Daily Archives: December 18, 2021

2021-12-18: News Headlines

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-12-18). A Sino-Russian military alliance is gratuitous (as of now). mronline.org To apply a western analogy, while the Sino-Russian partnership has great potential to model itself after the European Union, neither Moscow nor Beijing desires an Eurasian NATO to create synergy for it.

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-18). The Dangerous Ignorance of Germany's New Foreign Minister. moderndiplomacy.eu Germany's new Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock came into office on December 8th without her knowing that America's stationing missiles in Ukraine on Russia's border, and only a 7-minute flying distance away from Moscow, would be even more unacceptable to Moscow than, in 1962, would have been, to Washington, the Soviet Union's stationing missiles in Cuba, …

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-18). [World Report] Russia—Ukraine tensions hampering health-care access. thelancet.com Humanitarian groups warn that medical care for civilians is being jeopardised amid a military standoff. Sharmila Devi reports…

Chris Hedges (2021-12-18). Hedges: The Execution of Julian Assange. orinocotribune.com By Chris Hedges — Dec 13, 2021 | He committed empire's greatest sin. He exposed it as a criminal enterprise. He documented its lies, callous disregard for human life, rampant corruption and innumerable war crimes. And empires always kill those who inflict deep and serious wounds. | 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.

WSWS (2021-12-18). US maintains support for Solomon Islands' opposition forces after failed coup attempt. wsws.org The Solomons' government has been in Washington's cross hairs since it announced in late 2019 that it was ending diplomatic ties with Taiwan and recognising Beijing as the sole legitimate government of China.

New Atlas (2021-12-18). China Rescues Myanmar From Dangerous Dollar-Dominated Waters. newatlas.report December 18, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — For nearly a year now the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar has been racked by US-sponsored terrorism attempting to reinstall Washington's client regime of choice headed by Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Compounding the daily violence carried out by the US-sponsored …

William Minter (2021-12-18). US Cold War with China — first stop, Equatorial Guinea. zcomm.org Right out of the playbook: hype the threat of a potential Chinese naval base facing the Atlantic, get more funding for military operations…

WSWS (2021-12-18). "Julian Assange is an international hero to millions"—SEP supporters denounce British court ruling. wsws.org "If he is extradited, it will set a precedent for the oppression of all dissenting voices. He has fought for the truth and now we must fight for him."

WSWS (2021-12-18). Australian governments ramp up "reopening drive" amid record COVID-19 infections. wsws.org As Labor and Coalition governments alike scrap public health measures, to satisfy the demands of the corporate elite, there are signs of mounting public concern and hostility.

WSWS (2021-12-18). "The raises are insulting in this economy": Postal workers oppose union-brokered tentative agreement. wsws.org The agreement continues decades of attacks on workers by offering meager raises and expanding the second tier of lower-paid postal employees.

WSWS (2021-12-18). EU summit threatens Russia. wsws.org The escalating coronavirus pandemic and threats against Russia were the focus of the EU summit that met on Thursday in Brussels.

WSWS (2021-12-18). PSOE-Podemos government arrests Cádiz workers as strikes spread in Spain. wsws.org The PSOE-Podemos government's arrests in Cádiz are a blatant attempt to intimidate workers to prevent them from exercising their right to strike and to protest.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Castillo government unleashes police against mining protest in Peru. wsws.org The peasant blockade of the giant Chinese-owned Las Bambas copper mine in Peru's southern Andes is creating a growing crisis for the Castillo government.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Teamsters union shuts down Southern California sanitation workers strike. wsws.org In coastal Orange County, south of Los Angeles, 400 sanitation workers went on strike December 9 against Republic Services, the second-largest waste management firm in the US. The strike was abruptly ended by the Teamsters after seven days.

WSWS (2021-12-18). As COVID-19 cases skyrocket in New York City, schools, offices remain open. wsws.org The rapid growth in infections this week have not deterred the Democratic mayor and governor of New York from keeping schools, government offices and other public institutions open.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Michigan educators call for immediate end to in-person schooling as COVID-19 infections surge. wsws.org At an urgent meeting of the Michigan Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee Friday afternoon, educators passed a resolution calling for the immediate end to in-person to stop the transmission of the virus and protect lives.

WSWS (2021-12-18). "Workers around the world suffer the same conditions": A former Kellogg's worker in Australia sends a message of solidarity to US strikers. wsws.org Warwick Dove, a member of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) and former Kellogg's worker, has a message for striking Kellogg's workers in the United States on the eve of their vote on another concessions contract this weekend.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Leaked email exposes union-management conspiracy to defeat Kellogg's strike as Sanders attempts to deflect anger towards Mexico. wsws.org The entire bargaining committee should be kicked out in light of this exposure, and a new bargaining committee elected consisting of the most trusted rank-and-file workers from the shop floor.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Retail chain pharmacy staff to stage walkout over unsafe working conditions, low pay. wsws.org Thousands of CVS and other retail pharmacy staff organize to protest abhorrent working conditions and chronic understaffing.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Committee for Public Education (Australia) holds successful online meeting on the COVID crisis. wsws.org The event, titled "COVID-19 spreads through Australian schools: Lives before profit! Stop the pandemic!" featured a report from Evan Blake, a member of the US SEP and a leading WSWS writer.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Australian budget update flies in face of pandemic disaster. wsws.org The government's mid-year review directly reflects the demands of the corporate elite for a full reopening of the economy, in the interest of profit, regardless of the human cost.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Attacks on Brazilian scientists grow amid COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The Brazilian and international working class must oppose attacks on scientists whose work has helped educate the public and expose the criminal politics of the world's ruling elite during the greatest global health crisis in a century.

