Daily Archives: December 9, 2021

2021-12-09: News Headlines

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). Ukraine: The Danger is NATO. libya360.wordpress.com Fabrizio Casari Putin-Biden summit focuses on Ukraine. Image: TASS The West had better abandon the war it has opened against Russia, China, India, Iran and others for absolute domination of the planet by a superpower that loses wars, markets and leadership every day. To think that the world will stand by while a decadent empire…

Divyanshu Jindal (2021-12-09). India and the 'Summit for Democracy': Behind the Silent Acceptance. moderndiplomacy.eu US president Joe Biden's 'Summit for Democracy' has raised questions over the legitimacy of the American leadership in global geopolitics. The summit is planned for 9-10 December and will be attended by a 'confusing' list of 110 countries. Among the invitees are EU (sans Hungary), Ukraine, Philippines, Pakistan, and India. Some major exclusions are Russia, …

Finian Cunningham (2021-12-09). Biden's Empty Warning Over Putin's Straw Man "Invasion" dissidentvoice.org © Sputnik / Sergey Guneev As we enter the Christmas season that's just pantomime on Pennsylvania Avenue. The private video call which lasted two hours on Tuesday was eagerly anticipated around the world amid mounting tensions and fears of a military confrontation over Ukraine. The next day headlines in Western media outlets were laden with …

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-09). Biden-Putin Teleconference: Putin Rejects Biden's Demand That U.S. Take Control Over Negotiations Between Ukraine and Its Former Donbass Region. covertactionmagazine.com The two-hour December 7th Biden-Putin conversation (via video-conference) focused mainly on the conflict between Ukraine and its breakaway former Donbass …

Peter Koenig (2021-12-09). China Winter Olympics: US Boycott. dissidentvoice.org President Biden, in full mood of marking "red lines" against Russia and Ukraine in a virtual meeting with Vladimir Putin, does not forget the importance of boycotting China's Winter Olympic Games. It's a diplomatic boycott only, so says Madame Jen Psaki, White House press secretary. Nevertheless, she and Biden are wishing the US sport-participants best …

_____ (2021-12-09). Biden's Hypocritical Democracy Summit. strategic-culture.org With his "Summit for Democracy," Joe Biden enthrones himself on the collapsed stage of American exceptionalism, writes Scott Ritter. | By Scott RITTER | Some campaign promises, it turns out, should not be kept. In

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). Ethiopans March Against TPLF and US Intervention in Their Country. libya360.wordpress.com Thousands of Tigrayans residing in Addis Ababa held a rally in support of the federal government and against the US-backed Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Demonstrators raised the slogan, "Tigrayans and the TPLF are not the same" and called on the Ethiopian gov't to liberate Tigray from the TPLF. Globally, resistance to US intervention is…

WSWS (2021-12-09). Jamaal Bowman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the DSA's long record of military support for Israel. wsws.org Since its founding, the DSA has functioned as a faction of the American foreign policy establishment, promoting "democratic" and "humanitarian" imperialism.

Steven Lee (2021-12-09). "We Are Chun Tae-il!": the South Korean workers struggle continues. peoplesdispatch.org It is a cloudy afternoon on November 13. | A young man steps out into the streets of Seoul, holding a copy of the South Korean labor laws. Gasoline fire consumes his body with every step. With labor movements suffocated by the regime, this is his last declaration against inhuman exploitation. | "We are not machines," he cries through the flames. "Do not let my death be in vain!" | His name is Chun Tae-il. | Fifty-one years later, clouds once again fill the sky on November 13. | The shrill sound of whistles pierce the air. The police have already cordoned off the site of Chun's immolation to prevent the workers fr…

Mark Niu (2021-12-09). Robots could help mitigate the Great Resignation. america.cgtn.com There is a short supply of labor for certain positions in the U.S. amid COVID-19 outbreak. Some restaurants are turning to technology to do jobs they are having trouble hiring for. See how robots help mitigate the Great Resignation.

