (Concord Reuse Meeting). indybay.org Concord Reuse Meeting: | Zoom Webinar ID: 965 1895 3519 | Passcode: 088414…

Peter Koenig (2021-08-23). Never Forget Linking Our Recent Past to the Present — Genocide in Slow Motion. globalresearch.ca

Global Research News (2021-08-23). Selected Articles: The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite and the COVID mRNA Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By The firm, BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager, invests a staggering $9 trillion in client funds worldwide, a sum more than double …

_____ (2021-08-23). Once Secret Prices Expose 'Irrational and Cruel' Nature of US Healthcare System. commondreams.org Labor groups refused to give in after rideshare companies won an anti-worker state ballot initiative last year through a heavily funded disinformation campaign.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

Norman Solomon (2021-08-23). How California's Top Democrats Paved the Way for a Republican Governor This Fall. indybay.org Looking out for the 1 percent…

_____ (2021-08-23). Will Senate Democrats Stoop to Confirming Rahm Emanuel as Ambassador? commondreams.org While the pricing data is unlikely to lower costs, said one critic, it may help "produce the political will for real reform."

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

A Remembrance (2021-08-23). Jack Hirschman, Poet Laureate, 1933-2021. indybay.org San Francisco's Poet Laureate in 2006, Jack Hirschman, passed away in San Francisco on August 22, 2021 at age 87. His life story may be found at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Hirschman

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-08-23). Could It be a Population Reduction Plot After All? globalresearch.ca

Nolan Barton (2021-08-23). Cardiologist Says No Case of COVID-19 Vaccine-induced Myocarditis Is Mild. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-08-23). Key 'Milestone' in Pandemic Fight as FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer's Covid Vaccine. commondreams.org "If you believe Black lives indeed matter, then the Senate must reject his appointment immediately," said Rep. Rashida Tlaib in response to the announcement.

Cassie B. (2021-08-23). Britain's Medicine Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Receives Funding from Gates Foundation. globalresearch.ca

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

Staff (2021-08-23). 15 Insurers Drop Trans Mountain Pipeline After Grassroots Pressure. truthout.org Every morning, I walk along the waters of the Salish Sea on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. Most days I am lucky enough to see the pink of the sunrise over Mount Rainier. This spring, millions of tiny herring eggs covered the beach, bringing with them a riotous cacophony of sound, including sea lions barking into the dead of night. | This place is the very heart of me. This coast is the solace that I seek when I am overwhelmed by the pandemic, by the everlasting wars, and the twisting fear of…

Sarah Anderson (2021-08-23). Win for Gig Workers: California Rules Uber Can't Hack Labor Laws. inequality.org

Olivia Engling (2021-08-23). 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…

Peter T. Young (2021-08-23). Hawaiian Royal Family recognized at 2021 California Admission Day. indybay.org 2021 California Admission Day, we seek authentic voices from diverse communities impacted by the 1850 Compromise by the US Congress, establishing California as a State. Hawaiians under King Kamehameha III, helped settle Sacramento and few seem to know, yet.

Badri Raina (2021-08-23). India's Political Opposition Must Trust the People. zcomm.org That support for Narendra Modi as the best choice for the next prime minister has plummeted is a telling affirmation of the people's alertness to the objective status of the Union and of their stakes within it…

Ashley Curtin (2021-08-23). Center for Biological Diversity sues EPA for not regulating PVC plastic. nationofchange.org "PVC is one of the most hazardous consumer products ever made, and the federal government can't keep ignoring that reality."

Martha Rosenberg (2021-08-23). How Animal Rights Moved From Soggy Leaflets and Skateboards to a Movement. zcomm.org Today the public no longer laughs at animal lovers nor do food producers ignore us.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-08-23). Major funding boost for White City-based startup Arborea. imperial.ac.uk Agri food tech startup Arborea expands from Imperial's White City Campus to Portugal, after securing €3.6m of investment to scale up its technology.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

Urs P. Gasche (2021-08-23). 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 (2021-08-23). 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)…

_____ (2021-08-23). 'Extreme Weather' Ads Target Democrats Defending Fossil Fuel Subsidies. commondreams.org America's liberal imperialist doctrine has been responsible for appalling carnage in places like Vietnam, Iraq, and Central America. But America has also produced a liberal anti-imperialist doctrine that remains ensconced in a TV series that has been captivating US audiences since 1966.

