Daily Archives: December 19, 2021

2021-12-19: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Chile: Kast and Boric Before the Count of the Votes. telesurenglish.net The campaign coordinators of José Antonio Kast and Gabriel Boric, Cristian Valenzuela and Giorgio Jackson, respectively, maintained contact to coordinate the acts to be carried out once the next president's name is known. | Second round presidential elections in Chile between Gabriel Borinc and José Antonio Kast takes place on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021…

_____ (2021-12-19). Anti-Chinese Sentiment Continues in South Korea. journal-neo.org We have mentioned more than once how anti-Chinese sentiments are nurtured in today's South Korea, and although according to conservative circles, Moon Jae-in's administration pursues a pro-Beijing course, an incitement of hatred towards China comes not only from below but also from above. According to a joint survey conducted in June 2021 by the daily …

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Trump: China Should Pay Trillions of Dollars for COVID Damages. telesurenglish.net Donald Trump, former U.S. President, claimed once again that China is responsible for the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. He calls for China to pay 60 trillion dollars for the damage caused by the epidemic worldwide. | RELATED: | "China has to pay, they have to pay reparations, and China does not have the money to pay those reparations," Trump declared during an interview with Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartir…

_____ (2021-12-19). 'Chinese Aggression' Is Just China Responding to U.S. Aggression. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | brain control weaponry", a claim the mass media have been all too happy to uncritically pass on to the public. Between that and the ridiculous reporting on Jonathan Cook (2021-12-19). The hounding of Julian Assange leaves honest journalism with no refuge. dissidentvoice.org It is no accident that Julian Assange, the digital transparency activist and journalist who founded Wikileaks to help whistleblowers tell us what western governments are really up to in the shadows, has spent 10 years being progressively disappeared into those very same shadows. His treatment is a crime similar to those Wikileaks exposed when it …

Staff (2021-12-19). Venezuela and Belarus Sign Bilateral Agreements in Strategic Areas. orinocotribune.com This Friday, December 17, the governments of Venezuela and Belarus signed several agreements at the closing event of the Eighth Meeting of the Venezuela-Belarus high level mixed commission, in order to consolidate strategies for the benefit of both nations and for strengthening cooperation relations. At the Simón Bolivar room of the Miraflores Palace, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, stressed that Venezuela "is taking a successful step in the right direction, with the pace, speed and intensity that is needed," by signing agreements that will allow the development of different sectors of the national ec…

Ian Angus (2021-12-19). Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class. mronline.org Deprived of land and common rights, the English poor were forced into wage-labor. CAPITAL VERSUS COMMONS, 4…

Hamilton Nolan (2021-12-19). Ten Predictions For the Year Ahead in Labor. zcomm.org Our infallible crystal ball reveals that 2022 will make workers want to holler…

Don Gross (2021-12-19). Senate approves Rahm Emanuel for ambassadorship despite opposition from Chicago progressives. liberationnews.org In addition to his role in the murder of Laquan McDonald, Rahm's policies while mayor of Chicago were devestating for the working class in the city, especially Black and Latino communites.

Erika Hidalgo (2021-12-19). Ajmal Amani, another veteran killed by SFPD. liberationnews.org On Nov. 19 the San Francisco Police Department shot and killed 41 year-old Ajmal Amani as he suffered a severe mental health crisis. The brief but deadly interaction with Amani included multiple moments of police simply shouting at Amani while using the wrong name.

_____ (2021-12-19). Wet'suwet'en Resistance And Solidarity: Evicting The Colonizers. popularresistance.org One month ago today, the RCMP violently raided unceded Gidimt'en territory (November 18-19, 2021), removing Indigenous people from their land at gunpoint on behalf of TC Energy's proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline. The Wet'suwet'en enforced our standing eviction of CGL by closing roads into the territory November 14-17. Following the raids, arrestees received cruel and violent treatment in prison. The conditions set forth by the court are human rights violations to Indigenous peoples. We're still here. We're still throwing down. We are more determined than ever to protect our traditional territories for future gen…

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-19). Pakistan-Bangladesh: Need to move forward. moderndiplomacy.eu History tells that countries, at daggers drawn for centuries, progressed by leaps and bounds once they buried the hatchet. Europe is a case in point. They first general agreement on trade and tariffs to to remove kinks and wobbles in free flow of goods and services. And , then joined the European Union. Thus they …

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-12-19). Venezuela: Oil Output Continues Upward Swing as Iran Calls for Greater Cooperation. venezuelanalysis.com Oil revenues will reportedly fund 61 percent of Venezuela's 2022 budget following a recent hike in crude production and exports.

