2021-12-20: News Headlines

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Increased NATO military exercises in Ukraine are preparation for war with Russia: military analyst. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Complete from today's TASS. As reported here two days ago: DM: Ukraine to host 10 NATO exercises, participate in 16 abroad next year Izvestia: NATO approaching Russia's borders Ukraine plans ten large-scale military drills with NATO's participation in 2022, which obviously raises serious alarm bells in Russia. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the alliance's …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-12-20). Dangerous Crossroads: NATO's commander suggests to deploy troops in Romania and Bulgaria. globalresearch.ca Once again, NATO is on the verge of unnecessarily escalating tensions in Eastern Europe for the sole purpose of confronting Russia. According to recent statements by some of its top officers, the Western military alliance plans to deploy troops in …

_____ (2021-12-20). Beijing and Moscow Strengthen Cooperation in Response to the West's Incitement of Hatred Against Russia and China. journal-neo.org The United States' and the European Union's desire to increase pressure with sanctions and hostile rhetoric on Russia and China has resulted in the tightest possible partnership between Moscow and Beijing, which are already united by years of extensive ties in various areas. Bilateral trade exceeded $132 billion from January to November, increased by 24 …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Senate approves Brzezinski to initiate conflict with Belarus. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Senate approves Mark Brzezinski as ambassador to Poland ==== Brzezinski spawn vows to complete cordon around Russia, unite Ukraine, "democratize" Belarus Brzezinski brothers want Biden, NATO to reprise father's confrontation with Russia over Poland Ukraine reprised: Victoria Nuland discusses Belarus with Ukrainian official ==== The US Senate confirmed more than 30 ambassadors on Saturday, …

The Cradle (2021-12-20). Secret US strike cell responsible for untold number of civilian deaths in Syria: Report. globalresearch.ca The New York Times (NYT) has revealed that a top secret US cell known as Talon Anvil sidestepped safeguards and repeatedly ordered airstrikes that killed an untold number of civilians in Syria under the guise of targeting ISIS fighters. | According …

Norman Solomon (2021-12-20). The Pentagon's 20-Year Killing Spree Has Always Treated Civilians as Expendable. zcomm.org The killings have resulted from policies that gave very low priority to prevention of civilian deaths…

_____ (2021-12-20). Yemen and Afghanistan Face Unprecedented Famine — Crimes of Mass Starvation. journal-neo.org Sounding the alarm this December Nicholas Papachrysostomou, MSF head of mission in Yemen made clear that well beyond the many casualties War claimed over the past seven years, famine weighs much heavier on the war-torn nation, a fate Afghanistan unfortunately shares. "A nearly seven-year long conflict has badly affected the country's economy and weakened an …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Leftist Gabriel Boric wins Chile's key presidential election and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org In today's episode of the Daily Round-up we look at progressive former student leader Gabriel Boric's victory in Chile's presidential runoff elections; massive protests against the October military coup in Sudan on the 3rd anniversary of the 2019 Revolution; a New York Times report on the "deeply flawed" intelligence informing U.S. airstrikes in the Middle East which killed over 1,000 civilians; and an indefinite strike launched by workers at the NagaWorld casino and resort in Cambodia to protest the targeting of unionised workers, and demand better pay.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Left candidate Gabriel Boric wins presidential elections in Chile. peoplesdispatch.org This Sunday December 19 over eight million Chileans voted to decide who will be the next president of Chile. According to Chile's electoral service SERVEL, with 96.75% of the votes processed, Gabriel Boric of the left-wing Approve Dignity coalition won with 55.8% of the votes over far-right José Antonio Kast of the Christian Social Front who received 44.19% of the votes. | At around 7: 20pm (Chilean time) when the first electoral bulletins were being released, Kast accepted his defeat in a message on

Newsroom (2021-12-20). Afghanistan economy in 'freefall', threatening to take entire population with it. moderndiplomacy.eu Afghanistan's economy is in "free fall", the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told a special meeting on Sunday, warning that if decisive and compassionate action is not taken immediately, it may "pull the entire population with it". Speaking virtually to the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in …

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-12-20). US appears open to negotiating Russia's proposal to ease tensions over Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Moscow has outlined an eight-point draft treaty of security guarantees that would lead to lower tensions in Europe and defuse the crisis over Ukraine if the West were to adopt it. The demands include ending Ukraine's path towards NATO membership, …

WSWS (2021-12-20). West Virginia Senator Manchin kills Biden's already stripped-down "Build Back Better" legislation. wsws.org Announcing his opposition to the measure on Fox News Sunday, the right-wing Democrat ensured that the meager social, tax and climate bill will not be passed in anything like its current form.

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-20). Manlio Dinucci: "La Nato mette in pericolo la sicurezza della Russia" globalresearch.ca Manlio Dinucci delinea gli enormi pericoli che l'aggressività della Nato in Ucraina rischia di evocare. " | C'è il rischio di una escalation determinata dall'arroganza di forze atlantiche che intendono spingersi fino ai confini della Russia" …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Ukraine's NATO neighbors pledge support for NATO accession, against Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine's accession to EU, NATO: Lublin Triangle leaders sign declaration Presidents of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausƒóda, and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda signed a joint declaration in support of Ukraine's membership in the European Union and NATO. "The joint declaration stipulates clear support for Ukraine's …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Belarus ready to host nuclear weapons in face of NATO threat: foreign minister. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com FM: Belarus ready to host nuclear weapons if under threat from NATO ==== Zelensky says if Russia deploys nuclear arms to Belarus, Ukraine will "know where they are located" NATO threat to redeploy nuclear arms led to Belarus to moot basing Russian nuclear weapons — analyst Insane, sociopathic or sadists: Tulsi Gabbard blasts U.S government, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Why NATO continues to ignore Russian security concerns, spurn its overtures: recent examples. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Emblematic temporizing, equivocation and approval-seeking from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Kremlin, below. From the government's TASS and Interfax news agencies. What real message is being delivered to Washington and NATO other than an acknowledgment of weakness, fear, even desperation? And as to the pat response that in making concession after concession to NATO …

Staff (2021-12-20). "Unacceptable": Rep. Jamaal Bowman Slams Manchin After Senator Says No to Build Back Better Plan. democracynow.org President Biden's signature $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package appears to be dead after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced on Fox News this Sunday he would not support the plan to expand the social safety net and combat the climate crisis. Without Manchin, Senate Democrats do not have enough votes to pass the landmark legislation, which has already been approved by the House. We speak with Congressmember Jamaal Bowman, who is one of six progressive Democrats in the House who correctly predicted that his party's decision to vote on the infrastructure bill prior to the Build Back Better…

WSWS (2021-12-20). UN report documents massive attacks on democratic rights in Ukraine. wsws.org Limited as it is, the UN report exposes attempts to frame a potential war between a "free Ukraine" against an "aggressive" Russia as a "war for democracy" as a complete fraud.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). West mulls Finnish war scenario for Russia in addition to Bandera, Mujahideen models. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com As Helsinki confirms it will purchase 64 U.S. F-35s, now equipped to deliver B61-12 tactical nuclear weapons, the 1939-1940 Finnish-Russian Winter War scenario is also being proposed by Western analysts to combat Russia in Ukraine in addition to those of the World War II Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Afghan Mujahideen model of the 1980s. …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Zelensky says if Russia deploys nuclear arms to Belarus, Ukraine will "know where they are located" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Zelensky will have to explain in which " different parts of the world" Russia has deployed or exported nuclear weapons. With the assertion that his regime will "definitely know where part of Russia's nuclear weapon is located," he appears to indicate that a preemptive strike against them could be conducted. ==== Can't play with these …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). U.S. congressional delegation arrives in Ukraine to discuss threat of war with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Congress delegation arrives in Ukraine to discuss threat of war with RussiaA group of congressmen announced Washington's readiness to take tough measures in response to any encroachment on sovereign Ukrainian territory *** "Representative Jason Crow led a U.S. Congressional delegation to Kyiv to discuss Russia's aggressive military buildup in and around Ukraine and hear …

Combined Sources (2021-12-20). Progressive anger erupts after Manchin kills Build Back Better. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2021-12-20). Headlines for December 20, 2021. democracynow.org Build Back Better in Jeopardy After Sen. Joe Manchin Announces He Will Not Vote in Favor, Federal Company Vaccine Mandate Reinstated; New Data Show Moderna Booster Helps Fight Omicron, Southwest CEO Tests Positive After Senate Hearing; Sens. Booker and Warren Announce They Have COVID, Omicron Sends COVID Cases Surging, Prompts New Restrictions in Israel, U.K., the Netherlands, 35-Year-Old Progressive Activist Gabriel Boric Will Be Chile's Next President, Death Toll from Super Typhoon Rai Rises to 375 in Philippines; Floods Kill 8 in Malaysia, Hong Kong's "Patriots Only" Election Sees Record Low Turnout, Hundreds…

Editor (2021-12-20). The two Michaels, Canada's Kovrig and Spavor, caught red-handed spying against China and North Korea. mronline.org Western Politicians and Media, However, Made It Seem Like They Were Innocent Victims of China's Authoritarianism.

