Daily Archives: December 16, 2021

2021-12-16: News Headlines

Staff (2021-12-16). U.S. Hypocrisy Exposed As It Massacres Civilians Abroad. davidswanson.org By By Any Means Necessary, December 16, 2021 In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by David Swanson, activist, journalist, radio host, Executive Director of World BEYOND War and author of the new book "Leaving World War II Behind" to discuss the recently revealed "Talon Anvil" …

_____ (2021-12-16). The UN's Human Rights Failure. strategic-culture.org Will the UN assume responsibility for failing to protect civilians as governments waged war and plunder? | On the occasion of International Human Rights Day which was marked on December 10, the UN pledged to accelerate the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), without taking into consideration the various global inequalities which make generic implementation impossible. | The UN's "Common Agenda Framework" which was published in September 2021 is one example of how the UN glosses over the international law violations emanating from within its institutions to portray a deceptively humanitaria…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-16). Stand up for Assange, stand up for press freedom. peoplesdispatch.org On December 10, Human Rights Day, a British court delivered a verdict that clears the way for the extradition of journalist and publisher Julian Assange to the United States. If the extradition goes through, Assange will face criminal prosecution in the US, including under the infamous Espionage Act, and if convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in jail. | Julian Assange and his organization WikiLeaks published vital information received from whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning that chronicled US war crimes and atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. These include 'Collateral Murder,' the horrifying video…

_____ (2021-12-16). How The Left Can Get Ethiopia Right. popularresistance.org In the last few months, the left media outlets from various camps, in their sincere attempts to demonstrate solidarity and spotlight conflict in the Horn of Africa and internal developments in Ethiopia, got it wrong. They have been uncritically centering active ideological players on two opposing camps. The significant focus on the TPLF attacks on Eritrea, its invasion of Afar and the Amhara region, and its existence as a willing proxy actor of Washington was correct. They got it wrong, however, in their uncritical framing of neoliberal Abiy. They have chosen to over-amplify the Abiy camp's reactionary narrative…

Answer Coalition (2021-12-16). Report from Ethiopia: The untold story w/ journalists Eugene Puryear & Hermela Aregawi. answercoalition.org

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-16). What Assange's prosecution means for all of us. peoplesdispatch.org Gabriel Shipton, Julian Assange's brother, talks about the order passed by the high court in UK allowing Assange to be extradited to the US. He talks about the implications of this case on journalism and press freedom, the impact this will have in other countries, and more.

WSWS (2021-12-16). "His freedom is a political question"—Australian SEP supporters demand Assange's release. wsws.org "The US, UK and Australian governments are all implicated in the crimes published by WikiLeaks. As a result, they are all playing a role in destroying an award-winning journalist right before the world's eyes."

Marjorie Cohn (2021-12-16). British Court Trusts US to Protect Assange Even Though CIA Plotted to Kill Him. zcomm.org The Biden administration must immediately dismiss the indictment of Julian Assange and withdraw its extradition request. The life of Assange and investigative journalism as we know it hang in the balance.

Alfred de Zayas (2021-12-16). A Litmus Test for Democracy? Democratic Deficits at the Summit for Democracy. orinocotribune.com By Alfred de Zayas — Dec 6, 2021 | The so-called "Summit for Democracy" should first agree on a definition of what democracy means. Whereas etymologically we know that the definition of democracy means rule by the people, instinctively we feel that people power must be more than a slogan, that it must be concretized by genuine public participation in the conduct of public affairs. | There are, of course, many manifestations or "models" of democracy, exercised nationally as well as locally in provinces and communities. The spectrum of democratic governance goes from direct democracy by way of citizen power of…

_____ (2021-12-16). Labor Activists Want To Know Why Workers Were Left To Die. popularresistance.org In the aftermath of a rare string of December tornadoes last Friday night that left 80 people dead across six states, labor activists are questioning why employees at two large worksites in the path of destruction were left exposed to danger. | A candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky was totally destroyed after sustaining a direct tornado hit with 110 workers inside. At least eight people died and dozens more were severely injured. At the same time, an Amazon delivery station in Edwardsville, Illinois was also hit by a tornado during a shift change, causing the roof to fly off and part of an exterior wall to colla…

Monica Cruz (2021-12-16). Home care workers protest 24-hour work day in NYC. peoplesdispatch.org Workers employed with the United Jewish Council (UJC) home care agency rallied to end the 24-hour work day and demand their stolen wages on the morning of December 16. While home care workers in New York are being forced to work 24-hour shifts for poverty wages, 11 hours worth of that pay is stolen by their employers. A coalition of worker's rights organizations including the Ain't I A Woman Campaign and the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops (NMASS) have been organizing alongside home care workers for years against these unjust labor practices. | "I am traumatized from working 24-hour shifts," said Epifani…

Michael Moore (2021-12-16). Report exposes dangerous conditions at Minnesota's Amazon warehouses. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. (PAI)—Amazon workers this week echoed the findings of a new report that paints a troubling picture of labor conditions and inequities at the retailer's Minnesota warehouses, prompting one state lawmaker to pledge action in the coming legislative session. In analyzing data from six Amazon facilities, researchers from the National Employment Law Project …

WSWS (2021-12-16). US postal workers' union proposes tentative agreement with cuts to real wages, keeps two-tier system. wsws.org The deal, which contains a measly 1.3 percent wage increase and provides for the expansion of second-tier labor, keeps every prior concession intact while adding a few more.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Omicron explodes in Australia as governments scrap nearly all safety measures. wsws.org As a result of truly criminal decisions taken by governments, Liberal-National and Labor Party alike, millions of people face infection within weeks.

