Daily Archives: December 8, 2021

2021-12-08: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-12-08). Congress Is Still Throwing Good Money After Bad Foreign Policy. fpif.org Congress is preparing to hand 65 percent of federal discretionary spending to the war machine, even as they wring their hands over a fraction of that for the Build Back Better Act.

Moderator (2021-12-08). House Approves $778 Billion Military Budget. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams In bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday passed a sprawling military policy bill that contains nearly twice as much funding on an annual basis as Democrats' flagship social spending and climate bill. That reality led Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, to slam the $778 billion National …

Kris Hamel (2021-12-08). Detroiters decry World Economic Forum. liberationnews.org Speakers called the WEF's new project the "Global Center for Urban Destruction" and said Detroit was picked as host because the city is the epicenter of austerity in the United States.

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-12-08). Venezuela: Guaidó Increasingly Isolated as UN Recognizes Maduro Gov't in 'Resounding' Vote. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia called the vote "a slap against imperialist interference and aggression."

Combined Sources (2021-12-08). China says U.S. 'diplomatic boycott' of Olympics based on 'lies and rumors'. peoplesworld.org China is hitting back at the U.S. government's decision to stage a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying Washington was acting "out of ideological prejudice and based on lies and rumors." The Biden administration said on Monday that its diplomats would stay away from the February games in protest at what it said …

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-08). There's a nonsensical propaganda campaign to make China look bad in Uganda. peoplesdispatch.org Despite strident denials by both Ugandan and Chinese officials, an misinformation campaign is being carried out which alleges that Chinese authorities are going to take control of the Entebbe International Airport due to a loan default…

scorinoco (2021-12-08). What You're Not Supposed to Know About Cuba and Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Ted Snider — Dec 6, 2021 | What's changed in Venezuela and Cuba since Biden became President? Nothing. But as US foreign policy on those two great threats to America continues seamlessly on from the Trump presidency to the Biden presidency, there's something the White House and the media don't want you to know. | Venezuela | Though you'd barely know it from the media, Venezuela just had an important election. Though not a presidential election, the regional elections were significant because, since the opposition fully participated for the first time in several years, the election was an obvious referendu…

Gilbert Doctorow (2021-12-08). The United States pushes Russia to the brink of war, then cries "wolf" mronline.org The Russians have plainly said that they deem the Ukrainian government to be U.S-controlled, not a free agent, and they hold Washington directly responsible for whatever may happen on the ground in their neighborhood.

Staff (2021-12-08). A One-Sided Narrative: U.S. Press Focuses on "Russian Aggression" While Ignoring U.S. Escalation. democracynow.org During a virtual summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Biden threatened to impose new economic sanctions and other measures if Russia invades Ukraine. The talks were held amid growing tension between the two countries over the expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe and Russia's deployment of tens of thousands troops along the border of Ukraine. Editorial director and publisher at The Nation Katrina vanden Heuvel says the U.S. has a "one-sided narrative" of the Russia-Ukraine conflict that neglects to acknowledge its own role in escalating tensions. "This [t…

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-08). The Heat: Biden-Putin discuss Ukraine in video call. america.cgtn.com The stakes couldn't be any higher for diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia. U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a two-hour video call on Tuesday about the Russian buildup of troops along Ukraine's border and fears of a …

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-08). Putin: Ukraine Is to Russia What Cuba Was to America in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. moderndiplomacy.eu In an almost universally ignored speech by Putin, on December 1st (titled "Ceremony for presenting foreign ambassadors' letters of credence"), he said, merely as an aside [and I here shall add clarifications in brackets]: By the way, the threat on our western border [he was referring mainly to Ukraine] is really growing, and we have …

Ian Goodrum (2021-12-08). U.S. 'democracy summit' a master class in hypocrisy. peoplesworld.org If you thought discourse in the United States couldn't get more childish, think again: This week, the White House is convening the geopolitical equivalent of the He-Man Woman-Haters' Club from Our Gang. The club has an official name, of course; the Summit for Democracy, wherein U.S. President Joe Biden and 110 of his closest friends …

Editor2 (2021-12-08). "Summit for Democracy" — Enhancing Empire, Not Defending "Democracy" orinocotribune.com By Brian Berletic — Dec 1, 2021 | The very first "Summit for Democracy" will be held in early December 2021. Organized by the United States, it will include "leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector," all unilaterally picked by the United States who, by implication, has unilaterally declared itself arbiter of which nations are deemed "democratic" and by process of counting the uninvited, those deemed "undemocratic." | US-sponsored opposition movements in nations left uninvited took the opportunity to portray the summit as validation for some and a "slap in the face" to others. | Thai PB…

Ken Bank (2021-12-08). Biden 'Build Back Better' plan includes tax credits for local journalism. peoplesworld.org The Biden $1.85 trillion "Build Back Better" domestic spending plan includes a provision that will provide a payroll tax credit up to $25,000 the first year and $15,000 the next four years to media companies for hiring journalists who specialize in local news reporting. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act was first introduced last spring with …

Brittani Banks (2021-12-08). How the Build Back Better Bill Would Save Workers' Lives. independentmediainstitute.org When Ron Brady drives through highway construction zones, he makes a point of looking for safety violations that threaten workers' lives. He's seen more and more of them the past few years as employers, emboldened by the weakened state of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), grew increasingly comfortable flouting the rules. Funding …

_____ (2021-12-08). Alex Saab's Diplomatic Immunity Ruling Freezes his Court Case In Florida. popularresistance.org The trial against the Venezuelan diplomat, Alex Saab, in the Court of the US Southern District of Florida, was suspended due to the ongoing appeal for his diplomatic status. The appeal was filed in April of 2021, reported FuserNews. The current complaint in regards to the recognition of his diplomatic status, which would confer immunity for Ambassador Saab, has been fought in the Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit of Atlanta, Georgia, since April 1, 2021 when the defense team requested that the court "annul the order conferring the status of fugitive."

Jason Hickel (2021-12-08). The age of imperialism is not over—but we can end it. mronline.org Capitalist accumulation has always depended on cheap labor and resources extracted from the Global South. To end this violence we need a post-capitalist transition—otherwise, as climate breakdown accelerates, the ceaseless search for profit will drive us further into barbarism.

Monica Moorehead (2021-12-08). The case of Peng Shuai and U.S. hypocrisy — a WW commentary. workers.org U.S. and Western imperialism are super-obsessed with finding any angle to demonize and smear the People's Republic of China, politically, economically and culturally. A main strategy for these anti-communist attacks on China has been accusations of so-called human rights abuses. Peng Shuai For example, President Joe Biden has gone on . . . |

Staff (2021-12-08). Striking Columbia Student Workers Demand Living Wage as School's Endowment Grows to $14 Billion. democracynow.org In the largest strike happening right now in the United States, 3,000 student workers at New York City's Columbia University are on their fifth week of strike. Today the student workers are calling on others to help them shut down the university. Striking student worker, Johannah King-Slutzky, accuses Columbia's administration of an "illegal form of retaliation" for threatening to replace the striking student workers who do not return to work by Friday. On Monday, many Columbia faculty members walked out of their classes in a show of solidarity. "Graduate student labor is the invisible labor of the university," s…

WSWS (2021-12-08). PSOE-Podemos government, Spanish trade unions agree to savage austerity. wsws.org The pseudo-left Podemos party is imposing attacks on the working class in close collaboration with the European Union.

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-08). Hondurans reject coup regime — °Xiomara presidente! workers.org On January 27, after nearly 13 years under a "narcodictatorship" responsible for thousands of assassinations, kidnappings and imprisonments, the people of Honduras will witness the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro de Zelaya. She was the candidate of the Libre (Freedom and Refoundation) Party and is the spouse of former President . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-12-08). Honduras: La victoria de Xiomara Castro y los grandes desafíos. workers.org Por Carlos Aznárez Después de la victoria electoral por el Partido Libre y Xiomara Castro en las elecciones en Honduras en noviembre, el redactor de Resumen Latinoamericano escribió esta entrevista. Xiomara Castro recibió más votos que ningún otro candidato en la historia de Honduras. Quién es Xiomara Castro Nos vamos . . . |

Progressive International Observatory (2021-12-08). Honduras rises up to reclaim its democracy. greenleft.org.au Delegates from the Progressive International Observatory witnessed the election of Xiomara Castro in Honduras on November 28.

Peoples' Dispatch (2021-12-08). Honduras: Next steps after historic left victory. greenleft.org.au Following Xiomara Castro's victory in the Honduran elections, Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, Coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), spoke to Peoples Dispatch about what this means for people's movements in the country.

Daniel Rosenberg (2021-12-08). Boxing, crime, and capitalism: Gerald Horne's 'The Bittersweet Science' reviewed. peoplesworld.org It is difficult to defend boxing. It is often brutal, and sometimes deadly. Its less odious, even admirable, traits involve skill, speed, tactics, concentration, and movement. In combination with the strictest safety precautions, and free of criminal control, dubious elements, and economic exploitation, it can be deemed a sport. But its very aggression mandates caution …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-08). Kellogg's workers reject proposed contract; company threatens 'permanent replacements'. peoplesworld.org

Ruth Milka (2021-12-08). As Americans struggle to afford rising gas prices, Big Oil profits surge to $174 billion in nine months. nationofchange.org U.S. oil companies are making more money than any other time in history.

Robert S. Becker (2021-12-08). The best sting against election fraud malice: Fund Ruby Freeman's justly historic defamation suit! nationofchange.org There is something especially vicious when a powerful politician descends to abusing innocents in an unsuccessful deception he knew would fail.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-12-08). How Congress loots the Treasury for the military-industrial-congressional complex. nationofchange.org How the conjunction of dysfunctional military leadership, an ever-growing arms industry and a Congress that keeps handing them trillions of dollars, constitutes the full flowering of President Eisenhower's greatest fears for the future of the United States.

