2021-11-19: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-11-19). Florida Republican Gaetz offers intern job to fascist shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. wsws.org Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida offered teenage fascist shooter Kyle Rittenhouse an internship should he be acquitted of homicide charges at his trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at which the jury has deliberated for three days.

Anonymous Contributor (2021-11-19). Phoenix Nazis a No-Show Despite Weekend of Nationwide Fascist Activity. itsgoingdown.org Antifascist action report from so-called Phoenix, Arizona about a successful mobilization against neo-Nazi organizing. Between the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the Boise mall shooting, a recent wave of hate by the Goyim Defense League and other Nazis targeting marginalized groups, the far-Right has been mobilizing in recent weeks. A Phoenix, Arizona group known as both "White…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Eastern Europe teeters on war. wsws.org Tensions over refugees at the Polish-Belarus border, Ukraine's conflict with Russia, and NATO's aggressive actions in the Black Sea threaten to provoke a military conflict involving the world's major powers.

Staff (2021-11-19). Canadian Police Raid Wet'suwet'en Pipeline Blockade, Arrest 15 Land Defenders. democracynow.org Wielding assault rifles, helicopters, and canine units, Canadian police raided Wet'suwet'en territory this week and arrested 14 people in effort to break up the Indigenous-led blockade of the multibillion dollar Coastal GasLink pipeline being constructed by TC Energy. The occupation started in September and halted the company's efforts to build a key portion of the over 400-mile pipeline within Wet'suwet'en lands that violates both Wet'suwet'en and Canadian laws. We speak with land defender and matriarch of the Gidimt'en Clan of Wet'suwet'en Nation Molly Wickham, one of the witnesses to the police raid. "This pro…

Vijay Prashad (2021-11-19). In the name of saving the climate, they will Uberise the farmlands: The Forty-Sixth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org The organisers of COP26 designated themes for many of the days during the conference, such as energy, finance, and transport. There was no day set aside for a discussion of agriculture; instead, it was bundled into 'Nature Day' on 6 November, during which the main topic was deforestation.

Staff (2021-11-19). Who Killed Malcolm X? Two Men Are Exonerated As Manhattan DA Reveals Details of FBI Coverup. democracynow.org We speak with independent researcher Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, whose work is featured in the Netflix documentary "Who Killed Malcolm X?" and helped ignite widespread public support for two men falsely convicted of assassinating the civil rights activist in 1965. Muhammad was in the court room this week a judge exonerated 83-year-old Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam due to revelations uncovered by the Manhattan District Attorney's office and the Innocence Project that key evidence was withheld at the trial. Aziz has maintained his innocence, and addressed the court after he finally received an official apology…

Editor2 (2021-11-19). China and Solutions to Climate Change. orinocotribune.com By K.J. Noh and Michael Wong — Nov 16, 2021 | The Earth's greenhouse gas concentrations are at their highest levels in 2 million years, driving catastrophic climate change, and creating an existential threat to the planet. But there is a way out. | Last year, President Xi Jinping, pledged that China's CO2 emissions would peak before 2030, and China would become carbon neutral before 2060. | China has a track history of setting ambitious, nearly impossible goals and then achieving them—often before deadline—so this pledge is significant. Under the CPC, China has already created "an economic miracl…

Jonathan Cook (2021-11-19). "Honest mistakes": How the US and Israel justify the targeting and killing of civilians. dissidentvoice.org An "honest mistake" is buying your partner the wrong perfume or copying someone into an email chain by accident. It is not firing a drone missile at a car, killing 10 civilians — and doing so when a small child was clearly visible moments earlier. And yet, a supposedly "independent" Pentagon inquiry this month claimed …

Staff (2021-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2021. democracynow.org House to Vote on Build Back Better Act After Filibuster-Style Delay by Republican Leader, Julius Jones Granted Clemency Hours Before Scheduled Execution, Henry Montgomery, Sentenced to Life Term at 17, Leaves Angola Prison on Parole, Belarus Shelters Some Asylum-Seekers on Polish Border, Deports Iraqi Refugees, As COVID Surges in Europe, Austria Orders New Lockdown and National Vaccine Mandate, 18,000 Cut Off by Flooding in British Columbia; Millions of Kenyans at Risk of Hunger Amid Drought, Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Hits 15-Year Peak; Indigenous Groups in Ecuador Oppose Mining Plans, Delhi School Shutdown…

Johanna Kichton (2021-11-19). People's Action on House Passage of President Biden's Build Back Better Act: Finish the Job. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today released the following statement by Campaigns Director Sondra Youdelman after House Democrats passed President Biden's Build Back Better Act: "People's Action applauds the House passage of the Build Back Better Act, and now it's the Senate's turn to keep their end of the bargain. There is …

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2021-11-19). Overcoming House GOP leader's filibuster, House passes Biden's Build Back Better bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—After an 8-hour-32-minute filibuster/rant against it by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif. the U.S. House finally passed Democratic President Joe Biden's Build Back Better plan early on Nov. 19. At times garbling his words, and at other times coming unhinged, McCarthy railed against anything and everything in Biden's 10-year $175-billion-yearly expansion of the frayed U.S. …

Staff (2021-11-19). Federal agency reveals long-term consequences of Biden bill. rt.com A non-partisan agency has estimated that US President Joe Biden's massive infrastructure and climate spending package would increase the country's budget deficit by some $367 billion. | In a development that may put some moderate Democrats on the fence, the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan body in charge of estimating the cost of pending legislation, found that Biden's Build Back Better plan is likely to come at a heavy price for the US economy. | In its

Staff (2021-11-19). 19 November, Toulouse: Palestine Stand — Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers! samidoun.net Friday 19 November 2021 From 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Metro Bagatelle — Toulouse, France Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/594854881756808 Friday November 19 from 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m., Collectif Palestine Vaincra is organizing a Palestine Stand at the exit of the Bagatelle metro in Toulouse in support of the 5 Palestinian prisoners currently on hunger strike for their release […] | The article

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-11-19). How NAM Changed International Relations. libya360.wordpress.com ND Jayaprakash Image Courtesy: India Today Organised opposition to colonialism and imperialism began in the late 1920s, and Indian leaders, especially Jawaharlal Nehru, made significant contributions via the Non-Aligned Movement. The Belgrade Declaration, adopted at the first NAM Conference on 6 September 1961 and the McCloy-Zorin Accords on General and Complete Disarmament signed between the United States and the USSR…

Prensa Latina (2021-11-19). Cuba is under attack on social media. liberationnews.org Rodríguez stressed that most of the toxic content that accompanies the tag promoting destabilization in Cuba originates in the United States and that there is no doubt about the viciousness and interference of imperialism against Cuba.

Abdul Rahman (2021-11-19). Saudi attempts to play regional hegemon face tough resistance in Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org Hezbollah's resistance to Israel and criticism of the war in Yemen has infuriated Saudi Arabia which is now using its economic leverage to punish the common Lebanese people at a time when they are going through the worst crisis in the history of the country since the civil war…

A Guest Author (2021-11-19). Staten Island, N.Y./Amazon unleashes cops on union organizers. workers.org Nov. 18 press release from Movement Media has been slightly edited. The militant mood of workers, whose increasing strikes and union drives are making headlines, erupted Nov. 11 during a union-busting, captive-audience meeting called by Amazon bosses at the company's Staten Island facilities. Chris Smalls, president of Amazon Labor Union, . . . |

WSWS (2021-11-19). Amazon Labor Union withdraws Staten Island certification petition. wsws.org In a half-year campaign that did not offer workers a true way forward, the ALU failed to gather the necessary minimum number of signatures to schedule an NLRB-sponsored union representation election at the Amazon warehouse complex on Staten Island.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Australian PM touts sweeping character of AUKUS pact aimed at preparing war with China. wsws.org Morrison stressed that Australia's acquisition of nuclear-powered submarines was just one aspect of an all-sided alliance with Britain and the US, which will involve stepped-up military-intelligence collaboration across the board.

_____ (2021-11-19). Power Dynamics Shift in Yemen as Battle for Mareb Hits Up. journal-neo.org With Yemen well within its seventh year of a conflict that has all but ravaged the country, power dynamics seem to have shifted rather dramatically — interestingly enough not in favour of either engaged parties. If anything Yemen seems to have fallen prey to political entropy whereby players have all but ensured their mutual destruction, …

_____ (2021-11-19). Turkey Aims to Be at the Forefront of the Unmanned Systems of the Future. journal-neo.org Unmanned military technology is increasingly being introduced by various armies worldwide, whether in the air, at sea, or on the ground. Therefore, weapons such as unmanned combat vehicles and combat robots are becoming a development priority for many countries. Along with such established global producers of unmanned military equipment as Russia, the US, and Israel, Turkey …

_____ (2021-11-19). South Korean Seongnamgate: Will There Be a Sequel? journal-neo.org The author continues to follow a serious scandal in South Korea that could affect the outcome of the March 2022 presidential election, as one of the potential figures in the case is Lee Jae-myung, the ruling Democratic presidential candidate. The fact is that a previously unknown firm, Hwacheon Daeyu, and its seven affiliates made more …

_____ (2021-11-19). Afghan Issues in a Transformed World Order. journal-neo.org The state and development of the Afghan issue seems to reflect all the flaws of today's global order, which has also begun to "radically transform." While the relevance of this kind of change process is more or less obvious, it is not clear where their generalized vector is headed. Furthermore, an important question seems to …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-11-19). Office of Construction Company Contracted to Destroy the Atlanta Forest and Build Cop City Disrupted. itsgoingdown.org Report on recent march and disruption of construction firm hired to build the Cop City project which threatens to destroy the Atlanta Forest. From Defend the Atlanta Forest. On November 12, activists visited the offices of Reeves Young, the construction company responsible for recent bulldozing at the Old Atlanta Prison Farm. Reeves Young are under…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-11-19). Support Grants Pass Students Arrested at Walk-Out Against Anti-Trans Group. itsgoingdown.org Statement from Siskiyou Abolition Project in support of youth who were recently arrested during student walk out in Grants Pass, Oregon. Siskiyou Abolition Project stands in solidarity with the hundreds of Grants Pass High School students who walked out during fifth period on Tuesday to protest the school district's reinstatement of two transphobic educators. Since…

Ari Paul (2021-11-19). Media's anti-'woke' mania moves social justice to the fringe. mronline.org "Woke" is the label the aggrieved conservative suburbanite puts on the indignity of having to call their Starbucks barista "they" and finding Ibram X. Kendi on their child's school reading list.