Xander Nieuws (2021-12-16). "Is the Virus Fictitious"? Laboratories in US Can't Find COVID-19 in One of 1,500 Positive Tests. globalresearch.ca First published by …

Editor2 (2021-12-16). Black Alliance for Peace Condemns the US National Guard Deployment to Horn of Africa. orinocotribune.com December 10, 2021 — The US Africa Command,

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Ukraine, Turkey, Azerbaijan form pan-Turkic bloc against Russia in Crimea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Zelensky invites President of Azerbaijan to host Kyiv-Ankara-Baku summit in Feb During his working visit to Brussels, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, during which they discussed issues of enhancing bilateral cooperation between the countries… It is noted that Zelensky thanked Aliyev for supporting the sovereignty …

_____ (2021-12-16). Wage Inequality Continued To Increase In 2020. popularresistance.org Newly available wage data from the Social Security Administration allow us to analyze wage trends for the top 1.0% and other very high earners as well as for the bottom 90% during 2020. The upward distribution of wages from the bottom 90% to the top 1.0% that was evident over the period from 1979 to 2019 was especially strong in the 2020 pandemic year, yielding historically high wage levels and shares of all wages for the top 1.0% and 0.1%. Correspondingly, the share of wages earned by the bottom 95% fell in 2020. | Two features of the pandemic economy distorted wage patterns in 2020 and led to faster wage growth…

_____ (2021-12-16). Going To Work Shouldn't Be A Death Sentence. popularresistance.org On Friday night, at a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, an alarm sounded with a tornado warning. One employee, Elijah Johnson, approached his manager. "I asked to leave and they told me I'd be fired." "'Even with the weather like this, you're still going to fire me?'" he asked the manager. The manager replied, "Yes." | Workers who took shelter in hallways and bathrooms were ordered back to work. The bosses took a roll call to see if anyone had left. Three hours after the warning sirens began — more than enough time to send all employees home to seek shelter — the building was leveled by a tornado…

_____ (2021-12-16). How The US Government Segregated America. popularresistance.org For many years, I worked in Boston public housing with teams of residents, community organizations, public housing staff and other professors on reducing and removing the many asthma triggers that caused the highest rates of asthma and asthma attacks in the city. Living and working in the heart of the city neighborhoods, I was keenly aware of the apartheid nature of public and residential housing (black Roxbury, white South Boston, white gentrification overtaking Boston's mixed-income interracial neighborhoods, and white suburbs) | I had been familiar with the mid-20th century pattern of "white flight" from urban…

_____ (2021-12-16). How The OPCW's Syria Probe Censored Science. popularresistance.org Senior OPCW officials doctored the original report; erased the conclusions of expert toxicologists who ruled out chlorine gas as the cause of death; and thwarted the key investigate area of forensic pathology, which could have helped determine how the dozens of civilian victims in Douma lost their lives. Instead of explaining the extensive suppression, OPCW Director General Fernando Arias has avoided questions; offered false excuses; and smeared the veteran scientists who challenged the cover-up from within. | Guest: Dr. Piers Robinson. Co-Director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, and convenor of the W…

_____ (2021-12-16). Most American Homeowners Are 'House Poor'. popularresistance.org In a recent survey, 40% of homeowners with mortgages said they work second, full-time jobs to afford housing expenses. A majority of the 1,002 people surveyed by Consumer Affairs feel like they can't afford their housing expenses, and did not anticipate the extra costs of upkeep when they bought their homes. | The report comes amid record surges in US home prices, also finding that more than a third of respondents are incurring extra credit card debt to pay their bills. Despite these challenges, homeowners ultimately prefer owning a home to renting one. | The survey found that although 40% of people rely on secon…

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-12-16). Health workers hang up their lab coats in protest. peoplesdispatch.org More than 300 health workers in Konjic in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to hang up their lab coats at the entrance of Konjic General Hospital on 15 December, in protest against a financial crisis that the town's health institutions have been struggling with for months on end. Nurses, doctors, and other health workers warned the authorities that this was their last warning before they quit en masse, a move that would cause the collapse of health services in the area. | The protest is the latest in a series of workers' actions since late November this year. Until now, workers have engaged in striking…

Staff (2021-12-16). Headlines for December 16, 2021. democracynow.org Unprecedented December Storms Hit Central U.S. as Biden Tours Kentucky Tornado Damage, U.K. and South Africa Set Coronavirus Records as Omicron Spreads Rapidly, Senate Approves Record $778 Billion Pentagon Budget, Build Back Better Act Stalls in Senate Again as Joe Manchin Rejects Expanded Child Tax Credit, Civil Rights Leaders Demand Senate Democrats Pass Federal Voting Rights Legislation, Democrats Call on Biden to Extend Student Loan Pause, Grant Debt Forgiveness, Syrian Conflict Has Stripped Civilians of Access to Healthcare, Created Humanitarian Disaster, Protesters Demand Mexico Decriminalize Immigration to…

Robert L. Funk (2021-12-16). Gabriel Boric and the New Left's Old Problem. zcomm.org The Chilean candidate represents a class of Latin American politicians who appear more revolutionary than they really are…

Staff (2021-12-16). Profiting from Migration: Peru Requests $304 Million to 'Serve' Venezuelan Migrants. orinocotribune.com Through the "business" of migration, the government of Peru now intends to ensure its source of income for the year 2022, under the pretext of needing financing to "help" Venezuelan migrants. Peru intends to obtain the funds through a new program that they announced to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR. | According to official sources, the Peruvian administration requested $304 million, allegedly to assist some 900,000 Venezuelans in Peruvian territory. In Peru, Venezuelan migrants have faced serious acts of xenophobia, discrimination, mass deportations, and violence against Venezuelans…

Staff (2021-12-16). 'Fascists Out of the University': Students at Madrid's Complutense University Reject Leopoldo López. orinocotribune.com The widespread international rejection of fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López was evident last Monday, December 13, in Madrid, where students received him at the Complutense University with slogans of "fascists out of the university," prior to López's participation in an event alongside Yunior García, fugitive from Cuba. | "Fascists out of the university!," "López, murderer!", and "out with the Miami coup plotters" were among the slogans written on banners and shouted by students in the political science faculty of Complutense University of Madrid. | Numerous students gathered on the campus to reject…

Editor2 (2021-12-16). 20th ALBA-TCP Summit Declaration. orinocotribune.com "17 years defending Latin American and Caribbean integration and peace" | The Heads of State and Government and the Heads of Delegations of the countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America — Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), meet in Havana, Cuba, on December 14, 2021 to commemorate the 17th Anniversary of the Alliance. In signing this Declaration, we renew our commitment to strengthen this mechanism of political coordination based on the principles of solidarity, social justice, cooperation and economic complementarity, a result of the political will of its founders, the Commanders Fid…

Editor (2021-12-16). Ten Marxist classics for Xmas. mronline.org Lindsey German's Marxist holiday reading list…

Editor (2021-12-16). Whales will save the world's climate—unless the military destroys them first. mronline.org Pentagon documents estimate that 13,744 whales and dolphins are legally allowed to be killed as "incidental takes" during any given year due to military exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

Editor (2021-12-16). Details of 1948 Massacres against Palestinians revealed in classified Israeli documents. mronline.org 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.