Brittani Banks (2021-12-09). Why Xiomara Castro's Win in Honduras Could Address the Country's Endemic Corruption and Violence. independentmediainstitute.org "I am overwhelmed with joy; I just cannot believe it," says Dr. Oriel María Siu speaking to me from the city of San Pedro Sula the day after Hondurans like herself voted in presidential elections. Siu was ecstatic to learn that Xiomara Castro de Zelaya had an insurmountable lead over Nasry Asfura, the candidate representing …

Editor (2021-12-09). GM 'designer babies': breakthrough or nightmare? mronline.org Only a global ban on human genetic engineering can prevent a new era of eugenics from emerging, writes Dave King.

Editor (2021-12-09). 'Why are you acting the Marxist?' Frédéric Lordon on Thomas Piketty's 'Capital and Ideology'. mronline.org On 31 January, at the Bourse du travail in Paris, Frédéric Lordon debated with Thomas Piketty on his book 'Capital and Ideology', at the invitation of Les Amis de L'Humanité. The following text is Frédéric Lordon's opening speech, with minimal revisions.

Alan MacLeod (2021-12-09). OTF — The "independent" internet freedom organization that makes all your favorite privacy apps—is staffed full of spies. mronline.org While the OTF presents itself as independent internet freedom activists, their funding, staff, history and choice of targets all point to the conclusion that they are a digital weapon being used against Washington's enemies.

Anis Chowdhury (2021-12-09). Climate change: Adapt for the future, not the past. mronline.org Funding for developing countries to address global warming is grossly inadequate. Very little finance is for adaptation to climate change, the urgent need of countries most adversely affected. Also, adaptation needs to be forward-looking rather than only addressing accumulated problems.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). Pedro Castillo Survives Another Parliamentary Impeachment Attempt in Peru: The Threat Has Not Passed. libya360.wordpress.com Mariana àÅlvarez Orellana Pedro Castillo's Supporters Protest Impeachment Moves in Lima The last right-wing intention to impeach the Peruvian president, Pedro Castillo, was shipwrecked between the massive rejection in the streets and the decision of most of the parties to deny their support to the impeachment attempt, but the threat is far from being dissipated…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). UN and AU Endorse Sudan's Coup Government, the Streets Do Not. libya360.wordpress.com Pavan Kulkarni (Photo: Herculesami/Twitter) Protesters are not convinced by the UN and AU's position that democracy can be won by accepting a government where the real levers of power are held by the military while a cabinet of technocrats is paraded before the international community to maintain the facade of 'joint military-civilian rule' While the…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). Peru's Congress Rejects Motion to Impeach Pedro Castillo—Right-Wing Coup Derailed. libya360.wordpress.com On Tuesday, December 7, with 76 votes against, 46 in favor, and four abstentions, the Plenary of the Peruvian Congress rejected admission of the vacancy motion against President Pedro Castillo, presented by the bench of right-wing parties on November 25. The result was announced by the Peruvian Congress in a post published on its official…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). Xenophobia, Narrow Nationalism, & Capitalism. libya360.wordpress.com Ahjamu Umi There is a devastating and unfortunate manifestation to the ruthless oppression African people have faced for over 500 years that we must discuss. Capitalism, built and maintained through its barbaric and horrific exploitation of cheap African human and material resources, has always utilized systemic white supremacy as its chief weapon to perpetuate its…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-09). People(s)-Centered Human Rights & Malcolm X. libya360.wordpress.com Ajamu Baraka There was something quite different with Malcolm's approach to human rights that distinguished him from mainstream civil rights activists. By grounding himself in the radical human rights approach, Malcolm articulated a position on human rights struggle that did not contain itself to just advocacy. He understood that appealing to the same powers that…

_____ (2021-12-09). USA-South Korean Military Cooperation and the Sino-US Standoff. journal-neo.org As the year 2021 comes to a close, the global Sino-American conflict continues, which could radically change our attitude as to how we see the world today. Media reports on the current events do not often mention one of its important world players, the Republic of Korea (or South Korea). After all, most people associate …

