Daily Archives: December 17, 2021

2021-12-17: News Headlines

Patricia Ferrer (2021-12-17). Extreme Right Journalist Nitu Pérez: Washington Keeps on Supporting Guaidó to Avoid Accepting It Was a Mistake. orinocotribune.com During an online chat with Daniel Lara Farías, a self-defined independent communicator, extreme right-wing journalist Nitu Pérez Osuna declared that the United States maintains its support for Guaidó so as not to accept that it was a mistake on their part to do so. The conversation between Lara Farías and Pérez Osuna was published in the latter's Youtube In the live-streamed conversation, Pérez Osuna stated that "in relation to this gentleman [Guaidó] in charge, the truth is that I stopped watching him a long time ago, because he…

ecns.cn (2021-12-17). U.S. military should account for killings globally: Chinese FM spokesperson. ecns.cn The U.S. military should be held accountable for its war crimes of killing innocent civilians worldwide, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Friday.

David Swanson (2021-12-17). Video: U.S. Senate Passes Colossal $770 Billion Military Bill. warisacrime.org By

_____ (2021-12-17). Congress Passes Massive $778 Billion NDAA. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, the Senate passed the massive $778 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a vote of 89 to 10. | The legislation is a compromise version of the NDAA that was already passed by the House and now just needs President Biden's signature to become law. Congress added $25 billion more to the spending bill than Biden requested. | The bill authorizes $740.3 billion for the Pentagon, $27.8 billion for the Energy Department's nuclear weapons program, and $9.9 billion for "Defense-related Activities Outside NDAA Jurisdiction." | In September, the House passed a different version of the NDAA that inc…

Filmon Zerai (2021-12-17). How the Left Can Get Ethiopia Right: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with #NoMore. towardfreedom.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, writes blogger Filmon Zerai.

G. Dunkel (2021-12-17). Ethiopia: U.S. sanctions create misery and division. workers.org Washington plans to impose sanctions on the central government in Ethiopia starting Jan. 1. The sanctions remove Ethiopia's Special Trade Status, which enables Ethiopian goods to be sold in the U.S. free of import duty. Ethiopia's government is involved in a civil war with forces based in Tigray that had . . . |

_____ (2021-12-17). Why We Must Defend Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Julian Assange is one of the political prisoners that the US claims not to have. The UK is again the good vassal, keeping him locked up until the Biden administration finds an opportune time to ship him off to a kangaroo court. Everyone who believes in press freedom and who opposes imperialism must be a staunch Assange defender.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Hypocritical expressions of concern over Assange from Australian politicians. wsws.org Statements by the deputy prime minister and other government members are anxious efforts to contain the popular outrage over the psychological and physical torture of the WikiLeaks founder.

Rainer Shea (2021-12-17). Terror, Destabilization, Genocide: India's Imperialist Proxy Role. orinocotribune.com By Rainer Shea — Dec 10, 2021 | As the U.S. empire has continued intensifying its hybrid asymmetrical warfare against China, and has caused the world to divide between the U.S. and Sino blocs, I've been

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-17). Democratic Production and Self-Organized Labor: How the Che Guevara Commune Confronts the Crisis. libya360.wordpress.com Cira Pascual Marquina and Chris Gilbert Part I: Highland Resistance: How the Che Guevara Commune Confronts the Crisis First-hand accounts of the impact of the US sanctions on a coffee and cocoa growing commune in the Venezuelan Andes. The Che Guevara Commune lies on the fertile hillsides that rise up from the shores of Lake…

Marie Kelly (2021-12-17). Yes Virginia, there is a labor movement. workers.org Workers in Virginia flexed their organizing muscle in two separate industries recently. First, hospitality workers at the tourist attraction, Colonial Williamsburg village, held a rally in front of various sites within the complex. The majority of the workers are Black. Their grievances include low wages and long hours. Colonial Williamsburg . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-17). Both major parties in Australia plan accelerated pro-business university restructuring. wsws.org Regardless of whether the Coalition or Labor form the next government, the devastating attacks on jobs, conditions and the quality of education will accelerate.

Erica L. Green (2021-12-17). New Leader Pushes Teachers' Union to Take On Social Justice Role. zcomm.org Becky Pringle, the country's top Black labor leader, has plunged the National Education Association into the reckoning unfolding in public schools…

_____ (2021-12-17). Tel Aviv Insists on a Radical Solution to Iran's Nuclear Program. journal-neo.org On December 10, at the annual Israeli-American Council (IAC) National Summit in Miami, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with senior US functionaries about a radical solution to Iran's nuclear program. He warned his American counterpart Lloyd Austin, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that he had ordered the Israel Defense Forces or the …

Ann Brown (2021-12-17). He Isn't The Only One In Hip-Hop: Former Biz Markie Manager Was DEA Informant, Worked For U.S. Government. moguldom.com The government has long monitored the inner workings of the hip-hop world, often using insiders to do its bidding. The former manager of late hip-hop icon Biz Markie has just been revealed as a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) informant who worked for the U.S. government. During a recent court hearing in Maryland, Lamont Wanzer — Biz …

Ann Brown (2021-12-17). Former McDonald's CEO Busted For Having Side Pieces At Work, Now Has To Give Back $105M Of Compensation. moguldom.com McDonald's wants its former CEO Steve Easterbrook to give back the $105 million it paid him in severance and the fast-food giant is suing him to get it. Easterbrook was fired in 2019 after it was revealed he has sex at work with several female employees. In August 2020, McDonald's filed a lawsuit against Easterbrook for lying to its …

Ann Brown (2021-12-17). Remembering Dr. Alim Muhammad's Explanation Of Preference For Black vs African American. moguldom.com There has long been a debate over the way Black people in the U.S. should describe themselves and it has changed over time, from Colored to Negro to Black to Afro or African American. Today, people either use or interchange African American and Black, but the debate still continues. Some say Black encompasses people who …

