Daily Archives: December 5, 2021

2021-12-05: News Headlines

David Swanson (2021-12-05). Talk World Radio: They're Privatizing Medicare While Your Eyes Are on a Democracy Summit. warisacrime.org Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. We're using only the guest video and not the host this week, because Riverside is getting them out of synch when combining. This week on Talk World Radio, the sneaky and sleazy bipartisan …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Belarus summons Ukrainian military attaché after helicopter intrudes into its space. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Belarus accuses Ukraine's military helicopter of border violation Belarus has accused a Ukrainian military helicopter of flouting its border during maneuvers and flying one kilometer (0.62 miles) into Belarusian territory. The Belarusian State Border Committee said this on Saturday. "December 4 at around noon, violation of the airspace of the Republic of Belarus by Ukraine …

_____ (2021-12-05). Will Ethiopia Become Biden's Libya 2.0 or a Driver for an African Renaissance? strategic-culture.org The situation in Ethiopia is rather simple to understand as long as you don't believe western media spin doctors, Matthew Ehret writes. | Many westerners trying to make sense of the events in the "dark continent" of Africa have many barriers standing in the way of their minds and reality. This must be the case, for without such filters of spin proclaiming Africa's problems to be self-induced (or the consequence of Chinese debt slavery), we in the west, might actually feel horrified enough to demand systemic change. We might come to recognize that the plight of Africa has less to do with Africa and more to do with…

Mnar Adley (2021-12-05). Camila Saab Speaks Out: Wife of Venezuelan Diplomat "Kidnapped" by US Gov't Talks to MintPress. orinocotribune.com While Washington cannot choose the president of Venezuela, it can make life impossible for officials, such as Alex Saab, who attempt to defy its sanctions regime. | On Wednesday, November 24, MintPress News Editor in Chief Mnar Adley sat down to speak with Camila Saab, the wife of imprisoned Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. | Saab was on a diplomatic mission to Iran in June 2020, where he was tasked with securing deals for food, medicine and personal protective equipment. His plane stopped off in Cabo Verde — a group of islands off the west coast of Africa — for a routine refueling. | He would never fin…

_____ (2021-12-05). On Contact: The New Global Order. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses the decline of the American empire and the new global order with Professor Alfred McCoy, who holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. McCoy looks at past empires and how they disintegrated in his book 'To Govern the Globe'. The familiar patterns of decline allow him to speculate about what lies ahead as the global dominance of the United States crumbles under the weight of disastrous military adventurism, the collapse of public institutions, a rapacious and greedy oligarchic elite, and inept political and military leadership. The new world order, McCoy a…

WSWS (2021-12-05). UN's highest ever humanitarian appeal falls on imperialism's deaf ears. wsws.org There was no mention of the appeal in the world's press, testifying to the degree to which starvation and misery are not only being normalized but becoming the policy of choice—a weapon in the hands of the major imperialist powers that speak for their corporate and financial oligarchs, and their puppet regimes in the world's poorest countries…

_____ (2021-12-05). How China Is Taking On Billionaires And Big Tech To Combat Inequality. popularresistance.org China is imposing harsh regulations on private education, big tech, and billionaires. The new Cold Warriors in the U.S. government and media call these moves authoritarian, leftward tyranny, and bad for business. But Chinese president Xi Jinping calls it part of a "common prosperity" agenda to create a more equitable society on the road to building socialism. To help understand the Chinese point of view, Rania Khalek was joined by Tings Chak, a writer and researcher with Dongsheng News and the Tricontinental Institute.

_____ (2021-12-05). Why Unionizing Efforts Terrify Amazon. popularresistance.org The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has just ruled that a historic union vote held earlier this year among Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) was not valid. The highly publicized vote, which took place over several weeks in February and March 2021, resulted in a resounding defeat for the union, with more than 70 percent of those voting choosing against union membership. Stuart Appelbaum, president of RWDSU, accused Amazon of engaging in "efforts to gaslight its own employees," and filed a petition in April to nullify the vote. After inv…

Hamilton Nolan (2021-12-05). Which Side Are You Democrats On? zcomm.org Even the friendliest Democratic officials are cowards. The labor movement needs to save itself…

_____ (2021-12-05). 'Summit For Democracy' — The Apex Of Hypocrisy. popularresistance.org President Biden's December 9-10 "Summit for Democracy" has already stirred up a storm. The White House says the summit will have "three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights" — clearly targeting Washington's chosen "autocratic states," China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua. | The government of Taiwan is among the 100-plus invitees, prompting suspicions that a key goal is de facto recognition of the island as a sovereign state. This continues the systematic gutting of the 1972 Shanghai Communiqué, signed by Richard Nixo…

_____ (2021-12-05). Save Sinjajevina Fighting To Stop Military Training On Pastoral Land. popularresistance.org Given this position of the Ministry and the Government of Montenegro, and in anticipation of the abolition of the decision on the military range in Sinjajevina made in September 2019, Save Sinjajevina insists that the installation of a military training ground in this area would violate an international UNESCO protected area. This is even more striking taking into account that it was inaugurated without any environmental impact assessment, nor a social impact assessment. While the environmental values of the Biosphere Reserve are in great part assured by the continued traditional uses of local communities dwellin…

_____ (2021-12-05). New Orleans Has A Trash Problem. popularresistance.org Dealing with tons of trash isn't out of the ordinary for the City of New Orleans. By the end of Carnival season, city clean-up crews and paid volunteers collect about 900 tons of garbage on average each year. Onlookers have called the efforts "mesmerizing" to watch. More than a century of Mardi Gras celebrations have refined the city's approach to bulk garbage collection down to a science. A "parade" of sanitation workers, tractors, trucks, and street sweepers mobilize to collect the trash and clean the city after Fat Tuesday.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-05). Women's groups stage protest during first reading of harsh anti-abortion bill in Polish parliament. peoplesdispatch.org The bill which was voted down in its first reading would have equated abortion with murder and led to prison terms of up to 25 years for those who underwent abortion and those who assisted them…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-05). Amid protests, Polish parliament rejects anti-abortion bill. peoplesdispatch.org Hundreds of people protested in Poland on December 1 while the parliament was proceeding with the first reading of a draft anti-abortion law. The bill was rejected in the parliament with 361 votes against and 48 in favor of it on December 2.

_____ (2021-12-05). Totally Exhausted US and EU Hit China With Sanctions. journal-neo.org The growing contradictions between China and the West, which received an ideological coloring after the speech of Mike Pompeo in 2020, who called the confrontation between Beijing and Washington a struggle between the Free World and the Marxist-Leninist Regime, is increasingly acquiring the character of a complex conflict between the parties. Washington and its Western …

_____ (2021-12-05). New Orleans Has A Trash Problem. Thanks To Climate Change, Your City Probably Will, Too. popularresistance.org Dealing with tons of trash isn't out of the ordinary for the City of New Orleans. By the end of Carnival season, city clean-up crews and paid volunteers collect about 900 tons of garbage on average each year. Onlookers have called the efforts "mesmerizing" to watch. More than a century of Mardi Gras celebrations have refined the city's approach to bulk garbage collection down to a science. A "parade" of sanitation workers, tractors, trucks, and street sweepers mobilize to collect the trash and clean the city after Fat Tuesday.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-12-05). The Vaccinated vs. The Unvaccinated: Peaceful Citizens Are Being Set Against One Another. globalresearch.ca Written with foresight, …

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-05). How Israel's Actions Against Iran Are Rooted in Cecil Rhodes's 1877 Plan. dissidentvoice.org There has been much speculation about why Israel was allowed in 1967 to intentionally bomb the USS Liberty and slaughter 34 American soldiers on that ship which the U.S. Government has covered-up. And there also is much speculation about why, as reported to Congress by the Congressional Research Service on 7 August 2019, "Israel is …

Ethan Huff (2021-12-05). If You Take the COVID Vax, You Can Never Achieve Full Immunity Again — Government Stats Unveil the Horrifying Truth. globalresearch.ca

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-05). Is Gene Editing the New Name for Eugenics? "Enter Bill Gates" globalresearch.ca A major new technology known as Gene Editing has gained significant attention in recent months. Its advocates claim it will revolutionize everything from agriculture production to disease treatment. Is this technology a stealth way to introduce GMO genetic manipulation by way of another technique.

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-12-05). Bennett blesses street executions of Palestinians. electronicintifada.net Border Police officers hailed as heroes after shooting prone assailant.