Ahmed Saber Abbas (2021-12-20). Military alliance requires ideological cover. moderndiplomacy.eu Weeks after the announcement of the Aukus Alliance, which aims to confront China in the Asia- Pacific region, the United States launched a summit for democracy, aimed at uniting the countries of the region and building more military alliances, which must be based on an ideological cover that gives them legitimacy. Why does the United …

_____ (2021-12-20). Belt and Road: How Laos Exemplifies Preconditions for Global Success. journal-neo.org More than eight years ago, in September 2013, Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced the launch of China's global transport initiative, One Belt One Road (OBOR). The project implies the unification of all major world transport routes into a single system and removing all economic and political barriers to the free circulation of goods through this …

WSWS (2021-12-20). Canada joins US-led Olympic boycott as Trudeau government pursues ever more belligerent anti-China policy. wsws.org Canada's Liberal government is binding itself ever more tightly to Washington's all-sided diplomatic, economic and military-strategic offensive against China.

WSWS (2021-12-20). New Zealand Defence Assessment calls for more aggressive anti-China stance. wsws.org The Defence Assessment firmly aligns New Zealand with US and Australian imperialism in the escalating drive to war against China.

WSWS (2021-12-20). VIDEO: Assange's life is in danger. Attend emergency online meeting to demand his immediate release. wsws.org "The campaign for Assange's freedom must turn to the emerging struggles of the working class against social inequality and the murderous policies of mass infection."

Fra Hughes (2021-12-20). Julian Assange and the Day Democracy Died. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes — Dec 18, 2021 | The travesty of Justice which we have witnessed in the persecution of Julian Assange has proven beyond all shadow of a doubt that there is no press freedom in the Western world. | The real losers in the Julian Assange case are Julian Assange, his family, freedom of the Press, truth, and justice. | Britains decision to grant America's appeal, to have Julian Assange extradited to face 175 years in a deep dark windowless dungeon, in isolation, in the most inhospitable hole in the ground the American penal system can find, where most likely he will be waterboarded to gain informati…

Global Research News (2021-12-20). The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca In the crudest, most political judgement in memory, two High Court judges in London have ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where a trial in a kangaroo court awaits him, followed by a life lost in …

_____ (2021-12-20). What Are The Fundamental Differences Between Capitalist And Socialist Democracy? popularresistance.org The United States hosted a "Summit for Democracy" on December 9th and 10th in an obvious attempt to legitimize its unipolar and hegemonic claim of leadership over the so-called "rules-based international order." While on the surface this appeared to be an unproductive move on the part of the world hegemon, it aligned well with the U.S. strategy of cloaking its aggressive and exploitative policies under the guise of "democracy." Joe Biden's administration has repeatedly hyped the differences between "autocracy" and U.S.-led "democracy." So-called allies were summoned to give the U.S.'s vision for democracy credibi…

Dan Yaseen (2021-12-20). Speaking Truth to Empire about Metaverse and Civil Liberties. warisacrime.org Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews John Whitehead, an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish …

_____ (2021-12-20). Low Wages And Exploitative Conditions Are Sparking Graduate Student Strikes. popularresistance.org Many graduate students find themselves caught between these multiple fronts: burdened with past student debt, earning sub-living-wage pay in their present work and facing dwindling future opportunities. Universities have grown over-reliant on graduate students and other contingent faculty to maintain a pool of low-cost labor. But an upswell of organizing activity in the last year indicates that graduate students have been emboldened to take a collective stand against the precarity and untenable conditions that mar the academic experience in the U.S.

Christopher Orlet (2021-12-20). The Working Class is Not Voting Against Its Interests. zcomm.org America needs a labor party. A party of the working class. But right now it has nothing that even vaguely resembles either one…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-20). The Path to Corruption in France. globalresearch.ca Whereas …

Editor (2021-12-20). Prisoners Sue California Prison System Following Targeted Raid Against Black People. scheerpost.com Talib Williams performing one of his spoken word poems at his Defy Ventures graduation in 2019. | By Claude Marks / Original to ScheerPost | California prisoner, Talib Williams, is bringing a class action lawsuit on his behalf as well as other Black incarcerated people who were targeted by a July 20, 2020 raid at Soledad, California's Correctional Training Facility (CTF). The suit seeks a reprieve from the state-sponsored terror that is their norm. Injunctive and declaratory relief, among other remedies, are necessary to stop the violence, change CDCR policy, and compensate the prisoners for the degradation t…

_____ (2021-12-20). Gabriel Boric Victory Speech: 'I Will Be The President Of All Chileans'. popularresistance.org The president-elect of Chile, Gabriel Boric, thanked the people this Sunday, December 19, for their support in the second round of the presidential elections, in which he defeated the extreme right-wing Pinochet-admirer José Antonio Kast, becoming the new president of Chile for the 2022-2026 term.

_____ (2021-12-20). Teamsters Union Shuts Down Southern California Sanitation Workers Strike. popularresistance.org In coastal Orange County, south of Los Angeles, 400 sanitation workers went on strike on December 9 against Republic Services, the second-largest waste management firm in the US. The workers, members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 396, had voted by a large majority in favor of a strike on November 23.

_____ (2021-12-20). 'Fortress Conservation' Is Driving Us From Our Homes. popularresistance.org Kaziranga is also a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO and listed as a global hotspot of biodiversity by the IUCN. However, all that is under threat thanks to an increasingly militarized form of conservation. This is being promoted by the Indian Forest Department, in a feudal, colonial setup, assisted by large international and national NGOs. A flawed and exploitative idea has emerged: the plan to turn 30 per cent of the world's surface into Protected Areas by 2030 (30×30). This idea, being pushed by the IUCN, has been greenwashed, whitewashed and sold to the world, alongside 'nature-based solutions' (NBS),…

_____ (2021-12-20). Rocket Attack Targets Green Zone In Baghdad. popularresistance.org Two Katyusha rockets were fired early Sunday on the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses the U.S. embassy in central Baghdad, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported. | One of the rockets was destroyed in the air by the C-RAM defense system, which protects the U.S. embassy site, and the other landed near the grand celebrations square in the zone, damaging two civilian cars.

_____ (2021-12-20). Unions, Worker Advocates Call Out Backroom Deal To Sneak Amazon Into NJ Airport. popularresistance.org The Teamsters, along with RDWSU and other worker advocacy groups belonging to the coalition calling on New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to back new anti-trust legislation pending in the Legislature, rallied outside the Amazon Go outlet at the corner of Church and Cortland streets in Manhattan this week, before marching over to the Port Authority offices where the agency was busy behind closed doors planning a new regional hub for Amazon at Newark Airport.

_____ (2021-12-20). Amazon Workers Are Organizing For Cellphone Access. popularresistance.org Hundreds of Amazon employees at warehouses across the mid-Atlantic are organizing to push the company to allow workers to keep their phones with them throughout their shifts and adopt an inclement weather policy in the aftermath of the collapse of the Amazon warehouse in Illinois that killed six workers. | The Amazon workers are demanding that Amazon pay workers for shifts cancelled due to inclement weather. And during school closures, they want Amazon to excuse all absences caused by severe weather and to be paid 80 percent of their salary.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Gabriel Boric's victory in Chile's presidential run-off hailed across the globe. peoplesdispatch.org Political leaders from across the globe hailed the victory of Gabriel Boric of the left-wing Approve Dignity coalition in Chile's presidential elections. Boric won the presidency with 55.87% of the votes…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Leftist candidate Gabriel Boric emerges victorious in Chilean elections. peoplesdispatch.org Boric has promised to deliver on key demands raised during the 2019 protests which includes an increase in state spending on social services, progressive taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Progressive sections denounce outcome of New Caledonia referendum. peoplesdispatch.org The referendum on freedom from France in the collectivity of New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific saw over 50% of the electorate boycotting the vote, adhering to the call of pro-independence forces. Meanwhile, pro-French loyalist sections have claimed victory…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Israeli court rejects appeal to release administrative detainee on hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Palestinian detainee Hisham Abu Hawwash has been on hunger strike for 125 days now to protest his illegal administrative detention by Israel. His release has been rejected despite serious life-threatening health issues…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Karachi climate march 2021 demands end of forced displacement. peoplesdispatch.org Residents of Karachi's working-class neighborhoods organized the People's Climate March to protest against the eco-fascist policies of the government and the upper class which have led to the systematic eviction of the city's marginalized communities…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Italian working class mobilizes for worker-friendly budget, pension reforms and job security. peoplesdispatch.org National trade unions in Italy organized a general strike protesting the 2022 budget plan of the Mario Draghi government for not meeting the expectations of the working class, particularly on tax cuts, pension reforms and preventing the relocation of industries…

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-12-20). NASA spacecraft touches outer atmosphere of Sun for first time. peoplesdispatch.org The Parker Solar Probe, launched in 2018, has been orbiting the Sun. The craft has a carbon composite shield which protects the instruments inside it from the scorching heat of around 1370 degree Celsius…

Staff (2021-12-20). Lack of Left-Wing Culture, Weakness of Progressivism in Latin America (Interview). orinocotribune.com One of the great weaknesses of Latin American progressivism and something that explains its partial defeats is the lack of a leftist, alternative and accessible popular culture, promoting new ways of organizing daily life, affirms àÅlvaro García Linera. | Despite the electoral triumphs of progressive ideas in the region, neoliberalism has established a common sense which goes beyond who is the ruler, García Linera expressed in a talk with La Jornada on progressivism, left, right, and popular culture. Here is the final part of that interview: | -It seems that in countries like Chile, El Salvador, and Ecuador…

Editor (2021-12-20). 'The Dawn of Everything' gets human history wrong. mronline.org Is inequality inevitable? Is freedom just a choice? Two materialist critiques of a widely-praised book.