Brittani Banks (2021-11-19). Why an Army of Union Workers and Other Activists Coalesced Around America's Infrastructure Bill. independentmediainstitute.org Donneta Williams and her coworkers at the Corning plant in Wilmington, North Carolina, hail from different backgrounds and hold diverse views. But just as they team up on the production floor to make top-quality products powering the internet, they banded together to push for a long-overdue infrastructure program that's destined to lift up their community …

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-11-19). 21N Electoral Campaign Ends: Venezuelan Political Forces Ready for Elections. orinocotribune.com In the midst of a process of economic recovery following the blows inflicted by the United States and the European Union's criminal blockade, Venezuelan political parties complied with the close of the electoral campaign, and citizens prepared to participate in the regional and municipal mega-elections to be held on Sunday, November 21. | With multiple political rallies throughout the national territory, the revolutionary forces and all the opposition currents participated in the closing of their respective campaigns. | On this subject, the Samuel Robinson Institute for Original Thought, a research and analysis c…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-19). After a year of struggle by farmers, Indian government forced to withdraw farm laws. peoplesdispatch.org Movements across India celebrated the struggle by the farmers during which they faced great repression and vilification. Around 750 people are believed to have died during the agitation which saw thousands camp on the borders of Delhi…

Project Censored (2021-11-19). Reassessing the Legacy and Power of DC Hardcore. projectcensored.org by Mischa Geracoulis Premised on the idea that the development, experience, and messaging of music are indivisible from geography and chronology, Shayna L. Maskell, professor in the College of Humanities…

SAM (2021-11-19). Our New Art 'Appreciation,' Billionaire-Style. inequality.org

Staff (2021-11-19). CNE Extends International Observer Plan for 21N Elections. orinocotribune.com On Thursday, November 18, the president of Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE), Pedro Calzadilla, reported that the electoral authority has extended its international observation, oversight, and accompaniment plan to some 300 individuals from 55 countries, including four observation missions deployed throughout the country. | This was announced during a meeting with the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, in which Calzadilla offered a report on the activities carried out by CNE rectors since the call for the November 21 regional and municipal elections was issued. | He also noted that 87 organiza…

Tamara Nassar (2021-11-19). UAE rewards Israeli firms that supplied arms for Gaza massacre. electronicintifada.net Jordan deepens embrace of Tel Aviv, ignoring deep public opposition.

UnistotenCamp (2021-11-19). RCMP are Currently Raiding Gidimt'en Checkpoint! dissidentvoice.org RCMP are currently illegally invading Wet'suwet'en territory. They have moved in on both sides of Gidimt'en Checkpoint and at least 14 arrests have been made including legal observers, elders, and media. Watch and share the urgent call-out for support made by Sleydo below and take action! (Watch the video update) "This is Sleydo over here …

_____ (2021-11-19). Fossil Fuel Companies Pay $192 Million To Extract Fossil Fuels From The Gulf Of Mexico. popularresistance.org The Biden administration went through with the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history Wednesday. In the controversial sale, major fossil-fuel companies including ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and BP bid a total of $192 million for the rights to drill a stretch of the Gulf of Mexico that is about double the size of Florida, The AP reported. The amount offered is the second-highest total since bidding resumed in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017. The Biden administration has been widely criticized for allowing the sale to proceed even after President Joe Biden promised U.S. climate action during the COP26 ta…

Amanda Mills (2021-11-19). China's governmental policies have helped save the nearly extinct Amur tigers. nationofchange.org "There is still a long way to go to build a viable future for tigers in northeast China, but the situation looks good."

Ana Perdigón (2021-11-19). Venezuela Condemns New EU Aggression Torpedoing 21N Elections. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, November 18, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs Félix Plasencia condemned a new aggression launched by the European Union (EU) against Venezuela, after it announced an extension of its illegal economic blockade against the people of Venezuela for one more year. | Through his Twitter account, the Foreign Minister stated that the extension of the blockade policy constitutes a new aggression against the Venezuelan people and an act of hostility on the part of the EU. | Plasencia condemned how, just a few days before the regional and municipal elections this Sunday, the EU regressed in its erratic…

Andrew Emett (2021-11-19). City of Aurora agrees to pay $15M settlement after police killed innocent man. nationofchange.org "Ms. McClain raised Elijah as a single mother and his death has left an enormous void in her life."

Ann Brown (2021-11-19). Black America Celebrates As Oklahoma Governor Grants Clemency To Julius Jones, Was Pressured. moguldom.com Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt finally caved into mounting pressure from community activists, celebrities, local Black leaders and granted last-minute clemency to convicted murderer Julius Jones. Stitt commuted Jones' death sentence just hours before being executed for a 1999 murder Jones maintains he did not commit. Jones was convicted of the 1999 murder of Paul Howell during a …

Ann Brown (2021-11-19). Fact Check: Males In Iraq, Syria And North Korea Have Higher Life Expectancy Than Black American Men. moguldom.com The Gravel Institute tweeted on Nov. 17 that "Black men in the United States had a lower life expectancy in the first half of 2020, 68.3 years, than males in Syria, Uzbekistan, Iraq, and North Korea." But how true is it? The Gravel Institute is a progressive think tank that produces videos on history, economics, …

Ben Chacko (2021-11-19). Indian farmers score victory as Modi retreats on pro-corporate farm laws. peoplesworld.org Indian farmers scored a spectacular victory Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi repealed three marketizing farm laws after 14 months of mass struggle. The laws, passed late last year, deregulated the sale of food across state borders, legalized private stockpiling and speculation in foodstuffs, and removed price controls, effectively marketizing the sector and threatening food …

Corene Kendrick (2021-11-19). We are Holding Arizona Accountable for the Needless Suffering and Deaths of Incarcerated People. aclu.org A prison sentence should not mean people lose fundamental human rights such as access to health care or humane conditions of confinement. In Arizona, after almost a decade of broken promises, the ACLU, the Prison Law Office, and their co-counsel are in court proving that state prison officials continue to disregard their constitutional obligations to incarcerated people. | In 2012, the ACLU National Prison Project, the ACLU of Arizona, the Prison Law Office, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and the law firm of Perkins Coie filed a class action lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) i…

Danny Shaw (2021-11-19). Book Review: Is Russia Fascist? Fails to Debunk Western Misinformation. towardfreedom.org Behind a veneer of so-called academic objectivity on Russia, French historian Marlene Laruelle directly and indirectly propagandizes on behalf of U.S. imperialist interests, which seek to encroach upon and control Ukraine, Crimea and the entire landmass that was the Soviet Union.

Derek Royden (2021-11-19). The scary rise of private intelligence companies. nationofchange.org In almost every aspect of life, things that used to be done by governments are being outsourced to the private sector with often predictably bad results.

Ed Rampell (2021-11-19). L.A.'s biggest film festival returns with great anti-racist films. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—The AFI Fest returned to Hollywood for live, in-person screenings and events, although there was also a virtual component for watching many of the feature, documentary, short, indie, studio, and foreign productions that Los Angeles' largest annual film festival presented in 2021. Some of the screenings were accompanied by talent who introduced and/or spoke …

Editor (2021-11-19). Latin America: modest advice for a confused Left. mronline.org The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) is a U.S. law passed in 1938 that requires individuals representing the interests of foreign governments, in "political or quasi-political capacity," to disclose their relationship to said foreign government and provide detailed information on its finances and activities to the U.S. authorities.

Editor (2021-11-19). There is one place in Cuba where torture occurs. mronline.org Chilling testimony of the torture and abuses committed against Majid Khan, at the illegal U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo, was recently presented by the prisoner.

Editor (2021-11-19). Tony Platt: California's Grim Genocidal Past Implicates the University of California. scheerpost.com Author, Tony Platt. [T.William Wallin/The Lumberjack] | Click to subscribe on: The United States of America is founded on the original sin of Native American genocide and the myth that the Indigenous Peoples that lived on these lands for thousands of years had no right to it. White settler colonialism is not just a stain on the country's history, it is its very ra…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-19). Apple Resets Electric Car Strategy, Car Will Be Ready In 2025. moguldom.com Apple is resetting its electric car strategy to focus on creating a fully autonomous, self-driving vehicle. The company is aiming to have the car ready by 2025, Bloomberg reported. According to the report, the company has considered two different approaches to creating their car over the last two years. They included the fully autonomous approach …

Lee Gloster, Andrew Wright (2021-11-19). Kellogg's workers stand strong as cereal strike stretches on. peoplesworld.org BATTLE CREEK, Mich.—Last month, 1,400 Kellogg's cereal workers went on strike. Their job action came after bargaining over pay, lengthy work days, and benefits hit a wall. Negotiations had been going on for over a year at that point. The strike has included workers from plants in Michigan, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. President of the …

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-11-19). University of California lecturers win major gains in contract. peoplesworld.org BERKELEY, Calif. — There were supposed to be picket lines. Lecturers — some 6,500 contingent faculty members who teach a third of undergraduate courses on the University of California's 10 campuses — went to sleep Tuesday night expecting to come out early next day with their picket signs and launch a two-day strike pressing the …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-11-19). AFT hits right-wing bounty offer targeting NH teachers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —A right-wing group's offer of a $500 bounty for turning in New Hampshire teachers who instruct students about racism and sexism, and especially critical race theory, has angered the Teachers (AFT) and upset the state's School Administrators affiliate, too. The controversy in the Granite State has mushroomed so much that even GOP Gov. Chris …

Newsclick (2021-11-19). COVID-19 affected the treatment of tuberculosis, cancer. peoplesdispatch.org What is the long view of COVID-19 as we have seen and are likely to see going forward? How were various aspects of our life affected by the pandemic, what are the changes we have had to make, and how has the treatment of other diseases been affected?