Lyn Neeley (2021-12-18). Portland demands: Dump DeJoy. workers.org Portland, Oregon's Communities and Postal Workers United held a press conference and rally Dec. 8 to "Purge…

Princess Harmony (2021-12-18). WW Commentary: Drug users need unions, compassion clubs. workers.org Drug users and abusers, as a group of people, are among the most oppressed of our class. Because of this, we are in need of an organization or organizations that protect us and our human rights. We also need an organization that helps to combat the overdose epidemic, often caused . . . |

Madaar (2021-12-18). Palestinian female prisoners prepare campaign to address abuse in Israeli prisons. peoplesdispatch.org Detainees in Israeli prisons have launched a protest to reject the decision by Israeli prison authorities to isolate two prisoners Shorouk Dwayat and Marah Bakir in the Damon Prison and the attack by the Nashon* forces on Nafoud Hammad according to the Palestinian Prisoner's Society. | The Prisoners Information Office confirmed that there has been a climate of high tension in the prisons in response to the systematic attacks launched by the Israeli prison authorities against Palestinian female prisoners, pointing out that "prisoners have refrained from leaving the rooms for security checks, and a state of alert i…

Dominique McGee (2021-12-18). Climate Justice Campaign Director. peoplesaction.org About People's Action/Institute People's Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People's Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that puts people before profits. People's Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through …

Dominique McGee (2021-12-18). Policy & Research Manager. peoplesaction.org About People's Action/Institute People's Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People's Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that puts people before profits. People's Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through …

Dominique McGee (2021-12-18). Healthcare For All — Lead Organizer. peoplesaction.org About People's Action/Institute People's Action Institute (501c3) and sister organization People's Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that puts people before profits. People's Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people, in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through …

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2021-12-18). Massive Blackout Affects Caracas and Several Regions of Venezuela, Labeled as New Attack — Service Restored 100%. orinocotribune.com Caracas, December 17, 2021 ( Several parishes in Caracas, as well as various parts of the states of Zulia, Mérida, Carabobo, Miranda, Lara, Aragua, Apure, Anzoátegui, Vargas, Bolívar, Nueva Esparta, Barinas, Trujillo, Sucre, Táchira, Falcón, Yaracuy, and Portuguesa were affected by the blackout. | The b…

Guntaj Mirzayev (2021-12-18). Azerbaijan might be the champion that GUAM needs. moderndiplomacy.eu International organizations remain key venues where states with overlapping interests try to cooperate and find common ground. Such organizations range from all-encompassing global organizations to small thematic institutions. In order to remain operationally relevant and on the agenda, they may need to seek ways of reviving organizational structures with fresh methods and ideas that fit …

Giancarlo Elia Valori (2021-12-18). Ethical aspects relating to cyberspace: Web ideologies. moderndiplomacy.eu The ethos of web culture is based on the principles of: unlimited and unrestricted freedom of information, privacy, general availability, quality of information, no harm, limitation of the excessive use of web resources and the principle of inviolability of intellectual property. The actual implementation of these principles is possible through a number of institutional measures: …

Ajit Singh (2021-12-18). The Closer on Netflix — Some valuable lessons with a pinch of transphobia. moderndiplomacy.eu Since the last few weeks there's been a mounting backlash against Comedian Dave Chapelle's Netflix Special The Closer which debuted on October 5th. The controversy erupted as some people alleged that the show was extremely transphobic & anti-women. Even the employees of Streaming giant staged protests & demanded the content must be removed from the …

_____ (2021-12-18). The Sociopolitical and Economic Impact of the Pandemic. journal-neo.org Two years of the coronavirus pandemic have seriously changed the world around us economically and politically. The pandemic demonstrated that any mass epidemic is as much a generic challenge to society as war, a change in geological epochs, or economic stages. At this challenging time for everybody, all power structures and public institutions have faced …

Agency (2021-12-18). Understanding the Modern State: An Interview with Eric Laursen. itsgoingdown.org Anarchist Agency speaks with Eric Laursen, author of The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State. It's become increasingly common to see news stories about the record levels of dissatisfaction and distrust in governments and institutions. One of the most recent came from a Harvard Kennedy School poll of young people in the…

CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective (2021-12-18). Help CrimethInc. Recover from a Catastrophic Fire. itsgoingdown.org Call to support CrimethInc. as they recover from a massive fire which destroyed their mail order space. Donate here. On December 15, 2021, the mail-order space of the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective was destroyed in a catastrophic fire that reduced three large buildings to burned-out shells in downtown Olympia, Washington. Thousands of our books, posters, and…

Jenny Pierson (2021-12-18). How a Group of Starbucks Workers Emerged Victorious in Their Union Fight. independentmediainstitute.org The iconic American coffee chain, Starbucks, employs hundreds of thousands of people in nearly 9,000 cafés nationwide. And yet, the news that a handful of Starbucks employees at one café in Buffalo, New York, recently voted to join Workers United—an affiliate of SEIU—made headlines nationally. The New York Times called it a "big symbolic win …

Michael Welch (2021-12-18). Light at the End of his Tunnel: A Tribute to Paul Theodore Hellyer. globalresearch.ca

Farhat Yaqub (2021-12-18). [World Report] 2021: a year in review. thelancet.com COVID-19, climate, conflict, and good news for malaria. Farhat Yaqub looks back at the major stories in health and medicine in 2021.