Misión Verdad (2021-12-05). How Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Big Pharma Destroyed US Public Health. orinocotribune.com A country's success or failure in managing the COVID-19 pandemic is measured by the number of infections and deaths from the disease. Although it was expected that the crisis would generate a change in the relationship dynamics between nations, even in their internal management, what the outcome has shown is the overall dominance of a barbarism which was the product of the logic of capitalism. | In the case of the United States, the country that so far leads the death count worldwide, the handling of the pandemic has been catastrophic and its effects have influenced and upset global dynamics. Who was in charge of…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Georgia: NATO consolidates military outpost on Russia's southern flank. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The SNGP's annual briefing was held at the Ministry of Defense Defense Ministry [described? praised? the] NATO-Georgia Substantial Package (SNGP) within the achievements and activities of the briefing. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Defense, representatives of the diplomatic corps of NATO member states and the NATO core group (Nato …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Janes: Germany to order 30 nuclear-capable bombers from U.S. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Germany 'Approves' Nuclear-Capable F/A 18 Super Hornets, EW Aircraft EA-18G Growlers To Modernize Fleet — Media Germany is likely to send the US government a letter of request (LOR), requesting to procure the Boeing F/A 18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft, Janes reported quoting local German media. *** In 2020, Germany's Defense Minister Annegret …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Pentagon chief, predecessors: stand up to Putin. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com SecDef Austin 'very concerned' about Russian aggression toward Ukraine Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is "very concerned" about the potential for a Russian incursion into sovereign Ukrainian territory…. "They've invaded before, and as we look at the numbers of forces that are in the border region, as we look at some of the things that are …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Pentagon: NATO trumps Congress over missiles. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Navy should experience no difficulty with this ploy. In 2019 the House voted for the unprecedented NATO Support Act by a margin of 357-22. The dissenting votes were all cast by Republican members. Missile contract with NATO allies at risk over House spending cuts: Navy A House bill cuts about $118 million earmarked for …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Turkey offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Turkey possesses NATO's second-largest population and second-largest armed forces. It has provided 24 Bayraktar TB2 combat drones of the sort used against Russian allies in Syria, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia to Ukraine, which have been used in Donetsk, and has a contract in the works with Ukraine to produce over 500 Bayraktar and Akinci drones, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Turkish arms sales to NATO, 172 nations "open window of opportunity for lasting peace" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO, EU states interested in export of Turkish drones: Foreign minister Several European Union and NATO countries are interested in Turkish drones as well as Turkey's defense industry in general, Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu said on Dec. 4. "It is important for Poland to add these products to the inventory of a NATO and EU …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-05). Week-long NATO nuclear drills: "Combination of F-35A and B61-12 significant improvement of NATO dual-capable aircraft posture in Europe" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO Concludes Annual Nuclear Exercise NATO has wrapped up its annual week-long nuclear deterrence exercise, called Steadfast Noon, across southern Europe with aircraft and personnel from 14 allied countries. *** A different NATO country hosts Steadfast Noon each year.The alliance normally does not identify the host country, with the exception of last year when NATO …

Staff (2021-12-05). New US Military Provocation: Colombia Gets US Armored Vehicles. orinocotribune.com Colombian Defense Minister, Diego Molano, received from the US Ambassador to Colombia, Phillip Goldberg, the keys to 20 armored vehicles of model ASV M1117 Guardian which, the minister assured, will be deployed at Colombia's border with Venezuela. | These 20 vehicles make up the first batch of 145 military vehicles that Washington is donating to the Colombian army. | "This effort allows us to have more equipped troops, soldiers who fulfill their mission to face threats," said Molano at the Buenavista Military Cantonment in La Guajira, about 30 kilometers from the border with Venezuela's Zulia state, in a clear ac…

Christian Pena (2021-12-05). Peru continues to battle COVID-19. america.cgtn.com During a large portion of 2021 Peru had the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita in the world. New variants of the deadly virus have emerged as the country races to vaccinate its population. Dan Collyns reports from Lima.

Ben Manski (2021-12-05). Building the Global Movement. zcomm.org The question we must take up is that of how to engage hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings in a mass constitution-making process from below…

Christine Massey (2021-12-05). The Identity of the Virus: Health/ Science Institutions Worldwide "Have No Record" of SARS-COV-2 Isolation/Purification. globalresearch.ca First published by GR …

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2021-12-05). Video: "The Way You Design the World in Your Mind is the Way you Relate to It in the Real World": Dr. Vandana Shiva. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on April 23, 2021 Vandana Shiva…

WSWS (2021-12-05). Workers' anger mounts at trade union sell-outs of strikes across Spain. wsws.org Opposition is growing among workers across Spain to the continual betrayals of these pro-corporate, anti-worker organisations.

Staff (2021-12-05). Minister Plasencia to Washington: 'You Cannot Torpedo Mexico Talks and Then Urge Its Resumption. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister, Félix Plasencia, responded this Friday, December 3, to the US Undersecretary of State, Victoria Nuland, that it has been the government of President Nicolás Maduro that has repeatedly promoted dialogue with the opposition, even at times of greatest political tension that was fostered by the Venezuelan extreme right supported precisely by Washington. | On Thursday, December 2, in a new interventionist act, Washington urged the administration of Nicolás Maduro to return to the negotiating table in Mexico. "Met yesterday with Venezuela's Unitary Platform to reaffirm US support f…

Michelle Begue (2021-12-05). See what food challenges astronauts face in space. america.cgtn.com A Colombian Company was one of the winners in Phase 1 of NASA's deep space food challenge. Companies competing in the challenge must be able to offer a solution to feeding at least four astronauts on a three-year space mission. Find out more.

Rod Driver (2021-12-05). The World's Richest People: Excessive Wealth Disorder Is Destroying Our Societies. globalresearch.ca Incisive and timely article first published by Global Research on March 29, …

Mike Whitney (2021-12-05). The Killer in the Bloodstream: the "Spike Protein" globalresearch.ca First published …

Christian Pena (2021-12-05). Colombia's Peace Is Unfinished Business. america.cgtn.com During Colombia's internal armed conflict more than 6,000 people were murdered, that's according to the country's Justice Department. Michelle Begue reports.

Steve Topple (2021-12-05). Boris Johnson's drug reforms are straight out of the 80s. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's reforms to drugs policy will mean Drug use UK: a multibillion-pound issue: | As PA reported, the government review into drugs comes off the back of an independent review by dame Carol Bl…

_____ (2021-12-05). Three Questions to Ask About America Not Fighting a War with China. strategic-culture.org Peter VAN BUREN | Before you read another story claiming war among China, Taiwan and the U.S. is getting Why Would China Attack Taiwan? | O…

Jonathan Chait (2021-12-05). If Trump Voters Lived in Germany, They'd Be in the Fascist Party. zcomm.org There is a deep desire within the political Establishment to believe control of the Republican party remains in the hands of responsible small-d democrats. But every day provides fresh evidence to the contrary…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-05). Nearly 300 Artists, Celebrities Demand Hollywood End Support for Big Pharma's Vaccine Monopolies. zcomm.org "It is absurd that some of the associations that claim to represent creators' interests are instead fighting for Big Pharma."

Makia Freeman (2021-12-05). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID mRNA Vaccines. globalresearch.ca With foresight, this article was published on January 13, 2021 at the very outset of the Vaccine program. Experimental COVID Vaccines are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This …

David Skripac (2021-12-05). What Are the Truly Verifiable Facts Surrounding COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Incisive and carefully researched article by David Skripac, first published on Global Research on August 14, 2020 "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that …

Dakotah Lilly (2021-12-05). The Socialist Leader America Loves to Hate Wins Again. What now? orinocotribune.com By Dakotah Lilly — Nov 26, 2021 | Recent elections in Venezuela saw Nicolás Maduro's leftist ruling party win 20 out of 23 governorships. The US predictably cries foul, but I witnessed voting that was perfectly free and fair. | Western This smear is in direct contradict…

WSWS (2021-12-05). Child poverty soars as workers' living standards suffer sharp decline and household poverty grows. wsws.org Over the course of this Parliament (2019-2024), the Resolution Foundation expects child poverty to rise from 30.9 percent to 33.7 percent, or one in three children.

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-05). We Are Living Through a Time of Fear — Not Just of the Virus, but of Each Other. globalresearch.ca This incisive and timely article by award winning author Jonathan Cook was …

Steve Topple (2021-12-05). Meet the artist fighting back against streaming giants like Spotify. thecanary.co Streaming sites like Spotify paying artists a pittance for their music is a big story at present. But one artist is fighting back. She has launched a single on an ethical streaming site. And her approach potentially shows a new way of working for musicians around the world. | Meet MIRI: | East London-based artist

The Canary (2021-12-05). Stop blocking vaccine access for poorer countries, Blackford tells Boris Johnson. thecanary.co The SNP Westminster leader has challenged Boris Johnson to "do the right thing" and help ensure the world's poorest nations can produce coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines. | Ian Blackford demanded that the UK prime minister "stop blocking" the vaccine intellectual property waiver so that developing nations can manufacture vaccines themselves. | The SNP MP raised the issue in a letter to the Conservative leader. He stressed that there needs to be a "truly effective global vaccine strategy" if coronavirus is to be defeated. | Access to vaccine patents: | While the UK is rolling out booster vaccines to the p…

The Canary (2021-12-05). Campaigners welcome proposals to outlaw harassment of women. thecanary.co Campaigners have welcomed reports that harassing women in the street or in bars and making lewd comments at them could become an offence under proposals to be published next week. | A review by the Law Commission will call for "public sexual harassment" and inciting hatred against women to be made criminal offences, the Daily Telegraph reported. | However, the newspaper quoted Whitehall sources as saying the commission will reject calls for misogyny to be made a hate crime, arguing it would be ineffective. | 'Gaping holes': | The commission advises the government on reforms to the law. Its review of ha…

WSWS (2021-12-05). Jazz trombonist and maestro Slide Hampton dies at age 89. wsws.org Hampton's life and work bridged a generations-wide gap between the earliest pioneers of jazz and musicians around the world.