Ray Milici (2021-11-19). Remembering union brother Jimmy Hooks. peoplesworld.org I was thinking about my good friend Jimmy Hooks on Veterans Day this year. My fellow Union Brother was known as just plain "Hooks" by friends and co-workers at Yale New Haven Hospital. "Hey Hooks, what's going on?" "I'm thinking about taking the grill cook job over in the New Haven cafeteria." "Why, what's wrong …

Nancy Robles (2021-11-19). Trabajadores de comida rápida en California abandonan el trabajo para exigir dignidad. liberationnews.org Los trabajadores de comida rápida en California se pusieron en huelga el 9 de Nov. en al menos cinco ciudades incluyendo Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego, San José y Los àÅngeles.

Robert S. Becker (2021-11-19). Newsflash: Freedom First MAGA Theme Park on tap — plus insurgency training center. nationofchange.org Freedom First will be about the U.S. as not just a "shining beacon on the hill" but the only beacon on the only real hill.

WSWS (2021-11-19). What conclusions must be drawn from French racist pundit Éric Zemmour's presidential bid? wsws.org The promotion of Zemmour marks a new and dangerous stage in the crisis of French democracy that must serve as a warning to workers in France and internationally.

Staff (2021-11-19). NIH director wants consequences for vaccine conspiracy theorists. rt.com National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins thinks that people who spread misinformation about Covid-19 online and Dr. Anthony Fauci should be identified and "brought to justice." | "Conspiracies are winning here. Truth is losing. That's a really serious indictment of the way in which our society seems to be traveling," Collins, who will soon step down from his post at the head of the NIH, told the Describing an onslaught of angry m…

WSWS (2021-11-19). New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak grows as schools reopen. wsws.org The trade unions are playing a key role in enforcing the reopening of schools, which will accelerate the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

teleSUR (2021-11-19). Venezuelan Parties Close Campaigns in Peace and Tolerance. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, political organizations closed their campaigns before the subnational elections to be held on November 21. Both supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution and opposition parties called on citizens to participate in the elections. This call was made in dozens of political events that took place in peace and tolerance as both sides shared public spaces in Caracas and other large cities. | RELATED: | Currently, aroun…

WSWS (2021-11-19). The corporate media misses the boat on American Crime Story: Impeachment. wsws.org The ten-part television program on FX gives a devastating picture of the right-wing conspiracy against the Clinton presidency, which is largely ignored by the media reviewers and entertainment press.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Shutdown Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death! wsws.org COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Kaiser unions call out at 40,000 workers in one-day sympathy strike with striking Northern California engineers. wsws.org The widespread turnout on the picket lines reflects enormous support for a united struggle, but the unions have worked to prevent this, having canceled a strike by 32,000 Kaiser workers in southern California.

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-11-19). Diosdado Cabello has "Minor Suspicions" about EU Observation Mission. orinocotribune.com The head of PSUV's Aristóbulo Istúriz Campaign Command, Diosdado Cabello, spoke about the clues that possibly indicate, in his opinion, ulterior motives held by the delegation of electoral observers from the European Union (EU) deployed in Venezuela. | These considerations were issued by Cabello, the Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), during his radio and television program Con el Mazo Dando, broadcast each Wednesday. On the program, Cabello expressed his doubts regarding the electoral observers mission from the European Union. | "We have the minor suspicion that the European Union…

Staff (2021-11-19). Biden's pick for bank regulator grilled over Soviet past. rt.com US President Joe Biden's pick to be America's next Comptroller of the Currency, the country's top banking regulator, has faced down accusations that she is a communist, telling lawmakers that you can't choose where you're born. | At a hearing on Thursday, Dr Saule Omarova, Biden's nominee to be chief of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, received a grilling from Republicans, who accused the Kazakh-born lawyer of being a communist. | Three decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain…

teleSUR (2021-11-19). President Maduro Urges Venezuelans To Attend Sunday Elections. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro urged citizens to vote in the Nov. 21 subnational elections peacefully and back the process of political understanding with the opposition. | RELATED: | "Now, more than ever, our people must stand united to fight the U.S. economic blockade and financial persecution," he stated and welcomed that the opposition organizations abandoned electoral abstention and registered over 6…

Juan Carlos Junio (2021-11-19). Argentina — Los retos del futuro. globalizacion.ca Habrá mucho que procesar críticamente sobre el resultado de las elecciones legislativas de cara al futuro, pero los guarismos inesperados de las PASO condicionaban la interpretación política del pronunciamiento de ayer. El Frente de Todos logró, a partir de la…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-19). Boosted economy and decentralised science: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

WSWS (2021-11-19). In Detroit visit, Biden praises UAW as it sells out Deere strike. wsws.org President Biden went out of his way to praise the United Auto Workers union, declaring "No one does more to look out for American autoworkers than Ray Curry."

Staff (2021-11-19). Comedian Ron Placone talks cancel culture on Tara Reade's RT podcast. rt.com Slaying sacred cows is a comedian's job, funnyman Ron Placone told Tara Reade on RT's podcast, and being offensive goes with the territory. | 'Cancel culture' and its impact on comedy is once again in the news thanks to the furore over Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special. In the latest episode of 'The Politics of Survival,' Placone told Reade how thanks to the ubiquity of social media, it's never been easier for people to complain about jokes they don't like. | Read more | | "I remember somebody,…

Global Research News (2021-11-19). Selected Articles: More People Died in the Key Clinical Trial for Pfizer's COVID Vaccine than the Company Publicly Reported. globalresearch.ca By Pfizer told the world 15 people who received the vaccine in its trial had died as …

Staff (2021-11-19). Boy defends his right to say there are 'only two genders'. rt.com Mother of a New Hampshire boy suspended by the school for claiming that there are "only two genders" is prepared to defend his rights to free speech and religious freedom in court. | "My first reaction was that I was shocked," the woman who prefers to stay anonymous told Fox News. | She added that she had agreed with her son's opinion and defended him during a conversation with Exeter High School's vice principal Marcy Dovholuk by saying that "he has a right to his opinion." | Now the student and his mother are suing the school and Dovholuk on the grounds of violation of the boy's right to free speech. The do…

Staff (2021-11-19). "Miseducation": How Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Push Climate Denialism to Kids in U.S. Schools. democracynow.org We look at how the fossil fuel industry is shaping childrens' education in the United States. The Texas State Board of Education is set to vote on whether or not new science standards for middle schoolers should include climate change. The language they choose will ultimately dictate how textbooks nationwide address the issue. The Board already watered down the standards after fierce lobbying by fossil fuel companies, despite urging from climate scientists that school curriculums should reflect how human activity, such as the release of greenhouse gases, has affected the climate. We speak with investigative repor…

WSWS (2021-11-19). In speech before the court, Trotskyist leader indicts German state's revival of Nazi-style anti-socialist laws. wsws.org Christoph Vandreier, the deputy chairman of the Socialist Equality Party, defended the right to advocate for the socialist transformation of society in a speech at the Berlin Administrative Court on November 18.

Michael Sainato (2021-11-19). U.S. School Bus Drivers in Nationwide Strikes over Poor Pay and Covid Risk. zcomm.org U.S. school bus drivers in nationwide strikes over poor pay and Covid risk Drivers are left 'begging for better pay' even as the school bus driver shortage is worsening in the new school year…

teleSUR (2021-11-19). Nicaragua Leaves the Organization of American States. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Nicaragua's Foreign Affairs Minister Denis Moncada announced his country's decision to leave the Organization of American States (OAS). The following is the letter sent by the Nicaraguan government to the OAS Secretary Luis Almagro: | RELATED: | l. Taking into account the "Declaration of the National Assembly in the face of the repeated actions of interference of the Organization of American States in the Intern…

WSWS (2021-11-19). South Asian leaders join other heads of state to back bogus climate targets at COP26. wsws.org The ruling classes in South Asia see investment in renewable energy and climate adaptation measures not as essential steps to save the planet's ecosystem, but as financial lifelines for their failing business interests.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Kaiser unions call out 40,000 workers in one-day sympathy strike with striking Northern California engineers. wsws.org The widespread turnout on the picket lines reflects enormous support for a united struggle, but the unions have worked to prevent this, having canceled a strike by 32,000 Kaiser workers in southern California.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Unite celebrates £1 over minimum wage pay rise at Stagecoach South Wales wage rise as major victory. wsws.org According to Stagecoach, the pay agreement reached is based on a two-year settlement, which includes productivity strings.

teleSUR (2021-11-19). US Sanctions Make The Iranian Currency Lose Value. telesurenglish.net The Iranian currency's value has continued to fall as the U.S. dollar is trading at over 280,000 rials on the free market. Before the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions, however, the figure was about 32,000 rials. | RELATED: | Ever since May 2018, when the United States, under former president Donald Trump, pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal, and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran, the rial has constantly been…

_____ (2021-11-19). COVID-19: Big Pharma's 'Obscene' Profits. strategic-culture.org Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech rake in millions an hour while refusing to share manufacturing recipes with low-income countries. | By Jake JOHNSON | Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech — the makers of the two most successful coronavirus vaccines — are raking in a combined $65,000 in profits every minute as they refuse to share their manufacturing recipes with According to a new People's Vaccine Alliance…

teleSUR (2021-11-19). President Lasso Renews 'State of Exception' in Ecuador. telesurenglish.net On Friday, President Guillermo Lasso increased one month to the state of emergency decreed on October 18 to stop the security crisis in Ecuador. | RELATED: | The measure will be applicable in El Oro, Guayas, Santa Elena, Manabi, Esmeraldas, Sucumbios, and Pichincha, which are the provinces most affected by the increase in criminal violence. | The renewal of the state of exception seeks to "safeguard the rights of the pe…

Staff (2021-11-19). Angela Davis: "Forces of White Supremacy" Are Behind Attacks on Teaching Critical Race Theory. democracynow.org We speak to legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis about the latest war waged by ultraconservative lawmakers against teaching the racist history of the United States. North Dakota's Republican Governor Doug Burgum signed legislation banning the teaching of critical race theory, defining it as any suggestion that racism is systemically embedded in American society. The law prohibits even discussion of the law in state schools. Critics say the ban also endangers honest narratives of slavery, redlining and the civil rights movement. "What we are witnessing are efforts on the part of the forces of white supremac…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Unite celebrates £1 over minimum wage rise at Stagecoach South Wales as major victory. wsws.org According to Stagecoach, the pay agreement reached is based on a two-year settlement, which includes productivity strings.

