Daily Archives: December 12, 2021

2021-12-12: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-12). Another Bloody Day Under the Biden Immigration Regime. strategic-culture.org Sadly, I don't mean "bloody" in the informal British sense. | By Bradley DEVLIN | America's current immigration regime, created and willed into being by our elites, simply manned at the moment by the Biden administration, finds itself morally responsible for yet another tragedy. | A thought that might jump into someone's mind is the conditions in migrant detention facilities have led to an untold number of deaths. Substitute "Biden" for "Trump" in that first sentence, and it sounds exactly like allegations you heard hurled at the Trump administration from 2018 on. (Remember "kids in cages"?) But, while conditions…

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Lithuanian FM resigns over Belaruskali sanctions debacle. ecns.cn Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis submitted Friday his resignation amid the controversy of Belaruskali products being transported via Lithuania despite the US sanctions against Belarus' fertilizer manufacturer.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-12). Ukraine: U.S. to supply $20 million for buildup on Belarusian, Russian borders. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. to provide Ukraine with 20 million dollars to strengthen border The United States will provide Ukraine with $ 20 million to strengthen the border. This was reported by the press center of the State Border Service of Ukraine. "The start of the implementation of Strengthening the Capacity of the State Border Service project will …

Gabriel Shipton (2021-12-12). U.K. Court Clears the Way for Julian Assange Extradition to U.S. zcomm.org Press Freedom in Danger…

The Canary (2021-12-12). Julian Assange had a stroke in prison due to stress, fiancee says. thecanary.co Julian Assange has had a stroke in prison due to the "constant chess game" over his future, his fiancee has claimed. | "He needs to be freed": | The WikiLeaks founder is said to have suffered a stroke at the time of a High Court battle over whether or not he should be extradited to the US. He's being held at HMP Belmarsh, a high-security men's prison in South-East London. | Stella Moris, who is the mother of his two children, tweeted: | #Assange suffered a stroke on the first day of the High Court appeal hearing on October 27th. | He needs to be freed. Now. _____ (2021-12-12). The Assange Case Is the U.S. Defending Its Right to Lie. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | * * * | Q: What's the difference between how the US deals with journalists it hates and how Saudi Arabia deals with journalists it hates? | A: Speed. | * * * | The US is

nachdenkseiten.de (2021-12-12). Whistleblower Network on Assange. indybay.org " If the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still to be worth anything, all politicians in Western liberal democracies must stand up and speak out. Those who – quite rightly – stand behind Alexei Nawalny must also stand up for Julian Assange. The credibility of our rule of law is at stake here. "

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). U.S. moves to support anti-China, destabilizing forces in Hong Kong doomed to fail: commissioner's office of Chinese foreign ministry. ecns.cn The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday condemned and firmly rejected the so-called "Summit for Democracy" held by the United States and its invitation of Nathan Law Kwun-chung, which set a stage for him to peddle fallacies against China and Hong Kong.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Chinese envoy rails against U.S. for 'weaponizing' democracy. ecns.cn Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian on Friday lambasted the United States for initiating a so-called "Summit for Democracy" that creates division across the globe.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). U.S.-held "Summit for Democracy" thwarts democracy under pretext of democracy: Chinese FM spokesperson. ecns.cn The so-called "Summit for Democracy", held by the United States recently, sought to thwart democracy under the pretext of democracy, incite division and confrontation, and undermine the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order underpinned by international law, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Saturday.

Middle East Monitor (2021-12-12). The perils of the digital age: How Facebook failed to protect Persecuted Rohingya Muslims. juancole.com By Elif Selin Calik | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — Rohingya refugees and victims are suing Facebook for $150 billion. They allege that Facebook played a key role in the brutal crackdown against Muslims in Myanmar by promoting anti-Rohingya posts. This online hate turned into real-world violence, according to the lawsuit. As stated …

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Comicomment: What's behind American democracy. ecns.cn When the U.S. holds high the flag of "democracy," it should first reflect on its notorious records marked in the history. His followers should also sharpen their eyes at the dollar-dominated interests behind its motivation and stop being fooled.

scorinoco (2021-12-12). Why Poorer Nations Aren't Falling for Green-Washed Imperialism. orinocotribune.com By Prabir Purkayastha — Dec 8, 2021 | 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 given the current environmental challenges, countries in Africa and a significant part of Asia, including India, need an alternate path for providing electricity to their people. What then is the best alternate course for poorer countries to follow for electricity…

Labor Video Project (2021-12-12). Justice For Cab Drivers! Taxi Drivers Demand Their Money Back From San Francico Officials. indybay.org Taxi cab drivers who have or had medallions protested the MTA and city officials who allowed them be become devalued.

Olivia Engling (2021-12-12). White House Hosts Democracy Summit and Highlights Global Anti-Corruption Commitments. indybay.org More than 100 leaders showcase initiatives to counter dictatorships, fight corruption and promote human rights at a virtual summit the White House hosts December 9-10.

Staff (2021-12-12). Ukraine drone attack on Donetsk leaves 2 dead. en.mehrnews.com Two soldiers were killed after an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the Ukrainian security forces dropped explosives in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), an official said.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-12). Biden to Putin: U.S. to deploy troops to nine NATO eastern flank states if Russia intervenes in Ukraine. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com From TASS. Four of the Bucharest Nine nations (all NATO members) have land and two more sea borders with Russia. All are former members of the Warsaw Pact, dissolved thirty years ago, and three of those are former Soviet republics. To be recalled the next time you read about so-called red lines in regard to …

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). Biden rejects US deploying of ground forces to Ukraine. en.mehrnews.com The possibility of sending US ground combat troops to Ukraine against Russia has been never on the table, US President said, claiming that he warned Russia on any military move against Ukraine.

Liberation Staff (2021-12-12). Dec. 13 protests to support hunger strike against abuse in Louisiana ICE jails. liberationnews.org Protests will be held on Monday, December 13, in two press conference/rallies to call for an end to abusive treatment and denial of basic rights to refugees and migrants in Louisiana ICE detention centers.

Zamir Laiosa (2021-12-12). NYC teacher 'Day of Action' calls for smaller class size. liberationnews.org Instead of opening more schools districts send existing schools more students, often exceeding the number of seats available.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Commissioner's office of Chinese foreign ministry urges U.S., EU politicians to stop interfering in HK's rule of law. ecns.cn The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Friday strongly disapproved of and firmly rejected irresponsible remarks of some U.S. politicians and misguided comments of some European Union (EU) officials on Hong Kong.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Biden signs bill to fast-track process to raise debt limit. ecns.cn U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday signed a bill to fast-track the process to raise the federal government's debt limit and avoid a potential default.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Macron, Germany's Scholz meet in Paris, vow to enhance ties. ecns.cn French President Emmanuel Macron met with the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday in Paris, in a bid to strengthen relations between the two leading European countries.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). China to boast more than 5,000 aircraft by 2025. ecns.cn China's civil aviation transport industry will resume steady growth, adding a total of 7,646 new civil passenger aircraft over the next 20 years, according to industry reports.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Chinese mainland reports 51 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Friday reported 51 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Chinese AI company objects to blacklisting in U.S. ecns.cn Chinese artificial intelligence company SenseTime Group said on Saturday that it strongly opposed the U.S. government's decision to add it to an investment blacklist over allegations, which the company said are unfounded and reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of its business.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Over 1.16 bln Chinese fully vaccinated against COVID-19. ecns.cn Over 1.16 billion Chinese people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission said at a press conference Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Cuba condemns politicization of Beijing Winter Olympics. ecns.cn The Cuban Olympic Committee (COC) on Friday condemned the politicization of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). 112 WTO members sign statement on investment facilitation negotiations. ecns.cn China and 111 other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Friday signed a joint statement on investment facilitation, the Ministry of Commerce said on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). China, Iran jointly issue stamps of bridges to mark golden jubilee of diplomatic ties. ecns.cn China and Iran on Saturday jointly unveiled a set of two commemorative stamps depicting their ancient bridges to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). American-style democracy not a beacon, says Bangladeshi politician. ecns.cn The American-style democracy can't be considered as a "beacon of democracy" for the world, a Bangladeshi political veteran has recently said.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). China confident economy will meet annual growth target. ecns.cn China is confident that it will meet its 2021 economic growth target of over 6 percent, the country's top economic regulator said on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). 17 mln U.S. workers hit by economic setback in pandemic: report. ecns.cn Nearly 17 million U.S. workers lost their jobs or saw their wages decline in the course of the pandemic, a U.S. report said on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Xi sends congratulatory letter to Greater Bay Science Forum 2021. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the Greater Bay Science Forum 2021 on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). China's Consul General in Belfast calls for togetherness ahead of Beijing 2022. ecns.cn China's Consul General in Belfast Zhang Meifang has called for cooperation among "one humanity" ahead of the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