Ann Brown (2021-12-16). 10 Things To Know About Legendary Freedom Fighter Attorney Alton Maddox. moguldom.com Alton Maddox's lengthy legal career has been marked with fighting for the Black community in New York City, where he has taken on many widely publicized cases, often battling the system at large. In essence, the 76-year-old lawyer is a freedom fighter. Here are 10 things to know about the legendary attorney Alton Maddox. 1. …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-16). Pastor Bernice King: How Can Any Leader Call For Unity And Reconciliation Without Economic Reparations To Black Americans? moguldom.com Minister Bernice King — the youngest daughter of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — says there cannot be reconciliation in America without making reparations to Black Americans. "Reparations is a real, pressing need. And it is right and just," King tweeted on Friday, Dec. 3. "How can any leader in this nation …

Ann Brown (2021-12-16). Chicago Activists Were Concerned About Going Against The 'Black Savior' Over Obama Library But Now Have New Demands. moguldom.com When former President Barack Obama first announced his presidential library would be in his adopted hometown of Chicago, Black community activists were all for it, defending him against pushback over the project. Now, it seems many of those same activists are having second thoughts related to gentrification. They recently announced a list of demands. Residents of the …

Ann Brown (2021-12-16). Freedmen Hold Reparations Discussion On Twitter Spaces In Response To USA Today. moguldom.com At least three reparations discussions have been held on Twitter in December including one by USA Today, which conducted a Twitter Spaces talk on Dec. 8 that inspired another organization to do a deeper-dive reparations session via social media. Many reparations activists felt the USA Today discussion — entitled "Repairing America: A chat about race, …

Newsroom (2021-12-16). New Project to Build a Climate-Resilient Landscape in Nigeria. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank today approved a $700 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA)* for the Nigeria Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project. The project will increase the implementation of sustainable landscape management practices in northern Nigeria and strengthen the country's long-term enabling environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management. The productivity of major …

Newsroom (2021-12-16). Greenpeace Demands immediate return of German plastic waste. moderndiplomacy.eu Greenpeace, Basel Action Network (BAN), Zero Waste Europe and other organizations are calling for illegally exported waste to be returned to Germany. On December 2, the environmental groups prevented 37 containers with German plastic waste from being loaded in the port of Piraeus (Greece), and the customs authorities there confiscated the containers. In a letter …

Alaeddin Saleh (2021-12-16). Libya Elections: A New Hope or Another Crisis in the Making? moderndiplomacy.eu After a decade of disastrous civil war, thousands of deaths and a complete collapse of the political system Libyans have finally seen a glimpse of light in the ongoing chaos — the nation is preparing to hold a general election. Those few with more optimistic expectations even foretell a new chapter in Libyan history, in …

Paul Wang (2021-12-16). Ethical faults in U.S. approach to the Beijing Winter Olympics. moderndiplomacy.eu Since 1924, the first Olympic Winter Games have carried on the legacy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which embraces the idea of "building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal". Now as an integral part of the work of the organization, its strategic roadmap further aims to turn challenges into …

Newsroom (2021-12-16). 'Restraint, de-escalation and dialogue' needed to stem war in Yemen. moderndiplomacy.eu Yemen is teetering on a new "fragmented and bloody" chapter of war as military escalation and conflict escalates, Special Envoy Hans Grundberg told the Security Council on Tuesday, calling for "restraint, de-escalation and dialogue". "Even as the conflict parties all profess to me their desire for peace, their focus remains on military options…[which] will not …

Newsroom (2021-12-16). 5 Phone Camera Accessories on Amazon Under $20. moderndiplomacy.eu Everyone's using their phone for TikTok and Instagram, but you're going to need some accessories to make it look good. A few lenses and a tripod should definitely be on your list. Smartphones are incredibly useful tools that we take for granted, but they're very versatile. They're the do-everything computers in our pockets. Read on …

Anosh Samuel (2021-12-16). Is Deterrence in Cyberspace Possible? moderndiplomacy.eu Soon after the Internet was founded, half of the world's population (16 million) in 1996 had been connected to Internet data traffic. Gradually, the Internet began to grow and with more users, it contributed to the 4 trillion global economies in 2016 (Nye, 2016). Today, high-speed Internet, cutting-edge technologies and gadgets, and increasing cross-border Internet …

Hellmut Lagos Koller (2021-12-16). The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (TPNW): Wishful daydream or historic milestone? moderndiplomacy.eu The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), adopted in 2017, has entered into force on the 22nd of January of this year and the number of ratifying states continues to grow, with Mongolia being the latest to announce its accession. This positive trend is certainly welcomed with enthusiasm by the Civil Society campaigners …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-16). Colombia and Venezuela: Where is There a Dictatorship? libya360.wordpress.com María Fernanda Barreto Photo: Carlos García Rawlins / Reuters What is democracy in the 21st century? Where is there a true democracy? They say that all comparisons are odious, but at the same time they are inevitable. In the case of Colombia and Venezuela, the comparison between their political systems is constantly made by the…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-16). Libya: Military Mobilization in Sebha and the Looming Threat of War. libya360.wordpress.com The head of the Supreme Council of Tribes and Cities of Fezzan, Ali Misbah Abu Sbeiha, confirmed the presence of intensive military mobilizations in a number of locations in the city of Sebha by the General Command of the Army and the 166th Brigade of the Presidential Council led by Masoud Gedo. Abu Sbeiha said …

