Daily Archives: December 15, 2021

2021-12-15: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-15). Despite Appeals, US Denies Possibility Of Unfreezing Afghan Assets. popularresistance.org US White House press secretary Jen Psaki clarified on Tuesday, December 14 said that the government has no plan to unfreeze Afghanistan's assets. Psaki was responding to a public call by Afghanistan's foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made a day earlier to unfreeze the assets. | The US government had announced a freeze of nearly USD 10 billion worth of Afghanistan's assets days after the Taliban took over power in the country on August 15, claiming the possibility of misuse of the funds. It also severed all diplomatic relations with Afghanistan after the complete withdrawal of its troops on August 30. | The Tali…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-12-15). The Omicron Shame: Why is the World Punishing Instead of Helping Africa? dissidentvoice.org The decision by several governments across the globe to institute travel bans on seven African countries, starting on November 27, due to the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, was perceived to be hasty in the eyes of some and fully justifiable on medical grounds, in the view of others. However, the matter is …

New Atlas (2021-12-15). US Torches Solomon Islands for Choosing China. newatlas.report December 15, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — Recent unrest in the Solomon Islands, a small Oceania nation northeast of Australia's coasts, is a reminder of just how far the US is willing to go to penalize nations for choosing to do business with China versus obeying threats from Washington not to. Reuters in an article titled, "Explainer: …

teleSUR (2021-12-15). UN Report Raises Concern Over Human Rights Crisis In Colombia. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) published a report demonstrating that the Colombian State must urgently reform its way of handling protests so as to avoid massive human rights violations. | RELATED: | The report entitled "The 2021 National Strike: Lessons for the Exercise of the Right of Peaceful Assembly in Colombia" exhaustively analyzes the behavior of security…

John Catalinotto (2021-12-15). Tornadoes wreak havoc, Amazon makes matters worse — WW commentary. workers.org By Monday morning, Dec. 13, everyone with access to news media knew that a devastating series of tornadoes had hit the midsection of the U.S. Dec. 10, destroying whole communities and killing more than 50 people, including workers at an Amazon delivery center in Edwardsville, Illinois. Union organizing at the . . . |

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-15). The Heat: Climate Change 2021. america.cgtn.com From floods to drought… Wildfires and rising sea levels. 2021 – a year of extreme weather events that brought new focus to the climate change crisis.

ecns.cn (2021-12-15). U.S. politicians must stop playing with fire on Taiwan-related issues: mainland spokesperson. ecns.cn A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday called on certain individuals from the U.S. side to stop playing with fire on Taiwan-related issues, urging them to adhere to the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques.

ecns.cn (2021-12-15). Putin hails Russia-China ties as paradigm of int'l relations in 21st century. ecns.cn Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia-China relations are a paradigm of international relations in the 21st century.

ecns.cn (2021-12-15). Chinese researchers find new treatment for thyroid cancer. ecns.cn Chinese researchers have found that a multi-targeted drug showed efficacy in patients with locally advanced thyroid cancer.

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-15). There is no alternative to JCPOA: Russia UN envoy. en.mehrnews.com Emphasizing that there is no alternative to the JCPOA, Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Russia views as dangerous and irresponsible attempts to portray JCPOA on Iran's nuclear program as outdated.

MK Bhadrakumar (2021-12-15). Crunch time coming after Biden-Putin meet. asiatimes.com Moscow is reiterating its "red lines," seeking long-term legal guarantees against NATO's further advancement to the east and the deployment of weapons on Russia's western borders. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on December 10, putting on record its expectation that long-term legal guarantees must be given "within a specific timeframe and on the …

Staff (2021-12-15). Saudi-led coalition launches airstrike on Sana'a. en.mehrnews.com Saudi coalition launched heavy airstrike on Yemeni capital of Sana'a on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-12-15). Cuba Hosts 20th ALBA-TCP Summit to Promote Regional Unity. orinocotribune.com The 20th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) was inaugurated this Tuesday in Havana, Cuba, on the occasion of its 17th anniversary, to reaffirm regional unity and solidarity, and reject US interference in regional affairs. | Among other topics to be discussed are the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the alliance's action program for the coming year. Its objective is to defend the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, approved in Havana in accordance with the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbea…

teleSUR (2021-12-15). UN: Drivers of Humanitarian Aids Trucks Held by Hijackers. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that drivers of eighteen trucks of humanitarian aid are being hold by military groups in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that drivers of eighteen trucks of humanitarian aid are being hold by military groups in the Amhara region of northern Ethiopia. Dec. 13, 2021.

Matthew J.L. Ehret (2021-12-15). Will Ethiopia Become Biden's Libya 2.0 or a Driver for an African Renaissance? dissidentvoice.org Many westerners trying to make sense of the events in the "dark continent" of Africa have many barriers standing in the way of their minds and reality. This must be the case, for without such filters of spin proclaiming Africa's problems to be self-induced (or the consequence of Chinese debt slavery), we in the west, …

WSWS (2021-12-15). "These laws aim to keep us in the dark"—Australian SEP electoral members denounce new anti-democratic laws. wsws.org SEP electoral members speak on the link between Australia's party deregistration laws, the COVID-19 disaster and last week's British High Court ruling to extradite Julian Assange.

Misión Verdad (2021-12-15). 'Summit for Democracy' — the Irony of an Empire in a Glass House. orinocotribune.com The following is a translation of the daily report of the Samuel Robinson Institute for December 13, 2021. | On December 9 and 10, US President Joe Biden chaired a meeting through videoconference, "The Summit for Democracy," the purpose of which was to "champion" the protection of voting rights and freedom of expression around the world. | The summit took place as the British High Court ruled in favor of the Biden administration's plea to extradite Julian Assange to the US, to face fabricated espionage charges that could result in a life term and even possible death sentence for Assange. | The US is persecuting A…

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-12-15). They're Killing Him: Assange's Stroke Reveals the Western Version of the Saudi Bone Saw. orinocotribune.com By Caitlin Johnstone — Dec 12, 2021 | Julian Assange suffered a mini-stroke in October during the hearing for the US appeal of a UK court's ruling on his extradition case. | "The WikiLeaks publisher, 50, who is being held on remand in the maximum-security jail while fighting extradition to America, was left with a drooping right eyelid, memory problems and signs of neurological damage,"

WSWS (2021-12-15). SEP (Australia) Emergency Public Meeting: British court decision puts Assange's life in danger. Demand his immediate release! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) has called an online public meeting to fight for the immediate freedom of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, after the British High Court last week ordered his extradition to the US.

Staff (2021-12-15). Headlines for December 15, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Tops 800,000 COVID Deaths as Officials Around the World Warn of Omicron's Rapid Spread, House Votes to Hold Mark Meadows in Contempt; D.C. Sues Oath Keepers, Proud Boys over Insurrection, Judge Dismisses Trump Attempt to Shield Tax Docs from House; NY Probe into Trump Org. Continues, Another GOP Rep. Attacks Ilhan Omar as House Passes Anti-Islamophobia Bill, Congress Votes to Increase Debt Ceiling by $2.5 Trillion, Averting Default, UAE Suspends Talks with U.S. on $23 Billion Arms Sale, Presidents Putin and Xi Meet Amid Mounting Tensions with U.S., Belarusian Opposition Leader Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison…

John Logan (2021-12-15). Union battles at Amazon and Starbucks are hot news. zcomm.org Which can only be good for the labor movement…

_____ (2021-12-15). Russia And Israel — A Double Standard In International Condemnation. popularresistance.org Over the past month, in a break from its usual focus on COVID-19, the Western mainstream media has dedicated a sizeable amount of coverage to unverified claims by unnamed US intelligence officials that the Russian Federation is planning an imminent military invasion of its western neighbour Ukraine — under the rule of the successive US-EU friendly governments of Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelensky since 2014, when the CIA-orchestrated Euromaidan colour revolution toppled the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych, following his November 2013 decision to suspend an EU trade deal in favour of pursuin…

_____ (2021-12-15). Reverend William Barber Leads Moral Monday Action At US Capitol. popularresistance.org Washington DC — Community organizers and faith leaders from 33 States converged on the U.S. Capitol to demand passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) and the Build Back Better Bill (H.R. 5376), now pending Senate approval. They chastised West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin for his role in delaying passage of the legislation which would provide protection for voting rights and financial relief for millions of impoverished Americans. | Reverend William Barber called out Senator Joe Manchin by name for playing a "trick" on his constituents by delaying a vote in the Senate on the voting r…

Johanna Kichton (2021-12-15). People's Action: Manchin, Prove You Support Families. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action released the following statement by Director of Federal Affairs Megan Essaheb amid news reports that a Senate vote on President Biden's Build Back Better Act would be pushed to 2022, in part due to Sen. Manchin's opposition to the inclusion of the Child Tax Credit: "Today is …

Dean Baker (2021-12-15). Casey Mulligan Says Build Back Better Will Raise Childcare Costs by $27,000. cepr.net But tens of millions of families with children will have better access to quality childcare. I suspect most parents will be fine with this situation.