_____ (2021-12-12). Who is to Blame for the Fall of French Influence in Africa? journal-neo.org Despite the Africa-France Summit held recently, and intense attempts by individual French politicians to publicize Paris' actions on the African continent, criticism of France's current neo-colonial policy in Africa continues to increase in the region. Africa has recently become rapidly embroiled in anti-French demonstrations. People have taken to the streets in particular because of the …

_____ (2021-12-12). A Plea To Make Widespread Environmental Damage An International Crime. popularresistance.org The campaign to make ecocide an international crime took center stage in the Hague on Tuesday as Bangladesh, Samoa and Vanuatu advocated criminalizing environmental destruction during a virtual forum at the annual meeting of the International Criminal Court's 123 member nations. The forum, attended by more than 1,300 individual participants, represented a collective cry for justice from three of the world's most climate vulnerable countries. It came less than a month after they and other developing nations pressed their claims at the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow for greater resiliency and adaptation fu…

_____ (2021-12-12). Solidarity Action Rebukes Navy Over Toxic Water Pollution. popularresistance.org Activists with CodePink, in solidarity with Hawaii-based water protectors, on Friday projected images on a submarine tower outside the Navy museum in Washington, D.C., calling for a shutdown of a military fuel storage facility associated with contamination of Oahu drinking water. | Messages displayed on the USS Balao Conning Tower included "Shut down Red Hill tanks," "Demilitarize Hawaii," and "Navy is poison."

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-12). How India stifled dissent on the United Nations' "Human Rights Day" moderndiplomacy.eu Each year, on 10th December, the United Nations observes international human rights day. When the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, it was proclaimed as a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations". The Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental rights …

Antonia Dimou (2021-12-12). Geopolitics and strategy drive Greece-US relations. moderndiplomacy.eu A new era has unfolded in Greece-United States relations that are based on common democratic values and shared interests. The bilateral relationship is strategic, multifaceted and is bound to expand in the years to come. The promotion of a solid defense cooperation and the support of a secure East Mediterranean constitute major pillars of the …

Editor2 (2021-12-12). "We're Not Going to Mass." — How the Nicaraguan People are Punishing Their Coup-Mongering Priests. orinocotribune.com By Becca Mohally Renk — Dec 9, 2021 | "I'm Catholic. I still pray in my house every day. I just don't go to mass anymore." | We're sitting in a swept dirt yard outside of Managua talking with community leaders when the topic veers suddenly to Nicaragua's Catholic priests. | "I didn't hear this from somebody else, I saw it with my own eyes," says Marisol,* a no-nonsense woman in her sixties. The fervor of the words pouring out demonstrates the depth of emotions: her hurt, and her anger. | "I couldn't believe it. But there was my parish priest, standing in the back of a pickup truck with a megaphone, encouragi…

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2021-12-12). November Elections in Latin America Panel: A South to North Perspective. orinocotribune.com Caracas, December 4, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com)—On November 29, Orinoco Tribune, within the framework of its third anniversary celebration, organized a panel with experts about the very busy electoral schedule in Latin America during the month of November. These included presidential and parliamentary elections held in Nicaragua on November 7, followed by parliamentary elections in Argentina seven days later, and then regional and municipal elections in Venezuela and presidential elections in Chile one week after that, and presidential and regional elections in Honduras on November 28. We added Mexico to the…

Ken Hammond (2021-12-12). "Ten crises: The political economy of China's development," by Wen Tiejun. mronline.org Wen's vision is of a China which would be increasingly self-reliant, delinking from the American dominated global capitalism and developing its own key technologies and productive capacities, while at the same time continuing to engage with other emerging economies which share a desire to be free of Western neo-imperial control.

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani (2021-12-12). The countries of the Sahel unite for universal access to quality education. moderndiplomacy.eu Authors: Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso; Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger; and Ousmane Diagana, World Bank Vice President for Western and Central Africa. In accordance with the rule and spirit of each of our Sahelian countries, …

Naseem Javed (2021-12-12). Trends 2022: Our New World Now Demands New Thinking. moderndiplomacy.eu Like a firmly gripped tube of toothpaste, pandemic already squeezed out old economic development models in the drain. The new math now fogs the smoke and mirror economies already in bubble baths dancing on wet-floors. New configurations of efficiencies frighten the daylights out of the bureaucracies, and new logic awakens the populace where new courage …

Newsroom (2021-12-12). 5 Security Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Solutions. moderndiplomacy.eu Most modern businesses are using Cloud deployments to handle a great deal of their business operations. These might be public or private, or a combination of both known as a hybrid cloud. Regardless of the deployment type and service model used, keeping things secure is of the utmost importance. Whether you're using Amazon's AWS services, …

Newsroom (2021-12-12). Growth Hormone and Peptide Therapy: What You Need to Know. moderndiplomacy.eu This form of treatment targets multiple systems in the body with short chains of amino acids called peptides. In contrast to recombinant HGH (rhGH), an HGH secretagogue helps to increase growth hormone levels more naturally. People who want a healthy and long life should not pass HGH. This hormone is known as the repair hormone …

Sheikh Fakhar-e-Alam (2021-12-12). Afghan War: Pakistan's Sacrifices & Indian Hegemonic Designs. moderndiplomacy.eu Pakistan has been most affected country due to US-led war against terror. It has supported the US in combating terrorism in Afghanistan. The country paid a heavy cost in Afghan war as around 70, 000 causalities happened in the last two decades. Pakistan's contributions to Afghan peace process are highly appreciated worldwide. Pakistan has tried …

Staff (2021-12-12). Calderon Berti: G4 Cannot Have Monopoly on Power. orinocotribune.com Humberto Calderon Berti, former Venezuelan "ambassador" to Colombia illegally appointed by Juan Guaidó, have made some new and controversial statements in a recent interview, calling for an end to the G4 monopoly, which reveals, among other things, the internal contradictions within the hard right opposition platform. G4 is the group of hard core extreme right political parties of Venezuela that have supported the failed US "Guaido project," and comprises the parties Popular Will, Democratic Action, Un Nuevo Tiempo, and Justice First. | Berti is known for making public the theft of "humanitarian aid" money in 201…

Timofey Bordachev (2021-12-12). The Confused Superpower: A Year After America's Elections. moderndiplomacy.eu By virtue of its combined power capabilities, the United States continues to occupy a central place in international politics, and developments inside the country inevitably become the most important factor in world affairs. Even if we deny the significance of what is happening inside this huge "billiard ball", the transformations taking place there inevitably affect …

William Mallinson (2021-12-12). Greece's American NaàØveté: Beware Americans Bearing Gifts. moderndiplomacy.eu Early last year, I concluded an article entitled 'Greece and Russia: back to the 'Truman Doctrine?', with the words: 'Then becomes now, albeit with different colors. Just as with Britain during her heyday, Greece's relations with Russia today are predicated on the US's keeping Russia at bay in the Eastern Mediterranean, and therefore from having …

Staff (2021-12-12). El Mayor niño en la película El Mayor. cubadebate.cu Alejandro se embulló cuando vio por Cubavisión el spot convocando a menores interesados en interpretar el personaje de Ignacio Agramonte en la película El Mayor. El papá lo recogió en la escuela primaria José Luis Tassende, donde estudiaba y lo invitó a entrar en la sala teatral aledaña, escogida para iniciar el proyecto de selección.

Staff (2021-12-12). Lennon: El recuerdo perenne, el homenaje siempre. cubadebate.cu Hace pocos días se cumplió otro aniversario de la muerte de John Lennon. A propósito le compartimos este fotorreportaje que ilustra la presencia de este símbolo de la música en varios escenarios, desde New York a La Habana. Flores, versos, música, escultura.