_____ (2021-12-16). Afghanistan's Labyrinth of Opportunity. journal-neo.org Four months after the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban (movement is banned in the Russian Federation) attempts to shape the country on their image, despite the lack of recognition. Nevertheless, they have complete freedom from their neighbors to do whatever they want. They do not officially interfere but try …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-16). Snitches and Sleuths: An Update from Puget Sound Prisoner Support. itsgoingdown.org Statement from Puget Sound Prisoners Support about a recent federal arrest in the Seattle area. This information was compiled from public arrest documents regarding incidents in the Seattle area and does not involve sensitive or personal information beyond names already made public by the state. We provide our observations of these cases to highlight the…

Eric A. Gordon (2021-12-16). A small but mighty IATSE organizing drive pops up in Beverly Hills. peoplesworld.org BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A funny thing happened to me on the way to The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts the other night to see Love Actually, Live, the classic Christmas-season film with Hugh Grant done up as a combined film cum live spectacle extravaganza with a large cast of actors, dancers, singers, …

People's World Editorial Board (2021-12-16). Uphold truth—by supporting People's World. peoplesworld.org Dear readers and friends, Our working class and people urgently need media that upholds the truth. People's World promotes solidarity. It gives voice to the heroic actions in defense of democracy, equality, and climate justice, that all of us, our fellow grassroots activists, neighbors, and co-workers are involved in. Please donate today to support the …

Kristen Olsen (2021-12-16). West Virginia mom asks Joe Manchin: Which side are you on? peoplesworld.org I work hard to make ends meet for my family. But as an educator in West Virginia, that's hard sometimes—especially with child care to pay for. Fortunately, the expanded Child Tax Credit that Democrats passed this spring has been a lifeline. Those monthly payments mean that my child has food, a roof, electricity, and heat. …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-16). First Buffalo, now Boston: More Starbucks workers file for union recognition. peoplesworld.org BOSTON (PAI)—Energized by the unionization vote win in Buffalo, N.Y., workers at two Starbucks cafes in Boston filed on Dec. 13 for union representation elections. And even as the Buffalo ballots were mailed in November, Starbucks workers in Mesa, Ariz., filed, too. Workers United, the Service Employees sector that won recognition in Buffalo, filed all …

Michael Nevradakis (2021-12-16). Digital Surveillance — the Real Motive Behind Push to Vaccinate Kids. globalresearch.ca "The real purpose behind the historic, unprecedented push to vaccinate the very young, even against diseases like COVID that do not pose a threat to them, is to fold the current generation of children into the blossoming global digital identity …

Kit Klarenberg (2021-12-16). Meet Edward Isaacs, the student waging a campus war for Israel. electronicintifada.net Bristol Jewish Society president helped get academic David Miller fired.

Ali Abunimah (2021-12-16). EU shrugs at Israeli execution of injured Palestinian. electronicintifada.net Brussels ignores growing demands to hold Tel Aviv accountable.

William Manson (2021-12-16). The Re-Humanizing Power of Great Musical Art. dissidentvoice.org As history repeatedly shows, it is under deteriorating social and economic conditions that the most unscrupulous, the most opportunistic—i.e., the very worst people—end up on top. And because they are the worst, they demand even more, take even more, and abuse and intimidate and/or bribe anyone who stands in their way. Such persons, clearly sociopathic …

Colin Todhunter (2021-12-16). Key Body Demands Complete Ban on Glyphosate in India. dissidentvoice.org In October 2020, Pesticide Action Network India and PAN Asia Pacific released the report 'State of Glyphosate Use in India'. It concluded that the use of the world's most widely used herbicide is rampant. Despite this, it noted that its disturbing effects on the environment and the health of farmworkers and the public are not …

Dean Baker (2021-12-16). Quick Note on the Inflation Debate and November Retail Sales. cepr.net People are still not spending the money banked in the pandemic. This means that we have less reason to fear excess demand driving inflation.

Andy Kroll (2021-12-16). Climate Crisis at the Top of the World. tomdispatch.com When midnight strikes on New Year's Day of 2050, there will be little cause for celebration. There will, of course, be the usual toasts with fine wines in the climate-controlled compounds of the wealthy few. But for most of humanity, it'll just be another day of adversity bordering on misery — a desperate struggle to find food, water, shelter, and safety. In the previous decades, storm surges will have swept away coastal barriers erected at enormous cost and rising seas will have flooded the downtowns of major cities that once housed more than 100 million people. Relentless waves will pound shorelines aroun…

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-16). How Can We Expect Things to Change?>. anchor.fm In this episode I discuss the practical ways in which we can expect the world to change based on the ways in which it has historically changed; through people taking control of their circumstances and building a new tomorrow. However it comes, we know that a new tomorrow must come, but if we want that new tomorrow to lead us towards an actually better society, then we need socialism. So how do we get there? Well, let's discuss!

WSWS (2021-12-16). West Coast hospitals severely stressed as winter surge begins. wsws.org The situation facing the health care system on the West Coast exposes the criminality of the Alliance of Health Care Unions, which rammed through a contract at Kaiser Permanente earlier this month.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Wall Street rises on Fed monetary policy decision. wsws.org While the Fed's decision has been described as "hawkish," the markets took reassurance from the fact that Powell has indicated the central bank will take into account their reaction to its decisions.

WSWS (2021-12-16). The issues in the Turkish health care workers national strike. wsws.org The Turkish Trotskyists support this strike movement and call on all workers and youth to draw the necessary lessons for the development of an independent political and social movement of the international working class.

WSWS (2021-12-16). New Zealand rail union cancels strike, presents sellout deal. wsws.org After unilaterally cancelling a scheduled nationwide strike, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union presented KiwiRail workers with a proposed flat rate increase of $2.48 an hour, which does not keep pace with the cost of living.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Minneapolis-St. Paul airport maintenance workers authorize strike action. wsws.org The workers are demanding increased compensation, under conditions of soaring inflation, and benefits that correspond to other MAC workers.