Richard Nhlane, Benno Kreuels, Jane Mallewa, Karen Chetcuti, Melita A Gordon, Alexander J Stockdale (2021-12-18). [Clinical Picture] Late presentation of hepatocellular carcinoma highlights the need for a public health programme to eliminate hepatitis B. thelancet.com A 34-year-old man presented to our department with a 4-month history of constant, progressive epigastric abdominal pain. He also reported that he had lost a substantial amount of weight and that his clothes no longer fitted him. The patient had recently been given a course of Helicobacter pylori eradication therapy with no improvement in his symptoms. Additionally, he had sought help from traditional healers who superficially cut the skin over his abdomen with a sharp blade—a process known as scarification—with the aim of relieving the pain.

Andrew Smart (2021-12-18). Public health sacrificed for business as usual. greenleft.org.au The COVID-19 catastrophe presents a challenge of planetary proportions. You would expect it would elicit a response drawing on all our skills, compassion and collective resources. But, as Andrew Smart, argues, we are seeing the opposite.

A Guest Author (2021-12-18). Nicaragua: la costa caribeña / Parte 3: Visión de un sandinista sobre la autonomía/ 'Unidad, diversidad, interculturalidad'. workers.org Por Johnny Hodgson La siguiente es la tercera parte de una presentación realizada por Johnny Hodgson, Secretario Político del Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional para la Región Autónoma de la Costa del Caribe Sur (RACCS) el 6 de octubre en Managua, Nicaragua, a una delegación estadounidense compuesta por Coleen Littlejohn, . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-18). Close schools and nonessential businesses! Workers must act to stop Omicron! wsws.org In just two weeks, all of the lies of the government and media have been exposed. Omicron is not "mild," and it is not "manageable." The irresponsible policies being carried out today will result in a wave of deaths in January and beyond.

Niall Boyce, Joanna Palmer, Sheila Pinion, Maneet Virdi, Jack Williamson (2021-12-18). [Comment] Winner of the 2021 Wakley Prize: something good enough. thelancet.com Earlier this year, inspired by George Eliot's Middlemarch,1 we invited readers to enter the Wakley Prize, The Lancet's annual essay competition, and tell us about those "unhistoric acts—small incidents of kindness, care, compassion, and conscience" that had made a difference and "can provide a shield against the evils of the world, and be a potent force for good".2 There were many impressive entries and we were engaged by the wide-ranging topics explored in the submitted essays. We thank all the writers who entered this year's competition.

Jim McIlroy (2021-12-18). No new gas plants demands climate rally. greenleft.org.au Gomeroi man Raymond "Bubbly" Weatherall, on behalf of the custodians of the Narrabi-Pilliga region in NSW, has called for the fight against government and private gas plants to continue. Jim McIlroy reports.

Aram Aharonian (2021-12-18). El progresismo en su laberinto. globalizacion.ca El Grupo de Puebla nació para juntar líderes progresistas al momento del reflujo de la "primera ola" mientras algunos gobiernos de derecha (Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador, Colombia) destruían la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (UNASUR) y los cimientos de la integración regional….

Richard Horton (2021-12-18). [Comment] Offline: The origin story—division deepens. thelancet.com After more than a year of contentious debate about the origins of SARS-CoV-2, David Relman and colleagues, including Alina Chan and Michael Worobey, published a letter in Science on May 14, 2021, arguing that a more forensic examination was needed. They noted that an inquiry commissioned by WHO had concluded that a lab leak was "extremely unlikely". But they criticised WHO for not taking this possibility more seriously. They called for a more transparent, objective, and independent investigation.

Henry A. Giroux (2021-12-18). Right-Wing Authoritarianism and the Crisis of Education. zcomm.org The future of democracy in the US will be decided by the increasing collapse of conscience, the undermining of truth, and a mass consciousness that supports violence as a central weapon for social change…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-18). 'Progressive in Name Only'. zcomm.org "By exposing their actual records, we hope to spur primary challengers, especially in thoroughly Blue districts where the primary is the only competitive election."

WSWS (2021-12-18). Donald Trump invokes antisemitic tropes in interview with Israeli journalist. wsws.org In newly-aired clips from an audio interview by an Israeli journalist, Donald Trump articulated a series of antisemitic tropes including that Jews control the US Congress and media and have "dual loyalty" to both Israel and America.