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-05). How Starmer's Labour Reversed 40 Years of Progress on Israel and Palestine. dissidentvoice.org British politics is lurching backwards when it comes to Israel. Gains won over many decades that made it possible to critique Israel and its belligerent rule over Palestinians are being undone almost overnight — and on both sides of the supposed political divide. A rash of recent incidents illustrate how quickly the rot has set …

Dr. Peter McCullough (2021-12-05). Video: The Vaccine is More Dangerous than COVID-19: Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca

Marjorie Cohn (2021-12-05). For the First Time, Supreme Court Is Poised to Retract a Fundamental Right. zcomm.org While Chief Justice John Roberts may not be prepared to squarely overturn Roe and Casey, he signaled his readiness to uphold the Mississippi law, gutting the right of women to choose abortion…

Andrea Germanos (2021-12-05). Progressive Lawmakers to Biden: 'Cancel Student Loan Debt.' All of It. Now. zcomm.org "Student loan payments resume in 61 days. Borrowers are NOT ready or able to restart them," said Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal…

John Bellamy Foster (2021-12-05). Marxism, Ecology and the Climate Crisis—John Bellamy Foster. mronline.org In the week before the COP26 international summit, John Bellamy Foster analyzed the climate emergency and how we can achieve climate justice.

Dr. André Noack (2021-12-05). Video: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca ** | . | . ….

_____ (2021-12-05). Pearl Harbor: Don't Drink The Water Or Believe The Myths. popularresistance.org The U.S. government planned, prepared for, and provoked a war with Japan for years, and was in many ways at war already, waiting for Japan to fire the first shot, when Japan attacked the Philippines and Pearl Harbor. What gets lost in the questions of exactly who knew what when in the days before those attacks, and what combination of incompetence and cynicism allowed them to happen, is the fact that major steps had indisputably been taken toward war but none had been taken toward peace.

MAMER (2021-12-05). Study on Electromagnetism of Vaccinated Persons. globalresearch.ca First published by Global …

WSWS (2021-12-04). Florida governor proposes state military force under his direct control. wsws.org Governor Ron DeSantis' call for the revival of a military force at his sole command is consistent with the fascistic strategy pursued by the governor.

Robert Hunziker (2021-12-04). Burned-out Forests Are Not Re-Growing. dissidentvoice.org Trees are not re-growing in burned-out forests. This strange occurrence is becoming more frequent as global warming turns verdant flora into flammable tinder, causing more and bigger wild forests fires. This article will examine the science behind failure of trees to regrow in burned-out forests. Additionally, and as a collateral issue, this puts one more …

Staff (2021-12-04). Twitter Removes 277 Venezuelan Accounts for Supporting Nicolás Maduro (Social Media Censorship). orinocotribune.com Twitter is back at the center of the global controversy over freedom of expression. On this occasion, the US company undertook the task of censoring thousands of accounts for their supposed security violations and breach of regulations and for an alleged "disclosure of state-linked information." | Hay un dataset de 277 cuentas de Venezuela.

Editor (2021-12-04). White supremacy, Nazism and fascism R U.S. mronline.org Despite many criticisms, white supremacy remains not only well and strong, but is also recognized and hailed by the United States on the world stage as an acceptable and legitimate ideology.

Yves Engler (2021-12-04). Claims of Russian Interference in Ukraine Reek of Hypocrisy. dissidentvoice.org The Russians are up to no good and we must prepare to protect Ukraine. Moscow interferes in US and Canadian elections. That's what Washington, Ottawa and their media sycophants claim. But is this just another case of accusing others of doing the things you do? An age-old propaganda technique designed to deflect attention away from …

WSWS (2021-12-04). Parents of Michigan high school shooter charged with manslaughter. wsws.org James and Jennifer Crumbley were being sought by a fugitive task force late Friday after they failed to appear to face manslaughter charges for the killing of four students by their son on Tuesday.

_____ (2021-12-04). An Obscure Agency Is Threatening To Hand Medicare Over To Wall Street. popularresistance.org In the face of massive support for Medicare for All and the failure of the U.S.'s for-profit health care system, the inevitable fall of the medical-industrial complex can be predicted, if not with precision, with certainty. Everyone is aware of the impending demise, none more so than those in charge of the for-profit health care system and their supporters in Congress, as evidenced by the frenetic activity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transfer the traditional Medicare program to the insurance industry as fast as humanly possible. Given this urgency, physicians representing Physicians…

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-04). The Heat: U.S. President Biden's Challenges. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Joe Biden faces new challenges over the Omicron variant, and the tiny island nation of Barbados becomes the world's newest republic.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Omicron outbreak in Sydney school as Australian governments reject safety measures. wsws.org Omicron already may be circulating widely in the working-class suburbs of western Sydney, given the known community transmission.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Video: Workers must oppose Australian ruling elite's homicidal response to Omicron variant. wsws.org SEP Assistant National Secretary Max Boddy warns: "There is no viable way to stop the pandemic and save lives, other than a strategy of global elimination."

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-04). [World Report] Calls for international solutions to EU—Belarus border crisis. thelancet.com Humanitarian organisations warn that thousands of migrants are stuck, with many unable to access medical care, food, and water. Sharmila Devi reports.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-04). The Supreme Council of Libyan Tribes Calls for Continued Protests in Sebha. libya360.wordpress.com The head of the Supreme Council of Tribes and Cities of Fezzan in Libya, Abu Sbeiha, called on the people of the south to demonstrate tomorrow, Sunday, in front of the headquarters of the High Electoral Commission in Sebha. In his Facebook post, Abu Sbeiha urged citizens to demonstrate to demand "the impartiality of the…

scorinoco (2021-12-04). Peru and the Washington Summit. orinocotribune.com By Gustavo Espinoza Montesinos — Nov 24, 2021 | The White House usually has two attitudes towards elected governments in Latin American countries. When it comes to "friendly governments," that is, the ones genuflecting to the Empire's mandate, it extends its hand, offers them support, and guarantees them permanent assistance. | When, on the contrary, oppositional administrations arise, it rejects and disqualifies them, as is happening right now with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Bolivia. In the Peruvian case, a special phenomenon occurred. | It may be remembered here that in November last year, in the elect…

Seth Galinsky (2021-12-04). Fidel Castro: How Cuban working people made a socialist revolution. themilitant.com U.S. imperialism will never forgive working people in Cuba for overthrowing the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, replacing capitalist rule with a government of workers and farmers, nationalizing U.S. and Cuban companies and opening the first socialist revolution in the Americas. | That revolution was a product of the operations of capitalism, but it could not have charted a path to victory without the political leadership of Fidel Castro. The U.S. rulers hoped when he died Nov. 25, 2016, the revolution would die with him. But five years later, his ideas and example are looked to by millions in Cuba…

_____ (2021-12-04). Backed By AFRICOM, Corporations Plunder DR Congo. popularresistance.org Cobalt, A Key Metallic Element Used In Lithium Batteries And Other "Green" Technology, Is Sourced From Slave Labor In The Democratic Republic Of Congo. As The West Points The Finger At China, The US Africa Command Is Indirectly Policing Mining Operations That Profit US Corporations.

_____ (2021-12-04). How To Picket Stores That Sell Your Employer's Products. popularresistance.org Picketing stores that sell an employer's products can publicize a strike and hurt earnings. It is also a good way to generate community support. Although the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) usually bars unions from picketing secondary (i.e., "neutral") employers, a narrow legal exception applies to retail stores and distributors—provided the union does not interfere with operations, only asks the public not to buy struck products, does not ask customers to stop doing all business with the retailer (unless the store only sells struck products), and does not demand that the store stop buying products from…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Australian government in "chaos" as pandemic intensifies political disarray. wsws.org The Liberal-National government is in tatters, yet there is low popular support for the Labor Party and rising distrust in the entire parliamentary establishment.

Terry Evans (2021-12-04). Workers need to use our unions to fight against the ravages of inflation. themilitant.com With no end in sight to the biggest price hikes in decades, especially on food, gas and other necessities, strikes by workers at Kellogg's cereal plants, ExxonMobil in Texas and at Warrior Met Coal in Alabama set an important example for workers everywhere. By using our unions to fight, striking workers show we can stand up to the bosses and struggle together for protection from the effects of today's crisis of capitalist production and trade. | Employers are driving hard to jack up our "productivity" — an index of the exploitation of our labor — while holding wages down and increasing speedup and ove…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021), giant of American musical theater. wsws.org An inventive lyricist, a collaborator and mentor to many, he created 19 full-length musicals.

Joris Leverink (2021-12-04). Understanding the student protests in Iraqi Kurdistan. roarmag.org Students protesting in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo via On November 21, 2021, hundreds of students from the University of Sulaymaniyah, one of the largest public universities in Iraqi Kurdistan, walked out of their classes in protest to demand better living conditions. The student demonstrations are a response to decades of endemic corruption,

scorinoco (2021-12-04). Xiomara Castro and the Rebirth of Honduras. orinocotribune.com By Ilka Oliva Corado — Nov 29, 2021 | The humiliations suffered by undocumented Central American migrants who try to cross Mexico to reach the United States, seeking to save themselves from the institutional violence of the narco-state, in the case of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, have hurt a lot. The famous northern triangle that is so much present here and there in discourses of politicians, in the discourse of transnational corporations that in exchange for a crumb that they throw from the rocking chair where they rock, placid and pompous; they take the entrails of the land that they are drying, be…

_____ (2021-12-04). Assange's Judge Is Longtime Friend Of Minister Who Oversaw Arrest. popularresistance.org Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett, the judge who will soon decide Julian Assange's fate, is a close personal friend of Sir Alan Duncan, who as foreign minister arranged Assange's eviction from the Ecuadorian embassy. The two have known each other since their student days at Oxford in the 1970s, when Duncan called Burnett "the Judge." Burnett and his wife attended Duncan's birthday dinner at a members-only London club in 2017, when Burnett was a judge at the court of appeal. Now the most powerful judge in England and Wales, Burnett will soon rule on Assange's extradition case. The founder of WikiLeaks faces life impr…

_____ (2021-12-04). UK Higher Education Workers Strike For Fair Pay, Working Conditions. popularresistance.org In today's episode of the Daily Round-up we look at the 3-day UCU strike by Higher Education workers across 58 universities in the UK to demand fair wages and job security; the re-imposition of the Migrant Protection Protocols by the U.S. and its implications for asylum seekers currently in Mexico and at the border; a report on rising hunger in the Latin America and the Caribbean region during the pandemic; and a Stand Earth report linking major brands like Nike and Adidas to cattle ranching operations fueling large-scale destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

_____ (2021-12-04). Nick Estes In Conversation With Jorge Arreaza. popularresistance.org Jorge Arreaza is the Minister of Industries and National Production in Venezuela. Red Nation Podcast co-host Nick Estes spoke to him in Caracas in late November 2021.

