Daily Archives: December 13, 2021

2021-12-13: News Headlines

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-13). Guernica, Lidice, My Lai … and Now Talon Anvil. libya360.wordpress.com Patrick Martin US MQ-9 Reaper Drone (Image credit: U.S. Air Force/Paul Ridgeway public domain) On Sunday, the New York Times published a detailed report chronicling the systematic, years-long mass murder of civilians by the United States in Iraq and Syria, carried out by a death squad called Talon Anvil. The unit directed air strikes and…

New Atlas (2021-12-13). The US is Getting the Public Accustomed to the "Idea" of War with China. newatlas.report December 13, 2021 (The New Atlas) — It is becoming increasingly obvious that US propaganda aimed at demonizing China and poisoning the world against serves to set up a long-discussed limited, conventional conflict waged along China's shores to cripple its economy and prevent it from surpassing the West irreversibly. Western propaganda is even openly discussing this …

Associated Press (2021-12-13). Was the Kentucky tornado outbreak rooted in climate change? peoplesworld.org The calendar said December but the warm moist air screamed of springtime. Add an eastbound storm front guided by a La Nina weather pattern into that mismatch and it spawned tornadoes that killed dozens over five U.S. states. Tornadoes in December are unusual, but not unheard of. But the ferocity and path length of Friday night's tornadoes likely …

Bruce Schreiner, Dylan Lovan (2021-12-13). Thousands without infrastructure after tornadoes kill dozens. peoplesworld.org MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Residents of a Kentucky town devastated by a tornado could be without heat, water and electricity in chilly temperatures for a long time, the mayor warned Monday, as officials struggled to restore services after a swarm of twisters leveled neighborhoods and killed dozens of people in five states. Authorities are still tallying the …

Staff (2021-12-13). Eight Palestinian students from Al-Najah University seized by Israeli occupation forces. samidoun.net On Thursday, 9 December, Israeli occupation forces seized eight Palestinian students at An-Najah National University after raiding their homes in pre-dawn invasions. Following the arrests, occupation forces then sent threatening text messages to fellow students at the university, warning them that they too would be arrested if they participated in the activities of the Islamic […] | The article

John Pilger (2021-12-13). A Day in the Death of British Justice. dissidentvoice.org The pursuit of Julian Assange for revealing secrets and lies of governments, especially the crimes of America, has entered its final stage as the British judiciary — upholders of 'British justice' — merge their deliberations with the undeterred power of Washington. I sat in Court 4 in the Royal Courts of Justice in London with …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-13). How to Chill Free Speech: Defamation Down Under. dissidentvoice.org The free speech argument in Australia has always been skewed. Lacking the confidence, courage and maturity to have a bill of rights that might protect it, Australia's body politic has stammered its way to the frailest of protections. The Australian High Court has done its small bit to read an implied right into one of …

Staff (2021-12-13). Headlines for December 13, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Declares Major Federal Disaster in KY; 100+ Feared Dead After Tornadoes Rip Through 8 States, U.S. Health Officials Say Boosters Could Curb Winter COVID Surge as NY Tightens Mask Rules, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Tests Positive for COVID-19, Over Half a Billion People Faced Extreme Poverty Due to Healthcare Costs During Pandemic, SCOTUS Says Providers Can Sue over Texas Abortion Law But Limits Scope and Keeps Ban in Place, Gov. Gavin Newsom Says He Will Use Texas Abortion Ban as Model for CA Gun Control Laws, NYT: Secret Unit Launched 10,000s of Strikes Against ISIS, Killing Syrian Civilians in…

_____ (2021-12-13). US Prepping For Libya-Style Intervention In Ethiopia. popularresistance.org 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 is now underway. Last week, the U.S. military announced it was sending over 1,000 National Guard members to nearby Djibouti. This is on top of the special operations forces already sent in November. Perhaps most notably, a government official told CNN that the aircraft carrier USS Essex…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-13). 'UN WFP and USAID have been using humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia to prepare grounds for Western intervention'. peoplesdispatch.org Horn of Africa TV's editor, Elias Amare, talks to Peoples Dispatch on the latest military developments in Ethiopia, the setbacks faced by the TPLF and the collusion of international aid agencies…

Alan MacLeod (2021-12-13). "Every option is on the table": U.S. prepping for Libya-style intervention in Ethiopia. mronline.org A considerable military buildup is now underway. Last week, the U.S. military announced it was sending over 1,000 National Guard members to nearby Djibouti.

_____ (2021-12-13). Assange's Fiancee Accuses US Of Using UK As 'Executioner' In Plot To Kill WikiLeaks Founder. popularresistance.org Earlier this year, reports surfaced detailing alleged plots in 2017 to either kidnap or assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, when he was five years into his political asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. At the time, Assange's team hoped the revelation would helped their push to not have the publisher extradited to the US. | Stella Moris, the fiancee of Julian Assange, accused the UK on Sunday of playing the "executioner" in a US "plot" to kill the WikiLeaks publisher.

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-12-13). They're killing him: Assange's stroke reveals the Western version of the Saudi bone saw. mronline.org They are killing Julian Assange. Experts agree that they are killing him. Assange's stroke is just another item on the mountain of evidence we already had for this.

Editor2 (2021-12-13). Assange Suffered Stroke in UK Prison — Fiancee. orinocotribune.com WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange has suffered a ministroke due to the extreme stress of fighting extradition to the US from the UK's maximum-security Belmarsh Prison, according to his fiancee Stella Moris. | Assange was diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack following one of his High Court appeal appearances via video link back on October 27, the mother of his two children

WSWS (2021-12-13). Australian government, Labor opposition greenlight US rendition of Julian Assange. wsws.org There is outraged opposition to Assange's persecution in Australia, but it will find no way forward within the parliamentary set-up.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Julian Assange suffered stroke during High Court appeal for extradition. wsws.org Assange's fiancée Stella Moris warned, "Look at animals trapped in cages in a zoo. It cuts their life short. That's what's happening to Julian."