Archana Jyoti (2021-12-17). Impact of Terrorist Organizations in the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu Terrorism is a significant variable in security studies and it is hindering a wide range of safety. Likewise, because of the emotional expansion in psychological militant assaults in the course of the most recent twenty years, have economies have found a way broad ways to work on the political, social, and financial circumstances by diminishing …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-17). Covid Testing Rackets and Flying Again. dissidentvoice.org The young boy of seven or so was kissing a toy doll affixed with an alarmed face. The doll, no doubt of full Chinese make, was fully tarted up, lips glossy, eyes wide, a blonde with curls. "Stop making out with her," cried his mother, sitting in the seat beside him with concern. "It's creepy." …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-17). Jay-Z, Shaq And Martha Stewart Get Smoked On SPAC IPO Pump And Dumps. moguldom.com If you invested in a special-purchase acquisition company (SPAC) that was boosted by a celebrity name, you may have lost less on your investment than the SPAC category as a whole, but it still isn't a happy scenario. Of 33 SPACs tied to famous public figures and tracked by Bloomberg, 21 posted negative returns for …

Dean Baker (2021-12-17). Can Quitters be Winners? Lessons from the Great Resignation. cepr.net The Washington Post had an interesting piece that looked at the lives of several people who quit low-paying jobs in a restaurant in Arkansas since the pandemic began. There are three interesting points that come out of this story. The first is the headline item (actually, subhead) that although the quitters' mental health improved, their …

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet (2021-12-17). Biden's Bounty on Your Life: Hospitals' Incentive Payments for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Upon admission to a once-trusted hospital, American patients with COVID-19 become virtual prisoners, subjected to a

ecns.cn (2021-12-17). China offers meteorological satellite services to 121 countries, regions. ecns.cn China has provided its Fengyun meteorological satellite data to 121 countries and regions, including 85 along the Belt and Road, its meteorological authority said Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-17). Democracy not a one-size-fits-all product: Chinese envoy. ecns.cn Democracy is not a one-size-fits-all product that has only one model or configuration for the whole world, a senior Chinese envoy in Australia has said in an article published on The Canberra Times on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-12-17). 'Virus hunters' race against time in East China. ecns.cn Medical workers at Zhenhai District Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, have been devoted to the fight against COVID-19 since the first local case of a new surge was reported on Dec. 5, 2021.

Editor2 (2021-12-17). Moussa Ibrahim: Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi has the Widest Support Heading into Libyan Elections. orinocotribune.com We speak to Moussa Ibrahim, the former spokesperson for late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He discusses the overturning of the decision banning Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi (the son of Muammar Gaddafi) from running in the Libyan Presidential elections, current polling for the elections and why he beli…

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-12-17). Caleb Nichols on Defending Public Libraries. fair.org Truthout ( This week on CounterSpin: Even if we don't see a written-out master plan, the banning of books, the attacks on teaching real US history, the efforts to push out professors with views that transgress official US policy…. In their myriad forms, these tell us that it's important to powerful people to restrict what ideas people can access. It's the land of the free and home of the brave, except if you want to know what's happened and happens here, or to tell people about it…

Fedaa al-Qedra (2021-12-17). Israel's war criminals spread fake cheer at Christmas. electronicintifada.net Many applications to travel from Gaza to Bethlehem will almost certainly be rejected.

Free West Media (2021-12-17). Corona Outbreak: Texas Prison Study Shows Zero Benefit for Vaccinated. globalresearch.ca This study can hardly be more official. The researchers were not critics of vaccination either. | They studied a Corona outbreak

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-17). Our Time is Now. Organize. anchor.fm We have so much information to discuss, but this episode's main thesis is this: get off your ass, go organize and build revolution!

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-17). Militias Threaten Military Escalation to Postpone the Libyan Elections. libya360.wordpress.com Editorial Comment: The Dabaiba government, following orders from Turkey, failed to prepare the security environment for holding elections. Meanwhile, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the Government of National Unity, Najla Al-Manqoush, is in Istanbul today, attending the Turkish-African Summit. — A.V. Libyan political circles described the military escalation that some militias…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-17). Over 83,000 Displaced Due to Violence in Sudan's Darfur Region. libya360.wordpress.com Pavan Kulkarni (Photo: Modesta Ndubi/UNHCR) Among the multiple factors driving the violence are alleged mining interests, contest over land and water, and the attempt to end the war with a power-sharing deal between the leadership of the fighting parties without addressing the root causes or involving the communities "Stop the bleeding of Darfur" and "All…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-17). The Fall of the Dream of Elections in Libya. libya360.wordpress.com Dr. Mustafa Al-Zaidi Many, including myself, did not believe that the international community managing the Libyan crisis was serious about establishing a Libyan national authority with popular legitimacy, so they looked with suspicion at the announcement of general elections on the twenty-fourth of December, especially since the so-called Dialogue Committee, appointed by the UN mission…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-17). The Pandemic Response in Martinique and Guadeloupe: The Looming Shadow of Colonialism. libya360.wordpress.com Vladimir Nieddu, Ana Vraƒçar Workers in Guadeloupe protest for the right to determine their own pubic health policy Trade unions in the Antille islands have been calling for independence in creating their public health strategies and measures Since November 15 this year, a coalition of unions and professional associations in Guadeloupe, a group of islands…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-17). Want to Know How to Beat COVID? Look at China. libya360.wordpress.com Scott Scheffer Guangzhou International Health Station, a complex built for accommodating international travelers, in southern China's Guangdong province. The world is now nearing the end of the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States has the highest death toll in the world — 823,390 as of Dec. 16. With all the scientific resources…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-17). Radical Feminist Scholar bell hooks Passed Away: Here's What Black America Has To Say. moguldom.com Feminist author, activist and academic bell hooks died of kidney failure at her Berea, Kentucky home on Wednesday, Dec. 16. She was 69. A history-making trailblazer, hooks inspired many through her body of work, which spanned more than five decades. She focused on race, class, gender, love, the patriarchy, sexuality and more. hooks is credited …

Jim Lobe (2021-12-17). Faith Leaders Call on Biden to End Economic Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Leaders of 18 American faith and faith-based humanitarian organizations appealed to President Joe Biden this week to eliminate general U.S. economic sanctions against nations that are dealing with the ravages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as with the …

Joel S. Hirschhorn (2021-12-17). Deathbed Use of Ivermectin to Save Lives Faces Major Obstacles. globalresearch.ca Seriously ill patients facing death from late stage COVID infection increasingly face hospital protocols that have a terrible record of saving lives. In fact, nearly all such patients die. This explains why over 1,000 Americans are dying every day from …