Staff (2021-12-12). Cuba reporta 62 nuevos casos de COVID-19 y ninguna persona fallecida. cubadebate.cu Al cierre del día de ayer, 11 de diciembre, se encuentran ingresados 2 mil 778 pacientes, sospechosos 2 mil 185, en vigilancia 262 y confirmados activos 331. Para la COVID-19 se realizaron un total de 18 mil 970 muestras para la vigilancia en el día, resultando positivas 62. El país acumula 11 millones 328 mil 647 muestras realizadas y 963 mil 628 positivas.

Staff (2021-12-12). El Baràßa cede en los minutos finales y empata 2-2 ante el Osasuna. cubadebate.cu El coraje de Gavi, el oportunismo de Nico y el descaro de Abde no le bastaron al Barcelona de Xavi para iniciar la tan anunciada nueva era con una victoria en Pamplona. El Baràßa empató a dos en El Sadar en un típico partido entre equipos de media tabla después de que en los minutos finales del duelo el equipo blaugrana volviera a diluirse ante el empuje del rival.

Staff (2021-12-12). Muere a los 81 años el cantante mexicano Vicente Fernández. cubadebate.cu El cantante mexicano Vicente Fernández, ídolo popular de las rancheras, ha fallecido este domingo a los 81 años, según lo anunció su familia en un comunicado publicado en la cuenta oficial de Instagram del cantante. | "Lamentamos comunicarles su deceso el día domingo 12 de diciembre a las 6: 15 am", reza el comunicado.

Staff (2021-12-12). Ciencia, tecnología y propiedad de las empresas: øCuál es el vínculo? cubadebate.cu Construir el socialismo implica construir una base económica que sea propiedad de la sociedad en su conjunto. Con diversas modalidades y actores, y diversas formas de propiedad (como establece nuestra Constitución), pero siempre en función de los intereses de toda la sociedad.

Juan Cole (2021-12-12). Why Biden is Likely right that the Climate Emergency is partly to blame for massive Tornadoes. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The string of horrific tornadoes generated by unrelenting thunderstorms over hundreds of miles in the southeast and midwest of the US has likely left over a hundred dead, and has wiped out portions of small towns. As with any extreme weather event, it is natural to ask whether it is …

OtherWords (2021-12-12). Stop Normalizing Islamophobia: Hateful attacks on Ilhan Omar and other Muslims should be forcefully condemned. juancole.com By Farrah Hassen | — ( Otherwords.org) — In her latest act of demonizing Muslims, Rep. Lauren Boebert recently insinuated at multiple events that Rep. Ilhan Omar could have been a suicide bomber because of her Islamic faith. This might be business as usual for the Colorado Republican. But for Muslim Americans like myself, it's …

Sac. Regional Coalition to End Homelessness (2021-12-12). Tuesday 12/21: 8th Annual Homeless Memorial: Candlelight Vigil & Reading of Names in Sacramento. indybay.org Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814 | Please wear a mask. Follow COVID safety guidelines.

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-12). Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Celebrate Starbucks Workers' Historic Union Victory. zcomm.org Progressive lawmakers are celebrating after Starbucks workers in Buffalo triumphed over nearly insurmountable odds to form the company's first-ever union…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-12). Zionists refuse to sell 'Iron Dome' to UAE for fear of Iran. en.mehrnews.com According to a Zionist media outlet, despite pressure from Abu Dhabi, the Zionist regime is reluctant to sell the Iron Dome systems to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for fear of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

repost (2021-12-12). IBT Bay Area Official Rome Aloice permanently barred from the Teamsters. indybay.org Bay Area Teamster Official Rome Aloise has been barred for life from participation in the Teamsters.

Staff (2021-12-12). German FM calls for acceleration of Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called for the acceleration of the process of the P4+1 talks with Iran in Vienna.

_____ (2021-12-12). Khashoggi Murder Starts to Get Its First Real Whitewash. But From the West, not From the Saudis. strategic-culture.org The truth about Khashoggi, was in fact a million miles from what…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-12-12). Our continued fight for justice made 2021 an important year to write for The Canary. thecanary.co As we approach the end of 2021, I'd like to give a big shout out and say a heartfelt thank you to the thousands of So this first article — because there's far too much to fit into just one — is just a snapshot of…

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

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). Pakistan ANF cmdr. to discuss anti-narcotic coop. in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com The commander of the Pakistan Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has departed for Tehran on Sunday to discuss with Iranian officials strengthening cooperation in the fight against illicit drug trafficking.

Steve Topple (2021-12-12). DWP staff's office antics are the worst of the lot. thecanary.co Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff have been exposed in the government's Christmas parties scandal. And although the government claims they weren't partying, the DWP's actions are the most contemptible of them all. Because while they enjoyed themselves, the pandemic hit chronically ill people, disabled people, and people who rely on social security the hardest. | DWP staff: boozing away but 'they weren't parties': | The Sunday Mirror reported that DWP political staff and officials frequently drank alcohol after work until the early hours of the morning. They also ordered food to boss Thérèse…

David Giesen (2021-12-12). Saturday 12/11: How Much? the walking tour. indybay.org American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason St. | San Francisco | (meet in the lobby)…

Zachary RunningWolf (2021-12-12). Old Growth in Danger as Cal Fire lets Burn 4 Lumber. indybay.org Cal Fire is Auctioning off our Old Growth Forest to Lumber Companies…

Staff (2021-12-12). When Trump talks about destruction of Israel. en.mehrnews.com Donald Trump acknowledged that he supported Netanyahu's claim of annexing the Golan Heights to the occupied territories and played a role in Netanyahu's victory in the last two years.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-12-12). Iran becomes vice-champion of world par-taekwondo c'ships. en.mehrnews.com The Iranian men's national para-taekwondo team came in second place at the world championship in Turkey.

Root Division (2021-12-12). Thursday 12/9: RD Makes: Studio Artist Exhibit & Winter Pop-Up Shop. indybay.org Root Division – 1131 Mission Street…

Gary Flomenhoft (2021-12-12). 'The Time Machine' in Australia, in the Age of Covid. asiatimes.com In the classic H G Wells story The Time Machine, the Eloi are the surface-dwelling descendants of the upper class who are bred and fed on by the subterranean-dwelling Morlock cannibals, descendants of the working class. In the story, the Eloi don't ask any questions and line up voluntarily to be food for the Morlocks …

Sara Sirota (2021-12-12). Now in Power, Key Anti-War Democrats Soften on Saudi War in Yemen. zcomm.org This week, Democrats eschewed opportunities to stop U.S. maintenance of Saudi warplanes and halt a missile sale to the kingdom…

National Welfare Rights Union (2021-12-12). Friday 12/10: Día de los Derechos Humanos: °Llévense nuestra pobreza, no nuestros hijos! indybay.org Evento en línea…

The Canary (2021-12-12). Family of missing nurse assistant Petra Srncova 'desperately worried' for her. thecanary.co Family members of a missing nurse assistant are said to be "desperately worried about her". | Missing: | Petra Srncova, 32, is believed to have disappeared on her way home from work at the Evelina London Children's Hospital on 28 November. She was reported missing by a concerned colleague last week after failing to turn up for work — which has been described as very "out of character" for her. | MP Harriet…

Staff (2021-12-12). Arrogant powers delighted by suffering of Iranian people. en.mehrnews.com Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the arrogant powers' joy at the suffering of the Iranian people has been manifested in events such as imposing a "medical embargo on the Iranian nation".

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-12). Two stabbing attacks in NW UK leave one dead, one injured. en.mehrnews.com One person was killed and another was severely injured following the two stabbings in northwest England on Sunday.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-12-12). Budget bill for next year aims at ensuring economic stability. en.mehrnews.com Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said on Sunday that the budget bill presented to the Parliament for the next Iranian year of 1401 (starting on March 21, 2022) is aimed at ensuring economic stability.

