Monthly Archives: December 2021

2021-12-31: News Headlines

CJ Polychroniou (2021-12-31). Killing Nature Must Be Treated as a Crime on a Par with Genocide and War Crimes. zcomm.org The time has come for drastic measures to protect the environment and save the world from a climate catastrophe…

_____ (2021-12-31). Biden's COVID Pivot Is Pure Politics. strategic-culture.org By Tom LUONGO | If you thought the worst screenplay you'd have to endure this winter was anything written by a Wachowski sister, boy howdy are you wrong. | A couple of weeks ago I told you that And it's coming this spring. | The problem for Bidenwood is Omicron spreads quickly…

_____ (2021-12-31). Will 'Godless liberalism' Force Russia to Close Its 'Window on the West'? strategic-culture.org The problem is finding a way to shield the vulnerable, particularly the youth, from adverse influences without restricting personal freedoms. | For centuries, Russia has been open to adopting popular Western traditions, but as the invasive cultural weed known as progressive liberalism enters the scene, Moscow is now forced to rethink the level of its engagement. With the internet and ubiquitous social media, however, such a cultural distancing will not be easy. | Russian Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725), from the vantage point of his newly built capital of Saint Petersburg, encouraged his fellow Russians to em…

Alex Henderson (2021-12-31). Why Trump's legal bills are costing the GOP a fortune: "There is no precedent for this" salon.com "He could afford this, but they are paying his bills anyway"

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-31). COVID and Viruses 101 (Part two: My experience w/COVID testing). anchor.fm In this episode I am speaking about my recent experience when I went to get a Covid test, and how it showed me all of the contradictions and issues facing us in regards to the pandemic today. The US Empire must fall my friends, this government has no concern for our safety!

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-31). Biden, "Build Back Basic", and Our Ongoing Struggles. anchor.fm In this episode I discuss a few things that are happening contextually here in the contemporary US empire as well as some of the things happening worldwide and how we can begin to build a class struggle. I'm not married to any of these ideas, but this is what I think at this point in time in my life. Hope you enjoy it!

TJ Coles (2021-12-31). Using and abusing Djibouti: How the US transformed a tiny African state into a hub of imperial aggression. thegrayzone.com From Djibouti, the US trains proxies and bombs strategically-important countries in the name of democracy and counterterrorism. To justify the country's militarization, Washington hypes fears over China's regional ambitions. In a blatant threat to China's presence, Djibouti recently hosted the US-led "Allied Appreciation Day," in which Britain, France, and Japan showcased "a variety of equipment that is part of their military operations in the Horn of Africa" (HOA). The Pentagon's Combined Joint Task Force-HOA reported that the events fused Armistice, …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-12-31). Biden's First Year Foreign Policy Record May Be Worse than Trump's. covertactionmagazine.com His administration has escalated dangerous conflicts with Russia and China while increasing the military budget, expanding deadly sanctions and sustaining …

Dean Baker (2021-12-31). Repealing Section 230: Giving Mark Zuckerberg What He Wants? cepr.net I have been engaging on Twitter recently on my ideas on repealing Section 230. Not surprisingly, I provoked a considerable response. While much of it was angry ad hominems, some of it involved thoughtful comments, especially those from Jeff Koseff and Mike Masnick, the latter of whom took the time to write a full column …

Kathy Durkin (2021-12-31). To a socialist future Build Workers World. workers.org Workers World newspaper's articles and editorials analyze major global and U.S. developments, always with an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist perspective. Our pages report on people's movements here and abroad, to not only inform our readers but to promote those struggles and show solidarity with them. And, WW aims to advance the struggle . . . |

Mirinda Crissman (2021-12-31). Give an incarcerated person a gift of Workers World! workers.org "Inmates need Workers World papers. When you're locked up, you need an intellectual light to shine through the darkness of state oppression. If you're a free person reading this, and you care about the struggle against mass incarceration, please take out a subscription for an incarcerated person. It means more . . . |

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-31). Venezuelan Parliament Approves Supreme Court's Organic Law Reform. orinocotribune.com With the goal of consolidating the Venezuelan judicial system as an instrument at the service of the people, in its first discussion of the issue the National Assembly approved the partial reform project of the Organic Law of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), a proposal presented on December 22 by the president of the TSJ, Maikel Moreno. | During the session that took place this Thursday, December 30, in the last legislative meeting of 2021, the President of Parliament, Jorge Rodríguez, led the debate from which the approval by a qualified majority emerged. | In recent weeks, members of the Venezuelan Parliamen…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Persih'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

Staff (2021-12-31). In Remembrance of Chuck Kaufman, Anti-Imperialist, International Solidarity Organizer. orinocotribune.com Tucson, AZ — It is with heavy heart that the news of the passing of longtime anti-imperialist organizer Chuck Kaufman reached communities on December 28. Born in a small Indiana town, Chuck's life saw travels to numerous countries, most notably in the Latin American countries most firmly in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism. | In 1987, as Reagan's illegal Contra War against Nicaragua ravaged the country in an attempt to kill the successful Sandinista Revolution, Chuck answered the call for solidarity. He gave up his advertising business and joined thousands of other U.S. solidarity activists to help in the…

Editor (2021-12-31). Chris Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. mronline.org Careerists and Democratic Party apparatchiks successfully leverage corporate money and backing to seize and deform historic rights organizations into appendages of the ruling class.

teleSUR (2021-12-31). House Panel Asks Judges To Deny Trump's Bid To Shield Records. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot asked the Supreme Court to reject former President Donald Trump's bid to block the release of his White House's records requested in the ongoing probe. | RELATED: | Lawyers for the select committee in a brief filed with the high court argued against Trump's claim of executive privilege over a trove of records that the panel considered to be…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Scientists denounce French government's inaction amid Omicron wave. wsws.org Only a mobilization of the working class can smash the resistance of the financial aristocracy to health measures scientists are demanding to prevent a surge in deaths.

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK Employment Tribunal rules against worker who refused to return to work over COVID safety concerns. wsws.org The corporate media are using the tribunal ruling, hinging on the question of what constitutes a philosophical belief, to assert that workers have no legal right against being forced to labour in unsafe conditions.

Victor Grossman (2021-12-31). A Shuffling of the Cards in Germany. zcomm.org German foreign policy has long been divided between the "Atlanticist" position and the commercial position, reflecting the need for trade with Russia and even more with China…

Atilio A. Boron (2021-12-31). La imperdonable soledad de Julian Assange. globalizacion.ca Julian Assange está enterrado por la "Justicia" inglesa en una cárcel de máxima seguridad. Lo de enterrado no es una tramposa apelación a una palabra que nos estremece sino un sobria descripción de la celda en la cual -de a…

Dean Obeidallah (2021-12-31). Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren't they being held accountable?>. salon.com Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston on the criminal Trump regime: "This was thievery, plain and simple"

WSWS (2021-12-31). CUPE's sabotage of the New Brunswick public sector strike—the political lessons. wsws.org The New Brunswick public sector workers' strike exemplifies the political issues and organizational challenges all workers face in opposing the capitalist ruling elite's demands for austerity and its homicidal drive to keep schools and non-essential business open amid the pandemic.

Fight Back (2021-12-31). Looking forward to a new year of struggle in 2022: Join FRSO. fightbacknews.org As 2021 concludes and we look forward to a new year, it makes sense to survey the political landscape and discuss what's to be done. | Monopoly capitalism is a failed system. We need a revolutionary solution to our problems. And to achieve that goal, revolutionary organization is a requirement. Freedom Road Socialist Organization has the aim of overthrowing capitalism and replacing it with socialism. If that is what you want, it is time to join our ranks. | FRSO does not just talk about change. We are active in our unions, community organizations, anti-war, student, and many other groups. Our members are African…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org India: New Delhi police arrest protesting doctors; Punjab university teachers continue strike action; South Korean parcel delivery workers threaten strike…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French midwives and nursing assistants' seven-day strike over pay and staff shortages; protests by Iranian workers and pensioners over low pay and pensions with inflation at 40 percent; 4,000 dairy workers at Clover Foods in sixth week of indefinite strike over pay, conditions and job losses across South Africa…

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-12-31). 2021, un año de economía pandémica. globalizacion.ca El 2021, al igual que el 2020, ha sido un año marcado por la pandemia de coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 que restringió las posibilidades económicas a la mayoría de las naciones del mundo y que también incrementó las diferencias entre los países…

teleSUR (2021-12-31). Bahia Governor Accepts Argentine Aid Rejected By Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Bahia Governor Rui Costa announced that he will accept Argentina's humanitarian aid in order to respond to the emergency caused by the rains and floods. | RELATED: | In a message posted on social networks, he stressed that his subnational government will accept assistance from any country regardless of what federal diplomacy does or says. | Since the beginning of December, the Brazilian northeast has been ex…

WSWS (2021-12-31). United Auto Workers prepares another sellout contract at Columbia University. wsws.org The ongoing struggle at Columbia has thus far, under the criminal leadership of the UAW and with support from the Democratic Party and the pseudo-left, been implementing a strategy of defeat for workers.

Editor (2021-12-31). China Sends Bolivia 3 Million COVID-19 Vaccines. mronline.org Bolivia has received three million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China, the largest delivery of vaccines to arrive in Bolivia from the Asian superpower.

WSWS (2021-12-31). December tornadoes cut swath of devastation through southeastern Missouri. wsws.org Ninety people have been confirmed killed by the storms across eight states, including eight workers at Mayfield Consumer Products in Mayfield, Kentucky and six Amazon workers at an Edwardsville, Illinois fulfillment center outside St. Louis.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-12-31). Africa in Review 2021, Regional Conflict and the Role of Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Since 2020, the number of military interventions in African politics has accelerated. | . | However, what is often overlooked is the role of western governments and their military institutions in the deliberate undermining of national and regional stability. | . | The North …

WSWS (2021-12-31). Favorite jazz and pop music of 2021. wsws.org The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate every aspect of social and cultural life. Artists and technical workers in the music industry face conditions unlike anything seen in generations, if ever.

Rhian E. Jones (2021-12-31). The lasting legacy of Raymond Williams. zcomm.org 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Raymond Williams, an important thinker and writer on the British left…

WSWS (2021-12-31). An open letter to all workers: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the UK and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022 must not be another nightmarish year of mass infections, illness and death!

Gary M. Kramer (2021-12-31). The worst film performances of 2021. salon.com So many bad "House of Gucci" performances, so little time (for that nonsense)…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers respond to Socialist Equality Party open letter calling for movement to end the pandemic. wsws.org Educators, pharmacy techs, nursing home and manufacturing workers responded with interest and enthusiasm to Thursday's statement from the Socialist Equality Party, "An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022!"

WSWS (2021-12-31). Typhoon Rai death toll rises to 397 in the Philippines. wsws.org The typhoon, which has confronted hundreds of thousands with the risk of starvation and disease, has exacerbated already existing social tensions in impoverished regions of the Philippines.

Matthew Rozsa (2021-12-31). The US broke its single-day case record for omicron — but not all regions are affected equally. salon.com As the omicron variant tears through the United States, hospitalization rates appear lower than previous variants…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Australian unions promote slashing of COVID-19 health measures. wsws.org The unions are stepping up their efforts to stifle resistance and opposition among workers as the pandemic spirals out of control.

Dr. Robert Malone (2021-12-31). Before your Child is Injected, Watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on Child COVID Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca First published on December 15, 2021 | Before your child is injected, watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on child COVID vaccinations. | Before you vaccinate your child, which is irreversible and potentially permanently damaging, find out why 15,000 physicians and medical scientists …

WSWS (2021-12-31). Stop the reopening of New York City schools! Mobilize the working class to save lives, not profits! wsws.org If the pandemic is ever to be brought under control, the policies taken must be motivated by an entirely different set of social interests than the profit motive, which has blocked all measures to contain the virus.

John Wright (2021-12-31). Eric Swalwell shares private conversation with man who threatened his life on Twitter. salon.com The man said he gets his news from Tucker Carlson and Joe Rogan…

WSWS (2021-12-31). 10 individuals increased their net worth by $500 billion in 2021. wsws.org In 2021 alone, 10 individuals saw their net worth increase by $500 billion. Leading the pack is Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who this year became the world's richest person.

Victorio Paulón (2021-12-31). Argentina — La gran apuesta de Juntos: Dividir el peronismo. globalizacion.ca Por primera vez en mucho tiempo el poder concentrado dominante de nuestro país parece apostar a la democracia y pretende construir una mayoría sólida que le permita gobernar por décadas. La cooptación de algunos dirigentes en el pasado reciente le…

Dr. Peter McCullough (2021-12-31). Video: The Vaccine is More Dangerous than COVID-19: Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-12-31). Modi ignores Court request to postpone elections as Omicron surges in India. wsws.org The Modi government's response to the pandemic over nearly two years has shown that the Indian ruling elites prioritize corporate profits over human life.

WSWS (2021-12-31). White House lies about child hospitalizations amid Omicron surge. wsws.org Even as COVID-19 cases surge across the country and child hospitalizations and deaths hit one record after another, the entire US political establishment is pressing forward with the imminent reopening of schools.

_____ (2021-12-31). Legislative Election Held in Hong Kong. journal-neo.org Election to the Legislative Council, the local parliament in Hong Kong, was held on December 19 of this year — an event that observers outside China should be interested in from an academic point of view. It is always curious to see how one of the two leading world powers solves its internal problems, which …

WSWS (2021-12-31). Turkish government rejects public health measures as Omicron rages. wsws.org As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly throughout Turkey, President Erdogan's government is refusing to take any public health measures against the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-31). New Zealand government removes more public health restrictions despite Omicron cases. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government has removed limits on gathering sizes in Auckland, creating the conditions for New Year's Eve to be a mass super-spreader event.

Sandy C. (2021-12-31). "Midnight Mass" and the 8 best horror movies and shows of 2021. salon.com Escape the horrors of our real world with these chilling offerings…

Fight Back (2021-12-31). 63rd Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: Socialism is superior to capitalism! fightbacknews.org For over six decades the Cuban people created a system that provides free universal health care, free public education from kindergarten through university, and housing to people at around 10% of their income. That system is socialism. Despite six decades of U.S. invasion attempts, blockades, embargos, assassination attempts, sanctions and demonization, the achievement record of the socialist mode of production in Cuba speaks for itself. As Mao said, "The fundamental cause of the development of a thing is not external but internal." So, we must look at what has been happening inside Cuba to account of the success…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Sri Lankan and Indian ruling elites whip up national rivalry between poverty-stricken fishing communities. wsws.org The ongoing military harassment of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen highlight the reactionary and irrational character of the arbitrary national borders maintained by the ruling classes in both countries.

Noam Chomsky (2021-12-31). Corporate Patents & Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Will Prolong Pandemic. zcomm.org Interview on a variety of topics…

Melanie McFarland (2021-12-31). Calling out the saddest sacks of 2021, a reckoning by Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's … friends. salon.com Before the ball drops on 2021, a tasty listicle of those who lacked the bollocks to listen to science or sense…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Pakistan to impose new raft of austerity measures and pro-investor reforms to secure IMF bailout funds. wsws.org Pakistan's government is seeking IMF assistance with great trepidation, because it fears the eruption of mass anger against yet another round of IMF-dictated austerity.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Maryland State Board of Education passes proposal to loosen mask regulations in schools as state sees record infections. wsws.org The statewide mandate was lifted even as Maryland's COVID-19 reporting system was knocked offline due to a cyberattack and the state was reporting its first Omicron cases.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Deere CEO John May brought onto Ford board of directors. wsws.org The election of May to the Ford board of directors has drawn favorable notice from business analysts due to his confrontational stance against Deere workers.

teleSUR (2021-12-31). Central America Celebrates New Year's Eve With Few Restrictions. telesurenglish.net Central America will dismiss the year 2021 without major COVID-19 restrictions, although health authorities have asked the population to maintain biosecurity measures and avoid crowds. | RELATED: | COVID-19 vaccination is advancing in the region, with Costa Rica and Panama leading the way, with 90 percent and 81 percent of the population with the complete scheme, respectively. | Without large mass events and with some capacity restrictions, Costa…

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK health workers denounce government refusal to combat Omicron threat to National Health Service. wsws.org The only move made in response has been to announce plans to set up coronavirus "surge hubs", mostly in hospital car parks, to meet up to the challenge of a fresh wave of Omicron admissions.