Tom Eccles (2021-12-18). Mental health workers speak out about pandemic challenges. greenleft.org.au Mental health workers Dr Nikola Leka and Sarah Ellyard spoke to Green Left about the mental health crisis exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuckey (2021-12-18). Bessemer Amazon workers headed for new union election. zcomm.org The landscape is clearly shifting and Amazon has already shown how scared they really are…

Sheikh Fakhar-e-Alam (2021-12-18). Fall Of Dhaka 16 Dec, 1971: Causes, Concocted Myths & Lessons Learnt. moderndiplomacy.eu The creation of Bangladesh is one of the most sensitive and tragic chapters in the history of Pakistan. On Dec 16, 1971, Pakistani troops laid down their arms and surrendered for secession of East Pakistan. It is considered the darkest day in our history. The grievances of Dhaka were political one: it should have been …

Harsha Walia (2021-12-18). Freedom to Stay, Freedom to Move. zcomm.org To create a world where we all have a home, we have to dismantle the border regime — not just borders, but all bordering, all ordering and all exploitative regimes…

WSWS (2021-12-18). Scientists warn Canada's health care system could collapse within weeks as Omicron infections explode in Ontario and Quebec. wsws.org Amid dire warnings of a surging toll of mass infection and death over the coming weeks and months, Canada's official pandemic death toll surpassed the horrendous figure of 30,000 Thursday.

Achal Prabhala (2021-12-18). 100+ Firms in Africa, Asia & Latin America Can Make mRNA Vaccine If Tech Shared. zcomm.org If mRNA technology could be shared with the listed companies, "we could vaccinate the world in as close to six months from now"

Editor2 (2021-12-18). How Washington led the Purge of Christians from its 'New Middle East'- Part 1. orinocotribune.com By Tim Anderson — Dec 14, 2021 | In pursuit of its declared aim to create a 'New Middle East', it was Washington that masterminded the purge of Christians from the region, under the guise of its pseudo-Christian 'crusade' of the 21st century. | Behind its pseudo-Christian That purge made use of…

Victoria Hall, Susan Hopkins (2021-12-18). [Comment] COV-BOOST: evidence to support rapid booster deployment. thelancet.com With accruing evidence that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines wanes over time,1—4 and the recent emergence of the omicron (B.1.1.529) variant,5 some countries are rapidly deploying vaccine boosters.6 In the UK, the COVID-19 vaccination campaign launched in December, 2020, and began with prioritised population groups, including people most likely to be at higher risk for severe outcomes or those providing health services or care for these individuals. With emerging evidence from Israel and the UK of vaccine waning, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in September, 2021, recommende…

Sarah Brown, Chinedu Nwokoro, Andrew Bush, Warren Lenney, Jorgen Vestbo, Caroline Pao, Surendran Thavagnanam (2021-12-18). [Correspondence] Another public health catastrophe. thelancet.com The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency is considering prescription of e-cigarettes on the National Health Service.1 This consideration heralds the next big revenue stream for big tobacco, whose lobbyists have campaigned for the prescription of e-cigarettes as UK smoking rates dwindle. We absolutely disagree that "doctors, medical leaders and health campaigners welcomed the move".2…

Tania Siddiqi (2021-12-18). Pakistan: Brutal lynching of Priyantha Kumara. workers.org Sialkot, Pakistan — Last week a mob tortured and then lit Priyantha Kumara on fire. Kumara, a Sri Lankan, was a factory manager in Pakistan and was murdered outside of the factory in which he worked. In the aftermath of this horrific lynching, mob participants informed media outlets that they . . . |

Paul von Blum (2021-12-18). Paul Buhle and the Rise of Socialist Comics. zcomm.org The historian has been at the forefront of telling the lost stories of U.S. radicalism—in comic book form—for nearly two decades…

Richard F Mollica, Gregory L Fricchione (2021-12-18). [Correspondence] Mental and physical exhaustion of health-care practitioners. thelancet.com Health-care workers are experiencing mental and physical exhaustion after coping with 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many dedicated staff members are retiring from the field and leaving their jobs. This occurrence is now widespread. A recent study by The Physicians Foundation found that doctors were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: 61% reported often experiencing feelings of burnout; 57% had experienced inappropriate feelings of anger, tearfulness, or anxiety; 46% had isolated themselves from others; and more than 55% know of a physician who has either considered, attempted, or died by suicide.

Walker Bragman (2021-12-18). YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: The Sacklers Strike Out. dailyposter.com

The Lancet (2021-12-18). [Editorial] COVID-19: where do we go from here? thelancet.com The end of 2021 brings a sense of uncertainty. Parts of the world are approaching a transition or a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The window for pursuing the elimination of SARS-CoV-2 has closed. Moving towards a so-called post-pandemic world will be far more complicated than scenarios such as "Zero COVID". The challenge now is to determine the level of COVID-19 that is acceptable for individual nations in a fundamentally interconnected world. In the first Lancet Editorial of 2021, we noted: "Countries might justifiably start to look inward to repair the damage after COVID-19.

William rivers Pitt (2021-12-18). Despite His Promises, Biden Is Still Serving Fossil Fuel Interests. zcomm.org While he is no Donald Trump, Biden has been revealed in this oil lease fiasco as yet another lying politician willing to eat dirt for the fossil fuel industry…

ELEL (2021-12-18). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Munro APS, Janani L, Cornelius V, et al. Safety and immunogenicity of seven COVID-19 vaccines as a third dose (booster) following two doses of ChAdOx1 nCov-19 or BNT162b2 in the UK (COV-BOOST): a blinded, multicentre, randomised, controlled, phase 2 trial. Lancet 2021; 398: 2258—76—In this Article, Prof Teresa Lambe should have been included in the author list, and her affiliations should have been Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK and NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford, UK.