Steven Rosenfeld (2021-12-08). Progressives sweep 2021's municipal elections across Georgia. nationofchange.org The grassroots organizing strategy that led to historic victories in 2020's elections continued to boost voter turnout in communities of color.

Ann Brown (2021-12-08). CIA Director Says Agency Currently Has 'A Number Of Different Projects' Focused On Crypto. moguldom.com The CIA is looking into ways to gather information on cryptocurrency. The director of the CIA says the agency is already working on "a number of different projects" focused on crypto. The director, William Burns, said that building knowledge on crypto was "an important priority" for the CIA, and he planned to devote "resources and …

Ann Brown (2021-12-08). 5 Things to Know About Lovett Fort-Whiteman: The Black Communist Who Was Taken To The Gulag in Russia. moguldom.com Lovett Fort-Whiteman was considered the first American-born Black Communist and first African American to receive training at Communist International in Moscow. Communist International (also known as Comintern) was an international organization founded in 1919 that advocated global communism. Despite his devotion to communism, Fort-Whiteman, a political and civil rights activist, spent the end of his …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-08). Fund Manager Grayscale Launches First Solana Trust Product, Here Are The Risks They Cited in Report. moguldom.com Grayscale investments, the world's largest digital currency asset manager, launched Grayscale Solana Trust, the sixteenth product in Grayscale's suite of investment offerings, that caters to institutional and high net-worth investors. The product will offer exposure to SOL, the native token used on the Solana blockchain. The launch comes two months after Grayscale rival Osprey Funds …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-08). Nick Cannon's Youngest Child, Zen Cannon, Passes Away From Brain Tumor at 5 Months. moguldom.com Nick Cannon and his youngest son's mother Alyssa Scott are mourning the loss of their 5-month-old son, Zen Cannon, who died Sunday, Dec. 5, from a cancerous brain tumor. Cannon, 41, announced the sad news on Tuesday, December 7, on his namesake weekly television program "The Nick Cannon Show." "Today is a special one y'all …

Ann Brown (2021-12-08). 12-Year Old Girl Nyla Hayes Makes $1.6 Million Selling NFT Art. moguldom.com Nyla Hayes is shaking up the non-fungible token (NFT) art world. Not only did she make $1.6 million in a few hours from her NFT collections, her NFT artwork has amassed $5.8 million in total, and she was also selected by Time magazine to be the first artist for its own NFT platform called TimePieces. And, she …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-08). How Much Money Does it Take to Manipulate The Bitcoin Price 1%? How Thin Liquidity Is Exploited. moguldom.com It takes inflows of only $93 million to move the Bitcoin price by one percent, according to the Bank of America. Bitcoin is twice as volatile as gold per dollar in-flows despite the asset existing for nearly a dozen years, with Bitcoin's nearly $ 1.1 trillion market cap equating to roughly 10 percent of golds. …

The Socialist Program (2021-12-08). Capitalist Vultures Cause Homelessness. liberationnews.org Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss landlords going after the children of the tenants they target for eviction & the ultra-wealthy keeping over $10 billion more of their inheritances in 2020 thanks to the Trump estate tax cuts.

Anzy Adams (2021-12-08). Indigenous women lead march on Otay Mesa Detention Center. liberationnews.org Featured image: The crowd gathered outside the Otay Mesa Detention Center. Liberation photo…

_____ (2021-12-08). Kellogg Workers Reject Temporary Agreement, Continue Strike. popularresistance.org The strike that began at four Kellogg Company plants on October 5 will continue. This morning, the 1,400 striking workers rejected a temporary agreement (TA) that had been negotiated by their union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco, and Grain Milling Workers International Union. The strike had encompassed workers at plants in Omaha, Nebraska, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Memphis, Tennessee, and the company's flagship facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.

_____ (2021-12-08). Might Starbucks soon start sharing the bucks? popularresistance.org The cream always rises to the top. Howard Schultz must love this folk maxim. And well he should. Understanding the ways of cream has helped make Schultz — the two-time former CEO and current chairman emeritus of Starbucks — a billionaire almost five times over. Starbucks baristas in the upstate New York city of Buffalo might beg to differ. Cream does rise, they understand. But that rising cream never achieves actual separation — physical distance — from the rest of a beverage. Schultz and his fellow Starbucks movers and shakers, on the other hand, have achieved that physical separation. Th…

_____ (2021-12-08). China Condemns US Attempt To Disrupt Beijing Olympics. popularresistance.org On Monday, the current U.S Joe Biden administration confirmed it would not be sending any government officials to the Beijing Olympics. In response, the Chinese Foreign Minister declared the move a statement of ideological prejudice. Jen Psaki, Press Secretary for the White House alleged as the reason for this diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics, supposed crimes against humanity committed by Chinese authorities and abuses of human rights.

_____ (2021-12-08). How to counter the growing threat of agent provocateurs. popularresistance.org As awareness of racial injustice, climate crises and sexist violence grow in multiple countries, activists are responding in greater and greater numbers. We have this in common with earlier periods in history that birthed large social movements: activists "upping the ante," increasing the power of their action. One-off protests become sustained campaigns, short actions like parades become long marches, a union's token stay-at-home becomes a prolonged strike, law-abiding demonstrators turn to civil disobedience. It's easy, however, to overlook a key activist vulnerability that accompanies these moments of increase…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Egyptian court grants provisional release to human rights researcher Patrick George Zaki. peoplesdispatch.org Zaki was arrested in February 2020 after returning to Egypt from Italy where he was studying at the University of Bologna. He has since spent 22 months in pre-trial detention on various charges…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Raoul Hedebouw is the new president of the Workers Party of Belgium. peoplesdispatch.org At the unity congress of the Workers' Party of Belgium, Peter Mertens stepped down from the presidency after 13 significant years during which it became one of the prominent Marxist parties in Europe…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Israel delays massive settlement project in occupied East Jerusalem after international pressure. peoplesdispatch.org While the 9,000-unit settlement plan in Atarot was put on hold on Monday, another settlement plan inside East Jerusalem to build 473 homes near two Palestinian neighborhoods was announced on the same day…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Amid talks to revive nuclear deal, US imposes fresh sanctions on Iranian entities and officials. peoplesdispatch.org The fresh sanctions were imposed citing alleged human rights violations. Iran and at least one other signatory to the nuclear deal have stated that such moves raise serious questions about the Biden administration's seriousness to revive the deal…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Understanding Germany's 'traffic light' coalition. peoplesdispatch.org Germany's new coalition government is set to be voted in today. Pawel Wargan, organizer, researcher, and coordinator of the International Secretariat of the Progressive International, speaks on the contradictions of the coalition…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Seun Kuti: "The oppressed people of the world need to organize themselves for political power" peoplesdispatch.org Seun Kuti talks to Vijay Prashad about the EndSARS movement in Nigeria, the need for broadening the movement and building popular resistance in the country, and more.

Monica Cruz (2021-12-08). Amid backlash World Economic Forum launches "Global Center for Urban Transformation" in Detroit. peoplesdispatch.org Protestors rallied in downtown Detroit to protest the opening of the World Economic Forum's "Global Center for Urban Transformation." The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a non-governmental lobbying group made up of political and business leaders, including representatives from major financial institutions like Goldman Sachs and the European Central Bank. In August, it

Peter Certo (2021-12-08). In OtherWords: December 8, 2021. otherwords.org If you're feeling low this holiday season, you're hardly alone. Record numbers of Americans are seeking treatment for mental health care. | But as Katie Prout writes this week in OtherWords, record numbers are also struggling to get it — especially if you're on Medicaid. Psychiatrists were in short supply even before the pandemic, and the number of practices who take Medicaid is declining. A year in a half into a pandemic that's seen massive deaths, unemployment, and mental illness, she asks: should we really still be tying health care to people's employers? | Also this week, Farrah Hassen calls for a bipar…

Farrah Hassen (2021-12-08). Stop Normalizing Islamophobia. otherwords.org In her latest act of demonizing Muslims, Rep. Lauren Boebert This might be business as usual for the Colorado Republican.

Katie Prout (2021-12-08). Mental Health Care Is Hard to Come By — Especially If You're Low-Income. otherwords.org During the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020, my boyfriend asked, not unkindly, if I've ever been diagnosed with anything besides generalized anxiety disorder. | I was relieved that somebody had finally asked about my mental health. | All spring and summer 2020, I kicked the ball of my fritzing brain down the field to some imaginary goal of "things" getting better in the world, or at least more stable. Plainly, that didn't happen. | And so, like many others, I went back to therapy. Or tried to. | I'm on Medicaid, and while the insurance I receive through the program is accepted by many dentists and primary…

Khalil Bendib (2021-12-08). Five Minutes to Midnight for U.S. Democracy. otherwords.org Get a full-res version

scorinoco (2021-12-08). Conservative Elites Join up for Campaign to Force Canada to Violate the One-China Principle. orinocotribune.com By William Ging Wee Dere — Dec 5, 2021 | One of the pressure points now being used against China is Taiwan. | Short history of Taiwan and Canada engagement | Taiwan is a breakaway part of China.