WSWS (2021-12-31). The historic assault on university education and Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org The deep hostility among university staff and students is part of the rising political discontent that drove the Liberal-National and Labor parties to rush through new electoral laws in August.

Lucian K. Truscott IV (2021-12-31). What matters most: Not what happened already — but what we do now. salon.com Ultimately the Detroit riots of 1967 made us stronger. That can happen again — if we have the strength to change…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Preface to Halil àáelik: A Fighter for Socialism. wsws.org This is the preface to a volume of writings of Halil Celik published by the Sosyalist E≈üitlik Grubu of Turkey, three years after Comrade Halil's untimely death of cancer.

Joseph Neese (2021-12-31). Salon Food's top 10 recipes of 2021: From impossibly crisp chicken parmesan to chocolate sandwiches. salon.com All of these recipes have one thing in common: comfort…

Travis Gettys (2021-12-31). Ted Cruz's daughter knocks him on TikTok: "I really disagree with most of his views" salon.com "A lot of people judge me based upon him at first glance," she said. "But I really disagree with most of his views"

_____ (2021-12-30). Occupy Biden Activists Will Rally On January 1. popularresistance.org This week, environmental advocates addressed intensifying fossil fuel pollution, climate injustices, and the Biden administration's failure to take the lead on climate crisis solutions during the Occupy Biden protests near Joe Biden's Wilmington, DE home. Their goal remains to increase the pressure on the President to declare a climate emergency and end new fossil fuel projects. The actions are being led by local community leaders and supported by dozens of environmental and social justice groups from around the country, and have resulted in hundreds of people taking action. The Occupy Biden actions began on Chri…

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-30). Holiday climate chaos: It was warmer in Alaska than Southern California this week. salon.com All-time Alaska temperature record for December "pulverized" as "climate change continues to push the envelope"

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-12-30). FBI is Recklessly Misusing Trump-Era Espionage Policy to Create "Climate of Fear" Among Scientists—Terrorizing Families and Ruthlessly Destroying Careers. covertactionmagazine.com The Justice Department's China Initiative Was Established by the Trump Administration to Crackdown on Chinese Economic and Scientific Espionage However, …

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky on Rising Fascism in U.S., Class Warfare & the Climate Emergency. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky warns the Republican Party is "marching" the world to destruction by ignoring the climate emergency while embracing proto-fascism at home. Chomsky talks about the January 6 insurrection, how neoliberalism is a form of class warfare and how President Biden's climate plans fall short of what is needed.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Afghan Victim of US Airstrikes Demands Justice For His Beloveds. telesurenglish.net "The bodies of men, women and children were lying in blood and the crying of the injured was heard from every corner of the house," said 73-year-old Afghan man Din Mohammad. | RELATED: | Mohammad is recalling the terrible night 10 years ago when the U.S. military launched airstrikes on his hometown of Lakani in Panjwayi district of south Afghanistan's Kandahar province, killing 63 villagers and injuring scores othe…

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Biden, Putin Hold Phone Call Amid Rising Tension Over Ukraine. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin via phone on Thursday amid heightened tensions over Ukraine. | RELATED: | Biden urged Russia to "de-escalate tensions with Ukraine" and he made clear that the United States and its allies and partners will "respond decisively if Russia further invades Ukraine," according to a statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the phone call.

_____ (2021-12-30). Drone Warfare: The World Needs To End US Impunity. popularresistance.org A report by The New York Times (NYT) earlier this month revealed that at least 1,400 innocent civilians were killed in numerous airstrikes, mostly drones strikes, carried out by the US forces since 2014 in Afghanistan and some countries in West Asia. The civilian toll of the US drone strikes has already been widely reported, with several other sources such as Airwars citing a larger number of civilian casualties. The NYT report also revealed the extent of the failure of the international community to ensure accountability and justice for the victims of these war crimes. | The impunity enjoyed by the US is a key f…

Hannah Rose (2021-12-30). Before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Corona Virus "Vaccines". Nuremberg Code, Crimes against humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression" globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of Global Research readers, the full text …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-30). *BONUS* Comments and questions about waging a revolutionary struggle here in the US Empire. anchor.fm In this episode I read one of my recent blogs and discuss some of my further ideas about the struggle towards building a revolution here within the belly of the beast. Can it be done? I think yes, but we have to figure out how. The best way to figure out is by waging that struggle today. Go organize! (Blog found at forliberation.wixsite.com/website )…

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-30). Biden's new COVID rules protect profits, endanger workers. liberationnews.org 'Nurses hare not going to stand by while the government and our employers weaken protections. We are not going backward now."

Bharat Dogra (2021-12-30). The Exploiter Harms—But Look At What Happens to the Exploiter, Too. towardfreedom.org If there is a better understanding and a wider recognition of how exploiters suffer in the process of exploitation, new openings can emerge to convince the more powerful regarding the futility of prolonging exploitative relations and systems, writes Bharat Dogra.

_____ (2021-12-30). 2021 Was Business As Usual In DC, But Palestine Activists Scored Huge Wins. popularresistance.org This year was marked by a number of a political setbacks, but it also produced inspiring victories. As it comes to an end, we thought we'd take a look back on 2021. In addition to looking at Washington's support for Israel's violence, we wanted to take stock of what Palestine activists accomplished through their tireless work and unwavering commitment to human rights. | 2021 kicked off with Joe Biden assuming the presidency. The former Senator has a long pro-Israel track record and his administration upheld that reputation right away. As usual there was the issue of image vs. reality. Israel supporters threw tant…

_____ (2021-12-30). CN Rail Wins Right To Privately Prosecute Rail Blockade Participants. popularresistance.org CN Rail has won the right to privately pursue criminal charges against three people who participated in a 2020 rail blockade in northern B.C., despite the fact that provincial prosecutors declined to get involved. | The ruling cements the B.C. Supreme Court's ability to enforce court injunctions, with or without the participation of Crown prosecutors, who unsuccessfully fought the decision. | A group of people, including three Gitxsan hereditary chiefs, were arrested at a blockade on a CN Rail line in New Hazelton, B.C. on Feb. 24, 2020. | An injunction against the blockade had been issued two weeks prior amid na…

_____ (2021-12-30). A Dream Of A Fossil Fuel-Free Neighborhood Meets Constraints. popularresistance.org Dar-Lon Chang moved to this Denver suburb to start a new life. | In Houston, he'd spent 16 years as an engineer at ExxonMobil, the nation's largest fossil fuel producer. In Colorado, he planned to pursue a career in renewable energy, but the real draw was his new house. | Oriented towards the sun, with solar panels on the roof and high-performing insulation, it was capable of generating as much carbon-free energy as it consumed. What little heating and cooling it required came from an efficient, all-electric heat pump. | Through these parallel tracks—the domestic and the professional—he and his family…

_____ (2021-12-30). Documents Prove Tennessee County Disproportionately Jails Black Children. popularresistance.org Tennessee's Rutherford County, which has been widely criticized for its juvenile justice system, has been jailing Black children at a disproportionately high rate, according to newly obtained data. And, in a departure from national trends, the county's racial disparity is getting worse, not better. | In an earlier story, ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio chronicled a case in Rutherford County in which 11 Black children were arrested for a crime that does not exist. Four of the children were booked into the county's juvenile jail. | Since publishing that story, the two news organizations have received reports…

_____ (2021-12-30). Iran Is Spearheading A Geopolitical Sea Change In West Asia. popularresistance.org Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote to his fellow colonials: "Either we hang together or we hang separately." | Those words are just as true today as they were 270 years ago, for empires have always controlled by dividing their victims into regional tribal interests in order to be better conquered. | While techniques have adapted to modern times, the essential ingredients for the science of discord remain relatively unchanged: keep resources scarce, fear and ignorance high, and let a targeted population clash over diminishing returns of scarcity. | Amid this division, myopic ethnic, religious, and linguistic pr…

_____ (2021-12-30). Why Atlantans Are Pushing To Stop 'Cop City'. popularresistance.org On Sept. 8, the Atlanta City Council gathered after listening to nearly 17 hours of comments from over 1,100 constituents across the city. The flood of messages concerned one thing: a proposed $90 million police militarization training facility known among locals as "Cop City." The renderings of the facility include a mock city for officers to train in, as well as a helicopter landing base, new shooting ranges, burn tower sites, and more. Its development is being spearheaded by the Atlanta Police Foundation and two-thirds of the funding comes from "philanthropic" and corporate donors, kicking the remainder of the…

_____ (2021-12-30). In Remembrance Of Chuck Kaufman. popularresistance.org Tucson, AZ – It is with heavy heart that the news of the passing of longtime anti-imperialist organizer Chuck Kaufman reached communities on December 28. Born in a small Indiana town, Chuck's life saw travels to numerous countries, most notably in the Latin American countries most firmly in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism. | In 1987, as Reagan's illegal Contra War against Nicaragua ravaged the country in an attempt to kill the successful Sandinista Revolution, Chuck answered the call for solidarity. He gave up his advertising business and joined thousands of other U.S. solidarity activists to help in the coffe…

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela's National Assembly Passed Almost 40 New Laws in 2021. orinocotribune.com A total of 38 laws were passed by the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela since its installation on January 5. At all times, the national parliament acted in compliance with the 7+7 scheme and all biosafety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Since its passing of the Interior and Debate Regulations at the beginning of the year, the Legislative Power has gone on to pass numerous laws leading up to the draft law on the Commission for the Guarantee of Justice and Reparation of Victims of Crimes Against Human Rights, passed on December 15. | The laws passed were: | 1) Interior and Debate Regulations of the…

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela Mourns Death of US Activist Chuck Kaufman. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, December 29, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Félix Plasencia, mourned the death of US activist and organizer Chuck Kaufman, who consistently supported social movements in Latin American countries. Kaufman's involvement in solidarity actions spanned several decades, first focused on Central America and Nicaragua, and later expanded to include activism for Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, and many other Latin American countries. | "We express our deepest sadness at the tragic passing of Chuck Kaufman," wrote Plasencia through his Twitter account, "a US activist, defender of…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-30). Senator Asks CDC To Dock Cruise Ships, Reports 90 Different Vessels With Outbreaks At Sea. moguldom.com Months after cruise ships resumed business following pandemic no-sail orders with strict new policies in place that mandate guests and crews be vaccinated and tested, a U.S. Senator is calling for the cruise industry to be shut down again after covid outbreaks were reported on at least 90 vessels. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control …

Ann Brown (2021-12-30). Fund Created To Provide Support To Veterans Of Original Black Panther Party. moguldom.com An Atlanta-based group has set up a mutual aid program and is raising money to support veterans of the Black Panther Party. Members of the Community Movement Builders announced they have raised nearly $5,000 over the past two months and provided monetary support in December to 10 Black Panther Party veterans. Jalil Muntaqim, a Black …

Rann Miller (2021-12-30). Why Five-Star Athletes Choose HBCUs: Knowing The Past To Process The Present. moguldom.com Howard University professor Dr. Greg Carr teaches his students using the Africana Studies Framework (ASF), which is a set of conceptual categories for studying periods of time with African people at the center. One of those categories, movement in memory, answers the questions: How did Africans preserve memories of where they had been, what they …

Ann Brown (2021-12-30). Bryon Allen Is Still Buying Media Assets: Acquires New Alabama-Based TV Station For $28M. moguldom.com Media mogul Byron Allen didn't let the recent dismissal of his lawsuit against McDonald's over racial discrimination set him back. Allen is continuing to grow his media empire and just added another TV station to his broadcasting holdings with the purchase of Fox affiliate WCOV-TV in Montgomery, Ala. Allen Media Group bought the station for …

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-30). What were the top BDS victories of 2021? electronicintifada.net Direct actions, legal victories and ice cream topped our headlines.

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-30). We Dance into the New Year Banging Our Hammers and Swinging Our Sickles. dissidentvoice.org P.S. Jalaja (India), We Surely Can Change the World, 2021. Bittersweet is the passage of this year. There have been some immense victories and some catastrophic defeats, the most terrible being the failure of the Global North countries to adopt a democratic attitude towards confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable access to key resources, …

It's Going Down (2021-12-30). This Is America #155: Philly and Spokane Heater Bloc; Discussion on Coup Power Point. itsgoingdown.org Welcome, to This Is America, December 30th, 2021. We're out here! Bunch of folks came to see about the heaters. 🥶 pic.twitter.com/e3xrkQbn9M — Heaterbloc Spokane (@HeaterblocSpo) December 27, 2021 On today's episode, we are joined with members of Heater Bloc Spokane and Philly, as we discuss how they are responding to attacks on houseless and…

WSWS (2021-12-30). British Columbia's New Democratic government intensifies policy of mass infection as Omicron spreads. wsws.org The Canadian province recorded five straight records for daily infections last week, culminating in over 2,500 cases on December 25. BC's 7-day rolling average of cases has more than doubled in a week.

Sarah Burris (2021-12-30). Madison Cawthorn's bizarre Russia tale: Should we be concerned?>. salon.com The Republican congressman told a story of how he met his wife — but new questions arise with news of their divorce…

_____ (2021-12-30). America's Malaise and Its 'Failure of National Purpose' — 'Things Are Not Getting Better'. strategic-culture.org Does Biden have a choice? Can he acquiesce to a negotiated settlement with all three of America's self-defined adversaries: Russia, China and Iran? | Former thrice-time U.S. Presidential candidate and now political commentator, Pat Buchanan,

WSWS (2021-12-30). An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the United States and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Buhle (2021-12-30). Colonialism: a cancer on the planet. mronline.org This highly unusual book highlights a forgotten journalist and thinker, but just as much, the assiduous research and interpretations by Tony Pecinovsky, a St. Louis activist and non-academic scholar, on the history of the U.S. Left. W.A. Hunton, to quote W.E.B. Du Bois, was "the kind of absolutely honest and unselfish scholar who is apt …

Editor2 (2021-12-30). The Red Flag will Rise Again: 30 Years Since the Dissolution of the Soviet Union. orinocotribune.com By Nikos Mottas — Dec 26, 2021 | It was thirty years ago, on December 26, 1991, when the red flag with the sickle and hammer was lowered from the Kremlin. | It was then, during the cold days of December, when the first socialist state of the world, the homeland of the world's proletariat, bent under the weight of the counterrevolution. Four days before, on December 22nd, the leaderships of three of the largest Soviet republics had decided the dissolution of the

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-12-30). "The Numbers Killed by these Vaccines is Much Worse than What We Thought". Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi, Dr. Mike Yeadon. globalresearch.ca This is an important message which we just received from Dr. Mike Yeadon, former Vice-president of Pfizer | Forward this message far and wide. My good friend Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, with whom we and others wrote a series …

Andrew Emett (2021-12-30). DOJ releases hypocritical statement on Ghislaine Maxwell verdict. nationofchange.org Although the Justice Department claims that "no one, no matter how powerful and well connected, is above the law," Epstein and Maxwell's alleged blackmail targets currently do not face any criminal charges.

splcenter (2021-12-30). The Road to Jan. 6: A Year of Extremist Mobilization. splcenter.org

Bob Hennelly (2021-12-30). By watering down COVID self-isolation period, CDC defers to commerce. salon.com "When you [cut] back your safety standards in such a transparent way, a science agency just loses credibility"

Editor (2021-12-30). A red under every bed? Canada, racial profiling, and the Five Eyes. mronline.org Amid the wreckage of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have turned their sights on China. University of Victoria professor emeritus and historian John Price examines the rise of the coalition of Anglo settler colonial states of Canada, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, and how they are today fomenting conflict in the Asia Pacific.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-30). The "Killer Vaccine" Worldwide. 7.9 Billion People. globalresearch.ca The stated objective is to enforce the Worldwide vaccination of 7.9 billion people in more than 190 countries, to be followed by the imposition of a digitized "vaccine passport". The evidence of mortality and morbidity resulting from the vaccine is overwhelming. Needless to say this is a multi-billion dollar operation for Big Pharma.

