Daily Archives: December 6, 2021

2021-12-06: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-06). The EU's Strategic Balance Sheet — Well, Good Luck With That… strategic-culture.org How on earth did the EU get into such a strategic mess? The frank answer is by being unreflective, Atlanticist 'bots', Alastair Crooke writes. | "The United States will be hosting the online Summit for Democracy on 9 and 10th December, 2021, empowering itself to define who is to attend the event and who is not, who is a 'democratic country' and who is not … this will stoke up ideological confrontation and rift in the world, creating new 'dividing lines'"…

_____ (2021-12-06). In the US, Homicide has Now Become Endemic. journal-neo.org The US homicide rate rose by a record 30% from 2019 to 2020, reports CNN citing a paper from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of deaths due to homicide in 2020 was the highest in the modern history of the United States. The Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a research group, estimates …

Editor (2021-12-06). The ecosocialist imperative. mronline.org Thirty years ago, climate modeling scientists predicted exactly the global events—massive wildfires, intensified tropical storms, flooding and droughts—that we're seeing right now.

Lauren Smith (2021-12-06). Nicaragua's Evidence-Based Democracy Threatens U.S. Oppression Domestically and Abroad. covertactionmagazine.com Despite Washington's best effort to derail Nicaragua's electoral process through hybrid warfare, strong voter turnout resulted in a decisive victory …

Yader R. Lanuza (2021-12-06). Sandinistas won a landslide victory not through fraud but because they uplifted Nicaragua's poor. mronline.org Do not believe them when they tell you the left is divided. There is no division. The (anti-imperialist) Left is standing with the Sandinista victory in Nicaragua. The rest are either confused or advocating an imperialist political project.

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-12-06). Over 1.5 Million Bolivians March in Defense of Democracy. zcomm.org Over 1.5 million workers, women, students and peasants from across Bolivia joined the rally in the capital and expressed their approval of the national government of the ruling Movement Towards Socialism party…

Margaret Kimberley (2021-12-06). China is not colonizing Africa. mronline.org International media cannot be trusted to give accurate information. Skepticism is especially warranted when China is the topic and allegations of colonizing Africa make headlines.

Adri Nieuwhof (2021-12-06). Roger Waters: Why I support war crimes case against Israel's Benny Gantz. electronicintifada.net Ismail Ziada will learn this week if he can get justice in a Dutch court.

Aaron Maté (2021-12-06). Corrupting Science: shunning forensic expertise, OPCW left Douma murders unsolved. thegrayzone.com In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology and censored a recommendation to pursue it. The Douma killings remain unsolved. Part two of a Grayzone series. Read part one here. In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology, leaks obtained by The Grayzone reveal. Forensic …

Aaron Maté (2021-12-06). Corrupting science: Shunning forensic expertise, OPCW left Douma, Syria murders unsolved. thegrayzone.com In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in Syria, the OPCW shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology and censored a recommendation to pursue it. The Douma killings remain unsolved. (This is part two of a Grayzone series. Read part one here.) In its probe of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) shunned the critical investigative area of forensic pathology, leaks obtained by The Grayzone …

Moderator (2021-12-06). Ralph Nader: Critical Exposés Everywhere as the Corporate State Worsens. scheerpost.com [ By Ralph Nader | Within a span of five years, there were three books in th…

Staff (2021-12-06). Pedro Castillo Warns of Peruvian Media Scheming to Oust Him. orinocotribune.com Peruvian President Pedro Castillo warned of a media plan to attack him, indicating that a television station will show edited videos and audios with the intention of discrediting him. | "I'm sure they are up to a lot of things," the president said. "There will be audios, videos, and many edited ones, but what they cannot do is shut us up, and alter the efforts" of the government. | Regarding this media operation against him, Castillo mentioned that the multimedia material will…

Victoria Torres (2021-12-06). Julio Borges Resigns and Guaidó Staggers: 'Interim Government Must Disappear'. orinocotribune.com This Sunday, December 5, Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges took to his Twitter account to express his disagreement with the "management" of Juan Guaidó and his fictitious "government." Through a Twitter thread, Borges described what he will do starting this Tuesday. All this comes two weeks after the crushing defeat that the hard right opposition suffered in the November 21 regional elections. | This move represents a separation of Borges from what the opposition used to call "interim government" headed by Guaidó. Now a number of those involved in that imaginary government classify it as not very transpar…

WSWS (2021-12-06). DSA National Political Committee rejects calls to expel Jamaal Bowman for supporting Israeli war crimes. wsws.org The entire episode exposes the real character and political function of the DSA as a faction of the Democratic Party.