Editor (2021-12-20). The full story of Metabolic Rift: A new format of underground culture by Berlin Atonal [Part 1/2]. mronline.org In 2020, we were forced to put our lives on pause. Countries were divided from one another; communication between people moved to the more diluted online space. The schedules of jet setters across the world became completely blank, and one German artist passionate about the environment went as far as to say they'd never fly again.

Editor (2021-12-20). Sustainable technology isn't enough to save us. mronline.org How many minutes till midnight? Two different but related news stories give us a clue.

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-12-20). U.S. inflation and India's economic recovery. mronline.org The very day, December 11, when the Indian finance ministry spuriously claimed a robust recovery in…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-20). Legendary Hedge Fund Manager Ray Dalio: Bitcoin Has Merit, Is Like The Younger Generation's Alternative to Gold. moguldom.com Billionaire investor and hedge-fund founder Ray Dalio said he is impressed with Bitcoin, although less than two years ago, he said Bitcoin was not the best way to store value as it and other cryptocurrencies are fundamentally flawed. "It has been an amazing accomplishment for Bitcoin to have achieved what it has done, from writing that …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-20). Podcast Host William Holley Talks To Nuri Muhammad About American Sports and Slavery. moguldom.com Student Minister Nuri Muhammad, who leads the Nation Of Islam's Mosque No. 74 in Indianapolis, recently spoke with WBH Radio host William Holley about slavery and sports. Holley asked Muhammad to expound on Nation Of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan's 2016 Saviours' Day message comparing basketball courts to plantations. "He goes on to say the evaluation …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-20). How Hollywood Filmmakers Are Using Crypto And NFTs To Finance Movies. moguldom.com Hollywood is using blockchain technology to get in on the creator-led economy which has helped artists protect their intellectual property and reach their audiences and producers directly to fund the films they want without studio mediation. With crypto and blockchain, the movie and entertainment industry is about to reinvent its business functions for more secure, …

Ann Brown (2021-12-20). US Lawmakers Call For Sanctions After 9 State Department Employees' iPhones Hacked With Software From Israeli NSO Spyware Company. moguldom.com A group of 18 Democratic lawmakers has asked President Joe Biden to impose financial sanctions on controversial Israel spyware firm NSO Group and several other surveillance companies following the revelation that nine U.S. State Department employees had their iPhones hacked with the company's software. NSO Group has come under global scrutiny for its Pegasus software, …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-20). TikTok Firearms And Self-Defense Instructor Billy Ragland Keeps Social Media Laughing But Some Say He May Get People Killed. moguldom.com A firearms instructor who identifies himself as Billy Ragland has gone viral on social media for his hilarious videos — but some people don't think his methods will work in real-life situations and have expressed concern that people who follow Ragland's advice could end up dead. Ragland has been publishing on TikTok scenarios in which …

Ann Brown (2021-12-20). US Government Watchdog Launches Probe Into 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Companies, Stocks Crash. moguldom.com Buy now, pay later companies are hot right now, especially as people wrap up their Christmas shopping and try to stick to a budget. Companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna, PayPal and Zip allow consumers to purchase items and pay for them over a scheduled period. Unlike layaway plans, consumers get the goods right away …

Ann Brown (2021-12-20). Black Women Launch New Organization In Detroit For 'Reparations Transfers' To Go Towards Homeownership. moguldom.com Reparation Generation, a national organization providing direct reparative money transfers to Black Americans for wealth-building pursuits, launched a new program that takes a citizen-driven approach to restoration for disenfranchised descendants of American slavery. "Our vision is for this country that we love to become the 'more perfect union' our nation's founders promised. Equity for Black …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-20). Report: Rug Pull Tactics Push Crypto Scam Revenue Up 81 Percent In 2021 To $7.7B. moguldom.com Cryptocurrency scammers worldwide raked in $7.7 billion in revenue in 2021, led by a relatively new tactic called a "rug pull," according to blockchain research firm Chainalysis. Revenue from crypto scams in 2021 was up 81 percent from 2020. Rug pull tactics — where developers start a seemingly legitimate crypto project, rope in investors, and …

Newsroom (2021-12-20). COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Americas triple in 2021. moderndiplomacy.eu Compared to the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was "undoubtedly worse" for the Americas, where infections and deaths tripled, the top UN health official there reported on Wednesday. Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), delivered her final briefing of the year, providing a regional update and reflections on …

Ivan Timofeev (2021-12-20). Russian Debt and Sanctions. Amended Again. moderndiplomacy.eu In the United States, there is a renewed discussion about the advisability of expanding sanctions on Russian sovereign debt. Similar sanctions already exist: they were introduced sequentially by Donald Trump and Joseph Biden. There is an opinion in Congress that the existing sanctions are insufficient and need further expansion. The proposed amendment on tougher sanctions …

Newsroom (2021-12-20). Cameroon: Intercommunal clashes continue to displace thousands. moderndiplomacy.eu Intercommunal clashes that erupted in Cameroon's Far North region over the past two weeks have driven at least 100,000 people from their homes, although the actual number may be much higher, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said on Friday. In the last few days, more than 85,000 people have fled into neighbouring Chad while at least 15,000 Cameroonians have been forced to flee inside …

Newsroom (2021-12-20). COVID-19: WHO urges Europeans to be smart and safe this holiday season. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Health Organization (WHO) is reminding Europeans to remain vigilant against COVID-19 spread as they round out the year with friends and family. In a message on Thursday, WHO Regional Director Hans Kluge urged Europeans to "be smart, be kind, be safe this holiday season." The COVID-19 threat remains high across the continent, which …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-20). Relief for Boric's Victory. Uncertainty Regarding the Social Democratization of His Discourse. libya360.wordpress.com àÅlvaro Verzi Rangel The reactionary right wing expected to add a step forward in Chile. The tandem of José Antonio Kast with the ultra-right-wing Brazilian President Bolsonaro would have meant a threatening pincer for the region. It failed. Almost 12 points of advantage put an end to one of the most polarized and uncertain processes…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-20). àÅlvaro García Linera: Lack of Left-Wing Culture, Weakness of Progressivism in Latin America. libya360.wordpress.com One of the great weaknesses of Latin American progressivism and something that explains its partial defeats is the lack of a leftist, alternative and accessible popular culture, promoting new ways of organizing daily life, affirms àÅlvaro García Linera. Despite the electoral triumphs of progressive ideas in the region, neoliberalism has established a common sense which…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-20). Chile: Never Again Will a President Declare War on His Own People. libya360.wordpress.com Ollantay Itzamná Gabriel Boric. President-elect of Chile The imperial agents of neoliberalism are losing ground in Abya Yala Sur. Their neoliberal Andean triad of Peru, Chile and Colombia is crumbling, at least politically. Brazil, with Lula da Silva, and Colombia, with Gustavo Petro, in 2022, will further qualify the turn of the contest against neoliberalism…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-20). COPINH: Revelations in the Netherlands Prove the Lenca People Right. libya360.wordpress.com Photo from Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos Credit: Daniel Cima/CIDH AQUI ESPAàëOL The FMO bank of the Netherlands is sanctioned for not complying with anti-money laundering regulations and at the same time terminates all relations with the FICOHSA bank of Honduras. COPINH and the Global Justice Association (legal representative of COPINH in the Netherlands) make…

Screwston Antifascist Committee (2021-12-20). Anti-Fascists in Houston, TX Disrupt White Lives Matter Rally Organized by White Supremacists. itsgoingdown.org Report back from Houston antifascists on a successful counter-mobilization against neo-Nazis and white supremacists holding 'White Lives Matter' demonstrations. In the past few months we've seen an uptick of attempts to attack Jewish establishments by white supremacists in Texas. Recently, a synagogue was burned down in Austin after a series of anti-Semitic actions by the…

_____ (2021-12-20). Is Money For Nukes More Important Than Paid Family Leave? popularresistance.org On December 15, the U.S. Senate passed a gargantuan, single-year, $768 billion defense bill on an 88‚Äâ—‚Äâ11 vote. The passage clears the way for President Biden's signature, after the bill moved through the U.S. House with a landslide 363‚Äâ—‚Äâ70 vote earlier in the month. The agreement reaffirms that the only truly bipartisan issue in Washington is militarism.