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate Patents & Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Will Prolong Pandemic. democracynow.org Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. "If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop," Chomsky said.

Amanda Mills (2021-12-30). Thanks to the Infrastructure bill, the US will work on replacing all lead water pipes across the country. nationofchange.org "The American Jobs Plan creates jobs replacing 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines so every American, so every child — can turn on the faucet and be certain to drink clean water."

Igor Derysh (2021-12-30). Ted Cruz confuses Washington state with Western Australia in attack on "power drunk" Democrats. salon.com Bewildered Texas senator rapidly deleted tweet accusing "authoritarian" Democrats of being "kill-joys"

Jackie Lieske (2021-12-30). Best of 2021: The sobering truth about quitting my job: I was addicted to high-stress nonprofit work. salon.com When I resigned without a backup plan, I didn't realize 4 million workers had just done the same. I can see why now…

Ethan Huff (2021-12-30). More hospital nurses blow whistle on "overwhelming" number of heart attacks, blood clots occurring in the fully vaccinated. globalresearch.ca There is In Ventura County, located to the north of Los Angeles, cases of "unexplained" heart problems, strokes and …

Phil Jones (2021-12-30). Microworkers "Disempowered to a Degree Previously Unseen in Capitalist History" zcomm.org "Microworkers" are the anonymous digital contract workers whose labor powers the tech giants' artificial intelligence systems…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of sex-trafficking young girls for Jeffrey Epstein. wsws.org The confidante and assistant to the deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was convicted on five of six counts and faces a maximum of 65 years in prison.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Rate of police killings remained unchanged in 2021. wsws.org Police have killed approximately 1,100 people every year since 2015, a consistent rate of three people every day.

_____ (2021-12-30). Russia Is the Last Remaining Christian Country. strategic-culture.org By Paul Craig ROBERTS | At his year-end press conference, Russian President Putin said that "a woman is a woman and a man is a man," and he expressed his confidence that the religious denominations of the Russian Federation would have the moral fiber to resist the intrusion of the Alas, the Western World has no such moral fiber. The West has cut itself off from its past and is tottering on…

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Iran: Sending Rocket to Space While Nuclear Talks Are Held. telesurenglish.net Media reports say that while the talks are being held in Vienna to revive the nuclear deal, Iran launched the Simorgh rocket to space with three research devices. | RELATED: | According to the report, the exact time of the launch is unknown, neither what kind of devices were carried nor if any of the objects entered orbit around the Earth. | Ahmad Hosseini, the Iranian Defense ministry spokesman, stated that the "performance of the space center and th…

Mary Elizabeth Williams (2021-12-30). Bacon, coffee and pasta pie: A look back at your favorite Quick & Dirty recipes of 2021. salon.com The most popular recipes reflected our collective love of chocolate and potatoes…

_____ (2021-12-30). Why Biden is Better for Russia than Trump. journal-neo.org During the previous US Administration we heard a lot of talk about connections with Russia, and Trump supposedly doing Putin's bidding. Trump was depicted as the most pro-Russian president in the land of the Alger Hiss spy scandal, Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare and Trygve Lie being forced out of the UN because he …

Brian Karem (2021-12-30). Donald Trump may finally face prosecution in the New Year: But the trauma won't end there. salon.com American greed and ignorance created Donald Trump. Will America finally muster the courage to rid ourselves of him?>

Will Jones (2021-12-30). As Three More Studies Show Negative Vaccine Effectiveness, When Will Health Authorities Face Up to What the Data is Telling Us? globalresearch.ca The last two weeks have brought three new studies finding negative efficacy for two vaccine doses, meaning the vaccinated are more likely to be infected than the unvaccinated. | These are study findings, not raw data, so have been adjusted for …

_____ (2021-12-30). Bill Would Empower Parents To Remove Books From School Libraries. popularresistance.org A bill proposed by a Republican state senator in Oklahoma would empower parents to have books that discuss gender identity removed from public school libraries—a measure that rights advocates warned could have life-threatening consequences for LGBTQ+ children across the state. | Under Senate Bill 1142, introduced earlier this month by state Sen. Rob Standridge, just one parent would have to object to a book that includes discussion of "sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity" and other related themes in order to begin the process of removal. | Upon receiving a writt…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-12-30). Salon's most popular science stories of 2021. salon.com From talking animals to churning ocean currents, here are the stories readers loved in 2021…

_____ (2021-12-30). The China Distraction and U.S. Destabilization. strategic-culture.org Today's war is a class war of the super elites, and this can be fought and won by the great masses of people against their own oligarchs. | The American deep state is playing upon the public's distaste of China towards its own ends, and just as with the present global mystery illness, they will blame China for a social credit system which in reality was made in the USA. We can deconstruct the anatomy of this scam through the handling of Covid and biological warfare in general. | This same deep state is trying to springboard or otherwise utilize the incessantly bad behaviour of its own rapacious oligarchy, who it…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Parents in Australia expose COVID-19 school clusters. wsws.org "The huge rise in cases is alarming and I am stressed the government has announced there will be no more lockdowns."

Dan Selcke (2021-12-30). There (probably) won't be a sequel to "The Matrix Resurrections" salon.com What more do you want? We all chose the red pill long ago …

Andrew Bacevich (2021-12-30). America's Underperforming Military. fpif.org Professional sports is a cutthroat business. Succeed and the people running the show reap rich rewards. Fail to meet expectations and you get handed your walking papers. American-style war in the twenty-first century is quite a different matter. | Of course, war is not a game. The stakes on the battlefield are infinitely higher than on the playing field. When wars go wrong, "We'll show 'em next year — just you wait!" is seldom a satisfactory response. | At least, it shouldn't be. Yet somehow, the American people, our political establishment, and our military have all fallen into the habit of shrugging of…

Emma-Louise Fenelon (2021-12-30). Latest Law Pod UK Episode: Interview with Nazir Afzal OBE. ukhumanrightsblog.com In Episode 156 Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Nazir Afzal OBE about his book The Prosecutor. His book can be bought here Nazir's podcast is available here You can read more about his career here Law Pod UK is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, Player FM, ListenNotes, Podbean, iHeart, Radio Public, Deezer or wherever you listen to our podcasts. Please remember to rate and …

Editor (2021-12-30). Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy. mronline.org Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity and move away from fossil fuels.

_____ (2021-12-30). Can We Expect Saudi Arabia and Israel Normalizing their Relations in the Near Future? journal-neo.org After Israel signed the Abraham Accords in 2020 to normalize relations with the UAE and Bahrain, and then with Morocco, whether Saudi Arabia will be next in line in this process is being actively discussed in the United States, Israel, and the Middle East in general. The intensity of such discussions increased as the Saudi …

_____ (2021-12-30). CO2 Emissions Per Capita in Europe. strategic-culture.org This infographic shows per capita CO2 emissions in Europe. Trends in emissions per capita depend on a number of factors, including the introduction of cleaner technologies, the level of industrial development and, of course, the demography. | (Click on the image to enlarge)…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-30). Fact Check: Omicron Variant Has 50-70% Lower Hospitalization Risk Than Delta. moguldom.com The highly infectious omicron coronavirus variant was first identified in Botswana in November and South African scientists announced its arrival to the world in late November, but new studies have found that it may not be as deadly as the delta variant. U.S. health officials are reporting near-vertical case growth with positive test rates doubling every …

Ashley Curtin (2021-12-30). United Airlines first passenger plane to make journey on 100 percent plant-based jet fuel. nationofchange.org The "unprecedented flight" is a first in aviation history.

WSWS (2021-12-30). A financial "blockbuster" year fuelled by death and disease. wsws.org There are concerns that the massive increases in financial market leverage have created a "ticking time bomb."

Lisa Chiu (2021-12-30). Reporter's Notebook: Top stories we covered in 2021. america.cgtn.com Take a look at some of the most memorable stories that CGTN America reporters covered in 2021.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Sudanese Citizens Take to The Streets To Reject Military Rule. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, new mass protests started in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and other cities to demand civilian rule. | RELATED: | According to eyewitnesses, various protests headed to assemble at Sharwani bus station, to march to the Republican Palace. Hundreds of army soldiers have been deployed at the entrances to the bridges linking the three major cities of Khartoum, Omdurman, and Bahri, most parts of which were closed by the au…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Misanthropy and '90s nostalgia: The Matrix Resurrections. wsws.org Audiences are being treated to a transparent cash-grab that sacrifices plot, pacing and characterization in favor of winking "meta" references to the fact that the movie is essentially a reboot of The Matrix .

WSWS (2021-12-30). Australian medical specialist speaks out about escalating COVID crisis. wsws.org "There's going to be misery and suffering and death that is totally unnecessary. The policies our governments are taking will cause much, much further death."

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Rep. MTG Proposes "National Divorce" of Blue and Red States. telesurenglish.net Marjorie Taylor-Greene, Republican Representative in the U.S., called for the separation of the Red and Blues parties via Twitter, calling it a "National Divorce." The states that support the Republican Party are considered Red. The ones who vote for the Democratic Party are called Blue; Tylor-Greene proposes the separation by political affiliation. | RELATED: | Answering a tweet posted by a man moving from Miami from San Francisco Ba…

Saurav Sarkar (2021-12-30). It's Awfully Convenient for Shippers that Longshore Workers Get Blamed for Delays. zcomm.org "The waterfront attracts people from every walk of the life you could imagine." And the union brings them together, people you'd never see call each other 'sister' and 'brother' anywhere else."

WSWS (2021-12-30). Man claiming to work for Turkish intelligence burned Syrian refugees to death. wsws.org This horrific triple murder is a product of the reactionary atmosphere incited by the ruling class and the entire political establishment against refugees in Turkey.

Brett Bachman (2021-12-30). Floridians ask, "Where is Ron DeSantis?" as state shatters COVID records. salon.com The governor has not held a public briefing since Dec. 17 — despite his state facing its worst COVID-19 surge yet…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-12-30). Left-Wing Victory in Chile. orinocotribune.com By Yanis Iqbal — Dec 25, 2021 | The 2021 presidential election in Chile has resulted in the

Doug Tallamy (2021-12-30). E.O. Wilson's lifelong passion for ants helped him teach humans about how to live sustainably. salon.com The renowned late biologist was the first to understand the evolutionary basis of both animal and human societies…

Chauncey DeVega (2021-12-30). With fascism coming, America responds: LOL who cares? Let's Netflix and chill. salon.com As the threat of authoritarian takeover grows, most Americans have lost interest. They'll have nobody else to blame…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Daily COVID-19 infections near 1 million as Omicron wave engulfs Europe. wsws.org Without a mass mobilization of the working class to impose a scientific health policy, Europe faces a collapse of hospitals and horrific levels of death.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Cuban Friendship Organization Calls for Tweet Campaign for Cuba. telesurenglish.net An essential issue of the campaign will be to continue demanding the end of the U.S. blockade of the Caribbean nation and the return of the territory illegally occupied by the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo, in the eastern part of Cuba. | The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) remains committed to the truth, human feelings of friendship and the struggles of the peoples of the world on the path towards the integration of humanity.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). AMLO Augurates A Better 2022 For All Mexicans. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) listed his wishes for 2022, expressing his confidence that next year will be better than 2021. | RELATED: | "This year was better for us than the previous one. And next year will be even better. I have faith in the future. And we must not lose hope," he said during his daily conference held at the National Palace. | "I wish the pandemic to end so t…

_____ (2021-12-30). Libyan Elections Got Disrupted by the US and UK Intervention. journal-neo.org On 24 December 2021, Libya was scheduled to hold a popular vote for the country's first president, but it never took place: The Election Commission failed to publish the final list of candidates on time, and on December 21, the head of the Commission, Imad al-Saih, ordered the closing of polling stations. The vote was …

Paul Street (2021-12-30). Beyond Passive Resistance. zcomm.org Against Democratic Surrender in a Time of Fascitization…

Staff (2021-12-30). Chomsky Blasts the "Torture" of Julian Assange & Biden's Provocative Acts Against China. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky decries what he calls the torture of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He also critiques the Biden administration's reckless foreign policy. "The trajectory is not optimistic," Chomsky says. "The worst case is the increasing provocative actions towards China. That's very dangerous."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-30). Global Migration Indicators report summarizes 2020 for migrants across the world. peoplesdispatch.org The Global Migration Indicators report by the International Organization for Migration is here, with an update on how COVID-19 affected migration around the world. The report says more than 2,300 migrants died while trying to get into Europe or within Europe in 2020. While the pandemic restricted mobility and reduced international migration, still, there were two hundred and eighty-one million international migrants in the middle of 2020. That is close to four per cent of the world's population.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-30). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Putin Exchanges Messages to Confirm Cooperation With Al-assad. telesurenglish.net Vladimir Putin, Russia's President and Bashar Al-Assad, Syria's President, held talks exchanging Christmas and New Year greetings. The discussions about bilateral cooperation in numerous fields were on the table, taking into account the fight against terrorism. | RELATED: | On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin sent his congratulations on the occasion of Christmas and New Year to his homolog President Bashar Al-Assad.

_____ (2021-12-30). Oklahoma Bill Would Empower Parents To Remove Books From School Libraries. popularresistance.org A bill proposed by a Republican state senator in Oklahoma would empower parents to have books that discuss gender identity removed from public school libraries—a measure that rights advocates warned could have life-threatening consequences for LGBTQ+ children across the state. | Under Senate Bill 1142, introduced earlier this month by state Sen. Rob Standridge, just one parent would have to object to a book that includes discussion of "sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity" and other related themes in order to begin the process of removal.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Detroit police killed 33-year-old mother one week before Christmas. wsws.org Nakita Williams was shot and killed by police at a gas station on the east side of Detroit after allegedly brandishing an airsoft gun.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-12-30). The Unvaxxed May Soon Be Shipped to Quarantine Camps. globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Global Research …

Amy Goodman (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate patents & rising anti-science rhetoric will prolong pandemic. nationofchange.org It's overwhelmingly a far-right phenomenon. Others have been drawn in. And I think there are many sources.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Argentine Government Headquarters on Alert Due to Bomb Threat. telesurenglish.net At noon on Thursday, a phone call alerted about the placing of a bomb at the government headquarters of President Alberto Fernandez. After a thorough review of the Pink House, however, the threat was dismissed. | RELATED: | While the security forces surrounded the building with dogs to detect explosives, the Buenos Aires City Police and the Federal Police conducted the investigations inside the Pink House. | According…

_____ (2021-12-30). Silicon Valley Should Not Restrict Public Discourse About Covid Measures Which Affect Everyone. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Twitter has

Jordan Schachtel (2021-12-30). Shell Game? There remains no FDA approved COVID vaccine in the United States. globalresearch.ca

| I fact checked the fact checkers and couldn't believe what I found. Despite the corporate press, Big Pharma, and the federal government telling us otherwise, it is absolutely true that there is no FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine available in the …

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Venezuelan Congress To Debate Reform To Supreme Court. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Venezuela's National Assembly will debate a bill to reform the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). | RELATED: | "In recent days, the TSJ President Maikel Moreno sent to the Commission for Dialogue and National Reconciliation a proposal for the reform of the Supreme Court law," National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez said. | During the discussion of this proposal, the Venezuelan lawmakers will evalu…

Editor (2021-12-30). Why Atlantans Pushing to Stop "Cop City" scheerpost.com Photo by By Aja Arnold / On Sept. 8, the Atlanta City Council gathered after listening to nearly 17 hours of comments from over 1,100 constituents across the city. The flood of messages concerned one thing: a proposed $90 million police militarization training faci…

Jay Serafino (2021-12-30). 10 amazing facts about Bruce Lee. salon.com The esteemed actor and martial artist garnered more public acclaim and reverence after his death in 1973…

David Swanson (2021-12-30). Video: David Swanson on RT: The 2021 State of Things. warisacrime.org By See minute 20: 28.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Cuba Remembers Revolutionary Heroine Haydee Santamaria. telesurenglish.net On Dec. 30, Cubans celebrate the birthday of Haydee Santamaria, a woman whose life was marked by episodes of intense revolutionary struggle. Among them is her participation in the assault on the Moncada Barracks, a milestone in the revolutionary war. | RELATED: | Santamaria was born in 1922 in Las Villas province, where she got involved with social causes from her early youth. Besides being editor of the undergrou…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Ukrainian government expands military conscription among women. wsws.org The US-backed government of President Volodymyr Zelensky continues its attempts to militarize the Ukrainian population despite wide-spread anti-war sentiments.