Dean Baker (2021-12-15). Casey Mulligan Says Build Back Better Will Raise Child Care Costs by $27,000. cepr.net Many people may remember University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan for his argument that unemployment in the Great Recession was caused largely by generous food stamp benefits. Well he's back, and telling us that the child care provisions in President Biden's Build Back Better (BBB) plan could raise the cost of child care by $27,000 …

Moderator (2021-12-15). Ralph Nader: Has Trump's Next Coup Already Begun? scheerpost.com [ By Ralph Nader | "

_____ (2021-12-15). Tribal Communities Organize To Stop Sites Reservoir. popularresistance.org Tribal activists, drinking water advocates, and commercial and subsistence fishers are asking the public to stand with them in the fight for both the Trinity and Sacramento River salmon by supporting a California state process to restore flows in California's largest rivers, and by fighting a proposal for a twenty square mile reservoir, the Sites Reservoir. | They are asking the public to attend an online Virtual Rally and Public Testimony Training on December 6, a state hearing on the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Bay Delta flows on the December 8 at 9 a.m. and Sites Reservoir related public hearings on December 1…

_____ (2021-12-15). Kellogg's Strikers: We Want A Clear Path Out Of Two-Tier, Set In Stone. popularresistance.org In contract talks with its 1,400 workers this summer, Kellogg's proposed to remove the union logo from its cereal boxes. | It's an indication of the company's overall plan, said strikers on the Battle Creek, Michigan picket line this weekend. "Their long-term goal is to bust the union," said Michelle Fulcher, a warehouse crew leader at the company's flagship plant. | Kellogg's workers in four states have been on strike since October 5. Their top issue is the company's efforts to expand its two-tier system. | "Going into negotiations we had four things we were going to be hard-nosed on," Fulcher said: "Keep our pe…

_____ (2021-12-15). Columbia Student Workers Defy University's Strikebreaking Threats. popularresistance.org Last week saw a sharp escalation of the strike by 3,000 student workers at Columbia University in New York City, which continues in the face of strikebreaking threats by the administration. In an effort to shut down the walkout before finals, the university warned striking student workers that it might replace them in the Spring semester if they remained on strike beyond Friday, December 10. | Columbia workers rejected this attempt at economic blackmail and held out on the picket line. A poll conducted by the Student Workers of Columbia union (SWC) bargaining committee found that 87 percent of union members and n…

_____ (2021-12-15). Europe Finally Recognizes Platform Workers Aren't Self-Employed. popularresistance.org Sometimes change comes from the most unlikely of places. The European Commission—the unelected body of technocrats that designs European Union legislation—isn't exactly known as a friend of the worker. EU commissioners and their staff are more likely to be found having coffee with corporate lobbyists than rubbing shoulders with the working class. | Yet, last week, the EU Commission proposed what some are hailing as the most pro-worker reform to come out of the EU in years—a directive to regulate platform work. Often unfairly treated as self-employed, platform workers are now to be considered emp…

_____ (2021-12-15). Interview With Iran's Chief Nuclear Deal Negotiator Dr. Ali Bagheri. popularresistance.org Richard Medhurst sits down with Iran's chief negotiator Dr. Ali Bagheri for an exclusive interview during the 7th round of Vienna talks. | Medhurst and Bagheri discuss how the talks are progressing, Iran's recent draft proposals, threats and intimidation by Israel, and whether Iran can trust the Americans not to break the deal again.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-15). ALBA-TCP member countries commit to strengthen regional integration efforts. peoplesdispatch.org During the XX summit of the ALBA-TCP, leaders of the member countries reiterated their confidence in the regional integration organization, and ratified their commitment to continue strengthening cooperation, solidarity, independence and sovereignty of the Latin American and the Caribbean region…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-15). Despite repeated appeals, US denies possibility of unfreezing Afghan assets. peoplesdispatch.org The UN and several other countries including China have asked the US to release nearly USD 10 billion worth of Afghanistan's frozen assets to help the Taliban government deal with the humanitarian situation…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-15). UAE suspends discussions on arms deal with US over concerns about relations with China. peoplesdispatch.org The arms deal included the sale of 50 F-35 fighter jets, 18 armed reaper drones, air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions and other advanced weaponry by the US to the UAE…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-15). Protests continue in Thailand demanding the recall of lèse-majesté law. peoplesdispatch.org The contentious provision that is at the heart of the protests is Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code or the lèse-majesté law which criminalizes a broad range of actions concerning defamation or insult to the monarchy and the larger royal family.

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-12-15). Key chunk of vital Antarctic glacier under threat, says study. peoplesdispatch.org The huge ice shelf of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is likely to break apart within the next five years or so. This could have a catastrophic effect, leading to a rise in global sea levels…

Peter Certo (2021-12-15). In OtherWords: December 15, 2021. otherwords.org On December 15, the families of 65 million U.S. children received their last monthly payment under the expanded Child Tax Credit, which expires this month. | Those payments have kept millions out of poverty, writes West Virginia mom Kristen Olsen. Unfortunately, the GOP is unanimously opposed to extending them — and so far, they've had an ally in West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin. | Will the multimillionaire senator, Kristen wonders, really vote to send millions of kids back into poverty — including in his home state, whose kids are among the poorest in the country? The answer will have national impl…

Khalil Bendib (2021-12-15). The GOP's Deadly Islamophobia. otherwords.org Get a full-res version

Jim Hightower (2021-12-15). The Planet Is Not a Dumping Ground. otherwords.org In a world that's clogged and choking with a massive overdose of plastic trash, you'll be heartened to learn that governments and industries are teaming up to respond forcefully to this planetary crisis. | Unfortunately, their response has been to engage in a global race to make more plastic stuff — and to force poor countries to become dumping grounds for plastic garbage. | Leading this Kafkaesque greedfest are such infamous plunderers and polluters as Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Shell, and other petrochemical profiteers. With fossil fuel profits crashing, the giants are rushing to convert more of their over-sup…

Staff (2021-12-15). Maduro Urges ALBA-TCP to Focus Its Efforts on a Common Economic Agenda. orinocotribune.com The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, urged the heads of state and other representatives present at the Twentieth Ordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America — Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) to exert greater efforts to establish a common economic development agenda for all the member countries of the regional body. | During his speech this Tuesday, December 14, at the ALBA-TCP Summit in Havana, Cuba, President Maduro stated, "From Venezuela we would like all of us to exert greater efforts to articulate a comprehensive economic, commercial, financial and monetary developm…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-15). Venezuela Challenges Illegal Blockade: New OPEC Data Published. orinocotribune.com While President Nicolás Maduro assures that 2022 will be the year for the definitive recovery of Venezuela, reports from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) point in the same direction, showing an increase in oil production despite the illegal US and European economic blockade. | In this way, it is evident how the South American nation has challenged the illegal coercive measures imposed by the United States government and its European lackeys, an economic attack that initially led to a 99% drop in Venezuela's foreign revenue, completely disrupting Venezuela's economy. | This was highlighted…

Editor (2021-12-15). Chávez the Radical XXVI: 'What are Privatizations?'. mronline.org The Bolivarian Revolution represented a break from neoliberal governments. Is the tide turning? Tatuy TV examine that in this episode of "Chávez the Radical."

Margaret Kimberley (2021-12-15). Democratic Party betrayal, abortion, and the Supreme Court. mronline.org " What about the Supreme Court?" Those words are used to thwart any discussion which questions support for the Democratic Party.

Editor (2021-12-15). Tibet railway in focus as China vows change for landlocked Nepal. mronline.org In May 2017, Nepal joined the BRI with a hope of obtaining long-term benefits through a myriad of projects. The line has already reached Xigaze (or Shigatse) in Tibet. In July 2020 the next secton of line in Tibet from Xigaze to was still in the planning stage, although China had reportedly commenced surveying work.

Editor (2021-12-15). Teachers across Iran take strike action demanding jailed trade unionist is freed. mronline.org Thousands of protesting teachers assembled in front of the Majlis, or Iranian parliament building, in central Tehran today demanding justice and the release from prison of a leading teacher trade unionist.

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-15). Fact Check: Student Loan Forgiveness Will Increase The Black-White Wealth Gap. moguldom.com Student loan forgiveness would help Black borrowers, who are disproportionately represented in the $1.75 trillion debt total held by 43.2 million borrowers, but a recent Twitter discussion shows there is doubt about whether or not loan forgiveness would lower the Black-white wealth gap. HBCU alumni have a median federal-debt load of about $29,000 at graduation — 32 …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-15). Hundreds Of Black Women In Georgia Will Get $850 Per Month Guaranteed Income To Tackle Racial Wealth Gap. moguldom.com A new guaranteed income program will give $850 dollars a month to Black women in Georgia. An initiative entitled "In Her Hands" is launching in early 2022 will send direct, no-strings-attached payments to up to 650 Black women across the state. The program will begin in Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, where Dr. Martin Luther …

Ann Brown (2021-12-15). NY State Ethics Board Drops Hammer On Cuomo, Forces $5M Pandemic Hero Book Money To Be Returned. moguldom.com Beleaguered former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been ordered to give back the $5.1 million he earned from his bestselling book, "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic," which focused on his handling of the covid-19 crisis and painted him as a pandemic hero. Cuomo was forced to resign in August after numerous …

Ann Brown (2021-12-15). Economist Darrick Hamilton Voted Off Cal Reparations Task Force As Advisor, Dr. Sandy Darity To Be Interviewed. moguldom.com Renowned Black economist Dr. Darrick Hamilton participated in a Dec. 8 meeting of California's Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. On Dec. 9, the panel decided Hamilton would not lead up the task force as expected. With five meetings left on the agenda, the task force is now considering hiring reparations scholar …