Stuart Rees (2021-12-13). No justice for Julian Assange, but plenty of cruelty. greenleft.org.au Cruelty has caught fire in Australian politics; cowardice has become the currency affecting exchange with Washington and London, argues Stuart Rees.

John Pilger (2021-12-13). Justice denied: the judicial kidnapping of Julian Assange. greenleft.org.au The ruling to allow Julian Assange's extradition to the United States is based on fraudulent "assurances" scrabbled together by the Biden administration when it looked in January like justice might prevail, writes John Pilger.

Moderator (2021-12-13). Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange. scheerpost.com Original illustration by Mr. Fish, "Mind Games." | By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost | Let us name Julian Assange's executioners. Joe Biden. Boris Johnson. Scott Morrison. Theresa May. Lenin Moreno. Donald Trump. Barack Obama. Mike Pompeo. Hillary Clinton. Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett and Justice Timothy Victor Holroyde. Crown Prosecutors James Lewis, Clair Dobbin and Joel Smith. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser. Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia Gordon Kromberg. William Burns, the director of the CIA. Ken McCallum, the Director General of the UK Security Service or MI5. | Let…

Sapan Maini-Thompson (2021-12-13). USA successfully appeals Assange case. ukhumanrightsblog.com In Government of the United States v Julian Assange [2021] EWHC 3313 (Admin), the High Court allowed the appeal of the United States of America against the ruling of Westminster Magistrates' Court, thereby permitting the extradition of the WikiLeaks founder to the US where he faces criminal charges relating to the unlawful obtaining and publication …

_____ (2021-12-13). On Contact: Assange Can Be Extradited, Says Court. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges and Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe Lauria discuss the British High Court ruling to allow the extradition of Julian Assange. | On Friday, the British High Court in London overturned an earlier lower court decision blocking the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. The ruling sends the case back to the Magistrate's Court with instructions to allow the extradition to be approved or denied by British Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Ivan Timofeev (2021-12-13). Knights Close the Ranks: New Sanctions Against Belarus. moderndiplomacy.eu Another package of sanctions has been introduced against the Republic of Belarus. The USA, UK and Canada simultaneously announced restrictive measures against a number of Belarusian officials, security officials and persons close to the government structures. The restrictions also affected a number of Belarusian legal entities. These countries openly say that the imposed sanctions are …

Morning Star (2021-12-13). NATO and Lithuania talking tough as EU-Russia tensions loom over Ukraine. peoplesworld.org

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-13). Paper Tiger Imperialism and the US-Beijing Boycott. libya360.wordpress.com Miguel Garcia On Monday, December 6, 2021, the United States government announced they would not be sending government officials to the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022. The diplomatic boycott is the latest move by Washington and the Biden administration in their all-out-blitz smear campaign against the People's Republic of China. White House…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-12-13). Amazon preparing its next offensive, but it can't bust unions forever. peoplesworld.org The National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, just ruled that a historic union vote among Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., was not valid. The highly publicized vote resulted in a resounding defeat for the union in March 2021, with more than 70% of those voting choosing against union membership. The union accused Amazon of engaging in "efforts to gaslight its …

WSWS (2021-12-13). Germany's new chancellor and foreign minister visit Paris and Warsaw: Promoting European Great Power policy. wsws.org The new German government regards a strong European Union as a precondition for an aggressive military foreign policy. This calls for close collaboration with its largest neighbours, France and Poland.

Joris Leverink (2021-12-13). Mutual aid and solidarity in Nigeria's #EndSARS protests. roarmag.org Young people joining the #EndSARS protesters in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. October 20, 2020. Photo: Emmage / Shutterstock.com | On October 18, 2020, during the #EndSARS protests against police violence and state corruption in Nigeria's capital Abuja, a photo was shared on social media that quickly drew nationwide attention. The image showed passionate protesters with their fists pumped in the air, mouths wide open singing songs and chanting slogans. Some were holding placards that read "Our Lives Matter." | What drew the attention of the public, however, was the woman right at the center of the image. With a small N…

Dr. Andrey KORTUNOV (2021-12-13). The Russians Love Their Children Too. moderndiplomacy.eu Recently, there have been all the more articles with headlines screaming "What does Vladimir Putin really think about Donbass?" or "When will the war between Russia and Ukraine break out?" To be honest, I really envy the authors of such publications. All these contributors must have supernatural telepathic channels of communication with the Russian leadership, …

WSWS (2021-12-13). G7 foreign ministers summit in Liverpool threatens Russia, China. wsws.org The summit communiqué accused Russia of planning war with Ukraine and threatened Moscow with "massive consequences" if it did not bow to US demands.