Richard D. Wolff (2021-12-30). A critique of obscene wealth. canadiandimension.com The obscenely rich have driven economies and societies further from anything remotely resembling a "level playing field," writes Richard Wolff. Photo by aisletwentytwo/ Wherever an…

Alessandra Bajec (2021-12-30). Sudanese women are back on the frontlines of resistance. zcomm.org As October's military coup in Sudan threatens to roll back the gains made in the 2019 revolution, women are fighting once again the authoritarian regime, remaining one of the core revolutionary forces on the ground…

teleSUR (2021-12-30). China to Defend Fairness and Justice in Multilateral Arena. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi said that China would pull together with most countries to defend fairness and justice and do the right thing for humanity. | RELATED: | He made these remarks when asked to talk about the situation that the United States and its allies are seeking to spread Western values and stoke ideology-driven divisions, and there were lots of encounters between various different fo…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Fascist kills five people in shooting spree; Denver police chief admits shooter was "on the radar of law enforcement" wsws.org Fourty-seven-year-old neo-Nazi Lyndon McLeod, who was previously investigated by police for menacing threats, foreshadowed his violent rampage in a series of novels popular with the far right.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Michigan governor signs bill to keep K-12 classes open by using non-teaching staff as substitutes. wsws.org The proposal to use school bus drivers, secretaries and cafeteria workers as substitute teachers explodes Governor Whitmer's pretenses over being concerned about the academic needs of children.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Morenoite Izquierda Diario criticizes lockdowns as COVID-19 surges in Spain. wsws.org The petty-bourgeois Morenoite organisation, affiliated to Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS), is politically implicated in policies that have led to mass death.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Biden administration withdraws federal COVID-19 safety standards for health care workers. wsws.org The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the expiration of its Emergency Temporary Standards, even as frontline health care workers risk their lives in overwhelmed hospitals and long-term care facilities.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Omicron variant thrashes global luxury cruising industry. wsws.org The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently marked over 80 vessels as "yellow" in its color coding system, indicating that reported COVID-19 cases have met the threshold for official investigation.

Abdul Rahman (2021-12-30). Historic unity and resistance in Palestine amid increased attacks and oppression. peoplesdispatch.org Resistance in Palestine acquired new dimensions this year amid the pandemic and unprecedented Israeli offensives in Gaza, forced displacements and increased numbers of settler attacks. The escape of six prisoners, defiance at Sheikh Jarrah and East Jerusalem, a successful national strike across historic Palestine were moments of hope.

Igor Derysh (2021-12-30). Marjorie Taylor Greene suggests banning Democrats who move to red states from voting. salon.com Greene thinks Democrats who move to GOP states should have a "cooling off" period before getting the right to vote…

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Warren Slams Grocers for Raising Prices While Raking In Profits. zcomm.org As the company hailed its grocery workers as "heroes," it cut hazard pay early in the pandemic while pursuing over $1 billion in stock buybacks in 2020…

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Bolsonaro Shows Contempt for Human Life: Bahia Governor Says. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the humanitarian relief offered by Argentina for the cities affected by the rains and floods in the state of Bahia. | RELATED: | Through a press release, the Foreign Affairs Ministry affirmed that the federal government has sufficient resources to address the problems caused by the ongoing natural disaster. | Nevertheless, it also admitted that "in case of an aggravation of the situ…

WSWS (2021-12-30). CDC Director Walensky dismisses the seriousness of child COVID-19 hospitalizations. wsws.org Despite the rising number of pediatric cases and admissions, the Biden administration and its top health officials minimize the danger to ensure schools reopen on schedule when the winter break ends.

Angela Davis (2021-12-30). On Abolition, Justice for Palestine and Critical Race Theory. zcomm.org Interview on Indigenous genocide, Palestine, critical race theory and the role of independent media…

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Abbas, Putin Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Disputes Over Phone. telesurenglish.net Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Israel's economic and security steps could not be an alternative to a political track. | Demonstrators continue a 'Justice for Palestine' protest, part of the 'Resist G7 Day of Action for International Justice', outside the Israeli Embassy in London, Britain, on June 12, 2021.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). China and Russia To Cooperate Against US Domination. telesurenglish.net Beijing's representative in Moscow, Zhang Hanhui, considers that Russia-China cooperation must exist to fight the pressure established by U.S. hegemony. | RELATED: | The U.S. government is imposing pressure on China and Russia at every turn. On Thursday, Beijing's ambassador to Russia declared that the two nations must continue to cooperate to face all the pressure imposed on all fronts. | Hanhui said on Thursday t…

Dave Lindorff (2021-12-30). The Washington money pit: FLASH! Pentagon Fails Audit! (Again!). warisacrime.org By Dave Lindorff That's what should have been the biggest news of 2021. Instead, the story, which broke on November 17, was largely ignored or buried. The nation's two main newspapers, the Washington Post and the New York Times, have simply ignored it. Other news organizations stenographically quoted Pentagon officials as admitting that they "failed again" …

Emily Anne Strong (2021-12-30). The harmful messaging of "It's a Wonderful Life" salon.com The classic holiday film just passed its 75th anniversary, and its timeless message could use a little updating…

Steve Kirsch (2021-12-30). Bhakdi/Burkhardt pathology results show 93% of people who died after being vaccinated were killed by the vaccine. globalresearch.ca The vaccine was implicated in 93% of the deaths in the patients they examined. What's troubling is the coroner didn't implicate the vaccine in any of those deaths. | Summary : | The vaccines are bad news. Fifteen bodies were examined (all died …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Outrage grows as Australia's "National Cabinet" scraps basic protections against mass COVID infections. wsws.org Far from taking steps to avert the disaster, the government leaders moved to further slash testing, tracing and isolation measures, in particular to ensure that workers are kept on the job, even if infected.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). "Good Progress" in Sanctions Removal Says Iran's Top Negotiator. telesurenglish.net Iran's top negotiator in the Vienna talks on the restoration of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal said on Thursday that negotiations have made "good progress" in the removal of U.S. sanctions over the past few days. | Photo taken on Dec. 9, 2021 shows a meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria.

_____ (2021-12-29). In Conversation With Clayton Thomas-Màºller. popularresistance.org Indigenous climate activist, writer, and filmmaker Clayton Thomas-Màºller was raised in Winnipeg, a city named after the Cree word meaning "muddy waters." His memoir, Life in the City of Dirty Water, published in August 2021, recounts his early years of dislocation growing up in the core of the Manitoba capital—from the domestic and sexual abuse he endured to the drugs he sold to survive (his first job was managing a drug house for the largest Indigenous gang in the country). | Clayton's early struggles are only the beginning of his remarkable story, however. Years later, his immersion in Cree spiritua…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Leonardo Boff: "Lula Knows that the Ecological Question is Strategic and Fundamental" libya360.wordpress.com Brasil de Fato In an interview, Leonardo Boff talks about Lula, Bolsonaro, Pope Francis and the direction of society. Photo: Brasil de Fato The Brazilian theologian discusses the direction of society, the need to save the people and the planet, and Pope Francis Debates about the climate will be on the agenda of governments all…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-29). It Is 'Strange,' Says Greta Thunberg, That Biden Is Seen as a Climate Leader. zcomm.org "I've met so many people who give me very much hope and just the possibility that we can actually change things."

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Local Tourism Booms in Zimbabwe Despite COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Environment, Climate, and Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said that domestic tourism is booming in this African country despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Many hotels and lodges in the two major cities of Harare and Bulawayo, including some inland resort places, were fully booked with local tourists during this festive season. This will help operators to sustain their…

Craig Murray (2021-12-29). Protecting the Nazis: The Extraordinary Vote of Ukraine and the USA 327. orinocotribune.com By Craig Murray — Dec 21, 2021 | This is verbatim from the official report of the The Assembly next took up the report on "Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance", containing two draft resolutions. | By a recorded vote of 130 in favour to 2 against (Ukraine, United States), with 49 abstentions, the Assembly then adopted draft resolution I, "Combating glorification of Nazism, neo‚ÄëNazism and other practices that contribute t…

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam (2021-12-29). Museveni mourns deceased former South African archbishop Tutu. plusnews.ug President Yoweri Museveni has joined the rest of the world leaders in paying tribute to former South Africa Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, who died on Sunday at the age of 90. He was a long-serving Anglican Church cleric and anti-apartheid campaigner who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was later appointed to chair his …

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam (2021-12-29). Amid surging COVID cases, Babalanda directs RDCs to intensify sensitization. plusnews.ug In the wake of increasing new cases of COVID19, the Minister of the Presidency, Milly Babirye Babalanda, has directed all Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Resident City Commissioners (RCCs) across the country, to increase sensitization of the masses through the media. She has further asked them to inspect all public places and ensure that guidelines …

Plus News (2021-12-29). Kabaka awards Busoga's Baba TV for its distinguished services. plusnews.ug The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Edward Frederick Kimera Muwenda Mutebi II, has awarded Busoga's BABA Television for its distinguished services in the field of information dissemination, and maintaining good relations with the Kingdom. Since its inception a couple years ago, BABA Television has extensively covered developments in Buganda Kingdom, relaying their live events, conducting interviews …

Plus News (2021-12-29). U.S reaffirms interfering in Somalia's internal affairs. plusnews.ug The government of the United States of America (U.S) has reaffirmed its earlier position opposing the suspension of Somalia's Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Sunday suspended Roble on allegations of corruption, stealing land owned by the country's Army and interfering with a defence ministry investigation. Both the U.S State Department …

Editor (2021-12-29). Editorial: El asesinato y la tasa de retorno. workers.org Primero de Mayo de 2020 frente al almacén de Amazon en Staten Island. En una nota a pie de página del volumen 1 de El Capital, publicado por primera vez en 1867, Karl Marx citó al T.J. Dunning, un líder obrero inglés del siglo XIX: "Si la ganancia es adecuada, . . . |

Morning Star (2021-12-29). Report reveals NATO warplanes constantly provoke Russian Air Force. peoplesworld.org NATO warplanes confronted Russian aircraft 290 times in 2021, most of the time along Russia's western borders, the U.S.-led alliance reported this week. It means nearly 80% of NATO's 370 flight missions this year involved confrontations with the Russian Air Force. Tensions between the military bloc and Russia are rising as Moscow warns against NATO …

John Wojcik (2021-12-29). Ursula Wojcik, 97 — Mother who lived for her children and a better world. peoplesworld.org "May there always be sunshine, may there always be blue skies, may there always be mama, may there always be me!" — Russian folk song expressing the yearning of people for peace I sang that song, along with my mother and a hundred peace activists gathered at a rally in East Berlin in 1985. She …

Ian Goodrum (2021-12-29). With latest Five-Year Plan, China takes bold step into 2022—and beyond. peoplesworld.org

Nancy Robles (2021-12-29). SF Bay Area groups travel country to join immigrant rights protests in D.C. liberationnews.org Actions in D.C. amplified the demand of citizenship for all, no exceptions!

Answer Coalition (2021-12-29). Workers in South Korea continue to struggle for equality January 15. answercoalition.org In 13 regions through the Republic of Korea (South Korea), workers at the 2021 People's Congress rededicated their commitment to struggling for economic and social justice in the country. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is preparing for significant demonstrations in Seoul January 15, which are being organized around the slogan, "Let's overthrow inequality through general unity with the people!" The KCTU is the largest umbrella organization of trade unions in the south. | The upcoming action follows the October 20 general strike, the November 17 peasant demonstrations, and the December 2 poor pe…

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). College Debt Moratorium: Only 10 Percent Of Benefits Goes To Bottom 40 Percent Of Families. moguldom.com Calls for a national student loan debt forgiveness program have grown louder over the last year. Some advocates say such a program would help close the racial wealth gap, but new research shows otherwise. So who would benefit from a college debt moratorium? Americans owe more than $1.59 trillion in student loan debt with Black …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). New York Covid Hospitalization Numbers Go Parabolic: 3 Things To Know. moguldom.com Hospitalizations in New York spiked 12 percent in a single day on Dec. 27 as new coronavirus infections besieged the state. Pushing up the state's case numbers is the increase in recent hospitalizations in New York City. Could this be a repeat of early to mid-2020, when the Big Apple became the epicenter of the …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-29). Bitcoin Is No Democratic Breakthrough Of Finance: Less Than 1% Of Investor Wallets Control A Third Of BTC In Circulation. moguldom.com The top 10,000 investors control more than 33 percent of the Bitcoin supply, weakening the argument that cryptocurrency will democratize finance. It can be difficult to determine who owns the most Bitcoin because many of the largest addresses — the unique identifiers that serve as a virtual location where the cryptocurrency can be sent — …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). Atlanta Approves $90M Investment For 'Cop City' Supported By Incoming Mayor Andre Dickens. moguldom.com Atlanta's controversial "Cop City" is a done deal. The city has finalized a $90 million investment in a massive and militarized law enforcement training center, despite a majority of residents being against it. The Atlanta City Council voted 10-4 on Sept. 8 to sign off on the police training facility, which will sit on nearly …

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-29). Still Fierce Against the Odds: An End of the Year Anarchist Update from Greece. itsgoingdown.org The last time we wrote about the situation here in Athens, we were sweating beside our laundry drying that was covered with soot from raging wild fires. It is hard to know where to invest all our energy, as so much has happened, and times remain precarious here as they do everywhere. Since that last…

Off the 99 (2021-12-29). In the Wake of Rebellion: An Analysis of Abolitionist and Antifascist Currents in Modesto in 2021. itsgoingdown.org A look at autonomous abolitionist and antifascist organizing in the Modesto area of California over the course of 2021. Originally posted to Off the 99. The police murder of George Floyd in 2020 and the subsequent rebellion that followed saw a new wave of working-class self-activity hit the so-called Central Valley, which was met in…

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-29). Podcast Ep 48: Gaza, cyberwarfare and resistance. electronicintifada.net EI editors discuss some of the most impactful stories of the year.