Dean Baker (2021-12-19). Plans to Save the Local Newspaper. cepr.net As we all know, local newspapers have been dropping like flies over the last two decades. Even major regional papers like the Chicago Tribune and Cleveland Plain Dealer have fallen on hard times, sharply cutting back their staff and coverage. In many cases, hedge or private equity funds have done the downsizing or closures. They …

Dmitri Trenin (2021-12-19). After COP26: Russia's Path to the Global Green Future. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia is certainly now taking climate-related issues seriously, but even though a latecomer in embracing the climate change agenda, it will not simply accept the West's or the EU's lead. Rather, it will act in accordance with its national interests. At the COP26 UN climate change summit that ended last week, Russia was noted mainly …

Dmitri Trenin (2021-12-19). Russian Foreign Policy: Shifting Gears. moderndiplomacy.eu Not long ago, a popular Russian joke went: "Those who do not want to listen to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will have to deal with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu." Now it is official. President Vladimir Putin often makes statements on foreign policy. Just last month, he spent several hours discussing world affairs at the annual …

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-19). The Green Agenda and the Plan to Collapse the Industrial World Economy. globalresearch.ca

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-19). Communique from Mapuche Political Prisoners of Elicura Imprisoned in Lebu. itsgoingdown.org | On January 29, 2020 in so-called Chile, police violently raided five houses in the Valley of Elicura, in the Lavkenche territory of Wallmapu, detaining six Indigenous Mapuches. Another Mapuche was detained almost a year later and linked to the same case. The seven have been charged with a death at Playa Blanca, in the Mapuche territory of Lake Lanalhue, land usurped by the forestry businessman Hector Garcia. | The seven Mapuche political prisoners from Elicura are part of a larger Mapuche movem…

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-19). Historical Development of Revolution. anchor.fm In this episode I give my best attempt to add a description of how it is that we must try to understand the development of a revolution. I try to explain how consciousness, active participation, struggle and organization are some of the most crucial parts of building a revolutionary movement. I also discussed the need to understand concrete conditions in a concrete fashion, and why it is that we must take into account all of the particularities and universalities of our system our situation and others. I hope you enjoy, please let me know what you think! Email me at indefenseofliberation@gmail.com !

Jubeda Chowdhury (2021-12-19). Significance Of The lndian President's Recent Bangladesh Visit. moderndiplomacy.eu The President of India came to Dhaka on Wednesday at the invitation of the President of Bangladesh to take part in the celebration of the golden jubilee and the centenary of the victory. After a three-day state visit, Indian President Ramnath Kobind left Dhaka at noon on December 17,2021. The three-day visit of Indian President …

Kite Line (2021-12-19). Kite Line: Carceral Nonprofits. itsgoingdown.org Long-running abolitionist radio show Kite Line looks at the impact of carceral non-profits who steer radical change towards liberal reform under the guise of decarceration. We are sad to report that Russell Maroon Shoatz, who was recently granted compassionate release after his decades in prison, has passed away. This week, we return to the final…

Newsroom (2021-12-19). HIPAA Violations: 6 Tips for Preventing Them. moderndiplomacy.eu The US healthcare industry is unfortunately not immune to HIPAA violations. In 2020 there have already been 421 reported violations, and several investigations are still ongoing. The COVID-19 pandemic challenges healthcare professionals in unprecedented ways, which is why additional discretions were introduced in March. There have been over 20 million recorded instances of health information …

NYC Anarchist Black Cross (2021-12-19). NYC: Noise Demo Against the Prison Industrial Complex, In Solidarity with PPs and POWs. itsgoingdown.org Call for noise demo in New York City on New Year's Eve from NYC Anarchist Black Cross. photo: Ash Agony On the noisiest night of the year in New York City, come help us remind folks locked up that they are not alone. NYC Anarchist Black Cross, in response to an international call for noise…

Staff (2021-12-19). Venezuela Has Carried Out Largest Drug Seizure in 10 Years. orinocotribune.com This Saturday, December 18, Venezuelan National Anti-Drug Superintendent, Richard López Vargas, highlighted that Venezuela has seized 51 tons of illicit drugs so far in 2021, the highest amount in the last 10 years. | "A significant quantity, 51 tons, were seized in 5,334 procedures by law enforcement agencies," he informed. "The last time this figure was superceded was in 2011; which means that today represents the largest seizure in the last 10 years." The superintendent explained this during the first edition of the 2021 Citizen Security Expo, which is being held in the Military Circle, Los Próceres, in Caraca…

Staff (2021-12-19). Delegation visits Georges Abdallah in Lannemezan with greetings of international solidarity. samidoun.net A delegation from the Collectif Palestine Vaincra visited Georges Ibrahim Abdallah in Lannemezan Prison in December 2021. Georges Abdallah is a Lebanese Arab struggler for the Palestinian resistance who has been imprisoned in French jails for 37 years. His story and life in struggle is the subject of the film "Fedayin: Georges Abdallah's Fight," and […] | The article

