2021-12-11: News Headlines

John Pilger (2021-12-11). The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange.   zcomm.org “Let us look at ourselves, if we have the courage, to see what is happening to us”
– Jean-Paul Sartre
Sartre’s words should echo in all our minds following the grotesque decision of Britain’s High Court to extradite Julian Assange to the United States where he faces “a living death”. This is his punishment for the crime of authentic, accurate, courageous, vital journalism.

_____ (2021-12-11). Assange Plans To Appeal High Court Decision Backing Extradition. popularresistance.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plan to appeal to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom after the country's appeals court overturned a decision that blocked the extradition of Assange to the United States. | The High Court of Justice was "satisfied" with diplomatic assurances offered by the U.S. government related to how Assange would be treated in jail or prison, and they stated, "There is no reason why this court should not accept the assurances as meaning what they say." | "There is no basis for assuming that the U.S.A. has not given the assurances in good faith," the High Court also insisted.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-11). Journalism, Assange and Reversal in the High Court. dissidentvoice.org British justice is advertised by its proponents as upright, historically different to the savages upon which it sought to civilise, and apparently fair. Such outrages as the unjust convictions of the Guilford Four and Maguire Seven, both having served time in prison for terrorist offences they did not commit, are treated as blemishes. In recent …

WSWS (2021-12-11). UK High Court orders Assange extradited: A pseudo-legal travesty. wsws.org The UK High Court is greenlighting a prosecution, in open defiance of the American constitution and international law, of a journalist for exposing monstrous criminal wrongdoing by the US government and military.

Kamala Emanuel (2021-12-11). Assange extradition 'an attack on us all'. greenleft.org.au The British decision to extradite Julian Assange is an attack on us all, argues Socialist Alliance Senate candidate Kamala Emanuel.

Editor2 (2021-12-11). On Human Rights' Day, UK Court Permits Extradition of Julian Assange to US. orinocotribune.com The British High Court's decision overturns the January decision by the district judge that found that extraditing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be "oppressive". Rights advocates and Assange's supporters and family strongly condemned the High Court's decision | On Human Rights Day, a British court cleared the way for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US where he will stand trial on espionage charges. On Friday, December 10, the High Court of Justice in London overturned the decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser of Westminster Magistrate's Court in January this year to deny the US e…

Editor (2021-12-11). The Maidan massacre in Ukraine: revelations from trials and investigations. mronline.org The Maidan massacre trial and investigation produced overwhelming evidence that Maidan protesters were massacred by snipers at Maidan-controlled buildings, rather than by government snipers or Berkut policemen—who were nevertheless charged with the crime.

Emil Avdaliani (2021-12-11). Much More Than Just Ukraine. moderndiplomacy.eu A war scare in Ukraine is a pivotal moment for the West. It tests transatlantic resolve, unity, and the very foundations of NATO. Failure to prevent potential Russian military advances or an unwillingness to respond if such a move occurs will likely cause an accentuation of internal divisions within NATO and the European Union (EU.) …

Iveta Cherneva (2021-12-11). The U.S. national security establishment needs a paradigm shift. Now. moderndiplomacy.eu If you can sense one trend over the past weeks is that war is in the air, both on the Ukraine and the Taiwan fronts. That brings the world to a brink of war, and it seems like the US military establishment is interested in connecting the dots. They have been waiting for this for …

_____ (2021-12-11). Erdogan's Bayraktar Bonanza. journal-neo.org On December 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Russian President Vladimir Putin. The heads of the two states spoke about Libya, Ukraine, and what is happening in Transcaucasia. While discussing the Ukrainian conflict, the Russian President stressed the importance of full and strict compliance with the Implementation of the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-11). Ukraine: Pentagon delivers 30 more Javelin launchers, 180 missiles for war in Donbass. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Three dozen Javelin missile systems and 180 missiles delivered to Ukraine from US 30 anti-tank launchers of Javelin missile systems and 180 missiles arrived in Ukraine from the USA. This was announced by the adviser to the head of the President's Office Oleksiy Arestovych on December 10. "Yesterday, 30 Javelin complexes with 180 missiles arrived. …

_____ (2021-12-11). Democratic Deficits At The Summit For Democracy. popularresistance.org The so-called "Summit for Democracy" should first agree on a definition of what democracy means. Whereas etymologically we know that the definition of democracy means rule by the people, instinctively we feel that people power must be more than a slogan, that it must be concretized by genuine public participation in the conduct of public affairs. | There are, of course, many manifestations or "models" of democracy, exercised nationally as well as locally in provinces and communities. The spectrum of democratic governance goes from direct democracy by way of citizen power of initiative and the possibility to chall…

_____ (2021-12-11). The Fierce Determination Of Ordinary People To Build An Extraordinary World. popularresistance.org United States President Joe Biden has suborned 111 countries to attend his Summit for Democracy on December 9—10, ending on Human Rights Day. 'We welcome all countries, organizations, and individuals to support the goals of the Summit', the US State Department wrote. However, there are 82 countries that have not been invited, including two large countries that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the People's Republic of China and Russia) and two small countries from the Caribbean (Cuba and Haiti). In the name of democracy, the US government is pushing its own agenda to consolidate…

_____ (2021-12-11). How The Grinch Stole Medicare Protest At Humana. popularresistance.org Louisville, KY – On Saturday, December 11 at 11: 00 a.m. EST, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care and others will gather outside the headquarters of Humana, 500 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 where they will demand an end to Medicare Direct Contracting, a program that could fully privatize Traditional fee-for-service Medicare without a vote by Congress. | The protest with feature Steven Katz in full costume as the Grinch with the reading and performance of "How the Grinch Stole Medicare," an original poem from National Single Payer. Jill Harmer and the Single Payer Singers, Stephen Bartlett and his band, a…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-11). "Every Option is On the Table": US Prepping for Libya-Style Intervention in Ethiopia. libya360.wordpress.com Alan MacleodADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Amid a bloody civil conflict and increasing great-power competition between the United States and China, there are a number of alarming signs that Ethiopia will become the next Libya — an African nation where the U.S. intervenes militarily under the pretext of stopping an impending genocide. A considerable military buildup…

_____ (2021-12-11). Ethiopians, Eritreans Hold #NoMore March Outside US State Department. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – Thousands of Ethiopians, Eritreans and their allies rallied outside the US State Department on Friday as part of the #NoMore campaign opposing US intervention in the Horn of Africa. Their protest comes as the US' chief envoy to the Horn, Jeffrey Feltman, is visiting several countries connected to the conflict after failing to secure a ceasefire. | The crowd chanted "fake news CNN" and "no more TPLF," referring to the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front, a rebel group with Western support that earlier this year made a blitz on the capital from the northern Tigray state. Their offensive was blunted…

Editor (2021-12-11). Opaque algorithms are creating an invisible cage for platform workers. mronline.org We live in a world run by algorithms. Nowhere is this more apparent than with platform companies, such as Facebook, Uber, Google, Amazon, and Twitter.

G. Dunkel (2021-12-11). People of the Sahel oppose imperialism. workers.org After two weeks of struggle — burning barricades, smashed windows and mirrors, Molotov cocktails, masses of people on the road, attempts to seize the trucks — the logistics convoy that the French army had organized at the port of Abidjan, Cà¥te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in the middle of November finally . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-11). US State Department holds talks with Sri Lankan Tamil leaders. wsws.org The TNA and the GTF are acting as quislings of US imperialism, seeking privileges for the Tamil elite.

Newsroom (2021-12-11). Public-Private Collaboration Will Define New Era for Cities. moderndiplomacy.eu At the World Economic Forum's inaugural Urban Transformation Summit, which closed on Wednesday, global leaders underscored the need for increased public-private collaboration to capitalize on new infrastructure funding and tackle growing urban challenges around the globe. "Our cities and our communities are changing right before our eyes. Digitization is transforming urban economies, public health and …

Joris Leverink (2021-12-11). India's community health workers' struggle for recognition. roarmag.org Asha worker marking the finger of a baby girl after administering a polio vaccine in Delhi, India. June 28, 2021. Photo: PradeepGaurs / Shutterstock.com | This essay is published in collaboration with Public Services International | | Over the last year-and-a-half, one of the most visible groups of workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in India have been the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), a cadre of community health workers appointed by the National Health Mission (NHM). These hitherto invisible women were seen not only going hou…

WSWS (2021-12-11). Fifty-five immigrants killed, over 100 injured in Mexico truck crash. wsws.org The catastrophic accident in southern Mexico came as Washington renews its "stay in Mexico" policy and the Mexican government collaborates in the repression of migrants.

_____ (2021-12-11). Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy In Referendum. popularresistance.org The members of the United Auto Workers have voted overwhelmingly to move to a direct voting system for choosing their union leadership—"one member, one vote." With all votes counted as of December 2, direct elections had the support of 63.6 percent of voters. | It's a historic win for reformers in one of the nation's most important unions, where members have pushed for this change for decades. | The referendum is the product of a consent decree between the UAW and the U.S. Department of Justice, after a years-long series of prosecutions of top union officials on corruption charges ranging from embezzling un…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-12-11). Why Xiomara Castro's win in Honduras could address the country's endemic corruption and violence. zcomm.org "She's inheriting a broken country, legal system and Supreme Court and is coming into an empty house that has been robbed."