WSWS (2021-12-16). US Congress approves massive $770 billion war budget. wsws.org The strategic orientation of the huge military bill is to prepare for war against Russia, China or both. Coupled with Tuesday's vote to raise the debt ceiling, congressional Democrats have satisfied their two main constituencies: the Pentagon and Wall Street.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Marighella, film on Brazil's urban guerrilla leader, screened after two-year delay. wsws.org A target of far-right attacks for centering on Brazil's foremost guerrilla leader in the late 1960s, the movie offers neither clarity on his life and times nor a perspective for those seeking to counter the current threat of dictatorship.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Tokyo considers boycott of Beijing Olympics. wsws.org As Japan fully embraces the war drive being led by the United States against China, Tokyo is increasing pressure on Beijing on a number of fronts. These moves are highly provocative and can only push Northeast Asia further towards the brink of armed conflict.

WSWS (2021-12-16). At least 77 dead and dozens injured after gas tanker explodes in Haiti's second largest city. wsws.org Most of the deaths happened as a result of passers-by rushing to the tanker moments after it tumbled to collect the escaping fuel.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Indiana University grad student workers seek union certification. wsws.org Graduate student workers have not had a university-wide wage increase since 2014 while tuition fees and living expenses have continued to rise.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Australian transport union working to push through sell-out deal at FedEx. wsws.org The TWU claims the deal is a "huge win" for drivers, but it does little to address job security concerns or the large pay disparity between FedEx and its competitors.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Video game workers spread strike against Activision Blizzard. wsws.org An "open-ended" strike wave at the video game company Activision Blizzard has spread among quality assurance workers within multiple divisions of the $46 billion corporation based on Santa Monica, California.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Biden presses forward with February 2022 resumption of student loan repayments. wsws.org The Biden administration is insisting that federal student loan repayments must be restarted on February 1, 2022, after being paused for nearly two years, despite the continuing spread of the pandemic.

Abhinav Mehrotra (2021-12-16). Regional Mechanisms of Human Rights: The Way Forward: Case of South Asia. moderndiplomacy.eu Long debates have evolved since the 1948 UDHR as to whether human rights should always be perceived as universal, or whether they need to be regarded as contextual on regional and local cultures. If we look at Art. 2 of the UDHR the rights apply "with no distinction given to their race, colour, sex, language, …

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). Xi meets with role models for building peaceful China. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday afternoon met with representatives of a meeting commending role models in implementing the country's Peaceful China initiative in Beijing.

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). China contributes TCM-based treatment protocols to global COVID-19 fight. ecns.cn China has introduced treatment protocols based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to more than 150 countries and regions as part of its contributions to the global COVID-19 fight.

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). China-Russia cooperation contributes to world peace, stability. ecns.cn Following the video meeting on Wednesday between the leaders of China and Russia, experts shared their views on China-Russia cooperation, saying that their relations play an important role in sustaining world peace and stability.

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). S. Korean president rejects U.S.-led move to not send gov't officials to Beijing Winter Olympics. ecns.cn South Korean President Moon Jae-in has recently said Seoul "is not considering" U.S.-led move not to send government officials or representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics.

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). UN organization confirms hottest Arctic temperature. ecns.cn The World Meteorological Organization has officially recognized a new Arctic temperature record of 38 C in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk, and the agency says it is investigating an unprecedented number of additional extreme weather events that it links to climate change.

Newsroom (2021-12-16). 38‚ÑÉ record Arctic temperature confirmed, others likely to follow. moderndiplomacy.eu A new and disturbing high temperature record for the Arctic of 38 degrees Celsius, or just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, was confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday. Worryingly, the temperature reading taken last June in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk — which is located 115 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle — …

Staff (2021-12-16). Brasil: Lula ganaría en primera vuelta elecciones según encuesta de la firma IPEC. cubadebate.cu Si las elecciones se realizaran este miércoles, el exmandatario Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ganaría la presidencia de Brasil, en primera vuelta, con el 56 por ciento de los votos válidos, de acuerdo con una encuesta de la firma IPEC que fue divulgada la víspera. Según los resultados de la encuesta Lula no necesitaría de un balotaje para llegar al Palacio de Planalto en 2022.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Marighella, film on Brazil's urban guerrilla leader screened after two-year delay. wsws.org A target of far-right attacks for centering on Brazil's foremost guerrilla leader in the late 1960s, the movie offers neither clarity on his life and times nor a perspective for those seeking to counter the current threat of dictatorship.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-16). One soldier killed in unprovoked Israeli missile attack on Syria. peoplesdispatch.org According to the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the attack took place around 1 am with missiles coming from the direction of the Golan Heights which has been under Israeli occupation since 1967…

WSWS (2021-12-16). Time's person of the year Elon Musk: Worshipping the pandemic profiteer. wsws.org Time magazine is celebrating a billionaire who personifies the most noxious tendencies in contemporary capitalism.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-16). Pfizer CEO: Omicron Spreading Fast But Mild Isn't A Good Thing, Could Infect Billions, Lead to More Mutations. moguldom.com The omicron variant appears to be milder than previous strains but it is spreading faster and this could lead to more mutations in the future, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told The Wall Street Journal. Bourla said he expects the number of confirmed covid-19 cases to surge from dozens to millions over the next few weeks. …

Luis Britto García (2021-12-16). Estados Desunidos de América. globalizacion.ca Dos lugares comunes opacan nuestra visión sobre la que fuera la primera potencia del mundo. Uno, que su fuerza se debe a que permanecieron unidos. Dos, que debido al melting pot, la tendencia homogeneizadora de la democracia y de los…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-16). Why Cuba Does Not Have an Anti-Vaccine Movement. libya360.wordpress.com Marc Vandepitte, Toon Danhieux Increasingly, large sectors of the European population, and in the US to a lesser extent, openly express their distrust towards their government's policies to combat COVID-19. The reaction of the traditional policy is one of panic and is characterized by paternalism and repression: general obligation to vaccinate and restricting freedom of…

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). China slams U.S. interference in internal affairs via Xinjiang-related issues. ecns.cn China firmly opposes interference by the U.S. Congress in China's internal affairs, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Pete Dolack (2021-12-16). Envisioning a world with no bosses. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Systemic Disorder Many people, especially those with eyes open to the ravages of capitalism, know what they don't want. Fewer know what they do want. That is understandable, given that the task of building mass movements on so many fronts is daunting. But while

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-12-16). Syrian air defense confronts new Israeli aggression in south. en.mehrnews.com The Syrian air defense has responded successfully to the Israeli regime's new missile attack with shooting down most of the of the missiles fired from the occupied Golan Heights.