Habib Benzian, Carol Guarnizo-Herreño, Cristin Kearns, Miriam Wamotho Muriithi, Richard G Watt (2021-12-18). [Correspondence] The global oral health workforce — Authors' reply. thelancet.com In response to our Comment,1 Gargi Sarode and Sachin Sarode point out the crucial role of human resources for oral health as well as the predominance of the private practitioner model to deliver oral health care. Frank Lobbezoo and Ghizlane Aarab suggest strengthening dental—medical integration as an additional strategy to address oral diseases. These are notable aspects to consider in the context of a future WHO global oral health strategy and country-level reforms of health-care systems towards universal oral health coverage.

Philip Weiss (2021-12-18). Israel pushes U.S. into 'aggressive posture toward Iran that could spiral into war' — but mainstream press is indifferent. mronline.org Trump says, Netanyahu was 'willing to fight Iran to the last American soldier.' That ought to be big news, as Israel's defense minister gets unrivaled access in D.C. to threaten war and block the U.S. path to a new Iran deal.

Scientists for the Future (2021-12-18). Nuclear Energy Can ≠not Meaningfully Contribute to a Climate-Neutral Energy System. zcomm.org Nuclear energy is too dangerous, too expensive, and too sluggishly deploy ≠able to play a significant role in mitigating the climate crisis…

Joanna Palmer, Highlights 2021 winning contributors (2021-12-18). [Perspectives] Highlights 2021: line of sight. thelancet.com Earlier this year The Lancet invited readers to submit arresting images that illuminate health stories for our annual photography competition, Highlights. We wanted to see what was in your line of sight and we were delighted by the rich variety of images submitted. 17 winning images are published in this issue.

Tom Eccles (2021-12-18). Pandemic inequalities and the mental health crisis. greenleft.org.au The harrowing global effects of COVID-19 have been accompanied by a crisis in mental health, with levels of psychological distress and demand for mental health services growing exponentially. Tom Eccles reports that young people are especially at risk.

Gargi S Sarode, Sachin C Sarode (2021-12-18). [Correspondence] The global oral health workforce. thelancet.com Habib Benzian and colleagues1 aptly put forth the six key recommendations for the new WHO global strategy for oral health. We take this opportunity to address some key issues that can affect the action plan.

WSWS (2021-12-18). Democrats allow child tax credit to lapse as Omicron surges. wsws.org The elimination of the last social support measures implemented during the pandemic threaten destitution to working class families facing dislocation as a new, deadly wave of the virus gathers force.

Ryan Grim (2021-12-18). Josh Gottheimer's Wild Claims in Rutgers Speech Are Falling Apart. zcomm.org The New Jersey Democrat claimed that a protester screamed "Jew!" at him and that Jamal Khashoggi's organization has links to Al Qaeda…

John Zarocostas (2021-12-18). [World Report] WHO and World Bank urge spending for UHC. thelancet.com Governments have been urged to strengthen public spending on health as COVID-19 stalls progress towards universal health coverage. John Zarocostas reports from Geneva.

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…

_____ (2021-12-17). US Unveils Legal Trigger For War With Russia. popularresistance.org A bill tabled this week in the Senate looks likely to pass into law because of the bilateral consensus of belligerence towards Russia. It is generally accepted as if fact that Russia is threatening to invade Ukraine despite Moscow's repeated denials and lack of evidence to support such sensationalized speculation. | Among other provocations, the lawmakers want to more than double the supply of lethal weaponry that the US is about to send Ukraine and to kill off the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe. | On top of that — as if all that were not incendiary enough — the US Senators want to d…

_____ (2021-12-17). The New Great Game Is Afoot — With All Of Us "Underfoot" journal-neo.org The western elites have finally pushed China and Russia too far. A long awaited independent trade network and alternative currencies will certainly go forward as Washington pushes NATO deeper into Eurasia. Presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin have now agree to accelerate attempts to create a system that cannot be influenced by 'third parties.' As …

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.

_____ (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…

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). '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.

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.

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). 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…

_____ (2021-12-17). Russia, China a Model of Inter-State Relations and Peace. strategic-culture.org Russia and China are proof that an alternative basis of international relations is possible. And fortunately, both are strong enough to prevail for the sake of peace. | For many observers around the world, the cordial and cooperative relations between Russia and China are inspiring, precisely at a time of mounting international tensions and belligerence. | Russia's President Vladimir Putin In a video…

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…

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 . . . |

Liberation Staff (2021-12-17). 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…

_____ (2021-12-17). Biden's Threat: Is Ethiopia Next? With Matt Ehret. strategic-culture.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, might actually feel horrified enough to demand systemic change. We might come to recognize that the plight of Africa has less to do with Africa and more to do with an intentional program of depopulation, and exploitation of vital resources.

Graham Peebles (2021-12-17). Ethiopia: Historic battle for the Mother of Africa. nationofchange.org Hands off Ethiopia; hands off the countries of the region; hands off Africa, is the demand, loud and clear made upon the U.S. administration, her puppets, and the mouthpiece for war, the western media.

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.

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.