Susan Lamont (2021-12-11). Kellogg strikers vote No! Say 'End two-tier wages'. themilitant.com MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kellogg's workers on strike at the company's four cereal plants across the country overwhelmingly rejected the bosses' latest contract offer in a vote Dec. 5. The key issue is the company's demand to expand the number of "transitional" workers on its divisive two-tier wage and benefits system. | "The members have spoken. The strike continues," Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union President Anthony Shelton told the press. "Solidarity is critical to this fight." The company responded with threats. "The prolonged work stoppage has left us no choice but t…

Seth Galinsky (2021-12-11). Join 'Militant' renewal drive, help get paper out to workers. themilitant.com Readers of the Militant, including members of the Socialist Workers Party and Communist Leagues in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, are gearing up for an ambitious drive to win The Militant is unique in looking at all political questions from the standpoint of the working class, whether it's reporting from union picket lines, explaining what's at stake in the fight against antisemitism, fighting to win support for a woman's right to choose to have an abortion or in defending rights cr…

Seth Galinsky (2021-12-11). End US sanctions on North Korea! US troops out of Korean Peninsula! themilitant.com Washington is committed to "utilizing the full range of U.S. defense capabilities, including nuclear" to "deter" North Korea, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated after his Dec. 2 meeting in Seoul with South Korean military officials to discuss "updating" military options against North Korea. | Washington — the only government to ever use nuclear weapons — paints the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a threat to world peace. But the U.S. rulers themselves keep some 28,500 troops in South Korea and carry out provocative joint war games with the South Korean military. They frequently send nuclea…

Ellie García (2021-12-11). LA County bakery workers: 'We fight for ourselves, our children'. themilitant.com SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. — "Don't let them tell you we are doing something wrong. We are doing something right, we are fighting for ourselves and our children," striker Elvia Castillo, told a rally of 90 outside Rich's Jon Donaire Bakery here Dec. 3. The strike by 175 members of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union Local 37 began a month earlier. Most of the strikers are women. | As part of the spirited rally, workers gathered outside the plant entrance chanting in English and Spanish, "One day longer, one day stronger!" Strikers were joined by representatives of several area union…

Jonathan Silberman (2021-12-11). Clarks strike strengthens union, pushes back wage cuts. themilitant.com LONDON — After eight weeks on strike, workers at Clarks Shoes distribution warehouse returned to work Nov. 30, having succeeded in pushing back the company's demand to cut their basic wage by 15%. "It shows what can be done if we stick together," striker Nathan Pritchard told the Militant by phone. "It sends a message to others in similar situations. What hit me the most was us working together and the solidarity." | Citing economic challenges incurred during the pandemic, Clarks had announced new contracts, cutting hourly wages to 9.50 pounds ($12.57) for over 100 workers on "legacy" contracts, a cut of 1.

Janet Roth (2021-12-11). New Zealand warehouse strikers win raises to cover inflation. themilitant.com AUCKLAND, New Zealand — "All we are asking for is enough to pay our bills and feed our kids," Tetini Rangi told the Militant as he picketed outside Countdown's distribution center in Mangere Nov. 25. "The prices for rent, food, power, everything has gone up." | Over 700 First Union members rejected a company offer of a 3% pay raise. They struck for three days, stopping production at two warehouses here, asking for 4.9% in line with the rise in the government's consumer price index. | Jaskaran Singh explained his rent had gone up 50 New Zealand dollars ($34) per week from last year, but "the company pay offe…

_____ (2021-12-11). Denying Student Workers Healthcare And A Living Wage Is Violence. popularresistance.org New York City – On Wednesday, November 8, Columbia student workers (UAW Local 2110) held one of the largest pickets yet of their six-week strike to demand increased wages to meet costs of living, neutral third-party arbitration, and comprehensive healthcare benefits. Workers from unions throughout New York City such as the CUNY's Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC) at NYU, the Teamsters, and NewsGuild of New York showed up to join the picket in solidarity with the striking workers. They picketed various entrances, encouraging those who attempted to enter the univers…

_____ (2021-12-11). Peruvian Congress Rejects Impeachment Of President Castillo. popularresistance.org Peru's Congress rejected the initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Castillo with 76 votes against, 46 in favor and four abstentions. The vacancy motion was proposed by the right-wing caucus, composed of the parties Avanza País, Popular Renewal, and Popular Force of former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori. | In order to be admitted, the proposal had to obtain 40% support in the legislature, equivalent to 52 votes. This was the Peruvian president's third clash with Parliament in only five months in office. | The voting process was accompanied by demonstrations of support for the governm…

scorinoco (2021-12-11). Libya: Muslim Brotherhood Escalates Campaign Against Elections. orinocotribune.com A group of demonstrators affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya began a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday, December 7, to demand…

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-11). Colombian Military Admit Guilt in 247 'False Positive' Cases. orinocotribune.com The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) of Colombia informed that a total of 21 soldiers and a civilian have admitted their guilt in 247 "false positive" cases, a term used to denote extrajudicial executions of innocent civilians who are then "identified" as guerrillas who died in combat. | In a press conference, JEP magistrate Catalina Díaz informed that 22 of the 26 people who had been summoned have recognized their guilt and admitted their responsibility for the crimes charged. | The JEP is a court that was created as a result of the Peace Accords that were established between the Colombian government and the…

Victoria Torres (2021-12-11). Venezuela Denounces US Attack on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. orinocotribune.com On Thursday, December 9, the Venezuelan government issued an official statement, strongly denouncing the diplomatic boycott that the US, as well as US allies such as Australia, are trying to carry out against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. | Venezuela demands that such politicizations of sport competitions should be stopped. The Venezuelan government has called "on all countries to defend the spirit of fair play that should reign during these tournaments." | U…

Staff (2021-12-11). Venezuela: VP Delcy Rodríguez Presents 2022 Budget to National Assembly. orinocotribune.com The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, emphasized this Friday, December 10, that 2022 will be the year of the recovery of the bolívar as Venezuela's national currency. | During the presentation of the budget and annual plan 2022 before the National Assembly (NA), Rodríguez affirmed that strengthening the bolívar as the national currency will be the center of the economic actions of the national government next year. In this regard, she pointed out that the government is refusing to dollarize the economy. | "We come from the year 2020, a year of pandemic, but 2021 has also been a year of pande…

Editor2 (2021-12-11). Iran Warns Against 'Dangerous' Acts of Piracy Targeting its Oil at Sea. orinocotribune.com An Iranian envoy to the United Nations has issued a stern warning against acts of piracy targeting tankers carrying Iran's oil cargos at sea, urging the international community to condemn such illegal measures that endanger freedom of navigation. | Zahra Ershadi, deputy permanent representative of Iran to the UN, made the remarks on Wednesday in an address to the UN General Assembly's meeting on oceans and the law of the sea. | She complained that the coronavirus pandemic and the US imposition of sanctions under the so-called maximum pressure campaign had disrupted freedom of movement for Iranian vessels and affe…

Helena Sheehan (2021-12-11). Marxism and STS: From Marx and Engels to COVID-19 and COP26. mronline.org At the recent conference of the Society for the Social Study of Science, I came to the conclusion that the history of Marxism in relation to science and technology studies is an increasingly forgotten story.

Editor (2021-12-11). From grassroots to lawmaker: a glimpse of China's 'whole-process democracy'. mronline.org The notion of Chinese democracy is not the same as that in the West. The political system in China is more about consensus building within a greater voice rather than the protracted bargaining to arrive at decisions common in the West.

Editor (2021-12-11). Systems thinking in COVID-19 recovery is urgently needed to deliver sustainable development for women and girls. mronline.org Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the gendered aspect of pandemics; however, addressing the gendered implications of the COVID-19 pandemic comprehensively and effectively requires a planetary health perspective that embraces systems thinking to inequalities.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-11). Libyan Popular National Movement: Statement on Developments in the Electoral Process. libya360.wordpress.com The Libyan National Movement Party followed the course of the electoral process in all its scheduled stages, marred by unjustified confusion and deliberate delay, as everyone groaned under the weight of direct and indirect interference from internal and external parties, represented by the illegal presence of foreign ambassadors who through media and frequent visits to…

SAM (2021-12-11). Against Plutocrats, Platitudes — About Democracy — Will Always Be Pitiful. inequality.org

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-11). No focus on India on UN Genocide Day. moderndiplomacy.eu Each year, on the ninth day of December, the United Nations observes the UN Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims and Crimes of Genocide. The day is also remembered as anniversary of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the "Genocide Convention). As usual, the Day came and passed …

Ann Brown (2021-12-11). New York Attorney General Letitia James Suspends Campaign For Governor. moguldom.com After her high-profile sexual harassment investigation that led to the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in August, New York Attorney General Letitia James had put her hat in the bid for…

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-11). Saudi Arabia targets banned ultra-conservative proselytisers. moderndiplomacy.eu Saudi Islamic affairs minister Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz al-Sheikh has ordered imams in the kingdom to identify one of the world's largest Muslim movements as misguided, deviant, dangerous, and a breeder of militancy. Mr. Al-Sheikh's offensive against Tablighi Jamaat or Society for Preaching, a secretive transnational ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim missionary movement of South Asian origin long …

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-11). Is Gene Editing the New Name for Eugenics? "Enter Bill Gates" globalresearch.ca A major new technology known as Gene Editing has gained significant attention in recent months. Its advocates claim it will revolutionize everything from agriculture production to disease treatment. Is this technology a stealth way to introduce GMO genetic manipulation by way of another technique.