_____ (2021-12-04). #NoMore Censorship Of Africa's Roving Digital Army Of Peace. popularresistance.org At approximately 5 am PST on November 29th, I awoke to an almost uninterrupted buzz of text messages from my cell phone. I turned to my nightstand, put my glasses on and quickly learned through concerned friends that my Twitter account had been taken down. Naturally, I logged on to Twitter. From one account to the next, including my "burners", I received an error message indicating that each account had been suspended. I was given no explanation. How could Twitter take down all my accounts without any explanation? What did I do to deserve such an honor? It didn't take long for me to discover that I wasn't alone.

Ali Abunimah (2021-12-04). DSA fails Palestine test by giving Jamaal Bowman a pass. electronicintifada.net Palestinian Americans must not shield politicians who give Israel weapons.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-04). Backing Horses: Australia's Solomon Islands Intervention. dissidentvoice.org The history of humanitarian or policing missions is a history of taking sides, disruptive partiality and the forfeiture of the very object powers claim when intervening in another country. Things become particularly absurd when the individual or government pleading for such help to an outside force is struggling to survive yet making grand statements about …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-04). Fight, Resist, Stand Up, and Organize! anchor.fm In this episode I go into a bit of a discussion intended to show how the class struggle takes many different forms and how active resistance to the capitalist Bourgeoisie system looks different, takes different forms, organizes itself in different ways at different points in times during the struggle. This is how a revolutionary mass movement is built, through struggle, through learning and growing, through expanding into new realms of society and organizing more people than have ever been organized for such a thing before. And we must do it on the basis of revolution, not asking for reforms as an end, but a mean…

It's Going Down (2021-12-04). Inside the Deadly History of Gangs within the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. itsgoingdown.org photo: Radical Graffiti On this episode of the It's Going Down podcast, we speak with southern California journalist Cerise Castle on how she wrote an extensive history of organized gangs within the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department that have existed for the past 50 years. From groups that embrace neo-Nazi symbolism to gangs where participants have…

Liberation Staff (2021-12-04). Defenders of abortion rights rally as Supreme Court hears arguments. liberationnews.org Around the U.S., advocates for reproductive justice rallied in cities large and small in support of the fundamental right to abortion care…

Ralph Nader (2021-12-04). Critical Exposés Everywhere as the Corporate State Worsens. dissidentvoice.org Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his 1938 message to Congress warned that when private power becomes stronger than the democratic state itself, we have Fascism. There are many ways to witness the intensifying domination toward a corporate state. One way is to compare exposé books in the 1960s and the present. Within a span of five years, there were …

Staff (2021-12-04). CNE Discusses Procedure to Include Venezuelan Migrants in Electoral Registry. orinocotribune.com Ahead of the 2024 presidential elections, the National Electoral Council (CNE) of Venezuela has started to discuss how to incorporate Venezuela's migrant population into the electoral registry. | At a conference held on Friday, December 3, CNE rector Roberto Picón explained that the incorporation of migrants into the registry involves a series of technical and political procedures ranging from the normalization of consular relations with some countries, and the updating of host country immigration records, to an actual voter registration. | In his opinion, the first step need to be taken within the political a…

Staff (2021-12-04). President Maduro Calls for Joint Effort to Improve Drinking Water Service. orinocotribune.com On Thursday, December 2, President Nicolás Maduro announced that, in the first semester of 2022, together with the newly elected governors and mayors, his government will commit to a series of maintenance works directed towards optimizing the drinking water services in all of Venezuela's communities. At an event held at the José Joaquín "Papá" Carrillo Sports Complex, in the state of Miranda, President Maduro declared that "we are going to solve the water issues so that it functions properly, at 100%, without any excuses, without bureaucracy, without indolence." | The president pointed out the need "to change eve…

Staff (2021-12-04). #FreePalestinianStudents campaign growing at the University of Mirail in Toulouse. samidoun.net On Thursday, 2 December, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of the Samidoun Network in Toulouse, France, organized an information booth at the University of Mirail in Toulouse as part of the international campaign in support of Palestinian students imprisoned by the Israeli occupation. This campaign brings together more than 350 organizations around the […] | The article

United Health Professionals (2021-12-04). The Covid Outbreak: "Biggest Health Scam of the 21st Century." Report by 1500 Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We say : STOP disproportionate measures to fight SARS-CoV-2 (lockdown, blocking the economy and education, social distancing, wearing of masks for all, etc.) because they are totally unjustified, are not based on any scientific evidence and violate the basic principles of evidence-based medicine.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-04). The Criminalization of Big Pharma, mRNA Vaccine Deaths and Injuries. EU Adopts "Digital Vaccine Passport" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on April 3, 2021, coinciding with …

Andrew Emett (2021-12-04). Former Ohio deputy charged with murder after shooting man in back. nationofchange.org Initially on administrative leave from the sheriff's office since the shooting, Jason Meade retired in July 2021.

WSWS (2021-12-04). The lessons of the International Committee's 1995 global struggle to defend jobs at Kellogg's. wsws.org As workers at Kellogg's plants in the US prepare to vote on the rotten tentative contract agreement being pushed by the BCTGM they should take note of the critical effort to organize workers internationally in defense of jobs and conditions at Kellogg's that was launched by the International Committee in 1995.

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-04). Às armas, o inimigo está à s nossas portas. globalresearch.ca Os Estados Unidos nà£o està£o ameaàßados por ninguém, desmoronam-se a partir do interior. Para manter o seu controlo sobre os seus aliados, esforàßam-se para convencer os asiáticos de um perigo chinês e a Unià£o Europeia de uma ameaàßa russa. Se …

Jim Hightower (2021-12-04). Rethinking work—and life. nationofchange.org People are rethinking where their story is going and how they can take it in a better direction.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Workers defend Lisa Diaz as UK government steps up crackdown on parents. wsws.org As many declaring their support understand, the attack on Lisa is the spearhead of a broader government crackdown on families resisting the deliberate mass infection of children.

Yanis Varoufakis (2021-12-04). Do we really want negotiations to replace markets and hierarchies? — Yanis Varoufakis, 4th December 2021. zcomm.org Note: This is the second entry in an ongoing debate between Michael Albert and Yanis Varoufakis titled: Envisioning a postcapitalism worth striving for. Each entry will be 500 words or less. Each will appear as a stand alone ZNet article, but each will link as well to a cumulative essay containing all the submissions

The Lancet (2021-12-04). [Editorial] Reinstating universal health coverage on the global agenda. thelancet.com Who remembers universal health coverage (UHC)? The World Health Organization defines UHC as all individuals and communities receiving the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving this target was a top priority in global health, as it underpins Sustainable Development Goal 3: to ensure health and wellbeing for all. But as countries focused on the pandemic, the world's health community has neglected to sustain the momentum needed to achieve UHC.

teleSUR (2021-12-04). Ecuador: Indigenous People Decry Lack of Response to Reforms. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) criticized President Guillermo Lasso's lack of response to several reforms voiced by social movements. | RELATED: | Indigenous movement representatives condemned that government officials such as Interior Minister Alexandra Vela and spokesman Carlos Jijon declared a deadline for final negotiations but no meetings have been established since…

Sam Manuel (2021-12-04). Rejecting self-defense claim, jury convicts killers of Ahmaud Arbery. themilitant.com ATLANTA — Three men involved in the vigilante-style entrapment and killing of 25-year-old African American jogger Ahmaud Arbery last year were found guilty Nov. 24 in a unanimous verdict by a nearly all-white jury. | Arbery was chased and gunned down by Travis McMichael while his father, Gregory McMichael, a retired county investigator, drew down on the youth with his pistol from the back of their truck. They were joined in the assault by William Bryan, a neighbor who used his truck to help the McMichaels trap Arbery "like a rat," the elder McMichael told investigators. | Only after protests swelled in the…

Candace Wagner (2021-12-04). Unionists march in support of Erie Strayer strikers. themilitant.com PITTSBURGH — A Nov. 18 march in support of some 40 Iron Workers Regional Shop Local 851 members on strike at Erie Strayer since Oct. 4 brought out members of seven different area unions and family members. They included members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, union roofers, Teamsters, United Electrical workers and others. | "We have had overwhelming support from this community," striker George Crawford told Erie News Now. "We've had multiple people drop us down care packages, anything from venison to canned goods to donuts." | Tracy Cutright, vice president of Local 851, told the Militan…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Trump hid positive coronavirus test prior to presidential debate with Joe Biden last year. wsws.org Eschewing public health protocols and knowingly risking the lives of those attendance, Trump and his inner circle hid the results of the test and refused to wear masks during the debate.