_____ (2021-12-09). For Want Of A Dental Plan, Erie Strayer Strike Grinds On. popularresistance.org Many people who work hard in full time jobs take a dental plan for granted. Many people who work hard in full-time jobs assume they will get more than a 25-cent-per-hour raise each year. But a group of workers at a cement plant in Erie, Pennsylvania have spent two months on strike trying to win those basic things‚Äâ—‚Äâand their fight is far from over. | About 40 workers at the Erie Strayer cement factory are members of Ironworkers Local 851. The company is family-owned, and has been unionized since the 1940s. The union contract expired on April 1. The union spent months at…

_____ (2021-12-09). Students Rally To Support Prison Moratorium. popularresistance.org Massachusetts – Smith College students marched through the streets of downtown Northampton backed by a chorus of honking cars as they chanted, "We don't want a prison nation, stop mass incarceration!" on Saturday, Dec. 4. | This march was in support of a moratorium on prison and jail construction within Massachusetts that was introduced in the Massachusetts state legislature. The bill was written by Families for Justice and Healing and the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, who, along with Massachusetts Peace Action, sponsored the walk. Smith students and volunteers from…

_____ (2021-12-09). Talking 'Peace' US Arms Saudis For Latest Attack On Yemen. popularresistance.org Hodeidah, Yemen – Inside the ruins of a modest Yemeni home where human and animal remains were strewn together, local rescuers struggled to evacuate a pregnant mother and other potential survivors from the rubble as warplanes circled above. There, they found the body of a toddler covered in ashes beside the remains of a humble dining table. The chaotic cries of rescuers covered in blood filled the scene as they examined his remains, exposing what appeared to be an umbilical cord. Near the boy, they found his young mother covered in rubble, barely groaning in a muffled voice of pain. | Just two days after World Ch…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-09). Tenants Demand Tecton Corporation Make Repairs and Provide Habitable Conditions. itsgoingdown.org Report from Puget Sound Tenant Union about campaign to demand that Tecton Corporation make basic repairs in the city of Burien, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. This summer, we made contact and started organizing with tenants at two apartment buildings in Burien managed by Tecton Corporation. Tecton is a large, shady property management company that…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-09). Ineffectual Boycotts: The Beijing Winter Olympics. dissidentvoice.org Making moral statements in the blood and gristle of international relations can often come across as feeble. In doing so, the maker serves the worst of all worlds: to reveal a false sense of assurance that something was done while serving no actual purpose other than to provoke. Anger, and impotence, follow. The Biden administration …

Fabio A. Telarico (2021-12-09). Demythologizing the Russification of Bulgarian Media's Attitude Towards Civil Society. moderndiplomacy.eu Despite 30 years of post-socialist transformation, many CSOs in the country are unable to counter the denigrating rhetoric that some media outlets use against them. Challenging the presumption of Russia's widespread influence in this area, there are many differences in key aspects of the Russian and Bulgarian media's treatment of civil society. So even if …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-09). Problems Require Solutions . anchor.fm In this episode I go over a bunch of stuff that I've been learning and that has been happening across the world, and try to analyze it all, put it in context, and discuss what could be done about it. Allegedly üòâ…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-09). Are the Candidacies of Jorge Arreaza and Claudio Fermín Legal? orinocotribune.com As the January 9 elections in the state of Barinas approach, the temperature of the political debate in Venezuela is heating up between the four opposition candidates and the candidate for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV)/Great Patriotic Pole (GPP), Jorge Arreaza. | Within both the right-wing groups and the Chavistas, a debate was opened regarding the various options that are on the table. This political landscape was formed after the inconclusive elections of November 21 in Barinas, and the National Electoral Council's (CNE) announcement of a re-election process. | The present candidates now includ…

Jubeda Chowdhury (2021-12-09). Fifty Years OF India-Bangladesh Ties: Sky's The Limit. moderndiplomacy.eu Bangladesh and India are two neighboring countries of South Asia and these two countries have historically had very close relations. After the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, present day Bangladesh was part of the Republic of Pakistan as East Pakistan. The people of Bengal will never forget the assistance rendered by the late …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-12-09). Terrorism: The Sahel-5 are turning to Russia. moderndiplomacy.eu With renewed interest to uproot French domination, Russia has ultimately began its inroads into the Sahel region, an elongated landlocked territory located between north Africa (Maghreb) and west Africa region, and also stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. While it remains largely underdeveloped and greater part of the population impoverished, terrorist organizations …