John Potash (2021-12-17). Oliver Stone's New JFK Revisited Disproves Official Story: Reveals U.S. Intelligence Involvement in Assassination. covertactionmagazine.com Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone has come out with a new documentary film, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, which …

Julian Rose (2021-12-17). The Digital Dehumanisation of Mankind. globalresearch.ca "Raymond Kurzweil is described in Wikipedia as "an American inventor and futurist. He is involved in fields such as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments" Ray Kurzweil doesn't have a God to honour. …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-17). NBA Star Kevin Durant Strikes Deal To Promote Crypto Exchange Coinbase. moguldom.com Basketball sharpshooter Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and his company, Thirty Five Ventures (35V), have partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase in a deal to promote the platform. Durant, a National Basketball Association star, is now the face of Coinbase and is set to promote it across all his business ventures. The monetary value of …

Newsroom (2021-12-17). Cyprus: More awareness of Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic languages. moderndiplomacy.eu State authorities in Cyprus continue to support minority language speakers by funding existing cultural institutions and establishing new sports facilities where their languages can be used, according to a new report by the Committee of Experts for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. (see executive summary in Greek) The Charter had entered into …

Newsroom (2021-12-17). Indonesia's Economy Grew in 2021 Despite COVID-19, Will Accelerate in 2022. moderndiplomacy.eu The Indonesian economy continued to recover in 2021 despite moderating due to the COVID-19 Delta variant wave mid-year. The economy is estimated to have expanded 3.7 percent this year and is forecast to accelerate to 5.2 percent in 2022, the World Bank said on Thursday. The projection assumes that Indonesia will avoid another severe COVID-19 …

Newsroom (2021-12-17). WEF Develops Framework to Transition Colombia to Data-Driven Economy. moderndiplomacy.eu The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and a multistakeholder community have developed a technology and governance framework for trustworthy and commercially sustainable public-private data exchanges in Colombia. This new public-private resource will give individuals greater control over how their data is used and serve as a means for responsible value creation. The multistakeholder community …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-17). Peruvian President Pedro Castillo presents a bill to reduce poor families' electricity bills. peoplesdispatch.org The energy bill, presented in the Peruvian Congress by President Pedro Castillo, will provide over 21 million vulnerable families with a discount of up to 15% on their monthly electricity bills…

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-12-17). Nurses protest in Tbilisi for better pay and working conditions. peoplesdispatch.org A group of nurses and trade union organizers staged a protest in front of Georgia's government headquarters in Tbilisi on December 10, calling for fairer pay and measures to ease the extreme workload they have faced for years. | "Nurses in Georgia are very low in the health system hierarchy, maybe just a bit ahead of orderlies," says Sopo Japaridze from Tbilisi-based trade union Solidarity Network. "Because of this, they don't really have a voice at work, few people consider them to be professionals like doctors are perceived to be professionals," she adds. | Although they do not enjoy the same position in the hi…

Princess Harmony (2021-12-17). NYC opens first safe consumption sites. workers.org With fatal and nonfatal drug overdoses dramatically rising during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. needs a new strategy for countering this menace. In a number of cities, steps are underway to counteract this horrible loss of life. One is the foundation of safe consumption sites — places where addicted people . . . |

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2021-12-17). Global WAR-NING! Geoengineering Is Wrecking Our Planet and Humanity. globalresearch.ca World leaders are meeting in Glasgow at COP-26. All eyes are now on "the imminent dangers of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions". The "climate emergency" is a timely instrument of propaganda used to distract people from questioning "the real crisis", namely the Covid-19 "plandemic".

Prof. Louis René Beres (2021-12-17). Existential Perils From Iran: Israel's Options in Law and Strategy. moderndiplomacy.eu Abstract: Eleventh-hour diplomacy notwithstanding, few tangible barriers remain in the way of an Iranian nuclear capability. If Israel should decide that it no longer maintains any reasonable self-defense alternative to launching selective military attacks against Iranian hard targets, those preemptive strikes would need to be justified in both strategic andlegal terms. In this article, Professor …

Robert Hunziker (2021-12-17). What if the Doomsday Glacier Collapses? dissidentvoice.org Rolling Stone The Thwaites "Doomsday Glacier" in West Antarctica is spooking scientists. Satellite images shown at a recent meeting December 13th of the American Geophysical Union showed numerous large, diagonal cracks extending across the Thwaites' floating ice wedge. This is new information, and it's a real shocker if only because it's happening so quickly, much …

SAM (2021-12-17). Tornados Can Kill. So Can Amazon's Business Model. inequality.org

Staff (2021-12-17). Rusty Whistles: The Limits of Whistleblowing. davidswanson.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 17, 2021 I've been reading a book called Whistleblowing for Change, edited by Tatiana Bazzichelli, a beautifully put-together volume with numerous articles about whistleblowing, about art and whistleblowing, and about building a culture of whistleblowing: of supporting whistleblowers, and of making better known the outrages they've blown the …

This Week in Fascism (2021-12-17). This Week in Fascism #124: Patriot Front Gets Infiltrated and Exposed; DA Pushing Far-Right Conspiracies Slaps Antifascists With Conspiracy Chargers. itsgoingdown.org photo: @AlissaAzar Welcome fellow antifascists! This is an action packed column — with antifascists infiltrating Patriot Front, releasing their audio, and starting to doxx their members en massee — there sure is a lot to cover. We also have action reports, tons of news, and so much more! Let's not waste any time! Action News…

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-17). Red Star Over the Third World w/ Vijay Prashad: Lessons of Soviet History, Part 2. mronline.org Russia's October Revolution in 1917 and the rise of Soviet power reverberated across the world, from Latin America to Africa to Asia, and Middle East — that part of the world that lived under the ravages of colonialism and under-development.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Derek Chauvin admits to killing George Floyd in plea deal on federal civil rights charges. wsws.org The former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck and killed him on May 25, 2020, pleaded guilty to federal civil rights charges in order to avoid a likely life sentence.