Ann Brown (2021-12-15). Remains Identified In Unsolved Twinsburg Case Are Songwriter, Guitarist For The O'Jays In The 1960s. moguldom.com Human remains that were unidentified for almost 40 years have been proven through DNA testing to belong to a member of the hit 1960s R&B group The O'Jays. The body of Frank "Frankie" Little, Jr., who played guitar and wrote several songs with the group during the 1960s, was found in a garbage …

Newsroom (2021-12-15). COP26 defined by 'reinvigorated multilateralism'. moderndiplomacy.eu The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), held last month in Glasgow, was defined by a "reinvigorated multilateralism", a top UN official said on Tuesday during an online discussion on how the summit's outcomes will impact climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "The Glasgow Climate Pact to keep global warming to 1.5C and the …

Newsroom (2021-12-15). Afghanistan: Humanitarian crisis threatens basic human rights. moderndiplomacy.eu Respect for fundamental rights and freedoms by the de facto authorities in Afghanistan is critical to ensuring stability in the country, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday in Geneva. Briefing the UN Human Rights Council, Nada Al-Nashif detailed how the profound humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is threatening basic rights, with women, girls, and civil society among those most affected. Dignity or …

Newsroom (2021-12-15). 'Additional effort and patience' needed to revive Iran nuclear deal. moderndiplomacy.eu Ongoing talks to get the Iran nuclear deal back on track indicate "additional effort and patience" are required for its full restoration, the UN political affairs chief told the UN Security Council in New York on Tuesday. Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo briefed ambassadors on developments surrounding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which sets out …

Newsroom (2021-12-15). 6 Tips on Dressing the Best This Holiday Season. moderndiplomacy.eu Dressing your best doesn't always have to be reserved for the holiday season. However, it is nice to put a little bit more effort into your outfits when you have something to celebrate and look forward to. So, here are some tips to help you pick out some killer outfits this Christmas. You'll have everyone …

Innocentia Atchaya (2021-12-15). What India can take away from Mexico's Feminist Foreign Policy. moderndiplomacy.eu A foreign policy with a political framework focused on the security and safety of the marginalised community can be defined as a Feminist Foreign Policy. It rethinks the traditional approach of foreign policy that only focuses on military, violence and domination. A new thought of security from the perspective of the vulnerable is introduced in …

Bejoy Sebastian (2021-12-15). Bijoy Dibos: Reminiscing the birth of a free Bangladesh in its golden jubilee year. moderndiplomacy.eu Bijoy Dibos means the Day of Victory in Bengali language. In Hindi, this day is known as Vijay Diwas, celebrated on 16 December every year in Bangladesh and India. 2021 marks 50 years since the end of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 that saw the birth of a free nation of Bangladesh and the …

Prof. Pankaj Jha (2021-12-15). Vietnam's Economic Policy and adaptation to COVID-19. moderndiplomacy.eu Vietnam which was seen as a success story in terms of countering COVID-19 is facing challenges with regard to re-invigorating its economy given the fact that the constraints related to international travel, trade and investment are still looming large on the horizon. As part of the initiative to provide the necessary support to the economy, …

Newsroom (2021-12-15). Digital Technology Key to Supporting Thailand's Recovery from COVID-19. moderndiplomacy.eu After being severely hit by a surge of COVID-19 cases in the third quarter of 2021, Thailand's economic activity has subsequently rebounded and is expected to grow by 1.0 percent this year, according to the World Bank's latest Thailand Economic Monitor "Living with COVID in a Digital World" published today. Going forward, the adoption of …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-15). Only One Chávez and Only One Salvador. libya360.wordpress.com Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein From Venezuela to Chile, from Caldera to Boric The current situation in Chile seems to me more and more strikingly similar to that of the early 90's in Venezuela. At that time, here -just as in Chile today- 30 years of post-dictatorship were being experienced. Both countries -at the time- were presented…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-15). Libya: Mass Demonstrations Demand Elections Not Be Postponed. libya360.wordpress.com The Independent High Electoral Commission in Libya announced on Wednesday that it had handed over the final report on the stage of electoral appeals to elect the president, to the committee formed by members of the House of Representatives concerned with following up the electoral process, coinciding with the outbreak of demonstrations in different parts…

_____ (2021-12-15). "War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea" in China's Most Expensive Film. journal-neo.org In the fall of 2021, the center-left pro-government South Korean newspaper Hankyore published an article titled Why South Korea Should Fear China's Renewed Interest in the Korean War on a Chinese blockbuster film, The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, about the actions of Chinese volunteers in the winter of 1950. Directed by cult director Chen Kaige and …

It's Going Down (2021-12-15). This Is America #154: Inflation, Class War, and MAGA Factions Jostle for Power. itsgoingdown.org photo: Detroit IWW Welcome, to This Is America, December 15th, 2021. On this episode we cover resistance news: from clashes in the streets with police, strikes, and recent calls for mutual aid and disaster relief. We then switch gears and discuss inflation and the ongoing push by the GOP into open fascist politics. All this…

Brian Wakamo (2021-12-15). The Year in Inequality in 10 Charts. inequality.org

Paul Dobson (2021-12-15). Venezuela Pushes for Stronger ALBA Economy at XX Summit. venezuelanalysis.com The regional organization also unveiled a Counter-Intervention Observatory to monitor US meddling.

Michael F. Brown (2021-12-15). CNN erases West Bank and Gaza Strip. electronicintifada.net Map for Fareed Zakaria's show GPS does highlight Israel and Golan Heights.

Ali Abunimah (2021-12-15). Canadian diplomat gets caught lying about Israel arms sales. electronicintifada.net Robin Wettlaufer's blatant falsehoods disproved with Ottawa's own data.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-15). Jailing Former Immigration Ministers: Denmark's Inger Stà∏jberg. dissidentvoice.org It's not the sort of thing you encounter regularly. A member of a government cabinet, responsible for arguably one of the country's most important portfolios, found both wanting and culpable for their actions after leaving their post. But this is what former Danish immigration minister Inger Stà∏jberg found when she was convicted for illegally separating …

William Manson (2021-12-15). Liberating Frankness, Enlightening Irreverence. dissidentvoice.org The liberating power of irreverent "black comedy": breaking false idols, mocking prevailing hypocrisies, and calling forth a massive revolt against mass delusion and folly—through laughter. It was, of course, in the Sixties, just when people were beginning to "raise their consciousness" — that various forms of spirited and subversive humor appeared on the scene. Things …

Staff (2021-12-15). Check Out the Check List to End Tyranny. davidswanson.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 15, 2021 Whether or not you're familiar (as everyone should be) with Peter Ackerman's book and film "A Force More Powerful" about successful nonviolent activism campaigns, or his other books and films on the same theme, if you have any interest in changing the world for the better …

Staff (2021-12-15). Audio: Cover-Up in Kabul Strike. davidswanson.org By Political Misfits, December 15, 2021 LISTEN HERE. David Swanson, activist, journalist, radio host and author of the book "Curing Exceptionalism," talks to us about how the Pentagon "cover-up" in the Kabul drone killing of a family continues, with the news that no US troops will be punished for deadly Kabul strike, how impunity is …

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-15). Some truths about the 1971 East-Pakistan war. moderndiplomacy.eu India is busy celebrating Swarni Vijay Parv (golden-victory festival) to commemorate its "victory" against Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pak War. India's defence minister Rajnath Singh thinks that this victory is even greater than the two world wars fought. It was "the most decisive" as the "Indian Armed Forces in the 1971 War changed the history …

Arjae Red (2021-12-15). Victory for Starbucks Workers United! workers.org Starbucks workers made history here Dec. 9 by winning the first union election at a corporate-owned Starbucks store in the United States. Starbucks Workers United gained a sweeping victory at the Elmwood Starbucks store with a greater than two-to-one margin (19 yes, 8 no). The win comes on the heels . . . |

ecns.cn (2021-12-15). 12 hospitalized after major fire at Hong Kong's World Trade Center. ecns.cn Twelve people were hospitalized after a major fire broke out inside the World Trade Center in Hong Kong at around noon on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-15). China, Russia to expedite cooperation on cutting-edge technologies: Xi. ecns.cn Xi Jinping said Wednesday that China and Russia should take the opportunities brought by the new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation, and expedite industrial cooperation on cutting-edge technologies.

ecns.cn (2021-12-15). China urges U.S. to uphold open, fair environment for scientific, technological development. ecns.cn The United States should work with the international community to uphold an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for scientific and technological development and international businesses, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in Beijing Wednesday.

Editor (2021-12-15). Keep your filthy SCOTUS hands off our bodies!!! workers.org In a just world, who would ever think that a known rapist would have the power to compel pregnant rape survivors, including minors, to carry their forced pregnancy to term? But that's exactly what happens in "the good old USA." Supreme Court of the U.S. "Justice" Brett Kavanaugh was part . . . |

Jeff J. Brown (2021-12-15). The Two Michaels, Canada's Kovrig and Spavor, Caught Red-Handed Spying Against China and North Korea. covertactionmagazine.com Western Politicians and Media, However, Made It Seem Like They Were Innocent Victims of China's Authoritarianism On December 1, 2018, …

Joe Piette (2021-12-15). For 40 years, activists globally continue to demand: Free Mumia Now! workers.org Human rights and community activists in six countries held online and in-person events to mark the date 40 years ago, when award-winning Philadelphia journalist, radio personality and Black Panther Party veteran was nearly killed and unjustly charged with a crime he did not commit. Houston, Dec. 11. Mumia Abu-Jamal was . . . |

Workers World Texas Bureau (2021-12-15). Activists 'march' to abolish Texas death penalty. workers.org By Workers World Houston bureau Houston, Texas Though virtual for a second year due to the pandemic, the 22nd Annual March and Rally to Abolish the Death Penalty on Dec. 4 in Texas kept the fighting spirit alive here in the killing capital of the U.S. Demonstrators at Texas annual . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-15). "The emergency is over," declares Colorado Governor, as hospital system nears total collapse. wsws.org During an interview with Colorado Public Radio late last week, Democratic Governor Jared Polis doubled down on his declaration that he will not impose any statewide public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-12-15). "Amazon won't let us leave": Latest US tornado disaster exposes ruling elite's indifference to life. wsws.org In scenes reminiscent of conditions in the early 1900s, workers report that they were trapped in their factories by management in the hours and minutes before the storms bore down on them.