Media Lens (2021-12-09). A Christmas Tale: The Downing Street Party, Laughter And Bigger State Crimes. dissidentvoice.org Huge media coverage has been devoted to allegations, and now serious evidence, that a Christmas party was held at 10 Downing Street on 18 December 2020. London was then in a strict lockdown with social events banned, including parties. In leaked footage obtained by ITV News, senior Downing Street staff are shown four days later, …

Montreal Counter-Info (2021-12-09). Report-back from a Rail Blockade in Saint-Lambert. itsgoingdown.org Report on recent blockade in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders. Originally posted to Montreal Counter-Info. On Saturday, more than sixty people acting in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders blocked the CN main line in Saint-Lambert south of Montreal for over six hours. It was the longest rail blockade in Quebec since the winter of 2020,…

New Atlas (2021-12-09). Laos' Railway Opens: The West Kicks and Screams as China and Laos Move Forward Together. newatlas.report December 9, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — 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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-09). 'People's Lawyer' Sudha Bharadwaj released after three years in jail. peoplesdispatch.org The activist-lawyer was granted default bail on December 1 following more than three years of her incarceration without trial in the Bhima Koregaon case in which a number of other activists were also implicated…

Prof. Louis René Beres (2021-12-09). Reason, Science and Empathy: Interrelated Foundations of American Survival. moderndiplomacy.eu "Science, by which I mean the entire body of knowledge about things, whether corporeal or spiritual, is as much a work of imagination as it is of observation….-Jose Ortega y'Gasset, Man and Crisis (1958) Reason, anti-Reason and Mortality The distracting whispers must be rejected. To survive long-term, especially during times of growing biological peril, Americans …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-12-09). On "Gassing the Arabs" and Other Diseases: Is Israel a "Sick Society"? dissidentvoice.org For whatever reason, some mistakenly perceive the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, as liberal, progressive and even 'pro-Palestinian'. Of course, none of this is true. This misconstrued depiction of an essentially Zionist and anti-Palestinian newspaper tells of a much bigger story of how confusing Israeli politics is, and how equally confused many of us are in understanding …

Staff (2021-12-09). Bolton Admits that 'Unity' of Venezuela's Opposition Depends on US Position. orinocotribune.com Former White House national security adviser and one of the main promoters of the maximum pressure policy against Venezuela, John Bolton, assured that the absence of "a solid position" from the United States puts the "unity of the opposition" at risk, in terms of the so-called "interim government," "Without stronger American support, how long could the opposition hold together?" asked Bolton, as quo…

_____ (2021-12-09). Does the Deepening Crisis in Turkey Manifest an End to the Erdogan Era? journal-neo.org Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is experiencing his worst moments as head of state today. Social and political tensions in the country are becoming increasingly evident. The economy is collapsing, the value of the national currency is relentlessly falling, and the number of poor people is skyrocketing. According to recently published data, the nation's citizens …

WSWS (2021-12-09). In bid to blow up nuclear talks, US imposes sanctions, steals Iranian oil. wsws.org Washington's provocations have been accompanied by increasingly bellicose threats and actions by Israel.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Witnesses support accounts given by Epstein abuse victims in trial of his assistant Ghislaine Maxwell. wsws.org The eighth day of the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell brought more substantiation of the charges against the confidante of Jeffrey Epstein that she was an integral participant in the deceased billionaire's two decades of criminal abuse of teenage girls.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Betrayal of Cádiz metal strike exposes Spanish Morenoite Izquierda Diario. wsws.org La Izquierda Diario, the online publication of the Revolutionary Workers Current, is hailing factions of the Podemos party, which worked to crush and sell out the strike.

Staff (2021-12-09). "Your Debt Is Someone Else's Asset": Calls Mount to Cancel Debt & Halt Wealth Transfer to the Rich. democracynow.org As calls grow for Biden to extend the moratorium on student debt, we speak with the Debt Collective's Astra Taylor and feature her new film for The Intercept, "Your Debt Is Someone Else's Asset," animated by artist Molly Crabapple. The $15 trillion in U.S. household debt is "a form of wealth transfer" from the poor to the rich, Taylor says. "People are in debt by design."