WSWS (2021-12-17). UK announces 88,000 COVID cases in 24 hours as daily record broken twice. wsws.org Wednesday saw the UK pass 11 million cases of COVID—only the fourth to country in the world to reach the tally. It has taken just three weeks for another million people to be infected.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Fred Meyer and QFC grocery workers in Portland set to strike Friday. wsws.org Workers are confronting a rapid increase in the cost of living as well as the added risk of being in a workplace with increased danger of daily exposure to the virus.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Vote NO on the tentative agreement at Kellogg's! Build rank-and-file committees to expand the strike! wsws.org The contract, announced abruptly Thursday night, is virtually identical to the one which workers rejected overwhelmingly two weeks ago.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Jon Donaire bakery workers in California continue strike against speed up, mandatory overtime and low wages. wsws.org The workers have been on strike since November 3 against mandatory overtime, long hours, relentless speedup, poor pay, lack of breaks and a punitive point system for attendance.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Extreme low-pressure storm carves path of devastation across central US. wsws.org At least five people have been reported dead and approximately half a million homes and businesses were without power as of Thursday morning.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Six-week-long Maharashtra public transport workers strike endangered by unions' sabotage. wsws.org The trade unions and Stalinist parliamentary parties are systematically isolating the MSRTC workers as they courageously defy government threats and savage management reprisals.

WSWS (2021-12-17). The Mark Meadows documents: The smoking gun of the January 6 coup plot. wsws.org Texts and emails turned over to the House Select Committee confirm the central role of Trump and his top White House aides in orchestrating the attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election by force.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Mother threatened with jail and hefty fines for protecting her son from rampant COVID-19 infections in UK schools. wsws.org Sarah Paxman was called to a meeting at her son's primary school under police caution for refusing to send Stanley, who has a number of rare conditions, into school while no serious mitigation measures are in place.

WSWS (2021-12-17). German Chancellor Scholz's first speech: Praising Merkel, threatening Russia and committing to mass infection. wsws.org The new Chancellor's remarks confirmed the assessment of the WSWS that the programme of the so-called traffic light coalition of SPD (red), Liberals (FDP, yellow) and Greens is a declaration of war on the working class.

WSWS (2021-12-17). After working to the bone … German orchestra leader sacked following musicians' protest. wsws.org The response of the Social Democratic Party here, as in other areas of society, is typical. For many years the SPD has imposed austerity measures in cooperation with the trade unions while seeking to dissipate all opposition.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Continuing strike wave of French transport workers over pay and conditions joined by waste collection workers and extracurricular school staff; national one-day strike across Italy against government's budget joined by teachers demanding more resources; strike by teachers across 100 Iranian cities over pay and conditions attacked by police; municipal and health workers strike in Free State, South Africa over pay and conditions…

WSWS (2021-12-17). B&Q distribution centre workers in Worksop, UK stage second week of strike action. wsws.org Workers have voted to escalate the dispute from alternating weeks of strike action followed by an overtime ban to continuous strike action from Christmas Eve.

Arsenio Toledo (2021-12-17). Anthony Fauci Suppressed Effective Treatments against COVID-19 to Benefit Big Pharma. globalresearch.ca White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci This prevented Big Pharma from being challenged …

Kim Petersen (2021-12-17). What Does It Mean for the Dispossessor to "Compensate" the Dispossessed? dissidentvoice.org Settlers enjoyed a seeming free permission: to dispossess natives at will of all the best land, turn them out of traditional fishing locations, disrespect elders, women, children and religion, leave whole communities without political representation and punish men for breaking laws which they could have no means of knowing existed. It was inconceivable that all …

Monica Moorehead (2021-12-17). Film review 'Attica' explores heroic prison uprising. workers.org The Attica documentary, co-directed by Stanley Nelson and Traci Curry, was released by Showtime in early November. The two-hour film is a powerful yet painful reminder of what took place over 50 years ago, Sept. 9-13, 1971, when thousands of prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York, . . . |

Jonathan Strauss (2021-12-17). Pat O'Shane to stand in Leichhardt for the Socialist Alliance. greenleft.org.au Pat O'Shane, a Kuku Yalanji woman from Mossman, will run for the Socialist Alliance in the Far North Queensland lower house seat of Leichhardt in the federal election. Jonathan Strauss reports.

Pepe Escobar (2021-12-17). Putin, Xi Running Circles around Biden's Hybrid War. globalresearch.ca 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 …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-17). Climatologist award and medicinal cannabis: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Reports point to the rapid spread of cases in US auto plants amid an explosion of Omicron. wsws.org While official case numbers are for the most part being tightly guarded by management and the UAW, available information points to a continuing surge of COVID cases in auto plants.

John Bellamy Foster (2021-12-17). Against Doomsday Scenarios: What Is to Be Done Now? zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Monthly Review John Molyneux and Owen McCormack: Given the extreme summer weather and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, just how bad are things now? What do you believe the time scale is for catastrophe and what do you think that catastrophe

Fight Back (2021-12-17). Strikers at Battle Creek Kellogg's stand strong, Bernie Sanders to join Friday rally. fightbacknews.org Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg's workers are continuing the fight after a rejection of a proposed contract last week. At the Battle Creek headquarters, there is determination to hold the line despite the company's plan to permanently replace 1400 workers. | Jason Rose, a mechanic who has worked at Kellogg's for 15 years, said the company is going to have a difficult time filling all the positions. In Battle Creek, the plant's downward trend in working conditions is well known. "They had a hard enough time hiring people in the first place," said Rose. | The strikers are asking to abolish the two-tier system of hiring…

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-17). Unions Demand Covid-19 Safety Measures for Health Workers Be Made Permanent. zcomm.org "OSHA must act swiftly to extend lifesaving protections for health care workers and to create new Covid-19 safety rules for all workers."brett wil…

teleSUR (2021-12-17). Attack on The Electric System Prompts Blackout In Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Public Infrastructure and Services Vice Minister Nestor Reverol denounced that the Guri electrical complex was attacked in the early hours of Friday. | RELATED: | "We are at the forefront of actions to restore service. We ask for support from the Venezuelan people to overcome this vile and criminal attack, "he said, adding that the experience of the workers of the National Electric System (SEN) will allow to recov…

Alex Salmon (2021-12-17). Banksia Hill Detention Centre cruelty exposed. greenleft.org.au A protest outside the David Malcolm Justice Centre was part of the campaign in support of the National Suicide Prevention and Recovery Project. Alex Salmon reports.