Ryan Devereaux (2021-11-19). U.S. Military Training in Mexico Increased as Human Rights Waned. zcomm.org In the years after the U.S. pledged to invest in human rights and rule of law, the Pentagon spent millions training elite Mexican units how to fight…

Emir Sader (2021-11-19). Brasil — El éxito del viaje de Lula da Silva. globalizacion.ca El éxito del viaje de Lula ya es unánime. No le podría haber ido mejor. Estuvo con el futuro canciller de Alemania, con el presidente de Francia y lo hará con el presidente de España, habló en el Parlamento Europeo,…

Jessica Corbett (2021-11-19). Dem Lawmakers, Climate Groups Urge Biden Administration to Support Kids Climate Case. zcomm.org "It's time our federal government finally aligns its actions on climate change with its rhetoric, and takes the bold action necessary to avert climate catastrophe."

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-19). Five lessons from the founder of the Me Too movement. imperial.ac.uk Founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, called on students to use their spheres of influence to make change at an Imperial event.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Conference produces no solution for Treasury market shocks. wsws.org While the onset of the pandemic was the trigger for the March 2020 crisis, it was not the underlying cause, with two previous incidents raising considerable concerns in financial regulatory circles.

Peter Boyle (2021-11-19). Global campaign to be launched against listing of Kurdish freedom movement as 'terrorist'. greenleft.org.au A global digital campaign will be launched to end the unfair and unjust ban on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), reports Peter Boyle.

Mouris Salloum George (2021-11-19). México — Primer sicario y nacimiento de leyendas del narcotráfico. globalizacion.ca Primer sicario de Sinaloa. ´No había existido otro pistolero como él. Poseía una brutal sangre fría que se convirtió en leyenda en Sinaloa a partir del 21 de febrero de 1944, durante la madrugada del carnaval de Mazatlán. En el…

Staff (2021-11-19). Biden back after briefly transferring power to VP Harris. rt.com Joe Biden has resumed his presidential duties after briefly handing power over to Vice President Kamala Harris while he was anesthetized for a colonoscopy. For a short time, Harris was the US' first female acting president. | Biden underwent what White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called a "routine colonoscopy" on Friday morning, and in line with the process set by the US Constitution, Harris temporarily assumed the duties of president while Biden was under anesthesia. | Biden once again took over as Commander-in-Chief shortly before midday, ending Harris' brief tenure as the US' first female acting preside…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws "are to maintain the duopoly," SEP electoral members say. wsws.org The laws are "an underhanded attempt to eliminate smaller parties which they see as a threat, while maintaining the illusion of the two-party system."

WSWS (2021-11-19). Seattle, Washington parents speak out on their fight for remote learning for their autistic child. wsws.org Two Seattle parents describe their legal and political nightmare battling to keep their seven-year-old daughter safe from COVID-19 and at home with remote instruction.

Paul Haeder (2021-11-19). Collusion: The End of Nature, Brought to us by Zoom. dissidentvoice.org The only way to break through a totalitarian (lite) thinking is to continue using blunt force, or airy force, to expose this massive experiment in turning Americans into screen dwellers. The new ghetto is the screen. The lockdown might be lifted, physically, for the Covdians, but in the minds of these people, the world is …

WSWS (2021-11-19). Shut down Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death! wsws.org COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

Staff (2021-11-19). Opposition Candidates Fight in Front of EU Chief Observer. orinocotribune.com Dirty laundry is washed at home, the saying goes. But the opposition candidates did not mind resolving their differences with blows in the presence of the head of the European Union (EU) mission. | The incident was reported by Telesur journalist Madelein García, who was in Bolívar state covering a meeting of the EU representatives with political sectors, and was able to record the moment in which the MUD candidate Raúl Yusef and his team physically assaulted another opposition candidate, Américo De Grazia. | #Sucedió en el estado

_____ (2021-11-19). New Files Expose Australian Govt's Betrayal of Julian Assange and Detail His Prison Torment. strategic-culture.org Documents provided exclusively to The Grayzone detail Canberra's abandonment of Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, and provide shocking details of his prison suffering | By Kit KLARENBERG | Was the government of Australia aware of the US Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist arrested and now imprisoned under unrelentingly bleak, harsh conditions in the UK? | Why have the country's elected leaders refused to publicly advocate for one of its citizens, who has been held on dubious charges and subjected to torture by a foreign power, according to UN S…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-11-19). Who Resists Corona Vaccination in Germany? zcomm.org There are two views of the world opposing one another, and the anti-vaxxers belong to a shrinking minority…

Staff (2021-11-19). Reuters says Biden still 'the real president' despite VIDEO. rt.com Joe Biden is the real US president and not a computer-generated image, Reuters and AP have declared in fact-checks, after the presidential seal was blurred in one video that came from the Democratic National Committee (DNC). | Fact-checks of online commentary about Monday's signing of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill were the top Twitter trend on Friday morning. They addressed the questions and speculation about why the great seal of the US was blurred in one particular bit of footage. | "Claims that Biden event to sign a bipartisan bill used CGI or that he is not the real US president are baseless," Reut…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Rail and airport workers strike in France for wage increases. wsws.org The strikes are part of an international resurgence of working-class struggle against the attacks by the state and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-11-19). Argentina To Claim The Malvinas Islands 40 Years After The War. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez announced that his administration is designing an agenda of actions to reinforce Argentina's claim to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, which have remained under United Kingdom occupation since the 1982 war. | RELATED: | "The Malvinas were, are, and will be Argentine … There is no doubt about the right that we have over those lands", he said and explained that the…

Jim McIlroy (2021-11-19). Modern day farm work slavery under challenge. greenleft.org.au Seasonal fruit pickers are systemically exploited and underpaid. Now several unions are mounting a challenge to this state of affairs. Jim McIlroy reports.

A Guest Author (2021-11-19). Survivors of mass incarceration speak truth to power at 'Spirit of Mandela' tribunal. workers.org The following are excerpts from testimony given at the Oct. 23-25 "Spirit of Mandela" International Tribunal for Political Prisoners, held in New York City. The U.S. was found guilty of six counts of human rights violations, including mass incarceration—in particular of political prisoners and prisoners of war. These excerpts include . . . |

WSWS (2021-11-19). Berlin Administrative Court rules socialist ideas are "anti-constitutional" wsws.org The court's ruling against the Socialist Equality Party stands in the tradition of National Socialist ideological jurisprudence and Bismarck's anti-socialist laws, and opens the door for the surveillance and suppression of all opposition to capitalism and arbitrary state power.

Jan Egeland (2021-11-19). "Hell on Earth": Millions of Afghans Face Starvation. zcomm.org The country has fallen into an economic crisis after the U.S. and other Western countries cut off direct financial assistance to the government following the Taliban takeover in August…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Pentagon dispatching emergency medical teams to Minnesota as another winter surge of COVID-19 infections takes hold in the US. wsws.org Developments in the upper Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan—represent the leading edge of the wave of illness and death that will hit the country in the latest phase of the pandemic.

Greta Thunberg (2021-11-19). We need to talk about Honesty. zcomm.org Interview on why there is hope in being brutally honest about the climate crisis…

WSWS (2021-11-19). PSOE-Podemos sends police to attack Spanish metalworkers strike in Cádiz. wsws.org The strikes have mobilized 22,000 metalworkers together with oil workers, amid a mounting upsurge of the class struggle across Europe and internationally.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Savage exploitation at flagship plant of "green" Canadian capitalism. wsws.org The dangerous conditions described by the worker at the Gaspé, Quebec, plant of the General Electric subsidiary LM Wind Power were exacerbated by management's decision to keep the plant open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jim McIlroy (2021-11-19). Toll warehouse workers end strike over wages, job security. greenleft.org.au United Workers Union members across seven Toll Group distribution centres accepted a new offer from Toll. Jim McIlroy reports.

Mario Wainfeld (2021-11-19). Argentina — El doble mensaje de las urnas. globalizacion.ca "La gente nos hizo precio" sintetiza y celebra un amigo, militante y académico cordobés. "La gente" designa al conjunto del padrón electoral que se pronunció de maneras variadas en distintas provincias pero que emitió un veredicto conjunto. Como si se…

Vijay Prashad (2021-11-19). Why Our Climate Isn't Jumping for Joy After COP26. zcomm.org "It is immoral for the rich to talk about the future of their children and grandchildren when the children of the Global South are dying now."

WSWS (2021-11-19). Johnson government lies that main danger of COVID spread comes from Europe. wsws.org Britain's huge toll of disease and death is not a foreign import, but the product of the government's own policies, carried out with the declared aim of making the UK the first country in which COVID is endemic in the population.

teleSUR (2021-11-19). Colombia: Court Debate On Abortion Legalization Is Postponed. telesurenglish.net The Colombian Constitutional Court's debate on the total decriminalization of abortion scheduled to conclude on Friday will run for at least one more week because the vote on whether this court should include judge Alejandro Linares in the process resulted in tied. | RELATED: | Before focusing on the legal issue, the constitutional court was to decide on the participation of Linares, who expressed his position in…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French public transport workers continue wave of strikes over pay and conditions, including bus drivers and rail workers; shop workers at major South African retailer Massmart on indefinite strike over low pay and redundancies; rail workers in Nigeria hold three-day strike over wages unpaid since 2019 and demolition of homes…

teleSUR7 ag-JF (2021-11-19). Cuba Condemns US Blockade Before Eurasian Council. telesurenglish.net Before the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council on Friday, Cuba's Chief of the Council of Ministers Manuel Marrero denounced the U.S. strengthening of the economic blockade against his country. | RELATED: | "During almost six decades, this unilateral coercive policy has caused US$144 billion economy losses," Marrero stressed and thanked the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) for their continued sup…

Staff (2021-11-19). Biden to 'briefly transfer power' to VP Harris. rt.com President Joe Biden is set to undergo a medical procedure requiring anesthesia on Friday, and the presidential powers will be temporarily transferred to Vice President Kamala Harris, the White House said in a statement. | As part of a routine physical check, Biden will undergo a colonoscopy, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. | In line with the relevant process set by the US Constitution, "President Biden will transfer power to the vice president for a brief period of time when he is under anesthesia," her statement said. | Biden will undergo a colonoscopy at Walter Reed, per ‚ŶPsaki…

WSWS (2021-11-19). More New York City schools forced to close amid mounting COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org According to the city's Department of Education, there are currently 176 classroom closures for public schools and 17 for charter schools, while at least 6,193 students have been infected since the start of the school year.