National Welfare Rights Union (2021-12-12). Friday 12/10: Human Rights Day: Take Our Poverty, Not Our Children Houseless Truth Commission w/ NWRU. indybay.org Online teach-in…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-12). Saudi-led coalition attack on NW Sanaa kills two children. en.mehrnews.com Two Yemeni children were killed in an attack by Saudi-led coalition on Sunday morning in Hajjah province, northwest of Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Michael Maier (2021-12-12). Russia wants a treaty with NATO on eastern enlargement. indybay.org There is now a need for "a treaty that prevents NATO from standing on the Russian border: " "We need to start negotiations on the new NATO expansion plans." Conceding such a "red line" to the Russians has so far been rejected by NATO…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-12-12). 100 feared dead after tornadoes devastate 6 US states. en.mehrnews.com At least 100 people are feared dead after a catastrophic series of tornadoes ripped through Kentucky and other US states late Friday and early Saturday.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-12). The US-NATO War of Aggression against Yugoslavia. globalresearch.ca First published on March 21, 2021 |
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Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-12-12). Ghana's President Addresses National Black Caucus of State Legislators. indybay.org Soon our amazing California Golden Legacy, past, present and future will utilize Ghana as an essential destination for joint mutual benefit. Ghana, represents well the African Continental Free Trade Area, Our California team on the ground helping restore Agriculture as the foundation of our culture. Stay tuned MLK Weekend 2022 in Atlanta our10th Annual Pan African Global Trade and Investment Conference will keep the ball rolling in a good way. Matunda Ya Kwanza…

Joel Warner (2021-12-12). WEEKEND READER: The Biden Conundrum. dailyposter.com

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-12-12). EU demands slowing down pace of Vienna talks: source. en.mehrnews.com A source close to the Iranian delegation to the Vienna talks said the Europeans were trying to impose demands beyond the nuclear deal's terms.

WSWS (2021-12-12). Numerous warnings were issued in advance of tornadoes that killed dozens of candle factory and Amazon workers. wsws.org At least six Amazon workers died after a warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois received a direct hit. In Kentucky, a tornado struck an occupied candle factory in the city of Mayfield, with 100 workers in it.

_____ (2021-12-12). Is a 'Russian Century' Shaping Up (by Default)? strategic-culture.org Imbued with its traditional values and the idealism tempered by common sense of its people, Russia is bound to become one of the major civilizational poles of the emerging multipolar world | In In essence, what Orlov claims is that the often heard criticism hurled at Russians that they have not mastered the technique of soft power…

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Confronted with Omicron, countries are endorsing China's COVID-19 approach: expert. ecns.cn China's top epidemiologist said on Saturday that many countries taking strict measures when facing the Omicron variant are echoing China's approach in fighting COVID-19.

The Canary (2021-12-12). Watchdog launches probe after armed Met officers kill a man in London incident. thecanary.co Armed police have shot a man dead during an incident in Kensington. | The police watchdog is investigating what happened in west London on the afternoon of Saturday 11 December. The man died after he sustained gunshot wounds. | Three shots: | The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to reports of a man with a firearm seen entering a bank and bookmakers near Marloes Road at 3.04pm. | The force said the man was then seen getting into a vehicle and leaving the area. | Police cordoned off Kensington High Street (Aaron Chown/PA) | At 3.19pm, armed officers stopped a vehicle at the junction of Kensi…

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-12). Colossal Financial Pyramid: BlackRock and The WEF "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca First published by …

Barbara Madeloni (2021-12-12). Teachers Say Students Are Stressed and Fragile. zcomm.org This school began the year 42 educators short. That number has only increased as more teachers leave, exhausted and overwhelmed, or call in sick due to Covid and stressful, unsustainable conditions…

Khuloud Rabah Sulaiman (2021-12-12). UNRWA stifles employee speech on Palestinian rights. zcomm.org "I cannot be separated from my cause. My job won't get me back to my homeland. Staying faithful to my right of return and right to resist is what will get me back."

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-12). Socialist Seattle Council Member Sawant Declares 'Apparent Victory'. zcomm.org "Terrible news all around for the capitalist bums."

Staff (2021-12-12). E3 throws wrench into Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com With the Vienna talks running up against technical roadblocks, the E3 has resorted to a series of bullying measures ranging from pressuring other parties to brandishing referral of Iran's nuclear binder to intl. institutions.

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-12). Gas explosion in Italy's Sicily leaves one dead, 12 missing. en.mehrnews.com At least 12 people went missing after a gas explosion in Ravanusa, located in the province of Agrigento in Sicily, local media outlets have reported.

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). West cannot do a damn thing against Iran in military areas. en.mehrnews.com According to the IRGC Aerospace Force Commander, Westerners have realized that they can not do a damn thing against Iran in military fields; therefore, they resort to modern ways to achieve their colonial goals.

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-12-12). Video: A Final Warning to Humanity from Former Pfizer Chief Scientist Michael Yeadon. globalresearch.ca

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-12-12). US passes bill to ban Iran military drones amid Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com A US House panel has approved a bill to restrict the proliferation of Iran's military drone in the midst of negotiations over the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Mickey Z. (2021-12-12). We've Still Got the Numbers. dissidentvoice.org In the Vietnam War protest song "Five to One," Jim Morrison of The Doors sings: The old get old/And the young get stronger May take a week/And it may take longer They got the guns/But we got the numbers Gonna win, yeah/We're takin' over In my youth, I took solace in the whole "we got …

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). Iran among few states producing high-tech turbine, generator. en.mehrnews.com According to the Iranian energy minister, Iran is one of the few countries in the world that produces high-technological electrical equipment, turbines, and generators.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). 'Tribunal' aims to discredit Xinjiang policy. ecns.cn China said that the so-called judgment delivered by the "Uyghur Tribunal" is nothing but a political farce staged to curb the development of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and discredit China.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-12-12). Kwanzaa: Exploring the Origins of Agriculture as we BuildBackBetter. indybay.org Central to our remembering, reflection and recommitment to our Kwanzaa Holiday Celebration is a renaissance of Black Agriculture in the "Greatest Garden in the World." Womanity is our theme for 2022, assigned by Queen Mother and we begin the journey.

Angela (2021-12-12). Saturday 12/11: Free virtual screening of the documentary film "My Haifa" indybay.org

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). Iranian short film 'Breach' finds way to Cineaste FilmFest. en.mehrnews.com Iranian short film 'Breach' has been accepted into the Cineaste International Film Festival of India.

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). Breathtaking grandeur of Autumn in Mazandaran. en.mehrnews.com SARI, Dec. 12 (MNA) — The natural landscape of Mazandaran province is so eye-catching in autumn that can convince almost anyone to tour this northern Iranian porovince.

Kerry Smith (2021-12-12). Protesters say 'No' to AUKUS, nuclear submarines and war with China. greenleft.org.au A national weekend of action against AUKUS was organised over December 10-12, with protests in Canberra, Perth, Sydney, Wollongong, Hobart, Brisbane and Adelaide. Kerry Smith reports.

Revolution Books (2021-12-12). Sunday 12/19: Revolution Books at the Telegraph Ave. Holiday Street Fair. indybay.org Telegraph and Durant in front of 2340 Telegraph, Berkeley…

_____ (2021-12-12). Protesters Demand Justice For Survivors Amid Maxwell Trial. popularresistance.org Dozens Of Protesters Gathered Outside The Thurghood Marshall Courthouse In New York City, Where Ghislaine Maxwell Is On Trial For Her Role In Jeffrey Epstein's Decades-Long Sex Trafficking Operation Invovling Numerous Elite Figures. Dan Cohen Reports From The Demonstration.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-12-12). Chile_Homenaje a Jane Vanini: revolucionaria e internacionalista brasileña. indybay.org Chile_Homenaje a Jane Vanini: internacionalista brasileña, ejemplo de combatiente revolucionaria | Homenaje que es Memoria y Contraimpunidad…

Staff (2021-12-12). COVID-19 en el mundo: øCómo se comporta la pandemia? cubadebate.cu Rusia registró hoy 29 mil 929 nuevos casos de Covid-19, la menor cifra desde el pasado 13 de octubre, según el estado mayor nacional para el enfrentamiento al coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Con esta cantidad, suman 10 millones 16 mil 896 los positivos en el país desde el inicio de la pandemia. En este momento, 986 mil 58 rusos continúan bajo tratamiento médico.

Michael Harris (2021-12-12). Leidesdorff Center ready as we #BuildBackBetter. indybay.org Discover the Golden Legacy of the African Founding of California…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-12-12). International Human Rights Day Protest at Federal Building. indybay.org Many outrages throughout the world called out in lively action…

Naia Smith (2021-12-12). City of Santa Rosa hires first lady African American as City Manager. indybay.org History is made after Santa Rosa elects its first Aftican American woman as city Manager.