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-12-19). Bolivian government creates trust for reparations to victims of 2019 state violence. peoplesdispatch.org The trust will provide loans to the relatives of the deceased and living victims of the human rights violations committed during Jeanine àÅñez's de-facto rule, with a 10-year repayment policy and an annual interest rate of 0.5%…

Zhao Huasheng (2021-12-19). Changes in Afghanistan: Regional and International Implications. moderndiplomacy.eu The Taliban's return to power has fundamentally changed the political environment of Afghanistan, both internally and externally. The internal leading forces inside Afghanistan have turned to be the Taliban instead of the political forces represented by the former Afghanistan government, and the external forces with the greatest political responsibility began to shift from the United …

Marco Teruggi (2021-12-19). Venezuela: What Country Will it Be? orinocotribune.com By Marco Teruggi — Dec 8, 2021 | The economic and financial catastrophe that relentlessly devastated the Venezuelan population during the last few years seems to be easing, while the government of Nicolás Maduro encourages the return of the old entrepreneurial forms of accumulation. Harassed by the imperial powers, the recent elections revealed a decrease in the hard core of the Chavista hardliners and at the same time revealed the fragmentation of the opposition. From Caracas, a chronicle brimming with questions, about the country that mocks forecasts and closed conclusions. | "This was the richest country,…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Historic Win for Gabriel Boric in Chile Presidential Elections. telesurenglish.net Left-wing former student leader Gabriel Boric has beat out far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast with nearly 100% of the votes tallied, according to figures published by Chile's electoral authorities SERVEL. | RELATED: | Winning 55,86% of the votes cast thus far, compared to Kast's 44,214%, Boric has a wide enough margin of over 11.5 percentage points to be declared winner of this Sunday's democratic exercise. | Polls…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-12-19). Covid-19, Hospitals & The Curse of Capitalism. zcomm.org The idea that sickness must be profitable reaches deep into the ideological heart of neoliberalism…

Global Research (2021-12-19). 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 …

WSWS (2021-12-19). Morenoites promote pseudo-left-Stalinist candidate in Chile's election. wsws.org The center-left parties that dominated the transition to civilian rule from Chile's military dictatorship three decades ago have all but collapsed.

Global Research (2021-12-19). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Rocket Attack Targets Green Zone in Baghdad. telesurenglish.net Two Katyusha rockets were fired early Sunday on the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses the U.S. embassy in central Baghdad, the Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported. | RELATED: | One of the rockets was destroyed in the air by the C-RAM defense system, which protects the U.S. embassy site, and the other landed near the grand celebrations square in the zone, damaging two civilian cars. | According to INA, there were no im…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-19). Why Russia vetoed at the U.N. the U.S.-proposed inclusion of climate-change as a 'National Security' issue. moderndiplomacy.eu The United States Government wants to persuade the gullible global public that that Government takes seriously the global-warming threat. The only way actually to stop global warming — if it still can be stopped — is to outlaw, even if in only one major country (such as the U.S.), purchases of stocks and bonds in …

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Israel Denies Freedom to Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, the Palestinian Society of Prisoners (SPP) informed that an Israeli court rejected a request to release Hisham Abu Hawash, a Palestinian prisoner who has been on a hunger strike for 125 days demanding an end to his administrative detention. | RELATED: | The Israeli court rejected the request to transfer Hawash to a hospital after the serious deterioration of his health as a result of the hunger strike.

_____ (2021-12-19). U.S. Police Unions Starting to Ask: Why Does the ACLU 'Defend the Indefensible'? strategic-culture.org With the introduction of ACLU Watch, more people can better understand that a robust police presence is not the true source of America's crime problem, Robert Bridge writes. | Law enforcement officials have begun a watch beat of sorts against the American Civil Liberties Union, whose support of justice reform has translated into more criminals roaming the streets as police officers lose their jobs. | A number of liberal activists, armed with the most altruistic intentions, of course, are busy remaking America into a liberal bastion of utopian thinking, where the Cultural Marxists have put down the stakes on their…

Fight Back (2021-12-19). Filipino Communists: Mobilize the people in the wake of typhoon Odette's destruction. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Dec. 18 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines | The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) extends its sympathies to the millions of people who suffered the devastation wrought by supertyphoon Odette in Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao regions and in Palawan island. Thousands upon thousands of homes, agricultural fields, fishing boats, and other sources of livelihood were destroyed or severely damaged. | The toiling masses are the most grievously affected, especially the fisherfolk, the small peasants and fa…

Joel Warner (2021-12-19). WEEKEND READER: The Inside Stories of 2021. dailyposter.com