_____ (2021-12-20). On Contact: America's War Machine. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses with Andrew Cockburn his new book, 'The Spoils of War — Power, Profit and the American War Machine'. | Cockburn's book lays bare the naked lust for profit that is behind America's endless wars and bloated military budget. The American war machine, he writes, can only be understood in terms of the "private passions" and "interests" of those who control it — principally, a passionate interest in making money.

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2021-12-20). Ex-Marine Explains Why Oswald Alone Could Not Possibly Have Shot JFK. covertactionmagazine.com So maybe Oswald really did shoot JFK with an old Italian army rifle—that now-famous Carcano. But I seriously doubt it. …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-12-20). Courageously Confronting the Enemies of Humanity. Crossing the Rubicon Together. globalresearch.ca When Julius Caesar, after some hesitation, crossed the small river Rubicon in 49 B.C., he took a decisive and irreversible step against his opponents in Rome. "Thither go," he is said to have exclaimed, "where the …

Dr. Thomas Binder (2021-12-20). The Prevailing Corona Nonsense Narrative. globalresearch.ca There has been no epidemic of COVID-19 of national scope in any country, no pandemic internationally, for the general population SARS-CoV-2 is not a killer virus, and it is the same in every country.

Editor (2021-12-20). Inmate Sues California Prison System Following Targeted Raid Against Black People. scheerpost.com Talib Williams performing one of his spoken word poems at his Defy Ventures graduation in 2019. | By Claude Marks / Original to ScheerPost | California prisoner, Talib Williams, is bringing a class action lawsuit on his behalf as well as other Black incarcerated people who were targeted by a July 20, 2020 raid at Soledad, California's Correctional Training Facility (CTF). The suit seeks a reprieve from the state-sponsored terror that is their norm. Injunctive and declaratory relief, among other remedies, are necessary to stop the violence, change CDCR policy, and compensate the prisoners for the degradation t…

Eric Brooks (2021-12-20). Flame of George Floyd rebellion glows bright at NAARPR conference. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—"All power to the people!" was the slogan most often heard at the conference of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) held here the first weekend of December. Over 140 delegates from 30 organizations attended. The spirit of struggle burning in the hearts of anti-racist, justice-loving people during the 2020 Minneapolis-centered uprising, …

Jamal Rich (2021-12-20). Youth election observers share Nicaragua experience at D.C. event. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Challenging the narrative parroted by U.S. corporate media about Nicaragua's November elections was the focus of an event here on Sunday, Dec. 12 Solidarity activists and friends from the D.C. metropolitan area gathered for a session co-hosted by the Friends of Latin America and the Claudia Jones School for Political Education. Youth observers who participated …

Julian Rose (2021-12-20). Jesus Christ "Conspiracy Theorist" globalresearch.ca To the majority of politically correct conformists of Western Europe, North America and beyond, Jesus Christ is a dangerous subverter of the status quo. This, in spite of the fact that they claim to be adherents of the values he …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-12-20). Special Privilege in Admission to Elite U.S. Colleges. dissidentvoice.org Although a major scandal erupted in 2019 over bribery and other fraudulent practices used by wealthy Americans to secure their children's admission to elite colleges, the affluent continue to benefit from other kinds of special admission policies that are perfectly legal. Consider the fact that, according to a recent study, only about 57 percent of …

Michael Kaplan (2021-12-20). West Side Stories, including the latest Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner film. peoplesworld.org Recorded just days after West Side Story opened on Broadway in September 1957, Columbia Records producer Goddard Lieberson's brilliant original Broadway cast recording was my first acquaintance with Leonard Bernstein's musical score for the updated version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The action takes place on the streets of New York as rival gangs duel …

Saul Kanowitz (2021-12-20). "No Cuts to the Classroom": San Francisco rally challenges School Board's budget. liberationnews.org It will take the school workers and the community organizing together, the same people that make the school system and the city function, to ensure the needs of the students, teachers, and community are prioritized.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Six children killed in jumping castle tragedy in Tasmania, Australia. wsws.org The school disaster has seen an enormous outpouring of sympathy and support for the devastated families.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge—An invaluable critical study of the popular filmmaker. wsws.org The filmmaker's life spanned nearly the entire 1900s and was inevitably "roughed up" and shaped by the critical events of that turbulent and traumatic century.

WSWS (2021-12-20). UK reaches "hundreds of thousands" of daily COVID cases as education unions demand schools reopen in January. wsws.org With the backing of the education unions, the government refused to close schools before the Christmas break, even though many had to partially close as COVID took its toll among staff and pupils.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Striking Kellogg's workers oppose tentative agreement, call for broadening the strike. wsws.org Opposition remains high among striking Kellogg's workers to a tentative agreement which is virtually identical to the one which workers rejected two weeks ago.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Kevin Kàºhnert: From "party rebel" to SPD secretary-general. wsws.org The coalition agreement Kàºhnert wants to push through as SPD leader is a declaration of war on the working population and a firm commitment to militarism.

WSWS (2021-12-20). A conversation with film historian and critic Joseph McBride, author of Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge—Wilder helped "lead America out of its puritanical isolation and xenophobia" wsws.org The WSWS spoke recently to Joseph McBride, film historian, biographer and academic, about his new work, Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge .

WSWS (2021-12-20). Trial of police officer Kimberly Potter for killing of Daunte Wright nears end. wsws.org Final closing arguments in former Brooklyn Center Police Department officer Kimberly Potter's trial for the killing of Daunte Wright are expected to be heard today.

WSWS (2021-12-20). UK trade unions betray National Health Service workers pay struggle. wsws.org That the government has been able to enforce a pay cut is entirely down to the trade unions' suppression of mass opposition in the million-strong National Health Service workforce.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Deadly fire in Osaka, Japan leaves at least 24 people dead. wsws.org The blaze at a psychiatry clinic once again exposes the lack of fire safety under capitalism.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Philadelphia high school switches to virtual learning after teachers threaten sickout strike. wsws.org Late Sunday night, the administration of Olney Charter High School in North Philadelphia gave in to teachers' demands that the school switch to virtual learning in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Truck drivers protest 110-year sentence for young driver whose brakes failed in 2019 Colorado crash that killed four. wsws.org An online petition calling for clemency for driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos has been signed by more than 4.2 million people in just the last five days.

WSWS (2021-12-20). This week in history: December 20-26. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

Aamra Ahmad (2021-12-20). After 35 years, Congress Should Finally End the Sentencing Disparity Between Crack and Powder Cocaine. aclu.org This op-ed was originally published by Thirty-five years ago today, while the country was still reeling from the tragic death of Len Bias — a University of Maryland basketball star who, just days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics, died from a drug overdose — Congress passed and President Reagan signed into law the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. . Assuming that the drug that killed Len was crack, Congress drafted a law that would impose harsher penalties on crack…

Children's Health Defense (2021-12-20). Government's Failure to Recognize Natural Immunity, Physician Says. globalresearch.ca Dr. Marty Makary, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on Tuesday accused government officials of practicing "modern-day McCarthyism" against anyone who suggests young healthy people, especially those who recovered from COVID, don't need booster …

Natalia Marques (2021-12-20). US health infrastructure once again unprepared for COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org In the nation with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths, people in the US are confronting a third wave of coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant surges through the country.

Hamilton Nolan (2021-12-20). How the Mighty Culinary Union Survived the Apocalypse. zcomm.org After facing 98% unemployment in the depths of the pandemic, the strongest union in Las Vegas has risen again…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-20). Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Affluenza on the Holiest Holiday of the Year. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Yes, I still remember Christmas as a child. The tree, of course. The cotton under it for "snow" with little figures of skiers on it (though no one in my family had ever been near a pair of …

Peter Koenig (2021-12-20). 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.

Staff (2021-12-20). "A Big Relief": Haitian Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Wins Victory in Fight to Stay in U.S. democracynow.org Longtime immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil has been granted three years of protection from deportation as part of a settlement for the First Amendment lawsuit Montrevil filed against the U.S. government that argued federal immigration officials targeted him for deportation due to his activism. Montrevil was abruptly deported to Haiti in 2018 but was allowed under the Biden administration to return home to New York in October to reunite with his family. We speak with Jean Montrevil, who says the news has given him "peace of mind" to enjoy the holiday season without fear of getting detained or deported, as wel…

_____ (2021-12-20). Pharmacists Stage Walkout In Early Unionization Effort. popularresistance.org Today, a fledgling independent union of pharmacists is launching the first-ever nationwide walkout of these critical health care workers. | After being forced to work on the pandemic front lines distributing medicines to millions of sick COVID patients, including hundreds of millions of vaccines, pharmacists have had enough, and are fighting back in unprecedented ways.