WSWS (2021-12-15). Jittery markets await central bank decisions. wsws.org Since the start of the pandemic trillions of dollars have been poured into financial markets by central banks, sending stock prices to record highs, but the rise of inflation is leading to increased instability.

WSWS (2021-12-15). What workers are striking against: A global profile of the Kellogg Company. wsws.org The company's threats to fire strikers en masse is the product of its ruthless struggle to cut costs and expand its international market share.

WSWS (2021-12-15). Widespread boycott marks New Caledonia independence referendum. wsws.org The vote to remain part of France, boycotted by pro-independence Kanaks and widely viewed as illegitimate, resolves nothing.

WSWS (2021-12-15). Australian university union holds back industrial action. wsws.org The votes for strike action reflect the anger and disgust that has built up over the past two years as managements continue to exploit the COVID pandemic to eliminate tens of thousands of jobs.

WSWS (2021-12-15). New York nurses' union stages impotent protests against understaffing. wsws.org At its "days of action," the union has proposed no actions other than fruitless appeals to Democratic politicians.

WSWS (2021-12-15). "There is no reason people should have been scrambling last minute to get to shelter": Sister of worker killed in Amazon warehouse crushed by tornado speaks out on lack of safety. wsws.org Rachel Cope's brother, Clayton Lynn Cope, was killed in an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois while trying to alert his coworkers to seek cover as a tornado barreled down upon the facility.

WSWS (2021-12-15). 17-year-old Philadelphia high school student dies from COVID-19. wsws.org Before catching COVID-19, Alayna Thach had circulated a petition at the school calling for outside learning and lunches to protect students from the deadly virus.

WSWS (2021-12-15). South Korea, Australia forge closer military ties. wsws.org Moon declared that his visit had "nothing to do with our position over China," but stronger ties with Australia inevitably draw South Korea more closely into the web of US alliances directed against Beijing.

WSWS (2021-12-15). Stagecoach Yorkshire bus drivers in UK reject revised pay deal and launch second week-long strike. wsws.org Stagecoach Yorkshire bus workers should view the company's favourably citing agreements it has reached with Unite across its UK network to end pay disputes as a warning.

WSWS (2021-12-15). The new West Side Story: A remaking of the Leonard Bernstein classic at war with itself. wsws.org The appearance of the new version is a much anticipated event. In the works for a number of years, Spielberg's film was shot and edited in 2019, but its opening was delayed a year by the pandemic.

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-15). Will Barrick Gold CEO Go Beyond Rhetoric to Deliver Justice for Victims of Police Killings at Tanzanian Mine? inequality.org

teleSUR (2021-12-15). Pfizer Confirms High Efficacy Of COVID-19 Antiviral Pill. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Pfizer said final results show that its novel COVID-19 oral antiviral tablets could reduce risk of hospitalization or death by close to 90 percent for high-risk patients. | RELATED: | The results, based on an analysis of over 2,000 patients in a phase 2/3 trial, were consistent with the interim analysis announced in November 2021. The risk of hospitalization or death was reduced by 89 percent compared to…

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-15). Tehran reached a good agreement with IAEA. en.mehrnews.com The Iranian Foreign Minister said Wednesday that Tehran reached a good agreement with the IAEA last night, saying that this could respond to some of the alleged concerns about Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

WSWS (2021-12-15). World Health Organization warns of Omicron "tsunami" wsws.org "Omicron is spreading at a rate we have not seen with any previous variant," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

WSWS (2021-12-15). Russia anticipates new COVID surge, even as deaths remain at record highs. wsws.org The country continues to experience extremely high daily COVID-19 infections and death, as the spread of the Omicron variant threatens yet another spike.

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-15). Omicron Variant Flares Up At Cornell University, Over 900 Students Infected with Covid-19. moguldom.com The omicron variant of covid-19 has flared up at Cornell University, which reported 930 coronavirus cases among faculty and students from Dec. 7-13 — most of them, omicron cases — university officials said. Of the 930 cases, 898 were students with no evidence of severe illness reported in any of the infected students to date. …

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-15). After Big Win in Buffalo, Starbucks Workers in Massachusetts File to Unionize. zcomm.org If they're successful, they'll join Buffalo workers in being the first of the company's roughly 9,000 corporate-owned locations to form a union…

David Skripac (2021-12-15). Our Species Is Being Genetically Modified. Are We Witnessing Humanity's March Toward Extinction? Viruses Are Our Friends, Not Our Foes. globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Visit …

Staff (2021-12-15). Reducing the Need for Poetry. davidswanson.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 15, 2021 Edward Tick's book, Coming Home in Vietnam, is made up of lovely and powerful poems. But I can't help wishing they weren't needed. Just as some members of Veterans For Peace talk about honoring veterans by ceasing to create any more veterans, I wish we could …

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-15). The only way to deal effectively with a pandemic is socialistic. moderndiplomacy.eu The two extremes of ideology are libertarianism (anarchy) versus government (socialism). (Pure embodiments of either are rare if not non-existent.) A democratic government represents the public; an aristocratic government represents the wealthiest 0.1% as its actual dictators and beneficiaries. The two types of libertarianism are: the pure form, in which everyone is free to destroy …

_____ (2021-12-15). How The Black Education Movement Took On The Racist Schools System. popularresistance.org The fight to end racial disparities that continue to blight the British education system has been energised by the Black Lives Matter movement, with a growing number of campaign groups joining the push to bring about real change in UK schools. | Grassroots organizations such as No More Exclusions (NME) are aiming to end exclusions that disproportionately impact Black boys, while the Black Curriculum is leading the fight to make Black history mandatory on the UK curriculum. And the fact it has already helped to do so in Wales suggests things may finally be changing. | But this is not a new fight. Decades before th…

Global Research News (2021-12-15). Selected Articles: Towards Another Devastating Worldwide Crisis? The WEF's "Cyber Attack With Covid-like Characteristics". globalresearch.ca By In "normal" times, the practice of medicine has many challenges, some from within and some from outside the profession. If you let it, much of your daily practice …

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-15). Tehran cannot stand interference in nuclear, defense program. en.mehrnews.com Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Iran does not tolerate any interference in its peaceful nuclear and defense program, reiterating that the trio islands are the permanent and inseparable part of Iran.

Shane Quinn (2021-12-15). History of World War II: Did Mussolini's Fate Prompt Hitler to Kill Himself? globalresearch.ca First published on October 26, 2018 With Allied armies pushing ever northwards through the "tough old gut" of Italy, and German forces pulling out, Benito Mussolini took a long look at the situation before departing Milan on 25 April …

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-12-15). Iran voluntarily allows IAEA to install new cameras at TESA. en.mehrnews.com Iran has voluntarily let IAEA replace the damaged CCTV cameras at Karaj's TESA site with the new ones after reaching an agreement with the international body.

Staff (2021-12-15). Iran Nuclear Talks Falter as Biden Admin Threatens "Alternatives" After Squandering Window for Diplomacy. democracynow.org The United States is continuing talks with Iran over its nuclear program after President Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015. With a new Iranian administration after April's controversial election, many worry that if talks fail, tensions between the two countries could turn into military escalation fueled by pressure from Israel. "The new hard-line team has been coming in to the negotiation table with more demands than the previous administration," says Iranian American journalist Negar Mortazavi. "They want sanctions relief from the U.S. in exchange for them scaling back part of th…

WSWS (2021-12-15). Kaiser workers: To prepare for our fight for safe staffing during Omicron, we must learn the lessons of the AHCU contract betrayal! wsws.org The Alliance of Health Care Unions may have succeeded in ramming through the latest concessions contract, but that does not change the fact that we still need a fully staffed health care system now to handle the impending surge of COVID-19 cases.

Norman Solomon (2021-12-15). ÔªøCurrent Dispute Over ICBMs Is a Quarrel Over How to Fine-Tune the Doomsday Machinery. zcomm.org Nuclear weapons are at the pinnacle of what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism."

WSWS (2021-12-15). Omicron identified throughout the Southern US amid continuing child, educator deaths. wsws.org As Omicron is identified across the Southern US, at least 13 children in the region have officially died of COVID-19 in the past month while the media remain virtually silent.

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-15). Record Corporate Profits, Record Stock Buybacks, and the Plan to Tax Them. inequality.org

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-15). The Omicron variant: Spread, lethality and prevention. peoplesdispatch.org Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath discusses what is known about the Omicron variant at this stage. Does it spread faster? Is it more lethal? How do prevailing vaccine inequities affect its transmission?