Staff (2021-11-18). Three White Supremacy Trials: Dahlia Lithwick on Charlottesville, Rittenhouse & Arbery Murder Case. democracynow.org Jurors in Charlottesville, Virginia, are hearing closing arguments today in a civil trial that seeks to hold white supremacists accountable for organizing the deadly "Unite the Right" rally there in 2017, and conspiring to commit racially motivated violence. Two of the white supremacists have been defending themselves in the courtroom: Richard Spencer and Christopher Cantwell. They took the stand Tuesday, and tried unsuccessfully to have the judge dismiss the case for lack of evidence, even as they used racial slurs during the trial. Jurors are expected to begin deliberations Friday. Both Spencer and Cantwell hav…

Staff (2021-11-18). WATCH: Rittenhouse judge bans MSNBC from courthouse. rt.com The Kenosha, Wisconsin judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has banned MSNBC employees from his courthouse, after police caught someone claiming to be a producer with the outlet tailing a jury bus. | "I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building, for the duration of this trial," Judge Bruce Schroeder said on Thursday. Following a jury bus is an "extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities," he added. | Schroeder identified by name both the producer and his supervisor in New York, and said the man was detained by Kenosha police on Wed…

Staff (2021-11-18). Headlines for November 18, 2021. democracynow.org White House Plan Would Expand U.S. Vaccine Production by One Billion Doses a Year, House Censures Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar for Violent Video Targeting AOC, "QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley Gets 41 Month Prison Term for Role in Capitol Riot, Attorneys for Teen Gunman Kyle Rittenhouse Ask Judge to Declare Mistrial, Travis McMichael, Who Shot and Killed Ahmaud Arbery, Testifies in Own Defense , Students Walk Out of Oklahoma Schools to Protest Planned Execution of Julius Jones, Two Men Convicted of Killing Malcolm X Will Be Exonerated, Biden Administration to Hold Massive Auction for Oil and Gas Leases in Gulf…

Ann Brown (2021-11-18). Aurora Agrees To Pay $15M In Elijah McClain Case, Largest Police-Related Settlement In City's History. moguldom.com Elijah McClain was killed by a police officer in Aurora, Colorado for "looking sketchy," and his family has reached a settlement. The city has agreed to pay $15 million to McClain's family in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed over the 23-year-old unarmed Black man's death in 2019 — the largest police-related settlement in the city …

teleSUR (2021-11-18). Putin: EU Uses Migrant Crisis as Pretext to Pressure Belarus. telesurenglish.net Warsaw and other EU countries have accused Minsk of transporting migrants to Belarus on purpose to create an immigration crisis, slapping Belarus with new sanctions for this reason. Belarusian authorities strongly deny the EU's claims. | Britain said it deployed "a small team" of armed forces in Poland as the migrant crisis with Belarus continues.

teleSUR (2021-11-18). Germany Denies Agreement to Receive Migrants From Belarus. telesurenglish.net During a visit to Warsaw on Thursday, Germany's Acting Interior Minister Horst Seehofer denied that his country had promised to host 2,000 migrants from Belarus. | RELATED: | "That is fake news… We will not admit them or give in to pressure," he said, implying that allowing migrants to enter the European Union (EU) would be playing the geopolitical "game" set by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. | Nevertheles…

Editor2 (2021-11-18). Briefing: Venezuelan Elections November 2021. orinocotribune.com By Venezuela Solidarity Campaign — Nov 17, 2021 | Introduction | Venezuela goes to the polls again on 21 November in 'mega elections.' The dialogue that began in late summer between the Venezuelan government and sections of the hard right-wing opposition had been going well, with some definite outcomes. These include the decision by some right-wing opposition parties that have boycotted elections for years to take part in the elections. | But the US's illegal extradition from Cape Verde of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who was en-route to Iran to broker a trade deal to bring fuel, food and medicines to Vene…

Fight Back (2021-11-18). Alex Saab pleads "Not guilty!" fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – Protesters gathered outside the Miami Federal Courthouse in on Monday, November 15 to protest the U.S. government's illegal kidnapping and imprisonment of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. Saab is being held in a federal detention center in Miami. | At Saab's arraignment he pled, "Not guilty!" to the single charge of "conspiracy to commit money laundering" being levied against him by prosecutors. The six other charges were dropped at Saab's last court appearance. | While the arraignment proceeded inside the courthouse, ten protesters outside held a large banner and chanted, "Free Alex Saab!" | The spirit…

Eric Zuesse (2021-11-18). The Russia-China-Iran Alliance. dissidentvoice.org NATO, the U.S. Government, and all other "neoconservatives" (adherents to Cecil Rhodes's 1877 plan for a global U.S. empire that would be run, behind the scenes, by the UK's aristocracy) have been treating Russia, China, and Iran, as being their enemies. In consequence of this: Russia, China, and Iran, have increasingly been coordinating their international …

The Socialist Program (2021-11-18). Islamophobia, the Surveillance State & U.S. Wars of Aggression w/ Dr. Nazia Kazi. liberationnews.org Dr. Nazia Kazi, an activist and professor of Anthropology at Stockton University, explains how the managers of the U.S. empire foment Islamophobia and other racist ideas at home as an integral part of waging war abroad.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-11-18). Anti-Communism, Anti-Blackness, and Imperialism. libya360.wordpress.com Dr. Charisse Burden Stelley In this talk prepared for the Albuquerque Anti-War Coalition's Anti-Communism & Imperialism panel discussion, Dr. Charisse Burden Stelley discusses how anti-communism and anti-Blackness are intrinsically intertwined structures of white supremacist and capitalist control. Transcript Good afternoon, everybody. My name is Charisse Burden Stelley and I am a professor of Africana studies in political science…

_____ (2021-11-18). The Pentagon and the Washington Post: Cold War Brothers-in-Arms. strategic-culture.org There is no better way to exaggerate perceptions of the threat than to rely on the worst-case assumptions of the Department of Defense. Since the creation of the department in the National Security Act of 1947 we have been inundated with the Pentagon's distortions: the non-existent "bomber gap" in the 1950s; the "missile gap" in the 1960s; and the so-called "intentions gap" of the 1980s, which argued that the Soviet Union believed that it could fight and even win a nuclear war.

Blake Skylar (2021-11-18). Tom Morello's new song is anthem of solidarity with union workers. peoplesworld.org Musician Tom Morello has added new music to his catalogue that carries on the longstanding pro-labor tradition of protest songs, this time in collaboration with Canadian rock artist Grandson. Called "Hold the Line," the song dropped Oct. 15, and a special version called the Union Strong Edit debuted Nov. 12, replete with photos of striking …

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-11-18). Bloomberg CIA Apologia accidentally vindicates China's strict domestic policies. mronline.org Beijing's anti-corruption crackdowns, widespread surveillance and strict control over Chinese society is making it harder for the CIA to undermine that nation, and now the CIA is expressing its frustration through the billionaire media.

_____ (2021-11-18). How NYC Taxi Drivers Took On Predatory Lenders And Won. popularresistance.org On November 3, New York City reached an agreement with the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), the union fighting to relieve drivers of thousands of dollars in debt they owe for medallions, the physical permits to operate taxis. According to the NYTWA, the average debt owed on medallions by taxi drivers is $600,000. | "Today marks a new dawn, a new beginning for a workforce that has struggled through so much crisis and loss," said Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director of NYTWA, in a statement. "Today, we can say owner-drivers have won real debt relief and can begin to get their lives back. Drivers will no longer…

_____ (2021-11-18). Judge Keeps Oil Pipeline Case In Federal Court. popularresistance.org A federal judge retained jurisdiction Tuesday in a dispute over a Canadian oil pipeline that runs through a section of the Great Lakes, rejecting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's contention that the case belongs in state court. | The clash over whether Enbridge Energy's Line 5 should continue operating raises issues "under consideration at the highest levels of this country's government" involving a U.S.-Canada treaty and federal pipeline safety regulation, U.S. District Judge Janet Neff ruled. | The matter "is properly in federal court," she wrote in a 15-page opinion that drew praise from Enbridge. Whitmer's of…

_____ (2021-11-18). New Files Expose Australian Government's Betrayal Of Assange. popularresistance.org Was the government of Australia aware of the US Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist arrested and now imprisoned under unrelentingly bleak, harsh conditions in the UK? | Why have the country's elected leaders refused to publicly advocate for one of its citizens, who has been held on dubious charges and subjected to torture by a foreign power, according to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer? What does Canberra know about Julian's fate and when did it know it? | The Grayzone has obtained documents revealing that the Australian government has…

_____ (2021-11-18). Student Loan Payments Resume Soon, But Working Borrowers Aren't Ready. popularresistance.org On February 1, 2022, the relief student-loan borrowers have had since the start of the pandemic will be stripped away and they will be thrown back into repayment — whether they're ready or not. | And most of them are not. | The Student Debt Crisis Center, in partnership with Savi — a social impact technology startup — released the results of the fourth installment of the Student Debt x COVID-19 series on Wednesday examining the impact of the pandemic on student-loan borrowers. It found that although student-loan company communication to borrowers has improved since June, 89% of fully-employed bo…

_____ (2021-11-18). Support The #MakeAmazonPay Day Of Action. popularresistance.org Amazon's size and power place the corporation at the very center of the crises of climate breakdown and economic inequality that grip our planet. The growth of CEO Jeff Bezos's astronomical wealth — up $100 billion since March, now surpassing that of any other human in history — is directly proportional to Amazon's human and environmental costs: his corporation mistreats its workers, wrecks the climate, and undermines the public institutions underpinning our democracies along the way. | Taking on Amazon, therefore, will require more than curbing Jeff Bezos's personal wealth or calling for corporate so…