_____ (2021-12-17). Syria's Fate is Inseparable from the League of Arab States. journal-neo.org Algeria is hosting the Arab League summit next March, and perhaps the essential item on the agenda will be Syria's return to the League of Arab States (LAS). The Arab Republic of Syria membership was suspended at the Arab Summit in Doha, Qatar, in 2012. In retrospect, this was a hasty and ill-advised decision by Arab …

Emir Sader (2021-12-17). Brasil — Una historia hecha de pactos entre las élites. globalizacion.ca Si hasta la independencia Brasil tuvo una historia similar a la de otros países del continente -con la única diferencia de que fue colonizado por los portugueses y no por los españoles-, a partir de ese momento el país comenzó…

Brittani Banks (2021-12-17). How Worker Solidarity Protects What's Left of the Middle Class. independentmediainstitute.org Patrick Stock, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 105, wasn't going to let anyone stop him from supporting the United Auto Workers' strike against Deere & Co. When a court issued an injunction limiting the number of picketers at a Deere facility in Davenport, Iowa, Stock gathered about 30 members of his local and other …

Staff (2021-12-17). Black Feminist bell hooks's Trailblazing Critique of "Imperialist White Supremacist Heteropatriarchy" democracynow.org We look at the life and legacy of trailblazing Black feminist scholar and activist bell hooks, who died at the age of 69 on Wednesday. We speak with her longtime colleague Beverly Guy-Sheftall, professor of women's studies at Spelman College, who remembers her as "a person who would sit with young people and community people and students and help them understand this world in which we live, which is full of all kinds of domination." Working in the tradition of intersectionality and Black radical feminism, hooks's critiques of "imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy" called attention to the interlocking sy…

WSWS (2021-12-17). Cornell University shuts down in the face of a massive surge of Omicron infections. wsws.org A massive surge of Omicron infections at Cornell University's Ithaca campus forced the university president to shut down and raise the threat level to "red."

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-17). Poll Shows Kamala Harris Overwhelmingly Likely to Be the Next Democratic Presidential Nominee. moderndiplomacy.eu The Politico and Morning Consult Poll, published on December 15th, shows the following question and its answers, among the 1,998 U.S. registered voters sampled: [Question #5] If Joe Biden did not run for president in the 2024 election, for whom would you vote in a Democratic presidential primary? (N=916 [registered Democratic Party voters responding]) Cory …

Ralph Nader (2021-12-17). Know This, Trump's Attempted Coup on Jan. 6 Was Just Practice. zcomm.org What are the institutions—public and civic—that could roll back this fast-approaching U.S.-style fascism with the snarling visage of serial criminal and constitutional violator, Donald J. Trump?>

Ana Maria Garcia Horta (2021-12-17). Black Lives Matter: The Power Of Activism & Citizen Journalism. telesurenglish.net The year 2021 is drawing to a close, leaving untouched American structural racism, a legacy of the slave age that capitalism preserves to ensure the reproduction of social inequalities, which have been exacerbated by a pandemic that continues to hit workers in various ways. | RELATED: | In Minnesota, for example, the rate of coronavirus infection in citizens of African descent has remained between 25 and 30 percent…

Staff (2021-12-17). "We Must See Action": Police Killings Continue as George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Languishes. democracynow.org The county of Williamson, Texas, has announced a settlement of $5 million in the wrongful death of Javier Ambler II in 2019. The 40-year-old Black man died after being repeatedly tased by police during a traffic stop. Police bodycam footage showed Ambler telling officers, "I have congestive heart failure," and "I can't breathe," as they continued to tase him. This comes as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act languishes in Congress and activists urgently demand lawmakers to vote to stop the nationwide police killings of people of color. "We must see action," says Benjamin Crump, attorney for Ambler's family.

Chevy McBride (2021-12-17). Plasterboard workers demand CSR pays up. greenleft.org.au Plasterboard workers at CSR Gyprock in Yarraville who are continuing their campaign for a 4% pay rise are receiving a lot of union support. Chevy McBride reports.

Robert Koehler (2021-12-17). Mass murder: New victims, same old questions. zcomm.org What I fear is that, socially speaking, we're afraid of change. We're not afraid to wage war; we're not afraid to kill. But we're afraid of change…

Staff (2021-12-17). Ben Crump: Derek Chauvin's Guilty Plea of Violating George Floyd's Civil Rights Sends Strong Message. democracynow.org Former police officer Derek Chauvin has pleaded guilty to violating George Floyd's civil rights, marking the first time he publicly admitted to his role in Floyd's death. Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes, killing him with the excessive use of force in 2019. Floyd's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry for social justice protests and calls to defund the police across the country. Chauvin also pleaded guilty for violating the civil rights of a 14-year-old juvenile in 2017. "To be held accountable on both levels, on state level and federal level, we believe, sends a very clear m…

Staff (2021-12-17). Bipartisanship at Whose Expense? Sen. Raphael Warnock Calls to End Filibuster, Pass Voting Rights Acts. democracynow.org Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia implored conservative members of his party to stop obstructing voting rights legislation in a powerful speech on the floor of the Senate Tuesday. While Warnock did not name Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, the two have come out against doing away with the filibuster in order to allow Democrats to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Warnock said there was no chance of Republicans joining the effort to safeguard democracy and that only a change to the filibuster could secure passage of the bills. "Who is being asked to…

Atilio A. Boron (2021-12-17). Antonio Gramsci y el balotaje en Chile. globalizacion.ca Recientemente he leído y escuchado a alguna gente autoidentificada con —o referenciada en- la izquierda en Chile y en otros países de la región proponiendo para el crucial balotaje del próximo domingo la abstención electoral, o el voto nulo o…

teleSUR (2021-12-17). China Refutes US Claim Concerning AUKUS Cooperation. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin refuted a U.S. claim concerning Australia-U.K.-U.S. (AUKUS) trilateral nuclear submarine cooperation, urging the three countries not to go ahead with the cooperation. | RELATED: | "Nuclear submarine cooperation under the AUKUS trilateral security partnership poses a serious risk of nuclear proliferation, and clearly violates the objective and purpose of…

teleSUR (2021-12-17). Latin America Must Unite To Fight US Interference: Llorenti. telesurenglish.net In an interview to TeleSUR on Thursday, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) Secretary Sacha Llorenti pointed out that Latin American integration is essential to fight regional issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "Only united, we will be able to fight recession, which has increased the capitalist system's social inequalities and the impact of the U…