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-19). Forbidden Parties: Boris Johnson's Law on Illegal Covid Gatherings. dissidentvoice.org It was meant to be time to reflect. The eager arms of a new pandemic were enfolding a society with asphyxiating, lethal effect. Public health authorities advocated various measures: social distancing, limited contact between family and friends, limited mobility. No grand booze-ups. No large parties. No bonking, except within dispensations of intimacy and various "bubble" …

Jake Johnson (2021-12-19). Sanders Rips Manchin and Sinema for Betraying US Families. zcomm.org "I do not respect the arrogance of any member of the Senate who says, 'You know what, I'm going to torpedo this entire bill,'" said Sen. Bernie Sanders…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Threat of 'Nationwide School Shooting' Proves Uncredible. telesurenglish.net Due to the continued incidence of student-perpetrated school shootings around the U.S., school officials nationwide went to heightened alert on Friday in reaction to an unspecified threat of on-campus violence that was proved to be faux by the authority later. | RELATED: | The rumors circulating on social media proclaimed Dec. 17, as the grisly "National School Shooting Day." The Los Angeles Unified School District…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-12-19). Privileging the Privileged in Admission to Elite U.S. Colleges. warisacrime.org Although a major scandal erupted in 2019 over bribery and other fraudulent practices used by wealthy Americans to secure their children's admission to elite colleges, the affluent continue to benefit from other kinds of special admission policies that are perfectly legal. Consider the fact that, according to a recent study, only about 57 percent of …

teleSUR (2021-12-19). 'Hope Has To Beat Fear' in the Chilean Elections, Bachelet Says. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Chile's Former President Michel Bachelet said "hope has to beat fear" after voting for leftist presidential candidate Gabriel Boric. | RELATED: | The current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also asked the winner to be "president of all" and "seek dialogue with all sectors to continue building a country in which we can all feel part of it." | "It is important that the country continue to pro…

Newsroom (2021-12-19). WHO lists 9th COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Health Organization (WHO) approved on Friday the Covovax vaccine for emergency use listing (EUL), elevating to nine the number of immunizations approved to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine is produced by the Serum Institute of India, under licence from Novavax, and will now be part of the COVAX facility portfolio, boosting efforts to vaccinate more people in lower-income countries. WHO Assistant-Director General for Access to Medicines and Health Products, Dr. Mariângela Simà£o, said that "even …

Alexandra Bradbury (2021-12-19). 2021 Year In Review: The Only Way Out Is Through. zcomm.org Here's hoping this year's ripple of militancy is followed by a much bigger wave. We're going to need all the power we can muster…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). I Won't Disappoint Chilean People: Presidential Candidate Boric. telesurenglish.net After casting his vote in Chile's run-off presidential elections on Sunday, the left-wing Social Convergence (CS) party candidate Gabriel Boric reaffirmed that he will assist the population and defend its rights if elected President. | RELATED: | "I will not lead a government locked in its headquarters but one that has dirty shoes of walking all over Chile to listen to its people," Boric said and promised to su…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Chile Election Update: Polls Have Closed and Vote Count Begins. telesurenglish.net Over 2,500 voting centers opened this Sunday in Chile to start the second round of the presidential election in which left-wing leader Gabriel Boric and the far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast compete to replace President Sebastian Piñera. | RELATED: | 4: 00 pm: Polls close in Chile's runoff presidential elections | Polls have officially closed at 6pm local time in Chile's second round runoff presidential elections. The vote count…

David Sirota (2021-12-19). The Democrats Are Trying To Lose. dailyposter.com

Ted Glick (2021-12-19). It's Time to Occupy Biden. zcomm.org Let's turn our sadness, anger and frustration into the organized power of the people which, alone, can win victories and bring into being a new world…

David Swanson (2021-12-19). The U.S. Military Is Registering 15-Year-Olds for the Draft. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 18, 2021 Most U.S. states still have excuses when asked to make voter registration automatic, but in various states — including here in Virginia — draft registration is automatic even for 15-year-olds who want a learner's permit to drive a car. (This is still only for males, as …

Tyler Walicek (2021-12-19). Kshama Sawant Emerges Victorious From Disingenuous Recall Attempt. zcomm.org The corporate-backed campaign to recall Seattle's socialist City Councilor Kshama Sawant, which stretched on for a contentious 16 months, has concluded with a victory for Sawant, who will remain in her seat as the lone leftist of the council…

teleSUR (2021-12-19). Chileans Denounce Lack of Public Transportation on Election Day. telesurenglish.net Using social networks to make themselves heard on Sunday morning, Chileans denounced that businessmen are prompting a shortage of transport services in Santiago City to sabotage an election in which the leftist presidential candidate Gabriel Boric is the favorite to defeat the far-right candidate Jose Antonio Kast. | RELATED: | The absence of transportation occurs on a day with temperatures above 96.8 ∞F and…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-12-19). Special Privilege in Admission to Elite U.S. Colleges. zcomm.org Although a major scandal erupted in 2019 over bribery and other fraudulent practices used by wealthy Americans to secure their children's admission to elite colleges, the affluent continue to benefit from other kinds of special admission policies that are perfectly legal. Consider the fact that, according to a recent study, only about 57 percent of