Alex Berenson (2021-12-20). Stunning Covid data from Denmark. Omicron has Been Used as Cover for Vaccine Failure. globalresearch.ca The Danes are now publishing extremely detailed daily data about Covid cases and hospitalizations — not just about Omicron, but all Covid variants. | And, in news that will surprise precisely no one who has been alive the last two years, …

WSWS (2021-12-20). Sex trafficking trial of Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell moves to closing arguments. wsws.org The defense rested its case on Friday in the trial of Maxwell after the confidante and former girlfriend of the deceased sex offender and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein decided not to testify on her own behalf.

Global Research News (2021-12-20). Swedes start implanting microchips with Covid passports in the arm. globalresearch.ca What is unfolding is a digital police State. See report below Swedish Epicenter, The company …

_____ (2021-12-20). Our Age Of Uprisings: We Are A World Remaking Itself. popularresistance.org The global pandemic unfolds amidst a world of uprisings. Some have seen huge numbers gather in the streets and become ungovernable, including the victorious farmer's strike in India, the efforts to expropriate the landlords in Berlin, the mass refusal of anti-Black police violence in the US, and the mobilizations against the neoliberal regime in Chile. | Elsewhere, in Chiapas, Kerala, Rojava and an archipelago of smaller "zones to defend," the uprisings take more sustained forms as people reinvent or reclaim life in common. Indigenous people around the world are refusing to allow their lands and lives to be sacri…

WSWS (2021-12-20). Socialist Equality Party (Australia) holds health workers' forum on the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Speakers outlined the necessity for the Workers' Inquest to cut through the cover-ups and falsifications being used to justify the removal of even the most basic measures to halt the worsening of the pandemic fuelled by the Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-20). The Biden administration is lying: Scientists warned about Omicron threat. wsws.org The claim by Vice President Kamala Harris that "We didn't see Omicron coming" is a lie aimed at evading responsibility for the catastrophic outcome of a policy of sacrificing human life for private profit.

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-20). Why the U.S. Will Reject Russia's Proposed Peace-Settlement. moderndiplomacy.eu On December 17th, Russia presented America with a proposed peace-settlement that would empower the U.N. to be not only nominally but in reality the one-and-only body that can create international laws. The proposed treaty would obliterate America's effort to replace the U.N. by America's never-defined 'rules-based international order', which was first proposed by the neoliberal-neoconservative …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-12-20). America's Foreign Policy Dilemma. A Dangerous Situation. The Risk of World War III is Real. globalresearch.ca American foreign policy, wrapped up in hubris inside American exceptionalism, is incapable of recognizing a dangerous situation. | And a dangerous situation is what we have. | The Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov speaking for the Kremlin has made it clear …

WSWS (2021-12-20). Death toll rises in Germany even before Omicron variant takes hold. wsws.org With about 2,000 COVID-19 deaths per week, more people are currently dying than at the peak of the third wave in spring 2021. The situation threatens to worsen with the spread of the even more infectious Omicron variant.

Global Research (2021-12-20). 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.

Carole Concha Bell (2021-12-20). West Complicit in Arming Chile to Violate Mapuche Rights. towardfreedom.org Between former U.S.-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet's terror laws being used to criminalize Mapuche elders and activists, the United States and the United Kingdom arming Chile's security forces, and the failure of international agencies to treat the Mapuche conflict with urgency, the West appears complicit in the genocide of the Mapuche people.

Seth Hancock (2021-12-20). FDA Should Need Only '12 Weeks' to Release Pfizer Data, Not 75 Years, Plaintiff Calculates. globalresearch.ca U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials skipped the start of oral arguments Tuesday as a federal district court weighed whether the agency can take

Kelly Hayes (2021-12-20). What Will We Do With Our Rage in 2022? zcomm.org I encourage people to make at least one commitment, as we head into the new year, with regard to how we spend our time and how we vent our outrage into the world…

WSWS (2021-12-20). Outgoing NIH director warns that Omicron variant means "a million cases a day" by February. wsws.org Dr. Francis Collins, who is leaving the National Institutes of Health after 12 years, made the warning in an interview Sunday with National Public Radio.

John Feffer (2021-12-20). The "Selling" of Degrowth. fpif.org Over the last three decades, a growing number of scientists and ecologists have argued that economic growth has long outstripped the capacity of the planetary ecosystem. They have developed numerous sophisticated models to demonstrate their point. They have boiled down the technical information—about the availability of mineral resources, the limits of energy generation, the constraints of food production, the effects of biodiversity loss, and of course the impact of climate change—into accessible texts. They have lobbied governments, and they have crafted soundbites for the media. | Despite these eff…

Alex Marshall (2021-12-20). Delivery Drivers Take On the Platform Goliaths. zcomm.org The lesson to take from organizing in the gig economy is that workers still have the power to change the world…

Beverly Guy-Sheftall (2021-12-20). bell hooks's Trailblazing Critique of "Imperialist White Supremacist Heteropatriarchy" zcomm.org Working in the tradition of intersectionality and Black radical feminism, hooks's critiques of "imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy" called attention to the interlocking systems of oppression in hopes of eradicating them…

Newsroom (2021-12-20). Omicron: School closures must be 'avoided whenever possible'. moderndiplomacy.eu COVID-19 cases are spiking all over the world, but the Executive Director of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday that despite the rise of the highly transmissible Omicron variant "nationwide school closures should be avoided whenever possible." "When COVID-19 community transmission increases and stringent public health measures become a necessity, schools must be the …

_____ (2021-12-20). Extinction Rebellion Block Home Office Building To Protest Nationality And Borders Bill. popularresistance.org The activists locked themselves to each other and to the property's gates from about 7am on Monday. The protesters, from XR Scotland and XR Glasgow, are calling on the UK government "to end its hostile environment policy towards migrants". They said the demonstration has been organized in response to home secretary Priti Patel's Nationality and Borders Bill passing through the House Of Commons.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Support the #pizzaisnotworking walkouts by pharmacy workers! Trillions for public health, not pandemic profiteering! wsws.org The actions taken by pharmacists in the US are an early sign of a new phase in the growth of working-class resistance, driven by the deadly winter surge and the emergence of the hyper-infectious Omicron variant.

Global Research News (2021-12-20). Boeing Officially Drops Biden's Vaccine Mandate. globalresearch.ca American multinational aircraft manufacturer and government contractor Boeing has issued a statement declaring that it will not enforce Joe Biden's controversial and divisive COVID-19 vaccine mandate after a series of federal rulings have dealt the White House devastating losses. | In …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-20). 'Wonder material' phosphorene nanoribbons live up to hype in first demonstration. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have incorporated phosphorene nanoribbons into new types of solar cells, dramatically improving their efficiency.

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-20). Qatar World Cup sparks culture controversies. moderndiplomacy.eu Footballers with diametrically opposed views on homosexuality and alcohol consumption have sparked heated controversy about Islamic mores and human and workers' rights in Qatar's final stretch in the run-up for next year's FIFA World Cup. Two things stand out in the controversy beyond the specific arguments put forward by opposing camps. First, some fault lines …

WSWS (2021-12-20). Thailand eases restrictions despite Omicron warnings. wsws.org Thailand joined a rapidly growing list of countries when it first detected an imported case of the more transmissible and vaccine-resistant Omicron variant on December 6.

Sebastian Santos (2021-12-20). US Military and Sustainability. zcomm.org Unless we act and hold the military accountable for their extreme negligence and haphazard usage of equipment and chemicals that has persisted for decades, incidents like the one in Hawaii will continue to arise.

Charlotte Gilmartin (2021-12-20). Article 3 in expulsion of mentally ill individuals: risk of harm to others insufficient to engage protection. ukhumanrightsblog.com Savran v. Denmark (Application number 57467/15), 7 December 2021 The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") has held that the risks to the applicant's psychiatric health posed by his expulsion to Turkey did not reach the threshold for the application of Article 3. The decision demonstrates the extremely high evidential threshold which applicants …

Dean Baker (2021-12-20). Getting Ready for the Next Pandemic: Can We Get Patent Monopolies on the Table? cepr.net From the way our policy types talk about patents, or refuse to talk about them, they must think that the constitution guarantees life, liberty, and people getting incredibly rich from patents. Even as this pandemic has been needlessly prolonged by patent restrictions on the spread of technology for vaccines, tests, and treatments, resulting in millions …

Michael J. Talmo (2021-12-20). Is the World Adopting the Ways of Nazi Germany? globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Visit …

Tim Hinchliffe (2021-12-20). A Timeline of "The Great Reset" Agenda. globalresearch.ca Incisive article. First posted on GR on May 15, 2021 | Visit and …

Sarah Rawlins (2021-12-20). CEPR Spotlight: Vaccines, Patents and Copyrights. cepr.net CEPR Co-founder and Senior Economist Dean Baker has written extensively on how government-granted patent monopolies allow pharmaceutical companies to extract billions from everyday people using drug research that is already publicly funded at a fraction of the cost. He has long been a critic of patents and copyrights, pointing to other incentives and means of …