_____ (2021-11-18). The Organization Of American States Is Not Credible. popularresistance.org On 20 October, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, traveled to Ecuador to set out a vision for democracy in the Americas. Over the past five years, the hemisphere has suffered an assault on its democratic institutions, as political leaders from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro have adopted a new authoritarian playbook: lies, violence, repression, and more lies. Two-thirds of US citizens now believe that democracy is under threat, while a majority of Brazilians fear a military dictatorship will return to the country. "We find ourselves in a moment of democratic reckoning," announced Blinken. | But the Biden a…

_____ (2021-11-18). The World Stands With Cuba. popularresistance.org The US-backed counter-revolutionary protests planned for November 15 in Cuba fell flat as the Caribbean country reopened its borders to tourists and its schools on the same day. The Cuban people blatantly rejected being a part of the US destabilization attempt and proved that they are more concerned about the reopening of the economy and the return to normalcy after a year and a half of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | A small number of people in a few cities took to the streets as a part of the "Civic March for Change", called for by an NGO called Archipiélago in 10 cities across Cuba. Videos shared…

_____ (2021-11-18). We Need Far More Radical Thinking Than Any COP26 Deal. popularresistance.org Three issues arise directly from COP26. Firstly, the architects of the COP21 Paris agreement, Christiana Figueres and Laurence Tubiana, believe that yet more negotiations will have to follow COP26 next year. Secondly, the respected Climate Action Tracker put the consequences of what had so far been agreed, both before and during the summit, at a 2.4 ∞C rise in temperature. Thirdly, and perhaps most daunting of all, even if a firm agreement is reached to keep the increase to 1.5 ∞C, we are already experiencing the severity of climate change at the present 1.2 ∞ level. | When extreme weather event…

AFSCME en Español (2021-11-18). Empleados de Kaiser Permanente en California logran acuerdo provisional con su empleador. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES — Trabajadores de cuidado de salud que son miembros de AFSCME han logrado un acuerdo provisional nacional con ejecutivos de Kaiser Permanente, evitando así una huelga planeada para empezar el lunes de esta semana en California. Miembros de United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) — unión afiliada con AFSCME …

Ajamu Baraka (2021-11-18). COP26: Greenwashing, Plutocratic Misadventures and the Possibilities of Radical Transformation. dissidentvoice.org COP26 reaffirmed what has been obvious from the beginning: the Northern colonial and capitalist states most responsible for creating the climate crisis are unwilling to place people before profits in order to address the planet's looming ecological collapse and humanitarian catastrophe. We need justice. But that word — Justice! — despite all of the philosophical …

Ana Perdigón (2021-11-18). Washington Maintains Seditious Agenda Against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The government of the United States ratified its seditious policy against Venezuela by continuing to recognize former deputy Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela. | On Tuesday, November 16, the Undersecretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Brian Nichols, confirmed that the US still recognizes former deputy Juan Guaidó "and his government." | The statement was made during Nichols' appearance before the Foreign Subcommittee of the Chamber of Deputies, in which Nichols was asked whether the US administration plans to recognize the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. | "We recognize the interim…

Ana Perdigón (2021-11-18). Washington's Interventionist Agenda: New SOUTHCOM Head Arrives in Colombia. orinocotribune.com On October 29, the United States appointed its first woman as head of the Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Laura Richardson, who landed this Tuesday, November 16, in Colombia as part of her first tour of the region. | During her visit to Colombia, Laura Richardson will meet with Colombian Armed Forces commanders, with whom she will discuss "security issues" between the two nations. They plan to discuss drug trafficking and Venezuelan migration, according to reports—both euphemisms for "regime"-change operations against Venezuela. | It is worth recalling that in recent years the Southern Command's agenda in Colo…

Andrew Wright (2021-11-18). America's mental health crisis is a mental care crisis. peoplesworld.org The "usual suspects" who protest Critical Race Theory have now turned to mental health programs, according to a recent article by NBC News. Mental health professionals employed by school districts are now being charged with occupying "dangerous, worthless" jobs. All of this came up when Tara Eddins of Southlake, Texas, showed up at a school …

Ann Brown (2021-11-18). 2 Malcolm X Assassination Convictions Overturned By Manhattan DA: 7 Things To Know. moguldom.com The Manhattan District Attorney's office has thrown out the conviction of two men who spent decades in prison after being accused in the murder of civil rights leader Malcolm X. Khalil Islam, previously known as Thomas 15X Johnson, and Muhammad Aziz, known at the time of the murder as Norman 3X Butler, were held in …

Ann Brown (2021-11-18). New Study Suggests Democrats Are Losing Voters Of All Races To Elite Culture Controlling Party. moguldom.com The Democrats have a voters problem — and it's not just frustrated Black voters dropping the party. A new study found that voters of all races are leaving the DNC. Longtime Dem strategist James Carville blamed the recent election losses by Democrats on the "woke" culture adapted by liberal Democrats. "Well, what went wrong …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-11-18). Britain's Two Job Politicians. dissidentvoice.org The role of the parliamentarian, historically, is one of service. The desire to hold two jobs, or more, suggests that such service is severely qualified. In the quotient of democracy and representation, the MP who is ready to tend to the affairs of others is unlikely to focus on the voter. I represent you, but …

Brittani Banks (2021-11-18). Don't Blame Government Benefits for Inflation—Blame the Modern Economy. independentmediainstitute.org Headlines are screaming that inflation is here to stay. Consumer prices have risen by an average of 6.2 percent in the past year, the sharpest increase since 1991. Although Americans are supposedly—in the words of the New York Times—"flush with cash and jobs," they are also deeply unhappy with the state of the economy. It's …

Caleb Granger (2021-11-18). Rodney Reed denied new trial despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. liberationnews.org Rodney Reed's case has been at the forefront of the movement to abolish the death penalty since his conviction in 1998, and activists are determined to continue the fight despite a district judge denying Reed's right to a new trial.

Cascadia Forest Defenders (2021-11-18). Students in Eugene Disrupt Timber Industry Presentation to Protest Post-Fire Logging. itsgoingdown.org Report on disruption of lumber industry presentation in so-called Eugene, Oregon. Eugene, OR — Dozens of University of Oregon students with the campus organization Climate Justice League shut down a presentation by Tyler Freres of Freres Lumber Company today, disrupting the speech and calling attention to the massive environmental impacts of post-fire logging on the…

Dana Sanchez (2021-11-18). Report: Bitcoin Bears Are Looking To Manipulate Price Below 60,000 Before Friday's Options Expiry. moguldom.com Bitcoin bears have their sights set on prices below $60,000 ahead of Friday's $1.1 billion options expiry and hope the current price downturn is a chance to turn the tables on the bulls, who were caught by surprise when the No. 1 crypto lost 9 percent of its value in 24 hours on Nov. 16. …

Devin Cole (2021-11-18). Marxist-Leninist revolutionary Thomas Sankara ‚àí unconquered. workers.org Thomas Sankara In April 2021 a military court in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, finally indicted Blaise Compaore in the murder of revolutionary Marxist-Leninist and former Burkinabe president Thomas Sankara. Sankara established a revolutionary government in Burkina Faso in August 1983. In October 1987 Compaore oversaw a coup d'etat that resulted in . . . |

Editor2 (2021-11-18). Country that Set Off H-Bomb in Space Calls Russian Shootdown of own Satellite 'Reckless'. orinocotribune.com After a successful test of an anti-satellite missile (ASAT) on Monday, Russia has been bombarded with accusations of recklessness and of creating new dangers for humans and equipment in space. However, the primary accuser, Washington, DC, has a decades-long history of blowing things up in space with little regard for the consequences. | On Monday, a

Eric A. Gordon (2021-11-18). 'Roots': Randall Goosby explores the Black experience on his violin. peoplesworld.org The violin, or its cousins in the many musical cultures of the world, is considered among the most expressive of instruments, closely tuned to the timbres and pulse of the human voice. In Roots, his debut CD featuring his instrument, the 26-year-old Randall Mitsuo Goosby, son of a Korean mother and Black father, brings to …

Gloria Rubac (2021-11-18). Exxon Locks Out Steelworkers at Beaumont, Texas, Refinery. workers.org Credit: Gloria Rubac Beaumont, Texas Nov. 13 — On May Day this year about 650 union workers, members of Steelworkers Local 13-243, showed up at the Exxon refinery here only to discover that this billion-dollar company had locked them out. Contract bargaining had come to a standoff, with Exxon demanding . . . |

Grace Woods (2021-11-18). Community rallies for wrongfully charged Queens, NY, man at 90th court appearance. liberationnews.org Churaman is raising funds to maintain stable housing and support his family since he is barred from gainful employment. Supporters are asked to donate to Churaman on GoFundMe, to help him pay for living and legal expenses…

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-11-18). What does "Democracy" mean under a Capitalist system?>. anchor.fm Given the propaganda and lies the US and UN continue to spread about countries like Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba, I and others continue to express and explain why these countries are FAR more democratic than even the supposed "bastion of democracy and freedom", aka the Settler-Colonial, Imperialist, capitalist project we now call "the United States". Democracy under Capitalism is a sham, as is the Democratic and Republican Party Duopoly that we consider as the foundation to our "Democracy".

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-18). City Of Palm Springs Evicted Black Residents And Destroyed Their Homes In 1950s and 1960s, Now Compensation Being Discussed. moguldom.com Like most of America, the California city of Palm Springs has a dark racial history. Now its city council is discussing a potential reparations plan for Black families, and other non-white residents, who were forcefully evicted from their homes in the 1950s and 1960s. "City of Palm Springs staff drove bulldozers that took down people's …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-18). US Drug Overdose Deaths Top 100,000 In 1 Year, 30 Percent Increase. moguldom.com The U.S. is losing the war on drugs terribly as drug overdose deaths topped 100,000 in a one-year period for the first time. This is up 30 percent from the previous year, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Data from April 2020 to April 2021 reveals …

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-11-18). President Maduro as 21N Elections Approach: 'This is Venezuelan Democracy'. orinocotribune.com As the protagonist of an intense and permanent battle in defense of the rights of oppressed peoples, President Nicolás Maduro defines the progressive forces of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Now, President Maduro is in the midst of the electoral process to choose regional and local offices. | The president addressed the issue this Wednesday, November 17, during his participation, via video-conference, in the World Day in Defense of Democracy and the Truth of Venezuela. The event was attended by more than 300 international guests of Maduro's United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) who arrived in Venezuel…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-11-18). Why Are Black Americans Considered Vitamin D Deficient? Some Answers On Genetics And The Testing Process. moguldom.com Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread among Black Americans than others in the U.S., although the reasons behind this are complex and require more study, according to David O. Meltzer. MD, PhD, the chief of hospital medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. Vitamin D is important to the health of every system in the …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-11-18). Large Investor After MetaMask Hack Theft: I'm Down Bad, I Cried in My Wife's Arms, Use Hardware Wallet Only. moguldom.com The MetaMask crypto wallet hack that recently wiped huge amounts of cryptocurrency portfolios clean has left some large crypto investors reeling from the losses and rushing back to hardware wallets. Scammers, posing as fake customer support staff, tricked MetaMask users on community platform Discord into sharing their screen and scanned the QR codes needed to …

Liberation Staff (2021-11-18). Astroworld was a tragedy wrought by capitalist greed. liberationnews.org The major faults in the Astroworld festival tragedy are systemic: failures to plan for common scenarios, cost-cutting measures that limited capacity to deliver medical aid, lack of adequate training, and police indifference to human suffering.