Judy Greenspan (2021-12-11). No compassion, no release in California prisons. workers.org Oakland, Calif. Dec. 5 — The California prison system continues to outdo itself in reckless and inhumane treatment of incarcerated people. COVID rates are spiking again in the state's prisons, due to continued policies of mass incarceration. A recent court decision has severely gutted the state's medical parole process. Now . . . |

Mahmut Cengiz (2021-12-11). New Threats in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Taliban's Capacity, Tehrik-i Taliban, and ISIS-Khorasan. moderndiplomacy.eu Authors: Mahmut Cengiz, Asma Ul Hussna Durrani, Andrea Quinn The world was stunned by the Taliban's quick takeover of Afghanistan. The former Afghan government's military was four times larger than the Taliban's, but the world saw how the Afghan military surrendered to the Taliban in a short time. Overlooked or at least underestimated were the …

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-11). Rank-and-file democracy wins in the UAW. workers.org From Oct. 19 through Nov. 29, working and retired members of the United Auto Workers participated in a referendum vote on how they would elect their union's International Executive Board officers. The two choices were whether to continue the current delegate voting system, where the IEB is chosen by delegates . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-11). Baseball players union blasts owners for lockout. workers.org At midnight Dec. 2, immediately after the contract between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association expired, team owners locked out all members of the MLBPA. The union issued the following statement on Twitter 20 minutes after the lockout was imposed. In two days the statement received . . . |

Newsroom (2021-12-11). Insect and Hydroponic Farming Could Boost Food Security and the Circular Economy. moderndiplomacy.eu Insect and hydroponic crop farming, for both human food and animal feed, have the potential to increase access to nutritious food, while creating millions of jobs, improving the climate and the environment, and strengthening national economies, according to a new World Bank report 'Insect and Hydroponic Farming in Africa: The New Circular Food Economy'. "The …

Newsroom (2021-12-11). Poland's Flagship Program Aimed at Improving Air Quality and Energy Efficiency. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank will lend EUR 250 million to Poland to help the country improve its air quality and energy efficiency. This financing was approved on Wednesday by the World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors, who represent the institution's shareholders. In this new project, the World Bank will support the scale-up of the Clean …

Nguyen Huu Loi (2021-12-11). Should we start rethinking urban agriculture and food provisioning? moderndiplomacy.eu With rising global environmental effects and food production and consumption security challenges, establishing sustainable and resilient food systems will necessitate innovative methods, technologies, techniques, and procedures. Food production systems, particularly those in cities, have experienced significant innovation and improvement in recent years. Distributed food production systems and urban agriculture are becoming more prominent as a …

William M Arkin (2021-12-11). Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army. globalresearch.ca Below are excerpts of …

Dean Baker (2021-12-11). Washington Post Says School Employees Being Fired in LA Because of Vaccine Mandate are Less Than One Month's Normal Turnover. cepr.net The number of employees who stand to be fired over the mandate is less than the number who would be fired or quit their job in a typical month.

Peter Montague (2021-12-11). The Future of Fossil Fuels Hinges on Two Huge Midwestern Pipeline Fights. zcomm.org CCS is the fossil-fuel industry's last-gasp attempt to prevent the U.S. and the world from abandoning fossil energy in favor of cheaper, cleaner solar power…

WSWS (2021-12-11). US consumer prices rise 6.8 percent, near 40-year high. wsws.org The average family faces $4,000 more in annual expenses than one year ago.

The Canary (2021-12-11). MPs demand inquiry into 'institutional homophobia' at Met Police. thecanary.co A group of London MPs are calling for a public inquiry into claims of institutional homophobia in the Metropolitan Police. It comes after an inquest concluded that failures by officers investigating the victims of serial killer Stephen Port probably cost lives. | Deadly prejudice?: | Families of the four young gay men killed by sex predator Port have renewed accusations that police prejudice played a part in officers' failure to listen to their concerns. Margaret Hodge said she and 17 other signatories had written to Met commissioner Cressida Dick demanding that "a public inquiry considers whether the…

Vivian Sahner (2021-12-11). Help build working-class support in fight for woman's right to abortion. themilitant.com On Dec. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearings on a case that challenges Roe v. Wade, its own 1973 ruling that decriminalized abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. A decision by the court isn't expected until next year. | In Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the court will rule on a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, an arbitrary figure. | The state's attorney general, Lynn Fitch, argues that a woman's right to choose abortion should be tossed aside, saying "sweeping policy advances" allow women to "have it all," a career and a family. For Fitch, a divorced mother of thre…

Michael Welch (2021-12-11). Sincere Devotion to the Vaccine. Encounters with a COVID Believer. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-12-11). "They are killing us": More flight attendants speak out about poisoned job uniforms. wsws.org Flight attendants from a number of airlines spoke about the toxic working conditions that they have been subjected to by their employers and the airline unions.

Sara Flounders (2021-12-11). New variant, same problem: Joint U.S.-China solidarity book tackles COVID. workers.org The continuing U.S. COVID crisis was predicted in a book published a year ago. "Capitalism on a Ventilator," a unique anthology by 50 progressive commentators — written even before the vaccines were rolled out — explained why the much anticipated vaccines alone could not solve the soaring COVID death rate . . . |

Patrick Brown (2021-12-11). New Zealand farmers unite, demand end to gov't attack. themilitant.com AUCKLAND, New Zealand — "Without farmers you will be hungry, naked and sober," read a placard on a tractor heading a caravan through Christchurch Nov. 21. The convoy was one of 70 across New Zealand in which tens of thousands of farmers and their supporters said, "Enough is enough!" | They were protesting an accelerating onslaught of new regulations adopted by the Labour Party government in Wellington that impose costs and mountains of paperwork on rural producers, in the name of protecting the environment. | Organized by Groundswell, which was formed by farmers in Southland last year, the action built on a…

WSWS (2021-12-11). Health care workers skeptical about margin of contract ratification at Kaiser Permanente. wsws.org Whatever the case may be with the outcome of the vote, the process itself made a mockery of democratic process.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Schools emerge as new hotbed for COVID-19 infection in South Korea. wsws.org The lifting of all serious social distancing measures has led to an explosion of new COVID-19 cases, which is now beginning to overwhelm the medical system.

Global Research (2021-12-11). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

Alyson Kennedy (2021-12-11). Texas ExxonMobil workers rally, win solidarity against oil bosses' lockout. themilitant.com BEAUMONT, Texas — "Exxon, Exxon you can't hide, we can see your greedy side" and "Stand up, fight back!" chanted dozens of members of United Steelworkers Local 13-243 and their supporters protesting outside the meeting of the World Petroleum Congress in Houston Dec. 6 where ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods was speaking. | Some 650 members of the USW local at the company's oil refinery and blending and packaging plant here have been locked out since May 1 for refusing to accept a union-busting contract. | "A lot of people support us now, even more than we realize," Teria Howard, one of the locked-out local member…

Coral Wynter (2021-12-11). Protesting BlackRock's support for Adani. greenleft.org.au A protest called on United States multinational investment management corporation BlackRock not to fund Adani. Coral Wynter reports.

Claudia Drdul (2021-12-11). Starbucks workers win historic first union. zcomm.org "If we can do this here, you can do this too"

WSWS (2021-12-11). Final Epstein accuser testifies in Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial. wsws.org The prosecution rested on Friday in the trial of Maxwell, the girlfriend and assistant of Jeffrey Epstein, after calling Annie Farmer, the last of four witnesses who say they were sexually abused as underage teenagers by the deceased billionaire and his confidante.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Dopesick: A compelling drama of the opioid crisis. wsws.org The eight-episode series is a devastating indictment of the American pharmaceutical industry. Nearly 1 million people have died in the US since 1999 from drug overdoses and over 70 percent of such deaths have involved an opioid.

Dean Baker (2021-12-11). Could the Omicron Variant Be Good News? cepr.net If it turns out that the difference in the severity with delta is larger than the difference in spread, the omicron variant may prove to be very good news.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Winter pandemic surges in Canada amid warnings Omicron variant could increase infections eight-fold. wsws.org Even prior to the arrival of Omicron, experts were warning that this winter's Delta surge could overwhelm the country's hospitals.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Australian governments create conditions for a huge surge of COVID infections. wsws.org Delta infections are growing, Omicron is spreading and Australian governments are lifting the few public health safety restrictions that remain.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Threat to fire striking Kellogg's workers prompts nervous statement from Biden administration. wsws.org The short, eight-sentence statement is a clear sign of the nervousness within ruling circles that the move by Kellogg's could trigger a social explosion within the working class.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-11). The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Biden backs Ukrainian president's militarist policies in phone conversation. wsws.org With the backing of the Biden administration, the government of Voldymyr Zelensky continues to make a series of hostile decisions leading his country to war with Russia.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Unions ram through extension at Ingalls shipyard, stall for time at Newport News. wsws.org While the IBEW had until March 2022 to negotiate before the expiration of the contract, they opted instead to call a snap vote on the exact same contract workers rejected last week.

WSWS (2021-12-11). UK: Unite leader Sharon Graham wins chorus of approval from the corporate media. wsws.org If Unite's presentation that it is waging a "pushback" on behalf of workers had any element of truth, the Johnson government would by now be confronting an unprecedented strike wave with Graham the subject of a corporate media witch-hunt.