_____ (2021-12-13). Honduras' Left-Wing Breakthrough. popularresistance.org What appeared impossible has been achieved: the people of Honduras have broken the perpetuation, through electoral fraud and thuggish violence, of a brutal, illegal, illegitimate, and criminal regime. | By means of sheer resistance, resilience, mobilization, and organization, they have managed to defeat Juan Orlando Hernandez's narco-dictatorship at the ballot box. Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate of the left-wing Libre party (the Freedom and Refoundation Party, in its Spanish acronym), obtained a splendid 50+ percent—between 15 to 20 percent more votes than her closest rival candidate, Nasry Asfura,…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Honduras: Xiomara Castro Announces Inauguration Date January 27. telesurenglish.net The president-elect of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, announced this Sunday that she will be sworn in and take office on January 27, 2022. | In a message disseminated through social networks, the representative of the leftist party Libertad y Refundación (Libre) informed that the former prosecutor and deputy for that political party, Jari Dixon, will coordinate the transfer of power. | RELATED: | Together with the former m…

_____ (2021-12-13). A Recent Case in Point of What anti-Chinese Sanctions Could Bring. journal-neo.org "One gets an impression that the West has lost a culture of political dialogue. The partners have forgotten how to address problems in a civilized manner," said Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Pankin on December 8. Pankin explained that the West most often responds to any decision that does not conform to …

_____ (2021-12-13). NATO's Indo-Pacific Expansion to Tackle China. journal-neo.org The most recent US decision to do a 'diplomatic boycott' of winter Olympics in Beijing has caused a new low in the US-China bi-lateral relations. The decision to boycott has firmly established the drastic failure of the US-China summit that Biden had only recently called to sort out some of the outstanding issues facing their …

_____ (2021-12-13). Vienna Talks and the Future of the Middle East. journal-neo.org The negotiations now opening in Vienna under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran on the one hand and, on the other, a number of countries including the E3 (France, Great Britain, and Germany), Russia, China, and the US, are not generally thought likely to make any major positive change to the stability …

_____ (2021-12-13). China And Nicaragua To Collab On New Multipolar World. popularresistance.org China and Nicaragua have resumed diplomatic relations in what Nicaragua's Presidential Advisor Laureano Ortega Murillo called "a historic date." The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua announced it had broken diplomatic relations with Taiwan, ceasing to have any contact or official relationship, in a statement by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada before Nicaraguan diplomats and press, on Thursday and effective immediately. Kawsachun News attended the meeting virtually.

_____ (2021-12-13). Columbia University Strikers Raise Hell, Saying School Plans To Illegally Replace Them. popularresistance.org Now, the brinkmanship has heightened. Late last week, Columbia Vice President of Human Resources Dan Driscoll emailed all of the student workers telling them that only strikers who returned to work by December 10 would be assured of work assignments for the spring term. (The email also said that "striking student officers who return to work after December 10, 2021 will be appointed/ assigned to suitable positions if available.") To the union, this was a clear threat to permanently replace striking workers‚Äâ—‚Äâand an illegal one.

_____ (2021-12-13). Iran Threatens Sanctions Against US Over Treatment Of Black Americans. popularresistance.org The Iranian government vowed today to impose sanctions on the United States over racial and policing issues. | Secretary-General of Iran's Human Rights Office Kazem Gharibabadi said the Islamic Republic will publish a list of American entities and individuals involved in human rights abuses. They will then be subject to sanctions from Iran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

_____ (2021-12-13). South Korea Declares Multilateral Agreement To End Korean War. popularresistance.org In a major development in the Korean peace process, South Korea, North Korea, China and the United States have agreed to declare an end to the Korean War. The announcement was made by South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Monday, December 13, who said the four parties to the Korean War agreed "in-principle" to formally declare its end, 71 years after it broke out in 1950.

_____ (2021-12-13). Workers At Activision Blizzard Lead Week-Long Work Stoppage. popularresistance.org The work stoppage began on Monday when quality assurance (QA) workers at Raven Software, one of the main developers behind the hit Call of Duty video game series, began being laid off. Employees are demanding that these contractors be reinstated and given full-time contracts. The exact number of workers participating in the work stoppage is unclear, but hundreds of both remote and in-person employees across studios and states participated, with many walkouts occurring virtually.

Brasil de Fato (2021-12-13). "You can feel it, Lula president": crowd welcomes former president in Buenos Aires. peoplesdispatch.org The presence of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva marked the return to the streets of the Day of Democracy mobilization in Buenos Aires on Friday November 10. The event began at 3pm in the historic Plaza de Mayo, a symbol of the struggle for human rights. With the slogan "Democracy forever", the mobilization gathered thousands of people. | Lula arrived in the country especially for the occasion. On the same stage where former Uruguayan president Pepe Mujica spoke, followed by vice-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and president Alberto Fernández, Lula listed the achievements of the so-called "deca…

Cam Scott (2021-12-13). Canadian Communist movement celebrated in new feature-length documentary. peoplesworld.org The life of a Communist Party, in its everyday intensity and historical specificity, too often eludes commemoration. There are meetings, demonstrations, pickets; glowing victories and momentary defeats. So much remains unwritten in the momentum of revolutionary enthusiasm that it can be astonishing to notice just how far we've come. To celebrate the centenary of the …

David Martin, Hugh Turley (2021-12-13). Was America's Outspoken Catholic Priest and Best-Selling Author, Thomas Merton, "Eliminated" Because of His Outspoken Opposition to the Vietnam War? covertactionmagazine.com [This article continues CAM's series into suspicious deaths and political assassinations. Today marks the 80th anniversary of Thomas Merton's entry …

Dr. Arshad M. Khan (2021-12-13). India And Pakistan: Leaders Then And Now. moderndiplomacy.eu In 1947, after decades of struggle, India became independent with Jawaharlal Nehru as its first prime minister. Educated at Harrow, an elite English school (Winston Churchill went there for example), he went on to Trinity College, Cambridge, and finally Inner Temple to become a barrister. During the struggle for independence, Nehru led the Indian National …

Dr. Thomas Binder (2021-12-13). The Prevailing Corona Nonsense Narrative. globalresearch.ca There has been no epidemic of COVID-19 of national scope in any country, no pandemic internationally, for the general population SARS-CoV-2 is not a killer virus, and it is the same in every country.