Misión Verdad (2021-12-08). Borges vs. Guaidó: US' House of Cards on Fire. orinocotribune.com By Mision Verdad — Dec 7, 2021 | We are witnessing live the unveiling of a fiction that has lasted for too long; whose protagonists belong to the most extreme of the anti-Chavismo sectors. The outcome of the unveiling is destined to propitiate the failure of the anti-Venezuela US strategy. Both the excesses of its dauphins and hitmen have worn out the age of anti-politics, and these are now being ignored because of the prevailing reality in the country, a reality in which most of the political parties are participating in the democratic arena. | Julio Borges has finally decided to depart from what Washington…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-08). Chilean Activists Welcome Leopoldo López with Eggs. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, December 7, a group of Chilean demonstrators received the fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López at the former Congress of the Republic, in Santiago de Chile, with a barrage of eggs and slogans denouncing him as a criminal, murderer, and coup leader. | The Venezuelan opposition figure visited the building to meet with representatives of the Chilean extreme right participating in the Constitutional Convention, the Chilean constituent body in charge of writing the new post-Pinochet Magna Carta.[VÂDEO] Leopoldo López llega a la Convención Constitucional de Chile y lo reciben tirándole huevo…

Editor2 (2021-12-08). Crying at the Centro Fidel Castro Ruz. orinocotribune.com By Salifu Mack — Dec 2, 2021 | I recently had the opportunity to visit Cuba through a friendship Caravan with

Matt Kennard (2021-12-08). Assange Judge is 40-Year 'Good Friend' of Minister who Orchestrated his Arrest. orinocotribune.com By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis — Dec 2, 2021 | Julian Assange's fate lies in the hands of an appeal judge who is a close friend of Sir Alan Duncan — the former foreign minister who called Assange a "miserable little worm" in parliament. | Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett, the judge that 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 Dunc…

Editor2 (2021-12-08). China-Laos Railway Roars in Full Swing, Brings Laos Into Modern Transport era amid BRI Endeavor. orinocotribune.com The 1,035-kilometer-long China-Laos Railway, a signature project under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, officially went into full operation on Friday, catapulting the landlocked Southeast Asian nation into a Chinese standard-powered modern railway era that honors China's promise of enabling inclusive growth along the BRI routes. | Chinese President Xi Jinping and Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith witnessed the opening of the railway via video link. | The opening of the China-Laos Railway will make Laos' dream of becoming a land-linked hub come true. China will ensure the maintenance and security of th…

Editor (2021-12-08). Unapologetic support for abortion rights must be a pillar of the Left. mronline.org This week the Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization—the case that will determine the fate of Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, and more broadly, the fate of Roe v. Wade.

The Tricontinental (2021-12-08). Dossier No. 47: New clothes, old threads: the dangerous right-wing offensive in Latin America. mronline.org The Western world lives in discontent. Progressive models have failed to maintain the levels of politicisation, mystique, capacity to question, transformative purpose, and possibilities of concrete changes for the masses.

Editor (2021-12-08). Watch "Marx is Back", Episode 1: Bourgeois and Proletarians. mronline.org "Marx is Back" a mini-series about the Communist Manifesto is now on youtube. Subtitles available.

Editor (2021-12-08). Why Amazon is terrified of Its U.S. workers unionizing. mronline.org Amazon continues to abuse its warehouse workers, both in its day-to-day treatment of them and in its thuggish, law-breaking campaign to prevent unionization in the U.S.

Editor (2021-12-08). Cornel West on Frantz Fanon, one of the great revolutionary intellectuals of the 20th century. mronline.org "Decolonization implies the urgent need to thoroughly challenge the colonial situation."

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-08). Libya: The Muslim Brotherhood Escalates Campaign Against Elections. libya360.wordpress.com The Brotherhood in Libya escalates against the elections with a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Commission Tripoli — A group of demonstrators affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya began a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the Electoral Commission in the capital, Tripoli, to demand…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-08). Supreme Council of Libyan Tribes: The Candidacy of Dr. Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi Exposed the Falsehood of February "Democracy" libya360.wordpress.com Sheikh Misbah Abu Sbeiha The head of the Supreme Council of Tribes and Cities of Fezzan, Sheikh Ali Misbah Abu Sbeiha, said that Dr. Saif al-Islam Muammar Qaddafi's candidacy for the presidential elections exposed the falsehood of February democracy and the peaceful transfer of power and its civil state, commenting on the incident of storming…

Houston Tenants Union (2021-12-08). Houston Tenants Win Back Stolen Security Deposit. itsgoingdown.org Report from Houston Tenants Union about a successful campaign that resulted in recovering a stolen security deposit. NORTH HOUSTON, TEXAS— North Houston tenants recover stolen security deposit through direct action after it was wrongfully withheld in September. On March 29, with the end of his lease term approaching, tenant Jamie notified management at Better World…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-08). Hundreds Take the Streets of Tucson After Police Kill Richard Lee Richards in Wheelchair. itsgoingdown.org Report-back on anti-police/anti-police brutality action on December 4th, following the police murder of Richard Lee Richards in so-called Tucson, Arizona. On Monday, November 29th, Richard Lee Richards was accused of stealing a toolbox from a Walmart. Richards, who was in a motorized wheelchair, was also accused of brandishing a knife. When Tucson Police officer Ryan…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-08). Call for Submissions for No More City Issue #4 in So-Called Vancouver, BC. itsgoingdown.org Call for submissions for issue #4 of the No More City publication, out of so-called Vancouver, BC. We are now taking submissions for our third issue of No More City until February 15th. We are looking for original submissions local to so-called Vancouver and so-called BC for our 4th issue! This issue will cover Fall/Winter…

rebekah (2021-12-08). A Strong Economic Case for Federal Investment in Universal Preschool. inequality.org

rebekah (2021-12-08). How Do We Fix Abusive Donor-Advised Funds? inequality.org

Fidel Castro Ruz (2021-12-08). Fidel Castro's Message against Nuclear War: "In a Nuclear War the 'Collateral Damage' would be the Life of All Humanity." globalresearch.ca A forceful message calling for World peace and the survival of humankind.

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-12-08). Private guard kills teen at checkpoint. electronicintifada.net Video shows what may amount to extrajudicial execution.

Asa Winstanley (2021-12-08). Not guilty: Palestine Action acquitted in first trial. electronicintifada.net "Elbit Three" activists defaced Israeli drone factory in UK.

Robert Hunziker (2021-12-08). Japan's Upcoming Nuclear Waste Dump. dissidentvoice.org Nuclear waste is an interminable curse that eternally haunts the future of civilization for hundreds/thousands of years. The challenge of making nuclear power safer doesn't end after the power has been generated. Nuclear fuel remains dangerously radioactive for thousands of years after it is no longer useful in a commercial reactor.1 There are 440 nuclear …

Dean Baker (2021-12-08). NYT Hypes Coal Industry Line About Job Loss Due to Climate Change Measures. cepr.net The NYT should not be assisting the industry in its efforts to inflate jobs concerns in order to block action on global warming.

Newsroom (2021-12-08). Report Underlines Reforms to Support Fiscal Federalism, Green Growth in Nepal. moderndiplomacy.eu Nepal has made significant strides in implementing fiscal federalism while key reforms are needed to support fiscal sustainability and Nepal's transition towards green, resilient, and inclusive development states the World Bank's Public Expenditure Review (PER) Report on Fiscal Policy for Sustainable Development launched today. With the country's transition to federalism, expenditure responsibilities have been devolved …

Newsroom (2021-12-08). Philippines: Boosting Private Sector Growth Can Strengthen Recovery, Create More Jobs. moderndiplomacy.eu Rebounding from a deep contraction in 2020, the Philippine economy is forecast to grow 5.3 percent this year before accelerating to an average of 5.8 percent in 2022-23 on the road to recovery, according to the Philippines Economic Update (PEU) titled Regaining Lost Ground, Revitalizing the Filipino Workforce, released today by the World Bank. Government …

Giancarlo Elia Valori (2021-12-08). The crisis of international law. moderndiplomacy.eu The idea of promoting the human rights agenda in the image and likeness of the Western countries' principles — as the repositories of Absolute Truth — is counterproductive and directly harmful in the Near and Middle East and Central Asia, as it does not consider the historical experience of these geopolitical regions. Moreover, many experts …

Adomas Abromaitis (2021-12-08). Lithuania: pensioners get ready for death. moderndiplomacy.eu Main attention of the Lithuanian media has been focused on migrant crises and security issues for several weeks. This problem has become also a good reason to once again draw the attention of the population to the need of increasing defense capabilities. This problem has become a good excuse for further increasing of the armed …

MD Staff (2021-12-08). AI for Human Resources Toolkit Helps Organizations Overcome Implementation Challenges. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Economic Forum published the "Human-Centred AI for Human Resources: A Toolkit for Human Resources Professionals" to scale the responsible use of artificial intelligence in Human Resources (HR). The toolkit includes a guide covering key topics and steps in the responsible use of AI-based HR tools, and two checklists — one focused on strategic …

_____ (2021-12-08). Laos' Railway Opens: The West Kicks and Screams as China and Laos Move Forward Together. journal-neo.org The China-Laos railway, connecting the landlocked Southeast Asian nation of Laos with China, has finally begun operations. This historic moment marked a new chapter for Laos which remains one of the poorest nations in the region. Besides the devastation wrought by US war with neighboring Vietnam last century which saw the US drop more bombs …

_____ (2021-12-08). Russian-Vietnamese Relations and the Joint Fight Against the Pandemic. journal-neo.org The history of relations between Russia and Vietnam goes back to Soviet times when the USSR supported the Vietnamese communists in their war for creating their state, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV). After that, the Soviet Union became a major partner of the SRV for many years. The common ideology, joint opposition to the …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-08). So-Called Vancouver, BC: No More City Issue #4 Submission Callout. itsgoingdown.org Call for submissions for issue #4 of the No More City publication, out of so-called Vancouver, BC. We are now taking submissions for our third issue of No More City until February 15th. We are looking for original submissions local to so-called Vancouver and so-called BC for our 4th issue! This issue will cover Fall/Winter…