Liberation Staff (2021-12-19). Massive new union of student researchers at the U-Cal wins recognition. zcomm.org In a historic victory decades in the making, Student Researchers at the University of California have won union recognition and will soon begin bargaining…

_____ (2021-12-19). Why the U.S. Will Reject Russia's Proposed Peace-Settlement. strategic-culture.org By Eric ZUESSE | On December 17th, Russia presented America with

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-12-18). Spectre of War is Haunting Europe. globalresearch.ca A fateful week is ending today for international security with the Russian Foreign Ministry releasing the two documents on security guarantees that Moscow had proposed to Washington as the basis for discussions to ease the tensions over NATO's eastward expansion …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-18). Kremlin still Beseeching NATO not to be NATO. Moscow's Security Proposals. globalresearch.ca As though a self-identified nuclear alliance which reserves the right to the first use of nuclear weapons, which has 70 members and partners (120 in all if the collective partnership with the African Union is factored in) on six continents, …

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.

_____ (2021-12-18). True Colors: Red, White, Black And Blue. popularresistance.org With a bold and completely self-sabotaging diplomatic blunder, one which fails on every level including the least rigorous sanity test, this past Wednesday the U.S. was one of two nations to vote against a UN resolution designed to discourage the glorification and promotion of Nazi ideology. The other nation was Ukraine, which currently is overrun and effectively ruled by Jew-hating, Russia-hating, LGBT-hating neo-Nazis, who openly flaunt their allegiance to Stepan Bandera, a collaborator with the Third Reich during WWII. | The reason the U.S. supports such Jew-hating, Russia-hating thugs is obvious. It's an effe…

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.

_____ (2021-12-18). The US Fears Chinese Model's Impact In The Middle East. popularresistance.org Notwithstanding that China is a relatively "shy participant" in Middle Eastern policy, the US hegemony, which claims exclusivity among the most "obedient" Arab countries (those which fall into its strategic sphere of influence), is threatened by it. The worrying aspect for the US is that Beijing seeks to present a different model that integrates and takes advantage of the US's failed military experiences in many wars and direct political interference attempts over the past decades. | China hopes for a non-aggressive economic-political breakthrough in the Middle East through a less ferocious and less explicit mode…

Dongsheng News (2021-12-18). News on China | No. 80. dissidentvoice.org Nicaragua switches allegiance from Taiwan to China; free online tutoring for students; China observes the National Memorial Day for the victims of the

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.

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…

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 …

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."

Editor (2021-12-18). Britain's legacy of brutal slavery in Barbados. mronline.org Yes, the British Empire is indeed one colony smaller as Barbados formally declared itself independent of its colonial rulers after 400 years yesterday in a big ole fancy ceremony attended by all kinds of dignitaries.

_____ (2021-12-18). Rising Food Prices Could Spark Famine, War, And Revolution In 2022. popularresistance.org Washington — Already dealing with the economic fallout from a protracted pandemic, the rapidly rising prices of food and other key commodities have many fearing that unprecedented political and social instability could be just around the corner next year. | With the clock ticking on student loan and rent debts, the price of a standard cart of food has jumped 6.4% in the past 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the cost of eating out in a restaurant similarly spiking, by 5.8% since November 2020. | The most notable change has been in the price of meat, with beef costing 26.2% more th…

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.

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 . . . |

Jason Wilson, Megan Squire (2021-12-18). Revealed: Startup Creates Streaming Platform for Extremists on Big-Tech Infrastructure. splcenter.org A Canadian technology startup — which already provides monetized streaming for a range of white power propagandists, hate group leaders and a wanted fugitive — has now created a custom-made platform for white nationalist streamer Nick Fuentes after a payment processor apparently forced him off their main platform.

Brianna Griffith (2021-12-18). 100 days of SB 8: Texans living under assault on reproductive rights. liberationnews.org Those needing abortion or even pregnancy-related healthcare are now being forced to travel hundreds of miles, far out of the state, or resort to highly dangerous self-administered procedures.