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2021-11-18). UAW's John Deere members OK six-year contract. peoplesworld.org

Matt Sedlar (2021-11-18). Chile's Upcoming Election and Constitutional Convention are Chances for Change. cepr.net The winner of Sunday's presidential elections — and the subsequent second round — will largely determine how impactful a new constitution could be, as it would be enacted during their time in office…

Misión Verdad (2021-11-18). November 15 in Cuba: A Brief Report. orinocotribune.com Through what anti-Castroism called the "Civic March for Change," elements of the soft coup carried out against the Cuban government since 2018 were visibly reactivated. Neither the movements financed from exile in Miami nor the characters who led the calls for protests received the expected outcome. Compared to the events of July 11, 2021, Cuba experienced a calm November 15 (15N), while significant sectors paralyzed by the pandemic were reactivated. | New actors: Archipiélago, a platform created after the protests last July, displaced the San Isidro Movement in the media. Its leader, the playwright Yunior García…

Mohamed Osman (2021-11-18). Sudan Is Backsliding Dangerously. fpif.org In September, I sat down in Khartoum with the mother of a medical student killed by security forces during Sudan's 2018-2019 protests. | "The reason why I wake up every day is that I have a little hope that I can find justice for my son," she confided. "This will not be only for him, but to prevent other parents from having to face the devastation of losing their children because of state violence." | In this period of uncertainty for Sudan, one thing is clear: It would be fundamentally wrong and dangerous to jettison justice for serious past and more recent abuses in the name of political expediency. | Our resea…

Ryan Lockwood (2021-11-18). Lessons of the Buffalo, N.Y., mayoral election. workers.org By Ryan Lockwood Buffalo, N.Y. Nov. 14 — Under normal circumstances, Buffalo's mayoral election would have been little more than the 16-year incumbent Democrat Byron Brown's coronation ceremony. But India Walton, who declared herself a socialist, interrupted the well-rehearsed proceedings with a stunning June primary upset against Brown. Both candidates . . . |

Staff (2021-11-18). 21N Elections: Public Ministry to Deploy 940 Prosecutors this Sunday. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, November 16, within the framework of the Plan of the Republic to guarantee security for the regional elections scheduled for Sunday, November 21, the Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, reported that 1,090 officials of the Public Ministry (MP) will be deployed during the electoral contest. | As Saab detailed, 940 of the MP's 1090 officials are electoral prosecutors. The MP will also activate situation rooms in each state to process any crime related to electoral activity. In addition, Saab indicated that the hotline 0800-FISCA-00 is available if any incidents related to the election o…

Staff (2021-11-18). Nicaraguan Congress Approves Withdrawal from OAS. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, November 17, the Nicaraguan Congress asked President Daniel Ortega to withdraw the country from the Organization of American States (OAS) after the general assembly of the discredited regional institution failed to recognize Nicaragua's recent elections. | According to a press release by Prensa Latina, Congress approved, with 83 votes in favor and 3 abstentions, the declaration against the repeated violations of sovereignty, independence, and self-determination committed by the OAS, based in Washington, DC. | Applying Article 138 of the Constitution of the Central American country, and Article 92…

Steve Gillis (2021-11-18). Boston bus drivers take contract struggle to the street. workers.org WW photo credit: Steve Kirschbaum Executive Board, USW Local 8751 Boston, Nov. 14 — Banging drums and chanting "No contract, no work," hundreds of Boston school bus drivers from far-flung yards converged on their employer Transdev's office during their Nov. 9 morning break. With a week to go until their . . . |

UnistotenCamp (2021-11-18). RCMP Set up Illegal Exclusion Zone Blocking Food, Medicine, and People from Reaching Healing Center and Homes on the Territory. dissidentvoice.org Is this what Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau meant when he told Indigenous leaders: It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations peoples, one that understands that the constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations in Canada are not an inconvenience but rather a sacred obligation.

splcenter (2021-11-18). Celebrating 50 Years: With virtual event, SPLC marks five decades as a catalyst for racial justice in the South. splcenter.org

Ann Brown (2021-11-18). A Warning To Black America About Scammy 'Artificial Intelligence' Hype: 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com Artificial Intelligence (AI) everyone's talking about it. Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has declared that "The world's first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI." Tesla CEO Elon Musk has predicted that "We're headed toward a situation where AI is vastly smarter than humans. I think that time frame is less than five …

Jena Brooker (2021-11-18). Biden proposes two-decade drilling ban near sacred Indigenous site. peoplesworld.org Indigenous tribes have fought for years to protect Chaco Canyon, one of the oldest and most culturally important native sites in the United States, from the oil and gas industry. Located in the high desert of northwest New Mexico, the historical site served as a hub for ceremony, politics, and trade from the ninth to …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-11-18). From Pegasus to Blue Wolf: How Israel's "Security" Experiment in Palestine Became Global. dissidentvoice.org The revelation, a few years ago, that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been conducting mass surveillance on millions of Americans has reignited the conversation on governments' misconduct and their violation of human rights and privacy laws. Until recently, however, Israel has been spared due criticism, not only for its unlawful spying methods on …

Joshua Cho (2021-11-18). US and UK Press Mock New Zealand's Incredibly Successful Covid Response. zcomm.org One gets the sense that corporate media outlets in countries like the US and Britain mocking or criticizing New Zealand's pandemic response are following a "misery loves company" ethos…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Union calls off University of California lecturers strike at eleventh hour. wsws.org Lecturers were set to walk out only hours after the tentative deal was announced.

Economic Policy Institute (2021-11-18). Moral policy = Good economics. zcomm.org Lifting up poor and working-class people—and our whole economy…

Moderator (2021-11-18). Why It's So Hard to Tax Billionaires. scheerpost.com By Christopher Orlet / CounterPunch A recent NPR story attempted to explain why it is so hard to tax billionaires. The expert NPR interviewed for the story ticked off the usual ways the 1 percent avoids paying its fair share of taxes: Billionaires have the best accountants who know all the loopholes. Their wealth isn't in income, …

Jim McIlroy (2021-11-18). Snowy River alpine region at tipping point. greenleft.org.au The Snowy Mountains is home to the headwaters of the Snowy, Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers. A new film shows how the delicate alpine ecosystem that supports these vital water sources is being trampled, writes Jim McIlroy.

Andrew Emett (2021-11-18). Bernie opposes exorbitant defense spending bill. nationofchange.org "Isn't it strange how even as we end the longest war in our nation's history concerns about the deficit and national debt seem to melt away under the influence of the powerful Military Industrial Complex?"

WSWS (2021-11-18). Australian establishment legitimises fascist political violence with anti-lockdown protests. wsws.org Demonstrations against proposed pandemic laws in the state of Victoria are being used to integrate an extreme-right-wing and fascistic anti-lockdown milieu into the official political establishment.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-18). Sudanese forces lead violent crackdown on anti-coup resistance and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the growing violence against anti-coup protestors in Sudan, the killing of at least 2 civilians in a firing in Kashmir, and more…

_____ (2021-11-18). The Russia — China — Iran Alliance. strategic-culture.org By Eric ZUESSE | NATO, the U.S. Government, and all other "neoconservatives" (adherents to

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-11-18). A Dirty Occupation: The UN's Criminal Enterprise and Ecological Catastrophe in Haiti. libya360.wordpress.com Jemima Pierre UN tanker truck offloading the raw sewage of MINUSTAH Peacekeepers at Morne Cabrit sewage treatment plant in January 2013. Photo: Isabeau Doucet What are the environmental and ecological impacts of large-scale military occupations by the United Nations "peacekeeping" missions? The deadly cholera epidemic unleashed on the Haitian people by UN soldiers is an…

Meaghan Ellis (2021-11-18). Network of GOP-focused fake news sites push fear-mongering claims about critical race theory. zcomm.org "I think that they could have a meaningful impact. Not because necessarily they're going to influence that many voters, but because elections are decided at the margins"

Gidimt'en Yintah Access (2021-11-18). Arrests Begin as Dozens of RCMP Have Been Deployed onto Wet'suwet'en Territory. itsgoingdown.org Updated report from Gidimt'en Checkpoint about RCMP repression and invasion onto Wet'suwet'en territory. For more updates, go here. photo: @M_Tol UPDATE: From CBC: The RCMP moved in Thursday morning to clear a forest service road in northern British Columbia that was barricaded by a crushed van and felled trees as Wet'suwet'en and Haudenosaunee members prepared for…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-18). Greeks mark 48th anniversary of Polytechnic uprising with massive mobilizations. peoplesdispatch.org The Athens Polytechnic uprising of 1973 started as a student strike which escalated into a massive demonstration of popular rejection of the US-backed right-wing military junta. The uprising was brutally suppressed on November 17…

Staff (2021-11-18). Los precios de los alimentos afectan a los países en desarrollo. cubadebate.cu El aumento en la importación de alimentos en 2021 afectará a los países en desarrollo, que gastarán en promedio 20 por ciento más por esas compras, según indica el último informe de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura. El aumento se debe a la subida de los precios de los alimentos comercializados internacionalmente, y a que los costos de transporte se multiplicaron por tres…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Boston Museum of Fine Arts workers hold one-day strike. wsws.org MFA workers are fighting not just for themselves but against a wholesale attack on workers' living standards and their right to culture, which the pandemic has exacerbated.

teleSUR (2021-11-18). Cuban FM: US Regime Change Plot Failed Due to Popular Rejection. telesurenglish.net What did happen on the 15N and previous days was that civil society came to public spaces and reaffirmed their support for the Revolution, to celebrate the reopening of schools after the control of the COVID-19 pandemic and to celebrate the 502nd anniversary of the foundation of Havana. | After presenting evidence about the failed operation vs Cuba on social networks from the US, Cuba's FM Bruno Rodriguez said that Washington will be responsible for the consequences and challenged them to deny their involvement.