Maurizio Coppola (2021-12-20). "The Cuban Soberana vaccine is not due to a miracle but the consequence of political decisions" peoplesdispatch.org From November 15 to 25, 35 Italian volunteers participated in a clinical trial on the Soberana vaccine in Havana, Cuba. Thanks to its public and high quality biotechnological research and health care system, the Caribbean island is the only low-income country worldwide to have made its own COVID-19 vaccines…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-20). O barril de pólvora ucraniano e o rastilho. globalresearch.ca Roger Wicker, membro da Comissà£o dos Serviàßos Armados do Senado dos EUA, disse, numa entrevista à Fox News (8 de Dezembro), nà£o excluir a possibilidade de uma intervenàßà£o militar directa dos EUA contra a Rússia para "defender a Ucrânia" e, …

Newsroom (2021-12-20). World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2022 Deferred. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Economic Forum will defer its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in the light of continued uncertainty over the Omicron outbreak. The Annual Meeting was scheduled to take place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland between 17-21 January, 2022. It is now planned for early summer. Participants will instead join a headline series of State of the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Sri Lankan students boycott graduation to protest appointment of monk as chancellor. peoplesdispatch.org A section of the students and faculty members boycotted the graduation ceremony at the University of Colombo to protest the appointment of a monk as university chancellor by the Rajapaksa government…

Sonia Mitralia (2021-12-20). The new, young and radical feminist movement, at the forefront of resistance in Greece. zcomm.org The event is significant, almost historic, in a conservative and disoriented Greek society, which is always seeking a left worthy of its name…

Staff (2021-12-20). Dr. Carlos del Rio on Omicron Surge, COVID Testing Crisis & the Need to Vaccinate the World. democracynow.org With the emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the United States is now averaging over 130,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, and health officials warn the U.S. could see a million new cases a day by February. We speak with health expert Dr. Carlos del Rio, who says that vaccination complemented by booster shots is the best defense against severe illness. "Everybody's going to get infected. You're going to be exposed to this virus because it's essentially going to be everywhere," says del Rio.

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-12-20). J'Accuse! The Gene-based "Vaccines" Are Killing People. Governments Worldwide Are Lying to You the People, to the Populations They Purportedly Serve. globalresearch.ca The Signal of Harm is now indisputably overwhelming, and, in line with universally accepted ethical standards for clinical trials, Doctors for Covid Ethics demands that the 'Covid' vaccine programme be halted immediately.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-20). Towards Another Devastating Worldwide Crisis? The WEF's "Cyber Attack With Covid-like Characteristics". Paralysis of the Power Supply, Communications, Transportation? globalresearch.ca First published on December 15, 2021 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) which represents the Western financial elites, played a key role in the launching of the March 11, 2020 lockdown, which was conducive to a Worldwide process of economic and …

WSWS (2021-12-20). US Fed chief worried about "wages push" in coming year. wsws.org The head of the US central bank, Jerome Powell, said the major threat to the economy was not the Omicron variant but "briskly" rising wages, which could continue into 2022.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Omicron surge wreaks havoc on professional and college sports. wsws.org The rapid spread of Omicron has caused professional football, basketball and hockey, as well as college basketball, to postpone or cancel multiple games.

KanekoaTheGreat (2021-12-20). Video: Pfizer is A Global Criminal Entity. Settled for $75 Million for Using 'Nigerian Children as Human Guinea Pigs'. globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Visit …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-20). Double Standards: The UK-Australian Free Trade Agreement. dissidentvoice.org Any agreement between governments led by the UK's Boris Johnson and Australia's Scott Morrison must be treated with a healthy dose of suspicion. A few minutes with the UK prime minister would lead you to believe that "Global Britain" is a meaningful term that covers loss and prestige. A session with Morrison will lead you …

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Chile: Kast and Boric Before the Count of the Votes. telesurenglish.net The campaign coordinators of José Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric, Cristian Valenzuela and Giorgio Jackson, respectively, maintained contact to coordinate the acts to be carried out once the next president's name is known. | Second round presidential elections in Chile between Gabriel Borinc and José Antonio Kast takes place on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021…

_____ (2021-12-19). 'Chinese Aggression' Is Just China Responding to U.S. Aggression. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | brain control weaponry", a claim the mass media have been all too happy to uncritically pass on to the public. Between that and the ridiculous reporting on teleSUR (2021-12-19). Trump: China Should Pay Trillions of Dollars for COVID Damages. telesurenglish.net Donald Trump, former U.S. President, claimed once again that China is responsible for the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. He calls for China to pay 60 trillion dollars for the damage caused by the epidemic worldwide. | RELATED: | "China has to pay, they have to pay reparations, and China does not have the money to pay those reparations," Trump declared during an interview with Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartir…

_____ (2021-12-19). Anti-Chinese Sentiment Continues in South Korea. journal-neo.org We have mentioned more than once how anti-Chinese sentiments are nurtured in today's South Korea, and although according to conservative circles, Moon Jae-in's administration pursues a pro-Beijing course, an incitement of hatred towards China comes not only from below but also from above. According to a joint survey conducted in June 2021 by the daily …

Pepe Escobar (2021-12-19). Putin and Xi Plot Their SWIFT Escape. orinocotribune.com By Pepe Escobar — Dec 17, 2021 | Russia and China's announcement of an independent financial trading platform will free nations under US sanctions from western intrusion into their commercial activities | Vladimir Putin got straight to the point. At the opening of his one hour and fourteen minute video conversation with Xi Jinping on 15 December, he described Russia-China relations as "an example of genuine inter-state cooperation in the 21st century." | Their myriad levels of cooperation have been known for years now — from trade, oil and gas, finance, aerospace and the fight against Covid-19, to the…

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-19). The Hounding of Julian Assange Leaves Honest Journalism with No Refuge. dissidentvoice.org It is no accident that Julian Assange, the digital transparency activist and journalist who founded Wikileaks to help whistleblowers tell us what western governments are really up to in the shadows, has spent 10 years being progressively disappeared into those very same shadows. His treatment is a crime similar to those Wikileaks exposed when it …

Margaret Kimberley (2021-12-19). Why We Must Defend Julian Assange. orinocotribune.com By Margaret Kimberley — Dec 14, 2021 | Julian Assange is one of the political prisoners that the US claims not to have. The UK is again the good vassal, keeping him locked up until the Biden administration finds an opportune time to ship him off to a kangaroo court. Everyone who believes in press freedom and who opposes imperialism must be a staunch Assange defender. | December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is always a sham holiday for the United States, which locks up its own people at rates exceeding those of every other country, and routinely makes war against the rest of the world. In 2021 the…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-19). "Summit for Democracy" and the Empire's New Weapons. libya360.wordpress.com William Serafino On December 9 and 10, the so-called "Summit for Democracy" took place, an online event sponsored by the Biden administration as part of a new attempt to revive the global hegemony of the empire, weakened for several years now by a polycentric architecture of international actors of different sizes, influence and geopolitical scope,…

Staff (2021-12-19). Venezuela and Belarus Sign Bilateral Agreements in Strategic Areas. orinocotribune.com This Friday, December 17, the governments of Venezuela and Belarus signed several agreements at the closing event of the Eighth Meeting of the Venezuela-Belarus high level mixed commission, in order to consolidate strategies for the benefit of both nations and for strengthening cooperation relations. At the Simón Bolivar room of the Miraflores Palace, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, stressed that Venezuela "is taking a successful step in the right direction, with the pace, speed and intensity that is needed," by signing agreements that will allow the development of different sectors of the national ec…

_____ (2021-12-19). Native Mascots Are A Direct Result Of America's Fabricated Colonial History. popularresistance.org The negligence of our nation's history has allowed for the continued racist representation of Native Americans, specifically when discussing their representation as mascots in amateur and professional sports. Several scholars have chosen to raise awareness to the ongoing misrepresentation and racist imagery that is present in amateur and professional sports by arguing against the allowance of such images, claiming such representation to be a by-product of a postcolonial society that allows for cultural imperialism, where the idea of Native American lives and presence are simply a thing of the past and not of the…

Hamilton Nolan (2021-12-19). Ten Predictions For the Year Ahead in Labor. zcomm.org Our infallible crystal ball reveals that 2022 will make workers want to holler…

Ian Angus (2021-12-19). Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class. mronline.org Deprived of land and common rights, the English poor were forced into wage-labor. CAPITAL VERSUS COMMONS, 4…

Staff (2021-12-19). Delegation visits Georges Abdallah in Lannemezan with greetings of international solidarity. samidoun.net A delegation from the Collectif Palestine Vaincra visited Georges Ibrahim Abdallah in Lannemezan Prison in December 2021. Georges Abdallah is a Lebanese Arab struggler for the Palestinian resistance who has been imprisoned in French jails for 37 years. His story and life in struggle is the subject of the film "Fedayin: Georges Abdallah's Fight," and […] | The article

Staff (2021-12-19). Venezuela Has Carried Out Largest Drug Seizure in 10 Years. orinocotribune.com This Saturday, December 18, Venezuelan National Anti-Drug Superintendent, Richard López Vargas, highlighted that Venezuela has seized 51 tons of illicit drugs so far in 2021, the highest amount in the last 10 years. | "A significant quantity, 51 tons, were seized in 5,334 procedures by law enforcement agencies," he informed. "The last time this figure was superceded was in 2011; which means that today represents the largest seizure in the last 10 years." The superintendent explained this during the first edition of the 2021 Citizen Security Expo, which is being held in the Military Circle, Los Próceres, in Caraca…