Staff (2021-12-06). "Crisis of Accountability": Pentagon Reopens Probe of Syrian Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians. democracynow.org Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into one of the deadliest U.S. airstrikes in recent years after the New York Times exposed an orchestrated cover-up by U.S. military officials to conceal the attack. The March 2019 airstrike killed dozens of women and children during a bombing of one of the last strongholds of the Islamic State of Syria. Evidence has shown that U.S. military officials spent two-and-a-half years covering up the attack by downplaying the death toll, delaying reports, and sanitizing and classifying evidence of civilian deaths. "This is not the case of one little mistake,…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-06). Omicron and the Travel Ban Itch. dissidentvoice.org Stick to the script: owe that duty of care to your population, so the legal experts in government tell you. Self-interest pays, if in small amounts. These rigid, formulaic assumptions have done wonders to harm and deter any spirit of cooperation regarding dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. History's record of humanity's response to plagues, pandemics …

WSWS (2021-12-06). WHO says that Omicron could become the dominant variant globally. wsws.org At least 38 countries have detected the Omicron variant inside their borders. The current surge of infections in South Africa has shown the new strain is even more transmissible than Delta. However, little is being done to coordinate a global strategy to contain and end the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Sri Lankan government eases COVID-19 restrictions ignoring scientists' warnings about Omicron. wsws.org The working class must oppose the murderous policy of the government and the entire ruling class, which has let the coronavirus run rampant, taking the lives of tens of thousands and infecting hundreds of thousands.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Germany: Federal and state governments give the pandemic free rein. wsws.org Despite record infection rates and the spread of the highly contagious Omicron mutation, the policy of "profits before lives" continues, sacrificing tens of thousands more human lives in the interest of the financial markets.

Editor (2021-12-06). Omicron variant exposes danger of global vaccine apartheid. mronline.org A new, heavily mutated Coronavirus variant, Omicron, is causing alarm around the world as scientists race to discover more about this new type of the virus and its potential resistance to vaccines.

Jim Spellman (2021-12-06). U.S. attempts to contain Omicron. america.cgtn.com With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, and cases already reported in several states, the U.S. is trying to contain the spread of the virus.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Striking NSW teachers must fight for school shutdown to stop the spread of Omicron in Australia! wsws.org The cutting edge of the fight for all of the rights of educators is to close the schools for the year so that no more teachers or students are infected with a disease that could claim their lives or leave them with dire medical issues.

Staff (2021-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2021. democracynow.org International Travelers Face Tightened Restrictions as Omicron Variant Spreads Worldwide, More Protests Erupt as European Countries Tighten Vaccine Mandates, Parents of Michigan High School Shooting Suspect Arrested After Manhunt, Burmese Court Sentences Deposed Leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 Years in Prison, Biden Expected to Announce U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, 15 Dead, Dozens Missing as Indonesian Volcano Erupts, Funerals Held for 15 Civilians Killed by Security Forces in India's Nagaland State, Pope Francis Voices Support for Refugees in Trip to Greek Island of Lesbos, Voters in The Gamb…

Owen Fairclough (2021-12-06). U.S. changes traveling rules in attempt to contain Omicron. america.cgtn.com New rules for anyone flying into the U.S took effect this Monday as authorities tried to contain the spread of Omicron.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). NATO threat to redeploy nuclear arms led to Belarus to moot basing Russian nuclear weapons — analyst. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Lukashenko's suggestion to host Russian nuclear weapons seen as response to Western threats By suggesting to host Russian nuclear weapons Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko has responded to the West's threats to deploy its nuclear capabilities in Poland and the Baltic countries, editor-in-chief of the Russian magazine Natsionalnaya Oborona [National Defense] and military expert Igor Korotchenko …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). Poland coordinating military response with Ukraine, consulting with NATO. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Poland seeks closer ties with Ukraine amid migrant crisis: defence minister [Polish Defense Minister] Mariusz B≈Çaszczak said that intelligence obtained from Kiev suggested migrants might be redirected by Belarus authorities to Ukraine…. B≈Çaszczak also told the interview that "Poland, together with its allies, is closely monitoring the situation in the conflict area between Russia and …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-06). Democracy Summit: Excluding countries and igniting the Cold War in the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu A number of American leaks have appeared at the present time for several American think tanks that have reached a dangerous conclusion, which is: (The United States of America must re-use the influence of the extremist Islamic currents and radical political Islam movements in the Middle East and Africa to confront the rise of China …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-06). Why Anarchists Can't Be Absent From the New Wave of Labor Militancy. itsgoingdown.org Anarchists must push for self-organization, direct action and mutual aid in the midst of a wave of mass strikes, workers walking off the job, and growing anger at rising inequality. The month of October was the start of what has been called "Striketober" a massive wave of labor strikes across the so called United States….