Misión Verdad (2021-12-11). àÅñez Asked for US and UK Military Assistance Prevent Luis Arce Victory in Bolivia. orinocotribune.com Jeanine àÅñez, towards the end of the reign of her coup government, requested military assistance from the United States and United Kingdom embassies "to repress the Bolivian people." This was declared by the Deputy Minister of Citizen Security of Bolivia, Roberto Ríos, on Tuesday, December 7. | "All the weapons and equipment requested were supposed to be used to repress the Bolivian people," denounced Ríos. He showed letters sent by the de facto government to Washington and London's diplomatic missions in Bolivia just months—and even weeks—before the October 2020 presidential and parliamentary…

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-12-11). Are We Forever Captives of America's Forever Wars? zcomm.org What Needs to Be Done to Finally End Them…

David Skripac (2021-12-11). What Are the Truly Verifiable Facts Surrounding COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Incisive and carefully researched article by David Skripac, first published on Global Research on August 14, 2020 "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that …

Astra Taylor (2021-12-11). "Your Debt Is Someone Else's Asset" zcomm.org Calls Mount to Cancel Debt & Halt Wealth Transfer to the Rich…

WSWS (2021-12-11). Socialist Equality Party to continue campaign against Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org Whether the SEP is registered or not, the party will stand candidates in the looming federal election to take out to the broadest possible audience the fight for socialism and the overturn of capitalism.

The Canary (2021-12-11). France may escalate fishing row dispute as deadline passes without UK response. thecanary.co A Brussels-imposed deadline for solving a post-Brexit fishing row has passed without the UK announcing an agreement. | There had been suggestions on Friday 10 December that negotiations over fishing licences for small French boats in British waters could reach a resolution. But sources said there was no announcement expected from the UK government as the midnight deadline came and went. | France had threatened to push the European Union for legal action and trade restrictions against Britain if there was no "sign of goodwill" from Britain by Friday. However, far from showing goodwill, Downing Street had said o…

WSWS (2021-12-11). Youth mental health issues in the US have skyrocketed during pandemic. wsws.org The US Surgeon General reports that symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled.

Rachel Evans (2021-12-11). Stop stealing children say Human Rights Day protesters. greenleft.org.au A protest against the forced removal of Aboriginal children was organised on Human Rights Day in Redfern. Rachel Evans reports.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org Indian ordnance factory workers hold national strike; Odisha state childcare workers demand higher wages; Australian plasterboard workers locked out; New Zealand rail union calls off strike.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Meeting of the Network of Action Committees for Safe Education in Germany: "We are at the beginning of great mass struggles of the working class" wsws.org At the meeting, nurses, educators, workers and students presented a terrible picture of the consequences of the official coronavirus policies.

Medea Benjamin (2021-12-11). Ten Contradictions That Plague Biden's Democracy Summit. zcomm.org The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it's not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed—or even infuriated.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Delta coronavirus variant overwhelms US hospitals as Omicron variant looms large. wsws.org The latest surge in cases has already pushed hospitals across the Midwest and Northeast past their capacity.

WSWS (2021-12-11). January 6 committee releases documents detailing Trump's plot to overthrow election by declaring bogus "National Emergency" wsws.org Prior to his public declaration to cease complying with the committee investigating the January 6 attack, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows turned over the 36-slide coup presentation to Congress.

Coral Wynter (2021-12-11). School strikers protest NAB's support for fossil fuel corporations. greenleft.org.au School students protested outside National Australia Bank headquarters calling on it to stop funding fossil fuels. Coral Wynter reports.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-12-11). Western Militaries on the Doorsteps of Russia and China. zcomm.org Wild-eyed speculation about the Kremlin's intentions has so far run aground on Russia's apparent reluctance to engage in a shooting war that could spiral into a full-on nuclear holocaust…

WSWS (2021-12-11). "A lot of things come down to money": Race-based affirmative action and the furor over Canadian academic Carrie Bourassa's native identity claims. wsws.org The entire episode is a particularly foul expression of the consequences of race-based affirmative action, which is irreconcilably at odds with the interests of working people and the fight for social equality.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-12-11). On 'Gassing the Arabs' and Other Diseases: Is Israel a 'Sick Society'? zcomm.org Whether right-wing, left-wing or center, Israel is committed to its military superiority, its racism and to the military occupation more than ever before…

John Feffer (2021-12-11). South Korea's Green New Deal: Myths versus Realities. zcomm.org There's one place in the world where the Green New Deal is a policy reality. But is it living up to its hype?>

Pete Clifford (2021-12-11). Steel scaffolders strike continues in UK over wages, scabs, safety. themilitant.com SCUNTHORPE, England — "We're staying out for a result," striker Dave Birchall told the Militant on the picket line outside the massive British Steel plant here. Sixty scaffolders organized by the Unite union are now into their third month of strike action. | Sharon Graham, Unite union general secretary, joined the pickets Dec. 1. They're demanding contractor Actavo pay them the national rate for their job of 17 pounds an hour ($22.50), as opposed to their current wages of some 2 pounds less. | In a picket line interview with the BBC, Graham said, "British Steel is blaming Actavo. Actavo is blaming British S…

WSWS (2021-12-11). UK: Mother "invited" to attend school meeting under police caution for protecting her son from unsafe schools. wsws.org Sarah received her threatening letter on December 8, the same day that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty held a press conference on the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

Paul Haeder (2021-12-11). The Oil Companies Tell Us About Climate Change and Big Pharma Tells Us About Variants. dissidentvoice.org They never call that Conflic$ of $ntere$t Doctors are urging everyone to get vaccinated and boosted as cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant are popping up in more states, but the vaccine may also need to change to keep up with the mutations of the virus. "It is, probably, one of our worst-case scenarios in …

WSWS (2021-12-11). Family and coworkers cope with tragic suicide death of Stellantis autoworker in Toledo. wsws.org The shocking tragedy occurred shortly before the start of the evening shift on Monday, leading to cancellation of production on the Jeep Gladiator line.

_____ (2021-12-10). Assange Loses, High Court Allows US Appeal; Quashes Assange's Discharge. popularresistance.org The High Court in London on Friday ruled in the U.S. appeal against a lower court decision not to extradite imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by sending the case back to Magistrate's Court with instructions to send the case to the secretary of state to decide on Assange's extradition. | The matter is now in the hands of Dominic Raab, secretary of state for justice, unless Assange's lawyers appeal the decision to the U.K. Supreme Court, which they have said they will do. If extradited, Assange faces up to 175 years in prison on charges under the Espionage Act and one count of conspiracy to commit compu…

Editor2 (2021-12-10). Australia has Sacrificed Julian Assange to the United States. orinocotribune.com By Saskia Peachey — Dic 4, 2021 | The US is fighting tooth and nail to get Julian Assange extradited to an American prison. Ever the dutiful ally, the Australian government is effectively giving over Assange, and flouting any commitment to human rights, freedom of the press, and democracy in the process. | The United States has resumed its extradition campaign against Australian journalist Julian Assange with renewed fervor. In January this year, UK district judge Vanessa Baraitser had

Joe Glenton (2021-12-10). High Court hands Priti Patel final decision on US extradition of Julian Assange. thecanary.co Wikileaks editor Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to the US. Judge Holdroyde ruled that the US appeal was allowed. Assange has been detained in Belmarsh prison since 2019. Prior to that, he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy. The speed of any extradition now appears to depend on home secretary Priti Patel. | Assange is wanted by the US in connection with the publication of

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-10). Assange ruling a dangerous precedent for journalists and British justice. dissidentvoice.org On Friday, the English High Court paved the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States and tried over the publication of hundreds of thousands of documents, some of which contained evidence of US and British war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision reversed a ruling in January by …

Staff (2021-12-10). Headlines for December 10, 2021. democracynow.org U.K. Court Will Allow Extradition of Julian Assange to U.S. to Face Espionage Charges, Venezuela's Juan Guaidó, Who Led Failed Coup Efforts, Speaks at White House Democracy Summit, Federal Court Rejects Trump's Bid to Keep January 6 Records Secret, New York Attorney General Letitia James Ends Gubernatorial Bid, Will Subpoena Trump, National Guard Called Out as COVID-19 Cases Overwhelm U.S. Hospitals, WHO Warns Rich Countries Against Vaccine Hoarding as Omicron Variant Spreads , Truck Carrying Asylum Seekers Crashes in Mexico, Killing 54 and Injuring Over 100, Award-Winning Filipino Journalist Jesus Malabanan, Who…

Staff (2021-12-10). "Terrible Step": Press Freedom in Danger as U.K. Court Clears the Way for Julian Assange Extradition to U.S. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could soon face charges in the United States after a U.K. court ruled Friday in favor of the U.S. government's appeal to extradite him. U.K. Judge Timothy Holroyde said he was satisfied with a pledge from the United States that Assange would not be held in a so-called ADX maximum-security prison in Colorado, despite a U.K. district court ruling in January that said Assange should not be extradited because it would be "oppressive" due to his mental health and that he would likely die by suicide in a U.S. prison. "They can't guarantee his safety in the U.S. prison system. He will li…

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-12-10). British court rules Assange can be extradited to US to face espionage charges. nationofchange.org "Today is international human rights day, what a shame. How cynical to have this decision on this day."

teleSUR (2021-12-10). British Court Authorizes Extradition Of Assange To The US. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the High Court of Justice in London approved extraditing Julian Assange to the United States. This appeal court returned the case of Assange's extradition to a lower court in Westminster, while the WikiLeaks founder remains incarcerated. | RELATED: | According to the High Court, the United States offers sufficient guarantees that Assange will not be subjected to the harsh regime known as "special administrative…

Santiago O'Donnell (2021-12-10). Julian Assange: Indignante y doloroso. globalizacion.ca El fallo de la Cámara de Apelaciones británica que ordena la extradición de Assange a Estados Unidos es indignante y doloroso. Más allá de sus argumentos, que poco importan a esta altura del partido. Indignante porque va en contra de…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-10). "How can it be fair to extradite Julian to the very country which plotted to kill him?" peoplesdispatch.org London's High Court passed an order permitting the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the US. Here are some reactions from activists and human rights defenders following this judgement.