Shahad H Al-Matar, Charith Sairam, Lucie Roussel, Mélanie J Langelier, Donald C Vinh (2021-12-04). [Clinical Picture] Fever, abdominal pain, serositis, arthralgia, hearing loss, proteinuria, and a family history: Muckle Wells syndrome. thelancet.com A 53-year-old man presented with a 3-week history of fevers, intermittent abdominal pain, anorexia, arthralgias, fatigue, generalised body swelling, and 6 ∑8 kg of unintentional weight loss.

teleSUR (2021-12-04). Semeru Volcano's Eruption Leaves 41 Injured People in Indonesia. telesurenglish.net Authorities in Indonesia reported the death of one person while 41 were injured after the eruption of the Semeru volcano on the island of Java on Saturday. | RELATED: | National Agency for Natural Disaster Management spokesman Abdul Muhari noted that several regions have been plunged into darkness after being covered by volcanic ash. | Indonesia's volcanology service put the risk in the area at level 2 out of a maximum…

_____ (2021-12-04). The Fifth-Generation War on Christmas. strategic-culture.org The war on Christmas is waged by reducing our celebrations to absurdities—not by pushing it into the private realm but by assuming it into the public. | By Declan LEARY | The day after Thanksgiving—the day after Thanksgiving—I was riding in somebody else's car when some unholy noise started screeching from the radio. I've blocked the memory of exactly what it was, but suffice it to say that it was some kind of "Christmas" music of the abhorrent Mariah Carey variety. The driver, in a sadistic tone undeniably intended for yours truly, defended the move with just two words: It's time. | I despis…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Australia's under-funded healthcare system confronts major nursing shortages. wsws.org After decades of attacks against working conditions, accelerated by the pandemic, 20,000 nurses have resigned this year.

_____ (2021-12-04). Near-Octogenarian Joe Biden Taps Teen Spirit to Snub China and Russia. strategic-culture.org Biden is trying to foist an anachronistic dichotomy on the world whereby geopolitical rivals China and Russia can be cast as malign. | Inviting some while not inviting others to your party is usually a ploy one associates with petulant, insecure teenagers. It's my party, so there! U.S. President Joe Biden turned 79 last week — near enough an octogenarian — and in the same week announced the invitation list for a so-called "democracy summit" to be held on December 9-10. | China and Russia aren't on the list. Neither are a lot of other countries many of whom happen to be on U.S. blacklists for sanctions…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Berlin primary school teacher describes new contract as "simply ridiculous!" wsws.org In this interview, a Berlin teacher describes the mass infection taking place in schools. Her conclusion: "We need a lockdown until at least the New Year."

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-04). Newly elected General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo vows: "We will resist" peoplesdispatch.org The congress of Abahlali baseMjondolo, held at a time of severe repression but also of expanding influence, has laid out for South Africa's shack-dwellers' movement the road ahead for the next three years.

Author Blank (2021-12-04). Build support for women's right to have an abortion! themilitant.com As the Militant goes to press, the Supreme Court was hearing arguments over a Mississippi law that poses a direct challenge to a woman's legal right to choose whether to have an abortion. | Organizing to win a strong majority of working people to support women's right to choose is crucial both for women's fight for emancipation from second-class citizenship and for the struggles of the entire working class against oppression and exploitation. | A woman's decision about whether and when to bear a child, must be hers alone. Controlling her own body is crucial if women are to plan and control their own lives. It is…

The Canary (2021-12-04). Unvaccinated mothers with harrowing ordeals urge those who are pregnant to get jabbed. thecanary.co Unvaccinated women who suffered with coronavirus (Covid-19) during their pregnancies have told "terrifying" stories of having the virus, from being rushed to hospital to having emergency C-sections. | The women appear in a video sharing their experiences of severe Covid-19 during pregnancy. It's part of a new campaign encouraging expectant mothers to get the vaccine. | The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 98% of pregnant women in hospital with symptomatic Covid-19 are unvaccinated. | The video features three women who experienced serious complications after contracting coronavirus before they w…

Latoya Abulu, Laurel Sutherland (2021-12-04). Indigenous groups unveil plan to protect 80 percent of the Amazon in Peru and Ecuador. nationofchange.org The Amazonian Indigenous organizations leading the plan aim to center Indigenous-led forest management and land tenure to protect endemic species.

The Canary (2021-12-04). Court released documents reveal the cost of keeping private energy firms afloat. thecanary.co The process that the government used to prop up failed energy supplier Bulb could be £400m more expensive than its alternative. That's according to a newly released estimate from the energy regulator. It's being argued that the cost is necessary to stop other energy firms going bust in future. However, people have criticised the situation as one in which private energy companies reap the profits but taxpayers cover the losses: | The taxpayer will hand over £1.7 BILLION to keep Bulb energy running. | The big energy profits always go to private shareholders. But when there are losses the taxpayer has…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Indian courts continue to sanction open-ended imprisonment without trial. wsws.org The 15 surviving victims of the Indian state's Elgar Parishad terrorism frame-up case are being subjected to cruel and life-threatening punishment. They have been imprisoned for years without trial.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Major League Baseball owners lock out players. wsws.org For the first time in 30 years, club owners have locked out players in retaliation for their refusal to accede to the owners' demands.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-04). Video: The Corona Crisis and the Engineered Destabilization of the Global Economy. Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca First published on May 19, 2021 | Visit and follow us on Instagram …

WSWS (2021-12-04). Biden administration resumes Trump's "Remain in Mexico" immigration policy. wsws.org The White House announced a deal with Mexico to reinstate a former Trump-era policy whereby asylum seekers will be forced to stay in that country until their US immigration court date.

Dr. Angela Durante (2021-12-04). A Letter to the Unvaccinated. globalresearch.ca First posted by Global …

John Steele (2021-12-04). Canada flood social disaster is a product of capitalist greed. themilitant.com MONTREAL — Tens of thousands of workers and farmers across British Columbia face widespread flooding, mud and rock slides after torrential rain hit central and southern parts of the province beginning Nov. 14. | The unfolding social catastrophe, however, is not caused by weather, but by the refusal of governments at all levels to prepare for such conditions and the fact that under capitalism working people are forced to live where housing is cheapest — on flood plains. | As of Nov. 17, six people were dead or missing. At least 17,775 people were forced out of their homes, entire towns were evacuated a…

Farooque Chowdhury (2021-12-04). Environment, human rights and class power. mronline.org Environment is human right, said and resolved a recent UN meet. It's a reiteration of an already discussed issue—essential to all of the human society.

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-04). [World Report] Health warnings over UNRWA funding shortfall. thelancet.com Experts caution that health services for millions of Palestinian refugees are under threat. Sharmila Devi reports.

Miho Shimizu, Kenta Ushida, Shinsuke Hori, Ryo Momosaki (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Enabling physical activity for people living with disabilities. thelancet.com Kathleen Martin Ginis and colleagues1 elucidated the significance and challenges of physical activity in people living with disabilities (PLWD). They summarised the difficulty of PLWD in participating in physical activity, despite the absence of serious medical problems. Due to their disability, PLWD are easily isolated from society, which can further reduce their physical activity levels. Social connectedness has been shown to have a positive effect on PLWD participating in social activities.2 Social prescribing is one such approach to resolve individual problems through the establishment of social connection.

Rita Charon (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] Knowing, seeing, and telling in medicine. thelancet.com Today, we are witnessing a new permeability between the arts and the sciences. Scientists are urged to promote transformative creativity in their trainees. Nobelists credit surprise and the imagination for their insights. The health professions have incorporated the humanities, social sciences, and arts into their curricula to teach relational, cultural, and creative dimensions of health care. Whether artists or scientists, investigators strike out from what is known to brave the unknown in acts of creative discovery.

Kathleen A Martin Ginis, Hidde van der Ploeg, Brett Smith, Byron Lai, Gregory W Heath (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Enabling physical activity for people living with disabilities — Authors' reply. thelancet.com With interest, we read the Correspondence in response to our recent Series paper,1 all of which raise excellent points regarding the need for greater efforts to advance physical activity participation in children, youth, and adults with disabilities and provide suggestions for doing so.

teleSUR (2021-12-04). Mali Reports 31 Civilian Casualties After Attack in Mopti. telesurenglish.net In Mali, the transitional government reported Sunday that 31 civilians were killed and 17 others were wounded in an attack perpetrated by suspected terrorists in Mopti. | RELATED: | On Friday, armed individuals attacked a truck traveling from the Songho village to a fair in Bandiagara town. | According to local press reports, the attackers stopped the vehicle which was set on fire even if there were pregnant women and childr…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org India: State transport workers' still on strike in Maharashtra; Doctors walk out in Karnataka and Gujarat; Australia: Sydney bus drivers hold three days of strike action; New Zealand port workers vote to strike…

Brian Williams (2021-12-04). Mine explosion in Russia kills over 50 workers, dozens injured. themilitant.com The bosses' drive for profit at the expense of safety led to a deadly coal mine methane gas explosion in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia Nov. 25. Over 50 people were killed and dozens more hospitalized. Five workers who came to help in rescue operations were among those killed, and one survived. | The explosion occurred after a ventilation shaft began filling with toxic gas while 285 people were working underground in the Listvyazhnaya mine, government officials said. Methane gas levels were dangerously high prior to the blast, but no action was taken either by the company — SDS-Coal — or…

WSWS (2021-12-04). UK: Striking workers at B&Q distribution centre in Worksop determined to fight pay restraint. wsws.org The Unite union, with over 1 million members, has not organised any form of solidarity action—even at the other major B&Q hubs in Swindon and Doncaster in England and Cambuslang in Scotland—in defence of their co-workers in Worksop.