_____ (2021-12-18). The Climate Response Cliff. popularresistance.org Climate change is only one symptom of a broader ecological crisis; the rapid loss of wild life is equally critical. Most species other than humans and our livestock, (and pets and pests) have had horrifying drops in population within the last 70 years or so, even if they are not yet threatened with extinction. We and our livestock are now 96% of the mass of land vertebrates, leaving all wild creatures together to comprise a mere 4%. At this rate within another generation there may be virtually nothing left but us and our coterie—and we would not survive that, as we depend on a network of life more complex t…

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…

Amy Mek (2021-12-18). South Korea: Covid Numbers Reach Record Peak Despite 92% of Adults Fully 'Vaccinated'. globalresearch.ca Korea's soaring number of Covid infections follows the exact pattern we see in other areas with very high rates of mRNA injections of the population. | South Korea was …

Bruce Lerro (2021-12-18). The Joys and Sorrows of Being a Celebrity Fan: James Dean, Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Mantle. dissidentvoice.org No one who frequents the dark auditorium is really an atheist — Edgar Morin, Marxist Movie Critic Orientation Cross-cultural uniqueness of celebrity culture If members of a tribal society during Paleolithic or Neolithic times, or even members of Bronze Age Egypt or Mesopotamia had heard about the United States population's devotion to celebrities, they wouldn't …

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…

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). 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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-18). Venezuela's Appeal to the UN about Refugees (+ Vuelta a la Patria). orinocotribune.com With the ratification of the Vuelta la Patria repatriation program as an effective measure to guarantee the safe return of refugees, the government of Venezuela urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the program which has already aided in the return of thousands of Venezuelan nationals from various countries. | Héctor Constant Rosales, Venezuelan representative to the UN and other international organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland, raised his concerns about the politicization of the migration issue during a high-level…

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-12-18). Settlers vow revenge, attack Palestinians after shooting. electronicintifada.net Record levels of settler violence in 2021.

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

Ralph Nader (2021-12-18). Rare Unionizing Opportunity in Big Box and Retail Chains. dissidentvoice.org This is the most opportune time for millions of workers in Big Box retail stores and fast-food outlets to form unions. McDonald's, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, and other giant chains are having trouble finding enough workers. Some of these companies are even paying signing bonuses and upping low pay. Chalk it up …

_____ (2021-12-18). Nicaragua: Chronicle Of A Slandered Election. popularresistance.org On November 7, Nicaragua held elections in which current president Daniel Ortega received 75% support and, as a result, begins a new term of office in January. Not surprisingly, the US government described the election as a "sham." Of more concern is that many on the left seem to agree. William Robinson's NACLA article, Nicaragua: Chronicle of an Election Foretold, is a scathing critique, repeated in an interview with The Real News. | In this article, we will show that Robinson's claims are based on falsehoods and elite bias. He appears to be out of touch with the reality faced by most Nicaraguans. Prior to the e…

John Perry, Rick Sterling (2021-12-18). How Can Some Progressives Get Basic Information about Nicaragua so Wrong? dissidentvoice.org On November 7, Nicaragua held elections in which current president Daniel Ortega received 75% support and, as a result, begins a new term of office in January. Not surprisingly, the US government described the election as a "sham." Of more concern is that many on the left seem to agree. William Robinson's NACLA article, "Nicaragua: …

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.

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…

Jyotsna Singh (2021-12-18). The many faces of travel bans. peoplesdispatch.org After the discovery of omicron, several rich countries blocked air traffic to southern Africa, stalling the delivery of supplies needed for the pandemic response and showing their racist bias towards the Global South…

_____ (2021-12-18). How Did England End Up in This Unprepared Omicron Mess? strategic-culture.org By Caroline MOLLOY | As England stumbles towards the end of the year, confused about whether to socialise, and worried the predicted explosion of infections from already record levels could mean another Christmas isolated from friends and family — how on earth did we get here? | Earlier this year Boris Johnson was riding high on a 'vaccine bounce', with the UK boasting of the most successful immunisation programme in the world. | But the risks were clear. For months, we've known that vaccine immunity from two doses is unlikely to last very long. And we've known that new variants could well challenge that fu…

Amanda Winstead (2021-12-18). Millennials and generational wealth. nationofchange.org Various financial injustices are impacting our communities. Generational wealth is one of those particularly affecting Millennials.

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 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.

Jim Hightower (2021-12-18). The planet is not a dumping ground. nationofchange.org The real problem is not waste, but plastic itself.

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). 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.

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.

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). 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). 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.

Editor (2021-12-18). Joà£o Pedro Stedile on Bolsonaro and Brazilian elections in 2022. mronline.org Brazilian peasant leader Joà£o Pedro Stedile discusses the different dimensions of the worst crisis in the country's recent history, as well as the priorities for movements in 2022.

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.