Joe Piette (2021-12-08). Palestine Solidarity Day officially recognized in Philadelphia. workers.org International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People was officially recognized in Philadelphia for the first time on Nov. 29. Philadelphia City Hall, Nov. 29. Mayor Jim Kenney, Amy Eusebio (director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs), City Council members Kendra Brooks, Jamie Gauthier and Maria Quinoñes Sanchez, State Representative . . . |

The Global Research Team (2021-12-08). This Holiday Season, Be Our Santa! Support Global Research. globalresearch.ca We are into the second year of this whole COVID-19 pandemic and instead of normalcy, "democratic governments" are sleep-walking into tyranny. People are stripped of their rights and freedoms. Those who resist the globalist agenda of mass vaccination suffer from …

Jim Hightower (2021-12-08). Corporate Owners Are Spoiling Sports. otherwords.org 'Tis the season, right? Traditionally, this time of year celebrates spirituality and festivities — including Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. | In modern day America, however, the winter solstice signals the faithful to gather from afar in monumental temples to worship our nation's supreme secular deity: sports! Get ready for a non-stop frenzy of football, basketball, soccer, and more — with devout fans making tribal pilgrimages to their sacred stadiums and arenas. | But whatever the sport, the name of the game these days is the same: money. | The people's sports franchises are firmly in the grip of…

Kim Petersen (2021-12-08). Will the WTA Cancel Tennis Tournaments in the USA? dissidentvoice.org Currently, the West and its monopoly media are inordinately fixated on an allegation of a crime against an individual in another country, a country that is denigrated as a threat. The alleged crime serves as a pretext to punish that individual's country, as if the country were the perpetrator or an accomplice in the alleged …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Australian prime minister hectors port workers over limited strikes. wsws.org Scott Morrison's statement was not so much directed against the maritime union, as at a growing wave of anger among rank-and-file workers.

Frances Moore Lappé (2021-12-08). Hunger Is Over, If We Want It. zcomm.org Globally, in this now-or-never moment, we can remake governance to answer to all of us, to finally make policy with the understanding that hunger will only be uprooted if we tackle the anti-democracy forces at its roots…

Aditi Ramaswami (2021-12-08). MIDDAY POSTER: Democracy Dies In Dark Money Ties. dailyposter.com

Juan Guahán (2021-12-08). En la relación con el FMI se juega el futuro de la Argentina. globalizacion.ca Argentina atraviesa por uno de los momentos más críticos de su historia. No se refiere a riesgos nucleares o climáticos, tampoco a los de una guerra convencional. Se trata de saber si continuará su declive hacia la nada o si…

WSWS (2021-12-08). The US boycott of the Beijing Olympics: A murderous state speaks of "human rights" wsws.org In boycotting the Winter Olympics in Beijing, US President Joe Biden is pointing his finger at China from atop a mountain of corpses.

WSWS (2021-12-08). Fascistic provocateur Eric Zemmour announces his presidential campaign bid in France. wsws.org For months, even before formally announcing his election campaign, Zemmour has enjoyed widespread coverage in the French media.

Victoria Korn (2021-12-08). Juan Guaidó perdió a su "canciller: La lucha por el poder y el dinero usurpado. globalizacion.ca El publicitado gobierno interino de Juan Guaidó, la estructura institucional paralela que creó Estados Unidos para tratar de derrocar al presidente constitucional Nicolás Maduro en Venezuela, comienza a resquebrajarse desde dentro, tras el anuncio de Julio Borges, su "canciller", de…

Staff (2021-12-08). Chilean Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage, Initiative One Step Away from Becoming Law. orinocotribune.com On Tuesday, December 7, the Chilean Senate voted in favor of marriage equality. For this to become law, the initiative still needs to complete a final step—approval in the Chamber of Deputies. The law has been expected for years by Chile's LGBTIQ+ community. | Currently, the only legal procedure in force in Chile, that can legally bind same-sex couples is the Civil Union Agreement, which was approved in 2015, and which grants all of the rights stipulated by marriage, except the possibility of adoption and the filiation rights for the children of same-sex couples. This will change if the new initiative becom…

Brittani Banks (2021-12-08). Kamala vs. Mitt: Two Different Viewpoints of Family Planning Prefigure Different Futures for Planetary Health. independentmediainstitute.org Click here for a photo that you may use to accompany the article (captions and credits can be found in each image's description field). U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris does not have any biological children and grew up middle-class. Meanwhile, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a Mormon with five kids, was born into wealth and has …

_____ (2021-12-08). What is behind the Initial Frenzy over the Dangers of the Omicron Strain? journal-neo.org In recent days, the media and political establishment in many countries have been discussing the emergence of Omicron coronavirus variant and the strengthening of the fight against its spread. According to the World Health Organization, the new strain of coronavirus has many mutations, some of which are designated as a Variant of Concern (VOC). In …

Eshalaxmi Barlingay (2021-12-08). Remains of missing Native American children continue to be identified. america.cgtn.com The remains of dozens of missing Native American children have been identified in unmarked mass graves near the old grounds of the Rapid City Indian School, closed in 1933. For decades, elders in the community spoke about terrible practices and buried truths, but only recently …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Eighteen coal miners and villagers massacred by Indian army in Nagaland. wsws.org The security forces' killing spree began late afternoon Saturday, when an Indian Army Special Forces unit ambushed a pick-up truck that was conveying coal miners to their homes after a day of hard work.

WSWS (2021-12-08). Australia: NSW teachers hold first strike in ten years. wsws.org One teacher said: "I don't know why they have proceeded with the full reopenings. I think it has just been to get people back into work and kids back to schools for child-minding. We can't properly teach."

Cindy Piester (2021-12-08). Veterans Target US Military's Outsized Impact on the Climate Crisis. zcomm.org With no mention of military emissions at COP26, a coalition is mobilizing to force the Pentagon to disclose and reduce its enormous carbon footprint…

Paulo Cabral (2021-12-08). Pony therapy helps kids with cancer in Brazil. america.cgtn.com See how pony therapy can bring some relief to children and teenagers with cancer in Sao Paulo.

WSWS (2021-12-08). COVID-19 spreads through New Zealand schools and childcare centres. wsws.org More than 145 schools and early childcare centres in New Zealand have reported COVID-19 cases since August, and a new survey shows half of preschool teachers do not feel safe at work.

Ann Brown (2021-12-08). Young Turks' Cenk Uygur Goes Off: The Slavemasters in American History Are The Violent Savages, Not The Black Men You Are Calling Violent Today. moguldom.com On February 23, 2020, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was murdered in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood in Glynn County, Georgia. While jogging, Arbery had been chased down by three white men — Travis McMichael and his father Gregory, who were armed and in one vehicle, and William "Roddie" Bryan, who was in another vehicle and recorded the pursuit …

Alejandra Sorto (2021-12-08). With Reproductive Freedom in Danger, New Jersey Must Expand Protections and Access. aclu.org When Texas banned nearly all abortions, it showed us that what happens on the state level can reach far beyond state lines. Just as starkly, it has shown the grim reality that when reproductive freedom comes under threat, people of color and those on the economic margins will undeniably Following the Texas ban, people flooded New Mexico and Oklahoma for appointments — but those without the resources required to book appointments, travel hours over state lines, mi…

The Canary (2021-12-08). Legality, safety, and rationality of 'pushing back' migrant boats questioned by Lords committee. thecanary.co The legality of Priti Patel's plans to turn back migrant boats at sea has been called into question by peers including senior lawyers and a former judge. | "Concerns": | The Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee has written to the home secretary expressing "concerns" over the legal basis for the so-called 'pushbacks'. The letter adds to "growing concern both in and outside Parliament" over the policy proposed in a bid to curb Channel crossings, peers said. | It comes as the Nationality and Borders Bill is being considered by MPs in the Commons. It's at report stage for a second day before it gets a…

Sidney Luckett (2021-12-08). RIP Comrade Ebrahim Ebrahim (July 1, 1937- December 6, 2021). greenleft.org.au Ebrahim Ebrehim was an exemplary comrade in the South African struggle for freedom, who until his death was a committed internationalist, writes Sidney Luckett.