_____ (2021-12-29). Chuck Kaufman: A Pillar Of Solidarity. popularresistance.org Chuck Kaufman, presente! A great comrade and friend to the peoples and just causes of Latin America and the Caribbean has passed on the torch. Chuck Kaufman died on Tuesday, December 28th, and is being remembered for the tremendous impact he made during his decades of anti-imperialist work, organizing to change US-Latin American foreign policy. | Chuck was known for his leadership among North American solidarity organizing with Latin American grassroots movements. It all began when he joined the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987, which in 1998 became the Alliance for Global Justice, for which he served as Na…

_____ (2021-12-29). Forced Displacements In Colombia Increase By Over 169% During 2021. popularresistance.org The Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES), on December 22, warned of an alarming increase in massive and multiple forced displacement events in Colombia during 2021. The CODHES reported that between January and November, 2021, 82,846 people were forcibly displaced from their homes and territories, a figure that represents an increase of 169.3% as compared to the same period in 2020. The CODHES further reported that a total number of 167 displacement events were recorded in these eleven months, which represents an increase of 65.3% in relation to the same period in 2020. | CODHES also reported tha…

_____ (2021-12-29). Building Collective Power Within Our Organizations. popularresistance.org As we imagine an alternative society, we should think about how we will create something more collective, something where all people have a voice. Most of us come from a tradition where a select few make large impactful decisions for social justice organizations. Organizations have practices that at times feel inadequate and inaccessible for all. How do we move more towards a democratic collective process? | These questions come to mind as many movement organizations are wrestling with creating collective democratic power internally. How can processes be more transparent in the organization—and how do we ba…

_____ (2021-12-29). Occupy Biden — Day 3 — Demanding Executive Action. popularresistance.org I live in the shale fields of western Pennsylvania. Butler County is one of the most heavily fracked counties in one of the most heavily fracked states in the country. We have fence line communities that have suffered health and financial hardship due to the industry. | My friends in the Woodlands have been without water since Rex Energy poisoned their water in 2010 during a frack job gone bad. For almost 11 years, up to 60 families from the Woodlands have gone every week to White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church to a water bank called Water for Woodlands to get 20-25 gallons of water per family. These people have…

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). Remembering Village Voice Journalist Peter Noel's Coverage Of The Nation Of Islam In The 1990s. moguldom.com Neither the mainstream media nor the so-called alternative press gives much attention to the Nation of Islam unless there is a major news story or a scandal. However, back in the 1990s when the alternative newspaper, The Village Voice of New York City, was in its prime, writer Peter Noel covered the NOI with well-sourced …

SAM (2021-12-29). A Perfect Storm Has Elon Musk Paying $11 Billion in Tax. inequality.org

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-29). Michael Jordan And Son Jeffrey Bounce Into Web3, Raise $10M For Solana App Linking Fans And Athletes. moguldom.com Basketball GOAT Michael Jordan and his son, Jeffrey Jordan, have raised $10 million and they plan a 2022 launch of HEIR, a Web3 fan engagement platform built on the Solana blockchain that hopes to capitalize on the market for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The Jordans introduced HEIR Inc. on Dec. 14 — a holding company that …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Lima Cartel is Over: Peru Receives President Maduro's Ambassador. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News The so-called Lima Group has been officially buried and Peru has normalized relations with Venezuela. Peru's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oscar Maúrtua de Romaña, received the credentials of Alexander Yánez Deleuze, which accredit him as the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Peru. El Ministro de Relaciones…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Switzerland: Sending Help for Food Crisis in Madagascar. telesurenglish.net It is estimated that at least half of all children, from 6 months to 5 years, suffer from the current food crisis in Madagascar. | RELATED: | The World Food Program has received an additional contribution for helping Madagascar with its current crisis. On average, a million people need emergency food assistance. | The troubles faced by the country have been exacerbated by the worst drought in 40 years, the armed conflict,…

Moderator (2021-12-29). Experts Warn Merck's FDA-Authorized Covid Pill Could 'Create Breeding Ground for Mutant Viruses'. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Merck's anti-viral coronavirus pill has been heralded as a "gamechanger" in the fight against the deadly global pandemic, and the Food and Drug Administration decided last week to authorize the treatment on an emergency-use basis for certain segments of the U.S. population. But public health experts in recent days have increasingly sounded …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-29). 10 brainy and mental health stories from 2021. imperial.ac.uk From new understandings of mental health issues to pioneering treatments for neurological conditions, we look at Imperial's brainy findings from 2021.

Editor (2021-12-29). Warnings from the Far North. mronline.org "Breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures" is horrific to contemplate.

_____ (2021-12-29). If Russia's Not Bluffing, Then What's in the Cards? strategic-culture.org Vladimir Putin is renowned as a strategic chess player. Looks like the world is going to see what his skills are for playing poker. | Russia has said it is not bluffing about its categorical security demands ahead of top-level negotiations with American counterparts in Geneva. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov History has amply demonstr…

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Richard D. Wolff (2021-12-30). A critique of obscene wealth. canadiandimension.com The obscenely rich have driven economies and societies further from anything remotely resembling a "level playing field," writes Richard Wolff. Photo by aisletwentytwo/ Wherever an…

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela Mourns Death of US Activist Chuck Kaufman. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, December 29, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Félix Plasencia, mourned the death of US activist and organizer Chuck Kaufman, who consistently supported social movements in Latin American countries. Kaufman's involvement in solidarity actions spanned several decades, first focused on Central America and Nicaragua, and later expanded to include activism for Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, and many other Latin American countries. | "We express our deepest sadness at the tragic passing of Chuck Kaufman," wrote Plasencia through his Twitter account, "a US activist, defender of…

Hannah Rose (2021-12-30). Before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Corona Virus "Vaccines". Nuremberg Code, Crimes against humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression" globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of Global Research readers, the full text …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-30). *BONUS* Comments and questions about waging a revolutionary struggle here in the US Empire. anchor.fm In this episode I read one of my recent blogs and discuss some of my further ideas about the struggle towards building a revolution here within the belly of the beast. Can it be done? I think yes, but we have to figure out how. The best way to figure out is by waging that struggle today. Go organize! (Blog found at forliberation.wixsite.com/website )…

WSWS (2021-12-30). CDC Director Walensky dismisses the seriousness of child COVID-19 hospitalizations. wsws.org Despite the rising number of pediatric cases and admissions, the Biden administration and its top health officials minimize the danger to ensure schools reopen on schedule when the winter break ends.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Man claiming to work for Turkish intelligence burned Syrian refugees to death. wsws.org This horrific triple murder is a product of the reactionary atmosphere incited by the ruling class and the entire political establishment against refugees in Turkey.

WSWS (2021-12-30). An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the United States and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Biden administration withdraws federal COVID-19 safety standards for health care workers. wsws.org The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the expiration of its Emergency Temporary Standards, even as frontline health care workers risk their lives in overwhelmed hospitals and long-term care facilities.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Misanthropy and '90s nostalgia: The Matrix Resurrections. wsws.org Audiences are being treated to a transparent cash-grab that sacrifices plot, pacing and characterization in favor of winking "meta" references to the fact that the movie is essentially a reboot of The Matrix .

WSWS (2021-12-30). A financial "blockbuster" year fuelled by death and disease. wsws.org There are concerns that the massive increases in financial market leverage have created a "ticking time bomb."

WSWS (2021-12-30). Rate of police killings remained unchanged in 2021. wsws.org Police have killed approximately 1,100 people every year since 2015, a consistent rate of three people every day.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Detroit police killed 33-year-old mother one week before Christmas. wsws.org Nakita Williams was shot and killed by police at a gas station on the east side of Detroit after allegedly brandishing an airsoft gun.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Fascist kills five people in shooting spree; Denver police chief admits shooter was "on the radar of law enforcement" wsws.org Fourty-seven-year-old neo-Nazi Lyndon McLeod, who was previously investigated by police for menacing threats, foreshadowed his violent rampage in a series of novels popular with the far right.

_____ (2021-12-30). Why Biden is Better for Russia than Trump. journal-neo.org During the previous US Administration we heard a lot of talk about connections with Russia, and Trump supposedly doing Putin's bidding. Trump was depicted as the most pro-Russian president in the land of the Alger Hiss spy scandal, Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare and Trygve Lie being forced out of the UN because he …

_____ (2021-12-30). Can We Expect Saudi Arabia and Israel Normalizing their Relations in the Near Future? journal-neo.org After Israel signed the Abraham Accords in 2020 to normalize relations with the UAE and Bahrain, and then with Morocco, whether Saudi Arabia will be next in line in this process is being actively discussed in the United States, Israel, and the Middle East in general. The intensity of such discussions increased as the Saudi …

_____ (2021-12-30). Libyan Elections Got Disrupted by the US and UK Intervention. journal-neo.org On 24 December 2021, Libya was scheduled to hold a popular vote for the country's first president, but it never took place: The Election Commission failed to publish the final list of candidates on time, and on December 21, the head of the Commission, Imad al-Saih, ordered the closing of polling stations. The vote was …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-12-30). FBI is Recklessly Misusing Trump-Era Espionage Policy to Create "Climate of Fear" Among Scientists—Terrorizing Families and Ruthlessly Destroying Careers. covertactionmagazine.com The Justice Department's China Initiative Was Established by the Trump Administration to Crackdown on Chinese Economic and Scientific Espionage However, …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Australian medical specialist speaks out about escalating COVID crisis. wsws.org "There's going to be misery and suffering and death that is totally unnecessary. The policies our governments are taking will cause much, much further death."

WSWS (2021-12-30). Michigan governor signs bill to keep K-12 classes open by using non-teaching staff as substitutes. wsws.org The proposal to use school bus drivers, secretaries and cafeteria workers as substitute teachers explodes Governor Whitmer's pretenses over being concerned about the academic needs of children.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Outrage grows as Australia's "National Cabinet" scraps basic protections against mass COVID infections. wsws.org Far from taking steps to avert the disaster, the government leaders moved to further slash testing, tracing and isolation measures, in particular to ensure that workers are kept on the job, even if infected.

splcenter (2021-12-30). The Road to Jan. 6: A Year of Extremist Mobilization. splcenter.org

Amanda Mills (2021-12-30). Thanks to the Infrastructure bill, the US will work on replacing all lead water pipes across the country. nationofchange.org "The American Jobs Plan creates jobs replacing 100% of the nation's lead pipes and service lines so every American, so every child — can turn on the faucet and be certain to drink clean water."

Ashley Curtin (2021-12-30). United Airlines first passenger plane to make journey on 100 percent plant-based jet fuel. nationofchange.org The "unprecedented flight" is a first in aviation history.

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-30). Biden's new COVID rules protect profits, endanger workers. liberationnews.org 'Nurses hare not going to stand by while the government and our employers weaken protections. We are not going backward now."

Bharat Dogra (2021-12-30). The Exploiter Harms—But Look At What Happens to the Exploiter, Too. towardfreedom.org If there is a better understanding and a wider recognition of how exploiters suffer in the process of exploitation, new openings can emerge to convince the more powerful regarding the futility of prolonging exploitative relations and systems, writes Bharat Dogra.

_____ (2021-12-30). Why Atlantans Are Pushing To Stop 'Cop City'. popularresistance.org The project's supporters, who include Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, have described the facility as a vital tool for improving police morale and fighting crime. Yet about 70 percent of the people calling in expressed their opposition to Cop City. Beyond the basic objections to such a major expansion of the city's policing footprint, environmentalists are also up in arms, since the site's proposed location lies within the South River Forest, which is the Atlanta area's largest remaining green space and, scientists say, one of the city's greatest defenses against worsening climate change.

_____ (2021-12-30). In Remembrance Of Chuck Kaufman. popularresistance.org Tucson, AZ – It is with heavy heart that the news of the passing of longtime anti-imperialist organizer Chuck Kaufman reached communities on December 28. Born in a small Indiana town, Chuck's life saw travels to numerous countries, most notably in the Latin American countries most firmly in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism. | In 1987, as Reagan's illegal Contra War against Nicaragua ravaged the country in an attempt to kill the successful Sandinista Revolution, Chuck answered the call for solidarity. He gave up his advertising business and joined thousands of other U.S. solidarity activists to help in the coffe…

_____ (2021-12-30). Occupy Biden Activists Will Rally On January 1. popularresistance.org This week, environmental advocates addressed intensifying fossil fuel pollution, climate injustices, and the Biden administration's failure to take the lead on climate crisis solutions during the Occupy Biden protests near Joe Biden's Wilmington, DE home. Their goal remains to increase the pressure on the President to declare a climate emergency and end new fossil fuel projects. The actions are being led by local community leaders and supported by dozens of environmental and social justice groups from around the country, and have resulted in hundreds of people taking action. The Occupy Biden actions began on Chri…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-30). Global Migration Indicators report summarizes 2020 for migrants across the world. peoplesdispatch.org The Global Migration Indicators report by the International Organization for Migration is here, with an update on how COVID-19 affected migration around the world. The report says more than 2,300 migrants died while trying to get into Europe or within Europe in 2020. While the pandemic restricted mobility and reduced international migration, still, there were two hundred and eighty-one million international migrants in the middle of 2020. That is close to four per cent of the world's population.

Abdul Rahman (2021-12-30). Drone warfare: The world needs to end US impunity. peoplesdispatch.org A recent report by The New York Times into the killings of hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan and West Asia in over 50,000 air strikes carried out by the US since 2014 underlines the need to hold the imperialist power accountable for its crimes…

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela's National Assembly Passed Almost 40 New Laws in 2021. orinocotribune.com A total of 38 laws were passed by the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela since its installation on January 5. At all times, the national parliament acted in compliance with the 7+7 scheme and all biosafety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Since its passing of the Interior and Debate Regulations at the beginning of the year, the Legislative Power has gone on to pass numerous laws leading up to the draft law on the Commission for the Guarantee of Justice and Reparation of Victims of Crimes Against Human Rights, passed on December 15. | The laws passed were: | 1) Interior and Debate Regulations of the…

Editor (2021-12-30). Cuba eyes cooperation with China on clean energy. mronline.org Facing the challenges of an aging energy infrastructure, Cuba is looking to new energy sources with help from the Belt and Road Initiative to strengthen its power production capacity and move away from fossil fuels.

Paul Buhle (2021-12-30). Colonialism: a cancer on the planet. mronline.org This highly unusual book highlights a forgotten journalist and thinker, but just as much, the assiduous research and interpretations by Tony Pecinovsky, a St. Louis activist and non-academic scholar, on the history of the U.S. Left. W.A. Hunton, to quote W.E.B. Du Bois, was "the kind of absolutely honest and unselfish scholar who is apt …

Ann Brown (2021-12-30). Fund Created To Provide Support To Veterans Of Original Black Panther Party. moguldom.com An Atlanta-based group has set up a mutual aid program and is raising money to support veterans of the Black Panther Party. Members of the Community Movement Builders announced they have raised nearly $5,000 over the past two months and provided monetary support in December to 10 Black Panther Party veterans. Jalil Muntaqim, a Black …

Rann Miller (2021-12-30). Why Five-Star Athletes Choose HBCUs: Knowing The Past To Process The Present. moguldom.com Howard University professor Dr. Greg Carr teaches his students using the Africana Studies Framework (ASF), which is a set of conceptual categories for studying periods of time with African people at the center. One of those categories, movement in memory, answers the questions: How did Africans preserve memories of where they had been, what they …

Ann Brown (2021-12-30). Bryon Allen Is Still Buying Media Assets: Acquires New Alabama-Based TV Station For $28M. moguldom.com Media mogul Byron Allen didn't let the recent dismissal of his lawsuit against McDonald's over racial discrimination set him back. Allen is continuing to grow his media empire and just added another TV station to his broadcasting holdings with the purchase of Fox affiliate WCOV-TV in Montgomery, Ala. Allen Media Group bought the station for …

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-30). What were the top BDS victories of 2021? electronicintifada.net Direct actions, legal victories and ice cream topped our headlines.

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-30). We Dance into the New Year Banging Our Hammers and Swinging Our Sickles. dissidentvoice.org P.S. Jalaja (India), We Surely Can Change the World, 2021. Bittersweet is the passage of this year. There have been some immense victories and some catastrophic defeats, the most terrible being the failure of the Global North countries to adopt a democratic attitude towards confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable access to key resources, …

It's Going Down (2021-12-30). This Is America #155: Philly and Spokane Heater Bloc; Discussion on Coup Power Point. itsgoingdown.org Welcome, to This Is America, December 30th, 2021. We're out here! Bunch of folks came to see about the heaters. 🥶 pic.twitter.com/e3xrkQbn9M — Heaterbloc Spokane (@HeaterblocSpo) December 27, 2021 On today's episode, we are joined with members of Heater Bloc Spokane and Philly, as we discuss how they are responding to attacks on houseless and…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-30). The "Killer Vaccine" Worldwide. 7.9 Billion People. globalresearch.ca The stated objective is to enforce the Worldwide vaccination of 7.9 billion people in more than 190 countries, to be followed by the imposition of a digitized "vaccine passport". The evidence of mortality and morbidity resulting from the vaccine is overwhelming. Needless to say this is a multi-billion dollar operation for Big Pharma.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Morenoite Izquierda Diario criticizes lockdowns as COVID-19 surges in Spain. wsws.org The petty-bourgeois Morenoite organisation, affiliated to Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS), is politically implicated in policies that have led to mass death.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Bolsonaro Shows Contempt for Human Life: Bahia Governor Says. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro rejected the humanitarian relief offered by Argentina for the cities affected by the rains and floods in the state of Bahia. | RELATED: | Through a press release, the Foreign Affairs Ministry affirmed that the federal government has sufficient resources to address the problems caused by the ongoing natural disaster. | Nevertheless, it also admitted that "in case of an aggravation of the situ…

_____ (2021-12-30). Russia Is the Last Remaining Christian Country. strategic-culture.org By Paul Craig ROBERTS | At his year-end press conference, Russian President Putin said that "a woman is a woman and a man is a man," and he expressed his confidence that the religious denominations of the Russian Federation would have the moral fiber to resist the intrusion of the Alas, the Western World has no such moral fiber. The West has cut itself off from its past and is tottering on…

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Venezuelan Congress To Debate Reform To Supreme Court. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Venezuela's National Assembly will debate a bill to reform the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). | RELATED: | "In recent days, the TSJ President Maikel Moreno sent to the Commission for Dialogue and National Reconciliation a proposal for the reform of the Supreme Court law," National Assembly President Jorge Rodriguez said. | During the discussion of this proposal, the Venezuelan lawmakers will evalu…

David Swanson (2021-12-30). Video: David Swanson on RT: The 2021 State of Things. warisacrime.org By See minute 20: 28.