Santa Cruz City Council Meeting (2021-12-12). Tuesday 12/14: 831 Water Street Proposal at Santa Cruz City Council. indybay.org The 831 Water Street project is #25 on the city council meeting agenda, and will be heard in the afternoon, sometime after 12 PM. | * Click on Zoom link (no time delay): zoom.us/j/94684401344 | * Online at http: //www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-council/council-meetings | * See meeting agenda for information on phoning in:…

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Omicron variant detected in California's wastewater before WHO raises alarms: US media. ecns.cn The test result of a wastewater sample showed that the Omicron COVID-19 variant was present in US state California even before the World Health Organization declared it the newest coronavirus variant of concern, media reported Friday, citing official sources.

Staff (2021-12-12). Chile: Exigen reparación integral para las víctimas de violaciones de Derechos Humanos. cubadebate.cu El Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos de Chile (INDH) pidió el sábado al Estado una ley de reparación integral a las víctimas de violaciones de derechos humanos ocurridas durante las manifestaciones de 2019 en el país suramericano. Sergio Micco, director del INDH, hizo la demanda tras lamentar el suicidio del joven Patricio Pardo, de 26 años.

Dr. Roxana Bruno (2021-12-12). 57 Top Scientists and Doctors Release Shocking Study on COVID Vaccines and Demand Immediate Stop to All Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca First published on May …

The Green Arcade (2021-12-12). Sunday 1/2: Three in 2022: Poets' Prose – Three Poets Discuss Their Turn to Prose. indybay.org

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-12). US logistics convoy targeted in Al Diwaniyah of Iraq. en.mehrnews.com According to Iraqi media, a convoy carrying logistics equipment for the US military was targeted in Al Diwaniyah of Iraq.

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-12). Zionist forces detain 4 Palestinians in West Bank. en.mehrnews.com In their latest hostile move, military forces of Zionist regime invaded the West Bank in the occupied lands and territories and detained four Palestinians on Sunday.

The Canary (2021-12-12). Omicron wave 'inevitable' and more measures may be needed, says expert. thecanary.co More coronavirus (Covid-19) measures may be needed to tackle the fast-spreading Omicron variant. And the UK is facing an "inevitable" large wave of infections, the UK Health Security Agency's (UKHSA) chief medical adviser has said. | Reduced contact advised: | Dr Susan Hopkins said people will have to reduce social contact as much as possible. And she added that lateral flow tests should be used before going out to meet anyone. Her remarks came as education secretary Nadhim Zahawi said the UK is in a "race" to get the coronavirus booster to eligible adults "as quickly as possible". | Zahawi said there…

Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs (2021-12-12). Saturday 12/25: Santa Cruz Community Christmas Dinner. indybay.org 300 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-12-12). Atmosphere in Vienna talks 'positive': Russian diplomat. en.mehrnews.com Russian diplomat at Vienna talks criticized the comments of some analysts and journalists about the talks underway in the Austrian capital, saying that the atmosphere in the talks in Vienna is "positive.

Breaking the Chains Staff (2021-12-12). How the fight for abortion rights began. zcomm.org Let's make this current fight for abortion and a woman's right to bodily autonomy be the opening shot in the war to root out every last vestige of capitalism…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-12-12). Iran's Nabavi claims gold in World Para Taekwondo C'ship. en.mehrnews.com Iranian athlete Mahtab Nabavi seized a gold medal in the 2021 World Para-Taekwondo Championships Saturday night.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-12-12). Top Iranian negotiator talks of progress in Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com The lead Iranian negotiator in the Vienna talks has said that "Good progress has been made in the negotiation process," adding that the Zionists are trying to undermine the negotiations.

ecns.cn (2021-12-12). Over 20 U.S. states identify Omicron variant cases. ecns.cn At least 22 U.S. states have identified Omicron variant cases, including some that indicate community transmission, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday.

Dipa Sinha (2021-12-12). India's community health workers' struggle for recognition. zcomm.org India's ASHA and anganwadi workers are rallying under the slogan "Community health work is work!" to demand fair pay and treatment for the essential services they provide…

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-11). Colombian Military Admit Guilt in 247 'False Positive' Cases. orinocotribune.com The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) of Colombia informed that a total of 21 soldiers and a civilian have admitted their guilt in 247 "false positive" cases, a term used to denote extrajudicial executions of innocent civilians who are then "identified" as guerrillas who died in combat. | In a press conference, JEP magistrate Catalina Díaz informed that 22 of the 26 people who had been summoned have recognized their guilt and admitted their responsibility for the crimes charged. | The JEP is a court that was created as a result of the Peace Accords that were established between the Colombian government and the…

Abhijan Choudhury (2021-12-11). Report reveals Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in May 2021 overwhelmingly targeted civilians. peoplesdispatch.org The damning new report found that in 70% of the airstrikes that killed civilians, no corresponding 'militants' or 'military targets' were found to have been killed…

_____ (2021-12-11). Ethiopians, Eritreans Hold #NoMore March Outside US State Department. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – Thousands of Ethiopians, Eritreans and their allies rallied outside the US State Department on Friday as part of the #NoMore campaign opposing US intervention in the Horn of Africa. Their protest comes as the US' chief envoy to the Horn, Jeffrey Feltman, is visiting several countries connected to the conflict after failing to secure a ceasefire. | The crowd chanted "fake news CNN" and "no more TPLF," referring to the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front, a rebel group with Western support that earlier this year made a blitz on the capital from the northern Tigray state. Their offensive was blunted…

_____ (2021-12-11). How The Grinch Stole Medicare Protest At Humana. popularresistance.org Louisville, KY – On Saturday, December 11 at 11: 00 a.m. EST, Kentuckians for Single Payer Health Care and others will gather outside the headquarters of Humana, 500 W. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202 where they will demand an end to Medicare Direct Contracting, a program that could fully privatize Traditional fee-for-service Medicare without a vote by Congress. | The protest with feature Steven Katz in full costume as the Grinch with the reading and performance of "How the Grinch Stole Medicare," an original poem from National Single Payer. Jill Harmer and the Single Payer Singers, Stephen Bartlett and his band, a…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-12-11). Stop Wall Street from Grabbing Traditional Medicare. juancole.com Gainesville, Florida (Special to Informed Comment) — The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services "Innovation Center" recently announced that by 2030, they will move all traditional Medicare enrollees into a "care relationship" with a 3rd party private, for profit middleman, labeled a "Direct Contracting Entity (DCE) without seniors' knowledge or consent, and without Congressional oversight. …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-11). "Every Option is On the Table": US Prepping for Libya-Style Intervention in Ethiopia. libya360.wordpress.com Alan MacleodADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA — Amid a bloody civil conflict and increasing great-power competition between the United States and China, there are a number of alarming signs that Ethiopia will become the next Libya — an African nation where the U.S. intervenes militarily under the pretext of stopping an impending genocide. A considerable military buildup…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-11). Journalism, Assange and Reversal in the High Court. dissidentvoice.org British justice is advertised by its proponents as upright, historically different to the savages upon which it sought to civilise, and apparently fair. Such outrages as the unjust convictions of the Guilford Four and Maguire Seven, both having served time in prison for terrorist offences they did not commit, are treated as blemishes. In recent …

John Pilger (2021-12-11). The judicial kidnapping of Julian Assange. peoplesdispatch.org What was truly shocking in Friday's British court verdict, writes John Pilger, was that the judges showed no hesitation in sending Julian Assange to his death, living or otherwise. They offered no mitigation, no suggestion that they had agonized over legalities or even basic morality…

_____ (2021-12-11). John Pilger: A Judicial Kidnapping. strategic-culture.org Julian Assange's High Court judges offered no mitigation, no suggestion that they had agonised over legalities or even basic morality, writes John Pilger. | By John PILGER | "Let us look at ourselves, if we have the courage, to see what is happening to us" —- Jean-Paul Sartre. | Sartre's words should echo in all our minds following the grotesque decision of Britain's High Court to extradite Julian Assange to the United States where he faces "a living death". This is his punishment for the crime of authentic, accurate, courageous, vital journalism. | Miscarriage of justice is an inadequate term in these cir…

WSWS (2021-12-11). UK High Court orders Assange extradited: A pseudo-legal travesty. wsws.org The UK High Court is greenlighting a prosecution, in open defiance of the American constitution and international law, of a journalist for exposing monstrous criminal wrongdoing by the US government and military.