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-06). Jobless rate drops in November to 4.2 percent, other numbers mixed. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —The U.S. unemployment rate dropped 0.4% in November, to 4.2%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. But BLS, the Economic Policy Institute, and the Institute for Women's Policy Research all noted mixed numbers behind that positive decline. The number of unemployed declined by 542,000, to 6.877 million, BLS said. And there were 1.155 million …

Newsroom (2021-12-06). Excess salt in soils puts food security at risk. moderndiplomacy.eu Improper water management, including insufficient supply and poor quality drainage systems, are contributing to excessive soil salinization — a problem that threatens global food security, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Soil salinization refers to excessive levels of salt in the soil, which can inhibit plant growth and even be toxic to …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-06). U.S. nationalism and the arms market sales deals in the Gulf states. moderndiplomacy.eu The idea of "the feeling of nationalism and heading east to China and Russia among the Egyptian people has risen among the Egyptian people after the June 30th revolution in the face of American policies and interference in our internal affairs", at a time when the majority of Egyptians believe that the increase in these …

Newsroom (2021-12-06). With 1.3 million annual road deaths, UN wants to halve number by 2030. moderndiplomacy.eu Road accidents are still responsible for 1.3 million annual deaths and 50 million injuries all over the world, but the United Nations has a Global Plan to halve road deaths and injuries by 2030. The plan is a key part of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 and was discussed, on Friday, at an event supporting the High-Level Meeting on Global Road …

Muhammad Amin Musa (2021-12-06). Thailand and Kon La Krueng Co-payment Scheme: A Challenge towards Sustainable Consumption. moderndiplomacy.eu The COVID-19 has impacted many people around the world, particularly the poor people who are unable to meet their fundamental needs through self-sufficiency. These hard times of the COVID-19, it has taught us that our world is becoming more complex and that we must be prepared for unexpected events, such as this severe pandemic. From …

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-06). The question with contradictory US human rights policies towards Saudi Arabia and Iran. moderndiplomacy.eu A cursory look at Saudi Arabia and Iran suggests that emphasizing human rights in US foreign policy may complicate relations but has little impact on regional stability or the willingness of protagonists to reduce tension and manage conflicts when it is in their interest. A post 9/11 US emphasis on human rights was not what …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-06). New American extremist armed movements calling for democracy. moderndiplomacy.eu The American interior has witnessed in recent years (the growth, spread and revival of a number of new armed extremist ideological movements in the American interior), which have come to challenge the authority and orders of the American government similar to its American communist counterpart in previous periods, and aims for a "new revolution" in …

Dr. Arshad M. Khan (2021-12-06). The Turkey and the U.S. Holiday Season. moderndiplomacy.eu Guess! Forty-six million turkeys are eaten in the US over the course of a year, a month or a certain day? The surprising answer (or maybe not) is the latter … on the Thanksgiving holiday. It is celebrated in the US on the fourth Thursday in November. Another 22 million are devoured over Christmas and …

Joris Leverink (2021-12-06). The Laura Flanders Show: How Radical Self-Love Can Heal the World. roarmag.org How Radical Self-Love Can Heal the World: | It's that time of year when we all need resilience: elections, holidays, the change of seasons. Many of us need fortitude to get through. Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis would add that we need "fierce love" too. | Reverend Jacqui is senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church in Manhattan's East Village. A year ago, the building burnt to the ground, but the story didn't stop there. In this far-ranging conversation, Laura and Rev. Jacqui talk about mutual aid, colonial baggage and the Reverend's new book, Fierce Love: A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking…

Joris Leverink (2021-12-06). Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: Monopolistic Competition. roarmag.org Season 3, Episode 26 — Monopolistic Competition: | In this episode of ACC, Prof. Harvey speaks about monopolistic competition and its impact on market pricing and location. All monopolistic competition is spacial competition that creates a highly unstable economy and has a tendency to produce conglomerations in rich locations. | You can support this podcast on

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-06). Governments buy more weapons in first year of COVID-19 boosting global arms trade. peoplesdispatch.org Data published by SIPRI for the year 2020 shows the world's top 100 weapons manufacturers increase their overall sales in comparison to previous years as governments chose to increase arms procurement despite COVID-19-related economic hardships…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-06). Academic staff across the UK protest cuts in salaries and pension. peoplesdispatch.org Tens of thousands of academic workers in around 58 universities across the UK joined a three-day strike called by the University and Colleges Union (UCU) between December 1-3…