WSWS (2021-12-09). Over 6,000 UK Tesco workers vote for strike action this Christmas. wsws.org Having removed Morrisons and Asda workers from the equation this December, Unite and USDAW will now work to divide and demobilise the Tesco strikers. No appeals have been made by either union to Tesco's nine other distribution centres to join in the fight, or to any of its 300,000 other workers in the UK.

WSWS (2021-12-09). CFPE online meeting this Saturday: COVID-19 spreads through Australian schools—Lives before profit! Stop the pandemic! wsws.org Register in advance and promote the meeting among educators, students, colleagues and friends!

Staff (2021-12-09). Headlines for December 9, 2021. democracynow.org As Coronavirus Cases Surge, Study Finds World Dangerously Unprepared for Next Pandemic, Senate Approves Bill to Reverse Vaccine Mandate for Large Employers, Olaf Scholz Sworn In as German Chancellor, Ending Angela Merkel Era, Canada, U.K. and Australia Join U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, Western Sahara Activists Accuse Moroccan Authorities of Brutality and Sexual Assault, India's Military Chief Among 13 Killed in Helicopter Crash, Biden Orders Transition to Renewable Energy for Federal Buildings and Vehicles, Lawmakers Grill Instagram Head over App's Damaging Effects on Children, Mark Meadows…

Dan Collyns (2021-12-09). How are Peruvian indigenous highland communities promoting agrobiodiversity? america.cgtn.com See how Peruvian indigenous highland communities conserve some of the world's most important agrobiodiversity crops to adapt to climate change.

Global Research News (2021-12-09). Selected Articles: Pfizer Smoking-gun "Secret Document": Their Deadly COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By After publishing this article, I discovered that the gigantic Pfizer list of medical conditions was apparently not a report on logged cases of adverse events, …

WSWS (2021-12-09). UK teacher with Long COVID welcomes Global Workers Inquest into the pandemic. wsws.org "I absolutely support a global workers inquest. It's the only way to get out of this mess without causing more death and more comorbidities in the working class and children in state schools."

_____ (2021-12-09). àáa Suffit! Time for Boris to Get Tough on Macron by Turning to the Military. strategic-culture.org The migrant crisis is putting Boris Johnson under enormous pressure to hit Macron where it hurts, Martin Jay writes. | Time after time, in recent weeks, we have seen the threats and rhetoric ramped up by "weasel" French President against Boris Johnson and his government. Whether it is the rights of British fisherman to be in their own waters or more recently the migrant crisis which captured the headlines when 27 asylum seekers attempting to cross the Channel perished when their boat was unable to sustain what is believed to be a wake left by an oil tanker. | But how much longer can Boris Johnson stay at the helm…

Sonny Melencio (2021-12-09). Building a socialist-green-progressive electoral slate. zcomm.org 'Fielding candidates for top posts is a bold and daring move for Left groups. It has never been done before.'

Uran Botobekov (2021-12-09). The Deadliest Enemies: China's Overseas Military Bases in Central Asia and Uyghur's Turkestan Islamic Party. moderndiplomacy.eu Amid the burgeoning sentimental relationship between Beijing and the resurrected Taliban's Emirate 2.0, the al Qaeda-affiliated Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) has aggravated its propaganda war against Communist China, hence cleverly concealing its historically faithful jihadi bonds with the Afghan Taliban. Despite the Taliban's assurances of non-interference in China's internal affairs, Beijing is building up its …

WSWS (2021-12-09). US: No money for COVID tests, blank check for the military. wsws.org As the White House rejects sending free COVID-19 tests to Americans because it would "cost" too much, the US House of Representatives has made it clear there will be no limits on military spending.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Bank for International Settlements raises concerns over financial system. wsws.org The BIS managing director pointed to one of the fundamental contradictions of all capitalist markets: what may be rational behaviour for an individual participant can be irrational for the system as a whole.