Editor2 (2021-12-11). On Human Rights' Day, UK Court Permits Extradition of Julian Assange to US. orinocotribune.com The British High Court's decision overturns the January decision by the district judge that found that extraditing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange would be "oppressive". Rights advocates and Assange's supporters and family strongly condemned the High Court's decision | On Human Rights Day, a British court cleared the way for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US where he will stand trial on espionage charges. On Friday, December 10, the High Court of Justice in London overturned the decision by Judge Vanessa Baraitser of Westminster Magistrate's Court in January this year to deny the US e…

_____ (2021-12-11). Assange Plans To Appeal High Court Decision Backing Extradition. popularresistance.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plan to appeal to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom after the country's appeals court overturned a decision that blocked the extradition of Assange to the United States. | The High Court of Justice was "satisfied" with diplomatic assurances offered by the U.S. government related to how Assange would be treated in jail or prison, and they stated, "There is no reason why this court should not accept the assurances as meaning what they say." | "There is no basis for assuming that the U.S.A. has not given the assurances in good faith," the High Court also insisted.

Kamala Emanuel (2021-12-11). Assange extradition 'an attack on us all'. greenleft.org.au The British decision to extradite Julian Assange is an attack on us all, argues Socialist Alliance Senate candidate Kamala Emanuel.

_____ (2021-12-11). Democratic Deficits At The Summit For Democracy. popularresistance.org The so-called "Summit for Democracy" should first agree on a definition of what democracy means. Whereas etymologically we know that the definition of democracy means rule by the people, instinctively we feel that people power must be more than a slogan, that it must be concretized by genuine public participation in the conduct of public affairs. | There are, of course, many manifestations or "models" of democracy, exercised nationally as well as locally in provinces and communities. The spectrum of democratic governance goes from direct democracy by way of citizen power of initiative and the possibility to chall…

_____ (2021-12-11). The Fierce Determination Of Ordinary People To Build An Extraordinary World. popularresistance.org United States President Joe Biden has suborned 111 countries to attend his Summit for Democracy on December 9—10, ending on Human Rights Day. 'We welcome all countries, organizations, and individuals to support the goals of the Summit', the US State Department wrote. However, there are 82 countries that have not been invited, including two large countries that are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the People's Republic of China and Russia) and two small countries from the Caribbean (Cuba and Haiti). In the name of democracy, the US government is pushing its own agenda to consolidate…

Editor (2021-12-11). Opaque algorithms are creating an invisible cage for platform workers. mronline.org We live in a world run by algorithms. Nowhere is this more apparent than with platform companies, such as Facebook, Uber, Google, Amazon, and Twitter.

G. Dunkel (2021-12-11). People of the Sahel oppose imperialism. workers.org After two weeks of struggle — burning barricades, smashed windows and mirrors, Molotov cocktails, masses of people on the road, attempts to seize the trucks — the logistics convoy that the French army had organized at the port of Abidjan, Cà¥te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), in the middle of November finally . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-11). US State Department holds talks with Sri Lankan Tamil leaders. wsws.org The TNA and the GTF are acting as quislings of US imperialism, seeking privileges for the Tamil elite.

Newsroom (2021-12-11). Public-Private Collaboration Will Define New Era for Cities. moderndiplomacy.eu At the World Economic Forum's inaugural Urban Transformation Summit, which closed on Wednesday, global leaders underscored the need for increased public-private collaboration to capitalize on new infrastructure funding and tackle growing urban challenges around the globe. "Our cities and our communities are changing right before our eyes. Digitization is transforming urban economies, public health and …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-11). U.S. European Command, NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Command Europe leaders meet to "improve warfighting readiness" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The two commands share a top commander, currently General Tod Wolters. U.S.-NATO staff talks fortify ironclad security alliance U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Command Europe leaders met today for staff talks, enhancing military coordination for deterrence and security. *** The collaborative meeting strengthens…improving warfighting readiness between the two military organizations and is …

WSWS (2021-12-11). Fifty-five immigrants killed, over 100 injured in Mexico truck crash. wsws.org The catastrophic accident in southern Mexico came as Washington renews its "stay in Mexico" policy and the Mexican government collaborates in the repression of migrants.

_____ (2021-12-11). Auto Workers Win Direct Democracy In Referendum. popularresistance.org The members of the United Auto Workers have voted overwhelmingly to move to a direct voting system for choosing their union leadership—"one member, one vote." With all votes counted as of December 2, direct elections had the support of 63.6 percent of voters. | It's a historic win for reformers in one of the nation's most important unions, where members have pushed for this change for decades. | The referendum is the product of a consent decree between the UAW and the U.S. Department of Justice, after a years-long series of prosecutions of top union officials on corruption charges ranging from embezzling un…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-12-11). Why Xiomara Castro's win in Honduras could address the country's endemic corruption and violence. zcomm.org "She's inheriting a broken country, legal system and Supreme Court and is coming into an empty house that has been robbed."

_____ (2021-12-11). Erdogan's Bayraktar Bonanza. journal-neo.org On December 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Russian President Vladimir Putin. The heads of the two states spoke about Libya, Ukraine, and what is happening in Transcaucasia. While discussing the Ukrainian conflict, the Russian President stressed the importance of full and strict compliance with the Implementation of the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures …

Editor (2021-12-11). The Maidan massacre in Ukraine: revelations from trials and investigations. mronline.org The Maidan massacre trial and investigation produced overwhelming evidence that Maidan protesters were massacred by snipers at Maidan-controlled buildings, rather than by government snipers or Berkut policemen—who were nevertheless charged with the crime.

Emil Avdaliani (2021-12-11). Much More Than Just Ukraine. moderndiplomacy.eu A war scare in Ukraine is a pivotal moment for the West. It tests transatlantic resolve, unity, and the very foundations of NATO. Failure to prevent potential Russian military advances or an unwillingness to respond if such a move occurs will likely cause an accentuation of internal divisions within NATO and the European Union (EU.) …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-11). Ukraine: Pentagon delivers 30 more Javelin launchers, 180 missiles for war in Donbass. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Three dozen Javelin missile systems and 180 missiles delivered to Ukraine from US 30 anti-tank launchers of Javelin missile systems and 180 missiles arrived in Ukraine from the USA. This was announced by the adviser to the head of the President's Office Oleksiy Arestovych on December 10. "Yesterday, 30 Javelin complexes with 180 missiles arrived. …

Iveta Cherneva (2021-12-11). The U.S. national security establishment needs a paradigm shift. Now. moderndiplomacy.eu If you can sense one trend over the past weeks is that war is in the air, both on the Ukraine and the Taiwan fronts. That brings the world to a brink of war, and it seems like the US military establishment is interested in connecting the dots. They have been waiting for this for …

Ann Brown (2021-12-11). New York Attorney General Letitia James Suspends Campaign For Governor. moguldom.com After her high-profile sexual harassment investigation that led to the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in August, New York Attorney General Letitia James had put her hat in the bid for…

_____ (2021-12-11). Denying Student Workers Healthcare And A Living Wage Is Violence. popularresistance.org New York City – On Wednesday, November 8, Columbia student workers (UAW Local 2110) held one of the largest pickets yet of their six-week strike to demand increased wages to meet costs of living, neutral third-party arbitration, and comprehensive healthcare benefits. Workers from unions throughout New York City such as the CUNY's Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC) at NYU, the Teamsters, and NewsGuild of New York showed up to join the picket in solidarity with the striking workers. They picketed various entrances, encouraging those who attempted to enter the univers…

_____ (2021-12-11). Peruvian Congress Rejects Impeachment Of President Castillo. popularresistance.org Peru's Congress rejected the initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Castillo with 76 votes against, 46 in favor and four abstentions. The vacancy motion was proposed by the right-wing caucus, composed of the parties Avanza País, Popular Renewal, and Popular Force of former presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori. | In order to be admitted, the proposal had to obtain 40% support in the legislature, equivalent to 52 votes. This was the Peruvian president's third clash with Parliament in only five months in office. | The voting process was accompanied by demonstrations of support for the governm…

Editor2 (2021-12-11). Iran Warns Against 'Dangerous' Acts of Piracy Targeting its Oil at Sea. orinocotribune.com An Iranian envoy to the United Nations has issued a stern warning against acts of piracy targeting tankers carrying Iran's oil cargos at sea, urging the international community to condemn such illegal measures that endanger freedom of navigation. | Zahra Ershadi, deputy permanent representative of Iran to the UN, made the remarks on Wednesday in an address to the UN General Assembly's meeting on oceans and the law of the sea. | She complained that the coronavirus pandemic and the US imposition of sanctions under the so-called maximum pressure campaign had disrupted freedom of movement for Iranian vessels and affe…

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-11). Is Gene Editing the New Name for Eugenics? "Enter Bill Gates" globalresearch.ca A major new technology known as Gene Editing has gained significant attention in recent months. Its advocates claim it will revolutionize everything from agriculture production to disease treatment. Is this technology a stealth way to introduce GMO genetic manipulation by way of another technique.