Moderator (2021-12-10). Hedges: UK High Court Overturns Assange Win. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost | The British High Court in London today overturned an earlier lower court decision blocking the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. The ruling sends the case back to Magistrate's Court with instructions to allow the extradition to be approved or denied by the British Home Secretary Prita Patel. The ruling, which included a decision to continue to hold Assange in a high security prison, is a severe blow to the Wikileaks co-founder's efforts to prevent his extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act. The extradition is now in…

teleSUR (2021-12-10). Extradiction of Assange Darkens Human Rights Day: Russia Says. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova harshly criticized the decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to approve the extradition of WikiLeaks Julian Assange to the United States. | RELATED: | "The U.K. High Court has authorized Julian Assange's extradition to the United States. This shameful verdict as part of the political case is yet another manifestation of the Anglo-Saxon t…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-10). American envoy: U.S. Javelin missiles in Ukrainian war zone "entirely defensive" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. on Javelins in eastern Ukraine: They are entirely defensive in nature The U.S. Mission to the OSCE has responded to the outrage of the Russian delegation over the appearance of American Javelin anti-tank missile systems in the area of the Joint Forces Operation, pointing to Ukraine's right to self-defense and the exclusively defensive nature …

_____ (2021-12-10). The Chief Outcome From the Two-Hour Biden-Putin Summit. strategic-culture.org By Eric ZUESSE | The two-hour December 7th Biden-Putin conversation (via video-conference) focused mainly on the conflict between Ukraine and its breakaway former Donbass region, which is in Ukraine's far east and borders on Russia. | In order to understand the conversation, some basic history that produced the current situation there needs to be stated, because this is the point-of-reference behind the summit-conversation that occurred on December 7th: | The 5 September 2014 Minsk Protocol, and its followup 12 February 2015 Minsk II Agreement, established the agreements between Ukraine and the Donbass breakaway…

_____ (2021-12-10). Russia-Ukraine Coverage Continues to Lack Insight. strategic-culture.org By Michael AVERKO | With the likes of CNN regularly giving puff segment to Kiev regime officials and other anti-Russian leaning sources, there's considerable room for Anglo-American mass media improvement in the analysis of Russian-Ukrainian issues. One of a limited exception of good analytical journalism on the subject, is the John Batch…

Nicholas Stender (2021-12-10). Biggest threat to democracy lectures world on democracy. liberationnews.org On Thursday the Biden administration began its virtual "Summit for Democracy", an event mocked around the world as an exercise in utter hypocrisy.

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-10). The fierce determination of ordinary people to build an extraordinary world: The Forty-Ninth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org United States President Joe Biden has suborned 111 countries to attend his Summit for Democracy on December 9—10, ending on Human Rights Day.

Editor (2021-12-10). U.S. shouldn't be invited to Summit for Democracy, let alone be its host. mronline.org In every one of the countries the United States has intervened in over the past decades, anti-democratic means are almost always used towards anti-democratic ends, all in the name of promoting democracy.

Editor (2021-12-10). Biden's Summit for Democracy: International NGOs express concern that Summit will ignore India's descent to fascism. mronline.org Groups extend offer to Biden to provide input to help make the summit a success.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-10). US senate rejects resolution seeking ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. peoplesdispatch.org The resolution presented jointly by some Republican and Democrat senators sought to limit the sale of US weapons to Saudi Arabia due to its involvement in the war in Yemen and its alleged war crimes…

Fight Back (2021-12-10). Ethiopian community rallies in Dallas against U.S. intervention. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – Hundreds of members of Dallas's large Ethiopian community rallied outside Dallas City Hall on November 21 against U.S. intervention in Ethiopia and Eritrea. The protest was associated with the nationwide #NoMore movement and was called by community members, though the rally was also attended by members of the All African People's Revolutionary Party and the Dallas Anti-War Committee. | A community spokeswoman talked about the sanctions and diplomatic moves that the Biden administration has taken against Ethiopia in recent weeks, stating, "The Biden administration actions are a pretext to ge…

Ann Garrison, Ann Fitz-Gerald (2021-12-10). Biden Deploys National Guard: It's "Déjà Vu All Over Again" as Government Hawks and Corporate Media Play Up Ethiopian Atrocities in Tigray. covertactionmagazine.com Twelve days after a Bloomberg Nov. 11 Headline proclaimed that "Ethiopia's Civil War Is a Problem That U.S. Troops Can …

Staff (2021-12-10). US Courts will Not be Able to Proceed with Charges Against Alex Saab. orinocotribune.com The defense lawyers of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab in the United States, Nancy Hollander and David Rivkin, assured this Tuesday, December 7, that the US legal system will not be able to proceed against the Venezuelan special envoy with any of its charges. | According to information from the diplomat's defense, the defense highlights the political nature of the case, and the difficulties in ensuring a fair trial in the city of Miami, famous for issuing judicial decisions against Cubans and Venezuelans. | "I am happy to announce that by virtue of diplomatic viability, the United States will not be able to pro…

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-12-10). Super serious news reporting: notes from the Edge of The Narrative Matrix. mronline.org Hi I'm a very serious news reporter. The Russians are controlling our thoughts with Facebook memes and scrambling our brains with invisible ray gun attacks. In other news, capitalism is working fine and our wars defend freedom and democracy. The government never lies. Here's Bob with the weather.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-10). Journalist Nada Homsi freed after 23 days of illegal detention in Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org Homsi was in Lebanon working with US news outlet NPR (National Public Radio) when she was detained on November 16 after members of the Lebanese General Security Directorate raided her home…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-10). Starbucks Workers United scores first-ever union win at big coffee chain. peoplesworld.org BUFFALO, N.Y.—Starbucks Workers United broke a significant barrier on December 9 with the first-ever worker win at the big retail coffee chain. Workers at the Elmwood store in Buffalo voted 19-8 to unionize with Starbucks Workers United, the National Labor Relations Board officer announced. The union also won 15-9 at a second store, but there …

_____ (2021-12-10). Inside The Secretive World Of Union Busting. popularresistance.org While union membership has risen slightly since 2018 thanks to some major organizing wins, and public approval of unions is at its highest level since 1965, labor has a lot of ground to make up. Union membership plummeted from 20.1% of American wage and salary workers in 1983 to just 10.8% in 2020. One of the biggest reasons for that decline is the use of well-funded, aggressive campaigns by employers to fight off unions, conducted largely through expensive union avoidance consultants and lawyers. In 2019, it was estimated that companies spend at least $340 million per year on such consultants and often engage in…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-10). China and Nicaragua to Collaborate on New Multipolar World. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News China and Nicaragua have resumed diplomatic relations in what Nicaragua's Presidential Advisor Laureano Ortega Murillo called "a historic date." The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua announced it had broken diplomatic relations with Taiwan, ceasing to have any contact or official relationship, in a statement by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada before Nicaraguan diplomats…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-10). Black Alliance for Peace Condemns the U.S. National Guard Deployment to Horn of Africa. libya360.wordpress.com The US Africa Command, AFRICOM, has launched "Task Force Red Dragon," which includes more than 2,000 Virginia National Guard (VNG) personnel (by January), the largest VNG deployment since WWII. Added to that will be National Guard Soldiers from Maryland and Kentucky which totals the most soldiers the division has mobilized since 1942. While Maj. Gen….

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-10). Washington Rewards Corruption of Popular Will Party. orinocotribune.com In an ironic maneuver displaying the White House's complete lack of political awareness, the Joe Biden administration claimed the right to declare who can be considered corrupt and who cannot, delivering an "award" within the framework of International Anti-Corruption Day, this December 9. | As expected, the White House took the opportunity to give a boost to its allies on the Venezuelan extreme right, by including one of the spokespersons of the Popular Will organization on the list of beneficiaries of Biden's recognition. Many Venezuelans refer to the Popular Will party as "Juan Guaidó and the 40 thieves" due t…

teleSUR (2021-12-10). Honduras: Hernandez to Complicate Incoming President Castro. telesurenglish.net Honduran social and political organizations denounced that outgoing president Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) intends to pass last minute laws with the aim of complicating the government of president-elect Xiomara Castro, who will take office on January 27. | RELATED: | On Thursday night, the right-wing-controlled Congress received two bills: one seeking to establish "protections" for public officials and former high-l…

David Cavendish (2021-12-10). La cumbre de democracia de Biden es un buen momento para debatir la 'Bill of Rights Socialism'. peoplesworld.org La democracia estadounidense está en peligro. Solo hay que seguir las noticias de los últimos años para darse cuenta de la peligrosa situación en la que se encuentra este país. El ejemplo más obvio y dramático fue la insurrección del 6 de enero, cuando una turba de partidarios de Donald Trump irrumpió en el Capitolio …

Andrew Wright (2021-12-10). On abortion and reproductive rights: Not enough (from) men. peoplesworld.org I recently saw a post shared on Instagram regarding abortion rights in which the person argued that there were not enough men coming forward to say how they were saved from unwanted fatherhood because of an abortion. The point of…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-10). Corporate monopoly, other factors hamper workers economically. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Why can't workers get ahead? Economically, that is. Median wages for the broad U.S. middle class have been virtually stagnant for at least 40 years, adjusted for inflation, even as productivity has galloped ahead. The median for the bottom 20% has actually dropped. Meanwhile, the rich, especially the top tenth, have reaped the rewards. That …