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-15). Man In Italy Tries Go Get Vaccine Certificate With Fake Arm, Nurse Notices Pinker Arm Than Face. moguldom.com A 50-year-old Italian man who wanted to get a coronavirus certificate without actually having the jab presented a nurse with a fake arm, according to The New York Times. A nurse in the northern city of Biella discovered the deception when she noticed that the man's arm was pinker than his hands and face because …

Nora De La Cour (2021-12-15). The Great American Teacher Exodus. zcomm.org Every step of the way, teachers are prevented from actually performing their vocation…

Andrew Perez (2021-12-15). Health Care's Rotating Villain. dailyposter.com

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-15). JCPOA members, US hold meeting to discuss talks' acceleration. en.mehrnews.com Russian representative in Vienna talks said that JCPOA participants, without Iran, and the US held a meeting on Tuesday to exchange views on how best to proceed in order to expedite the Vienna talks.

Fight Back (2021-12-15). Hennepin County AFSCME members authorize strike. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On December 13, over 3500 Hennepin County clerical and social service workers who are members AFSCME Locals 34 and 2822 rejected the county's "last best and final" contract offer and authorized a strike across both locals. The two locals represent the largest blocks of organized workers in the Hennepin County system. | The AFSCME members say the county's offer is an attempt to stagnate wages and pass costs of operating onto employees. They also say that the county has ignored the risks that frontline workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the workers have been forced to work in-perso…

Rosalind English (2021-12-15). Tackling climate change: human rights campaigners or shareholders? Law Pod UK latest. ukhumanrightsblog.com In this week's episode of Law Pod UK Rosalind English reports from the UK Bar Council's 19th Annual Law Reform Lecture, exploring the role of law reform in the context of climate change. You will hear excerpts from the speeches given by Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, and Lord …

Thomas Klikauer (2021-12-15). Wealth, Capitalism and Ideology. zcomm.org As an almost classical consequence of capitalist markets, sovereignty in monetary terms exists only for big players…

WSWS (2021-12-15). Johnson government hit by massive backbench rebellion opposing minimal COVID measures. wsws.org Yesterday's grotesque parliamentary debate was a warning of what is coming.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-15). Declaration of the XX ALBA-TCP Summit in Commemoration of its XVII Anniversary. libya360.wordpress.com Final Declaration of the XX ALBA-TCP Summit Highlights Efforts Towards Real Latin American and Caribbean Integration Yoselina Guevara The XX ALBA-TCP Summit, held in Havana, Cuba, ended yesterday, December 14, with a declaration comprising 44 points. In the final document, it was once again stated that the Alliance is an international organization in which one…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-15). How a virus transforms immune cells into cancer uncovered by researchers. imperial.ac.uk An international team have mapped how the HTLV-1 virus causes a rare leukaemia in some people, providing clues on how to stop it happening.

Staff (2021-12-15). Nuevo hallazgo podría explicar por qué la ómicron puede transmitirse con mayor rapidez que variantes anteriores. cubadebate.cu La variante ómicron de la covid-19 contagia y se multiplica 70 veces más rápido en los bronquios humanos que la delta y que el virus original del SARS-CoV-2, comunicó este miércoles un equipo de investigación dirigido por científicos de la Universidad de Hong Kong (China).

_____ (2021-12-15). A Drug-addled Parliament Rules the UK. journal-neo.org Lately, the more often you read British media material or speeches of politicians of the United Kingdom, the clearer becomes the thought: are they stoned or high on cocaine, commonly called "belted"? Judge for yourself: in January, British journalist Helen Rumbelow of The Times wrote a review of The Great (TV series) about the earlier …

Michael Mann (2021-12-15). "This Isn't a Natural Disaster" zcomm.org Climate Scientist Michael Mann on Deadly Tornadoes in 8 States…

WSWS (2021-12-15). Lisa Diaz, Sarah Saul condemn right-wing campaign to keep schools open amid surging pandemic. wsws.org Huge numbers of children, educators, their families and communities are suffering the consequences of this right-wing agenda. Omicron cases are being reported at school after school, leading to an increasing number of full or partial closures.

Robert D. Bullard (2021-12-15). The Father of Environmental Justice, on Whether We're All Doomed. zcomm.org Interview on the global struggle to keep this world safe to live in, and how racism gets in the way…

Carlos Martinez (2021-12-15). China plays a crucial role supporting progress and sovereignty in Latin America. mronline.org In the last two decades, economic links between Latin America and the People's Republic of China have been expanding at a dizzying rate.

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-15). Iranian defense power not affected by US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com Iran's defense power date back to the era before the sanctions so any restriction on Iran's drone power will get nowhere, according to a high-ranking Iranian military official.

Staff (2021-12-15). Venezuela Receives more than 1.5 Million Sputnik Light Doses from Russia. orinocotribune.com On Monday, December 13, Venezuela received another shipment of Sputnik Light vaccine doses from the Russian Federation, which will be used in the Venezuelan government's mass vaccination program against COVID-19. | The new batch consists of more than 1.5 million Sputnik Light doses, which will be used as booster jabs for the elderly population in Venezuela. | The Deputy Minister of Resources, Technology and Regulation, which is under the Ministry of Health, Gerardo Briceño, received the shipment at the Maiquetía international airport. While at the airport, he informed that the supply coming in from Russia will re…

Staff (2021-12-15). Chile's Future at Stake: Runoff Election Pits Leftist Student Leader Against Far-Right Pinochet Defender. democracynow.org In Chile, voters this weekend will determine a close runoff election between far-right candidate José Antonio Kast and leftist Gabriel Boric, a former student leader. If Boric, who holds a narrow lead, wins the race, he would become Chile's youngest and most progressive president in years. Meanwhile, Kast's win would make him "an authoritarian taking power with anti-immigrant, anti-abortion, nationalistic and very hateful rhetoric in relation to everything that is progressive," says Chilean American author Ariel Dorfman.

_____ (2021-12-15). The Strategy Session, Episode 38. strategic-culture.org

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-15). Yemeni clashes with Saudi-led forces in Marib intensify. en.mehrnews.com Local media in Yemen have reported intensified clashes between Yemenis and Saudi forces in the western part of Marib city.

Staff (2021-12-15). Mark Meadows Held in Contempt of Congress as Jan. 6 Probe Expands. How Long Can Trump Hold Out? democracynow.org The U.S. House voted to recommend the Department of Justice charge former President Trump's former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows with criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack. The vote came after the committee released a series of text messages from Republican lawmakers and Fox News hosts to Meadows on January 6 that begged him to convince Trump to tell his followers to leave the Capitol. The messages show that Trump and his inner circle were "in the know" in the plot to overturn the election, says Daily Beast reporter Jose Pagliery.

teleSUR (2021-12-15). UNGA President Says Vaccinating World New Year's Top Priority. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Abdulla Shahid, president of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said that his first goal for the New Year is to vaccinate the world and achieve vaccine equity. | RELATED: | "My top priority is going to be on vaccine. That is why I am convening this high-level meeting on Jan. 13. That is why I want to make my New Year resolution on vaccine," the UNGA president told reporters while responding to the question regarding his top pr…

teleSUR (2021-12-15). Castillo Sends Bill To Reduce Poor Families' Electricity Bills. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Peru's President Pedro Castillo sent a bill to modify the Electric Social Compensation Fund (FOSE) so as to ensure that the most vulnerable families have a discount of up to 15 percent on their monthly electricity bills. | RELATED: | Currently, high-income users subsidize Peruvian families that consume less than 100 kWh per month. Castillo proposes that this cross subsidy also be extended to citizens…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-15). 100 Million Americans See US Healthcare System as 'Expensive' or 'Broken'. zcomm.org One in 20 survey respondents—representing 12.7 million people—said a friend or family member died over the past year after not receiving treatment because they couldn't afford it…

Newsroom (2021-12-15). COVID-19: Don't underestimate Omicron. moderndiplomacy.eu The Omicron variant is "probably" now present in most of the world's countries and it would be a mistake to dismiss the COVID-19 strain as "mild", said the head of the UN health agency (WHO) on Tuesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, told reporters from WHO headquarters in Geneva that the …

WSWS (2021-12-15). Sri Lankan port and free trade zone workers back global inquest into pandemic. wsws.org "No one is taking responsibility for the virus. It is not the people who should be held accountable, but the authorities who hold office."