_____ (2021-12-17). Why We Must Defend Julian Assange. popularresistance.org December 10 is International Human Rights Day. It is always a sham holiday for the United States, which locks up its own people at rates exceeding those of every other country, and routinely makes war against the rest of the world. In 2021 the date was treated as even more of a mockery than in the past. Joe Biden convened a bizarre democracy summit, wherein he declared other nations good or bad based on whether they go along with the dictates of the U.S. empire. Although it was in London where the U.S. behaved in a particularly shameful manner, working with the United Kingdom to secure the right to extradite Juli…

_____ (2021-12-17). First 'Summit For Democracy' Should Be The Last. popularresistance.org More than 100 nations' presidents, prime ministers, and kings met virtually at the Summit for Democracy on Dec. 9 and 10. It was the first meeting in history on this scale where the application — or ostensible application — of the democratic principle in the governance of national affairs was used as a criterion to invite participants to an international meeting. | There are three ways to look at the summit. | A naàØve view is to consider it as a meeting of like-minded states, interested in learning from each other about how to improve the application of democratic principles at home. (For that…

Derek Royden (2021-12-17). Biden's Summit for Democracy, a good idea hurt by compromise and geopolitics. nationofchange.org It's progress that needs to be defended.

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-17). They won't ever find us because our love is bound to the rocks: The Fiftieth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org At the U.S. State Department's Summit for Democracy (9—10 December), U.S. President Joe Biden announced a range of initiatives to 'bolster democracy and defend human rights globally'.

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…

_____ (2021-12-17). A Whistleblower And Constant Thorn In The Government's Side. popularresistance.org Joseph Carson, an Energy Department nuclear safety engineer originally from Brooklyn, NY, walked into the moral hazard of working for the U.S. government nearly as soon as his career started. The very first program he worked in during the Cold War led to the development of a nuclear weapon that could kill 20 million people in one fell swoop. The alarm bells immediately started ringing as the federal employee considered his work in the context of the engineering code of ethics he'd been educated in. What started as disclosures about the safety of federal workers in 1991—a report his manager immediately threw…

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 . . . |

_____ (2021-12-17). Home Care Workers Protest 24-Hour Work Day In New York City. popularresistance.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…

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…

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.

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…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-17). Qatar jails migrant worker for speaking out on labor violations. peoplesdispatch.org Jordanian Abdullah Ibhais was sentenced to five years in prison in April this year. Human rights groups assert that the sentence is based on false and baseless charges completely lacking evidence…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-17). UAW members OK direct election of officers. peoplesworld.org

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 . . . |

Mitra Ebadolahi (2021-12-17). New Guidance Fails to Stop Mistreatment of Pregnant People and Their Children in Detention. aclu.org Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued new

_____ (2021-12-17). 20th ALBA-TCP Summit Declaration. popularresistance.org 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 Fidel Castro Ruz and Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.

_____ (2021-12-17). UC Recognizes Student Researchers United Union Of 17,000 Workers. popularresistance.org California – The university agreed Wednesday to recognize Student Researchers United, or SRU, a union representing 17,000 student researchers employed by the UC system. | The decision came after nearly 11,000 student researchers across the state voted Nov. 19 to authorize a strike. Out of the members who voted, 97.5% voted in favor of a strike, according to a press release from United Auto Workers, the parent union that SRU is joining. | "This is the single biggest new union filing in any industry, definitely this year if not this decade," said UC Berkeley student researcher Tanzil Chowdhury. "Seventeen thousand…

_____ (2021-12-17). Advocates Have Taken Air Pollution Monitoring Into Their Own Hands. popularresistance.org San Francisco – Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin still remembers riding the bus home from elementary school and smelling fresh-baked pastries and bread from the Parisian Bread Factory near Evans Street. She also remembers how quickly that scent would turn to one of sewage and smoke as the bus pulled closer to her home. | Dunn-Salahuddin grew up two decades ago in Bayview-Hunters Point, a neighborhood in the southeastern corner of San Francisco, jutting into the bay. It's under four square miles, just 8.5 percent of San Francisco's land mass. | This relatively small parcel of the city holds a disproportionate concentration…

Staff (2021-12-17). Piñera Worried About Boric's Possible Victory, Lashes Out Against Bachelet. orinocotribune.com The Chilean president is concerned about the support expressed by Michelle Bachelet for the leftist presidential candidate, Gabriel Boric. | On Tuesday, December 14, former president of Chile and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced her support for Gabriel Boric in the second round of the Chilean presidential elections scheduled for this Sunday, December 19, where center-left Boric and far-right José Antonio Kast are contesting the presidency. | "It does matter which candidate you vote for, and that is why I am going to vote for Gabriel Boric, and I want to make a ca…

Editor2 (2021-12-17). US Threatening 6-Figure Fines for Contributing to 'Banned' Sites, Journalist tells RT. orinocotribune.com American journalists are being threatened with large fines by the US Treasury for writing for the 'wrong' websites, writer Daniel Lazare told RT, concerned his country's reputation as a defender of press freedom might be over. | Lazare and other US journalists who've written for the Strategic Culture Foundation, a website that describes itself as a "research platform on Eurasian global affairs," recently received threatening letters from the Treasury Department warning they could be on the hook for at least $300,000 in sanctions penalties, he told RT on Sunday. | "It's impossible to battle the US Treasury in t…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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

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 …

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. …

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

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 …

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".

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

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.