The Canary (2021-12-08). Omicron R-rate could be three times higher than current infection rate. thecanary.co The R-rate for the Omicron coronavirus (Covid-19) variant could be as high as 3.47, preliminary research suggests. The 'R-rate' High R: | Professor Alastair Grant, from the University of East Anglia, has predicted the reproduction rate of the new variant based on figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). He said the high figure for Omicron is due to "a mixture of it being good at transmitting itself and being a partial vaccine escape". A…

Fidel Abowei (2021-12-08). The UK's travel ban: Why Nigerians must look towards their leaders. moderndiplomacy.eu Once again Nigeria's image problem rears its ugly head, only this time, it has to do with how little care is taken by other countries before stepping on the toes of Africa's proverbial giant. On December 6, 2021, Nigeria joined seven other African states on the United Kingdom's red list, which essentially bans Nigerians from …

_____ (2021-12-08). How not to win an Olympic gold medal. strategic-culture.org In the annals of diplomacy, the White House official confirmation of a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing might qualify at best as a disc thrower being hit by a boomerang. | Realpolitik minds struggle to find a point in this gratuitous provocation, intervening less than two months before the start of the show, on February 4, 2022 at the Bird's Nest in Beijing. | According to White House reasoning, "the Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, given the PRC's ongoing genocide and crimes against huma…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-08). Don't Bribe My Kid: Mom Says Son Vaccinated in Exchange for Pizza at LAUSD Without Her Consent — NBC Los Angeles. moguldom.com One Los Angeles mother has taken major issue with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) vaccine mandate — specifically after her 13-year-old son was vaccinated at school without her consent. To make matters worse, she says they bribed her son by offering him pizza in exchange for taking the vaccine. According to Duarte, her …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-08). Video: Covid-19: Economic and Social Chaos. globalresearch.ca V the Virus" is said to be responsible for the wave of bankruptcies and unemployment. That's a lie. There is no causal relationship between the (microscopic) SARS-2 virus and economic variables. | It's the powerful financiers and billionaires who are behind …

Finian Cunningham (2021-12-08). What Britain did to Ireland 100 years ago haunts today's UK. dissidentvoice.org File Photo: © Getty Images / Charles McQuillan The final cut in partitioning Ireland came with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty 100 years ago. That colonial division of a nation, conducted as a fait accompli by British rulers, continues to have harmful repercussions. Ironically, it is today's British rulers who are reaping the bitter …

Fight Back (2021-12-08). Organizers against police crimes meet: "We have nothing to lose but our chains" fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Two years after the refounding of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) in November 2019, over 125 NAARPR members and affiliates from around the country convened for the second NAARPR conference in Chicago starting on Saturday, December 4. They shared updates about their work fighting against police crimes and for community control of the police, among other areas of struggle, then voted on resolutions and new leadership for the next two years. | Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the conference was attended only by delegates from NAARPR chapters and affiliated org…

WSWS (2021-12-08). Fast food delivery drivers in Sheffield, UK strike against Stuart deliveries, Just Eat. wsws.org Just Eat have tried to distance themselves from the pay cut by Stuart, saying they have no control over what it pays its couriers. This Pontius Pilate act is a fraud as both companies are claiming their pound of flesh from super-exploited workers.

àÅlvaro Verzi Rangel (2021-12-08). Reconoce la Asamblea General de la ONU al gobierno constitucional de Maduro. globalizacion.ca La Asamblea General de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU) reconoció el lunes al gobierno constitucional del presidente Nicolás Maduro como representante legítimo de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, lo que fue calificado por el embajador Samuel Moncada como "una…

Lisa Chiu (2021-12-08). U.S. still grappling with racism and discrimination. america.cgtn.com NYC's segregated public school systems New York City has one of the most segregated public school systems in the country. The vast gap between rich and poor, and often different races, is reflected in classrooms from the most neglected to the best-funded. We look at …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Trump co-conspirator and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announces he will no longer cooperate with January 6 House Select Committee. wsws.org In a letter released Tuesday, Meadows lawyer, George Terwilliger, stated Meadows would "decline the opportunity to appear voluntarily for a deposition."

Staff (2021-12-08). Compassion Is Not a Crime: Animal Rights Activist Avoids Jail After Conviction for Baby Goat Rescue. democracynow.org Animal rights activist Wayne Hsiung has been convicted on felony charges of burglary and larceny for removing a sick baby goat from a goat meat farm in North Carolina in 2018. Hsiung is the co-founder of the animal rights organization Direct Action Everywhere. He was given a suspended sentence and 24 months probation. He describes how the prosecutor in the case hugged him at the end of the trial and says the case revolves around a simple question: "Are the living creatures of this Earth property or are they living creatures that deserve some form of dignity and respect?"

WSWS (2021-12-08). Author Peter Ross Range discusses his new book, The Unfathomable Ascent: How Hitler came to Power, with David North. wsws.org In this video, Peter Ross Range speaks with WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North about his new book on Hitler's rise to power and its contemporary relevance.

Editorial La Jornada (2021-12-08). Estados Unidos: Gerrymandering, vergàºenza de la democracia. globalizacion.ca El estado de Texas fue demandado ayer por el Departamento de Justicia del gobierno de Joe Biden por redefinir la distritación electoral con el propósito de reducir la representación de las poblaciones negras, latinas y asiáticas, que son las que…

WSWS (2021-12-08). Support grows for UK safe schools campaigner Lisa Diaz amid widespread child infections. wsws.org Workers are responding to Lisa's fight in recognition of the crisis underway in schools, as the Delta variant continues to run like wildfire through the young population and the Omicron variant threatens an even worse surge.

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-08). $18 Minimum Wage May Soon Be on the Ballot in California. zcomm.org "If you work full time, you should be able to live with full financial security, and that's not the case in California"

WSWS (2021-12-08). Promoters of "Wuhan lab" conspiracy theory fume as their claims fall apart. wsws.org As scientific studies continue to undermine the conspiracy theory that SARS-CoV-2 is a genetically engineered virus, journalist Glenn Greenwald has accused the New York Times and Washington Post of being insufficiently faithful to the lab leak "theory."

WSWS (2021-12-08). As Massachusetts COVID-19 cases rise sharply, public school infections at record high. wsws.org The case of one Boston public school, where 46 cases of COVID-19 were found across multiple grade levels, exposes the dangerous, anti-science approach taken by state officials to rising COVID-19 infection rates among students and staff.

Isaac Nellist (2021-12-08). 'The Last Duel': Medieval epic explores rape culture. greenleft.org.au Isaac Nellist reviews Ridley Scott's medieval epic detailing the last judiciary trial by combat in 14th century France.

The Canary (2021-12-08). Frontline healthcare worker 'incandescent' at lockdown-breaking No 10 party. thecanary.co Video has emerged of Boris Johnson's senior aides joking about a Downing Street Christmas party just days after the unlawful gathering. An NHS England staffer has said she's "incandescent" with anger at the revelations. | Footage obtained by ITV News showed the prime minister's then-press secretary Allegra Stratton and adviser Ed Oldfield, along with other aides, joking about a "fictional" party in December 2020. | All fun and games: | In the video, Stratton is seen answering questions at a mock press conference. The video is from 22 December 2020, and Stratton is questioned about a party the previous…

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-08). Pakistan slips on a slippery slope of religious militancy. moderndiplomacy.eu Pakistani political and military leaders have vowed to eradicate ultra-conservative religious extremism that drove a mob to torture, brutally lynch a Sri Lankan national, and burn his body in the eastern city of Sialkot. Some 900 cases have been filed with police and 235 people arrested in connection with the killing. "Let me make this …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Spring by the Ibrahim Khalil Shihab Quintet: A remarkable "lost" 1968 debut jazz album is now available to a global audience. wsws.org The struggles of nonwhite South African artists in the 1950s and 60s are well-documented. A talented collection of musicians and singers began to emerge across the country during this period.

WSWS (2021-12-08). Biden threatens economic sanctions and a repositioning of NATO troops in meeting with Putin. wsws.org The meeting was preceded by threats against Russia from Biden and Germany's new Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and took place amidst the drum beat of war propaganda in the American and European press.

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-08). Quaid-e-Azam: The Protector-General of minorities. moderndiplomacy.eu Lynching and setting people was a phenomenon peculiar to India under Modi. But, in a shocking incident , a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot was lynched and later burnt alive. Not only the Pakistan government but also the religiously-oriented parties condemned the incident. Government announced to confer Tamgha-e-Shujaat to the lone voice who tried …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Germany's New Green Foreign Minister Baerbock threatens Russia and China with nuclear weapons. wsws.org With an aggressiveness that is otherwise seen only from extreme right-wing and militarist circles, Annalena Baerbock linked Germany's ability to pursue an aggressive foreign and great power policy with nuclear rearmament.

WSWS (2021-12-08). A new turn in China's Evergrande crisis. wsws.org A restructuring process has begun after the debt-ridden property developer announced it feared it could not meet a $260 million financial obligation.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-08). "Collective Narcissism" and the "Dark Triad": Those Who Protest against the "Official" Covid-19 Narrative are Categorized as "Psychopaths". Is It A Witch Hunt? globalresearch.ca Note: | First published on August 26, 2020. Author's …

WSWS (2021-12-08). The COVID-19 pandemic, the return of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party in Germany. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party, the German section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, held its party congress November 19—22. We publish here the resolution unanimously adopted by the delegates.

Brittani Banks (2021-12-08). How Portland's Activists Are Bringing Mutual Aid to the Homeless. independentmediainstitute.org Steven Stroud says when he was released from prison in 2020, where he'd wound up due to becoming addicted to doctor-prescribed opioids and eventually heroin, the Portland, Oregon, streets where he grew up had changed. The pandemic had shut down most of the already sparse jobs he would have potentially been able to pursue, and …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Detroit teachers organize sickouts to demand school safety and Covid protections. wsws.org Teachers and support staff at The School at Marygrove have been conducting a sickout since Monday to demand improved health and safety after the recent school shooting in Oxford, Michigan and the explosion of Covid cases in the state.

Eshalaxmi Barlingay (2021-12-08). NYC's segregated public school systems. america.cgtn.com New York City has one of the most segregated public school systems in the country. The vast gap between rich and poor, and often different races, is reflected in classrooms from the most neglected to the best-funded. We look at how a system that was …

WSWS (2021-12-08). Sri Lankan educators defend Lisa Diaz. wsws.org The Teachers-Students-Parents Safety Committee (TSPSC) in Sri Lanka condemns the threatening of Lisa Diaz in Britain with prosecution and the Family Court over her daughter's school attendance. These actions must be denounced by parents, teachers and students all over the world as they are a major attack on fundamental democratic rights and the basic parental instinct to protect one's children.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-08). Rare Jurassic fossil reveals never-before-seen ammonite muscles in 3D. imperial.ac.uk For the first time, researchers have revealed the soft tissues of a 165-million-year-old ammonite fossil using 3D imaging.