Various Contributors (2021-12-16). "International solidarity once failed the people of Chile. It must not fail today." zcomm.org Parliamentarians and public figures from over 15 countries unite in defense of Chilean democracy ahead of 19 December elections.

Lisa Chiu (2021-12-16). Immigration Series: The Southern Border. america.cgtn.com CGTN covers the 2021 World Table Tennis Championships.

MIT-GSU (2021-12-16). MIT graduate employees announce majority support for unionization. zcomm.org Will MIT commit to contract negotiations?>

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-16). Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, On the Most Fundamental of All Human Rights: Survival. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Yes, it's far more extreme and happening far faster than anyone imagined possible. From Australia to China, Germany to Greece, Canada to the U.S. and beyond, the planet is already being devastated by climate change. And no, I …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-16). Fake Science, Invalid Data: There is No Such Thing as a "Confirmed Covid-19 Case". There is No Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Approximately 260 million people Worldwide have been categorized as "confirmed Covid-19 cases". The alleged pandemic is said to have resulted in more than 5 million Covid-19 related deaths. Both sets of figures: morbidity and mortality are invalid.

Andreas Noack (2021-12-16). Video: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca ** | First published on …

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-16). Drone attacks on US base in eastern Syria reported. en.mehrnews.com The United States's Al-Tanf military base in eastern Syria has been attacked by two drones, the commander of US CENTCOM in the West Asian region revealed.

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Video: U.S.-led NATO battle group in Poland. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Video: enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Poland Comprised of units from four Allied nations: Croatia, Romania, the UK and US, NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup Poland is a key asset….in the [NATO] eastern flank. As part of their mission, Battlegroup Poland is continuously executing training exercises to enhance their readiness and ability to operate as …

Staff (2021-12-16). "No Food Available": Afghanistan Faces Catastrophe as Donors Cut Humanitarian Aid to Taliban Gov't. democracynow.org Afghanistan under the new Taliban government faces a humanitarian catastrophe this winter as the United States and other donors have cut off financial aid. The United Nations warns nearly 23 million people in Afghanistan — or more than half the population — face potentially life-threatening food shortages, with nearly 9 million already on the brink of famine. In addition, people face lack of proper healthcare, unemployment and housing shortages. "The international aid organizations, for them, it's just another country … where they take pictures and make their careers out of it," says Pashtana Durran…

Staff (2021-12-16). As Omicron Spreads, 100+ Firms in Africa, Asia & Latin America Can Make mRNA Vaccine If Tech Shared. democracynow.org As the coronavirus variant Omicron spreads across the world at an unprecedented rate, a group of vaccine experts has just released a list of over 100 companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America with the potential to produce mRNA vaccine. They say it is the one of the most viable solutions to fight vaccine inequity around the world and combat the spread of coronavirus variants, including Omicron. We speak to Achal Prabhala, one of the vaccine experts who compiled the list. If mRNA technology could be shared with the listed companies, "we could vaccinate the world in as close to six months from now," says Prabhala.

Arbenita Sopaj (2021-12-16). China's Economic Diplomacy: Where do Taiwan and Kosovo fit in? moderndiplomacy.eu The attempt to unite Taiwan with the mainland since 1979 when Deng Xiaoping instituted the principle of "one country, two systems" has been ineffective to date. In fact, China is struggling with so-called "own provinces," such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet, to name just a few. Internal conflicts are usually a cause of imbalance power …

Brittani Banks (2021-12-16). A Critique of Obscene Wealth. independentmediainstitute.org Wherever and whenever obscenely rich people existed, they always protected their wealth and the privileges that come with it from the majority of non-wealthy people working for them and around them. Emperors, kings, czars as well as masters of huge slave plantations, lords of big feudal manors, and major shareholders and top executives of capitalist …

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-16). Will the Federal Reserve Crash Global Financial Markets As a Means to Implementing Their "Great Reset"? globalresearch.ca It's looking increasingly likely that the US Federal Reserve and the globalist powers that be will use the dramatic rising of inflation as their excuse to bring down the US financial markets and with it, crash the greatest financial bubble …

The Canary (2021-12-16). Toppling of slave trader's statue was 'act of love', protester tells court. thecanary.co A protester who helped to rip down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol city centre has described it as "an act of love". The bronze memorial to the 17th century merchant was pulled down on June 7 last year during a Black Lives Matter protest, and was later dumped in the harbour. | Rhian Graham, 30, Milo Ponsford, 26, Sage Willoughby, 22, and Jake Skuse, 33, are on trial at Bristol Crown Court accused of criminal damage. Graham, Ponsford and Willoughby are accused of helping pull down the monument, while Skuse allegedly orchestrated it being rolled to the water and thrown in. | Constant cam…

Lucy Knight (2021-12-16). bell hooks, author and activist, dies aged 69. zcomm.org While her contributions to feminism are widely appreciated, bell hooks also published groundbreaking work on film, the visual arts, education, and a host of other subjects. She helped shape the modern U.S. cultural landscape…

Colin Todhunter (2021-12-16). 'The Truth of COVID-19 — The India Statement': Citizens and Experts Call for a Halt to COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout in India. globalresearch.ca The mass rollout of COVID-19 vaccines should be halted immediately. These experimental vaccines pose serious dangers. That is the message contained in a statement from concerned citizens soon to be forwarded to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. | The statement's signatories …

Rachel Evans (2021-12-16). Fourth Feminist Walking Tour. greenleft.org.au Another Feminist Walking tour heard from a range of feminist speakers. Rachel Evans reports.