Staff (2021-12-06). Jorge Arreaza PSUV Candidate for Barinas Re-Election. orinocotribune.com With the battle-cry "Long live Chávez!", Jorge Arreaza Montserrat assumed, on Sunday, December 5, the candidacy for governorship in Barinas state, after being so designated by the national leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). | Arreaza declared that he was moved, and thanked, from the heart, President Nicolás Maduro, for the confidence in him to undertake this new battle in the state where Hugo Chávez was born and that has great ideological significance for the Bolivarian Revolution. | "If you trust this son of Chávez, this brother of Nicolás Maduro, to lead the reins of Barinas for the n…

Editor2 (2021-12-06). Diego Sequera Discusses the Underpinnings of Venezuelan Election and Huge Maduro/Socialist Victory. orinocotribune.com Sunday's result underscores the notion that the Venezuelan people blame the U.S. sanctions for their suffering, rather than purely pointing the finger at the government. | The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is celebrating as, with almost all votes counted, they appear to have won 20 out of the country's 23 states in Sunday's regional "mega elections." More than 70,000 candidates stood for one of 3,082 public positions, including local mayorships, councillors, regional legislators and state governors — the vast majority of candidates affiliated with opposition parties. | The landslide victory was…

Editor (2021-12-06). SVR — United States push Ukraine to relaunch Donbass conflict, while accusing Russia of wanting to attack. mronline.org The head of the SVR, Sergey Naryshkin, told a journalist from the Rossia 1 channel that behind the reports that Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine lies Washington's desire to push Kiev to attack the Donbass.

Jonah Furman (2021-12-06). Auto Workers win direct Democracy in referendum. mronline.org It's a historic win for reformers in one of the nation's most important unions, where members have pushed for this change for decades.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). Unmasking the "Orient's" White Masks: Remembering Fanon. libya360.wordpress.com Karim Sharara Colonialism perpetuates itself by keeping the colonials on an inferior basis, ever-striving to "rise" to the level of the colonizers. Frantz Fanon's life was transformed due to the damaging effect of French colonialism on his home country and on Algeria, which led him to conduct a psychoanalytical study on its effects, and how…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). The Quetzal and the Condor Will Fly Together. libya360.wordpress.com Ollantay Itzamná Assembly of the Xinca people. Jutiapa. Receives the delegation of the Andean peoples. … we are witnessing the dawn in which, sooner rather than later, the indomitable Quetzal will fly together and in complicity with the majestic Condor in search of plurinational freedom. And these two will unite with the Eagle… And then,…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). China Deepens Cooperation with CELAC States. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Foreign Minister of Mexico, Marcelo Ebrard and President of China Xi Jinping. December 3, 2021. Chinese President Xi Jinping made a call to promote cooperation between China and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, in a speech via video conference during the third Meeting of Ministers of the China-CELAC Forum. The…

Canadian Tire Fire (2021-12-06). Canadian Tire Fire #22: #AllOutForWedzinKwa updates, Migrant Workers Take on Cargill, Brampton Workers Fight Wage Theft. itsgoingdown.org This week we provide updates on the situation on the Wet'suwet'en Yintah as well as on the ongoing #ShutDownCanada solidarity actions across the country. We also cover the Cargill strike in the context of fatal Covid-19 outbreaks linked to the meatpacking plant. Naujawan (youth) Support Network in the Greater Toronto Area continues to successfully put…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-06). Report Back from Disruption of Heartland Alliance's Holiday Brunch. itsgoingdown.org Report back on recent mobilization and disruption of the Heartland Alliance, a non-profit which imprisons migrant children in so-called Chicago. For a deeper dive, go here. On Sunday, December 5 at 10 AM, demonstrators gathered outside the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago to confront donors arriving at Heartland Health's annual holiday brunch. While Heartland…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). Covid and Social Engineering: The Impact of Fear and Anxiety on the Human Immune System. libya360.wordpress.com Carina Harkin "The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is really fear". ‚ÄçGandhi (1) We live in the age of anxiety. We who see, see clearly this is a pandemic of fear. One of the central emotional responses during a pandemic is fear. Fear comprises both an emotional and physical response…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). Josu Landa: National Autonomous University of Mexico Reactivates the Simón Bolívar Chair. libya360.wordpress.com Yoselina Guevara The reactivation of the Simón Bolívar Chair at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was a precise moment to talk to the Venezuelan philosopher Josu Landa, professor at that university, who together with Dr. Ambrosio Velasco, a Mexican academic with a distinguished career, have taken on the task of resuming the study…

Aaron Maté (2021-12-06). War in Ukraine? NATO expansion drives conflict with Russia. thegrayzone.com Russia is seeking a legally binding pledge that NATO will stop expanding east, including to Ukraine. If the US refuses, is war next? Richard Sakwa joins Pushback. Russia is seeking a legally binding pledge that NATO will stop expanding east, including to Ukraine. If the US refuses, is war next? Scholar and author Richard Sakwa analyzes the growing Russia-Ukraine conflict and how Russiagate fueled it. Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His …