Judy Greenspan (2021-12-11). No compassion, no release in California prisons. workers.org Oakland, Calif. Dec. 5 — The California prison system continues to outdo itself in reckless and inhumane treatment of incarcerated people. COVID rates are spiking again in the state's prisons, due to continued policies of mass incarceration. A recent court decision has severely gutted the state's medical parole process. Now . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-11). Rank-and-file democracy wins in the UAW. workers.org From Oct. 19 through Nov. 29, working and retired members of the United Auto Workers participated in a referendum vote on how they would elect their union's International Executive Board officers. The two choices were whether to continue the current delegate voting system, where the IEB is chosen by delegates . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-11). Baseball players union blasts owners for lockout. workers.org At midnight Dec. 2, immediately after the contract between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association expired, team owners locked out all members of the MLBPA. The union issued the following statement on Twitter 20 minutes after the lockout was imposed. In two days the statement received . . . |

SAM (2021-12-11). Against Plutocrats, Platitudes — About Democracy — Will Always Be Pitiful. inequality.org

scorinoco (2021-12-11). Libya: Muslim Brotherhood Escalates Campaign Against Elections. orinocotribune.com 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, on Tuesday, December 7, to demand…

Staff (2021-12-11). Venezuela: VP Delcy Rodríguez Presents 2022 Budget to National Assembly. orinocotribune.com The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, emphasized this Friday, December 10, that 2022 will be the year of the recovery of the bolívar as Venezuela's national currency. | During the presentation of the budget and annual plan 2022 before the National Assembly (NA), Rodríguez affirmed that strengthening the bolívar as the national currency will be the center of the economic actions of the national government next year. In this regard, she pointed out that the government is refusing to dollarize the economy. | "We come from the year 2020, a year of pandemic, but 2021 has also been a year of pande…

Victoria Torres (2021-12-11). Venezuela Denounces US Attack on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. orinocotribune.com On Thursday, December 9, the Venezuelan government issued an official statement, strongly denouncing the diplomatic boycott that the US, as well as US allies such as Australia, are trying to carry out against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. | Venezuela demands that such politicizations of sport competitions should be stopped. The Venezuelan government has called "on all countries to defend the spirit of fair play that should reign during these tournaments." | U…

William M Arkin (2021-12-11). Inside the Military's Secret Undercover Army. globalresearch.ca Below are excerpts of …

Juan Cole (2021-12-11). Spike in Violence in 2021 by Israeli Forces, Squatters, toward Palestinian Children: Defense for Children, UN's Bachelet. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Defense for Children International-Palestine reports that 2021 was the deadliest year for Palestinian children in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories in seven years, with 78 killed by Israeli troops or militant Zionist squatter-settlers. The bulk of these deaths came from last May's indiscriminate Israeli bombardment of densely-populated Gaza. Israeli forces also …

Benjamin Wehrmann (2021-12-11). Climate Emergency Pushing White Christmas out of Germany. juancole.com ( CleanEnergy Wire) — Global warming is making white Christmas a thing of the past in Germany, the country's national weather service DWD has said. Comparing the years 1961 to 1990 with the period between 1991 and 2020, the meteorologists found that the chance to see a full snow cover between December 24 and 26 …

WSWS (2021-12-11). UK: Unite leader Sharon Graham wins chorus of approval from the corporate media. wsws.org If Unite's presentation that it is waging a "pushback" on behalf of workers had any element of truth, the Johnson government would by now be confronting an unprecedented strike wave with Graham the subject of a corporate media witch-hunt.

_____ (2021-12-11). Huxley's Ultimate Revolution: The Battle for Your Mind and the Relativity of Madness. strategic-culture.org The relevance of the Esalen Institute's " "America is the prophetic image of the rest of the urban-industrial world as it will be a few years from now — recent public opinion polls have revealed that an actual majority of young people in their teens, the voters of tomorrow, have no faith in democratic institutions, see no objection to the censorship of unpopular ideas, do not believe that government of the p…

John Feffer (2021-12-11). South Korea's Green New Deal: Myths versus Realities. zcomm.org There's one place in the world where the Green New Deal is a policy reality. But is it living up to its hype?>

Newsroom (2021-12-11). Poland's Flagship Program Aimed at Improving Air Quality and Energy Efficiency. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank will lend EUR 250 million to Poland to help the country improve its air quality and energy efficiency. This financing was approved on Wednesday by the World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors, who represent the institution's shareholders. In this new project, the World Bank will support the scale-up of the Clean …

WSWS (2021-12-11). "A lot of things come down to money": Race-based affirmative action and the furor over Canadian academic Carrie Bourassa's native identity claims. wsws.org The entire episode is a particularly foul expression of the consequences of race-based affirmative action, which is irreconcilably at odds with the interests of working people and the fight for social equality.

The Canary (2021-12-11). France may escalate fishing row dispute as deadline passes without UK response. thecanary.co A Brussels-imposed deadline for solving a post-Brexit fishing row has passed without the UK announcing an agreement. | There had been suggestions on Friday 10 December that negotiations over fishing licences for small French boats in British waters could reach a resolution. But sources said there was no announcement expected from the UK government as the midnight deadline came and went. | France had threatened to push the European Union for legal action and trade restrictions against Britain if there was no "sign of goodwill" from Britain by Friday. However, far from showing goodwill, Downing Street had said o…

Seth Galinsky (2021-12-11). End US sanctions on North Korea! US troops out of Korean Peninsula! themilitant.com Washington is committed to "utilizing the full range of U.S. defense capabilities, including nuclear" to "deter" North Korea, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated after his Dec. 2 meeting in Seoul with South Korean military officials to discuss "updating" military options against North Korea. | Washington — the only government to ever use nuclear weapons — paints the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a threat to world peace. But the U.S. rulers themselves keep some 28,500 troops in South Korea and carry out provocative joint war games with the South Korean military. They frequently send nuclea…

Alyson Kennedy (2021-12-11). Texas ExxonMobil workers rally, win solidarity against oil bosses' lockout. themilitant.com BEAUMONT, Texas — "Exxon, Exxon you can't hide, we can see your greedy side" and "Stand up, fight back!" chanted dozens of members of United Steelworkers Local 13-243 and their supporters protesting outside the meeting of the World Petroleum Congress in Houston Dec. 6 where ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods was speaking. | Some 650 members of the USW local at the company's oil refinery and blending and packaging plant here have been locked out since May 1 for refusing to accept a union-busting contract. | "A lot of people support us now, even more than we realize," Teria Howard, one of the locked-out local member…

Claudia Drdul (2021-12-11). Starbucks workers win historic first union. zcomm.org "If we can do this here, you can do this too"

WSWS (2021-12-11). Winter pandemic surges in Canada amid warnings Omicron variant could increase infections eight-fold. wsws.org Even prior to the arrival of Omicron, experts were warning that this winter's Delta surge could overwhelm the country's hospitals.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Unions ram through extension at Ingalls shipyard, stall for time at Newport News. wsws.org While the IBEW had until March 2022 to negotiate before the expiration of the contract, they opted instead to call a snap vote on the exact same contract workers rejected last week.

Andrew Emett (2021-12-11). Former DEA agent sentenced to 12yrs in federal prison. nationofchange.org "While his actions represent an egregious breach of the public trust, they are in no way a reflection of the overwhelming majority of special agents who serve with honor and integrity."

David Skripac (2021-12-11). What Are the Truly Verifiable Facts Surrounding COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Incisive and carefully researched article by David Skripac, first published on Global Research on August 14, 2020 "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that …

Michael Welch (2021-12-11). Sincere Devotion to the Vaccine. Encounters with a COVID Believer. globalresearch.ca

Newsroom (2021-12-11). Human Rights Day: Rebuild trust, expand freedoms, restore equality. moderndiplomacy.eu Despite significant progress since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 73 years ago, the COVID pandemic has "fed a frightening rise in inequalities", and laid bare "many of our failures to consolidate the advances made", said UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in a message marking Human Rights Day. Ms. Bachelet and …

WSWS (2021-12-11). Delta coronavirus variant overwhelms US hospitals as Omicron variant looms large. wsws.org The latest surge in cases has already pushed hospitals across the Midwest and Northeast past their capacity.