WSWS (2021-12-16). Governments refuse to take action as Omicron variant surges throughout the world. wsws.org As the official death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has exceeded 800,000 in the United States, public health officials are warning of a "tsunami" of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks and months.

_____ (2021-12-16). The Chaotic Evacuation From Afghanistan Has Distracted From the UK's Deeper Failures During the War. strategic-culture.org By Patrick COCKBURN | They shall not return to us, the strong men coldly slain | In sight of help denied from day to day: | But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain, | Are they too strong and wise to put away? | Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour? | When the storm is ended shall we find | How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power | By the favour and contrivance of their kind? | Their lives cannot repay us — their death could not undo — | The shame that they have laid upon our race. | But the slothfulness that wasted and the arrogance that slew, | Sha…

Jim McIlroy (2021-12-16). NSW bus, train drivers strike over pay, privatisation. greenleft.org.au The Rail, Tram and Bus Union is calling for a quota on Australian-built infrastructure to put commuter and workers' safety first. Jim McIlroy reports.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-16). COVID-19 experts from Imperial and Singapore share lessons from pandemic. imperial.ac.uk Scientists from the UK and Singapore have come together to discuss their research during the COVID-19 pandemic at an online symposium.

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-16). Investor Pumps Dogecoin On Tik Tok But Describes A Technical Ponzi Scheme. moguldom.com A Dogecoin fan pumped the hugely popular meme coin on Tik Tok, and an observer reposted the video on Twitter with an accompanying comment saying that the man had just flawlessly described a Ponzi scheme. The unnamed Dogecoin enthusiast was keen to share what he said was "an incredible investment opportunity right now." The goal …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). 89-10: Senate sends record-high $768 billion war budget authorization to White House. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Senate vote was 89-10.The House vote was 363-70.It's the highest-ever Pentagon budget in current dollars and the largest since World War II in constant dollars. Russian military spending for 2020 was an estimated $61.7 billion, less than 1/12 of next year's U.S. defense spending. Senate Passes $768 Billion Defense Bill, Sending It to Biden …

Editor (2021-12-16). China-Africa friendship continues to flourish on vaccine, trade, renewable energy. mronline.org China-Africa friendship is expected to continue to flourish as cooperation is further deepened in various areas after the ongoing 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Dakar, Senegal.

ecns.cn (2021-12-16). Sinovac booster shot shows 94% neutralization efficacy against Omicron: company. ecns.cn The latest study shows a third shot of Chinese biotech firm Sinovac's inactivated vaccine can more than double the vaccine's neutralizing antibody positive rate against the Omicron variant.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-16). Omicron — latest research and expert views as UK cases hit all-time high. imperial.ac.uk Experts from Imperial are advancing understanding of the Omicron variant and how we can protect against it as the UK's booster rollout gathers speed.

Global Research (2021-12-16). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

Badri Raina (2021-12-16). Rahul Gandhi's Speech Differentiating Hinduism and Hindutva Was a Watershed Moment. zcomm.org Where the Congress leader may have erred is in characterising all those present in the Jaipur audience as Hindus…

Sam Mellins (2021-12-16). Insuring — And Ensuring — The Apocalypse. dailyposter.com

Staff (2021-12-16). Steve Coll on How the U.S. Pursued Withdrawal Over Peace in Afghanistan & Let the Taliban Take Over. democracynow.org As Afghanistan spirals into a humanitarian crisis after the abrupt U.S. withdrawal earlier this summer, we look at years of failed U.S. diplomacy that allowed the Taliban to seize power and leave the small nation in a state of disrepair. A New Yorker magazine investigation shows how the U.S. repeatedly undermined the Kabul-based government in a rush to leave the country. "I've been reporting in general and around Afghanistan for a long time. I was still shocked by the degree of cynicism that the United States often brought to this endeavor to seek peace, particularly during the Trump years," says New Yorker staff…

Jennifer Bendery (2021-12-16). Elizabeth Warren Announces Support For Expanding The Supreme Court. zcomm.org "I come to this conclusion because I believe the current court threatens the democratic foundations of our nation," the senator said in an op-ed.

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-16). Iran FM tells Guterres Tehran not to tolerate intimidation. en.mehrnews.com Iranian Foreign Minister has told UN Secretary-General that Western parties must know that intimidation against Iran will have adverse effect on Tehran.

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.

_____ (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…

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 …

_____ (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 . . . |

John Catalinotto (2021-12-15). Tornadoes wreak havoc, Amazon makes matters worse. 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, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-15). 37 military offices, wars in Ethiopia, Libya, Western Sahara: Turkey edges Russia out of African arms market. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Armed with drones, Turkey explores African arms sales Armed with battle-tested drones, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been deepening defence ties with African countries ahead of a major gathering of the continent's leaders in Istanbul. The two-day Turkey-Africa partnership summit starting Friday comes fast on the heels of a top-level business forum in October …

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,"

_____ (2021-12-15). The Execution of Julian Assange. strategic-culture.org He committed empire's greatest sin. He exposed it as a criminal enterprise. And empires always kill those who inflict deep and serious wounds. | By Chris HEDGES | Let us name Julian Assange's executioners. Joe Biden. Boris Johnson. Scott Morrison. Theresa May. Lenin Moreno. Donald Trump. Barack Obama. Mike Pompeo. Hillary Clinton. Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett and Justice Timothy Victor Holroyde. Crown Prosecutors James Lewis, Clair Dobbin and Joel Smith. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser. Assistant U.S, Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia Gordon Kromberg. William Burns, the director of the CIA. Ken McCa…

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.

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…

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.

Strategic Culture Foundation (2021-12-15). Biden's 'Summit for Democracy' is a vile circus for new Cold War. nationofchange.org The biggest enemy of the basic democratic rights is the U.S. government—and yet we have this Biden conference declaring support for democracy.