_____ (2021-12-06). Yemen: Is There a Silver Lining to This Country's Bleak Future? journal-neo.org The United Nations has warned that if the war in Yemen continues through the end of 2021, the death toll of the conflict will have reached 377,000 people, with 154,000 succumbed to direct hostilities and violence while 223,000, or almost 60%, will be indirectly caused by it. The report says that of the total deaths, 259,000, …

Max Binder (2021-12-06). Protesters sleep in tents outside Rhode Island State House, demand housing. liberationnews.org "I'm out here because the state of Rhode Island has decided for yet another winter that some people should freeze to death."

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). New paradigm shift: NATO demonstrates heightened interest in Turkish arms. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com FM: NATO shows great interest in Turkey's defence products Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that NATO member countries show great interest in Turkey's defence products… Cavusoglu made the remarks at the Global Strategies in Defence and Aerospace Industry Conference 2021 organized by the Defence and Aviation Industry Exporters' Association (SSI) in Antalya… "Currently, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). Three Brothers, 30 brothers: NATO headquarters to host Pakistani foreign minister. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Visit to NATO by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan On Tuesday, 7 December 2021, the NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Mr. Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, at NATO Headquarters. Relations with Pakistan…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). Turkey's provision of combat drones for war in Donbass has nothing to do with war in Donbass — official. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The claim will be dutifully duplicated in the Russian press. The Ukrainian government said in June that when the Bayraktar drones arrived they would be used in the Donbass. Kiev also prominently displayed one of the drones in July's U.S./NATO thirty-nation Sea Breeze war games. But neither Ankara nor Moscow had the faintest idea they …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). U.S. ambassador: Ukraine, Georgia will join NATO, Russia be damned. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com It is for Georgia to decide what alliances it wants to be part of to protect its own territory — Kelly Degnan It is for Georgia to decide what alliances it wants to be part of to protect its own territory. Such a statement [was] made today [by] the U.S. Ambassador to Georgia. "NATO Secretary …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). U.S. Senator Murphy warns/threatens Russia of/with "next Afghanistan" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Senate warns Russia about possibility of repetition of 'Afghan lesson' in Ukraine Democratic United States Senator for Connecticut and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee Chris Murphy on December 5 warned Russia that "Ukraine can become the next Afghanistan for Russia." Murphy said this on Sunday program of Fareed Zakaria on CNN. Warning …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). U.S., Ukrainian armies train for treating combat casualties. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. and Ukrainian Medics Train Together During Combined Resolve XVI During Combined Resolve XVI (CBR XVI), a United States Army Europe-Africa directed, 7th Army Training Command conducted, Joint Multinational Readiness Center hosted multinational training event involving 1st Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (1/1ID), U.S. and Ukrainian soldiers compared emergency medical procedures to find …

splcenter (2021-12-06). Vote Your Voice Expands: SPLC pledges $100 million to support voter engagement and pro-democracy groups in Deep South through 2032. splcenter.org

Jenny Farrell (2021-12-06). Sally Rooney: In search of the Marxist novel. peoplesworld.org For the past weeks, successful 30-year-old Irish author Sally Rooney has been in the headlines. Following her refusal to grant the translation rights of her new novel Beautiful World, Where Are You (2021) to the Israeli Modan publishing house, 70 prominent authors have now backed her decision in a statement. In May of this year, …

Brinda Karat (2021-12-06). Lesson from India farmers' victory: United mass struggle can win. peoplesworld.org The historic victory of the Indian farmers' (Kisan) struggle in forcing the Narendra Modi government to roll back its three anti-farmer, pro-corporate farm laws underlines the importance of the politics of mass struggle. The strength of the farmers' united movements under the leadership of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM—"United Farmers' Front") put the government on …

Nicholas James (2021-12-06). Grievances at Webster University lead to student organizing. peoplesworld.org ST. LOUIS—At the campus of Webster University, a private college in St. Louis, students are fed up with the unilateral changes administrators have been forcing on them recently, and they've responding by organizing a new student union. People's World visited the school on Tuesday, Nov. 30, to speak with some of those behind the effort. …

John Rachel (2021-12-06). Personal interview: Finian Cunningham—What are the prospects for peace? nationofchange.org Finian Cunningham focuses on the realities of the international power struggle unfolding in real time and the role of everyday citizens in affecting the relationship the U.S. now has and will have with the rest of the world community.