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-11-18). Panel says Nigerian army and police were responsible for death of over 100 EndSARS protesters. peoplesdispatch.org A leaked report of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry which inquired into the killing of civilians in Lagos State in October 2020 indicted the army, police and other government institutions in the murder of over 100 protesters and its cover-up…

_____ (2021-11-18). Climate Action Pretense At COP26. popularresistance.org The 26th Conference of the Parties, COP26, climate summit ended with its president fighting back tears. Alok Sharma came to Glasgow, Scotland hoping for an agreement to end the extraction of coal. Instead he said this, "I apologize for the way this process has unfolded. I am deeply sorry." | The international climate conferences are a perennial disappointment to anyone who understands the depth of the world wide catastrophe. Every year the rich capitalist nations find a way to undermine the process and consign millions of people to misery and devastation. Activists from all over the world gather in an effort to h…

Staff (2021-11-18). "The Dawn of Everything": David Wengrow & the Late David Graeber On a New History of Humanity. democracynow.org In an extended interview, we speak with archeologist David Wengrow, who co-authored the new book "The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity" with the late anthropologist David Graeber. The book examines how Indigenous cultures contributed greatly to what we have come to understand as so-called Western ideas of democracy and equality, but argues these contributions have been erased from history. "What the broad sweep of history shows is that living in large-scale, densely populated, technologically sophisticated societies really doesn't require people to simply give up social freedoms," says Wengrow. The t…

teleSUR (2021-11-18). Russia Donates Cooking Oil to Cuba through World Food Program. telesurenglish.net "This food aid is a faithful reflection of the friendship and solidarity relations of many years that unite Russia and Cuba," said Thursday the ambassador of that Eurasian nation on the island, Andrey Guskov, after delivering a donation of 672 tons of vegetable oil to the country through the World Food Program (WFP). | Deborah Rivas, deputy minister of MINCEX, during her speech at the ceremony for the donation of vegetable oil from Russia to Cuba.

Staff (2021-11-18). Pfizer gets new $5.3bn boost over Covid. rt.com US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed a $5.29 billion deal with the American government to provide 10 million doses of its new Covid-19 oral antiviral drug, Paxlovid. | "This promising treatment could help accelerate our path out of this pandemic by offering another life-saving tool for people who get sick with Covid-19," Xavier Becerra, secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said on Thursday. | Read more | | Under the deal, Pfizer is to deliver some 10 mil…

Staff (2021-11-18). Congress censures Republican Gosar for 'violent' anime video with Biden. rt.com US lawmakers have voted to censure Republican Representative Paul Gosar over a spoof video parodying a popular Japanese cartoon that featured his character attacking Democrats, including Joe Biden, over the border crisis. | The House of Representatives voted 223-207 to pass the censure resolution on Wednesday, with Representatives Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) and Liz Cheney (Wyoming) the only Republicans to break with their party and side with Democrats across the aisle. Ohio Republican David Joyce voted 'present', declining to take a position. | With the measure passed — the first formal censure in Congress…

_____ (2021-11-18). Washington and Paris are Forming a Front Against Turkey in Greece. journal-neo.org The arrival of the new US administration sparked increased friction with Turkey in 2021, leading to an even greater split in Ankara-Washington relations. In this context, as well as Washington's blatantly growing disdain for Ankara, it is more imperative than ever to answer the following: "What do we expect to happen first: the removal of …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-18). Leading Bahraini human rights activist launches hunger strike demanding communication with family. peoplesdispatch.org Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is serving the tenth year of his life sentence after his conviction on charges including "organizing and managing a terrorist organization," which human rights groups have slammed as unfair and oppressive…

Staff (2021-11-18). Kamala Harris is no border czar, Texas Democrat says. rt.com A long-time Texas congressman representing a district along the US-Mexico border said he has "moved on" from Vice President Kamala Harris when it comes to illegal immigration and now wishes the US had a proper border czar. | "I've moved on from the vice president to say, 'OK, let's work with the ambassadors and let's work with the State Department. Let's work with the homeland secretary'," Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told reporters on Wednesday. | "I wish we had a border czar. We've had border czars under different administrations," he added. | Though the media has "put a lot of focus on the vice pr…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Biden infrastructure bill nixes all education funding as schools remain epicenter of COVID-19 spread. wsws.org The Biden administration's infrastructure bill puts to rest any claims that this president or the Democratic party as a whole has any real concern for the needs of public schoolchildren.

WSWS (2021-11-18). UAW claims Deere contract ratified in re-vote, following intense intimidation campaign. wsws.org No contract "ratified" under such blatantly undemocratic conditions—if indeed a majority actually voted for it—can be accepted as legitimate.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Australian Electoral Commission rejects SEP application for pandemic extension of registration deadline. wsws.org The AEC's pre-election refusal of an extension confirms the necessity for the determined campaign being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party against the new anti-democratic electoral laws.

Countercurrents (2021-11-18). Spiraling Prices, Shortages, Foreign Exchange Crisis in Sri Lanka: Opposition Leads Thousands to Protest. asia-pacificresearch.com

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-11-18). Australian war propaganda keeps getting crazier. mronline.org 60 Minutes Australia has churned out yet another fearmongering war propaganda piece on China, this one so ham-fisted in its call to beef up military spending that it goes so far as to run a brazen advertisement for an actual Australian weapons manufacturer disguised as news reporting.

_____ (2021-11-18). Whitney Webb Discusses Global Elites' Takeover Of Nature. popularresistance.org As world leaders, celebrities, business moguls and activists alike descended on Scotland for the COP26 climate summit, behind the scenes powerful financial groups were and are attempting to rewrite the rules of international trade and to privatize nature under the guise of sustainability. | While there has been a great deal of finger pointing, the enormous and tangible changes necessary to steer the planet away from devastation are yet to appear. The world is still on course to warm 2.4 ∞C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, according to a report from Climate Action Tracker. Anything abov…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Prosecution rests in murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers. wsws.org Arbery, who was black, was pursued by three white men in pickup trucks before being shot at close range in February 2020 while jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in southeastern Georgia.

Staff (2021-11-18). US lawmaker accused of 'racial violence' over Halloween costume. rt.com A Boston legislator has apologized after a photo of her Asian-themed Halloween costume from two years ago triggered outrage, including accusations that she committed "racial violence." | The photo in question, which surfaced online earlier this week, shows Malden, Massachusetts City Councilor Jadeane Sica wearing a bamboo hat and an "Orchids of Asia" T-shirt while holding a bottle of lotion. Her husband is shown with her in the picture, wearing New England Patriots garb and holding a fake NFL championship trophy. Orchids of Asia is the Florida spa where Patriots owner Robert Kraft was accused of soliciting pro…

teleSUR (2021-11-18). Colombia: Comunes President and Bachelet Discuss Peace Accords. telesurenglish.net The president of Comunes, Rodrigo Londoño, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, spoke Thursday about implementing the Havana Peace Accords in Colombia. | The president of Comunes, Rodrigo Londoño, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, talked today about the implementation of the Peace Agreement in Colombia.

WSWS (2021-11-18). US drug overdose deaths surged to 100,000 in first year of pandemic. wsws.org The staggering death toll from drug overdoses, a new record, coincides roughly with the first year of the pandemic in the US, when about 509,000 people lost their lives. Those dying from drug overdoses and from COVID-19 are both victims of government and corporate indifference.

Reynard Loki (2021-11-18). COP26: Climate pledges don't match up with policies—or consumer behavior. nationofchange.org The Glasgow Climate Pact kicks the climate can down the road.

Mike Walter (2021-11-18). The Heat: the push for electric cars. america.cgtn.com Some people in the auto industry call them "mean and lean machines" — electric vehicles, but are they really green? As EV's gain more popularity around the world, we will take a look at the environmental impact.

Landless Rural Workers' Movement (2021-11-18). 100,000 people have become literate through MST education programs in Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org In 37 years of struggle, the MST has already enabled more than 100,000 people throughout Brazil to become literate. The work has been based on the Cuban literacy method "Yes, I can" and Paulo Freire's Brazilian Cultural Circle…

Staff (2021-11-18). Florida's DeSantis travels to Brandon to sign bills restricting Covid mandates. rt.com Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis has signed legislation barring private employers in the state from imposing Covid-19 vaccine mandates on their workers unless generous opt-out provisions are offered. | "Florida is leading," DeSantis told reporters on Thursday. "This is the strongest piece of legislation that's been enacted anywhere in the country in this regard." | The package of bills signed by DeSantis marked the governor's latest pushback against President Joe Biden, who announced an executive order in September requiring large employers to force their workers to get vaccinated against Covid-19. DeSantis, wh…

Rick Rozoff (2021-11-18). B-52s join fellow nuclear-capable U.S. bombers in skies of Europe. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Minot Air Force Base's 5th Bomb Wing join the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron's B-1B Lancers to support the Bomber Task Force Europe mission series, Nov. 10, during a targeting mission throughout the North Sea region. Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bomber platforms were joined by Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon …

WSWS (2021-11-18). Sri Lankan teachers' unions shut down all protests. wsws.org Contrary to the unions' claims, the deal is a betrayal of the teachers, with a paltry wage increase that has already been wiped out by rampant inflation and the government's removal of price controls on all essentials.

John Goldberg (2021-11-18). Transurban toll giant misrepresents safety record. greenleft.org.au Transurban, which manages toll roads including the M2, M5 and WestConnex, is being examined by a New South Wales government inquiry. John Goldberg reports.

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