WSWS (2021-12-17). Only a COVID-19 elimination strategy can protect educators, students, and their families from the Omicron tsunami! wsws.org The nearly two years of the pandemic have conclusively demonstrated that a science-based strategy that prioritizes saving workers' lives over corporate profits and investor wealth will only be imposed through the independent intervention of the working class.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Pennsylvania educators call for immediate closure of schools to stop the spread of COVID-19. wsws.org Our committee demands the immediate closure of all schools and non-essential workplaces as part of a massive public health measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the highly infectious Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Omicron case identified in New Zealand. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government claims that it is "very well-prepared" to keep Omicron out of New Zealand, when in reality it has ditched its elimination strategy and is allowing the Delta variant to spread nationwide.

Michael Nevradakis (2021-12-17). Military Members Seek New Injunction Against COVID Vaccine Mandates. globalresearch.ca U.S. military members involved in a The move came after a judge last month

Staff (2021-12-17). COVID-19: Los países de bajos ingresos han administrado la mitad de dosis totales que las dosis de refuerzo administradas en las naciones ricas. cubadebate.cu Un año desde que se administraron las primeras vacunas COVID-19, muchas partes del mundo permanecen peligrosamente desprotegidas. La propagación de la variante Omicron del coronavirus ha significado que muchos países están intensificando sus campañas de refuerzo. El aumento ha sido tan rápido que el análisis de Sky News ha encontrado que el número de dosis de refuerzo administradas por persona en los países ricos es el doble del número total de todas las dosis de la vacuna COVID administradas en los países de bajos ingresos.

Staff (2021-12-17). "She Should Be Found Guilty": Ben Crump on Trial of Ex-Cop Kim Potter for Killing Daunte Wright. democracynow.org The former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter, who faces manslaughter charges for fatally shooting 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, is expected to take the stand in her own defense Friday. Potter claims she reached for her Taser and drew a pistol by mistake. "Black people should not be killed in America over misdemeanor, pretextual traffic stops," says Benjamin Crump, attorney for Wright's family.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-17). Video: Has Justin Trudeau Been Duly Vaccinated? Registered Nurse Expresses Doubt on Authenticity of Trudeau's Vaccine Jab. globalresearch.ca First published …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-17). Infectious Disease Researcher: A Covid Viral Blizzard Is Headed For America, Millions Will Be Infected With Omicron. moguldom.com With covid-19 infections sharply on the rise due to the omicron variant, one infectious disease researcher has predicted a "viral blizzard" is going to hit millions in America. "We're really just about to experience a viral blizzard," Michael Osterholm told CNN on Thursday, Dec. 16. "In the next three to eight weeks, we're going to …

teleSUR (2021-12-17). Water Scarcity Fuels Violence and Mass Displacement in Cameroon. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that clashes between communities have forced over 100,000 people to flee their homes in northern Cameroon since December 5. | RELATED: | "While over 85,000 people have fled to Chad in recent days, at least 15,000 Cameroonians left their homes but remain within their country," UNCHR Spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh said, adding that the figures c…

Editor (2021-12-17). The Supreme Court, Abortion, and the New Dred Scott. scheerpost.com Photograph Source: John Ramspott — By David Schultz / Should the US Supreme Court next year overturn Roe v. Wade and limit abortion rights the decision will be the new Dred Scott, damaging both the remaining thread of legitimacy and respect the Court has, as well as propelling American politics into a divide it has not seen since the Civil War. | Dred Scott v. Sanford is the infamous 1857 Supreme Court decision which…

Edward Curtin (2021-12-17). Mr. Blue and Maria: A Musical Dream. globalresearch.ca Sixty years ago in the late fall and early winter, a seventeen-year-old blue-eyed Bronx boy went by himself to see an afternoon showing of West Side Story on Fordham Road in the north Bronx. | . | He took the bus to …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-17). Boosters vital to mitigate impact of Omicron, but may lose some effectiveness. imperial.ac.uk Levels of neutralizing antibody to prevent Omicron infection reduced and vaccine efficacy against severe disease predicted to drop says new report.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-17). Modelling suggests rapid spread of Omicron in England but same severity as Delta. imperial.ac.uk Omicron largely evades immunity from past infection or two vaccine doses according to Imperial's latest report.

WSWS (2021-12-17). COVID-19 infections in France explode to over 60,000 per day. wsws.org As the vaccine-resistant Omicron variant spreads across Europe, daily new cases in France are exploding, rising from 5,940 cases to over 60,000 in just one month.

Max Haiven (2021-12-17). Our Age of Uprisings: We Are a World Remaking Itself. zcomm.org Amidst capitalist crises, social movements are telling new stories about what it means to be human, revealing our collective power to refuse and create…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-17). The Pentagon's Dilemma: The Covid Vaccine Impairs the Performance of U.S. Fighting Forces. globalresearch.ca "Physician and Army Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Long is a rare, courageous truth-teller willing to probably jeopardize a military career for the greater good. To try and steer the Department of Defense to policies that protect military personnel from dangerous and …

Adolph Reed Jr. (2021-12-17). The limits of anti-racism. zcomm.org My point is that it's more effective politically to challenge the inequality and injustice directly and bypass the debate over whether it should be called "racism."

WSWS (2021-12-17). Scientists warn of looming catastrophe as Omicron spreads globally. wsws.org The most serious and principled scientists are issuing increasingly stark warnings of the coming tidal wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.