Amanda Khan (2021-12-04). Accountability is the start of true recovery. nationofchange.org People's Action welcomes these much-needed investments, and stands ready to defend our priorities and the communities that need recovery most.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Chile's election: Boric and pseudo-left offer no defense against threat of fascism. wsws.org International and historical experience demonstrates that once in power, the pseudo-left abandons all pretense of reform, bowing to the international financial and corporate elite.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Lives before profits! Stop the pandemic! wsws.org Ending the COVID-19 pandemic requires rejecting the concept that profit interests must be "balanced" against saving lives.

Richard Horton (2021-12-04). [Comment] Offline: Is democracy good for your health? thelancet.com What is the best political system to protect and advance health? In 2019, Thomas Bollyky, who directs the Global Health Program at the US Council on Foreign Relations, and colleagues reported evidence in The Lancet suggesting that democracies are better than autocracies for delivering gains in health. Advantage America, he seemed to be saying. The argument is superficially convincing. Democracies sharpen the accountability of governments to their citizens. Free and fair elections create incentives for political leaders to pay serious attention to the wellbeing of voters.

_____ (2021-12-04). This Is How the Russia-Ukraine War Will Unfold. strategic-culture.org Russian troop movements earlier this year have prompted speculation that Moscow might consider a military attack on the neighboring Ukraine. Head of the Ukrainian military intelligence announced the date of the Russian offensive, saying it will take place in late January 2022. Strategic Culture obtained details of this secret plan to present them in this exclusive infographic.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-04). Moroccans protest normalization of ties with Israel. peoplesdispatch.org On November 29, the the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, protests were held in Rabat against the normalization of relations with Israel and an agreement that was signed between the countries a few days before…

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2021-12-04). Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi Interview: COVID Vaccine Blood Clot Risk Was Known, Ignored & Buried. globalresearch.ca First published on May 28, 2021 | Joining us today is Dr. …

Felipe de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca, Elin Hoffmann Dahl, Leena Menghaney, Candice Sehoma, Yuanqiong Hu (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Obligations in a global health emergency. thelancet.com Ezekiel Emanuel and colleagues note in their Viewpoint1 that everyone agrees that business as usual is unacceptable in a pandemic. Yet their focus on sustainability for industry implicitly supports the status quo.

teleSUR (2021-12-04). Bolivia's 2019 Coup Rulers Face Another Lawsuit in Geneva. telesurenglish.net In the framework of the 72nd Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva, the "Pro Human Rights Bolivia" Organization President Nadesha Guevara and Ayben Huaranca, a victim of the Senkata massacre, filed a complaint against former De facto President Jeanine Añez (2019-2020) and ex-Interior Minister Arturo Murillo. | RELATED: | The complaint seeks to promote investigations to identify the perpetrators…

Dongsheng News (2021-12-04). News on China | No. 78. dissidentvoice.org Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, China announces that it will donate 600 million doses of vaccines for African countries and produce 400 million doses in partnership with African countries. China will send 500 specialists for ten agriculture and poverty alleviation projects on the continent, among other commitments. Macao tightens regulations on casino operators. The ex-Portuguese colony …

Betsey Stone (2021-12-04). Hospital workers walk out to support striking engineers. themilitant.com OAKLAND, Calif. — The 700 members of IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39, who are on strike at 24 Northern California Kaiser hospitals, got a boost Nov. 18 when members of other hospital unions participated in a one-day strike in support of their fight. Thousands of medical assistants, X-ray technicians, phlebotomists, lab scientists and other medical workers lined in front of Kaiser hospitals from Santa Rosa and Vacaville in the north to San Jose in the south. | Members of the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, the Office and Professional Employees Local 29 and Engineers and Scientists of California Local…

Amy Husk (2021-12-04). Back Kellogg's, Warrior Met coal mine strikers! themilitant.com BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Morale was high on the picket lines in front of the Kellogg's plant here Nov. 28 in spite of the freezing cold, wind, and snow that occasionally blasted the strikers. Some 325 workers are on strike at this plant along with over 1,000 other Kellogg's cereal workers in Omaha, Nebraska; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee. Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union members have been on strike against Kellogg's since Oct. 5. | The main issue is the divisive two-tier system, which allows the company to employ a layer of workers who make significantly lower wa…

John Zarocostas (2021-12-04). [World Report] Hope for nutrition summit as global hunger spikes. thelancet.com As COVID-19, climate change, and conflict drive hunger and malnutrition, the health community looks towards the Nutrition For Growth Summit. John Zarocostas reports.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-04). Turkish arms exports up 40%, U.S. and Azerbaijan main purchasers. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Azerbaijan is the second largest importer of defense industry products from Turkey In January-November 2021, Azerbaijan became the second-largest importer of Turkish defense industry and aviation products, according to indicators presented by the Turkish Exporters' Assembly…. According to the information, during the first 11 months of the current year, Turkey sold defense industry products worth …

Tom Shakespeare (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] The many worlds of disability. thelancet.com Jan Grue is a phenomenon in the disability world: a 40-year-old with a congenital muscular atrophy, who is an author of fiction for adults and children and is also Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of Oslo, Norway. In this eagerly awaited book, I Live a Life Like Yours: A Memoir, he tells the story of his life and his daily existence. Grue is expert at capturing sights, sounds, and even smells. The stories he relates are likely to represent the reality for many educated people in high-income countries with lived experience of disability who have stumbled, fallen, and wheeled through school, clin…

Mickey Z. (2021-12-04). Meet the "Godfather of Vaccines" dissidentvoice.org "A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns." (Vito Corleone) Vaccinologists consider the Stanley A. Plotkin Award to be the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in their lucrative field. To qualify for this accolade, the nominee should be "an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of …

_____ (2021-12-04). Central Asian and Middle Eastern Countries Step Up Cooperation. journal-neo.org On November 28, the 15th Summit of the Leaders of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Member-States was held in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, with the participation of the heads of state and governments of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, the countries that are members of the organization. The ECO summit …

WSWS (2021-12-04). At online town hall, Kaiser union officials praise "joint" approach to cost-cutting in tentative agreement. wsws.org At Wednesday's meeting, the first since the deal was announced more than two weeks ago, no rank-and-file workers were allowed to speak or ask questions, a clear indication of the unions' nervousness about opposition to the deal among health care workers.

_____ (2021-12-04). Russia Is Primed for a Persian Gulf Security 'Makeover'. strategic-culture.org By Pepe ESCOBAR | It's impossible to understand the resumption of the JCPOA nuclear talks in Vienna without considering the serious inner turbulence of the Biden administration. | Everyone and his neighbor are aware of Tehran's straightforward expectations: all sanctions — no exceptions — must be removed in a verifiable manner. Only then will the Islamic Republic reverse what it terms 'remedial measures,' that is, ramping up its nuclear program to match each new American 'punishment.' | The reason Washington isn't tabling a similarly transparent position is because its economic circumstances are, biza…

Xiaolu Sun (2021-12-04). See what Colombians have to say about Disney's "Encanto" america.cgtn.com The Disney movie "Encanto" is based on Colombian culture. In Bogota, theater goers expressed their initial approval of the feature film. See what this means for generations who are seeing themselves represented on the big screen more accurately.

Walker Bragman (2021-12-04). YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: Drone Strikes Are Going Down. dailyposter.com

WSWS (2021-12-04). "We should all do this together. We could close Kaiser down!" Operating engineers speak out on two-month strike at Kaiser Permanente. wsws.org There is enormous support for engineers from nurses and other health care workers, but the strike has been systematically isolated by the health care unions.

WSWS (2021-12-04). More details emerge on how Canadian governments covered up aerosol transmission of COVID-19. wsws.org The Canadian government continued to insist the main source of COVID-19 infection was respiratory droplets that fall rapidly to the ground, not aerosols, even when its own briefing documents said otherwise.

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-04). Para onde nos leva o eixo Roma-Paris. globalresearch.ca O Tratado do Quirinale promovido pelo Presidente da República Mattarella, assinado em 26 de Novembro pelo Primeiro Ministro Draghi e pelo Presidente da República Macron, é um tratado político de 360 ∫ no qual a Itália e a Franàßa "se comprometem …

The Canary (2021-12-04). Apart from helping climate and biodiversity, more trees could mean better mental health. thecanary.co The boost to mental health and wellbeing caused by people spending time in the UK's woodlands saves the health service and employers around £185m each year according to new research. | Published during National Tree Week, the research is the first attempt to quantify the benefit to mental health and wellbeing of the UK's woodlands. It found woodlands save £141m in mental health care costs in England, £26m in Scotland, £13m in Wales, and £6m in Northern Ireland. | Nature's pleasures: | Annual NHS spending on mental health treatment will be £14.3bn in 2020/21, accordin…

Editor (2021-12-04). 'They want us dead': another year of devastating overdoses in Baltimore. mronline.org Little legislative movement in Maryland over the past two years has left people who use drugs more vulnerable and even less safe.

Nitza Soledad Perez (2021-12-04). Show returns after two-year pandemic hiatus in Florida. america.cgtn.com The Art Basel fair returns to Miami after two years of cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The contemporary art show welcomed 253 galleries and more than eighty thousand visitors. Find out more.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Two more Minnesota teachers die of COVID-19 as cases approach record highs. wsws.org The measures necessary to stop the spread of the virus—and put a halt to the deaths of teachers and students—can only come through workers developing rank-and-file committees in every workplace and factory in the US and internationally to enforce the shutdown of unsafe facilities and the closure of schools to in-person learning.