_____ (2021-12-09). Palestine Action Acquitted In First Trial. popularresistance.org United Kingdom – Three activists who defaced an Israeli drone engines factory in the UK were found not guilty of criminal damage on Monday. | The two-day trial took place at Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates Court, near Stoke-on-Trent in central England. | Palestine Action co-founder Huda Ammori told The Electronic Intifada that the victory showed they were on the right track. | "We're going to continue to take direct action in order to shut down and undermine Israel's arms trade," she said. | It was reassuring to have court backing for taking action against Israeli arms makers, she added, and that "to disrupt the…

WSWS (2021-12-09). Turkish currency, living standards in free fall as pandemic rages. wsws.org The unprecedented high level of cost of living and the raging pandemic in Turkey are driving mounting social discontent in the working class.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-09). Sri Lankan public section workers stage strike seeking salary hike. peoplesdispatch.org After teachers and health workers, public sector workers in Sri Lanka struck working demanding higher wages in the face of repeated price hikes and an economic crisis…

WSWS (2021-12-09). Three months after devastation of Hurricane Ida, thousands In Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana remain without permanent housing. wsws.org The demand for trailers has far exceeded the current availability with hundreds left waiting for temporary housing in Houma and across southern Louisiana.

Kenny Stancil (2021-12-09). Biden Should Cancel Student Debt or Watch $85 Billion Evaporate From Economy. zcomm.org Far-reaching cancellation enacted by Biden could add more than $173 billion to the nation's GDP in 2022 alone…

WSWS (2021-12-09). Omicron cases exacerbate COVID-19 crisis in Australian schools. wsws.org Despite the spread of Omicron, state governments are keeping the schools open with less than two weeks before the scheduled end of term.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Justice Department launches lawsuit against Texas gerrymandering for violation of Voting Rights Act. wsws.org Texas redistricting alleged to have "discriminatory purpose," disenfranchising minority voters.

Aaron Craine (2021-12-09). Solidarity shown to West Papua struggle for self-determination. greenleft.org.au The 60th anniversary of the raising of the Morning Star flag was marked by activists in solidarity with West Papua at the State Library. Aaron Craine reports.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Benton Harbor, Michigan water crisis: More of the same toxic politics. wsws.org Unlike the notorious case of the Flint water crisis—where a criminal switch to untreated water corroded pipes—the catastrophe in Benton Harbor is the advanced expression of deteriorating infrastructure on its last legs.

Newsroom (2021-12-09). Most workers support vaccine and mask mandates for the workplace. moderndiplomacy.eu According to a new survey, there is widespread support among workers across the world for workplace COVID-control mandates. On average, about three in four employed adults agree that everyone in their workplace should be fully vaccinated (78%), undergo frequent testing if unvaccinated (74%), and wear a mask in common areas (81%). A majority of workers …

Editor2 (2021-12-09). Sally Rooney: Anyone who has Visited Palestine Could Not Fail to Support her Decision. orinocotribune.com By Alexandra Pringle — Dec 3, 2021 | Experiencing what Palestinians endure daily changes you forever. That's why many writers who've been to the Palestine Festival of Literature backed her refusal to publish in Israel | Irish author Sally Rooney recently

T Hassan (2021-12-09). Sudan: Call to designate RSF-Janjaweed as terrorist. greenleft.org.au It is time to dismantle Sudan's Janjaweed militias and freeze their assets, to ensure a transition to civilian and democratic government, argues Tigani Saad.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Unite betrays UK Tesco workers strike, USDAW plans company talks. wsws.org The trade unions are systematically sabotaging a strike movement of over 14,000 supermarket distribution workers in the UK.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Philippine Justice Department files charges for just one murder in the Bloody Sunday massacre. wsws.org The murder of nine activists in simultaneous police raids in March followed the orders of President Duterte, who told the military to "Kill them! Don't mind human rights!"