Staff (2021-12-17). Headlines for December 17, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Warns of "Winter of Severe Illness and Death" for Unvaccinated Americans, CDC Recommends Moderna and Pfizer Vaccines Over Johnson & Johnson, Citing Rare Blood Clots, Thousands of ICE Prisoners Denied Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters, FDA Relaxes Restrictions on Access to Abortion Pills , Federal Judge Throws Out Opioid Settlement That Shielded Sackler Family from Lawsuits, Lucía Hiriart, Widow of Chilean Dictator Pinochet, Dies on Eve of Presidential Election, At Least Seven Die as Super Typhoon Rai Slams Philippines with 160 MPH Winds, Workers at Candle Factory Destroyed by Tornado Sue Company over "Fla…

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-17). The Heat: 2021 — A Year in Space. america.cgtn.com A majestic view of Earth from China's new space station. Just one of many highlights from 2021 as we take a look back at an extraordinary year in space.

WSWS (2021-12-17). Volkswagen to cut around 900 temporary jobs in Germany. wsws.org Volkswagen is cutting the positions of around 900 temporary workers in the midst of the current coronavirus wave. VW General Works Council Chairwoman Daniela Cavallo and VW brand board member Ralf Brandstà§tter announced this just four weeks before Christmas in an online workforce meeting.

David Swanson (2021-12-16). U.S. Hypocrisy Exposed As It Massacres Civilians Abroad. warisacrime.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…

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…

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…

Matt Sedlar (2021-12-16). Inflation Fears Shouldn't Be a Pretext for Class War. cepr.net The specter of inflation is being invoked to obstruct vital social programs in the Build Back Better bill. That's a recipe for economic ruin.

Jessica Corbett (2021-12-16). House progressives, climate coalition demand end to 'fossil fuel handouts'. nationofchange.org Opposition to Build Back Better Act provisions that would benefit polluters comes amid reporting that Senate Democrats plan to delay a vote on the package until 2022.

teleSUR (2021-12-16). Cuba Timely Isolates Four Imported Omicron Cases. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Cuba's Tropical Medicine Institute Pedro Kouri (IPK) detected four Omicron COVID-19 strain cases in travelers who came from Africa and remain asymptomatic. | RELATED: | Two of the confirmed cases are Cubahidraulica Company workers who returned from South Africa and tested positive for COVID-19 while staying in mandatory quarantine. | The other cases correspond to an Ethiopian citizen and a Somalian to…

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

Liberation Staff (2021-12-16). Dec. 18: Report from Ethiopia — Journalists Eugene Puryear & Hermela Aregawi challenge corporate media narrative. liberationnews.org Eugene Puryear and Hermela Aregawi will speak on the real sources of the conflict and why so many have adopted the false and one-sided presentation of the U.S. government and major media outlets…

_____ (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…

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.

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.

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."

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…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Flanked by Ukrainian president, NATO chief issues abrasive writ of indictment to Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Joint press point by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy Edited. Only Stoltenberg's statements are currently available in transcript form. It's more than a little surprising that Zelensky hasn't been taught English; his generals have been. In the video below his threats are directed against Belarus as well as …

_____ (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…

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). 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.

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…

teleSUR (2021-12-16). UN-Habitat To Collaborate in Building Green Homes in Kenya. telesurenglish.net Jeremiah Ougo, an officer in charge of national projects at the UN-Habitat, announced to journalists in Nairobi that the organization will guarantee that the principles of sustainable housing are incorporated into the real estate project. | RELATED: | "We will provide technical assistance to ensure water and energy efficiency, as well as public spaces, are mainstreamed into the project," Ougo stated on Thursday. | He noted that the land for the…

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 …

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.

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). New U.S. military budget includes another $300 million for Ukraine, $150 million for Baltic states. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Senate approves defense budget with $300 million in support for Ukraine The US Senate has approved a draft defense budget for 2022 in the amount of $768 billion. The bill provides the allocation of $300 million to support Ukraine as European Truth reported. 89 legislators voted in favor, 10 opposed. The $770 billion draft …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Russia closer to NATO's eastern flank than ever: Lithuanian president. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com In 1989 NATO's "eastern flank" was a narrow strip of Norway and the Berlin Wall. In 1991 it was a reunified Germany's borders with Poland and then Czechoslovakia. Now it's Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and, with Enhanced Opportunities Partners, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Max Boot: U.S. should use Ukrainian Insurgent Army, Afghan Mujahideen models against Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com This is in response to an article from Max Boot, who is Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and regular contributor to The Washington Post; in fact from that newspaper's edition of December 15 entitled To deter a Russian attack, Ukraine needs to prepare for guerrilla …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). U.S., Canadian defense chiefs discuss "Russian aggression" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The United States and Canada are deeply concerned about Russia's aggressive actions in and around Ukraine. "During their one-hour call, Minister Anand and Secretary Austin discussed key issues of mutual interest between our two nations, including shared concerns regarding Russia's recent aggressive and destabilizing actions in and around Ukraine," reads the news release of the …

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 …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Zelensky invites NATO warships, warplanes, troops for more exercises in Black Sea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine wants to boost number of international exercises in Black Sea "Ukraine initiated a negotiation process with partners in the Black Sea region to step up confidence-building measures, increase the number of exercises and training activities," President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, …

_____ (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 OPCW's Syria probe censored science. popularresistance.org New reports explore how the suppressed findings that undermined US-led allegations of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. Piers Robinson and Aaron Maté discuss the latest revelations on how the OPCW censored science.

_____ (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). Most American homeowners are 'house poor'. popularresistance.org During the pandemic, Americans scrambled to buy homes. Now they're struggling to afford to stay in them. | 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.

_____ (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…

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

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…

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, …

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). 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. …

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…

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.

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.

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…

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, …

Eric A. Gordon (2021-12-16). It's high time for a new United Front Against Fascism. peoplesworld.org So many Americans, from lukewarm liberals to many on the left, and even some of the few honest conservatives that remain on the playing field, are in a mood of despair right now. We sense that the slow coup ushering in fascism is already in full swing and is inevitable. The United States, as well …

Hannah Gais (2021-12-16). Former Newsmax Host Speaks at White Nationalist Conference. splcenter.org Former Newsmax host and longtime conservative pundit Michelle Malkin spoke alongside a former Klan lawyer and several prominent white nationalist propagandists at a three-day conference in Tennessee in mid-November, Hatewatch has learned.