Michele Gilman (2021-12-06). Overturning Roe v. Wade isn't just about abortion. nationofchange.org It's also about access to family planning services, contraception, sex education and much else—all of which have also been under threat in recent years.

Liberation Staff (2021-12-06). Garment workers win breakthrough legislation against sweatshop pay. liberationnews.org After years of organizing, California garment workers have won their fight to pass SB62 — the Garment Worker Protection Act. This bill bans the exploitative piece-rate system which has kept garment workers earning below minimum wage.

Paul Dobson (2021-12-06). Barinas Governor Election Re-Run: Candidates Sign Up as CNE Rector Quits. venezuelanalysis.com The Venezuelan government has backed Jorge Arreaza, while the opposition's main candidates were blocked.

Matt Sedlar (2021-12-06). CEPR Spotlight: Private Equity in Health Care. cepr.net CEPR co-director Eileen Appelbaum has become a recognized expert on how Private Equity has permeated all sectors of our economy. And nowhere is this practice more insidious than in health care.

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-06). *BONUS* Catching Up with Content 12-6-21. anchor.fm Bonus episode! I go over some of the content that I've been check king out lately, some of the podcasts I've been listening to, and especially the ideas that I've been learning more and more about. I hope you enjoy it! Go fucking organize!

Global Research News (2021-12-06). Video: End the Deadly Plandemia. globalresearch.ca

Rossana Rossanda (2021-12-06). For Rossana Rossanda, Communism Was a Choice Compelled by Reason. zcomm.org Interview about becoming a Communist in Fascist Italy…

Irina Imamur Nadia (2021-12-06). Bangladesh's Vaccine Policy: Cooperation beyond Geopolitical Lens. moderndiplomacy.eu Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented devastation to every nook and corner of the world. Not being just a cataclysmic health crisis, the pandemic is subtly but substantially reshaping social norms, economic systems, diplomacy way-outs, as well as global leadership and rivalry. As of now, experts believe that this deadly virus …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-06). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Moderator (2021-12-06). Hedges: American Satyricon. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost | The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell which began this week in Manhattan will not hold to account the powerful and wealthy men who are also complicit in the sexual assaults of girls as young as twelve Maxwell allegedly procured for billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. | Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, hedge-fund billionaire Glenn Dubin, former New Mexico Bill Richardson, former Secretary of the Treasury and former president of Harvard Larry Summers, Stephen Pinker, Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, billionaire Victoria's Secret CEO Les Wexner, the, J.P Morgan banker Jes Staley…

WSWS (2021-12-06). With robust police escort, fascist paramilitary group stages Saturday night march on Lincoln Memorial. wsws.org In a disgusting spectacle, over a hundred fascists with the Patriot Front group, formerly Vanguard America, marched on the Lincoln Memorial while chanting fascist slogans as police provided protection.

Steve Topple (2021-12-06). The government faces pressure over 'harmful' NHS treatments. thecanary.co A new campaign aims to get the government to put mechanisms in place for reporting harms caused by controversial medical treatments. You'd be forgiven for thinking something like this already exists. Except that it doesn't — at least not for non-pharmaceutical treatments like exercise therapy. So, the campaign wants to change things. And the implications of this could be far-reaching — not least for long Covid patients. | The campaign founder's specific area for the government to look at is the disease known as ME. | Years of harm: | For years, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) patients have rep…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Amid pandemic, Washington escalates war threats against Russia. wsws.org Washington and its NATO allies are recklessly stoking military tensions with Russia to distract from their criminally irresponsible policies on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Jeff Schuhrke (2021-12-06). These Tortilla Workers Walked Out and Won a Day Off Work. zcomm.org Gathered outside Chicago's flagship El Milagro taqueria, workers remembered those who died from Covid-19—and celebrated a victory that granted them Sundays off…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-06). Tomgram: John Feffer, Anti-Globalists Unite to Take Over the World. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. It's not that I've never had a gun in my hands before. When I was a youngster, I shot .22s at a target range. But guns in the closet, often military-style ones? That's not been part of my …

The Canary (2021-12-06). A resident faces an eleventh night without power as Storm Barra approaches. thecanary.co A man whose home has been affected by power cuts has said he has "no hope left at all" as he faces an eleventh night without central heating. Stewart, who lives in Alnwick, Northumberland, is one of thousands of people still living without power in the aftermath of torrential rain and gale-force winds which battered the north-east at the end of November. | Storm Arwen affected power supplies to more than one million households 10 days ago, and Storm Barra threatens to bring further disruption as it moves in from the west on Tuesday. Stewart, who wanted to be known only by his first name and lives with his part…

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-06). Los Angeles Comic Con returns. america.cgtn.com "Los Angeles Comic Con" is back!