Michael Albert (2021-12-15). Postcapitalist Work: Balanced Jobs And Equitable Remuneration. zcomm.org Owners gone. So, who decides what to do and how to do it?>

Sameena Rahman (2021-12-14). "Talon Anvil" U.S. military unit exposed for role in massive Syrian civilian deaths. liberationnews.org Damning new information has come to light about systematic disregard for civilian casualties in U.S. airstrikes on Syria…

_____ (2021-12-14). The United States Is Using Nazis In Ukraine To Provoke War With Russia. popularresistance.org If you listen to the corporate media in the United States, you may believe the lies that say Russia is preparing to invade Ukraine. In reality, it is the United States, led by then vice president Joe Biden, that conducted a coup to replace the elected president of Ukraine in 2014 and has been training and arming Nazis to attack the ethnically Russian Donbass Region in eastern Ukraine ever since. There is daily violence against civilians and basic infrastructure. The Biden administration is escalating this aggression and trying to blame Russia with the support of the same corporate media that defended US attacks o…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-14). No action against personnel responsible for killing Afghan civilians in August drone strike, says US defense department. peoplesdispatch.org Several human rights groups have questioned the internal investigation by the Pentagon which called the drone strike inside a residential building in Kabul an "honest mistake". 10 Afghan civilians including seven children, were killed in the US drone strike in August…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-14). US military in Syria attacked hours after its alleged involvement in killing and kidnapping of civilians. peoplesdispatch.org The US forces aided by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) carried out an alleged anti-ISIS operation in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province in the early hours of December 13. At least three civilians were killed in the operation and several others were kidnapped…

teleSUR (2021-12-14). Colombian Police Responsible for 11 Deaths in 2020 Protests. telesurenglish.net In a hearing held at the Bogota mayoralty on Monday, former Ombudsman Carlos Negret presented a report showing that the National Police was directly involved in 11 out of 14 murders of civilians that occurred during the Sep. 2020 protests. | RELATED: | After six months of investigation, his final report collected evidence of Police brutality during the protests. This information came from testimonies of over 90 wi…

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-14). No punishment for US troops who slaughtered 10 Afghan civilians, says Pentagon chief. nationofchange.org "If the Pentagon wants to come clean about this horrific event, it will release documents and videotapes that show who was responsible for key decisions and what technological failings were responsible."

Staff (2021-12-14). Headlines for December 14, 2021. democracynow.org Eight Killed by Tornado at Kentucky Factory Whose Workers Were Ordered to Remain on Site, Ice Sheet Holding Back Vast Antarctic Glacier Poised to Collapse Within Five Years, U.K. Reports First Death Linked to Fast-Spreading Omicron Coronavirus Variant, New York City to Require Proof of Vaccination for Kids 5 and Up to Enter Public Spaces, Pentagon Won't Punish Anyone over Kabul Drone Strike That Killed 10 Civilians, Sudanese Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Demanding End to Military Rule, Report: Colombian Police Killed at Least 11 People Protesting Police Brutality, Danish Ex-Minister Gets Prison for Illegally…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-14). Amazon workers reject unsafe conditions after storm-hit site collapse and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the death of 6 workers after an Amazon site collapsed in the US, reports of civilians killed during a U.S.-SDF raid in Syria, and more…

The Socialist Program (2021-12-14). Capitalism and Imperialism: A Global System of Death. liberationnews.org Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Roussell and Walter Smolarek discuss how workers are bearing the deadly brunt of the devastating tornadoes that ripped across the country and new revelations about US war crimes in Syria…

_____ (2021-12-14). The Creeping Privatization Of Medicare. popularresistance.org In the early 1970s, Senator Ted Kennedy and Congresswoman Martha Griffiths introduced Medicare for All legislation in the Congress. | It could have passed but for the efforts of a doctor from Minnesota by the name of Paul Elwood. | Elwood believed that unless the Republicans did something to control health care costs, Medicare for All single payer would soon become the law of the land. | So in February 1970, Elwood traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with officials in Richard Nixon's administration to present his proposal for what he called health maintenance organizations (HMOs). | The seeds for a managed care…

_____ (2021-12-14). UN WFP And USAID Using Humanitarian Crisis To Prepare For Intervention. popularresistance.org The UN World Food Program's (WFP) suspension of food aid to Dessie and Kombolcha after the liberation of these two strategically important cities in the war-torn northern Ethiopian state, Amhara, is a "travesty of the highest degree", said Horn of Africa TV's editor, Elias Amare. | The UN has cited as its reason the looting of WFP's warehouses and the intimidation of its staff in these cities by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF started the war by attacking a federal army base in Tigray in November 2020, and subsequently invaded the neighboring states of Amhara and Afar in July 2021. | However…

Editor (2021-12-14). "Every Option Is on the Table": U.S. Prepping for Libya-Style Intervention in Ethiopia. scheerpost.com A protester from Ethiopia's community in Lebanon holds a placard against the U.S. and other western country's intervention in her country in Beirut, Lebanon, Dec. 5, 2021. (Hussein Malla / AP) | By Alan MacLeod / 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 st…

_____ (2021-12-14). Assange Extradition, US Appeal Result. popularresistance.org On Thursday afternoon I was in Edinburgh High Court to get back my passport, which had been confiscated during my own court proceedings avowedly to stop me going to Spain to testify in the trial of David Morales of UC Global. He stands accused by whistleblowers in his own company of spying on Julian Assange, his lawyers and other associates (including myself), on behalf of the CIA, and in engaging with them on plans to kidnap or assassinate Assange. | Having got my passport, I was wandering down the Canongate to buy a new sporran. I fear that I only wear my kilt on occasions where I end up not at all sober, and i…

nachdenkseiten.de (2021-12-14). 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. "

John Pilger (2021-12-14). The Judicial kidnapping of Julian Assange. mronline.org What is at stake is both a courageous man's life and, if we remain silent, the conquest of our intellects and sense of right and wrong: indeed our very humanity.

Alexander Rubinstein (2021-12-14). US Shouldn't Be Invited to Summit for Democracy, Let Alone Be its Host. orinocotribune.com By Alexander Rubinstein — Dec 8, 2021 | In every one of the countries the United States has intervened in over the past decades, anti-democratic means are almost always used towards anti-democratic ends, all in the name of promoting democracy. | This week, the United States is convening a virtual "Summit for Democracy," the first of its kind in what the State Department hopes to make an annual event. | "The summit will focus on challenges and opportunities facing democracies and will provide a platform for leaders to announce both individual and collective commitments, reforms, and initiatives to defend demo…

Jamil Dakwar (2021-12-14). Over a Year After His Election, President Biden's Human Rights Commitments Fail to Meet the Moment. aclu.org Throughout his presidential campaign, then-candidate Joe Biden The United States' meager commitments presented before last week's Summit for Democracy are illustrative. Instead of undertaking new initiatives to protect democracy, advance racial justice, and implement U.S. obligations on human rights, the Biden adm…

teleSUR (2021-12-14). Belarus To Purchase Cuban Medicines for Agricultural Supplies. telesurenglish.net Belarus will purchase medicines from pharmaceutical organizations in Cuba and, in exchange, supply agricultural machinery, automobiles and spare parts to the Caribbean nation, according to a decree of President Alexander Lukashenko published Monday on the national legal website. | The purchases were made within the framework of the annual plan of centralized state purchases of medicines authorized through Belarus' federal budget.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-14). Hungary: Ukraine's sixth battlefront? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com In addition to Belarus, Crimea, Donetsk, the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, and Lugansk. Defense Ministry: Ukraine strengthens its borders due to threats in all directions Ukraine is strengthening its borders due to threats from all directions as the Defense Ministry of Ukraine reported. *** In November, Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov exchanged …

Ann Brown (2021-12-14). Asian Hiring Manager At FAANG Company Says He Gives Black Candidates Tougher Questions To Strike Back At Affirmative Action. moguldom.com A person who described himself as an Asian hiring manager at a FAANG company — an acronym for stocks of U.S. tech companies Facebook, Amazon, Apple Netflix and Google — admitted that he gives "URM" job candidates a hard time during interviews, according to a post on an anonymous community workplace app. URM or "Underrepresented Minority" …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-14). Until We're in Control, We're Under Control! anchor.fm Shoutout to By Any Means Necessary, This is Hell, Red Nation Podcast, and The Empire Files! In this episode I discuss the need to act upon the very clear contradictions sitting right in front of us. Give it a listen and let me know what you think!

_____ (2021-12-14). Absurd Guardian Article Declares China World's Only Imperialist Power. strategic-culture.org Another cartoonishly ridiculous anti-China propaganda piece has been published in the western mass media, this time by The Guardian, which at this point could arguably be labeled the single most destructive promulgator of empire propaganda in the western world. It is authored by Simon Tisdall, who could most certainly be labeled the single most destructive promulgator of empire propaganda at The Guardian.

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-12-14). Why poorer nations aren't falling for green-washed imperialism. canadiandimension.com Streets in the district of Satkhira, in southern Bangladesh, are flooded after months of heavy rain. Photo by Rafiqur Rahman Raqu/Department for International Development/ 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, co…

WSWS (2021-12-14). Barbados declares a republic: British imperialism's legacy of slavery and colonialism. wsws.org None of the island's governments have been able to redress British imperialism's legacy of underdevelopment, dependency and above all economic hardship and social inequality.

_____ (2021-12-14). Who is Responsible for the Deteriorating Situation in Lebanon? journal-neo.org For many years, Lebanon was considered the safe haven of the Middle East plagued by wars, instability, and colored revolutions. Many have referred to the country as the Middle East's Switzerland, including investments in Lebanon's economy from countries of the region where the political crises were raging. The country's banks were especially valued, prosperous and …

_____ (2021-12-14). Workers At Warren General Hospital Vote To Strike. popularresistance.org Workers at Allegheny Health Network affiliate Warren General Hospital voted Saturday to strike, straining already fragile medical resources in rural northwest Pennsylvania. | The 114 nurses and health care workers, who are members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, issued a 10-day strike notice at the 87-bed hospital — the only acute care facility in the county. | The labor agreement with workers expired in September, and negotiations were scheduled to continue Monday, hospital CEO Rick Allen said. | The hospital has offered pay increases of 4.2% to over 16%, plus enha…

Staff (2021-12-14). Strike Wave in the U.S.? Labor Historian Nelson Lichtenstein on Union Drives & Worker Revolts. democracynow.org As unionizing efforts have taken the U.S. by storm, we look at the history of the U.S. labor movement and how unions have acted as a bulwark against corporate power. Worker organizing at Starbucks, Kellogg's and Amazon shows that unions help enforce health and safety measures and protect workers who speak out. "A working-class consciousness ebbs and flows," says Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "A union is a way of capturing that consciousness and making it the law of the land."