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-16). *BONUS* Unions are on the rise, what does that mean?>. anchor.fm In this episode I go into a bit of a discussion that I've had before about whether or not unions are enough to build a true revolutionary movement…

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!

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 …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-16). Special Prosecutor Wants To Release Report After Jussie Smollett Guilty Verdict, Black America Responds. moguldom.com Jussie Smollett was found guilty of lying to police and filing a false report of a racist, homophobic hate crime last Thursday, Dec. 9. Now the special prosecutor in the case wants permission to release evidence he said is relevant to the case. Special Prosecutor Dan Webb has called for his full report on Cook …

Jessi Pederson (2021-12-16). Encampment at Spokane City Hall demands shelters open doors to all. liberationnews.org "You're literally watching the dehumanization of an entire population of people," said Julie Garcia, lead organizer of Jewels Helping Hands.

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.

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 …

Owen Schalk (2021-12-16). As UN recognizes Maduro, Canada increasingly isolated on world stage. canadiandimension.com In this UNTV image, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. Still image courtesy UNTV. | This month, there were two important developments at the United Nations that, taken together, shed a punishing light on the hypocrisy of Canadian foreign policy. | The first was a December 7 vote at the UN General Assembly (UNGA). In this vote, the UNGA voted overwhelmingly to confirm the credentials of Venezuelan diplomats representing the government of Presi…

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-16). Venezuela Slams the Intrusion of the EP in Cuban Affairs. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Felix Plasencia denounced the European Parliament's interference in Cuba matters. | RELATED: | In his Twitter account, Plasencia slams the intentions of the European Parliament to use the Human Rights issue in that Caribbean nation as a political instrument. | His statement came right after the European organization introduced Cuba's situation on the Thursday debate once agai…

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-16). President Arce Grants Loans To the Añez Regime's Victims. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Bolivian President Luis Arce created a trust worth US$1 million that provides loans to the 2019 Senkata and Sacaba massacre's victims and their relatives. | RELATED: | "The beneficiaries, who must be registered by the Justice and Health Ministries, will receive 10-year loans with an annual interest rate of 0.5 percent," Justice Minister Ivan Lima explained, adding that the Productive Develop…

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, …

teleSUR (2021-12-16). 114 US Congressmen Urge Biden to Restore Engagement with Cuba. telesurenglish.net Led by Representatives Jim McGovern (MA), Barbara Lee (CA), Bobby Rush (IL) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory Meeks (NY), 114 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to advance a Cuba policy that addresses humanitarian needs, the economic crisis and engagement in areas of mutual interest. | "The Obama Administration's Cuba policy was very popular, not only among Americans in general, but also within the Cuban American community," 114 U.S. Congressional representatives wrote.

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). 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.

_____ (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…

teleSUR (2021-12-16). Wildfires Killed 17 Million Vertebrates in Brazilian Pantanal. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Scientific Reports magazine published a report that claims that some 16.9 million lizards, birds, primates, rodents, and other vertebrates died due to wildfires that took place in the Pantanal. | RELATED: | Between January and November 2020, wildfires caused an enormous damage to the world's largest tropical wetland. To reach this conclusion, scientists Walfrido Moraes Tomas (Embrapa Pantanal) and Ronaldo Morato (S…

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.

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.

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-16). Storms Leave Over 510,000 Without Power In Central US. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, a powerful storm system swept through the central United States with high winds that kicked up dust storms, fueled wildfires and knocked down power lines, leaving more than 510,000 customers without power, with no mass casualties reported as of early Thursday. | RELATED: | The National Weather Service (NWS) reported a "confirmed tornado" near Rochester in southeastern Minnesota, the state's first on re…

_____ (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 …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-16). Russian official says Third World War underway in cyberspace. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Full-blown warfare in cyberspace in progress, says Russian diplomat Full-scale military activities are unfolding in cyberspace, Special Russian Presidential Representative for International Cooperation in Cybersecurity and Director of the Foreign Ministry International Security Department Andrey Krutskikh said at the 9th All-Russian congress of political scientists held at MGIMO University on Thursday. "The war [in cyberspace] …

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.

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-16). Yemen army shoots down another US-made spy drone over Marib. en.mehrnews.com The Yemeni army announced that it has shot down a Saudi spy drone over Marib province.

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 …

April Lanuza (2021-12-16). Amazon workers and families recover and mourn after deadly tornado. america.cgtn.com Families and friends have started to say their last goodbyes to their loved ones who died when a tornado tore through an Amazon warehouse in the U.S. state of Illinois last week. CGTN's Toni Waterman spoke to the mother of one of those victims — …

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). 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.

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.

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.

Steve Kirsch (2021-12-16). Latest VAERS estimate: 388,000 Americans killed by the COVID vaccines. globalresearch.ca An independent derivation of the VAERS URF using the CMS death data leads to a URF of 44.64 which then leads to a 388K excess death estimate. | My …

teleSUR (2021-12-16). Peru: Left-wing Lawmaker Aks To Dismiss Congress President Alva. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Peruvian left-wing lawmaker Guillermo Bermejo requested that Congress President Maria Alva be dismissed for questioning the legitimacy of Pedro Castillo's government before the Spanish Parliament. | RELATED: | Bermejo considered that the Congress President's attitude is unconstitutional since it violates the principle of power separation and promotes foreign interference in Peruvian internal affairs.

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 …

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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-16). Kast "Will Only Bring Instability, More Hatred and Violence" to Chile, Says Boric. telesurenglish.net "We are the heirs of those who have fought to make Chile a more just and dignified country," Boric said at a massive rally. | In Almagro Park, a few blocks from the presidential palace of La Moneda, Boric closed his campaign for the second round, in which he will face the far-right José Antonio Kast, with a very close result, according to polls. | RELATED: | In the first round of November 21, Kast won 27.9% of the vot…

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.

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 …

Marzieh Rahmani (2021-12-16). Iranian vaccines to be exported to other countries soon: FM. en.mehrnews.com Hungary agreed to accept the visa of Iranian citizens vaccinated with Iranian-made vaccines, the Iranian Foreign Minister said, adding that in the near future, Iranian vaccines will be exported to other countries.

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.

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.

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 …

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 …

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). 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.

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