Global Research News (2021-12-06). Selected Articles: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca By This video by the late Dr. Andreas Noack pertains to graphene hydroxide contained in the Covid vaccine vial. Dr. …

The Canary (2021-12-06). Police officers to face jail over 'inappropriate' WhatsApp images. thecanary.co Two police officers who took pictures of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman will later be sentenced. PC Deniz Jaffer and PC Jamie Lewis were assigned to guard the crime scene overnight after Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, were found dead in bushes in Fryent Country Park, Wembley, north-west London. | Instead, they breached the cordon to take "inappropriate" and "unauthorised" photographs of the bodies, which were then shared on WhatsApp. Lewis even superimposed his face onto a picture with the victims in the background. | Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman taken from Bibaa's phone (Metrop…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan prepares to enforce historic Tory assault on London transport. wsws.org The cuts are so deep that by Transport for London's own admission they will push the capital's transport system into a state of "Managed Decline".

WSWS (2021-12-06). Trial of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police officer who killed Daunte Wright to begin Wednesday. wsws.org Kimberly Potter is being charged with first degree manslaughter, moved up from second degree manslaughter. Jury selection began last Monday and was finalized on Friday morning.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Pennsylvania Educators support call for a Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org Educators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia met last week and unanimously adopted this resolution in support of the call by the WSWS for an inquest into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-12-06). RIP: The Late Senator Bob Dole Supported Narco-Terrorists in Albania and Kosovo. covertactionmagazine.com Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, a Republican who ran against Bill Clinton for president in 1996, died on Sunday at …

WSWS (2021-12-06). New Zealand troops join imperialist intervention in the Solomon Islands. wsws.org Australia and New Zealand are using the Solomon Islands crisis to boost their position in the Pacific amid the growing US-led confrontation with China.

Staff (2021-12-06). "Systemwide Failure": Gun Control Advocates Demand New Regulations After Michigan School Shooting. democracynow.org Funerals have begun in Oxford, Michigan, for the four students killed when their 15-year-old classmate opened fire in a rampage that also injured seven others. Ethan Crumbley has been charged with terrorism and first-degree murder, and his parents have also been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly giving him access to a firearm even as he displayed obvious signs he was thinking about committing violent crimes. We're joined by Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, prompting her to found Sandy Hook Promise; and Kris Brown, president of Br…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Government crisis in Austria. wsws.org The hasty withdrawal from Austrian politics of Sebastian Kurz and his closest cronies has, like the bursting of a boil, brought to the surface the musty stench and rot of democracy in the Alpine republic and throughout Europe.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Collective bargaining agreement in Germany's public sector: a slap in the face for all workers. wsws.org The latest sell-out underscores once again that the unions are on the side of government and big business and the necessity for public sector workers to organise themselves independently of the unions.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Romanian Social Democrats join Grand Coalition government amid raging pandemic. wsws.org As COVID-19 rips through the population, the main bourgeois parties form a Grand Coalition government, strengthening the fascist AUR party.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-06). People from BAME and deprived groups more affected by Covid hospital disruption. imperial.ac.uk People from lower-income areas or from BAME backgrounds were less likely to access non-Covid-related hospital care during the pandemic.

Alan Broughton (2021-12-06). East Gippsland defeats mineral sands mine. greenleft.org.au After a seven-year battle, the East Gippsland community in eastern Victoria has defeated Kalbar Resources' proposed mineral sands mine. Alan Broughton reports.

WSWS (2021-12-06). French health care workers denounce government's deadly pandemic policy. wsws.org On December 4, health care workers marched to protest appalling conditions in hospitals and French President Emmanuel Macron's murderous COVID-19 policy.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Union bureaucrats sell out Mississippi shipyard workers, force through contract extension. wsws.org Facing resistance from the rank and file, the Metal Trades Council and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers released a leaflet threatening workers with dire consequences if they rejected the contract extension.

WSWS (2021-12-06). This week in history: December 6-12. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Australia: Sydney bus drivers strike over pay and conditions. wsws.org The industrial action reflects mounting anger as the city's bus service approaches full privatisation.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Japan's main opposition party elects new right-wing leader. wsws.org The elevation of Izumi demonstrates the Democrats are shifting even further in a pro-business and militarist direction.

Jon Queally (2021-12-06). Bernie Sanders Demands End of Filibuster to Codify Abortion Rights. zcomm.org "We must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country. And if there aren't 60 votes to do it, and there are not, we must reform the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes."

WSWS (2021-12-06). After one year of the right-wing campaign, recall election concluding against Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant. wsws.org Kshama Sawant faces an attack from the right, with sections of the Democratic Party and unions focusing on her involvement in anti-police violence protests last summer, as well as her proposal for a meager tax on Amazon.