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

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-18). Canadian Military's Ties to USA So Deep One Must Question Their Loyalty. libya360.wordpress.com Yves Engler Who are they "standing on guard" for, really? The Canadian military has deep ties to their US counterparts. From naval patrols to special forces deployments, research initiatives to wars, the Canadian Forces (CF) function largely as an appendage of their southern neighbour's enormous killing machine. Recently HMCS Winnipeg joined with a US destroyer…

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-18). Simmering resentment in Indian-held Kashmir. moderndiplomacy.eu The writer if of the view that the politico-economic situation in the occupied Kashmir is in a state of flux. All the leading politicians are frustrated at apathetic, nay callous, attitude of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party autocrats in New Delhi. They are unanimous that the situation, after abrogation of the special status and hereditary domiciliary …

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 . . . |

Emily Mangiaracina (2021-12-18). Big Pharma, Gates, Fauci, UK Officials Accused of Crimes against Humanity in Complaint to International court. globalresearch.ca Activists are charging UK officials and the world's most powerful health figures with genocide, citing a range of statistics on the effects of COVID "vaccines" and policies. | . |

| A group that includes former Pfizer vice president Dr. Michael Yeadon

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.

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.

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.

Ashley Curtin (2021-12-18). Goldman Sachs announces commitment to set 2030 emissions reduction targets. nationofchange.org The commitment is to reduce the physical emissions intensity of its portfolios, and has yet to rule out support for companies expanding oil, gas and coal.

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). 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.

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…

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.

Newsroom (2021-12-18). UNIDO, EIF and UNTBLDCs highlight potential benefits of 4IR for LDCs. moderndiplomacy.eu Least Developed Countries (LDCs) comprise 13% of humanity worldwide, yet they account for just 1.2% of global GDP, according to a new publication released by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in cooperation with the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries (UNTBLDCs) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF). Propelling LDCs in the …

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…

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: …

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…

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….

Franc Contreras (2021-12-18). Mexico City struggles to care for waves of migrants. america.cgtn.com Millions of migrants from the Caribbean and Central America are sheltering in Mexico, many temporarily, as they make their way to the United States. The waves of people heading north are straining the resources of cities along the way.

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-18). US Missiles on Russia's Border: The Dangerous Ignorance of Germany's New Foreign Minister. globalresearch.ca Germany's new Foreign Minister, …

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). 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.

Jessica Dos Santos (2021-12-18). Tales of Resistance: Guaidó's Pie. orinocotribune.com By Jessica Dos Santos — Dec 14, 2021 | Venezuela Analysis columnist Jessica Dos Santos takes aim at self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó's antics and how his "circus" goes on. | A few days ago I was out grocery shopping when I heard a man tell his friend that Venezuela was the only country in the world with two presidents but where everything was still screwed up. | This has become a running joke among Venezuelans. However, some three years ago, when Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself "

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.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-18). "Four Meals from Anarchy": Rising Food Prices Could Spark Famine, War, and Revolution in 2022. libya360.wordpress.com Alan Macleod WASHINGTON — Already dealing with the economic fallout from a protracted pandemic, the rapidly rising prices of food and other key commodities have many fearing that unprecedented political and social instability could be just around the corner next year. With the clock ticking on student loan and rent debts, the price of a…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 …

Florence CGTN (2021-12-18). Questions raised over U.S. construction. america.cgtn.com Questions are being raised about the construction of big-box warehouses after six people died when a tornado whipped through an Amazon delivery center in the U.S. state of Illinois last week. It's not the first time a building like that has collapsed during a …

Joel Richards (2021-12-18). Chile: Choice between far-right or leftist presidential candidates. america.cgtn.com Chileans go to the polls on Sunday to decide their next president. The run-off is between ultra-conservative candidate Jose Antonio Kast and 35-year-old leftist Gabriel Boric. It's the first time since the return to democracy in 1990 that Chileans will vote for candidates outside …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-18). The "Killer Vaccine" Worldwide. 7.9 Billion People. globalresearch.ca The stated objective is to enforce the Worldwide vaccination of 7.9 billion people in more than 190 countries, to be followed by the imposition of a digitized "vaccine passport". The evidence of mortality and morbidity resulting from the vaccine is overwhelming. Needless to say this is a multi-billion dollar operation for Big Pharma.

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…

Newsroom (2021-12-18). Turkey to Scale-up Renewable Geothermal Energy Generation. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank's Board of Directors has approved two loans worth $300 million for the Geothermal Development Project in Turkey, to support the development of renewable energy by tapping heat sources deep in the ground. The loans are Additional Financing to two initial loans worth $250 million. The loans, approved yesterday, are complemented by a …

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…

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 …

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…

Sam Pizzigati (2021-12-18). Tornados can kill. So can Amazon's business model. nationofchange.org Will we continue to tolerate corporate executive 'risk taking' that puts only workers at real risk?>

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.

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.

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.

Frances Kuo (2021-12-18). Founder reconnects with her roots while building her products. america.cgtn.com It's a "hot" product that's taken years to develop. Behind it — a Chinese-American woman who embarked on a personal journey to make it happen. She hopes to awaken people's senses to Sichuan cuisine.