Cara Anna (2021-12-10). Ugandan environmental activist Vanessa Nakate: 'We cannot adapt to extinction'. peoplesworld.org KAMPALA, Uganda (AP)—The capital of Uganda coughs itself awake on weekdays under a soft blanket of smog. Kampala's hills come into sharper focus as the morning rush of minibusses and motorbikes fades. It is this East African city that one of the world's most well-known climate activists, Vanessa Nakate, calls home. The 25-year-old's rise in profile has …

Editor2 (2021-12-10). Assad, Syria and China's new Silk Road. orinocotribune.com By Matthew Ehret — Dec, 07 2021 | Count on Syria becoming an important West Asian hub in China's Belt and Road Initiative | Ever since Russia and China began challenging the Anglo-American scorched Earth doctrine in 2011 with their first vetoes against US intervention into Syria, the Gordian knots that have tied up the Arab world in chaos, division and ignorance for decades have finally begun to unravel. | Where just one decade ago the unipolar vision of the 'new American century' reigned unchallenged, by 2013 the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) had sprung into life, and the largest purges of China's deep sta…

Houston Tenants Union (2021-12-10). Braeswood Tenants Unite To Fight Extreme Rent Hike By New Landlord in Houston, TX. itsgoingdown.org Report on tenants in Houston delivering their demands to Fat Property, their landlord, who is hiking rent substantially after taking over the complex earlier this year. Originally posted by Houston Tenants Union. HOUSTON, TEXAS — The tenants of The Terraces on Brompton united under the banner of Brompton Mutual Aid, to deliver a demand letter…

rebekah (2021-12-10). Amazon Can't Bust Unions Forever. inequality.org

_____ (2021-12-10). 60 Years After His Death, Fanon's Ideas Remain The Weapons Of The Oppressed. popularresistance.org Born and raised in what is still France's Caribbean island colony of Martinique, Fanon was exposed to and shaped by the everyday class and race relations that characterized the island in the early 20th century. Forced to join a segregated column of Black troops, he fought in World War II. Upon continuing his studies in post-war France, he came face to face with the racism that dominates the European world. In his first book, Black Skin, White Masks (1952), Fanon reflects on coming of age in a world, where, "For the black man there is only one destiny. And it is white." At the time of publication, Fanon had just t…

_____ (2021-12-10). Court Ruling Threatens Eviction Of Landless Workers Movement Camp. popularresistance.org Valinhos, Brazil – The camp was created on April 14, 2018 and named after Rio de Janeiro socialist city councilwoman Marielle Franco who was murdered a month before. Since then, the residents have transformed the abandoned land into a thriving community that provides housing for the residents, a school, a community kitchen, and produces agroecological products and handicrafts. They now face eviction after a court ruling that clearly favors real estate speculation and generating profit for its investors over the social and legal right to housing and agrarian reform. | On 23 November, the Sà£o Paulo Court of…

_____ (2021-12-10). How Can They Accept Extradition To A Country That Plotted To Kill Julian? popularresistance.org I want to emphasize that the High Court accepted all the medical evidence and the conclusions of the magistrate that if Julian is extradited and placed under extreme conditions of isolation it will drive him to take his own life. That extradition is oppressive. | Yet the High Court decided against Julian on this occasion on the basis of political assurances—non-assurances—that the US has given to the UK government. I say non-assurances. Amnesty International says non-assurances. Amnesty International has analyzed these assurances and has said that they are inherently unreliable. They incorporate the p…

_____ (2021-12-10). Report-Back From A Rail Blockade In Saint-Lambert. popularresistance.org On Saturday, more than sixty people acting in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders blocked the CN main line in Saint-Lambert south of Montreal for over six hours. It was the longest rail blockade in Quebec since the winter of 2020, interrupting Via Rail service and immobilizing six freight trains. These notes reflect the experience of a couple participants in Saturday's blockade. | Nostalgia mixed with anticipation as we arrived at the tracks where they cross rue Saint-Georges, with banners ready to hang across the rail crossing and no police in sight. It was a bright morning, temperatures just below freez…

_____ (2021-12-10). Ten Problems With Biden's Foreign Policy — And One Solution. popularresistance.org By and large, Biden's foreign policy already seems stuck in the militarist quagmire of the past twenty years, a far cry from his campaign promise to reinvigorate diplomacy as the primary tool of U.S. foreign policy. | In this respect, Biden is following in the footsteps of Obama and Trump, who both promised fresh approaches to foreign policy but for the most part delivered more endless war. | By the end of his second term, Obama did have two significant diplomatic achievements with the signing of the Iran nuclear deal and normalization of relations with Cuba. So progressive Americans who voted for Biden had some…

_____ (2021-12-10). Why Thousands Of Serbians Have Been Rallying Against Rio Tinto. popularresistance.org For two weekends in a row, thousands of demonstrators across Serbia have blocked major roads and brought the country to a standstill, concerned their land, water and air risk being exploited. | They're angry over what they're calling a looming ecological disaster, and accusing the government of attempting to pass laws that would allow foreign investors to seize land, and disregard environmental regulations. | The most famous name among those investors is Anglo-Australian company Rio Tinto, which plans to build Europe's largest lithium mine in the Jadar Valley near the western city of Loznica. | The Serbian govern…

Amjad Ayman Yaghi (2021-12-10). How Israel made Gaza's houses unsafe. electronicintifada.net Numerous buildings had to be demolished after the May attack ended.

Ann Brown (2021-12-10). 3 Top CIA And FBI Officials Who Suddenly Died From Accidents Or Bullet To Head. moguldom.com The intelligence agencies of the U.S. are cloaked in secrecy and subterfuge. And, the lives of intelligence agents tend to be kept out of the public eye. But when former agents die under mysterious circumstances, the questions swirl. Here are three top Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials who suddenly …

Ann Brown (2021-12-10). Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson Goes Off: Democratic Party Must Deal With Its Racism, Stop Pretending It Doesn't Exist. moguldom.com The Democrats have a "800 lb gorilla in the room" tweeted Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, and it's "racism within the Democratic Party." The remark came after fellow Dem Matthew Dowd dropped out of the Texas Lt. Gov. race to allow for more diversity. "A diverse field is now emerging in the Democratic primary for this …

Claudia Drdul (2021-12-10). Starbucks workers win historic first union: "If we can do this here, you can do this too" liberationnews.org After experiencing months of harassment, intimidation and stalling by executives, Buffalo baristas have successfully formed the first Starbucks union in the United States.

Don Gross (2021-12-10). Protesters demand Cook County Sheriff stop the evictions. liberationnews.org people gathered outside the Cook County Sheriff's Office headquarters in Chicago to demand that Sheriff Tom Dart stop carrying out evictions.

Editor2 (2021-12-10). Vienna Talks: Iran Says no Interactive, Flexible Attitude Seen on Other Side. orinocotribune.com The spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry has said that while Iran entered talks in Vienna on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal with an interactive and flexible attitude, "this was not the case for the other side." | Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks at a weekly presser on Monday, adding that the Vienna talks have not been halted and that the next round will kick off later this week. | The exact date will be determined by Iran's chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani and the European Union's Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora soon, the spokesman said. | The seventh round of high-level talks between Iran and…

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-12-10). Ralph Nader on Journalism and the Public Interest. fair.org Harvard Institute of Politics ( This week on CounterSpin:

Heba Salim (2021-12-10). A database for the displaced. electronicintifada.net Activists are trying to create single register for all title deeds to lands stolen in 1948.

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-10). Organizing isn't Just Some Romantic Idea, it's Practical Steps and Action! anchor.fm In this episode I talk about the fact that what we need today across the world has already been tried, built, and able to grow in many places around the world; we need to only learn. Communists, socialists, and Marxists all over the world have been building revolutions and mass organizations for centuries. Our objective? Organize the people. But that's not just some slogan, that is a necessary step towards building a New World. If the people are an educated as to what's oppressing them, that they're exploited and HOW, and if they don't learn who their comrades in that fight are, then they lose time and time again…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-10). CEO Takes Leave After Firing 900 Employees Over Zoom, Accused Them Of Stealing Time And Only Working 2 Hours A Day: How Many Hours Are Employees Really Working at Home? moguldom.com The CEO of Better.com has taken leave "effective immediately" after firing over 900 employees on a Zoom call with no warning and later accusing some of stealing time. The mortgage company's Founder and CEO Vishal Garg sent a memo stating he was "taking time off effective immediately," according to Insider. The story went viral last …

Karen Conner (2021-12-10). Reopening Issues Are Still a Big Factor Driving Inflation In November. cepr.net Overall, reopening issues are still a big factor in inflation. Energy prices in the CPI are lagging world prices, and are almost certain to be sharply negative (lowering inflation) in December.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-10). dYdX Defi Exchange Goes Down with Amazon Server Outage, Exposes Vulnerability with Decentralized Claims. moguldom.com The dYdX decentralized exchange (DEX) was down for nine hours on Dec 7 due to a major outage that hit Amazon's cloud-service network Amazon Web Services (AWS), with some commenters questioning whether a decentralized protocol that relies on services from a centralized corporation is really decentralized. dYdX is purportedly a "decentralized exchange" on Ethereum for …

Khuloud Rabah Sulaiman (2021-12-10). UNRWA stifles employee speech on Palestinian rights. electronicintifada.net "This was my dream job. It's become a nightmare."