Dr.Basel Haj Jasem (2021-12-13). New page in Turkey-UAE ties: Why now? moderndiplomacy.eu Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed's (MBZ) recent visit to Ankara came after a long period of frozen relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). For years, the two have held different positions on several regional and international developments including the 2013 Egypt events, the Libya crisis and the tensions in the Middle East …

Editor (2021-12-13). The construction of Israel's Gaza concentration camp is complete. mronline.org Israel announced the completion of an underground wall and maritime barrier surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip. Not a single mainstream media outlet used the term "concentration camp" to report on it but they should have.

Editor (2021-12-13). Israel is Hell-Bent on Sabotaging U.S. Nuclear Negotiations With Iran. scheerpost.com Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Joint Commission negotiations in Vienna, Austria. (Askin Kiyagan / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) | By Ariel Gold & Medea Benjamin / After a 5-month hiatus, indirect negotiations between the U.S. and Iran resumed last week in Vienna in an attempt to revise the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). The outlook isn't good. | Less than a week into negotiations, Britain, France, and Germany…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-13). Highland Resistance: How the Che Guevara Commune Confronts the Crisis. libya360.wordpress.com Cira Pascual Marquina and Chris Gilbert First-hand accounts of the impact of the US sanctions on a coffee and cocoa growing commune in the Venezuelan Andes. The Che Guevara Commune lies on the fertile hillsides that rise up from the shores of Lake Maracaibo in western Venezuela. Historically this has been a cocoa-growing region but…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-13). Indian Farmers Celebrate Victory March as Their Historic Struggle Ends. libya360.wordpress.com Peoples Dispatch On December 11, tens of thousands of farmers in India participated in a final 'Victory March' from the borders of national capital Delhi where they had been camping in protest for over a year After a year and 15 days, the historic farmers' struggle at the borders of the Indian capital New Delhi…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-13). Moussa Ibrahim: Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi Has the Widest Support Heading into Libyan Elections. libya360.wordpress.com We speak to Moussa Ibrahim, the former spokesperson for late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He discusses the overturning of the decision banning Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi (the son of Muammar Gaddafi) from running in the Libyan Presidential elections, current polling for the elections and why he believes the polls are wrong, why Saif Al-Islam is the…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-13). Venezuela: Why Chavismo Must Win in Barinas. libya360.wordpress.com Eder Peña Santo Domingo river canyon, in Barinitas, Barinas state (Photo: Archive). From the valley of the Santo Domingo river comes a strong wind called "Barinés" that descends from the Andean mountain range in a west-east direction during the rainy season, against the prevailing trade winds in most of the country. Contrary to what a…

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2021-12-13). Venezuelan Central Bank Latest Figures: Hyperinflation Might be Officially Gone Next Month. orinocotribune.com Caracas, December 12, 2021 ( According to the most accepted definition of hyperinflation, a country gets out of this phenomenon aft…

Joris Leverink (2021-12-13). The Laura Flanders Show: A New Cooperative Business Model. roarmag.org This New Cooperative Business Model Could Change Everything: | Many of the world's most successful businesses began as someone's good idea. But the path from startup to conventional financial success typically involves going public, prioritizing shareholders' interests and ultimately selling to a giant conglomerate whose intentions are far from the original mission of the business's founders. | In this episode, Laura interviews guests who say this conventional path of success is desperately in need of an overhaul. Why must new and innovative ideas come to market through old and undemocratic platforms? Wha…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-13). From West Virginia to DC, Poor People's Campaign targets Manchin. peoplesworld.org

Medea Benjamin (2021-12-13). Ten contradictions that plague Biden's 'Democracy Summit'. mronline.org Biden hopes to secure his place at the head of the "Free World" table by coming out as a champion for human rights and democratic practices worldwide.

Monica Cruz (2021-12-13). Six workers killed in Amazon warehouse collapse. peoplesdispatch.org At least six people have been killed and countless others injured during a partial collapse of its Edwardsville, Illinois warehouse on the night of December 10. A category EF3 tornado hit the warehouse around 8: 35 pm. The "search and rescue" mission through the remaining rubble has changed to a "search and recover" mission, suggesting that officials believe there are no survivors. | At least 100 workers were in the warehouse at the time of the collapse and an unknown number are still missing. Management does not have an exact number of how many workers were in the warehouse at the time the tornado hit because a s…

Norman Markowitz (2021-12-13). Rittenhouse acquittal is latest chapter in long and sinister history of racism. peoplesworld.org A jury in Kenosha, Wisc., on Nov. 19 acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old when he murdered two unarmed men and wounded a third. Rittenhouse was participating in an armed group of "volunteers" to "aid" the police and "protect property" from people protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was an unarmed African-American …

Patrick McWilliams (2021-12-13). Six dead in Edwardsville, Illinois, after Amazon warehouse collapse. liberationnews.org At Amazon warehouses, speed is prioritized above all else, and this disregard for safety means that their facilities are some of the most dangerous places to work.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-13). 6 weeks and counting: Graduate student workers stay defiant before Columbia University admin. peoplesdispatch.org The graduate student worker union organized a large protest on Wednesday December 8, and shut down two main entrances of the university's Manhattan campus. Dozens of community members and workers from a host of different unions joined them in solidarity…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-13). COVID-19-related health care expenditure pushed over half billion people into poverty in 2020, say WHO, World Bank. peoplesdispatch.org The numbers are still rising as governments across the world have failed to create vibrant public health care systems and have left the poor and vulnerable to fend for themselves…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-13). Indian farmers celebrate victory march back home as their historic struggle ends after a year. peoplesdispatch.org On December 11, tens of thousands of farmers in India participated in a final 'Victory March' from the borders of national capital Delhi where they had been camping in protest for over a year…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-13). Massive protests force Serbian president to halt controversial laws supporting Rio Tinto's mining project. peoplesdispatch.org The Serbian parliament adopted two controversial legislations in November, reportedly to facilitate the quick launch of a lithium mining project of the Rio Tinto group…