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-09). Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Sunsetting the War on Terror? warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. In the days after the 9/11 attacks, I remember heading downtown — I live in New York City — to see what was already being called "Ground Zero" (a term previously applied only to the site of an …

WSWS (2021-12-09). New York City reinforces vaccine-only approach to the pandemic. wsws.org Mayor de Blasio's new program to mandate vaccines for private sector employees is a policy diversion away from the needed closures of schools and businesses…

Staff (2021-12-09). How Europe's "Shadow Immigration System" Pays Libyan Militias to Jail Migrants in Brutal Conditions. democracynow.org An explosive new investigation details how the European Union has created a shadow immigration system that captures migrants arriving from Africa before they reach Europe and sends them to brutal militia-run detention centers in Libya. "This is a climate migration story," says Ian Urbina, investigative journalist and director of The Outlaw Ocean Project, who authored the report for The New Yorker magazine. "The policy of the EU of outsourcing migration control to a failed state in Libya … is a really doomed strategy, and it's only going to get more perilous as more waves of people start trying to reach safer pl…

Johannah King-Slutzky (2021-12-09). Striking Columbia Student Workers Demand Living Wage. zcomm.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…

WSWS (2021-12-09). New Omicron alarm: Significant drop in protection for doubly vaccinated individuals. wsws.org Many preliminary studies demonstrate that immunity after vaccines drops considerably with the Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Australia: Sydney rail workers hold 24-hour strike. wsws.org In an expression of mounting anger in the working class, Tuesday's industrial action took place alongside strikes by teachers and bus drivers.

WSWS (2021-12-09). UK: Johnson moves to Plan B measures over Omicron variant amid escalating government crisis. wsws.org Having ruled out any more lockdowns months ago in order to protect the profits of the corporations, the Plan B measures are extremely limited, inadequate, and, as always, way behind the times.

Shiney Varghese (2021-12-09). After a Year-Long Strike, Indian Farmers Score a Big Win. zcomm.org The country's prime minister has agreed to roll back laws that threatened to corporatize agriculture, jeopardizing the food security of more than 800 million people and further enriching the ultra-rich…

April M. Short (2021-12-09). How Portland's Activists Are Bringing Mutual Aid to the Homeless. zcomm.org Mutual aid offers a route to directly help people living outside, and potentially save lives through the winter months…

WSWS (2021-12-09). New York Times sponsors a debate on the racial authenticity of West Side Story. wsws.org Racialists and nationalists oppose the progressive views defended by this classic musical.

Yamin Kogoya (2021-12-09). 60th anniversary of the birth of the Papuan state: Betrayal and resurrection. greenleft.org.au December 1, 2021, marks 60 years since the state of West Papua came into being. But Papuans are still struggling to achieve their independence, writes Yamin Kogoya.

Badri Raina (2021-12-09). The All-Knowing Narendra Modi Ought Not to Ridicule Red. zcomm.org The prime minister's alarm at the colour of the Samajwadi Party's headgear is out of step with the all-encompassing significance of red in the natural, religious, cultural, and political lives of evolved human beings…

hrupdateadmin (2021-12-09). Join 1 Crown Office Row for an evening discussing Pupillage Application Tips and Life at the Bar. ukhumanrightsblog.com For all the aspiring barristers interested in Clinical Negligence, Public Law, Professional Discipline, Inquests, Public Inquiries, Environment, Tax and more, 1 Crown Office Row are holding an online talk with their barristers. They will give tips for pupillage applications, life as both a pupil and junior tenant as well as talk more about practice areas …

Editor (2021-12-09). COVID Omicron: The case for vaccine justice. mronline.org Britain is one of the main countries to have blocked the global dropping of patents for coronavirus vaccines. If there is a major outbreak of the new Omicron variant in Britain, it will be directly due to the racist and profiteering policy of the Tory government, writes rs21 member Graham Checkley.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Mobilize the working class against the strikebreaking drive at Kellogg's! wsws.org The WSWS urges workers everywhere to come to the defense of strikers at Kellogg's in the US, who are being threatened with being permanently replaced by management after they overwhelmingly rejected a sellout contract.