Amy Goodman (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate patents & rising anti-science rhetoric will prolong pandemic. nationofchange.org It's overwhelmingly a far-right phenomenon. Others have been drawn in. And I think there are many sources.

Jordan Schachtel (2021-12-30). Shell Game? There remains no FDA approved COVID vaccine in the United States. globalresearch.ca

| I fact checked the fact checkers and couldn't believe what I found. Despite the corporate press, Big Pharma, and the federal government telling us otherwise, it is absolutely true that there is no FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine available in the …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Parents in Australia expose COVID-19 school clusters. wsws.org "The huge rise in cases is alarming and I am stressed the government has announced there will be no more lockdowns."

Angela Davis (2021-12-30). On Abolition, Justice for Palestine and Critical Race Theory. zcomm.org Interview on Indigenous genocide, Palestine, critical race theory and the role of independent media…

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky on Rising Fascism in U.S., Class Warfare & the Climate Emergency. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky warns the Republican Party is "marching" the world to destruction by ignoring the climate emergency while embracing proto-fascism at home. Chomsky talks about the January 6 insurrection, how neoliberalism is a form of class warfare and how President Biden's climate plans fall short of what is needed.

_____ (2021-12-30). America's Malaise and Its 'Failure of National Purpose' — 'Things Are Not Getting Better'. strategic-culture.org Does Biden have a choice? Can he acquiesce to a negotiated settlement with all three of America's self-defined adversaries: Russia, China and Iran? | Former thrice-time U.S. Presidential candidate and now political commentator, Pat Buchanan,

Editor2 (2021-12-30). The Red Flag will Rise Again: 30 Years Since the Dissolution of the Soviet Union. orinocotribune.com By Nikos Mottas — Dec 26, 2021 | It was thirty years ago, on December 26, 1991, when the red flag with the sickle and hammer was lowered from the Kremlin. | It was then, during the cold days of December, when the first socialist state of the world, the homeland of the world's proletariat, bent under the weight of the counterrevolution. Four days before, on December 22nd, the leaderships of three of the largest Soviet republics had decided the dissolution of the

Will Jones (2021-12-30). As Three More Studies Show Negative Vaccine Effectiveness, When Will Health Authorities Face Up to What the Data is Telling Us? globalresearch.ca The last two weeks have brought three new studies finding negative efficacy for two vaccine doses, meaning the vaccinated are more likely to be infected than the unvaccinated. | These are study findings, not raw data, so have been adjusted for …

WSWS (2021-12-30). British Columbia's New Democratic government intensifies policy of mass infection as Omicron spreads. wsws.org The Canadian province recorded five straight records for daily infections last week, culminating in over 2,500 cases on December 25. BC's 7-day rolling average of cases has more than doubled in a week.

Andrew Emett (2021-12-30). DOJ releases hypocritical statement on Ghislaine Maxwell verdict. nationofchange.org Although the Justice Department claims that "no one, no matter how powerful and well connected, is above the law," Epstein and Maxwell's alleged blackmail targets currently do not face any criminal charges.

Saurav Sarkar (2021-12-30). It's Awfully Convenient for Shippers that Longshore Workers Get Blamed for Delays. zcomm.org "The waterfront attracts people from every walk of the life you could imagine." And the union brings them together, people you'd never see call each other 'sister' and 'brother' anywhere else."

Yanis Iqbal (2021-12-30). Left-Wing Victory in Chile. orinocotribune.com By Yanis Iqbal — Dec 25, 2021 | The 2021 presidential election in Chile has resulted in the

Steve Kirsch (2021-12-30). Bhakdi/Burkhardt pathology results show 93% of people who died after being vaccinated were killed by the vaccine. globalresearch.ca The vaccine was implicated in 93% of the deaths in the patients they examined. What's troubling is the coroner didn't implicate the vaccine in any of those deaths. | Summary : | The vaccines are bad news. Fifteen bodies were examined (all died …

Lisa Chiu (2021-12-30). Reporter's Notebook: Top stories we covered in 2021. america.cgtn.com Take a look at some of the most memorable stories that CGTN America reporters covered in 2021.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Cuba Remembers Revolutionary Heroine Haydee Santamaria. telesurenglish.net On Dec. 30, Cubans celebrate the birthday of Haydee Santamaria, a woman whose life was marked by episodes of intense revolutionary struggle. Among them is her participation in the assault on the Moncada Barracks, a milestone in the revolutionary war. | RELATED: | Santamaria was born in 1922 in Las Villas province, where she got involved with social causes from her early youth. Besides being editor of the undergrou…

_____ (2021-12-30). CO2 Emissions Per Capita in Europe. strategic-culture.org This infographic shows per capita CO2 emissions in Europe. Trends in emissions per capita depend on a number of factors, including the introduction of cleaner technologies, the level of industrial development and, of course, the demography. | (Click on the image to enlarge)…

Andrew Bacevich (2021-12-30). America's Underperforming Military. fpif.org Professional sports is a cutthroat business. Succeed and the people running the show reap rich rewards. Fail to meet expectations and you get handed your walking papers. American-style war in the twenty-first century is quite a different matter. | Of course, war is not a game. The stakes on the battlefield are infinitely higher than on the playing field. When wars go wrong, "We'll show 'em next year — just you wait!" is seldom a satisfactory response. | At least, it shouldn't be. Yet somehow, the American people, our political establishment, and our military have all fallen into the habit of shrugging of…

Phil Jones (2021-12-30). Microworkers "Disempowered to a Degree Previously Unseen in Capitalist History" zcomm.org "Microworkers" are the anonymous digital contract workers whose labor powers the tech giants' artificial intelligence systems…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Ukrainian government expands military conscription among women. wsws.org The US-backed government of President Volodymyr Zelensky continues its attempts to militarize the Ukrainian population despite wide-spread anti-war sentiments.

Emma-Louise Fenelon (2021-12-30). Latest Law Pod UK Episode: Interview with Nazir Afzal OBE. ukhumanrightsblog.com In Episode 156 Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Nazir Afzal OBE about his book The Prosecutor. His book can be bought here Nazir's podcast is available here You can read more about his career here Law Pod UK is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Audioboom, Player FM, ListenNotes, Podbean, iHeart, Radio Public, Deezer or wherever you listen to our podcasts. Please remember to rate and …

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate Patents & Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Will Prolong Pandemic. democracynow.org Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. "If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop," Chomsky said.

Staff (2021-12-30). Chomsky Blasts the "Torture" of Julian Assange & Biden's Provocative Acts Against China. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky decries what he calls the torture of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He also critiques the Biden administration's reckless foreign policy. "The trajectory is not optimistic," Chomsky says. "The worst case is the increasing provocative actions towards China. That's very dangerous."

_____ (2021-12-30). The China Distraction and U.S. Destabilization. strategic-culture.org Today's war is a class war of the super elites, and this can be fought and won by the great masses of people against their own oligarchs. | The American deep state is playing upon the public's distaste of China towards its own ends, and just as with the present global mystery illness, they will blame China for a social credit system which in reality was made in the USA. We can deconstruct the anatomy of this scam through the handling of Covid and biological warfare in general. | This same deep state is trying to springboard or otherwise utilize the incessantly bad behaviour of its own rapacious oligarchy, who it…

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Warren Slams Grocers for Raising Prices While Raking In Profits. zcomm.org As the company hailed its grocery workers as "heroes," it cut hazard pay early in the pandemic while pursuing over $1 billion in stock buybacks in 2020…

Editor (2021-12-30). A red under every bed? Canada, racial profiling, and the Five Eyes. mronline.org Amid the wreckage of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States and its allies have turned their sights on China. University of Victoria professor emeritus and historian John Price examines the rise of the coalition of Anglo settler colonial states of Canada, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand, and how they are today fomenting conflict in the Asia Pacific.

Dave Lindorff (2021-12-30). The Washington money pit: FLASH! Pentagon Fails Audit! (Again!). warisacrime.org By Dave Lindorff That's what should have been the biggest news of 2021. Instead, the story, which broke on November 17, was largely ignored or buried. The nation's two main newspapers, the Washington Post and the New York Times, have simply ignored it. Other news organizations stenographically quoted Pentagon officials as admitting that they "failed again" …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of sex-trafficking young girls for Jeffrey Epstein. wsws.org The confidante and assistant to the deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was convicted on five of six counts and faces a maximum of 65 years in prison.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Omicron variant thrashes global luxury cruising industry. wsws.org The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently marked over 80 vessels as "yellow" in its color coding system, indicating that reported COVID-19 cases have met the threshold for official investigation.

Ethan Huff (2021-12-30). More hospital nurses blow whistle on "overwhelming" number of heart attacks, blood clots occurring in the fully vaccinated. globalresearch.ca There is In Ventura County, located to the north of Los Angeles, cases of "unexplained" heart problems, strokes and …

Paul Street (2021-12-30). Beyond Passive Resistance. zcomm.org Against Democratic Surrender in a Time of Fascitization…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-30). Fact Check: Omicron Variant Has 50-70% Lower Hospitalization Risk Than Delta. moguldom.com The highly infectious omicron coronavirus variant was first identified in Botswana in November and South African scientists announced its arrival to the world in late November, but new studies have found that it may not be as deadly as the delta variant. U.S. health officials are reporting near-vertical case growth with positive test rates doubling every …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Daily COVID-19 infections near 1 million as Omicron wave engulfs Europe. wsws.org Without a mass mobilization of the working class to impose a scientific health policy, Europe faces a collapse of hospitals and horrific levels of death.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-30). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

Alessandra Bajec (2021-12-30). Sudanese women are back on the frontlines of resistance. zcomm.org As October's military coup in Sudan threatens to roll back the gains made in the 2019 revolution, women are fighting once again the authoritarian regime, remaining one of the core revolutionary forces on the ground…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-12-30). The Unvaxxed May Soon Be Shipped to Quarantine Camps. globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Global Research …

_____ (2021-12-30). Oklahoma Bill Would Empower Parents To Remove Books From School Libraries. popularresistance.org A bill proposed by a Republican state senator in Oklahoma would empower parents to have books that discuss gender identity removed from public school libraries—a measure that rights advocates warned could have life-threatening consequences for LGBTQ+ children across the state. | Under Senate Bill 1142, introduced earlier this month by state Sen. Rob Standridge, just one parent would have to object to a book that includes discussion of "sexual perversion, sex-based classifications, sexual identity, or gender identity" and other related themes in order to begin the process of removal.

Craig Murray (2021-12-29). Protecting the Nazis: The Extraordinary Vote of Ukraine and the USA 327. orinocotribune.com By Craig Murray — Dec 21, 2021 | This is verbatim from the official report of the The Assembly next took up the report on "Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance", containing two draft resolutions. | By a recorded vote of 130 in favour to 2 against (Ukraine, United States), with 49 abstentions, the Assembly then adopted draft resolution I, "Combating glorification of Nazism, neo‚ÄëNazism and other practices that contribute t…

Editor (2021-12-29). Editorial: El asesinato y la tasa de retorno. workers.org Primero de Mayo de 2020 frente al almacén de Amazon en Staten Island. En una nota a pie de página del volumen 1 de El Capital, publicado por primera vez en 1867, Karl Marx citó al T.J. Dunning, un líder obrero inglés del siglo XIX: "Si la ganancia es adecuada, . . . |

Morning Star (2021-12-29). Report reveals NATO warplanes constantly provoke Russian Air Force. peoplesworld.org NATO warplanes confronted Russian aircraft 290 times in 2021, most of the time along Russia's western borders, the U.S.-led alliance reported this week. It means nearly 80% of NATO's 370 flight missions this year involved confrontations with the Russian Air Force. Tensions between the military bloc and Russia are rising as Moscow warns against NATO …

John Wojcik (2021-12-29). Ursula Wojcik, 97 — Mother who lived for her children and a better world. peoplesworld.org "May there always be sunshine, may there always be blue skies, may there always be mama, may there always be me!" — Russian folk song expressing the yearning of people for peace I sang that song, along with my mother and a hundred peace activists gathered at a rally in East Berlin in 1985. She …

Ian Goodrum (2021-12-29). With latest Five-Year Plan, China takes bold step into 2022—and beyond. peoplesworld.org

Nancy Robles (2021-12-29). SF Bay Area groups travel country to join immigrant rights protests in D.C. liberationnews.org Actions in D.C. amplified the demand of citizenship for all, no exceptions!

Answer Coalition (2021-12-29). Workers in South Korea continue to struggle for equality January 15. answercoalition.org In 13 regions through the Republic of Korea (South Korea), workers at the 2021 People's Congress rededicated their commitment to struggling for economic and social justice in the country. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is preparing for significant demonstrations in Seoul January 15, which are being organized around the slogan, "Let's overthrow inequality through general unity with the people!" The KCTU is the largest umbrella organization of trade unions in the south. | The upcoming action follows the October 20 general strike, the November 17 peasant demonstrations, and the December 2 poor pe…

_____ (2021-12-29). Chuck Kaufman: A Pillar Of Solidarity. popularresistance.org Chuck Kaufman, presente! A great comrade and friend to the peoples and just causes of Latin America and the Caribbean has passed on the torch. Chuck Kaufman died on Tuesday, December 28th, and is being remembered for the tremendous impact he made during his decades of anti-imperialist work, organizing to change US-Latin American foreign policy. | Chuck was known for his leadership among North American solidarity organizing with Latin American grassroots movements. It all began when he joined the staff of the Nicaragua Network in 1987, which in 1998 became the Alliance for Global Justice, for which he served as Na…

_____ (2021-12-29). Forced Displacements In Colombia Increase By Over 169% During 2021. popularresistance.org The Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES), on December 22, warned of an alarming increase in massive and multiple forced displacement events in Colombia during 2021. The CODHES reported that between January and November, 2021, 82,846 people were forcibly displaced from their homes and territories, a figure that represents an increase of 169.3% as compared to the same period in 2020. The CODHES further reported that a total number of 167 displacement events were recorded in these eleven months, which represents an increase of 65.3% in relation to the same period in 2020. | CODHES also reported tha…

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). College Debt Moratorium: Only 10 Percent Of Benefits Goes To Bottom 40 Percent Of Families. moguldom.com Calls for a national student loan debt forgiveness program have grown louder over the last year. Some advocates say such a program would help close the racial wealth gap, but new research shows otherwise. So who would benefit from a college debt moratorium? Americans owe more than $1.59 trillion in student loan debt with Black …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). New York Covid Hospitalization Numbers Go Parabolic: 3 Things To Know. moguldom.com Hospitalizations in New York spiked 12 percent in a single day on Dec. 27 as new coronavirus infections besieged the state. Pushing up the state's case numbers is the increase in recent hospitalizations in New York City. Could this be a repeat of early to mid-2020, when the Big Apple became the epicenter of the …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-29). Bitcoin Is No Democratic Breakthrough Of Finance: Less Than 1% Of Investor Wallets Control A Third Of BTC In Circulation. moguldom.com The top 10,000 investors control more than 33 percent of the Bitcoin supply, weakening the argument that cryptocurrency will democratize finance. It can be difficult to determine who owns the most Bitcoin because many of the largest addresses — the unique identifiers that serve as a virtual location where the cryptocurrency can be sent — …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). Atlanta Approves $90M Investment For 'Cop City' Supported By Incoming Mayor Andre Dickens. moguldom.com Atlanta's controversial "Cop City" is a done deal. The city has finalized a $90 million investment in a massive and militarized law enforcement training center, despite a majority of residents being against it. The Atlanta City Council voted 10-4 on Sept. 8 to sign off on the police training facility, which will sit on nearly …

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-29). Still Fierce Against the Odds: An End of the Year Anarchist Update from Greece. itsgoingdown.org The last time we wrote about the situation here in Athens, we were sweating beside our laundry drying that was covered with soot from raging wild fires. It is hard to know where to invest all our energy, as so much has happened, and times remain precarious here as they do everywhere. Since that last…

Off the 99 (2021-12-29). In the Wake of Rebellion: An Analysis of Abolitionist and Antifascist Currents in Modesto in 2021. itsgoingdown.org A look at autonomous abolitionist and antifascist organizing in the Modesto area of California over the course of 2021. Originally posted to Off the 99. The police murder of George Floyd in 2020 and the subsequent rebellion that followed saw a new wave of working-class self-activity hit the so-called Central Valley, which was met in…

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-29). Podcast Ep 48: Gaza, cyberwarfare and resistance. electronicintifada.net EI editors discuss some of the most impactful stories of the year.