Dani Romero (2021-12-08). Starbucks Workers Confident Ahead of Key Union Vote Count Next Week. zcomm.org The workers in upstate New York are confident that come Thursday, they will have the first unionized Starbucks out of almost 9,000 in the United States…

WSWS (2021-12-08). Kellogg's strikers overwhelmingly reject sellout contract, company moves to hire permanent replacements. wsws.org The 1,400 workers at four Kellogg's plants across the US have been on strike for more than two months and have voted "overwhelmingly" against a tentative agreement containing major concessions to management over two-tiered wages.

John Feffer (2021-12-08). The Far Right Continues to Build Its International. fpif.org What alt-right guru Steve Bannon failed to create, German taxpayers have just stepped in to revive: a Nationalist International. Thanks to the German government, the far right is about to get its own well-heeled global think tank, complete with the sort of political academy that was so dear to Bannon's Germany's gift to the far right is the Desiderius Erasmus Foundation, the public-policy arm of the country's most prominent extremist party, the Alternative fàºr Deutschland (AfD). Era…

The Canary (2021-12-08). Foreign secretary admits £400m owed to Iran from the 70s is a legitimate debt. thecanary.co Liz Truss has said the £400m that Britain owes Iran is a "legitimate debt" that the government wants to pay. | A long time coming: | The foreign secretary was asked about the amount at a Chatham House event on 8 December, where she set out her foreign policy aims. Truss said the government was going to "work night and day to prevent the Iranian regime from ever getting a nuclear weapon". But she said they were also working to "resolve the issue" over the debt. It relates to a cancelled order for 1,500 Chieftain tanks dating back to the 1970s. And it's been linked to the continued detention of Naz…

WSWS (2021-12-08). Australian government defies the law to block access to "National Cabinet" documents. wsws.org Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government is defying a legal ruling that the self-titled National Cabinet is not exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.

WSWS (2021-12-08). Texas mask mandate ban reinstated by federal appeals court. wsws.org The Texas government's machinations to hinder public safety in the face of a deadly pandemic are not popular, with a majority of voters in the state supporting mask requirements in public places as well as schools.

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-08). After a Year-Long Strike, Indian Farmers Score a Big Win. inequality.org

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-12-08). United States COVID-19 vaccine delivery to Mozambique. moderndiplomacy.eu In an effective effort to make tremendous and recognizable contributions to help fight the spread of coronavirus, the United States Embassy in Mozambique has announced the arrival of more than two million doses of the Johnson & Johnson coordinated through COVAX in Maputo, Mozambique. This is the United States' fourth and largest bi-lateral COVID-19 vaccine …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-08). Firms need to tackle biases to drive research and development. imperial.ac.uk Businesses can make better choices about which R&D projects gain funding by managing bias and involving more people, according to new research.

Nick Dearden (2021-12-08). As World Confronts Omicron Variant, Top Pfizer & Moderna Investors Make $10 Billion in a Week. zcomm.org "The priority is making enormous amounts of money for some of the richest people in the world."

WSWS (2021-12-08). Opposition remains high to sellout contract as voting begins for 52,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers. wsws.org Workers are voting through Wednesday night on a contract which contains wage increases below inflation, no solution to understaffing and which commits the union to helping management further cut costs.

Michelle Begue (2021-12-08). Colombian company tries to solve the digital gap problem. america.cgtn.com With the world's rapid technological advancement, the deficits in education, especially in developing nations, will only get bigger and put future generations at greater socio-economic risk. One company is trying to help bridge the gap in Colombia. Find out more.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-08). Boundary-pushing research projects boosted by President's Excellence Fund. imperial.ac.uk Projects making nanomagnetic computers, sustainable packaging, improved vaccine carriers, and cut-and-paste chemistry have won up to £250k each.

_____ (2021-12-07). War In Ukraine? NATO Expansion Drives Conflict With Russia. popularresistance.org 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 books include "Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands" and his latest, "Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War."

Staff (2021-12-07). Ukraine asks for weapons meant to fight Taliban — report. rt.com Ukraine has requested a supply of American military equipment that was originally intended to go to Afghanistan, before the American-backed government fell to the Taliban earlier this year. | Minister of Defense Alexey Reznikov made the request during a visit to Washington last month, according to a report published in Foreign Policy magazine on Monday. He had flown to the US to ask for assistance in a number of military matters, including support for air and naval defense, as well as electronic warfare. | An unnamed Ukrainian defense official reportedly told Foreign Policy that Reznikov's list of requests fea…

_____ (2021-12-07). U.S.-Ukraine Plan Emerges… Make Another Afghan Quagmire for Russia. strategic-culture.org U.S. President Joe Biden and his top aides continue to assert that Russia is building up forces to attack its western neighbor. | A senior U.S. Democratic Senator revealed more than he intended when he gleefully expressed a desire to see Russia invade Ukraine and for it to become another "Afghan quagmire". | Senator Chris Murphy who sits on the policy-influencing Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Editor (2021-12-07). The Ukraine: The USA is responsible of the escalation, and must stop it before provoking a world war. mronline.org Today, the Ukraine is not only the epicenter of a new cold war, but also one of the three most dangerous points on Earth, along with Iran and Taiwan, where a nuclear conflict could be ignited, leading to the end of mankind.

_____ (2021-12-07). The United States Can Solve the Ukraine Crisis. strategic-culture.org By Melvin GOODMAN | The seeds for the crisis in Ukraine were planted 25 years ago when the Clinton Administration decided to expand the North Atlantic Treaty into East Europe, accepting membership from former members of the Warsaw Pact. In doing so, Clinton turned his back on commitments from President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State James Baker in 1990 not to "leap frog" over a reunified Germany in order to expand NATO. Bush and Baker made this commitment in private discussions with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze in order to gain the removal of 380,000 Soviet…

Staff (2021-12-07). Headlines for December 7, 2021. democracynow.org Justice Department Sues Texas Over Political Maps That Diminish Power of Voters of Color, New York City Announces First-in-Nation Vaccine Mandate For Private Employers, Biden Meets Putin as Russian Troops Mass on Ukraine Border, Russia and India Agree to Deepen Military Ties, Haitian Kidnappers Release 3 More Missionaries, 12 Remain Hostages, Civil Rights Office's Warnings Over Haiti Deportations Went Ignored by DHS and ICE , Biden Administration Reinstates and Expands Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Trump-era Oil & Gas Drilling Boom Continues Under Biden, Despite Campaign Pledge , Top Mike Pence Aide Will C…

_____ (2021-12-07). Biden Threatens "Killer" Putin With 'Strong Response' Over Ukraine Build-Up. strategic-culture.org Notably, the US is only threatening to sanction Russia or move more troops into the region as opposed to intervening militarily to fight the Russians. In earlier statements, Biden and other US officials have been vague about what Washington's response to a Russian invasion would be, warning "consequences" and committing to Ukraine's "sovereignty."

Editor2 (2021-12-07). 'Surreal': Biden Invites Venezuelan Coup Leader Juan Guaidó to US 'Summit for Democracy'. orinocotribune.com By Kenny Stancil — Dec 1, 2021 | Critics slammed Biden's decision to invite the leader of an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Venezuelan president to an ostensibly pro-democracy gathering. | U.S. President Joe Biden was nearly the victim of a

Brittani Banks (2021-12-07). Why Biden Shouldn't Use the 'Summit for Democracy' to Start More Cold Wars. independentmediainstitute.org On December 9 and 10, President Biden will host a virtual "Summit for Democracy." The gathering will bring together leaders from 110 countries who work in government, civil society and the private sector, with the officially declared purpose of developing an agenda to renew democratic government and keep democracy's ideals strong. (The guest list includes …

New Atlas (2021-12-07). The real reason for US aggression against China (opinion). newatlas.report December 7, 2021 (Angelo Giuliano — DotDotNews) — In 1945, the world woke up to a new reality, a new world order. The US had escaped World War II unscathed while Europe and Asia were completely destroyed. Throughout the war the US developed a massive industrial base to supply the war effort and its share of …

Staff (2021-12-07). U.S. Vowed to Help Prevent New Variants by Closing Global Vaccine Gap, But Plan's Funding Is Stalled. democracynow.org As the Biden administration faces increased pressure to address global vaccine inequity, USAID administrator Samantha Power announced a plan Monday for the United States to spend an additional $400 million to help increase vaccine access internationally. The move came days after Vanity Fair revealed a $2.5 billion plan to thwart Omicron-like variants has been stalled inside the Biden administration. We speak with reporter Katherine Eban, who broke the story, and says vaccines are piling up in countries that lack the health infrastructure to distribute them quickly. "The problem is shifting from not enough doses t…

_____ (2021-12-07). Hunger and Food Shortages are On the Rise. journal-neo.org Although according to the information voiced by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, 88 million people were starving in the world at the end of 2020, numerous media and public organizations indicate that the number of hungry people on our planet is many times greater. According to the UN specialized agencies alone, about three billion people on …

_____ (2021-12-07). New Study Finds The US Military Is Spreading Disease Around The World. popularresistance.org A new study out of York University in Toronto, Canada finds that the US military plays a large role in the spread of diseases globally, including past and present pandemics. Clearing the FOG speaks with one of the lead authors, K J Noh, an expert analyst on the geopolitics of the Asian-Pacific region and health, about the study. Important factors in the spread of disease are Status Agreements that the US military makes with local and national governments that exempt members of the military from being required to follow public health measures and a culture of impunity within the military that leads to members defy…

teleSUR (2021-12-07). Iran Says US Seeks a New Crisis In Region After ISIS Fall. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Iran's Supreme National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani accused the United States of seeking "a new crisis" in the region after the fall of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group. | RELATED: | "The United States is very angry about the collapse of ISIS in Syria and Iraq as well as the victory of the resistance front… and is looking for a new crisis," Shamkhani said at a meeting with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-07). Sanders Calls on Biden to Slash 'Outrageous' Medicare Premium Hike. zcomm.org "It would be absolutely unacceptable to force 57 million senior citizens to pay $11.50 more a month in Medicare premiums due to Biogen's greed for a drug that has not been proven to be effective by the scientific community."