John Feffer (2021-12-09). South Korea's Green New Deal: Myths versus Realities. fpif.org The Green New Deal is a progressive wish list that combines the reduction of carbon emissions with investments in Green technologies and Green jobs. In the United States, the Green New Deal has largely remained aspirational: a non-binding resolution that has not yet come to a vote in Congress. | In South Korea, on the other hand, the Green New Deal is a policy reality. | In 2020, the ruling Democratic Party put its version of a Green New Deal at the center of its platform. When South Korea held its parliamentary election that April in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, that platform helped propel the liberal Dem…

Jane McAlevey (2021-12-09). Hard Bargaining in Las Vegas Hospitals. zcomm.org The story of big open bargaining and revitalizing the nurses union in Las Vegas…

WSWS (2021-12-09). Social Democrat Chancellor Scholz takes power in Germany at head of "traffic light" coalition. wsws.org The coalition of the Social Democrats, Free Democrats and Greens (Red, Yellow and Green in their party colours) will aggressively pursue a right-wing foreign and domestic policy, including enforcing mass infection in the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-09). As Omicron begins to spread in India, school reopenings put tens of millions of children at risk of infection. wsws.org The Indian ruling elite's insistence on reopening schools for in-class instruction threatens to produce mass infection and death, compounding an already dire social crisis decades in the making.

Staff (2021-12-09). "An Outrage": House Passes Largest Military Budget in Generations Despite End of Afghanistan War. democracynow.org President Biden may soon approve the largest military spending bill since World War II, which ramps up spending to counter China and Russia. Separately, the Senate voted down a bipartisan bid by Senators Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul and Mike Lee to halt $650 million in U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid the devastating ongoing war in Yemen. "The last thing we need to do is be throwing more money at the Pentagon," says William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. "This whole idea that China and Russia are military threats to the United States has primarily been…

WSWS (2021-12-09). Billionaires increased wealth by $3.6 trillion in 2020, as millions died from global pandemic. wsws.org The coronavirus pandemic has worsened the financial gap between rich and poor around the world to levels not seen since the early 20th century.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-09). Backing horses: Australia's Solomon Islands intervention. greenleft.org.au The history of "humanitarian" or policing missions is one of taking sides, argues Binoy Kampmark.

WSWS (2021-12-09). Contract passes at Kaiser Permanente over significant opposition from health care workers. wsws.org The unions forced the contract through against significant opposition, and it resorted to widespread censorship of its social media pages and other forms of intimidation in a bid to suppress and isolate opposition to a deal containing major concessions.

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…

_____ (2021-12-08). What Putin Really Told Biden. strategic-culture.org By Pepe ESCOBAR | So Russian President Vladimir Putin, by himself, and United States President Joe Biden, surrounded by aides, finally had their secret video link conference for two hours and two minutes — with translators placed in different rooms. | That was their first serious exchange since they met in person in Geneva last June — the first Russia-US summit since 2018. For global public opinion, led to believe a "war" in Ukraine was all but imminent, what's left is essentially a torrent of spin. | So let's start with a simple exercise focusing on the key issue of the video link — Ukraine [md…

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…

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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 …

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."

_____ (2021-12-08). Alex Saab's Diplomatic Immunity Ruling Freezes His Court Case. 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."

Monica Moorehead (2021-12-08). The case of Peng Shuai and U.S. hypocrisy. 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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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.

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.

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…

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 . . . |

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.

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.

_____ (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…

_____ (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…

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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

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 …

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.

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…

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

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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 . . . |

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…

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…

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. …

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 …

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

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

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…

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

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…

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…

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

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

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

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

Toni Arenstein (2021-12-08). Student workers strike at Columbia University. workers.org Columbia University, Dec. 1. The striking Student Workers of Columbia University marched Dec. 1 in New York City. The strike began Nov. 3 and is the second by the student workers in 2021. They are represented by United Auto Workers Local 2110, a technical, office and professional union, which also . . . |

Workers World Party (2021-12-08). 40 years later, we still say: FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL! — Editorial. workers.org Workers World Party issues this solidarity editorial on the anniversary of the imprisonment of Mumia Abu-Jamal. December 9 marks 40 years since Black Panther Party member, activist and revolutionary journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was framed for the murder of a Philadelphia cop. As a result of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct . . . |

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 …

_____ (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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-08). Indonesia court rejects permit plea for palm oil plantations in Papua and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at a court order denying permits for palm oil plantations in Papua, the Marriage Equality bill passed by Chile's parliament, and more…

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.

_____ (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…

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.

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-08). Video: The Covid-19 Crisis Triggers Economic and Social Chaos Worldwide. 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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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 …

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.

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…

_____ (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 …

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…

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?"

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