Pietro Shakarian (2021-12-13). Moscow's Caucasian Conundrum: Turkish-Russian Relations and the Limits of "Strategic Competition" moderndiplomacy.eu Authors: Pietro Shakarian and Benyamin Poghosyan* Russo—Turkish relations have been at the forefront of recent media discussions. Cooperative competition, "frenemies," managed rivalry, "co-opetition," and other catchy terms are used to describe bilateral relations between Moscow and Ankara. However, the reality is that the two countries have both overlapping, and yet contradictory, interests in many parts …

Rajiv Bhatia (2021-12-13). Modernising India-Russia Ties. moderndiplomacy.eu The India—Russia leaders' summit and ministerial meetings in New Delhi on Dec. 6, scored big. Differences were set aside to make transformative progress in defence, fintech and connectivity among other sectors, commencing a new era of India-Russia relations fit for the 21st century. Indian and Russian diplomats responsible for drafting the joint statement—the outcome document …

Simon Hanna (2021-12-13). COP26 was a failure… the future is in our hands now. mronline.org What does COP26 mean for the climate movement? simon hannah offers his assessment.

Toward Freedom Editor (2021-12-13). Danny Shaw on Honduras & Venezuela Elections + Movements in Haiti. towardfreedom.org Danny Shaw reported back on the Venezuela elections and his latest journey to meet with the movements in Haiti during Toward Freedom's December 2, 2021 webinar.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Australia joins the few countries backing the US-led Olympic boycott. wsws.org The decision to join the US-led boycott, as well as purchase military helicopters from the US, highlights the preparations underway for a catastrophic US-led war against China.

WSWS (2021-12-13). The misunderstood—and misrepresented—Zero COVID policy in China. wsws.org One of the most striking facts about the pandemic is that China, the country from which SARS-CoV-2 first emerged, has suffered very few cases. This article is a detailed look at China's Zero COVID policy.

WSWS (2021-12-13). The Velvet Underground: Self-imposed constraints weaken filmmaker Todd Haynes's documentary. wsws.org Despite the director's access to the surviving band members, their peers and a trove of archival footage, the documentary does less than it could have done to reassess the band and its music.

WSWS (2021-12-13). University of Florida investigation finds researchers felt pressured to suppress COVID-19 data, criticisms of Governor Ron DeSantis. wsws.org Fears of upsetting state lawmakers and politicians were found to be rampant among faculty and scientists critical of the state's COVID-19 policies.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Kellogg's strikers denounce mass firing threat, two-tier wages from the picket lines in Battle Creek, Michigan. wsws.org Striking Kellogg's workers remain defiant and opposed to any concessions following their rejection of a concessions contract brokered by the BCTGM union.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Germany's new health minister continues "profits before lives" policies. wsws.org Chancellor Olaf Scholz has chosen the SPD deputy and health expert Karl Lauterbach as the future government's new health minister.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Massachusetts hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 surge. wsws.org Hospitals are running out of ICU beds as cases of the Delta variant mirror the highs seen in last year's winter surge.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Papua New Guinea: Ongoing catastrophe amid third wave of Delta virus. wsws.org Public health specialists have criticised "crippling failures" in the government's pandemic response, amid extremely low vaccination rates.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant declares "apparent victory" in recall election. wsws.org The latest results from the recall election, which ended December 7, show Sawant with a narrow lead, with 50.3 percent opposing the recall.

WSWS (2021-12-13). Unionization vote passes at Starbucks in Buffalo, New York. wsws.org Despite the small number of workers involved, the unionization drive has drawn substantial attention in the national press and from top Democratic Party politicians.

WSWS (2021-12-13). "Amazon should absolutely be held liable": Growing outrage over deaths of workers kept on the job during massive tornado outbreak in US. wsws.org Workers at an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois, and at a candle manufacturing plant in Mayfield, Kentucky, were working late into the night and early morning as a series of devastating tornadoes ripped through six states.

WSWS (2021-12-13). This week in history: December 13-19. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Britain Raises COVID-19 Alert Level Amid Rising Omicron Cases. telesurenglish.net Britain's COVID alert level has been increased from Level 3 to Level 4 "in light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases", British chief medical officers said in a joint statement on Sunday. | RELATED: | The four chief medical officers and the National Health Service (NHS) England national medical director said the emergence of Omicron "adds additional and rapidly increasing risk to the public and healthcare services." | "Early evidence show…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Colombia: Commons Party Presents 21 Candidates For Senators. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Colombia's Commons Party (PC) presented 21 candidates for senators to contest in the 2022 elections. Whatever the results of the vote, the 2016 Peace agreement signed between the Colombian State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) secures this party 10 seats in the Senate. | RELATED: | "Our list of candidates has gender parity and is representative since it comprises politicians from 20…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Over 80 Percent Of The Venezuelan Population Is Already Vaccinated. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Venezuela's Territorial Minister Mervin Maldonado reported that 81 percent of the population has already been vaccinated against the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Following the Vaccination Plan promoted by President Nicolas Maduro, the authorities hope to reach 90 percent of the immunized population by the end of December. | "We invite all those people who have not yet been vaccinated to get vaccinate…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). TeleSUR Denounces Censorship Of Its Instagram Account. telesurenglish.net On Monday, the Latin American multistate company teleSUR reported that its official Instagram account was arbitrarily deactivated without prior notice. | RELATED: | The teleSUR team considers this act of censorship as another attempt to silence an independent outlet that gives voice to the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. | Faced with what happened, it reaffirmed its determination to remain firm in showing the…