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…

Ted Kelly (2021-12-15). Capitalism, imperialism poison Hawaiians' drinking water. workers.org Polluted waters on island of Oahu By land and by sea, Hawaiians are under attack by the U.S. empire. In just one week, two major scandals show how corporations and the military are waging a two-front ecological war to poison drinking water and farmland. On this Pacific archipelago, occupied by . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-15). Latin American and Caribbean states ratify unity against imperialism and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the final agreement signed at the 20th Summit of ALBA-TCP in Cuba, rising casualties after a major fuel tank explosion in Haiti, and more…

William Minter, Anita Plummer, Daniel Volman (2021-12-15). U.S. Cold War with China: First Stop, Equatorial Guinea. fpif.org In the first Cold War, the Last week's Democracy Summit,

Timothy V. Johnson (2021-12-15). Frank Chapman, veteran activist, tackles Black Liberation and national question in book. peoplesworld.org Frank Chapman has a long and storied reputation as an activist-leader-theoretician in the anti-repression, labor, and left movements. His history makes it imperative that activists engage with his theoretical work, which is drawn from years of struggle in the mass movement. His latest book, Marxist-Leninist Perspectives on Black Liberation and Socialism, traces the history of …

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…

Jeffrey Sachs (2021-12-15). America's struggle at home. nationofchange.org In the first year since the end of the Trump administration, the United States is still in the throes of a struggle to overcome decades of political corruption and social neglect.

_____ (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…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-15). Ukraine army employs eight years of Donbass war experience for conflict in Crimea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukrainian Army trains to repel tank attacks near occupied Crimea In the southern district, an exercise is underway for anti-tank artillery and engineering units, deployed along the de-facto border with the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. According to the Commander, servicemen participating in the exercise have mastered the relevant skills over …

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…

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 …

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

Casey Davidson (2021-12-15). Australian climate activist imprisoned for blocking coal train. peoplesworld.org SYDNEY—A climate activist who climbed on top of a coal train, which led to a five-hour delay of 15 coal trains between Newcastle and Maitland, will serve up to a year behind bars—the harshest sentence ever delivered in Australia in relation to direct climate action. Eric (Sergio) Herbert participated in a larger campaign by Blockade …

Combined Sources (2021-12-15). Denmark's immigration minister jailed for tearing refugee families apart. peoplesworld.org

Dr. Robert Malone (2021-12-15). Before your Child is Injected, Watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on Child COVID Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca Before your child is injected, watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on child COVID vaccinations. | Before you vaccinate your child, which is irreversible and potentially permanently damaging, find out why 15,000 physicians and medical scientists around the world signed a declaration …

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.

Adeline Lee (2021-12-15). Surreal Stingray Secrecy: Uncovering the FBI's Surveillance Tech Secrecy Agreements. aclu.org The FBI has refused to confirm or deny if it has recent records about its practice of requiring local police to sign strict nondisclosure agreements prior to purchasing invasive cell phone tracking technology. But the FBI

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 …

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 …

_____ (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.

_____ (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). 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…

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 . . . |

C.J. Atkins (2021-12-15). 'Amazon won't let us leave': Tornado creates modern Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. peoplesworld.org

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 . . . |

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 . . . |

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…

Liberation Staff, NYC (2021-12-15). NYC tenants say: 'Abolish winter evictions!'. liberationnews.org The action was dedicated to Ms. Joy Noel who died homeless at age 85 after her landlord evicted her and rented her apartment while she was on vacation.

Marie Kelly (2021-12-15). Justice for Fanta, freedom for Hasein and AJ! workers.org Sign carried by Strand family member at rally Dec. 11. Delaware County, Pennsylvania A march for Fanta Bility, the 8-year-old girl murdered by Sharon Hill police in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, this summer and for teenagers, Hasein Strand and Angelo "AJ" Ford, falsely charged in her murder, brought 100 community activists . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-15). Biden backs Kellogg's workers; Sanders takes fight to cereal giant's doorstep. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Democratic President Joe Biden is publicly and bluntly backing the 1,400 Kellogg's workers whom the cereal giant forced to strike weeks ago. And he opposes the firm's plan to permanently replace them. "Every employee has the right to collectively bargain. Full stop," Biden's first tweet on the months-old conflict declared. "I am deeply troubled by …

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-15). Kellogg's workers vote to stay on str-r-r-ike! workers.org On strike since Oct. 5, 1,400 Kellogg's workers have overwhelmingly rejected management's second contract offer and are still walking the picket line. They are fighting to save their jobs and to get rid of two tier, an unequal and divisive pay system that punishes primarily younger, lower-seniority workers. The strike . . . |

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.

Stuckey (2021-12-15). Round 2: Bessemer Amazon workers headed for new union election. liberationnews.org Union organizers are gearing up for an election re-run at Amazon's fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama after objections filed by the RWDSU union charging that Amazon used blatantly illegal tactics…

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 . . . |

The Socialist Program (2021-12-15). Worshiping at the Altar of Billionaires. liberationnews.org Elon Musk is TIME magazine's Person of the Year this year, despite gaining more than $225 billion dollars over the course of the pandemic, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died. Why does the mainstream capitalist culture worship him and billionaires like him?>

Pepe Escobar (2021-12-15). Putin, Xi running circles around Biden's hybrid war. asiatimes.com Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin spent an hour and 14 minutes in a video conversation on Wednesday. Geopolitically, paving the way for 2022, this is the one that really matters — much more than Putin-Biden a week ago. Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who generally carefully measures his words, had previously hinted that this …

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.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-15). Study of Antarctic ice's deep past shows it could be more vulnerable to warming. imperial.ac.uk Insights into how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet responded to a warmer climate millions of years ago could improve predictions of its future.

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…

Luis Chirino (2021-12-15). Havana Biennial: Inside Cuba's fine arts expo. america.cgtn.com The Havana Biennial, a fine arts exhibit held in the Cuban capital since 1984, is underway again as local and foreign artists display their works in galleries and public spaces.

PAI (2021-12-15). Shuler, UMW's Roberts, Warren: Private hedge funds destroy workers and companies. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—Continuing a decades-long record of predatory financial sector capitalism, multibillion-dollar hedge funds, accountable only to their secret investors, swoop in to devour companies, devastate workers, destroy jobs, and then escape with the profits. So say, in so many words, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sherrod …

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 …

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.

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…

_____ (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 …

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?

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 …

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…

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.

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

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.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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