Global Research (2021-12-11). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

Sara Flounders (2021-12-11). New variant, same problem: Joint U.S.-China solidarity book tackles COVID. workers.org The continuing U.S. COVID crisis was predicted in a book published a year ago. "Capitalism on a Ventilator," a unique anthology by 50 progressive commentators — written even before the vaccines were rolled out — explained why the much anticipated vaccines alone could not solve the soaring COVID death rate . . . |

Vassil Girginov, Christian Visdomini (2021-12-11). Beijing Olympics boycott is a mistake. asiatimes.com The US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over concerns of China's alleged human rights abuses. Predictably, Australia and the UK, members of the newly created AUKUS military alliance designed to counter China, followed suit, as has Canada. Boycotts are a diplomatic practice used by states to express disapproval …

Olivia Rosane (2021-12-11). Biden administration is 'rubber stamping' Oil and gas permits on public land, activists say. nationofchange.org "Congress and the Biden administration must resist that pressure and push aggressively to move the nation—and the world—away from planet-destroying fossil fuels."

WSWS (2021-12-11). Youth mental health issues in the US have skyrocketed during pandemic. wsws.org The US Surgeon General reports that symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled.

Astra Taylor (2021-12-11). "Your Debt Is Someone Else's Asset" zcomm.org Calls Mount to Cancel Debt & Halt Wealth Transfer to the Rich…

Franc Contreras (2021-12-11). Truck crash in southern Mexico killed 55 people. america.cgtn.com Police in Mexico are searching for the driver of a speeding truck that crashed and killed 55 migrants. More than 150 people were jammed into the vehicle when it slammed into a pedestrian bridge. The driver ran away. Almost everyone on board was from …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-11). Libyan Popular National Movement: Statement on Developments in the Electoral Process. libya360.wordpress.com The Libyan National Movement Party followed the course of the electoral process in all its scheduled stages, marred by unjustified confusion and deliberate delay, as everyone groaned under the weight of direct and indirect interference from internal and external parties, represented by the illegal presence of foreign ambassadors who through media and frequent visits to…

WSWS (2021-12-11). Socialist Equality Party to continue campaign against Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org Whether the SEP is registered or not, the party will stand candidates in the looming federal election to take out to the broadest possible audience the fight for socialism and the overturn of capitalism.

Dean Baker (2021-12-11). Washington Post Says School Employees Being Fired in LA Because of Vaccine Mandate are Less Than One Month's Normal Turnover. cepr.net The number of employees who stand to be fired over the mandate is less than the number who would be fired or quit their job in a typical month.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-11). The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Naomi Oreskes, Jeff Nesbit (2021-12-11). Big Oil's new strategy: Profit today, fight again tomorrow. nationofchange.org Despite countless investigations, lawsuits, social shaming, and regulations dating back decades, the oil and gas industry remains formidable.

Jonathan Silberman (2021-12-11). Clarks strike strengthens union, pushes back wage cuts. themilitant.com LONDON — After eight weeks on strike, workers at Clarks Shoes distribution warehouse returned to work Nov. 30, having succeeded in pushing back the company's demand to cut their basic wage by 15%. "It shows what can be done if we stick together," striker Nathan Pritchard told the Militant by phone. "It sends a message to others in similar situations. What hit me the most was us working together and the solidarity." | Citing economic challenges incurred during the pandemic, Clarks had announced new contracts, cutting hourly wages to 9.50 pounds ($12.57) for over 100 workers on "legacy" contracts, a cut of 1.

Rui Kaneya (2021-12-11). After a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes, the government response stalls. nationofchange.org The Biden administration has not delivered on one of the main mandates of the COVD-19 Hate Crimes Act.

Helena Sheehan (2021-12-11). Marxism and STS: From Marx and Engels to COVID-19 and COP26. mronline.org At the recent conference of the Society for the Social Study of Science, I came to the conclusion that the history of Marxism in relation to science and technology studies is an increasingly forgotten story.

Seth Galinsky (2021-12-11). Join 'Militant' renewal drive, help get paper out to workers. themilitant.com Readers of the Militant, including members of the Socialist Workers Party and Communist Leagues in Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand, are gearing up for an ambitious drive to win The Militant is unique in looking at all political questions from the standpoint of the working class, whether it's reporting from union picket lines, explaining what's at stake in the fight against antisemitism, fighting to win support for a woman's right to choose to have an abortion or in defending rights cr…

Tom Stacey (2021-12-11). Nissan biggest old carmaker threat to Tesla's EVs. asiatimes.com Nissan recently announced a new US$17.3 billion investment to help transition its business to being focused around electric vehicles (EVs). The investment is centered around its Sunderland plant in the northeast of England, which already makes the popular Nissan Leaf, and a plan to build 23 new electric models by 2030. But Nissan, like most …

WSWS (2021-12-11). UK: Mother "invited" to attend school meeting under police caution for protecting her son from unsafe schools. wsws.org Sarah received her threatening letter on December 8, the same day that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty held a press conference on the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant.

Editor (2021-12-11). Systems thinking in COVID-19 recovery is urgently needed to deliver sustainable development for women and girls. mronline.org Policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the gendered aspect of pandemics; however, addressing the gendered implications of the COVID-19 pandemic comprehensively and effectively requires a planetary health perspective that embraces systems thinking to inequalities.

Julia Rock (2021-12-11). YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: A Red State Goes Green. dailyposter.com

Paul Haeder (2021-12-11). The Oil Companies Tell Us About Climate Change and Big Pharma Tells Us About Variants. dissidentvoice.org They never call that Conflic$ of $ntere$t Doctors are urging everyone to get vaccinated and boosted as cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant are popping up in more states, but the vaccine may also need to change to keep up with the mutations of the virus. "It is, probably, one of our worst-case scenarios in …

Nguyen Huu Loi (2021-12-11). Should we start rethinking urban agriculture and food provisioning? moderndiplomacy.eu With rising global environmental effects and food production and consumption security challenges, establishing sustainable and resilient food systems will necessitate innovative methods, technologies, techniques, and procedures. Food production systems, particularly those in cities, have experienced significant innovation and improvement in recent years. Distributed food production systems and urban agriculture are becoming more prominent as a …

WSWS (2021-12-11). Health care workers skeptical about margin of contract ratification at Kaiser Permanente. wsws.org Whatever the case may be with the outcome of the vote, the process itself made a mockery of democratic process.

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-12-11). Are We Forever Captives of America's Forever Wars? zcomm.org What Needs to Be Done to Finally End Them…

WSWS (2021-12-11). Family and coworkers cope with tragic suicide death of Stellantis autoworker in Toledo. wsws.org The shocking tragedy occurred shortly before the start of the evening shift on Monday, leading to cancellation of production on the Jeep Gladiator line.

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-11). No focus on India on UN Genocide Day. moderndiplomacy.eu Each year, on the ninth day of December, the United Nations observes the UN Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims and Crimes of Genocide. The day is also remembered as anniversary of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the "Genocide Convention). As usual, the Day came and passed …

Rachel Evans (2021-12-11). Stop stealing children say Human Rights Day protesters. greenleft.org.au A protest against the forced removal of Aboriginal children was organised on Human Rights Day in Redfern. Rachel Evans reports.

WSWS (2021-12-11). Final Epstein accuser testifies in Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial. wsws.org The prosecution rested on Friday in the trial of Maxwell, the girlfriend and assistant of Jeffrey Epstein, after calling Annie Farmer, the last of four witnesses who say they were sexually abused as underage teenagers by the deceased billionaire and his confidante.

David P. Goldman (2021-12-11). Taiwan chipmakers hint at decoupling from the US. asiatimes.com NEW YORK ≠— Taiwan's chip fabricators signed an agreement on December 3 to create their own semiconductor equipment industry, opening an "option to decouple from the West," in the view of a prominent US research firm. The Taiwanese initiative responds to Washington's extraterritorial sanctions on buyers of US fabricating equipment, imposed by then-president Donald Trump …

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