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-13). Gig Workers are in the Driver's Seat in Europe. Is There Hope for the US? inequality.org

Fight Back (2021-12-13). Louisianans and Texans hold forum to defend abortion and trans rights. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA – On December 11, people from Texas and Louisiana came together to discuss recent attacks on reproductive freedom and transgender rights. They held an in-person forum at the New Orleans First Unitarian Universalist Church, with virtual attendance through Zoom and social media. | Participants spoke out against the Supreme Court for validating the Texas abortion ban. Some speakers discussed their experiences rallying against the 15-week ban in Mississippi, which currently threatens the limited right to abortion established in Roe v. Wade. Finally, the forum connected these attacks to the transgender…

Newsroom (2021-12-13). COVID-19: WHO says countries can now use one or two courses of the Janssen vaccine. moderndiplomacy.eu Countries "can now consider" using one or two courses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, otherwise known as the Johnson & Johnson, or J&J shot, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday. The one-dose schedule is already authorized under the Emergency Use Listing Procedure, the agency explained in their updated recommendations, but now a second dose "may be appropriate", the UN health agency said. For WHO, in some circumstances, using one dose …

WSWS (2021-12-13). Indonesian government scraps planned COVID-19 restrictions despite risk of Omicron spread. wsws.org As the government pursues its strategy of "living with the virus," officials are falsely claiming that the inadequate mitigation measures are sufficient to deal with a potential Omicron outbreak.

teleSUR (2021-12-13). US Must Lift Sanctions For Iran To Return To The Nuclear Deal. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Iran's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Bagheri Kani pointed out that the U.S. must lift the sanctions it has imposed on his country in exchange for its return to the 2015 nuclear agreement. | RELATED: | One of the main goals of the Vienna talks was "to establish the conditions that the Americans must meet," said Bagheri Kani, who is also Iran's chief negotiator. Once those conditions are agreed upon, the U.S. will hav…

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-13). La férrea determinación de la gente común de construir un mundo extraordinario. globalizacion.ca El presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden, ha convocado a 111 países para que asistan a su Cumbre por la Democracia los días 9 y 10 de diciembre, que finalizará el Día de los Derechos Humanos. "Damos la bienvenida a…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Tunisian President Announces Referendum and Elections for 2022. telesurenglish.net President Kais Saied announced on Monday that Tunisia would hold a constitutional referendum next July, months after he seized broad powers in moves his opponents called a coup. | In a national address, President Saied announced that parliament will remain suspended until fresh elections are held a year from now on December 17, 2022 and that there will be a national referendum on July 25 after public consultations next month.

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-12-13). Peligro: Robo de cerebros y de recursos humanos. globalizacion.ca La pandemia de coronavirus ha resultado desastrosa para todas las naciones del orbe y en especial para las menos desarrolladas a las que ahora se les presenta otra grave amenaza económica: el robo de cerebro y de recursos humanos por…

WSWS (2021-12-13). Dr. Anthony Leonardi discusses the Omicron variant and the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Leonardi discusses the dangers of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, including the impacts of the virus on children, the effects of Long COVID, and more.

Global Research Noticias (2021-12-13). Bomba: Documentos sobre datos de vacunas de Pfizer. globalizacion.ca " øHa visto el volcado de documentos sobre los datos de la vacuna de Pfizer? Es una bomba. No es de extrañar que la FDA haya luchado por mantenerlo oculto durante 55 años. | Aquí está la conclusión rápida: | Para febrero de…

Editor (2021-12-13). 'Inexcusable': Amazon Under Fire After Warehouse Collapse Kills at Least Six. scheerpost.com Workers remove debris from an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, on December 11, 2021, after it was hit by a tornado. The event caused at least six deaths at the facility that suffered "catastrophic damage," while the western Kentucky town of Mayfield was "ground zero" of the storm—a scene of "massive devastation," one official said. (Photo: Tim Vizer/AFP via Getty Images) | By Andrea Germanos / Amazon was accused Saturday of putting corporat…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). ALBA Denounces US' Criminal Use of COVID Against Other Nations. telesurenglish.net The executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, ratified this Monday the regional bloc as a mechanism for strengthening Latin American unity. | Executive Secretary of ALBA-TCP Sacha Llorenti said Tuesday, "We are proud to hold the first face-to-face summit in Cuba. Despite the challenges we remain steadfast, as ALBA continues to be as necessary as it was 17 years ago."

Julia Rock (2021-12-13). Hochul Kills Hope For Utility Consumer Advocate. dailyposter.com

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Mexican Police Block Migrants Heading To The Guadalupe Basilica. telesurenglish.net On the Virgen of Guadalupe Day on Dec. 12, Mexico City police violently confronted some 500 migrants from the Central American caravan that arrived in the territory on Sunday, after traveling hundreds of kilometers from the Chiapas state. | RELATED: | "We are going to the Basilica of Guadalupe. The number of injured people is regrettable. No one should fight so hard to process their faith," activist Irineo Mujica…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-13). Annual lecture explores hydrogen's role in decarbonising heat on net zero path. imperial.ac.uk Dr Angela Needle, Director of Strategy of Cadent Gas, gave the 2021 Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) annual lecture.