Ezekiel J Emanuel, Cécile Fabre, Lisa Herzog, Ole F Norheim, Govind Persad, G Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Obligations in a global health emergency — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Felipe de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca and colleagues, and Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Rosa Jahn for their comments on our Viewpoint.1 We agree with de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca and colleagues about the need for "a more equitable, sustainable, and accountable medical innovation system". Whether waiving patent rights will meaningfully improve access to COVID-19 vaccines for low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in the short term, is an empirical matter. There is wide agreement that intellectual property (IP) for mRNA vaccines is not a primary barrier to vaccinating the world;2,3 vaccine pr…

Seth Galinsky (2021-12-04). Join 'Militant' to reach out to 1,333 new subscribers. themilitant.com The international drive to expand the As party members continue to reach out broadly among working people they are getting back in touch with those they met. | "We want to go over to their homes and talk about what…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-12-04). J'Accuse! The Gene-based "Vaccines" Are Killing People. Governments Worldwide Are Lying to You the People, to the Populations They Purportedly Serve. globalresearch.ca The Signal of Harm is now indisputably overwhelming, and, in line with universally accepted ethical standards for clinical trials, Doctors for Covid Ethics demands that the 'Covid' vaccine programme be halted immediately.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Global vaccine inequality: "A policy decision by the rich countries" wsws.org African Union officials estimate the COVAX global vaccine distribution scheme will deliver just 470 million doses to African countries by the end of December, less than a quarter of the 2 billion needed to deliver two shots to its entire adult population.

Aarathi Prasad (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] Martin Griffiths: serving communities affected by violence. thelancet.com In 2019, Martin Griffiths, consultant trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, UK, was appointed the NHS's first Clinical Director for Violence Reduction in London and then National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction for NHS England and NHS Improvement. In both roles, Griffiths leads and coordinates the strategy and delivery of health-led programmes to reduce interpersonal violence. In part, his insights come from his own early life experiences. He describes his younger self as "a very naive but streetwise south London boy" who grew up on a council estate in Lewisham with a single mother who was…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-03). Rights organizations call for renewed probe into possible war crimes in Yemen. peoplesdispatch.org The call by rights organizations comes a day after The Guardian revealed that Saudi Arabia had used a mixture of threats and inducements to persuade countries to vote down an extension of the probe into possible war crimes in Yemen…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-03). Government will stay open — for now. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—As the coronavirus pandemic's Omicron variant landed in the U.S., right-wing Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, wanted to make sure more people are exposed to the modern-day plague. They failed, as lawmakers—with union backing—also voted to keep the federal government going. The three just didn't say so, but exposure …

Newsclick (2021-12-03). 'Omicron' the new Covid-19 variant: What is it all about? peoplesdispatch.org Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewClick's Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha discuss the new variant, Omicron. They talk about its origin and the possible spread in the world, threats it poses to the people of the world and whether it can this lead to a third wave in India and other waves in other countries of the world. They also discuss the precautions to contain the new variant.

Ana Vraƒçar (2021-12-03). Why should health activists care about WTO's agenda? peoplesdispatch.org For the first time in 4 years, trade ministers from the World Trade Organization's (WTO) constituency were supposed to hold an in person meeting in Geneva from November 30 to December 3. The meeting was cancelled at the last minute as European governments started introducing strict travel restrictions because of the Omicron variant — but the agenda the ministers were supposed to discuss remains important in spite of the cancellation. | The WTO meeting was quite out of the ordinary because its relevance was recognized not only by trade activists, but also by those campaigning for the right to health. A great…

Jim Spellman (2021-12-03). Omicron variant pops up around U.S. america.cgtn.com The Omicron variant is popping up across the U.S., and has now been confirmed in states including New York, California, Minnesota, Hawaii, Colorado, and likely many others. How is the country responding? CGTN's Jim Spellman reports from Bethesda, Maryland.

Brittani Banks (2021-12-03). Why Amazon Is Terrified of Its U.S. Workers Unionizing. independentmediainstitute.org The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has just ruled that a historic union vote held earlier this year among Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) was not valid. The highly publicized vote, which took place over several weeks in February and March 2021, resulted in a …

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-03). The Heat: Immigration & workforce. america.cgtn.com Faced with aging and shrinking populations, some developed nations are looking to immigration to fill the labor force.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-03). Backed by AFRICOM, Corporations Plunder DR Congo for "Climate-Friendly" Materials and Blame China. libya360.wordpress.com TJ Coles By MONUSCO Photos — The Congolese National Armed Forces (FARDC) in 2013 Cobalt, a key metallic element used in lithium batteries and other "green" technology, is sourced from slave labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the West points the finger at China, the US Africa Command is indirectly policing mining operations…

Sam Wainwright (2021-12-03). WA Labor's electoral reforms: one step forward, two steps back. greenleft.org.au Under the cover of applying "one vote, one value" to elections for the Legislative Council, last month WA Labor also pushed through legislation that disadvantages smaller political parties, writes Sam Wainwright.

Toward Freedom Editor (2021-12-03). Why Does Independent Media Matter? A Webinar on Nicaragua, Haiti, Venezuela, Honduras and the Black Liberation Struggle. towardfreedom.org Toward Freedom hosted a webinar December 2 to welcome new editor, Julie Varughese, who reported on her time covering Nicaragua's November 7 elections. Regular contributors Danny Shaw and Jacqueline Luqman discussed the Pink Tide in Latin America, Haiti and how Hollywood depicts the Black liberation struggle.

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-03). Awesome Update on Antifascist Prisoner Alex. itsgoingdown.org Update on the case of Alex "Beta Cuck 4 Lyfe," an antifascist prisoner who faced charges stemming from an antifascist mobilization in Portland in 2019. The black school bus with mesh screens over the windows looked right out of Mad Max: Fury Road as it drove up to counter-protestors who had just successfully confronted fascists…

Cristen Hemingway Jaynes (2021-12-03). In Arctic, rain might replace snow decades sooner than previously thought. peoplesworld.org

Ivan Stoiljkovic (2021-12-03). 'It was once our home': Socialist Yugoslavia before the breakup. peoplesworld.org On November 29, 1943, in the midst of the Second World War, a beautiful, big, and strong socialist Yugoslavia was established in the town of Jajce in central Bosnia. It was established by the Anti-fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia (AVNOJ), at its second session, as a state of equal nations and peoples …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-03). First Amazon, now Starbucks: Workers demanding unions at low-paying firms. peoplesworld.org BUFFALO —First it was—and still is—Amazon in Alabama. Now it's Starbucks in Buffalo. Welcome to the era of large, low-paying firms being targets of organizing, by fed-up workers themselves, with unions coming in to aid them. In the Starbucks case, baristas and other workers at Starbucks stores in the metro Buffalo area are voting by …

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-03). Progressives sweep Teamsters election ‚àí time to organize! workers.org In a major setback for top-down, corporate-model business unionism, Teamsters United candidate Sean O'Brien defeated Steve Vairma — the chosen successor to Teamsters President James Hoffa Jr. — by a two-to-one margin. The results were announced Nov. 18, with Fred Zuckerman, Teamsters United candidate for Secretary-Treasurer, and the entire "OZ" . . . |

SAM (2021-12-03). Might Starbucks Soon Start Sharing the Bucks? inequality.org

Scott Campbell (2021-12-03). "Autonomy is Everything": Interview with Indigenous Political Prisoner José Antonio Arreola of Nahuatzen. itsgoingdown.org La versión original de esta entrevista en español puede encontrarse aquí. The following is an interview with Indigenous political prisoner José Antonio Arreola Jiménez, one of three political prisoners from the P'urhépecha community of Nahuatzen, Michoacán, currently serving seven-year sentences based on trumped-up charges. The interview was conducted in late November by IGD contributor Scott… The English translation of this in…

VINS (2021-12-03). College Degrees Less Beneficial for First-Generation Grads. projectcensored.org First-generation college graduates have more trouble finding jobs and earn substantially less than their classmates whose parents also finished college, according to a September 24, 2021 article for the Hechinger…

VINS (2021-12-03). COVID-19 Concerns Overshadow Pre-Existing Inequalities in Education. projectcensored.org In March 2021, Kate Way reported in Truthout that the urgency to reopen schools ignores fundamental educational inequalities across the United States that existed before the onset of the COVID-19…

VINS (2021-12-03). Ohio State Board of Education Fails to Condemn "White Supremacy Culture" projectcensored.org On October 11, 2021, the Intercept reported on an Ohio State Board of Education member who has refused to condemn white supremacy. Board member Diana Fessler criticized Resolution 20—an anti-racism…

VINS (2021-12-03). Student Affairs "Shadow Curriculum" Undermines Higher Education. projectcensored.org The blurring of academic and social skills is reshaping university and college curricula as higher education institutions across the country place increasing importance on student affairs programs to enhance students'…

Zackery Corley (2021-12-03). America's rural hospitals were already in the red; COVID could finish them. peoplesworld.org In July, the Center for Health Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) released a study revealing just how far the decline of hundreds of rural hospitals has gone, many of which could soon be forced to close their doors for good. The study received some media attention in the months since its release, however, most of …

Rubén Armendáriz (2021-12-03). Argentina — Procesaron al expresidente Macri por espiar a familiares del submarino hundido. globalizacion.ca El expresidente neoliberal argentino Mauricio Macri fue procesado sin prisión preventiva, pero con un embargo de 100 millones de pesos sobre sus bienes, por el juez federal de Dolores Martín Bava, quien consideró al político y empresario de 62 años…

a guest author (2021-12-03). Popular struggle challenges Sudan 'agreement'. workers.org By Carlos Lopes Pereira The author, a veteran of the liberation movement in Guinea and Cape Verde, is a regular contributor of articles on Africa to Avante, the weekly newspaper of the Portuguese Communist Party. This article was published Nov. 25. Translation: John Catalinotto. Popular protests defy tear gas, bullets, . . . |

Betsey Piette (2021-12-03). Global supply chain crisis: Capitalism, militarism and infrastructure. workers.org Multiple issues confront the U.S. capitalist economy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Of major impact is the global supply chain crisis which has exposed long-existing problems within the capitalist system. The I-40 bridge, which carries 60,000 vehicles daily over the Mississippi River, was closed for three months in 2021 because . . . |

Editor (2021-12-03). The American prison system's war on reading. mronline.org This April, the Iowa Department of Corrections issued a ban on charities, family members, and other outside parties donating books to prisoners.