Liberation staff, Birmingham (2021-12-10). Hundreds facing removal in Huntsville public housing complex. liberationnews.org Butler Terrace, a low-income public housing complex in Huntsville, Alabama will be demolished to make way for middle-income apartments.

Matt Sedlar (2021-12-10). CEPR Spotlight: Special Drawing Rights. cepr.net CEPR has played a leading role in educating policymakers and the general public on the importance of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and in organizing a successful campaign for a major allocation of SDRs by the International Monetary Fund.

Matt Sedlar (2021-12-10). November Data Shows More Countries Are Using Special Drawing Rights; Over 30 Countries Have Actively Used Most of Their New SDRs. cepr.net This post analyzes SDR holdings as reported by the IMF at the end of November and compares them to previous months' reports.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-12-10). Columbia U. student workers set up picket line. workers.org The view from a Barnard College dorm room shows Columbia University's main gate at 116th St., where striking student workers of UAW Local 2110 set up their picket line Dec. 8. 3. Credit: Judy Goldstein Striking Student Workers of Columbia University in New York City set up a picket line . . . |

Staff (2021-12-10). Minister Plasencia: Capitalism is in Crisis and We are Called to Change Course. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, December 9, Venezuela's Minister for Foreign Affairs Félix Plasencia inaugurated the World People's Congress for Peace, which was organized to present proposals that can counteract the current challenges facing humanity and the planet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. | "We met to discuss the need to deepen the guarantee of political, economic and social rights of humanity, for the welfare of the peoples," said Venezuela's top diplomat at the beginning of the conference, which is held online. | Plasencia stated that it is necessary to "change course" in the face of the new challenges arising i…

Staff (2021-12-10). Venezuela Incorporates 9 Urutu Armored Vehicles into its Defense System (Video). orinocotribune.com The Strategic Operational Command (CEOFANB) of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB), reported this Thursday, December 9, via its commander Domingo Hernández, that nine Urutu "wheeled tanks" joined its combat system. | Through a post published on Twitter, Hernández explained that they were added to increase the security of the Caribbean nation. The announcement follows reports that Colombia received 20 armored vehicles donated by the United States to continue their destabilization attempts against Venezuela. The US donation is part of a total of more than 140 armored vehicles to be received by Colombian mili…

Staff (2021-12-10). White House Boasts About Selling Stolen Venezuelan Oil. orinocotribune.com In an end-of-year evaluation report, the United States The report does not clarify when or to whom the US regime sold the stolen merchandise, data that would be of importan…

The Socialist Program (2021-12-10). The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union — Lessons for Socialists. liberationnews.org The Russian Revolution in 1917 brought the Bolsheviks to power. For the first time in history the working class seized and held state power. What was the experience of the Soviet Union? How did it change global politics in the 20th century? What did socialism achieve and what caused the Soviet Union to fall in 1991?>

Brian Berletic (2021-12-10). Laos' Railway Opens: The West Kicks and Screams as China and Laos Move Forward Together. asia-pacificresearch.com

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-10). COVID immunity study and green league ranking: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

teleSUR (2021-12-10). Indigenous Peoples Demand Stop To Armed Violence In Colombia. telesurenglish.net On Friday, thousands of Indigenous people came to Cali city in the Cauca Valley department to demand that President Ivan Duque do something to stop the armed violence that reigns in rural territories, where the Colombian State does not have an effective presence. | RELATED: | They left Popayan yesterday afternoon to arrive in this city on Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, when the Indigenous communities plan to carry…

Nora Fernández (2021-12-10). Cumbre de Estados Unidos: Democracia y sanciones. globalizacion.ca Estados Unidos trata de imponer al mundo su definición ventajera de democracia y usarla en su Cumbre contra quienes se nieguen a su hegemonía y dominación. Como líder autoproclamado en estos asuntos, Estados Unidos parece ciego ante su propio fracaso…

Brittani Banks (2021-12-10). Joe Biden's Voting Rights Strategy Comes Into Focus. independentmediainstitute.org On December 6, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Texas for the second time in 2021 under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This lawsuit was for drawing congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 census that "refused to recognize the state's growing minority electorate." In other words, districts intended to impede candidates of …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-10). South Africans protest Shell's plans to explore for oil off the Wild Coast. peoplesdispatch.org Despite massive opposition by locals and indigenous communities, a high court in South Africa has allowed Shell to carry out seismic surveys to explore for oil and gas off South Africa's environmentally sensitive Wild Coast.

teleSUR (2021-12-10). On Human Rights Day, Venezuela Ratifies Defense of Human Rights. telesurenglish.net Venezuela ratified today its commitment to the defense and guarantee of human rights, on the occasion of the celebrations for the International Human Rights Day. | Every December 10, the world celebrates Human Rights Day, a date that recalls the rights that human beings enjoy without distinction of sex, race, culture, religion, political opinion or for any other reason.

Ann Brown (2021-12-10). No Jab, No Job or School: Close to 500 LA County School System Employees Fired 34,000 Students Kicked Out System. moguldom.com It promises to be a chaotic school semester in Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has fired 500 unvaccinated employees. In addition to this, 34,000 students have reportedly missed the district's vaccine deadline. The unvaccinated students will either be forced to enroll in independent study or will have to leave the …

teleSUR (2021-12-10). Afghanistan: Two Blasts Rock Western Part of Kabul City. telesurenglish.net Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti confirmed that two civilians were killed and three others injured as a blast targeted a mini-bus in Dasht-i-Barch district in Kabul on Friday. However, eyewitnesses believed that the number of casualties could be higher than reported. | RELATED: | The official also confirmed that another blast almost in the same area injured a woman on Friday afternoon, but he…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-10). Iraq Announces End of US Combat Mission, but US Says Troops Not Leaving. libya360.wordpress.com Peoples Dispatch (Photo: Fazel Hawramy/Rudaw) The change in the nature of the US mission in Iraq first announced in July this year has been rejected by the Iraqi militias who are demanding a complete withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country Iraqi groups expressed dissatisfaction and opposition to the official announcement of the end…

_____ (2021-12-10). Have Professional Athletes Become the Canary in the Covid Coalmine? strategic-culture.org The sudden spate of on-field emergencies has raised questions among several seasoned veterans of the game, Robert Bridge writes. | Amid studies showing a link between some vaccines and heart problems, professional athletes appear to be collapsing on the field of dreams like never before. Are these incidences normal occurrences, coincidences or symptomatic of mandatory vaccine programs? | As more countries make vaccinations mandatory requirements for participating in many aspects of life, including that of sporting events, stadiums around the world have become something of testing grounds for determining the effic…

Lucía Ortega (2021-12-10). àìmicron, inflación mundial y las sombras de una suba de las tasas de interés en EE.UU. globalizacion.ca Hay una nueva preocupación en los mercados mundiales porque se presenta una situación inusual: la posibilidad de que se desacelere el crecimiento junto a una persistente inflación mundial. Los ´mercados ª fueron los primeros en emitir una señal de alerta ante…

David Sirota (2021-12-10). VIDEO: Corporate Media's Inflation Lies. dailyposter.com

Michael Payne (2021-12-10). Witnessing the demise of the principles of ethics and morality in the America of today. nationofchange.org What is happening to America and its people?>

The Canary (2021-12-10). Tenants face serious ill health and 'postcode lottery' over standard of their homes. thecanary.co Private sector rental tenants face a "postcode lottery" over the standard of their homes, the chair of a powerful committee which scrutinises government spending has said. | 'Society's most vulnerable suffer the most': | The comment was made by Meg Hillier, chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), as a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) said regulation in England is not effective in ensuring the sector is consistently fair for renters or that housing is safe and secure. | There are an estimated 4.4 million privately rented households in England — and the system relies heavily on ten…

Combined Sources (2021-12-10). Myanmar military massacre: Burmese army burns civilians alive. peoplesworld.org Burmese soldiers raided a village in the northwest part of the country, tied up 11 civilians, and burned them alive, witnesses report. Human Rights Watch said today Wednesday the massacre, which took place on Tuesday, should prompt further sanctions on Burmese military commanders. "Our contacts are saying these were just boys and young people who …

teleSUR (2021-12-10). US Court Rejects Trump's Bid To Conceal Records From House. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled to reject former President Donald Trump's bid to block the National Archives from turning over his administration's records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. | RELATED: | "The central question in this case is whether, despite the exceptional and imperative circumstances underlying the Committee's re…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-10). Ex-NATO chief calls for global alliance against Russia and China with "economic Article 5" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com

Ajamu Baraka (2021-12-10). People centered human rights and the Black radical tradition. mronline.org International Human Rights Day is December 10. On that day in 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was promulgated as the first in a series of covenants, treaties, and legal interpretations that would make up…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-10). "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. globalresearch.ca According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

teleSUR (2021-12-10). Spanish Sculptor Charged For Putting Graffiti On Franco's Tomb. telesurenglish.net Spanish sculptor Eduardo Tenreiro faces up to two years in prison for having made graffiti on the tomb of the dictator Francisco Franco, which is located in the basilica of the Valley of the Fallen in Madrid. | RELATED: | In Oct. 2018, Tenreiro used red paint to drew a dove and write "For Freedom" above the headstone of the genocide who ruled Spain between 1939 and 1975. A photographer who accompanied him posted his…