World Socialist Web Site (2021-08-23). Sunday 8/22: For a global strategy to stop the pandemic and save lives! indybay.org An online meeting streamed at wsws.org/live…

M Scheller, F Scheidler & G Gillet (2021-08-23). 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.

Oakland Privacy (2021-08-23). 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 (2021-08-23). 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.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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 (2021-08-23). 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…

27 Days to Go (2021-08-23). 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.

David Giesen (2021-08-23). Wednesday 8/25: Bernal Litterati [sic]. indybay.org Bernal Branch library | 500 Cortland Avenue | (we meet outside in the little amphitheater on the Moultrie side of the library)…

_____ (2021-08-23). Carbon Dividends Provide a Win-Win Solution for People and the Climate. commondreams.org If Democrats want to govern for a generation instead of winning one-off races by slim margins, we will need to mend the deep tears among the American electorate and reckon with the injustices that were sewn into the fabric of our flag.

_____ (2021-08-23). 'The Answer Is No': Taliban Reject Idea of US Extending Exit Deadline. commondreams.org "If those in power cannot handle actual democracy they should never have had it," said one critic.

Kari Lydersen (2021-08-23). In the Coal Mines, Workers Are Dying to Make a Living. zcomm.org Mining companies increasingly rely on cheaper contractors who face longer hours and higher risk of accidents…

Ben Radford (2021-08-23). Vaccine inequity and the fight for a people's vaccine. greenleft.org.au As some of the world's wealthiest countries move closer towards fully vaccinating their populations against COVID-19, there could not be a starker contrast when looking at countries in the Global South, writes Ben Radford.

Staff (2021-08-23). Republicans Rush to Squash Local Control in Fight Against COVID. truthout.org Not too long ago, there was a time when Republicans insisted that they were against Big Government and wanted to push it down as much as possible to local control. They extolled the virtues of town councils, school boards and community commissions for being close to the people and, therefore, more responsive to the needs of their constituents. Government officials were neighbors and co-workers and friends so they had a better chance of truly understanding the issues people care about. | But it was always…

WorkWeek (2021-08-23). 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.

Anonymous007 (2021-08-23). Military Situation In Yemen On August 23, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 125 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On August 22, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 9 airstrikes on the Sarwah district | On August 22, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal district | On August 22, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Kitaf area | On August 22, Saudi-led coalition reportedly shot do…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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….

Staff (2021-08-23). SHOOTING erupts as Antifa & Proud Boys clash violently in Portland (VIDEOS). rt.com Dozens of right-wing Proud Boys and leftist Antifa members have clashed in a chaotic street showdown in Portland, armed with a variety of improvised weapons ranging from bats and shields to paintball guns, mace and fireworks. | A brief gun battle also erupted in downtown Portland on Sunday, according to multiple videos shared by witnesses. Some of them showed a middle-aged man in a fedora hat hiding behind trash bins and firing several shots across the street. | #Portland pic.twitter.com/3DP8xRGw6v— Mason Lake Media (@MasonLakePhoto) F. William Engdahl (2021-08-23). What's Not Being Said About the Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine. "Human Guinea Pigs"? globalresearch.ca The Pharma giant Pfizer use an experimental technology known as gene editing, specifically mRNA gene-editing, something never before used in vaccines. Before we rush to get jabbed in hopes of some immunity, we should know more about the radical experimental technology and its lack of precision.

Staff (2021-08-23). Far Right Groups Tied to Jan. 6 Attack Reporters and Others at Anti-Mask Rally. truthout.org As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests are continuing nationwide, with some turning violent. In a shocking story out of California, at least one person was stabbed and two journalists were attacked while covering an anti-vaccine, anti-mask demonstration outside Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, August 14. The protest was attended by members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups. A Southern California mortgage broker named Tony Moon, who also p…

WSWS (2021-08-23). Chilean Morenoites promote illusions in Constitutional Convention. wsws.org In their participation in the Constitutional Convention the Morenoites will once again attempt to tie the working class to the capitalist state.