Labor Video Project (2021-12-14). Equal Pay For Equal Work! Kellogg Bakers Local 3G Striker Donovan Williams Speaks At UAW 5. indybay.org Kellogg Battle Creek BCTGM Local 3g striker Donovan Williams reported on their national strike to UAW 5 members and supporters on December 10, 2021…

WSWS (2021-12-14). Government crisis in Sweden strengthens far-right. wsws.org For the first time, the Swedish parliament voted for a budget drafted by the conservative Moderate Party in collaboration with the far-right Sweden Democrats.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-14). "Vaccines: Truths, Lies, and Controversies." On the Basic Essay-Study of Dr. Peter Gotzsche. libya360.wordpress.com Damian Mazzotti "Vaccines: Truth, Lies, and Controversies" is a resounding essay that is very useful to all physicians and those involved in evaluating health policies (Peter C. Gotzsche, twitter.com/pgtzsche1, 2020, http: //www.fioritieditore.com/prodotto/vaccini-verita-bugie-e-controversie; 196 pages, euro 18). Peter Gotzsche has a unique professional experience gained from a double degree in Chemistry and Medicine. Through his collaborations and…

Olivia Engling (2021-12-14). 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.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-14). Salvadorans protest government of Nayib Bukele. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of Salvadorans marched peacefully in rejection of recognition of Bitcoin as legal tender, the high cost of living, rise in disappearances, acts of corruption involving government officials and ministers, and the Buleke government's negotiations with criminal gangs, among other issues…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-14). Political Corruption in U.S., Germany, and Russia. moderndiplomacy.eu The U.S. Government shaped the Governments of Germany and of Russia; and, therefore, the campaign-finance laws in these three countries will be compared here. The U.S. Government shaped the German Government not only because the U.S. Government (with the cooperation of its WW II allies) shaped post-War West Germany, but because that West German Government …

William Boardman (2021-12-14). Ukraine Is a Problem Only as Long as the West Makes It One. dissidentvoice.org Ukrainian servicemen take part in a drill of the airborne troops taking place in Zhytomyr region on November 21, 2018. (photo: AFP) Since the fall of the Soviet Union thirty years ago, US policy on Ukraine has been an ugly mix of inconsistency, quiet aggression, fear-mongering and stupidity. Now President Biden is recklessly intensifying the …

Editor2 (2021-12-14). Russia may Find it Necessary Take Action to Secure its Borders with Ukraine, According to Dan Kovalik (Interview). orinocotribune.com Tensions eased after Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned of the US and NATO risking a "nightmare scenario of military confrontation" in Europe following NATO's expanding military infrastructure in Ukraine. While speaking at a conference of the Organizati…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-14). Britain may deploy military bases in Ukraine: Russian ambassador. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Deployment of UK military bases in Ukraine possible, Russian envoy says Russian Ambassador to UK Andrey Kelin speculated that London may deploy military bases in Ukraine under a bilateral agreement. "In theory, such situation is possible," he said on TV Tuesday, answering a question. "This is a privileged partnership, which the Americans, for example, have …

Brittani Banks (2021-12-14). How Do We Stop the Neocons From Starting Another Disaster in Ukraine? independentmediainstitute.org If anything, Washington's neoconservatives have an unerring instinct for survival. Having brought about multiple disasters in the two decades since 9/11—from the Iraq War to the twin debacles in Libya and Syria—the neoconservatives seem to have perfected the art of failing up. Harvard University's Stephen Walt once quipped that "Being a Neocon Means Never Having …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-14). Fight for Crimea: Turkish president to visit Ukraine, attend High-Level Strategic Council meeting. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Ukraine in early 2022. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this in his speech at the event "Diplomacy 2022: Priorities of the Foreign Policy Strategy of Ukraine"…. "Early [next] year, Turkish President Erdogan will visit Ukraine to hold a meeting of the High-Level Strategic Council. This will be …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-14). Ukraine appeals to new German government to unblock NATO arms deliveries. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine in talks with Germany to unblock arms purchases from NATO — Kuleba Ukraine is in talks with Germany to unblock the purchase by Kyiv of weapons systems…through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. *** He recalled that Ukraine had previously gained access to NATO's defense procurement system, which means the Ukrainian Defense Ministry can …

Newsclick (2021-12-14). Mapping Faultlines: After Biden-Putin summit, what next for Ukraine and the region? peoplesdispatch.org NewsClick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the recent call between US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin and the emerging situation in Ukraine…

Matt Sedlar (2021-12-14). Family Policies in the Build Back Better Act Would Reduce Burdens on Families and Provide a Better Buffer to Economic Instability. cepr.net Many US workers could not say exactly when or how much they will be working two weeks from today. As one might imagine, this situation makes it difficult to plan and control one's nonwork life. It also can lead to financial hardship for low- and moderate-income households when they experience a decline in earnings due …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-14). Parade of hurting people prods lawmakers to pass Build Back Better. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—One by one, advocating ending income inequality, strengthening and restoring voting rights, cutting military spending, extending the child care tax credit, raising the minimum wage, and more, a parade of people hurting from exploitation by corporations, the economic elite, and their political allies, took a hand-held microphone in D.C. Monday to campaign for their combined …

Jake Johnson (2021-12-14). Amid Tornado Devastation, Sunrise Says 'Call It What It Is: A Climate Disaster'. zcomm.org "We aren't asking, we demand change. Kentucky needs Build Back Better now."

KWORINOCO (2021-12-14). Spain's Foreign Minister Now Urges EU to Promote Dialogue in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com According to the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, the European Union (EU) should concentrate its efforts on encouraging dialogue between Venezuela's government and the opposition factions. | According to Albares, the EU should act as a bridge between both poles so that the dialogue process can restart and "for us to be able to see democracy win in Venezuela." | He also noted that in the EU C…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-14). Samuel L. Jackson And Wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Make History With $5M Donation To Spelman Arts Building. moguldom.com Hollywood icon Samuel L. Jackson and his wife and fellow thespian, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, made history by donating $5 million dollars to help renovate the John D. Rockefeller Fine Arts at Spelman College. The Jacksons are alumni of famed HBCUs Morehouse College and Spelman, respectively. They met while attending school in the Atlanta University Center in …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-14). Report: Amazon Developing Monster Attack On Instacart With Its Own Same-Day Fresh Market Delivery Service. moguldom.com Amazon plans to compete with app-based grocery-ordering and food delivery giants Instacart, as well as other companies such as DoorDash and Uber in a push for a share of the fast-growing market that took off in 2020 during pandemic lockdowns. Already a force in the brick-and-mortar grocery store business, Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017 …

Canadian Tire Fire (2021-12-14). Canadian Tire Fire #23: Gidimt'en Calls for Week of Action, Defund the Ottawa Police, Encampment Solidarity Updates. itsgoingdown.org photo: @RisingTideTor As CGL attempts to move forward with their work on the Yintah, inching ever closer to drilling under Wedzin Kwa, Gidimt'en Checkpoint has called for a week of actions starting December 20th. They're calling for specific attention to be paid to investors such as RBC, which has already been the target of a…

Reynard Loki (2021-12-14). Why the Internet Itself Is a Major Environmental Problem. independentmediainstitute.org If the internet were a country, it would be the sixth biggest user of electricity. By Robin Scher, Independent Media Institute 6 min read The paradox of combating climate change is that the extent of the emergency extends far beyond the actions taken by individuals to mitigate the climate crisis, yet collective action is what …

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-12-14). Israel kills two in West Bank. electronicintifada.net Deadliest year for Palestinian children since 2014.

Anonymous (2021-12-14). Video: How Israeli bombing poisoned Gaza's water. electronicintifada.net Destruction of warehouses released toxic chemicals into environment.

Staff (2021-12-14). A Christmas Truce Would Come in Very Handy Right About Now. davidswanson.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 14, 20 Ya gotta love how the U.S. media annually freaks out about a "war on Christmas" by which it means something completely unrelated to any wars, while the U.S. military always has several actual wars going on Christmas, the same as every other day. Perhaps especially on …

Staff (2021-12-14). Elizabeth Samet Thinks She Already Found the Good War. davidswanson.org If you were to read reviews of Elizabeth Samet's book, Looking for the Good War — such as the one in the New York Times or the other one in the New York Times — a little too quickly, you might find yourself reading her book and hoping for a reasoned argument against the supposed …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-14). Understanding the Historical Moment We're in Takes Practical Action! anchor.fm In this episode I go into a discussion about the political, social, and economic placement we as working class people seem to find ourselves in today, not simply in the US but in some sense around the world. We are all hurting in a very similar way, added onto by our own individual struggles or difficulties we might face because of the color of our skin, our gender, our ability or willingness to be taken advantage of, etc. We are all suffering very difficult situations which none of us can take on alone, but if we want to do something about these things, we can't just pick up a gun and go, we'll be killed, or mos…

_____ (2021-12-14). ALEC Is Pushing A Bill That Punishes Banks For Divesting From Fossil Fuels. popularresistance.org As climate change accelerates and environmental disasters proliferate around the world, a Big Oil-funded business lobbying group has decided to attack financial firms that are taking their money out of fossil fuel companies, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has learned. | This month at the annual States and Nation Policy Summit of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pay-to-play organization that brings together corporate lobbyists and mostly Republican state lawmakers to author model legislation, members of the group's energy task force voted unanimously to approve a new model p…