NYC Anarchist Black Cross (2021-12-19). NYC: Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs. itsgoingdown.org Call for noise demo in New York City on New Year's Eve from NYC Anarchist Black Cross. photo: Ash Agony On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise…

Kite Line (2021-12-19). Kite Line: Carceral Nonprofits. itsgoingdown.org Long-running abolitionist radio show Kite Line looks at the impact of carceral non-profits who steer radical change towards liberal reform under the guise of decarceration. We are sad to report that Russell Maroon Shoatz, who was recently granted compassionate release after his decades in prison, has passed away. This week, we return to the final…

_____ (2021-12-19). A Critique Of Obscene Wealth. popularresistance.org Wherever and whenever obscenely rich people existed, they always protected their wealth and the privileges that come with it from the majority of non-wealthy people working for them and around them. Emperors, kings, czars as well as masters of huge slave plantations, lords of big feudal manors, and major shareholders and top executives of capitalist megacorporations did so partly by the use of brute force, or through the exercise of power, and bribery. All of them also used ideological persuasion, but none more so than capitalists today. And while "the weapon of criticism can never replace the criticism of weapon…

_____ (2021-12-19). Tales Of Resistance: Guaidó's Pie. popularresistance.org A few days ago I was out grocery shopping when I heard a man tell his friend that Venezuela was the only country in the world with two presidents but where everything was still screwed up. | This has become a running joke among Venezuelans. However, some three years ago, when Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself "interim president" and was instantly backed by the United States and the European Union, things didn't seem so funny. | The government and its support base feared this was the opening act ahead of a US military invasion. Opposition activists weren't totally clear as to what was going on, but their leaders were…

_____ (2021-12-19). The Need For A Feminist Lens. popularresistance.org The Black Experience in the Americas has always been, by circumstance, design and by purpose, inextricably tied to the land and to forms of Resistance expressed through different peoples in different territories throughout the Americas. Climate change affects communities and regions differently, even within the same country, depending on their cultural, economic, environmental, political and social context. But climate change also affects people differently within these same communities and regions depending on their race and genders, both at an individual and collective level. | For Black communities, an undersp…

_____ (2021-12-19). Wet'suwet'en Resistance And Solidarity: Evicting The Colonizers. popularresistance.org One month ago today, the RCMP violently raided unceded Gidimt'en territory (November 18-19, 2021), removing Indigenous people from their land at gunpoint on behalf of TC Energy's proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline. The Wet'suwet'en enforced our standing eviction of CGL by closing roads into the territory November 14-17. Following the raids, arrestees received cruel and violent treatment in prison. The conditions set forth by the court are human rights violations to Indigenous peoples. We're still here. We're still throwing down. We are more determined than ever to protect our traditional territories for future gen…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-12-19). Venezuela: Oil Output Continues Upward Swing as Iran Calls for Greater Cooperation. venezuelanalysis.com Oil revenues will reportedly fund 61 percent of Venezuela's 2022 budget following a recent hike in crude production and exports.

Dean Baker (2021-12-19). Plans to Save the Local Newspaper. cepr.net As we all know, local newspapers have been dropping like flies over the last two decades. Even major regional papers like the Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer have fallen on hard times, sharply cutting back their staff and coverage. In many cases, hedge or private equity funds have done the downsizing or closures. They …

Don Gross (2021-12-19). Senate approves Rahm Emanuel for ambassadorship despite opposition from Chicago progressives. liberationnews.org In addition to his role in the murder of Laquan McDonald, Rahm's policies while mayor of Chicago were devestating for the working class in the city, especially Black and Latino communites.

Erika Hidalgo (2021-12-19). Ajmal Amani, another veteran killed by SFPD. liberationnews.org On Nov. 19 the San Francisco Police Department shot and killed 41 year-old Ajmal Amani as he suffered a severe mental health crisis. The brief but deadly interaction with Amani included multiple moments of police simply shouting at Amani while using the wrong name.

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-19). The Green Agenda and the Plan to Collapse the Industrial World Economy. globalresearch.ca

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-19). Communique from Mapuche Political Prisoners of Elicura Imprisoned in Lebu. itsgoingdown.org | On January 29, 2020 in so-called Chile, police violently raided five houses in the Valley of Elicura, in the Lavkenche territory of Wallmapu, detaining six Indigenous Mapuches. Another Mapuche was detained almost a year later and linked to the same case. The seven have been charged with a death at Playa Blanca, in the Mapuche territory of Lake Lanalhue, land usurped by the forestry businessman Hector Garcia. | The seven Mapuche political prisoners from Elicura are part of a larger Mapuche movem…

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-19). Historical Development of Revolution. anchor.fm In this episode I give my best attempt to add a description of how it is that we must try to understand the development of a revolution. I try to explain how consciousness, active participation, struggle and organization are some of the most crucial parts of building a revolutionary movement. I also discussed the need to understand concrete conditions in a concrete fashion, and why it is that we must take into account all of the particularities and universalities of our system our situation and others. I hope you enjoy, please let me know what you think! Email me at indefenseofliberation@gmail.com !

Marco Teruggi (2021-12-19). Venezuela: What Country Will it Be? orinocotribune.com By Marco Teruggi — Dec 8, 2021 | The economic and financial catastrophe that relentlessly devastated the Venezuelan population during the last few years seems to be easing, while the government of Nicolás Maduro encourages the return of the old entrepreneurial forms of accumulation. Harassed by the imperial powers, the recent elections revealed a decrease in the hard core of the Chavista hardliners and at the same time revealed the fragmentation of the opposition. From Caracas, a chronicle brimming with questions, about the country that mocks forecasts and closed conclusions. | "This was the richest country,…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-12-19). Privileging the Privileged in Admission to Elite U.S. Colleges. warisacrime.org Although a major scandal erupted in 2019 over bribery and other fraudulent practices used by wealthy Americans to secure their children's admission to elite colleges, the affluent continue to benefit from other kinds of special admission policies that are perfectly legal. Consider the fact that, according to a recent study, only about 57 percent of …

WSWS (2021-12-19). Morenoites promote pseudo-left-Stalinist candidate in Chile's election. wsws.org The center-left parties that dominated the transition to civilian rule from Chile's military dictatorship three decades ago have all but collapsed.

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Threat of 'Nationwide School Shooting' Proves Uncredible. telesurenglish.net Due to the continued incidence of student-perpetrated school shootings around the U.S., school officials nationwide went to heightened alert on Friday in reaction to an unspecified threat of on-campus violence that was proved to be faux by the authority later. | RELATED: | The rumors circulating on social media proclaimed Dec. 17, as the grisly "National School Shooting Day." The Los Angeles Unified School District…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-19). Forbidden Parties: Boris Johnson's Law on Illegal Covid Gatherings. dissidentvoice.org It was meant to be time to reflect. The eager arms of a new pandemic were enfolding a society with asphyxiating, lethal effect. Public health authorities advocated various measures: social distancing, limited contact between family and friends, limited mobility. No grand booze-ups. No large parties. No bonking, except within dispensations of intimacy and various "bubble" …

Jubeda Chowdhury (2021-12-19). Significance Of The lndian President's Recent Bangladesh Visit. moderndiplomacy.eu The President of India came to Dhaka on Wednesday at the invitation of the President of Bangladesh to take part in the celebration of the golden jubilee and the centenary of the victory. After a three-day state visit, Indian President Ramnath Kobind left Dhaka at noon on December 17,2021. The three-day visit of Indian President …

Jake Johnson (2021-12-19). Sanders Rips Manchin and Sinema for Betraying US Families. zcomm.org "I do not respect the arrogance of any member of the Senate who says, 'You know what, I'm going to torpedo this entire bill,'" said Sen. Bernie Sanders…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-12-19). Covid-19, Hospitals & The Curse of Capitalism. zcomm.org The idea that sickness must be profitable reaches deep into the ideological heart of neoliberalism…

_____ (2021-12-19). The Dangerous Misuse Of 'Natural Immunity' Against Covid Vaccination. popularresistance.org One particularly pernicious myth going around in the US is the notion that "natural immunity," gained from contracting Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is preferable to getting vaccinated. One prominent politician, Sen. Rand Paul (R.—Ky.), has declared that he refuses to get vaccinated, because of his belief that he has "natural immunity" since he's "already had the disease" (Slate, 5/23/21). | Now, the Republican Party is officially embracing its position as the anti-vaccine political party, advocating what they call "natural immunity" as an alternative or substitute to getting vaccina…

Alasdair Baverstock (2021-12-19). Urban farming on the rise in Mexico. america.cgtn.com Mexico has seen a growing trend of urban farming. Mexico was badly hit by the pandemic, but its capital and surrounding metropolitan area — home to 23 million people — has become greener as a result.