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 …

Staff (2021-12-17). Video: U.S. Senate Passes Colossal $770 Billion Military Bill. davidswanson.org By Press TV, December 16, 2021 Watch here.

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 …

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!

Chauncey K. Robinson (2021-12-17). bell hooks changed how we think about Black femininity, class, and capitalism. peoplesworld.org I choose to re-appropriate the term 'feminism', to focus on the fact that to be 'feminist' in any authentic sense of the term is to want for all people, female and male, liberation from sexist role patterns, domination, and oppression. — bell hooks in "Ain't I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism," 1981 The world …

Adam Mahoney (2021-12-17). Climate change could cause 400 toxic California sites to flood by 2100. peoplesworld.org To many Americans, California is defined by its ranging coastline and the sandy beaches and multi-million dollar homes that line its 840-mile stretch. As sea levels continue to rise, it's no secret then, that the state and its inhabitants are facing a crisis. Hollywood knows this, too, as movie after movie over the last decade has depicted …

Liberation Staff (2021-12-17). Massive new union of student researchers at the University of California wins recognition. liberationnews.org In a historic victory decades in the making, Student Researchers at the University of California have won union recognition — the largest group of workers in the United States to form a union in over a decade.

Josh Mayfield (2021-12-17). Activists speak out in Louisiana as support for ICE detainee hunger strike grows. liberationnews.org On Dec. 13, activists gathered in Monroe and Jena, Louisiana to hold press conferences at both the Richwood and LaSalle detention facilities to protest abusive conditions.

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." …

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.

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 …

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 …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-17). Hypocrite GOPers rail against federal dollars, then claim credit for them. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It's a recurring pattern: A right-wing Republican, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or, this week, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, rails against Democratic lawmakers voting for federal dollars and opposes the funding—and then grabbing for the gelt, taking credit and bragging about what the dollars are doing in their …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-12-17). Cuba derrota al COVID-19 con aprendizaje, ciencia y unidad. peoplesworld.org La educación es fundamental para el socialismo cubano. La dedicación del gobierno revolucionario al conocimiento científico y la atención médica para todos se manifiesta ahora mientras los cubanos enfrentan la pandemia de COVID-19. Estados Unidos no tiene tanta suerte. Los cubanos han realizado con entusiasmo el enmascaramiento, el distanciamiento social, las pruebas y la cuarentena. …

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…

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…

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.

_____ (2021-12-17). The Price of Wokeness Is Stupidity. strategic-culture.org By Peter VAN BUREN | One of the great things about not being obsessed with racism is not having to go through the mental twisty turns required to see racism in everything. Of course not being obsessed with racism still allows me to understand that racism has played a sordid role in our country's history. I can understand anger and the sting of discrimination because I, too, am a human being. But I don't have to pretend moving from New Jersey to Manhattan to find a new job was for a free black man in the 19th century was the same thing an Irish immigrant underwent boarding a "coffin ship" hoping to survive the jou…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-17). US Congress approves record defense budget of USD 778 billion. peoplesdispatch.org Despite its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden administration's first defense budget is USD 38 billion higher than last year's and more than the combined defense budgets of the next 11 countries…

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.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-17). Protests erupt against homophobic proposals by far-right Vox party. peoplesdispatch.org On Wednesday, December 15, LGBTIQ rights groups and other progressive, liberal sections protested in Madrid, Spain, to demand that the regional government of Madrid discard a proposal by the far-right Vox Party to repeal LGBTQI rights. The call for the protest was given by LGBTQI activist platform Trans Platform and was supported by various groups including Podemos, United Left (IU), Anti-capitalists Madrid, among others. Enrique Santiago, member of parliament and leader of the Communist Party of Spain (PCE), also joined the demonstration on Wednesday. | On Thursday, the 136-seat Assembly of the Autonomous Commun…

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…

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

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.

Anish R (2021-12-17). Villagers in Southern Thailand secure key victory against controversial industrial estate. peoplesdispatch.org After nearly two weeks of protest outside the government offices in Bangkok, the Prayut Chan-o-cha government agreed to halt the controversial Chana Industrial Project until a comprehensive review…

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.

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…

Newsroom (2021-12-17). WB Supports Greater Access to Energy and Broadband Services in Rural Mozambique. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank approved today a $300 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA) that will support the Government of Mozambique's efforts to increase access to energy and broadband services, as well as strengthen the operational performance of the country's electricity utility. "Mozambique's economy can benefit from systematically harnessing the synergies of energy and …

Julia Conley (2021-12-17). Dems face 2022 nightmare, critics warn, if student debt payments restart and child credit ends. nationofchange.org "These are policy choices," said one economic justice group. "We don't have to choose this. All of this is 100% unnecessary and avoidable."