_____ (2021-12-06). The EU's Strategic Balance Sheet — Well, Good Luck With That… strategic-culture.org How on earth did the EU get into such a strategic mess? The frank answer is by being unreflective, Atlanticist 'bots', Alastair Crooke writes. | "The United States will be hosting the online Summit for Democracy on 9 and 10th December, 2021, empowering itself to define who is to attend the event and who is not, who is a 'democratic country' and who is not … this will stoke up ideological confrontation and rift in the world, creating new 'dividing lines'": So

Editor2 (2021-12-06). Kyle Rittenhouse, a new "American Hero"? orinocotribune.com By Dalia González Delgado — Nov 29, 2021 | Kyle Rittenhouse is the new hero of the radical right in the United States. The acquittal of the young man, accused of killing two people and wounding another during protests in Wisconsin, has provoked mixed reactions and fuels the long debate on racism, violence and gun ownership in this confused country. | Beyond the controversy surrounding the judicial process, I am interested in focusing on other fundamental questions: Why were there protests in the first place? What was a 17-year-old teenager doing there with an assault rifle, in a state where he does not even…

Luis Chirino (2021-12-06). First Latin American Weiqi Championships begin. america.cgtn.com The First Latin American Weiqi Circuit of Championships is underway in five countries in the region sponsored by the Chinese Weiqi Association.

Julia Rock (2021-12-06). Six Things They're Not Telling You About Inflation. dailyposter.com

Staff (2021-12-06). U.S. Opposes a Ban on Killer Robots – A New Autonomous Form of Warfare – Ahead of U.N. Weapons Summit. democracynow.org Human rights activists and dozens of countries are calling for an all-out ban on the use of lethal autonomous weapons, also known as "killer robots" that can make the final order to kill without a human overseeing the process. The robots will be coming under review next week during high-level talks on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. So far, the Biden administration has rejected calls to ban the weapons, instead proposing the establishment of a "code of conduct" for their use. "This is not just a new weapon, it's a new form of warfare," says Steve Goose, director of Human Rights Watch's arms divisi…

Michael Winship (2021-12-06). The "Shining City on a Hill" Is Ready to Ignite. zcomm.org All hands are needed on deck right now to save the republic. No joke…

The Canary (2021-12-06). Two sudden defections and a Tory Party pearshaped calamity? The run up to the North Shropshire by-election. thecanary.co A councillor and deputy mayor in North Shropshire has defected from the Conservatives 10 days before a by-election in the seat. Recent polling, however, suggests the Tory Party is still — Reform UK (@reformparty_uk)

CJ Polychroniou (2021-12-06). People Are Waking Up to the Realization That They Have a World to Win. zcomm.org People everywhere are waking up to the realization that they must fight to organize the world in such a way that there is a sustainable future for humanity and the planet…

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-06). U.S. President Biden reinstates wait in Mexico policy for migrants. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Joe Biden has brought back a policy used during the Donald Trump administration, migrants who reach the U.S./Mexico border to seek asylum must wait in Mexico during their immigration proceedings.

The Canary (2021-12-06). Grenfell fire consequence of 'unbridled passion for deregulation', inquiry told. thecanary.co The Grenfell Tower fire occurred partly as a result of an "unbridled passion for deregulation", the inquiry into the deadly blaze has heard. Additionally, it also heard that a desire to boost housing construction led to the industry being allowed to exploit regulations. | A lawyer, representing some of those who survived the fire as well as the loved ones of some who did not, said there had been aprolonged period of concealment by Government which should properly be regarded as one of the major scandals of our time. | The latest stage of the inquiry: | Module six of the inquiry's second phase is lookin…

Rachel Evans (2021-12-06). Protest demands Morrison 'kills the bill'. greenleft.org.au Protesters rallied agains against the federal government's religious discrimination bill. Rachel Evans reports.

WSWS (2021-12-06). US District Court issues wrist slap fine for serious environmental pollution at BP refinery in northwest Indiana. wsws.org The US District Court of Hammond, Indiana has ordered BP to pay a mere $500,000 for emissions violations at its refinery in Whiting, Indiana.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Deere workers describe problems in working conditions, pay following end of strike. wsws.org Workers have said the company and UAW are indifferent to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, which is surging in the Midwest.

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 …

_____ (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…

_____ (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…

_____ (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.

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…

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…

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 …

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

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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

_____ (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 …

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…

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…

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.

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.

_____ (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…

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). 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.

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.

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.

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…

_____ (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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

_____ (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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

_____ (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.

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

_____ (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…

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.

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…

_____ (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 …

_____ (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…

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

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