_____ (2021-12-29). Building Collective Power Within Our Organizations. popularresistance.org As we imagine an alternative society, we should think about how we will create something more collective, something where all people have a voice. Most of us come from a tradition where a select few make large impactful decisions for social justice organizations. Organizations have practices that at times feel inadequate and inaccessible for all. How do we move more towards a democratic collective process? | These questions come to mind as many movement organizations are wrestling with creating collective democratic power internally. How can processes be more transparent in the organization—and how do we ba…

_____ (2021-12-29). Occupy Biden — Day 3 — Demanding Executive Action. popularresistance.org I live in the shale fields of western Pennsylvania. Butler County is one of the most heavily fracked counties in one of the most heavily fracked states in the country. We have fence line communities that have suffered health and financial hardship due to the industry. | My friends in the Woodlands have been without water since Rex Energy poisoned their water in 2010 during a frack job gone bad. For almost 11 years, up to 60 families from the Woodlands have gone every week to White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church to a water bank called Water for Woodlands to get 20-25 gallons of water per family. These people have…

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). Remembering Village Voice Journalist Peter Noel's Coverage Of The Nation Of Islam In The 1990s. moguldom.com Neither the mainstream media nor the so-called alternative press gives much attention to the Nation of Islam unless there is a major news story or a scandal. However, back in the 1990s when the alternative newspaper, The Village Voice of New York City, was in its prime, writer Peter Noel covered the NOI with well-sourced …

SAM (2021-12-29). A Perfect Storm Has Elon Musk Paying $11 Billion in Tax. inequality.org

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-29). Michael Jordan And Son Jeffrey Bounce Into Web3, Raise $10M For Solana App Linking Fans And Athletes. moguldom.com Basketball GOAT Michael Jordan and his son, Jeffrey Jordan, have raised $10 million and they plan a 2022 launch of HEIR, a Web3 fan engagement platform built on the Solana blockchain that hopes to capitalize on the market for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The Jordans introduced HEIR Inc. on Dec. 14 — a holding company that …

_____ (2021-12-29). In Conversation With Clayton Thomas-Màºller. popularresistance.org Indigenous climate activist, writer, and filmmaker Clayton Thomas-Màºller was raised in Winnipeg, a city named after the Cree word meaning "muddy waters." His memoir, Life in the City of Dirty Water, published in August 2021, recounts his early years of dislocation growing up in the core of the Manitoba capital—from the domestic and sexual abuse he endured to the drugs he sold to survive (his first job was managing a drug house for the largest Indigenous gang in the country). | Clayton's early struggles are only the beginning of his remarkable story, however. Years later, his immersion in Cree spiritua…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Ready to Pump Gas to Europe. telesurenglish.net Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline is ready for operation amid an energy crunch in Europe, Alexei Miller, the CEO of Russia's gas industry giant Gazprom, reported to President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Gazprom has completed filling the second string of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline with gas, and both strings with sufficient pressure are fully ready for use, Miller said. | "Now, of course, everything depends on our partners, consum…

Kerry Smith (2021-12-29). Wangan and Jagalingou people: 'Adani has never had our consent'. greenleft.org.au Adrian Burragubba, Senior Elder and spokesperson for the Nagana Yarrbayn, Wangan and Jagalingou Cultural Custodians, said the resistance to Adani continues. Kerry Smith reports.

Michelle Begue (2021-12-29). Women now head 40% of Brazil's households. america.cgtn.com In Colombia, about 40 percent of households are headed entirely by women. And that ratio has been rising in the past decade. Many single mothers work in jobs that don't offer pensions or other benefits. See how they manage to survive.

Moderator (2021-12-29). Best of 'Scheer Intelligence' 2021: Assange, Kucinich, Abdullah and More. scheerpost.com Throughout another turbulent year of pandemic, protests, and economic troubles, Robert Scheer and the award-winning "Scheer Intelligence" team made sure to bring you left-wing perspectives from a wide range of distinguished voices including Ralph Nader, Melina Abdullah, Chris Hedges, and many more, as the progressive fight becomes as urgent as ever. With a new year …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). A Soft Civic-Military Coup in Argentina? libya360.wordpress.com Germán Gorraiz López The Pacific Alliance was born in 2011 with Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia as founding States, the USA and China as observers and Australia and Canada as future associated States and currently represents 41% of Latin America's GDP and 57% of its foreign trade with a potential market of about 230 million…

_____ (2021-12-29). Diplomatic Boycott of the Beijing Olympics is Washington's Self-inflicted Wound. journal-neo.org The confrontation with China taken by Washington in recent years is being pursued not only on the economic front, with numerous sanctions against Chinese companies, but in politics as well, with the US creating various anti-Chinese blocs, such as AUKUS, provoking Taiwanese separatism, launching an information campaign criticizing alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang …

Editor (2021-12-29). Warnings from the Far North. mronline.org "Breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures" is horrific to contemplate.

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela Booster Shot Campaign Begins Next Week. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Health Carlos Alvarado provided details about the National Plan for COVID-19 booster vaccination schedule starting next week, on Monday January 3. He reported that "more than 18 million vaccines are guaranteed." Likewise, he specified that as of the second quarter of the year Venezuela will be producing the Abdala vaccine domestically, via an agreement with Cuba, which "guarantees the booster vaccine in Venezuela for the year 2022." | The statements were issued during a briefing on the vaccination plan and the fight against COVID-19, led by President Nicolás Maduro and broadcast by public…

Editor (2021-12-29). bell hooks changed how we think about Black femininity, class, and capitalism. mronline.org The world lost a trailblazing thinker and feminist this week. Professor and social activist Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, passed away at the age of 69.

_____ (2021-12-29). Alternate Reality Traps Democrats in World of Dumb. strategic-culture.org Elect us to save democracy, say the delusional Democrats, ignoring the reality that democracy is bumbling along pretty much as it was intended to do. The Dem line would all make more sense if Trump had appeared bare chested at the Biden inauguration atop an M1 tank or something, but that is the nature of delusion.

Pedro Brieger (2021-12-29). El origen de los talibanes. globalizacion.ca Tras la caída de la monarquía, Afganistán atravesó un largo proceso de guerra civil que llevó a la invasión soviética de diciembre de 1979 y a la ocupación del país. Apoyados por Estados Unidos, los talibán desempeñaron un rol decisivo…

Editor (2021-12-29). Cuba seeks more equality and inclusion with the new Code of Families. mronline.org Roxanne Castellano, professor at the Psychology Faculty of the University of Havana, explained that this is a Code based on paradigms of non-discrimination that creates spaces for all, seeks solutions to conflicts, and is consistent with the conception of our socialist state of law and social justice.

Editor (2021-12-29). The LAPD Murder of a 14-Year-Old Girl. scheerpost.com Photograph Source: Chris Yarzab — By Dave Lindorff / The shooting death by Los Angeles Police of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who died in a changing room of a Burlington Outlet store while with her mother trying on a dress for her coming 15th birthday celebration, is an atrocity beyond comprehension. | I don't care what kinds of excuses are made by the cop or cops who fired shots, one of which tore away this young gir…

Global Research News (2021-12-29). Selected Articles: Video: Ex-Pfizer Chief Scientist Dr. Michael Yeadon: Mass Murder with Vaccine Passports/Top Up Vaccines. globalresearch.ca By This system is being put in place using lies, and it's being put in place usi…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Colombian Constitutional Court Condemns Expulsion of Migrants. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, the Plenary Chamber of the Constitutional Court of Colombia concluded that due process was not observed during the expulsion of 59 Venezuelan migrants that took place amid the 2019 national strike. | RELATED: | The sentence will be published in January 2022. In the press release, however, the Court indicates that the Colombian police arbitrarily deprived the migrants of their liberty. Subsequently,…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Mexico Authorizes Emergency Use of Cuba's Abdala Vaccine. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Cuba's Abdala vaccine has been granted emergency use authorization by Mexico, which joins Nicaragua, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in authorizing the use of Cuban-developed vaccines, produced by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) reports that "specialized personnel…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Globalink | Why Does Mega Trade Deal RCEP Matter?>. telesurenglish.net Why does the mega trade deal RCEP matter? What will the world's largest free trade deal signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries bring to the regional and global economy? Find out what experts have to say. | Leaders attend the signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement after the fourth RCEP Summit, which is held via video link, Nov. 15, 2020.

WSWS (2021-12-29). UK: Stagecoach Yorkshire bus workers to take indefinite strike from New Year. wsws.org The union bureaucracy has prevented numerous disputes from resulting in national action which would have brought the UK network to a standstill and enabled bus workers to win a sizeable pay increase across the board.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Heavy Rains Cause Destruction In Northeast Brazil. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the Governor of Bahia Rui Costa announced that the death toll due to the rains and floods in his state rose to 21. | RELATED: | The most recent victim is a 19-year-old man who drowned while trying to cross a strong stream in a flooded area of Ilheus City, according to a report from the Civil Defense. So far, some 470,000 people have been affected by the floods. Over 77,000 of them had…

Medea Benjamin (2021-12-29). Yes, There Were 10 Good Things About 2021. zcomm.org It was, indeed, a disastrous year, but we do have some reasons to cheer…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Mexicans Echo Gabriel Boric's Proposal on Solidarity Pensions. telesurenglish.net The Chilean president-elect Gabriel Boric's proposal on the need to dismantle the private pension system found an echo in Mexico, a country whose citizens also suffer the consequences of individual capitalization of social security contributions. | RELATED: | The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Researcher Gustavo Leal explained that his country's Retirement Fund Administrators (AFORE) are very simila…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Palestinian rights groups demand evidence to back up 'terrorist' designation by Israel. peoplesdispatch.org Six prominent Palestinian rights groups were banned and labeled as terrorist organizations by Israeli authorities in October 2021. Palestinian lawyers are demanding they provide evidence.

Andreas Noack (2021-12-29). Video: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca ** | First published on …

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Lifting US Sanctions Priority of Vienna Nuke Talks. telesurenglish.net Lifting sanctions should be a priority on the agenda of the ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program since the Western parties have concluded that psychological operations against Iran are no longer viable, said Mohammad Qaderi, an Iranian international affairs expert. | RELATED: | Negotiators from Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reconvened on Monday in A…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Latin America: The Continent that Never Ceases to Amaze Us. libya360.wordpress.com Hussam AbdelKareem With such leaders that the continent of Marquez produces, the poor would not have to steal in order to feed the children. Latin America never ceases to amaze us. Its ability to "produce" "extraordinary" leaders continues across generations. Guevara and Castro are the most famous in the twentieth century, and before them, Simon…

Nathan King (2021-12-29). China-U.S. relations in 2021. america.cgtn.com See how China-U.S. relations are in the Biden era in 2021. Where Is the relationship heading in 2022?>

Great Game India (2021-12-29). Vaccine Passports Were Planned Even Before the Pandemic Began. 20 Months Before the Covid Outbreak. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-12-29). What is behind the American Postal Workers Union and the Postmaster General's 10-year plan? wsws.org The concessionary contract negotiated by the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service supports the recently enacted plan to dismantle and privatize mail delivery.

Editor (2021-12-29). Invisible Warriors: California's Incarcerated Female Firefighters. scheerpost.com In recent years, California's wildfire season has become one of the greatest challenges facing the state's population. Nearly one-third of the people risking their lives to fight these deadly fires are incarcerated, many of them women, including Amita Mota (center), shown here in July, 2013. | By Joshua Grant / Risking their lives for minimal pay, incarcerated female firefighters in California work to save residential neighborhoods and national parks. | Incarcerate…

Paul Haeder (2021-12-29). End of the Year Story of Hope. dissidentvoice.org Premise The following is a light piece on a man. The dream of becoming a tap dancer. A white kid from West Virginia (via San Fran and Guam) who got the Big Apple bug, that is, the Great White Way bug to be a hoofer on Broadway. The man comes to me via my volunteer …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-29). 10 brainy and mental health stories from 2021. imperial.ac.uk From new understandings of mental health issues to pioneering treatments for neurological conditions, we look at Imperial's brainy findings from 2021.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Lima Cartel is Over: Peru Receives President Maduro's Ambassador. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News The so-called Lima Group has been officially buried and Peru has normalized relations with Venezuela. Peru's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oscar Maúrtua de Romaña, received the credentials of Alexander Yánez Deleuze, which accredit him as the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Peru. El Ministro de Relaciones…

Paulo Cabral (2021-12-29). New Brazilian form of opportunity for businesses started in the slums. america.cgtn.com In Brazil, there's a new stock market for businesses, started in slums. It's working to encourage entrepreneurship and bring social change to those communities. Find out more.

Fight Back (2021-12-29). In remembrance of Chuck Kaufman, anti-imperialist, international solidarity organizer. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – It is with heavy heart that the news of the passing of longtime anti-imperialist organizer Chuck Kaufman reached communities on December 28. Born in a small Indiana town, Chuck's life saw travels to numerous countries, most notably in the Latin American countries most firmly in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism. | In 1987, as Reagan's illegal Contra War against Nicaragua ravaged the country in an attempt to kill the successful Sandinista Revolution, Chuck answered the call for solidarity. He gave up his advertising business and joined thousands of other U.S. solidarity activists to help in the coffe…

_____ (2021-12-29). Ending The Pandemic Is Not An 'Individual Responsibility'. popularresistance.org After a year and a half, the ravages of the pandemic show no signs of slowing down. The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly around the globe and is now the dominant version of Covid in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 73 percent of new cases. The U.S. is now averaging over 213,751 new Covid cases per day, which is equal to 85 percent of the number of cases during the peak when the highest daily average was reported on January 7, 2021. | While it is still unclear if Omicron causes more severe symptoms than other strains of Covid, it's clear based on the variant's high transmissibility1 that the sheer number…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Switzerland: Sending Help for Food Crisis in Madagascar. telesurenglish.net It is estimated that at least half of all children, from 6 months to 5 years, suffer from the current food crisis in Madagascar. | RELATED: | The World Food Program has received an additional contribution for helping Madagascar with its current crisis. On average, a million people need emergency food assistance. | The troubles faced by the country have been exacerbated by the worst drought in 40 years, the armed conflict,…

Fra Hughes (2021-12-29). Jeremy Corbyn and the North Shropshire Conservative Defeat. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes — Dec 24, 2021 | In undermining Corbyn in a Machiavellian-type coup, the new Labour leader Keir Starmer was supported by the establishment, supported by the mainstream media, supported by Tony Blair, and supported by Zionist "Israel". |

| Jeremy Corbyn the one-time leader of the British Labour Party whose leadership was undermined from within the party by Blairite centrists and without the party through a broad-based attack claiming he was an anti-Semitic, a communist and a pro-IRA supporter. The great hero of the left, the hope for a future generation of socialists and left of center…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Russia-China Relations: History in the Making. libya360.wordpress.com Yoselina Guevara One of the relevant geopolitical issues of 2021 has been the strengthening of China-Russia relations. A strategic partnership that is the result of Russian policies in international matters, which are aimed at building a multipolar world, in addition to being evidently a counterweight to the U.S. strategy of containment in an open policy…

Staff (2021-12-29). Arundhati Roy on the Media, Vaccine Inequity, Authoritarianism in India & Challenging U.S. Wars. democracynow.org We go to New Delhi, India, to speak with acclaimed Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy about the pandemic, U.S. militarism and the state of journalism. Roy first appeared on Democracy Now! after receiving widespread backlash for speaking out against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. At the time, her emphatic antiwar stance clashed with the rising tides of patriotism and calls for war after 9/11. "Now the same media is saying what we were saying 20 years ago," says Roy. "But the trouble is, it's too late."