Pepe Escobar (2021-08-23). How Russia-China are stage-managing the Taliban. zcomm.org What matters is that Russia-China are way ahead of the curve, cultivating parallel inside tracks of diplomatic dialogue with the Taliban…

Staff (2021-08-23). NYC to Require Teachers, School Staff to Get Vaccinated Starting Next Month. truthout.org New York City schools will require every teacher and staff member to be vaccinated for the upcoming school year, the city announced Monday. The new policy is differentiated from one for city employees in general, who can submit regular coronavirus test results if they do not wish to receive vaccinations to protect against the virus. |

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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….

Jake Johnson (2021-08-23). New Bill Says: Cut Pentagon, Fund Global Vaccines. zcomm.org "We can't bomb our way out of a global pandemic"

Morning Star (2021-08-23). LGBTQ activists hold Pride marches in Poland, defying right-wing attacks. peoplesworld.org Pride marches in Poland took place under heavy police presence over the weekend, with homophobic counter-demonstrations threatening violence. Marches for LGBTQ rights were held at the foot of Czestochowa's Jasna Gora Catholic monastery in southern Poland as well as in Gdansk on the Baltic coast. The demonstrators were surrounded by officers, including on horseback, while …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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 (2021-08-23). 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…

_____ (2021-08-23). Our Progressive Agenda Is Popular and Our Candidates Can Win. commondreams.org Educators have a duty to teach young people uncomfortable truths about the past and present, including the histories, legacies, and current manifestations of systemic oppression.

Labor Video Project (2021-08-23). 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.

Kyle Becker (2021-08-23). Soldiers Fight Back Against Military's Upcoming Vaccine Mandate by Filing Lawsuit Against Pentagon. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-08-23). Expanding the Military Draft Is Not Feminism. Abolishing Draft Registration Is. truthout.org In the past year alone, What's the government's response? Pas…

Sasha Abramsky (2021-08-23). California Recall Could See Newsom Replaced by a Republican. zcomm.org California stands on the cusp of an absurdity…

Titlestar Trek: Anti-imperialist Doctrine (2021-08-23). Star Trek: Anti-Imperialist Doctrine. commondreams.org "It takes away from a certain number of people the argument that it's not approved," said one public health expert.

Nabeela S. Malik, Saisakul Chernbumroong, Yuanwei Xu, James Vassallo, Justine Lee, Christopher G. Moran, Tina Newton, G. Suren Arul, Janet M. Lord, Antonio Belli, Damian Keene, Mark Foster, Timothy Hodgetts, Douglas M. Bowley, Georgios V. Gkoutos (2021-08-23). [Research Paper] Paediatric major incident triage: UK military tool offers best performance in predicting the need for time-critical major surgical and resuscitative intervention. thelancet.com The BCD Triage Sieve had greatest sensitivity in predicting P1 status in this paediatric trauma registry population: we recommend it replaces the PTT in UK practice. Users of JumpSTART may consider alternative tools. We recommend Lerner's triage category definitions when conducting MI evaluations.

_____ (2021-08-23). A Victory for Gig Workers as California Rules Uber Can't Hack Labor Laws. commondreams.org And if the American people don't benefit from these endless losing wars, why do we keep fighting them?

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

David Sirota (2021-08-23). Dem Obstructionists Are Bankrolled By Pharma And Oil. dailyposter.com

Amy Goodman (2021-08-23). Proud Boys & far-right groups tied to Jan. 6 attack reporters & others at anti-mask, anti-vax rally. nationofchange.org At least one person was stabbed and two journalists were attacked while covering an anti-vaccine, anti-mask demonstration outside Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, August 14.