_____ (2021-12-10). A Pause in the Talks between the US and North Korea Continues. journal-neo.org Since the failure of February 2019's summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, relations between the US and North Korea have been put on hold, with no active dialogue, but no nuclear crisis or military stand-off. On the one hand, Pyongyang has avoided any talks on the question of denuclearization. On the other hand, it is …

_____ (2021-12-10). Trump and US Lawmakers Left a Time Bomb for Biden. journal-neo.org Biden may not want to deal with Middle East issues, but they don't just disappear. Talking about International law is one thing, following it is another. A political position should have less to do with campaign funding and a political base. That is why the political process is so far removed from realty, and lacks …

Moderator (2021-12-10). Will Omicron Finally End the Covid-19 Pandemic? scheerpost.com [ By Stephen Londe, MD, FACC, FACS / Original to ScheerPost | In 1796 an English physician, Edward Jenner, observed that milkmaids who had gotten cowpox were immune to smallpox. He surmised, rightly, as we now know, that the disease was related. Smallpox, which has killed hundreds of millions of people dating all the way back to prehistory, is caused by the virus variola and is related to cowpox, catpox, and several other virus-caused "poxes (Orthopoxvirus family)." Our present day mandated vaccine a…

_____ (2021-12-10). If We Awaken to Find A "Woke World" in Chaos — It's Our Own Fault. journal-neo.org Let us talk plainly about the end of the world as we have known it for generations. A dark age is on the horizon, and there's precious little time for humanity to prevent an unprecedented catastrophe. In the words of a great statesman from this era, "The cost of ill-conceived social experiments is sometimes beyond …

_____ (2021-12-10). Parisian "Wheeling and Dealing" in the Persian Gulf. journal-neo.org The first official European assessment of the recent round of talks in Vienna between the representatives of Iran and those of the E3 (Great Britain, France, and Germany), Russia, China, and the US came, oddly enough, from Dubai, where the quick-witted French president Emmanuel Macron announced what he called the failure of the foregoing phase …

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-10). How the struggle for abortion rights began. liberationnews.org There were speak-outs, and demonstrations for abortion rights everywhere. Defying the law, women guided their sisters to providers of safe abortions and even learned to perform abortions themselves.

The Canary (2021-12-10). Boris Johnson's Covid-busting party probe branded a 'sham' as new claims emerge. thecanary.co Fresh claims have emerged over an alleged Christmas bash in No 10 as the prime minister remained under intense pressure. The focus on Boris Johnson's numerous scandals comes as the government rubber stamped what The Canary described as the "racist immigration bill". | The government's flagship immigration bill has been approved after a heated debate. | The bill includes measures which allow UK border force officials to turn back migrants at sea. — Chann…

The Canary (2021-12-10). Labour brands investigation a 'mockery' as standards adviser demands clarification from PM. thecanary.co Lord Geidt demanded clarification from No 10 after an Electoral Commission investigation into the refurbishment of Boris Johnson's flat raised concerns the prime minister may have misled the standards adviser. Downing Street did not deny suggestions Geidt had been angered by the watchdog's report raising doubts about Johnson's denial that he knew a Tory peer was behind donations for the works costing more than £112,500. | Labour has called for the ministerial standards adviser to reopen his investigation into the funding of the lavish renovations over "inconsistencies" between his report and a damning ru…

Peter Koenig (2021-12-10). Video: Digital Tyranny and the Rockefeller-Gates WHO "Vaxx-Certificate Passport": Towards a World War III Scenario. globalresearch.ca It's an electronic ID-program using the Covid-19 "vaccine as a platform for digital identity, linking everything to everything of each individual (records of health, banking, personal and private, etc.), managed by a state agency or in extremis, by the private sector.

Derek Royden (2021-12-10). An axis of reaction? Lauren Boebart, Paul Gosar and the risky rhetoric of the American far right. nationofchange.org They are cynical opportunists who try to paint a picture of a perfect past and country under siege by immigrants, the left and traditionally marginalized communities demanding the same rights taken for granted by most of those who voted them into office.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-10). Omicron – latest findings and commentary from Imperial experts. imperial.ac.uk Experts from Imperial College London and worldwide are working around the clock to understand the rapidly spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Eduardo Febbro (2021-12-10). El odio motoriza a la ultraderecha global. globalizacion.ca Las banderas del odio se mecen con la áspera virulencia de las palabras. El odio vende ideas y ha ido forjando la estructura de una suerte de movimiento político que llenó las democracias occidentales y sus satélites de agujeros negros…

splcenter (2021-12-10). SPLC President: Marking International Human Rights Day as U.S. democracy is under attack. splcenter.org

David Swanson (2021-12-10). Future of Peace and Human Rights in West Asia. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 9, 2021 Submission to conference organized by FODASUN ( fodasun.com ) on the future of peace and human rights in West Asia Every government in West Asia, as in the rest of the Earth, abuses human rights. Most of the governments in West Asia and the surrounding regions …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-10). Prominent Black Venture Capitalist Suddenly Passes Away, Once Said He Felt Helpless Changing Industry for Black Founders. moguldom.com The startup and tech communities are mourning the death of prominent Black venture capitalist Tyson Clark, who died Dec. 9 from complications of an unknown health issue. He was 43. "With great sadness, we share the news that Tyson Clark, our friend and GV general partner, passed away yesterday due to sudden complications from a …

Newsroom (2021-12-10). 35.8 million face lean season food crisis in West Africa and Sahel. moderndiplomacy.eu Growing food insecurity that is already affecting tens of millions of people across West Africa and the Sahel, must not be ignored by the international community, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday. The alert comes as new data from the region indicated that almost 36 million people are expected to be acutely food insecure by the …

The Canary (2021-12-10). Government unveils ban on trophy hunting imports but campaigners denounce delays. thecanary.co The government has announced long-awaited plans to ban the import of hunting trophies from endangered animals, with campaigners welcoming the measures but denouncing delays. | More delays: | The proposed law — which will prevent British big game hunters from bringing home body parts of some 7,000 species including lions, rhinos, elephants, and polar bears — comes two years after the government pledged to introduce the ban. Since then, around 300 trophies from endangered animals have been shipped to the UK, according to the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting. | The campaign's founder Eduardo Gon…

Staff (2021-12-10). "Hold the Line": Watch Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa's Full Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech. democracynow.org Filipina journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their "efforts to safeguard freedom of expression." "There are so many more journalists persecuted in the shadows with neither exposure nor support, and governments are doubling down with impunity," said Ressa in her acceptance speech at Friday's Nobel ceremony, which we play in full.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-10). 'People's Lawyer' Sudha Bharadwaj released after three years in jail. mronline.org The activist-lawyer was granted default bail on December 1 following more than three years of her incarceration without trial in the Bhima Koregaon case in which a number of other activists were also implicated.

Joe Glenton (2021-12-10). New defence chief lays out a dystopian vision for British military strategy. thecanary.co More deployments, a more aggressive approach, and more intense state vs state conflict. This is the dystopian vision laid out by the new head of the British military admiral Tony Radakin. He's the man who just replaced general Nick Carter as chief of the defence staff. | In

Global Research News (2021-12-10). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca Dr. Ariyana Love, December 5 , 2021

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-10). Imperial launches global search for new Visiting Professors. imperial.ac.uk Imperial's Provost is launching a global talent search for the first visiting Professors of a pioneering new programme.

Atilio A. Boron (2021-12-10). Estados Unidos: Una cumbre mentirosa. globalizacion.ca El presidente Joe Biden (foto) pasa revista a sus aliados para un probable —tal vez muy probable- enfrentamiento militar con China y Rusia. øEl pretexto?: una "Cumbre por la Democracia" acerca de cuya legitimidad muy pocos sinceramente creen. | Los gobiernos…

Moderator (2021-12-10). Obed Silva's Memoir Is a Transborder Story as Universal as Love and Loss. scheerpost.com Obed Silva. [Dario Debora] | Click to subscribe on: Buy Obed Silva's memoir "

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-10). NATO crowns new German chancellor, denounces Russia, China as nuclear threats. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Only Stoltenberg's opening statement, neither Scholz's brief comments nor answers by both to reporters' questions, is currently posted in transcript form on the NATO website. But all can be heard in the video below. The new NATO satrap confirms there will be no change in NATO nuclear sharing in his nation; the NATO chieftain reiterates …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-10). Right-Wing Authoritarianism and the Crisis of Education. libya360.wordpress.com Henry Giroux In the age of nascent fascism, it is irresponsible to insist on a politically neutral world where pedagogy is a banal transmission of noncontroversial facts. Image: Truthout The future of democracy in the United States will not be determined by the malignant decisions made by a reactionary group of Supreme Court Justices. Nor…

teleSUR (2021-12-10). Uruguayans Reject Home Prison For Genocides. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, thousands of Uruguayans took to the streets to reject a bill that seeks to grant house arrest to those who violate human rights and committed crimes against humanity during the last dictatorship (1973-1985). | RELATED: | "This bill would immediately benefit some 20 state terrorists," said Nilo Patiño, a spokesperson for Mothers and Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared (MFDD), an organization that brings toget…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-10). Edward Bernays: Propaganda and the U.S.-Backed 1954 Guatemalan Coup. libya360.wordpress.com Robert SkvarlaEdward Bernays [Source: thoughtco.com] Edward Bernays: The father of public relations, the father of lies. Edward Bernays may be known as the Father of Public Relations, but you would not be mistaken if you thought of him as the Father of Lies. He was a bullshit artist par excellence who pioneered countless methods of…

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