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 …

Amom Malemnganba Singh (2021-12-17). Modi's Hindu Nationalism in Assam and Manipur. moderndiplomacy.eu The rise of nationalism is going global. From the success of Brexit, the popularity of the far-right movements across Europe, and to Donald Trump winning the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In India, the nationalist government is led by Narendra Modi. This article highlights the strategies of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its parent organization …

Newsroom (2021-12-17). Jordan: Reforms Critical to Resilient Recovery and Sustainable Growth. moderndiplomacy.eu Accelerated global recovery, improved vaccine rollout, and a full reopening of the domestic economy are the main drivers of a projected growth rate of 2.2% for this year in Jordan, according to the World Bank. However, rising COVID cases in some parts of the world, the slow pace of recovery of international tourism, and the …

Ceren Sagir (2021-12-17). UN warns of vaccine hoarding by rich countries, again. peoplesworld.org

Alasdair Baverstock (2021-12-17). Mexico's efforts to break up migrant caravans. america.cgtn.com Migrant caravans are now a common phenomenon in Mexico, as large groups move to the United States border. But as the technique is repeated across the years, Mexico's authorities have developed ways to break up the caravans.

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.

Raihan Ronodipuro (2021-12-17). Persuasion in Southeast Asia reveals the United States' strategic egoism. moderndiplomacy.eu On December 13, US Secretary of State Blinken landed in Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, to deliver a speech on America's "Indo-Pacific strategy." His first journey to Southeast Asia after entering office would include stops in Malaysia and Thailand. According to some sources, Southeast Asia has grown increasingly relevant in the geopolitical rivalry between the United States …

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.

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-12-17). India's data privacy bill: Commercializing our data and weakening our privacy. peoplesdispatch.org India's government wants to club the commercial use of people's data with the protection of personal data, and create structures that allow the commercialization of our personal data collected by the government…

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.

Global Research (2021-12-17). The Omicron Fraud Used to Justify the "Christmas Covid Lockdown" globalresearch.ca The alleged spread of the "deadly" Omicron variant has now become the pretext and justification for implementing partial lockdowns, restrictions on travel as well as confinement and stay at home mandates. | Anthony Fauci is leading the disinformation campaign, intimating that …

_____ (2021-12-17). Barbados Has Thrown Off Its Colonial Shackles. popularresistance.org The island was so central to Britain's transatlantic slave trade system it was commonly referred to as 'Little England'. Today, Barbados marks a defining break from 400 years of British rule. While there are still many challenges in overhauling all structures of governance inherited by the colonial system, Barbadians should be proud of this moment. | Barbados has completed its transition to a republican system of government. From 30 November, which marks the 55th anniversary of its independence from Britain, Barbados's head of state is no longer the British Queen. The word 'royal' will be removed from the names o…

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

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 …

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.

_____ (2021-12-17). The U.S. Military Budget as a Mushroom Cloud. strategic-culture.org Why It's Time to Make Deep Cuts at the Pentagon | By William ASTORE | Where are you going to get the money? That question haunts congressional proposals to help the poor, the unhoused, and those struggling to pay the mortgage or rent or medical bills, among so many other critical domestic matters. And yet — big surprise! — there's always

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…

splcenter (2021-12-17). From the 'Inside Out': SPLC's Lecia Brooks named 2022 Rockwood Fellow. splcenter.org

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.

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, . . . |

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…

Moderator (2021-12-17). Joseph Carson: A Whistleblower and Constant Thorn in the U.S. Government's Side. scheerpost.com Joseph Carson. [Photo courtesy of guest] | Click to subscribe on:

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.

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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

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.

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.

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.

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-12-17). Super immunity against coronavirus wanes with time, suggests new research. peoplesdispatch.org Fighting off COVID-19 is centered around gathering immunity, whether from vaccines or previous bouts of infections. When people get both, that is, previous infection as well as vaccine shots, then naturally immunity gets bolstered. This amplified immunity is known as super immunity or hybrid immunity. | Even this double immunity may not be so effective in protecting against COVID-19, new research has reportedly found. According to it, immunity against COVID-19 withers away with time even in people who have received the double immunity. This research was conducted before the emergence of the Omicron variant and wa…

_____ (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 …

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…

Olivia Rosane (2021-12-17). People of color in U.S. more likely to breathe six types of air pollution, study finds. nationofchange.org "For all years and pollutants, the racial/ethnic group with the highest national average exposure was a racial/ethnic minority group,"

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). 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."

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-17). 141 million suffering from food shortages in Arab world: FAO report. peoplesdispatch.org Out of the 420 million total population in the region, 69 million are currently severely malnourished due to extreme food scarcity, war-related famines and COVID-19, with Yemen and Somalia the worst-affected…

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). 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.

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.

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 …

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2021-12-17). The U.S. experience: racism and COVID-19 mortality. mronline.org Not only did all the racial and ethnic populations, with the exception of Asians, experience far higher COVID-19 mortality rates than did whites, their respective rates were at least twice that of whites.

Lucrecia Franco (2021-12-17). Rio de Janeiro's Carnival Parade will be back in 2022. america.cgtn.com After being canceled this year for the first time in over a century, Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival Parade is coming back for 2022. With more than 70 percent of its 13 million people fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the city's samba schools started to stage what …

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 …

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?>

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 …

Dan Williams (2021-12-17). Exclusive interview with world's top snowboarder Shaun White. america.cgtn.com One of the most popular sports at the Olympics, especially with a younger audience, is no doubt, snowboarding. CGTN has an exclusive interview with top U.S. snowboarder, and three-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. This week, White begins his campaign to qualify for the …

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.

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.

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."

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…

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 …

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…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-17). Over 83,000 displaced due to violence in Sudan's Darfur region: OCHA. peoplesdispatch.org 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…

_____ (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 …

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