Tyler Walicek (2021-12-19). Kshama Sawant Emerges Victorious From Disingenuous Recall Attempt. zcomm.org The corporate-backed campaign to recall Seattle's socialist City Councilor Kshama Sawant, which stretched on for a contentious 16 months, has concluded with a victory for Sawant, who will remain in her seat as the lone leftist of the council…

David Swanson (2021-12-19). The U.S. Military Is Registering 15-Year-Olds for the Draft. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 18, 2021 Most U.S. states still have excuses when asked to make voter registration automatic, but in various states — including here in Virginia — draft registration is automatic even for 15-year-olds who want a learner's permit to drive a car. (This is still only for males, as …

Fight Back (2021-12-19). Filipino Communists: Mobilize the people in the wake of typhoon Odette's destruction. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Dec. 18 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines | The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) extends its sympathies to the millions of people who suffered the devastation wrought by supertyphoon Odette in Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao regions and in Palawan island. Thousands upon thousands of homes, agricultural fields, fishing boats, and other sources of livelihood were destroyed or severely damaged. | The toiling masses are the most grievously affected, especially the fisherfolk, the small peasants and fa…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Chile Election Update: Polls Have Closed and Vote Count Begins. telesurenglish.net Over 2,500 voting centers opened this Sunday in Chile to start the second round of the presidential election in which left-wing leader Gabriel Boric and the far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast compete to replace President Sebastian Piñera. | RELATED: | 4: 00 pm: Polls close in Chile's runoff presidential elections | Polls have officially closed at 6pm local time in Chile's second round runoff presidential elections. The vote count…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Israel Denies Freedom to Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, the Palestinian Society of Prisoners (SPP) informed that an Israeli court rejected a request to release Hisham Abu Hawash, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for 125 days demanding an end to his administrative detention. | RELATED: | The Israeli court rejected the request to transfer Hawash to a hospital after the serious deterioration of his health as a result of the hunger strike.

Zhao Huasheng (2021-12-19). Changes in Afghanistan: Regional and International Implications. moderndiplomacy.eu The Taliban's return to power has fundamentally changed the political environment of Afghanistan, both internally and externally. The internal leading forces inside Afghanistan have turned to be the Taliban instead of the political forces represented by the former Afghanistan government, and the external forces with the greatest political responsibility began to shift from the United …

Liberation Staff (2021-12-19). Massive new union of student researchers at the U-Cal wins recognition. zcomm.org In a historic victory decades in the making, Student Researchers at the University of California have won union recognition and will soon begin bargaining…

Alexandra Bradbury (2021-12-19). 2021 Year In Review: The Only Way Out Is Through. zcomm.org Here's hoping this year's ripple of militancy is followed by a much bigger wave. We're going to need all the power we can muster…

_____ (2021-12-19). U.S. Police Unions Starting to Ask: Why Does the ACLU 'Defend the Indefensible'? strategic-culture.org With the introduction of ACLU Watch, more people can better understand that a robust police presence is not the true source of America's crime problem, Robert Bridge writes. | Law enforcement officials have begun a watch beat of sorts against the American Civil Liberties Union, whose support of justice reform has translated into more criminals roaming the streets as police officers lose their jobs. | A number of liberal activists, armed with the most altruistic intentions, of course, are busy remaking America into a liberal bastion of utopian thinking, where the Cultural Marxists have put down the stakes on their…

Global Research (2021-12-19). The Omicron Fraud Used to Justify the "Christmas Covid Lockdown" globalresearch.ca The alleged spread of the "deadly" Omicron variant has now become the pretext and justification for implementing partial lockdowns, restrictions on travel as well as confinement and stay at home mandates. | Anthony Fauci is leading the disinformation campaign, intimating that …

Newsroom (2021-12-19). HIPAA Violations: 6 Tips for Preventing Them. moderndiplomacy.eu The US healthcare industry is unfortunately not immune to HIPAA violations. In 2020 there have already been 421 reported violations, and several investigations are still ongoing. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges healthcare professionals in unprecedented ways, which is why additional discretions were introduced in March. There have been over 20 million recorded instances of health information …

David Sirota (2021-12-19). The Democrats Are Trying To Lose. dailyposter.com

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Historic Win for Gabriel Boric in Chile Presidential Elections. telesurenglish.net Left-wing former student leader Gabriel Boric has beat out far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast with nearly 100% of the votes tallied, according to figures published by Chile's electoral authorities SERVEL. | RELATED: | Winning 55,86% of the votes cast thus far, compared to Kast's 44,214%, Boric has a wide enough margin of over 11.5 percentage points to be declared winner of this Sunday's democratic exercise. | Polls…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Chileans Denounce Lack of Public Transportation on Election Day. telesurenglish.net Using social networks to make themselves heard on Sunday morning, Chileans denounced that businessmen are prompting a shortage of transport services in Santiago City to sabotage an election in which the leftist presidential candidate Gabriel Boric is the favorite to defeat the far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast. | RELATED: | The absence of transportation occurs on a day with temperatures above 96.8 ∞F and…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-19). Bolivian Government Creates Trust for Reparations to Victims of 2019 State Violence. libya360.wordpress.com Tanya Wadhwa According to official data, between September 1 and December 31, 2019, at least 38 Bolivians were killed, 800 people were injured, and over 1,000 citizens were unjustly detained. Photo: Archives The trust will provide loans to the relatives of the deceased and living victims of the human rights violations committed during Jeanine àÅñez's…

Dmitri Trenin (2021-12-19). Russian Foreign Policy: Shifting Gears. moderndiplomacy.eu Not long ago, a popular Russian joke went: "Those who do not want to listen to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have to deal with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu." Now it is official. President Vladimir Putin often makes statements on foreign policy. Just last month, he spent several hours discussing world affairs at the annual …

Alasdair Baverstock (2021-12-19). An architectural wonder sits in the hills of Mexico City. america.cgtn.com With the holidays upon us, many people will be traveling to other parts of the world and choosing where to stay can make or break a holiday. And for those visiting Mexico City, a closer connection to nature might not be one of the …

Ted Glick (2021-12-19). It's Time to Occupy Biden. zcomm.org Let's turn our sadness, anger and frustration into the organized power of the people which, alone, can win victories and bring into being a new world…

Dmitri Trenin (2021-12-19). After COP26: Russia's Path to the Global Green Future. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia is certainly now taking climate-related issues seriously, but even though a latecomer in embracing the climate change agenda, it will not simply accept the West's or the EU's lead. Rather, it will act in accordance with its national interests. At the COP26 UN climate change summit that ended last week, Russia was noted mainly …

teleSUR (2021-12-19). I Won't Disappoint Chilean People: Presidential Candidate Boric. telesurenglish.net After casting his vote in Chile's run-off presidential elections on Sunday, the left-wing Social Convergence (CS) party candidate Gabriel Boric reaffirmed that he will assist the population and defend its rights if elected President. | RELATED: | "I will not lead a government locked in its headquarters but one that has dirty shoes of walking all over Chile to listen to its people," Boric said and promised to su…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-19). Why Russia vetoed at the U.N. the U.S.-proposed inclusion of climate-change as a 'National Security' issue. moderndiplomacy.eu The United States Government wants to persuade the gullible global public that that Government takes seriously the global-warming threat. The only way actually to stop global warming — if it still can be stopped — is to outlaw, even if in only one major country (such as the U.S.), purchases of stocks and bonds in …

Joel Warner (2021-12-19). WEEKEND READER: The Inside Stories of 2021. dailyposter.com

Dr. Arshad M. Khan (2021-12-19). On Deception and Us Humans. moderndiplomacy.eu If Escher and Dali were masters of illusion in their art, their deception had impermanence. Back and forth the image would change as one stared at one of their paintings. From fish dissolving as birds appear (Sky and Water I, 1958, M. C. Escher) to a disappearing bust of Voltaire (1941, Salvador Dali) the transformations …

Newsroom (2021-12-19). WHO lists 9th COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Health Organization (WHO) approved on Friday the Covovax vaccine for emergency use listing (EUL), elevating to nine the number of immunizations approved to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine is produced by the Serum Institute of India, under licence from Novavax, and will now be part of the COVAX facility portfolio, boosting efforts to vaccinate more people in lower-income countries. WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products, Dr. Mariângela Simà£o, said that "even …

teleSUR (2021-12-19). 'Hope Has To Beat Fear' in the Chilean Elections, Bachelet Says. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Chile's Former President Michel Bachelet said "hope has to beat fear" after voting for leftist presidential candidate Gabriel Boric. | RELATED: | The current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also asked the winner to be "president of all" and "seek dialogue with all sectors to continue building a country in which we can all feel part of it." | "It is important that the country continue to pro…

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-19). Pakistan-Bangladesh: Need to move forward. moderndiplomacy.eu History tells that countries, at daggers drawn for centuries, progressed by leaps and bounds once they buried the hatchet. Europe is a case in point. They first general agreement on trade and tariffs to to remove kinks and wobbles in free flow of goods and services. And , then joined the European Union. Thus they …

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