_____ (2021-12-14). Amazon Under Fire After Warehouse Collapse Kills At Least Six People. popularresistance.org Amazon was accused Saturday of putting corporate profits above worker safety following the tornado-caused partial collapse of a St. Louis-area warehouse that left at least six people dead. | "Time and time again Amazon puts its bottom line above the lives of its employees," said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), in a statement. "Requiring workers to work through such a major tornado warning event as this was inexcusable." | Appelbaum's remarks came after an outbreak of over 20 devastating tornadoes late Friday tore through multiple states and killed dozens of…

_____ (2021-12-14). Inside A Rural School District Suing State For More Equitable Funding. popularresistance.org Panther Valley is a poor, rural district with more than 1,600 students from Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. Its elementary, intermediate, and junior/senior high schools serve four Pennsylvania towns: Summit Hill, Coaldale, Lansford, and Nesquehoning. | "It's in the heart of what we used to refer to as the coal region of Pennsylvania," said the district's superintendent, David McAndrew. | As the country moved away from coal mining, residents lost work. Now, jobs are hard to come by. | Fifty-six percent of children in the district are classified as economically disadvantaged, though McAndrew believes the figure is…

_____ (2021-12-14). Law Requires Biden To Cancel Oil Lease Sale To Prevent Climate Harm. popularresistance.org Washington — Conservation groups submitted formal comments today urging cancelation of February's federal oil and gas lease auctions, saying the Biden administration is legally required to prevent harm from the leasing program's greenhouse gas emissions, not just disclose it. | "The Biden administration must do more than simply talk about climate change, it has a duty to take action on a scale and with a sense of urgency that the climate crisis demands," said Kyle Tisdel, attorney and Climate & Energy Program director with Western Environmental Law Center. "The ongoing sale and development of federal o…

Albert Bender (2021-12-14). Decolonizing the holiday: A way forward on Thanksgiving? peoplesworld.org EDITOR'S NOTE: Though Thanksgiving is now passed, People's World thinks it important to bring the following commentary article to our readers from Albert Bender, a regular PW correspondent. After speaking at a Native event this year on the "holiday," he penned the following reflections. The Thanksgiving holiday, or as it also called by many "Thanks-taking" …

Andy Kroll (2021-12-14). A Tour Guide to Hell on Earth, Small Town-Style. tomdispatch.com Half a mile south of what's left of the old Gold Rush-era town of Greenville, California, Highway 89 climbs steeply in a series of S-turns as familiar to me as my own backyard. From the top of that grade, I've sometimes seen bald eagles soaring over the valley that stretches to the base of Keddie Peak, the northernmost mountain in California's Sierra Nevada range. Today, stuck at the bottom thanks to endless road work, I try to remember what these hillsides looked like before the Dixie fire torched them in a furious 104-day climate-change-charged rampage across nearly one million acres, an area larger than the st…

Ann Brown (2021-12-14). Iran Threatens Sanctions Against US Over Treatment Of Black Americans. moguldom.com Iran says it is so concerned about the mistreatment of Black Americans that it wants to impose sanctions against the U.S. An Iranian judicial official in the authoritarian country, which the U.S. has often called out over human rights abuses, is worried about police brutality against Black people, referencing the May 2020 police murder of …

Ann Brown (2021-12-14). What Is The Meritorious Manumission Act Of 1710? How America Developed A Culture Of Snitchin' And Pro-Establishment Negro Leadership. moguldom.com The concept of Uncle Tom didn't just crop up out of thin air. Some point to the Meritorious Manumission Act, a law passed in Virginia back in the 1700s, as the propellant that spurred Black people to snitch on one another to get into the good graces of white people. Under the law, slaves could …

Ann Brown (2021-12-14). Brookings Institution: Only 19 Percent Of White Americans Support Financial Reparations, Most Favor Symbolism. moguldom.com The discussion of reparations seems to finally be taking place across the country as Black voters publicly press their elected representatives to push the issue in Washington, D.C., and various cities move forward with their own reparations initiatives. But still, the concept of providing reparations to the Black descendants of slavery has yet to gain …

Editor2 (2021-12-14). Details of 1948 Massacres Against Palestinians Revealed in Classified Israeli Documents. orinocotribune.com Israeli government discussions on the massacres perpetrated by Israeli soldiers in 1948 were declassified for the first time this week in an investigative report published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research. | Entitled, 'Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in '48 — and What Israeli Leaders Knew', the report exposes two large-scale operations launched by the Israeli army in October 1948, one based in the south, known as Operation Yoav, which opened a road to the Negev; and another in the north, Operation Hiram. | As part of the lat…

Grace Woods (2021-12-14). Prosecutors found to be the criminals in NYC. liberationnews.org The purpose of prosecutors is to incarcerate working-class, Black and Brown people for alleged crimes that are overwhelmingly a result of the deteriorating conditions of capitalism.

Liberation Staff, Pittsburgh (2021-12-14). Pittsburgh vigil mourns Jim Rogers, victim of racist police terrorism. liberationnews.org Jim Rogers, 54, was an innocent, unhoused and unarmed Black man who was killed by the Pittsburgh police in October.

Liberation Staff (2021-12-14). 11-year-old sexually assaulted at school, mother fights for justice: 'How am I gonna trust them to teach my son?'. liberationnews.org "If they're not educated on it, how am I gonna trust them to teach my son the difference?"

Liberation Staff (2021-12-14). UAW members vote strongly in favor of 'One worker, one vote' referendum. liberationnews.org In voting results announced on December 2, members of the United Auto Workers overwhelmingly voted to change the union's method of choosing its top leadership…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-14). El monopolio corporativo dificulta económicamente a las trabajadoras. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON: øPor qué los trabajadores no pueden salir adelante? Económicamente, eso es. Los salarios medios de la amplia clase media estadounidense han estado prácticamente estancados durante al menos 40 años, ajustados a la inflación, incluso cuando la productividad se ha adelantado al galope. La mediana del 20% inferior de hecho se ha reducido. Mientras tanto, …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-14). Exposed documents from Meadows show Trump involvement in coup attempt. peoplesworld.org

MIT-GSU Press Release (2021-12-14). MIT graduate employees announce majority support for unionization — will MIT commit to contract negotiations? liberationnews.org The graduate student workers of MIT have spoken. Will President L. Rafael Reif listen?>

Morning Star (2021-12-14). Iranian teachers strike, demand money for education and freedom for jailed union leader. peoplesworld.org Thousands of protesting teachers assembled in front of the Majlis, or Iranian parliament building, in central Tehran Tuesday demanding justice and the release from prison of a leading teacher trade unionist. Teachers staged rallies too at the headquarters of education authorities in 25 provinces and 60 cities across Iran. The gatherings in Tehran and Shiraz …

Project Censored (2021-12-14). Andy Lee Roth and Steve Macek Discuss the Under-Reported Stories of the Year. projectcensored.org Project Censored's new annual volume, "State of the Free Press 2022," has just been released from The Censored Press. It includes the well-known 'Top 25' censored stories of the preceding…

Staff (2021-12-14). Netherlands Blocks Venezuelan Delegation's Meeting with ICC. orinocotribune.com This Monday, December 13, the Netherlands prevented the arrival of a Venezuelan delegation that was to meet with the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan. The meeting had been agreed to in the memorandum of understanding signed between Venezuela and the ICC at the beginning of November. | The news was reported by Venezuela's Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who indicated that she planned to head the delegation. "The government of the Netherlands has obstructed and prevented the delegation that would go to The Hague to fulfill the special mission in accordance with international treatie…

Toward Freedom Editor (2021-12-14). Jacqueline Luqman on the U.S. State Controlling Hollywood. towardfreedom.org Regular TF contributor Jacqueline Luqman gave a presentation during TF's December 2 webinar on the U.S. government controlling Hollywood's output.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-12-14). Cuba defeats COVID-19 with learning, science, and unity. peoplesworld.org Education is central to Cuba's brand of socialism. The revolutionary government's dedication to scientific knowledge and healthcare for all shows up now as Cubans cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States is not so lucky. Cubans have wholeheartedly carried out masking, social-distancing, testing and quarantining. Cuba' s bio-medical research and production facilities created five …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-12-14). India-Bangladesh Ties at Inflection Point. asia-pacificresearch.com

Kerry Smith (2021-12-14). Protesters Say 'No' to AUKUS, Nuclear Submarines and War with China. asia-pacificresearch.com

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-14). Dogecoin Catches Short Sellers Off Guard, Elon Musk Pumps It 33% With Tesla Merchandise Purchase Plan. moguldom.com The price of Dogecoin rose as much as 33 percent on Dec. 14 after Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent out a new market-moving tweet saying he would accept dogecoin as payment for some of his merchandise. Dogecoin rose from around $0.15 to more than $0.21 following Musk's tweet, before falling back to around $0.18. "Tesla …

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-14). War Isn't Funny: a Comedy of Errors. itsgoingdown.org syndicated from The Transmetropolitan Review If everyone fought for their own convictions, there would be no war. —Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace Hey. Are you there? It's me, Barabule Cuterescu, the Moldovan peasant, your humble potato. This will be my fourth dispatch from northeastern Romania, and to be totally fucking honest, it could very…

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