Adri Nieuwhof (2021-12-07). Dutch court upholds war crimes immunity for Israel's Benny Gantz. electronicintifada.net "In Gaza we are subjected to military slaughter and in The Hague we are subjected to a legal slaughter."

Staff (2021-12-07). ECHR rules on Poland refugee pushbacks. rt.com Asylum seekers who successfully made it across the Belarusian border and into Poland must not be expelled and cannot legally be returned, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled, following a complaint by 198 migrants. | The ruling follows last month's massive growth in the number of refugees on the Belarus-Poland border. The migrant crisis began earlier this year, with people, mainly from the Middle East, flocking to Minsk in an attempt to cross over into the EU. The situation escalated on November 6, when several thousand asylum seekers marched together to the border. Some of them tried to enter P…

David Sirota (2021-12-07). 12/9 Live Chat: The Only House Dem Opposing Build Back Better. dailyposter.com

_____ (2021-12-07). Ethiopia: the Tragedy of the Country and Abiy Ahmed Personally. journal-neo.org According to state media, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowed to "bury the enemy" in his first message from the battlefront, according to state media, as the UN warned the yearlong conflict has left millions short of food. As Tigrayan rebels report major territorial gains, claiming to have seized a town 220 kilometers from Addis …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-07). Petroleum in Hawaii's water after another leak at US Navy tank farm and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at a fuel leak from a US Navy tank farm into Hawai'i's water, the war in Ethiopia as federal forces retake strategic towns, and more…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-07). Civil war in northern Ethiopia turns in favor of federal government, reversing last month's advances by TPLF. peoplesdispatch.org Following their victories in the western and eastern front, the joint forces of the federal government and the Amharan militias have recaptured the strategically important towns of Dessie and Kombolcha…

_____ (2021-12-07). US Empire Seizes UK's National Health Service. popularresistance.org One of the recent roles of the Parliamentary Healthcare Committee has been to reassure the British public that any claims regarding the 'Americanization' of the National Health Service (NHS) were wildly overstated, "creating a climate that risks blocking the joining up of services in the interests of patients." | In fact, the penetration of the healthcare system by the giant U.S. insurer UnitedHealth reveals the opposite to be true, with the full extent of its influence capable of surprising even seasoned NHS watchers. | The Health and Care Bill making its way through official channels simply reinforces this, wit…

David Swanson (2021-12-07). Opposition to AUKUS Should Inspire Global Opposition to U.S. Empire. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 7, 2021 At World BEYOND War we are inspired by the organization of events in Australia against the USUKA, er AUKUS, alliance and in agreement with the statement released by Australians for War Powers Reform. Our sympathies for the French weapons industry are nonexistent. U.S. and UK weapons …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-07). US Still Strong Arming "Democracy" Onto Libya. libya360.wordpress.com Netfa Freeman The Western imperialist forces responsible for the overthrow and assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, as well as the destruction of Libya, are now trying to force elections and so-called "democracy" onto the country. If US imperialism could only be said to be one thing, it is audacious. Recently US rulers have been making a fuss…

Brittani Banks (2021-12-07). Why Poorer Nations Aren't Falling for Green-Washed Imperialism. independentmediainstitute.org Fighting global warming is not just about providing a path to net-zero carbon emissions for all countries. It is also about figuring out how best to meet the energy needs of people across the world while working toward net-zero emissions. If fossil fuels have to be given up, which has now become an urgent need …

Editor (2021-12-07). Vaccine imperialism: a global threat. mronline.org Leaving a vast section of the world's population unvaccinated can only create the basis for the virus to spread and mutate, argues John Clarke…

WSWS (2021-12-07). Honduran "leftist" president-elect bows to Washington over Taiwan. wsws.org Xiomara Castro's ditching of her campaign pledge to establish diplomatic ties to Beijing is a signal of the incoming government's subordination to US imperialism.

teleSUR (2021-12-07). Russia Calls For Agreements to Prevent Expanding NATO Eastward. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that the reduction of military tensions in Europe requires credible agreements to prevent the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) towards her country's borders. | RELATED: | "Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has received repeated assurances that NATO jurisdiction and troops will not move an inch to the…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-07). Bubblehead Paid $450K to Be Snoop Dogg's Metaverse Neighbor as Imaginary Real Estate Prices Soar. moguldom.com Somebody in the metaverse really wants to meet Snoop Dogg in 'imaginary life.' An NFT collector recently paid nearly $450,000 to be the hip-hop icon and entrepreneur's online neighbor. According to Decrypt — Snoop is collaborating with The Sandbox, a decentralized metaverse game on Ethereum — to create the Snoopverse, which encompasses virtual lots and …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-07). LA Art and Music Festival Benefiting Mutual Aid Project A Success Despite Threats from Far-Right and Police. itsgoingdown.org Report on successful anarchist art and music festival in the so-called Los Angeles area. To support the Autonomous Anarchist Revolutionary Front's ongoing mutual aid project, go here. In October, the Autonomous Anarchist Revolutionary Front (AARF) reached out to LA Crust Printing (who is known to help mutual aid groups raise funds) for collaboration on an…

_____ (2021-12-07). Eritrea Versus AFRICOM: Defending Sovereignty From Imperialist Aggression. popularresistance.org The U.S. has built military-to-military relations with 53 out of the 54 African countries that include agreements to cede operational command to AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command. The broad network of AFRICOM military bases, as well as those from France and other world powers, are examples of how African states are surrendering their sovereignty through neocolonial relationships with Western countries. African self-determination and national sovereignty are impossible as long as the U.S. and its European allies are allowed to use military power to control African land, labor, and resources. As Netfa Freeman pointe…

_____ (2021-12-07). Kellogg's Union Workers Reject New Contract. popularresistance.org Hundreds of striking union workers at four Kellogg's cereal plants in the US have overwhelmingly voted to reject a tentative agreement on a five-year contract negotiated between the union and the company, extending a strike that started in early October. | Roughly 1,400 members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union "have spoken", union president Anthony Shelton said in a statement on 7 December. "The strike continues." | The union is "grateful for the outpouring of fraternal support we received from across the labor movement for our striking members at Kellogg's," he…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-12-07). Sit-down strikes revolutionized the labor movement — could it happen again? zcomm.org At the height of American labor, seizing control of the means of production was a strategy — not just a slogan…

WSWS (2021-12-07). Labor Party enforcing Australian ruling elite's criminal response to Omicron variant. wsws.org Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared: "We will not be pursuing an Omicron zero here… It might already be here."

WSWS (2021-12-07). Australian Labor Party leader makes pro-business election pitch. wsws.org With the Liberal-National government disintegrating, Albanese presented Labor and the unions as the force that could best enforce the requirements of the Australian capitalist class.

Editor (2021-12-07). #NoMore censorship of Africa's roving digital Army of Peace. mronline.org The removal of Twitter accounts advocating for peace in the Horn of Africa shows the connection between the state and big tech companies. Freedom of speech is an illusion when communications are controlled by corporations which follow governmental dictates.

Shagul Othman (2021-12-07). Understanding the student protests in Iraqi Kurdistan. zcomm.org Countless student protesters took to the streets of Iraqi Kurdistan to demand better living conditions and denounce political corruption among the ruling elites…

_____ (2021-12-07). Next Steps In Recovering Democracy In Honduras After Historic Left Victory. popularresistance.org Following Xiomara Castro's victory in the Honduran elections, Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, Coordinator, COPINH, spoke to Peoples Dispatch about what this means for people's movements in the country. She talks about the government's plans in its first 100 days, what movements like COPINH think are the next steps for rebuilding democracy, and more.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-07). Bertha Zúniga Cáceres on next steps in recovering democracy in Honduras after historic left victory. peoplesdispatch.org Following Xiomara Castro's victory in the Honduran elections, Bertha Zúniga Cáceres, Coordinator, COPINH, spoke to Peoples Dispatch about what this means for people's movements in the country…

Lowell B. Denny, III (2021-12-07). Red Lucy: Was it just her hair? peoplesworld.org Recently, Turner Classic Movies embarked on a podcast series delving into Hollywood history. The inaugural launch of the series, which can be heard on iTunes or watched on YouTube, began with the life of famously redheaded actress/comedian Lucille Ball. The multi-part series on Ball begins in her birthplace of Jamestown, N.Y., surveys her early successful …

José Mireles Alcalá (2021-12-07). Venezuela: El movimiento #FreeAlexSaad. peoplesworld.org CARACAS—La disputa por del poder político en Venezuela ha conllevado a una constante confrontación de sectores de la oposición venezolana y el gobierno progresista de Nicolás Maduro Moros, este último heredó la continua agresión impuesta por los grupos económicos que dirigen a los Estados Unidos de Norte América, quienes por más de 15 años se …

Jenny Farrell (2021-12-07). Abdulrazak Gurnah, the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature. peoplesworld.org Wole Soyinka was the first Black African writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Other Nobel Prize winners from the African continent are Nagib Mahfuz (Egypt), Nadine Gordimer, and J. M. Coetzee (both South Africa). The Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, who died in 2013, and who is considered one of the fathers …

Berry Craig (2021-12-07). Republican glorification of gun violence is the real 'war on Christmas'. peoplesworld.org Nazis were notorious for perverting Christmas. No longer were Germans to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. They were to glorify Hitler and military might. Instead of teddy bears and toy trains, parents were urged to give their little boys toy weapons, including pistols, rifles, and machine guns. U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-07). Postal Workers tell Congress to deliver postal reform before year's end. peoplesworld.org

Rosa Astra, Mei Mei Chan (2021-12-07). Striking Kaiser stationary engineers garner solidarity strike from nurses, mental health workers. liberationnews.org In breathtaking solidarity, 40,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers, representing SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, joined the picket of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Stationary Engineers Local 39 in a one-day sympathy strike on Thursday, Nov 18. On Friday, Nov 19, more than 20,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers in the California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers across the state also joined in a one-day sympathy strike.