Staff (2021-08-23). Proud Boys & Far-Right Groups Tied to Jan. 6 Attack Reporters & Others at Anti-Mask, Anti-Vax Rally. democracynow.org As COVID-19 cases surge in the United States, anti-mask and anti-vaccine protests are continuing nationwide, with some turning violent. In a shocking story out of California, at least one person was stabbed and two journalists were attacked while covering an anti-vaccine, anti-mask demonstration outside Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday, August 14. The protest was attended by members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing groups. A Southern California mortgage broker named Tony Moon, who also participated in the deadly January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was videotaped attacking the independent journalist…

Anonymous007 (2021-08-23). Suicide Bomber Attacks LNA Checkpoint In Libya, Only Kills Himself. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On August 22nd, an ISIS suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint into the Libyan town of Zella. | In the process he killed himself, and nobody else, according to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA)."An IS suicide bomber attacked the Zalla checkpoint with a car bomb, causing no human casualties," the spokesman of the eastern-based army, Ahmad al-Mismari, posted on his official Facebook page. | "The terrorist was confronted and seriously wounded, after which he died in the hospi…

Josh Mitteldorf (2021-08-23). Statistical Fraud in the FDA Vaccine Approval Process. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-08-23). Buffalo's Democratic Establishment Still Trying to Defeat Socialist India Walton. commondreams.org "Once again, Rep. Cuellar has made clear that his priorities are serving his corporate donors—not the people of South Texas," said Jessica Cisneros, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Texas' 28th district.

_____ (2021-08-23). Primary Challenger Hits Henry Cuellar for Trying to Tank Biden Agenda. commondreams.org

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-23). COVID-19-related deaths surge in Iran amid lack of vaccines. peoplesdispatch.org Iran is currently facing the fifth wave of COVID-19 pandemic, with many cases of the highly contagious Delta variant being reported. The country is facing problems importing the vaccines due to sanctions imposed by the US…

Delilah Gray (2021-08-23). Schools Must Provide Inclusive Sex Ed. progressive.org For parents who worry that LGBTQ+ education will "turn my kids gay," let me just say that regular sex education didn't turn me straight, so, I assure you, the inverse won't happen.

Editor2 (2021-08-23). Venezuela: Satellites, Space Activities and the Anti-Imperialist Struggle. orinocotribune.com By Estevan Hernandez — Aug 17, 2021 | The following article was written following a Party for Socialism and Liberation delegation to the recently held Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples of the World held in Caracas, Venezuela. The delegation participated in a tour of the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities center in Caracas (ABAE). | After much investment, determination, and assistance from other countries, particularly China, Venezuela now manages the Simon Bolivar, Miranda and Sucre satellites. The technological advancements and the space program are a massive achievement necessary for formerly-coloni…

WSWS (2021-08-23). Sri Lankan president reshuffles cabinet amid sharpening political crisis. wsws.org One of the most significant changes is the appointment of G.L. Peiris as foreign minister, in a move that appears to be aimed at appeasing Washington.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-08-23). 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…

_____ (2021-08-23). Despite Trillions Spent, the US Military Hasn't Won a Real War Since 1945. commondreams.org Putting a price on emissions and sending the proceeds to the public is a sound environmental and economic strategy.

David Giesen (2021-08-23). Monday 8/23: What's the Bible good for? indybay.org ZOOM: | zoom.us/j/93577376753?pwd=K2cvdzEwdnBpSG…

Carol Brouillet (2021-08-23). Thursday 9/9: 20th Anniversary 9/11 Truth Film Festival. indybay.org The Grand Lake Theater | 3200 Grand Avenue | Oakland, California…

Staff (2021-08-23). The Biggest Gamble of Nancy Pelosi's Life. truthout.org The final act of a showdown between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and nine rebellious "moderate" House Democrats is coming to a head this week, as the chamber barrels toward a procedural vote that will either forward or doom President Biden's $4 trillion infrastructure/budget plan. If the plans pass the procedural vote, the infrastructure and budget bills will be drafted over the course of many weeks. If the procedural vote goes down, it may be damn near political Armageddon for the Biden administration and the Democrats in genera…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-08-23). 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…

Vijay Prashad (2021-08-23). The Return of the Taliban 20 Years Later. orinocotribune.com By Vijay Prashad — Aug 19, 2021 | On August 15, the Taliban

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