Carlos Fazio (2021-12-13). Biden vs. Maduro: øCambio de ruta? globalizacion.ca El reconocimiento del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro como representante legítimo de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas y las contradicciones emergentes dentro de los sectores más extremistas del antichavismo, exhiben el fracaso de…

WSWS (2021-12-13). UK's Omicron variant cases could reach 8 million within weeks. wsws.org A further 1,239 cases of the Omicron variant were confirmed Sunday, the highest daily rise yet. The number is 65 percent higher than the already record number announced Saturday.

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Bolivia & Venezuela Urge To Strengthen LATAM Integration. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Vice Presidents David Choquehuanca (Bolivia) and Delcy Rodriguez (Venezuela) met in Caracas, where they ratified their countries' commitment to strengthen regional integration and fight social injustices. | RELATED: | "On behalf of our people, we received Choquehuanca and sent a message of peace and brotherhood to Bolivia," Rodriguez tweeted, stressing that her government defends Simon Bolivar'

Pedro Brieger (2021-12-13). La novedad del Grupo de Puebla. globalizacion.ca En la Ciudad de México se realizó a fines de noviembre el VII encuentro del Grupo de Puebla con la participación de dirigentes progresistas de varios países. Más allá de lo importante de congregar a personalidades progresistas de diferentes corrientes…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Omicron Speeds UK's Booster Vaccination Plan. telesurenglish.net The UK's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was forced to raise on Sunday the pandemic alert from a scale of five to level four, due to the fast spread of the new Omicron variant. | The UK government is advising all UK adults above 18 years of age to get booster jabs. London, United Kingdom. December, 2021…

Global Research News (2021-12-13). Selected Articles: What Are the Truly Verifiable Facts Surrounding COVID-19? globalresearch.ca By This Confidential Pfizer Report released as part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) procedure provides data on deaths and adverse events recorded by Pfizer from the …

Mouris Salloum George (2021-12-13). La libertad de expresión: La más preciada de las libertades. globalizacion.ca A 75 años de la primera entrega de los Premios Nacionales e Internacionales de Periodismo, y así en su sede permanente, en Filomeno Mata número 8, Centro Histórico; un edificio que tiene impregnado el espíritu periodístico y generoso de su…

WSWS (2021-12-13). West Coast educators and parents support Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org West coast educators and parents met to discuss concerning developments in the global COVID-19 pandemic with the spread of the Omicron variant and the urgency to fight for necessary public health measures to stop the spread of the virus.

teleSUR (2021-12-13). The ALBA-TCP Summit To Foster Latin American Sovereignty. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Josefina Vidal said that 19th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) to be held in Havana on Tuesday will strengthen Latin American sovereignty. | RELATED: | "The Summit will be a good opportunity to assess the regional scenario, actions to guarantee peace and stability, and political agreements to prevent interfere…

teleSUR (2021-12-13). Over 30 Tornadoes Sweep Through the US, Wreaking Deadly Havoc. telesurenglish.net Search and rescue teams in western Kentucky and nearby states were combing through rubble for survivors on Sunday after a series of tornadoes ripped through the region, killing at least dozens, while the number of deaths in Kentucky alone could exceed 100. | RELATED: | The tornadoes tore through states including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, said Bill Bunting, the operations chief…

Suzanne James (2021-12-13). NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passes lower house. greenleft.org.au Suzanne James speaks to Shayne Higson, Vice President of Dying With Dignity NSW, about the historic passing of the NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 through the NSW Legislative Assembly…

Alejandro Marcó del Pont (2021-12-13). Argentina — Los imprecisos y siempre espeluznantes efectos del default. globalizacion.ca Pocos periodistas han tenido la honestidad intelectual de plantearse las presuntas consecuencias del impago al FMI. Me imagino que Alejandro Bercovich, el único que conozco que lo hizo en su artículo øY si no le pagamos al fondo?, ha cometido…

Staff (2021-12-13). "A Bigger Picture": Ugandan Activist Vanessa Nakate on Bringing New Voices to the Climate Fight. democracynow.org We go to Kampala, Uganda, to speak to climate activist Vanessa Nakate on the occasion of her first book being published, "A Bigger Picture: My Fight to Bring a New African Voice to the Climate Crisis." In an extended interview, she describes the challenges of being a young Ugandan woman from a continent that contributes less than 4% of the world's carbon emissions yet suffers the worst consequences of the climate crisis and is often ignored by the Global North. "There won't be climate justice if specific groups of people are being left behind," says Nakate, founder of the Africa-based Rise Up Movement. "We are fa…

Brittani Banks (2021-12-13). Whales Will Save the World's Climate—Unless the Military Destroys Them First. independentmediainstitute.org The U.S. military is famous for being the single largest consumer of petroleum products in the world and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its carbon emissions exceed those released by "more than 100 countries combined." Now, with the Biden administration's mandate to slash carbon emissions "at least in half by the end of the …

Pedro Miguel (2021-12-13). Estados Unidos: øCuál democracia? globalizacion.ca El presidente Joe Biden inauguró un encuentro virtual sobre democracia en el que se dieron cita representantes de más de un centenar de gobiernos, algunos tan cuestionablemente democráticos como Pakistán, Brasil y Turquía; Taiwán, un país legalmente inexistente, además de …

David Swanson (2021-12-13). Talk World Radio: Helen Caldicott: U.S. Warmongering Will Kill Us All. warisacrime.org AUDIO: Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. We're using only the guest video and not the host this week, because Riverside is getting them out of synch when combining. VIDEO: This week on Talk World Radio: We're all going …

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-13). A Last-Ditch Effort to Eliminate a Tax Dodge for Super-Rich Private Equity Executives. inequality.org

Noah Styzkgold, with a contribution from the Battle Creek picket line by Kris Hamel (2021-12-13). Kellogg's workers reject two-tier contract. liberationnews.org The workers are ready to fight back against their employer's demands for ever greater concessions and attempts to push the workers to sell out future generations.