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Colombia: Duque's Neo-Nazi Security Law. libya360.wordpress.com Horacio Duque The Colombian Congress, the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Defense have issued a Law of supposed citizen security. In reality, it is a statute to establish a series of provisions and institutions that reshape the political regime to fully establish a neo-Nazi dictatorship to crush social movements and political organizations…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Chile: Abortion Rights Enter Into the Constitutional Convention. telesurenglish.net This Wednesday, the popular initiative that establishes the right to free abortion in Chile, drafted by feminist organizations, achieved the necessary signatures to enter the debate in the Constitutional Convention. | The president-elect, Gabriel Boric (i), offers a press conference after his meeting with the president of the Constitutional Convention, Elisa Loncon…

Brasil de Fato (2021-12-29). 21 dead due to severe flooding in Bahia state of Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org The tragic floods in cities across the state of Bahia cost yet another life on Tuesday December 28 bringing the total number of dead to 21. Severe flooding has been registered in several cities in the state in the last few days, with the number of municipalities in a The latest confirmed death is of a 19-year-old girl who tried to cross flood waters in Ilhéus on Monday December 27 and drowned. This is the second death that occ…

_____ (2021-12-29). Political Coordination between Egypt and Russia Intensifies. journal-neo.org Against the background of consistent strengthening by Egypt of its role in the Arab world and and in the international arena, further coordination of policy between Egypt and Russia continues with the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields. Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, held a meeting with colleagues from Egypt …

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-29). Hundreds of U.S. flights cancelled, stranding thousands over Christmas. america.cgtn.com Tens of thousands of passengers have been stranded at airports across the U.S. and abroad after hundreds of flights were cancelled over the Christmas holiday amid Omicron surge.

teleSUR Desk (2021-12-29). Chaos, poverty and hunger — The U.S. legacy in Afghanistan. mronline.org The U.S.-led mission fled the Afghanistan front of their so-called "war on terror," leaving nothing but trash, extreme poverty and universal unemployment.

Michelle Begue (2021-12-29). Colombia travel firms pivot to virtual tours amid COVID-19. america.cgtn.com See how tour agencies in Colombia are looking for a new and safe way to revitalize the tourism industry, as they look to stay afloat.

Adrián Sotelo Valencia (2021-12-29). 2022, øEl mundo en postpandemia? globalizacion.ca El capitalismo global cierra el año 2021 con una de las mayores crisis que ha experimentado la humanidad en su historia moderna, tanto por el volumen de personas involucradas en la pandemia del coronavirus —con más de 5 millones de…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). EU: "Only Winners Can Make Demands" as Warning to Russia. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, called the repeated claims of Russia on stopping NATO's eastwards expansion completely unacceptable. | RELATED: | In an interview for Welt, a German newspaper, Josep Borrell refers to the document released earlier this month by Moscow, in which it listed the promises it wants to get from NATO and the U.S. government. The proposal included guarantee…

Staff (2021-12-29). Poet Martín Espada on "Floaters," the Dehumanization of Refugees, Puerto Rico & His Father. democracynow.org Acclaimed poet Martín Espada recently won the National Book Award for Poetry for his anthology "Floaters." He became just the third Latinx poet to win the award. "Floaters" is titled after the photo of the Salvadoran father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande in June 2019 trying to cross into the United States, one that sparked outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border. Espada discusses U.S. immigration policy and reads the poem "Letter to My Father: October 2017," which looks back at his father's native Puerto Rico.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Palestinian Prisoner On Hunger Strike Lost Speech And Vision. telesurenglish.net With his health seriously deteriorating, Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash spent 135 days on Wednesday on a hunger strike in protest against the administrative detention imposed by the Israeli authorities without specifying charges against him or allowing him to have a proper trial. | RELATED: | The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that Abu Hawash was transferred to a hospital due to his critical…

Richard S. Dunn (2021-12-29). 131 Years Ago Today, the U.S. Army Massacred Native Sioux at Wounded Knee. covertactionmagazine.com Marked Culmination of a Long Process of Genocide That is Still Sugarcoated in Most History Textbooks "Our nation was born …

John R. Platt (2021-12-29). The species that defined our year. nationofchange.org Here you'll find 12 of the species that struck us as we looked back at the year that was.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Afghan women protest continued denial of rights, extrajudicial killings. peoplesdispatch.org Contrary to its promises, the Taliban government has failed to reopen most of the girls' schools that were shut following its takeover and end restrictions on women working outside their homes. The government has also announced fresh curbs on the movement of women…

_____ (2021-12-29). Biden's Dithering in the Middle East Is Forcing Old Enemies to Mend Broken Bridges. strategic-culture.org In recent weeks, Arab countries, Iran and Turkey have all been working out how they can move forward and get along with each other, all due to "sleepy Joe" Biden being asleep at the wheel. Where's all this heading? | In recent weeks, Arab countries, Iran and Turkey have all been working out how they can move forward and get along with each other, all due to "sleepy Joe" Biden being asleep at the wheel. Where's all this heading? | Barely a year in office and what has Joe Biden done in the Middle East? Could it be an after dinner game, like what Europhiles in Brussels play ('Name five famous Belgians')? Name five d…

Staff (2021-12-29). Chile: Boric Rejects Piñera Invitation to PROSUR Summit in Colombia. orinocotribune.com Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric has emphatically rejected outgoing President Sebastián Piñera's invitation to accompany him to the PROSUR summit to be held in Colombia. | "I have spoken with President Piñera and informed him that I have decided not to attend the summit in Colombia," Boric announced. "Our priorities are in the formation of transition teams here in Chile." | | On Monday, December 27, Boric and Piñera met at the Moneda Palace, the presidential residence. There, Piñera extended an invitation to P…

WSWS (2021-12-29). Nearly 300 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean in the week before Christmas. wsws.org The deaths off the Libyan coast, together with another 30 refugees in the Aegean, bring the year's total to 1,887 people seeking shelter in Europe.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). US CDC Investigates Cruise Ships for COVID-19 Outbreaks. telesurenglish.net A total of 88 vessels are under CDC's investigation or observation for COVID-19 outbreaks. Four other vessels are also being monitored by the CDC, according to the latest data on the CDC website. | RELATED: | CDC will follow up with cruise ships when an investigation is required as ships begin to sail with passengers on simulated or restricted voyages under the CDC's Temporary Extension & Modification of Framework for Conditional Sai…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Thai fishing net makers withdraw prison labor contracts over scrutiny of abuse. peoplesdispatch.org Less than a week after a KKF is the largest manufacturer of fishing nets in Thailand, which also exports more than 2,300 tons of fishing nets to the United States. According to

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Mexico Authorizes Use of Cuban Vaccine Abdala Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Cofepris "ruled that the authorization for emergency use of the Abdala vaccine, with the distinctive denomination: recombinant protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus receptor binding domain," the agency stated in a communiqué published on its web page. | RELATED: | It also states that the authorizations issued by this commission "are part of the National Health Regulation Strategy that allows reviewing and providing access…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Germany: Cabinet Confirms Moscow-Berlin Talks To Be Held. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, the Cabinet spokesman, Wolfgang Buechner, confirmed the willingness of Chancellor Olaf Scholz. His advisor Jens Ploetner plans to hold talks with Dmitry Kozak, Russian Deputy Administration head, to help release the tension on the Russia-West conflict. | RELATED: | "There are a number of talks ahead. The first is planned between the US and Russia in Geneva," he exposed, noting that the Russia-NATO Council may be con…

Eva Barlett (2021-12-29). Your $1.7 Billion of Gold is Now Ours, UK Tells Starving Venezuelans. orinocotribune.com By Eva Bartlett — Dec 26, 2021 | In its prolonged freezing of Venezuelan assets, the UK continues to withhold 31 tons of Venezuelan gold stored at the Bank of England, with a new Supreme Court ruling supporting the seizure. | The recent decision, CNN

Editor (2021-12-29). The Nobel Prize winner that predicted a crisis between nature and capital. mronline.org Since 1901, December has been a time for Nobel Prizes. Only in 1969, as an afterthought, the Swedish Central Bank established the 'Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel'—a decision that was met with protests by some members of the Nobel family.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Leonardo Boff: "Lula Knows that the Ecological Question is Strategic and Fundamental" libya360.wordpress.com Brasil de Fato In an interview, Leonardo Boff talks about Lula, Bolsonaro, Pope Francis and the direction of society. Photo: Brasil de Fato The Brazilian theologian discusses the direction of society, the need to save the people and the planet, and Pope Francis Debates about the climate will be on the agenda of governments all…

David Swanson (2021-12-29). Surveillance Concerns: The Good, the Bad, and the Xenophobic. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 28, 2021 Thom Hartmann has written an enormous number of great books, and the latest is no exception. It's called The Hidden History of Big Brother in America: How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democracy. Thom is not the least …

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Local Tourism Booms in Zimbabwe Despite COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Environment, Climate, and Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said that domestic tourism is booming in this African country despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Many hotels and lodges in the two major cities of Harare and Bulawayo, including some inland resort places, were fully booked with local tourists during this festive season. This will help operators to sustain their…

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela's Science and Technology Minister Jiménez: 'Vaccine Geopolitics Has Endangered Life'. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez, stated that "if equity in the vaccination process was real, we would have a greater distribution of vaccines amongst the poorest and hence the most vulnerable nations. Vaccine geopolitics has endangered life, and this must not happen. In January we will start vaccinating with boosters to protect our people [from COVID-19]." | The minister made this comment at a COVID-19 vaccination report session led by President Nicolás Maduro. "The virus will continue its evolutionary and mutational course," Jiménez stated during the meeting. "However, there will…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). South African court halts Shell's oil exploration, seismic blasting and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at an interdict order against Shell's seismic surveys in South Africa, the months-long hunger strike by Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash, and more…

Peter Koenig (2021-12-29). 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.

_____ (2021-12-29). If Russia's Not Bluffing, Then What's in the Cards? strategic-culture.org Vladimir Putin is renowned as a strategic chess player. Looks like the world is going to see what his skills are for playing poker. | Russia has said it is not bluffing about its categorical security demands ahead of top-level negotiations with American counterparts in Geneva. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov History has amply demonstr…

WSWS (2021-12-29). German district calls for elderly homes to block access to hospital for residents with COVID-19. wsws.org The district is pressuring elderly care and nursing homes to evaluate whether transferring their residents to hospital in the event of a COVID-19 infection is really worthwhile.

Moderator (2021-12-29). Experts Warn Merck's FDA-Authorized Covid Pill Could 'Create Breeding Ground for Mutant Viruses'. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Merck's anti-viral coronavirus pill has been heralded as a "gamechanger" in the fight against the deadly global pandemic, and the Food and Drug Administration decided last week to authorize the treatment on an emergency-use basis for certain segments of the U.S. population. But public health experts in recent days have increasingly sounded …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). The COVID-19 "Vaccine" and the Nuremberg Code. Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide. globalresearch.ca The health authorities, Big Pharma, the WHO, the Rockefellers and the Gates foundation are fully aware that the vaccine has resulted in countless deaths and injuries, including blood clots, infertility, brain damage, myocarditis, etc.

Xiaolu Sun (2021-12-29). USA Ski Jumping athletes prepare for Beijing Olympics. america.cgtn.com The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are less than two months away. CGTN's Caroline Malone visits Lake Placid in New York to find out the latest preparation work of USA Ski Jumping athletes.

William Briggs (2021-12-29). Great power rivalry and capitalist crisis. greenleft.org.au Thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War the promised peace and harmony has been illusive, writes William Briggs.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Russia's Shadows in Sahel Region. libya360.wordpress.com M. K. BHADRAKUMAR Tailors busy stitching Russian flags to meet rising demand in Bamako, the capital of Mali, December 26, 2021 On Friday, Mali's transitional government has clarified that it is engaged with Russian military trainers even as French troops are drawing down. So, it is official that Russian security personnel are deployed to…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Hisham Abu Hawwash to continue hunger strike until definitive release. peoplesdispatch.org Abu Hawwash has been on a hunger strike for 135 days protesting his illegal administrative detention and has vowed to continue until he is granted complete freedom…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Bolivia To Use Digital COVID Vaccination Card Starting in 2022. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Bolivia's Health Minister Jeyson Auza presented the new digital COVID-19 vaccination card that will be requested to carry out procedures or access public sites starting next January 1. | RELATED: | Auza indicated that the new certificate is connected to the database of the National Epidemiological Surveillance Registry. Therefore, citizens can generate the card by accessing the Health Ministry web page…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-29). Pfizer Covid Pill Authorized By The FDA To Take At Home May Be Risky With Other Drugs. moguldom.com A covid-19 pill, Paxlovid, that was authorized for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help high-risk people avoid being hospitalized, could have serious side effects for its target demographic if taken with other drugs. The pill, used with an HIV drug, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by …

splcenter (2021-12-29). Alabama prisons lawsuit: SPLC urges prompt mental health remedies after judge's order. splcenter.org

Jake Johnson (2021-12-29). As Harry Reid dies at 82, Democrats urged to take his advice and abolish the filibuster. nationofchange.org "I am now calling on the Senate to abolish the filibuster in all its forms."

Jake Johnson (2021-12-29). It Is 'Strange,' Says Greta Thunberg, That Biden Is Seen as a Climate Leader. zcomm.org "I've met so many people who give me very much hope and just the possibility that we can actually change things."

_____ (2021-12-29). PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. strategic-culture.org By Chris HEDGES | Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, is one of the very few establishment figures Those in power, as Noam Chomsky points out, divide the world into "worthy" and "unworthy" victims. Th…

_____ (2021-12-29). Putin's Best Policy is to Simply Wait. journal-neo.org Russia has recently set out its list of demands for a resetting of the position of the United States in Europe. The Americans have reacted cautiously, promising to give the Russians an answer "shortly". It would be unwise to hold one's breath awaiting a positive response from the Americans. Even in the highly unlikely event …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Covid Vaccines: A Reality Check. libya360.wordpress.com Swiss Policy ResearchItaly Holds 'March of the Vaccine Dead' in Parma, Italy (November 2021) to Remember Those Killed by the COVID-19 Vaccine Covid vaccine effectiveness During 2021, covid vaccines may have saved several hundred thousand lives by mitigating the impact of the covid waves in spring (Alpha), summer (Delta) and early winter (also Delta). This…

Hannah Dreyfus (2021-12-29). States are hoarding $5.2 billion in welfare funds even as the need for aid grows. nationofchange.org Twenty-five years later, however, states are using this freedom to do nothing at all with large sums of the money.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). MTG Attacks African American Festival Kwanzaa. telesurenglish.net Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene commented on her latest foray into American culture that the African American Festival Kwanzaa was "a fake religion created by a psychopath," attacking the festival and people of a conservative political group who posted about it. | RELATED: | On December 26, the first day of the festival, the College Republicans official Twitter account sent a message for the festival participants: "Wishing you a h…

WSWS (2021-12-29). Volkswagen workers kept in the dark following new union-management consultations on restructuring. wsws.org As COVID-19 spreads unchecked in schools and factories, Volkswagen workers are facing unprecedented attacks on their jobs and working conditions.

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