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-07). International Call For New Year's Eve Noise Demonstrations — in English, Español, Português, ŒïŒªŒªŒ∑ŒΩŒπŒ∫Œ¨, Franàßais & Deutsch. itsgoingdown.org English — Español — Português — Ελληνικά — Français — Deutsch Call from New York City Anarchist Black Cross for yearly New Year's Eve noise demonstrations outside of jails, detention centers and prisons. This is a call for a night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state. Historically, New Year's Eve is…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-07). 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…

William Manson (2021-12-07). "Niche Marketing" (or The Algorithm of Closed Minds). dissidentvoice.org A very popular error: having the courage of one's convictions; rather, it is a question of having the courage for an attack on one's convictions!!! — Friedrich Nietzsche, Critique of Religion and Philosophy, Walter A. Kaufmann, 1958, page 34 Is it necessary to say that this article is not about critical thinking and intellectual integrity …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-07). Punishing the Unvaccinated: Europe's COVID-19 Health Experiment. dissidentvoice.org Forget any notions of juicy carrots; the stick approach of savage punishment is in vogue with the Greek government in pushing vaccination rates. It is far from the only one. Across a number of countries in Europe, governments wishing to drive up levels of COVID-19 vaccination have decided to abandon suasion and the generous supply …

Karen Conner (2021-12-07). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the November Consumer Price Index. cepr.net The argument that the rise in the inflation rate we have seen this year will be transitory depends largely on the belief that the price increases in cars and many other durable goods will be reversed in the months ahead.

_____ (2021-12-07). Biden-Putin Talk Tuesday With Xi In The Wings. popularresistance.org On May 25, 2021, when the date of June 16 was announced for the summit between Presidents Biden and Putin, it seemed a good idea to waste no time in warning Biden and his neophyte advisers that a major shift in the "world correlation of forces" (to borrow an old Soviet term) was bound to heavily influence the June talks. China, of course, would not be taking part in the bilateral talks, but it would be very much present. | In other words, a half-year ago, we worried: | "Whether or not Official Washington fully appreciates the gradual — but profound — change in America's triangular relationship with Ru…

_____ (2021-12-07). Governor Orders Operations Of Navy's Massive Jet Fuel Tanks Suspended. popularresistance.org On December 6, after all hell broke loose at each of the five town hall meetings held over several days by the U.S. Navy to try to calm military families who have been drinking and bathing in fuel contaminated water, the Governor of the State of Hawai'i issued an order to the Navy to suspend the operation of the massive jet fuel tanks and within 30 days "defuel" or remove the fuel out of the tanks! Governor Ige said the public had lost confidence in the Navy. For the past week, rather than providing accurate information about the drinking water contamination, senior military leadership were caught in their own we…

_____ (2021-12-07). Nicaragua's Evidence-Based Democracy Threatens US Oppression. popularresistance.org Despite Washington's best effort to derail Nicaragua's electoral process through hybrid warfare, strong voter turnout resulted in a decisive victory by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), and the reelection of President Daniel Ortega with 75.92% of the votes cast. Nicaragua's non-partisan, independent Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) reported on Monday, November 8th that 65.23% of 4.4 million eligible voters (16 years and older) participated in Sunday's election. Supporters attribute the FSLN's success to its ability to ensure peace and achieve socioeconomic & political objectives that strengthen…

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-07). Democratic Action's Ramos Allup Imposes his Candidate in Barinas. orinocotribune.com The Secretary General of Democratic Action (AD) party (G4), Henry Ramos Allup, played his card and imposed the party's Sergio Garrido as the candidate of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD) for the re-elections for governor of Barinas state. | Sergio Garrido is sponsored by Ramos Allup and former candidate Freddy Superlano, following the controversial ruled by the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) that ordered a repeat of the elections for governor and barred MUD candidate Freddy Superlano from running again. | Garrido is the current regional secretary of Democratic Action in the state of Barinas, and has been a mem…

Ann Brown (2021-12-07). 5 Reasons Why Some Say Neoliberalism Is At The Root of America's Problems. moguldom.com To many, the U.S. seems in chaos. The economy is spiraling out of control, and inflation keeps rising. Race relations have been strained to the breaking point, and the atmosphere is just tense. So why now? "The current state of chaos and confusion is because the "policies of the past have failed," said Felicia Wong …

Ann Brown (2021-12-07). Where is Marcus Garvey's Pardon? Garvey's Family Takes Case to President Joe Biden. moguldom.com Descendants of Pan-African activist Marcus Garvey want President Joe Biden to issue a posthumous pardon for Garvey. The bold and vibrant leader led a Black nationalist movement that spanned the globe. Garvey spearheaded a "back to Africa" movement in the U.S. in 1923. His son, Julius Garvey, is leading the call for the presidential pardon. …

Claudia Andrade (2021-12-07). Korean workers struggle for democracy: Eyewitness report from a PSL delegate to the People's Democracy Party. liberationnews.org International solidarity can help force the United States out of Korea. The conditions that South Korean workers face are similar to the conditions that workers suffer around the world and particularly in the United States.

Edward Yudelovich (2021-12-07). Protest demands full access, equal rights on International Day of People with Disabilities. workers.org New York City The worldwide struggle by people with disabilities for equal rights led the United Nations to establish the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3, 1992. The IDPD website stresses that this holiday in 2021 should be used to recognize that people with disabilities are amongst . . . |

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-07). Fact Check: Homeschooled Black Children Score Much Better On Standardized Tests. moguldom.com Black children that are homeschooled score significantly higher than their public school counterparts on standardized tests, a study shows. "Black homeschool students score 23-42 percentile points above Black public school students across all standardized tests," Classic Learning Test CEO Jeremy Tate tweeted on Dec. 4. "No wonder homeschooling among Black families has grown faster than …

Jenny Farrell (2021-12-07). Abdulrazak Gurnah, the 2020 Nobel Laureate for Literature. peoplesworld.org Wole Soyinka was the first Black African writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Other Nobel Prize winners from the African continent are Nagib Mahfuz (Egypt), Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee (both South Africa). The Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, who died in 2013, and who is considered one of the fathers …

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2021-12-07). MUD and Democratic Alliance Announce Candidates for Barinas Re-Election. orinocotribune.com Caracas, December 6, 2021 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com)—Opposition politician Freddy Superlano announced today that the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) has registered Sergio Garrido as its candidate for the governorship of the state of Barinas in the controversial re-election scheduled for January 9. | Superlano's recent electoral victory was declared invalid by a Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) ruling last week. The TSJ did acknowledge that he received the most votes, but declared Superlano ineligible for the public position, despite the fact that he was recognized as candidate by the National Electora…

Joe Piette (2021-12-07). Philadelphia rally defends abortion justice. workers.org On Dec. 1 as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization — the most consequential abortion rights case since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 — women, other gender-oppressed people and allies rallied at Temple University in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Dec. 1. WW . . . |

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-07). Hong Kong Hedge Fund Manager: Based on Previous Bubbles, Stocks Could Fall 50-70%, Have A Ways To Go. moguldom.com Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager, Puru Saxena, believes U.S. stocks could fall as much as 70 percent based on analysis of previous bubbles. Saxena, an investment portfolio manager and popular investment commentator, that stock prices are about to "unwind", which could result in a 50-70 percent decline. "If prior bubbles are any guide, we are …

Staff (2021-12-07). Venezuela's Oil Production Reaches 930,000 Barrels per Day Peak in December's First Week. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) achieved a total oil production of 930,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first week of December. The level approaches PDVSA's forecast of one million bpd by the end of the year, as detailed in an internal PDVSA report. The nation's oil industry, in addition to millions of Venezuelan citizens, have seen their livelihoods damaged by illegal coercive measures (or "sanctions") issued by the United States and Europe in an attempt to oust President Nicolas Maduro. | The level of production was reached due to the efforts of exploration and production workers…

Eben Dombay Williams (2021-12-07). Tennis star Peng Shuai used as pawn for U.S.' anti-China Olympic boycott. peoplesworld.org Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has been everywhere in the news over the last month following a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo describing an emotionally abusive relationship with retired former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, which was promptly removed. Cruelly, many Western media outlets have chosen to use this post to exploit Peng at …

Staff (2021-12-07). Bryant widow 'sick' knowing that helicopter crash photos were shared by LA County officials. rt.com Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA icon Kobe, says she has suffered "tremendous pain and distress" knowing that photos of the crash which killed her husband, daughter and several others were shared by LA County officials. | Bryant launched a lawsuit in September 2020 against LA County, its associated emergency responders and eight individual sheriff officers amid allegations about the gruesome photographs of the helicopter crash site in which Kobe, their daughter Gigi and seven others died the previous January. | Included in her suit against the County were allegations of negligence, intentional infliction of em…

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