Editor (2021-12-03). British Columbia floods reveal our system's skewed priorities. mronline.org This recent disaster is just a hint of the climate-related challenges to come.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-03). Leonard Peltier's Message of Struggle: 'We Made Things Better for Our People'. libya360.wordpress.com Leonard Peltier National Day of Mourning march in Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 25. Photo: Jimmy Powell The following message from Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier was read at the 52nd National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Nov. 25, 2021. For more information about his case, visit WhoIsLeonardPeltier.info. Greetings relatives, Each year as November nears,…

Editor (2021-12-03). Supreme Court launches frontal assault on right to abortion. mronline.org Two generations of Americans have no experience of the world before Roe v. Wade, during which obtaining an abortion was a surreptitious, often criminalized process, sometimes ending in physical mutilation and even death, and the right of women to make such decisions was subordinated to the reactionary ministrations of police, priests and politicians.

Alex Bainbridge (2021-12-03). Socialist Alliance submits federal re-registration. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge reports that the Socialist Alliance has submitted a list of 1650 members to the Australian Electoral Commission to maintain its electoral registration.

Editorial La Jornada (2021-12-03). Quédate en México: Ecos trumpianos. globalizacion.ca El gobierno de México aceptó la petición de Estados Unidos para reimplementar el programa Quédate en México, creado por el ex presidente Donald Trump para obligar a los migrantes que solicitan asilo a Washington a permanecer en territorio mexicano hasta…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-03). The "Great Reset" and the UN Resolution Prohibiting the "Glorification of Nazism" libya360.wordpress.com Carla Stea The majority of UN member states supported this Anti-Nazi Resolution, as they had done since its inception in 2013, when Ukraine merely abstained, and Yanukovich was still the democratically elected President of Ukraine. The United States attempts to justify its opposition to this Resolution for nine years, with a variety of bogus explanations,…

_____ (2021-12-03). NATO Takes Another Beating as EU Adopts Controversial Paper Which Undermines It. strategic-culture.org A sort-of EU army is in the making, or at least on paper in Brussels. It's radical in that it would probably not involve Germany so therefore leaving France at the helm. But who's going to pay for it? | At the end of November, a draft proposal which sketched out a plan for an EU army entered the sphincter of the EU's decision-making process, which, strangely didn't cause much of a stir. Opaque and lacking concrete answers for major questions which have plagued the EU army idea for decades, the paper is both controversial and interesting. | Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb believes that Brussels' rene…

Karina Huber (2021-12-03). Biathlon requires marksmanship and strength. america.cgtn.com One of the lesser-known sports at the winter Olympics is a competition called a biathlon. It consists of a cross-country race combined with marksmanship and requires both physical and mental strength to win. Europeans dominate the sport but interest is growing in the U.S. and …

Juraima Almeida (2021-12-03). La economía brasileña técnicamente entró en recesión. globalizacion.ca El Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) de Brasil registró una variación negativa de 0,1 por ciento en el tercer trimestre, en relación al trimestre anterior que había marcado una caída del 0,4%, y técnicamente el país entró en recesión, según informó…

Fred Fuentes (2021-12-03). Adani protester given suspended prison sentence, latest example of escalating repression. greenleft.org.au A new report by Greenpeace, Global Warning: the threat to climate defenders in Australia, has identified an alarming escalation in repression against climate activists. Fred Fuentes reports.

Lisa Chiu (2021-12-03). How will the Supreme Court rule on the Mississippi abortion law? america.cgtn.com As the U.S. Supreme Court debates an important abortion rights case, protestors outside share their thoughts on what could happen.

Mary Triny Mena (2021-12-03). Venezuela rolls out COVID-19 vaccination program for kids aged 2-11. america.cgtn.com Venezuela is rolling out a COVID-19 vaccination program for children as young as two- years-old, but the decision to vaccinate children is still controversial. There are questions about the safety of the vaccines the Venezuelan government has authorized, and about the decision to allocate scant …

Paulo Cabral (2021-12-03). Brazil grapples with inflation amid COVID-19 recovery. america.cgtn.com The Brazilian economy is in a recession as the country grapples with high interest rates and inflation. The downturn comes as Brazil is losing momentum as it tries to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Economists say the government has limited tools to fight it. CGTN's …

Anny Druett (2021-12-03). Video: Fourth Sydney feminist walking tour set for December 12. greenleft.org.au Find out about Sydney's feminist and LGBTIQ+ history of struggle on this Green Left walking tour of Sydney. Rachel Evans reports.

Carson Minow (2021-12-03). Some AAPI voters in New York feel abandoned by Democratic Party. america.cgtn.com Democrat Eric Adams is due to take up his role as the new Mayor of New York City in January. Yet a breakdown of voting at the polls shows there was a swell of support for his Republican opponent, Curtis Sliwa, among the city's Asian …

David L. Wilson (2021-12-03). Media don't factcheck right-wing migration myths. mronline.org Increases and declines in unauthorized immigration mostly correlate with changes in job opportunities and other economic conditions in the United States and in nearby countries.

Daniel Campione (2021-12-03). Fondo Monetario Internacional: Cartas y discursos vs movilización popular. globalizacion.ca En circunstancias sociales agobiantes, avanzan raudas las negociaciones orientadas a hipotecar por al menos una década el futuro de la sociedad argentina. Van a vivirse horas decisivas en las que no cabe la posición de espectadores. | Todo indica que se…

Gerardo Villagrán del Corral (2021-12-03). México — Tres años de transformaciones con apoyo ciudadano, pandemia mediante. globalizacion.ca El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador estableció frente a más de 100 mil conciudadanos concentrados en la Plaza del Zócalo en Ciudad de México que lo más importante es que en los primeros tres años de gobierno, se han sentado…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-03). A New Diplomacy for China. libya360.wordpress.com Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein No one will be able to say that China is trying to impose its model on the world, attack another country, organize coups, assassinate presidents, exert armed pressure or install military bases in other countries (Photo: Financial Times). The Sixth Plenary Session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-03). Immune imprinting causes varied patterns of protection against COVID-19 variants. imperial.ac.uk Research shows that the first SARS-CoV-2 spike protein a person encounters, be it by vaccination or infection, shapes their subsequent immune response…

Raúl Zibechi (2021-12-03). Mujeres de Frente: Resistencia y dignidad. globalizacion.ca Una de las alegrías profundas que me ha deparado la pandemia, pese a todos los dolores, es haber conocido a nuevas organizaciones, siempre abajo y a la izquierda, en diversos países de nuestra América. Teia dos Povos (Red de Pueblos)…

Sam Wainwright (2021-12-03). No uranium mine at Mulga Rock, say protesters. greenleft.org.au Protesters gathered on November 26 to oppose Vimy Resources' proposal to mine uranium at Mulga Rock, reports Sam Wainwright.

David Swanson (2021-12-03). Why We Should Oppose the Democracy Summit. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 2, 2021 The exclusion of certain countries from the U.S. "democracy summit" is not a side issue. It is the very purpose of the summit. And excluded countries have not been excluded for failing to meet the standards of behavior of those that were invited or the one …

Editor (2021-12-03). Kevin Sharp: It's Time to Free Leonard Peltier, America's Longest Serving Political Prisoner. scheerpost.com Leonard Peltier. [Gary Stevens] | Click to subscribe on: Too few have heard of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist who has been imprisoned for 44 years based on accusations that were never proven and a trial that was appallingly mishandled. Based on his mere presence in South Dakota's 1975 Pine Ridge Reservation shoot-out, where one Native Ameri…

A Guest Author (2021-12-03). U.S. and its Nazi puppets in Ukraine threaten war with Russia ‚àí a commentary. workers.org The following slightly edited commentary was first published in November by Workers Voice Socialist Movement of New Orleans. U.S. war hawks and their mouthpieces in the capitalist media claim that Russia is on the verge of invading Ukraine. This is another lie brought by the same people who falsely claimed . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-12-03). Youth leader at National Day of Mourning: 'We are not vanishing'. workers.org By Kimimilasha James The following is a slightly edited talk given by Kimimilasha James on Nov. 25 at the 52nd commemoration of the National Day of Mourning on Cole's Hill, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. At the mic is Kimimilasha James speaking at National Day of Mourning rally. WW PHOTO: Rachel Wilson. . . . |

Monica Cruz (2021-12-03). US Supreme Court might sabotage abortion access nationally. peoplesdispatch.org The right to abortion is under imminent threat as the Supreme Court begins deliberations on a case which may chart the path to overturn the landmark ruling in Roe V. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortion in 1973. On December 1, the court heard arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which examines the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law banning abortions after the fifteenth week of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergencies or fetal abnormalities. The six justices who make up the conservative majority in the court have expressed favorability towards…

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