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".

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. "

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

_____ (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

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. 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.

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 …

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…

_____ (2021-12-12). Understanding And Resisting The New Cold War. popularresistance.org We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us that if our country and our way of life are to survive we must weaponize, weaponize, weaponize… We must recognize this as Cold War messaging to be resisted, and help others do the same. | The first thing to understand is that the Cold War is psychological war waged by the US and its allies. It is carried out on a worldwide basis and especially in the United States against the public. These operations are aimed at conditioning people to accept war preparations and war operations. They involve the joint efforts of what Ray McGovern (a co-founder of Veteran Inte…

_____ (2021-12-12). Incarcerated Journalists Fought Isolation And Illness To Expose Abusive Conditions. popularresistance.org In the summer of 2020 we launched a collaborative writing program to connect incarcerated writers with outside journalists and editors. Our goal was to help them publish their writing in mainstream media publications. | We began only a few weeks after COVID-19 came into San Quentin State Prison, where Rahsaan lives. We knew that COVID-19 would be an incredible threat to people incarcerated, but were unprepared for the devastation and loss ahead. At San Quentin — which became home to the largest outbreak in the country — Rahsaan became infected with the virus and experienced the mental health toll of b…

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.

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.

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 …

_____ (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). Iraq Announces End Of US Combat Mission. popularresistance.org Iraqi groups expressed dissatisfaction and opposition to the official announcement of the end of the US combat mission in the country on Thursday, December 9, weeks before the deadline of December 31. The groups pointed to the official declaration by the US that no troops will be withdrawn from Iraq immediately but that the remaining troops will shift their mission to assisting and training the Iraqi forces. The groups have reiterated their demand for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops. | Qasim al-Araji, Iraq's national security advisor, tweeted, "today we finished the last round of dialogue with the interna…

_____ (2021-12-12). Mapped: Europe's Fossil Fuel-Backed Hydrogen Lobby. popularresistance.org Hydrogen has shot up the European legislative agenda in recent years, with politicians of all stripes touting its potential to help countries meet their climate goals. | The UK government's Hydrogen Strategy, launched in August, promises to develop a "thriving low carbon hydrogen sector" as a "key plank" of its climate plans, and the fuel was given pride of place at a "Hydrogen Transition Summit" hosted in Glasgow during the recent UN climate talks. | But not all hydrogen is created equal, and environmental experts have raised concerns about the type of hydrogen being advocated — as well as which sectors of…

_____ (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."

_____ (2021-12-12). Weapons Industry Is Jubilant About Biden's Nominee For Arms Buyer. popularresistance.org LaPlante is being poached directly from the military industry that is praising him, which he entered after serving in an acquisitions role under the Obama administration, where he was known for shepherding through major (and controversial) programs, such as the acquisition of the F‚Äë35 fighter jet. | By moving from government to industry, then back to government (should the Senate confirm him), all while the weapons industry cheers, LaPlante has spun through a well-trodden revolving door‚Äâ—‚Äâa career trajectory that is entirely routine, but nonetheless sc…

Andy Kroll (2021-12-12). The U.S. Military Budget as a Mushroom Cloud. tomdispatch.com Where are you going to get the money? That question haunts congressional proposals to help the poor, the unhoused, and those struggling to pay the mortgage or rent or medical bills, among so many other critical domestic matters. And yet — big surprise! — there's always plenty of money for the Pentagon. In fiscal year 2022, in fact, Congress is being especially generous with $778 billion in funding, roughly $25 billion more than the Biden administration initially asked for. Even that staggering sum seriously undercounts government funding for America's vast national security state, which, since it gobb…

Dean Baker (2021-12-12). Will We See Deflation in the Next 12 Months? cepr.net I'm not worried at this point about a deflationary spiral, but I see what, to my view, is a plausible scenario where the CPI actually goes negative in the next twelve months. I go through the categories and my predictions component by component below, but there are four main items driving the story that I'll …

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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.

_____ (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 …

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…

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 …

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

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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-12). Bus Accident Leaves 18 People Dead in Ecuador. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Integrated Security Service ECU 911 confirmed that 18 people died and 25 others were injured in a bus accident on Saturday. | RELATED: | The accident occurred in the Huambi sector located in the Sucua community in the Morona Santiago province. | The Health Ministry informed that seven injured people were taken to the General Hospital of Macau, 17 to the Basic Hospital of Sucua, and one to the Ecuadorian Inst…

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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). 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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2021-12-12). Palestine Records 64.7% Turnout in Local Elections' First Round. telesurenglish.net Palestine's Central Election Committee reported a 64.7 percent turnout in the first phase of municipal elections held Saturday in the West Bank. | RELATED: | Independent candidate lists won more than 70 percent of council seats while over 29 percent of the remaining council seats went to tradition…

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.

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…

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 …

_____ (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.

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.

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…

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:…

Lilia Burunciuc (2021-12-12). A Holistic Approach is Needed to Respond to Future Shocks in the Caribbean. moderndiplomacy.eu I started my new job as World Bank Director for the Caribbean this summer and I must say it was baptism by fire. Although, luckily, the 2021 hurricane season in the Caribbean was not that bad, the region saw quite a few serious calamities. In April, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines dealt with a volcano, …

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.

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.

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 …

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

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.

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."

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…

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.

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.

WSWS (2021-12-12). The murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: lurid press coverage obscures UK's deepening social crisis. wsws.org According to the BBC's Phil Mackie, "No-one can be blamed for what happened other than the people who were supposed to be looking after ." No one should accept that premise, which only sanctions the argument that individual monstrosity requires a monstrous state response.

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.

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