_____ (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 …

Abi Deivanayagam (2021-12-18). There is no health justice without climate justice. peoplesdispatch.org The organizers of the People's Health Hearing at COP26 write about how celebrating the 'right to health' as an add-on to the Glasgow Climate Pact would be to ignore the co-option of health by perpetrators for greenwashing…

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.

Deborah Fuller (2021-12-18). Five ways to adjust mRNA vaccines for Omicron. asiatimes.com If the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is different enough from the original variant, it's possible that existing vaccines won't be as effective as they have been. If so, it's likely that companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron. Deborah Fuller is a microbiologist who has been studying mRNA and DNA …

Newsroom (2021-12-18). Current pandemic trends bring more uncertainty to economic prospects. moderndiplomacy.eu The most recent data on global manufacturing production, corresponding to the third quarter of 2021, indicate a stabilization after the COVID-19-related economic halt in the previous year. While the economic trajectories vary significantly among countries, most economies experienced solid increases in manufacturing production compared to 2020. Furthermore, higher technology industries had a better production performance …

Florence CGTN (2021-12-18). West Virginia's power outages pushing some residents to solar panels. america.cgtn.com Power outages are becoming more of a problem in the United States, made worse by climate change and aging infrastructure. The average home went without power for 8 hours last year- double five years ago. West Virginia has one of the least reliable electricity …

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.

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-18). Will the Federal Reserve Crash Global Financial Markets As a Means to Implementing Their "Great Reset"? globalresearch.ca First published on December 16, 2021 | It's looking increasingly likely that the US Federal Reserve and the globalist powers that be will use the dramatic rising of inflation as their excuse to bring down the US financial markets and with …

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, . . . |

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.

Peter Koenig (2021-12-18). The Final Solution. Full Digitization. "The QR Codification of the World" globalresearch.ca You have no idea what is or what will eventually be put on this QR-code. The goal is all your personal information, your complete health record, your bank accounts — just everything. But you wouldn't know. You cannot read what is on the QR-code.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-12-18). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

Michael Lord (2021-12-18). Klaus Schwab's WEF "School for Covid Dictators", a Plan for the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca Economist Ernst Wolff believes that a hidden alliance of political and corporate leaders is exploiting the pandemic with the aim of crashing national economies and introducing a global digital currency. | How is it that more than 190 governments from all …

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.

scorinoco (2021-12-18). Only One Chávez and Only One Salvador. orinocotribune.com By Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein — Dec 15, 2021 | From Venezuela to Chile, from Caldera to Boric | The current situation in Chile seems to me more and more strikingly similar to that of the early 90's in Venezuela. At that time, here—just as in Chile today—30 years of post-dictatorship were being experienced. Both countries—at the time—were presented as a "model of democracy to follow" and "example for the world" based on the "success" of the two-party representative democracy system in which the economy was put at the service of a minority of the population. | "It is not thirty pesos,…

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-18). Candle factory workers filed a lawsuit following Kentucky tornado. america.cgtn.com In the U.S. a class-action lawsuit has been filed. It alleges workers in a Kentucky candle factory were told they would be fired — if they left work amid last week's deadly tornadoes. 85 died in the storm systems — eight of those dead …

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…

Dr. Charles Hoffe (2021-12-18). Video: Dr. Charles Hoffe Delivers A Dose Of Reality on mRNA Vaccine You Can't Afford To Miss!!! globalresearch.ca On Thursday December 16th in Pemberton BC Dr. Charles Hoffe gave a speech to about 100 people who braved the cold to hear his message and it certainly was loud and clear…that you and especially your children do not need …

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 …

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.

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.

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"

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.

_____ (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 …

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…

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…

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.

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). Talks to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna. telesurenglish.net Dialogues to try to save the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal will resume this Friday in the city of Vienna, Austria. | The spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Commission, Peter Stano indicated that negotiations between Iran and Germany, France, United Kingdom, Russia, China and the United States, indirectly, have resumed in physical format. | RELATED: | It is expected that one of the points to be discussed at…

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…

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

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.

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). 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.

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.

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). 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…

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). 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…

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'.

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

teleSUR (2021-12-17). Peru: Prosecutor Pursues Pedro Castillo over Alleged Corruption. telesurenglish.net The complaint is based on meetings that businesswoman Karelim López apparently held with Castillo so that he would allegedly favor the consortium of companies she represented in the bidding for a bridge, according to the State Attorney General's Office (Abogacía General del Estado) in a statement. | At least one of those apparent meetings took place outside the Government Palace in Lima so that there would be no official record, as demonstrated by a news report of the Sunday program Cuarto Poder that captured López and Castillo inside the same building in the Lima district of Breña at the same time. | RELATED…

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 . . . |

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.

_____ (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). 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…

_____ (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…

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